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Vol. 96 No. 25 Tuesday, January 25, 2005 504 Plus tax

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currently putting together its
annual Fact Book and is ask-
ing local clubs for some
We would like to include
the names of different clubs
in Okeechobee County for
those who are new to the
area. These clubs must be
open to the general public
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Venus Williams
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MELBOURNE, Australia
- Venus Williams lost to Ali-
cia Molik 7-5, 7-6 (3) Monday
in the fourth round of the
Australian Open, extending
her Grand Slam drought and
keeping her from joining sis-
ter Serena in the quarterfi-
Williams was seeking her
fifth Grand Slam title and first
since winning the 2001 U.S.
Open. She reached five finals
after that losing to her
younger sister each time -
but hasn't made it past the
quarterfinals of a major since
reaching the Wimbledon
final in July 2003.
Molik, the Olympic
bronze medalist last year in
Athens, will face No. 1-
ranked and 2000 champion
Lindsay Davenport, who pol-
ished off Karolina Sprem 6-2,
6-2 earlier Monday. It's the
first time that Molik, who
stretched her winning streak
to 12 matches, has reached
the quarterfinals of a Grand
Sports, Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 422
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.38 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
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Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Members of the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue and Okeechobee City Fire Depart-
ment combined forces for specialized training as a state certified Urban Search and
Rescue Team Wednesday.

Fire departments hold training

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue and Okeechobee
City Fire Departments com-
bined forces last week for spe-
cialized training as an Urban
Search and Rescue Team.
This state-sponsored training
provided both departments
with specialized training in rope
rescue, trench rescue, confined
space rescue and heavy vehicle
"We got special permission
to combine both fire depart-
ments in this training session
due to the size of the depart-
ments," stated Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Chief Nick
Hopkins. "This type of training
is vital because it teaches the
firefighters how to handle res-
cues from cave-ins, confined
spaces such as storm sewers,
and heavy equipment extrica-
tion." '
The exercise took place at
Dairy Feeds Inc. on Northwest
Ninth Street. Firefighters
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Fire/Rescue for the past seven years, practices leaving an
80-foot high structure by way of a rescue rope.

feed silo and dropped a practice
dummy over the side. They then
took turns in "rescuing" the
stranded dummy. They also
took turns practicing climbing
down the silo by way of a res-

cue rope.
This training is part of the
continuing education classes
that firefighters must successful-
ly complete to maintain their
state firefighter certification.

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News Briefs I UaUudk hIh Imw uflerlmg due to baa

Foley's aide
to visit locally
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)

Apply now
for tax rebate
Appraiser's Office, located in the
Alderman Building at 307 N.W.
Fifth Ave., has applications avail-
able for the following:
age 65 and older additional
homestead exemption deadline
to file is March 1.
2004 property tax rebate for
those who have been displaced
from their homesteaded property
for more than 60 days because of a
named tropical system. The dead-
line to file is March 1.
2004 sales tax rebate (up to
$1,500) for those Florida residents
who have replaced a mobile home
due to loss from a named tropical
system. The deadline to file is May

Two tickets share
Fantasy 5 jackpot
of the Fantasy 5 game will collect
$89,622.55 each, the Florida Lot-
tery said Monday.
The winning tickets were
bought in the cities of Miami and
Riverview, lottery officials reported.
The 237 tickets matching 4-of-5
numbers will collect $121.50 each.
Another 6,912 tickets matching
3-of-5 won $11.50, and 72,553 tick-
ets won a Quick Pick ticket for pick-
ing 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Sunday
night were 4-22-23-27-29.

Different SunPass
tags to be offered
thin tags eventually will be offered
as a cheaper alternative to the larg-
er, wallet-size transponders cur-
rently being used by toll-paying
motorists on Florida's Turnpike.
By the end of 2006, consumers
will be able to activate their
accounts right from an ATM-style
machine where they buy the tag -
with no forms to fill out or phone
numbers to call, turnpike officials
Officials for TransCore, the
company that makes the current
SunPass equipment and will make,
the thinner cards, says the new tags
cost just below $10.
Right now, SunPass costs about
$42, with drivers picking up $25 of
that cost when they buy the
transponder and the turnpike cov-
ering the rest, said John Stimler,
TransCore's chief operating officer.

Swimmers rescue
couple from lake
ian swimmers training in South
Florida jumped into a lake and res-
cued a couple who lost control of
their sport utility vehicle and
plunged into the water.
Andrea DiNino and Luca Corra,
members of the Coral Springs
swim club, were among the crowd
that saw the accident on Thursday
and gathered on shore of the man-
made lake near the Sawgrass
The driver of the GMC Envoy,
Michael Petosa, 68, popped his
head above the water and
screamed for help.
Cora, 20, jumped in and DiNi-
no, his 32-year-old coach, was right
behind him.
When DiNino and Corra
reached Petosa, he told them his
wife, Anna, 64, was still underwa-
ter. When DiNino noticed bubbles
coming up, he reached down and
felt Anna's arm.
"I grabbed her and did the back-
stroke out of the lake," DiNino said.
Petosa said he lost control of his
SUVwhen another car cut him off.

Driver doesn't help
passenger after crash
DUNEDIN A man driving on
a suspended license was arrested
after crashing his Mercedes-Benz
and walking more than two miles
home without calling for help for
his fatally injured passenger,
authorities said.
Kenneth Alan Kubeck, 33, of
Clearwater returned with his fiance
over an hour later, and she called
authorities. Passenger Rodney D.
Bone, 37, of Dover was pro-
nounced dead at the scene, said
Pinellas County sheriff's
spokesman Tim Goodman.
Kubeck was jailed on charges
of leaving the scene of an injury
accident and driving with a sus-
pended license. Goodman said
both alcohol and speed were fac-
tors in the crash. The results of
blood-alcohol tests were pending.
Authorities did not know
whether a faster response by para-
medics could have saved BOne, but
Goodman doubted it because the

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

Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Look what I've won
Sarah Donaldson, a sixth grade student at Osceola Mid-
dle School, shows off some of the prizes she won at the
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Open House Sat-
urday afternoon.

Community Events

Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that
have an image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on
two sides of the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper
telling some of the history of the beautiful old building for $6.
These are available at the Chamber of Commerce. The Histori-
cal 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 avail-
able at the Historical Museum, which is open each Thursday
from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. except for holidays.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting
the January series of childbirth education classes at the Okee-
chobee County Health Department. All pregnant women are
encouraged to attend the classes. For information, or to regis-
ter for this informative class, call the Healthy Start office at 462-
5877. Every baby deserves a healthy start.

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-
profit organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy
testing to girls and women of all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and
Thursday. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie
theatre. We are going to start parenting classes in January so if
you would like more information on this or set an appoint-
ment for a free pregnancy test please call 763-8859.

