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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: April 7, 2005
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Glades County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
Coordinates: 26.834167 x -81.096111 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1922.
Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
General Note: Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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Moore Haven, Fla. Thursday, April 7,2005 Volume 78, Number 43


At a glance

Talent to speak
on Rural Village
The public is invited to join
Ortona Community Associa-
tion members Wednesday,
April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Fire-
house/OCA building, 3000
Ortona Road (Highway 78A).
Following a brief membership
meeting, John Tallent, director
of Land Development for
Lykes Brothers, Inc. will speak
on plans for developing the
"Rural Village" concept in
Glades County. Refreshments
will be served. For further
information, contact: Fran
Way, OCA president at (863)
675-7880 or fax: (863) 675-
1868.

Lions Club installs
new officers
The Moore Haven Lions
Club will hold its installation of
officers for the year 2005-2006
Tuesday April 12 at 5 p.m. at
the American Legion Hall. The
Officer in charge will be Lion
James Fitzpatrick, vice district
governor, Lions International.
This is a dinner meeting.

Spaghetti dinner at
American Legion
The Moore Haven Lions
Club Saturday, April 9, starting
at 4 p.m., at The American
Legion Hall, the club and
Moore .-Haven American
Legion Post 299 are jointly
holding a spaghetti and meaty
sauce dinner, with bread,
salad, etc. eat in or take out,
for only $5. Afterwards, every-
one is invited to stay for bingo,
commencing at 6 p.m.

Sunrise service
planned
Lakeport Christian
Church's congregation will
begin a campaign for 40 Days
of Purpose April 9. Anyone in
the community who is inter-
ested in being a part of this
program should contact Jo at
946-1222 for complete infor-
mation.

Bus driver class
The Glades County School
District will be offering a bus-
driving course for anyone
interested in driving a school
bus for the district for daily
routes and/or extracurricular
trips. If interested, please con-
tact Doug Manke at (863) 946-
3662. Classes have begun and
take place in the evenings.

GED classes
The Glades County School
District is offering GED prep
classes at Moore Haven High
School (room 26-003) for
adults who wish to obtain
their GED. Classes are on Tues-
day and Thursday nights from
6-8 p.m. You may register the
night of the classes. If you have
any questions you may call
Scott Bass at (863) 946-0202
ext. 13.

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South Florida mourns lawman


MaryAnn Morris
Friends, Family and law
enforcement officers from at
least nine jurisdictions gathered
at the Maple Grove Baptist
Church in Lakeport Friday night,
April 1, to remember Former
Glades County Sheriff Jim Rider
who died of cancer March 23,
and to honor that memory.
Again and again throughout
the service the words honor, and
integrity were heard, as one by
one, those whose lives he
touched paid tribute to a man
who, as everyone who spoke


remembered, was, above all else
a true leader. He served his com-
munity through many organiza-
tions: fraternal, governmental
and private.
"Whenever you saw Jim, the
first thing you saw was that smile
of his. We always had a good
working relationship," recalled
Broward County Sheriff Ken
Jenne, who he had worked with
before coming to Glades County,
"When I called he always had
good advice for me."
"He had a positive impact on
professional law enforcement,"
said former executive director of


the Florida Sheriff's Association
and Acting Consultant for the
Florida Sheriff's Association,
Sheriff Buddy Phillips, "he was
quiet and unassuming, but when
he talked, you listened."
He was a "nuts and bolts"
leader, initiating,"Operation Rock
pile" a 1989 drug enforcement
operation that resulted in 2,224
drug arrests in a,48-hour period.
This tactic was so successful it
was later carried out over a tri-
state area.
It .was his vision that brought
See Rider Page 12


Easter in Ortona: Hunting for a little fun


Courtesy photos
Children from the Ortona area, as well as others, eagerly await the start of the annual
Ortona Easter Egg hunt held over Easter weekend in Ortona.

Ortona celebrates Easter with egg hunt
The Ortona Community-
Association celebrated anoth-
er Easter season with a chil-
dren's egg hunt and party on .
Palm Sunday at Larry Luckey .
Indian Mound Park. Nineteen .
children, 12 adults, and five i '
volunteer helpers enjoyed the
festivities that included the
hunt for eggs, demolishing a .
pi-ata filled withEaster treats, -
and refreshments. '.


* See more photos Page 12
Prizes were hidden in spe-
cial eggs. Three large decorat-
ed Easter Baskets were giver.
as grand prizes. One pound
chocolate rabbits were
awarded for the top egg gath-
erers in each of three different
age categories. Wrapped "Tig-
ger" chocolate eggs served as
consolation prizes to children
finding the fewest eggs.
De Mitchell, children's
activities volunteer director
commented, "I want to be
sure all children have fun and
leave with a prize of some
sort." Prizewinners included
Rodney Billings, Kaitlyn and
Patrick Heflin, John D and
Kimberly Mitchell, Brandon
Pasch, Bubba Pequeno and
Joslyn West.


Taking count of her goodies, this young girl shows off her
bounty after partaking in the annual Ortona Easter egg hunt.


Youngsters who participated in Ortona's Easter egg hunt
lined up to collect prizes after a long day of digging
through bushes and checking under rocks for goodies left
behind by the Easter bunny.


Siah prolo'MaryAnn Morris
Memorial Service for former Glades County Sheriff Jim L.
Rider includes this mounted honor guard and a capacity
crowd at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Moore Haven Friday,
April 1.


New church is


dedicated in


Buckhead Ridge


BUCKHEAD RIDGE The
parishioners of St. Theresa of
the Child Jesus Catholic Church
in Buckhead Ridge gathered
Saturday, April 2, to dedicate
their newly-completed church.
Bishop John Nevins was on
hand for the dedication cere-
mony.
He remembered blessing
the parish's first church, which
had been in a remodeled
machine shop, in 1993.
"You've come a long way,
baby," he laughed.
The bishop said he has seen
the Catholic Church grcw in
Florida. In 1960, he said, there
were only two Catholic dioce-
ses in the state. Today there are


seven dioceses. He said there
are currently about 200,000 res-
idential Catholics, in the ten
counties that make up the Dio-
cese of Venice, plus thousands
of migrant workers, tourists and
winter residents who also
attend Catholic churches.
"This church is dedicated to
the glory of the living God," he
said. "There are different kinds
of service, though it is the same
God we serve.
"When -our Lord Jesus
invites us to follow Him, he
in, lite iu '. ith all our ,oiecigqthl-s
and weaknesses," he said.
The Bishop reminded the
See Church-- Page 12


Local church


has a special


connection to Pope


BUCKHEAD RIDGE As
Buckhead Ridge Catholics gath-
ered to; celebrate the successful
completion of their new church
on Saturday, festivities were tem-
pered with thoughts of and
prayers for Pope John Paul II.
The new St. Theresa of the
Child Jesus Catholic Church was
dedicated on Saturday, April.2 at
10 a.m. A few hours later, the
Vatican announced that the pon-
tiff had died.
St. Theresa's Church will
always be, connected in our
memories to Pope John II
because of this coincidence,
said Rev. Esteban Soy, pastor.
This was not the little
church's only special connec-
tion to the Pope.


Former pastor, Father
Emelian Swiatecki often told
parishioners stories about Pope
John Paul II, who Rev. Swiatecki
first knew as Karol Wojtyla.
Rev. Swiatecki was ordained
in Poland. His first parish was in
the diocese of then-Bishop
Wojtyla. Rev. Swiatecki recalled
how the man who would
become Pope John II spoke out
for human rights. He also
laughed about how the holy
man would disguise himself to
sneak past the Communists
when necessary. Before going
into the seminary, the young
Karol Wojtyla had considered an
acting career, and his theatre
background came in handy
when a disguise was needed.


GEO Group gives


to Moore Haven


Moore Haven The GEO
Group, Inc. presented a check
for $17,500 in Corporate Tax
Credit Scholarships to the city of
Moore Haven at the Moore
Haven City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 15.
This $17,500 contribution to
the city of Moore Haven was
made through Florida P.R.I.D.E.,
a .Florida-based Scholarship
Funding Organization, which
receives and redirects corporate
tax funds on behalf of the Cor-
porate Tax Credit Scholarship
Program within the city of
Moore Haven.
The Corporate Tax Credit
Scholarship Program was creat-
ed in 2001 by the Florida Legisla-
ture to offer more educational
opportunities to low-income
families by providing students in
I


grades K-12 with educational
scholarships so they can attend
a private or public school of
their choice.
Companies owing Florida
corporate state income tax can
participate by redirecting a por-
tion of their obligation to
approved non-profit scholarship
organizations. In return, corpo-
rations receive a tax credit for
every dollar they donate. One
hundred percent of the donation
is used for scholarships.
The check was presented by'
Tommy Douberley, Warden at
GEO's Moore Haven Correction-
al Facility, and received by Moore
Haven's mayor and city council
along with Mrs. Kerri Vaughan
representing Florida P.R.I.D.E.
See Donation Page,12


Courtesy photo
Representatives from the GEO Group, Inc., presented a check in the amount of $17,500
to Moore Haven city officials towards providing scholarship funds through P.R.I.D.E.


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Sugar Festival attendees are going
to be treated to some big names in
country music at the upcoming April
16 concerts, but it wouldn't be a
local festival without local flavor.
Local band Flipside will be taking
the stage to entertain their home-
town crowd, as well. Members are,
from left to right, Snag, Trey, Dipp,
Terry, and Randy. Singing backup
for one show only will be Angela
Johnson and Eureka Whitehall.


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Miss Rayl to marry
Mr. Snow on June 11.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Rayl of
Fitzgerald, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Jodie Jean,
to James Matthew Snow, III, son of
Mr. and Mrs. James Matthew
Snow, Jr., of Belle Glade.
Miss Rayl is the granddaughter
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rayl and
the late Mr. and Mrs. Bedford
Moran. She is a 1998 honor gradu-
ate of Fitzgerald High School. She
graduated with highest honors in
2000 from Abraham Baldwin Agri-
cultural College with an Associates
in Business. While at ABAC, Jodie
was on the women's tennis team,
a member of Phi Theta Kappa
honor society, and a member of
Alpha Beta Gamma business soci-
ety. She then attended the Universi-
ty of Georgia and graduated Suma
Cum Laude with highest honors
with a Bachelors of Business in
Management Information Sys-
tems. At UGA, she was a member


of Alpha Kappa Psi business frater-
nity and enrolled in the honors pro-
gram. Miss Rayl is currently pursu-
ing a Juris Doctors from Stetson
University College of Law in St.
Petersburg, Fla, and plans to gradu-
ate in May 2007.
Matthew is the grandson of Mrs.
Mattie Snow and the late Mr. James
M. Snow, Sr., the late Mrs. Cary
Snow, and the late Mrs. Sue Vulg-
amore. Mr. Snow graduated in
1997 from Glades Day School in
Belle Glade. He then attended Val-
dosta Technical College where he
earned a diploma in Industrial
Electrical Technology. He contin-
ued his education at Valdosta State
University and received a Bache-
lors Degree of Applied Science in
Technical Studies. Mr. Snow is cur-
rently employed' with Tampa
Armature Works as a service man-
ager in the Tampa office.
The wedding is to be held at
5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at
Arbor Baptist Church in Fitzgerald,
GA. A reception will follow at
Fitzgerald Elks Lodge.


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Obituaries


Laura Lockmiller
Laura Doub Lockmiller, 93, of
West Palm Beach (formerly of
Belle Glade), died at Sutton Place
Nursing Home March 7, 2005.
Laura was born in Pespire, Hon-
duras February 12, 1912. She was
the daughter of Fletcher Harris
Doub, originally from Greensboro,
NC and Susan Motino Doub. Her
first memories were from when
the family lived in Tegucigulpa,
Honduras. They lived in a house
about a block form the local cathe-
dral.
When she was bout five years
old, the family moved to San Sal-
vador. Her father who was very flu-
ent in Spanish got a job with the
U.S. State Department. He had
originally gone to Latin America
while serving in the Spanish Ameri-
can War. In 1921 the family sailed
from Central America to San Fran-
cisco. There Laura's father started a
hat factory. In 1925 he grew restless
and the family business was sold.
He bought a Ford automobile to
make a trip across the United
States. This was before there were
paved roads and motels.
The family drove and camped
out across the country. They settled
in a small community called
Whitehouse near Jacksonville, Fla.
Later they moved to LaBelle, Fla. in
anticipation of Hendry Ford build-
ing facilities in the area to help in
the manufacturing of rubber tires.
Laura graduated from high
school in 1931 as Salutatorian of
her class. She attended Florida Col-
lege For Women (now Florida
State University) in Tallahassee for
two years. Jobs were scarce when
she moved to Belle Glade to join
her sister Rosa who was teaching
at the high school. She got a job at
Darden's Drug Store. Later she met
her future husband Carl who
worked across the street at Betzn-
er's Hardware. They married in
1941. Carl and Laura started their
own business, Glades Hardware in
1946 and worked until their retire-
,ment in 1977. For several years
Laura worked for Gove Elementary
in the ESE Department. She also
taught first grade catechism to
youngsters at St. Phillip Benizi
Catholic Church every Sunday for
over 30 years. Her husband, Carl
passed in 1993. In 1996 she moved


to West Palm Beach where she
lived on her own until 2003.
'She will be lovingly, remem-
bered by her family, including her
daughter, Yvonne M. Lockmiller,
Wellington; son, Charles Lock-
miller, West Palm Beach; two
grandchildren, Alison and Michael;
two brothers, John Doub, LaBelle,
William Doub, Immokalee; three
sisters, Rosa Nash, Port St. Luci,
Julia Chappell, Jupiter, Carmella
Mayton, Alamogordo, NM; many
nieces and nephews.
A Mass pf Christian Burial was
celebrated March, 11, 2005 at the
St. Therese De Lisieux Catholic
Church, Wellington. Burial fol-
lowed at Our Lady Queen of Peace
Catholic Cemetery, Royal Palm
Beach.
The family would like to thank
the Hospice Bronze Team and
Father Guerin and Father George of
St. Therese De Lisieux Catholic
Church for their care of Laura.
Duke Tucker
Duke Tucker, 25, of Jensen
Beach, died Sunday, April 3, 2005,
at his residence.
He was born in West Palm
Beach, and has been a resident of
Jensen Beach for 12 years coming
from Belle Glade.
He was employed by Jordan
Manufacturing in Jensen Beach.
He was a veteran serving in the
U.S. Navy.
He was a member of The
Church of The Holy Nativity in
Canal Point, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Erica
Tucker of Jensen beach; one
daughter, Ruby Tucker of Jensen
Beach; his mother and father, Perla
and Bill Underwood of Jensen
Beach; and one brother, William
Underwood of Jensen beach.
Friends may call Thursday, April
7, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A
prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.
on Thursday at the funeral home,
A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated at 1 p.m., Friday,
April 8, at St. Joseph Catholic
Church.
Interment will be in Port Maya-
ca Cemetery in Port Mayaca, Fla.
Those who wish may make contri-
butions to National Headache
Foundation, 820 N. Orleans, Suite
217, Chicago, IL 60610-3132.
Arrangements are under the


direction of Aycock funeral home,
Jensen beach.
Raymond Oscar
Reynolds
Raymond Oscar Reynolds of
Clewiston, 78, died Friday, April 1,
2005 at Palm Terrace in Clewiston.
Raymond Oscar Reynolds was
born in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He
lived here in Clewiston for 49 years.
He was employed with Okeelanta
Sugar Corporation, as an Instru-
ment Mechanic. His survivors are
nephews Johnny Reynolds of
Clewiston, Eddie Reynolds of Pana-
ma City nieces, Wanda Formonte
of Panama City, Faye Olson of
Sweetwater, Tenn., Emma Wheel-
er of Panama City and Vicky Robin-
son of Sweetwater, Tenn.
Calling hours'are from 7-9 p.m.
April 5, 2005 at Akin-Davis Funeral
Homes. Services are at 11 a.m.
April 6, .2005 at graveside -
Ridgelawn Cemetery, burial will be
at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Officiating
Clergy Reverend Mark Harris.
Arrangements are in the direc-
tion of Akin-Dais Funeral Homes, in
Clewiston.
Edward Lee
"Buddie" Herring
Edward Lee "Buddie" Herring,
age 73, of Lake Placid, died March
31, 2005, at his home after a long
battle with cancer. Mr. Herring was
born Sept. 18, 1931 in Moultrie,
Georgia, son of Theron and Velma
Herring. He was a retired Florida
Highway Patrolman. His last
assignment being at the Florida
Turnpike station in Orlando where
he served as sergeant. He was a
volunteer fireman for the city of
Clewiston for many years, and
enjoyed piloting airplanes, square-
dancing, collecting model trains,
tinkering with small engines and
traveling in his motor home. His
favorite organization was undoubt-
edly his many functions.
Mr. Herring is survived by his
wife Loretta J. Herring; one daugh-
ter, Brenda (Herring) Lopez, one
brother, Cranford B. 'Jack" Herring;
one half- brother, Roscoe Gay; and
two grandchildren, Robin Lopez
and Oliver Lopez.
'A memorial service was held at
11 a.m., on Monday, April 4,2005 at


the chapel of the Akin-Davis Funer-
al Home in Clewiston, with grave-
side services held at Ridgelawn
Cemetery also in Clewiston. For
those who prefer to make a dona-
tion in lieu of flowers, the family
requests that they be sent to Hos-
pice.
Eleanor Vansickle Wolf
Eleanor Vansickle Wolf went
home to the Lord, Sunday April 3,
2005. She was born May 25, 1920
in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grad-
uated from Purdue University with
a degree in Home Economics. In
1948, she moved to Belle Glade
with her husband Emil and two
small children where they lived for
44 years -before they moved to
Venice, Fla. in 2002. For many years
she served the children of Commu-
nity United Methodist Church,
where she was a member. For 20
years she held active leadership
positions in the Palm Glades Girl
Scout Council. She substituted for
10 years in Belle Glade schools.
In her latter years, she volun-
teered at Gove Elementary and
with many other organizations that
helped people, including Red
Cross, Shriners, and Adult Literacy
Program.
Survivors include Emil, her lov-
ing husband of 63 years and her
daughters Barbara Port of Seffner,
Fla., Janet Hoffman of
Lawrenceville, Georgia, Nancy
Wolf of Temple Terrace, Fla., and
Jean Jankowski of Venice, Fla.,
seven grandsons, and two grand-
daughters.
The celebration of her life will
be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9,
2005, at Christ United Methodist
Church, 1475 Center Road, Venice,
Florida 34293, (941) 493-7504.
Memorial donations may be
made to the Florida United
Methodist Children's Home, 51
Main Street, Enterprise, Florida
32725, (386) 668-4774, or the
Alzheimer's Association, 1230
South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota,
Florida 34239, (941) 365-8883.


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Kaylee Jade Blair
Lyndsey Yagovane and Ronnie
Blair of Clewiston are proud to
announce the birth of their
daughter, Kaylee Jade Blair. She
was born on February 24, 2005 at
Glades General Hospital in Belle
Glade. She weighed 7 pounds 13
ounces and was 20 inches long at
birth. Paternal grandmother is
Lisa Furderburk of Clewiston. The
Great-grandfather is Chester Blair.


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Williams
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Birth of their daughter Tijrana
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Cristina Isabel Llorens


Cristina Isabel
Llorens graduates
May 6, 2005 is the graduation
. day for Cristina Isabel Llorens
from The University of Central
Florida. Cristina a member of
Glades Day School in Belle Glade,
class of 2000, has earned her
degree at UCF in Journalism with
a minor in Political Science.
Cristina is the daughter of
Maria Isabel Torres of Belle Glade
and Fernando Z. Llorens of Stuart.
She is the granddaughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Alberto J. Torres and Mr.
and Mrs. Fernando N. Llorenos,
also of Belle Glade.


