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Briefs
Motorists urged
to use caution
School officials have recently
reported several near accidents
involving students waiting for
school buses and motorists
entering or leaving businesses.
Dale Barrett, director of
operations for the school dis-
trict, stated that there have been
some near accidents at school
bus stops at the driver's license
office and at other businesses
that have recently reopened
after being closed for some
time due to the hurricanes.
Motorists are urged to use
caution when approaching
school bus stops.
Battle re-enactment
has been postponed
The fifth annual Okee-
chobee Battlefield Re-enact-
ment has been postponed until
further notice.
Your patience, understand-
ingand support is greatly appre-
ciated while many are working
diligently on the acquisition of
the Okeechobee Battlefield.
The site of the Battle of
Okeechobee, fought on Christ-
mas Day in 1837, is greatly
endangered due to encroach-
ing development. Acquiring a
remaining portion of the origi-
nal battlefield site for preserva-
tion is of utmost importance.

Inside
Display wins
first place
The County Display Compe-
tition held during the 2005 Flori-
da State Fair, Feb. 10-21 in
Tampa, resulted in a first place
win for Okeechobee County.
KathyScott;,.tourism coordina-'
tor for the Okeechobee County
Tourist Development Council
said, "I am very excited and
proud to receive this recognition
for Okeechobee County. The
competition is tough, rules are
strict, and much time and effort
are required to participate in this
event. But, although the award
is a wonderful recognition, the
main goal is to, promote and
professionally represent our
community to visitors and resi-
dents of Florida. After the beat-
ing Florida took last year from
Mother Nature, it was definitely
important to be at this State Fair
to show that Florida is mending
and the tourism industry will be
as strong as ever."
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Drought Index
Current: 503
Source: Florida Division
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Local Burn Ban: None

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Automated weather station
Work is progressing on the Automated Weather Obser-
vation System (AWOS) at the. Okeechobee County Air-
port. Airport Manager Mike Watford stated that the sys-
tem should be operational by the end of March. Infor-
mation about weather conditions at the Okeechobee air-
port will be available to pilots by radio and also on the
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News Briefs

Apply now
for tax rebate
OKEECHOBEE The Property
Appraiser's Office, located in the
Alderman Building at 307 N.W.
Fifth Ave., has applications avail-
able for the following:
age 65 and older additional
homestead exemption deadline
to file is March 1.
2004 property tax rebate for
those who have been displaced
from their homesteaded property
for more than 60 days because of a
named tropical system. The dead-
line to file is March 1.
2004 sales tax rebate (up to
$1,500) for those Florida residents
who have replaced a mobile home
due to loss from a named tropical
system. The deadline to file is May
1.
Lotto jackpot
will roll over
TALLAHASSEE No ticket
matched all six Florida Lotto num-
bers, meaning Saturday's jackpot
will be worth an estimated $14 mil-
lion, lottery officials said Thursday.
A total of 57 tickets matched five
numbers to win $6,161.50; 3,597
tickets matched four numbers for
$79; and 77,567 tickets matched
three numbers for $5.
The winning Florida Lotto num-
bers selected Wednesday: 6-7-8-
35-48-52.
Couple suing
condo association
NAPLES A southwest Florida
couple is getting the state's help in
a lawsuit accusing a condominium
association of discrimination
because their grandchildren
weren't allowed to stay with them
for a week or longer.
The state Attorney General's
Office and Department of Legal
Affairs, representing Richard and
Jean Quinn, sued Windemere Inc.
on Feb. 2. The couple had asked
permission for their grandchildren
to stay at the condo for longer than
a week, but the request was
denied.
The suit alleges Windemere vio-
lated state laws by barring non-
immediate family members from
the building when the owner isn't
present. Jean Quinn has only a
minority ownership of the condo
unit.
Gladys Perez, an assistant attor-
ney general representing the
Quinns, said she and Windemere's
lawyer will enter an agreement
with the court next week, allowing
the grandchildren to visit. That will
take care of Perez's request for an
injunction, but the basis of the law-
suit will remain active.
Perez will ask the judge to invali-
date Windemere's policy and levy
a $10,000 civil penalty.
Men on test flight
when plane crashed
CLEARWATER Two men
who died when their plane
crashed into a residential neighbor-
hood were on a test flight to find
out if a problem with the fuel
pump had been fixed, a family
friend said.
Ralph C. Herrlin, 78, of Clear-
water, and Jim Smith, 63, of Palm
Harbor, were killed when the four-
seat, single-engine Beechcraft
Debonaire went down Tuesday
just southeast of Clearwater Air
Park, police spokesman Wayne
Shelor said Wednesday.
No one was hurt on the ground,
but the plane sheared off part of a
home's roof, narrowly missing a
woman and a dog inside.
In Tuesday's crash, Herrlin and
Smith had just taken off and were
flying the Beechcraft to make sure
the plane was running properly,
said David Mead, a friend of Smith.
Smith and Mead are retired air-
line mechanics. Smith worked for
Delta Air Lines, and Mead worked
for U.S. Airways, he said.
Man flees cops;
leaves child behind
VERO BEACH A man turned
himself in to authorities after leav-
ing a 3-year-old girl in a road and
fleeing deputies during a traffic
stop, the sheriff's office said.
Leon E. Solomon, 39, was
released from jail on $15,500 bond
Wednesday after his arrest the day
before on felony charges of child
abuse and grand theft, the sheriff's
office said.


A deputy had pulled over
Solomon on Tuesday night
because the vehicle he was driving
didn't have properly working tail-
lights, an arrest document said.
The deputy alleged Solomon
told him a false name before
removing a 3-year-old girl, who
was not in a car seat, from the pas-
senger seat. Solomon then set the
child down in the road and ran into
nearby woods, the document said.
Solomon turned himself in
about four hours after the incident,
the document said.
The child's mother told
deputies Solomon was watching
the girl for her. The vehicle he was
driving was reported stolen about
15 minutes before he was pulled
over.


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Local man facing 28 counts of forgery


A local man was arrested on
multiple counts of forgery, after he
reportedly signed numerous
stolen checks in order to buy food
other items.
Randy Whaley Jr., 27, of South-
east 33rd Street in Okeechobee
was arrested on Feb. 15 and
charged with 28 coui its of forgery,
28 counts of uttering a forged
instrument and two counts of
grand theft. His bond was set at
$145,000.
Okeechobee County Sheriff's ,


Office Detective Ted Van Deman
said the investigation he was
assigned to is a continuation of
when Okeechobee City Police
Department Officer William Hick-
man arrested Whaley for allegedly
forging checks to a local depart-
ment store.
It was also then that Officer
Hickman found Whaley to be in
possession of stolen credit cards,
said the detective's report.
The victim from whom Whaley
reportedly stole the credit cards


and ATM cards is not the same vic-
tim from whom the checks were
allegedly stolen.
Also, Whaley reportedly cashed
in a Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA) check for'
$1,004 that was not in his name.
Whaley reportedly used the
ATM cards to withdraw cash, with
which he allegedly made purchas-
es. There were 28 checks used
from the book of 30 to make pur-
chases, stated the detective's
report.


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Wordmaster
Emily Raulerson, a fifth grader at North Elementary
School came in second in the county wide spelling bee.
She went on to represent Okeechobee County in the
regional spelling bee at West Palm Beach. She proudly
displays the plaque she won for coming in fifth in the
regional spelling bee.


