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Vol. 96 No. 3 Monday, January 3, 2005 50 Plus tax


Brief

Report your
new address
If you are a homeowner and
have been relocated due to
storm damage to your home,
you must go to the Property
Appraiser's Office at 307 N.W
Fifth Ave., Suite A, and submit a
change of address to receive
your 2005 Homestead Tax
Exemption Card. Once mailed,
these cards cannot be forward-
ed and they will be returned to
the county office.

Inside

Hurricane season
top story in'04
MIAMI An unprecedent-
ed hurricane season when four
major storms battered nearly
every corner of Florida, leaving
more than 100 dead and an
estimated $42 billion in dam-
ages, was voted the top state
story in 2004 by AP newspaper
editors and broadcasters.
The havoc from Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne over a
six-week span represented the
worst storm season for one
state in more than a century.
The only other time on record
when four major hurricanes hit
one state in a year was Texas in
1886.
Hurricane Charley was the
strongest and the first to hit the
state in August. Expected to hit
the Tampa Bay area, Charley
made landfall further south on
Friday the 13th as a Category 4
storm with winds near 145
mph. The storm left wide-
spread damage across south-
west Florida and flattened parts
of Punta Gorda and Port Char-
lotte, particularly vulnerable
because of the high number of
manufactured homes.
Page2
Seminoles offense
mirrors season
JACKSONVILLE The
night before the Gator Bowl,
Florida State watched a high-
light film of its season.
The good parts? Scoring 34
points or more in four of the
first six games. As for the rest of
the season, there wasn't much
there.
Leon Washington and Chris
Rix saw the Seminoles through
another patchy performance
Saturday, each accounting for a
touchdown in No. 17 Florida
State's 30-18 win over West Vir-
ginia.
Sports, Page 7

Drought Index
Current: 425
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels


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15.57 feet


Lake level
Last Year: 1 ,
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South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds ....... .9,10
Comics ............ 8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ......... .9
Opinion ........ .4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ......... ... .7
TV ................ 10
Weather ........... .2
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Bush to inspect Tsunami damage


MIAMI Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush departed for Thailand and
Indonesia Sunday as part of a
delegation to tsunami-ravaged
countries to help assess recov-
ery efforts, promising a major
role by the United States.
Bush, the younger brother of
President Bush, was traveling
with Secretary of State Colin
Powell in the first trip by high-
level U.S. officials to the coun-
tries devastated by a massive
Indian Ocean tsunami spawned
by a giant earthquake last week-
end.
"This will require a massive
relief effort and then a massive
recovery effort. I think the Unit-
ed States will play a key role in
both," Bush said before board-
ing a plane in Miami.
The group was expected to
remain in the region through
Thursday and then report back
to President Bush on ways for


the United States to help. In
addition to his family ties, the
governor was chosen after
steering his state through four
major hurricanes last year.
"I know the president has
deep concern about what has
happened and the fact that I am
his brother symbolically under-
scores that deep concern,"
Bush said. "Having gone
through last summer's events,
where we still feel the pain of
those storms, we got a sense of
the importance of early assess-
ment."
The Powell-Bush trip has
been widely viewed as an effort
to counter early criticism that
the United States failed to offer
adequate help. The U.S.
pledged $35 million in the first
days after the catastrophe and
then President Bush on Friday
decided to increase the aid to
$350 million.


"I think the dollar game has
been a little overstated. The way
we have responded to tragedies
in the past like this has been
massive and I think this will be
massive as well," the governor
said.
The 9.0 magnitude quake
struck just off the coast of
Sumatra, pushing walls of water
racing across the Indian Ocean
and wiping out coastal areas in
11 nations. Thousands of peo-
ple are still missing and the
death toll could likely hit
150,000.
The trip is among the most
high profile for Gov. Bush, who
has two years remaining in his
second and final term in office.
He has repeatedly rejected any
notion that he's interested in a
bigger platform, including a
potential 2008 presidential cam-
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Flood control system tested


For years to come, when
extreme natural events are the
topic of discussion, the hurri-
cane season of 2004 will rank
up there with Hurricane Donna,
the Missouri floods of '93 and
San Francisco's World Series
Earthquake of 1989.
"This year's hurricane sea-
son was intense and memo-
rable. It sharply brought into
focus the origins of our agency
- to first and foremost provide
flood control and relief," said
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District Executive Director
Henry Dean. "Yet we success-
fully minimized serious wide-
spread flooding in response to
the extensive rains."
How wet was it?
Most of the District's 16-
county area was inundated.
Basins in the upper east coast,
Lake Okeechobee, Caloosa-
hatchee, lower west coast and
eastern Palm Beach County
received more than 20 inches of


rain from August through Sep-
tember. Elsewhere throughout
the District, total rainfall ranged
from 14 to 19 inches.
Incredibly, the Kissimmee
basin received about 30 inches
of rain a record-setting, two-
and-a-half times normal
amount for this two-month
period. Area lakes filled up
quickly, and the District initiated
maximum safe discharges to
the south to help alleviate flood-
ed conditions.
Tremendous inflows from
all sources poured into Lake
Okeechobee at a peak rate of
about 13 million gallons per
minute. In response, the 730-
square-mile lake steadily rose
by more than 5.5 feet from a
level of 12.3 feet in early August
to just over 18 feet by mid-Octo-
ber.
Under these extreme con-
ditions, the regional water man-
agement system performed
admirably, moving an unprece-
dented 325 billion gallons of


water throughout the system in
only two months an amount
that could fill the massive
Louisiana Superdome to the
rim 347 times!
"At least one named storm
was in the Atlantic basin contin-
uously from August 25 to Octo-
ber 2," Dean said. "That kept us
busier than ever. As each storm
approached, we prepared in
advance as much as we could
- lowering canal levels where
possible, checking flow-ways,
reviewing emergency proce-
dures, etc. Then, after the storm
passed, aerial and field assess-
ment teams conducted inspec-
tions. Our post-storm priorities
included debris removal from
our waterways; restoring
power to our facilities; acquir-
ing fuel for our pump stations,
equipment and vehicles; and,
putting recovery plans into
place."
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Building Blocks for snack time. Makenzy Dunson (mid-
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Chamber sponsoring
seminars on Medicare
OKEECHOBEE Free semi-
nars dealing with what you need to
know in regard to your Medicare
benefits book will be held at the
Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St., on: Jan. 10, at 10
a.m.; and Jan. 24, at 10 a.m.
There are mistakes in the new
benefits book and these seminars
will provide you with the correct
information.
The seminars are sponsored by
the Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce.
The seminars will tell partici-
pants about: co-pays and
deductibles for 2005; what
Medicare pays for; what you will
have to pay for out of your own
pocket; Medicare supplements;
HMOs; and, Medicaid.

Square dancers
plan Jan. 4 dance
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee square dancers will
resume dancing at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 4, 2005.
Experience is not necessary as
instructions will be given.
The cost is $8 per couple.
For more information, call
(863) 467-2016.

Chamber has fair
tickets for sale
OKEECHOBEE Advance dis-
count tickets for the South Florida
Fair in West Palm Beach will be
available at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce from Jan.
14-30.
For more information, call.
(863) 763-6464.


