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Vol. 96 No. 8 Saturday, January 8, 2005 504 Plus tax

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
The Okeechobee City
Police Department is not solic-
iting money from anyone by
telephone or any other
If anyone gets one of these
calls and obtains a telephone
number through *69, caller ID
or a recorded message from
this person do note 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.


Companies are
canceling policies
Four small insurance com-
panies are canceling policies
in hurricane-battered Florida
but a spokesman for the insur-
ance industry said Friday only
a "tiny percentage" of the
state's homeowners were
Liberty American, Penn
Charter, Auto-Owners and
Mobile USA have started can-
celing policies, according to
insurance agents. Together,
the four companies have
about 191,000 policies across
An emergency rule put in
effect after the four hurricanes
clobbered Florida last year is
still in effect prohibiting can-
cellations until 60 days after
storm damage has been
repaired. That order expires
March 31 but is likely to be
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Drought Index
Current: 449
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.56 feet

Lake level f ,
Last Year: -. /
15.68 feet ('
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .10
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports . . . .8
TV .. . . . .11
Weather ...........2.
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Reducing Phosphorus: Students learn about BMPs

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Students from Holloway University in England listen and take notes as Gary Ritter (right,
standing) of the South Florida Water Management District explains some of the organi-
zation's projects.

Students study Florida ecology

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A group of 11 foreign stu-
dents is visiting our area but
instead of visiting the usual
tourist spots like Disney World,
they spent Friday visiting South
Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) projects.
One of their instructors,
Martin King, said it was an edu-
cational trip. He said that about
half of the group had been to
American previously.
The 10 British and one Ital-
ian student are attending grad-
uate school at Holloway Uni-
versity near Heathrow, a
branch of the University of
They were guests Friday of
SFWMD's Gary Ritter, who
gave the students an overview
of the workings of SFWMD.
Then they spent the rest of the
day visiting SFWMD projects.
Interestingly enough the
students are majoring in geolo-
gy, but were here to study ecol-



Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Students from Holloway University, a branch of the Uni-
versity of London, listen and take notes as Bill Berman of
Davie Dairy explains the operation of his dairy. To his left
is Martin King, one of the group's instructors.

ogy. During Mr. Ritter's talk
they listened intently, asked
questions and took notes just
as if they were in class.
Mr. King said the students
were required to keep a jour-
nal of their trip and upon
return to class would have to
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learned on this trip. This
helped to keep them more
focused, he said.
Mr. King said the group
started on the Kissimmee
River, followed the watershed
to Okeechobee, and were
See Ecology- Page 2

Fire/Rescue takes

heat from victims

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
A fire at Oak Lake Villas this
past weekend destroyed four
units in the complex and has left
four families without homes.
The fire was so intense in two
of the four units that the Okee-
chobee Fire/Rescue Department
had to bulldoze the remains of
the units to prevent the fire from
spreading to surrounding build-
ings. The other two units in the
building were heavily damaged
by smoke and water.
The blaze rapidly spread
through the ceilings in the units
creating heavy smoke, as well as
fire damage. The damage to the
building was estimated at
$250,000. The damage to the con-
tents of the apartments was esti-
mated at $100,000.
In the aftermath of this tragedy
one family has made allegations

that Fire/Rescue could have han-
dled the incident differently and
saved precious family posses-
As reported by the Okee-
chobee News on Thursday, Jan.
6, Timothy and Rebecca Knowles
were abruptly awakened in the
early morning hours of Jan. 2 by a
young man pounding at their
front door. They escaped their
apartment through a bedroom
window with only the clothes on
their backs and their two dogs.
They have since stated that
they were not happy with the way
Fire/Rescue handled the incident.
"We could have saved a lot
more but because of a prior fire in
the Villas, they (Fire/Rescue)
wouldn't let us back in the apart-
ment because the roof could fall
in, but there was no roof left at
that point," stated Timothy
See Fire-Page 2

Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
An early morning fire destroyed four units at Oak Lake Villas last weekend. Two of the units
had to be bulldozed to prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding buildings and to pro-
tect the general public. Timothy and Rebecca Knowles were the occupants of one of the
units that were totally destroyed.

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News Briefs 4 insurance companies canceling policies in Florida

Chamber sponsoring
seminars on Medicare
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
There are mistakes in the new
benefits book and these seminars
will provide you with the correct
The seminars are sponsored
by the Okeechobee Chamber of
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.

No one wins
Fantasy 5 game
match all five numbers in the Fan-
tasy 5 game, meaning the 289
tickets with four correct numbers
are worth $872 each, the Florida
Lottery said Friday.
Another 9,314 tickets match-
ing 3-of-5 won $10.50 each and
92,708 tickets won a Quick Pick
ticket for picking 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Thursday
night were 2-20-21-25-27.

Judge sets
Graham's bond
MIAMI A judge Thursday set
$150,000 bond for Geralyn Gra-
ham on kidnapping and aggravat-
ed child abuse charges in the dis-
appearance of Rilya Wilson
nearly five years ago.
But Graham is unlikely to leave
prison. She's serving a five-year
prison sentence for motor vehicle
license fraud that ends May 2006.
Graham will likely be tried on
the kidnapping and child abuse
charges, which could bring a life
sentence if convicted, before her
release. That trial now is sched-
uled for April.
Graham also faces federal
Social Security fraud charges.
The state Department of Chil-
dren & Families discovered in
April 2002 that Rilya was missing
and that its caseworkers had not
made required visits to check on
her for at least 15 months.
Graham's former roommate,
Pamela Graham, swore under
oath to prosecutors that Geralyn
Graham abused Rilya for misbe-
havior, including beating her, put-
ting her in a dog cage and confin-
ing her for hours in a small
laundry room. Pamela Graham
had custody of the child.

Carter escapes
from odd accident
Carter managed to escape serious
injury Thursday when the teen
pop singer's luxury sport utility
vehicle erupted into flames in a
bizarre accident, according to the
Florida Highway Patrol.
Carter, 17, was driving his 2004
Cadillac.Escalade north to Orlan-
do on Florida's Turnpike around
12:30 a.m. when a mattress came
loose from the cargo bed of a
delivery truck in front of him, said
his spokesman, Brad Zeifman.
Carter drove over the mattress,
which got stuck under the sport
utility vehicle and caught fire,
probably from the heat of the
exhaust system. The singer pulled
over and escaped the vehicle,
then watched it explode in
flames, Zeifman said. A friend
traveling with him also escaped.
Carter and his friend were
treated at the scene.

Witness in slaying
scheduled to testify
DELTONA A key witness in
the brutal slaying of six people
over a lost video game system
says he does not believe his life is
in danger and plans to testify at
trial, court documents showed.
Brandon Graham had, been
ordered by a judge to enter his
deposition about his knowledge
of the killings months ahead of
the September trial because pros-
ecutors feared his life was in dan-
ger and he would not or could
not testify at trial.
But during a separate deposi-
tion with attorneys this week, Gra-
ham, 18, said he has not received
any threats and wants to cooper-
ate with the state attorney's office

by also testifying at trial.
According to police and court
records, Graham has told investi-
gators he was with Troy Victorino,
28, Michael Salas, 19, and 18-year-
olds Robert Anthony Cannon and
Jerone Hunter when the four plot-
ted the killings nearly two days
before the Aug. 6 attack.
The four are accused of barg-
ing into the Deltona home and
using baseball bats to bludgeon
the victims and a small dog. Inves-
tigators said Victorino recruited
the three because he was upset
about a missing Xbox video game
system and some clothes.

