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Vol. 99 No. 7

Monday, January 7, 2008

PO BOX 117007


Lemoyne Ezell was
adventuresome lad
"I was born in early 1929,
April 10 to be exact, in East
Okeechobee," Lemoyne Ezell
began. "Right at the corner
of Southeast 12"' Avenue and
Southeast Fifth Street was where
our house stood. My mother
was Lula Ezell. People called
her Granny Ezell later on.
"My dad was an electrician
and he worked on the'old court-
Jhouse building in 1925. When I
was a boy, she had a store on
,Southeast 10"' Avenue where
Southeast 6"' Street should have
been, but it wasn't there. You'd
call it a convenience store to-
day. She had a little bit of every-
thing," he continued.
Page 2
Ten years
of great plants!.
My calendar says that the
New Year has arrived, with
lots of opportunities to make
great choices for your Florida
Yard. And a peek at informa-
tion from the Florida Nursery
Growers and Landscapers As-
sociation tells me that in 2008
they are celebrating a decade of
the "Plants of the Year" recom-
Forty-eight landscape plant
suggestions for this year's ex-
traordinary ornamentals came
from Florida horticulturalists.
They were judged, and selected
by jury of 20 industry experts
S on their ease of maintenance,
versatility, consumer appeal,
S pest and disease resistance,
geographic use, ease of propa-
gation and plant availability.
Page 3
Briefs ......

Winterfest 2008
is cancelled
foreseen circumstances Buck-
head Ridge Fire Department.
has cancelled Winterfest 2008.
We apologize for any inconve-
nience. We hope to see you at
Winterfest 2009. For informa-
tion please call Pat at (863)

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

Lake Levels

10.09 feet
Last Year: 12.12 feet

Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet.
above sea level.

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Com ics ..................................... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword.............................. 6
O pinion............................. ..... 4
Speak Out .................. ..... 4
Sports.................................... ... 8
TV ......................................... .7....
W eather..,................................. 2
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how to contact the newspaper.
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Treasure Island canals: Cleanup to be completed soon

'' Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
One day Treasure Island canals, such as this one, mdy be dredgedout and free ofaquatic growth thanks to canal
cleanup work the county is having done. g o a

Canal cleanup to resume this month

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Cleanup of the Treasure
Island canals should resume
about the middle of January.
Necessary 'paperwork should
be completed by the second or
third week- of January to allow
Tarheel Specialties, Inc., (TSI)
to begin work on canal clean-
up, according to deputy county
administrator Jim Threewits.
At their Nov. 8, 2007 meet-
ing the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers approved a contract with
TSI. The contractor will clean
the canals for $19.50 per truck
load plus any disposal fee and
$4 per cubic yard if material is
trucked over one mile.
For many years residents
of Treasure Island have been
complaining about the surface
of the canals being clogged
with aquatic vegetation and
the canal bottoms piling up
with organic material from

dead, decaying aquatic plarts
and other debris being thrown
into the canals. However, their
complaints fell on deaf ears
and. no action Was taken. No
government agency would
take responsibility for clean-
P ) -. .,, ....
That changed in 2004 een
the county received a total of
$950,000 in grant money from
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District for canal clean-
up and took the lead on that
project. In September of 2004
commissioners approved a
proposal from the engineer-
ing firm of Craig A. Smith not
to exceed $47,500 to develop
a preliminary engineering plan
for canal cleanup.
That preliminary plan was
delivered to commissioners
in December of 2005. A de-
tailed cross section was taken
of several canals. The report
recommended mechanical
harvesting rather than spray-
ing to remove aquatic growth

and hydraulic dredging. At
that time the estimated cost of
cleaning 13.3 miles of canals
including sediment removal,
aquatic growth removal, legal
costs, staging area preparation
and construction management
and contingency was estimat-
ed at $5;989;210:. "
In September of 2006 the
county awarded a contract to
Deland Site Development for
the Taylor Creek sediment re-
moval project. This is what Mr.
Threewits called Phase I of the
project. Devland worked for,
about three months at a cost to
the county of about $525,000
before low water levels forced
them to quit. The company
was paid by the truck load of
debris removed.
"Devland did what they
could get done before it be-
came too time consuming and
costly,". said Mr. Threewits.
Since the company had to
bring equipment from Califor-
nia and was hampered ,by low

water, Mr. Threewits specu-
lated they may have even lost
money on the project.
Mr. Threewits said :that TSI
is equipped to work in either
Wet or dry canals. He called
the TSI segment of the project.
Phase II.
"I think we are going to be
pleased with them," Mr. Three-
wits said of TSI. He thinks they
will move much more quickly
than Devland. The company
is familiar with this type of
work since they have done
canal cleanup for the City of
Mr. Threewits noted that
the cost per truck load charged
by TSI is a few dollars less than
what Devland charged. He be-
lieves this new contract will be.
the least costly and quickest
way to finish cleaning up the
Mr. Threewits said thatwhile
Devland was better equipped
See Canal Page 2

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Digital television (DTV) tran-
sition what is that and how
does it affect me? That is what
many people are asking at all
the local electronics stores.
While, most people believe
that you must purchase a new
television by this analog broad-
casting doomsday of Feb. 17,
2009, the majority of the popu-
lation isn't really affected be-
cause they already subscribe to
some sort of cable or satellite
What is digital broadcasting
and why are the broadcasters
making the change -- digital
broadcasting promises to pro-
vide a clearer picture and more
programming options for con-
sumers. It will also free up the
airwaves for use by emergency
At midnight on Feb. 17,
2009, all full-power television
stations in the United States

will stop broadcasting in ana-
log and switch to 100 percent
digital broadcasting.
Analog television sets receiv-
ing free television using an an-
tenna will not work after Feb.
17, 2009.
What you need to deter-
mine is'whether your television
set has a "digital tuner" already
built in. If it does, your television
set will work after the change.
How do you get that informa-
tion? The best way would be to
look in your owner's manual,..
but if that isn't possible you
may be able to look up that in-
formation on the manufactur-
er's website.
You are trying to find out if
your set has an input connec-
tion labeled "digital input" or
"ATSC" (Advanced Television
Systems Committee, which is
the DTV format). Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
If your television set was This is one type of new television which will be required for all off-air television that is being
received from an antenna after the )February 2009, deadline. If you receive cable or satellite
See DTV Page 2 service, your current service will remain uninterrupted.

If you go ...
What: Meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners
When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan 8
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee Cointy Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.




