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Vol. 99 No. 145


Briefs

Memorial Day
observation set
The Memorial Day Celebra-
tion and Ceremony will be held
in Veterans' Memorial Park on
Monday, May 26, Memorial Day.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., there
will be a gathering in the park.
A speaker will present an ad-
dress to the gathering at 10 a.m.
The honor guard will salute the
veterans at 11 a.m. This event
is sponsored by the American
Legion. The Chamber of Com-
merce will serve free hotdogs
until 1 p.m. Join the celebra-
tion and honor those who have
served our country.

School board to
discuss grants
In conjunction with the
Community Collaborative
Council meeting, the Okeecho-
bee County School Board will
be discussing several grants for
the 2008-09 school year.
The meeting will be held
in the School Board office. at
700 S.W. Second Ave. on Tues-
day, May 27, at 10 a.m. Grants
include: IDEA, Part B - Indi-
vidual Disabilities Education
Act; IDEA - Part B - Preschool;
Title I - Migrant, Delinquent and
Homeless Children; Title II -
Teacher and Principal Training
Recruiting Fund, Math and Sci-
ence Partnerships, Enhancing
Education through Technology
Entitlement; Title III - English
Language Acquisition, Lan-
guage Enhancement and Aca-
demic Achievement Act; Title
IV - Safe and Drug Free Schools
and 21st Century Community
Learning Centers; Title V - In-
novative Programs; and Title VI
- Rural and Low Income School
Programs.
Any person who would like
more information or to provide
input, please plan on attending
the meeting or call Cathleen
Blair at 863-462-5000 ext. 255
for grant contacts.

Drought Index

Current: 532
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.75 feet
Last Year: 9.23 feet

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Index
Classifieds................................. 9
C om ics ...................................... 5
Community Events................ 4
Crossword ............................. 5
O bituaries.......... .............. . ........ 6
O pinion..................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Outdoors Column ................. 9
TV .......................................... 4
W eather................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008


Scholarship Night: $2.8 million awarded


Submitted photo/OHS
The Okeechobee Educational Foundation in conjunction with the United Way gave out
eight $500 scholarships to (back row-left to right) Evan King, Patrick Neal, (middle row-
left to right) presenter Linda Syfrett, Kayla Patterson, Kathryn Murrow, (front row-left to
right) Adrianna Abner, Erika Williams, Angela McCall and Rosalinda Torres.


Community gives: $617,190


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The local community has
stepped up to the plate for the
young people of Okeechobee
once again by giving $617,190
in scholarships to Okeechobee
High School seniors.
This is in addition to
$1,152,682 in outside scholar-
ships from the military, colleg-
es, etc. and $1,059,000 in Bright
Futures scholarships.
That totals $2,828,872 to-
wards secondary education for
the approximately 300 gradu-
ates.
Okeechobee High School
Principal Toni Wiersma ex-
pressed her gratitude to the lo-
cal community on behalf of all
of the students.
"Knowing the economy is
down, for the local scholarships
to be up once again is phenom-
enal. It is unheard of for such a
small town to give so much in
local scholarships," stated Mrs.
Wiersma.
This year there are two vale-


dictorians: Jesse Bryant and.
Evan King; and one salutato-:
rian, Rina Boswell.
The Baccalaureate Ceremo-
ny will be held on Wednesday,
June 4, at 7 p.m. in the gym.,
The 2008 Graduation cer-
emony will be held on Thurs-
day, June 5, at 8 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Cen-
ter. Graduation is a ticket only
event. Each student is given
tickets for their family.
Following the ceremony the
community will once again
step up and fund the annual
Grad Night party at Stardust
Lanes where' the graduates
receive additional door prizes
and scholarships while '... '
a safe, fun evening.'
Many of the local scholar-
ships are given through the
Okeechobee Educational Foun-
dation, Inc. which is a non-
profit organization that strives
to provide all of the students in
Okeechobee County from var-
ied backgrounds, income levels
and need by raising funds, pro-
viding mini grants to teachers


and assisting donors in dispers-
ing local scholarships.
All money that is awarded
through the Foundation to stu-
dents attending Indian River
Community College may be eli-
gible for state match. Through
the agreement between the
Foundation and IRCC, the
state awarded over $106,000
in match money to the Foun-
dation earlier this year. This
money is going right back to
the students from Okeechobee
attending IRCC.
Ninety Okeechobee donors,
both businesses and individuals
used the services of the foun-
dation in 2007, awarding over
$273,000 in scholarships.
Nine students received the
Academic Bright Futures Schol-
arship which pays for 100 per-
cent of tuition and allowable
fees plus an amount established
by the Florida Legislature in the
General Appropriations Act for
college-related expenses (ex-
cluding summer term) prorat-
See Scholarships - Page 2


Submitted photo/OHS
Ten students (front row-left to right) Benjamin Esquibel-Lopez, Faveola Hernandez,
Kristen Serrett, Latesha Neal, (back row-left to right) Edmund Furphy III, Giovanni
Jimenez, Alicia Valcaniant, and (not pictured) Rafaela Benitez and Jessica Donaldson
received the Take Stock Scholarship valued at $11,000 from IRCC presented by Pat
Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith (right)




Public asked to



help ID burglar


The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is asking the as-
sistance of the media and pub-
lic in identifying the suspect in a
recent burglary.
On May 20, 2008 at 1:37 a.m.
Corporal Paul Ferrell responded
to the Marathon Gas Station,.
1505 SR 78 W, reference to an
alarm.
On arrival to the scene, Cor-
poral Ferrell found the front
glass door shattered. Back up
officers were summonsed and


a search of the building netted
no suspects. It was found that
someone had broken the door,
entered the building, and stolen
the cash register.
Surveillance cameras cap-
tured part of the incident. It
appears the two suspects ap-
proached the building in a 90s
model, dark, full sized, long
bed, single cab pick-up truck
with a silver bed tool box. The
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Jury awards
$377,500 to
woman's family

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee County jury
Friday awarded the family of a
90-year-old woman $377,500
in connection with her 2005
death.
A lawyer for the estate that
sued World Ministries Outreach
for negligence in the death
claimed the woman wasn't
property evaluated by Dunklin
Rest Home administrator, Lou
O'Bannon.
Attorney John Kennedy said
Mrs. Irene Fleming had demen-
tia and had once fallen asleep
in her own home with the stove
on before she was moved into
this facility.
"She shouldn't have been
there (At Dunklin) in the first
place," said Mr. Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy argued that the
facility had failed in their duty to
provide, her proper care.
Mrs. Fleming wandered off
from the facility on April 11,


2005, and fell onto N.W. Sec-
ond Avenue. She suffered a
major head injury from the fall,
according to court testimony.
Mrs. O'Bannon testified
Thursday that she had no idea
that Mrs. Fleming had Alzheim-
ers disease.
City Police Detective J.P
Ziegler, in rebuttal testimony,
stated on April 12, 2005, that he
met with Mrs. O'Bannon and
other officials at the rest home
and that employees there were
aware that Fleming was inco-
herent, and suffered from class
A Alzheimers and dementia.
I In earlier testimony, a former
employee of Dunklin, Shauna
Atkinson stated that she was
watching television while an-
other employee crocheted
� when the accident occurred.
Ms. Atkinson said further
precautions should have been
taken to avoid these types of
incidents. She testified the front
door had not been locked that
evening.
A medical examiner stated
Mrs. Fleming died from compli-
cations brought on from a head
injury.
See Dunklin - Page 2


Road project



is investigated


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
More information on the
N.W. Seventh Court situation
came to light at 'the May 22
meeting of the Okeechobee
County Commissioners.
That road existed only on
paper until last month. Some
time in the past either a private
developer or the county had
done some right of way work
but the road was not opened
Up. Since that time the right of
way- became overgrown and
was fenced off.
Last month the road depart-
ment started work on opening
up the right of way which ex-
tends approximately one tenth
of a mile from U.S. 98 N. adja-.
cent to Everglades Farm Equip-
ment to N.W 20th Avenue.