Local events planned


as part of state program


By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee will be participat-
ing in Step Up, Florida!, which is a
statewide campaign to promote
physical activity in the communi-
ty.
Marilyn Leeds, coordinator for
the local activities, said during the
month of February every county
will have a Step Up, Florida!
event.
On Feb. 22, the students of
Yearling Middle School will be
participating in activities.
Later that day the community
is encouraged to participate in a
free bike ride that will start at the
Crossroads Restaurant, 5050 N.E.
128th Ave., and continue along
Dark Hammock Road to U.S. 441.
Participants in the bike ride are
asked to arrive at 3 p.m. There will
be a police escort along the way
and a trailer available at the other
end to take riders back to the
restaurant to pick up their vehi-
cles.
At the conclusion of the day's
activities, there will be a softball
game between the Okeechobee


County Sheriff's Office and Okee-
chobee County Fire/Rescue at 7
p.m. at the Sports Complex. The
public is welcome to attend to
cheer on their favorite depart-
ment. There will also be prize
giveways throughout the game.
Exercise, said Ms. Leeds, is
known to reduce the risk of pre-
mature death, reduce the risk of
developing and/or death from
heart disease, builds and main-
tains healthy muscles, bones and
joints and reduces stress, anxiety
or depression.
She said many times people
who work say they do not have
the time to exercise.
She suggests the following
ways to fit exercise in busy sched-
ules:
Everyone gets 15- to 20-
minute breaks at work and can
use this time to'take a short walk.
Rather then try to find the
closest parking space to the store,
park farther away and walk.
Take the stairs instead of an
elevator.
Walk to the destination, if it is
under a mile.


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hastily passed law allowing Bush
to order the feedings restored six
days after Michael Schiavo had
__ them stopped. That law was sub-
sequently struck down as uncon-
O stitutional.
Terri Schiavo, who lives in a
Pinellas Park hospice, was left
brain-damaged after her heart
* stopped beating temporarily in
1990 due to a chemical imbal-
ance. She can breathe on her own
but is dependent on a feeding
tube for nutrition and hydration.


Winning Lottery
numbers
MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Wednes-
day in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3
4-1-4
Play4
2-8-2-5
Lotto $9 million jackpot
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Fantasy 5
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Everglades Elementary learns about counting money


Mrs. Brookella, Mrs. Smith and
Ms. Raulerson's classes have been
busy learning the letters Ww and
Hh, and the new words no and see.
We all blew whistles for the letter
Ww. We have also
been learning
about dental
health. Brush
and floss daily!
The boys
and girls in Ms. J
Snyder's class
enjoyed hearing the story "Godzilla
Ate My Homework". They wrote
their version of what happens in
the beginning, middle and end of
the story. The class loves to count
by our 5's, 10's and we are learning
by 2's now. Thank you Mrs. Gail
Elliott for helping our class with
Valentine mailboxes. You are our
own special K- Cupid Elf!
Mrs. Moore's class really
enjoyed our Valentine exchange.
The children did a great job making
them. Parents, please keep using
the letter cards with your child to
practice letters and sounds. Please
also practice the words we are
learning. The class really enjoyed
Bear Day. We sang with our bear
and did our exercises with them,
too. In math we sorted our bears
many ways. We also counted them
and tried to see if we had a package
of 10.
Mrs. Noonan's class enjoyed
our field trip to the American
Legion Fair. We are learning our
frequency words and sounds and
counting to 100 by l's, 2's, 5's, and
10's.
First Grade students of the
week:
In Mrs. Hollin's class Shelby
Pearce; Mrs. Murrish's class -
Aimee Rumbaugh; Mrs. Laskey's
class- Lacey Brown; Ms. Ander-
son's class Jonatan Marquez; Ms.
Osuldsen's class John McGehee;
Ms. Parrish's class Bernabe
Soriano-Rios and in Mrs. Bartlett's
class Dylan Kinder.

Second Grade
Mr. Wright's class is working on
plane shapes in geometry. Our
reading class is currently reading
"Dear Mr. Blueberry." The social
studies class has been looking at
how our government works.
Ms. Stokes' class just finished a
science chapter on habitats for


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
On Friday, Feb. 11, (back row, left to right) JaJuanza Ford, Joey Garcia, Alexandra Delacruz
and Brenon Brooks, (front row, left to right) Kyle Burkhardt, Derrek Boykin and Shiol Anuez,
fourth graders at Everglades Elementary received TERRIFIC Kids awards from their Assis-
tant Principal, Bill Ball (far back left) and Ray Worley of the Kiwanis Club (far back right).


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Staff photo/Debra Smythe
Receiving TERRIFIC Kids awards are: (back row, left to right) Jazime Hardman, Cody Rauler-
son, Jared Sadler, Ashley Wilson and Robert Stafford, (front row, left to right) Kelsi Brewster,
Niki Koedan, Bryttany Simonton and Andres Sanchez. The fifth graders at Everglades Ele-
mentary received their awards from their Assistant Principal, Bill Ball (far back left) and Ray
Worley of the Kiwanis Club (far back right).


plants and animals. We discussed
the environments of the desert,
rain forest, Arctic, Woodland for-
est, and a pond. Students were very
interested in the food chain in each


environment. In math we just fin-
ished money and are beginning a
new chapter on time! Students
were excited to share the love
Monday on Valentine's Day. We


exchanged Valentine's cards and
sweets!
Mrs. Hawk's class is anticipating
her new baby! While waiting for
the little bundle of joy, the class is


working on making change and
working with coins in math. In sci-
ence the students are reading and
learning our solar system. This
week we learned about the phases
of the moon.
Our reading class just finished
the story of "Cool Ali" and we
learned what synonyms and
antonyms are!

Third Grade
Mrs. S. Duncan's class celebrat-
ed Valentine's Day by having a
read-a-thon in their classroom. The
students enjoyed reading and
being read to on this day. Student
of the Week is Amos Shirey. Con-
gratulations to Bryan Claypool for
being the top AR point earner in
our class.
Mrs. Tilton's class participated
in a Valentine's Day Read-a-Thon.
We are trying hard to earn those
AR points. In math this week we

are exploring congruent figures,
slides, flips and turns. We will be
using pattern blocks and combin-
ing plane figures to form tessella-
tions. Also, we enjoy keeping up
with current events through our
Time for Kids magazine.
Mrs. C. Duncan's class took a
break from the books to celebrate
Valentine's Day. Come out and see
our literacy display or poetry. We
worked hard on them. At our
awards program the three highest
AR point winners all came from
our class! Congratulations to Sadie
Buchanan, Jake Menendez, and
Alex Siefken. Keep reading!
Ms. Jan Watford's class enjoyed
practicing FCAT skills by using data
from the conversation hearts to
make a bar graph. We also enjoyed
the Read-A-Thon in our class. Stu-
dent of the Week is William Holli-
day. William is a great student.

Fourth Grade
Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Robertson,
Mrs. Fuller and Mrs. Hyde's classes
have completed their "Florida
Writes, Plus." Students and teach-
ers made it through with a mini-
mum amount of stress and anxiety.
We are now aimed at'the March 14
date for FCAT reading and math.
We are hard at work studying
geometry, fractions, decimals and
probability.
The fourth grade is looking for-
ward to going on a field trip to the


Brahman Theatre to see 'Winn
Dixie." We will be reading the
book and discussing the characters
plot and other narrative elements
in our classes.

Fifth Grade
Mr. LaPenna's class continues
to prepare for FCAT math, reading,
and science. Changing decimals to
tractions and percent, discussing
poetry and studying how the
human heart has helped to make
time fly!
Mrs. Washington's class studied
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett
Tubman, Rose Parks, Langton
Hughes, and Jackie Robinson thus
far this month.
Ms. Kosinski's students have
been working hard on reviewing
their FCAT Strands. They are feeling
the pressure like all of us. My read-
ing class has finished reading "The
Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton and is
eager to compare the book: to the
movie.
Mr. Griffis class is working hard
on fractions. This week we have
learned how to add and subtract
fractions that have unlike denomi-
nators. Our class can also name all
50 states in alphabetical order.
Mrs. Laughlin's class is also
studying African American History.
Don't be surprised if a student asks
you what it was like in the 1950's.