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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners meets Tuesday, Jan.
8, they will consider a sweep-
.ing reorganization of the road
department and approval of a
new department head. They
will also discuss. the selection
of a new county administrator.
Recruiter Colin Baenziger is
scheduled to meet with com-
missioner at 2 p.m. to discuss
'the search for a new county
administrator. Commissioners
rejected all eight candidates
Mr. Baenziger presented in No-
vember. Mr. Baenziger was in
town on Friday, Jan. 4 for in-
dividual discussions with com-
missioners. He will meet with
the entire board on Tuesday to
discuss the selection process
and present a proposed sched-
ule for selecting a new admin-
istrator. The proposed sched-
ule calls for Mr. Baenziger to
narrow the field of applicants
to about eight and present
background information on
these semifinalists to the com-
missioners on Feb. 26. Com-
missioners would then narrow
the selection down to about
five finalists. The proposed
plan calls for a reception for
the finalists on March 13 and
commissioner interviews with
the finalists on March 14. At a
special meeting ohi March 17,
See County Page 2

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Out with the old,

in with the new

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2 Okeechobee News, Monday, January 7, 2008

Lemoyne Ezell was adventuresome lad

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
"I was born in early 1929,
April 10 to be exact, in East
Okeechobee," Lemoyne Ezell be-
gan. "Right at the corner of South-
east 12"' Avenue and Southeast
Fifth Street was where our house
stood. My mother was Lula Ezell.
People called her Granny Ezell
later on.
"My dad was an electrician and
he worked on the old courthouse
building in 1925. When I was a
boy, she had a store on Southeast
10"' Avenue where Southeast 6"'
Street should have been, but it
wasn't there. You'd call it a conve-
nience store today. She had a little
bit of everything," he continued.
"My grandparents came down
from north Florida, near Mayo, to
Fort Myers. Then, around 1912-
13, they came to Okeechobee. My
grandfather, Columbus Judson
Ezell, worked for the Bromei Fish
Company on Taylor Creek behind
where Burger King and Wendy's,
are now and then the ice plant
was across from the FPL substa-
tion there. My dad, was one of 14
boys he had with two different
"Growing up in East
Okeechobee, I knew Anna Jane
Evans -- we'd buy milk from
her mother for 25 cents a quart
when our cow went dry -- and
Billy Anderson and his aunt Ad-
die Slocum. I remember chop-
ping wood for her for 10 cents
and hour. I helped make the "kid
killer" where we could slide on
a wire from a high tree down to
"I started going to the old el-
ementary school in Okeechobee
in 1935. It stood where J & J Au-
tomotive is now, there on Parrott
Avenue. I got kicked out of first

Continued From Page 1
made before 1998 it was a tradi-
tional "analog" set: If you bought
a big-screen, projection TV be-
tween 1998 and 2004, it may have
a built-in digital tuner inside, but
it may not. Only a limited per-
centage of projection television
sets included digital tuners before
If you purchased a new televi-
sion set since 2004, the chances
' of having a built-in digital tuner
improve dramatically. Starting in
2004, many of the television sets
sold at popular electronics stores
feature digital tuners.
That doesn't mean you are
in the clear though, even some
of the newer television sets are
purely display monitors that lack
the internal circuitry needed to
pick up digital broadcasts.
If you determine you have an
analog television here are your
options: purchase a new televi-
sion with a digital tuner;. purchase
a converter box; or switch to a
paid television service provider.
In response to this change,
Congress has created the TV Con-
verter Box Coupon Program for
households who wish to- keep
their analog television sets. The
program allows US households to
obtain up to two coupons, each
worth $40 that can be applied to-
ward the cost of eligible converter
A television connected to
cable, satellite or other pay televi-
sion service does not require a TV
converter box from this program.
A TV converter box is a new
product available in early 2008
"After I finished sixth grade I went to work for Markham Brothers Canning plant," said Lem-
oyne Ezell. "I did different jobs for them, until one day I decided to leave Okeechobee on a.
freight train to West Palm Beach. Then I jumpebi another one going north."

A series about Florida's
pioneers and history

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grade and sent to the Seventh Day
Adventist Church School until I
was in Fifth grade then I went
back to public school through the
Sixth Grade.
"In 1937-38,1 I cut swamp cab-
bage for five cents each until I had
25 cents. That was enough-to go
to the show at Gilberts Theater. It
cost 9 cents for the show, 5 cents.
for popcorn, 5 cents for a cold
drink and I went home with six
pennies in my pocket.

"In the summers, I worked for
my Uncle who had a Piggly Wig-
gly over in Fort Pierce. I was the
bag boy -- and.I was only 10 years
"One day while I was work-
ing there, I got it in my head that I
wanted to go back to Okeechobee,
so I started to hitchhike back. But
I got picked up by Sid Carlton and
he took me back to Fort Pierce,"
he recalled.
"After I finished sixth grade I
went to work for Markham Broth-
ers Canning plant. I did different
jobs for them, until one day I de-
cided to leave Okeechobee on a
freight train to West Palm Beach.
Then I jumped another one going
north. Well, somewhere in the
Carolinas, I looked at my money.,
I guess I may have had around $5
and I decided to go home and get
another job.
"But I got picked up by the
law in Savannah. They put me in

a youth detention center for two
weeks -until my mother could
save up enough money to come
up and get me. As soon as I got
back home, I got another job and
paid her back," he said:'
"You know, you just about
can't find any lighter knots in
Okeechobee anymore. From
1941-44 or thereabouts, a com-
pany, Hercules Powder used it to
make filler for'dynamite sticks,"
he said.
"My mother and I were never.
hungry a day in our lives.' Not
one day. I've worked and done
whatever work there was to do
whether it was riding and mend-
ing fence for the ranchers or what.
If I had a pocketful of stones and
a sling shot, we could eat," he
said. "I took rabbits or a bird and
I could always fish. So we never
went hungry."
MaryAnn Morris
may be reached at

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
If you use free antenna based television service, beginning February 2009, you will have to
get rid of this older television set or buy a converter in order to continue receiving your local
off-air channels.

that will plug into your analog
television and, along with your an-
tenna, keep your analog set work-
ing after the February deadline. A
TV converter box is a one-time
purchase and is expected to cost
between $50 and $70. Visit www. to find details
on eligible converter boxes and
where they can be located.
According to the www. website, these boxes
will not be available until mid to
late February, 2008.
In order to apply for a coupon,
go online between Jan. 1, 2008
and March 31, 2009, and apply for
up to two $40 coupons per house-
hold or call 1(888) DTV-2009 (1-
888-388-2009), 1(877) 530-2634
(TTY), or by mailing their appli-
cation to P.O. Box 2000, Portland,

OR 97208-2000. Coupons will be
mailed to requesters.
A list of nearby participating
retailers will be included with the
coupons when they are mailed to
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at


Water restrictions still in effect
Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) of the
South Florida Water Management District are reminded that Phase
III Water Restrictions remain in effect. Under Phase III, most resi-
dential water users in the LOSA are required to limit outdoor irriga-
tion times to one day per week and four hours per day. Residents
with odd home addresses are allowed to water between the hours
of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Saturdays, while residents with even
home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of 4 a.m.
and 8 a.m. EST on Sundays. Residents may also hand-water (no,
sprinklers, automated or manual) on their designated day between
5 and 7 p.m. No domestic water use for. outdoor irrigation will be
allowed Monday through Friday.
In addition, residential users may wash their cars, boats and
other equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific times and
days where irrigation is allowed. Residents also are expected to ob-
serve normal water conservation practices within the home. The
use of water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical and
other essential purposes is not restricted. Organizers of charity car
washes and outdoor water-based recreational activities are required
to obtain a variance. Application forms and instructions are avail-
able on the District website at www. sfwmd. gov. For more infor-
mation, please phone the South Florida Water, Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at 462-5260. To report a violation, please
contact the Olkeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 763-3117.

