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Vol. 99 No. 213


Briefs

Cancer Society plans
kick-off to fight
Breast Cancer
On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the
Okeechobee Unit of the Ameri-
can Cancer Society will hold its
annual Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer Kickoff Party.
The Kickoff Party, hosted by
Raulerson Hospital, will begin
at 5:30 p.m. in the Hospital Din-
ing Room. Light refreshments
will be served. Guests will hear
from Dr. Bradfield, a local doc-
tor on the latest updates in
Breast Cancer Treatment and
digital mammography. All sur-
vivors and anyone interested in
learning more about the walk
are invited to attend. The 5th
Annual Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer of Okeechobee
will be held on Saturday, Oct.
4. Registration will begin at 8
a.m. with the walk beginning at
9,a.m. For more information on
the walk and to become more
involved, please contact Keri
Ann Hughes, Unit Executive Di-
rector at 863-467-2376 ext 115
or visit the web www.cancer.
org/stridesonline

Congressman's
liaison schedules
'office hours
John Mac, Constituent Liai-
,son to Congressman Tim Ma-
,honey (FL-16), will hold office
'hours on Thursday, July 31,
at the Okeechobee County Li-
brary located at 206 SW 16th
Street, Okeechobee. Office
hours are from noon until to 3
p.m. The Congressional office
provides constituent service
assistance with federal matters'
such as Academy nominations,
grants, Washington tours and
assistance in dealing with fed-
eral agencies such as the Social
Security Administration, Medi-
care, Veterans' Administration,
IRS and others.

Drought Index


Current: 213
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.76 feet
Last Year: 9.19 feet

*S onred By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds ................................. 7
Comics ................................. 6
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 6
Obituaries......................... 5
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out ............................. .... 4
Sports............................ . 8
TV .............................................. 4
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Gang crime penalties toughen


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News.
Thanks to a new state law
things will start to get a lot
tougher on street gang members
beginning Oct. 1.
The new law, HB-43, pro-
vides for new and stricter penalty
enhancements and gives law
enforcement new tools in their
battle against street gangs.
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) said under
the new law gang members will
be referred to as "street terror-


ists."
Sgt. Stark, who heads up the
OCSO gang unit, said this law
has been in the works for the last
18 months and will automatical-
ly increase the penalties for gang
members upon their conviction
in a court of law.
Under the new law: the leader
of a gang will face life in prison;
it will be illegal to use electronic
communications to recruit new
gang members; convicted gang
members will be required to
register with the sheriff's office
upon their release from prison;


Preparing for school: OHS cooling


and, the federal Racketeer Influ-
ence and Corrupt Organizations
Act, or RICO, will now apply to


gangs.
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
This 15,000 pound stainless steel cooling tower was purchased to replace the old one
at Okeechobee High School from 1990. Koldaire, Inc. put the tower in place on Wednes-
day, July 30, with a crane.

Energy-saving system installed


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
On June 13, the Okeecho-
bee County School Board ap-
proved the change order in the
purchase amount for the cool-
ing tower replacement project
at Okeechobee High School
which was installed Wednes-
day, July 30.
A large crane placed the
15,000 pound cooling tower in
place at OHS. The tower should
be in operation by Aug. 6, after
all the fittings and welding is
complete. The crane lifted it
to its home on to'p of two foot
wide by two foot deep metal I-
beams.


This stainless steel cooling
tower which was bid by Kol-
daire, Inc. out of Sunrise, is
replacing the old water tower
that was steel purchased in
1990. According to Dale Barrett,
Okeechobee County Schools
Director of Operations, this
tower is of a much better qual-
ity than the previous one that
had rusted out due to use and
the chemicals that they have to
add to the water for operation.
The purpose of the tower
is to provide an energy saving
affect for the cooling system at
OHS. Hot water is gravity fed
into the cooling tower where
large fans cool the water down
to a lower temperature. The


water is then pumped into the
chillers Which super cool the
water and circulate it into the
classrooms which helps to cool
the classrooms.
After the water temperature
increases again it is recirculated
back to the cooling tower to
complete the cycle.
The tower holds 60 to 100
gallons of water that is circu-
lated in this cycle.
The chillers create ice dur-
ing off-peak energy hours to
conserve the cost of energy to
cool the school.
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identified as an ongoing rack-
eteering enterprise.
According to Sgt. Stark, the
RICO law comes into effect if he
can identify two predicate acts to
show that the suspect is a gang
member or has committed a
gang act. With the proper docu-
mentation and proof, the sus-
pect can face up to life in prison
under this act.
Predicates include such
charges as fleeing to elude, ac-
cessory after the fact, sexual bat-
tery, burglary, registration viola-
tion and criminal mischief.


"We have about 12 gang
members in the county jail right
now who can face both en-
hanced penalties and the RICO
statute," said Sgt. Stark. "We're
working with the state attorney's
major crimes unit on prosecut-
ing these gang members."
The enhanced penalties will
only apply upon a gang mem-
ber's conviction. Since none
of those Sgt. Stark spoke about
have been to trial or will go to tri-
al prior to Oct. 1, they could face
the new penalty enhancements.
See Gang - Page 3


High school



must allow



GSA to meet


Gay Straight Alliance
has same rights as all
noncurricular clubs

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The American Civil Liber-
ties Union Wednesday, July 30,
announced that Federal Judge
K. Michael Moore ruled that
school officials in Okeecho-
bee, must allow a gay-straight
alliance (GSA) club to meet on
campus.
According to the ACLU press
release, in a precedent-setting
order, the judge upheld his


earlier ruling that GSAs do not
interfere with abstinence-only
education and in a legal first,
holds that schools must pro-
vide for the well-being of gay
students.
Judge Moore also broke the
legal mold by asserting that
schools must provide for the
well-being of gay students to
the same extent as straight stu-
dents and therefore, the school
may not discriminate against
the GSA. In the.order, the court
grants students in th'e GSA
"all the rights and privileges
granted to other non-curricular
See GSA - Page 2


School budget



hearing today


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The first public hearing for
the Okeechobee County School
district budget will be held to-
day, July 31, in the Okeechobee
County School Board office,
700 S.W Second Ave., at 6 p.m.
where they will vote on the
millage rate and budget for the
2008-09 school year.
The Okeechobee County
School district budget is bleak,
but in better shape than some
neighboring districts. Local


school officials are glad they
will not have to cut salaries or
lay off employees.
Due to the conservative na-
ture of the OCSB over the years,
they are in better condition this
year to deal with an anticipated
$1.3 million funding shortfall.
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin-
tendent of schools, has recom-
mended that the total millage
rate of 7.661 -- down .051 from
last year's rate 7.712 -- be ad-
opted for the 2007-08 budget.
See Budget - Page 3


Bio-refinery planned



south of big lake


Southeast Renewable Fuels,
LLC (SRF) has announced plans
to permit and build the first of
at least three ethanol bio-refin-
eries near Lake Okeechobee,
a 20 million-gallon-per-year
operation on a 60-acre tract
in Hendry county. Located 15
miles south of Clewiston, Fla.
on Highway 835, this plant will
be one of the first of its kind in
Florida. Groundbreaking is ten-
tatively scheduled for late sum-
mer, 2009.


According to Don Markley,
chief operating officer, "SRF's
first plant represents a $75 mil-
lion capital investment and
will employ 47 people when
complete. In addition to the
creation of numerous indus-
trial and agricultural jobs, there
will be profit opportunities for
growers and shareholders."
Ideal for growth in sandy
soil, sweet sorghum, a high-
yield dedicated or rotational
crop, will form the feedstock


for the bio-refinery. SRF is cur-
rently conducting field trials of
sweet sorghum in various soil
types in other counties sur-
rounding Lake Okeechobee.
Aaron Pepper, chief execu-
tive officer of SRF and the Lon-
dono family of Clewiston form
the core of the Florida Ethanol
Cooperative. Growers and in-
vestors are invited to partici-
pate in this cooperative ethanol
project.