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

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Seminole Elementary prepares for FCAT tests

Third grade
Third grade teachers are proud
to announce their students of the
week for January. From Mrs. Pad-
gett's class we have Lacey Thomas,
Kyle Blouin and
Eidrit Renteria.
Chris Martinex,
Oscar Pelayo and
Kayla Smith are
from Mrs. Martin's
class. Thaddnesha
Roberts, Adrian Minondo Jr. and
Adolfo Gomez represent Mrs. Cold-
iron's students. Jerome Johnson,
Sarahi Infante and Juan Medina bre
from Mrs. Smith's class. Andrea
Torres, Allen Thornton and Joana
Albarran are from Mrs. Lowe's
class. Representing Mrs.
McCranie's class we have Fredi
Albarran, Ivette Vega and R.J.
Thomas. Congratulations to all our

students of the week.
Our third graders are busy
working in their "FCAT Blast-Off
Books" in reading and math
preparing for March's FCAT tests.
Our Sunshine State Standards for
January have been focused on ref-
erence materials. Students have
been working on their skills of
selecting, gathering and organizing
Third graders are drilling daily
on one minute timed multiplica-
tion facts. We have been learning
our twos, threes, sixes, sevens,
fives and nines. When a student
has earned 10 points, he/she
receives an ice cream treat.

Fourth grade
Mrs. Tomlinson's reading class
has just completed reading "Sarah,
Plain and Tall". The class enjoyed

the book a great deal. The class did
various activities such as writing an
advertisement for the Perfect Moth-
er, making up welcoming gifts for
Sarah, and making murals of each
chapter. The class also researched
online seashells found in Maine
and wildflowers found in prairie
states. This information was used
to make two classroom books, one
on Seashells and the other on
We have just begun the story
"Cricket in Times Square" and
have many wonderful activities to
do with this as well. We are contin-
uing to work hard on our exposito-
ry and narrative writings. The hard
work is paying off because lots of
"juicy" words are now being used
and great detailed sentences are
being written. Keep working hard!
In math, Mrs. Tomlinson's class
is working on all the geometry

areas with decimals and fractions
thrown in to help with prepara-
tions for FCAT in March.
Mrs. Griffis' class is continuing
to work to improve writing skills.
We have been working hard to give
very vivid descriptions of the things
we are writing about. Ask your
child to describe for you their
favorite sport. We are ongoing in
our efforts to learn strategies to
help us become better readers.
While your child is reading each
night, please take the time to listen
to him or her read every now and
then and ask them questions about
what they have read. In math, we
are working diligently to cover the
materials we need to cover before
FCAT. Students should be practic-
ing their multiplication facts each
night at home. If these facts can
become automatic to the students,
they will be much more successful

in math. Mastery of the multiplica-
tion facts is needed in many other
areas of the math curriculum. I
cannot stress enough the impor-
tance of the students mastering
these facts by practicing daily at
Mrs. White's reading class has
been busy as bees working on our
Sunshine State Reading Standards.
We worked especially hard on
main idea, details, FCAT vocabu-
lary, and summarizing the last two
weeks. In writing we have worked
on polishing our topic sentences
and giving wings to our details. We
also practiced varying our sen-
tence structure by writing simple,
compound and complex sen-
tences. In math we have had a
great time learning about poly-
gons, triangles, and quadrilaterals.
In science we have been studying
matter. We put together a short sci-

ence video on the topic and every-
one seemed to enjoy working on
it. We hope to have the video
shown over our school T.V for the
whole school to enjoy. Last, our
FCAT math lessons have been
enjoyable as we learned more
about decimals and fractions.
Please make sure your child is
studying their multiplication facts
each night.
The students in Ms. McDon-
nough's writing class are aiming
high for the FCAT writing test. They
read Off to Montana, a chapter in
E.B. White's "Trumpet of the
Swan" to learn how the author
uses precise words to depict a fam-
ily of swans preparing for a long
flight. They are also "seeing" how a
story unfolds and keeps a reader
captive by listening to the story of
"Despereaux", a mouse who fell in
love with a princess.

Law Enforcement Activity Report

Courtesy photo
Students of the Week
Yearling Middle School Students of the Week of Dec. 2, 2004 are: (back row, left to right)
Kim Markham, Korinne Rayman, Maria Santibanez and Mr. Greseth, principal (front row, left'
to right) Jose Aguilar, Isadora Silvas, Kayla Treadway, Maria Hernandez and Janet Rios.

City Police

Jan. 9
Alarm, S.W. Third St.
Alarm, N. Parrott Ave.
Pursuit/prisoner in custody, N.E.
Seventh St.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Alarm/building check, S. Parrott Ave.
Intoxicated pedestrian/trespassing,
N.W. Park St.
Animal complaint, N.E. Fourth Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, N.E.
Third Ave.
Disturbance, N.E. Park St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, S.E.
Eighth Ave.

Jan. 10
Alarm, N.W. Ninth St.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.


Hit and run, main intersection.
Alarm, S.E. Sixth St.
Larceny/theft, N. Parrott Ave.
Escort, N.E. Fifth St.
Building check, N.W. 10th St.
Trespassing, S. Parrott Ave.
Child abuse/elder abuse, N.W.
12th St.
Suspicious incident, N.W. Sixth
Fight/unfounded, S.W. 10th St.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.
Parrott Ave.
Reckless driver, S.E. 23rd St.
Alarm, N. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident/hit and run, main
Larceny/theft, N.W. Ninth Ave.
Disturbance, N. Parrott Ave.
Alarm, N.W. Ninth St.

Disabled vehicle, N. Parrott Ave.
Escort, S.W. Fourth St.

Traffic accident, S.E. 10th Ave.
Intoxicated pedestrian, N.W.
Park St.
Trespassing, N.W. Park St.
Trespassing, N.W. Park St.
Trespassing, N.W. Park St.
Attempt to contact, S.W. 10th Ave.
Trespassing, N.W. Park St.
Fight/service call, S.E. Seventh St.
Worthless checks, S.W. Third Ave.
Information, S.E. 12th Ave.
Trespassing/information, N.W.
11th Ave.
Attempt to contact, N.W. Ninth St.
Man down/sick person, S.E.
Eighth St.
Alarm, N.W. Park St.
Disabled vehicle, S.R. 15 N.
Stolen/vehicle, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident/hit and run, S.
Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Alarm, S.W. 16th St.
Disturbance/trespassing, S.E.
Fourth St.

