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Vol. 96 No. 39 Tuesday, February 8, 2005 504 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 contact persons)
and their phone numbers)
and bring it by our office at
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D.,
before Feb. 9.

Inside


Tennis tourney
benefits OHS
On Saturday, Jan. 29, and
Sunday, Jan. 30, nearly 40
teams competed at the Okee-
chobee Sports Complex in
the third annual Okeechobee
High School tennis team
benefit tournament spon-
sored solely by Costopoulos
and Helton, PA.
The weather turned out to
be perfect after forecasts
were not very favorable.
Over 65 different players,
ranging from high school age
to retirees competed in the
event.
"A" and "B" divisions were
established in both men's
and women's doubles and
mixed doubles. Each team
was guaranteed two match-
es, with trophies going to
division champions and divi-
sion runners-up.
Sports, Page 8


Drought Index
Current: 467
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.08 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
15.50 feet


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

Index


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the Vietnam War. They are (left to right) Bobby Gilbert, District 11 Commander; Jim
Shaffer, Post Commander; James Leach and Ron Stein, District Commander from the
Buckhead Ridge VFW post.




Fla. couple charged with


torture waive extradition


MONTICELLO, Utah A
couple charged with the grue-
some torture of their adopted
children waived extradition
Monday, clearing the way for
their return to Florida.
John and Linda Dollar were
picked up by deputies Friday
night south of Blanding in
remote southeast Utah, and
were being held in the San
Juan County Jail in Monticello
on Florida warrants of felony
aggravated child abuse.
At a hearing Monday, the
two signed paperwork waiving
extradition. Florida authorities,
who also moved Monday to
revoke the couple's bail, now
-have 10 days to retrieve the
Dollars.
Five of the couple's seven


adopted children, ages 12 to
17, told Florida investigators
they were tortured by the cou-
ple, subjected to electric
shocks, beatings with ham-
mers and having their toenails
yanked out with pliers.
A search of their home Fri-
day revealed an electric cattle
prod, sticks, belts and a vise
that were allegedly used in the
acts. The abused five had phys-
ical injuries supporting their
claims and were so severely
malnourished that they
weighed no more than ele-
mentary school children,
authorities said.
It wasn't immediately clear
Monday where the Dollars
were headed when authorities
traced cell phone calls made by


the couple to Utah. Their
southbound SUV was stopped
on Highway 191 about 45
miles north of the Arizona bor-
der, and the-pair were arrested
without incident.
In the past two years, the
Dollars have moved their fami-
ly to at least three different
homes in the Tampa area after
living in Tennessee, secluding
themselves behind fences and
in piney groves, keeping a low-
profile. The children were
home schooled and rarely
played with others on the
block or enjoyed the family's
pool.
John Dollar, 58, is a com-
mercial real estate appraiser
and his 51-year-old wife taught
the children at home.


State-created


insurer lax on


paying
TALLAHASSEE The
state-created property insurer
of last resort has taken over
7,000 storm damage claims
mishandled by private
adjusters and acknowledges
delays in 116,000 claims from
the four major hurricanes that
hit Florida last year.
In most cases the claims
Citizens Property Insurance
has decided to adjust, itself will
have to be reinitiated from the
beginning, meaning more
delays in paying for damages
caused more than four
months ago.
"The bottom line is we


claims
have gotten no money, the
building is deteriorating," said
Pensacola dress shop owner
Sarah Brown, whose store
was damaged by Hurricane
Ivan on Sept. 16.
She told Gannett Regional
Newspapers in Florida that
continued delay may put her
out of business.
Company officials said the
problem stems from a deci-
sion years ago to rely entirely
on third-party adjusters. That
left Citizens in the dark on
claims until adjusters present-
See Claims Page 2


John and Linda Dollar read their extradition waiver forms in
court Monday, Feb. 7, in Monticello, Utah. The couple waived
their extradition rights, clearing their return to Florida where
they are accused of aggravated child abuse-torture, a first
degree felony. Five of the couple's seven adopted children,
ages 12 to 17, told Florida investigators they were tortured
by the couple, subjected to electric shocks, beatings with
hammers and having their toenails yanked out with pliers.


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News Briefs

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.

Researchers working
on red tide sensors
NAPLES Researchers at the
University of South Florida have
been working on a biological sen-
sor that would test waters off
Florida for red tide, hoping- to
eventually track the harmful algae
blooms.
The canister-like sensor being
developed at the school's College
of Marine Science in St. Peters-
burg would act as a mini-labora-
tory that would analyze water and
send data back to scientists on
land, said Matt Smith, a USF
molecular biologist.
The data would then be used
to tell where the red tide is locat-
ed. Smith said the launch of a pro-
totype biological sensor is immi-
nent,
Other red tide sensors depend
on reading color, but the USF
method will genetically test algae
cells to determine not only that it
is red tide but also which species.

Fire officials
face drug charges
MIRAMAR Drug agents act-
ing on a tip arrested two Miramar
fire officials at their homes on
drug charges, and investigators
say one of them acknowledged
selling Ecstasy. pills to at least
seven other firefighters.
Lt. Carey Kovacs, 29, and Capt.
Valentin Srbovan, 37, have been
suspended while the investigation
launched last month continues.
Both are free on bond. Kovacs'
roommate, Charles Dixon, 33,
also was arrested.
A task force led by U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration
agents arrested Kovacs and Dixon
after serving a warrant Thursday
at their Davie home. Kovacs told
agents about Ecstasy sales and
said he used Ecstasy during par-
ties at home and purchased
steroids from a fellow firefighter.
Agents found Ecstasy, cocaine
and steroids in Kovacs' bedroom,
said DEA spokeswoman Jean-
nette Moran. _Kovacs faces state
charges of cocaine and steroid
possession and possession of
Ecstasywith intent to deliver.
Agents went to Srbovan's Mira-
mar home on Friday. He led them
to 20 Ecstasy tablets and was
charged with possession.
Seven treated
following fire
SUNNY ISLES BEACH -
Seven people were treated by
paramedics after a two-alarm fire
at a high-rise apartment building,
fire officials said.
The blaze began in a fourth-
floor apartment Sunday night but
was quickly contained to the sin-
gle unit, said Miami-Dade fire Lt,
Eric Baum.
Three residents of the 18-floor
Marina del Mar apartments were
treated for smoke and heat-relat-
ed injuries, and three others
received medical attention
because they were separated
from their required medications
for three hours, Baum said.
One firefighter was treated at a
hospital for heat and smoke-relat-
ed injuries, Baum said. About 20
fire crews went to the scene.
Apartments on the third floor.
suffered damage from water
seeping from the fourth floor, and
units on the 14th and 15th floors
were not safe to live in after a
sprinkler malfunction caused
water damage.
Kids got sick
from breakfast


WASHINGTON Five kids
from Florida spent part of their
trip to the Nation's Capital in the
hospital. The kids fell ill with a
stomach virus on Sunday while
visiting the American History
Museum.
"It's believed the kids had
some bad breakfast," said Alan
Etter, a spokesman for the Wash-
ington, D.C. Fire and EMS Service.
The group ate at a restaurant in
the Washington suburb of
Alexandria, Va., earlier in the day.
There are about 400 people in
the group visiting from Palm
Beach. It's not clear if they all ate
at the restaurant. None of the
adults complained of illness.


Two drug arrests are made in traffic stop


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
A Feb. 4 routine traffic stop
for an expired tag resulted in
two people being arrested on
drug charges
Shane W. Anderson, 22, N.E.
16th St. in Okeechobee, was
charged with possession of mar-
ijuana and Oxycodene with
intent to sell and possession of


drug paraphernalia. His bond
has been set at $30,500.
Toni L. Bush, 18, N.E. 16th St.
in Okeechobee, was charged
with possession of methamphet-
amine and drug paraphernalia.
Her bond has been set at $5,500.
According to his arrest affi-
davit, when Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris
Hans walked up to the tan GMC
truck to write a citation for an


expired tag he smelled a strong
marijuana odor. The deputy
then asked Anderson for permis-'
sion to search the vehicle, and
the man reportedly consented.
The deputy's affidavit goes on
to state that a purse belonging to
the vehicle's passenger, Bush,
was clearly visible on the seat.
Dep. Hans said a small glass
pipe, of the type used to smoke
drugs, was seen protruding


from her purse.
A search of the purse report-
edly revealed a substance that
tested positive for the presence
of methamphetamine, said the
deputy's affidavit. While being
arrested, Bush allegedly told the
deputy that a friend of hers had
placed the items in her purse.
The deputy's affidavit goes on
to state that a further'search of
the vehicle netted a canvas bag


containing nearly 14 grams of
marijuana, a scale, a cigarette
lighter, a hypodermic syringe, a
bottle of Oxycodene pills and a
roll of money in various denomi-
nations rolled up in an
unmarked, sealed pill bottle.
A drug-detection trained K-9
brought to the scene reportedly
performed a positive drug alert
on the money.


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WEST PALM BEACH The
private employees who guard
and mentor difficult juveniles
in Florida's residential pro-
grams earn some of the low-
est wages in the nation, caus-
ing crippling staff turnover
and endangering teens, some
child advocates say.
The average Florida worker
makes $17,398 or $8.36 an
hour about what they
could make to supervise fast-
food workers, stock shelves or
collect tolls on the turnpike.
That's less than a juvenile cor-
rectional officer makes doing
the same job in Mississippi,
Oklahoma, Alabama, South
Carolina and Louisiana, The
Palm Beach Post found in a
survey of 20 other states.
"Children are not a high
priority in Florida," Palm
Beach County Circuit Judge
Ronald Alvarez said. "Very
few people in the positions of
power are willing to say,
'What will it really take to
safeguard our children?'"
A Palm Beach County
grand jury report last year said
wages as low as $8 an hour
and poor training contributed
to violence and chaos at the
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than 300 of the 1,700 claims it
was assigned.
Citizens officials say they have
solved most of the problem by
putting a small team of adjusters
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claims, and by creating a cus-
tomer service center.
The company, however, has
not fired any private adjusting
firms, instead relying on "strong
words," Citizens spokesman
Justin Glover said.
"We have a delicate balance:
whether to pull every single file
from our troublesome vendors
and, as a result of that, potential-
ly have thousands of people
whose claims are delayed even
further," said Susan Murphy, Citi-
zens' chief financial officer.
Some storm victims say the
changes haven't helped.
Pensacola lawyer Charles
Beall Jr. said more than half his
potential client calls involve Citi-
zens although the company has
only about 10 percent of claims
in the area.
"I think the answer for Citi-
zens is about to come in the
form of lawsuits," Beall said.
Citizens already is in court on
another issue.
The company sued a Pen-
sacola couple, Ralph and Bar-
bara Perkins, who based their
claim on a court ruling that
requires carriers to pay full wind
policy limits for buildings
deemed destroyed even if wind
caused only part of the damage.
Citizens wants the ruling
reversed.
The couple recently counter-
sued, asking for full payment of
their.$140,000 wind policy and
lawyer fees.