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groups."
"Judge Moore's ruling that
GSAs are beneficial to gay stu-
dents and that they don't harm
straight students is unparalleled.
This is a clear victory for the stu-
dents, for the Okeechobee GSA
and indeed for all high school
students in Florida," said Robert
Rosenwald, Director, ACLU of
Florida LGBT Advocacy Project.
"These are brave students who
would not be silenced and did
not tolerate discrimination. So
many children cannot stand up
for themselves, but hopefully this
ruling will serve as a warning to
other Florida schools that equal
access truly means equal access,
and schools that choose not to
follow the law will be inviting
similar litigation."
The ACLU prevailed in
Okeechobee on both Equal Ac-
cess Act and First Amendment
grounds. The federal Equal Ac-
cess Act (20 U.S.C. � 4071(a))
requires schools that allow any
extracurricular activities to meet
on campus to allow all extra-cur-
ricular student groups to do so,
and to treat every club equally.
According to the press release,
regarding the First Amendment,
Judge Moore quoted the famed
1969 Tinker case stating that stu-
dents do not "shed their constitu-
tional rights to freedom of speech
or expression at the schoolhouse
gate." JUdge Moore went on to
state that "the desire of the GSA to
meet as a group to discuss mat-
ters pertinent to the challenges
presented by their non-hetero-
sexual identity and to build un-
derstanding and trust with other
heterosexual students sounds in
the political speech addressed in
Tinker."
In referencing Tinker, Judge
Moore refers to Gillman v. School
Bd. For Holmes County, Fla., a
First Amendment case won by the
ACLU in May after a two-day trial
in which the high school principal
testified that he believed clothing
or stickers featuring rainbows
would make students automati-
cally picture gay people having
sex. In June, federal judge Richard
Smoak ordered Ponce de Leon
High School to pay $325,000 in


legal tees to the ACLU atter ruling
that the school violated student
Heather Gilman's constitutional
right to free speech. Ms. Gillman
and her friends were suspended
from school after wearing clothes
and stickers supporting their
openly gay friends.
Judge Moore noted "that the
GSA's tolerance based message
would not materially or substan-
tially interfere with discipline in
the operation of the school. In
order for [the school board] to
justify its refusals to recognize the
GSA as a student organization,
'it must be able to show that its
action was caused by something
more than a mere desire to avoid
the discomfort and unpleasant-
ness that always accompany an
unpopular viewpoint.' This is
precisely what [the school board]
has failed to do."
This order will allow the lesbi-
an, gay, bisexual, transgender and
straight students to meet on cam-
pus, just as other non-curricular
clubs do, to discuss issues about
bullying, tolerance and discrimi-
nation. GSAs across the state and
country have been shown to help
gay and straight students feel saf-
er at school, and provide an open
forum for students to discuss their
fears, hopes and challenges.
Barbara Weller with Gibbs
Law Firm responded on behalf of
the school board that they have
not decided as of yet if they will
file an appeal of this decision.
She went on to explain that there
are significant portions of the rul-
ing that were given to the district
that has alleviated some of their
concerns with the club in the first
place.
According to Mrs. Weller, the
school district was not concerned
about the club with the issues of
tolerance, but were concerned in
the group discussing topics sexu-
al in nature.
According to the order the
school board "may ensure that
the GSA adheres to its by-laws by
avoiding topics of sexual educa-
tion reserved for instruction by
qualified teachers in a classroom
environment and may also ensure
that the GSA adheres to its stated
purpose of promoting tolerance."
The order also allows the
school district to continue to es-
tablish reasonable limitations to
restrict student access to the GSA,
including written parental con-


Briefs


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Parent education
classes offered
Okeechobee County Healthy
Start Coalition offers parenting
education classes for those with
infants-3 yr. Pregnant women and
parents are encouraged to attend.
Parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. No child care
will be available. Call 863-462-
5877 for registration.


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sent prior to becoming a mem-
ber, as long as such limitations
apply equally to all non-curricular
student groups.
"I can't tell you how happy I
am that the judge agreed we have
a right to create a safe space for
gay students at my school," said
Brittany Martin, a 17-year-old up-
coming senior at OHS who is the
GSA's president. She added, "All
we've ever wanted was to have
a club to talk about tolerance
and harassment so we can try to
make our school a better place
for all students."
"It has been a long road and
we are very pleased with the
outcome. Now the students at
Okeechobee High School can
start the new school year with a
clean slate and openly discuss the
problems they face with fellow
classmates," added Mr. Rosen-
wald.
In accordance with the judge's
order, the only way for the school
board to eliminate the GSA club
would be to eliminate all non-cur-
ricular student groups. This action
according to the order is "argu-
ably extreme and questionable as
to the well-being of the entire stu-
dent body" but it is in the power
of the school board to do so, "at
least as far as compliance with
the Equal Access Amendment is
concerned."
The order also identified that
the school board policy Section
4.30(11)(D) is in violation of the
EAA and is therefore unenforce-
able.
This policy states that "to as-
sure that student clubs and or-
ganizations do not interfere with
the School Board's abstinence
only sex education policy and
the School Board's obligation
to promote the well-being of all
students, no club or organization
which is sex-based or based upon
any sexual grouping, orientation,
or activity of any kind shall be per-
mitted.
The ACLU filed the federal law-
suit in November 2006, after stu-
dents at OHS were denied access
to meet on campus by their prin-
cipal, Toni Wiersma. Then-senior
Yasmin Gonzalez approached the
ACLU and after several failed at-
tempts by the ACLU to convince
the school to comply with the
Federal Equal Access Act, the law-
suit was filed.
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granted a preliminary injunction
ordering OHS to officially recog-
nize and allow equal access to
the GSA. This was a landmark de-
cision in that it was the first ruling
in which a judge found that GSA's
are not by definition "sex-based"
clubs.
Judge Moore rejected the
school's argument that the club
would violate its abstinence-only
education policy. The preliminary
injunction also allowed the les-
bian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender
and straight students to meet on
campus during the course of the
lawsuit to discuss issues about
bullying, tolerance and discrimi-
nation.
The lawsuit ultimately seeks
guaranteed equal access for the
Okeechobee GSA. Under the fed-
eral Equal Access Act, schools
that allow one club to meet on
campus are required to allow
any club to meet on campus. The
ACLU has won several similar
cases across the country.
On Nov. 15, 2006, the ACLU
brought suit in U.S. District Court
against the Okeechobee County
School Board and the principal
of O.H.S., after school district
administrators refused to allow
students to hold GSA meetings on
high school property.
On Feb. 28, 2007, a motion
to dismiss by the school board's
counsel was dismissed by Judge
Moore. Since Judge Moore found
that the school board could be
held liable, to the GSA students,
the ACLU agreed to release O.H.S.
principal Toni Wiersma from the
lawsuit.
Federal courts have repeat-
edly ruled in favor of GSAs where
schools tried to block their forma-
tion, upholding students' right to
form the groups across the U.S.,
including in Salt Lake City, Utah;
White County, Ga.; Orange Coun-
ty, Calif.; Franklin Township, Ind.;
and Boyd County, Ky.
Lead attorney in Yasmin
Gonzalez vs. School Board of
Okeechobee County was Rob-
ert Rosenwald, Director of the
ACLU of Florida's LGBT Advo-
cacy Project, with assistance from
Ken Choe of the ACLU's national
LGBT Project and Zeina Salam of
the ACLU of Florida.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms
through early afternoon. Considerable cloudiness, with numerous
showers and thunderstorms late in the afternoon and towards sun-
set. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be from the
southwest around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 60 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
wind will be from the southwest around 5 mph until around mid-
night becoming light.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy through late morning. Then scattered af-
ternoon showers and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower
90s. The wind will be from the southwest around 5 mph becoming
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Budget
Continued From Page 1
The breakdown of this mill-
age rate is: required local effort
-- 5.163 mills; tentative discretion-
ary local effort -- .498 mills; addi-
tional discretionary millage rate
-- .250 mills; and, 1.75 mills for
capital outlay.
One mill equals $1 in taxes for
each $1,000 of assessed property
value.
If passed, this would mean a
decrease of 0.051 inr. the overall
school budget millage rate. This
rate has steadily dropped since
the 2003-04 budget.
In 2003-04 the total millage
was 8.412; in 2004-05 it was
8.256; in 2005-06 it was 7.955; in
2006-07 it was 7.766; and in 2007-
08 it was 7.712.
Funding on all levels is down
due to the legislation requiring


