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Vol. 99 No. 18(


Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife
in the Okeechobee area. We are
licensed by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to provide these services.
If you find a wild bird or animal
in need of assistance please
contact us at 863-634-1755.,
Just Horsing Around
UF/IFAS Okeechobee Coun-
ty 4-H program, along with tfie
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, will be offer-
ing the Second Annual "Just
Horsing Around" horse day
camp. Each of the three weeks
will have a unique theme. The
camp for July 7-11, will expose
campers to various equine dis-
ciplines. The third week, July
14-18, will offer campers insight
into the rodeo world focusing
on pole bending, barrel racing,
goat tying, roping and other
"non-roughstock" events. For
more information and to regis-
ter please contact the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Office at
863-763-6469. Camp fee is $100
plus a $25 stall fee per week.
Pre-registration is required.
Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition.will be
offering parenting education
classes for infants to age 3.
All piegnait woime and par-
ents 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. Call 863-462-5877
for registration.

Drought Index
Current: 406
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.48 feet
Last Year: 8.90 feet
Sponsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

C lassifieds................................. 8
Com ics ...................................... 5
,Community Events................ 4
Crossword ............................. 5
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion................................... 4
Speak O ut ............. ............ 4
Sports........... ......... ....... 9
TV .............................................. 4
W weather ..................................... 2
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0 Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Fun: Sheriff's Youth Camp

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About 60 campers at the Sheriff's Youth Camp learned from Was
modern landfills and made a sweet simulated one of their own u,

Camp week m

fun with learn

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Department Youth
Camp wrapped up after a week
of fun and learning with a day
at the pool and a visit from
Sheriff Paul May.
The camp held 70 children
between the ages 8 to 14 and
ran June 23 through June 27.
"This camp is a rapport
builder with the kids," Deputy
Sergeant Ma vidk Roberts, who is,
in charge of the camp, said. "It
gives a safe place where they

can come and spend a week."
The camp started with 60
kids, but another ten were add-
ed due to demand,
"I pulled in some seniors
from the high school," Sgt.
Roberts said. Those students
acted as junior staff to earn
community service hours.
During this time the camp
was visited by community
members to introduce the chil.
dren to different aspects of life
in tlie conmmunflr.
"We pulled from resources
in our community," Sgt..-Rob-

,'Waste Management
management about



erts said.
There were multiple events
each day of the camp, includ-
ing blocks of educational activi-
ties and sports.
.During one of these blocks,
the children learned about
landfills and recycling from
Waste Management Commu-
nity Outreach Representative
Jenny Pung. Campers got a
behind-the-scenes look at the
life-cycle of recyclables with a
. *'.. Waste Management pro-
duced starring aluminum can,
See Camp Page 2

Okeechobee News/Staff photo
The Okeechobee News mascot, Newshound, visited the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Youth Day Camp on June 26. During that time the children learned how to interview
each other and how news makes it into the newspaper.

Teen anglers compete

in fishing tournament

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
The Big "0" Teen Anglers
held their latest event on May
31, at the Scott Driver Park in
Okeechobee. The tournament
featured seven teams and pro-
duced a total weight of 49.51
pounds for 25 fish. Congratula-
tions to Ryan Edward, first place,
11-14 with a 3.24 pound catch;
April Floyd, second place, 11-14
with a 1.79 pound catch; Ryan
Folsom, third place, 11-14 with
a 1.42 pound catch; and Ryan
Edwards, Big Fish catch, 11-14
with weight of 3.24 pounds.
In the 15-18 age group win-
ners were: Garrett Farmer, first

place, with his 12.10 pound
catch; Mike Cornell, second
place, with a 9.36 pound catch;
Kyle Monti, third place, bring-
ing in a 4.11 pound catch and
Garrett Farmer, Big Fish winner,
with a catch of 6.26 pounds.
The following is a list of
teams including team mem-
bers and boat captains:
Boat one: Captain, David
Straight, team members Femi
(guest), zero fish; Bryce Bres-
lin, 17, two fish, 2.62 pounds
total weight; and Mike Cornell
(16), four fish, 5.18 pound big
fish, 9.36 pounds total weight.
Boat two: Captain, Bob
Haarer, team members, Luke
Joles, 15, two fish, 3.14 pounds

total weight;,Kendall Smith, 17,
zero fish.
Boat three: Captain, Mike
Krause, team members, Ryan
Mellette,16, one fish, 3.10
pounds total weight; Kyle Mon-
ti, 16, three fish, 4.11 pounds
total weight.
Boat four: Captain, Mike
Ingram, team members, Gar-
rett Farmer, 17, four fish, 6.26
pounds big fish, 12.10 pounds
total weight; Melissa Floyd,15,
one fish, 1.43 pound pounds
total weight.
Boat five: Captain, Hooker
Browning, team members,
Ryan Folsom, 12, one fish, 1.42
See Outdoors Page 2

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may double

cost ol
(AP) A planned $1.75 bil-
lion deal to buy out U.S. Sugar
Corp.'s land in the Everglades
could end up costing the state
twice that much, including in-
terest payments, officials said
Earlier this week, Gov. Char-
lie Crist and U.S. Sugar Corp.,
the nation's largest producer
of cane sugar, announced a
tentative deal for the state to ac-
quire the company's nearly 300
square miles in the Everglades.
The state wants the land for
Everglades restoration efforts.
However, the eventual cost
to the state, based on a 5.5
percent interest rate during
the proposed 30-year financ-
ing plan, would be $3.5 billion.
That's excluding any money
the state will have to spend pre-
paring the land for restoration


The district plans to pay for
the land, in part, through the is-
suance of bonds.
"The amount we'll be pay-
ing U.S. Sugar remains the
same," Carol Wehle, executive
director of the South Florida
Water Management District,
said Friday.
"If we had the money, we'd
write a check tomorrow, but we
don't," she added. "The only
way we can afford this acquisi-
tion is if we borrow the money
... It's like a 30-year mortgage."
The agency hopes to recoup
some money through refinanc-
ing over the course of the deal,
and by selling off some of U.S.
Sugar's assets it won't need,
such as the company's sugar
mill and citrus plant.
Negotiations on the deal are
still ongoing. Officials hope to
have final agreement by No-

Church plans

sports camp

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News

the camp include basketball, t-
ball, flag football, soccer, cheer
laeding tennis fishing olf in-

Registration for Sports Cam p .. .............. ....
Ris n trw open. campSwillline skating and skateboarding.
is now open. "We tried to offer as many
The from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. startingbe sports as possible to open it
Jufrom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. startrunning up" Darlene Mayers said.
July 14 and running through 'For inline skating and skate-
July 17. boarding children will need to
Unlike other sports camps provide their own equipment.
that train children to play sports "We have certain .sports
competitively, this camp will that are limited," Ms. Hardaker
aim to teach children the ba- said
sic skills required in different Those sports include fish-
sportsic skills, safety, basing, tennis, golf, inline skating
"Basic skills, safety, basic and skateboarding.
technique and then they play," These sports are limited to
Glenda Hardaker, Children around ten children because
Ministry Director at First Baptist they must be transported to
Church, said. "We don't have the place where the sport takes
professional people coming in; place.
local people will be the instruc- The rest of the sports can
tors." be adapted to however many
Understanding that not all children join the group, so they
children enjoy sports like foot- have no limit.
ball and baseball, this camp "However many kids show
offers a variety.
The sports that are offered at See Sports Camp- Page 2

Submitted photo/Janice Floyd
Ryan Edwards, 12, landed the Big Fish prize as well as
first place in the 11-14 age group during the Big "0" Teen
Anglers, Inc tournament held on May 31 at Scott Driver
Park. His big fish catch weighed 3.24 pounds. It was the
only fish caught, but he still managed to hold onto the
first place position.

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Continued From Page 1

Mr. Cool.
After learning about modern
landfills, the children had the
opportunity to work in pairs to
construct their own landfill out of
On the second day of camp,
Riverside National Bank helped
teach the children how money is
made and how interest is earned.
How a person uses credit, checks
and debt was also discussed and
the children played bank theme
games with the winning teams
taking home Riverside Bank back-
packs. All participants took home
Riverside Bank goodv bans.

For the forth day of camp, June
26, the children were given a pre-
sentation by Okeechobee News
Executive Editor Katrina Elsken
and Newshound, the newspaper
mascot, on how reporters gather
news and photos and write news
stories. The children were shown
how to interview another person
and allowed to practice interview-
ing each other.
Austin Margerum, 10, took
a turn at being the reporter. He
asked Andrew Smiley, 11, what
he liked best about the camp.
Andrew responded that en-
joyed playing whiffleball, which
he explained is like baseball, but
uses a ball with holes in it and
stick bat. "And there's no steal-
ing," he added.
Thp inn rm ., e nf ,..

Submitted photo
Children at the Okeechobee Sheriff's Youth Camp play games
as part of the week-long camp activities. This camp is spon-
sored by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.

Continued From Page 1

pound total weight; April Floyd,
11, one fish, 1.79 pound Big Fish,
1.79 pounds total weight.
Boat six: Captain, Kenny
Farmer, team members, Chris
Eaton, 16, one fish, 1.26 pounds
total weight; Luke Farmer (guest),
four fish, 5.94 pounds total weight;
Garrett Folbrecht (15), zero fish.
Boat seven: Captain, Mike
Zubricky, team members, Ryan
Edwards, 12, one fish, 3.24
pounds Big Fish, 3.24 pounds
total weight; Tyler Browning, 14,
zero fish.