Work was stopped on April 22
with shellrock extending to just
past the back gate of Everglades
Farm Equipment.
At the May 8 county com-
mission meeting the issue first
became public when Commis-
sioner Ray Domer asked about
the cost of the project and what
was going to be done with the
cost information. At that time
County Administrator Lyndon
Bonner promised to issue a
memo giving a full account
of "what has occurred, what
we're doing and why I stopped
the project where it is."
That 23-page memo contain-
ing letters, e-mails and excerpts
from the county land develop-
ment regulations, was deliv-
ered to county commissioners
See Project - Page 2


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The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's.help in identifying the man
in this surveillance video. If you recognize this man, please call the Sheriff's Office at 863-
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News Briefs


Submitted photo/OHS
Pat Alfrey (back left) and Sam Smith (back right) presented
the Henry Kelly Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 to (back row-
left to right) Aaron Hall, Elia Suarez, (front row-left to right)
Skylar Clark, Jasmine Boldin and Ser'rene Acheson.


Scholarships
Continued From Page 1
ed by term and hours, according
to their website.
Students who receive the Gold
Medallion Scholarship will receive
an award equal to 100 percent of
tuition and allowable fees for col-
lege credit courses leading to an
associate degree.


Burglar
Continued From Page 1

passenger exited the truck and
obtained a tool to break the win-
dow. The passenger then entered
the store and removed the cash
register and another undisclosed
item. The suspects left the area in
an unknown direction of travel.


Project
Continued From Page 1

at the May 22 commission meet-
ing. Neither Mr. Bonner nor any of
the commissioners commented
on the memo at the meeting.
In a related development, Brad
Lundy, manager of the Everglades
Farm Equipment dealership in
Okeechobee stated that his com-
pany was not involved in anything
underhanded.
_ "L didn't ask for anything," he
said. Mr. Lundy said his compa-
ny's only involvement in the proj-
ect was to inquire of Mr. Betts if
there was a working right of way
beside their property.
"Our reputation is worth a lot
more than $9,000," Mr. Lundy
said
To show his company's good
faith, on Friday, May 23 Mr. Lun-
dy was prepared to offer to Mr.
Bonner a check made out to the
Okeechobee County Road Depart-
ment in the amount of $9,214.34,
the amount that N.W. Seventh
Court has cost the county to date.
However, Mr. Bonner did not feel
he could legally accept the check
at that time.
The memo Mr. Bonner gave
the commissioners was dated
"May 8, 2008 appended May 21,
2008."
Mr. Bonner began by apologiz-
ing for not getting the information
to commissioners before the May
8 meeting. He said he underesti-
mated the effort needed to com-
plete the memo.
"During my site visit a number
of issues were discovered that
dictated we stop all work," Mr.
Bonner wrote of the project.
While not mentioning any
specific issues, the administra-
tor went on to quote about three
pages from the county land de-
velopment regulations. He cited
sections 7.03.01 and 7.03.02
which detail the specifications for
a county road and state that any
road built to county specifications
shall be paved with asphalt.
"Commissioners clearly feel
this project should not have been
pursued as it was," Mr. Bonner
then wrote. However he went on
to state that planning and track-
ing procedures have been imple-


Dunklin
Continued From Page 1

"The fact of the matter is both
employees were inattentive that
night, and that caused Mrs. Flem-
ing's fall.. This didn't happen in a
split second. It was preventable,
very preventable," he told jurors.
The estate asked for $28,000 in
medical expenses, and $250,000
for damages that include pain
and suffering for the woman's
son, Stanley Fleming.
"He paid these people to care
for his mom and they didn't do
it," Mr. Kennedy said.
Dunklin Attorney Edwin Mor-
tell of Stuart argued that there
was no evidence that they were
negligent or violated Mrs. Flem-
ing's rights.


Students receiving the Gold
Seal scholarship will receive an
award equal to 75 percent of tu-
ition and allowable fees. All of
these percentages are based on
a public institutions. If a student
chooses to go to a private school,
they will receive the equivalent of
what a public institution would
cost.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be


The truck's passenger is de-
scribed as a young white male,
slender muscular build, baggie
jeans, dark shoes, no shirt, and
dark gloves. He has dark short
hair, no facial hair.
Should . anyone recognize
the suspect in the photographs,
please call Detective Bryan Lowe
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office 863-763-3117.


mented for review and approval
before beginning work on this
type project in the future.
The administrator pledged to
present a mitigation plan and re-
lated costs at the June 12 commis-
sion meeting. He said that interim
road department head Vernon
Gray was requested to contact the
affected property owners to see if
they would be willing to share in
the cost of completing the proj-
ect.
He went on to state that he
did not believe, commissioner Clif
Betts had directed or influenced
Mr. Gray to do this project.
Then the administrator carried
the subject even further:
"The larger question is the
notion that the board of county
commissioners and/or the county
administrator is going to tolerate/
condone political cronyism/ fa-
voritism whereby individuals are
extended special consideration
at the public's expense. That is-
sue has also been emphatically
settled for the administrator by
the board's absolute commit-
ment to work together and within
the confines of Florida Statue 125.
Further, the board has bound the
county and the county adminis-
trator to abide by Florida Statue
125 and the International County
Manager's Association C6de of
Ethics which excludes and pro-
vides sanctions for such conduct.
Florida Statute 125 deals with
county government and the pow-
ers and duties of county commis-
sioners and county administra-
tors.
In all fairness to Mr. Bonner, it
must be noted that the work on
N.W. Seventh Court began on
April 9. He did not assume duties
as county administrator until April
14.
The memo contained a let-
ter from Mr. Gray to Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Kretiz, owners of the va-
cant 5.549 acres to the south of
Everglades Farm Equipment. The
letter requests that the Kretizs re-
move the fence that was erected
across the county right of way
separating the Kreitz property
from Everglades property.
An e-mail dated April 23 from
Mr. Gray to Mr. Bonner stated that
Everglades had inquired as to
whether or not the right of way to
the south of their property could


He.saidthere was no evidence
given that stated Dunklin was
negligent in any way.
He added that an assisted liv-
ing facility can not lock or restrain
their residents at any time.
He said the residents had the
right to walk around the facility,
sit on the porch, and travel inde-
pendently in the community.
Mr. Mortell said a medical doc-
tor found that living at Dunklin
would be appropriate for Mrs.
Fleming. The doctor stated in his


Submitted photo/OHS
Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith (right) presented the IRCC
Valedictorian Scholarship in the amount of $4,200 to Evan
King (center-left) and Jesse Bryant (center-right) for their
achievement as valedictorians for the Class of 2008.