Identification helps


project food supply


Last week Florida Commis-
sioner of Agriculture Charles
Bronson was in Glades County
to promote "point of origin" tag-
'ging for cattle. Under the pro-
gram, a button-like disc isrnsert-
ed into the animal's ear, much as
'a human would wear a pierced
'earring. The disc contains a 15
'digit identification number and
, responds to a scanner. Cattle can
'be scanned quickly, running
'them through a chute past a
'portable scanner. This system,
.coupled with computer records
kept by ranchers, buyers and
feedlots will be able to trace an
individual cow from birth to the
table.
This means that if a problem
is found in a particular batch of
*hamburger, health officials
could determine exactly which
,cattle the meat came from, and
'trace those cattle back to their
:point of origin, within 48 hours.
American beef producers
;already have a good record for
food safety. The tagging system
improves food safety because if
'there is a problem, health offi-
cials can quickly and efficiently
'determine which cattle may
'have been exposed to a disease.
The ID system means any cat-
;tle that might have been
.exposed can be quickly identi-
fied, quarantined and tested. It
,prevents the need to kill cattle
that might.not have had any con-
tact with an infected animal. In
England, during the Mad Cow


A
Healthier
Life


with Katrina Elsken

Disease scare, whole herds were
destroyed in areas where Mad
Cow was suspected, since at the
time- they had no way to deter-
mine exactly where each cow
had been in its lifespan.
The tagging system is current-
ly voluntary. Consumers can
encourage it, .and other food
identification, at the market-
place.
With so many possible con-
taminants in today's food sup-
ply, consumers need this kind of
information to help them
choose the safest food available.
Point of origin identification
also makes it possible for the
consumers to support American
farmers by insisting on knowing
where the beef came from and
buying American-bred beef.
Before making any change in
your diet or exercise program,'
consult your doctor. This is espe-
cially important if you are on any
diet or exercise program. Some
drugs interact badly with foods
that would otherwise be consid-
ered "healthy."


Taxpayers should consider
claiming tax credits for which
they might be eligible when com-
pleting their federal income tax
returns, advises the IRS. A tax
credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduc-
tion of taxes owed. Some credits
are refundable taxes, which could
be reduced to the point that a tax-
payer would receive a refund
rather than owing any taxes.
Below are some of the credits tax-
payers could he eligible to claim:

Earned Income
Tax Credit
This is a refundable credit for
low-income working individuals
and families. Income and family
size determine the amount of the
EITC. When the EITC exceeds the
amount of taxes owed, it results
in a tax refund to those who claim
and qualify for the credit. For
more information, see IRS Publi-
cation 596, Earned Income Credit
(EIC).

Child TaX Credit
This credit is for people who
have a qualifying child. The maxi-
mum amount of the credit is
1,000 for each qualifying child.
This credit can be claimed in addi-
tion to the credit for child and
dependant care expenses. For
more information, on the Child
Tax Credit, see Pub.972, Child Tax
Credit.

Child and Dependant
Care Credit
This is for expenses paid for
the care of children under age 13,
or for a disabled spouse or depen-
dant, to enable the taxpayer to
work. There is a limit to the
amount of qualifying expenses.
The credit is a percentage of those
qualifying expenses, For more
information, SEE Pub. 503, Child
and Dependant Care Expenses.

Adoption Credit
Adoptive parents can take a
tax credit of up to $10,390 for
qualifying expenses paid to adopt
an eligible child, A credit of up to
$10,390 may be allowed for the
adoption of a child with special
needs even if you do not have any
qualifying expenses. For' more
information,. see Pub. 968, Tax
Benefits for Adoption.


Credit for the
Elderly and Disabled
This credit is available to indi-
viduals who are either age 65 or
older or are under age 65 and
retired on permanent and total
disability, and who are U.S. citi-
zens or residents. There are
income limitations. For more
information, see Pub. 524, Credit
for Elderly or the Disabled.

Education Credits
There are two credits avail-
able, the Hope Credit and the Life-
time Learning Credit, for people
who pay higher education costs.
The Hope Credit is for the pay-
ment of the first two years of
tuition and related expenses for
an eligible student foe whom the
taxpayer claims an exemption on
the tax return. The Lifetime Learn-
ing Credit is available for all post-
secondary education for an
unlimited number of years. A tax-
payer cannot claim both reedits
for the same student in one year.
For more information, see Pub.
970, Tax Benefits for Education.

Retirement Savings
Contribution Credit
Eligible individuals may be
able to claim a credit for a per-
centage of their qualified retire-
ment savings contributions, such
as contributions to a traditional or
Roth IRA or salary reduction con-
tributions to a SEP or Simple plan.
To be eligible, you must be at least
age 18 at the end of the year and
not a student or an individual for
whom someone else claims a
personal exemption. Also, your
adjusted gross income (AGI)
must be below a certain amount.
For more information, see chap-
ter four in Publication 590, Indi-
vidual Retirement Arrangements
(IRAs).

There are other credits avail-
able to eligible taxpayers. Since
many qualifications and limita-
tions apply to the various tax cred-
its, visit a Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA) site near you.
The Clewiston and Harlem
libraries have IRS trained volun-
teers to assist you with tax prepa-
ration. Call the Clewiston Public
Library at 983-1493 or the Harlem
Public Library at 902-3322 to
schedule an appointment.


Big Lake Amateur Radio Club

to host station during Sugarfest


The Big Lake Amateur Radio
Club will have a short-wave radio
station on the air during the Sug-
arfest and just across from Wood
Works Park in Clewiston.
The club will make contacts
with the amateur radio commu-
nity and invite the public to visit
their station. This is chance to
speak with persons around the
country, and perhaps around the
world, telling them about our
"big event" here in Clewiston.
The station will be set up on
the corner of Osceola and W. C.
Owen Avenue and manned by
local amateur radio operators.
The radio .club also invites
licensed radio amateur operators
to come and participate in this
event and welcomes anyone
who is interested in seeing the
station in operation or talking to
someone far beyond the limits of
the community.
This club event is also a
chance for everyone to see to
kind of "field day" operations
that make communication possi-
ble when all other means fail,


during natural and man-made
disasters, during hurricanes and
when there are power failures.
Members of the Big Lake
Amateur Radio Club come from
around Lake Okeechobee and
are found in Hendry, Palm Beach
and Glades Counties. They share
their operations skills and techni-
cal expertise in providing the
kind of communications that will
be shown while the Sugarfest is
in operation.
' President of the club is Eric
Rhinehart, W4KPG and the local
Emergency Coordinator for
Hendry County is Jim Sparks,
AA4BN. The club is affiliated with
the American Radio Relay
League and a part of the Radio
Amateur. Civil Emergency Ser-
vice for Hendry and Glades
Counties. Persons interested in
the radio art are welcome to con-
tact the members for further
information, assistance in getting
"on the air", obtaining an ama-
teur radio license and in learning
more about amateur radio in this
area.


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Boating fatalities


continue to increase


Florida's 2004 boating statis-
tics are out, and again they are
sobering.
The number of registered
boats in Florida soared to 982,907
in 2004, compared to 978,225 in
2003. Boating fatalities jumped to
68 in 2004 from 64 in 2003. In fact,
fatality numbers have increased
slowly since 2000 when Florida
had its lowest number of boating
fatalities in many years.
Monroe County reported the
highest number of accidents and
injuries, 98 and 57 respectively.
Pinellas County reported the high-
est number of fatalities with
seven. Palm Beach County report-
ed the highest property damage
figures at $8.69 million, including,
one incident that accounted for
$8 million of that total. The sec-
ond-highest property damage
occurred in Miami-Dade County
with $1.2 million.
Even the good news wasn't
really good. The statistic that
recreational boating accidents
dipped to 743 from 1,005 in 2003
reflects a change in the amount of
damage an accident has to
involve before it counts. In 2003,
an accident had to involve $500
damage to be included in the sta-
tistics. They had to involve $2,000
in damage to make the cut in
2004 due to a change in the law.
Statistics indicate experienced
boaters may fall prey to. a false
sense of security. In fact, more
than half the boat operators
involved in fatal boating accidents
last year had more than 100 hours
of boat operation experience.
The typical boating accident
victim is not a child or adolescent.
He's a 22- to .50-year-old male
with many hours of experience in
operating a vessel. In most cases,
if he sustained an injury, it was
not life threatening. If.he did not
survive the accident, most likely
he drowned, because he thought
it uncomfortable, unbecoming or
unnecessary to wear a life jacket
-- even if he couldn't swim.
Drowning' continued' to 'be the
leading cause of death in Florida's
boating accidents (65 percent).
FWC boating safety officials


and officers encourage boaters to
consider life jackets to be similar
to seatbelts when it comes to their
life-saving potential. New types of
inflatable life jackets especially
the waist-pack variety are light-
weight and hardly noticeable
when worn.
"It simply makes sense to wear
one when you're on the water,"
said FWC Capt. Richard Moore.
"It's like the seatbelt in your car. If
you aren't wearing it when you
find yourself a few seconds from a
collision, you may have waited
too late."
Also, excessive alcohol use
continued to be the leading cause
of boating fatalities in 2004. The
effects of alcohol may be even
greater on boat operators than
vehicle operators because the
combination of wave action, hot
sun and physical exertion from
being .on the water compounds
the influence alcohol consump-
tion can have on people.
"As with cars on land, it's
always best for boats to be oper-
ated by someone who hasn't
been consuming alcoholic bever-
ages," Capt. Moore said. "Desig-
nated drivers can save lives on
boats, just like they do on high-
ways."
Capt. Moore said other sugges-
tions for having safe experiences
on Florida's waters include taking
a boating safety course, filing a
float plan with a friend or relative
each time you take to the water
and making sure you have the
proper safety equipment in work-
ing order. For boat operators age
21 or younger, the boater safety
course is a requirement not
merely a suggestion for legally
operating a vessel with 10 or
more horsepower in Florida.
More information about boat-
ing accidents and boating safety is
available online at MyFWC.com.
Click on "Boating".
To report resource or boating-
under-the-influence law viola-'
lions, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert,
hotline number 1-888-404-3922 or,
#FWC (*FWC in some areas) by
cellular phone.


Feeding tubes: A religious or legal matter?


The Reverend Samuel S.
Thomas, Ph.D. +
Saint Martin's Church
Solomon, when he became
King of Israel, asked for wisdom.
Shortly after i |
his ascension, .,
two women
came to him, '
each claiming 1- 44 V
to be mother .
of a surviving --
infant.
Solomon was
faced with a
difficult Rev. Samuel S.
.choice. He told Thomas
the two
women that
he would divide the child in two
and give each half.
One woman surrendered her
rights to the child knowing
that half a child was a dead child.
Being a mother, wanted her off-
spring to grow even if it was in
someone else's home. Solomon
gave the child to its mother (1
Kings3:16ff); his prayer for wis-
dom apparently was answered.
These thousands of years later,
we marvel at his wisdom and
solution. The news has been sat-
urated recently with another call
for wisdom.
Insofar as feeding tubes are
concerned to remove or not to
remove, that is the question.
Today, there seems to be


more and more issues that divide
us. To bring the troops home, or
not to bring the troops home,
that is another question. To get
more involved in the mind East
or not to get involved, that is a
question too. To revise Social
Security or not to revise, that is
still another question. To change
our immigration policies or not
to change, that also is a question.
The liveliness of the debates
over each issue and the intensity
of each proponent who tries to
offer the final word is something
common today. We seem to
have no wise men to step for-
ward and let everyone see the
wisdom of his decisions. I
believe there is a religious
dimension to the question of the
feeding tubes. I note that some
regard it as a family matter feel-
ing the law should not be
involved and yet wish to rely on
the law to protect their rights
rather than negotiate with the
rest of the family. There are
means. for deciding, "What's
best" when people choose to
seek mediationinvolve religious
values.
When families turn to the
courts, other means, are involved
and other outcomes can be
expected. In my own practice of
ministry, domestic disputes often
cause me to ask, "What do you
want, to stay married or to
divorce?" Depending on the


answer, I agree to spend time or
refer to legal personnel. In the
case of a woman who is beyond
making her own decision, but
may (or may not) have made it, I
am interested in the circum-
stances surrounding her choice.
The New Testament speaks of
a young girl that is believed to be
dead. The commotion and wail-
ing caused Jesus to say that she
wasn't dead but sleeping. The
crowds laughed at him (Mark
5:37ff). Jesus restores he to her
family and the account can be
found in three of four gospels -
apparently making a deep
impression on all who were.wit-
nessed it. Jesus raises Lazarus
from the dead after ironic pleas
that he wouldn't have died if
Jesus had been around. Appar-
ently he had been "dead" for four
days I guess he would have
been brain dead too.
The question before me is
"Why not let sleeping dogs lie?"
Or, why should anyone want to
save the life of someone who is
dead? I think part of the answer is
in another question'"Just how
dead are they?"
Totalitarian regimes have
summarily put people to death
as "useless eaters" or disposed of
persons for parasitismm." Demo-
cratic states have provided for
them because there was some-
thing intrinsic in their lives that
was worth having.


We enter down a slippery
slope when we have persons
whom we regard as not worth
keeping alive and take it upon
ourselves to act on that belief. Is
"brain dead" really dead or is it
an -extreme of being handi-
capped? Dictators have put the
handicapped to death because
they didn't contribute to society
and were instead a burden to it.
How dead is dead, and how
handicapped is handicapped?
A few weeks ago, I heard of a
woman who came out of a coma
after years and begin talking to
her caregivers. I wonder how
many years will it take for some-
one to decide that enough time
has passed and the person is
never going to come back. If we
guess wrong, it would be tragic.
It is even more tragic because we
have no consensus, no clear-cut
outcry one way or the other
about what is right and what is
wrong. There is no King
Solomon to step up and decide
with a clarity that makes every-
one see his wisdom.
Part'of the reason may be that
we have chosen to place key val-
ues faith hope and love,,in
another arena. This issue will
come up again and again until
we learn to resolve religious
questions in religious ways. In
the meantime, count on a lot of
"weeping and gnashing of
teeth."


Make a difference and watch God smile


Pastor John Hicks
First United Methodist Church
Some chose the marching
band. I chose football. It wasn't
until years later and several
dates with a
clarinet player
that I realized
that there are
some great
things to be
learned from
the band.
I learned to
paint white
shoe polish on Rev. John Hicks
school buses.
I learned that when band mem-
bers didn't know their music
they put their lips to the horn
and pretended to play rather
than play and remove all doubt.
I learned that one person out of
step could trip up everyone. But
most important, I learned that.
the band was an important part
of what happened on ir he play-
ing field.
While some of us practiced


on the playing field, Marty
played the trumpet. And it
showed. Put Marty on the 50-
yard line and let him blow. He
could raise the spirit., He could
raise the flag. He could have
raised the roof on the stadium if
we'd had one. There is nothing
like a trumpet, but after a while,
you need something more.
Enter the flute, the alto sax, and
the drums. Throw in a trom-
bone or two and you have a
band.
Individually by themselves,
they make music, but together
they make magic. And that
magic spreads down onto the
field and through the stands. It's
one of the things that makes the
home-field advantage an advan-
tage.
What I saw three decades
ago in the band, I see today in
our churches and our communi-
ty.'We need each other. Not all
)f 'us play the same instrument,
or even play the same way.
Some of us play soft and others
play loud. Some play on the.


field, and some keep the pace,
and some lead the band. Not all
of us have the same ability.
Some of us need to be on the
field carrying the ball, and oth-
ers of us need to be in the .stands
playing backup and support.
Each of us has a place, and the
place of each of us is important
in the overall game. Individually,
we each make music. Working
together, we make magic as
each offers their unique gifts.
On the topic of the blessings
found in marching bands, let me
share with you something that
was shared with me: It touched
the heart of this old football
player. Brian Pollitt, Clewiston
High School's band director, has
a vision of being able to get
some band instruments for the
school so that students who
might not otherwistbe able to
be a part of the band could be.
My heart went out when Brian
shared that he knew of al least
six students who would not be
able to join the band because
they lacked instruments and the


means to rent or purchase them.
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the life of a child by
helping to purchase a used
instrument and provide them
with an opportunity that they
would not experience other-
wise? Do you have an old instru-
ment that you can donate? The
cost is minimal to the affect that
it would have in the life of a
child. For more details, call
Brain at 983-1530 ext. 418. Or
call the band or any department
of any school in your area.
Needs abound!
When people catch the team
spirit and realize that what they
can share would make a differ-
ence in the life of another and in
the blessing of the overall team,
they usually give from their heart
to help.make things happen -
and God smiles at the music that
is orchestrated.
" This is one such opportunity
to share from your heart, make a
difference, and watch God
smile.


Community Briefs


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.

Children's advocates
are needed
The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
Program needs volunteers to repre-
sent the best interests of abused,
abandoned and neglected children
before the court, social service
agencies and the community. No
special educational degree is
required. Guardians need to be
someone with common sense,
good judgment and a commitment
to helping a child. Attendance at
three training sessions held in Fort
Myers is required. Please contact


Kelie Hedrick at: (239) 461-4360 or
(800) 269-6210 for more informa-
tion, and to reserve your space for
training.

Mentors needed
Moore Haven Elementary
School (MHES) needs you. Do you
have one hour a week to spend
with a student? Some students are
struggling in math, reading, or just
need some extra attention from a
caring adult who will listen. If you
are able to volunteer one hour or
more a week between 8 a.m. and 2
p.m. or during our after school pro-
gram from 3-4:30 p.m., call Kristi
Hingson at MHES to get signed up..
The school number is (863) 946-
0737.
Accountability report
The "No Child Left Behind
School Public Accountability
Report" for Moore Haven Elemen-


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American Legion open
Moore Haven American Legion
Post 299 is now having bingo, Sat-
urday nights at 6 p.m. Hamburgers,
drinks and dessert will be provided
at a minimal cost.
Chinese speaker
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Moore Haven High School is in'
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Stop the violence
The Hendry and Glades Domes-
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awareness about domestic and
sexual violence and victim safety
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education relating to the affects of
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community. The meetings rotate
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Moore Haven. To get involved in
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B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. Regular
bingo is played Tuesdays, at 12:30
p.m. Lunch is available each day.
Members and qualified guests may
play. Wednesday feature an Italian
dinner or alternate entr e from 5-
7:15 p.m. and Saturday's dinner is
from 5-7:15 p.m. Music for dancing
starts at 7:30 p.m. Call the lodge to
see who is playing. Sunday morn-
ing breakfast is served from 8-10:15
a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 Hwy. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post, hours are
from noon until 8 p.m. daily.
Wednesday is Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner from 5:30-7 'p.m., and the cost
is $5. Every Thursday, the post has
bar bingo at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will
be available. Every Friday a steak
dinner with baked potato, salad
and rolls are served from 5:30-7
p.m. with a $9 donation. Dancing


immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table. Post meetings are
held on the second and fourth Sat-
urday of the month, beginning at
10 a.m. Commander Albert Crank
is available at 467-2882.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Monday
through Wednesday 10 a.m.-8
p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-ll
p.m., or later; and Sunday, 1-8 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m., Mon-
day through Thursday. Dinner is
served at 5 p.m. Tuesday evenings.
Bar bingo starts at 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday. Lunch will be avail-
able. Singles darts every Wednes-
day, 7 p.m. Cafeteria is open from
5-8 p.m., .Thursday nights. Friday
at 7 p.m. there will be live music
and dancing. On Saturday, hotdogs
with kraut are served at noon. Sat-
urday dart doubles at 7 p.m.
Coast Guard makes
house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your home
to discuss the required safety
equipment needed on your boat.
This service is free. You will receive
a cordial, informative and confi-
dential boat inspection. A vessel
safety check decal will be placed
on boats that meet all the require-
ments. Call 467-3085 to arrange a
boat check.
Mentors needed
West Glades School needs you.
Do you have one hour a week to
spend with a student? Some stu-
dents are struggling in math, read-
ing, or just need some extra atten-
tion from a caring adult who will
listen. If you are able to volunteer
one hour or more, from 8:15 a.m.-
2:30 p.m., please call Billy Marchal
at West Glades School at (863) 675-
3490.
Faith in Action
expansion
Faith in Action in LaBelle is
expanding to Clewiston and Moore
Haven in 2005. Residents of any
age with chronic disease or illness
in those areas who have a need for
assistance with everyday tasks of
living can call Liz at 983-7088 or
675-1446 for more information.
Those with a desire to make a dif-


ference in someone's life by volun-
teering are encouraged to call the
same phone numbers for more
information on this wonderful vol-
unteer program benefiting resi-
dents in Hendry/Glades Counties.

