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Vol. 98 No. 193 Thursday, July 12, 2007 50� Plus tax


Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners at 9
a.m. at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second


Banks to be reshaped
at Scott Driver
Re-contouring is currently
taking place at the Scott Driver
Recreation Area on S.R. 78 W
This means that the silt and
sand that has eroded from the
banks of the basin and washed
into the basin is being removed
and used to stabilize the slope.
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burn ban is lifted
According to Chief Nick Hop-
kins of the Okeechobee County
Fire Department the burn ban
in Okeechobee County has
been lifted. For information call
(863) 763-5544.

Glades County
burn ban limited
According to the Glades
County Division of Emergency
Management parts of Glades
County are still under a burn
ban. For information, call (863)

New watering
limits in effect
The Okeechobee area is
now under Phase Ill water re-
Lawn watering is now lim-
ited to one day a week from 4
until 8 a.m. and 5 until 7 p.m.
for low volume hand watering.
Addresses with odd num-
bers are permitted to water on
Saturday and addresses with
even numbers are permitted to
irrigate on Sundays.
More information is avail-
able by calling (800) 250-4200;
or, by going to the South Flori-
da Water Management website
at www.sfwmd.gov.

Drought Index
Current: 157
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.11 feet
Last Year: 12.17 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

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Planners approve The Grove

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A planned housing develop-
ment that could eventually be
over twice the size of City of
Okeechobee was given approval
Tuesday night, June 10.
After a philosophical discus-
sion about controlling urban
sprawl and how they would
like Okeechobee County to look
in the future, the Okeechobee
County Planning Board unani-
mously voted to approve The
Grove, nine square mile planned

housing development in the
northeastern corner of the coun-
The Grove is bounded by the
Indian River County line and the
Florida Turnpike on the north
and the St. Lucie County Line on
the east. It will consist of 5,700
acres and, upon buildout will
have 14,000 dwelling units, 1.35
million square feet of retail ser-
vices, 420,000 square feet of of-
fice space, 350,000 square feet
of light industrial uses and 800
acres of golf courses, parks and
other open spaces. It will have its

own water and wastewater treat-
ment systems. The development
will include sites for a school and
a Sheriff/Fire/EMS substation and
a lifelong learning center to be
developed in cooperation with
Indian River Community Col-
Even though this is the larg-
est housing development ever
considered for the county, the
audience at the board meeting
consisted almost entirely of de-
velopers, real estate agents and
land owners. Only one member
of the public, City Councilman

Dowling Watford, spoke in the
public hearing conducted by the
Planning Director Bill Royce
said plans call a clinic early in
the building process and later a
100-bed hospital. He said many
details of the development are
still to be worked out.
Land planner Darrin Taylor,
presented the case for The Bar-
ron Collier Companies, devel-
oper of the property and Evans
Properties, the owner. He said
The Grove would be a self suf-
ficient community with an en-

trance to the Florida Turnpike.
"This is not just a standard
community," he said. He esti-
mated that at buildout it would
be worth $12.5 million to the
county in revenues. He stressed
that the design would include
"walkability" for pedestrians and
would also be designed for golf
"This does open the door for
other large developments," ac-
knowledged planning official Bill
Royce. However, he said each
See Grove - Page 2




Local business
owner fined

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City Code Board met on
Tuesday, July 10, where they
voted to impose a fine on a lo-
cal business owner for a lack of
obtaining a business tax receipt
and to direct the city public works
department to clean up a visibility
triangle within the city.
Local business owner Lisa K.
Stokes, owner of Lisa K. Photo-
graphics was found in violation by
the Code Board for not obtaining
a current business tax receipt, for-
merly known as an occupational
license. The business tax receipt
for Lisa K. Photographics expired
on Sept. 30, 2006.
According to Code Enforce-
ment officer Fred Sterling, Ms.
Stokes received a letter by mail
dated March 14, 2007, informing
her of the delinquent business tax
receipt. In this letter the amount
of $112.50 was listed and includes
the business tax fee and current
penalties and late fees.
Also within this same letter she
was informed that if $112.50 was
not paid before March 31, 2007,
an additional fee of $250 would
be added and a notice of code
violation issued against the busi-
ness and the property owner.
This same letter, including
the additional fee was faxed on
April 25, and hand delivered by
Mr. Sterling on May 8, where Ms.
Stokes signed the letter. The total
due upon delivery of the code vi-
olation and notice to appear was
The Code Board chose to im-
pose a $20 per day fine beginning
seven days after the receipt of no-
tice until the fees are paid in full
to the city.
See Code - Page 2

By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Law enforcement person-
nel from Indian River, Mar-
tin, Glades and Highlands
-- as well as
members of
the commu-
nity, friends
and family
-- gathered
at Evergreen
Wednesday O. L.
m o r n i n g Raulerson,
to bid a fi- former
nal farewell sheriff of
to former Okeechobee
and Highlands County sheriff
O.L. Raulerson.
On Tuesday, July 10, Con-
gressman Tim Mahoney sub-
mitted a statement for the
Congressional Record on the
death of Mr. Raulerson.
It read, "Madame Speaker,
I rise tonight to honor the life
achievements of O.L. Rauler-
son, the first Floridian to be
elected sheriff in two Florida
counties. Mr. Raulerson, who
passed this Sunday at the age
of 65, devoted his life to serv-
ing Central Florida commu-
nities. His law enforcement
career began with the Florida
Highway Patrol, where he
served as a state trooper.
He later moved to the High-
lands County Sheriff's Of-

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were in attendance Wednesday morning to show
their respect for retired Okeechobee County Sheriff 0. L. Raulerson, who began his
law enforcement career as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol.

fice, where he first served
as sheriff from 1970 to 1977.
Mr. Raulerson transferred
to the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office and after six

years of service was appoint-
ed sheriff of Okeechobee
County in 1986. In 1988 he
was officially elected sheriff.
He faithfully served the com-

munity for over 10 years.
I would like to extend my
deepest condolence to Mr.
See Respects - Page 2

New projects to be addressed

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they meet today, the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will
receive an update on regional
economic projects from Lyn
Topel of FHREDI (Florida's
Heartland Regional Economic
Development Initiative).
Ms. Topal is also expected to
request funding for the organi-
The board will also consider
three requests for rezoning.
Big Lake Land Management
has requested a change in zon-
ing from commercial to heavy
industrial for property on U.S.
98 N. If approved, the zoning
change would allow for a metal
recycling business.
Hudd Gorham and Cheryl
Simmons have requested a
change in zoning from resi-
dential mixed to neighborhood

commercial for their property
on N.W. 36th Street. They stat-
ed no specific reason for the
The third request for a zon-
ing change comes from Land
Ventures of America. They are
requesting that a 101-acre tract
of land on U.S. 441 S.E. at Nub-
bin Slough be rezoned from
residential general to planned
development. This change
would allow for the develop-
ment of Eagles Landing, a
residential community with a
variety of housing types as well
as recreational opportunities,
native preservation areas and
retail spaces.
Plans call for 622 housing
units, a commercial develop-
ment anchored by a 45,500
square foot grocery store and
other spaces reserved for a
bank, drug store and restau-
rant. This development would

If you go
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners
Thursday, July 12,9 a.m.
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.

also contain a four lane road
along the western edge of
the property that could even-
tually be extended to form a
connecter road from U.S. 441
S.E. to S.R. 710. The develop-
ment is centered around and
designed to protect an eagle's
Turning to another matter,
the board is expected to award
a contract to Craig A. Smith for
engineering work in connec-
tion with a drainage improve-
ment project. The project is

See Meeting - Page 2

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Large potholes like this one are the reason N.E. 48th Avenue
(Hilolo Road) is at the top of the list of roads the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners is considering for re-
surfacing at their July 12 meeting.


O.L. Raulerson:-Friends pay final respect
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Okeechobee News/ Lorna Jablonski
Mourners gathered Wednesday morning at Evergreen Cemetery to say good-bye to former Okeechobee County
Sheriff 0. L. Raulerson, who died Sunday in Okeechobee.

Area says goodbye to former sheriff

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Banks to be reshaped at Scott Driver

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
Re-contouring is currently tak-
ing place at the Scott Driver Rec-
reation Area on S.R. 78 W This
means that the silt and sand that
has eroded from the banks of the
basin and washed into the basin
is being removed and used to sta-
bilize the slope.
"We are not dredging, we are
reshaping that banks and pull-
ing up material that has fallen
down the banks," stated Don-
nie Oden, projects supervisor for
Okeechobee County.
The idea behind the undertak-
ing is not to widen or deepen the
ramp area, but simply to allow for
a strengthening of the sides.
"We thought that the slope
would stabilize with vegetation,"
stated county administrator Gorge
Long. "But, the vegetation has not
been enough to prevent the ero-
While the re-contouring is not
part of the normal maintenance of
the park, the low lake levels have
made this an opportune time for
the project.
"We are just doing main-
tenance while the lake level is
down," reiterated Mr. Oden.
"There will be no more work af-
ter this is completed."
Although this work has only
been taking place for about a
week, it is projected by Mr. Oden
to only be a two week project.

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one would be judged on its own
merit. "We would not be com-
pelled to approve future ones be-
cause we approved this one."
"This is the most important
decision you will make," Mr. Wat-
ford told the board as he urged
them to deny the proposal. "This
will affect the development of the
entire county."
"You will in fact be creating a
city," he said. "
The Grove Community District
Special Act, passed by the state
legislature, provides for the The
Grove's infrastructure. It provides
for a special taxing district and
provides for a board of supervisor
to be elected to govern the dis-
trict. The district board will have
authority to build and maintain
roads, water and sewer systems,
drainage systems, and landscap-
ing. The special act provides that
when 5,000 qualified voters move
into The Grove, the supervisor of
elections will conduct an election
to elect five members of an ad
hoc committee to study incorpo-
ration. This committee will report
its finds to the district board and
county legislative delegation. Re-
gardless of what the committee
recommends, there will be no au-
tomatic incorporation. The proce-
dures of Florida Statues must be
followed in order to form a new
"If you approve this, you will
be creating something like Port
St. Lucie," Mr. Watford added. "I
don't think that's good. We need
to do a better job in growth man-
He stated that the proposed
regulation changes would grant
a special privilege to the appli-
cant. He contended that approval
would open the door for another
huge development and he asked
where it would be located.
Board member Joey Hoover
noted that transportation in the
county has always been a prob-
lem. He said that if it were not for
the turnpike exchange he would
have a tremendous problem with
The Grove.
"Is this the, way you foresee
Okeechobee 50 or 100 years from
now?" Mr. Watford asked.
"Now I know how the Semi-
noles feel," he added.
"Is it better to consolidate
growth in one place or is it better
to scatter it?" asked board mem-
ber Ted Kelchner. He noted how

Continued From Page 1
Raulerson's family and to the
Florida communities which has
lost a much loved and respected
Mr. Raulerson was born on
Aug. 17, 1941, in Vero Beach. He
spent his life in Okeechobee.
Mr. Raulerson began his law
enforcement career as a cadet
at the Florida Highway Patrol
Academy. He also attended the
Florida Criminal Justice Execu-
tive Institute and numerous law
enforcement classes.
He was a member of the Flor-
ida Highway Patrol from 1963
to 1968. He became the sheriff
of Highlands County in 1970
and held that position for seven
years. He served on the Florida
Sheriff's Legislative Committee

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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
"It just takes one man and one piece of equipment," stated Donnie Oden, project manager for
Okeechobee County, about the re-contouring the channel at Scott Driver Park. The piece of
equipment was doing work on Tuesday morning, June 10. The work to rebuild the slopes at
Scott Driver Recreation Area should be finished within a week.

