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Vol. 96 No. 10 Monday, January 10, 2005 50t Plus tax


Briefs
OCPD is not
seeking donations
The Okeechobee Police
Department (OCPD) has
learned that an unknown per-
son has been calling resi-
dents in the Okeechobee
area, identifying themselves
as a representative of the
Okeechobee City Police
Department and then solicit-
ing monetary donations.
The Okeechobee City
Police Department is not
soliciting money from any-
one 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 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.

Inside
South wishes
a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from all of
us at South! Hope everyone
had a pleasurable holiday.
We'd like to thank the com-
munity once.again for-all the
support that was shown for
our Winter Carnival on Dec.
16, 2004. Some of the upcom-
ing events for the month of
January are: No school on Jan.
17 in observance of Martin
Luther King Day. Report Cards
will be going home on Jan. 25.
Hopefully our parents received
a revised school calendar for
this school year. Please note
there are several changes on
there.
In Ms. Lewis' kindergarten
class, they are beginning
Theme 6 called Animal Fami-
lies in reading. While in math,
they are working on geometry!
Wow! Kindergarten and geom-
etry.
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Drought Index
Current: 439
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.54 feet

Lake level
15.64 feet "
(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds . .8-10
Comics ............7
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .8
Opinion ........... 4
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In our back yard: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park


Staff photos/MaryAnn Morris
Facilities at tree-shaded Kilpatrick Campground invite visitors to the park.

State park offers a relaxing environment


By MaiyAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Close by in the northwestern
part of Okeechobee County lies
the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
State Park; 54,000 acres of
prairie, scrub woods and sloughs
bordered on the west by the
Kissimmee River. Cattle have fat-
tened on the prairie grasses of
south central Florida since the
Seminoles first rounded up the
descendents of cattle left by
Spanish explorers. For a while,
some of the land was home to
grazing cattle except for a period
when the area was used by the
armed forces as a bombing
range.
In 1995, a joint effort by the
Nature Conservancy, the Nation-
al Audubon Society and South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict proposed public acquisition
of the land. The Florida Park serv-
ice took over the management of
the land, opening the park to the
public in 1997. A parcel owned
by the Audubon Society was
added in 2002. Because of this,
natives and visitors alike have a
unique opportunity to experi-
ence the Florida Dry Prairie in
Okeechobee County.
"The prairie is a land born of
fire; constantly changing, con-
stantly being reborn," said Dylan
Figueroa, Park Services Special-


Palmetto chokes grass on unburned prairie.


ist. Because so much prairie was
used for grazing, and well-inten-
tioned, but ill-advised burn bans
(remember Smokey Bear?) were
legislated, only an estimated 19
percent of the original prairie
remains. Many endangered
species of native plants and ani-
mals depend on periodic fire for
their survival.
Long before man ever set foot
on this land, frequent spring and
summer lightning set fires burn-
ing, unchecked, across the
prairie and pine woods. Today
controlled burns during summer
months keep the natural ecosys-
tems healthy.
"The federally endangered
tiny Florida Grasshopper Spar-
row totally depends on the
prairie and surveys show that 70
percent of the remaining popula-
tion lives on the Kissimmee Pre-


serve," said Park Specialist
Figueroa.
One look at the prairie, which
has burned within the past few
years, with its waving grasses
and wildflowers contrasted with
the palmetto and wax myrtle
choked unburned land is evi-
dence enough. A two-hour
"swamp" buggy tour over the
dirt tracks revealed two deer,
Florida Sub-species of Red-
shouldered Hawk, Meadow
Larks in abundance, Ground
Doves, Common Grackles, many
other birds and a small pond of
swirling water that Park Special-
ist Dylan said indicates baby alli-
gators just under the surface.
The parks 54,000 acres trans-
lates into 75 square miles of land.
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Quilt Mobile
On Saturday, Jan. 8, the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church
hosted a quilt show in their fellowship hall. This was the
first time the ladies have had a quilt show but with the
overwhelming response, they may do it again. At the
show was the world famous Quilt Mobile. It has been all
over the country to different quilt shows and has been
written up in Japanese and German newspapers and
many others as well.


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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

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
Comm erce.
The seminars will tell partici-
pants about: co-pays and
d(Cleductibles for 2005; what
Medicare pays for; what you will
have to pay for out of your own
pocket; Medicare supplements;
HiMOs; and, Medicaid.
Chamber has fair
tickets for sale
OKEECHOBEE -- Advance dis-
count tickets for the South Florida
Fair in West Palm Beach will be
available at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce from Jan.
14-30.
For more information, call
(863) 763-6464.
Two tickets win top
prize in Fantasy 5
TALLAHASSEE Two winners
of the Fantasy 5 game will collect
$123,780.05 each, the Florida Lot-
tery said Sunday.
The winning tickets were
bought in Fort Pierce and North
Miami Beach, lottery officials
reported.
The 277 tickets matching 4-of-5
numbers will collect $144 each.
Another 11,008 tickets match-
ing 3-of-5 won $10, and 107,152
tickets Won a Quick Pick ticket for
picking 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Saturday
night were 11, 14, 23, 24 and 29.
Florida Lotto
rolls over
TALLAHASSEE No tickets
matched all six Florida Lotto num-
bers, resulting in a rollover, lottery
officials said Sunday.
Wednesday's jackpot will be $6
million, officials said.
A total of 63 tickets matched
five numbers to win $5,803; 3,799
tickets matched four numbers for
$78; and 79,806 tickets matched
three numbers for $5.
The winning Florida Lotto
numbers selected Saturday were
4, 25, 28, 30, 39 and 43.

Driver dies while
delivering C02 gas
SANFORD A truck driver
delivering carbon dioxide to a cen-
tral Florida McDonald's restaurant
died Saturday after the gas leaked
from its container, authorities said.
A manager discovered the driv-
er and McDonald's worker
Christopher Edgar lying uncon-
scious on a back room floor short-
ly after 2 p.m. at the restaurant in
Sanford. The two were transfer-
ring the gas via hose into a storage
tank, Sanford firefighter Mark
James told the Orlando Sentinel.
Edgar was in critical condition
at Central Florida Regional Hospi-
tal on Saturday, said his stepfather,
Leo Clement. The driver was not
immediately identified.
It is unclear how the carbon
dioxide leaked and why Edgar was
assisting the delivery employee
from the Stuart-based NuCO2, a
company that specializes in mak-
ing the gas that carbonates soda.
The company did not return a
phone message late Saturday.
Carbon dioxide is colorless,
odorless and tasteless. Although
naturally occurring, high concen-
trations can cause humans to suf-
focate from a lack of oxygen.
A statement from McDonald's
and the Sanford franchisee gave
no further details the death.
The federal Occupational Safe-
ty and Health Administration was
investigating.

Three dead after
tug boat sinks
INDUSTRY, Pa. A tug boat
sank in the rushing waters of a
dam on the Ohio River early Sun-
day, killing three crew members.
One person was missing and
believed to be aboard the sub-
merged boat.
Three people on the Elizabeth


M. were rescued by crews of other
tugs and taken to a hospital. Fire
crews arriving on the scene found
the muddy water too dangerous to
enter, said Chuck Ward, assistant
fire chief in Industry.
"The worst thing was, you
could see two people in the boat
screaming for help over the rush of
the water," he said.
The tug was headed north
pushing six barges of coal when it
went through the flood gates at the
Montgomery Island Dam shortly
after 2:30 a.m. and was pushed by
strong currents against the dam,
said fire chief Thomas Llewellyn.
The barges also sank.


