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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 27, 2005
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
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Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
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Moore Haven, Fla. Thursday, January 27, 2005 Volume 78, Number 33


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At A Glance

Annual fish fry
St. Joseph the Worker
'Church will have their annual
'Fish Fry Dinners every Friday
from 5-7 p.m., starting January
'28 through March 4. St.
Joseph's is on Highway 27 in
Moore Haven.
Cane Grinding
Festival
Enjoy Blue Grass music and
clogging throughout the day at
*the annual Ortona Cane Grind-
ing Festival, coming up Satur-
day, Feb. 5 at the Ortona Indian
Mounds Park in Ortona. Gates
open at 10 a.m. Serving Begins
at 11 a.m. and the festival ends
at 3 p.m. Advance Tickets can
be purchased at Ortona Kuntry
Kubbard, Jennings Hardware,
SWhisper Creek RV Park, Glades
County Chamber of Com-
merce and LaBelle Chamber of
Commerce. Children's meal
tickets are $4, adults $7 or $.8 at
the gate. The luncheon
includes a barbecue pork steak
or chicken dinner with baked
potato, cole slaw, roll and tea or
coffee. All proceeds benefit the
Ortona Volunteer Fire Depart-
tnent.
R.L. Lewis at library
Noted artistR.L. Lewis of the
original Highwaymen Painters
will be at the Glades County
Public Library Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-
3 p.m. in the meeting room.
Bring your calendar or you may
purchase one, and have it auto-'
graphed. Starting at 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Lewis will be doing a paint-
ing demo. He will have his
paintings on sale all during the
Sday. There will be an art display
of about 30 other Highwaymen
,paintings in the library all day
Saturday. Make plans to drop in
for a visit or plan on staying all
day. ,
Professional
biker rodeo
L-Cross X-treme Events and
the Iron Eagle Bar present
South Florida's first Profession-
al Biker Rodeo and Swap Meet,
Friday, March 18 through Sun-
day, March 20. Gates open at 3
p.m., Friday until dark on Sun-
day. Gate fee is $25 per person.
Rodeo events are to be
announced. Entry fee is $5. Live
entertainment Friday night to
be announced.
David Allen Coe will per-
form live on the L-Cross Stage,
Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. No
coolers allowed in rodeo area.
No glass containers, no
firearms and no pets. No three-
wheelers and no attitudes.
Vendors are welcome. The
weekend fee is $125. For more
information call Betty at (863)
467-1360 or Mark Pearce at
(863) 634-1102 or visit the Web
site at www.l-cross.com. A
state-approved, licensed facility.
Youth Livestock
reminder
All Glades County Youth
Livestock members are
reminded to turn in their pho-
tos for the historic presentation
to take place at the annual din-

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Index
Classified .... .16-19
Opinion . . .4
School . . . .9
Sports . . .11
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County wants money owed


By Tracy Whirls


The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners hosted
a special meeting Jan. 20 with
Lisa Hurley, deputy secretary for
the state's department of man-
agement services in an attempt
to resolve the ongoing question
of whether or not the county
will receive payment in lieu of
taxes on the Moore Haven Cor-
rectional Facility.
Ms. Hurley told the commis-


sioners she had inherited the sit-
uation after the Florida Legisla-
ture voted last year to do away
with the privatization commis-
sion, which had formerly over-
seen five private prison facili-
ties, including the Moore Haven
facility owned by GEO Group.
Ms. Hurley said in reviewing
legal fees paid by her depart-
ment, she had discovered that
the department was paying sub-
stantial legal fees regarding
ongoing litigation in each coun-


ty or community, which hosts
one of the private prisons.
Ms. Hurley said with the law-
suits, the issue is whether or not
the facilities should be carried
on the tax rolls as taxable prop-
erties. Her office's position is
that as state-owned property,
the facilities are immune from
taxation.
"Since 1998-1999, the L.egis-
lature has appropriated pay-
ment in lieu of tax payments to
the county and we're still receiv-


ing assessments," Ms. Hurley
said. "My intent is not to get the
Legislature to stop appropriat-
ing the money. I hope to stop
receiving the tax assessments."
Ms. Hurley said she had writ-
ten former Glades County Tax
collector Jo Ann Greer-Purvis in
December, 'after receiving the
PILOT appropriation, to clarify
the property's status.
"I'm not going to allow that
to be paid until the property is
taken off the tax rolls," Ms. Hur-


ley said. "As I see it, that's dou-
ble dipping."
Commissioner Bob Giesler
said it's not the county's inten-
tion to double dip.
"We just want to nail it down
to make sure we get the money
every year," Mr. Giesler said,
adding that the county has
never been paid twice for the
facility. "Every year we have to
go to Tallahassee to get the
See Tax -Page 12


School to get



road repairs


Glades County interim Road
Superintendent David Whid-
don brought traffic safety, engi-
neering and construction
issues concerning needed road
improvements at the new
Muse Elementary School to the
attention of the board of coun-
ty commissioners during their
regular meeting Monday night.
The county is expected to
construct a turn lane off CR 720
for buses entering the new
school and advance warning
flashing signal lights must be
installed in the approach
zones.
Mike Stewart, of Aim Engiz
neering, told the commission-
ers that the cross drain at Polly-
wog and CR 720 also needs to
be addressed, but because the
robs were small and would
involve working with utility
companies, the expected cost


would be higher than normal.
He estimated the signage and
the drainage projects would
cost $10,000 each and the costs
for design and construction
engineering would be as high
as $25,000, but would include
a traffic study to prepare the
county for the next phase of
installing a turning lane.
Commissioner Alvin Ward
asked why the engineering
costs should exceed the con-
struction costs. Mr. Stewart
said he could leave off the traf-
fic study and plans for the next
phase to cut the costs. Com-
missioner Russell Echols asked
Mr. Whiddon if the county road
department could handle the
cross drain project.
Mr. Whiddon said he did
not have the workforce or
See School-Page 12


Commission



backs land buy


The Glades County Board
of County Commissioners, at
their regular meeting Jan. 24,
approved a letter of support
for the proposed state pur-
chase of the Babcock Ranch.
The decision came after a
lengthy discussion by the
commission, during which
Commission Vice Chairman
Alvin Ward expressed a lack
of knowledge about the pur-
pose, need for, and ramifica-
tions of the purchase. Com-
missioner Russell Echols
lamented the amount of tax
money used to purchase land
rather than directly help peo-
ple.
Liz Donnelly, representa-
tive of the Babcock Ranch
preservation group, explained
that Lee and Charlotte County


have 2.3-million undeveloped
sites already platted and
zoned for future growth and
the need for the environmen-
tal and ecological preserva-
tion of the 91,000-plus acres
had been recognized and
endorsed by Lee, Collier, and
Sarasota counties, South West
Florida Regional Planning
Council, with funds pledged
by Lee and Charlotte County
groups to supplement the
shortfall between the State's
offer and the independent
appraisal value of the proper-
ty for purchase from the Bab-
cock family.
Ms. Donnelly also
explained that the state fund-
ing came from documentary
See Purchase Page 12


By Tracy Whirls
MOORE HAVEN Detec-
tives with the Glades County
Sheriff's Office, assisted by
canine officers from the Glades
County Sheriff's Office, Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office,
Seminole Police Department and
Clewiston Police Department
conducted a scheduled sweep of
Moore Haven Junior Senior High
School Jan. 21, searching for ille-
gal drugs, and other contraband
on campus.
Planned by MHJSHS School
resource officer, GCSO Deputy
Donnie Watts coordinated
between the sheriff's office and
school staff, Sheriff Stuart Whid-
don, the six canine officers,
detectives from the GCSO, and a
representative from the State's
Attorney's Office, arrived at the
school, unannounced at 8:20
a.rm while students were in their
homeroom classes. The school
was put under lockdown, with
no one allowed to leave the


Sian pnolo. Iracy vvnrins
Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon and Moore Haven
Junior Senior High School Assistant Principal Ben Ran-
dolph watch as canine officers check students for drugs
while a second officer conducts a search of their class-
room.


classroom without calling the
office to receive an escort.
Accompanied by Sheriff
Whiddon and Assistant Principal
Ben Randolph, Detective Ray Van
Houten and others had students
and their teachers leave their


classrooms, line up against the
corridor wall and then stand,
arms length apart, at approxi-
mately a foot from the wall while
one of the canine officers' and

See Drugs Page 12


Stitt named as top teacher


By Tracy Whirls


Moore Haven High School
English/Literature teacher,
Kimberly Stitt was named
Moore Haven Junior Senior
High School (MHHS) 'Teacher
of the Year,' Jan. 18.
"I love working and spend-
ing time with the students,"
said Mrs. Stitt, who teaches
9,11, and 12th grade English.
"They teach me so much and
keep me on my toes."
Mrs. Stitt was also recog-
nized recently for completing
the requirements to be a
National Board Certified
teacher in Early Adolescent
English/Language Arts.
National Board Certification
is the highest credential in the
teaching profession. A volun-
tary process established by the


National Board for Profession-
al Teaching Standards
(NBPTS), certification is
achieved through a rigorous
performance-based assess-
ment that takes between one
and three years to complete
and measures what accom-
plished teachers should know
and be able to do.
The National Board for Pro-
fessional Teaching Standards is
an independent, nonprofit,
nonpartisan and nongovern-
mental organization governed
by a board of directors, the
majority of whom are class-
room teachers. Its mission is to
establish high and rigorous
standards for what accom-
plished teachers should know
and be able to do. For more
information about NBPTS, visit
www.nbpts.org.


A graduate of the University
of Pittsburgh College of Arts
and Sciences and University of
Pittsburgh Graduate School of
Education, Mrs. Stitt is a native
of Pittsburgh who moved to
Glades County nine years ago.
"There is never a shortage
of teachers in Pennsylvania, so
I moved to gain experience
and decided this area was
great for raising a family in a
small town environment," Mrs.
Stitt said, adding that while
she'd like to see Hendry and
Glades Counties grow, she
hopes they won't lose their
charm and character.
"We love the small town
feeling and the weather," she
said.
She, husband Aaron, and
See Teacher Page 12


Moore Haven High School English/Literature teacher, Kim-
berly Stitt has completed the requirements to be a National
Board Certified teacher. Mrs. Stitt is shown above with Moore
Haven High School principal Jean Prowant, who announced
Jan. 18 that Mrs. Stitt has been named MHHS Teacher of the
Year' for 2005.


On the hunt: Canines sweep for drugs


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Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Glades County Sheriff's Office Detective Terrence Deese displays a "crack" pipe and
two cigarette lighters recovered from the lawn between two school buildings at Moore
Haven Junior Senior High School Friday during a scheduled drug sweep of the school.

GCSO conducts drug sweep at MHHS









Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee Thursday, January 27, 2005


In the military


Bryan L. Givens
completes training
Navy Seaman Recruit Bryan
L. Givens, son of Melinda L. and
Darryl L. Givens of Clewiston,
recently completed U.S. Navy
basic training at Recruit Training
Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Dur-
ing the eight-week program,


Givens completed a variety of
training, which included class-
room study and practical instruc-
tion on naval customs, first aid,
firefighting, water safety and sur-
vival, and shipboard and aircraft
safety. An emphasis was also
placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot
camp is "Battle Stations". This


Birth


Alyssa Grace Jones
Adam Jones and Shley Ward of
Clewiston are proud to announce
the birth of there daughter Alyssa
Grace Jones. She was born Nov.
3, 2004 at Palms West hospital in
Loxahatchee. She weighed seven
pounds, 11 ounces and was 18
1/2 inches long at birth. Maternal
grandparents are Dan and Teresa
Ward of Clewiston. Paternal
grandparents are Holly Janes and
Martin Carter of Clewiston. Great-
grandparents are Glenn and Joyce
Gilbert of Royal Palm, Bert Ward
of Alabama, deceased great-


Courtesy photo
Alyssa Grace Jones
grandmother Linda Ward Chap-
man, Brenda McGhee and Jue
Bennifield, of Clewiston, Flo
James of Belle Glade.


New graduate


East Tennessee State Universi-
ty conferred 1,064 degrees in
December's fall commencement
ceremonies, including one associ-
ate's, 747 bachelor's, 283 mas-
ter's; seven Ed.S., one M.D., 20
Ed.D., four Ph.D. degrees, and the
first doctor of science in nursing


(D.S. N.) degree. This class, which
includes August and December
graduates, is the second-largest
graduating class in ETSU history.
Among the graduates was Jessica
D. Irey, of Clewiston, with a BS
political science.


exercise gives recruits the skills
and confidence they need to suc-
ceed in the fleet. "Battle Sta-
tions". is designed to galvanize
the basic warrior attributes of
sacrifice, dedication, teamwork
and endurance in each recruit
through the practical application
of basic Navy skills and the core
values of honor, courage and
commitment. Its distinctly
"Navy" flavor was designed to
take into account what it means


to be a sailor.
Givens is a 2004 graduate of
Clewiston High School.
Petergay A. Drummond
completes training
Navy Seaman Petergay A.
Drummond, daughter of Lue M.
Drummond of Belle Glade,
recently completed U.S. Navy
basic training and was meritori-
ously promoted to her current
rank at Recruit Training Com-


Engagement

Colvin-Lara
Janet and Ronald Bair of .
Clewiston are proud to announce
the engagement of their daughter t
Tiffany Lyn Colvin to Baltazar
Nicolas Lara of Clewiston. The
prospective groom is the son of
Elizabeth and Nicolas Lara of
Clewiston. The wedding is
planned for early 2006. at d
The bride-to-be attended
Clewiston High School, she is
employed as a bus aide with
Hendry County Schools.
The groom attended Clewis-
ton High School, he is employed Courtesy photo
as laborer, with Stanton.
After the wedding the couple Baltazar Nicolas Lara and
will reside in Clewiston. Tiffany Lyn Colvin

Wedding


Council is seeking


fishery applicants


The South Atlantic Fishery
Management Council is seeking
experienced and knowledgeable
members of the public to serve
on its fishery management advi-
sory panels. Advisory panel
members play a key role in the
fishery management process by
providing grass roots informa-
tion and guidance in the develop-
ment and implementation of fed-
eral fishery management plans.
The advisory panels are com-
posed of individuals who are
engaged in the harvest of, or are
knowledgeable and interested in
the conservation and manage-
ment of the fishery or groups of
fish to be managed. Members
include recreational and com-
mercial fishermen, seafood deal-
ers and processors, conserva-
tionists, scientists, and
concerned citizens.
As the council moves forward
with the development of its
Ecosystem-Based Management
Plan for fisheries, it is soliciting
participation by non-government
organizations (NGOs) on
species-specific advisory panels
where representatives are not
currently serving. Other seats are
also open.
Advisory panel members are
appointed by the council and
serve for a three-year period,
based on the frequency of meet-
ings. As those appointments
expire, members currently serv-


ing on the AP can reapply for
their positions. These seats also
become open to new applicants.
AP members generally meet no
more than once or twice each
year and are compensated for
travel and per diem expenses for
all meetings. Applications are
being accepted for the following
openings until Feb. 9:
NGO Seats are needed for the
Calico Scallop, Coral, Golden
Crab, King and Spanish Macker-
el, Rock Shrimp, Shrimp, and
Spiny Lobster Advisory Panels.
Other Open Seats:
Kinrc & Spanish Mackerel
Ad isory Panel: One North Car-
olina commercial seat.
Shrimp Advisory Panel: One
South Carolina commercial seat;
and two Florida
commercial/processor seats.
Snapper Grouper Advisory
Panel: One commercial seat.
Persons interested in serving
as a member on the council's
advisory panels should submit
an application to the council
office. Applications can be
obtained by contacting the coun-
cil office at (843) 571-4366 (toll
free, 866/SAFMC-10). New mem-
bers will be selected during the
next meeting of the South
Atlantic Fishery Management
Council, scheduled for Feb. 28 -
March 4, in Savannah, Georgia.
Applications must be received by
Feb. 9.


ouurtesy proto
Melissa Nicole Maxwell and Jason Michael Cunningham


Maxwell-Cunningham
Melissa Nicole Maxwell and
Jason Michael Cunningham were
married July 24, 2004 at Walnut
Creek Baptist Church in Danville,
Georgia.
The bride is the daughter of
Dawson and Olene Maxwell of
Danville, Ga.
The groom is the son of Mike
and Jill Cunningham of Hahira,
Ga., formerly of Belle Glade.
The Rev. Paul Thompson offi-
ciated the ceremony.
The maid of honor was the
bride's cousin, Elizabeth Carr of
Macon, Ga.
The matrons of honor were
the bride's sisters, Kristie Martin
and Dawn Chapman. The brides-
maids were cousins of the bride,
Laura Grantham and Jacey Evens
all of Dublin, Ga.
The junior bridesmaid was the
bride's niece, Madison Martin.
The flower girl was the bride's
niece, Jessica Martin.
The honorary bridesmaids
were, Ashley Bielling of Jack-
sonville, sister of the groom,
Martha Cunningham, of Valdosta,


Ga.,-sister-in-law of the groom,
Cheryl Gunter and Missy Mauk of
Atlanta, Ga., friends of the bride.
The best man was the groom's
brother, Chris Cunningham of Val-
dosta, Ga.
The groomsmen were Jason
Blair of Valdosta, Ga. Scott Smith
of Atlanta, Ga. and Matthew Snow
of Tampa, all friends of the groom
and the groom's cousin Bryan
Royal of Belle Glade.
The junior groomsman was
the nephew of the groom, Bran-
don Cunningham, the ring bearer
was the grooms nephew, Bailey
Cunningham. The ushers were
Zeb Bielling of Jacksonville,
brother-in-law of the groom,
Chad Cunningham, of Chat-
tanooga, Tenn. Kevin Royal, of,
Belle Glade, both cousins of the
groom and friend of the broom,
Billy Rimes, of Belle Glade;
The ceremony featured solos
by Martha Cunningham, sister-in-
law of the groom. Following the
ceremony, a reception was held
in the church's social hall.
The couple honeymooned in
Jamaica and are now living in
Warner Robins, Ga.


