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Year in Review
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Delivering Western Hendry County's News Since 1922
VOLUE83UMB TURSAY, JAN -RY62005
At a Glance
PROUD TO SALUTE
THOSE WHO WERE
THERE AND STILL ARE
MLK march slated
The Fordson/Sunset Park
community invites everyone to
its annual Martin Luther King,
Jr. March. It will begin at 10
a.m. sharp on Monday, January
17. Marchers will start at the
corner of MLK and Cowboy
Way and continue over to Ford-
son Park where activities are
The LaBelle Community
Blood Drive will be held Thurs-
day, January 13, 2005 from 12
noon until 7 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post # 130 on High-
way 80. Please come out and
donate. It's about life! Please
bring your photo I.D. and your
Send a smile
SThe LaBelle Community
Woman's Club, 382 Hick-
pooche Ave., will sponsor a
luncheon for Operation
Smile to pay for as many sur-
geries as possible. The lunch-
eon is January 16 at noon. Tick-
ets are $10.00. Reservations
need to be made by January
11. Mary Taylor Jacobs from
Miami Operation Smile will
present the program. For reser-
vations call Dorothy Harrison at
863/675-5901 or e-mail with
questions : .
t. Donations will be accepted if
you cannot attend the lunch-
eon. Send to: P.O. Box 551,
LaBelle, FL 33935.
Come to the 4th annual
Honey Festival, sponsored by
the Muse Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, Enjoy a barbecue dinner,
door prizes, auction, gift certifi-
cates from local merchants and
a live band. Proceeds will go to
the MVFD. There will be a $7
donation for the dinner. Ven-
dors welcome. The event will
take place at.MVFD, Rainbow
Road in Muse, Saturday, Janu-
ary 15, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information, call
Lisa Callahan at 239-340-1383
(days) or 675-1011 (evenings).
Notice to seniors
You may be eligible for an
additional exemption on your
Homestead Exemption on
your homesteaded property.
Effective January 1, 2001, an
additional $25,000 exemption
on county millage only was
made available to persons age
65 years or older whose house-
hold income does not exceed
the state allowance. You must
apply and qualify each ear.
Applications are available at
the Property Appraiser's office.
The deadline is March 1, 2005.
These are detailed appiicationr,
and require income documen-
tation. Please do not wait to get
For additional information
regarding this exemption call
the LaBelle office at 675-5270
or the Clewiston office at 983-
3178. The hours for both offices
are from 8:30
Classifieds ...... 11-13
Editorial .......... ...4
Speak Odt .........4
Sports .............. 9
. See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Online news & information
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Henderson is captured
Community reels from death of businessman
By Patty Brant ~g .police work," Sheriff Lee said no evidence that she had ever HCSO Capt. Joe Johnson said
Authorities are still not link-
ing the escape of a Hendry
County inmate with the brutal
slaying of one of LaBelle's best-
loved sons, but family, friends
and the entire community are
finding some consolation in the
capture of 19-year-old James
Robert Henderson. Henderson
was arrested without a struggle
on a dirt road in Muse about
4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Putting a citizen's tip provid-
ed at Sheriff Ronnie Lee's
swearing in ceremony Tuesday
evening, together with other
information and some "good
otticers trom Hendry, Glades
and Collier counties, along with
FDLE agents, stopped Hender-
son as he was driving a stolen
vehicle. The blue Cavalier he
was driving was stolen in
Immokalee some time around
11 p.m. Tuesday. Henderson
was. alone when he was
stopped and arrested for
escape. There had been specu-
lation that a 14-year-old run-
away from the Oasis Youth Cen-
ter in Fort Myers might be with
him. Sheriff Lee said they had
Changing of the guard: Ronnie Lee sworn in as sheriff
been with him during this time,
Sheriff Lee said officers will
be keeping a close eye on Hen-
derson. As a trusty at. the
Hendry County Jail, he walked
away from a work detail at the
facility on December 30, just
hours before 39-year-old Danny
Woosley was found shot at his
SR 29 home at about 8 p.m.
Mr. Woosley's 1992 blue F-
150 pick up truck, which was
missing that night, was discov-
ered Jan. 2, on County Road 82
in northern Collier County.
the black and white jumpsuit
Henderson was wearing when
he escaped has been recovered.
A $5,000 reward was offered for
information leading to Hender-
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement scientists scoured
the crime scene for physical evi-
dence that night. Both FDLE and
the State Attorney's Office are
assisting in the investigation.
Authorities are not officially
See Murder Page 2
dig in to
By Patty Brant
Parents of LaBelle.Middle
School students are taking the
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City Hall, hoping to begin an
open discussion that could
help improve the situation.
The spirit at the meeting was
one of cooperation and con-
Staff photos/Patty Brant
Ronnie Lee raises his right hand and repeats the oath of office administered by County
Judge Jim Sloan, as the new sheriff's wife, Kathy Lee, holds the Bible.
Lee reorganizes sheriff's office
By Patty Brant
Inew onerln Lee speaKs 0
his officers after taking the
oath of office.
At midnight December 31
County Judge Jim Sloan swore
in new Sheriff Ronnie Lee as the
appointee to complete'outgoing
Sheriff Steve Worley's term of
office. Sheriff Worley opted to
step down December 31 instead
of waiting till his January 4 ter-
mination date. Immediately
after taking the oath of office,
the new sheriff swore in LaBelle
area deputies who were on
duty, as well as others who
could come. The ceremony
took place at the Hendry County
Once duly sworn in, the new
sheriff spoke, briefly to the
assembled officers, saying he
wanted a smooth transition. He
added that he hopes they can
develop into a "family" and
reminded them that their job is
to serve the citizens of Hendry
Shortly thereafter, he trav-
eled to the Brian Haas Training
Center in Pioneer Plantation, so
those on-duty in the mid- and
eastern sections of the county
could also be sworn in and
complete their shifts. Deputies
not on duty at midnight were
sworn in at the training center at
6 a.m. on January 1.
The new sheriff took the
oath of office marking the
beginning of his regular term at
a public ceremony on Tuesday,
January 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the
New Harvest Church in Clewis-
Sheriff Lee is currently reor-
See Sheriff Page 2
cern. Over 20 individuals
attended the informal meeting
to clear the air and gather
input on how to proceed.
i t LMS
....... ........... ^ on" at
the school, several parents
took turns recounting ongoing
negative personal experi-
See LMS Page 2
By Patty Brant EMS, law enforcement to the
right place in a timely manner.
It isn't very often that an Another good thing to come out
address change makes people of revamping the addressing sys-
happy. People are creatures of tem is that it has cut down on
habit we like our comfy old the number of tax bills returned
addresses and it's often hard to to the Property Appraisers Office
understand the reason why our marked "not deliverable" or
address has to change at all. But "address unknown."
for E911 Coordinator Robin For the past 15months Robin
McLean, the answer is simple, has bent her efforts to streamlin-
An incorrect address could be ing Hendry County addresses
the one thing that keeps emer- into a sensible system, at least
agency personnel from arriving at for emergency purposes.
your home or business in time. Over the past year, she says,
Rural counties in particular, much progress has been made,
with residences and private in large part due to the coopera-
roads nestled in remote areas, tion of various groups like the
need an accurate way of send-
ing emergency help firefighters,
See E911 -Page 2
From Kazakhstan to LaBelle
By Donna Meister
The Pacific Intercultural
Exchange selected 17-year old
Anna Simonenko from. Kaza-
khstan to spend a year in
LaBelle and attend LaBelle
High School in its student
exchange program. A host
family that signs on with the
program opens their home to a
student so they may each learn
the cultures of the other's
homeland. Anna counts her-
.self a blessed person to have
been planted in LaBelle. How-
ever, finding Anna at her host
home off of North River Road,
between the landmarks of an
orange grove and a "dead hog
beside the road" was about as
easy as pronouncing Kaza-
Since she has already grade
uated from high school, she,
chose high school classes
where she will learn the most
about the culture. She will be
taking a business class to learn
more computer skills. She has
enjoyed Mrs. Pellerin's English
class, Mr. Bell's American His-
tory class and has really been
enjoying Mr. Foutch's Art class.
She was surprised to find that,
with the encouragement of Mr.
Foutch, she has a talent for
drawing. Anna thanks all of her
teachers for taking a special
interest in her and for helping
her feel so welcome.
Mr. Pickles, Anna's US Gov-
ernment and Economics
teacher, has even helped her
find activities such as the Key
Anna left her very cold cli-
mate with the hopes of going
to a warm U.S. state. She never
dreamed she would end up in
the "warmest," as she puts it.
That took a little getting used
to! She is the only child of a
bookkeeper mother and an
electrician father. Her mother
cried, but her Russian'grand-
mother was so very proud of
her when she broke the news
of her upcoming adventure.
Kazakhstan is in Central
Asia,. south of Russia. Many
people speak Russian, as the
country was part of the Soviet
Union until 1991. Anna speaks
Russian and has been learning
the English language since the
second grade. She says she
actually speaks English better
than the Kazak language,
which has 42 letters in its
alphabet. The Russian lan-
guage has 33 letters and the
English language, of course,
has 26 letters.
Anna is taking a year off
before she attends a university
where she will major in Inter-
national Relationships. Her
country, the size of Texas times
two, is rich in oil and universi-
ties, which lends itself to many
international cultures, stu-
dents, engineers, interpreters
and visitors. She explained that
there are no racial conflicts
and lots of tolerance amohg
See Anna Page 2
Sian pnoio/uonna muemier
Pretty, green-eyed, Anna Simonenka misses the Christmas
snow, her family and friends but Is enjoying her excellent
adventure and the opportunity of being a high school exchange
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2 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 6,2005
Continued From Page 1
linking Henderson's disappear-
ance and the Woosley homicide,
although the two did have a "his-
On June 6, 2003, Henderson
was arrested for theft of a
firearm and dealing in stolen
property. The firearm in ques-
tion was a Smith & Wesson
snub-nosed nickel-plated .38
special handgun that Henderson
reportedly admitted he took
from the Woosley residence,
where he had stayed for several
months. The gun was later
On July 16, 2003, Henderson
was sentenced to two years state
probation; was ordered to have
no contact with Mr. Woosley or
his residence at 1650 SR 29S;
was ordered to have a substance
abuse evaluation and to com-
Continued From Page 1
ences: Complaints ranged from
fights to drugs and even students
being caught having sex under
portable classrooms. They
included an incident last school
year in which one girl was
choked in a "game." The girl
passed out from lack of oxygen
and remains in therapy for an
injured shoulder she suffered in
the incident. The mother said
she was never called by the
school when it happened and
has yet to get any satisfaction.
Ms. Davis was not present at
the meeting, but in an earlier
phone call expressed a willing-
ness to meet with anyone who
wanted to help the administra-
Ms. Davis admitted there was
a situation on campus Decem-
ber 9-10, but it was managed
and brought under control. She
.looked forward to coming back
from Christmas break, saying
she hoped the intervening holi-
day break would cool things off,
but that administration would
proceed according to the situa-
tion at that time.
Ms. Davis called the incident a
"social unrest" problem. She
said she wants students to feel
and be safe on campus and is
willing to work with "problem
solvers" those who want to
improve the school. She added
that these people need to be
involved at the school.
Parents at the meeting repeat-
edly cited the lack of School
;Resource Officers (SROs) at the
middle school, that is deputies
assigned to school campuses, as
a serious issue. SROs left the
LMS campus some 1.5 years ago
and there is some discrepancy as
to why. Ms. Davis said Sheriff
Worley pulled them off campus;
law enforcement say they were
asked to leave.
Parents say the "social
unrest" incident last month was
based in racial friction between
Hispanic and "red neck/rebel"
students. These problems may
spill over from neighborhoods,
but the entire middle school
campus gets caught in them. In
the latest situation, some stu-
Continued From Page 1
the varied cultures and people of
Christian, Jewish and Muslim
When asked of the differ-
ences that she has noticed.
between the two countries she
mentioned that most people
walk or take public transporta-
tion rather than drive every-
where in her homeland -
which is why she figures there
are so many overweight people
in this country. The LaBelle High
School has a lot more computers
and high tech equipment than
she is used to. She also states
that there are more after-school
activities like clubs and sports
teams here in LaBelle than her
home country. She feels most all
teenagers are basically the same
plete the recommended treat-
ment; was ordered to give his
best effort at earning a GED; and
was ordered not to posses any
Henderson had been an
inmate at the Hendry County Jail
since Sept. 30. He was serving
concurrent sentences on two
counts of Grand Theft Auto,
handed down on Dec. 20 just
ten days before his escape. He
was sentenced to 364 days, with
a total of 124 days of credit for
time served. Both stolen vehicles
were found in Clewiston. Hen-
derson also has a history of traf-
fic arrests in Lee County.
Mr. Woosley leaves three chil-
dren: Ashley, 16, Britney, 11 and
Stephen, 10, along with his
mother, Joann Woosley; brother
Larry and sisters: Sherri, Patti
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dents drew pictures of burning
rebel flags along with threats.
The situation was tense on cam-
pus for several days. Law
enforcement was eventually
called to the campus for a period
of time, but parents, at the meet-
ing, fearing for the safety of their
children, felt that having SROs
on campus could have prevent-
ed the situation.
The fact that there are no
SROs at LMS is frustrating for
parents. They questioned how
the school can have "zero toler-
ance" for drugs and violence
with no law enforcement imme-
diately available when incidents
Another common complaint
was that the administration had
not returned phone calls.
The LMS dress coded does
not discourage gang clothing,
parents challenged, it just forced
it underground, and added that
there is an active gang situation
there. Having an SRO on cam-
pus would help, they felt, saying
last month's unrest was just the
"tip of the iceberg."
Organizers of the meeting
said they support the schools
100 percent, but have a problem
with the way this and other situ-
ations are being handled.
Many of the parents agreed
that they should d a way for
parents, SROs and the adminis-
tration to work together. One
teacher said they tried to organ-
ize a PTA years ago, but parents
did not show up. There was
some discussion about starting a
parent/teacher association that
evening, but most preferred to
keep it informal.
The group plans to submit
written complaints to the LMS
administration as well as the
elected school board members.
They are also looking forward to
bringing their complaints to the
Tuesday, January 25, school
board meeting in the School
LaBelle, at 5:30 p.m.
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ment on this issue at
and most everyone has been
nice to her.
It does seem to be popular to
not be very smart here, she says,
and bad grades are not so terri-
ble as they would be at home.
She was also quite surprised that
LaBelle had such a large Hispan-
ic population. Anna loves the
food here and everything that
her host father cooks for her. She
has enjoyed spending time with
her six-year-old "little sister." She
also has a 16-year-old fellow
exchange student "sister" from
Thailand. They get along quite
well and surely are learning and
helping each other adapt.
The extremely bright and per-
sonable young traveler said that
this has been a good experience
to live in a totally new environ-
ment and she has gotten to
know herself better in the
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and the
National Eye Institute along with Family Eye Care are highlight-
ing the importance of regular eye care and good vision.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss in the
United States affecting about three million Americans. High risk
groups include anyone over the age of sixty; blacks and
Hispanics over the age of forty; people of Caribbean-island ori-
gin or descent, diabetics and people who have a family history
of glaucoma. With no early warning signs of possible vision loss,
doctors urge those at higher risk for glaucoma to get regular
dilated eye examinations to help detect this blinding eye disease.
.Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the
eye progressively increases, leading to optic nerve damage and
reduced peripheral (side).vision. As the disease worsens, the
field of vision gradually narrows and blindness may result. No
pain is noted from the increased eye pressure.
Once vision is lost from glaucoma, unlike with cataracts, it
cannot be returned.
Please kall Family Eye Care at 863-675-0761 for more infor-
mation orto set-up an appointment for a dilated eye examina-
Continued From Page 1
ganizing the department, bring-
ing Devon Land back as chief
deputy. Land served in that
capacity the last several years of
Sheriff Lee's previous term.
Joe Johnson came up from
Pictured from left: Chief Deputy Devon Land, Captain Joe
Johnson take the office as the sheriff's secretary Corrine
Palmer looks on.
Continued From Page 1
LaBelle and Clewiston post office
employees, Cities of LaBelle and
Clewiston, Sprint, Building and
Zoning, Property Appraisers Office
and area utility companies. Sprint
and utility companies provide a
"baseline" for rural area addresses.
Robin has been coordinating with
them and adjusting residence
numbers and street addresses as
Software installed last April is
expediting the whole project,
expanding her view to take in an
entire community at a time. The
county is adding and updating its
aerial maps, too.
There are only three viable zip
codes in the county for E911 use
(33935 LaBelle [33975 is the post
office only]; 33440 Clewiston
area; and 33930 Felda). Big
Cypress is in line to get its own zip
code, Robin said. The limited num-
ber of zip codes assigned in the
county compounds E911 difficul-
ties because of the possibility of
duplicate addresses in the same
zip code. For instance, if an E911
call comes in from "000 State
Street" and there are two such
addresses (say, one in Montura
and one in Ladeca, which both
have the 33440 zip code), which
one should emergency personnel
be dispatched to?
To circumvent this problem
community names are being
added to certain E911 addresses.
For instance, Pioneer Plantation,
Ladeca, Montura, Harlem, Big
Cypress all have the Clewiston zip
code (33440). So, when that emer-
gency call comes in from "000
State Street" in one of those com-
munities, the E911 system will dis-
tinguish that address from any sim-
ilar one in the same zip. (This
addition is for E911 only, not regu-
lar mail delivery.) This way,
responding personnel will auto-
matically respond to the proper
area of the county.
