Okeechobee news
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

PO BOX 117007


OCSO upgrades
phone system
On Tuesday, July 29, the
phone system at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office will
be upgraded. As a result, the
phone system will be non-oper-
ational from 5 until 8 p.m. The
,only phone line that will still be
working will be the 9-1-1 line.

Day of the American
Cowboy today
The Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Association and
Okeechobee Main Street will
hold the 2008 National Day of
the.American Cowboy today,
July 26. The event will start at
10 a.m. with a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown and ending
at the Agri-Civic Center on State
Road 70 East. The festival at the
Agri-Civic center will include
a ranch rodeo, backyard beef
barbecue contest, storytellers,
poets, farriers and displays of
the heritage of the American

Okeechobee Club
Soccer to hold
fund raiser
A Celebrity server night will
be held on Tuesday night, July
29, at Golden, Corral to help
raise funds for the Okeechobee
Club Soccer program.
The team will collect do-
nations from 5-8 p.m. at the
restaurant on South Parrott Av-
enue in Okeechobee.
For information on how
you can sponsor or assist the.
team please call Celia Fox at
863-697-9614, David McGee
at .863-697-1641, Brian King at
863-610-0084, or Lonnie Sears:
at 863-634-1334.
The club is in need of spon-
sors for their activities.

Drought Index

Current: 185
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.61 feet
Last Year: 9.11 feet
ored By:

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

Classifieds ............................. 8
Com ics....... ....................... ..... 9
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword ........................ 9
Obituaries.............................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out ................................. 4
Sports.... .............. ........... 10
TV ......................... ........ .... 4
Weather .................... ............ 2
See Page 2 for information about
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County may cancel roadwork

Budget cuts may
put North Grade
maintenance plan
in jeopardy

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
, Residents of Viking have long
experienced frustration over the
condition of roads in the area.
To further complicate the situa-
tion at the July 24 Okeechobee
County Commission meeting

commissioner Noel Chandler
suggested that the county cease
maintaining North Grade to save
North Grade has been main-
tained under an interlocal agree-
ment between the county and
Coquina Water Management
District since about 1997. County
attorney John Cassels said he
would look into cancelling that
Like all the other roads in the
25 square mile area, the situation
is confusing. Almost all of the
216 miles of roads in the area are

' not county roads.
North Grade was built on a
right of way laid out on the plat
of the area recorded by Southern
Land Colonization, the company
that originally developed the
area in the early 1900s before
the formation of Okeechobee
County. That right of way was
never accepted by the county for
The same situation is true of
East Grade or 101 Ranch Road.
Peavine Trail, which runs
:north and south through Viking
could possibly be called a county

. -. Submitted photo
Mini Cheer 3-5 year olds (left To right, back row) Katylin Shaw, Rebecca Francis, Lan-
nie Gerald; (second row) Lyndsy Johnson. Hailey Derryl,Rylie Kae Adams; (front row)
Mariah Caulson.

Cheer and dance program available

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
A new non-profit cheer and
dance gym has opened it's
doors and will soon start prac-
tice for thd upcoming competi-
tion season.
Okeechobee X-Plosion All
Star Cheer arid Dance offers
dance and cheer lessons to
children from the ages of 3 to
18 years of age and even offers
two adult dance classes.
This is a new program de-
signed to help Okeechobee's
local youth maintain and build
character, physical and mental
strength, strive for excellence in
their studies and connect with
the community.
There are currently 75 girls
participating in the program,
and three boys.
The students are either part
of a competitive cheer or hip-
hop dance team or some of
them belong,to both.
The girls practice two times

a week currently, but that will
be increased to three times a
week in August.
"They work extremely hard
to prefect a two and a half min-
ute routine of stunts, tumbling
and dance," Ms. Osteen said.
"Then they compete against
other girls that have been doing
the same thing."
These competitions will al-
low the children to showcase
what they learn in practice and
to compete against other ath-
letes in their age range.
"We come up with the rou-
tines and teach it to them," Ms.
.Osteen said. "We are always
open to the girls' input."
The staff at the gym are all
safety certified and are required
to attend different clinics to en-
sure that they children are as
safe as possible when practic-
ing their stunts.
"I didn't realize the raw tal-
ent sitting here in Okeecho-
'bee," Ms. Osteen said.
In August the teams will start

their routine practices.
"There are no tryouts," Ms.
Osteen said. "We don't turn
anyone away that wants to put
in the work to be part of the
team. "
To participate, students must
maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain
in good standings with their
school and community.
"We are not affiliated with
the schools, but we check on
their grades," Ms. Osteen said.
"If they don't have at least a 2.0,
then they sit."
During the school year the.
students will be able to go to
the gym after school and get
homework help until time for
"I try to get them to un-
derstand that you might be a
cheerleader or dancer, but that
won't get you into college," Ms.
Osteen said.
The children will work hard
to maintain the grades needed
See Cheer - Page 2

FWC to host workshops

for area 'outdoor women'

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) is planning workshops
for women who want to spend
a weekend learning a variety of
outdoor skills.
"Becoming an Outdoors-
Woman" workshop will be Oct.
10-12, at Wallwood Boy Scout,
Camp 23 Wallwood, BSA Drive
in Quincy. The second work-
shop will be Nov. 21-23, at the
Pine Jog's Everglades Youth
Conservation Camp in the J.W
Corbett Wildlife Management
Area, west of West Palm Beach.

The third workshop will be
March 27-29, 2009, at the Ocala

Conservation Center, 7325 N.E.
170 Ave., in Silver Springs on
Lake Eaton, in the Ocala Na-
tional Forest, about 20 miles
east of Ocala.
The workshops are all held
at rustic summer camp facilities
with basic, modern amenities,
and the lodging is dormitory
style, with meals served in the
cafeteria. Sessions begin Friday
afternoon and end Sunday with
The FWC invites women,
See Women - Page 2

road because it was in existence
before Viking subdivision was
platted. It was part of a road that
ran between Basinger and Kis-
simmee before the formation of
Okeechobee County.
Most of the other roads in the
area are simply easements, with
adjoining property owners each
contributing half of the ease-
ment. Coquina owns easements
on the roads following the sec-
tion lines.
The source of the problem
goes back to before Okeechobee
County was formed. When the

area was still a part of Osceola
County, land speculators would
meet steamboats at Basinger
and escort prospective buyers
to the property. Since that time
the land has gone through the
hands of several developers in-
, cluding Southern Land' Coloni-
zation, Communities Financial
Corporation and Viking Com-
munities Corporations and has
been replatted, sometimes more
than once, before coming into
the hands of the present prop-
See Roadwork - Page 3

County prepares

for hurricanes

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News

responders," the emergency
management director said. "If
d, , t, nt k n-.,, , f.

SEmergencyw ess o no ai eL .care oi our-
Emergency preparedness selves first, we will not be there
and garbage collection were for the public."
two of the topics which occu- He said his goal was to equip
pied Okeechobee County Com- essential personnel to. prepare
missioners at their meeting on their families for emergencies.
Thursday, July 24. Then the essential personnel
Emergency management would be able to concentrate
director Mike Faulkner told the j.
on their jobs..
board that during Hurricane Mr. Faulkner presented each
Katrina 8.3 percent of New Or- commissioner with a booklet
leanspolice officers abandoned that would aid in family emer-
their posts to take care of their agency planning. It contained
families. Mr. Faulkner went on such things as an evacuation
to say that if we lost 8 percent plan, a schedule for buying
of our firefighters, we would be emergency supplies over time
down two engines. "We need
to begin by taking care of first See Hurricanes - Page 2

School district

list simplifies

school supplies

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
In efforts to reduce the bud-
get strain for parents during
the rough economic times,
Okeechobee County School
district has implemented a new
way to distribute school supply
The district has compiled all
the lists that were going to be
given out by each school and

grade level and compiled a ge-
neric list by grade that includes
all the basic supplies with only
a few particulars by school.
According to Mary Hurley,
Assistant Superintendent for In-
struction, this was done to help
alleviate the cost of school sup-
plies and to allow the children
who do not have the means to
See School - Page 2

File photo
Day of the American Cowboy
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeecho-
bee Main Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the
American Cowboy today, starting with a cattle drive on
State Road 70 from downtown to the Agri-Civic Center.
Following the cattle drive, there will be displays and ven-
dors at the Agri-Civic Center and a Ranch Rodeo. The
events are free and open to the public.

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during the off season and places
for important documents.
Mr. Faulkner said that state
emergency management officials
are now using the word "sur-
vivor" rather than "victim" for
people who have been through a
"If you call a person a victim,
they are treated as a victim," he
said. "But if you change that title
of victim to survivor, people view
them differently. A survivor is
someone who has overcome."
The county's contract with
Waste Management expires Sept.
30 and the board spent some time
discussing contract terms.
There was some talk of ex-

pending the number of house-
holds served by curb side recy-
Russell Rowland, solid waste
manager for the county, said it
is easier to expand recycling in
other counties that have a denser
population. He said that if recy-
cling were expanded by 2,500
households, as was suggested,
the cost would not be covered by
the grant which currently pays for
Commissioner Clif Betts sug-
gested some type of revenue shar-
ing whereby the income Waste
Management receives from sell-
ing recycled products would off-
set what the county pays Waste
Management for recycling.
"We can certainly look into
it," said Jeff Sabin of Waste Man-
agement. However, he said there

was a good deal of trucking costs
involved as recyclables must be
trucked to the Waste Manage-
ment recycling facility in Pem-
broke Pines in Broward County.
There was some discussion
of changing the hours of pickup
as well as increasing standards of
performance and fines for violat-
ing those standards.
Commissioners felt the con-
tract should be for two four year
terms in order to lock in prices for
a longer period of time.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner will take these ideas into
contract talks with Waste Man-
Turning to other matters, the
board voted to hold their meet-
ings at the health department
auditorium during the time the
courthouse is being remodeled.

Commissioner Noel Chandler
suggested cancelling the inter-
local agreement with Coquina
Water Control District for mainte-
nance of North Grade. He said it
would save the county the cost of
moving a grader to the northern
part of the county. County attor-
ney John Cassels will look into
the matter.
In light of the purchase of U.
S. Sugar by South Florida Water
Management District, the board
passed a resolution endorsing the
efforts of Florida Heartland Rural
Economic Incentive and Florida
Freshwater Frontier to mitigate
the economic impact of the pur-
In other business, the board:
* set a date of Aug. 29, for a
training meeting with emergency
management officials;

* adopted an ordinance to cor-
rect a legal description in the right
of way for S.W 28th Avenue;
* authorized closing the coun-
ty library on Oct. 13 so that all staff
members may attend a regional
training session;
* purchased a motor grader
for the road department from
Kelly Tractor Co. for $84,475;
* awarded a contract to South-
east Attenuators, Inc. of West
Palm Beach in the amount not
to exceed $35,437.15 for repair
of the Ash Slough bridge on C.R.
700 A;
* awarded a contract for
drainage in Douglas Park to Shel-
tra and Sons, Construction for
$545,824.50 to be paid from Com-
munity Development Block Grant
* selected a health insurance

plan for county employees;
* established a policy autho-
rizing the board chairman to sign
county vehicle titles and registra-
* nominated Cheryl Zrioka to
the Children's Service Council;
* approved a contract with
Close Construction Co. for
$288,734 for runway rehabilita-
tion to be funded primarily from
FFA funds;
* approved a contract with H.
L. Pruitt Corporation for $418,380
for runway improvements, to be
funded primarily from FFA funds;
* approved a lease for a T-han-
gar at the county airport; and
* executed an industrial park
lease with Concrete Products of
the Palm Beaches.
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purchase such elaborate supplies
the opportunity to start off the
school year with equal supplies
like everyone else.
Budgets at all levels are current-
ly affected throughout the state
and the nation by the dwindling
economy. Mrs. Hurley reminds
parents though that supplies do
not last all year and may need to
be replenished throughout the
school year.
It is a good idea to take advan-
tage of the back to school sale
prices and stock up on supplies
for the remainder of the school
year. Set aside a box in your closet
of extra supplies purchased at
these discounted prices so they
are available for your children
throughout the year as needed.
Also, sometimes it is really
the greater value to buy the bet-
ter quality product that lasts lon-
ger than to buy more than one of
the lower quality product, such
as plastic folders instead of paper
ones for example.
The following list is for all
Okeechobee County Schools for
the 2008-09 school year:

*glue sticks
*white glue
*children's scissors
*plastic supply box
*box tissues
*crayons (16-24)
*#2 pencils
Szip lock bags
*spiral notebook