an additional local effort which is
generated by the county tax rolls.
The changes due to amendment
one and the decreasing market
values have made tax funding
continue to decrease.
The total estimated tax receipts
for the coming year is significantly
down to $16,922,605. Last years
total estimated tax receipts were
$18,246,415. This means the
schools are looking at a decrease
of $1,323,810.
The remainder of the $81.3
million spending plan will come
from federal aid and state sourc-
es, including the Florida Lottery,
which are all categorized as Flor-
ida Education Finance Program
(FEFP) funds. These funds are al-
located on particular formulas as
adopted by the Florida Legislature
in 1973 to school districts for K-12
public school operations.
FEFP funds at many levels
have experienced a decline in
funding. For the first time in all of


Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
* Roberto Alvarez, 25,
Okeechobee, was arrested July
28 by Deputy William Maerki on
. charges of driving under the influ-
ence and no valid driver's license.


His bond was set at $3,250.
* Curtis King, 42, N.E. Sixth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 28 by Deputy William Maerki
on an amended warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
driving while license suspended
- habitual offender. He is being
held without bond.
* Mauro Seca Jr., 23, N.E. 12th
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested
July 29 by Deputy Donald Ellis on
a charge of driving while license
suspended - habitual offender.
His bond was set at $1,000.
* Ronze Cummings, 48, N.W.


11th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed July 29 by Officer P. Eddings
on a warrant charging him with
violation of probation - driving
under the influence. He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


Glades County Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
* David Glisson, 58, Bradentbn,
was arrested July 19 on charges
of driving under the influence and
driving while license suspended.
His bond was set at $5,750.
* Jerrell Smith, 19, Moore Ha-
ven, was arrested July 20 on the
charge of aggravated battery (do-
mestic violence). His bond was


set at $15,000.
* Gerald Von Wahlde, 43, Cape
Coral, was arrested July 21 on
charges of driving under the influ-
ence and resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence. His
bond was set at $2,000.
* John Bruner, 49, LaBelle,
was arrested July 21 on charges
of violation of injunction, driving
under the influence, driving while
license suspended and refusing
to submit to a DUI test. His bond
was set at $4,500.
* Edgar Del Muro, 30, Moore
Haven, was arrested July 23 on
charges of driving under the influ-
ence, no valid driver's license and


driving under the influence with
property damage. His bond was
set at $1,500.
* Ronald Griffin, 39, Venues,
was arrested July 23 on charges
of aggravated battery and battery
(domestic violence). His bond
was set at $6,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
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Dr. Cooper's years in education,
the ESE Guarantee funds are even
decreased by $68,106. This is es-
pecially disturbing due to the fact
that the enrollment of ESE stu-
dents are not declining and costs
for services are rising.
Discretionary Lottery funds
are also down. Previously schools
received $10 per full time equiva-
lency (FTE) student; this has been
cut to $5 per FTE student. This is
a decrease of $50,228 for the dis-
trict.
The school recognition lottery
enhancement money that was
$100 per student for schools that
either maintain an "A" or move up
a letter grade has been reduced to
$85 per student.
Four schools qualify for this
funding for the coming year:
South Elementary School; Osceo-
la Middle School; Yearling Middle
School; and Seminole Elementary
School.
Teachers will continue to re-


ceive $250 lead funding per teach-
er which goes towards purchas-
ing supplies for their classroom.
The proposed budget break-
down in dollar amounts is:
$59,244,453.78 in general fund;
$277,119.26 in debt service;
$11,833,087.29 in capital projects
fund; $3,752,738.08 in food ser-
vice funds; and, $6,252,964.74 for
federal program funds.
Revenues from state funds will
decrease from $36,548,893.08 to
$36,142,136 which is a decrease
of $406,757.08.
Total revenue from local funds
will decrease $523,255.04 to total
$14,040,554. As a whole the total
incoming funds for the 200809
school year has decreased by
$1,337,834.42; to $50,551,588.96.
The capital projects bud-
get for the upcoming year is
$11,833,087.29 and the food ser-
vice budget is $3,752,738.08.
With all of the budget cuts
state-wide, the school system is
just another entity that is having to
make tough decisions to ensure
the education of our children.
The second public hearing for
the Okeechobee County School
District budget will be held on
Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. in the
school board office along with the
regular school board meeting.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
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Gang
Continued From Page 1
Sgt. Stark said at last count he
has documented 260 gang mem-
bers and associates in Okeecho-
bee County.
And for those individuals who
are documented as the leader of a
criminal street gang, that distinc-
tion can earn them up to life in
prison under the new law.
"We do currently have incar-
cerated in the county jail leaders
of these criminal street gangs,"
Sgt. Stark pointed out.
So if these suspects are con-
victed of their charges, they could
be sentenced to life in prison sim-
ply for being the gang leader or
kingpin.
It will also be against the law
for a convicted gang member to
not register with the sheriff's of-
fice in the county where they live.
Sgt. Stark said upon their release
from prison they have 48 hours
to register. Failure to register is a
third-degree felony.
The new law also makes it a
third-degree felony for a gang
member to possess a bulletproof
vest while committing a criminal
act -- whether it be a misdemean-
or or a felony.
It is also now an automatic
felony for a gang member to pos-
sess a firearm and, if convicted,


the gang member could face up
to life in prison.
"All I have to do is show that
he is in possession of a firearm,"
said Sgt. Stark.
Also as a part of, HB 43, the
internet and other means of elec-
tronic communications cannot be
used for the purpose of recruiting
new gang members.
The new gang law also dic-
tates that upon their arrest, a gang
member will go directly to jail.
"If I arrest a gang member, I
don't have to set bond," said Sgt.
Stark. "He will go to jail and the
judge will set the bond. This also
gives a cooling down period so
they won't retaliate against a wit-
ness."
Currently under Florida stat-
utes, law enforcement person-
nel can set the bond at the time
of arrest by using a standardized
bond schedule. The judge then
can keep that suggested bond or
set a new one at the suspect's first
appearance hearing.
The new lawwill also: strength-
en witness protection laws; de-
fine gangs or their members as
a public nuisance, thus allowing
for civil injunctions to be sought
to restrain nuisance behavior;
and, prohibit gang members who
are on probation from associat-
ing with other gang members or
gang associates unless they are
aiding law enforcement.


