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Monday, January 14, 2008


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Inside

Make "One Stop"
to grow your business
or find a job
One Stop Career Centers are
one-stop shopping for business.
Here services normally pro-
vided in separate locations are
in one place; In Okeechobee,
that is at 209 Southwest Park
Street. The federal Workforce
Investment Act in 1998 required
states to develop comprehen-
sive workforce development
strategies that include the one-
stop concept. Putting all these
services in local communities
can benefit job seekers, laid
off workers; youth, incumbent
workers, new entrants to the
workforce, veterans, persons
with disabilities, and employ-
ers.
Page 3

Letters to the
Editor Why Vote?
With Florida's presidential
primary rapidly approaching,
many voters are not thinking
about the race or they wonder
whether casting a ballot will
matter.
Page 4

Girls hoops win
Senior Night contest
Eight Brahman seniors were
paid off Friday night for all the
work they have done over the
years. They won their senior
night game.
Monica Koger, only a sopho-
more, had 21 points and seven
steals to lead Okeechobee to
an impressive, 69-45 victory
over South Fork to win their
fifth game in 13 decisions.
"This was my type of game,,
aggressive defense, steals, I en-
joy that," Koger noted.
Another big reason for the
win was senior shooting guard
Jarelle Conn. She came off the
bench and hit five three point-
ers.
Page 8


Drought Index

Current: 561
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.13 feet
iA Last Year: 12.02 feet


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

Index
Classifieds............................. 7, 8
Comics ..................................... 6
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword.................................
Opinion.......................... ..... 4
Speak Out............................. 4
Sports..................................... 8
TV ............................................ 8
Weather ................................. 2
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Operation Shoebox: Sailors to visit Okeechobee


Submitted photo
.A Navy squadron, the VS-32 "Maulers," was adopted by Okeechobee VFW Post 10539 and by the Okeechobee com-
munity for Operation Shoebox. Community members have donated items for care packages and written letters to the
sailors.


Homecoming barbecue at VFW


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Sailors from the VS-32
"Maulers," squadron on
U.S.S. Enterprise are "coming
home" to their adopted town
of Okeechobee this weekend.
'A 'celebration barbecue- 'is
planned for Jan. 19, at VFW
Post 10539.
The VFW spearheaded the
local "Operation Shoebox,"
collecting items for care pack-
ages to send to military ser-
vice members. They adopted
the squadron because of a lo-
cal contact -- the son of Post
Commander Jim Benoit is a
member.
Due to Homeland Secu-
rity measures, patriotic Ameri-
cans who wish to send care
packages to the military must
have a service member as a
contact, as packages are not
accepted unless they are ad-
dressed to an individual. *
Cheryl Benoit, local Op-
eration Shoebox coordinator,.
said the Okeechobee commu-
nity has shown tremendous
support for the program. She
said donations' have come
from VFW members, Scouts,
businesses and clubs, as well
as from individuals who just
saw a collection box or read
about it in the newspaper.
"The VFW and both Aux-
See Shoebox Page 2


Submitted photo
"Dennis Diage" is the son of Jim and Cheryl Benoit and a life member of the VFW Post
10539. His connection with Okeechobee inspired the idea for the local Operation Shoe-
box to adopt his squadron from the USS Enterprise.


Proposed


tax cut


a mixed


blessing

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The proposed tax amend-
ment on the Jan. 29 ballot will
bring good news and bad.
The good news is that Florid-
ians could get some tax relief.
However, "you get what you
pay for." Individual property
tax relief will mean less in-
come to city and county gov-
ernments and most certainly
a reduction in services.
Current law exempts the
first $25,000 of homesteaded
property from taxation. For
instance if your home is worth
$75,000, you would pay taxes
on $50,000. There is an ad-
ditional $25,000 exemption if
you are over 65 or have a cer-
tain minimum income.
Under the proposal to be
voted on later this month, the
first $25,000 of assessed value
would be exempt. The second
$25,000 value of the home,
that portion of the value be-
tween $25,001 and $50,000,
would be taxed. Then the
third $25,000 of value be-
tween $50,001 and $75,000
would be taxed.
According to information
distributed by the Florida
Chamber of Commerce, prop-
erty taxes in Florida could be
reduced an average tax of 44
percent.
However, that cut in a ho-
meowner'o tax bill will also
lead to correspondingly re-
duced revenues to local gov-
ernments. This would further
stretch government budgets
that were cut back as a result
of the 2007 round of tax re-
ductions.
According to figures re-
leased by the Florida Associa-
tion of Counties, if the amend-
ment passed, the first year
Okeechobee County would
see a reduction of 6.5 percent
in tax revenues. The percent-
age of decrease would grow
larger each year for the next
five years. For the 2012-2013
year the county would face a
reduction of 8.8 percent
Likewise the city would
have to tighten her belt. The
city would also be facing 6.5
percent reduction in fund-
ing the first year increasing
to 8.8 percent in five years.
South Florida Water Man-
agement District would also
face a reduction in funding.
None of those governments
has yet taken any taken ac-
tion to resolve the deficit that
See Taxes Page 2