insurance companies are cancel-
ing policies in hurricane-battered
Florida but a spokesman for the
insurance industry said Friday only
a "tiny percentage" of the state's
homeowners were affected.
Liberty American, Penn Char-
ter, Auto-Owners and Mobile USA
have started canceling policies,
according to insurance agents.
Together, the four companies have
about 191,000 policies across
An emergency rule put in effect

after the four hurricanes clobbered
Florida last year is still in effect pro-
hibiting cancellations until 60 days
after storm damage has been
repaired. That order expires March
31 but is likely to be extended.
Fort Myers insurance agent
Linda Young said Auto-Owners'
marketing representative told her
to expect non-renewal notices in
Lee County.
"They took a pretty big hit with
these last four storms, and they felt
they were saturated in Florida and
wanted to shed some of that risk,"

Young said.
Young said customers wouldn't
have trouble finding new policies,
but that premiums would proba-
bly be steep. For homeowners
who can't find policies on the pri-
vate market, Citizens Property
Insurance is the state's insurer-of-
Liberty American and Mobile
USA are owned by the Philadel-
phia Insurance Companies.
Agents across the state report that
both subsidiaries are canceling
policies, said Jeff Grady, president

of the Florida Association of Insur-
ance Agents.
Philadelphia Insurance, Penn
Charter and Auto-Owners did not
return calls Friday for comment.
An insurance industry
spokesman said the development
was minor in terms of the entire
market, which is spread among
more than 200 insurers who pro-
vide coverage to 5 million home-
"We're talking about a very tiny
percentage of the total insurance
policies out there being affected,"

said Sam Miller, executive vice
president of the Florida Insurance
Miller said most companies
would stand pat, with the excep-
tion being companies that insure
mobile homes that sustained
huge losses from the four storms.
One in five residences in Florida
are manufactured or mobile
"After Hurricane Andrew, a mil-
lion folks lost their coverage," he
said. "We won't see anything like
that after these four hurricanes."

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Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins
responded by saying: "Several fire-
fighters and I explained to Mr. and
Mrs. Knowles that we would be
bulldozing the remains of their
apartment because it was too dan-
gerous to leave it stand. We asked if
there was anything we could
remove from the apartment prior
to the demolition.
"They told us where to find sev-
eral items including jewelry, a safe,
a set of pearls and a suitcase with
other valuable items in it. We
would not let them back inside
because of the danger. They gave
us directions as to where to find the
items, and we brought the items
out to them.
"At that time, we also asked if
they wanted us to remove the chest
of drawers that was in their bed-
room. They told us not to bring the
chest out because it was water
damaged," the chief continued.
Mr. Knowles went on to say that
firefighters looked confused.
"When the fire department
arrived, it looked like they were
befuddled as to what to do first.
They asked if everyone was out of
the building. But, they left it up to













the neighbors to check on this," he
said. "I didn't understand why it
took two or three hours to put the
fire out. It seemed like it took forev-
"At one point, someone
brought McDonald's to the fire-
fighters and they stopped what
they were doing to eat. A lot of
them were picking fruit off the
trees and eating it. They couldn't
find the fire hydrants because they
were painted the wrong color. But,
who paints the fire hydrants? It
seemed like they didn't have any
logistics or methods to what they
were doing.
"From my standpoint, the
method was 'see flame, squirt
flame' It looked like Larry, Moe and
Curley times 10. There were a cou-
ple of firefighters who went above
and beyond to assist us.
"I know those guys have a lot to
do and I hate to be the one to cast
stones, but I would think the fire
department would have standard-
ized training. They need something
to help them out. What they do in a
couple of hours can change the
outcome of people's lives. Each lit-
tle thing in the dwelling does mat-
ter. They become irreplaceable
treasures. I do think they need
something in the mechanics of
what they do, but they were there
when I needed help," he added.
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4:33 a.m., and arrived on the scene
at 4:39 a.m. The fire was brought
under control at 6:30 a.m. and the
last unit cleared the scene at 10:01
a.m. Chief Hopkins responded to
Mr. Knowles' concerns about the
firefighters eating by saying it is
necessary for them to replenish flu-
ids lost from their bodies and to
maintain energy levels.
"My crew worked to exhaustion
to extinguish the fire," stated Chief
Hopkins. "The City Fire Depart-
ment responded to assist with the
fire. After the blaze was under con-
trol, the crews took time to eat and
have a drink. Fighting a major fire is
intense, stressful work. They do not
take time to rest, eat or have a drink
while fighting to bring a fire under
control. After it is brought under
control they must take in fluids to
keep from dehydrating and food to
maintain their energy levels.
"When a team arrives at a fire,
they must check to see where to
begin. As they are fighting the fire,
they must attend to any hot spot
that flares up and then go back to
the overall job of putting out the
blaze. This is time consuming
work. We must be absolutely sure
that the fire is completely out
before we leave.
Chief Hopkins continued by
saying that all of his paid firefighters
are state certified. He said they are
required to take a 12 week, eight-
hour-a-day course then pass a state
standardized test to become certi-
"Once they are certified, their
training does not end. They contin-
ue to train daily, weekly and every
Saturday. The department has a
new fire trainer unit that they
received on a grant from FEMA. It is
used regularly for continuous train-
ing," said the chief.
Chief Hopkins went on to say
that he was sorry that Mr. Knowles
had such concerns about how the
department handled last week-
end's blaze.
"I wish that he had come to me
about his concerns. I would have
been more than happy to assist
him in any way I could," said the
chief. "He seemed happy and
appreciative at the scene. He
thanked us repeatedly for saving
his belongings."

Winning Lottery
-m Numbers

MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Thursday
in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3
Fantasy 5

Christopher J. Waldridge is a
white male, born Oct. 19. 1979,
and is 5-foot, 9-inches tall and
weighs 260 pounds. He has
brown hair, hazel eyes and lives
at 7065 N.E. 11th Lane in Okee-
Waldridge was convicted of
Aggravated Criminal Sexual
Abuse-Victim Less than 13
years of age in 2001 in Cook,
Illinois. If you have any ques-
tions regarding this bulletin
contact Michele or Connie at
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office at 763-3117 exten-
sion 240 or website
The Okeechobee County
Sheriffs Office is disclosing this
information to the public in


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planning to continue to Home-
stead and the Florida Keys.
He was assisted by another
instructor from the university,
Nathan Sheldon. Mr. Sheldon
hails from Minnesota.
Mr. Ritter gave the students an
overview of the two major pro-
grams his organizations deals-
with the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Project
(CERP) and the Lake Okee-
chobee Protection Plan (LOPP)
He explained to the students
urban and agricultural Best Man-
agement Practices (BMPs) that
are used in this area to try to
reduce the amount of phospho-
rous flowing into Lake Okee-
Mr. Ritter told the students
that the Everglades Restoration
Project is one of the largest
restoration projects in the world
and should take 15 to 20 years.
He said there are three major
aspects to his agency's work -
striving to reduce the high phos-
phorous level in the lake, solving
the problem of altered hydrology
and dealing with exotic species
that are endangering native
The students then saw first
hand how BMPs work at Davie
Dairy on Berman Road. They
saw how runoff water from the

order to enhance public safety,
awareness, and protection. This
information is not intended to
increase fear: rather it is this
agency's belief that an informed
public is a safer public.
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the informa-
tion to threaten, intimidate, or
harass offenders will not be tol-
erated, in any manner.
The individuals who appear
in this bulletin have served the
sentence imposed on them by
the courts. They are not wanted
by the police at this time.
Sex offenders have always
lived in the communities. The
only change is the public is
now better informed.

dairy barns is collected in
lagoons and then used to irrigate
crops used for cattle feed.
Mr. King said that dairy farm-
ing in England is quite different
from what they saw in Florida.
He said dairying is done on a
much smaller scale in England.
In Florida, the emphasis is on
keeping the cows cool by using
fans, sprinklers and cooling
ponds. In England, because of
the difference in the climate, the
cows are kept warm by being
kept in barns.
Mr. Ritter said that Davie
Dairy works closely with
SFWMD on BMP projects.
After visiting the dairy farm,
the students visited the hydro-
mentia project site on the L-62
canal, located just off S.W 87th
Hydromentia is a pilot project
aimed at reducing the phospho-
rous levels in the lake. The sys-
tem pumps nutrient-laden water
from the canal into treatment
cells where it loses some of it
nutrients to the growth of water
The water is then pumped
into another area to provide
nutrients for algae. The result is
cleaner water and cattle feed.
The water hyacinth and algae
can be processed for cattle feed.
The project has been very
successful and has been extend-
ed and given more funding.