Habitat accepting applications for housing
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee is accepting applications
for the opportunity to partner to build and purchase a family's first
home. The applicant must be a legal resident of Okeechobee Coun-
ty, be a first time home buyer, qualify within the income limits that
are set by Habitat, be willing to fulfill sweat equity hours by part-
nering with HFHOC and meet other requirements. Applications are
available in the waiting room of Habitats local office. Please have
your completed application returned to us no later than Friday, Feb.
8, 2008. You should call for an appointment to drop the application
off or mail the application to Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee
County, Inc., 1600B S.W. Second Ave., Okeechobee, 34974. If you
have any questions please call the office at (863) 357-1371, leave
your name and phone number and we will call you back.




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a new administrator would be
Turning to the road depart-
ment, commissioners will be
asked to confirm the appoint-
ment of Michael Frey as road de-
partment director. Mr. Frey, who
currently lives in Fort Pierce, is
retired as public works depart-
ment director for the City of Lake
Worth. He has a master's degree
in civil engineering from Geor-
gia Tech and a master degree in
public administration from In-
diana University. If confirmed,
he would start to work the next
day, Jan 9. A letter from interim
county administrator Robbie
Chartier dated Dec. 27, 2007 of-
fers Mr. Frey the position at an
annual' salary 'of $83,000 plus
the standard management em-

Continued From Page 1
for deeper water and was was
able to clean the mouths of the
canals, TSI is better equipped for
shallow water.
Since TSI is being paid by the
truck load, they will do as much
work as the remaining grant

ployee benefits package. As a
requirement of employment, the
letter states that he would be re-
quired to maintain a residence in
Okeechobee by Jan 9.
Commissioners will also con-
sider a plan which would reor-
ganize the current cumbersome
road department organization
chart into three simple divisions.
One division would be would be
responsible for administration,
permits and inspections. A sec-
ond division would be respon-
sible for vehicle and equipment
maintenance. The largest divi-
sion, road services, would be re-
sponsible for routine and emer-
gency road maintenance.
In connection with the reno-
vation of the courthouse, all of-
fices now in that building will
have to be temporarily relocated.
Commissioners will consider
options for housing the supervi-
sor of elections in a mobile unit.

money will allow.
All parties concerned agree
that the grant money plus some
matching funds required from
the county will only scrape the
surface of what needs to be
However, once this contract
is completed, Mr. Threewits said
'the county will have a handle on
what is required for canal clean-
up. Before this particular grant

They will be discussing costs and
advantages of renting a used unit
for two years or buying a used
In other action the board is
expected to:
*recognize employees for
*amend the budget to appro-
priate prior year encumbrances;
*.approve a job description
for the position of deputy public
safety director;
*award a contract for demoli-
tion of the old ag building;
*renew the contract with
Waste Management, Inc, for
the collection of solid wastes
in the unincorporated area of
Okeechobee County;
*consider a wavier of rental
fees for the Community Im-
provement Association to use
the Douglas Brown Community
Center for Martin Luther King, Jr.

project began, no one had any
idea of what would be required
for canal cleanup. Now, after'
the project is completed, we will
hopefully have an idea of what
will be required to clean all the
It will probably be an on-
going and difficult problem to
solve. Since the canals were put
in by different developers, they
were dug to different depths.

adopt a policy and signs
for the lightning prediction and
warning system' at the sports
*approve a budget transfer
from the general fund reserves to
the property appraiser's operat-
ing area to cover new equipment
and salary adjustments;
*approve a budget transfer
from reserves for contingen-
cies fines and forfeitures fund to
-Justice Benefits, inc. for services
rendered to receive federal'grant
award a contract for a review
of the county's classification and
compensation plan; and
*approve a grant agreement
for the youth livestock show.
Post your .opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Pete'Gawda
may be reached at

There is also the question of ca-
nal ownership to be considered.'
Some property. lines extend to
the center of the canals. Some
property lines end,at the edge of
the canals.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

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'Okeechobee News, Monday, January 7, 2008 3

Ten years of great plants!

By Dan Culbert
-Extension Horticulture Agent
My calendar says that the New
Year has arrived, with lots of op-
portunities to make great choices
for your Florida Yard. And a peek
at information from' the Florida
Nursery Growers and Landscap-
ers Association tells me that in
'2008 they are celebrating a de-
cade of the "Plants of the Year"
\ Forty-eight landscape 'plant
suggestions for this year's ex-
traordinary ornamentals came
from Florida horticulturalists.
They were judged, and selected
by jury of 20 industry experts on
their ease of maintenance, versa-
tility, consumer appeal, pest ahd
disease resistance, geographic
use, ease of propagation and
plant availability.
Benefiting growers, garden
centersahnd consumers alike, this
year's selections include a native
grpundcover, an almond-scented
S flowering, shrub,- a tropical-look-
ing perennial, a native fan palm, a
,versatile-tropical foliage plant plus
a storm-durable native tree.
'This year, FNGLA will be cel-
'ebrating 10 -years of the Florida
Plants of the Year by announcing
the "Best of the Decade" plant
-selections. These. 10 plants, were
chosen by the same jury from
the allPstar line-up of plants previ-
ously named as Florida Plants of
the Year. Consumers may look
forward to hearing about this
year's plants plus the "Best-of the
Decade" promotions in 2008!

