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Vol. 96 No. 20 Thursday, January 20, 2005 50M Plus tax


Briefs

Deputy injured
in gun accident
An Okeechobee County
deputy accidentally shot him-
self in the leg Wednesday after-
noon while qualifying with his
firearm at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
gun range.
According to an OCSO press
release, John Koepke was hol-
stering his firearm when it acci-
dentally discharged a round
into the upper portion of his
right leg.
The deputy was transported
to Raulerson Hospital by Okee-
chobee County EMS, where he
is in stable condition.
Tell us
about your club
The Okeechobee News is
currently putting together its
annual Fact Book and is asking
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 gen-
eral 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.

Inside
Marina rebuilds
after hurricanes
PAHOKEE Jim Sheehan
distinctly remembers what he
thought shortly after the second
of two hurricanes hit, as he
drove over the dike at the Paho-
kee marina to reach his resort
business.
With a panoramic view of
the straddling shore on Lake
Okeechobee, he said to him-
self, "It's going to be rough the
next few months."
For the few hours before he
had a chance to visit the mari-
na, having ridden out the storm
from his home in Palm Beach
Gardens, Mr. Sheehan was
unsure what was still left of it.
With the scene before him,
Mr. Sheehan realized that in the
course of a few hours, what he
had worked years to build up
had been suddenly torn down.
"It was absolutely devastating,"
he said. "We lost basically
everything."
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Happy Birthday: Margaret Copeland honored with award


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
The candidates for the 2004/2005 School Related Employee of the Year, were: (back
row, left to right) Rene Wilson, Joanne Thomas, Judy Reed, Fran Hall, Terri Griffin, and
Sherman Goodman; (front row, left to right) Tracy Wilderman, Faye Walker, award win-
ner Margaret Copeland, Joseph Gaucin and Kay Bartlett. Not shown is Bruce Barriault.

Copeland is 'backbone' of YMS


Margaret Copeland got a sur-
prise birthday present two days
early.
The bookkeeper at Yearling
Middle School was named the
2004-05 School Related Employee
of the Year at Tuesday's Okee-
chobee County School Board
meeting.
Mrs. Copeland, who turns 63
today, has been with the district
for 24 years but this will be her
last. She will be retiring after this
school year.
The 12 nominees, including
Mrs. Copeland, represented over
100 years of service to the district
and the community.
Also nominated for the award
were: Tracy Wilderman, recep-
tionist at Okeechobee High
School; Bruce Barriault, head cus-
todian at Central Elementary
School; Judy Reed, paraprofes-
sional at Ceminole Elementary
School; Fran Hall, secretary at
Okeechobee Freshman Campus;
Joseph Gaucin, head custodian at
Everglades Elementary School;
Faye Walker, custodian at South
Elementary School; Rene Wilson,
secretary at Osceola Middle
School; Sherman Goodman,
See Copeland Page 2


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
Margaret Copeland was named the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School Related Employee of the Year at Tuesday's
meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board. She
was chosen from a group of 12 that were nominated by
their fellow staff members.


School board


OKs contract


with negotiator


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Although it was not readily
accepted by everyone in the
audience, the Okeechobee
County School Board unani-
mously approved paying
$7,500 to have someone han-
dle their union negotiations.
The board Tuesday
approved to enter into an
agreement with Sam Lee, of
DeLand, to handle collective
bargaining and act as a consult-
ant for the board.
The $7,500 to be paid to Mr.
Lee is a one-time payment.
Regardless of how long negoti-
ations may take, he will not be
paid any more or any less.
But a former school board


candidate expressed his uncer-
tainty to the board about enter-
ing into the contract with Mr.
Lee.
"Why is it we have to hire a
consultant?" asked audience
member Tim Welborn. "It
seems to me we have adequate
people here.
"The contract is between
you (the school board) and
your employees. Who better
knows your employees than
you?" he queried.
Mr. Welborn was a candi-
date in this year's election for
the District 4 school board seat,
but lost to incumbent India
Riedel.
He told the board that he felt
the $7,500 could be better used
See School Page 2


By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
Six downtown businesses
will have the outside of their
buildings renovated thanks to a
Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG).
At Tuesday's Okeechobee
City Council meeting, the pre-
liminary plans for Display Sys-
tems and Park Plaza were
approved.
The plans for those two
businesses were not complete
by the time the council met on


Dec. 7, when the plans for the
other four businesses were pre-
sented.
The other businesses that
will benefit from the grant are
Los Cocos Restaurant, North
Park Tire, Wherrell Auto Parts
and Okeechobee Abstract.
The CDBG is a state grant
that was open to all businesses
on the north side of Park Street.
The six businesses that
applied will receive $15,000
each to make improvements to
See CDBG Page 2


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Science Website Award
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at theOkeechobee County School
Board meeting, Dr. Patricia Cooper, superintendent of
schools (left) was presented a plaque for the Living Sci-
ence Website from Sam Smith (right) provost for Indian
River Community College for combined work in science
between IRCC and the Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict.


CDBG money


helps restore


area businesses


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News Briefs lffirlals want Jail time for prite tougint


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.
Applicants needed
for citizen boards
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okee-
chobee City Council is seeking
interested applicants to serve on
various citizen boards.
These boards include, but are
not limited to: Okeechobee Utility
board of directors; code enforce-
ment boar -planning board-land
planning agency-board of adjust-
ments and design review board.
Membership of the board,
when possible, should consist of
architects, general contractors,
realtors, business persons and lay
persons. Terms are for three years,
and either city or county residents
may apply.
Applications can be obtained
from the Okeechobee City Clerk's
Office, 55 S.E. Third Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3372, ext.
215.
No member of a citizen board
shall be an employee of, or hold
any elective position of office with
the government of the City of
Okeechobee or Okeechobee
County.

Foley's aide
to visit locally
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker,
aide to U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R),
16th Congressional district, will
hold office hours in room 106 of
the Okeechobee County Court-
house on Thursday, Jan. 27.
Ms. Decker will be available
from 8:30 until 11 a.m. She can
also be reached by calling (863)
763-6441.

College sign-up
plan ends Jan. 31
To lock in this year's prices in
the Florida Prepaid College Plan,
you must enroll online or your
paper application must be post-
marked by Monday, Jan. 31. The
college plan locks in tomorrow's
college costs today, and is guaran-
teed. You can lock in today's
tuition, local fees and dorm costs.
The plan is good in Florida, or out
of state. If you sign up now, your
first payment is not due until April
of this year. To enroll, visit
www.florida529plans.com/SignUp
Today; or, call 800552-GRAD
(4723).
Burglar dies
after scuffle
SARASOTA A burglar who
entered into a home through a bed-
room window died after a fight
with a 79-year-old man, police said.
Julian Scott responded to
screams by his sister; Henrietta
McCormick, 82, and arrhed himself
with a handgun Tuesday morning,
Sarasota County sheriff's deputies
said.
Scott came upon George T.
Jackson in McCormick's living
room and, after a struggle, hit him
in the head with the gun, deputies
said.
When deputies arrived, Jackson
was conscious but incoherent.
Jackson, 24, was arrested on drug
and residential burglary charges,
then taken to Sarasota Memorial
Hospital, where he died, deputies
reported.
The medical examiner's office
was investigating the cause of
death, sheriff's office spokesman
Chuck Lesaltato said.
"We don't believe he died from
the head injury," Lesaltato said.
Scott isn't expected to be
charged, Lesaltato said.
Worker crushed
by heavy machinery
CAPE CORAL A man was
crushed by heavy machinery while
removing trees from a canal, a
death that's been.related to Hurri-
cane Charley,'the medical examin-


er's office said.
Augustin Yanez, 34, was using a
chain saw to cut a tree in a Cape
Coral canal Monday when he was
crushed by a bucket attached-to a
track hoe, police spokesman Ange-
lo Bitsis said.
Yanez, who was bending over
when the bucket landed on him,
suffered extensive injuries through-
out his body, including his torso
and head, Bitsis said. ,
The three-member crew had a
beeping system for warning when
the bucket was being lowered, Bit-
sis said.


School
Continued From Page 1
for such things as band or athletic
equipment.
"The whole thing is the money
- $7,500 is a lot of money," he
said.
Board Chairman David
Williams responded to Mr. Wel-
born by saying someone like Mr.
Lee helps keep negotiations from
becoming personal, and keeps
talks focused on the issues at hand.
"It's nice to have a middleman,"
he said. "We feel that having the
consultant works best."
Mr. Williams added that the
consultant will also act as an advi-
sor to the board and will tell them


Copeland

Continued From Page 1
maintenance specialist, mainte-
nance department; Kay Bartlett,
paraprofessional at North Ele-
mentary School; Terri Griffin, sec-
retary at New Endeavor High
School; and Joanne Thomas,
billing clerk at Exceptional Stu-
dent Education.
"To be in that group was a real
honor," said Mrs. Copeland. "I
think it was just an honor to repre-
sent your school to begin with."
Mrs. Copeland began working


CDBG

Continued From Page 1
the outside of the buildings.
If the renovations exceed
$15,000, the business will be
responsible for paying the differ-
ence.
For their renovation, Display
Systems will put in a handicap
ramp. Park Plaza will also install
a handicap ramp, as well as a
cast iron decorative piece in
each archway.