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Duval County to equip school officers with Tasers

cers working in Duval County
middle and high schools will soon
carry Taser guns, joining the ranks
of several other counties where
the stun guns are issued to school
resource officers.
Some school officials are sur-
prised by the action, saying they
were never told by the Jack-
sonville Sheriff's Office that it
planned to issue stun guns to the
officers assigned to most middle
and high schools.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office has signed a $1.8 million
contract with Taser International
to buy 1,800 Tasers over the next
two years.

Two of the School Board's
seven members, Brenda Priestly
Jackson and Kris Barnes., said
they already have concerns with
police presence in schools and
are opposed to equipping the offi-
cers with Tasers.
'"Can't a couple of adults take
down a child?" Barnes said.
Some parents say the
weapons are excessive and could
easily be misused, especially with
children who have attention-
deficit or hyperactivity disorder.
Reta Russell-Houghton, presi-
dent of the Duval County
PTA/PSA, representing 154
schools and 4,500 members, said
Tasers in schools are inappropri-

ate because children react differ-
ently from adults.
"What officers might perceive
as a life-threatening situation at
school might not be," she said.
State Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jack-
sonville, has introduced a bill in
the Legislature to ban Tasers in all
Florida schools. He said the bill is
waiting to be assigned to a com-
School Superintendent John
Fryer declined to comment, say-
ing the topic was premature. He
plans to meet with Sheriff John
Rutherford soon to talk about
A policy being drafted by the
Sheriff's Office said the weapons

should not be used on pregnant
women or suspects in control of a
motor vehicle, in danger of falling
from an elevated location or near
a pool, lake or flammable liquid
or fumes. They also should not be
used on animals.
The proposed policy does not
mention any limitation on stu-
Duval County is following Clay,
Nassau, St. Johns, Miami-Dade
and other counties in equipping
resource officers with Tasers.
Since 2001, Clay County offi-
cers have used Tasers on three
unarmed students, two 15-year-
olds and an 18-year-old, essential-
ly because they did not follow offi-

cers' orders. They were not
Clay County Superintendent
David Owens has said Tasers are a
safe way to break up fights and
avoid injuries.
Putnam County, which
approved the weapons early last
year, has used it on four students,
a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old and
two 16-year-olds.
In October, Miami-Dade Coun-
ty resource officers used a Taser
on a 6-year-old, who was wield-
ing a shard of glass.
Amnesty International, in a
report issued in November, said at
least 70 people have died in the
United States and Canada in the

past three years after being struck
by the M26 and X26 Tasers.
Medical examiners have often
attributed deaths to other factors,
including drugs. Some medical
experts think Tasers may have
contributed to a risk of heart fail-
ure in cases where people are agi-
tated or have other health prob-
lems. Just Thursday, the Broward
County medical examiner ruled
that a man who died after being
zapped with a Taser gun by police
had succumbed to a cocaine
overdose, not the jolt.
Taser International has defend-
ed its product and denied allega-
tions in the Amnesty International

Law Enforcement Activity Log

City Police
Dec. 23
Suspicious incident/police service
call, S.W. Third Ave.
Lost/stolen tag, S. Parrott Ave,
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.W.
Fourth Ave.
Lost/stolen property, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Burglary/building check, S.W. Third
Alarm, N. Parrott Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Police service call, S.E. Second
Alarm, S.W. Second St.
Disturbance, N.W. 11th St.
Assist another department, U.S.
441 N.
Assault battery, S.W. Seventh St.
Suspicious person, N.E. Park St.
Juvenile problem, S.E. 12th St.
Abandoned vehicle, S.E. Eighth
Prisoner in custody, S.W. Seventh

Information, N.W. Ninth St.
Disturbance, N.W. 11th Ave.
Escort, U.S. 441 N.
Alarm, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
Prisoner in custody, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. 11th St.
Lost/found property, N. Parrott Ave.
Police service call, N.W. Ninth Ave.
Traffic accident, N.W. Ninth Ave.
Alarm/open door/window, S. Par-
rott Ave.
Juvenile problem, S.W. 11th Ave.
Fight, S.W. Second St.
Alarm, N.W. 16th St.
Dec. 25
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 W.
Disturbance, N.W. Fifth Ave.
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S.W. Seventh
Suspicious incident, S. Parrott Ave.
Reckless driver, S.W. Park St.
Suspicious incident, S. Parrott Ave.
Juvenile problem/disturbance,
N.W. 11th St.
Police service call, N.W. 13th St.

Disturbance, S.W. Second St.
Suspicious incident, S.W. Second
Disturbance, N.W. 17th St.
Intoxicated pedestrian, N.W. Park
Dec. 26
Intoxicated driver/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.R. 15.
Alarm, S. Parrott Ave.
Alarm, S.E. Second St.
Alarm, S.W. 16th St.
Alarm, S.E. 23rd St.
Alarm, S.W. 16th St.
Disturbance, N.E. Park St.
Lost/found property, S. Parrott Ave.
Threats/verbal, N.E. Ninth St.
Reckless driver, S.R. 70 E.
Intoxicated pedestrian, N.E. Park
Disturbance, N.E. Seventh Ave.
Suspicious incident, N. Parrott Ave.
Juvenile problem, S. Parrott Ave.
Reckless driver, S. Parrott Ave.
Juvenile problem, Lock 7
Unwanted guest, N.W. 12th St.
Alarm, N.W. Fifth St.

Traffic accident, N.W. Fifth St.
Trespassing, N.W. Second St.
Trespassing, S.W. Ninth St.
Trespassing, S.W. Third Ave.
Reckless driver/unfounded, S.E.
10th Ave.
Information, N.W. Park St.
Information, S.W. Sixth St.
Disturbance, S.E. 14th St.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Fight, N.E. Park St.
Police service call.
Dec. 28
Standby, S. Parrott Ave.
Information, N.W. 11th Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Escort, N.E. Second St.
Larceny/theft/prisoner in custody,
N.W. Fourth St.
Traffic accident/prisoner in custody.
Alarm, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance/trespass, N.W. Park
Alarm, S.W. 14th St.
Juvenile problem, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle, N.W.


Richard B. "Dick"
DeVries, Sr.
Richard B. "Dick" DeVries, Sr.,
died Monday, Jan.3, 2005, in West
Palm Beach, he was born on June
2, 1934, In Muskegon, Mich., the
son of Jack and Irma (Murphy) De
Vries. On Feb. 2, 1953, he married
Lou Ann Hobby who survives him.
He was a well known Kalamazoo-
Portage area businessman and a
true entrepreneur. He was owner of
DeVries Sales, Motor Holidays,
DeVries TV Antennas, House of Fla-
vors Ice Cream and Dick's Trea-
sures. For the past 8 years he had
been Vice President of the Interna-
tional Association of Silver Art Col-
lectors. He loved traveling, especial-
ly taking cruises. He also enjoyed
karoke and singing arid had been
privileged to sing twice in his life
with Don Ho.

He was preceded in death by a
son, Darin DeVries in 1982.
Besides his wife be is survived
by his children, Richard DeVries Jr.
of Ft. Lauderdale, Diane (Dennis)
Woodhams of Three Rivers, Mich.,
Donna (Timothy) Harris of Vicks-
burg, Mich.; granddaughter,
Stephanie McNees of Ann Arbor,
Mich.; brother, James DeVries of
Grand Haven, Mich., sisters, Phyllis
(Russell) Bleich of Grand Haven,
Mich., Deloris Bleich of Grand
Haven, Mich., Mary (Mike) Abbott
of Muskegon, Mich., Debbie (Rich)
Andree of Muskegon, Mich., and
Rita Pepin of Portage, Mich.; several
nieces and nephews and countless
Friends may call on the family
Monday from 2 until 4 and from 6
until 8 pm. at the funeral home. Ser-
vices will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at
the Langeland Family Funeral
Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E.