The system should prevent situ-
ations like in the past, when emer-
gency personnel could not find the
proper address. Of course, resi-
dents must do their part and post
their address at the road or on their
tion, to ensure that the odd/even
numbers conform with the rest of
In 2005, Robin plans to critique
roads coming off of SR 80W -
Phillips and Murray Roads in par-
ticular "need a little work," she
She noted that it is important
not to duplicate addresses any-
where in the county, but particular-
ly in the 'Alva" area. With postal
service in the Hendry County
"Alva" portion coming through Lee
County, address confusion could
easily lead to a cell phone 911 call
going to the wrong county result-
ing in delays that could be critical,
She said some CR 78 residents
still use North River Road as their
address the same as Lee County.
These residents must change to CR
78 to ensure proper emergency
service, she said.
There are also some holdovers
on B Road still using their old HC
address. HC and Star Route
addresses were discontinued by
the postal service several years
She reminds everyone that they
must use their physical address
and post it near the road where it is
easily visible by emergency per-
sonnel. She also notes that E911
addressing is not using the Keri
Road designation any more it is
CR 832. (Other departments may
still use Keri Road.)
The section of Hendry County
in the vicinity of LeHigh Acres is
also coming up for scrutiny.
East side update
In Clewiston the newly devel-
oped Ridgeview and Sugarland
Subdivisions were readdressed in
time for mail service to begin.
The South West Cypress section
south of CR 846 and west of Big
Cypress to the Hendry County line -
is also new.
The big project on the eastern
side of the county this year will be
the readdressing of SR 833 and
835. This will be a huge project,
she admits, and will probably not
be completed until some time in
Flaghole addresses are good,
she said, although there are still
West side update Tigt
Several new E911 designations
will be made for the LaBelle area:
West LaBelle (south of the river,
currently having an Alva zip code)
and Northwest LaBelle (north of
the river along CR 78 west of Fort
Denaud, with an Alvazip code).
Live Oak Lane addresses have
changed in the county only. Last
week Robin notified the owners
and residents of Aqua Isles that the
road coming into that community
(Aqua Isles Blvd.) will be the street
name for all their residences. She
hand delivered 100 address change
cards there last Thursday, trying to
make it as easy as possible for resi-
dents to comply with E911
This month, she said auditing
will begin on Kirby Thompson
Road addresses and the CR 78 cor-
ridor from the Fort Denaud Bridge
to the Lee County line where so
much growth is taking place.
A Mira Verde update was just
completed and Robin says that the
Felda/SR 29 area is due for atten-
Once your physical and/or mail-
ing address has been changed, you
should send change of address
cards to the tax collector, property
appraiser and voter registration.
Don't forget the phone, electric
companies as well as your mort-
gage company and bank, home
and car insurance, alarm compa-
ny, life insurance company, cable
TV or satellite provider, internet
provider, any business that sends
you a regular shipment, such as
Be sure to change the numbers
on your house, gate or mailbox as
soon as possible. This will also
help UPS and FedEx make deliver-
ies to you.
Your physical address must be
posted on both sides of your mail-
box if you receive your mail there
or on the main building, easily visi-
ble from the street. Numbers must
be at least four inches tall. Using
reflecting numbers is always a
Collier County to head the Crimi-
nal Investigations Division and
Capt. Don Rodriguez is now head
of Road Patrol for the county.
Capt. Susan English has returned
as jail administrator.
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ups tipping fee
The county attorney will be
looking into an increase by Lee
County Solid Waste to Hendry
County's tipping fees.
At the last commission
meeting, County Administrator
Lester Baird said staff feels the
increase is contrary to the con-
tract signed by both parties.
In other business
SThe board will step back
and review the county's whole
mosquito control program,
rather than simply setting a
The board approved an
additional $65 court cost to be
paid by any person who pleads
guilty or nolo contendre to, or is
found guilty of any felony, mis-
demeanor or criminal traffic
offense under state laws. The
additional fee will be used by
the county in various ways
including providing legal aid
for a public law library, teen
court programs, juvenile
assessment centers and other
juvenile alternative programs.
An additional $15 surcharge
will also be added for non-crim-
inal traffic infractions or certain
criminal violations to fund state
The fees will take affect Feb-
. The next regular commis-
sion meeting will be Tuesday,
January 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the
Clewiston City Hall.
Two drivers hospitalized
Two drivers were injured Sun-
day, January 2, on SR 29S.
According to the Florida High-
way Patrol, Ann L. Porterfield, 82,
of LaBelle was headed south on
SR 29 and attempted to make a left
turn onto Industrial Loop Road.
She failed to yield to a north-
bound vehicle, driven by 42-year
old Gabino H. Andrade, also of
LaBelle. Both were taken to
LeHigh Memorial Hospital in seri-
ous condition. Both drivers were
cited: Ms. Porterfield for failure to
yield and Mr. Andrade for driving
on a suspended driver's license.
Glades County Legislative
Senator Dave Aronberg, Chair-
man of the Glades County Legisla-
tive Delegation, has scheduled the
2005 Glades County Legislative
Delegation Public Hearing for
Thursday, January 20, from 10:30
a.m. until noon in the Glades
County Commission Chambers,
on the second floor of the Glades
County Courthouse. The court-
house is located at 500 Avenue J
in Moore Haven. All proposals for
appropriations and local bills for
the 2005 Legislative Session
should be presented at the hear-
ing and be accompanied by a res-
olution from the local govern-
ment supporting the proposed
legislation. This information
meet Jan. 20
should be submitted to Senator
Aronberg's Fort Myers office by
Wednesday, January 12,2005.
The agenda for the hearing will
be set by Monday, January 17,
2005. Please note that decisions to
introduce legislation for the 2005
Session will be made at the hear-
ing. Individuals who wish to testify
on local bills should attend the
public hearing. Following the dis-
cussion of local bills, the delega-
tion will entertain other presenta-
tions as well as public comment.
Anyone interested in being on
the agenda for the delegation
meeting should call Senator Aron-
berg's district office at (239) 338-
Thursday, Jan. 6
Small business counseling:
sessions begin at 9 a.m. Free. Call
675-0125 for an appointment.
Community Traffic Safety Team:
1:00 p.m. LaBelle Fire Station, Main
LaBelle Heritage Museum, Inc.:
7 p.m. at the City Commissioner
Chambers in the City Hall, first Thrs-
day except June, July and August.
AA & Al Anon: 8 p.m. discussion,
First Christian Church, Ford Ave., Call
Intergroup at 275-5111
DAV Chapter 144: 8 p.m. Ameri-
can Legion Hall, Hwy. 80W
Christian Youth Fellowship: 7
p.m., City Hall, Commissioner's-room
Friday, Jan. 7
DJJ and Youth Task Force:
Health Dept., 1140 Pratt Blvd., 10 a.m.
American Legion Fish Fry: 5-7
p.m. Legion Post 130, Highway 80
AA: Step 11 Meditation Meeting
7 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Good
Shepherd, Collingswood & Eucalyp-
tus, Port LaBelle, open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous: 8 p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Good Shep-
herd, Collingswood & Eucalyptus,
Port LaBelle, open meeting.
Sunday, Jan. 9
AA: 7 p.m. Port LaBelle, Episcopal
Church of the Good Shepherd,
Collingswood & Eucalyptus, Port
LaBelle, open discussion
See Calendar Page 13
LaBelle grieves for beloved native son
The LaBelle community is
shocked, horrified and heartsick
over the way a much beloved
native son was stolen from them.
Daniel Golden Woosley, age 39,
didn't deserve to have his life
taken the way that it was.
Danny was born February 24,
1965, in Clewiston to W.G.
Woosley and Joann Jennings
Woosley. He was a lifelong resi-
dent of LaBelle and was co-
owner/manager of Jennings hard-
ware. Survivors include his
children: Ashley Ann Marie
Woosley, Britney Lee Ann
Woosley and Daniel Stephen
Keith Woosley, all of LaBelle, for-
mer wife: Nancy Woosley, moth-
er: Joann Jennings Woosley,
brother: Larry R. Woosley (Ellen)
all of LaBelle, sisters: Patricia J.
Nixon (Jim) of LaBelle, Sherri L.
Carpenter (Steve) of Roxboro, NC
and Mara Gail Woosley (Tim
Loyd) of Ft. Myers; sister-in-law,
Sandra Woosley and by his very
large extended family. He was pre-
ceded in death by his father, W.G.
Woosley, and brother, Thomas K.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday, January 4, 2005, 11 a.m.
at the Community Harvest Wor-
ship Center in LaBelle with Pastor
Rob Edge and Rev. Bill Maddox, Jr.
officiating. Internment followed at
the Ortona Cemetery. Visitation
was held from 2-4 arid 6-9 p.m. on
Monday, Janury 3, 2005 at the
Akin-Davis Funeral Home in
LaBelle. In lieu of flowers, dona-
tions may be made to the Danny
Woosley Children Trust Account,
c/o Olde Cypress Community
Bank, P.O. Box 1469, LaBelle, FL
Danny had some hard times,
but he was on his way to over-
coming all that was thrown at
him. Admired by all those who
knew and loved him, he was a
great father to his three children
that he loved dearly. He was a
solid family man, a good decent
guy, a dependable steady man, a
generous helper, a very talented
musician, an avid hunter, expert
archer and outdoorsman. (He
was secretary of the Lee County
Archers for several years.) He was
a loving gentle man. He would do
anything for you, and always with
a smile, were just a few of the
many comments offered about
"Danny loved children and
children were drawn to him. Even
the shyest kid couldn't resist
Danny. He could make his knuck-
le pop and they thought he was
popping their ear or nose. Even
the big kids loved Danny. They
would come into Jennings Hard-
ware Store to talk and swap hunt-
ing stories, sometimes spending
hours talking while Danny
worked, customizing their bows,"
reminisced his niece Shannon.
Everyone who has lived in
LaBelle for even a short time
knows Jennings Hardware Store,
for many years the only hardware
store in town. Ninety-four years of
service to the community is not
something many could brag
about. Danny was always in the
store to greet customers and offer
assistance for that hard-to-find
item. He would do whatever it
took to locate it for you. Danny
graduated from LaBelle High
School in 1983. He celebrated
with his family when the Jen-
nings/Hand family was chosen as
the 1986 Pioneer Family, and
when sisters Sherri and Mara were
chosen as the Swamp Cabbage
Festival Queen in 1971 and 1987,
As a member of the Praise and
Worship team at his home church
in Riverdale, Danny found many
more friends ,who loved and
respected him for his love of the
Lord, his talent for playing country
gospel music and his caring gentle
ways. Danny's family is finding
great comfort in the fact that he
had a good relationship with God.
The Woosley family has seen
its share of tragedy when they lost
Danny's brother Tommy and
patriarch W.G., but will go on -
holding on to the precious memo-
ries of their son, brother, uncle
and father that was tragically
taken, much to soon.
The Adame Family would like to
Thank Everyone for their prayers,
support, donations etc. We truly
Cyndi, Martha and Brenda
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Hendry and Glades Counties
have been awarded federal
funds, under the Emergency
Food and Shelter National Board
Program, to supplement emer-
gency food and shelter pro-
grams in the area. Hendry Coun-
ty was awarded $33,296 and
Glades County was awarded
A local board composed of
the United Way, county govern-
ment, local businesses and oth-
ers will determine how the
funds will be distributed among
emergency food and shelter pro-
grams run by local service
organizations in the area.
Under the terms of the grant
from the National Board, local
governmental or private volun-
tary organizations chosen to
receive funds must:
1) be non-profit;
2) have an accounting system
and conduct an annual audit;
3) practice non-discrimina-
4) have demonstrated the
capability to deliver emergency
food and/or shelter programs,
5) if they are a voluntary
organization,. they must have a
Qualifying organizations are
urged, to apply. The deadline for
completed applications is 5
p.m., Friday, January 23, 2004.
Last year, 11 agencies partici-
pated in the program.
These agencies were respon-
sible for providing over 7,200
meals and 450 nights of lodging.
Only 1 percent of the funds were
used for administrative purpos-
Applications, as well as fur-
ther information, may be
obtained by contacting Greg
Gardner at the United Way (941)
Grover Cleveland Baker Jr.,
ago 84, of New Market, TN,
passed away December 24, 2004,
at his winter residence in LaBelle.
He was born August 8, 1920, in
Sikeston, MO. He was a winter
resident of Whisper Creek R.V.
Park in LaBelle the past 16 years.
He was a member of First Baptist
Church of Dandrige, TN.
Survivors include his wife:
Katherine Baker; children: John
C. Baker of Antioch, TN, Ronald
Lee Baker of Cross Plains, TN,
Deborah Ann Carver of Castleton,
NY and Grover C. Baker III of
Franklin, TN; and grandchildren:
Arnanda Baker, Tiffany Maxwell,
Nancy Gayle Carver, Rachael
Carver and Josiah Baker and sev-
eral nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held
Monday, December 27 at the
Whisper Creek R. V Park Club-
house in with Pastor Frank
Deerey, Jr., of the First Baptist
Church of LaBelle officiating.
Cremation arrangements by
Akin-Davis Funeral Home-
Ramon Adame Jr.
Ramon Adame Jr., age 53, of
LaBelle, passed away December
27, 2004, in Naples. He was born
March 13, 1951, in San Antonio,
TX. He was a longtime resident of
Survivors include his daughters:
Cyndi Armour (Jeremy), Martha
Adame and Brenda Walker (Gary),
all of LaBelle; former wife: Odelia
Vasquez of LaBelle; sisters: Beat-
rice Gutierrez and Petra Rueda,
both of LaBelle, Isabelle Campbell
of Immokalee, Hope Adame of N.
Ft. Myers and Dominga Vela of
Lehigh Acres; and grandchildren:
Tamika Jackson, Jasmine Armour,
Shariah Armour, Leeanne Armour,
Brady Walker and Cal Walker.
Funeral Services were held
December 30, 9 a.m. at Our Lady
Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
in LaBelle with Father Jiobani
Batista officiating. Interment fol-
lowed at Fort Denaud Cemetery in
Arrangements by Akin-Davis
Funeral Home-LaBelle. '
Elida Espinoza Vela
Elida Espinoza Vela, age 80, of
LaBelle, passed away December
15, 2004, in Fort Myers. She was
born September 25, 1924, in Dr.
Coss, NL, Mexico to Edelmiro
Espinoza and Paulita Bazan
Espinoza. She was a resident of
LaBelle for the past 32 years.
Survivors include her hus-
band: Pedro Vela Ramirez of
LaBelle; children: Paulita Gonza-
lez, Pedro Vela Jr. and Edelmiro
Vela, all of LaBelle; sister: Enti-
queta Espinoza of Edinberg, TX;
and ten grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
December 18 at the Akin-Davis
Funeral Home in LaBelle with
Edrique Valdomino officiating.
Interment followed at the Fort
Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis
Funeral Home LaBelle.
William P Andrews, Jr.
William P. Andrews, Jr., age
78, of Brandon, entered into rest
December 25, 2004. He was
retired from the U.S. Air Force as a
supply clerk and was of the Bap-
tist faith. He is survived by his lov-
ing wife, Elisa; son, William P.
Andrews, III; daughter, Cheryl, all
of Brandon; and sister, Mary Lou
Booth of LaBelle.
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Ruby Helen Brown
Ruby Helen Brown, age 92, of
.LaBelle, passed away January 2,
2005, in LaBelle. She was born
June 9, 1912, in Fort Denaud to
Willie Francis Green and Playmon
Matilda Morgan Green. She has
lived in LaBelle since 1953 and is a
former resident of Ruskin.
Survivors include her son: Ross
Edward Hall' (Rosa) of Moore
Haven; daughter: Jewell Ballard
(Perry) of LaBelle; sister: Beatrice
Ballard (Hiram) of LaBelle; 22
grandchildren, 30 great-grandchil-
dren and 40 great-great grandchil-
Funeral services were held Jan-
uary 5 at the LaBelle Church of
God with Pastor Curtis Rhoden offi-
ciating. Interment followed at Fort
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What's the law?
I just wonder if people don't understand what it means when
an ambulance has its lights on and they are supposed to pull over.
I pulled over like you are supposed to and some lady didn't stop
at all. Someone almost hit me when I pulled out again. Are we
supposed to stop or not? And are we allowed to turn them in
when they do not stop and continue on? I approached this lady
and asked her do you know what this means? She just made a big
joke out of it. And that was it. I think that there should be a way to
report them, if this is happening. This has happened several times
that I have seen. I'm sure the sheriff can't be on every corner.
Also, what about the people that park in handicapped parking
spaces? Can that be reported to the sheriff by writing down their
tag number? That happens all the time. They have to get a news-
paper or a soda and they park in the handicapped spaces like it is
no big deal to them, taking up one or two spaces.
