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Vol. 96 No. 31 Monday, January 31, 2005 50N Plus tax


Brief

Tell us
about your club
The Okeechobee News is
currently putting together its
annual Fact Book and is ask-
ing local clubs for some help.
We would like to include
the names of different clubs in
Okeechobee County for those
who are new to the area.
These clubs must be open to
the general public and must
be non-profit.
If you would like to include
your club: please write down
the name of the club, where it
meets, when it meets, a con-
tact persons) and their phone
numbers) and bring it by our
office at 107 S.W. 17th St.,
Suite D., before Feb. 9.

Inside

South to host
talent show
Mrs. Milrot reported last
week that she had seven out-
standing students who scored
100 percent on their theme
test in reading. She also said
that the class average for the
theme test was 95 percent!
Those scoring 100 percent
were Chase Sutton, Danyelle
Sheffield, Tuff Durrance, Zane
Moreland, Stormy Stokes,
Drew Arrants and Casey Tra-
vers. Keep up the great work!
Page 3
Safin wins
Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia-
Seeing somebody else unravel
was different for Marat Safin.
So was winning the-Australian
Open.
After losing two of the last
three finals at Melbourne Park,
Safin defeated Lleyton Hewitt
1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday night,
deflating a crowd hungering
for an Australian winner. This
was the Russian's second
Grand Slam tournament title,
his other coming at the 2000
U.S. Open against Pete Sam-
pras in the final.
"It's psychological you
start to have doubts, like really
I could do this or not," said
Safin, a player known for his
racket-busting outbursts. "It's
the third time, you get so nerv-
ous, so uptight.
Sports, Page 7

Drought Index
Current: 441
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.26 feet


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

Index
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Comics ........... 8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .9
Opinion ......... .4,
Speak Out ...... .4
Sports .......... .7
TV ..............10
Weather ........... 2
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Petanque (pronounced pay-tonk) players get together daily at Heritage Village.

Canadians introduce a popular game


MaryAnn Morris
Special to the Okeechobee News
If you think you're no good
at sports or too old to play
games at least without real
pain think again.
At the Heritage Village com-
munity in Okeechobee the
game of Petanque (pronounced
pay-tonk) is played every day,
twice a day by the mostly
French Canadian residents of
the community.
"We're about 75 percent
Canadian and 25 percent Amer-


ican here," said Activities Direc-
tor Jacques Ethier. "There are
80 or so people who play and
about 25 or 30 will play each
time the group meets." The
game is played twice a day,
seven days a week at 2. and 7
p.m. Monday at 7 p.m. is a tour-
nament for park residents only.
Any other time, spectators and
new players are welcome.
"In the afternoon is the best
time to learn because you can
see better," said Maurice Bod-
son, who volunteered to help
with his English skills for this


story.
Petanque started in France in
the early 1900s and is now
played in countries all over the
world. The game is very similar
to the American horseshoes,
Italian. bocce or English lawn
bowling.
In Petanque, steel balls,
called boules (bools) are tossed
down a sand or gravel court at a
little wooden ball called "le
cochonnette" (lee co-sho-nay)
or "the pig". The idea is to toss
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TALLAHASSEE The. state
wants parents and schools inter-
ested in participating in Florida's
new universal pre-kindergarten
program to start signing up for
the program Tuesday, but it's
unclear where they should go to
sign up for classes starting in
August.
Private preschool owners
don't know whether they will
qualify for the program or how
much money they will get from
the state if they do. Public school
districts are expected to have a
tough time meeting certification
requirements.
State officials are advising
people interested in state-funded
pre-K programs to watch state
Web sites for information. But


the Web site,
www.upkflorida.org, offers no
information on how to sign up.
"We've been getting many
calls from parents asking where
to sign up," said Susan Morris,
early childhood supervisor for
Hillsborough County schools.
"At this time, we're telling people
we just don't have enough infor-
mation. We don't have
answers."
Gladys Wilson, deputy direc-
tor of the state Office of Early
Learning, said there's an online
application planned but no
details are available.
"We're just trying to get a

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Like my shirt?
Javon Villar shows off his new shirt at the Arnold Wildlife
Open House. He is the 10-month-old son of Marci and
Juan Villar of Orlando.


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Briefs

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.

College sign-up
plan ends today
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/SignU
pToday; or, call 800552-GRAD
(4723).
Apply now
for tax rebate
OKEECHOBEE The Proper-
ty Appraiser's Office, located in
the Alderman Building at 307
N.W Fifth Ave., has applications
available for the following:
age 65 and older additional
homestead exemption dead-
line 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
deadline 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 1.

Three tickets
win Fantasy 5
TALLAHASSEE Three win-
ners of the Fantasy 5 game will
collect $85,140.05 each, the Flori-
da Lottery said Sunday.
The winning tickets were
bought in Miami, Deltona and
Port Charlotte, lottery officials
reported.
The 422 tickets matching 4-of-
5 numbers will collect $97.50
each.
Another 11,731 tickets match-
ing 3-of-5 won $9.50, and 113,156
tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for
picking 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Saturday
night were 5, 12, 18, 26 and 33.

State counts 3,142
manatees in Florida
TALLAHASSEE State biolo-
gists counted 3,142 manatees in
Florida waters, the second highest
number recorded.
The annual counts are per-
formed by aerial survey and are
not very scientific. The numbers
represents, an absolute minimum
of the state's sea cow stock, not
the entire population.
"They give us a general count,
a minimum estimate of manatees
that we think are out there," said
Holly Edwards, coordinator of the
survey. "We keep coming in the
ballpark of 3,000 in our best years.
Those were the years when we
had our best conditions."
The record count was 3,300 in
January 2001; the following
March, the count dropped to
1,758. Scientists attributed much
of the drop to poor conditions for
counting the sea cows.
The Florida Marine Research
Institute-conducts counts each


winter when the weather is opti-
mal. During colder winter
months, manatees tend to. con-
gregate in warm-water rivers and
streams and around artificial
sources of warm water like the
Florida Power and Light plant on
the Caloosahatchee River in Fort
Myers.
Manatees are considered
endangered by both the state and
federal governments, although
the state may vote to reclassify the
sea cow to threatened in Novem-
ber. Endangered species are con-*
sidered to be in imminent danger
of extinction, while the less-
severe classification of threatened
means that the animal requires
special protection.


C.G. Auxiliary unveils float plan central website


LINCOLN, Nebraska The
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has
redesigned its Float Plan Central
- featuring the world's only life-
saving device on paper.
The site
http://www.uscgaux.org/~- float-
plan/), which was inaugurated
two years ago, features logical
organization and an exclusive
easy-to-prepare and use one-
page design. The plan includes
the Boating Emergency Guide T
to assist the holder of the plan,
who has a genuine concern for
the safety or welfare of the peo-
ple on board, in beginning a
search and rescue process,
should it be needed.
"Those who use Float Plan
Central are taking a vital step in
allowing search and rescue per-
sonnel to narrow their search


and thus locate overdue persons
more rapidly," says Vern Jansky,
the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist
who created the site.
Float Plan Central was built
for and is designed for use by
recreational boaters, educators
.of boating safety and organiza-
tions that promote boating safety.
"Boaters who do not file a
float plan are counting on some-
one else a friend, neighbor or
family member to remember
detailed information that rescue
personnel need to find those
onboard in an emergency situa-
tion," says Jansky, who currently
serves as Staff Officer of Publica-
tions and Communications for
Auxiliary Flotilla 2 in Lincoln,
Nebraska.
Jansky, in 1990, attended a
Boating Skill and Seamanship


class, which included a discus-
sion of the importance of prepar-
ing a "float plan." All students in
attendance received a copy of the
"Federal Requirements"
brochure that included a "float
plan" on its back page.
"Looking at it then, I thought
to myself, 'this could be a lot
better,' but I let it go at that," he
recalls. Jansky, after joining the
Auxiliary, implemented the first
Float Plan design in 1991, which
found its way in 1994 into the
"Federal Requirements and
Safety Tips for Recreational
Boaters."
Float plans, according to Jan-
sky, are not only for those at the
helm of big expensive boats.
They should also be filed by oth-
ers taking to the water, including
canoeists, jet skiers, rafters, row-


ers, sail boaters, sport fishermen
and water skiers. Others, such as
hunters, will also find them a
valuable part of planning their
activities.
"This is an excellent site," says
Flotilla 7 Vice Commander
William Pfaff Jr. of Hudson, Flori-
da. "I hand out the Float Plan at
information/safety booths -that I
man for the Coast Guard Auxil-
iary and now will give them out
when I do a Vessel Safety Check."
Senior Instructor Robert
Baskin of Epic Quest Outfitters in
Ventura, California, who has
spent many years as a mountain
rescue team member, says Float
Plan Central is a great help for his
classes on outdoor safety and
wilderness skills. He is directing
his students to the Float Plan
Central web site.


"A section of our class is
based on filing hiking plans,
flight plans, and float plans, and
how important they are to SAR
personnel and recovering vic-
tims. Your site is a great help,"
said Baskin in an e-mail feedback
message to the Auxiliary's.Float
Plan Central.
The United States Coast
Guard Auxiliary is composed of
uniformed, non-military volun-
teer civilians who assist the Coast
Guard in all of its varied missions,
except for military and direct law
enforcement. These men and
women can' be found on the
nation's waterways, in the air, in
classrooms and on the dock, per-
forming Maritime Domain
Awareness patrols, safety patrols,
vessel safety checks and public
education.