Centre. Interment will be at South
Portage Cemetery.
Those wishing to make lasting
gifts in Dick's memory are asked to
remember Quantum House, P.o.
Box 157, West Palm Beach, Fla.,
33402. www.langelands.com.

Martin Joseph
Golden, Sr.
Martin Joseph Golden, Sr., age
72, of Okeechobee, died Wednes-
day, Jan. 5, 2005, at the VA Medical
Center in West Palm Beach. He Was
born April 13, 1932, in Philadelphia,
Pa., Mr. Golden had been a resident
of Okeechobee for 40 years. He
served in the U.S. Air Force and was
a Protestant by faith. He enjoyed
playing billiards.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Frank J. Golden and Emma
L. Menke Duda; three brothers,
William, Theodore and Robert

Golden; and sister, Joan Ogden.
Survivors include: his sons, Mar-
tin J. Golden, Jr. of Okeechobee
and Frank (Angie) P. Golden of Stu-
art; daughter,
Kathryn Golden .
of Okeechobee;
four grandchil-
dren; four great-
one sister, Carol
Golden of
Philadelphia, Martin Joseph
Pa. Golden Sr.
The family
will receive friends at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 10,
from 5 until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Fifth Ave.
Roadblock, S.E. 10th St.
Information, S. Parrott Ave.
Juvenile problem/trespass, S.E.
Ninth Ave.
Registration check, S.E. Sixth Ave.
Reckless driver, N.W. Park St.
Disabled vehicle, N.W. Park St.
Mentally ill person, S. Parrott Ave.
Police service call, N.W. 10th St.
Animal complaint, S.W. Seventh
Disturbance, N.W. 12th St.
Animal complaint, S.W. Sixth St.

Sheriff's Office
Dec. 29
Domestic, S.W. 19th St.
Burglary, U.S. 78 W.
Disturbance/verbal/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W. 28th Ave.
Domestic, N.W. First St.
Domestic, N.W. 45th Terr.
Narcotics, U.S. 441 S.E.
K-9 Utilization, U.S. 441 S.E.
Pursuit/prisoner in custody, S.E.
27th St.
Attempt to locate, N.W. 115th Drive.
Warrant/prisoner in custody, N.W.
Fourth St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
S.E.70 E.

First United Methodist Church
Traditional Sunday Worship:
8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Regeneration Contemporary Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
200 N.W. 2nd Street (863) 763-4021
(Next to Bank of America)

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Paid Leave
"I was wondering if Tommy Raulerson was still on paid
administrative leave?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We
contacted the City of Okeechobee Police Department and were
told he has been terminated.)
"There was a fire at Oak Lake Villas this past weekend and I
was just wondering if anybody could tell me anything, I under-
stand there were two villas that burned down. Can the Okee-
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Nobody There
"Lately I have been receiving phone calls and when I pick it
up there is nobody on the other end. Somebody said that people
are making calls that weren't on the list. I wonder if anybody else
is having the same problem. Something should be done about
Attention Parents
"Attention parents of Oak Park children: do you know where
your children are right now? Do you have any idea at all? Do you
think they are safe just because they are with their friends down
the street, or at their friends' house? The children in Oak Park are
wandering all around peoples' yards and some people don't
have any clue where their children are. Our community is not
that safe; please look out for your children. This neighborhood is
not what it used to be."
Year in Review
"Will the Okeechobee News do a year-in-review feature this
New Year? I seem to remember that the paper has had annual
articles that have highlighted the' major events of the previous
year. I looked forward to it, but I haven't seen it this year. What
happened?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. Due to time con-
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Community Events

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, starting 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.
4-H plans fundraiser barbecue
Members of the Okeechobee County 4-H club will hold a
fundraiser barbecue on Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the
Freshman Campus. You can eat in, takeout or-deliveries will
be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. T'P6 meitu 'will include
sliced pork, coleslaw, baked beans, roll cookie and a cold
drink for a $6 donation. For delivery, cA (863f:763-6469 in
advance. Or, on the day of the barbecue call (863) 634-3326 or
(863) 634-3327.

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.
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 Trav-
elers 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.
Women's business luncheon planned
There will be a women's business luncheon on Friday, Jan.
21, at the Clock Restaurant. Networking will begin 11:30 a.m.
and lunch will be at noon. Please invite a friend or someone with
whom you do business. Remember to bring flyers and
brochures about your business and if you choose, a gift to give
away. For more information, call (800) 299-8878.

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Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking Back ...
This is an aerial view of a sugar mill on the south side of Lake Okeechobee near Clewiston in March of 1958. The pho-
tographer was Wally Davis.

Upcoming Events

Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, which
is located next to the driver's license office on U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help
group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxicating
drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric illness. It's an
open discussion group.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mission,
1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited to come out and join us. Topics of
education on: AIDS; free HIV testing; STD's; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs and sex abuse; plus educational materi-
als and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340 or 357-6248.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For more information, call Dick
Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. to noon at the County 4-H
Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to be part of the
Barnyard Buddies is invited to cometo the meeting and join the club or you
can sign up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday
through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. You may also call the extension
office at (863) 763-6469.

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It
will be an open step meeting.

Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building, 411 S.E. .Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is wel-
come. For more information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Women at the Well -meet at 7 p.m. at 1404 S.W. Second Ave. for com-
munity Bible study for women. For information, call Theresa Brown at (863)
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 (Interna-
tional Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For more information,
contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For more information, 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 information, call Earl at
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.
Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office.

A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's an
open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It
will be a closed discussion.
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 lis-
ten to the great oldies music.
The American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson Hospi-
tal in the north dining room. The meetings are sponsored by the American
Cancer Society and facilitated by their medical advisor Dr. Heller. For more
information, call 1-800-224-6844.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For more information, contact
Randy or Martha Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.

Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital
cafeteria. For more information, contact Wanda Hass at (863) 824-2780.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. atthe His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. If you need more information, call
Margaret Smith at (863) 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 in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863)763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.

Crime Prevention Tip

It is illegal to park in front of a
public or private driveway.

Quote of the Day

"I happen to feel that the degree of a person's
intelligence is directly reflected by the num-
ber of conflicting attitudes she can bring to
bear on the same topic."
-Lisa Alther, Kinflicks, 1975

Community Events

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. 8
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. iri front of the Recreation Center at the
Big "0" RV Resort, 7950'U.S. 78 W
Church youth hosts yard sale
Youth from the Okeechobee Church of God will have a yard
sale on Jan. 8 starting at 8 a.m. in the church parking lot at 301
N.E. Fourth Ave. Proceeds from this yard sale will be used for
the youth to go to a retreat in Orlando. '

Talk show looks back at '04
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
Jan. 8, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Joe
Crankshaw, news columnist with Scripps Treasure Coast
Newspapers. The topic will be a look back at the good, the bad
and the ugly of 2004, and a look forward to the new year. For
more information, call Joe Crankshaw at (772) 221-4181 or e-
mail Joe.Crankshaw@scripps.com.
Quilt show planned
The ladies of the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church are spon-
soring a quilt show on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. in the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
Everyone is welcome. Door prizes will be given away.
Exotic plant program planned
A free program on exotic; plants and how to control them
will be held Jan. 8 at the DuPui!s Maniagement Area from q 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/dupin-
dex. 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 mem-
bership in NSDAR to attend, from October through May. For
more information call Ruth Lawson, regent, at (863) 763-2494,
or Bonnie Hill, vice regent, at (772) 597-4235.