Continued From Page 1

and to perfect their routine.
One of the competitions that
they hope to attend is a three day
competition at the Florida State
"It can get very expensive,"
Ms. Osteen said. "All we ask the
parents for is a'$45 a month tu-
She said that covers the over-
head for the building, but that it
isn't enough to cover the cost
of competition, shoes and cos-
Depending on the competition
that they attend, it can range from
$50 to $100 per girl to attend. In
addition they are required to have
special shoes for the competition

Continued From Page 1
18 and older, to attend the work-
shops to learn or improve their
outdoors skills and enjoy a few
recreational activities. Four work-
shops, in 3'2-hour sessions, teach
skills .associated with hunting/
shooting, fishing and non-con-
sumptive activities, such as ca-
noeing and camping, at all levels
of physical activity.
The Becoming an Outdoors-
Woman program offers a fun and
supportive atmosphere to experi-
ment and enjoy the camarade-
rie of others who want to -learn
about Florida 's great outdoors.
The camp is open to anyone who
wants to learn in a comfortable,
non-threatening, non-competi-
tive, hands-on atmosphere. The
camp's instructors strive to make
participants feel at ease.
"Patience is the secret to the
success of our Becoming an
Outdoors-Woman program," said
Lynne Hawk, director of the pro-
gram. "Our instructors are here to
guide people through the activi-
ties. There is no intimidation."
The cost is $175. However,
partial scholarships are available
for low-income, first-time partici-
pants. Workshops are limited to
100 participants on a first-come,
first-served basis.
Sessions include introductory
courses in bass-, pan- and fly-fish-
ing; knot-tying basics; handgun
shooting and hunting; shooting
sports; and shotgun shooting and
hunting. Also, boating, canoe-
ing/kayaking, map and compass,

*pocket folders
*backpack (no wheels)

First grade
*glue sticks
*white glue
*children's scissors
*plastic supply box (South/
*pencil pouch (Central/North)
*box tissues
*crayons (16-24)
*#2 pencils
*first grade tablet
Optional items:
*zip lock bags
*pocket folders
*composition book
*backpack (no wheels)

Second Grade
*glue sticks
Pocket folders with brads
*children's scissors
*zippered pencil pouch
*box tissues
-crayons (16-24)
* #2 pencils
*wide ruled paper
Optional items:
*zip lock bags
Backpack (no wheels)

Third Grade
*glue sticks
*pocket folders with brads
*zippered pencil pouch
*box tissues
*crayons (16-24) and/or
colored pencils
*#2 pencils
* erasers
-wide ruled paper
* highlighters

and may need to. stay overnight
for the larger competitions.
To that end, they are currently
looking for sponsors to provide
the funding needed for the chil-
dren to attend competitions.
In hopes of raising the money
needed, the program ask mem-
bers of the community tobecome
sponsors and holds fund raisers.
There are two such events
planed for the month of July.
The first is a "celebrity server"
night at the Golden Corral on July
23. That night the girls over 12
will be serving the tables of the
people that have bought tickets.
Tickets are $10 and diner runs
from 5-8 p.m.
"We have sold the majority of
the tickets," Ms. Osteen said. "If
someone without a ticket wants
to come, just ask to be sat in the
cheerleader section."

and small-game-hunting basics
will be offered. Participants can
learn about Florida whitetail deer
and turkeys and take courses in
archery and bowhunting and
regular hunting and black-pow-
der firearms. Bowhunting and
hunter certification courses are
also available. Safety concerns
are addressed in a personal safety
course along with a course on
map and compass basics and ba-
sic wilderness survival skills, wil-
derness first aid and.reading the
Information about the work-
shops and registration is available
at MyFWC.com/BOW or by call-
ing 561-625-5122.

Congress deep-sixes
boating permits
Nearly 1 million Florida boat-
ers, who could have faced hefty
fines under new environmental
rules going into effect this fall,
received some good news from
Congress on Tuesday, July 22.
Lawmakers exempted rec-
reational boats from what they
deemed to be overly broad water-
discharge rules. The exemption,
crafted by Florida Democrat Bill
Nelson, makes clear that recre-
ational boaters won't need gov-
ernment permits or face fines un-
der environmental rules Congress
initially passed to cover discharges
by big ocean-going vessels, such
as tankers and cargo ships.
Senator Nelson's measure
won unanimous passage in both
the Senate and House of Repre-
sentatives, and now heads to the
president for his signature.

Optional items:
*supply box (South)
*glue (Central)
*spiral notebook
*backpack (no wheels)

Fourth Grade
*glue sticks or glue
*pocket folders with brads
*zippered pencil pouch
*box tissues
*crayons (16-24) and/or
colored pencils
* #2 pencils
*wide ruled paper
*ruler-inthes and centimeters
Optional items:
*spiral notebook.
*backpack (no wheels)

Fifth Grade (including
*glue sticks or glue
*pocket folders with brads
*zippered pencil pouch
*box tissues
*crayons (16-24) and/or
colored pencils
* #2 pencils
*wide ruled paper
* highlighters
*ruler with inches and centi-
Optional items:
*3-ring binder
*backpack (no wheels)

Sixth Grade
*glue sticks
*box tissues
*#2 pencils
*pocket folders with brads

The second event that the pro-
gram js planing is a bake sale,
yard sale and barbeque at the
Tractor Supply parking lot from
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will also
be items for a drawing donated
by Tractor Supply.
Lunches will be sold from 11
a.m. - 2 p.m. and will consist of
pulled pork, baked potatoes,
green beans and a roll. Tickets for
lunch are being sold at $8 each.
"Anyone can show up," Ms.
Osteen said. "Until we run out,
we will have plenty of food."
Since the gym is non-profit,
donations and sponsorships are
tax deductible.
While the students are very
busy during competition season,
they are required to do a commu-
nity service project each month
as a team.
"We are not going to stick our

The measure was needed,
Senator Nelson said, because the
courts had ruled that the wording
of an old federal clean-water law
applied not just to huge boats and
tankers, as Congress had intend-
ed, but to tiny fishing and skiing
boats as well. That 2006 ruling
sent some 13 million registered
recreational boaters and anglers
around the country into a tizzy.
In response, Senator Nelson
in March filed language making it
clear that they were exempt un-
der the old law. Passage of Sena-
tor Nelson's measure came just in
time. Fines were to go into effect
by Sept. 30.
In addition to clarifying the
rules for recreational boaters, both
houses of Congress on Tuesday
also approved a separate measure
by Senator Lisa Murkowski estab-
lishing a two-year moratorium on
incidental discharge permits for
commercial fishing vessels and
for all other commercial boats
under 79 feet while the Environ-
mental Protection Agency (EPA)
conducts an environmental im-
pact study on vessel discharges.

Lobster seasons begin
Recreational and commercial
harvest seasons for spiny lobster
in Florida are set to reopen soon.
The special two-day spiny lobster
sport season comes first, on July
30 and 31, this year, followed by
the regular lobster season, which
begins on Aug. 6 and extends
through March 31.
The special two-day sport sea-
son occurs on the last consecu-
tive Wednesday and Thursday in
July each year to let recreational

*notebook paper
*composition book
*two-I 1/2 inch 3-ring binders
*pens-blue (Osceola);
pens - black/blue (Yearling)
*3 book covers (no contact
*subject dividers for binders
*colored pencils
*calculator (small)

Seventh Grade
*glue sticks
*box tissues
*#2 pencils
* erasers
*pocket folders with brads
*notebook paper
*composition book
*1-one inch 3-ring binder
S2-two inch 3-ring binders
*3 book covers (no contact
*subject dividers for binders
*colored pencils
*calculator (small)

Eighth Grade
*glue sticks
*box tissues
* #2 pencils
*pocket folders with brads
*notebook paper
*composition book
* 2two inch 3-ring binders
* subject dividers for binders
Colored pencils
* highlighters

hand out to the community and
not give back,". Ms. Osteen said.
The first project will be held in
August. Definite plans have not
yet been made for what the proj-
ect will be.
"The girls need to understand
that you have to give back," Ms.
Osteen said. "I'm trying really
hard to see what the community
needs help with and trying to find
things that we can do."
Ms. Osteen is attending Florida
Atlantic University for business
and elementary, education. She
says that she has fit all of her
classes into two days in the fall so
that she can dedicate the rest of
the time to the students.
"This is what I want to do,"
she said. "There is no way that I
could leave them hanging."

fishermen collect spiny lobsters
before commercial lobster traps
are placed in the water. Commer-
cial fishermen can begin putting
their traps in the water on Aug. 1,
and recreational and commercial
fishermen can harvest spiny lob-
sters starting on Aug. 6.
Spiny lobsters must have a
carapace length greater than 3
inches to be taken during the
.open seasons, and you must pos-
sess a measuring device and mea-
sure all lobsters in the water. You
also must have a recreational salt-
water fishing license and a spiny
lobster permit to harvest spiny
lobsters, unless you are exempt
from the recreational license re-
During the two-day spiny lob-
ster sport season, you're allowed
to take up to six lobsters per per-
son daily in Monroe County and
Biscayne National Park waters
and 12 lobsters per person daily
in other Florida waters.
When you're off the water, you
may possess the daily bag limit on
the first day and double the daily
bag limit on the second day. Pos-
session limits are enforced on and
off the water during the two-day
sport season.
Night-diving for spiny lobsters
during the two-day sport season
is not allowed in Monroe County,
and all harvest of lobsters is pro-
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 26, 2008 3

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man who was
looking at 90 years in prison ac-
cepted a plea offer from the state
and was sen-
tenced Thursday .
to a lesser term.
Allen Blane
Swindle Jr., 22, '
was sentenced
July 24 by Cir-
cuit Court Judge
Lawrence Mir-
man to serve theAllen Swindle
next 15 years of
his life in a state prison.
According to Assistant State
Attorney Ashley Albright, Swin-
dle had been arrested on several
felony cases and could have been
sentenced to a maximum of 90
years if convicted on all charges
at trial. The state combined the
cases then offered Swindle the
plea deal.
Arrest records indicate that
Swindle was charged with two
counts of burglary of a dwelling,

false information to a pawnbro-
ker less than $300 and one count
of false ownership information
for pawned items over $300.
These charges stem from three
different arrests.
In one case, Swindle was ar-
rested June '2 by Detective Rick
Durfee of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO) on
charges of burglary and dealing
in stolen property.
The detective's arrest report
indicates that on May 23 some-
one entered a single wide mobile
home on S.E. 32nd Lane and took
a television, Play Station 3 and a
DVD game.
Through his investigation
the detective eventually charged
Swindle and Dustih A. Lundy, 17,
with the burglary.
OCSO records show that Lundy
was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on felony charges of
burglary, dealing in stolen prop-
erty and grand theft.
Detective Durfee stated in his
report that Swindle and Lundy

two had a deal lined up to sell
the 32-inch Magnavox flat screen
TV, Sony Play Station and 'War
Hawk' DVD game to Curtis Hardy
for $500 worth of crack cocaine,
stated the detective's report.
Swindle and Lundy met up
with Hardy, continued the report,
and put the stolen items into his
vehicle. They all then went to Har-
dy's home where the alleged deal
went sour and they were only
given $100 in crack instead of the
previously agreed-upon amount,
the detective said in his report.
On May 30,. Detective Durfee
executed a search warrant on
Hardy's N.W 12th St. home. Dur-
ing the search, the detective said
he found the $1,800 television
and video game but did not find
the Play Station.
However, during the search
the detective did find a 9mm Colt
handgun along with 26.7 grams
of a green leafy substance that,
when field tested, indicated a
positive result for the presence
of marijuana. The detective went
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presence of cocaine. Detective
Durfee said he found the residue
on items that led him to believe
that Hardy was making crack co-
Hardy was arrested and
charged with grand theft, dealing
in stolen property, possession of
cocaine, possession of marijuana
over 20 grams, possession of drug
paraphernalia and possession of
a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the Department
of Corrections (DOC) on Feb.
10, 2003, Hardy was sentenced
to prison after being convicted
of cocaine possession in Marion
County. Those same records indi-
cate that he spent just over three
years in prison.
DOC records also show that
Hardy has spent time in prison
following another conviction in
Marion County of robbery with
a gun/deadly weapon and grand
theft motor vehicle.
Circuit court records indicate
that Hardy has yet to stand trial
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Meet the candidates
Sheriff Paul May took time out to talk to the group of Dem-
ocrats assembled at the Okeechobee Democratic Party's
Meet the Candidate event held on July 15.

three counts of dealing in stolen loaded the stolen items into a on to say ne also round a residue on me latest charges adu Llld lie ! - - -
property, two counts of giving vehicle and took them to a resi- on some items in the house that is represented by Moore Haven ll, , -
dence on N.E. Eighth Ave. The indicated a positive result for the attorney Travis W Trueblood. W e om W u

Trailer damaged in early morning fire I ES 50o ,e
with he Cappuccino 1 O
By Charles M. Murphy There apparently was no one They used 5,500 gallons of water the flames. Crews were on the oaurchase : oen
Okeechobee News home at the time of the blaze. to put out the flames. scene for about four hours. of a double . : doznu
No one was hurt in a trailer Okeechobee Fire Rescue Some other flames were found A boat and car parked in the scoop 0 a
fire that broke out early Friday in called Okeechobee City Firemen after firemen put out the initial carport of the home were not . : " . . i . i
Enchanted Forest, Okeechobee for assistance and two fire crews blaze. damaged by the flames thanks to Located next to Publix
County Fire Rescue reported. entered the home to knock down The State Fire Marshal inves- the k w of fmen.. .t............... U Hy. Okeechobee, FL * (863) 357-6755
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crvva ws responIIIIU L I IU le o ..
"30th Terrace just before 4 a.m.
and found smoke and flames
showing from underneath the
trailer, owned by Richard Brough,
of Paoli, Ind.