Health Department and
Senior Connections
Diabetes Awareness

Hendry County Health Depart-
ment Heart to Heart Program and
Senior Connections are offering an
eight-week Diabetes Class at 2 p.m.
each Wednesday at the Nobles
Senior Center. Classes include the
diabetic diet, understanding carb
counting, eye and foot care, and
the ABC's of diabetes (the AlC test,
Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol.)
All diabetics, long term or newly
diagnosed, are welcome.


Post Disaster Help for
Older Adults
Project HOPE counselors will be
available on site once week from 9-
11 am. at Senior Connections offices
and dining sites in February. Elders in
need of help due to the hurricanes of
last summer can speak in person
with a specially trained disaster crisis
counselor courtesy of Hendry Glades
Mental Health. Counselors will be in
LaBelle on Tuesdays, (675-1446)
Clewiston on Wednesdays, (983-
7088) Moore Haven on Thursdays
(946-1821) and Buckhead Ridge on
Friday (567-1253.) Call for locations
and/or directions. Disaster funds are
still available to help older adults
who continue to need assistance
with such issues as stress related
problems, emotional loss, roof
repair, insurance deductibles, appli-
ance repair or replacement, chore
work, etc.


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Proud to serve
Tim Burtcher (left) and Robert Ellis Jr. (right), both former Clewiston residents, have recently become full time members
of Florida's Highway Patrol. After an intensive six months of academy training followed by additional on-the-road train-
ing, both troopers are now patrolling the state's highways. Ellis has been assigned to another district, but Burtcher is
still close to home, patrolling the roadways in and out of Clewiston.


FWC investigation nets habitual offender


Courtesy photo
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer loads up dozens of dead
rabbits, seized during a raid of a known poacher.


BELLE GLADE The Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (F\\'Ci ended a
three-month investigation with.
one man being charged with six
counts of illegal sale and posses-
sion of fish and wildlife. An


anonymous tip through the
Wildlife Alert number led investi-
gators to Ricky Robins (D.O.B. 5-
23-52) of 642 SW 7 Street in Belle
Glade who was reported to be
poaching and selling alligator and
rabbits from his home.


FWC's Special Operations
Group executed a Search War-
rant that uncovered three boxes
(approximately 110-140 carcass-
es) of cleaned rabbits and two 22-
caliber rifles, which were seized.
Investigators then charged Ricky
Robins with:
One count of sale of alligator
- 1st Degree misdemeanor,one
count of possession of alligator
- 2nd Degree misdemeanor,
two counts of sale of wildlife
(rabbit) 2nd Degree misde-
meanor.
One count of no retail fresh-
water fish dealers license 2nd
Degree misdemeanor, one count
of over possession limit of rabbits
- 2nd Degree misdemeanor.
Penalties for the 1st -Degree
misdemeanor are up to one year
in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
Penalties for each 2nd Degree
misdemeanor are up to six month
in prison and/or a $500 fine.
This isn't the first run-in Ricky
Robins has had with FWC offi-.
cers. They have arrested him
seven times in the past for
charges including no hunting


license (two times); over the bag
limit for rabbit (two times); hunt-
ing during closed season; failure
to appear in court'and for an out-
standing warrant.
To report fish. or wildlife
resource or boating-under-the-
influence violations, please call
the Wildlife Alert number at (888)
404-3922. You can remain anony-
mous and if your information
results in an arrest, you may be
eligible for a reward of up to
$1,000 (depending on the severi-
ty of the case).


Belle Glade police probe shooting at Quick Service Gas


On Monday March 28,-at
about 9:49 p.m., members of the
Belle Glade Police Department
responded to Quick Service Gas
Station, located at 300 Dr. Martin
Luther, King Boulevard West,
Belle Glade. to investigate a
report of an armed
robbery/shooting.
Upon arrival, officers discov-


ered Carlos Roque lying near the
store counter bleeding from
multiple gun shot wounds. A
witness stated that an unknown
black male came inside the store
-with a handgun, pushed one
employee to the ground and pro-
ceeded to the counter, where the
suspect shot Roque several
times and ran out of the store


with the cash register. The Belle
Glade Police Department have
interviewed witnesses in this
incident. The Belle Glade Police
Department asks that anyone
having- information about this
incident, to please contact
Detective Khan of the Belle
Glade Police Department at
(561) 996-7251.


Belle Glade arrest report


March 21: Lashonda Kenndy,
18, Failure to Appear Warrant;
Domestic Battery
March 21:Willie M. James Jr.,
50, Domestic Battery, Child Abuse
March 22: Josequetta S. Rivers,
21, Warrant; Child Neglect
March 22: John Sosa, 33, Pos-
session of Marijuana over 20
grams
March 23: Juvrnile, 15, Simple
Battery
March 24: Dennis Devose, 28,
Burglary Structure, Fleeing and
Attempting to Elude Marked
Police Vehicle, Grand Theft.
March 24: Juvenile, 11,
Domestic Battery
March 24: Avencio Fuentes, 30,
Sexual Activity with a Child, Lewd

and Lascivious Battery
March 24: Rafael Lopez-Cis-
neros, 23, Domestic Battery
March 25: Yves Jupiter, 18, Bat-
tery


March 25: Cassandra Hendrix
Daley, 31, Aggravated Battery
March 26: Randy Davidson, 40,
Tampering with a Witness, Hate
Crime Enhancement
' March 26: Ricky Robins, 52,
Burglary Dwelling
March 27: Antowan Jaaber
Cain, 25,Warrant, Violation of
Probation
March 27: Gloria Glover, 34,
Failure to Appear Warrant, Unex-
cused Summons
March 27: Freddie Carter, 21,
Domestic Battery
March 27 Wilner Lauzandeiu,
23, Grand Theft
March 27: Rolex Costume, 19,
Grand Theft
March 27: Edfer Hive, 24, Pos-
session of Marijuana under 20
grams, Failure to Appear Warrent,
Obstruction by Disguised Person
March 28, Juvenile, 14, Bur-
glary, Petit Theft


March 29, Ezeil Latimore
28,Tresspas to Occupied Con-
veyance, criminal mischief
March 30, jAQKIEpEAK, 39,
Failure to Appear Warrant
March 30, Jerome Rollins, 33,
Burglary Grand Theft
March 30, Wanda Louis Polter,
43, Failure to Appear Warrant
April 1, David Vineyard, 45,
DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Acci-
dent with injuries
April 1, Juvenile, 13, Battery,
Trespass to Occupied Structure
April 1, Juvenile, 14, Battery,
Trespass to Occupied Structure
April 1, Ruben Arroyo, 27, Vio-
lation of Probation Warrant
April 2, Dan Johnson, 35, Tres-
pass to a Structure
, April 3, Rosalyn L. Gibson, 39,,
Throwing Deadly Missile, Aggra-
vated Battery
April .3, Princess Hope Lowe,
21, Aggravated Battery


DR. DEVANESAN TREATS KIDS SO

ADULTS WILL BE HEALTHIER.


W ith every patient
he sees. Ramesh
Devanesan. MD. has one
eye or) the future. In fact.
he chose Pediatrics as his
specialty for precisely
that reason he believes
the better we treat chil-
dren today, the better
world we'll have when
they're adults.
With a father, mother.
and sister who are physi-
cians, becoming a doctor
came naturally to
Ramesh. Following a
Bachelor's degree and
post-graduate studies at
the University of
Colorado, he graduated
from St. George's
University and School of


Medicine in Grenada, with
clinical training at hospitals
in Florida, New Jersey,
Manhattan, and London.


England. He then served
as an intern and resident
physician at St. Joseph's
Children's Hospital, an
affiliate of Mt. Sinai
School of Medicine. He is
board certified in both
Pediatrics and Internal
Medicine.
An avid reader with
wide and varied interests,
Dr. Devanesan also
enjoys physical activity
including alpine skiing,
high-country hiking,
scuba diving, and boating.
But, most of all. he
enjoys children and the
adults they'll become.
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OBGYNs, Dr. Ahmed Barhoush, Dr. Carlito
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Michael Bond (left), Extension Agent for the Seminole Tribe
of Florida and Moses Osceola (right), president of the Semi-
nole Tribe, show how ID 'buttons' are placed in a cow's ear.
Tagging the animals this way is similar to piercing a human
ear with an earring. The tags contain a 15 digit identification
code and can be read with a special scanner.


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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson shows
the tags used in the pilot program for point of origin tracking.
a button-like "earring" is installed in the cow's left ear. A tra-
dition plastic tag with the same ID number is placed in the
right ear.


Cattle tracked 'from birth to table'


By Katrina Elsken

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is
keeping close tabs on their cattle.
Thanks to a pilot program in
cooperation with the United Stated
Department of Agriculture and the
Florida Department of Agriculture,
all 25,000 Seminole cattle will
soon be fitted with computer chips
in their ears. These tags, which
respond to a radio signal, will
make it possible to track an animal
from birth to the dinner table.
The Tribe's participation in the
program has drawn interest from
other cattlemen and praise from
state officials.
Commissioner of Agriculture
Charles Bronson visited a Brighton
ranch on Thursday to promote the
program.
He said the Seminoles, a tradi-
tional people, are on the cutting
edge of new technology in the cat-,
tie business.
"The Seminole Tribe is taking
thelead in this program," said Mr.
Bronson. "I hope the other beef
producers will get on board."
Mr. Bronson said the Tribe's
pilot program proves the tagging
system can be managed on a large
or small scale. He said point of ori-
gin identification will help keep
America's food supply safe
because it will be much easier to
track each step in an animal's life.
Should a diseased animal be dis-
covered, that animal could be
tracked back to its point of origin
within 48 hours.
"Other than the Spanish Con-
quistadors, the ones who have the
oldest experience with raising cat-
tle in Florida are the Seminoles,"
said Mr. Bronson.
"The talk around, the country is
how big can you be to do this and
how efficient will it be?" he said.
"The Seminole Tribe is proving
that even large herds can be man-
aged this way."
The ID buttons currently cost
about $2.09 each. The equipment
to scan the stored information.
costs about $1,500 and can hold
up to 50,000 ID scans before it
must be downloaded.
The USDA provided a $95,000
grant for the pilot program, admin-
istered through the State Depart-
ment of Agriculture.
Seminole Tribe Extension
Agent Michael Bond explained
that the National Animal Identifica-
tion System (NAIS) is a voluntary


Florida Commissioner of
Agriculture Charles Bronson
visited Brighton Seminole
Reservation on March 31 to
discuss the pilot program for
tracking cattle to point of ori-
gin with the help of special
ear tags and computers.
program to individually mark all
agricultural animals and track
them as they come into contact
with or are inter-mixed with ani-
mals other than herd mates from
their point of origin.
He said the ID button in the
cow's ear is similar to the SunPass
devices used by drivers at toll
booths. As the cow passes by a
scanner, the cow's, identification
number is recorded.
Mr. Bond said the device is "ani-
mal friendly" and that the comput-
er system needed to use it is "cow-
boy friendly."
He said all of the data about the
cattle is in the Tribe's computers.
The "button" in the cow's ear only
contains a 15-digit identification
code.
"The Tribe has volunteered to
go through the ups and downs of
learning the process," he said,
adding that Tribal representatives
will be available to help other
ranchers who want to tag their cat-
'tle too.
"This is a brand new program
and I am glad to be part of it," said
Moses. Osceola, President of the
Seminole Tribe.
He said they hope providing
buyers will point of origin informa-
tion will increase the marketability
of their cattle, as well as protect the
consumers by making it possible
to track diseases back to the point
of origin.


Cows at Brighton Seminole
Reservation now sport "but-
ton" earrings in their left
ears and plastic tags in their
right ears. The buttons can
be scanned by a computer
to keep track of an animal
throughout its lifespan. The
plastic tags carry the same
ID number and can be
checked visually.
Mr. Bond said point of origin
tracking is important for exports.
"Recently Japan has been. talk-
ing about opening up their mar-
kets to U.S. beef again," he
explained. "Point of source moni-
toring is one of the issues."
Before Japan closed their mar-
kets to American beef, exports to
Japan made up about 10 percent
of the American beef exports.
Mr. Bronson said this'will be a
big issue in dealing with all foreign
trade partners in the future.
He said that in addition to pro-
tecting the consumer, the tagging
system will also help the rancher.
"One thing most feedlots want
to know is where the cattle came
from and which ones had the
highest percentage of lean meat,"
he explained. If a feed lot operator
finds that cattle from a certain
ranch produce a high percentage
of lean meat, he will want to buy
'more cattle from that particular
ranch.
Mike Milicevic of the Florida
Cattlemen's Association said Lykes
Brothers is currently tagging calves
that will be sold this year. He said
an incentive is that some buyers
will now pay $10 per head more
for cattle with point of source tags.,
The McDonald's restaurant chain
is responsible for the premium
price, he said, because for public
safety they want to purchase beef
that can be traced to point of ori-


gin.
Ranchers who want more
information about the tagging pro-
gram may contact Michael Bond at
(863) 763-5020, ext. 120; or email
michaelbond@semtribe.com.
Don Robertson, Natural
Resources Director for the Semi-
nole Tribe, said the tribe has cattle
in five locations including Brighton
Seminole Reservation, Big Cypress
Seminole Reservation and three
leased pastures. The cattle opera-
tion is a cow-calf operation, with
"feeder" calves raised to be
shipped to the feed lots in the Mid-
west.
The United States Department
of Agriculture stepped up its efforts
to create a national animal identifi-
cation program when a cow in
Washington state tested positive in
December, 2003 for Bovine
spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE), widely referred to as "mad
cow disease". The cow was traced
back to Canada and no additional
cattle have tested positive for BSE
in the United States since then.
However, a lack of a national ani-,
mal ID system made it more diffi-
cult to quickly determine exactly
where the infected cow had been
to find out if other cows in herds
where the animal had been locat-
ed were also infected. The United
States Department of Agriculture
has been working with various
states on pilot animal ID projects
which will be used to assist in
developing a national system.
"I appreciate the willingness of
members of Seminole Tribe of
Florida to work with us on this very
important project," Mr. Bronson
said. "We are hopeful that this
pilot program will enable us to
work through any potential prob-
lems or shortcomings in the ID sys-
tem so that it becomes a premier
example of a program that
achieves its goal while not being
burdensome on cattle ranchers."


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TALLAHASSEE Florida Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
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son says this year's first case of
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have their animals vaccinated
against mosquito-borne illnesses.
The three-year-old horse was
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March 22, lab testing confirmed
the diagnosis of EEE. The testing
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ties. There have been increased
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Bronson sues over 'do not call' violation


TALLAHASSEE Florida Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H Bronson
announced today that he as taken
legal action against a Seminole
County telemarketer for violating
Florida's "Do Not Call" law.
A lawsuit filed in Seminole
County Circuit Court alleges that
Florida Solar Distributors made at
least 12 telephone calls to residents


on the list during the past year.
"Consumers who join our pro-
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The legal action seeks an injunc-
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tributors from any future calls to
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When the going gets tough, the
tough go fishing. And those look-
ing for a challenge use their bait to
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water fish, the largemouth bass.
This monster of'the freshwater-
world can weigh in at 20-plus
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shine State's most popular fresh-
water game fish.
"People like its aggressive atti-
tude. Largemouth bass will go
after almost any kind of artificial
lure or live bait, and they strike
with explosive force," said Wes
Porak, FWC's largemouth bass
specialist. "In fact, the value of the
largemouth as a'sport fish has,,
prompted a movement toward
catch-and-release fishing in many
'areas." .
Porak said spring is the best
time of year to catch bass, when
fish move into shallow water to
spawn. Spawning may occur as
early as January in extreme south
Florida and as late as May in the
panhandle, but March and April
are peak months.
You can find these "bucket-
mouths" and other black bass
species in almost every body of
freshwater in Florida, so with more
than 7,500 lakes to choose from,
anglers face a tough decision
about where to fish. To help nar-
row down that list, FWC fisheries
biologists recently selected their
top black bass fishing holes for
2005. They are, in no specific'
order:
Lake George: The second-
largest lake in the state, Lake
George is one of the premier large-
mouth bass fishing lakes in central
Florida. Hot spots on the lake
include Juniper, Salt and Silver
Glen Spring runs along the west-
ern shore. You can reel in trophy
bass during the spring spawning
season using live shiners,, or try
deep-diving crankbaits near old
dock structures along the north-
east shore and off Drayton Island.
Stick Marsh/Farm 13 Reservoir:
This 6,500-acre reservoir has
become synonymous with trophy
bass fishing. Located near
Fellsmere, west of Vero Beach, it


has become one of the hottest
bass lakes in the country. Plastic
worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits,
soft jerkbaits and top-water pro-
peller baits are sure to catch any
largemouth's eye, but wild golden
shiners are the top choice for
anglers looking to reel in a trophy
fish. For bass, Stick Marsh/Farm 13
Reservoir is catch-and-release
only.
West Lake Tohopekaliga: This
18,810-acre lake grabbed national
attention in 2001 when profession-
al angler Dean Rojas broke the all-
time B.A.S.S. tournament record
for a total weight with a catch of
108 pounds of bass. Anglers target-
ing trophy bass will find success in'
the spring using live golden shiners
inshore near native vegetation, or
topped-out hydrilla. North Steer
Beach, Brown's Point and Goblet's
Cove are popular fishing spots on
the lake, and fishing Shingle Creek
and St. Cloud Canal can be out-
standing when flow is present
through these tributaries.
Lake Kissimmee: This 35,000-
acre lake is sure to give your rod
and reel a workout. A 2004 survey
showed anglers experienced an
excellent catch rate of 0.54 fish per
hour in spring. Strong winds asso-
ciated with last year's hurricanes
cleared vegetation from some
areas of the lake, which allows
anglers to fish areas that had been
inaccessible. The shoreline.
between C-37 canal and the Pig
Trail and Lemon Point and Grassy
Island are examples of some of the
areas impacted by the storms. Fly
fishermen will enjoy success wade
fishing long the miles of shoreline
surrounding this central Florida
lake.
Rodman Reservoir: Drive east
of Gainesville and south of Palatka
to access this prime largemouth
bass habitat. The best technique
for catching trophy bass is to use
wild shiners, but anglers will find
success using a variety of baits'
around river channel bends from
Kenwood to Cypress Bayou, as
well as areas in the main pool.
Lake Tarpon: Fish ranging in
size from 12 to 16 inches are plen-


tiful in this 2,500-acre Pinellas
County lake, but quality and tro-
phy fish are present in good num-
bers too. Anglers will find most
success flipping or pitching plastic
worms along canal and bulrush
edges. Offshore bass fishermen
who target ledges, humps, coon-
tail and eelgrass beds can lure in
some fish using shad-imitating jigs,
crankbaits, jerkbaits and top-water
baits.
Lake Weohyakapka: Common-
ly know as Lake Walk-in-Water, it
could be renamed Lake Reel-in-a-
Lot. Anglers frequently catch up to
25 bass a day, with several ranging
from four to eight pounds. The
lake also produces many trophy
bass exceeding 10 pounds a year.
Pitching live wild shiners and flip-
ping soft plastic baits in the bul-
rush ("buggy whips" or "round
rush") and cattails in the northern
and eastern areas of the lake
works like magic through spring-
time. Spinnerbaits also produce
bass in the bulrush and cattail
stands. Electrofishing surveys
found bass concentrated in those
areas during fall 2004. There is a
15- to 24-inch protective slot limit
for bass on Lake Weohyakapka.
Lake Istokpoga: Although bass
fishing is excellent throughout the
year on Lake Istokpoga, April and
October-are the best months for
anglers looking for cooler weather
to fill a cooler full of bass. From
January to April, anglers will find
spawning bass in bulrush, cattail
and around the lake's two islands,
Big Island and Bumblebee Island.
Try flipping soft plastics during this
time of year. Top-water lures and
jerkbaits work best over the top of
hydrilla and pondweed in the
south half of the lake during spring
and summer. There is a 15- to 24-
inch protective slot limit for bass
on Lake Istokpoga.
Deer Point Lake: Those looking
to land some largemouths in the
panhandle should take a trip to
Deer Point Lake, where bass fish-
ing becomes red hot in April and
May. Anglers unfamiliar with Deer
Point should try fishing in the old
creek channels of Bear, Cedar and