Submitted photo/OHS
Heather Stillians (left) and Nathan Owen (right) presented
the Okeechobee News/Publix scholarship of $500 to Mary
Huff (center left) and Bryan Suarez (center right) on scholar-
ship night.


be re-opened in order to alleviate
problems with trucks delivering
equipment to the company.
"I observed that doing this
would benefit both Everglades,
Mr. Kreitz, Mr. M.E. Fulwider and
Mohawk Construction, the latter
two having to utilize N.W 20th
Avenue and N.W Sixth Street in
order to access Highway 98."
Mr. Fulwider owns the 1.685
acres directly behind Everglades
and fronting on N.W. 20th Avenue
that is being used as an equip-
ment yard. Mohawk Construction
has an equipment yard located
on N.W 20th Avenue across from
S.W Seventh Court.
"Given the fact that the county
had not abandoned the right of
way and that reopening it would
benefit multiple property owners
and commercial enterprises, I di-
rected the road department to do
so," Mr. Gray wrote.
He went on to say: "There is
no plan to pave this right-of-way,
but to leave it as compressed .
crushed shell."
Mr. Bonner later stated that
leaving the road paved with shell-
rock is not an acceptable option
under current land development
regulations.
An April 24 e-mail from Mr.
Gray to Mr. Bonner states:
"I most strongly resent the
insinuation or allegation by any
member of the board that my
decision to reopen the right of
way adjacent to Everglades Farm
Equipment was improperly influ-
enced by anyone. It was not!"
In another e-mail dated' April
25 to Mr. Bonner, Mr. Gray makes
a defense against Mr. Bonner's
statement that "we were going
to take a hit" for rehabilitating
the right of way. He stated that
he inquired of planning direc-
tor Bill Royce about the status of
the right of way. He said that Mr.
Royce was aware of his intention
to reopen the right of way and did
not voice any concerns.
He further stated that a copy of
his letter to Mr. Kretiz about fence
removal was sent to the interim
county administrator and the
county attorney and they did not
voice any concerns. He said that
Mr. Betts expressed approval of
the idea. Neither did the road de-
partment staff voice any concern
about the project. Mr. Gray went


exam that the woman suffered
from some memory loss but did
not mention Alzheimers or de-
mentia.
The nursing assistant on duty
testified Thursday that she had
knowledge that Mrs. Fleming had
gone outside to sit on the porch.
He noted the facility locked
the doors at night to keep other
people out, and not to keep resi-
dents inside.
"The standard is not perfect
and not to protect them (resi-


on to say that he was not aware
of any "practice, procedure, pol-
icy, resolution or ordinance that
would have precluded him from
doing what he did."
"I do not see that we have
,done anything wrong," Mr. Gray
'asserted.
In an April 29 e-mail to Mr.
Bonner, Mr. Gray stated he in-
formed Everglades, Mr. Kreitz and
Mr. Fulwider, that there were no
plans to pave the right of way. He
suggested that the county finish
reopening the right of way and
walk away from it.
A memo from county attorney
John Cassels to Mr. Gray dated
May 13 states:
"You are correct in your asser-
tion that the road (N.W. Seventh
Court) would need to be brought
up to current county road stan-
dards."
Mr. Cassels went on to talk
about new amendments to the
land development regulations
which were facing a final public
hearing the following week.
He added that, "the prohibi-
tion on construction of substan-
dard roads has actually been in
effect by policy for a couple of
years and the amendment simply
codifies much of the policy."
Mr. Cassels concludes by say-
ing: "It should be noted that the
county suffers from an increased
liability where a road is partially
constructed as opposed to where
there has been no construction at
all."
A May 15 e-mail from Mr. Gray
to Mr. Bonner gives six examples
of similar projects completed
by the road department. They
included N.W. 35th Drive, Dixie
Ranch Acres, N.W. 53rd Terrace,
Hair Road/N.E. Ninth Avenue in
Fort Drum, N.E. 327th Trail and
Fifth Drive in Fort Drum, and N.W.
Fifth Street and N.W Third Street
in El Marasol/DeBerry.
The next move will come at
the June 12 meeting when com-
missioners will decide what ac-
tion to take in response to Mr.
Bonner's suggestions.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
atpgawda@newszap.com.


dents) from all of the perils in the
world," he said.
The son had considered a
nursing home but had found the
facility would be too restrictive for
her, Mr. Mortell stated.
He said Mrs. Fleming lived in
the facility for five months and did
great.
"She did beautifully, this was
just an accident, and nobody did
anything wrong," he said.


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Donate cars to Boys and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap metal has sharply risen, the Boys
and Girls Car Campaign will accept most any car with no restric-
tions. Cars will be picked up anywhere in Florida, usually within a
week, and are sold at auction. To donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds
obtained by the sales go directly to help the Florida clubs.

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

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

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

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


Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Considerable cloudiness, with numerous showers and
scattered thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will
be from the west at 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the after-
noon. The chance of rain is 60 percent.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers until around
midnight, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight.
The low will be in the lower 70s. The wind will be from the north
around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent

Extended Forecast
Sunday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the
morning and early afternoon. The high will be in the mid 80s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.
Sunday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the upper 60s.
The wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Monday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 80s.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, May 24, 2008 3


Rain helps contain fires


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GLADES COUNTY - Lake
Okeechobee received over one
half inch of rain this week and all
five wildfires are 100 percent con-
tained, according to the Florida
Division of Forestry. Widespread
smoke issues are not expected
but localized smoke nuisance is
still a probability.
All of these wildfires were
caused by humans either inten-
tionally or accidentally. The Divi-
sion of Forestry is asking anyone
who knows about any informa-
tion pertaining to these fires or
sees anyone acting suspiciously
before, during or after a fire has


started, please call the toll free Ar-
son Alert Hotline 1-800-342-5869.
You may be 'eligible for up to a
$5,000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and convic-
tion of an arsonist.
Roads that may have residual
smoke on them this weekend in-
clude: County Road 74, 720 and
721; and, State Roads 27, 78 &
29.
The DOF is asking residents to
call 511 for updated road closures
and use the Florida Highway Pa-
trol website for current road clo-
sure information. Smoke may cre-
ate conditions where visibility on


roadways is seriously impaired.
The five wildfires include:
* Grassy Island - reported May
1: This wildfire was 100 percent
contained at 2,756.4 acres.
* Myakka Cut - reported May
2: This wildfire is 100 percent
contained at 23,000 acres.
* Robertson- reported May 11:
This wildfire is 100 percent con-
tained at 21 acres. As of Frilay,
the fire was ruled "Dead Out."
* Curry Island - reported May
15: This wildfire was 100 percent
contained at 15 acres. As of Fri-
day, it was ruled "Dead Out."
* Big Bear Beach - reported


Employee recognition
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Clif Betts recently presented Emma Cinelli, of
senior services, a certificate in recognition of her ten years' service to the county.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Horse judging
Osceola Middle School FFA Horse Judging Team and their teacher (left to right) Tabitha
Cannon, Allyson Trimble, teacher Mr. Trimble and Megan McNabb (4th high scoring in-
dividual in state-not pictured) placed first in state competition. They were among those
honored at a recent School Board meeting.


Conservation

important
WEST PALM BEACH - Al-
though Thursday's much-
needed rainfall helped to extin-
guish several wildfires in South
Florida, forecasters warn that
the dry season is not yet over.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is reminding
residents and visitors that emer-
gency water restrictions remain
'in effect.
South Florida's water sup-
ply continues to be affected by
a multi-year rainfall deficit that
last saw some relief in early
April. District-wide since May 2,
South Florida has received less
than an inch of rain, an amount
that is about 25 percent of the
historical average.
Water levels are decreasing
across the District, including in
Lake Okeechobee where the
water level has dropped to 9.75
feet, about three and a half feet
below the historical average for
this time of year. Under these
dry conditions, it is critical that
all residents in South Florida
continue to observe emergency
water restrictions that, in most
areas, permit twice-weekly
lawn watering.


May 17: This wildfire is 100 per-
cent contained at 200 acres and is
expected to continue to increase
in size.
Agencies involved in the fire-
fighting include: Florida Division
of Forestry, Glades County Fire/
Rescue, South Florida Water
Management District, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Clewiston
Fire Rescue, Florida Department
of Agriculture, Florida, Depart-
ment of Transportation, Florida
Highway Patrol and the Glades
County Sheriff's office.
For more information, see the
DOF website at www.fl-dof.com.

