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Vol. 96 No. 4 Tuesday, January 4,2005 50N Plus tax


Briefs
OCPD is not
seeking donations
The Okeechobee Police
Department (OCPD) has
learned that an unknown per-
son has been calling residents
in the Okeechobee area, iden-
tifying themselves as a repre-
sentative of the Okeechobee
City Police Department and
then soliciting monetary
donations.
The Okeechobee City
Police Department is not solic-
iting money from anyone by
telephone or any other
means.
If anyone gets one of these
calls and obtains a telephone
number through *69, caller ID
or a recorded message from
this person do not erase the
message please contact
OCPD Detective Bill Saum at
(863) 763-5521.

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 forwarded
and they will be returned to
the county office.

Inside
New pain drug
OK'd by FDA
WASHINGTON Patients
who suffer severe chronic-
pain and are no longer helped
by morphine will soon have a
new option.
The Food and Drug Admin-
istration last week approved
the first in a new class of drugs.
that blocks the nerve channels
responsible for transmitting
pain signals. It will be market-
ed as Prialt and should be avail-
able by the end of January.
"When you've taken all the
kinds of pain medication that
there is and you still have pain,
that is a very frightening situa-
tion," said Dr. Lars Ekman,
president of research and
development for the drug's Ire-
land-based manufacturer, Elan.
"When you have that kind of
pain, there is nowhere to go."
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Drought Index
Current: 429
Source: Florida Division
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Comics ........... .8
Community Events .4
Crossword ......... .9
Obituaries .......... 3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ............. 7
TV ............... 10
Weather .......... ...2
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Crazy 8 Ranch: Home to zebra, camels and kangaroos

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Greg Isbell stands in the doorway of his empty bear cage. The cage has been empty
since FWC officers sized three bear cubs he had bottle fed. The FWC officers claim he
did not have the proper license to raise black bears.

FWC seizes bottle-fed bear cubs


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Greg Isbell, who operates
Crazy 8 Ranch on N.W. 244th
Avenue, was the happy owner of
three, 5-month-old black bear
cubs until they were confiscated
by Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
officers right after Hurricane
Jeanne. Now, he is trying to get
his bears back.
The three bears were bought
at an exotic animal auction in
Missouri in April when they were
weeks old. Mr. Isbell said that
before he bought the animals he
called FWC to see if his FWC
Game Farm License license was
good for the bears. He said they
had his FWC license number and
he was told the license was good.
"We made several telephone
calls; we didn't just buy some-
thing and sneak'it into Florida,"
said Mr. Isbell.
Florida law requires a Class I
Wildlife License for the posses-
sion of a black bear. In order to
receive the license the applicant
must receive 1,000 hours of
instruction in the care of the ani-
mal.
Mr. Isbell's friend, Brian Trim-


ble, an Ag teacher at Osceola
Middle School, was with Mr.
Isbell at the auction.
"We would not have put
them (the bears) on the permit if
we had thought they were ille-
gal," Mr. Trimble said.
Mr. Trimble said that Mr. Isbell
also wanted to purchase a white
tiger but was told by FWC offi-
cials that his license would not
cover it.
Mr. Isbell claims that only
three people in Florida are
licensed to raise black bears. He
thinks that because of that fact
someone should have ques-
tioned his license before now.
He said the bears came to
Florida along with other exotic
animals bought at the auction in
two tractor-trailer trucks. He said
they were held up for six or seven
hours in quarantine at the Florida
border, and wonders why no one
questioned his license at the
time.
He bottle feed the bears and
raised them to the age of five
months. During that time, he said
several FWC officers brought
their children to see the cubs.
After Hurricane Jeanne, FWC
officers came out to check on his
fences. He said they seized his


bears and took them to a non-
profit wildlife refuge, Wildlife
Outpost. The refuge is located
near Everglades National Park, at
the end of the Florida Turnpike.
Willie Puz, public affairs offi-
cer for FWC, said the incident is
still under investigation. He said
the FWC would like to know the
name of the person who gave the
information to Mr. Isbell. With-
out that information, Mr. Puz said
it is a "he said, she said situation."
He stated that FWC would
like to know who the FWC
employee was and what was
said between that employee and
Mr. Isbell.
Mr. Puz asserted that there are
several specialized permits and
not all FWC personnel know the
requirement for each permit.
Mr. Puz said that the FWC
position was that if an animal
owner does not have the proper
permits, the animal is confiscat-
ed.
Mr. Isbell has 200 acres
enclosed with a high fence for his
exotic animals, including zebra,
camel, deer, kangaroos and buf-
falo. He has another 300 acres
See Bears Page 2


Over 17,000



provisional



ballots nixed


TALLAHASSEE Nearly'
two-thirds of provisional ballots
cast on Election Day in Florida
weren't counted, mostly
because the people casting
them weren't registered to vote,
state officials said Monday.
Preliminary figures, culled by
the state from county elections
officials, showed that of 27,742
provisional ballots cast, 9,915
were counted and 17,827 were
rejected. The number could be
revised but isn't likely to change
dramatically.
The federal Help America
Vote Act, or HAVA, passed in
response to the troubles
encountered in the 2000 presi-
dential election, required the


distribution of provisional bal-
lots even if people don't appear
to be registered.
The ballots are held until offi-
cials determine whether they
people were entitled to vote. If
they should have been allowed
to vote, the ballots count. If not,
they are thrown out.
Court .rulings last year held
that voters must vote in their
correct precincts in Florida. In
most cases, people who
showed up at the wrong
precincts were directed to the
correct ones, said Jenny Nash, a
spokeswoman for the Florida
Department of State, which
See Voting- Page 2