Literacy Council
Literacy Rocks at Everglades
Elementary. The students proudly
displayed their works of literacy for
their parents and family at the
P.T.O. meeting on Feb. 17. The Lit-
eracy Display Day was a great suc-
cess and the teachers, students,
and parents are very proud of all
the bard work!
We continue to enjoy our Read
alouds; "Godzilla Ate My Home-
work" and "The Rising Tiger". The
students and teachers are eager to
get to the end of these books. We
hope for a happy ending!
Our "WOW' word for this
week has been President. The
President is in charge of our gov-
ernment. The President made his
"State of the Union Address". Par-
ents, please be sure to look in your
child's agenda for the Word of the
Week." (WOW)


VFW gathering supplies Law Enforcement Activity Reports


for Iraai school children citypolice


VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead
Ridge is spearheading a local drive
to collect school supplies for Iraqi
children.
The VFW Operation Iraqi Chil-
dren School Project is aimed at
ensuring that the children of Iraq
have the best opportunity to learn
about the world around them.
The Buckhead Ridge post asks
that area residents bring school
supplies to the post, which will then
be boxed and sent to Heart to Heart
.International in Kansas City, Kan.
Supplies needed include: note-
books, notebook paper, pencils
and erasers, colored pencils, pens,


crayons, rulers, folders with inside
pockets, washable markers, soccer.
balls, stuffed animals and back-
packs.
The Buckhead Ridge post is
located at 2001 U.S. 78 West in
Buckhead Ridge.
For information, contact Robert
Hare at (863) 467-8166; or, Post
#9528 at (863) 467-2882.
Lending their support to the
program are: actor Gary Sinise
("Forrest Gump" and "Apollo 13"),
author Laura Hillenbrand ("Seabis-
cuit: An American Legend), Fed-
Ex, Heart to Heart International
and People to People International.


Feb.10.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
S.W Ninth Ave.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Burglary, S.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Fraud, N.E. Park St.
Lost/found property.
Disregard, S.E. Second Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic stop/seized tag, S.R. 70 E.
Fight/unfounded, S.E. Second
St.
Juvenile problem, S.W Second
St.
Reckless driver, S.R. 70 W
Suspicious person/vehicle, N.E.
Park St.


Feb. 11
Alarm, N.W Second St.
Reckless driver, Main intersec-
tion.
Larceny/theft, N.W. Ninth St.
Worthless checks, N. Parrott
Ave.
Traffic accident/hit and run,
N.W Park St.
Police service call, S. Parrott
Ave.
Traffic accident, N.E. Third St.
Lost/found property, S.E. Sec-
ond Ave.
Disturbance/civil matter, S. Par-
rott Ave.
Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.
Parrott Ave.


Hit and run/traffic stop, S.R. 70 E.
Warrant/prisoner in custody,
S.E. Second St.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
Traffic accident/disabled vehi-
cle, N.W. Ninth Ave.
Disabled vehicle, N.W Sixth
Ave.
Burglary/suspicious incident,
S.E. Third St.
Assist another department; U.S.
441 N.
Alarm, N.W Ninth St.
Feb. 12
Alarm, N.E. Park St.
Man down/sick person/dead
person, N.E. Eighth Ave.
Police service call, N.E. Eighth
Ave.


Disabled vehicle, N.W Fourth
St.
Traffic accident, U.S. 441 S.
Fire/vehicle/structure/brush,
N.W Seventh Ave.
Escort, S.W. Fourth St.
Police service call, N.E. Park St.
Alarm/cancel, S.W. Sixth St.
Juvenile problem, S.W Second
St.
Information, N. Parrott Ave.
Reckless driver, S.R. 70 W
Fight/juvenile problem, N.E.
Park St.
Traffic accident/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W Ninth Ave.
Warrant/prisoner in custody,
S.E. Second St.
Disturbance, S.E. Eighth St.


Obituaries


Tommie Jean Dupree
Tommie Jean Dupree, age 76,
of Hillsboro, Texas, died Sunday,
Feb. 13, 2005, in Hillsboro.,
She was born Nov. 18, 1928,
in Moore Haven, the daughter of
Thomas Jefferson and Rebecca
Lee Dupree. She grew up and
attended schools in Moore
Haven and attended Mount
Berry College in Rome, Ga. She
moved to San Antonio, Texasl
where she worked at Kelly Air
Force Base as a typist, later mov-
ing to San Diego and Los Ange-
les, Calif. where she worked for
the U.S. Government Civil Ser-
vice. She worked at Norton Air
Force Base and then in Washing-
ton, D.C., where she worked in
the Office of Special Investiga-
tion. She moved to Texas where
she worked at Ft. Hood until she
retired in 1988.
Survivors include: five sisters,
Frances D. Harris, Lois L. Green
and husband Virgil, Florence B.
Waldrum and Barbara A.
Dupree, all of Hillsboro and Lor-
eita Anderson and husband


Jerry of Okeechobee; one broth-
er, Robert Dupree of Florida;
niece, Brenda Aguilar of Oden-
ton, Md., numerous other
nieces, nephews; and, cousins.
Funeral services were held
Thursday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., at
the Ortona Cemetery in Ortona
with Reverend George Hender-
son Jr. officiating.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis
Funeral Home in LaBelle and
out-of-state arrangements by
Edens Funeral Home in Hills-
boro, Texas.

Bobby Joe Wilson
Bobby Joe Wilson, age 48, of
Austell, Ga., died Sunday, Feb.
13, 2005, at the Grady Memorial
Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. He was
born April 12, 1956, in Sebring.
Mr. Wilson, formerly of Okee-
chobee, had been a resident of
Georgia 17 years. He grew up
in Okeechobee, graduating
from Okeechobee High School.
He then served 10 years in the
U.S. Army and attended college
in Alabama. He enjoyed play-


ing basketball.
Survivors include: his son,
Nikie Wilson of Columbus,
Ohio; daughter, Bobbie Wilson
of Cleveland, Ohio; and three sis-
ters, Flemish Jean Moton (Rev.
Thomas Moton) of Montgomery,
Ala., Betty Jo Wilson and
Annette Littleton of Okee-
chobee.
Friends may call at the Hope
Ministry Church of God, 1000
N.E. 14th Ave. in Okeechobee,
on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 3 p.m.
until funeral service time at 4
p.m. Bishop Kenneth Williams
will officiate and interment will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.

Frank Alberto
Dolce, Jr.
.Frank Alberto Dolce, Jr., age
42,.of the Buckhead Community
in Bolton, a truck driver for Ace
Transportation, died Feb. 14,


2005, on a trip in Skippers, Va. in
Greenville County. He was born
March 29, 1962 in Ocala. He was
a veteran having served in the
U.S. Army.
He is survived by: his wife,
Betty Jacobs Dolce; a son, Frank
A. Dolce, III of Wilmington, N.C.;
a stepson, Jolly Faircloth of Lake
Waccamaw; a step-daughter,
Rose Marie Miller of Wilmington,
N.C.; his father, Frank Alberto
Dolce, Sr. of Okeechobee; and
his mother, Barbara Baker; a sis-
ter, Sabina Dolce; a brother,
Chris Dolce, all of Shelby; two
half brothers, Theron Raynor of
Shelby and Bruce Dolce of Okee-
chobee, and Bobby Blaker of
Boaz, Ala.; and, a half sister,
Vicki Rogers of Okeechobee.
The family will receive friends
from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 18 at Peacock's Chapel in
the Pines.
Funeral services will be con-
ducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
19, at Mount Sinai Holiness
Church by Rev. Mike Jacobs.
Interment will be in the Red Hill
Cemetery.