And the
:2008 winners are:
Almond Bush (Aloysia vir-
gata). This sweetly fragrant,
vigorous,, drought-tolerant, up-
right-growing tree/shrub is- from
iArgentina. It produces spiked
:flower clusters with small white
,almond-scented flowers. With
'an extended bloom period from
;spring through fall, this shrub is
'a good nectar source for butter-
.flies. The branches of "Almond
Verbena" have a slightly weeping
growth habit.
In northern Florida, this plant
will freeze back, 'but will re-grow
as a 3' 4' shrub. If grown in ide-
al conditions in our area, it may
reach 15 feet tall as a woody shrub
'or small tree. Dead- heading of
spent flowers will noLbe needed
.but for best results, pruning the
'shrub between bloom cycles is,
S .recommended for densergrowth
to overcome a leggy habit.
Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra
thyrsiflora). This tropical plant
resembles ginger in growth and
habit, but is actually a relative of
the wandering Jew plant. Also
know as Brazilian Ginger, this is a
native to the tropical woodlands
of the Americas. It is grown for
their striking deep purplish -blue
blooms that grow on 6" spikes in
summer and fall. The blooms can
be cut for tropical floral arrange-
This creeping tropical has
glossy green foliage with stiff suc-
'culent stems that spread slowly

Photo: Dan Culbert, UF/IFAS
Sunshine Mimosa is a low maintenance groundcover that can
be used instead of turfgrass.



to creating a dense mass with a
tremendous show of blooms. It
can be used alone as a specimen,
or grouped as a mass planting'. It
grows well in part to full shade
with moist, well-drained soil;
mealy bugs are its only significant
pest issue. This is a great addition
to most any Florida garden!
Powderpuff or Sunshine
Mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa).
Are you, looking for .a ground-
cover instead of turf grass? This
reliable and vigorous low-grower
is a Florida native. And, it is a low-
maintenance choice for Florida
Yards, as it can do well growing
in either moist or dry soils. Pow-
derpuff is a common name for
this plant, because of its pink
ball-shaped flowers it produces in
warmer months. (They resemble
Mimosa tree flower clusters, and
are both bean family relatives).
Flowers will attract butterflies and
provide butterfly larva with food.
The foliage is delicate-looking
with small fern-like compound
leaves, which draw back when
touched. (Another relative is the
sensitive plant, which is invasive
but has undesirable thorns.) Sun-
shine Mimosa is durable enough
to walk on, park on, drive on
.,and. even mow. In sun or shade,
it grows best when well watered
and grows well intermingled with
sod. It has virtually no major in-
sect or disease problems.
Sand. Live Oak (Quercus
geminata). Similar to the familiar
Southern live oak but smaller in
stature, this Florida native tree is
usually found in dunes and scrub
habitats. But its, salt and drought
tolerance have moved it into
mainstream landscapes where
the size of a Live Oak is too great.
It has an irregular growth hab-
it and spreading canopy. Some
forms are tree-like and some may
form a thicket. The dark green,
cupped leaves are distinctly boat
shaped with whitish grey on the
undersides. The acorns are a

valuable'wildlife food source. The
Sand Live Oak has proven severe
storm durability making it an
ideal tree for Florida's sometime's
stormy weather.
Dwarf palmetto (Sabal mi-
nor) One of the most cold tol-
erant palms in the world, this
Southeast native is a small (4 feet
by 6 feet) drought-tolerant palm
with fan-shaped fronds. The foli-
age is green to blue-green and
long stalks of white flowers pro-
duce small black fruits enjoyed by
It can be distinguished from the
Saw palmetto because it lacks the
bumpy thorns on the leaf-stalks.
It grows in very moist to dry soils
in shade or in sun. The dwarf pal-
metto usually appears trunk-less.
due to its subterranean trunk and
adds a great native touch when
a smaller scaled plant is needed.
Because of its slow growth, ex-
pect it to be a little more expen-
sive than other palms.
Stromanthe Tricolor (Stro-
manthe sanguinea 'Triostar').
This striking upright foliage plant
is grown mainly for its beautiful
coloration. It has, been selected
from a native of the tropical Amer-
icas, a relative of the Prayer Plant.
It will also attract holiday plant
lovers because of the red, green
and white colored leaves, which
are oblong, thick and glossy.
Tricolor, or 'Triostar' as known
in the nursery trade, is very eye-
catching and thrives as a contain-
er grown indoor plant. In Central
and South, it can survive outside
year-round in shady settings', but
will not survive hard freezes. Cat-
erpillars and slugs may pose an
issue as well as leaf-burn if grown
in the full sun. It will be a very
popular choice for 2008.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
If you need additional informa-
tion on the.FNGLA's Plants. of the
Year or Decade, please email us at or call
us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee Coun-
ty Master Gardeners from I to 3
p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. GO

Tips for filing for federal financial aid
(ARA) Whether you'll be toward the cost of your educa- Contributing to a Healtl
sending your kids to college in tion. For that reason, cash assets and Dependant Savings Accouni
2008 or heading there yourself, and having high adjusted gross (flex spending). Flex contribu-
-you've no doubt already heard income (AGI) will greatly dimin- tions are deducted from your
of the FAFSA (The Free Applica- ish the amount of assistance a gross income -- greatly reduc-
tion for Federal Student Aid). Af- student can receive. Neverthe- ing the amount of income you
ter all, it is one of the most criti-' less, a bit of planning prior to report to the IRS.
cal financial aid forms a student preparing the FAFSA can help Making purchases before
will have to complete. you save thousands of dollars the end of the year. Make a qual-
Much like filling out a bank toward the cost of a college or ified energy efficiency improve-
loan application, the FAFSA de- technical education. ment to your primary residence
termines how much federal aid If you are a student (or the by December 31. You'll reduce
a student is eligible to receive parent of a student) seeking to the amount of cash you have
(in the form of, grants or loans) maximize your chances of re- on hand and, under the Energy
based on U.S. Department of ceiving federal aid, be vigilant by Policy Act of 2005, you may get a
Education guidelines -- includ- using the resources available to tidy tax credit worth up to $500.
ing information such as your you, which can help you to strat- Paying off /down loans.
family's assets and previous egize and meet deadlines. Making an extra payment to-
.year's income. Behrends suggests, "Early tax ward the principal amount of
"Although it is easier to file the preparation offers FAFSA filers a your home loan. You'll pay less
financial aid application once distinct opportunity to coordi- nterest and build a nest egg in
,parents have completed their nate the lion's share of financial t and build a nest egg i
'taxes, the FAFSA can be filed information required by appli- the form of home equity.
using the best estimate of your cants. Tax software, like TaxACT Paying off bills. Paying fo
;prior year's income. Applicants Deluxe, which contains a Col- sers and may ent reduces cash
'will have the chance to update lege Student Financial Aid Work- discount. For entitle you to a
:the information they initially sheet, is a valuable resource that cudiscounmert. For example, many
,provided at a later date," says can help students and their par- customers receive rebates from
'Stephanie Behrends, spokes- ents apply for financial aid. Plus, their automotive insurance pro-
person for 2nd Story Software, tax software helps them take full vider by paying for the year in
Inc., developers of TaxACT tax advantage of various tax credits, full.
.preparation software and online deductions and strategies, which Sell bad investments by De-
'services. can reduce the income reported cember 31. You can deduct up
Behrends continues, "Cer- to the IRS." to a $3,000 capital loss ($1,500
tainly, the state in which a stu- While any decision should be if you are married and file a
dent resides, choice of school made with your financial advi- separate return) to offset capital
and academic standing are com- sor or accountant, some worthy gains.
'ponents which contribute to the strategies FAFSA filers should Funding is on a first come,
total amount of aid a student investigate to reduce cash as- first served basis. File your FAF-
will receive in the form of schol- sets and lower reported income SA the second you are eligible
,arships, grants and loans. How- include: -- the first minute of New Year's
;ever, it is crucial for students to Prepaying state taxes De- Day -- January 1. Not only will
'understand the chances of re- cember 31. Paying a due amount you increase your odds of get-
'ceiving federal aid are directly by December 31 will reduce ting federal aid, you may actu-
related to filing the FAFSA on your cash assets and entitle you ally receive more financial as-
time and the financial strength to an additional deduction on sistance because the money
.of their family, which is calcu- your 2006 tax return, pool has not been diminished.
lated by using the information Maximizing retirement sav- However, be forewarned, if you
supplied on the application." ing contributions, attempt to submit before Janu-
The FAFSA measures your Making charitable dona- ary 1, the application will not be
,family's expected contribution tions. processed.