Things could'a been worse


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
The 1930s brought the
Great Depression and all over
the country, people did what
they had to do just to survive.
There was no money. Not that
you could go and get a job.
There were no jobs. Com-
merce was nearly at a stand-
still. Today there are laws to
fend off banking collapses
such as in the great depression
of the 1930s. The information
from Clewiston is from writ-
ings of Beryl Bowden, other-
wise speakers are identified
with their quotes.
Any number of the "lake
and country people I have met


Recollections
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history





writing this column have said
to me, "We're not like people
from the cities. We know how
to do for ourselves."
Frank Chandler: "After you
finished school during the De-
pression, in '33 and '34, this
is boys now, you could go to


C.C.C. Camp" (Civilian Con-
servation Corps, a program
of Franklin Roosevelt's New
Deal. The C.C.C. built nine of
Florida's state parks including
Highlands Hammock State
Park in Sebring). "then you
could maybe get work with
the W.P.A.(Works Progress
Administration, another part
of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New
Deal); maybe one or two days
a week for a dollar a day. But
back then, you could buy gro-
ceries for $1.50 to $2 a week;
you had beans, tomatoes,
grits, you ate a lot of beans.
Nothing fancy, but regular
See History Page 2


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Hunting was profitable during the Depression for the Motes
family in Belle Glade. "Raccoon hides brought $3 each, that
was good money in the 1930s," said Mr. Motes.


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Submitted photo
VS-32 Airframers are part of the squadron "adopted' by Okeechobee VFW 10539's Opera-
tion Shoebox. The squadron has been invited to Okeechobee for a barbecue on Jan. 19.


Shoebox
Continued From Page 1
iliaries participated in Opera-
tion Shoebox," said Mrs. Ben-
oit. "We have bins all over the
community collecting items for
the care packages. We've had
donations from the Scouts and
a Sorority. Waste Management
and Butch's Redneck Yacht
Club -both contributed $500
worth of items." Eckerd's Youth
School program staff gave to
Operation Shoebox in lieu of a
Christmas gift exchange.
Many of the sailors have
written to thank them for the
care packages, she said.
"The letters make you laugh
and make you cry," she con-
tinued. "One sailor wrote that
they had a problem with sup-
plies and he was down to his
last squirt of soap when our
care packages arrived. Some
have written that the Opera-
tion Shoebox packages are the
only mail they ever received the
whole time they were on the
ship.
"One wrote that he wouldn't
ask his family to send him any-


thing because he knew they
were in such a financial hard-
ship, and so he was very grate-
ful for our help," she said.
"The funny thing is they
keep thanking us. We should
be thanking them for serving
and protecting our country,"
she continued.
Currently 28 sailors are ex-
pected to 'arrive on Friday. She
said Don Patel at the Pier II mo-
tel is helping with accommo-
dations for the sailors. Golden
Corral has invited them to din-
ner on Friday night. Mrs. Benoit
said they have also sent invita-
tions to other service members
and families of service mem-
bers they met through Opera-
tion Shoebox. "We had some
Shoebox troops come home
for Christmas," she said.
Everyone who helped with
Operation Shoebox is welcome
to come and meet the sailors at
the barbecue. Mrs. Benoit said
anyone who would like to get
involved is always welcome.
"Operation Shoebox will
continue until we bring them
all home," she said.
The barbecue is planned
for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19,


at VFW Post #10539 on U.S.
Highway 441 S.E.
The following have bins for
Operations Shoebox items:
Clock Restaurant, Lunkers Res-
taurant, R.J. Gator's, Good Spir-
its, KOA Mail Room, Zachery
Taylor RV Park, Antoinette's,
Beall's Outlet, Sears, Radio
Shack, Gilbert Chevrolet, Movie
Gallery, Brahma Bull and Blue
Cypress Golf Club.
Items needed include: (use
common sense these guys
& gals are out in the middle
of nowhere) Shampoo, hard
candy, soap, chips, toothpaste,
cookies, toothbrush, Slim-
Jims, deodorant, gum, lotion,
tuna, snack packs, sun screen,
canned chicken, Chapstick. ce-
real bars, Tylenol, Nutri-grain
bars, Turns, drink mixes (Ga-
torade, tea, fruit punch), Band-
Aids any non-perishable snacks
in individual serving packages,
hand sanitizer, female prod-
ucts, Silly String (used to detect
trip wires for bombs), razors,
crossword puzzles, shaving
cream, writing paper and enve-
lopes, dental floss .


A letter from a sailor
I wanted to thank You, the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 10539, Ida, and the Veterans for
your thoughts and efforts on our behalf. The package was a surprise and a joy to receive.

I wanted to do more than to send a simple thank you for your kindness -- I wished to send you
information to share to all about the efforts and professionalism of the Armed Forces Members
that I have had the privilege to be associated with over in Iraq since 2003, 2005, and 2007.

During my tours in Iraq I have been literally all over the country in support of the Department
of Defense and in the course of doing this I have worked with and supported many of the military
units that are working diligently every day to fight terrorism and to raise the quality of life for the
Iraqi people.