State hopes


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by end
MIAMI Seeking added
protection for motorists, state
officials hope to install 160 miles
of guardrails along Florida's
Turnpike by the start of the
heavy driving season in late May.
The $52 million project
under way in central Florida
aims to counter a record 54
crossover-crash fatalities on the
turnpike in 2004.
"The new guardrail very well
could have prevented another
crossover accident," said FHP Lt.
Pat Santangelo, who inspected
gouges in a new section of
guardrail near Yeehaw Junction.
"That's great."
To finish the project by


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of May
Memorial Day weekend, the
state has offered five contractors
as much as $20,000 a day for
each day they finish ahead of
their July deadlines.
"The quicker we get the
guardrail in the ground, the
quicker we have a better chance
of saving lives," said Chris War-
ren, turnpike chief operating
officer. "If we can save one life, it
is worth it."
The new guardrails are being
erected in median strips
between Fort Pierce and Wild-
wood. From Palm Beach County
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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
Commerce.
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 Bear
pocket; Medicare supplements;
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Man killed for cattle.
by stray bullet is To add
ORLANDO An elderly man were seized.
was killed when a bullet from a "They di(
high-powered rifle fell from the they did," he
night sky and hit him in the chest, with five off
the result of the New Year's Eve cubs were dr
practice of firing guns into the air, in nooses."
officials said. Mr. Isbell
Henry McDaniel, 75, was walk- that FWC off
ing in a neighborhood near Orlan- covered und
do on Friday just before midnight ing up the m
when he collapsed in the street, it bites.
witnesses and sheriff's officials However,
said. He had been at a party cele- the bears
rating the New Year with friends someone to (
and had decided to visit another someone to
house When th
Doctors at Orlando Regional he cubs tovet
Medical Center later discovered tionh
the bullet, which struck his heart. tion
To pursue
Black bear bears back,
sightings up
ORLANDO Black bear
sightings hit a record level and
130 of the threatened species
were killed on Florida roads last
year, the result of the state's
sprawling development and busy
roads, officials said.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission officials logged
more than 1,500 reports of bear
sightings statewide in 2004, top-
ping 1,079 the year before and the "
former high of 1,340 in 2002.
Meanwhile, vehicles killed
about 130 bears across Florida in
2004, just three short of the record
high of 133 in 2002, according to
Fish and Wildlife reports. The
deaths in 2003 totaled 105.
Black bears are protected in
Florida because of a steep drop in ,
their numbers during several
decades, mostly because of hunt-
ing, development and loss of a Ava
habitat. More than 3,000 are esti- 1 10
mated to be in Florida in six main
populations and two smaller
groups across the state. -
SUV accident
cause man's death -.
FORT LAUDERDALE A -
Georgia man who spent two -
weeks on life support after a
rollover crash in a sports utility -
vehicle killed his 6-year-old -
daughter has died.
Mark Hall, 39 and a father of -
five from Covington, Ga., was
removed from life support Satur- "
day, his sister Michele Smith said -
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the Dec. 18 crash on Alligator
Alley, a stretch of Interstate 75 that
cuts through the Everglades and is V
known for deadly wrecks. Votin
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sult to injury, Mr. Isbell
)ut the way his bears

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said. "They came in
icers and two of the
ragged out their cages

also had a monkey
icers claimed was not
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he said the only risk
posed was "licking
death."
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erinarian pronounced
be in excellent condi-

e legal action to get his
Mr. Isbell has secured


the services of two lawyers. If
found guilty, he would lose his
license for one year.
"I am not guilty of anything and
I will not allow them to disrupt the
operation of my farm," he asserted.
Mr. Isbell said this incident has
cost him thousands of dollars
because the state told him he had
the proper license.
Bob Freer of the Wildlife Out-
post has been in business since
1988. He said his main objective
was to rehabilitate and release
injured wild animals that are
brought to him. However, he also
receives confiscated exotic animals
from FWC. He said the bear cubs
were in good condition. In the past
10 years he has taken in eight other
bears.
He predicated that the legal
wrangling could go on for year.
Mr. Freer stated that bear cubs
raised in captivity could easily
adapt to life in the wild. However,
that since these particular cubs
were bottle fed he said Florida law
prevents them from being released


in the wild because they don't fear
humans and that could cause
problems.
Mr. Freer said if Mr. Isbell lost his
case the bears would have to go to
someone with the proper license.
If a home could not be found, the
cubs would be euthanized. How-
ever, Mr. Freer said he would do all
he could to find a home for the
cubs so that would not happened.
One possible solution might be
to get a properly licensed person to
work with Mr. Isbell. Mr. Freer said
he and Mr. Isbell have been taking
about this. However, the distance
between them would be a prob-
lem.
"I would like to see them (the
cubs) go back to him," Mr. Freer
added.
Mr. Trimble would also like to
see the situation straightened out.
He said Mr. Isbell's operations ben-
efit the community because he
takes his animals to schools, which
lets students see animals they
would not otherwise see.


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about rejected provisional ballots,
found that slightly more than 7 per-
cent were tossed because voters
had been purged from the rolls
either because they hadn't voted in
several years or were found to be
ex-felons.
State law requires county elec-
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haven't voted in the last two feder-
al elections. They're also told to
purge convicted felons whose vot-
ing rights have not been restored.
Relatively few provisional bal-
lots were cast in Florida compared
to other states. In Florida, they
accounted for three-tenths of a
percent of the 7.5 million votes
cast.


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Geologists confirm
deepest living reef
ST. PETERSBURG Florida-
based marine researchers have
discovered 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
Tortugas, 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 Univer-
sity 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.
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grow vertically, like those off the ,
Florida Keys. Pulley Ridge coral
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median-strip guardrails or concrete
barriers in place.
I In 2004,91 people were killed in
crashes on the 312-mile turnpike
system from Florida City to Wild-
wood. Of those, 54 were listed as
| crossover fatalities, up 10 from the
year before.
Contractors have built about 25
miles of median-strip guardrails,
mostly between Yeehaw Junction
and Orlando, in two months, War-
ren said. The new guardrails have
been hit three or four times, but no
vehicles have broken through.
While the steel guardrails don't
necessarily prevent accidents, they
can prevent head-on crashes by
out-of-control vehicles.