Obituaries


Danny Lee Powell
Danny Lee Powell, 57, of
Clewiston, died, Tuesday, Jan. 18,
2005 in Clewiston. Mr. Powell was
born in Lake Wales, and has lived
here for 20 years. Mr. Powell
worked as a field foreman. Sur-
vivors include daughters, Julia M.
Westberry, and Sharon M. Powell,
both of Clewiston; brother, Larry
Powell, of Lake Hamilton; sister,
Sandra Harnage, of Lake Wales;
and four grandchildren. Services
were held Jan. 22, 2005, at Akin-
Davis Funeral Chapel, burial fol-
lowed at Ridgelawn cemetery.
Officiating clergy was Reverend
Johnny Abercrombie. Akin-Davis,
Funeral Homes, Inc. in Clewiston
is in charge of arrangements.
S M .'e


Gary Hainley
Gary Hainley, 53, of Clewiston,
died. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005. He
attended Grady High School and
graduated from Arkansas Tech.
Gary was a teacher with Palm
Beach County School District for
22 years and was also the ESOL
Coordinator for that district. He
was an adventurer and loved to
travel. He is survived by his son,
James Elliott Hainley of Clewis-
ton; mother, Eunice Hainley of
North Little Rock, Ark.; brother,
Paul Hainley of Pine Bluff, Ark.;
sister, Anita Irvin; nephew, John
Kevin Irvin; niece, Lauren Irvin all
of North Little Rock, Ark. Gary
was preceded in death by his
father, James D. Hainley. Warren


Harvey officiating. Burial was in
Frazier Cemetery in Humphrey,
Arkansas. North Little Rock Funer-
al Home in charge of arrange-
ments, www.northlittlerockfuner-
alhome.com.
Nola Cheryl Bock
Nola Cheryl Bock, 54, of
Clewiston, died, Jan. 24, 2005 in
Clewiston. She was born Dec. 10,
1950 in Wabash, Ind. to Robert
Nolan Kaiser and Carolyn Lee
Grindle Kaiser. She was a resident
of Clewiston for the past 20 years
and is. a former resident of St.
Petersburg and Inverness. She
was a substitute teacher for Spe-
cial Education Children with both
Glades. and Hendry County


Schools. Survivors include her
husband: Ronald Edwin Bock Sr.
of Clewiston; son, Ronald Edwin
Bock Jr. (Felicia) of Clearwater;
daughter, Lisa Ann Bock of Clear-
water; and mother, Carolyn
Kaiser of Clewiston. A memorial
service will be held Friday, Jan.
28, 2005, 6:30 p.m. at the Com-
munity Presbyterian Church in
Clewiston with Pastor Angel
Ramos officiating. Cremation
arrangements by Akin-Davis
Funeral Home, Clewiston.


mand, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week pro-
gram, Drummond completed a
variety of training, which includ-
ed classroom study and practical
instruction on naval customs,
first aid, firefighting, water safety
and survival, and shipboard and
aircraft safety. An emphasis was
also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot
camp is "Battle Stations". This
exercise gives recruits the skills
and confidence they need to suc-
ceed in the fleet. "Battle Sta-


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tions" is designed to galvanize
the basic warrior attributes of
sacrifice, dedication, teamwork
and endurance in each recruit
through the practical application
of basic Navy skills and the core
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Commitment. Its distinctly
"Navy" flavor was designed to
take into account what it means
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Navy. Drummond is a 2003 grad-
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Legislators hear local wish lists


By Patty Brant
From the sunset of Hendry
County's Enterprise Zone on Dec.
31 of this year to the revamping of
Medicaid, the Hendry County Leg-
islative Delegation's Jan. 18 meet-
ing covered major issues affecting
all its residents.
Schools
Hendry County School Super-
intendent Tom Conner drew the
attention of Hendry County's legis-
lators District 77 Representative
Denise Grimsley, District 29 Sena-
tor Larcenia Bullard and District 27
Dave Aronberg to his concerns
for the upcoming legislative ses-
sion. Although District 27 includes
only a tiny corner of Lake Okee-
chobee in Hendry County, Rep.
Aronberg said he considers
Hendry as part of his district and
wants to assist this area. His district
also includes all of Glades County.
Mr. Conner pointed to disparity
in state school funding. He said the
state subsidizes some of the
wealthier counties to the tune of
some $3,000 per student, while
some smaller, poorer counties
receive as little as $200 per student.
The superintendent explained
that this money cannot go directly
to the classroom, much of it goes
to pay employee benefits, the
operating and insurance. There
are 7,600 students in this district
and 100 portables being used in
Hendry County schools at this
time. Currently Hendry County
School Board has one million-
square-feet under roof.
Sen. Bullard, who is on the Edu-
cation and Appropriations com-
mittees, promised to work closely
with Mr. Conner on his issues.
One of the top school funding
projects is to complete LaBelle
Middle School, connecting the
office to the school proper and
completing the media center.
City of LaBelle
Representing the City of
LaBelle, Superintendent of Public
Works Mike Boyle asked the dele-
gation to support the Education
Center of Southwest Florida, Inc.,
the new trade school to open on
SR 29 just south of LaBelle. Hendry
County Economic Development
Council Director Jan Groves said
that the feasibility study for the
school has been sent to USDA, and
the board is waiting for its reply.
She said financing is ready and
classes should open on campus in
'fall 2006. The need now is for utili-i
ty infrastructure going out to
ECSWF.
Mr. Boyle also expressed
1_LaBelle's'need for funding for a
newwaterplant.
County wish list
The county submitted an
extensive "wish list" for state fund-
ing, including:
A $1.5 million request for the
Clewiston-South Shore regional
water plant. City of Clewiston Utili-
ty Director and County Commis-
sioner Kevin McCarthy also put
forth a request to fund. a regional
Clewiston-South Shore Water
Association water treatment plant.
The proposed plant will produce


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Rep. Denise Grimsley, Sen. Dave Aronberg and Sen. 1
nia Bullard listen focus on Hendry County's needs.


three million gallons of water per
day for eastern Hendry/Glades res-
idents. Some funding is in line, but
more is required. The project is to
be let for bids in 2006. Senators
Aronberg and Bullard sponsored
this bill unsuccessfully last year.
Both are "on board" again and
Rep. Grimsley promised her assis-
tance in the House as well.
Mr. McMarthy commented that,
with the new plant "we may not
be able to afford it, but we will
have to have water to drink."
Sen. Aronberg said he would
also work for the project through
the Glades County Legislative Del-
egation.
$250,000 to develop a county-
wide plan to provide water and
sewer utilities;
$250,000 for phase II of the
county's stormwater master plan;
$330,000 to restore a historic
WWII hangar at Airglades;
* $200,000 for improvements to
the Courthouse, which continues
to have moisture problems and
security needs;
$500,000 for stormwater
improvements at Four Corners;
$800,000 for mid-county
stormwater improvements;
$1.6 million for Airport-Sears
stormwater improvements;
$2.8 million for an Emergency
Operations Center;
$5 million for Wheeler Road
improvements;
$5 million for jail improve-
ments;
$5 million for government cen-
ter expansion.
In addition, County Administra-
tor Lester Baird highlighted several
grant applications the county
seeks:
$900,000 for phase II of the Dal-
las B. Townsend Ag Center to con-
struct an additional 12,000 square
feet of space;
$200,000 for a Department of
Environmental Protection grant to
phase II of the LaBelle Soccer Park;
$200,000 'for phase II of the
LaBelle Rodeo Grounds also a
DEP grant.
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ber of other issues, including the
continuation of state funding for
road projects; legislation providing
for indexing (adjustment for infla-
tion) of all local option fuel taxes
shared with cities; authorization of
non-charter counties to levy up to
10-percent on purchases of natu-
ral gas, electricity and water;
authorization of non-charter coun-
ties to levy 5.3-percent tax on
phone, cable and wireless service;
reauthorization for the Enterprise
Zone for Hendry County for anoth-
er 10 years.
The current authorization sun-
sets Dec. 31. Evaluation of state
and local revenue-sharing pro-
grams, which favor larger counties
at present; continuation of funding
for other urgently needed pro-
grams; limitation of inpatient hos-
pital costs, nursing home-cost
share and Medicaid paid by small
counties to no more than five per-
cent of the county ad valorem tax
revenue; ensuring adequate water
supply for agriculture, economic
development and residential
needs; making sure rural Florida is
adequately represented' in devel-
oping the state's water policy; pro-
viding payment-in-lieu-or-taxes
beyond the 10-year limit in coun-
ties where public sector owner-
ship exceeds 50 percent.
Health issues
Joanne Remer said Healthy
Start is a statewide coalition of
public/private partnerships that
targets pregnant women and
infants. In Lee, Collier, Hendry and
Glades, 20,000 clients were served
in 2003-04. She made four
requests of the delegation:
Restore Medicaid to pregnant
women.
Reform Medicaid thoughtfully.
Support the Department of
Health's legislative budget for pre-
natal care, fetal, infant mortality
review, inter-pregnancy care to
educate women, update- the
Healthy Start information system
and protect the Healthy Start pro-
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Sen. Bullard expressed a need to
be very careful with children, the
most vulnerable residents. Sen.
Aronberg also expressed a willing-
ness to assist.
Pat Dobbins, Executive Com-
munity Health Nursing Director
Hendry/Glades Health Depart-
ment and a Robert Wood Johnson
fellow addressed the revamping of
Medicaid. She asked the legislators
to remember that the health
department acts as a safety net for
the uninsured. She asked them to
revitalize rural health caucus and
reminded them that there is no
local birthing hospital and asked
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LaBelle and open one in Clewis-
ton. However, staffing for addition-
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Speaker of the House. Still, she
said she is.there every Tuesday
when not in Tallahassee and con-
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Glades County Sheriff's officers found 29 cattle dead and
confiscated 44 others that were severely malnourished at
a Horseshoe Acres Ranch Jan. 13.

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Edward Napoli, 54, who owns 36 acres on Palomino Drive
in Horseshoe Acres will be arraigned on 29 counts of ani-
mal cruelty Feb. 7 after Glades County Sheriff's Officers
found 29 dead cattle on his property.


Man accused of


animal
By Tracy Whirls

GLADES COUNTY Detec-
tives with the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO) charged a
West Palm Beach man with 29
counts of animal cruelty and 73
counts of confinement of an ani-
mal without sufficient food and
water after raiding a Horseshoe
Acres Ranch Jan. 13.
Edward Napoli, 54, who owns
36 acres on Palomino Drive in
Horseshoe Acres, was given a
notice to appear Jan. 20 and will
be arraigned on the charges Feb.
7.
According to GCSO Detective
Ray Van Houten, Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon, Assistant State Attor-
ney Beth Sturbins, Glades County
Animal Control Officer David
Cline, GCSO Agriculture Deputy
Herb Collier and other deputies
were called to the ranch after
neighbors reported cattle were
dying on the property.
Upon arriving at the ranch,
officers found 29 cattle dead and
confiscated 44. Two had to be
euthanized by Clewiston veteri-
narian Kenneth Keene.
"The stench was horrible,"
the veteran detective said.
According to Detective Van
Houten, Napoli, who has owned
the property for eight years, had
started with a herd of 20 regis-
tered Texas longhorns and some
dwarf cattle.
"I think it got away from him,"
said Detective Van Houten,
adding that the Brooklyn native
lacked the education to properly
care for the animals. He told us
he started having problems after
the hurricanes in August and Sep-
tember. He lives in West Palm


cruelty
Beach, where he's taking care of
his father."
The would-be rancher had 73
cattle on 36 acres, where accord-
ing to Ag Deputy Collier, one cow
requires 3-5 acres to graze. To
supplement the poor grazing, the
owner was reportedly feeding the
cattle seven pounds of feed per
animal a week, whereas they
should be fed 7-10 pounds of
feed per day. Without a tractor to
transport rolled bales of hay, he
was spreading a half a bale from
the back of his pickup truck a
week.
"He told us the first died in
August or September, while the
majority died over.a six to eight
week period in November to
December," Detective Van
Houten said. "His attitude was, if
they didn't come up to eat, it was
more for the others."
Detective Van Houten said in
addition to criminal charges,
Napoli will face civil penalties and
the sheriff's office intends to ask
the judge to prohibit him from.pur-
chasing more animals until he's
attended classes in the proper care
and maintenance of livestock.
The detective said the cattle
have been confiscated by the
county and are being cared for by
Animal Control Officer Cline. The
cattle have been divided into
three separate pens, to facilitate
feeding. A calf whose mother had
dried up is being bottle-fed.
Once the animals are formally
surrendered to the county, the
sheriff's office hopes to donate
them to FFA or Youth Livestock
and allow students to care for
them at an undeveloped pasture
near the new West Glades Ele-
mentary School in Muse.


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East meets West and a burning bush


By Rev. Samuel S.
Thomas, Ph. D. +
Saint Martin's Church Clewiston
When I was taking courses in
Strassbourg, France, there was a
young Turkish girl in one of the
classes. She seemed to have
come from a well-to-do family
and apparently this was one of
her first visits to the west. Each
Monday, we'd report on any spe-
cial weekend activities. This
young lady visited the cathedral
there and remarked, "That's a
whole other world!"
I imagine from her back-
ground, it would have been a
"whole other world." I wonder if
she was familiar with any of the
prayers, the music, the way the
service was conducted, the peo-
ple sitting together, standing or
kneeling, the architecture or
stained glass. It dawned on me
that I was hearing about some-
thing I knew a worship service at
a Christian church.
My classmate recognized that
there was a whole world there
and it was something that she did
not know. Not that she would
necessarily agree with everything
or that it was a world that would


be easy for her to understand, but
there was something there and it
was a "world" in and of itself. I've
noticed the expression on faces of
persons who I
have no I
acquaintance
with Churches '
- especially I .
children who .
enter a church .
for the first
time. I see awe
and wonder in
little expres- Rev. Samuel
sions as it S.Thomas
dawns on
them that there is a "whole other
world".
It is at those instances that
curiosity and fascination is piqued
- there is that recognition that
something very different and
something very special is in this
place. A journey has begun a
decision to find out more is
underway. From the earliest
times, something enters into our
world and the whole other world
shows itself.
The account of Moses and the
burning bush (Exodus 3:1 ff) is
the story of a shepherd attending
his father-in-law's flock. He sees a


bush burning, but it is not con-
sumed in the same way other
burning things are devoured. He
realizes that this is a "whole other
world" and goes over to see what
is going on. With this entry into
another world, comes an
encounter with God and a call to
enter entirely into another life.
Moses becomes a messenger,
leader, negotiator, patriarch, and
his life is changed ever afterward.
I have known of people who
have found themselves in places
and situations that have made
them say, "I must find out more
about this..." and they're on their
way. A visit to someone, a class in
school, an assignment that takes
them somewhere out of the ordi-
nary, a meeting with someone
totally different than anyone else,
a special book that is read, a film
that deeply impresses and the
recognition is there that a whole
other world is out there and
somehow, we must know more
about it.
That's how God worked from
Moses' time and works, today too.
There is an opportunity for us all.
When you observe someone
who wants to know more make
them the offer. I've found that I've


been able to open doors for peo-
ple by telling them about a
"whole other world" and giving
them a new view on their old
beliefs, or a new face on some-
thing they thought they knew and
took for granted. There have been
encounters I've made along the
way that caused me to say, "I
want to get back to that one day
and find out more about it."

When we look with faith, we
begin to see "through that glass
darkly..." as Saint Paul puts it.
Someone said that anyone can
see an apple fall but it takes New-
ton to see a law of gravity. Once
you begin to see that other world,
you become another person and
God keeps opening and opening
doors and opportunities on the
journey. The Cathedral that I visit-
ed many times was another world
to someone else her world is
another world to me. I'd like to
find out more about the eastern
world than I know now, and I
hope that those in the eastern
world will find out more about
our western ways. God is in that
process the burning bush con-
tinues to attract and illuminate
God's people.