I will say this for our military, "there is no place that they fear to go." They will go anywhere,
conduct any mission requirement, and do so with confidence in their equipment, their training,
their experience in-country, and their brothers and sisters in arms.

On my last trip into Baghdad City -- in the vicinity of Sadr City -- I traveled with a four vehicle
military unit to a factory. The vehicle gunner on my vehicle was a young woman who was re-
sponsible for the rear security of our motorcade. This is not an exception, nor is it the rule; it is
a fact that I have seen since the beginning of 2003 that our military forces are made up of and
successfully operate as brothers and sisters in arms.

It is with great pride that I report to you all that our military of all branches are in every way the
professional armed forces that we have always wished and dreamed they would be. During the
course of my tours in Iraq I have had the privilege of observing our armed forces in action, this
also includes our National Guard and Reserve units, and I have seen their activities equally split
between military action and what is known as Civil Affairs action.

Areas that no longer had markets and shops, or for that matter, jobs to support families now
have markets, shops, bustling streets, and jobs and the hope of new jobs soon to be had. All of
this is being done by our military units under the Reconstruction Projects. Our armed forces are
no longer just a fighting force, but have grown into a country building force, a country building
force that must still fight while they attempt to assist in the re-building. This is a unique and very
stressful environment for our young men and women to have to live and work. This quality of
life for the men and women of the military may be lost on politicians that simply visit the major
operating bases, the International Zone (IZ), and the Camp Victory's of Iraq.

This week as I worked with the military unit near Sadr City, I was impressed with their security
while traveling on the roads, but also with the pride that they expressed regarding what they have
done and are planning to do to make things better for the people in "their neighborhoods." J saw
the bustling streets on that day that I was familiar with from earlier tours and could remember
the closed shops, the trash in the streets, no electricity, no water, and the constant concern for
my team's safety Not so on this day. This scenario is playing itself out throughout Iraq and the
Iraqi people are finally beginning to respond in a positive manner in support of the reconstruction
effort and the fight against Al Qaeda and the other insurgent groups.

There is still the long fight ahead and the support of the American People is required, but we
are achieving our desired results, not through rhetoric, but through a living and working example
of willingness to help others. The small units on the ground are once again winning our war and
once again leaving in their wake an enemy that may see us as more of a friend than an enemy.
And that is the basis of the fear for countries like Iran and Syria and the militant fundamentalists.
The successes of our small units is the offer for the choice of life for the people of Iraq and is the
Harbinger of defeat for the militant fundamentalist's role in Iraq.

More and more of the tribes and neighborhoods are turning to our military and taking up arms
to join our fight against a common enemy, to provide for their own security and self determina-
tion, and to regain their pride in self.

The story goes on and perhaps I will write again, not only to express my thanks to all of You,
but to keep you informed and perhaps to do a bit of storytelling about some of the things I see
and to express my opinion to those that may be interested to listen.

Once again, I thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and support.

A friend always,
Jimmy Attaway


was referring, I believe to Fed-
eral Unemployment Insurance,
which would have been an issue
two years after the Stock Market
crash in 1929, which lead to the
depression.)




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hometown newspaper
online


Taxes
Continued From Page 1
would occur if the amendment
is passed.
However, the pain experi-
enced by city and county gov-
ernments in Okeechobee Coun-
ty due to budget cuts may not be
as drastic as in some other juris-
dictions. Our city and county
governments have kept millage
rates the same or reduced them
in the face of rising property val-
ues. We have not seen the rapid
expansion of spending of other
governments who increased
their millage rates in the face of
increased property values and
increased their budgets accord-
ingly.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at
pgawda@newszap.com.




History
Continued From Page 1
food and we stayed healthy, too.
Everyone had a garden, maybe
an acre or a half-acre and you
could grow a lot of what you
wanted to eat. Today some peo-
ple might starve and never think
about planting a garden.
"My friend and I used to go
at night to hunt for rabbits or
frogs to sell. Big Boy Hendry"
(Judge Bill Hendry's father)
(Hendry Meat Packers) "would
buy them for a few cents; then
you could buy the food like flour
you couldn't raise. We killed the
frogs with 'a "frog swat." We
took a piece off a big Cabbage
Palm and cut all the leaves off.
That left us with about a four-
foot piece, pretty thick on one
end. You'd swat the frog on the
head and put it in the "croaker
.bag" you took with you."
Monica Clark, daughter of
Dan McCarthy, son of the first
Dan McCarthy who came to
Okeechobee in 1917, had this
recollection: "In 1929, when
my father was 7 -years -old, my
grandfather started a side busi-
ness. This was at thJ height of
the Depression. No one had
money for new building, so my
grandfather arranged to bring
propane gas to Okeechobee by
rail from Tampa, offering refrig-
eration to Okeechobee residents
for the first time. At that time
there were gas refrigerators and
not everyone around.had elec-
tricity."
"In Clewiston as well, people
made remarkable efforts to live
a normal life.
"Before the Depression was
over work was starting on the
dike. Many of the workers were
young families just getting a
start in life. Their ingenuity in
furnishing their homes was as-
tonishing. Regular furniture was
scarce in their houses, but there
were many pieces made. from
the sturdy, wooden dynamite
boxes!
No matter what occupation
a person had, it was difficult to
make ends meet. Farmers even
had hard times. One year the
only successful crop at season's
end was pumpkins and the mar-
ket season for pumpkin is a very
short one. How many ways can
you cook pumpkin? Farmer's
wives invented some new ones
that year!
It was November 1931, the
nation was still struggling to
rise out of the great depression
When Henry Ford was inter-
viewed by the Clewiston News
while on a visit here to see the
sugar mill in operation. Among
other things, Mr. Ford said, "I
Would not insure unemploy-
ment; to me that looks like the
surest way of establishing un-
employment as a permanent
evil. What we should do is abol-
ish it and that can be done. The
world is full of work that ought
to be done. But very little effort
is being made toward it. All the
effort has gone toward 'insuring
unemployment' I am afraid of
any kind of artificial interference
with natural production." (He


