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Title: Glades County Democrat
Alternate Title: Democrat
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Glades Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Moore Haven Fla
Creation Date: January 6, 2005
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Glades County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
Coordinates: 26.834167 x -81.096111 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1922.
Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
General Note: Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).
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Moore Haven, Fla. Thursday, January 6, 2005 Volume 78, Number 30


At A Glance

Chalo Nitka
pageants
There will be a mandatory
meeting for any girls interested
in participating in the 2005
Chalo Nitka Princess, Jr. Miss
or Queen Pageants on
Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the
Moore Haven High School
Auditorium. The Princess Cat-
egory is for girls in the 4th, 5th
or 6th grade; this meeting will
begin at 5:30 p.m. The Jr. Miss
category is for girls in the 7th,
8th or 9th grade; this meeting
will begin at 6:30 p.m. The
Queen category is for girls in
the 10th, 11th or 12th grade;
this meeting will begin at 7:30
p.m. Please bring a parent or
legal guardian with you to the
meeting.

Woman's club
Fashion Show
The Glades County
Woman's Club will host their
annual Fashion Show and
luncheon Saturday, Jan. 8 at
noon at the Farris H. Davis Post
299 American Legion Hall on
River Road, in Moore" Haven.
The show, features the latest
collection by Denise. Tickets
are $6. Proceeds benefit the
Woman's Club Scholarship
fund. For more information,
phone June Morningstar, 946-
0579.

Youth Livestock
reminder
All Glades County Youth
Livestock members are
reminded to turn in their pho-
tos for the historic presenta-
tion to take place at the annual
dinner in January. Photos may
turned in at the extension
office. Phone Crystal Drake at
946-0189 for help. Your coop-
eration is appreciated.

Nobles Senior
enter events
Upcoming events and
classes offered at the Nobles
Center, 475 E. Cowboy Way,
LaBelle, are Scrabble Players
group Jan. 6 and scrapbook-
ing class Jan. 11. Exercise
class with Barb Brandenburg
meets M-W-F every week at 9
am. A Florida Rural Legal Ser-
vices representative will be at
the senior center by appoint-
ment Jan. 12 from 9-12. A
Family Caregiver Support
Group meeting will be
Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 4-5
p.m. The popular Trash to
Treasures Flea Market will be
open Friday, Jan. 14 from 8-4.
Donations, vendors and cus-
tomers are all welcome.

Women of
Accomplishment
Palm Beach Community
College and the area chamber
of commerce are seeking
nominations for Women of
Accomplishment for the
March 21 program awards. To
nominate a woman call Susan
Cox at 993-1126 and for infor-
See Glance Page 4

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Index
Classifieds . .17-20
Education .........9.
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion ............4
See Page 4 for information about
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Traffic safety issues addressed


By Tracy Whirls
When the Glades County Com-
munity Traffic Safety Team (CTST)
meets today at 10 a.m. at Moore
Haven City Hall's Council Cham-
bers, it will meet under a new
chairman, in the wake of the resig-
nation of long-time Chairman Bob
Rader in December.
In announcing his resignation
to the Glades County Board of
Commissioners at their regular
meeting Dec. 14, Mr. Rader had
expressed the hope that Glades


County officials, including the
board of county commissioners,
incoming Sheriff Stuart Whiddon,
as well as interested citizens con-
tinue to attend the meetings and
work to complete safety-related
projects on the team's action item
list.
Among the items new CTST
Chairman and Moore Haven
Mayor Dave McGee will inherit on
the January agenda are:
*Addressing the need to fill
deep drainage reservoirs at the
end of 10th Street at Avenue R and


10th Street at Pinehurst Avenue,
where 10th terminates into deep
drainage reservoirs. The site was
the scene of an accident Jan. 12,
2002, in which one person died
and two passengers were injured
when an automobile drove into
the drainage reservoir on Avenue
R at the end of 10th Street. Former
CTST Chairman Rader had recom-
mended that guardrails be
installed at both termination
points of 10th Street in March of
2002, although it was later deter-
mined that it would be more cost


Top honors: Animal Control Office of the Year


effective to fill the reservoirs than
to install the guardrails. So far, no
action has been taken to fill the
reservoirs, although temporary
delineators have been installed to
warn motorists of the danger.
*Installing a flashing yellow
traffic signal at CR 721 at the drive-
way of the EMAS Station at
Brighton, at the intersection of
Knots Landing Road, to warn
motorists when emergency vehi-
cles are leaving the new station.
The Seminole Tribe has agreed to
pay for the signal, which is pend-


ing installation.
*Installing an emergency cau-
tion light at the intersection of CR
721 and CR 721A. The county has
requested that the Seminole Tribe
pay for the emergency caution
light, which has been on the pend-
ing action item list since August
2003.
*Installing warning lights that
can be actuated by the Tobias
Avenue railroad crossing at the
intersection with 6th Street, which
See Traffic -Page 12


EDC has


plans for the



riverfront


Staff.photos/Tracy Whirls
Commission Chairman Bob Giesler presented Glades County Animal Control Officer
David Cline with a certificate from the Florida Animal Control Association, which award-
ed him an honorable mention in their annual Animal Control Officer of the Year contest
at their state conference in November.

Glades Animal Control recognized


By Tracy Whirls
Glades County's two-year-old
Animal Control program
received a singular honor recent-
ly. Both its animal control officer
and his supervisor receiving hon-
orable mention awards from the
Florida Animal Control Associa-
tion in their annual Animal Con-
trol Officer and Supervisor of the
Year competition.
In January 2003, the Glades
County Board of County Com-
missioners and the city of Moore
Haven implemented Animal
Control under the direction of
Glades County Public Safety
Director Bob Jones.
Since becoming Glades
County's first animal control offi-
cer in February 2003, David W.
Cline, Sr. has not only completed
his certification as an animal con-
trol officer and attended confer-
ences to learn best practices, but
also has prepared a brochure
explaining Glades County's ani-
mal control program to pet own-


Glades County Board of County Commissioners Chair-
man Bob Giesler presented Glades County Public Safety
Director Bob Jones with a certificate from the Florida Ani-
mal Control Association which awarded him an honorable
mention in the Supervisor of the Year category of their


annual recognition program.
ers.
The volunteer firefighter also
established a local Friends of Ani-
mals organization, in conjunc-


Glades County year
July Law Enforcement Municipal Ser-
In the wake of the resignation vice Taxing Unit (MSTU). Con-
In thewake of the resignation cerns over previous lawsuits
of veteran Glades County District challenging this action in other
4 Commissioner, Franklin Sim- counties raised doubts among
mons, Glades County awaited the commissioners regarding a
the appointment of an interim possible lawsuit, which the
commissioner to fill the vacant county could not afford. The
seat until the Nov. 4 election. board voted 3-1 to proceed with
Commissioner Simmons the implementation of a Glades
resigned in a letter to Governor County MSTU.
Jeb Bush dated June 9, citing Fishing guide captain Chris
health reasons. Chesley of Lakeport appeared
Applicants for the board seat before the commission to pro-
included Bob Rader, Donna pose a joint venture including the
Storter, Russell Echols, and Bob restoration/reclamation of Curry
Murrhee. The Governor appoint- Island to become a waterfowl
ed Ms. Storter to the seat. habitat, with plans to enhance
After their previous meeting the park as an outdoor recre-
on June 21, the four-member national area to attract hunters,
Board voted 3-1 to pass a resolu- fishermen, birdwatchers and
tion agreeing in concept to Waste other outdoor recreation enthu-
Management's offer for the siasts.
county landfill. Moore Haven Junior/Senior
The Glades County Board of High School Principal Jean
Commissioners during a series of Prowant was joined by Glades
workshops to address EMS fund- County Solid Waste Director
ing and a projected $920,000 David Whidden for the unveiling
budget shortfall sparked discus- of a bronze plaque marking the
sions to create the Glades County site of a time capsule planted in


tion with Clewiston veterinarian
Doctor Kenneth Keene to assist
See Animal Page 12


in review
2000 by students in Crystal
Drake's history class. The cap-
sule is slated to open in 2050.
David Buonpastore, a gradu-
ate of the Moore Haven
Junior/Senior High School Class
of 2004, did what no other MHHS
student has done in the history of
the school-passing a national
standardized test and received
college credit for U.S. History
after taking a high school
Advanced Placement (AP)
course.
The Moore Haven City Coun-
cil at their regular meeting July 20
approved a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with
Republic to proceed with the
proposed annexation of as of yet
unidentified parcel outside the
city limits to construct a 400-acre
regional landfill, subject to suc-
cessful annexation and permit-
ting.
According to the MOU, upon
successful completion of permit-
ting, annexation, development

See Review Page 4


By Tracy Whirls
The Glades County Eco-
nomic Development Council at
their monthly meeting Monday
began work prioritizing their
goals for the new year.
; "One of the things we want
to do is create a fair balance
between tourism and econom-
ic development/job creation
projects," said newly re-elected
EDC Chairman John Martz.
The business development
director for Glades Electric said
both the council and Glades
Electric hope to work with the
city of Moore Haven to pro-
mote redevelopment in down-
town, particularly along the


waterfront.
Council member and Coun-
ty Commissioner Russell
Echols said one thing he'd like
to see the council do is prepare
a new business incentive pack-
age, similar to those offered by
other counties, to present to
the commission.
"A lot of counties have been
successful doing it, so we
shouldn't have to reinvent the
wheel," Mr. Echols said.
Council member and Lykes
Brothers Director of Land Man-
agement John Talent suggested
that an ad hoc committee be
formed to develop not only a
See EDC -Page 4


SATOP helps



local small


businesses


Many small business people
are unaware of the free
resources that are offered
through the U.S. Space Program.
The Space Alliance Technolo-
gy Outreach Program (SATOP)
is a NASA funded initiative, oper-
ated by the State of Florida's
Technological research and
Development Authority. SATOP
can provide businesses with up
to 40 hours of free technical
assistance from an expert in the
aerospace industry. The Glades
County Economic Development
Council, Inc. is a partner in this


program and is proud to offer
this outstanding opportunity to
businesses in the community.
In simple terms, SATOP pro-
vides business owners with a
space industry technical expert.
These experts analyze the chal-
lenge and then tap into the uni-
verse of technology created for
space exploration. This program
is not only for the hi-tech business,
it's for any business facing any
type of technical challenge.
SATOP is here to provide knowt-
See SATOP -Page 9


Courtesy photo
Chrishb.as decoidtion winners
Moore Haven Mayor Dave McGee presented checks to
winners of the city's annual Christmas decorating con-
test at the City Council's Dec. 21 meeting. First place
honors went to Sherry and Ross Flemming, not pictured.
Mayor McGee is pictured with second place winner Alzo-
ra Chilous.


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W Moore will be joined in mar-
riage on Thursday, Jan. 13at 7p.m.
The bride is the daughter of
Justo and Aida Delgado of Clewis-
ton. The groom is the son of Bren-
da Mazzinaof Clewiston, and David
W. Moore of Belle Glade. The wed-
ding ceremony will be held at New
Harvest Church in Clewiston.
The groom is employed as a
superintendent with Sugarcane
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Obituary

James Charles
Olmstead
James Charles Olmstead, of
Clewiston, died, Dec. 27, 2004.
James was loved and admired by
many. He is survived by a large
number of friends and family who
mourn his loss and celebrate his
many accomplishments and con-
tributions. Memorial donations can
be made in his name to the charity
of the donor's choice.


GAINESVILLE After
remaining steady for three
months in a row, Florida's con-
sumer confidence tumbled four
points in December, possibly
because of older residents' anxi-
ety over presidential discussions
about overhauling Social Securi-
ty, University of Florida econo-
mists report.
The overall preliminary index
dropped to 89, its lowest level
since April 2003.
The biggest declines came in
three components: a nine-point
plunge to 91 in perceptions of
personal finances a year from
now, an eight-point drop to 80 in
perceptions of short-term busi-
ness conditions, and an eight-
point drop to 101 in perceptions
of whether it is a good time to
buy big-ticket items.


Those declines were bal-
anced by modest increases in
perceptions of current personal
finances, which rose one point
to 86, and perceptions of long-
term U.S. business conditions,
up two points to 87.
"The overall index for Florida
is now seven points lower than it
was a year ago," said Chris
McCarty, director of the survey
research center at UF's Bureau
of Economic and Business
Research, where the research
was conducted. "Much of this
perception is widespread across
age and income groups."
There was a particularly
sharp decline in perceptions of
future finances among Florida's
seniors, however, Mr. McCarty
said. That component fell 19
points to 67, its lowest level


since October 1993, perhaps
reflecting talk in the media
about President Bush's plans to
overhaul Social Security, he said.
"For many of Florida's sen-
iors, Social Security represents
their primary, if not their only,
source of income," he said.
The decline in Florida's con-
sumer confidence is at odds
with national consumer confi-
dence as measured by the Uni-
versity of Michigan, which rose 4
points to 97, despite Florida hav-

ing a better record of job gains
than most states, McCarty said.
"This lends more support to
the theory that the decline is
mostly due to anxiety over the
effect of policies, such as the
overhaul of Social Security,
rather than tangible negative
economic effects experienced
by consumers at the moment,"
he said.
UF's survey is modeled after
the University of Michigan sur-
vey, using exactly the same
questions, unlike a national con-
sumer confidence survey done
by the Conference Board in New
York, which uses different ques-
tions than UF's survey, Mr.
McCarty said.
"When we go in a different
direction from the Michigan sur-
vey, it's really saying there is
something different between
Florida and the rest of the coun-
try," he said.
The slide in consumer confi-
dence comes during a holiday
shopping season that started off
slowly but has gathered steam,
he said.
The weekend following
Thanksgiving was disappointing
for some retailers, although
recent chain-store sales data
show shopping has picked up,
Mr. McCarty said. Combined
with trends in recent years for
shopping seasons that extend
beyond Christmas Day, the
increase likely will be enough to
rescue retailers and result in a
moderate gain of 4 percent to
4.5 percent over last year, he
said.
The research center conducts
the Florida Consumer Attitude
survey monthly. Respondents
are 18 or older and live in house-
holds telephoned randomly..The
preliminary index for December
was conducted from 442
responses. The error rate is plus
or minus 5 percent
Consumer confidence is
designed to help predict buying
patterns by measuring the mood
of consumers toward purchas-
ing. Although other economic
indicators also predict buying
patterns, consumer confidence
tends to be available sooner.
The index is benchmarked to
1966, so a value of 100 repre-
sents the same level of confi-
dence for that year. The value of
the index is in comparing
changes over time rather than
looking at an isolated month.


Pictured are two of the
groups who will be performing
at the "Halleluiah Hoedown" at
First Christian Church, 201 N.
Francisco St., Cleiston, Jan. 14-
16. J.D. Miler and "The Messen-
ger's Quartet," from Lexington,
Kentucky. performs for churches
throughout the bluegrass area.
"The Kentucky Hillbillies," from
Elkhorn City, Kentucky, have per-
formed for many functions in
Eastern Kentucky. Also perform-
ing will be "The Homestead
Trio" from Homestead, Florida.


Humorist Kenny Speakes, also
from Lexington, local talent,
Deanna Walker, Heather Gid-
dens, Kathleen Thompson, and
the Brinn Family will also per-
form. The program will resem-
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at 5:30 PM on the following dates during the year 2005
at City Hall in the City Council Meeting Chambers, 299
Riverside Drive, Moore Haven, Glades County, Florida:


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September 26
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Young joins newspaper staff


Independent Newspapers Flori-
da welcomed back one of its own
this week. After a brief 18-month
venture into the Wild West, Mark
Young has returned to the Indepen-
dent family.
Mr. Young will be the news edi-
tor of the South
Lake Group,
which incorpo-
rates the
Clewiston
News, Belle N
Glade Sun, and y
Glades Democ- .
rat. If his name
rings a familiar -
bell, it's Mark Young
because Mr.
Young was formerly the sports
writer for the Okeechobee News
and held that position for five years.
While at the Okeechobee News
he received many community
accolades for his sincere devotion
to the student athletes of Okee-
chobee County. Mr. Young left Inde-


pendent in 2003 to join his eldest
daughter in Montana. He found
immediate work with the Montana
Standard, a 15,500 daily, as a sports
writer and copy editor. Mr. Young
also worked part time at KLFX, a
CBS news affiliate in Butte, MT. .
"Of course I love sports," said
Mr. Young. "I had a lot of fun with
the Standard covering college, high
school, and semi-pro sports, but
nothing could replace the affection
I had for the Okeechobee kids. The
work I did with broadcast news
was essentially as. a floor director
and helping out the anchors with
their scripts and man did they need
the help."
Mr. Young juggled the two jobs
for four months before finding a
position at the Buffalo Bulletin, in
Buffalo, WY.
"It was a lead reporter posi-
tion with a very influential weekly
in Wyoming," he said. "I had a
small taste of hard news while I
was in Okeechobee and really


loved the challenge of pursuing a
breaking story."
At the Bulletin, Mr. Young
jumped right into a hotbed of con-
troversial issues facing the state of
Wyoming and the result was sever-
al Wyoming Press Association
awards. He received awards for
investigative, in-depth, and local
government reporting.
He is a prolific writer who has
currently written two books, the
first of which is currently in the
publication process. He has also
had two songs recorded in
Nashville, but is happy to be back
in Florida after a wild ride into the
West.
"Wyoming and Montana have a
lot to offer," he said. "But home is
where the heart is and home is
here. I lived in Okeechobee for a
long time before I left. I look for-
ward to making my new home in
Clewiston and becoming part of a
South Lake community that I have
always respected and admired."


"We are very happy to have
Mark working on the Clewiston
News, Glades County Democrat
and The Sun," said.INI Florida Exec-
utive Editor Katrina Elsken. "Mark
has a real love of community jour-
nalism, and I am confident he will
be a real asset to the newspapers.
"Independent's goal is to give
the communities the best newspa-
per they will support," Ms. Elsken
continued. "Because the advertis-
ers in the area south of Lake Okee-
chobee are supporting out papers,
we were able to add a position to
our staff.
Mr. Young is joined by his wife of
17 years, Laura Young. The couple
have three children Jasmine, 25,
Vanessia, 23, and James, 21. Jas-
mine is currently pursuing a med-
ical career in Montana, Vanessia isa'
police officer for the Seminole
Police Department, and James is
currently serving out the remainder
of his Army enlistment in Ft. Drum,
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Seminole Tribe Chairman Mitchell Cypress visited the
Healthy Solutions Resource Center in Belle Glade Wednes-
day, Dec. 22 where he greeted about 50 Belle Glade resi-
dents with a handshake and passed out gift certificates for
groceries to parents while distributing toys to children. Help-
ing Mr. Cypress is Seminole Tribe Travel and Events Coordi-
nator Eida Velez in the Santa hat.


Seminole Tribe Firefighters Kevin Lois and Irena Loleski
helped deliver gifts delivered via a fire truck from the Big
Cypress Seminole Reservation.


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By Shelley Marmor

BELLE GLADE, Fla.-Though
the last-hurricane of the record-
breaking 2004 hurricane season,
Hurricane Jeanne, hit Florida back
in September, many of Belle
Glade's 14,000 residents are still
feeling the effects. This small town
and its neighboring cities lie on
Lake Okeechobee, making them
very susceptible to damage from
natural disasters like hurricanes.
With many families still trying to
pick up the pieces, Christmas did
not seem like a high priority in this
small town.
However, that all changed
when Seminole Tribe Chairman
Mitchell Cypress arrived at the
Healthy Solutions Resource Center,
a community mental health center,
on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Pulling up
in a fire truck full of toys, he greeted
about 50 Belle Glade residents with
a handshake and a "Feliz Navidad,"
which means Merry Christmas in
Spanish.
The population of Belle Glade
includes many migrant farm work-
ers, most of whom are Hispanic
and do not speak fluent English.
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construction, vaulted ceilings, real wood cabi-
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tops and is fenced and cross-fenced for horses,
There is also a 1,300+/- square foot manufac-
tured home located towards the front of the
property with separate entrance and fencing
that would be perfect as a guest house or for a
grounds keeper. $549,900.
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* Picture perfect! This 4BR/2B brick home in
town on an oak filled corner lot with a fenced
backyard, screened porch, spacious rooms, cen-
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breath taking home is priced at only $195,900.
* This newly renovated three bedroom, two
bath home is in town on a corner lot. Its features


Family Coach Advocate Diana
Galan said Hispanics are the group
the staff most serves. Many staff
members even had to learn Span-
ish just to work there.
Mr. Cypress, along with Ft.
Pierce Liaison Sally Tommie, Travel
and Events Coordinator Eida Velez
and Seminole Firefighters Ira Good-
stat, Irena Loleski and Kevin Lois
passed out toys to the children of
about 30 families who receive
social welfare assistance through
the center.
In addition to brightening the
children's faces who received the
toys, Cypress also came bearing
gifts for the adults in the form of
Publix grocery store gift certificates.
This gift seemed fitting as Cypress
told a news crew from Channel
Five, "these are the people who put
produce on our tables."