Emiley Jo Starnes
Emiley Jo Starnes, infant
daughter of Jo Jo Jones and
James Starnes, was born and died
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center in
Fort Pierce.
She was preceded in death by
her great-grandfather, Elvin (Red)
In addition to her parents, she
is survived by two brothers,
Devon and Holt Jones; sister,
Kayleigh Jones; maternal grand-
parents,. Billy and Leslie Lewis;
paternal grandparents, Baxter
and Julie Starnes; maternal great-
grandmother, Judy Raulerson;
and, paternal great-grandmother,

Aline Norman all of Okeechobee.
Graveside funeral and inter-
ment is scheduled at Evergreen
Cemetery on Wednesday, Jan. 26,
at 11 a.m. Father Edward Weiss,
Pastor of Church of Our Saviour
Episcopal, will officiate.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert 'Bob' Marshall
Commander Robert 'Bob'
Marshall, age 86, died on Sunday,
Jan. 23, 2005 in Vero Beach.
Commander Marshall was a
member of the Navy SEAL Muse-
um Association's Board of Direc-
tors and a member of the Navy's

SEAL Association. Commander
Marshall had a particular interest
in young people, and he was
directly responsible for the devel-
opment of the joint agreements
whereby the Navy SEAL Museum
Association and the UDT-SEAL
Association became official spon-
sors of what is known today as
the Naval Special Warfare Tri-
dent Team.
Commander Marshall was an
original Navy "Frogman" and one
of the first men to train with the
Navy's special warfare teams that
have since become a legend. He
was a graduate of the Second
Underwater Demolition Team
class at the Navy Amphibious
Training Base, Ft. Pierce, in 1944.

He was assigned to Naval Combat
Demolition Unit 152-92, and then
Underwater Demolition Team 5.
He served as Division Officer and
subsequently Executive Officer
during pre-assault operations at
Saipan, Tinian, Leyte and Lin-
guyan Gulf.
He then returned to Ft. Pierce
and took command of Underwa-
ter Demolition Team 3, participat-
ing in pre-landing reconnaissance
operations at Wakayama, Japan.
At the end of the Second World
War, he was released from active
duty and remained in the Naval
Reserve, retiring in 1978 as a
Commander. Funeral arrange-
ments in Vero Beach will be
announced at a later date.

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"S.E. 30th Terrace that runs parallel to Taylor Creek off 441
S.E. has had three piles of trash sitting along side the road for
over four weeks. These piles consist of 55 gallon drums, old
tires, furniture, building materials and yard waste. Checking
with Waste Management, they stated that they would drive by
and see if it was what they were supposed to have hauled
away. Apparently it was not as it still remains after one week.
They stated that now that hurricane pickups are over, it is the
property owners' responsibility to dispose of this properly. Cer-
tainly over four weeks is time enough to have accomplished
this. Would our county commissioner for this area and/or the
sheriff's office check it out and direct it to the proper parties to
help urge this along?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We
contacted Waste Management and were told if the debris is
storm related the county's contract with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT) to pick up this type of debris
has expired, and Waste Management now has that contract.
If this is construction and demolition debris, Waste Manage-
ment will go out and look at the debris and give the property
owner the cost to haul it away because it is the property
owner's responsibility to dispose of the debris properly. But,
this fee must be paid before it will be taken to the landfill.
However, the person we spoke with was not aware of this sit-
uation and asked that you call him because he would person-
ally like to go look at the debris. So, call Waste Management
at (863) 763-4818 and ask for Chris.)

"This was written in the Hebrew Talmud and it says: 'Be
careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her
tears. The woman came out of a man's rib; Not from his feet to
be walked on; Not from his head to be superior, but from the
side to be equal; Under the arm to be protected and next to his
heart to be loved."'

Didn't Stop
"I would just like to say thank you to the person driving the
white van on Friday morning between 7:30 and 8 a.m. down
S.W. Third Ave. who hit and killed my daughter's dog and did-
n't bother to stop and say anything to anyone. That is a highly
American thing to do."

"I listened to President Bush's inaugural speech and I
thought it was great. We should be proud to have a president
that is worried about everyone's freedom and safety. Thank
you Okeechobee for voting for President Bush."

Social Security
"Perhaps a little research before calling Speak Out would
be in order. A recent caller stated that Congress does not pay
into' the'Social Security fund. This is not true. All federal
employees, with a few exceptions, pay into the fun~land have
done so since 1983. In 1983, Public Law 98-21 required Social
Security coverage for federal civilian employees first hired after
1983 and closed the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to
new federal employees arid members of Congress. All incum-
bent members of Congress were required to be covered by
Social Security, regardless of when they entered Congress.
Social Security was never intended to be a person's sole retire-
ment account. It was supposed to supplement employer and
individual retirement accounts. However, many people feel
that the government should support them and SS has become
the sole income for many retirees. One has to be responsible
for one's own welfare and not depend on the rest of us to take
care of you. The new SS proposal will put control of younger
worker's retirement back into their hands where they have the
opportunity to save far more than SS ever would accumulate
over their working years. There are folks who need the help of
SS and I have no problem with the government providing
assistance to them if they are disabled or infirm, but a healthy,
working individual needs to be responsible for his/her own
well being and that includes planning for retirement."

No Refund
"To the grandparents who have been raising their grand-,
children or children. Last year you may have gotten a refund
like I did. Thanks to President Bush we will not be getting a
refund this year. I suppose we are to suffer where we will not
qualify for EIC. If you elected President Bush back in to office
this term let's see how much more damage he can do to the
elderly. We can't make ends meet on just our Social Security
check and what little bit AFDC gives us if eligible."

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Looking Back ...
In 1958 Wally Davis took this picture of Pahokee offering calm shelter when the vast waters of Lake Okeechobee
become turbulent in the yacht basin at Pahokee. It is also a favorite fishing spot for locals or visitors. Do you have any
old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring them by the Okee-
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Upcoming Events

Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For more information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Women at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at 1404 S.W. Second Ave., for com-
munity Bible study for women. For information, call Theresa Brown at
(863) 467-1112.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Inter-
national Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invited. For more
information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For more information, call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church at 7 p.m. Informal and
informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life, located at 1902 S.
Parrott Ave. Everyone are invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to next to the driver's license office,. It is a self-help group that offers
support and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical
depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diag-

A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It will
be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Crulse'n Car Show meets from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-Mart
parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car you
may have, or check out the cars and visitwith the car owners-while you lis-
ten to the great oldies music. .
SCommunity Countj Gospel'will eet'at 7p.m. at tie church nextto
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group~that enjoys old
time gospel music are invited to participate. For more Information, contact
Randy or Larese Maycumber at 467-0359.

Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. If you need more information, call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020 or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Inter-
national Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
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 infor-
mation, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
ABWA Charter Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Angus Restaurant.
All members are urged to attend. Individuals interested in joining may call
(863) 467-2888, or attend our monthly meeting.
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
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fellow-
ship Hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For more information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial. Everyone is invit-
ed. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For more'information call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)
SGrief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church. For
information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480
evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group, please pass
the word.
The- Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.
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.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion,
501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For information, contact
Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.
Okeechobee Democratic Meeting at the Village Square Restaurant.
Dinners may be ordered at 6 p.m. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Crime Prevention Tip

It is illegal to ride a four-wheeler or
three-wheeled ATV on the roadway,
or on shoulder of the roadway.

Quote of the Day

"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give
up your right to be wrong, because then you
will lose the ability to learn new things and
move forward with your life."
Dr. David M. Burns

Community Events

Methodist church hosting revival
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
host a revival on Jan. 25 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. 25-26. Evangelist Richard Pickup from
Oklahoma will be conducting the revival at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion, contact Pastor Wonder Johns at (863) 467-1411 or (863) 763-
Library hosts programs on Broadway
Ian Nairnsey will present Broadway Blockbusters, the latest in
his Broadway musical series at the Okeechobee County Library.
Mr. Nairnsey, an expert on the music and lore of the Broadway
musical theater, will give his audience a glimpse into the hits of
the Broadway stage. These programs will be on the following
Tuesday nights and will begin at 7 p.m. in the library meeting
room: Walt Disney on Broadway Jan. 25; "Les Miserables" Feb.
1; Current Broadway Scene Feb. 8; and, Cy Coleman Feb 15.
AIDs Consortium to meet
AIDs Consortium of the Treasure Coast, the planning body for
HIV/AIDs services in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okee-
chobee counties, invites you to participate in their bi-monthly
meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For informa-
tion, call the Treasure Coast Health Council at (888) 880-8242, ext.
23 or 26.
Pregnancy task force will meet
, The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m.
in the Okeechobee County Library. The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions respon-
sible for planning and implementing services for pregnant
women and infants. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
meets the last Tuesday of each month. For information about the
coalition or joining the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force,
contact Executive Director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.
Main Street members will meet
The general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main
Street, Inc. will be held at noon on Jan.26 at the Brahma Bull
Restaurant. The public is welcome. For information on Main
Street, call (863) 357-MAIN.
Fundraising committee will meet
There will be a Bobi O'Neill fundraiser committee meeting on
Jan 26 at noon at Fat Boy's Restaurant. Anyone interested in help-
ing with a fundraising barbecue and auction for Bobi O'Neill is
invited. Please contact Dowling Watford at (863) 763-2121, or
Sharon Robertson at (863) 763-2131 for information.
Family history center reopens
The Okeechobee Family History Center located at the Church
of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will reopen on Jan. 26 at 2
p.m. They will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 until 5
p.m. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Quilt show planned
Tanti Quilters of Okeechobee will be having their annual quilt
show on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the old
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 information, call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020.
Boating program is offered
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will offer a boating skills
and seamanship program beginning Thursday, Jan. 27. This 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 wor-
ship 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. Preachers will be
Evangelist Noah Frye from Lexington, N.C.; Evangelist Donnie
Pollard from Rome, Ga.; Evangelist Rudy Pendleton from Smith-
field, Ky.; and, the Weaver Family from Georgia.

The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Researchers may have found way to prevent retinopathy

GAINESVILLE University of
Florida stem cell scientists
reported Jan. 3 that they have
prevented blindness in mice
afflicted with a condition similar
to one that robs thousands of
diabetic Americans of their eye-
sight each year.
Writing in the current issue of
the "Journal of Clinical Investiga-
tion", researchers describe for
the first time the link between a
protein known as SDF-1 and
retinopathy a complication of
diabetes and the leading cause
of blindness in working-age
Scientists explain how they
used a common antibody to
block the formation of SDF-1 in
the eyeballs of mice with simu-
lated retinopathy, ending the
explosive blood vessel growth
that characterizes the condition.
Researchers effectively silenced
SDF-I's signal to activate nor-

mally helpful blood stem cells,
which become too much of a
good thing within the close con-
fines of the eyeball.
"SDF-I is the main thing that
tells blood stem cells where to
go," said Edward Scott, an asso-
ciate professor of molecular
genetics at the UF Shands Can-
cer Center and director of the
Program in Stem Cell Biology
and Regenerative Medicine at
.UF's College of Medicine. "If you
get a cut, the body makes SDF-1
at the injury site and the repair
cells sniff it out. The concentra-
tion of SDF-1 is higher where the
cut occurs and it quickly dissi-
"But the eye is such a unique
place, you've got this bag of jelly
- the vitreous that just sits
there and it fills up with SDF-1.
The SDF-1 doesn't break down.
It continues to call the new
blood vessels to come that way,

causing all the problems," he
Diabetic retinopathy causes
12,000 to 24,000 cases of blind-
ness each year, according to the
American Diabetes Association.
What happens is high blood
pressure and blood sugar levels
associated with diabetes cause
leaks in blood vessels within the
eye and hinder the flow of essen-
tial chemicals. The eye compen-
sates by growing new blood ves-
sels, which clog the eye and
cause even more leaks. Damage
occurs to the retina, gradually
destroying its ability to capture
UF researchers analyzed sam-
ples of the vitreous gel taken
from the eyeballs of 46 patients
undergoing treatment for diabet-
ic eye disease, including 24.
patients with retinopathy. They
found SDF-1 in each of the
patients, with the highest

amounts detected in patients
with the worst cases. No traces
of SDF-1 were found in the vitre-
ous samples of eight non-diabet-
ic patients who were treated for
other ailments.
With the hypothesis that SDF-
.1 is at the heart of the problem,
scientists tested to see whether
the addition of the protein would
call stem cells and spur extraor-
dinary blood vessel growth in
the eyeballs of 10 laboratory
mice. They succeeded, creating
mice with retinopathy-like con-
Then, as a treatment, scien-
tists injected an SDF-1 antibody
directly into the afflicted eyes.
The antibody which is simply
another protein that binds to the
SDF-1 disabled SDF-1's ability
to summon stem cells, effective-
ly halting the growth of almost
all new blood vessels, said Jason
M. Butler, a graduate student in

the Interdisciplinary Program in
Biomedical Sciences and a
member of the research team.
Scientists next want to test
the technique in monkeys, and if
it continues to be successful, to
test the therapy in human clini-
cal trials, said Scott, the senior
author of the paper.
The National Institutes of
Health funded the research in
mice. The study in primates will
involve support from RegenMed,
an Alachua-based company
founded by Scott and other UF
researchers to bring biomedical
therapies to the marketplace.
"The scientific community and
pharmaceutical companies have
a long track record of being able
to develop antibody-based thera-
py in things like snake anti-ven-
oms," Scott said. "This isn't a new
and unproven technology. This is
something that can be rapidly
adapted and brought tomarket."

