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Okeechobee INews


Vol. 96 No. 47


Inside
Lookout for the
Pink Mealybug
Pink is the color for Valen-
tine's Day and just in time is
a new pink bug in town.
Although it's soft and pink, it
won't be very cuddly on
many of our landscape and
house plants. This new
insect invader from Asia has
recently been discovered in
Okeechobee County.
Today's column will intro-
duce you to the Pink Hibis-
cus Mealybug, and give
some details about where it
has been and how to look
out for it.
Page 5
Jury finds
boy guilty
CHARLESTON, S.C. A
15-year-old boy who claimed
the antidepressant Zoloft
drove him to kill his grand-
parents was found guilty of
murder Tuesday and sen-
tenced to 30 years in prison.
Christopher Pittman hung
his head as the verdict was
read after about six hours of
deliberations. He spoke
briefly to the court before the
sentence was handed down.
"I know it's in the hands
of God. Whatever he decides
on, that's what it's going to
be," Pittman said quietly.
Page 8
Angler's admission
prompts new rule
When David Dudley
admitted that he caught fish
while practicing for a BASS
tournament so that other
anglers wouldn't be able to
catch them, it prompted a
,new rule for an area tourna -
ment and complaints from
other anglers including the
eventual tournament winner,
Peter Thliveros and bass fish-
ing legend Roland Martin.
"It's just not an ethical
thing to do. Call it 'combat
fishing', or chess or poker or
trying to be three moves
ahead of the others, but I call
it unsportsmanlike. I think he
should have been DQ'd on
the sportsmanship rule.
We're trying to elevate the
sport not play bush
leagues," said Mr. Thliveros
in an internet article "Bass-
Fan.com".
Sports, Page 12

Drought Index
Current* 494
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.84 feet

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

Index
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Comics ...........13
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .14
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion ............
Speak Out ....... ...4
Sports ............12
TV ...............15
Weather ........... 2

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News Briefs

Six tickets
win Fantasy 5
TALLAHASSEE Six winners
of the Fantasy 5 game will collect
$38,985.08 each, the Florida Lot-
tery said Tuesday.
The winning tickets were
bought in the cities of North Fort
Myers, Gainesville, Port St. Lucie,
Bradenton, Sarasota and Miami,
lottery officials reported.
The 459 tickets matching 4-of-5
numbers will collect $82 each.
Another 12,791 tickets match-
ing 3-of-5 won $8, and 116,446
tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for
picking 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Monday
night were 7-9-15-24-25
More aid sought
for citrus canker
FORT PIERCE U.S. Reps.
Mark Foley and Dave Weldon said
they will seek $45 million in addi-
tional federal funds to compensate
commercial growers affected by
citrus canker in Florida.
The congressmen took sepa-
rate aerial tours Monday of groves
in Indian River and St. Lucie coun-
ties where canker was first detect-
ed in January.
Foley, R-Jupiter, and Weldon, R-
Melbourne, then landed in a grove
west of Interstate 95 in northern St.
Lucie County, where Foley and
Weldon met with members of the
Indian River Citrus League.
A previous federal outlay of $30
million was set aside before the
hurricanes for growers statewide
to fight canker. If approved, the
new money also would go to cit-
rus farmers across Florida.
Officials said Monday that more
than 300,000. trees in the state's
prime grapefruit-growing region
will be destroyed because of the
spread of the disease, which has
appeared in 20 of the state's coun-
ties.
Hospital disciplined
for patients' treatment
LAUDERDALE LAKES -A hos-
pital's psychiatric unit was barred
from taking Baker Act patients
after the state found problems
with its treatment of senior citi-
zens.
Florida Medical Center's status
as a Baker Act facility was sus-
pended indefinitely Monday by
investigators who said the hospital
admitted patients without docu-
menting they were dangerous to
themselves or others, as required
by state law.
-The Baker Act allows danger-
ous patients to be held involuntari-
ly for up to three days for psychi-
atric evaluations. Records show
that the hospital admitted senior
citizens against their will twice as
often as the state average during
2004.
Department of Children & Fam-
ilies administrators said the Tenet-
owned hospital is under investiga-
tion for Medicare and Medicaid
fraud, violation of patients' civil
rights, abusing the Baker Act and
"unacceptable clinical practices."


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By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
In August 2001 Chief Justice
Roy S. Moore of the Alabama
Supreme Court and a group of
evangelical Christian support-
ers had a statue of the Ten
Commandments installed in
the Alabama state court rotun-
da in Montgomery.
The installation of this statue
created a controversy that even-
tually led to Moore's suspen-
sion from the bench when he
refused to have the 5,300
pound statue removed from the
public building after two sepa-
rate lawsuits were filed
demanding its removal.
A federal court ordered


Moore to remove the statue and
an ethics panel threw him off
the bench for refusing to
uphold the rule of law and vio-
lating his oath of office.
The statue has since been
removed from the state court
building and is currently being
displayed throughout the coun-
try.
This statue is scheduled to
be on display in Okeechobee
on Feb. 21, beginning at noon
at the Vittory Baptist Church,
500 S.W. Ninth Street. The com-
munity has been invited to view
this piece of religious and legal
history, free-of-charge. Pictures
will be allowed according to
Rev. John Jarriel of Victory Bap-
tist Church.


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Two killed
in plane crash
LEESBURG A single-engine
plane trying to land at a private
airstrip crashed into a fence Mon-
day, killing the pilot and a passen-
ger, authorities said. Two other -
passengers were injured.
The Beechcraft Bonanza
stopped 200 feet short of the run-
way at Flying Baron Estates, which
is about 35 miles northwest of '
Orlando near Leesburg, said Sgt. *
Christie Mysinger of the Lake
County Sheriff's Office.
The pilot was identified as
Bryan Uridel, 41, of Fruitland Park.
The name of the other victim was
not released pending notification
of relatives.
The injured passengers were
flown to Orlando Regional Medical
Center, where they were listed in.
stable condition late Monday, a
hospital spokesman said.
Former coach
returned to prison
PUNTA GORDA A judge has
reinstated a three-year prison sen-
tence for a high school coach who
had sexual relations with two of
her players.
Jennifer Joy Brooks, 29,.also
was ordered Monday by Circuit
Judge Donald Pellecchia to seven
years of sex offender treatment
after her sentence.
Brooks has been out of prison
since November 2003, when Cir-
cuit Judge Isaac Anderson sus-
pended her three-year sentence
,after she served less than eight
months.
However, the 2nd District Court
of Appeal in Lakeland reversed
Anderson's decision on Jan. 4,
ordering her to complete her
prison sentence.
Brooks pleaded no contest in
February 2003 to unlawful sexual
activity and committing a lewd
and lascivious act. The victims
were on the girls' varsity basketball
and softball teams at Charlotte
High, where Brooks was an assis-
tant basketball coach during the
1999-2000 school year.


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Central students prepare to tame the FCAT exam


Kindergarten
We had a wonderful time in
kindergarten celebrating the
100th day of school. Zero the
Hero zoomed by
with 100 day
activities. \\e
counted to I uO
with spins, "
hops arnd
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We wrote stories
about eating 100 objects. What a
wonderful 100th Day!

Third Grade
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
class have been preparing for the
FCAT. Students in Ms. Enfinger's
reading class increased their
speed and fluency rates. They
have also earned half of their AR
goal for the third nine weeks. In
math, students are working on
geometry, fractions, and meas-
urement., Congratulations to
Davey Watkins, and Michelle Gar-
cia, our Students of the Week.
Happy Birthday to Christopher
Taylor and Maria Jaimes. Don't
forget to read!
Mrs. Atwell's class is reading
"The Crowded House", a funny
play, and doing a lot of activities to
go along with it. We are also
working on narrative writings
about different adventures we
would like to have.
Mrs. Greseth's reading class
has been enjoying reading and lis-
tening to mystery stories. The stu-
dents have been working really
hard to reach their Accelerated
Reader goals for this nine weeks!
Way to go students! Keep reading!
In math, Mrs. Greseth's class is
working on geometry. Congratu-
lations to Emerald Reed, Lane
Rhuda, and Teodora Yanez, our
Students of the Week! Parents,
please keep practicing the multi-


plication facts with your children
at home. Thank you for your help!
Miss Moulzolf's third grade
class is very excited about our
Minnesota Pen Pals! We are send-
ing out our first letter this week.
We are sending pictures with our
letters to show what things we do
in Florida in the winter season.
The Minnesota third graders are
sending pictures of snowmen and
snow facts. We are learning a lot
about the different seasons and
cultures. Watch for our Minnesota
display!
Mrs. Prescott's class has been
busy learning and reviewing FCAT
skills. We are ready to tame that
FCAT. In reading, we just finished
the novel "Charlotte's Web". The
students are having fun learning
facts about spiders. We are using
references such as the Internet,
encyclopedias, and other nonfic-
tion books as resources to find
this, information. Congratulatioits
to our Student of the Week,
Makayla Davis.

Fifth Grade
Mrs. Steiert is so proud of her
homeroom class! They have now
earned almost 900 A.R. points!
And they didn't even get to start
A.R. until the second nine weeks!
Way to go, class! Also, congratula-
tions to Mariah Parriott, Jessica
Anderson, Elizabeth Hans, Jessica
Jimenez, Allyson Matthews and
Whitney Sweet for earning the
Red Honor Roll. Congratulations
to Jason Rucks for earning Silver
Honor roll as well as Brittney Ball
and Benjamin Kielbasa for earn-
ing Gold Honor Roll. Allyson
Matthews is our Student of the
Week.
The students in Mrs. Carpen-
ter's reading group have been
hard at work. We have just fin-
.ished our Theme 4 Hollistic Test


and the students worked hard to
score high. We have also been
working on our bare books. This
year they are doing an "A, B, C"
book based on math and science
vocabulary with a twist. For
example: "A is for square unit,
Why? Because ", you'll have to
read Allyson Matthews's book to
find that answer. Another exam-
ple is: "J is for structure, Why?
Because", you'll have to read
Mayra Cortez's book for that
answer. This week we are reading
"Little by Little" in our basal read-
er. Next week we will begin our
next novel. We have been work-
ing hard on reviewing math skills
and terms, so we put social stud-
ies on hold for now. The top AR
point earner in my homeroom is
Abigail Robledo. She has earned
51.1 points so far this year. Several
students also received a gift certifi-
cate from R.J. Gators for reaching
their AR goal last grading period.
Those students were: Tiffani
Castilleja, Ty'keshe Files, Andrea
Ford, Erica Frederick, Edith Gar-
cia, Samantha Harrell, Emory
Neer, Abigail Robledo, Ana San-
tibanez, Dwayne Sheffield, Tracy
Slusser, Roxanne Tingle, Hector
Torres, Jonathan Torres, and Erik
Velez. These students also earned
lunch at Los Cocos.
The students in Ms. White's
reading classes are beginning a
three week interdisciplinary
research project on famous
African Americans. When our
research is complete, we will cre-
ate a timeline with the informa-
tion and make individual presen-
tations to the class. We will use
the Internet, school media center,
public library, reference books,
and people in the community as
our resources. Congratulations to
Lois Billie and Brenda Baltazar for
being Students of the Week!