Galan, a former Big Cypress trib-
al employee, said she has known
Cypress for many years. She said he
is always generous with donations
to the Healthy Solutions Resource
Center, however, this year he went
all out with the gift presentation
arriving in a fire truck.
"This is the first-time he person-
ally came to deliver the donation,"


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features real wood kitchen cabinets, breakfast
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only $129,900
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Galan said.
She said this year was excep-
tionally challenging because the
nearby city of Pahokee, where
many migrant farm workers live in
trailers, lost everything during the
hurricanes. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency, or FEMA,
has assisted the roughly 100 fami-
lies by setting up temporary hous-
ing of trailers for those who lost
their homes.
Galan has made it her mission
to get the word out about these
peoples' struggle.
"Every year I write to Mitchell
[Cypress] asking for donations,"
she said. "This year I wrote to him
telling him about the families who
lost their homes in the hurricane."
After handing *out toys to the
people at the Healthy Solutions
Resource Center, Cypress took a
trip to see these adverse living con-
ditions. A row of white trailers lined
a one-lane road along Lake Okee-
chobee, behind them a temporary
chain-link fence to keep the alliga-
tors away. The chairman was
touched when he saw a two-foot
tall Christmas tree decorated with
white lights outside one of the trail-
ers.


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with tons of upgrades. This property is fenced
and cross-fenced for horses. There is also 2
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square fe , eatures
include a eaasfbar, ,tltece rigs, a huge
master suite and fenced yard. Only $52,500.


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Road. Suitable for site built or manufactured
homes, fenced for horses and can be subdivided
for two homes. $116,000.
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$19,900 each. Call for details.


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series of incentives, consistent
with the goals of the council and
the county, and within the coun-
ty's means to offer the commis-
sion, but also work to identify and
eliminate disincentives that make
it difficult for new businesses to
locate in Glades County.
Outgoing EDC vice chairman
Bob Rader said the lack of ade-
quate code enforcement contin-
ues to be a serious disincentive
for new businesses looking to
locate in the area.
"You can't drive one mile in
this county without seeing a very
bad code enforcement violation,"
Mr. Rader said. "When you talk to
businessmen about coming into
Glades County, you can't guaran-
tee that they won't be next to a
junkyard. Until we get good code
enforcement and a fully function-
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nation or a nomination form.
Nominations should be submitted
by Jan. 20, to the Provost's Office
at PBCC/Glades.

Pancake Breakfast
The Ortona Community Asso-
ciation will hold its first Pancake
Breakfast of the New Year on Sat-
urday, Jan. 8 from 7-9 a.m. at the
Ortona Community Association,
3000 Ortona Road (Highway
78A). The all-you-can-eat break-
fast includes sausage, pancakes
juice and coffee for $3.

School Advisory
Council Meeting
The School Advisory Council of
Moore Haven Junior Senior High
School will hold its regular month-
ly meeting on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7
p.m. in the media center. The
agenda will include voting on
changes to the FCAT reward plan,
and a special FCAT reward.

Advisory
Council meeting
Moore Haven Elementary
School Advisory Council will be
having their regular monthly
meeting Monday, Jan. 10 at noon
in the Elementary School Confer-
ence Room. Members and any-
one interested in membership are
welcome. There will be discus-
sion on the upcoming Honor Roll
Party.

Republican
Party meeting
The Republican Party of Glades
County will have a meeting in
Moore Haven at the Glades Coun-
ty Library Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. Every-
one is invited. For more informa-
tion, call 946-1265.

Lions Club meeting.
The Moore Haven Lions Club
will have its next meeting on Tues-
day, Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the
American Legion Hall. This is a
dinner meeting. The guest speak-
er will be Tommy Todd, General


ment and get our records back
from Tallahassee..."
Council member and Glades
Resort owner John Loftis said as
an outsider coming in to the
county, trying to get a project per-
mitted is a challenge.
"We've had commissioners
support us, but the process is a
nightmare," Mr. Loftis said.
Mr. Echols said the commis-
sion understands that the county
has problems.
"It's easy for tons of people to
stand up and say this is a prob-
lem. We need people who can
say, we think this could be the
solution to this problem," Mr.
Echols said.
The council appointed Palm-
dale resident Nancy Dale and EDC
vice chairman Denise Holbrook,
with Glades Resort, to an ad hock
committee to assist EDC execu-
tive director with developing an
incentive package and identifying
disincentives and possible solu-
tions to present to the council and
the commission.

Manager of the Glades Electric Co-
operative. Lions member contacts
include President Claudia Jinkins
(946-1261), past President Edwin
L. Sacks 946-2841, and Treasurer
Kirby Sullivan (946-2556). Appli-
cations for assistance for eye
examinations, eyeglasses, and
other help are available at the
Glades County Public Library. Call
Lion Mary Booher at 946-0744.

Diabetes awareness
Starting Jan. 5, Hendry County
Health Department and Senior
Connections will offer an eight-
week diabetes class at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Nobles Senior
Center. Classes will include the
diabetic diet, understanding car-
bohydrate counting, eye and foot
care, and the ABC's of diabetes
(the Al C test, Blood Pressure, and
Cholesterol.) All diabetics, long
term or newly diagnosed are wel-
come.

Monthly community
meeting
The Coalition for Progress of
Washington Park will have its
monthly community meeting Jan.
10, 7 p.m. at the R.C.M.A. Confer-
ence Room, in Washington Park.
The community is welcome to
attend.

Glades County
Historical Society
The Glades County Historical
Society's first meeting of the New
Year will be held Thursday, Jan.
13, at 7 p.m. President Anne
Deuschle will report on the soci-
ety's new state grant application,
which is under consideration in
Tallahassee. Refreshments will be
served.

Washington Park
Pageant
The Washington Park Pageant
Committees are getting ready for
their 2005 pageant. Anyone inter-
ested in participating in this year's
youth pageant for ages 5-18 may
pick up an application from Pat
Brown, Sharon Smith or Felicia
Brown. All applications must be
returned by Jan. 17.


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and construction of the landfill and
commencement of landfill opera-
tions, Republic will pay the city a $4
million commencement fee.
Republic will also pay the host
fee to the city, ranging from $2 a
ton for all tons less than 3,000 per
day up to $4.50 per ton for all tons
greater than 5,000 tons per day and
will accept disposal at the landfill of
up to 10,000 tons of waste generat-
ed within the city at no cost.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners, in the
words of Commission Chair Bob
Giesler came to the city of Moore
Haven "hat in hand" July 20 to seek
the city's assistance in defraying
some of the costs of operation of
the Glades County Sheriff's Office
(GCSO). This effort is an attempt to
assist the county, which is wrestling
with an $800,000 budget shortfall.
GCSO representative Bob Mur-
rhee reviewed available statistics
concerning the level of service pro-
vided to the city, versus what is pro-
vided in the unincorporated areas
of the county, reporting that from
Jan. 1,2002 through July 19, 2004 -
1,609 arrests were made in Moore
Haven, 1,302 offense reports and
800 incident reports were generat-
ed. Areas like Horseshoe Acres and
Port LaBelle account for less than
one percent of calls. Moore Haven,
by contrast, accounts for 76 per-
cent,,the detective said.
Outgoing District 77 State Rep-
resentative Joe Spratt presented
the Glades County/city of Moore
Haven Public Works Authority with
a check for $750,000 in grant funds
which will be used to help pay for
the cost of expanding the sewage
treatment plant in Moore Haven.
Construction of the expansion is
slated to be complete in October.

August
Florida Department of Trans-
portation officials gave members
of the Glades County Board of
County Commissioners an update
on the Project Design and Engi-
neering work currently underway
for the proposed widening of SR 80
between LaBelle and U.S. 27 at
their regular meeting Aug. 10.
Project director Mike Adams
told the board the design concept
study, which began in 2003, is near-
ing completion, including an envi-
ronmental impact study. Mr.
Adams said a public workshop
took place July 22, 2004 at the
LaBelle Civic Center during which
approximately 35 residents, prop-
erty owners and other interested
citizens received information
regarding the study purpose and
need, existing conditions, evalua-
tion measures used during the
study, access management issues,
descriptions of two alternative
alignments and their potential
impacts, and the project schedule
were reviewed. A public hearing
on the proposed alternatives for
the realignment of the intersection
with U.S. 27 is tentatively planned
for November.
For the second year in a row,
using Law Enforcement Trust Fund
money, Glades County Sheriff Jim
Rider presented two Moore Haven
Junior/Senior High School students
with '2003 Dodge Neons to reward
them for their performance on the
Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT).
Jennifer Haman, 16, the daugh-
ter of Robert and Gail Haman,
scored the highest in the reading
and math combined scores on the
FCAT. Shalona Cooper, 18, the
daughter of Bertha Cooper, had the
most improved score on the FCAT.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners met Tues-
day morning to fine tune their pro-
posed 2004-2005 budget in the
wake of citizen outcry against
some proposed cuts, calls from
employees to provide cost of living
raises and not burden them with
higher insurance premiums and a
pledge from Waste Management to
advance the county $250,000 in
anticipated fees to be generated
from' the proposed glass recycling
plant to offset part of the budget
shortfall.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners voted at
their regular meeting Aug. 10 to
reduce mobile home permit fees,
which had been increased in May,
to avoid possible litigation.
The board had increased per-
mit fees for installing a singlewide
mobile home to $1,500, while the
permitting fee for installing a dou-
blewide or modular home was
increased to $3,000. Fees for per-
mits to install both single and dou-
blewide mobile homes were


slashed to $350 while permit fees
for factory-installed modular
homes were set at $470.

September
Buckhead Ridge was hit hard by
Hurricane Frances, which packed
sustained high winds that pum-
meled the area for more than 30
hours. Soaking rains loosened the
ground around the roots of trees,
which blocked roads, downed
power lines and damaged homes
and vehicles. An estimated 25
homes in Buckhead Ridge were
destroyed.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners agreed to
move $150,000 from the county's
$1 million reserves to balance their


budget Tuesday. They approved a
mid-range insurance plan rather
than a proposed plan, which
would have saddled employees
with a $2,000 deductible. The com-
mission also approved a 25-cent
per hour cost of living increase for
all employees, and put back fund-
ing for the community centers and
Doyle Conner Building utilities, as
well as the library.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners instructed
County Attorney Richard Pringle to
move forward with a revision of
the existing inter-local agreement
between themselves and Glades
Correctional Development Corpo-
ration, in light of the election of Stu-
art Whiddon to the sheriff's office
beginning in January. Mr. Whid-
don was asked to attend the regu-
lar commission meeting Monday,
Sept. 27 to review his plans for the
proposed new Glades County
Jail/INS detention facility.
Commissioner Alvin Ward had
placed the issue on the commis-
sion's agenda for their meeting
Monday, to clarify the issue after
the county had received a letter
from bond salesman James Swan
questioning the Florida Highway
Patrol homicide investigator's
qualifications to run a correctional
facility.
"I think that's started to get
worked out. He just wants some-
one on board that the bond people
are comfortable with," commis-
sioner Ward said, adding that he
doesn't want the county to get
behind the eight ball in moving the
project forward.
Mr. Ward said the existing inter-
local agreement needs to be updat-
ed "pronto" in regards to the new
sheriff.
"Stuart's already made the com-
ment that he's ready to run it," Mr.
Ward said. "Stuart could either
allow Jim to run the corrections
part or find someone else with
experience running this type of
facility and we can go forward. Mr.
Swan said it's a blip on the radar
screen. We don't have to make it
real big. We just have to get it
done."
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners agreed to
consider the possibility of impos-
ing mandatory garbage collection
within the county, pending a
review of its feasibility.
Commissioner Butch Jones
said during the recent election
campaign a lot of voters ques-
tioned him as to why the county
doesn't have mandatory garbage
collection.
Moore Haven City Attorney
Steve Ramunni sent a letter to the
Glades County Board of County
Commissioners dated Sept. 8
reminding the commission that the
city will not adopt the ordinance to
collect the tax assessment nor
enter into any inter-local agree-
ment with the county until the
county establishes and imple-
ments a "uniform methodology
and procedure as to the imposition
and assessment of the proposed
EMS tax."
Mr. Ramunni went on to
remind the commission that the
city had drafted a lawsuit challeng-
ing the validity and implementa-
tion of the ordinance last year, but
held off filing after being assured
that specific deficiencies would be
addressed and resolved through a
committee comprised of members
from both the city and county, as
well as lay persons.
Subsequently, Ramunni noted,
an adjustment board was estab-
lished to address complaints stem-
ming from the assessments, but
that board has never met.
Glades County Sheriff Elect Stu-
art Whiddon reassured members
of the Glades County Board of
County Commissioners at their
regular meeting Monday that he
supports the proposed Glades
County Jail/INS detention center
project and pledged to work close-
ly with the board, the bond counsel
and trustees of the bond sale to
bring the project to fruition.
Mr. Whiddon said he will hire
someone to run the facility, with
correctional experience in
response to concerns expressed by
bond salesman James Swan earli-
er in the month, which threatened
to derail the project.
What began as a routine meet-
ing of the Glades County canvass-
ing board to verify absentee ballots
Friday, became an eight-hour
examination of absentee ballots by
candidates in the Aug. 31 primary
and members of the Republican
Party who have long questioned
operations in the Supervisor of
Elections office.
Incumbent Supervisor of elec-


tions Holly Whiddon said the
absentee ballots were verified early
this year, rather than convening the
board at 7 p.m. election night, Aug.
31, to save time.
In BHR, Glades County Solid
Waste director David Whidden
continued working Friday, super-
vising roughly 10 road department
crew members, in addition to
members of his own staff, in the
continuing clean up of Buckhead
Ridge. A grapple-hook pay-loader
from the landfill was deployed,
along with dump trucks and wood
chippers belonging to the road
department in a continuing effort
to clean up wooden debris estimat-
ed to exceed 1,000 tons. Residents
were asked to separate their trash,
pile wood and vegetative debris in
one area, food in another, and


"everything else," in a third pile.
Road crews and landfill
employees worked from 8 a.m. to
8 p.m. throughout the week last
week, removing the wood debris
to a central staging area at the Clif-
ford Pearce Memorial Park.
Buckhead Ridge in Glades
County is slowly regaining power,
with expectations that all power
should be restored to all Glades
County residents by Sept. 19,
Glades County Emergency Man-
agement Director Ken Howard
said in a news release on Tuesday.
"Buckhead Ridge is slowly
regaining power with less than 20
percent of the 1,700 that were
affected still without power," Mr.
Howard said.
FEMA representatives were in
the Buckhead Ridge area Tuesday
distributing information, Mr.
Howard said.
"FEMA is in the process of
establishing a disaster recovery
center," the emergency manage-
ment director said. "A phone num-
ber will be announced upon open-
ing."
Otherwise to register with
FEMA, Mr. Howard .urged those
who have not yet done so to call
(800) 621-FEMA (3362).
Even as the clean up continued,
Glades County Emergency Man-
agement officials prepared to re-
activate their Emergency Opera-
tions Center Monday in advance of
Hurricane Ivan.

October
The Glades County Economic
Development .Council hosted a
town hall meeting at Moore Haven
City Hall to discuss pursuing a
brownfields assessment grant.
The goal of a brownfields pro-
gram in Glades County would be to
identify potential brownfield sites,
assess them, to determine the level
of contamination, if any, and apply
for grant funding to clean the sites
up, so that they might be redevel-
oped as viable economic and com-
munity development projects.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners approved
the resolution providing for the
provision of Emergency Medical
Services and the EMS tax assess-
ments to fund it.
In the amended resolution, the
commission approved the $138
residential rate per year because
that rate was advertised in the
Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices
sent to property owners. Next
year's residential rate will increase
to $145. Per unit rates for RV Parks,
hotels and motels were set at $35
per unit, instead of the previous
$45 per unit, after improper coding
of some residences in condo asso-
ciations were removed from the,
RV Park call data and reassigned as:
residential properties.
At an emergency meeting Mon-
day, the Glades County Board of
County Commissioners authorized
county staff to work with Emer-
gency Management and FEMA to
hire a contractor and pursue a low-
interest line of credit for debris
cleanup from Lakeport through
Buckhead Ridge. Preliminary esti-
mates for damages in Buckhead
Ridge following Hurricane Jeanne
were estimated at $2 million not
including damages to utilities and
other ancillary services.
Glades County Emergency Ser-
vices Director Bob Jones told
members of the Glades County
Board of County Commissioners at
their rescheduled meeting Sept. 20
that the county's volunteer fire
departments might not meet the
standards necessary to allow them
to impose fees for service for fire
Protection.
Mr. Jones said none of the fire
departments he's spoken to have a
provision to impose a charge for
responding to brush fires or car
wrecks similar to the $10 per call
fee that has been discussed.
The Glades County Board of


County Commissioners also
approved a stipulation agreement
between the county and the RV
Park Owners Association, clearing
the way for the county to impose
its existing EMS special tax .assess-
ment for another year, while it
reviews alternative funding mecha-
nisms for the service.
Republican candidates on the
Nov. 2 election ballot gathered Sat-
urday at the Marina RV Resort in
Moore Haven at a barbecue hosted
by Bob and Diana Joyner. Pictured
are, left to right, Supervisor of Elec-
tion candidate Tammy Sodrel, Dis-
trict 77 State Representative candi-
date Denise Grimsley, Glades
County District 3 Commission can-
didate Paul Beck and back row,
Glades County District 4 Commis-
sion candidate Jim Schneider.
Glades County could receive an
additional $196,000 in supplemen-
tal education funding as a result of
Amendment 4, according to an
official estimate by the Florida
School Boards Association.
The Glades County Emergency
Medical Services Tax Adjustment
Board held their organizational
meeting, formally organizing and
setting the agenda for how com-
plaints concerning the EMS assess-
ments will be handled.
The board, chaired by county
commissioner Alvin Ward, and
comprised of former Glades Coun-
ty Social Services director Muriel
Green, who sat on the original EMS
board, city representative council-
man John Ahern, county resident
Walt Shirley and city resident David
Danenhauer, with Port LaBelle resi-
dent Bill Dunbar as an alternate
voted to name Walt Shirley Vice
Chairman.
Kristi Hingson's Exceptional
Learning Program (ELP) class at
Moore Haven Elementary went to
Tampa Oct. 8 to celebrate Aero-
Space Day at the Museum of Sci-
ence and Industry, as part of their
study about the Solar System.
Students from Cindy Ringstaff's
second grade class performed a
"John Chapman" Reader's Theater
play celebrating the birthday of
Johnny Appleseed as part of a
weeklong series of activities
planned to make learning fun.
U.S. Congressman Mark A.
Foley, 16th District, Florida, visited
West Glades Elementary School in
Muse, the newest school in the
area, during a series of back to
back visits in Hendry and Glades
Counties Monday.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners at their
regular meeting Oct. 12, sent Lake-
port guide Chris Chesley back to
the drawing board on his proposal
to help create a wildlife habitat on
Curry Island. In his initial approach
to the board in June, Mr. Chesley
liad 'said the county, which
received'ttib land from the Trustees
of the Internal Trust in 1983 is in
violation of their lease by not keep-
ing the area clean.
The county had approved a res-
olution in 1988 to provide recre-
ational facilities on Curry Island, as
well as putting a trail through the
island, but little had been done
since. Besides cleaning up the
island, Mr. Chesley proposed plant-
ing rice, millet and other forage
plants to attract waterfowl and
other wildlife back into the area.
The board had asked Mr. Chesley
during their meeting Sept. 27 to
prepare a scope of services outlin-
ing how the restoration of the habi-
tat would be funded, what activi-
ties were planned and how much
he expected to get paid for his serv-
ices.
Saying that the heightened ter-
ror level resulting from the recent
contacts between Iraqi terrorist
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama
Bin Laden underscore the contin-
ued need for changes in immigra-
tion policy and Homeland Security.
Congressman Foley pledged his
continued support for a proposed


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Florida Violent Crime Council helps local agencies


In 1993, the Florida Violent
Crime Council was established to
financially assist local law
enforcement agencies in extraor-
dinary violent crime cases. After
Florida's crime trend slightly shift-
ed from violent crime to drug
crimes, the 2001 Legislative Ses-


sion approved the expansion of
the Council to include funding for
drug investigations. Renamed the
Violent Crime and Drug Control
Council, the Council now has the
ability to provide supplemental
funding to local and state law
enforcement agencies working


Wanted Fugitive


Crime Stoppers of Palm
Beach County Inc. is asking citi-
zens to help locate Omar Erick
Cerna, wanted for felony failure
to appear vio- .. ..
lation of, pro-
bation leaving
scene of a ...
crash involvo- '
ing injury and
traffic misde-
meanor
charges of fail-
ure to appear
driving while Omar Erick
license sus- Cerna
pended, can-
celed or revoked. His date of
birth is 11-16-79. He is a white


male, 5' 7" tall and weighs 145
lbs. with black hair and brown
eyes. His last known address
was Canal Street, Belle Glade.
His occupation is laborer.
If you know the whereabouts
of Omar Erick Cerna or anyone
involved in a serious crime, call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-
TIPS. You can -remain anony-
mous and still receive a cash
reward of up to $1,000 if your
tip leads to an arrest. You can
also visit the Crime Stoppers
website at www.crimestopper-
spbc.com.
Cerna was a wanted fugitive
at the time of this publication.


violent crime, major drug and
money laundering investigations,
and victim/witness protection and
relocation efforts. The Legislature
supports the funding of the Coun-
cil on a year-to-year basis.
During 2004, the Council pro-
vided supplemental funding total-
ing $2,356,936 to 82 cases in sup-
port of nearly 100 Florida law
enforcement agencies. Statewide,
these funds supported 41 vic-
tim/witness protection cases, 27
major drug trafficking and money
laundering investigations and 14
violent crime investigations. Suc-
cess stories associated with these
funding efforts have been high-
lighted in the 2004 Violent Crime


and Drug Control Council Annual
Report. Local law enforcement
agencies are dependant on the
funding provided by the Council
to work those heinous crimes that
overwhelm law enforcement
resources and significantly impact
a community's sense of safety.
The funding also supports long-
term multi-jurisdictional investi-
gations targeting those organiza-
tions and individuals that are
most dangerous to Florida's citi-
zens and visitors.
The Council consists of 14
members and meets quarterly to
review cases and crime trends
and patterns affecting Florida.
Eight members are standing


members by virtue of their posi-
tions: Chief Financial Officer of
Florida, Director Randall Napoli
(Designee); Attorney General,
Statewide Prosecutor Peter
Williams .(Designee); Depart-
ment of Education, Chancellor
Jim Warford (Designee); Director
of the Office of Drug Control, Jim
McDonough; Department of
Juvenile Justice, Assistant Secre-
tary Perry Turner (Designee and
Vice Chairman of the Council);
Department of Corrections,
Director Paula Hoisington


(Designee); Florida Network of
Victim/Witness Services, Presi-
dent David Remer; and FDLE,
Former Commissioner Robert
Dempsey (Designee).
The six Governor appointed
members are: Okaloosa County
Sheriff Charles Morris (Chairman
of the Council); Pasco County
Sheriff Robert White; Sunny Isles
Beach Police Chief Fred A. Maas;
Williston Police Chief Daniel
Davis; State Attorney Jerry Hill;
and Medical Examiner Dr. Mar-
garitaArruza.