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opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question
about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
okeenews@okeechobee.com. You can also mail submissions
to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Accident
"Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the families of
the severe accident on Feb. 11. It would be excellent to have the
vehicle displayed at a prominent place as a reminder of what can
happen."

Dead Hog
"I am calling about the big old hog that has been out here on
U.S. 98 since Saturday night. The buzzards get out there and
someone going down the road could end up killed if one of them
flies up and hits their windshield. I have grandkids that travel that
road and I travel that road, and if one of my grandkids gets hurt
'cause of that hog the county will here from me."

Bass Tournaments
"About the bass tournament last weekend, the big picture you
all have in the paper with the fish that the man won the tourna-
ment with: you all can probably find it out with the buzzards eat-
ing on it. They kill more bass than anything when they have these
tournaments." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. In looking
back at the results from last week's tournament, there were
1,084 brought to the scales and 1,080 fish were released after
being weighed. However, it's not totally unusual for a few fish
to die after they are released.)



Community Events

Auxiliary to hold free boat check
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing free a Vessel Safety
Checks (VSC) on Feb. 19, and again on Feb. 26 from 2 until 4
p.m. (weather permitting) at the Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina. You should bring your registration and your boat outfit-
ted for a trip. Boats meeting VSC requirements will receive a VSC
decal. For information, contact a vessel examiner at (863) 467-
3085.

BHR church hosting revival
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will host a revival begin-
ning on Sunday, Feb. 20, with services held at 8:30, 11 a.m. and 7
p.m. On Monday, Feb. 21, through Wednesday, Feb. 23, nightly
services will begin at 7 p.m. The church is located on Hunter
Road about one mile from U.S. 78.

Apple Family in concert
The Ken Apple Family will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 20, at
the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St., at
10:30 a.m. The church is located on Wolff Road, approximately
two blocks behind the Pizza Hut. For information call (863) 763-
3519. A nursery for children between the ages of 6 months and 3
years will be provided.

'His Story' planners will meet
The "His Story" planning committee will meet on Feb. 21 at 7
p.m. in the Fellowship hall atthe First United Methodist Church.
If you are interested in helping with the production for 2005,
please come.
Brighton Baptist Church hosts revival
Joe H. Bishop will be the speaker during revival services at
Brighton Baptist Church. Reverend Bishop is the pastor of Foun-
tain of Life Church. Revival services have been scheduled for Feb.
21-25, with worship beginning at 7 p.m. The Brighton Baptist
Church is located at 24050 S.R. 70 W. For information, call (863)
763-6626.

Collaborative council will-meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday,
Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. in the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610
S.W. Second Ave. The auditorium is directly north .of the school
board office.

Healthy Start sponsors Lunchbox Lectures
Parents, providers and the public are cordially invited to
attend a Lunchbox Lecture, featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda
Garma, Ph.D., LMHC. Her first lecture will be Feb. 22 on Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The free lecture will be presented at
the Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park Street, from 11:30
a.m. until 1 p.m. Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be pro-
vided. Lunchbox Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnancy
Prevention Task Force and sponsored by the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition to inform and heighten the community's
awareness of topics that surround the increasing problem of
. teen pregnancy in Okeechobee. Upcoming lectures will focus on
Sex Education for Teens/Parents, Sexual Predators, Adolescence
and Sexual Boundaries and Techniques to Use for Children that
Are Self Mutilating. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the lec-
ture will begin promptly at noon. For information, call the
Healthy Start Coalition Office at (863) 462-5877.





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Letter to the Editor


Know where
your kids are
With the recent crash we had
Friday night, I would like to reach
out to the parents of this commu-
nity for two things.
First, do not have or allow
your property to be used to hold a
party of any kind for teenagers


where alcoholic beverages are
served or consumed. This is
against the law, and this law will
be enforced by this department.
Second, know where your
kids are at all times. If Billy says
that he is spending the night with
Johnny, until you completely
know to trust this child to do
what he says, make a phone call
or get in your car and find out that


Upcoming Events

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information call Fran at 382-6978, or
Juana at 471-9795.
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 Church of Our Saviour. It will
be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Clock Restaurant at 11:30 a.m.
for networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women should bring busi-
ness cards agd information promoting their business. The meeting pro-
vides networking opportunities for women in business and is open to
the public. No membership is required. For information, call Robin Del-
gado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.

Saturday
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet at the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E
Third Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at
Habitat work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes suit-
able for working. Call (863) 357-1371 for information and details.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office on U.S. 441 S.E. It is a
self-help group for people with a desire to stop using, alcohol and other
intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric
illness. It's an open discussion group.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour.
It will be an open step meeting.

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




Crime Prevention Tip

Do not contribute to charities unless you know where your
money is going.


he or she is where they told you
they would be. If the parents will
do this, some will be pleased that
there child is where they should
be. And, some parents are in for
the biggest surprise of their life.
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office will do everything
in its power to keep a tragedy
from striking this community
again.


Four days prior to this crash
we met with our head School
Resource Officer Sergeant Mary
Anne Dana, and with our Juvenile
Crime Specialist Detective Brad
Stark, to get intelligence of when
these parties are held. Obviously,
we were too late for this crash.
But, our goal is to prevent any-
more in the future.
Sheriff Paul C. May


Community Events

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale Friday,
Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The
sale will be held at the Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House
located at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave. All pro-
ceeds 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, scalloped potatoes, green beans, roll and pound cake.
To order, call (863) 763-4127 or (863) 467-1750. You can pick up
your meal a 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Call early for delivery at a specif-
ic 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.

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 per-
son. Call (863) 763-8639 by Feb. 12. Only 150 tickets will be print-
ed.

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. Anyone interest-
ed 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.

Health and safety classes offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch health and
safetyclasses for February are: Saturday, Feb. 19, infant/child
CPR from 9 a.m. until noon; and Thursday, Feb. 24, first aid
basics from 6 until 10 p.m. Each class is $25 for the first class and
$5 for each class after that up to three classes. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.

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







The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 18,2005


Local students win Voice


ut of Democracy awards


Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) Post 10539, known locally
as the South Post, hosted the Dis-
trict 11 meeting on Sunday, Feb.
I13. The membership meeting
was followed by the local and
district Voice of Democracy
awards presentation.
The Voice of Democracy
(VOD) contest is a national event
sponsored by VFW National
Headquarters in Kansas City, Mis-
S souri. Each VFW Post sponsors a
local contest at their representa-
tive high school where three win-
ners are selected.
Post 4423, the North Post
joined with the South Post and
their Ladies Auxiliaries in spon
scoring this year's contestants. A
total of $1,750 in prizes was
awarded along with another
$1,000 from District 11.
.', onTheo first place winner moves
on to district competition then to
the state level and, hopefully, to
Courtesy photos national level earning scholar-
The VFW Post 10539, known locally as the South Post, announced the winners of the Voice of ship money along the way.
Our Okeechobee High School
Democracy competition. The winners are (left to right) Deborah Underhill-first place for Okee- (Our.H.S.) and District first placehool
chobee High School and District 11, Stephanie Sickles-second place for O.H.S., Stephen winner for this year was Deborah
Hirst-third place for O.H.S. and Donna Aguilar-first place winner at Moore Haven High School Underhill. Stephanie Sickles and
and third place winner in district competition. Stephen Hirst were the second

Annual SFWMD environmental report released


District 11 Commander Bobby Gilbert (left) and District
Ladies Auxiliary President Betty "Boots" Deathridge (middle)
present first place O.H.S. and District 11 winner Deborah
Underhill with her awards.


and third place winners.
VFW Post 9528 in Buckhead
Ridge hosted the contest for
Moore Haven High School where
the first place winner was Donna
Aguilar. Ms. Aguilar was also
selected as the third place winner


in the district contest.
The VFW extends its thanks
and best wishes to all partici-
pants and especially to Gladys
Borel, O.H.S. teacher, for her
untiring efforts at selecting the
winners.