Is there such a thing as a citizen's arrest? Or a citizen's report
that a person can turn in to the sheriff's department? If so please
let me know. Hopefully the people doing all this will read speak
jar and coffee
A profound message
When things in your life seem
almost too much to handle, when
24 hours in a day are not enough,
remember the mayonnaise jar and
A professor stood before his
philosophy class and had items in
front of him. When the class
began, wordlessly, he picked up a
very large and empty mayonnaise
jar and proceeded to fill it with golf
balls. He then asked the students if
the jar was full. They agreed that it
was. So the professor then picked
up a box of pebbles and poured
them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The
pebbles rolled into the open areas
between the golf balls. He then
asked the students again if the jar
was full. They agreed it was. The
professor next picked up a box of
sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up every-
He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded
with a unanimous "yes." The pro-
fessor then produced two cups of
coffee from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the
jar, effectively filling 'the empty
space between the sand. The stu-
dents laughed. "Now," said the pro-
fessor, as the laughter subsided, "I
want you to recognize that this jar
represents your life. The golf balls
are the important things your
Justice for Michael
The family of Michael Jason
Bustin wishes to thank all the area
businesses that allowed us to place
flyers on their premises. As you will
recall, Michael was just 22 when he
died in a car crash in Muse Febru-
ary 19 of last year. Melissa Sutton,
the driver in the one-car crash, fled
the area and has been sought by
the authorities. She was found
December 22 in Smithfield, NC -
just one day after we put out flyers
over the internet. It was the best
Christmas present we could have
We also want to thank South-
west Florida Crime Stoppers and
Mandie for printing the posters.
The children, families, and staff
God, your family, your children,
your health, your friends and your
favorite passions things that if
everything else was lost and only
they remained, your life would still
be full. The pebbles are the other
things that matter like your job,
your house and your car. The sand
is everything else-the small stuff.
"If you put the sand into the jar
first," he continued, "there is no
room for the pebbles or the golf
balls. The same goes for life. If you
spend all your time and energy on
the small stuff, you will never have
room for the things that are impor-
tant to you.
Pay attention to the things that
are critical to your happiness. Play
with your children. Take time to get
medical checkups. Take your part-
ner out to dinner. Play another 18.
There will always be time to'clean
the house and fix the disposal. Take
care of the golf balls first, the things
that really matter. Set your priori-
ties. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her
hand and inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled.
"I'm glad you asked. It just goes to
show you that no matter how full
your life may seem, there's always
room for a couple of cups of coffee
with a friend."
of East Coast Migrant Head Start
would like to thank Ms. Greenleaf
and the LaBelle High School Band
for their Christmas concert. The
concert wrapped up our "Sounds
like a Good Book" Reading is Fun-
damental Event, in which every
child received a book after the con-
cert. Thanks again to everyone that
participated. Our next RIF event
will be March 2,2005 when we cel-
ebrateDr. Suess' Birthday.
I would like to thank the Ameri-
can Legion and all the businesses
in LaBelle that donate to my Christ-
mas dinner that was delivered to
my home on Christmas Day. God
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At Your Service On Page 2 Executive Editor
Reflections of a Salvation Army
Christmas is over! The red
kettles are gone from the store-
fronts. The memories of the peo-
ple coming to the kettles and
putting in their money are still
vivid in my mind.
Little children, wide eyed, try-
ing to find the slot in the bucket.
Their proud, smiling parents
watching them. The teenaged
boys going by, ignoring my pres-
ence as they hustled.to the park-
ing lot with their baggy jeans and
way big shirts. Then suddenly,
some would turn around, return,
and put their change in the kettle.
The elderly would usually
approach with a big smile and a
couple of bills in their hand.
Remarks would be, "I've done
this for years. The Salvation
Army sure does good work. This
money stays in LaBelle to help
The younger Hispanic work
group would slow down and
look us over. If they understood
English, I would explain our pur-
pose. Some donated a little of
the money they had left after all
Many people would say, I
Letter to the Editor
To the editor:
It is comforting to know that
we live in a community in which
our neighbors want to make sure
that no one is overlooked during
the holiday season. Very gener-
ously, they have helped' Hope
Hospice to, meet many special
needs this year.
The emphasis of Hope Hos-
pice care is, on living and adding
quality to the lives of those we
serve, along with their families.
One way we do that is through
our Adopt-a-Family program.
Each year, with the help of local
businesses and individuals,
including our own employees
and volunteers, we work to make
sure our patients and their fami-
lies have the happiest holiday sea-
son possible. At this time of year,
their needs may include toys for
the children, food, clothing, blan-
donated before," I believed
them. Many people with big
smiles, would comment that
they had rung yesterday or
maybe the week before.
The joy of giving, of seeing
the smiles, the warm greetings
that many of us received far
exceeded the cold stares and
complete ignoring that some
The climax was a young
woman with tears in her eyes. As
she put money in the kettle she
said, "The Salvation Army saved
our lives." A couple of years
Special Equestrians Inc., a
therapeutic horseback riding
program for people with dis-
abilities, needs volunteers for
the 2005 season to help chil-
dren and adults ride. The class
,days are Wednesday morning'
(9 a.m. to noon), Thursday
afternoon (3-6 p.m.) and Satur-
day morning (9 a.m. to noon).
The sessions last for six weeks
and continue year-round
except for the month of
August, during the summer.
The sessions take place at
Showcase Performance Horse
Stable at 17840 Palm Creek Dr.
in North Fort Myers off of
Bayslore Road. For a map and
directions, check out our web-
site at http://www.speciale-
Special Equestrians is a self
501c3 public charity that pro-
vides therapeutic riding to
mentally and physically chal-
lenged persons of all ages in
Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and
Glades counties. Through hors-
es and riding, the program
helps develop self-confidence,
improves concentration, self
discipline, joint mobility, pos-
ture, balance and coordina-
tion. Special Equestrians is a
Premier Accredited. Program
with the North American Rid-'
ing for the Handicapped Asso-
To become a volunteer or
for more information on the
program, please contact Spe-
cial Equestrians at
before, her husband had had ari
automobile accident, was badly
injured and lost his job. Being a
stay at home mom, she had no
job. No food. No rent. No
money. Up drove the Salvatiorn
Army truck, unloaded boxes of
food, paid their rent and helped
them until he recovered and got
a job. They are doing alright
now, thanks to the Salvatior
You bet. I'll be back there
ringing the bell next year. Will
Joke of the Week
kets, household items, gift cards
and much more. We are able to
meet their needs only with dona-
tions from our generous commu-
Among this year's major
donors were Harley-Davidson of
Fort Myers, members of the 'St.
Charles Yacht Club, Century 21
AAIM Realty Group, Courtyard by
Marriott and Wal-Mart at Six Mile
Cypress and Colonial.
This year, with the help of our
friends and supporters, we made
the holidays happier for more
than 150 local families, including
The spirit of the holiday season
should be shared and enjoyed by
everyone. We are grateful to
those in our area for helping
Hope Hospice to make it possi-
Samira K. Beckwith, President
and CEO Hope Hospice
is the word
to end an
are right and
you need to shut up.
FIVE MINUTES: If she is
getting dressed, this is half an
hour. Five minutes is only five
minutes if you have just been
given five more minutes to
watch the game before help-
ing around the house.
NOTHING: This is the calm
before the storm. This means
"something" and you should
be on your toes. Arguments
that begin with "nothing" usu-
ally end in "fine."
GO AHEAD: This is a dare,
not permission. Don't do it.
LOUD SIGH: This is not
actually a word, but is a non-
verbal statement often misun-
derstood by men. A "loud
sigh" means she thinks you
are an idiot and wonders why
she is wasting her time stand-
ing here and arguing with you
THAT'S OKAY: This is one
of the most dangerous state-
ments that, a woman can
make to a man. "That's Okay"
means that she wants to think
long and hard before deciding
how and when you will pay
for your mistake.
THANKS: A woman is
thanking you. Do not question
it or faint. Just say you're wel-
Make healthy resolutions you can live with
This time of year, some folks
start making resolutions for the
new year and topping many list
is losing weight. When you con-
sider the fact that nearly a third
of Americans are so overweight
that their girth threatens their
health, this is not a surprise. If
you are serious about being
healthier in the new year, instead
of picking yet another fad diet,
consider some longterm healthi-
Get at least eight hours of
sleep at night. Can you sleep
your way to weight loss? Not
exactly, but getting enough sleep
is a good start. Sleep depravation
causes you to gain weight
because it increases the hor-.
mones that make you feel "hun-
gry" and decreases the hormone
that makes you feel "full." So if
you don't get enough sleep, you
will be hungrier more often and
eat more at each meal.
Eat breakfast every day.
Breakfast really is the most
with Katrlna Elsken
important meal of the day. It
helps boost the metabolism. Eat-
ing a whole, grain cereal for
breakfast can help lower your
cholesterol. Other good choices
for the first meal of the day
include yogurt, eggs and fresh
fruit. i i
Drink water, lots of water.
Water helps the body flush out
Find an exercise program
you can stick with. For some
people, walking 30 minutes day
is a great way to improve fitness
because walking requires no
special equipment and can be
done at any time. Others might
enjoy a group class at a gym, or
"feel the burn" while exercising
along with a videotape. Find
something that works for you
and try to exercise at least five
times a week.
See your doctor for your
doctor for an annual check up.
Many health problems can affect
weight. Ask your doctor for
advice on the best diet for you.
Keep a food diary. For one
week, write down everything
you eat. You might be surprised'
at the amount of calories you are
consuming, sometimes without
even thinking about it. Of
course, for some honest but vain
people just keeping a food diary
is a great diet because they will
skip snacks and desserts
because they don't want to write
them down in the "diary."
Instead of worrying about
which foods to avoid, concen-
trate on making sure that you eat
the foods that are good for you.
Try to eat at least five servings of,
fruits and vegetables every day.
You might find that after you
make sure you have eaten
enough fruits, vegetables, lead
meats and fish to meet your:
health goals, you aren't that hung
gry for the less healthy snacks.
Don't skip meals. Skipping
meals can cause your blood
sugar levels to drop, which could
lead to binge eating. Skipping
meals can also slow your metab-
olism, making it even harder for
you to lose weight.
Remember, before making
any change to your diet or exer-;
cise plan, consult your docior.-
This is especially important if
you are on any prescription
medications. Some drugs inter-
act badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered
Have a happy and healthy
Look What's Happening at Senior Connections"
Starting January 5 Hendry
County Health Department and
Connections will offer an 8-
week Diabetes Class at 2 p.m.
each Wednesday at the Nobles
Senior Center. Classes will
include the diabetic diet, under-
standing carb counting, eye and
foot care, and the ABC's. of dia-
betes (the AIC test, Blood Pres-
sure, and Cholesterol.) All dia-
betics, long term or newly
diagnosed, are welcome.
d Post disaster help for
Senior Connections Elder
Outreach Project will ended
December 31st, but
elders in need of help due to
the hurricanes of last summer
call the agency at its office
locations' in LaBelle, (675-1446)
(983-7088) and Moore Haven
(863-946-1821.) In partnership
with United Way
and Senior Solutions (an area
agency on aging) disaster funds
available to help older adults
who continue to need assistance
issues as roof repair, insur-
ance deductibles, appliance
replacement, chore work,
etc. Senior Connections case
managers can help the older
adult find a resource for the
problems they are experiencing.
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center are
Players group on January 6
and Scrapbooking class on Janu-
ary 11. Exercise class with Barb
Brandenburg meets M-W-F
every week at 9 am. Florida
Rural Legal Services representa-
tive will be at the senior center
by appointment on January 12
from 9 a.m.-noon. Family Care-
giver Support Group meeting
will be on Wednesday, January
12 from 4-5 p.m. The popular
Trash to Treasures Flea Mar-
ket will be open on Friday, Janu-
ary 14 from 8-4.
Donations, vendors and cus-
tomers are all welcome.
Insurance counseling with a
trained SHINE counselor is avail-
Wednesday morning at
Nobles Center and in Moore
Haven at Senior
Mark your calendar for Win-,
ter Extravaganza IV on Saturday,
January 22, from 4-7 p.m. at the
historic Hendry House ir
Connections and United Way
of Hendry and Glades present
this popular charity event featur-,
ing the arts. This year, Matlachal
artist Judy Smith is the special
guest. Judy Smith's paintings!
have won numerous awards andc
been exhibited in major juried
shows in New York, Los Angeles
and elsewhere. The Matlacha
woman's art is on display irn
exhibitions at ArtHouse and The'
Arts for ACT Gallery. Tickets fop
the event are $50 each, and busi4
ness sponsorships are still avail-:
able starting at $250, Call 675-:
1446 for ticket or event'
The Witch's Brew
By Pudge Taylor
Before you discard your
Christmas cards this year cut out
next year's gift tags from the
You can use
the back of
the card (the
to make birth-
day and other tags. If you reuse
those nice gift bags you will not
need new tags. Just punch a
hole and hang. If you are away
from home when you think of
important stuff you need to
attend to just call home and
.leave yourself a message on
Sharon gave me this hint
When we were shopping last
week. After you put your purse
in your cart take the baby seat
belt that is attached and run it
through your purse strap. Then
lock the belt.
Now that I have small grand-
children again I'm back to mak-1
ing cut-up cakes that you bake
in ordinary pans and cut up into
shapes of animals and othei
objects before frosting. I started]
doing those in 1959 for my first-i
born but just learned the secret
to baking a perfectly even, flat
top. Bake at 250 degrees for an'
hour and 10 or 20 minutes.
On Christmas Day a lot ofvol-;
unteers gave up their Christmas'
morning at home to come to the-
American Legion and cook,:
pack and deliver over 400 din-,
ners to people who were home-e
bound, or had no where to go'
for Christmas dinner. We have a
very active Legion in our town,
If you are eligible you really
should think about joining our,
Here are a few excuse letters:'
The doctor says my son should:
not take P.E. today. Please exe -
cute him... More to come next
calls all volunteers!
Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 6, 2005
You've Seen The Destruction That The Hurricanes Have Done
You've Seen What FEMA Has Done For You
You've Seen What Government Agencies Have Done For You
You've Seen What Your Insurance Company Has Done For You
BUT!!! That's Not All That Can Be Done For You!!
D&T Enterprises has been contracted by Hampton Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep
to extend this notice for 3 more days only. D&T Enterprises has uncovered
thousands of dollars previously set aside for such disasters, D&T
Enterprises has been authorized to allocate these funds to residents of
Hendry and surrounding counties whether you suffered damages or not.
These monies will be allocated on a 1st come 1st served basis. For 3 days
only Thursday, January 6, Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8,
2005. Don't miss this one time offer to receive up to $5000.00* towards the
purchase of your next car Truck, Van or SWl of your choice. All trades
damaged or not will be accepted. ** All trade-ins will be paid offno matter
what you owe.** All applications will be accepted.
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(863) 983-4600 202 W. Sugarland Hwy. Toll Free 1-888-200-1703
* Up to $5,000 on Qualified Vehicles only. ** All Deals must be approved by D&T Management. W.A.C. all deals and tax, title, trans-
fer and shipping and handling.
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Kevin and Brittany Stoeckert
are pleased to announce the birth
of their daughter, Megan Brooke
Stoeckert at 9:41 p.m. December
17, 2004, at Lake City. The young
lady weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. at birth Maternal grandmother is
and was 20 inches long. She was Sharon Coartney. Paternal grand-
welcomed home by her four- parents are Gary and Cheri
year-old sister, Natalie Stoeckert. Stoeckert.
From left: Curley Ross, Ellen Gillette, Jean Steven, June
McCrae, Earlene Deal, Elinor Morlock, Muriel Galloway and
Santa's elf kneeling in front, Mary Bartoshuk. 23 ladies met
at the Aqua Isles Clubhouse with the object of sewing for
charity. They cut out and sewed lap robes, adult bibs, walk-
er bags and pillows for the local nursing homes.
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GREAT PRESENTS FOR THE STOCKINGS LOTS IN PT LABELLE FOR SALE
THIS HOUSE WILL GLEAM UNDER NEW LOT!! Call for details. Asking
THE TREE! Spacious home, cathedral $22,500.
ceilings, custom oak cabinets, below $22,500.
ground pool, screen lanai, lighted water LOT ON Briarwood Circle. Asking
fall spa, separate 2.5 garage. Located on $22,500.
the comer of Caloosa Drive. Asking 2 LOTS on Royce Road. Asking
$415,000 call for an appointment today. $25,000 each.
LOCATED IN LEHIGH ACRES. LOT ON INWOOD RD. Asking
3Bedroom/2Bath, 2 car garage. Newly $25,000. UNDER CONTRACTI
remodeled, beautifully landscaped. A LOT ON W. JUSTICE 'CIRCLE.
must see priced at $154,900 Asking $25,000.
ON THE CORNER OF SHAWNEE LOT ON BERWICK CIRCLE.
2Bed/lBath w/carport. Asking $49,900. Asking $25,000.
ACREAGE FOR SALE Asking $25,000.
NICE 1.25 ACRE LOT in Montura on LOT ON JAMESTOWN COURT.
Nogal Street Asking $20,000. Asking $25,000.
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FEATURES OF THE WEFK
ONF OF A KIND Custom built
3BR/3 1/2BA cedar + stone home on
8.58+/- acres covered with tons of
large oaks. Perfect home for enter-
taining features stone heated pool
and spa w/2 waterfalls, custom pool
lighting, screened lanai, tiki bar
w/surround sound and sundeck.
Interior features porcelain tile
throughout the first foor, stone fire-
place, movie theater room set up
w/100" screen and surround sound,
wood floors upstairs, game room
w/bar and much more. This home is
a must see! $1,200,000.
EXQUIlI TlE t ELEtGAN 1T
GATED 2.75+/- ACRE RIVER-
FRONT estate. Top quality con-
struction and design features soar-
ing cathedral ceilings, granite
kitchen counter tops, security sys-
tem, custom pool w/caged lanai, 2
1/2 car garage and soft it walkway
to your own private deck. You will
enjoy the numerous fountains and
endless sunsets. A must see!