when they are wrong or off track.
Tom Conely, attorney for the
board, indicated to Mr. Welborn
that the school district has used a
negotiator for 30 years.
"The proof is in the pudding,"
he said. "A lot of times the negotia-
tor will see things we don't see. I
have seen a negotiator tell a school
board member 'you are wrong.'"'
Prior to Mr. Lee, Herb Sang had
handled the consulting and negoti-
ating duties for the local board.
By using a negotiator, Mr. Cone-
ly said there have been relatively
few instances where talks have
resulted in an impasse.
"And the cost of going to
impasse is about as much as the
cost of a negotiator," he added.
Regardless, Mr. Welborn said he


in the district in the late '70s, said
Assistant Superintendent of
Schools Lee Dixon. Prior to that,
she worked for 17 years in the
banking business in Homestead.
"She was my bookkeeper for
two years when I was the principal
at Okeechobee Junior High
School," he said.
The school's name later
changed to Yearling Middle School.
When she and her husband
David, now 70, relocated to Okee-
chobee she applied for a job with
the school district, but was told she
was over qualified. But, after stating
her case, she was hired.
"I wanted to spend some time


With the money from t
grant, Los Cocos Restaurant v
repair damaged stucco, paint t
outside of the building and w
dow sills and add a busine
sign.
North Park Tire will have t
broken windows replace
install new doors; paint the o
side of the building; and, install
handicap ramp.
Wherrell Auto Parts will ha
neon tubing placed on the bui
ing to highlight it at night.
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was still against the contract.
"Maybe it works for you, but I
don't think it's necessary," he said.
"The only reason I'm standing up is
the money $7,500 is a lot of
money."
In other business, the school
board:
approved by a 5-0 vote a
March 2-6 trip to New York City for
47 Okeechobee High School
Seniors. The cost per student is
$879, which covers all expenses
except for lunches and souvenirs.
The seniors will also make a March
4 appearance on the Early Show on
the CBS network.
approved by a 5-0 vote the
expulsion for the remainder of the
first semester for a ninth-grade stu-
dent at New Endeavor High School


with my children in the after-
noons," she said.
She and her husband have two
grown children, and four grand-
children.
Mrs. Copeland began her
employment with the school dis-
trict as a clerical aide. Then, after a
period of time, Mrs. Copeland saw
some ways in which she could be
of help. One such way was simply
going to the copy machine and
making copies for teachers.
"I took over some duties that
allowed teachers to spend more
time with their students," she said.
Mrs. Copeland currently takes
care of the internal accounts at


have the outside of the building
painted and the damaged stucco
repaired.
In other business, the coun-
cil:


approved the December
he 2004 Warrant Register in the
ed; amount: general fund -
ut- $442,367.65; industrial develop-
ll a ment fund $398.901.22; debt
service fund $99,818.40; public
ive facility improvements fund -
ld- $89,714.49; Community Devel-
opment Block Grant fund -
vill $6,450; and, law enforcement
special fund- $1,100.
tabled taking action on
Ordinance No. 878 pertaining to
central business district regula-
tions until the March 1, meeting.
approved the preliminary
plat of Taylor Creek Estates.
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for defiance of authority.
approved by a 5-0 vote the
expulsion for the remainder of the
first semester for an eighth-grade
student at New Endeavor High
School for defiance of authority.
approved by a 5-0 vote the
expulsion for the remainder of the
first semester for a 10th grade stu-
dent at New Endeavor High School
for defiance of authority.
approved by a 5-0 vote the
expulsion for the remainder of the
school year for a ninth-grade stu-
dent at New Endeavor High School
for inappropriate conduct.
approved by a 5-0 vote the
expulsion for the remainder of the
school year a ninth-grade student at
New Endeavor High School for
defiance of authority, alcohol and
drugs.


Yearling and does the purchasing.
"I see to it they (the principals)
spend everything correctly," she
explained. "And over the years they
have trusted my judgment."
But according to current YMS
principal Brian Greseth, it's a lot
more than that.
"Margaret is really the backbone
of Yearling Middle School," he said.
"She's been here long enough she
knows the school really well, the
people here, the students and the
students' parents.
"She's not only an excellent
bookkeeper, but she has a wealth
of knowledge of the school. She is
an extreme asset," he continued.


quarterly update of Okeechobee
Main Street. Okeechobee Main
Street has created an arts and
culture committee, a design
committee and a beautification
committee. Membership has
been raised to nine members.
The organization participated in
the Christmas parade and is now
preparing for its third annual
barbecue that will take place
Feb. 25 and 26 at the American
Legion Post 64.
gave approval for Okee-
chobee Main Street to put up
banners downtown on the light
posts. These banners will have
Okeechobee Main Street's logo
on them and will have an area
where other organizations can
place a smaller banner advertis-
ing an upcoming event.
approved $100 per month


approved by a 5-0 vote a pro-
posal that would authorize Dr.
Patricia Cooper, superintendent of
schools, to enter into a contact to
upgrade the Wide Area Network
(WAN) infrastructure for the
school district. Due to an increase
in traffic, the network is at its capac-
ity during school hours. More traffic
has resulted in unacceptable
response times for Internet-based
applications such as FCAT Explor-
er, Destination Reading, etc.
approved by a 5-0 vote an
amendment of board policy for the
Student Progression Plan.
were told that there are 417
projects entered in today's local sci-
ence fair.
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Mr. Greseth went on to say Mrs.
Copeland frees up his time by look-
ing at the budget and making plans
for the upcoming year. Then she
beings researching and locating the
best prices on items.
"She does the legwork," he said.
"I'm a person that's behind the
scenes," she explained of her
duties atYMS.
And even though the curtain is
about to fall on her career and she
joins her husband in retirement,
she and her efforts will not be for-
gotten.
"There's such a large number of
people that she's touched," said Mr.
Greseth.


mailing expenditure for Okee-
chobee Main Street for this fiscal
year.
e approved a temporary
street closing request by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office for Southwest Fourth
Avenue between North and
South Park Streets on Feb. 19
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for a
Law Enforcement Expo.
approved the 2005 Employ-
ee Grievance Committee.
instructed City Attorney
John Cook to draft an ordinance
for alley closing application No.
73, requesting to close the north
to south and east to west alley-
ways in block 123.
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Agenda Winners
The Agenda drawing winners
this week are: Kylee Field, from
Mrs. Gable's class; Cecilia Ceja,
from Mrs. Quann's class; Dodie
McCarty, from Mrs. Posey's class;
Carlos Campos, from Mrs.
Veasey's class; Carlos Rojas, from
Mrs. Garcia's class; Jessica Sali-
nas, from Ms. Raulerson's class;
Cayuna Williams,. from Mrs.
Gaus' class; Brittany Agnew, from
Mrs. Croncich's class; Samantha
Brague, from Mrs. Vickers' class;
and, Cody Thompson, from Mr.
Griesemer's class.
The Agenda Drawing Winners
for last week were: Dax Haught,
from Miss Saine's class; Eliborio
Bucio, from Mrs. Stanley's class;
Jennifer Rosas, from Mrs. Hilyer's
class; James Mauldin, from Mrs.
Whitlock's class; Prissy McDon-
ald, from Mrs. VanDeman's class;
Jarred Radford, from Mrs. Harri-
son's class; Savanna Whitlock,
from Ms. Cotton's class; and, Ster-
landra McNeil, from Mrs.
McCoin's class.
Please remember, beginning
Jan. 18 and ending Feb. 4, Student
Council will sponsor a Penny
Drive to help raise money to ben-
efit the orphans of the recent
Tsunami. Please send in any spare
change (not limited to pennies) to
help our school reach our goal of
$1,000. Thank you for your com-
passion and support.
Kindergarten
Miss Hudson and Mrs. Ham-
blen welcomed two new students
on Jan. 3. That makes our class
the Fabulous 15. We have been
working on lions and ladybugs for
"L" and snowmen for winter.
Miss Saine's class has been
learning about penguins this
month. We have also been learn-
ing to build three letter "i" words.
' Mrs. Quann's and Miss Addie's
class has been working on a num-
bers book for our math project.
Our class is also learning to find
the beginning, middle, and end-
ing parts of a story.
Mrs. Gable's class is having fun
doing activities for 'The Mitten',
painting, acting, and making a


udents raising m
book. the class would like to say a spe-
It's winter in Mrs. Ward's class cial thank you to Miss Natoya our
with high school aide and Ms. Ida, our
snowflakes foster grandparent for all that they
and pen- do for us!
guins., Our As we come together as a new
class chart of 14group, Ms. Harvey's class is get-
penguin ting along with each other and
facts keeps "'S- *. being friends, like how Martin
I d hrWn I Ant,( urin


getting
longer as we learn more. The
class enjoyed making penguins
using potatoes as a penguin
stamp. The winter stones and
poems give us Floridian kinder-
garteners a little bit of a feel of
what winter is like.
Roar! It's Dinosaur Week in
Mrs. Hoak's class! Our class has
been busy reading and learning
about dinosaurs. Wewent on a
fossil hunt and told dinosaur
jokes and riddles! The children
have also been busy writing to
100! Everyone in the class has
been working hard to be ready for
reading groups. Mrs. Hoak and


LUii er ing jr. wanteU ev
to get along. We also I
snowmen and discuss(
guins.
Mrs. Pope's class is le
about snow, penguins, an
tin Luther King Jr., as v
"Respect". It sounds li
weather and winter activ
our class are a lot like Mrs.
class.

