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Vol. 96 No. 17


Inside

Flu shots
are available
The Okeechobee County
Health Department, 1728
N.W Ninth Ave., will be giv-
ing flu shots on Jan. 22 by
appointment only.
The cost is $20, and
Medicare is accepted.
The shots are available to
adults age 50 and older, and
anyone in their household.
People under the age of 50
can get a flu shot with a state-
ment from their doctor.
For an appointment, call
(863) 462-5779.
Tell us
about your club
The Okeechobee News is
currently putting together its
annual Fact Book and is ask-
ing local clubs for some help.
We would like to include
the names of different clubs
in Okeechobee County for
those who are new to the
area. These clubs must be
open to the general public
and must be non-profit.
If you would like to
include your club: please
write down the name of the
club, where it meets, when it
meets, a contact persons)
and their phone numbers)
and bring it by our office at
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D.,
before Feb. 9.
Ex Raiders
center shot
MIAMI BEACH Former
Pro Bowl center Barret Rob-
bins was hospitalized Sunday
after he was shot by a police
officer investigating a burgla-
ry in progress at a South
Beach office, authorities said.
The ex-Oakland Raiders
lineman sustained "multiple
gunshot wounds" in the
torso Saturday night after
Miami Beach police found
him inside the administrative
office of a building that hous-
es a nightclub, a gym and a
jewelry store, police
spokesman Bobby Hernan-
dez said.
Members of the police's
crime suppression team
were investigating the report
of a burglary in the second-
floor office. Robbins was
confronted by a detective
and had a "violent struggle"
before the detective shot the
former football player, Her-
nandez said.
Sports, Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 401
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.49 feet


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

Index
Classifieds ......11-13
Comics .......... 10
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .11
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports ........... 5.
TV . . . .12
Weather . . .2
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Astronomy Club: Enjoys gazing at the galaxies


Staff photo/MaryAnn Morris
Mike Partain enjoys looking at the universe though his deep sky telescope at Kissim-
mee Prairie Preserve State Park.


Park's dark sky lets stars shine
By MaryAnn Morris prairie it is so completely dark it does nothing for safety and
Okeechobee News is possible to study hundreds of wastes electricity. It is possible
thousands of stars, planets and to shine lower wattage light
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve galaxies with these telescopes." down, making use of all the
State Park is so close by that vis- That's galaxies, not just stars, light instead of throwing it up
iting with school age children is folks! into the sky. This type of lighting
easy. The drive isn't too far. "Some galaxies are actually is also used along the beaches
Leaving almost anytime in the visible with just a pair of binocu- to protect hatching sea turtles."
morning, you get there just in lars," he continued. The website of the Interna-
time for a picnic lunch. Last Sat- "The Kissimmee Prairie Pre- tional Dark Sky Association at
urday, the huge telescopes serve State Park is one of the www.darksky.org is a great
which were set up near the few "dark sky" viewing sites left resource. The International
horse paddocks in the primitive in Florida, there are others in Dark Sky Association is a non-
equestrian campground caught the areas in the state where few profit organization with 2000
the interest of visiting children. teo le live, he said. "Hopefully members. In their publication
A gentleman nearby proved P he No.26, "Efficient Outdoor Light-
to be the owner of one of the the development of the Viking o.2, Efficient Outdoor Light-
to be the owner of one of the ing," low pressure sodium light-
telescopes and also the presi- subdivision on the south side of ng is the hands-down winner
dent of the Winter Haven the park won't interfere with with the lowest operating cost
Astronomy Club, Mike Partian. star gazing and the studies of by far. So stay safe, save money
He explained that the club astronomers as development on your electric bill and let the
comes out during the new has in other areas of Florida." night sky shine. Such a deal!
moon (the brightness of a fuller "People think that when they Many constellations like the
moon can interfere with view- install big, bright outside lights it big and little dippers and Orion
ing the night sky) to view the makes their property safer," with his distinctive belt can be
night sky with these huge tele- said Mr. Partain. "But people seen with the naked eye. At
scopes, don't realize is how much of the times different planets are visi-
"The larger the mirror inside, light from standard fixtures is ble too, looking like bright
the more light hits the lens, the thrown up into the sky and
more detail is visible, explained wasted. The escaped light
Mr. Partain. "Up here on the obscures the starry night sky, See Stars Page 2




Gatorama opens exhibit


By Tracy Whirls
Special to the Okeechobee News
PALMDALE Begun as a
tourist attraction in 1957, .and
owned by the family of Patty
and Alan Register since 1986,
Gatorama is one of south Flori-
da's oldest tourist attractions.
On Dec. 6, Gatorama, on
U.S. Highway 27 in Glades
County, just south of Palmdale
opened its newest exhibit, a
breeding pair of Florida pan-
thers housed in the park's first
natural exhibit.
Housed in a 2500-square
foot fenced natural enclosure,
featuring trees and platforms
surrounded by a 25 foot fence,
Cherokee, an eight-year-old


Florida panther and her mate
Mickey, a six-year-old male,
delight visitors to the park.
"They're just more exciting,"
said zookeeper Roy Dyer, who
with the Registers' son Ben
cares for the big cats and other
mammals at the park. "When
you watch these guys play, the
speeds they get up to, watch the
heights they can jump, it's excit-
ing."
The new panther exhibit
was scheduled to open before
Labor Day. Then Hurricane
Charley struck in August, fol-
lowed by Jeanne and Frances
in September, and the park lost
part of the bridge across the
alligator/crocodile habitat,
most of the park-owned bill-


boards as well as the roofing
on their commercial alligator
farming facilities.
The panthers were formerly
owned by Cat Britt, who needed
a location for the big cats after
closing Cat's Outback and leav-
ing Posey's Alligator Farm.
According to Patti Register,
Gatorama had featured a pan-
ther before, housed in a singu-
lar exhibit, like most of the ani-
mals at the park. The
arrangement gave the Registers
the chance to open their first
more natural enclosure, as well
as allowing them to do away
with a snack bar. Ms. Britt now
See Exhibit Page 2


Code board



expected to



assess fines


The Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Board is
scheduled to hear 19 cases at
their Tuesday night meeting.
Under the heading of new
business, there are eight cases.
Carol Anderson has been
charged with having a derelict
structure, trash and debris and
overgrowth on her S.R. 70 E.
property.
Larry Franklin Frady and
Edna Marie Arant have been
charged with operating a junk-
yard without the required fence
on U.S. 98 N.
Louis Behr has been charged
with care of premises, extreme
overgrowth and derelict struc-
tures on his S.E. 39th Avenue
property.
The N.W 74th Terrace prop-


erty owned by David Hunter has
been cited for overgrown
weeds, inoperable/abandoned
vehicles and trash and debris.
Darrell and Elizabeth Brown
were cited for the condition of
their N.W 74th Terrace property.
John and Linda Ogilvie have
been charged with having
derelict mobile homes, trailers
and recreational vehicles on
N.W. 74th Terrace property.
Gary D. Padgett of N.W Sev-
enth was cited by code enforce-
ment officers for the condition of
his property, which is alleged to
have inoperable vehicles, trash
and debris, building rubbish and
a derelict RV.
Victor Martin has been
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Gatorama zookeeper Roy Dyer feeds Cherokee, an eight-
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exhibits at what is known as one of the oldest active tourist
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News Briefs hal 3 A


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. 24 at 10 a.m.
There are mistakes in the new
benefits book and these seminars
will provide you with the correct
information.
The seminars are sponsored by
the Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce.
The seminars will tell partici-
pants about: co-pays and
deductibles for 2005; what
Medicare pays for; what you will
have to pay for out of your own
pocket; Medicare supplements;
HMOs; and, Medicaid.

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.

One winner wins
in Fantasy Five
TALLAHASSEE One winner
of the "Fantasy 5" game will collect
$253,079.66, the Florida Lottery
said Sunday.
The winning ticket was bought
in the city of Winter Park, lottery
officials reported.
The 354 tickets matching 4-of-5
numbers will collect $115 each.
Another 12,604 tickets match-
ing 3-of-5 won $9, and 114,970 tick-
ets won a Quick Pick ticket for pick-
ing 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Saturday
night were 7-16-18-23-28.

No tickets win
Lotto jackpot
TALLAHASSEE No tickets
matched all six Florida Lotto num-
bers, lottery officials said Sunday.
Next Wednesday's drawing will
have an estimated jackpot of $14
million, officials said.
A total of 64 tickets matched five
numbers to win $7,257; 3,954 tick-
ets matched four numbers for
$95.50; and 84,707 tickets matched
three numbers for $6.
The winning Florida Lotto num-
bers selected Saturday: 21-31-46-
47-50-52.

Man dies after
rest area attack
FLORENCE, S.C. A 70-year-
old Florida man who was pistol-
whipped and beaten at an Inter-
state 95 rest area has died from a
heart attack, authorities said.
James Booras of Ocala, died
after the incident late Friday and his
death has been ruled a homicide,
Florence County Coroner M.G.
"Bubba" Matthews said.
Autopsy results confirmed
Booras was struck across the face
with a weapon but the strike did
not kill him, Matthews said. The
men hitting and trying to rob him
caused him to have the heart
attack, he said.
Booras and his wife, who were
on their way to visit a daughter in
New Jersey, pulled off the interstate
between 11:30 p.m. and midnight
Friday.
Booras was assaulted by two
men inside a bathroom, but he
managed to tell his wife what hap-
pened before collapsing and dying,
investigators said.
"Apparently, at some point they
struck the victim so hard that the
pistol broke," Florence' County
Sheriff Kenney Boone said. "They
didn't actually steal anything from
him, as everything was accounted
for."
Police said the two men hopped
into a car with two other men. The
vehicle had a front vanity license
tag inscribed with a phrase featur-
ing the word "Prayer." It was last
seen traveling north toward Dillon
CCounty, witnesses told police

Pilot ID'd in
small plane crash
COCONUT CREEK- Investiga-
tors on Sunday removed the wreck-
age of a two-seat plane that
crashed into a house and burst into
flames, killing a Georgia home
builder, authorities said.
The pilot, Gerald Ballard, 58, of
Gainesville, Ga., was the only per-
son aboard the plane Coconut
Creek police spokesman Tony
Avello said. There were no other


injuries.
Ballard's plane was registered to
his company, Jerry Ballard Homes
Inc., of Fayetteville, Ga., and the
pilot had a second residence in Fort
Lauderdale, Avello said. A compa-
ny official did not immediately
return a phone call Sunday.
The plane clipped the roof of
the two-story home owned by
Steve and Traci Sandford, who
both work for the South Florida
Sun-Sentinel. It crashed into a yard
shared by the Sandfords' and
Michele Kesian, and witnesses tried
to extinguish the flames with gar-
den hoses.


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operates a concession adjacent to
Gatorama on US 2Tallowing her
to attract more truck traffic to her
snack bar.
With the popularity of the cat
enclosure, the Registers are con-
sidering relocating the rest of
their mammal exhibits into more
natural settings. In addition to
the omnipresent alligators and
crocodiles, and the new pan-
thers, Gatorama is home to mon-
keys, bobcats, raccoons, and a
variety of birds, turtles and tor-
toises.