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Sales Associates Nancy Hendrickson, Margaret Whatley,
Yvonne Doll, Consuelo Tarin and Suzanne Sherrod
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Sutton" Total area 2,040 sq. ft. 3BR/2BA, vaulted ceil-
ings, large living room, spacious kitchen, 2 car
attached garage, range, refrigerator, dishwasher, huge
country front porch. Concrete driveway, landscaped
and sodded lawn. $6i-,990: Holidays pricing
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2BR/2BA HOME ON CANAL
W/RIVER ACCESS Full walk-out
basement/workshop. Zoned duplex.
Large open porch overlooks private
owned waterway. Dock w/electric
and water. PRICE REDUCED TO
GORGEOUS 10 ACRE RIVER-
NEWLY REMODELED 3BR/2BA
HOME surrounded by oaks on one
acre. Custom wood cabinets,
throughout, large master bedroom +
screen porch. $194,900
3BR/2BA Log Cabin Man-
ufactured Home on 6+/-
cleared acres. Property is
fenced & cross-fenced. Fea-
tures include built-in entertain-
ment center and garden tub in
the master bath. This is the
perfect country retreat on
Marshall Field Road.
$212,500. Call Beverly at:
Heritage Land Co. (863)
like these, why
are you still
paying rent?! ?
PERFECT RETIREMENT HOME!
2BR/2BA mobile home. Totally re-
done; new carpet,paint inside and
out, refrigerator, vinyl. Located on
canal, so you can fish from your
NEW CONSTRUCTION BRAND 3BR/1BA OLD FLORIDA-
NEW SPLIT FLOOR PLAN
3BR/2BA. Home situated on private
wooded lot close to town and
FRONT PROPERTY One of the NEW CO
few riverfrontparcels on the market. 3BR/2BA
This stunning 10 acres is very unique FLOOR P
w/600+/- feet fronting on the beauti-
ful Caloosahatchee River. Enjoy Located cl
endless views from the raised river- $144,900.
bank. $1,400,000. Owner will sell 5 3BR
acres for $700,000. 3BR/2BA
HOMES IN THE CITY
GREAT RTTBTNESS POTENTITAT vaulted cc
Located very close to Hwy 80 and island and
Court House. 3,500 sq. ft. CBS/brick tures walk
home has perfect office floor plan
plus an attached efficiency apart- separate s
ment. $349,000. 3BR/2BA
1RR/IRA OT BLRT WIDE MOBILE MOBnRT
HOME IN THE CITY on quiet
street. Many upgrades including
new roof shingles, new air condi-
tioner and new exterior siding.
'LAN. Cathedral ceilings;
ose to town and schools.
HOME w/split floor plan,
ceilings, kitchen features
breakfast bar. Master fea-
-in closet, garden tub and
HOME OIN 1/7 ACRE
Cathedral ceilings, family room,
breakfast bar, large back porch and
fenced yard. Located on paved road
approx. 3 miles south of LaBelle.
STYLE home on oak covered lot,
home being sold "as is" and priced to
2BR/IBA MOBILE HOME IN
4BR/2BA MOBILE HOME
W/OFFICE SITUATED ON 1
FENCED ACRE. Cathedral ceil-
ings, fireplace plus master bath fea-
tures garden tub, dual sinks and
walk in shower. $119,999. UNDER
INCOME PRODnTCTNG MOBILE
RIVER OAKS SUBDIVISION. Sit nome
on your front porch and view the $24,900.
Caloosahatchee River across the 10 ACR
street from this mobile home. This paved ro;
partially furnished singlewide 3 RESID
mobile home is close to community River Oal
boat ramp. $55,000. Sewer an(
HOMES ON ACREAGE
MNFITT Fn nrAM nG TWr COM
OAKSI This custom 3BR/3BA pool
home is situated on 6 acres fronting
on Hwy 80 approx. 3 miles east of
LaBelle. Home features many archi-
tectural d-'vilsio-tudi vaulted
ceilings, leoj. 1 oring
tluoughoutren, doors rom main
house to large screened lanai plus
guesthouse & game room.
LOT, Zoned for mobile
G-2M call for details.
ES w/oak hammock on
ad. Great buy!! $120,000.
ENTIAL LOTS located in
ks S/D. Great investment.
d water available. $15,000
IWY 80 CORNER BUSI-
NESS POTENTIAL! 195 ft. fronting
on Hwy 80 and 200 ft. deep. Great
investment for future business.
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY in
the city of LaBelle with frontage on
Lee and Missouri St. Perfect place to
locate your business at a reasonable
DONNA KANE Li. REAL ESTATE BROKER
ASSOCIATES: Terri Banky Trisha Arnold
Shary Weckwerth Jennifer Oswald
Denise Walker Beverly Curtis
Patty Walker Dawn Marie Morton
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Spectacular custom designed riverfront home with pri-
vate gated entry on Ft. Denaud Rd. 6,361 sq. ft. of qual-
ity in this 3BR/2.5BA home. Home has 10 ft. ceilings,
split floor plan, French doors, solid surface countertops,
custom cabinets, gazebo overlooking river, boat dock
w/lift, 3 car A/C garage with car lift, 6 car carport,
French doors open onto large lanai. Home sits on 1.49
oak filled acres w/190+feet of river frontage.
1/2-acre In lTaoos61a if'wt l TO't FRn' fe' nfer.
Some trees. Build your dream home here. $400,000.
Bring 'ffesailbaf hl fii~ ~ 2B/2BA"B'S&"O m me
on deep water canal. Minutes to intracoastal waterway.
Pric 0to sel.28000 .....
Weekend retreat on 20 acres: 1BRI1BA cabin nestled
in an oak hammock is the perfect spot for camp-
fires...Jacks Branch Creek runs along the northwest
corner of the property along with several other ponds.
Property is completely fenced with palmettos and pines
ExicepfiriaT39R Tden,' MArofih iftbulaedron-1.7
180 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL
(863) 675-6788 1-888-675-6762
Se Habla Espafiol
acres. Oak adored yard is completely irrigated. 10'
ceilings, plantation shutters, security system, wood
laminate flooring, crown molding, the list of amenities
could go on and on. Large tiled back porch over looks
your own private pond. A 2 bay 30X40 Dean Steel
Building on the back of the property is any man's
dream. This elegant home is class throughout! This one
will not last long. $410,000.
3BBA'Ieka cohsTrr c f6 rifaTe"e in aewt~er,:iage
bedrooms, tile and carpet, open floor plan on corner lot.
2 i '" boT . 'Is Ii6 cre." ITfobe \'is~WA CBS
and Guest House is 2BR/1BA frame house. Main
house has handicap bathroom. Living room has wood
parquet floors. $165,000.
A greaT pdeihL'M ue -B-/'" rcs'6faElT"7driced,
stocked pond, 12x14 shed, 4 horse stalls, nicely kept
mobile home with split floor plan plus 8x14 screened
porch. A beautiful piece of property in the country.
2B'2 6A1'w-'ifiTp'a'7n6s oo's. Srf e'5 e a porch
and concrete paver deck with hot tub. 10X10 storage
shed. Seller will give a $2,500 carpeting allowance.
Roof is approximately one year old. $144,900.
UpTalted', "cn"ean o moff rbTe'3R A-'B' ho0ime
in the city limits. Security system and tile flooring
throughout home. Beautifully landscaped yard is
adorned with oaks and citrus trees. Don't let this one
pass you by! $144,900.
Lot"ction, 'ocaTo BR.A ho"me oi quiet &"aiFend
road and unattached studio on the pr ses in need of
TLC. Greaf al i gq f lll ion. Homes in
this neighbO are scarcely available. Make this
one your own. $120,000.
Picu re'lerect? hnbmeio ro'iner Sill"foor
plan, cathed itRg i screen lanai
with hot tub rff igtaion system $95,000.
2B1 B rame hoWe~hoi' oT ie river, bmpleely
fenced large yard, great for outdoor activities. 3 pole
barns and a shop heraa i a added bonus.
1BR/1BA mobile home on 17+/- acres. Completely
fenced, 2 wells, one for home and one for land. 30X14
pole barn, O1X10 shed w/electric. $249,000.
3B1R32BMA'lotg'cabindmanufu red Rmeii bFn 6+i^ cres
that is fenced and cross-fenced. Features include built-
in entertainment center and garden tub. This is the per-
fect countryretreat on a private road. $212,500.
LikT hew; prisi6ne8'2BS miriuracfufre~d i omh ith
10X12 wood deck on 2.44 fenced acres\II appliances
(refrgeratoW R~Iher, freezer,
washer & df1 thrtinanne year old. 20X40 shop
plus 10X10 shed. Quiet country living at its best!
JusTreTube dlfit,'ve"ac7res',Tenced,"r6os fer'c'er 4cov-
ered horse pfa itblewide with
new roof a5.lU9im olrrper r' room carport, plus
new 4"well. All this for only $169,900.
WelT kepf '2BM W BA ho-ble ho6m'ewti p1t" 5 redro"om
floor plan plus 8X14 screened porch on 5 acres in
Muse. Totally fenced with stocked pond, 12X14 shed, 4
horse stalls. A beautiful piece of property in the country
for only $159,900.
Re',60d l 17T10F 6i Fa"cd "o6 orih5'fih ,trefli6-aren d
up-graded vinyl. Kitchen includes tile countertops,
pantry, island and lots of bsca.binel,,iW us bedrooms,
jacuzzi tubf, lt BI: aBll"(f ]sets are just a
few of the many upgrades. 2+/- fenced and cross-
fenced acres. 2 storage sheds, 2 bay garage..
Cr~iin the ot i0 try)i? 21?Waires wth B'R2BT'rFnu-
factured home. This home has vaulted ceilings and a
split floor plan with many custom features. $140,000.'
NiceIy TerntodeIa'd I SR2K oil_'rol A I dn, screen
porch and l.iitGton 1s.ll R ll on 1.9 acres
in the counT ye buy at only $84900.
2BT2'Tn minc66ndinfio.TeaTures splhflioo plan,
pantry, covered deck and outbuildings. Also includes
additional mobile home site. Must see!! $84900.
4.4f ascreds- "2nd 6it 'o Tq "ap ihTa 'idneerl IantfaTion.
Fenced with 1990 2BR/2Ba MH. Mobile home needs
TLC and sold "As Is." $79,900.
Douubleide' MRF "o6 one acre~io"i"b'unfity~Madows.
Being sold as is for only $74,900.
197' 3BR/BADWm 'mobile' o TlboTs" o6n comer- in
Horseshoe Acres. $5,000.
50x185 Commercial Site. Downtown LaBelle Hwy. 80
0.2a/- acre TocaTed'dsT irth ofTown?.' a'rially
cleared. $54,900. .. ..
40 acre Hamlin orange gri.lp ed on Kirby
Thompsonu drainage and
irrigation. $8 .
20 acres oT''Cfd 'fo'ia'T i-n'Feaviy'wobaed with
many varieties of trees and wildlife. Creek runs on the
southeast comer. Some lower lying areas are wet dur-
ing the rainy season but plenty of room to build a house
and enjoy nature's beauty. $285000.
20ac'res nfri Sii"rapaslure line aef"n nd crosss
fenced with cow well. Would also make a great home
site for those who crave quiet living. Gated road insures
privacy with 4 gates allows for easy access. $265,0p0.
"A''"-tea' acreag"e.'7mpIeTlelj7Teced, 7 (47 wel one
for home and one for acre a&le e set up for
orange grCD dMIMllw, U i4 dings Include:
30X14 poearn, 10X10 shed w/leectric. 12X47
1BR/1BA mobile home. 17+/- acres. $249,000
BuyTo"u'Tr6jdTam'h'ie-Tri fie middle boTf1fis2.5/-icre
oak hammock in Alva. Pine and various citrus trees and
verylittle palmetto. $200,000.
Hig ardd dry 'ares i M eTien ohn sides~ nd
ated. Culvert to be in soon. Copy of survey on file.,
5+Facwresa'tw'ded andloaTeftori r'aini'oa6 in
Pioneer Plantation. Great location for a site built or
manufactured home. $104,900.
6 magnificent 1+ acre homesites on prestigious Ft.
Denaud road priced at $85,000 per acre, owners will
4.4 acres -2nd lot 'otffampa ihW [oneer Planation.
Fenced with 1990 2BR/2Ba MH. Mobile home needs
TLC and sold "As Is." $79,900.
Mileis'iroiTogls,' yTt..i'n-unes-irbmifoTri.i ecTud-
ed accessible acres in Ladeca. $64,900.
Looihb FsecTusifn''iTisTs" iFl! W' selued~acid7es-
sible acres located on Queen Avenue, in LaDeca
5+7-wooddi ac resFinhTadi cAc6 ss 6at thistim is
undeterminable. Manufactured homes and horse are
Five acres -n Pioneer on Tampa Av ri-u n 0 d
2.6;n-j acr'o n hjj 5ki--" 6Vr'nd 'sry and
full of pine5S
Tw%3ac~ep-arceTs s'inion eerT-" 5,it,bb aci.
2. ~ a piallTcl re acres peTde0tor your site-b'uil or
manufactured home on Riviera in Pioneer Plantation.
NoTrh acfi -acireae16f.lT'/-scuded -essible
acres in Pioneer. $30,000.
1G.2ire7at osc res loras etebu irobilehomnur Ices.
Great location for a site built or mobile home. $22,200
Oak trees grace this unique off-river lot in Riverbend
S/D. Bordering thousands of acres of undeveloped
LoatfeaTolf tvie"-'alTa"ne', T isTea~ iituTol? i oda
double lot is partially cleared and filled. This is a great
quiet location, wonderful foliage...you can't go wrong
wi t his prperty. $75)00.
There e adjacenT building" *Ts oT-e .-- Ufiit' T2.
Located in EHi OO~lt.Make these
yours. Only $16000.
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across from RancheHtes $25,000 & up.
ov'eriized r'0o'T nbroN ,MI 3l'311eiWct
for your horlll Iif electric more
accessible than other lots. $1,000.
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Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 6, 2005
January 7: Martha Risley, Geral-
dine Nobles, Marie Sims, Sherry
Hitchcock, Mark Ledward, Tanya
Kittendorf, Jennifer Davis, Jennifer
Cooper Carroll, Patricia Maas,
Haylee Dupree, Emmanuel-Paul
DaleyJanuary 8: Fayme' Sheffield,
Suzy Durkis, Jeannette Small,
Dessie Culliver, Susan Peacock,
Martha Whidden, Carrie E. Cartee,
Geraldine Poe Bernard, Alice
Weatherford, Ellen Harrison,
Bertha Walsch, Anthony Car-
mona, Mike Stapleton, Joshua
Ryan Rodriguez, Kathy Morris
January 9: Beatrice Ford,
Michael Gerstman, Milford
Williamson, Karl Schmidt, Scott
Stinnett, Dorothy Perry, Bruce
Pendry, Shelley Steed, George W.
Bauer, Jr., Cindy Hayes, Nicole
Duciaume, Linda Marroquin,
Andrew Dahlgren, Bernie Lester,
Barbara Mosteller, Ray Schell, San-
January 10: John Bruner,
Tommy Reitano, Al Grillo, Mary
Risley, Howell Gaskins, David
Heflin, Steve Roberts, Carmen
January 11: Opal Cross, Amy
Gayle McCormick, Beth Yeatts,
Jason Wilkison, Sonja Curtis,
Christy Lynn Hawkins, Matthew
Gaure, Stephanie Reynolds, Debo-
January 12: Tracy Rentz, Gene
Tanner, Naomi Fogle, Gladys Mor-
riss, Jennifer Ruble, Carol Grinnell,
Eddie Mott, Robert Higginbotham,
Ryan Higginbotham, Mason Perry
January 13: Vanita Mae Fallin,
Ethel Allen, FB. Richardson,
Clarence Lambbrt, Sr., Ramona
Hansen, Pauline Pena, Jessica
Pittman, Nezzie Beckworth
Praise Quartet performs at Grace Baptist
The Praise Quartet from Pen-
sacola Christian College will
present a program of inspira-
tional music on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 11, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. at the
Grace Baptist Church in
The QuArtet's program will
feature delightful, heart-warm-
ing music with a message and a
video viewbook presentation
about the college.
Located on the sunny Gulf
Coast of Northwest Florida,
Pensacola Christian' College
offers a wide variety of pro-
grams on the undergraduate,
graduate and seminary levels.
Situated on a beautiful campus,
the college has grown from 100
students in 1974 to over 4,500
The Praise Quartet is one of
five traveling groups represent-
ing the College during the
month of January. The ensem-
Caleb Bowman, Skyler Walk-
er, Adam Hoover, Josh
Hunter (pianist) and Josh
bles will hold services in nearly There is no admission charge
200 churches and schools for this program. Make your
throughout the Southeast. plans now to attend.
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It's not just what we do.
It who we are.
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Your Local ACPelco Car Care Center
73 S. Bridge St. LaBelle
erving this area for over 10 years.
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* Nestled under the Oaks. Custom built 3Br / only $129,900
2B home in town features ceramic tile, vaulted 0 Cozy 1 or 2BR/1B home in Country Village
ceilings, bay windows, track lighting, sprinkler with ceramic tile alvalume roof screened
system on a private well, detached garage and porch ands]]d~j]Lionvert-
lots more. Only $229,000. ed into 2nd bedroom. Only $74,900.