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FDLE warns public of


tsunami e-mail scams


The Florida Department of
Law Enforcement is warning cit-
izens to beware of one of the lat-
est e-mail phishing scams, this
one using the Asian tsunami
tragedy as a ploy to bilk people
out of monetary donations and
steal their identity in the process.
Phishing scam e-mails are
designed to trick the recipients
into disclosing personal infor-
mation authentication data such
as account usernames, pass-
words, credit card numbers,
social security numbers, and
home addresses. Most of these
e-mails look official and as a
result, recipients often respond
to them, resulting in financial
losses, identity theft, and other
fraudulent activity.
Recent news reports indicate
that phishing e-mails may be cir-
culating which attempt to
exploit people's concerns for the
tsunami victims by asking them
to donate money to what
appears, on the surface, to be a
charitable relief fund. In order to
,,donate mnj'ry, pteup are asked
to enter iheir.personakinforma-
tion.
"Since there has already been
an arrest of a UK citizen using
this scam and preying on peo-
ple's concern over the tsunami
victims, it is important to edu-
cate the.citizens of Florida to not
fall for this ploy," said Bob Bree-


den, special agent supervisor for
the FDLE Computer Crime Cen-
ter. "Emails sent to you request-
ing a donation should be
checked out thoroughly with the
sponsoring organization before
responding. I would strongly
recommend only using the offi-
cial Web site of known disaster
assistance organizations to
make an online donation."
To find a legitimate organiza-
tion to donate money to, visit
UsaFreedomCorps.gov. On this
site, the public can find a list of
agencies accepting donations
for assistance to those affected
by the tsunamis.
Internet fraud is just one of
many computer crimes, includ-
ing cyber stalking, identity theft,
child pornography, viruses and
worms. FDLE recognizes the
need for action against comput-
er crime and created the Florida
Computer Crime Center (FC3) in
October 1998 to expand FDLE's
initiative to investigate computer
related crime. In addition to
investigations, FC3 also offers
training, research and preven-
tion.
Citizens can learn more
about computer crimes, com-
mon complaints, viruses, and
how to report a computer crime
at the FDLE Website. More infor-
mation on phishing is available
at SecureFlorida.org.


Staff photo/Lauren Adams
CPD distributes Toys for Tots
The Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) distributed more than
80 Christmas presents, including bicycles, to needy boys
and girls in Clewiston on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Loading up
the gifts are COP advisor and CPD Sgt. Ray Hall, and Cit-
izen Observers Juanita Sauls and Earl Noble. The depart-
ment expressed their appreciation to local residents who
donated the gifts, making the annual toy drive a success.


Driver License and vehicle

inspection checkpoints for

Glades and Hendry County
The following is a list of dates south of LaBelle.
and locations that Florida High- Recognizing the danger pre-
way Patrol troopers in Glades and sented to the public by defective
Hendry counties may conduct vehicle equipment, troopers will
driver license/vehicle inspection concentrate their efforts on vehi-
checkpoints during the month of cles being operated with defects
Jan. 2005. such as bad brakes, worn tires
Week of Jan. 7-13: Lewis and defective lighting equipment.
Boulevard, twv miles south of SR- Ini addition, attention will be
25 Crescent Ave. directed to drivers who would vio-
Week of Jan. 14-20: Flag Hole late the driver license laws of
Road, two [niles south of SR-25 Florida.
CR-731 in Muse Road. The patrol has found these
Week of Jan. 21-27: Devils Gar- checkpoints to be an effective
den Road near D.O.T. entrance means of enforcing the equip-
Crescent Ave. ment and driver license laws of
Week of Jan. 28-31: Lyons Park Florida to insure the protections
and CR-78, SR-29, two miles of all motorists.


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Chamber Buzz


By Jeff Barwick
Executive Director
What's going on that you
need to know!
The CVS Pharmacy, formerly
Eckerd's, is now really a CVS
Pharmacy. They've remodeled
inside consistent with their cor-
porate theme and implemented
their company policies-longer
hours for one. The new look is
refreshingly open and visually
impressive. Manager Lisa Brooks
invites you to drop by and see for
yourself. John McCallum has
moved his accounting firm to
700 W. Sugarland Hwy, the for-
mer Florida Sugar Cane League
building, which he and Luan
Walker purchased. Sugar Realty
will be moving there soon.
While we are at it, thanks to both
of them for generously donating
the huge conference table with
chairs, and other furniture to the
Clewiston Museum.
Tourism Update
The Seminole Tribe
Motocross at Big Cypress Semi-
nole Reservation is now open.
They have practice schedules for
bikes and quads. Plus, they also
have a seven-mile trail. For more
information, you can call them
at 983-1908 or visit them on the
Internet at www.seminoletribe-
motocross.com. Also, upcoming
at Big Cypress is the 7th Annual
Kissimmee Slough Shootout &
Rendezvous. It will be held Feb.
4-6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
There will be re-enactments, arts
and craft demonstrations, native
dancing, living history displays
and a wide assortment of food.
The event will be at the Ah-
Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on County
Road 833. Our Tourist Develop-
ment Tax for the fiscal year end-
ing Sept. 30 was over $97,000
which was almost double the
estimate. Those dollars are all
reinvested for local tourism.
New members
We finished 2004 with a bang
six new members!
eThe chamber welcomes the
Agape Home Thrift Store as a
new member. They are located
at 113 S. Deane Duff Ave. The
proceeds from the thrift store
benefit the Agape Home in
Moore Haven, which is a Christ-
ian haven for women with sub-
stance abuse problems and
serves the entire area. They'll
gladly take unwanted items off
your hands and if you have any
questions, contact Debbie Tuel
at 805-8720.
*David & Mary Beardsley.
David, a native of Clewiston,
recently retired from farming
and Mary was active in the WIFE
Program. They have been active
supporters of our community for
years. We welcome them as
family members to the Chamber.
*The chamber welcomes
Glades Day School as a new mem-
ber. Glades Day is a private,
accredited school located 20 miles
away in Belle Glade. If you have
any question regarding the school
or enrollment, contact Terry Royal
at 561-996-6769 or e-mail at Troy-
al@gladesdayschool.com.
*We welcome Lyn Realty Inc.
as a new chamber member. Lyn
Realty is a development compa-
ny located in West Palm Beach
that is responsible for the devel-
opment of what was Eckerd
Drugs, now CVS Pharmacy, in
our community. Woody Bishop,
a Clewiston native, is the owner
and is actively pursuing other
local developments. He can be
reached at (561) 968-8668.
*We welcome Ben & Margie
Sanford as new chamber mem-
bers. They are longtime residents
of Clewiston and have actively
supported our community for
years. Thank you for joining.
*SL Lawn Service. Scott
Williams has a new lawn service
business and we are happy


about his decision to join the
chamber. In addition to the
hedge trimming, lawn cutting
and edging services, he also
offers tree trimming, fertilizer
applications and fire ant control.
Scott has been a resident of
Clewiston for the past 10 years.
His wife, Missy, is a native of our
community. Scott can be
reached at 228-2990.
Our Renewing
Members
Thanks for your continued
investment in our community;
Akin-Davis Funeral Home; Amer-
ican Cancer Society; American
Red Cross-Glades Area Br.; Bad-
cock Home Furniture & more;
Berner Oil Company; BGI Broad-
casting Corporation; Big Lake
National Bank; Big "0" Airboat
Tours; Bishop Farms; Central
Mobile Homes of Clewiston;
Clewiston B.P.O.E. Lodge #
1853; Clewiston BPW Club;
Clewiston Drainage District;
Clewiston Inn; Clewiston News;
Clewiston Oil Company; Clewis-
ton Pawn Shop; Clewiston Trail-
er Park; Coast to Coast Title Co.,
Inc.; Davidson's Dry Cleaners;
Dyess Real Estate; Everglades
Federal Credit Union; Faith
Lutheran Church; First Bank of
Clewiston Mali Chamness, Lisa
Knaack, Don Shivers, Nilda
Sparks, Jack Webb, Randy
Wood; Frierson Farms; Girl
Scouts of Broward County;
Glades Gas Company; Glades
Media Company; Hampton
Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep; Joseph
M. Hendry, II; Hilliard Brothers
of Florida;. Joe Marlin & Chelsa
Hilliard; Dick Holey & Patt
Mason; Howell Oil Company;
Jimmy Pittman Electric; John
Perry Insurance Agency; John-
son-Prewitt & Associates; Jolly
Roger Marina; Kristina A. Kulpa;
Lake Okeechobee Rural Health
Network; Larry Royal's Family
Businesses Royal's, Burger King
& Popeye's; Lyons Printing &
Office Supplies; Maggie Mae's
Studio #71; McDonald's of
Clewiston; MCM Paint & Floor-
ing; Okeechobee Landings; Olde
Cypress Community Bank Jack
Buell, Elsie Sellers; Palm Beach
Community College; 'Jim &
Jenny Pearce; William "Bo" Pel-
ham, Jr.; Postell's Country
Meats; R&R Steakhouse &
Lounge; Rawls Real Estate;
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's
Marina; Second Chance Bou-
tique & Gifts; Shamrock Service;
Shawrfee Farms, Inc.;
Sign*A*Rama; SW Florida Ankle
& Foot Care; Specialists; Sparks
Appliance Service; St. Martins
Episcopal Church; Sugarland
Plaza, Inc.; Sunrise Community
of Hendry/Glades; Tropical
Mobile Home Village; United
States Sugar Corporation Ed
Almeida, Matthew Beatty, Gerard
Bernard, Peter Briggs, Robert
Buker, Sarah Catala, Robert
Coker, Carol Cole, Bryan Cross,
Buddy Culberson, Frank Davis,
Robert Dolson, Frank Dowdle,
Lewell Hughes, Mike Irey, Pam
Kelley, Pepe Lopez, Duncan
Macdonald, Dave Melton, Ginny
Pena, Pam Phillips, Andy Rack-
ley, Bill Raiola, Judy Sanchez,
Chuck Shide, Carl Stringer, Mal-
colm Wade, Tony Walker;
Wal*Mart Store; Alan L. Weiland,
DDS; West Express Inn; West-
ern-Southern Financial Group;
John A. Yaun.
January
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uary social at the Clewiston Vol-
unteer Fire Department located
at 120 Commercio at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 18. Make sure you
bring your spouse or a friend (or
both) to mix and mingle. You will
be able to tour the facility, get
your first look at the brand new
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January Lineup
Start your new year off on a
musical note by attending the
Robin Spielberg with Montana
Skies performance on Friday,
Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center at the
Palm Beach Community College
Glades Campus, SR 715 in Belle
Glade. Robin Spielberg has been
hailed as "the most expressive
pianist of our time." The music
of Montana Skies combines clas-
sical and modern style so there is
something for everyone.
We can't leave out the
youngest members of the family!
The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit
is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22
at 11 a.m. This is the tale of a
young Peter Rabbit that thinks
he knows better than Mama
Rabbit. So like many children, he
ignores mama's warning and
sets out on his adventure to the
paradise carrot patch. Come
early to view the giant puppet
display in the Grand Hall. This is
a new presentation, time
designed to be more kid friendly.
Big "O"
Birding Festival
Come join us for a fun-filled
Weekend of birding and arts &
craft activities during the Lake
Okeechobee region Big 0 Bird-
ing Festival, Friday, Jan. 28
through Sunday, Jan. 30.
Explore, learn and enjoy south
central Florida's best birding
locations. Lectures by birding
and photography experts, live
music, arts and crafts show, chil-
dren's art contest, photography
workshop, and marvelous
southern food will be featured.
The Doyle Connor Building in
Moore Haven is the home base
for the festival. Everyone is invit-
ed to participate in the birding
trips, which are offered on an a
la carte basis. They even have
one trip for beginning birders so
don't be shy. Come and learn
and have a good time in the
process. Registration forms and
information are at www.bigob-
irdingfestival.com. There is no
charge for admission and the


lectures are free. For more infor-
mation call 863-946-0300.

EverStart Series
Bass Tournament
Jan. 5-8 are the dates for the
EverStart Series Fishing Tourna-
ment on Lake Okeechobee fea-
turing a winner's purse of
$60,000 for the professional and
$5,000 for the winning co-angler.
Wednesday and Thursday
weigh-ins will be at 3 p.m. at
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's
Marina and at Wal-Mart on Friday
and Saturday.

Wal-Mart FLW
Tour on Tap
The largest Lake Okeechobee
.fishing tournament is coming to
town Jan. 19-22. The profession-
al purse is $100,000 for first place
while the co-angler purse for
first place is $20,000. Join the
crowd for the Family Fun Zone
and Weigh-Ins Jan. 21-22 at the
Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3 p.m.
Weigh-ins for Wednesday and
Thursday will be at Roland &
Mary Ann Martin's Marina.

Community
Reading Challenge
Volunteer to help Camp E-Tu-
Makee with their RIF reading
challenge program. The sched-
uled times are Jan. 10-21, Mon-
day-Friday, 9:30 -10:30 a.m. and
Wednesday 1:30-3 p.m. at
Camp E-Tu-Makee located on CR
835, 20 miles south of Clewiston.
If these times don't fit your
schedule, they are willing to
work up a special schedule for
you. Call Steve Buczynski at 983-
1400 for more information.

Dial-A-Ride
Program
Do you need a ride to work,
school, shopping, or for a med-
ical appointment? Goodwheels
started a new program Jan. 3 to
meet your needs. And the cost is
only $1 each way and exact fare
is required. You'll need to call
(800) 741-1570 at least a day in
advance to make your reserva-
tion. The service will be avail-
able from 7 a.m until 6 p.m. on
weekdays. There will be no serv-
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Students share Christmas writings


Students enrolled in Brenda
McEntyre's 6th grade language arts
class at Moore Haven Elementary
School spent several weeks work-
ing on stories, poems and exposi-
tions reflecting the holiday season.
According to Ms. McEntyre, they
began with a brainstorming ses-
sion, identifying Christmas themes,
then used writing web to flesh out
their individual themes, making
sure that in successive drafts their
work reflected the appropriate sub-
ject, purpose and tone. You'll find
some of the students work reprint-
ed in this issue.

How an Elf Came to be
By Lindsey Swaford
Long, long ago there was a man
named St. Nicholas. He went out
every Christmas Eve and delivered
presents to all. There was one
problem, that one year he had no
time to make and deliver presents
to the good boys and girls of Moore
Haven. Santa was too busy fixing
the sleigh from the year before,
feeding and taking care of the rein-
deer and spending time with Mrs.
Claus.
Well, he had some puppets that
he was going to give to the good
boys and girls of Moore Haven.
They were left from the stock of
presents he had from the year
before, but they never got delivered
because his son forgot to pick them
up from the Deer's Feed and Care
Warehouse. So Mrs. Claus went to
the warehouse and got the puppets
and she transformed them into liv-
ing beings.
So he got Mrs. Claus to sprinkle
a bit of Christmas dust on them.
Well, the next morning, Jolly St.
Nicholas and Mrs. Claus awoke
and saw all the hard work the pup-
pets had done through the night.
They thought it was very generous
of all the different things they had
invented. They were moving so fast
that Mrs. Claus and St. Nicholas
could not see them move from one
place to another. They were mak-
ing toys such as Barbie Dolls, Jack-
in-the-boxes, wooden planes and
puppets such as themselves.
When they were still puppets
they looked like regular ordinary
people, but after they came alive
they had enormously large point-
ed ears, short bodies, pointed
shoes, green shabby clothes, and
green pointed hats. That's how
they got the name E.L.F. standing
for Energetic. Little. Friend.

Awaiting Santa
ByJoLynnPlatt
The little girl was 6years-old
listening to the story being told.
It was a story about Christmas
and the gifts that are spread.
And how Santa leaves presents
while children sleep in their
beds.
She was told of his belly,
how it jiggles like jello,
and howhe says Ho, Ho, Ho
how it jiggles with a big bellow.
As a little girl of course she
wanted to meet this Santa.:
So on Christmas Eve nigh she
watched out the door.
But the snow blew her away so
she switched to the window and
watched the snow pour.
All night she watched, waiting
for
his sleigh to appear, -
so she could see his stomach
and his big, white beard.
Eventually she tired.
He was not to be seen.
So she waited by the chimney
as it got late,
continuously glanced at the
cookies that had yet to be ate.
She was quite tired.
He was not to be seen.
She then crawled by the tree,
and sadly thought to her self
"did he forget about me?"
She then gave up hope and
went to bed.
And upon her pillow she rested
her head.


But then right before her eyelids
took her to dreamland,
upon the roof she heard 8 jingle
bell band.
Then suddenly her heart filled
with joy.
So she ran down the stairs
awaiting her toy.
She stood by the chimney as
dose as she could.
And when he came down she
gave him a fright
and she told St., Nick, "I've wait-
ed to meetyou all night."
He asked her if she had been
good and what
she wanted for Christmas and
she told him,
"What I want is what this is to
meetyou Santa."
Then she whispered quietly in
his ear
"I would also like a baby doll
that cries with real tears."
What was he to do other than
let out a chuckle,
then he reached into his bag
past his belt buckle.
As he said, "You mean like this
one."
The little girl said, "Yes thank
you so much!"
"No, thank you." He said, "You
believed in me"
Then walked across the living
room by the Christmas tree.
And set down two more pres-
ents.
. As he left the girl asked, "Where
are you going?
SYou can't go out there. Look
how hard it's snowing."
He waved his hand and said,
"Look now."
And the little girl said, "Wow!"
When she turned around to ask
how he did it.
He was not there. The cookies
were gone.
Then as she laughed she let out
a yawn, and watched his sleigh fly
into the distance.
And then heard a deep voice
say,"
To all a Merry Christmas."