Second Grade
Mrs. Hall's second grad
working hard in math le
how to subtract with regr
They are also practicing cc
change, a life skill evi


yreyone
painted
d pen-

earning
id Mar-
well as
ke the
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warning
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eryone


Governor announces D


Tallahassee Governor Jeb
Bush and Lt. Governor Jennings
today unveiled their budget rec-
ommendations for fiscal year
2005-2006 for the Department of
Children & Families (DCF) that
protects Florida's most vulnera-
ble citizens, including children,
persons suffering from mental ill-
ness and addiction and victims of
domestic violence. "Caring for
our most vulnerable residents
remains a high priority," DCF Sec-.
retary Lucy D. Hadi said. "The
Governor's budget builds upon
our commitment to deliver a con-
tinued comprehensive social
service that responds to the
needs of Floridians and includes
collaboration with community
partners that can best meet those
needs." The Bush/Jennings
budget for the next fiscal year
includes: Child welfare: Shared
Risk Pool for Community-Based
Care, $10.5 million-Governor
Bush and Lt. Governor Jennings
recognize the risk incurred by


Community-Based Care facilities
as they attend to abused and neg-
lected children.
Restore Specialized Residen-
tial Group Care, $10 million-The
funding provides mental health
wrap-around services to children
in residential group care.
Community-Based Care Equi-
ty, $10.5 million-The Bush/Jen-
nings recommendation ear-
marks funds to achieve equity
among geographic areas of the
state in the delivery of child wel-
fare services by Community-
Based Care facilities.
Increase for Sheriff-Provided
Child Welfare Investigations, $3.4
million-Covering unexpected
expenses, the funding assists
sheriffs in five counties with
investigation costs, including
employee health insurance and
fuel for travel.
Adoption Maintenance Subsi-
dies, $2 million-The multi-million
dollar Bush/Jennings proposal
expands financial assistance to


oney for
needs. In science, students are
researching animal habitats
using the laptop computers.
Everyone enjoys learning with
technology!
The students in Mrs. Bailey's
class are busy bringing pennies to
class to send to the orphans of
the tsunami. They are very exited
about filling the collection jar
with change for the children in
need.
Throughout the last couple of
weeks in Miss Johnson's class we
have been learning about our
body and how it works. Please
ask your children about it. Also,
continue to help your children
with double-digit subtraction.

Third Grade
Let it snow! Mrs. Van Deman's
third grade class has been enjoy-
ing cutting out snowflakes. They
make our hallway a winter won-
derland. We are also working on
our process writing. Most of us


WCF budget
an additional 1,734 children
adopted in the next fiscal year.
Mental health and substance
abuse treatment: Closing the
Treatment Gap on Substance
Abuse Services, $7 million-Rec-
ognizing the need to close the
gap between the need and the
availability of substance abuse
services, Governor Bush and Lt.
Governor Jennings are proposing
$7 million to serve children in
state care and adults in drug treat-
ment programs.
Crisis Stabilization Units, $6.4
million-The Bush/Jennings plan.
calls for $6.4 million to increase
the capacity of adult and child
Crisis Stabilization Units by 80
beds.
Domestic violence: Domestic
Violence Shelters, $4 million-To
provide women a safe haven
from abusive partners, the Gover-
nor and Lt. Governor are propos-
ing $4 million to make improve-
ments and provide services
across the state.


Obituaries


Patricia Ann Gabor
Patricia Ann Gabor, age 51, of
Okeechobee, died Jan. 19, 2005, in
Okeechobee. She was born Nov. 7,
195.3, in Barlow, to Harveyand Mil-
dred Grant. She was a homemaker
who devoted her life to her family
and was affiliated with the Okee-
chobee North Church of God.
Mrs. Gabor is survived by: her
husband, Larry Gabor of Okee-
chobee; stepmother, Jeanette
Grant of Okeechobee; two daugh-
ters, Bernice Gabor of Okeechobee
and Kimberly Lawrence of Tampa;
one son, Patrick Lawrence of
Okeechobee; three stepsons, Scott
Gabor, John Paul Gabor, and Ryan
Gabor, all of Okeechobee; three
sisters, Sharon Throgmorton,
Rhonda Williams, both of Okee-
chobee and Darlene Alred of


Tampa; and, one brother, John
Grant of Okeechobee.
Funeral services will be held
Saturday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m., at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Noah Taylor, offi-
ciating. Interment wil 1 follow at
Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, please make memorials to
the Hospice of Okeechobee, 411
S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, Fla.
34974. Arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.
Steve Howell Sr.
Steve Howell Sr., age 51, of
Zolfo Springs and formerly of
Okeechobee died Saturday Jan. 15,
2005, at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center. He was born on Dec. 30,
1953, in West Palm Beach. He was


the son of Loys Elin and Mary Jane
Howell. He was a professional
cowboy who was raised in the
woods of south and central Florida.
He graduated from Moore Haven
High School. He was a member of
the following organizations: Ft.
Kissimmee Cemetery Assoc.,
American Quarter Horse Assoc.,
National Cutting Horse Assoc. and
the National Cattleman Assoc.
He is survived by: his best
friend, Eugenia of Zolfo Springs;
two sons, Steve Howell Jr. of Ocala,
and Marty Howell of Lake Butler;
daughter, Melissa Ferrell of Okee-
chobee; four granddaughters; and,
two brothers, Louie Elin of Virginia
and Jimmy DeWayne of Okee-
chobee.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan.
21, from 2 until 4 p.m., at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home &


,- In Loving Memory

of

Steve Howell


Crematory.
Graveside funeral services will
be held at Ft. Kissimmee Cemetery
on Saturday Jan. 22, at noon.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home & Cremato-
ry.


Tsunami victims


have really raised our grades and
we're using juicy words to write
interesting stories. Congratula-
tions to our new Student Council
Representatives: Marcus Garcia,
Tristan Mavroides, and Prissy
McDonald!
Fourth Grade
Fourth grade would like to


congratulate one of our teach-
ers, Mrs. Deanne Wilcox, on
becoming the 2005 Teacher of
the Year for North Elementary
School. Mrs. Wilcox has been
teaching at North for six years
and she has been in fourth grade
for two years. We love Mrs.
Wilcox and we're very proud of
her accomplishment!


Courtesy photo/Food Pantry
Food Pantry is open
Alex Roberts and Vera Breen are volunteers working in
the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. There
is no need to be hungry. The Food Pantry is open to any-
one with I.D. on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m.
until noon. They are located three blocks north of CVS on
U.S. 441 in the rear parking lot of the church.




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n January 10, 2005, Steve Howell had a stroke. He was born in ,
Florida, raised in the woods of South-central Florida, and died
/ there as well. He loved cattle, horses and dogs. He met no
strangers, and everyone was his friend. There were very few places
in Florida he hadn't been trailing up a cow.
And most of all he lived his life with passion.
We would love for all of those day-riders, ranchers, family and
friends to go on one last ride with Steve this Saturday, Jan. 22, at
the Avon Park Bombing Range. Please bring your gear, your horse
and wear what you would have worn on the ranch. We will meet
at the cowpens at 8 a.m. and ride out at 9 a.m.
His viewing will be Friday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
205 NE 2nd Street 863-763-2111
Graveside services will be Saturday, Jan. 22
.t at the Ft. Kissimmee Cemetery.
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 20, 2005


4 OPINION


Speak Out

Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question about
public issues. You are not required to leave your name. While we
want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves the right to
edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness. To speak out
call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
okeenews@okeechobee.com. You can also mail submissions to
Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Duped
"Well, here it is again another report stating that President Bush
is nothing but a liar confirming what every Democrat knew from
the beginning, and every Republican should have known but got
duped into voting for him again."
Growth
"This is in regard to the call 'No Growth' in Speak Out recently. I
strongly disagree with that. I don't know who you are or why you
think you can speak for all the people of this town, because there
are a large number of us who would love to see a Target or Home
Depot. Maybe they need to move to a smaller town if they don't
want to see growth."
Identity Theft
"We were recently the victim of identity theft with Social Security
numbers and they got credit cards. I would like to know why all you
store owners and managers make these people show their driver's
licenses and take their picture while they are making a credit card
transaction? It is very easy to call the'lending establishment to verify
the Social Security number of the person making the transaction."
Meaning
"I was wondering if any one could tell me the meaning of bush-
wa?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We're not sure as to which
word you are referring, but both are pronounced similarly. Bushwa
means rubbishy nonsense. In short, the word bourgeois means: 1.
a member of the middle class; 2. a shopkeeper or businessman; 3.
one whose opinions are believed to be determined mainly by con-
cern for property values; 4. belonging to, characteristic of, or con-
sisting of the middle class; 5. conventional lacking in refinement
or elegance; 6. dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits
or concerns. (Leon Victor Auguste) Bourgeios is also the name of a
French statesman and Nobel peace prize winner.)


Community Events

Chamber Coffee Klatch slated
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce monthly Coffee Klatch
will be hosted by the March of Dimes on Jan. 20 at Harbor Federal,
2801 U.S. 441 S. starting at 8 a.m. All Chamber members and their
guests are invited to the business social. Refreshments will be served.
Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be having a yard 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 Niff-
enegger; Thursday, March 24, "The Other B':le'\Ti" Phillipa Gregory;
Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell Me Hov Yo'u Live", Agatha Christie-
NMalloIan; Thursda%. Ma) 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" Michaell
Dorris, and Thuisday, June 23, "Before Women Had VWig-s" Connie
Fowler. it you have questions or would like more information, 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 Saturday, 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 busi-
ness. Remember to bring flyers and brochures about your business
and if you choose, a gift to give away. For more information, call (800)
299-8878.
Learning coalition will meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties
(formally known as the Okeechobee County School Readiness Coali-
tion) 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.
Genealogy seminar is planned
The Genealogical Society presents George G. Morgan, author of
"How to Do Everything with your Genealogy" at their annual seminar
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 beverages.
For information, contact Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674.





