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Vol. 96 No. 55 Thursday, February 24, 2005 50N Plus tax


Brief

Tax office to
close March 2
The Okeechobee County
Tax Collector's office, 307
N.W. Fifth Ave., will close at
3:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
March 2, for training.
The office will reopen
Thursday, March 3, at 8 a.m.

Inside

Disaster aid
deadline nears
ORLANDO With the
Feb. 28 application deadline
less than one week away, the
U.S. Small Business Adminis-
tration (SBA) is urging Hurri-
cane Charley, Frances, Ivan
and Jeanne victims through-
out the state to complete and
return their SBA loan applica-
tions.
"Of the applications
already received, nearly $1.4
billion in disaster loans have
been approved to 45,438
homeowners,. renters and
business; owners that suffered
-losses as a result of these hur-
ricanes. Our loans help repair
businesses and residences,
replace lost or damaged,per-
sonal property, and help small
businesses replenish working
capital," said SBA Disaster
Area Director, Michael C.
Allen.
Page 3
Forensics ends
at ground zero
NEW YORK The med-
ical examiner's office has
largely ended its effort to iden-
tify" the remains of those killed
at the World Trade Center on
Sept. 11, 2001, leaving more
than a thousand victims
unidentified.
"They told us they've
exhausted all current tech-
nologies for identifications,"
Diane Horning, who lost her
26-year-old son, Matthew, said
Wednesday.
Horning said the medical
examiner's office called her
Tuesday morning.
The forensic effort failed to
identify any remains of more
than 1,100 victims, or almost
half of the 2,749 who died
there.
Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 527
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.67 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
15.27 feet
tfnTTon'


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

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Com ics ............7
Community Events .4
Crossword ......... .8
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ............. 6
TV ................ 9
Weather ............2

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Step up Florida!: Community participates in activities


CSai pr,--ios Debra Smythe
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, (left to right) Kenneth Hass, Wanda Hass, Maryin Leeds, Jim
Mclnnes, Janet Bonnema, Scott Witter, Renee Witter, Donna Moss, Adel Gastle and in
back Deputy Keith Stripling of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Crime Watch
Division all came to The Crossroads Restaurant as part of the Step Up, Florida! cam-
paign. They were going to ride their bikes for a 13 mile ride for Step Up, Florida! which
is part of a program established by the State of Florida's Health Department, to make
people aware in the community, that physical fitness is important and that every one
should exercise at least three times a week for 30-minutes.


Board OKs



mining with



set conditions


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In a lengthy meeting Tuesday
night, the Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals granted two
special exceptions, recommend-
ed that the county commission-
ers approve three zoning
changes and recommended the
commissioners deny one zoning
change.
After much discussion, the
board approved a special excep-
tion to allow for mining in an
agriculture district. This was the
second time Dickerson Florida,
Inc., applicant and River Country
Land and Cattle, LLC, had


appeared before the board. At
the Oct. 26, 2004, meeting they
had requested the special excep-
tion for the property that is locat-
ed on N.E. 304th Street. At that
time, the request was tabled for
further study.
County staff has worked with
the applicant since that time and
recommended several addition-
al conditions beyond the routine
conditions for a special excep-
tion. The staff stipulated that the
mine operate during daylight
hours only and in any event
should not operate prior to 6
a.m. or after 6p.m.
A buffer of 75 feet was pro-
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City Council


to consider


zoning changes


During the Step Up, Florida! Campaign the coin was tossed to start a softball game
between the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and the Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue. Jr. Silvas (left) of Fire/Rescue, Sheriff Paul May (middle), and Deputy Tim Higgins
are prepared for the landing of the coin to see which team goes to bat first. The Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office went to bat first.




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By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
Board of Adjustment members
met Tuesday in the council
chambers of city hall. .
The members tabled a
request to allow for a parking or
loading space to open directly
onto a city street.
Whidden Enterprises, Inc. is
the property owner. John Whid-
den is the applicant The property
is located at 221 N.E. Park St.
Mr. Whidden addressed the


board. He said currently the
business is a pawn shop, but is
proposed to change to a restau-
rant that will seat 48 people.
The meeting was adjourned.
The meeting of the City of
-.Okeechobee Land Planning
Agency began.
The members recommend-
ed the Okeechobee City Council
change the land use designation
from single-family to multi fami-
ly at the southeast corner of
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Checking blueprints
Donnie Oden, capitol projects manager for the county,
checks blueprints for the new Okeechobee County Cour-
thouse, which is expected to be completed in April. He is
standing at one of the three counters where employees
of the clerk's office will service customers.


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Applicants needed
for citizen boards
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okee-
chobee City Council is seeking
interested applicants to serve on
various citizen boards.
These boards include, but are
not limited to: Okeechobee Utility
board of directors; code enforce-
ment board -planning board-land
planning agency-board of adjust-
ments and design review board.
Membership of the board,
when possible, should consist of
architects, general contractors,
realtors, business persons and lay
persons. Terms are for three years,
and either city or county residents
may apply.
Applications can be obtained
from the Okeechobee City Clerk's
Office, 55 S.E. Third Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3372, ext.
215.
No member of a citizen board
shall be an employee of, or hold
any elective position of office with
the government of the City of Okee-
chobee or Okeechobee County.

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.
e 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.

Six more workers
opened secret list
WEST PALM BEACH Six
more Palm Beach County health
workers reported that they opened
an e-mail containing a confidential
list of about 4,000 AIDS patients
and 2,500 people with HIV that was
mistakenly sent to them.
That brings the total number of
employees known to have opened
the e-mail to 16, county health
Director Dr. Jean Malecki said Tues-
day. Two of the six workers printed
the list and then shredded it when
they saw the contents, Malecki
said.
John W "Jack" Nolan, the coun-
ty's top HIV statistician, accidental-
ly attached the list to an e-mail of
monthly reports he sent to 800
employees Thursday. The list con-
tained only names of AIDS and HIV
patients in the county, he said. Offi-
cials shut down the e-mail system
after discovering the error.
"There was a window of a max-
imum 10-12 minutes that the e-
mail was out there to read," Malec-
ki said.
The county's investigation has-
n't found any evidence that the e-
mail was forwarded, saved to a
disk or hard drive or disseminated
outside the county system, Malecki
said.
The state Health Department
began sending confidential files in
separate e-mail folders as soon as
the Palm Beach County incident
was reported, spokeswoman Lind-
say Hodges said.
"That was changed system
wide, not just for Palm Beach
County," Hodges said.
An investigator for the state
health department's inspector gen-
eral arrived Tuesday and began
interviewing Nolan and other
employees. Deliberately releasing
identities and medical information
about HIV/AIDS patients is a third-
degree felony.

Teen Imom surrenders
newborn to neighbor
PEMBROKE PARK A tearful
14-year-old, wearing a bloody
nightgown, knocked on a neigh-
bor's door Tuesday and surren-
dered the daughter she had just
delivered, Broward County Sher-
iff's officials said.
The new mom asked the neigh-
bor to take the infant to a fire station,
the neighbor and authorities said.
Instead, the neighbor called 911.
The 14-year-old girl was alone
in the apartment she shared with
her mother when she gave birth
during the afternoon, said sheriff's
spokesman Jim Leljedal.
She cared for the newborn for a
few hours, then got worried when
it came time for her own mother to
come home, Leljedal said.
The teen wrapped the baby in a


towel, knocked on neighbor Ber-
nice Leon's door down the hall and
asked her to drop her child off at a
fire station, Leon said. Leon took
the baby and called paramedics.
They took the child and her
mother, a ninth grader at a
Broward high school, to Memorial
Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
Leljedal said the baby was
healthy and full-term, weighing 7
pounds, 3 ounces.
He said the teen's mother said
she and her daughter plan to keep
the baby.'
No charges have been filed but
the investigation remained open..


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Northwest Third Avenue and
Northwest 12th Street. CR Invest-
ments of Okeechobee is the prop-
erty owner. D. Robert Wilson is the
applicant. The applicant intends to
construct a duplex on the site.