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roads are used for park mainte-
nance, hiking, bicycling and horse-
back riding. Bring your own hors-
es, bicycles or sturdy, closed-toe
shoes if you don't have hiking
boots and prepare to enjoy! This is
a preserve.
There are three areas for camp-
ing: full-facility at the shaded Kil-
patrick Hammock Campground
where water, electricity, a bath-
house and laundry are provided; a
primitive horseback campground
with 15 campsites and paddocks
equipped with hayracks and run-
ning water; and, three primitive
campsites for the rugged outdoor
types located 3.5 miles from the
campground.
The park even offers a small
Bedtime Story Camper Lending
Library of picture books for little
campers to share stories of the
Kissimmee with their parents.
"It is said we have the darkest


sky in the State of Florida," said
Park Specialist Figueroa. Far away
from the lights of any town, or
farm, more stars are visible than
you can ever imagine. Bring guide-
books, binoculars, telescopes,
what have you, and enjoy!
In daylight amateur and profes-
sional photographers will find
ample opportunities for candid
shots of wildlife "at home": wild
turkeys, alligators, deer and more
than 120 species of birds and an
incredible number of wildflowers
and butterflies. Bird and butterfly
checklists are available from the
park office. Be sure to look at the
butterfly display there. They also
have some books for sale as well as
tee shirts and other merchandise.
On the miles of double-tracked
trails, walking, biking or horseback
riding brings the sights and sounds
of the prairie to those who must toil
in town or on farms during the
week. Visitors, escapees from the
northern chill can, with a little
effort, witness unique South Flori-
da loveliness few vacationers will


ever know.
During the Florida "winter"
months, mosquitoes are mostly
and blessedly, no-shows!
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
State Park is a perfect place to get
away from it all for a few hours, a
day or a week. The park is open
seven days a week from 8 a.m. to
sunset. Currently, admission is free,
but there are fees for camping and
"swamp" buggy ecotours. For
more information call the park
office at (863) 462-5360.
The park entrance is located at
33104 NW 192nd Avenue about
twenty-five miles north of the City
of Okeechobee in Okeechobee
County. From State Road 98, go to
Basinger turn on to Rt. 700A. Go to
the end, turn left and continue on.
Follow the park signs to the
entrance. From US 441 go north to
240th, turn left on 240th and follow
the park signs. There is a kiosk,
sheltered picnic tables and a rest-
room visible to the right just inside
the gate. The park office is located
five miles inside the park.


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MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Saturday
in the Florida Lottery:
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Play 4
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South Elementary wishes everyone a Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from all of us
at South! Hope everyone had a
pleasurable holiday. We'd like to
thank the community once again
for all the support that was
shown for our Winter Carnival on
Dec. 16, 2004. Some of the
upcoming events for the month
of January are: No school on Jan.
17 in observance of Martin Luther
King Day. Report Cards will be
going home on Jan. 25. Hopefully
our parents received a revised
school calendar for this school
year. Please note there are several
changes on there.
In Ms. Lewis' kindergarten
class, they are beginning Theme 6
called Animal Families in reading.
While in math, they are working,
on geometry! Wow! Kindergartens
and geometry.


Soaring through the halls,
Baldy stops over in Miss
Schoonover's class to see what
they have to report. Looks as if
they are reading a story called "Did
You See Chip?" This is about a little
girl who has lost her dog Chip and
makes new friends while looking
for him. In math class they are
working on place value of 100. Her
first graders will be discussing all
types of weather in their science
class.
Baldy stopped by Mrs. Dela-
hanty's class to see an exciting
project of preying mantises hatch-
ing. One of her students, Joshua
McMillan, is a bug lover and his
mother orders many bugs
throughout the year for his enjoy-
ment. He likes sharing them w/his
classmates.


Baldy took a turn into Mrs. Mil-
rot's class to see what her class
was up to. In math they are begin-
ning multiplication. The students
will make flash cards for their facts
and can study them when they
have free time as well as practice at
home. Parents, it's time to show
your children how well you know
your facts too. Her class will be
reading "The Chocolate Touch",
by Patrick Skene Catling. There are
many activities revolving around
the book. Their social studies les-
son focused on Ancient Civiliza-
tions of the Western Hemisphere.
The Annual Talent Show will
take place on Feb. 15. Auditions
will begin this week during music
class. Get your act together soon!
Wonder what song Baldy will sing
for the Talent Show.


FEMA/state continue to house


displaced
ORLANDO Floridians are
occupying more than 13,500
mobile .homes and travel trailers
since experiencing housing losses
from Hurricanes Charley, Frances,
Ivan and Jeanne, according to
Florida's State Emergency
Response Team (SERT) and the
Department of Homeland Securi-
ty's Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA).
FEMA continues housing
inspections, having completed
more than 808,000 inspections of
damaged residences to verify eli-
gibility for aid. Of 817,500 appli-
cants referred for housing assis-
tance nearly 278,000 were found.
eligible for direct housing such as
mobile homes or travel trailers, or
some form of temporary housing
financial assistance.
To assist residents in finding
other affordable housing in their
areas, SERT and FEMA contracted
with Florida State University to
create the Disaster Housing


hurricane victims


Resources. The web site,
www.DHRonline.org, currently
lists nearly 20,000 rental units
from landlords across the state.
Rental owners may register their
available property at the site or
send information via fax at (407)
858-6230 or (407) 858-2018.
Individuals still in need of
immediate housing are urged to
call the Florida Hurricane Hous-
ing Hotline at (888) 472-1727,
operational daily from 8 a.m. until
10 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Floridians also have until Feb.
28, to apply for disaster aid via the
toll-free registration number at
1(800) 621-FEMA (3362) or TTY
(800) 462-7585 for the hearing-
and/or speech- impaired. The
lines are open daily from 6 a.m.
until 10 p.m. Registrations may
also be made on the Internet at
www.fema.gov.
To date more than 1.2 million
applicants have registered for
state and federal aid since the


Area residents need help


Bobi O'Neill
Bobi O'Neill, wife of Okee-
chobee County Emergency
Management director Gene
O'Neill, has been hospitalized
for some time first at Rauler-
son Hospital and now at a hos-
pital in Pittsburgh. She has
undergone numerous surger-
ies.
An account to help, with
medical expenses has been
opened in,,the name. of Gene
O'Neill at Bank of America.


Donations are being received at
the emergency management
center, 499 N.W Fifth Ave.

Crispin Tolentino
Hernandez
A benefit account has been
established at the Big Lake
National Bank, 1409 South Par-
rott Avenue, for Crispin Tolenti-
no Hernandez.
For more information, call
(863) 467-4663.


2004 hurricanes hit the state.
FEMA prepares the nation for
all hazards and manages federal
response and recovery efforts fol-
lowing any national incident.
FEMA also initiates mitigation
activities, trains first responders,
works with state and local emer-
gency managers, and manages
the National Flood Insurance Pro-
gram and the U.S. Fire Adminis-
tration. FEMA became part of the
U.S. Department of Homeland
Security on March 1, 2003.


Block Party

Schedule
The block parties are now
scheduled for:
Friday, Jan. 28, from 7
until 11 p.m. for high school
students.
Friday, Feb. 25, from 7
until 11 p.m. for middle
school students.
e Thursday, March 24,
from 7 until 11 p.m. for high
school students.
e Friday, April 29, from 8
until midnight for middle
school students.
Friday, May 27, from
until midnight for high
school students.
The block parties will take
place at the Okeechobee
Skate Park. The admission.
fee for block parties are $5
per student. For more infor--
mation on these block par-
ties please call 462-5863.


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Our Terrific Kids for Jan. 5, are: Darrius Houze, Brady Rhodes, Selena Tagle, Isaac Dickinson,
Bryton Dickinson, Chad Forde, Regine Hernandez, Terrance Boswell, Freddy Rodriguez, Bre-
anna Leavesly, Raymond Collins, Chelsea Parramore, Warren Gore, Ruth Palacios, Adaacha
Harper, Travis Kicklighter, Chris Lutjen, Alma Bucio, Cody Chandler, Racey Durrance, Delfino
Garcia, Dustin McCloskey, Kellie Travers, Bryan Levins, Lauren Halliday, Savanna Hunter,
Tamara Pryor, Kayla Hearld, Donavan White, Jose Reinozo, Jesus Jimenez, Tyler Etherton and
Drake Baisley. Ray Worley of the Kiwanis Club presented the awards to these terrific students.