County spelling bee planned
The Okeechobee County spelling bee will be held on Mon-
day, Jan. 10, at 9:30 a.m. at South Elementary School. Students
from Central, Everglades, Seminole, North, South, Yearling,
Osceola and Grace Christian schools will be competing for the
opportunity to represent the county in West Palm Beach in
Hospice to elect officers
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold its annual meeting on
Monday, Jan. 10, 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 Jan. 12 beginning at noon at the Golden Corral. A
special presentation is planned.

Children's council will meet
The Children's Services Council will meet on Thursday, Jan.
13, at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School Board Office at 700 S.W. Second Ave.
Services network to meet
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network
of Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting on
Friday, Jan. 14, in room 303 of the Okeechobee County School
Administration Building. This forum provides a mechanism for
dialogue and problem solving in our community through the
collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is
invited. For information, call 462-5000, ext. 257.
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
Okeechobee County Library. She will tell about the coura-
geous 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.
Church hosting yard sale
The Lakeport Christian Church is having a yard sale on Jan.
14 and 15 starting at 8 a.m. The church is located at 1650 E.
S.R. 78 N.W. in Lakeport. Lots of donated items will be avail-
able. Proceeds will go towards rebuilding their fellowship hall.
Consumer debt topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc. is having a rado talk show on Saturday,
Jan. 15, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Jessica
Cecere, president of consumer credit counseling service of
Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The topic will be
the holiday financial hangover, getting yourself out of debt. For
more information, call Consumer Credit Counseling Service at
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Community Events

Red Cross needs DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires, floods,
etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help local citi-
zens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Candace at the Ameri-
can Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-24.88.

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 Janu-
ary 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.

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.

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 volun-
teers 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 instructor and then a minimum of
four hours per week, from Feb. 14 until April 15. No specific education-
al 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.
Library hosts programs on Broadway
Ian Nairnsey will present Broadway Blockbusters, the latest in his

2.2 million new jobs created in '04

By Leigh Strope
AP Labor Writer
employers added 157,000 work-
ers overall to their payrolls in
December, bringing the year-end
total of new jobs to 2.2 million,
the best showing in five years.
The unemployment rate held
steady at 5.4 percent.
The Labor Department report-
ed Friday that the 2.2 million new
jobs created in 2004 were the
most in any year since 1999,
when employers added 3.2 mil-
lion positions, based on a govern-
ment survey of businesses.
In 2003, there was a net 61,000
reduction in payroll jobs.
President Bush called it "a very
positive set of numbers" that are
proof the economy is growing.
"That's positive news," he said at
the end of a meeting with the
leaders of a bipartisan panel he's
tasked with recommending
reforms to the tax code.
"2004 didn't go out like a lion,
but it didn't go out like a lamb,"
said Ken Mayland, president of
ClearView Economics. "It went
out like a cow: beefy but docile.
These aren't great results, but
they're not tepid either. They're
kind of in between."
The figures capped a presiden-
tial election year in which job cre-
ation was a big concern to many
voters, and a potential liability to
Bush. Job growth had been slow
since the 2001 recession, puzzling
economists and policy-makers

expecting the labor market to
bounce back more quickly.
Democrats seized on the weak
performance, claiming the presi-
dent's economic policies were
not working.
But ultimately, the economy
wasn't enough of a concern to
deny Bush a second term.
Looking ahead, the Bush
administration predicts the econ-
omy will create another 2.1 mil-
lion jobs in 2005. In the game of
managing expectations, it's a
much lower estimate than a previ-
ous administration forecast of 3.6
million new jobs this year.
The Federal Reserve boosted
short-term interest rates last
month for a fifth time, saying that
"labor market conditions contin-
ue to improve gradually."
In Friday's report, the 157,000
net increase in jobs in December
was close to the 175,000 that
economists were predicting. It
came on top of the 137,000 added
the previous month, which was
revised 25,000 higher than the
government initially reported.
The service sector continued
to spark overall hiring in Decem-
ber. But the job growth was con-
centrated in the health care indus-
try, which added a net 36,000
positions, and business and pro-
fessional services, which hired a
net 41,000 workers.
As the holiday shopping sea-
son got in full swing, retailers
ended up shedding almost 20,000
jobs overall. Analysts note that the
figures are seasonally adjusted

and subject to big fluctuations
during that time of the year.
"Because of retailers' trepida-
tions about this holiday selling
season, they didn't do the usual
amount of seasonal hiring," May-
land said.
The good news is the seasonal
layoffs that occur in January and
February should be moderate this
time, he said.
The housing market last year
continued to trigger job growth,
with the financial service industry
adding a net 14,000 jobs last
month and 140,000 net jobs for
the year as mortgage interest rates
remained at low levels. Real
estate employment was flat in
December, but up 42,000 over the

Construction companies con-
tinued to hire new workers for the
10th straight month, increasing
their payrolls by 13',000.
While government employ-
ment didn't change much in
December, payrolls rose by
172,000 in 2004. Most of the
growth occurred at the state and
local levels, especially in educa-
tion. At the federal level, the U.S.
Postal Service continued to shed
jobs while employment in the rest
of the government didn't change
The nation's civilian unem-
ployment rate has hovered at 5.4
percent and 5.5 percent since
July, slightly below levels earlier in
the year.

May you always remember the good times
and always make more good times to remember!

with love from: Bridgette. Jim & Smokey

Broadway musical series at the Okeechobee County Library. Mr.
Nairnsey, an expert on the music and lore of the Broadway musical the-
ater, will give his audience a glimpse into the hits of the Broadway
stage. These programs will be on the following Tuesday nights and will
begin at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room: "Phantom of the Opera" -
Jan. 18; Walt Disney on Broadway Jan. 25; "Les Miserables" Feb. 1;
Current Broadway Scene Feb. 8; and, Cy Coleman Feb 15.

Teen block party scheduled
The Communities in Schools will host their next teen block party on
Jan. 28 at the Okeechobee Skate Park, 300 N.W. Sixth Ave., from 7 until
11 p.m. Admission is $5 per student. This block party is for middle
school students only. For information, call (863) 462-5863.

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 Depart-
ment 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 informa-
tion, call the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772) 429-2173.


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Moore signs with Indian River Community College

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Davisha Moore, a senior at
Okeechobee High School, has
accepted an athletic scholarship
offer from Indian River Communi-
ty College (I.R.C.C.) whose main
branch is in Ft. Pierce, Fl. This
highly recruited Lady Brahman
will play libero for the I.R.C.C. vol-
leyball team while studying to
become a psychologist. A libero is
a defensive position specializing
in passing.
Davisha is a four-year letter-
man in volleyball, girls' basketball

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and track. If she continues this
season as she did last year, she
will also be a two-year letterman
in flag football bringing her total
letter count to 15, not an easy feat
for any athlete. If that is not
enough, she also has a 3.5 grade
point average and is currently
ranked 26 out of 329 in her class.
But her accolades do not end
here. She was also voted the 2004
Brahman Homecoming Queen, is
president of the school's crime
watch program and is a member
of the Beta and Key Clubs.
"Davisha is the epitome of the
student-athlete. She is a deserv-

ing, committed student and a
hard worker," said head volleyball
coach George May. "I'm glad to
see that she has accepted this
offer. Indian River Community
College is a good school, close to
home," added May.
"Davisha is a dedicated athlete
and student. We are proud of her
many accomplishments at Okee-
chobee High School. She has
worked hard and deserves this
scholarship," said athletic director
Mike Radebaugh.
Moore is the daughter of
Demetria Moore and Myron

Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Davisha Moore, a senior at Okeechobee High School, accepted an athletic scholarship offer
from Indian River Community College (I.R.C.C.). She will play volleyball for I.R.C.C. while she
studies toward a degree in psychology. Davisha (front row center) signs the letter of intent as
parents, Demetria Moore (front row left) and Myron Refoure (front row right) look on. O.H.S.
principal Gary Kirsch (back row left), O.H.S. volleyball coach George May (back row center)
and athletic director Mike Radebaugh (back row right) were present for the signing.