Also, the board recommended
the city council change the land use
designation from single-family to


Board

Continued From Page 1
posed with an increased buffer of
200 feet adjacent to residential
areas.
The applicant was also required
to install and maintain streetlights
at school bus stops in the area and
construct a school bus turnaround.
To help maintain the road the
company was required to pay the
county 10 cents per ton of hauled
material.
Attorney Eugene O'Neill pre-
sented the case for Dickerson. He
used slides to show the operations
of the company. He noted that
there would be no blasting and the
mining operation would not
exceed 50 feet in depth. As a buffer,
Mr. O'Neill said there would be al2
foot berm between the mine and
residential areas. He also noted that
there would not be a steep drop off
into the mine but that the land
would be sloped.
Board Member Joey Hoover
said that the money that the county
would derive from the 10 cent a ton
charge would not be enough to off-
set the damage to county roads.
"It won't maintain it completely,
but it will be a help, said board
member Jim Lashley.
He noted that other types of
trucks use that road also.
Robert Nehez of N.W 48th
Street expressed concern about
trucks speeding.
Board member Stan Curran
also expressed concern about the
condition of N.E. 48th Ave.


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commercial at the Southwest cor-
ner of Northeast Seventh Street and
Northeast Third Avenue. David and
Anita Nunez are the property own-
ers and applicants.
Also, the members recom-
mended the city council revise the
nonconforming ordinance to
exclude residential areas. Currently
as the ordinance is written if a
duplex is in a residential single fam-
ily zoning and is sold the multi-fam-
ily use would not be permitted to
continue.


As a result of their discussion,
the board added three more
requirements for the special excep-
tion: the line of trucks waiting to be
loaded cannot extend out into N. E.
304th Street; there can be only one
entrance to the property; and, truck
traffic cannot use N.E 48th Avenue.
The vote was four to two.
Board member Jeff Sumner
abstained citing a conflict of inter-
est. Board members Joey Hoover
and Pamn Newcomer voted against
the measure.
The second request for special
exception was from Tropic Ven-
ture, Inc., property owner, and
Antonio Sanchez applicant. The
request was for a special exception
to allow for the sale of alcoholic
beverages for off premises con-
sumption in a commercial zoning
district on S.R. 70 W. The request
passed with a six to one vote.
Board Chairman Mike Long cast.
the lone dissenting vote.
With their approval, the board
added the stipulation that the front
of the premises be lighted.
The board went on to consider
four petitions for changes in zon-
ing.
The first item considered was
from Mile High Funding Group,
owner and applicant. The request
was to change the zoning from the
existing classification of residential
single family to residential general,
to allow for construction of multi-
family housing. The property is
located west of Osceola Middle
School.
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The meeting of the City of Okee-
chobee Planning Board began.
The members made a recom-
mendation to the city council to
rezone the property at the South-
west corner of Northeast Seventh
Street and Northeast Third Avenue
from residential single family- One
to Commercial Professional Office.
David and Anita Nunez are the
property owners and applicants.
The intent is to allow a church
office on the property.


sioners even though several resi-
dents spoke against the request.
Bart Cook, licensed landscape
architect, explained the proposed
development and said there would
be 150 units on 20 acres.
Several residents protested the
increased traffic that more housing
would bring.
"The road is overburdened
now," said Phil Avant of S.W 28th
Street, expressing the sentiments of
several area residents.
Phil Berger reminded the board
that the purpose of the develop-
ment is not to clog up the road but
to get a cross section of the com-
munity.
Mr. Sumner noted the residents'
concern about traffic but stated that
the number one reason we have
trouble attracting new teachers is
the lack of housing.
"We don't have anything that
can be called affordable housing,"
he added.
He stated that some counties
would require that part of a devel-
opment be devoted to affordable
housing.
Community Utilities II, Inc. was
not so fortunate with their request
for a change in zoning from agricul-
ture and residential mobile home
to residential general. The stated
purpose for this request was to
construct multifamily housing.
Planning Director Bill Royce
noted that the property lies behind
five residential lots and only a nar-
row strip connects the property to
S.E. 18th Terrace.
"I don't think it is quite appropri-
ate, given the configuration of the
property," Mr. Royce said.
In spite of the efforts of attorney
Tom Conely who pointed out rea-
sons for a change in zoning, the
board voted to recommend denial
of the request. The vote was five to
two with Mr. Sumner and Mr. Long
voting in favor of recommending
the change.
The two remaining requests
were unanimously recommended
for approval.
Oscar Daniel, owner and Land
Ventures of America, LLC, appli-
cant, requested a change in zoning
from agriculture to residential gen-
eral for property on the north side
of
U. S. 441 S.E., west of Nubbin
Slough. The applicants wished to
construct multifamily dwellings.
D. Louise Kreigl received a
favorable recommendation for her
request for a change in zoning from
residential mixed to neighborhood
commercial. The property is locat-
ed on S. R. 70 E. and the purpose of
the zoning change is to construct
an office building.
The final decision on the zoning
change requests will be made by
the county commissioners after a
second public hearing on each
request. The second public hear-
ings will be conducted Thursday,
March 10 at 9 a.m. in the commis-
sion meeting room.


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Community Events

Library to host leather craft class
The Everglades Leather Guild will be conducting a leather craft
demonstration and class at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 SW 16th St. The class is
designed for beginner leather crafters and persons with some skill
in leather tooling. It is-designed for mature persons wanting to
acquire the skill of leather art. Class size is limited and pre-registra-
tion is a must. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-
served basis. Some supplies will be required. For information, call
(863) 467-8239; or, e-mail ernie@thewaymans.com

Church hosts Blackwood Quartet
Okeechobee Christian Church will host the Blackwood Gospel
Quartet concert on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. The church is locat-
ed at 3055 S.E. 18th Terr. For information, call (863) 467-0070.

Church plans benefit dinner
The annual chicken barbecue dinner at Peace Lutheran church,
750 N.W 23rd Lane, will be held Saturday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 per dinner. Dinner, includes chicken/roll,
cole slaw, baked beans, dessert and beverage. You can eat in or
take out. Delivery is available in the city limits. This event is spon-
sored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and proceeds will go to
benefit the Non-Alcohol Grad Nite Party, My Aunt's Closet, Okee-
chobee Rehab and Hospice. Tickets are available at Peace Lutheran
Church. For information, call (863) 763-5042.
Beauty pageant aids March of Dimes
The inaugural Okeechobee WalkAmerica Beauty Pageant will
be held March 5 at the VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Regis-
tration will begin at 9 a.m., at the door, and the pageant will start at
11 a.m. with the youngest age group first. The age divisions for girls
will be: birth to 2 (Baby); 3-6 (Tiny), 7-12 (Little), 13-17 (Teen) and,
18 and over (Ms.) Married women are welcome in the 18 and over
division only. For boys, the age groups will be: birth to 2 (Little Mis-
ter) and 3-6 (Mister). The cost to enter all events is $100. For beauty
events only, the cost is $75. Extra events for boys and girls will be:
best eyes ($10), best smile ($10), best hair ($10), and most photo-
genic ($25). A mother and child can enter together for $100. Each
additional child is $50. All proceeds from the pageant will go to the
March of Dimes. For information, call Shannon Padgett at (863)
467-8969. The annual WalkAmerica event .will be held in Okee-
chobee on March 19.

DAR meeting is planned
The Okeechobee chapter of the Daughters of the American Rev-
olution (DAR) will meet at 11 a.m. on March 5 at the Clock Restau-
rant. The chapter meets from October to May. For information, call
Ruth Lawson at (863) 763-2492.

Friendship Singers to be in concert
On Sunday, March 6, the Friendship Singers from Friendship
International Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be perform-
ing at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Group members are from across the U.S. However, there will be
special guests from the organization's missions in Chile, Hungary
and Romania dressed in traditional folk costume. Performances
will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and L1 a.m. There is no admission
charge. For more information, call (863) 763-4021.