Winning Lottery
numbers
MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Sunday in
the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3
0-9-3
Play 4
9-2-7-2
Fantasy 5
26-8-18-12-34


them to miss school and activ-
ities, because they did not
have enough people to guard
them.
Increasing numbers of law-
makers say they are convinced
that the salaries need to' be
raised. Sen. Victor Crist, a
Tampa Republican who chairs
the Justice Appropriations
Committee, announced that
he will fight for enough
money to increase the salaries
of juvenile workers to $20,000
a year.
In most parts of the coun-
try, state governments run
lockups for the most serious
teen offenders. But Florida has
privatized most of its wilder-
ness programs, vocational
schools and teen lockups to
cut costs. Wages in privately
managed programs, already
lower than the state's, then
remained nearly frozen as the
cost of living has risen.
The legislature has not pro-
vided a substantial budget
increase for the programs in
12 years.
If taxpayers don't invest in
,programs to reform teen
offenders, Alvarez said, they'll
be spending even more to
house prisoners for decades.
"You get what you pay for
down here," Alvarez said.


FEMA disaster assistance

deadline is February 28


ORLANDO Floridians
impacted by Hurricanes Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne have
four weeks left to register for dis-
aster assistance with the Depart-
ment of Homeland, Security's
Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA). The regis-
tration deadline is Feb. 28.
Individuals and business.
owners with damages and loss-
es from the recent hurricanes
are urged to register for assis-
tance first by calling (800) 621-
FEMA (3362). The TTY number
for speech or hearing-impaired
individuals is (800) 462-7585.
Both numbers operate from 7
a.m. until 7 p.m. (EST), seven
days a week. After applying,
those who have questions may
visit a Disaster Recovery Center
(DRC) to meet face-to-face with
recovery specialists.
Floridians may also register
for assistance online. Those with
access to a computer should
enter the FEMA website at
http://www.fema.gov. Look for
and click on the words "Register
for Disaster Assistance Online"
located in the upper right-hand
column in a green box.
"The time is winding down
for Floridians to register for
available federal aid," said Craig
Fugate, director of the Florida
Division of Emergency Manage-
ment and the State Emergency


Response Team (SERT). "The
wait times on the phone lines
are short, and the Internet
allows fast, easy access to sub-
mit applications online. If you
have no access to either of these,
please visit a DRC to be helped."
To date, more than 1.2 mil-
lion applicants have registered
for disaster aid for damages
caused by the four hurricanes,
and FEMA has approved more
than $1.1 billion for individual
assistance.
"FEMA has been committed
from the beginning to helping
Floridians recover from the mul-
tiple disasters that descended on
the state starting in August," said
Bill Carwile, federal coordinat-
ing officer, FEMA. "We want to
make sure everyone who is eligi-
ble for aid receives the assis-
tance they need. In order do this,
we need to have an individual's
application before Feb. 28."
The State Emergency
Response Team (SERT) is a col-
laboration of Florida's state
agencies led by the state coordi-
nating officer. SERT's mission is
to ensure that Florida is pre-
pared to respond to emergen-
cies, recover from them, and
mitigate, their impact. Visit
http://wwwfloridadisaster.org
for the latest information on the
hurricane relief efforts.


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Central first graders perform 'The Red Mitten'


Top Accelerated Readers for
the second nine weeks are: Sec-
ond Grade: Ist-Emanuel Gaona;
2nd-Diana Magana; 3rd-Tristan
Hernandez-Walls; 4th-Brittany
Watson; and, 5th-Sarah Brock.
Third Grade: Ist-Nicholas
Kielbasa; 2nd-Steven Russo; 3rd-
Makayla Davis; 4th-Kayla Orr;
and, 5th-Sheynon Hernandez-
Walls.
Fourth Grade: Ist-Adel Elhin-.
di; 2nd-Johnathan Guitron; 3rd-
Dillon Jones; 4th-Devon Hoyle;
and, 5th-Braden Standefer.
Fifth grade: 1st-Jessica Ander-
son; 2nd-Elizabeth Hans; 3rd-
Benjamin Kielbasa; 4th-Jason
Rucks; and, 5th-Brittney Ball.


Media
Do you love to read? If you do,
come and join us at our. Bookfair!
The Bookfair will be in the Media
Center Feb. 14 Feb. 18. Everyone
is welcome. What a great way to
get new books and help the Media
Center and its' programs at the
same time!

Music
The first grade music classes
have been performing their play,
"The Red Mitten", for our kinder-
garten classes this week. The play
has singing, dancing, instruments
playing and drama. The children
even have animal faces to wear
that they made in library class. The


first graders have done a great job
with the play, and the kindergarten-
ers have learned how to be a good
audience (and they are terrific)!
The fourth grade classes have
been learning to play the recorder
and are even learning to read
music! They are working hard at
remembering to cover the holes
completely and to blow gently, so
the recorders don't squeak! Fourth
and Fifth graders may purchase a
recorder from Mrs. VanBeek for $5
if they wish to practice at home.

RE.
Central Elementary has recently
added a new addition to its teach-
ing staff. Coach Spearow was
added to the staff in late November


to teach physical education along-
side Coach Voce. Coach Spearow
graduated from Western Michigan
University' in December 2003 with
a bachelor's degree in physical
education, and a minor in commu-
nications. Coach Spearow has also
attended the University of West
Florida in Pensacola earning a
bachelor's in sports science in Aug.
of2003.
Along with his wife JoElla and
three daughters, Taylor, Hailey, and
Molly (11, 4, and 2 respectively)
they moved from Michigan to Flori-
da just before Thanksgiving. Coach
Spearow admits to missing the
snow but not having to shovel his
driveway. The family is settled in
and adjusting nicely.


Coach Spearow has also
accepted the position of coaching
the freshman baseball team.

Student Council
Student Council has been
involved in many projects around
Central and in our community.
After mailing gifts to eleven soldiers
in Iraq, we were surprised by
receiving a letter from one of the
soldiers. We celebrated Florida
Arbor Day by planting a tree with
the help of Okeechobee County
Extension and Dee's Garden Shop.
Thanks to Dee's Garden Shop for
the donated Live Oak.
Student Council is sponsoring a
collection for the tsunami victims.
The top grade levels will receive a


popcorn and snow cone party.
Jump Rope for Heart is Feb. 11.
All contributions go to the Ameri-
can Heart Association. Please help
support a great organization and
join in the fun!
Parents, please keep your eye
open for the Valentine carnation
sale. You may purchase carnations
for your child by filling out the slip
attached to the letter. Each carna-
tion is $1 and you may purchase as
many as you like. Student Council
members will put a ribbon and
your note around the flowers) and
deliver to students on Monday,
Feb.14.
Student Council is collecting old
cell phones and printer ink car-
tridges for recycling.


Attend Astronomy Day 2005 at IRCC Law Enforcement Activity Report


The public is invited to attend
the free Astronomy Day 2005,
sponsored by Indian River Com-
munity College and the Treasure
Coast Astronomical Society
(TCAS), on Saturday, February
12, 2005, from noon until 9 p.m.
in and around the Hallstrom
Planetarium located at 3209 Vir-
ginia Ave. on the IRCC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. Members
of the TCAS will be demonstrat-
ing equipment and computer


programs used by today's ama-
teur astronomers. Displays
about the solar system, guest
speakers, continuous videos,
and mini-planetarium shows
will be hosted by Jon U. Bell,
Director of the IRCC Hallstrom
Planetarium, as well as mem-
bers of the TCAS who will be
available to answer questions
and assist the public with their
own telescopes. Visitors are also
invited to bring their own tele-


scopes and learn how to use
them in a free, on-going tele-
scope clinic. There will also be a
guest speaker from the National
Aeronautics and Space Adminis-
tration (NASA).

During 'the day, TCAS tele-
scope operators will have solar
filters on their telescopes to safe-
ly view the sun. IRCC Planetari-
um Director Jon Bell reminds the
public to never look directly at
the sun Without the proper filter


as it can cause permanent dam-
age to the eye or blindness.
When it gets dark in the evening,
the public will be invited to catch
telescopic views of the moon,
stars, and the ringed planet Sat-
urn (weather permitting).

For additional information,
contact Patty Mayer, Astronomy
Day Committee Organizer, at
772-971-0159, or Jon Bell, Direc-
tor of the IRCC Hallstrom Plane-
tarium, at (772) 462-7515.


Arrest Reports


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or Dri-
ving Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) or the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP).
Cruz Hernandez, 31, of S.E.
23rd Ct. in Okeechobee was
arrested on Jan. 28 and charged
with nine counts of lewd and
lascivious battery. Bond'was set
at $135,000.
Ranada Latrail Smith, 24, of
N.W. 11th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 28 and
charged with armed burglary
with battery or .assault. Bond
was set at $30,000.
Joan Carlos Oxlaj, 20, of
S.W 10th St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on Jan. 28 and charged
'with aggravated battery with a
deadly weapons Bond was set at
$50,000.
Brad Boswell, 23; o 'SW.
86th Ave. in. Okeechobee was
arrested on Jan,. 28 and charged
with attempt to escape. Bond
was set at $10,000.
Roy Roberts, 30, of S.E. 33rd
Terr. in Okeechobee was arrest-
ed on Jan. 28 and charged with


violation of community control -
possession of cocaine. Bond
was set at $10,000.
Jan Walton, 44, of U.S. 441
S.E. in Okeechobee was arrested
on Jan. 28 and charged with vio-
lation of probation possession
of drug paraphernalia. Walton
was arrested on an Okeechobee
County warrant. Bond was set at
$250.
Robert Powers, 36, of S.W.
Eighth St. was arrested on Jan.
31 and charged with violation of
probation no valid driver's
license. Powers was arrested on
an Okeechobee County warrant.
Bond was set at $500.
Glenn Alan Glick, 44, of S.R.
78 W. in Okeechobee was arrest-
ed on Jan. 31 and charged with
DUI.'Bond was set at $500.
Donna Lawrence Hagan, 40,
of Moore Haven was arrested on
Jan. 28 and charged with pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams and possession of
cocaine. Bond was set at $5,500.
Jowana Specht, 37, of -at
large Okeechobee was arrested
on Jan. 28 and charged with
grand theft, dealing in stolen
property and defrauding a pawn
broker. Bond was set at $7,000.