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* This stunning 20+/- acre estate is truly one of BACK ON THE MARKET! Immaculate
a kind! The mainhiouse'features include CBS .4BR/2B home on 2+/- acres on Double J Acres
construction, vaulted ceilings, real-wood cabi- Rd. Only minutes from LaBelle or Ft. Myers.
nets with built in wine rack, upgraded kitchen Featuring va ar-tfl% ,"rbqlll' l ing fire-
i.i .....: ceramic tile, solid surface counter place, upgra ppli ck. .aLY cabinets
tops and is fenced and cross-fenced for horses. berber carpet and a security system. If your
There is also a 1,300+/- square foot manufac- looking for country living with a short commute
rured home located towards the front of the to Fort Myers, This is it! $159,900. Priced
property with separate entrance and fencing under appraised value.
that would be perfect as a guest house or for a 0 3BR/2B manufactured home on 4.5+/- acres.
grounds keeper. $549,900. This home features new water system and air
Nestled under the Oaks. Custom built condition nf~i~ gEw il(pglkniisa tilevault-
3BR/2B home in town features ceramic tile, ed ceilings and lots more. This on won't last
vaulted ceilings, bay windows, track lighting, long at only $139;000.
sprinkler system on a private well, detached Country Living at its best, in Muse. This
garage and lots more. Only $229,000. beautifully decorated 3BR/2B home, sits on
* Picture perfect! This 4BR/2B brick home in nicely landscaped acre. Features include a
town on an oak filled corner lot with a fenced wood burning fireplace, a large "country
backyard, screened porch, spacious rooms, cen- kitchen ", hugh walk-in closets, new carpet & a
tral vacuum system and a great floor plan. This new 10x20 storage shed. Make an appointment
breath taking home is pricedat only $195,900. to see this one today!!!!!I Asking price is
* This nesly renovated three bedroom, two $128,900
bath home is in town on a comer lot. Its features REDUCED. 3BR/2B manufactured home on
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* 3BR/2B manufactured home on 2.5,/ acres
with tons of upgrades. This property is tenced
and cross-lenced for horses. There is also 2
horse stalls and tack room. This one is perfect
for horse lovers! Only $92,900.
* 4BR/2B manufactured home with over 1,700
square fe i n features
include a rea as f ar, vaultec ceimngs, a huge
master suite and fenced yard. Only $52,500.
* 4.58+/- breath taking acres located on Case
Road. Suitable for site built or manufactured
homes, fenced for horses and ath be subdivided
for two homes $116,000.
* 3 1.25+/ acres in Montura Ranch. Priced at
$19,900 each. Call for details.
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SBeautiful 25+/- acre corner lot in downtoi n
LaBelle w/great potential. Currently oned for
duplex or single family w/ia possibility of rezon-
ing to Business. $69,000.
* .25fi s R82. Only
* 1.18+/- acres zoned C-I commercial just South
of LaBelle city limits with 175+/- feet of frontage
on SR29 and frontage on Iuckey Street. Asking
GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNI-
TY! 798 MOL sq. ft. steel build-
ing with brick. Zoned coummer-
cial at one time had been Bea's
Beauty Shop on Williams Road
in River Oaks Subdivision.
Many possibilities for commer-
cial use. $65,900. 80064414
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FANTASTIC 4BR/3BA home for-
the extended family. Located
in the City of LaBelle, this
2,500+ .sq. ft. home features
spacious bedrooms, cultured
marble baths, laige family
room, 2nd master suite with
separate entrance, family sized
kitchen with breakfast bar and
adjoining dining area. Custom
closets and lots of storage.
Fenced, includes pole
barn/workshop, dog pen, nice
trees and landscaping.
HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESS
OWNERS. Need information on
HUB Zone business registration,
Enterprise Zone incentives and
tax benefits for businesses,
building contractors and home-
owners of Hendry County?
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COUNTRY HOME WITH IN-
TOWN AMENITIES. Located on
4.36 acres in S. Fort Myers on
Daniels Pkwy between Hwy. 41
and Metro Pkwy. This ranch
style CBS home features
4BR/3BA, plus den, vaulted
clg., great room with fireplace,
master bath (w/spa tub),
kitchen with island, pot rack
above, butcher. block counter
and wood cabinetry, split bed-
room design, breakfast bar,
breakfast room with fireplace,
laundry room, pantry, plenty of
closet space. Original owner.
Zoned AG-2, central water for
residence, well/irrigation for
mature fruit trees, septic sys-
..-IO winling. paved .T-ph-llt
ci:,- pole baqn, 2 metal 1:-.jl:1-
ings with Sbncrete tFor:
Property fenced. $1,200,000.
NEARLY COMPLETED 2BR/1BA
stilt home in Port Labelle Unit
102 Glades County. Home will
include new appliances, lami-
nated and tile floors, sliding
glass doors. Covered deck has
stunning view of greenbelt
area and cypress head. Park
under the house or enclose for
added living area. Paved
street, city water and septic.
$124,900..Adjoining lot is cvail-
able for additional $25,000.
2BR/2BA SPLIT LAN in
Country Village ,Jted ceil-
ings, large om win-
dow s screened
lanai. pletely furnished.
On cul- e-sac.
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NEW CONSTRUCTION! Located
in Port LaBelle Unit.102 on Jay
Terrace. "The Sutton" Total area
2,040 sq. ft. 3BR/2BA, vaulted
-eilim7ss 1-ge living room,.spa-
c;.i,;. r-.:i-nr. 2 car attached
garage, range, refrigerator,
dishwasher, huge country front
porch. Concrete driveway,
landscaped and sodded lawn.
$1614900 Holidays pricing
2 SIDE BY SIDE LS in Unit 2
Port LaBelle odfl ird Circle.
$21,50j4 Veller is firm on
his p rBuyer to purchase
2-5 ACRE TRACTS VACANT
PROPERTY in Montura. Zoned
Rural Residential Farm. $81,000
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No detail was overlooked in the mas-
terful design & construction of this one-
of-a-kind 3BRf2.5B/3G riverfront estate
nestled on 10 +/-.pristine acres w/ 425'
+/- ot ner trontage $3,490,000
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Stunning 5BR/3 5B/2G two story 4,700
+/- sq. ft. home located on 5 +/- private
acres complete w/ horse barn, windmill
& private pond. Elegance abounds
inside w/ formal & casual dining & living
areas; a dramatic staircase; & a sec-
nrd.lnnnnp m.;lir eijioal C7f flnnnnf
Gracious 3BR/2B/2G custom two story
estate home, located on 8.75 +/- fenced
acres, features large rooms, a great
floor plan, rocking chair front porch &
screened lanai, 2,000 +/- sq. ft. pole
bar could easily be converted to a barn
for horses $675,000
Immaculate 3BR/2B/2G precision
crafted home, with a smart and open
spill floor plan, localed on 1 +/- mania
cured acre in LaBelle's only gated sub-
division, features oversized rooms, a
huge screened lanai 3 Ihe best ameni-
ties around $289,900
4BR/2.58/2G on 1 +1- acre. Caged pool
& lanai; spacious living areas; new coat
of paint inside & out. 8 a new acl haii
dler & duct work $275,000
3BR/2B/2G split floor plan CBS home,
located in Parkwood Estates, offers
cathedral ceilings, a caged pool & spa,
new A/C & roof, & so much more...
3BR/28 two story home located on 5
+/- ac. in Pioneer Plantation. Beautifully
landscaped property w/ above ground
pool! Great Place for Horses! $259,900
4BP/2B+Oen CBS horne nestled on a
pnvate in lown loi on a secluded dead
end street, offers cathedral ceilings,
ceramic tile throughout, a wood-
burning brick fireplace, screened
porches front & rear, $250,000
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3BR/2B + Den on 1 +1- fenced & gated
acre in :':lu e offers ceramic tile & car-
pet fiourigr a spacious rear screened
lanai double carport & circle dine
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4BR/2B rustic cabin-style home-on 2.2
+/- acres in Muse abounds with poten-
tial! BRING YOUR HORSES! Back
acre is fenced w/ horse stalls Peace &
Quiet Guaranleed' $169,900
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Charming frame house seeks a handy-
person to recognize its potential! This
home offers a metal roof and is located
on an wooded oversized lot in a great
BACK ON THE MARKET! 2BR/lBi1G
on lovely lot wl oaks In a deed re-
stricled community in Port LaBelle
Great starter or second home I invest-
ment property! $85,000
* 38R/2B doublewide mobile home on
10 +/- acres in Muse w/ a newly
planted tree nursery!! $289,900
* 3BR/3B doublewide mobile home on
5 +/- acres in Pioneer!l $189,900
* 3BR/2B upgraded doublewide mobile
home on 4.5 +/- acres w/ barn, just
south of LaBelle, is already set up for
* 3BR/2B doublewide mobile home on
2,5 +/- acres in Pioneer offers
upgrades galore, paved access, & a
barn ,w electric & water. $124,900
* 3BR/2B mobile home on 2.3 +/-
acres, just south of LaBelle, $119,000
* DRAMATICALLY REDUCED! 3/2
doublewide mobile home, in
immaculate condition, on 1 +/- fenced
* RIVERFRONT! 1 + cleared acre
located in Hidden Hammock w/ 190' +/-
of riverfront. $475,000
* RIVERFRONT! 1 + wooded acre
located on Ft. Denaud Rd. w/ 110' +/-
of riverfront. $475,000
* RIVERFRONT! 1 +/- wooded acre'
located in one of LaBelle's best
* RI\'ERIRONVI' 0.83 +/- fenced
acre located in town w/ 130' +/- of
* 22 +/- fenced, cross:fenced, & gated
acres in LaDeca Acres w/ 2BR/2B
mobile home!! $399,500
* 6 +/- are: in Ih. FPor LaBelle If f
Panrhietles Pnsale located '5 enr0 of
* 10 1i pnvralte ree filled lenced &
galed acres in AMuse $150,000
1 25 +;. oak killed ari-es on CR 78 In
* 2 ~!, acre oak.filled homenife in a "
private in lawv location Three Automotive I
buldable sites $126,900 close to SR
* 0T8 +/- acre located in Parkwood zoned for hei
Estates S/D. $125,000 building feature
* 1.18 +/- .eautifully wooded acre facilities, 4 bE
located in town in a top notch neighbor- Adjoining p
hood. $95,000 purchase also
* 5 +1- wooded acres located in Ladeca ,,,
* 0.40 +/- acre wooded homesite lo- S",ithet
cated on Capt. Hendry Dr. $74,900
* REDUCED TO SeLLI .57 +/- acre in-
town lot in nice neighborhood. $55,000
* 0.67 +/- acre homesite, located in
Indian Hills S/D. $23,900
* PORT LABELLE LOTS! We have
an e'lensive inverlor, ranging in price
from $15K- $30K!
* 24 +/- acres located on the comer of
SR 80 & Joel Blvd. in Alva! $4,000,000
* 19.5 +A/ acres 1,250' +/- of river
frontage east of LaBelle. $2,500,000
' 3.38 +/- acres located on comer of
SR 80 & Broadway in Alva. $1,900,000
, 19 +/- acres w/ frontage on SR 80 &
Ft. Thomspon Ave. $1,820,808
* 3 +/- acres wl 300 +/- ft. of river
frontage in Alva. $1,350,000
* 26 +/- acres located on SR 29, just
south of LaBelle. $850,000
* 3.14 +/- acres w/ paved frontage on 4
streets in Downtown LaBelle! $699,900
* 4.6 +/- acres located at busy Port
LaBelle intersection close to schools &
* .50 +/- acre located at busy in town
. 5 +/- industrial acres w/ potential
airport access $576,000
Repair Shop! Located
80 & Cowboy Way &
avy commercial use, the
res two offices, restroom
ays with 3 roll-up doors.
property available for
uivesuneis or neat Istate, t c.
700 South Main Silet
P.O. Bo 1680i LraBele. Plorida 33975
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, Thursday, January 6, 2005
Year in Review
SJuly 14, 2004
1 Two newcomers to the pc
cal arena were facing off in
City of LaBelle election for T
Ralph Bischel has only held
office since May 13, when
was appointed to comp
Commissioner James Sin.
ton's term after his untirr
death. Mr. Bischel's opponer
retired schoolteacher Hilda 2
City of LaBelle voters ch
Hilda Zimmerly as their new
On July 17, family and frie
of the late James Gladden Sin.
ton, came together to dedic
the newly built Community C
ter in his honor.
July 28, 2004
Faculty from the Natio
Writing Project at Florida C
Coast University worked with
students from Hendry Cou
this summer in a Young Wril
Camp. The camp was'held
LaBelle Middle School betwe
July 12 and July 26.
Willie Dean Johnson, 41,
Clewiston died in a one-vehi
crash Ju'ly 25. The cr
occurred on SR 80 about .7 n
west of CR 833.
Last October an idea
attract younger vets with a cc
mon interest in motorcyc
took shape in the form of P
130's Legion Riders. This is o
the fifth such group in Flori
although these groups are v
popular elsewhere in the coi
try. The new organizati
kicked off with just eight me
bears. The brainchild of To
Alvarez and Bill Davis struck
chord with area vets, because
ranks have already swelled to
Much to the surprise of R(
Orlando of Mahogany Court
Whisper Creek, a, black bi
came looking for a free meal
July 30. Rose heard a noise on I
porch area and thinking it v
one of her two cats, she opera
the door from her mobile hoi
to see what was going on. S
was shocked to see a black bi
weighing approximately 2
The generosity of those he
ing Hendry County Sherif
-Office request for donations
hurricane victims in Hard
County Wa overwhelming. i
Sunday HCSO, supported by t
Clewiston Police Departme
sent four semi tractor trailer r
of provisions, along with a pal
truck, eight patrol u
crammed with food and: t
with officers to helpiunload.
August 25, 2004
Impact fees are one aven
local governments are consid
ing to minimize the advel
results of rapid development.
Commissioners from t
cities of LaBelle and Clewist
joined Hendry County's co
missioners August 17, in a wo
shown session at, the Courthou
to disseminate information and
The City of LaBelle and
Hendry County remain at odds
over the city's establishment of a
water and sewer district extend-
ing five miles outside its borders.
A joint workshop of both boards
and staff at LiBelle City Hall on
August 17 did clear the air some-
what, but the crux of the dis-
agreement remains: which of
two state laws takes prece-
The American Cadet Corps, a
LaBelle youth community serv-
ice group, has been on the go
Inside B&L Hardwarel
301 N. 15th St.
since they first organized before
iti- Freedom Day.
t Their organizer and leader is
the resident Richard Williams,
20 LaBelle raised American Airline
the pilot based out of Miami. The
he ACC's goal is to.bring LaBelle's
lete youth together in an environ
gle- ment that allows each cadet, tc
nely be contributing members anc
,tis leaders within the Corps, a
im- home and in the community.
Hendry County Sheriff's race
ose November 7, 2000: Just 541 votes
vest for Steve Worley ousted the
incumbent Ronnie Lee. Novem
nds ber 2, 2004: Round 2. This time
ns it's Lee challenging Worley for the
gle- top law enforcement job in the
ate county. Voters in the August 31
en- Primary Election called for the
rematch when Lee beat out the
other Republican candidates with
826 votes; and Worley took the
Democratic candidacy with 1,013
nty September 15,2004
ters On the third anniversary of our
I at nation's awakening to terrorism
een on our shores, American Legion
Post 130 emphasized another
kind of terror, still plaguing this
country with a special ceremony
at the post home.'
,of Members gathered to recall
icle this country's POW/MIAs, heed-
ash ing the call never to forget.
to September 22,2004
>m- Air traffic is becoming an
:les increasingly larger element ol
'ost local transportation. 'For this
nly area,. that means the LaBe'lle
da, Municipal Airport. Twenty new
ery T-hangars are under construc-
un- tion and should be ready for ten-
ion ants in just weeks. They should
im- be paid for in about 13 years.
>ny With a waiting list of 70 pilots
k a wanting hangar space at
its LaBelle, there is no shortage of
62 prospective tenants.
September 29, 2004
Scant information is forth-
ose coming in the September .22
in incident that sent.a 27-year-old
ear woman to Lee Memorial Hospi-
on tal and placed seven deputies on
her administrative leave. A Florida
eas Highway Patrol traffic report
ed states that the woman, Deanna
;he K. Hall, rear-ended a second
ear driver, Delma G. Gonzalez, 33, of
o00 Immokalee, who was stopped at
the red light at SR 80 and SR 29.
Hall fled the scene and.Ms. Gon-
.zalez called 911 :to report the
incident. The Florida Depart-
.ar, ment of Law Enforcement is
f'si investigating the shooting.
for While surrounding' areas
lee were hard hit by hurricane force
On winds 'this past weekend,
the Hendry Country residents are
nt, once again counting their bless-
igs ings. In a repeat of Frances and
nel Ivan, the eastern side of Hendry
lits County took.the hardest punch.
wo :However, Glades, Okeechobee
and other surrounding counties
took it on the chin. The western
side of Hendry sustained no seri-
ous damages mainly reports of
ue trees down and spotty power
he October 6,2004
on The Florida Department of
m- Law Enforcement has 'complet-
rk- ed interviews, of all officers
ie involved in the Se~ntPmhbr 99
confrontation that ended in sev-
eral officers shooting and
wounding 27-year-old Deanna
K. Hall. Ms. Hall was in good
condition at Lee.Memorial Hos-
U.S. Sugar Corporation has
received national.honors from
,the American. Feed Industry
Association (AFIA) for an inno-
vative food safety program in its
Molasses and Liquid Feed
LaBelle has been doubly
iNext to Hungry Howesi
216 S. Main St
INext to CleistonF Flo-iri
330 W Sugarlaid
VilI Oul r OtI0her
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ANNUITIES and INSU
J.G. Wentworth me
for Structured S
liwtitmalu a Real Exnte. lnc
Gift of love
Toys, toys, toys for all the good little girls and boys from
the Berry employees' toy drive to the Salvation Army with
hopes of putting a smile on the faces of the less fortunate
children Christmas day.