FEMA again extends deadline
PANAMA CITY The Federal way, Heesch said. He pointed out have mold or structural problems.
Emergency Management Agency that residents with seemingly More than 140,000 Floridians
again has given victims of the four minor water damage sometimes have registered for FEMA assis-
hurricanes that struck Florida last later discover that their homes tance so far.
year more time to apply for assis-
tance.
The new deadline is Feb. 28, a
two-month extension. M emon al Tribute
FEMA spokesman Jack ,M em na
Heesch said that the agency was Remember a loved one
still getting 1,500 new registra- ho has departed with a special
tions daily as of last week, which emoria Tribute in this newspaper.
prompted the extension. TherorilTribute in this newspaper.
agency earlier had set a Nov. 15
deadline and then extended it to '
Dec. 31. Your inu can be published follh,,ina- the memorial services, or to
"We expect there's still a lot of commemorate an anniversary ofyour loved one's birth or passing. You
folks, for one reason or another, can add a photograph of your loved one, lines from a poein or
who still haven't registered," scripture, and special art or borders and we'll make sure it all comes
Heesch said. "This will just give t,0, tl, .0 IICy and tastefully.
people another opportunity."
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AIR CONDITIONING
Quality A/C & Heating
2800 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-1545
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C
Okeechobee Air Conditioning
312 S.W. 2nd St.
763-8391
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C System -
(Does not apply w/any other discount)
ALUMINUM GUTTERS
Barry's Seamless Aluminum
Rain Gutters
202 N.E. Greenbriar Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL
877-878-9682
10% OFF any services
ANTIQUES'
Don's Down South Antiques
441 S.E. and 15A
763-2712
10% OFF any purchase
APPLIANCE SERVICE
McKenna's Appliance Repair
Mobile Service 357-1019
10% OFF first service call
Advanced Appliances
Sales & Service
128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
ART GALLERY
Absolutely Art Gallery
& Custom Framing
115 S.W. Park St.
357-1199
10% OFF storewide
AUTO
E&E Automotive Clinic Inc.
3585 Hwy. 441 N.
763-2666
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
including tune-ups, oil services, etc.
BARRELS,
Darrell's Barrell's
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all barrel's
BEAUTY SALONS
Incredible Hair & Nails
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-2282
10% OFF any service
BEAUTY SUPPLIES
Trading Post Indoor Shops
AVON
3100 Hwy 441 S.
Free gift with any purchase
BOATS
Big 0 Boats
1000 N.W. 9th Street
763-8650
$500 OFF 16'6" Twister Flats Boat
CLEANING
AA Honest Cleaning Service
P.O. Box 1784
467-6729
10% Discount
COMPUTER PARTS
T&D Computer Parts
6690 S.E. 88th Trail
467-1107
4% Discount on purchases $1,000 & under
8% Discount on purchases over $1,000


COMPUTER REPAIR
Smith's Custom Computers
405 W. S. Park Street
763-3940
10% off Sales & Service
(excluding Internet Service)
DRY CLEANING
Porter's Dry Cleaners
1700 S. Parrott Ave.
467-1799
10% Discount
ELECTRIC
Big Lake Electric, Inc.
208 S.W. 7th Ave.
357-2744
10% Discount On All Servcie Repair Calls
FLIGHT TRAINING
Tradewinds Flight School, Inc.
2982 Aviation Way
Fort Pierce
561-460-7766
10% Flight Instruction, Air Craft Rental or Sight
Seeing Tours
Introductory flight $35.00. (Reg. $50)
GROCERY
Crazy Mary's Bent-n-Dent
927 W.S. Park Street
763-5515
5% Off Purchase
Trading Post Indoor Shops
Dent & Bent
3100 Hwy 441 S.
5% Discount
GUTTER SYSTEMS
JT's Guttering Systems
1677 S.W. 8TH ST.
763-7704
FURNITURE
Paula's Furniture
413 S.W. Park St.
357-6700
10% Discount
HEALTH FOOD
Nature's Pantry
417 W.S. Park St.
467-1243
10% OFF all purchase
MASSAGE THERAPY
Marilyn's Massage Center
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-1116
Lic #NA0014122
10% OFF 1/2 hour
MIRRORS & VERTICALS
Unique Mirrors & Verticals
302 S.W. 2nd Ave.
467-7372
10% OFF
NURSERY & LANDSCAPING
Pelham Nursery
4333 Hwy. 441 SE.
467-7415
10% OFF plants

PAWN SHOP
Elliotts Pawn Shop
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF on all purchases


PHOTO DEVELOPING
Elliotts Quik Foto
& 1 Hour Film Developing
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF film processing
PLUMBING
Lonnie Price Plumbing
4523 S.E. 30th St.
763-5959
10% Discount on Hourly Labor
PRESSURE CLEANING
Big Lake Pressure Cleaning
4459 S.E. 21st Ct.
357-2773
10% OFF on all pressure cleaning and painting
REPAIRS
Ray's Repair Service
4341 S.W. 99th Drive
(863) 467-4561
Discount: $5.00 off a $30.00 service call.
RESTAURANTS
Angus Restaurant
& Club Angus
2054 Hwy. 70 W.
763-2040
$1 OFF Prime Rib Dinner (excluding specials)
SANDBLASTING
Dayton's Sandblasting
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all services
STAINED GLASS
Tropical Stained Glass
2900 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-6263
5% OFF any merchandise
TAX SERVICE
Rapid Tax & Accounting Serv.
3391 Hwy. 441 South
467-1040
10% OFF tax preparation or 3rd month bookkeeping free
TAXI SERVICE
Bardon Taxi
467-0488
10% OFF Fares
WATER TREATMENT
Water Treatment Co.
315 S.W. Park St.
763-1313
50% OFF in store fill up of your
containers

Superior Water Works
601 W. S. Park St.
763-2636
FREE bottled water fill up with
discount card up to 5 gallons

Tri-County Water Treatment
110 S.W. 5th Ave.
357-8668
10% Off Any City Water Treament Package







4 OPINION


The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 10, 2005


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Community Events

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 informa-
tion, on the location of classes or to sign up for a class, call (863)
763-2488.

Public meeting on water quality
South Floirda Water Managemnt District is hosting a meeting
to discuss proposed revisions to water quality regulations.
Changes to be discussed at the meeting include: encouraging
landowners to participate in the Floirda Deparmtent of Agricul-
ture and Comsumer Affairs (FDACS) incentive based Best Man-
agment Practices program(BMP);eliminating duplication with
the FDACS BMP program; monitoring at a multi-parcel level
rather than single parcel; and expanding the program bound-
aries north to the Kissimmee upper chain of lakes. For more
information about the proposed revisions come to the meeting
to be held Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Service Center, 205 N. Parrott Ave, Suite 201.

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 disas-
ters such as structure fires, floods, etc. If you would like to
give of your time and talents to help local citizens in a time of
disaster, please contact Andy or Candace at the American Red
Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.

Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that
have an image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on
two sides of the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper
telling some of the history of the beautiful old building for $6.
These are available at the Chamber of Commerce. The Histor-
ical Society has reprinted the small booklet 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 Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. except for holidays.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting
the January series of childbirth education classes at the Okee-
chobee County Health Department. All pregnant women are
encouraged to attend the classes. For information, or to regis-
ter 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.

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 Har-
bor 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.





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Violent youngsters
Do you find it surprising that
there were thousands of people
that committed murder in the U.S.
in 2004? If you say no, you are not
alone. Now, it bothers me that there
were that many homicides in the
U.S. last year. But, what bothers me
even more is that we're not sur-
prised by these statistics that is
very disturbing.
The Associated Press reported
right at 2,000 homicides last year in
just six cities alone. Included on
that list were Chicago, New York,
Washington, D.C., Baltimore and
St. Louis. And get this, the F.B.I. and
law enforcement are bragging
about it because they say overall
homicides in the U.S. were down
somewhat.
Well, after they get through pat-
ting themselves on the back they
better pay attention to a new trend
coming about and that is violence
among our youth, which -is on the
rise. I am not talking the 20 and 30
year olds; I am talking between the
ages of 8 and 20. That's right peo-
ple, our children and teenagers are
becoming more violent every day.
A criminal justice professor,
Alan Fox at Northeastern University,
warns that just fixating on overall
homicides can be very deceiving
because a lot of the violent-pruned
people are simply getting older and
when compared to the very young
generation, committing violence is
very alarming and troublesome.
New violence is nothing new to
Americans because there are so
many conditions that contribute to
violent behavior such as; stress,
poverty, repression, depression,
alcohol, drug abuse and mental dis-


orders.
But now we have a new kind of
violence, and our children are now
committing violent acts. And if we
are not fazed by this kind of new
trend that is on the rise, then we
have no one to blame when they
keep shooting each other at school.
We have to find away to reverse
this new trend or we will continue
to regenerate and breed a more vio-
lent society that cannot be ignored.
I think the main factor causing
this new violence among our youth
is the desensitizing of America's
youth.
Violence on television from
Hollywood and the media has
been an increasing problem in
America, especially in the last 30
years. It is way out of control and
we have to find a way to deal with
this problem.
But even more troublesome is
that now our children are playing
with violence on a daily basis. The
material that our young people and
children are viewing and playing at
video arcades, on computers and
on their televisions at home would
have made even the Roman Gladia-
tors shirk. It is very disturbing.
I am usually a very positive per-
son, but I have a problem in keep-
ing a good attitude when it comes
to this subject. The main reason is
there must be a lot of money going
in to violent material or it would not
benefit the media, Hollywood and
Corporations to sell it. In simple
terms, violence sells.
So the next time you hear abut
another child or teenager killed by
another child do not blame anyone
but us. After all, someone is buying
those violent video games.
J.K Murray III


Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking Back ...
This picture was taken by John Kunkel Small in January of 1925. It is a picture of wild pumpkin vines growing over trees
and shrubs in a destroyed hammock on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. 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.