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citizens
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are made on behalf of the
council to facilities and ser-
vices. If the situation is severe,
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be forwarded to the Florida
Legislature and the Governor.
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cils meet monthly and mem-
bers are provided training,
mentoring, mileage reimburse-
ment and administrative assis-
tance. If you are interested in
becoming a member or you
would like to attend a meeting
of the Local Advocacy Council
in your area, please call 1-800-
342-0825 or visit their website
at http://www.floridasac.6rg
for more information.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
BLOOD DRIVE: I understand that the football players were in-
structed not to give blood at the high school blood drive -- even with
parental permission -- because there was practice after school. If true,
this kind of reasoning is ridiculous. Donating blood is an act of com-
passion and concern for other individuals. These kinds of voluntary
actions save mutliple lives every day. What is more important -- saving
*a life or missing a day's practice? I would say someone has their priori-
ties mixed up and is not setting a proper example for the students. Edi-
tor's note: According to the high school football coach, players were
advised not to give blood at the spring blood drive because spring
football season is so short, and they need to take advantage of every
day. They have 19 days to practice, 16 in pads, including their scrim-
mage, minus rain days. The coach said they do allow the players to
give blood at the other blood drives each year.
IMMIGRANTS: I don't know why people are always talking about
hispanics and about going go back to where they came from, if ev-
ery single person that came here immigrated to the U.S. The original
people whose homeland this is are the Native Americans.That's why
you pay money to the Indians and keep them in a reservation. So, I
don't know why you call this your "homeland."And if you are talking
trash about going to pick tomatoes, go ahead. I want to see how long
you can take it.
PROM DRESS: Why is it the girls' dresses that cause them to be-
come pregnant? Plenty of young women are having kids who wear
jeans and checkerboard shirts. Maybe if the boys were being taught
restraint they wouldn't be "lured' by the girls. This community likes to
pretend gays don't exist in society or that abstinence programs work.
How about preparing the kids by giving them contraceptive advice
in school? A gay club does not promote homosexuality and bullying
those who are "different" won't change them. The school board and
many people locally need to realize this isn't the 1800's anymore, di-
versity is not a four-letter word.
DANCE: It seems there is a debate about the clothing worn at the
eighth grade dance in Okeechobee. Does anyone have photos? Why
don't you send them in to the paper so those who didn't see these
outfits can judge for themselves.
PRIORITIES: First we had people complaining about the behav-
ior at the Miss Senior contest. Now we have parents questioning the
clothing allowed at the eighth grade prom. Maybe the parents need to
set a better example and pay a little more attention to their children at
home, instead of complaining about school events. If you give the kids
a good moral foundation at home, they won't be easily swayed by
something that is said or worn at a school event. And as for "Sunday
best," if you never take your kids to church, how would they know
what "Sunday best" looks like?
TRAIN DEPOT: The city is hoping to acquire the depot from CSX
and then apply for a historical grant to rennovate it. CSX has no reason
to care if it is open. They don't have passengers.
TRACK TEAM: I'm sure I speak on behalf of the track team when I
say thank you to all the people who came out in support of the team.
We really appreciate having people at our meets, as much as the foot-
ball team at their'games. And we have the added bonus of competing
in state! There is alot of the team moving on to college and there will
- be alot of new faces as well, I hope you can come out and support us
in our search for another trip to state. Thanks to all, and Go Chobee!
HUFFING: 'Huffing' has been around for a very long time. In the
70s, I recall kids inhaled the gas from the canned whipped cream.
There are so many household chemicals and products that can be
used it is impossible to control sales of them all. It is something par-
ents need to talk to their kids about. Just because something is sold
legally for other purposes does not mean it is safe to inhale it or swal-
low it. Just because something is "natural" does not make it safe to
consume.
GSA: It seems to me the American Civil Liberties Union is more
interested in the Gay Straight Alliance Club than the high school kids
are. If the kids were really interested, you would think they would
have had a large number of names on the-lawsuit instead of just one,
and if that had been the case it would not have been dropped because
the only plaintiff graduated. Now they have a new plaintiff but I think
all they are doing is wasting taxpayers' money on this lawsuit. I think
if they let the club meet and didn't make a big deal out if it, the kids
would just lose interest. How many clubs have been started at the
school that just fizzle out because the kids get bored? As long as it is
forbidden, it is going to get attention.
CLOTHING: As the parent of a young teenager, I have been inter-
ested in the comments about how the girls dress. I am very proud that
my daughter is modest in her dress. However, it is not easy to find nice
clothes that are modest. Nearly everything we buy, we have to alter, or
else she layers a t-shirt under a.top so it is not so low cut. But I know
it takes more time and effort to sew your children's clothes yourself or
alter them. And most parents are working, sometimes more than one
job, just to feed the family and pay the mortgage. Sometimes they are
just tired and give in and let a kid wear what they want.



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Letters to the Editor


Save the depot
Okeechobee Main Street
learned recently that Okeechobee
County is in jeopardy of CSX de-
molishing our historic train depot
built in 1924.
Okeechobee Main Street in
cooperation with the City of
Okeechobee would like to refur-
bish this historic site and have
been negotiations with CSX
about it for the last couple of
years. We would like to return it
to a working facility. We learned
yesterday that CSX is planning on
having the wrecking ball to start
work on June 30. There has been
a great deal of public outcry over
this and we need your help.
At current, a portion of the sta-
tion is being leased to a Feed and
Cattle Insemination Business and
they have been told they are be-
ing evicted. They will be put out
of business!
Currently we have approxi-


mately 3,000 people using Amtrak
yearly from our city, with the cost
of automotive transportation in-
creasing; the number of those
using the train will increase. Right
now people are let off the train
in the dirt and have no facilities
other than a fiberglass shelter. We
are also in contact with Amtrak's
Restoration Project in hopes of
obtaining a grant and/or help
from them.
Here are the key people in-
volved: CSX Lori Bergeron - 904-
63-4837; Leasing agent for CSX,
Sherry Millard- 904-633-1502;
Okeechobee City Administrator
Brian Whitehall - 863-763-3372,
ext. 212; Okeechobee City Coun-
cilman Dowling Watford - 863-
763-2121; Okeechobee Main
Street President Maureen Bur-
roughs 863-763-2225; Okeecho-
bee Historical Society President
- Betty Chandler Williamson 863-
763-3850. Lessee of part of the


Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 24
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.
Sunday, May 25
AA. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call 863-634-4780.