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Community Events

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 fol-
lowing the Yearbook Jam, while supplies last. The book price
for this final sale is $45. Only students who have pre-purchased
a yearbook in October 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 during the October sales
weeks.

Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-,
4- and 5-year-old children are available from the Okeechobee
County School Readiness Coalition by calling 462-5792. Or, you
may download them directly from the web at www.school-
readiness.org

Legion fundraiser planned
The American Legion Memorial Post 64, the Ladies Auxiliary
and the Sons of the Legion in conjunction with Environmental
Control are sponsoring a fundraiser. We ask that you donate
your used or empty laser printer cartridges and ink jets to the
Post. The Post will receive a donation from ECC. All monies
received from this project will be used to purchase supplies for
the needy school children in the Okeechobee School system.
Boxes will be made available at the following locations: Ameri-
can Legion, 501 S.E. Second Ave.; Chamber of Commerce, 55
S. Parrott Ave.; and Smith's Computer Service, S.W. Park Street.
Additional collection points'will be made available at a later
date. For information, call John R. RIooney at 763-2950 or 763-
8971. '

Free computer classes offered
The Okeechobee County Library will host adult computer
classes at the library on a weekly basis. Two levels of classes are
available. One is a beginner's class, which starts-with the
basics. The intermediate class covers computer system mainte-
nance, Internet maintenance, cookies, Internet options and e-
mail. Both classes are one session each. Classes meet at 9:30
a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please call the library at 763-3536 to sched-
ule a time for you to attend. These classes are free to the public.

School is collecting cell phones
Central Elementary Student Council is collecting old/unused
cell phones to be turned into a recycling company. Proceeds
will be used to purchase new stage curtains. Cell phones may
be dropped off at Central Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth
Ave.

Child care phone number changed
As of July 1, the number for Child Care Resources and Refer-
ral has changed. Please call toll free to 1-866-273-6340 to
receive information on what child care services, Pre-K and
other early childhood programs are available in Okeechobee,
or to apply for subsidized child care. Child Care Resources and
Referral was formerly known as ALPI.

Children's council has relief fund
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee County
recently received money from the children, staff and parents of
Everglades Elementary School. The council decided to match
the school's money and put it in a special Hurricane Relief
Fund. The purpose of the project is to assist families affected by
hurricane Frances and Jeanne with any need associated with
the storm such as school supplies, clothing and medicine. Fam-
ilies should request help from Cathleen Blair, executive director
of CSC, at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.


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Obituaries


Lloyd Vernon Aiken
Lloyd Vernon Aiken, .age 86,
of Okeechobee, died Friday, Dec.
31, 2004, at the VA Medical Cen-
ter in West Palm Beach. -He was
born March 14, 1918, in Gibson
County, Tenn.
Mr. Aiken had been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1983. He
served in the U.S. Army and was
a member of the American
Legion and VFW. He was of the
Baptist faith and a member of
Northside Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his beloved
wife of 58 years, Emma Ruth
Aiken of Okeechobee; and two
daughters, Sherry Jean Aiken of
Huntsville, Ala., and Terry Dean
Aiken of Cape Coral.
A memorial service will be
conducted at the Buxton Funeral
Home on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2
p.m. Orlind Cook, pastor of
Northside Baptist Church, will
officiate. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be
made to Northside Baptist
Church, P.O. Box 1541, Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.
Irvin T. Buchanan
Irvin T. Buchanan, age 80, of
Okeechobee died Friday, Dec. 31,
2004,,at Raulerson Hospital. He
was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Old
Town, Maine, to Edward and Del-
cima Buchanan.
He came to Okeechobee from
Bradley, Maine, in 1984. Mr.
Buchanan was a veteran of World
War II, and a retired millwright.
He was preceded in death by
his wife, Hope Buchanan.
Survivors include: his wife,
Suzanne; two sons, Michael
(Nancy) Buchanan of Lake
Worth, and Thomas (Mary Lou)
Buchanan of Bradley, Maine; two
grandsons, Danny and Shawn;
three sisters; nieces and
nephews; and his puppy Sam,
who will miss him. No local serv-
ices or visitation will be held.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory.
Ellen Marie Dean
Ellen Marie Dean, age 64, of
Okeechobee, died Sunday, Jan. 2,
2005, at her residence. She was
born Dec. 25, 1940, in Pittsfield,
Mass., where she lived until relo-
cating to Florida.
She',asoi the Catholic faith
and since she was so creative,
she enjoyed sewing, arts and
crafts and playing bingo. She was
a member of the Women of the