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) by the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD) or the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP).
Joshua W. Fulks, age 28, of
Southeast 27th St. for carrying a con-
cealed firearm, possession of
cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Bond was set at $11,000.
Michael L. Frost, age 27, of
Northeast 14th Ave. for possession of
cocaine. Bond was set at $5,000.
Emilio Aranda, Jr., age 21, of
Northwest 46th Ave., for lewd and las-
civious battery. Bond was set at
$15,000.
Gregory Joseph Scott, age 51,
of Southeast 67th Ave., for DUI. Bond


Obituaries


Lois 'llene' Hartley
. Lois 'Ilene' Hartley, age 80, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, Feb.
14, 2005, at '
Raulerson Hos-
pital after a
lengthy illness.
She was born
April 27, 1924,
in Morrisvale,
W.Va. Mrs.
Hartley had
been a resident s" .
of Okeechobee "Lois Hartley
since 1980. She
was a homemaker and a member
of the First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by
one brother and three sisters.
Survivors include: her beloved
husband of 61 years, Burrell Hart-
ley of Okeechobee; two daugh-
ters, Frances C. Lodenstein and
Ruth A. Chapman, both of Michi-
gan; three grandchildren; and,
two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth
St., on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 10
until funeral service time at 11
a.m.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.

Helen Leitsch
Helen Leitsch, age 60, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, Feb.
14, 2005, at her
residence. She
was born May
27, 1944, in
Memphis,
Tenn.
Survivors
include: her
beloved hus-
band of 24 Helen Leitsch
years, Gary
Leitsch of Okeechobee; sons,
George (Marie) Smith of Citrus,
and Michael (Angela) Smith of
Okeechobee; daughters, Brenda
Ellerbee, Mary (Jack) Adcock,
Linda Simmons and Teresa Sin-
nott, all of Okeechobee, Debbie
(Junior) Storey of Beverly Hills,
Michelle Leitsch of Tennessee;
brothers, Doug Stark of Ten-
nessee, Billy Joe (Joyce) Stark of
Munford, Tenn., Jimbo (Mary
Arfin) Stark of Okeechobee and
David (Heather) Stark of Califor-
nia; sisters, Margret Welborn,
Maxine Tipton, Mary See and
Patricia Ann Stark, all of Ten-


nessee; 23 grandchildren; and,
four great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb.
17, from 4 until 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at the
Buxton Funeral Home on Friday,
Feb.18, at 10 a.m., with Rev. John
Hart officiating. Interment will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Janie Ware
Janie Ware, age 79, of Okee-
chobee, died Tuesday, Feb. 8,
2005, at her residence. She was
born June 5, 1925, in Monticello.
Mrs. Ware had been a resident of
Okeechobee for four years. She
was a member of the Universal
Truth Center in Miami.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Ulys Ware.
Survivors include:. her daugh-
ter, Thelma L. Brazell of Okee-
chobee; sister, Clara B, Ardley of
Okeechobee; grandchildren,
Leonard (Maria) Brazell and
Tymon Brazell of Okeechobee,
Tyrone Brazell of Starke, Jocelyn
Ware and Michele Ward of
Miami; and, 12 great-grandchil-
dren.
Visitation will be at the Hope
Ministry Center Church of God in
Okeechobee on Saturday, Feb.
19, from noon until funeral serv-
ice time at 1 p.m. Bishop Kenneth
Williams will officiate. Interment
win be in Vista Memorial Gardens
-Cemetery in Hialeah.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.

Jeff Williams, Jr.
.Jeff Williams, Jr., age 68, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, Feb.
10, 2005, at JFK Medical Center in
Atlantis. He was born May 20,
1936, in Baxley, Ga. Mr. Williams
had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for 60 years. He was a
member of Bethel Baptist
Church.
Survivors include: his beloved
wife, Mary Page Williams of
Okeechobee; Terry (Bridgett)
Williams, Temperance (Albion)
Crowell; Rachael Williams of
Okeechobee; Bernard (Ester)
Williams of Arcadia; Greg (Cyn-
theia) Williams of Ft. Mead;
Pamela Boswell of North Caroli-


na; Daren (Lativia) Riley of
Tampa; sisters-in-law, Annie
(Nathan) Foote, Annie (Tommy)
Brooks and Betty Rogers, all of
Foley, Ala., Hazel Ash of Fairhope,
Ala., Mary (Vince) Campbell of
Ft. Myers; brothers-in-law, Roy
Lee Page of Okeechobee, Charles
(Brenda) Page of Foley, Ala., Levi
Page of Junction City, Kan.,
Jimmy (Fonda) Page of West
Palm Beach; a very special
cousin, Frank Page; a host of


nieces, nephews, cousins and
sorrowing friends; 22 grandchil-
dren; and, six godchildren.
Friends may call at the Bethel
Baptist Church, 1258 N.E. 13th
Ave. in Okeechobee on Saturday,
Feb. 19, from 9 until funeral serv-
ice time at 11 a.m. Rev. L.F. Camel
will officiate and interment will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the.
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


was set at $1,000.
James Mitchell Patterson, age
43, of Southeast 19th Ter. for tamper-
ing with physical evidence and resist-
ing an officer without violence. Bond
was set at $2,000.
a Joe Boy Albritton, age 25, of
Northwest 2nd St. for third degree
grand theft. Bond was set at $2,000.
Juan Morales, age 21, no
address, possession of cocaine.
Bond was set at $5,000.
@ Jeffrey Harrison Cole, age 42, of
Hwy. 70 W. for forgery, uttering a
forged instrument and petty theft.


Bond was set at $5,000.
Lucia Flores, age 29, of North.
west 42nd Ave., for failing to appeal
on charges of grand theft. He was
held without bond.
Andrew Mazzucco, age
29, of Southeast Fourth St. foi
failure to appear on charges o'
DUI. He was held without bond.
This column lists arrests and no
convictions, unless otherwise stated
Anyone listed here who is later founc
innocent or has had the charges
dropped against them is welcome tc
inform the newspaper. The informa
tion will be confirmed and printed.


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On Friday, Jan. 28, these fourth grade students were awarded TERRIFIC Kids awards by
Major Noel Stephen (right) of the Kiwanis Club. The TERRIFIC Kids standing with Principal
Randy Paulson (left) are: Johnathan Guitron, Don Dietrich, Adel Elhindi, Xavier Fulks, Garrett
Houston, Faith Kahn, Devonte Montoya, Brandon Mullin, Patsy Thomas, Ben Vuletta, Aman-
da Williams, Jacob Witt, Issac Robledo, Johathan Torres, Andrew Deese, Dalton Bain, and
Kristian Vergara.


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4 OPINION


The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 16,2005


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While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
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to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Charity
"In response to "Charity" in Saturday's paper, I just hope that
this hard-hearted Hannah never needs assistance or help in any
manner. I am 110 percent for charity begins at home. Clean-up
your own backyard first. The person that made the remark, 'they
stick their hand out wanting it to begin with them' should get
involved with something like Habitat For Humanity and donate
some of their free time to helping others. Their greedy remarks
show they have no compassion whatsoever for their fellow
neighbors. Thank you for running this column, it seems to bring
out the best in some people at least it shows their true colors."
Fish
"How many pieces of filet can one person eat? I can eat
maybe six little pieces of specks at a meal. These people are out
there fishing four, five six times a day and filling their freezers.
What are they going to do with it? What did they do, fish their
lakes dry so they could come down here and fish our lake dry? I
hope not."
Construction
"This is about the road construction being done on U.S. 441
N. I think it is a wonderful thing that the county is fixing the road
and making it four lanes. But I have been stuck in traffic over 30
. minutes now trying to get to a doctor's appointment because I
am having an allergic reaction to a prescription drug. If I am hav-
ing this much trouble, I can only imagine how much trouble
ambulances have in a life threatening situation and getting them
to the hospital."
Hazards
"I can't understand how Okeechobee can be the only county
that doesn't do these road constructions at night. This way is very
hazardous. I just hope Okeechobee can get with the program
and make this safer." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. If you
are referring to the construction on U.S. 441, it is not being done
by the county. That project is contracted out by the Florida
Department of Transportation.)
Missing Cane
"I am looking for a little help. On Feb. 14, in the morning I was
visiting a local grocery store and went into the men's room
where I left my walking cane. After about 15 minutes, I returned
and some man had been in there and removed the cane. I have
not been able to find him yet. This was, a mistake, no doubt.
There will be a reward given for the return of this cane. The word
LEKI in bold letters is on the base of the cane and is completely
visible on the cane."

Quote
"The quote in the paper was from Winston Churchill and I
just wanted people to know what a famous man had said about
our present day situation even though he was not still with us."
Rent
"The rent here in Okeechobee is as bad as a big city's, such as
Tampa or Orlando. The difference between Okeechobee and
these large cities is the pay rate. The cost of living is~gping up but
our pay stays the same. I don't know how young people like
myself are supposed to make it. How are we supposed to pay for
tuition or save money for the down payment of our dream home.
if were paying out at least $1,000 a month for a little apartment
that isn't our own. And this first, last and security deposit just to
get into an apartment, if we had $3,000 then we would put that
towards a down payment on a mortgage for a house, not a two
bedroom apartment or trailer. I just wish renters would take this
into consideration. Maybe then you would have tenants that stay
longer than two months."




Community Events

Valentine's dinner/dance planned'
The Knights of Columbus Council #11284 will host a St.
Valentine'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..
Church to hold food distribution
S.H.A.R.E. food distribution and March sign-ups will be
held at the Resurrection Life World Outreach Church, 1803
S.W. Third Ave., on Saturday, Feb.19, from 10 until 11 a.m. Any-
one interested in saving money on their grocery bill is invited
to stop by and check out the program. S.H.A.R.E. is free and
everyone qualifies for the savings. For information, call (863)
763-7770.





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make up the major part of the Florida Everglades as seen from this aerial view. The Everglades run southward from
Lake Okeechobee for 5,000 to 8,000 square miles. Countless varieties of tropical flowers and plant life are found in this
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Upcoming Events

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 meeting from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors meet at noon at
Fat Boy's Restaurant. All board members and affiliates are invited.
For information, call (863) 467-0004.
Look good, feel better! 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beau-
ty Salon located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public
service program to help women with cancer by teaching them beau-
ty techniques to diminish appearance-related side effects of treat-
ment. R.S.V.R to (863) 467-2096 or (863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St.,
at 7:30 p.m. They'are always looking for new people and new ideas.
For information, call Margaret"Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-2
9176.
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 informa-
tion, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.

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



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Community Events

Christian Church hosting revival
The Parrott Avenue Christian Church will be hosting a revival
with Evangelist Dr. Glenn Bourne, a retired professor from the
Florida Christian College. Also, the Heartland Boys Trio from Ken-
tucky will be in concert each evening. Their concert will start at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. For information, call (863) 697-2258.

Church hosting Shekinah Glory
Resurrection Life World Outreach Church, 1803 S.W. Third
Ave., will be hosting Shekinah Glory on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7
p.m. God has been using Shekinah Glory to bring revival and
demonstrations of the Holy Spirit wherever they go. All are wel-
come to attend this performance. Admission is free. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-7770
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
Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.mf. The'diffifer and discussion will be
held at the Okeechobee Community Center located across-from--
the airport entrance on U.S. 98. A guest lecturer from Orlando will
be discussing Jesus in the Koran. Coffee, tea and table service will
provided. Please bring a covered dish to share.
Chamber Coffee Klatch 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, call (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 patri-
otic 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.
Golden Age Group to meet
The Golden Age Group will meet on Feb. 17, at the American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. at noon along with a covered
dish luncheon. Members and guests are invited. The Okeechobee
Senior singers will be our entertainment. For information, call Lil-
lian at (863) 763-96393.
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 cor-
ner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave. All proceeds benefit patient
care in Okeechobee.
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, scal-
loped 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 Sweet-
heart'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 giveaway item. For information, call (800) 299-8878,

Southern gospel concert scheduled
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. Tickets are $10 at the door only. For information, call (863)
763-7113.

Sheepdog Trials benefit FFA
The annual Sheepdog Trials will be held Feb. 18-20 at The Tin-
dall Place, 8400 N.E. 120th St. from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Proceeds
from the event will benefit the local FFA chapter. For information,
call (863) 467-0423.