In another first-of-its-kind
effort, the South Florida Water
Management District, in partner-
ship with the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, has
published the first comprehensive
report detailing a year of scientific,
engineering and restoration work
to improve the environmental
quality of America's Everglades
and the entire South Florida
ecosystem.
"Florida continues to make
marked progress in restoring.
America's Everglades, the Kissim-
mee River and the South Florida
ecosystem," said Colleen M.
Castille, Secretary of the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection. "Remaining focused
on first-rate science and engineer-
ing, along with sound fiscal man-
agement, is a formula that is
bringing environmental results."
The result of a pilot project
authorized by the Florida Legisla-
ture last spring, the 2005 South
Florida Environmental Report
consolidates more than 50 sepa-
rate reports and documents the
state's significant restoration
progress. Among the key findings
over the last year: 4
Treatment marshes and agri-
cultural programs removed 1,700
metric tons of phosphorus since
1994 that otherwise would have.
entered the Everglades.
Wading birds, an important
indicator of environmental health,
had one of their best breeding
years in decades, with more than
50,000 nests documented
throughout the region.
Close to 8,000 acres of land
were added to the District's hold-


ings for projects in the Compre-
hensive Everglades Restoration
.Plan. The state has now acquired
206,1.09 acres, more than 50 per-
cent of the land needed to com-
plete the entire $8 billion restora-
tion.
The new 2005 South Florida
Environmental Report covers
Everglades programs along with
projects on Lake Okeechobee, the
St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee
estuaries, Florida Bay and Florida
Keys; the Kissimmee and Loxa-
hatchee rivers, and other water-
ways. Serving as a model for com-
prehensive environmental
reporting by water management
districts across the state, the two-
volume report provides a central-


ized, "one-stop-shop" for informa-
tion on environmental restoration,
management and protection in
South Florida.
"It took a lot of coordination at
the state level and within our
agency to put this consolidation
plan into action but the result is
well worth it," said Henry Dean,
Executive Director of the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict. "I can now hold a year's
worth of outstanding District work
and. impressive environmental
progress in one hand- and easily
share it with the world."
Before this year, dozens of doc-
uments, including the Everglades
Consolidated Report, were
required to fulfill the District's


Community Events

Viking community meeting slated
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May and Okeechobee County
Commissioner Gene Woods will meet with Viking residents on
Feb. 23 at the Basinger Community Center. The public meeting
will begin at 7 p.m. Law enforcement and garbage collection will
be discussed.

Book discussion group will meet
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meeting room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is
invited to attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday, Feb. 24,
"The Time Travelers Wife" Audrey Niffenegger; Thursday,
March 24, "The Other Bolelyn" Phillipa Gregory; Thursday,
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OCRA sign ups
to end Saturday
The 2005 Okeechobee Citizens
Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will hold their final day
of baseball and softball sign-ups
Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. until
3 p.m. at Teen Town.
Anyone signing up after Satur-
day will be placed on awaiting list.
A birth certificate for proof of
age will be required. League ages
for the 2005 season are: baseball:
Tee-ball- 5 and 6 years old; rookie -
7 and 8 years old; AAA- 9 and 1.0
years old; Majors-. 11 and 12 years
old; and, Dixie Boys 13 and 14


years old. Softball: Darlings 7 and
8 years old; Angels- 9 and 10 years
old; Ponytails- 11 and 12 years old;
Belles- 13, 14 and 15 years old; and
Debs -18 and under. The official
playing age of all children will be
determined by their age on July 31,
2005, for baseball and May 31,
2005, for softball.
Sign up fees are $60 for the first
child, $55 for the second child and
$50 for every child after that in the
same household.
If you would like to sponsor a
team or purchase a banner or vol-
unteer to help, contact Media
Director Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr. at
(863)- 824-0899 or Treasurer
George Dukes at (863) 467-9996


from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, check the
O.C.R.A. website at
www.chobee.com.

Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold their fourth annual Kid's Day
benefit bass tournament on March
20 at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
The weigh-in will begin at 2
p.m.
The entry fee into the team tour-
nament will be $110 per team. This.
fee includes entry into the big bass
pot. The entry fee can be paid at the
ramp on the morning of the tourna-


ment. Entries can also be paid by
check in advance. To do so, make
the check payable to the Taylor.
Creek Bass Club and mail it to: Bill
Seitz, 2315 S.E. 3.1st St., Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34974. Entry forms
are available at several local bait
and tackle shops, as well as busi-
nesses and restaurants; or, by con-
tact Bill at (863) 763-2926.
The total payout will be for the
top six places, and first- and sec-
ond-place big fish winners. The
tournament will have a 70 percent
payout.
The remaining 30 percent will
be used to help fund the club's
20th annual Okeechobee Kid's Day
Fishing Festival to be held later this
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County display wins first place at fair


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O.H.S. Career

Resource Center
Christy Williams is taking advantage of the Career
Resource Center at Okeechobee High School. She and
Career Preparation Specialist, Bill Black, are discussing
possible scholarships in Christy's intended field of study.
Every student at Okeechobee High School is invited and
expected to visit the Career Resource Center each year.
Students may take an interest inventory, research
careers, sign up for internships, and receive personalized
career counseling.
After determining a potential career, Mr. Black can recom-
mend available career and technical programs that close-
ly meet the training requirements and scholarship infor-
mation. The right career guidance will eliminate wasted
time in undesirable classes and activities and focus your
attention on achieving personal occupational goals.
Visit the Career Resource Center!


The County Display Competi-
tion held during the 2005 Florida
State Fair, Feb. 10-21 in Tampa,
resulted in a first place win for
Okeechobee County. Kathy
Scott, tourism coordinator for
the Okeechobee County Tourist
Development Council said, "I
am very excited and proud to
receive this recognition for
Okeechobee County. The com-
petition is tough, rules are strict,
and much time and effort are
required to participate in this
event. But, although the award
is a wonderful recognition, the
main goal is to promote and
professionally represent our
community to visitors and resi-
dents of Florida. After the beat-
ing Florida took last year from
Mother Nature, it was definitely
important to be at this State Fair
to show that Florida is mending
and the tourism industry will be
as strong as ever."
This year's theme was "Eat
Up The Fun". Ms. Scott
designed, constructed, trans-
ported and erected the county
display. Aspects of Okeechobee
County were depicted in compli-
ance with the theme and scoring
criteria of the judges. Ms. Scott
created a "Dockside Diner" with
a "Menu of Fun" to represent the
historical, agricultural and recre-
ational activities of Okeechobee
County. This Dockside Diner.
invited visitors to "Have Fun
Okeechobee Style" and enjoy
the unique charm of our county.
An animated alligator, two
ponds with a fisherman sitting


Courtesy photo
Okeechobee County took first place win at the county display competition at the 2005 Flori-
da State Fair in Tampa with this display created and built by Kathy Scott, tourism coordina-
tor for the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council.


on the dock fishing with a cane
pole and bobber, original cre-
ation cartoon characters of
Cathy Catfish, Darlene Dairy
Cow, Bill Bull and Toby Turtle
recommend specialties of the
house to visitors and a complete
menu of fun brings a true feel
for the rural environment of
Okeechobee County.
Each of Florida's 67 counties
is divided into three districts
according to population. First,
second, and third places are
chosen in each district by the


cumulative points awarded by
the judges. In district one, con-
sisting of 28 small counties with
a population under 50,000 (13
of which participated in this
Year's competition), Okee-
chobee County won first place
and the $1,200 prize. This year,
Okeechobee County's total
points not only were the highest
in their district, but also had the
highest score of all three dis-
tricts.
The Okeechobee County
TDC has participated in this


competition for the last 11 years,
bringing home six-first place
blue ribbons, three-second
place wins, one-third place and
one fourth place.
This year's winning entry will
be on display at the 2005 Florida
State Fair through Feb. 21, and at
upcoming local events. If you
have any questions regarding
the fair or other tourism activi-
ties in Okeechobee County, call
(863) 763-3959 or visit their web
site at www.okeechobee-
tdc.com.