Legion pageant entry w


deadline coming soon


The 35th annual "Miss Ameri-
can Legion Post 64" Beauty
Pageant will be held on Friday,
Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. at the American
Legion Hall. This pageant is a tra-
dition of the American Legion-
Free Fair, which dates back for
over three decades. There is no
entry fee for the contest and con-
testants must be in ninth through
12th grade, attending either Okee-
chobee High School or the Fresh-
man Campus, be female, unmar-
ried and have no children. The


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the ball closest to the cochon-
nette. Knocking out your oppo-
nent's ball if it is in.,the way is fair
game.
The Heritage Village Petanque,
Club plays tournaments with
other local groups from Big
Cypress and Oasis parks. BJue
Cypress is three-quarters Ameri-
can, so there's no need to be shy
about the language.
Anyone interested is welcome
to go and watch the games. The
courts are behind the clubhouse
at Heritage Village. Most French
Canadians speak some English
and their passion for this-game
makes everyone a.willing teacher.
Some people dodr't speak any
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American Legion queen will
receive a $50 cash prize, crown,
banner, and trophy, as well as her
sponsorship (entry fee) paid into
the "Miss Speckled Perch"
Pageant later in February. Applica-
tions are available in the OHS or
OFC school offices or at the Amer-
ican Legion. The deadline to enter
is Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
For questions or additional infor-
mation, please contact the Ameri-
can Legion 763-2950, or Shelly or
Stephanie Sickels at 467-0790.


English at all, but will be happy to
direct you to someone who does.
"Anyone can learn to play the
game, said Mr. Bodson, "Not
everyone is a serious player. It's
all for fun anyway." '
There is a $2 charge to play,
but the money is used for prizes
and cash drawings at the time of
play. A small amount goes toward
the end-of-the-year prizes.
Heritage Village celebrated its
13th anniversary on Jan. 29. Most
people have been coming here to
Okeechobee for many years and
most stay all winter long and are
quite familiar with the area. They
will welcome everyone to their
community.
Heritage Village is located on
the east side of U.S. 441 South,
just north of Okeechobee Plaza.
For information, call Mr. Bodson
at (863) 467-2275.


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feeling of how many families want
to participate," Wilson said. "We
have no idea right now."
An estimated 212,000,phildren
turning 4 by Sept. I will qualify, ahd
the state expects as many as
154,000 to participate.
Florida voters mandated the
program in 2002 by a constitution-
P al amendment that said a quality
pre-K program must be available
to any 4-year-old whose family
wants it by August 2005.
Officials say they will need pub-
lic, private and faith-based pro-
grams and even homes to accom-
modate everyone because public
schools don't have enough space.
But there may not be many
public schools participating. To be
eligible,' a district must meef class-
size reduction requirements for
regular school, another constitu-
tional provision voters approved in
2002.
School districts also must certify
that they will continue meeting the
requirements and need no addi-
tional capital outlay funds through
the 2010-2011 school year.
"It is anticipated that very few
school districts, if any, will be able
to certify to the requirements,"
Shan Goff, director for the state
Office of Early Learning, wrote in
an e-mail Friday.


Winning Lottery

Numbers


MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Saturday
in the Florida Lottery:
Cash3
6-5-7
Play4
6-5-5-6
Lotto $10 million jackpot
4-15-43-30-14-50
Fantasy 5
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Under the new state law, school
districts are required to provide a
300-hour summer preschool pro-
gram with certified teachers begin-
ning next year. That's separate
from the 540-hour school year
program starting this year.
Kris Giordano, executive
director of the Early Learning
Coalition of Polk County, said she
wished public 'schools would
have a role in the year-round pro-
gram.
"They're mandated to do the,
summer program, which is
almost impossible," she said.


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"And they're not being allowed to
do the year-round program. And
that's too bad."
Profiles of qualified providers
are expected to be posted on a
state Web site. State payments
would go to providers as a vouch-
er.
State lawmakers will decide
the value of the vouchers in the
legislative session starting in early
March. Gov. Jeb Bush has pro-
posed about $2,500 per child for
a three-hour-per-day program
during the school year or 300
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South to present talent show, February 15


Mrs. Milrot reported last week
that she had seven outstanding
students who scored 100 percent
on their theme test in reading.
She also said that
the class average
for the theme test
was 95 percent!
Those scor-
ing 100 per-
cent were
Chase Sut- /
ton, Danyelle
Sheffield, Tuff Durrance, Zane
Moreland, Stormy Stokes, Drew
Arrants and Casey Travers. Keep
up the great work!
The following students made
a 100 percent on their FCAT les-
son last week in Mrs. Milrot's
third grade class: Bradley
Zabitosky, Hanna Bostwick, Delfi-
no Garcia, Ashton Rogers, Tuff
Durrance, Harlie Elliott, Billie Sue
Levitt, Alyssa Sinclair, Anali Tor-
res, Danyelle Sheffield, McKenzie
Richey, Naomi Cook, Stormy
Stokes, Drew Arrants and Conner
Varnadore.
Mrs. Milrot welcomes a new
Terrific Kid to her class. Shan-
noah Perez is a very sweet addi-
tion to her class, the teacher says,
and has made a lot of new friends


already. Mrs. Milrot reports that
Shannoah has a sweet smile, and
is always willing to lend a helping
hand to anyone.
Miss Schoonover let us know
that her first grade class has
learned about different types of
matter. Specifically, they learned
about liquids and gases and how
they are different. The students
enjoyed an experiment identify-
ing solids, liquids, and gases.
Mrs. Kenworthy has two big
boxes in the office full of lost jack-
ets, sweaters, and assorted
belongings. If your child is miss-
ing a lost item, please check the
lost and found in the office soon.
Our bookkeeper, Mrs. Suggs,
was literally seen dragging
money to the bank! Our students
brought in lots of pennies, and
other change, for the Tsunami
Relief Fund.
This Friday for Spirit Day we
are invited to wear clothing repre-
senting our favorite sports team
in honor of the Super Bowl. Show
your school spirit! What do you
think Coach Price (a huge Eagles
fan!) will wear?
On Feb. 8 and 9, our fourth
graders will be taking Florida
Writes. Please make sure your


fourth grader is here on time and
well rested so he or she will be
able to write their very best
pieces.
On Feb. 10 our students will
enjoy a trip to the high school for
a special musical presentation of
the 'Tale of Peter Rabbit'. This
will be presented by the Bits 'N
Pieces Theatre based in Tampa.
.Bits 'N Pieces is dedicated to
influencing the world of tomor-
row by enchanting the children of
today. Through the theatrical
retelling of classic children's sto-
'ries these actors use giant pup-
pets to bring to life the magical
wonderment of children's fantasy
and reinforce the core values
long told and emphasized by our
great storytellers. Our children
are very fortunate to be able to
attend this performance.
Students who were chosen to
be in the Talent Show will receive
a letter this week. The Talent
Show will be held on Feb. 15 at 7
p.m. Mrs. Yeilding would like to
thank the many students who
auditioned; those who were
selected to be in the show should
continue to practice so they can
do the best job possible in the
show.


Courtesy photo/South Elementary
The Terrific Kids for this week are: Maricela Bucio, Andee Garcia, Rosario Jaimes, Daniel
Romero, Alex Baitsholts, Bailey Tedders, Chandler Varnadgre, Zachary Kovacich, Denise
Ihinger, Masie Trent, Cristina Hunter, David Andrade, Colton- Brown, Angelica Salmeron,
Payton Byrd, Veronica Garcia, Casey Lewis, Mary Bushatz, Katelyn Oden, Bradley
Zabitosky, Joshua Brown, Johnathon Fertig, Stephanie Deal, Heather Abner, Xavier
Payne, Dustin Rucks, Andrea Young, Montavious Mills, Skyler McCormick, Desiree
Snow, A'isha Moore and Gavin Beal. Congratulations! Thank you, Mr. Dowling Watford,
representative of the Kiwanis Club, for presenting the awards to the Terrific Kids.


Law Enforcement Activity Report


City Police
Jan. 18
Police service call, U.S. 441 N.
Traffic accident, N.W Park St.
Escort, S.R. 70 E.
Alarm, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Police service call, S.W.
Eighth St.
Disabled vehicle, U.S. 441 S.
Abandoned vehicle, S. Parrott
Ave.
Information, S.W Fourth St.
Lost/found property, N.E.
Park St.
Animal complaint, S.W. Fifth
Ave.
Alarm, N.W Park St.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott
Ave.
Man down/sick person, N.W
1 lth St.
Burglary, N.W 10th Ave.
Shooting, S. Parrott Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S. Parrott
Ave.
- 'Missing persor/rmnaway,
S.W. 14th St.
Open door/window, N. Par-
rott Ave.


Alarm, S.E. 23rd St.
Threats/verbal/trespassing,
N.W. 12th St.
Jan. 19
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Fire/vehicle/brush/structure,
N. Parrott Ave.
Police service call, S.E. 17th
St.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
Disabled vehicle, main inter-
section.
Disabled vehicle, N.W Ninth
Ave.
Disabled vehicle, main inter-
section.
Fraud, N.E. Park St.
Fraud, N.E. Park St.
Landlord problem, S.E. Ninth
St.
Reckless driver, S.R. 70 E.
Juvenile problem, N.W. Sev-
enth Ave.
Juvenile problem, S. Parrott
Ave.
Criminal mischief, S.E. 10th
Ave.
Missing person/runaway,
S.W. 14th St.
Larceny/theft, S.W. 16th St.
Alarm, N.W. Ninth St.


Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.W. 11th Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, S. Parrott Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.
Parrott Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.R. 70 W.
Sheriff's Office
Jan. 19
Assist another department,
N.E. 12th Lane.
Lost property/cell phone, N.E.
15th Ave.
Stolen vehicle/recovery, N.E.
128th Ave.
Fraud, N.W Seventh St.
Warrant/prisoner in custody,
N.W Fourth St.
Accidental shooting, S.W.
26th Ave.
Prowler, N.W. 45th Terr.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.E. 16th Ave.
Domestic/verbal, S.W. Sec-
ond Way.
Jan.24
Child abuse, S.W: 20th St.
Disturbance, Treasure Island
Laundromat.


Domestic/verbal, N.W. 21st
Lane.
Suspicious incident, N.E. 14th
Ave.
Burglary, S.E. 34th Ave.
Theft, S.E. 34th Ave.
Jan. 25
Death, N.W. 113th Dr.
Assault, N.E. 72nd Circle.
Domestic/verbal/prisoner in
custody, S.E. 34th Ave.
Domestic/verbal, S.W 21st
Pkwy.
Traffic arrest/prisoner in cus-
tody, Industrial Park.
Break in, U.S. 441 S.