Luckey wants eligibility to be ensured


MOORE HAVEN Glades
County Property Appraiser Larry
Luckey announced that county
residents whose homes were
damaged in the 2004 hurricane
season could be eligible for hurri-
cane relief in certain circum-
stances.
In December, Governor Jeb
Bush and the Florida Legislature'
created a $185 million hurricane-
relief program to assist Floridians
who suffered in the devastating
storms of 2004. County home-
owners should review the provi-
sions of the new hurricane relief
program carefully, then apply for
hurricane relief if they are eligible
under the new program, Luckey
said.
Please call to see if you qualify


under this state program, which
includes the following benefits.
1. $20 million in hurricane
relief for Florida property owners
with homestead property-tax
exemptions: $1,500 in hurricane
relief if their home was uninhabit-
able for 60 days or more as a
result of hurricane damage. The
home must have had a valid 2004
Florida homestead exemption.
Applications for property tax
related relief are due to the prop-
erty appraiser by March 1.
Statewide, relief payments are
capped at $20 million and the law
provides that individual relief pay-
ments may be reduced by an
equal proportion to maintain the
total relief paid out at $20 million.
2. $15 million in hurricane,


relief for Florida property owners
who bought replacement mobile
homes: Floridians may apply to
their county property appraiser
for up to $1500 in hurricane relief
payments if they purchased a
mobile home to replace a mobile
home that suffered major dam-
age in a 2004 hurricane and that
was their permanent residence.
Applications for relief for
Glades County residents who
bought replacement mobile
homes are due to Luckey's office
by May 1. The relief is calculated
based on sales tax paid on the
replacement mobile home. Appli-
cations are eligible for either relief
for residents with homestead
exemptions or relief related to
mobile home replacement, but


not both.
The relief related to mobile
home replacement is capped at
$15 million statewide, and indi-
vidual relief of payments may be
reduced by an equal proportion
to maintain the total relief paid
out as $15 million. Approved
applicants can expect to receive
payments sometime in July 2005.
Copies of the application form
may be obtained by visiting Luck-
ey's office or by calling (863) 946-
6026 or toll free (877) 445-2337.
For more information about the
hurricane relief program, resi-
dents may visit the Florida Depart-
ment, of Revenue Web site
http://www.myflorida.com/dor.



GCSO tests new weapons at gun range


Rv Tracsv Whirls


MOORE HAVEN Glades
County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon
invited Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May, Glades County Commis-
sioner and gun enthusiast Russell
Echols and others to the sheriff's
office gun range on SR 78 Friday to
test four different types of duty
weapons, as the department
moves to standardize its armory.
Sheriff Whiddon and his top
lieutenants, Chief Deputy Duane
Pottorff, CID Captain Daryl Lewis,
Road Patrol Captain Paul lezzi and
Gun Range Master Deputy David
Hardin tested 40 caliber, semiauto-
matic Sig-Sauers, Barettas, Glocks
and Heckler and Koch (H&K) duty
weapons, with an eye toward
selecting a brand.
Sheriff Whiddon said currently
GCSO detectives and deputies
carry a range of revolvers, and
going in to the testing, most had a
favorite.
"Daryl carries a Glock, Dave
Hardin likes H&K and I carry a
Baretta, because the Florida High-
way Patrol prefers them, because
they're used. by the army," Sheriff


Whiddon said. "All of them are rep-
utable brands, with a reputable
cartridge. We're going to select
whichever one shoots the best."
Each gun has different advan-
tages, according to Deputy Hardin.
"The safety's on one side or the
other, some are ambidextrous,
while the Glock doesn't have a
safety," he said. "The Glock is
durable, reliable and relatively
cheap and has 'good ergonomics,
although it's not as comfortable as
the H&K or the Sig, and female
shooters sometimes have prob-
lems with the slide magazine
release."
The sheriff and other volunteers
tried each of the weapons at 15
yards. Sheriff May reported prefer-
ring the double action Glock, while
Commissioner Echols said
although he shot better using the
Sig-Sauer, he preferred the Glock.
Sheriff Whiddon expressed sur-
prise that of the five, he preferred
the compact model Sig-Sauer,
which is heavier than the Glock,
but has a similar, comfortable grip.
Plans call for the department to
use fine and forfeiture funds to pur-
chase department-issued weapons


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Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon tests a .40 caliber
compact Sig-Sauer duty weapon at 15 yards at the Glades
County gun range. The sheriff's office is looking at issuing
standard duty weapons to all the certified officers in the
department in the future.


for all the officers to improve officer
safety.
"If, God forbid, we were to ever
get in a gun fight, if we're all carry-
ing the same gun, if I run out of
ammunition, someone can throw
me a magazine," Sheriff Whiddon
said.
Standardizing the duty
weapons will make operating the
armory easier for range master


Hardin, who can standardize
ammunition orders, order holsters
in bulk and consequently, save
money.
"It's not something we're going
to do tomorrow," Sheriff Whiddon
said, adding that because Law
Enforcement Trust Fund moneys
will be used to purchase the
weapons, the shift will not cost the
county any additional funding.


Walking with Poppa Ernie in Costa Rica


By Pastor John Hicks
First United Methodist Church
About 13 years ago, our friend
Ernie Kern reluctantly went on a
mission trip to Costa Rica. On that
trip, as he was just walking
around, God got a hold of him.
Ernie's heart went out to the poor
and needy people of Costa Rica,
and he decided to go back. Out-
reach Ministries was born.
Ernie now spends about nine
months of the year in Costa Rica
ministering to the people and shar-
ing the love of God. His special
ministry and mission is to the lost
and forgotten of Alajuelita those
that have been overlooked and
sometimes even ignored. The cen-
ter of his ministry has focused on
the many crippled children and
their families. Over the years, Ernie
has established two mission hous-
es in Alajuelita for mission teams
to stay at and share in the ministry.
He was able to open a clinic for the
poor, and just recently opened up
the Shepherds Rest for pastors and
others in ministry. The heart of his
ministry, however, still remains
with the poor and crippled "his
children". Around the country he
is affectionately known to many as
"Poppa Ernie".
My wife Kathy and I were
blessed to spend a week with
Poppa Ernie and his wife Carol and
experience Alajuelita and Shep-
herds Rest. Located near the
Nicaraguan border in the rain for-
est of Bijagua, Costa Rica, Shep-
herds Rest is a retreat center con-
structed as a place of rest for
pastors and ministry workers.
Small groups are also invited. The
only cost for pastors and ministry
workers is the cost to get there and


your food costs.
The retreat center was wonder-
ful, but the most meaningful part
of the week occurred in the
encounters we had with some of
Ernies' special people. Geraldo, a
paraplegic being taken care of by
his elderly parents was one who
really touched my heart. You
would have thought the "Frierson
Farms We Raise Cane" baseball
cap that I gave him was the gift
from a king. Many times it's the
simple things that mean the most.
My loving wife Kathy's heart
went out to Claudia, a one-armed
woman who lived in a shack that
many of us would hesitate to keep
a dog in. Kathy noticed that Clau-
dia's shoes were in bad shape, and
decided to get her some new ones.
It's hard enough to shop for
women's shoes normally, but try
to describe what you want when
you "habla espanol muy poco!"
The challenge was worth it. When
Kathy shared the shoes with Clau-
dia, smiles broke out from cheek
to cheek. I don't know which Clau-
dia appreciated most the shoes,
the fact that we came back to visit
her, or that someone actually
wanted to take her picture! I think I
took over 10 before she would let
me stop!
We go to a special place
expecting special things to happen
- and at times they do. But God is
the God of the ordinary, and many
times the greatest encounters
come when we are running
errands or just doing normal
things. Many times the greatest
encounters with God come in the
people we meet, and many times
it's the littlest things we do that can
make the biggest difference.
For more information .about


Outreach Ministries or about set- to www.outreach-ministries.com
ting up a mission trip to Alajuelita or e-mail Ernie directly at erniek-
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Wanted


Fugitive
Crime Stoppers of Palm
Beach County Inc. is asking citi-
zens to help 7-
locate Bill
Griffin, alias
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Bernard Ash-
ley, Ashley
Greg, wanted
for felony vio-
lation of pro-
bation grand Bill Griffin
theft motor
vehicle. His date of birth is 6-26-
66. He is a black male, 6' tall


and weighs 150 lbs. with black
hair and brown eyes. His last
known address was SW Avenue
C, Belle Glade. His occupation
is laborer.
If you know the whereabouts
of Bill Griffin or anyone involved
in a serious crime, call Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. You
can remain anonymous 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 Web site at
www.crimestopperspbc.com.
Griffin was a wanted fugitive
at the time of this publication.


Arrest Report


This column lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it. Infor-
mation for this week's column
was provided by the Belle Glade
Police Department.
Belle Glade Police Department
Jan. 17, Jason Posey, 20, was
charged with possession of
firearm by a convicted felon.
Jan. 17, Jaret R. Tirando, 23,
was charged with possession of


marijuana under 20 grams, and
petit theft.
Jan. 18, James Pringle, 52, was
charged with trespassing.
Jan. 19, Rhonda Elaine John-
son, 18, was charged with simple
battery.
Jan. 20, Robert Cohran, Jr., 33,
was charged with possession of
narcotic paraphernalia.
Jan. 21, Elias S. Beraza, 50, was
charged with violation of injunc-
tion, and aggravated stalking.
Jan. 22, Carlton Thomas, 33,
was charged with battery.
Jan. 22, Anita Perkins, 19, was
charged with battery.


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After a drug sweep at the Moore Haven Junior Senior High
School concluded Friday, OCSO Deputy Rick Voss said
canine partner Rex was frustrated because no drugs were
found. That's when Glades County Sheriff's Office Chief
Deputy Duane Pottorff volunteered to "play" with the drug
dog/attack dog.


Man accused
On Jan. 22, the Clewiston Police
Department's Narcotics Unit made
an arrest of Anthony D. Lyons Jr.
within the city limits of Clewiston
for charges of: Sale of crack
cocaine within a 1,000 feet of. a
school, and possession of crack
cocaine with the intent to sell or
deliver within a 1,000 feet of a
school.
Lyons was arrested after nar-
cotics officers who were conduct-
ing an undercover operation at the
time reportedly observed a man
conducting a narcotic sale with
two unknown males within the city
limits of Clewiston.
After the completion of the


of drug sales
transaction uniformed officers
were instructed to conduct a traffic
stop of a vehicle that Lyons was a
passenger to. Once the vehicle was
stopped, Narcotic Officers made
contact with Lyons and requested
he exit the vehicle. Based on the
observation made prior to the traf-
fic stop, Lyons was searched yield-
ing two tubes containing a total of
23 pieces of ciack cocaine with an
addition larger single piece of crack
cocaine found on his person. The
total net weight of the crack
cocaine was approximately four
grams in total, with a street value
approximated at $540.


Kissimmee Slough Shootout


Feb. 4-6 at Big Cypress
BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE
RESERVATION The smell of
gunpowder and the smoke from
dozens ol campfires \vII descend
upon the Big Cypress Indian Reser-
vation Friday, Feb. 4 through Sun-
day, Feb. 6, during the seventh
annual Kissimmee Slough
Shootout & Rendezvous at Big
Cypress Seminole Indian Reserva-
tion: -
Held each year at the Seminole
Tribe of Florida's Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki
Museum at Big Cypress, the
Kissimmee Slough Shootout and
Rendezvous is an authentic Semi-
nole War Battle Reenactment, fea-
turing re-enactors in authentic peri-
od costumes, in a recreated battle
reenactment from the Second
Seminole War period that will take
place all three days.
In the 1830s, the United States
was attempting to enforce its poli-
cy of Indian removal. The Semi-
noles were facing the loss of their
homeland and their freedom. After
broken treaties and failed peace
parleys, the Seminoles took up
arms against removal. The U.S.
president and his generals thought
they could quickly overpower the
Seminoles. They burned settle-
ments, capturing and killing Indi-
ans along the way while scattering
many Seminole families. But the
U.S. military could not conquer the
Seminoles, who fought with,
courage, determination and a
unique knowledge of the land.
Three wars were fought by the
U.S. military against the Seminoles
in the 1800s. These campaigns


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Were the longest, costliest, and
bloodiest of all the Indian wars.
Although many Seminoles were
killed or removed to present-day
Oklahoma, they were never defeat-
ed and to this day, their 3,000
descendants are known as "The
Unconquered" Seminole Tribe of
Florida.
The three-day event will also
include traditional music, south-
eastern native dancing, archery,
Seminole food and storytelling, and,
Seminole and pioneer artisans at
work on their crafts and wares. Peri-
od settlers from around the country
will make and trade a variety of
items from the Seminole wars era.
Wood, iron and silver till be worked
and hewn as in times past.
"I urge everyone who is interest-
ed in the process of learning to
come to the Museum for the Kissim-
mee Slough Shootout," said Ah-Tah-
Thi-Ki Museum Executive Director
Tina Osceola. "This event is the ulti-
mate opportunity to have a little fun
while gaining an education."
The Shootout will be held at the
Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily, Feb. 4-6 on the Big Cypress
Indian Reservation located north of
1-75 (Alligator Alley) exit 49,
between Naples and Fort Laud-
erdale. From LaBelle, take SR 80
east to CR 833, turn right and fol-
low the signs. From West Palm
Beach, turn left off SR 80/U.S. 27 at,
Evercane Road, just outside the
Clewiston city limits.
All activities are free with admis-
sion to Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
The price for adults is $6, and $4 for
seniors land students. Children five
and under are admitted free.


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Wearing the padded sleeve used for training, GCSO Chief
Deputy Duane Pottorff braces for the attack. Rex, the four-
footed half of the Okeechobee Sheriff's Office canine unit,
is trained to stop suspects in addition to locating drugs.


Police make


narcotics arrests


CLEWISTON On Jan. 17,
.the Clewiston Police Depart-
ment's Narcotic Unit conducted
two separate street level arrests
that resulted in two males being
arrested both for the possession
of narcotics with the intent to sell
or deliver, along with other subse-
quent charges.
. H/M Jorge Quinones was
arrested, -after a brief, pursuit
ended in the. driveway. of
Quinones' residence. Quinones
was apprehended and arrested
for fleeing to elude, possession of
marijuana with the intent to sell
or deliver, having in his posses-
sion 81 grams of marijuana pack-
aged for individual sale, and no
vehicle registration. An outstand-
.ing Volusia County warrant for


Quinones' arrest was also discov-
ered and a hold was placed on
Quinones by the Volusia County
Sheriff's Office to be transported
to Volusia County once Clewiston
Police Department charges are
completed.
B/M Doie Johnson was also
arrested during a traffic stop due
to the officer's prior knowledge of
Johnson's license being suspend-
ed or revoked. After being placed
under arrest for the suspended
license, approximately 1.7 grams
of crack cocaine was found in the
immediate possession of John-
son. Additional charges for pos-
session of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia were
also added.


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including defense of drug trafficking, gam-
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domestic violence, and DUI. Former Assistant
State Attorney & formally board certified in
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The firm is pleased to announce that
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with her area of practice being civil,
immigration and bankruptcy law.
The firm will continue its practice in family and
dependency law, including divorce, child support,
adoption, alimony, modification and paternity as
well as civil litigation and general practice.
The firm wishes to thank the residents of Okeechobee
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Re-Introducing

Carlito B. Arrogante, MD
Sour area's newest OBGY N.

1 Dr. Cartito Arrogante has returned to Glades
I. General Hospital's team oft physicians. Originally
from the Philippines, Dr. Arrogante opened
:m Glades General IHospital's Obstetric Gynecology
UI nlit in 1993. Together with 1)r. AIlned
Barhoush. 1Dr. Arrogante is looking forward to
providing excellent care for women in the
community and in building relationships of
trust -with his patients.
case join us in welcoming
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Investment Act, Techbridges is
located at 475 E. Osceola Avenue
in Clewiston above the adult
school.
Open to students from 16-21,
most students are referred by
word-of-mouth or from the adult-
school.
Currently, 25 students are
enrolled in the program, the
highlight of which is learning to
build a computer. Once the com-
puter is completed through pro-
gram and after meeting their
goals, they are allowed to keep


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their creation.
"The atmosphere here is dif-
ferent from most schools," Mr.
Coleman said. "We have an
employment atmosphere. The
dress code isn't strict but it is of a
business nature."
As part of the emphasis on
employability, Techbridges part-
ners with local businesses whose
employees share their experi-
ence in different career fields.
"We have many employers
that come in and speak to the
students about entering the job
force and what employers look
for in prospective employees,"
Mr. Coleman said.
Some of the local business-
men and women involved in the
program include Carl Berner of
Berner Oil, Nardina Simmons, of
Florida Community Healthcare


Center, and Bernice Kertavage of
the Workforce Board, as well as
others.
Techbridges is open to stu-
dents who have completed their
GEDs as well as those still work-
ing to earn their diplomas. Stu-
dents who obtain their GED
while attending Techbridges can
receive as much as $350 in
stipends and become eligible for
unsubsidized employment, if
they decide to continue their
education beyond the high
school level. Four students who
graduated from the Techbridges
program are starting college this
semester.
For more information on the
Techbridges program, phone
(863)
983-1500 or call the adult
school at (863) 983-1578.