Tracey Lynn Lies, 39, of
Zachary Taylor in Okeechobee
was arrested on Jan. 31 and
charged with driving while
license suspended and posses-
sion of cocaine. Lies was
released on her own recogni-
zance.
Allen Vvayne Hagan, 44, of
Moore Haven was arrested on
Jan. 28 and charged with pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams, introduction of contra-
band into a detention facility and
possession of cocaine. Bond
was set at $7,000.
Reginald Massey, 20, of S.W.
Third St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on Feb. 1 and charged
with two counts violation of pro-
bation possession of cocaine.
Massey was arrested on an
Okeechobee warrant. Bond was
-set at $5,000.
Freddie Jarvis, 39, of N.E.
13th Ave. in Okeechobee was
arrested on Feb. 1 and charged,
with violation of probation -
worthless checks. Jarvis was
arrested on an Okeechobee
County warrant. No bond was
set.
Shacara Shantrail Durham,
21, of N.E. 16th Ave. in Okee-


chobee was arrested on Feb. 1
and charged with three counts
violation of probation uttering
forged instrument. No bond was
set.
Quentin Hampton, 49, of
N.W. 15th Ave. in 'Okeechobee
was arrested on Feb. 1 and
charged with driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge (habitual traffic offender).
Bond was set at $2,500.
Robert Lee Willis, 19, of Elm
Avenue in Lake Placid was
arrested on Feb. 1 and charged
with possession of cocaine and
possession of marijuana. Bond
was set at $14,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges dropped
against them is welcome to
inform the newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


Sheriff's Office
Jan.26
Structure Fire, U.S. 441 S.
Stolen/Go Cart, U.S. 441 S.
Death, N.W Sixth St.
Assault/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 N.
Disturbance/verbal, N.W. 38th
Ave.
Abandoned vehicle, N.E. 70th
Ave.
Assault/prisoner in custody,
N.E. 39th Blvd.
Assault/prisoner in custody,
N.E. 39th Blvd.
Disturbance/verbal, S.W. 10th
Ct.
Disturbance/verbal, S.E. 66th
Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in'cus-
tody, S.E. 14th Ave.
Domestic, N.E. 13th Ave.
Traffic accident/minor, S.R.
700 A.
Jan.27
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W Sixth St.
Burglary, N.E. 60th Ave:
Trespassed, U.S. 78 W
Lewd and lascivious, N.W
Fourth St.
Missing juvenile/recovered,
N.W 42nd Ave.
Child abuse, S.E. 25th Dr.
Information, S.W Second Ave.
Assault, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Fraud, U.S. 78 W.
Assault/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 S.E.
Assault/motor vehicle, N.W.
21st Lane.
Missing juvenile, S.E. 61st Dr.
Strong arm robbery/prisoners
in custody, U.S. 441 S.
Missing juvenile,1iN.W. 31st
Ave.
Drug comp., Kings Mobile
Home Park.


Runaway/canceled, S.E. 61st
Dr.
Trespass, S.E. 35th Ave.

City Police
Jan. 20
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, N. Parrott Ave.
Reckless driver, main intersec-
tion.
Juvenile problem, S.W. 14th St.
Hit and run/reckless driver, S.E.
Second Ave.
Traffic accident, S.W. Second
Ave.
Alarm, N.W. Fifth St.
Man down/sick person, S.W.
Seventh Ave.
Fraud/forgery-counterfeit, N.
Parrott Ave.
Alarm, N. Parrott Ave.
Information, N.W Fourth St.
Roadblock/obstruction, S. Par-
rott Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S.R. 70 E.
Traffic accident, N. Parrott Ave.
Intoxicated pedestrian, N.E.
Third St.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.E. Park St.
Alarm, N. Parrott Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.R. 70 E.
Police service call, N.W. 12th
St.
Burglary, N.W. 11th Ave.
Traffic accident, N. Parrott Ave.
Abandoned vehicle, main
intersection.
Animal complaint, S.W. Eighth
Ct.
Suspicious
person/vehicle/abandoned vehi-
cle, S. Parrott Ave.
.Suspicious
person/vehicle/abandoned vehi-
cle, S. Parrott Ave.


Staff photo/Pete Gawda'
Reward for good deed
Jeannie Enfinger's class was rewarded with a pizza lunch on Wednesday for being one
of the top three classes at Okeechobee High School in fundraising for the tsunami vic-
tims. Her class raised $527, tying with Craig Yates' class for second place. Colleen Lar-
son's class came in first place with' $530 dollars. The school would like to thank Domi-
no's Pizza for supplying the pizza.



Obituary


Alice TIny Osceola
Alice Tony Osceola; age 86, of
. Brighton Seminole Indian Reser-
vation in Okeechobee, died Sat-
urday, Feb. 5, 2005 at her resi-
denrce. Mrs. Osceola was born
Sept. 25, 1918 in Everglades. She
was of the Baptist Faith.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Robert Osceola;
daughter, Thede Osceola; grand-
son, Dylan McKallister Osceola;
and,' granddaughter, Candy
Osceola.
Survivors include: her chil-
dren, Mary Billie of OchOpee,
Louise Billie of Big Cypress, Rus-
.sell Billie of Brighton, Jennie Bil-
lie of Ochopee, Juanita Osceola
of Hollywood, Howard Osceola
of Brighton and Jirmmy Osceola
of Hollywood.
Graveside funeral services
and interment was in Brighton


Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 7, at
10a.m.
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Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
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Social Security
"I see where Bushy boy is in Florida about the Social Security
for the working people. Why doesn't he stay in Washington,
where he is supposed to run the country from? It's bad enough
he messed up and sent our boys over to Iraq, without messing
up the Social Security. He should not be going on all those trips
on that plane that would save Social Security for 10 years."
Basswood
"This is in reference to Basswood. I have some family out
there. What I read was that the work that they have done is won-
derful but they should clean up around the main sign. Some-
body needs to clean up around the sign, it does look like trash."
L.B.J.
"About Social Security, L.B.J. was the one that took Social
Security out of the special Social Security account and put it in
the general fund to make the Viet Nam fund look good."
What's going on?
"What is going on with our involvement in Iraq shows a
ridiculous lack of planning. Our immigration border, policy
shows little or no planning. We buy more from foreign markets
than we sell, so we have a trade deficit which is lousy planning.
And, we have a president that wants to solve our Social Security
problem that may happen in 30 to 40 years from now but he
hasn't offered up a working plan. And what is the problem with
all the law makers that are putting up with all this?"

Farmers
"Well Bush is at it again. Now it is the farmers of America.
The backbone of America is the farmers, whether they are live-
stock or grain farmers. No one should mess with their income
because it has been low for such a long time now. I come from a
farm background and knowwhat it is like for them. Around here
it is the milk business and raising beef. Farmers don't get their
due but the middle people make out well with the money part,
as well as the outlet stores, etc. It doesn't matter whether it is
here in Florida or in the upper Midwest; farmers are the best of
America and always will be. I know my opinion doesn't matter
when it comes, to Bush but he isn't the answer to America's
problems and should be taken out of office, which. won't hap-
pen. He is really harming America. How long will it take people
to realize what he is really doing? He is costing the U.S.A. more
money than any president ever has."




Community Events


Interfaith dialogue is planned
The Okeechobee Muslim community and the members and
friends of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church invite all who are
interested to an interfaith dialogue and potluck dinner on Wednes-
day, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. The dinner and discussion will be held at the
SOkeechobee Community Center located across from the airport
entrance on U.S. 98. A guest lecturer from O.rlando ill be dis-
cussing Jesus in the Koran. Coffee, tea and table-service will provid-
ed. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Chamber Coffee Ilatch slated
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be held Feb. 17
starting at 8 a.m. It will be hosted by Elite Title, 1120 S. Parrott Ave.
All Chamber members and their guests are invited. For informa-
tion, (863) 824-0800.

Baptist church sponsors concert
Loren and Gloria Wissman and their 12 children from Seward,
Neb., will be in concert on Feb. 17 at the First Baptist Church. Their
Christian-based music comes in many flavors gospel, bluegrass,
traditional and contemporary hymns along with patriotic songs.
The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 410
S.W. Fourth St. For information call (863) 763-2171.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Thurs-
day, Feb. 17, from noon until 3 p.m.; on Friday, Feb. 18, and Satur-
day, Feb. 19, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will be held at the
Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House located at the corner of
S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave. All proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee.



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Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Alanon meetingwill be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8 p.m.
Grief'and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrifi at (863) 467-2321.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at The Gathering in the confer-
ence room for a weekly 12 step recovery and support group meeting for
women overcoming chemical dependency. For information, call 467-
1112 or 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For information, con-
tact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widpowers Support Group meets at.8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863)Y357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For information, call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave;,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers support
and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical depres-
sion, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis.

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's
an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
It will be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car
you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while
you listen to the great oldies music.
The American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson
Hospital in the north dining room. The meetings are sponsored by the
American Cancer Society and facilitated by their medical advisor Dr.,
Heller. For information, call 1-800-224-6844.
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.

Thursday
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. In the Raulerson Hospital
cafeteria. For information, contact Wanda Hass at (863) 824-2780.
(Tantie Quilters) meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, located at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m.
at the Golden Corral. The cost is $6.20 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interest-
ed in attending is welcome. For information, call Bonnie Kinchen at (863)
467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams
meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thursdays.
Call Joan at (863) 876-4596, or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984 for the next
camping site.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Fat
Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For informa-
tion, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
information.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 pim. For more information, call (863)
467-9360.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial. Everyone is invit-
ed. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park
St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. are also available at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Grief and *Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
2321.


Community Events

Legion free fair now under way
The American Legion Post #64 free fair is going on until Feb. 13.
Feb. 9 is children's day. For information, call (863) 763-2950.

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.
Library hosts programs on Broadway
Ian Nairnsey will present Broadway Blockbusters, the latest in his
Broadway musical series at the Okeechobee County Library. Mr.
Nairnsey, an expert on the music and lore of the Broadway musical ,
theater, will give his audience a glimpse into the hits of the Broadway
stage. The programs .will be on the following Tuesday nights and will
begin at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room: Current Broadway
Scene Feb. 8; and, Cy Coleman Feb 15.

Seniors vs. Crime open house planned
Seniors vs. Crime will have an open house Feb. 8 beginning at 11 I
a.m. at their new offices at 212. S. Parrott Ave. -
Intangible tax seminar offered
There will be an intangible tax seminar at the Okeechobee
Department of Health on Feb. 8. The class is free and will run from 10
a.m. until 11 a.m., and from 1:30 until 3 p.m. For more information,
call the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772) 429-2173.