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.. Robin's Room is a 'beachy' salon


MaryAnn Morris/Okeechobee News
At the American Hearing Aid Center, specialist Bill Smith
checks Beverly's eardrum with a video otoscope. The televi-
sion screen shows the inside of the ear, magnified 300 times.
This allows for a clear, detailed

Not your grandma's


hearing ai

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee has had a hear-
ing aid store on South Parrott
Avenue in the Northlake Plaza
shopping center for quite a while,
American Hearing Aid Center.
However, last year, Bill Smith, a
board-certified hearing aid spe-
cialist, came looking to add to
his hearing aid locations. There
were four, Sebastian, Vero Beach,
Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. Mr.
Smith knew the previous owner
of American Hearing Aid Center
and as it became known that he
was interested, he received a cal
from his friend who was driving
an hour and forty-five minutes
to service Okeechobee. The two
men came to an agreement and
Mr. Smith is the new owner of the
American Hearing Aid Center.
"We have sorpe of the most
up-to date equipment," he said.
"We schedule our clients for reg-
ular video. ototoscopic checkups.
That way they and we can be cer-
tain no problems have developed.


As simply as your doctor. looking
at the inside of your ear, this in-
strument magnifies 300 times
through any television screen. It
is done with fiber optics."
"A tympanometer, is another
useful device we have on hand
here," said Mr. Smith. "It checks
to see if the eardrum is moving/
reacting normally to sound."
No, this is not magic; it is sci-
ence. Mr. Smith is certified and
licensed by the state and national
Board of Hearing Instrument Spe-
cialists and has been in this prac-
tice for 25 years.
"My practice can be com-
pared to that of an optometrist,"
he said.
Hearing aids today are very
different from those your grandfa-
ther may have had. They are tiny
and hidden inside the ear.
"It's nana-science," he said.
"The processors in today's hear-
ing aids can process hundreds
of thousands calculations a sec-
ond."
MaryAnn Morris may be contacted
at mmorris@newszap.com.


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Tucked unassumingly under
a dark green awning on South-
west Third Terrace, off South Par-
rott, turn left behind Pizza Hut is
Robin Vest's salon. Unassuming
only until you spot the front door.
It is an invitation to lounge at the
beach.
The salon specializes in natu-
ral nail care. No acrylics here,
folks.
"I specialize in natural mani-
cures and care of natural nails,"
said Robin with a smile. "People
say my nails break, peel or split.
We carry special products to
help overcome that while the
natural nail grows out. I've had
four years experience and I think
natural nails avoid the chemicals
and are just better for you."
Robin's Room has luxury spa
pedicures offered in the beach-
themed rooms of the salon as
well.
Jeane Stokes will style your
hair and with 20 years experi-
ence, can provide and service
your "crowning glory" may want
or need.
Yes, it is all just "beachy."
MaryAnn Morris may be contacted
at mmorris@newszap.com.


MaryAnn Morris/Okeechobee News
The door to Robin's Room, is an unexpected invitation to enjoy nail and hair care. No, it is
not painted, it is wrapped, as tailgates of vehicles sometimes are.


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By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
One Stop Career Centers are
one-stop shopping for business.
Here services normally provided:.,
in separate locations are in one
place. In Okeechobee, that is at
209 Southwest Park Street. The
federal Workforce Investment Act
in 1998 required states to develop
comprehensive workforce devel-
opment strategies that include
the one-stop concept. Putting all
these services in local communi-
ties can benefit job seekers, laid
off workers, youth, incumbent
workers, new entrants to the
workforce, veterans, persons
with disabilities, and employers.
One Stops are a catalyst into
www.employflorida.com. This
Web site was "specifically de-
signed for job seekers, students,
case managers, employers, train-
ing providers, workforce profes-
sionals, and others seeking ben-
efits and services," it says. The
bottom line is better business,
better work, and better workers
equals increased production.
"We are not unemployment.
We are not welfare. We do not do
either of those," said John Gurney,
the Business Services Consultant
for the Workforce Development
Board. Mr. Gurney's office is in
the One Stop in Okeechobee and
he is a long-time Okeethobee
resident whose background in
business stretches back over
many areas of Business.
"With everything funneled