Letter to the Editor


Upcoming Events

Tuesday
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
welcome. 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
community Bible study for women. For information, call Theresa Brown
at (863) 467-1112.
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 Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death
Index and military information 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 informa-
tion, 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 (863) 763-0139.
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.

Wednesday
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 listen to the great oldies music.



Crime Prevention Tip

Tailgating or following to closely is
a violation of Florida law.



Quote of the Day

"I am still determined to be cheerful and
happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I
have also learned from experience that the
greater part of our happiness or misery
depends upon our dispositions, and not
upon our circumstances."
-Martha Washington (1732-1802)


Community Events

County spelling bee planned
The Okeechobee County spelling bee will be held on Monday,
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 February.

Hospice to elect officers
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold its annual meeting on Mon-
day, Jan. 10, 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 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 County
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 Administra-
tion 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 infor-
mation, 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 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.

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 available. Proceeds
will go towards rebuilding their fellowship hall.

Consumer debt topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio 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 finan-
cial hangover, getting yourself out of debt. For more information,
call Consumer Credit Counseling Service at (866) 330-2227; or, go
to their web site at www.cccsinc.org; or, www.cccenespanol.org
for Spanish speaking consumers.

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.

Kingsmen Quartet in concert
The Kingsmen Quartet will be in concert Saturday, Jan. 15, at 7
p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St.
For information, call-(863) 763-3519.

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, take out or deliveries will be
available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The menu will include sliced
pork, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, cookie and a cold drink for a $6
donation. For delivery, call (863)\763-6469 in advance. Or, on the
day of the barbecue call (863) 634-3326 or (863) 634-3327.

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.

Library hosts programs on Broadway
Ian Nairnsey will present Broadway Blockbusters, the latest in
his Broadway musical series at the Okeechobee County Library.
Mr. Nairnsey, an expert on the music and lore of the Broadway
musical theater, 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: "Phan-
tom 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.







The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 10, 2005



Help search for a sweet champion tree


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Have you ever seen a really
big tree? Recently I made a pres-
entation on champion trees and
found that Okeechobee is with-
out any champions. This
drought can change real soon
with your help, and we can then
celebrate Friday Jan. 21st as
Florida's Arbor Day 2005 with
some bragging rights.
Here's why: My recent visits
around the county introduced
me to some fairly large sugarber-
ry trees. And since there is no
listing for a national champion
sugarberry tree, any nomination
could result in Okeechobee's
first national champion tree.
Today's column will talk about
this native tree and the process
of naming a champion tree.
Sugarberry
The sugarberry tree is a native
bottomland tree found growing
in moist soils across most of the
U.S. In our area, they are often
found near the edge of Lake
Okeechobee and along naturally
occurring creeks and sloughs.
This gives an idea where to look
for a champion in waiting.
This tree is also called the
southern hackberry or sugar
hackberry; botanists call it Celtis
Laevigata. It a close relative of
the American elm, and could be
confused with this species,
which naturally grows in the
same places.
The sugarberry tree has a tall
vase-like shape, with a broad
rounded top and narrow base. It
commonly reaches 50 to 70 feet
in height and spread. In wooded
areas they don't.usually reach
that width. The trunk diameter


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FLORIDA
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ranges from 1 to 3 feet.
When young, the grey-brown
to silvery bark is somewhat
smooth, but as it matures, the
trunk becomes covered with
many warty bumps or corky
ridges that help identify this tree.
Because it is thin, the bark can
be damaged by weed trimmers,
lawn mowers or bumping cars.
For this reason they should be
planted away from parking
spaces and highly manicured
turf grass.
At this time of year, the leaves
of the sugarberry are turning
lemony yellow in color. In a few
weeks, Florida's spring will
arrive, and this tree will produce
new leaves. The leaves of the
sugarberry are 2-4 inches long,
with slightly saw-toothed edges
and are tipped like a spear.
Along with new leaves, small
flower clusters also appear in the
spring. After they are pollinated,
they give rise to small oval
berries a quarter-inch in diamrne-
ter that are blue-black to red in
color. These tiny, sweet fruits,
mature in late fall to winter and
attract many birds which spread
the seed. Sugarberry gets its
name from these sweet fruit.
Because of its abundant fruit,
planting this tree can enhance
Wildlife in any natural landscape
setting.
Sugarberry trees are relatively
pest free but may harbor mistle-
toe. Leaves may be affected by a
few diseases and insects which
rarely harm the tree's health.


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Warty bumps (left) and corky ridges (right) help identify the


sugarberry tree.
Insect galls sometimes produce
bumps on the leaves, and there
are several butterflies that rely
on sugarberry leaves for food.
One local nurseryman reports
that sugarberries attracted vari-
ous sucking insects to his nurs-
ery, but these insects are easily
controlled by insecticidal oils.
When used in the landscape,
sugarberry trees will require cor-
rective pruning for the first 15
years of growth. Their narrow
branch angles trap bark in the


tree's crotches and can cause
splitting in windstorms; pruning
eliminates these weak branches
before they get too big. Branches
of your sugarberries appear to
be quite flexible, but as they
mature, they become more brit-
tle and may break. Another fac-
tor is that they don't do well in
alkaline soils so don't plant them
in fill soils that contain shell
rock.
One cultivar of sugarberry
exists, called All Seasons, which



has a more uniform crown
shape than the species and does
not shed twigs as the species
does. The medium-textured,
light green leaves turn bright yel-
low in fall and can be showy in
some years. Contact our office if
you need help locating nursery
grown sugarberry trees for your
Florida Yard.
Why champions?
Champion tree status does
not give protective status to.a
tree it only offers bragging
rights. The nominator and the
property owner are provided
with a certificate acknowledging
their tree as a champion. The
national list is updated and pub-
lished every two years; Florida's
last champion list is several years
old.
Trees are measured using dif-
ferent kinds of tools. I use a
forester's tree scale stick that
estimates tree diameter, height
and spread. The diameter of a
tree is measured in inches at a
height of 4.5 feet from the
ground. Height is measured in
feet. The average crown spread
is also measured in feet but is
divided by four when champion
nominations are made. These
inches and feet are added
together to determine points,
which can compare trees from
different areas.
To give some idea of how big
some champions are, the huge
sequoia called General Sherman
has 1300 points; Louisiana's
Champion Bald Cypress meas-
ures in at mere 651 points. At the
other end of the scale, the Cham-
pion Rough Velvetseed in Key
Largo tops out at a mere 22
points.
Last week I visited the


Zachary Taylor Resort and found
many sugarberry trees. One has
a trunk measuring 24.5 inches in
diameter and has a height of 48
feet. It lost a large limb to Sep-
tember hurricanes otherwise
its crown spread would be
greater that it's current 24 foot
canopy. Using the methods
described above, this tree meas-
ures in at 78 points.
American Forests National
Registry tells us why sugarberry
has no champ it has just been
added to the list. Others species
new to the national list include
guava and marlberry these
are also ripe listing. The old
Florida list does mention several
sugarberry trees, with one near
Jennings, Florida, measured in
1993 with 322 points.
If you see a big sugarberry
tree, or any other potential Okee-
chobee champion tree, I'd be
happy to check it against the lists
and come out to measure it. Our
office can help you submit the
nomination form to the Florida
Division of Forestry or American
Forests.
More information about the
sugarberry tree and photos are
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on trees, please e-mail us at okee-
chobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call us at
863-763-6469. Local residents
can stop by our office at 458 U.S.
98 North in Okeechobee, and
visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners on Tuesday
afternoons from 1 until 5 p.m.
on Tuesday afternoons. Apply
today to be part of our new Mas-
ter Gardener class, starting Jan.
26.