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet Thursday,
Feb. 10, in the hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be "
Jeanne Kearney, SHINE Coordinator (Serving Health Insurance
Needs of Elders). This is a free program offered to the community. r
For information, call Wanda Haas, RN, CDE, CPT, at (863) 824-2780. -

Bluegrass festival aids tsunami victims
The second annual Indian Mound Bluegrass Festival will be held
at the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. Feb. 10-13. Proceeds
from the event will go to victims of the tsunami. For information, call -
(863) 467-4677.
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 information, ,
call (863) 763-2488.
Fish farming is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, Feb.
12, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Megan Davis, 0
Ph.D. division director; Kenneth Riley, director of aquaculture educa-
tion at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc. Aquaculture
Division. The topic will be fish farming and research. For informa-
tion, contact Megan Davis (772) 465-2400, ext. 298; or, Ken Riley at
ext. 464.
Fundraiser helps volleyball team
The O.H.S. volleyball team is seeking donations for a fundraising
flea market t Okeechobee High School on Feb. 12. The team is rais-
ing money to go to summer camp in North Carolina. They are
accepting donations of all kinds of items including furniture, outdoor
recreation equipment, lawn and garden, electronic products and i
more. If you have something of value sitting around your home or
business gathering dust, you can call and they will come and pick it ,.
up. If you would like to donate an item please contact George May at
(863) 634-5836, or Lori Berger at (863) 763-6411.

St. Valentine's Day Dinner Dance
The Knights of Columbus Council #11284 will host a St. Valen-
tine's dinner dance at the Buckhead Ridge Community Center on
Feb. 19 from 6 until 11 p.m. Come and dance to a live band and enjoy
your choice of prime rib or chicken. Dress is casual, but no shorts or
T-shirts please. The cost is $15 per person. Call (863) 763-8639 by
Feb. 12. Only 150 tickets will be printed.

Responding to loss seminar
The First Baptist Church will be holding a Responding to Loss
seminar on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will have to pre-reg-
ister by Feb. 14 with your name and a $5 registration fee. The speaker
will be Ruth Sisson Green, R.N., from Michigan. For information, call
(863) 467-2832 or the church at (863) 763- 2171.

Genealogical Society meets at library
The Genealogical Society will meet on Monday, Feb. 14, at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library, and will hold a discussion
on obituaries. Please bring your families to the meeting. The public is
invited. For information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674.


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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 8, 2005 5


Invasive plant-eating moth to be released Feb. 14


1 An army of leaf-eating moths
\With a taste for Lygodium will be
released Feb. 14, from 9:30 until
hl a.m., at Jonathan Dickinson
state Park in Hobe Sound, for the
first time at Florida's front line in
the ongoing battle to control
rion-native, ecologically damag-
ing invasive plants. Sponsored
by the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, the United
States Department of Agricul-
ture, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and
the Florida Exotic Pest Plant
Council. The guest speaker will
te Congressman E. Clay Shaw
Jr., U.S. Representative, along
with United States Department
cf Agriculture Agricultural


Research Service and South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict officials.
Directions to Jonathan Dick-
inson State Park is 12 miles south
of Stuart and 7 miles north of
Jupiter on U.S. 1. From 1-95, exit
onto Indiantown Road (SR 706)
Exit 87A, or from Florida's Turn-
pike Exit 116. Proceed east on
Indiantown Road to U.S. 1. Turn
left (north) onto U.S. 1 and pro-
ceed north. The park will be
about 2 miles past the Martin
County line. Turn left into the
park.
Lygodium (Lygodium micro-
phyllum) is a climbing fern that
is spreading quickly through
Florida's natural areas, threaten-


ing Everglades restoration
efforts. Florida is no stranger to
serious weed challenges. In the
1980s, melaleuca deemed the
"Tree from Hell" had reached
crisis levels throughout the
region. Biologists were predict-
ing ecological collapse in the
Everglades. Indeed, melaleuca
dominated almost a half million
acres in South Florida, and
showed no signs of stopping.
Through effective interagency
coordination and an integrated
management strategy that
includes the use of both herbi-
cides and two biological control
agents, melaleuca populations
are being brought under control
in most areas of Florida.


The melaleuca management
program in Florida is an exam-
ple of a successful work in
progress. Resource managers
faced seemingly insurmountable
obstacles when the fight began,
but interagency cooperation,
including the support of the
USDA-ARS Invasive Plant
Research Laboratory's research
to develop biological control of
the weed, has successfully
turned the tide. The melaleuca
program proves that an invasive
species can be effectively con-
tained and controlled if agencies
work together with an integrated
strategy.
While melaleuca is decreas-
ing regionally, Lygodium is


spreading wildly and threatens
to overtake many native plant
communities. The fern's sun-
blocking canopy leaves natural
flora and fauna dead under its
thick green cloak. This plant is
especially dangerous because it
is invading remote wilderness
areas that are difficult to access
with traditional controls. Lygodi-
um's vining growth habit com-
pounds the problem because it
is extremely difficult to control it
with herbicides without inflict-
ing damage on native plants.
Biological control holds the
key to managing this weed in
Florida and the release of this
insect, developed by the USDA-
ARS Invasive Plant Research


Laboratory, is an important step
in helping the state to develop an
effective integrated manage-
ment strategy for this highly inva-
sive species. The insect that is
being released Feb. 14 is the
Lygodium moth, Austromusoti-
ma camptonozale. The caterpil-
lars of this moth eat Lygodium
leaves killing small plants and
reducing the competitiveness of
larger plants. This moth is the
first of many biological control
agents that will be released
against Lygodium in Florida. A
complex of biological control
agents will most likely be need-
ed to subdue this vigorous weed.


FWC releases manatee mortality rates


Burning five acres
On Jan. 20, the Division of Forestry and Okeechobee
mitigation burn of five acres at Country Hill Estates.


Lourtesy pnoto

County Fire/Rescue conducted a


Citrus, canker is found in new areas


i TALLAHASSEE The Florida
Department of Agriculture & Con-
sumer Services announced the
identification of citrus canker in
SSbastian, Indian River County and,
.in a citrus grove located in Ft.
Perice; St. Lucie County. II' -
S During a routine Sentinel Tree
Sprvey conducted by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture on Janu-
afy 25, 2005, three citrus trees sus-
ppected of having citrus canker were
found on two adjacent properties
irf Sebastian. The canker diagnosis
Was confirmed by state patholo-
gists qn January 26, 2005. Also dur-
irdg a routine grove survey conduct-
ep1 by the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services
oi January 26, 2005, 38 citrus trees
suspected of having citrus canker
were found in, three blocks of
grapefruit in Ft. Pierce. Plant
pathologists confirmed the diagno-
sit January 27, 2005. State Citrus
Canker Eradication Program per-
sonnel immediately launched a
comprehensive survey of both
tiese areas to identify the extent of
tle infection and to prevent the dis-
ease from spreading further.
, Citrus canker spreads primarily
b) wind-driven rain and by people
moving infected citrus plant materi-
al and/or infected gardening-relat-
el tools. Movement of infected cit-
rOs plant material out of South
Florida has been linked to the
spread of canker to uninfected
areas. The 2004 hurricanes have
caused outbreaks of citrus canker
irj other Florida counties and eradi-
cation programs to address these
outlying infections are underway.
I Department personnel will con-
tioue inspecting properties sur-
rounding the positive finds in
Sebastian and Ft. Pierce until all
positive trees have been identified.
This should be accomplished with-
id the next few weeks. The Citrus
Canker Eradication law requires
the removal of all exposed citrus


trees within 1,900 ft. of an infected
tree. Removal of positive and
exposed trees is underway.
, The state and the USDA are
working with area homeowner
associations to distribute informa-
tion about citrus canker and eradi-
cation program procedures. A pub-
lic information session will be held
in February in Sebastian on a yet-
to-be determined date. Residents
will be able to view maps showing
the locations of the positive trees
and the associated 1,900-ft. expo-
sure zones. Scientists will also
attend the meeting to answer ques-
tions about the science behind the
eradication effort and the impact of
the disease. Until the completed
survey determines the extent of the
infection, the state is asking for the
cooperation of residents in these
areas to help stop the further
spread of the disease. Residents
can help in the following ways:
Do not move citrus off your
property.


Do not give citrus to your
friends or neighbors.
Do not ship citrus.
Do not prune or clip citrus.
Do not plant citrus trees.
If you come into c''-intai wit i'
the citrus in your yard, decontami-
nate with any household disinfec-
tant that is safe for personal use.
Do not dispose of citrus tree
clippings or fruit remains. If you
have remains that must be dis-
posed of, double bag them for dis-
posal with your household
garbage, not your yard trash.
People who suspect their trees
may have citrus canker are asked to
contact the citrus canker toll-free
helpline at 800-282-5153 and an
inspector will be sent to check the
trees.
Additional information about
citrus canker quarantine zones and
decontamination procedures is
available on the Department's Web
site at
www.doacs.state.fl.us/canker.


ST. PETERSBURG -- Biolo-
gists with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute (FWRI) have
confirmed that 276 manatees
were documented to have died in
state waters in 2004.
While the total of 276 for 2004
appears to be a big drop from
2003's total of 370, 96 of those
animals in 2003 are suspected to
have died due to a prolonged red
tide event in Southwest Florida. In
2004 only 4 manatees are sus-
pected to have died due to red
tide.
According to preliminary
reports, 69 manatees died this
year due to watercraft-related
injuries. That number (69) is con-
sistent with past years, with
watercraft representing 25% of
total manatee mortality. With sev-
eral periods of prolonged cold
weather, the number of manatees
dying from cold stress was higher
with 49 deaths in 2004. When the
water temperature falls below 68
degrees, manatees, particularly
juveniles, become more suscepti-
ble to cold stress. Other causes of
manatee deaths include floodgate
and canal lock, other human
causes, and natural.
Visit
http://research.myfwc.com/fea-
tures/view_article.asp?id = 14855
to view manatee mortality statis-
tics and related information. The
Manatee Mortality Online Search
allows users to find manatee mor-
tality information, by county,
cause of death, and date from
1974 through October 31, 2004.
Two report fi,rm.iTs are available:
a summary report that lists the
search results in a numbers-only
table and an individual report that
provides detailed information


Uouutesy pi lULUI/ItIUIrew uarreLi-rvvL
FWRI confirms that 276 Florida manatees documented died
in state waters in 2004.


such as sex,, size, region, and
cause of death. The 2004 prelimi-
nary manatee mortality report
compares the 2004 preliminary
mortality totals with those in