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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 24, 2005


FEMA rolls out new trucks


Staff photo/Debra Smythe

TERRIFIC Kids
On Friday, Jan. 28, these fifth grade students from Central were presented with TERRIF-
IC Kids awards from Major Noel Stephen (front, far right) of the Kiwanis Club. The TER-
RIFIC Kids standing with Principal Randy Paulson (left) are: (back row, left to right) Jes-
sica Anderson, Martin Cortez, Shaundrell Franklin, Benjamin Kielbasa and Steven McK-
uhen, (front row, left to right) Kayla Chouinard, Jacob Williams, Anais Ponce, Marcos
Sanchez and Destinv hrueves


ATLANTA In a continuing
effort to enhance disaster response
capabilities, the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security's Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency
(FEMA) has launched a $6.7 mil-
lion program that will speed the
response capabilities of its Disaster
Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT).
A set of trucks in the new truck pro-
gram was delivered to a DMAT
team in Fort Walton Beach on Fri-
day, Feb. 18.
"We are so excited about pro-
viding our disaster medical teams
with these new trucks and the posi-
tive effect it will have on their ability
to deploy to a disaster," said
Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary
of Homeland Security for Emer-
gency Preparedness and Response.
"These new trucks will help our
medical teams respond to disasters


within 12 hours"
A total of 93 trucks will be deliv-
ered over the next year to 31 DMA
Ts throughout the country. The
trucks will be used to haul each
team's field tents, generators, med-
ical equipment and supplies. Each
team will also receive a specialized
refrigerator truck to haul and store
the sensitive pharmaceuticals used
by the teams.
"The addition of three trucks to
our current equipment list will dra-
matically improve response time,"
said Florida-1 DMAT Team Com-
mander Gary Kruschke, fire cap-
tain with the Fort Walton Beach Fire
Department. "In the past, trucks
had to be rented, were sometimes
hard to find and created delays due
to mechanical problems. The new
trucks will have emergency
response equipment, GPS and


radios. They'll be staged in the local
area with the rest of the Florida-1
equipment that includes a mobile
Hospital Base of Operations."
FEMA DMATs are part of the
National Disaster Medical System
(NDMS), which is one of the
resources brought to FEMA since
the creation of the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security.
FEMA DMATs have recently
responded to large-scale disasters,
including the Florida hurricanes,
the World Trade Center attack on
Sept. 11, 2001, Hurricane Isabel in
September 2003, and the Barn, Iran
earthquake in December 2003.
NDMS teams have also been
deployed in 2004 to support the G8
Summit in Georgia, the National
Democratic Convention in Boston
and the Republican National Con-
vention in New York.


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Floridians may apply to their
county property appraiser for up to
$1,500 in hurricane relief if their-
home was uninhabitable for 60
days or more as a result of hurri-
cane damage. The relief payment
will be based on the number of
days that the home was uninhabit-
able multiplied by a daily propor-
tion of the 2004 property tax levied
on the home. The home must have
a valid Florida homestead exemp-
tion.
Applications for property tax
related relief are due to the property
appraiser by March 1, 2005. Relief
payments are capped at $20 mil-


lion, and the law provides that indi-
vidual relief payments may be
reduced by an equal proportion to
maintain the total relief paid out at
$20 million.
Floridians may apply to their
county property appraiser for up to
$1,500 in hurricane relief payments
if they purchased a mobile home to
replace a mobile home that suf-
fered major damage in a 2004 hur-
ricane and that was their perma-
nent residence.
Applications for relief for resi-
dents who bought replacement
mobile homes are due to the prop-
erty appraiser by May 1, 2005. The


relief is calculated based on sales
tax paid on the replacement
mobile home. Applicants are eligi-
ble for either relief for residents
with homestead exemptions or
relief related to mobile home
replacement, but not both.
The relief related to mobile
home replacement applications
are being accepted by visiting the
Property Appraisers Office located
at 307 N.W Fifth Ave. Okeechobee,
Fla. 34972
For further information, call
Okeechobee County Property
Appraisers Office (863) 763-4422 or
visit: www.okeechobeepa.com


SBA disaster aid deadline nears


ORLANDO With the Feb. 28
application deadline less than one
week away, the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) is urging Hur-
ricane Charley, Frances, Ivan and
Jeanne victims throughout the
state to complete and return their
SBA loan applications.
SBA's disaster loans are a critical
source of economic stimulation in
disaster ravaged communities,
helping spur employment and sta-
bilize tax bases. When a disaster
occurs, SBA helps homeowners,
renters, businesses of all sizes and
non-profit organizations fund,
repairs and rebuilding efforts, and
covers the costs of replacing lost or
damaged personal property.
In the declared counties, SBA
offers loans of up to $200,000 to


repair disaster damaged homes.
Homeowners and renters are eligi-
ble for up to $40,000 to replace per-
sonal property. Loans to businesses
and non-profit organizations of up
to $1.5 million are also available to
repair damage to real estate,
machinery and equipment, inven-
tory, etc., and for leasehold
improvements. Working capital
assistance is also available through
SBA's Economic Injury Disaster
Loan (EIDL) program. A business
need not have physical damage to
be eligible for economic injury
assistance.
Interest rates for homeowners
and renters can be as low as 3.187
percent and 2.900 percent for busi-
.nesses and non-profit organiza-
tions. Loan terms on all loans can


be up to 30 years. Actual loan
amounts and terms are set by SBA
and are based on each applicant's
financial condition.
Disaster victims are reminded
that to be considered for federal
disaster assistance, including SBA's
disaster loans, they must first call
the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621
FEMA (3362). This one call will get
people referred to the agency that
can best help with their disaster
related needs. Even if you had
some insurance, it is important that
you register for this assistance.
The deadline for filing disaster
lean applications for physical losses
from Hurricanes Charley, Frances,
Ivan and Jeanne is Feb. 28.


ORLANDO The U.S. Depart-
ment of Homeland Security's Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) has provided more
than $495 million to reimburse for
emergency measures, debris
removal and repair and restore
publicly-owned facilities damaged
by the four hurricanes that struck
Florida last year.
FEMA obligated the money,
$495,190,000 through Feb. 22, to
help the state, cities, counties, and
certain non-profit organizations.
The money is provided by FEMA
and paid to the state, and is made
available to applicants as their
applications to the state are
approved.
Funds from FEMA's Public Assis-
tance program pay for such things
as damaged public buildings,
roads, bridges, utilities including
water distribution and sewer sys-
tems, debris removal, and costs of
extraordinary overtime for police,
fire and other emergency services
agencies. FEMA is paying 90 per-
cent of the costs; affected entities
pay the remaining 10 percent.
A breakdown of the amounts of
Public Assistance disaster funding
aid thus far to Florida's public agen-
cies and certain non-profit agencies
affected by the four 2004 hurri-
canes is as follows:
e Almost $167 million for 719
approved requests for public assis-
tance to meet costs incurred
because of effects of Hurricane
Charley.
More than $163.5 million for
260 requests for assistance from
damage by Hurricane Ivan.


* Almost $115 million for 924 Almost $50 million for 781


requests for assistance from Hurri-
cane Frances.


requests for assistance tor damage
from Hurricane Jeanne.


Staff photo/Maria Chandler
COOL teachers
These COOL fourth grade teachers at North Elementary
School put on a skit for the fourth grade students during
the FCAT Writes pep rally. They emphasized "cool" ideas
to remember as they write and to keep "uncool" thoughts
out of their heads. Fifth. grade students who received a
5.5 or 6 on last year's FCAT Writes, Cutter Davis, Dustin
Houston, Bridgett Ewing, Alsisha Boswell and Brianne
Furphy were interviewed during the pep rally to give their
younger classmates helpful writing tips. The pep rally
concluded with a pep talk from the school's principal,
Mrs. McCoy. The fourth grade students were served
sausage biscuits for breakfast the morning of the test
and given peppermint gum to chew during the test.


Disaster registration deadline is Feb. 28
ORLANDO Less than one' assistance with the Department Anyone who suffered losses dadisaster.org for the latest infor-
week remains for Floridians of Homeland Security's Federal has until Monday, Feb. 28 to seek mation on the hurricane relief
affected by the four hurricanes Emergency Management federal disaster assistance. The efforts.
of 2004 to register for disaster Agency (FEMA). FEMA toll-free registration num-
01 ip (re00) 621e FrMA (3362) or t .. .


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TTY (800) 462-7585 for those
who are speech- or hearing-
impaired. Applicants can also
register online at www.fema.gov
The State Emergency
Response Team (SERT) is a col-
laboration of Florida's state
agencies led by the state coordi-
nating officer. SERT's mission is
to ensure that Florida is prepared
to respond to emergencies,
recover from them, and mitigate
their impacts. Visit www.flori-


r.FEMA prepares mthe nation for
all hazards and manages federal
response and recovery efforts
following any national incident.
FEMA also initiates mitigation
activities, trains first responders,
works with state and local emer-
gency managers, and manages
the National Flood Insurance
Program and the U.S. Fire
Administration. FEMA became
part of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security on March 1,
2003.


Glenn J. Sneider, Esq.
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Courtesy photo
On the prowl
FCAT Cool Cat has been prowling around North Elemen-
tary School in the middle of the night leaving positive
messages and treats in all the fourth grade classrooms
to encourage them to do their best on FCAT Writes. Mrs.
McCoy and Mrs. Thomas nearly caught the FCAT Cool
Cat as he crept around the fourth grade classrooms leav-
ing a final treat. The mysterious cat is still on the loose
so keep your eyes open for his return in March for the
FCAT test for grades third, fourth and fifth.