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Bank makes payout
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FORT LAUDERDALE -
Investors who were swindled out
of about $19 million in a massive
Ponzi scheme, including many eld-
erly people who lost their life sav-
ings, have won their first significant
reimbursement a $2.25 million
settlement by a bank in a bankrupt-
cy case.
A bankruptcy judge approved
the settlement with Fidelity Federal
Bank & Trust in West Palm Beach,
where the Pheonix Financial
Group held its corporate accounts,
and a bankruptcy trustee in
November. The moneywas recent-
ly deposited with a trustee.
It was the single largest reim-
bursement to the investors and
creditors, said Michael Budwick,
who represents the bankruptcy
trustee.
"It is very significant," he said.
"This is the most significant event
in the case."
The bank didn't admit any
wrongdoing in the settlement and
was unaware of criminal activity by
Pheonix founder Thomas D.
Abrams, said Fidelity Federal's cor-
porate counsel, Christopher Cook.
Abrams pleaded guilty to 12
counts of fraud and three of money
laundering and was sentenced to
25 years in federal prison in Sep-
tember 2002. The 11th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected
his appeal of the sentence in Sep-
tember.
Prosecutors said Abrams
defrauded 100 to 150 people of
more than $30 million. A majority
were over age 60 and lost all or
most of their life savings. At least
three have died, and others have
returned to work or are on public
assistance.
Investors entrusted their money
to Abrams with instructions to put
it into secure stocks and certificates
of deposit. Instead, he used it to
pay other investors, underwrite
celebrity appearances and enter-
tainment for charity shows and
support his image as a wealthy phi-
lanthropist.


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Restoration
acceleration
The hurricane season of 2004
vividly underscored the need for
continuing infrastructure upgrades
as well as accelerating Everglades
restoration projects. Many of the
restoration projects will provide
additional water storage alterna-
tives. The accelerated effort,
known as the Acceler8 initiative,
will put numerous essential proj-
ects in the ground much sooner.


"While we are proud of how
well we operated the system
under these unusual back-to-
back hurricane conditions, the
flood control system along
with the natural system is def-
initely showing signs of stress,"
said Dean. "Until we have those
much-needed reservoirs and
other projects in place, we will
continue to be limited in our
choices when it comes to mov-
ing vast quantities of water,
especially to provide flood con-
trol."
The hurricanes of 2004
proved just how vast that flood
control responsibility is.


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Glades County Roundup


Election officials
to be installed
The installation ceremony for the
newly elected public officials for
Glades County will be held Tuesday
evening, Jan. 4, 2005, at the Doyle
Conner Building at 7 p.m. The pub-
lic is invited and encouraged to
attend. Newly elected Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon and Tax Collector Gail
Jones will be sworn in; also, veteran
public servants Larry Luckey, prop-
erty appraiser and Holly Whiddon
supervisor of elections will be
installed. Clerk of Court Joe Flint will
be sworn in for his third term. Newly
elected County Commissioners Rus-
sel Echols, District 4 and Paul Beck,
District 3 will be publicly sworn in
and Chairman of the Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners and Veteran
Commissioner Bob Giesler, District 5
will be sworn in for his fourth term.
Newly elected School Superinten-
dent Wayne Aldrich and returning
School Board Members, Tom Gask-
ins District 3 and Cathy Peeples Dis-
trict 2 have been invited to partici-
pate in the installation ceremony.
Refreshments will be provided by
the various community associations
around the county, as they have so
graciously done in the past. Every-
one is welcome!
Various classes
offered at Center
Upcoming events an classes
offered at the Nobles Center are:
exercise class with Barb Branden-


burg which will meet on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays every
week at 9 a.m. A new Diabetes
Class sponsored by Hendry County
Health Department Heart to Heart
program will be starting Wednes-
day, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. Classes will be
Wednesday at 2 p.m., for seven


weeks. Scrabble Players group will
meet on Jan. 6 and scrapbooking
class will meet on Jan. 11. Social
Security office hours in January will
be from 9 until noon, Tuesday, Jan.
4. A Florida Rural Legal Services
representative will be at the senior
center by appointment Jan. 12


Window art
Raulerson Hospital's windows are richly decorated with
art students at Osceola Middle School.


from 9 until noon. Family Caregiver
Support Group will meet Wednes-
day, Jan. 12, from 4 p.m., until 5
p.m. The popular Trash to Trea-
sures Flea Market will be open Fri-
day, Jan. 14, from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m. Donations, vendors and cus-
tomers are all welcome.


Courtesy photo/Raulerson Hospital

holiday wishes painted by the


Sheriff's Office
Dec.22
Vandalism, S.E. 44th St.
Vandalism, U.S. 441 S.E.
Stolen/vehicle, N.W Fourth St.
Lost/found property, U.S. 441 S.
Vandalism, N.W 37th Ave.
Domestic, U.S. 98 N.
Burglary, N.E. 364th Rd.
Sinkhole, N.E. 128th Ave.
Dec. 23
Fraud, U.S. 441 N.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 78 W
Fight N.W 47th Terr.
Stabbing, U.S. 441 S.E.
Fight, N.W 311 th St.
Traffic accident/minor/prisoner
in custody, S.W. Eighth St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
S.R. 70 E.


Larceny/theft, U.S. 441 S.E.
Prisoner in custody, S.R. 70 E.
Prowler/prisoner in custody,
N.E. Second St.
Dec. 27
Vandalism, N.E. 62nd Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
N.W 18th St.
Personal accident, S.E. 66th Ave,
Attempt to locate, N.E. 14thAve.
Accident/injuries, U.S. 98 N.
Lost/wallet, N.W Eighth Ave.
Drunk driver/prisoner in cus-
tody, U.S. 441 S.E.
Child molest, N Eighth Ave.
Suicide/verba, S.E. 27th St.
Fight, SW. 67th Drive.
' Traffic accident/minor, U.S. 441
S.E.
Traffic accident/minor, U.S. 98
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Community Events

Library hosts state history program
On Friday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. singer/storyteller/writer Judy Gail
will present her unique program on Florida's history at the Okee-
chobee County Library. She will tell about the courageous men
and women who made the Sunshine State what it is today. Bring
the family for an entertaining and educational evening. This free
program is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities
Council, and is open to the public.
Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library Meeting
Room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to
attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday, Jan. 20, "The Last Girls"
Lee Smith; Thursday, Feb. 24, "The Time Travelers Wife" Audrey
Niffenegger; Thursday, March 24, "The Other Bolelyn" Phillipa
Gregory; Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell Me How You Live", Agatha
Christie-Mallowan; Thursday, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" -
Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had
Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have questions or would like more
information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Boating program is offered
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will offer a boating skills
and seamanship program beginning Thursday, Jan. 27. This pro-
gram is for the beginner/novice as well as the seasoned mariner.
Participants must pre-register as seating is limited and materials
must be ordered. Please call (863) 467-3085 to reserve your seat.
Gun safety class offered
The Chamber of Commerce will host a gun safety class on Jan.
27 starting at 7 p.m. On Jan. 29, the second session of the class will
be held on the shooting range. Everyone will meet at the Chamber
office at 8:30 a.m. to get directions to the range. Openings are still
available. For more information, call (863) 763-6464.
Habitat for Humanity plans auction
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee will be holding its annual
auction on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Rodney's Auction Barn, 493 U.S.
441 S.E. The yard sale begins at 10 a.m. and the auction begins at 3
p.m. To donate goods for the auction and yard sale, contact Jean
Murphy at 634-5236. Arrangements can be made to pick up the
items prior to the event, or items may be dropped off on the day of
the auction.
Kids' casting event planned
The Taylor Creek Bass Club and Okeechobee Marine Center
will hold a Bassmaster Casting Kid's Competition on Sunday, Jan.
30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free event will be held at the
Okeechobee Marine Center, 1552 U.S. 78 West, and is open to girls
and boys in two age groups 7-10 and 11-14. Winners in each
age group will receive a medal and a rod and reel. Winners will
advance to the state competition. State winnersjtheneadvance to
the semi-finals -and potentially the National, Baismagter'Casting
Kid's Chanipionship for a share of over $20,000 in scholarships.
Each contestant at the local competition will receive a certificate of
participation, plus free hot dogs and a soft drink courtesy of Okee-
chobee Marine Center. A parent or guardian must accompany the
child.
Spring OHS yearbook sale planned
The spring yearbook pre-sale begins Monday, Jan. 31, and will
end Friday, Feb. 11. The book price for the spring sale will be $40.
The final yearbook sale will take place in the days following the
Yearbook Jam, while supplies last. The book price for this final sale
is $45. Only students who have pre-purchased a yearbook in Octo-
ber and February will be excused from class and permitted to
attend the yearbook jam (during seventh hour) at the end of the
school year. Yearbooks will be sold in the Journalism room (14-10)
during both lunches. Make checks payable to OHS. For the first
time, parents and students may purchase yearbooks online at
www. buyayearbook.com, or through the Yearbook Order Center
at (888) 298-5063. These forms of payment will be accessible dur-
ing the October sales weeks.
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to
girls and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential preg-
nancy tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parent-
ing classes,and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave.,
across from the movie theatre. We are going to start parenting
classes in January so if you would like more information on this or
set an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call 763-8859.