Moose.
She was preceded in death by
her parents, George and Beatrice
Weed, and her husband, Paul
Dean.
Survivors include: her daugh-
ters, Debra Dean of Okeechobee
and Sabra (John) Semo of Stuart;
granddaughter, Kiera Dean of
Okeechobee; brother, Robert
(Debra) Weed of Humble, Texas;
and sister, Charlotte (Roger) Ger-
waski of Pittsfield, Mass.
A memorial service will be
conducted at the Buxton Funeral
Home on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at
10a.m.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.
Pauline Howard
Pauline Howard, age 82, of
Okeechobee, died Saturday, Jan.
1, 2005, at Raulerson Hospital.
She was born April 28, 1922, in
Bell.
Mrs. Howard, formerly of
Tampa, had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1982. She was-
of the Baptist faith and her hobby
was quilting.
She was preceded in death by
her husbands, Cecil Pardee, Sr.
and Maurice Howard and son,
Jessie Alexander Pardee.
Survivors include: her daugh-
ters, Ruth (James) McElroy of
Okeechobee and Annette
(Wayne) Yawn of Micanopy;
three stepsons, David (Nita)
Howard and Milton (Sue)
Howard of Tampa, and Jimmy
(Bobbie) Howard of West
Chapel; numerous grandchil-
dren, great-grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren; one
sister, Susan Thomas of Palatka;
and, several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 4,
from 5 p.m. until funeral service
time at 6 p.m. Graveside services
and interment will be on
Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. at
Orange Hill Cemetery in Tampa.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.
Mickey Rudolf Rimes
Mickey Rudolf Rimes, age 72,
of Okeechobee, died Monday,
Jan. 3, 2005, at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in
LaBelle.
Mr. Rimes had been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1995. He
served in the U.S. Army and was
of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, Dolphus and Tomsie
Katherine Howard Rimes; sib-


lings, LaVern, Punk, Ernestine,
Ted and Jean.
Survivors include: his beloved
wife of 18
years, Gayle
Rimes of Okee-
chobee; two
sons, Randy .. .
(Earleen)
Rimes of Felda, .
and Robby /
(Paula) Rimes
of Moore
Haven; daugh- Mickey Rudolf
ters, Sissy (Ter- Rimes
rell) Skipper of
LaBelle, Karen Herndon of Fort
Pierce, and Ramona (Jeff) Hand-
ley of LaBelle; seven grandchil-
dren; five great-grandchildren;
brothers, Delmar Rimes of
LaBelle and Jay Bird (Pat) Rimes
of Lehigh Acres; sisters, Janet
Fussell, Bobbi Jo (B.S.) Cline and
Laura June (Buster) Wilson, all of
LaBelle, and Elgin Shore of
Clewiston.
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Wednesday,
Jan.5, from 5 until 7 p.m. Grave-
side funeral service and inter-
ment will be in Evergreen Ceme-
tery on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 10
a.m. Wendell Cooper and Jeff
Clemons will officiate.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.
James 'J.C.' Sims
James 'J.C.' Sims, age 75, died
Jan. 1, 2005. He was born March


28, 1929, in Pahokee. He.was a
pillar of the community and a life-
long resident of the Glades -
most recently he was a resident
of Okeechobee for the last 19
years.
Mr. Sims graduated high
school from Pahokee High,
played football at the University
of Florida, went on to Chippola
Junior College, and then to Liv-
ingston State Teacher's College.
Following his education, he
came home to Palm Beach Coun-
ty to assist in running an insur-
ance company for more than 30
years, before returning home to
Okeechobee and the Glades.
Mr. Sims was an avid out-
doorsman and enjoyed being
active in his community with his
friends and family.
Mr. Sims was preceded in
death by: his son, Clinton Sims;
brother Franklin; and parents
Dennie and Mary Sims.
Mr. Sims was a loving hus-
band to his wife Sara Sims for 33
years. He was a caring and loving
father to three sons, Ben (Laura)
Sims, Jim (Becky) Sims, and Jack
(Carla) Sullivan; loving daugh-
ters, P.J. (Jeff) Rader, and Marie
'Beth' Burke; eight grandchil-
dren; and, a loving brother to
David Russell and Mary Ellen
Sims.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Bass
Funeral Chapel. Funeral services
will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan.7, at
First Baptist Church. Interment
will follow at Port Mayaca Ceme-


Open enrollment for


KidCare under way
By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel tax return, Naff said.
Associated Press'Write r, Three of Florida KidCare's
four different programs are part
MIAMI Officials of Flori- of the open enrollment. Medic-
da's government-subsidized aid is the other program and is
health insurance program for open for application at any
lower income children have time. Uninsured children up to
announced an enrollment peri- 18 years-old, who do not quali-
od for new applications. fy for Medicaid, are eligible.
The 30-day open enrollment Healthy Kids is for school-
period for Kidcare will continue age children whose families do
until Jan. 30. After that date no not qualify for Medicaid, but
new applications will be whose income is less than
accepted. about $37,000 for a family of
Families that have been four. Families pay a monthly
enrolled in the past can reapply premium of $15-$20 per month
over the phone any time, said and a $5 co-payment for visits.
Rose Naff, executive director of Naff said families who make
Healthy Kids. more than that are eligible, but
The one-page application -must pay $92 per month.
forms can be downloaded The programs are financed
from the Internet or can'be sent by federal and state money,
by mail. Families must also pro- local communities and the fam-
vide the most recent income ilies who are enrolled.


tery. Reverend Randy Huckabee
will officiate.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory.
Rosezena Walton
Rosezena Walton, age 69, of
Bowling Green and Florida, died
Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at her resi-
dence. She was born May 2, 1935,
in Okeechobee.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Delmar Walton, Sr.
Survivors include: her sons,


Delmar Walton, Jr., Tony Ezel,
Danny Lowe and Robert Lee Wal-
ton; daughters, Betty Ray Lowe,
Rose Marie Lowe and Sylvia J.
Walton; eight grandchildren; sis-
ters, Ellen Lawrence, Susie Carter
and Cozette Hall; eight nieces
and 15 nephews.
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 7,
from 10 until funeral service time
at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in
Basinger Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Steven Brian Keith was born on Aug. 25, 1956 in Niami, FL.
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at the age of 48 on Dec. 24, 2004 in West Palm Beach after a
long courageous battle with Lou Gehrigs Disease IALSi.
Steve grew up in Miami and Became an avid fisherman at
an early age and continued his love for fishing, hunting
and all outdoor sports for most of his life. He pursued a
career in the Pump & Tank business for 30 years as general
manager of Petro Pac and Piece Inc. Steve also held
Pollution Storage and Roofing Contractors License.
He is survived by his wife. Mary; hvo daughters, Jennifer
and Stephanie Keith of West Palm Beach, Florida; and one
son, Steven M. Keith of Jupiter, Florida. His mother,
Margaret Shirley; one sister, Sharon Hechavarria; and one
brother, Martin Shirley, all of Okeechobee, Florida; hvo
aunis, Linda Brockett and Dorothy BanOstrand, and
numerous nieces and nephews. His father, Theodore Isaiah
Keith, preceded his in death.
Steve was a loving Husband, Father and Son and will be
missed, by his countless friends and sorrowing relatives.