Santa's Magical Dust
By Tiarelys Figueroa
Do you know how Santa Clause
delivers tons or even millions of
presents in one night? If you don't, I
am going to tell you how. Santa has
a magical sleigh which travels 600
miles per second. Don't you think
that's pretty fast for one sleigh?
Santa's son Santa Jr. also has a
magical sleigh, but its much small-
er than Santa's and not as fast.
I don't know if you know, but
Santa has 3 children. He has a son
Santa Jr. and 2 daughters. One
daughter is evil, her name if Rudol-
fa. She was probably named after
Rudolf because they are both trou-
blesome. Yet, Santa's other daugh-
ter is really sweet.
When its Christmas Eve, Santa
gives part of the presents to his son
to prepare him to take over the
family business when he becomes
Santa. Santa Jr. doesn't have rein-
deers, instead he uses a car motor!
Santa gets part of the world and
gives his son the other part. Santa
and his son go to the world at the
same time and take their part of the
world and delivers presents. Some-
times Santa Jr. is late and Santa has
to do it by himself.
Do ya know the names of
Santa's reindeers? Comet, Cupid,
Prancer, Dancer, Dasher, Donner,
Mara, Rudolf. They are regular
deers except Santa spreads a color-
ful and good smelling magical dust
so they can fly! The main reason
they are called reindeers is because
Santa said let it rain before they
started delivering presents in their
life.
If you remember Rudolfa,
Santa's evil daughter, she once tried
to sell every piece of the North Pole,
but first she wanted to Christmas
changed to Christmas Fools Day!
She planned to sell the North Pole
and turn it into a hotel and casino
call Rudolfa and Donald Hotel and
Casino. Luckily, her sweet sister


Kristen, saved the day by simply
believing she could save Christmas
for everyone. From that moment
on, Rudolfa learned her lesson and
never tried to destroy Christmas
again. Her punishment was to
scoop up all the reindeer's waste
for the fertilizer company which
made Santa's Magical Dust.
Then there are Santa's elves that
help, they are too magical. Elves
had to follow certain rules just like
we have to do in school and at
home. They always have to be
happy, but if there was one sad elf
Santa would do anything the elf
would like to make them happy.
They have to listen to music at least
three times a day and have fun
making toys. One elf named
Bernard the oldest, has the most
magic of all the elves. He is 1,200
years old! When the new elves are
in training he would spread a little
of elf magic on them so once out of
training the elves work faster. The
second oldest and most intelligent
is named Curtis and is 900 years
old. Though Curtis is younger than
Bernard he knows more about
, Santa Clause than Bernard does.
Curtis actually fixed Santa's sleigh
to make it faster. I bet Bernard and
Curtis both go with Santa and Santa
Jr. to deliver the presents on Christ-
mas Eve. When. they arrive in a
neighborhood a magical dust is
sprinkle on all the houses so Santa
and his son won't have to go in the
houses.

The girl who never
had a present
ByYanesi
Once there was a girl named
Sue who never had a Christmas
present! This year she tried to be
extra nice to her mom and dad. On
Christmas eve they got a small tree
and decorated it. It was put in the
living room and everyone went to
bed. Santa who was delivering
presents knew that Sue was trying
to be nice. When Santa delivered
all the presents but Sue s he
knew that there was only Sue
s house left. He went straight to Sue
s house went down chimney and
went towards the Christmas tree he
put presents for mom and dad and
put presents for Sue under the
Christmas'tree then went back up
the chimney got on his sled and
went home. The next morning
which was really Christmas Sue got
up before her mom and dad and
ran downstairs to the living room
looking at the Christmas tree and
hope there was presents for her.
Sue searched through the presents
and saw that her wish came true all
the toys she wish were inside of the
presents and now they were all
hers forever, she promised that she
wont be mean to her mom or dad
and she kept her promise and got
presents every Christmas. The end.


SATOP
Continued From Page 1
edge, resources and solutions. In
fact, since 1995, SATOP has benefit-
ed hundreds of companies, adding
more than $134 million to the U.S.
economy.
Through SATOP, Lockheed Mar-
tin assisted with the manufacture
of Stair/Port Marine Safety Ladders.
The program has coordinated
assistance from the Boeing Com-
pany, Kennedy Space Center, to
develop a heat-curing process that
greatly reduced the curing time of
Winslow LifeRafts. JenningsGP
Race Track in north Florida, want-
ed to reduce the noise output to
neighboring homeowners.
SATOP contacted The Boeing
Company, Johnson Space Center,
to develop a mathematical model
to demonstrate the different noise
levels related to changes in the
berm design and recommend spe-
cific materials to increase the
berm's effectiveness. The recom-


When Rudolph
got a cold,
By Ediberto
Once there was a reindeer
named Rudolph the red nosed rain-
deer he was noine by his nose
because it was like a red light bulb
and all kids laugh at him for having
a red nose and they did not let him
play reindeer games and so one
night he got a cold and the doctor
came by and checked him and it
was serious but the cold could go
away if Santa would give him a spe-
cial dust. One night on Christmas
eve Santa came to town and he visit
many home but them he went to
ruddoff house and ruddoff was
awake and Santa saw him and ask
what was wrong he said that he
had a bad cold. Then he took him
to his house and gave him a posin
to quer him but it did not work that
good so ruddoff had to stay in till
they got some thing better. Now he
found something to quer his cold
and he gave it to him and it worked
right a way but it got foggy outside
and Santa could not see so ruddoff
said that he would help him out
and it all work out for all of them.

How Christmas
was canceled
By Keicon Bell
On Christmas, everyone was
getting ready for their presents
and thought they could be
naughty and still get them from
Santa Claus! But, little did they
know, that Santa Claus was
watching every move and hear-
ing there every convention. Then
on December 22, 2004, 3 days
before Christmas, a little boy
named Tom. Tom was happy that
he received birthday presents and
Christmas presents in one week,
the whole year Tom was naughty
and still got presents. At 2:00 p.m.
was his party, he invited everyone
all the people of Moore Haven to
a pool party. When it was time to
open all his presents and all he
was given was coal everyone
laughed at him, except for his
girlfriend Alice. The next day he
asked his parents why he
received coal for his birthday and
all they said was that you had
been bad this whole year. Christ-
mas Eve came and Tom was
ready to open one of his presents
for this year. Tom ask his parents
to bring down the picture cam-
era. He pick the one that look the
heaviest and open it up one was
shock to see that in the box was
coal. Christmas Day everyone
woke up only to pick all their
presents. Tom was worried
because all the presents he got
had coal in it. He pick one by one
and shock all of them. All the
presents he had was coal. And
that, s how Christmas was
cancelled. The end.


mendation saved JenningsGP
money and alerted them to the
need to monitor berm erosion. -
- In May of 2002, the Glades
County Sheriff's Department con-
tacted SATOP about its own emer-
gency. The communications cen-
ter for 911 has been hit by lightning
five times in 2 years, twice during
the summer of 2000 and three
times during the summer of 2001.
According to Captain Linda
Jerikins, 911 coordinator, all emer-
gency services radio systems were
forced to move to an emergency
services station in another build-
ing. A portable base station had to
be implemented along with
employees' personal telephones.
Through SATOP, Mr. Tom Ortiz
with Boeing, was able to review
Glades County's challenge and
provide recommendations to
improve the sheriff's department's
lighting protection systems. SATOP
determined that an underground
cable was the cause of the light-
ning problem, according to Cap-
tain Jenkins.


Moore Haven Elementary

School November

Citizens Of The Month


The following students have
earned recognition as Novem-
ber Citizens of the Month at
Moore Haven Elementary
School. This is a very special
honor since it means that they
have done a commendable job
of showing kindness. Kindness
is consideration, sympathy,
compassion, gentleness, good-
ness and generosity.
Kindergarten: Johnny Casel-
las, Rosemary Aragus, and Jicel
Reveles.
First grade: Josey Pearce,
Destiney Costas, Megan White-


head, and Karla Umanzor.
Second grade: Adrian Her-
nandez, Sandra Garcia, and
Kevin Velasquez.
Third grade: Matthew Baker,
Mandy Arthur, and Jeremiah
Ramirez.
Fourth grade: Chelse
Hough, Kelsey Ahern, and
Lailoni Carey.
Fifth grade: Warner Ward,
Bobbi Jo Walker, and Curtis
Kincaid.
Sixth grade: Lyle Gibbs,
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Kids with diabetes face bullying


GAINESVILLE, Fla. Children
with endocrine disorders such as
type 1 diabetes or short stature deal
with unique challenges in life, not
the least of which is an increased
risk of being teased, snubbed or
even attacked by school class-
mates, University of Florida
researchers report in an article pub-
lished online Dec. 8 in The Journal
of Pediatrics.
Researchers surveyed 93 chil-
dren 8 to 18 who were visiting UF
endocrinologists for checkups and
found a third reported being bullied
in the past month more than the
national average, said study co-
author Eric Storch, a UF assistant
professor of psychiatry and pedi-
atrics at UF's College of Medicine.
Many suffered adjustment prob-
lems related to bullying, such as
depression, anxiety and loneliness,
which in some cases might hinder
management of their endocrine
disorders, Storch said. Parents
sometimes reported instances
where children were inattentive or
defiant at home, which parents
attributed to bullying..
Researchers are concerned that
children might jeopardize their
health to avoid being picked on.
It's possible youngsters who are
bullied particularly those with
type 1 diabetes, which affects
about one in every 400 to 500 U.S.
children and adolescents would
skip their self-care practices to
reduce the chances of appearing
different from their peers, Storch
said. In extreme cases, such neg-


lect could lead to complications or
even hospitalization, he said.
"If you know kids may tease you
because you have to go to the bath-
room to check your blood sugar or
you can't eat some foods, you
might begin avoiding those things,"
he said. "The idea behind it starts
with social fears."
An estimated 15 percent to 25
percent of all U.S. children are bul-
lied regularly, according to the U.S.
Health Resources and Services
Administration.
"One of the things I often hear
is, 'Everyone goes through this,
why make a big deal of it?' I don't
argue that this happens,". Storch
said. "The point is if it's chronic bul-
lying, it's often distressing."
Researchers were surprised to
learn that children with disorders
that affected their appearance,
which included early or late puber-
ty, short stature and male breast
development, reported fewer
adjustment problems related to
bullying than those with type 1 dia-
betes or low thyroid function,
which may not be noticeable,
Storch said.
"It may be these kids get extra
support from peers and teachers
that help them cope with the nega-
tive peer experience," he said.
The endocrine system includes
the pituitary gland, thyroid gland,
the testicles or ovaries and other
structures that release hormones to
regulate growth, metabolism, sex-
ual maturation and other functions.
Many common endocrine disor-


ders occur when too much or too
little of a specific hormone is pro-
duced, said study co-author Gary
Geffken, a UF associate professor
of pediatrics, psychiatry and clinical
and health psychology.
Bullies may target children with
chronic health conditions because
they stand out as different, but the
differences can take several forms,
he said. Endocrine disorders that
cause changes in appearance are
easily recognized, but children with
type 1 diabetes which often
accompanies low thyroid function
- may not look physically unusual
yet often must inject insulin or
avoid sugary foods.
More fundamentally, chronic ill-
nesses of all types may require chil-
dren to see medical specialists and
make more visits to the doctor than
their peers, which could carry a
stigma, Gefflen said.
Fear of social situations was the
most frequent consequence of bul-
lying in the UF study, reported by
almost 20 percent of the children,
Storch said. Almost 8 percent
reported significant symptoms of
depression, and nearly 6 percent
had high levels of loneliness. These
statistics are comparable to find-
ings for random groups of bullied
children, he said. Among parents
and guardians accompanying the
bullied children, 13 percent report-
ed the child showed signs of dam-
aged self-esteem and 9 percent said
the child was significantly misbe-
having, again comparable to statis-
tics reported by parents of random-


ly selected bullied children.
It's uncertain whether bullying
causes social anxiety to develop or
whether it may be a factor that
causes bullies to target specific chil-
dren, said social anxiety researcher
Deborah Roth Ledley, an assistant
professor of psychology in psychia-
try with the University of Pennsylva-
nia's department of psychiatry. The
truth may lie somewhere in
between, she said.
"It actually seems as if it's a bit of
a vicious cycle," said Roth Ledley,
who has previously collaborated
with Storch but did not participate
in the current UF study. "Shy, social-
ly reticent kids might be targets for
teasing, but then they might also
react in such a way that invites fur-
ther teasing. And as kids are teased
and they come to see the world as a
dangerous or threatening place, it's
likely that they'll withdraw even fur-
ther."
The study, funded by $8,000
from the Human Growth Founda-
tion and the UF Center for Pediatric
and Family Psychology, asked chil-
dren to complete four written sur-
veys and asked each child's parent
or guardian to complete a separate
one, Storch said. Of the 93 children
surveyed, 33 had type 1 diabetes,
26 had low thyroid function, 25 had
short stature, three had male breast
development, three had early
puberty and three had delayed
puberty.


One last chance to file for disaster unemployment aid


TALLAHASEE Susan
Pareigis, Director of Florida's
Agency for Workforce Innovation,
announced today that the filing
deadlines for Disaster Unemploy-
ment Assistance (DUA) within
Florida have .passed with some
exceptions.
Individuals in Brevard, Citrus,
Clay, Duval, Flagler, Highlands, Indi-
an River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Mari-
on, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola,
Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk,
Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and
Volusia Counties who lost jobs or
businesses as a result of Hurricane
Ivan are still eligible.
On Dec. 9, the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency
amended the disaster declaration
dated Sept. 16, 2004 to include
these counties. Applicants must file
for disaster benefits within 30 days
of the date of public notification.
Therefore, DUA applications in
these counties must be filed no
later than Jan. 13. Although many
workers will be covered by the
state's regular unemployment


compensation program, those not
covered may apply for DUA. DUA is
a federally funded program, which
assists individuals who become
unemployed as a direct result of a
declared disaster. The program
also covers self-employed .individu-
als, owners of farms and ranches,
farm and ranch workers, as well as
fishers and others who are not nor-
mally covered by state unemploy-
ment compensation.
The Agency for Workforce
Innovation administers the DUA
program in Florida in partnership
with the U.S. Department of Labor
and state and regional workforce
boards. Funding for the program is
provided by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency.
To be eligible for either the state
unemployment compensation
program or DUA, the applicant
must be a legal resident. To be eligi-
ble for DUA benefits, an individual
must have exhausted all entitle-
ment to any regular state unem-
ployment benefits and must have
been working in or residing in a


county for which the disaster has
been officially declared. DUA bene-
fits are available to unemployed
individuals for up to 26 weeks from
the date of the disaster declaration.
Federal regulations provide that
the unemployment of an individual
is caused by a disaster if the individ-
ual: (1) becomes unemployed as a
direct result of the disaster; or (2) is
unable to reach the place of
employment as a direct result of
the disaster; or (3) was scheduled
to begin work and does not have a
job or is unable to reach the job as
a direct result of the disaster; or (4)
has become the major support for
a household because the head of
the household has died as a direct
result of the disaster; or (5) cannot
work because of an injury caused
directly by the disaster.
Individuals applying for disaster
related unemployment assistance
will need to have the following
information available: .,
-Social Security number.
-Alien registration number and
expiration date (ifa non-U.S. citizen).


-Name and address of most
recent employerss),
-If self-employed, have proof of
self-employment for the past two
years.
(State or Federal tax returns,
financial statements, bank records
of accounts, or 1099 Forms. Docu-
mentation necessary to support a
claim may be faxed to 850-921-
3938. Applicant's Social Security
number should appear on all doc-
uments submitted).
-If scheduled to begin work but
could hot work due to the disaster,
have name and address of employ-
er and the date work was sched-
uled to begin
Applications for disaster related
unemployment compensation can
be filed by Internet at the following
Web site address:
www.fluidnow.com (indicate on
the application that it is a disaster
related unemployment claim).
Telephone applications may be
filed by calling (800) 204-2418.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., Monday through Friday.


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Conversion to critical a(


ByTracyWhirls
A Blue Ribbon Panel, which
spent six weeks pouring over
Hendry Regional Medical Center's
finances over the past four years
and budget projections for 2005
concluded their report.
The report states that by con-
verting the hospital to a critical
access facility, as has been touted
by the hospital's administration
and Hospital Authority Board may
provide additional revenue, blt is
not the long-term solution to he
hospital's financial woes.
"Conversion to critical access
status does not address the need
for physicians to drive admissions
and quality service," the coaniit-
tee, comprised of USSC Director of
Corporate Benefits Bryan Cross,
USSC Continuous improvement
Manager Derek PTidgen, Soulternm
Gardens CtrUs Processing Fruit
Operations Manager Brasington
Beakley, former Clewiston COm-
munity Redevelopment Agency
chairman Danren Smith, HiFliard
Brothers Controller Kevin
Hollinger, Hendry County School
Board Human Resources Diredr
Steve Stinnet and US. Sugar
Seior Vice Presidenat for Public
Affairs Robert Cokerconcluded.
'Nor does critical access status
address the root cause of out-
mrigration of county residents to
other providers for non-acute
cares'9her eportetinuedatoread.
Therilicalaccessstausctonver-


sion also does not address coding
and biffing issues required to attain
appropriate reimbursements, the
panel concluded in their report.
The committee also questioned
the condusions of study conduct-
ed by hospital management compa-
-yQuonrumins,portofthe'conver-
sion, noting that while Medicare
(Part A) reimbursements would
increase by $387,579 and Medicare
(Part B) reimbursements would
increase by $107,740, the conver-
sion would have no impacts on
Medicaid or swing-bed reimburse-
ments. The Drag Act of 2003
decreases reimbursement by
$ 118,447, so te true net impact of
the conversion, to critical access sta-
tus is $376,872 in additional revenue.
More important, the committee
noted, Quonmm's December 2003
findings projections are predicated
on building a new fadlity at cost
of $22 million. And while reim-
bursements wodrid increase by
$300,000, elatedtoconsradtionof
a new hospital, at $22 million, the
board would face $1 minion in
iraterest payments per year.
"Payback for capital costs to
build a new facility will not be
achieved given inability to even pay
interestcostson the debt,'"theson-
saltautcondulded
While constructing a new hos-
pital would reduce maintenance
costs associated with operating an
aging' facility, and presumably.
might enourage aea residenitsto


come to HRMC for their medical
care. To recover, the hospital must
first address its financial health and
sustainability, improve its opera-
tional efficiency and effectiveness,
focus its orientation on customer
service and emphasize perform-
ance excellence, the committee
concluded.
In October, HRMC Chief Finan-
cial Officer Nick Braccino told mem-
bers of the Hendry County Eco-
nomic Development Council the
conversion toacritical access hospi-
tal will not only help the hospital
recover some of its costs, the con-
version will keep the hospital from
having its Medicare funding cuL
"For Medicare patients they pay
a flat amount, it doesn't matter if
the patient is in the hospital one
day or four days. They reimburse
$80 for an emergency room visit,
whether the patient gets an aspirin
or a CAT Scan," Mr. Braccino said,
adding as the situation exists now,
as costs inflate, the Medicare reim-
bursementdoesn't go up.
The conversion to critical
access status will allow the hospital
lo recoup more of the actual costs
associated with patient care,
because whatever the costs are,
Medicare must pay a percentageof
thosecosts.
"Iff the. account for 35 percent
of our business, they owe us 35
percent of the cost," Mr. Braccino
said.
The CPO said with interest,


Scess part
depreciation and allowable costs, for tho
the conversionwill reduce the hos- longer
pital's projected $800,000 shortfall requirii
by $400,000. level, w
Mr. Braccino said in addition to Mr.
the increases from Medicare reim- tion c
bursements, other cost-cutting Mohar
measures are expected to generate Family
an additional $200,000. have n
He said the reason the hospital
hadn't made the conversion to crit- -
ical access status 'in the past was
because prior to the Prescription
,Drug Act, hospitals with critical
access status were allowed only 15
patientbeds.
"We did a feasibility study, and
with only 15 beds, we would have
lost so much revenue, it was partof
the problem," Mr. Braccino said,
noting that whether there are 15
patients or 25 patients in the hospi-
tal, many of the costs associated
with running the hospital, from util-
itiesto some staffing remain fixed. -
"As our census declined, it did-
n't reduce our costs, but the rev- You
enues declined," Mr. Braccino said. acr
"When they lumped to 25 beds, it
made it feasible, because last year
our highest census was 25 in-
patientsoneday."
Mr. Braccino said the hospital will
have a challenge with regard to the
length of stay requirements under
critical access status, which limit
average patient slays to four days. Full
although he said a "swing bed" the
option, which allows beds to be 30,
used eitherfor acutenursingcare,or Flor


Continue to take mosquito precautions


From the Ftrida
Department of Health
Health Department officials
advise residents and visitors to
continue to take mosquito pre-
cautions. Although the weather
has cooled down over the past
several months, the sub-tropical
cimate of Southwest Florida
leands itself to mosquito breedffing
all year long. Lab results received
late Wednesday. December 22,
confirmed that a chicken at the
FEC (Florida Evatantion Center)
sentinel chicken testing site tested
positive for West e Virus.
The ^5 's" for personal mos-
quito protection are as follows
Dusk and Dawn (avoid being
outdoors when mosquitoes are
seeking blood, for many species
this is dwriig the dusk and dawn


hourss.
Dress (wear clothing that
coversslkin).
DEET (use mosquito repel-
lents including DEET IN, N
diethyl-m-toluamide] on skinand
pyrelfbis on clothing when you
are outside).
Drainage Leheck your home
to rid it of standing water in which
mosquitoes can lay their eggs).
Tips on Eliminating
Mosquito Breeding

ean outeaves, troughsand
gtters.
Re-move old tires or drll
holes in those used in play-
grounds todrain.
Turn over or remove empty


plastic pots.
Pick up all beverage contain-
ers and cups.
Check tarps on boats or
other equipment that may collect
water.
ePump out bilges on boats.
Replace water in birdbaths


and pet or ,other animal feeding
dishes at least once a week.
S Change water in plant trays,
including hanging plants, at least
onceaweek.
Remove vegetation or
obstructions in drainage ditches
that prevent the flow of water.