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Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
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.
Basswood
"It is a shame that the Basswood sign was messed up by
those delinquents after they went to so much hard work clean-
ing up that area."

Foreclosures
"Do you know where I can find information on foreclosed
homes in Okeechobee County? Also where can I find out when
these homes will be auctioned off?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for
calling. For foreclosure information on homes or property due
to non-payment of taxes, you will need to go to the Okeechobee
County Tax Collector's office at 307 N.W. Fifth Ave. If the infor-
mation you need is due to mortgage foreclosure, then you will
need to go to the Okeechobee County Clerk of Courts office at
304 N.W. Second St. Some information on mortgage foreclo-
sures can also be found at the clerk's web site:
www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us. Once on this site, navigate
through it until you get to the civil department where informa-
tion on sale dates and case numbers is available. The sale of
homes or property due to non-payment of taxes will be adver-
tised for four weeks.)



Community Events

Church hosting fundraiser
The Resurrection Life World Outreach Church, 1802 S.W.
Third Ave., will hold their third annual bargains and barbecue sale
on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is being
hosted to raise funds for the children's and youth ministries, as
well as a mission trip to South Africa. For information, call (863)
763-7770.

Ping pong tourney helps church group
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will be
holding a ping pong tournament singles'and doubles in the
Fellowship hall on Feb. 26 beginning at 10:30 a.m: The doors will
open at 9 a.m. for late registration. The entry fee if you pre-register
is $10 and $15 at the door. Add $5 per additional entries i.e.
doubles and open division). Proceeds from this event are to help
the youth groups of the church. For information, and tournament
rules call Jim at (863) 763-4021.

Church plans free car wash
The Servanthood Ministry of Everglades Baptist Church will be
having a free car wash at 2130 S.R. 70 W. on Feb. 26 from 9 a.m.
until noon. For information, call Christy Silvas at (863) 697-6621.

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

Church hosting rummage sale
Peace Lutheran Church youth will be holding a rummage sale
in the fellowship hall on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
to raise funds for ayouth retreat. The church is located at 750 N.W.
23rd Lane. For information, call (863) 763-5042.

Church hosting gospel music concert
Ron and Sharon Frazier will be in concert at the Parrott Avenue
Christian.Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, on Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m.
The public is invited. For information, call (863) 697-2258.

American Red Cross barbecue
The American Red Cross Okeechobee branch will be holding
it's annual chicken barbecue dinner on Friday, March 4, from 11
a.m. until 2 p.m. Dinners can be picked up at 323 N. Parrott Ave.
or you can call (863) 763-2488 for delivery. All dinners are $6 each
and include chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, a roll and desert. For
information, call (863) 763-2488.

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

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





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Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives

Looking Back...
This picture was taken in the early 1900's of what was then Connor's Highway skirting along Lake Okeechobee towards
Canal Point.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-
0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who yoor ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
(863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meets from noon until 1 p.m. at
the Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome.
For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
ABWA Charter Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Angus Restau-
rant. All members are urged to attend. Individuals interested in join-
ing may call (863) 467-2888, or attend our monthly meeting.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
Christian .Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
Fellowship Hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial. Everyone is
invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863)
467-9360.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or
(863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need
this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For infor-
mation, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at
(863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging.sponsor a caregiver support group
that will meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill fami-
ly member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is avail-
able at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave.
For information call (863) 467-2321.

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 becoming 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.
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.
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.



Community Event

Main Street plans cook-off, auction
Okeechobee Main Street will hold its third annual barbecue
cook-off on Feb. 25-26 at American Legion Post #64. Forty different
cooks will be competing for over $8,000 in prize money. Main
Street offers additional prizes for local Okeechobee teams. Anyone
interested in competing should call Terry Burroughs at (863) 697-
6325 for information. Okeechobee Main Street and My Aunt's
House 'The Closet' will hold a charity auction from 10 a.m. until
noon on Feb. 26. They are looking for new or used furniture, pic-
tures, electronic equipment, home accessories, yard tools, garage
tools, etc. Items may be dropped off at the Okeechobee Main
Street office or My Aunt's House 'The Closet'. Both organizations
are located at 111 N.E. Second St. in the gray building with bur-
gundy awnings. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m., or arrangements can be made for items to be picked
up by calling (863) 634-2306. Also needed are items, gift certifi-
cates or gift cards from local businesses. All proceeds will benefit
disadvantaged children of Okeechobee.



Crime Prevention Tip

Lighting is your best protection against night time burglary
and it's cheap.


Community Events

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 Fountain
of Life Church. Revival services have been scheduled for Feb. 24-
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.

Health and safety classes offered
The next American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch health and
safety classes will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, on first aid basics. The
class will be held from 6 until 10 p.m. The cost is $25. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.

School board plans public hearing
The Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a public
hearing on participation in the Indian Education Formula Grant
Thursday, Feb.24, at 9 a.m..in their chambers at 700 S.W. Second
Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the goals of the 2005-
2006 grant and activities associated with the Title VII program. For
information, call Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.

Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library meeting
room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to
attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday, Feb. 24, "The Time
Travelers Wife" Audrey Niffenegger; Thursday, March 24, "The
Other Bolelyn" Phillipa Gregory; Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell
Me How You Live", Agatha Christie-Mallowan; Thursday, May 26,
"Yellow Raft, Blue Water" Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23,
"Before Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have ques-
tions or would like more information, call Jan Fehrman at (863)
357-9980.

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

Library hosts folk art program
On Friday, Feb. 25, the Okeechobee County Library will be pre-
senting a program on "Exploring Florida's Folk Art", beginning at 7
p.m. In this presentation, Dr. Kristin Congdon, an authority on
Florida folk life, will discuss many of the artists and art forms found
in Florida through the years. Her presentation will include The
Highwaymen, as well as other folk artists. In addition, local artist
Egretta Wells will have a display of her paintings in the auditorium.
This program, is funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities
Council and is free and open to the public.

Church will host gospel junction
On Friday, Feb. 25, a gospel junction will be held at the First
United Methodist Church starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be gospel
music, puppets, illusions and fun for all ages.

Teen Block Party is planned
Communities in Schools will hold their next Teen Block Party
on Feb. 25 at the Okeechobee Skate Park, 300 N.W. Sixth Ave.,
from 7 until 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per student. This block party is
for middle school students only. For information, call (863) 462-
5863.

Busy Vees plan yard sale
The Busy Vees will have a yard sale Feb. 25-26 from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. at 9212 S.E. 57th Drive in Larkee Lakes. For information, call
(863) 763-4504.

Auxiliary to hold free boat check
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing free a Vessel Safety
Checks (VSC) 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 outfitted for a trip. Boats meeting
VSC requirements will receive a VSC decal. For information, con-
tact a vessel examiner at (863) 467-3085.

Fun Bunch plans dinner/dance
The 'Chobee Fun Bunch will be gathering at the King House
Chinese Restaurant in the Publix Shopping Center at 6 p.m. for din-
ner on Saturday, Feb. 26. After dinner, the club will be going to
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S., for dancing. For information,
call Altie at (863) 467-6252 or Shirley at (863) 763-8820.

Highwaymen topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, Feb.
26, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will Lee Drake, C.E.O.;
and Robert Butler, artist and president, Florida Highwaymen. The
topic will be the history of the African American landscape
painters and the exhibition of their work at Harbor Federal on Sec-
ond Street in Fort Pierce throughout February. For information,
contact Lee Drake (772) 595-0914 or (772) 577-2840.






fhe Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 24, 2005


Medical examiner ends


forensics at
NEW YORK The medical months. Since
examiner's office has largely eight victims
ended its effort to identify the fled. A few inc
remains of those killed at the still pending
World Trade Center on Sept. 11, couple of mo
2001, leaving more than a thou- they told family
sand victims unidentified. The city t
"They told us they've exhaust- unidentified b(
ed all current technologies for ments that can
identifications," Diane Horning, the list of the dc
who lost her 26-year-old son, The medic;
Matthew, said Wednesday. will contact a
Horning said the medical who had ask
examiner's office called her Tues- when the forest
day morning. Robert Shal
The forensic effort failed to sic biology fort
identify any remains of more than er, has said tI
1,100 victims, or almost half of could be reope
the 2,749 who died there. processes wert
Since the attacks 3 1/2 years "If three
ago, the medical examiner's somebody cot
office identified nearly 1,600 vic- thing ... that r
tims, although progress had going to work
slowed considerably in recent to be poised tc


ground
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have been identi- Some i
conclusive tests are made quickly
that could yield a Sept. 11, 20(
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he medical examin- her yet?' B
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dentifications were
y in the weeks after the
01, attack. To identify
nains, the medical
ad to rely on DNA
drawing results from
one and tissue. Tests
not possible because
s too damaged by heat,
d the passage of time.
driven by the fami-
said in 2003. "When I
;ople, they look at me
tat say, 'Did you find
ut when you're only
a couple a week or
nonth, it's hard."
cases, victims whose
re not identified have
declared dead by the
y, based on documen-
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Health Brief