file photo

Dogs clowning around
The Anastasini European Big Top Extravaganza Circus Spectacular dog show will be seen
this week at the American Legion fairgrounds. Opening night is Jan. 10, Thursday at 7:30
p.m. The circus will be in town until Sunday, with the final shows at 2 and 6 p.m.

Make "Financial Fitness" your goal

(ARA) -When the New Year's
parties are over and the rich foods
and gooey desserts have been put
away, most of us start thinking
about getting our bodies back in
shape. But how "fit" are the other
parts of your life -- such as your
finances -- for the year ahead?
"The key to financial fitness is
preparation. Whether preparing
for retirement, college for your
children, a dream vacation home
or even the unexpected, every-
body needs to take time each year
to reexamine what they're doing
and the progress they're mak-
ing in order to reach those mile-
stones," says Christopher Pinker-
ton, senior vice president, North
American sales and marketing for
Foresters, a leading fraternal ben-
efit society that assists people in
achieving financial security.
Here are some easy ways to
put together a financial fitness
plan so you're better prepared
monetarily fpr the days and
months to come.
Saving Money
It's a new year and a new op-
portunity to examine your ex-
penses, spending and savings
habits. Start the year right by cre-
ating a month-by-month budget,
setting a savings goal and project-
ing your financial needs.
A good rule of thumb is to set
aside three to six months of sal-
ary for unexpected events such
as a job loss, major car repairs
or large medical bills. In addition
to preparing for the unexpected,
identify 'known expenses' that
are coming up such as college
costs, a new home, new car or
a new addition to the family, and
build them into your budget. Give
yourself adequate time to save
for these expenses a little each
month. Before you know it you
won't even feel as if you're saving
and you'll be a step ahead.
They're definitely something,
you can count on year after year.
Review the withholding on your
paycheck and adjust it if neces-

sary. Take time to gather and sort
out your receipts from the past
year to identify tax deductions:
While you're at it, set up an orga-
nized system to keep track of re-
ceipts for next year, so you don't
misplace something and miss
out on any deductions moving
forward. And speaking of deduc-
tions, this is also a good time to
determine which charitable con-
tributions you made in the pre-
vious year, and which ones you
plan to make in the coming year.
Review the status of your
401(k), IRA and pension plan. If
appropriate and consistent with
your savings goals, sign up for
any automatic increases offered
through your employer. Take note
of your retirement plan status at
this stage of your life -- are you on
track for growth, or is it time for
an investment change? Even pe-
riodic small changes can have a
big impact on your ability to build
strength through investments.
Also, : review your spouse's
retirement plan, and agree on a
plan for building wealth., Deter-
mine a strategy that allows you
to increase your contributions
during the good times as well as
make changes during challenging
times. For example, mark your
calendar to review your invest-
ment performance with a finan-
cial advisor each quarter.

Estate Planning
The need for this may seem
like a long way off, but it's a good
idea to plan for your family's fi-
nancial security. Do you have a
will, trust or health care directive?
If so, review the beneficiary desig-
nations to make sure the plans re-
flect your current wishes. Ensure
that you have a guardian named
for your children, and that you've
outlined how your assets will be
Also at this time, consider
whether there will be significant
tax consequences for your survi-
vors, who has title to what prop-
erty and who will oversee your

estate plan. If you don't yet have
these items in place, an estate
planning professional can help
you sort things out, saving your
family added complications upon
your death. Your family will ap-
preciate your forethought and be
comforted by knowing that you
made plans for them.

Life Insurance
An important step in financial
fitness is financial security, and life
insurance can be the backbone of
financial security.
Remember, life insurance is
the piece of the puzzle that makes
sure your family can keep the
house, send the kids to college
or sustain the family's livelihood
if there's a loss of one or both in-
come.providers. Some life insur-
ance products can also provide
savings and investment options
for a home, a family bequest or a
dream vacation.
"At the start of a new year,
many people resolve to re-evalu-
ate their investments or bump
up their 401(k) contributions.
However, as your life changes so
will your life insurance needs. Be
sure to check the beneficiaries.
And consult with a life insurance
representative on a regular basis
to help you determine if you have
the coverage that fits your needs,"
says Pinkerton.
Conventional wisdom recom-
mends households should carry
anywhere between two to 10
times your annual income in life
If you don't have a life insur-
ance policy -- or any of the other
financial plans mentioned above
-- now is the time to get those
parts of your life in shape. With
the help of qualified professional
advisors, you can put a financial
fitness plan in place and prepare
both you and your loved ones for
the future.
For more information on your
life insurance needs, visit www.
Courtesy of ARA content

Free OSHA construction training at IRCC

English and Spanish
safety training

Free OSHA construction train-
ing to prevent safety hazards
will be offered to Treasure Coast
construction and engineering
firms in English and Spanish by
the Corporate and Community
Training Institute (CCTI) of In-
dian River Community College.
Beginning in January, a ten-hour
Construction Safety course for
employees and 30-hour course
for supervisors will be offered
at IRCC campuses and business
locations in a flexible format
to accommodate each firm's
"With over 20% of job-re-
lated fatalities occurring on con-
struction sites and the incidence
of construction related vehicle
accidents at an all time high, it's
important that Treasure Coast
construction firms provide em-
ployees with OSHA training to
keep them accident free," said
Jan Pagano, Associate Dean of
the CCTI. "Lack of training can
result in serious accidents and
costly quality mistakes, so this
training can provide a real ben-
efit for local construction com-
The courses will address
the prevention of four prevalent
safety hazards: falls, electrocu-
tion, caught-in, and struck-by.