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140


se requiring antibiotics for a
course or dressing changes,
ng nursing care at a less acute
ill solvethatproblem.
Braccino said with the addi-
of Drs. Drago Vasile and
nmed Kabbesh at Hendry
Care Center, they expect to
nore patients in the hospital.


Other services, like a
Hendry/Glades Community Health
Fair, slated for Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at Clewiston Middle
School and extended operating
hours at the Family Care Center
from 8 a.m. to noon are planned to
help build ',he center's and ulti-
mately the hospital's patient base.


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..... 'TAX SAVINGS .
GARY R. NIKOLITS, CFA
PALM BEACH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER
Filing Deadline for 2005 Tax Saving Exemptions is March 1, 2005

,M .. :, .,.D.ADI.MON, .M.. ,.

In order to qualify for this exemption you must:
Hold title to the property as of January 1, 2005 Reside on the property as of January 1, 2005 *
Be a permanent resident of the State of Florida as of January 1, 2005 *
When you apply for the exemption in person, please bring the following with you:
1. A copy of your recorded deed.
2. Social Security Number of all property owners.
3. Permanent residency proof (Alien Registration Card). if not a U.S. citizen.
In addition, please bring the following items which apply to you:
1. Florida drivers license (Valid In Florida Only License is for Non-Residents).
2. Florida vehicle registration.
3. Florida voters registration.
4. Declaration of Domicile, if applicable.
5. Death certificate, if applicable, for widow(er)'s exemption.
You may appear personally at one of the County Property Appraiser's Offices and file your application
or you may call our Downtown Service Center to have an application mailed 'to you.
Applications are also available on line at www.pbcgov.em/ppapa.
Offices will be open 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday through Friday beginning January 3rd and ending,
Tuesday March 1st, 2005.

Downtown Service Center, Palm Beach County Governmental Center
1st Floor, 301 North Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach Phone (561) 355-2866
North County Service Center 3188 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens Phone (561) 624-6521
South County Service Center 501 S. Congress Ave., Room 150, Delray Beach Phone (561) 276-1250
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MARCH 1, 2005 IS THE FINAL DAY TO FILE FOR TAX EXEMPTIONS





1. You must have a homestead exemption.
2. At least one homeowner, qualified for homestead, must be 65 years old or older as of January 1, '2005.
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is a few hundred feet away from
the existing railroad crossing on
6th Street. The view of oncoming
trains is obscured by the heavy
growth of bamboo type vegeta-
tion. Submitted by Chairman Bob
Rader in February 2004, the issue is
being reviewed by South Central
Florida Express, the owner of the
railroad.
Several items, which were on
the team's action item list, were
dosed in December. Among those:
*A yellow flashing light has
been received and will be installed
at the intersection of U.S. 27 and SR
78 east to improve the safety of the
intersection, which has in the past
been the scene of several traffic
crashes. Previous attempts to
address the issue, including the
installation of thermoplastic rum-
ble strips on SR 78 prior to the inter-
section have been completed. The
light has been pending installation
since March 2004.
*Installation of a left turn lane at
the intersection of SR 80 at Palomi-
no Drive has been on the action
item list, since it was submitted by
former Glades County Schools
transportation director Sonny
Hughes in August 1997. In Decem-
ber, the Florida Department of
Transportation announced that the
intersection, which is in Hendry
County, has moved up to the pro-
posed development and environ-


Animal

Continued From Page 1
pet owners in obtaining low cost
spay and neuter clinics for their
pets. Mr. Cline, with the permission
of the Glades County School Board,
also planned a series of presenta-
tions for school children about
local animal control ordinances
and animal welfare.
On many different occasions,
Mr. Cline, according to supervisor
and Public Safety Director Bob
Jones, has gone above and beyond
the call of duty.
"On Feb. 13,2003, Mr. Cline was
a volunteer firefighter on the scene
of a bad auto accident where three
people: mother, father and son lost
their lives," Mr. Jones said. "David
was faced with a decision on this
very horrendous night.
There were two dogs involved
in this accident as well. David got
with me and made arrangements
to take the two dogs to his personal
residence so he could check the
dogs out better, and to keep a bet-
ter eye on then as well."
Mr. Cline notified Mr. Jones of
the injuries and quickly .made
arrangements to have the animals
examined.
"David notified me that one dog
had sustained injuries during the
accident and made arrangements
with Doc Keene to have the dog
examined," said Mr. Jones. "As it
turned out, one dog was on life sav-
ing medication, and the second
had sustained a broken hip. David
made all arrangements for medical
care for the injured dog. He took
care of the other dog at his own
home as well until the owner, a 14-


Review

Continued From Page 4
Glades County Jail and INS facility
in Moore Haven.
The Glades County Economic
Development Council hosted a
town hall meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12
at the Moore Haven City Council
Chambers to review a second
application by Concurrent Tech-
nologies to apply for brownfield
program assessment grant funds to
begin a brownfields program in
Glades County. The Glades Com-
munity-Wide Assessment proposal
requires no matching funds.
Brownfield sites are generally
abandoned, idled or underused
industrial and commercial proper-
ties where expansion or redevelop-
ment is complicated by actual or
perceived environmental contami-
nation. A brownfield area is a con-
tiguous area of one or more
brownfield sites, some of which
may not be contaminated, and
which have been designated by a
local government through a resolu-
tion process.
November
With voter turnout at 70 per-
cent, and over 1,000 votes cast dur-
ing early voting or by absentee bal-


mental study from FY 2005 to the
current year 2003 through a joint
participation agreement between
Hendry and Glades Counties. The
Glades County Board of County
Commissioners prioritized the turn
lane and submitted it for the 2008-
2009 work program.
*A deceleration lane off of CR
731 onto Pollywog Crossover, origi-
nally submitted in March 2002, at
the request of Mr. Hughes to serve
the new West Glades Elementary
School, will be funded for engi-
neering and construction by the
county. The engineering is expect-
ed to cost $19,000. No date has
been set for the deceleration lane's
construction.
Since the inception of the
Glades County Community Traffic
Safety Team seven years ago, the
group has successfully completed
several projects to improve traffic
safety on Glades County roads.
Among them:
*Guardrail installed at CR 74
and SR78 along canal.
*CR 74 from SR 29 to Charlotte
County line repaired and re-striped.
*Installed "School Bus Stop
Ahead" sign at Indian Prairie Canal
on E SR78.
*Stop signs installed at Lang-
dale Road and Yaun Road.
*Posts installed to stop traffic
from crossing median on U.S. 27 to
enter Coffee Road.
*Rough railroad crossing at
U.S. 27 and Boar Hammock
repaired by railroad.
*Flashing yellow lights installed
on E SR 78 at Buckhead Ridge fire


year-old boy who had sustained a
broken ankle in the accident, was
released from the hospital and
wnet through the difficult period of
burying his mother, father, and only
brother."
The child was grief stricken but
kept a light of hope at the end of a
dark tunnel in the form of his two
animals.
"All this kid had left were these
two dogs, and David turned his
attention towards getting this kid
and his dogs back together again,"
Mr. Jones said, "offering, if neces-
sary, to pay for the dog's care him-
self," a gesture which was matched
by Mr. Jones and other EMS and fire
personnel who agreed to pitch in,
before learning that Doc Keene
donated his services.
"David made the arrangements
for the kid to come and pick up his
two dogs and what an emotional
reunion it was," Mr. Jones said.
"This goes to show what an out-
standing, caring, compassionate
man David is."
David works very well with all of
the local law enforcement officers,
Mr. Jones said, noting that on one
occasion Mr. Cline helped the local
sheriff's office on a drug bust and
on other occasions assisted the
Florida Freshwater Fish and Game
Commission (FWC) with catching
alligators and other wildlife.
Nor has he limited his volunteer
efforts to Glades County, Mr. Jones
said, noting that after Hurricane.
Charley passed through Charlotte
County David insisted that he had
to go and help his neighbors
through this time of need.
Calling Mr. Cline valuable asset
to Glades County, Mr. Jones con-
cluded, "The one thing that does
stand out about David is that he


lot, Glades County voters went to
the polls in large numbers but
there were few surprises when the
votes were counted.
Veteran Glades County Supervi-
sor of Elections Holly Whiddon
defeated Republican challenger
Tammy Sodrel, with 2,710 votes to
Mrs. Sodrel's 1,412. In the District 3
school board race, incumbent Tom
Gaskins defeated challenger
Melanie Acree by garnering 2,541
votes to Ms. Acree's 1,423. In the
race for the District 3 Commission
seat, Democrat Bill Davis, who won
the August primary, lost to Republi-
can Paul Beck, who earned 2,230
votes with Mr. Davis garnering
1,802 votes. In the District 4 Com-,
mission race Democrat Russell
Echols defeated Republican Jim
Schneider, garnering 2,263 votes to
Mr. Schneider's 1,636 votes.
Incumbent Bill Dunbar also
defeated challenger Pat Murphy for
the Port LaBelle Community Devel-
opment District 2 seat by tallying 74
votes to Mr. Murphy's 50.
Glades Electric Cooperative's
(GEC) hosted Bolvian lineman
Boris Herbas who spent a week
working with employees of GEC
and learning how cooperatives in
America do line work.
Glades County Attorney Richard
Pringle told members of the Glades


station.
*Traffic signal installed at 10th
St. and U.S. 27 in Moore Haven.
eFlashing yellow lights installed
at W SR 78 and SR 29 and also at
CR 74 and SR 29.
*Obtained funding for side-
walks in Moore Haven so students
can safely walk to school.
*FDOT, at request of CTST,
redesigned the intersection at the
south side of the new river bridge
to permit safer access to U.S. 27
from side streets.
*Obtained sidewalk from 6th
St. to the J. J. Wiggins Youth Center
on U.S. 27.
*Obtained sidewalk from Rail-
road Ave. to U.S. 27 on 6th St.
*Obtained left turn lane on U.S.
27 into Western Road.
*Received approval from
BOCC to install lights and turn
lanes at West Elementary School.
*Moore Haven installing guard,
rails and fill at each end of 10th St.
to help prevent vehicles going into
canal and lake.
*Received FDOT approval to
install turn lanes into Indian Hills
Drive on SR 80.
*Obtained sidewalks for
Ortona.
*Crosswalk bar and signs
installed on 8th St. between ele-
mentary and middle schools.
*Flashing yellow lights on.U.S.
27 moved closer to 7th St. crossing.
*FDOT installed "Emergency
Vehicles Entering Ahead" signs on
U.S. 27 at west end of bridge before
EMS station.
*FDOT lowered speed limit on


truly loves his job. He is more than
fair with the citizens and treats peo-
ple the way he would like to be
treated,'" Mr. Jones said.
Mr. Cline is quick to share the
credit with his supervisor, noting
that as public safety director, a posi-
tion created a few years ago with,
him in mind, Mr. Jones oversees 20
EMS employees and 60-plus volun-
teer fire fighters from seven differ-
ent communities in the county.
That does not include the EMS
billing clerk, two Emergency Man-
agement personnel, in addition to
the Animal Control department He
is a Paramedic and Animal Control
Officer hirnsellf, as well as an
instructor for many different EMS
and Fire-related classes.
"Mr. Jones responds to all major
fires, medical and accident calls
after hours, as well as Animal Con-
trol complaints throughout the city
and the county at all hours of the
day and night," Mr. Cline said. He
added that on several occasions Mr.
Jones has helped him assist the ani-
mal victims of accidents and other
disasters.
"Over the past year and a half I
have noticed this big tough man
has an enormous amount of com-
passion for animals as well as peo-
ple," Mr. Cline said.
As related by Mr. Cline, Mr.
Jones and his wife traveled to the
v.reck on SR 29, 80 miles from their
home, to assist other EMS person-
nel in an attempt to save the
youngest child involved in the Feb-
ruary crash. Mr. Cline said also, "on
another occasion there was a
house fire in Mr. Jones's communi-
ty, where a family lost everything,
including a pet cat. A second cat
was suffering from smoke inhala-
tion.


County Board of County Commis-
sioners during their regular meet-
ing Nov. 9 that a contract with
Waste Management to take over
operations of the county's landfill
and build a glass recycling facility in
the county may be ready for com-
mission approval at their Dec. 14
day meeting.
In October, Mr. Pringle told the
board he, consulting attorney, Mike
Davis of Bryant, Miller and Olive
and County Manager Jim Smith
had finished review and revisions
of the main contract and were
working on the glass recycling pro-
posal. On Monday, County manag-
er Jim Smith said a new redraft of
the proposal has been completed,
and must now be submitted to
Waste Management for their
review.
Newly elected Glades County
Commissioners Paul Beck, and'
Russell Echols ere sw orn in at the
Nov. 22 commission meeting.
December
Longtime Glades County Com-
missioner Franklin Delano Sim-
mons, 68, of Moore Haven, died
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004 at his resi-
dence. Commissioner Simmons,
who resigned his seat in a letter
addressed to the governor, dated
June 9, citing health reasons, died


U.S. 27 from E SR 78 into Moore
Haven to protect children boarding
and leaving school buses.
*Obtained lower speed limit on
CR 721 (Reservation Road) in
Brighton Indian Reservation at
request of tribe.
*FDOT installed sensors at rail-
road crossing on U.S. 27 near Boar
Hammock to activate crossing
lights when vehicles (school
busses and Haz-mat carriers) are
stopped at the tracks so oncoming
vehicles will slow down (curve
does not allow oncoming vehicles
to see stopped vehicles in time to
safely stop).
eRoad department installed
four-way stop at CR 731 and Whid-
den Drive (Glades-Hendry county
line).
*Post Office agreed to move
mailboxes on Ortona Road and
Coffee Mill Hammock Road to
safer location at firestation.
l*Installed "School Bus Stop
Ahead" on SR 78 at Miller Drive
(Lakeport).
*Railroad removes heavy vege-
tation at 6th St. crossing each time
CTST requests.
*Moore Haven installing higher
stop signs as signs are replaced.
*Four-way stop installed at
Gamble St. and Huggins Ave.
(Washington Park).
*Road Department has ordered
larger street sign for Pollywog
Crossover at SR 29 to enable SR 290
traffic to more easily see intersec-
tion ahead.
*Moore Haven placed bar and
stop sign at 9th St. and Avenue K to


"When Mr. Jones arrived on
scene, he and his wife Sharon
stepped in for the rescue. Mr. Jones
and his wife started rescue breath-
ing for the cat. When I arrived, on
scene I called the vet, and got the
proper dosage for the medication
needed to save the cat."
Mr. Cline thanked. the Lord that
the cat was saved and subsequent-
ly reunited with its owner.
"This proved to the owners,
who had lost everything they
owned in the fire, that people really
do care and want to help other
people no matter what time of day
or night or how far they live from
town," Mr. Cline said.
Nominated for both the Super-
visor Of The Year, and Humanitari-
an Of The Year awards, Mr. Jones
was recognized for his ability to fos-
ter teamwork, among his diverse
group of employees who have dif-
ferent skills and specialties. In addi-
tion for the decision-making skills
that have made Glades County's
small and financially challenged
emergency services department a
success,
"Mr. Jones is a firm believer in
education, excellent work ethic,
and helping any of his people who
need him to lend a hand or give
emotional support from someone
who has earned so much respect
fromrn his employees, co- workers,
and the Board of County Commis-
sioners.
"I know in. my heart that Animal
Controlwould not function proper-
ly without him as the supervisor
nor would it run with the compas-
sion and aggressive lifesaving pro-
cedures that most people would
not even attempt," Mr. Cline said.


following a long battle with cancer.
While turn lanes for Palamino,
Drive and Indian Hills Boulevard off
SR 80 have been, incorporated into
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation's (FDOT), five-year work
plan for Hendry and Glades Coun-
ties, FDOT representatives said'
completing the four-laning of SR 80
from LaBelle to U.S. 27maystillbe
as much as 15years away.
With the Glades County Board
of County Commissioners voting
unanimously at their regular meet-
ing Nov. 22 to approve a compre-
hensive plan' amendment which
will clear the way for creation of a
rural village on property owned by
Lykes Brothers in! Muse, Lykes
Brothers moved to fast track the
project, volunteering to update the
county's subdivision regulations,
and land development regulations.
Residents of Moore Haven and
environs will! soon have their own
medical center, when, Riverwalk
Medical Center Inc. at 51 Avenue J,
Suite 101 in Moore Haven opens by
year's end.
Glades County RV Park Owners
Association representative Nita
Shirley said the group has agreed to
assist the countyin funding a study
of alternative methods to, fund EMS
-service' in the county, but with
some reservations.


help solve problem for school.
busses crossing the intersection.
*CTST has obtained close
cooperation with FHP to increase
enforcement in problem areas
(speeding sand trucks, etc).
*Road Department repaired
road on Edwards St. in Crescent
Acres so sheriff and emergency
vehicles could get into the migrant
labor camp (Jack M. Berry camp).
*FDOT installed thermoplastic
rumble strips on E SR 78 prior to
intersection with U.S.
27 and delineated Bull Noses at
the intersection so they can more
easily be seen at night
*FDOT and BOCC approved
installing flashing yellow light on B


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SR 78 prior to intersection with U.S.
27. Light has been received from
FDOT and Road Department will
contract for installation.
*Received approval and fund-
ing from FDOT to install
sidewalk/bike paths in Lakeport
and Buckhead Ridge and to com-
plete the path in Ortona.
*FDOT approved and. installed
metal posts and reflectors to pre-
vent traffic on access road at south
end of river bridge on U.S. 27 from
turning into oncoming traffic rather
than proceeding on to the proper
entrance to the accelerating lane.
eThe CTST has distributed hun-
dreds of safety items to adults and
school children in Glades County.