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Cool weather good time


to catch stripers, hybrids


Bass anglers don't have to hang
up their fishing rods for the winter
just because Florida's legendary
largemouths pretty much come
down with lockjaw when the
weather gets too cool.
Fall and winter months offer the
best striped bass and hybrid bass
fishing here in the state that bills
itself as the Fishing Capital of the
World.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has some tips for anglers who
would like to go after these mon-
ster fish that scientists call
"morones" because of their sci-
entific family name, "Moronidae".
"In Florida, morones' keep to
freshwater," said FWC fisheries
biologist Rick Long. "Atlantic and
Gulf saltwaters are too warm for
them."
Striped bass stripers, for short
can get enormous. The state
record is a 42.25 pounder, bagged
in the Apalachicola River in 1993.
Anglers catch stripers on heavy,
baitcasting or open-faced spinning
tackle with 12 to 25-pound test line.
For big stripers, live shad or
small eels are the best baits. For
/smaller stripes, yellow or white
jigs up to 1.5-ounces are good
baits, and so are plastic twitch baits
and poppers for surface fishing and
also spoons.
Sunshine bass a hybrid prod-
uct of artificially crossing a female
white bass with a male striper -
also are among the heavyweight
morones in Florida's waters.
The FWC stocks a million of
them in fish management areas
and other public waters every year.
So far, the state record is 16.31
pounds. That one came out of
Lake Seminole in 1985. Sunshine
anglers use lighter gear than striper
fishermen and many of them favor
lures that resemble shad. Other
popular baits include live min-
nows, live or dead shrimp and
chicken liver, fished on the bottom.
"White bass are smaller, but
they are scrappy fighters .on light
tackle," Long said. "They'll hit flies,
spinners, small plugs or min-
nows."
The state record white bass is
4.69 pounds, and it came out of the
Apalachicola River in 1982.
FWC fisheries biologist said the
most productive morone fishing in
Florida.in 2005 will be:
The Apalachicola River/Lake
Seminole This is the home of all
three state record morones. In the
lake, stripers and sunshine bass
congregate along the old river
channels and near the dam in fall
and winter. They migrate up Geor-
gia's rivers in the spring. In the river,
stripes and sunshine bass range
from the dam to the coast during
fall and winter around pilings, deep
channels and drop-offs. Larger
ones hang around the dam in the
spring. They go after bucktail jigs
and crankbaits. White bass feed in
schools, and they like live crayfish
and freshwater shrimp.
Lake Talquin/Ochlockonee
River This system produces lots
of 10- to 20-pound stripers that take
to live shad, jigs and spoons. White
bass, rebounding from recent
drought, historically approach state


record size. They are all over the
place in the fall and winter and
migrate to the dam in the spring.
St. Johns River The FWC
doesn't stock the river with sun-
shine bass anymore, but it still has
a few. Stripers are a different story
with 8- to 12-pound fish showing
up regularly. Striped bass move
throughout the river in fall and win-
ter. The best spots to catch them
are around jetties, the bombing
ranges in Lake George, the lower
Oklawaha River, Buffalo Bluff,
Shands Bridge, Buckman and
other bridges in Jacksonville. The
big stripers congregate in cool-
water creeks in the summer. Live
shad and shiners, jigs and shad-
imitating crankbaits are the baits to
use in this river.
Blackwater/Yellow rivers In
this northwest Florida area, the
FWC stocks these waters with
stripers every year. The best fishing
is in the upper Blackwater Bay,
near the river mouths in the fall and
winter and upstream in the sum-
mer. Sometimes, the best time to
go is at night. Be prepared to bag
10-, 20- or even 30-pound striped
bass. Use live mullet, menhaden or
shrimp for bait. Shad-imitating
lures also work.
Choctawhatchee River -- The
FWC stocks this rivei with stripers
and sunshine bass. The main fish-
ery is between S.R. 20 and
Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton
and Washingt6n counties during
fall and winter. The baits to use are
live finger mutfet, shad and men-
haden. During cold weather,
anglers use shad-imitating lures to
bag fish from surface-feeding
schools. During summertime, the
fish seek out cool-water tributaries.
Escambia River The FWC has
begun stocking this river annually,
alternating striped bass and sun-
shine bass. Anglers catch both
species in the lower 10 miles of the
river during fall and winter. The fish
migrate .up-river in the spring.
Dawn and dusk are prime times for
striper fishing, especially on a
falling tide. In the lower tidal part of
the river, points of land extending
into the river are good fishing
spots. The best baits on this river
are live mullet and menhaden,
shad- or mullet-imitating lures, live
shrimp and twister-tail type jigs.
St. Marys River Striped bass
are the most popular sport fish in
the St. Marys River and connected'
waterways. The FWC stocks the St.
Marys with stripers, but it also gets
some migrating fish from the St.
Johns River. Stripers tend to spend
the winter in the lower river and
move north above U.S. 17 in the
spring. On the St' Marys, anglers
.bag stripers between 1-95 and the
town of St. Marys near the mouths
of the larger tributaries, along deep
banks and around the 1-95 bridge
pilings. On the Nassau River, which
is connected to the St. Marys,
striped bass hang around the con-
fluence with Thomas Creek to
below U.S. 17 around Pearson
Island. In the summer, stripers con-
gregate in tributaries with cool-
water discharge. Trolling along or.
casting to steep banks with jigs or
shad-imitating lures is the way to
go on this river. Live shrimp work,


too.
Eagle Lake This is a 200-acre
reclaimed phosphate pit in Hamil-
ton County. It's a fish management
area that the FWC stocks with 50 to
100 sunshine bass per acre annual-
ly. The lake's abundance of shad
nurtures sunshine bass to 6 or 7
pounds in two years. Fall and win-
ter are the best times to go. Rapidly
retrieved crankbaits fished deep
and suspending shad imitators
work well on this lake,
Edward Medard Lake -- The
FWC stocks 100 sunshine bass per
acre annually in this 700-acre
reclaimed phosphate pit in Hills-
borough County. Most of the fish
anglers catch in this lake are 1 or 2
pounds, but some 2-year-old fish
tip the scales at 6 pounds. Fall and
winter are the times for fishing in
Edward Medard Lake, and the best
techniques are drifting in open
water with live minnows or bot-
tom-fishing.with dead shrimp or
chicken liver. Trolling with deep-
diving crankbaits also is effective in
finding sunshine bass schools that
often congregate along drop-offs.
The lake has a nice fishing pier with
good fishing.
Lake Osborne Lake Osborne
(356 acres) and Lake'Ida (159)
acres, are the largest water bodies
in the Osborne Chain of Lakes in
Palm Beach County. The FWC'
stocks Lake Osborne with 28 sun-
shine bass per acre annually. Most
of the fish find their way to the din-
ner table by the time they reach I
pound, but some of them make it
to 3 pounds. The lake has plenty of
shad that provide a source of food
for the bass and a source of bait for
anglers. Fishing is best in winter
and spring months, and the baits to
use are live minnows and chicken
liver, fished on the bottom near the
Sixth Avenue Bridge and in deep
holes throughout the lake. Bank
fishermen catch lots of sunshines
here at the southern limit of the
species' range.
More information about
morones and morone-fishing is
available at http://myfwc.com/fish-
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OCA to host
fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association (OCA) will hold their
third annual fishing tournament on
Saturday, Jan. 22, from safe day-
light until 3 p.m. at the Scott Driver
Boat Ramp, across from Okee-
TantieCampground 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.


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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Jan. 7,
through Thursday, Jan. 13, are as
follows:
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 III "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.

Briefs

Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be abused,
neglected or abandoned. If you
have as little as two hours per
week, then you can help.
Guardian Ad Litem volunteers are
needed to speak up for these chil-
dren. Training for new volunteers
will be held in your area soon. Vol-
unteers are needed in St. Lucie,
Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee counties. Call the
Guardian Ad Litem program at
(772) 785-5804, for more informa-
tion and an application. Just two
hours of your time each week will
make a difference in the lives of
these children.
Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their
most important characteristic is
that they are caring individuals
who understand the problems
and needs of foster childfen-
Please contact Karnsis Richards at
1-800-403-9311. -.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary has served as the civilian,
non-military component of the
Coast Guard. Today, the 33,000
volunteer men and women of the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are
active on the waterways and
classrooms in over 2,000 cities
and towns across the nation. Each
year, Auxiliarists (folks just like
you) save almost 500 lives, assist
some 15,000 boaters in distress,
conduct more the 150,000 cour-
tesy safety examinations of recre-
ation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results
of these efforts save taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars
every year. For more information
call (863) 467-3085.
EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation
aides and assistance in developing
a youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
ext. 234.
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.


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Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


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




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 Ibs. Call
(863)675-3256.
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 Ibs.
Call (863)675-3256.