into the Employ Florida network
online, anyone can access busi-
ness and job information from
anywhere in the world," he said.
"Whether it is someone thinking
of investing in a new business for
the area or a service man whose
tour of duty is ending soon, people
can find the information to help
them make good decisions."
"People can register online
with no help. Then we invite
them to come in to the center to
see everything that is available to
them. Many people are not aware
we have as much as we do," said
Mr. Gurney. "We do orientations
every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
"We can train existing employ-
ees to a higher skill level so they
can move up to better jobs, less
skilled people then move into the
vacant lower level jobs," said Mr.
Gurney. If this upward movement
continues, the income levels in
Okeechobee County ratchet up.
"Working with the economic
developers people who at-
tract businesses into the area
like Main Street, the Chamber of
Commerce, and the Economic
Council is one more service' the
One Stops offer," he said. "and
keeping out-of-work skilled em-
ployees in the area when a major
employer goes out of business by
finding other area industries that
can use those skills. Wage scales
in Okeechobee County give a me-
dian family income of $30,000, so
few people are prepared for a pe-
riod of unemployment. Knowing
what we offer can help."


Business news welcome


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County business
people are invited to submit news
about your employees and oth-
ers in business for this column.
The "People in Business" column
will be featured every Monday in
the Okeechobee News. Reading
about "rising stars," people mov-
ing up, is always 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 okeenews@newszap.com with
the word "BUSINESS" as the sub-
ject. Be sure to include your name,
name of your business and a tele-
phone number where you can
be reached in case of questions.
Or, off your news at Okeechobee
News at 107 SW 17th Street, Atten-
tion: BUSINESS.
Home Depot's scheduled
Valentines Day opening is still on
track, folks. More to come on that
next week.
Okeechobee Main Street
will hold their mixer on Tuesday,
Jan. 15, at the Waldau Studio of
Graphic Design, 111 N.E. Second


St. from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is
invited where you can socialize,
network and enjoy light refresh-
ments. For more information
contact OKMS at (863) 357-MAIN.
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Main
Street will hold their member-
ship luncheon at the Brahma Bull
Restaurant, 2504 U.S. 441 South
at noon. The public is welcome
to come see what OKMS is doing
for our community.
The South Florida Wa-
ter Management District
Okeechobee Service Center
staff members are available to
meet with groups about water re-
sources and environmental resto-
ration projects in the Okeechobee,
Glades and Highland County ser-
vice area. Technical experts, sci-
entists and other specialists can
tailor a presentation to meet spe-
cific needs or answer questions
regarding many water-related
topics. This service is free and
available by contacting Victoria
Nowlan at (863) 462-5260 or 800-
250-4200, ext. 3045, or by e-mail
at vnowlan@sfwmd.gov.
The Okeechobee News welcomes
business news. Email stories and
photos to okeenews@newszap.com.
Maryann Morris may be reached at
mmorris@newswzap.com.


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Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, 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 okeenews@newszap.com 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!
POLITICS: I saw the Huckabee supporters out at the main inter-
section with their signs and waiving at the cars. I recognized quite a
few of them they are from Okeechobee, so this really does look like
a grass roots support. I don't see any other candidates' supporters out
there. It's such an Okeechobee thing to do our tradition of standing
at the main intersection with signs. I don't know who I am going to
vote for, but I guess Huckabee is one I will check into. I usually vote
Democrat but don't care for Clinton or Obama.
HOMESTEAD: I am so confused about this homestead thing.
I think it will really hurt the small counties. We don't have enough
money for services now. What will cutting taxes do? Put our county
out of business?
STOP ABUSING US: This is to the narrow minded person who
states they are tired of hearing about Pagans and Witches. Could you
possibly understand that we in the Pagan community are tired of be-
ing abused by your hatred and bigotry? The Christian community has
a "Golden Rule" of treating others as you,would like to be treated.
Have you forgotten that message from your Bible and clergy? Our rule
is to "Harm None" by word or deeds. So why the spite and mean
words? I do attend a Christian church with my family and friends and
respect their beliefs as they do mine. I was raised a Christian and am
very familiar with the Bible. You can find whatever argument you wish
to interpret in it to justify your actions. I freely chose the path I walk
and no amount of your biased opinions will ever change that. I was
not coerced, brow beaten, brain washed or flooded with pagan pam-
phlets or harassed by other Wiccans to change my faith. It's called
freedom of religion, my friend. You are free to love Jesus as I and my
fellow pagans are free to love the Lady and the Lord. Learn some tol-
erance and live in harmony with all faiths.


Upcoming Events

Monday Jan. 14
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at
noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their
guests are invited. Please R.S.VP. to (863) 763-2308.
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.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.
This meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her an-
cestry. The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a
family. For information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their
web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/-flgso.
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. .
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane
at 7 p.m.
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. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any inter-
ested persons to come by and see what they are about. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-6952.
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.
Tuesday Jan. 15
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 7:3) p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
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.
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 Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.