Raulerson inks pact
with Big Lake Hospice
Big Lake Hospice of Okee-
chobee has announced that it
has signed an inpatient contract
with Raulerson Hospital.
Hospice care can now be
provided to patients who have


been admitted to Raulerson
Hospital and are in need of pal-
liative Care.
Big Lake Hospice, founded in
2003, serves patients and their
families in Okeechobee County.
In addition to patient servic-
es, Big Lake Hospice offers grief
counseling for those learning to


cope with the loss of a loved
one, programs for children and
adolescents, community educa-
tion programs and opportunities
for volunteering.
For information, call (863)
763-0707. Mail inquiries can be
sent to 309 N.W. Fifth St., Okee-
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The Lady Greyhounds of Lin-
coln Park Academy came to Okee-
chobee High School Tuesday
evening to take on the Lady Brah-
mans and left Okeechobee
stunned by 5-4 loss.
Sophomore Rachel Lowe was
on the mound for the Lady Brah-
mans with fellow sophomore
Alisha Claxton behind the plate.
The Lady Greyhounds went
down in order in the top of the first
as did the Lady Brahmans in the
bottom of the inning.
The game remained scoreless
through the second and third
innings.
The Lady Greyhounds finally
broke the ice and went up 2-0 in
the top of the fourth.
Lady Brahman Kelley Smiley
stirred up the crowd in the bottom
of the fourth with a triple to center
field, but was left stranded there as


Lady Greyhounds,
the inning came to an end. her three RBI and pulled
The fifth inning saw the Lady from Okeechobee with
Greyhounds add another run to the of the leader.
,scoreboard bringing their lead to 3- The Lady Brahman
0. The Lady Brahmans came close the plate at the bottom
to scoring in the fifth when.Lowe enth only one run beh
walked, Claxton had a.base hit walked, then Lauren Th
down the first base line and Elia to the plate. Her base
Suarez sacrificed to advance run- Suarez to second. Smile
ners to second and third. Both run- brought Suarez home
ners were left stranded when the Smiley an RBI. With th(
inning came to an end. and runners at second
The game came alive in the the Lady Brahmans 1
sixth inning when the Lady Grey- bases. The game ende
hounds stole home to increase Lady Greyhound pitch
their lead to 4-0. the final Lady Brahma
The Lady Brahmans blew the bring Throop across th(
game wide open in the bottom of the winning run. The fil
the sixth. Smiley led off making first 5-4 had the home crow
off a bunt. Senior D'Anna Osceola and sent the Lady Greyl
advanced Smiley to second with a porters home stunned
base hit to right field. Kristin McCul- of events.
lough then stepped to the plate and The Lady Brahmans
shot a base hit past first to load the game is Feb. 24 against
bases for the Lady Brahmans. The junior varsity gami
Senior Christie Williams' triple uled for 5 p.m. The vars
brought home three runs earning to the field at 7 p.m.


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Bass club hosts receive $300; fifth place will receive their monthly meeting on Friday,
$200 and sixth place will receive Feb. 25, at Pogey's Restaurant at 7
benefit tourney $150. The big fish award will be p.m.
The Taylor Creek Bass Club.will $350. Second big fish will receive One of the topics of discussion
hold their fourth annual Kid's Day $150. will be their second bass tourney,
benefit bass tournament on March The remaining 30 percent will scheduled for Feb. 26 at the back
20 at the Okee-Tantie Marina. be used to help fund the club's 20th pond at Okee-Tantie Marina and
annual Okeechobee Kid's Day Fish- Campground.
Boats will take to the water at ing Festival to be held later thisyear. For information, call Charlie
safe light and return for weigh-ins Haysat(863)763-2332.
at 2 p.m. Hunters can apply Hays at (863) 763-2332.
The entry fee into the team tour-TemTr
nament will be $110 per team. This for licenseonline TeamTrail
fee includes entry into the big bass Beginning July 1, 2005, the Fish slate announced
pot. The entry fee can be paid at the and Wildlife' Conservation Corn- The Okee-Tantie Team Trail has
ramp on the morning of the tour- mission will revise the method in announced its 2005 tournament
nament. Entries can also be paid by which hunters may apply for.-regu- schedule.
check in advance. To do so, make lar and special quota hunt permits. he trail will kick off with the
the check payable to the Taylor The current paper-based sys- The rail wll kick offwith the
Creek Bass Club and mail it to: Bill tern has been in place for at least 25 Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
'Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St., Okee- years. With the new method ment on May 28. The official trail
chobee, Fla., 34974. Entry forms hunters will be able.to apply for will begin on May 29. The dates for
are available at several local bait regular and special quota hunt per- the rest of the trail are June 26, July
and tackle shops, as well as busi- mits through their Total Licensing 10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
nesses and restaurants; or, by con- System (TLS) at license vendors The trail's classic will take place
tact Bill at (863) 763-2926. statewide or from their website on Nov. 19 and 20.
The total payout will be for the MyFWC.com. The tournaments will all be held
top six places, and first- and sec- For information, contact Eddie at Okee-Tantie Marina and Camp-
ond-place big fish winners. The White of the FWC at 850-488-8573, ,ground. Registrations for the
tournament will have a 70 percent ext. 17336. memorial tourney and the trail can
payout based on a 50 boat field: If be made at the Wanta-Linga Motel
there is a full field, first place will Bass Anglers or at the dock on the day of the
receive $1,200; second place will meeting tournament.
receive $800; third place will planI mtng For information, contact Larry
receive $500; fourth place will .Big "0" Bass Anglers will hold Crossman at (863) 763-1020.



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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 d
follows: f
Theatre I "Because of Winn-
Dixie" (PG-) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 7
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday )
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "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
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Theatre III '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

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday, party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center. You can
invite up to 20 friends to join you
for a wildlife adventure tour,
hands on animal encounter,
games and a special craft for
everyone to make. For more
information on cost and reserva-
tions, call 763-4630.

VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124, several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four
of social security number, date
and time of appointment and
whether a wheelchair/scooter lift
is needed. All appointments must
be before noon. If there are any
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslade, the county veterans'
service officer.

Free pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of
all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S.
Parrott -Ave., across from the
movie theatre. For more informa-
tion or appointments call 763-
8859.

Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Aye. Topics
include discipline a family affair,
birth to eight months infants,
eight to eighteen months the tod-
dler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos,
three year olds, and uncommon
sense. Each week parents "earn"
baby bucks to purchase items for
their baby at the Center's Baby
Boutique. Childcare is not provid-
ed, however infants in carriers are
welcome. For details call 763-
8859 or 697-6320.

American Red Cross
needs volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would
like to give of your time and tal-
ents to help local citizens in time
of disaster, please call Andy or
Candace at the American Red
Cross-Okeechobee branch at
(863) 763-2488.

Preschool
enrollment underway
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into .subsidized childcare. The
program is currently serving chil-
dren age birth to kindergarten
age. Both parents must be work-
ing or attending some type of
school or training. There is an
income limit based on family
size. Please call 1-(866) 273-6340
to be placed on the waiting list..


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BASSET HOUNDS (2) Call
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additional sales around
the neighborhood.
Something for everyone!


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income, seeks slender fe-
male age 20-45 for com-
panionship/romance. Will-
ing to pay expenses. 305-
519-5177.
SINGLE WHITE MALE,
50 yrs old. New to area.
Seeking (F) Companion.
(863)801-3031.
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


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
BAR STAFF
FRONT DESK &
HOUSEKEEPING
Apply in person @ Pier II


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
BTC BUILDERS Now hiring a
Secretary/Receptionist.
Must have computer skills
benefits avail.
Fax resume to
863-467-3630



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Seeking: Experienced
Teachers & Bus driver (CDL
req.) Great working envi-
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CARPENTERS,
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
& LABORS: Needed in Port
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required. Call
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Drug Free Workplace

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Exp'd Prep Cook
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The Clock Restaurant

COOKS & SERVERS
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Must have CDL.Exc.-
benefits! Apply at:
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Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972 No phone
calls please!!
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Driver/Thrower
Clean CDL CIs B Lic.
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Indiantown Sanitation
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
CDL Licensed A or B.
Experienced. Mon.-Fri.
9am-5pm (772)464-2582.
Electricians & Exp'd Help-
ers for Palm Beach County
Premier Electrical Contrac-
tor. Good pay, exc. bene-
fits. Fastrac Electric, 1-
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Potential for advancement
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IMMEDIATE OPENING
WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
For the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Minimum class
"C" Certification required. Only those having a valid
Florida Class C or higher operator certification should
apply at this time. Must possess a vailid FL Drivers li-
cense. Only those with a three year clean driving record
need apply. Shift work @ week-ends are required. Will
consider training in the absence of Class C appli-
cant. Applications will be accepted until opening is
filled at the Okeechobee Utility
Authority located at
100 SW, 5th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL. 34974.
An Equal Opportunity
Employer
Drug Free Work Place.