Fire reports said the crews
found the interior of the home
completely engulfed in flames
when they entered the trailer.

cause as unintentional. There
were no injuries reported in the
Fire reports stated that four
units and eight firemen battled

The estimate or property dam-
age was placed at $20,000. The
home was ruled a total loss. The
origin of the flames was not im-
mediately known.

Man charged in burglary of business

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Thanks to a motion-sensitive
alarm system,
an early-morn-
ing burglary at- ' 4
tempt of a city
business was
stopped before
anything was
Michael Suarez,Suarez
22, S.E. Second""
St., was arrested early Friday on

felony charges of burglary and
possession of burglary tools. He
was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail and was awaiting his
first appearance before a judge.
As of Friday afternoon his bond
had not been set.
Detective Bill Saum of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) said a motion
detector went off around 2:57
a.m. on July 25 indicating that
someone was in the business. Al-
though entrance was gained into
the business, nothing was taken,
he added:

Shortly after the alarm, OCPD
Officer Justin Bernst saw some-
one on a bicycle near the alley on
S.W. Sixth Ave. Detective Saum
said this alley also leads to the
back of the business.
The detective said Officer
Bernst found a large screwdriver
in Suarez's pants pocket. The
end of the screwdriver, added
Detective Saum, matched the pry
marks around the back door of
the business.
Approximately $2,000 in dam-
age was done to the door and
business, said Detective Saum.

The Adidas sneakers being
worn by Suarez also matched
shoe prints found at the scene,
added the detective.
In addition, the tires on the
dark orange Mongoose XR-75,
21-speed bicycle being ridden by
Suarez matched tire tracks found
at the scene, said the OCPD inves-
Detective Saum said the screw-
driver, shoes and bicycle have all
been taken as evidence in the

Teens charged with hitting Eckerd staff member

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two clients at the Eckerd Youth
-Alternatives facility were arrested
on a felony charge after they re-
portedly beat a member of that
facility's staff.
Charged were James Freder-
ick, 16, and Darren Jameel Smith,
17. Both teens were booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail on
-a charge of battery on detention
An arrest report by Deputy
Mark Margerum of the Okeecho-

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, July 18, through
Thursday, July 24:
SJuly 18:
* fraud in the 13000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* vandalism in the 800 block
of S.W 28th St.
* burglary in the 2900 block of
N.W. 33rd Ave.
* theft on N.W 240th St.
* theft in the 3100 block of
N.E. Seventh Lane
July 19:
* vandalism in the 800 block
of S.E. 25th St.
* vandalism in the 3900 block
of S.E. 27th St.
* theft in the 3200 block of

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erty owners. Some of these plats
People living in Viking pay
higher taxes than any other area
of the county. In addition to prop-
erty, school and South Florida
Water Management District taxes,
they pay an additional non ad
valorem assessment to Coquina.
Coquina was formed for the pur-
pose providing drainage to the
area. Coquina uses the assess-
ment to maintain 25 miles of ca-
nals, over 100 acres in a retention
area and two major outfall struc-
tures. Under their water control
plan Coquina has authority to
maintain roads providing access
to their water control structures.
Recently Coquina has started a
Systematic program to improve
the roads they have authority to

Jamesck Darren Smith
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) states that staff member
Derilus Jeune had distinct injuries
including swelling around his left
eye, bruising and dried blood on

N.W Fifth St.
* assault in the 5900 block of
S.E..30th Parkway
* robbery in the 3400 block of
N.W Eighth Ave.
* burglary in the 12000 block
of S:R.70 E.
* assault in the 1700 block of
,S.R. 70 E.
July 20:
* burglary in the 3600 block of
N.W 21st Ave.
* theft in the 3900 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* burglary in the 4300 block of
S.E. 21st Court
July 21:
* burglary in the 2800 block of
N.W 46th Ave.
* theft in the 3700 block of S.E.
A separate Coquina Road
and Bridge District that did have
authority to build and maintain
roads was established on Nov. 21,
1972. It also had the authority to
levy ad valorem taxes and issue
bonds to finance road work.
In succeeding years, records
in the clerk of courts office in-
dicate that several easements
were granted by Viking Com-
munities Corporation to the road
and bridge district. The road and
bridge district, in turn agreed to
maintain those roads.
However, in a document dated
Aug. 17, 1976 those easements re-
verted back to Viking Communi-
ties Corporation.
Although the road and bridge
district was never officially dis-
solved, it became inactive. When
the terms of the first commission-
ers expired, new commissioners
were not elected.
The policy of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office is to en-
force traffic laws on all the roads
of Viking.

the bridge of his nose.
According to the report the
incident took place Thursday
night around 10:10 p.m. when
Mr. Jeune was trying to get the
clients in the cottage to turn off
the television. At that point eight
clients began to yell at Mr. Jeune
and Smith reportedly hit the staff
member and knocked him to the
floor, continued the report.
Mr. Jeune got up and went into
the staff office. When he tried to
close the door Frederick report-
edly pushed past him and entered
the office. Once inside the office,

Eighth St.
* theft in the 3300 block of
N.W. Third St.
* fraud in the 3600 block of
S.W 17th St.
S* assault in the 3300' block of
S.E. 33rd Terrace
* theft on N.E. 13th Ave.
* theft in the 600 block of S.R.
78 W.
July 22:
* vandalism in the 400 block
of S.E. 34th Court
* burglary in the 300 block of
N.W 30th Lane
July 23:
* assault in the 12000 block of
U.S. 98 N.
* theft in the 2600 block of
N.E. 1 th Court

Frederick punched the staff mem-
ber in his left eye, stated the arrest
Smith then entered the office
and began hitting Mr. Jeune.
'Shortly thereafter other staff
members entered the cottage to
help Mr. Jeune.
During the incident someone
stole Mr. Jeune's wallet and the
.$55 he had in it. Deputy Marg-
erum indicated in his report that
the wallet was later found on the
floor of the cottage, but the cash
was never recovered.

* theft in the 4100 block of
U.S. 441 S.
* vandalism in the 3400 block
of U.S. 441 S.
July 24:
* theft in the 200 block of N.W
24th Ave.
* burglary in the 14000 block
of N.W 244th St.
* theft in the 2400 block of
N.W. 46th Ave.
* strong arm robbery in the
3400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this

Judge issues injunction

for Miami finance group

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami fed-
eral judge on Friday toughened
an order against a group that pro-
motes its own currency and says
it wants to seize control of Bank
of America and more than $15
billion from its branches.
U.S. District Judge Alan Gold
in Miami issued a preliminary in-
junction against The United Cities
Group Inc. Gold had previously
issued a temporary restraining
During the hearing, Bank of
America attorney Mary Leslie
Smith told Gold that earlier this
month armed guards dressed in
black entered two South Florida
branches, blocked exits and tried
to seize the bank's assets on be-
half of the group.
The group claims it has set

up an independent U.S. banking
and currency system. Court docu-
ments show that the Federal Re-
serve and Treasury Department
have issued several fraud and
worthless instrument alerts re-
garding TUC.
H. William Marrero, acting as
TUC's lawyer, tried to introduce its
head Angel Cruz as "chairman of
the United States" and Gladstone
Gardner as "vice chairman of the
United States." Marrero also chal-
lenged Gold's jurisdiction to hear
the case, but the judge refused to
let him speak because he isn't a
licensed attorney.
Marrero said later TUC has
$357 billion in assets and posted
a $15.25 billion appeal bond.

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We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
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Sunday School Church
9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
51 NW 98th St. * Okeechobee, 34972 * (P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)

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SPACE: With the vastness of the viewable universe, there is no
doubt in my mind that there is other life. And there is also no doubt in
my mind that there is other intelligent life out there.
ECONOMY: When life gets really hard. People will become re-,
sourceful. The barter system will be put in place. People will trade
goods and services. People will have gardens. The county may desig-
nate an area of county owned land for those who have no room for
a garden. People may move in together and share expenses. Some
people up north have done this as oil is so expensive to heat eight
months out of the year. Others took in borders to offset the costs.
People will talk and read and go to bed when it gets dark to save on
the light bill and get up early.
SEX OFFENDER: This is about the repeat sex offender in Okeecho-
bee who was sentenced on a plea to 15 years and rehabilitation. He
will tell the parole board what they want to hear and be out on the
streets in no time. Remember the judge's name.
X-FILES: After the "Incident in Exeter" (September 3, 1965), I re-
member laying in the grass at night, watching the sky, just waiting
for a UFO to come into sight. My dad always said, "If one lands you
can bet I will bring back something to prove it existed." Of course
we didn't have one land where we were, but I have always wished,
if they exist, we could have proof. Sometimes I wonder if they can
come here and visit to see what we have going on, maybe they can
help us find answers to saving our own world. Then maybe again they
are exploring space because they are looking for answers to solving
similar problems. If they have come here from a world we haven't dis-
covered yet, they are already ahead of us in science. People have had
experiences with UFOs over the years. The vast majority of which are
never reported because the people involved just don't want the nega-
tive notoriety that many times follow such a sighting. They share the
experience with close family or friends but that's as far as it went.
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE: When you look at the vastness of
the universe, it would seem an unthinkable waste of space to only
have intelligent life on one planet. So yes, I think there is life on other
planets. When you consider the millions or perhaps billions of planets
out there, it would be strange if there weren't life on some of them.
EXPENSES: Everyone is facing budget problems. It seems the cost
of everything is going up and none of us are getting raises in pay. The
boss says he is barely breaking even as it is. He can't afford to give
anyone raises. Be happy you haven't been laid off. In some places,
people are being asked to take voluntary pay cuts so they don't lose
their jobs altogether. It is bad and it is going to get worse. The people
who lived through the Great Depression should start giving us some
pointers on how to survive this.
DEPRESSION: Another depression might be good for the soul of
the country. Get us out of our spoiled ways. The Great Depression pro-
duced our finest generation, those who stood up and won WWII. We
have become spoiled. We want it all, we want it now, and we want
it our way. Other countries used to love the U.S., everyone wanted to
come here. Now the only people who want to come here are from
third world nations that are in worse shape than we are.
DOUBLE DIPPERS: I recently read that the governor is trying to
get the state to change the rules about the state retirement program.
They have a program that allowed government workers to retire, and
then go back to work at their old job and draw both retirement and
salary. The program was supposed to be only for hard to fill positions
such as law enforcement officers and EMTs. But it was misused by
administrators who were helping out their friends, rehiring them with
a high salary when they could have easily hired an entry level person
at a much lower salary for the same job. This double-dipping is very
expensive for the tax payer and it also makes it much harder for the
entry level people to find that first job. I hope they can tighten the rules
so that it is used as it was intended, to fill those jobs that are critical to
the community.
LIFE IN OUTER SPACE: I have little doubt about there being other
life out there, I am in doubt about the capability of traveling the dis-
tance it would take for them to get here. The effects of space on their
bodies, but then maybe that is why they have such thin bodies and big
heads? Some believe life here started out there, or at least they are the
bridge to the missing link. We are a lab experiment gone wrong. Some
believe they are God. Remember the Hail Bob nuts? They thought they
would be down loaded when they died and reformatted into another
life form. If they are out there and are playing lab games with us, the
only thing I want to know is "Do they taste like chicken?"