Staff photo/Adam Weiland
Techbridges offers GED and FCAT as well as computer skills
training for students aged 16-21. Students currently enrolled
at the program, located at 475 E. Osceola Avenue in Clewis-
ton include, front row, Albigail Hernandez, Lissett Mixon, Tim-
othy Howard, Sergio Trevino, and Patricia Brown. Pictured
with the students are instructors, back row, Patrick Coleman,
Tamica Mccullough, and Bruno Wanat.


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Chappy's Country Store at 1205 E. St. Rd 78 in Lakeport is open under new manage-ment.
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under new management


By Tracy Whirls
Chappy's Country Store at 1205
E. St. Road 78 in Lakeport is open
under new management.
Owner Craig Miller, who took
over the operation a year ago, and
partner Tresia Smith, together
have more than I -'. a, [rit lit _,-'
dery business,,baving come to
Chappy's from U-Save where they
worked as the meat manager and
store manager respectively.
A full service grocery store and
deli carrying USDA choice meats,
custom cut, Chappy's offers lunch
specials in the deli, including fresh
deli salads and homemade meals.
Chappy's also offers carryout and
catering.
"We're coming out with our
own line of smoked items," Mr.
Miller said, adding that sausage is
their specialty.
"Everyone says we make the
best breakfast sausage," Mr. Miller


said, adding that he may start offer-
ing "Chappy's" sausage to other
stores and grow his own business
in the process.
Mr. Miller said he wants folks to
know that Chappy's is more than a
drive-by convenience store.
"We're here, we're friendly,
and we're not just a grocery store,"
Mr. Miller said, noting that Chap-


py's also offers UPS Shipping. "We
feel like we are the 'Old Country
Store,'" Mr. Miller said. "You can
come here and get pretty much
anything."
Chappy's Country Store in
Lakeport is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Friday, Jan 28
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Italian spaghetti
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Amber Hughes
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Heather Brady, Edgar Gamez,
and Anabel Jacobo.
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Jose Acosta, Jose Aguilar,
Alisha Beck, Jessica Echols,
Marsellina Garcia, Seth Garvey,
Alacia Gary, Susan Mathis, Kiara
Perkins, Tiara Perkins, Irene
Ramirez, Lindsey Ringstaff,
Ashanti Sheperd, and Kathleen
White.
Ninth grade
All A's and B's
Atavias Allen, Cole Garvey,
Juana Guacin, and Heather Sim-
mons.


Tenth grade
All A's and B's
Donna Aguilar, Aguree Arias,
and Alejandra Perez.

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A Honor Roll
Kindergarten- Clara Alsina,
Andrew Cowin, Estefania Her-
nandez, Martyn Hettinger, Victo-
ria Maciel, Alexis Miller, David
Morales, Jacob Pierce, Yesenia
Rubio, Yeslin Ponce, Samantha


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West Glades Citizens of the Month
The December Citizens of the Month for West Glades Elementary students are: From left
to right, Cody Garner, Elizabeth Urbanowski, Curtis Clay, Kane Lozano, Roy Mendez, Alex
Zamarron, Josue DeSantiago, Nate White, Braxton Harrison,. Belinda Mata, Sarina
Urbanowski, Andrew Cowin, Gabriel DeSantiago, and Vanessa Valle (not pictured)


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Citizens of the month
The Citizens of the Month for October at West Glades Elementary are the following stu-
dents:Front row, left to right: Kody Sanchez, Uriel Ramirez, Jaqueline Casiano, Yesenia
Rubio, Tanner Hippie, Adan Zamarron, and Alma Moreno. Back row, left to right: Gil
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Meaghan Raulerson.


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Hunter Peterson 1st- Shelby
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Luckey, Nathaniel White, Vanes-
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Hamric, Hunter Hipple, Shay
Hunter, Kimberly Mata, Jesse
Ramos, Vanessa Valle, Quinton
Willis, Leslie Morado, Yaneisi
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Jordan wins FLW opener


By Mark Young
After four days of battling the
mysteries of Lake Okeechobee,
intense morning fog, and a cou-
ple of hundred of the top anglers
in the world, Kelly Jordan walked
away with the FLW opening
series victory.
Jordon, hailing from Mineola,
Texas, came from sixth place -
and a 10-pound deficit to top-
ple the field on the final day of
weigh-in to claim not only a first
place points standings in the run
for the FLW championship, but a
cool $100,000 payday.
This was Jordan's first FLW
victory and he captured the win
by throwing the dice on the final
day of fishing. Jordon said he
knew he could catch a limit in his
original spot he had planned, but
took a gamble on an area where
he thought he could find the big
ones.
The gamble paid off in a big
way, as Jordan brought in 23
pounds on the final day, surpass-
ing the rest of the field, and
claimed a four-pound margin of
victory. Jordon's gamble didn't
bring in a full limit, but he certain-
ly found the kind of weight he was
looking for in the heavy grass
mats of the Monkey Box.
Team Pedigree's Steve
Kennedy, from Alabama, was the
man to beat heading into the final
day. Kennedy had a remarkable
comeback of his own after finish-
ing day one in 39th place. He
came back to land in the top 10
with more than 25 pounds on day


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FLW anglers had more than their competition to deal with
over the course of four days. Mother nature had thrown in a
little twist with heavy fog, but it didn't stop these profession-
als from getting the job done.


two. Kennedy leapt into first
place, and while he had competi-
tion right behind him, never
thought Jordon would be the one
to overcome a 10-pound deficit to
take the title from him.
Kennedy said Jordon deserved
the win and felt he was in trouble
when his final day didn't even
bring in 10 pounds. Kennedy said
he knew he needed a 20-pound
day to feel comfortable with his
lead and just didn't get it.
What Kennedy did get, howev-
er, was a $36,000 payday. Dean
Rojas, of Grand Saline, TX, took
third place for $25,000. Japan's
Shinichi Fukake held his own to
win $20,000 for fourth place. Ken-


tucky's Terry Bolton rounded out
the top five to win $18,000.
FLW paid out 75 places in all
and local fishing hero Scott Martin
finished his first 2005 FLW tourna-
ment with a solid 20th place
effort, leaving him well within.
striking distance of the point lead-
ers.
Sebring's Dwight Ameling
won the co-angle division, taking
home $20,000, dominating the
field by more than 11 pounds.
The FLW professionals won't
have far to go to launch their sec-
ond series tournament. The FLW
tournament heads to Lake Toho,
.in Kissimmee to continue compe-
tition.


Wet your valentine's wishes


Here's the perfect gift idea to
remind your loved one of your
thoughtfulness long after Valen-
tine's Day is past. Adopt a mana-
tee through Save the Manatee
Club (SMC).
For the annual $25 member-
ship fee, your sweetheart will
receive an adoption certificate,
photo, biography, membership
handbook, and a subscription to
the Save the Manatee Club
newsletter. Or for $35, each new
member who joins the Adopt-A-
Manatee program online will
also receive a free T-shirt, featur-
ing a new manatee scene design
for 2005, while supplies last. A
personalized Valentine's Day gift
card and message is included
with every adoption.
"We've hearcLfrom so many
people over the years who havd"
really enjoyed- giving manatee
adoptions as special Valentine's
Day gifts," said Judith Vallee,
Save'the Manatee Club's Execu-
tive Director. "It's a heartwarm-
ing expression that lasts
throughout the year and helps
protect an endangered species
at the same time."
Manatees, sometimes called
"gentle giants," weigh an aver-
age of 1,000 pounds and meas-
ure 10 feet long or more. These
large, slow-moving; aquatic
mammals are known to have
sweet dispositions and a curious
nature. Manatees spend most of.
their time eating, resting, and


traveling and can be found along
the southeast coast of the United
States. Warm water is crucial to
this migrating species, and that
is why manatees are located pri-
marily in Florida in the winter
months.
Nineteen manatees in SMC's
Adopt-A-Manatee program live
in the wild and migrate each
winter to a natural warm-water
spring at Blue Spring State Park,
near Orange City, Fla., and five
manatees frequently seen in
Tampa Bay and along the west
coast of Florida are also avail-
able in the adoption program.
Some of the manatees at Blue
Spring include Brutus, Lenny,
Nick, Phyllis, and Paddy Doyle.
Brutus is one of Blue Spring's
largest manatees, weighing in at
-almost 1,800 pounds. Lenny is
often referred to as the "couch-
potato" manatee as he prefers
rest to other activities. Nick is
affectionately known as "Crazy
Nick," because he has been
known to head north when all
the other manatees are heading
south for the winter. Phyllis, a
faithful visitor to Blue Spring,
has given birth to twins, a rare
event for manatees. Paddy Doyle
bears the distinction of being
one of the feistiest manatees in
the Blue Spring area.
The manatees in the Tampa
Bay program include Elsie, Flick-
er, Ginger, Jemp and Vector.
Elsie is easily identified because


her tail was badly mutilated
from an encounter with a boat
propeller. Flicker is a female
manatee and has a series of
small propeller scars that
remind researchers of flickering
flames. Ginger has been seen
every summer since 1994 in the
Marco Island area of Florida.
Jemp travels a wide range of
Florida's west coast, and Vector
is also a traveling man(atee). He
has been tracked as far north as
the Suwannee River.
Approximately 3,000 mana-
tees remain in the United States
today, and they are listed as
endangered by the U.S. Fish and
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Tax
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money."
Ms. Hurley said while she has
no power over the Legislature, if
the property is exempt from
taxes, paying the county in lieu
of taxes is a good incentive to
encourage counties to have such
facilities.
Commissioner Alvin Ward
said from the beginning, when
Wackenhut planned to build the
facility, the county was under the
understanding that it would be a
'taxable facility and commission-
ers helped sell the project to the
taxpayers with that understand-
ing.
"Then the state come back
and said it was exempt, and put
us in the position of having to
fight for the money," Commis-
sioner Ward said. "We didn't get
it for the first year or two, then
we started getting it on a year-to-
year basis. We had a 10-year
promise, with a 10-year renewal,
and nobody ever said there'd be
a reduction."
Last year, Commissioner
Ward said, the county was short-
ed $68,000, and when that is
included'with a year that was
skipped, the state owes the
county nearly $1 million.
Ms. Hurley said she didn't
know how the Legislature
arrived at the amount of PILOT
to be appropriated. Commis-
sioner Giesler said that's why the
tax bills are sent, in order to
show how much the tax would
have been.


Purchase
Continued From Page 1
stamps on the recording of real
property transactions and was
designated for this use, and no
general funds from the state
were being used. Donna Storter
of Ortona urged the commission
to support the project in light of
the impact the property had on
area water issues.
She also cited the positive
economic impact of the over-
'flow development into Glades


Attorney Larry Levy, who rep-
resents Glades County Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey, who
filed the county's current suit
against the state, said when the
privatization commission was
created to oversee the private
prisons, it assumed that the
taxes would remain the same
each year.
Further complicating the mat-
ter, when the state created the
commission in 1993, authorizing
private prisons to finance, con-
struct and operating prisons at
seven percent less than the state
can operate a prison through the
department of corrections, it
allowed the private prisons to
"back out" of ad valorem taxes
because a state-owned facility
would be exempt. That way,
bids to operate the facilities
could be compared "apples to
apples" -between a private and
state prison.
Mr. Levy said a simple solu-
tion to the problem would be to
adopt language in the appropria-
tions bill prohibiting double dip-
ping.
Ms. Hurley agreed to review
materials provided by Mr. Levy
and to meet with him and Coun-
ty Attorney Richard Pringle to
attempt to resolve the issue, say-
ing that her department might
be able to assist the county in
lobbying for the appropriations,
once the suits were dropped,
and save both the county and
state the associated attorneys
fees.


County from the. Lee area was
timely, as the commission had
recently agreed to update and
revise the Land Development
Regulations, which she felt
would place the county in the
ideal position to control and
manage expected residential,
commercial, and industrial
growth.
Lykes Bros. Land Develop-
ment Director John Tallent
voiced approval of the county's
support even though Lykes'
five-mile shared boundary with


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Glades County Sheriff's Office drug dog, Sandy, a three-and-
a-half-year-old Labrador retriever, alerts on a backpack found
in a classroom at Moore Haven Junior Senior High school
Friday during a scheduled sweep of the school.


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ner in January. Photos may be
turned in at the extension office.
Phone Crystal Drake at 946-0189
for help. Your cooperation is appre-
ciated.
Upcoming events at
Nobles Senior Center
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center, 475 E.
Cowboy Way, LaBelle, exercise
class with Barb Brandenburg
meets M-W-F everyweek at 9 a.m.
Upcoming meetings
and events
The next Family Caregiver Sup-
port Group meetings will be Feb. 9
in LaBelle. All support group meet-
ings take place from 4-5 p.m. at


Teacher
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children, Caleb, five, and
Kyleigh, one, live in LaBelle.
A member of the Glades
County Teachers Association,
Positive Behavior Support Team
and sponsor of Student Council
and Renaissance, Mrs. Stitt is
also a member of the LaBelle
Woman's Club, which she
joined, at her mother's invita-
tion, because they work very
hard to help the community and
partake in worthy worldwide
causes.
Her goal, for both her own
children and her students, is to


the proposed land purchase
would involve the "halo" effect
of extended preservation, stat-
ing that the net effect would be
positive with the growth and
development of Glades County
as the buffer zone between the
over-developed coasts.
Chris Chesley, of Lakeport,
questioned which commission-
.ers had already lent their sup-
port as commissioners. Butch
Jones and Bob Giesler both stat-
ed they had already announced
support of the SWFRPC's


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Continued From Page 1
their dogs walked in front and
behind them.
The dogs began sniffing for the
presence of drugs or drug residue.
The dogs are trained not to bite and
described as "passive" drug dogs,
meaning they would sit if they
detected the presence of drugs or
drug residue on the students.
While the students were being
searched, another canine officer
would search the classroom, in
case any contraband was left
behind.
No drugs were recovered and
no arrests were made, but the dogs
alerted 11 times on items, mostly
backpacks inside classrooms,
which were suspected to contain
drug residue. In one instance, offi-
cers discovered an empty baggie,
believed to have contained mari-
juana, and a largely empty box of
Coracidin, an over-the-counter


local Senior Connections offices.
(Call 675-1446 for more info.)

Waste collection
Household hazardous waste
and electronic waste collection is
free for Glades County Feb. 12 from
8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at the Doyle
Conner Building in Moore Haven.
For information, call (863) 675-
0124. No .business waste will be
accepted. How to transport your
waste: Leave products in their origi-
nal containers. Do not mix different
or unknown materials together.
Label or leave labels on all contain-
ers, check containers for leakage,
transport in a study box, do not eat,
drink or smoke while handling or
transporting. Accepted electronics:
End of life electronics; computer,
monitors, keyboards, terminals,
T.V, stereos, printers, fax, VCR,
DVD players, video cameras, game
consoles, wireless devises.


encourage them "to be polite
and caring young people who
make a positive difference," Mrs.
Stitt said, adding that her guiding
philosophy is to "try to treat peo-
ple the way you want to be treat-
ed."
Saying her greatest disap-
pointment is students who drop
out, Mrs. Stitt advises students
that education will be their most
valuable tool in creating the kind
of life they want for themselves.
And she offers this piece of
thought-provoking philosophy
in parting.
"As bad as you may have it,
someone else has it worse," she
said.


alliance with the project.
Mr. Chesley suggested that
the commission was supporting
the project because of its prior
approval of zoning changes for
Lykes property in the same area.
Mr. Tallent refuted Mr. Chesley's
allegations of impropriety stat-
ing that the Muse area, under
consideration for development,
was at least seven miles from
the Babcock property, and sug-
gested Mr. Chesley contact the
State Attorney's office if he had
a complaint.


cold medication, which students
sometimes take for its hallucino-
genic effect at larger doses. Officers
also recovered a nearly empty
liquor bottle. Students identified as
at risk during the search will
receive counseling.
After each classroom was
checked, students and their teach-
ers were allowed to return to their
classes. Following the classroom
searches, officers also searched
vehicles in both the faculty and staff
parking lots.
Sheriff Whiddon said while
such sweeps are not out of the
ordinary, none had been conduct-
ed at the high school in quite some
time.
"It was kind of requested by
some people," Sheriff Whiddon
said. "You want to stay on top of it
before you have a problem."