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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!
TREE LIMBS: To the idiot who cut his trees down and threw the
limbs in the canal in Buckhead Ridge. I would hate to see how you live
since you have such little regard for other people's property. Are you
too lazy to haul the limbs off or just burn them? Our canals look bad
enough without you contributing to them.
HIRING TEACHERS: No, it is not true that teachers with more
than 10 years experience are not being hired. That would be foolish.
The school board is not hiring teachers who have retired, are collect-
ing retirement, and would be getting that check as well as a paycheck
at a high rate of salary. Double dipping. It does make good sense for
the board to adopt this practice in these lean times.
VIKING: I am unsatisfied with paying high taxes in Viking area and
not seeing much done. I understand that the county is in charge of
one side of Peavine and Coquina is in charge of the other side of the
Peavine. Well, the county side looks great most of the time seeing
as they are grading all the time over and over which is good, but the
side that Coquina is in charge of looks like it hasn't been touched in a
couple of years. The grass is so high that when I come out of my road
to get onto the Peavine I can't even see if there is a car coming down
the Peavine unless I pull out into the road some, which I don't like do-
ing and I shouldn't have to do. And with all the rain and summer time
here, the grass not being mowed, it makes a great place for the big
rattle snakes and water snakes that we have, to hide in which I would
not like to come upon when checking my mail, as I did the other day
out on my horse. The ditches are not draining properly, the water is
just standing, and if the ditches were draining properly we shouldn't
have this much water still standing, which now makes a big problem
for mosquitoes.
POLITICAL PLATFORM: While it is certainly a good idea to check
out a person's web site, I would like to know how you can trust any of
them, since they all say what they think the voters want to hear. I be-
lieve it would be a good idea to check their past, actions, associations
etc., to get an idea where they stand. Of course we have to "factor" in
the "changes" flip-flopping et.al.
ELECTIONS: What I could not understand about Senator Clinton
is that she ran for office in New York when she did not live there at
all. She had lived in Arkansas with her governor husband and then in
Washington with her president husband. Then as soon as they left the
White House, she was running for Senate from New York. Why in the
world did the people of New York State elect someone who they all
knew was not a resident? In some of these cases, the voters just don't
know about it. But everyone knew Mrs. Clinton had lived in Arkansas
before moving to D.C.
CAMPAIGNS: What bugs me as much as this present issue is when
any politicians, native or recent arrival, go outside of their constituency
to raise money. I remember when Janet Reno was running for Florida
governor and went to Hollywood, Calif. to give a speech at a campaign
fundraiser. What in the hell do people in California, and Hollywood for
that matter, have to do with Florida politics? If campaign contributions
are a form of speech, as conservatives like George Will have argued,
then why should they have the right to influence an election in a state
where they do not live and cannot vote? That is one thing that needs
to change. New law proposal -- Whatever constituency you represent,
the funds you raise can only come from residents and other interests
established in that voting district. Imagine how that would put a crimp
on all of those special interest groups? I love it.
LOCAL ATHLETE: I just thought that a congratulations was in or-
der for local athlete Lonnie Pryor for committing to Florida State Uni-
versity to play football this past weekend. He is a great person, good
student, and as a parent I believe he is a great example for the youth in
the community I wish him good luck this year and in the future.
HELP NEEDED: In response to the comment about the elderly
citizens who need help with home repairs, I know that depending on
what is needed done it would be possible to get some of the youth
groups together and they can get a lot of work done. Yard work, paint-
ing and some other areas. You might contact the Churches, Boy and
Girl Scouts, 4H any of the organizations that work with local kids. Just
a thought... If someone had a list of all the projects needed done. A
list of all the youth groups. A list of all materials needed. I would wa-
ger just for the Positive PR the local supply business could donate the
materials. And again for the GREAT PR it would give to let the com-
munity. know they cared some of our contractors might give some
hands on lessons to the kids by instructing them. (And helping with
the projects). I would imagine the local burger joints might donate
some of the $1 menu. Maybe even our local pizza houses could make
some pizza. Grocery stores could donate cold drinks. Water business'
could donate drinking water. Just about every business could take
part if they chose to. Everyone involved could meet at OHS and fill the
bleachers for a group shot and a great story about what a community
can accomplish! As a community working together for a weekend, a
big difference could be made in several neighborhoods. If might even
become an annual project.
FIX AMERICA: 2005 foreign aid from U.S. was $19.4 BILLION.
At today's rate a six-year moratorium on foreign aid would fix every
bridge in need of repair in the U.S. Why don't we do that and fix Amer-
ica first?



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Letters to the Editor


Day of the
American Cowboy
WHOO-HOO! Those words
actually sum up the phenomenal
celebration of the National Day of
the American Cowboy held this
past Saturday at the Agri-Civic
Center. With almost 4,000 in at-
tendance, this event is guaranteed
to become an Okeechobee tradi-
tion.
Okeechobee Main Street
would like to tip our hats with a
"Thank You" the size of the lake
to the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association for partnering with
us again this year. To the Officers
and Auxiliary of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office and the
City Police Department, again this
yearyou have outdone yourselves.
Thank you to the Board of County


Commissioners for allowing us
to have the event at the Agri-Civic
Center. Thank you to Jill Rogers of
Communities In Schools for loan-
ing us the tent. A special thanks to
Pete Keogh for being the catalyst
of The National Day of the Ameri-
can Cowboy.
The stories of Gordie Peer had
me rolling with laughter not to
mention the bits and pieces of
history I hadn't known before.
And wow, can he pop a whip.
Gordie you are priceless! Thank
you. Buddy Mills and I went to
school together and yet he was
able to teach me a few things
and absolutely amazed me with
his whip popping. You were awe-
some Buddy. Thank you.
Not being an artsy kind of
person I was truly in awe of the
beautiful artwork of our local


Community Calendar

Thursday - July 31
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street, Okeecho-
bee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group, Basic
Text meeting at 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636 or Hazel at 863-763-
4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
863-357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups.for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will
meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third
St. For.information, call Hugh Lambert at 863-763-7185.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and theArea Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome to join. The gioup is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at.Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call 863-467-2321. . ;
New Beginning's meeting ofi Narcotics Anonymous will be,
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
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.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day paints, 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 863-763-6510.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee County Cancer Support Group welcomes
all cancer patients, survivors and supporters to attend, support and
encourage each other. We meet the first Thursday of each month at
5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 SW Fourth St., Okeechobee,
(entrance is the door to the W in front of church). Please contact Susie
Pickering at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist Church at 863-763-2171.
Friday - August 1
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see


cowboys. Thank you to Brad
Phares, Hobby Campbell, Eldon
Lux and Sean Sexton for sharing
your art with us. For providing us
with continual music even after
his time slot was over, thank you
David Padgitt. We surely appreci-
ated it!
To those who asked why we
didn't hold this celebration in the
fall ... President Bush declared
the fourth Saturday of July as The
National Day of the American
Cowboy. To those who came by
the Main Street Booth and said
"I didn't know just anybody can
join Main Street, I thought Main
Street was just for businesses
downtown," ... anyone can be a
"Friend to Main Street" member
for just $25 a year. Okeechobee
Main Street needs you! If you're
interested in the preservation of


Okeechobee County and becom-
ing a part of one of the most vi-
able organizations around, please
call me at 863-357-MAIN or email
meat okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com.
And in closing, to Billy D. (Billy
Dean) of WOKC you are the best!
I appreciate you and all you do for"
so many in our community. And
to all of our Main Street volun-
teers, I am so blessed to be work-,
ing with such an outstanding.
group of people who truly know
the meaning of the words "team
work." You all have made my job
one of the greatest experiences of -
my life ... THANK YOU!
Toni B. Doyle
Executive Director
Okeechobee Main Street


Community Events

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the:
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

Grief support group for parents
A grief and healing group dedicated to helping parents deal with
the loss of a child will meet at the Red Cross Building on Thursday
nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Georgene at
863-763-2957.

Scrapbooking crop gathering planned
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you care to participate in our pot luck luncheon. Refreshments
will be served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrap-
book pages on which you are currently working. For more informa-
tion call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Carolyn at 863-634-1885.

Charity group on radio show
Angel Aloma, executive director for Food for the Poor Inc. will be
the guest speaker on the WWFR 91.7 radio show on Aug. 2, at 7:30
a.m. Discussion will include the crisis in Haiti.