"Cleaning around the new boat
ramp is going on now," stated Mr.
Oden. "It should be finished by
the end of next week."
The operator that is doing the
work is following the original
shoreline and will not significant-

ly change the depth or with of the
"While this is part of the main-
tenance, we would prefer that we
didn't have to do it at all," stated
Mr. Long.
To further the prevention of

this occurring again in the future,
the idea of putting down mat-
ting to help prevent erosion has
been suggested and will be dis-
cussed at Thursday's meeting of
the Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners.

Submitted artwork
This map, furnished by developers of The Grove, show the amenities offered by the nine
square mile self sustaining community. Plans call for two neighborhood centers, six recre-
ation centers, three clubhouses, a park, water and wastewater treatment facilities and com-
mercial/industrial and retail areas.

scattered subdivisions now are in
the county. He asserted that be-
cause this is the first project of its
type doesn't mean that it is bad.
"I couldn't find a better place
for a new town," said realtor
Brandon Tucker, who represents
adjacent landowners. He con-
tended it would be the opposite
of urban sprawl.
Board member Carl Shumate
said that if the project were in the
middle of the county he would be
opposed to it.
Mr. Watford pointed to Martin
County where 1-95 is a dividing
line. West of the interstate is con-
trolled development. While east
of 1-95 he said almost everything
The official action the board
took was to recommend that the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, at their

from 1974 to 1976 and the Flori-
da Sheriff's Association board of
directors from 1975 to 1976.
In 1978, he joined the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment ,(FDLE). After two years
with the FDLE, he joined the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office. Mr. Raulerson served as
the Okeechobee County chief
deputy from 1981 to 1986.
In 1986 he was elected as the
sheriff of Okeechobee County.
He served in this capacity un-
til 1996. In 2000, he was once
again elected as the county's
sheriff. He remained sheriff until
his retirement in 2004.
Throughout his life Mr. Raul-
erson maintained close ties
to the community. He was a
member of the Elks, Masons,
Moose, Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club, as well as the
Florida Sheriff's Association.

Aug. 8 meeting, approve three
amendments to the county's
comprehensive plan. The first
amendment would establish a
new future land use classification
of master planned development.
That classification would be used
for large scale mixed use proj-
ects. A master plan development
would address the issues of level
of service, protection of natural
resources, and identification of
future land uses.
The second amendment to the
comprehensive plan would cre-
ate a new policy that would es-
tablish The Grove Master Planned
Development. The Grove Master
Planned Development would de-
fine The Grove as a self sustaining
community with a mix of residen-
tial, retail, office, industrial, rec-
reatiorial space and supporting

Continued From Page 1
According to Mr. Sterling, ev-
ery other business within the city
has become up to date with their
business tax receipts.
In other business, the board
voted to direct the public works
department to clean up a visibil-
ity triangle at the Super Stop Pe-
troleum Inc., 501 N.E. Park Street
which is at the corner of S.R. 70
and Southeast Sixth Ave. Shrub-
bery located on the northeast
corner of the property has been

The third proposed amend-
ment would add a map of The
Grove to the comprehensive
The commissioners, in turn,
will transmit to the Florida De-
partment of Community Affairs
(DCA) their approved version of
the three amendments. This trans-
mission is not a final approval for
the development. Final approval
is not expected until next spring.
The DCA has approved the
concept of such self sustaining
communities as an alternative for
developing rural areas.
Plans call for the project to be-
gin in 2008 and to be developed
in phases with the entire project
to be completed in 2024.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

found by the director of public
works Donnie Robertson's in-
spection to be a public safety
Due to the notices sent to the
property owner beginning with a
courtesy letter on March 2, a no-
tice of violation on July 8, and a
notice to appear on July 26, the
board chose to direct the public
works department to clean up
the shrubbery and direct all cost
incurred to the property owner.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

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designed to improve the drain-
age of S.W Third Avenue to S.W
Seventh Avenue, S.W. 21s' Street
from Fifth Drive to Seventh Ave-
nue and S.W. 16"' Avenue south
from S.W. 371h Court.
The board will also be ap-
proving a pavement resurfacing
list. The number one priority on
the list they will be considering is
3 miles of N.E. 48"' Avenue. That
is ranked as the worst stretch of
road. The number two road on
the list is 1.2 miles of N.E. 342nd
Trail. The other six segments of
road to be considered are all
three-tenths of a mile or less.
In other action, the board is

expected to:
* consider changing a build-
ing department procedure so
that contractors would not have
to list certain types of subcon-
* appoint a library director;
* ratify a contract for replace-
ment of window flashing at the
Okeechobee County Jail;
* appoint one regular or one
alternate member of the con-
struction licensing board;
* elect three commissioners
to the value adjustment board;
* elect a commissioner to
serve as chairperson of the value
adjustment board.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


R.O.A.D. office has moved
OKEECHOBEE -- The Recovering Okeechobee After Di-
saster (R.O.A.D.) office has moved to 200 N.W. Second St., in
For information regarding the agency, call the office at (863) 357-
4177. The fax number is (863) 357-1977.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be
from the south around 5 mph, shifting to the southeast at 5 to 10
mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The wind will
be from the southeast around 5 mph, becoming light around mid-
night. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly sunny, with a chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be
from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance
of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 40
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 40 per-


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In this Aug. 28, 2003 file photo originally released Sept. 17, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong is lead to court for her preliminary
2005 by the FBI, Brian Wells, 46, carries a plastic bag of cash hearing on charges that she shot a man and then stuffed his
after robbing the PNC bank in Summit Towne Centre in Erie, body into a freezer with the help of her former fiance at the
Pa. A woman may be charged in the nearly four-year-old case Erie County Courthouse, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, in Erie, Pa.
of Wells, a pizza deliveryman who, after he robbed the bank, Two people, including Diehl-Armstrong, who is serving time
was killed by a bomb locked around his neck, her lawyer said on unrelated charges, have been notified by federal authori-
Tuesday, July'10, 2007. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, who is im- ties that they face possible charges of bank robbery, con-
prisoned for killing her boyfriend, received a federal detainer spiracy and using a firearm in connection with a violation in a
listing charges of bank robbery, conspiracy and a firearms perplexing case in which a pizza deliveryman was killed when
count, lawyer Lawrence D'Ambrosio said. a bomb attached to a collar fastened to his neck exploded.

Indictment: bomb victim in on bank plot

By Dan Nephin
Associated Press Writer
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A pizza deliv-
eryman who robbed a bank and
was then blown up by a bomb
locked around his neck helped
plan the robbery and then got
caught up in something "much
more sinister," a federal prosecu-
tor said Wednesday.
The deliveryman, Brian Wells,
46, had told police before the
bomb exploded in August 2003
that he was an innocent victim
and had been forced by gunmen
to rob the bank.
However, in the indictments
unsealed Wednesday, Wells is
named as a co-conspirator. Two
other people -- Marjorie Diehl-
Armstrong, who is currently serv-
ing a prison sentence for killing
her boyfriend, and her friend Ken-
neth E. Barnes -- are charged with
bank robbery, conspiracy and a
firearms count.
Authorities said Diehl-Arm-
strong, 58, wanted the money so
she could pay someone to kill her
father, but they said Wednesday
that they didn't know what mo-
tive Wells might have had for get-
ting involved.
Wells' brother John was vis-
ibly outraged after prosecutors
held a news conference saying
his brother was in on the plot.
"Where is the evidence? There
is no evidence. You cannot link a
man when there is no evidence,"
John Wells said, his voice trem-
bling with anger. "When he was
accosted at gunpoint, taken from

his job, that's not a co-conspira-
"Brian did not put that collar
on himself," John Wells said. He
also accused investigators of not
doing their jobs and said "the
truth will come out."
The indictments say Diehl-
Armstrong and Barnes contrived
a series of notes to make Wells
appear to be "merely a hostage,"
with the plan being to get the
money from Wells in a way that if
he was caught, he could claim he
was an unwilling participant. Ac-
cording to the indictments', they
locked a live bomb onto Well's
neck to ensure he turned over the
"If he died, he could not be'a
witness," authorities said in the
. The bomb that killed Wells
was on a timer, but it was unclear
if his co-conspirators planned
on his death, U.S. Attorney Mary
Beth Buchanan said Wednesday.
She described Wells as having a
limited role in the plot and said
she couldn't comment on what
his motive might have been.
"Sadly, the plans of these other
individuals were much more sin-
ister ... and he died as a result,"
Buchanan said. "It may be that
his role transitioned from that
of the planning stages to being
an unwilling participant in the
Diehl-Armstrong is currently
serving a state prison sentence
for killing her boyfriend, James
Roden. In the indictment, authori-
ties say she killed Roden to keep

him from disclosing details of the
robbery plot.
Barnes, 53, is jailed in Erie
County on unrelated drug charg-
es. Authorities have described
him as Diehl-Armstrong's fishing
On Aug. 28, 2003, Wells set out
to deliver an order for two piz-
zas to a mysterious address that
turned out to be the location of a
TV tower. He turned up about an
hour later and roughly two miles
away at a PNC Bank branch in
Summit Township, with a note
demanding money and saying he
had a bomb.
Wells took $8,702 from a teller,
got into his Geo Metro and was
surrounded by police a short time
later in a parking lot. State troop-
ers pulled him out of the car and
handcuffed him. Hanging from
his neck under his T-shirt was a
triple-banded metal collar and a
device with a locking mechanism
that kept it in place. Attached to
the collar was a bomb.
"It's going to go off," Wells
said. "I'm not lying."
He said someone had started
a timer on the bomb and forced
him to rob the bank.
While police waited for a
bomb squad, the bomb explod-
ed, killing Wells. Police found a
gun resembling a cane in the car
and a nine-page handwritten let-
ter that included detailed instruc-
tions on what Wells was to do
with the bank money and how he
could unlock the collar by going
through a kind of scavenger hunt,
looking for clues and landmarks.

The note also included a list
of rules and a threat that Wells
would be, "destroyed" if he failed'
to complete his mission.
Buchanan said Wednesday
that while Wells was in the bank,
Diehl-Armstrong and Barnes had
watched from across the street,
and Diehl-Armstrong was later
seen twice along the route de-
scribed in the notes.
Jim Sadowski, a former co-
worker of Wells, said he doesn't
believe his friend could have been
"I worked with him and I knew
him. I just don't see him doing
anything like that. He was a nice
person," Sadowski said.
Diehl-Armstrong has been
linked to the Wells investigation
because her boyfriend's body
was found in the freezer of a
home near the TV tower where
Wells made his final delivery.
She pleaded guilty but mentally
ill to killing her boyfriend and is
serving a sentence of seven to 20
years in state prison.
The man who owned the
home, William Rothstein, was
questioned in Wells' death but
has since died of cancer.
Diehl-Armstrong's attorney
Lawrence D'Ambrosio has said
he believes she had nothing to do
with Wells' death but may have
known the people behind the
Editor's Note: Associated Press
writer Joe Mandak in Pittsburgh and
Lara Jakes Jordan in Washington
* contributed to this report.