Food Service Associate/Cook
Big Cypress Reservation
Excellent communication skills, good
manual skills, cash handling experience.
Exp. as a fast order cook pref., positive
customer service attitude, High School
diploma or GED, Flexible working hours.
Salary: $9/hour based on exp. Fuel &
food allowance, incentives. Excellent
benefits (medical, dental, 401K).
Fax resume to: 954-967-3477


NEW HORIZONS OF THE TREASURE COAST
has the following positions available in our
Okeechobee Outpatient Branch Office:
ADULT CASE MANAGER
Salary Negotiable
RECOVERY SUPPORT
SPECIALIST
Salary: $9.00 per hour
Apply: New Horizons, 4500 W. Midway Rd.,
Ft. Pierce, FL 34981 Fax (772)468-5606
EOE/ADA/DFWP www.nhtcinc.org


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excellent service to our readers.

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SO CALL TODAY!


'O e'chro e e. Must have a dependable
O eeCno e car and provide excellent


Sales Associate
Gas/Convenience Store, P/T & F/T
Big Cypress Reservation
Excellent communication skills, good
manual skills, cash handling experience,
positive customer service attitude.
High School diploma or GED, flexible
working hours. Salary: $8+ staring based
on experience. Fuel & food allowance,
incentives. Excellent benefits (Medical,
dental, 401 k) Fax resume to:
954-967-3477



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

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

ELECTRICIANS
BRADFORD ELECTRIC
Is looking for experienced apprentice
& license electricians for local work
long term employment benefits,
top pay. Call (561)433-4994 or
fax resume 433-5194
DRWP
& 4


EXPERIENCED DUCT
INSTALLER
Apply in person, Newman
Air Cond., 202 NE 2nd St.
Full Time
RV Mechanic
Benefits. Salary based
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467-0131
Ask for Chris.,


Full Time Office position,
good phone skills, interof-
fice sales, general office
procedures, benefits, va-
cation, sick & health insu-
rance. Apply in person,
2762 NW 4th, St., 8am-
3pm.

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service to our customers
everyday.


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

Heavy Equipment
Operator Needed
Salary based on
experience.
EOE/DFWP. Apply at
Rock-A-Way, Inc.
2308 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee
(863)763-3143
IMMEDIATE OPENING
TEAM LEADER
Must Be Forklift Certified
& Computer Literate.
Bi-lingual a plus.
Call 863-357-6622
for Interview,
Fax Resume to:
863-357-1162 or
Apply In Person @
CABBAGE FLORIDA
8751 NW 240 St.,
Okeechobee, FL
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
Exp'd Cook & Wait Staff
Ranchers Restaurant
(863)763-8115


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.

Local
Construction Company
Looking for person
EXPERIENCED
in framing, roofing,
carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
863-357-1804
MARINE PARTS Counter
Person needed. Apply in
person @ Big Lake Marina
964 us hwy 441 SE.


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

PAINTER
Experienced only
Call
(863)634-0296
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Property Maintenace-Sat &
Sun mornings only. 4-5
hrs. a day Involves clean-
ing the parking lot & com-
mon areas of a large shop-
ping center Salary $325
per mo.
(561)261-1021

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
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, FI 34973


STERILIZATION TECH
Highly motivated team
player for busy Dental
office. Fax resume to
863-763-9112.

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.
referred : AA Degree in
Mgmt/Business field &
exp. w/Head Start trans-
portation Stds. & approp
state regs for transporta-
tion of pre-school children.
2 yrs exp. in fleet transport
mgmt, Class A CDL Lic
with P/S endorsements.
Current School Bus Driver,
Passenger Seat Techni-
cian, & DOT Medical Cer-
tificates required. Exten-
sive travel throughout Flor-
ida. Competitive salary,
excellent benefits, Position
located in Okeechobee,
Florida. Send resume by 2/
25/05:
Marty Hillary
Director of HR
ECMHSP
4901 Glenwood Ave
Ste 300
Raleigh, NC 27612
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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(2) PARTTIME MEDICAL
Assistance experience pre-
fered 1-front/back office
skills 30hrs. wkly. 1-back
office only 8hrs wkly.
Call (772)597-3761 or
fax resume to
(772)597-6124

BARTENDER &
COOK
Part time, Call for interview
(863)763-2250
EQUIPMENT OPERA-
TORS 5yrs. exper.
mmin. top pay. Call
Chris 813-323-5140
or main office
800-446-3326
FRONT DESK SCHEDULER
Part time
Fax resume to:
863-824-6737
MRI TECH
Seasonal, Part Time
Fax resume to:
863-824-6737
OFFICE HELP NEEDED
P/T, Computer experience
a MUST. Call Barbara
@ (863)763-4114
Part Time Kitchen help.
Must be able to work
weekend evenings,
will train. Must apply in
person. 863-763-2950
or 863-763-5309
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online at
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CAREGIVER/CHAMPAION
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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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315


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are that it is. If you have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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


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


JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat work
Call
(863)467-4734


Merchandise
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins.Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer-Video 580
Crafts 'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 8 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment;*
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps 'Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets 'Supplies '
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 68)
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television.Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


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


CHAISE LOUNGE
Mauve, velvet, Good
Condition. $100.
(863)610-0020.


DISHWASHER GE Almond
color good cond. $200
(863)697-6054

Love the earth. Recycle your
used items by selling them
in the classified.


DISHWASHER, KENMORE,
black, roll around, w/.
countertop, $75.
(863)467-6088
Electric Dryers, (2) &
stackable washer & dryer,
$150 will sell sep.
(863)467-6805
ELECTRIC RANGE Kenmore
2yrs. old used very little
$200 (863)946-0117

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

STOVE, Frigidaire & Ken-
more Refrigerator, $75
will sell separately.
(863)467-6088



CONCRETE BLOCKS
Approx. 150, $150 for all.
(863)697-2032

-DOORS: 16', Bi-Fold, used
as room divider w/track &
hardware. $300. 863-
763-2407/304-237-3275



LOONEY TUNES Crib sheet,
bumper guard, diaper bag,
mobile, lamp & bed posit.
$40 (863)763-6131



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


WRANGLER JEANS
Womens 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.




COMPAQ COMPUTER-
Workstation Pentium III,
Win XP, office, complete,
$175. (239)728-5227.
COMPAQ DESKPRO EP-
Win-XP, office, DSL ready,
kybd, mouse, monitor $
100 (239)728-5227.
HP Computer Pentium II
192 Mg Ram 17" Monitor
Desk Trade for Pistol ask-
ing $300 (772)461-8822


BENTWOOD ICE CREAM
PARLOR CHAIRS- (4) old,
cane seats, good cond
$175. (863)763-1997.
BOOKCASE/DESK
Wall unit
$75
(863)763-5792
COFFEE TABLE & 2 End Ta-
bles, Glass & wrought iron
6 mo old. Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
DESK, blonde, real wood,
well used but solid, $10.
(863)467-4389

DINETTE SET, 7pc, cherry/
oak; paid $5200 asking
$2500. (863)801-1719.

DINING RM SET, seats 10.
w/6ch's., lighted hutch.
Sacrifice for $1,000. in
Okee. (863)467-2132.
DINING RM TABLE w/10
cowhide seat chairs
$2500 (863)634-5732

Entertainment Center,
49"Wx68"H, holds up to
32" TV, dark finish, $65.
(863)467-0290
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
58 inches wide, fits 33
inch TV, $50. (863)357-
3358
FILING CABINET- oak, 2
drawers, $25. (863)946-
1083.