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Saturday, July 26
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon (OD); NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group (SS) 7 p.m.;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m *The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Sunday, July 27
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. week-
.end noon meeting, Open Discussion, The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, July 28
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts),N.A. Sickest Of
The Sick (OD) 7 p.m.Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text;
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12
step fellowships.
AA. 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-
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at
noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their
guests are invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appear-
ance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any inter-
ested persons to come by.
Tuesday, July 29
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts), N.A. Sickest Of
The Sick (OD) 7 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts),
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group at noon; NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (OD) The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 'p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.

Community Events

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

Hospice to host 'Bag sale'
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a two day Bag Sale on Satur-
day, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill a bag for $1. It will be held at
the Hospice Blue Volunteer Building on S.E. Fourth Street next to The
Hamrick Home. Everything must go so that they can set out new items
that have arrived. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee and
services offered in The Hamrick Home. For more information call 863-

Benefit for Emilio Suarez
A benefit has been planned for Saturday, July 26, to help raise
money for medical expenses. Emilio is currently in ICU at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center. The benefit is being held at Good Spirits
Lounge, starting at noon. A Chinese auction will take place along with
50/50 drawings, door prizes, pool tournament, and live entertainment
by Howard Hates Us II. For more information or if you would like to
make a donation please call Jessica Dorrance at 863-532-1567.

Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will sponsor their monthly Ribeye
steak dinner on Sunday, July 27, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the'American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.

Orchid Club meeting planned
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
at he Cooperative Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 N. A DVD pro-
duced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be shown.
Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for orchid consulta-
tion. For more information call the extension office at 863-763-6469.

Grief support group for parents
Have you had a recent or past death of a child? A local support
group is forming for parents (only) who have had a child precede
them in death. The parents will meet and talk about their feelings,
emotions and their life going forward without their child. If you are
interested please email grievingparent3@yahoo.com.

Cypress Hut FOE 4509 holds special meeting
On Wednesday, July 30, the Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of the
Eagles 4509 will hold a special General Meeting for the Aerie and Aux-
iliary at Cypress Hut #4701. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. For infor-
mation call Bill Huston at 863-763-1187.

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

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Reflections from the Pulpit

By Nancy Vaughan,
Director of Christian Education,
First United Methodist Church,

Treasure in
our midst

I'm a fairly new resident to our
fair city. But one thing leaps out
at me. Okeechobee is a treasure
trove. No, a rogue pirate didn't
bury gold here. What we have
is more precious than gold. It's
Golden Agers!
The combined wisdom of all of
you who are "seasoned citizens"
is worth more than your weight in
gold. To paraphrase a recent say-
ing, "A person of good character

is a terrible thing to waste." So,
just where am I going with this?
We should ALL be' ashamed
that our county has one of the
highest drop-out rates and the
second highest teen pregnan-
cy rate in the state. We've had
three pot house raids in as many
months. Families are under ex-
treme stress with the economic
crises. Society's standards don't
reflect "God's best" for us, but
we turn a blind eye when we see
people choose to live together
(and even have children) without
the benefit of marriage. I don't
need to continue the list, you
know what's going on.
This spring I volunteered to
help Pastor Jim Dawson and lead
the girls' portion of a character

Reletin fomte uli

Churches offer lots of Vacation Bible School options

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Seventh Day Christian
Church, 912 N.W Park St., will
have Gospel singers Dennis and
Sylvia Rimes from Abbevile, Ga.
in concert on Friday, Aug. 8 at
7:30 p.m. For more information
call 863-763-4320.
Okeechobee Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S.
441 N., will have vacation Bible
school Aug. 4-8 from 7 until 9
p.m. each evening. The theme is
"Good News Games -- Winning
with God's Team." There will be
classes for all ages. For informa-
tion call 863-763-7743
Rescue Zone Vacation Bible
School will be held Aug. 4-9 from
6 to 9 p.m. each evening at Foun-
tain of Life -Church, 1302 S.W
32nd St. Saved by God's Power
can be a life-changing adventure
for children ages 4-13 with les-
sons that teach them to trust and
celebrate God's goodness and
power through crafts, games and
songs. Registration begins Aug. 4
at 6 p.m. For more information
contact Carol at 863-532-8032.
Okeechobee Seventh Day
Adventist Church is interested
in selling their church pews, as
they are purchasing new ones.
The pews are wooden with top
and bottom padding. There are 15
available. For more details, please
call Linda at 863 610-0165.
SHis House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th, St., will be having Cus-
tom Garage Vacation Bible School

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from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening
August 4-8. The theme is "Loving
God - Serving Others."
The church would prefer pre-
registration to ensure there are
enough materials and snacks.
Preregistration packets can be ob-
tained at the church office Mon-
day through Thursday, through
July 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Par-
ents will have to come in person
to sign a medical release form.
The church is also offering two
Saturday preregistration dates
at the church fellowship hall on
Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m.
until noon and on July 26 from 2
to 4 p.m. The VBS will consist of
four sites each evening - the ser-
vice center, (opening and closing
program), tool talk, (Bible sto-
ries), road map (memory Bible

verses), filling station (snacks),
tune up (music) and custom de-
sign .(crafts). Each night an offer-
ing (those who want to and are
able to give) will be taken up to
purchase "Proclaimers." A "Pro-
claimer" is a radio-sized device
with a microchip that holds an
audio Bible in the language of
the listeners. "Proclaimers" will
be sent to pre-literate areas of the
world. They can be powered by
battery, electricity, solar power or
hand cranked. Each participant
will have plenty to take home at
the end of the week, a "shop rag,"
posters for their room, the crafts
they have made, a license plate,
flashlight, sport water bottle and
any award they've earned for
memorizing verses. For more in-
formation call the church office
at 763-3519 or e-mail hhfihf@em-
First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., will only have one
morning worship service through-
out the summer until Aug. 31.
Sunday School will begin at 8:45.
Throughout the summer there
will be family and outreach events
each Sunday evening at 5:30. The
movie "Flywheel" will be shown
on July 27. August 3 will be Youth
Night with the World Changers. A
seafood fest and back to school
bash will be held Aug. 10.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.,
has changed their worship ser-
vice and Sunday School times for
the summer months. There will
be one worship service on Sun-

day at 10 a.m. and Sunday School
at 9 a.m.
SBible study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 772-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel,
.1963 N.W 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" - a year
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the' Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects." Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics

-"Sunday School" on Wednesday
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for student
in grades one through six and
seven through 12. Programs are
from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and taken them
home. For information, call 863
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St., is
hosting "Mother's Morning Out,"
a free cooperative morning of
childcare every Tuesday morning
from 9:30 until noon. The church
is now receiving registrations
for the summer session, June 3
through August 12. Details are
available by contacting Nancy
Vaughan at 863 763-4021 or by
e-mailing fumco3@embarqmail.
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, call 863 467-1733.
The Family Outreach Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St., is of-
fering free classes in martial arts.
The classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday,

Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Non meetings on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. to
help family and friends of alcohol-
ics. For information call Chris at
863 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 863 763-
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 4th Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email
okeenews@newszap.com or
call Pete Gawda at 863 763-3134,
extension 4225.

Husband-wife team head Miami genetics institute

By Rasha Madkour
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP)-Drs. Margaret
Pericak-Vance and Jeffery Vance
could have spent their careers
quietly doing genetics research
in labs, content with working be-
hind the scenes to solve puzzles
that could eventually reach doc-
tors treating people.
But the husband-and-wife
team now heading the Univer-
sity of Miami's efforts to become
a genetics research hub wanted
to stay focused on their driving
principal: translating lab findings
into medical care that can help
patients beat disease.
Pericak-Vance, 56, is the direc-
tor of the year-old Miami Institute
for Human Genomics. Vance, 55,
heads the complementary de-
partment at the university's medi-
cal school. The university recently
received an $80 million grant for
genetics projects, including the
"We're not only going to have
the technology to do cutting-edge
research but we'll also have the
infrastructure and the patient
population to then be able to
translate this into clinical care so
I think that's really important,"
Pericak-Vance said.
The couple, who met at Duke
University's doctoral program and
married in their last year of gradu-
ate studies, were lured to Miami
from the genetics center at their
alma mater.

Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt,
dean of Miami's medical school
who also came from Duke, said
he was keen on recruiting the
Vances because of their track re-
cord "sniffing" out what genes
are linked to a variety of disease
- Alzheimer's, kidney illnesses,
multiple sclerosis.
The impact of a scientist's work
can be measured by how many
times their work is cited in other
research, Dr. Goldschmidt said.
More than 500 citations is "a lot,"
he said, noting that several of Dr.
Pericak-Vance's papers have been
cited more than 1,000 times.
"That gives you an idea that
this is somebody who's doing
work that is significant to a lot of
people," Dr. Goldschmidt said.
Dr. Pericak-Vance was part of a
groundbreaking study that identi-
fied a genetic mutation linked to
the blindness-causing disease,
macular degeneration. The next
step is to find ways to intervene
in high-risk patients "before they
actually start losing their sight,"
Dr. Pericak-Vance said. "This is
Her forte is study design and
analysis. His brings molecular
and clinical expertise.
"I think our marriage has
served as a bridge sort of," Dr.
Vance said. "That's been a real
strength for us ..."
"Integration," Dr. Pericak-
Vance summed it up.
"... because we're one of the
few groups that does everything

all the way through," Vance con-
tinued, "and that's a tremendous
At many places, the people
making the discoveries work sep-
arately from the people who test
them, and sometimes come from
different centers all together.
The Vances plan to team up
with the "pockets of expertise" at
the university, like the Miami Proj-
ect to Cure Paralysis, the world's
largest spinal cord injury research
center, and the Bascom Palmer
Eye Institute, one of the top eye
hospitals in the country.
Vance wants to work with the
school's Sylvester Comprehensive
Cancer Center on pharmacoge-
netics. The way patients react to
medication - how well it works
and what side effects result - is
genetically based. Fifteen percent
of the white population won't
metabolize the painkiller codeine
quickly enough to feel its effect. A
third of patients are more suscep-
tible to having internal bleeding as
a side effect of the blood-thinner
Coumadin. It would be useful to
know this patient-specific infor-
mation when prescribing drugs,
Dr. Vance said.
With few exceptions, all dis-
eases have a genetic component,
the Vances pointed out, so the in-
stitute's work has the potential to
benefit everyone.
One condition in particular
has personal significance to the
Vances: sinus venous thrombo-
sis. It's a little-understood blood

clot that caused the death of their
son, Jeffery Joseph Vance, in 1998
when he was just 14. An avid soc-
cer player, JJ got a bruise on his
knee cap that led to seizures and,
his death weeks later.
Although they've tackled ev-
erything from autism to Parkin-
son's, for a long time the Vances
haven't had the heart to take on
this ailment.
"For a long time, it was really
difficult to even think about it,"
Dr. Pericak-Vance said.
Dr. Vance added: "I guess

everybody is different; we just
couldn't really face that on a daily
They did scour studies to see
whether it runs in families - a
concern because of their daugh-
ter, Danica, now a premed senior
at Duke. They haven't seen any
evidence of that.
The Vances have now started
taking steps toward studying the
ailment. While at Duke, they got
involved in a National Institutes
of Health project that looks into
thrombosis and other rare dis-

eases. The grant just started col-
lecting cases like JJ's - there are
about 100 children in the world at
a time who have the disorder - for
Now they're considering do-
ing a research project in Miami,
though it's just an idea for now.
Dr. Vance said: "I think we're
to the point now that we ...
"We're going to start some-
thing," Dr. Pericak-Vance com-

Florida Hospital Cath lab

to undergo renovations

SEBRING-Stevens Construc-
tion Inc. has begun the renova-
tion of the catheterization lab at
the Florida Hospital Heartland
Division, announced Mark Ste-
vens, company president.
Designed by Burt Hill/Pollock
Kreig Architects Inc., the 11,000-
square-foot project includes an
upgrade of the existing cath lab
and the addition of a second lab.
The new space will feature lead-
lined doors, windows and walls
providing employees and visitors
protection from X-rays occurring
within the lab. The new facility
is slated for completion in late
2008; however, the existing lab

will remain operational during
This project will be inspect-,
ed and licensed by the Agency
for Health Care Administration
(AHCA), which ensures regula-
tory compliance for health care
facilities throughout Florida.
Marty McClain of Stevens
Construction is the project man-
ager, Mike Garland is the super-
intendent, and Lizette Martin is
the project administrator.
This is Stevens Construction's
ninth project for Florida Hospital.
The company also built a 36-bed,
50,000-square-foot expansion
and remodeled a free-standing

medical office on the hospital's
Sebring campus.
Based in Fort Myers, Stevens
Construction specializes in pro-
viding construction manage-
ment, general contracting, and
consulting services to clients
and design professionals. Other
services include site and design
team selection, budgeting, proj-
ect scheduling, permitting, cost
and quality control, and warran-
ty service. The company builds
commercial, healthcare and hos-
pitality facilities. For information,
visit www.stevensconstruction-
inc.com or call 239-936-9006.