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charged with unauthorized use
of land and violation of terms of
a special exception on his S.R.
70 E. property.
The board is scheduled to con-
sider five cases in the category of
old business.
Code enforcement officers cited
Maria Leon for trash and debris
and having a derelict shed on her
N.E. 64th Avenue property.
Benjamin Ramirez was charged
with construction of a building
without a permit, unauthorized
occupancy of a recreational vehicle
and use of an RV or mobile home
for storage on N.E. 101 St. property.


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act on five recommenda-
tions for expulsion;
amend the Student Pro-
gression Plan;
consider approving a con-
tract for the upgrade of the Wide
Area Network infrastructure for
the district;
consider a contract for a
chief negotiator and collective
bargaining consultant;
consider approval of a sen-
ior trip; and,
revise personnel alloca-
tions.
The meeting will be held at
the school board office, 700
S.W Second Ave., beginning at
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spectator friendly than the alliga-
tors and crocodiles, which he
said, "don't move as much unless
coerced," alligators and croco-
diles remain the star attractions at
Gatorama. The daily feeding
shows at 11 and 2:30 p.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and the
4:30 p.m. Sunday showing con-
tinues to attract crowds, particu-
larly since the Associated Press
featured the park in a story in
July. Since then, more than 200
visitors a day are visiting the park,
many bringing copies of the
Alberta; Canada, Seattle, Wash-
ington, or Tampa newspaper
where they read about the park
with them. A new attraction gives-


Robert and Rose Mullins are
facing a fine for trash and debris
and inoperable vehicles on their
S.E. 34th Avenue property.
Unauthorized storage of farm
equipment on the N.E. 40th
Avenue property of Roberto and
Flora Rojas could cause them to
receive a fine.
Condemned mobile homes
could cause Jason Ferrell to receive
a fine.
Betty Mountain is charged with
having an unsafe structure on S.R.
70 W property.


Stars

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steady dots of light, unlike stars
which have indistinct edges and a
light that seems to twinkle. For a
real treat someday during the new
moon, just drive out away from
the lights of town on a clear, dark
night, pull over and look up!
The Winter Haven Astronomy
Club has an interesting website at
www.winterhavenastronomy.co
m.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
State Park is located in northern
Okeechobee County and is open
from 8 a.m. until sunset seven
days a week, 365 days a year. Cur-
rently there is no entrance fee.
Brown and white directional
signs will direct you from either
U.S. Highway 98 or U.S. Highway
441.Call the park office for camp-
ing guided tour fees at (863)462-
5360. You can visit their home-
page at
http://www.floridastateparks.org.


Winning Lottery

numbers
MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Saturday
in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3
9-2-5
Play 4
3-4-3-2
Lotto-$11 million jackpot
46-31-52-47-21-50


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visitors the opportunity to "Be a
Trainer," allowing them to have a
photo taken as they feed one of
the big alligators or crocodiles
who team around the boardwalk.
When her father bought
Gatorama in 1986, the tourist
attraction, had pretty much
closed down, Patty Register said.
"My dad was born and raised
in Lakeport. When he retired
from the army, he was looking
for something to do, and he
heard about this," Mrs. Register
said.
Armed with the same experi-


ence everyone in this area has,
thinking they know about alliga-
tors, he bought the 15-acre park.
Shortly thereafter it became legal to
farm alligators and he began build-
ing the existing commercial facility.
Home to approximately 1000
alligators, including those on dis-
play and breeding stock, Gatora-
ma supplies alligator meat to
stores around the country. The
farm also sells between 800-1000
skins a year and markets its own
Everglades Leather Classics
products.


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"Most of our exhibits are like
the 50's and 60's-National Geo-
graphic writer Boyd Madison
described the turquoise tiles.
What draws people here is that
retro feel that Gatorama has,"
Mrs. Register said. In keeping
with the nostalgia, the Registers
are planning a campaign aimed
at encouraging former visitors to
the park to bring in vintage pho-
tos of the park in the old days, to
be scanned and compiled in an
onsite museum-type exhibit. Pro-
ceeds from those visits will bene-
fit local historic preservation
efforts.
Although Mr. Register admit-
ted that the panthers are more


Derelict mobile home and care
of premises are the charges against
David and Betty Gill for property on
S.E. 66th Avenue.
Eddie and Sheila Neal have
been charged with violation of
minimum housing standards for
property on N.E. 16th Avenue.
Larry and Alma Wright are
alleged to have yard trash, unli-
censed vehicles and debris on their
N.E. 15th Avenue property.
The board is scheduled to
impose fines on six cases.
Kenneth McBride's N.E. Sev-
enth Street property has been cited
for construction without a building
permit and derelict RVs.
Michael Stroud is facing a fine
for having tires and mechanical
parts on his U.S. 441 N location.


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Presentations and recogni-
tions will highlight the Tuesday
night meeting of the Okee-
chobee County School Board.
The presentation of the Leg-
islator of the Year Award to Sen.
Ken Pruitt will be made by Dr.
Wayne Blanton, executive direc-
tor of the Florida School Boards
Association.
Provost Sam Smith of Indian
River Community College will
present the Living Science Web
Site Award, and the Okee-
chobee County School Related
Employee of the Year will be
announced.
In other action, the board is
scheduled to:


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Geological expert to present lecture series on genealogy


George G. Morgan, geological
expert will be lecturing Jan. 22 at
Seminole Elementary School.
If you are interested in
researching your family tree, you
may want to attend a lecture
series on Jan. 22 at Seminole Ele-
mentary School.
George G. Morgan will be
speaking at the annual lecture
series sponsored by the
Genealogical Society of Okee-
chobee. Mr. Morgan will deliver
lectures entitled: "Bits About
Obits: Reading Between the
Lines", Immigration and Natural-


ization
Research" and
"Pursuing your
Genealogical
Research on
the Internet."
Mr. Morgan
has .beenwork-
ing on his own
family genealo-
gy since he George G.
was ten years Morgan
old in North
Carolina. He has traced his family
lines across the southeastern
United States and to the United


Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland.
His aunt and grandmother
sparked his interest by recount-
ing stories about their early
years, about family traditions,
and about prominent colonial
ancestors. Engrossed by the con-
tents of dozens of boxes of let-
ters, family papers, Bibles,
deeds, and photographs in his
grandmother's home, he soon
became the family historian and
archivist.
Mr. Morgan is president of
Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Florida
based company working almost


exclusively with library coopera-
tives and consortia providing con-
tinuing education to many library
employees and professionals. He
is a frequent speaker at genealogi-
cal conferences at the national,
state, and local levels.
Mr. Morgan is currently the
president of the International
Society of Family History Writers
and Editors and a director on the
board of the Genealogical Speak-
ers Guild. He has served on the
Board of Directors of the Florida
State Genealogical Society.
Mr. Morgan's extremely pop-


ular and award-winning weekly
genealogy column "Along Those
Lines" appears each Friday at
Ancestry.com and in the Ances-
try Daily News, which has a
weekly circulation of over 1.3
million subscribers world wide.
He has written hundred of arti-
cles for magazines, journals, and
newsletters in many genealogi-
cal publications in the United
States Canada, the United King-
dom, Singapore, and elsewhere.
He is the author of several books
and his newest book, "How to
do Everything with Genealogy",


was published by McGraw-
Hill/Osborn in March of 2004.
Those wishing to attend
should send a check or money
order for $25 to Genealogical
Society of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
371, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
They can also pay at the door
Saturday morning. The price
includes a catered barbecue
lunch. Coffee, orange juice and
soft drinks will be available dur-
ing the day. The program starts
at 9 a.m. For more information,
call Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674.


Floridians can appeal disaster assistance denial letters


ORLANDO Floridians who
received denial letters for disas-
ter assistance for the 2004 hurri-
canes can follow a process to
appeal decisions, according to
state and federal officials.
If applicant letters stated they
were denied assistance because
they are "INS-insured" (a code.
designating an insurance issue),
applicants should call the
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity's Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA)
Helpline again at (800) 621-
FEMA (3362), TTY (800) 462-
7585 for the speech- and hear-
ing- impaired, after their


insurance claim is settled. While
the law forbids federal payment
for losses covered by insurance
or for payment of the
deductibles, financial aid may be
provided for losses not covered,
and information in that settle-
ment letter can help.
"If you received an insurance
settlement and you feel it was
not sufficient, re-contact FEMA
and let them know of your situa-
tion," said Craig Fugate, state
coordinating officer, head of the
State Emergency Response
Team (SERT). "Insurance cases
can be appealed up to .12
months from an applicant's reg-


istration date."
SIf an insurance settlement is
still being delayed, applicants
should ask their insurance agent
for a settlement letter and sub-
mit it to FEMA, along with any
new information at the address
listed in the FEMA letter. This
information also can be taken to
one of the state's 38 Disaster
Recovery Centers for help in
appealing their claim.
Applicants also may have
received denial letters if they reg-
istered with FEMA before their
counties officially were declared
as disaster areas for Hurricanes
Charley, Frances, Ivan or Jeanne.


The FEMA processing system
would have created an automat-
ic letter telling them that they
were ineligible 'because they
don't live in a designated disaster
area.
Applicant cases from coun-
ties added to the declarations
will automatically be reviewed
and, if warranted, corrected
without the applicant needing to
call again.
Floridians who received
denial letters for assistance may
still be eligible for other federal
and state programs, according to
Bill Carwile, federal coordinating
officer. "Eligible residents still


can receive help in the form of a
low-interest loan from the U.S.
Small Business Administration,
crisis counseling, legal and tax
aid, and other disaster assistance
programs," he said.
Applicants who are denied
housing and other needs assis-
tance have 60 days from the date
of their determination letter to
appeal the decision.
All appeals must be submit-
ted in writing.


The State Emergency
Response Team (SERT) is a col-
laboration of Florida's state
agencies led by the state coordi-
nating officer. SERT's mission is
to ensure that Florida is prepared
to respond to emergencies,
recover from them, and mitigate
there impact. Visit
http://www.fl-oridadisaster.org
for the latest information on the
hurricane relief efforts.


Arrest Log


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or Dri-
ving Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), or the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP).
Miguel Gomez Medero, 18,
of S.W. 3rd St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 6 and
charged with aggravated assault,
resisting an office with violence
and breach of peace/disorderly
conduct. Bond was set at
$41,000.
Marshall James Stalnaker,
34, of S.E. 33rd Terr. in Okee-
chobee was arrested on Jan. 6
and charged with sexual battery.
Bond was set at $250,000.
Cruz Hernandez, 31, of S.E.
23rd Ct. in Okeechobee was
arrested on Jan. 5 and charged
with two counts of sexual bat-
tery. ........ .
Gladys.Marig Johnson,.25, of
S.W. 19th St. was arrested on
Jan. 11 and-charged, with two
counts of child neglect.