Econfina creeks with plastic
worms, diving crankbaits or rattle-
traps. Bayou George and the flats
area at the confluence of Bayou
George and Deer Point Lake are
also popular largemouth bass
sites.
Suwannee River: Although this
waterway isn't known for trophy
largemouth bass, anglers can
expect good catch rates and quali-
ty-size fish. The smaller, but feisty,
Suwannee bass is plentiful along
most of this 213-mile river system,
and bass large enough to qualify
for FWC's "Big Catch" Suwannee
bass certificates have been reeled
in on the Santa Fe.
Everglades Water Conservation
Areas 2 and 3: The Everglades
Water Conservation Areas
(WCAs) are south Florida marsh-
lands intersected with over 200
miles of canals. WCA-2 has 210
square miles of marsh, and WCA-3
covers approximately 915 square
miles of marsh. Originally
designed for flood control and
water supply, the area provides
some of the most legendary large-
mouth bass fishing in the country.
The best fishing is typically found
in the spring, when dropping
water levels concentrate fish in
canals. Anglers can hit their peak
in April with catch rates as high as
4.1 bass per hour in the L-67A
canal.
Crescent Lake: This 15,725-acre
lake borders the east side of Cres-
cent City on the Putnam/Flagler
county line. Crescent Lake flows
into the St. Johns River via Dunns
Creek on its north end. Past elec-
trofishing samples for largemouth
bass revealed one of the highest
catch rates recorded for areas on
the St. Johns River. Largemouth
bass up to 20 inches long were
well represented in the sample,
and good numbers of 8-pounds-
or-larger fish were collected.
Go to
MyFWC.com/fishing/updates/bass
2004.html to get more details
about these top largemouth bass
fishing sites, including bag limits,
boat access and consumption
advisories.


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Thursday, April 7, 2005 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


Lady Tigers take fifth at Bishop


Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
Josh Ingram Juanita Perez

Clewiston High


athletes of month


Clewiston High School has
named Josh Ingram and Juanita
Perez as their March athletes of
the month.
Ingram is a freshman at CHS,
but is making a name for himself
on the tennis squad as the num-
ber one singles competitor and
is also on the number one dou-
bles squad. Ingram has shown a
competitive nature that can be
sometimes rare for a freshman
up and comer and is gaining


valuable experience as a varsity
netter.
Perez, a junior at CHS, is on
the varsity tennis team as well,
but thrives a three-sport athlete.
Perez keeps herself busy all year
while playing on the soccer
team, as well as the volleyball
team in the fall.
A fierce competitor and valu-
able team leader and player,
Perez has earned the spotlight
this month.


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By Mark Young
Clewiston High School's Lady
Tiger track squad finished mid
way through a 10-team pack
while partaking in the Bishop
Verot Invitational. The fifth place
effort was a solid performance
and the event was not without
Lady Tiger highlights.
Clewiston took home a pair of
first place performances, one in a
track event and one in a field
event. Tequilla Weston dashed to
the 100-meter finish line in a time
of 12.67 to take first place in avery
competitive field. The top five
runners were all within a second
of one another and Clewiston's
Evelyn Thompson's time of 12.86
was evident of the competition, as
she finished the event in fifth
place.


Nicole Pope was the other
Lady Tiger top performer after
winning the shot put event with a
toss of 33'l1 ".
Thompson would collect valu-
able team points in two other
events, after finishing sixth in the
long jump and fifth in the 200.
Weston also continued her stellar
effort by taking third in the 200.
Mary Hegley ran the 400 in
63.70 and it was good enough to
take second place out of a solid
field of competitors. Hegley also
joined up with teammates Ivana
Cruz, Araceli Sierra, and Alisa
Abru to finish the 4x400-relay race
in fourth place.
Final results of the meet saw
Charlotte winning, Barron Collier
was second, Lely was third, Bish-
op Verot finished fourth, Clewis-
ton took fifth, Gulf Coast was


sixth, Immokalee was seventh,
North Port was eighth, North Ft.
Myers finished ninth, and Palmet-
to Ridge rounded out the 10-team
field.
The Lady Tigers turned right
around to compete at the LaBelle
Invitational in their most recent
meet and claimed fourth place
overall with some of the same
usual suspects, which included
Bishop Verot's squad who took
first place with 161 points.
Sebring came in second with
106 points, Canterbury was third
with 89 points, Clewiston finished
fourth with 53 points, LaBelle fin-
ished fifth with 46 points, Moore
Haven was sixth with 39 points,
and Lake Placid rounded out the
field with seven points.
The Lady Tigers only had one
first place performance and it


went to Pope who won her sec-
ond straight shot put event, with
this one being launched for a dis-
tance of 32'1". Clewiston per-
formed well in the field events,
with Teadra Jackson taking third
in the discus and Curtissa Franklin
finished third in the triple jump.
Clewiston's relay squads
brought home a pair of top four
finishes. Kimberly Holley, Cruz,
Alma Vasquez, and Abreu took
fourth in the 4x800, while Cruz
and Abreu teamed up with Heg-
ley and Araceli Sierra finished
third in the 4x400 relay.
Sada James raced to third in
the 100 hurdles and captured
points with a sixth place perform-
ance in the 300 hurdles. Hegley
placed second in the 400 and Sier-
rawas third in the 100.


Sugar Festival rodeo rain or shine


By Mark Young
Cast a leery eye to the sky
April 16, but only to determine
what to wear, because the anhu-
al Sugar Festival Rodeo will go
on rain or shine.
Whether cowboys and cow-
girls will taste the dust of a dry
arena floor or wallow the mud of
a wet one, crowds will surely
delighted at the hard-charging
action within the Clewiston
Rodeo Arena.
Events will include the ever-
popular Mutton Busting, with
wide-eyed six-year-olds and
under trying to hang onto the


wooly grip of a frightened sheep.
Sometimes it's hard to tell
whose more frightened, but
eventually that future cowboy or
cowgirl is revealed to an excited
crowd.
The 12 and under crowd will
partake in the Wild Pony event
while the Barrel Racing division
will be broken down into three-
categories pee wee, juniors,
and seniors.
Bull Riding will also be bro-
ken down into junior and senior
divisions, but no matter what the
division, it's always a crowd
favorite as the world's last true


man vs. beast action.
Team. events will include Wild
Cow Milking, a spectacle not to
be missed, Ribbon Roping in
both male and female divisions,
team tying, the wildly popular
Wild Horse Race, Team Roping
and Branding, and the relay race.
Gate admission will run $10
for adults, with six to 10-year-
olds paying $5, and children
under five will get in for free.
There will be a 60-percent
payback for all events and all-
around male and female buckles
will be awarded. Contestants
must sign in by 7 p.m. on the day


of the rodeo and the action is
scheduled to kick up dust at 8
p.m.
The Hendry County Rodeo
Association is also holding the
annual youth rodeo April 15 at 8
p.m. Six and under will get in for
free with gate admission running
a mere $5.
Catch all the standard events
including barrels, steer un-deco-
rating, breakaway roping, team
roping and branding, poles,
buddy pickup, junior steer riding,
junior goat tying, senior bull rid-
ing, mutton busting, and wild
pony riding.


Sports


Courtesy pnoto
The victorious Lady Gators after the Slam Fest Tournament
held on March 18, are from left to right, top Jessica Paez,
Lora Jo Henson, Gennie Anderson, coach Yates, Ciara Walk-
er, Stephanie Mattes, Megan Flannery, coach Paez, Vanessa
Yates. Bottom Heather' Daglian, Amber Martyn, Phlyscia
Powell, and Emily Byers.


Lady Gators are at


the top-of their game


The GDS softball team is hav-
ing a banner year again this year.
Their current record is 14-3 and
they recently traveled south for
the Slam Fest Tournament held
March 18. The team played four
games starting with 6A-school
Miami Sunset. The Lady Gators
defeated the Miami team 7-0 with
Jessica Paez going 4-for-4 at the
plate.
Emily Byers pitched a shutout
against St. Thomas Aquainas with
Paez going 2-for-3 and scoring the
only run of the game with help


from a Heather Daglian sacrifice
bunt and a Megan Flannery single.
The Lady Gators went on to
claim an 8-3 victory against
LaBelle High School, sending the
Lady Gators into the champi-
onship game.
Glades Day took the tourna-
ment by defeating 5A Naples High
School 7-3. Vanessa Yates and
Paez were offensive stand-outs,
both hitting home-runs in this
championship game, and pitcher
Emily Byers was named the MVP
of the tournament.


Tiger tennis squad nets


4-3 win over Immokalee


By Mark Young
The Clewiston High School ten-
nis squad picked up their third vic-
tory of the season with a closely
contested 4-3 victory over the Fight-
ing Indians of Immokalee High
School.
Josh Ingram put the Tigers up
early, with a relatively easy 6-1, 6-0
victory at the number one singles
spot and Clewiston continued to
track a winning pace when Andres
Fuente snatched duplicate 6-1 vic-
tories at the number two seed.
Immokalee put themselves
back in the hunt with wins in the
number three and four seed
matches, but a number five-seed
victory from Raymond Guerra (7-5,
6-0) put the Tigers up by one
match needing to win only one
of the doubles matches to secure


the team victory.
It came at the number one dou-
bles match up when Ingram and
Fuente paired up take an 8-2 victo-
ry, giving Clewiston the four need-
ed wins to secure the overall victo-
ry. Immokalee managed to pull the
number two doubles win, but it
was too little too late for the Fight-
ing Indians who succumbed to the
Tigers by a 4-3 team score.
The Tigers only have three
more regular season matches
before the district tournament
kicks off April 18 in North Port.
Clewiston has realistic expecta-
tions for the district tournament,
given their relative young squad,
but should some of their seeds get
a good first round draw, can be rel-
atively competitive while gaining
the experience head coach Steve
Gwyn was looking for this year.


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Tiger Slam Tennis
Tournament
Have fun and exercise at
the same time by participating
in the 2005 Tiger Slam Tennis
Tournament. The tournament
will consist of men's doubles,
women's doubles, men's sin-
gles and women's singles.
Play will begin Sunday, April
10, with those advancing to
the finals taking the court Sat-
urday, April 16. Entry fee is $10
per event and players will fur-
nish their own tennis balls.
Registration deadline is Satur-
day, April 9. To register, con-
tact Steve Gwyn, at 983-3294
or Sean Moore, at 228-6280.
The tournament is being
sponsored by Berner Oil and
MCM Paint and Flooring.

Coaches needed in
Clewiston
The Clewiston Cougars are
seeking football and cheer-
leader coaches for the 2005
season. Anyone interested in
volunteering please contact
April White or Charlene Forde.
The league has also formed a
new board. The new mem-
bers are: President Ben Cut-
shaw, Vice President Charles
Felton, Treasurer Charlene
Forde (228-3986), Secretary
April White (228-7887), Athlet-
ic Director Rick Benjamin,
Jose Casas, Melvin Brooks, Al
Gary, and Ray Tolbert.

Travel baseball
has new teams
Clewiston welcomes AAU
travel baseball with two new
travel teams for ages 12 and


under and for those 14 and
under. Home games- are
played at the Sugarland Park
Sports Complex. Admission is
free. Concessions are avail-
able. All games are double-
headers. Follow the league
and standings online at
www.AAUGOLDCOST.org; for
more information, contact
John Davis at (239) 253-8576.,

More coaching
help needed
The Clewiston Youth Base-
ball League is still in need of
sponsors and umpires for the
upcoming youth baseball sea-
son. If you would like to get
involved in sponsoring a team
or purchasing a banner,
please contact Abby Mass at
228-0475. Umpires are also
needed this year a certifica-.
tion is required. For more
information in how to get
involved with your communi-
ty's youth through America's
pastime, contact Kevin
Durance at 228-0636.

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and competition at the Belle
Glade Black Gold Tennis Tour-
nament!'Every player or team
will play at least three pro-set
matches using a compass for-
mat where competitors
advance towards players. of
comparable ability. Beginners
to advanced, in shape or out of
shape, everyone is welcome.
No entry fee. Singles are Satur-
day, April 2. Doubles are Satur-
day, April 9. Call Ken
Buchanan at (561) 996-6107
for details and to participate.


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Members of the St. Theresa's Youth Group helped serve food
at the luncheon following the dedication of the new church
on Saturday.


Church
Continued From Page 1
congregation that the church's
patron, Saint Theresa of the Child
Jesus was a Carmelite nun who
lived a life of simplicity and trust in
God. St. Theresa spread the faith
through her example, he said.
The dedication ceremony
included the blessing of the altar
and the church, dedicating it
"entirely and perpetually to Christ-
ian worship."
Father Esteban Soy, pastor of
St. Theresa's Church and of Saint
Joseph the Worker Catholic
Church in Moore Haven, said
there were many obstacles to
overcome in building the new
church.
Rev. Soy, who in his career has
built eight churches in South Flori-
da, said it took two years from the
groundbreaking to finish the
church.
"Sometimes I thought it would
take as long as the Temple of
Solomon," he joked.
"We experienced frustrations
and delays, and the ravages of hur-
ricanes," he said. "Our faith has
been tested this time."
Rev. Soy said the new church
was made possible by local dona-
tions, as well as donations from
other parishes and individuals,
even some donations from out of
state.
"Ours is a small Catholic com-


munity, and without the help from
outside sources we could never
have built a new church," he stat-
ed. "Some Catholic parishes and
many individuals from other areas
responded very generously to our
appeal for help. They will be
remembered in prayer."
Rev. Soy added that some parts
of the church were made possible
due to some "recycling."
The altar, altar relief and pulpit
came from Our Lady of the Mirac-
ulous Medal Catholic Church in
Pine Island. Rev. Soy built the
church there in 1964. It was
remodeled by current pastor,
Father Tom Pohto, and these items
were not used in the remodeled
church.
The tile mosaic in the Blessed
Sacrament Chapel came from
Epitphany Cathedral. In '1981,
when Rev. Soy was the pastor
there, he commissioned famed
Spanish artist Raventos to design
the mosaic. The mosaic had been
in storage since the cathedral was
remodeled in 1999. Local artist
Sister Maureen Byrne restored the
artwork for installation at St.
Theresa's.
The crucifix behind the altar
came from St. Andrews Church in
Cape Coral. Rev. Soy, who was
pastor there from 1960 to 1974,
also built that church. Remodeling
of that church allowed this piece
of art to be donated to St. There-
sa's Church.
"We are happy to use these


Staff photos/Katrina Elsken
Bishop John Nevins (left) blessed the new St. Theresa of the
Child Jesus Catholic Church on Saturday. The wooden cru-
cifix behind the altar came from St. Andrews Catholic Church
in Cape Coral. It was commissioned in Barcelona, Spain. The
cross is hand carved light mahogany wood from Brazil. The
six-foot figure of Christ is hand carved white pine from Spain.
The background is coquina tile from Mexico, which came
from Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church on Pine
Island. Rev. Soy (right) pastor of St. Theresa's has built eight
churches in Florida. When some of his earlier churches were
remodeled, items no longer used there were donated to St.
Theresa's.


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Soy. "Nothing goes to waste.
These beautiful pieces of artwork
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Rider


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diagnosed with cancer, and lay in
the hospital, he refused to be
moved away from Okeechobee
to the coast in search of more


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Women of accomplishment named


Courtesy photo
Easter egg hunt is play time

At Woodland Park on Tuesday, March 22, 31. parents
and 41 children enrolled in the Healthy Families' Pro-
gram and had fun hunting for Easter eggs. From left
are Destiney McLendon, Pamela Jackson, and Kyle
Morton. Playing with your child and teaching your
child to share are just a few of the positive parenting
skills. Family Support Worker Pamela Jackson, shows
Kyle and Destiney how to be Easter Bunnies. For more
information on the Healthy Families Program call 902-
3311, ext. 525 or 674-4041, ext. 149.


By Barbara Oehlbeck
Palm Beach Community Col-
lege at Belle Glade, the Glades
Campus, honored 12 Glades
women Monday, March 21, as
Women of Accomplishment
2005, at the Dolly Hand Cultural
Arts Center in Belle Glade.
The Mistress of Ceremonies
was Elizabeth Hernandez-
Cayson, who was herself a
Woman of Accomplishment in
2000, in the category of Health
Care.
Dr. Dennis P. Gallon, Palm
Beach Community College pres-
ident, welcomed the winners for
2005 and attending guests. The
history of Women's History
Month was presented by Bobbie
Marsh, who is in the PBCC/Eco-
nomic and Workforce Develop-
ment Department.
The awards this year were
made in the categories of Arts,
Banking, Community Service,
Education, Entrepreneur, Gov-'
ernment, Health, Medical, Nurs-
ing, Pioneer and Religion.
This year's winners include:
Sarah Bennett in. the category of
Performing Arts, Angela
Pope/Banking, Janice Forbes
and Karen McCarthy both in
Community Service, Florence S.
Maitland/Education, Gwendolyn


Courtesy photo
The Women of Accomplishment awards were held at the Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center, in Belle Glade. The center plays
host to several functions within the Glades communities.


Davis, business owner in the cat-
egory of Entrepreneur, Cather-
ine Peeples, Glades County
School Board in the category of
Government, Geraldine Bailey,
registered nurse in Health cate-
gory, Susan McMillan, nurse
practioner/Medical, Miriam Her-
nandez Hollon/Nursing, Ann
O'Connell Rust in the Pioneer
category and Geneva McKenzie
Boyd, Pastor at Moore Haven in
the category of Religion.
Glades County was well rep-


resented with winners Cathy
Peeples, Glades County School
Board member, District Two,
and Geneva McKenzie Boyd,
Doctor of Divinity and pastor of
the Miracle Deliverance Center,
Moore Haven.
Each recipient made brief
remarks before being presented
with a gold medallion engraved
with name and accomplishment
and a Certificate of Accomplish-
ment by Dr. Helen B. Franke,
provost of PBCC.