Putt-putt tourney
The KOA Kids Care Camp golf
tournament held at KOA on Me-
morial Day, May 26, proved to be
a success yet again. The tourna-
ment which initially started as an
idea for how local business own-
ers might enjoy their holiday as
well as help to make a difference
has been doing just that for five
years now.
The 70 teams that participated
this year have helped to increase
the total amount donated yet

again by $900.16. Last year's to-
tal amount raised was $15,280.43
and this year the amount donat-
ed to those children in need is
All proceeds from the tourna-
ment will go to help the KOA Kids
Care Camp Network. The funds
will be disperesed appropriately
to many KOA camps across the
nation including the R.O.C.K
camp, in Ustes, Fla.
The KOA care camps program
is a not for profit charity of the
KOA Owners Association. This
program helps to send children
with cancer and their siblings
to special authorized 'summer
camps where they can enjoy
camping and recreational experi-
The camps are designed for.
these children specifically and
have on site medical facilities,
specially trained counselors and
professional medical staff, almost
all of them volunteers. The Care
Camps Trust supports only camps
that serve children with cancer, or
are in remission.
Locally many businesses have
helped to make the tournament
and benefit to this camp possible.
Main sponsor's for this year's
camp tournament were KOA and
Old Habits and Good Spirits.
Toni Mosley would like to offer
a special thank you for all of those

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Submitted photo/Janice Floyd
April Floyd (11) shows off her catch that landed her the sec-
ond place win in the 11-14 age group.

Submitted photo/Janice Floyd
Garrett Farmer (17) won first
place as well as took the Big
Fish prize in the 15-18 age
group during the Big "0" Teen
Anglers, Inc. tournament held
May 31 at Scott Driver park.
His total winning weight was
12.10 pounds including a Big
Fish weight of 6.26 pounds.

Submitted photo/Janice Floyd
Mike Cornell (16) took home
the second place win in the
15-18 age group.

marked by a visit to the Okeecho-
bee Sports Complex to swim and
play on the wooden jungle.
After lunch the children re-
ceived certificates from Sheriff
May for completing the program.
"I think that it's great." Sheriff
Paul May said of the camp. "It
gives the kids something to do
and allows them to interact with
the deputies. It helps them to
understand that we aren't some
boogey man, but that we are hu-
man just like they are."
This camp started as a spin
off of the Florida Sheriff's Youth
Ranch and Okeechobee used to
receive a grant for a mobile youth

This was the first year that the
camp was funded entirely by the
Okeechobee Sheriff's Depart-
"The Sheriff tasked myself and
the school resource officers with
running the camp," Sgt. Roberts
These deputies already had
experience interacting with the
"I couldn't have done anything
without the help of these people,"
Sgt. Roberts said of the camp's
Deputy Madonna Arnold, Rod-
ney Rucks, Bill Suggs and Dan
McGee serve as school resource
officers during the school year

Submirled polo Riverside Bank
Riverside Bank helped with the Sheriffs Youth Camp on June
24. Participants played a bank themed game and winning
teams took home Riverside Bank backpacks. All participants
took home Riverside Bank goody bags.

who participated and helped to call (863) 763-3134. We welcome
make the event so enjoyable and news on all sporting events, out-
successful. The members of the doors activities and nature in-
KOA Kids Care Camp committee spired hobbies. Please include
are looking forward to another your name, phone number and
successful event next year.. An specific dates of the events. The
event that will top any they have Okeechobee News Outdoors col-
held thus far and can possibly umn will run every Saturday so
help even more children than in please be sure to have all your
the past years. information into the office no
***If you would like to later than 5 p.m. Thursday. In-
share any information with the formation can also be emailed
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Submitted photo
These happy golfers were top prize winners at the KOA Kids
Care Camp tournament that was held May, 26, Memorial Day.
The tournament, now five years going, has managed to beat
the previous years amount raised each year. This year was
no different with almost a $1,000 increase to the donation
amount that will be given to care camps across the nation.

Submitted photo
The committee that helped to make the KOA Kids Care Camp
tournament, held May 26, possible greatly appreciate all that
the citizens of Okeechobee have helped them accomplish.
The never failing dedication of this town has helped make
possible nearly a $1,000 increase over last years amount to
the donation that will be made to care camps across the na-

An error appeared in an article with the headline "Local voters
face short ballot" on the front page of the Friday, June 27, issue of
the Okeechobee News. Margaret Garrard Helton, who is running
for the county commission seat held by Democrat Elvie Posey, is
a Republican. It was erroneously reported that she is a Democrat.
We apologize for any inconveniences caused by this error.

and as the main volunteers for
the camp.
Volunteers from all of the dif-
ferent departments and units
of the Sheriff's Office helped to
make the camp a success.
Fire Rescue, coaches from the
school system, Sue Arnold and
Brad Pharres also helped to make
the camp run smoothly.
"We sent out child and parent
surveys, and the only thing they
[the children] didn't like," Sgt.
Roberts said. "Is having to sit on
the tile floor at the high school
during the educational sessions."

Sports Camp
Continued From Page 1

up, we will divide them into
teams and let them play against
each other," said Ms. Hardaker.
This camp is hosted by the
First Baptist Church of Okeecho-
bee and takes place at the Recre-
ational Outreach Center (ROC).
All children taking part in the
camp will meet at the ROC for a
group Worship time before break-
ing out into the different sports.
The worship time will last
about 45 minutes each night and
include snack.
"It's all bible based," Ms.
Hardaker said. "The youth pastor
will lead devotional time."

Okeechobee News
Okeechobee News mascot,
Newshound made a lot of
new friends at the camp.

Those interested in participat-
ing are asked to register in ad-
vance for the camp so that those
in charge can be prepared.
"Some people think they can
wait till the last day to register,"
Ms. Mayers said. "Some of the
sports fill up really fast."
Registering early will increase
the chances of a child getting the
sport that they want.
"If they wait and the sport is
full, then their child has to pick
a different sport," Ms. Hardaker-
However, parents can register
as late as the first day of camp.
Those interested in joining can
register at the First Baptist Church
office or at the ROC.
For more information, call 863-

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy in the morning and early afternoon. Then
scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid
90s. South winds around 5 mph becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the
afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thun-
derstorms through late evening. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds
around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Sunday: Partly cloudy through late morning. Then scattered af-
ternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. south-
east winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. I
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms through midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast
winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 28, 2008 3

Killer files last-minute appeal

By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
convicted of raping and murder-
ing an I11-year-old boy has asked
the Florida Supreme Court to
block his Tuesday execution,
claiming the state's lethal injec-
tion protocols will cause him ex-
treme pain and suffering.
Mark Dean Schwab would
be the state's first inmate put to
death since a 2006 moratorium
on executions after a botched
lethal injection. The appeal, filed
Thursday, is his third successive
request for post-conviction relief.
Schwab, 39, was convicted of
raping and murdering 11-year-old
Junny Rios-Martinez Jr. in 1991 af-
ter posing as a newspaper report-
er who wanted to do an article on
the young surfer from Cocoa. The
boy died from choking or smoth-

Schwab's new appeal is based
on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in
April that upheld Kentucky's le-
thal injection procedures, which
are similar but not identical to
Florida's. Florida and Kentucky
both use three chemicals but ad-
minister the first, an anesthetic, in
different dosages.
Florida's procedures are "sure
or very likely to cause serious ill-
ness and suffering" and create a
risk of "sufficiently imminent dan-
gers," wrote Schwab's lawyers,
quoting from the U.S. Supreme
Court's ruling in the Kentucky
The state responded Friday by
arguing the state Supreme Court
has rejected the same claims in
previous appeals by Schwab and
other death row inmates and that
his continuing criticism of those
decisions is "meaningless."

Senior Assistant Attorney Gen-
eral Kenneth Nunnelly wrote that
Florida complies with standards
approved by the U.S. Supreme
Court and Schwab's latest appeal
"has no legal or factual basis."
Kentucky injects three grams
of sodium thiopental, better
known by the trade marked name
Sodium Pentothal, while Florida
uses five grams. Schwab's law-
yers contend the higher dosage in
Florida inhibits the effectiveness
of the second drug, pancuronium
It's a paralyzing agent designed
to prevent involuntary movement
that could be disturbing to wit-
nesses. It also can prevent an in-
mate from reacting to pain that
might be caused from the final
chemical, potassium chloride,
which causes the heart to stop
Schwab's lawyers also cite dif-

ferences in training. Kentucky's
execution teams practice in-
cludes inserting needles in live
volunteers but Florida's do not.
They also write that records show
high rates of errors during Florida
practice sessions.
One such mistake led to Flori-
da's moratorium. It took 34 min-
utes, more than twice as long as
usual, for Angel Diaz, 55, to die in
December 2006 after needles had
been pushed through his veins
and into his flesh.
The Florida justices last month
cleared all previous legal ob-
stacles to Schwab's execution.
His latest appeal follows Circuit
Judge Charles Holcomb's refusal
Wednesday in Titusville to vacate
Schwab's sentence after denying
a hearing where evidence could
be presented.