Richard Elliott, 44, was
arrested on Jan. 10 and charged
with driving on a suspended
license and possession of mari-
juana.
Jonathan Mauricio Tovar, 22,
of S.E. 62nd Dr. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 9 and
charged with' fleeing or attempt-
ing to elude. Bond was set at
$2,500.
Terrance Jovan Gilbert, 18,
of Orange Park was arrested on
Jan. 9 and charged with battery
on detention staff. Bond was set
at $5,000.
Justin Bruno Engel, 31, of
N.W. 30th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 8 and
charged with DUI, intro of con-
traband into a correctional facili-
ty and possession of cocaine.
Bond was set at $8,000.
Ronze Cummings, 45, of
N.W. 12th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 7 and
charged with possession of
cocaine with intent to sell. Bond
was set at $25,000.
Robert Nelson Powers, 40,


of S.W. Eighth St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 7 and
charged with possession of
cocaine and purchase of
cocaine. Bond was set at
$15,000.
Kimberly Lewis, 39, of N.W.
39th Circle in Okeechobee was
arrested on Jan. 7 and charged
with possession of cocaine and
purchase of cocaine. Bond was
set at $15,000.
Christopher Diaz, 33, of
N.W. 264th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 7 and
charged with possession of
cocaine, purchase of cocaine
and possession of drug 'para-
phernalia. Bond was set at
$15,500.
Michael Adams, 46, of N.W
Sixth St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on Jan. 7 and charged
with possession of cocaine and
purchase of cocaine. Bond was
set at $15,000 .
Latisha McBride, 28, of N.E.
13th Ave. was arrested on Jan. 7
and charged with burglary of an
occupied conveyance with bat-


tery, robbery by sudden snatch-
ing and possession of a con-
trolled substance. Bond was set
at $25,000.
Ranada Latrail Smith, 24, of
N.W. 11th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 7 and
charged with aggravated battery.
Bond was set at $10,000.
Toni Brown, 26, of N.W. 46th
St. in Okeechobee was arrested
on Jan. 11 and charged with vio-
lation of probation grand theft.
Brown was released on her own
recognizance.
Leona Renee Cotton, 32, of
S.E. 13th Ave. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 11 and
charged with grand theft. Bond
was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges dropped
against them is welcome to
inform the newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


Staff photo/Patti Berglund
Retirement party
On Saturday, January 15, the residents of Riverbend
Mobile Home and RV Park honored their mail carrier with
a retirement party. Mr. Johnny Sprouse (left) has been
employed as a mail carrier for the past 20 years and has
decided to retire. The park had a barbeque and a pot luck
lunch with gospel music following the celebration. It was
said that Mr. Sprouse knew not only the addresses of the
people on his route but also knew them by name. Attend-
ing the retirement party with.Johnny Sprouse (left) is the
president of the park, (right) Bill Poor.


Law Enforcement Activity Report


Sheriff's Office
Dec. 2
Standby, U.S. 441 S.E.
Trespass, U.S. 441 S.
Theft/generator, U.S. 78 W.
Suspicious incident, S.E. 33rd
Terr.
Traffic accident/w/injuries,
N.W 256th St.
Deceased person, U.S. 441 N.
Open door, N.W Eighth Ave.
Trespass, N.W Seventh St.
Theft/cell phone, N.E. 55th
Trail.
Trespass, S.R. 70 W.
Assault, U.S. 441 N.
Juvenile baker act, U.S. 441
S.E.
Assault, U.S. 441 N.
Juvenile suicide/threats, N.E.
39th Blvd.
Jan. 1
Vandalism, N.W Fourth Ave.
Stand by, S.R. 70 E.
Traffic accident/w/injuries,
Charles Harvey
Assault, N.E. 14th St.
Accident/prisoner in custody,
S.W. 67th Drive.
Vandalism, S.E. 27th Ave.
Stolen/vehicle, S.E. 27th St.
Vehicle recovery/prisoner in
custody.
Structure fire, S.W. 28th St.
Jan3
K'-9 utilization, N.W Ninth St.
Burglary, N.W.,25th Dr.
Traffic accident, S.E. 128th
Ave.
Vandalism, S.R. 710.
Larceny/money, N.W 87th Ct.
Stolen/decals, N.E. 14th Ave.
Forgery, N.E. 70 Ave.
Jan. 6
Disturbance/verbal, S:E. 33rd
Terr.
Missing juvenile, N.E. 22nd
Ave. '
Burglary, S.R. 70 W.
Theft, U.S. 441 S.
Theft, N.E. 48th Ave.
Child molest/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.E. 33rd Terr.
Assist another department,
N.W. 364th Rd.
Domestic, N.W Eighth Ave.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
S.R. 70 E.
Prisoner in custody, N.W. 16th
Ave.
Jan. 7
Neighbor problem, N.W. 80th
Dr.
Traffic arrest/prisoner in cus-


tody, S.E. 14th Ave.
Robbery/prisoner in custody,
S.E. Fifth St.
Vandalism, N.W. 106th St.
Theft, N.E. 13th St.
Fight, N.W Third St.
Prowler, N.W. 29th Ave.
Traffic accident/minor/prison-
er in custody, S.R. 70W.
Disturbance/verbal, N.W.
10th Ave.
Deceased person, U.S. 441 N.
Jan. 8
Traffic accident/deceased
person, N.W 36th St.
Theft/jewelry, N.W 28th Ave.
Abandoned vehicle, Blue
Cypress
Assault, N.E. 15th St.,
Personal injury, U.S. 98 N.
Juvenile problem/prisoner in
custody, N,W. 395th Ct.
Death investigation, S.E. 33rd
Dr.
Burglary, N.W 240th St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.R. 70 E.
Fight, Farm Store
Assault, 8 Seconds
Jan.9 9
Assault/prisoner in custody,
Securicor
Traffic accident/prisoner .in
custody, U.S. 441 S.
Theft, S.E. 25th St.
Domestic/verbal, S.E. 13th
Ave.
Disturbance/verbal, N.E.
Eighth Ave.
Child abuse, N.E. Fourth St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W. Ninth St.
Stabbing, Platts Bluff Park.


Jan. 10
Domestic, N.W 36th St.
Domestic, N.E. 18th Terr.
Burglary, S.W 85th Ave.
Larceny/rifle, S.R. 70 W
Assault, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Neighbor problem, S.E. 66th
Ave.
Burglary, S.E. 25th St.
Harassment, N.W 46th Ave.
Assist another department,
N.W llth Dr.
Information, S.W. 19th St.
Jan.11
Abandoned vehicle, U.S. 98
N.
Vandalism, S.E. 56th St.
Threats/harassment, N.W
Fourth St.
- Juvenile problem/prisoner in
custody, S.E. 49th Ct.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
N.W. 46th Ave.
Jan. 12
Trespass, S.R. 70 W
Trespass, U.S. 441 S.
Fraud, Center St.
Fraud, S.E. Sixth St.
Vandalism/prisoner in cus-
tody, U.S. 441 S.
Burglary, S.E. 27th St.
Theft, U.S. 441 S.
Domestic, S.E. 30th Ave.
Assault/prisoners in custody,
U.S. 441 S.E.
Disturbance/verbal, S.R. 70


W
Disturbance/verbal, S.W 46th
Ave.
Assault, U.S. 98 N.
Found property, Wrights
Plaza.
Suspicious incident, U.S. 441


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Community Events

Learning coalition will meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties
(formally known as the Okeechobee County School Readiness
Coalition) will be meeting at noon on Friday, Jan.21, at the Seminole
Inn in Indiantown. Call (863) 462-5792 to RSVP for a buffet lunch or
to get information.
Contractors host fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors Association will hold their third
annual fishing tournament on Saturday, Jan. 22, from safe daylight
until 3 p.m. at the Scott Driver Boat Ramp, across from Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina. All proceeds go toward youth oriented
projects. For more information contact John O'Connell at 634-7446,
or Tony Stark at (8963) 467-0541.

Genealogy seminar is planned
The Genealogical Society presents George G. Morgan, author of
"How to Do Everything with your Genealogy" at their annual semi-
nar on Jan. 22. It will be held at the Seminole Elementary School,
2690 N.W. 42nd Ave., at 9 a.m. Admission includes lunch and bever-
ages. For information, contact Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674.
AARP driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held at the First Baptist
Church of Okeechobee from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 and
Jan. 29. Tuition will be $10, and must be paid by check only. This fee
is to be paid on Jan. 22 with registration. To sign up for a class, please
call the instructor at (863) 763-0351. Each class is four-and-a-half
hours long.
Baptist church hosting revival
First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton, Rt. 6 Box 570-A, is having
a revival from Jan. 23-26. Evangelist Richard Pickup from Oklahoma
will be conducting the revival at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 23, and at
7 p.m. on Jan. 24,25 and 26. For information, contact Pastor Wonder
Johns at (863) 467-1411 or (863) 763-5730.

Red Cross hosts instructor's course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch will be holding a
community safety instructor's course Jan. 24-28 from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. The fee for this course is $125. For information or to register, call
(863) 763-2488.
Pregnancy task force will meet
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m. in
the Okeechobee County Library. The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for
planning and implementing services for pregnant women and
infants. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force meets the last
Tuesday of each month. For information about the coalition or join-
ing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force, contact Executive
Director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.
Main Street members will meet
The general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street,
Inc. will be held at noon on Jan.26 at the Brahma Bull Restaurant.
The public is welcome. For information on Main Street, call (863)
357-MAIN.
Family history center re-opens
The Okeechobee Family History Center located at the Church of
Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will re-open on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
They will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 until 5 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Quilt show planned
Tanti Quilters of Okeechobee will be having their annual quilt
show on Thursday, Jan.27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the old build-
ing adjoining the Tanti school on U.S. 98 near the airport. Many hand-
made quilts and crafts will be on display and some will be for sale. A
$2 donation is requested. For more information, call Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.
Boating program is offered
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will offer a boating skills and
seamanship program beginning Thursday, Jan. 27. This program is
for the beginner/novice as well as the seasoned mariner. Participants
must pre-register as seating is limited and materials must be ordered.
Please call (863) 467-3085 to reserve your seat.
Gun safety class offered
The Chamber of Commerce will host a civilian defensive gun
safety class on Jan. 27 starting at 7 p.m. On Jan. 29, the second ses-
sion of the class will be held on the shooting range. Everyone will
meet at the Chamber office at 8:30 a.m. to get directions to the range.
Openings are still available. For more information, call (863) 763-
6464.




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Upcoming Events

Monday
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to come and join the group. For information
or to schedule an appearance for your organization or group, con-
tact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98
N. Join us with a covered dish for luncheon, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
Republican Club meets at Fat Boy's Restaurant with dinner at 6
p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited. For infor-
mation contact Gail Powers at (863) 357-6525, or Joe Arnold at (863)
357-6507.
Tuesday
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
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
(863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information and location. Some of the proceeds will go
towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invited. For
more information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For more information about the
group, call or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For more informa-
tion, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome.
For more information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
The Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., is having
Bible studies at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is
located next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that
offers support and education for people who have been diagnosed
with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective dis-
order or dual diagnosis.
Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour. It's an open meeting.
AA meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show meeting from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors meet at noon at Fat
Boy's Restaurant. All board members and affiliates are invited. For
more information, call (863) 467-0004.
Look good, feel better! 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beauty
Salon located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public
service program to help women with cancer by teaching them
beauty techniques to diminish appearance-related side effects of
treatment. R.S.VP. to (863) 467-2096 or (863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For
more information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-
9176.