Courtesy photo
Digital Design Program
Gray Bishop is learning how to insert graphic back-
ground in his digital design project using computer soft-
ware. This is just one of the many abilities each student
must perform using a variety of instructional software in
the Digital Design Program at Okeechobee High School.
Teacher, Carey Pung, provides technological opportuni-
ties for all students to explore, create, design and con-
struct projects, web pages, graphic productions, and
multimedia presentations.
Technology skills are necessary in all of the fastest grow-
ing jobs within the next decade on the Treasure Coast.
No matter what field you plan to enter, your technical
skills will improve your performance.
Gray is designing his future by enrolling in a career and
technical education to gain advanced technological
skills that will guarantee him a place in tomorrow's work-
force.
Career and Technical Education is the answer to a com-
petent, skilled labor force.


Courtesy photo
Auto Service

Technology Program
Devon Venables (left) and Justin Yates (right), both stu-
dents at Okeechobee High School, are demonstrating
one of the many tasks assigned in the Automotive Ser-
vice Technology Program. Students are expected to mas-
ter skills in the areas of brakes, suspension and steering,
electrical systems and engine performance.
The automotive service industry may require workers to
skin their knuckles, but also be able to use industry tech-
nology and interpret technical manuals to trouble shoot
and fix engine problems. All of these tasks require skill
to achieve.
These two students are working earnestly at completing
the entire automotive program and moving on to the
community college where they may continue their train-
ing. Indian River Community College recognizes the
skills achieved by completing a program and will offer
Justin and Devon college credits after a successful first
semester of enrollment. This is just another example of
how Career and Technical Education is preparing tomor-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 18,
through Thursday, Feb. 24, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Because of Winn-
Dixie" (PG-) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Hitch" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre Ill "Are We There Yet"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
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program that provides four-year
college scholarships to deserving
sixth and ninth graders in local
communities. The mentor meets
with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-4786.
Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House looking for volunteers to
work with our- adolescent boys. If
you have any free time or talents
you'd like to share please call
Shelly Batton at (863) 357-0047.
Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you; talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. In Palm Beach
County 434-2544 or 1-800-330-
2227, exit. 108.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of N.W
Second Street and Second Avenue.
Entertain or educate yourself,
using 486 audiocassettes, includ-
ing audio books, plus Christian
romances and 575 videos. Prepare
a paper on comparative religion, a
book report, programs for men,
women or children, a craft project
or a Sunday school lesson. Easy to
use because we use the Dewey
Decimal System, the same as
school and public libraries. As a
private library we can and do pre-
view our media. Currently the
library is staffed Sunday 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday evening
6 to 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
763-4021.
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., Eng-
lish as second language classes,
Monday and Wednesday from 10
a.m. until noon, adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Thurs-
day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
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6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy,
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day, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades
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BASSET HOUNDS (2) Call
(863)357-3225 for more
information.

BOXER MIX PUPPIES
Approx. 6 mo's old. 1 male,
1 female. Found in Fort
Drum. (863)227-4230


CAT- F 2yrs old Brown, bick
& wht. Long haired, Blue
collar 2/1/05 Vic Calusa
Harbor 863-675-1050.


LOST: 2/7, male Pekingese,
tan & white, neutered, vic.
Oak Park, "Chucky".
(863)467-8691
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male black & tan please
call (863)763-5810 be-
hind rodeo grounds.
SET OF KEYS- lost in the vi-
cinity of Walmart or The
Farm Store or Scottys.
(863)763-1386.
WALLET- mans, blue, ini-
tials RWL, vic of Treasure
Island. (863)697-0319.


OLD SCHOOL BUS- no
seats, good for storage,
you must tow away,
(239)369-8632.
PUPPIES- 2 mix breed, 8
weeks old, to good home
only, (863)634-4669

RABBIT MANURE Free,
you pick up, by the truck
load or bucket. Call 863-
635-4690 Frostproof
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TERRIER MIX: Female.
Call for more information.
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Sat. Feb 19th Only. 8am
To 1pm. 200 NW 2nd Ave
Okeechobee.

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income, seeks slender fe-
male age 20-45 for com-
panionship/romance. Will-
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Accepting Applications
for Cooks. Apply at:
PIZZA HEAVEN,
208 S. Parrot Ave. after 2p
A/C Company looking for
Service Tech./Installer
w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.
863-763-8391
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



BUILDING BLOCKS
Seeking: Experienced
Teachers & Bus driver (CDL
req.) Great working envi-
ronment. 863-467-5000
CARPENTERS,
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
& LABORS: Needed in Port
St. Lucie. 772-201-9621
CDL DRIVER
Local, 2 yrs. exp.
required. Call
863-634-7051 or
863-763-0518
Drug Free Workplace

Server & Part Time
Exp'd Prep Cook
,1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant
*A*** ** ****


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

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
Ask for Chris.

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
Citgo is now hiring cash-
iers, fuel attendants and
drivers. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184, FL Turn-
pike (863)763-9383.
DFWP

Hardware Store Counter
Sales, closing paperwork,
great hrs, benefits, Apply
in person, Mobile Home
Depot, 1153 Hwy 441 SE,
Okeechobee
Heavy Equipment
Operator Needed
Salary based on
experience.
EOE/DFWP. Apply at
Rock-A-Way, Inc.
2308 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee
(863)763-3143


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OIL ROOM OPERATOR
Southern Gardens Citru ss kan 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.
lewiston, 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


Time to clean out the attic
basement and/or garage?
Advertise your yard sale in
the classified and make
your clean-up a breeze!


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


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.

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


Lakeport Lodge looking
for couple for maintenance
& housekeeping, salary
plus lodging. Honest &
dependable.
(863)946-2020.

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.

MANAGER/STYLIST
$500 Sign On Bonus
AFLAC Insurance
No following needed
Lori (772)285-1128
MARINE PARTS Counter
Person 'needed. Apply in
person @ Big Lake Marina
964 us hwy 441 SE.
NEEDED TRUCK DRIVER/
WAREHOUSE Benefits
avail. Apply at 1111 SE
Park St. (863)357-3444.
Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL, with flatbed
experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
Call Janette Martin
800-432-2410
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RECEPTIONIST
Busy Okeechobee Physi-
cians office looking for ex-
perienced receptionist.
Great salary & benefits.
Please fax resume to
(772)221-3336.
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 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
SECRETARY
BOOKKEEPER
ACCOUNTING CLERK
Seeking applications for
Full/Time position in a well
established Okeechobee
Family Agricultural
Business. Must be
computer literate &
proficient in Microsoft
Excel, Microsoft Word,
Quick Books, Accounts
Receivable Excellent Pay,
Retirement(401 K) and
Health Insurance Provided
Send Resume to P.O. Box
249 Okeechobee, Fl 34973


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


Cosmetologist
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. Must Have Experience
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street




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



OKEECHOBEE BUILDER & DEVELOPER
Over 3 Decades Established.
Looking for a Controller & Bookkeeper.
Must have min. exp. 15 yrs. Top pay.
Fax resume 954-781-0403.