Blessed with two Citizens of the
SYear. Sgt. Barbara Brown of the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office,
1 apd Richard Williams were
added the long list of those
.whose lives and, deeds have
earned the Chamber of Com-
merce's premier award.
The Florida .Department of
Law Enforcement has red-
f flagged the certificate of a for-
ier Hendry County deputy who
quit the force in the midst of an
Internal investigation. John
Childers resigned -from the
department while, an internal
investigation continued to probe
his actions during an August 28
arrest. Childers' law enforce-
Sment certificate was sent to the
SCriminal Justice Standards and
Training Commission in Talla-
hassee for review.
The new Chief Executive Offi-
cer for Hendry Regional Medical
Center made his debut presenta-
tion beforer, the LaBelle Citl
Commission October 1- Mr
Craig Cudwofth asume'dr his
position on June 1 of this year.
He explained the hospital's dire
.financial situation to the com-
It's back to. the drawing
board for a proposed interlocal
agree'tent by whichh Hendry
County would recognize the City
of LaBelle's intention ito extend
its water and sewer service five
miles outside of its boundaries.
A '.public hearing before the
October 26 county commission
meeting in Clewiston failed to
reach a mutually satisfactory
agreement on the new district,
which was passed earlier this
year by the LaBelle City Com-
.What began as a simple area
where Hendry County deputies,
went to qualify with their serv-
ice weapons has grown ifito a
facility that draws other law
enforcement agencies and civil-
ian shooting enthusiasts.: The
Sheriff's Guri Range is located
off SR 80 near Pioneer Planta-
tion, equidistant from Clewiston
and aI Rpllpo on n-tnh-ar 91
.Sheriff Steve Worley hosted an
S "Grow Your 'Business in
Hendry County." Since its incep-
tion in 1997,-that has been the
Hendry County Economic Devel-
opment Council's.. mission.:
Recently, members gathered to
celebrate another year of suc-
cess in that mission.
LaBelle's Matthew Baker
recalled his experiences this past
summer as a page in the U.S.
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After 82 years of publishing
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Belle began publishing on
Thursday with this week's edi-
United Way initiated a 2-1-1
system people can dial to plug
into the area's network of health
and human services agencies.
December 9, 2004
On November 27, over 80
motorcycle riders gathered
behind the American Legion
Post 130 on Highway 80 .before
heading out on the Legion Rid-
ers Poker Run. They each
brought in a toy for children ages
4 to 12; netting over 175 new
toys for Hendry County children.
The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office provided free firearm safe-
ty kits to local residents through
a partnership with Project Child-
Safe, the nationwide firearms
education program. The safety
kits. which include a gunlock,
are available at the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office in both
LaBelle and Clewiston.
For the sixth'year the Hendry
County Economic Development
Council hosted a spectacular.
holiday dinner at the Captain
Hendry House. All proceeds
benefitted the Education Center
ot Southwest Florida.
December 16, 2004
As of early December, Hendry
County logged some 21 traffic
fatalities. Last year, 13 people lost
their lives on Hendry County
December 23, 2004
Officer Brian Haas' family,
friends and colleagues gathered
December 15 to dedicate the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office's
Snew Training Facility in his honbr.
Gator Hammock is hosting the
first-of-its-kind in Southwest Flori-
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and highly aromatic competition
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2005, at Buddy Taylor's home-
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Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 6,2005
Outback Steakhouse All-Star Football Game
LaBelle High School seniors Cy
Clayton and Holden' Jones have
been chosen to play in the Out-
back Steakhouse Treasure Coast
High School All-Star Football
Game. Their:outstanding football
season records have been recog-
nized and now they will each
have at least one more high
school game to participate in.
The All-Star game will be
played at Royal Palm Beach High
School il.Royal Palm Beach on
Saturday, January 15, 2005. The
game will feature top senior foot-
ball players from over 40 high
schools in Palm Beach, Martin, St.
Lucie, Okeechobee, Hendry and
Glades Counties. The game
serves as a fundraiser for the
NFFCHF chapter's college schol-
This is the 1th annual Out-
back Steakhouse Treasure Coast
High School Football Game and
the tenth year to transport stu-
Cowboys finish fourth
in Big Blue Jam
LaBelle defeated Ft. Meade 53- they played 12'
15 on December 23 in the first wore down," sa
round of high school basketball The. consolation
tournament action. The Cowboys much better as t
had balanced scoring with nine fered another 20
players scoring, host Winter Hay
During the semifinals the Cow. Haven w\as the -4
boys fought hard but 5A Lake years in a row, w
Region was just too much. Lake \%as the 5A runner
Region defeated the Cowboys 63- The Cowboy
35 to advance to the final round. that against gooc
"We played hard early but as play hard all 32 rr
guys we, just
id Coach Kelley.
i game was.not
he Cowboys suf-
-point loss to the
en team. Winter
A runner-up two
whilee Lake Region
'r up last year.
s hope to learn
1 teams you have
dents for Coach Ron Dunbar.
Coach Dunbar will transport the
two young men to Martin County
High School for team practice on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday nights from 6-8 p.m.
Arriving home each night around
midnight. Even after the Friday
night practice, Coach Dunbar will
be making the over four hour
round trip journey as lodging
expenses are not to be found.
A kick-off luncheon will be
held at the Outback Steakhouse in
West Palm Beach on Friday, Janu-
ary 7, 2005 at noon.
The game has been organized
by the National Football Founda-
tion and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
Most Valuable Player Award
Sponsor,. is Coca Cola Bottling
Company. Major sponsors are
Royal Palm Beach High School,
Jerry's Caterers, and SGMA.
The honor of being chosen
for the All-Area Football First
Team from Collier, Lee, Char-
lotte, Hendry and Glades coun-
ties goes to LHS senior C \ Clay-
ton. For the Second Team,
junior, Malt Davidson and sen-
ior Martee Barnhart earned the
Honorable mentions w\\ent to
juniors Blake Basquin, Matty
Bell, Kyle McClain and to senior
Jason Williams. Coach Dunbar
mentioned that it has been
quite some time since a LaBelle
player has been selected for the
Congratulations to these
\ourii men and their coaches.
Las Noticias en Espahol
Los oficiales del Condado
Henry que estuvieron involucra-
Sdos en un tiroteo el 22 de sepliem-
bre del 2004 oficiamente han sido
aclarados por el Departamento de
Investigation Interna. Los Ofi-
ciales tuvieron salida administrali-
va pero despues del incident
fueron colocados en sus puestos
El Departamento de La Ley de
Enforzamiento complete la inves-
tigacion y recolecto todas las
declaraciones de los testigos. El
incident comenzo despues del
accident sin importancia en las
que se vieron implicadas Deanna.
K. Hall de edad 27 resident en
Clewislon y Delma Gonzalez de
edad 33 y residence en
Immokalee. Segun el inforrne Hull
le pego al carro de Gonzalez entire
el cruce de la 80 y la 29. Hull se fue
de la escena del accident
entonces Gonzalez llamo al 911
para reporter el incident.
Los Oficiales comenzaron la
persecution de Hull que se fue
hacia el este de la 80, ella no obe-
decio la orden de detenerse y se
regreso otra vez hacia LaBelle
donde finalmente se detuvo en la
interseccion de la 80 \ el Bulevar
Martin Luther King por la estacion
de gasoline Presto, ningun official
fue herido. El Alguacil Worley dijo
que segun la investigation los ofi-
ciales en ningun moment vio-
laron la ley del Departamento de
Por el cambio del nuevo
Alguacil del Condado Hendry,
Ronee Lee, \Worley y 21 emplead-
os mas dejaran ei Deparlamento
el 31 de diciembre.
Fatalidades de Trafico
El 24 de diciembre a las 12:30
p.m. Victor Lopez de edad 24 falle-
cio en ui accident done estu-
vieron involucrados tires \'ehiculos a
casi 5 millas de La Belle en La Calle
De acuerdo con el informed de
La Palrulla de Caminos de Florida,
don Lopez viajaba hacia el este en
la calle 80 ranejando su carro Ford
2000. Cuando se cruzo al centro se
motio hacia el lugar donde venia
un carro 2002 Lexus conducido por
Jack Boutchyard de edad 70. Los
dos vehiculos se moieron hacia el
zacate por el impact, despues se
fueron al carril contrario, en ese
moment un tercer \vehiculo ChevN
2005 conducido por Justin Morri-
son de edad 22 colisiono con el
carro de Lopez.
Don Boutchyard sufrio heridas
menores mnientras que al pasalero
que \vialaba con el Jen D. Boutch-
yard no le ocurrio nada, don Morri-
son tambien sufrio heridas leves.
Todos ellos tenian puestos sus cin-
turones de seguridad a la hora del
El 4 de diciembre Pablo Rayo
Hernandez de edad 70 murio en la
intersection de Collingswood Pky.
y Cowboy cuando un carro Mit-
subishi manejado por Jennifer
McFadden de edad 51 no paro en la
intersection como deberia de hac-
erlo. Jennifer. un pasajero que iba
con ella y los pasajeron que viaja-
ban con Hernadez sufrieron heri-
das graves, segun el informe de La
Palbiila Jennifer no tenia puesto el
cinturon de seguridad pero su
pasajero estabo bien abiochado,
Hernadez no tenia puesto el cintur-
on de seguridad y no se sabe si los
pasjeros que viajaban con el esta-
bar abrochados o no
Upcoming athletic events
Thursday, January 6: HOME
vs. Clewiston; 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Monday, January 10: HOME
vs. S.C.S.; 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Wednesday. January- .12:-;at
Yearling; 5 p.m. aFd 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 13: HOME
vs. St. Francis; p.m. and 5 p.m.
LHS Girls baseball
Friday, Januar. 7: 'at
Immokalee; JV 5:45 p.m. Varsity
Tuesday, January 11 at P.
Ridge; JV 6 p.m. Varsity at 7:30
Thursday, January 13: HOME
vs. Dunbar, JV 6 p.m. Varsity at
LHS Boys Basketball
Thursday, January 6: at Moore
Haven: 6 p.m. Varsity a 7:30
Tuesday, January 7: HOME vs.
Immokalee JV 5:45 p.m, Varsity at
Monday, January 10: at Lake
Placid, JV 6 Varsity 7:30
Tuesday, January 11: HOME
vs P. Ridge, JV 6Varsity 7:30
Saturday, January 8: Hendry
County Duals at LHS, 9 a.m.
LHS Girls Soccer
SFriday, January 7: AWAY vs.
Dunbar at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 11: HOME
vs. Bishop Verot JV at 5:30 Varsity
Thursday, January 13: HOME
vs. Immokalee Varsity at 5:30 p.m.
lHS Boys Soccer
Tuesday, January I I: Away vs.
Bishop \erol at 6 p.rn.
Thursday January 13: HOME
vs. Irmmokalee at 7p.m.
Employee's first month on the job is critical
By Meredith Jean Morton
Growing job discontentment
and sudden negative events dur-
ing an employee's first month on
the job are crucial in determining
whether he or she will leave with-
in the first two \years, according to
a study by a University of Florida
researcher on early employee lob
turnover. The study, which
involved 1,000 professionals at.
'seven different companies, found
that factors including disagree-
ments with coworkers and
employers, project reassignment
and steadily increasing discon-
tentment influence an employ-
ee's tendency to leave a job.
That's valuable information for
companies trying to reduce early
and costly employee turnover,
said UF business professor John
:KammPvPr-MIIpllpr %'hre nrin.
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ducted the study in collaboration
with University of Minnesota busi-
ness researchers. "Individuals
who are just starting their careers
are especially likely to turno\ er, so
understanding the process of
turnover from their perspective is
especially interesting from an aca-
demic point of view\," Kammeyer-
' Mueller said. "Our results suggest
that early work experiences are
'critical for the decisions people
make about staying or leaving, so
companies should pay particular
attention to how people first
experience their jobs." Kammey-
er-Mueller's study, which will be
published in the Journal of
Applied Psychology, involved new
employees completing surveys
when they had been on a job for
one month, and then continuing
to be surveyed for two years. The
surveys included questions relat-
ed to personality, job satisfaction,
belief in the company, commit-
ment to the company; whether
employees were looking for other
jobs while e working for the com-
pany and whether they had
formed specific intentions to
leave. "We had originally thought
it was going to be a personality
factor, that people would have a
kind of leaderr" personality
where they would be prone to
leave," Kammeyer-Mueller said.
"But from the personality meas-
ures on our survey, assessing the
personality traits of openness to
extroversion, agreeableness and
emotional stability, we realized*
nperonaliht didn't qppm tn mat-
Rather than personality influ-
ences, the study found that dissat-
isfaction on the initial survey-indi-
cating a negative first approach to
the job led employees to
believe a position was not a place
they \\'anted to stay.
"The other thing we found
was that for some people, the rea-
son they left the job had things to
do with sudden events, rather
than people becoming slowly,
thoughtfully dissatisfied," Kam-
meyerMueller said. Those sudden
events may involve a fight with a
co-worker, or a supervisor doing
something the employee finds
disturbing that negatively affects
him or .her. "We knewv about
some of these sudden, critical
events because our surveys
included a section for the employ-
ees to provide narrative detail
about their. negative experi-
ences," he said. Some of the nar-
rative responses on the surveys.
included: "I thought Iwas lined
up for a promotion," "I thought
this was something that was
going to help my career a lot,"
"My supervisor arbitrarily
switched me to another assign-
ment" or "I just can't take this
said he started the study at the
request of companies wanting to
know how to identity employees
who were likely to leave. "Com-
panies lose the most people in the
employee's first months on the
job, so that's when the threat of
turnover is the highest," he said.
"RIOt ac far a; rrcparrh litrahlnrr
we really don't know a whole: lot
about those people \ ho leave."
The employees surveyed were "in
jobs w here they expected to stick
around for a long time," Kam-
meyer-Mueller said.. "We asked
people in the first survey ho \
long they thought thev were
going to stay with their jobs, and
on average their answer was
about seven years." Some of the
employees surveyed included sci-
entists and teachers. "O)ne
expects that people are going to
leave pretty quickly from jobs like
McDonald's or something like
that, so it it is showing that people
are turning over in two years from
those kinds of jobs, it's like 'so
what,'" Kammeyer-Mueller said.
"But these \were professional jobs
-you don't expect a high turnover
so soon." Employers aren't the
only ones who can benelit from
the results, he said. "This study
provides, a way for potential
employees to examine them-
selves and think about their feel-
ings about a job," he said. "This
way, if they fall into the leaver cat-
egory, they would know that
Maybe I shouldn't take this job,
so I don't have to leave and be dis-
located. '" By understanding the
kinds of events that cause early
leaving, organizations can move
to reduce it, said Terence R.
Mitchell, Carlson Professor of
Management at- the University of
Washington. "Realistic job pre-
views can help reduce turnover,
and knowing what issues and
"c, nrnic ,' a.,. it ,ill hl ,,Ir \ 'iilh ih
construction of such previews,"
Mitchell said. "One can also
design training and socialization
strategies for newcomers that will
help them adjust to these events
or issues." This research project
was supported through the
Human Resources Research Insti-
tute at the University of Minnesota
department of human resources
and industrial relations. Kammey-
er-Mueller collaborated with Con-
nie Wanberg, Theresa Glomb and
Dennis Ahlburg on the study that
used data collected as part of the
University of Minnesota Project
on New Oiganizational Employ-
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games are, in chronological order,
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end of the 2004 regular season.
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which shattered a 118-year-old NCAA
all-division record by scoring 805
points in one season. The previous
mark of 765 points was established by
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Although your Realtor is
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Just Jeeps and Such: history of an icon
In his book Just Jeeps and Such, Bill
Frederick writes that some interests
become hobbies, while others become
passions, "My love of jeeps is one of the
latter." And then he continues, "The"
jeep, is, of course, that olive drab icon of
"the" War, immortalized in Bill Mauldin's
cartoons and seen in every photo essay
of those times.
There really is no adequate way to
describe Bill Frederick's book. To say it is
unique is quite an understatement. To
say it is uniquely designed and produced
is another understatement. And,
although, Mr. Frederick does not claim to
be a seasoned, professional writer, he is
just that and more.
Just Jeeps and Such begins with the
fascinating history of jeeps, and the road
they've traveled since June 1941, when
Willys began production, but in October
of that year with a war imminent, Ford
was asked to produce 15,000 jeeps,
which it did under license from Willys.
Ford jeeps were thereupon designated
GPWs. GPW was understood as an
acronym for "general purpose Willys".
And the story goes on from there...the
history/origin of the name "jeep".
The jeep story is told on every page
not only in extraordinary full color photo-
graphs but in the exceptional word-paint-
ings of Bill Frederick: If you're not already
a jeep fan, chances are you will be when
you read his book. From several stand-
points this new book is also a poignant
lesson in patriotism.