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equipment to do this job timely or
properly.
"The header walls were con-
crete, and I think the culvert pipes
are also concrete, and the inter-
section needs to be redesigned at
the culvert site," Mr. Whiddon
said.
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Storter asked .if the original engi-
neering studies by Johnson .and
Prewitt for the school board didn't
include approach access studies.
"Wasn't the entrance to the
school planned from Pollywog
Crossover instead of CR 720," Ms.
Storter asked?
Commissioner Ward admitted
that was true, but during the ini-
tial construction phase, the plans
were changed and the entrance
and engineering data was made
available to the county road


department.
Noting the excessive engineer-
ing costs, Commissioner Ward
suggested that the board might
need to re-bid the engineering of
the project.
The commission finally agreed
to appoint Commissioner Ward,
County Manager Jim Smith, and
Road Superintendent Whiddon to
meet with Mr. Stewart, and to go
ahead with the signage and cross
drain revision as quickly as possi-
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Crist Reaches Settlement with AT&T


TAMPA Attorney General
Charlie Crist today announced a
settlement with AT&T Corp. that
will provide free telephone call-
ing cards for Floridians currently
serving in military duty overseas
in the war on terror.
Joining Crist at the settlement
announcement was Maj. Gener-
al John Castellaw, Chief of Staff
of the United States Central
Command (CENTCOM) based
in Tampa. The settlement agree-
ment documents that Florida
consumers have received more
than $1 million in refunds or
credits and resolves the lawsuit
in which the attorney general
alleged that AT&T wrongfully
billed consumers for services
they neither requested nor
received.
More than 86,700 Florida
consumers were hit with an
improper $3.95 monthly charge
beginning around Jan. 1, 2004.
Under the agreement, AT&T will
provide up to 8,000 prepaid
phone cards to be distributed by
the attorney general to Floridi-
ans serving in Iraq, Afghanistan
and Kuwait as part of the war on
terrorism.
The cards will go to each
member of the United States
military who is currently serving
in those countries and who lives
in Florida or whose family lives
in Florida. All such personnel -
including those in active duty,
reservists and members of the
National Guard will receive
phone cards for 60 minutes of
calling time from Iraq,
Afghanistan or Kuwait to the
United States.
"We could not be happier


with concluding this litigation
on such positive terms," said Mr.
Crist. "Improper billing and mar-
keting practices have stopped
and tens of thousands of Florida
consumers have been compen-
sated and now our men and
women fighting the war on ter-
ror will have more opportunities
to speak with their loved ones at
home. AT&T made a good call
by agreeing to correct its mis-
take."
General Catellaw expressed
his gratitude that this settlement
will provide additional opportu-
nity for soldiers to remain in
contact with worried family
members back home.
"Let me express our gratitude
on behalf of the service mem-
bers who will receive these
phone cards," said General
Castellaw. "Being able to talk
with family and friends back
home goes a long way towards


boosting the morale of our
deployed soldiers, sailors, air-
men and marines."
Mr. Crist sued AT&T April 30
alleging violations of Florida's
Deceptive and Unfair Trade
Practices Act. Florida's lawsuit
was followed by investigations
of AT&T by the Federal Trade
Commission and the New York
Attorney General's Office. Under
the Assurance of Voluntary
Compliance, the company
promises that it will prevent a
recurrence of sales and market-
ing practices that led consumers
to be improperly charged and
then, when they called to com-
plain, subjected to telemarket-
ing sales pitches for AT&T serv-
ices.
An estimated one million
telephone consumers nation-
wide were affected by the.
improper charges.
Three weeks after the attor-


ney general filed suit, a court
ordered AT&T to refund improp-
er charges. According to the
agreement, AT&T has processed
refunds or credits totaling
$1,071,002 for Florida con-
sumers affected by the improper
charges. The company also sent
letters of apology to impacted
consumers.
Today's agreement comes
three months after a Leon Coun-
ty Circuit Court judge allowed
the attorney general's lawsuit to
move forward, denying AT&T's
request to halt the lawsuit and
send the case to an administra-
tive hearing under the authority
of the Florida Public Service
Commission.
In addition to providing up-to -
8,000 prepaid phone cards,
AT&T will submit $250,000 to
reimburse Florida taxpayers for
the costs of the investigation and
litigation.


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Green market
George Szugye and Carlton and Mary DeLoach, all of Muse, offered fresh fruits and veg-
etables at the annual Honey Festival.


Governor's budget emphasizes job growth


TALLAHASSEE-Governor Jeb
Bush and Lt. Governor Toni' Jen-
nings unveiled their budget priori-
ties for the next year to continue
expanding job opportunities for
all Floridians and give Florida's
youngest children the skills they
need to become good readers and
successful students.
Gov. Bush and Lt. Gov. Jen-
nings reaffirmed their commit-
ment to workforce development
and early learning, earmarking
funds to continue the priorities of
economic diversification, early lit-
eracy and the creation of more
high-value jobs.
"The Bush/Jennings proposed
budget would guarantee our
young children have an' early liter-
acy opportunity and our workers
continue to be placed in quality
jobs," Agency for Workforce Inno-
vation (AWI) Director Susan
Pareigis said. "Florida's job
growth has set the pace for the
nation as we continue to lead all
states in the number of new jobs
created and have the fastest rate of
annual job growth among the 10
most populous states."
In addition to continuing fund-
ing 'for Florida's Workforce and
Early Learning programs, the
Bush/Jennings proposed budget


for the approaching fiscal year
includes: Preparing Florida Chil-
dren for Educational Success,
more than $400 million. Recogniz-
ing that establishing a solid, vital
pre-kindergarten system is impor-
tant to the future of Florida's
youngest citizens, Gov. Bush and
Lt. Gov. Jennings are proposing
funding to implement the Volun-
tary Pre-Kindergarten program,
which will emphasize literacy and
allow parental choice.
Of that amount, $387 million is
provided for actual program costs.
It is estimated that 154,597 chil-
dren will participate in the volun-
tary program and the funding pro-
vided equates to approximately
$2,500'per child. And $7.9 million,
is provided for state-level adminis-
trative expenses for three agencies.
($5.9 million for the Agency for
Workforce Innovation; $1.6 mil-
lion for the Department of Educa-
tion, and $400,000 for the Depart-
ment of Children and Families). In
addition, Gov. Bush and Lt. Gov.
Jennings, intend that every four-
year-old has access to this innova-
tive program. They recommend
$5.5 million be set aside and made
available should the participation
level exceed the projected enroll-
ment.


Keeping Florida's Workforce
Competitive $2 million. Gov.
Bush and Lt. Gov. Jennings are
recommending additional fund-
ing for the Incumbent Worker
Training Program, which provides
grant funding for customized
training for existing profit busi-
nesses. Through this customer-
driven program, Florida is able to
effectively retain and keep busi-
nesses competitive through
upgrading skills training for exist-
ing full-time employees. The
Bush/Jennings proposed addition-
al funding would bring the pro-
gram's total to $4 million.
Empowering Parents and the
Community $1.45 million. This
recommended funding would be
for the Non-Custodial Parent Pro-
gram,, which provides assistance
in the form of training, employ-
ment and support services to par-
ents without the custody of their
children who are unable to
achieve the self-sufficiency that
would enable them to pay
required child support. Total TANF
funds provided are $2.2 million for
this program.
Supporting Florida's Military,
Families $200,000. Understand-
ing the importance of assisting
those who serve our country and


their families, Gov. Bush and Lt.
Gov. Jennings are recommending
additional funding for the Military
Family Employment Advocacy
Program, which provides work-
force services such as employ-
ment counseling, job search and
placement assistance, informa-
tion on educational and training
programs', and referral to support-
ive services to military spouses
and families.
The 'Agency for Workforce
Innovation was created during the
2000 legislative session and is
responsible for implementing pol-
icy related to workforce develop-
ment programs, welfare transi-
tion, unemployment
compensation, labor market
information and early learning.
The agency acts as the administra-
tor of Florida's workforce develop-
ment programs, with policy direc-
tion and guidance provided by the
non-governmental board, Work-
force Florida, Inc. Florida's work-
force system, operating under the
brand "Employ Florida," also
includes 24 Regional Workforce
Boards who deliver services
through nearly .100 One-Stop
Career Centers around the state.
For additional information please
visit'www.myflorida.com.


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Double-digit growth for Florida Ag classrooms


GAINESVILLE-Introducing
innovative programs and tap-
ping grassroots networks
helped Florida Agriculture in the
Classroom, Inc. increase the
number of teachers and stu-
dents reached last year. Florida
Ag in the Classroom grew by 71
percent in the number of teach-
ers reached and by 26 percent in
the number of students reached
last year.
"When we called on our ded-
icated industry volunteers, they
came through in a big way," said
Scott Emerson, chairman of
Florida Ag in the Classroom.
"They understand the impor-
tance of the program and are
eager to help educate and
expose teachers and students to
Florida agriculture. We appreci-
ate very much all they do for
us."
Florida Ag in the Classroom's
mission: Expand youth aware-
ness and understanding of Flori-
da agriculture and natural
resources by integrating agricul-
tural concepts into core educa-
tional disciplines and Florida Ag
in the Classroom's supporting
programs.
It's top priorities: To develop,
promote and disseminate cur-
rent curricula, materials and
programs to increase agricultur-
al literacy among educators and
youth; to cultivate and maintain
partnerships between Florida Ag
in the Classroom and Florida's
agricultural community, educa-
tors and the National Ag in the
Classroom program; to build
financial strength for Florida Ag
in the Classroom programs; and
to be accountable for the educa-
tional and financial efficacy of
Florida Ag in the Classroom pro-
grams.
Gainesville-based Florida Ag


HOMESTEAD-Acres of Flori-
da tomatoes remain unpicked
while the general public still per-
ceives a shortage, Florida Agri-
culture Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson was told by growers
during a tour of South Florida
tomato farms.
"I was shocked to see acre
upon acre of un-harvested
tomatoes," Mr. Bronson said
after visiting tomato farms in
Homestead. "The perception of
a tomato shortage still remains
in the mind of the public. As a
result, consumers aren't buying
tomatoes, retail grocers and
restaurants aren't placing
orders, and our growers are fac-
ing disaster because they can't
sell their crop."
Mr. Bronson said that, while
there was a short-term shortage
of tomatoes immediately after
the state's destructive-hurricane
season, Florida's farmers
replanted and there now is an
abundance of fresh tomatoes.
"Florida's tomato farmers
worked hard to get back in busi-
ness following the hurricanes,
but are now frustrated as their
crop remains in the field
because they can't find buyers,"
Bronson said. "Even with this
abundant tomato supply; we're
still hearing stories that some
restaurants and fast-food estab-
lishments are still limiting toma-
toes or not serving them at all."
Retail grocery prices for
tomatoes, which had peaked at
nearly $4 per pound in October
and November, have begun
returning to more normal levels.
Mr. Bronson was told by grow-
ers that they are receiving 15 to
20 cents per pound for their
tomatoes.
Bronson told growers he has
directed his Division of Market-
ing and Development to assist
them in moving the current

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in the Classroom is funded by
the agriculture specialty tag the
Ag Tag and takes seriously its
responsibility to educate stu-
dents and teachers who are
unfamiliar with agriculture. It
offers curricula and materials
that help teachers incorporate
agricultural concepts in their
language arts, math, science
and social studies classes in
kindergarten through 12th
grade.
To support teachers and
grassroots efforts, Florida Ag in
the Classroom introduced three
new programs and events:
AgriSmarts, Ag Learning Barns
and Agriculture Literacy Day.
These programs helped raise
awareness of Florida agriculture
to more than 5,800 teachers and
more than 229,000 students in
2004, up from 3,391 teachers
and 181,758 students in 2003.
Florida Agriculture Commis-
sioner Charles Bronson congrat-
ulated Florida Ag in the Class-
room for its successful industry
partnerships and its growing
number of student and teacher
constituents.
"Reaching Florida's students
and teachers with-the message
of the importance of agriculture
is a key part of preserving Flori-
da's farming heritage," Commis-
sioner Bronson said. "It's clear
Florida Ag in the Classroom is
working hard to reach out to as
many students and teachers as
possible with the help of its part-
ners, and we wish them contin-
ued success as they try to reach
out to even more."
To continue to grow the
number of students and teach-
ers it reaches in 2005, Florida Ag
in the Classroom is redesigning
and relocating its Web site to
make ordering materials and


tomato crop into the market-
place.
"We want American con-
sumers to know that Florida is
back in the fresh tomato busi-
ness," Mr. Bronson said. "We
encourage corporate buyers for
grocery chains and restaurants
to move swiftly to help satisfy
consumers' pent-up demand for
this delicious and healthy prod-
uct."
Florida's devastating hurri-
cane season which destroyed
tomatoes in the field and
delayed planting of new crops -
had contributed to a short-term
shortage of fresh tomatoes in
much of the country. The situa-
tion was exacerbated by prob-
lems in other tomato-producing
areas (heavy rains during the
harvest season in California and
a continuing pest problem in
Mexico). As a result, many con-
sumers saw empty tomato bins
in their grocery stores or restau-
rant menus indicating that toma-
toes were available only by spe-
cial request or, in some cases,
not at all.
An unprecedented four major
hurricanes Charley, Frances,
Ivan and Jeanne battered Flori-
da's farmers in August and Sep-
tember, leaving in their wake
uprooted crops, flooded fields
and a battered infrastructure.
Many Florida tomato growers
replanted their crops after
Charley and Frances only to see
them destroyed soon after by
Jeanne.
"Florida's farmers have
rebuilt, replanted and revived
much of our state's agriculture
industry," Mr. Bronson said.
"This is vital not only for our
state but for the entire nation,
since Florida farmers produce
80 percent of this country's
domestically grown vegetables
during the winter months."


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 include anyone over the age of sixty; blacks and
Hispanics over the age of forty; people of Caribbean-island ori-
gin or descent, diabetics and people who have a family history
of glaucoma. With no early warning signs of possible vision loss,
doctors urge those at higher risk for glaucoma to get regular
dilated eye examinations to help detect this blinding eye disease.
Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the
eye progressively increases, leading to optic nerve damage and
reduced peripheral (side) vision. As the disease worsens, the
field of vision gradually narrows and blindness may result. No
pain is noted from the increased eye pressure.
Once vision is lost from glaucoma, unlike with cataracts, it
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Please call Family Eye Care at 863-675-0761 for more infor-
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participating in workshops and
other programs easier. In addi-
tion, it is improving its existing
programs and introducing new
ones with the help of its board
of directors of industry repre-
sentatives and its new Educator
and Volunteer advisory panels.
"We believe the best way to,
improve on what we're doing is
to ask the advice of the teachers
and industry volunteers who are
using our materials and pro-
grams," Mr. Emerson said.
As part of its grassroots net-
work, Florida Ag in the Class-
room has partnered with stu-
dents who are already familiar
with Florida agriculture FFA
members. To -help spread the
word about the importance of
Florida agriculture, Florida Ag in
the Classroom and Florida FFA
developed AgriSmarts, an edu-
cational program used by FFA
chapters to teach school chil-
dren and civic organizations
about Florida Ag in the Class-
room and Florida agriculture.
Florida Ag in the Classroom
has spent $13,000 on AgriSmarts
since its inception in 2002. It
reached 15 schools and nearly
1,200 students during the 2003-
04 school year. It's being offered
again this school year. In addi-
tion, Florida Ag in the Classroom
has awarded agriscience teach-
ers $20,000 in grant money for
outreach programs since the
2001-02 school year, and
$100,000 for the initial funding


HOLLYWOOD The 34th
Annual Seminole Tribal Fair and
Rodeo is scheduled to take place
Thursday, Feb. 10 through Sun-
day, Feb. 13, at the Seminole
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in
Hollywood and Bergeron Rodeo
Grounds in Davie.
Pow-Wow events are sched-
uled at the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino from 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, 2-7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Bill Osceola Memorial All
Indian Rodeo will take place at
Bergeron Rodeo Grounds Friday
and Saturday nights beginning


of the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices' AgriScience Leadership
Program.
Another new program, Ag
Learning Barn, has taken off
since its inception in mid 2003.
Thirty-five counties have signed
up for barns, about half of
which have built their barns and
are moving them to schools.
Two more counties are waiting
for approval.
Ag Learning Barns are
mobile units built to look like
red barns and outfitted with
shelves that hold books, videos,
games and toys that teachers
can borrow to teach their stu-
dents the importance of agricul-
ture. Florida Ag in the Class-
room reimburses each county
representative's organization up
to $1,000 to build and stock the
barn, while offering $350 after
the first school year to restock it.
County Farm Bureau mem-
bers, University of Florida/IFAS
extension agents, Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services representa-
tives and industry association
representatives have taken the
lead on building Ag Learning
Barns in their counties. In addi-
tion to building and stocking the
barns, these industry partners
move the barns to five schools
during the school year.
These industry partners,
together with FFA students and
teachers, are the key partici-


at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
A variety of entertainment
events are scheduled through-
out the weekend. Entertainment
includes competition Pow-Wow
dancing, alligator wrestling and
snake shows.
Also scheduled are Seminole
clothing contests, arts and crafts
contests, Little Mr. and Miss
Seminole contest, and a Pow-
Wow exhibition. Admission is
$12 for adults, $6 for children
under 12 years old and free for
children five and under. For
more information, call (954)
797-5582.


pants involved in another new
Florida Ag in the Classroom ini-
tiative, Agriculture Literacy Day.
Florida's first Ag Literacy Day,
held last March, generated inter-
est from 282 industry volun-
teers, more than Florida Ag in
the Classroom expected. It's set
for March 17 this year.
In honor of that day, industry
volunteers read a designated
book about agriculture and dis-
tribute bookmarks listing Flori-
da farmers' contributions to the
state's economy and environ-
ment to elementary school stu-
dents around'the state.