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skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the
week. We will provide training and background screenings. For infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

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to security challenges

By Anick Jesdanun
AP Internet Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Inter-
net was a mere 19 months old
when engineers first developed
a file-sharing system still in wide
use today.
Although many of the tech-
nologies from those early days
eventually faded away, replaced
by newer developments such as
the World Wide Web and search
engines, file transfer protocol
remains a common way for dis-
tributing larger files and updating
Web sites, thanks to its simplicity
and versatility.
"It says remarkably good things
,about the guys who designed the
'Internet," said John Levine, an
FTP user for a quarter-century
'and co-author of "The Internet for
bDummies." "FTP was designed
:well enough that there's never
'been a pressing need to come up
,with something better."
Its simplicity, though, also
leads to security challenges that
simply weren't imagined back in
the Internet's early days.
FTP was first described in a
S1971 paper, "A File Transfer Proto-
col," and became canonized as a
,standard in 1985.
For years, FTP was the primary
way to transfer files. Two net-
worked computers can send files
back and forth, regardless of the
file type or the computer's filing
and storage system. Each com-
,puter would only need to know
this common way of transferring
After the Web's development
in the early 1990s, its hypertext

transfer protocol, or HTTP, be-
came the standard way to retrieve
text and smaller images over
browsers. But FTP has remained
the go-to technology for down-
loading' larger files such as docu-
ments, databases and songs; FTP
download capabilities are built
into standard browsers.
Standalone FTP software also
can let Web developers upload
Web pages onto servers for view-
ing, something difficult or impos-
sible with browsers.
FTP comes with password-
protection options, though user-
names and passwords to access
files are sent over the Internet un-
encrypted as regular text, allow-
ing spies along the way to capture
the information.
A bigger problem, though, is
FTP's ability to let people log on
anonymously, a capability pur-
posely included to promote file
sharing, but one that can acci-
dentally expose private, sensitive
The username is typically
"anonymous" and the password
can be anything, meaning every-
one on the Internet has access to
your files and servers that aren't
configured correctly. Though
anonymous FTP can be turned
off, many older systems come
with it automatically on -- and
inexperienced or careless users
may forget to make the change.
"You're most likely to find an
open anonymous server on some
workstation on somebody's desk
at a university that's been sitting
there for 10 years," Levine said.
"You have to be careful."

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VARIANCE: Well, the City Council did the right thing and granted
the variance. Hopefully, now, there will be a nice restaurant there. A
LoneStar, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chili's, etc. would be a good fit
and a nice addition for Okeechobee.

NEW BUSINESSES: I hate to disillusion anyone, but to have a
Bass Pro Shop here is like believing we all hit the lotto at the same
time. You will only see a Bass Pro Shop in cities with populations over
a million. And even then, the sports activities and area will dictate that.
I would be shocked, to say the least, if this was even a possibility. Now
a Lowe's, maybe. But, I heard they may have backed out of a local

INSURANCE: I have car insurance through a company I enrolled in
when I was a state of Florida employee. The company is out of state.
I recently received my policy renewal notice and there is a "Florida
Hurricane Cat Fee" in the amount of $8. Can someone tell me if this is
legal? I have called the local tag agency, they referred me to a number
in Tallahassee, and all I get there is a someone's voice mail. I left a
message but have not received a call back. I want someone with au-
thority in Florida to tell me if this is something I have to pay.
Editor's Note: We spoke with the Department of Insurance Regu-.
lation and were told that yes, this fee is legal. The fee is part of an
assessment that came about because Citizen's Insurance, the state
insurance company, lost a considerable amount of money due to
the hurricanes of 2004-05. This assessment can be applied to almost
all types of insurance except worker's compensation. We were also
told that a lot of people are now seeing this surcharge on their bills.
However, there is bright side to this. If there are no more catastrophic
storms for the next year or so and Citizen's gets out of the red, then
this special surcharge will no longer be assessed.

ILLEGALS: They should make one day a month Legal Citizen Ar-
rest Day a day where they go out and arrest all of the illegal aliens.

NASCAR: I seewe just had some NASCAR news in the paper for
once the other day -- that was good. Then, we just finished the Pepsi
400 race which was a really good race and there was no news about
it, but they had some news about some bicycle race, which I'm sure
nobody really cared about. There should be more NASCAR news in
the paper. I'm sure we have a lot more NASCAR fans then we do bi-
cycle racing fans.

LAKE: The lake is so sick. But I was impressed to drive down to
Lock 7 and see the white sand on the lake bottom -- something I have
not seen since I was a child. I can remember when Lock 7 was san-
dy bottomed, white beach and just a beautiful place to swim. Now I
wouldn't put my head under the water, let alone drink it. I was told
there was a high amount of arsenic found in the muck they have been
removing and you folks pay to drink it. The problem with the lake
started when they dredged the Kissimmee River. All the muck/sedi-
ment had a straight shot to the lake and there was no natural cleaning
through the flood plains north of the lake. I feel once they finish fixing
what they tore up 40 years ago, the'lake will slowly heal. But then I re-
mind myself it's the same entity that is trying to fix problems it caused
in the first place. Leave nature alone -- it will take care of itself. I keep
+ saying man is going to outsmart himself into extinction.

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Community Events

Benefit to help needy and homeless
Style Studio custom motorcycle shop and Tattoos with Style will
present a benefit to help Okeechobee's needy and homeless on Sat-
urday, July 21. There will be a hog roast, 50/50, door prizes and DJ
California Fats. All proceeds will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach.
For information, call (863) 357-5944.

Collaborative Council meeting set for July 24
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vice Network, will meet Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the Okeechobee School Board Office, 700 S.W. Second
Ave. Immediately following the CCC meeting, there will be a brief
planning meeting for those interested in partnering in a local Health
and Safety Fair.

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Letters to the Editor

Right to die
My wife, Marjorie Haw Rus-
sell, died from ovarian cancer on
the May 27, 2007, at 9:30 p.m.
She was buried at 8 a.m. the next
morning in the family's Green
A few memories of her final
days are vivid. After she had seen
her 19th great-grandchild on May
18, she told most of her visitors
that she was now ready to go. I
could have held her hand while
she pushed a button to take her
on her way to the Promised Land.
God was calling her home and a
misguided Texas government de-
nied her this right. If I had granted
her wish I could have ended up in
jail like Dr. Kevorkian. Sad!
My serious question is "If heav-
en is such a great place, why do
we torture old people when God
is calling by doing everything pos-
sible to keep them alive?"
To those who say "God knows
best," I say "God never acts
alone." When you do not help
God, then God will not help you.
It is teamwork between you and
God. Otherwise the Devil takes
For three or four days before
she died, Marjorie lost control of
her functions. Why should she

have been put through this em-
barrassment and loss of dignity
when she was so ready to go on
this mysterious adventure into the
Her diary tells a beautiful story
about her discomfort but she ap-
parently never experienced ex-
cruciating pain, or she was very
clever in hiding. She wrote in her
diary in a shaky handwriting until
May 5. She placed only a check
mark on the 6th and 7th. On the
8th, 9th and 10th she wrote the
names of the caretakers who
came from the "Consider the Lil-
ies" agency. May 11 through 15
the pages are blank. Then, on the
16th through the morning of the
27th, she asked visitors to write in
her diary.
On the 27th her hands and feet
became cold early in the evening
and then she took her last breath
in the arms of her granddaughters
at 9:30 while I held her hand. She
died with her eyes slightly open
with a smile on her face. I sat with
her alone in the early morning of
the 28th. I took her picture. She
was as beautiful in death as she
was in life.
Had we lived in Oregon she
would have had the freedom
to have a physician help her

Upcoming Events

A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets 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 Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center lo-
cated at 412 N.W Sixth.St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost
is $6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park 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.
Second 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 Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9
a.m. until noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center,
209 S.W Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second
Thursday of each month in the community club house on the cor-
ner of Fifth and Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel
music and the word at 7 p.m. For information call (863) 612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend.
For information call Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area 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 group is facilitated by social work-
ers 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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave.; The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
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. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and
see what we are all about. 'For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, holds meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 357-3053.

Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of
Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all
Christian singers and musicians are welcome to take part. For infor-
mation, contact the church at (863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at
(863) 763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at (863) 467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)

go peacefully. It is possible she
would have declined the help,
but at least she would have had
control. And merely having the
power could have given her a
measure of comfort.
Kevorkian attempted to restore
the right to self-determination that
every state government, with the
exception of Oregon, takes from
its citizens. Many Americans are
blind to the suffering and are con-
fused regarding what it means to
do right by the dying.
Despite advances in pain man-
agement, many people will leave
this world in horrible pain and
suffering because certain people
have decided that in our final
stage of life, you and I should no
longer be allowed to manage out
own affairs. In the time of greatest
need, the liberties which we have
had all our lives will be taken
away by the government and we
will be left at the mercy of a killer
There would seem to be add-
ed dignity in being able to take
freedom all the way to the grave.
People who oppose this freedom
to ease our passing worry about
the control issue. Some fear the
terminally ill people will be talked
into an early death. Others worry

about "playing God." To me this
is not a valid concern. I think that
those who worry about playing
God do not understand that God
is a loving God and abhors caus-
ing pain in his children.
Human beings are often re-
sponsible for each other. Every
day of our lives we "play God"
-- especially to our family and
friends. Playing God is only hu-
Some people oppose assisted
death on the grounds that God's
will must prevail until some sort
of "natural death "occurs. These
same people, have no problem
with medicines, tests and tech-
niques used to prolong lives of
people with a terminal disease.
Many religious people sincere-
ly ask, "What would God do?" I
believe that God would give the
suffering their freedom to choose
how to take care of themselves
in their final days. He would let
them decide how to best satisfy
their needs with those they love.
To do anything else would
seem to be an evil kind of god-
playing, one that says, "We will
control you and you loved ones in
life and in death."

Kenneth L. Russell

Community Events

Bassinger Baptist Church to hold VBS
The First Baptist Church of Bassinger, 19836 U.S. 98 N., will host
a vacation Bible school for youth kindergarten through 12th grade,
July 12-13, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. "Game Day Central, where heroes
are made!" will be the theme. For information, contact Buelah at
(863) 763-6517, or Carolyn at (863) 763-4179.

Children's council to meet July 12
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, July 12, at 5
p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W Second Ave. For information, contact Cath-
leen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.

Scrapbooking party is planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held Friday, July 13, from 6
until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Last month Carolyn Jones
gave a demonstration on brag bags. Bring three to four paper bags
to this crop and she will help you create your own. She will also
be available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and
supplies. Several of our members attended the scrapbooking con-
vention in Fort Lauderdale on June 29 and 30. They will present a
"show and tell" of some of the new products and information they
received at the convention. Refreshments will be served and there
will be door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are
currently working. For information call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885,
or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

Talk show to deal with insects, drought
WWFR 91.7FM will host a radio talk show Saturday, July 14, at
7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. on 91.7
FM and 100.3 FM. The show's guest will be Ken Gioeli, the natural
resources extension agent from the St. Lucie County Cooperative
Extension Service, UFLIFAS. He will be discussing issues such as
the drought, rain, ants, spiders, rodents, iguanas and rain barrel
workshops. For information, contact Mr. Gioeli at (772) 462-1660;
or, online at http//kgioeli.ifas.ufl.edu. Or, contact your local county
extension service.

Poker run will benefit Hospice
There will be a poker run held in memory of Perry Young on
Saturday, July 14. There will be a $5 entry fee and all proceeds will
be donated to Hospice of Okeechobee and The Hamrick Home.
Our first stop will be at noon at the Eagles 4137. There will be an
auction following the run at the Cypress Hut Eagles on U.S. 441 S.E.
For information, contact Lorraine Watson at (863) 763-2997.

Benefit beauty pageant is planned
The 12th annual Mr. & Miss Firecracker Fundraiser Beauty Pag-
eant will be held Saturday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
High School lecture hall, 2800 U.S. 441 N. Funds raised will go to
the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue volunteers to be used to pur-
chase needed equipment. Age groups for girls will be 0 months
to 21 years. Ages for boys will be 0 months to 9 years. Categories
are beauty, photogenic, most beautiful/handsome, best dressed
and the cover queen/king for the program book. Deadline to en-
ter is Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. No exceptions. Applications may
be picked up at Kid's Corner, the Chamber of Commerce, Flower
Petals, Photos by Bobbi and the Okeechobee Fire Rescue Station.
For information call Donny Arnold at (863) 634-6464; Pat Yeates at
(863) 634-6985; or, Margie at Fire/Rescue during business hours at
(863) 763-5544.

Vacation Bible school planned
Avalanche Ranch is this year's theme for vacation Bible school
at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., from 5:30 un-
til 8:30 p.m., July 16-20. Activities will be for grades kindergarten
through sixth grade. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863)

Community Action advisory board to meet
The Treasure Coast Community Action Agency advisory board
will meet Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. in the conference room at
437 N. Seventh St. in Fort Pierce. For information, call the St. Lucie
County Community Services Division at (772) 462-1777.