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Letters to the Editor


Why Vote?
With Florida's presidential pri-
mary rapidly approaching, many
voters are not thinking about the
race or they wonder whether
casting a ballot will matter.
Those who follow politics will
remember the squabble between
Florida legislators who wanted to
move the state's primary ahead of
other states and the national par-
ties which claim the early primary
violated their rules and vowed to
minimize the result of the voting.
The Democratic National Com-
mittee stripped Florida of all its
delegates to the national con-


vention a move has been chal-
lenged in court. The Republican
party leaders said it will seat only
half of Florida's delegates at their
nominating convention.
When presidential nominee
is selected, the nominee has the
choice of seating or not seating
delegates. There is no. nominee
that is going to exclude Florida.
Even if only half the state's del-
egates are seated, Florida would
still have one of the largest voting
blocks in the national conven-
tion.
Your vote on January 29 will
count! This primary is not to be
considered a "beauty contest"


or "straw poll." The nation will
be paying attention, and Florida
Democrats will have a major im-
pact in determining who the next
President of the United States of
America will be.
On January 29, 2008, there will
be a fair and open primary elec-
tion in Florida, which will provide
for maximum voter participation
- calling it anything but an elec-
tion is disrespectful and mislead-
ing.
There is too much at stake on
January 29. The ballot will also
feature a referendum on a right-
wing property tax constitutional
amendment. Our friends in labor,


including firefighters, teachers,
hospital workers, and police, will
face potentially devastating cuts
across the state if the amendment
passes.
Absentee voting is underway
in the state's primary, and early
voting begins Monday, Jan. 14.
Don't sit at home and complain
about what might have been. You
have the power to make a dif-
ference! Your vote counts! Make
your voice heard by voting on
January 29.
Stephanie Pierce
Okeechobee Democratic
Executive Committee


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Main Street plans mixer
Okeechobee Main Street will hold their mixer on Tuesday, Jan.
15, at the Waldau Studio of Graphic Design, 111 N.E. Second St. from
5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited where you can socialize, network
and enjoy light refreshments. For more information contact OKMS at
(863) 357-MAIN.

Nutritional analysis class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas, of Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center,
will be teaching a free CRA Nutritional Analysis Class on Tuesday,
Jan. 15, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the fitness center. For information, call
(863) 763-4320.

Sons of the American Revolution Essay contest
The Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution, would like
to invite all high school students to participate in the annual George
S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all high
school students and runs during the fall months, all entries should
be in to the state co-coordinator by Jan. 15, 2008. The essay contest
consist of a 800 to 1200 word original essay on the American Revolu-
tion, the Constitution or any participant in the events leading up to
the Revolution and its aftermath. Any student wishing to enter the
contest can find further information by accessing the web site at sar-
essay@hotmail.com or Hall Rieidger, Publicity Chairman FLSSAR, at
(772) 336-0926.

Top Broadway Composers discussed
Presented by Ian Nairnsey at the Okeechobee Library, Broadway
Music Authority lan Nairnsey will present Top Broadway Compos-
ers at the Okeechobee Library beginning Jan. 15 with a program on
Rodgers and Hammerstein. Mr. Nairnsey brings a wealth of music
and backstage information on Broadway musicals. The programs
will begin at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library Meeting Room. They
are free and open to the public. 1. "Rodgers and Hammerstein In
A Minor Key" on Tuesday, Jan. 15' 2. "John Mercer" on Jan. 22- 3.
"Bob Merrill" on Jan. 29, 4. "Frank Loesser on February 5th. 5.
"Jerome Kern Part 1" .Feb. 12, 6. "Jerome Kern Part !!" Feb. 19. For
information call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.


Wednesday, Jan. 16

Main Street plans membership luncheon
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Okeechobee Main Street will hold their
membership luncheon at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2504 U.S. 441
South at noon. The public is welcome to come see what OKMS is
doing for our community.
Thursday, Jan. 17

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

Airboat Association to meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting at Beef 0' Brady's on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Election
of officers for 2008 and final preparation for the Speckled Perch Fes-
tival are the primary agenda items. All members are encouraged to
be present. 2008 membership dues can be paid at the meeting or
mailed to P. 0. Box 30, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0300.

Monthly coffee klatch scheduled
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be Jan. 17, at 8
a.m. It will be sponsored by March of Dimes Lakeview Builders,
200 N.W Fifth St.

Airboat Association to meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting at Beef 0' Brady's on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Election
of officers for 2008 and final preparation for the Speckled Perch Fes-
tival are the primary agenda items. All members are encouraged to
be present. 2008 membership dues can be paid at the meeting or
mailed to P. 0. Box 30, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0300.