Monday, May 26
AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until
7 p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopt-
ing in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at
1-800-403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
,Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m' Turn left at the
Moose Lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.A. 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, May 27
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 A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. 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 welcome.
Al-Anon 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 located at 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 Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276,


station, Jerry Jones 863-634-1605,
This historic train depot can be
refurbished and utilized, it is one
of the very few historic sites left in
Okeechobee, Please help us stop
the wrecking ball.
Thank you for your time and
consideration.
Toni B. Doyle
Executive Director
Okeechobee Main Street

Act Out Loud
On behalf of the "Brahman
Busters" of Okeechobee High
School Crime Watch, I would like
to thank members of the commu-
nity, and your staff, for their sup-
port with the OHS "Act Out Loud"
contest. Our video "A Moving
Violation" could not have been
a complete success without the
support from others.
Thanks to all of the individu-
als that voted. Okeechobee High


School placed fourth in the na-
tion! This is an honor for our
students that have worked hard
to raise awareness for safe teen
driving. Car crashes continue to
be the No. 1 killer of youth in the
Unites States.
I would like to thank the fol-
lowing individuals that -helped
make our project a success: Gena
Davis/OHS Dean of Students, Jim
Lozano/OHS Techn6logy Special-
ist, Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Department, City of Okeechobee,
County of Okeechobee, Okeecho-
bee County School Board, John's
Towing, Bill's Mini Mart, and
Team Members of "Brahman
Busters" (Will Davis, Evan King,
Andrea Duenas, Marry Huff, Mike
McClain, Jesse Durham, Cassie
Murray and Katelyn Stuart).
With kindest regards,
Pattie Mullins/O.H.S.
Act Out Loud Project Spon-


Community Events

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in 2nd through 5th grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent.par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.org or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Hospice to hold sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will sponsor a special Yard Sale Saturday,
May 24, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blue Volunteer Building, next
to the 12 bed hospice residence on 411 S.E. Fourth Street. In addi-
tion to the bargains galore on new items, Dave McCormick will grill
hotdogs for hungry customers. All proceeds help fund patient care in
Okeechobee, including services offered at The Hamrick Home. For
more information call Cathy at 863-467-232,1 or 863-697-1995.

Cheer and dance sign-ups set
Okeechobee X-Plosion All-Star Cheerleading, Dance and Gymnas-
tics Gym will hold the last registration for the year.
Boys and girls age age 3-25 are eligible. Summer classes, competi-
tive teams, and adult classes are available.
Sign Ups will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at
Maximum Tanning located in the center of town.
For more info Call Victoria at 863-441-3826

Scrapbook crop and
pot luck luncheon
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, May 24,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon.
There will also be a demonstration of dry embossing, heat embossing
and using embossing paste to enhance your scrapbooking, cardmak-
ing and craft projects. Carolyn Jones will be available to assist you
with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refreshments will be
served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently working. For more information call
Joan at 863-467-0290 or Carolyn at 863-634-1885.

Collaborative Council meets
The Community Collaborative Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on May
27, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School Board Of-
fice. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify
issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for chil-
dren and their families. Guest speakers will include Joni Ard, Cathleen
Blair, Mary Hurley and Leslie Lundy. The public is invited. For more
information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.

IRCC to present 'rumors'
IRCC will present the play, "Rumors" May 29-31, at 8 p.m. and May
31, at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRCC Main Campus at
3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. Neil Simon's classic play features
IRCC Fine Arts Program theatre alumni. Tickets are $12. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-994-5 or visit www.ircc.edu.

Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.


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dom of the Crystal" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15
p.m.
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Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
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and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.
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Obituaries


John R. Davis, Sr.
John R. Davis, Sr., age 77 of
Poca, W.Va., died May 20, 2008
at home. Mr. Davis retired from
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Winfield Locks'and Dam; he is
an Army Veteran and a member
of the St. Albans Moose. Mr. Da-
vis resided in Okeechobee for 15
years.
He is survived by his children,
John R. Davis, Jr. of Poca, WVa.
and Debbie Barnett of Poca;
brother, Bobby Davis of Poca; six
grandchildren; two great grand-
children and one on the way.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Davis
will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25
at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home
Chapel, in Poca, WVa. Burial will
follow in Haven of Rest Memory
Gardens and Crematorium. The
family will receive friends from
6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday at the
funeral home.
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Patricia
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Marian Patricia Howser, age.
73 of Wellington and formerly of
Okeechobee, died May 22, 2008.
She was a long time employee of
the Handy Food Store.
She was survived by her daugh-
ters, Norma Droz of Okeechobee,
Veronica Iliano of Cleveland,
Ohio, Carol (Raymond) Stone
of Wellington, Elaine (Kenneth)
Smith of Okeechobee and Dar-


lene (Mark) Simrell of Wilming-
ton, Ill.; 14 grandchildren and 21
great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at
Palms West Funeral Home and
Crematory, Royal Palm Beach on
Friday.

John Willard Brewer
John Willard Brewer, age 77
of Okeechobee died Wednesday,
May 21, 2008 at his residence.
Born in Clay County, Ky., he had
been a resident of Okeechobee
for the past 25 years and was a
Mason.
He is survived by his sons,
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Loxahatchee; brother, Bob Brew-
er of Liberty Township, Ohio;
three grandchildren, Heather,
Jason, Edward; two great grand-
children, Jacob and Kaitlyn. In
addition, he is survived by nieces,
Charlotte, Sue, Diane, Brenda,
Renee, Lisa, and Denise, and the
mother of his children Euna Ste-
vens of Okeechobee.
There will be no visitation
or services. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be
made to the Diabetes Society or
the Alzheimers Foundation.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Churches plan enter

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News


A free concert will be spon-
sored by the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church with blues
bands, classic rock and contem-
porary rock. The concert will be
held at the downtown park ga-
zebo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
May 24. For more information call
Jerry at 863-467-6793.
First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., will only have
one morning worship service at
10 a.m. from May 25 to Aug. 31.
Sunday School will begin at 8:45.
Throughout the summer there
will be family and outreach events
each Sunday evening at 5:30.
June 1 is Awana Awards Night.
June 8 is Music Night featuring
"Audience of One." June 15, will
feature a wild game cook-out for
Fathers' Day. There will be a hur-
ricane party on June 22. "Take me
out to the -ballgame" will be the
theme on June 9. The congrega-
tion will "Celebrate Freedom"
on July 6. July 13, is music night
featuring bluegrass. A luau will be
held in the ROC on July 20. The
movie "Flywheel" will be shown
on July 27. Aug. 3, will be Youth
Night with the World Changers. A
seafood fest and back to school
bash will be held Aug. 10.
Okeechobee United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St., has changed their worship
service and Sunday School times
for the summer months..There
will be one worship service on
Sunday at 10 a.m. and Sunday
School at 9 a.m.
Step back in. time to experi-
ence life in Jerusalem. Buck-
head Ridge Baptist Church,
1043 Cypress St., will transform
their church into a bustling "Je-
rusalem Marketplace" on June
16 until June 20, from 6 until 8:30
p.m. each night. Children and
adults alike will get the chance
to play authentic games, sample
Middle Eastern snacks, explore a
Jerusalem Marketplace arid more!
Families will learn more about
God's love and Jesus' sacrifice
by being immersed in authentic
Bible-times culture. They will wit-
ness real life dramas in the center
of town, chat with storekeepers,
and discover what the tax collec-
tors know about Jesus. For more
information, call Kim Womble -
VBS Director at 863-763-4821 or
Pastor Richard Postell at 863-763-
3442. *
Do you suffer from depression,


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anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 722-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel,
1963 N.W. 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" - a year
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects". Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
-"Sunday School" on Wednesday
nights.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dent in grades one through six
and seven through 12. Programs
are from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up and tak-
en them home. For information,
call 863-801-4307.
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of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction
and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The
event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other.
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
tjes, call 863-467-1733.
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
is offering free classes in martial
arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for sub-
stance abuse. They also have Al-
Non meetings on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics.
For information call Chris at 863-
467-5714.
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 863-763-
2171.
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 411 Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
information.
The Okeechobee News welcomes
news from area churches for this
column. Email okeenews@newszap.
com or call Pete Gawda at 863- 763-
3134, extension 4225.