Home Safety Council offers a 'safe home' checklist

What could be more precious?
Yet each year, homes are where
nearly 21 million family.members
suffer injuries that could have
been prevented.
The Home Safety Council
wants your family to be safe
from injuries. Take a hands-on
approach to injury prevention
in your home. Follow the safety
checklist to help your loved ones
avoid getting hurt, especially from
the three most common causes
of home injuries:
* falls
* poisoning
* fire and burns.
Falls Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of
unintentional injury in the home.

How you can stay safer?
* Use bright lights at the top
and bottom of stairs and make
sure hallways and dark areas in
the home are well-lit at night with
night lights.
* Install grab bars in the tub,
shower and near toilets. Use a
rubber bath mat or non-slip strips
in'the tub.
* Wipe up spills and splashed
bath water promptly.
* All stairs and steps need
handrails along both sides, se-
cured along the full length of the
* Keep stairs and pathways
clear of clutter.
* In homes with babies and
toddlers, use baby gates at the top
and bottom of stairs.

Fire & Burn Prevention
Fifty-seven percent of fire and
burn-related injuries occur in
the home.* You can protect your
* Check the setting of your
water heater and make sure, it's
set no higher than 120 degrees F.
* Install smoke alarms on each
level of your home-especially in
or near sleeping areas.
* Test each smoke alarm every
month by pushing the test button
until you hear a loud noise.
* Replace smoke alarm bat-
teries with new ones at least once
each year.
* Know how to escape a fire.
Find two exits out of every room
the door and possibly a window.

Choose an outside meeting place
in front of the home. Practice
your plan twice a year with all
members of the family.
* Stay in the kitchen while
food is cooking on the stove.
* Make sure an adult is in the
room constantly while a candle is
* Be sure to lock matches and
lighters away from children.

Poisoning Prevention
More than two-thirds of homes
with young children report that
household chemicals (e.g. clean-
ers, bleach or kerosene) are
stored in unlocked places.* Every
family can take steps to prevent a
poisoning injury.
* Know the national poison

control center toll-free number-
-1-800-222-1222 - and keep the
number by every phone in the
* Look around your home-
under the sink, in the garage-for
cleaning products and automotive
fluids that say "Caution", "Warn-
ing" or "Danger" on the label.
Store these away from food, in
locked cabinets out of sight and
reach of children.
. Carbon monoxide (CO) is
a poison you can't see, smell or
taste. CO is produced by fuel-
burning appliances and equip-
ment in your home. These need
proper maintenance for safe use.
Also install a carbon monoxide
detector to alert you if the CO
level becomes unsafe.

* Install child locks on all cabi-
nets-especially where potential-
ly harmful items are stored.
* Be sure cleaning products
and other household substances
has child-resistant closures.
* Keep all medicines and vita-
mins in original containers in a se-
cure area-away from children.
* Store dangerous chemicals
such as pesticides, automotive
fluids and paint thinner in a se-
cure locked cabinet.
* Always store gasoline in an
approved container.
Source: The State of Home
Safety in America'" at: www.

development series for 6 weeks.
I called our lessons "I am a Prin-
cess...daughter of the Most High
King." I got to know the 20 or so
girls who came from the commu-
nity. Some of their stories broke
my heart. I met girls who were
looking for love in whatever form
they could find it. Others were
just going along with the crowd.
I pray that the discussions made a
difference in their understanding
of who they are in God's eyes.
It may seem like an individual
couldn't amount to even a drop
in this ocean of cultural influence,
but we can make a difference
in our own personal "world."
God may be placing someone
in your world for a reason or a
season. Pray about giving some-

thing that is more precious than
your money to someone who
doesn't know what God's best
is: your wisdom and your time.
I'm not specifically talking about
volunteering for the youth group
in your church or even Big Broth-
ers and Sisters, although those
are great callings if that's where
God is leading you. Just getting
to know one young person in
your sphere of influence, caring
about what they are interested
in and sharing what you've been
through (in a loving way!) may
plant a seed that someone else
will water and God might reap a
harvest! Get involved! The pay is
lousy, but the fringe benefits are
"out of this world."

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

The secret to success
Oakview Baptist Church gives us the secret to success.

6 Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 26, 2008

Today in History

Today is Saturday, July 26, the
208th day of 2008. There are 158
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 26, 1908, U.S. Attorney
General Charles J. Bonaparte is-
sued an order creating a force of
special agents that was a forerun-
ner of the Federal Bureau of Inves-
On this date:
In 1775, Benjamin Franklin be-
came Postmaster-General.
In 1788, New York became the
11th state to ratify the U.S. Consti-
In 1856, playwright Bernard
Shaw was born in Dublin, Ire-
In 1945, Winston Churchill
resigned as Britain's'prime min-
ister after his Conservatives were
soundly defeated by the Labour
Party. (Clement Attlee became the
new prime minister.)
In 1947, President Truman
signed the National Security Act.
In 1952, Argentina's first lady,
Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires
at age 33.
In 1956, Egyptian President Ga-
mal Abdel Nasser nationalized the
Suez Canal.
In 1958, Britain's Prince
Charles, age 9, was made the
Prince of Wales by his mother,
Queen Elizabeth II, although his
investiture did not take place until
the following year.
In 1971, Apollo 15 was
launched from Cape Kennedy.
In1986, kidnappers in Lebanon
released the Rev. Lawrence Martin
Jenco, an American hostage held
for nearly 19 months.
Ten years ago: The White

By John Raby
Associated Press Writer
-Balancing safety concerns
against the wishes of families of
highway fatality victims, West
Virginia's Division of Highways
wants to offer the option of state-
maintained memorial signs near
crash sites.
The cost to the grieving rela-
tives -- up to $400.
"It's not about the money as it
is about making it a safer situation
for everybody," said John Walker,
a deputy state highway engineer.
"Some of these memorial markers
are hazards not only to the travel-
ing public but to the people that
place them. The maintenance of
them present issues for mowing
and the safety of the motorists."
There is no federal law on
roadside memorials, leaving reg-
ulation up to states and munici-
palities. According to the National
Conference of State Legislatures,,
at least a dozen states allow road-
side memorials under certain
West Virginia allows people to
place the memorials, for now; the
pay-for-maintenance plan is part
of a proposed regulation open for
public comment.
The Legislature authorized the
placement of memorial markers
by anyone during the 2001 ses-
sion. The markers are banned on
medians, bridges, near intersect-
ing roads and where they might
interfere with a traffic control de-
Temporary roadside memori-
als are usually removed when
highway crews mow the area ev-
ery two to four weeks. Long-term
memorials can be in place for up
to three years, but victims' fami-
lies must first receive the state's
Walker didn't have an estimate
on how many long-term roadside
memorials are in existence, but
said they were numerous and of
many different constructions.
"Everything from Styrofoam,
wire, flowers, brick, block, wood,"
Walker said. "You see people get-
ting very elaborate, and in some
cases small and simple."
Officially, California, Colorado,

House said .President Clinton's
lawyers were working with pros-
ecutor Kenneth Starr to avert Clin-
ton's direct testimony to a grand
jury about the Monica Lewinsky
case. (The president ended up
testifying via closed-circuit televi-
sion.) AT&T and British Telecom-
munications PLC announced they
were forming a joint venture that
would combine their international
operations and develop a new In-
ternet system. (The joint venture,
known as Concert, proved a mon-
ey-loser and was shut down.)
Five years ago: Backers of a
drive to oust California Gov. Gray
Davis held a boisterous celebra-
tion at the state Capitol in Sacra-
mento, more than two months
before the Oct. 7 recall election.
Cuba celebrated the 50th anniver-
sary of the start of Fidel Castro's
revolution against Fulgencio Ba-
tista. New York Times music critic
Harold C. Schonberg died in New
York at age 87.
One year ago: The Senate
passed, 85-8, a measure inten-
sifying anti-terror efforts in the
U.S. Wall Street suffered one of
its worst losses of 2007, closing
down more than 310 points.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Marjorie Lord is 90. Movie direc-
tor Blake Edwards is 86. Actor
James Best is 82. Rhythm-and-
blues singer-songwriter Bobby
Hebb is 70. Singer Dobie Gray is
68. Actress-singer Darlene Love
is 67. Singer Brenton Wood is 67.
Rock star Mick Jagger is 65. Movie
director Peter Hyams is 65. Actress
Helen Mirren is 63. Rock musi-
cian Roger Taylor (Queen) is 59.
Actress Susan George is 58. Actor
Kevin Spacey is 49. Rock singer

North Carolina and Wisconsin
are among the states that prohibit
the public from placing roadside
"We try to be sensitive to fami-
lies," said Nicole Burris, a spokes-
woman for the North Carolina
Department of Transportation. "It
is against state law, but we don't
go out and actively look for (me-
morials) to remove them."
North Carolina and Wiscon-
sin instead encourage victims'
families to enter an "Adopt-A-
Highway" program with state-ap-
proved signs noting it's in some-
one's memory. In Wisconsin,
highway adopters are required to
clean the highway section a mini-
mum of three times a year.
Wisconsin also allows families
in certain circumstances to place
plantings at a rest area near a
crash scene.
Among states that issue their
own roadside memorial signs,
Florida pays the costs for victims'
families. In Colorado, a $100 fee
covers six years, but the memo-
rial signs aren't allowed on inter-
state highways.
California charges $1,000 over
a seven-year period, but only for
victims of drug- or alcohol-related
The proposed West Virginia
rules would charge $200 to in-
stall a 2-by-2 foot memorial sign
in white lettering on a blue back-
*ground and maintain it for three
years. The cost is $200 for an ad-
ditional three years, Walker said.
Victims who died while com-
mitting a serious offense are ineli-
gible under the new rules. Signs
that are no longer used would be
given to the family.
"We're just now getting into
the sign part of it," Walker said. "I
don't know if there will be a lot
of people wanting to do that or
Letting the state do the work
would take families out of harm's
"At least they wouldn't be car-
rying materials through traffic,
lugging something heavy that
would block their vision and
distract them, pounding a stake
in the ground with their back
turned," Walker said.


Pauline Brandenburg
Pauline Brandenburg, age 93,
of Okeechobee died Wednesday,
July 2, 2008 at the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility.
A resident of Okeechobee
since 1981, her hobbies included
breeding and racing horses.
Preceded in death by her hus-
band Cord; her son, Ronald L.;
daughter, Sandra Estes and her
grandson, Randy L. Rowland.
She is survived by one son,

Jack (Mary) Rowland of Marion,
Va.; two daughters, Carol Broad-
way of Houston, Texas and Rita
McLennon of Charlottsville, Va.
In addition, she is survived by 16
grandchildren, 17 great-grandchil-
dren and four great-great-grand-
children. She is also survived by
one sister, Lois Buell of Houston,
There were no services and
all arrangements were under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Gary Cherone is 47. Actress San-
dra Bullock is 44. Rock singer Jim
Lindberg (Pennywise) is 43. Actor
Jeremy Piven is 43. Rapper-reggae
singer Wayne Wonder is 42. Ac-
tor Cress Williams is 38. Actress
Kate Beckinsale is 35. Rock musi-
cian Dan Konopka (OK Go) is 34.

Gospel/Contemporary Christian
singer Rebecca St. James is 31.
Christian rock musician Jamie
Sharpe (Rush of Fools) is 19.
Thought for Today: "One
brave deed makes no hero.'' John
Greenleaf Whittier, American poet
and essayist (1807-1892).


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Mission sponsors
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Big Lake Missions Outreach
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nual School Supplies Drive for the
needy children in Okeechobee
County. They will be collecting
items from now until Aug. 15. If
.you child needs supplies, please
'contact them. Proof of eligibility is
needed to qualify. For further in-
formation or to make donations
call the mission at 863-763-5725.