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By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
Floridians already are doing to
the Gulf of Mexico is 100 times
worse than the risk of pollution
from offshore drilling, the leader
of an environmental group said
Linda Young, director of the
Clean Water Network of Florida,
said poorly treated sewage being
flushed into the Gulf is turning it
into "Florida's Toilet."
That's the title of a new report
issued by Young's organization.
It says the Gulf and associated
waters are being fouled in part
because sewage treatment facili-
ties have failed to keep up with
growth. Weak laws and lax en-
forcement also share the blame,
the report concludes.
It comes amid renewed de-
bate over domestic oil and natural
gas exploration after Gov. Charlie
Crist dropped his long-standing
support for a federal moratorium
on offshore drilling.
Crist has endorsed a proposal
byArizorr Seif. Johh McCain, the
presumptive Republican presi-
dential norriinee, to let each state
decide whether to drill offshore.
"I'm not pro-drilling," Young
said at a news -conference. "I'
never have Leen and never. di 'ii

By John Lough
The Counseling Corner
From The American
Counseling Association
Planning a family summer va-
cation with a fair amount of driv-
ing? Although we can't reduce
the stress of today's gas prices,
we can offer suggestions to make
traveling with your kids more
Start by remembering how
boring car trips can be for some-
one locked in that back seat.
Entertainment distractions,
like books, games, puzzles, and
handheld electronic games, can
keep kids occupied, reduce bore-
dom and avoid family stress.
Music is also a great pacifier
for kids, especially teens. Earbuds
and an MP3 or portable
CD player mean happier trav-
eling kids and quiet time for Mom
and Dad. Another popular option
is an inexpensive (often under
$100), portable DVD player. A few
DVDs and earphones usually yield
hours of quiet, happy kids.
Help your kids plan their
"boredom breakers."
Have them pack a "fighting

ida environmental group sued the
Bush administration Friday over a
recent decision to allow water to
be transferred without.a permit.
Water is routinely moved from
reservoirs, rivers and lakes into
other waterways for drinking, ir-
rigation and other uses. While
the discharge of pollutants into
water from a pipe or other "point
source" needs a permit under the
Clean Water Act, the Environmen-
tal Protection Agency on June 9

be, but I'm a lot more concerned
and worried about the sewage
that we are inadequately treating
and irresponsibly disposing all
over the state."
The report details violations
of environment standards by
sewage systems from Pensacola
to Key West from 2003 to 2008. It
concludes that violations of wa-
ter quality standards, leaky pipes
and accidental spills were the
rule rather than the exception.
The excessive nutrients and
bacteria have been linked to
red tide and other harmful algae
blooms, fish kills and contami-
nated beaches and seafood.
"You don't poop where you
eat, and that's what we're do-
ing," said Jack Rudloe, director
of the Gulf Specimen Marine
Laboratory, who joined Young at
the news conference.
The report recommends
tougher enforcement and stron-
ger laws, advanced treatment
of all sewage, and more money
for wastewater treatment. It also
calls for bans on discharges into
surface waters and on new con-
nections to out-of-compliance
systems and growth limits in
areas without adequate sewage
It criticizes the Department
of Environmental Protection for
.inconsistent and ineffective en-

boredom" bag of fun goodies.
For younger children, help them
choose a variety of engaging
items, then hand them out one
at a time during the trip, includ-
ing a couple of oew surprises you
snuck in.
For car seat toddlers, have a
basket of toys and as each one
gets dropped, just hand over an-
At the next rest stop, put them
back in the basket and start over
Of course, you'd also like the
kids to actually experience some
of the trip. One technique is to'
have them map out the travel
route, listing landmarks and inter-
esting things, before the trip. Then
let them track the trip progress on
the map and tell you when some-
thing is coming up.
Stopping at some of the most
inviting ones keeps kids involved,
helps break the boredom, and
provides opportunities to
stretch and blow off steam. Plus
you'll often see entertaining or
enlightening things.
And breaks, even short ones,
do matter. Teens might endure
ten hours of driving, but most

said the requirement would no
longer apply to water transfers,
even though the water could con-
tain contaminants.
The Florida Wildlife Federa-
tion, which filed the suit in U.S.
Circuit Court in Atlanta, argues
that the decision will allow con-
taminated water to enter pristine
"We are seeking to invalidate
the rule. This will have terrible
consequences all over the United
States," said David Guest, director

forcement, citing a recent report
by another group, Public Em-
ployees for Environmental Re-
The PEER report shows about
two-thirds of domestic wastewa-
ter cases last year were settled
by the payment of fines without
monitoring or other follow-up
or lawsuits. The average penalty
also dropped by about 60 per-
"It's what we call a traffic tick-
et mentality or pay to pollute,"
said PEER's Florida director Jerry
He said that trend has ac-
celerated although the agency
promised to get tougher after
Crist took office last year.
Department spokeswoman
Dee Ann Miller said in an e-mail
that "99.99 percent" of all do-
mestic wastewater in the state
-- 1.7 billion gallons a day -- is
handled without incident.
"DEP stands by its enforce-
ment record," she wrote. "While
wastewater spills are abnormal
events that sometimes happen,
DEP takes all wastewater spills
seriously and follows up with
any necessary enforcement ac-
The department is working
with utilities to eliminate direct
die-hta~ges-'nto surface waters "
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small kids will melt down after
six. Make the journey, not just the
destination, part of your vacation
Finally, don't forget how much
food counts. A hungry child is
never a happy child.
Bring along snacks and a cool-
er of drinks, or make frequent
food stops. Well-fed youngsters
and teens make for better travel-
ing companions.
Driving is often necessary for
many family vacations and still
the most economical way to
travel with a family. With a little
planning, lots of entertaining dis-
tractions, and plenty of snacks,
your family driving vacation can
not only be less stressful, but a lot
more enjoyable.
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In 2002, the group success-
fully 'sued the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District and EPA
to require a permit for pumping
water from irrigation ditches into
Lake Okeechobee. Before the
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DCF: Am I the only person in Okeechobee having a problem with
DCF? I have found them to be a bureaucratic agency following rules
and regulations, who will not think outside the box, unable to cut
through red tape, and will not look at individual lives and cases. Can't
an agency like DCF use a little common sense? Please sound off if you
have had similar problems with DCF.
ALLIGATOR: The national attention about the alligator is like ev-
eryone making a big deal about someone getting hit by a car because
they are playing in traffic. What did he think would happen?
JUDGES: Am I the only one who has problem with judges seeking
reimbursement for gas? Their judicial assistants have to pay for gas
to travel to Okeechobee. Why don't we look for Judges and JA's who
live in Okeechobee? The judges assigned to Okeechobee and their as-
sistants are from the coast with the exception of Judge Bryant. I do not
think it is the responsibility of the county to pay their gas. The Judges
now will be assigned to St. Lucie County and the State (still us) will
reimburse their gas. I drive to the coast for my chosen profession and
nobody pays my gas, Judge Bauer and Judge Metzger drove from the
coast as did their assistants and I never heard talk of them requesting
reimbursement. Just my thoughts.
HOUSING ASSISTANCE: There is assistance to help families with
paying rent. They are not new, both of the ones I list here have been
around for many years. There are other ways to get rental assistance
via grants. Just need to research them. Families and individuals can re-
ceive help paying rents. It's a great program as your out of pocket rent
is around 30 percent of the total rent and the rental assistance cov-
ers the balance and it is paid directly to the landlord/property owner.
You can rent apartments, mobile homes or homes. It's a great deal
for property owners too. Section 8 information can be found online
at HUD
information can be found online at With Sec-
tion 8 you, the tennant, find your rental choice of property. It might
be where you currently live. You just apply for a section 8 and when
your approved, the landlord agrees and the property is approved, a
lease is signed between the 3 of you and your landlord will begin re-
ceiving payments from both you and the government. At the end of
the lease, you can renew or leave and take the rental assistance with
you to another approved rental. HUD rental properties have the rental
assistance already. It is stationary. It can't go with you if you move
someplace else. Usually it's a development project of apartments.
ALLIGATORS: I cannot believe they are saying on television that
the alligator attack was due to overpopulation alligators and too many
nuisance alligators. The accident happened because a very bad deci-
sion was made to take a swim in a known 'gator habitat at 2 a.m. The
'gators have every right to be in Nubbins Slough, which is part of their
natural habitat. And even if the 'gators weren't there, it is a terrible
place for a swim. It is full of submerged debris The water is nasty. It is
the most polluted water entering the lake.
POPULATION: There are an estimated one million alligators in
Florida and probably about 100,000 of those are in Lake Okeechobee.
However, a lot of those are very small 'gators and when they are small,
they are sometimes eaten by other wildlife. I don't think the 'gators
have overpopulated, but I do think people should be aware that they
are out there and take appropriate precautions.
.SUGAR: Will the State buying out U.S. Sugar Corp cause an eco-
nomic collapse in the Glades? I see they're buying 187,000 acres that
I- wiltbe taken out of production. This will put about 1,800 employees
out of work directly, but what about the trickle down effect? Think how
many businesses in Clewiston, Belle Glade and the other towns will
also be hurt. The grocery stores, retail stores, parts stores, equipment
companies, and almost every business you can think of will lose jobs
as USSC closes. The entire economy of that area relies on those jobs.
How.far do we have to go to protect the environment and still provide
a living for people? Times are hard enough now without having to
face the loss of your job to provide water for the 'gators and birds. The
State and South Florida Water Management District have been crying
how they can't meet their budgets, but now they can spend 1.7 billion
dollars of our tax money, plus it comes off the tax roll of the county it's
in. I think there has to be a quitting point on this Everglades money pit.
Think what would happen if they bought that much land in Okeecho-
bee County and the effect it would have here.
CLEWISTON: Most of the town of Clewiston was built by U.S.
Sugar. With U.S. Sugar closing, that economy is going to collapse.
Apparently, the State of Florida doesn't care about the honest, hard-
working people who are going to lose their jobs and their homes. Too
bad for the people. The State of Florida is more concerned about the
birds. And the coastal dwellers who are so worried about the estuaries
don't care a bit if the citizens of Clewiston starve.
GLADES: If the state doesn't do something about the Glades we
will all suffer because of development. The Corp of Engineers made
the mistake long ago and screwed up Florida. It's just too bad it has
taken 60 years give or take, to unscrew it up. Developers have ruined
Florida. Fifty years ago Naples was just a little fishing village now it's a
monster of houses and hotels the same with Golden Gate. The water
use to stand for months in Ft. Myers and nearly all of Florida. I'm not
a tree hugger but I do miss the cypress that would stretch for miles.
Most of us that remember it, it's just that, a memory. I don't care if it's
off the tax roll. Just save what is left.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for
Sometimes we just need to be
reminded. A well known speaker
started off his seminar by holding
up a $20 bill. In the room of 200
he asked, "Who would like this
$20 bill?" All hands started going
up. He said, "I am going to give
this $20 to one of you, but first,
let me do this." He proceeded
to crumple up the $20. He than
asked "Who still wants it?" Still