Arrests cap two-year 'Operation Road Runner'


MIAMI Florida Attorney
General Charlie Crist joined with
federal and local law enforce-
ment to announce the arrests of
six individuals who helped direct
a major nationwide car theft ring.
This ring was responsible for
stealing hundreds of vehicles
from South Florida worth some
$8 million and using an illicit
pipeline maintained in part
from inside a federal prison to
ship the vehicles as far as Massa-
chusetts and California.
Charged today were Miami-
based enterprise leaders Carlos
Ponce (known as "The King of
the Cars"), Jorge Valdez and Fran-
cisco Sabina. Also charged were
two inmates held in federal cor-
rectional institutions: Richard
Wershe, a former Detroit drug
dealer, and Lorenzo Nichols Sr.,
formerly a New York city drug
kingpin, as well as their Virginia
Beach, Virginia, contact Lorenzo
Nichols Jr.
The interstate auto theft ring
stole luxury cars in South Florida,
renumbered them using the Vehi-


cle Identification Number identi-
ties of other, identical "clone"
vehicles, and then shipped the
vehicles to out-of-state buyers
with fraudulent Florida titles..The
arrests focused on the racketeer-
ing enterprise's criminal conduct
between the main Miami organ-
izers, middlemen operating from
the federal prison, and their con-
tact in Virginia Beach, VA. Earlier
in the two-year investigation,
dubbed "Operation Road Run-
ner," authorities arrested more
than 20 suspects in seven differ-
ent states and recovered more
than 100 vehicles.
. "This investigation is an
exceptional example of nation-
wide cooperation among federal,
state and local agencies to com-
bat crime," said Crist. "This crimi-
nal enterprise had its tentacles
everywhere, and it is only.
through the hard work of authori-
ties at all .levels that we have been
able to shut it down for good."
The investigation identified
more than 250 vehicles, valued at
apprw-.4nately--8 million, wln>-li


were stolen and sold with altered tice Bureau of Prisons, Depart-
vehicle numbers and paperwork. ment of Homeland Security
A total of 119 of those vehicles, Immigration and Customs
valued at approximately $3.5 mil- Enforcement, and U.S. Postal
lion, have been recovered. The Inspection Service.
federal inmates charged in the Others involved included law
operation used "attorney-client" enforcement agencies from
telephone lines within the federal Michigan, New York, Virginia,
prison which by law cannot be Nevada, Kentucky, Arizona, Geor-
monitored by prison authorities gia and California, as well as the
- as a point of transfer for three- private National Insurance Crime
way calls to further their criminal Bureau, the Federal Express
enterprise. Security Division and T-Mobile's
In addition to auto theft, the law enforcement relations unit.
investigation revealed that mem- Crist said the case highlights
bers of the criminal enterprise the value of the National Motor
also engaged in identity theft, Vehicle Title Information System,
narcotics trafficking, wire fraud established by Congress in 1992
and other criminal activity, to integrate vehicle registration
In addition to the Attorney records from all 50 states so that
General's Office, Florida law vehicles cannot be cloned or
enforcement agencies involved "washed" of information such as
in the case .are the Miami-Dade damage claims.
Police Department, Florida High- The criminal charges will be
way Patrol, state Division of prosecuted by the Attorney Gen-
Motor Vehicles, Miami-Dade eral's Office of Statewide Prose-
State Attorney's Office and cution. If convicted of all
Miami-Dade Department of Cor- charges, the six men arrested
reactions. Federal agencies were today face up to 60 years in a
th, .- li, U.S-. Department of -Jus---Florida prison...... ............


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"These 12 Floridians have
made their respective marks in
their communities, as have the
other winners in the past five
years," Dr. Franke said. "We
here at PBCC are proud of all of
you and know that your dedica-
tion and work in your communi-
ties will continue to be an inspi-
ration to others."
Following the ceremony, a
reception was held in the Grand
Hall.
The Women of Accomplish-
ment program is an annual pres-
entation of Palm Beach Commu-
nity College.
Recent Glades County
Women of Accomplishment
recipients include Diana
Winiecke/Community Ser-
vice 2003 and Anne Friedman in
the category of the Arts 2004.
Jeff Barwick, executive direc-
tor of the Clewiston Chamber of
Commerce was the director of
this year's awards event.
The Women of Accom-
plishmnt program is an annual
-presentation of Palm Beach
Community College, held each
year in March at the Dolly Hand
Cultural Arts Center in Belle
Glade in celebration of National
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LARGE 34/2/1 $850/M NO IPETS bleakikst nook. retrnat off ,nastcl tledrroon, frlit
tOMSt MR AIX antd lKick b tIc 'reh, lXrty also hihs 2,100 sq. It baT.
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HAVEN YACHT CLUB. Home has 46 ft covered Also available widlhis property is an additional S6
carport and many extras inside. Asking $103,000. acres Asking $150,000.
3BE1I/2BATH 2 cat garige CBS house Sits on 101 ACRES4*/ with wood frame cracker house
Polywog Creek approx. 2it frot f mouth of river, ing ld"As Is" Asking $2,020o,000
Beingsold "as is. Asking$675,tO. IN PIONEER1 4)ladi 2 oth tiobile home on 2.5
NWV LISTING IN LEIGACRES 2 possibly acres, Asking $99,900. Call oir more derails,
d3ki(Bath CBS l t S netcd in backyard, NICE 1,25ACRli r'Ititlloraop Ngal Street
Being sold "As ls-lt 0000. Asking $25,000.
BACK ON THE MARKET 3ed2IMth house in COtMiERCIAL
Port LalBrle on School Circke. Being sold "As is. BACK ON THE MARKETIt Commercial lot
Call for details 1hxB32- with wood hoame bouse, Selling "As Wls"
TWO STORY II o on ah beautiful oak Asking $140,000.
filled IV2 aemr.lcloaE?.rg $140,000. L OiTrot SJAE
3BED/2'ATH, Spacious home, cathedral ceilings BUSINESS LOT on Fordson Aveue with okt blk.
custom oak cabinets, below ground pool screen buildingsold "As Is" Asking $40,000.
aaind, lighted water fall sa, separate 2.5 garage. LOT ON DOuLy AVE.- $15,000. M fc ann offer
.oated on the camerof aloosarive REDUCED LOTSIN 1 T I ABFIIF FOR SAI F
TO $400,000 call for m. appointment ttlMay. LOT ON MARCta king $22,50i).
ON THE CORNER OF SHAWNEE 2B1ed'IBath LOT ON RICtH (.. t25,000.
wicarport Asking $49,0, LOT ON GRANAl), 1,g $25,000


dct s and wei thought out floor p.lan. $184,900
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ovated cdanrnmr. Thits 2BRAiB5 old Flonrda ackr-
er horme itn Ortona sits n .77'+- acres and is hi
Prisntic cotidiot, 'ir.Ilyv a must seet $144,900
* Oily a hlop, skip arnd 'jitMop to shsppmg and
schools' 4B32.B anut tctraed horn on i t'44
acrcs w/, great contuv fe] c[ti only minutes
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* 2 bedroom home in thle Btimosr Subdivnsion
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,I Si' $129,900


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fruit trees and nice oaks. $132,500.
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2 ?s,. breath tanking acre's and is onvly staiites
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* 37t1.2B .manu.l Euijr6d o on. 00245i+- acres
features vaulted ceilings, textured sheet rocd
walls, lots ol bIuilt imo cablieis, dhal sines iii
niiisiclor.r .t r aid lois ironre. AsWkirg $125,900,
* Conty Luving at its 's in Mus: Tnhis
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foe horse 'a $ Ol 92,900.


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for twohomes. $125,000,
* 2 2.53/- acre adjoi'ong parceds i.i Pioreetr.
improved pasture & suitable for manufactured
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S1.2.5 acre in Montura $34,900,


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la.1el.e wigreat potential. Currently zoned for
dplex or singe family wia possibility of recon
ing to Business. $79,000.
p 5s -I. acre homesites just south ol town on
private road, $59,900 each,
S.35<- acre in .Uit 4 w/oak., 39,900.
* O Versied corner lot in I nit 102 on S.
HliEon. $7w,000.
* O'rtsihcd lot i acIt A 02 woak. $ 37,000,
* i5<- acre. tio o it 13 $3S5,000,



.s a'ct.S zo tendC comm:raJ jus iSoutri
of .lle city liriots wiIth 175.W e eet of rantagc
on SR29 anad romnage on Luckey Stree, Asking
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* $229,000 Reduced, Motivated Sellert with creek on Ft. Denaud lid.
3 l) 211IAtrmer exotic animal home. Cages $44 .9WtIB jAI GMW ch.
gakre! 1, 2 & 3 stories on & of the ground. $31,500 1041 nmesite, no mor
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island and much more 4,9+1- aes $35,000 7 + floated o ad
* $144,900 210 Secluded, diarming 0onp od
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* $91,000 New 33BD/2BA mobile home on Adoining ltir
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* $89,900 3BI/21A mobile home on 1+/. I ; .aif A : own. Ce t10
acre with iew wcipe .l ttyland paint, liver, $59 90g
* $89,900 N 3BDi2SA mobile home on $4% !*t g |rhiigh,
.65 '- -$a,900 l2 11m i $40,000 Nice 25+/- aicre o) close to wvn.
. $79,900-3Bl/2. mbile home alilaben $35,000 -.Nice lot available in Port L1dfel
' "1" A $30,000 32+/-, are lot Ixtled in city with
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Remembering life in the 1940s


Courtesy photo

Habitat for Humanity
Mary Mosely and her two children are the new owners
of the Habitat for Humanity home and she expressed
her appreciation to the club for their efforts in land-
scaping. The dedication has been held and several
club members attended the affair.





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FORT MYERS Southwest
Florida is hosting two new
exhibits drawing record atten-
dance to the showcase muse-
ums of Fort Myers. The Imagi-
narium Hands-On Museum
and the Southwest Florida
Museum of History are just
one mile apart and a visit to
both museums makes for a
wonderful day trip to the area.
The exhibit "Robo Bugs:
The Giant World of Insects"
features common insects of
giant proportions giving a new
perspective as guests explore
these amazing' creatures
shown 40 to 120 times life size
.allowing smaller details to be
magnified and explored. Get
ready for an exciting entomo-
logical adventure that will
bring you face-to-face with a
20-foot-long prayihg'mantis, a
pair of battling beetles, and a
lone locust, just to name a
few.
The exhibit features three
areas including a Robotic
Area, an Educational Area and
a Portrait Gallery. Learn about
insects and other amazing
arthropods as you walk
amongst the giant robotic
replicas and explore the live
insect zoo.
Highlights of the Educa-
tional Area are an interactive
wall showing insect move-
ment and eating habits. The
Portrait Gallery features water-
colors showing the biology of
various insects and an arts and
.crafts area where children can
create rubbings of their
favorite arthropods.
"Robo Bugs" runs now
through May 22.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7
for seniors (55+), $5 for chil-
dren 3-12, and $3 for school
groups. Group rates are avail-
able for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets can be purchased by
calling (239) 337-3332.
The Imaginarium is open
Monday through Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday from noon.to 5 p.m. It
is closed for major holidays.'
The Roswell Exhibit debuts
for the first time ever at the
Southwest Florida Museum of
History allowing visitors to
view the artifacts, video and
audio clips, documents and
dioramas and draw their own
conclusions.
The 1947.crash of some-
thing in the desert 30 miles
north of Roswell, New Mexico
was an historic event that gave
rise to a campaign of disinfor-


"The Roswell Exhibit"
explores the timeline
and events of the
Roswell Incident, trac-
ing the people --mili-
tary and civilian alike
' who were involved
at Roswell, their evi-
dence and based on
their stories and
sworn affidavits,
pieces together the
Roswell scenario.
mation and .cover-up as
alleged by eye-witnesses to
the crash and former military
personnel .and their family
directly involved in handling
the Roswell "Incident".
To this day, almost 60 years
later, what exactly crashed
remains a mystery and an
entire sub-culture has grown
up around Roswell sparking
conspiracy theories, accusa-
*tions of military and govern-
ment cover-ups, inspiring
dozens of movies, TV shows,
documentaries and seminars
all in 'an attempt to determine
what happened at Roswell
back in 1947.
"The Roswell Exhibit"
explores the timeline and
events of the Roswell Incident,
tracing the people military
and civilian alike who were
involved at Roswell, their evi-
dence and based on their sto-
ries and sworn affidavits,
pieces together the Roswell
scenario.
Don't miss your opportuni-
ty to view "The-Roswell Exhib-
it" and decide for yourself
about one of the biggest mys-
teries of the 20th century. The
Roswell Exhibit will be on dis-
play through June of this year.
The foremost investigator
and author on Roswell and
.UFOs, Stanton Friedman will
conduct a seminar on those
subjects 'Saturday, April 9, for
'the museum. Call (239) 332-
5955 for more details.
The museum is open Tues-
days through Saturdays from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday
from noon to 4 p.m. Admis-
sion is $9.50 for adults, $8.50
for seniors, $4 for students and
group rates are available for
groups of 10 or more. Call
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OKEECHOBEE In the
1940s, some people in South
Florida lived out on the ranches
and others lived in town. Some
people will remember the old
gravity gas pumps and packages
from the store tied with string by
the store clerk. People saved
string during the Depression -
people saved everything they
could and prayed they'd get
through. Doc Anderson lived
then and remembers.
"We lived alongside Taylor
Creek in East Okeechobee when
I was growing up," he said. "Tay-
.lor Creek wasn't straight like it is
now. The Corps of, Engineers
came in and did that. Back then it
twisted all around. The railroad
ran just about 40-50 feet along
. the south side of Highway 70 and
crossed Taylor Creek on a wood-
en bridge, then it went over
behind city hall and over by'
what's now the school board
building and the freshman cam-
pus, then it came over by where
Morgan's furniture is and crossed
back over 70 again. Part of that
old track is still there:
"I was raised by my Aunt," Mr.
Anderson continued. "I don't
know how she did it back in
those days. She gave us some
values. We went to school we
came home and did our chores,
ate supper and got ready for 'the
next day.'
"She wasn't an educated
woman, but I don't think anyone
ever put one past her. One time
when I was in high school, I
thought I'd like to try out for the
football team. So 'I went home
and asked her, 'Can I go out for
the football team?' She said
'Come home, do your chores,
then you can go.' Lsaid, 'Buit if I
do my chores first, it will all be
over!' She said, 'Come home and
do your chores first!' So I never
played football, but I learned to
do my chores.
"No one in town wore shoes
to school in those days. I think by
the time I was in junior high we
did," he said.
"Once in awhile my aunt
would give me money for a
movie. The Gilbert Theater cost
25 cents for the movie,.five cents
for popcorn and five cents for a
drink. The theater was on South


Park Street near Elliot's Book-
Sstore, it was moved across the
street later. The Gilbert Theater
had a free Christmas show for all
us kids. Santa Claus would be
there with a bag of goodies for
each of us. It was a real treat,"
said Mr. Anderson.
"When I was 13 years old, I
went to work at a filling
station/grocery store on the
other side of S.R. 70 for $10 a
week. That was really good
money during the Depression.
The store was owned by a man
called Ira Swindler. We weighed
out grits, and flour and beans
from the big burlap sacks into lit-
tle brown paper bags, tied them
with string and put them up on
shelves for people to buy. When
someone would come for gas, if
they could afford gas, and some
people couldn't because gas was
12 to 15 cents a gallon!
"Gas was pumped with a
hand pump that would pump the
gas into a clear glass container
marked to show one gallon, two
gallons and so forth. When it got
to the amount someone wanted,
the gas flowed down into their
car by gravity. For fun, if you had
a spare nickel or dime you could
buy what was called a .'Punch
card' at the store. You'd punch
out the little marks and opened
the little folded paper to see what
you won! I worked for three gen-
erations of that family," he said.
"They talk about the fights at
the Saturday night dances at the
American Legion. It was right
across 70 from our house, where
the Mexican place is now. It used
to have a second floor where the
American Legion was. It was
called the Riverside Hotel back
then and Williams owned the
hotel. Upstairs, was where they
danced and there were fights.
The stairs going up were really
very steep stairs. It's a wonder no
one was killed on those stairs,
because just about any time
there were fights.
"My friend Billie and I used to
roller skate around the building
during the day. There was a roller
skating rink out 441 North just
before the railroad tracks, too.
"S.E. 10th Ave used to be Han-
cock Street, (named for Henry
Hancock, who owned and devel-
oped that general area). My aunt
and uncle owned along the


south side of S.R. 70 from Taylor
Creek to S.E. 13th Avenue. Our
house was on 16th Avenue -
three bedrooms and a bath. I
could watch the cattle drives
coming in 70 to town right from
the house. There was a wooden
bridge over Taylor Creek and
some of the cowboys' horses
would refuse to cross it. Maybe
they didn't like the look of it. But
some cowboys would have to
blindfold their horses and lead
them, across that bridge," Mr.
Anderson said.
"In September of 1943, I
joined the Navy and was sta-
tioned on the battleship New Jer-
sey. Now, in the Korean War in
1954, my friend Cossie Conrad
enlisted and got stationed on that
same ship. I was on a different


ship in the Korean War.
"People say 'we're united
now and put stickers all over
their cars, but back then, every-
one worked toward the war
effort. School kids collected for
paper drives and scrap metal
drives. You turned in so much,
you got stamps to fill a book and
then when the book was filled,
you bought a war bond. No new
cars were made during World
War II until I think 1946. Every-
thing was rationed: Food, gas,
everything. Everyone had a gar-
den patch. If you had a car, and
could afford to drive it, you had a
ration sticker on your car to say
how much gas you were allowed
to buy each week. No one grum-
bled about it. Everyone worked
together."


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Growing and Green Florida's future is a choice


SARASOTA Green Trends
2005, the second annual Florida
Green Building Conference and
Trade Show, is taking place at the
Chelsea Center in Sarasota, Fla.
May 25-27. GreenTrends is a Flori-
da-focused conference and trade
show for those interested in learn-
ing about the benefits of green
building and sustainable develop-
ment here in Florida.
The conference, organized by
the non-profit Florida Green
Building Coalition, Inc., is a forum


for businesses, organizations,
government agencies, and indi-
viduals interested or involved in
providing Florida with a better-
built environment in which to live
and work.
The Theme for this year's con-
ference is, "Building a Green Flori-
da Together" and will explore
how we can all work together to
better promote green building in
our state and help resolve some
of the confusion over all of the
green building standards, guide-


lines, and incentive programs that
are now available.
Participants will have the
opportunity to learn about the eco-
nomic and environmental benefits
of building green from a variety of
experts in the field. The confer-
ence, which includes a trade show
that is open to the public, will pro-
vide all the latest information on
green building materials specifical-
ly designed for Florida's climate.
Bill Gregory, director of Sustain-
able Strategies for the Floor Cover-


ing Division of Milliken & Compa-
ny, will be the opening keynote
speaker for the event. The title for
his presentation is "Transitioning
to a Green Future."
Drawing from first-hand experi-
ences, he addresses the challenges
of achieving consensus in setting
sustainable standards and imple-
menting green practices. Allan F.
Bedwell, deputy secretary Regula-
tory Programs and Energy for the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, will be the


awards banquet keynote speaker.
John Moran, Florida nature pho-
tographer, will also present his
award winning presentation "Jour-
nal of Light: The Visual Diary of a
Florida Nature Photographer."
A number of related events are
being held in conjunction with
GreenTrends 2005. On Wednes-
day, May 25, there will be a free
Rebuild America Workshop on
"Greening Affordable Housing."
Also, tours of local green proj-
ects in the Sarasota area will take


place May 27, immediately follow-
ing the conference. The Sarasota,
Efest and the First Annual Florida
Green Building Open Golf Tourna-
ment are taking place May 28-29,
providing participants with an
informational and fun-filled week-
end. Details on all these events are
available on the GreenTrends 2005
Web site.
For more information on
GreenTrends 2005 or to register to
have GreenTrends held in your city
visitwww.GreenTrends.org.