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Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives

Looking Back ...
John Kunkel Small took this picture of Bald Cypress and Ficus aurea Peat, which are trees growing in deep peat moss
on the southwestern shore of Lake Okeechobee in May of 1917. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or
of Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we
can copy them while you wait.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. If you need more
information, call Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020 or Janet Rinal-
do at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet
for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger
Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-
2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information,
call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For more information, call (863)
763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of, Okeechobee meets from noon until 1 p.m. at
the Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome.
For more information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information,
call (863) 467-9360.
A.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour.
It's a closed book study.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For more information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean
Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon. Representatives will. be at the One Stop Center, 123
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Paula Baxley, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okee-
chobee, and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W of the Area Agency on Aging. The
meeting is from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information
or to reserve your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free
respite care is available for your loved one while you 'are in group at
Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W Second Ave. For
information about respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that
will meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family
member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is avail-
able at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave.
For information call (863) 467-2321.
Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 will meet at 9:30 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public
is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Wanda Kubitz at (863) 357-3775 or Lisa Tatro at (863) 357-1197.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For more informa-
tion, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.




Crime Prevention Tip

The best brand of lock is useless if you
don't lock your home and car doors.



Quote of the Day

"What's money? A man is a success if he
gets up in the morning and goes to bed at
night and, in between, does what he
wants to do."
Bob Dylan (1941 -)


Letter to the Editor


A helping hand
I am writing this letter to pub-
licly acknowledge a businessman
and a business organization in
Okeechobee for the remarkable
work they have done to help re-
establish Suncoast Mental Health
Center, Inc. in Okeechobee.
Suncoast is a non-profit
agency serving children and
youth ages 3 and up. We provide
individual, group and family ther-
apy, case management and psy-
chiatric evaluations and medica-
tion management. Most of our
services are provided in the
schools and homes of our young
clients.
However, our medical services
provided in our Okeechobee
office were severely affected by
the hurricanes of the fall.
Our building, located at 411
Parrott Ave. had roof damage that
caused a total loss to our offices.
This occurred with Hurricane
Jeanne. Our Vero Beach office
was lost after Hurricane Frances.
Luckily, our Fort Pierce and Stuart
offices only sustained minor dam-
age.
Our Okeechobee office is
leased to us by Gilbert Culbreth
Investments, Inc. of Okeechobee.
Unlike our Vero landlord, Mr. Cul-
breth and his staff particularly
Lowry Markham were
extremely helpful.


They came in right away anc
began the process of demolition.
and restoration They did so with-
out fighting with us about who is
responsible for what expenses.
Their primary concern was
getting the doors opened as soor
as possible. Whenever they
could, they provided us witl
assistance and guidance. This
provided me with a great sense ol
relief and, once again, confirmed
my fond affection for Okee-
chobee and her residents.
Due to their effort as well as
Director of Exceptional Educatior
Cathleen Blair, and Pastor Sam al
First Baptist Church, Suncoasl
was able to focus on caring foi
the young people of Okeechobee
and their families during the tragic
and stressful days following the
storms.
Everyone who experience
the storms of 2004 will have
memories and a wide array ol
feelings associated with that time.
Suncoast will remember the peo-
ple like Gilbert Culbreth anc
Lowry Markham and theii
unselfish, neighborly helping
hand that reached down anc
helped us up and back on out
feet.
Thank you Mr. Culbreth anc
Mr. Markham.
John W. Bracken,
L.C.S.W,


Community Events

Wildlife center plans open house
Arnold's Wildlife is hosting their annual open house on Saturday,
Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be barbecue dinners
available for a $5 donation, face painting, a petting area for interac-
tion with some of their educational animals, a silent auction, a butter-
fly garden and nature trail plus many more activities to enjoy. Arnold's
Wildlife is located at 14895 N.W 30th Terrace, Okeechobee. To get to
Arnold's, go north on U.S. 441 to the blinking light north of the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club and turn left. Then, follow the signs.

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.
Big Lake Missions plans yard sale
Big Lake Missions Outreach is holding a yard sale Saturday, Jan.
22, behind the Rodeo grounds at 605 N.W. 16th St. The sale will begin
at 8 a.m., and will benefit the homeless and needy in Okeechobee.
There is something for everyone including lots of bric-a-brac, glass-
ware, etc. To make donations or for information, call (863) 763-5725
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.
Methodist church hosting revival
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will host
a revival Jan. 23-25. On Sunday, Jan. 23, the revival will be held at 8, 9
and 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. On Jan. 24 and 25, it will begin at 6:30
p.m. Pastor Terry R. Duckworth will share testimony through word
and song that both inspires and enlightens.
Baptist church hosting revival
The First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton Rt. 6, Box 570-A-
is having a revival Jan. 23-26. Evangelist Richard Pickup from Okla-
homa 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.






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Community Events

Kids' casting event planned
The Taylor Creek Bass Club and Okeechobee Marine Center
will hold a Bassmaster Casting Kid's Competition on Sunday, Jan.
30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This free event will be held at the
Okeechobee Marine Center, 1552 U.S. 78 West, and is open to
girls and boys in two age groups 7-10 and 11-14. Winners in
each age group will receive a medal and a rod and reel. Winners
will advance to the state competition. State winners then
advance to the semi-finals and potentially the National Bassmas-
ter Casting Kid's Championship for a share of over $20,000 in
scholarships. Each contestant at the local competition will
receive a certificate of participation, plus free hot dogs and a soft
drink courtesy of Okeechobee Marine Center. A parent or
guardian must accompany the child.
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
October and February will be excused from class and permitted
to attend the yearbook jam (during seventh hour) at the end of
the school year. Yearbooks will be sold in the Journalism room
(14-10) during both lunches. Make checks payable to OHS. For
the first time, parents and students may purchase yearbooks
online at www. buyayearbook.com, or through the Yearbook
Order Center at (888) 298-5063. These forms of payment will be
accessible during the October sales weeks.
Legion offering booths for fair
The American Legion Post #64 has booth space available for
exhibits during the American Legion Free Fair to be held Feb. 3-
13. For information on securing your booth space, call the Ameri-
can Legion Office (863) 763-2950. Office hours are 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. daily.
DAR meeting is scheduled
The Okeechobee chapter of DAR will meet at 10 a.m. on Feb.
5 at the Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd 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) 763-2492 or Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.
Intangible tax seminar offered
There will be an intangible tax seminar at the Okeechobee
Department of Health on Feb. 8. The class is 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.
Fundraiser helps volleyball team
The O.H.S. volleyball team is seeking donations for a fundrais-
ing flea market at Okeechobee High School on Feb. 12. The team
is raising money to go to summer camp in North Carolina. They
are accepting donations of all kinds of items including furniture,
outdoor 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.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library,.
206 S.W 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word process-
ing sills will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navi-
gate the internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact
the Okeechobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the
church. Our temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation
are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Red Cross needs DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group
of trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as
structure fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time
and talents to help local citizens in a time of disaster, please con-
tact Andy or Candace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee
Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.
Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that have
an image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on two
sides of the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper telling
some of the history of the beautiful old building for $6. These are
available at the Chamber of Commerce. The Historical Society
has reprinted the small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
Okeechobee County Florida" that sells for $4. It, too, is available
at the Chamber of Commerce. Both are also available at the His-
torical Museum, which is open each Thursday from 9 a.m. until
1:30 p.m. except for holidays.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting
the January series of childbirth education classes at the Okee-
chobee County Health Department. All pregnant women are
encouraged to attend the classes. For information, or to register
for this informative class, call the Healthy Start office at 462-5877.
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Faith Farm Thrift store reopens
The Faith Farm Thrift Store, 1852 S.R. 70 W has now
reopened. Store hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday
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Staff photos/Jose Zaragoza
A small number of boats still litter the marina grounds at
Pahokee in light of the storms. Jim Sheehan, with Ever-
glades Adventures, even months after the storms still finds
them perhaps the most annoying aspect to deal with, but
continues to work toward rebuilding.


The docks at the marina were almost completely wiped out
after the two storms hit late last year.


Pahokee marina rebuilds after storm


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
PAHOKEE Jim Sheehan dis-
tinctly remembers what he thought
shortly after the second of two hur-
ricanes hit, as he drove over the
dike at the Pahokee marina to
reach his resort business.
With a panoramic view of the
straddling shore on Lake Okee-
chobee, he said to himself, "It's
going to be rough the next few
months."
For the few hours before he had
a chance to visit the marina, having
ridden out the storm from his
home in Palm Beach Gardens, Mr.
Sheehan was unsure what was still
left of it.
With the scene before him, Mr.
Sheehan realized that in the course
of a few hours, what he had
worked years to build up had been
suddenly torn down. "It was
absolutely devastating," he said.
"We lost basically everything."
From that day, Mr. Sheehan and
his staff at Everglades Adventures
took up the task of surviving and,
now, are rebuilding. With a for-
ward-looking plan in hand, they
also hope to fare better in future
storms.
According to Mr. Sheehan, the
lower water levels present in the
lake helped to avoid an early disas-
ter. With the second hurricane, the
levels were a few inches higher,
and proved to be the critical differ-
ence. The winds and possible tor-
nadoes crashed the waves against
the beach and tossed things in the
sea against the land.
With the resort business one of
the largest and most promising
attractions in Pahokee catering
to the tourism industry that city staff
feels is key to economic prosperity
- Mr. Sheehan said the thought to
close down never entered his
mind. Even in the face of severe
damage, there was a silver lining to
it all.
"At least we get to start new,"
Mr. Sheehan told himself.
For approximately three
months after the storms, staff at
Everglades Adventures, together
with a crew called in from Georgia,
took to the two-mile stretch of trash
20 feet deep into the shore, hauling
litter and debris off the site. They


worked around yachts that ended
up on the land and according to Mr.
Sheehan, no one wanted to rest
until it was done. One day might be
easier than another, but it was all
progress, said Mr. Sheehan.
"It was the little things that got
you the rocks in the sewer lines
that backed up, the broken water
lines you don't see," he said.
By Thanksgiving, the resort
business opened up a number of.
its cabins to customers who had
reserved them earlier. "It took two
months to get the situation under
control," said Mr. Sheehan.
The focus now is on rebuilding.
Meeting with their engineers -
after having worked with their
insurance company and in con-
junction with the state for funding
- the administration at Everglades
Adventures is moving ahead. The
application for permit for the work
for rebuilding the marina should be
completed by the end of the week,
if all goes well, they say.
Months before the storm, Ever-
glades Adventures looked to the
future with a set of plans that called
for a hefty overhaul of new features
meant to improve the marina. In
light of the hurricanes, Mr. Sheehan
admits, "those plans are obsolete."
Now, the resort will not settle for
anything less than the most proven
of technologies for incorporation
into the new design. Whereas
wooden or concrete docks would
have sufficed, steel pilings driving
deep into the ocean are now
prominently featured in the plans.
A border a few feet higher into the
air will help to protect the marina
from severe wind and water.
"We redesigned in a manner as
to protect it better," Mr. Sheehan
said. "You can look out there and
see what works and what doesn't."
The docks at the marina that
had been left in shambles will be
replaced under the new plans and
soon the two-phased work sched-
ule should replace the weathered
structures still evident in the sea.
On Monday, as he looked at pic-
tures of the cabins as they were
before the hurricanes, Mr. Sheehan
was sure that the business would
bounce back.
In the meantime, the resort can
still count on its regular customers.
A visiting couple that spent a week-