Scientists said they still need
to find a way to anchor the anti-
body to a molecule large enough
so it can do its SDF-1-blocking
work in the vitreous but will be
unable to penetrate the retina.
They envision a therapy that will
involve routine injections of the
substance into a patient's eye.
"It could potentially be a
treatment option," said Dr. Maria
Grant, a professor of pharmacol-
ogy and therapeutics in UF's Col-
lege of Medicine who participat-
ed in the research. "Current
therapy for severe diabetic
retinopathy is use of lasers that
destroy parts of retina that are
not needed for precise vision in
order to improve oxygen deliv-
ery to the parts of the retina that
are needed for detailed vision.
Intraocular delivery of agents
that block SDF-1 represent an
excellent and less destructive

Weather poses health risks, even in sunny South Florida

As the temperatures fell on
Sunday, Floridians found them-
selves coping with colder condi-
While South Florida residents
rarely have to deal with freezes,
temperatures in the 40s and 50s
can bring health and safety risks.
Some tips for getting through
Florida's temporary cold spells:
It doesn't have to be below
freezing for a person to develop
hyperthermia, especially if you
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While it is always important for
boaters to take proper safety pre-
cautions, in cool weather, it is
vital that a boater have a tele-
phone or radio available to call
for help if necessary.
Use layers to dress warmly.
Those who live in cold climates
know that dressing in layers traps
warm air between the layers and
keeps you warmer. In Florida,
dressing in layers is practical
because many people don't have
heavy coats. Also, if you are

wearing layers such as a'shirt,
sweatshirt and wind breaker -
you. can adjust your wardrobe
easily if the weather gets warmer
during the day.
Remember to cover your
head. During normal conditions,
Floridians cover their heads to
prevent sunburn. In cool weath-
er, cover your head to prevent
heat loss.
You can get still sunburned
in cold weather, so use sun-
screen and take. normal precau-

tions against sunburn.
If you don't have central
heat in your home, be careful if
you use space heaters. Read the
manufacturer's directions. Don't
leave a space heater on in an
unoccupied room.
If your home has a fireplace,
make sure the chimney has been
cleaned recently and is not
blocked. Also make sure. the flue
is open. Otherwise you might
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Remember to drink enough
water. It's important to keep your
body hydrated, no matter whale
temperature it is outside. Eighi
glasses of water a day is recom-
mended, unless your doctor has
advised otherwise.
Before you make any change
to your diet or exercise plan, con-
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important if you are on any pre-
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retrovirus called Human
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virus targets a part of
the human immune,
system called the T-
Cells or CD4 cells.
Once the virus enters
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reproduces rapidly
and continuously
until the cell ruptures
and dies. When the
cell ruptures, the
virus is released into
circulating blood to
infect other healthy T-
The most common
ways of transmission
of HIV infection are
sexual contact (anal,
vaginal or oral),
exposure to blood and
blood products (sharing
needles, tattooing and
body piercing with
un-sterilized needles,
accidental needle pricks
to health workers, unsafe
blood products) and
transmission during
pregnancy (during
delivery or breast
Primary infection
and early symptoms
often go undetected
due to the fact that
most patients maintain
normal health for years
after the initial
infection. Also, early
manifestation of infection
may be a flu-like
syndrome that is
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key to prevention
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Rose and Smith team wins contractor's bass tourney

By Loma Jablonski weighed in, but boosted their total
Okeechobee News weight to 19.3 lbs. and earned them
a $1,500 first-place check.
Long time fishing partners Craig The team's big fish earned them
Smith and Bill Rose proved that an additional paycheck for $260.
there are hawgs in Lake Okee- This was an especially sweet
chobee Saturday afternoon, win for the team since they couldn't
Twenty-six boats made their get their motor to start at the begin-
way through thick fog Saturday ning of the tournament.
morning to compete in the Okee- Second place went to the team
chobee Contractors' Association of Roy Odell and Bill Conner for
bass tournament. The boats their 12.11 lb. bag of fish., earning
launched from the Scott Driver them $750.
ramp and returned there for weigh- Tom Burks and George Barnett
ins at 3 p.m. earned $500 for their third place fin-
With only a few boats weighed ish, with a total weight of 11-lbs.
in, Smith and Rose made their way Moe Madrigal and Mike Brantley
to the scales with smiles on their finished in fourth place with 7.2 lbs.
faces. Smith reached in and pulled Fifth place went to Tim Arnold
out a 10.35-lb. hawg that he had with 6.3 lbs.
caught on a Wave worm. The lunk- Matt and Mark Hester took sixth
er was not only the biggest bass place with 6.145 lbs.

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Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Long time fishing partners Craig Smith (left) and Bill Rose
(right) hit pay dirt Saturday afternoon when Smith pulled this
10.35 lb. hawg into the boat. That fish, along with the others
this team caught gave them first place and bragging rights in
the Okeechobee Contractors' Association bass tournament.

OHS mat team places

third in TLC tournament

Roy Odell holds up a 5.14 lb. largemouth. It was one of the
12.11 Ibs. of fish pulled in by Odell and his partner Bill Con-
ner (not pictured) to capture second place in the Okee-
chobee Contractors' Association bass tourney.

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O.G. & C.C. Results

EI.G. League Jan. 21: 1. Ben Burdeshaw,
Jan. 19: 1. Bob Bain, 2. Jack 2. Joe Albrechta, Last Place -
Ford, Last Place Randy Ketch- Orville Moore, Closest to the
erside, Closest to the Pin (2) Pin (2) Joe Albrechta, (8) Don
Jack Ford, (8) John Nickerson, Heath, (11) J.W Cain and (17)
(11 and 17) Tom Cornwell. George Guydosh.

The Brahman varsity wrestling
team traveled to Fort Pierce Cen-
tral High School in Fort Pierce this
past weekend and placed third in
the nine-team Treasure Lake Con-
ference tournament.
The Treasure Lake conference
is made up of schools from
Sebastian River, Fort Pierce Cen-
tral, Okeechobee, Jensen Beach,
St. Lucie West, Vero Beach, Mar-
tin County, South Fork, Fort Pierce
Westwood and Port St. Lucie.
The Brahmans captured two
individual titles at the conference
Senior captain Tommy Land-
gren won the 130-lb. champi-
onship. This was Landgren's first
conference title. He won it with a
first-round pin over Jensen Beach,
which made it all the sweeter for
Landgren. Landgren was close
last year but was unable to cap-
ture the gold.
His teammate and co-captain
Cory Wright took the 140-lb. con-
ference title.
Wright is another senior stand-
out who originally took champi-
onship honors as a sophomore.
Wright scored his victory with a
second period pin over his Vero
Beach opponent.
The Brahmans had two run-
ners-up in this important tourna-
ment. Chuckie Suarez, at 145 lbs.,
was a surprise finalist after defeat-