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Courtesy photo

Galloping fun
The Hendry County Fair Horse Show was judged by Ms.
Linda Wooten. Exhibitors had the opportunity to partici-
pate in seven classes; Grooming and Conditioning,
Showmanship, Walk/Trot Western Pleasure, Walk/Trot
Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Key-
hole, and Pole Bending. Golden Bits 4-H Club member T.
J. McClure captured the most points to receive High
Point with Alexia Eighner winning Reserve High Point.
Alexia is also a member of the Golden Bits 4-H Club.
Karen Jackman and Tim McClure provide leadership for
the Golden Bits 4-H Club and Sam and Lynn Briefman'
are the club leaders for the Silver Saddles 4-H Club.


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No matter how well you take
care of yourself, it's not realistic to
think your body can do at 65 what it
did at 45 or even 55. That doesn't
mean you should reduce physical
activities. It does mean you'll need
to modify your. expectations.
How your body changes: As
you age, the maximum pumping
capacity of your heart declines,
resulting in less oxygen to exercis-
ing muscles and a decrease in your
cardiovascular fitness. Your mus-
cles lose some strength and mass
and become less flexible, as do
your tendons and joints. It takes
longer to recover from a muscle
strain, sprain, trauma or injury.
The March issue of Mayo Clinic
Women's HealthSource says that
by staying physically active, you can
help minimize nearly all of these
effects of aging. But the physical
activities you choose, as you age,
will likely change.
This isn't to say you should
reduce your physical activity. It
means modifying your activities to
accommodate change. For exam-
ple, if you've been a jogger most of
your life, you may need to switch to
walking to protect your joints. Or if
you were a high-intensity aerobics
buff, you may need to 'try low-
intensity aerobics, yoga, tai chi or
Pilates. The important goal is to


remain fit.
Fit at any age: If you've had to
slow down the treadmill a bit or
make other activity changes, how
do you know if you're fit? Make an
honest assessment of your own
physical abilities. Can you perform
daily tasks without fatigue? Can you
perform moderately intense activi-
ties and talk at the same time?
These are both signs of being fit.
And no matter what your age or
where you are on the fitness scale,
you can always improve your per-
sonal fitness level.
Avoid falls at home
When it comes. to household
safety, it pays to be proactive. In the
United States, about 30,000 people
die each year as a result of injuries
at home. Falls are responsible for
about one-third of home injury
fatalities. Older adults are often
more susceptible to falling because
of decline in mobility and bal-
ance.
The March issue of Mayo Clinic
Women's HealthSource offers tips
to minimize chances of falling at
home.
Light your way. Keep all areas,
especially hallways and stairways,
well lit. Use nightlights and have a
flashlight handy in case of power
outages.


Keep pathways clear. Arrange
furniture to allow for easy move-
ment. Remove boxes, newspapers,
cords, baskets and general clutter
from high-traffic areas. Keep out-
door steps and walkways in good
repair.
Secure rugs and flooring.
Secure loose rugs and carpets with
tacks or a slip-resistant backing.
Remove small throw rugs. Repair
frayed carpet and loose floor-
boards.
Safeguard stairways. Make sure
all stairways have sturdy railings
and that steps have a nonskid sur-
face.
Enhance bathroom safety.
Install grab bars in your shower or
tub and near your toilet. Use non-
skid mats in the shower or tub.
Keep necessities handy. Store
clothing, dishes, food and other
everyday items within easy reach.
Genetic testing -
is it right for you
Cancer seems all too common
in your family, but should you have
a genetic test to learn more about
your risk?
Genetic tests offer a glimpse of
what the future may hold for your
health. But the look has limitations.
Genetic tests can't tell you with cer-


tainty whether you'll develop a dis-
ease or how severe it might be if
you do develop it. They can only tell
you if you have a mutation that is
shown to be associated with a risk
of the disease.
Deciding to have genetic testing
is complicated. That's why it's
often recommended you consult
with a genetic counselor.
The March issue of Mayo Clinic
Women's HealthSource offers
ways a genetic counselor can help:
Research your family history
and medical records to assess your
risk of a genetic disorder or the like-
lihood that you carry a genetic
mutation.
Provide information on the ben-
efits, risks and limitations of a spe-
cific genetic test.
Explain the implications of a
positive, negative or indeterminate
test result, for both you and your
family.
Consider possible treatment
options or preventive measures if a
gene mutation is found.
Costs for genetic tests can range
from less than $100 to several thou-
sand dollars. These tests may not
be covered by insurance. Fortu-
nately, many states have enacted
laws that prohibit using genetic test
information to determine eligibility
for health insurance.


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Senior Connections

Faith in Action in Clewiston Thursday, April 7
Public is invited to celebrate the expansion of Senior Connec-
tions of SW FL Faith in Action program in Clewiston at the Senior.
Center next to John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South WC. Owen Ave.
The purpose of Faith in Action is to match volunteers with those
who are chronically ill, to help them with different activities of daily
living. Faith in Action volunteers, "care partners," can provide a vari-
ety of helpful services, including making friendly phone calls, shop-
ping for groceries or just being a compassionate listener. Please join
us for a short program, with refreshments, to kick off Clewiston's
participation in this nationwide program. RSVP TO Liz Taylor (863)
983-7088.


Free Services to help elders
Insurance counseling with a trained SHINE (Seniors Helping with
Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor is available every Wednesday
morning free of charge at Nobles Center and in Moore Haven at Senior
Connections offices. Legal help from Florida Rural Legal Services is
available at the Nobles Senior Center in LaBelle on April 13 from 9:30-
11:30 a.m. (Must call 675-1446 to make appointment) "Save the Date"
Memory Mobile and the next Trash to Treasures Indoor Flea Market at
Nobles Center are both on Friday morning, April 15. "NEW" Medica-
tion assistance through LEAPS is available April 20 from 1-5 p.m. at.
Senior Connections office in Moore Haven.
Post Disaster Help for Older Adults
Disaster funds are still available to help older adults living in Hendry
and Glades Counties who continue to need assistance with such
issues as roof repair, debris removal, insurance deductibles, appliance


repair or replacement, chore work, etc. Elders in need of help due to
the hurricanes of last summer can speak with a specially trained out-
reach worker in Clewiston on Mondays and Tuesdays, 983-7088, and
LaBelle Wednesday through Friday (675-1446).
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Family Caregiver Support Group free meetings in April will feature
discussions with a Parkinson's disease specialist from Lee Parkinson's
Care in Ft. Myers. All meetings take place from 4-5 p.m. at local Senior
Connections offices. Next meetings are April 13 in LaBelle, April 20 in
Clewiston, and April 27 in Moore Haven. Call 675-1446 in LaBelle, 983-
7088 in Clewiston and 946-1821 in Moore Haven.
Nobles Senior Center exercise classes meet M-W-F at 9:00 a.m.
Come and join this lively group for better health. "NEW" Garners
come every Monday to the L.J. Nobles Senior Center starting at 1 p.m.
for card playing, Scrabble and what-have-you. All are welcome.


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ORLANDO -With the 2005
hurricane season nearly upon
us, the U:S. Department of
Homeland Security's Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) has announced
publication of an updated, in-
depth guide to citizen disaster
preparedness titled, "Are You
Ready?"
The publication is available
to individuals, families and
.community preparedness
groups who are looking for a
comprehensive information
source of what to do before,
during and after a disaster
strikes.
The guide provides a step-
by-step approach to disaster.
preparedness by walking the
reader through information on
how to get informed about local
emergency plans, identifying
hazards that affect their area,
instructing them on how to
develop and maintain an emer-
gency communications plan,
and building a disaster supplies
kit.
Other guide topics include
evacuation, emergency public
shelters, animals in disaster and
information specific to people
with disabilities. The prepared-
ness facts are based on the
most reliable hazard awareness
and emergency education infor-
mation including advances in
scientific knowledge, the most
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on what happens in disasters.
"Being prepared for disasters
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bility, and the 'Are You Ready?'
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enable families to protect them-


selves against all hazards," said
Bill Carwile, the FEMA federal
coordinating officer. "We are
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available to the public at all of
our 21 Disaster Recovery Cen-
ters."
To broaden the usage of the
publication, a facilitator guide is
available for those interested in
delivering the disaster prepared-
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small group setting. The facilita-
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tool-kit with resources such as
customizable slides and hazard-
specific fact sheets.
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as a' study manual with credit
awarded for successful comple-
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a final exam. Questions about
the exam should be directed to
www.training.fema.gov/emi-
web/is or by calling (800) 238-
3358. College credit for the
course is also being offered
through Frederick Community
College, Frederick, Md.
"We encourage everyone to
take the time to pick up a copy
and study this publication," said
Craig Fugate, state-coordinating
officer with. Florida's State
Emergency Response Team
(SERT). "Having just experi-
enced the devastation by four
major hurricanes and their
aftermath, we all should under-
stand the necessity of being bet-
ter prepared for future events."
The 200-plus-page "Are You
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mier, preparedness resource
catalog and is also available
from the FEMA Web site. Log on


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FEMA's Publications Warehouse
at (800) 480-2520.
Four preparedness booklets
supplement the guide's infor-
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ics: 1) Preparing for Disaster;
2) Food and Water in an Emer-
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Helping Children Cope with
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organization seals or logos.
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pared to respond to emergen-
cies, recover from them, and
mitigate their impacts. Visit
www.floridadisaster.org for the
latest information on the hurri-
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responders, works with state
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agers, and manages the
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the U.S. Department of Home-
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Florida Medicaid defrauded of millions


TALLAHASSEE Attorney
General Charlie Crist announced
the arrest of nine individuals in
Miami and Savannah, Georgia, on
charges stemming from the inves-
tigation of Martin J. Bradley III and
his father, Martin J. Bradley Jr.,
owners of Bio-Med Plus, a Miami-
based pharmaceutical wholesaler.
Bio-Med Plus was primarily
engaged in the buying and selling
of prescription drugs used to treat
conditions such as AIDS and
hemophilia.
The arrests follow a 288-count
indictment returned by a federal
grand jury sitting in Savannah.
The Bradleys, who reside in
both Savannah and Miami, are
accused of conspiring to defraud
the Florida Medicaid Program out
of millions of dollars involving
these medications. The investiga-
tion revealed that these individuals
facilitated the diversion of these
drugs through various companies
and pharmacies either owned or
influenced by them. The business-
es were located in Florida, Georgia
and Puerto Rico.
Investigators with the Miami
office of the Attorney General's
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit,
together with federal agents of the
Savannah offices for the Internal
Revenue Service, the Food and
Drug Administration and the
Bureau of Immigration and Cus-
toms Enforcement, investigated
the Bradleys and their businesses.
"There is significant evidence of
widespread racketeering that must
be prosecuted," said Crist. "These
unlawful activities cost Medicaid
millions of dollars, which must be
returned to the taxpayers."
It is alleged that pharmaceuti-
cal treatments were ordered by
associated Miami-area physicians
who in turn did not administer the
drugs, as prescribed. Through the


"There is significant evidence of widespread
racketeering that must be prosecuted. These
unlawful activities cost Medicaid millions of dol-
lars, which must be returned to the taxpayers."
Charlie Crist, Attorney General


use of certain pharmacies con- the Caribbean allegedly in order to
trolled by the RICO enterprise, the hide the illegal gains of their crimi-
Florida Medicaid Program was nal enterprises. The indictment
then billed and subsequently paid also charges the Bradleys with
for these drugs, often as much as defrauding the Medicaid program
$4,000 to $6,000 per treatment, inthestateofCalifornia. '
The pharmacies would deliver Along with Martin J. Bradley III,
mass quantities of medications to 39, of Coral Gables, and his father,
the physician offices for the sup- Martin J. Bradley Jr., 66, of Savan-
posed purpose of administering nah, Georgia, seven other co-con-
the drugs to patients. The drugs spirators were indicted and arrest-
would later be collected by co- ed as a result of this joint
conspirators and returned to either investigation: Jose A. Trespalacios,
area pharmacies or Bio-Med Plus. 36, of Coconut Grove; Alberto L.
The prescription drugs billed to Tellechea, 38, of Coconut Grove;
the Florida Medicaid Program, but Edwin Rivera Jr., 34, of Miami; Mar-
not administered to Medicaid lene Caseras Marrero, 33: Stephen
recipients, were either fraudulently B. Getz, 46, of Pinecrest; and Sara
re-billed to Medicaid through sev- E. Griffin, 44, and John D. Strick-
eral pharmacies, or unlawfully land, 36, both of Savannah, Geor-
transferred, distributed and divert- gia. Each of the defendants was
ed to other pharmacies or whole- charged with Racketeer Influenced
salesr, including Bio-Med Plus, for Criminal Organization (RICO).
sale on the open market. It is esti- Several defendants where also
mated that the payments for the charged with money laundering
fraudulently obtained drugs cost and wire fraud, as well as other
the Florida Medicaid Program and lesser charges. The RICO charge
Florida Medicaid recipients well in alone carries a potential sentence
excess of $5 million, of 30 years to life in a federal
In addition, the Bradleys prison. Each defendant who is
instructed others involved in the convicted in this case is subject to
scheme to destroy documentation forfeiture of any and all property
related to the transfer, distribution constituting or derived from pro-
and diversion of prescription drugs ceeds obtained directly and indi-
sold on the open market by Bio- rectly from racketeering activity
Med Plus, Which had already been up to a sum of money equal to at
reimbursed by the Florida Medic- least $45 million.
aid Program. The case is being prosecuted
The Bradleys, along with sever- by United States Attorney Lisa
al of their business partners, Wood of the U.S. District Court for
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By Chuck Woods
GAINESVILLE The value of
agricultural land continued to
increase in all areas of the state,
last year, buoyed by a population
boom and strong nonagricultur-
al demand for land, according to
a new University of Florida sur-
vey.
"Following recent trends, the
market for agricultural land was
very active this past year, and the
rate of increase in land values
was particularly high in the
southern regions of the state,"
said John Reynolds, a professor
emeritus with UF's Institute .of
Fbod and Agricultural Sciences.
"In most land-value categories,
we recorded double-digit
increases."
He said the most prominent
changes occurred in South Flori-
da where the value of cropland
increasr-d by,58 percent and pas-
tureland values jumped by 76
percent. The largest increases
were in the Indian River area,
Okeechobee County and the
Gulf Coast counties.
Cropland and pastureland in
other regions also experienced
substantial increases: 19 to 25
percent in the central region of
the state, 10 to 19 percent in the
northwest region and nine to 15
percent in the northeast region.
Although citrus groves did not
increase in value as much as
cropland and pasture, the value.
of orange groves in the south
region increased by 10 percent
and 12 percent in the central
region. The value of grapefruit
groves increased 34 percent in
the south region and 15 percent
in the central region. The value
of land with five- to. seven-year-
old citrus plantings increased
about nine percent in the south
and central regions.
The average value of orange
.groves in the south region Was
$6,540 per acre, about $130 per
acre higher than, in the central
region. The estimated value of
grapefruit groves increased to
.$5,264 per acre in the south
region, about $746 per acre
higher than in the central region.
The average value'of land with 5-
to 7-year-old citrus groves was
$5,920 per acre in the south
region, about $580 per acre
higher than in the central region.
Reynolds' 2004 land value
survey, which measures changes
over the past year, divides the
state into five regions: south,
southeast, central, northeast and
northwest. Because of the
impact urbanization has on agri-


"Following recent trends, the market for agri-
cultural land was very active this past. year,
and the rate of increase in land values was
particularly high in the southern regions of the
state," "In most land-value categories, we
recorded double-digit increases."

John Reynolds, professor emeritus,
UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


cultural land values, Reynolds
collects data for the southeast
region, including Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach coun-
ties.
He also measures the value of
transition land acreage being
converted or likely to be convert-
ed to. nonagricu.ltpural sites for
homes, subdivisions and com-
mercial uses. Counties were
divided into metropolitan and
non-metropolitan counties, and
transition land values were esti-
mated for each region.
The value of transition land
within five miles of a major town
in metropolitan counties
increased by seven to 13 percent.
in northern regions of the state
and by six to 52 percent in south-.
erri regions. .In dollar amounts,
the value of transition land in
metro, counties ranged from
$14,082 to $24,983 per acre,
except in the southeast region of
the state where transition land
values were $62,500 per acre,
The value of transition land
more than five miles from a
major town in metro counties
ranged from $7,950 to $14,352
per acre, except in the southeast
where the value was $36,250 per
acre.
In non-metro counties, the
value of transition land within
five miles of a major town
ranged from $4,793 to $6,778 per
acre. Transition land more than
five miles from a major town
ranged from $3,921 to $5,446 per
acre.
For the 2004 study, six coun-
ties were reclassified. Reynolds
said the changes in the north-
west include moving.Jefferson
and Wakulla counties into the
Tallahassee metropolitan statisti-
cal area (MSA), which is a feder-
al designation for urban or
urbanizing areas. In the north-
east region, Gilchrist County was
moved into the Gainesville MSA,
and Flagler County was removed
from adjacent MSA counties. In
the southern region, Indian River


County was designated as the.
Vero Beach MSA.
"It is important to emphasize
that the value of a specific tract
of land may vary substantially
from the survey estimates
because of the physical charac-
teristics of the tract, its location
and the economic or institution-
al factors that restrict its use,"
Reynolds said.
"The survey measured land
values up to May 2004, and it
does not include any changes in
land values that may have
occurred after last year's hurri-
cane season."
The 2004 Florida Agricultural
Land Value Survey also shows:
Last year, the value of crop-
land and pastureland in the
south region increased from
$1,100 to $1,400 per acre. The
value of irnp:ioed pasture was
higher in the central region than
in other regions. The lowest agri-
cultural land values were report-
ed in the northwest region, rang-
ing from $1,450 per acre for
unimproved pasture to $2,193
per acre for irrigated cropland.
The value of irrigated crop-
land was $3,901 per acre in the
south region, $3,709 in the cen-
tral region, and $3,428 in the
northeast region. The value of
non-irrigated cropland was
$3,237 in the central region,
$2,657 in the northeast region


and $1,983 in the northwest
region.
The value of improved pas-
ture ranged from $3,608 per acre
in the central region to $1,783
per acre in the northwest region.
The value of unimproved pas-
ture ranged from $2,605 per acre
in the south region to $1,451 in
the northwest region.
The value of farm woods
increased by 18 percent in the
northwest region of the state and
by 16 percent in the northeast
region.
Survey respondents were
asked if they expect agricultural
land values to be higher, lower
or remain unchanged during the
next 12 months. Eighty-five per-
cent of the respondents in north-
ern areas and 67 percent of the
respondents in south region
expect land values to increase
during the next year. Only 2 per-
cent expect lower land values
during the next 12 months.
Respondents in the southeast
region said that they expect land
.values to increase by 30 percent,
primarily because of strong
urban demands.
The annual .food and
resource economics department
survey, which Reynolds started
in 1985, was compiled from
.information provided by 190
respondents from around the
.state. Respondents included
property appraisers, farm
lenders, real estate brokers, farm
managers, land investors, feder-
al farm-assistance and coriserva-
tion staff, UF/IFAS extension
agents, and others who develop
and maintain information about
rural land values.
.More details on the survey,
"Nonagricultural Demand Caus-
es Agricultural Land Values to
Increase" (FE 545), are available
on the UF/IFAS Electronic Data
Information Source (EDIS) Web
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Money Lenders 310
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#1 CASH COW! 90 Vending
Machine Hd. You approve
Loc's-$10,670 (800)836-
3464 #802428.