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2800 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-1545
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C

Okeechobee Air Conditioning
312 S.W. 2nd St.
763-8391
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C System
(Does not apply w/any other discount)
ALUMINUM GUTTERS
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202 N.E. Greenbriar Ave. ..
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877-878-9682
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ANTIQUES
Don's Down South Antiques
441 S.E. and 15A
763-2712
10% OFF any purchase
APPLIANCE SERVICE
McKenna's Appliance Repair
Mobile Service 357-1019
10% OFF first service call
Advanced Appliances
Sales & Service
128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
ART GALLERY
Absolutely Art Gallery
& Custom Framing
115 S.W. Park St.
357-1199
10% OFF storewide
AUTO
E&E Automotive Clinic Inc.
3585 Hwy. 441 N.
763-2666
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
Including tune-ups, oil services, etc.
BARRELS
Darrell's Barrell's
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all barrel's
BEAUTY SALONS
Incredible Hair & Nails
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-2282
10% OFF any service
BEAUTY SUPPLIES
Trading Post Indoor Shops
AVON
3100 Hwy 441 S.
Free gift with any purchase
BOATS
Big 0 Boats
1000 N.W. 9th Street
763-8650
$500 OFF 16'6" Twister Flats Boat
CLEANING
AA Honest Cleaning Service
P.O. Box 1784
467-6729
10% Discount
COMPUTER PARTS
T&D Computer Parts
6690 S.E. 88th Trail
467-1107
4% Discount on purchases $1,000 & under
8% Discount on purchases over $1,000


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

PAWN SHOP
Elliotts Pawn Shop
419 W.S. Park St.
763-55553
10% OFF on all purchases


PHOTO DEVELOPING
Elliotts Qulk Foto
& 1 Hour Film Developing
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF film processing
PLUMBING
Lonnie Price Plumbing
4523 S.E. 30th St.
763-5959
10% Discount on Hourly Labor
PRESSURE CLEANING
Big Lake Pressure Cleaning
4459 S.E. 21st Ct.
357-2773
-10% OFF on all pressure cleaning and painting
REPAIRS
Ray's Repair Service
4341 S.W. 99th Drive
(863) 467-4561
Discount: $5.00 off a $30.00 service call.
RESTAURANTS
Angus Restaurant
& Club Angus
2054 Hwy. 70 W.
763-2040
$1 OFF Prime Rib Dinner (excluding specials)
SANDBLASTING
Dayton's Sandblasting
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all services
STAINED GLASS
Tropical Stained Glass
2900 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-6263
5% OFF any merchandise
TAX SERVICE
Rapid Tax & Accounting Serv.
3391 Hwy. 441 South
467-1040
10% OFF tax preparation or 3rd month bookkeeping free
TAXI SERVICE
Bardon Taxi
467-0488
10% OFF Fares
- WATER TREATMENT
Water Treatment Co.
315 S.W. Park St.
763-1313
50% OFF In store fill up of your
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Superior Water Works
601 W. S. Park St.
763-2636
FREE bottled water fill up with
discount card up to 5 gallons

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








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Community Events

OCRA meeting slated
The OCRA will hold their monthly meeting on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
at Teen Town. For information, contact Rev. Paul E. Jackson, Sr. at
(863) 824-0899.

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 American Legion
Office (863) 763-2950. Office hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.

Benefit for Camp Wingman planned
A lasagna dinner will be held Friday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. until 7
p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., to benefit
Camp Wingman a fun place for kids to know and grow in Christ.
Camp Wingman was terribly damaged during the hurricanes.
Lasagna will be prepared by Laura Sims, Tom Murray, Vin Malone
and Diane Kaufman. Dinners will be available for a donation of $5.
Eat in or take out is available. Five dinners or more will be delivered.
For information or to order, call (863) 763-7843 or (863) 357-1713.
Library hosts special program
In celebration of Black History Month, James Weldon Johnson
- as presented by professional actor LeRoy Mitchell, Jr. will
appear at the Okeechobee County Library on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7
p.m. This renaissance man from Jacksonville will reflect on his life as
a poet, composer, diplomat and civil rights leader. This program is
sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of the
Okeechobee Library, and is free and open to the public.
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 St. They would like to
extend an invitation to women eligible for membership in NSDAR to
attend, from October to May. For information call Ruth Larson at
(863) 763-2492, or Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.

Big Lake Genealogy Society to meet
Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St., at 7 p.m. Any-
one interested in tracing their family history is encouraged to attend.
Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome. For more infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2036.

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 informa-
tion, call the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772) 429-2173.
Health and safety classes offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch health and safety
classes for February are: Tuesday, Feb. 8, adult CPRWAED from 6 until
10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 5, babysitters training from 8:30 a.m. until 3
p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 19, infant/child CPR from 9 a.m. until noon; and
Thursday, Feb. 24, first aid basics from 6 until 10 p.m. Each class is
$25 for the first class and $5 for each class after that up to three
classes. For information on the location of the classes or to sign up,
call (863) 763-2488.

Red Cross hosts Appreciation Day
The Red Cross will host a Valentine's Day Appreciation Party on
Friday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 323 N. Parrot Ave. The
party is to thank all of their local volunteers for their hard work and
dedication and to wish everyone a Happy New Year. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.
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. Reg-
istrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Some sup-
plies will be required. For information, call (863) 467-8239; or, e-mail
emie@thewaymans.com



Crime Prevention Tip
Do not leave fishing equipment rods, reels, or tackle boxes
- on your boat tied to your dock.





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Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking Back ...
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Letter to the Editor


It's time
to grow up
I have been listening to a lot of
comments lately about the
growth of Okeechobee and most
of it has been quite negative. So
let me see if I can put this issue of
growth in a more positive light.
I was born in Miami and I grew
up in Stuart and Port St. Lucie in
the 1960s and 70s so I think I
know a little about growth when
it comes to a town or city in Flori-
da. People, whether you like it or
not, Okeechobee is next so get
ready- it is inevitable.
I do agree that while a town or
city is on the verge of growing
'there will be some issues that will


need to be addressed, like widen-
ing of roads to accommodate
more traffic and rezoning of com-
mercial property to allow more
building. But I will say this once
more, rather or not you like it,
Okeechobee will be growing a lot
more in the next decade you
can bank on it.
I remember in 1972 there was
nothing more than a caution light
and a trailer welcome center in
Port St. Lucie, now there are more
than 150,000 people that reside
there year-round. I witnessed
some poor planning and some
good planning, but it grew never
the less.
1 The way I see it, is you can deal
with it negatively and become
miserable and deal with a lot of


Upcoming Events

Monday
Okeechobee Model Airplane Clubwill meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church. For information, contact David Fox at (863) 763-
3296.

Tuesday
Alanon meetingwill be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8
p.m.
Family History Center meets from 9 a.m. until noon at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Institute),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. at The Gathering in the con-
ference room for a weekly 12-step recovery and support group
meeting for women overcoming chemical dependency. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technolo-
gy and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information and location. Some of the
proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral
Restaurant at noon. All Rotariaris and the public are invited. For
information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meet at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-
0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For more
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-
6076..
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okee-
chobee. Everyone is welcome. For information contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is
located next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group
that offers support and education for people who have been diag-
nosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis.

Wednesday
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ameri-
can-Legion. The Okeechobee Jaycees would like to welcome all
energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are
interested in working towards the betterment of our community.
For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
AA meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour. It's an open meeting.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For
information, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863)'467-
0359.
A.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety
in the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S.
441. For information, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Cruise'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 visit with the
car owners while you listen to the great oldies music.


headaches, or deal with growth in
a positive way and prepare for the
inevitable and maybe even profit
from it.
There are thousands of people
a day that come to Florida as
tourists, and almost half of those
people will reside here in Florida
seasonably or permanently. Why?
Well, I think it is quite simple -
Florida has some of the best cli-
mate conditions in the U.S. espe-
cially in the winter. While it is
below zero in most places up
north, we still enjoy the 50s and
60s even during a so-called cold
snap. And, the fishing is good.
And as the coast becomes
more populated, people will keep
moving west from the east coast
and east from the west coast; and


then there is Okeechobee right in
the middle sitting on top of the
largest freshwater lake in the
country, and in some of the best
climate in the world.
And guess what? I plan on
starting a business here too! I love
it here. I plan on staying here
whether or not you like it.
I heard a comment from
someone that was disgruntled
with growth. Let's see, I'think it
went like this: they can find their
way to Yee Haw Junction and hit
the turnpike because we do not
want growth.
The only thing I have to say
about that is: get ready to grow
up.
J.K. Murray III


Community Events

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 dur-
ing the October sales weeks.
Red Cross instructor course rescheduled
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch has rescheduled
its health and safety instructor course. The course, originally
scheduled for Jan. 24-28, has been rescheduled for Jan. 31
-Feb.4. The cost of the course is $125. For information, on loca-
tion of classes or signing up please call (863)763-2488.

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, ani 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: "Les Miserables" Feb. 1; Current Broadway Scene Feb. 8;
and, Cy Coleman Feb 15.

Church to host gospel meeting
Big Lake Church of Christ, 1115 S.W. Third Ave., will host a
gospel meeting Feb. 2-6 with evangelist Gene Samford at 7 p.m.
For information, contact David 0. Key at (502) 641-9191.
Children's Services Council meeting
The Children's Services Council regular meeting scheduled for
Thursday, Jan. 13, has been changed to Thursday, Feb. 3, at 5
p.m., in the Superintendent's Office, Room 308, Okeechobee
County School Board Office at 700 S.W Second Ave.
Hospice to host caregiver event
Hospice of Okeechobee in association with the Area
Agency on Aging, the Department of Elder Affairs and the Visiting
Nurses Association will be holding a free session on caring for
the caregiver. This session will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m.
at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), at 208 S.E. Park St. Laura
Zel, LCSW from the Area Agency on Aging, and Hospice of Okee-
chobee's Enid Boutrin, MSW, will share tips on being the best
caregiver you can be. Care for your loved one will be provided for
free at Dunklin Adult Day Care, at 407 N.W. Second Ave. Their tele-
phone number is (863) 763-4524. Refreshments will be served.
There will also be prize giveaways. This session is in addition to
the ongoing Caregiver Support Group held at Hospice of Okee-
chobee. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
South to host technology open house
An open house will be held at the Assistive Technology Lab at
South Elementary on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m.
to celebrate Assistive Technology Awareness Day. Assistive Tech-
nology (AT) is methods and materials that assist students who
have difficulty in their daily lives at school and home. On display at
the AT Lab will be materials used by teachers and students
throughout the school district including FCAT accommodations,
software and portable word processors. Visitors will be able to
interact with the materials, and AT specialists will be on hand to
answer questions. The AT lab at South Elementary is funded by
the Okeechobee County School Board, the Florida Diagnostic and
Learning Resource Systems (FDLRs) and the Assistive Technology
Education Network (ATEN).