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Be on the lookout for the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Pink is the color for Valen-
tine's Day and just in time is a
new pink bug in town. Although
it's soft and pink, it won't be
very cuddly on many of our
landscape and house plants.
This new insect invader from
Asia has recently been discov-
ered in Okeechobee County.
Today's column will introduce
you to the Pink Hibiscus Mealy-
bug, and give some details
about where it has been and
how to look out for it.
Unfortunately, the what to do
about it part of the story is still
being written. University of
Florida Entomologists are work-
ing with USDA researchers and
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture officials to develop the best
strategies to deal with this pest.
Information for today's column
comes from University of Florida
Entomologists Lance Osborne,
Catharine Mannion, and Bill
Howard.

Lifestyles of the
pink and puffy
This pest is generally called
by the common name, pink
hibiscus mealybug (Maconellic-
occus hirsutus), even though it
attacks many plant species,
including citrus. It has also been
called pink mealybug and hibis-
cus mealybug.
Over 275 species of mealy-
bugs are known in the U.S.
Mealybugs are related to aphids,
whiteflies, and the scale insects.
Most of these insects use a
straw-like mouth part to feed on
the sap of their host plant. In the
process of feeding, they can
inject plant toxins or diseases.
-Adult PHM mealybugs are
small (about 1/16 inch long) and
pink in body color, but covered
with a waxy secretion. The waxy
filaments are short and females
may be hard to, see because of
this white mealy wax. Adult
males are smaller, reddish
brown and have one pair of
wings and two long waxy
"tails." When squashed, a pink
to red fluid is observed that is
the identifying feature that dis-
tinguishes PHM from other


mealybugs.
The pink hibiscus mealybug
females can lay up to 600 eggs
during their 23 to 30 day life
cycle, and with up to 15 genera-
tions of PHM per year, pest pop-
ulations can become very large,
very fast. The PHM may be
spread naturally by wind, birds,
and other wildlife, or by people
moving infested plant material.
The USDA has been working
valiantly to keep this pest out of
our county for many years, but
because of the wide host range,
PHM are expected to colonize
all of Florida and spread into
southern Georgia.
Look for PHM on all parts of
plants, but focus in on the buds,
undersides of leaves, inside the
joints between twigs, and even
down in the feeder roots in the
soil. The PHM injects toxic saliva
as it feeds, and distorts and
stunts growth. Mealybug feed-
ing can kill the plant. One or
more of the following symp-
toms on host plants may be
seen:
Crinkled or twisted leaves
and shoots.
Bunched and unopened
leaves.
Distorted or bushy shoots,
called "Bunchy top".
White fluffy mass on buds,
stems, fruit, and roots.
Presence of honeydew,
black sooty mold, and ants.
Unopened flowers which
often shrivel and die.
Small deformed fruits.
While the PHM does attack
Hibiscus, the list of other plants
that it can infest is very long. UF
entomologists have identified
more than 332 host plants. Here
is a short list bf some of our local
plants that are known to be
affected by the PHM:
Fruit trees: Avocado,
Banana, Carambola (Star Fruit),
Citrus, Grape, Guava, Mango
Papaya, Passion Fruit.
Vegetables: Tomato, Pep-
pers, Beans, Cucumber, Pump-
kin, Squash, Okra, Lettuce, Cab-
bage.
Ornamentals: Allamanda,
Anthurium, Bougainvillea, Cro-
ton, Ficus, Ginger Lily, Helico-
nia, Hibiscus, Ixora, Lantana,
.Oleander, Schefflera, Seagrape.


Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Promoting fitness
At their Thursday meeting, Okeechobee County Com-
missioners issued a proclamation encouraging residents
to set goals to improve their health and wellness as part
of the Step Up, Florida! Program. Commission Chairman
John Abney (left) presented a copy of the proclamation
to Marilyn Leeds of the Okeechobee County Health
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Predators, parasites
and pesticides
The best I ope for coping with
this unwanted visitor seems to
be the release of predatory and
parasitic insects which will keep
the numbers to tolerable levels.
The successful introduction of
these good guys will depend
upon the release of and estab-
lishment of populations of hun-
gry helpers. And, the use of pes-
ticides in our Florida Yards'to
control the PHM may also kill
these predators and parasites.
Bottom Line: at this point, don't
spray pesticides for this pest
without following the specific
homeowner recommendations
developed by Dr. Osborne.
Several good guys are being
proposed to put the bite on
PHM. One is a very small para-
sitic wasp (Anagyrus kamali)
that lays an egg inside adult
mealybugs. One female wasp
can take care of 40-60 mealy-
bugs in 15 days. The adult also
pierces the mealybug shell and
feeds on the pest's body fluids.
The wasp does not sting peo-
ple and feeds only on mealy-
bugs. The USDA has reported a
94 percent reduction in PHM in
the year and a half since these
wasps were introduced in St.
Kitts and more than an 80 per-
cent reduction in only four
months in Puerto Rico.
Another good guy is the red-
headed ladybird beetle (Crypto-


laemus montrouzieri), whose
larvae is sometimes called the
mealybug destroyer. A voracious
feeder on mealybugs, this
predaceous beetle is capable of
eating 3,000-5,000 rnealybugs
during its lifetime. Because of
their heavy wax coating, the lar-
vae of this beetle are often mis-
taken for large mealybugs. But,
these beetles can interfere with
the parasitic wasp because the
beetles will also feed on para-
sitized mealybugs. This is anoth-
er reason why the local pest
management strategies are not
yet clear.

How you can help
If you travel outside the coun-
try, make sure that all plants are
properly inspected and cleared
at U.S. ports of entry. This will
slow the spread of this pest.
Monitor your landscape, fruit
and vegetable plants for signs of
this insect. Look at any new
plants before you bring them
into your landscape. Be on the
lookout for white fluffy masses
on buds, stems, fruit, and roots.
Because pesticides cannot
easily penetrate the heavy wax
layers on PHM, many pesticides
will be ineffective against this
mealybug. Follow pesticide rec-
ommendations exactly.
Report suspected PHM infes-
tations to our Extension .office;
our staff will be able to give you
contact information for Depart-
ment of Agriculture officials.


SStaff photo/Debra Smythe
Painting an orchid
At the Okeechobee Health Care Facility,.for Valentine's
Day, Evelyn Jones was completing a painting of a beau-
tiful orchid that she had painted from a picture that was
on a card.


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Our office can provide you
with copies of fact sheets about
the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug. In
the mean time, be on Ithe look-
out and bring suspeccteld sati
pies fully enclosed in containers
to our office if you suspect it is
on your plants. As soon as fur
their recommendations on how
to best manage this pest are
available, we will pass it along
through this paper and otn our
County Extension website.


I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
I.ittp://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on PHM, please e-mail us at okee-
chobee( tifas.ufl.edu or call us at
(863) 763-6469. Local residents
can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee.
and visit our Okeechobee Comn
ty Master Gardeners on Tuesd;!i
afternoons from 1 until 5 p.ti.
on Tuesday afternoons.


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467-1809
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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 16, 2005 7

Highlight show to be staged at KOA Spotlight on Okeechobee


Local KOA residents are dig-
ging out sewing machines and
shining up dance shoes as they
prepare for another of their
great musical extravaganzas.
In the past the campground
snowbirds and residents have
brought the community such
favorites as "Oklachobeen" and
"A Walk through Memory Lane".
This year's production is titled
"Singin' and Swingin' Thru the
Calendar".
Shows will be held in the
KOA Convention Center Thurs-
day through Saturday, Feb. 24,
25 and 26. Performances will
begin at 7 p.m. each evening.
As the name implies, each
act or group of acts, will repre-
sent a particular month of the
year. There will be soloists, trios
and a chorus of over 30 mem-
bers belting out familiar tunes
you've loved since you were a


child.
The Happy Hoofers will be
tapping across the stage once
more, and there are several
comedy skits planned.
Members of the campground
watercolor class are painting
backdrops, and the local Red
Hat chapter, the Okeechobee
Chicks, will be performing.
Over 100 people from the
U.S., Canada and the United
Kingdom spend their afternoons
playing piano, going over lines,
strutting with a top hat and
doing the many tasks that must
be completed to make this pro-
duction a fun evening.
The first show was done in
the spring of 1995 and was so
successful that the players were
encouraged to repeat their
efforts two years later in a brand
new production.
Residents of Okeechobee


have been wonderful in their
support of the fledgling group
trying to raise money to give
children with cancer the oppor-
tunity to spend a normal week
at summer camp.
Since their initial perform-
ance, the KOA performers, crew
and local supporters have raised
over $25,000 putting out a new
production every other year.
They're hoping this will be their
finest yet.
Tickets are priced at $6 when
purchased in advance from the
KOA front office, located at 4276
U.S. 441 S., and $7 at the door
on the night of the performance.
Various churches throughout
town also have-volunteers sell-
ing tickets.
For information, call (863)
357-0224.


Big Lake National Bank's third
annual bass tournament to bene-
fit the March of Dimes was held
on Saturday, Jan. 29, and was a
huge success.
The field of 39 boats was
made up of bass enthusiasts from
all over the state of Florida, and
from as far north as Virginia.
An event of this size takes a lot
of hard work on the part of the
bank's team members, said Tour-


nament Director Kathleen Shatto,
but the overall success is due to
the generosity and support of our
local and corporate sponsors.
A special thank you to those
who donated prizes and hand-
outs for the anglers and specta-
tors. Thanks go to: The Sign Guy;
The Stitchin' Post; Shakespeare;
Gary Yamamoto; Eagle Claw;
Leatherman Tool; and, Gerald
Wade.


Special thanks to the Taylor
Creek Bass Club for their assis-
tance with the weigh-in and Har-
vey Ford, who has served as mas-
ter of ceremonies for the past
three years.
The tournament has become
an anticipated annual event and
Big Lake National Bank is grateful
for the overwhelming communi-
ty support in its effort to raise
funds for the March of Dimes.


Morgan retires with 35 years at EYDC


Ms. Patricia Morgan, business
manager at Eckerd Development
Youth Center (EYDC), will be retir-
ing on Feb. 25.
Ms Morgan began working for
the Florida School for Boys at
Okeechobee in February of 1970 as
a bookkeeper. In 1987 her title was
changed to accounting specialist.


Ms. Morgan
was promoted .
to accounting
manager in
1989 and given -
the title of busi-
ness manager Patricia
in 1998.
She plans Morgan


on enjoying her family and home,
as well as traveling to Virginia and
Tennessee to visit family.
Needless to say, after 35 years
Ms. Morgan will truly be missed.
A retirement party will be held
on Friday, Feb. 25, from 2 until 4
p.m. in EYDC's Administration
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Fields & Subdivision Lots
Fill Dirt & Shell Grading
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8 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Refugees released


after court ruling


MIAMI About 200
refugees, many of them from
the 1980 Mariel boatlift, have
been released since a U.S.
Supreme Court ruling last
month that found the indefinite
detention of illegal immigrants
convicted of crimes is unconsti-
tutional, officials said Tuesday.
' Department of Homeland
Security officials said they have
identified 747 Cubans and 173
non-Cubans affected by the
court's ruling and who have
been denied re-entry to their
home countries.
An exact count of those
released since the Jan. 12 ruling
is not available, said Manny Van
Pelt, an agency spokesman. He
estimated the number at
between 175 to 200 migrants,
including Cubans and non-
Cubans.
Vu_ nIs: t estimated that about
600 Mariel convicts who fall
under the ruling remain in pris-
ons and jails nationwide, along
with more than 100 non-Cuban
detainees. Most are expected to
be released over the next few
months.
"We're trying to work with
the advocacy groups and the
community groups to help these
criminals transition to the com-
munity," Van Pelt said. "We're
hoping that the people in groups
that champion the release of
these criminals, we're hoping
that they step forward."
Under most circumstances,
illegal immigrants who commit
crimes are deported to their
.home countries upon their
release from prison. But
because the United States does-
n't have formal diplomatic rela-
tions with Cuba's communist
government, the federal govern-
ment had been holding the ille-
gal immigrants even after they
completed their prison sen-
tences.
The Supreme Court case
involved two men who were
part of the Mariel exodus, in
which Cuban President Fidel
Castro sent criminals and psy-
chiatric patients to U.S. shores,
along with thousands of other
fleeing Cubans. Some of them
were convicted of crimes in the
United States.