Fundraiser benefits The Pregnancy Center
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will hold a fundraiser at
the KOA Kampground on U.S. 441 S. from 6 until 9 p.m. on Thurs-
day, July 19. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to re-open
the center at 1505 S. Parrott Ave. Tickets for the steak or chicken
dinner are $25 per person or $125 per table. The guest speaker will
be Tim DeTellis. For information, contact Laurie Garner at (863)

Business woman's lunch meeting set
A business woman's networking and luncheon meeting will be
held Friday, July 20, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrot
Ave. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by
lunch at noon. Those attending are asked to bring give-away items,
flyers, brochures, business cards and either a friend or business
associate who wants to see their business grow. For information,
contact Robin Delgado at (863) 467-7100; or, by e-mail at www.


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Dale Earnhardt broadens

his marketing image

By Jenna Fryer
Earnhardt .Jr. was a freshman in
high school when he figured out
that image is everything and for
him to be considered cool, he had
to have a pair of old-school adidas
Samba Classic sneakers.
With a clean look and simple
colors, the Sambas were an exten-
sion of Earnhardt's shy, quiet per-
"When you are in high school
in Mooresville (N.C.), your shoe
is your hallmark," Earnhardt said.
"What kind of shoe you have on,
that's where you stand in the chain
of command. It was really impor-
tant, and I thought adidas was the
best brand."
Eighteen years later, Earnhardt
still chooses his brands carefully
and adidas again made the cut
as NASCAR's most popular driver
mainstreams his endorsement
portfolio. His signing last week
with adidas America on a multi-
year personal services contract
came just two weeks after he an-
nounced a similar deal with Sony.
Both companies are interna-
tional and significantly broaden
Earnhardt's marketing image. Al-
though he's a superstar in America,
U.S.-based sponsors Budweiser,
Chevrolet and Wrangler haven't
made Earnhardt an international
His new deals could help, as
Earnhardt becomes just the fourth
athlete to receive his own personal
clothing line with adidas. Also in
that group? International superstar
David Beckham, as well as New
Orleans Saints running back Reg-
gie Bush and Houston Rockets
star Tracy McGrady.
"It's a little intimidating," admit-
ted Earnhardt, who played soccer
in high school. "I look up to Beck-
ham and the things he's been able
to accomplish and the persona
he's built up over the years."
Now Earnhardt has the oppor-
tunity to do the same.
He announced in May that he
was leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc.,
and decided a month later to sign
with powerhouse Hendrick Motor-
sports. The adidas and Sony deals
came right after, and the timing is
not lost on anyone.
Earnhardt has spent his entire
career with his late father's race
team, and often found himself
locked into deals that the late Dale
Earnhardt picked for him. That
didn't ease after the elder Earn-
hardt's death in 2001, as Junior
had to take over many of his fa-
ther's contracts to help DEI retain
the business.
"We had all them sponsors
that DEl was bringing in, whoever
they wanted to work with, and
they didn't always match perfectly
with me," Earnhardt said. "And
when Dad died ... I had to help out
to keep the contracts good. They
were selling pieces of me here and

AP photo/Chris O'Meara
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., answers questions at a
press conference after announcing that he signed an en-
dorsement with Adidas during a news conference Friday
afternoon July 6, at the Daytona International Speedway in
Daytona Beach.

there just to keep things going.
"But when I decided to cut my
ties with DEI, the phones started
ringing and it was like 'Hey, we
want to work Dale Jr.'"
Earnhardt suddenly had his
pick of endorsement deals, and
adidas was No. 1 on the list. He'd
tried five years earlier to land a
sneaker deal with the company
for his self-owned race team, but
Germany-based adidas wasn't in-
The conversations resumed
shortly after Earnhardt hired Thay-
er Lavielle, a former vice president.
with L'Oreal USA, to run marketing
and brand development at JR Mo-
torsports last July.
Although interested, adidas
didn't commit until after Earnhardt
decided to leave DEI at the end of
this season, said Mark Clinard,
business director for motor sports
at adidas America.
"Obviously you sign him be-
cause he's enormously popular,
but this focus on wanting to get
better and committing to doing ev-
erything he can to win a champi-
onship just really fits perfectly with
us," Clinard said. "When people
get serious about winning and
make some really tough decisions
like he made, it's really a natural."
The DEI decision may have
pushed adidas over the edge, but
Lavielle said Earnhardt's expand-
ing portfolio doesn't correlate di-
rectly to changing teams. Instead,
it's a culmination of the work she
has done with his sister, Kelley
Earnhardt Elledge, in the year since
Lavielle joined JR Motorsports.
Now that they've inked two
significant deals, Lavielle said they
will wait to see how sponsorship of
his new Hendrick ride shakes out
before making more moves. Bud-
weiser has sponsored Earnhardt's
Cup car since 1999 and wants to
stay with him, but Hendrick might

not be interested in signing the
company. Regardless, Earnhardt
has a personal services contract
with Bud through 2008.
Whatever company ends up
sponsoring Earnhardt's new ride
will use an intense marketing cam-
paign, and Lavielle said they don't
want the driver to become a roll-
ing billboard. His late father was
widely recognized as a pitchman
for just a handful of companies,
and Earnhardt wants the same im-
"We want a small stable of part-
ners, to align him with brands that
he's comfortable with and proj-
ects that are fun for him," Lavielle
said. "This sport is, by it's nature,
riddled with sponsorships. But we
are in a good position where we
can say 'Hey, I don't know if that
one fits for us,' and make careful
choices when it comes to his life-
style management."
One deal' already in the pipe-
line, though, is a candy bar that
Earnhardt has had a hand in de-
veloping. He won't reveal many
details, only that he and the JR
Motorsports staff tasted endless
combinations looking for the per-
fect match. Earnhardt has been
involved with how the bar will be
shaped, what it will look like and
"if it's going to break into pieces
when you take a bite. You gotta
have it how you want it if your
name is on it," he said.
He's come a long way since
his days as a short, skinny kid just
trying to fit in at school, and Earn-
hardt has clear ideas on how he
wants to be perceived. He believes
carefully choosing his endorse-
ment deals helps him convey his
desired image.
"I would like to be the guy, your
friend next door that you hope
gets home early so you can start
playing video games," he said. "I
want to be that guy."



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Rare, endangered Ghost Orchid found

NAPLES (AP)--A rare ghost or-
chid has been found growing high
in an old cypress tree in a south-
west Florida nature preserve.
Two visitors looking for owls on
Saturday spotted the endangered
orchid growing about 45 feet off
the ground in a tree at Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary in Naples. The
orchid, featured in the nonfiction
book "The Orchid Thief" and the
fictional movie spinoff "Adapta-
+ tion," is about 150 feet from the
sanctuary's boardwalk and can
be seen only with binoculars and

good lighting.
The orchid, which blooms for
about two weeks, has nine flow-
ers, triple the usual number. It is
not clear how long this ghost or-
chid has been blooming.
Naples photographer Ralph
Arwood spent hours waiting to
get a shot of the rare blooms.
"They're very rare, and this
one is unusual because it has
so many flowers," Arwood said.
"They're pretty impressive flow-
ers, too, as big as your hand. It's
nice to have it at Corkscrew. If it's

here, it's safe."
Park Manager Ed Carlson said
the orchid could have been in
the tree for decades. It is the first
ghost orchid discovered near the
sanctuary boardwalk in 12 years.
"It's got a big, old root mass
on it," he said. "We've just never
seen it before. I'm sure it's been
blooming, but they bloom in June
and July, and that's when cypress
are leafed out. So, it's possible a
cypress branch covered it up all
those years and fell off in Hurri-
cane Wilma. Who knows?"

Enrollment freeze, tuition hike approved

By Kelli Kennedy
MIAMI (AP) -- The Board of
Governors on Tuesday instituted
a three-year freeze on freshmen
enrollment at the funded level,
meaning they will not increase the
number of freshmen admitted to
public universities.
With looming budget cuts and
a 5 percent tuition veto, university
officials said they fear the quality of
education is being compromised.
If students continue to flood the
schools, they won't have access to
advisers or the classes they need
to graduate, said State University
System Chancellor Mark B. Rosen-
"We have stretched the rubber
band as far as we can stretch it. If
we continue to place a premium
on access and not graduation, we
will be able to get the students in
but not out," Rosenberg said.
The freeze, effective spring
2008, does not affect upper-divi-
sion enrollment and community
college transfers.
The board, which met at the
University of Central Florida in
Orlando, also approved a tuition
hike. The unspecified raise also

will take effect spring 2008 and
will not exceed 5 percent.
The State University System in-
cludes 11 institutions and 300,000
Rosenberg said current funding
is roughly 60 cents on the dollar,
meaning there are 5,627 students
enrolled for which they don't re-
ceive basic state support.
Consequently, the board said
the State University System has the
worst student-faculty ratio in the
Senate President Ken Pruitt
said he was disappointed with the
board's decision and promised a
court battle.
"The Constitution clearly does
not give the Board of Governors
the authority to set tuition. It's the
duty of the Legislature," he said in
a statement. "Mark my word; we
are going to fight to make sure the
American dream of higher educa-
tion is affordable for all students."
The board also decided to join
a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Bob
Graham, which asks the court to
determine whether the Legislature
or the Board of Governors holds
authority to set tuition rates.

Fla. A&M names three trustees

ORLANDO (AP)-- Three busi-
ness leaders were named to be
trustees of Florida A&M University
in hopes they can help the school
deal with its accounting troubles.
The Board of Governors, meet-
ing in Orlando on Tuesday, named
Richard Dent III, Karl White and
Robert Brown to the university's
Board of Trustees.
New FAMU President James
Ammons had told the board that
given financial difficulties at the
historically-black college, people
with a background in finance
would best serve the university.
Dent is chief financial officer of
Limited Brands Inc.'s Victoria's Se-
cret PINK, in Columbus, Ohio. He
is a 1992 FAMU business admin-
istration graduate and earned an
MBA from the school in 1993.
White, a 1988 FAMU Pharmacy
School graduate, is the chief invest-
ment officer at Fletcher Asset Man-
agement Investments.in Boston.
Brown is chairman and found-
er B&C Associates Inc., a North
Carolina public relations firm that
has a long-working relationship
with FAMU. The company has
previously been hired to promote
FAMU football games and to han-
dle some school public relations.
The appointments to the 13-
member board are subject to Sen-
ate confirmation.
FAMU has been beset with

financial troubles and the South-
ern Association of Colleges and
Schools put the university on pro-
bation last month, mostly resulting
from the school's inability to ac-
count for millions of dollars of in-
ventory. The association also cited
some contractual arrangements
made without proper approval.
Earlier this year some university
employees went unpaid and the
university's bookkeeping became
so sloppy that lawmakers threat-
ened criminal investigations and
some even talked about closing
the school down.


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F.A.I.T.H. Art Event
Three year-old Jasmine Shanks (left) painted a purse with
the help of Theresa Davis (center) and Sinda Shanks (right)
on Saturday, July 7, at the Okeechobee Rec. Park where
the Faith in Action Improving Today's Health (F.A.I.T.H.)
program held its unveiling of a mural the camp students
painted. Children were able to play, eat, listen to music
and participate in art activities at this free event funded by
the United Way, Children's Service Council and Planned

Community Events

Cattle drive and ranch rodeo slated
Okeechobee Cattleman's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 28. Festivities begin with a cattle drive west of his-
toric Flagler Park that will travel east on S.R. 70 to the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center. There is no admission to this family event.
Activities at the Agri-Civic Center include cowboy poetry, music,
cowboy art, vintage wagons, barbecue and more. The ranch hand
rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. For information, call program manager
Karen Hanawalt at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will host a vaca-
tion Bible school for youth between the ages of 4 and 13 beginning
Monday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6 until 9 p.m.. For
information, call Carol at (863) 763-6602.