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Food Check-Out Day takes place on Feb. 7


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
By Feb. 7, the. average Ameri-
can will have earned enough
income to pay for the entire
year's food supply, and state agri-
culture leaders are encouraging
Floridians to remember the
efforts of the farmers who make
this feat possible.
Recently our Agricultural
Agents attended the Florida Cat-
tlemen's Institute, where Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson reminded
ranchers that Americans enjoy
the safest, most abundant and
most affordable food supply on
earth. "Based on U.S. Depart-
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able income to pay for his or her
family's food supply for the entire
year."
Thanks to modern farming
techniques, America's farmers
and ranchers are producing more
food on fewer acres while leaving
more open space for wildlife
habitat. Precision farming prac-
tices boost crop yields and overall
efficiency by using satellite maps
and computers to match seed,


fertilizer and crop protection
applications to local soil condi-
tions.
"Food Check-Out Day is a cele-
bration of the bounty from Amer-
ica's farms and ranches and how
that bounty is shared with Ameri-
can consumers through afford-
able food prices," said Carl Loop,
president of the Florida Farm
Bureau Federation. "Compared
to other expenses facing Ameri-
ca's families, food is a bargain.
While Americans must only work
until early February to pay for
their yearly food supply, while last
year's Tax Freedom Day was April
11, the day we had to work until
to pay for their taxes."
The idea for Food Check-Out
Day was developed by the Ameri-,


can Farm Bureau Women's Com-
mittee and was first observed in
1998 with an event in Chicago.
Since then, observances have
been held, respectively, in
Phoenix, Nashville, Philadelphia,
Las Vegas, New Orleans, and
Jacksonville. This year's event
will be held in Orange County,
California.
More than 24 million Ameri-
can workers representing 17
percent of the total U.S. work-
force produce, process, sell
and trade the nation's food and
fiber. However, only 4.6 million of
those people live on farms, which
is slightly less than 2 percent of
the total U.S. population. There
are 2.13 million farms dotting
America's rural landscape.


Florida's 44,000 commercial
farmers grow more than 280 dif-
ferent crops. Florida is the
nation's "winter salad bowl,"
providing 80 percent of the fresh
vegetables grown in the United
States during January, February
and March of each year. Year
round, Florida ranks No. 2
nationally in the U.S. production
of fresh vegetables. Agriculture
is Florida's second-leading
industry next to tourism, and has
an estimated overall economic
impact of more than $62 billion
annually.
The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration is the state's largest gen-
eral interest agricultural associa-
tion with more than 151,000
member families statewide and


Farm Bureaus in 62 counties.
Headquartered in Gainesville,
the federation is an independent,
non profit agricultural organiza-
tion.
I've placed more information
on Food Check-out Day on our
Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on agriculture or natural
resources, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at
458 Hwy 98 North in Okee-
chobee, and visit our Okee-
chobee County Master Gardeners
on Tuesday afternoons from 1
until 5 p.m. on Tuesday after-
noons.


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Residents paint for fun
Valeda Collins is a resident at the Okeechobee Health
and Rehabilitation Center and is involved in the art class
that is taught by Bobbie Harris.


Glades County Roundup


Hurricane relief
Glades County Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey
announced that county residents
whose homes were damaged in
the 2004 hurricane season could
be eligible for hurricane relief in
certain circumstances.
Applications for relief for
Glades County residents who
bought replacement mobile
homes are. due to Mr. Luckey's
office by May 1. The relief is calcu-
lated based on sales tax paid on.


the replacement mobile home.
Applications are eligible for either
relief for residents with homestead
exemptions or relief related to
mobile home replacement, but
not both.
Copies of the application form
may be obtained by visiting Luck-
ey's office or by calling (863) 946-
6026 or toll free (877) 445-2337.
For more information about the
hurricane relief program, residents
may visit the Florida Department
of Revenue Web site
http://www.myflorida.com/dor.


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The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 31, 2005


I Willson attends Rotary meeting


By Bennett Yeilding
Special to the Okeechobee News
Rob Willson, president of the
Okeechobee Board of Realtors
spoke about the local Realtors
Board. Mr. Willson began by say-
ing the board was made up of
over 40 agents and for the first
time the Board has members that
have more professional experi-
ence prior to real estate than land
sales.
He said the Board is obviously
interested in economical develop-
ment of the city and county
because it brings in more people


and more housing sales. One item
the board is working on is pro-
moting a before and after project
for local businesses. Photos will
be taken of businesses before and
after improvements are made.
The businesses would then be
recognized for the improvements.
The Board itself has new office
space in which the customer will
be greeted by professionals eager
to assist.
Other questions from the audi-
ence dealt with multi-family hous-
ing. Mr. Willson responded by
saying that Okeechobee has a


serious shortage in multi-family
housing. If industry wants to
come in, they see the housing
problem and decide to locate
elsewhere since there are no facil-
ities for their workers. Another
Question was about land values.
Mr. Willson thinks that land val-
ues will continue to rise for a
while longer. It's impossible to
predict a downward trend so
maybe you should hold that land
awhile longer! Who knows?
The Rotary meets each Tues-
day at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant.


Courtesy photo/Jim Mclnnes
From (left to right) are: Ron Staley, program chair for the January 11th meeting; Rob Willson,
president of Okeechobee Board of Realtors; and, Alan Sullivan the district assistant gover-
nor for Rotary. Mr. Sullivan visited with the local Rotary and made several regional announce-
ments.


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Board of Realtors
After the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 27, the new Board of Realtors for
Okeechobee County, (back row, left to right) Jim Fowler of Culbreth Reality, Karin
Ammons, Lori Mixon of The Tucker Group, LLC, Rob Willson of D.R. Willson Land Co.,
Dale Ann Watford of Preferred Properties and D.J. Mixon of D.R. Willson Land Co.; and,
(front row, left to right) Karen Bowers, Sharon Johnson of The Tucker Group, LLC,
Joanne Oskay, Jeri Wilson of The Tucker Group, LLC. and Ron Staley of The Tucker
Group, LLC, prepare for an exciting new year.


Nationwide seeks insurance rate hike


ST. PETERSBURG Nation-
wide Insurance Co., the state's
fourth largest insurer, is seeking a
double-digit hike in rates,
becoming the latest company to
file for an increase since last
year's four hurricanes.
Columbus, Ohio-based
Nationwide filed a request with
Florida regulators Monday to
raise its homeowner's rates an
average of 28.3 percent.
Also, Nationwide began noti-
fying Florida customers that a 20
percent surcharge will be added
to their premiums for each non-
weather related claim they file.
Once applied, the surcharge will
remain for three renewal peri-
ods.
A form letter sent to cus-
tomers was not specific about
which claims would trigger the


surcharge. Nationwide
spokesman Eric Hardgrove con-
firmed the surcharge will be
applied to claims from theft, van-
dalism, fire,"a burst water pipe or
sinkholes, among others.
The five types of claims that
will not count toward a sur-
charge are: losses from a hurri-
cane or other catastrophe;
weather-related claims; guest
medical payments; accidental
death claims; and claims in
which Nationwide can be reim-
bursed from "an at fault party."
The surcharge, part of a grad-
ual rollout nationwide, is effec-
tive Feb. 1 in Florida.
The insurer describes the plan
as a way to offer the lowest rate
to claims-free customers.
Valerie Beynon, spokes-
woman for the Office of Insur-


ance Regulation, said the sur-
charge plan was approved by the
state in October and the rate
request will be reviewed within
60 days. The higher rates would
go into effect in July if approved.
Nationwide joins more than
20 other Florida insurers, includ-
ing State Farm and the state-cre-
ated Citizens Property Insurance
that have filed for rate increases
since the hurricanes.
Hardgrove referred to the fil-
ing for justifying the increase.
However, Beynon said the filing
is vague on outlining reasons.
Nationwide is the seventh-
largest property and casualty
insurer in the country. It has
about 300,000 policies statewide.
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OCRA sign ups
are under way
S-:The 2005 Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will hold their base-
ball and softball sign-ups Feb. 5,
12 and 19 from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. at Teen Town.
Feb. 19 will be the last day for
sign-ups. Anyone signing up
after that date will be placed on
a waiting list.
A birth certificate for proof of
age will be required. League
ages for the 2005 season are:
baseball: Tee-ball- 5 and 6 years
old; rookie 7 and 8 years old;
AAA- 9 and 10 years old; Majors-
11 and 12 years old; and, Dixie
Boys 13 and 14 years old. Soft-
ball: Darlings 7 and 8 years old;
Angels- 9 and 10 years old; Pony-
tails- 11 and 12 years old; Belles-
13, 14 and 15 years old; and
Debs -18 and under. The official
playing age of all children will
be determined by their age on
July 31, 2005, for baseball and
May 31, 2005, for softball.
Sign up fees are $60 for the
first child, $55 for the second
child and $50 for every child
after that in the same house-
hold.
If you would like to sponsor a
team or purchase a banner or
volunteer to help, contact Media
Director Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr.
at (863) 824-0899 or Treasurer
George Dukes at (863) 467-9996
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, check
the O.C.R.A. website at
www.chobee.com.


Fundraiser helps Hunters can apply
OHS volleyball team for license online


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 furni-
ture, outdoor recreation equip-
ment, lawn and garden, electronic
products and more.
If you have something of value
sitting around your home or busi-
ness gathering dust, you can call
and they will come and pick it up.
If you would like to donate an
item please contact George May at
(863) 634-5836, or Lori Berger at
(863) 763-6411.