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Child Care in my home-2
openings, 6:30am - 6:00pm,
Call Ms. Beth(863)763-3462
Otter Creek LC#F190K009


CALF - brown w/white spots,
vicinity of Eagle Island Rd.
by Beaty Farms & McCarthur
Farms (561)644-5418
CHIHUAHUA/CATAHOULA -
Vic of East Trinidad, 6 mos
old, choc brown, green eyes.
(863)228-7295 REWARD
Lost- 3 year old solid red pit,
long tail, clipped ears, RE-
WARD $500 vic. of Oak Park
on 05-13-08 (863)801-3885
PITBULLS (3) - Females, 2
tan, 1 black & tan, vic of the
prairie, since 5/5/08. If
found, call (863)763-3776



Moving Sale
N. OKEECHOBEE/FORT DRUM
- Fri., 5/23 thru Mon., 5/26,
8:30a.m til 5pm, 5350 NE
304th St., Furniture, Yard
Equipment, Household Items
& Much More!
Come & Get It
OKEECHOBEE - Fri & Sat.
May 23rd & 24th, 8am-2pm,
5300 South 441. Knots
Landing MH Park. Furn,
tools, clothing & misc.
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today's competitive
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Sale Site Phone: 863-946-9135
Terry DeMott, Sr Mobile: 229-891-1832

Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr.
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Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
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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



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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
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a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Registered Nurses - 11
(#64063675)
Public Health Nurse position in Moore
Haven; makes family home visits
and assists in clinics; two years
nursing experience; bi-lingual a plus.
Pre-employment Drug Testing,
Background screening/fingerprinting
required. EEO/AA. Apply on line:
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com
CallAlina @ 863-946-0707 x208
or Patti @ 863-674-4041 x135
for more details.


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Part-Time 215
Emploeded at Feed Millnt
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales __230




MECHANIC
Needed at Feed Mill.
Experience on Semi
TractorTrailers a benefit.
Benefits Available. Apply
at Syfrett Feed Company,
3079 NW 8th Street,
Okeechobee
(863)763-5586



7-L Brands, LLC has an im-
mediate opening for a Plant
Manager for a mulch plant
scheduled to be built in
Glades County. Qualified
applicants should possess a
BA degree in Business Man-
agement or similar curricu-
lum and at least 7 years
experience in a plant man-
agement position. Previous
experience working in a
mulch manufacturing envi-
ronment is a plus.
7-L Brands, LLC offers com-
petitive wages and benefit
package including Medical,
Dental, Life, AD&D, and LTD
insurance plus paid vacation
and holidays. Qualified ap-
plicants should email their
resume to:
rich.hetherton(dllvkes.com
or lax to (863) 465-1672.
7-L Brands, LLC is an Equal
Employment Opportunity
Employer / Affirmative Ac-
tion / Drug Free Workplace,
M/F/D/V.



Counseling Center needs
Bi-lingual office manager.
Medical billing experience
preferred. Call
863-467-5335 for info.
HOME HEALTH AGENCY
Looking for:
RN, LPN, HHA
PT, OT, ST, PTA
Fax Resume 888-433-8191
Call 866-633-5677


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
insurance I 430,
Medical Services435

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PHYSICIAN (Family Practice Playground,
/Interndl Medicine) & NURSE reschoolA
PRACTITIONER. Needed Full Hm . j
Time for Out Patient Clinic in
Okeechobee. Forward re-
sumes via fax 561-383-7875
or call 561-386-6832


Financial


Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
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
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies .625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 649
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
-Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To s & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



Bombay Furniture- Cherry,
Twin bed mattress set,
Chest, Night Stand, $250 or
best offer (863)763-5876
TABLES - 4 pc. Set - Coffee, 2
End & 1 Sofa table. $150 or
best offer. (863)610-0685


Bird cage- large, green, play
top, comes with cockatiel
$150 or best offer
(863)532-8209
Colby Pitt Bull- male, 1 yr. old,
needs fenced yard, shots, to
a good home only, $250 or
best offer (863)532-8209


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/"Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



GELDINGS (3) - Paint $2500,
Cracker $1200 & Quarter
Horse is $1500.
(863)697-3036


Thoroughbred- mare, 10 yrs.
old, rides well, $550
(863)763-5876


HORSE TRAILER - Goose
Neck '92 Sundowner, 3
horse flant w/pack & Irg
dressing room. $8000 or
best offer (863)697-3036
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Rentals



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



IN TOWN - 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
(863)697-1129
Move In Special!
%' off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all apple's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
OAK LAKE VILLA'S 2 BR, 2
BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE CITY - Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098


Indian Hammock
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
cupancy, 1st
& last $4800





OAK, LAKE VILLA'S - 2/2
Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
appl's. W&D. $875 mo. 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-5965
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
1BR/1BA, furnished or unfur-
nished, pool & tennis, boat
dock, very nice. $700/mo. +,
sec. deposit. 561-324-4902 or
561-582-8693.


BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
Brand New 3/2 in Dixie Ranch
Acres, W&D Hookup. $1100
mo. 1st, last & sec.
(561)723-6865
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq it, laundry;
tiled, $1100/mo. rent:
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
wood, (561)718-2822
OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $600/mo + $600
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, lbr, 1ba, .fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
RENTAL APT - on Ranch set-
ting. Very clean, No pets,
$575/mo. 1st & Sec.
Call (863)467-9800


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Rent $250 a week (F/L/S)
Adults Only.
Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Deep Water
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Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $900. mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
TOBIAS AVE - 2 br house, 2 br
trailer on Hendrick Ave, 2 br
duplex on Gamble Ave, all
Moore Haven. No sec dep,
no 1st or last. Call Tom
(305)394-0673


Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.
(863)467-0831
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE
available, within new com-
mercial bldg., all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545


TAYLOR CREEK ISLES - Fe-
male needed to share large
home, private bath, full
house privileges. $600 mo.
includes all utilities & main-
, tenance. (863)634-2354
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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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1066
Resort Property -
Sale 1070-
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



Northlake Estates- 3br/2ba, By
Owner, 2,350 sq. ft., on 1/2
acre, metal roof, 20x58 met-
al building, newly remod-
eled, quiet neighborhood,
$190,000 (863)634-1869
FSBO - $99,000. 3BR/1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
(239)707-5155


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MobileHomes



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


3Bd/2Ba home on 5
acres with 24x60 barn
and chain link fence.
Near airport and town
property has 3 wells.
$265,000 negotiable
Horse trailer for sale
Feather light
aluminum 5 horse
trailer with living
quarters and large
tack room. $7,500


3/2 CBS home on .37
acres. Newly remodeled
1500 Sq Ft., lots of
upgrades wood floors
in bdrms, ceramic tile
in kitchen and Ivng rm.
12 x 16 storage shed.
Nicely landscaped.
Located in town, city
water & sewer
$140,000
209 NW 10th Ave
Call 772-409-7062
LET'S MAKE A DEAL!
$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
$129,900 (863)484-0809
OKEECHOBEE RIVER ACRES
pvt. 1 acre lot, large oaks.
For sale by owner. Call Nikki
754-264-2343
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SALE OR LEASE - 2br, 2ba
mob home, good condition,
1/4 acre lot, situated on the
Rim Canal in Okeechobee.
Will rent for $950/mo, yearly
lease, small pet okay. 1st,
last & sec. Will sell for
$189,900. Call
(863)467-6309 for appt.