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

PITBULL black, older with
graying on muzzle. Red
collar. Vic. of Platts Bluff.
Call (863)467-6960.
SIAMESE DECLAWED
Small chocolate Point Neu,
tered Male lost 12/23/04
(863)467-7517

BLK. LAB
mixed 7 mon. old
gets along w/other animals.
(863)763-0268
CAT Free to a good home
(863)357-1522
or (8)6)34-6596

CHURCH PEWS
4) 16' Long w/some water
damage. You Haul.
(863)697-1897 Lake Port
Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 41/2 mos.
old, male, wormed.
(863)946-0490
HAMSTERS- (3), 1 to 11/
mo old, to good home
only, (863)357-0346 Tina,
cal times 11am-10 pm.
MOBILE HOME 67'
12x45 2bd/rm must
be moved
aft. 9pm (863)983-8957


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POOL TABLE- very large
and sturdy, need to be
felted. (863)697-2893.


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

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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


BABYSITTER
E w/References
Will care for 1 child,
3pm-11pm, in my home or
yours. Call 863-801-1719
or 863-801-1643
CARPENTERS NEED
For Growing
Construction Company.
Experience a MUST.
Benefit Package.
(863)467-0831 D/F/W/P

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

CONSTRUCTION
WORKERS/LABORERS
$9. hr. & up. Must speak
fluent English & have
reliable transportation.
563-299-0127

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
772-597-2000
DRIVER NEEDED
Class B w/tanker &
hazmat endorsement,
clean driving record
required EOE.
(863)763-7557

EXPERIENCED HOUSE-
KEEPER WANTED 1 day a
week, must have referenc-
es. 873 467-7446.
EXPERIENCED
Dozer end dump &
roller operators & labors
(863)634-5120

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

Immediate Opening for
Exp'd Cook. Crossroad
Restaurant. (863)763-
8333.


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THE SEMINOLE
TRIBE OF FLORIDA
Is accepting applications
for the following position.
Salesperson, Rock Pit
Big Cypress Reservation
Responsible for the marketing and
selling of construction/road materi-
als, Developing and establishing new
markets. Implementing distributor/
seller marketing programs. Identify
and qualify prospective customers.
Negotiate and close sales. Increase
the number of profitable customers
and grow sales revenue. Require-
ments for this position includes: Ex-
cellent communications & marketing
skills. Min. 2 yrs. exp. in construc-
tion sales pref. High School Dip. or
GED. Salary: $40,000 (negotiable
based on exp. with 10% bonus).
Exc. benefits (medical, dental,
401 K). Fax resume with salary histo-
ry to (954)967-3477.



THE SEMINOLE
TRIBE OF FLORIDA
Is accepting applications for the
following position.
Salesperson, Turtle Farm
Brighton Reservation
The position is responsible for the
marketing and selling of products
from the turtle Farm. Developing and
establishing new markets. Develop-
ing and implementing distributor/
seller marketing programs. Identify
and qualify prospective customers.
Increase the number of profitable
customers and grow sales revenue.
Excellent communications & market-
ing skills. Min. 2 yrs. exp. in bulk
food product sales (pref). High
School Dip. or GED. Salary: $40,000
(negotiable based on exp with 10%
bonus). Exc. benefits (medical, den-
tal, 401K). Fax resume to (954)967-
3477
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EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
GROVE LABORER
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
needed.
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


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/ Need Experienced TRUCK DRIVERS \
Class B CDL License w/Airbrake d
Endorsement Clean Driving Recod
YARD MAN With Forklift Experience
INSIDE COUNTER PERSON
HEALTH AND LIFE INSURANCE
PAID VACATIONS
Apply in person:
16500 SW Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown, Florida
772-597-3506



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


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.


NEEDED
LAUNDRY

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

PARTS DELIVERY
Full Time
Bi-Lingual Preferred
Apply in Person at
131 SE 8th Ave.
Okeechobee, Fla
(863)763-3939
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Supervisor
To operate forklift, bobcat &
lay sod. Bilingual, good
driving record, high school
education, Mon. thru Fri.,
8-6, Pays $492.40 per
wk.Overtime $18.47 per
hr. Send resume to: Work-
force Program Support,
P.O. Box 10869, Tallahas-
see, FL 32302-0869. Ref-
erence Job Order
#FL2548147.
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



ORTHODONTIC
ASSISTANT
Up-Beat, High quality office
seeks team player. Previ-
ous experience a plus but
will train. Part-Time.
Please fax-your resume to
(863)467-2347.

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BABY SITTER NEEDED
P/T: Mon. & Wed. 4p-10p
& Some weekends.
863-763-3125 Christie
COOK
Part time for
Breakfast and lunch
Must be able to
work weekends
(863)763-2826 Mooney
DFWP
OFFICE HELP, Part Time
Must have excellent phone
skills. Collections experi-
ence a plus. Fax resume
to: 863-357-6737.

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JUVENILE CORRECTION
OFFICERS NEEDED
Competitive Pay & Bonuses.
Apply in person @
Career One Stop Center
in Okeechobee, or
Call Diana Fetrow
(863)357-9922





ROAD/BRIDGE CO.

Seeking all levels of field
personnel for long term
employment.
EOE-M/F DFWP.
Call (954)321-9336 or
Fax (954)321-0621.




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



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


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




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


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
Real Estate Associates
Full or Part Time, For. Interview Call
Pippin Properties
(863)763-3566


CARING CNA COMPANION
w/20 yrs. exp. & ref. is
avail. 7 days wk. in your
home. 239-537-9170


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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315



NOTICE
Independent Newspapers
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounds too
good to be true, chances
are that it is. If you have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at 772-
878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.



Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat work
Call
(863)467-4734
Shop here first!
The classified ads.


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505r
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazinest5 5
Building Materials 5-10
Business Equipment 545
Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 5'5
Coins Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts.Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps Lights 6-10
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.
Equipment 665
Pets Supplies
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools 8 Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 6%
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television. Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



CENTRAL AIR UNIT,
3 Ton, Mobile Home Type,
3yrs. old. Pd. $1700 Asking
$500 (863)763-8146


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

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


DISHWASHER- GE, used
only. 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
9077.
FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,
(863)946-2989.

REFRIGERATOR Side by
side white 23.6 cu. ft. w/
ice maker/dispenser $350
(863)763-1884 aft.4pm


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DINNING ROOM TABLE
w/ 6 chairs & server.
Excellent condition. $225
(863)763-8053
DRESSER dbl. white tall
chest & desk w/hutch &
chair $400 for all
(863)763-8764
Entertainment Center
Broyhill, (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
FULL BED
& Dresser
Good cond. $500
Call (863)357-1522
GLASS top table (4)
chairs $200
(863)675-0188

LOVE SEAT brown & white,
walnut trim. $30. Call
(863)763-9646.

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


SOFABED & MATCHING
CHAIR, neutral print, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
1110
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.




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

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


LC SMITH SHOTGUNS (2)-
Damascus steel, $750 for
both. (863)467-7838.

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



Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good exercise bike.
(863)357-2233.
EXERCISE MACHINE, Wel-
der, Bench Press w/wts. &
Sit Up bench. $150 firm
for all. (863)467-8915
HOSPITAL BED- Zippered
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825 .
Michael Thumond's 6-wk.
body makeover, NIB sup-
port videos, $125
863)467-1891



4 LIGHT CHANDELIER
Large 3 way lamp
All for $25.
(863)467-1032
AWNINGS- (2) 39.5" W x
42"L, $50 for both will sell
separate. (863)763-1997.

KITCHEN CABINETS-
Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
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http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


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
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
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 RT2100-ES
$350
(863)467-9447
DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.


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

HUSKY/PITBULL MIX
All have blue eyes.
6 wks. old. $50 each.
(863)763-5663

LAB MIX, Male, 1 /2 yrs. old.
Loveable & Friendly. $50
To good home only.
(863)634-2424

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



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


TOY FOX TERRIER ($400)
& AFFENPINSCHER
($300)- AKC, shots, hith
cert. (863)983-6537.

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.



BATH TUB, Porcelain on
steel. White. Like new. $50
best offer. 863-357-0614




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

TV VCR-COLOR w/remote
RCA13" & toshiba 19" w/
remote $175
(863)467-1891


AIR COMPRESSOR
14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100
(863)357-2816


AIR HOCKEY TABLE
$75
(863)675-0188



Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed. Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 515
Farm Produce 82)
Farm Services
Offered Q25
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 8 i5
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 050
Livestock 855.
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds Plants
Flowers 865


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

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

MUST SELL
SOLD RANCH
Missouri Fox Trotters, Fully
trained wonderfully gated,
western trail horses. 3 four


Rentals



Apartments 'W.
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property '1'
Condos
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent R 4n
House Rent 03i.
Land Rent _5
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate
Rooms to Rent '55
Storage Space -
Rent 960


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

OKEECHOBEE- 2BR, 2 BA,
doublewide on Taylor
Creek Isles, furnished w/
family rm & boat dock, No
pets, Seasonal or
?,(954)587-2644 or 260-
1933 1st & last + securi-
ty.