He writes: These family members
(the Frederick Family) were part of a spe-
cial generation, perhaps as Tom Brokaw
asserts'- the greatest generation. Their.
service and valor must be recalled, and
hopefully understood, by millions of
young Americans, now adults, to whom
WWII is a distant event, not unlike the
Civil War was to my generation. Adults
who assume freedom as a given, then
confuse disappointment with sacrifice.
They are citizens without a clue as to the
true meaning of sacrifice or its impact on
our servicemen and their families."
It's been said by some who don't
know jeeps...What!? A car that swims?!
Yes, and then some. There's even a photo
captioned: "Driving" through the Peace
River in the author's 1946 CJ2A.
There are probably more than a few
who will be fascinated with the detailed
information regarding restoration of
jeeps. The author writes: The jeep was
the icon of the War, but it is more. To me
it is a symbol of that era's virtue, Ameri-
ca's moral apex, and the unchallenged
evidence of American industrial genius. -
And it had style. In 1952, the Museum of
Modern Art chose the jeep as one of eight
automobiles exemplifying worldwide
design excellence. The jeep, a 1930 Mer-
cedes, a 1939 Bentley, a 1941 Lincoln Con-
tinental and four other classic cars stood
together as a group.
General George C. Marshall said: "The
jeep was the single most important con-
tribution to the art of warfare." General
Marshall was not given to lavish praise,
but Ernie Pyle may have said it better:
"Good Lord, I don't think we could con-
tinue the war without the jeep. It does
everything. It goes everywhere. It's as
faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and
as agile as a goat."
I have read and written about many
books. This is the first one I've read in
many a moon in which I found no mis-
take or typo. Writing, designing, produc-
ing a book is a monumental task. Just
Jeeps excels in each category. Every time
I'd read the word jeep I wondered if it
should be capitalized. I kept reading,
then found this toward the end: "Jeep" is
a registered trademark of The Chrysler
Corporation. The word "jeep" with a
lower case "j" is a generic term that
applies to the vehicles described.
And all the way through it I kept say-
ing to myself that I had to find out who
designed such a splendid work. Three
pages from the end there it was:
Bill Frederick: "Our daughter Virginia
Frederick Nucci, designed this
book...countless hours matching pic-
tures with text, silhouetting vehicles and
parts photographs, doing complicated
things with her computer that not only
astonished me but added needed finesse
to this project. I'm really lucky to have her
talent and enthusiasm for something as
foreign to her experience as the subject
matter of this book."
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8 1/2 x 11 landscape style, hardback, 72
pages in full color throughout, published
by Frederick Enterprise Group, Inc. Hard-
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VFW plans roast
The Ladies Aux from VFW Post
10100 Hwy 29 south will host a roast
pork dinner on Friday, January 7, 2005
from 5 p.m. until ? The dinner includes
mashed potatoes, gravy, veggie, roll,
dessert, coffee and tea all for $7. The din-
ner is open to the public. Come and
Pop Warner board to meet
The board will be meeting again on
January 13 at 7 p.m. at the rec center on
Cowboy Way. Nominations for various
board.positions will be made. Please
come out and be a part of the Pop Warn-
er team. Also you can pay to become a
booster member the same night. Indi-
viduals are $3 and family membership is
$5. Organizers would also like to see all
of coaches and volunteers come out to
Music jamboree set
The Hendry County Chapter of the
Florida Country Music Association will
have a jamboree Sunday, January 9,
fror 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion
Poston Hwy. 80.
We R Country is the host band. Come
enjoy great country music and karaoke.
Members and Legionnaires admitted for
only $1; non-members $3 each. Musi-
cians, entertainers and children 12 -and
under are free.
Get that body in shape
Ready to do some "body sculpting?"
Come to the LaBelle Program Center on
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Instructor Jeni
Dyess will start classes on January 18,
incorporating toning and strengthening
exercises using resistance bands and tub-
ing and hand weights. This is a mildly aer-
obic, muscle conditioning workout with
emphasis on strength and endurance. All
fitness levels welcome.
AA meetings set
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are
held on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. at
the Alva Recreation Hall.
Come to the environmental group
meeting Monday, January 10, at 1:15
p.m. at Barron Library. Bring your ideas
for program topics, guest speakers,
nature tours and projects to this first
meeting for 2005. All are welcome. Call
Lois James at 675-3940 for more infor-
The committee for the LaBelle Earth
Day celebration, April 23, is being formed
Check out Florida snakes
Join a Lee County Park Ranger
around the campfire a 6:30 p.m. on Janu-
ary 15 to learn about the various snakes
of Florida and see many of them up
close. Flashlight recommended for a hike
from Caloosahatchee Regional Park
Campground parking area to event field,
at 19130 North River Road, Alva; $3 or
free with paid camping; $1 per person for
youth groups. For information, (239) 693-
2690, register on line at
Regional Park is a Lee County Parks and
Breakfast is ready
The Ortona Community Association
will hold its first pancake breakfast of the
new year on Saturday, January 8, from 7-
9 a.m. at the Ortona Community Associa-
tion, 3000 Ortona Road (Highway 78A).
The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes
sausage, pancakes juice and coffee for
Steel Magnolias opens
the Firehouse Theater
This play by Robert Harling is set in
Chinquapin, Louisiana at Truvy's Beauty
Salon, where all the ladies who are "any-
body" come to have their hair done.
Salon owner Truvy Jones (Emily Allen),
with the help of her new assistant Annelle
(Jeni Dyess), dispense shampoos and
free advice. Add the rich, ill-mannered
Ouiser (Barb Brandenburg), eccentric
millionaire Miss Clairee (Linda Reecer),
local socialite M'lynn (Sue Elser) and her
soon-to-be wed daughter, Shelby
(Michelle Brunetto) and you have the
makings of an enjoyable evening.
The play moves toward tragedy when
Shelby risks pregnancy and forfeits her
life. The sudden realization of their mor-
tality brings out the underlying strength
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Monday, January 10
AARP Chapter Meeting: 1 p.m. Dallas
Townsend Agricultural Center; Pratt Boule-
Weight Watchers: Weigh in and regis-
tration at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m., First
Christian Church, Social Hall, 138 Ford
Bingo: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Hall,
Chamber of Commerce: board meet-
ing, 6:30 p.m.
Pioneer Homeowners Assoc.: 7 p.m.
Pioneer Community Center.
OLQH Women's Guild: 7 p.m. Parish
Moose Lodge #2398: 8 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous: 8 p.m. Episco-
pal Church of the Good Shepherd,
Collingswood & Eucalyptus, Port LaBelle,
Tuesday, Jan. 11
Klwanis Club: 7 a.m., Flora and Ella's,
Hobby Class: 9:00-11:00 a.m., Woman's
Club, Hwy. 80W
Rotary Club: Flora and Ella's, noon
PLB Garden Club: noon at the exten-
sion office, Pratt Blvd.
Teen Center: Hendry County Health
Dept., 325 Pratt Blvd., 3-7 p.m.
School Board: 5:30 p.m. Clewiston sub-
and love of these characters. This allows
this wonderfully talented cast to portray
the truly touching, sometimes comical,
and always amiable relationships in this
classic play. This is a must see.
The show runs Jan. 13-16 and Jan. 20-
23 at The Firehouse Cultural Center,
located at 241 N. Bridge Street. Thursday,
Friday and Saturday the curtain opens at 7
p.m. Sunday performances are a 2 p.m.
matinee. Tickets are $10 in advance (call
863-675-3066 and leave your name,
phone number, date you wish to attend
and the number of tickets you wish to
reserve) or $12 at the door. Master Card
and Visa are accepted for your conven-
County Commission: 6:30 p.m. Clewis-
SAL: 7 p.m.
Woman's Club: 7 p.m.
Sweet Adelines chorus: "Spirit of the
Gulf" (formerly Ft. Myers Fever and City of
Palms); weekly rehearsals at Zion Lutheran
Church, 7401 Winkler Road (not Avenue), 7
p.m. Free lessons, auditions, orientations,
675-1338 or 675-3080. (Ladies only.)
LaBelle Masonic Lodge #379 F&AM:
7:30 p.m. 180 Jaycee/Lions Blvd.
AA: 12 Step/Big Book study group, 8
p.m. First Christian Church, Ford Avenue,
Wednesday, Jan. 12
A.A. Big Book Meeting: noon, Episco-
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Colllngswood & Eucalyptus, Port LaBelle,
Wednesday Night Live: 5-7 p.m.
Caloosa Baptist Church, for youth in grades
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PPVFD: drill 7p.m.
Class in Old Testament: 7-8:15 p.m.
Parish Hall, Our Lady Queen of Heaven
40&8: 8 p.m.
LPA: 8 p.m. county commission room,
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Hospital refutes board's findings
By Tracy Whirls
While admitting that the hos-
pital does have financial and
other issues that need to be
addressed, Hendry Regional Med-
ical Center (HRMC) administra-
tors have refuted many of the find-
ings presented in a report
compiled by members of a blue
ribbon committee charged with
examining the hospital's status.
"We want to acknowledge
that there are issues that we agree
with in the report and are to com-
mitted to making the necessary
changes," HRMC Chief Executive
Officer Craig Cudworth said at a
packed special Hospital Authority
Board meeting called to voice the
response to a report issued by the
committee suggesting that if the
hospital doesn't change it's busi-
ness model, and soon, the facility
will go broke.
"By our own benchmarks, we
need to extract efficiencies out of
this operation," Mr. Cudworth
said. "We differ only on how to go
about the cure and how radical it
Saying that administrators and
hospital authority board mem-
bers have been developing a plan
for some time, Mr. Cudworth said
the plan would be presented for
the board's approval at their Janu-
"We have been developing a
plan and will execute it in the next
few weeks to glean more efficien-
cies outof the system and,keep
the facility financially viable."
HRMC Chief Financial Officer
Nick Braccino. Mr. Braccino chal-
lenged the committee's conclu-
sions about the hospital's operat-
ing expense changes, noting that
the committee's graphed analysis
only compared expenses to inpa-
tient admissions and did not
include outpatient growth.
"Over the last five years,
Medicare has not paid the actual
cost of in-patient care," Mr. Brac-
cino said. This is one reason why
the hospital has shifted much of
its service emphasis to outpatient
care. A more accurate analysis of
the hospital's operating expenses
would take into account outpa-
tient admissions as well.
"In terms of the. service
patients are getting, the hospital
and its affiliate departments are
meeting or exceeding the level of
service from 2001-2004," Mr.
"Indigent care is not uncom-
pensated care," Mr. Braccino con-
tinued. "It'is a tax charged by the
Medicaid Program and generates
additional funds to hospitals in
the form of disproportionate
share funds." As Mr. Braccino
explained it, hospitals are
assessed a tax by the state which
uses it to solicit matching funds
from the federal government,
which are then distributed to hos-
pitals based on the number of
indigent people the hospitals take
Refuting what the committee
referred to as a "spiraling reliance
on. tax dollars," Mr. Braccino
demonstrated that taxes have
been relatively flat through 2004.
"The hospital has always-
depended on the tax. That's the
reason it was passed," Mr. Bracci-
no said. "For the four years in
question, revenues would have
covered cost if not for the uncom-
pensated care problem."
Mr. Braccino said total net
patient revenue, before adjust-
ments for bad .debt and charity
care, is actually up 8 percent. Ad
valorem tax revenue is up only 2
percent through 2004, and that is
due to increases in property val-
ues, not due to increase in tax
"There had not been an
increase in tax assessments in
more than five years, prior to the
increase approved in September,"
Mr. Braccino reminded the com-
Mr. Braccino said the commit-
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seasonal increases," Mr. Braccino
Mr. Braccino flatly rejected the
that the Family Care Center opera-
tions be restructured, to replace
nurse practitioners with medical
assistants and bringing the collec-
tion rate in line with that of other
tee's assessments of the hospital's
accounts receivable, which indi-
cated that accounts receivable
were in the 85-105 day range, are
"way off the mark."
"Both August and September
2004 show hospital days at 69 and
67," Mr. Braccino said, adding that
the hospital uses a benchmark of
65 days. He admitted, however,
that physician billing, including
that of the Family Care Center is
"way over," the benchmark, in
the 70-day range, because "the
smaller billing systems are not
that good and we are working on
Mr. Braccino said the commit-
tee's findings regarding customer
service surveys concerning the ER
were especially unfair, because
they included only 30 responses,
while the ER sees about 1,000
patients a month.
"The subsequent survey was-
n't available to the committee yet,
but shows significant improve-
ment and the current survey indi-
cates steady improvement,"
Mr. Braccino noted that in 61
percent of the responses, patients
indicated their experience was
very good, while the other indica-
tors where the hospital staff needs
to focus improvements.
Mr. Braccino admitted howev-
er, that the vendor for the ER
physician contract has been put
on notice and contract negotia-
tions have begun based on per-
Mr. Braccino pointed out that
the committee did not discuss the
hospital's positive rankings. He
blasted the committee's recom-
mendation that the hospital can-
cel its existing physical therapy
contracts and bring those services
in house, noting that it would be
difficult due to the scarcity of
physical therapists. "It's the only
department that gets referrals
back from in-patient to outpatient
care," Mr. Braccino said. "It's
been productive, it runs well, it
makes money." Mr. Braccino
noted that through September
2004, the end of the fiscal year, the
department generated $1,177,633
in gross charges, netting $541,711
in revenues. And despite generat-
ing $413,997 in operating expens-
es, generated a $127,714 profit.
Mr. Braccino also questioned
the committee's conclusion that
the hospital should have a 4 per-
cent benchmark for bad debt.
"If it's a number I have to live
and die by, it better be a fair repre-
sentative sampling. If you put us
up against a hospital in West Palm
Beach where all the millionaires
live, it's not comparable."
Mr. Braccino said the hospital's
bad debt level is heavily affected
by the numbers of patients with-
out'insurance, reported as "self
pay" and their level of insurance
coverage. Because HRMC's rate
(16.7 percent) of "self-pay"
accounts is double the national
average, the hospital has double
the bad debt. "We're within the
national average among hospitals
with the same poor population
we have," Mr. Braccino said. A
recent government study, just
completed, Mr. Braccino said,
shows Hendry County ranks high-
est in the state in uninsured
According to Florida Behav-
ioral Risk Factor Data survey,
Hendry County had the highest
percentage in the state of adults
who had no health coverage,
were unable to get health care, of
people with no family doctor as
well as the highest percentage of
adults with diabetes, high choles-
terol, smokers and obesity.
"How am I supposed to get 4
percent bad debt out of this situa-
tion?" Mr. Braccino asked, adding
that he believes he can reduce
bad debt by 1-2 percent.
Regarding the committee's
recommendation that other
billing and collection perform-
ance targets be considered as part
of restructuring, including raising
the percentage of, clean claims
submitted to 97 percent, reducing
claims rejection turnaround to 15
days and reducing billing turn-
around to within five days from
discharge/date of service, Mr.
Braccino said the administration
is already considering or using
other indicators and already mon-
itors for compliance within five
days. Part of the problem, he said,
is "hold bills," billing which is
incomplete and consequently
cannot be submitted for collec-
tion and therefore doesn't show
up in the accounts receivable
"We have already gathered
and are beginning to analyze data
for clean claims submitted," Mr.
In response to the committee's
suggestion that contract hours,
particularly for nursing, be
reduced and part time staffing be
used when possible to reduce
overtime costs, Mr. Braccino said
contrary to the committee's find-
ings, paid hours include contract
salaries. Using data from other
small standalone hospitals,
HRMC, in seven of 12 months of
the prior year, met or came within
5 percent of the average.
Mr. Braccino said there is work
to do to reduce overtime expens-
es and those associated with con-
tract nursing, but he pointed out,
the patient census is not consis-
tently 11 patients per day, which
would allow more consistent
staffing. "The number of patients
vary. Today there were seven
patients at daylight... Slash the
staff and we not be able to react to
"It is a rural health clinic so it
will not have the same collection
rate as the rest of outpatient areas,
Mr. Braccino said, adding that as
such, the reimbursement rate is
actually much more favorable.
"By removing the nurse practi-
tioners we lose that status and
would lose more than the
($250,000) savings purported. It
would also put into jeopardy the
$10 million generated by our
physicians in the hospital," Mr.
Braccino said. "It would not save
anything and would reduce the
quality of care provided to Hendry
As for the committee's recom-
mendation that the Hospital
Authority Board eliminate Home
Health Care, Mr. Cudworth said
the question of continuing Home
Health Care is in due diligence,
awaiting a potential sale of the
Mr. Braccino noted, however,
that the committee's recommen-
dation to eliminate $410,000 in
operating expenses by discontin-
uing the program, did not take
into consideration the $348,000 in
revenues generated by the service
or the impact on length of stay at
the hospital if the service were
discontinued and no other home
health services were available in
"If you eliminate home health,
it limits our ability to send a
patient home. If there's no one to
change .dressings and provide
other care, we can't send that
patient home," Mr. Braccino said.
"We might have to keep them an
extra day so the nurses can pro-
vide the care."
Mr. Braccino also said there
might be some merit in consoli-
dating Corporate Health with
other outpatient departments, but
pointed out that the department
was created to help the hospital
compete with other facilities to
provide the care.
"We may be able to save some
money, if the community is saying
that's something we don't really
need, but we still have to provide
the specialty care. Some of the
costs, but not all the costs, will go
away," Mr. Braccino said.
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GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
You who show me the way
to everything. You who
give me the driving Gift to
forgive & forget all the
wrong that is done to me,
and who is with me in all
instances of my life. In this
short dialogue I want to
thank you for everything &
confirm once more that I
never want to separate
from you. No matter how
great material desires
might be. I want to be with
you in your Perpetual glo-
ry. Thank You so much for
all your love.