Church plans city prayer time
Every Friday throughout the month of July, the Haven of Rest
Church will host a prayer and fasting time to pray for the city of
Okeechobee from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Pastor Tom and Rachel at (863) 357-3053.

SFWMD to host public meeting Aug. 4
There will be a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until
noon at the South Florida Water District (SFWMD) Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center, Bank of America Building. The purpose of this meeting
is to provide an opportunity for SFMWD to meet with community
members that are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River
Valley region for public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissim-
mee River Restoration Project and recreational opportunities avail-
able for you on SFWMD land. For information, call Jeff McLemore
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-- TUI1 ONi

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 6,
through Thursday, July 12, are as
Theatre I -"Transformers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. only.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Ratatouille" (PG)
Showtimes: 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 Ill - "Evan Almighty"
(PG) Showtimes: 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
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Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
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in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July 12, the
193rd day of 2007. There are 172
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 12,1862, Congress au-
thorized the Medal of Honor.
On this date:
In 100 B.C., Roman dictator
Julius Caesar was born. .
In 1543, England's King Henry
VIII married his sixth and last
wife, Catherine Parr.
In 1690, forces led by William
of Orange defeated the army of
James II1 at the Battle of the Boyne
in Ireland.
In 1812, U.S. forces led by Gen-
eral William Hull entered Canada
during the War of 1812 against
Britain. However, Hull retreated
shortly thereafter to Detroit.
In 1817, naturalist-author Hen-
ry David Thoreau was born in
Concord, Mass.
In 1854, George Eastman, in-
-_- ventor of the Kodak camera and
film, was born in Waterville, N.Y.
Iri 1948, the Democratic Na-
tional Convention opened in Phil-
In 1977, President Jimmy
Carter defended Supreme Court
decisions limiting government
payments for poor women's abor-
tions, saying, "There are many
things in life that are not fair."
In 1984, Democratic presiden-
tial candidate Walter F. Mondale
announced he had chosen U.S.
Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New
York to be his running-mate. Fer-
raro was the first woman to run
for vice president on a major-par-
ty ticket.
In 1993, some 200 people
were killed when an earthquake
measuring a magnitude of 7.8
struck northern Japan and trig-
gered a tsunami.
Ten years ago: In Copenha-
gen, the last stop of an eight-day
European tour, President Bill Clin-
ton said political divisions in Eu-
rope were closing.
Five years ago: The Senate
adopted a ban on personal loans
from companies to their top offi-
cials, a practice that had benefited
executives from Enron to World-
Com. The U.N. Security Council
agreed to exempt U.S. peacekeep-
ers from war crimes prosecution
for a year, ending a threat to U.N.
peacekeeping operations.
One year ago: Hezbollah
guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli
soldiers and killed eight others
in a cross-border raid. Israel sent
ground troops into Lebanon in re-
sponse. World powers agreed to
send Iran before the U.N. Security
Council for possible punishment,
saying Tehran had given no sign it
would bargain in earnest over its
disputed nuclear program.
Today's Birthdays: Artist An-
drew Wyeth is 90. Movie director
Monte Hellman is 75. Pianist Van
Cliburn is 73. Comedian Bill Cos-
by is 70. Singer-musician Chris-
tine McVie is 64. Actress Denise
Nicholas is 63. Singer-songwriter
Butch Hancock is 62. Fitness guru
Richard Simmons is 59. Actor
Jay Thomas is 59. Singer Walter
Egan is 59. Actress Cheryl Ladd
is 56. Country singer Julie Miller
is 51. Gospel singer Sandi Patty is
51. Actress Mel Harris is 50. Actor

Buddy Foster is 50. Rock guitarist
Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 45.
Rock singer Robin Wilson is 42.
Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 38.
Olympic gold medal figure skater
Kristi Yamaguchi is 36.
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speak according to rules. We act
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The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Things may be a little dicey in your
personal life if you have taken on too
much or made promises that are hard
to keep. A chance to take a short trip or
to do something you've always wanted
to do is likely to come into play.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Get together with friends, relatives or
neighbors. The discussion you have
will help you make the right choices
in dealing with those individuals put-
ting demands on you. Be unique but
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Don't get all blown out of shape be-
cause not everyone agrees with you.
Take the bad with the good and let ev-
eryone follow his oerher own path. A
love issue that has to do with commit-
ment may need to be resolved.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Look inward and you will find the an-
swer you are looking for. Personal and
professional changes may be required
in order to feel satisfied with your life
and your future. Emotional issues will

escalate and must be dealt with.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Money
can be made if you are unique in the
way you invest. Cash will come to
you through unusual means today.
That doesn't mean, however, that you
should spend frivolously.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It
will be difficult to figure out what the
people around you want. You aren't
likely to get a straight answer or be
given any reasonable options. Talk to
someone you trust who has the expe-
rience to help you see past the games
people are playing.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be
willing to take action, not just give or-
ders. It's what you do, not what you
say, that will make a difference today.
Love is in the stars and something spe-
cial will develop.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't follow what everyone else is do-
ing. It's your uniqueness that will help
you get ahead. Put your ideas on paper
and plant them firmly in the minds of
those who can help.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): You will have to ride the storm if

you stick around home or around the
people with whom you are most famil-
iar. Take a breather from your normal
routine and branch out for a change.
New ideas will help you grow and
make better choices.
* CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You'll be pulled in several differ-
ent directions today. Emotional issues
may not be your favorite to deal with
but, if you'don't, you aren't likely to get
anything else accomplished. If you do,
you can make a good impression.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Don't worry too much about what
everyone else is doing. Fend for your-
self and make your decisions based on
what you've been told. The more you
do to, comfort a loved one or to put a
partner's mind at ease, the better it will
be for you.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It
is your turn to make a few changes that
will improve your position, your home
and your lifestyle. Don't be afraid to
let others know how you feel and, if
someone doesn't like it, let that person
move on. Do what's best for yourself.

Dear Abby

Daughter scared

about her future

* DEAR ABBY: I need your
help. Last week, my mother and
I got into a huge fight, with her
screaming at me, "I don't want
you living here ever again!" I ran
into my room in tears, hoping she
didn't really mean what she said.
Yesterday, she put a 30-day no-
tice on my door, telling me to move
out. I'm 19, so it's probably legal
for her to do this to me, but I don't
want to go. I love my family. My
father is no longer in the picture.
I haven't seen him since I was 2. I1
love my house, my room, my life.
I have nowhere to go. I have very
little money, no skills, no job, no li-
cense and no car. My mother never
taught me to be independent.
I don't understand why she's
doing this. I don't drink or do drugs
and I'm not promiscuous. I'm go-
ing to a junior college and getting
good grades. My mother once
promised me that if I went to col-
lege I could live with her.
I am terrified of being home-
less. I'm terrified of losing my fam-
ily. I could get raped or robbed,
and if I don't find a job, I could
starve to death. Even if I do find a
place, what happens if I get sick
or injured? No one will take care
of me. I'm not ready to live on my
own yet, and I resent her thinking
that I can.
I have tried talking to her about
this. All she said was, "I don't care
what you do with your life. Just get
out." I feel like an orphan. What
should I do? Is there any way I can
convince her to let me stay? I have
nowhere else to turn. Please help
me. - Terrified in Santa Rosa
have been helpful if you had men-
tioned what precipitated the "huge
fight" that caused your mother to
order you out. It might have given
me an insight into her mental state.
But because her mind seems to be
made up, you must immediately
talk to a counselor at school about
student housing and employment
that might be available.
Former president Franklin Dela-
Close to Home

no Roosevelt once said, "The only
thing we have to fear is fear itself."
That statement applies to you. You
WILL make it through this difficult
time. You are not the only young
person who has, by unfortunate
circumstances, been forced to
stand on her own two feet at a mo-
ment's notice. However, your first
stop should be the school counsel-
or's office, and your second at the
financial office.
*DEAR ABBY: I have a gripe I
hope you can help me with. I am
a 51-year-old man who has an 18-
month-old son. Every time I take
him anywhere, people come up to
me and ask if he is my grandson.
Why would people assume such
a thing?
Maybe I'm making too much
out of this, but it really was bother-
ing me. So now, after telling them,
"No, he's my son" several times, I
have finally given up.
Now if someone asks if my son
is my grandson, I reply, "No. My
grandson lives in Los Angeles with
his mother. This is my grandson's
It usually takes a few minutes
for the light to come on, but they
eventually get it. - Robin in
Newark, Calif.
DEAR ROBIN: Your letter
proves that sometimes even the
most innocuous question can be
tactless. And with so many mature
men starting second families these
days, you'd think people would
know better. In the past I have
heard similar stories from older
mothers who have let their hair go
I like your solution, though. A
humorous response often gets a
message across better than an an-
gry one.
Editor's note: Dear Abby is
written by Abigail Van Buren, also
known as Jeanne Phillips, and
was founded by her mother, Pau-
line Phillips. Write Dear Abby at
www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box
69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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environment. 863-467-5000

Professional Sales Executive
position available for a busy
new home sales business.
Sales experience a plus. No
real estate license required.
Salary plus commission.
Call (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700.
Zibeco Construction Corp
is seeking a
Must have a minimum of 3
yrs. experience and be able to
work along side framers &
finish carpenters.
Please call Michelle @
(863)467-3000 Mon.-Fri.,
9am-4pm for appointment.
Zibeco Construction Corp
FRAMERS, Must have a
minimum of 2 yrs. experience.
Starting pay $12 to $15/hour
Call Shaun @ (863)634-7428
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

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Window XR Etc. $150.
(863)517-2782 Tony
GATEWAY- Like new condi-
tion. $150. (863)983-4940
FXA47 AMD Athlon 4 pro-
cessor. Trade Apple laptop
or $650 (772)461-8822

FIREPLACE- Brand new. $200
or best offer. (863)763-6747

BED FRAME, Queen/King, $25
BED, Queen, headboard, foot-
board & rails. $60
BED/RM SUITE- 5 piece with
Full size bed, Mattress & box
springs. Like new. $350.
Bedroom Set: Qu. sz. head &
foot board, dresser, dbl. mir-
ror, 2 nt stands, Light brown.
$1500. 863-763-8562
Queen, white, w/mattress &
boxsprings, excellent condi-
tion. $200 (863)467-7659
BUNK BEDS, Pine, great con-
dition, with mattresses. $150
incid mirrored dresser, night
stand, desk book case.
$350. (863)763-0669
CHINA CABINET- dark wood,
asking $125 (863)467-6088
COFFEE TABLE, Oak w/glass
inlay top. $25
hill, Pine, Knotted Wood. 2
leaves makes 8 ft. long.
$100. (561)951-6088
chairs. Solid Oval wood.
Chairs are cream print fabric.
$200 (863)357-2412
DRESSER- Western Solid
wood. Iron fixtures. Like
new. $200. (863)465-6777
LOFT BEDS with attached
desk, 2 black metal, $70/will
separate. Call
LOVESEAT - w/matching chair
& solid wood cocktail table.
Excellent condition. $325
firm. 863-675-5729

MATTRESS- Queen/King. New
in plastic. $189
MATTRESS- Twin/full, new in
plastic. $139
SECTIONAL- New, dark
brown, Bassett, w/2 reclin-
ers, asking $1000
SLEEPER SOFA: Floral design.
Excellent condition. $175.
SLEEPER SOFA, Gray plaid
queen. $100 (863)763-7931
CHAIRS, ivory, Egyptian
cotton, needs some clean-
ing, $300. (863)763-0583
good condition. $25
TABLE, 40" round, wooden, 2
chairs. $70 (863)697-2704
TABLE, Butterscotch, with leaf
& 6 chairs, great condition.
$150 (239)842-0040
TABLE- For boat or motor
home, rectangular, re-
movable, two legs, like new.
$100 (863)697-2033

CARBINE RIFLE, 30 caliber
with 30 round clip, $300.
GUN, 31/2" chamber & 22
Single Shot, $375 will sell
separately. (863)763-5323
plete hand gun and long gun
info- 32 leather bound vol-
umes. $200. 863-697-2033
GUN- Smith & Wesson model
640 Harmless 357 mag.
Stainless. $425

Cardio, Pro-Form brand, ex-
cellent condition. $200.
863-675-3944 Labelle
Crossbow Advantage. One
year old.$300 or best offer
home fitness. Includes arm
and leg attachments. $125
NORDI TRACK weight fitness
system, $300. Call

round MPV4, exc. cond.,
list price $6200, sell for
$1,000. (863)634-8872
POWER HOUSE: Fitness Ma-
chine w/leg attach. & Body
By Jake Ab Scissors. $400
will sep. (239)324-2550
all equipment but needs 1
cable. $100 (863)983-6319
BIKE, $300 for both, will sep.
Call (239)324-2550
WALKER - ProForm Air Walker
XT Precision Resistance ex-
erciser, $45. Call
(863) 357-4195.
WEIGHT BENCH- 3 attach-
ments, no weights $35.
set & Pro Form XP 300
Workout Ctr. Like new $375.