Local Knights of Columbus to

sponsor free throw competition

All boys and girls ages 10 to
14 are invited to participate in
the local level of competition
for the 2005 Knights of Colum-
bus Free Throw Champi-
onship. The local competition
will be held Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. at
the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex basketball courts.
The Knights of Columbus
Free Throw Championship is
sponsored annually, with win-
ners progressing through
local, district and state compe-
titions. International champi-

ons are announced by the
Knights of Columbus interna-
tional headquarters based on
scores from the state-level
All boys and girls 10 to 14
years old are eligible to partici-
pate and will compete in their
respective age divisions. Last
year more than 179,000 sharp-
shooters participated in over
3,000 local competitions.
All contestants on the local
level are recognized for their
participation in the event.

Entry forms will be available at
the event.
The Knights of Columbus is
an international Catholic fami-
ly fraternal service organiza-
tion with nearly 1.7 million
members in over 12,500 local
councils. Last year, the Knights
donated 60 million volunteer
hours and $130 -million to
charitable and benevolent
causes, sponsoring projects to
benefit their church, councils,
communities, families and

Marsocci named athlete of the month

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Blake Marsocci, a 17-year-old
honor student at Okeechobee
High School, was selected as the
Okeechobee News/Publix Super-
market Male Athlete of the Month
for September 2004 for his out-
standing performance and hard
work on the golf team.
"Blake is a self-driven individ-
ual which, in my opinion, pushes
him to excel in whatever he
does," said golf coach Mark Ward.
"He is not afraid to work hard and
even when he fails, he jumps
back up and goes on to be better.
That's rare in today's athlete. He's
fortunate to have a good family
who backs him in whatever he
Marsocci is a three-year letter-
man in golf and baseball. He has
already been offered athletic
scholarships for his outstanding
baseball ability. He is also an out-
standing student with a 3.7 grade
point average. He is one of the top
30 students in his class of 329. He
plans to study pre-professional
biology, a requirement for accept-
ance into dental school.
Blake is the son of Linda and
Danny Marsocci.

Blake Marsocci recently received the Okeechobee News/Publix
Supermarket Male Athlete of the Month award for September
2004. Marsocci (left) was presented with his award by Mike
Radebaugh (right), athletic director at Okeechobee High School.

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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,
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-
Stificate at time of registration. Partic-
ipant's age as of March 15, 2005,
determines the age group.
Games are played locally pri-
marily at the Yearling Middle School
gym and are scheduled to begin
Saturday, Jan. 22. Sponsors, coach-
es and volunteers are needed.
For more information, call (863)

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 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 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
Kathleen Shatto at (863) 467-4663,
ext. 1820.



805 SW 15th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Phone: (863) 763-6541
Fax: (863) 763-6795
State Lic.: CGCA03425/CBC058152

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Are you unsatisfied with your current coverage?
Or, are you, your family, or business employees not covered
because you cannot find affordable Health Insurance?
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Let us show you how to earn a higher return then your current CD's or
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Call James W. Barnhart For Any Life & Health Needs!
863-763-6411 OFFICE 800-538-0038 TOLL FREE

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& 2 p m on WVeekernds

Hrs.: 6 a.mi. 10 p.m. Weekdays & Sunday 6 a.m. 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday
1111 S.ParrottAve.e863-467-2224

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass, Black Diamond Strings and Marty Raybon request the assistance of all bluegrass
fans, bands, promoters, and festivals in raising contributions for the relief efforts of the recent Tsunami.
We are changing our Indian Mound Bluegrass Festival to the Bluegrass Music Tsunami Relief Benefit Festival.

We Invite the entire bluegrass industry to help us in our efforts. Bluegrass fans, bands,
promoters, and festivals can help make a difference in the relief efforts by making contributions
to our special relief fund: Tsunami Relief Fund Care of Poppy Mountain Bluegrass. And
remember that 100% of the contributions will go directly to the relief efforts. And, you don't
even have to come to the festival to contribute! Send check or money order to: Tsunami
Relief Fund Care of Poppy Mountain Bluegrass, 8030 US 60 East, Morehead, KY 40351 or
our Florida Office, 601, S.E. 8th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974. Ma
February 10 13, 2005
Okeechobee, FL at the Rodeo Grounds
$40 Presale Weekly $15 Thurs. $20 Fri. $50 After Feb. 1, 2005
THURSDAY: Mary Raybon Cherryholmes David Parmley & Continental Divide
Schultz Creek Florida Bluegrass Express
FRIDAY: Marty Raybon Clarence Kelly & Nu Cut Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
* James King Band Ernie Thacker & Rt. 23 Mark Newton Schultz Creek
SATURDAY: Marty Raybon Clarence Kelly & Nu Cut James King Band Mark
Newton Williams & Clark Expedition Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain Ernie
Thacker & Route 23 White Sands Panhandle Band
SUNDAY: Ronny Reno Don Rigsby More bands to come... More Sunday bands are
to be announced. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com
If your band would like to perform please contact Poppy Mountain Bluegrass
MC's Sam Jackson and others to be announced. ...0c
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For Advance Tickets send check or money order or for additional information,
call or write (Attn: Lois) with self-addressed envelope to:
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass 8030 US 60 East, Morehead, KY 40351
(606) 784-2277 (863) 357-2291 (863) 467-4677
Email: poppymtn@mls.net www.poppymountainbluegrass.com

J- Black Diamond Strings Presents the 13th Annual
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Sept. 13 17, 2005 in Morehead, KY

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At the Movies r .

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Jan. 7,
through Thursday, Jan. 13, are as
Theatre I "Blade Trinity" (R)
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 "Oceans 12" (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 Ill "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.
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.For more informa-
tion, call (863) 763-7202.
Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is seek-
ing donations for their next yard
sale. Hospice welcomes all items
and is currently seeking such items
as baby clothes, furniture, small
appliances, tools as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice at
467-2321 for pick-up, or deliver.
items to 411 S.E. Fourth St.
Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors is accepting entries for
their monthly property beautifica-
tion awards program. The property
does not have to be for sale and is
open to residential and commercial
property throughout the county. For
further information or to obtain
entry forms, contact Dale Ann Wat-
ford, secretary of the Board at (863)
634-7311 or (863) 763-8222.
Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
jars and bottles and plastics #1
through #7 are accepted at the
public facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices; yard
trash; household trash; oil, gas,
paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid waste manager,
at (863) 763-1811; or, Waste Man-
agement of Okeechobee at (863)
357-0111, or (863) 763-4818.
Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Vol-
unteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the
skills they need to save lives. You
can help the American Red Cross
reach people in your community
with lifesaving training, including
CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Pre-
vention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross
at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.
Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volunteers
to serve as advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted liv-
ing facilities. Volunteers are special-
ly trained and certified to investigate
and resolve resident complaints
and to carry out inspections of facil-
ities. Licensed social workers, phar-
macists, elder law attorneys, physi-
cians, nurses and others with a
sincere interest in the elderly are
urged to apply. Call Linda Slattery at
(772) 595-1385.
Club has
quilts for sale

The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for sale.
For more information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet
Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.

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animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Program is
available for Okeechobee residents.
The rates to spay/neuter cats and
dogs are: female cat-$15; male cat-
$10; female dog $25; and male dog
- $25. Applications may be picked
up at the PennySaver, St. Vincent's,
Salvation Army or Animal Control.
For more information, call (772)
2834137 or (772) 336-0339.

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Auctions 105
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Female, Please call
to identify
White found in
Platts Bluff

BLACK LAB, Neutered Male,
Viking Area. Just moved
here, children heart brok-
en. If found please call
863-763-3134 ext. 242
CAT black & white neutered
male. On medication. Ap-
prox. 18-20 lbs. Call
CAT lost in the vic. of SW
9th str. long hair calico de-
clawed. brown mark on
nose (863)697-3945
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.