Crime Prevention Tip

Report suspicious people in your neighborhood to law enforce-
ment, especially at night.



Quote of the Day

"Of course there is no formula for success
except perhaps an unconditional accept-
ance of life and what it brings."
Arthur Rubinstein (1886 1982)


Community Events

Pentecostals host creation seminar
A creation seminar will be hosted by the Pentecostals of Okee-
chobee, 405 S.W. 10th Ave., Jan 17-19. The seminar, conducted by
Steve Grohman, will be held Jan. 17, 18 and 19 beginning at 7 p.m.
There will be over 350 fossils on display in the mobile creation muse-
um. Included in the display will be sea life fossils, a collection of
dinosaur footprints, eggs, teeth, claws, toenails and vertebrae. For
more information, call (863) 467-1161 or (863) 634-4567.
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 Fresh-
man 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 dona-
tion. 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 vol-
unteers who will work directly with people who need tax assistance,
with an emphasis on the tax laws affecting seniors. You will be
trained in basic tax preparations and work with experienced tax
counselors. Your commitment will be for a one week course, Jan.
17-21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. given by an IRS certified instructor and
then a minimum of four hours per week, from Feb. 14 until April 15.
No specific educational or career background is required just your
willingness to give your time and effort to help others. For more infor-
mation, call Margaret Burns at (863) 357-2247 or e-mail
oburns330@aol.com.
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.
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: "Phantom of the
Opera" Jan. 18; Walt Disney on Broadway Jan. 25; "Les Miser-
ables" Feb. 1; Current Broadway Scene Feb. 8; and, Cy Coleman -
Feb 15.-
Red Cross offering classes
The American Red Cross will be hosting health and safety classes.
The schedule for the classes is: 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 class-
es are $35. For more information, on the location of classes or to sign
up for a class, call (863) 763-2488.
Chamber Coffee KIatch slated
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce monthly Coffee Klatch
will be hosted by the March of Dimes on Jan. 20 at Harbor Federal,
2801 U.S. 441 S. starting at 8 a.m. All Chamber members and their
guests are invited to the business social. Refreshments will be
served.
Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be having ayard sale on Jan. 20 from
noon until 3 p.m., and on Jan. 21-22 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.
Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library meeting
room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to
attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday, Jan. 20, "The Last Girls" -
Lee Smith; Thursday, Feb. 24, "The Time Travelers Wife" Audrey
Niffenegger; Thursday, March 24, "The Other Bolelyn" Phillipa Gre-
gory; Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell Me How You Live", Agatha
Christie-Mallowan; Thursday, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" -
Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had Wings"
- Connie Fowler. If you have questions or would like more informa-
tion, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Church hosting youth rally
The Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will host
Youth Rally 2005 for students in grades six through 12 on Jan. 21 and
22. There will be food, fun, games, a Fear Factor Challenge and
prizes. The hours are: Friday, Jan. 21, from 5 until 11 p.m.; and Satur-
day, Jan 22, from 12 noon until 8 p.m. For information, call Steve at
(863) 801-9145.
Women's business luncheon planned
There will be a women's business luncheon on Friday, Jan. 21, at
the Clock Restaurant. Networking will begin 11:30 a.m. and lunch
will be at noon. Please invite a friend or someone with whom you do
business. Remember to bring flyers and brochures about your busi-
ness and if you choose, a gift to give away. For more information, call
(800) 299-8878.


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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-
Tantie Campground and Marina.
All proceeds go toward youth
oriented projects.
For more information, contact
John O'Connell at 634-7446, or
Tony Stark at (863) 467-0541.

Fun shoot
aids Hospice
A 100-target fun shoot will be
held Saturday, Jai". 22, at Quail
Creek Plantation to benefit the
local Hospice. eorge arid Mary
Beth Cooper will be serving lunch
along with swamp cabbage pre-
pared by Davey Raulerson. There
also will be a prize giveaway. To
register, fax registrations to (863)
763-7856. Call Hospice at (863)
467-2321 for more information.

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.


MIAMI BEACH Former Pro
Bowl center Barret Robbins was
hospitalized Sunday after he was
shot by a police officer investigating
a burglary in progress at a South
Beach office, authorities said.
The ex-Oakland Raiders line-
man sustained "multiple gunshot
wounds" in the torso Saturday
night after Miami Beach police
found him inside the administrative
office of a building that houses a
nightclub, a gym and a jewelry
store, police spokesman Bobby
Hernandez said.
Members of the police's crime
suppression team were investigat-
ing the report of a burglary in the
second-floor office. Robbins was
confronted by a detective and had a
"violent struggle" before the detec-
tive shot the former football player,
Hernandez said.
"The officer was literally fighting
for his life, trying to get Mr. Robbins
from getting his gun. That's when
the shots rang out," Hernandez
said.


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

Kids' casting
event planned
The Taylor Creek Bass Club and
Okeechobee Marine Center will
hold a Bassmaster Casting Kid's
Competition on Sunday, Jan. 30,
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free,
event will be held at the Okee-
chobee Marine Center, 1552 U.S.
78 West, and is open to girls and
boys in two age groups 7-10 and
11-14.


Robbins, 31, was rushed to
Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson
Memorial Hospital in critical condi-
tion late Saturday. Hernandez did
not immediately have Robbins'
condition Sunday and a hospital
official did not immediately return a
page.
Hernandez said Robbins was
considered a burglary suspect and
expected to face a charge of battery
on a police officer. He said police
were trying to determine whether
he would face trespassing or bur-
glary charges.
No charges had been filed and
authorities were hoping to inter-
view him later Sunday.
"We just have to figure out what
he was doing there," Hernandez
said.
Detective Mike Muley, who fired
the shots, suffered minor head
injuries in the scuffle and was taken
to Mount Sinai Medical Center in
Miami Beach. He' was treated and
released late Saturday.
Robbins was arrested last


Winners in each age group will
receive a medal and a rod and reel.
Winners will advance to the state
competition. State winners then
advance to the semi-finals and
potentially the National Bassmas-
ter Casting Kid's Championship for
a share of over $20,000 in scholar-
ships.
Additionally, each contestant at
the local competition will receive a
certificate of participation, plus free
hot dogs and a soft drink courtesy
of Okeechobee Marine Center.
A parent or guardian must
accompany the child.

Tourney benefits

OHS tennis teams
Costopoulos & Helton, P.A. will
host their second annual OHS ten-
nis team adult tennis fundraiser.
The event is open to any adult and
consists of "A" and "B" levels in
doubles men and women and
mixed doubles.
Entry fees are $30 for each dou-
bles entry. All entrants will receive
an event T-shirt along with a barbe-
cue chicken dinner that will
include chicken, baked beans,
coleslaw and drink on the first day
of the event. Dinner tickets can also
be purchased from members of
the OHS tennis team.
The fundraising event will be
held on Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sun-
day, Jan. 30, at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex.
For an entry form or more infor-
mation stop by the offices of
Costopoulos & Helton P.A. at 195
S.W. 28th Street. Or, call their office
at (863) 763-1120; Dave Ellis at
(863) 763-4518; or, Daryl Roehm at
(863) 467-6011 or (863) 462-5235.
If there is no answer, leave a mes-
sage and your call will be returned.
All proceeds from the tourna-
ment will go to the Okeechobee
High School tennis teams.

Fundraiser helps
OHS volleyball team
The O.H.S. volleyball team is
seeking donations for a fundraising
flea market at Okeechobee High
School on Feb. 12.
The team is raising money to go


month in San Francisco for hitting a
security guard at a night club.
The often-troubled player is best
remembered for disappearing the
night before the 2003 Super Bowl
in San Diego. He spent Super Bowl
Sunday in a hospital and later
acknowledged that he had stopped
taking his medicine for depression
and bipolar disorder. The Raiders
lost 48-21 to Tampa Bay.
Robbins was released by Oak-
land in July, a week after he and
two other players were fined three
game checks for testing positive for
the steroid THG.
Robbins played all nine of his
pro seasons with Oakland and
made the Pro Bowl after the 2002
season, but did not play in the
game. A year after missing the final
14 games of 2001 with an injured
right knee, he was a pivotal part of
an offensive line that helped the
Raiders produce the league's top
offense.
i'


to summer camp in North Caroli-
na.
They are accepting donations of
all kinds of items including furni-
ture, outdoor recreation equip-
ment, lawn and garden, electronic
products and more.
If you have something of value
sitting around your home or busi-
ness gathering dust, you can call
and they will come and pick it up.
If you would like to donate an


item please contact George May at
(863) 634-5836, or Lori Berger at
(863) 763-6411.

Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission will revise the method in
which hunters may apply for regu-
lar and special quota hunt permits.


The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least 25
years. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt per-
mits through their Total Licensing
System (TLS) at license vendors
statewide or from their website
MyFWC.com.
For information, contact Eddie
White of the FWC at 850-488-8573,
ext. 17336.


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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 Antiqued
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 S.E.
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


Former Raiders center



shot by police in burglary


SPORTS


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Measures for homeowners on controlling citrus canker


By Jack Hebb
Extension Citrus Agent
Last week the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture confirmed
that a citrus grove location in our
area has been identified as hav-
ing citrus canker. This follows
the announcement of another
find in Port Saint Lucie.
After all is said and done,
everyone has suspected for a
long time that the presence of
canker in the Treasure Coast was
just a matter of time. No one
entity is more susceptible to the
importation and transfer of this
disease as a dooryard citrus
owner. However, a homeowner
is usually very proud of the vari-
ous varieties of citrus that can be
grown in a Florida dooryard -
bragging rights belong to the
gardener who can show his
northern neighbors the prettiest
and the best.
It's no mistake that Florida