Beginning July 1, 2005, the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission will revise the
method in which hunters may
apply for regular and special
quota hunt permits.
The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least
25 years. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt
permits through their Total
Licensing System (TLS) at license
vendors statewide or from their
website MyFWC.com.
For information, contact Eddie
White of the FWC at 850-488-
8573, ext. 17336.


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At the Movies _


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Jan. 28,
through Thursday, Feb. 3, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Hide and Seek" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "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

Volunteers needed
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to vol-
unteer time at Raulerson Art and
Cultural Center, Inc., to help with
ceramics, for days or evenings.
Raulerson Art and Cultural Cen-
ter is a non-profit organization
and proceeds will go towards
local art scholarships. For infor-
mation, call Kelly Raulerson at
357-1199.
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the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or aban-
doned. If you have as little as two
hours per week, then you can
help. Guardian Ad Litem volun-
teers are needed to speak up for
these children. Training for new
volunteers will be held in your
area soon. Volunteers are need-
ed in St. Lucie, Indian River, Mar-
tin and Okeechobee counties.
Call the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
gram at (772) 785-5804, for
more information and an appli-
cation. Just two hours of your
time each week will make a dif-
ference in the lives of these chil-
dren.

Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family '
life with nutritious meals, good
daily care and a stimulating envi-
ronment. Foster parents may be
married, divorced or single.
Their most important character-
istic is that they are caring indi-
viduals who understand the'
problems and needs of foster
children. Please contact Karissa
Richards at 1-800-403-9311.

C.G. Auxiliary is
active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary has served as the civil-
ian, non-military component of
the Coast Guard. Today, the
33,000 volunteer men and
women of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary are active on the water-
ways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists
(folks just like you) save almost
500 lives, assist some 15,000
boaters in distress, conduct
more the 150,000 courtesy safety
examinations of recreation ves-
sels and teach over 500,000 stu-
dents in boating and water safety
courses. The results of these
efforts save taxpayers hundreds !
of millions of dollars every year.
For more information call (863) |
467-3085.

EYDC in need
of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
tors, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth
choir. Wouldn't you like to make
a difference? If so, please contact
Rick Hargraves at EYDC, 7200
U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee,
Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174, ext.
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their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
require advance payment.
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denoted with an asterisk *.

Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145 .
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


DOG, Found in
Lazy Seven Area.
Call to ID. (863)357-3260

PUPPY, Mixed, Female, Ap-
prox. 8-10 wks. Vic. of
441 N & NW 344th St.
(863)634-0471

Lost: black & white rat terri-
er, answers to Ace, wear-
ing pink collar, REWARD!
(863)763-2987
LOST: Prescription eye-
glasses in dark hard case',
vic. of McDonald's. Re-
ward if returned.
(618)615-1821

LOST: RAT TERRIER Black
& white spotted, male, lost
in area of NW 63rd Terr.
Call 634-8349.
OKEE LITTLE FARM Tab-
bies, (F) Gray, & (M) Gray
w/lots of white chest/legs
Moms (863)467-4389.
Pomeranian, fem., reddish
brown, 4 yrs. old, vic.
Okeechobee warehouse
on 1/22. REWARD!.
1(863)467-1299


BEAGLE, Male, 10 mo's old.
Neutered w/currant shots.
Good w/kids & cats. Good
home. 863-763-4789
CALICO CAT- Female, 5
yrs old, spayed, all shots,
House broken. Call after
5pm (863)357-3894.
CAT Free to a good home
(863)357-1522
or (863)634-6596

FREE TO GOOD HOME* 2 yr
old male black lab, needs
attention. (863)634-3119


ONE WOLF 38 Seeking fit
female for friendship/
companionship & laughter
(863)763-3196
Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123


Uarag


To Angela Thompson
Forever & 2 days
Love, Your Husband
Alvin Thompson

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


A/C Company looking for
Service Tech./Installer
w/min. 5 yrs. exp. '.Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.
863-763-8391
ALUMINUM INSTALLERS
WANTED:
Screen Porches, FL Rms.,
Carports, Roof overs.
Competitive wages.
Room for advancement.
863-634-4151
Ask For Steve.

A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A
REQUIRED,
DRIVE LOCAL,
HOME EVERYDAY,
GOOD PAY,
CALL (863)467-2982
BEALLS OUTLET
IN OKEECHOBEE
Supervisors &
Cashiers
Medical & 401k
for FT/PT, EOE
Call 800-250-9206,
X6851
CONSTRUCTION
SUPERVISOR
Exp. necessary
for General Contractor
Doing Ins.. Repair Work
Fax Resume 800-780-3636
NEW VANITY SALON &
SPA Accepting resume's-
experienced hair dresser's
nail technicians, massage
therapist 3936 SE 18th
Terrace 34974


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COOK
For Breakfast and lunch
Must be able to
work weekends
(863)763-2826 Mooney
DFWP
EXPERIENCED COOK
Immediate Opening @
Crossroad Restaurant.
(863)763-8333.
Hospice of Okeechobee
LPN,F/T w/benefits, must be
able to do nights/
weekends on call RN, full
time days Fax resume to
leslie Schmidt or Apply in
person @ 411 S.E. 4th St.
8a-4p Mon-Fri.
LABORER POSITIONS
Valid driver's lic., Must
have own transportation
to & from work.-Home
telephone a MUST. Must
be hard working & be
able to do heavy lifting.
Apply in person:
3157 Hwy 441 N.
No phone calls please.

NEEDED
LAUNDRY
WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry. '
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.
Looking for Office Support
for Nurse register,
#30211065, Must know
QB, Word, Publisher. MED
knowledge a + (863)467-
6399
LOT ATTENDANT Wash &
vacuum, cars, minor lot
maintence, 40 hr. wk call
Chris (863)357-3577
MANAGER
Bookkeeping, Pleasant
well spoken,
SProfessional attired
Please fax resume to
(863)763-1506 or Call
for appointment
(863)763-7475
CDL DRIVER
Local, 2 yrs. exp.
required. Call
863-634-7051 or
863-763-0518
Drug Free Workplace
OFFICE ASSISTANT
FT/ Experience a MUST.
.all Chris @
863-634-0211


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IMMEDIATE OPENING
METER READER
(For the Okeechobee Utility Authority)
Applicant must be able to perform light
to heavy physical labor, must be able to
work in harmony with other employees
and be courteous to the general public.
Applicant must possess a valid FL
Operators Drivers License (only those with
a clean driving record for the last three
years need apply), have high school
diploma or equivalent, have neat legible
handwriting and average mathematical
skills. Apply to the Okeechobee Utility
Authority Office, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue,
Okee, FL 34974-4221. Applications will
be taken until position is filled.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
(M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE


Server, Hostess, Cook,
Dishwasher, Busboy &
Buffet Attendant Needed
1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant


DRIVERS NEEDED
Must be experienced & have
a class A CDL Apply
@ Syfrett Feed co. 3079
NW 8th Street
Okeechobee


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HANDYMAN NEEDED

Must Be Reliable & Experienced
w/own tools and transportation.
Competitive Wages.
Call Joe @
863-243-9177 (Cell)
Okeechobee



needed for busy law firm. Must have a
minimum of 2 years legal experience.
Competitive salary & benefits.
Please fax resume to:
863-467-1968, Attn. M. Wade

HARDWARE HELPER must F/T HELP NEEDED
have experience & Yard FOR TREE FARM.
helper DFWP apply in-per- Must Be Bilingual.
son @ 1601 Hwy 70 East 863-763-2838


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The Okeechobee News is seeking an imme-
diate opening for a full time Customer
Service Representative to work Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle deadlines
Good math skills
Knowledge in office procedures:
Phone Etiquette
Payables
Banking/Deposits
Computer Skills
The Daily 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
The Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer







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

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N1 eWseveryday.

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


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility,
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


WANTED:
Office asst. for fast-
paced construction
office. Self starter,
highly motivated, re-
ceptionist duties and
Peachtree software
exp. A MUST! Apply
in person to Abney &
Abney Construction,
Inc., 805 SW 15th
St., Okeechobee. NO
PHONE CALLS,
PLEASE! DFWP/EOE
Over The Road Drivers
wanted 5yrs. exp. req.
Palm City
trucking company
call 9-5
772-287-9510


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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RN & LPNs
Needed to work for busy
Home Health Agency.
(877)909-2815
Earn some extra cash. Sell
your used Items In the
classifleds.


ROAD CONTRACTOR
Seeking Proj. Manager/,
Proj. Superintendent,
Skilled Operators &
Laborers for upcoming local
project. EOE-M/F,DFWP.
Call (954)321-9336 or Fax
(954)321-0621.

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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CLEANING PERSON PT
Nights must have own
transportation Call Mon-Fri
9am-3pm (863)467-2982

Installer for Aluminum Car-
port, own tools, own
transportation. Call Bob
(863)357-3141

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-
riday bet. 9am-4pm for
information & appt for in-
terview.

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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated PART TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
ThD 0ilyO Nes 0sA, Equal OppoH ity Emploe


STORE MANGER/SALES
HELP WANTED 6:30am-
4:30pr every Sat & Sun in
Stuart FL. Must have
reliable trans. Oust. Serv.,
Retail Sales & Cash
Handling. Exp. rel. Paid
Training. Must pass a back
ground check. DC's Etched
Glass Decals
467-2582 or 697-6113



Looking for ranch work, ex-
perienced on tractor w/
ushhogging, hay work,
fencing, backhoe & cattle.
Need house if possible.
(863)634-8937.


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are that it is. If you have
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you check with the Better
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Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
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well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, If you,
call a number out of your
area, use caution.