Membership drive at Moose Lodge
Come be a star at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St.,
Karaoke contest. Only non professional singers may participate. It will
go on for six Sundays starting ending on Aug. 24. It will be from 3 until
7 p.m. each Sunday. The contest is open to all members and guests,
potential new members are welcome. There will be a 50/50 drawing
every week. Door prizes will be given away and food will be served.
For information call Robert Williams at 863-357-5906.

Contractors plan dinner
The Okeechobee Contractors Association Luau Dinner and Dance
is planned for Sept. 12, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shrine Club.
,The steak dinner \'.ill be served at 8 p.m. Hard Livin' Band will per-
form. Tickets are i.30 per person in advance, $50 at the door. For more.
information contact Kelli Chapman at 863-634-7226 or Lisa Stark at-
863-697-6541. Tickets are also available at Riverside Bank.

Masonic Lodge sponsors breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, F & AM will sponsor a
complete breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 8 until 11 a.m.
The Breakfast menu will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled
eggs, ham, pancakes and grits with plenty of hot coffee! The breakfast
is $5 per person and it will be held at the lodge located at 107 N.W.
Fifth Avenue, Okeechobee. For more information, please contact Jim-
Green at 863-634-4401 or Kid Gardner at 863-357-0427.

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.

Christian Mental health support group
Do you suffer with depression, anxiety or other mental illness?.
The Christian Mental Health Support 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.


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Check out travel companies before selecting one


TALLAHASSEE - With the
prime vacation season fully under
way, Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson encourages
residents to check out their travel
agency before booking a vaca-
tion.
"While most travel agencies
are reputable and most agents are
honorable professionals, we oc-
casionally come across those that
are not," Commissioner Bronson
said. "And there's nothing worse
than saving for a vacation and
then paying thousands of dollars


for it only to learn later that you've
been taken by a con artist."
Before booking a trip, Commis-
sioner Bronson recommends that
consumers consider the following
tips:
* Call the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-
435-7352) to determine whether
the business is registered with the
state and to determine its com-
plaint history. Some travel com-
panies are members of the Airline
Reporting Corporation, which ex-
empts them from registering with


the state, but a phone call to the
hot line can verify that fact.
* Never give credit card or
checking account numbers over
the telephone or on a website un-
less you initiated the call or con-
tact, and are certain of the creden-
tials of the company.
* Look for the seller of travel's
current registration certificate
posted in its place of business, and
its registration number printed on
all flyers, brochures and all other
advertising materials.
* Know and understand the
company's cancellation policy be-


fore making any purchase. Some
may be non-refundable or have
penalties or additional fees for re-
scheduling.
* Obtain itineraries, accom-
modations and other specifics of
the trip in writing so if there is a
dispute with the travel company
you have a written record of what
you have purchased. It is also ad-
visable to call the airline on which
you're booked or hotel in which
you're scheduled to stay to verify
your reservations.
According to Commissioner
Bronson, complaints against trav-


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Today's Highlight in His- On this date: put on their hats and coats before
tory: In 1991, President Bush and they go out." Henry Watson Fowl-
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Obituaries


el companies consistently rank
among the top complaints re-
ceived by the Division of Consum-
er Services. Last year, for example,
the department received nearly
2,800 written complaints against
such companies, placing them
second behind only unwanted
telemarketing calls in 2007.
Consumers can file online com-
plaints against travel companies on
the Division of Consumer Services
website at http://www.800helpfla.
com. They can also call the depart-
ment's hot line at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352) and request that


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a complaint form be sent to them.
During the last five years, Bron-
son's department has refunded
more than $7.5 million to consum-
ers who filed complaints against
travel companies.
"We've had a good deal of suc-
cess getting refunds for consumers
in disputes with travel agencies,"
Mr. Bronson said. "But the best
course is to avoid having prob-
lems in the first place, which why
we recommend that consumers
check out a travel company before
they do business with them."
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Viola M. Taylor
Viola M. Taylor, age 91, of
Okeechobee died July 27,
2008 at Raulerson Hospital.
Mrs. Taylor was born Dec. 23,
1916 in Johnstown, Pa., to
John and Sarah Sellers. She
was a homemaker having
come to Okeechobee from
Pompano Beach in 1990. She
attended Buckhead Ridge Bap-
tist Church. She loved to play
bridge.
Mrs. Taylor is preceded in
death by her husband Cecil
Taylor.
She is survived by her son,
Karl F. Schramm of Louisville,
Ky.; seven grandchildren; and
four great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be
held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug.
2, at Bass Okeechobee Cha-
pel with Pastor Richard Pos-
tell of Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church officiating.
Please make memorials to
Hospice of Okeechobee, PO
Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL
34973.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeecho-
beefuneralhome.com
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home
and Ciernmatoir.

Albert Maxwell Wier
Albert Maxwell Wier, age 91
of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
July 19, 2008 at the Hamrick
Home, Hospice of Okeecho-
bee. He was born Aug. 19, 1916
in Wedowee, Ala. and had
been a resident of Okeechobee


since 1998. Albert was a mas-
ter machinist whose career
spanned many years in the air-
craft and aerospace industries.
In 1962 he formed the Riviera
Machine Company and ran it
until his retirement. He was es-
pecially proud of the invention
and successful operation of a
rotary valve head for internal
combustion engines that his
company produced.
He was preceded in death
by his wife of 67 years, Odene.
He is survived by sons, Al-
bert Larry Wier of Okeechobee
and David Scott (Linda) Wier of
Okeechobee. In addition, he is
survived by four grandchildren
and six great grandchildren
and one brother, Shaff Wier of
Roanoke, Ala.
The family has decided not
to hold visitation or services at
this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.

George L. Clay, Jr.
George L. Clay, Jr. age 36
of Okeechobee, died Sunday,


July 27, 2008.
He enjoyed
hunting, fishing
and being with
'his family. He
Was a lifetime
resident of
Okeechobee.
He is sur-
vived by three
sons: Derrick,
Brad and Cody


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George L.
Clay, Jr.


Clay, and their mother Les-


lie, all of Okeechobee. In ad-
dition, he is survived by one
granddaughter, Emily Jo Clay.
Other survivors include his fa-
ther, George Clay, Sr.; mother,
Martha Clay; brother, Charles
Wade Clay; three sisters: San-
dra (Andy) Galletty, Rebecca
(Richard) Raulerson and Ash-
ley Clay, all of Okeechobee. He
is also survived by his cousin
Craig Gopher and several niec-
es, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the Bux-
ton Funeral Home on Friday,
Aug. 1, from 4 till 7 p.m. Funeral
Services will be conducted on
Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home chapel at 11
a.m.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory

Blanca Guijosa
Blanca Guijosa, age 31 of
Okeechobee, died Monday,
July 28, 2008 at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center in Ft.
Pierce. She has been a resident
of Okeechobee for the past
eight years.
She is survived by her hus-
band J. Carman Huerta and her
daughters Yanet, Vanesa, Ana,
and Marlena all of Okeecho-
'bee.
Services will be held in the
Buxton Funeral Home chapel
at 11 a.m. with interment fol-
lowing at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, July 25, through Thursday, July 31, are as
follows:
Theatre I - "The Dark Knight" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:35 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only.
Theatre II - "Hellboy II" (PG-13) Show-
times: 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 - "Space Chimps" (G) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30 and 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12yrs
and under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50
and matinees are $4.00
For more information, please call 763-7202