SDAVID HUD


2003, 2002, and a 5-year mortality
average.
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(FSA) Tree Assistance Program
(TAP) .provides financial assis-
tance to qualifying orchardists to
replace eligible trees, bushes and
vines damaged by natural disas-
ters.
TAP was authorized by the
2002 Farm Bill.
TAP funding has been author-
ized to provide assistance to own-
ers of eligible trees, bushes, or
vines who have incurred losses
between Dec. 1, 2003, and Dec.
31, 2004. Eligible trees, bushes,
and vines are those from, which
an annual crrnp is produced for
comrrrrrio-i pit i'p es. Tre u'sr-dl
I'f1 pulp, IlistmiTias trees 'and
nursery stock are ineligible.
The signup period for General


TAP, TAP-Timber and TAP-Pecans
is Feb. 7 through March 21.
To qualify for payments, eligi-
ble owners must meet the follow-
ing criteria:
Have owned the eligible
"trees, bushes or vines when the
natural disaster occurred.
Own the trees, bushes or
vines at the time the practices are
completed.
Suffer qualifying tree, bush or
vine losses of 15 percent or greater
for the individual stand, adjusted
for normal mortality rate of 3 per-
cent.
Replace eligible trees, bush-
es or vines within 12 months from
the date the application is
approved.
TAP program participants are


limited to $75,000 per person in
TAP payments ,for the 2004
through the 2007 crop years. In
addition, each person is limited to
500 qualifying acres for all TAP
payments.
Producers that received
money under the Florida Citrus
Disaster Program, funded by Sec-
tion 32 of the Aug. 24, 1935, Act
are ineligible for general TAP and
TAP-Timber benefits. Producers
who received Emergency Conser-
vation Program (ECP) funds are
ineligible to receive General TAP,
TAP-Timber and TAP-Pecans
fi.inds'on the same loss.
For information, visit the Farm
Service Agency office in Okee-
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Check with doctor prior to your fasting


Wednesday is Ash Wednes-
day. For some Christians, this
marks a season of prayer and
fasting. Many religions practice
ritual fasting. Others may fast for
medical reasons, to "detoxify"
their bodies.
Most people can go without
food for a day or two without
suffering any ill effect. However,
for some people fasting can be
very dangerous. For those with
blood sugar problems and those
on prescription medications,
going without food could be
dangerous.
Never attempt a fast without
first consulting your doctor. Your
doctor will consider your overall
health, as well as any 1prescrip-
tion medications you are taking,
before advising if it is safe for
you to fast and how long you
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A few months ago, I read
about a new strain of potatoes,
lower in calories and carbohy-
drates than normal potatoes.
The Sunlite brand potatoes are
grown in Florida.
Critics of the new strain of
potatoes claimed that lower the
carbohydrate content would


make the potatoes "gummy,"
and less flavorful.
So when I saw some of these
potatoes on sale at a local super-
market, I decided to try them.
One thing that impressed me
is that they appear to be fresher
than most supermarket pota-
toes. Most potatoes are cold
stored and it may be weeks or
even months between the time
the potatoes are picked and the
time you purchase them.
I know from experience that
fresh potatoes have more flavor
than those that have been
stored. I was lucky enough to
grow up on a small farm and
well remember the flavor of
potatoes dug, cooked and con-
sumed the same day.
The Sunlite potatoes are
about 20 percent lower in calo-
ries than Russet potatoes; and,
30 percent lower in carbohy-
drates. They contain Vitamins
B6 and C and potassium.
According to the marketing
company that packages the


potatoes, the new strain of pota-
toes was originally designed to
have more flavor than Russet
potatoes.
The difference in carbohy-
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One thing I noticed about the
Sunlite potatoes is that they have
lighter, thinner skins. I actually
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skin with the potato you get
more of the nutrients and fiber
that way.
I tried baking them and they
did well. The skin did not dry
out. The flavor was good. The
flesh of the potatoes was not as
flaky as that of a Russet potato,
but I found the texture satisfac-
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Courtesy photo'
The final of the mens "B" division pitted (left to right) Dan Stewart and Dave Topel against
Udell Schroeder and Don Ehlen. Stewart and Topel were the victors in this hard fought final
match.


Tourney


benefits


net teams
On Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sun-
day, Jan. 30, nearly 40 teams com-
peted at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex in the third annual
Okeechobee High School tennis
team benefit tournament spon-
sored solely by Costopoulos and
Helton, PA.
The weather turned out to be
perfect after forecasts were not
very favorable. Over 65 different
players, ranging from high school
age to retirees competed in the
event.
"A" and "B" divisions were
established in both men's and
women's doubles and mixed
doubles. Each team was guaran-
teed two matches, with trophies
going to division champions and
division runners-up.
The mens "A" division final
matched Oliver Harwas and John
Mann against high school team-
mates Ryan Bailey and Joey Ellis.
Harwas and Mann took the
match 6-1, 6-0, winning the divi-
sion for the second year in a row.,
The mens "B" division was
made up of 11 teams and dis-
played some very exciting tennis.
The final matched Dave Topel and
Dan Stewart against Don Ehlen
and Udell Schroeder. Topel and
Stewart came away with the hard
fought victory 6-2, 6-0.
On the ladies side, the "A" Divi-
sion saw Gladys Borel and Joyce
Costopoulos take on Lynn Bunger
and Lorraine Boyd. All of these
competitors have played in the
tournament for the. past three
years and moved up from the "B"
Division last year. Borel and
Costopoulos came away with the
victory 6-2, 6-4.
The ladies "B" Division saw six
teams compete for a chance at
the title. It came down to Ghis-
laine Bouchard and Helene Har-
vey against Judy Austin and Mary
Ann Tuten. Bouchard and Harvey
prevailed as they won in straight
sets 6-1, 6-1.
John Mann teamed up with
Gladys Borel in the mixed dou-
bles "A" division to face incoming
freshman Alyssa Wright and Dave
Ellis. Mann and Borel came away
on top 6-4, 7-5.
On the.mixed doubles "B"
side, the final saw Richard Berti
and Lorraine Boyd face off against
Andre Letart and Elizabeth Mayer.
The Letart and Mayer duo won a
hard fought battle 6-2, 6-3.
"We had another great turnout
from KOA residents and look to
grow even more next year", tour-
nament director and OHS tennis
coach Dave Ellis said. "We
emphasized that this tournament
was a fundraiser for the OHS ten-
nis teams and encouraged all of
our participants to have fun in
their competitivematches."
"I couldn't be more pleased
with the. turnout this year. We did
a better job in encouraging our
returning players to participate
and that, in turn, got a lot more
people out to enjoy the competi-
tion," said OHS tennis coach
Daryl Roehm. "I would like to
thank those entrants that showed
patience with match delays and
especially thank our sponsors,
Mike Costopoulos & Donna Hel-
ton. Without their support, this
tournament fundraiser would not
be possible. We had a lot of new
teams and players this year and
believe we will continue to grow."
All proceeds from the tourna-
ment go to both the girls' and
boys' high school tennis teams.
Each participant received a tour-
nament T-shirt and were treated
to a barbecue chicken lunch.


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The team of Bouchard and Harvey won the final in the wom-
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and John Mann.


OCRA sign ups
are under way
The 2005 Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will hold their base-
ball and softball sign-ups Feb. 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
OHS volleyball team
The O.H.S. volleyball team is
seeking donations for a fundrais-
ing flea market at Okeechobee
High School on Feb. 12.
The team is raising money to
go to summer camp in North
Carolina.
They are accepting donations
of all kinds of items including
furniture, outdoor recreation
equipment, lawn and garden,
electronic products and more.
If you have something of
value sitting around your home
or business gathering dust, you
can call and they will come and
pick it up.
If you would like to donate an
item please contact George May
at (863) 634-5836, or Lori Berger
at (863) 763-6411.


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Members of the Lady Brahman wrestling team placed well in
state competition last weekend in Kissimmee. During a break
in the action, (left to right) team captain Candi Rivero, assis-
tant girls' coach Bobbi Register, head coach Bruce Jahner
and Christine Carter celebrate their accomplishments.

Lady Brahmans take 17th

in state wrestling tourney
The Lady Brahman wrestling petitive than last year, but Rivero
team finished their season last fought her way into sixth place.
weekend at the Girls' State Tourna- Carter, a newcomer to the Lady
ment in Kissimmee, placed 17th in Brahman team this season, made
the 52-team tournament, her first trip to the tournament and
Leading the charge for the Brah- finished the night in fourth place.
mans were captain Candi Rivero The girls' wrestling program
and Christine Carter. will begin its club seasbt in March l
This is the second year Rivero for any, girls interested in the spQrt.
has placed in the state tourney. Contact OHS head wrestling coach
With 23 girls in her weight class, Bruce Jahner at 462-5044 for
this year was quite a bit more com- details.


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showing at the Brahman Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 4,
through Thursday, Feb. 10, are as
follows:
Theatre 1 "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
at2,4:15, 7and9 p.m.
Theatre II "Coach Carter" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:15
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15
p.m.
Theatre III --"The Aviator" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m.
only, Saturday and Sunday at 2 and
7 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2, and 7 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

Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items, and is cur-
rently seeking such items as
baby clothes, furniture, small
appliances, tools as well as golf
and fishing equipment. Call Hos-
pice at 467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth
St.

Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is accepting
entries for their monthly proper-
ty beautification awards pro-
gram. The property does not
have to be for sale and is open to
residential and commercial
property throughout the county.
For further information or to
obtain entry forms, contact Dale
Ann Watford, secretary of the
Board at (863) 634-7311 or (863)
763-8222.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open.
Public recycling drop-o li bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle
maintenance facility is open
from 8 a.m. until noon and from
1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday. It is closed on
weekends and holidays. Only
recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and
metal cans, corrugated card-
board, glass jars and bottles and
plastics #1 through #7 are
accepted at the public facilities.
Items not accepted include:
plastic shopping bags; commer-
cial business items; tires; appli-
ances; electronic devices; yard
trash; household trash; oil, gas,
paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact. Russell
Rowland, county solid waste
manager, at (863) 763-1811; or,
Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
(863) 763-4818.

Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today?
Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach oth-
ers the skills they need to save
lives. You can help the American
Red Cross reach people in your
community with lifesaving train-
ing, including CPR, First Aid,
Automated External Defibrilla-
tion, and HIV/AIDS Prevention.
Contact the Okeechobee Branch
of the American Red Cross at
(863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Council is seeking
volunteers to serve as advocates
for residents of nursing homes
and assisted living facilities. Vol-
unteers are specially trained and
certified to investigate and
resolve resident complaints and
to carry out inspections of facili-
ties. Licensed social workers,
pharmacists, elder law attor-


neys, physicians, nurses and oth-
ers with a sincere interest in the
elderly are urged to apply. Call
Linda Slattery at (772) 595-1385.

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular-size quilts for
sale. For more information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-
8020,. or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
467-0183.