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At Your Service On Page 2


Courtesy photo/Thomas A. Markham, http://www.tommymarkham.com
Looking Back ...
This was the FEC Railroad at Taylor Creek in 1915 which is just behind the present day Burger King. Do you have any
old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring them by the Okeechobee
News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.


Upcoming Events,

Tuesday
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information,
call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information and location. Some of the
proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For informa-
tion, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meet at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information about the group
call (863)763-5887, or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For more informa-
tion, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is wel-
come. For more information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-
6076..
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, -1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is
located next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that
offers support and education for people who have been diagnosed
with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective dis-
order or dual diagnosis.
Wednesday
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion. The Okeechobee Jaycees would like to welcome all ener-
getic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interest-
ed in working towards the betterment of our community. For more
information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour. It's an open meeting.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any one or group that
enjoys old time gospel music are invited to participate. For more
information, contact Randy or Martha Maycumber at 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in
the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441.
For more information, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show meeting from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at the VF.W.
Post #4423, 300 N.W 34th St. All service-connected veterans are
invited. For more information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. If you need more infor-
mation, call Margaret Smith at 467-8020 or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information,
call 763-6510 or 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For more information, call (863)
763-5996.



Crime Prevention Tip

Beware of contractors or handymen who come to your door
unsolicited.




Thought for the Day

"It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocket-
book often groans more loudly than an empty stom-
ach."
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1940


Community Events

Swearing in ceremony
Sheriff-elect Paul C. May will be sworn into office as Okee-
chobee County Sheriff on Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. The ceremony will be
held at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, 504 N.W. Fourth
St.
OCRA board members to be elected
The first Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association (OCRA)
meeting of the new year will be Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The
meeting will be held at Teen Town. Everyone that was nominated
for the board of directors is expected to attend. Anyone who has
attended at least six regular monthly meetings or three consecu-
tive regular monthly meetings during the prior 12 months has the
right to vote. Votes will be cast for four officers and 10 members
of the board of directors. All OCRA meetings will be held the first
Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Everyone over the age of 18
is invited. For more information, contact Media Director Reverend
Paul E. Jackson Sr. at (863) 824-0899
Flotilla plans yard sale
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57, in conjunction with
the Big "0" RV Resort, will be having a yard sale on Jan. 7 and 8
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Recreation Center at the
Big "0" RV Resort, 7950 U.S. 78 W.
Exotic plant program planned
A free program on exotic plants and howto6 control them will
be held Jan. 8 at the DuPuis Management from 9 a.m. until noon.
Fred Burkey, the program extension agent at IFAS/UF, will shed
some light on the foreign invaders. DuPuis is eight miles west of
Indiantown on the south side of Kanner Highway (S.R. 76). Go to
the visitors' center at Gate 5. For more information, call (800) 432-
2045, ext. 3339. Or, visit the DuPuis website at:
http://www.sfwmd.oov/org/cIm/lsd/dupindex. html
DAR meeting planned
The Okeechobee chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8 at
the Oakview Baptist Church, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. They would like
to extend an invitation to women eligible for membership in
NSDAR to attend, from October through May. For more informa-
tion call Ruth Lawson, regent, at (863) 763-2494, or Bonnie Hill,
vice regent, at (772) 597-4235.
Hospice to elect officers
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold its annual meeting on Mon-
day, Jan. 10, 2005, at 5 p.m. The newly elected officers for the
board of directors will be inducted during the meeting. For more
information, call (863) 467-2321.
Chamber meeting scheduled
A Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon will
be held on Jan. 12, beginning at noon at the Golden Corral. A spe-
cial presentation is planned.
Flotilla to host GPS workshop
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will be conducting a four-
hour Global Positioning System (GPS) workshop on Jan. 15, start-
ing at 1 p.m. Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. All
interested persons should contact the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
at (863) 467-3085 to make reservations.
AARP needs volunteer tax preparers
The AARP Tax aide program needs volunteers who have only
one wish, a willingness to effectively help others. We are looking
for volunteers who will work directly with people who need tax
assistance, with an emphasis on the tax laws affecting seniors.
You will be trained in basic tax preparations and work with expe-
rienced tax counselors. Your commitment will be for a one week
course, Jan. 17-21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. given by an IRS certi-
fied instructor and then a minimum of four hours per week, from
Feb. 14 until April 15. No specific educational or career back-
ground is required just your willingness to give your time and
effort to help others. For movie information, call Margaret Burns at
(863) 357-2247 or e-mail oburns330@aol.com.
Red Cross offering classes
The American Red Cross will be hosting health and safety
classes. The schedule for the classes is: Saturday, Jan. 8, adult
CPR/AED class from 8 a.m. until noon; Tuesday, Jan.18,
infant/child CPR from 6 until 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 29, first
aid basics, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The fee is $25 for the first class and
$5 per class thereafter for up to three classes. One class is $25.
Two classes are $30. Three classes are $35. For more information,
on the location of classes or to sign up for a class, call (863) 763-
2488.
Intangible tax seminar offered
There will be an intangible tax seminar at the Okeechobee
Department of Health on Jan. 18 and Feb. 8. The classes are free
and will run from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
For more information, call the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772)
429-2173.

Chamber Coffee Klatch slated
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce monthly Coffee
Klatch will be hosted by the March of Dimes on Jan. 20 at Harbor
Federal, 2801 U.S. 441 S. starting at 8 a.m. All Chamber members
and their guests are invited to the business social. Refreshments
will be served.