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Dear Abby


Ailing granddad contact enriching

By Abigail Van Buren Many readers wrote to describe or that as well and perhaps find
DEAR ABBY: The letter from the importance of grandparent a parallel way in which they can
"Paw-Paw and Maw-Maw in Ala- memories in their lives. Read on: share in the transition. And bear
bama" (May 13), whose son has DEAR ABBY: We lost my fa- in mind that the age of the child
cut off contact with their 5-year- their 16 months ago after a long does not necessarily indicate his/
old grandson to "protect" the boy illness. My small children spent her preparedness for confronting
from Grandpa's eventual death, two days a week with him and end-of-life issues. --- ARTHUR
left me feeling intense sorrow for my mother, and were a signifi- IN DERRY, N.H.
all concerned, cant part of the joy in his life. DEAR ABBY: Months after my
In 1996, my grandfather was We never hid his illness from granddaughter Kacie was born
ecstatic that I was pregnant and them. We did just the opposite. in 2000, I found out I have a rare
anxiously awaited the arrival of his My son was a great help to his cancer. As long as the medicine I
triplet great-grandchildren. At age Nana and Pop-Pop, bringing him take works, I am fine except f6r
102, he was with us at the hos- lunch and helping to move the occasional pain. We see Kacie ev-
pital when they were born, and medical equipment back and ery day, before and after school. I
remained an integral part of their forth across the house. really don't think I would still be
lives until his death five years later. I am convinced that allowing here if I couldn't see her. Kacie is
We believe Grandpa's loving the children to be a part of their the light of our lives and gives me
involvement with the children grandfather's life through the something special to live for. --
extended the quality and length end of it has given them a sense GRANDMOTHER IN OHIO
of his life. In exchange, the kids' of compassion and a life skill that DEAR ABBY: When our
first years were blessed with the all of us will need at some point grandfather died, my sisters and
special love and adoration of a in our lives. Children grieve, too, I were upset that we didn't get
great-grandparent. and it is our job as parents to help more time with him. Years later,
Aby, the day "Paw-Paw's" them learn to cope with life's we found out that our parents
letter was published, I picked disappointments, not to shelter had decided to shelter us from
up my now-12-year-olds from them from the realities they will his last few weeks of life. This
school. They told me their writ- face as adults. -- NANCY IN AL- form of "protection" wound up
ing assignment that day was an LENTOWN, PA. "killing" Grandpa for us, before
essay relating a favorite memory. DEAR ABBY: As a hospice he was dead.
Be it serendipity, providence or chaplain, I have worked with Please don't do this. Allow
coincidence, two of the triplets many children and many levels them to spend every moment
had written about "G.G." (Great- of maturity. In my experience, they have left. If you have had
Grandfather). One of the stories it is important to listen carefully love and laughter to the end, you
ended with "although G.G. is no to children and let them "self-se- will grieve but with the knowl-
longer with us, he will always be ct." If they seem comrtable or edge that you did all you could
in my heart. -- JAN IN ARLING- choose to be with a family mem- to honor randpa and preserve
TON, TEXAS ber who is passing, it is best to let his memory. Regret perpetuates
DEAR JAN: Thank you for them be there. If it appears to be itself -- and my parents now re-
sharing that story Response to traumatic or they verbalize that alize they did the wrong thing. --
"Paw-Paw's" letter was huge. they don't wish to be there, hon- SHEILA IN MANHASSET, N.Y.


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ACROSS
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5 MacDonald's
home
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cosmetics
14 One of a noted
quintet
151966 N.L. batting
champ
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18 Place for a tab
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20 Clutch
23 Night sch. staple
24 "National Velvet"
horse, with 'The"
25 "Somewhat"
suffix
26 Clutch
33" Alive": 1978
#1 hit
35 Annoy
36 _funk
37 Purchase for an
atelier
38 Kind of devil?
39 Like rattan chairs
41 Glyceride lead-in
42 John who might
be anybody
43 More depressing
44 Clutch
48 Be under the
weather
49 Physics unit
50 Mis' preceders
53 Clutch
58 Maps
59 Cadbury
Schweppes
brand
60 Prefix with
cumulus
61 Total
62 Subjects of some
'60s bumings
63 Large amount
64 Reproductive
specialty, briefly
65 Succeed, with
"through"
66 Fictional braggart
DOWN
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2 Ovine sign
3 Manmade inlet
subject to ebbs
and flows


39 Hold holdings
40 They may be
personal
42 Caterer, at
times
43 Infer
45 Exquisite
46 Tries to pick up
47 Confederate
officer under
Stuart
51 Input


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5 Mode
6 On the same
side
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8 Disney's Tramp,
for one
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in a way
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publishing
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daredevil dad
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22 Draft
27 Pumpernickel
alternative
28 Juiced
29 Small ones?
30 Prokofiev ballet
based on a fairy
tale
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president
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youngest
34 Home of ancient
Irish kings
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creator
53 Layered
sandwich
54 Tolled
55 "Mad Money"
network
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Astrology


By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Love and romance are heading
your way. Check out a new prod-
uct that can enhance your looks
or indulge in a spa treatment or
activity that challenges and moti-
vates you to excel. 5 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Speak from the heart and get to
the bottom of whatever is going
wrong in your life. You may not
like everything you hear but at
least you can assess your situation
and make the necessary changes.
4 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Take a deep breath and relax be-
fore you say or do something you
may regret. Love is on the rise so
put your all into a meaningful re-
lationship. This is not the time to
accept challenges but rather to
have fun. Be good to yourself. 3
stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Don't blow situations out of pro-
portion or overreact to something
that may be a figment of your
imagination. Concentrate on
bringing more happiness to your
life. A new look at a vocation that
interests you will give you greater
insight. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Jump into a job by putting things
in place ahead of time. A strategic
phone call or e-mail will help you
get the lowdown. An opportunity
will open up because of your en-
thusiasm and timely progress. -3
stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Someone will be willing to put
him- or herself on the line for you.
Take whatever help is offered.
STrying to do everything yourself
so you can take all the credit will
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4 stars
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Becoming emotional or difficult
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don't give in to someone who
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gerating about what he or she has
to offer. Don't bend to someone
for the wrong reason. 2 stars
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not what you can't. Something a
little unorthodox will grab the at-
tention of someone who can po-
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recent project. Love problems
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honest. 5 stars
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lect what's owed to you but don't
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good idea to be frivolous. 5 stars
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someone cause you grief finan-
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and you will be rewarded in a
most unusual way. A change in
the way you deal with a partner
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Participate in social events that al-
low you to network in your indus-
try of interest. You have plenty of
good ideas and, if you push hard
and act aggressively, your enthusi-
asm will draw partners, financing
and the support needed. 3 stars


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Rentals .............. 900
Real Estate ......... 1000
Mobile. Homes ....... 2000
Recreation .......... 3000
Automobiles ......... 4000
Public Notices ........ 5000


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hChildcare Offered- Home day-
Scare openings, newborns &
up, Reg.#R150K0003, rea-
sonable price(863)467-7295




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,, brown & white, in Okeecho-
-bee,-small-female Childs
Spent (863)634-7515







SKISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES
Sat., Aug. 2nd, 8am-5pm
All of Broadland Lane
participating and others!!!
House on Corner Lot, Car,
Camper, Pickup Topper,
Lots of Furnitult, Tools,
Gun Cabinet, Antiques,
Collectibles...Too much to list!


Multi-Family Garage Sale
Back to school bargains
There will be tons of
clothes from infancy to
adult, many items are
name brand in great condi-
tion. Other items include:
shoes, toys, bedding, bric-
a-brac, 4-wheelers, power
tools, lawn mower, and
much, much, more. You
have to see for yourself.
August 1st & 2nd, Fri & Sat
SW 21st Ave Winter Park
S Subdivision behind old
Angus Restaurant, off of
70 West 7am-?