Industry participants visited
more than 2,000 classrooms and
41,000 students in honor of Ag
Literacy Day in 2004. Florida Ag
in the Classroom spent about
$10,000 on the event, much of it
on buying the books that were
donated to school libraries.
Florida Ag in the Classroom
reached even more teachers and
students through other special
efforts.
"We are proud of the strong
growth we experienced in 2004,
and we will work hard to do the
same in 2005," Mr. Emerson
said.


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mail resume: to
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Experience
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1099 W.Ventura Ave,
Attn: Marta
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Everglades Federal
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week hauling fresh fruit from Grove to
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8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Phone # 561-924-
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Credit Union
Receptionist needed,
Previous Phone
Experience
Preferred, Proficient Word
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1099 W.Ventura Ave,
Attn: Marta
or email resume to
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Field Services Representative
Utilities Dept.
$20,397 Annually
Complete Employment
Applications must be on file at:
City of Belle Glade
Human Resources Department
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., W
Belle Glade, FL 33430-3900
Business Hours: 8:00 to 5:00
Posted: 1-24-05


FINANCIAL ANALYST
The City of Pahokee is accepting applica-
tions for a Financial Analyst. Municipal ex-
perience a plus. Associate degree in ac-
counting or related field. Must pass a drug
and background screen. Applications are
available at the Human Resources Office,
171 N. Lake Ave., Pahokee, FL 33476 Mon-
day through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Phone # 561-924-5534 ext. 14. Please
submit resume with application. Open until
filled. EOE.


PORT LABELLE
UTILITY SYSTEM
Has an immediate opening for a Class C or
higher wastewater treatment plant operator.
Great benefits package, state retirement
system, paid medical, paid dental, paid va-
cation and sick leave;
Vet pref, EEO, Drug free. Applicants with
disabilities needing assistance in the apply-
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TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED
Immediate Openinqs.
Must have CDL Class A or B
License with Hazmat, Tanker & Air Brake
Endorsement with a clean driving record.
HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS.
.. Pick up application at:
.' ,m,:. HOWELL OIL COMPANY
I- 808NW 12th St.
Belle Glade, FL 33430


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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS
Evening & Night Shifts
2 years or less experience $8/hr
Over 2 and less than 6 yrs $9/hr
6 or more years of experience $10/hr
Shift Differential & Excellent Benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
RNs & LPNs
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 off one week
4 on/3 off the next week
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of NURSING
LTC & Management experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
RN NURSE MANAGER
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 off one week
4on/3 off the next week
Nights 7pm-7am
LTC & Mgmt. experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
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Pahokee, Florida
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working Foremen for utility
contract field crews. Train
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performance bonuses as
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company truck & tools.
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Rescreening & repair.
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or 561-358-2456.


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10x30, 12x30, ,15x25. Full
electric, secure on Com-
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Clewiston Police Dept.
863-983-6663, 983-2808
after hrs 983-8979





SPA! Overstocked! New 7
person spa-Loaded! In-
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warranty. $2999, was
$5999. (888)3529. Real
Estate.



DI'S Country Primitives
Yankee Candles & Gifts
Wedding Planner
& Accessories
106 Bond Street
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Job
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 5415
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
CoinsStamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 5&5
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment."
Supplies 625
Household Items 330
Jewelry 635
LampsLights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,-'
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies,
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television,'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AIR CONDITIONER- Com-
mercial, Good Price of
$500, (863)467-5474.

CENTRAL AIR & HEAT,
Split Unit, 2/2 Ton. Works
well. $300 863-673-0920



ANNE-TIQUES Now Open 9-
5 Wed-Sat @ 100 First St.
Moorehaven
(863)946-9100
DESK, antique, refinished,
$200. Call Paul (863)634-
5698

DROP-LEAF TABLE, an-
tique, 6 leafs, refinished
(mahogany), $400. Call
Paul (863)634-5698


DRYER
Frigidaire, Like new,
$80
(863)467-8161.
FRIG/FREEZER
white, like new,
$250
(863)467-1547

STOVE W/MICROWAVE-
full size, almond in color,
$100. (863)228-0919.

WASHER-DRYER STACK-
Westinghouse, white, 20"
wide. good cond., Clean,
$80 (863)635-3490.



MEMOIR WRITING Large
print, step by step guide.
Share memories with your
children and grandchil-
dren. $10.
www.bluetreebooks.com
Blue Tree Books, Box 660,
Ringoes, NJ, 08551.


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Clearance. Beat Next Price
Increase. Go direct/save.
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35x50. 40x60. 45x90.
50x100. 60x180. Others.
Pioneer (800)668-5422.

Steel Arch Buildings! Gen-
uine SteelMaster Build-
ings, factory direct at
HUGE Savings! 20x24,
30x60, 35x50. Perfect
Garage/Workshop/Barn.
Call (800)341-7007.
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BAY WINDOW- double
pane, 92"Wx 49"H, asking
$200. (863)467-7784.

METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
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Medical


Dresses for Flower Girl,
white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
(863)634-0339
Prom Dress, size 9/10,
black & white. $75.
Call (863)634-0339




DELL LAPTOP
Works great
needs battery, $325
(863)446-6203


FIREWOOD- over a cord of
oak cut for fireplace,
needs to be split, $75.
(863)675-6738.


BEDROOM SET, Wooden,
Queen w/hdbrd., dresser,
mirror, chest, night stands.
$200 (863)675-9288
-BUNK BED, Black, Twin
over Full sz., Full mattress
included. $150 (863)675-
9288.
BUNK BED Twin on Top and
Futon full on bottom. Ask-
ing $150 or best offer.
863-675-4098 evenings
Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300/all. (863)674-0467.
DINING ROOM TABLE
5 chairs, dark finish,
$250. neg.
(928)202-0013.
DINING TABLE
Tell City, 4 chairs,
2 leafs, $425.
(928)202-0013.
DIN. RM. SET: Antique, Sol-
id Wood w/4 chairs. Made
in New Your. Good cond.
$200 (863)357-2233
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
4 Unit, Lighted w/glass
doors. $50 863-946-3857
Lakeport.
HIDE A BED
61/2', Brown, good
condition. $125.
neg. (863)467-0987.
LANE SECTIONAL- 2 yrs
old, council love seat w/
wedge & queen sleeper
$1500 863-467-9284.
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.

TABLE, Leaf, 5 chairs, cloth/
wood, 5yr Kenmore chest
freezer $250 will separate
863-467-9284
WATERBED- King size, mir-
ror in head board, 6 draw-
er pedestal, $200. neg.
(863)675-2943



GOLF CLUBS -Ladies/
Juniors, cavity back irons,
3-PW, 4 woods, bag,nice,
$85. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
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GOLF CLUBS- LYNK Preda-
tor Jombo Driver, Sand
Wedge $100 or trade for a
pistol (772)461-8822.


RIFLE WINCHESTER MOD-
EL 94- Lever Action, 30-
30, $300 or trade for pis-
tol. (772)461 -8822.



Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good treadmill.
(863)357-2233
ORIGINAL TOTAL GYM- As
seen on TV, video & exer-
cise book incl., new cond,
$100 (863)674-0467.



FULL SIZE mattress cover
& full size ele. blanket $8
for both (863)467-8681

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MATTRESS PADS- 2, Mag-
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twin $1500 will separate
(863)357-5754


AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
3141
COOLER, 2 Door, Stainless
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UAY UtLUDING 2'/2 yr. oiu.
30 days prof. training. grt
on trails. Bomb proof.
$1000. (863)843-2495.
SADDLE FOR SALE
Asking $275. Antique 1920
type with 4 cantle. Call
evenings. 863-675-4098.


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


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




FISH TANK, 55 gallon, w/
stand, filters & lights.
$100. (863)228-2690

PEKINGESE PUPPIES,
1 male, 1 female, tan/white
$425, F., $400. M. Ready to
go. (321)517-5796
SIBERIAN HUSKY, CKC,
4 mo. old. Solid White,
Male. $100 863-467-9470

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.


FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes stan-
dard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE HBO &
Cinemax! Access to over
225 channels! Limited
time offer. S&H. Restric-
tions Apply. (866)500-
4056.



DODGE QUAD CAB 2002
Excellent condition. Lots of
extra's. Must see, 1 Own-
er! (863)946-1728


SAWMILLS -$2,695.00 -
LumberMate-2000 &
LumberLite-24. Norwood
Industries also manufac-
tures utility ATV attach-
ments, log skidders, port-
able board edgers and fo-
restry equipment.
www.norwoodindustries.-
com -Free information:
(800)578-1363 ext300N.
STICK WELDER, 180
Lincoln. Includes helmet.
$150 863-675-1472

UNIVERSAL ENGINE
STAND
Like new $25.
(863)467-1547


AIRPLANES, remote con-
trol, art scale, 50 series,
multiple parts & pieces,
$500. (863)228-2690



VACUUM CLEANER Kirby
w/all attachments inel
shampoo, '$300
(863)467-1110


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 86-5



TRACTOR-
Ford 2N '41, Restored,
5' mower, $4200.
(912)288-6262.



BABY GOAT
$75.
(863)675-0247


HUNT ELK, RED STAG and
Buffalo in Missouri until 3/
15/05. Guaranteed Hunt-
ing License, Only $5.00.-
Our policy NO Game, NO
Pay, Reasonable Rates,
Call (314)894-3776.





ATTENTION
INVESTORS
6 Builders lots still
available in brand new
community. New
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.jacobson
auction.com

*LAND FOR SALE*
7.28 Acres in
Palm Beach County.
Call 239-657-5654
Vacant Land
in town,
2 acres, $55,000
(863)983-4496


BANK REPO'S
RV SITES
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
55 &'tlder RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
near some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full
hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick sale!
Call Jay for Info.
305-788-1764



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


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.



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


Real Estate

II -

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farm Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property P Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property-
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 080




S ELECTRICAL x2
SUPPLY BUSINESS
Complete Inventory,
Fixtures and Shelving
Throughout.
Located 1 ml. N. of
LaBelle, on State Rd.
29 in Maple Comer
Shopping Center.
Building Sz. is 40'x40'
Easy Assess &
Paved Parking.
Monthly Rent Includes
Water & Sewer.
Contact Joy @
863-675-7555





3.34 Acre Industrial Prop-
erty, located in Belle
Glade. Contact Steve Roy-
al 561-996-8080, ext. 22.

Hunting^^
Poe rty 1030!~


DW MOBILE HOME, '91, w/
land, 3BR/2BA, fenced,
$69,900. (863)983-4496

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



LIBERTY 97' 3 BR, 2 BA
Must be moved.
Eager to sell! $24,000.
863-675-4540/677-3091

CENTrAL HOMEs

OF CLEWISTON

1) Easy Life
Spe iat 3/2 DW,
Appliances,
Screen Room

a Shed
$69,900


2) Super Buy
Tropical #228
DW, 3/2, Lg.
Screen Room,
10x14 Shed
$38,900

3)New
Land & Home
Packages in
Sunshine Lake
Estates
NowAvailable


4)734 Midstate
Loop 3/2 DW
Fenced, Pon


ust See
$72,900
2160W Hwy. 27 Clewiston
1.4 Miles N.W of WAL-MART
983-4663
0 cHampion
HOME BUILDERS CO.

New & Used
Mobile Homes:
Land Home Packages
as little as $1,800 down.
Stanton Homes
863-983-8106
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something deer?
ick up some extra bucks
when you sell your used
items in the classified.

One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
tieds.


BEAUTIFUL NORTH CARO-
LINA. WINTER SEASON IS
HERE! MUST SEE THE
BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL
MOUNTAINS OF WEST-
ERN NC MOUNTAINS.
Homes, Cabins, Acreage
& Investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy cher-
okeemountainrealty.com
Call for Free Brochure
(800)841-5868.
HOT FLORIDA WATER-
FRONT PRE-CONSTRUC-
TION, Ft Myers, Miami.
Pre-construction NC,
Land, lots more! Investor
Opportunities in apartment
and shopping centers.
Castles Realty (877)468-
5687.
Mountain Golf Homesites!
Prestigious community
weaving throughout Dye
designed 18 hole champi-
onship course in breath-
taking Blue Ridge Mtns of
South Carolina. Call for
pkg (866)334-3253,
x759.
OCALA area New Log Cabin
on 20+ AC $359,900
New 1,800 sqft log cabin
w/ wrap-around deck set
among a huge strand of
pines. Miles of bridle paths
to enjoy. Just west of Oca-
la close to 1-75. Ample rd
frontage w/ utilities & sen-
sible covenants. Must see.
Call now (866)352-2249
x349.

WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
North Carolina Where
there is: Cool Mountain
Air, Views & Stream,
Homes, Cabins &
Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUN-
TAIN PROPERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.co-
m.


MobileHomes



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


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Luan Glenn Teri Charmaine Marshall
Walker Smith Rangel Montgomery Berner
Se Habla Espahol
863-677-1010 863-983-3508 863-228-1142 863-697-0189 863-228-3265
LOCATION, LOCATION DEMONIE Just outside of Town! Beautiful 5 br/4 Gre ii fn 1 Love the Water? Then you'll love Montura Ranch Estates 1998
3BD/2BAOVER3,0001UVINGSQ.FE. bahf 8Pf lf9Kliv- air I i 9lhlV!/ to own a .25 acre lot on a private 3bd/2ba, great doset space, on
@$225,00 ing.-~ ace Bring Us n Otter!! lake for $15K Only a few left. beautiful 1.25acs by canal @
5 Acres Lede Must See @ $324.9K $76.5K
Wooded lakePort 34 acres!! Fenced/cross- Sies Attention Hunters & Fishermen: MHYC 3bd/2ba, Fully fur-
fenced. 2 acre oak tree nursery. Too Looking for a weekend retreat nished. Attached Workshop
ART LAWR IJ. much equipment to list Rare find @ Deal Fell Through $96.9k'97 Mobile this is it! 3/1 w/shed on 1.22 w/Complete AC. Includes club-
3bd/2ba, t i |Il nced, $20Kper acre home w/ 4/2.5 on 1.25 acres in acres and carport @ $71.5K house and pool accessibility.
almost 1 acIet $64.9K Location Location! 3/2 on Del Monte Montura ranch Estates $969K block away from river @
New q.iKt ..- Ave. Hardwood Flooring, large kitchen. Monre je. ,r l $143,000.00
d i I Incated on a comer lot. Must see @ Reduced 4 Business OpportunAityX L l P JG, Twin Lakes Blvd 3bd/2ba MH,
;59. $225k Restaurant, Bar, & FFE. Great r,, Great for fixing up, includes
6 Duplexes in Moore Haven 100% Location on HWY 27 $209.9K tool shed, don t miss out on
New a Occupancy, CBS construction, Great 8 lots in Moore Haven's this unbelievable deal! @ $35K
edo -I W investment opportunity at only $375K E 2 ,-r NDLd ,l' Washington Park Area @ $16.5K New Listing! 2bd/2ba hard-
$57.5K Pasadena Ave 2/1 w/den Hardwood 2, 1 A wood floors, new electrical sys-
,2..:-. i p 'Ni @ SA. pP N R1 .- tem @ $54.9K
16 Brand New Homes to5be5built 97.58 rENDNG f $575K Montura ta i.tes i2 on
on TexasAve., 3bd/2ba,CBS, 1,673 25 2.5 dgi St-ra Almost 1(nff of Hwy 80 1 a7..r. ,,.6.5 k
sq. ft., Special Financing pkges avail-Ai s2h0Kla.9fu. r- Made lak$1m,11 120K4.AlmostofHwy80
abe $1299K These g ofava $s1 aAs 3 m
Montura Ranch 3/2 m/h on 1.25 ac f EsAL iIl ,, New Listfing Lakeport Ce eflP
Wanting to Buy or Sell New Refrig & Dishwasher, 2 car Vaant v Park 2bd/2ba db ide o .25
Call Us detachedgarage, fenced $84.9K Va t L acres. Huge deck & screened
Al-ost 1 acre Del Monte Ave. 3/2/2 .H, ,h,,, acres. Huge deck & screened
We Want Your Listings!! CBSHome. Separate LR and FR Don't Miss Out! Northside orh. Just bring your tooth- New Construon
Screenedlanaiw/hottub.Greatlocation t3b ,flEtR bsRm, $9.9K
@$225K Npf..o W. .. A U ,. 330+/- Acre Ranch!! Improved 1841sq Wgarage
,' nS R IN fV @ 139.9K fenced & cross fenced pasture. 2 Only 3 Le!
New Listing! Northside 3bd/2ba mobile homes w/out buildings. Leg!
A RENDING''F CBS Beautiful Hardwood floors- Beautiful @ $15K per acre Vt w f
Handman Needed r dam Great Location Reduced@ our ebsie for
aged home on lot for $15K $174.9K f er detail