the hands were in the air.
Well, lie replied, What if do
this?" And he dropped it on the
ground and started to grind it into
the floor with his shoe. He picked
it up, now crumpled and dirty.
"Now, who still wants it?" Still the
hands went into the air.
"My friends, we have all
learned something very impor-
tant," he said. "It is called a valu-
able lesson, No matter what I did
to the money, you still wanted
it because it did not decrease in
value, it was still worth $20."
Many times in our lives, we are

Community Events

Annual Godwin Family Reunion
The annual Godwin Family Reunion will be held June 28 at 10 a.m.
at the Bassinger Civic Center. A barbecue lunch will be served at noon.
The meat will be furnished but please bring a covered dish of veg-
etables, fruit, salad or dessert. If you have any old family pictures or
moments, please bring them with you to share. For questions call
Pearl Godwin at 863-763-2614 or is no answer leave a message, or call
Jimmy Godwin at 772-216-3048. The "Rambling Rose" bluegrass band
from Bowling Green will entertain again this year. Thomas J. Godwin
III and Heather A. Dowling will be united in marriage at the reunion.
Lexi Holthouser, great granddaughter of Pearl Godwin is turning two
this year. Justin Godwin, grandson of Pearl Godwin, graduated high
school this year.

Chamber of Commerce accepting applications
The Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the
Labor Day Festival. Call 863-763-6464 or stop by the office to reserve a
spot in the Labor Day Festival held in Flagler Park. Spaces are limited!
The dates this year for the festival are Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain or
shine. Come join the fun.

Assistance available for summer camps
Attention parents! Financial assistance for summer camps is
available. The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and
Okeechobee County has funding available for qualifying families for
summer camp for children ages 4-12 years old. Don't let your child
miss out on a fun-filled summer experience. For more information,
call 1-877-220-1223 ext 260.

Assemblies of God to host yard sale
The General Council of the Assemblies of God will be hosting a
yard sale on Saturday, June 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church ad-'
dress is 112 S.E. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee. The yard sale will feature
many items including furniture, books, a computer desk and a patio
set. For more information call Antonio at 863-801-1447.

VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will be
hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post home,
2002 Hwy 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All military
and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue serv-
ing your country and your community by joining the VFW or Ladies
Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and
the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serving
chicken and pork with all the fixings. All those who join the VFW on
this day will receive a free meal. There will be patriotic music, 50/50
drawings, a cake walk by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other activities
by the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. All drinks will be happy hour prices
all day, Margaritas $1.50 all day. For all who are VFW members and
guest the barbecue will be a $7 donation per person. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this function in commemoration
of our country's birthday. For more information call 863-467-2882.

Fraternal Order of Eagles plans BBQ
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles 4509 will be hosting a
barbeque on July 5, at 2 p.m. The dinner will include ribs and chicken
will all the trimmings. There will be a 50/50 drawing, a bottle of cheer
drawing all for a $7 donation. The proceeds will go to the building
fund. For more information call 863-467-1154.

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! In July, they will have
camps for 6th through 8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Appli-
cations for camp can be obtained from the website at www.lakeden- or by calling Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders
at 863-634-8722.

Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.



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dropped, crumpled, and ground
into the dirt by the decisions we
make and the circumstance that
come our way. 'We feel as though
we are worthless. But no matter
what will happen, you will never
lose your value. Dirty or clean,
crumpled or finely creased, you
are still priceless to those who
love you.
The worth of our lives comes
not in what we do or who we
know but by. who we are and
Whose we are. You are special.
Don't ever forget it. What you
need to do now is share this

story with everyone, for you may
never know the lives this story
might touch, the hurting hearts it
speaks to, or the hope that it can
bring. Count your blessings, not
your problems and know if God
brings you to it, He will bring you
through it.
Thought for the day: Remem-
ber, when the work pushes you to
your knees, you're in the perfect
position to pray. Also remember,
amateurs built the Ark. profes-
sionals built the Titanic.

Community Calendar

Saturday, June 28
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee
A group class in ballroom dancing is being offered in Okeechobee
at Church of Our Saviour Parrish Hall, 200 N.W Third Street on Satur-
day afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for the hour lesson is $10. Private in-
structions are also available. Come and enjoy the fun with or without
a partner. For more information call 772-794-9040.
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, June 29
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call.

Monday, June 30
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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.

Tuesday, July 1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. 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 Saviour, 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 1 until 5 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 Mim Kapteina at
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
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
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning 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. Child care will be provided for infants during
the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.

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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, June
27, through Thursday, July 3, are as follows:
Theatre I "Incredible Hulk" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m.
Theatre II "Get Smart" (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.
Theatre III "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7 and
9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
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Arnold's Wildlife thankful for support

Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center Inc. hosted over 200
adults and children at its June 14,
open house fundraiser.
"We were amazed at the turn-
out, especially considering to-
day's gas prices," said Sue Arnold,
owner and curator of the center.
"We want to thank 'everyone for
their support."
Visitors came from Okeecho-

bee, St, Lucie, Indian River, High-
lands, Palm Beach, Martin andl
other counties. "We even had
members of a motorcycle club
who rode all the way up from Mi-
arni," Ms. Arnold said.
Guests were treated to tours
of the half-acre butterfly garden,
now in full bloom and full of but-
terflies; the animal compounds
and nature trail; plus enjoyed free

hot dogs, snacks and beverages.
"We truly appreciate the sup-
port from the community," Ms.
Arnold said. "It helps make our
wildlife conservation efforts pos-
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center's mission is to rescue,
rehabilitate and return animals
to their natural habitat. The cen-
ter has been around for 12 years

and rehabilitates an average 700
animals per year. It is a non-profit
501 (c)(3) educational facility that
relies completely on donations to
fund its work.
For more information about
the center or directions go to or call

Woman selling home and heart on Internet

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By Kelli Kennedy
Associated Press Writer
(AP) -- She's tried night clubs and
online dating sites, but now a 42-
year-old single mother is looking
for love where everyone else's
heart is breaking -- the real estate
After a year of trying to sell her
four-bedroom home and eight
years of singledom, Deven Tra-
bosh is offering her South Florida
home and a shot at marrying her
on the Internet.
"I figured let's combine the ad
because I'm looking for love and
I'm looking to sell the house,"
said Trabosh, a Barbie-esque
blonde who teeters around the
nearly 2,000 square-foot house in
patent leather heels.
"Marry a Princess Lost in
America," Trabosh wrote in the
ads she posted on eBay and
Craigslist last week. She describes
a life of romance and travel and a
home decorated with vaulted ceil-
ings, upgraded tile and a soaking
tub in a gated community with a

pool and tennis courts.
Trabosh, a licensed real estate
agent wvho hasn't practiced in
years, knew she would struggle
to sell the home in the troubled
real estate market, but insists her
fairytale ad isn't just a sales gim-
"I'm struggling ... I don't want
to lose my house and I want to
find somebody," said Trabosh,
who changed her name in the ad
to Traboscia to keep people from
finding her in the phone book.
"So I came up with this dream
plan because I've always dreamt
about being a fairytale princess."
She listed the home for
$340,000 on a sell-it-yourself web
site, but upped the price, adding a
$500,000 shipping fee to include
her companionship on eBay.
Trabosh says eBay removed
her ad, though she planned to
change the wording and repost it.
Under the site's prohibited servic-
es policy, eBay does not allow the
sale of human beings, body parts
or relationships, spokeswoman
Catherine England said Friday.
Trabosh hasn't received any

serious offers, but says she's had
nearly 500 responses, mostly
positive, including one from Ottie
of Surrey, England, who e-mailed
to say, "You are offering the per-
fect life with the perfect American
She whips out her laptop to
show off a picture of Claudio,
a handsome Italian wine and
cheese taster, who she's been
corresponding with since he re-
sponded to the ad. Seated on a
white leather love seat in her liv-
ing room, she giggles almost girl-
ishly about him. They're hoping
to meet in Miami in a few weeks.
She's gotten criticism too. Her
21-year-old daughter Haley says
she just wants her mom to find
love, but her 14-year-old daughter
says her mother is embarrassing
her. Other have e-mailed to say
she's selling herself short.
"I'm not selling myself. I'm
selling love... to meet that true
love," Trabosh says. "Of course,
it's gonna take more chemistry
and connection. It's not going to
be instantaneous that I'm just go-
ing to be automatically for sale ...

it's a package deal for true love."
Trabosh isn't the first to use
the Internet to hawk the uncon-
ventional. A heartbroken Austra-
lian man recently tried to sell his
life online, including his house,
job and friends. Others have sold
body space, promising to display
advertisements for the highest
"There is a plethora of quirky
ads on craigslist that pop up on
craigslist every day, and this ap-
pears to be one of them," spokes-
woman Susan MacTavish Best
said in an e-mail. "Scads of cou-
ples have met and, thus, married
through craigslist over the last
twelve years sometimes marrying
the person who bought their tired
Ideally, Trabosh hopes a Euro-
pean man will close the deal and
says she's willing to move over-
"I know I'm putting myself
out there. I'm sincere. I believe in
true love," she says. "I want to get
married again."