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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315






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Services




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






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W Based
Family
L- I Daycare!
Your Chkild l wExerlened :
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Classroom Setting, Fenced
Playground & much more
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2/2 fenced yard, W/D/FLS 1895/ or
Furished includes utilities 1295

Key West furnished studio cottage
on Taylor Creek $750 FLSI or short
term includes utilities $1095

2/1 furnished, FLS 1795/ or short
term includes utilities $1150
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





HP Computers- (2) Monitors,
printers, well maintained, re-
set to factory settings $500
will separate (863)467-4949





Adjustable single bed- (2)
electric, have rails, useable
clean mattresses $650 will
separate (863)467-4949








Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.









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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property - Sale 1010
Condos!
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property -.i.peclion1J060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




3br/1ba CBS Home, Newly re-
modeled in nice neighbor-
hood $85,000
(863)227-2805 Anytime

4br/2ba CBS, Built in 2005,
large garden tub & shower in
master bedroom $129,500
(863)227-2805 Anytime

FSBO - 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
lba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $99,000
(239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE DUPLEX - 2BR,
1BA, Tenant Occupied.
$1250 mo. income. Sell for
$120,000. (772)260-1765



FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
-Open House-
Sat., 8/2/08-9am ti 12pmr
Residential Bldg. - 4 Apts.,
2 Stores - 211 Aztec Ave.,
Clewislon, FL 33440
Good Opportunity
to Invest! Special Price!
Come & See For Yourself!
(305)970-3833
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
-Open House-
Sat., 8/2/08-9amtil 12pm
Log Home - 4.88 Acres
w/3182 sq. ft., 2291
Everhigh Acres Rd., Ladeca,
Clewiston, FL 33440
Best Property! Best Price!
(305)970-3833


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2br/2ba Great location on cul-
de-sac & main power grid,
W/D, dishwasher, new car-
pet $800/mo (863)610-7006


A GREAT DEAL - in BHR, dbl
wides, 2/2, $500/mo., 3/2's-
$600/mo. No Pets, Leases
+ Sec (863)763-4031
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
furn or unfurn, 1 month Free,
References required
(863)824-0981
OKEECHOBEE - 1BR, 1BA Sin-
le w/Florida. Rm. No pets.
575 mo. & $500 sec. dep.
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863-467-6070 Days or
863-697-8259 Evenings.
RV's and Park Models For Sale
Located in SW section with
direct access to Kissimmee
River with no locks
(863)763-4464 8am-6pm


Recreation



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




OKEECHOBEE - 38' RV w/lrg
FL room, many improve-
ments, in RV park. $4999
(561)459-0708


1997 Yamaha XC125H, 65
miles per gallon, street legal,
less than 2,000 miles on it
$1700 (863)447-4153
SUZUKI GZ250 '06 - 2300
miles, 80 mpg, exc cond.,
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Rentals



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



BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS - In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Studio Apt. w/ full bath &
kitchen $475 month includes
utilities w/option to rent
downstairs 2br/1ba for $650
month Call for details
(561)358-2819 Anytime
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/1ba, Furnished. $650/mo,
1st. last & sec. For Details.
561-352-4243



OAK LAKE VILLAS 2BR, 2BA,
Completely furnished. W&D.
$950 mo., 1st last & sec.
Call (863)634-3313
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE TRI-PLEX
clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D
hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 mo.,
1st last + $500 sec. dep.,
free garbage and lawn
maint. (417)848-3424 or
(417)848-6360


AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 & Up (561)723-2226
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres. W&D Hookup.
$1000 mo. 1st, last & sec.
(561)723-6865
Dixie Ranch Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $525 month + $500
dep., 3br/lba CBS home
$700 month + $600 dep.,
includes water,lawn,garbage,
NO PETS (863)467-9029
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more into. 772-216-1461
OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- New 3br, 2ba,
in Basswood, $1000/mo.
(772)873-2784
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717


Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-0188
TAYLOR, BEAN AND WHITKER
MORTGAGE CORP.,
Plaintiff
vs.
TRAVIS LEE HARVEY; SELINA HARVEY
A/K/A SELINA DAWN HARVEY; JOHN
DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 24th day of July, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 47-2008-CA-0188, of the Cir-
cuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein TAYLOR, BEAN AND WHITKER
MORTGAGE CORR is the Plaintiff and
TRAVIS LEE HARVEY; SELINA HARVEY
A/K/A SELINA DAWN HARVEY; IN POS-
SESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
are Defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 NW 3RD STREET, JURYASSEMBLY
ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at 11:00 a.m. on the
20th day of Aug., 2008, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 6A, REPLAT OF KINGS
BAY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGES 97 THROUGH 99, INCLU-
SIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA, Disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1 noo qr5 P771 (hpirinr] impqir~,i nr

Dated this 24th day of July, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of The Circui Court
By:/S/Linda F.Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Telephone: (954)453-0365
Facsimile: (954)771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
284757 ON 7/31;8/7/08
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on AUGUST 15, 2008,
at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Stat-
ute 713.78 for unpaid towing and stor-
age charges. Year, make, model and
VIN are as follows.
1997 Ford Expedition
VIN#1FMFU18L4VLA06064
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
rght of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE!
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
285142 ON 07/31/08


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-408
CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC,
Plaintiff
vs.
BETTY J. TOLER; CHARLES D. PARK-
ER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BETTY J.
TOLER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
CHARLES D. PARKER; JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE, AS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANT(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Motion and Order Resetting Foreclo-
sure Sale Date dated the 3rd day of July,
2008, and entered in Case No. 2007-
CA-408, of the Circuit Court of the 19th
Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida, wherein CHASE HOME
FINANCE, LLC is the Plaintiff and BETTY
J. TOLER; CHARLES D. PARKER; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF BETTY J. TOLER;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CHARLES D.
PARKER; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSESSION OF
THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,
SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORI-
DA 34972 at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, in OKEECHOBEE, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of Aug.,
2008, the following described property
as set forth in said Final Judgment, to
wit:
LOT 1 AND THE NORTH 1/2 OF LOT 2,
BLOCK 68, CONNORS HIGHLANDS,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,
PAGE 21, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLIAM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person ' who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 7th day of July, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/ LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Telephone: (954)453-0365
Facsimile: (954)771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
284207 Okeechobee 7/24,31/08
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 15th day of August 2008
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1987 Blue & While
Renker FBGlass Boat
RBMPB394d787
1996 White Chevy Blazer
1GNDT13W3T2311629
1995 Green Chevy Lumlna
1GNDU06LXST2311629
1993 Red Ford Probe
1ZVCT22B5P5209789
1995 Blue Ford Windstar
2FMDA5141SBA78281
1989 Yellow Mercury Grand Marquis
2MEBM74F8KX679362
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the eight of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in AS IS" with no
guarantees.
285174 ON 7/31/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 08-CA-067
SUNTRUST BANK
Plaintiff,
vs.
CRYSTAL KISSOON; PEARL KISSON;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CRYSTAL
KISSOON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
PEARL KISSON A/K/A PEARL KIS-
SOON; JOHN DOE; JANE DOES AS
UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure date the
8th day of July, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 08-CA-067, of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein SUNTRUST BANK isthe
Plaintiff and CRYSTAL KISSOON;
PEARL KISSON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF CRYSTAL KISSOON; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PEARL KISSON A/K/A
PEARL KISSOON; JOHN DOE; JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN
POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY are defendants. I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for cash
at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, in Okeechobee, Floda at
11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of August.
2008 the following described property
as set forth in said Final Judgment, to
wit:
LOT B, OF TRACT 7 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORHT1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 7, IN
SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 34, SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FL.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN
THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAT THE PROPERTY
OWNER, AS OF THE DATE OF THE US
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 voice impaired)
Dated this 11th day of July, 2008
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /S/Linda F.Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, orida 33309
Telephone: 954-453-0365
Facsimile: 954-771-6052
Toll Free: 800-441-2438
28411 ON 7/24,31/2008