Realtors help with
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The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is hosting a
School Supply drive for the up-
coming school year. Collection
boxes will be located at the lo-
cal Lending Institutions and local
Real Estate Offices, any supplies
that you can donate would be
greatly appreciated. If you are do-

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you see school items that are one
sale that would be a great time to
grab up a few of the things that are
greatly needed. The list of items
that the schools have requested
are: Pencils, Dry Erase Markers,
Erasers, Glue Sticks, Notebook
paper, copy paper and hand sani-
tizer. Any help you can give will
be greatly appreciated.

CCC sponsors school
supply drive
The Shared Services Networks
Community Collaborative Coun-
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to School Supply Drive and you
can help. School supplies will be
given to needy and foster children
in Okeechobee before the new
school year starts. Item sugges-
tions are: pencils, pens, markers,
colored pencils, crayons, high-
lighters, notebook paper, con-
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backpacks, glue, scissors, rulers,

erasers, index cards and calcula-
tors. Supplies may be brought
to the Community Collaborative
Council during the July meet-
ing. Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second
Ave., Room 301. For more infor-
mation call Sharon Vinson at 863-

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
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for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six, one-
hour classes. You must attend all
six classes to get a certificate of
completion. We now have day and
evening classes available. No child
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Childcare Offered- Home day-
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PET CHICKEN - Found in Ous-
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brown & white, in Okeecho-
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Fri. 25th & Sat. 26th 8am-1pm

Ages 25-40, Singer,guitarist
& drummer for recording
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At the Movies

The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday,
July 25, through Thursday, July 31, are as fol-
Theatre I - "The Dark Knight" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:35 p.m. Saturday.
and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only.
Theatre II - "Hellboy II" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9:15 p.m.
. Theatre III- "Space Chimps" (G) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call 863-763-7202.


"Jerry looked into flood insurance but says
it's too darned expensive."

Dear Abby

Decorum in doe's office in short supply

DEAR ABBY: I work in a med-
ical office and would like your
help in asking patients when en-
tering the clinic to please respect
the privacy of the people ahead
of them and not peer over their
shoulders when they sign in. It is
not only rude, but also a violation
of HIPAA privacy laws.
Another problem -- and for-
give me, because this is gross -
is that when we tell a patient the
amount of the co-pay, she will
reach into her bra and pull out
WET cash and expect us to take
it from her! It literally makes me
sick, and I'd rather not touch it,
but at the same time, customer
service is No. 1 in our clinic and
with me, too, so I take it and then
spend the rest of the day wanting
to vomit. -- SICK IN THE DR.'S
DEAR SICK: You are right;
the behavior you have described
is rude. The same thing happens
when customers swipe their
.debit/credit cards in the checkout
line at the supermarket, and you
should handle it the way many
checkers do. Say to the patient
who is second in line, "Please
stand back." You don't have to
be nasty, just firm.
As to those women (I assume
it's women) whlo treat their bras-
siere cups like. breast pockets,
you have two choices. Either slip
on a pair of latex gloves when

you take the cash, or whip out
the hand sanitizer afterward.
That's what it's for.
DEAR ABBY: I need help for
my friend "Edie." Her mother
died of cancer two years ago,
and she's still grieving. She has
her mother's obituary taped on
the wall in front of her computer
at work. Every conversation with
her includes references to how
her mom acted, cooked, worked,
Edie's father has a new fe-
male friend, which upsets Edie to
no end. Her 4-year-old called the
new girlfriend "Maw-Maw" and
Edie scolded him saying, "That is
NOT your Maw-Maw, and she'll
never BE your Maw-Maw!"
Abby, I don't think the little
boy even remembers his grand-
ma. He was only 2 when she
died. Edie wears her mother's
clothes and still hasn't cleaned
out her mom's home. Edie's dad
is scared to for fear of upsetting
What, as a friend, can I do to
help her? -- STANDING BY IN
grieving is an individual process,
it appears that your friend has be-
come stuck. It would be a kind-
ness to tell her that you know she
is hurting, and to suggest that she
consult a grief counselor or psy-
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obvious pain.
DEAR ABBY: I was invited to
an elegant wedding, and by the
time dinner was served, I was
stuffed because I pigged out on
the hors d'oeuvres. At the end of
dinner, I asked for a doggy bag to
take home my huge untouched
filet mignoh. Was this a faux pas?
WASTEFUL: Absolutely not. It's
done all the time, and you have
done nothing for which you have
to apologize. However, let this be
a lesson to you. Next time, save
room for the main course.
DEAR ABBY: I want to visit
my son, whom I have not seen or
heard from in three years. Even
though. I have phoned and have
written to him, I have gotten no
reply. He was angry at me the last
time we spoke. Should I make a
surprise visit when I'm in his city?
DEAR MOM: Unless
you're willing to be the one get-
ting the surprise, I don't recom-
mend it..
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gail Van Buren, also known as
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By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Pay extra attention to the ones
you love most. Love is on the rise
and meaningful progress can be
made within relationships. New
love, current love or past loves
can all be dealt with through reso-
lution and revitalization. 3 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Don't let anyone bully you into
doing something you don't want
to do. A serious look at your per-
sonal situation will help you re-
solve ongoing issues, if you refuse
to give in. Enough is enough - it's
time to put you first. 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June
20): Don't be left short because
someone is always borrowing
from you. A money issue can be
resolved with a debt paid, an in-
vestment made or even a gift or
winning coming your way. Offer
suggestions, not your hard-earned
cash. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Open your mind to suggestions
that could lead to an interesting
partnership .with someone who
thinks like you. Take part in some-
thing you believe in and all sorts
of interesting connections will be
made. 4 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Don't overbook your time. Before
making commitments, check
your schedule to see if you can of-
fer enough time to do a good job.
Not following through with what
you say will counteract what
you've worked so hard to build.
Financial loss will occur if you
promise too much for too little.
2 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Take a trip down memory lane.
SVisit old friends and places. Some
old familiar feelings will surface,
giving rise to important answers.
Your personal life is about to
change for the better. Open your
heart and mind. 5 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
You may overreact to comments
made by someone with experi-
ence and the wisdom to see what
you may be overlooking. A chance
to make some overdue changes
at home must be put into play for
your own good. Don't let these
plans cost you too much. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
21): Problems will arise if you
try to deal with personal matters.
Someone you have trusted in the
past may be withholding infor-
mation for fear of hurting your
feelings. Arguments are apparent
but it's important to get things out
in the open. 3 stars
21): Don't go into debt when you
don't have to. You can have fun,
enjoy love, be totally entertained
and still stick to a budget. Risks
could lead to a dangerous situa-
tion. Caution is a must. 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Home improvement proj-
ects and family gatherings should
be organized. Partnerships that
need adjustments can be altered
through talks. Focus on affairs of
the heart and making things right.
5 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Do a little soul-searching
and you will remember some of
your past regrets. You can make it
up today to anyone you have dis-
appointed -- take positive action
and make amends. Admitting you
were wrong can be a very cleans-
ing experience. 2 stars
SPISCES (Feb. 19-March
20): Take charge and put in extra
hours on a worthwhile project.
It will pay off in the connections
you make and the confidence it
brings you. Your enthusiasm and
ability to get things done will lead
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10 Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 26, 2008

Girl's soccer standout doesn't forget home

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The only Okeechobee girl's
soccer player to ever earn a col-
lege scholarship has continued to
shine on the collegiate level.
Dawn Fox, who lettered for
four years in girl's soccer, flag
football and in the band, is spend-
ing her summer back in Okeecho-
bee, trying to help Okeechobee's
younger girls succeed in soccer.
Fox is an assistant coach for
Okeechobee Club Soccer. She
is studying kinesiology or sports
medicine at Warner Southern
College, a small private Christian
School in Lake Wales.

"I love working with the kids,
it's what I hope to get involved in
when I graduate, be a team psy-
chologist and be involved with
coaching," she said.
Fox has a lot she can teach lo-
cal soccer players. She followed
up a solid four-year career in
Okeechobee with an excellent
first year at Polk Community Col-
lege. Her soccer team went 14-1-1
that year. She played forward and
center midfielder for PCC. From
there she transferred to Warner
Southern and played varsity soc-
cer for them this past year.
She will be entering her junior
year this year.
Fox said she noticed that

Okeechobee had a very com-
petitive girl's varsity team this past
year. She came to a few matches
and liked what she saw.
. "I'm glad, really glad for them.
The point is to get better each
year and that is what they're do-
ing," she said.
Fox holds many of the records
for Okeechobee girl's soccer.
When she played the team strug-
gled with their won loss records,
but she admits she has a lot of
good memories about Okeecho-
bee. That is one reason she wants
to help the youth in this commu-
"I love the club soccer. pro-
gram. I want to help it all I can.

Eventually when I'm done with
school, I'd love to do this on the
side. I love kids," she said.
Playing at Warner Southern
has added to her view on the
world. She got to compete in a
tournament at Stetson University
this year. There was a team from
the Bahamas in the tournament.
This year Warner Southern will
travel to the Bahamas to play a
match. She also got to travel to
Tennessee, Alabama, and Geor-
gia this past year to play soccer.
"It was a good experience, it's
a great school with a great envi-
ronment and great support," she

Summer care is not a game Men facefish
trafficking case

By Daniel Shube
Summertime is fun time. Va-
cations. Hammocks. Discounted
greens fees. Extra, time to drop a
line and catch that big one. It's all
good, right?
It can be all good; however,
there are summertime dangers
that you need to beware of if you
want to get the most of this great
time of the year.
The obvious problem is the
sun. If you believe in global warm-
ing, or not, the sun is stronger in
the summer. Skin cancer is on the
Apply and reapply sunscreen.
Wearing clothes that offer "sun
protection is also an excellent
idea. Don't forget a hat. The rays of
the sun can also harm your eyes.
Make certain your sunglasses are
on and that they protect against
UVA and UVB rays..
When you spend more time on
the golf course or on the boat, nu-
trition and hydration are also very
important. Proper hydration is not
Alcohol will actually contrib-
ute to dehydration. Many experts
recommend water. Others sports
drinks. I, prefer iced tea. Do not
wait until you are thirsty. That is a
signal that you have already wait-
ed too long!
Often we als. get so consumed
in our activities that we forget to
eat. Not a good idea. When you
watch a golf tournament on televi-
sion, you might catch Tiger snack-
ing on a banana. If it's good for
him, you can assume it is good for
you. It is certainly better than a hot
dog at the turn.
Another excellent idea for the
weekend warrior is a snack bar:
These days there are many on
the market that are sport specific.
I like a brand called Golf Energy
Bar (www.golfenergybar.com).
Their products are called 1st Tee
and 10th Tee. The 10th Tee peanut
honey is great!
SThey claim it builds energy and
sharpens focus.
Dehydration is not the only
problem that alcoholic beverages

Sports News in Brief

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and pres-
ents the annual Lee McAllister Me-
morial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Future Stars Camp
The second annual Future Stars
Baseball/Softball camp will be held
Aug. 11-15, from 7:30 a.m. until
noon each day. Instructions will
be provided by college and high-
school coaches. There is no camp
fee. Applications, can be picked
up at Beef O' Bradys and Hibbet
Sporting Goods. Applications are
to be returned to the Chobee.Drive
Thru. All applications must be
notarized. Campers should bring
lunches for the first four days of the
camp. On Friday, hamburgers and
hotdogs will be provided. Drinks
will be provided throughout the
week. Bring an open mind and a
desire to learn. Camp will be held
at Okeechobee High School base-
ball and softball fields. All applica-
tions must be turned in by Aug. 6.
For information call Bobby Steiert
at 863-634-6523.

Glades Gun Club to
host shooting event
An open range shooting event
will be held on Saturday, July 26.
The range is located at the Glades
County Sheriff's Gun Range at Gun
Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E.
of US 27.
Glades County residents are wel-
come at no charge. Must register, at-
tend safety briefing and sign waiver.
Eye & Ear protection mandatory.
Gate opens at 8 a.m., registration
from 8:15 a.m., briefing at 8:45.