In 2001, the high court ruled
that it was unconstitutional to
detain legal immigrants who
had completed their criminal
sentences for more than a "rea-
sonable period," generally six
months.
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last month that the same stan-
dard should apply to illegal
immigrants.
Van Pelt said of the Cubans
still in detention, 20 are in the
Miami area and 74 are in the
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Shannon McGough, 16,
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2004 and a senior at Okee-
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formed for the seventh
year at the Florida State
Fair. She will also be per-
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County Fair on Feb. 21,
and at the Strawberry Fes-
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birth of their daughter Cameron
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She was born Jan. 3, 2005, at
St. Lucie Medical Center. She
weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces,
and was 19 inches long.
Her maternal grandparents are
John and Marilyn McLemore.
Her paternal grandparents are
Dennis and Brenda Williams.
Her father is serving in
Afghanistan with the Army.
Landyn J. Jones
Cheyanne Jones of Okee-
chobee is proud to announce the
birth of her son Landyn J. Jones.
He was born Jan. 21, 2005, at
St. Lucie Medical Center. He
weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and
was 21 inches long.
His maternal grandmother is
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10 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Area ministers discuss upcoming church events


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Humanity of Okeechobee County is building the home of
Elizabeth Clifford and her family.

Volunteers helping build

new house for area family


Habitat for Humanity of
Okeechobee County's new
house is taking shape. The foun-
dation fill was brought in and
compacted by Harrison O'Con-
ner. Gene Woods laid out the
foundation and set the forms.
Echols Plumbing came in
and set the underground plumb-
ing. Once the steel has been put
in place the concrete slab can be
poured. Many people have
helped in getting this house
started but many more are need-
ed to finish it.
And Habitat is not just one
house. The goal of Habitat is to


eliminate poverty housing from
the community and the world.
For now, Habitat will concen-
trate on helping people here in
Okeechobee.
If you would like to join this
effort by volunteering for con-
struction or for the committees
that make the construction pos-
sible, contact Habitat at (863)
357-1371.
If you have expressed an
interest before and want to get
back involved, please contact
us. Habitat is a hand up, not a
hand out and, Habitat needs
a lot of hands.


Lawyer to speak at ABWA


On Thursday, Feb. 24, the
Women of Tomorrow Chapter
of the American Business
Women's Association will wel-
come speaker Philip DeBerard,
Esq. of the Accident Law
Offices of Philip lieBerard.
His presentation will be on
how to protect your business
from a lawsuit.
The ABWA chapter meets


from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Golden Corral Restaurant on
the second and fourth Thurs-
day of each month. The lunch-
eon is $6.20 per person, which
does not include tip. The pub-
lic is welcomed.
For information on this
meeting or to become a mem-
ber, contact President Bonnie
Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.


By Malinda Belleville
The Okeechobee County Minis-
terial Association met Feb. 9, and
heard from several individuals
about upcoming events.
Al Jaquith passed out flyers for
the Voice of the Martyrs seminar
that will be held at First Baptist
Church ROC building on Saturday,
March 19, from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.
He said a prayer breakfast for all the
pastors is planned for that morning,
and will be followed by the seminar
will be that evening. The group has
spoken in the area before.
For information on the event,
contact James Garner at the First
Baptist Church.
Alex Marquez from Project
HOPE indicated he is willing to do a
faith-based stress reduction/stress
management seminar for area
churches. John Glenn is available
and his number is (863) 634-1410.
This is free for to church staff or
congregation.
George Rennix and Art Sanders
from Aduddel- Roofing Inc. said
they didn't realize how much need
there was in Okeechobee. God led
them here and they decided to stay.
They are here to minister to people
they help, and will be here for a few
weeks.
Hazel Crenshaw from the
Dwelling Place Christian Fellow-
ship said they are planning a new
church at Central Elementary
School on Sunday afternoons at 4
p.m.
Dick Witherow from the Pact
'Center is sponsoring a dinner the-
atre with Mark and Sandy Reming-
ton on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at
The Gathering. They did this last
year and had great success with it.
Mr. Marquez said he and Steve
are writing a Christian children's TV
series called "Praise Street". They
wanted something that parents and
grandparents would sit down and
watch with the children, he said.
They are doing fundraising to try
and raise $5,000 to $10,000 so they
can record the pilot that is already
written.


Duane Eatmon from the Trea-
sure Island Baptist said they have
called a youth pastor, Joe Gaines.
He will be moving here the first part
of March, and they have already
found housing.
Jim Dawson said the youth of
the First United Methodist Church
are sponsoring a ping pong touirna-
ment on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. He said
there is.a $10 entry fee. They are
raising money for their mission trip
to Mexico.
Bruce Simpson from the First
United Methodist Church will be
hosting a group from Romania and
two other countries in March.
Those in attendance also hear
about ROAD Recovering Okee-
chobee After Disaster. This is a
community-wide effort to help peo-
ple with needs from the hurricanes.
Different groups of volunteers will
be coming to help.
It is hoped that area churches
will open their doors to let them
sleep in fellowship halls or class-
rooms, and feed them each
evening. Pastor Randy has already
approved it for them to use their
shower facilities.
ROAD members will let each
church know in advance of when
the group will need their facility and
how many are in the group. There
are no motels available in the area.
Gene Roddenberry told the
group that association elections are
usually held in February. However,
it was decided that they should be
postponed until March and, hope-
fully, more members will be there.
Malinda Belleville from The
Pregnancy Resource Center asked
for the association's prayer and
financial support. They are on the
front lines to save lives and they
need everyone's prayers. Also, there
are only two churches in Okee-


chobee that are supporting the cen-
ter on a monthly basis. They are in
need of a larger facility, and that will
naturally mandate more rent.
They are sponsoring a yard sale
at Real Life Children's Ranch Thurs-
day through Saturday, Feb. 17-19,
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. They need
donations of good or like new
items to sell. And then they need
people to come and shop. If people
have donations that they need
picked up, they can call the center
at (863) 763-8859.
They are also getting ready for
their annual. fund raising banquet
on April 8. There will be a banquet
committee organization meeting
on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. Any-


one who would like to participate
in putting the banquet together can
join them for an afternoon tea at
the First Baptist Church's fellowship
hall.
There are various committees
on which people may choose, to
serve. Anyone interested may call,
the center for information and/or to
RSVP.
The Pregnancy Resource Center
appreciates all the pastors who
helped with the Life Chain in Janu-
ary. A suggestion was made that
the information needs to get out
sooner. Also, perhaps Saturday
would be a better day.
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SCounty commissioner speaks to Rotary


Courtesy photo/Jim Mclnnes
Okeechobee County Commissioner Elvie Posey (left) and
Rotary President Kristi Crawford (right) at the Rotary Club
meeting held Jan. 25 at the Golden Corral. Mr. Posey was the
featured speaker.


By Bennett Yeilding
Okeechobee Count Commis-
sioner Elvie Posey was the featured
speaker at Rotary, Jan. 25.
He gave the club an update as to
what was happening now in the
county. Mr. Posey said the county is
moving forward and trying to
organize as they go. He said lots of
projects are being worked on and
the one receiving the most atten-
tion right now is the impact fee
schedule.
Impact fees are fees charged by
the county to any new industry,
business, subdivision or company
anticipating the impact that busi-
ness will have.on the services pro-
vided by the county and city. Ser-
vices such as police, fire, schools,
roads and medical will all be
impacted by new business. Some
-of these present facilities are
already maxed out and will not be


able to process additional work.
Mr. Posey said it would be about
nine months for the impact fee
schedule to be developed. He said
this will bring a lot of additional
resources in for the county. Some-
one asked if other counties had
such a fee. Mr. Posey saidOkee-
chobee County was one of the few
that did not have a fee schedule. It
should enhance growth when new
industry realizes that our county
will provide quality services to
them.
In other areas, Mr. Posey said he
is encouraged by the "mystery"
company that will allegedly bring
in 1,200 jobs at very competitive
wages. They will be a company
providing hardware-type goods.
They have been given the go-ahead
by the county to file for tax credits,
for which they will be eligible.
He has high hopes the compa-
ny will locate here and buy proper-


OCT to stage old-fashioned comedy in March


Advance reserved seat tickets
go on sale this week for the spring
production of "Over the River and
Through the Woods", to be pre-
sented in March by the Okee-
chobee Community Theatre
(OCT).
Performances are set for Friday
and Saturday nights, March 4, 5,
11 and 12 at 8 p.m. in the theatre
located on the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus on Southwest
Second Avenue at Seventh Street.
Tickets are $10 each, and are
available beginning Friday, Feb.
11, at the Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce.
The heartwarming comedy
-involves a young New York busi-
,nessman who manages to main-
tain his family ties, even after his
parents move to Florida, by hav-
ing Sunday dinner with both sets
'of grandparents in New Jersey
,each Sunday. When he receives
an offer of a dream job in Seattle,

Local DAR

hits 10 years
It was July 1994 when seven
,women met that were interested
-in organizing a Daughters of the
American Revolution chapter in
,Okeechobee.
The chapter was organized
-Feb. 4, 1995, with 19 members.
The purpose of the organiza-
tion is to keep alive the memory
and spirit of men and menrl ','.Ih.,
achieved American ipdfepend--
-ence; to promote the development
-of an enlightened public opinion
"and to foster patriotic citizenship.
National recognition was given
,to Betty Williamson, with her
t*being awarded the National Medal
'of Honor for her outstanding con-
tribution to the community. The
information required took months
to compile.
Sue Arnold also received recog-
'nition from the National Board in
Washington, D. C., for her endeav-
'*ors in wildlife conservation, and
education of children n in wildlife
:care. She received the National'
Conservation Medal of Honor.
Okeechobee High School stu-
' dent Jo Leigh Johns was presented
.an award for Heroism by the Palm
';Beach SAR. They also presented
awards to the Okeechobee City
;Police Department, the City of
'Okeechobee Fire Department, the
,Okeechobee County Sheriff's
',Office and the Okeechobee Coun-
,ty Fire/Rescue Department.
The ceremony was hosted by
'the Okeechobee DAR.
Scholarships have been given
'to high school seniors and gram-
'mar school students for their
'knowledge of hi story.
In December 2002, John
.Rooney was recognized for his
.service as a veteran. After his tour
,.6f duty he continued serving the
,community at the American
,Legion.


he is unsure how the grandpar-
ents will react to the news that he
will be leaving.
To prevent that from happen-
ing, the elder family members
conspire to pull out the heavy
artillery in the form of a beautiful
and charming young lady. They
are convinced that he will fall
madly in love with her.and decide
to stay.
Just when the play appears to
be heading toward a predictable
conclusion, it takes a surprising
turn that tugs at the heartstrings.
The play is by Joseph DiPietro,
the playwright responsible for the
smash Broadway musical, "I Love
You, You're Perfect, Now
Change".
It represents a return to the
old-fashioned family comedy for
which the Okeechobee Commu-
nity Theatre is best known. The
ensemble cast includes several
veteran performers, as well as


some relative newcomers to the
OCT stage.
Kevin Lute stars as the young
marketing executive around
whom the plot revolves.
His grandparents are played by
Rahl Wilkinson, Shirley Bush,
Mike Zierden and Joanie Moffat.
Sherry McKay appears as the
young lady the family hopes to
use to keep him from moving
away.
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre is now in its 26th year of
producing Broadway-style come-
dies, dramas and musicals to
Okeechobee audiences.
It is an all-volunteer organiza-
tion made up of talented local res-
idents who act, construct sets,
create costumes and props, work
backstage and serve as ushers
and hosts to audience members
on performance nights.
There is always room for new
members who are interested in


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
Reunited friends
During the Red Hat Co-vention held Saturday, Feb. 12, at
the KOA in Okeechobee, (left to right) Queen Mother
Elaine Snyder of the Lakeport Red Hat Society met up
with her long-time friend that had come all the way from
Texas for this co-vention Dottie Dean, the Queen Mother
of the Scarlet O'Hatters in Texas, along with her daughter
Lynn Harrold of the Vero Beach Be Hattitudes.