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 Lie
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
EOE/ADA

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



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

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


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Money Lenders 310
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are that it is. If you have
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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.


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Bob 357-3141


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Shell Rock &
Bob Cat work
Call
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VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AIR CONDITONER-'94, 3/
ton,. heat and cool, good
shape, $400. (863)763-
4365.
AIR CONDITONER- '94,3 31/2
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $500. (863)763-
4365.
AIR CONDITIONER,
Window type, 8000 BTU's,
Fedders, Approx. 3 yrs. old.
$100 (863)357-6229
AIR CONDITIONER: 05 3
Ton Package Unit w/Heat.
Never installed. $1150.
(954)309-8659


HALL TREE Dark Oak org.
finished bench seat twin
Umbrella stand Ajustable
$400 (863)467-9413
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,
rinder All-N-1 Ex. Blades
68 (863)763-8149

Electric Dryers, (2) &
stackable washer & dryer,
$150 will sell sep.
(863)467-6805
FRIG/FREEZER
white, like new,
$250
(863)467-1547
MICROWAVE Sanyo,
Good Condition $10.
(863)675-1617
After 5pm.
RANGE
Electric, older model,
but works $25.
(863)467-2132.
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'xl00'+ "Like Bar Joist"
bldg frame, 1 or multi bldg
$4000 609-802-2762



DOORS: 16', Bi-Fold, used
as room divider w/track &
hardware. $300. 863-
763-2407/304-237-3275
WHITE METAL SIDING
70 sheets, 20'L $350.
Used. Call Gary
863-610-8693.



FITZ & FLOYD (4)
"Alexandria" salad plates
$80
(863)467-9284


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


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

COFFEE TABLE & 2 End Ta-
bles, Glass & wrought iron
6 mo old. Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
CRAFTMATIC BED- with vi-
brator, good condition,
$150. (863)467-6512.

DESK, blonde, real wood,
well used but solid, $10.
(863)467:4389

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
Armoire w/storage $100
(863)697-6274 or
(863)357-1794
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
58 inches wide, fits 33
inch TV, $50. (863)357-
3358
GLASS DINING SET
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
KING SIZE Temtur-pedic
matt & boxspring $1000
(863)357-3358

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)674-0078.


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DONKEY- Young Jack,
$200. (863)467-0613.


RED ROCK/JOHNSON AM-
ER.BULL DOG PUPS- 1st
shots, papers, $500 neg.
(772)342-6279.
WEIMARANER PUPPIES
2, females, All shots/Vet
checked Good temperament
$1000. (772)220-2153.
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


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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


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ROLLAWAY BED
new $180, used 2 nights
sell for $100
(863)467-2315
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

GOLF CLUBS, 100 Misc.,
Sets, Wedges, Woods.
$990 for all, will sep.
(863)946-3123
GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$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.
Remington 700 ADL SYN
7mm Rem Mag NIB $375
(863)946-1105




MCEX POWER HOUSE Fit-
ness Equip. all attach-
ments idd. Good cond.
$99 Neg. 863-357-8751



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



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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
Canoe, $200, Patio Set,
$100, Coffee Table & End
Table Set, $100, 20 gallon
fish tank & stand w/all ac-
cess., $100, English sad-
dle & starter kit, $100 and
much more. (863)467-
1619

CHURCH BENCHES, (17),
14 ft long, $1000 or best
offer, 545 E. Obispo Ave.
(863)805-0000
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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GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $350 863-467-
0627.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet,
must sell, very good cond,
recently tuned, $550 neg.
(863)675-2596.



Dachshund Puppies, 3
males, (2) bik. dapples,
(1).solid choc., 1st shots,
$350 ea. (863)634-5112


HOT TUB
Seats 4-5, $1000. Or
best offer. (863)763-5439
or (863)610-2038.



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"-
31/2" Nails $250 (863)674-
0098
TABLE SAW
Craftsman 10"
$300
(863)467-9284
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 lbs. 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



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


SR. CITIZEN Needs
Shed, Semi Trailer.
Whatever! Reasonable!
(863)763-0072
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, 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
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds. Plants '
Flowers 865



GRILL, Gas w/2 extra
tanks. $125 863-357-2757


Lawn Mower, Dixon ZTR,
52 in cut, 18hp, runs
good, new parts, $1500.
(863)697-2032
LAWN MOWER PARTS-
Snapper, BS, Tesch, Mur-
ray, all new, $350 for all.
(863)763-3951.
PUSH MOWER 22" MTD
3.75 Briggs & Stratton $30
(863)763-6901

RIDING MOWER- Crafts-
man, 42" cut, running or-
der, $200. (863)675-
1043.
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
40" cut, good condition,
$100. (863)675-1043.



Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos,
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960


BASSWOOD, 2BR, 1BA,
New paint, carpet & apple.
$800 mo $500 sec Lawn
serv.inc (863)697-3008.








12 The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 18,2005


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 102U
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1135
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 10415
Open House 10,50'
Out of State -
Property Sale 10)55
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property1l080


OKEECHOBEE- Cuctu.,-_,
brick home on 23 acres,
many huge oaks, close to
town, extremely private, 1/
2 mi from new Equestrian
Ctr, (863)634-6071 or
(RARRARR-RI ln
RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
.f'3.- & 500 Sq. Ft.
raidr I iq.,l r!qc Rm. w/
10xzu ,,, e,ated 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


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'x 00' Septic, shed
Ready for Double Wide M/
H 5774 NE 3rd Ln Gagnon
Realty 954 675 0629



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU237
PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL
Seeks Land or House w/
land For Sale By Owner.
No Brokers. 941-685-4568



TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
LOT RENTAL, Quiet, Adult
Community. Ocean & Gulf
access. 561-744-8387
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some extra
bucks when you sell your
used items in the classi-
fieds.


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 201$5
Mobile Homes Sale 2020i







2/2 on Waterfront lot in Pri-
vate Park furnished land-
scaped, Many extras Call
Jay 863-634-3451.



2/2 on Waterfront Lot, Lake
access, boathouse, 2
Carport, C/A, fenced yard
$139,000. 863-634-3451.

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

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Boats 3005
Campers 'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035


AQUA SPORT, '72, 19',
115hp Mercury eng., with
trailer, needs TLC,$2000.
(561)449-1385
BIMINI BOAT top new in
box fits pontoons & boats
up to 8' wide $175
(63)824-0455
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
KAYAK- 2 person Ocean
Kayak, w/paddles and
seats, $450. (863)673-
2350.
OUTBOARD MOTOR 35HP
good cond. $525
(863)634-4106

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RANGER, '01, 16 ft., 5hp
Mercury mtr, w/trir, exc.
cond., low hrs., $8000 or
best offer. 772-621-9792
SCOTTIEC '67- 27ft, with
trlr, cutty cabin, engines
do not work, $24.00 neg.
(863)763-3451.


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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, trir, depth
finder & extras. $1,100.
Call (863)357-3203.


WATERPROOF BOAT Cover
fit up to 22' boats $75
(863)824-0455



ZODIAC BOAT- 10ft, fiber-
glass bottom, $150.
(561)629-3781.



JAYCO PU CAMPER '97- 8'
crankup, like new, AC,
awning, outside shower,
$4295 (863)946-1219.



RADAR- JRC, #1500MKIIl,
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


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


36' DUTCHMAN 01'
W/expando kit, & Living
rm. w/10x20 Deck on
Canal @ Uncle Joe's
fish camp access
boat ramp @ Rim
Canal .has roof AC,
Cent, gas heat fully
furnished storage
building 8x10 on
Cement pad.
$20,000
(910)443-5071


Trailer
'33, Florida room. Fully
Furnished. Very Nice!
863-763-6476.