The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 3,2005


OPINION








The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 3,2005 BUSINESS 5


Florida-bred cattle


heading for Cuba
PORT EVERGLADES But trade was halted by the
The first shipment of Florida- U.S. embargo imposed after
bred cattle to Cuba in more communist leader Fidel Castro
than 40 years left Friday from came to power in 1959. A law
this port near Fort Lauderdale. passed in 2000 lets U.S. farm-
Twenty-two beef cattle ers and companies sell live-
were on a cargo chip for the stock and agricultural and
three-day trip to Havana, said food products to Cuba on a
J.P. Wright & Co. Inc., which cash-only basis.
has a contract to ship the live- Wright has been pushing
stock under an exemption to for full re-established trade
the long-standing U.S. trade between the two rival nations.
embargo on Cuba. In the meantime, he says U.S.
The six bulls and 16 heifers farmers are supplying food for
were raised in Florida's prime average Cubans.
cattle country of Levy, St. "America's ranchers and
Lucie, Suwannee and High- farmers have established
lands counties, said John respect. and common
Parke Wright IV, owner of the grounds of friendship and
Naples-based company. open market business inten-
The shipment is the first tions with the Cuban people,
part of a nearly $1 million especially in agriculture," he
order totaling 300 head of said.
Florida-bred cattle. The rest is But many Cuban-Ameri-
expected to ship within the cans contend that the farm
next few months. sales only benefit the commu-
Wright's ancestors shipped nist nation's elite, including
cattle to the Caribbean nation Castro. They believe the trade
starting in the 1850s, because restrictions must be tightened
Florida-bred livestock was to topple Castro's government
suited to the similar tropical and bring democracy to the
climate in Cuba. island.


Local entrepreneur

promoted to new position


PLANO, Texas Mary Stark
of Okeechobee, has been pro-
moted to the position of Region-
al Sales Director with AmeriPlan
Corporation.
AmeriPlan USA is the nation's
leading provider of discounted
health benefits. Its independent
business owners, numbering
more than 60,000 across the Unit-
ed States, provides medical, den-
tal, vision, prescription and chiro-
practic discounts to more than 1
million lives nationwide. The


company was founded in 1992
and is based in Plano, Texas.
Co-founders Dennis and
Daniel Bloom, identical twins,
created AmeriPlan with the
dream of providing affordable
health benefits. In the process,
they also created a unique
opportunity for its independent
business owners to build a
retirement-like, residual income.
For more information, log on
to http://www.deliveringonthep-
romise.com/MStark


Check out
TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is urging consumers to
check out health clubs before
joining or the only thing they
may lose is money.
Losing weight and getting in
shape is a top New Year's Reso-
lution but consumers who may
be overeager to get started may
end up making an unwise finan-
cial commitment prior to investi-
gating a health club. During the
past year, 87 health clubs went
out of business so it is important
that consumers are educated
about their rights.
The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices administers the Health Stu-
dio law, which provides con-
sumers protection and recourse


gyms before signing a contract
against health clubs that do not tract for several reasons includ- posted a bond with the Depart-
comply with the law. All such ing: cancellation within three ment, as most that collect fees in
facilities are required to be regis- days of signing a contract, exclu- advance are required to do.
tered with the Department and sive of holidays and weekends, Prior to joining, ask about the
many must also post a bond to but it must be done in writing; if club's cancellation policy should
protect club members in the the facility moves more than five you move or become physically
event the health studio goes out driving miles away from the orig- unable to use the facility.
of business. final location and fails to provide, Before signing up, visit the
"I am a staunch proponent of within 30 days, a facility of equal club during the hours you intend
physical fitness but consumers quality located within the five to use it to determine whether it
who decide a health club is the miles; if a person becomes phys- is overcrowded and the equip-
way to go should take a little ically unable to use most of the ment you plan to use is avail-
time to check out a club prior to services for which they contract- able.
signing a contract," Mr. Bronson ed, until the disability ends. Find out if any of the servic-
said, "There are more than 1,500 Mr. Bronson also recom- es offered require an additional
health clubs registered with the mends consumers follow these fee.
Department and unfortunately, tips before signing a contract: Mr. Bronson said it is important
not all are able to stay in busi- Call the Department's to read proposed contracts thor-
ness. Consumers need to know helpline 1 800 HELP FLA oughly and make sure you get all
what redress they have if a gym (435-7352) to make sure the promises made by club personnel
does close its doors." health studio is registered and to in writing. Ask questions to make
The law provides consumers check its complaint history. sure you understand the terms of
with the right to cancel a con- Find out if the studio has your membership.


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Community Events

Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that have an
image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on two sides of
the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper telling some of
the history of the beautiful old building for $6. These are available at
the Chamber of Commerce. The Historical Society has reprinted the
small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee County
Florida".that sells foxr$4lI.t, too, is available at the Chamber of Com-
merce, Both are also available at the Historical Museum, which is
open each Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. except for holidays.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting the
January series of childbirth education classes at the Okeechobee
County Health Department. All pregnant women are encouraged to
attend the classes. For information, or to register for this informative
class, call the Healthy Start office at 462-5877. Every baby deserves a
healthy start.
Contractors host fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors Association will hold their third
annual fishing tournament on Saturday, Jan. 22, from safe daylight
until 3 p.m. at the Scott Driver Boat Ramp, across from Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina. All proceeds go toward youth oriented
projects. For more information contact John O'Connell at 634-7446,
or Tony Stark at (8963) 467-0541.
AARP driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held at the First Baptist
Church of Okeechobee from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 and
Jan. 29. Tuition will be $10, and must be paid by check only. This fee
is to be paid on Jan. 22 with registration. To sign up for a class,
please call the instructor at (863) 763-0351. Each class is four-and-a-
half hours long.
Faith Farm Thrift store reopens
The Faith Farm Thrift Store, 1852 S.R. 70 W. has now reopened.
Store hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday:
For more information, call 467-4342.


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MID-FLORIDA RADIATION ONCOLOGY, PA

NOTICE TO PATIENTS

Effective Thursday, December 16, 2004,
Ramesh T. Kumar, M.D. ("Dr. Kumar") is no longer associated with
MID-FLORIDA RADIATION ONCOLOGY, P.A. ("Mid-Florida").

All patient medical records will remain with Mid-Florida. Any patient,
upon written notice to Mid-Florida, may request that their records be
transferred to any other health care provider. The charge to the patient
will be $1.00 per page for the first twenty-five (25) pages and $0.25 per
page thereafter.
This notice is being provided to the patients in accordance with 64B-10.002 (4),
Florida Administrative Code.

MID-FLORIDA RADIATION ONCOLOGY, P.A.

By: RONALD H. WOODY, III, M.D.
President

604 West Midway Road Fort Pierce, FL 34982 772-468-3222 Fax 772-460-7927
1780 S.E. Hillmoor Drive Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 772-335-2115 Fax 772-335-4480


Okeechohee

Mortgage

401 S.W. 2nd St.
Okeechobee, FL 34974

(863) 763-8030


DREAMCATCHER
REALTY
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^ ~(863) 634-4724
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g (863) 697-2570
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I (863) 634-4079
814 N.E. Park St.
(863) 357-5900
Fax: (863) 357-5980


Don Renfranz, Inc.'s
,Taylor Creek

Real Estate
1881 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.E
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Phone: (863)763-7312
Fax (863)763-7317
Email: taylorre@strato.net
www.taylorcreekrealestate.com


Residential Acreage
Commercial
4251 HwY. 441 S.
863-763-5588
Fax: 763-2219


"A Full Service Real Estate Firm!"
104 N.W. 7th Ave.
(863) 763-4010
Corner Of SR 70 West & N.W. 7th Ave.
Email: realestate@tucker-group.com
Website: www.tucker-group.com


909 S. PARROTT AVE.
STE 13A
863-357-3030

www.okeechobeehomes.com


Berger

Real Estate Inc.
Philip Y. Berger Broker
800 S. Parrott Ave.
(863) 763-5335

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LAND
COMPANY
208 N. Parrott Ave.
(863) 763-2262
Fax (863) 763-9753
Toll Free (800) 691-6533


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Realty Inc.
1200 S. Parrott 763-2104
Specialists On Groves,
Ranches & Acreage
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PROPERTIES
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210 NW Park St., Ste. 202
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Office 863-763-3566
Fax 863-763-8617