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Ocie C. Runkle
Ocie C. Runkle, age 77, of
Okeechobee died June 26, 2008 at
Raulerson Hospital. She was born
May 22, 1931 in Oneida, Tenn. She
was a homemaker.
Mrs. Runkle is survived by
her husband, David C. Runkle of
Okeechobee; two sons, Michael
(Ginger) Tinch of Winston Salem,
N.C., and James (Wendy) Runkle
of Prospect Park, Pa.; two daugh-
ters, Donna (Lawrence) Sterling of
Okeechobee and Pamela (James)
Perry of Philadelphia, Pa.; 10
grandchildren; six great grandchil-
dren; sister, Barbara Sue (Larry)
Wilson of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be held on Mon-
day, June 30, at 10 a.m. at the Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with funeral
services following at 11 a.m. Pas-
tor James Lynch will be officiat-

Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

James "Curt" Curtis
James "Curt" Curtis Woodall,
87, of Palm Beach Gardens died
June 19, 2008 at home.
He was devoted to the field of
education, serving in many posi-
tions in various public school sys-
tems in Florida during his lifetime.
In the 1950s and 1960s he worked
for the Okeechobee County
School system in both the elemen-
tary schools and the high school.
He was a member of the Meth-

Today in History

Today is Saturday, June 28, the
180th day of 2008. There are 186
days left in the year.
Ten years ago: The 12th World
AIDS Conference opened in Ge-
Five years ago: After days of
intense searching by ground and
air, U.S. forces found the bodies
of two soldiers missing north of
Baghdad, as the toll of American
dead since the start of war topped
the grim milestone of 200.

One year ago: The Supreme
Court voted 5-4 to strike down
school integration plans in Louis-
ville, Ky., and Seattle, a decision
that was denounced at a debate
hours later by Democratic presi-
dential candidates.
Thought for Today: "The se-
cret of a man who is universally
interesting is that he is universally
interested." d" William Dean
Howells, American author (1837-

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He was also proud of his years of
service to his country in the Army
during World War I1.
He is preceded in death by his
son, John Woodall; his brothers
Allen and Ralph Woodall; and his
sisters, Mae Woodall Sutton and
Dorothy Woodall Clark.
He is survived by his wife of 57
years, Nancy Woodall; his daugh-
ter, Nancy Jane (Harry) Bush of
North Palm Beach; two grandchil-
lren, Doug and Curtis Bush; niec-
es, Jeanne Lynn of Marion, Ky.,
Sharon Mills of Hendersonville,
Tenn., and Jayne Hill of Madison,
Tenn.; nephew, Jerry Allen Wood-

all of Lexington, Ky., nephews
Steve and Gregg Sharpe of Tennes-
see and many loving and caring
A funeral service was held on
Tuesday, June 24, at Quattlebaum
Funeral Home, in West Palm
Beach. Father William O'Shea of-
ficiated. In lieu of flowers, memo-
rial contributions can be made
to the Florida United Methodist
Children's Home, 51 Main Street,
Enterprise, FL 32725; or Lake
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Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL
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In Loving Memory of Gene Richard Crates
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I miss you son, so much it hurts
I thought I was prepared
I know now that's impossible --
Not with all the love we shared. i ..

Your smile was like the sunshine
it was there for me each day
I'll treasure you forever
Until I come your way.

I cannot wait to see you, but for
Now I must be strong
I feel your strength beside me
It keeps me going on.

I love you more than words can say
I pray you knew how much
It broke my heart to lose you.
Your faith, your love, your touch

The Lord called you to his side that day
All I could do was cry
He gave me an angel for a while.
In my heart, I still wonder, but why?

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Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 28, 2008 (

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News

Okeechobee area churches are
busy with Vacation Bible School
and special events this summer.
Okeechobee Seventh Day
Adventist Church is interested
in selling their church pews, as
they are purchasing new ones.
The pews are wooden with top
and bottom padding. There are 15
available. For more details, please
call Linda at 863-610-0165.
Victory Baptist Church, 500
S.W Ninth St., will be having Vaca-
tion Bible School July 20-25, from
9 a.m. until noon each day. The
theme is "Friendship Trek, Jesus
our forever friend," Kids will dis-
cover the good news about Jesus
at every camp site. They will meet
new friends at Friendship Sum-
mit, play fun survivor games, ex-
perience Buddy Porcupine's Bible
Challenge, enjoy delicious back-
pack snacks, listen to campfire
stories, create wilderness crafts
and much, much more. All while
learning about their forever friend,
Jesus Christ! For more information
call Joy Jarriel at 863-763-0669.
The Okeechobee Ministeri-
al Association will be hosting a
Fifth Sunday Community Service
June 29, at 6 p.m. at Abundant
Blessings Assembly of God,
4550 U. S. 441 N. Come join us
for praise and worship. The Com-
munity Choir will be singing. Rev.
John Hodge, pastor of Abundant
Blessings will be the speaker.
Nursery care will be provided. For
more information call Gene Rod-
denberry at 863-634-1723.
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th, St., will hold a Custom
Garage Vacation Bible School
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening
August 4-8. The theme is "Loving
God Serving Others." The church
would prefer preregistration to en-
sure there are enough materials
and snacks. Preregistration forms
can be obtained at the church
office Monday through -Friday, 9
a.m. to noon. Parents will have
to come in person to sign a medi-
cal release form. The VBS will
consist of four sites each evening
- the service center, (opening and
closing program), tool talk, (Bible
stories), road map (memory Bible
verses), filling station (snacks),
tune up (music) and custom de-
sign (crafts). Each night an offer-
ing (those who want to and are
able to give) will be taken up to
purchase "Proclaimers." A "Pro-
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with a microchip that holds an
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hand cranked. Each participant
will have plenty to take home at
the end of the week, a "shop rag",
posters for their room, the crafts
they have made, a licence plate,
flashlight, sport water bottle and
any award they've earned for
memorizing verses. For more in-
formation call the church office
at 863-763-3519 or e-mail hhfihf@
First Baptist. Church, 401
S.W. Fourth St., will only have
one morning worship service
throughout the summer until
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. "Take me out to the ball-
game" will be the theme on June
29, at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus ball field. The congre-
gation 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.
First United Methodist
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.
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they will be going on "Son Safari"
each week from June 8 to July 20,
learning a all about God's truths
from the natural world. Do you
know why pineapples are prickly?
Have you any idea why the eagle
can soar higher than any other
bird? Each Sunday morning we
will have a different learning sta-
tion from cooking to crafts, from
games to puppetry. To register,
call Nancy Vaughan at the church
office 863-763-4021.
Bible study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
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 772-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenoimi-
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-
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donation per person. RESERVA-
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Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu.
Following 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
Treasure Island Baptist
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youth van runs through Treasure
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Programs are available for student
in grades one through six and
seven through 12. Programs are
from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and taken them
home. For information, call 863-
The Okeechobee News wel-
comes news from area churches
for thiscolumn. Email okeenews(@ or call Pete Gawda
at 863-763-3134, extension 4225.

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Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343 104 N.W. 7th Ave.
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007 Okeechobee
Mark Goodbread* 634-6999 Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433

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Auctions 105
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DONKEYS (2) Call to de-
scribe. (863)357-3225
LAB young, black, female,
sweet & gentle, nice family
dog, well trained, needs a
loving home. (863)763-2692
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-

.brown & white, in Okeecho-
bee, small, female, Childs
pet (863)634-7515
GOATS Lost behind Four
Seasons, 9 goats total,
brown, white & red. If found
please call (863)824-7593
Yellow Lab mix, white w/
cream ears, M, neutered, 45
lbs., Border Collie mix-black
w/ some white, F, 45 Ibs.
Spotted near Faith Farm Min-
istries on June 21 ,REWARD
Please call (772)344-5017


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

24/7 Mon-Sun., Will travel.
Call (863)467-4285

Is looking to hire a
receptionist in the
Okeechobee office.
Applicant must be
happy, energetic
arhd outgoing.
Monday Friday
9am to 4 pm
PH. (863) 467-5333
Please contact
JC Cardwell

Florida Licensed
Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
Benefits, 401 K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
Wilson's Petroleum

Purchasing Coordinator:
Must have 3+ years of
experience in construction
industry. Working
history of bid solicitation,
document control, plan
takeoffs, and product
submittals. Must be able
to multitask. Excellent
verbal and written skills are
required. Solomon and
WinEst experience a plus.
Fax resume and salary
history to 561.847.2692.
Lawn maintenance. Drug Free
& Background Check!
Please send your resume to:
PO Box 2652,
Okeechobee, FL 34973

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing

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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
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Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
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Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/ ,
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Appliances For Sale, Like new,
stove, washer & dryer, $300
for all, or will separate

BB Simon- brown/black gator
skin belt w/ authentic crys-
tals & buckle, 34" $300 neg.
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822
Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165
Golf Carl Club Car- White,
Single seat
$800 (863)697-3299
Call For details
Kegerator Haler Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
condition, $500
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822


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

Move In Special!
1/2V off 1st months rent!
2BR/1,5BA, carpet, tile
all applp's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878

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

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
water incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981
Your new car could be In
today's paper. Have you
looked for it?