RN/STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Palm Terrace of Clewiston
(Formerly Grace Healthcare)
Has Exciting Full-Time Opportunities
For Registered Nurses:
Registered Nurse Educator/Manager with longer
term care experience. Must have excellent -
organizational skills for implementing staff and
patient education programs.
Staff RN's to plan/deliver nursing care to
patients/Residents requiring long term or
rehabilitative care.
Please apply in person:
Palm Terrace of Clewiston
301 S. Gloria Street
Clewiston, FL 33440
or Fax Resume to: DON 863-983-6698
or Email: admin.clewiston@chemfl.com




HEAVY EQUIPMENT
MECHANIC
Tropical Shipping is searching for
a Heavy Equipment Mechanic to
join our West Palm Beach, FL
facility. Qualified candidates will
have 3 yrs. exp. in heavy
equipment repair, maintenance
and operation. HS diploma and
valid driver's license.
Excellent comp/benefits package,
incl. relocation and 401(k).
Send resume to:
careers@tropical.com
fax (561)840-2956 or
apply on-line at:
www.tropical.com.
EOE/DFWP.


J OLDE CYPRESS COMMUNITY BANK'
POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Apply in person at main branch on
205 So. W.C. Owen Ave.
Clewiston 9:00-4:00. EOE
SALES ASSOCIATE
Creative self-motivated retail oriented
individual to service and cultivate new
customer relationships at our full service
Wal-Mart Branch open Mon-Sat. Banking
experience not required. Training,
competitive salary, incentive program
and full benefits.
POST CLOSING CLERK
Review loan files, data entry, balance
journals, and prepare correspondence.
Good typing, computer, telephone and
customer service skills required.
N. Salary and full benefits. r


WORKSITE AIDE
NEEDED TO WORK WITH ADULTS
WITH METAL RETARDATION OTHER
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
DUTIES INCLUDE: Supervise Lawn Crew.
Operate Lawn, Maintenance Equipment &
Forklift. Drive a 15 Passenger Van.
(CDL Required).
Excellent Benefits.
Drug Free Workplace, Equal Opportunity Employer,
Background Screening Required & DOT Physical.
APPLY @ 4250 N.W. 15th Street,
Belle Glade or Call Paul Maccarone @
863-996-9583 to schedule interview.
Closing Date: 04/13/05


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Glades Ford is looking for the following:
*Experienced Salespeople
*Certified Technicians
*Certified Transmission Mechanic.
*Part-time Retiree's as Drivers
Office Manager Trainee (knowledgeable in
accounting and automotive experience helpful)
Excellent pay plan advancement
available, great benefits.
Many opportunities.

Apply in Person

525 N.W Avenue L* Belle Glade, FL 33430

Call 561-992-4000
k Friday 9 a.m. 5 pnm.


POSITION: Director of Curriculum
LOCATION: Glades County School District
DATE REQUIRED: May 1, 2005
QUALIFICATIONS:
*Administrative/Management Experience
*Appropriate Educational Background
& Certification.
DUTIES:
eAdminister the operation & management
of district wide programs.
*Any duties as assigned
by Superintendent.
SALARY:
*Per Glades County School Board
Salary Schedule.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 12, 2005
Direct Application and Resume To:
Wayne Aldrich, Superintendent
400 10th Street SW
Moore Haven, Florida 33471
(863)946-2083
Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.
Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications
made for the Disabled.
Posted: 3/29/05


POSITION: Assistant Principal
LOCATION: Glades County School District
MooreHavenJr.-Sr. High
School
DATE REQUIRED: July 18, 2005
QUALIFICATIONS:
*Certified in School Principal or
Eligible for Certification
DUTIES:
*As assigned by Principal
*216 day contract
SALARY:
*Per Glades County School Board
Salary Schedule.-
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 12, 2005
Direct Application and Resume To:
Wayne Aldrich, Superintendent
400 10th Street SW
Moore Haven, Florida 33471
(863)946-2083
,Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.
Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications
made for the Disabled.
Pnste.d 3/2q/0n

BOOKKEEPER,
Full time position for busy ag. office,
must be experienced in computerized P/R,
A/P & Excel. Strong accounting background
& attn. for detail. Fax resume w/salary req.
to 863-983-5116.


Busy Home
Health Agency.
Looking for the following:
Full time RN w/ benefits,
PRN $35 per visit $55 per
admitMSW, HHA
1-941-505-4663 or fax
resume to:941-575-4445
Driver- COVENANT TRANS-
PORT. Excellent Pay &
Benefits for Experienced
Drivers, 0/0, Solos,
,Teams & Graduate Stu-
dents. Bonuses Paid
Weekly. Equal Opportunity
Employer. (888)MORE
PAY (888-667-3729).
Driver- OWNER/
OPERATORS
*Competitive Rates *Paid
Fuel Taxes & Tolls *Air
Freight Runs *Lots of
Miles. Call Phil, M-F, 8-4
@ (800)899-3059;
(765)315-9118.

Drivers/OTR-Tanker look-
ing for Professional driv-
ers! NEW 2005 Equip-
ment, Top Pay, BONUSES,
Prepass & EZ Pass, Rider
Program & Much more!
North American Tank
Lines. (866)748-6285.

Everglades Federal
Credit Union Looking
for Teller. Apply in per-
son, Mail resume to
1099 W. Ventura Ava.
Clewiston FL 33440 or
email efcu@earthlink.
net or fax
RRR-qn.- 919
Everglades Federal Credit
Union Receptionist need-
ed, Previous Phone Expe-
rience Preferred, Proficient
Word and Excel, Bilingual
a +. May apply in person,
mail resume to
1099 W. Ventura Ave,
email to:
efcu@earthlink.net
or fax 866-302-5212.
Exceptional Online Retail
Business for Sale. Gross
$90K. Expandable. Up-
market Home/Garden dec-
orative accessories. $25K.
(407)322-4242 after
nrn
HELP WANTED Earn Extra
income assembling CD
cases from any location.
No experience necessary.
Start immediately!
(800)405-7619 ext 28
www.easywork-
greatpay.com.

KNIGHTS MARINE Now Hir-
ing All Shipyard Crafts-
men. East, West And Gulf
Coast Projects. Excellent
Pay And Benefits. TOLL
FREE (877)603-7635.


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$50,000 FREE CASH
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Never Repay! For personal
bills, school, new busi-
ness. $49 BILLION Left
unclaimed from 2004.
Live Operators! (800)606-
6081 Ext #75.


LEARN MORE ABOUT
IRS's and Investing.
First Bank of Clewiston
863-963-8191.

Loans by phone. Up to
$1000 in 24hrs. No Credit
Check! Bank Account Req.
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VISION ACE HARDWARE
of Clewiston
is looking for two good people for the
following positions:
FLOOR MANAGER &
RADIO SHACK MANAGER.
Both positions are full time with
competitive salaries and good benefit
packages. Applicants should be self
starters with an energetic and
outgoing personality. Previous retail
and management experience is a must.
Please apply in person during store
hours @ 310 E. Sugarland.Hwy.


S ATTENTION
HEAL THCARE
PROFESSIONALS!

RN's, LPN's, HHA's, PT,
OT, ST, MSW &
Community Educator.
Contact Sunrise Home Health
877-285-1722 or
fax 941-235-1524


SOUTHERN GARDENS GROVES
HEAVY EQUIPMENT
OPERATOR _,
Must be experienced in working with:
Excavators, Graders,
Front End Loaders & Pan Machines.
Requires good driving record
with Class D or CDL license.
GOOD PAY, BONUS, 401 K, & BENEFITS.
Contact HR Dept. @ 863-902-4133,
fax 863-902-4315, or
dmelton@southerngardens.com.



AutoCAD Draftsman
Successful candidate will be thoroughly
knowledgeable in AutoCAD 2004. 5+ years exp.
Land surveying and LDD experience preferred
but not required. Competitive pay
and excellent benefit package.
Mail resume to
Morris-Depew Associates, Inc.,
2216 Altamount Ave.,
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
Attn: Human Resources. Fax 239-337-3994..
Email: resume@m-da.com



CITY OF CLEWISTON
Immediate Opening
Police Dispatcher
High School Diploma or GED required.
Position requires working shift work,.
weekends; & holidays. This is a full time
position with benefits package. Job
description and applications are available
at City Hall, Marilyn McCorvey,
Human Resources, 115 W. Ventura Ave.
Position is open till filled. EOE/DFWP.



^ LICENSED
PRACTICAL NURSE
LPN position working in LaBelle & Clewiston
Ryan White Title III program; assisting in
clinics; must be willing to learn & use tele-
medicine software & technology. Bilingual
Spanish/English.a plus; must have valid
Florida driver's license; background screen-
ing & fingerprinting required. EEO/AA
Call Renee @ 863-674-4041 x 148 for
more details.


RN/LPN
Palm Terrace of Clewiston
(Formerly Grace Healthcare)
Has Immediate Openings
For RN/LPN's
*RN/LPN's, Full Time/Part Time, 7am-7pm
*NIGHT SUPERVISOR, 11 pm to 7 am
EXCELLENT WAGES & BENEFITS.
Please fax resume to 863-983-6698
or call DON forn n appointment @
863-983-5123. EOE/DFWP :


SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA
Has immediate openings in our Big Cypress Reserva-
tion at our Gas Station/Convenience Store. FT/ & P/T
positions available for:
FOOD SERVICE ASSOC/COOK & SALES ASSOC.
Previous exp. pref. Excellent Communication skills
Good manual skills, cash handling exp., & positive cus-
tomer service attitude. HS diploma/ GED req. Flexible
working hours. $8 + starting based on experience. Ex-
cellent benefits (medical, dental, 401K) + fuel & food
allowance & incentives.
Fax resumes :954-967-3477. Applications available @
www.seminoletribe.com.



DISTRIBUTOR ROUTE SALES
License & .credit checked
Flowers Baking Co. LLC
Call (561)252-5968
For Appointment
EOE DFWP


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DAILY WORK DAILY PAY
SAll'Types of Work Available
l < 202 E. Sugarland Hwy.
$K (Across front Clewiston Inn)
S(863) 902-9494


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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 4201
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SCREEN & PATIO
ENCLOSURES,
Rescreening & repair.,
lic.# 2001-19849 &
insured (561)784-5568
or 561-358-2456.


Anyone
who has a
problem w/all around
roofing & construction,
John or Phyillis Daniels
@ 863-983-7546


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


Merchandise..



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing "565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/SuppHes 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linensa Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
1Ts &Games 730
V s m 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AIR CONDITIONER: 2005 3
Ton Package Unit w/Heat.
Never installed. $1150.
(954)309-8659
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified.


AIR CONDS- (1)- 3 ton, (1)-
5 ton, used 6 months,
$750 for both will sell sep-
arate. (239)243-6083.


INDIAN LANCE Rare, From
the Plains Indian. Museum
quality. $2500. (863)763-
0072.


DRYER, Gas, Like new.
$100. (863)635-3439

ELECTRIC RANGE- Ken-
more, good shape, $75.
(863)467-8160.

REFRIGERATOR, 2002
Whirlpool, 19 cu. ft. $300
or best offer. (863)635-
3439
REFRIGERATOR, Frigidaire,
Side By Side w/3rd door.
SWorks really good. $125
neg. (863)675-2440
Refrigerator, Commercial,
8x79x32, 3 dr, see thru,
$500 neg. You Haul. 863-
763-6257/763-0818.
STOVE, GE, Electric, All
works well. $100 or best
offer. (863)675-2440


Sunrise Appliances
New, Used, Scratch & Dent
Full Factory Warranty
Lowest Prices Guaranteed
401 US Hwy. 27
Moore Haven, Fl
(8.63)946-2666
UPRIGHT FREEZER- 18 cu
ft, freezers very good,
body in good condition,
$75. (863)983-4694.



PAPERBACK BOOKS- 2
shopping bags full, $20 for
all will separate.
'(863)467-0924.


Steel Building Sale 20X30,
25X30, 30X40, 40X60,
50X100 Brand New Fre.e
Delivery if ordered by 04-
09-05 Call Charlie
(800)896-1082.
STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals Save $$$. 40 x 60'
to 100 x 200'. Example: 50
x 100 x 12' = $3.60/sq ft.
(800)658-2885
www.rigidbuilding.com.



BREAKER BOX- Siemens,
125 amp, with breakers,
$65. (863)467-8160.

METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.

PIPE- used HDPE, 8-12",
various lengths, make of-
fer. (561)992-2482.

RIDGE CAP- new, brown,
steel, 60 feet, 26 gauge,
$120. (863)357-5754.



INDOOR/OUTDOOR CAR-
PET-Sears, new, 8.5x12,
teal blue, UV protected,
$50. (863)674-1695.



GRECO CRIB SET Converts
to Day bed & then to a
double bed. $125. Or best
offer. (863)357-3575.


SHOES, Dress, Sz. 9, Name
brand, never worn. Pd
$65, Now $20. Taylor
Creek. 863-763-0867



COMPUTER SYSTEM-
complete, loads of soft-
ware/programs, all for
$100. (863)612-0900.,


BEDROOM SUITE girls
5pcs. Antique white stain
w/pink floral design $400
(863)983-7775
BED SKIRTS, (2) Twin, light
green, $6. (863)467-
8681


Rewstered Nurses
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O.R Staff Nurse
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FuO Tume Housekeelpng Supervisor
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Compeuiti\e S31ary Ex.ellent Benelits
Chnical Ladder Program Educaliorn AsiLsance
Phone: 863-902-3079 or Fax resume to: 863983,0805
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CLEWISTON ANIMAL CLINIC
901 W VenuamAve -ewislon, EL 33440


BUNK BEDS Twin, Solid
wood w/bunky boards.
Rarely used. $225 863-
634-5943.

CHEST, Dark wood. Great
for blankets. Good condi-
tion. $45. 863-763-0634

COFFEE TABLE w/Formica
Top and COMPUTER
CHAIR, $50 for both, will
sep. (863)763-1059

Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $300/
all. (863)674-0467.

DINNING ROOM TABLE,
Oak w/4 velvet red & wood
chairs & leaf. Good condi-
tion. $75 (863)902-7077

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
black, fits 27" TV, good
condition, $50. (561)252-
1371 (cell)

GLIDER CHAIR- 2 seat,
needs cushions, $10.
(863)763-1997.

LIVING ROOM SET, 3 pc.
set. Sofa, Recliner & Love-
seat. Tan. $300. 863-612-
9879 .

RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker
& swivel,'cream with light
green, stripes, $250.
(863)467-8681

WROUGHT IRON BED
queen size have photo for
email on request $200
(863)983-7775



EASY GO GOLF CART
restored
$2200
(863)692-2229

GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc,
clubs, incld sets, $6.00
each, 2 bags $7 each:
(863)946-3123.

GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123



WEIGHT SET, Welder Pros-
tack. $300 863-673-2671





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WEDDING BANDS, Trio Set,
white gold, diamonds,
$600. (863)467-0108



WALKER: VACARE w/Frorint
Swhis. Will hold person up
to 300 Ibs. & Bath tub
stool. $75 863)763-1059


ALASKAN DIAMOND WIL-
LOW (2)- beautiful pattern,
$200 neg. (863)763-7584
after 5.

BRAND NEW COMPUTER
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You're approved. Guaran-
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Checking account re-
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Blue Hippo Funding Call
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FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes stan-
dard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE-50+ Pre-
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over 225 channels! Limit-
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strictions Apply.
(866)500-4056.


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$5999. (888)397-3529.






ORGAN- Hammond, -Model
Elegante, 2 manual, full
pedal, Best offer, Free to
church or non 'profit.
(863)675-0215.



AMERICAN PIT BULL TER-
RIERS- ABA Reg, all col-
ors, 8 wks old, (863)697-
2750.
APPALOOSA MARE- 6yr
old, some training, $600
or best offer. (863)763-
7608.
BEAGLE PUPPIES, Small,
Tri-Color, 3 Female, 3
Male. Parents on premis-
es. Vet checked, 1st
shots, Ready 3/30 $250
(863)382-3370
BLK. LABS AKC 2-M Par-
ents hold Jr Test Title
Ready to go 4/1/05 $600
(772)528-8564
EASTER BUNNIES
(10), $100. Will
separate. 863-673-1364
or 863-673-0476.
MINIATURE DACHSHUND
4 (M) Puppies & Mother.
CKC reg. Colors vary.
$425 Neg. 863-357-2250
Peach & White Doves, (2),
old enough to eat on their
own, $20 each. (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm.
PET BUNNIES-. (5) to good
homes. only, $50 wil sell
separately. (863)983-
5633.
PIT BULL PUPPIES
Ready to. go, $100.
(863)697-1725.

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



SINGER,
Old, 401 Slantimatic, Sews
good. $20. (863)675-
3389.



BASKET BALL POLE & Net.
Good condition. $45
(863)902-7077/599-1770

FISHING ROD RACK-
round, hold 6 rods, asking
$15. (863)763-1997.



SAW, ,Table Style, Crafts-
man, 10". 27x40" Table.
$150. (863)763-7584

TABLE SAW (2) Beachtop
w/stands. $200 for both,
will sep. (863)697-9704


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
For Dolly Hand Cultural Arts
Center. If interested please call
561-993-1160


Fullktime reporter wanted for coverage in Hendry and Glades Counties,

The successful applicant must be a selfmotivated individual with strong

organizational skills, Previous news experience is preferred and knowledge of

digital photography is helpful, Duties will include the coverage of government

meetings in both counties, .4lfilng assignments on time, creating communi.

ty contacts, and creating enterprising features,




To apply: Fax resumes to (863)983.7537,


Resumes can be mailed or dropped off at the Clewiston -News office at


SWest Sugarland Highway,Clewiston FL, 3340,



Resumes should be addressed to: Mark Young, News Editor,


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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property.-Sale 1010
Condos .'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 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 1080PO


HOUSE w/land
4BR/2BA DR, LR, landry,.
porch, $25,000
(863)599-0626


MOORE HAVEN AREA,
Historic Frame House
on 9 acres w/pond, paved
road & city water. Oaks &
Citrus Tree's on property.
$300,000. 863-9 6-0189



HUNT ELK, Red Stag,
Whitetail, Buffalo Our
season starts September
1, 2005. GUARANTEED
HUNTING LICENSE,
$5.00. We have NO Game,
NO Pay Policy. Call days:
(314)209-9800, Even-
inqs: (314)894-3776.-


*LAND FOR SALE*
41.4 Acres
in Hendry County.
Call 239-657-5654

LABELLE V2. ACRE, with
beautiful, river view. Re-
duced for quick sale.
$175,000 or best offer.
Build your dream home on
this prime location in La-
Belle, with a gorgeous
view of the Caloosahatchie
. River & Waterfront Park.
Corner 4 lots on CR 78 &
Avalon Ave. reaching to
Magnolia. Ave. Total ap-
prox. size 200' deep x
113.5' wide. $175,000
863-517-0977.