COOKER, 18 quart, brand new,
$20. Call 863-610-4674.
(5) 47"Wx631/2"L (2) 81"Wx
81"L w/all rods & hardware.
$200 neg. (863)763-8086

RING- Mans, 15. Solitaire in
10 Kt. band. Excellent condi-
tioh. $250. (863)763-2458
band, diamond solitaire & a
6 diamond wrap. Pd. $1500,
Sell $500. (863)763-8828

$6.00. Call (863)357-0344
or 863-610-0754.

zy, looks & runs like new,
$2500. (863)763-7609

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-447-0448
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1090. (863)763-6907

SCOOTER, Large SpaceSaver
Plus, 2 new batteries, Very
low hours. Like new. $850.
Neg. (863)357-8788
SCOOTER, Electric: Golden
Champion. Comes w/ Vehi-
cle Lift. Like new. $1000. or
best offer. (863)697-3152
SCOOTER: Golden Compan-
ion, Good condition. $650.
SCOOTER- Large, Space sav-
er, Exc cond. Pd $5000.
Asking $800. 863-983-8037

Adult, XXX, $575. or best of-
fer. (561)633-1371
COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $1800 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
BOXES- Priority mailing, all
sizes. 400 plus boxes. $60
or best offer. (772)336-8034
Mirror, Etc. Palm Tree/Safari
Design. $300 for all, will sep.
Call for info. (863)675-4443
FLAG POOL- 25', W/gold ball
topper. Line, Hooks & flag
included. Will sacrifice. $95.
(863)635-1513 Frostproof

case, good starter guitar.
$75 (863)824-0801
Built 77"Tx42"W, 2 solid
doors & shelf, Reduced to
$299. neg. (561)633-1371
GUITAR, Gibson, 1940s arch-
top, $600 (863)697-2210
GUITAR, Gibson/Cromwell,
1940's arch-top. $400
GUITAR, New Squier Strat,
w/cover, SP10 Squier Am-
plifier, black, Some music.
$235. (863)357-8788
KEYBOARD, Cord M1, Works
good. Asking $1,500. or best
offer. (863)612-6295 La-
PIANO & ORGAN- Good condi-
tion $600. Will separate.
PIANO, Gulbransen, upright,
w/Bench & new damp chas-
er. Price reduced to $200
neg. 863-467-2679 Iv. msg.
PIANO: KIMBALL, Upright w/
Bench. Excellent condition.
$500. (863)763-5216

Male, Up to date with shots.
Reg. w/papers. $200.
male, tri-colored, 2 yr old
w/chip. Great companion.
$300 (863)357-6930
old, 2 Males, $350.
DOG PEN- Brand new 10 x 10
chain link. $150 firm
GUINEA PIGS (10), $7 males,
$10 females.
MACAW, 16 yr. old, blue &
gold, with large cage & out-
side swing. $1200
Fawn & White, 1 M & 4 F.
Vet checked. $550 Champ.
bloodlines. (863)655-2536
PIT PUPPIES, Red Nose, pure-
bred, $250 each. Call
PIT/CURR MIX, (4), dark
chocolate, males & females,
$50 each. (863)697-3657
PUGS- AKC reg., shots &
wormed, fawn/black,
fawn/silver, $300 - $450
(863)675-1940/ 673-1523
4/15/07, Seal Point & Seal
Point Snow Shoe.

reg. Female, 2yrs old, black
& tan, playful & loving $350

HOT TUB- 4 person. Like new.
$900 (863)467-8161
HOT TUB- seats 6, good con-
dition, $1000
(863)467-6283 leave mes-

BED IN A BAG: Queen Size,
Raised w/ Memory Foam.
Good for storms. $100. or
best offer. (863)824-8703
condition-needs work. $100
FISHING ROD, 801b custom
rod w/Penn reel, Murray
brothers. $200
POOL TABLE: National, Solid
Slate, 4x8 w/ 15 cue sticks.
Excellent condition. $500.
POOL TABLE- Slate, with ac-
cessories, $250 or best offer
TREE STANDS (2): For hunt-
ing. $70 negotiable or will
sell separately.

AMPLIFIER- Kicker SX650 all
digital & Kicker L7 12" sub.
New in box, never installed.
$350 (863)634-2131
BOOM BOX- With 2 speakers.
Like new. $150
CD PLAYER - Brand new, $30.
Call 863-610-4674.
MASSIVE AUDIO: 6000 watt
amp, barely used, $500 or
best offer (863)634-6476
SPEAKER- 12" and 1000 watt
Rocksford Fosgate Amplifier.
$300 (863)634-9945

GENERATOR: Briggs & Strat-
ton, 250 watts, 120 & 12
volts., 5 hp. $200.
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427
TOOLBOX, 16 drawer, Snap
On roll cab, air tools, sock-
ets, wrenches, $800 will sell
separately. (863)697-0234

style, like new w/tools. $80
VACUUM, Hoover, self-pro-
pelled Wind Tunnel, good
cond., w/manual, belts & at-
tach's. $35. (863)763-6131

PORCEALINE, Collectibles &
Collections of ALL Kinds.
Call Diana (863)467-8408

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2br/1ba, unfurn duplex's.
$700/mo + 1st mo dep.
W/D incId. (239)707-5155
dr, fam. rm., total update,
$960 mo., 1st, last & sec &
ref's. (561)346-4692

large, nice, fully furnished
room, cable tv, phone w/un-
limited long distance, w/d,
full hse priv. Avail immed.
$150 wk. (863)801-1839
OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen privi-
leges, Cable, W/D, $125/wk,
first & last (863)467-8516

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

3 point hitch. $75

SADDLE- HP Western, 17",
with accessories. Like new
condition. $275.
(863)763-0367 or 801-9494
SADDLE, New, 10", Pony Sad-
dle, complete w/bridle &
pad. $200 863-634-7480
SADDLE, New, 15", Neoprene,
$200. 863-634-7480

BUSH HOG- Howse 4ft, like
new. $500 or best offer-will
trade up or down for 3 pt fin-
ish mower. (305)299-1203
RIDING MOWER, 2004 1000L
John Deere w/extra blades.
Needs minor work. $575 or
best offer. (863)467-9395
ROTO TILLER- Attach Troy
Built Big Red, 12hp, elec.,
exc. cond. $2800 new, sell
$1200 neg (863)763-1377
shape. Rear tines. Runs
nicely. (863)357-8255


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

Park Apt & RV's 1 br available
on the Rim Canal. Call for de-
tails. (863)763-7783

1 br/1ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st, last & sec
Call for details. 561-352-4243

Doublewide, 3BR/2BA, in
BHR, No pets, yearly lease,
$750/mo + $1000 sec. dep.
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher,W/D, storm shut-
ters. $900 mo. + $900 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
NEAR TOWN: 3 Bdrm., 2/2
Ba., Avail. Aug. 1st. $1250.
mo. Need 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)763-5323
OAK PARK, 3396 SW 18th St.,
2br/1 ba, completely renovat-
ed, Ig. backyard. $900/mo.
& sec. (863)634-6580
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579
Okeechobee, brand new 3/2,
avail, now, 1 yr. lease,
$1800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
(863)467-0831 ask for Judy
no pets. $900/mo, $2200 to
move in. 2200 SW Third
Ave., close to Walmart. Call
(772)708-7785 for details.


Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale . 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

due to illness, $70K, $20K
down, owner will finance
balance @ 6%. No reason
you can not make
$50K-$100K the first year.
Working people only, no
desk 'jockeys
(863)675-8550 ask for Don.

remodeled, great condition,
$120,000 or best offer.

BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
Special! 3br, 2ba, in Bass-
wood Est., Needs work.
3633 NW 24th Ave. $69,000
Call Lex (561)715-1768.

OKEECHOBEE- 2.22 acres,
cleared and fenced, Lazy 7
Ranch Acres. On paved
road. $110,000

OKEE, Large lot on 18th hole
of Okee Golf & Country Club,
nice neighborhood. $89,900.


PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135

Mobile Homes

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

OKEECHOBEE, 2br/2ba with
land, FL room, lease with op-
tion to buy, nice area, a/c.
fully turn., 2br, 2.5ba dbl.
wide, lake access, c/a, w/d,
direct tv, all util. & lawn
maint. incl., very clean,
BR, No pets. $600. Sec.
dep. + $700/mo rent. $950
to move in. (863)824-2246

MOBILE HOME: huiI. 55 +
Community. Park Model.
Screened in room. Reduced to
$3000. 863-467-2600
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 2ba, w/FI
rm, Facing Canal. Adult park.
Certified Modular &
Mobile Home Specialists.
Call for FREE Color Brochures.
Factory Liquidation Sale.
2006 Models MUST GO!
Call for FREE Color Brochures

Recreation |

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

AIR BOAT, w/180hp Lycoming
engine, trailer, exc. cond.
$6500 (863)673-0783


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BOAT, 12 Ft., Portabote (3/2"
Folded), includes paddles,
seats, trolling motor & bat-
tery. $350. (863)467-6372
FT, Mid 80's. Ready to use.
$200. (863)763-3551
BOAT, Statcraft, 16 Ft., Semi-
V, 40 hp. Mercury, Trailer.
As Is. $500 or best offer.
CANOE- 14', Fiberglass, 3
seats, paddle & PVC stand
included $150.
(863)635-1513 Frostproof
50 Mariner, new salt water
trolling motor, aluminum trir,
$2000 (863)634-1567
DINGY- 1OFt., Avon, can take
up to 10 HP motor, $275.
Call 863-265-0255
'1977 Lone Star. Good con-
dition. $450. (863)763-0410
JET BOAT '72- 18ft, 454 Board
30 over, Wright Hull, roller
everything, motor will go in
vehicle, approx 550 hp, De-
mon carb, matching trlr,
$3600 (863)634-1567 or
ions, slips, any color, $200
each (561)644-1957
SAILING DINGY 8 Ft., fiber-
glass. Complete w/sails &
oars. Excellent shape! $590
16ft, 150-XR2 Merc, New
Minnkota trolling motor,
matching trir, $4000
(863)634-1567 or
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
$650. (863)467-8038

DUTCHMAN 1994, 27 Ft. w/
Florida Rm. LaBelle area.
Must be moved. $4000. neg.
FORD '79 RV, 6 cyl., Needs
some work. $750 or best of-
fer. (863)763-7497
TRAVEL TRLR- 32ft, elec, AC,
fridge & water heater, great
hunting camper, needs some
work $2000 (863)467-1310

DAVIT, for Jet Ski, with cradle,
hand crank, piling mounted,
$200. (863)675-1033
SEADOO GSI '97- with trailer,
runs great, $1700
(863)634-1567 or