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Propane council answers questions from consumers


The following information
was provided by the Florida Gas
Safety Education and Research
Council/
Question: My propane prices
keep changing. Is pricing of
propane regulated?
Answer: No. In a free market
economy, many supply factors
affect the pricing of all goods -
including propane. Propane
comes from crude oil and natu-
ral gas, so when crude oil pro-
duction is cut (such as hap-
pened in 1999 when OPEC cut
production), the price of
propane began to rise. Weather
also affects pricing. As demand
increases, prices for all heating
fuels rise as gas producers work
to meet that demand.
Question: Is propane safe to
use in my home?
Answer: Propane is a safe
fuel to use in your home and
business. Propane has a narrow
range of flammability and can-
not be ingested like gasoline or
alcohol fuels because it is
released as a vapor from a pres-


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is warning the public to
beware of potential scam artists
posing as relief agencies for the
victims of the tsunami in Asia.
"It's clear that there will be a
great need for assistance for the
tens of thousands of victims of
this terrible disaster," Bronson
said. "But people who want to
help need to ensure their dona-
tions are going to actual victims
and not to con artists."
In Florida, most charitable
organizations are required by
state law to be registered with
the Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services and pro-
vide financial information. That
information is compiled on the
Department's web site
www.800helpfla.com and in the
annual "Gift Givers' Guide," a
popular consumer publication
which shows how much money
an organization has raised the
previous year, how much was
spent on program services,
administrative costs and fund-
raising activities.
Consumers can also contact
the Department's consumer hot-
line at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-
435-7352) to determine whether
a charity is properly registered
and find out the complaint histo-
ry of a charity.
The Department has received
reports in past disasters such
as wildfires and following the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
- of organizations seeking help
for victims and pocketing the
money. It is difficult.to investi-
gate these cases because scam


sured container. In addition,
award-winning preventive main-
tenance programs like GAS-
Check (Gas Appliance System
Check) ensure that homeown-
ers understand how to properly
maintain their propane appli-
ances and enjoy a healthy, safe
environment. Ask your gas sup-
plier about a safety check of
your home's gas system.
Question: Is propane harmful
to the environment? No.
Propane is an approved, alterna-
tive clean fuel listed in the 1990
Clean Air Act and the National
Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Propane is one of the cleanest
burning of all alternative fuels;
new propane-fueled vehicles
can meet the very tough Ultra-
Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)
standards, and one model even
meets the Super Ultra-Low
Emission Vehicle (SULEV) stan-
dards. Propane is also nontoxic,
so it's not harmful to soil or
water.
Question: How can I be sure
I'm handling the'use of propane


artists have usually left an area
before anyone realizes they have
been conned. Mr. Bronson says
it is incumbent on consumers to
take precautions to avoid being
victimized. Consumers may be
approached over the phone, on
the Internet, or through direct
mail.
Mr. Bronson also provides the
following tips to consider when
deciding
whether to donate to an
organization:
Don't judge an organiza-
tion based on an impressive-
sounding name.Find out what it
actually does.
Be wary of emotional
appeals and organizations that
have only vague plans for spend-
ing the funds they collect.
Never give cash. Write a
check payable only to an organi-
zation, not an individual.
Be wary of organizations
that offer to send a "runner" to
pick up your donation. Rep-
utable charities are willing to
wait for your contribution.
Consumers have the right
to ask for an organization's
financial report and its federal
tax identification number, the
latter of which you will need to
claim your contribution as a tax
deduction.
If an organization is not
registered, contact the Depart-
ment.
Consumers who have addi-
tional questions or want. to
report a potential scam should
call the Department's hotline at
1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-
7352).


gas properly in my home?
Answer: Many gas suppliers
have consumer education pro-
grams and information. In addi-
tion, the National Propane Gas
Association (NPGA) has devel-
oped a comprehensive mainte-
nance program called GAS
Check (Gas Appliance System
Check), in which trained techni-
cians inspect propane systems
and appliances in homes to
ensure they are running safely
and efficiently. The program also
educates homeowners on the
proper maintenance of propane
appliances and how to handle


propane safely. Be sure to ask
your gas supplier about a safety
check of your home's gas sys-
tem.
Question: If my gas system
leaks, how would I know?
Propane has an odorant added
so that you can smell it if it
escapes if there's a leak in the
system or an appliance malfunc-
tions. Make sure that you and all
members of your household are
familiar with the distinctive odor
of propane gas. For a free
brochure demonstrating this
odor, contact the Bureau of LP
Gas Inspections at 850/921-8001,


Discounts available


on hunting licenses


If you missed out on getting
a five-year hunting license for
Christmas, there is still time to
get one before the special
offer by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) and Sports
Authority ends on Jan. 24.
Buyers of five-year hunting
licenses will receive Sports
Authority store coupons for 25
percent off regularly priced
hunting merchandise, exclud-
ing firearms and ammunition,
or 10 percent off regularly
priced firearms and ammuni-
tion.
The offer is valid through
Jan. 24 and only to the first
1,000 license buyers. The
FWC will mail Sports Authori-
ty coupons to license buyers'
home addresses.
"Five-year licenses are con-


venient for hunters because
they do not have to renew
their licenses every year, and
they also receive a discount
from Sports Authority," said
Mark Trainor, FWC's Hunting
and Game Management Divi-
sion's marketing coordinator.
"In addition, five-year licenses
are valid in Florida even if you
move out of state."
Five-year hunting licenses
cost $56.50, (plus convenience
fees) and may be purchased
on the Internet at
MyFWC.com/license/, by call-
ing toll-free 1-888-HUNT-
FLORIDA (486-8356), at coun-
ty tax collectors' offices or
from license vendors.
Visit MyFWC.com for more
information about hunting,
fishing and wildlife viewing.


Petition seeks fair


orange juice pricing
LAKELAND On Dec. 27 a during the past three years," said
coalition consisting of Florida Andy LaVigne, Florida Citrus
Citrus Mutual and a group of Mutual's executive vice presi-
Florida-based orange juice dent/CEO. "Even after the recent
processors, representing the hurricanes, Brazilian juice has
majority of the domestic grow- been sold in the futures market
ing and processing orange juice at prices almost as low as before
industry, petitioned the U.S. gov- hurricane damage occurred,
ernment for antidumping duties undermining the ability of grow-
to offset the unfair prices offered ers and processors to recover
by Brazilian processors on- both from those devastating losses."
bulk frozen concentrated orange The U.S. International Trade
juice (FCOJ) and not-from-con- Commission (ITC) and the U.S.
centrate (NFC) orange juice. Department of Commerce will
Both FCOJ and NFC have conduct the investigation, which
been dumped in the U.S. during is expected to last nine months. --
the past year by Brazilian Florida Citrus Mutual, found-
importers at prices below both ed in 1948, is the state's largest
their European prices and below citrus grower organization with
their costs of production, with more than 11,000 members. The
dumping margins ranging from Florida citrus industry provides a
37 percent for FCOJ to 78 per- $9.1 billion annual economic
cent for NFC. impact to the state and employs
"These unfair practices have 90,000 people. For more infor-
caused material injury to Florida mation, please visit,
citrus growers and processors www.flcitrusmutual.com.


and ask for the "How's Your Question: I'm afraid I will run
Nose?" pamphlet. out of gas when the weather
Answer: I bought a brand gets cold. What can I do?
new gas range for my home, and Answer: The Bureau of LP
wanted to save some money by Gas Inspections suggests that
having my son install it for me. homeowners who fuel furnaces
Does he need a license? There and appliances with propane
are no laws that prohibit a con- contacted their local dealer
summer from working on his own about having their propane
gas system, however, the Bureau delivery accounts put on "auto-
STRONGLY recommends matic." An automatic or "keep-
against it. LP gas technicians are l ao e
trained professionals for- this "- ..
type of work, and should always adequate supply of gas will be
be contacted when service, available, no matter how cold
installation or repair work is the weather or treacherous the
needed. Also, Florida law road conditions. If you cannot
requires you to notify your gas be put on a "keep-full" account,
company any time work is per- never wait until your tank is
formed on your gas system. This empty to call for gas. As a rule of
is extremely important to your thumb, call your gas company
safety. No one, other than the when your tank gauge reaches
owner of the gas container, can 30%.
move, fill or work on the con- If you have a question email
trainer, according to Florida law. oneilv@doacs.state.fl.us.

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AWARENESS MONTH
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 in,:lud-e 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 call Family Eye Care at 863-675-0761 for more infor-
mation or to set-up an appointment for a dilated eye examina-
tion.


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No detail was overlooked In the mas-
terful design & construction of this one-
of-a-kind 3BR!2.5B/3G riverfront estate
nestled on 10 +/- pristine acres w/ 425'
+/- of river frontage. $3,490,000


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crafted home, with a smart and open
split floor plan. located on 1 +/- mani-
cured acre in LaBelle's only gated sub-
division, features oversized rooms, a
huge screened lanai, & the best ameni-
ties around! $289,900


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48R12B+Den CBS home, nestled on a
private in town lot on a secluded dead
end street, offers cathedral ceilings,
ceramic tile throughout, a wood-
burning brick fireplace, screened
porches front 8 rear, $250,000


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Stunning oButoi2u two story 4,700
+/- sq. ft, home located on 5 +/- private
acres complete wl horse barn, windmill
& private pond. Elegance abounds
Inside w/ formal & casual dining & living
areas; a dramatic staircase; & a sec-
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4BR/2.58/2G on 1 +/- acre. Caged pool 3BR/2B + Den on 1 +/- fenced & gated
& lanal; spacious living areas; new coat acre in Muse offers, ceramic tile & car-
of paint inside & out; & a new alc han- pet flooring, a spacious rear screened
dler& duct work, $275,000 lanai, double carport, & circle drive.
= -$210 ,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...


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
barn could easily be converted to a barn
for horses $676,000
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3BR/2B two story home located on 5
+/- ac. in Pioneer Plantation. Beautifully
landscaped property w/ above ground
pool! Great Place for Horses! $259,900


4BR/2B rustic cabin-style home on 2.2
+/- acres in Muse abounds with poten-
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acre is fenced wl horse stalls. Peace &
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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
neighborhood. $95,000


BACK ON THE MARKET 2BR/1B/1G
on lovely lot w/ oaks in a deed re-
stricted community in Port LaBele.
Great starter or second home I invest-
ment property! $85,000


* 3BR/28 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/ bam, just
south of LaBelle, is already set up for
horses! $189,900
* 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 +l-
acres, just south of LaBelle. $119,000
* DRAMATICALLY REDUCED 3/2
doublewide mobile home, in
immaculate condition, on 1 +/- fenced
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* RIVERFRONT! 1 + cleared acre
located in Hidden Hammock w/ 190' +/-
of riverfront. $475,000
* RIVERFRONTI 1 + wooded acre
located on Ft. Denaud Rd. w/ 110' +/-
of riverfront $475,000
* RIVERFRONTI!1 +/- wooded acre
located in one of LaBelle's best
neighborhoods. $475,000
* RIVERFRONT! 0.83 +/- fenced
acre located in town w/ 130' +/- of
riverfront. $450,000
* 22 +1- fenced, cross-fenced, & gated
acres in LaDeca Acres w/ 2BR/2B
mobile home!! $399,500


* b +/- acres in me Port LaBelle
Ranchettes Pnvate, located @ end of
cul-de-sac. $300,000
* 10 +/- private, tree filled, fenced &
gated acres in Muse $150,000
* 1.25 +/- oak filled acres on CR 78 in
Alva. $135,000
* 2 +/- acre oak-filled homesite in a
private in-town location. Three
buildable sites. $126,900
* 0.88 +/- acre located in Parkwood
Estates SID. $128,000
* 1,18 +/- beautifully wooded acre
located in town in a top notch neighbor-
hood. $95,000
* 5 +- wooded acres located in Ladeca
Acres. $80,000
* 0.40 +/- acre wooded homesite lo-
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 extensive inventory ranging In price
from $15K $30KI


* 24 +/- acres located on the comer of
SR 80 & Joel Blvd. In Alva! $4,000,000
* 19.5 +/- 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 w/ 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 &
homes. $699,900
* .50 +/*- acre located at busy in town
intersection. $600,000
* 5 +1- industrial acres w/ potential
airport access $575,000


Automotive Repair Shop! Located
close to SR 80 & Cowboy Way &
zoned for heavy commercial use, the
building features two offices, restroom
facilities, 4 bays with 3 roll-up doors,
Adjoining property available for
purchase also. $250,000
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700 South Main Sreet
P.O. Box 1680 LaBelle, Florida 33975
863-675-4500 Fax.: 863-675-6575

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Licensed Real Estate Broker
Assolates
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Travel problems top complaints


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has released the list of
top 10 complaints of 2004, and
"Do Not Call List" complaints
dropped to second place for the
first time in years. The Depart-
ment also obtained an increase in
consumer refunds over last year
even thought the number of com-
plaints was down.
In 2004, the number one com-
plaint among industries regulated
by the Department involved travel
and vacation plans. There were
4,312 complaints lodged, an
increase of about 45 percent over
the previous year.
Telemarketing fell to second
place with 3,673 consumer com-
plaints in 2004.
The Department's Division of
Consumer Services was able to
recover $2,784,919 in refunds and
services for consumers this past
year. That is more than a half-mil-
lion-dollar increase over 2003


despite the fact that the total num-
ber of complaints coming into the
division dropped. In 2003, the
Division of Consumer Services
received 31,274 complaints. That
compares with 23,718 in 2004.
The Department's Division of
Consumer Services serves as the
clearinghouse for consumer
complaints in Florida. In addition,
it regulates nearly a dozen indus-
tries. The division can take a num-
ber of actions against businesses
it regulates, including levying
penalties, revoking registrations
or shutting down a business alto-
gether. The division also tries to
mediate complaints for con-
sumers against industries that are
not regulated by the Department.
While the division doesn't have
jurisdiction over non-regulated
industries, the division contacts
businesses on behalf of con-
sumers in an effort to resolve their
disputes.
Price-gouging complaints
ranked third with 3,023 received.


Price-gouging wasn't even in
the top 10 in 2003, the change
brought about by the state of
emergency declared during four
hurricanes Florida suffered in
2004. Rounding out the top 10 list
are: motor vehicle repair with
2,212 complaints; credit/banking
with 1,019 complaints; commu-
nications with 1,010 complaints;
business opportunities/franchises
with 977 complaints; health stu-
dios with 684 complaints; tele-
marketers (not involving the "Do
Not Call List") with 672 com-
plaints, and construction with 631
complaints.
Mr. Bronson urged consumers
to call the Department's Con-
sumer Hotline at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352) to find out the
complaint history of a company
and any other pertinent informa-
tion prior to signing any contracts
or making a purchase. Con-
sumers can also file complaints
online through the Department's
web site at www.800helpfla.com.


Bronson reminds farmers of deadlines


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson is reminding
farmers and other eligible stake-
holders of the approaching
deadline for purchasing crop
coverage under the Non-insured
Crop Disaster Assistance Pro-
gram (NAP).
The NAP, which is adminis-
tered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Farm Service
Agency, provides financial assis-
tance to producers of non-insur-
able crops when low yields, loss
of inventory, or prevented plant-
ing occurs due to natural disas-
ters.
To be eligible for NAP assis-
tance, crops must be non-insur-
able crops and agricultural com-
modities for which the
catastrophic risk protection level
of crop insurance is not avail-
able. Interested parties should
contact a crop insurance agent
regarding whether a crop is
insurable in a specific county.


Contact the local Farm Service
Agency office for information on
whether a crop is eligible for
NAP coverage.
An eligible natural disaster
must occur before or during har-
vest and must directly affect the
eligible crop. The coverage peri-
od for NAP may vary depending
on whether the producer grows
annual, perennial, or value loss
crops. To remain eligible for
NAP assistance, specific crop
acreage information must be


reported annually. When a crop
or planting is affected by a natu-
ral disaster, the local Farm Ser-
vice Agency office must be noti-
fied within 15 calendar days.
For more information about
NAP, visit:
http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/n
ap.htm
To locate the FSA office in a
specific Florida county, visit:
http://oip.usda.gov/scripts/nd
isapi.dll/oip_agency/pgSelect-
ByState.


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Regions: North, South, Central
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Regional placement
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Regions: North, South, Central
Circulation: 2.2 Milli'ion


FWC announces top spots for striper and hybrid bass


Bass anglers don't have to hang
up their fishing rods for the winter
just because Florida's legendary
largemouths pretty much come
down with lockjaw when the
weather gets too cool. Fall and win-
ter months offer the best striped
bass and hybrid bass fishing here in
the state that bills itself as the Fish-
ing Capital of the World.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has some tips for anglers who
would like to go after these mon-
ster fish that scientists call
"morones" (because of their sci-
entific family name, "Moronidae").
"In Florida, morones keep to
freshwater," said FWC fisheries
biologist Rick Long. "Atlantic and
Gulf saltwaters are too warm for
them."
Striped bass stripers for short
- can get enormous. The state
record is a 42.25 pounder, bagged
in the Apalachicola River in 1993.
Anglers catch stripers on heavy
bait-casting or open-faced spinning
tackle with 12- to 25-pound test
line. For big stripers, live shad or
small eels are the best baits. For
smaller stripers, yellow or white
1/8- to 1 /2-ounce jigs are good
baits, and so are plastic twitch baits
and poppers for surface fishing and
also spoons.
Sunshine bass a hybrid prod-
uct of artificially crossing a female
white bass with a male striper, -
also are among the heavyweight
morones in Florida's waters. The
FWC stocks a million of them in
fish management areas and other
public waters every year. So far, the
state record is 16.31 pounds. That
one came out of Lake Seminole in
1985. Sunshine anglers use lighter
gear than striper fishermen and
many of them favor lures that
resemble shad. Other popular baits
include live minnows, live or dead
shrimp and chicken liver, fished on
the bottom.
"White bass are smaller, but

Resolving to
What's the number one New
Year's resolution in the United
States? That's not hard to guess.
Americans want to lose weight.
Since a third of Americans are so
overweight that it is a health haz-
ard, that resolution is under-
standable.
Have you noticed the ads for
diet programs seem to be all
over the place this time of year?
These ads, featuring trimmed
and toned models promise that
you too can lose unwanted
pounds if you just purchase their
product (for three easy pay-
ments plus shipping and han-
dling.)
There is no magic remedy for
weight loss. At best, those who
purchase the weight loss prod-
ucts are out some money. At
worst, they could further dam-
age their health.
Just because a drug is "over
the counter," and does not
require a prescription does not
make it safe for you to take. Do
not take any drug without asking
your doctor about it first. Some
of the "miracle weight loss" pills
are filled with caffeine, which
can make you jittery, cause you
to lose sleep, contribute to dehy-
dration and contribute to a wide
variety of health problems.
Exercise is a wonderful thing.
The "miracle" exercise
machines promise you will lose
inches. But is the type of exercise
the machine requires right for
you? Do not make any changes
in your exercise routine or diet
plan without consulting your
doctor. Strenuous exercise, with-
out the proper warm-up, can put
too much stress on your heart.
Every new year also brings
new "fad" diets. Some of these
are even endorsed by doctors.
The question you need to ask is,
has it been endorsed by your
doctor for your particular needs?
A few years ago, a low-carb, high
fat diet was prescribed for some
obese patients. That didn't make
it safe for everyone else. Those
patients were on the diet under


they are scrappy fighters on light
tackle," Long said. "They'll hit flies,
spinners, small plugs or minnows."
The state record white bass is
4.69 pounds, and it came out of
(where else but?) the Apalachicola
River in 1982. FWC fisheries biolo-
gist said the most productive
morone fishing in Florida in 2005
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Seminole This is the home of all
three state record morones. In the
lake, stripers and sunshine bass
congregate along the old river
channels and near the dam in fall
and winter. They migrate up Geor-
gia's rivers in the spring.
In the river, stripes and sunshine
bass range from the dam to the
coast during fall and winter around
pilings, deep channels and drop-
offs. Larger ones hang around the
dam in the spring. They go after
bucktail jigs and crankbaits. White
bass feed in schools, and they like
live crayfish and freshwater shrimp.
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- This system produces lots of 10-
to 20-pound stripers that take to live
shad, jigs and spoons. White bass,
rebounding from recent drought,
historically approach state record
size. They are all over the place in
the fall and winter and migrate to
the dam in the spring.
St. Johns River The FWC
doesn't stock the river with sun-
shine bass anymore, but it still has a
few. Stripers are a different story
with 8- to 12-pound fish showing
up regularly. Striped bass move
throughout the river in fall and win-
ter. The best spots to catch them
are around jetties, the bombing
ranges in Lake George,the lower
Oklawaha River, Buffalo Bluff,
Shands Bridge, Buckman and
other bridges in Jacksonville. The
big stripers congregate in cool-
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shad and shiners, jigs and shad-imi-
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with stripers every year. The best
fishing is in the upper Blackwater
Bay, near the river mouths in the fall.
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bass. Use live mullet, menhaden or
shrimp for bait. Shad-imitating
lures also work. Choctawhatchee
River The FWC stocks this river
with stripers and sunshine bass.
The main fishery is between SR 20
and Choctawhatchee Bay in Wal-
ton and Washington counties dur-
ing fall and winter. The baits to use
are live finger mullet, shad and
menhaden. During cold weather,
anglers use shad-imitating lures to
bag fish from surface-feeding
schools. During summertime, the
fish seek out cool-water tributaries.
Escambia River The FWC
has begun stocking this river annu-
ally, alternating striped bass and
sunshine bass. Anglers catch both
species in the lower 10 miles of the
river during fall and winter. The fish
migrate up-river in the spring.
Dawn and dusk are prime times for
striper fishing, especially on a
falling tide. In the lower tidal part of
the river, points of land extending
into the river are good fishing spots.
The best baits on this river are live
mullet and menhaden, shad- or
mullet-imitating lures, live shrimp
and twister-tail type jigs.
St. Marys River Striped bass
are the most popular sport fish in
the St. Marys River and connected
waterways. The FWC stocks the St.
Marys with stripers, but it also gets
some migrating fish from the St.
Johns River. Stripers tend to spend
the winter in the lower river and
move north above U.S. 17 in the
spring. On the St. Marys, anglers
bag stripers between 1-95 and the
town of St. Marys near the mouths
of the larger tributaries, along deep
banks and around the 1-95 Bridge


Pilings. On the Nassau River, which
is connected to the St. Marys,
striped bass hang around the con-
fluence with Thomas Creek to
below U.S. 17 around Pearson
Island. In the summer, stripers con-
gregate in tributaries with cool-
water discharge. Trolling along or
casting to steep banks with jigs or
shad-imitating lures is the way to
go on this river. Live shrimp work
too.
Eagle Lake This is a 200-acre
reclaimed phosphate pit in
Hamilton County. It's a fish
management area that the FWC
stocks with 50-100 sunshine bass
per acre annually. The lake's abun-
dance of shad nurtures sunshine
bass to 6 or 7 pounds in two years.
Fall and winter are the best times to
go. Rapidly retrieved crankbaits
fished deep and suspending shad
imitators work well on this lake.
Edward Medard Lake The
FWC stocks 100 sunshine bass per
acre annually in this 700-acre
reclaimed phosphate pit in Hills-
borough County. Most of the fish
anglers catch in this lake are 1 or 2
pounds, but some 2-year-old fish
tip the scales at 6 pounds. Fall and
winter are the times for fishing in
Edward Medard Lake, and the best
techniques are drifting in open
water with live minnows or bot-
tom-fishing with dead shrimp or
chicken liver. Trolling with deep-
diving crankbaits also is effective in
finding sunshine bass schools that
often congregate along drop-offs.
The lake has a nice fishing pier with
good fishing.
Lake Osborne Lake
Osborne (356 acres) and Lake Ida
(159) acres, are the largest water
bodies in the Osborne Chain of
Lakes in Palm Beach County. The
FWC stocks Lake Osborne with 28
sunshine bass.per acre annually.
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dinner table by the time they reach
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Older man needs a ride
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HENDRY COUNTY RECYCLING &
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Applications, job description and
requirements can be obtained from the
Human Resource Department,
located in the Courts Building Annex,
second floor in Labelle, or at the
Hendry County Sub-Office in Clewiston.
Deadline for submission is
01/21/05 at 5:00 pm
Veteran's preference.
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employer. Drug/Smoke free workplace.
Applicants with disabilities needing
assistance in applying call the
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CITY OF CLEWISTON
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Position Available.
BUILDING/PLANNING ASSISTANT
Position requires excellent computer skills
in Word and Excel, routine and varied cleri-
cal work Applicant must possess good in-
terpersonal skills, bilingual is a plus.
Job description and applications are
available at City Hall, Marilyn
McCorvey, Human Resources, 115
W. Ventura Ave. Position is open
till filled. EOE/DFWP

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Social Workers
AIDS Program seeks Case Workers for our
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315



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Umplym
Medical II


ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

We are looking for a highly motivated
self starting career oriented person that
enjoys working with people. great envi-
ronment, great hours, Great pay.
Bi-Lingual is a plus.
No experience necessary.
We will train the right person.
Please call (863)983-5121.