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Adventures resort in Pahokee. Supplied by FEMA for fami-
lies displaced from the storms, the trailers have also sup-
plied a small lift for the business as it transitioned into full
operation.


end at the resort recently had glow-
ing reviews of their stay and of the
atmosphere that comes with wak-
ing up beside the lake in the morn-
ing.
"It was wonderful," they said,
"our dog especially loved it. We will
definitely be coming back."
Looking back at the year that
has passed, Mr. Sheehan said he is
ecstatic and confident. He also has
a renewed appreciation for the
community of Pahokee.
Throngs of people came up to
him following the storm, with shots
of the devastation cropping up in
the news, with unselfish pledges to
help. "I couldn't be happier with


the reaction from the employees,
the city and the community," Mr.
Sheehan said.
At least everyone at Everglades
Adventures, though, hopes that
Frances and Jeanne are the end of
it. Asked to consider another storm
hitting again, Mr. Sheehan says, "I
hope not. I don't think it will, but
the only thing you can do is to build
stronger."
He hopes the worst is behind
him.
"You just take it one step at a
time and, eventually, you get it.
There's no one to blame," said Mr.
Sheehan. "Sometimes, Mother
Nature gets the better of you."


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6 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 20, 2005


Community Events

Pregnancy task force will meet
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of the Okee-
chobee 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 coali-
tions 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 informa-
tion about the coalition or joining the Teen Pregnancy Preven-
tion 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 orj 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
building adjoining the Tanti school on U.S. 98 near the airport.
Many handmade quilts and crafts will be on display and some
will be for sale. A $2 donation is requested. For more informa-
tion, 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 pro-
gram is for the beginner/novice as well as the seasoned mariner.
Participants must pre-register as seating is limited and materials
must be ordered. Please call (863) 467-3085 to reserve your seat.
Gun safety class offered
The Chamber of Commerce will host a civilian defensive gun
safety class on Jan. 27 starting at 7 p.m. On Jan. 29, the second
session of the class will be held on the shooting range. Everyone
will meet at the Chamber office at 8:30 a.m. to get directions to
the range. Openings are still available. For more information, call
(863) 763-6464.
Teen block party scheduled
The Communities in Schools will host their next teen block
party on Jan. 28 at the Okeechobee Skate Park, 300 N.W. Sixth
Ave., from 7 until 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per student. This block
party is for middle school students only. For information, call
(863) 462-5863.
Church plans ground breaking ceremony
The New Testament Baptist Church will be breaking ground
for their new sanctuary and fellowship hall on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at
535 N.E. 28th Ave. The site is located on the north side of S.R. 70
across the highway from the Y Drive Thru. Everyone is wel-
come. There will be gospel singing and a cookout to celebrate
the beginning of construction. The church is currently holding
worship services at a temporary location, 108 S.E. Park St.,
which is next to Barney's Barber Shop. Services are held at 9:30
and 10:30 a.m., and at 6 p.m. every Sunday. Wednesday services
begin at 7 p.m. Also, the church will be hosting its first jubilee
Jan. 30-Feb. 3. Sunday services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Services will begin at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Preach-
- ers will be Evangelist Noah Frye from Lexington, N.C.; Evangelist
Donnie Pollard from Rome, Ga.; Evangelist Rudy Pendleton from
Smithfield, Ky.; and, the Weaver Family from Georgia.
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 Okee-
chobee. The screenings are being offered by the Alzheimer's
Association and the Memory Disorder Center at St. Mary's Hospi-
tal. 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
present 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 members.
Red Cross offering classes
The American Red Cross will be hosting a class on Saturday,
Jan. 29, that will deal with first aid basics. The class will be from 9
a.m. until 1 p.m. The fee is $25. For information or to sign up, call
(863) 763-2488.
Habitat for Humanity plans auction
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee will be holding its annu-
al auction ori 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.
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 Okee-
chobee, and her goddaughter Alice L. Luckhardt of Stuart. The
owner of the ship was Captain Richard Walters. The Prins Valde-
mar 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 sink-
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Health Briefs


Free pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer
free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for
a free ultrasound, parenting classes
and abstinence education. Operat-
ing hours are from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays,
and from 1 until 5 p.m. on Tues-


days. We are located at 1505 S. Par-
rott Ave., across from the movie
theatre. We are going to start par-
enting classes in January so if you
would like more information on
this or set an appointment for a free
pregnancy test please call 763-
8859.
Childbirth education
classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting the
January series of childbirth educa-


tion classes at the Okeechobee
County Health Department. All
pregnant women are encouraged
to attend the classes. For informa-
tion, or to register for this informa-
tive class, call the Healthy Start
office at 462-5877. Every baby
deserves a healthy start.
Red Cross hosts
instructor's course
The American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee 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 to 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 Coali-
tion is part of a statewide network


of coalitions responsible for plan-
ning 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 joining the
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task
Force, contact Executive Director
Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.
Free memory
screenings offered
On Jan. 28, free memory loss


screenings will be held at the Visit-
ing 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 Disorder Center at St.
Mary's Hospital. For more informa-
tion, call Donna True, licensed clin-
ical social worker, at (800) 861-
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TEEN, ANGLERS:
Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Calvin King (left), Taylor Wilhelm (middle) and Matthew Morgan celebrated their first Big "0"
Teen Anglers tournament win Saturday afternoon at the old Scott Driver ramp. Wilhelm took
home first place honors; Morgan finished in second place and King finished in third place.


Local anglers gave up their Saturday to take members of the Big "0" Teen Anglers out on
the lake for their first bass tournament. These anglers are (in no particular order) David Con-
roy, Carl Lewis, Ken Hall, Glenn Miller, David Straight, Danny Enfinger, George Dupont, Mike
Frost, Rick Wilhelm, Dean Morgan, Robert Sheltra and (not pictured) John Bertino.


Big "0" Teen Anglers host inaugural bass tourney


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The weather may have been
wet, windy and cold Saturday,
but it did not dampen the spirits
of 23 young anglers from the Big
"0" Teen Anglers bass fishing
club. These young people held
their inaugural bass fishing tour-
nament this past weekend and


with the help of 12 adult boaters
made their way onto Lake Okee-
chobee in search of the large-
mouths.
Local adult anglers donated
their time and boats to take the
teen anglers out on the rough
lake. Competitors were not
allowed to fish with adult family
members, so they received a great
deal of assistance from talented


adults not members of their own
families. David Conroy, Carl
Lewis, Ken Hall, Glenn Miller,
David Straight, Danny Enfinger,
George Dupont, Mike Frost, Rick
Wilhelm, Dean Morgan, Robert
Sheltra and John Bertino volun-
teered to take the competitors out
onto the lake and came back with
nothing but praise for the conduct
and knowledge of these young


people.
Taylor Wilhelm, a 13-year old
from Loxahatchee, brought in the
five fish limit. Their combined
weight of 7.43 lbs. gave Wilhelm
his first Big "0" victory. "I caught
them using rattletraps," he said.
Wilhelm is no stranger to fishing
though, "I've been fishing since I
was 4 years old," he explained.
Second place went to 12-year


old Matthew Morgan of Welling-
ton. He brought 6.67 lbs. of bass
to the scale. He also brought in a
five fish limit. "I caught two using
rattletraps and three on Senko,"
he explained.
Calvin King, a 16-year old stu-
dent at Okeechobee High School,
finished in third place with four
fish weighing 6.03 lbs. He also
caught the big fish of the day. It


weighed in at 3.21 lbs.
There were a total of 32 fish
brought to the scale by these
youngsters, with only one fish
dead. The Big "0" Teen Anglers'
next tournament will take place
on February 26 from the old air
boat ramp at Okee-Tantie Park.
For further information contact
club advisor Charlie Hays at 763-
2332.