OKEECHOBEE- Waterfront
1BR & 3BR, 2BA
weekly, seasonal, yearly
(863)824-8718



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


RealEstate



Business Places -
Sale l i'iy0
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 100u
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 10.1'
Investment
Property Sale i0l8
Land Sale 104LI
Lots Sale 1045
Open House I0oo
Out of State
Property Sale 1 5'5
Property Inspection 10
Real Estate Wanted 11,56
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl1080


3BD./2BA CBS 1car gar.
alarm, tile, New carpet/
paint, Irg. lot, $119,900
(772)486-3214.

New 3BR/2BA CBS 1100
sq. ft. home on 1/4 acre,
apple's incl., $120,000.
863-763-8613/634-0151.

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



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



Highlands County
Sebring/ Spring Lake
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
from $195,000.

Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
1-800-466-1930.
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobson
auction.com



BANK REPO'S
RV SITES
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
55 & older RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
near some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full


Employment
Full Time 205


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

LADIES 3 SPD- Huffy, 26"
good cond, $25
(863)763-1997




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



GALVANIZED STEEL ROO-
FING- 28 sheets, used,
13'1 X 32"w, U haul, $150
(772)971-9474.
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


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


BLUE LEATHER- Couch,
loveseat & over stuffed
chair, fair condition, $150,
(772)971-9474.
BR SET, incl.dresser, nites-
tend, full size bed, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
1110
COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,
(863)357-1078.

DAYBED
Good mattresses
$100
(863)763-7931
Dinette Set, table w/leaf, 4
upholstered chairs, white-
wash finish, exc. cond.,
$165. (863)467-2045
DINETTE SET- Cherry &
oak, 6 chairs, pd $5200.,
selling $2500, (863)801-
1719.
Dining Room Table, w/4
chairs & 2 leaves, solid
wood, good cond., $275
neg. (863)357-2233
DINNING RM. TABLE & 6
Chairs, Light wood, Broy-
hill, Fontana. Like new!
$400. (863)763-4982


hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick sale!
Call Jay for info.
305-788-1764

HALF ACRE Spot in the Sun.
$25,000 or best offer
(863)763-6930 or
(772)284-1780



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction \
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237
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your used items by sell-
ing them in the classi-
fieds.


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



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

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is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.
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neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in to-
day's classified.


I


Autos Wanted 1)
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Constructio,
Equipment 4,2.
Foreign CaH I 1. 1
Four Wheel Drive 4135
Heavy Duty Trucks 4010
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 405i
Sport Utility 4105.
Tractor Trailers 400i
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 41070


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

CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1994,
8 Passenger, V6, Auto.,
A/C, C/D. Good cond.
$3000. 863-467-1530


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 lOyr
awesome Mare. $22,000;
1 16 yrs Tennessee Walk-
er $1,000. All healthy &
ready for a holiday ride.
561-723-2414 or 561-
745-6969.


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



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


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


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots _r00
Mobile Home Parts 2 -010(
Mobile Homes Rent I'01
Mobile Homes S.,il :.'



OKEECHOBEE- 3BR 2BA,
AC, W/D, 10 acres of land,
paved road, $895, 1st, 1st,
Sec Dep. (863)610-1171.


Recreation



Boats
Campers RVs ,juj
Jet Skiis JI5
Marine Accessories 'i)20'
Marine Mi-cellaneous 0ij':
Motorcycles "'.'f
Sport Vehicles ATVs '."


BASS BOAT '86:
Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118
BASSBOAT 20' Pearl Craft
equipped 200 HP Yamaha
w/trl. (863)467-4892 or
(270)519-2832
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
message.
Glasstream, '86, inboard,
outboard, 16 ft., $3000
or best offer
(863)634-7108
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PONTOON Boat trl. 18-22"
Galvanized Boxed con-
struction, Single Axle,
$995 (863)467-8629
PROCRAFT BASS BOAT
'97, 20' 200hp Mariner
Supermag, runs great galv
trl $6000 (863)467-7406.


CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing camp, $7000
(863)357-2633.
HITCH, Reese w/brake ac-
cessories. All for $60.
(863)697-8547





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

TROLLING MOTOR- Minn-
Kota 401b., Bow mount,
excellent condition, $135,
(863)946-1001.
TROLLING MOTOR- Minn-
Kota 40lb., Power Drive,
excellent condition, $135,
(863)946-1001.



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

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



HONDA 1982 mint condi-
tion. Runs & looks great.
$1000 or best offer. Call
(B63)675-3724.
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.


RV TRL. 24' Yellowstone,
Sleeps 6 fair cond. $1700
or best offer (863)824-
0455


Automobiles



Automobiles V005








10 The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 10, 2005


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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
Toll Free 1-866-217-2800

AUTOMOTIVE GROUP of STUART


CORVETTE 81'
Red 350 4 spd. T-tops CD
$5500 or best offer
(863)634-4483 Rich
CUTLASS SIERRA 1990 &
VOYAGER VAN 1989
$300 for both, will sep.
(863)467-2544
DODGE RAM-
'86, 4X4, runs good,
$1500,
(239)348-9399.
FORD CROWN VICTORIAN
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.



FORD MUSTANG 2001
BIk. 5 spd. 70k mi. $3300
Won't last, call now!
(863)634-3451


FORD SHO-'97, Black, 4dr,
V8, auto, A/C, CD, runs
great, $8500, or best offer,
(863)634-1181.
HONDA CRX 1991 2 door
automatic, Runs excellent.
$2500. (863)357-1805.

ISUZU AMIGO- '90,
Good shape, $1700,
(863)467-5052.

MERCURY MARQUIS, '95,
red, blue book $5,200,
asking $4,000. (863)763-
3264
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PT CRUISER 01'
limited air, sunroof, CD,
5 spd. $9000
(863)467-5676



CHEVY 2500 1988
4X4, %3 Ton, 4 spd. Runs.
$1800863-441-7312 or
863-467-2165


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Ford Bronco '89, white, 5.8
litre, auto, 4 whl dr. runs
great, $3500. (863)357-
2816
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.
BUGGY TIRES, 18.4X38
Good Year, 8 ply, 70" Tall on
6 lug, 21/2 ton bolt pattern.
$2500 (863)467-2423
CAPRICE WAGON- '89, w/
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.
(863)467-2255.
Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
6pmr
FIBERGLASS TOPPER
White, Exc. cond. Fits Newer
Ford 6V2 ft. bed. $400..
863-634-6099 After 4pmr
FORD BRONCO-
'79, parts only, $300,
Call (863)763-5147
5pmr 9pm.



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.,
1863)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 SILVERADO, '01,
74k mi., $2000 down,
takeover payments.
(863)763-5147

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



CAR HAULER
dual axle 16-6
$1000
(863)983-6639




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

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neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in to-
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Alternative Water Supply Funding Program FY 2006
And
Water Savings Incentive Program FY 2006
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management
District, B-1 Building 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406 announces the availability of the Alternative Water Supply Funding
Program Guidelines and Application and the Water Savings Incentive Pro-
gram Cooperative Funding Guidelines and Application. All applicants
must conform to the application package. Interested applicants may ob-
tain a copy of the package at the above address, by downloadingit from
the District's web site at wwsfwmdQgov or coaling (561) 682-2715 or
by phoning the 24 hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290.
The Alternative Water Supply Funding Program provides grant funds
for capital projects which create alternative water supplies, for example,
reusing wastewater, utilizing stormwater, or implementing aquifer stor-
age and recovery methods. The Procurement Department will receive
sealed applications up to 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday April 1, 2005.
The Water Savings Incentive Program provides grant fundfor projects
which implement or promote water conservation, for example, automatic
flushing devices for hydrants, pressure stabilization valves, indoor
plumbing retrofits, large area irrigation controls, soil moisture technology
and rain shut-off devices for irrigation systems. The Procurement Depart-
ment will receive sealed applications up to 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday
March 15, 2005.
Further information on these programs may be acquired by contacting
Jane Bucca (561) 682-6791, Project Manager for the Alternative Water
Supply Funding Program or Bruce Adams (561) 682-6785, Project Man-
ager for the WaterSavings Incentive Program, or Penny Burger (561)
682-2536, Contract Specialist.
544659 ON 1/10/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
acting through Rural Development,
formerly Farmers Home
Administration (FmHA), United
States Department of
Agriculture (USDA),
Plaintiff,
vs. CASE NO. 2004CA120
JUDY SMITH; LEROY H. SMITH;
DENNIS SMITH; REX SMITH, ben-
eficiaries of NELLIE M. SMITH, De-
ceased; et at.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursu-
trt,-, I';8 1 I,,q, rnt -tr- d ;,I
cui Court of Okeechobee County,
Florida, I will sell the property locat-
ed in Okeechobee County, Florida,
being specifically described as fol-
lows:
Lots 1 and the North V2 of Lot 2,
Block 29, CONNERS HIGHLANDS,
according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 1, Page 21,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
at public sale to the highest and best
bidder, for cash on the Front Steps
of the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 NW Second Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 27th day of January, 2005.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain as-
sistance. Please contact the Court
Administrator, Peggy Ward, 2000
16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL
32960 (561) 770-5185 Ext. 183 or
call TDD 1-800-955-8771, within 2
working days of your receipt of this
document; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call 1-800-955-
8771.
Dated December 30th, 2004.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By:; /S/ Debbie Goodrich
As Deputy Clerk
544676 ON 01/10, 17/2005