Housels -Rent 93

Jacqueline Claxton

IC Properties
2br/2ba w/ 1 car garage,
100x100 lot, Okeechobee
Hammock, $850 month 1st,
last & sec. (561)254-0478
3br, 2ba on huge lot Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details

I House Ren

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2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more into. 772-216-1461
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
Rent to Own 4 2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566

Professional Office Space
for Lease Near Courthouse.
Immediate Occupancy.

2 roommates needed, male or
female, prefer non-smoker,
all utilities incl. $125 wk. Call
for details (863)228-1865


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Mobile Homes

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

2br/2ba Great location on cul-
de-sac & main power grid,
W/D, dishwasher, new car-
pet $900/mo (863)610-7006
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981

lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
$650/mo. (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE 3br, lba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call

Mobile Home Angels
DISTRESS SALE- 2008, 70 x
14 Brand new Never lived in
Scott built mob home. Turn
Key on your land or our land,
$30,000 or best offer
863)673-6417 or
561 721-5299


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

SCOOTER, '60 $4,000.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

2000 Ford Explorer, power
windows, power locks, stan-
dard transmission, cold A/C,
$1,650 neg. (863)763-0859

FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
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FWC unveils imperiled butterflies Web site

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
announces the formation of the Im-
periled Butterflies of South Florida
Workgroup (IBWG) to directly ad-
dress the significant declines ex-

perienced by a number of South
Florida butterflies. The public is
invited to log on to the IBWG's in-
teractive Web site at http://share2. to
exchange information and to learn

about the on-going efforts to protect
imperiled species, including the en-
dangered Miami blue butterfly.
Local, state and federal agen-
cies, the North American Butterfly
Association and the University of

Florida joined together to form the
IBWG because of conservation and
management issues surrounding
the Miami blue.
"This Web site aims to advance
awareness and promote under-

standing for butterfly conservation,
the habitats that sustain them and
the roles they play as an indicator
species in the larger environment,"
said Mary Truglio, an FWC biolo-
gist and IBWG steering committee

The IBWG continues to work
together to increase and/or stabilize
imperiled butterfly populations in
South Florida and to safeguard im-
portant habitats.

A M .... Submitted photo/FWC
Submitted photo/FWC Submitted photo/FWC The Miami Blue butterfly is one of the species that is on the
The Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida Workgroup (IBWG) The Florida Leafwing is one of the butterflies featured on the endangered list. State and federal agencies, the North Ameri-
interactive Web site at Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida Workgroup (IBWG) in- can Butterfly Association and the University of Florida joined
fault.aspx is designed to help track and protect endangered teractive Web site at together to form the IBWG because of conservation and man-
butterflies such as the Florida Duskywing. aspx. agement issues.

Dove permits on sale July 1

Seven special-opportunity
dove fields will be open to the
public this season through the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission's special-op-
portunity Dove Club Program.
Beginning 10 a.m. (EDT) July
1, sportsmen can purchase Dove
Club permits by submitting a
completed Special-Opportunity
Dove Club Permit Worksheet to
any county tax collector's office
or authorized license agent. Per-
mits also can be bought online
at or
by calling toll-free 1-888-HUNT-
FLORIDA (486-8356). Worksheets
are available on the Web at MyF- under "Special-
Dove Club permits will be
available on a first-come, first-
served basis, and as long as they
remain, the deadline to purchase

them is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 9.
The permit allows one adult
and one youth (under age 16) to
participate in all scheduled hunts
(up to eight days) for a designated
dove field. These Saturday half-
day hunts cost $150 and enable
both the permit holder and youth
to each take a daily bag limit of
The seven special-opportuni-
ty dove fields are: Brown Farm
Public Small-game Hunting Area
(PSGHA) in Holmes County,
Caravelle Ranch (Putnam Coun-
ty), Combs Farm PSGHA (Baker
County), North Newberry PS-
GHA (Alachua County), Allapat-
tah Flats (Martin County), Fussell
Farm PSGHA (Polk County) and
Frog Pond (Miami-Dade County).
Dove hunting opportunities
are in high demand, and these
special hunts provide the perfect

social setting for friends and fam-
ily to hunt together. Interested
hunters are encouraged to pur-
chase permits early because the
most popular fields sell out fast.
And hunters who purchase these
season-long permits save more
than half the cost of buying indi-
vidual daily dove permits for the
Daily dove permits cost $35
and enable one adult and one
youth (under age 16) to hunt to-
gether on one half-day hunt but
allows only one bag limit of birds
between the two hunters. Daily
dove permits do not go on sale
until Sept. 18. For more informa-
tion on these great public land
dove hunting opportunities, click

Sports News in Brief

Pop Warner sign ups
Pop Warner is accepting late
sign ups until June 30, for ages 5
to 15 years. For more information
or to sign up call 863-634-3482.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-

ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Just Horsing Around
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County
4-H program, .along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, will be offering
the Second Annual "Just Horsing
Around" horse day camp. Each

of the three weeks will have a
unique theme. The camp for July
7-11, will expose campers to vari-
ous equine disciplines. The third
week, July 14-18, will offer camp-
ers insight into the rodeo world
focusing on pole bending, barrel
racing, goat tying, roping and oth-
er "non-roughstock" events. For
more information and to register
please contact the Okeechobee
County Extension Office at 863-
763-6469. Camp fee is $100 plus
a $25 stall fee per week. Pre-regis-
tration is required.

Okeechobee Majors take District 8

The Okeechobee Majors traveled to Avon Park for the District 8 Majors tournament this
past weekend. Their team oriented defense lead them to an undefeated three game tour-
nament. The coaches stressed the importance of positive team attitude and it lead to the
success on the field. In game one Okeechobee defeated Avon Park 7-1 and game twcfwas
won 3-2 over Clewiston. In the championship game Okeechobee faced Avon Park for a
second time and defeated them once again 11-4. Okeechobee will travel to Ridge Manor,
Fla. to participate in the Dixie Youth Baseball State tournament July 11-18. Fans can follow
the action at Community support is welcome and appreciated. The follow-
ing are the players that make up the Okeechobee Majors: (back row I-r) Neal Crawford,
Billy Ball, Jamie Thomas, (second row I-r) Mitchel McCoin, Otto Ramirez, Adam Davis,
Christian Crews, Seth McWhorter, Branson Butler, (front row I-r) Tad Norman, Ethan Rev-
els, Chase Sutton, Kutter Crawford, Brandon Ball, and Garrett Thomas.

Submitted photo

John's Towing Women's League Champions
The John's Towing Spring Women's League Champions include: (back row I-r) Mary Huff,
Gena Davis, Ginger Jones, Pam Matthews, Helen Platt, Laverne Thomas, Heather Stillians, _
Carla Gopher; (front row I-r) Cheryl Kirton, Sheena Hickman, Kim Hargraves and Ella Su-

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By Todd Lassa
Nobody.drives cars or trucks
anymore. We drive "vehicles,"
pronounced 'with an over-em-
phasized "h," the word cops use
when they're writing tickets or
chasing suspects. Call the 2009
Dodge Journey a crossover, but

"crossover" is a new-age market-
ing concept. 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
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.

Suourtesy pnoto
The 2009 Dodge Journey has quickly become known as
America's Station Wagon.

Courtesy photo
The Dodge Journey features a spacious interior as well as a
modern design.

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The rear interior of the Dodge Journey offers versatility with
its fold down seats and floor storage compartments.