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DACHSRIUND found off of
Hwy. 70 near Post Office.
Call to ID: (863)824-0828
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Employment
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DRIVER
FULL TIME, BENEFITS,
GREAT PAY
Delivering propane,
maintaining equipment &
provide great customer
service. CDL B Hazmat.
Ferrellgas, 204 SW 7th Ave,
Okeechobee (863)763-7557
FAX (863)763-5206
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, position available for a busy
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Sales experience a plus. No
real estate license required.
Salary plus commission.
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or (863)357-2700.
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Eckerd Youth'Alternatives, Inc., a leader in alter-
native treatment programs for youth-at-risk, is
seeking a Registered Nurse and a Health Servic-
es Manager for our program in Okeechobee, FL.
The RN position req. a current FL license, 2 yrs
of nursing exp., preferably with children/adoles-
cents. Must have MS Word and Excel skills, and
a valid driver's license. The Health Services
Manger req. a min. of 3 yrs nursing exp., lyr in
an administrative or supervisory role. (M.S. may
be substituted for one year of req. exp.) Must
possess organizational, budgeting, writing, and
communication skills. Must have exp. in medical
practices, procedures and regulations, health
care management, adolescent health care needs.
ACA, DJJ, and Florida Statutes as related to job
responsibilities. EOE, M/W/D/V,
Drug Free Workplace.
Send resume to
M Kekahuna
fax:727-442-5911
or recruiting@eckerd.org


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

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

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


-SALES MANAGER-
Local building company seeks
-Sales Manager. Must have
proficient computer skills in-
cluding C.A.D. Minimum 10
years construction industry ex-
perience. Excellent interper-
sonal and presentation skills.
Strong written and verbal
skills. Financing and estimat-
ing knowledge a plus.
Send resume to RO. Box 991,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.


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Heaven 208 South Parrot Ave.
863-763-9299
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Elderly Care Reg. Nurse
w/35 yrs. exp. has one
opening for 24 hr. care in
nice family home. Call
Susan 863-763-2334.
Join al the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-
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AKC YORKIES 1 female
$600, 3 males $500 ea,
(863)467-4337
CHIPOO PUPPIES (2) Tiny
toy males, white. Shots/vet
health cert. $300 cash only.
(863)357-0037.


TV ANTENNA TOWER 75ft,
Rohn, Guyed 12" Triangular
welded galvanized base +
7/1 Oft +5 ft top, you dis-
mantle and move, $1000
(863)634-7040


Rentals

a RENT

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


DUPLEX 3 BR, 1 BA, $850
mo. 1st & sec. to move in.
No pets. Call (863)634-9899
IMMACULANT 2 BR, 1/2 BA,
2 Story apt. Washer/Dryer.
Fenced. Patio. $750 1st,
last, sec. (863)634-3313


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BASSWOOD 2 BR, 1 BA,
$900 mo. 1st & sec. to
move in. No pets. Call
(863)634-9899
'BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
(561)683-9754
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
863-484-0809


BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. 100% applied to pur-
chase of $168,500 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. .(561)718-2822
DIXIE RANCH ACRES 3br,
2b'a, $1000 / mo
(800)543-2495
DIXIE RANCH ESTATES -
NEW! 3 BR, 2 BA, new tile,
doors & paint, W/D. $900/mo
+ elec, + $900 sec dep. Pets
okay. (561)596-1344 or
(561)596-1476 ,


MOVE IN SPECIAL
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min.from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st& sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
8am til 4pm.
OKEf: 3/1 on '/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba
House on 1/2 acre. W/D hook
up. Carport, Tile flooring.
$750. mo. (863)467-8797
OKEECHOBEE 3/2 on 20
acres, 15 minutes North of
town. $1500/mo
(863)447-0352


OKEECHOBEE ESTATES -
3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st & sec.
Call to see (863)885-1347
WATERFRONT Treasure Is-
land 2 br, 1 ba MH $590/mnio,
1 Rm. Cottage, $450/mo. All
req. 1st., last & sec. & Include
city w a t e r.
(561)346-4692/346-4646
Find It master. Sell It soon-
er In them classlfleds

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breezel


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are more successful


TEN UNIT BUILDING 8 Units
Occupied w/tenants. On
70W x 140L lot. $175,000 or
best offer. (863)763-8058


BANK SHORT SALE
3/2 Waterfront, $129,000 or
best offer. All offers consid-
ered. The Real Estate Co.
(954)326-2083
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
863-484-0809

When doing those chores
Is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classmeds.


Land for Sale -10 acres,
drop dead gorgeous land,
tons of oaks & palm trees,
with a creek, close to town,
$30,000 per acre.
Dreamcatcher Realty
(863)357-5900


BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 2
waterfront lots, large pads,
pool & clubhouse, 9 hole
golf course, (239)945-7666


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land -Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House.-. .1050
Out of State.-
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
or 502-598-9115
On Taylor Creek, 55+ park,
furnished 2/1 mobile home,
Fla. rm., long carport, 2
sheds, Ig. covered dock &
boat slip, w/lift, Must See to
Appreciate! $35,000.
(863)447-9524


Mobile Homes



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




OKEECHOBEE
*Rental, SE 23rd Court,
For information.
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419



MH 1 br, 1 ba. $600/mo for
1 person, $700/mo for 2
people, includes all utils +
cable. 1st mo + $200 sec.
(863)763-2098/610-1386/
763-4880 Elliebob Shores-
828 Hwy 441 SE



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
OAK PARK
2 BR, Furnished 2 sheds.
$19,500.
(863)763-4662
OKEECHOBEE Furnished
2br, 2ba, Covered carport.
150'x70 lot onSE 58th Dr.
$55K w/$5K down Owner
Financing lOyr. Mortgage
$600 mo. (863)467-6688
PALM HARBOR HOMES
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
800-622-2832
PARK MODEL 4 yrs old, like
new, w/ bay window, furnished
Stevens, 78 West. Immed occ.
$19K. 859-582-6943