Say 3 times consecutive 3
days. Your wish will be
granted without asking.
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BULL DOG- Female,
Please call to identify
male. On medication. Ap-
prox. 18-20 Ibs. Call
CAT pure light orange. Ap-
prox. 15 yrs. old. 15 Ibs.
DOG- Chihuahua, Tan with
black polka dots, lost in
LOST: red & green macaw,
escaped 12/12 in Ft. De-
naud area, REWARD, 863-
REWARD FOR INFORMA-
TION leading to recovery
of Lg. Old Bird Bath taken
from yard on Ft. Denaud
Rd. between 12/16 12/
BOAT 25' Sportcraft
w/cabin & I/O motor.
4) 16' Long w/some.water
damage. You Haul.
(863)697-1897 Lake Port
FREE CUTE KITTENS
Male & Female
Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 4/2 mos.
old, male, wormed.
HAMSTERS- (3), 1 to 1
mo old, to good home
only, (863)357-0346 Tina,
call times 11 am-1Opm.
MOBLIE HOME 67'
12x45 2bd/rm must
be moved aft. 9pm
LaBelle FRI & SAT 01/7 &
01/8 9am-? 400 Riviers
Vista blvd. On the river
close to the methodist
church 1 block down. Lots
of Misc. clothing, luggage
& Christmas items. &
Much, much, more.
Fri & Sat 1/07 & 1/08
Lots for everyone!!
YARD SALE- 8-?,
Truck tires, lawn
TV'S, furniture, tools,
Pecans, at: Next to
Pro Auto. N 49th Hwy
29th Industrial Loop,
2115 FT DENAUD,
Sat 1/8/05, 8am-12pm,
Toddler car bed,
sewing machine, daybed,.
antique oak bed,
household and clothing,
Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Immokalee Packing House
Fax resume to
Caloosa Mobile Homes
Needs Full Time Utility Em-
ployee w/clean CDL-A Li-
must have tools &
and Dredge Operator now
being hired. Ortona Sand
Co. Call (863)675-1454
Office duties, M-F 8-5'
SALES PERSON WANTED
Great opportunity in Mobile
Home Sales. Will Train.
referred. Caloosa Mobile
telephone, follow up,
multi tasking compliance
& customer service
CDL Class A
Year round, Local
I ant Roo0
and Construction, Inc.
FREE ESTIMATES I
Metal Roofs Re-Roots Roof Repairs
Pole Barns Vinyl Siding Soffit & Facia
Office (863) 675-7045
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863.675.8553) StualpRd olni,
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Tree Trimming A
Shaping & Topping
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EVERETT ANDERSON III
IRRIGATION CANAL CLEAN-UP
GOT DIRTY CANALS
GIVE ME A CALL
Director of Nursing
Seasonal Contract Nurses
$35 W/D $38 W/E
$22 W/D $25 W/E
Full Time, Part Time
Positions Available Immediately
Sign on Bonus Competitive Pay & Benefits
BONUS up to $3,000 for seasonal contract nurses
Fax resume 877-945-3650 ,
EOE, Friendly Atmosphere
IGLESIA BAUTISTA NUEVO
10 a.m. y 6 p.m., Martes
7:30 p.m., 300 Davis en la
esqulna de Bryan 673-
ELDERLY COUPE IN LA-
BELLE in need of caregiver
no special training re-
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basement and/or gar-
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sale in the classifieds
and make your clean up a
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Johnny's Loader Service, Inc.
Citrus Tree Removal
Dump Truck Work
Call for a FREE estimate!
ao Tech Servi
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Auto & Truck Repair
AIM CONDITIONING SPECIAL 1ST
Latest in Electronic Diagnostics
4X4 & r eavy Equipment
Brakes ETC* A.#MV4SIII
S HANDYMAN GLASS & MIRROR
Got a job too small for a contractor? Need glass
or window repair vork done?
You name it and we can take care of it for you!
SPressure Cleatnin Reiovations Repairs
Fbi-lt Jobs Mitrors & Shower Sliding Door TileAtinyl
can (863) 675-7297 r.,,., rm P ,, n,,.
V\:isil ?iS on iN' ueb t i5 .pa) i nlwin.oi m.co n
starting at S39.95 p, 'ay
329 South Brid iL Street
LaBelle, FL[_ 935
I' IONI-: (863) 675-9848
CF.I.: (863) 673-4328
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For Good Quality Water
Without hardness, smell orchlorine taste
Serving Hendy, ( it/i., i. e and Carotte Countiea
Oveir20r 2 ri' experience!
"PREVATT CONSTRUCTION, INC."
No Job Is Too Small
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S I I I Cell: 239.872.6734
Fax: 863.675.0020 ; 675-3344
QUALITY CONSTRUCTION, INC.
i i eway House Pads Demolition
Sh ell Rock Clearing Fill Dirt
1'ulverts Gravel Sitework Sod
LaBelle, FL 33975
Licensed & Insured
Jummy (239) 825 4251 Kelvin (863) 673-3783
is now hiring a MECHANIC
for the 2x6 Grove area with at
least 2 years grove experience
and welding capabilities.
Good benefits plus retirement.
Apply in person
640 S. Main St.,
Alico, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Hydraulic Crane Operator
* Concrete Formwork Carpenters
& Skilled Laborers
Water treatment plant exp. preferred.
Stuart area 772-463-6815/Agron.
A. Duda & Sons, Inc. is in need of a
welder for our Grove Shop.
Excellent benefits and pay depend-
ing on experience. EOE. Please
apply in person at 1510 Hwy. 29 N.
in Felda. Contact person is Jim
McVay (863) 673-0363
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around you. No wonder Pick up some extra bucks
newspaper readers are when you sell your used
more successful people Items in the classifleds.
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F ull Ti m e 10
FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER
Home visitor position with Healthy Families
Program in Clewiston, providing parenting &
resource education to new parents; back-
ground screening & fingerprinting required.
CALL JEANNIE @ 863-983-1408 X532
FOR MORE DETAILS
P/T-F/T, General Maintenance
work. No exp. necessary.
Pleasant work environment.
Please call Rae at 674-0041
*Full time Afed Surg 7arm-,pm ior 7pmrr73m FL Pl LCi.,
1 i r e'perence preer.ra, dil i rai ne geradu.AtE
Afus. hkae BLS $3 000 Sign On Bonus
*Suppor RP for all nig areas FL RN L nicne .at
east I )r eppirnEne In area rof ipen,s
-Full Trme S.ciat Sericed. UP Case MAanager.FL RPl
Lie 5 yrs homSpdii 6 xpen.Vnce a plus
*FL LPl LI,: I Ct-n Proof Ocent n i,n Thperap req.
Full & Panr Tirrm Positons Aaiabtile
-Full Inme RiegrYreri Nurses
- Physical Therapsi! .4 mn of2)rs esp in fej .Surg or
Ret..at' rursng is required. Home Care etp is pref
LPN. Medical Assisrant- Full Time
Vad, LPJi Lic. and or Med Assi Cenr
Must hare at least I ear medical e.p
Laboratory Director- Full Time
BSin M&fa Teen FL Sup. LG. Hermatlo, irmmurun
Hematolr.g, Cherrm An Micrrcoolog'.. Serirolo A M
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Compenmtve Salary EXcAni Bmenets Clnical
Ladd g PRgam Edleram Assstan
Phone: 863-902-3079 or Fax resume to: 863-983-0805
Drug Free Workplace EOE
Extra Shift Bonus
$500 Hire On Bonus
All Shifts Available
Contact: Susan Flynn D.O.N.
GRACE HEALTHCARE OF CLEWISTON
301 S. Gloria St. Clewlston, FL 33440
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounds too
good to be true, chances
are that it is. If you have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at 1-
800-834-1267 for previ-
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Services Offered 425
Medical Services 435
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BABY SITTING SERVICES
Pay by the Day
Woman with beautiful
home & healthy lifestyle
will be happy to care
for your children.
trouble shooting, set-up,
.up-grades, systems built,
tutoring. Win.95, 98,
2000, ME, XP. licensed.
Call Gary 863-675-7925
Music for all occasions:
weddings, parties, quin-
By week or
339 Hwy 80
WE BUY ALUMINUM, ALL
KINDS Copper & Brass.
Closed Sunday. Call first
S o 4BR 2BA
Co n Annual Income To Qualify
284 Bryan Avenue
SLaBelle, FL 33935
284 Bryan Avenue (863)675-5859
LaBelle, FL 33935 Fax: (863)675-5793
Fax: (863)675-5793 How do you find a job in to
ay's competitive mar-
et? In the employment
section of the classi-
AU--t-O*1 Iltll ttl I
Higgin's Tree Service
25 years experience. Free
estimates. Lic & insured.
TREE TRIM & REMOVAL
Brush & Palmetto Removal
Fence clearing, Fire &
Cooking wood available
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc.560
Drapes. LinMens Fabrics595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
T & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AC MOBILE HOME 3 TON
12cer 3yrs. old pd. $1700
will sacrifice for $500
COOK STOVE, AntiqueM
Wood Burning, exc. cond.,
Appi anires 515
DISHWASHER- GE, used
only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,
MEAT SAW Hobart stand
up. $995 or best offer
REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu',
white, $60, (863)675-
STOVE -Maytag Electric,
white, very seldom used,
STOVE- white, electric,
works fine $25,
WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, heavy duty, super
capacity +, $225.
$150 or will sep.
warranty & free delivery.
ADULT TRICYCLE- 2 new
tires and tubes, excellent
working condition, $65
STOUT METAL BLDG- Roof
vent, dbl/drs, insulated
Dresses for Flower Girl,
white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
HAY RACK w/bunk feeder.
8' x 6', little rust.
Great deal @ $40.
863-763-0981 Iv. msg.
Prom Dress, size 9/10,
black & white. $75.
WRANGLER JEANS- Black,
slimfit Women's bareback,
1x34, & Lawmens 5x36,
I lF-nn lctbl
SPICE GIRLS (5) all still in
boxes. ri concert. $150/
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LA BELLE 63.c'.-.7.6'Q
Bair's Electronics Service, Inc.
PREFERRED AUTHORED NEXTEL REPRESENTATIVE
S7IT R. MARTIN LUTHIR KN l JH. ILVD IT. BL aLADI
Hewlett Packard- Approx 8
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,
BARREL CHAIR, rose col-
ored, excellent condition,
$50 neg. (863)610-2117
BAR STOOLS (4) counter
height. $25. Call
COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,
DINETTE SET Light wood,
6 chairs, $75. Good cond.
Call (863) 673-3822.
DRESSER, w/full mirror,
chest of drawers, 2 nite
stands, light almond w/
gold trim, $250.
King size, with individual
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
SOFA- light green
$75 or best offer
TV 19 inch &
4 head VCR with remote
I I S S
GOLF CLUBS 30 vintage,
collectible assorted clubs.
$300. Call (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $125. (863)946-3123.
Helt &R .n
EXERCISE BIIKE- Schwin
Airdyne, w/reading stand,
exc cond, new $650 ask-
HOSPITAL BED- Zippered
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
Top and Bottom,
I Ms ellaneou
AIR HANDLER with heater,
Trane, 220V, 2.5 ton ca-
pacity, $100. Call
PORTABIKE, made in Italy,
foldable, great for travel-
ers, $60. (440)622-5989
PUMP/SPRAYER, 25 galon,
12V, for 4 wheeler, $65.
Vendor retiring, remaining
merchandise, 2300 items,
6 cardtables, $10 ea.
DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.
GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
'made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $550 863-467-
SPINNER PLAYER PIANO
w/rolls, exc. cond.
I -i S Ip e
EI I 665i
METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 Ig file drawers.
6 weeks old
PARROTS (2) friendly, han-
dled, says many phrases.
Call (305)297-9563 or
PIT BULL Pups UKC 9wk.
1Tri &2Blu fawn males
Show Qty. $350 ea.
POT BELLIED PIGS- male &
female, ready to go $30
-029 CALOOSA LOOP This 3BR 2BA
Country home on .30 acre in the New
Tanglewood Oaks Subdiiision is on a
heavily "ooded cul-de-sac lot, deck,
extra building, fenced, central waier
and sewer. Priced just right at $93.900!
A A A A A A A
S 40 Years Experience
LICENSED & INiURED PRE-SALES INSPECIION
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HOME INSPECTIONS, INC.
1 88 ,s55 6 -5,46 7
238 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL 33935
Lisa Andrews Lic. Real Estate Broker
Associates: Dwight Hatfield, Sandra Alexander,
James Tanner & Linda Dekle Davis
* $229,000 Reduced, Motivated Seller! 3BD/2BA, Former
exotic animal home. (:ge galore! 1,2 & 3 stories on & off the
ground. Lighting, water & electric throughout. Pond, island and
mtuch mor' ol 4.91 +'- acres.
* $89,900 "Ntw Conrmucionl!" Adocable 3BD/2BA mobile
hoxme. LooKking ftr a alal anaunt of acnrage? Come se. this
oo tic av!! UNDER CONTRACT
* $675,000 27+/- acres Beautiftul acreage in horse country
otnl minutes ifrm iaBdIe.
S$300,000 19.83+/- acres wirt numerous possibilities
\,i ;,i;', 19.82+/- acr;.also avaiable.
* $2'5,00ii ighrow 29 S IFrontage, 225+/- acres ,oned
* $44,900 TwT propcrtics 4.72+/- ac cadc. UNDER CON-
* $44,900- Ilard to find acrage. 6.59 +/- ac. UNDER CON-
* Two'5+/- ac, rra, '.,io ii',, aiit Loced on
Nalie R&. N. tFI \hI-... .A-uil Ilr ,rL ud,[,mi.n,iu.-n
* H1alt Acr-+./-, woodet lotin town. Close to toiT. $59,900.
* $49,900 Lehigh Acres Residcntial Lot in busy arsa of inos
* $179,900 tha250 ft. of Rd. ntaget, tedy for new business.
CAMCORDER; SHARP VHS,
full size, like new. Cost
$800 selling for $100.
AUDIO ART APM- 440 watt
with built in crossover,
JL AUDIO SPEAKERS- 2,
W6 10", & a Bandpass
Box $200, (863)697-
TILLER TROYBUILT $850
norther equipment 20 ton
log spliter 5.5 HP com-
mercial Honda engine
$750 1 like new stihl ms
290 chainsaw $225 red
mack 3800 chainsaw
$150 echo Cs 5000 chain-
saw $175 (863)234-
USED BAND SAW
10 inch or
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed,'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
IORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, /4
'horse bay. $2000
HORSE TURNOUT BLAN-
KETS- 2 canvas & cotton,
camo 72" new $60, will
10mo Filly Paint
Market Sales every
Mon. 12pm & every
Tues. 11am. 763-3127
Business Places 910
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Barn, Office, Warhouse, etc
Engineers-FL Code APP.
1BR/1BA Luxury condo-ful-
ly furn. seasonal or long-
term. Ref. sec. dep. NO
PETS 675-0779 WRG
2BR/2ba luxury condo-Ful-
ly furn. seasonal or long-
term. Ref. sec. dep. NO
2BR/2BA MH, on secluded
private property. $600 mo.
sec. dep. & ref's req'd.
3BD House & trls.
no dogs, Lazy T Ranch
House for Rent
3/2, $725 month.
plus 1st month.
Earn some extra cash. Sell
your used Items in the
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BELMONT AREA,.4 +/-Ac.
Lot is Cleared & Ready to
Build. City Water & Sewer,
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Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
4bd 2ba mobile home w/
lot, city water in LaBelle.
Nice fncd Yrd, oaks 12x12
shed, well, sprinkler sys.
$70k/make offer Eager to
sell. Call (863)517-1015
LABELLE RENT-A-SPACE --
Cowboy Way & Kennedy
Blvd 5'x10' $32.10 mo.,
incl tax. 8'x10' $42.80
mo. incl tax. 10'x10'
$48.15 mo. incl tax 8'x20'
$72.75 mo. incl tax 24 hr
access $25 returnable key
New Ig. units avail., air
conditioned & non-air,
each unit alarmed, area
Sfenced & well lighted,
space for boats, trailers,
RV & trucks. manager on-
site, T025 Commerce Dr,
Across from LaBelle Airport
"Always Room For 1 More"
2 locations to serve you:
LaBelle & Lehigh
Great Rates! Easy Acess!
24/7, Lighted & Secured
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land -Sale 1040
Lots.- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Large lot on cul-de-sac
with nice oak trees in
the city. $32,500
Oak filled lots in the
City.. 3 to choose from.
9,000 sq. ft. Commercial
Building on Corner lot
in downtown LaBelle.
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Assoc: Seth Howard
Our LaBelle Offce is
now open. Please stop
by 450 Hwy 80 W.
This 2/2 home on
2.3 acres has a den
off the master bed-
room with sliding
door to outside.
This property has
a lot of trees. A
great place in the
country for only
Looking for a career
in real estate? We
offer great splits. No
desk rent also there
are no franchise fees
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COTTAGE IN THE GROVE
1983 MH with 2 pull-outs,
14x38' edition. All pan-
eled, alum. siding, new
appl., w/w carpet. Located
in Grandma's Grove. 50+,
no pets. $15,000 neg. Call
TRL. Single wide
$5000 or best offer
Motor & Trailer.
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing camp, $7000
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
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