ing a state qualifier from Martin
County to make it to the finals.
"Chuckie has come a long way
this year and is starting to shine,"
stated Brahmans head wrestling
Coach Bruce Jahner.
Jonathan Suarez also took run-
ner-up honors in the heavyweight
division. Suarez had to battle his
way to the finals with a semi finals
victory over his opponent from-
Sebastian River. This young war-
rior had defeated Suarez the last
two times they met. This time the
outcome was different. Suarez
;stayed with the game plan the
entire match, and it paid off for
the Brahmans with a 5-2 victory.
Other top players for the Brah-
mans were: 125 lbs. Carl Suarez,
fourth place; freshman Nick
Clements, third place; and Josh
Borgstrom, third place.
Final team standings for the
tournament were (1) Sebastian
River, (2) Ft. Pierce Central, (3)
Okeechobee, (4) Jensen Beach,
(5) St. Lucie West, (6) Vero
Beach, (7). Martin County, (8)
South Fork, (9) Ft. Pierce West-
wood and (10) Port St. Lucie.
The Brahman wrestlers will be
back in action at home Wednes-
day against Jensen Beach.
Wrestling will begin at 6:30 p.m.
-in the O.H.S. gym. This match is
also senior night and parents

Sports Brief


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until 3 p.m. Registrations will also
be held Feb. 5, 12 and 19 from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m.
Feb. 19 will be the last day for
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years old; AAA- 9 and 10 years old;
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for every child after that in the
same household.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Jan. 21,
through Thursday, Jan. 27, are as
Theatre I "Electra" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2,4:15, 7and9 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 Ill "Meet the Fockers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For more information, call
(863) 763-7202.


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

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

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Medical 210
Empl yment -
Part-TIme 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

A/C Company looking for
Service Tech./Installer
w/min. 5.yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.

CALL (863)467-2982
Auto Mechanic Needed,
Experienced with some di-
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8-5, Mon-Fri.
Supervisors &
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for FT/PT, EOE
Call 800-250-9206
Exp. necessary
for General Contractor
Doing Ins.. Repair Work
Fax Resume 800-780-3636
For Breakfast and lunch
Must be able to
work weekends
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Server, Hostess, Cook,
Dishwasher & Buffet
Attendant Needed
1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant
Must be experienced & have
a class A CDL Apply
@ Syfrett Feed co. 3079
NW 8th Street
Dickerson needs Dozer
Operator. M/F/V/D. EDE.
Drug Test Req'd.
Call (561)287-6820
Ext. 420
Immediate Opening @
Crossroad Restaurant.
Fast Growing
RV Dealership
In Okeechobee Is
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Apply In Person @
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Okeechobee, FL.
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Immediate Openings CNAs
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Valid driver's lic., Must
have own transportation
to & from work. Home
telephone a MUST. Must
be hard working & be
able to do heavy lifting.
Apply in person:
3157 Hwy 441 N.
No phone calls please.

Dickerson needs skilled
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

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




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

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experienced hair dresser's
nail technicians, massage
therapist 3936 SE 18th
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Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
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experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
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Okeechobee News

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time, General Assigned Reporter.
The right applicant will:
o 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
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(Preferred but will train)
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
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Select orders, must be
able to lift over 701bs,
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Light Ranch Work
w/Mowing. 20 hrs. week.
Housing provided w/small
salary. Call for more info.

Installer for Aluminum Car-
port, own tools, own
transportation. Call Bob

Part Time Driver, commu-
nity transportation to
transport patients to and
from medical appts. Must
be' familiar with the Okee-
chobee area. Ideal position
for retiree seeking part
time work. Drug/Alcohol
Free Environment. Call
(863)763-8316 Monday-
Friday bet. 9am-4pm for
information & appt for in-



Yard Sale 1451

SpeciM Notices 155

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The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.

Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:


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Okeechobeecar and provide excellent
service to our customers
iNe Ws everyday.

Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233

Is Urgently Needed In A
Prestigious Cardiology Practice.
Experience Preferred,
But Not Necessary.
Will Train On Job. --
Attractive Wages & Benefits.
Call (863)467-9400, or
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Babysitting 405
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New Vinyl Skirting
Installed. Avail Now!
Bob 357-3141


Air Conditioners 505
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mercial, Good Price of
$500, (863)467-5474.

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

5 Wed-Sat @ 100 First St.
.DESK, antique, refinished,
$200. Call Paul (863)634-

tique, 6 leafs, refinished
(mahogany), $400. Call
Paul (863)634-5698

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Couch, Dresser, Toddler
Bed w/acces. & Trundle
Bed. All for $250 will sep.
Complete, Ivory & Gold,
Good shape, $125.
DINETTE TABLE- with leaf &
4 chairs, solid oak, $175
or best offer. (863)675-
5 chairs, dark finish,
$250. neg.
Tell City, 4 chairs,
2 leafs, $425.
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.
END TABLE, Oak coffee ta-
ble, Refrigerator & desk
$140., will separate.
4 Unit, Lighted w/glass
doors. $50 863-946-3857
6'/2', Brown, good
condition. $125.
neg. (863)467-0987.
old, council love seat w/
wedge & queen sleeper
$1500 863-467-9284.
Foam, queens size, 9",
never used still in plastic,
$500. (772)446-2346.
SLEEPER SOFA aLt. blue &
green plaid w/cream back-
ground good cond. $100
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call

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
Basket in the back,
nice bike, $100.
neg. (863)763-6791.
& Twin turquoise bed
skirts 2 ea $10 863-467-
WATERBED- King size, mir-
ror in head board, 6 draw-
er pedestal, $200. neg.

Juniors, cavity back irons,
3-PW, 4 woods, bagnice,
$85. (863)946-3123.
3-2PW, metal wds $75

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

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

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.
seen on TV, video & exer-
cise book incl., new cond,
$100 (863)674-0467.

(2) slightly used
in exc. cond. $75

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

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

only 5 month, good condi-
tion, $450. (863)610-

Full Time 205

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 sep.
New, med. suitable for
hurricane shelter $15
FISH TANK, 55 gallon, w/
stand, filters & lights.
$100. (863)228-2690

1 male, 1 female, tan/white
$425, F., $400. M. Ready to
go. (321)517-5796
each, (863)634-0119.

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

WIRE CAGE, 6' square.
$75. Call (863)467-7188
or email jal-
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)

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


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

AMP, 450. watt.
Practically Brand New.
$50 (863)357-6140

UNIT, ALL $50. (863)763-

Alumimum 2
tooling, ele, single fas, 230
volt 2HP $1000 (863)763-
Craftsman 6.25 H.P. 2001
psi needs work $150
Lincoln. Includes helmet.
$150 863-675-1472

Diamond plated
almost new $150 firm
Like new $25.