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410 S.E. 2nd Ave.
863-763-0999
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The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 3, 2005



Consider your Florida Yard as a New Year resolution


IBy Dan Culbert
lxteinsion I lorlticullure Agent

Gardeners and lanidscalers are
incredible optl)iiists that are defi-
nitelyv cncoiuraged by starling a-
!iew. I lave you considered how
you will maintain your landscape
and its effects on our Lake? Hope-
fully your resolutions will include
some ideas about your Florida Yard
for the coming year.
One of our Master Gardeners
'(cently sent ine a short slory that
has been circulating in mail and
on the Internet for some time. I first
saw it in 1999, and have seen it sev-
eral times since --- no one seems to
know its original source. I have
taken tihe liberty to modify it slightly
to reflect local conditions so it
may give us all some insight on
how we take care of our Florida
Yards.
"Winterize your lawn," the big
sign outside the garden store com-
manded. I've fed it, watered it,
mowed it, raked it and watched a
lot of it die anyway. Now I'm sup-


L UNIVFS ITY' t ) F
FLORIDA

IFAS EXTE NSION
posed to winterize it? I hope it's too
late. Grass lawns have to be the stu-
pidest thing we've come up with
outside of thong swimnsuits! We
constantly battle purslane, oxalis,
violets, fleabane, and clover that
thrive naturally, so we can grow
grass that must be nursed through
an annual four-step chemical
dependency.
Imagine the conversation the
Creator might have with St. Francis
about this:
"Frank you know all about gar-
dens and nature. What in the world
is going on down there in the Sun-
shine State? What happened to the
dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff
I started eons ago? I had a perfect,
.no-maintenance garden plan.
Those plants grow in any type of
soil, withstand drought and multi-


ply with abandon. The nectar from
the long-lasting blossoms attracted
bullterflies, honey bees and flocks
of songbirds. I expected to see a
vast garden of colors by now. But
all I see are these green rectangles."
"It's the tribes that settled there,
Lord. The Suburbanites. They start-
ed calling your flowers 'weeds' and
went to great extent to kill them
and replace them with grass."
"Grass? But it's so boring. It's
not colorful. It doesn't attract but-
terflies, birds and bees, only grubs
and sod worms. It's temperamen-
tal with temperatures. Do these
Suburbanites really want all that
grass growing there?"
"Apparently so, Lord. They go to
great pains to grow it and keep it
green. They begin each spring by
fertilizing for the grass and poison-
ing with herbicides any other plant
that crops up in the lawn."
"The summer rains and warm
weather probably make grass
grow really fast. That must make
the Suburbanites happy."
"Apparently not, Lord. As soon


as it grows a little, they cut it -
sometimes twice a week."
"They cut it? Do they then bale it
like hay? That means's it's a way to
feed more cattle."
"Not exactly, Lord. Most of them
rake it up and put it in bags."
"They bag it? Why? Is it a cash
crop? Do they sell it?"
"No, sir. Just the opposite. They
pay to throw it away."
"Now let me get this straight.
They fertilize grass so it will grow.
And when it does grow, they cut it
off and pay to throw it away?"
"Yes, sir."
"These Suburbanites must be
relieved in the winter when we cut
back on the rain and turn down the
heat. That surely slows the growth
and saves them a lot of work."
"You aren't going believe this
Lord. When the grass stops grow-
ing so fast, they drag out hoses and
pay more money to water it so they
can continue to mow it and pay to
get rid of it."
"What nonsense! At least they
kept some of the trees. That was a


sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so
myself. The trees grow leaves in the
spring to provide beauty and shade
in the summer. In the autumn they
fall to the ground and form a natu-
ral blanket to keep moisture in the
soil and protect the trees and bush-
es. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form
compost to enhance the sandy soil.
It's a natural circle of life."
"You better sit down, Lord. The
Suburbanites have drawn a new
circle. As soon as the leaves fall,
they rake them into great piles and
have them hauled away."
"No! What do they do to protect
the shrub and tree roots in the sum-
mer and keep the soil moist and
loose?"
"After throwing away your
leaves, they go out and buy some-
thing they call mulch. They haul it
home and spread it around in place
of the leaves."
"And where do they get this
mulch?"
"They clear the cypress trees
from the hammocks and grind
them up."


"Enough! I don't want to think
about this anymore. Saint Cather-
ine, you're in charge of the arts.
What movie have you scheduled
for us tonight?"
"Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's
a real stupid movie about
"Never mind I think I just heard
the whole story."
Want to help share with others
- especially these suburbanites -
your love of gardening? Consider
,becoming a Master Gardener. Con-
tact our office for details and an
application.
If you need additional informa-
tion on lawn or landscape care,
visit our Master Gardeners, or call
or stop by our office at 458 U.S. 98
North in Okeechobee. Our office
holds Master Gardener Clinic hours
on Tuesday afternoons. For those
with other questions about Florida
Yards, visit our webpage at
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. Our
phone number is (863) 763-6469
and e-mail address is okee-
chobee@.ifas.ufl.edu.


reef found
ST. PETERSBURG --- Florida-
based marine researchers have dis-
covered the deepest coral reef ever
found in the United States.
The discovery in the Gulf of
Mexico was confirmed in late
December by the U.S. Geological
Survey, which called it "a signifi-
cant discovery that may be
unique."
The reef lies in water that is
about 250-feet deep, on Pulley
Ridge, a vast area west of the Dry
Tortugas. The reef, part of which is
about 50 miles west of the Dry Tor-
tugas, is up to three miles wide and
runs for about 20 miles.
It was tentatively identified as a
coral reef in 1999 by a team of
marine scientists from the Universi-
ty of South Florida, aboard the
.research vessel Bellows, based in
St. Petersburg. But it took several
more years of research to confirm
it as a living reef that depends on
light filtering down from the sur-
face.
"The corals on Pulley ridge are
considerably healthier that corals
from shallow-water reefs nearly
worldwide, including the Florida
Keys," the USGS said in a late
December news release announc-
ing the confirmation.


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Although reefs form in the dark-
est ocean depths, Pulley Ridge is
the deepest yet found that is "pho-
tosynthetic," depending on light fil-
tered through clear water from the
surface.
"We were all blown away by
this bizarre, flat, living sea floor cov-
ered with blue and brown corals
and lettuce-like green algae,"
research Bret Jarrett said of seeing
live-video from an unmanned sub-
mersible on one of the return
research trips. They had expected
to see some coral, but not that
much, he told the St. Petersburg
Times for a story in Sunday edi-
tions.
The video revealed a stunning
number of fish, both deep and
shallow water species: giant red
grouper, scamp, damselfish,
angelfish, rock beauty, hogfish and
bass.
Other researchers include Al
Hine of USF's College of Marine
Science, Bob Halley of the USGS
and Stan Locker, a USF geophysi-
cist.
Shallow-water reefs tend to
grow vertically, like those off the
Florida Keys. Pulley Ridge coral
grows flat because it has adapted
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Youth basketball
sign ups under way
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
Youth Basketball League will be
held Monday through Friday from
8 a.m.. until 5 p.m. at 309 N.W.
Second St....
The cost is $25 per child.
Sign ups will end Friday, JAn. 7,
2005.
The league will consist of three
age groups: 14 and under; 12 and
under; and, 10 and under.
Parents will need to present a
copy of the participant's birth cer-
tificate at time of registration. Par-
ticipant's age as of March 15,
2005, determines the age group.
Games are played locally -
primarily at the Yearling Middle
School gym and are scheduled
to begin Saturday, Jan. 22. Spon-
sors, coaches and volunteers are
needed.
For more information, call
(863) 763-6950.
IRCC will host
volleyball academy
FORT PIERCE Young
women ages 10-18 can learn and
improve their volleyball game
beginning Jan, 4, 2005 at Indian
River Community College's Vol-.
leyball Academy.
Under the coaching expertise
of Ron Jacobs, athletes will prac-
tice on weekday evenings from 6
until 9 p.m. through April at
IRCC's main campus gymnasium.
Eight teams are desired for the
AAU sanctioned league and
games will be played on Satur-
days from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Locations for practices and
games will be determined by
players registered for the acade-
my.
The instruction fee is $275. A
$50 club and equipment fee and a
$12 AAU membership fee is due
when registering. Monthly acade-
my payments may be arranged.
The main campus is located at
3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort
Pierce.
For more information on