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Glades County Roundup


Coalition
schedules meeting
The Coalition for Progress of
Washington Park will have their
monthly community meeting Jan.
10 at 7 p.m., at the R.C.M.A. Con-
ference Room, Washington Park.
The community is welcome to
attend.

MHHS Advisory
Council to meet
The School Advisory Council of
Moore Haven Junior Senior High
School will hold its regular month-
ly meeting on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7
p.m. in the media center. The
agenda will include voting on
changes to the FCAT reward plan,
and a special FCAT reward.

MHES Advisory
Council to meet
Moore Haven Elementary
School Advisory Council will be
having their regular monthly meet-
ing Monday, Jan. 10 at noon in the
Elementary School Conference
Room. Members and anyone
interested in membership are wel-
come. There will be discussion on
the upcoming Honor Roll Party.

Republican Party
to meet on Jan. 11
The Republican Party of Glades
County will have their meeting in
Moore Haven, at the Glades Coun-
ty Library on Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited. If any ques-
tions call 946-1265.

Upcoming events
at senior center
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center are:
scrap booking class Jan. 11; Social
Security office hours in January
will be from 9 a.m. until noon;
Tuesday, Jan. 4, exercise class with
Barb Brandenburg meets Monday,
Wednesday and Friday every week
at 9 a.m. A Florida Rural Legal Ser-
vices representative will be at the
senior center by appointment on
Jan. 12 from 9 a.m., until noon.'
Family Caregiver Support Group
meeting will be Wednesday, Jan.
12, from 4 until 5 p.m. The popular
Trash to Treasures Flea Market will
be open Friday, Jan. 14, from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m. Donations, ven-
dors and customers are all wel-
come.

Historical Society
to meet on Jan. 13
The Glades County Historical
Society's first meeting of the new
year will be held Thursday, Jan. 13,
at 7.p.m. President Anne Deuschle
will report on the Society's new
state grant application which is
under consideration in Tallahas-
see. Refreshments will be served.

Health fair
needs help
MOORE HAVEN The Glades
County Board of County Commis-
sioners is expected to pledge their
support for a Hendry/Glades Com-
munity Health Fair at their next
meeting, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.
Indian Hills resident Ellen
Geake, wife of Dr. John Geake pre-
sented the commissioners with a
packet promoting the Community
Health Fair, slated for Sunday, Feb.


20 at Clewiston Middle School, in
Clewiston, during their regular
meeting Dec. 14.

Winter art show
set for Jan. 22
Mark your calendar for Winter
Extravaganza IV on Saturday, Jan.
22, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the his-
toric Hendry House in LaBelle.
Senior Connections and United
Way of Hendry & Glades present
this popular charity event featuring
the arts. This year, Matlacha artist
Judy Smith is the special guest. Ms.
Smith's paintings have won
numerous awards and been
exhibited in major juried shows in
New York, Los Angeles and else-
where. The Matlacha woman's art
is on display in exhibitions at Art
House and The Arts for ACT
Gallery. Tickets for the event are
$50 each, and business sponsor-
ships are still available starting at
$250. Call 675-1446 for ticket or
event information.

Pageant taking
applications
The Washington Park Pageant
Committees are getting ready for
their 2005 pageant, anyone inter-
ested in participating in this year's
youth pageant for ages five-eight-
een may pick up an application
from Pat Brown, Sharon Smith or
Felicia Brown. All applications
must be returned by Jan. 17.

Birding Festival
slated for January
Plans are underway for the
2005 Big 0 Birding Festival to be
held Jan. 28-30, at the Doyle Con-
ner Building in Moore Haven. This
festival is a joint venture of Glades
Economic Development Council,
Hendry, and Okeechobee Coun-
ties to bring birders and other visi-
tors together for a weekend of out-
door fun. Volunteers are
welcomed to help with the plan-
ning and set up of the festival. Call
Peggy Barton at 863-946-0300. To
be a vendor, please call Nita
Choban at 863-983-8619. Visit the
website www.bigbirdingfestival
.com.

Disaster help
for older adults
Senior Connections Elder Out-
reach Project ended Dec. 31, but
elders in need of help due to the
hurricanes of last summer can still


call the agency at its office loca-
tions in LaBelle, (675-1446)
Clewiston, (983-7088) and Moore
Haven (946-1821.) In partnership
with United Way and Senior Solu-
tions (an area agency on aging)
disaster funds are still available to
help older adults who continue to
need assistance with such issues
as roof repair, insurance
deductibles, appliance repair or
replacement, chore work, etc.
Senior Connections case man-
agers can help the older adult find
a resource for the problems they
are experiencing.

Flu shot
clinic set
The Glades County Health
Department has flu shots, avail-
able 1-3 p.m. daily, by appoint-
ment only. 946-0707 ext. 214. Must
meet CDC criteria.

Boys and
Girls Club
As the end of the year
approaches, Boys and Girls clubs
in Florida are asking people with
unwanted cars to remember
them. Officials note that there are
some restrictions and that the cars
must be intact and the donor must
have the Certificate of Title. All a
donors needs to do is call 1-800-
246-0493 at any time and arrange-
ments will be made to pick up the
vehicle in just a few days.

Cowboys for Christ
need donations
Hand & Hand Ministries, is in
need of donations of toys, food
and non-perishables to help with
the Food Bank in Palmdale. With-
out being opened officially, at
Thanksgiving there were 13 fami-
lies taken care of in Hendry, Glades
& Highlands Counties. They are
hoping to do much better with
your help. Please call us at 863-
612-0640. We well pick up or you
can deliver.

Scholarship
is available
JJ Wiggins Renewal Scholar-
ship Applications for Spring '05 are
now available at the Moore Haven
Jr. Sr. High School and at JJ Wig-
gins Memorial Trust. Deadline for
renewal is January 5th. For more
information call 863-946-3400 or
239-229-0246.


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Lawrence Insurance



speaks to Rotary Club


By Bennett Yeilding
Special to the Okeechobee News
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, Program
Chairman, Trey Sizemore intro-
duced Keith Lawrence of
Lawrence Insurance to the Rotary
Club.
Mr. Lawrence gave a brief sta-
tus of the insurance industry and
the impact of the recent hurri-
canes. He said the first impact to
hit everyone would be rate
increases, probably averaging
around five percent. So far, the
industry has had insured losses of
$20.49 billion because of the hurri-


canes. Just one insurer, State Farm,
has had 3.6 billion in total losses.
Their rate increase goes into effect
Feb. 15, for new businesses and
April 15, for renewals.
Mr. Lawrence stated that this
was just one company asking for
increases. Needless to say we're all
going to pay more for insurance, of
all types, in the coming months.
Lawrence took several questions
from the attendees and virtually all
dealt with rates of insurance.
Other news from Rotary was a
new member approved, Mr. Terry
Burroughs, owner of Syble's Flow-
ers. We are pleased to have Mr.


Burroughs as a new Rotarian. Also
discussed was the gazebo project
for the new courthouse. That proj-
ect is moving along but needs
additional funding.
We welcome back to join the
Okeechobee meetings Lawrence
Beckett, who winters here each
year. Mr. Beckett has been busy
since last year. He shared an article
with us about his home club spon-
soring water wells for South Africa.
Water is very scarce in that area.
Rotary meets each Tuesday at
noon at Golden Corral. Plan to
come join us!


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