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

w/all attachments incl.
shampoo, $300

easy voice directed $40 or
best offer


Christmas Trees 45
Farm Equipment ?05
Farm Feed Products 8 10
Farm Miscellaneous Ci.
Farm Produce c 20
Farm Services
Offered 8,25
Farm Supplies,
Services Wanted 83.'
Fertilizer 8125
Horses ,-10

Frigidaire, Like new,
white, like new,
Works great,
RANGE, Magic Chef, Elec-
tric. Excellent condition.
$75 (863)357-3650

Point, 18 cu. ft., Almond.
Very good condition.
$75 (863)610-3531
STOVE, Gas, 30".
$30 (863)634-5405

Westinghouse, white, 20"
wide. good cond., Clean,
$80 (863)635-3490.
WASHER: Roper, Heavy
Duty, Large capacity.
Very good condition.
$60 (863)610-3531,

white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
Grey /A length size 18
$95 neg
1-camel sz.14,
$95 neg.
Prom Dress, size 9/10,
black & white. $75.
Call (863)634-0339

AIR BOAT w/Trailer.
No engine. Complete, needs
some work & paint. $950
Works great
needs battery, $325
E-MACHINE, Win. '98,
Delivery & Set Up. Email &
Internet Capabilities & more.
MSN WEB TV, full internet
on your TV, like, complete,
$50. (863)467-6696

TECHNICIAN Will come to
your home & teach you.
$20.00 minimum.

FIREWOOD- over a cord of
oak cut for fireplace,
needs to be split, $75.

Queen w/hdbrd., dresser,
mirror, chest, night stands.
$200 (863)675-9288
Seafoam/birch. HD/FT w/
rails N.S. & chest. $175
BUNK BED, Black, Twin
over Full sz., Full mattress
included. $150 (863)675-
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.
ueen size bed, good con-
ition, $100. neg.
Contemporary slate tile w/
gun metal finish coffee or
cocktail table like new
$100 (863)805-8741

Pipe for sale, 3,000 ft., 12
inch irrigation pipe. PVC,
glue type fitting.

BAY GELDING 2'2 yr. old.
30 days prof. training. grt
on trails. Bomb proof.
$1000. (863)843-2495.

HORSES- 2 Mare's, In-
cludes Tack, Tamed, 14
horse bay. $2000 for both

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

PATIO TABLE, Glass top w/
4 cushioned chairs. Good
condition. $100


Apartments 5
Business Places .*10
Property 915.
Townhouses Rent 92'
Farm Property -
Rnt .;.5
House Rent ''
Land Rent 935
Resort Property
Rent "iSn
Roommate .45tI
Room. to Rent :i,15
Storage Space -

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

$1100/ month
$1000 Security

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 +

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

Real Istate

Business Places -
Sale '
Property Sale 101i1
Townhouses Sale 1015il
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale I"_L'5
Hunting Property ti?"U
Property Sale 0:.,
Land Sale 1040
Lo ts S a le I 04-
Open House 1050u
Out of State -
Property Sale 1os':
Property Inspection I ulu
Real Estate Wanted iir. ,
Resort Property
Sale 1170
Warehouse Space 10'.
Waterfront Property ilS

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

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

6 Builders lots still
available in brand new
community. New
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-

Supplies 845.
Lawn & Garden ?50
Livestock 855
Poultry, Supplies 860.
Seeds. Plants
Flowers 865



w/side rails & mattress
$100 or best offer
netized power, 1 king & 1
twin $1500 will separate

AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
Piston Rings for ground
power 220, new, 15 over,
can be cut to any size,
$150. (863)467-6696
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.


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

Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobson


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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.

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

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 20201

Palmdale, Trophy Trailer,
'84, park model 35x12,
1BR/1BA, a/c & heat,
$7500. (863)382-3557
SKYLINE 2 BR, 1 BA, 14x
46, In Okeechobee. Good
cond. Free Delivery
$16,000 772-343-0319


Boats 3005
Campers RVs "Y)10
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs '035

13FT, Build your own
$300 Call (863)467-5496
16.5 ft, 85HP Merc, stain-
less steel prop & tilt,
$2500. (863)763-3120.
CANOE 16' ,
Light weight, good .'.:..
condition, $250
Fiberglass, 14,
like new, $350

Game fisherman w/magic
tilt trI. 16 '$995

LANDAY 88' 16' Yamaha
motor, trolling motor &
trailor incl. $2500
(2) 14ft, Like new,
will separate $950
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
Pontoon Boat, '95
19', 40 hp Mercury
Magnum, boat used very
little $5000 neg.
or (954)-260-1933

Pontoon Boat, '95
19', 40 hp Mercury
Magnum, boat used very
little $5000 neg.
or (954)-260-1933

16-20FT, Like new
PROP Alumumin like new,
never refurb. Hub kit incl.
17P fits mercury 90HP
$60 (863)763-1424

CAMPER w/FL Rm. on side.
Located in Vantage Oaks
Park. Good cond. As Is.
$7000 neg. 419-365-5436
Cedar Creek 00-35'
5th wheel triple slides
very clean & 01'
Dodge dully quad cab
many extra's low
mileage great shape
$47,000 or best offer

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

DUTCHMAN '95 26 ft. L
Full ba., 1 Bdrm., A/C, 9x24
Sunrm. Sleeps 5. $6500
863-357-2633 after 5 pm

Georgia Boy Motor Home
'89, 32' w/454 Chevy eng.
54k mi. loaded w/extras.
$16,500 863-763-5987

Good shape,
Sunlite slide in 91/2' self
contained $2500

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10 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, January 25, 2005

$9,900 per acre.
t0 miles West on State Road 70.

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

Call Steve Watford
Berger Real Estate Inc., Philip Y. Bergr Broker

WINNEBAGO '75 32', Good
motor/generator. Great for
hunting or fixer upper.
$2000 863-634-1866

Waterproof, fits up to
22' boat. $75
How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive mar-
ket? In the employment
section of the classi-

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

DIRT BIKE- Motor 85hp,
small bike, good condo ,
runs good, $1500. firm
Harley Davidson Night
Train, '03, 100 yr Anniver-
sary model, many extras,
Shop here first!
The classified ads.

HONDA 450 1982, Straight
Bike. Mint Condition. Runs
reat! $1000 or best offer.
all (863)675-3724.

Runs & looks good
$1500 neg.

HONDA 250R ATC 1984
3 Wheeler, Excellent condi-
tion. Very fast! $1500

FOR RENT- Ancient Oaks,
1BR, Seasonal $850 or
$600 monthly.(954)829-

FRANKLIN,'05- 38ft, 2 slide
outs, AC, self contained,
W/D, loaded, $23,900,
(954)483-1322 Cell.