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


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


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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


Automobiles r
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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 401)
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 40301
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 404(5,
Pickup Trucks 41050
Sport Utility 1055
Tractor Trailers 40"'0
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


CAMARO, 1994- asking
$1300 or best offer.
(863)357-3633.

CHEVY CAMARO 86' AT, v-
6 2.8 runs good $1000
firm (863)763-8763 or
(863)261-2643

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

MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, '91,
4 door, needs, transmis-
sion, $350. (561)449-
1385

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


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



CHEVY TAHOE '91 runs
ood will trade for pick up
2350 or best offer
(863)763-0072
Classic Jeep Cherokee '85
runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
(863)763-0072
Ford Bronco '89, cold a/c,
mud tires & alum rims, 4
whl 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.


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

TOOL BOX, Alum. w/side
rails & custom Tonneau
Cover, Fits '73-'87 Chevy
Short bed. (863)634-4291


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.


HAULMARK TRAILER '04
Enclosed 6'xl10', Barn
doors, side door. Like new.
$2000 (863)634-4291

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



Chevy Astro Van, '99, 8
passenger, candy apple
red, $6500 or best offer.
(863)675-0056
Time to clean out the attic
basement and/or garage?
Advertise your yard sale in
the classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


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Local Main Street hosts training'session


As a newly accredited Main
Street organization, Okeechobee
Main Street, Inc hosted the Florida
Main Street 101 training session.
This is a training program
designed by the Florida Main Street
Association to educate local main
street organizations on many dif-
ferent topics including, but not lim-
ited to, the four-point approach to
Main Street. This consists of eco-
nomic restructuring, design, organ-
ization and promotions.
The two-day training session
was held in the conference center
of the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District.
The conference was attended
by Okeechobee Main Street board
of directors, the executive director,
Main Street volunteers and some
Main Street members. Representa-
tives from Main Streets from Stark,
Dade City, Arcadia, Lake Wales,
and St. Augustine were also in
attendance.
Coordinating the training was
the Florida Main Street Program,
Director Joan Jefferson, and the
guest speakers were Tracy Bailey


Florida Main Street Program Director Joan Jefferson (left)
and Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Lydia Jean
Williams (right) were in attendance at the recent training ses-
sion for main street organizations.


(manager, St. Cloud Main Street,
the winners of numerous Main
Street awards), Teresa Lynch (sen-
ior program associate Natipnal
Main Street Center), Doris Tillman
(manager, Fort Pierce Main Street)
and Phillip Wisley (architect,
Bureau of Historic Presentations,
Division of Historical Resources,
Department of State)..
The next interaction with Flori-
da Main Street will be a resource
team comprised of an architect,
historical preservation and design


expert brought into our city to eval-
uate our program and our plans for
our local program area. This team
will also be involved in discussions
with the city and county govern-
ment officials, business owners
and property owners in the pro-
gram area, as well as the general
public of anyone interested in par-
ticipating.
For information on Main Street,
call Lydia Jean Williams at (863)
357-MAIN.


We report,






but YOU decide.


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Staff photo/Pete Gawda

Main Street Banner
On Thursday morning, Feb. 17, Main Street of Okeechobee hung one of their new ban-
ners on a lamppost on Park Street. Present for the event were: (left to right) Cindy Bur-
nett, vice president of Main Street; she is holding Gizmo, the Main Street mascot; Clif
Betts, Okeechobee County Commissioner; Bridgette Waldau, chairperson of the design
committee; Terry Burroughs, treasurer; Maureen Burroughs, president; Dowling Watford,
City of Okeechobee Councilman; and Lydia Jean Williams, executive director. The top
part of each banner has the Main Street Logo. The bottom of each banner contains a pic-
ture of a familiar Okeechobee scene such as the courthouse, the city hall and the cat-
tlemen's rodeo. Currently there are 20 banners with 10 different pictures. The bottom
section of each banner also contains Velcro strips. These strips are designed to hold.
banner attachments publicizing various events sponsored by Main Street. The banner
attachment shown in the picture advertises the upcoming barbecue competition.


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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee,
Florida will on Tuesday, March 1,2005 at 6:00 p m. or as soon thereafter
Possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
EARING on and thereafter consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: NO. 881: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHEN-
SIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE
FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PAR-
TICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO MULTI-
FAMILY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED
FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING
FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The purpose of the ordinance is to change the Future Land Use desig-
nation from Single Family (SF) to Multi-Family (MF) for vacant property
located at the corner of Northwest 3rd Avenue and 12th Street. Legal de-
scription being Lots 14,15 and 16 of Block 19, City of Okeechobee, Plat
Book 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida and is ap-
proximately 0.52 acre. The proposed use of the property is for a multi-
family duplex.
All members of the public ark encouraged to attend and participate in
said hearing The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by
members of the public in the Office of the City Clerk during regular busi-
ness hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter
considered at this hearing, such interested person will need a record of
the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk tapes are
for the sole purpose of backup foat official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Flori-
da Statutes 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommo-
dation to participate in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372
x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call TODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY),
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
555018 ON 2/18/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee,
Florida will on Tuesday, March 1,2005 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
REARING on and thereafter consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: NO. 879: AN ORDINANCE CLOSING, VACATING AND
ABANDONING THE ALLEYS OR ALLEYWAYS AS DESCRIBED HEREIN,
WITHIN BLOCK 123, CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 5, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA; RESERVING UNTO THE CITY ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, A
NONEXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES PURPOSES; RE-
TAINING A RIGHT OF REVERSION; AND DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK
TO RECORD THE ORDINANCE IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF THE
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in
said hearing. The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by
members of the public in the Office of the City Clerk during regular busi-
ness hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays..
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter
considered at this hearing, such interested person will need a record of
the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.City C lerk tapes are
for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
I' n accordance with.the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Flori-
da Statutes 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommo-
nation to participate in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372
x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY.
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
555010 ON 2/18/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee,
Florida will on Tuesday, March 1,2005 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
possible at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave. Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
EARING on and thereafter consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: NO. 882: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHEN-
SIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE
FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PAR-
TICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO COMMER-
CIAL; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FU-
TURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING
FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The purpose of the ordinance is to change the Future Land Use desig-
nation from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for vacant property lo-
cated at the comer of Northeast 7th Street and 3rd Avenue. Legal de-
scription being Lots 1 and 2 of Block 78, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book
5, Page 5, Public Records. Okeechobee. County, Florida and is approxi-
mately 0.321 acre. The proposed use of the property is for a church of-
fice.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in
said hearing. The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by
members of the pub ic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular busi-
ness hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter
considered at this hearing, such interested person will need a record of
the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk tapes are
for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance wiLi the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Flori-
da Statutes 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommo-
dation to participate in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372
x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call TODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
555018 ON 2/18/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
Fi FL E T\KE NOTICE tiat the City Council of the City of Okeechobee,
,1. ii,, ,..n Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
HEARING on and thereafter consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: NO. 880: AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO FLORIDA
POWER & LIGHT COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, AN
ELECTRIC FRANCHISE, IMPOSING PROVISIONS AND CONDITIONS
RELATING THERETO, PROVIDING FOR MONTHLY PAYMENTS TO THE
CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in
said hearing. The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by
members of the public in the Office of the City Clerk during regular busi-
ness hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter
considered at this hearing, such interested person wil need a record of
the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk tapes are
for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Flori-
da Statutes 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommo-
dation to participate in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372
x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
555016 ON 2/18/05





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