ATTENTION INVESTORS:
Waterfront lots in the Foot-
hills of NC. Deep water
lake with 90 miles of.
shoreline. 20% predevel-
opment discounts and
90% financing. NO PAY-
MENTS for 1' year. Call
now for best selection.
www.nclakefrontproperti-
es.com (800)709-LAKE.

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
www.cherokeemountainr-
ealty.com Call for Free
Brochure (800)841-5868.


FORECLOSED GOV'T
HOMES $0 or Low down!
Tax repos and bankrupt-
cies! No Credit O.K. $0 to
low down. For listings
800)501-1777 ext.
9qQ

Guadalupe Riverfront!
Spectacular wide river-.
fronts on "Prime" Texas
Hill Country location. 10-
32 acres w/ lots of water
frontage, huge trees, pan-
oramic views. From
$300's to $400's. Limited
number available, call now
before they're gone.
(800)609-7042 x 110.

LAKE. VIEW BARGAIN
$29,900. Free boat slip!
High elevation, beautifully
wooded parcel. Across
from national forest on
35,000 acre recreational
lake in TN. Paved roads, u/
g utils, central water, sew-
er, more. Excellent financ-
ing. Call now (800)704-
3154, ext. 608. Sunset
Bay, LLC.


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SERENE MOUNTAIN GOLF'
HOMESITE $230/MO. Up-:
scale Golf Community set,
amid Dye designed 18'
hole course in Carolina:
Mountains. Breathtaking,
views. Near Asheville NC."
A sanctioned Golf, Digest:
Teaching Facility! Call toll-
free (866)334-3253 ext'
832
www.cherokeevalleysc.c-
om Price: $59,900, 10%,
down, balance financed;
12 months at 4.49% fixed,,
one year balloon, OAC.


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..



MOBILE WORKSHOP
14x52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$2,000 neg 352-754-8514


Nobile Homres



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2?20



AWNING
4' wide 54" high
$65.
(863)467-4191



2 or 3 Bedroom Mobile
Homes For Rent
Stanton Mobile Homes
S 863-983-8106
Pioneer, 2/2, sgl., $700;
mo., retirees welcome,
non-smoking environ-
ment. (863)983-6313



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

CENTRL.HO Hs
OF CLEWISTON

1) Easy Life
Special 3/2 DW,
AppLiances,
Screen Room
E 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 Mirt~te




See
,900
2160W.Hwy.27 Clewiston
1.4 Miles N.W. of WAL MART
983-4663
OEBIDESC.I


PORTABLE OXYGEN
MACHINE- that will run off
12 volt or 110. (863)357-
1715.

STEEL GUITAR. Double
Neck Pedal in good condi-
tion. Please call (863)763-
6230.


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 865


QUARTER HORSE, MARE,
Registered, Leo-3 Bars,
Rides, Barrels, Child safe.,
$2500 (863)675-4981

REGISTERED PASO FIND
GELDING- 11 yrs, buck-
sskin color, smooth gait,
$2500 (863)447-2395.



Ben Byrd's
Outdoor Power Equipment
Sales'& Service
To Your Door
Factory Authorized
Available 7 Days
Servicing Hendry & Glades
863-677-0210.

LAWN TRACTOR- '02,
16HP, Cub Cadet, Power
Plus, 42" cut, 37HRs,
$1950. (863)467-5933.

MATCHES SMALL
ENGINES Weed eaters,
Blowers & Mowers. $50 &
up 863-946-6636.

RIDING MOWER Snapper,
28" cut, .10 hp Briggs &
Stratton. Exc. cond., $600
best offer. 863-983-4397

WALKING TRACTOR, Sim-
plicity, rotary, sickle bar,
plow, $850. 863-674-
0790


Okeechobee Livestock
.Market Sales every
Mon. 12pm & every
Tues. 11am. 763-31'27


Rentals


-- ---- --
Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property-
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property .
Rent 945
Roommate. 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960


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

EFFICIENCY APARTMENT
Available.
Call 863-227-6155 or
863-946-0004.



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


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SS420 R SUGARLAND HWY.
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4 Bedrooms & 2 Baths Moire Haven River Gardeus
with Pool Homes by Brian Sullivan
Offered at $135,000 Available
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Your Realtor for
Western Communities !
US. Teresa Sullivan




Call For Listings


.561-795-8533 or 561-996-5623,



Brian Sullivan

General Contractor

CUSiOM HOMnES COMERCLAL BUILDINGS

Call us for all of your new construction needs,

your design or ours.

Visit our new web site

www.briansullivancontractor.com

and look at some of our new homes.
(863)441-4202 (863)465-1371

License #CGC0061855


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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

Your new car could be in Looking for a place to hang
today's paper. Have you your hat? Look no further
looked for it? than the classifieds.


New & Used
Mobile Homes:
Land Home Packages
as little as $1,800 down.
Stanton Homes
863-983-8106


Owner Financing
ON MOBILE HOMES
& LAND
Call 863-228-1405

Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a
breeze


Recreation



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


BOAT, MOTOR, TRAILER,
17FT- take $1200 or trade
for economy car.
(239)243-6083.
Shop here first!
The classified ads.


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PROLINE 153- 15'3", runs
good, 70HP Johnson, trir,
lots of gear, $500 neg.
(305)304-5723.
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have you
looked for it?
One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
fieds.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand the
world around you. No
wonder newspaper read-
ers are more successful
people!


BIG DISCOUNTS!!!!
Brechenridge
'Park Models. ALSO...
Woodland Park,
Park Models.
New 40' Brechenridge:
Front kitchen.
List is $33,500
Special $29,900 Qnly 11
Over 20 to choose from
& many used from
$2995.00
HOLIDAY BV
239-590-0066
Rt. 41 in Fort Meyers.
Betwn Alico/Corkscrew Rd.
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classified.


Franklin Royal Executive
Park model '83, 12'x 35',
Very reasonable park
$7000. 239-612-0332.
GIANT RV BUYERS BLITZ.
April 8th, 9th, 10th. Giant
Recreation World. Flori-
da's Motorhome- Towable
Headquarters-
*Melbourne- (800)700-
1021. *Ormond Beach-
800)893-2552. *Winter
arden- (800)654-8475.
www.grwrv.com.

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world around you. No
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people!


RIVERFRONT- Price Re-
duced, 35', Park trir,
10x30 room addition in
Meadow Lark Camp-
ground, $7000 or best of-
fer. (863)675-3474 .
TRAVEL TRAILER, '92 Yel-
low Stone, 30'. Exc. cond.
New awning. $6000/best
offer. 863-675-7145



OUTBOARD MOTOR- Mer-
cury 125HP, 2002, Merc.
Warranty until 8/08,
$4000, (954)553-5140.
Your new home could be In
today's paper. Have you
looked for It?


OUTBOARD MOTOR- Mer-
cury 9.8, runs good, ask-
ing $400 or best of-
fer,(863)673-1574.
STAINLESS STEEL PRO-
PELLER, for 40 50 hp.
Mercury motor, 101/4x 12.
$125. (863)763-7609.


KAWASAKI '77 750 Black &
Wine, AM/Fm Cassette &
leather Saddle bag $1500
neg (863)452-6561
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basement and/or garage?
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AUCTION
100 Homesltes in Highlands County, FL
Thiel in OURo chaie. soun i~pra-perl) n0 liqhlaundu

iwclrediog lakeofronet & golf coursepo-opertiees.

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lamt and hirdhou bidde'r. ,gi'audie, of rpricc'

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Prpet~rsy for- aiffroINoenL.,. pnmarla residene.
va.cationl home! or retirement home milear.






Plus! 2 Large Tracts in Levy County to be said
In parcels I Call for datal


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FLEETWOOD '99, 21', Hy-
brid, A/C, Bunkbeds,
sleeps 7, Good Cond Ask-
ing $8500 863-467-2773


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Foam Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


BUICK LESABRE, '96-
needs minor work, $550.
(863)763-7023.


Dodge Dart Swinger, '73,
blue, raised rear, orig.
slant 6, $1500. (863)635-
4357 aft 5.

HONDA CIVIC '89 Needs
fixing- or good for parts
Good Motor $200
(863)902-0213

NOVA. 72- 6cyl ullo 79K
miles, Daily driver 363-
634-0526.


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800-257-41 61
o..W tsgvnhsihan camn


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.dom/
classfl.html or mailto:,
classad@newszap.com
PONTIAC GRAND AM, '92,
runs, needs some work,.
body in good shape, $600.
(239)462-7342.


NOVA, '72- 6cyl, auto, 79K
miles, Daily driver 863-
634-0526.




CLASSIC JEEP CHEROKEE
'85 runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
(863)763-0072.
JEEP WRANGLER, '92-
4x4, $1800 neg. Call for
more information.
(863)697-3656.


GOLF CART, Club Car, late
model, reconditioned, gas
& electric, $1495,
(863)675-1472
Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John
Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
$900. (863)692-2229.
FORD BRONCO, '79 parts
only, $300 ISUZU PUP
'85- paris only. $150
(863,1- 3. 147.


MOTOR & TRANS- 4.3,
manual trans, 5 spd over-
drive, $600 neg.
(863)234-1798.
OLDS TORNADO '88, Blue,
Needs work. Nice body.
Doesn't run. $200 best of-
fer. (863)467-0987 .
TAILGATE for Ford F250
Pickup, navy blue, New
$424 Now $350. or best
offer. 863-677-1407


CAMPER SHELL For Full sz
short bed pickups w/
wedge design & ladder
bars. $400 863-634-2975
Chevy C10 Stepside, '67,
solid body, 350 eng., runs,
needs some work, $1000.
863-635-4357


JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
LAREDO 1996, Good con-
dition. All power. $3000
(863)946-0189



MATTRESS- new, for Trac-
tor Trailer sleeper, 36x78,
plus sleeper pad mattress,
$60. (863)674-1695.


GOOSENECK '95 Stock/
Horse Trlr., 12 Ft. long w/
tandem axles. Exc. cond.
$1995'863-983-7734 "


GMC High Top Conversion
Van, '93, good motor &
trans, 5 new tires, will
trade for 3/4 ton Chevy or
GMC Pickup of equal val-
ue. (863)763-6083


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY
CIVIL ACTION
GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC
F/K/A CONSECO FINANCE SERVICING CORP.,
Plaintiff,
v. CASE NO. 2005-08-CA
JAMES R. GAMBLE, JR.; THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JAMES R. GAM-
BLE, JR.; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANTS), IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, Ll-
ENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANTSS; UN-
KNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgement of
Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the Circuit Court of
HENDRY County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in HENDRY
County, Florida, described as:
A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE
32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCING AT THE-NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 19,
RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 09'37" EAST, A DISTANCE OF 2510.16
FEET ALONG THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 19,
THENCE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 08'42" WEST, A DISTANCE OF 851
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THIS DESCRIPTION; THENCE
CONTINUING SOUTH 88 DEGREES 08'42" WEST, A DISTANCE OF 267
FEET; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 09'37" WEST, A DISTANCE OF
796.93 FEET; THENCE NORTH 88 DEGREES 09'10" EAST, A DIS-
TANCE OF 267 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 09'37" EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 796.88 FEET TO THE SAID POINT OF BEGINNING OF
THIS DESCRIPTION.
To include a:
1996 WEXFORD MOBILE HOME; VIN 10L24879 and TITLE
#72061440
A/K/A
14159 CANOPY LANE
CLEWISTON, FL 33440
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in the front office
of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Hendry County Courthouse (being
the second floor hallway of the Hendry County Courts Building), LaBelle,
FL 33935 at 11:00 AM, on the 27th day of April, 2005.
DATED THIS 29th day of March, 2005.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ Hammond
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, per-
sons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceed-
ing should contact the ASA Coordinator no later than seven (7) days
print to the proceedings. If hearing impaired; please call (800) 955-
8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida Relay Service.
564628 CGS 4/7,14/05


NOTICE SEMINOLE TRIBAL REGULAR ELECTION MAY 9. 2005
For Tribal Council Representatives and Board of Directors Representa-
tives in accordance with the Amended Constitution and Bylaws of the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Amended Corporate Charter of The
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., a Regular Election is called forth follow-
ing offices on Monday, May 9, 2005.
SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA SEMIOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA, INC.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
[iEnl' I jn i i1: ijr A Il Hii I'ErllIj IIAVLl
hII.HTiiJ 'lF'.'1Tiiril BRIGHTON RESERVATION
fEv E:iIT, i,i- i i REPRESENTATIVE (1)
HOLLYWOOD RESERVATION HOLLYWOOD RESERVATION
REPRESENTATIVE (1) REPRESENTATIVE (1)
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The representatives for Tribal Council and.Board of Directors are voted
for by residents of their respective reservations.
.Eligible members who wish to become candidates may obtain a petition
form from one of the Tribal Offices at Brighton, Big Cypress, and Holly-
wood reservations, beginning April 8 2005 or can obtain Information
form the Secretary of the Tribal Council and Board of Directors. The com-
pleted petitions from candidates must be In the hands of the Secretary no
later than 5:00 p.m. on or before April 18, 2005 so attheat thnnounce-
ment of candidates can be announced April 20, 2005.
ALL ELIGIBLE TRIBAL MEMBERS ARE URGED TO VOTE
PRISCILLA Q. SAYEN
SECRETARY
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case Fie No. 2005-206-CA
Division: Civil
BERTHA MURATI,
Plaintiffs)
V.
EVELINA 0. RASPALL, WILLIAMS R. RASCO,
JOSE A. DECASTRO and DALIA DECASTRO,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: EVELINA 0. RASPALL, WILLIAM R. RASCO, JOSE A. DECASTRO,
and DALIA DECASTRO, if alive, or if dead, their unknown spouses, wid-
ows, widowers, heirs, devisees, creditors, grantees, and al parties hav-
ing or claiming by, through, under, or against them, and any and all per-
sons claiming any right, title, interest, claim, lien, estate or demand
against the Defendant in regards to the following described property in
Hendry County, Florida:
PARCEL 1 THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTH-
WEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SEC-
TION 14, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY
FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT FOR AN ACCESS ROAD OF THE
WEST 30 FEET THEREOF. SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT FOR A DRAIN-
AGE CANAL OF THE NORTH 30 FEET THEREOF. ALSO KNOWN AS LOT
NO. 3549 IN MONTURA RANCH ESTATES
PARCEL ID# 1-14-44-32-AOO-0061-0100
PARCEL 2 THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTH-
WEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 SECTION
14, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY FLORI-
DA. SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT FOR AN ACCESS ROAD OF THE EAST
30 FEET THEREOF. ALSO KNOWN AS LOT NO. 3559 IN MONTURA
RANCH ESTATES
PARCEL ID# 1-14-44-32-AOO-0064-0000
PARCEL 3 THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTH-
WEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SEC-
TION 14, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY
FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT EOR AN ACCESS ROAD OF THE
EAST 30 FEET THEREOF. ALSO KNOWN AS LOT NO. 3560 IN MONTURA
RANCH ESTATES
PARCEL ID# 1-14-44-32-AOO-0064-0100
Notice is hereby given to each of you that an action to quiet title to the
above described property has been filed against you and you are required
to serve your written defenses on Plaintiff's attorney, BILL MCFARLAND
P.A., P.O. BOX 101507, CAPE CORAL, FL 33910, and file the original
with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Hendry County, P.O. Box 1760 La-
Belle, FL 33975 on or before April 25, 2005 or otherwise a default jddge-
ment will be entered against you for the relief sought in the Complaint.,
THIS NOTICE will be published once each week for four consecutive
weeks In a newspaper of general circulation published in Hendry County,
Florida.
Dated this 18th day of March, 2005.
BARBARA S. BUTLER, Clerk of the Court
By A. Holsbeke, Deputy Clerk
B Il McFarland
Attorney for Plaintiff
P.O. Box 101507
C jp, ,:r"ril FL i33910
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER
ADOPTION OF COUNTY ORDINANCE
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ORDINANCE NO. 2005
GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2001-9 RELATED TO
THE GLADES COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY;
APPOINTING A BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE AGENCY; PRO-
VIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PRO-
VIDING FOR CONFLICTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.
A copy of the proposed Ordinance is on file at the Glades County Clerk of
SCourt's Office, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471:
IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY; DECISION MADE BY THE
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WITH RESPECT TO ANY MAT-
TER CONSIDERED AT THE HEARING, THAT PERSON WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND HE/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 TO BE BASED.
ALL interested parties are invited to attend and be heard.
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IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR GLADES COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 05 CC 17
NORMAN WALDRON
Plaintiff
-vs-
PEDRO H. JIMENEZ, If alive, or if
dead, the unknown Personal Rep-
resentative of his estate; his un-
known spouse, heirs, devisees,
grantees, creditors and all other
parties claiming by, through and
against these Defendants; and All
Unknown Tenants,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: PEDRO JIMENEZ
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
to foreclose a Mortgage has been
filed against you, and you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Mela-
nie A. McGahee, Esq., whose ad-
dress is 417 West Sugarland High-
way, Clewiston, FL 33440, on or
before 4/22/05 (not less than 28
days) and to file the original with
Clerk of this Court either before
service.on Plaintiff's attorney orim-
mediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint or petition.
DATED on March 15, 2005.
JOE FLINT
As Clerk of Court of Glades County
By: Bonny Rhymes
As Deputy Clerk
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1986 Ford Van
VIN #1FTJE3416GHA20937
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THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HENDRY
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 04-716-CA DIVISION'
CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE
CORPORATION
Plaintiff,
vs.
STEPHEN J. HINTON, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-"
ant to a Final Judgement of Mort--
gage Foreclosure dated March 28," -
2005 and entered In Case No. 04-"
716-CA of the Circuit Court of the'
TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and'
for HENDRY County, Florida where-
in CHASE MANHAITTAN MORT-
GAGE CORPORATION, is the Plain-
tiff and STEPHEN J.' HINTON;
WANDA W. HINTON; JPMORGAN'
CHASE BANK AS INDENTURE
-TRUSTEE C/0 RESIDENTIAL'
FUNDING CORPORATION; are the'
defendants, I will sell to the highest'
and best bidder for cash IN FRONT'
OF THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF' .
'THE COURT, BEING THE SECOND"
FLOOR HALLWAY OF THE HEND-'
RY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
BUILDING CORNER OF HIGHWAY
80 AND 29TH SOUTH, LABELLE,"
FLORIDA at 11:00AM, on the 27th'
day of April, 2005, the following'
described property as set forth in" .
said Final Judgment:
LOT 13, BLOCK A, RIDGEVIEW'
ESTATES ADDITION NO. 2,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, "
PAGE 122, AS RECORDED IN -
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA; .
SAID LAND SITUATE, LYING -
AND BEING IN HENRY
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 812 Sawgrass Street,
Clewiston, FL 33440
WITNESS my hand aid the seal of
this Court on the March 29,
2005.
B u ,' ulJrr Cir jI ir,e LoCur
by i, M,,T id
Deputy Clear
In accordance with the Amerlcans
with Disabilities' Act, persons
needing a special accommoda
tion to participate In this proceed:
ing should contact the Deputy
Court Administrator whose officee
Is located at Lee County Justice
Center, Room 3112,1700 Monros
Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901,
telephone number (813)335-
2299; 1-800-955-8771 (TFe) or
1-800-955-8770 (v), via Florida
Relay Service. not later than se'
en 71 days prior I this proceed-
ing
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