Small chocolate Point Neu.
tered Male lost 12/23/04

mixed 7 mon. old
gets along w/other animals.
CAT Free to a good home
or (863)634-6596

4) 16' Long w/some water
damage. You Haul.
(863)697-1897 Lake Port
Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 4V/2 mos.
old, male, wormed.
HAMSTERS- (3), 1 to 11/2
mo old, to good home
only, (863)357-0346 Tina,
call times 11am-10pm.
12x45 2bd/rm must
be moved
aft. 9pm (863)983-8957


Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

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

Needed for new restaurant.
High starting salary.
Fax application/resumes
to (863)763-9019.

Server &
Hostess Needed
1111 SParrottAve.
Clock Restaurant

Delivery Driver
Top Pay, Benefits
Experienced, Class A
CDL, Clean license
Tampa Farm Service
19200 SW
Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown,FL 34956

Class B w/tanker &
hazmat endorsement,
clean driving record
required EOE.

Dozer end dump &
roller operators & labors

Only Experienced
Need Apply.
Great wages
for right person!
Apply in person @
Woody's Trucking,
5151 Kentworkth Blvd.,
Sebring, FL 33870


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.


Seeking mature,
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.,

Full Time
Bi-Lingual Preferred
Apply in Person at
131 SE 8th Ave.
Okeechobee, Fla

Place your help wanted ad
online at
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com

needed for
Supervisory Visits
in Okeechobee County.
Please call Taresa @
Elite Caregivers, Inc.
Class D Security Lic. Req.
Insurance, Vacations &
Holidays. DFWP
Apply in person:
US Sugar-Gate A
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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Program in Clewiston, providing parenting &
resource education to new parents; back-
ground screening & fingerprinting required.
CALL JEANNIE @ 863-983-1408 X532

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Lykes Bros. Inc., Ranch Division, located in
Brighton, Florida, has immediate opening
for an Accountant/Analyst.
Reporting directly to the Executive VP,
Ranch Division, responsibilities include ana-
lyzing financial information, preparing finan-
cial statements and developing operating
plans for the cattle, sugarcane, forestry and
land management departments.
Successful candidates must have knowl-
edge of GAAP, possess a B.S. in Account-
ing or related field, have 3 or more years ex-
perience in Accounting or a related field plus
have good proficiency in accounting com-
puter systems. Experience in Agriculture a
Lykes offers competitive wages and an ex-
cellent benefit package.
Interested persons who meet these require-
ments should Mail or Fax resume to:
Lykes Bros. Inc.
Attn: Rich Hetherton
7 Lykes Road
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Fax: 863-465-1672
Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer
M/F/D/V Drug-free Workplace

Lykes Citrus Management at its Brighton
Grove has openings for an Equipment Opera-
tor; this position involves operating and ser-
vicing equipment; performing hand labor as
needed. Grove Laborer; this position involves
repair to drip irrigation systems and perform-
ing weed and vine removal; hand tasks as
Lykes offers a competitive wage and benefit
package. Interested applicants should come
to the office listed below between 8:00 A.M.-
4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Southern Operating Division
106 S.W. C.R. 721
Okeechobee, FL 33974
Call 863-763-3041 for directions
Affirmative Action Employer .
A Drug Free Workplace Company M/F/D
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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

EmIyen '

CDA a plus and a flexible part time
employee in the afternoons.
357-1400 ask for Heather

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


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
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Time to clean out the attic One man's trash is another
basement and/or garage? man's treasure. Turn
Advertise your yard sale in your trash to treasure
the classified and make with an ad in the classi-
your clean up a breeze! fieds.

Experience Required.
Pharmaceutical Services
Located At:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
'(863) 357-2442 for more information
One man's trash is another When doing those chores
man's treasure. Turn your is doing you in, it's time
trash to treasure with an look for a helper in the
ad in the classified. classified.

Real Estate Associates
Full or Part Time, For Interview Call
Pippin Properties

Hydraulic Crane Operator
Concrete Formwork Carpenters
& Skilled Laborers
Water treatment plant exp. preferred.
Stuart area 772-463-6815/Aaron.

Seeking all levels of field
personnel for long term
Call (954)321-9336 or
Fax (954)321-0621.

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets'-Rugs 550'
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Wanted to Buy 740

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

BED- matching dresser w/
mirror, $450. Other an-
tiques, (863)763-4982.

only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,

side white 23.6 cu. ft. w/
ice maker/dispenser $350
(863)763-1884 aft.4pm
white, $60, (863)675-

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

STOVE- white, electric,
works fine $25,

pool, heavy duty, super
capacity +, $225.

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

LADIES 3 SPD- Huffy, 26"
good cond, $25

Paper back
$25 or will sep.

FING- 28 sheets, used,
13'1X 32"w, U haul, $150
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

Dresses for Flower Girl,
white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
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

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

Hewlett Packard- Approx 8
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,

loveseat & over stuffed
chair, fair condition, $150,
BR SET, incl. dresser, nites-
tand, full size bed, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,

Good mattresses
Dinette Set, table w/leaf, 4
upholstered chairs, white-
wash finish, exc. cond.,
$165. (863)467-2045
Dining Room Table, w/4
chairs & 2 leaves, solid
wood, good cond., $275
neg. (863)357-2233
Chairs, Light wood, Broy-
hill, Fontana. Like new!
$400. (863)763-4982
w/ 6 chairs & server.
Excellent condition. $225
DRESSER dbl. white tall
chest & desk w/hutch &
chair $400 for all
Entertainment Center
Broyhill, (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
& Dresser
Good cond. $500
Call (863)357-1522
LOVE SEAT brown & white,
walnut trim. $30. Call

King size, with individual
$50, (863)612-0974.
RECLINER Maroon. $45.
Call (863)467-5477.

CHAIR, neutral print, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call

GOLF CLUBS 30 vintage,
collectible assorted clubs.
$300. Call (863)946-3123.

I. Spca Noi

($300)- AKC, shots, hlth
cert. (863)983-6537.
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)

full size, like new. Cost
$800 selling for $100.

HOT TUB Hydro Spa tub w/
7 digital system 7V2
square w/4 seats $2500

Full Time

doublewide on Taylor
Creek Isles, furnished w/
family rm & boat dock, No
pets, Seasonal or
?,(954)587-2644 or 260-
1933 Ist & last + securi-

OKEECHOBEE- Waterfront
1BR & 3BR, 2BA
weekly, seasonal, yearly

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

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

Damascus steel, $750 for
both. (863)467-7838.

SHOT GUN, Mossberg, 410
gage. Single shot. Excel-
lent condition. $155.
30-06 w/four power Bush-
nell scope. Like new. $450

Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good exercise bike.
der, Bench Press w/wts. &
Sit Up bench. $150 firm
for all. (863)467-8915
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825 .
Michael Thumond's 6-wk.
body makeover, NIB sup-
port videos, $125

Large 3 way lamp
All for $25.
AWNINGS- (2) 39.5" W x
42"L, $50 for both will sell
separate. (863)763-1997.

Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
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used 1 time

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.

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

Tubeworks RT 2100-ES
DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.

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

w/rolls, exc. cond.

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

6 weeks old
female $40
male, 8 wks old, $300.

All have blue eyes.
6 wks. old. $50 each.
LAB MIX, Male, 1 yrs. old.
Loveable & Friendly. $50
To good home only.
LOVEBIRDS, (2), with cage,
$50. (863)357-0232

female, ready to go, $30
each. (863)763-4566.