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Medical Needs
"We still have the right for our medical needs. The doctors
aren't to recommend one company over another for medical
needs. This is a violation of the law."

Red Cross
"I shudder to think that when Elizabeth Dole resigned from
the Red Cross four years ago she was making $400,000 a year,
and then the Senate went into action and gave the president a
$200,000 raise so he wouldn't look like bad putting someone
into a federal office that was making $200,000 more a year than
he was. Red Cross does miracles and should be paid for the
workers that do the work, not for someone sitting on their duff
trying to lead them in what they know to do."

Sludge Laws
"I am calling in regards to the article you had on the front
page about a week ago where Clif Betts was asking for the
sludge laws that are in place to be enforced,. and citations be
written to people who are not following the law. I say hurrah to
Clif Betts. I have a friend who paid dearly with personal law and
his career to get that law into place. If the laws are not enforced
then his sacrifices are for nothing. Commissioner Betts, please
don't let that be the case."



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 pro-
gram 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 HowYou 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.

Habitat for Humanity plans auction
'Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee will be holding its annu-
alauction 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 winners then
advance to the semi-finals and potentially the National Bassmas-
ter Casting Kid's Championship 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 Okeechobee Marine Center. A parent or
guardian must accompany the child.

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, par-
enting 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 informa-
tion on this or set an appointment for a free pregnancy test
please call 763-8859.





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Looking Back ...
In 1942, if you entered Okeechobee on S.W. Park Street you would see everyone uptown for the canning season. The
cannery was on the right and the office building was in the background. 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 interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Inter-
national 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 d 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 Restaurant
at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For information, 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 763-
5887, or 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 information, call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome. 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 depres-
sion, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder 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 energetic
young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interested in work-
ing 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 Saviour. 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 person or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is 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 will meet 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 V.F.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 information, 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 interested ih finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Inter-
national 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 fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For more information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For more
information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, is open for
blood .donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call (863)
467-9360.



Crime Prevention Tip

You may be fined for parking in a
handicapped or fire lane.




Thought for the Day

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution
to succeed is more important than any one
thing."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


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 consecutive
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 Thurs-
day of each month at 7:30 p.m. Everyone over the age.of 18 is invit-
ed. 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
"O0" RV Resort, 7950 U.S. 78W.

Exotic plant program planned
A free program on exotic plants and how to control them will be
held Jan. 8 at the DuPuis Management Area 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/clm/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 informa-
tion, 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 experienced
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 certified instruc-
tor and then a minimum of four hours per week, from Feb. 14 until
April 15. No specific educational or career background is required
just your willingness to give your time and effort to help others.
For more 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 class-
es. 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
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Delta to-slash fares up to 60 percent


ATLANTA Delta Air Lines Inc.
will slash fares by as much as 60
percent in a bid by the struggling
carrier to lure back fliers, according
to published reports.
Delta wouldn't confirm or refute
a report in Time magazine that it
plans to replicate nationwide its
fare-cutting plan piloted in Cincin-
nati last August, when domestic
flight fares were capped at $499 for
economy seats and $599 for first-
class seats.
The magazine and The Wall
Street Journal, both citing
unnamed sources, said the nation's
third-biggest airline wouldiroll out a
new, simpler pricing structure and
eliminate some unpopular require-
ments, such as Saturday-stay rules.
The airline also plans to cut ticket-
change fees from $100 to $50, Time
said. International flights will
reportedly be unaffected.
Asked about the reports, a
spokeswoman for Atlanta-based
Delta, Benet Wilson, said Monday,
"We have not announced any
changes in the fare structure and
we do not make public statements
about fare structures before they
are made public."
Delta avoided a bankruptcy fil-
ing in October when its pilots
approved a $1 billion concession,
but the airline is still struggling.
Some analysts say the deal, along
with new financing from some
creditors, only gives Delta about 12


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A Delta Air Lines jet departs Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Inter-
national Airport in this Sept. 9, 2004, AP file photo in Atlanta.
Delta Air Lines Inc. will slash fares by as much as 60 percent
in a bid by the struggling carrier to lure back fliers, accord-
ing to published reports.


months of breathing room. They
said the airline still needs to
increase its revenue and execute its
broad turnaround plan.
Last month the airline
announced a raft of changes to its
frequent-flier program, ranging
from making it easier, to get
upgrades to simplifying fees, in
hopes of winning back customers
angered by previous changes to the
program.
The Cincinnati fare-cut experi-
ment dropped some fares by sever-
al hundred dollars. Last-minute
walk-up fare from Cincinnati to Los
Angeles went from $1,202 to $499,


and from Cincinnati to Las Vegas
from $1,032 to $479. Wilson
wouldn't say whether the new fare
pricing system would be similar.
Another change reported by
Time is a new flight schedule, an
attempt to reduce delays. Delta will
add 81 new flights and seven new
destinations from Atlanta, Time
reported.
The changes will make Delta
more like a low-cost carrier. It creat-
ed a subsidiary, Song, just for that
reason, but a spokeswoman for
Song said Monday that she didn't
think Delta's changes meant Song
would be phased out.