U... UNIVERSITY OF
FLORIDA

.IFAS EXTENSION
has always had a climate con-
ducive to growing lots of citrus.
But, Florida's climate has always
had certain maladies that com-
pete with a citrus tree's ability to
survive. Among the list of mal-
adies for citrus survival, there is
predominantly one that tops the
list citrus canker.
Citrus canker is a highly con-
tagious disease that attacks the
fruit, the stems, and the leaves,
as well as causes lesions to the
fruit. Although the disease is not
harmful to humans, it can dra-
matically affect the health and
vitality of citrus trees.
Unlike most citrus diseases,
which are predominantly fungi
(plant-like), citrus canker is a


serious bacterial disease. It is
microscopic (unseen by the
human eye), and can be spread
by wind, rain, humans (contact),
landscaping (trimming, chip-
ping, cutting, or pruning citrus
trees), and fruit removal (peel-
ing, buying, selling, transporting,
picking, etc.)
When a disease is bacterial in
nature, the only remedies that
exist for its control are deconta-
mination (chemical antibacteri-
ants), or sanitation (burning).
The best choice for control is
decontamination by antibacteri-
ants instead of the latter.
The latter choice (burning)
involves the eradication of citrus
trees within 1900 feet of the
radius of an infected tree. In a
neighborhood or subdivision,
this would mean a substantial
removal of neighboring citrus
trees for many blocks. In the
case of citrus growers, it means
the removal of more than 200


acres per infected tree site in
contiguous groves.
For homeowners, I recom-
mend the following measures to
help control canker:
(1) If you suspect any part of
a citrus tree of harboring canker,
please do not remove the leaves,
fruit, or limbs. Leave them alone
and promptly place a call to the
canker control task force office
at (800) 282-5153. The office is a
division of the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and will
promptly respond to your call by
dispatching an individual to the
suspected tree location who will
seek your permission to view the,
tree. Do not, and I repeat, DO
NOT, remove suspicious citrus
tree parts and transport them to
another location.
(2) In neighborhoods where
canker has been identified,
homeowners need to wash out-
door clothing (gardening
clothes) in a hot water cycle with


laundry soap immediately fol-
lowing outdoor chores around
citrus trees. A personal disinfec-
tant for hands can be accom-
plished by washing with soap
and water, followed by a chlo-
rine bleach disinfectant (sodium
hydrochloride) of approximately
1 oz. of bleach to 1 gallon of
water (a 200 ppm solution).
(3) Clean all landscape tools
(pruning shears, clippers, etc.)
that have contacted citrus trees
you will need a bleach disinfec-
tant at the rate of about 6 oz. of
bleach to 1 gallon of water
(about 1200 ppm). Be sure to
wash the implements clean
before dipping in the. bleach
solution.
(4) Have any landscapers
who work on your property
(yardmen, landscapers, etc.)
that prune or cut citrus trees or
work around citrus trees prac-
tice the same .measures as cited
above. A specific decontamina-


tion suggestions bulletin is avail-
able.
I encourage all neighborhood
residents to be on the lookout
for suspicious looking lesions on
their citrus trees. We need to be
alert and aware, because if citrus
canker is not eradicated from
our area, it could destroy one of
Florida's most important crops
as well as an abundant resource
that is enjoyed by homeowners
across this state.
Do not bring samples of sus-
pected canker to our office! If you
need additional information on
citrus canker, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at (863)763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
visit our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu
The Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners are available on Tues-
day afternoons from I until 5 p.m.
on Tuesday afternoons.


Glades County Roundup


Board to donate
land for facility
The Glades County Board of
County commissioners at their
regular Jan. 11 meeting agreed to
write a letter of support in favor of
pursuing funding for a new health
department building in Glades
County and agreed to work with
staff members to identify at least
.four acres of county-owned land
to site the facility.
Commissioner Russell Echols
noted that the existing health
department building is in bad
shape and suggested that if the
board would agree to donate four
acres of available county land,
near the road department build-
ing or elsewhere, they could then
pursue funding appropriations
from the state Legislature when
the Glades County Legislative Del-
egation meets in Moore Haven
Jan. 20.
Glades County Health Depart-
ment spokesperson Pat Dobbins
told the board the clinic is current-
ly experiencing 800 visits a
month, not including childhood
vaccinations or home visits or
communicable disease visits con-
ducted outside the clinic.
Library club
to meet, Jan. 18
The Friends of the Library of
Glades County will meet Jan. 18,
at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The
program will be a video of The
Florida Highway. January is mem-
bership month. Everyone is invit-
ed to attend..
Fashion show
set for Jan. 18
North Lake Estates, Highway
78, in Lakeport, will host a fashion
show and luncheon, Jan. 18, at
noon. Admission is $6. For more
information, call 946-0700.
Legislative delegation
Senator Dave Aronberg, Chair-


man of the Glades County Legisla-
tive Delegation, has scheduled the
2005 Glades County Legislative
Delegation Public Hearing for
Thursday, Jan. 20, from 10:30
a.m. until noon in the Glades
County Commission Chambers,
on the second floor of the Glades
County Courthouse. The court-
house is located at 500 Ave. J in
Moore Haven.
The agenda for the hearing will
be set by Monday, Jan. 17. Please
note that decisions to introduce
legislation for the 2005 season
will be made at the hearing. Indi-
viduals who wish to testify on
local bills should attend the public
hearing. Following the discussion
of local bills, the delegation will
entertain other presentations as
well as public comment. Anyone
interested in being on the agenda
for the delegation meeting should
call Senator Aronberg's district
office at (239) 338-2646.
PBCC seeks
nominations
Palm Beach Community Col-
lege and the area Chambers of
Commerce are seeking nomina-
tions for Women of Accomplish-
ment for the March 21 program
awards. To nominate a woman
call Susan Cox at 993-1126 and for
information or a nomination
form. Nominations should be
submitted by Jan ,20, to the
Provost's Office at PBCC/Glades.
Musician to perform
On Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., Robert
Criggea, Grand Ole Oprey Musi-
cian, will be appearing at North
Lake Estates, on Highway 78, in
Lakeport. Admission is $5 per per-
son and the public is welcome.
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 featur-
ing 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.
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
outdoor fun. Volunteers are wel-
comed to help with the planning
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.
Special Election
of Offices, Feb. 5
Special Election of Offices will
take place, Saturday, Feb. 5, 10
a.m., at VFW Post 9528, in Buck-
head Ridge.
Hazardous waste
collection, Feb. 12
Household hazardous waste
and electronic waste collection is
free for Glades County Feb. 12
from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at
the Doyle Conner Building in
Moore Haven. For information,
call (863) 675-0124. No business


waste will be accepted. How to
transport your waste: Leave prod-
ucts in their original containers.
Do not mix different or unknown
materials together. Label or leave
labels on all containers, check
containers for leakage, transport
in a study box, do not eat, drink or
. smoke while handling or trans-
porting. Accepted electronics:
End of life electronics, computer,
monitors, keyboards, terminals,
T.V., stereos, printers, fax, VCR,
DVD players, video cameras,
game consoles and wireless
devises.
Goodwill store
to close in April
The Goodwill Store in Moore
Haven, which has been in opera-
tion at its current location since
1993 will be closing in April,
unless the Glades County Eco-
nomic Development Council
(EDC) or some other party comes
forward with an alternative site
for the store.
According to Goodwill spokes-
woman Carolyn Johnson, from
the Ft. Myers headquarters, the
store's lease in the former Sim-
mons plaza is coming up for
renewal in April and the agency
can't afford the proposed rent
increase.
Ms. Johnson said last year,
when the former Simmons mini-
mall was purchased by Miami
mortgage broker Roxanne Angeli-
ca, the rent was increased to
$1000 a month. Goodwill repre-
sentatives said this was a 50 per-
cent increase. With the April lease
renewal, the rent is slated to rise
to $1,500 a month and the vol-
ume of revenue produced at the
store will not support that kind of
increase, Ms. Johnson said.
For more information about
Glades County, see the Glades
County Democrat, published
every Thursday. Glades County
news is also available online at
www.newszap.com.


Community Events

Habitat for Humanity plans auction
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee will be holding its annual
auction on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Rodney's Auction Barn, 493 U.S. 441
S.E. The yard sale begins at 10 a.m. and the auction begins at .3 p.m.
To donate goods for the auction and yard sale, contact Jean Murphy
at 634-5236. Arrangements can be made to pick up the items prior
to the event, or items may be dropped off on the day of the auction.
Kids' casting event planned
The Taylor Creek Bass Club and Okeechobee Marine Center will
hold a Bassmaster Casting Kid's Competition on Sunday, Jan. 30,
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free event will be held at the Okee-
chobee Marine Center, 1552 U.S. 78 West, and is open to girls and
boys in two age groups.- 7-10 and 11-14. Winners in each age
group will receive a medal and a rod and reel. Winners will advance
to the state competition. State winners then advance to the semi-
finals and potentially the National Bassmaster Casting Kid's Cham-
pionship for a share of over $20,000 in scholarships. Each contest-
ant at the local competition will receive a certificate of participation,
plus free hot dogs and a soft drink courtesy of Okeechobee Marine
Center. A parent or guardian must accompany the child.
Spring OHS yearbook sale planned
The spring yearbook pre-sale begins Monday, Jan. 31, and will
end Friday, Feb. 11. The book price for the spring sale will be $40.
The final yearbook sale will take place-in the days following the
Yearbook Jam, while supplies last. The book price for this final sale
is $45. Only students who have pre-purchased a yearbook in Octo-
ber and February will be excused from class and permitted to attend
the yearbook jam (during seventh hour) at the end of the school
year. Yearbooks will be sold in the Journalism room (14-10) during
both lunches. Make checks payable to OHS. For the first time, par-
ents and students may purchase yearbooks online at www.
buyayearbook.com, or through the Yearbook Order Center at (888)
298-5063. These forms of payment will be accessible during the
October sales weeks.
DAR meeting is scheduled .
The Okeechobee chapter of DAR will meet at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5 at
the Oakview Baptist Church, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. They would like to
extend an invitation to women eligible for membership in NSDAR to
attend, from October to May. For more information call Ruth Larson,
(863) 763-2494 or Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.
Fundraiser helps volleyball team
The O.H.S. volleyball team is seeking donations for a fundraising
flea market at Okeechobee High School on Feb. 12. The team is rais-
ing money to go to summer camp in North Carolina. They are
accepting donations of all kinds of items including furniture, out-
door recreation equipment, lawn and garden, electronic products
and more. If you have something of value sitting around your home
or business gathering dust, you can call and they will come and pick
it up. If you would like to donate an item please contact George May
at (863) 634-5836, or Lori Berger at (863) 763-6411.


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This Year
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Annual Girl Scout cookie sale launches Jan. 20


JUPITER Few occurrences
can be counted on to happen
every year: taxes, birthdays and
Girl Scout cookies. While the first
two occasions can make one
want to hide, the annual Girl
Scout cookie sale is an event
that's anticipated and counted on
and not just by sweet-toothed
customers.
For the past 92 years, the Girl
Scouts has been the preeminent
organization dedicated to the
enrichment and advancement of
girls. The.cookie sale not only
raises funds for troop activities,
more importantly, it teaches girls
ages five through 17 how to work
together as-a team, set goals, culti-
vate a sense of business ethics,
public speaking and interpersonal
communication skills, money
management, marketing and cus-
tomer service. Sounds like a lot to
be packed into one cookie box,
but the benefits of the cookie sale
is a prime example of the Girl
Scouts mission to become the
nation's premier financial literacy
and entrepreneurship program.
"Each and every year, we pre-
pare girls to fill important career
roles for the future," said Cindy
McHeran, acting executive direc-
tor of Girl Scouts of Palm Glades
Council, Inc. "They may become
the manager of a local bank
branch, owners of local business-
es, or the CEO of a major corpora-
tion. How many tasty products
can you buy that have character
building, teamwork and leader-
ship baked right inside?"


Local Girl Scouts will be selling
their famous cookies: Thin Mints,
Peanut Butter Sandwich, Short-
bread, Caramel DeLites (now
trans-fat free), Peanut Butter Pat-
ties (now trans-fat free), Reduced
Fat Lemon Pastry Cremes, Animal
Treasures, and the newest cookie,
Iced Berry Pinatas at designated
locations in Palm Beach, Martin,
St. Lucie, Indian River, Okee-
chobee, Glades and Hendry
counties for $3.50 per box.
In addition to providing finan-
cial assistance to individual Girl
Scout troops and the Council,
proceeds from the cookie sale
will also go toward funding the
reconstruction of our Girl Scout
camp, Camp Welaka. The-camp
was severely damaged by both
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne,
with estimated costs in the hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars.
The council will kick off this
year's sale with its Fourth Annual
Feeding Frenzy on Thursday, Jan.
20, 7 p.m. on the Taste of Florida
stage at the South Florida Fair.
Girl Scouts is the world's pre-
eminent organization dedicated
solely to girls-all girls everywhere.
In an accepting and nurturing
environment, girls build character
and skills for success in the real
world. Girl Scouts of Palm Glades
Council, Inc., a United Way
agency, serves almost 9,000 Girl
Scouts in Palm Beach, Martin, St.
Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee,
Glades and Hendry counties.