Services




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




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New Vinyl Skirting
Installed. Avail Now!
Bob 357-3141
Your next job could be In
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 5101)
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 515
Carpets.'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc,560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer, Video 580
Crafts.Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens S Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
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
Tofa & Games 730
V Re 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER good
cond. commercial w/heat
good bargain $500
(863)467-5585

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

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


ANNE-TIQUES Now Open 9-
.5 Wed-Sat @ 100 First St.
Moorehaven
(863)946-9100

DESK, antique, refinished,
$200. Call Paul (863)634-
5698


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In New Your. Good cond.
$200 (863)357-2233
DRESSER, 9 drawer & AR-
MOIRE, 4 drawer, $150.
(863)467-1619

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
4 Unit, Lighted w/glass
doors. $50 863-946-3857
Lakeport.
HIDE A BED
6', Brown, good
condition. $125.
neg. (863)467-0987.
MATTRESS- NASA Memory
Foam, queens size, 9",
never used still in plastic,
$500. (772)446-2346.
METAL BUNI(BED
twin/full w/twin mat.
only $50
(863)357-1794
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DROP-LEAF TABLE, an-
tique, 6 leafs, refinished
Mahoganyy, $400. Call
aul (863)634-5698
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567


DRYER
Frigidaire, Like new,
$80
(863)467-8161.
FRIG/FREEZER
white, like new,
$250
(863)467-1547
GAS RANGE, w/hood, al-
mond, smoked door, 3
yrs. old, exc. cond., $100.
(863)357-6229
RANGE, Magic Chef, Elec-
tric. Excellent condition.
$75 (863)357-3650

REFRIGERATOR
whirlpool never been used
Good bargain $400
(863)467-5585
REFRIGERATOR
Whirlpool, white 16 cu.ft.
w/icemaker, $200
(863)357-6825
STOVE, Gas, 30".
$30 (863)634-5405


WASHER-DRYER STACK-
Westinghouse, white, 20"
wide., good cond., Clean,
$80 (863)635-3490.


GIRLS 10 SPEED BIKE
Very Nice. $50.
(937)215-0307

SCHWINN 1955:
Collector's Item. All original
Only $1100
863-467-5756



BAY WINDOW- double
pane, 92"W x 49"H, asking
$200. (863)467-7784.

CHAIN LINK FENCE,
5 Rolls, 6 ft., $300.
(863)763-2692

WINDOWS (5) Aluminum,
For Mobile Home, 30"W x
54"H. $50 for all, will sep.
(863)763-1997


Dresses for Flower Girl,
white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
(863)634-0339
LEATHER JACKET
Grey % length size 18
$95 neg
(863)467-6550
Prom Dress, size 9/10,
black & white. $75.
Call (863)634-0339





MARLBORO DENIM
JEAN JACKET
with leather collar, original,
size large, new, $100.
(863)467-0627.




COMPUTER STAND:
Stainless Steel, $35
(863)357-3413

DELL LAPTOP
Works great
needs battery, $325
(863)446-6203
E-MACHINE, Win. '98,
Delivery & Set Up. Email &
Internet Capabilities & more.
$225.863)824-6720
MSN WEB TV, full internet
on your TV, like, complete,
$50. (863)467-6696



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


Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300/all. (863)674-0467.
Couch, Dresser, Toddler
Bed w/acces. & Trundle
Bed.'All for $250 will sep.
(863)261-2847
DINING ROOM TABLE
5 chairs, dark finish,
$250. neg.
(928)202-0013.
DINING ROOM TABLE, solid
cherry, w/4 chairs, mint
cond., $125. (863)763-
6843
DINING TABLE
Tell City, 4 chairs,
2 leafs, $425.
(928)202-0013.
DIN. RM. HUTCH, Large,
hard rock maple, excellent
condition. 54Wx75Hx19D
$450 neg. 863-763-6342.
DIN. RM. SET: Antique, Sol-
id Wood w/4 chairs. Made


SECTIONAL SOFA's (2)
Black leather. Exc. cond.
1 Lg., 1 Small, $2000 both,
will sep. 863-467-0247
SLEEPER SOFA aLt. blue &
green plaid w/cream back-
ground good cond. $100
(863)357-4532
SOFABED, light floral, like
new, bed never been used,
$300. (863)763-3901

SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.

TWIN MATTRESS COVERS
& Twin turquoise bed
skirts 2 ea $10 863-467-
8681
WATERBED- King size, mir-
ror in headboard, 6 draw-
er pedestal, $200. neg.
(863)675-2943



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.


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



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TOP COAT
Mens, 44 long, Beige,
Zip out lining, $10
(863)467-8681,



PATIO CHAIRS, (4)
Wicker
$100"
(863)763-6843


LIFT CHAIR, Electric, reclin-
er, 6 mos. old, good con-
dition, $450. (863)610-
1153.
LIFT CHAIR
Excellent condition
Paid $600, asking $200.
(863)467-5709
MATTRESS PADS- 2, Mag-
netized power, 1 king & 1
twin $1500 will separate
(863)357-5754


AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
3141
CELL PHONE, Virgin Mobile,
Prepaid w/charger, leather
case & manual. $35 239-
867-1266
GREEN BOTTLES 50 Great
for homemade wine making
or water storage. $125 all,
will sep. 937-215-0307
HONEYBEE BOXES (7) w/
frames, tops/bottoms. All
except frames in exc. cond.
- $49. 863)675-3470. Mel
Piston Rings for ground
power 220, new, 15 over,
can be cut to any size,
$150. (863)467-6696
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STEPS Concrete & wood
$70
for both or will sep.
.(863)467-4191






GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $350 863-467-
0627.
PIANO & CHURCH STYLE
ORGAN, w/foot pedals &
benches. $300 will sell
sep. (863)763-7664



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




AQUARIUMS Various sizes


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



SEWING MACHINE
commerciall $400
for both or will sep.
(863)467-4253



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

AUDIOVAHN SPEAKERS
2, 10", & 660 watt
Pioneer Amp. $300
(863)634-8023.
STEREO SONY RCA 5 Disc
CD Player, 4 speakers, 2
tower, smaller good cond.
$250 (863)801-1459


DRYWALL BENCHES
Alumimum 2
$150
(863)763-8054
MILL DRILLING Machine w/
tooling, ele, single fas, 230
volt 2HP $1000 (863)763-
0618
STICK WELDER, 180
Lincoln. Includes helmet.
$150 863-675-1472

TOOLBOX
Diamond plated
almost new $150 firm
(863)763-8054
UNIVERSAL ENGINE
STAND
Like new $25.
(863)467-1547


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



VACUUM CLEANER Kirby
wall attachments incl.
shampoo, $300
(863)467-1110


VCR-4 HEAD HIFI speak
easy voice directed $40 or
best offer
(863)467-0987





POOL TABLE & Inexpensive,
Small Gentle HORSE or
PONY for Child. Good
home. 772-971-9474



Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 80.5
Farm Feed 'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds 'Plants'
Flowers 865



Case DO 1939, big & beau-
tiful, 1st $2500 takes it.
(863)467-4328




BABY GOAT
$75.
(863)675-0247





LOOKING
TO BUY
''#863-673-1491


BAY GELDING 2V2 yr. old.
30 days prof. training, grit
on trails. Bomb proof.
$1000. (863)843-2495.
STUD HORSES-1 Paint & 1
Quarter horse, 42 yrs old.
$1600 will separate.
(863)634-5112.



PATIO TABLE, Glass top w/
4 cushioned chairs. Good
condition. $100
(863)357-3650


community. New
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-
construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.
(954)
605-6407


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

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


Rentals

i i RENT

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


Taylor Creek Condo
1 BR/1BA
Partially furnished
561-662-2183





OAKLAKE- 2BR, 2BA
1300 sq. ft., remodeled,
$950/mo, 1st/last, $500
sec. (863)467-5965.
OAK LAKE VILLA'S
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba. Condo.
$800 mo. + 1st. & last.
(863)763-2838
OAK LAKE VILLAS
2BR/2BA, $850 mo., 1st,
last, $500 sec
Call (863)763-8391


3BD/1BA W/lrg. fenced yard
in city avail. 2/1 $700 mon
first/last sec. (863)357-
2302
RENTAL HOUSE R.O.K.
Advantage Properties, 2BR,
1 BA, Full Kit. L/R, 2 Horse
stables, fenced acreage.
$800. mo. Call 10am-Gpm
772-597-0871.



Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.
PROFESSIONAL
BUILDING
In City Limits. 2000 Sq. Ft.
2/3 Private Offices.
New Carpet, C/A/H,
Parking. (863)763-5593



Vacation Rental 60' TRL.
Furn. Lakeside on Canal
1BR. Adults only $600
mon. (863)467-1530


Real [state



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1L'.0
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1ii.
Out of State -
Property Sale 10)55
Property Inspection l..)
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 107u
Warehouse Space 1075,
Waterfront Property1080






Two Acres approx.
commercial land, on
441, $295,000 & MH
on .31 acres waterfront,
$149,000.
Call 813-469-5432




1Z
BLUE CYPRESS, 2004
Chariot 12x35 Park Model,
Lot sz. 50x100. $40,500
863-763-9464 after 5:30p

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




ATTENTION
INVESTORS
6 Builders lots still
available in brand new


5 50 gallons. Appcox. 7.
All for $200 or will sep.
(863)467-2544
DACHSHUND, Black & Tan,
Ready to go home. 8 wks.
$300 (863)467-4728

FISH TANK, 55 gallon, w/
stand, filters & lights.
$100. (863)228-2690

PIT BULLS PUPS- $100
each, (863)634-0119.


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

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


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The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 31, 2005 11


ANCIENT OAKS
Block 24, Lot 31
$40,000.
Call (863)447-3488.
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



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonaucti6n.com
AB 111 AU 237




LAKEPORT, Waterfront,
2 Bdrm., 3 Ba.,
Completely redone in 2003
Including: Roof,C, ACppl.,
Carpeting, Tile, Plumbing &
Electric. Huge Screen Room.
& Double Garage/Boat
House. New Seawall. Im-
maculant Condition.
$129,000. 239-707-4111

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 2150S
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 20u15
Mobile Homes Sale 2C02)







3/2 Central Heat & Air,
W/D, Carport, Fenced yard,
Corner lot.
863-634-3451.