Florida sends beef cattle to Cuba


PORT EVERGLADES The
first shipment of Florida-bred
cattle to Cuba in more than 40
years left Friday from this port
near Fort Lauderdale.
Twenty-two beef cattle were
on a cargo chip for the three-day
trip to Havana, said J.P. Wright
Co. Inc., which has a contract to
ship the livestock under an
exemption to the long-standing
U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.
The six bulls and 16 heifers


were raised in Florida's prime
cattle country of Levy, St. Lucie,
Suwannee and Highlands coun-
ties, said John Parke Wright IV,
owner of the Naples-based
company.
The shipment is the first part
of a nearly $1 million order total-
ing 300 head of Florida-bred cat-
tle. The rest is expected to ship
within the next few months.
Wright's ancestors shipped
cattle to the Caribbean nation


starting in the 1850s, because
Florida-bred livestock was suit-
ed to the similar tropical climate
in Cuba.
But trade was halted by the
U.S. embargo imposed after
communist leader Fidel Castro
came to power in 1959. A law
passed in 2000 lets U.S. farmers
and companies sell livestock
and agricultural and food prod-
ucts to Cuba on a cash-only
basis.


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FORT LAUDERDALE -
Investors who were swindled
out of about $19 million in a
massive Ponzi scheme, includ-
ing many elderly people who
lost their life savings, have won
their first significant reimburse-
ment a $2.25 million settle-
ment by a bank in a bankruptcy
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 bank-
ruptcy trustee in November. The
money was recently deposited
with a trustee.
It was the single largest reim-
bursement to the investors and
creditors, said Michael Budwick,
who represents the bankruptcy
trustee.
The bank didn't admit any
wrongdoing in the settlement
and was unaware of criminal
activity byj Pheonix founder
Thomas D. Abrams, said Fidelity
Federal's corporate counsel,


Christopher Cook.
Abrams pleaded guilty to 12
counts of fraud and three of
money laundering and was sen-
tenced to 25 years in federal
prison in September 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 majori-
ty were over age 60 and lost all
or most of their life savings.


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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. Al
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 gymnasi-
um.
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
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 (863) 467-0541.
BLNB tourney
aids March of Dimes
Big Lake National Bank will
sponsor its third annual bass
tournament 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
smaller field will result in lower,
prorated 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
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PI.G.S. League
Dec. 28: first place Tom Corn-
well, second place Joyce Hacker,
Last Place Don Heath, Closest to
Pin Bruce Syjud, Russ Papy and
Joyce Hacker.
Dec. 29: first place San Moles,
second place Kenny Curran, Last
Place Colin Cameron, Closest to


Pin Russ Papy, Kenny Curran and
Stan Moles.
Joe Albrechta and Don Heath
both shot better than their ages.
Dec. 31: first place Kenny Cur-
ran, second place Verlie Moore,
Last Place Randy Ketcherside,
Closest to Pin Bruce Syjud, J.W.
Cain, Don Gray and Harry White.


4663, ext. 1820.
Volleyball team
plans fundraiser
The OHS volleyball team is
seeking donations and vendors
for a fundraising flea market to be
held at Okeechobee High School
Feb. 12, 2005.
The team is raising money to
go to summer camp in North Car-
olina. They are accepting dona-
tions of all kinds of items includ-
ing watercraft, lawn equipment,
appliances, furniture and even
old vehicles. Nothing is too large.
If you have something of value
sitting around your house or busi-
ness gathering dust, you can call
and they will come and pick it up.
They are also selling vendor
spaces for $25 per booth. Some
covered spaces may be available.
If you would like to donate an
item or secure a vendor space
contact George May at (863) 634-
5836 (cell) or (863) 467-4850
(home), or Lori Berger at (863)
763-6411.
OCRA sign ups
to start Jan. 29
The 2005 Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will be starting soon
and baseball and softball sign-
ups will be held at Teen Town on
Saturday, 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
volunteer 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
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 win-
ners then advance to the semi-
finals and potentially the National
Bassmaster Casting Kid's Cham-
pionship for a share of over
$20,000 in scholarships.
Additionally, each contestant
at the local competition will
receive a certificate of participa-
tion, plus free hot dogs and a soft
drink courtesy of Okeechobee
Marine Center.
A parent or guardian must
accompany the child.


MVP of prep
MIAMI Mark Sanchez con-
nected with Lydell Sargeant on a 7-
yard touchdown pass as time
expired, but defensive end Ricky
Jean-Francois stopped Sargeant on
a 2-point conversion to seal a 24-22
win by Florida over California in
the CaliFlorida Bowl.
Antone Smith of Pahokee was
named the Most Valuable Player of
the annual high school all-star
game. He broke six tackles on an
18-yard touchdown run that gave
Florida a 14-7 lead with 9:10
remaining in the first half.
Smith, who has not committed
to a school for next season, fin-
ished with 43 yards rushing on 12
attempts and a 13-yard catch.
Sanchez, of Mission Viejo, Calif.,
passed for 234 yards and three
touchdowns, but he also was inter-
cepted twice. Considered by many


bowl game
to be the nation's top college quar-
terback prospect, Sanchez has
committed to Southern Cal.
Demetrice Morley, of Miami Kil-
lian High School, returned the
opening kickoff of the second half
86 yards for a Florida touchdown.
Morley has committed to Ten-
nessee.
But the biggest play of the game
was made by Jean-Francois, a
Carol City High School defensive
end who stopped Sargeant, Califor-
nia's running back, on the 2-point-
attempt.
California outgained Florida 381
to 201. Sargeant, ofLompoc Cabril-
lo high school and a Penn State
commitment, was named Califor-
nia's MVP.
The game was held in the
Orange Bowl, the home of the
Miami Hurricanes.