Girl Scout
cookie facts
Girl Scout cookies had their
earliest beginnings in the kitchens
and ovens of girl members with
their mothers volunteering as
technical advisors. The earliest
written mention of a cookie sale
was that of the Mistletoe Troop in
Muskogee, Okla., which baked
cookies and sold them in its high
school cafeteria as a service proj-
ect in December 1917.
The first sale of commercially-
baked Girl Scout cookies was in
Philadelphia in 1934. In 1936, the
national organization, Girl Scouts
of the USA (GSUSA), licensed the
first commercial baker.
Girl Scout cookies are sold at
the local level. The local Girl Scout
council's volunteer board of
directors: Chooses the baker,
determines the price per box, sets
the dates for their local cookie
sale activities, decides how the
Girl Scout cookie revenue will be
used to provide vital services such
as leader recruitment and train-
ing, operation of camps and serv-
ice centers, and other indirect
expenses, decides how much
money will be retained by or
returned to troops/groups selling
cookies for their projects and
activities.
The licensed baker for Girl
Scouts of Palm Glades Council,
Inc. is ABC Bakers, based in Rich-
mond, Va.
All of the revenue every


penny after paying the baker -
remains in the area where the
cookies are sold and directly or
indirectly benefits Girl Scouts in
those local communities. Girl
Scout cookie proceeds are used
for many purposes including:
maintaining campsites and pro-
viding travel financial assistance
for girls, providing leadership
development for adult volunteers,
providing support for special
membership initiatives such as
Girl Scout troops in homeless
shelters, detention centers and
migrant communities.
The allocation of Girl Scout
cookie revenue to individual,
troops is handled at the council
level. Some councils allow troops
to retain a portion of their revenue
up front. In other cases, all rev-
enue is sent to the council who
then returns a portion to the indi-
vidual troops. At the Girl Scout
troop level, Girl Scouts vote on
how to spend the money they've
earned. Examples include special
trips to museums or exhibitions,
overnight stays at camp, and
community service projects.
Selling Girl Scout cookies is a
voluntary activity. Every girl who
participates must provide written
parental consent and receive
information and training about
her council's Girl Scout cookie
program activities.
Historically, the most popular
cookies are: Thin Mints,
Samoas/Carmel DeLites, and
Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs.


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
On Friday, Jan. 14, (front) Mike Clentscale and (back) Paul
Hill delivered over 500 cases of Girl Scout cookies to Pro-
fessional Respiratory Home Care for distribution to all of the
Girl Scouts in our area. The Professional Respiratory Home
Care has been used as a warehouse for the Girl Scout cook-
ies every year for the past seven years. Manager Marvin
Baker and his wife, JoAnn are always willing to help the com-
munity in anyway they can, from helping the medically dis-
abled through the hurricanes to storing cookies for the Girl
Scouts. The Bakers through Professional Respiratory Home
Care have worked with both of the local hospices along with
support community sports programs.


Sod farm relocates


to Okeechobee County

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Even though Coco Sod Farms, ,~ "
a family owned business, has
been in existence for 20 years,
they recently moved their opera- i
tions to Okeechobee because it ...
is centrally located.

customers as well as federal, i
state and local government enti-
ties. The Walt Disney Company. ..- -
uses sod from Coco Farms.
In some areas, sod must be ; "-
placed on a lot before a certifi-.,
cate of occupancy can be issued
for a new building.
Including installers and truck- .. ..
ers, Coco Farms employs about l .-'.,"
60 people. They raise over 2,000 v .
acres of Argentine Bahia, and S"f ,o / e .. w .
more than 1,500 acres of Flori- Staff photo/Pete Gawda
tam. Fernando Vergara, president
The office telephone number of Coco Sod Farms, looks over
is (863) 763-6621. his sod fields on S.R. 70 W.


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 mid-
dle school students only. For information, call (863) 462-5863.
Free memory screenings offered
On Jan. 28, free memory loss screenings will be held at the Visiting
Nurse Association of Florida, Inc. (VNA), from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The VNA is located at 208 S.E. Park St. in Okeechobee. The screenings
are being offered by the Alzheimer's Association and the Memory Dis-
order Center at St. Mary's Hospital. For more information call Donna
True, licensed clinical social worker, at (800) 861-7826, or (772) 344-
6047. Please call (800) 861-7826 for an appointment.
Fulford in concert at church
The Okeechobee Retired Educators Association (OREA) will pres-
ent Janet Fulford in concert at the First Baptist Church on Jan. 28 at 7
p.m. Ms. Fulford is the daughter of Wayne and Ruth Fulford, and is a
former resident of Okeechobee now living in Palm Beach County. She
was the pianist at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Tickets are
$5 and will be sold at the door, or can be purchased from OREA mem-
bers.
Prins Valdemar presentation slated
The Okeechobee County Library,.206 S.W. 16th St., will host a
presentation on the sailing ship Prins Valdemar on Saturday, Jan. 29,
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by the
daughter of the ship's captain Alice Wallace of Okeechobee, and her
goddaughter Alice L. Luckhardt of Stuart. The owner of the ship was
Captain Richard Walters. The Prins Valdemar was once described as
the most significant ship disaster in Miami. The.ship's sinking due to
natural weather events quite possibly changed the course of history
for Miami, and Florida. Ms. Luckhardt currently has an article about
the ship and its sinking in the January issue of the "Florida Monthly
Magazine".





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Okeechobee KOA, Inc. honored with award


Kampgrounds of America,
Inc. recently honored Okee-
chobee KOA manager Wendy
Woodman with the President's
Award for their outstanding facili-
ty and operation.
The President's Award is given
to KOA Kampgrounds .that
received exceptional scores on
their quality assurance facilities
review, for being a positive part of
the KOA system and for receiving


high scores on their annual
camper satisfaction surveys
received from their own camping
guests.
As part of this award, winners
will receive special signs, flags
and nametags for their camp-
ground and staff to denote their
status as a KOA President Award
winner.
"Delivering a great camping
experience is our goal, and that


takes the right people and top
notch facilities to deliver on that
promise," said Jim Rogers, KOA
Inc. president and CEO. "KOA
Kampgrounds that earn the Presi-
dent's Award are recognized for
their hard work and extra efforts
to deliver the best camping expe-
rience possible."
The Okeechobee KOA is filled
with amenities for families and
entire rallies. This popular year-


round tropical vacation resort fea-
tures its own palm-fringed nine-
hole golf course, driving range
and putting green. There are four
tennis courts, a new fitness center
and three swimming pools -
one for the whole family, one for
children and one for adults only.
Established in Billings, Mont.,
in 1962, Kampgrounds of Ameri-
ca, Inc. is the largest system of
campgrounds in the world.


AAA offers tool to help seniors drive safely


Tampa Just as you would
screen for high cholesterol or high
blood pressure, AAA Auto Club
South has introduced a first-of-its
kind scientifically validated tool'
designed to help seniors screen
for their driving health. And it can
be done in the privacy of one's
home. "Roadwise Review: a tool
to help seniors drive safely
longer", is a CD-ROM that meas-
ures eight physical and mental
abilities shown to be the strongest
predictors of crash risk among
older drivers and then provides
feedback to guide the user's driv-
ing decisions.
,"As we age, we experience
physiological changes which
could affect our driving and there
are steps you can take to keep driv-
ing safely longer," said Yoli Buss,
director of driver improvement,
AAA Auto Club South. "Roadwise


Review" helps seniors recognize
and address common problems
that affect their driving ability."
People over 65 are the fastest-
growing pipulilaiiiini in the United
States and by 2020 there will be
more than 40 million licensed
drivers ages 65 and older.
Because of their fragility, sen-
iors have the highest crash death
rate per mile of everyone except
teenagers.
The computer-based screening
program in "Roadwise Review"
contains the most effective predic-
tors of crash risk in eight functional
areas as validated in research spon-
sored by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and

the National Institute on Aging.
AAA worked closely with scientists
at TransAnalytics, a leading trans-
portation safety research organiza-
tion, to create a tool that is both


state-of-the-art and user-friendly.
"In our extensive focus group.
testing, senior drivers viewed the
program as simple, clear, valuable
and even fun. to use," said Buss.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Jan. 14,
through Thursday, Jan. 20, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Electra" (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
at2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Racing Stripes"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre 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

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
program. It's a proven life-chang-
ing program that provides four-
year college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth graders
in local communities. The men-
tor meets with the student one
hour per week at his/her school.
Volunteer opportunities are avail-
able in Indian River, Martin,. St.
Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
Please call the Indian River Com-
munity College Foundation at
(772) 462-4786.
Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House looking for volunteers to
work with our adolescent boys. If
you have any free time or talents
you'd like to share please call
Shelly Batton at (863) 357-0047.
Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing
a revised payment schedule or
call Consumer Credit Counseling
Service for a free and confiden-'
tial appointment. In Palm Beach
County 434-2544 or 1-800-330-
2227, exit. 108.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church
Lending Library, on the corner of
N.W. Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate
yourself, using 486 audiocas-
settes, including audio books,
plus Christian romances and 575
videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report,
programs for men, women or
children, a craft project or a Sun-
day school lesson. Easy to use
because we use the Dewey Deci-
mal System, the same as school
and public libraries. As a private
library we can and do preview
our media. Currently the library
is staffed Sunday 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., Wednesday evening
6 to 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
763-4021.
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday
from 10 a.m. until noon, adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole
Reservation, Brighton, Adults
basic. education/GED, Tuesday
and Thursday from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson
Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday and
Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 a.m.
until noon; El Centro Santa Fe,
115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship
class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9
p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 6
until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elemen-
tary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English
as a second language classes,
Tuesday and Thursday from 6
until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St., English as a second lan-
guage, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.


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health ins, 401K. Ap-
ply in person at
PRAXAIR, 2534 NW
16th Blvd, Okeecho-
bee. No Phone Calls
Please. DFWP

WRECKER/TRUCK DRIVER
Contact BMJ Towing
419 SW 2nd Ave
No Phone Calls Please



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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COOK
Part time for
Breakfast and lunch
Must be able to
work weekends
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Demonstrators Needed
$$$ EARN EXTRA $$$
$9/hr., work 2-3 days per
week, Fri.-Sun. Demo
Products; Local Stores.
Call & Leave: Name, Phone
# & City You Live In.
1-877-833-0001


HANDYMAN NEEDED
Light Ranch Work
w/Mowing. 20 hrs. week.
Housing provided w/small
salary. Call for more info.
(863)763-2838


LOCAL SCREEN PRINTER
Seeking Part Time Press
Operator, Experience nec-
essary. For application
lease call,
(863) 763-0902.