Keep your vehicle 'green' and your wallet happy

(MS) 'Green' is in. Most
people want to protect the en-
vironment. And as a number of
students head back to school,
they will want to make sure their
vehicles are environmentally
'green,' because going green
could add up to significant sav-
ings and trouble-free driving as
Ensuring vehicular environ-
mental responsibility goes hand-
in-hand with ensuring vehicular
efficiency. Most cars, SUVs, vans,
or light trucks operate when an
air and fuel mixture is ignited
within the engine, and this com-
bustion provides the energy that
propels the vehicle. The ideal ra-
tio of air and fuel is 14 parts air to
1 part fuel (14:1), called stoichio-
metric. When the ratio strays too
far away from this mixture, the
engine operates less efficiently -
fuel economy suffers, power de-
creases, and pollutants entering
the exhaust increase.
Powerful Spark Enhances
"One of the best ways to
maximize fuel efficiency and
environmental protection is by
installing a fresh set of premium
spark plugs, such as Bosch's Ir
Fusion Platinum Iridium plugs.
The Fusion spark plug produces

the most powerful spark avail-
able, which ignites the air/fuel
mixture more efficiently, and the
Fusion plug with its combination
of rare metals and surface air
gap design produces this power-
ful spark for tens of thousands of
miles," notes Reid Smith, prod-
uct manager, Spark Plugs, for
Bosch's Fusion is the indus-
try's only spark plug that com-
bines iridium and platinum in a
patented fused fine wire center
electrode design. "This combi-
nation provides a more durable
and long lasting center elec-
trode, better heat dissipation,
and lower, more stable ignition
voltage requirements," explains
Smith. "Bosch's exclusive sur-
face air gap technology and yttri-
um-enhanced ground electrodes
deliver better performance.
Durability Keeps It
"This long-term durability is
very important. Wear can erode
the electrodes and widen the gap
the spark must jump to ignite the
air/fuel mixture. This increases
stress on the ignition system and
can result in less efficient ignition,
decreasing performance as well
as gas mileage. Durability tests
indicate that reduced gap wear'

in the Bosch Platinum Ir Fusion
lowers the voltage requirement
6n the ignition system as the
plug gets older, yielding better,
more consistent performance
and economy and longer service
life," says Smith.
And don't forget to check
and see if underhood heat has
cooked the spark plug wires. In-
stalling fresh premium wire sets
will ensure that the spark plugs
get the proper electricity and
yield peak, long lasting engine
efficiency. /
Oxygen Sensors Very
Important to Vehicle Opera-
Another very important as-
pect of proper vehicle main-
tenance is making sure all the
vehicle's oxygen sensors are
operating properly. The oxygen
sensor measures the oxygen in
the exhaust to determine if the
correct air/fuel ratio is being
burned in the engine, and is cru-
cial to efficient fuel management
and engine operations. When
operating properly, the oxygen
sensor helps keep harmful emis-
sions at a minimum, and vehicle
performance and fuel economy
at their peak operate under hos-
tile conditions.
Oxygen sensors are subjected

to intense heat, severe cold, ther-
mal shock, vibration, and the
ravages of exhaust and external
contaminants but they still are
expected to function properly for
tens of thousands of miles. This
is made possible by engineer-
ing excellence and manufactur-
ing precision. Quality definitely
counts, and sensors that go the
distance are produced in plants
such as Bosch's facility in Ander-
son, SC.
"Have the oxygen sensor or
sensors checked and if worn out
replaced with the appropriate
top quality premium technology
sensor, such as those available
from Bosch, the inventor of the
automotive oxygen sensor. This
often improves fuel efficiency as
well as drivability, especially in
older vehicles."
Don't -ignore vehicle mainte-
nance as you get set to return
to school. Don't ignore vehicle
maintenance as you get set to
return to school. Periodic main-
tenance can save you money, is
better for the environment, and
allows you to focus your atten-
tion on your studies. For more
tips and technique, visit www. BS087106

Courtesy photo
Make the grade with fuel efficiency and environmental pro-
tection as you head back to school. Fresh premium spark
plugs, such as Bosch's powerful, long-lasting Ir Platinum
Fusion can help ensure a vehicle's best fuel economy and

How to get a greener commute out of your vehicle

(MS) The cars we drive and
the homes we inhabit are two of
the biggest contributors to our
"carbon footprint," or the a mea-
sure of the amount of carbon di-
oxide or C02 emitted through the
combustion of fossil fuels as part
of everyday life.
Car exhaust puts a bevy of
chemicals into the air, which can
have dangerous health effects
when they are inhaled. The fine
particulates in exhaust also make

their way into clouds and eventu-
ally return to the earth in the form
of acid rain. This rain can pollute
water supplies and harm wildlife.
One of the ways to reduce pol-
lution and negative effects on the
environment due to automobiles
is to cut down on the time spent
behind the wheel. Experts esti-
mate that just by driving 30 per-
cent less, big changes can occur.
During the week, commuters
comprise a large number of ve-

hicles on the road. So it stands to
reason that by making changes to
commuting habits there can be
an environmental benefit. Even
small changes add up when done
on a large scale.
I Company-provided incen-
tives: Many companies are re-
warding employees who skip the
car and choose alternate means
of transportation. Some business-
es foot the commuting bills for
participating employees. Others

offer gift cards or other prizes for
being green commuters.
Mass transit: Using mass
transportation remains one of the'
responsible ways of commuting
to work. Many buses now feature
clean-air technology, reducing the
amount of pollution they expel.
Some trains have also undergone
renovations to make them more
efficient and environmentally
friendly, burning less fuel. Regard-
less of green modifications, the

sheer number of people trains
and buses carry make them an
environmentally responsible way
of getting to and from work. Plus,
they save you on fuel and wear-
and-tear on your car.
Walking and biking: Environ-
mentally and physically friendly,
biking and walking are commut-
ing methods that offer the best re-
turn with the least impact. Many
employees say that they would
like to bike to work, but need a

place to shower and get changed.
Some companies are respond-
ing by setting aside locker and
shower space for just that. Other
businesses looking to make em-
ployees' commutes greener are
offering bicycles to those who
have been with the company a
year or more. Some companies
hire employees based on skill
and proximity to the office, pre-
ferring those who are in walking

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12 Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 28, 2008

Clean the air inside your

vehicle for a healthier ride

Do you know if your vehicle is
equipped with a cabin air filter?
A cabin air filter prevents pollen,
dirt, and soot from entering the
vehicle through the heating and
air conditioning vents and keeps
the air inside clean. However,
over time, a cabin air filter can
get clogged. Check and replace
your vehicle's cabin air filter ev-
ery 12,000 to 18,000 miles to keep
air pollutants from entering your
vehicle and aggravating seasonal
allergies, asthma and other respi-
ratory conditions. www.pureoil.
Clean the Air Inside Your Ve-
hicle for a Healthier Ride (569
words, US)
(PRNewswire/MS) Many mo-
torists do not know their vehicles
come equipped with cabin air fil-
ters that prevent pollutants such
as pollen, dirt, dust and soot from
entering the car through the heat-
ing and air conditioning vents.
But over time, cabin air filters
can get clogged and actually mul-
tiply the dangers from air pollut-
ants when the heating and air
conditioning system blows them
inside the car with no way for
them to escape.
"Checking and replacing a ve-
hicle's cabin air filter every 12,000
to 18,000 miles keeps environ-
mental contaminants from enter-
ing the interior of the vehicle and
aggravating seasonal allergies,

asthma and other respiratory con-
ditions," says Ramon Nunez, Di-
rector of Filtration for Bosch, joint
venture owner of Purolator Filters
The cabin air filter may also be
called pollen filter, air-condition-
ing filter, passenger compartment
air filter, interior ventilation filter
or dust filter.
Two kinds of cabin filters are
available for modern vehicles -
the particulate cabin filter and the
activated charcoal cabin filter.
The particulate cabin filter
features a multi-layer design with
more pleats that provide more
space to filter out pollutants.
Other features include foam pe-
rimeter gaskets and an injection-
molded frame when specified by
the vehicle manufacturer.
The activated charcoal cabin
filter goes a step further. It absorbs
nearly all toxic and foul-smelling
gases such as ozone, nitrogen ox-
ide, sulfur dioxide and hydrocar-
bons. An additional cover layer
makes for extra protection.
Often, both particulate type
and activated charcoal type cabin
filters are available for the same
vehicle, and you can replace a
used cabin filter with either type,
regardless of which was installed
by the vehicle's manufacturer.
Recent estimates indicate ap-
proximately 45 million vehicles in
the U.S. are equipped with cabin

air filters. Refer to your owner's
manual or check with a mechanic
to see if your vehicle has one.
Whether you have it replaced
professionally or decide to tackle
it yourself, it's important to know
that the time it takes to install a
cabin air filter varies with the
make and model of the vehicle
you drive.
"It can take anywhere from 10
minutes to an hour, depending
on where it is located and how
difficult it is for you or the tech-
nician to reach," Nunez said. The
cabin air filter may be located, for
example, in the outside air intake,
under the dash or even behind
the glove box.
Inventor of the first automotive
oil filter in 1923, Purolator offers
premium quality cabin air filters
for most domestic and imported
vehicles. According to Nunez,
Purolator's BreatheEASY cabin
air filter is designed to clean and
protect the air in the vehicle and
reduce the accumulation of dust
inside the car.
Currently, each box of Purola-
tor's BreatheEASY cabin air filter
includes step-by-step instructions
on the entire installation process
as well as estimated difficulty and
replacement times.

Courtesy photo
Do you know if your vehicle is equipped with a cabin air filter? A cabin air filter prevents pol-
len, dirt, and soot from entering the vehicle through the heating and air conditioning vents'
and keeps the air inside clean. However, over time, a cabin air filter can get clogged. Check
and replace your vehicle's cabin air filter every 12,000 to 18,000 miles to keep air pollutants
from entering your vehicle and aggravating seasonal allergies, asthma and other respiratory

Want your car to really shine? Don't depend on water beads!