SOCIAL WORKER
Seeking local MSW to be responsible for psychosocial
intervention services for patients of Hospice of Palm
Beach & their families. Will assist, plan, implement,
counsel & provide crisis management. Will also attend
civic and chamber of commerce events. Must have a
Masters in Social Work with one-year exp. as an MSW &
live in Belle Glade or surrounding areas to more closely
relate to the needs of our patients. We offer competitive
salaries & an outstanding benefits package. Apply by
faxing resume to (561)227-5143 or complete an on-line
application at www.hpbc.com. EOE/DFWP


DAILY WORK DAILY PAY
ALL TYPES OF WOMR( AVAILABLE

LABOR <'FINDERS
202 E. Sugarland Hwy. (Across from Clewiston Inn)
(863) 902-9494


Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435




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561/996-4524
.u: (561i,96-9066

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GENEVA ANDREWS
ONLINE CHRISTIAN
BOOKSTORE
Bibles, books, tapes
DVD's, Rentals
Market Place
Gifts Certificates, etc.
www.qenevaandrews.
SpreadTheWord.com
(863)983-4156







SCREEN & PATIO
ENCLOSURES,
Rescreening & repair.
lic.# 2001-19849 &
insured. (561)784-5568
or 561-358-2456.


SkyeOne Internet
Service
PC Repair, Internet
Access and more.
Locally Owned
Office 863-946-2200


Hanging Loveseat
This do-it-yourself hanging
loveseat will make a great
winter project in anticipation
of spring. Made of redwood,
it features straightforward
construction techniques and
full-size traceable patterns.
Simply trace, cut, assemble
and finish.
The completed hanging
loveseat measures 52 in. long
by 23 in. deep by 27 in. tall.
Hanging Loveseat plan
(No. 780)... $8.95
Adirondack Quartet
4 other plans
(No. C64)... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, P.O. Box 2383,
Van Nuys, CA 91409.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
u-bild.com
Money Back Guarantee


NEW SELF STORAGE
46 units 7x15, 8x15, 10x15,
10x30, 12x30, 15x25. Full
electric, secure on Com-
mereio St. 350 ft. from
Clewiston Police Dept.
863-983-6663, 983-2808
after hrs 983-8979




DI'S Country Primitives
Yankee Candles & Gifts
Wedding Planner
& Accessories
106 Bond Street
863-902-0949


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 5.30
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 5-30
Business Equipment 545
CarpetsRugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins.,Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts.,Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595'
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.
Supplies 625
Household Items 630O
Jewelry 635
Lamps.Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous '55
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.'
Equipment 665
Pets. Supplies.
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television. Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys Games 730
VCRe 735
Wanted to Buy 740)




AC MOBILE HOME 3 TON
12cer 3yrs. old pd. $1700
will sacrifice for'$500
(863)763-4933


COOK STOVE, AntiqueM
Wood Burning, exc. cond.,
$450. (863)675-4858


DISHWASHER- GE, used
only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
9077.
FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,
(863)946-2989.

MEAT SAW Hobart stand
up. $995 or best offer
(561)992-4838

REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu',
white, $60, (863)675-
0104.

Showcase Cooer
$300
(561)992-4838

STOVE -Maytag Electric,
white, very seldom used,
$100, (863)612-0974.

STOVE- white, electric,
works fine $25,
(863)675-0104.


LAWR/ENCE

AUTO HOME MOBILE HOME BOATS
LIFE HEALTH
"PRICES 0VcI 'CAJV,4AFFORDj. .
SERVIFCEY 1Ot. C'"jVTRJS.7T"


S ,LARGE OR SMALL
Si\ I We See Them Al.,'
CLEWISTON ANIMAL CLINIC -?
901 W Ventara Ave- Clewiston, FL 33440
^ ^-3-'E at-S.rf- ^ U,


WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, heavy duty, super
capacity +, $225.
(863)357-0363


STOUT METAL BLDG- Roof
vent, dbl/drs, insulated
roof 7'6"wX10'2"hX7'4"h
$1000 863-357-3160.


Dresses for Flower Girl,
white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
(863)634-0339
HAY RACK w/burik feeder.
8' x 6', little rust.
Great deal @ $40.
863-763-0981 Iv. msg.
Prom Dress, size 9/10,
black & white. $75.
Call (863)634-0339

WRANGLER JEANS- Black,
slimfit Women's bareback,
1x34, & Lawmens 5x36,
$10 863-763-0981.



Hewlett Packard- Approx 8
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,
(863)824-0478.


BARREL CHAIR, rose col-
ored, excellent condition,
$50 neg. (863)610-2117

BAR STOOLS (4) counter
height. $25. Call
(863)673-3822.

COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,
(863)357-1078.

DINETTE SET Light wood,
6 chairs, $75. Good cond.
Call (863) 673-3822.

MATTRESS WATERBED-
King size, with individual
tubes,
$50, (863)612-0974.
SEAJull. size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
6,Dibl,2.9233.


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,



HOSPITAL BED- Zippered
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825.



KITCHEN CABINETS-
Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
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AIR HANDLER with heater,
Trane, 220V, 2.5 ton ca-
pacity, $100. Call
(863)675-5929
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PORTABIKE, made in Italy,
foldable, great for travel-
ers, $60. (440)622-5989

PUMP/SPRAYER, 25 galon,
12V, for 4 wheeler, $65.
(440)622-5989

Vendor retiring, remaining
merchandise, 2300 items,
6 cardtables, $10 ea.
$500. (440)622-5989



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-
0627.




SPINNET PLAYER PIANO
w/rolls, exc. cond.
$1500
(863)675-5961




METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 Ig file drawers.
$100. (863)357-1078.


BOXER/CUR
6 weeks old
female $40
(863)801-1621


JACK RUSSELL terrier. Full
Blooded $250
(863)227-0049
day & night


POT BELLIED PIGS- male &
female, ready to go, $30
each. (863)763-4566.



YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.


.CAMCORDER, SHARP VHS,
full size, like new. Cost
$800 selling for $100.
(863)612-9233.



AUDIO ART APM- 440 watt
with built in crossover,
$50, (863)697-3505.


JL AUDIO SPEAKERS- 2,
SW6 10", & a Bandpass
Box $200, (863)697-.
3505.


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products elO
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce B20
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry'Supplies 860
Seeds-Plants
Flowers 865



HORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, 'A
horse bay. $2000
(863)675-2450


HORSE TURNOUT BLAN-
KETS- 2 canvas & cotton,
camo 72" new $60, will
separate, (863)763-0981.


Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales every
Mon. 12pm & every
Tues. 11am. 763-3127


Rentals

I g RENT


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 15
Condos.'
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960


1, 2 & 3 BR HOUSES &
APARTMENTS FOR RENT.
No pets.
Call (863)983-4436.


ROYAL PALM
LAKES APT
Spacious 1 BR Apts for rent.
Applicants must be elder-
ly, disabled, or handi-
capped. Monthly rent of
$250. includes water us-
age. Interested Applicants
call (561)924-8008


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Fisheating Creek: under
new management, address
7555 US Hwy. 27 North
Palmdale. 863-675-5999

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Medical 2101^


Job
Information 221


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Real Estate



Business Places *
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale I1.45
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyll O)



STORE FOR SALE
in running cond.
(863)599-2284


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Toyota Corolla, '92, 4dr,
auto, 30 miles to the gal.,
looks & runs exc. $1000.
772-461-9536


Golf Carts,
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


BEDLINER for Ford Ranger
6' bed 1997 & tool box
incl. $200 or best offer.
Call (863)467-0987.
Custom Air Dam w/driving
lights for 95-99 Chevy
GMC P/U/SUV. New. $75.
(863)467-2255.
Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
6pm
TOW BAR- For Ford Ranger
truck, $30, neg.,
(863)467-5467. Ask for
Bob or Lv msg.
TOW BARS- Reese tow bar,
$30, neg., (863)467-5467
Ask for Bob or Lv msg.


New & Used
Mobile Homes:
Land Home Packages
as little as $1,800 down.
Stanton Homes
863-983-8106
Owner Financing
ON MOBILE HOMES
& LAND
Call 863-228-1405


Recreation



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


BASS BOAT '86:
Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
message.
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classll.html or mailto:
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CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing, camp, $7000
(863)357-2633.



BOAT COVER- Waterproof,
fits up to 22', $75,
(863)824-0455.

TROLLING MOTOR, like
new, 46 lb. thrust, $200.
(863)763-3120


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CLEWISTON COUNTRY ACRES

Modular/Models. From $59,900 & up, 3/4/
5BR, 2/3BA, acre & 1/4 available or use
your land as down payment. Financing
available. 863-673-6417 or 561-753-8355


DOUBLE YOUR
INVESTMENT
IN ONE YEAR
144 Builders lots/30 re-
maining in Moore
Haven next to the riv-
er. Builders/Investors
dream. 10 CBS
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-
construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.
(954)605-6407


Highlands County
Sebring/ Spring Lake
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
from $195,000.

Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
1-800-466-1930.
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobso-n
auction.comrn

*LAND FOR SALE*
7.28 Acres in
Palm Beach County.
Call 239-657-5654
LAND Port LeBelle unit 102
block 52 lot 24 Nice Cor-
ner lot W/lrg. Easements
(863)227-0079



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237


Mobile Homes



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



2 or 3 Bedroom Mobile
Homes For Rent
Stanton Mobile Homes
863-983-8106




Financing Available:
Buy Here, Pay Here.
Stanton Mobile Homes
Marginal Credit O.K.
Call 1-800-330-8106
or 863-983-8106



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1) Easy Life
Special 3/2 DW,
Appliances,
Screen Room &
Shed
$69,900

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'94 CHEVY S-10,
4.3L, A/C, Runs good,
$1500,
(863)357-6825

Chevy Pick Up, '92
4x4, V-8 350 engine, auto
trans., a/c, good condition.
$4,000 or best offer.
863-763-1828
7-5, Mon-Fri.
GMC 1973 PU
for parts. Titled,
good tires $200.
Call 239-357-5984


CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1994,
8 Passenger, V6, Auto.,
A/C, C/D. Good cond.
$3000. 863-467-1530


Public Notices,



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALMA WOOD MACKEY SAXON,
Deceased
File No.: 2204-120-CP
Division: Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Alma Wood Mackey Saxon, de-
ceased, whose date of death was
June 17, 2004, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Hendry County,
Florida, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 25 East Hick-
pochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL
33935. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
required to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER TH E OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice Is January ____ ,
2005.
Attorney for
Personal Representative:,
Douglas L. Rankin.
Attomey for Kenneth Warren
Florida Bar No. 365068
2335 Tamiami Trail N. Ste. 308
Naples, FL 34103
Telephone: (239) 262-0061
KENNETH WARREN
97 W. Corkscrew Boulevard
Clewlston, FL 33440
544767 CGS 1/6,13/05


BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bartow, Florida
December 21, 2004
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time) on
Thursday, January 20, 2004 at the District Office, State of Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, 801 North BroadwayAve., Bartow, Florida 33830
for the following work. Bids received will be opened and publicly read
aloud in the 3rd Floor Planning Multi-Purpose Conference. Sealed bids
may be mailed and must be received prior to bid opening to State of Flori-
da Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Attn: District
Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830. If the bid amount s greater
than $250,000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pro-
qualified as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-
22.
-----NOTE---
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time)
on Wednesday, January 19, 2004. Plan holders list will not be issued af-
ter 5:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2004.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863)
534-7172. FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF
YOUR INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTA-
TION MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 11,
2004 AT 2:00 P.M. FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFI-
CATIONS OR PAY ITEMS, CONTACT THE PROJECT MANAGER LIST-
ED.
CONTRACT NO. E1E68-RO) COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-
JECT NO416504-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal
of the Primary Roads and storm water ponds. (Approx 365 Calendar
Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: SCOTT TEETS (239) 656-7812.
BUDGET AMOUNT $125,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO
CHARGE.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E69-RO) COUNTY GLADES & HENDRY: FINANCIAL
ROJECT NO 414882-1-72-01 & 414883-1-72-01. Work consists of
asphalt pavement repairs and striping. (Approx 365 Calendar Days).
NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863) 674-4027. MAXI-
MUM BUDGETARY CEILING AMOUNT $100,000.00. COST FOR PLANS
AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
. (CONTRACT NO. E1E70-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
411831-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal from road-
sides, storm water ponds, dry ditches and water course banks along Pri-
mary State Roads. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MAN-
AGER: JENENE EVERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT
$250,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E71-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
18332-1-72-01. Work consists of removal and replacement of thermo-
plastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement markers.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JENENE EV-
ERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $149,000.00. COST FOR
PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E72-RO) COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-
JECT NO 418331-1-72-01. Work consists of removal and replacement
of thermoplastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement
markers. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JE-
NENE EVERSOL (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $44,000.00. COST
FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Con-
tracts Administrator, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida
Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida
33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow, Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559.
Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of
Transportation. No refund will be made. The right is reserved to reject any
or all bids.
Cheryl Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
SIMG. CDC 13CC;1,C,CS


BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bartow, Florida
December 21, 2004
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time) on
Thursday, January 20, 2004 at the District Office, State of Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, 801 North BroadwayAve., Bartow, Florida 33830
for the following work. Bids received will be opened and publicly read
aloud in the 3rd Floor Planning Multi-Purpose Conference. Sealed bids
may be mailed and must be received priorto bid opening to State of Flori-
da Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Attn: District
Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830. If the bid amount is greater
than $250,000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pro-
qualified as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-
22.
-----NOTE-----
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time)
on Wednesday, January 19, 2004. Plan holders list will not be issued af-
ter 5:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2004.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863)
534-7172. FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF
YOUR INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTA-
TION MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 11,
2004 AT 2:00 P.M. FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFI-
CATIONS OR PAY ITEMStCONTAOT TH. PROJECT, MANAGER LIST-
ED. ,-' ".:." ... ; .";. .
(CONTRACT NO. E1E68-R)-'COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL' PRO-
ECT NO 416504-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal
of the Primary Roads and storm water ponds. (Apprx 365 Calendar
Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: SCOTT TEETS (239) 656-7812.
BUDGET AMOUNT $125,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO
CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E69-RO) COUNTY GLADES & HENDRY: FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO 414882-1-72-01 & 414883-1-72-01. Work consists of
as halt pavement repairs and stripin. (Approx 365 Calendar Days).
NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863) 674-4027. MAXI-
MUM BUDGETARY CEILING AMOUNT $100,000.00. COST FOR PLANS
AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E70-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
11831-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal from road-
sides, storm water ponds, dry ditches and water course banks along Pri-
mary State Roads. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MAN-
AGER: JENENE EVERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT
$250,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E71-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
18332-1-72-01. Work consists of removal and replacement of thermo-
plastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement markers.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JENENE EV-
ERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $149,000.00. COST FOR
PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E72-RO) COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-
JECT NO 418331-1-72-01. Work consists of removal and replacement
of thermoplastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement
markers. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JE-
NENE EVERSOL (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $44,000.00. COST
FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Con-
tracts Administrator, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, i.
Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, ::-,,
33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow, Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559.
Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of
Transportation. No refund will be made. The right is reserved to reject any
or all bids.
Cheryl Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
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tion. Runs & looks great.
$1000 or best offer. Call
(863)675-3724.
Suzuki Intruder, '98, fully
dressed, exc. cond.,
$6500. (863)467-9766 aft
6 pm
YAMAHA VIRAGO
1997, 535cc, exc cond,
kept inside, $2500,
(863)946-0307.


Automobiles.




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


BUICK REGAL-
'86, runs good,$800,
(239)348-9399.

CAPRIS WAGON- '99, w/
350 Olds v8 (not 307), re-
built auto trans $800 will
separate, (863)467-8856.
DODGE RAM-
'86, 4X4, runs good,
$1500,
(239)348-9399.
FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
hook up (863)697-9704.
FORD TAURUS WAGON
'94,4 Dir., V6, Auto. Runs,
nice. $1000.
772-461-9536
HONDA CRX 1991 2 door
automatic, Runs excellent.
$2500. (863)357-1805.