In addition, training will be
customized based on employer
The supervisory training-
will include guidance in the de-
velopment of a company-based
safety program. In addition,
Spanish-speaking instructors
will create a job-specific easy-
to use manual and hand-outs
for use with Spanish speaking
workers. Upon completion,
participants will receive OSHA
cards and may be eligible to
receive college and continuing
education credit.
For more information call
the CCTI toll-free at 1-888-283-

1177 to find out if you are eli-
gible or
Seating is limited.
The program is funded by a
$217, 121 Susan Harwood Train-
ing Grant to the College's CCTI
to implement comprehensive
OSHA training for the preven-
tion of construction hazards.
This award is part of $10.1 mil-
lion nationwide from the U.S.
Department of Labor's Occupa-
tional Safety and Health Admin-
istration (OSHA) to 55 nonprofit
organizations for safety and
health training educational pro-

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Speak Out

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
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!

DOGS: A few weeks ago, I called in about the barking dog in
Four Seasons. The barking is not what bothers me; he is only trying
to get someone's attention. What my concern is; is how he is tied
out there with no shelter. Now with the cold weather coming in he
will lay on that freezing cold ground. I just do not understand why
these people even have a dog. Actually, this is the second dog. I do
not know if the first one starved to death out there, but one morning
it was gone and another one tied in its place. Now when it is not
barking it just lies there in a little ball in the rain, the cold and the
heat, with its water bucket knocked over 90 percent of the time. You
would think with about eight people living there that one of them
would take care of the dog.

PATROLS: As a parent, I do not think I would allow my child
to work somewhere he or she would be left alone late at night. In-
creased patrols are no doubt a good idea, but that means more tax
money is needed to fund it. And no matter how many patrols you
have, the government cannot replace good parental supervision.

JURORS: That was a good story about the fake jury calls. I might
have fallen for that myself, but now I know they would not call me
on the phone.

DEMOCRAT: I am a 70-year old woman. I have been a Demo-
crat all of my life, and I have voted in every election since I was old
enough to vote. And I have encouraged others to vote, as I con-
sider it a sacred right, paid for by the blood of thousands of service-
men. But I am furious that my primary vote will not count because
Iowa and New Hampshire insist on being first, and the Democratic
Leadership caved in to them. What gives Iowa and New Hampshire
more rights than Florida or any other state? What would happen if
these primaries were all held on the same day? Fairness would hap-
pen, the real choice of the Democrats would happen. God knows,
we cannot have that. Whoever wins in Iowa and New Hampshire
will get the most press coverage and thereby influence the rest of
the nation. The Democratic part has the nerve to tell me they want
my money, but not my voice. HOW DARE THEY! No voice. No mon-
ey. If the Democratic Party determined that all primaries be held
on the same day, they could truly call themselves Democratic. But
apparently, the prerequisite for Democratic leadership is a PHD in
Moronism. I'm not going to talk other people into voting any more
because when they ask me "Why should I vote?" I have no answer

CARS: Congratulations my fellow Americans, Toyota has taken
over the number two spot in the sale of cars in America. You should
be proud of yourselves. It took two nuclear bombs to subdue Japan
but they did not have to fire a shot in this economic war. You may ra-
tionalize saying that these cars are made in Tennessee, that may be,
but the profits still end up in Japan. Every Subaru, every Nissan, and
Mitsubishi has American blood on their bumpers. Remember the
people who gave you these lovely cars, also gave you Pearl Harbor.

FORD: I heard on the news about the Ford Motor Company hav- many financial problems and having to lay workers off. Then
they said they are selling two of their luxury car lines to a company
from India, and that the company in India is best known for making
a popular car that sells for $2,000. Now I realize that workers there
are paid less, but when you think how much new cars costs here,
maybe the car companies would do better if they made some more
+ affordable cars. My last car cost more than my parents paid for their
first house!

COLD: When the cold weather hit, I was saddened to see how
many animals were left outside to fend for themselves. Just because
dogs and cats have fur coats does not mean they are equipped to
deal with temperature extremes, especially when the temperature
drops 30 or 40 degrees in 24 hours. They didn't exactly have time
to grow in winter coats. Have a heart and bring the pets inside on
cold nights.

CLEAN IT UP: This is to the man that walks his dog on 35th
Avenue in Treasure Island and lets it poop in other people's yard.
Also to the lady who has at least one dog on a leash and another
dog running free. I have seen both of you letting your dogs poop on
other people's property. If you let your dog poop on other people's
property then scoop it up and take it with you to dispose of. The
reason you walk them in other people's yard is that you don't want
to step in the poop in your own yard. Have you thought that other
people do not want to step in the poop that your dogs leave in their
yards? Please clean up the mess that your dogs leave behind. Also,
you are trespassing when you walk your dogs on other people's

MACHETE: In response to the story about the man who used a
machete to break up a noisy party, I think if person A chases person
B with a knife, they should go to jail. No outside considerations, like
their legal status, ethnicity, etc., should make a bit of difference as far
as that individual charge goes. If they are breaking some other law,
they should be punished for those transgressions as well. If you're
mad about the noise, call the cops. If you're scared to call the cops
because you're breaking the law yourself, maybe you shouldn't be
breaking the law.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 7
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be
an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane. For informa-
tion, contact David Fox at (863) 763-3296.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discus-
sion 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 Club-
house', 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10
a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the Moose lodge and go around
the curve just past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for
a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For more infor-
mation please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Andnymous (NICA)is starting a new club with
meetings 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 meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8
p.m. to help family and friends of alcoholics. For information
call Chris at (863) 467-5714

Tuesday Jan. 8
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every
second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church. For information contact Jim (863) 697-1792.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings
are open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at
(863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting
in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian
Brethren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are wel-
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at
the Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave.
Anyone currently home schooling or interested in home school-
ing is welcome. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729
or Betty Perera (863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome,
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical In-
dex), Social Security.Death Index and military information avail-
able. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music.
For information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863)
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast.
For information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Par-
rott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the
church next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or
group that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate.
For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every
second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church. For information contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m.
hen from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional sup-
)ort or someone just to care are welcome. For information call
he hot line (863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.








Community Events

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 16th 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 4011 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. These classes will continue through April. Additional
information may be obtained by calling (863) 467-6330.