Jeffrey
Davis


Sam
Walker


863-228-2666 863-677-1013

Water View! Moore Haven Montua Lots 1-2.5 acres Starting at
3bd/1.Sba, with 300ft. of $19.9k
Caloosahatchee River view, Florida
room, lots of trees Going @ $280K Look No Further We have
ILefs Go Fishing! 3bd/2ba home in waterfront property in Moore
Lake Port located on 1.75 acres with Haven on the Caloosahatchee
lake access, a private boat ramp, boat River for $155K
house with fish meaning station, and
50x45 workshop that also includes a New Construction 3/2
Ibd/lba mobile home and aRV hook Montura barrel tile. Act now
up all on the same property All of & pick your flooring & appli-
this can beyours @ $417K ances @ $124.9K
Entertain Tonight with this '95 MH,
3bd/2ba, hot tub, tild but, 6ft chain R. ,
linked fenced, lots of trees, secluded, ** -t
partially furnished, French doors to -*
wet bar @ Now Only 110K $660/month
M TI ROLt/afl--.1fHW fug Fasl
Onrs IlJ.US r.Ul? I ;.... i Vi New Listing! 4bd/2ba, newly
Walking distance to River Call Now! renovated, in a great location
Construction has started!2 Over 10 going @ $125K
models to choose from or will build to
suit
New listing! Moore Haven MH beauti-
fully located on 1.33 acres w/ in
ground pool, many add ons, fishing
pond, quiet neighborhood $120K
acres tenant @ $160K
New Listing! MH in MRE @4 $73K,
Tile throughout, New A/C, paved
road, fenced, 1.25 acres
2.5 acres 2bd/2ba home remod-
eled, pole barn, cal de sac in Moore
Haven $160K


863-93-293


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pFa''B Are You Renting?
Do you have an older home?
Now is the Time for a New Home!!
First 15 Qualified Applicants win a chance
for a New Color TV!
Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
CBS Construction 3 Bedrooms
Single Car Garage 2 Full Baths
Appliance Package 1673 Total Sq. Ft.
Lighting Package Flooring Package
78x1 10 Lot Size Located on Texas Ave.
Glenn Smith Reserve Your
Realtor Home & Lot
(863)983-3508
(863)677-1441 Now!!
~ DICK FOREMAN
/A ,^A MORTGAGE WARRIOR
GLAR IAN (561)712-9777
..-...-A -.......1 -. PAGER (561)533-2244



COUNTRY HOMES & LAND

REAL ESTATE
$0 DOWN
Se Habla Espafiol
Port LaBelle
All New CBS Construction
5 NEW SPEC HOMES
(to be completed Dec 2004)
HOME PACKAGES
STARTING AT $152,000!









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8 FLOOR PLANS TO CHOOSE
FROM OR BRING YOUR OWN!
New Homes Resales Lots
***Special Finance Programs***
Call Debbi Hendricks for
FREE Prequalification
239-541-3210
Kathy Hutchins
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Office: 863-612-0551
Fax: 863-612-0553
Visit our website at:
CentralFloridaLandSales.com


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Moore Haven River Gardens
Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
CallJeffer Reserve Your
SHome & Lot
(863)228-2666 Now!!

CBS Construction 3 or 2 Bedrooms
Single/Two Car Garage 2 Full Baths
Appliance Package Lighting Package
Flooring Package
Many Models to Choose From
Walking Distance To River







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LICESED & miURED PRE-SALE$ I(EC ION


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HOME INSPECTIONS, INC. J
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Bayberry Loop
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath
Luxurious Upgrades
Call for Details
RESIDENTIAL- CLEWISTON
* Bank Foreclosures Call for Details
* 3BR,1BA, FmRm, Zoned Com.
$115,000
* 3BR, 2BA, MH, Many Extras
Reduced to $85,000
*3BR, 2BA, $180,000
*New Listing: Lrg. 3BR, 2BA,
2 Story Honie on 10 Wooded Acres.
$214,900
* New construction on Bayberry
Loop, 4 BR, 2BA, Many Upgrades
$265,000
* 4BR, 2BA, MH, Sherwood S/D New
R Upgrades $79,000
4BR, 2BA, MH w/Lot
Reduced to $24,500
*4BR, 3BA, w/Pool on Ridgewood,
Reduced to $369,900
MONTURA
* 3BR, 2BA, on 1.09 Ac.
Reduced to $60.000


CBS Home with Large
Pool i. Ridgeview
OFFERED AT $225,000
*2BR, 2BA, MH on 1.25 Ac. $65,000
*3BR, 2BA, MH on 2.5 Ac. w/pole barn
$72,000
MOORE HAVEN
* Duplex w/efficiency Owner anxious
$115,000
* Riverfront w/access, 3BR, 2BA
$275,000
LAKEPORT
* Listings Needed
ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS
SFarm Land Available Call for Details
Home Lot ready to build, MississipssAve,
Owner needs to sell, Askng $8,000
*Montura Lots Call for Oetails
COMMERCIAL
* Office & Retail Space available in
Shopping Center Call for Details.
* Lrg, BIdg New Roof w/high traffic
$129,000


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SUGAR SUITES
700 W. Sualand Hwy,
Cle iston


CALL

863-983-8590


....... F ^LIC EAL ESTATE BROKER
420 E. SUGARLAND HWY.
(863) 983-6663 (863) 983-9770
WEBSITE: DYESSREALESTATE.COM EMAIL: ANN@DYESSREALESTATE.COM
Se Habla Espanol
AFTER 1(HOURS:
ANN DYESS FAYEKELTING LAURA SMITH TRAVIS DYESS KATHY GARCIA
(863) 983-8979 (863) 677-0707 (863)599-1209 (863)228-2215 (863) 228-4798
flCIAL Moore Haven Yacht Club $106,000
e3Bn I ide Lot w/ trees $26,500 9 Commercial Lots on US
S145,0003BR, 2Ba, Ridgdill $67,500 27 with Building
3 ending! 4BR, 3BA, wood deck, $215,000
New omes 10x20 shed $79,900 $250,000
We Have More L t L
Contract Cell for Details kfke 8 Lots Zoned R1-B
*'"$89,500 $250,000
Ne ti 3,,CBS '- r, 10 Lots Zoned Commercial
Se n 0 l r&Penolo"'. . $250,000
3BR, 1.BA $84,90-" NTU R BIl.- CGlade' Grocery
3BR, 2BA Brick $180,000 Store $30,000
Ne j /Coosrt csa 4BR, 3BR, 23"! V.! $75 o006 Ccbrdniercial- 'Building
2B r" $1 63,00 0 /2 og9Lj...oa Corner of WC Owens &
1B 3,00 a2 .. $3,000Margaret St. 2,109 sq. ft.
3 B1Bgg 95,0005w $32,000 $129,000
5 acnS ePending!!.$6o,ooo
3B i ft rW 4BR,2 .A) P l =. u ems Blem tBar Great
$180.000 COMlVIVM ERCIAL Call for Details
3BR, 2BA Northside Sm ee NursoUS2712ial Refi
$215,000 N ,, Dd 0Industrial Refinerg -
4BR, 3BA $360,000 Giegr Rcad 4 Lots, 2 Mobile 10 aI Sig
Ridge I Hes,1House, 1 Empty Lot ACREAGE
Moor L2 iBA $70,0 10 loaSateReding!s65,ooo
$87,500 Mobile Home Park 6 lots- 3
w/ mobile home, 3 lots only atiqO1rl'Q


SPECIAL NTEW1 LISTIINGr
LargE. .Cr-.c L'i ,, f apa p. 4000 sq. t .
L' h "q~t .'g-bht%1R'TP"app. 800 sq. ft.
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IS THE TIME TOBUY

BEFORE INTEREST RATES GO UP.

Brian Sullivan

Class A General Contractor CG-C061855

863-414-8608

863-465-1371
www.briansullivancontractor,com Se Habla Espafiol


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Sale 2020^^


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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

Grab a bargain from your How fast can your car go?
neighbor's garage, attic, It can. go even faster
basement or closet in to- when you sell it in the
day's classifieds. classifieds.


Owner Financing
ON MOBILE HOMES
& LAND
Call 863-228-1405
Palmdale, Trophy Trailer,
'84, park model 35x12,
1BR/1BA, a/c & heat,
$7500. (863)382-3557

SW MH- On 2 lots, 2BR,
2BA, 10X20 Screen rm,
12X20 Storage rm, 2 car
ports, $44,000 (863)946-
3626.

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in to-
day's classified.


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers,/RVs 3010
JetSkii 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles!ATVs 3035


BOAT MOLD
13FT, Build your own
boat!!
$300 Call (863)467-5496
Your new home could be in
today's paper. Have you
looked for it?


BOSTON WHALER w/trailer.
$800. (863)902-0316

CANOE 16'
Light weight, good
condition, $250
(863)763-4982 .
.CANOE
Fiberglass, 14,
like new, $350
(863)467-8161
OCEAN KAYAKS
(2) 14ft, Like new,
will separate $950
(863)763-4982
OUACHITA 14' Alum. 0/B.
w/trl $500 or best offer
(863)983-8674.


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PONTOON TRAILER
16-20FT, Like new
$900
(863)357-3413


CAMPER w/FL Rm. on side.
Located in Vantage Oaks
Park. Good cond. As Is.
$7000 neg. 419-365-5436


DUTCHMAN '95 26 ft. L
Full ba., 1 Bdrm., A/C, 9x24
Sunrm. Sleeps 5. $6500
863-357-2633 after 5 pm


Winnebago, brand new 32
ft. wide body motor home
w/slide out, under 3k mi.,
$65,000. 863-805-8777


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


BOAT PROPS- Stainless
steel, various sizes, $100.
Call eves (863)824-0455
or Iv msg.
Shop here first!
The classified ads.


HONDA 450 1982, Straight
Bike. Mint Condition. Runs
great! $1000 or best offer.
Call (863)675-3724.

HONDA CX500 CUSTOM-
Runs & looks good
$1500 neg.
(239)851-1894


FRANKLIN,'05- 38ft, 2 slide
outs, AC, self contained,
W/D, loaded, $23,900,
(954)483-1322 Cell.
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some extra
bucks when you sell your
used items in the classi-

fieds.


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Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Truoks 4020
Conatruction
W9Equeant 4025
_w i Care .y 4036
N hemld rlv-.4035M
Flvy iuty Tkmk94040
Parts- Repafre 4045
Ptikup Trucks 4050
orItIUd 4055
4060
Utilty Trailer s 4085
Vans 4070


CADILLAC ELDORADO
87, excellent condition,
$1200
813-356-8379.


CHEVY MONTE CARLO LS,
'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
(772)461-9536


FORD TAURUS SE, '03-
white, gray inter, all pow-
er, AC, new tires, $8900
neg. (786)486-3474.


GEO METRO, '94, 2 dr, cold
a/c, exc. cond. $1200.
(772)461-9536


Do-It-Yourself Ideas
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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.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2004 1011 CA
WACHOVIA BANK NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION F/K/A
FIRST UNION NATIONAL BANK
Plaintiff
VS.
JUANITO RODRIGUEZ, ET AL
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
To the following Defendant(s):
KELLY'S LIVESTOCK SUPPLY
(ADDRESS UNKNOWN)
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the fol-
lowing described property:
LOT 6 AND THE WEST 1/2 OF LOT
5, BLOCK 438, SUBDIVISION
OF BLOCK 111 IN THE CITY OF
CLEWISTON, ACCORDING TO
THE MAP OF PLATTHEREOFAS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGES) 24, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF HENRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
a/k/a 519 W EL PASO AVENUE,
CLEWISTON, FLORIDA 33440
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it, on
Moskowitz, Mandell, Salim & Si-
mowita, P.A., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 800 Corporate
Drive, Suite 510, Fort Lauderdale,
Florida 33334 on or before March
1,2005 a date which is within thir-
ty (30) days after the first publica-
tfon of this Notice in THE CLEWIS-
TON NEWS and file the original with
the Clerk of this Court either before
service on Plaintiff's attorney orlm-
mediately thereafter;, otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint.
This notice is provided pursuant to
Administrative Order No. 2.065. In
accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, if you are a
person with a disability who needs
any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you
are entitled, at no cost to you, to
provisions of certain assistance.
lease contact the Court Adminis-
trator at 25 East Hickpocheae, La-
Belle, FL 33935, Phone No. (941)
335-2299 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice or plead-
ing; Ifyou are hearing mpalred, call
1-00-955-8771 (T'D); Ifyou are
voice Impaired, call 1-800-995-
8770 (V)Vla Florida Relay Servic-
WTNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 18th day of January,
2005.
BARBARA S. BUTLER
As Clerk of the Court
By: /S/ Hammond
As Deputy Clerk
549399 CGS 1/27;2/17/05

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NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
CITY OF PAHOKEE
Notice Is hereby given that the City f Pahokee, Florida will hold a general
election on Tuesday, March 8 2005 for the purpose of electing two (2)
commissioners for a term of two (2) years each. Candidates must be a
qualified elector of the City of Pahokee.
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, ending at noon. Candidates must file in person with the City
Clerk, at the Pahokee City Hall, 171 North Lake Avenue, Pahokee, Florida,
during regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until said date
and time. Each candidate shall be voted on by the electorate "At
Large'.
All qualifIed registered electors of Precincts 6006 and 6008 are qualified
to vote in this election. To qualify to vote In this Municipal General Elec-
tion you must first register with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of
Elections by 5:00p.m. February 7, 2005. After that date, books will re-
main closed until the first regular business day after the electIon.
The designated polling place will be the Recreation Complex (old Paho-
kee High Schoocalfeteria), located at 360-C, E Main Street. No person
shall be permitted to vote unless he or she Is registered in accordance
with the Florida State Statutes, and brings proper Identification with a
photograph and a signature (this may be two different documents). The
polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for a
particular seat, a Run-Off election shall be held March 22,2005 between
the two (2) candidates who receive the largest number of votes for that
particular seat.
CITY OF PAHOKEE
JANET K. WHIPPLE
CITY CLERK/SUPERVISOR OF MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
(561) 924-5534
548195 CGS 1/20,27/05

DISTRICT COURT
CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA
Case No. P52702
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
In the Matter of the Estate of
JOHN E. KOHAN,
Deceased,
Notice is gereby given that the undersigned has been appointed and qual-
Ified by the aboce-entitled Court on September 10, 2004, as personal
representative of the estate of John E Kohan, deceased. All creditors ha-
veing claims against the estate are required to file their claims, with sup-
porting documentation attached, with the clerk of the court, at the Clark
County Courthouse, 200 S. Third Street, Las Vegas, Nevada within 60
days after the mailing of the first publication of this Notice.
DATED this 12 day of October, 2004.
Cary Spencer
3016 Pier Harbor Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Submitted By:
BULLIVANT HOUSE BAILEY PC
Anne H. Wellborn, Nevada Bar No. 8719
3980 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Ste. 550
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: 702-650-6565
Facsimile: 702-650-2995
Attomeys for Cary Spencer
in The Matter Of The Estate Of
John E. Kohan
546354 CGS 01/13, 20, 27/05


LEGAL NOTICE
The City of South Bay, Palm Beach
County, Florida will hold an election
at City Hall Commission Cham-
bers, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South
Bay, Florida on March 8, 2005 for
the purpose of electing three Com-
missioners to the City Commis-
sion.
The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m. on March 8, .2005.
Books will be closed according to
Florida Statutes (F.S.97.055) on
Monday, February 7, 2005 (02-07-
S2005).
Deadline fr qualifying for the office
of the City Commission will be
12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 8,
2005 (02-08-2005).
If a run off election is held it will be
held March 22, 2005 at City Hall
Commission Chambers, 335 SW
2nd Avenue, South Bay, Florida.
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to
7:00 p.m. Books will be closed
Monday, February 22, 2005.
Those wishing to file as a candidate
must be a legal resident of the City
and a qualified electorate of the
547515 CGS 1/20 27/05

NOTICE TO PUBLIC
The Hendry County Hospital Authority
Board of Directors will conduct a
Finance Committee Meeting Thurs-
day, February 24, 2005 at 10:00
a.m. In the conference Room at
Hendry Regional Medical Center,
500 West Sugarand Highway, Cle-
wiston, Florida,
549184 CGS 1/27/05