(MS) For years the most reli-
able way to tell if any wax was still
on your car's surface was by care-
ful observation of the water beads
after a rain. If the beads were high
and small, the wax coating was
either fresh or most of it was still
there. Large flatter beads meant
the wax coating was wearing off
and no beading meant the wax
was gone.
Most .people are under the
false im rn ssion that if the\ see
anm aafebeading or their car,
their \%ax is still crealini the same
gloss it did Vhen fir-st applied Ac-
tually, shine diminishes each time
a car is washed, driven, or ex-
posed to rain, snow or ice. Simply
drying the paint with a cloth after
- washing can reduce ,klo'ss Don't.
be fooled by some of loda's ssyn-
thetic waxes, as some will con-

tinue beading water even though
shine has dulled.
If you want to keep your car
really glossy with that just waxed
look, you should reapply whatev-
er product you use when gloss di-
minishes. Never depend on water
beading to indicate the condition
of the shine.
Here's a simple way to de-
termine the condition of gloss
on your vehicle. Just wash and
dry the hood. Apply wax to one
small section of the hood. Now
compare gloss in the waxed and
the unwaxed areas by looking at
your face's reflection. If you can
see your face more clearly in the
waxed section and it looks bet-
ter overall, then only waxing the
entire car will restore maximum
The telltale sign of a good wax

is when the color of your car ap-
pears so vivid and deep that the
paint actually looks wet. Such is
the look many car-show aficio-
nados aim for with their own ve-
While veterans of the car-show
circuit know the ins and outs of
which wax to use, that might not
be the case for most other drivers.
Unknowingly, some car owners
might be applying a wax that ac-
tually dulls a car's finish. Products
that claim to wax, clean and re-
move scratches from paint con-
tain abrasives, which could pos-
sibly be removing a little of your
,car's paint with each application..
New cars, especially, should
not be exposed to waxes contain-
ing abrasives. An abrasive-free
wax, however, is meant to be ap-
plied to clean car paint to create

a very smooth and shiny appear-
ance while protecting against na-
ture's damaging elements. It's the
ideal choice for new cars fresh off
the lot or even cars that have just
come out of the car wash.
An important ingredient to
look for in an abrasive-free wax
is Carnauba, an all-natural extract
derived directly from the leaves of
a unique palm tree. Accustomed
to battling harsh weather condi-
tions in the rain forests of Brazil,
Carnauba provides the ideal pro-
tection for your car's paint job. All
products that contain Carnauba
are not necessarily what you're
looking for. Carnauba comes in
many different grades, some of
which are more durable and pro-
vide a longer-lasting finish. Lower
grades of Carnauba may not give
the shine you expect.

Finding an abrasive-free wax
that utilizes the best grades of
Carnauba can be difficult. Since
1979, Malm Chemical Corp. is the
popular choice among car show
veterans, who reportedly pay up
to $125 for an 8-ounce jar of high-
grade Carnauba paste wax. Along
with all-natural Carnauba, Malm's
special formula includes addi-
tional unique ingredients, which
blend together to yield the best
results for your vehicle. Malm also
produces a concentrated liquid
Carnauba that many users boast
can wax an entire vehicle with
less than half an ounce.
Malm's products are sold at a
limited number of new Porsche
dealers. Check with the manager
of parts at a dealership near you.
In addition, readers of this article
can obtain a special offer of an

8-ounce bottle of Malm's Concen-
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(plus $5 shipping and handling).
Along with the 8-ounce bottle,
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Cutting car insurance costs by driving an SUV

Because they're
more likely to with-
stand an accident,
SUV's are often less
costly to insure than
some smaller cars.

(MS) Depending on where
you live, car insurance can be as-
tronomical or entirely reasonable.
Drivers in the Northeast tend to
pay the highest premiums, while
those in the South or the Midwest
tend to enjoy more reasonable
One thing all drivers have in
common, however, is the desire
to lower their automobile insur-
ance costs. Regardless of how
expensive your insurance bill
might be, there's always room for
a.bargain. Fortunately, there are
plenty of ways drivers can save a
few dollars.
Before you buy a car, do your
research. Some vehicles raise red
flags for insurance companies
and have traditionally cost more
to insure than others in or outside
of their vehicle class, regardless
of sticker price. For example, in
2005 and 2006, the relatively in-
expensive Honda Civic was the
fourth-costliest vehicle to insure.
But why would such a small car
with such a low sticker price cost
so much to insure? Insurance

providers take several things into
consideration, many of which
have nothing to do with you, the
driver. In the Civic's case, the size
of the vehicle likely plays a role.
Insurance companies look at
how well a vehicle will stand up
should it get into an accident. In
essence, insurance companies
don't want to pay for a new car.
With more and more SUV's on
the road, a Civic doesn't stand too
great a chance of survival if it gets
into an accident with an SUV.
Another consideration is a
vehicle's rate of theft. Each year,
CCC Information Services, which
provides technology to the auto-
motive claims and repair industry,
puts out a list of America's most
stolen vehicles. While the Civic
failed to crack CCC's top 10 list
in 2005, Hondas were the fourth
most stolen make of vehicle on
CCC's list. So while the Civic
might be great on gas, don't as-
sume its small size will help you
with your insurance company. Do
your research first and avoid be-
ing stuck holding the bag.
Ask for higher deductibles.
This is a big risk to take, particu-
larly if you're accident prone or
live in a densely populated area,
but it will help you save a sub-
stantial amount of money each
month. By increasing your de-
ductible, you're increasing the
initial amount of money you'll
have to pay should you get in an
accident. This simultaneously de-

creases what your provider has to
pay, hence lowering your month-
ly rates.
Consolidate, consolidate,
consolidate. Most insurance com-
panies want all of your business,
not just some. If you need more
than one type of insurance (i.e.,
homeowner's, automobile), your
provider will likely give you a
discount if you insure both your
home and your autos with them.
This also works in households
with more than one vehicle. New-
lyweds are often advised to put
their vehicles on the same auto
insurance policy because it can
drastically reduce their monthly
premiums. If your current ho-
meowners insurance company
doesn't provide auto insurance
or vice versa, shop around. You
might be surprised at how much
consolidation can save you each
Encourage good grades
from your kids. Young drivers are
among the most high-risk and ex-
pensive to insure, as most parents
of drivers are well aware. How-
ever, you can reduce rates even
if insuring your driving youngster.
If a child has good grades, that's
often worth a discount to most
insurance companies. Similarly,
kids (and even adults) who take
courses in defensive driving often
earn discounts as well. Consult
your insurance provider about
ways you can lower the cost of
adding your son or daughter to

Courtesy photo
Because they're more likely to withstand an accident, SUV's are often less costly to insure
than some smaller cars.

your plan.
Car pool to work. Car pools
not only help the environment,
they can help your wallet as
well. Whenever you begin a new
policy, one of the first questions
a provider will ask is how much
you drive your vehicle each day.
In general, the less your drive, the
lower your rates. That's because
it's hard to get your car into an ac-
cident when it's sitting in your ga-

rage or driveway. If you car pool
to work (or take public transpor-
tation), mention that to your pro-
The older your car gets, the
less you should insure it. Anytime
you buy a new car, you should
always get full coverage. In fact,
if you're leasing or financing a
car, chances are the lending in-
stitution will mandate you get full
coverage on the vehicle. But once

you own your car outright and the
car is getting older, gradually re-
duce the coverage. Collision cov-
erage is often dropped by drivers
of older cars because the value
of the car isn't worth the cost to
insure it. This doesn't mean you
should discard your vehicle, but
a general rule of thumb is that
if your car is worth less than 10
times what it costs to insure it, it's
time to reduce your coverage.

Energy: Did you know?

(MS) As oil prices contin-
ued to soar, U.S. motorists finally
began to cut back on their reli-
ance on fuel in early 2008. Ac-
cording to data-from the Energy
Information Administration, a 12-
week period between November
2007 and February 2008 saw gas-
oline purchases decrease by 1.5
percent nationwide. As a point
of reference, consider that gas
consumption had increased by.
1.4 percent each year since 2000,
highlighting the growing concern
over fuel costs and the efforts of
many to make lifestyle changes
that lessen their reliance on fuel.

2007. A report from MasterCard
Advisors shows that the demand
for gasoline in the United States
continue to decline as well. That
report said that in the week end-
ing February 15th the demand
for gasoline had dropped 4.4 per-
cent from the same period a year
earlier. That indicated the largest
one-week drop since December
of 2007. While one might think a
softer demand for gasoline would
bring fuel prices down, the En-
ergy Information Administration
has suggested that is not the case,
and expects prices .to continue to.

Such a trend is illustrated in the increase in spite of the declining
lessening demand for fuel since demand.

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As oil prices continue to rise more and more Americans are beginning to rely less on fuel.'

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cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our
kids are not getting the chance to learn about
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D3, TILT/CRUISE, CERT. YR/IDDK M. WARRANTYI P345 ..............................$11,995
4 DR., RED, TWO-TONE SPORT PKG., 31,800 MI.I 81034A............................. $13,695

MOONROOF, 4 CYL., AUTO., 15,600 MILESI P3234............................................$13,895
OK. GREEN MET., TAN CLOTH. ALLOYS. ED RADIOI P3221 .......... .......$13,995
4 CYL.. AUTO.. FULL PWR., GREEN, GREAT IMPBI 2417K.......................$14,395
4 CYL.. AUTD., E., FULL PWR.. 42.400 MILESI P3 ....................................$17,995
PREMIER, MNRF., EERT. 6YRJOK MI. WARRANTY P30 .........................$17,995
ONYX BLACK. LEATHER, ONLY 8.100 MILESI 8492A............................. $30,695



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