V


Girls hoops win Senior Night contest


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Eight Brahman seniors were
paid off Friday night for all the
work they have done over the
years. They won their senior
night,game.
Monica Koger, only a sopho-
more,, had 21 points and seven
,steals to lead Okeechobee to an
impressive, 69-45 victory over
South Fork to win their fifth game
in 13 decisions.
"This was my type of game,
aggressive defense, steals, I enjoy
that," Koger noted.
Another big reason for the win
was senior shooting guard Jarelle
Conn. She came off the bench
and hit five three pointers.
"I found myself a shooter,"
Brahman Coach Tammy Wright
said, "It felt good to see the se-
niors win this game tonight. They
played hard."
Conn was five of seven from


three point land and Okeechobee
did a good job getting her the
ball when she was open and had
plenty of time to shoot.
"That was my favorite plays
of the night, finding Jarelle, all of
her shots," Koger noted.
Alisha Harriel had a game high
23 points for South Fork. She also
pulled 20 rebounds inside.
"We knew she was going to
be tough, so I surrounded her.
I wanted them to find another
girl to score and they couldn't,"
Coach Wright noted.
Okeechobee got off to a nice
start and led 4-0 early. South Fork
came back and took a 9-6 lead,
thanks to Harriel's work ,inside.
That's when Conn entered the
game. She hit a. three pointer
to tie the score at nine, and
Okeechobee went on a 12-4 run
to end the quarter with an 18-13
lead.
"It really is one of the best feel-
ings in the world when you hit a


three pointer. I just felt good and
I was hot," Conn admitted.
Okeechobee continued their
strong offensive play in the sec-
ond quarter as they outscored
the Lady Bulldogs, 14-4 to take a
32-17 lead into the locker room.
Heather Fipps made a nice 16
foot jumper to give Okeechobee
a 22-15 lead. They also played
tight man to man defense to
stifle South Fork. Another three
by Conn gave Okeechobee
their largest lead of the half, 15
points.
Things continued to go down-
hill for the Bulldogs in the third
quarter as Okeechobee went on
a nice run to open up a 20 point
lead. Koger stole a ball at half
court and dribbled in for a lay
up to make it 36-15 just seconds
into the half. A three point play
by Jewel Buck gave Okeechobee
a 42-26 lead. Okeechobee led,
51-31 as they entered the fourth
quarter.


Okeechobee continued to
force turnovers in the final quar-
ter with some pressure defense.
They had 17 steals as a team.
Okeechobee also did a better
job holding on to the basketball
as they committed just 15 turn-
overs.
Koger had five points and
Conn hit another three in the
fourth quarter as Okeechobee
padded their lead to as many as
25 points.
"We played together as a team
and we had a lot of fun tonight,
that's what it's all about," Koger
noted.
Koger's 21 were followed by
Conn's 17 points. Kitaki Rob-
erts had six points and five re-
bounds. Heather Fipps had four
points and two assists. Dorothy
Burkhardt had six points and
eight rebounds.
The girl's travel to Lake Placid
on Monday night. The Junior Var-
sity also defeated South Fork.


SOkeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jewel Buck (right) had her hands full with South Fork's Aleshia
Harriel during Friday night's Okeechobee victory.


Alexis Crowell is flanked by Dana Pryor and Alexzavia Crbwell
at Senior night.


Kitaki Roberts #12, and her mom Takilya Roberts at Senior
night.


Senior Heather Fipps is flanked by her father Lawrence and
her mom Wendy Fipps at Senior Night.


Kaylee Eckhardt and her Papi Eddie Cruz at senior nignt.


Senior Jarelle Conn is joined by her aunt Kelly Johnson


Brittany Smith is flanked by her mother Diane Smith and her
father Roger Smith.


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




AIR BOAT 13 ft, Stephull
w/300 lycoming upstack fuel
injected, 3 blade carbon fiber
prop. (561)719-1534

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items in
the classifeids.


GULFSTREAM CONQUEST '03
- 29.5 ft, excellent condition.
$9500 (954)298-0730 any-
time.
TRAVEL TRAILER '06-39 ft, 2
br, Irg full bath, c/a, awning,
self contained or park model,
2 slide outs, sleeps 6, used
once. Will deliver. $20,000
or best offer. (610)805-3616





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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



INTHE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2007-DR-791
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Filiberto Gonzalez Ayala
Petitioner
and
Guadalupe Gonzalez Diaz
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Guadalupe Gonzalez Diaz, 2905 S. El
Camino Real, San Clemente, CA
92672
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Filiberto
G. Ayala, whose address is 1414 S.
Parrott Avenue #177, Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before 1/22/2008, and
file the original with the clerk of this
Court at Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, Court Operations lst Floor,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 before service on Peti-
tioner or immediately thereafter If you
fail to do so. a default may be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the petiion.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review.these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice ofeCur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12,915)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 20, 2007
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
254289 ON 12/24,31/07:1/7.14/08


Kylie Eckhardt and her Aunt Mary Cruz at senior Night.




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