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LOCATION, LOCATIONDMONTE Just outside of Town! Beautiful 5 Great Starter Home 3/2 on 1
3BD/2BAOVER 3,000 UIVNGSQ. Fr. br/4 ba home on 2.58 ad! Over 4,000 acre in Flaghole. $74.9K
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.q t r.n l,Ae .. UlLIElfli ,jl @ LakePort 3/2 M/H on 34 acres!! & Improvements must see @ $74.9K
79.9K Fenced/cross-fenced. Perfect for any
Sf kind of livestock 2 acre oak tree nurs- Deal Fell Through $96.9k'97 Mobile
5 Acresedecca 59.9k Beautiful ery. Too much equipment to list. Rare home w/ 4/2.5 on 1.25 acres in
Wooded Ivetment Opportun find @ $20K per acre Montura ranch Estates $96.9K
Brick Home 4BD/2BA on .47 CommercialSpace for Lease 1700+/-Reduced4Business Opportunit
of an acre, corner lot, tile sq with highway 27 frontage. Great Resuantar&FFE eat
floor, beautiful kitchen @ 27frone. Restaurant, Bar, & FFE. Great
floor, beautiful kitchen@ loao Cafor inf Location on HWY 27 $209.9K
$194.5K 6 Duplexes in Moore Haven 100%
ANRT ltr Occupancy, CBS construction, Great Flaghole, Over an acre, Beautiful
:tdAL t1 ertL lj.i ,, investment opportunity at only 3/2, fenced Like New @ $99.9K
Mn,:,.i lacre, r.m: -VS.4.9K $375K
N.I l Flar oe 5 ares w" o .9K ,,,, 2.5 Acres in Pioneer @$25k
NewsnFaghoe 5ac wood- 1a
9.5K Pioneer Plantation 2/2 m/h on 2.5 A Must See 3bd/2ba Beautiful
New istin! Flaghole 5 acres wood- acres. Private and secluded. Fully fur- MH on almost 2 acres @ $109.9K
ed on Taft Blvd. on paved road @ wished and ready to move in @73K
S$57.5K MonturaRanch3/2m/honl1.25.3c -a c 3
New Refrig & Dishwasher, 2 c.ut ....f .. ....
16 Brand New Homes to be built detached garage, fenced. $84.9K Don't Miss Out! Northside
on Texas Ave., 3bd/2ba, CBS, 1,673 Pioneer Plantation 4/2 m/h on 10 3bd/2ba w/ billiard Rm,
sq. ft., Special Financing pkges avail- .J, -nT_ iOL "sq liv- Newly remodeled, A Must See
able $129.K These wil go fast. 5% rr,_, r, L .n ..,1-.4 this one @ 139.9K
wanting to Buy or Sell $19KNew Listing! Northside3bd/2ba
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Love the Water? Then you'll love
to own a .25 acre lot on a private
lake for $15K Only a few left.
Attention Hunters & Fishermen:
Looking for a weekly retreat this
is it! 3/1 w/ shed on 1.22 acres @
$71.5K
Moore Haven River Gardens New
Development, 1 block from the
River, Comer w/shed @ $17.9K
New Roof on this 3/1.5 located in
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8 lots in Moore Haven's
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Montura Ranj.stes 1998
3bd/2ba, X'I T6H F.-.o.. on
beautiful .rnl.ld @
$76.5K
MHYC 3bd/2ba, Fully fur-
nished. Attached Workshop
w/Complete AC. Includes club-
house and pool accessibility.
Block away from river Going
@ $143,000.00
Twin Lakes Blvd 3bd/2ba MH,
Great for fixing up, includes
tool shed, don't miss out on
this-unbelievable deal! @ $35K
New Listing! 5bd/2ba hard-
wood floors, new electrical sys-
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New listing!! in Moore Haven -
3bd/1.5ba, with 300ft. of
Caloosaatchee River view, Florida
room, lots of trees Going @ $280K
Am I Dreaming? 3bd/2ba home in
Lake Port located on 1.75 acres with
lake access, a private boat ramp, boat
house with fish cleaning station, and
50x45 workshop that also includes a
Ibd/lba mobile home and a RV hook
up all on the same property All of
this canbe yours @ $417K
Entertain Tonight with this '95 MH,
3bd/2ba, hot tub, tild hut, 6ft chain
linked fenced, lots of trees, secluded,
partially furnished, French doors to
wet bar @Now Only110OK
Back on Market Brand New Mobile
Home in MRE 4bd/2ba on 1.25 acres
@ $99K
M/H River Gardens Lots Going Fast
Only a few left starting @ $16,999.00
-Walking distance to River-CallNow!
Construction has started!" Over 10
models to choose from or will build
to suitL
New listing! Moore HaventMH beauti-
fully located on 1.33 acres w/ in
ground swimming pool, many add
ons, fishing pond, quiet neighborhood
$120K
New isg! MH in MRE @ $73K,
Tile throughout, New A/C, paved
road, fenced, 1.25 acres
Call Me for All Your New
Construction Needs!!


Momtura Lots 1-2.5 acres Starting at
$19.9k
Look No Further We have
waterfront property in Moore
Haven on the Caloosahatchee
River for $155K
BEAUTIFUL 4/2 Mobile
Home on 1.09 Acre, Fenced @
$85.9K
New Construction 3/2
Montura barrel tile. Act now
& pick your flooring & appli-
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R_ a,

$660, monlh
New Listing! 4bd/2ba, newly
renovated, in a great location
going @ $135K
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$145,000 Details 3 w/ mobile home, 3 lots
3BNlStw endMft 9)00 3BR, 2Ba, Ridgdill $67,500 only $106,000
4 New Homes
We Have More Lots Under 4BR, 3BA, wood deck,- 9 Commercial Lots on
Contract Call for Details 10x20 shed $79,900 US 27 with Building
New Listing 3BR, 3BA, 3 BKaIBf 5/D $215,000
CBS $135,000 Under i '900 5 Lots Zoned Multi-Family
Contract LS4D 0 B 5 Lt oe $250,000
3BR, 2BAOULDll70,000 3BR, 2 1/2BA, on lake 8 Lots Zoned Rl-B
3BI 2BAgrick.$18 J00 $89,500 $250,000
Ne ( rR, 3BR, 2BA, New Kitchen 10 Lots Zoned Commercial
2BA, ,.,,, 3,00 ,, $89,900 $250,000
3BRMt000 MONTURA Belle Glade Grocery
eT0O M 1ONTURA Store $130,000
3BR Pe it 3BR, 2BA, 11/4 $80,000 Commercial Building
2 or 3BR, lbwith 1BR/1BA 3BR, 2BA 1995 $75,000 Corner of WC Owens
Guest qHatfforkshop, Montura Lots Now Available & Margaret St. 2,109
carport "*'$19,8,000 21/2aeres $30,000 sq. ft. $129,000
3BR, 2BA Northside 2 1/2 Pioneer Plantation Harlem Bar Great
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OFFERED AT $369,900
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$115,000
* Riverfront w/access, 3BR, 28A
$275,000
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NOTICE OF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
SBids are requested forthe following piece of equipment, which has been
declared surplus by Central County Water Control District.
Air Compressor
This equipment will be sold "as Is, where is" to the highest bidder.
Bids should be placed in a sealed envelope marked "Equipment Bid and
mailed or delivered to the District office at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street,
Clewiston, FL 33440. Bids must be received by 5:00 pm on January 25,
2005. Payment Is due within five days of notice of bid award.
Additional Information and arrangements to Inspect the equipment may
be made in writing to the above address or by calling (863) 983-5797,
Monday through Thursday, 7am to 5pm.
541969 CGS 1/6,13/05


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PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. is soliciting
proposals for Welfare Transition services and activities in Region 24 for
the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. Region 24 is com-
prised of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.
Those interested in submitting a proposal for consideration for the com-
ponent listed above may call the Workforce Development Board at (239)
992-8000 or toll free at 1-866-992-8463 to obtain a copy of the Request
for Proposal (RFP) package. Please note: Public Notices for other servic-
es/programs are being advertised separately and have different dead-
lines. Minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, and faith-
based organizations are encouraged to apply. The procurement timetable
for the Welfare Transition component is as follows:

January 28, 2005, 8:00am Welfare Transition RFPs available
February 18, 2005, 2:00pm 3:30pm Welfare Transition Bidders'
Conference
March 1, 2005, 4:30pm Welfare Transition Letters of Intentto Pro-
pose due
March 15, 2005, 4:30pm Welfare Transition Proposals due
April 13, 2005, 2:00pm 3:30pm Review Panel meets to discuss
and make recommendations for the Welfare Transition component
April 27, 2005, 9:30am 11:30am Program and Planning
Committee Meeting
May 11, 2005, 3:30pm Board Meeting
542754 CGS 1/6/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. is' soliciting
proposals for Dislocated Worker services and activities in Region 24
funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) forthe period of July
1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. Region 24 is comprised of Charlotte,
Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.
Those interested in submitting a proposal for consideration for the com-
ponent listed above may call the Workforce Development Board at (239)
992-8000 or toll free at 1-866-992-8463 to obtain a copy of the Request
for Proposal (RFP) package. Please note: Public Notices for other servic-
es/programs are being advertised separately and have different dead-
lines. Minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, and faith-
based organizations are encouraged to apply. The procurement timetable
is as follows:
January 24, 2005, 8:00am Dislocated Worker RFPs available
February 18, 2005, 12:30pm 2:00pm Dislocated Workers
Bidders Conference
February 24, 2005, 4:30pm Dislocated Worker Letters of Intent
to Propose due
March 10, 2005, 4:30pm Dislocated Worker Proposals due
April 13, 2005, 12:30pm 2:00pm Review Panel meets to
discuss and make recommendations for the Dislocated Worker
component
April 27, 2005, 9:30am 11:30am Program and Planning
Committee Meeting
May 11, 2005, 3:30pm Board Meeting
542743 CGS 1/6/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Hendry County Public Library Cooperative Govern-
ing Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, January
13, 2005 in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115
West Ventura Avenue. The purpose of this public meet-
ing is to: 1) Review and consider the Hendry County
Public Library System Annual Plan of Service for 2005
and, 2) Review and consider the Hendry County Public
Library Cooperative Annual Budget for 2005.
All citizens and interested parties are encouraged to at-
tend this public meeting. Any person requiring a special
accommodation to participate in the meeting because of
a disability or physical impairment, including speech or
hearing impairments, should contact the Hendry County
Library Cooperative Coordinator at (863) 983-1493 at
least five calendar days prior to the scheduled meet-
ing.

Christopher Kue'chmann
Cooperative Coordinator
545027 CGS 1/6/05


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL
COUNTY WATER CONTROL
DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that the
Board of Supervisors for the Cen-
trm Ciounty Water Control District,
,ii rii.] i public hearing on
al, ,.1) l January 28, 2005 at
7:00 p.m., for the purpose of hear-
Ing public comment on proposed
legislation with the following title:
An act relating to the Central
County Water Control District,
Hendry County, Florida; providing
for adoption of The Florida Election
Code to the extent applicable; pro-
viding an effective date.
All interested persons are invited to
attend and be heard with respect to
the proposed legislation. Interested
persons may appear on their won
half or by agent or attorney. If
anyone decides to appeal a deci-
sion made by the Board with re-
spect to any matters considered at
the meeting or hearing, a record of
the proceeding will be needed for
the appeal and for such purposes
may need to insure that'a verbatim
record or the proceeding Is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: IF YOU
REQUIRE SPECIAL AID OR SER-
VICES AS ADDRESSED IN THE
AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT.
PLEASE CONTACT THE DISTRICT
CLERK'S OFFICE AT (863)
9835797, NO LESS THAN FIVE (5)
DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE
STATED HEARING DATE.
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER
CONTROL DISTRICT
544964 CGS 1/06/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice Is hereby given that Fer-
guson Towing wil sell at public
Auction, free from all rior liens,
the following vehicles that remain
unclaimed in storage with charges
unpaid, pursuant to Florida statutes
713.78, to the highest bidder at
12065 Lake Shore, Canal Point, FL
33438 on January 17, 2005 at
9:00 a.m.
1986 Chevrolet BLK. 2-Door
Vin #1G1YY0788G5122165
544052 CGS 1/06,13/05


REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) CP050141
LOXAHATCHEE SLOUGH RESTORATION, G-161 STRUCTURE,
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids
through the Procurement Office, 2nd Floor, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, for Loxahatchee Slough Resto-
ration, Palm Beach County, FL on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at
2:30 p.m. local time, at which timely submitted bids will a opened and
publicly read. This project Involves the construction & Installation of two
60' culverts under Northlake Boulevard In Northeast Palm Beach County,
using the lack & bore method. The culvert outflow will meander through a
channel (which will also be a component of this contract), connecting to
culverts on Beeline Highway & the 0-18 canal. An OPTIONAL pre-bid
conference will be held on Monday, January 10,2005 at 11:00 a.m. on-
site at the intersection of Northlake Boulevard & Beeline Highway. For di-
rections call (561) 682-2813. A site visit will Immediately follow.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders
(RFB). Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB
by downloading it for free from our webslte www.sfwmd.gov, by pur-
chasing a set for $80.00 at the above address, by calling (561) 682-
6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The pub-
lic is invited to attend the bid opening. Information on the status of this
solicitation can be obtained at our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
544660 ON/CGS 1/6/05



NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that the City of Belle Glade, Florida, General Elec-
tion will be held on March 8, 2005, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and
7:00 p.m. forthe purpose of electing two commissioners, each for term
of three (3) years. There will be one commissioner elected representing
Seat "A", and one commissioner elected representing Seat "B". Candi-
dates must be a qualified elector of the City of Belle Glade.
The first day for filing as a candidate for commissioner will be January
25, 2005, beginning at noon, and the final day for filing will be February
8, 2005, at noon. Candidates must file in person with the City Clerk at
City Hall, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., West, Belle Glade, Florida,
during regular office hours uritil said date and time. Each candidate shall
be voted upon by the electorate at large.
Registered voters in Precincts 6016, 6018, 6020, 6026, 6028 and 6030
are qualified to vote in this election. To qualify as a registered voter for
this General Eleocon, you must register with the Palm Beach County Su-
pervisor of Elections by February 7, 2005.
In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the
particular office that such candidate seeks in this particular election, a
Run-Off Election shall be held on March 22, 2005, between the two can-
didates who receive the largest number of votes for that particular
seat.
CITY OF BELLE GLADE
DEBRA R. BUFF, CMC
CITY CLERK/SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
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I Pubic Noice


HENRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE


SUBMITTED BY: R. Scott.Cooper


DATE: 01/25/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION
BANK ONE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE IF CENTEX HOME
EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2000-8 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF JUNE 1, 2000,.
Plaintiff,
v. CASE NO. 04-CA-82
JOSEPH M. CARRAN; DICK WASIL; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANTSS; GLADES REALTY, INC.; WHETHER DISSOLVE OR
PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANTS) AND
ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST
DEFENDANTS(S)JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT; JANE DOE, UN-
KNOWN TENANT,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuantto a Final Summary Judgment
of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court
of Glades County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Glades County,
Florida, described as:
LOT 27, A REPLAT OF A PORTION OF BUCKHEAD RIDGE PARK, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
3, PAGE 29, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GLADES COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
A/K/A 27 ELM STREET, BUCKHEAD RIDGE, BUCKHEAD, FLORIDA
34974.
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at the south
entrance of the courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, R 33471,
at 11:00 a.m. on the 20 day of January 2005. Dated this 27 day of De-
cember, 2004.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
By: Jennifer Bevis
Deputy Clerk
THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY:
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa, F 33619-1328
"In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to participate In this proceeding
should contact the Indlvidual or agency sending the notice not later
than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given on the
notice.n If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-95-8771 or 1-800-9055-
8770 (voice), via Florida Relay Service"
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PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that the City of Clewiston Planning and Zoning
Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, in the City
Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue. The purpose of
the meeting is to review and consider the following items:
A Variance request from Howard Cook to relax the 10' setback require-
ments of R-3 property to construct an addition to his home. The home is
located at 823 East Concordia, Clewiston.
The City commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING to consider the rec-
ommendation s of the Planning & Zoning Board and take final action on
this request on January 24, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
All citizens and interested parties are encouraged to attend the P&Z
Board meeting and the City Commission public hearing. Any inquiries re-
garding the hearing or any person requiring a special accommodation be-
cause of a disability or physical impairment, including speech or hearing
impairments, should contact the Building Official's office at least three
days prior to the hearing.
CITY OF CLEWISTON
Mike Rearic
Building Official
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Internet travel sites could allow repeat bidding


GAINESVILLE, Fla. In an
auction, if a bid for an item falls
short, a would-be customer can
try again by raising the bid.
Rapidly growing Priceline
and other name-your-own-price
Internet retailers typically don't
work that way. Instead, they
restrict customers to a single
bid, hoping they'll wager more
than the worth of a motel room,
rental car or -airline ticket, thus
boosting profits.
A University of Florida busi-
ness researcher says that may be
a 'flawed business model,
because savvy users figure out
numerous ways to "game the
system" and make repeat bids
anyway. As a result of these "sur-
reptitious" bidders, Scott Fay, an
assistant professor of marketing
at UF's Warrington College of
Business, argues it may be equal-
ly or more profitable for Priceline
to raise its minimum bid prices
and allow customers to bid as
many times as they want.
"What hurts Priceline is


when only sophisticated users
rebid,". Mr. Fay said. -"They
would be just as well off letting
everyone rebid, but they need to
make it a public policy."
Priceline is by far the largest
and best known of several
name-your-own-price Internet
retailers that includes eBay Trav-
el, part of eBay. Founded in
1998, Priceline earned nearly $3
billion in total revenue by 2002,
according to company press
releases. Known for its quirky
television ads featuring William
Shatner, Priceline continues to
grow, especially among cus-
tomers seeking hotel rooms and
airline tickets. Last quarter,
Priceline's travel bookings rose
44 percent to $432 million,
according to company statistics.
The company makes money in
part by tharging a set fee for
each airline ticket or other item
purchased.
Customers using Priceline to
find a hotel designate their
desired dates, city, neighborhood


and quality rating, then submit a
bid. If the bid is rejected, they
must change their itinerary by,
for example, bidding on hotels
with a different quality rating.
The procedure is similar for air-
line tickets, with customers hav-
ing the option to rebid only by
changing their itinerary.
The goal of the system is to
encourage at least some cus-
tomers to wager more than the
minimum price Priceline will
accept, Mr. Fay said, but sophisti-
cated users routinely avoid that
constraint through surreptitious
repeat bidding.
For hotel rooms, Mr. Fay said
a common subterfuge is to
make a low bid for a room in,
say, a five- star hotel near Disney
World in Orlando. If that bid is
rejected, the customer tries
again by selecting a higher bid
-- while allowing for the five-
star hotel to be either near Dis-
ney or in an Orlando neighbor-
hood where he or she knows no
five-star hotel exists. The new


bid looks to Priceline's system
like a change in itinerary but is,
in effect, a back-door repeat bid
on the same Disney World
neighborhood five-star hdtels.
The .procedure is similar for air-
lines, with savvy users selecting
flights to airports neighboring
their targeted airports to bid
repeatedly on what appear to be
different but are in reality iden-
tical itineraries. The techniques
are well known among many
Priceline users, with at least one
site, Biddingfortravel.com, outlin-
ing different strategies in detail
and helping customers make the
lowest possible bids by publishing
other customers' successful bids.
Mr. Fay said the activity -
while not a violation of Price-
line's user agreement hurts
the company's profits because it
in effect creates a 'two-tiered
pricing system.
"There's an optimal price for
a hotel room or airline ticket that
would maximize Priceline's prof-
it if everybody rebid, and there's


an optimal price to maximize
profit if everyone only places one
bid," Fay said. "But the problem
is that some people are rebidding
and some are not, and the same
price can't maximize profit for
both segments of customers."
His mathematical models, he
said, show that Priceline would
make just as much money if it
increased its bottom-line price
and allowed all users to bid
repeatedly a practice that
might also be more fair to Price-
line's customers since they
would all have an equal chance
of paying the same price for a
given hotel room or itinerary.
"Under the current system,
they set the price threshold for a
hotel room at, for example, at $60,
don't tell you what it is, and hope
that some people bid higher," he
said. "But if they let everyone
rebid, they'd probably set the
price threshold at $80 and by
upping the price, it turns out they
would get back all the money they
w..ould have earned" from over-


bidders in the current system.
A Priceline spokesman declined
to comment on the findings.
Mr. Fay said that one potential
caveat is that repeat bidding
would quickly highlight the min-
imum' prices that Priceline's
hotel and airline vendors are
willing to accept. If that price
became well known, and cus-
tomers began rejecting other,
more-traditional purchasing
venues such as phone purchas-
es, that could hurt vendors, he
said. But Biddingfortravel.com
already publishes what appear
to be the minimum prices many
hotels and airlines accept, and
the total number of airline tick-
ets and hotel rooms purchased
via name-your-own-price chan-
nels remains relatively small, Mr.
Fay said.
"Priceline would have to con-
vince their partners that it
wouldn't really hurt them. Even
though that might be true, it
might be hard to convince
them," he said.


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SUBJECT AREA: The proposed rula updates and conforms statutory cita-
tions in current Rules to correspond to the statutory citations in the floida
K-20 Education Code.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF RULE: The proposed rule updates and con-
forms statutory citations in current Rules to correspond to the statutory
citations in the floida K-20 Education Code.
CITATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY: 120.5536, 120.54, 120.81,
1001.41(2), 1001.43.s.
SPECIFIC LAW IMPLEMENTED: 120.74, F.S
FULL TEXT: A copy of the Rule and Schedule 1 is available at no charge
at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule establishes the policy for sick
leave for administrative and educational support employees.
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed rule will create no
additional district economic impact in excess of $100.00 except for the
costs of printing and distributions.
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board
"Meeting Room, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL at :30 p.m. or as
soon thereafter as the matter may be heard on January 25, 2005.
Notice: Any person who wishes to provide the School Board with infor-
mation regarding the statement of estimated regulatory costs, or to pro-
vide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writ-
ing within 21 days after publication of this notice.
Notice: if requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by the Agen-
cy Head, a Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to
be advertised in the future.
Notice: The procedure for obtaining a public hearing on this proposed
rule is to request, in writing, a hearing. he request shall'be submitted to
the Superintendent of Schools, in writing, within 21 days after publication
of this notice. The request shall specify how the person requesting the
public hearing would be affected by the proposed rule. The School
Board, upon appropriate request, shall give affected persons an opportu-
nity to present evidence and argument on the issues under considera-
tion.
Notice: Inspection and copying of all written materials constituting public
records submitted to the agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by
request, in writing, to the Superintendent of Schools.
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be ju-
dicially noticed and to incorporate them into the record of the rule making
proceeding. The School Board may incorporate material by reference into
the proposed rule.
Notice: If you need an accommodation in order to participate in this pro-
cess, please notify Thomas W. Conner, the Superintendent of Schools at
S(863) 674-4642 or at the Hendry County Courthouse, LaBelle, Florida
3395 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or workshop.
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