FISHING POLE CABINET
& Book shelf $100.
neg. Will separate
863-983-8973
GLASS DINING SET
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702


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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.
ORGAN MID SIZE 2 key-
boards, footpedals &
bench $150 neg.
(863)763-7664
PIANO- Kimball Spinet,
must sell, very good cond,
recently tuned, $550 neg.
(863)675-2596.


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Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 860
Seeds/,Plants/
Flowers 865


HORSE AUCTION Feb 26,
Okeechobee AG Center.
Tack 11am Registered
Horses 1:30pm. Can Con-
sign 478-627-2727 Now
FL# 2122.



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


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Part Time


KING SIZE Temtur-pedic
matt & boxspring $1000
(863)357-3358

LIVING RM SET Wood, 3
pcs Endtables & Shelf
Queen/Twin beds $575 neg
Will sep 863-983-8973
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
RACE CARD BED
Blue, $40.
(863)675-1617
After 5pm.
ROCKER/RECLINER
Leather, Light tan, 2 yrs
old. Exc. cond., $200.
Must go!! (863)674-0078.
SOFA/BED & matching chair
beige background w/
burgundy navy print
$150 (863)467-1110
SOFA & LOVESEAT
Good condition. $75
863-612-9233

WICKER LOVESEAT
Outdoor Furniture.
W/matching coffee table
$65. (863)610-0020.
WOOD TV STAND
W/drawers, Great
shape $40.
(863)447-0965.



Cleveland Tour Irons, 3
thru PW, Big Bertha driver
& Cleveland cart bag,
$250. (863)763-3724
EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored $2200
(863)692-2229
*** ** kr **
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.
GOLF CLUBS Lynk Predator
9 irons 2 woods Plus 2
custom woods Sand &
putter $80 (772)461-
000o


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



MOBILE HOME FURNACE-
new, never used, includes
stack & base. $75.
(239)292-1153.
SPACE HEATER 16000 BTU
Propane used lyr. $150
(863)946-0117

WOOD BURNING STOVE
Fair shape.
$150.
(863)674-0110..



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PATIO TABLE W/4 CHAIRS-
in good condition, $45.
(863)946-1083.



ELEC SCOOTER CHAIR
CARRIER- hooks up to rec
hitch, $250. (863)763-
9348.


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
GRAMMA'S OLD
BIk. wash pot
$50
(863)357-0872
KILN 18", EvenHeat, w/
stilts, shelves & posts.
$400 Or best offer.
(772)597-4365.


News


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


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CHAIR- for computer
never used, still in box
bluish/black, $35
(863)763-1997
PHOTO COPIER- Minolta,
like new, hardly used,
$200 or best offer.
(863)675-1301.



BALL PYTHON SNAKE- 2V2
ft long, with 10 gal glass
aquarium, $100.
(863)763-6090.
Chocolate Lab Puppies
8 wks. old
$500
(863)612-4847
Dachshund Puppies, 3
males, (2) blk. dapples,
(1) solid choc., 1st shots,
$350 ea. (863)634-5112
DONKEY- Young Jack,
$200. (863)467-0613.


PIT BULL PUPPIES,
Red Nosed, males
$150, females, $125.
Call 863-634-0119.
Red & Blue Heeler Pup-
pies, beautiful, males &
females, 11 wks. old,
(321)268-8875
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



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






BIKE RACK,
Fits into a 2" Trailer Receiv-
er. $75. (863)675-3312




HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.
(863)234-1230


AIR COMPRESSOR
14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100
(863)447-0941
CHAIN FALL, YALE, 1/2 Ton.
$30. (863)763-6901


GENERATOR Honda E6650
A/C or D/C, Exc. Cond.
$200. (863)635-4690
Frostproof. '
PASLODE 30 DEGREE
cordless framing nailer 2"-
3/2" Nails $250 (863)674-
0098
TABLE SAW
Craftsman 10"
$300
(863)467-9284


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


CAMPER Used Ultra
Light Max. 20', Good
cond. $5000. or under
(863)634-3611.
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



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous B15
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840


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LAWN MOWER, Dixon,
Zero Turn, 52 in cut, 18hp,
runs good, new parts,
$1500. (863)697-2032
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.

RIDING MOWER, ARIENS
1440, 14hp, B/S motor,
40" cut, good cond.,
$800. (863)697-9704
RIDING SNAPPER 12.5
front mounted eng. 38" cut
mulching kit & blades
$400 (863)763-6257
UTILITY RAKE Vassar, oi,
a small tractor.
*5'wide $30.
(863)697-6812.


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


BUCK HEAD RIDGE:
2 Bdrm. Newly remodeled.
Avail. 3/1. $600 mo., 1st,
last & sec. 863-467-2784

Okeechobee
Waterfront, Avail Mar.
15th. Immaculent 2BR
11/2 BA. No pets.
$795. mo + 1st, last
(863)467-4668


BASSWOOD, 2BR, 1BA,
New paint, carpet & appl.
$800 mo $500 sec Lawn
serv.incl (863)697-3008.
BASSWOOD New 3BR/2BA
$900 mo. 2 mo. sec. must
have good credit rating.
(631)875-4701
OKEECHOBEE- Brand new
3/2/2, $1200/mo, non
smoking environment,
(772)595-0560.




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


FEMALE 63 yrs looking for
a (M) 50-65 yrs. $250 mo
+ help around the Apt.
Call Faye 863-610-0509.


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1[i5
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 104-5
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 10C5
Resort Property
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl080


Okeechobee, 3BR/2BA on 3
city lots, lots of extras,
must see, asking $180k
(863)467-2227

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



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

R-BAR ESTATE, 2.96 Ac.
Horses ok. Close to shop-
ping, schools & hospital.
$129,000 227-979-0767


OKEE 75'xl00' 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 AU 237

PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL
Seeks Land or House w/
land For Sale By Owner.
No Brokers. 941-685-4568

WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Wanted in Taylor Creek or
Rim Canal. In any condition.
772-370-6252 .


MOBILE WORKSHOP
14x52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$2,000 neg 352-754-8514


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts ?011)
Mobile Homes. Rent 2015
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 ot, 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
Doublewide Mobile Home
for sale, 4BR/2BA on
leased lot, (863)763-
4645
DOUBLEWIDE- with 90x120
lot, remodeled in and out,
$89,000. (863)467-7101.

PARK MODEL, 37 Ft., 1 BR,
1 BA, Full length window in
FL Rm. on Leased lot in
park w/access to lake.
Completely furnished.
$17,500. 863-467-4348

SKYLINE Custom built park
model. 12', Screen room.
Furn. Lot 8 on Little Big
Land Marina, Lake Port.
Bargain $18,000.
(863)946-0975

WATER FRONT Taylor
Creek 1911 SE 29th St.
New trailer,'2BR, 3BA,
dock & screen in porch in
the water.$198,000. Firm
(863)467-0771.


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 30200
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3.030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 2035


12' Aluminum % Deckover.
Motor runs good. 125 Ly-
coming w/trl. $5000 or
best offer (863)697-6054 '
AQUA SPORT, '72, 19',
115hp Mercury eng., with
trailer, needs TLC,$2000.
(561)449-1385


BASS BOAT- fully equip..
garage kept, 150 HP Evin-
rude, 360 hrs, $5700
(863)467-7101.

BOAT COVERS
Waterproof fits up to
22' boats $75
(863)824-0455

DEEP "V" Hull, unfinished
project. Trl in great shape
No Title $2,000
(863)697-6054

Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108

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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PONTOON BOAT, Aqua Pat-
io, 20 ft w/35 hp Johnson
0/B. No trailer. $1500
(863)610-1716

Pontoon Starcraft. Star-
fish,180,'03, w/trlr, 40hp
Merc,low hrs., exc. cond.,
$10,900. (863)610-1674

RANGER, '01, 16 ft., 5hp
Mercury intr, w/trlr, exc.
cond., low hrs., $8000 or
best offer. 772-621-9792

SCOTTIEC '67- 27ft, with
trir, -cutty cabin, engines
do not work, $2400 neg.
(863)763-3451.

SKEETER '77 16' 140
Evinrude motor, As is
$4000. Cell
(314)651-1951.
STARCRAFT DEEP V- 15',
w/trlr, late model Evinrude
48HP, trolling motor,
many extras, boat cover, 2
new batteries,) $2500,
(863)824-0048.

TIDE CRAFT '83 16'8" Fi-
berglass 140HP suziki
eng. w/trl. Fish finder
$2000 (863)946-1481

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



Winnebago, '98, 35', 460
Ford, slide out, exc. cond.,
39,600 mi., $37,000.
(804)898-1717 'Lakeport.