OHS baseball team hosts


annual night
The Okeechobee High School
baseball team will host its second
annual night golf tournament on
Jan.22.
The tournament helps raise
funds for the Brahman squad.
Last year's varsity team placed
second in district competition and
should be right up there again this
season according to their head
coach Dylarn Tedders.
The course will be set up
throughout the high school
grounds and will be a challenge for
any golfer especially in the dark.


golf tourney
The tournament will be limited
to the first 72 people who sign up
and pay their entry fees. The $30-
per-person entry fee includes the
glow-in-the-dark golf balls to be
used by each competitor, a meal
prior to tee-off and prizes at the end
of the tourney.
Meals will be served from 6
until 7 p.m. The tournament will
begin at7 p.m.
For more information, contact
O.H.S. head baseball coach Dylan
Tedders at (863) 634-7753.


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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 at2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "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

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
gram. 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 Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-4786.

Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House looking for volunteers to
work with our adolescent boys. If
you have any free time or talents
you'd like to share please call
Shelly Batton at (863) 357-0047.

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens \,u, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. In Palm Beach
County 434-2544 or 1-800-330-
2227, exit. 108.

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of N.W.
Second Street and Second Avenue.
Entertain or educate yourself,
using 486 audiocassettes, includ-
ing audio books, plus Christian
romances and 575 videos. Prepare
a paper on comparative religion, a
book report, programs for men,
women or children, a craft project
or a Sunday school lesson. Easy to
use because we use the Dewey
Decimal System, the same as
school and public libraries. As a
private library we can and do pre-
view our media. Currently the
library is staffed Sunday 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday evening
6 to 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
763-4021.

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., Eng-
lish as'second language classes,
Monday and Wednesday from 10
a.m. until noon, adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Thurs-
day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.;
Seminole Reservation, Brighton,
Adults basic education/GED, Tues-
day and Thursday from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy,
S.R. 70 East, English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday,
from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic educa-
tiorn/GED,.Monday through Thurs-
day, from 7 a.m. until noon; El
Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth


Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday,
from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane,
adult basic education/GED and
English as a second language
classes, Monday through Thurs-
day, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades
Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St.,
English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St., English as a second lan-
guage, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.


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900 Numbers 1&0


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
White found in
S Platts Bluff
(863)467-7049

CAT black & white neutered
male. On medication. Ap-
.-prox. 18-20 Ibs. Call
(863)675-3256.
CAT pure light orange. Ap-
'prox. 15 yrs. old. 15 lbs.
Call (863)675-3256.

DOG- Chihuahua, Tan with
'black polka dots, lost in
Labelle (863)675-4966.

LOST: Yorkie, 1 yr old male,
vic. of SE 14th Ave.,
Please call (863)357-
j3443


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


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FLOATING DOCK 6'x12'
with 6 55 gal. drums &
steps. (863)357-1775,
Buckhead Ridge.
Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 41/2 mos.
old, male, wormed.
(863)946-0490
HAMSTERS- (3), 1 to 11/s
mo old, to good home
only, (863)357-0346 Tina,
call times 11am-10pm.
MOBLIE HOME 67'
12x45 2bd/rm must
be moved aft. 9pm
(863)983-8957

GUY 65 would like to meet a
lady around the same age
for a relationship non-s-
moker (863)824-3396


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Employment


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


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 SParrottAve.
,Clock Restaurant
DRIVER NEEDED Class
B w/tanker & hazmat
endorsement, clean
driving record re-
quired EOE.
(863)763-7557.
Experienced Cook/
Dishwasher, Drug Free
Environment, mUst apply
in person at Pat's Lakeside
Cafe, 2117 Hwy 441 SE
across from Pier 2.
EXPERIENCED
Dozer end dump &
roller operators & labors
(863)634-5120
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.


, EXPERIENCED ONLY
SERVERS FT/PT
No evenings. Small cafe'
863-763-7938, Lv. msg.
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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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
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

IMMEDIATE OPENING
PHARMACIST
Experience Required.
Pharmaceutical Services
Located At:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Call:
(863) 357-2442 for more information


When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classifleds.
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something deer?
Pick up some extra bucks
when you sell your used
items in tlp classified.


How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it In the
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Earn some extra cash. Sell
your used items in the
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ASTALDI CONSTRUCTION
SEEKS EXP'D
S Hydraulic Crane Operator
Concrete Formwork Carpenters
& Skilled Laborers p
Water treatment plant exp. preferred.
Stuart area 772-463-6815/Aaron.



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
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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


NEEDED

LAUNDRY
WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4t' St.
PAINTERS w/tools for
General Contractor
Doing restoration work
Call (800)780-3535
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ROOFING
Subcontractor
Licensed & Insured
Interested in doing quality
work for reputable
General Contractor
Call (800)780-3535

Tow Operator & Cashier
Positions available. FT.
Drum Citgo is looking for
team members for the
New Year. Advancement
opportunities for team
builders w/leadership
skills. Experience pre-
ferred but we wil train drug
free individuals w/clean
driving record. Good pay,
steady work & good health
insurance. Apply @ Ft.
Drum Citgo mm 184, Fl.
Turnpike (863)763-8798



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BABY SITTER NEEDED
P/T: Mon. & Wed. 4p-l0p
& Some weekends.
863-763-3125 Christie
Hiring Citrus Packers
SunBrite Citrus Inc.
Orange Avenue
miles west of 1-95
Fort Pierce, FL.
(772)466-4226
Special Incentives
for Tangerines
Will to Train
OFFICE HELP, Part Time
Must have excellent phone
skills. Collections experi-
ence a plus. Fax resume
to: 863-357-6737.