FINDER- Hummingbird 400
Series. Like new. $75.
MOTOR, Evinrude, 4 hp, 0/B,
Needs tune up. $150.
PROPELLER- For Evinrude
motor, 17" Pitch. Recondi-
tioned. $50. (863)634-0433

SUZUKI S40 Boulevard 2007,
650 cc, Black. Extra fea-
tures. 500 mis. $4000 or
best offer. (863)610-0045

Dana 60-Dana 44 matching,
(2) 205 gear driven transfer
cases, NP 4 spd, $1200 for
all (863)634-1567 or
FOUR WHEELER- '98 Suzuki
250, 4x4, Runs good. Needs
a little TLC. $500.
$2500. (863)634-8734
IRON BUMPERS- front winch
mount & guide grill guard,
$150, Rear round w/hitch
places $100, (4) Core radia-
tor $50 (863)634-1567 or
$1800 or best offer.
SUZUKI LTZ 400 '03- good
condition, all original, low
hours, $3500 or best offer
SUZUKI RM250 '05: Dirt bike.
Mint condition, runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)261-4633
or (863)357-2271
YAMAHA 600 Grizzly 4x4,
1999, runs good, $2200.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055

good condition, $2500 or
best offer. (863)697-3556
miles, runs great, looks ok,
great work car, $800 or best
offer. (863)634-7598
CHEVY NOVA '76, Runs good.
Needs minor body work.
$800 (239)503-5131 Ask
for Ramon, after 5:30pm
White, 4 cyl, 5 spd, Fixed
for racing. Needs Clutch.
$1500. Neg. (239)324-2379
excellent, needs muffler &
tires. Blue in color. $1500
GMC SONOMA '95- Cold A/C,
4 cylinder, manual 5 speed,
runs great, well maintained.
$2500 (772)220-6023
MERCURY 1985, Full Size Sta-
tion Wagon, Runs and'Drives
great. $800. (863)357-2370
or (863)634-1324
NISSAN 200SX, '95, 4 cyl.,
auto, great air, like new tires,
new battery, exc. in & out,
$2500. (863)357-0037 Okee
2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
est offer. (863)763-6747

FORD TBIRD '84, Cold a/c,
c/c, 74k. $1300.

am/fm/cd player, w/amp,
subwoofer & sound bar, new
a/c, new tubular bumpers,
alarm & much more, great
shape, $9800 or best offer.

Dodge, around '93, over-
drive, off 318 V8, $350 or
best offer. (863)612-5676
BUMPER- Ranch hand full re-
placement, fits '03-up Chevy
HD pu. $800 negotiable.
Leer Crown, fullsize bed.
Good cond. but needs paint.
$250 neg. (239)369-3269
FLAME GRILL, for Chevy Sil-
verado, attachements includ-
ed, $20. (863)763-2230
FLARESIDE F150, tailgate,
chrome bumper & taillights,
$250 will sell separately.
JEEP PARTS- 4.0L engine,
trans. case, 5 spd manual,
new clutch, 3 1/2" lift, seats,
etc. $750 (239)895-3269
REAR AXLE- For Chevy P/U
Truck. complete. $100.
772)359-2923 or
Wranger, gray with belts &
lockable trunk option, like
new, $100. (772)332-1438
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
Beige) off of '08 Super Duty
ord Crew Cab P/U. $500.
Neg. 863-697-0328 Heather
Fits '99-'07 Ford Super Duty
Crew Cab P/U. $200.
863-697-0328 Heather
TRUCK CAP - green, for step
side p/u, good cond., asking
$225/neg. (863)357-6315
or 863-634-8731.
TRUCK PARTS- (1) '05 Ford
Banks diesel tuner (1) '04
Dodge Banks diesel tuner.
$700 both (239)895-3269
TRUCK TOOL BOX- full size
pickup, aluminum, deep well,
from Tractor Supply, good
cond., $125. (863)763-4992
WHEELS & TIRES- 4, 8 lug,
Aluminum wheels with tires.
$150. or best offer.
WINDSHIELD, off a '93 Dodge
Ram van. $75

CHEVY 2500- '01, H/D 4x4,
extended cab. Runs strong.
Well maintained. $6500. or
best offer. (863)467-2328
DODGE 1500- '96, 4x4, Lift kit,
Runs good. $3000. or best
offer. (863)467-2328
DODGE PICK UP 1995, Club
Cab, 3/4 To, HD, Cummins
diesel engine. Auto. trans,
4wd, Air, Possi Traction,
$10K Neg 863-673-3496 or
863-675-2473 after 7pm
DODGE RAM 1500- '03, 4x4,
Quad cab, Hemi. Excellent
condition. $16,900.
FORD F150 '96, Shortbed, Ed-
die Bauer, Cold A/C, Runs &
Looks great. 124K, 6 cyl., 5
spd., $3700. 863-673-6819
FORD F250 '89, 7.3 Diesel,
4x4, a/c, 5 spd., utility box,
runs good, $1900

Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

roof, On-Star, leather, 98k,
a/c, runs great. $5300.
good cond., runs wells,
white, tan Ithr, 4dr, all power,
clean $5800 (863)467-1392
CAMRY TOYOTA- '94, 4 cyl.,
A/C, Tilt wheel & Cruise
Good transportation. $2100.

FORD F350 '91, Steel flatbed,
gooseneck hookup, diesel, 5
spd manual. $1675
GMC SIERRA- '05, 4x4, With
ext. cab. Excellent condition.
$25,500. (863)675-1493
redo 1993, Not pretty, but
runs, runs, runs! $750 or
best offer. (863)357-5867
S10- '89, 4X4, V6, 5 spd
manual, New paint & tires.
High mi., but runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)634-0399
TOPPER- Fiberglass. Fits Ford
F150. Standard cab. 6' bed.
Tan, tinted windows $500.


Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 12, 200711

Good body & running gear.
Motor blown. $2500. Okeechobee Utility Authority
Motor8 blo . lg 100 SW 5th Avenue
(863)824-0970 Okeechobee, FL 34974
Sealed BIDS for:
the construction of a new Sunolementarv Raw Water Pumoino Station for the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority consisting of. but not limited to. Installing sections of 12"
CHEVY SUBURBAN: 1986, and 16- aiain. construction of a new 5.0 MGD Raw after Pumoina Station lare- "
4x4, runs good. $1700. or engineered steel building and slab), construction of a dock and intake structure
b system and installaton of Owner wished um s will be received by theQk-
best offtter. 863-763-0605 chbee Utility Authoriv at the office of John Havlord. Executive Director. 100 SW
5th Avenue. Okeechabee. FL 34974 until 10M.AM local time August 7, 2007,
JEEP CHEROKEE, '95, white, and then at said office will be publicly opened and read aloud.
$2200 or best offer. MUST The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations:
SELL t!! (863)763-4821
Okeechobee Utility Authority LBFH, Inc.
SUZUKI SAMARI 1986, 4x4, 100 SW 5th Avenue 421 NW 3rd Street
Soft & Bikini Top, 5 spd., Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34972
manual trans. w/ OD. Runs The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of LBFH. Inc. located at --
well. $2200 (561)261-0766 421 NW 3rd Street. Okeechobee. FL 34972 upon payment of $30.00 for each set.
223448 ON 7/9-15/07

Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
OPEN TRAILER- small, 4x8 RFP2007-21
w/high sides, spare tire, Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders forthe re-
jack, ramp in back, $600 or habilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee
best offer (863)824-8703 County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.h..1R) program.
MProposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 17,
2007 and delivered or mailed to: Mr George Long, County Administrator, 304 NW .
2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility
for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time
CHEVY CONVERSION VAN, and dale will not be opened or considered. ' ';- -
'95, $1200. (863)612-0992
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
DODGE CARGO VAN '96, 2500 Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.PR) Program - Huerta
model, V8 auto., p/w, cold For specific project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-6731 or by
air, ladder racks, great for fax at (863 763-9203. Specifcations may be obtained from the Housing Coordi-
work. $1675 (561)758-4337 nator located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05
p.m. on August 17, 2007 in the County Administrator's Office at the Okeechobee
FORD ECONOLINE- '89, Work County Courthouse.
van, No A/C. Runs good. A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on Thursday, July
$600. 863-484-0267 19, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the County Administration Annex,
456 Highway 98 north, Okeechobee. Any firm who is not in attendance in this -".
VW VAN '76 - Rusty, does not room by 3:05 p.m. will be unable to bid. . ..
run, 100K + miles, interior
in good cond. $500 The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to "- .. .
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
(863)467-4258 accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals ..
to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively
* Seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
u bl ic N mli c Ray R. Domer, Chairman Sharon Robertson, Clerk "
i i cesG Okeechobee County Commission Board of County Commissioners
. 224303 ON 7/12/07