Competitive Pay & Bonuses.
Apply in person @
Career One Stop Center
in Okeechobee, or
Call Diana Fetrow

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

W6 10", & a Bandpass
Box $200, (863)697-
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
TV VCR-COLOR w/remote
RCA13" & toshiba 19" w/
remote $175

14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100

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


Christmas Trees 715
Farm Equipment '305
Farm Feed Products 10
Farm Miscellaneous 315
Farm Produce 92I'
Farm Services
Offered 325
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted 530
Fertilizer 335
Horses 340
Supplies 3145
Lawn & Garden 350
Livestock i55
Poultry Supplies 60
Seeds. Plants
Flowers '65

HORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, 14 horse
bay. $2000. (863)675-
KETS- 2 canvas & cotton,
camo 72" new $60, will
separate, (863)763-0981.

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-

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

dius 42" riding lawn mow-
er, runs good $950 or
trade (863)697-9704.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 015
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent ,55
Storage Space .
Rent 960

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

3/2BDRM. Basswood extra
clean washer/dryer/
dishwasher avail. 1/07
$900 mon.
first last & $500 Sec. 1 yr.
lease (561)723-0661

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

Full Time

Full Time

12 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 8, 2005

Immaculate House on
water w/screened room.
$1200 mo. 954-553-1351

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 10105
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 10615
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property10380

3BD./2BA CBS 1ear gar.
alarm, tile, New carpet/
paint, Irg. lot, $119,900

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 appi 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-1lpm.

New 3BR/2BA CBS 1100
sq. ft. home on 1/4 acre,
appl's incl., $120,000.

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

Just 6 Miles East of
Downtown Okeechobee!
All parcels have paved road
frontage/access NOW! No waiting!

$200,000 to $250,000
Financing Available
Call Don Renfranz / Realtor
Taylor Creek Real Estate
(863) 634-4596

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.

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

PARK! Equestrian/
Investment $195,000 firm
Coastal Realty &
Management Inc.

55 & older RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
near some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full
hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick sale!
Call Jay for info.

HALF ACRE Spot in the Sun.
$25,000 or best offer
(863)763-6930 or

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
AB 111 AU 237

Lake Okee. Access Canal
10 min to lock. 5 yrs. old.
3br. 21/2 ba., gar., fence,
FP, Wood Flooring, Deck,
Fans, Verticle Blinds. Open
2-3pm. (863)467-2274

Mobile Homes

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

BHR 2BR/2BA Doublewide,
yearly lease, no pets,
$550 rent, $1000 sec.
Nice 3BR/1.5BA,
$500/month. $500 deposit
No pets. 863-763-6232.

AC, W/D, 10 acres of land,
paved road, $895, 1st, Ist,
Sec Dep. (863)610-1171.
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the


I Land-Sale

12x56, 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba.,
Florida Rm., Carport, Shop,
Porch, Boat House, Vynil
Siding, Roof Over.
$22,500 863-763-8738


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

Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118
BASSBOAT 20' Pearl Craft
equipped 200 HP Yamaha
w/trl. (863)467-4892 or
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
Glasstream, '86, inboard,
outboard, 16 ft., $3000
or best offer
Place your ad online at
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PONTOON Boat trl. 18-22"
Galvanized Boxed con-.
struction, Single Axle,
$995 (863)467-8629

CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing camp, $7000
HITCH, Reese w/brake ac-
cessories. All for $60.

home 28 ft. all the extra's.
Needs very little good
shape. 454, V8, Awnings
all around $5,500.

Minn-kota, Runs good. $50.

Kota 401b., Bow mount,
excellent condition, $135,
Kota 401b., Power Drive,
excellent condition, $135,

BOAT COVER- Waterproof,
fits up to 22', $75,

BOAT MOTOR- 7.5 Mercu-
ry, good condition, $350,

new, 46 lb. thrust, $200.

HONDA 1982 mint condi-
tion. Runs & looks great.
$1000 or best offer. Call
Suzuki Intruder, '98, fully
dressed, exc. cond.,
$6500. (863)467-9766 aft
6 pm
1997, 535cc, exc cond,
kept inside, $2500,

RV TRL. 24' Yellowstone,
Sleeps 6 fair cond. $1700
or best offer (863)824-



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted -1010
Classic Cars 41015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive -1035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility '4055
Tractor Trailers 4-1060
Utility Trailers .1065
Vans 4070

'86, runs good,$800,

8 Passenger, V6, Auto.,
A/C, C/D. Good cond.
$3000. 863-467-1530
Red 350 4 spd. T-tops CD
$5500 or best offer
(863)634-4483 Rich
'86, 4X4, runs good,
1997, Excellent condition.
Auto, power windows.
$5,500 863-946-1382.
FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
hook up (863)697-9704.


BIk. 5 spd. 70k mi. $3300
Won't last, call now!
FORD SHO-'97, Black, 4dr,
V8, auto, A/C, CD, runs
great, $8500, or best offer,
HONDA CRX 1991 2 door
automatic, Runs excellent.
$2500. (863)357-1805.

Good shape, $1700,

Signature Series, All pwr.
Exc. cond. New tires. $3500
/best offer. 863-801-1363
red, blue book $5,200,
asking $4,000. (863)763-
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limited air, sunroof, CD,
5 spd. $9000

CHEVY 2500 1988
4X4, % Ton, 4 spd. Runs.
$1800863-441-7312 or
Ford Bronco '89, white, 5.8
litre, auto, 4 whl dr. runs
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Detained Coptic
Christians released
CAIRO, Egypt Authorities
said 10 Coptic Christians, detained
during violent demonstrations in
Cairo, have been released because
of their young ages.
Thousands of Copts waged
protests at their cathedral last
month over a supposed kidnapping
of a priest's wife to force her to con-
vert to Islam.
Church officials say Wafaa Con-
stantine considered converting
after the church refused to let her
divorce her husband, a Coptic
















priest she had accused of abuse.
False rumors spread that she had
been kidnapped by Muslims and
forced to abandon Christianity.
The freed Copts were among 34
protesters detained for illegal rioting,
resisting and attacking security offi-
cials and damaging property. Thir-
teen others were released earlier.
In the southern Egyptian town
of Damshwai Hashim, claims
about a new church fomented
Muslim-Christian clashes in which
police mistakenly killed one Mus-
lim, and 23 Muslims and Christians
were arrested.
The Interior Ministry said the

violence resulted from rumors that
two Coptic brothers had turned
their house into a church and urged
others to pray there. Some 200
Muslims marched on the house,
hurling stones.
Authorities had rejected Copts'
demand to build a local church so
they wouldn't need to travel to wor-
ship in another village.
Copts, around 10 percent of the
70 million Egyptians, form the
largest Christian minority remain-
ing in the Mideast. They generally
live in peace but complain of job
discrimination and restrictions on
building churches.

The Meltons will be per-
forming at the Parrot Avenue
Christian Church, located at
8082 S.R. 70 W. in Okeechobee
on Saturday, Jan. 8, and Sun-
day, Jan. 9.. On Saturday there

will be beans and cornbread at
5 p.m.; the concert will follow.
Message and music by the
Meltons at 10 a.m. on Sunday,
The Southern Gospel

Singing Celebration 2005 will
be performed on Sunday, Jan.
9, at 6 p.m. at the Parrot
Avenue Christian Church,
located at 8082 S.R. 70 W. in

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4wh dr good
woods buggy w/parts $450

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.
350 Olds V8 (not 307), re-
built auto trans $800 will
separate, (863)467-8856.
Custom Air Dam w/driving
lights for 95-99 Chevy
GMC P/U/SUV. New. $75.
Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
White, Exc. cond. Fits Newer
Ford 61/2 ft. bed. $400.
'863-634-6099 After 4pm
'79, parts only, $300,
Call (863)763-5147
5pm 9pm.

HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel
Easy Slide, 15 K lb. cap.
w/mounting rails. $325
772-285-8405 Okeechobee
ISUZU PUP- '85, Parts only,
$150, Call (863)763-5147
5pm 9pm.

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.

long wheel base dually,
very good shape $1000

'94 CHEVY S-10,
4.3L, A/C, Runs good,
GMC 1973 PU
for parts. Titled,
good tires $200.
Call 239-357-5984

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