PALM BEACH POST
NEWSPAPER CARRIERS
Needed for Okeechobee
Area Call Mike @
1-800-932-2489 ext. 3583
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avail. 7 days wk. in your
home. 239-537-9170


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Insurance 430
Medical Services 435


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AUTO ACCIDENT NEED
A LAWYER? ALL Accident
& Injury Claims
*AUTOMOBILE *BIKE/
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DIVORCE $175-$275
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Established 1977.




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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magaiines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/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 Hems 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps, Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 860
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/,'Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VJRe 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER- Com-
mercial, Good Price of
$500, (863)467-5474..


CENTRAL AIR & HEAT,
Split Unit, 2 Ton. Works
well. $300 863-673-0920



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

MICROWAVE-
Works great,
$30.
(863)467-1009

REFRIGERATOR, Hot
Point, 18 cu. ft., Almond.
Very good condition.
$75 (863)610-3531

WASHER & DRYER,
Maytag. In good working
order. $100/ both.
(863)675-4858

WASHER: Roper, Heavy
Duty, Large capacity.
Very good condition.
S$60 (863)610-3531


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



BUILDING SALE!
"'Rock Bottom Prices!"
Final Clearance. Beat Next
Price Increase. Go direct &
save. 20x26.25x30.30x40.
35x50. 40x60. 45x90.
50x100. 60x180. Others.
Pioneer (800)668-5422

Steel Arch Buildingsl
Genuine SteelMaster Build-
ings, factory direct at
HUGE Savings! 20x24,
30x60, 35x50. Perfect
Garage/Workshop/Barn.
Call(800)341-7007.
www.SteelMasterUSA.com.


STEEL BUILDINGS -
EZ BUILD YOUR OWN
AISC Certification Office/
SWarehouse Shop/Garage,
Arena/Barn, Hangers.
A plant near you!
Spec to spec will beat
any price or $205.
(800)993-4660,
www.universalsteel.com.




GALVANIZED STEEL ROO-
FING- 28 sheets, used,
13'1X 32"w, U haul, $150
(772)971-9474.
METAL ROOFING
SAVE $$$ Buy Direct From
Manufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.



LEATHER JACKETS
1-camel sz.14,1grey 3/4
length sz.18 $190 for both
*will sep (863)467-6550



DELLGX 100 w/win. xp,
Great for young person.
Kybrd., Monitor, Scanner.

GATEWAY TOWER w/win.
xp, many games. Keyboard,
mouse & monitor includ-
ed. $125 239-728-5227


BEDROOM SET, Wooden,
Queen w/hdbrd., dresser,
mirror, chest, night stands.
$200 (863)675-9288
BEDROOM SUITE Ashley-
Seafoam/birch. HD/FT w/
rails N.S. & chest. $175
(863)805-8741
BLUE LEATHER- Couch,
loveseat & over stuffed
chair, fair condition, $150,
(772)971-9474.
BR SET, incl. dresser, nites-
tand, full size bed, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
1110
BUNK BED, Black, Twin
over Full sz., Full mattress
included. $150 (863)675-
9288
BUNK BED Twin on Top and
Futon full on bottom. Ask-
ing $150 or best offer.
863-675-4098 evenings
CHURCH FURNITURE.
Does your church need
pews, pulpit set, baptistery,
steeple, windows, carpet?
Big Sale on new cushioned
pews and cushions for hard
pews. (800)231-8360.

COLONIAL COUCH- Pull out
queen size bed, good con-
ition, $100. neg.
(863)447-1199.
Contemporary slate tile w/
gun metal finish coffee or
cocktail table like new,
$100 (863)805-8741
COUCH & CHAIR,
Black Leather. $150
(863)946-3857 Lake Port

COUCH & LOVESEAT-
Black Leather,
$325.
(239)994-2305.
DAYBED- couch by day, 2
single beds at night, Good
mattresses, with cover.
$100, (863)763-7931
DAYBED WITH POPOUT-
Complete, Ivory & Gold,
Good, shape, $125.
(863)357-4152.
DINETTE SET- Cherry &
oak, 6 chairs, pd $5200.,
selling $2500, (863)801-
1719.
Dinette Set, table w/leaf, 4
upholstered chairs, white-
wash finish, exc. cond.,
$165. (863)467-2045
DINETTE TABLE- with leaf &
4 chairs, solid oak, $175
or best offer. (863)675-
2440.
Dining Room Table, w/4
chairs & 2 leaves, solid
wood, good cond., $275
neg. (863)357-2233


I- Spca Noi


$2500
(863)763-9135
HOSPITAL BED
w/side rails & mattress
$100 or best offer
(863)465-1604


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DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.
GUITAR- Gibson Les Paul
Classic, w/leather case,
exc cond., $1700.
(863)228-4774.


ISpeia Notice


DRESSER dbl. white tall
chest & desk w/hutch &
chair $400 for all
(863)763-8764
DR HUTCH- large, hard rock
maple, 54Wx75Hx19D,
exc cond, $450 neg.
(863)763-6342.
END TABLE, Oak coffee ta-
ble, Refrigerator & desk
$140., will separate.
(863)467-1009
ENTERTAINMENT
CTR- Solid oak, $125.
Moving, Must sell
(863)675-8305.
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

LANE SECTIONAL- 2 yrs
old, council love seat w/
wedge & queen sleeper
$1500 863-467-9284.
LAZYBOY SOFA/SLEEPER
& Ig rocker recliner, set,
blue/tan exc cond $200
neg 863-635-4690.
QUEEN SLEEPER- & Round
Butcher Block Table w/4
chairs exc cond $300 will
separate (863)467-1009.
SOFABED & MATCHING
CHAIR, neutral print, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
1110
SOFA BED: Neutral Colors.
Good condition. $95
(863)357-3413

SOFA & LOVE SEAT sofa 6',
brown plaid, wood trim.
$50. Call (863)634-5405.

TABLE, Leaf, 5 chairs, cloth/
wood, 5yr Kenmore chest
freezer $250 will separate
863-467-9284
THREE WHEEL BIKE-
Basket in the back,
nice bike, $100.
neg. (863)763-6791.



GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $100. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS
3-2PW, metal wds $75
(863)467-9892

GOLF CLUBS -Ladies/
Juniors, cavity back irons,
3-PW, 4 woods, bagnice,
$85. (863)946-3123.


GERMAN ORTGIES- Semi
auto pistol, $150.
(863)763-4961.

REMINGTON SPORTSMAN
48- 20 gauge, semi auto,
$365. (863)467-7838.

SPANISH STAR, Semi-
Auto. Pistol, 380 cal.
Hammerless, $175
863-763-4961



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
Michael Thumond's 6-wk.
body makeover, NIB sup-
port videos, $125
863)467-1891 ,



KEROSENE HEATERS
(2) slightly used
in exc. cond. $75
(863)763-3955



AWNINGS- (2) 39.5" W x
42"L, $50 for both will sell
separate. (863)763-1997.

BAKERS/WINE RACK,
30"x20", hunter green &
oak finish, exc. cond., $75
neg. (863)634-1520
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VACUUM CLEANER, Kirby
w/attachments. $50
(863)763-0634



ELECTRIC LIFTER- Used
only 5 month, good condi-
tion, $450. (863)610-
1153.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER CAR-
RIER- Hooks up to hitch,
has ramp & tilts, $500.
(863)357-2549.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER
used 1 time


GUITAR- Ovation Acoustic /
electric,w/hard case, exc
cond., $700. (863)228-
4774.



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




DOG CAGE
New, med. suitable for
hurricane shelter $15
(863)763-1187

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

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

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

WIRE CAGE, 6' square.
$75. Call (863)467-7188
or email jal-
bow@hotmail.com

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



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




HOT TUB Hydro Spa tub w/
7 digital system 7V2
square w/4 seats $2500
u (863)634-7448




SEWING MACHINE
& CABINET
$150
(863)357-1078



BASKETBALL HOOP, Self
Standing w/hoop, net, back-
board & pole. Good cond.
$65. 863-610-6195



HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.
(863)234-1230


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

TV ANTENNA MOTOR,
BOOSTER & CONTROL
UNIT, ALL $50. (863)763-
7989.

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


AIR COMPRESSOR
14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1t100
(863)357-2816

PRESSURE WASHER
Craftsman 6.25 H.P. 2001
psi needs work $150
(863)763-0625


AIR HOCKEY TABLE
$75
(863)675-0188



fAgriculture
-S



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865


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


SADDLE FOR SALE
Asking $275. Antique 1920
- type with 4 cantle. Call
evenings. 863-675-4098.


BRANGUS BULL- good
stud, gentle, Brangus cat-
tie- pregnant,772)286-
9111 or (772)463-1613.


Rentals |



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos.
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 9.30
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



NORTH WEST
OKEECHOBEE-
2BR, 2BA, on a quite
street, kids & pets
welcome. $750 + $2000.
$2000 To mover in.
(561)795-1965.


Area: 1102 NW 7th Street
4 Bdrm., 1 Ba., remodeled
kitchen & bath. Tile floors.
Big yard. Near schools.
$850 mo., 1st &sec. dep.
(863)357-0348 Evenings.

LAKEPORT 3BR 1BA,
fenced yard. Furnished or
unfurnished. $700/mo.
Call (239)352-7575.



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


RealEstate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
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BUSINESS FOR SALE.
RV Dealership, 5 major lines
represented. Large RV,
parts & service depart-
ments. 9 Acre camp-
ground with 65 campsites
in beautiful Western North
Carolina. Living quarters
on properly. Long-term
lease available. Owner
willing to train. Serious in-
quiries only, call
(828)231-8849.


I. LOOKING
.-.. TOBUY
S COWS
863-673-1491

Pipe for sale, 3,000 ft., 12
inch irrigation pipe, PVC,
glue type fitting.
(863)763-2838


HORSES- 1- Quarterhorse,
mare, 10yrs old, 1- half
Quarterhorse half Arabian,
true Strawberry Roan, 3 yr
old filly, $2000 will sell
sep.(863)763-7057.

HORSES- 2 Mare's, In-
cludes Tackle, Tamed, 1/4
horse bay. $2000 for both
(863)675-2450.


(5) 20 ACRE PARCELS
$9,900 per acre.
10 miles West on State Road 70.

BRAND NEW CBS HOME
1,700 sq. ft. 3Bd/2Ba.
27th Ave. & 7th St. $139,500.

Call Steve Watford
634-2367
U eA Berger Real Estate Inc., Philip Y. Berger Broker


BEAUTIFUL NORTH CARO-
LINA. WINTER SEASON IS
HERE! MUST SEE THE
BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL
MOUNTAINS OF. WEST-
ERN NC MOUNTAINS.
Homes, Cabins, Acreage
& Investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy cher-
okeemountainrealty.com
Call for Free Brochure
(800)841-5868.


4.4 Wooded Acres near
Public Boat Ramp-to
Kissimmee River and Lake.
1995 Doublewide 3/2
Spacious Homes of Merit
with Fireplace & Garden
Tub on dead end street.
Above Ground Pool, Cross
Fenced, Garden Spot.
Horses Welcome.
Comfortable Country
Living. 13 miles west of
Okeechobee in secluded
Platts Bluff.
$172,000
No Pressure, I Promise!!