improving on the volleyball acad-
emy, call coach Jacobs at (772)
462-7763, or by e-mail at rja-
cobs@ircc.edu.
OCA to host
fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association (OCA) will hold their
third annual fishing tournament on
Saturday, Jan. 22, from safe day-
light until 3 p.m. at the Scott Driver
Boat Ramp, across from Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina.
All proceeds go toward youth
oriented projects.
For more information, contact
John O'Connell at 634-7446, or
Tony Stark at (863) 467-0541.
BLNB tourney
aids March of Dimes
Big Lake National Bank will
sponsor its third annual bass tour-
nament to benefit the March of
Dimes on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Tournament hours will be safe
light until 3 p.m. The tournament
will be fished out of the Okee-
Tantie Marina.
The entry fee is $110 per two-
man boat. Based on a field of 100
boats, first place will pay $3,000;
second place $1,500; third place
$750; fourth place $500 and fifth
place $250. There will also be a-
biggest fish award of $1,000, also
based on a 100 boat field. A small-
er field will result in lower, prorat-
ed payouts with 60 percent of the
entry fees being returned as prize
money.
Advance registration closes on
Jan. 26. Entries will be taken on
the morning of the tournament,
but must be paid in cash only.
For more information, contact
Kathleen Shatto at (863) 467-
4663, ext. 1820.
OCRA sign ups
to start Jan. 29
The 2005 Okeechobee Citizens
Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will be starting soon
and baseball and softball sign-ups
will be held at Teen Town on Sat-


urday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. Registrations will also be
held Feb. 5,12 and 19 from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m.
Feb. 19 will be the last day for
sign-ups. Anyone signing up after
that date will be placed on a wait-
ing list.
A birth certificate for proof of
age will be required. League ages
for the 2005 season are: baseball:
Tee-ball- 5 and 6 years old; rookie
- 7 and 8 years old; AAA- 9 and 10
years old; Majors- 11 and 12 years
old; and, Dixie Boys 13 and 14
years old. .Softball: Darlings 7
and 8 years old; Angels- 9 and 10
years old; Ponytails- 11 and 12
years old; Belles- 13, 14 and 15
years old; and Debs -18 and
under. The official playing age of
all children will be determined by
their age on July 31, 2004, for
baseball and May 31, 2004, for
softball.
Sign up fees are $60 for the first
child, $55 for the second child and
$50 for every child after that in the
same household.
If you would like to sponsor a
team or purchase a banner or vol-
unteer to help, contact Media
Director Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr. at
(863) 824-0899 or Treasurer
George Dukes at (863) 467-9996
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, check
O.C.R.A. website at 222.chobee.com
or contact


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At the Movies


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 31,
through Thursday, Jan. 6, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Meet the Fockers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "Lemony Snickets"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Spanglish" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For more information, call
(863) 763-7202.


Briefs

Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their most
important characteristic is that they
are caring individuals who under-
stand the problems and needs of
foster children. Please contact
Karissa Richards at 1-800-403-9311.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary has served as the civilian, non-
military component of the Coast
Guard. Today, the 33,000 volunteer
men and women of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary are active on the
waterways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists (folks
just like you) save almost 500 lives,
assist some 15,000 boaters in dis-
tress, conduct more the 150,000
courtesy safety examinations of
recreation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For more information call
(863) 467-3085.
EYDCis in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven daily
by hundreds of private citizens
who, as volunteers, enter juvenile
justice programs throughout the
state. The Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center (EYDC) needs you to.
share your skills or special talents in
making a difference in the lives of
troubled youth. Volunteers are
needed as tutors, translators, arts
and crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instructors,
recreation aides and assistance in
developing ayouth choir. Wouldn't
you like to make a difference? If so,
please contact Rick Hargraves at
EYDC, 7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-
2174, ext. 234.
Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Public
Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-
A-Day Online Book Club sponsored
by the Friends of the Okeechobee
County Library. All you need to do is
visit the library's web page at
www.heartlineweb.org/oke and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving chap-
ters from a new one. Each Monday
you will start a new book. There is
no charge for this service. You don't
even need a library card. All you
need is an e-mail address and five
minutes a day to sample the won-
derful world of reading.
You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become a vol-
unteer mentor for the President's
Challenge to SOAR/Take Stock in
Children Scholarship program. It's
a proven life-changing program
that provides four-year college
scholarships to deserving sixth and
ninth graders in local communities.
The mentor meets with the student
one hour per week at his/her
school. Volunteer opportunities are
available in Indian River, Martin, St.
Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
Please call the Indian River Com-
munity College Foundation at (772)
462-4786.


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Older man needs a ride
from Fort Drum to town
at least once a month.
863-357-1529


BULL DOG- Female,
Please call to identify
(836)697-9597.

POODLE
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Platts Bluff
(863)467-7049

CAT black & white neutered
male. On medication. Ap-
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black polka dots, lost in
Labelle (863)675-4966.

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(863)763-8052.
LOST: Yorkie, 1 yr old male,
vic.. of SE 14th Ave.,
Please call (863)357-
3443


BOAT 25' Sportcraft
w/cabin & I/O motor.
You Haul.
(863)675-1161
CHURCH PEWS
4) 16' Long w/some water
damage. You Haul.
(863)697-1897 Lake Port
Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 4V2 mos.
old, male, wormed.
(863)946-0490
MOBLIE HOME 67'
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(863)983-8957

GUY 65 would like to meet a
lady around the same age
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BUSY DOCTORS OFFICE
Needs LPN OR MA
please fax resume' to
(863)467-1156
CARPENTER
Finish & Rough
w/tools for
restoration & repair
Call (800)780-3535

CHEF/KITCHEN
MANAGER
Needed for new restaurant.
High starting salary.
Fax application/resumes
to (863)763-9019.
COOK & MEAT CUTTER
Needed: Wed.- Sat. Nights
Call 863-763-9983 or
Apply in person @,
SPECKLED PERCH
STEAK HOUSE
105 hwy. 98 N.
after 2pm./
Server
Hostess Needed
1111 S Parrott Ave.
Clock Restaurant
DIAMOND R FERTILIZER
COMPANY, INC.
Is looking for Owner
Operators
Class A CDL with Hazmat
& Tanker endorsements.
Great compensation.
Good driving record a
must. Apply in person
at 710 NE 5th Ave.
DRIVER NEEDED Class
B w/tanker & hazmat
endorsement, clean
driving record re-
quired EOE.
(863)763-7557.
EXPERIENCED
Dozer end dump &
roller operators & labors
(863)634-5120


Experienced Cook/
Dishwasher, Drug Free
Environment, mUst apply
in person at Pat's Lakeside
Cafe, 2117 Hwy 441 SE
across from Pier 2.