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For information on this show
or on the Okeechobee Communi-
ty itself,.call Ron or Jacque Hayes,
at (863) 763-1307.
The OCT is a member of the
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ty here. One Rotarian asked:
"What are we doing to prevent the
company from coming in, getting
all the tax benefits, etc and then
leaving leaving 1,200 people
without jobs?"
The commissioner said he was
sure that aspect would be dis-
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thing possible to guarantee that
they stay.
In other business President
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our new signs are installed. They
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Celi wins Fla. Bass


Federation qualifier


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The weather was cold and
windy Saturday morning, but
that did not stop 240 anglers
from taking to the water to com-
Spete in the Florida Bass Federa-
tion Okeechobee Qualifier.
As the fishermen made their
way to the weigh-in scales at
Okee-Tantie Marina later in the
day, it became apparent that it
was rough-going out on the
lake. Only the top 12 anglers
had weights in the double dig-
its. Fifty anglers came back with
nothing to show for their efforts.
Mark Lamb of the Lake
Worth-Boynton Beach Bass-
masters Club led the pack with
22.68 lbs. He was followed by
Jerry Shawver II of the First
Coast Christian Bass Club in
second with 20.43 lbs. Lamb's
bag of bass included a 10.25-lb.
hawg, that was also the day's
biggest fish.
George Celi of Lakeland
Bassmasters finished the day in
third place with 19.97 lbs.
The weather changed for the
better on Sunday as the anglers
again put their boats into the
water and the fish began to bite.


Only 26 anglers failed to bring
any fish to the scales on Sunday.
The three top competitors
from Saturday again battled for
the top spot on Sunday. When
the scales were officially closed,
the lead had changed hands.
Celi jumped into first place
with a two-day total of 46.41
lbs. Lamb dropped to second
place with 34.74 lbs., and
Shawver moved into third with
24.71 lbs.
The big fish for the second
day of competition was brought
in by fourth place finisher Dan
Gentry, a non-boater from the
Big Sun Bassmasters Club. It
weighed in at 9.97 lbs. Gentry's
total catch for the weekend
weighed in at 24.47 lbs.
There were 1,084 bass
brought to the scales this past
weekend weighing 1,748.73 lbs.
The average weight per fish was
1.61 lbs. The average amount of
fish caught per person was four.
Even though many of the
anglers had a disappointing
weekend of fishing, they did
earn points toward qualifying
for the Florida Bass Federation
state championship tourney to
be held later in the year.


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
George Celi shows off some of his winning bag of fish at
the weigh-in scale Sunday afternoon. Cell's second day
catch of 26.44 Ibs. catapulted him into first place in the
Florida Bass Federation classic qualifying tournament held
on Lake Okeechobee last weekend.


Angler's admission prompts tourney rule addition


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
When David Dudley admitted
that he caught fish while practic-
ing for a BASS tournament so
that other anglers wouldn't be
able to catch them, it prompted '
a new rule for an area tourna-
ment and complaints from other
anglers including the eventual
tournament winner, Peter Thliv-
eros and bass fishing legend
Roland Martin.
"It's just not an ethical thing
to do. Call it 'combat fishing', or
chess or poker or trying to be
three moves ahead of the others,
but I call it unsportsmanlike. I
think he should have been DQ'd
on the sportsmanship rule.
We're trying to elevate the sport
-- not play bush leagues," said
Mr. Thliveros in an internet arti-
cle "BassFan.com".
SThe rule Mr. Thliveros
referred to states: "Competitors
in BASS tournaments are expect-
ed to follow high standards of
sportsmanship, courtesy, safety
and conservation. Any infraction
of these fundamental sporting
principles may be deemed cause
for disqualification."
"This is the most idiotic thing
I'Ye seen," said Mr. Martin. "Not
only did he attempt to prevent
other anglers from catching cer-
tain fish, but he bragged about it.
there's no room in tournament
bass fishing for this type of think-
The controversy began when
Dudley admitted that he had
gone out on the last day of prac-
tice fishing prior to the Feb. 3-6
Q'itgo Bassmaster tournament
on the Harris Chain of Lakes and
taught a number of big fish and
then released them, knowing
that he would not be fishing that
area on the first day of actual
cIompetition. When a fish is
caught and released, it makes it
difficult to catch them again
within a short period of time.
s Dudley admitted doing this
becausee he would be one of the
( st boats out at tournament
time.
"Knowing I couldn't catch
them that I couldn't get to
them I played defense. I
swung on some of those sight-
fish. Is -it against the rules?
Nope." stated Dudley.


In the aftermath of this
admission, Headturners3.com
and Big Dawg Tournament
Director Pat Malone has issued
the following statement:
"Any angler who, within 24
hours of an event hosted by
Headturners3.com, intentionally
catches fish that he or she can
see (sight fishing) in an attempt
to keep other anglers from
catching those fish during the
tournament following that 24-
hour period will be disqualified
from the event and possibly
future events with Headturn-
ers3.com. While this practice
may be legal on the B.A.S.S. and
other tours, it is not on any of the
Headturners3.com tours. Fur-
thermore, it will be a question
added to our polygraph test at
the end of our tournaments and
prior to prizes being awarded for
anglers .b.oth placing in the
rid,:,r\ a nT, i '."'- that. are ran-
domly drawn to answer."
This pr.'ice is done by
anglers who have later boat
draws to prevent those with ear-
lier draws from getting to the
fishing spots and -catching the
bigger fish before the later
anglers have a chance to get
there.
Many tournaments do not
announce their boat draws until
the pre-tournament meeting the
night before the actual event. So
anglers have no idea what their
boat draw will be during prac-
tice.
But, the Bassmaster tourneys
use a grid system. This grid sys-
tem guarantees an angler an
equal number of early and late
flights. B.A.S.S. adopted this sys-
tem to promote fairness in the
sport. But, it also lets the anglers
know their boat draw well


before the tournament giving
them the opportunity to sight-
fish certain fish prior to the
event.
Dudley stated that bass fish-
ing has become a defensive
sport.
"Never in the sport of fishing
have you had to incorporate
defense," Dudley said in an inter-
net article at "BassFan.com".
"Fishing is an offensive sport,
but the way BASS has the grid set
up, they've created a defensive
sport. With that system, you
know exactly where you'll be,
and exactly what's going on. I
was one of the last boats to go
out-I already knew that. There
were a few canals packed with
sight-fish, and I f you know any-
thing about sight-fishing, you
know that the top few boats to
get out are going to be the ones
with big bags," he explained.
"Knowing I couldn't catch them
- that I couldn't get to them I
played defense. I swung on some
of those sight-fish. Is it against
the rules? Nope. Would I have
done that if there was no flaw in
the BASS system? No, I wouldn't
have. They hieed to keep the grid
a mystery. If it was a mystery, I
never would have done it in a
million years. It's not unethical,
it's strategy," he stated.
"We believe that sportsman-
ship is at the top of the food
chain for competitive bass fish-
ing and at the very least catching
fish the day prior to a tourna-
ment that you will not be
attempting to catch the day of
the event in an attempt to keep
others from having the chance to
land those fish is, at the very
least, poor sportsmanship," Mr.
Malone said.
Trip Weldon, a tournament


director for BASS, stated at the
pre-tournament meeting that he
couldn't stop anyone from going
down the bank and catching
fish. He als6 said that the grid
system won't be here next year.


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Movie times for Friday, Feb. 11,
through Thursday, Feb. 17, are as
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
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Briefs

Volunteers needed
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to vol-
unteer time at Raulerson Art and
Cultural Center, Inc., to help with
ceramics, for days or evenings.
Raulerson Art and Cultural Cen-
ter is a non-profit organization
and proceeds will go towards
local art scholarships. For infor-
mation, call Kelly Raulerson at
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Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or aban-
doned. If you have as little as two
hours per week, then you can
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Call the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
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more information and an appli-
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time each week will make a dif-
ference in the lies of these chil-
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Foster parents.
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family
life with nutritious meals, good
daily care and a stimulating envi-
ronment. Foster parents may be
married, divorced or single.
Their most important character-
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problems and needs of foster
children. Please contact Karissa
Richards at 1-800-403-9311.


Coast Guard Auxiliary
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Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary has served as the civil-
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the Coast Guard. Today, the
33,000 volunteer men and
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boaters in distress, conduct
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For more information call (863)
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EYDC is in
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Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
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a difference in the lives of trou-
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Hargraves at EYDC, 7200 U.S.
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
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A COOL TRAVEL Job. Now
hiring (18-24 positions).
Guys/Gals to work and
travel entire USA. Paid
training, transportation,
lodging furnished. Call to-
day, Start today.
(866)800-8941.
Batch Panel Operator
Needed at Feed Mill,
Benefits Available Equal
Opportunity Employer,
Apply at Syfrett Feed
Company 3079 NW 8th
Street Okeechobee
(863)763-5586
CDL DRIVER
Local, 2 yrs. exp.
required. Call
863-634-7051 or
863-763-0518
Drug Free Workplace
Construction in Port St. Lu-
cie-need Carpenters,
Equipment Operators &
Laborers. (954)975-0388

Server, Hostess, Cook,
Dishwasher, &
1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant
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Driver- COVENANT TRANS-
PORT. Excellent Pay &
Benefits for Experienced
Drivers, 0/0, Solos,
Teams & Graduate Stu-
dents. Bonuses Paid
Weekly. Equal Opportunity
Employer. (888)MORE
PAY (888-667-3729).
DRIVERS
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL Exc.
benefits! Apply at:
Waste Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972 No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP.

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

Drivers/OTR-Tanker look-
ing for Professional driv-
ers! NEW 2005 Equip-
ment, Top Pay, BONUSES,
Prepass & EZ Pass, Rider
Program & Much more!
North American Tank
Lines (866)748-6285.

DRIVERS
Start immediately
$600-900 per. wk, "or
-more" benefits/no
heavy lifting-6days wk.
Home every night
A CDL
(866)666-8524

EXPERIENCED
EQUIPMENT
OPERATORS
If you have experience in
operating industrial equip-
ment such as forklifts, front
end loaders or yard trac-
tors, Louis Dreyfus Citrus
Inc. of Indiantown is inter-
ested in speaking with you.
This is an opportunity for
qualified candidates to join
one of the world's leaders
in the citrus processing
industry.
We currently have open-
ings for all three of these
positions at our Indiantown
facility, located at 19100
SW Warfield Blvd.,
Indiantown, FL. Six months
experience in these posi-
tions is required.
Assignment to these posi-
tions may be made to one
of our three shifts.
Qualified candidates
should apply in person at
our Main Gate guard shack
or may contact our Human
Resources Administrator at
rreyna@ldcitrusfl.com.
In exchange for your hard
work, Louis Dreyfus Citrus
Inc. offers a very competi-
tive compensation package
which includes insurance, a
401(k) plan, uniforms and
tuition assistance program.
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. is an Equal
Opportunity /Affirmalive Action employee, that
supports occupational diversity

EXPERIENCED DUCK
INSTALLER
Apply in person NeWman AC
202 NE 2nd St.