S ' ' In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Stat- Beef '0' Brady's hosted a celebrity server night for the Amer
Public Notice 5005 utes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will con-
Public Notice sider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on servers were (left to right) Mike Radebaugh, Sheriff Paul M
State Public - Tupidw "i v'rt 14 2007, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Ad-
Legal Notice 5500 ,:1. .. - n,,, ,n700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Copies of the pro- Dean. Beef '0' Brady's donated 15 percent of all table checl
posed policy amendment are available in the School Board Office located at 700 tips to the fundraiser.
S.W. 2nd Avenue, Room 307.
i ice 50 5AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 5.40 - Student Control
IN THE CIRCUIT COURI T OF THE 1. This policy includes the Code of Student Conduct. i -
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF 2 Thereainstohipolicyinclu deletonoftheCommunity intervention Pro- C o m m u n ity E v e n ts
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR gram; addition of a statement addressing bullying, threats, and intimidation; revi-
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY sons to Section L - Firearms, Knives, and Other Weapons Possession; addition ol
CIVIL DIVISION information on the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers Tip Line; and various editorial C attle drive and rodeo
AVELO MORTGAGE, L.LC., 3. Thelegal author for this policy is ES. 1001.41; 1001.42, Laws implemented Cattle driVe and ranch rodeo slated
vs. 1 006.10 10 013. 100304; 0.21; .32 ; Okeechobee Cattleman's Association and Okeechobee Main Street
CASENO.2007 CA 163 4.This policyamendment willnot affect individualsfrom an economic standpoint. will celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy on Saturday,
OF JAMES DEAN; WENDY DEAN;THE Patricia G. cooper, Ed.D. July 28. Festivities begin with a cattle drive west of historic Flagler Park
LIVING, INCLUUDING ANY U N 224009ONde7/12/07chools that will travel east on S.R. 70 to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTS), IF Center. There is no adm mission to this family event. Activities at the
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI- REQUEST FOR BIDS Agri-Civic Center include cowboy poetry, music, cowboy art, vintage
CREOITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS- SEALED BIDS for Okeechobee County RFP # 2007-19, described asa Samplinoand wagons, barbecue and more. The ranch hand rodeo will begin at 2
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS Labratory Tesin of Groundwater Monitoring Wells at the keechbee county p.m . For information, call pro ram manager Karen Hanawalt at 863)
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OF Airport Closed Landfil Site and the Waste Management Okeechobee Landfill, Inc. c p g m n g
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT(S) Site will be received by the Board of County Cammissioners of Okeechobee 357-MAIN (6246).
; UNKNOWN TENTANT #1; UN- County, Florida, in the County Commission Room, Room 106, Courthouse, 304
KNOWN TENANT #2; NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 until 3:00 p.m. local time, on August
Defendantss. 17th, 2007, after which time the bids duly submitted will be publicly opened and t l il l
read aloud. Any bids received after the date and time specified will not beconsld- Church plans to hold B bible school
NOTICE OF ACTION ered. Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W . 32nd St., will host a vacation Bi-
TO: JAMES DEAN; THE UNKNOWN The work for which bids are to be submitted consists of obtaining samples from
SPOUSEOF JAMESDEANWENY seventeen 17 monitoring ell, and our (4) public/private wells at theOkeecho- ble school for youth between the ages of 4 and 13 beginning Monday,
DEAN; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF bee County Airport Closed Landfill Site and twenty two (22) monitoring wells July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6 until 9 p.m . For inform ation,
WENDY DEAN; IF LIVING, INCLUDING along with sampling of two (2 raw leachate points and one 1ll surface water
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE- sampling point at the Waste Management Okeechobee Landfill Inc. Site, for la- call Carol at (863) 763-6602.
FEDNANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF boratory sample testing for specified parameters, and test result reporting. The
DECEASED THE RESPECTIVE UN- work is to be performed in accordance with Florida Department of Environmental
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT- Protection (FDEP) and other industry standards. ChI t
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, Church plans city prayer time
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES AND ALL Sampling, testing and reporting is to occur twice annually at the Okeechobee County
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY Airport Closed Landfill Site, once in April and once in October, The purpose of Every Friday throughout the m onth of July, the Haven of Rest Church
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE this work is to meet the requirements o FDEP Consent Order No. 82-0335.
NAMED DEFEND OR AGAINST THE thiworksrtameettherequiemets a FdEPCngentrderNo.82-tO. will host a prayer and fasting time to pray for the city of Okeechobee
NAMED DEFENANT(S) The purpose fr sampling testing and reporting atthe Waste Maagement Okeecho- from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m . Everyone is welcome For information, con-
Whose residence are/is unknown. bee Landfill, Inc. Site, which will occur in the month of October each year or as
required by the County, is to cross - check groundwater testing done by Waste tact Pastor Tom and Rachel at (863) 357-3053.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your Management's employed laboratory. The contractor shall supply all labor, equip-
answer or written defenses , if n ment, material and specialized machinery for the performance of the work as nec-
the above proceeding with the Clerk of essary to comply with this bid.
this Court, and to serve a cpythereof SFWMD to host public meeting Aug. 4
upon the plaintiff's attorney, whose The bid documents will be available at the County Administrators Office located at: F W M D to host publi m eetm g A ug. 4
name and address appears hereon, Okeechobee County C horthouse, 304 NW2ndStreet, Okeechobee, Florida3472 There will be a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m . until
within thirty days of the first publica- (8631-763-6441. For information concerning this project, please contact Russell ere w e eeing n ur ay, A g. , rom 1 a.m . nil
tion of this Notice, the nature of this Rowland, Solid Waste Contracts Manager at (863) 763-1811. All bidders will be noon at the South Florida W ater District (SFW MD) Okeechobee Ser-
proceeding being a suit Ior foreclosure required to pick up bid documents and the bid must be submitted on the bid form
f mortgage against the following de- provided by the County in accordance with the conditions contained in the bid vice Center, Bank of Am erica Building. The purpose of this meeting is
scribed property, to wit: documents. All bidders must-submit one original bid proposal and three (3) cop- to provide an opportunity for SFMW D to meet with comm unity mem -
LOT 6, BLOCK 20, BASSWOOD, UNIT 2, bountyers that are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, The County makes no commitment, either written or implied, as to quantity of work, . u ..s m e Rv
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, which may be authorized, if any, during the period the bid is in effect. The con- region for public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River
PAGE 28, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS tract is for a one year period and may be extended fortwo more years atthe Restoration Project and recreational opportunities available for you on
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. same terms and conditions, in one year increments, upon mutual agreement of s r on roje an recrea ona opportunities availb e r you n
the contractor and the Board of County Commissioners, , SFW MD land. For information, call Jeff McLemore at (800) 250-4200,
A/KA The Board of County Comminssioners reserves the right to reject any bids for any ext. 3022.
3783 NORTHWEST 24TH AVENUE reason whatsoever and to waive any irregularities and to accept the proposals,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 which in its judgment is in the best interest of Okeechobee County.
If you fail to file your answer or written Sharon Robertson, Clerk Ray R. Domer, Chairman Parentin g classes planned
defenses in the above proceeding, on Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners
plaintiff ttotrney, a dealt will be en- Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida Parenting classes for parents with children of any age will be held
tered against you n the relief de- 224311 ON 7/12/07 each Monday in August at 7 p.m . at New Endeavor High School. There
is no fee for the nine-week class. For information, contact at Lori Ja-
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 5th REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) 6000000113/BF011860 fee r he w contact atLori Ja-
day of July, 2007. PUMP STATIONS G-370 & G-372 ROOF REPLACEMENTS, quith (863) 462-5000 or (863) 697-6320.
-Clerk of the Circuit Court The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the SF -W M st pho t n te t
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, F W 3g p t co es
By: Arlene Neslis for Pump Stations G-370 & G-372 Roof Replacements, Palm Beach County, FL s ge o c o S
Deputy Clerk on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. local time, at which timely submitted The South Florida W ater Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
bids will be opened and publicly read. Contractor shall completely remove & dis-
In accordance with the American with pose of existing damaged reoos, replace roofs at both G-370 & G-372 with modi- vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons tied bituminous sheet roofing systems, install sheet metal flashing & trim, install Lake Okeechobee calendar. W inning images will be published as the
needing a special accommodation to missing scuppers, repair lightning protection system& repaint parapet walls. fa m nl p to . i in s w ll b unt u 3
participate in this proceeding should featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31 and
contact the ASA Coordinator no later An OPTIONAL ron-bid conference will bu held on-Monday, July 23, 2007 at 10:00
than seven (7)1dayesprior to the pro- a.m. at SFWMD STA 3/4 Construction Village, US Highway 27. For directions cal: entry forms and complete contest rules are available at www.sfwmd.
seedings. If hearing impaired, tease FRye McDavid at (561) 686-8000x7370 or (561) 261-3852. Site visit will i g- gov/okee -- select Info & Education. This contest is open to amateur
call 1800) 955-9771 (TDD) or mediately follow. All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida Bidders (RFB). Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For
Relay Service. downloading it for free at wwtni.siwd.ov. purchasing a CD for $5.00 at the
Law Ofices of Daniel C. Consuegra above address, by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOT- information, call (863) 462-5260.
9204 King Palm Drive LINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Information
Tampa, FL33619-1328 on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -
Te8 (B13)905-86B220 ws 2g 7 Main Street plans fundraiser
Fax (813) 915-0559 223010 ON 7/12/07
Attorneys tor Plainti ff
2244400ooN 7/12,19/07 On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Okeechobee Main Street, Inc., will be
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE REVISION OFJOB DESCRIPTION holding their first 100 Target Fun Shoot to benefit beautification and
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Stat- restoration projects. The event will be held at Quail Creek Plantation.
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR stes, the Okeechobee County School Board will consider revision oa a Job Oe- C -i n a 8 am a t c w l at 8:3 a Ther e
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY scription for the positionlisted below. This will ocur at the School Board meeting Check-in begins at 8 a.m . and the course will open at 8:30 a.m . There
Case NO.2005-CA-3 on August 14, 2007, at 6:00p.m., in Rom 303 e of the School Board Administra- "will be drawings, door prizes and a barbecue lunch. For information,
call the Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).
CATHY NEVELS, TITLE: Food Service Quality Assurance Manacer-At-Larne
ONRIPPYandCAROLYNHAYES, E t re s s iiea Ca er support group to meet
Defendants. services; experience as a Food Service Assistant Manager preferred.
NOTICEOFSALE RevisionofthisJobDesciptionwillnotimpactindividualseconomically. The Okeechobee Cancer Support Group will meet the first Thurs-
NOTICE OF SALE Revisin this Jb Descripti will ot impact dividal economically day of every m month beginning Aug. 2. Each meeting will be held from
Notice is given that gn accdace with PatSericianGCoper, EdS . 5:30 until 6:30 p.m . at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W . Fourth St.,
n June 21, 2007 in civil action No. 2241020N7/12/07 room 113. Cancer patients, survivors and supporters are all invited.
Oeanchobee County. Florida, in which LEGAL NOTICE The group will share stories and encourage each other as we take this
DON RIPPY and CAROLYNS Hai anre A pgublin auto 4il e ou het s d journey. This support group will provide participants with information,
bidder fo cash at the Jury Assembly n Friday the 27th day f July 2007 READING A resources, support, guest speakers and devotional time and will help
- Room on thesecond floor ofthe Okee- from 10:00-11:00 AM Pursuant to NEW SPAPER comfort during either your battle oryou loved one's battle with cancer.
O keechob, Flrnda on Thursday, in a trage. Year, Mke, Model & HELPS YOU For information, call the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171.
July 26 2007, at 11:00am.,thefol- Vin'sasfelows: UNDERSTAND
Lt , TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT heUOrdAeotar THE WORLD. Red Cross to host water instructor course
according uo the plat thereof record- MFMDA11 0NuA2 m,1.AROUND Y U
ed In Plat Book 5, Pages 54 and 55, Terms of sale are cash and no checks The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor cours-
ublic Records of Okeechobee will be accepted. The seller re es es on Aug. 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. The fee is $160. Applicants must be at
ounuty, FlorIda, the sight ot Hialt hid. All sales are tinal, a o.- ... . . .-... . . . . .

No refunds will he made. Said automo- lest 15 years of age. To register, call (863) 763-2488.
Any person claiming an interest in the biles o will be sold in 'AS IS" with no
surplus from the sale, if any, other guarantees .
than the property owner as of the date 224226 ON 07/12/07
of the li pendens must fie a claim Poker run to benefit Hospice
Dated: June 26,2007 Grab a bargaill n m your A poker run in memory of Carl and Robin will be held Saturday,
Sharon Robertson neighboP's gapaage, Aug. 25, beginning at Port Mayaca Cemetery at 9 a.m. The fee is $5 per
AS Clerk of the court nebors garage, hand. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit Okeechobee Hos-
By g attic, basellment or clos- ' pice. For information, call Deanne at (772) 260-6801 or Dee at (863)
1222067 ON 07/05,12/07 e t in today'S claSSifiedsi. 634-0492.

READING A Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview
NEW SPAPER Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W 28th
w g� t0 St. Speakers representing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham, Da-
helps you understand the vid Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse and Ron Carlson. The pro-
world around you. gram is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets can be obtained from
worl aroun . Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171;
or, online at www.worldviewweekend.com.

rican Red Cross Heroes campaign on Thurs. July 5. Celebrity
ay, Councilman Dowling Watford, Teresa Chandler and Billy
ks to the Red Cross and servers donated 100 percent of their

Class of '57 members sought
Members of the class of '57 from first grade to graduation or other,
please contact Martin Vickers at (423) 727-5631, Reba Platt at (863)
763-8906 or Faith Hawk at (863) 467-6083.

OHS class of '88 planning reunion
The Okeechobee High School class of 1988 has begun making
plans for their 20th reunion. Any members of the class of '88 are asked
to e-mail your name, address and phone number to Larry Peterson,
class president, at ohsl988reunion@yahoo.com. We will update you
after each planning committee meeting. Also, if you have any ideas or
would like to be on the committee let us know in your e-mail.

Church offering help to quit drugs
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will hold a free
drug deliverance class each Friday during the month of May beginning
at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to quit using drugs, or anyone who knows
someone who needs help quitting drugs is welcome. For information,
call (863) 357-3053.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the
EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with
electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863)
462-5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class
of 1998 are asked to please submit your contact information to ohs-
.98grads@yahoo.com. Include your' maiden name if appropriate, ad-
dress, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free
summer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so reg-
ister early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must
be met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could
not have participated in a VPK program during the school year; and,
the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning
Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.

Book Clulb will meet
The summer read for the Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Club is "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. The group will meet
Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7pm in the library board room. At that time the
group will discuss "A Fine Balance" and also select titles for the rest of
the fall season. The club will not meet in July and August. For informa-
tion, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to custom-
ers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill.
There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a
FPL customer and need help, call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name
and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done
over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local
Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.

Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at
a later date according to community interest and response. Contact
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and oth-
er items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are
good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at
CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

12 Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 12, 2007


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