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8 Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 31, 2008



York makes name for himself at Mississippi College


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Cory York has already earned
a starting job at left guard as he
begins his sophomore season at
Mississippi College, a Division III
school in Clinton, Miss.
The Brahman alumnus in
2007, has gained about three
inches in height and 20 pounds of
muscle as he has worked himself
into a college football player.
York's team has also improved
as they enjoyed an (8-2) campaign
in 2007, one of the best years in
the school's history. York played a
big part in that as he started nine
games, and opened up some big
holes for his teammates.
Although the team didn't earn
a playoff berth, the team still


thinks it can win the Division III
championship this year.
"I love it, I've always dreamed
about this, the competition is
great and I get to play with great
players," York said.
The Choctaws compete in the
American Southwest Conference
in football. Last year they were
one game away from the post
season. They lost to Mary Har-
din Simmons, 45-42 in the fourth
game of the year. Mary Hardin
went on to the playoffs and lost
to the eventual national champi-
on, Whitewater-Wisconsin in the
semifinals, 16-7.
York is confident the Choctaws
can make the playoffs this year.
"We have a really great team. I
really learned a lot in my first year.
We play in front of big crowds,


about 8,500 per game, they have
a lot of tradition," he said.
This year the Choctaws had a
player signed by the Green Bay
Packers. Jake Allen hopes to
catch on with the Packers after
he signed a free agent contract.
Other Mississippi College alumni
include Fred McAfee, who played
several years for the San Francis-
co 49ers.
York said he has had to work
hard 12 months out of the year
just to be able to earn playing
time and a starting role on the
team. "It's been an adjustment
and it has definitely been difficult.
I wouldn't have had it any other
way."
York said he is really pleased
with how Okeechobee's foot-
ball program has progressed. He


never was able to play in a play-
off game while at Okeechobee,
but returned last fall to watch
Okeechobee tangle with Dwyer.
He noted he really enjoyed get-
ting to watch his former team-
mates succeed last year.
"Compared to high school,
there's a much bigger learning
curve. The players are a lot faster
and stronger. I had to learn 60 to
70 plays last year. The players are
a lot better. Many go on to the
pros," he noted.
York said his goal is to be a
national champion and also to
become an all American football
player.
York was a three year starter
for the Brahmans at right guard
and right tackle from 2005-2007.


Sports in Brief


Jags' Williams to

have knee surgery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams
will have arthroscopic surgery af-
ter re-injuring his right knee dur-
ing training camp.
Williams initially hurt his
knee working out last week and


opened camp on the physically
unable to perform list. He was
activated Tuesday and returned
to practice, but tweaked his knee
during the evening session. He
made a spin move following a
catch and then limped off the
field. He was examined by team
trainers and then carted to the
locker room for tests.
Coach Jack Del Rio said Wil-


liams damaged cartilage in his
knee. He expected the former
first-round pick to make a full
recovery, but declined to offer a
timetable for his return.

2 men die while

lobster diving
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP)


-- Authorities said two men died
- one in Boynton Beach and the
other near Key Largo - and two
others were rescued during the
first day of lobster mini-season.
A man in his 50s died during
a lobster diving accident Wednes-
day afternoon off the waters off
Boynton Beach. Authorities said
the man suffered a heart attack.
His name has not been released.


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Cory York, a 2007 graduate of Okeechobee High School, will
start as left guard as he begins his sophomore season at
Mississippi College, a Division III school in Clinton, Miss.


Gilbert Chevrolet helps Chevy Youth Baseball Program raise funds
Gilbert Chevrolet in Okeecho- The program consisted of sev- and the communities in which shirts and made a $500 donation ponent of Chevy Youth Baseball portunity to illustrate our commit-
bee is one of nine Chevrolet deal- eral components including sports they serve and Gilbert Chevrolet to Okeechobee Dixie Youth Base- was the youth baseball clinics led ment to the youth and families in
ers from the West Palm area that equipment, monetary and vehicle was partnered with Okeechobee ball. The dealership also helped by The Ripken Group which pro- Okeechobee, and we're glad to
partnered with local youth base- donations, as well as free base- Dixie Youth Baseball because donate a Chevy Tahoe SUV, which vided the youth with personalized have achieved such positive out-
ball parks/leagues through the ball clinics for the youth baseball of the league's proximity to the was raffled off by participating instruction from the pros. comes for the community."
Chevy Youth Baseball Program players. dealership. Over the course of West Palm area leagues, includ- "We are excited to make To date, more than 450 dealers
and helped raise close to $24,760 Now in its third year, Chevy the season, Gilbert Chevrolet ing Okeechobee Dixie Youth such a substantial donation to from the Southeast region have
in total donations from the deal- Youth Baseball is an initiative donated team equipment kits, Baseball. These leagues collected Okeechobee Dixie Youth Base- participated in the 2008 Chevy
erships and private parties in the that establishes a positive con- which included equipment bags, $22,760 in raffle ticket sales/do- ball and enjoyed partnering with Youth Baseball program and
area. section betweethem this season," said Christa helped generate close to $3.2 Mil-
area. section between local dealers baseballs, ball buckets and t- nations. Another exciting com- Luna, Gilbert Chevrolet. "Chevy lion indonations from the dealer-

Service Club News Youth Baseball gave us the op- ships and private parties.


The American
Legion Post 64
501 SE 2nd Street - Okeecho-
bee, Florida
Office 863-763-2950 - Lounge
863-763-5309
We can accommodate Meet-
ings, Weddings, Parties of any
size
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event
S Our Kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8 on
Sunday
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. -
Regular Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11 - 8 p.m. - So-
cial Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11 - 8 p.m. -
"Taco Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos- $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2 -6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. - 8
p.m. - Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8
p.m. - Karaoke from 6 p.m. Host-
ed by BP Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner 3rd Sunday
each month $12 donation
LIP SYNC Aug. 9 - from 2 until
4 p.m. FREE Admission
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6
p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at
7 p.m.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002
U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for
new members are available. Call Helen
James at 863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at
863-357-0467.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-
formation.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
p.m.
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at
7p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.


* The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W.
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
* Sunday: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
* Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
* Thursday: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6
p.m.
* Saturday: karaoke night starting
at 8 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
* Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
11 a.m.
* Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
* Every Monday, Pool tournaments
- sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
* Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. - Food Served.
(you must be a member to play bar
bingo)
* Dinner and music almost every
Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is lo-
cated at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events are sea-
sonal, contact the Post at 863-763-0818
for information or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The
Post opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
* Monday through Thursday: happy
hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-
one is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4 until 6
p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for


members and guests. Food will be avail-
able. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m.
* Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
able.
* Sunday: dinner will be available
from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the post is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at 863-763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
Th' VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
day.
' We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
* Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
* Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Robert Hare at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sun-
day at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
day.
* Canteen is open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until closing and
Sunday from 1 p.m. until closing.
* Monday: Card Bar Bingo starting
at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner
- 5:30 p.m. ($6). Shuffle Board tourna-
ment starting at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy
of the Ladies Auxiliary. Music - Kitchen
is open from 5 until 8 p.m. Second


Wednesday of the month Mens Auxil-
iary meeting at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Music - Kitchen is open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: Music and Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will start
at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: NASCAR on big screen
TV First Sunday of the month Post and
Ladies Auxiliary meeting at noon.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for
any family members of Okeechobee
residents currently serving overseas.
We are forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service personnel.
For more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact us,
Cheryl Benoit at 863-697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
* Call 863-763-2308 for the schedule
of events.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78 W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at 863-
634-2682.
* Sunday: Every second Sunday of
the month there will be a Bike Sunday
from noon until 7 p.m. There will be
food, jukebox, big screen TV and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
call the club at 863-763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
week.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on
the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-
ket restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
* Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club
news, please email okeenews@
newszap.com.


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