Church offers free Mother's Morning out
On Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon, the First United Method-
ist 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, 2008, 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
contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, (863)

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 for
more information call 863-763-2488.

Thursday, Jan. 10
Under the Big Top
Jan. 10-13 -- "Under the Big Top European Extravaganza" Cir-
cus will be sponsored by the Okeechobee chamber of Commerce
at the American Legion fairgrounds. Anastasini entertainment in-
cludes high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, dog show
and aerial rocket stars. Advance tickets are on sale at chamber of-
fice (863) 763-6464.

Friday, Jan. 11
Author to speak at library
Historian and author, Dr. Gary Mormino, will present his pro-
gram, "The Florida Dream," based on his book, "Land of Sunshine,
State of Dreams," which describes his nearly two ades of re-
search 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 collaborative 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.



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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News and Advertiser, and The Sun
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
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BEAGLE DOG found in Little
Farms area. Call to identify
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classifieds.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders '310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
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.
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you check with the Better
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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

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

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purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
,Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing .565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewopod 605
Furniture 610
Furs, 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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
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Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking
applicants for the position of Safety &
Training Coordinator. We seek an individual
with strong oral, written and organizational
skills, and a professional demeanor. Also
necessary is a minimum of 5 years' experience
in the electric utility industry. We offer an
excellent salary commensurate with experience
and an outstanding benefit package.
Employee Applications may be obtained
at any GEC Office. Resumes may be e-mailed
to ybradley( or faxed
to (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal
Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.

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

Immediate Openings 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


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

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 apple 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
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1310 SW 5th Ave.
2/2/2 Pool Home. Close to
everything. Dream Catcher
Realty (863)357-5900 ,
2ba, $1000 / mo
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 '/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
Fenced yard. $1050. mo.
new, comp. turn., waterfront
boathouse. (863)763-6809
or (765)348-8270



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Shop here first!
The classified ads

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses SaIe1015
Farims -Sale 1020
Houses.- Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1.050
Out of State I
Property Inspection 1060
fleal Estate Wanted1065S
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage; $118k, includes per-.
-mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495

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

Mobile Homes

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

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

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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.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$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

Mobile Home Angels.
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, turnn, double
wide, amenities. Reduced
$54,900 (239)732-6221 or

OAK PARK 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
$22,500. (863)763-4662
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside. w/new roof
In nice adult park, $5,000
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

Looking Tor a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-

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

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-


Caoffmpers/ Vs(772)260-6580'10
Jet Skiit1s 3015

Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

AIRBOAT '01- Step Hull, 0540
w/air time, $11,000 or best
offer (772)260-6580t
CHAPARRAL '88 19 ft, only
50 hrs, 5.7 Merc Cruiser,
mint, loaded, bow rider.
$6500 (954)868-6518

- '95, 36 Ft. w/slide. Sips. 6.
Boat dock on Lake Istokpo-
ga. $9500.937-206-7936

EL MOTOR '98- good shape
$8500 .or best offer

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public-
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 2007-CA-366
TO: JERRY G. RHODES, Whose resi-
dence Is: 1009 NW 3rd St., Okeecho-
bee, FL 349722807 & 191 SW Palm
Dr., Apt. 107, Port St. Lucle, FL
TO: TINA K. RHODES, Whose residence
Is: 1009 NW 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL
34972 & 191 SW Palm Dr., Apt. 107,
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
If alive, and if dead, all parties claiming
interest by, through, under or against
and all parties having or claiming to
have any right, title or interest in the
property described herein
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described properly:
a/k/a 1009 NW 3RD ST., OKEECHO-
BEE, FL 34972
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any to it. on Sarah Bar-
baccia, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose
address is 2901 Stirling Road, Suite
300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
within 30 days alter the first publica-
tion of this notice and file the original
with the Clerk of this Court either be-
fore service on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the complaint.
WITNESS my hand the seal of this Court
this 19th day of November, 2007('
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
FL 349722807 & 191 SW PALM DR.,
APT 007, PORT ST. LUCIE, FL 34986
FL 34972 & 191 SW PALM DR,, APT.
107, PORT ST LUCIE, FL 334986
A copy of thisNotice of Action, Com-
plaint and ULis Pendens were sent to
the defendants and address named
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a rea-
sonable accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should, no later than
seven (7) days prior contact the Clerk
of the Court's disability coordinator at
1-772-807-4370. It hearing impaired,
contact (TDD) 800-955-8771 via Flori-
da Relay System.
254794ON 12/31/071/7/08
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 18th day of January 2008
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1993 Blue Ford Ranger
1 FTCR1OA2PPA54676
2002 White Ford Ranger
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted, The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
255593 ON 1/17/08
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-

Two for One at Faithful Scrubs Er I' w I Vw dM't

& Little Rainbow Shop

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Tucked into Cedar Plaza on
S.W 3rd Terrace, in one bay, is
'this family-owned and operated
business. Patty Wagoner owns
,and operates Faithful Scrubs and
'her morn owns and operates the
'Little Rainbow Shop.
This enterprising family shop
;is very conducive to wander-
,ing and browsing alone or with
children. (Jacob Garrett, age 17
months was entertaining him-
self, son of Patty's aunt, Holly
Garrett, Jacob welcomes all
playmates while their mother's
shop for clothes for themselves
of the kids. Little Rainbow is
presently carrying kids clothing
sizes birth to 18 years and will
expand to 20 years.
! In children's clothing there
was a selection of Adidas, Polo,
Hello Kitty, South Pole, Aber-
crombie and Aerapostle, many
(with manufacturer's price tags
-still attached) offered belowv re-
A large selection of colorful
scrubs was discounted from re-
tail price as well.
"My aunt gave me the idea
for Faithful Scrubs," said Patty.
"There is no other place in town
to buy them."
The colorful scrubs from
Faithful Scrubs are available
in sizes XS (extra small) to 5X
from Cherokee, Dickies, Peach-
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Don't be surprised to see new
duds brightening area medical
and dental offices pretty, soon.

Business People

Monday 'in- the Okeechobee
News. Reading about "rising
stars," people moving up, is al-
ways news. Good news at that.
We always like to hear about
your new businesses; what you
offer (is it a family business?)
and the little things that you
have done to make your new
business unique.
You can email your news to'

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News

Come one, come all!
This is our introduction and
invitation to Okeechobee Coun-
ty business people to submit
news about your employees and
others in business for this col-.
umn. The "People in Business"
column will be featured every

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Okeechobee News/MaryAnn Morris
Owner of Faithful Scrubs Patty Wagoner (left), Jacob Garrett
and Holly Garrett (Jacob's mom and Patty's aunt) are in front
of their store. Faithful Scrubs/The Little Rainbow is a dual
business owned and operated by Patty Wagoner and her
mom combining scrubs for medical personnel and children's
clothing in one store.