Fairways and
by Daniel Shube
Drinking and driving applies
not only to automobiles. Golf cart
accidents happen much more fre-
quently than you realize. Drinking
and driving a golf cart is a bad idea.
Remember to keep your arms and
legs in the cart as well.
In the summer, the greens fees
are considerably lower in the af-
ternoon. The good news is it stays
light longer. The bad news is the
afternoon showers. A little rain
never hurt' anyone. It's the light-

ning that will kill you. We live in
the lightning capital of the world.
When the siren sounds, seek shel-
ter immediately. The course will
not go anywhere. Make sure you
can play another day. .
Another expense when you
play golf is the ball. They don't last
forever. We all usually lose them
vwa\ too soon. The rough eats
The woods hide them. They
sometimes take a dip in the lake
to cool oil.
Do yourself a favor and do not
look too long and hard for a lost
'golf ball. You do not want to hold
up the group behind you. Besides,
it can be a jungle out there. Florida
has many poisonous snakes in the
water and brush. Not to mention
the alligators in the lakes. Be a
good neighbor with the local wild-
life residents. Leave them alone
and they'll do the same to you!
Take advantage of the sum-
mer's benefits. Just be smart
about it!,

eral authorities have charged sev-
en men with 57 counts of illegally
catching, transporting and selling
fish across state lines.
The indictment, returned last
week in U.S. District Court in Al-
bany, Ga., said several Florida
fishermen and seafood dealers
and 2 Georgia brothers conspired
to transport a variety of fish ille-
gally across state lines from Flori-
da to Georgia, mislabeled fish and
falsified documents, investigators
The men are accused of il-
legally catching and selling red
drum, red snapper, red grouper,
gag grouper and of selling Viet-
namese catfish as grouper. Offi-
cials say the total commercial val-
ue of the fish involved exceeded
Authorities said it was among
the largest undercover operations
in the Panhandle in the past two

Submined photo
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and in the band. She is spending her summer "giving back"
in Okeechobee helping local younger girls to succeed in

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What are the

Rank Make/Model Last Rank
1. Ford F-150* 1
2. Chevrolet Cobalt 2
3. Chevrolet Malibu** 9
4. Pontiac G6 5
.5. Toyota Tundra 4
6. Toyota Sienna 6
7. Honda Odyssey -
8. Chevrolet Silverado * 3
9. Chrysler Sebring
10. Ford Explorer 10
*Rankings based on estimated
sales breakouts and/or production
**Excludes hybrid.
Sources: Automaker data, Auto-
motiue News
'Sy Kelsey Mays, Cars.com
Ford and GM continue their
Sreign in this summer's American-
Made Index, but two new auto-
makers - Chrysler and Honda
- have joined the list, raising the
number of manufacturers on it to
five. That's the most carmakers
the AMI has featured in the two
years we've been compiling it.
How did those two make it?
The Alabama-built Odyssey mini-
van led Honda's charge thanks to

mostly in Canada or have com-
paratively low domestic-parts
content ratings. That's not the
case this time: The Chrysler Se-
bring sedan and convertible,
both built in Michigan, pushed a
number of others out of the way
to make it to ninth place on the
In Chrysler's wake? Among
a few models to drop off the list
this time around was the Ford Es-
cape, long an AMI staple; it's do-
mestic-parts content rating fell 25
percentage points (from 90 per-
cent to 65 percent) when it was
redesigned for 2008. Last winter,
Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood
couldn't give a reason for the
domestic content drop, but said
Ford is "proud of the domestical-
ly produced parts that go into bur
vehicles ... but there are changes
from year to year."
Sherwood need only point
to the F-150 pickup, which has
claimed the top spot in the AMI
five times running. Sagging pick-
up sales have had no effect yet on
its status: The F-Series is built here

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The Chevrolet Cobalt, manufactured in Lordstown, OH, is
ranked number two.

its high domestic-parts content
rating, which indicates the per-
centage of U.S. and Canadian
parts, by cost, in a given vehicle.
The 2008 Odyssey's domestic
content rating went up to 75 per-
cent, compared to 70 percent for
the '07 model, which comprised
a sizeable chunk of last year's
. Honda spokesman Chuck
Schifsky said it's hard to single
out what specific domestic con-
tent was added in the Odyssey;
Schifsky noted that Honda has a
number of cars in the 70 percent
Chrysler, meanwhile, has had
a tough time making the index
because a number of its strongest
sellers - the Dodge Ram pickup
and Grand Caravan minivan, for
example - are either assembled

with consistently high domestic-
parts content, and its high - if
falling - sales continue to give it
a commanding lead. We've seen
earlier contenders like the Toyota
.Camry go from near the top to
elimination, though; all it takes
is a precipitous drop in a car's
domestic content. With the rede-
signed '09 F-150 in the wings, it
will be interesting to see how its
content ratings fare.
Ford's other model on the list,
the Kentucky-built Explorer, con-
tinues to rank 10th.
GM has always been a strong
player, but that's true for different
reasons this time. The Kansas-
built Chevy Malibu moved from
an unremarkable 33rd ranking in
year-to-date sales in December
to 15th overall today, and its 85

top An

percent domestic-parts content
rating is as high as any vehicle
we surveyed. It jumped to third
place in the AMI, up from ninth.
Making the opposite trip was the
Silverado, whose sagging sales
and increased production in
Mexico and Canada knocked it
down to eighth.
Other GMs, from the Chevro-
let Cobalt to the Pontiac G6, gen-
erally held steady. So did T6yota's
two entrants, the Sienna minivan
and Tundra pickup. Stagnant
sales, meanwhile, pushed the ag-
ing Chevy TrailBlazer off the list.
All the same, coupes and se-
dans seem to be making limited
headway - strange, given higher
gas prices and headier sales in
those segments. Our first index,
in June 2006, had three cars; to-
day there are four.
Why is that? The answer
might be as simple as where the
models are built. For this particu-
lar index, Cars.com surveyed the
country's 58 best-selling models
through May 31 of this year. Of
the 30 trucks, vans and SUVs in

lerican-made cars?

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The Ford F-150 is ranked number one in the list of Top American-Made Cars. It is manL
factured in Claycomo, MO and Dearborn, MI

ports will be cars, up from 67
percent today, according to J.D.
Power data.
David Cole, chairman of the
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Center
for Automotive Research, says
it makes sense to build where
there's demand.

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The Chevrolet Malibu is ranked number three. It is manufac-
tured in Kansas City, KS.

that group, 23 are assembled in
the U.S. (though not always ex-
.clusively; some models are as-
sembled both in plants here and
in other countries), but just half
of the cars on the list - 14 of 28
- are built here.
"Among popular models,
more cars are imported to the
U.S. than trucks, vans and SUVs,"
said Tina Jantzi, a senior forecast-
er at J.D. Power and Associates.
"It's difficult to say definitively
why, as.there are likely many rea-
sons that vary by manufacturer."
One possible factor is the cost
of shipping vehicles, which fa-
vors cars because they're lighter
and smaller. Either way, it's a'
trend that could persist for some
time. Jantzi predicts that by 2015,
some 69 percent of popular im-

"Since the market for larger ve-
hicles is more narrowly focused
on North America, more would
be built here," Cole said. "But
for many of the cars, they could
come from production facilities
just about anywhere.
"I'm not sure this is likely to
change much, although with the
general downsizing of more cars
and trucks here, that may lead
to globalization of more produc-
tion. Ultimately the objective of
any manufacturer is to maximize
utilization of all production assets
- that is, operate at 100 percent
of capacity or more."
Globalized production, of.
course, also means that a num-
ber of popular models already

aren't as homegrown as you
might think. Take cars like the
Ford Mustang, Chevy Impala and
Chrysler 300: The Michigan-built
Mustang has a disappointing 65
percent domestic-parts content
rating, while the 300 and Impala

car is. Many cars built in the U.5
for example, are assembled usir
parts that come from somewhel
else. Some cars assembled in tl
U.S. from strictly American-mac
parts don't sell very well, meanir
that fewer Americans are buildir

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The Pontiac G6 is ranked number four. It is manufactured i
Orion, Ml.

are built in Canada. What's more,
America's beloved retro hatch-
backs, the Chevy HHR and-soon-
to-be-discontinued Chrysler PT
Cruiser, are built in Mexico. The
pint-sized Chevy Aveo is built in
South Korea.
Not that import *automakers
fare any better: Hyundai's Ala-
bama-built 2009 Sonata has just
43 percent domestic content,
while the Ohio-built Honda CR-V
comes in at just 10 percent. That
portrait of urban frugality, the
Toyota Prius? It's imported from
Japan - and so are suburbanite
favorites like the Nissan Murano
and Toyota RAV4.
Editor's note: In today's global
economy, there's no easy way to
determine just how American a

those models. Cars.com's Amel
can-Made. Index highlights tt
cars that are built here, have tU
highest percentage of domest
parts, and are bought in the lar
est numbers by Americans.
There are a few options for d
termining a car's domestic-par
content. We went with the figu
that appears alongside the wi
dow sticker of new cars as a r
suit of the American Automobi
Labeling Act, enacted in 199
The AALA mandates that virt
ally every new car display the pc
centage, by cost, of its parts th
originated in the U.S. and Canad
We deemed cars with a domestic
parts content rating of 75 perce
or higher eligible for the index.

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TheToyota Tundra is ranked number five. It is manufactured
in Princeton, IN and San Antonio, TX.

* Courtesy photo
The Toyota Sienna is ranked number six. It is manufactured
in Princeton, IN.

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The Chevrolet Silverado is ranked number eight. It is manu- The Chrysler Sebring is ranked number nine. It is manufac-
factured in Fort Wayne, IN and Pontiac, MI. tured in Sterling Heights, MI.

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he Honda Odyssey is ranked number seven. It is manufal
.tured in Lincoln, AL

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The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is ranked number ten. It is mai
ufactured in Louisville, KY.s


12 Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 26, 2008

How to buy the

(MS) Buying a car can be a
very exciting experience. If you
approach purchasing a new ve-
hicle with a degree of trepidation,
thatOs perfectly understandable.
After all, purchasing a car is a big
However, it's important to
keep in mind that searching for
and eventually purchasing a
car should be a fun experience.
What makes the experience
more enjoyable is knowing how.
to buy a car. Oftentimes, the pro-
cess is contingent on a number
of things, but three issues tend to
raise the most questions:
What You Need vs. What
You Want
Many times, knowing what
you need out of a car is the best
way to ensure that not only will
the process of buying the car will
go smoothly, but so will owning
the car. Oftentimes, needs versus
wants is the biggest hurdle to
clear. For example, while most
people would love to get that su-
percharged luxury sports car, it's
probably not the best choice for
a mother of three who needs to
take the kids to school and sports
practices every day. Know what

it is you need out of a car.
commute to work is rel
long, then you should look
car that gets good gas m
Along those same lines, i
commute is short and you
do much driving, you pro
have a little more leeway w
spect to vehicle choice.
What Can You Afford
Many times, the biggest
ence with respect to buy
car is cost. While you mil
ally want that luxury seda
you really afford it? In gen
good gauge is the percent
rometer. Since most people
days either finance or leas
vehicles, this is a good app
If your monthly payment ex
20 percent of your take
pay, you're spending too
Keep in mind, insurance
repairs that might not be cc
by the warranty, fueling cos
general maintenance will
up each month, so the low
can keep your monthly pay
the better off you will be.
Calculate the number yo
afford before your search
keep this information to y
when speaking to the deal
ter all, the number you will

right car
If your up with will likely be the maxi-
latively mum number you can afford. If
k for a the dealer knows that number,
ileage. that's what you'll end up paying,
if your costing you the chance to save
Don't money.
obably Do You Want to Lease or
vith re- Buy?
Many people have strong
I? opinions when it comes to leas-
tinflu- ing or buying a vehicle. Leasing
ying a generally costs less up front, and
ght re- should provide lower monthly
n, can payments as well. But much like
eral, a renting an apartment as opposed
ige ba- to buying a house, with a lease
these you won't own the car once the
e their leasing period is over. Should
roach. you choose to buy the car and fi-
xceeds nance it, you'll own the car once
-home you finish the monthly payments
much. or pay off the loan. That means
costs, you have something to sell when
covered the car is paid off.
sts and Another advantage to buying
all add is that it allows for more flex-
er.you ibility. -Leases often have mile-
rment, 'age restrictions, with heavy and
'expensive penalties should you
u can go beyond the agreed mileage
h, but restrulcons. Buying or financing
ourself a car allow\ s you to drive as much
ler. Af- as you'd like. If your commute
come to work is long or if your work

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Buying a car can be a grueling and nerve-wracking experience, but it should also be an
enjoyable one.

requires frequent driving, a lease
should be out of the question.
Interest rates also come in to
play. It makes much more sense
to buy if you can get a low interest
rate, because you won't be paying
much more than the cost of the

vehicle and in return you'll own.
the vehicle once you pay it off. If
your credit is not great, however,
leasing might be your best bet
because lease terms are gener-
ally shorter in length and you can
build better credit by meeting the

lower monthly payments each
month and likely earn a lower
interest rate should you decide to
buy your next vehicle.
Each of these issues can weigh
heavily on anyone looking to buy
a car. Consider each carefully,
then enjoy the search.