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


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Fore gn Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

87, excellent condition,

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

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


120K mls., New paint &
Tires less than 6 mo. old.
$1000 neg. 863-357-0147
'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
$300 for both, will sep.
GEO METRO, '94, 2 dr, cold
a/c, exc. cond. $1200.

GEO METRO 95' Sharp
New tires & rims
good cond. $1800

Silver, Auto., 2 Dr., CD, All
pwr., Snrf. 44,900 mls.
$8,500. 863-599-0199
Flat bed, Turbo diesel,
auto, $2499

Lincoln Town Car, '92,
loaded, runs great, cold
air, new tires, $1800 neg.

MAZDA 00' 626

Mercury Comet, '60, clear
title, all original. You Haul.
$1000 or best offer.

runs good. $2;500 firm.
Call (863)357-0765.

Place your ad online at
classll.html or mailto:
2 Dr. SE, Low miles.
Runs great. Must see!
$7,000. (863)467-9470

'48 2 Dr. Business Coupe.
455 cu. in. 4 spd. $2500/
best offer. (863)634-0526

needs to be restored
CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
36 volts, w/charger
$1000 (863)467-6070
Ford Bronco '89, cold a/c,
mud tires & alum rims, 4
whi dr.,' great cond.,
$4500. (863)357-2816
2V1/2 TON
running gear complete
$1000 (863)357-3981

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

Golf Carts,
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878
Melex Golf Cart
36 volt,

CJ7 Soft top
w/doors & frame
good shape $300
350 Olds V8
$400 or best offer
Fits Ford Heavy Duty Ford.
$850 (863)634-3300

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

CHEVY S101991, V6, Auto.
w/air. Good work truck.
$1000 (863)634-1239

Chevy Suburban LT, '01,
leather, sunroof, all extras,
tow pkg & warranty,
$18,900. (863)357-1813
FORD 87' F150 w/93 en-
ine, util. work truck
1200 or best offer
FORD F150 1997, Eddie
Bauer Edition w/King Cab,
Bedliner & Topper. $7,000
TRUCK TOPPER, 8 ft. w/
roof rack and side win-
dows. Excellent condition.
$250 (863)357-1078

'99- exc cond, 90K mi,
loaded, $13000, Must See

3.4L,-Auto., A/C, All pwr.,
C/C, CD. 108K, No dents/
rust. $4000 863-675-5075

Any prices listed in the Okeechobee
Real Estate Magazine or quoted by
American Eagle Site Development,
Inc. for any lot purchases in Eagle
Point Subdivision are no longer val-
Id as of January 13, 2005.
547818 ON 1/16-29/05
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One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn
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with an ad in the classi-
Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
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sale in the classified
and make your clean up a

CASE NO.. 2004-CP-238
The administration of the estate of
WILLIAM E. PROK, deceased, File
Number 2004-CP-238, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is 304 NW
2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972. The name and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
required to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
The date of first publication of this
Notice is January 18, 2005.
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Kevin H. Hendrickson, Esq.
Attorney for Per. Rep.
310 South Second street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Florida Bar No. 618454
Personal Representative:
Cynthia P. Ruppel
2711 Aloma Oaks Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765
547990 ON 1/18,25/05
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Do-It-Yourself Ideas

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Community Events

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 isthe 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.

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. 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.

Citrus industry is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, Jan. 29,
starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7
FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Doug Boornique, executive vice
president and general manager of the Indian River Citrus League. The
topic will be the impact of two hurricanes and the potentially devastat-
ing impact of citrus canker on the Indian River citrus industry. For infor-
mation, call the Indian River Citrus League at (772)562-2728.

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 annual auc-
tion on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Rodney's Auction Barn, 493 U.S. 441 S.E.
The yard sale begins at 10 a.m. and the auction begins at 3 p.m. To
donate goods for the auction and yard sale, contact Jean Murphy at 634-
5236. Arrangements can be made to pick up the items priorto the event,
or items may be dropped off on the day of the auction.

TOPS plans open house
Take of Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) FI 47 will be having their annual
open house on Saturday. Jan. 29, at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St., from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Refreshments will be pro-
vided. Anyone wanting a good weight support group is encouraged to

Prins Valdemar presentation slated
The Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host a pres-
entation on the sailing ship Prins Valdemar on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 11
a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by the daughter of
the ship's captain Alice Wallace of Okeechobee, and her goddaughter
Alice L. Luckhardt of Stuart. The owner of the ship was Captain Richard
Walters. The Prins Valdemar was once described as the most significant
ship disaster in Miami. The ship's sinking due to natural weather events
quite possibly changed the course of history for Miami, and Florida. Ms.
Luckhardt currently has an article about the ship and its sinking in the
January issue of the "Florida Monthly Magazine".

Trust Quartet in concert
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church invites everyone to a free con-
cert by the Trust Quartet on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.rf'.

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 Nation-
al Bassmaster Casting Kid's Championship for a share of over $20,000 in
scholarships. Each contestant at the local competition will receive a cer-
tificate of participation, plus free hot dogs and a soft drink courtesy of
Okeechobee Marine Center. A parent or guardian must accompany the

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 informa-
tion on securing your booth space, call the American 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 Depart-
ment 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.

Library to host leather craft class
The Everglades Leather Guild will be conducting a leather craft
demonstration and class at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206 SW 16th St. The class is designed for
beginner leather crafters and persons with some skill in leather tooling.
It is designed for mature persons wanting to acquire the skill of leather
art. Class size is limited and pre-registration is a must. Registrations will
be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Some supplies will be
required. For information, call (863) 467-8239; or, e-mail emie@theway-

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 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.

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, Feb. 24, "The Time Travelers Wife" -

Audrey Niffenegger; Thursday, March 24, "The Other Bolelyn" Phillipa
Gregory; Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell Me How You Live", Agatha
Christie-Mallowan; Thursday, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" -
Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had Wings" -
Connie Fowler. If you have questions or would like more information,
call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Rotary members plan bike ride
The Rotary Club of Okeechobee will have its second annual L.O.S.T.
(Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) Bike Ride on March 19 beginning at
Nubbin Slough at 8 a.m.

Church hosts chicken dinner
The Untied Methodist Men's Fellowship will sponsor a smoked
chicken dinner on March 4 at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St. The church is located between the Bank of America
and the Okeechobee County Courthouse. Lunch will be served from 11
a.m. until 1 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4 until 6 p.m. Tickets are $6
for adults and $3 for children. Tickets are available at the church office.
Call (863) 763-4021 for information.

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 processing sills will be
demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate 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. The tem-
porary 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 contact Andy or Candace at the American
Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.