Call
Gail Brown
Realtor
863-697-0288
SBerger Real Estate Inc.

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

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
WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
North Carolina Where
there is: Cool Mountain
Air, Views & Stream,
Homes, Cabins &
Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUN-
TAIN PROPERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 PeachtreeSt.





HUNT ELK, WILD BOAR
and Buffalo in Missouri
until 3/15/05. Guaranteed
Hunting License,
Only $5.00. Our policy
NO Game, NO Pay,
Reasonable Rates,
Call (314)894-3776.



ASHEVILLE, NC AREA.
Spectacular Mountain
view & River lots. Paved
roads, clubhouse & more.
NEW RELEASE! POSSIBLE
$5K DISCOUNT! Bear Riv-
er Community Call
(866)411-5263


ATTENTION
INVESTORS
6 Builders lots still
available in brand new
community. New
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-
construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.
(954)
605-6407


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

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

Okeechobee 10 +/- Acres
Backs Up To Kissimmee
Prairie State Park !
Equestrian/Investment
$195,000 firm
COASTAL REALTY &
MANAGEMENT INC.
561-357-0554 owner/agent


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The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 17, 2005


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
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


LOTS STARTING @
$39,000 with deeded boat
slip in exclusive waterfront
community on South Car-
olina Lake. Featuring club-
house, pool, tennis, mari-
na, nature trails, putting
green. Great financing
Harbour Watch. (800)805-
9997.
www.lakemurrayliving.com.



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
Www.jacobsonauction.com
AB111 AU 237



COSTA RICA, 1 acre parcels
can be subdivided into 4
1/4 acre lots. Beautiful
Central Pacific views,
Roads, Water, Elec.
$19,500 acre. (800)861-
5677.




Mountain Golf Homesites!
Prestigious comnr
weaving throughout Dye
designed 18 hole champi-
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South Carolina. Call for
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WATERFRONT ON TAYLOR
CREEK- 2BR, 3BA, With a
sleeping loft, 1 car garage,
CBS const. on 3/4 acre,
new roof, paint & carpet.
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46, In Okeechobee. Good
cond. Ready to be moved.
$16,000 772-343-0319


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Boats 3005
Campers. RVs i301i
Jet Skiis 3151
Marine Accessories (i020
Marine Miscellaneous 30-25
Motorcycles ,)30I
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3015


BASS BOAT '86:
Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118
DUCK SKIFF, Fiberglass,
12 ft., 25 hp Merc. elec.
start w/trlr. All new equip.
$1800 (863)467-7406
FIBERGLASS 12'
Game fisherman w/magic
tilt trl. 16 '$995
(863)467-9877
Glasstream, '86, inboard,
outboard, 16 ft., $3000
or best offer
(863)634-7108
LANDAY 88' 16' Yamaha
motor, trolling motor &
trailer incl. $2500
(863)763-8054
OCEAN KAYAKS
(2) 14ft, Like new,
will separate $950
(863)763-4982
PALM BEACH- 22FT- w/
Cutty cab,'97 Ocean Pro
225 Evinrude, float on
trailer, Tee Top, $11,000.
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$995 (863)467-8629
PROP Alumumin like new,
never refurb. Hub kit incl.
17P fits mercury 90HP
$60 (863)763-1424
RANGER, '02, 392V, '01
Merc. 200hp, 122 hrs.,
21/2 yr. warranty, $10,500.
(863)763-1020
SKEETER BASS BOAT, '86-
$3500. (863)675-1570.




COACHMAN, slide in camp-
er, roof air, refrigerator, as
is $650. (863)699-9701

DUTCHMAN '95 26 ft. L
Full ba., 1 Bdrm., A/C, 9x24
Sunrm. Sleeps 5. S6988
863-357-2633 after 5 pm
HITCH, Reese w/brake ac-
cessories. All for $60.
(863)697-8547

TRAILER HITCH-
Good shape,
$40.
(863)675-3312.
TRUCK CAMPER
Sunlite slide in 9rV' self
contained $2500
(863)763-6348



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



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

BOAT PROPS- Stainless
steel, various sizes, $100.
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DIRT BIKE- Motor 85hp,
small bike, good cond.,
runs good, $1500. firm
(863)634-9769.

SUZUKI INTRUDER 2003
800CC, 2700 Miles
Loaded. $4900
(863)467-1897

Suzuki Intruder, '98, fully
dressed, exc. cond.,
$6500. (863)467-9766 aft
6 pm


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

TRAVEL TRL. 22' Skyline
recondition in good work-
ing order a must see
$2000 (863)697-8664.


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 40:s5
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 40701


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






BUICK REGAL, '95- good
cond, new tires, $2600.
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CHEVY CORSICA 1992
120K mls., New paint &
Tires less than 6 mo. old.
$1000 neg. 863-357-0147
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 SHO-'97, Black, 4dr,
V8, auto, A/C, CD, runs
great, $8500, or best offer,
(863)634-1181.
FUTON BUNK BED-
Like new, moving
must sell, $125.
(863)675-8305.
GEO METRO 95' Sharp
New tires & rims
good cond. $1800
(863)697-8138



4-
HONDA CEVIC 2000
Silver, Auto., 2 Dr., CD, All
pwr., Snrf. 44,900 mls.
$8,500. 863-599-0199
ISUZU AMIGO- '90,
Good shape, $1700,
(863)467-5052.

KIA SEPHIA-
'96, Runs, needs
work, $500.
(863)675-6180.
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CADILLAC ESCALADE '00
4x4, Tow pkg., 52K ml.
w/100K ml. warrantee.
$24,000 863-467-9284
CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
.$800 863-673-0920.
JEEP PICK-UP 89'
4wh dr good
woods buggy w/parts $450
(863)634-5243


Club Car, 1998, electric, re-
conditioned, 48v w/
charger. $1595.(863)675-
1472
Club Car, late model, recon-
ditioned, gas & electric,
$1495, (863)675-1472.

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


BUGGY TIRES, 18.4X38
Good Year, 8 ply, 70" Tall on
6 lug, 21/2 ton bolt pattern.
$2500 (863)467-2423


Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
6pm


ENGINE
350 Olds V8
$400 or best offer
(863)467-8856


FORD BRONCO-
'79, parts only, $300,
Call (863)763-5147
5pm 9pm.


TOW HITCH Reese,
New style, fits 89-00
Dodge trucks asking
$50 (863)763-1424


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


CHEV PU, '1945- $2500.
(863)675-1570.



CHEV S10. '93- has been
wrecked, good engine,
good tires, $200
(863)675-1570.


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


F150 '79 Wrecked, for
parts, rebuilt 302, Edel
Brock carb & headers,
auto, $400 863-675-8305


FORD 87' F150 w/93 en-
ine, util. work truck
2200 or best offer
(786)236-1615


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


CARGO/CAR Hauler 04'
Hallmark 24' Like new
for details $5950
(863)763-8127.


FORD WINDSTAR-'96, New
Jasper Engine, Body in
good shape, $6500. neg.
(772)201-8644.

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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-
ant to a Final Judgment entered in
the above entitled cause in the Cir-
cuit 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 youea 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


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
MEMBERS OF THE ADVANCED
LEARNING CENTER MANAGE-
MENT BOARD WILL HOLD A
BOARD MEETING MONDAY, JAN-
UARY 24, 2005, 2:00 P.M. IN THE
CALC CENTER FOR TEACHING
AND LEARNING ON THE CHAS-
TAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER
COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT 2400
SE SALERNO ROAD, STUART,
FLORIDA 34997. ANY PERSONS
WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT
BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION AR-
GUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES
OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT
EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT
FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE
MUST NOTIFY THE BOARD AT
LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE
SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE
BOARD. ANY PERSONS WISHING
TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF
THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO
ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT
SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY
NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBA-
TIM RECORD OF THE PROCEED-
INGS IS MADE.
546522 ON 1/17/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
Any prices listed in the Okeechobee
Real Estate Magazine or quoted by
American Eagle Site Development,
Inc. for any lot purchases in Eagle
Point Subdivision are no longer val-
id as of January 13, 2005.
547818 ON 1/16-29/05


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2004-DP-013
IN THE INTEREST OF:
M.E.B. DOB: 02-14-04
Mother of the minor child:
Yvonne Brege
TO: Father of F.B., Felipe Baltazar
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO M.E.B., A
FEMALE CHILD, BORN ON THE
14TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2004.
THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF ST. LUCIE, IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE
COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR
BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN
THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LO-
CATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 31ST DAY OF
MARCH, 2005, FOR THE HEARING
AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID
PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING
CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS OF THIS CHILD. IF YOU
FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE
AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY
LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO ANY ATTORNEY TO
REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MAT-
TER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN
ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE. AP-
POINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL
THEREOF, THIS 6TH DAY OF JAN-
UARY, 2005.
Kathy Amold,DEPUTY CLERK
546441 1/17 24 31,2/7/05

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2004-DP-013
IN THE INTEREST OF:
F.B. DOB: 10-08-02
Mother of the minor child:
Yvonne Brege
TO: Father of F.B., Felipe Ballazar
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE-HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO F.B., A
MALE CHILD, BORN ON THE BTH
DAY OF OCTOBER, 2002. THE.
CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF ST. LUCIE, IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE
COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR
BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN
THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LO-
CATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 31ST DAY OF
MARCH, 2005, FOR THE HEARING
AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID
PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING
CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS OF THIS CHILD. IF YOU
FAIL T i FF:P irit THE DATE
AND iM- .f',iii1E, YOU MAY
LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO ANY ATTORNEY TO
REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MAT-
TER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN
ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE AP-
POINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL
THEREOF, THIS 6TH DAY OF JAN-
UARY, 2005.
Kathy Amold,DEPUTY CLERK
5464361/1724 31"2/7/05


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CITY LAND PLANNING AGENCY MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The City Land Planning Agency for the City of Okeechobee
will meet on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereaf-
ter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 S.E. 3rd Avenue,
in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. Item to be
considered at this public meeting is:
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 04-007-SA sub-
mitted by the property owners Carey and Gerry Harden. The application is
requesting to change the Future Land Use designation from Residential
Single Family (RSF) to Commercial (C) for property loc atd 701 North-
east 3rd Street. Legal description being Lots 7-t 2 of Block 116, City of
Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee County,
Florida and is approximately 1.02 acres. The proposed use of the proper-
ty is for a Commercial Fish Company. This application was tabled at the
December 28, 2004 meeting.
The LPA will also consider any proposed amendments to the Land De-
velopment Regulations (LDR's).
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the Gen-
eral Services Office, Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at
(863) 763-3372, extension 218. Please be advised that this board serves
as a recommendation board. All Land Use Map Amendment Items con-
sidered are forwarded with their recommendation to the City Council for
final Public Hearing on February 1, 2005.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Land Planning Agency with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. General Services Department
tapes are for th sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Florida Statue 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accom-
modation to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-
3372 ext. 218 for assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida
Relay Service Number 1-800-955-8771 (TOO) or 1-800-955-8700
(VOICE) for assistance.
BY: Bill L. Veach, Zoning Administrator
545696 ON 1/7,17/05





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