Experienced Heavy
Equipment Operators
Needed for job in Clewiston
area.
DFWP & EOE
1-800-537-3031

EXPERIENCED DUCT
INSTALLER
Apply in person, Newman
Air Cond., 202 NE 2nd St.
Full Time RV Parts
Counter/Cashier Clerk
Benefits. Salary based
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467-0131
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farm & ranch stores in the U.S., supplying the lifestyle needs of farmers/
ranchers, tradesmen & small businesses. As an EWE TSC values diversity,
Apply in person at the store:
Tractor Supply Company 3371 Hwy, 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974 -863-467-7844




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EXPERIENCED MECHANIC
Needed for large dairy. Contact Ben
at McArthur Farms, Inc. Maintenance
Shop, 1550 N.E. 208th St.,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. (863)763-7233.
Benefits include group health insurance,
profit sharing, and 401(k).
Drug free workplace. E.O.E.



Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Ro I M K111Immediate Openings All Shifts
SO CALL TODAY! Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
S CALL T AT! Apply In Person To:
., a Okeechobee Health Care Facility
S1646 Hwy. 441 North


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Ok eechobee Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
NT w service to our customers
NI Ws everyday.

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


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employee in the afternoons,


3571-1400 ask for Heather



OIL ROOM OPERATOR
Southern Gardens Citrus seeks an individual with pre-
vious experience operating and maintaining centrifug-
es and pumps. Some mechanical abilities required
along with good math & organizational skills. Will be
performing heavy manual labor while working in a
noisy and wet environment. Must be able to function
in a team environment and work a flexible schedule
including nights, weekends, and holidays. High
school diploma or GED preferred. Employment in-
cludes 401-K, benefits, bonus opportunity, and week-
ly overtime potential. For additional information call
(863)902-4133 or apply in person at 1820 CR 833.
Clewiston, Fl.



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


IMMEDIATE OPENING
Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information


MECHANIC
Exp. & working on Heavy
Equip. DFWP & EOE
1-800-537-3031.


MARINE PARTS Counter
Person needed.' Apply in
person @ Big Lake Marina
964 us hwy 441 SE.


Position involves a variety of professional
accounting tasks including preparation of
journal entries, bank/balance sheet reconcil-
iations, grant schedules, faxed assets, gen-,
eral ledger and year end support schedules,
report preparation and auditing. Position
maintains multiple software databases for
sub-ledger reconciliation. Candidate must
possess excellent spreadsheet skills. Grad-
uation from an accredited college or univer-
sity with a degree in a related discipline with
progressively responsible related experi-
ence preferred or equivalent combination of
education, experience and training that pro-
vides the required knowledge, skills, and
abilities. Salary based upon qualifications. A
pre-employment background check will be
conducted. Additional information and ap-
plications may be obtained from the Clerk's
Office located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room
101, Okeechobee, Florida or by visiting the
Clerk's website at
www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us. The Clerk
of Circuit Court is an EDE / Drug Free Work-
place Employer.


Tired Of Driving To The Coast For Employment?
One of Okeechobee's oldest businesses Is looking for qualified
employees to join our staff.






Positions Currently Available Include:
Welding Fabnr:at..r Warer Well Drill r
lub Shup HeFler Pump: Water Tretrient Tech
401-K. Earn Up To $36,000 Plus Benefits. We Are A
Drug Free Workplace And Are Asking That Only
Experienced Applicants Apply. A CDL Class B Minimum
Is Required For The Water Well Drilling Position.
Apply In Person At:
One-Stop Career Center 207 S.W. Park
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
No Phone Call Please


OKEECHOBEE Contractor on the grow! -
We are currently excepting applications for employ-
ment to assist with the expansion, of
All-N-One Mobile Home Services.
Only serious & dependable individuals need apply!
*Class A CDL DRIVER
(Transport & Mobile home set up A + )
*Working Mobile home set up crew leaders
*Mobile Home Trim Out & Repair Persons
Must have clean driving record.
Drugs, alcohol & personal baggage not tolerated.
Honorable pay for Honorable & Quality workmanship.
Please Call 8am-Spm /863-467-6299
5-4


Hardware Store Counter
Sales, closing paperwork,
great hrs, benefits, Apply
in person, Mobile Home
Depot, 1153 Hwy 441 SE,
Okeechobee
Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL, with flatbed
experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
Call Janette Martin
800-432-2410


MANAGER/STYLIST ,
$500 Sign On Bonus
AFLAC Insurance
No following needed
Lori (772)285-1128
Now Hiring 2005 Postal
Positions Federal, State &
Local. $14.80/$48+/Hr.
No experience necessary.
Entry Levels. Full Benefits.
Paid Training. Call 7 days
888 826-2513 Ext.
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Bulldozers, Backhoes
Loaders, Dump Trucks
Graders, Scrapers
Excavators
Next Class: Mar. 7th
National Certification
Financial Assistance
Job Placement in your area
800-383-7364
Associated Training Services
www.atsn-schools.com


NEEDED

LAUNDRY

WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.
Love to Shop? Mystery
Shoppers needed in your
local area. Flexible hours,
training provided. Must
have Internet access. Call
Toll Free (888)850-0943.

MACHINE
OPERATOR
OPENINGS
Louis Dreyfus -Citrus Inc. has
openings for several machine
operators at its Indiantown facil-
Sity. If you have experience in the
operation of industrial machin-
ery and are interested in a solid
future with one of the world's
leaders in the production of
frozen concentrate citrus juices,
here is an opportunity to join our
team.
There are openings for extractor
machine operators, centrifuge
operators and drum filling
machirie operators. All of these
positions are subject to working
any of our three shifts.
We also have openings for
other, general labor positions on
all three shifts. These positions
offer an entry level opportunity
for a motivated candidate to
leam about the citrus industry
and to move up into higher level
positions as experience is
gained.
Interested candidates should
apply in person at our Main Gate
security office at 19100 SW
Warfield Blvd., Indiantown, FLor
may contact our Human
Resources Administrator at rrey-
na@ldcitrusfl.com.
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. offers
a very competitive compensa-
tion package, including insur-
ance, uniforms, a 401(k). plan
and tuition assistance.
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. is an Equal
Opportunily Affirmaive Action employer lhat
supports occupational diversity
NEEDED TRUCK DRIVER/
WAREHOUSE Benefits
avail. Apply at 1111 SE
Park St. (863)357-3444.
RECEPTIONIST
Busy Okeechobee Physi-
cians office looking for ex-
perienced receptionist.
Great salary & benefits.
Please fax resume to
(772)221-3330.
Attn: Jamie
Receptionist, F/T, pleasant
telephone manner, w/
Excel & Word exp. DFWP,
Fax res. 863-763-6337
ROAD CONTRACTOR
Seeking Proj. Manager/
Proj. Superintendent,
Skilled Operators &
Laborers for upcoming local
project. EOE-M/F.DFWP.
Call (954)321-9336 or Fax
(954)321-0621.
Sales $5,500 Weekly Goal
Potential! If someone did
it, so can you! 2-3 con-
firmed appointments daily!
Benefits Available... Call
Catherine McFarland
fRRRMnR'-tIRR

SALES PERSON & PARTS
COUNTER NEED
Must be 18 yrs of age
Apply in person
ARS POWERSPORTS.
SALES POSITION Full Time
Estimator on road & in
office..Must have computer
experience, Excellent
driving record, salary +
Commission. Vac., Sick &
Health Ins. Apply in
person. 2762 NW 4th St.,
Okeechobee. 8am-3pm.
Secretary Receptionist
position well spoken pro-
fessional attire must have
computer skills benefits
avail, fax resume to
863-467-3630


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Full Time Person for Reach
FM Radio, 90.5 in Lake
Okeechobee. Community
relations person must be
outgoing and organized..
Send resumes by email
to:
info@calvary
productions.net or fax to
505-468-0545.
No Phone Calls Please.
Good Pay, steady work
plus benefits. Turnpike
Citgb is now hiring cash-
iers, fuel attendants and
drivers. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184, FL Turn-
pike (863)763-9383.
DFWP

Heavy Equipment
Operator Needed
Salary based on
experience. Laborers also
needed. EOE/DFWP.
Apply at Rock-A-Way, Inc.
2308 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee
(863)763-3143
HEAVY
EQUIPMENT
OPERATOR
TRAINING FOR
EMPLOYMENT


Tank Wagon Driver
Palmdale Oil Company
Must have a class B
hazmat and tanker
endorsement. Benefits,
insurance, vacation,
IRA available.
Call 863-763-3617 or
800-329-5253.

TRANSPORTATION
SPECIALIST
East Coast Migrant Head
Start Project seeks Trans-
portation Specialist to ad-
minister services to 10
Florida centers ensuring
compliance w/Headstart
Transportation Stds & ap-
plicable govt. regulations.
Preferred : AA Degree in
Mgmt/Business field &
exp. w/Head Start trans-
portation Stds. & approp
state regs for transporta-
tion of pre-school children.
2 yrs exp. in fleet transport
mgmt, Class A CDL Lic
with P/S endorsements.
Current School Bus Driver,
Passenger Seat Techni-
cian, & DOT Medical Cer-
tificates required. Exten-
sive travel throughout Flor-
ida. Competitive salary,
excellent benefits. Position
located in Okeechobee,
Florida. Send resume by 2/
25/05:
Marty Hillary
Director of HR
ECMHSP
4901 Glenwood Ave
Ste 300
Raleigh, NC 27612
EDE/ADA
UP TO $4,000 WEEKLY!!
-.i.,r,,-,g Wv ,y Paycheck!
Written Guarantee! 11 Year
Nationwide Company Now
Hiring! Easy Work, Send-
ing Out Our Simple One
Page Brochure! Free Post-
age, Supplies! Awesome
Bonuses!! FREE INFOR-
MATION, CALL NOW!
(800)242-0363 Ext.
3800.

WANTED MATURED
WOMAN To live in & be a
companion to a 90 yr old
woman. Free room &
board + salary.
(863)763-5330.

WASTEWATER
TECHNICIAN
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. of
Indiantown, one of the world's
leaders in the citrus processing
industry has an opening for an
entry level Wastewater
Technician.
The selected candidate will be
mechanically inclined and be
able to lift 40 pounds frequently.
Experience in operating a trac-
tor is desired. The selected can-
didate will be able to work
toward a wastewater operator's
license.
If you enjoy working out of doors
and have experience in the
maintenance of irrigation equip-
ment and are able to swim or
willing to be certified as a-swim-
mer, this very interesting posi-
tion could be the beginning of a
very solid future in.wastewater.
treatment.
The selected candidate will be
exposed to the normal climate
situations, including exposure to
bugs and snakes.
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. offered
a competitive compensation
package, including insurance, a
401(k) plan, uniforms and tuition
assistance. Qualified candidates
should apply in person at our
Main Gate guard shack located
at 19100 SW Warfield Blvd.,
Indiantown, FL or by contacting
our Human Resources
Administrator at rreyna@ldc-
itrusfi.com.
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that
supports occupplional diversity



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


Earn Extra Money
We are recruiting
individuals to deliver
phone books in
the following
communities:
Jupiter,
Fort Pierce,
Port St. Lucie
Jensen Beach
Okeechobee
Stuart,
Temporary Positions
Must have a valid
drivers license,
insured, dependable
auto and be 18
years of age or
older.
1-800-373-3280
Monday Friday
7:30am-5:30pm CST


E Yellow
Book LISAT
Equal
Opportunity Employer

OFFICE HELP NEEDED
P/T, Computer experience
a MUST. Call Barbara
@ (863)763-4114
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online at
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mailto: classad@newszap.com



CAREGIVER/CHAMPAION
Light house keeping,
cooking. Reference avail.
(239)657-3889


Okeechobee News

The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated PART TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
The Daily OkcchoeiNl',, rew N Is A',i a l Olilit O li L ploy


YOUNG FEMALE Looking
for a F/T Job W/Bene Has
GED/Computer Exp.
561-261-6166.