Part Time Secretary
Hours from 8 til 1
Pay negotiable & also
Roofing help needed
Call Day Brothers Roofing
(863)763-7631
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Tax Preparation 315



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AC MOBILE HOME 3 TON
12cer 3yrs. old pd. $1700
Swill 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



DISHWASHER- GE, used
only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
9077.

FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,
(863)946-2989.

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





BIKE, Whizzer, Moterized
w/120 mis. Like new cond.
$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
SCREEN New Enclosures. 3
rolls charcoal sun guard.
Ea. roll 72"x100' $829.57
(863)467-0336



CAR SEATS (3) Regular
Size 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 8
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,
(863)824-0478.


KEYBOARD
ROLAND JUNO "D"
SYNTHESIZER $300
(863)467-9447


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

BED, Adjustable, Twin sz.,
King Koll-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)674-0467.
COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,
(863)357-1078.

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 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)946-31.23.


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-
Scond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825..



4 LIGHT CHANDOLIER
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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WEDDING RING SET, 14 K
Gold. Size 71'/. $400, must
see to appreciate
(863)357-3074.


ELECTRIC SCOOTER
used 1 time
$2500
(863)763-9135


AIR HANDLER with heater,
Trane, 220V, 2.5 ton ca-
pacity, $100. Call
(863)675-5929
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PORTABIKE, made in Italy,
foldable, great for travel-
ers, $60. (440)622-5989

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

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



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




SPINNET PLAYER PIANO
w/rolls, exc. cond.
1 $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
LOVEBIRDS, (2), with cage,
$50. (863)357-0232


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

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)763-1782



TV (2)
Philco 29", Sanyo 32"
colored w/remote. $350 or
will sep. (863)763-9135


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 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds .'Plants"'
Flowers 865


HORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, 4
horse bay. $2000
(863)675-2450

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


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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;
116 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


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 9-15
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960


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



Uli i ii1. 1

Okeechobee City 1 Br/1 Ba
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 441 N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property- Sale 1010
Condos.`
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 100)
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 105'O
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 10 80


CBS House for sale- 3BR,
2BA, large master suite w/
french doors out to 34'
patio, open floor plan w/
french doors off LR to pat-
io, all apple incld, gas stove
& hot water heater & dryer,
1600 sq ft living space w/
oversized 2 car garage, 1
mi from 710& 70,1 block
from elem school, 1 yr old,
no damage w/hurricanes,
$214,900, Call Dee at
(863)467-7751 or
(863)447-0496 for walk
through. Open House Jan
8th, 9am-1 pm.


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


****** *** *
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.comrn

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
AB 111 AU 237


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2uj005
Mobile Home -Parts 2011)
Mobile Homes Rent 201
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 30"'0
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3i.:o
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035


BASS BOAT: Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118

FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
message.
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CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing camp, $7000
(863)357-2633.




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.


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 histo-
ry of the beautiful old building for $6. These are available at the Cham-
ber of Commerce. The Historical Society has reprinted the small book-
let entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee County Florida" that sells
for $4. It, too, is available at the Chamber of Commerce. 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 Jan-
uary series of childbirth education classes at the Okeechobee Countsy
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.


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.

Contractors host fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors Association will hold their third annu-
al fishing tournament on Saturday, Jan. 22, from safe daylight until 3
p.m. at the Scott Driver Boat Ramp, across from Okee-Tantie Camp-
ground 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. T~is 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.

Boating program is offered
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will offer a boating skills and
seamanship program beginning Thursday, Jan. 27. This program 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.


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

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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 Intruder, '98, fully
dressed, exc. cond.,
$6500. (863)467-9766 aft
6 pm
YAMAHA VIRAGO
1997, 535cc, exc cond,
kept inside, $2500,
(863)946-0307.


Automobiles



Automobiles '5
Autos Wanted 1010
Classic Cars 41015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 40F5
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 10C'
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs i5
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 160F
Utility Trailers 4 W-5
Vans 4070


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

CAPRIS WAGON- '99, w/
350 Olds v8 (not 307), re-
built auto trans $800 will
separate, (863)467-8856.
DODGE RAM-
'86, 4X4, runs good,
$1500,
(239)348-9399.
FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
hook up (863)697-9704.
FORD MUSTANG 01" 1BIk. 5
spd. 70k mi. $3300 won't
last call now (863)634-
3541
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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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.


Don't Sweat It!
Even if you've had credit problems in the past,
the Wallace Automotive Group can help put
you on the good credit highway today!







Call Ray at the Wallace Credit Hotline
for your confidential pre-approval
TollFree 1-866-217-2800


AUTOMOTIVE GROUP of STUART


Custom Air Dam w/driving
lights for 95-99 Chevy
GMC P/U/SUV. New. $75.
(863)467-2255.
Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
6pm
FIBERGLASS TOPPER
White, Exc. cond. Fits Newer
Ford 62 ft. bed. $400.
863-634-6099 After 4pm



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.,
(863)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,
4.3L, A/C, Runs good,
$1500,
(863)357-6825
Chevy Pick Up, '92
4x4, V-8 350 engine, auto
trans., a/c, good condition.
$4,000 or best offer.
863-763-1828
7-5, Mon-Fri.
GMC 1973 PU
for parts. Titled,
good tires $200.
Call 239-357-5984
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



Public Notices



Public Notice --05
State Public
Legal Notice 5500

H HII
Ciij.aot 1. 1Shool Bo3rd
Meeting Date
The regular meeting of the Okeecho-'
bee County School Board for Janu-,
ary has been rescheduled to Tues-
day, January 18, 2005, at 6:00"
p.m., in Room 303 of the School
Board Administrative Office located
at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Florida. The purpose of the'
meeting is to conduct regular
School Board, business. The meet-'
ing is open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.'
Superintendent of Schools-
544518 ON 14 11/05

















The most important.
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


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