-I
Palmdale, Trophy Trailer,
'84, park model 35x12,
1BR/1BA, a/c & heat,
$7500. (863)382-3557



Recreation




Boats 3[05
Campers.' RVs 30C10
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT w/Trailer.
No engine. Complete, needs
some work & paint. $950
(863)824-6720
BASS, 18' 12-24 volt Troll
Motor, '97 Mere. 115hp,
tli-5 SS Prop $2500 863-
763-5371.
BOAT MOLD
13FT, Build your own
boat!!
$300 Call (863)467-5496
BOAT & TRAILER- Nice
16.5 ft, 85HP Mere, stain-
less steel prop & tilt,
$2500. (863)763-3120.
CANOE 16'
Light weight, good
condition, $250
(863)763-4982 .
CANOE
Fiberglass, 14,
like new, $350
(863)467-8161
INFLATABLE DINGY,
MERCURY, 8.9 Ft.
Brand new. Never used.
$890. 863-382-3.557
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PONTOON- '13, all electric,
great for canal, sm lake w/
troll motor & trlr. $2500'
Cell (717)377-1465.


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








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


AUTOMOTIVE GROUP of STUART


RANGER, '91, 392V, '02
Mercury 200hp, 122 hrs.,
21/ yr. warranty, $10,500.
(863)763-1020



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
(863)763-1492


CRUISEMASTER 1990
28V2 Ft. Motor Home, Sips.
6, Ford engine. Generator.
$10,000 (863)467-0412


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


Winnebago Adventurer,
2005, 2 slide outs, queen
bed, queen sofa bed, c/a,
heat,power awning, built in
satellite, $114,000.
(314)416-7517




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




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




OUTBOARD MOTOR, '82
Johnson, 35hp, w/
controls & gas tank, $630.
(863)634-4106


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


HONDA CX500 CUSTOM-
Runs & looks good
$1500 neg.
(239)851-1894


SUZUKI 00'
BDR650 $2500
(863)228-4638 or nights
(863)675-7359



CHEVY S10 BLAZER- '87,
runs good, missing back
window, new tires $1200.
(863)699-6803.


GO CARTS 2 w/fiberglass
bodies, 61/s industrial Honda
Motors. From Ft. Pierce
Grand Prix. $600/both
or will sep. 863-261-2263



HONDA 250R ATC 1984
3 Wheeler, Excellent condi-
tion. Very fast! $1500
(863)634-1866

VW 75' dune buggy maxi
street legal w/tow bar &
curtains looks & runs great
$2400 (863)763-6971



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


Automobiles I
MIIllI


Automobiles 41005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks .04
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 405.
Tractor Trailers 4106U
Utility Trailers -1065'
Vans 4070



CADILLAC ELDORADO
87, excellent condition,
$1200
813-356-8379.
CHEVY MONTE CARLO LS,
'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
(77.)461-9536
CUTLASS SIERRA 1990 &
VOYAGER VAN 1989
$300 for both, will sep.
(863)467-2544
FORD ESCORT, '87, white,
auto, 64k mi., $800.
(863)763-1370

GEO METRO, '94, 2 dr, cold
a/c, exc. cond. $1200.
(772)461-9536

ISUZU CABOVER- '88,
Flat bed, Turbo diesel,
auto, $2499
(863)467-6070.
Lincoln Mark VIII, '93, exc.
cond., 64k mi., loaded,
$4500 or best offer.
(863)946-2020
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.
OLDSMOBILE 1987,
runs good. $2,500 firm.
Call (863)357-0663

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PONTIAC SUNFIRE 2002 -
2 Dr. SE, Low miles.
Runs great. Must see!
$7,000. (863)467-9470






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mi''


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


Wallace



HYUNDAI


1994 Cadillac Seville
IuM $5, 995
2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE
Or, Ao,Ro Sp$o 5,495-
1995 Buick Lesabre Custom
it., $.... .5,995
1996 Nissan Maxima
ee 6,995
2002 Hyundai Sonata
3$9,995
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS
,2wniKa... 11,995
2002 Hyundai XG350
AWWtatAM-nt/ 12,995
2001 Mazda Miata Convert.
.laraIeo.nB rV 13,995
2002 Mazda Miata Convert.


1t .13,995







2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
vi.epm'i sklwra'$7, 995
2000 Chevy Silverado 1500
WAsWdintT... $7,995
2002 Ford Explorer XLS
0AleavR.y. .. 1,9951
2001 Mazda MPV Van LX
V5.l reMfi .$12,995,
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500LS
i6cab.RP. K. 14,995
2002 Ford F150 Super Cab
.Asa,3AM 15,995
2004 Hyundai-Santa Fe GLS
tWloavchwr$17,995







HYUNDAI

3725 S.E. Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL
TOLL FREE


1-866-206-111O



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




CHEVY 72'
needs to be restored
$1000 .
(863)357-3981

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

FORD F150 XLT, '90, V8, 4
whl dr., no air, $2000.
(863)634-3159


JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$600 863-673-0920.

MILITARY 6X6
22 TON
running gear complete
$1000 (863)357-3981 .


Club Car, late model, recon-
ditioned, gas & electric,
$1495, (863)675-1472


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


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lAutomobiles 400d


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2004-DP-013
IN THE INTEREST OF:
M.E.B. DOB: 02-14-04
Mother of the minor child:
Yvonne Brege
TO: Father of F.B., Felipe Baltazar
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO M.E.B., A
FEMALE CHILD; BORN ON THE
14TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2004.
THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF ST. LUCIE, IN THE
'STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE
COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR
BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN
THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LO-
CATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 31 ST DAY OF
MARCH, 2005, FOR THE HEARING
AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID
PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING
CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS OF THIS CHILD. IF YOU
'FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE
AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY
LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO ANY ATTORNEY TO
REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MAT-
TER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN
ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE AP-
POINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL
THEREOF, THIS 6TH DAY OF JAN-
UARY, 2005.
Kathy Amold,DEPUTY CLERK
546441 1/1724 31'2/7/05


Melex Golf Cart
36 volt,
$900.
(863)234-1230.


CHEVY TRUCK MOTOR
96' 4.3 Vortec
$550
(863)824-0441


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKHBECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2004-DP-013
IN THE INTEREST OF: .
F.B. DOB: 10-08-02
Mother of the minor child:
Yvonne Brege
TO: Father of F.B., Felipe Baltazar
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO F.B., A
MALE CHILD, BORN ON THE 8TH
DAY OF OCTOBER, 2002. THE
:CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
'COUNTY OF ST. LUCIE, IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE
COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR
BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN
THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LO-
CATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 31ST DAY OF
MARCH, 2005, FOR THE HEARING
AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID
PETITION SHOULD NOT BE
GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING
CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS OF THIS CHILD. IF YOU
FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE
AND TIME .SPECIFIED, YOU MAY
LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO ANY ATTORNEY TO
REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MAT-
TER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN
ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE AP-
POINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL
THEREOF, THIS 6TH DAY OF JAN-
UARY, 2005.
Kathy Amold,DEPUTY CLERK
546436 1/1724 31 2/7/05


CJ7 Soft top
w/doors &.frame
good shape $300
(863)763-8072
HITCH
Fits Ford F-150
& up. $50.
(863)635-5186.
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classified.


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Community Events


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 gather-
ing 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.


Ping pong tourney helps church group
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will be holding a
ping pong tournament singles and doubles in the Fellowship hall
on Feb. 26 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The doors will open at 9 a.m. for late
registration. The entry fee if you pre-register is $10 and $15 at the door.


Add $5 per additional entries i.e. doubles and open division). Pro-
ceeds from this event are to help the youth groups of the church. For
information, and tournament rules call Jim at (863) 763-4021.


Main Street plans cookoff
Okeechobee Main Street is preparing for its third annual barbecue
cookoff on Feb.26. This event is sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue
Association, and is offering over $8,000 in prize monies. Main Street
offers additional prizes for local Okeechobee teams. Anyone interested
in competing should call Terry Burroughs at 697-6325 for information.


Church hosts chicken dinner
The United 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 fdr children. Tickets are available at the church office.
Call (863) 763-4021 for information.


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.

Grace Christian Schools seek help

Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and are


seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their playground that
was damaged during the hurricanes. For more information, call
Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.


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 Okee-
chobee 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 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