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MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
MOBILE HOME -2 br, 2 ba,
1.450 acres. $75,000 Owner
financing or rent $500/mo +
1st,last& sec. (863)697-3036
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835
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Recreation



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


RV - 35'w/ 2 PO's, 10x30 at-
tached screen room, new
carpet, new AC, Hot water
heater, located in ZTR,
$4900 or O.W.H.F
(954)224-4267


HONDA FOREMAN 500 '05 -
37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4000 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


1991 Ford F150- Eddie Bauer,.
loaded, V-8, runs great,
drives great, blue & tan,
$3750 (863)467-8959
SATURN 1994 Dr., Ma-
roon, Auto., Low miles. All
new parts. $800 or best of-
fer. (863)610-0685


FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $2500 (863)763-6216


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TAYLOR CREEK BASS CLUB
held the 6th annual, Bill Sprigle
Memorial "KID'S DAY" benefit
bass tournament on Saturday,
March 15. Twenty eight boats
launched from the Scott Driver
Ramps yielding $978 to help
fund the club's 23rd annual Lee
McAllister Memorial "Kid's Day
Fishing Festival" scheduled for
the last Sunday in October at the
Agri-Civic Center.
The 70 percent payout went
to the top seven places. A sepa-
rate payout for first and second
big fish was also available to the


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anglers. The team of C. Mehrer
and R. Mehrer won the tour-
nament with a five fish limit of
19.43 pounds. First "Big Fish",
8.88 pounds, went to T. Arnold.
Second "Big Fish", 8.29 pounds,
went to J. Wilson. Others finish-
ing in the money in order from
second-to-seventh place were:
*Second: T. Arnold - 19.02
pounds
*Third, R. & R. Postel - 17.93
pounds
*Fourth, J. Wilson & D. Nor-
ton - 17.63 pounds
*Fifth K. Goodwin & B. Car-
ney- 17.36 pounds
*Sixth, B. Stafford & K. Per-
ron - 16.85 pounds


*Seventh, J. Schwier & C.
Williams - 16.81 pounds
Please remember to mark
your calendars for the last Sun-
day in October for the TOTALLY
FREE Kid's Day Fishing Festival
at the Agri-Civic Center. Each
child from ages 4-to-14 that
participates will receive a gift
and be given tickets for one soft
drink and two hot dogs.
Our thanks to all who partici-
pated, and to the Okeechobee
News, the Okeechobee Times
and WOKC for their no-cost ad-
vertising support.

What's happening
this weekend?


Monster Trucks
Tonight, beginning at 7 p.m.,
at the Okeechobee Agri Civic
Center the final night of the Mon-
ster Truck show will begin. With
big wheels and bigger trucks
there will be something to enter-
tain everyone. Modified trucks
that truly do appear monstrous
will be jumping and crushing
cars as well as flying through the
air for the sheer enjoyment of
the audience. For an evening of
excitement and the raw power
of metal crushing thrills, make
your way to the Agri Civic Center
where the truck show will pres-
ent its final night of entertain-
ment at 7 p.m.


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Suomittea pnoto
First place winner of the 2008 Kids Day Benefit
was Clint Maherer. His five fish limit with a to-
tal weight of 19.43 pounds allowed him to take
the top spot.


SuDminea pnoto
Richey Postel won third place during the 2008
Kids' Day Benefit tournament, held at the Scott
Driver Boat Ramp. Mr. Postel's total catch, help-
ing him take third place, was 17.93 pounds.


Submitted photo
Tim Arnold took second place as well as the
Big Fish prize with his 8.88 pound catch dur-
ing the 2008 Kids' Day Benefit tournament
held at the Scott Driver Boat Ramp.


Submitted pnoto
During the 2008 Kids' Day Benefit tourna-
ment Jim Wilson not only won second Big
Fish, with a 8.29 pound catch but also won
fourth place with a total weight of 17.63
pounds.


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First Drive: 2009 Dodge Journey


Day Tripper: There's
nothing like a good
old-fashioned
American station
wagon

By Todd Lassa
Nobody drives cars or trucks
anymore. We drive "vehicles,"
pronounced \\nh an over-em-
phasized "h," the word cops use
wlhen they're %writing tickets or
chasing suspecli. Call the 2009
Dodge Journer a crossover, but
c rossover Is a new-age market-
ing conceptU The Journey is the
perfect example of a thoroughly
modern vehicle: designed to have
the ride and handling of a car, the
looks and ride height of a truck/
SUV, and the passenger capac-
ity and handy storage of a mini-


van while offending no one who
holds anti-minivan prejudices. It's
far from the first of its kind, fol-
lowing to market key crossover
vehicles like the mediocre Chev-
rolet Equinox, the competent
Hyundai Santa Fe, and the disap-
pointing Ford Edge.
Its size is just right for an au-
tomaker desperately trying to
go global: big enough for North
America and small enough for
the European market (where
Chrysler expects it'll become
the company's best-seller, with
stick-shift and VW-supplied die-
sel options), priced within reach
of most every new-vehicle buyer,
and offering most contemporary
non-luxury features.
As a thoroughly modern vehi-
cle, it'll neither excite nor offend
anyone.
Empty-nesters and young cou-
ples starting a family will cross-
shop the Journey with the Equi-


nox, Edge, and Santa Fe, and with
myriad configurations and pricing
in the $20K-$28K range, the Jour-
ney also takes on Toyota High-
lander and RAV4, though Dodge
eschews the former. Is it afraid
we might stage a comparison test
against the Highlander? Topline
,R/T and the popularly priced, mid-
level SXT come with a 235-horse-
power, 3.5-liter V-6 and a choice
of two or three rows of seats and
front or on-demand all-wheel
drive. The SE,.front-drive and two
rows only, with a 173-horsepower,
2.4-liter "global" four its only en-
gine, allows Dodge sell the Jour-
ney for just under $20,000 ($10
more than a base Chevy Malibu).
Why does the SE exist? A much
better equipped SXT starts just
$3000 (FWD) to $5000 (AWD)
higher. But the SE will draw first-
time buyers .into showrooms and
seems to anticipate harsh interim
Corporate Average Fuel Economy


standards early in the next de-
cade. If Dodge has to shift the SE
from loss-leader to CAFE leader,
it'll want to replace the 2.4's four-
speed automatic with the 3.5's
six-speed. The SXT was supposed
to get the flex-fuel 2.7-liter V-6,
but Dodge dropped the engine
from Journey's lineup to reduce
build and order complexity. For
now, the V-6 Journey stands as
Chrysler's best product on the
flexible Mitsubishi Lancer-derived
GS platform, which includes the
Dodge Caliber and Avenger (the
Journey's wheelbase is 4.9 inch-
es longer than Avenger's) and
Chrysler Sebring. The automaker
plans a Chrysler version of the
JC49/Journey, although it may re-
think the program as it works to
combine all Dodge and Chrysler-
Jeep dealers.


Courtesy photo
The Journey is the perfect example of a thoroughly modern
vehicle: designed to have the ride and handling of a car, the
looks and ride height of a truck/SUV, and the passenger ca-
pacity and handy storage of a minivan while offending no one
who holds anti-minivan prejudices.


As a thoroughly modern vehicle, it'll neither excite nor offend anyone.


Courtesy photo
Its size is just right for an automaker desperately trying to go global: big enough for North
America and small enough for the European market


Comerica Bank says auto affordability best in 6 years


The purchase of an average- Comerica Bank. The latest reading
priced new vehicle took 23.9 weeks is down 0.6 weeks from the fourth
of median family income in the quarter and 1.1 weeks compared
first quarter, according to the Auto to a year ago. Including finance
Affordability Index compiled by charges, the total cost of buying


an average-priced light vehicle was
$28,389 in the first quarter. "It's a
buyers market and the producers
are being forced to offer bigger dis-.
counts in one form or another," said


Dana Johnson, Chief Economist at
Comerica Bank. "Buyers also are
holding down their driving costs
by choosing smaller, more fuel-ef-
ficient cars. That is reflected in the


fact that the average amount spent
on a new car excluding financing
costs was only $24,627, the lowest
quarterly average in 2 1/2 years."
The report compiled by the Dal-


las, Texas-based financial services
company is based on the latest data
on consumer spending on light ve-
hicles and on the terms available on
auto loans.