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Services




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



SHED- 12x16, Wooley, tile
floor and ceiling fan,
$3500 neg. (863)610-
9087.


BOOKKEEPING
ACCOUNTING
Set-up and maintain,
bank reconciliations
financial & all tax re-
ports
Semi-retired CPA now
accepting limited
"accounts. Mike, cell
(863)243-1368,
office (863)465-1124


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


AWARD WINNING TOILET-
ING AIDS Washes ans
Dries User Without AssiS'-
tance. No More Wiping.
From $189. View Products
at
www.solutioncomfortsea-
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Life? Read DIANETICS by
Ron L. Hubbard Call
(813)872-0722 or send
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N. Habana Ave., Tampa FL
33607.




ACCIDENT VICTIM, IN-
JURED, HURT, DIS-
ABLED? We are here to
help any ACCIDENTS in-
volving INJURY or LOSS
OF LIFE. AAA ATTORNEY
REFERRAL SERVICE
(800)733-5342 CALL 24
hrs. PROTECT YOUR
RIGHTS.

DIVORCE$175-
$275*COVERS children,
etc. Only one signature re-
quired! *Excludes govt.
fees! Call weekdays
8800)462-2000, ext.600.
8am-7pm) Divorce Tech.
established 1977.






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


PHOTO ID CARDS
Elliott's Quik Foto
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


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16 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.5I)
Clothing 565
Coins Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 5q5
Fireplace Fixture 600O
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 620C
Heating Equipm.nt
0jpplies .'25
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps Lights 640:
Luggage 645
Medical Items 65O
Miscellaneous 655
.. Iostruments A60
nWief; < .,n-r- .
Equipme... 665
Pets Supplies.
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 68b
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 600
Satellite '5
Sewing Machines 700)
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television Radio 715
Tickets .20
Tools 7-
Toys & Games 73:'.
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITONER- '94,3 1/2
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $500. (863)763-
4365.

AIR CONDITONER- '94, 3 V
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $400. (863)763-
4365.


HALL TREE Dark Oak org.
finished bench seat twin
Umbrella stand Ajustable
$400 (863)467-9413
SAFE: HASENFORDER
Antique, 28x171/2", Exc.
cond. Original painting on
front. $400 863-763-4982

SCHOOL DESK, Antique,
oak, with swivel chair,
60x34, 6 drawers, $800.
(863)467-4047
STEAMER TRUNK, Antique,
great shape, has minor
water damage, $50.
(863)467-7999 Iv msg.


BLENDER Food Proc. juicer,
grinder All-N-1 Ex. Blades
68 (863)763-8149

CHEST.FREEZER
kelvinator 41"x21x35"
runs great $100
(863)824-0455

'FRIG/FREEZER
white, like new,
$250
(863)467-1547
GE RANGE Electric
exc. cond. $75
(863)457-4124
AAAAAAAAA-A


MICROWAVE Sanyo,
Good Condition $10,
(863)675-1617
After 5pm.
RANGE
Electric, older model,
but works $25.
(863)467-2132.
RANGE, GE, Elec. Good
shape. $75. 863-467-4124


SPEAKER BOX
6x9 JBL car 2 new $25
(863)357-0047

VENT/FAN
For stove
Almond, $10
(863)634-5405
WASHER/DRYER, like new,
very good condition, $200
or best offer. (863)673-
3334



ROMANCE BOOKS
(75) $12.00
will separate or swap.
(863)763-1059.


GALV ANGLE IRON,
40'x100'+ "Like Bar Joist"
bldg frame, 1 or multi bldg
$4000 609-802-2762
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STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals Save $$$. 40x60'
to 100x200'. Example:
50x 00Oxl12' is $3.60/sq ft.
(800)658-2885
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METAL ROOFING SAVE $$$
Buy Direct From Manufac-
turer. 20 colors in stock
with all Accessories. Quick
turn around! Delivery
Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.


WHITE METAL SIDING
70 sheets, 20'L $350.
Used. Call Gary
863-610-8693.


WOMEN'S JEANS
Size 12, like new,
exc. cond. $10.
(863)763-6131





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




DELL OPTIPLEX- w/
monitor, keyboard,mouse,
Wind Xp, MS Ofc, $150.
(239)464-3260.


Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Butler's Table
Add a touch of elegance to any home with this adap-
tation of an English butler's table. With the leaves
folded down, it's ideal for use as a coffee table. With
the leaves folded up, it's easy to move it out of the
way or push it against a wall.
When opened, the table is 30 inches wide by 42
inches long by 17 inches high. The solid brass
hinges are spring-loaded and flush-mortised, adding
a professional touch.
The plan includes step-by-step instructions with
photos, traceable patterns (where applicable) and a
complete materials list and cutting schedule.

Butler's Table plan (No. 717)... $8.95
Dining Tables Package (No. C92)
Three other projects... $21.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects). .. $2.00'
Please add $3.0hl s&h (except catalog-only orders)


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P.O. Box 2383
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GENESIS TOWER- key-
board, mouse, monitor,
Win XP, MS Ofc, $150
(239)464-3260,


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
BOOKCASE/DESK
Wall unit
$75
(863)763-5792
BOOK STANDS rattan light
wood (2) $40 or will sep.
(863)357-1794 or
(863)697-6274
Brass Headboard, Toddler
Bed & set of Twin Beds,
$215 will sell separately.
(863)946-6660
CHEST OF DRAWERS
white w/mirror $75
(863)357-5754
** "*** *
CRAFTMATIC BED- with vi-
brator, good condition,
$150. (863)467-6512.

DINING RM TABLE w/10
cowhide seat chairs
$2500 (863)634-5732

DINING RM SET, seats 10.
w/6ch's., lighted hutch.
Sacrifice for $1,000. in
Okee. (863)467-2132.
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
58 inches wide, fits 33
inch TV, $50. (863)357-
3358
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
3 pcs. real wood, glass
door & shelves $100
(863)467-0184
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
Armoire w/storage. $100
(863)697-6274 or
(863)357-1794
KING SIZE Temtur-pedic
matt & boxspring $1000
(863)357-3358
*** *** ** ***
LIVING/RM SET Couch w/2
built in recliners. Coffee,
end tables & lamps. $450
Will sep. (863)467-0290.
LR SET- grey, w/pull out
bed, matching loveseat, 2'
glass top end tables. $250
neg. (863)946-0503.
LR SET- peach, with sleeper
bed in sofa, includes cof-
fee table. $175 neg.
(863)946-0503.
MATTRESS PADS 2, New
European Health Concept
Magnetic. Twin, $350.
863)763-8449
METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 large file drawers.
$75. (863)357-1078.

RACE CARD BED
Blue, $40.
(863)675-1617
After 5pm.
RECLINERS (2) blue La-Z-y
Boy & 1 sleeper sofa blue
& white $200.
(863)467-7213
ROCKER/RECLINER
Leather, Light tan, 2 yrs
old. Exc. cond., $200.
Must go!! (863)674-007,8.
ROLLAWAY BED
new $180, used 2 nights
sell for $100
(863)467-2315
SEALY POSTURE PEDIC
king sz. & Sofa sleeper w/
matching chase chair.
$500. (863)675-3915.
SOFA & LOVESEAT
Good condition. $75
863-612-9233

SOFA/LOVESEAT- Tan w/
flowers 6 mos. old $699
new will sacrifice. $225
(863)635-4690.,
SPOOL COFFEE TABLE
Lrg. coin made $35
(863)357-5754

TWIN REGALE BEDS Com-
forters, skirts, pillow
shams, covers, sheets,
$300 (863)467-2315
WOOD TV STAND
W/drawers, Great
shape $40.
(863)447-0965.



EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored $2200
(863)692-2229
** **** ***9** *
GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson SW.
$115. (863)946-3123.
MEN'S & LADIES left hand-
ed golf clubs, New & used
$150 (863)467-0504
** ** ** **


GUNS,RIFLES, RELOADING
EQUIPMENT- Post and
Pre WW II, Call for Info.
(561)629-3781.


Place your ad online at
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classfl.litml or mnallto:
classad@newszap.com
SCREENS, (1) 41x39 & (5)
29x33, good condition,
$12. (863)634-5405



SHUTTLE SCOOTER
3 wheels, Exc cond see Bill
at American Roofing $850.
(863)763-6699.


AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
3141
Enclosed Porch or Shed,
Aluminum, 4 Win., 2 Drs,
carpet on cement slab.
8x19 $600 863-357-0863
Fifth Wheel Base & 2100
PSI Powerwash, $325 will
sell separately. (863)946-
6660
HOOKED ON PHONICS
Good condition
$200. Firm
(863)357-7852.
KILN 18", EvenHeat, w/
stilts, shelves & posts.
$400 Or best offer.
(772)597-4365.
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PRESSURE WASHER Hon-
da 13hp, Water Canon,
3500 PSI, Max Pressure
$900 (863)467-0890.






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- Kimball Spinet,
must sell, very good cond,
recently tuned, $550 neg.
(863)675-2596.



CHIHUAHUA
2, (F), 8 wks old,
Purebred.Shots up to date.
$250. (863)675-3915.
Dachshund Puppies, 3
males, (2) blk. dapples,
(1) solid choc., 1st shots,
350 ea. (863)634-5112
DONKEY- Young Jack,
$200. (863)467-0613.


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


CAMERA, Sony, Mavica
CD400, all accessories,
new $800, sell for $400.
(863)467-2557



BIG SCREEN TV W/oak cab-
inet casing no remote con-
trol, does have a picture
$250 (863)467-0184
HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.
(863)234-1230


AIR COMPRESSOR
14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100
(863)447-0941
PASLODE 30 DEGREE
Cordless framing nailer 2"-
31/"' Nails $250 (863)674-
0098
SAWMILLS -$2,695.00 -
LumberMate-2000 &
LumberLite-24. Norwood
Industries also manufac-
tures utility ATV attach-
ments, log skidders, port-
, able board edgers and fo-
restry equipment.
www.norwoodindustries.-
com :Free information:
(800)578-1363 ext300N.
TOOLBOX- 7 drawer Snap-
On roll away, like new
cond, 3'Hx18"Dx26"W,
$450. (863)467-7753.
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
-r********* *


Remington 700 ADL SYN
7mm Rem Mag NIB $375
(863)946-1105




HEALTH FOOD
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243
MCEX POWER HOUSE Fit-
ness Equip. all attach-
ments icld. Good cond.
$99 Neg. 863-357-8751



MOBILE HOME FURNACE-
new, never used, includes
stack & base. $75.
(239)292-1153.


STAR WARS I, II, III Col-
lectors tapes, signed by
Darth Vader. $60 Firm,
(561)629-3781,


PAYING BEST PRICES
SCRAP GOLD, SILVER &
UNWANTED JEWELRY
ELLIOTT'S PAWN
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553

SR. CITIZEN Needs
Shed, Semi Trailer.
Whatever! Reasonable!
(863)763-0072

Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backs, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567

WANTED TO BUY
On a rent buy bases a Home
or DBL. wide in the Okee-
chobee area & does have
a down payment
(863)357-2346


Agriculture




Christmas Trees 4.
Farm Equipment fIu':.
Farm Feed Products 810i
Farm Miscellaneous PI15
Farm Produce b'.1
Farm Services
Offered -s
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted 83,0
Fertilizer V:',
Horses .
Landscaping
Supplies '.5
Lawn & Garden ,
Livestock 85''
Poultry Supplies ;:.O
Seeds Plants
Flowers 86".