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL ACTION
GREENPOINT CREDIT, LLC.,
Plaintitff,
vs. CASE NO. 2002-CA-129
LEWIS KEELER;
JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, Unknown Tenant(s).
Defendantss,
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO F.S. CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a Second Order Rescheduling fore-
closure Sale Date, dated January 12, 2005, in the above-styled cause, I
will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on the front steps of the
Okeechobee County'Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Flori-
da at 11:00 a.m. on the 17th day of February, 2005 the following de-
scribed real and personal property:
Being a parcel of land lying in Section 15, Township 37 South. Range
36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being described as Lot 113, a Spot
in the Sun, Unit II, an unrecorded subdivision. As shown on a survey by
Leon H. Willis, RLS Florida Certificate No. 1358. Dated March 22, 1972
and being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the
Northwest corner of said Section 15; thence bear S 8959'32" E along
the North line of said Section 15, for a distance of 2204.81 feet to the in-
tersection with the West boundary line of said A-Spot-ln-The-Sun Subdi-
vision, Unit No. II; thence bear S 0032'15" E along said West boundary
line, for a distance of 3060.00 feet to the Southwest corner of said A-S-
pot-In-The-Sun Subdivision, Unit No. II; thence bear S 8959'32" E, along
the South boundary line of said A-Spot-In-The SSun Subdivision, Unit No.
II for a distance of 1208.90 feet to the intersection with the Westerly right
of way line of N. E. 103rd Avenue; thence bear N 44'30'43" W along said
Westerly right of way line, fora distance of 440.58 feet to the intersection
with the Southerly right of way line of N. E. 104th Court; thence continue
N 4430'431 W across said right of way line of N. E. 104th Court for a dis-
tance of 70.00 feet to the intersection with the Northerly right of way line
of N. E. 104th Court, thence continue N 4430'43" W alongsaid Westerly
right of way line of N. E. 103rd Avenue for a distance of 262.34 feet to the
point of beginning; thence continue N 44130'43" W along said Westerly
right of way line for a distance of 179.17 feet the point ot curvature of a
curve concave to the Northeast having for its elements a radius of 434.15
feet and a delta of 0839'01"; thence along said curve continuing along
said Westerly right of way line for an arc length of 65.54 feet to a point;
thence bear S0032'15"E orna distance of 257.51 feet to a point; thence
bear N 8927'45" E for a distance of 85.18 feet to a point; thence bear N
4529'17" E for a distance of 112,56 feet to the point of beginning.
ALSO:
Being a parcel of land lyingin Section 15, Township 37 South, Range
36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, being described as Lot 114, A Spot
In The Sun, Unit No II, an unrecorded Subdivision as shown on a survey
by Leon H. Willis, RLS Florida Certificate No. 1358, dated March 22,
1972, and being more particularly described as follows:
Commence at the Northwest comer of said Section 15; thence bear S
8959'32" E along the North line of said Section 15 for a distance of
2204.81 fee t to the intersection with the West boundary line of said A-S-
pot-In-The-Sun Subdivision, Unit No. II; thence bear S 0032'15" E, along
said West boundary line, for a distance of 3060.00 feet to the Southwest
corner of said A-Spot-ln-The-Sun Subdivision, Unit No. II, thence bear S
8959'32" E, along the South boundary line of said A-Spot-ln-The Sun
Subdivision, Unit No. I, for a distance of 1208.90 feet to the intersection
with the Westerly right of way line of N. E. 103rd Avenue; thence bear N
4430'43 W along said Westerly right of way line, for a distance of
440.58 feetto the intersection with the Southerly right of way line of N. E.
104th Court; thence continue N 4430'43' W across said right of way line
of N. E. 104th Court; for a distance of 70.00 feet to the intersection with
the Northerly right of way line of N. E. 104th Court; thence continue N
4430'43" W along said Westerly right of way line of N. E. 103rd Avenue,
for a distance of 52.34 feet to the point of beginning; thence continue N
4430'43" W along said Westerly right of way line for a distance of
210.00 feet to a point; thence bear S 4529'17" W for a distance of
112.56 feet to a point; thence bear S 8927'45" W for a distance of 85.18
feet to a point, thence bear S 0032'15" E for a distance of 70.00 feet to a
point; thence bear S 89,59'32" E for a distance of 312.01 feet to the point
of beginning. SS/SEL
Together with that certain manufactured home more specifically de-
scribed as:
2000, Fleetwood/Waverly Crest (28x60)
with Serial Number FLFLX70A27666WC31
& FLFLX70B27666WC31
Dated this 19th day of Jan, 2005.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Court
By: /s/ Debbie Goodrich
Deputy Clerk
548975 ON 01/24,31/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
acting through Rural Development,
formerly Farmers Home
Administration (FmHA), United
States Department of
Agriculture (USDA),
Plaintiff,
vs. CASE #2003 CA 109
EDWARD RAY TRENT, JR; BANK
OF AMERICA, N.A.; PAMECO
CORPORATION; and STATE OF
FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF
REVENUE,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment entered in
the above entitled cause in the Cir-
cuiCourt of Okeechobee County,
Florida, I will sell the property locat-
ed in Okeechobee Couty, Florida,
being specifically described as fol-
lows:
Lot 6, Block 26, FIRST ADDITION
to SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, accord-
ing to the plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 1, Page 17, Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida, LESS and EXCEPT the
North 10 feet thereof. Also that por-
tion of 16th Street formerly known
as 9th Street, lying West of 3rd Av-
enue, formerly known as Miami Av-
enue between Lot 6 of Block 26
and Lot 1 of block 31, to the South
in FIRST ADDITION to SOUTH
OKEECHOBEE.
at public sale to the highest and best
bidder, for cash on the Front Steps
of the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 NW Second Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 18th day of February,
2005.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain as-
sistance. Please contact the Court
Administrator, Peggy Ward, 2000
16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL
32960 (561) 770-5185 Ext. 183 or
call TDD 1-800-955-8771, within 2
voice impaired, call 1-800-955-
8771.
Dated January 20, 20Q05.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /S/ Landy Wherrell
As Deputy Clerk
549227 ON 01/24 31/05
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO. 2004 CA 87
CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
TERESA LYNN HADLER, et al.,
Defendant
NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order Rescheduling Fore-
closure Sale dated December 16,
2004, and a Final Judgement of
Foreclosure dated August 31,
2004, and entered in Case No.
2004 CA 87, of the Circuit Court of
the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida wherein CHASE MANHAT-
TAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION
is Plaintiff and TERESA LYNN HAD-
LER, et al., are Defendants, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash In the Courthouse, in
OKEECHOBEE, OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, 11:00 AM o'clock
on the 23rd day of February, 2005,
'1. ,l h.' ,ui ..i,.- f r,, -,en .l ,,rr [
wit:
Lots 208 and 209, Taylor Creek
Isles, Unit VII, accorin to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book
6, Page 22 and 23, Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida, together with a 1988
double wide mobile home (ID#
FLHW058700589AHS/title
#44732278 and ID#
FLHW058700589BHS/Title
#44728787). a/k/a 2251 SE 25
Drive, Okeechobee, Florida
34974
DATED this 3rd day of January,
2005.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of said Court
By: Debbie Goodrich
As Deputy Clerk
545429 ON 1/24,31/2005



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NUMBER: 2004-CA-306
ANDREW SMITH,
Plaintiff
vs
MISSAK SARAFIAN,
T PA as to Parcel 2)1);
OROTHY WEIR (as to Parcel 2);
and as to each of the foregoing per-
sons, if alive or deceased, their un-
known heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and all other parties
claiming by, under or against these
Defendants,
Defendants
NOTICE OF SUIT-REAL PROPERTY
TO DEFENDANTS: (asto Parcel 1):
Missak sarafian; (as to Parcel 2)
DOROTHY WEIR; and as to each of
the foregoing persons, if alive or
deceased, their unknown heirs, de-
visees, grantees, creditors and all
other parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants, AND TO
ALL OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CON-
CERN:
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action for quiet title of the fol-
lowing property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
PARCEL 1
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/
2 OF TRACT 04, SECTION 16,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4 AT PAGES 3A-D OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
PARCEL 2
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/
2 OF TRACT 01, SECTION 16,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4 AT PAGES 3A-D OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Plaintiff's Attorney whose name
and addrr-: -r,' JERALD D.
BRYANT, .:i'ii i, 316 NW 5th
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972;
and file the original with the Clerk of
the above styled Court on or before
the 18th day of February, 2005;
otherwise a judgement may be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint.
WITNESS the hand and seal of said
Court on the 20th day of January,
2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /S/ Debbie Goodrich
Deputy Clerk
549427 ON 1/24.31-2/714
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JURISDICTION DIVISION
No. 04-CA-13
Chase Manhattan Mortgage
Corporation, PLAINTIFF,
vs.
Lyman D. Smith, et al.,
DEFENDANTS.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to that Final Judgment of Fore-
closure dated January 20, 2005,
and entered in civil case number
04-CA-13, of the Circuit Court of
the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION, is
Plaintiff and Lyman D. Smith; Un-
known persons) in possession of
the subject real property, is/are De-
fendant(s), I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the
South Front steps of the Court-
house, Okeechobee, Florida Okee-
chobee County, Florida, at 11:00
a.m. on the 22nd day of February
2005, the following described
property as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:
LOT 16, AND THE WEST 1/2 OF
LOT 17, BLOCK 49, EL MIRA-
SOL, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 2, PAGE 1, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act, you are
advised that this law firm is
deemed to be a debt collector at-
tempting to collect a debt and any
information obtained will be used
for that purpose.
Dated the 30th day of January,
2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY: /S/ DEBBIE GOODRICH
Deputy Clerk
549509 ON 1/31 2/7/05


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THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2004-CA-197
BANK OF AMERICA. NA,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER
TO NATIONSBANK,
Plaintiff,
vs
PAUL BONKOSKY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PAUL BONKOSKY;
ELSIE LEASE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF ELSIE LEASE; MILDRED
PROVENCE A/K/A MILDRED S.
PROVENCE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF MILDRED PROVENCE A/K/A
MILDRED S. PROVENCE; ANCIENT
OAKS R.V. RESORT
CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION,
INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgement aof Fore-
closure dated January 18, 2005,
and entered in Case No. 2004-CA-
197, of the Circuit Court of the
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NA-
TIONSBANK, is a Plaintiff and
PAUL BONKOSKY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PAUL BONKOSKY; EL-
SIE LEASE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF ELSIE LEASE; MILDRED PRO-
VENCE NAK/A MILDRED S. PRO-
VENCE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
MILDRED PROVENCE NE/A MIL-
DRED S. PROVENCE; ANCIENT
OAKS R.V. RESORT CONDOMIN-
IUM ASSOCIATION, INC., UN-
KNOWN TENANT are the Defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
St., Okeechobee, Ft, at 22nd on
February, 2005. the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment to wit
CONDOMINIUM UNIT 17,
BUILDING 5, ANCIENT OAKS
RV RESORT 1, ACCORDING
TO THE DECLARATION OF
CONDOMINIUM THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN OFFICIAL
RECORDS BOOK 255, PAGE
916, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA;
TOGETHER WITH A 1984
PARK MOBILE HOME, SERIAL
NO. 1P9200R25E1007482
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Debbie Goodrich
As Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a reasonable accommodation
to participate in this proceeding
should, no later than seven (7)
days prior, contact the Clerk of the
Courts disability coordinator at
(863) 675-5217, P.O. Box 1760,
LaBelle, FL 33975. If hearing im-
paired, contact (TDD) via Florida
elay System.
549067 ON 01/31:2/07,05
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO. 2004 CA 000300
CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JULIO BELTRAN, et al.,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated January 19, 2005, and
entered in Case No. 2004 CA -
000300, of the Circuit Court of the
NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida
wherein CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION is
Plaintiff and JULIO BELTRAN, et
al.,.are Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash in
the Courthouse, in OKEECHOBEE,
OKEECHOBEE County, Florida,
11:00 AM o'clock on the 22nd day
of February, 2005, the following
describedproperty as set forth in
said Final Judgement, to wit:
LOT 5, BLOCK 46, BASSWOOD
UNIT 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT ,
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 49, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA; aWa 3057 NW
32nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34972
DATED this 20th day of January,
2005.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of said Court
By: /s/ Debbie Goodrich
As Deputy Clerk
549248 ON 01/31-2/07/2005


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