Brahman varsity wrestlers take second in LaBelle tourney


The Brahman varsity
wrestling team started the New
Year on the right foot with a sec-
ond place finish at the LaBelle
dual wrestling tournament
recently. The 12-team tourna-
ment was divided into. three
pools of four. Each team in the
pool wrestled each other. The
winners of each pool then
advanced to the finals, which
gave the Brahmans five match-
es.
As a third seed in the tourna-
ment, the Brahmans faced off
against Clewiston in the first
match. After falling behind after
two weight classes due to Brah-
man forfeits, the team pulled
together and handily defeated
Clewiston 57-15.
The next opponent for the
Brahman mat warriors was Pine
Ridge, the number one ranked
team in the pool. The match
went back and forth but
Jonathan Suarez brought the
match to an end with a much
needed pin. The Brahmans


came away with the upset by a
score of 42-36.
The third match of the after-
noon came with Lehigh. The
Brahmans were on a roll and
needed this match to win the
pool. There was no question as
to the outcome of the match
with the Brahmans easily win-
ning 62-6.
The Chobee grapplers moved
into the final pool against the top
winners of the other pools. After
a short break the team was
matched up with a strong
Riverdale squad. The Brahmans
were unable to come away with
a win as Riverdale defeated the
Brahmans.
Mariner was the last team to
face the Brahmans, and they
also beat the Brahman team. It
.came down to who would take
second place in thetournament.
With a few big wN ins from the
Suarez family and Josh Rauler-
son, the Brahmans were able to
jump ahead and take the second
place finish in the tournament


with a final 39-21 victory over
Mariner.
The team had three wrestlers
go undefeated throughout the
tournament. All three were hon-
ored as part of the All Tourna-
ment Team. They were Cory
Wright, Matt Kelly and Jonathan
Suarez. Wright continued his
undefeated streak (14-0).
Jonathan Suarez was voted as
the Outstanding Wrestler in the
Upper weight division. This was
Suarez' first Outstanding
Wrestler award. He defeated
four opponents by pin and one
by decision. Matt Kelly went
throughout the tournament, not
only undefeated, but won every
match by pin.
Josh Raulerson, Tommy
Landgren, Peritz Samuels and
Josh Borgstrom plowed through
the tournament with only one
defeat each.
The Brahmans will travel to
Ft. Pierce Central on Saturday to
compete in the conference
championship tournament.


Courtesy photo
Brahman heavyweight wrestler Jonathan Suarez was voted as the Outstanding Wrestler in
the upper weight division by opposing coaches at the recent LaBelle wrestling tournament.
Suarez (left) and head coach Bruce Jahner (right) celebrate this honor.


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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 at 2, 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

Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes
for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the
Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505
S. Parrott Ave. Topics include disci-
pline a family affair, birth to eight
months infants, eight to eighteen
months the toddler, 18 to. 36
months terrific twos, three year
olds, and uncommon sense. Each
week parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at the
Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare
is not provided, however infants in
carriers are welcome. For details
call 763-8859 or 697-6320.
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of our
Disaster Action Team (DAT). DAT is
made up of a group of trained vol-
unteers who respond to local dis-
asters. If you would like to give of
your time and talents to help local
citizens in time of disaster, please
call Andy or Candace at the Ameri-
can Red Cross-Okeechobee
branch at (863) 763-2488.
Kids can er-oll for
subsidized daycare
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The pro-
gram is currently serving children
age birth to kindergarten age. Both
parents must be working or attend-
ing some type of school or training.
There is an income limit based on
family size. Please call 1-(866) 273-
6340 to be placed on the waiting
list.
Head Start Project
accepting applications
Okeechobee I Center located at
726 N.E. 16th Ave. is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. Our
belief is that all children can.benefit
from receiving educational, Health
and Social Services which our pro-
gram offers. We serve children 6
weeks to 5 years. To qualify the
family must have migrated in the
past 24 months worked in agricul-
ture and primary income must
come from agriculture. We
encourage families of children with
disabilities to apply. For more infor-
mation call (863) 467-0702 and ask
for Sylvia, Ella, or Page.
El Centro de Okeechobee I
locaizado en 726 NE 16th Ave. esta
aceptando aplicacions para ninos
de families migrants y ninos inca-
pacidados. En nustro program
nostros creemos que los ninos se
benefician en cuando reciven serv-
ices de education, salud y services
socials que nustro program
ofrece. Servimos ninos de 6
semans a 5 anos. Para cualificar la
familiar deve de ver salido del con-
dado 0 estado en los ulitimo 24
mess y trabajado en agriculture.
Con el ingreso de la familiar de tra-
bajo de agriculture. Ahimamos
que las families con ninos inca-
pacidados aplican. Para mas infor-
macion por favor de llamar al
(863)467-0702 Y ablar con Sylvia 0
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yes to any of these questions,
please contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
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FOUND: Small mix breed
wearing getmehome.com
tag. (863)357-3225

RC MONSTER TRUCK
remote control found
on 710 highway
(863)467-2815

CAT lost in the vic. of SW
9th str. long hair calico de-
clawed. brown mark on
nose (863)697-3945

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TACKLE BOX
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WALLET: Black, Mans. Lost
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income, seeks slender fe-
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panionship/romance. Will-
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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seeking one or more applicants with a
strong background in computers. Must
have High School Diploma or equivalent
with specialized course work in general
office practices such as bookkeeping and
accounting, and have one (1) year of
responsible related experience. Applicants
with working experience in accounts
receivable, balancing, and related activities
are desirable. Proficiency in Excel is
preferred. Must be able to effectively
work under pressure with frequent
interruptions, and work 40 hours per
week with overtime if necessary.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
A Drug-Free Workplace
Applications available at 100 SW 5th
Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. Applications
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laborer for Ft. Drum Mine.
Some mechanical skill
a plus. M/F/V/D. EDE.
Drug Test Req'd.
Call (561)287-6820,
Ext. 420


NEEDED

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

Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL, with flatbed
experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
Call Janette Martin
800-432-2410

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TOLL COLLECTORS
WANTED
Yeehaw- Ft Pierce.
Call {772-}429-1452.
Tow Operator & Cashier
Positions available. FT.
Drum Citgo is looking for
team members for the
,New Year. Advancement
opportunities for team
builders w/leadership
skills. Experience pre-
ferred but we wil train drug
free individuals w/clean
driving record. Good pay,
steady work & good health
insurance. Apply @ Ft.
Drum Citgo mm 184, Fl.
Turnpike (863)763-8798

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fast & lunch (863)763-
2826 Mooney
DRWP
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Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

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NEEDED
Select orders, must be
able to lift over 701bs,
able to read & write
English & pay atten-
tion to detail. Forklift
exp. helpful, must be
able to pass back-
ground check. Uni-
forms, great benefits,
health ins, 401 K. Ap-
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16th Blvd, Okeecho-
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Up-Beat, High quality office
seeks team player. Previ-
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will train. Part-Time.
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COOK
Part time for
Breakfast and lunch
Must be able to
work weekends
(863)763-2826 Mooney
DFWP
FLORIDA FISH &
WILDLIFE COMMISSION
Is currently accepting
application for multiple
PART-TIME positions as
call center operators.
Applicants must posses
good commutation skills
& basic computer data
entry knowledge. Starting
$8.00 per hour.
Call 863-462-5195 for
further information.
Installer for Aluminum Car-
port, own tools, own
transportation. Call Bob
(863)357-3141
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The Okeechobee News is seeking full
time, General Assigned Reporter.
The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle different duties
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train).
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted
and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
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Money Lenders 310
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to alert our reader of
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but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435






New Vinyl Skirting
Installed. Avail Now!
Bob 357-3141


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


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mirror, chest, night stands.
$200 (863)675-9288
BEDROOM SUITE Ashley-
Seafoam/birch. HD/FT w/
rails N.S. & chest. $175
(863)805-8741
BED, Trundle, Twin Size
w/2 mattresses. $50
(863)946-3857 Lakeport.

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
Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300/all. (863)674-0467.


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EXERCISE MACHINE, Wei-
der, Bench Press w/wts. &
Sit Up bench. $150 firm
for all. (863)467-8915
ORIGINAL TOTAL GYM- As
* seen on TV, video & exer-
cise book incl., new cond,
$100 (863)674-0467.



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.


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530)
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560C
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 Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps Lights 6401
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
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 8 Games 730
VRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



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

CENTRAL AIR & HEAT,
Split Unit, 21/2 Ton. Works
well. $300 863-673-0920

Refrigerator, Microwave,
TV Stand & Window Air
Condition. $150 all,
will sep. 863-261-2847


DRYER
Frigidaire, Like new,
$80
(863)467-8161.
MICROWAVE-
Works great,
$30.
(863)467-1009
REFRIGERATOR, Hot
Point, 18.cu. ft., Almond.
Very good condition.
$75 (863)610-3531
STOVE, Gas, 30".
$30 (863)634-5405


WASHER & DRYER,
Maytag. In good working
order. $100/ both.
(863)675-4858
WASHER-DRYER STACK-
Westinghouse, white, 20"
wide. good cond., Clean,
$80 (863)635-3490.
WASHER: Roper, Heavy
Duty, Large capacity.
Very good condition.
$60 (863)610-3531


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




BAY WINDOW- double
pane, 92"Wx49"H, asking
$200. (863)467-7784.



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



DELL GX 100 w/win. xp,
Great for young person.
Kybrd., Monitor, Scanner.
$200 239-728-5227
GATEWAY TOWER w/win.
xp, many games. Keyboard,
mouse & monitor includ-
ed. $125 239-728-5227
TECHNICIAN Will come to
your home & teach you.
$20.00 minimum.
(863)467-6115.


FIREWOOD- over a cord of
oak cut for fireplace,
needs to be split, $75.
(863)675-6738.


BEDROOM SET, Wooden,
Queen w/hdbrd., dresser,


(863)234-1230
TV ANTENNA MOTOR,
BOOSTER & CONTROL
UNIT, ALL $50. (863)763-
7989.