NOTICE TO PUBLIC
The Hendry County Hospital Authority
Board of Directors will conduct
their monthly business meeting on
Thursday February 3rd, 2005, at
12:30 p.m. in the Conference
Room at Hendry Regional Medical
Center, 500 West Sugariand High-
way, Clewiston, Florida.
541328 CGS 1/27/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice Is hereby given that For-
guson Towing will sell at public
Auction, free from all prior 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 31, 2005 at
9:00 a.m.
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Vin #2G4WB14TOK1461670
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF
LANDOWNERS OF
PAHOREE WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to call of the Board of Supervisors of
Pahokee Water Control District, the annual meeting of the landowners of
Pahokee WaterControl Districtforthe year2005, will be held atthe office
of said District located at 2832 N. Main Street, Belle Glade, Palm Beach
County, Florida, on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at 9:00 o'clock in the
forenoon for the purpose of:
1. Electing one Supervisor for a term of three (3) years.
2. ReceIving annual reports and taking such action with respect
thereto as the landowners may determine; and
3. Transacting such other business as may come before the meeting.
if a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors
with respect to any matter considered at the meeting herein referred, he
or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings Is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal Is made.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
PAHOKEE WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
By: /s/ Kenneth McDuffle
President
548302 CGS 1/27;2/3/05


NOTICE
CITY OF BELLE GLADE
PUBLIC INPUT MEETING
TORRY ISLAND NATURE CENTER
The City of Belle Glade's Recreation Department will conduct a public
meeting regarding the development of the Torry Island Nature Center. The
sole purpose of the meeting will be to receive Input from the community
on the development of the Nature Center. The meeting will be conducted
on the following day and date, and the following time and location:
Day: Wednesday
Date: February 2, 2005
Time: 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Location: Belle Glade City Hall
Commission Chambers
110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., West
Belle Glade, Florida
549658 CGS 1/27/05


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
LANDOWNERS OF
RITTA DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to call of the Board of Supervisors of
Ritta Drainage District, and In accordance with Chapter 298, Florida.Stat-
utes 1941, and law amendatory thereto, the Annual Meeting of the Land-
owners of Ritta Drainage Districtforthe year 2004, will be held at United
States Sugar Corporation, Molasses Sales Office, North US 27, Clewis-
ton, Florida, on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 11:45 AM, for the purpose
of:
1. Election of one (1) Supervisor for a term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect
thereto as the landowners may determine.
3. Transacting such other business as may properly come before
the meeting.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
RITTA DRAINAGE DISTRICT
BY: ANDERSON RACKLEY, PRESIDENT
549554 CGS 1/27;2/3/05

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
LANDOWNERS OF
DISSTON ISLAND CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to call of the Board of Supervisors of
Disston Island Conservancy District, and in accordance with Chapter
298, Florida Statutes 1941, and law amendatory thereto, the Annual
Meeting of the Landowners of Disston Island Conservancy District for the
year 2004, will be held at United States Sugar Corporation, Molasses
ales Office, North US 27, Clewiston, Florida, on Tuesday, February 8,
2005 at 10:00 AM, for the purpose of:
1. Election of one (1) Supervisor for a term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect
thereto as the landowners may determine.
3. Transacting such other business as may properly come before
the meeting.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
DISSTON ISLAND CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
BY: Trey Dyess, PRESIDENT
549557 CGS 1/27;2/3/05

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
LANDOWNERS OF
BOLLES DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice Is hereby given that pursuant to call of the Board of Supervisors of
Bolles Drainage DIstrict, and In accordance with Chapter 298, Florida
Statutes 1941, and law amendatory thereto, the Annual Meeting of the
Landowners of Bolles Drainage District for the year 2004, will be held at
United States Sugar Corporations Molasses Sales Office, North US 27,
Clewiston, Florida, on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 11:45 AM, for the
purpose of:
1. Election of one (1) Supervisor for a term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with reppect
thereto as the landowners may determine.
3. Transacting such other business as may properly come before
the meeting. '
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
BY: ANDERSON RACKLEY, PRESIDENT
549548 CGS 1/27;2/3/05


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
SHARON E. LAWRENCE LIGON File Number 2004-133-CP
Deceased Division ____
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The Administration of the ESTATE OF SHARON E. LAWRENCE LIGON, de-
ceased, File Number 2004-133-CP, is pending in the Circuit Court for
Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is the LA-
BELLE-COURTHOURSE COMPLEX. 25 E. Hickpoochee Avenue, Post Of-
fice Box 1760, LaBelle, Florida 33975-1760.
The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Per-
sonal Representative's attomey are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and persons having claims of demands
against the decedent's estate must file their claims with this Court within
three months after the date of the first publication of this notice of thirty
day after the date of service of a copy of this notice on them. ALL CLAIMS
NOT SO FILED FILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
Publication of this Notice has begun on 1/20/2005.
WILLIAM P. MEEHAN, ATTORNEY MIKIA NICOLE McCRAE
1950 Courtney Drive, Suite 205 P.O. Box 443
Fort Myers, FL 33901-9017 Clewiston, FL 33440-0443
(239)939-4254 PERSONAL
Flodda Bar No. 253820 REPRESENTATIVE
548285 CGS 01/27;2/03


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned is the duly appointed and
qualified trustee of the John E. Kohan Revocable Trust. John E, Kohan,
the settlor of that trust died on April 28, 2004. A creditor havits1 a claim
against the trust estate must file his claim with the undersignedit the ad-
dress given below within 90 days after the first publication of this notice.
NRS 164.025


DATED: January 7, 2005



547768 CGS 1/20,27;2/3/05


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ORLANDO-State of Florida
and the Department of Homeland
Security's Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA) officials
have announced the Florida Hurri-
cane Housing Hotline, (888) 472-
1727, will discontinue operating
Jan. 28.
Individuals' who still have
urgent housing needs related to the
2004 hurricanes can call FEMA
Helpline at (800) 621-FEMA
(3362); TIY (800) 462-7585 for the
speech or hearing impaired. Florid-
ians also can make requests at one
of the state's Disaster Recovery
Centers (DRC). The Helpline is
operational daily from 7 a.m. to 7


Earthquake
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District scientists discovered
spikes in deep monitoring well-
water levels 60 minutes after the
recent earthquake.
The massive, Dec. 26 underwa-
ter earthquake off the coast of
northern Sumatra impacted the
earth's underground water levels
approximately 8,000 miles away in
Florida, according to South Florida
Water Management District hydro-
geologists.
Water levels in the district's deep
Floridian aquifer monitoring wells
in Collier and Okeechobee coun-
ties and other wells throughout the
agency's 16-county region, saw
sudden spikes up to four inches,
approximately 60 minutes after the
earthquake, which measured 9.0
on the Richter Magnitude Scale hit.
"Normally, water level changes
in the Floridan aquifer happen
slowly," said John Mulliken, the
agency's director of planning and
resource evaluation, who oversees
a team of water supply planners,
environmental scientists and hydro-
geologists.
"The spikes were sudden and
very unusual," he said. "The speed
at which the shockwave moved
was absolutely awesome."
The spikes were not uniform
from well to well. U.S. Geological
Survey (USGS) scientists estimate
that seismic waves from the earth-
quake traveled across the globe at
approximately 7,400 miles per
hour, causing small water-filled
crevices in the Floridan aquifer to
expand and contract. This action
forced water in and out of the wells.
The hydrologists also concluded
that no damage to the Floridan
aquifer or water supply resulted


p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Statewide DRCs are open from 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sat-
urday.
The Florida Hurricane Housing
Hotline was established in the
wake of Hurricanes Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne, which
impacted the state last August and
September. Since its inception, the
hotline has received more than
24,000 calls.
The State Emergency Response
Team (SERT) is a collaboration of
Florida's state agencies led by the
state coordinating officer. SERT's
mission is to ensure that Florida is
prepared to respond to emergen-


cies, recover from them, and miti-
gate their impact. Visit
http://www.floridadisaster.org for
the latest information on the hurri-
cane relief efforts.
FEMA prepares the nation for all
hazards and manages federal
response and recovery efforts fol-
lowing any national incident.
FEMA also initiates mitigation activ-
ities, trains first responders, works
with state and local emergency
managers, and manages the
National Flood Insurance Program
and the U.S. Fire Administration.
FEMA became part of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security
March 1,2003.


impacts Florida aquifers

Changes in Water Levels in Deep Wells (more than 1000' belowland
surface) Because of the Sumatra Earthquake
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This well monitoring chart, provided by the South Water
Florida Management District, shows the spikes in activity
from the Dec. 26 massive earthquake that devastated coast-
lines. as far as 8,000 miles away from Florida.


from this event.
The wells, ranging in depth from
1,350 feet to 1,900 feet, are used by
South Florida Water Management
hydrogeologists to monitor and
learn more about the Floridan
aquifer system, an underground
layer of porous limestone that cov-
ers most of Florida. The system is
used as the primary water supply


source for millions of people, busi-
nesses and farms throughout much
of the state. It is a secondary source
of water in the area south of Lake
Okeechobee.
Scientists for state and federal
agencies have reported similar
readings in deep wells in other
states resulting from the earth-
quake.


Landlord-tenant brochures distributed


TALLAHASSEE The Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services is assisting
the federal government with
educating hurricane victims
about their rights and responsi-
bilities as tenants.
The department has provid-
ed the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA) with
30,000 Landlord/Tenant Law
brochures to be distributed to
Florida residents in affected
areas. FEMA provides disaster
assistance to people who were
victimized by the hurricanes
and wants to educate disaster
applicants about their rights as
tenants.
The agency will distribute


the brochures at Disaster
Recovery mobile units
deployed throughout the state.
It's important that Florida resi-
dents who may have been
forced to vacate damaged
rental units for any amount of
time find out what their rights
are about paying rent during
the time they were not occupy-
ing a structure. The law also
covers the conditions under
which a tenant can terminate a
lease. In addition, thousands of
residents were displaced when
their homes were damaged or
destroyed during one of the
four hurricanes that struck the
state.
Many are still unable to


return to their homes and are
renting houses or apartments
until their homes can be
repaired or rebuilt. Homeown-
ers may not be aware' that state
law provides them with certain
rights as tenants and provides
landlords with some rights as
well. Landlords and tenants
need to find out what their
responsibilities are so these
temporary placements don't
become a hardship.
"The key to avoiding prob-
lems is to know what the law
does to protect you as a tenant,
and what it doesn't do," said
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles
Bronson.


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_March of Dimes help


mothers and babies


Courtesy photo
Scott Bristow, Feeding Frenzy Fanatic winner

Girl Scouts host


fair 'Feeding Frenzy'


Fair goers gathered at the Taste
of Florida Stage Thursday evening
to watch local celebrities eat their
way to victory during the fourth
Annual Girl Scout Cookie Feeding
Frenzy.
Scott Bristow, of KOOL 105.5,
beat out the likes of Mayor ,Lois
Frankel, Leslie Streeter from the
Palm Beach Post, Jason Penning-
ton of WILD 95.5, Keith Van Allen
of the Gator 98.7 and a lucky audi-
ence member to become the new
"Feeding Frenzy Fanatic."
Each contestant was paired
with local Girl Scouts who fed
them 24 Girl Scout cookies. Scott
was the first contestant to finish


all 24 cookies. Afterward, the con-
testants stayed to sign autographs
and pose for pictures. The Girl
Scout Cookie sale runs until Feb.
7.'
Girl Scouts is the world's pre-
eminent organization dedicated
solely to girls-all girls-everywhere.
In an accepting and nurturing
environment, girls build character
and skills for success in the real
world. Girl Scouts of Palm Glades
Council, Inc., a United Way
agency, serves almost 9,000 Girl
Scouts in Palm Beach, Martin, St.
Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee,
Glades and Hendry Counties.


The Southwest Coast Division
of the March of Dimes has award-
ed 2005 grants that will address
significant maternal and child
health issues such as access to
care in rural areas that are of con-
cern in our community, said
Wendy Widerman, March of
Dimes Program services chair.
These grants are one way the
March of Dimes pursues its mis-
sion of preventing birth defects
and infant mortality.
"We are grateful that our suc-
cessful fundraising efforts to help
more babies to be born healthy in
Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and
Charlotte County," she said. Agen-
cies that received March of Dimes
2005 grant awards include:
Lehigh Acres Social Services Cen-
ter, 9,000, to provide free prenatal
education and support for preg-
nant, Spanish-speaking women
residing in Lehigh Acres and east-
ern Lee County. Transportation to
and from the classes and child-
care will be available through the
grant.
Hendry County Health Depart-
ment, 8,000, to implement
enhanced parental education
services for Spanish-speaking
women in Clewiston and Labelle.
The grant will increase participa-
tion in local parental and family
planning programs through out-
reach, education and public
awareness about pre-pregnancy
care. Two organizations received
a total of 3,000 in community
awards.


The Lee/Collier Chapter of the
Association of Women's Health,
Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
(AWHONN) will help design and
implement educational programs
on prematurely for area nurses;
and the Post Polio Support Group
provided funding for printing and
distributing their educational
newsletter.
Post-Polio Voice "In addi-
tion," said Wilderman, "the Flori-
da chapter of the March of Dimes
mission preventing birth defects,
premature birth and infant mor-
tality. All non-profit organizations
that work with maternal/infant
health issues may apply for both
state and local grants."
For more information, contact
Tricia Christian at (239) 433-3463.
The March of Dimes is a
national voluntary health agency
whose mission is to improve the
health of babies by preventing
birth defects and infant mortality.
Founded in 1938, the March of
Dimes funds programs of
research, community services,
education, and advocacy to save
babies and in 2003 launched a
five-year campaign to address the
increasing rate of premature
birth.
For more information, visit
March of Dimes Web site at mar-
chofdimes.com or its Spanish
Web site n'acersano.org. For more
information on the annual March
'of Dimes Walk America, visit the
Web site atwalkamerica.org.


National Awareness


Folic Acid Week


GAINESVILLE-The Florida
Folic Acid Coalition, based at the
University of Florida (UF), is joining
with other public and private
groups to launch National Folic
Acid Awareness Week, Jan. 24-30,
throughout the state and nation.
The goal of this weeklong event
is to make people aware of the
importance of folic acid in their diet
and its many lifelong benefits, said
Gail Rampersaud, a registered die-
titian and assistant in nutrition
research and education at UF's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (UF/IFAS).
"The theme of the educational
effort, 'Folic Acid: You Don't Know
What You're Missing,' is especially
important with the popularity of
low-carbohydrate diets," she said.
"We are concerned that people
who are curtailing their intake of
carbohydrates such as fortified
grains are unaware that they may
be missing out on essential vita-
mins and minerals, such as folic
acid, for good health and well-
being."
Ms. Rampersaud said folic acid
is a B-vitamin necessary for proper
cell growth. Daily intake of at least
400 micrograms of folic acid before
and during pregnancy has been
shown to reduce the risk for seri-
ous birth defects of the brain and
spine, called neural tube defects.
Since 1998, the Food and Drug
Administration'has required the
addition of folic acid to enriched
cereal grain products such as
breads, cereals, flours, pastas, rice
and other grain products. Accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention, fortification
has helped reduce the rates of neu-
ral tube defects by approximately
26 percent,.
Lynn Bailey, a professor in the
UF/IFAS food science and human
nutrition department, said that tak-
ing 400 micrograms of folic acid
before and during early pregnancy
from a multivitamin or fortified
foods may help reduce the risk for


neural tube defects by up to 70 per-
cent. Bailey's research on folic acid
was a major factor in the National
Academy of Sciences' decision to
issue its recommendations on folic
acid and birth defect prevention.
"We are concerned that many
women of childbearing years
might not understand that by low-
ering their intake of enriched
grains, they could be increasing
their risk of having a pregnancy
affected by a birth defect," Ms. Bai-
ley said. "To get enough folic acid
every day, women should take a
daily multivitaminand include for-
tified grains as part.of a healthy diet
that includes folate-rich foods such
as orange juice, dark green leafy
vegetables, strawberries, and
legumes such as peanuts and kid-
ney beans."
Bailey said about 3,000 babies
in the United States, including 80W
babies in Florida, are born each
year with a neural tube defect,
resulting in substantial emotional
and financial impacts on affected
families. Although many women
are aware of folic acid, less than
half take a multivitamin containing
folic acid every day.
"Taking a multivitamin with 400
micrograms of folic acid every day
is such a simple thing to do yet can
return huge benefits with regard to
the health of a mother and her chil-
dren," she said.
Ms. Bailey and Ms. Rampersaud
oversee the Florida Folic Acid Coali-
tion, which is currently supported
by UF/IFAS and the Florida Depart-
ment of Health. The coalition edu-
.cates consumers and health pro-
fessionals about.the health benefits
of folic acid, increasing folic acid
intake and reducing the number of
babies born with serious birth
,defects.
Ron Lutz, an advanced regis-
tered nurse practitioner and coor-
dinator for the coalition at UF/IFAS,
says that much work needs to be
done regarding folic acid educa-
tion.


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Guitar man Walt Shirley, owner of Whisper Creek RV Park
in Muse, and his band provided entertainment for those
attending the annual Honey Festival in Muse Jan. 15.





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