EXPERIENCED ONLY
SERVERS FT/PT
No evenings. Small cafe'
863-763-7938, Lv. msg.
EXPERIENCED DRIVER
Over 21 Must know Okee-
chobee area Class D lic.
Pharmacy text, cashiers,
apply in person only must
be properly dressed Okee-
chobee Discount Drugs
203 SW Park Street.
Full Charge Bookkeeper
Office Manager
FT. Mon-Friday Fax Resume
to 863-763-7379
LABORER POSITIONS
Valid driver's lic., Must
have own transportation
to & from work. Home
telephone a MUST. Must
be hard working & be'
able to do heavy lifting.
Apply in person:
3157 Hwy 441 N.
No phone calls please.


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Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.
MECHANIC, exp'd only,
good hrly. comm rate @
Ford dealership, Okee.
Ford Co. 3175 Hwy 441S
PAINTERS w/tools for
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Valid driver's license needed.
Apply. 4300 Hwy. 441 South,
located beside KOA Campground.


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee'
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
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lead framing carpenter who is motivated to
excel with our company. We offer benefits
and a 40 hour work week. Bilingual is a plus
and must have drivers license.
Apply in person at our office
805 SW 15th Street
between 10 AM and 4 PM.
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MAINTENANCE
Join our team with this challenging
position. Position includes but not
limited to lifting and bending. Must
be familiar with electrical and PVC.
piping. Medical, dental, 401K, life
insurance available. EOE; Drug Free
Workplace. Call: 772-464-6195 or
fax 772-462-0716; Visit our web
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Located At:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Call:
(863) 357-2442 for more information


ASTALDI CONSTRUCTION
SEEKS EXP'D
Hydraulic Crane Operator
Concrete Formwork Carpenters
& Skilled Laborers
Water treatment plant exp. preferred.
Stuart area'772-463-6815/Aaron.
IF EOE/DFWP


SECURICOR
Sago Palm Academy is a residential
correctional facility for juvenile sex offender.
Currently we are recruiting for the following positions:
Health Service
Administrator
Must have valid RN license
& Supervisory experience
Fax Resume: 561-924-9382
Call the HR Dept. @561-924-2210 Ext:303
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Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

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Positions available. FT. Place your help wanted ad
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines5 35
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
Crahls Supplies 585
Cruises 590)
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health S Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps.Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 050
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.
Equipment 665
Pets Supplies.
Services C70
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment -10
Television. Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AC MOBILE HOME 3 TON
12cer 3yrs. old pd. $1700
will sacrifice for $500
(863)763-4933
AIR COND.- '94, 3 1/2 ton,
heat and cool, good
shape, $700. (863)763-
4365.
AIR CONDITIONER- Com-
mercial, Good Price of
$500, (863)467-5474.



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



BLACK WHIRLPOOL MI-
CRO OVEN- USED 2 MO,
$700, (239)246-6071.

DISHWASHER- BLACK
KITCHEN AID, NEW, $600,
NEG, (863)517-0354.

FREEZER- GE, No Frost Up-
right, 18.7 cu. ft., Good
Condition, $75,
(863)612-9862.
FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,
(863)946-2989..

KENMORE UPRIGHT
FREEZER- $100, Call
(863)467-2889.

RANGE- BLACK, GE PRO-
FILE SLIDE IN, CERAMIC
TOP, NEW, $1200,
(239)246-6071.
RANGE ELE.
Whirlpool
self-cleaning
oven $50 (863)357-1577
REFRIGERATOR Side by
side white 23.6 cu. ft. w/
ice maker/dispenser $350
(863)763-1884 aft.4pm
REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu',
white, $60, (863)675-
0104.

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

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

WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, heavy duty, super
capacity +, $225.
(863)357-0363
WHIRLPOOL SIDE-BY-SI-
DE- W/ ice & water in the
door, new, $1200, neg,
(863)517-0354.





BIKE, Whizzer, Moterized
w/120 mis. Like new condo.
$1500 (863)467-2491


BOOKS
Paper back
$25 or will sep.
(863)467-0924


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



PANELING, 4 Sheets,
Insulated, Snap & Lock.
3"Thick, 4x16' Pd. $1083.
$1000 neg. 863-357-1821
PLYWOOD 5/8th", NEW 6
Sheets $90 or best offer.
863-467-2112.

SCREEN New Enclosures. 3
rolls charcoal sun guard.
Ea. roll 72"x100' $829.57
(863)467-0336


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CAR SEATS (3) Regular
SSize Type. $55 for all, will
sep. (863)357-3074



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

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



Hewlett Packard- Approx B
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,
(863)824-0478.
KEYBOARD
ROLAND JUNO "D"
SYNTHESIZER $300,
(863)467-9447


OAK FIRE WOOD,
Pick-up $75.
Delivered $90.
Call (863)357-2475.


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

BED, Adjustable, Twin sz.,
King Koil-A-Matic, Latex
foam mattress/vibrator.
$200 firm. 863-467-2747
Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300/all. (863)674-04.67.
COFFEE TABLE & 2 end ta-
bles, $75 (863)824-8749


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

DINETTE SET- glass top, 4
chairs, like new, $50.
(863)467-2112.

DINNING ROOM TABLE
w/ 6 chairs & server.
Excellent condition. $225
(863)763-8053
LOVE SEAT brown & white,
walnut trim. $30. Call
(863)763-9646.

MATTRESS WATERBED-
King size, with individual
tubes,
$50, (863)612-0974.
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.

TV 19 inch &
4 head VCR with remote
$50.
(863)447-0965



GOLF CART- '98 Club Car
elec, reconditioned w/
charger, $1595 Call
(863)675-1472.
GOLF CART- Club Car, re-
conditioned, 2 seats,
windshield, gas powered,
$2450. (863)675-1472.
GOLF CLUBS 30 vintage,
collectible assorted clubs.
$300. Call (863)946-3123.

GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $125. (863)946-3123.


SHOT GUN, Mossberg, 410
gage. Single shot. Excel-
lent condition. $155.
(863)467-9506
WINCHESTER, Model 70,
30-06 w/four power Bush-
nell scope. Like new. $450
(863)467-9506



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



4 LIGHT CHANDELIER
Large 3 way lamp
All for $25.
(863)467-1032
KITCHEN CABINETS-
Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
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classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


WEDDING RING SET, 14 K
Gold. Size 7/. $400, must
see to appreciate
(863)357-3074.


AIR HANDLER with heater,
Trane, 220V, 2.5 ton ca-
pacity, $100. Call
(863)675-5929
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
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PORTABIKE, made in 'Italy,
foldable, great for travel-
ers, $60. (440)622-5989 -

PUMP/SPRAYER, 25 galon,
S12V, for 4 wheeler, $65.
(440)622-5989

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


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AMPLIFIER
Tubeworks RT 2100-ES
$350
(863)467-9447




GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $550 863-467-
0627.

PIANO Upright
$400 good cond.
Call (863)517-0489


SNARE DRUM, Chrome,
Tama w/case, stand &
practice pad. Very nice!
$75 863-610-2465




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




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




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

GERMAN SCHNAUZER (5)
Grey's & White 4-female &
1male $350 EA.
(863)763-0569

LOVEBIRDS, (2), with cage,
$50. (863)357-0232



SADDLES West./Eng.
$290. harness $50. 2
carts $1,000. sprd.
$850 (863)824-0522

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


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



HOT TUB Hydro Spa tub w/
7 digital system 71/2
square w/4 seats $2500
(863)634-7448



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


JL AUDIO SPEAKERS- 2,
W6 10", & a Bandpass
Box $200, (863)697-
3505. \

STEREO, Console w/record
player, 8 track and Radio.
Works well. Good cond.
$50 neg. (863)63)763-1782



REMOTE 20" color TV with
stand (31"x30"). $50.
(863)467-0987.