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


AIR HOCKEY TABLE
$75
(803)675-0188

AIRPLANES, remote con-
trol, art scale, 50 series,
multiple parts & pieces,
$500. (863)228-2690


COLONIAL COUCH- Pull out
queen size bed, good con-
dition, $100. neg.
(863)447-1199.
Contemporary slate tile w/
gun metal finish coffee or
cocktail table like new
$100 (863)805-8741
Couch, Dresser, Toddler
Bed w/acces. & Trundle
Bed. All for $250 will sep.
(863)261-2847
COUCH & LOVESEAT-
Black Leather,
$325.
(239)994-2305.
DAYBED WITH POPOUT-
Complete, Ivory & Gold,
Good shape, $125.
(863)357-4152.
Dinette Set, table w/leaf, 4
upholstered chairs, white-
wash finish, exc. cond.,
$165. (863)467-2045
DINETTE SET- Cherry &
oak, 6 chairs, pd $5200.,
selling $2500, (863)801-
1719.
DINETTE TABLE- with leaf &
4 chairs, solid oak, $175
or best offer. (863)675-
2440.
DINING ROOM TABLE
5 chairs, dark finish,
$250. neg.
(928)202-0013.
DINING TABLE
Tell City, 4 chairs,
2 leafs, $425.
(928)202-0013.
DIN. RM. SET: Antique, Sol-
id Wood w/4 chairs. Made
in New Your. Good cond.
$200 (863)357-2233
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
4 Unit, Lighted w/glass
doors. $50 863-946-3857
Lakeport.
Entertainment Center
Broyhill, (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
GLASS top table (4) I
chairs $200 |
(863)675-0188

HIDE A BED
61/2', Brown, good
condition. $125.
neg. (863)467-0987.
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.
MATTRESS- NASA Memory
Foam, queens size, 9",
never used still in plastic,
$500. (772)446-2346.
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.

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.
TWIN MATTRESS COVERS
(2) w/at. heat elements like
new $10 (863)467-8681

TWIN MATTRESS COVERS
& Twin turquoise bed
skirts 2 ea $10 863-467-
8681



GOLF CLUBS -Ladies/
Juniors, cavity back irons,
3-PW, 4 woods, bagnice,
$85. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS
3-2PW, metal wds $75
(863)467-9892

GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $100. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS- LYNK Preda-
tor Jombo Driver, Sand
Wedge $100 or trade for a
pistol (772)461-8822.


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

RIFLE WINCHESTER MOD-
EL 94- Lever Action, 30-
30, $300 or trade for pis-
tol. (772)461-8822.



Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good treadmill.
(863)357-2233


BAKERS/WINE RACK,
30"x20", hunter green &
oak finish, exc. cond., $75
neg. (863)634-1520
FULL SIZE mattress cover
& full size ele. blanket $8
for both (863)467-8681

Mobilhome Doors-
Peach colored Vinyl
siding, stove, dish
washer & Addl. van-
ous items, Price to
sell (863)634-2817
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
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.
HOSPITAL BED
w/side rails & mattress
$100 or best offer
(863)465-1604


AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
3141
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com



GUITAR- Gibson Les Paul
Classic, w/leather case,
exc cond., $1700.
(863)228-4774.
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.




AQUARIUMS Various sizes
5 50 gallons. Approx. 7.
All for $200 or will sAp.
(863)467-2544
DOG CAGE
New, med. suitable for
hurricane shelter $15
(863)763-1187
FISH TANK, 55 gallon, w/
stand, filters & lights.
$100. (863)228-2690

HUSKY/PITBULL MIX
All have blue eyes.
6 wks. old. $50 each.
(863)763-5663
PIT BULLS PUPS- $100
each, (863)634-0119.


SIBERIAN HUSKY, CKC,
4 mo. old. Solid White,
Male. $100 863-467-9470

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.


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



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




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



BASKETBALL HOOP, Self
Standing w/hoop, net, back-
board & pole. Good cond.
$65. 863-610-6195
DODGE QUAD CAB 2002
Excellent condition. Lots of
extra's. Must see, 1 Own-
er! (863)946-1728



HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies B45
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.Supplies 860
Seeds.'Plants./
Flowers 865



BABY GOAT
$75.
(863)675-0247





.. LOOKING
TO BUY
863-673-1491

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


BAY GELDING 21 yr. old.
30 days prof. training. grt
on trails. Bomb proof.
$1000. (863)843-2495.

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

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 O10yr
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.



RIDING MOWER (2) one
runs good & other for
parts 1 extra deck $75
(863)467-2609 aft. 2


BRANGUS BULL- good
stud, gentle, Brangus cat-
tle-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 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960






OAK LAKE VILLAS
/2R/2BA, $850 mo., 1st,
last, $500 sec
Call (863)763-8391


$1100o/ month
$1000 Security
(863)763-2262

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.

OKEECHOBEE- 2BR, 2
BA, doublewide on
Taylor Creek Isles, furn
w/family rm & boat
dock, No pets, $850 a
mo 954-587-2644 or
260-1933 1st & last +
security.


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



TAYLOR CREEK
With boat docks. Daily,
weekly & monthly.
Call (863)610-1771.
TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 house
on water Maintained yard
screened gazebo spotless
$850 mo. (954)553-1351

TAYLOR CREEK, 2/2
House on water Yard
maintained, screened rm
$1200 mo. 954-553-1351


Employment
Full Time "I I


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Full Time


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12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 20, 2005


(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
-I T -1 Berger Real Estate Inc., Philip Y. Berger Broker


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos.
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 10(.5
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 105N
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl080



p E:1i 4 11
4.4 Wooded Acres near
Public Boat Ramp to
Kissimmee River and Lake.
1995 Doublewide 3/2
Spacious Homes of MIerit
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
.*';'-i |' Berger Real Estate Inc.

Lake Okee. Access Canal
10 min to lock. 5 yrs. old.
3br, 2r/2 ba., gar., fence,
FP, Wood Flooring, Deck,
Fans, Vertical Blinds. Open
2-3pm. (863)467-2274
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classified.


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



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


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
Buying a car?
Look in the classified.
Selling a car?
Look in the classified.


MONTURA RANCH, (3) 11A
acre Lots @ $24,000. ea.
in a Growing are. Se Habla
Espanol. (239)980-7168



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU237


Taylor Creek Isles: Water-
front, Lake access. 3/2, '98
Palm Harbor. 55' dock, sea
wall, No storm damage!
$188,500 863-467-7132



Mobile Homes



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



OKEECHOBEE
3BR 2BA ON 1 ACRE
$89,500.
Call (863)357-3065.

SKYLINE 2 BR, 1 BA, 14x
46, In Okeechobee. Good
cond. Free Delivery
$16,000 772-343-0319


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers 'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 1)025
Motorcycles 30210
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035


BOAT MOLD
13FT, Build your own
boat!!
$300 Call (863)467-5496

BOAT & TRAILER- Nice
16.5 ft, 85HP Merc, stain-
less steel prop & tilt,
$2500. (863)763-3120.







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


CANOE 16'
Light weight, good
condition, $250
(863)763-4982 .
CANOE
Fiberglass, 14,
like new, $350
(863)467-8161
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
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
Pontoon Boat, '95
19', 40 hp Mercury
Magnum, boat used very
little $5000 neg.
(954)587-2644
or (954)-260-1933
Pontoon Boat, '95
19', 40 hp Mercury
Magnum, boat used very
little $5000 neg.
(954)587-2644
or (954)-260-1 933
PROP Alumumin like new,
never refurb. Hub kit incl.
17P fits mercury 90HP
$60 (863)763-1424
RANGER, '91, 392V, '02
Mercury 200hp, 122 hrs.,
2/2 yr. warranty, $10,500.
(863)763-1020


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

GEORGIA BOY
454 Chevy engine 54k mi.
loaded w/extras $16,500
(863)763-5987
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 91/' self
contained $2500
(863)763-6348



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



BOAT PROPS- Stainless
steel, various sizes, $100.
Call eves (863)824-0455
or Iv msg.

Motorcycffles f3030


DIRT BIKE- Motor 85hp,
small bike, good cond.,
runs good, $1500. firm
(863)634-9769.
HONDA 450 1982, Straight
Bike. Mint Condition.-Runs
great! $1000 or best offer.
Call (863)675-3724.


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BUICK REGAL, '95- good
cond, new tires, $2600.
(863)824-3414.

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
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 mis.
$8,500. 863-599-0199
ISUZU AMIGO- '90,
Good shape, $1700,
(863)467-5052.

ISUZU CABOVER- '88,
Flat bed, Turbo diesel,
auto, $2499
(863)467-6070.
Kia Sportage, '01, '53k mi.,
30 mi. to gallon, 4 yr. ex-
tended warranty. $8000.
(863)467-1325
Lincoln Town Car, '92,
loaded, runs great, cold
air, new tires, $1800 neg.
(863)467-9470/447-1047
MAZDA 00' 626
$5500
(863)634-1998

Mercury Comet, '60, clear
title, all original. You Haul.
$1000 or best offer.
(239)601-3175.


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[Boats


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


FOR RENT- Ancient Oaks,
1BR, Seasonal $850 or
$600 monthly.(954)829-
2863.
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 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 1040
Parts Repairs 41045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 40r;5
Vans 4070


CADILLAC ESCALADE '00
4x4, Tow pkg., 52K ml.
w/100OK ml. warrantee.
$24,000 863-467-9284
CHEVY 72'
needs to be restored
$1000
(863)357-3981
CHEVY SlO 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
CJ7 JEEP 79' needs work 2
buckshot & ground hog
tires & rims 16X10 $500
(863)763-8072
ELECTRIC 4 WHEEL
DRIVE VEHICLE
36 volts, w/charger
$1000 (863)467-6070
Ford Bronco '89, cold a/c,
mud tires & alum rims, 4
whl dr., great cond.,
$4500. (863)357-2816
JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$800 863-673-0920.
MILITARY 6X6
2V/ TON
running gear complete
$1000. (863)357-3981


Club Car, 1998, electric, re-
conditioned, 48v w/
charger. $1595.(863)675-
1472
Club Car, late model, recon-
ditiorned, 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, 2/2 ton bolt pattern.
$2500 (863)467-2423
CJ7 Soft top
w/doors & frame
good shape $300
(863)763-8072
ENGINE
350 Olds V8
$400 or best offer
(863)467-8856
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classified.