This photo, released by Volkswagen, shows the 2008 R32.


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Save more money each month .


(MS) - If one were to conduct
a quick poll of people across
the country about the one thing
they'd like more of, chances
are the majority of respondents
would reply "money." More than
time or days off from work, most
people seem to want and even
need more money, especially as
the country approaches a reces-
sion.
So what is it about money
that proves so elusive to so many
people? More often than not, it's
not the money that's elusive, but
saving the money. Most people
would admit they have trouble
saving money, which can create
the illusion that they don't make
enough. For most people, not
making enough isn't the problem;
it's not saving enough. This sets
a bad precedent, especially for
those with an eye on retirement.
In a 2007 analysis of surveys con-
ducted into defined contribution
plans such as 401(k) retirement
programs, Watson Wyatt World-
wide found that, among' lower
pay employees ages 50 to 64,
66 percent have lower than one
year's pay in their accounts. Bar-
ring a miracle, that makes the
idea of a comfortable retirement
almost impossible.
While saving money can seem
like pushing a boulder up a steep
hill, it's not as hard as it sounds.
For those looking to save more,
consider the following tips.
- Enroll in a retirement savings


program: This is perhaps the ideal
way to save money, as programs
such as a 401(k) remove the
money from a paycheck before
taxes. Essentially, that money is
being saved before an individual
can even see it, acting almost as
forced savings. In addition, em-
ployers may match 401(k) con-
tributions up to a certain level,
meaning you're saving even more
money. Those who do enroll in a
401(k) program should not look
at it as an emergency fund, as
there are tax penalties for remov-
ing the money early.
* Use public transportation
whenever possible: Most people
have seen their automobile ex-
penditures skyrocket over the last
several years thanks to the ever-
rising cost of fuel. Also, people
with low balances in their savings
accounts often cannot put a large
down payment down on a new
vehicle if they need one. There-
fore they have higher monthly
bills and are typically only ap-
proved for vehicle loans after
agreeing to higher interest rates.
Essentially, it's a domino effect
that can all be avoided if reliable
public transportation is offered.
You can still keep your vehicle,
but using public transportation to
get to and from work will result
in less money spent on gas, less
mileage on the car (increasing its
life expectancy and decreasing
repair expenses), and will likely
lower your insurance rates if you


S. uouresy pnoto
t As money becomes more and more scarce for people across
the country, finding ways to save has become a bigger prior-
ity.


inform your provider the car is
not used to commute to work.
- Cook and prepare your own
meals: Many people waste a
good deal of money on a daily
basis by eating meals outside of
their home. Cooking or preparing
your own meals is a consistent
way to save significant amounts
of money each month. Instead
of buying a muffin or bagel each
morning for breakfast, buy such
items in bulk at the grocery store
each week, and prepare your own
lunch as well. Coffee drinkers can
also save substantial amounts of
money by brewing their own cof-
fee at home and taking it to work
in a travel mug. It might seem
'like a small adjustment to make,
and it is. But it will save you sub-
stantial amounts of money each
month.
* Drink lots of water: While it
might seem odd to suggest drink-
ing lots of water as a means to
save money, it actually makes
more sense than it might seem.
A notable symptom of dehydra-
tion is hunger, so people who
do not drink enough water often
feel hungry when they're likely
just dehydrated. By drinking the
recommended amount of water,
you're avoiding spending money
on those mid-afternoon snacks,
the price of which adds up by the
end of a typical week. Medical
professionals recommend drink-
ing eight to 10 glasses of water
per day, or about 80 ounces.
* Avoid hidden fees and pay
bills on time: Creditors and lend-
ers make money hand over fist
each month thanks to late pay-
ments or hidden fees. If your ac-
counts have minimum balance
requirements, know what' the
minimum is and make sure you
have enough in the account to
avoid the charges. Also, use only
ATMs from your actual bank. ATM
fees add up quickly, and some
banks even charge their own cus-
tomers ATM fees for using anoth-
er bank's ATM, meaning you're
paying double the fee simply to
access your own money.
Bills also must be paid on
time. Late charges, particularly
on credit cards, are often exor-
bitant and are always wasteful.
Know when all bills are due and
be sure to pay them on time,


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Choosing the right car involves more than just buying the one that looks the best.


How to choose the right car for you


(MS) - When it comes to cars,
personal tastes are as varied as
the nation's drivers. While some
prefer sports cars, others like
trucks. Where some people pre-
fer luxury, others simply want
functionality.
But as the cost of seemingly
everything related to driving con-
tinues to rise, personal preferenc-
es are beginning to take a back-
seat to bottom line. For example,
when gas prices first began to
soar several years ago, sales of
sport utility vehicles (SUVs), long
known for their heavy consump-
tion of gasoline, greatly declined.
By late 2007, however, sales re-
ports indicated that truck sales
were once again on the rise. Why
the seemingly sudden change of
heart? Much of it likely has to do
with drivers choosing the vehicle
they felt best fit their needs, re-
gardless of how much each trip
to the filling station might cost.
Choosing the right vehicle
should be based on more than a
car's aesthetic appeal. Because a
car is such a big financial com-
mitmerit, choosing the right one
should be thought out carefully
and involve a number of consid-
erations.
� Budget: Perhaps nothing will
weigh bigger when choosing a
car than personal budget. While
you certainly shouldn't settle on a
car simply because ill's cheap, you
need to know-how muc-hyou can
spend before you sign on the dot-
ted line. Since most people now


lease or finance their vehicles as
opposed to buying them outright,
the car you buy will likely require
a minimum monthly payment
that will be determined by the
cost of the vehicle and the total
initial down payment you pro-
vide. Many auto dealership Web
sites offer payment calculators so
prospective buyers can get a bet-
ter grasp on what their monthly
payment will be. (Note: An indi-
vidual's credit rating influences
monthly payment as well, with
those with good credit qualified
for lower interest rates and those
with bad credit histories getting
higher rates.)
Before even going to a dealer-
ship or its Web site, sit down and
write out your monthly budget,
including rent, utilities, food, and
other expenses. Compare that to
your monthly income and you can
determine what you can comfort-
ably afford. It's best to calculate
for less than you can afford, as
that will leave you wiggle room in
an emergency, such as when the
car needs repairs or other unex-
pected expenses arise.
. Needs: Once you've estab-
lished what you can afford, you
need to determine what it is you
actually need. A typical SUV will
cost more than a typical sedan.
If you're considering an SUV, ask
yourself if you really need it. How
often will you need the extra car-
go room that an SUV provides?
Can you get by with a sedan? Are
the higher fuel costs associated


with an SUV something that fit
into your budget?
That thought process works
both ways. If you will truly need
the extra room an SUV or other
truck provides, don't purchase a
sedan just because it's cheaper.
In the long run, you won't be get-
ting what you need out the car,
and you'll essentially be spending,
money on something that's not as
useful to you as it could be.
. Reputation: Most people
would not buy a home without
first examining it, and a vehicle
should not be purchased on blind
faith or simple appearance either.,
A car's reputation should be a
chief consideration when shop-
ping. Because cars are more ex,
pensive than ever, many people
are now hoping to keep their cars
longer than they used to. Vehicles
with a reputation for longevity al-
low you to maximjze'the consid:
erable investment your..car \will
represent. Publications "'such as
Consumer Reports and Web sites
like FEdmunds corn'provide pro.:
spective buyers with price lists,'
vehicle comparisons and a wealth
of information pertaining to spe-"
cific makes and models, includ-
ing which models have a higher
propensity for breakdowns. If you:
know anyone who drives a model
of vehicle you're considering, ask
them about it, focusing inquiries
on its reliability, gas mileage and
how well it drives.


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