ENGLISH TRAIL SADDLE
sm. adult 15" blk. $190
(561)261-3530


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




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


LAWN MOWER PARTS-
Snapper, BS, Tesch, Mur-
ray, all new, $350 for all.
(863)763-3951.

Lawn Mower, Dixon ZTR,
52 in cut, 18hp, runs
good, new parts, $1500.
(863)697-2032

PUSH MOWER 22" MTD
3.75 Briggs & Stratton $30
(863)763-6901



Rentals I



Apartments 9, '
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos
Townhouses Rent Q'0
Farm Property
Rent ')25
House Rent '"iIJ
Land Rent 9".
Resort Property
Rent 945
Roommate u,
Rooms to Rent '-5h.
Storage Space -
Rent 6 0L






OAKLAKE VILLAS
2/2, Townhouse
$950 mo, 1st/last,
$500 sec. (863)467-5965

TOWNHOUSE
FOR RENT
2BR/2BA, $850 mo.
863-634-7722




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. 2BR, is
preferred 863-261-1968




YEARLY LEASE- $250 per
month + elec, Waterfront
RV lot for. rent, Big 0 RV
Resort, dblwide concrete
pad, landscaped, Adult
park, pool, clubhouse, rec
hall, lots of daily activities,
Park model or RV's wel-
come, $3000 yr + elec,
Call Ken (863)824-0421.



RM 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 l010
Condos
Townhouses Sale !015
Farms Sale i.'l(6
Houses Sale :10"
Hunting Property 1'.'00
Investment
Property Sale 1)ii
Land Sale i, L,
Lots Sale 04,5
Open House lij5)
Out of State
Property. Sale 1)c55
Property Inspection rulo
Real Estate Wanted ii0,i
Resort Property
S a le I ,l-,
Warehouse Space 1i7'c
Waterfront PropertyI 0,El


OKEECHOBEE- Customer
brick home on 23 acres,
many huge oaks, close to
town, extremely private, 1/
2 mi from new Equestrian
Ctr, (863)634-6071 or
_(BF3 4A-R 11in

RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
w/Garage & 500 Sq. Ft.
Cedar Lined Rec Rm. w/
10x20 indoor heated pool.
Ready to move in. Call for
list off all new items.
Willing to accept
Hurricane Damaged
($163,000.)reduced to
$145,000 772-597-6158
or 954-801-6158



ARGENTINA, WINGSHOOT-
ING and Big Game Hunt-
ing: The Best Bang for the
$ anywhere in the world.
Winter season: April-Au-
gust, 2005. Weekdays:
(314)209-9800; Even-
ings: (314)894-3776.



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



OKEE 75'x100' Septic, shed
Ready for Double Wide M/
H 5774 NE 3rd Ln Gagnon
Realty 954 675 0629



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

FORECLOSED GOV'T
HOMES $0 or Low down!
Tax repos and bankrupt-
cies! No Credit O.K. $0 to
low down. For listings
800)501-1777 ext.
299.



Golf View Home $249,900.
Spectacular new Carolina
mountain home at 18 hole
course near Ashville, NC.
Enjoy mild climate, great
golf, low taxes, low cost of
living! Call toll-free
(866)334+3253 x790
www.cherokeevalley.com.



Grand Opening! OCALA
AREA 20+ ACRES Only
$259,900. Orig. $269,900
SAVE $10,000 during
Grand Opening! Gorgeous
mix of pines, oaks &
meadows in spectacular
country setting just west
of Ocala. Ample rd front-
age w/utils & miles of bri-
dle paths. Close to 1-75.
Excellent low- rate financ-
ing. Rare opp'ty. Sold 1st-
come, 1st- served. Call
now (866)352-2249 x
342?

Lake View Bargain! 2 Acres
$19,900. New waterfront
community on one of larg-
est, cleanest, mountain
lakes in America! Hard-
woods, views, common
area w/ beach! Country
road, water, utilities. Low
financing. Lakefront avail-
able. Call (800)564-5092
x96.

LAKE VIEW BARGAIN
$29,900. Free boat slip!
High elevation beautifully
wooded parcel. .Across
from national forest on
35,000 acre recreational
lake in TN. Paved roads, u/


g utils, central water, sew-
er, more. Excellent financ-
ing. Call now (800)704-
3154, ext. 608. Sunset
Bay, LLC.


NEW LOG HOME SHELL-
$99,900. Beautiful log
home shell nestled on pri-
vate wooded lot off Park-
way north of Boone. Won't
last! 1st time offered.
(800)455-1981, x119.





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


I Autmob les40


1BR/1BA Park Home on
Condo lot @ Blue Cy-
press. Nice late model w/
g lot, pool, clubhouse,
olf and lake access.
39,990. (863)763-7623



TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
LOT RENTAL, Quiet, Adult.
Community. Ocean & Gulf
access. 561-744-8387


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 20)10
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 201 "



90 Redman Dbl Wide
28x70 4/2 w/many up-
grades. Need to move.
(863)983-9428 $30,000
DBL WIDE 2BR/2BA. needs
little work as is. 100x100
lot all for $58,000 neg.
(863)357-2396


Recreation




Boats 05
Camper ; RVs 'n01I
Jet Skiis )15
Marine Accessories 3-02
Marine Miscellaneous .0-"'
Motorcycles 3A10u
Sport Vehicles ATVs -1035


BIMINI BOAT top new in
box fits pontoons & boats
up to 8' wide $175
(863)824-0455



BOAT, MOTOR, TRLR- 16'
fiberglass, open deck,
35HP/OB, tilt trir, console
steering, nice cond, wall
extras, $950. neg.
(863)635-2683.
BOAT, V-Bottom, aluminum,
needs TLC, $100.
(863)635-3465

GROVE BOAT loader also
'transport wheels & hitch
see on my boat $75
(863)763-6901
JON BOAT, 12 ft., with trail-
er, 15 hp Mercury, trolling
motor, $2000 or best of-
fer. (863)467-6112
KAYAK- 2 person Ocean
Kayak, w/paddles and
seats, $450. (863)673-
2350.
LUND 2001 16'6" w/'03
Suzuki motor & trailer. Used
very-little. $11,000 neg.
863-467-9157/634-2866
OUTBOARD MOTOR 35HP
good cond. $525
(863)634-4106

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RANGER, '01, 16 ft., 5hp
Mercury mtr, w/trlr, exc.
cond., low hrs., $8000 or
best offer. 772-621-9792
Ranger Bass Boat
90hp motor,'w/trailer
Asking $3,000
See at Uncle
Joe's Fishhouse
863-983-9421
SCOTTIEC '67- 27ft, with
trlr, cutty cabin, engines
do not work, $2400 neg.
(863)763-3451.
STARCRAFT DEEP V- 15',
w/trlr, late model Evinrude
48HP, trolling motor,
many extras, boat cover, 2
new batteries,) $2500,
(863)824-0048.
TRI HILL 16', Fiberglass,
30HP Evinrude, trlr, depth
finder & extras. $1,100.
Call (863)357-3203.
WATERPROOF BOAT Cover
fit up to 22' boats $75
(863)824-0455
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ZODIAC BOAT- 10Oft, fiber-
glass bottom, $150.
(561)629-3781.



GIANT RV- SELLOFF- #1
Selling RV's- Remaining
2004 Models...Low Selloff
Prices- Florida's Motorho-
me- Towable Headquar-
ters- Giant Recreation
World. Melbourne-
800 700-1021. Daytona-
800)893-2552. Orlando-
800 654-8475.

JAYCO PU CAMPER '97- 8'
crankup, like new, AC,
awning, outside shower,
$4295 (863)946-1219.
RV TRAILER, WARD '94
30 Ft, $6000 or best offer.
863-467-9157/634-2866


Auooiles-4005


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the Wallace Automotive Group can help put
you on the good credit highway today!


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


AUTOMOTIVE GROUP of STUART


YAMAHA TTR125 DIRT-
BIKE, '02- 4 stroke, good
cond, hardly ridden,
$1300 (863)261-2263.


4-WHEELER ATV, 160 rear
rack ele. start w/reverse
great shape $850
(863)763-8980


FRANKLIN '05- 38ft, 3 slide
outs, loaded, Must Sell!!,
$19,800. (941)448-5606.

PACE ARROW '84: 27' GMI
chassis, 56K, 4000 KW,
Onan generator, new tires/
baft., $3995 863-697-2724

Trailer 33', w/.FI. rm. Furn.
w/washer & dryer
& freezer. Very Nice!
863-763-6476.
Trailer
'33, Florida room. Fully
Furnished. Very Nice!
863-763-6476.


Automobiles




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 1010
Classic Cars -401
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 40i5
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 41045
Pickup Trucks I05l
Sport Utility 41055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 40.5
Vans 4070


BUICK LIMITED 1993
All power. Factory top.
Good condition. $2000
772-359-5144
CAMARO, 1994- asking
$1300 or best offer.
(863)357-3633.

CHEVY CAMRO 88' needs
trans. work $500
(863)763-7217 or
(863)697-8662 cell
CHEVY MONTE CARLO LS,
'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
(772)461-9536
CHRYSLER 5TH AVE, '85-
black, runs great, 108K
mi, asking $1000 or best
offer. (863)467-1110.
FORD TAURUS, '98- 6cyl,
cold AC, all power, $3700
or best offer. (863)673-
6209.
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
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


CHEVY PU, '68- stepside,
8ft bed, rebuilt trans, driv-
en daily, rare model,
$6000. (863)697-6433.



CHEVY S10 1987 4x4.Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
Ford Bronco '89, cold a/c,
mud tires & alum rims, 4
whi dr., great cond.,
$4500. (863)447-0941

FORD BRONCO II, '86-
runs, needs some work,
$450 or best offer.
(863)634-5113.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$600 863-673-0920.


CLUB CAR,Good cond.
good batt.& chgr. $1299
Neg. (863)697-1350
(863)763-2063.

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


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


DODGE short bed cover 6
mon. old $175
(863)763-8980


ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hsp, fits John
Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
$900. (863)692-2229.

FIRESTONE Airbags-com-
plete kit will fit Super Duty
Ford & Dodge Pu's $200
(772)597-2647


PONTIAC BONNEVILLE
Runs, $550. Or
best offer.
863-467-8856.


TIRES Super Swampers (4)
on 16.5 rims rims
33x12.3-16.5 good cond.
$650 (863)697-9704


DODGE 4X4 SPORT, '98- all
power, lift tires, rims, lock-
er gears, $7600 neg.
(863)673-2392.

ISUZU HOMBRE 98' (chevy
s-10) 5 spd. ac, Great gas
mi. $2500
(863)697-6812


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

Is
MASTERCRAFTS Custom
built sides front & back.
Tilts & swivels extra wheel
& tire $350 863-763-8449.


UTILITY TRAILER 7x8
$300 or best offer.
(863)357-2757



Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Workforce Con-
sortium announces a public meet-
ing of the Performance & Evalua-
tion Committee to which all per-
sons are invited:
Date & Time: Wednesday, February
23, 2005 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
PURPOSE: To discuss matters con-
in"the Workforce Investment
Act, Workforce EIF i..I,,' -
portunities, the .'. ..- ..
Program, One-Stop Career Centers
and the Worhtorce Development
Board. A copy of the agenda may
be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie. Florida 34952
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced meet-
ing, they will need to ensure a ver-
batim recording of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is based, in order
to provide a record for judicial re-
view.
553698 ON 2/16


RADAR- JRC, #1500MKII,
LCD, 16 Naut. Point Miles,
brand new, in orig. box
$890. (863)382-3557.



MARINE RADIO
For Weather &
Communication $40.
(863)675-1464.'


HONDA HELIX 250 1986
24K Original miles.
Asking $1275 or best offer.
(863)467-8870


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