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2002
2 Dr. SE, Low miles.
Runs great. Must see!
$7,000. (863)467-9470


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for your confidential pre-approval
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Service Club Briefs


American Legion
Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;,
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m. and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 7
p.m., for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party starting
at 4 p.m.; bring a covered dish.
Third Sunday of each month
we have a ribeye steak dinner with
Sons of the American Legion from
3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge opens
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Entertainment in our lounge
every Saturday night starting at 4
p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will
be from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday.
Our monthly birthday party on
the second Wednesday starts at 4
p.m. Entertainment will be by Janet
Certain bring a covered dish.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m. Every-
one is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at


the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
763-8954.
Saturday, Feb. 5; special elec-
tion of officers will be held starting
at 10a.m.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.;
food will be available for a dona-
tion. Music by Jimmy Harper v.ill
start at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until?; food will be available.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting,at 5 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Music will be by Jimmy Harper.
Every first and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 4 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Every first and third Sunday:
breakfast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
donation.
For the other Saturdays and
Sunday of the month call the
lodge for the menu at (863) 763-
2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be. available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the


club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
(863) 357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge hblds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Star #128
Is held at the Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Ave.
Will be serving breakfast of
biscuits, gravy, sausage, eggs, hash-
browns, juice and coffee for a $4
donation on Jan. 23 from 8 until 11
a.m. For more information, contact
Georgia Gerren Worthy at (863)
467-4349 or Clyde Calloway at
(863) 467-9892. Everyone is wel-
come.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
Jan. 22 starting at 9 a.m. there
will be a boat dock work party.
Jan. 23: There will be a
Caribbean dinner sponsored by the
Women of the Moose beginning at
4p.m.
Bingo: Tuesdays starting at
12:30 p.m. Lunch is available.
Every Wednesday: Italian din-
ner and another entree, from 5
until 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday,
Jan. 20 and 27 karaoke at 7 p.m.
Every Friday and Saturday
night there will be music for danc-
ing starting at 7:30 p.m. until ? Call
the lodge to see who is playing.
Each Sunday morning break-
fast is served from 8 until 10:15
a.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
Located at 159 N.W 36th St. in
Okeechobee. For information, call
the Lodge at (863) 763-4954 or
Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Every Thursday: bar bingo at
1 p.m. for members only; .25 using
paper sheets; bring your dauber.


The patio is now open every
day from noon until 8 p.m.
Every Saturday at 1 p.m.
Moose races and dinner served at 3
p.m. On Jan. 22 -Italian dinner; Jan.
29 -pizza party by Norm.
Feb. 5: WOTM presents
baked spaghetti, salad and desert.
Sunday Feb. 13: pork roast
dinner.
*Feb 9: at 8 p.m., LOOM meet-
ing for all members.
*Feb 8: at 8 p.m., WOTM chap-
ter enrollment.
All meetings for WOTM are
held at the lodge.
eSunday: Jan. 23 and 28 music
by Donnie Martin.
Tuesday, Jan. 25: business
meeting at 8 p.m.
Jan. 19 and Feb. 16: legion
meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
begun.

VFW Post #4423
Every Wednesday: karaoke
will be by Sandoone from 5 until 9
p.m.
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 12:30. Everyone is wel-
come.
Every Friday bingo starts at I
p.m. for members and guests.
Saturday breakfast is from 8
until 11 a.m., and will be followed
by.25-cent bingo at 1 p.m.
Every Saturday night the
Triple H Band will play from 5 until
9 p.m. Every Sunday, dinner will be
served from 2 until 5 p.m.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Feb. 19: will be the yearly
garage sale. We are looking for all
resellable donations. For more
information, call (863) 467-0840 or
(863)467-2882. We will pick items
up.


Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m.; lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
(863) 467-2882.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Wednesday from 10


a.m. until 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.
until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
10 a.m. until 11 p.m., or later; and
Sunday, 1 until 8 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Dinner is served at 5 p.m. on
Tuesday evenings.
Bar bingo will start at 12:45
p.m. every Wednesday. Lunch will
be available.
Singles darts every Wednes-
day at 7p.m.
Cafeteria open from 5 until 8
p.m. every Thursday night.
Friday at 7 p.m. there will be
live music and dancing.
On Saturday, hotdogs with
kraut are served at noon.
Saturday dart doubles begin
at 7 p.m.


Community Events

DAR meeting is scheduled
The Okeechobee chapter of DAR will meet at 10 a.m. on Feb.
5 at the Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd Aye. 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) 763-2492 or Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-
4235.

Intangible tax seminar offered
There will be an intangible tax seminar at the Okeechobee
Department of Health on Feb. 8. The class is 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.

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 raising money to go to summer camp in North Car-
olina. They are accepting donations of all kinds of items includ-
ing furniture, outdoor 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.


READING A NEWSPAPER...


lAutomobiles 4005,1


GLADES COUNTY
ORTONA CEMETERY PAVILION
INVITATION TO BID
1.01 Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners,
i .,,. :....i r,, a, is accepting Design/Build proposals for

Project Name: ORTONA CEMETERY PAVILION
Project Description: Cemetery Pavilion
Bid Number: 2004-1
1.02 Sealed bids must be submitted to:
Jim Smith, County Manager
Glades County Courthouse
500 Avenue J
Moore Haven, FL 33471
1 03 Sealed bids will be received on:
Date: February 18, 2005
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Glades County Courthouse
500 Avenue J
Moore Haven, FL 33471
1.04 Contractor(s) will be responsible for providing full and complete
signed and sealed set of plans.
1.05 Contractor(s) will pay $50.00 plus shipping for each set of
bid plans.
1.06 Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check, cashier's
check, trust company treasurer's check, bank draft of any
national or State bank, or bid bond in the sum of five (5) percent
of the base bid, made pa able to the Glades County Board of
County Commissioners. All bids must be submitted in duplicate
and received in a sealed envelope, plainly marked on the outside
with the project name, bid number, date, and name of Bidder.
The Owner reserves the right to waive minor formalities in any
bid and to accept any bid which they consider to be in their best
interest and to reject any part of, or any and all bids; however,
awards will be made to the lowest and best Bidder in the opinion
and at the option of the Owner, and their decision shall be final
and conclusive. No bids shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty
(60) calendar days subsequent to the opening of bids without
the consent of the Owner.
1.07 Bid documents may be obtained or reviewed at the office of
County Manager
Glades County Courthouse
500 Avenue J
Moore Haven, FL 33471
(863) 946-6000
1.08 Questions concerning the bid may be directed in writing to the
following:
Jim Smith, County Manager
Glades County Courthouse
Post Office Box 1018
500 Avenue J
Moore Haven, FL 33471 '
863-946-6000
548149 CB/ON 1/20/05


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Glades County Board of County Com-
missioners is accepting proposals to provide services to study, evaluate
and recommend alternative funding mechanisms) to the existing EMS
Tax Assessment (MSTU) in both incorporated and unincorporated areas of
Glades County, Florida.
The proposals should include the following scope of services with related
costs specifically identified for each:
1 Evaluate reports and research issues
2 Identify full costs of EMS service
3 Develop a method of apportioning the costs
4 Determine preliminary revenue requirements to recover all costs)
5 Develop a funding mechanism andrelated assessment roll
database
61 Apply apportionment methodology to database
7 Calculate a preliminary proforma schedule of rates
8 Draft all required ordinances and resolutions
9 Assist with funding mechanism adoption and implementation in
accordance with Section 197.3632 of Florida Statutes
The proposal should include:
1) All costs of production, mailing, on-site visits, field work and
annual update assistance
2) Lump sum total fee broken down by each of the nine (9) scope
of services listed above
3 Standard hourly rates by employee classification
Discounts, if any
5Fee payment schedule
The COUNTY reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to waive
any irregularities or informalities in any proposals or in the proposal pro-
cess without disclosure of a reason. The failure to make a disclosure
"ill i'.',i ,- .- l T ., i ::.-,., 1 ,',1 i'. j'.. ,IT ,i,, ij, ,:1,i ,l by an un-
"*. 1. : iI.VI i,,.1 j ', ii ,,', ii ,,- ii], : ,:,,ir, a.., .] d r .,r. Com m is-
sioners.
All proposals should be submitted to Jim Smith, County Manager, 500
Avenue J. Moore Haven, Florida 33471 and shall be enclosed within a
sealed envelope with the words: Proposal for Funding Glades County
EMS Services.
Sealed proposals must be received on or prior to:
DATE: February 15, 2005
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Glades County
No proposer may withdraw any proposal for a period of thirty (30) calen-
dar days after February 15, 2005.
548044 ON/CGS 1/20/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF
THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY
COLLEGE WILL MEET TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005 IN ROOM B-110,
ON THE INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIXON HENDRY CAM-
PUS AT 2229 NW 9TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972.
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMITTEE 2:30 P.M.
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 2:45 P.M.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PUR-
POSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDING IS MADE.
548583 ON 1/20/05


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'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


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


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

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

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leather, sunroof, all extras,
tow pkg & warranty,
$18,900. (863)357-1813

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

FORD 87' F150 w/93 en-
ine, util. work truck
$1200 or best offer
(786)236-1615

FORD F150 1997, Eddie
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(863)946-1382


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


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State Public
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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.
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