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CAT- F 2yrs old Brown, blck
& wht. Long haired, Blue
collar 2/1/05 Vic Calusa
Harbor 863-675-1050.
CHIHUAHUA, Very Small,
Black w/tan spots by ears,
eyes &.on legs. REWARD!
863-697-6436/467-4852

CHOCOLATE LAB
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Goes by the
name "Duke"
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'Jan. 4th.
Beloved Pet.
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561-832-4865
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(863)763-2987
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LOST: RAT TERRIER Black
& white spotted, male, lost
in area of NW 63rd Terr.
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brown, 4 yrs. old, vic.
Okeechobee warehouse
on 1/22. REWARDI
(863)467-1299


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


SINGLE WHITE MALE,
50 yrs old. New to area.
Seeking (F) Companion.
(863)810-3031.
Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123

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ALUM. INSTALLERS
Experienced Pool
Enclosure Installer
Needed. Top Pay.
Local Work:
Call Mike at: 357-4703.

BAR TENDER: F/T
Experience Preferred,
But Will Train Right Person.
Competitive Pay.
Call (863)467-2882
Ask For Ray.

BOOKKEEPER HELPER
Okeechobee Asphalt &
Concret. Duties include
(but are not limited to)
Answer phones, Data Entry
& Other Clerical Duties.
Apply in person @
503 NW 9th St.

BUSINESS MANAGER
Needed for Okeechobee
Asphalt & Concrete.
Competitive Salary &
Benefits. Apply in person
@ 503 NW 9th St.

CDL DRIVER
Local, 2 yrs. exp.
required. Call
863-634-7051 or
863-763-0518
Drug Free Workplace

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

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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
dass begins soon; Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
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looking for aggressive associates to join our team.
Call Elbert at 634-7460 or stop by for a visit.
Cumwerlan Reallty Goup -200 N.W. 5t1St \


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


Looking for full
time hardware help.
Experience necessary.
Apply in person
at W&W Lumber
of Okeechobee. DFWP


Good Pay, steady work
plus benefits. Turnpike
Citgo is now hiring cash-
iers, fuel attendants and
drivers. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgb mm 184, FL Turn-
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DRIVERS
Start immediately
$600-900 per. wk, "or
more" benefits/no
heavy lifting-6days wk.
Home every night
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(866)666-8524

DRIVERS
wanted must be 21 or
older w/clean driving record
& cashiers wanted.
Dress accordingly
-apply in person only!
Okeechobee Discount
Drugs
203 SW Park St.
F/T HELP NEEDED
FOR TREE FARM.
Must Be Bilingual.
863-763-2838
SECRETARY
RECEPTIONIST
F/T, Quickbooks a plus
Experience a must
Please Fax Resume to
(863)763-1816
MECHANIC NEEDED
Must Be: ASE Certified Auto
Technician & Engine Per-
formance. Apply in person
@ ED's Auto Service.


NEEDED
LAUNDRY
WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible

Mtlust be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 NA.W 4th St.

Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL. with flatbed
o 'pereRice. Deliveries lo
major chain stores
CaI .Janette Martin
800-432-2410

Over The Road Drivers
wanted 5yrs. exp. req.
Palm City
trucking company
call 9-5
772-287-9510

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

SALES PERSON
Okeechobee Asphalt &
Concrete is looking for
outgoing & self-motivated
individual w/experience in
sales. Will train the right
person. Apply in person
503 NW 9th St.

Screen Enclosure
installer needed shop
help/assemblers
measure & lay out
man for pool screens
trainee positions. Pio-
neer screen Stuart Fl
1-800- 233-9197

SERVERS: Exp'd only need
apply, in person after 11 am
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE.
SKILLED CARPENTERS
NEEDED: Please call
863-697-3001

SOD STACKERS
needed
(754)581-4948

TRUCK DRIVER WANTED
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answering phones
863-763-4411

LAWNCARE SERVICE
NEEDED- Call Louis
(772)332-5040.


OFFICE HELP NEEDED
P/T, Computer experience
a MUST. Call Barbara
@ (863)763-4114

PART/TIME OFFICE HELP
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Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 43.5


COASTAL CLEANING
We Clean:
Homes, Offices,
Carpets, Windows
Licensed & Bonded
Call 863-467-0380.
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 52'5
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 5-10
Business Equipment 545
Carpets, 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins, Stamps 5c0
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts.'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture :,00
Firewood 61.'1
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Rbducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment-
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 6395
Lamps. Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies
Equipment 665
Pets,'Supplies.'
Services 670
Photography 6 75
Plumbing Supplies 680)
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710r
Television 'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER good
cond. commercial w/heat
good bargain $500
(863)467-558.5
Beer Keg Stainless Aire
Draft beer cooler w/extra
C02 bottle warranty $800
Firm (863)763-8391


HALL TREE Dark Oak org.
finished bench seat twin
Umbrella stand Ajustable
$400 (863)467-9413
SAFE: HASENFORDER
--Antique, 28x17V2", Exc.
cond. Original painting on
front. $400 863-763-4982
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
S772-562-5567


BLENDER Food Proc. juicer,
grinder AII-N-I Ex. Blades
S$68 (863)763-8149
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CHEST FREEZER
kelvinator 41"x21 x35"
runs great $100
(863)824-0455
DISHWASHER
White
$50.
(239)348-8894'.
GE RANGE Electric
exc. cond. $75
(863)457-4124

MICROWAVE
CONVENTION OVEN
$25.
(239)348-8894.
RANGE, GE, Elec. Good
shape. $75. 863-467-4124


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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 ACCORDION
Beautiful, Full size.
Excellent cond. $500.
(863)763-7206.
PIANO & CHURCH STYLE
ORGAN, w/foot pedals &
benches. $300 will sell
sep. (863)763-7664



(8) Alustrian shepards AKC
registered 6wks. old 6-m
2-f shots & wormed $600
(561)721-5024
CHIHUAHUA
2, (F), 8 wks old,
Purebred.Shots up to date.
$250. (863)675-3915.
DACHSHUND, Black & Tan,
Ready to go home. 8 wks.
.$300 (863)467-4728 .

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



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



DODGE QUAD CAB 2002
Exc cond., Extra's. Must
see, 1 Owner! $18,000.
Neg. (863)946-1728.



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



BIG SCREEN TV W/oak cab-
inet casing no remote con-
trol, does have a picture
$250 (863)467-0184


TABLE SAW, Sears Con-
tractor, 10" in perfect
cond, $150 863-612-
9233
TOW BAR Blue Ox Adenta
class ID 10,000 Ibs. 2" re-
clever $300 or best offer
(863)467-7017



MOP-VAC Dirt devil new in
box, Great item & easy to
use $45 (863)675-8149
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POOL TABLE & Inexpensive,
Small Gentle HORSE or
PONY for Child. Good,
home. 772-971-9474



Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810BIO
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





S6-6 LOOKING
TO BUY
83' COWS
863-673-1491


REFRIGERATOR
whirlpool never been used
Good bargain $400
(863)467-5585
REFRIGERATOR
Whirlpool, white 16 cu.ft.
w/icemaker, $200
(863)357-6825
STOVE & REFRIGERATOR,
$125. Can see at 266
Hunting Club, Montura or
call (863)599-0979
WASHER & DRYER
GE, Stackable, Runs
Good, $150. Neg.
(863)675-5066.
WASHER/DRYER, like new,
very good condition, $200
or best offer. (863)673-
3334
WASHER Maytag good
cond.
$75 (863)357-2040



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

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


GALV ANGLE IRON,
40'x100'+ "Like Bar Joist"
bldg frame, 1 or multi bldg
$4000 609-802-2762



CHAIN LINK FENCE,
5 Rolls, 6 ft. high
450 ft minimum. $225
(863)763-2692
FRENCH DOORS- 2 sets,
mahogany/glass, $200.
(863)634-2747.

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


MENS SLACKS, 4 pairs &
Western shirts, sizes 16-
18, $25. (863)763-9135

SCRUB TOPS (2) Like new.
Cat pattern. XLg. $5 total.
(863)357-0344 Iv msg.





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




COMPUTER- HP Pentium II,
192MB' ram, 17" monitor,
Desk all Disk '$300
(772)461-8822.
COMPUTER STAND:
Stainless Steel, $35
(863)357-3413

DELL OPTIPLEX- w/
monitor, keyboardmouse,
Wind Xp, MS Ofc, $150.
(239)464-3260.
GENESIS TOWER- key-
board, mouse, monitor,
Win XP, MS Ofc, $150
(239)464-3260.
LAPTOPS
Gateway & Compaq, $700.
'Will separate.
(863)675-5066.


ARMOIRE
Solid Wood
$55
(863)357-9655
BABY ITEMS Greco, Travel
sys, pack & play w/extras.
Full sz. swing. $300 863-
674-0078.
BEDS (2) Twin,
California Style w/frames.
$200 for both, will sep.
(863)447-0965
Brass Headboard, Toddler
Bed & set of Twin Beds,
$215 will sell separately.
(863)946-6660


MEADOWBROOK CART
wooden horse/cob $999
(561)261-3530

REGISTERED PASO FINO
gulging great trail horse
good nature grey $2500
(863)843-2495
STUD HORSES-1 Paint & 1
Quarter horse, 41/2 yrs old.
$1600 will separate.
(863)634-5112.



BAR-B-QUE GRILL,
Attached to a Tandem
Axle Trailer. $350.
(863)675-9243/673-0920
GRILL, Gas w/2 extra
tanks. $125 863-357-2757


JOHN DEERE LAWN
STX38
Needs trans axle.
$50. (863)763-6576.


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos.
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 95)
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960






OAK LAKE VILLA'S
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba. Condo.
$800 mo. + 1st. & last.
(863)763-2838


BASSWOOD, 3 Bdrm.,
2 Ba.,Brand New Home!
$1200 mi'. Call for apt.
863-697-1465 T*Vrpy



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


COUPLE w/2 small dogs
looking for a rental within 10
miles N. of Okee. 2BF1, is
preferred 863-261-1968


IRM for rent in beautiful
home $60 wk. non-s-
moker must like dogs
(863)697-6717


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property-Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 100



Builders lots still
available in brand new
community next to
Caloosahatchie River.
New Homes currently
under construction.
Pre-construction
discounts.
(954) 605-6407

N. Okeechobee, FL
20 Pristine acres
Young oak/fenced
$20,000 per acre firm
Prequalified
(863)357-6700


CHEST DRESSERS (2)
5 drawer, $50 for both
will sell separate
(863)946-3857
DIN. RM. HUTCH, Large,
hard rock maple, excellent
condition. 54Wx75Hx19D
$450 neg. 863-763-6342.
DRESSER, 9 drawer & AR-
MOIRE, 4 drawer, $150.
(863)467-1619

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
3 pcs. real wood, glass
door & shelves $100
(863)467-0184
KITCHEN TABLE, Small,
White & Light Wood w/2
chairs. $75 863-447-0965

LARGE DRESSER W/
MIRROR- asking $40.
(863)357-9655.