DREMEL SCROLL SAW
with stand
Never been used $150
(863)467-2557


WANTED BUY Propane gas/
electric refrigerator for
camper please call
(863)467-2423 after 5pm


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 83-5
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 655
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds 'Plants
Flowers 865


HORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, %
horse bay. $2000
(863)675-2450
HORSE TURNOUT BLAN-
KETS- 2 canvas & cotton,
camo 72" new $60, will
separate, (863)763-0981.

MUST SELL
SOLD RANCH
Missouri Fox Trotters, Fully
trained wonderfully gated,
western trail horses. 3 four
yr old mares, 1 four yr
gelding, $1400. each. neg.
1 six year stallion Beauti-
ful, $3,000; 1 awesome
9yr Mare. $2,200; 1 10yr
awesome Mare. $22,000;
1 16 yrs Tennessee Walk-
er $1,000. All healthy &
ready for a holiday ride.
561-723-2414 or 561-
745-6969.

WESTERN & ENGLISH sad-
dles $190, Meadowbrook
cart $900 manure spread-
er $750 (863)824-0522



KENMORE GAS GRILL-
With cover, tank, like new,
$200, (863)467-2889.

MTD RIDING LAWN
MOWER- 46" Cut, 18.5
HP, Runs good, asking
$450, (863)467-


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 900


Apt., Located just 12 mi.
North of Okee., 2BR/1BA,
$435/mo., 1st & sec.,
No Pets. (863)467-1717.





STEEL BUILDINGS
Barn, Office, Warhouse, etc
Engineers-FL Code APP.
(561)628-2992


LAKEPORT 3BR 1BA fenced
yard. Furnished or unfur-
nished. $800/mo.. Call
(239)352-7575 .




Okeechobee City 1 Br/1Ba
Duplex. $500 mo. + 1st.,
last & sec. No pets. Non
Smk. Env. 863-467-5203


Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.


RETIRED ELECTRICIAN,
snowbird, non smoker, no
pets, seeks moderately
priced lodging for Jan/Feb.
bones9(spacestar.com,
(651)983-0222.


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 10lu40
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 Property1030


LAKE ACCESS,
Small Cabin, S.E. 441
Near Henry Creek.
$69,000. 863-634-7490

RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
w/Garage & 500 Sq. Ft.
Cedar Lined Rec Rm. w/
10x20 indoor heated pool.
Ready to move in. Call for
list off all new items.
Willing to accept
Hurricane Damaged
Property in Trade.
$163,000. 772-597-6158
or 954-801-6158


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



Highlands County
Sebring/ Spring Lake
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
from $195,000.
**** *** *
Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
1-800-466-1930.
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobson
auction.com


OKEECHOBEE 10 + -
ACRES BACKS TO KISSIM-
MEE PRAIRIE STATE
PARK! Equestrian/
Investment $195,000 firm
Coastal Realty &
Management Inc.
(561)357-0554
owner/agent.



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
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Mobile Homes



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



Nice 3BR/1.5BA,
$500/month. $500 deposit
No pets. 863-763-6232.




OASIS VILLAGE PARK
Adult park, own land.
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Florida Rm. & Hot Tub Rm.
Fully furnished w/other
amenities. $95,000 or best
offer. 863-357-0914
Ask or Joe or Jeneva


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3L3i1)
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035


FIBERGLASS 24' v-bottom
80HP 0/board w/trl.
$1500 or best offer
(314)315-2528
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
message.
GULF CRAFT, '93- fiber-
glass, center console, 40
HP, trailer, $2900 or best
offer. (863)357-0914.
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


RV COVER, Adco, 40 ft.
Like new. Pd. $300 Sell for
$150. (239)560-0175
Lake Port




WINNEBAGO 86' Motor
home 28 ft. all the extra's.
Needs very little good
shape. 454, V8, Awnings
all around $5,500.
863-357-4442/610-4830



TROLLING MOTOR,
Minn-kota, Runs good. $50.
863-467-2557




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

BOAT MOTOR- 7.5 Mercu-
ry, go condition, $350,
(863)763-3120.

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



HONDA 1982 mint condi-
tion. Runs & looks great.
$1000 or best offer. Call
(863)675-3724.
SUZUKI 81 GS 650 EXC.
Shape $900 or best offer
(863)357-1577

SUZUKI 93'KATANA 1100,
blk. beautiful runs top
notch $2500 (314)315-
2528
YAMAHA VIRAGO
1997, 535cc, exc cond,
kept inside, $2500,
(863)946-0307.


WINNEBAGO '86 MOTOR
HOME, 28 ft all the extras
Needs very little, good
shape. 454 V8, Awnings
all around. $5500. 863-
357-4442 or 863-610-
4830


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Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4u''5
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4015
Pickup Trucks 14050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers Iij0i)
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
hook up (863)697-9704.


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FORD TAURUS, '96, white,
4 dr, GL, $1800.561-996-
8080 ext. 22.

FORD TAURUS WAGON
'94,4 Dr., V6, Auto. Runs,
nice. $1000.
772-461-9536
HONDA CRX 1991 2 door
automatic, Runs excellent.
$2500. (863)357-1805.

MERCURY MARQUIS, '95,
red, blue book $5,200,
asking $4,000. (863)763-
3264
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classfl.html or mailto:
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Toyota Corolla, '92, 4dr,
auto, 30 miles to the gal.,
looks & runs exc. $1000.
772-461-9536



Ford Bronco '89, white, 5.8
litre, auto, 4 whl dr. runs
great, $3500. (863)447-
0941
GRAND JEEP WAGONEER-
'88, runs good 2-doors off
but incl. Ideal Dune Buggy,
$800 863-673-0920.
JEEP PICK-UP 89'
4wh dr good
woods buggy w/parts $450
(863)634-5243


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



BEDLINER for Ford Ranger
6' bed 1997 & tool box
incl. $200 or best offer.
Call (863)467-0987.,
Custom Air Dam w/driving
lights for 95-99 Chevy
GMC P/U/SUV. New. $75.
(863)467-2255.
FIBERGLASS TOPPER
White, Exc. cond. Fits Newer
Ford 61/2 ft. bed. $400.
863-634-6099 After 4pm


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HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel
Easy Slide, 15 K lb. cap.
w/mounting rails. $325
772-285-8405 Okeechobee


TOW BAR- For Ford Ranger
truck, $30, neg.,
t863)467-5467. Ask for
ob or Lv msg.

TOW BARS- Reese tow bar,
$30, neg., (863)467-5467
Ask for Bob or Lv msg.


UTILITY BED
long wheel base dually,
very good shape $1000
(863)634-5243


'94 CHEVY S-10,
A.3L, A/C, Runs good,
$1500,
(863)357-6825


Chevy Pick Up, '92
4x4, V-8 350 engine, auto
trans., a/c, good condition.
$4,000 or best offer.
863-763-1828
7-5, Mon-Fri.

GMC 1973 PU
for parts. Titled,
good tires $200.
Call 239-357-5984

HARD TONNEAU COVER by
Florida Line. Fits all Chevy
trucks '99-'03. Metallic
gray. $450. Call
(863)634-1710.






HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel
Easy Slide, 15 K lb. cap.
w/mounting rails. $325
772-285-8405 Okeechobee


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The completed bookcase measures 35 inches tall
by 24 inches wide by 11 inches deep.

Small Bookcase plan (No. 205).. $7.95
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