Nancy Drew needs facts. As a teenage sleuth and devoted member of her
community, she has deduced that reading a newspaper is a great way to
investigate the world around her. Whether she's solving crimes, exploring a
new city or uncovering fascinating stories from her hometown, reading, always
helps her find out whodunit!

It all starts with newspapers.

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Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy

Boys soccer takes on Fort Pierce
Eddie Guerrero (#10) and Adrian Leon (#17) put pressure on the Fort Pierce defense in
the second half of Friday's match.

Floridians get squeezed

in Junior Orange Bowl
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by Daniel Shube

The Orange Bowl is more than
a football game. It is more than a
stadium getting ready to. meet its
maker. It is also an international
junior golf tournament that fin-
ished on December 30 at the
historic Biltmore Golf Course in
Coral Gables.
As I watch the football games
this week, I know that the home
field advantage is usually worth
about three points to the odds
makers. So what is it worth in
+ golf? Apparently not much!
Germany's Sean Einhaus, was
the front-runner for the entire
44th Junior Orange Bowl boy's
division. He claimed a one-hole
sudden death victory over last
year's runner-up Peter Uihlein
from Bradenton. Both players
completed regulation play in 274,
6-under par for the four rounds,
two strokes, ahead of: Portugal's
Pedro Figueiredo.
The girl's champion was 14-
year old Jung-Eun Han from Jeju,
Korea, who started her final round
two strokes off the lead.
Once again a Floridian, 12-year
old Alexis Thompson of Coral
,Springs was denied a victory. She

Courtesy Photo/Will Tirado.
Junior Orange Bowl International Golf boy's winner Sean Ein-
haus receives his trophy from tournament director, JR Stein-

won the Doral Publix event the
week before, but in the Orange
Bowl closed with an even-p5ar 70
for solo-sixth spot. Thompson
was the youngest player to ever
qualify for the U.S. Women's
Open. She shot a respectable 76-
82 at Pine Needles this past sum-
This became one of the mostly
closely contested finals in recent
years after Einhaus, who led by
four at the start of play, gave back
the entire advantage on the front
nine. Uihlien jumped into conten-
tion with an eagle at the opening
par-five and these two were stayed

Give coon hunti

Some of my huntin' buddies
and me really live for being out
in a wet patch of woods in the
middle of a cool night and hear-
ing the not-so-distant sounds of
our Walker hounds when they
open up on a hot coon. trail.
There's just sorhething about
those hounds' voices that sound
both pleasing and eerie at the
same time.
We like to brag about whose
dog actually struck the trail first
and whose got to the right tree
first. Boy, you can sure tell the
difference when the dogs are just
trailing a coon and when they've.
got 'em treed. Their barking
goes from longer, less frequent
howls to just down right chop-
pin' it down, baying as loud as
they can, as quick as they can,
with every breath that's in 'em.
You can really sense the urgency
in their voices when they're on
the tree.
That's when it's time to turn
on the flashlights and start mak-
ing your way through the swamps
toward that pleasant, oh, too fa-
miliar sound in the darkness.
If you'd like to try coon hun-
tin', besides having a good coon
dog, you'll need a Florida hunt-
ing license. Residents pay just
$17 for the year. Nonresidents
have the choice of paying $46.50
for a 10-day license or $151.50
for 12 months.
If you're thinking about hunt-
ing on one of Florida's many wild-
life management areas (WMAs),
you also must purchase a man-
agement area permit for $26.50.
But find out which WMAs allow
coon huntin' by reading the bro-
chure on each area you're think-
ing about trying. These WMA
brochures are at your local tax
collector's office or online at My-

By Tony Young
All licenses and permits are
available at county tax collectors'
offices, any retail outlet that sells
hunting and fishing supplies,
online at www.wildlifelicense.
corn or call toll-free 1-888-HUNT-
Coon huntin' with dogs at
night, while using a flashlight or
headlamp, is allowed. On private
property, when in possession of
written landowner permission,
you may hunt raccoons year-
round, but most of us prefer
to hunt 'em during the colder
months so as not to get our dogs
snakebit or attacked by gators.
You're only allowed to harvest
raccoons, and opossums for that
matter, using .22-caliber firearms
(other than .22-magnums) or
single-shot .410-gauge shotguns
with shot no larger than No.
6. During the hunt, all firearms
must remain unloaded except
immediately prior to shooting
treed or bayed raccoons or opos-
There are no daily or seasonal
bag limits on how many rac-
coons or opossums you may har-
vest, and hides and skins of these
furbearers may be possessed in
any number, at any time.
All dogs used in pursuing rac-
coons or opossums are required
to wear collars or tags which
identify dog owners and their ad-
dresses. Hunting either furbearer

locked over the closing holes
while challenges from Portugal's
Pedro Figueiredo and Christiano
Terragni were answered with a
stream of closing pars from birdie
These two exceptionally-tal-
ented teenagers were sent back to
the final hole one more time and
although Uihlein made a wonder-
ful saving flop-shot to three feet
from behind the green, when he
missed and Einhaus tapped in a
par putt of 18 inches, the Junior
Orange Bowl International had a
new champion.

n' a try
by "shining" or using lights from
moving vehicles, boats or ani-
mals is against the law. It's also
illegal to transport wild-trapped
live raccoons within, into or from
Individuals with a trapping li-
cense ($26.50) also may take rac-
coon's and opossums by means
of live-trapping or the use of
snares, but these traps must be
checked at least every 24 hours.
Using steel or leg-hold traps is
Only those persons with a
trapping license are authorized
to sell the hides and meat of
these furbearers. In order to buy
and sell this meat for commer-
cial purposes, you're required to
possess a dealer's license, which
you can get from the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services' Division of Food
Safety by calling 850-488-0295.
So if you're looking for a new
and exciting huntin' opportunity,
get ahold of a good coon dog,
grab your .22, a flashlight and a
pair of hip waders and take to
the swamps!
Here's wishing you a happy
New Year and good huntin'. If
you can, introduce someone
new to a different kind of hunt-
ing pass the tradition down. As
always, have fun, hunt safely and
ethically, and we'll see you in the

Tony Young has a mother/
daughter pair of treeing-Walker
coonhounds and plans to keep
their bloodline going. He en-
joys hunting with them, and the
dogs make great pets for his two

Brahman basketball team take on Jensen Beach
Leshawn Henderson (#12) middle and Chris Hall (#13) right, double team the basketball
during Friday night's contest.

James 9Slhaiks, (#15) matched his number with 15 points on Friday. Two came 'dirthi
drive in the lane.



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