LIVING/RM SET Couch w/2
built in recliners. Coffee,
end tables & lamps. $450
Will sep. (863)467-0290.
MATTRESS- NASA Memory
Foam, queens size, 9",
never used still in plastic,
$500. (772)342-7835.
METAL BUNKBED
twin/full w/twin mat.
only $50
(863)357-1794
METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 large file drawers.
$75. (863)357-1078.

RECLINERS (2) blue La-Z-y
Boy & 1 sleeper sofa blue
& white $200
(863)467-7213
SEALY POSTURE PEDIC
king sz. & Sofa sleeper w/
matching chase chair.
$500. (863)675-3915.
SECTIONAL SOFA's (2)
Black leather. Exc. cond.
1 Lg., 1 Small, $2000 both,
will sep. 863-467-0247
SOFA/BED & matching chair
beige background w/
burgundy navy print
$250(863)467-1110



GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
King Cobra, Ti, oversize
driver, 9.5 deg, offset,
graphite, Ti, "S' shaft $75
(863)946-3123,



BENCH PRESS
W/110 pound weights
$40
(863)467-8915



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


LIFT CHAIR, Electric, reclin-
er, 6 mos. old, good con-
dition, $450. (863)610-
1153.


CELL PHONE, Virgin Mobile,
- Prepaid w/charger, leather
case & manual. $35 239-
867-1266
Fifth Wheel Base & 2100
PSI Powerwash, $325 will
sell separately. (863)946-
6660
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
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PRESSURE WASHER Hon-
da 13hp, Water Canon,
3500 PSI, Max Pressure
$900 (863)467-0890.


I Special NoticD


Private Lake lot ap-
prox. 299'X70' Ask
for Denny (863)655-
4000
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
LOT RENTAL, Quiet, Adult
Community. Ocean & Gulf
access. 561-744-8387


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 0')5
Mobile Home Parts '2010
Mobile Homes Rent 20 15
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



90 Redman Dbl Wide
28x70 4/2 w/many up-
grades. Need to move.
(863)983-9428 $30,000


Recreation



Boats Y
Campers RVs Ul0
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 0')20
Marine Miscellaneous .j025
Motorcycles .0303
Sport Vehicles ATVs r)0;


AIR BOAT w/Trailer.
No engine. Complete, needs
some work & paint. $950
(863)824-6720
BASS, 18' 12-24 volt Troll
Motor, '97 Merc. 115hp,
Hi-5 SS Prop $2500 863-
763-5371.
BIMINI BOAT TOP New in
box stainless steel hard-
vtaYweits pontoons $175
(863)824-0455
BOAT PROPS stainless steel
various sizes $100-$150
fv. message
(863)824-0455
BOAT TRAILER, 19 ft., gal-
vanized, single axle, $650.
(863)675-0705

BOAT, V-Bottom, aluminum,
needs TLC, $100.
(863)635-3465

CANOE, Fiberglass. Good
shape. 2 person. $250 firm.
863-675-6214 after 6pm

COBIA, 19' (2001)194, 115
Yamaha 4 stroke, 150
hrs., live well, $15,000,'
(863)634-0450
INFLATABLE DINGY,
MERCURY, 8.9 Ft.
Brand new. Never used.
$890. 863-382-3557
JON BOAT, 12 ft., with trail-
er, 15 hp Mercury, trolling
motor, $2000 or best of-
fer. (863)467-6112
JON BOAT 97' 18" 75HP
Johnson w/galv. trl/2 live-
wells troll, .motor $3500
(863)824-0455
LUND 2001 16'6" w/'03
Suzuki motor & trailer. Used
very little. $11,000 neg.
863-467-9157/634-2866
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PONTOON- '13, all electric,
great for canal, sm lake w/
troll motor & trir. $2500
Cell (717)377-1465.
Ranger Bass Boat
90hp motor, w/trailer
Asking $3,000
See at Uncle
Joe's Fishhouse
863-983-9421
TRACKER 1990 17 FT
Magna 70 hp 0/B Mercury.
$2995. or best offer.
863-946-1649
TRI HILL 16', Fiberglass,
30HP Evinrude, trir, depth
finder & extras. $1,100.
Call (863)357-3203.

TROLING MOTOR
12/24 VOLTS
$50
(863)467-8915


CAMPER w/FL Rm. on side.
Located in Vantage Oaks
Park. Good cond. As Is.
$7000 neg. 419-365-5436
PALOMINO STAMPEDE
'01- 21' slide out, many
extras, sips 7 in comfort,
$9950. (863)610-1674.
RV TRAILER, WARD '94
30 Ft., $6000 or best offer.
863-467-9157/634-2866

SUPERIOR, '72, 26 ft., new-
er generator, new tires &
transmission, $1500.
(863)467-8804 aft 6 pm


TROLLING MOTOR- Minn-
kota, 12V, 108 lb thrust,
54" shaft, $125.
(863)467-2315.



MARINE RADIO
For Weather &
Communication $40.
(863)675-1464.
OUTBOARD MOTOR, '82
Johnson, 35hp, w/
controls & gas tank, $630.
(863)634-4106


HONDA HELIX 250 1986
24K Original miles.
Asking $1275 or best offer.
(863)467-8870
SUZUKI 00'
BDR650 $2500
(863)228-4638 or nights
(863)675-7359
SUZUKI Kantana 750 '01
7000 miles. Hit parked car/
damaged/drivable $3500
neg. 863-824-6163 Local


CHEVY S10 BLAZER- '87,
runs good, missing back
window, new tires $1200.
(863)699-6803.
GO CARTS 2 w/fiberglass
bodies, 612 industrial Honda
Motors. From Ft. Pierce
Grand Prix. $600/both
or will sep. 863-261-2263

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


FRANKLIN '05, 32' Super-
slide C/A, W/D loaded
Smoke free no pets
$17,300. 239-699-1365
In Lakeport, 32 ft. Travel
.Trailer w/lot, lake access,
$33,000. Call '(239)995-
4825/822-8255


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 40.30
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 40L55
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


BUICK LIMITED 1993
All power. Factory top.
Good condition. $2000
772-359-5144

Do-It-Yourself Ideas


3-Piece Bedroom Set
The two pieces pictured here
are part of a three-piece set
that features a handsome oak
finish and clean lines that
blend well with any decor.
The dresser (not pictured)
measures about 60 in. wide
by 32 in. tall, the chest of
drawers stands 32 in. high by
30 in. wide and the night
stand is about 20 in. wide by
22 in.. tall. All three pieces
are 16 in. deep.
3-Piece Bedroom Set plan
(No. 768)... $8.95
6-Piece Pine Bedroom Set
(No. C56) ... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
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Van Nuys, CA 91409.
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Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
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ENGLISH TRAIL SADDLE
sm. adult 15" blk. $190
(561)261-3530
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Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
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READING A NEWSPAPER,,


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

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

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


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12 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 8, 2005


CHEVY CAMRO 88' needs
trans. work $500
(863)763-7217 or
(863)697-8662 cell

CHEVY LUMINA '97
1 owner. Ex. Government
Car, 67K Original mi. $4000
(863)8246163 Local

CHEVY MONTE CARLO LS,
'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
(772)461-9536

CROWN VICTORIA '97
1 owner. City car. Very well
taken care of. $3650 firm
(863)824-6163 Local

FORD ESCORT 95' Wagon
LX 47k. mi. clean exc.
cond. $2500 or best offer
(863)467-1355

GEO METRO, '94, 2 dr, cold
a/c, exc. cond. $1300.
(772)461-9536

LINCOLN 1997, 4 Door,
1 Owner, Good condition.
$4000 or best offer.
863-467-9157/634-2866

LINCOLN TOWN CAR 91,
All power. Auto. Motor &
Trans. run great! $950 or
best offer. 863-357-9947
S;993: 106 K
mls., b sbp., now cv axles,
30 mpg., 1 Owner. $1600
(863)357-5832

MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE '93
70K mls., Good condition.
Sporty. Must see! $2900.
(863)675-6783 -

NISSAN STANZA, '88, 4
door, no air, good tires,
runs well, $750 or best of-
fer. (863)675-0705

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CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.

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. ,


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

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


CHEVY TRUCK MOTOR
96' 4.3 Vortec
$550
(863)824-0441
GM Positive Traction Unit
8.5/373 Gears, F/
Differential, $500 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
HITCH
Fits Ford F-150
& up. $50.
(863)635-5186.

TURBO 350, rebuilt trans-
mission, 4x4, $350 or
best offer. (863)467-
8856

TV & VCR CONSOLE for a
van fits in bucket front
seats $150
(863)357-1780

WHEELS & TIRES- 20",
Goodyear, less than 2000
miles, $1400. (863)697-
0424.


CHEVY SILVERADO Ext
Cab '95, topper/bedliner
trir/hitch salvage title, runs
great $2495 239-463-6909

DODGE RAM PU, '94- with
long bed, fiberglass top-
per, V8, very clean, almost
new tires, cold AC, runs
well, Call (863)763-4279
evenings and weekends.

FORD F150 90' 4WD extend
cab 4" suspension lift on
38" tires $1850 (863)634-
8023

TOOL BOX
Aluminum, Single lid.
Fits full size truck.
$75. (863)635-5186.



FORD EXPLORER ,92- new
5spd trans, new starter &
exhaust system, $2500.
(863)357-1078.

FORD EXPLORER 98'
sport 103k mi. green XLT
$4000 or best offer
(863)634-8183


8 Horse gooseneck tri.
$1600
(863)467-7057

CAR DOLLY Tow master,
extra wide, good tire,
lights, pulls goods $875
(863)697-9704
ENCLOSED BOX TRL.
6x10 exc. cond.
$2000
(863)357-5754
Hallmark
'04, 27' Enclosed
car hauler. 7000GVW,
$5950. (863)763-8127
STOCK TRL. Gooseneck
20', 6'-8' wide ,good,
tires, floor, center gate
$2500 (863)697-9704
UTILITY TRAILER 7x8
$300 or best offer.
(863)357-2757



Dodge Ram Conversion
Van B250, '91, many ex-
tras, all' power, $2200 as
is. (863)675-8420
GMC Conversion Van, '94,
low mi., mint cond., one
owner, TV & VCR, $7000.
(863)467-5882


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with your child from
birth to age nine.


Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2004-CA-319
BERNELL BROWN and LYNN
BROWN, his wife,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
PAUL WEBER and MAUREEN
WEBER, his wife,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: PAUL WEBER and MAUREEN
WEBER, his wife, if living, and if
,dead, their unknown heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, assignee, credi-
tors, ienors and trustees, and all
other persons claiming by,
through, under or against said De-
fendants, and all other parties
claiming or claiming to have any
dight, title or Interest in and te the
subject real property.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to quiet title to the follow-
ing described property in Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, to-wit:
Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 6, ORANGE
BLOSSOM RANCHES, according
to the plat therereofrecorded in
Plat Book 3, page 9 of the public
records of Okeechobee County,
Florida.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
TOM W. CONELY, III, of CONELY &
CONELY, P.A., whose address is
Post Office Drawer 1367, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34973-1367, and
file the original with the Clerk of the
above styled Court on or before
March 7, 2005; otherwise a judge-
ment may be 'entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Com-
plaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
said Court on January 25, 2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By/S/Landy Wherrell
Deputy Clerk
550753 ON 2/1 815 22/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
Representatives of Okeechobee
County and Intemational Union of
Operating Engineers #487 will
meet on Friday, February 11, 2005
at 11:00 a.m. at the County Annex
conference room, 499 NW 5th Av-
enue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the
purpose of engaging in collective
bargaining negotiation pursuant to
Chapter 447, Flodrida Statutes.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
552782 ON 2/8/05


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2004-CA-307
DEWEY A. LIGHTSEY and RUTH T.
LIGHTSEY, his wile,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
GREGORY G. GUAY and BILLIE SUE
BRASHEAR GUAY, his wife,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: GREGORY G. GUAY and BILLIE
SUE BRASHEAR GUAY, his wife
ADDRESS UNKNOWN
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage
on the following described property
in Okeechobee County, Florida, to-
wit:
Lots 93 and 94, TREASURE IS-
LAND UNIT NO. 2, according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, page 39, public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida,
and being more particularly de-
scribed as follows:
BEGIN at the Southeast comer of
said Lot 94; thence bear South
5817'57" West, along the South
boundary line of said Lot 94, for
a distance of 16.99 feet to a
point; thence bear South
8958'17" West for a distance of
83.05 feet to the intersection
with the West boundary line of
said Lot 94; thence bear North
0009'29" East along said West
boundary line for a distance of
90.00 feet to a point; thence bear
North 89t58'25" East, along
North of and parallel with the
North boundary line of said Lot
94, or a distance of 110.09 feet
to the intersection with the West
right-of-way line of Southeast
38th Avenue, being also the East
boundary line of said Lot 93;
thence bear South 0029'48"
West, along said West right-of-
way line, and along said East
boundary line for a distance of
15.10 feet to the Southeast cor-
ner of said Lot 93, being also the
Northeast comer of said Lot 94,
and being also the point-of-cur-
vature of a curve concave to the
Southeast and having for its ele-
ments a radius of 50.00 feet and
a central angle of 8426'06";
thence along said curve, along
the East boundary line of said Lot
94, and continuing along said
West right-of-way line, for an arc
length of 73.68 feet to the POINT
OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER
WITH 1973 NEWM Mobile Home
bearing ID #2701110 and Flod-
da Title #5827471
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
TOM W. CONELY, III, of CONELY &
CONELY P.A., whose address is
Post Office Drawer 1367, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34973-1367, and
file the original with the Clerk of the
above styled Court on or before
March 7, 2005; otherwise a judge-
ment may be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Com-

plaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
said Court on January 25, 2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By/S/Landy Wherrell
Deputy Clerk
550782 ON 2/1,8,15,22/05

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2004-CP-010
In Re: The Estate of
LORNA JEAN MARSHALL,
a/k/a LORNA J. MARSHALL,
a/k/a LORNA MARSHALL,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
LORNA JEAN MARSHALL, a/k/a
LORNA J. MARSHALL, a/k/a LOR-
NA MARSHALL, deceased, whose
date of death was December 15,
2004, and whose Social Security
Number is 369-22-9266, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
304 N.W. Second Street, Room
101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whbm a copy of this notice is
served within three months after
the date of the first publication of
this notice must file their claims
withhis Court WITHIN THE LATER
OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF
A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE,
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this notice is February 1, 2005.
Janice Siconolfi
Personal Representative
28612 Parkwood
Inkster, MI 48141
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
P.O. Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, FL 34973-1367
863) 763-3825
y Tom W. Conely, III
FL Bar No. 096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
550749 on 2/1,8/05







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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2001 CA 50
BA MORTGAGE, LLC, SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO NATIONSBANC
MORTGAGE CORPORATION, SUC-
CESSOR BY MERGER TO BAR-
NETT BANK OF LAKE OKEECHO-
BEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RANDY R. SEARS, et us, et al.,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu.
ant to ,, r;,, ... ,,,. ,
in this .- ., .. .
Court, i i .i ,, ,, ,, '
ed above.
I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 am on the 14th day of Febru-
ary, 2005, the following described
property as set forth in said order
or final judgement, to-wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 1, OKEECHOBEE
LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH A 1994 PEACH-
TREE MOBILE HOME/
DOUBLEWIDE DESTINY ID
#PT37436A & PT37436B.
ORDERED at OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, this 14th day of
January, 2005
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk, Circuit Court
Okeechobee, Florida
By: /S/ Beatrice Rodrigue
As Deputy Clerk
551723 ON 2/3,8/05 ,


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY
COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR
BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, FEB-
RUARY 22, 2005 AT 3:30 P.M. IN
THE SCHREIBER CONFERENCE
CENTER AT THE INDIAN RIVER
COMMUNITY COLLEGE ST. LUCIE
WEST CAMPUS AT 500 N.W. CAL-
IFORNIA BLVD, PORT ST. LUCIE,
FLORIDA 34986. NOTICE IS ALSO
GIVEN THAT AT 9'00 A.M., TUES-
DAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2005 AN
AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD
IN ROOM 206 OF THE W BUILDING
ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIR-
GINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE,
FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PER-
SONS WISHING' TO PLACE BE-
FORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSID-
ERATION ARGUMENTS CON-
CERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR
POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE
OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT
MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY
THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE
AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE
THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY
PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD
. WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER.
CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH
PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE
THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF
THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
551836 ON 2/8/05


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Community Events


Ladies ministry plans chicken dinner
The Church of God Ladies Ministry will be preparing a smoked
chicken dinner on Feb. 18 beginning at 11 a.m. for a donation of $5 per
meal. There will be carry out or free delivery within the city limits. The
dinner will consist of a quarter smoked chicken scalloped potatoes,
green beans, roll and pound cake. To order, call (863) 763-4127 or
(863) 467-1750. You can pick up your meal a 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Call
early for delivery at a specific time.

Ladies group plans bake sale
The Northside Baptist Church ladies group is having a bake and
yard sale on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 1801 U.S. 441 S.E. For
information, call (863) 763-2472.

Hospice hosting blood drive
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St., will be hosting a blood
drive on Friday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m.. until 2 p.m. All donors will have
the opportunity to win a weekly drawing for-a Sweetheart's Package,
which includes a pair of movie tickets, dinner for two and a floral
arrangement. Five winners will be contacted weekly. For information,
call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321.

Women's business luncheon planned
The Okeechobee Women's Business Luncheon is scheduled for
Feb. 18 at the Brahma Bull. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and lunch
is at noon. Bring flyers and business cards to share, and also a give-
away item. For information, call (800) 299-8878.

Southern gospel concert
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert Friday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.
at the First Baptist Church Recreational Center, 310 S. W. 5th Ave. Tick-
ets are $10 at the door only. For information call: (863) 763-7113.

Health and safety classes offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch health and safety
classes for February are: 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.

Bluegrass band plans concert
The Florida Bluegrass Express will be in concert Feb. 19 at the Elks
Club, S.R. 70 E., from 6 until 8:30 p.m. For information, call Darlene
Bass at (863) 763-1443 or (863) 634-5815.

'His Story' planners will meet
The "His Story" planning committee will meet on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
in the Fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church. If you are
interested in helping with the production for 2005, please come.

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" Philli-
pa 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.

Defensive gun class planned
A civilian defensive gun class will be held Feb. 24 beginning at 7
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. The second
part of this class will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the shooting range
and everyone will meet at the Chamber at 8:30 a.m. For information,
call (863) 763-6464.

Auxiliary to hold free boat check
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing free a Vessel Safety Checks
(VSC) on Feb. 1, at Scott Diver Ramp, and again on Feb. 26 at the Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina. You should bring your registration
and your boat outfitted for a trip. Boats meeting VSC requirements will
receive a VSC decal. For information, contact a vessel examiner at
(863) 467-3085.

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).
Proceeds from this event are to help the youth groups of the church.
For information, and tournament rules call Jim at (863) 763-4021.

Rehab Center dedication scheduled
There will be a Rehab Center dedication on the Brighton Reserva-
tion at the rodeo grounds on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There
.will be youth events, live bands, great food and drawings for door
prizes. It is sponsored by the First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton
and supported by the Seminole Indian Nation. For information, call
(863) 467-1411.

Main Street plans cook-off
Okeechobee Main Street is preparing for its. third annual barbecue
cook-off 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 interest-
ed in competing should call Terry Burroughs at (863) 697-6325 for
information.

Speckled Perch Beauty Contest slated


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, March 5, 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. Registra-
tions will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Some supplies
will be required. For information, call (863) 467-8239; or, e-mail
ernie@thewaymans.com

Rodeo tickets now on sale
The 165 families of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Associa-
tion invite you to join in the family fun during their 54th rodeo season
at the Okeechobee Rodeo to be held Saturday, March 12, and Sunday,
March 13, at the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. This PRCA
(Pro Rodeo.Cowboy Association) sanctioned rodeo will include Har-
bor Federal Saddle Bronc Riding, Domer's Inc. Steer Wrestling, :08 Bull
Riding, Publix Barrel Race, Calf Roping, Everglades Farm Equipment
Bareback Riding, RJ Gator's Mutton Bustin', The Tucker Group Wild
Horse Race and Big Lake Eye Care Calf Scramble. Rodeo tickets are on
sale now at Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North Park Street in Okee-
chobee, for $14.


The Speckled Perch Beauty Contest will be held March 4 at 7 p.m. at Rotary members plan bike ride
the KOA, 4276 U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863) 763-6464.


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 for children. Tickets are available at the church
office. Call (863) 763-4021 for information.


The Rotary Club of Okeechobee will have its second annual
L.O.S.T. (Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail) Bike Ride on March 19 begin-
ning 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.