Five easy ways to drive green

Reduce your impact on the environment without

changing your lifestyle

(MS) -- It only takes a single
car to substantially impact the en-
vironment. According to the En-
vironmental Protection Agency
(EPA), the average car emits as
much as 575 pounds of carbon
monoxide into the air each year.
Until automakers develop a more
environmentally friendly automo-
bile, it's up to each driver to help
reduce their car's footprint on the
planet. Here are five easy ways to
drive green without buying a new
car or drastically changing your
driving habits:
* Simply follow the main-
tenance recommendations in
your owner's manual. An out-of-
tune engine can increase emis-
sions and fuel consumption by
as much as 15 perce.nt. Always
follow your car manufacturer's
suggested tune-up schedule to
ensure your vehicle is perform-

ing at its best.
* Upgrade your motor oil.
Some of the newer high-perfor-
mance synthetic motor oils have
been proven to significantly re-
duce emissions. For instance,
according to independent tests,
Royal Purple motor oil has been
shown to reduce carbon monox-
ide emissions by as much as 62
percent when compared to con-
ventional petroleum-based oils.
It also improves fuel economy
by as much as five percent and
produces notable horsepower
and torque increases. So you
can switch to an environmentally
friendly product without giving
up performance. More informa-
tion is available at www.royalpur-
* Regularly replace your air
filter. A clogged air filter can in-
crease fuel consurrption by as
much as 10 percent. Air filters

keep impurities from damaging
the interior of the engine, so re-
placing dirty filters will save gas
and protect your engine.
* Keep the tires ofyour vehicle
properly inflated. The U.S. Energy
Department reports that under-
inflated tires can increase fuel
consumption by up to 6 percent.
One study estimates that 50 to
80 percent of the tires rolling on
U.S. roads are under inflated. As-
tonishingly, we could save up, to
2 billion gallons of gas each year
simply by properly inflating our
* Avoid topping off your gas

tank. Topping off releases gas
fumes.into the air and cancels the
benefits of the pump's anti-pollu-
tion devices. Capping your tank
once the pump automatically
shuts off is safer and reduces pol-
To learn more, visit the follow-
ing Web sites:
www.epa.gov: The U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency
www.fueleconomy.gov: The
U.S. Departments of Energy's
Web site dedicated to issues re-
lated to fuel economy www.
royalpurple.com: Royal Purple's
Web site.

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Understanding rental car terms and fees

According to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC), renting a car
can be confusing and expensive
if you don't understand indus-
try terms and how fees are cal-
culated. And if you have a poor
driving record, renting a car may
be next to impossible. Consider
these points and questions to ask
yourself before you make that
rental car reservation, courtesy
of the FTC in cooperation with
the American Society of Travel
Agents (ASTA).
1. Size vs. cost. Think about
the car size you want or need
and how much you're willing to
spend. This will help you avoid
making a hasty or expensive deci-
sion that you may regret later. At
the same time, be aware that ve-
hicle classification systems vary.
The terms "compact," "midsize"
and "luxury" sometimes differ
among companies.
2. Get price estimates. Call
several rental car companies
for price estimates, or check
rates through your travel agent.
Ask about specials geared to
the length of time you need the
vehicle. Many companies offer
weekly or weekend deals. If your
plans are flexible, you may be
able to save money by renting a
car when price breaks are avail-
able. But be sure to ask about

restrictions on special offers, in-
cluding blackout dates when an
advertised price may not be avail-
3. Ask if the rental car com-
pany checks the driving records
of potential customers. Many
companies now check driving
records when customers arrive
at the counter. Some reject cus-
tomers whose driving records
don't meet company standards.
Even if you have a confirmed
reservation, you may be disquali-
fied from renting a car for mov-
ing violations within the last few
years; seat-belt law violations; ac-
cidents, regardless of fault; con-
victions for driving while intoxi-
cated (DWI), driving under the
influence (DUI), reckless driving
or leaving the scene of an acci-
dent;'or driving with an invalid,
suspended or revoked license.
4. Before you sign a rental
agreement, ask if there may be
charges that could increase an
advertised base rate. The in-
formation may help you save
money and avoid disputes when
the time comes to pay your bill.
These charges and their terms
are defined below.
* Collision Damage Waiver
(CDW): an optional charge of
$9 to $13 per day tin states that
allow it). Rental car agents may

urge you to buy this option. Al-
though they call it "collision dam-
age" coverage, it's not technically
collision insurance. Rather, it is a
"guarantee" that the rental com-
pany will pay for damages to
your rented car. By declining the
waiver, you accept responsibility
for any damages. However, un-
der CDW, the company will not
pay for bodily injuries or dam-
ages to your personal property. If
you do not buy CDW coverage or
are not covered by your personal
auto insurance policy, you could
be liable for the full value of the
car. Some rental companies may
hold you liable only for the first
$1,000 or $2,000.
Some CDWs exclude cover-
age under certain circumstances.
For example, coverage may be
revoked if you. damage the car
while driving it in a negligent
manner, on unpaved roads, or
out of the state in which you
rented the.vehicle. Some com-
panies void their CDW coverage
if a driver drinks alcohol or if a
nonauthorized driver operates
the car. -
The coverage offered by rent-
al car companies may duplicate
insurance you have through your
auto and homeowner's policies.
Coverage under your medical
plan would offer protection that

CDW coverage lacks. Read your
insurance policies and medical
plan for specifics. If you're not
sure about the coverage, call
your insurers. If you're traveling
on business, your employer may
have insurance that covers you.
Also, some credit-card compa-
nies and motor clubs provide
members with free rental protec-
tion when you use their cards to
pay for rentals.
* Personal Accident Insurance
(PAI): At a daily cost of $1.50 to
$4, it pays a death benefit and/
or a portion of your medical ex-
penses if you're in an accident.
* Personal Effects Coverage
(PEC) or Personal Effects Protec-
tion (PEP): At an average daily
cost of $1.25, it safeguards your
luggage against damage. If your
homeowner's policy covers your
luggage and other belongings
while you travel, you may,not
need this protection.
* A refundable charge: may
be required when you pick up
your rental car. The charge var-
ies, but may be hundreds of dol-
lars. Most rental companies make
the charge to your credit card but'
do not process the amount un-
less you do not return the car as,
specified in your rental contract.
Until you return the car, how-
ever, your spending limit on your

credit card may be reduced by
the amount of the deposit. This
may be important if you plan to
charge other items to your credit
card and are near your credit
limit. If you do not have a major
credit card, or you do hot want
to charge the deposit, companies
may ask for the deposit in cash.
* Airport surcharges/drop-off
fees: can increase the base rental
rate considerably. Surcharges
apply when airport authori-
ties impose fees for airport use
even when rental car companies
shuttle you to an off-airport site.
Drop-off fees refer to. charges
that some companies impose to
allow you to drop off the car at a
different location from the pick-
up point.
* A fuel charge: the amount
many rental car companies add
to your bill for gasoline. Some
give you a half-tank at a charge of
$10 to $15 and tell you to return
the car empty; others fill the tank
and charge for the amount of gas
you use. Companies that do not
charge for the initial tank may
ask you to return the car with a
full tank. If you don't, you'll be
charged the rental company's
price for gasoline. It's often much
higher than a local station's.
* Mileage fees: usually as-
sessed on a cents-per-mile basis

or as a flat fee when you exceed
the allotted' free-mileage cap.
Knowing approximately how
far you will drive will allow you
to select the company that of-
fers the most favorable mileage
* Taxes: levied by states and.
some municipalities. You may be
able to avoid the higher tax rate
of an urban pick-up site if you
pick up your rental car at a sub-
urban location.
* Additional-driver fees/under-
age-driver fees: costs a company
assesses when you share the'
driving with another person or'
when a driver is under age 25.
* Out-of-state charges: as-
sessed when you drive the car
out of the state in which it was
* Equipment-rental fees: im-
posed when you order extras
such as ski racks and car seats. If
these items are important to you,
make sure you reserve them in
For more information on rent-
ing a car, visit the ASTA Web site
at www.astanet.com/travel/car-
tips.asp or the FTC at www.ftc.

Louisville Ford plant will switch from SUVs to small cars

LOUISVILLE, Ky. July 24,2008;
Brett Barrouquere writing for the
AP reported that Ford Motor Co.
is going down the road ahead
with Kentucky.
The automaker announced
on Thursday that the Louisville
Assembly Plant, which makes
the Ford Explorer midsize SUV,
will be getting a flexible body
shop and begin making smaller,
fuel-efficient cars to sell in the
United States by 2011. .
The new vehicles will be simi-
lar to the European Focus.
Ford, successful at selling cars
in Europe, is banking on new Eu-
ropean models to boost sales and
revenue as it deals with a market
shift from trucks to cars brought
on by high gasoline prices.
SThe struggling automaker is
also. moving production of the
Lincoln Navigator and Ford Ex-
pedition from Michigan to the
Kentucky Truck Plant in early
2009. The Kentucky Truck Plant
currently makes Ford Super Duty

Louisville 'Mayor Jerry
Abramson said Ford will invest
$100 million in the Kentucky
Truck Plant. The investment will
give flexibility to the city's two
Ford plants that. will keep pro-
duction lines moving well into
the future, Kentucky Gov. Steve
Beshear said.
"The .company is betting the
success of its future and the fu-
ture of the-auto industry on Lou-
isville, Ky.," Beshear said.
The announcement Thursday
marks a turnaround for the Lou-
isville plants since 2006, when
they were considered by Ford as
candidates for closure.
"When it comes to Ford Mo-
tor Co., Louisville has had more
lives than most cats when you
consider what we've had to go
through," Beshear said.
Abramson said the city and
state used financial incentives
to lure Ford into investing in the
local plants. Those incentives
haven't been finished, but should
be made public in a few weeks,

he said. Also, the city and state
are working on a job retraining
package for Ford employees,
Abramson said.
, "We've been working on a
significant package to focus on
the retraining of people who will
Work on the new C-class cars,"
Abramson said.
The two plants employ about
6,000 people, making Ford one
of the city's largest private em-
ployers. Abramson said Ford will
continue the buyouts of some
employees that are in progress
and that the number of people
working there may fall during the
restructuring. But Abramson said
once the retooled plants are on-
line, the employment figures are
expected to rise.
"There may even be opportu-
riities for expansion ofjobs in our
hometow\T," Abramson said.
The news of new products to
be built in Kentucky drew praise
from United Auto Workers repre-
sentatives. LiAW Local 862 and
Ford agreed earlier this year to al-

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low employees to work alternate
shifts, which avoided layoffs.
UAW Local 862 President
Rocky Comito said Thursday's
announcement validated that
"The things the employees
have had to make concessions
over in the last 18 months proved
worthwhile, given what we heard
today," Comito said. "There's a
light now at the end of the tunnel
in two years."
Ford's director of manufactur-
ing operations, Bill Russo, said
Thursday both plants will shut
down while new equipment is
installed and workers are trained
for the new product lines.
"That doesn't mean all the
employees will be absent," Rus-
so said.

Russo says the moves will
make both plants more flex-
ible and able to handle a wider
range of products in the future.
But Russo would not say which
new line of cars would be made
in Kentucky.
"We're not speaking yet of
specific products," Russo.said..
The announcement came on
the same day that Ford posted
the worst quarterly performance
in its history, losing $8.67 billion
in the second quarter.
The second-quarter loss sur-
passed Ford's 'previous record
quarterly loss, $6.7 billion in the
first quarter of 1992.
Abramson, Beshear, Ken-
tucky Economic Development
Secretary John Hindman and

Greater Louisville Inc. President
Joe Reagan flew to Michigan
in early April to meet with Ford
'executives about the two plants.
Ford has been meeting with
Louisville and Kentucky officials
each month since then about the
incentive package.
But until Thursday, Ford made
no commitments to Louisville
about the future of the plants,
Beshear said.
"I just think we outworked a
lot of people," Beshear said. "Un-
til today, the plans weren't set in
Associated Press ridersrs Dee-
Ann Durbin and Tomr Krisher in
Dearborn, Mich., contributed to
this report.

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