Fifth WhI. Hitch, Ll'I Rock-
er, like new cond., lost
camper due to hurricane
$425. (863)467-0290

Savanna '98 5th wheel
3 slides W&D exc.
.cond. neg $25,000
(417)581-6849 -


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


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


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 41015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment -1025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

I mil-




CHEV CAPRICE, '67- 2dr,
hardtop, 327 CID, 300HP,
all original, $5000.
(863)357-1625.

CHEVY CAMARO 1986
Raced at Thunder Cross in
Bomber. $1800 Call Scott
B. 863-763-2622 Iv. msg.
CHEVY CAMARO 86' AT, v-
6 2.8 runs good $1000
firm (863)763-8763 or
(863)261-2643
CHEVY CAVALIER '96,
White, tinted windows,
5 spd A/C. $1250.
(863)634-4217.
FORD MUSTANG COUPE
'93, 5 speed,
$2500. (863)357-3633
After 6pm.
MERCURY '83
302 eng. runs $75
(863)357-0872
** *
MERCURY TOPAZ '89,
Black, 4dr, Heat, New
brakes, good cond. $750.
neg. (863)634-8024.
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.
PONTIAC GRAND AM '90
No engine. New tires. As Is.
$500 (863)763-2501



CHEVY PU, '68- stepside,
8ft bed, rebuilt trans, driv-
en daily, rare model,
$6000. (863)697-6433.
CHRYSLER NEW YORKER
'48- 3 window Business
Coupe, Street Rod, 455 ci,
$2500 (863)634-0526.


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







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


AUTOMOTIVE GROUP of STUART


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 EXPLORER '97,
89,000 mi. Int. clean, .
Runs Good. $5,500.
(863)234-1522.


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


BEDLINER for Ford Ranger
PU with accessories, good
condition, $50. (863)467-
0987.




CAR DOLLEY:
In Good shape. $450.
(863)675-3312


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
GM Positive Traction Unit
8.5/373 Gears, F/
Differential, $150 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE
Runs, $550. Or
best offer.
863-467-8856.
SUPER SWAMPER BOG-
GERS (39.5) & RIMS-
good condition, $800 for
all 4. (863)634-6428.


SUPER SWAMPER TIRES
(33) & RIMS fits Jeep,
good condition, $600.
(863)634-6428.

TIRES- (4) Firestone Affinity
LH30, P215/70R/15,
brand new, $200 or best
offer. (561)252-1371.

TONNEAU COVER, Fiber-
glass, fits '97 up Ford
F150 shortbed, $350 neg.
(863)484-0207/467-2183

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


CHEVY CHEYENNE, '88-
V6, 4.3 liter, AC, auto,
runs good, $2500 firm.
(850)228-7773 Andy.

CHEVY S10 '92
good work truck
$1200
(863)357-1956

MAZDA P/U 1995
w/Truck Cap. Good
condition. $3,500.
863-357-3413


EQUIPMENT TRAILER, 20',
3 axle, metal floor, ramps,
Goose neck, $1600.
(863)697-9704

HAULMARK TRAILER '04
Enclosed 6'x10', 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.
4'x 8', Good
Condition. $50.
(863)763-4491.


Chevy Astro Van, '99,. 8
passenger, candy apple
red, $6500 or best offer.
(863)675-0056
\
When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.


SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the
following appf cation(s) for permit have been received for projecl(s) in
Okeechobee County:
Russakis Ranch LLC (Russakis Ranch) 8801 Indrio Rd, Ft Pierce, FL
34951, has submitted Application 050128-13 for modification of Envi-
ronmental Resource Permit 56-00252-S for 2076 acres of agricultural
lands. The water will be discharged to Cypress Creek and the project is
located in Sections 11.14,19,23,24, Township 35 South, Ranges 36,37
East.
J 0 Wolff (Wolff Brothers Grove) 3124 SW 28th St, Okeechobee, FL
34974, has submitted Application 050106-15 for modification of Water
Use Permit 47-00070-W to irrigate 310 acres of agricultural lands The
water will be withdrawn from the Floridan and Surficial Aquilers and the
project is located in Section 16, Township 34 South, Range 36 East.
South Florida Water Management District (Kissimmee ASR Pilot Project)
3301 Gun Club Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33016, has submitted Applica-
tion 050204-3 for a Water Use Permit for aquifer storage and recovery.
The water will be withdrawn from the Upper Flordan Aquifer and the Kis-
simmee River and the project is located in Section 19, Township 38
South, Range 35 East.
Smith Ranch and Grove LLC, 795 SW 12th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL
32962, has submitted Application 050128-15 for modification of Envi-
ronmental Resource Permit 56-00252-S for 3500 acres of agricultural
lands. The water will be discharged to Cypress Creek and the project is
located in Sections 11,14,23-26,35,36, Township 35 South, Range 36
East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a writ-
ten request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agencyac-
tion regarding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, Attn: Environmental Resource Regulation, PO Box
24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or re-
quests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of pub-
lication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A
copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of
further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request
an administrative hearing regarding the proposed agency action by sub-
mitting a written request therefore after reviewing the staff report.
555718 ON 2/24/05


Public Notices
II I


Public Notice 5,15r
State Public -
Legal Notice 550C(



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2004 DR 771
Division: Domestic Relations
Genaro Garcia
Petitioner
and
Evelyn C. Garcia
Respondent
AMENDED
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Evelyn C. Garcia
240 SomGrero Bch Rd. 12D
Marathor, jL 33260
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of written defenses, if
any, to it on Genaro Garcia whose
address 320 NW 38th Terrace on
or before March 19, 2005, and file
the original with the clerk of this
Court at 354 NW 2nd St., Okeecho-
bee, FL.34972 before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereaf-
ter. If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office. You may review
these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office notified of your
current address. Future papers in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the ad-
dress on record at the clerk's of-
fice.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
quires certain automatic disclosure
of documents and information.
Failure to comply can result in
sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: February 8, 2005
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
SHARON ROBERTSON
By: Beatrice Rodriguez
Deputy Clerk
553312 ON 2/17,24;3/3,10


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CARL GILBERT SCHRACK
Deceased.
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2005 CP 022
Division Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Cad Gilbert Schrack, deceased,
whose date of death was december
4. 2004, and whose Social Securi-
ty Number is 274-30-3863, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which
is 304 NW 2nd Street, room 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
required to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF
ACOPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH INI
SECTION 733.702 0 F THE FLORI-
DA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOR-
EVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is February 23, 2005.
'Personal Representative:
Darrell Phillip Schrack
13101 SW 200 Terrace
Miami, Florida 33177
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Lawmakers approach nitty-gritty of slots amendment


By Jackie Hallifax
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE -.Lawmakers
got closer Tuesday to the nitty-gritty
of regulating and taxing slot
machines at South Florida tracks
and jai-alai frontons.
One bill discussed in a key
House committee would set the
tax rate at 30 percent. A bill pre-
sented by 'an opponent would
give the state ownership of the


slotsand a guaranteed take of 39
percent, completely cutting out
any profit for the pari-mutuel
industry.
And state Rep. Frank Attkisson,
who chairs the Business Regula-
tion Committee, raised the possibil-
ity of .dedicating the money the
state may collect from taxing slot
machines to teacher performance
pay, reading programs, mentoring
grants for parents and Bright
Futures scholarships. '


The panel could be several
weeks from voting on legislation,
said Attkisson, R-Kissimmee.
Voters in Broward and Miami-
Dade counties will vote March 8 on
whether to allow slots at seven race
tracks and jai-alai frontons.
"A constitutional amendment
was approved in November, giving
the two counties the option of hav-
ing slot machines at the pari-
mutuel facilities.
The ballot measure earmarks


any tax revenue the state may col-
lect on the slot machines to schools
across the state the prominent
feature of the slots' ad campaign
last summer and fall.
The sponsors of the ballot
measure back a 30 percent tax rate.
They warn that the tracks and jai-
alai frontons won't be able to build
and market their facilities to com-
pete with Indian casinos and cruis-
es-to-nowhere if lawmakers go
overboard.


Staying afloat
Rosanne Dodge with the US Army Corps of Engineers is
ready to assist Lance Crum, a third grader at South Ele-
mentary School put on a lifejacket during a water safety
program.



Former death row inmate


advocates bill for lawsuits


TALLAHASSEE Three years
after walking off death row a free
man, Juan Melendez is pushing to
make police and prosecutors
liable for wrongful convictions
based on "fabricated or decep-
tively manipulated" evidence.
Bills have been filed in both
the state House and Senate to
make police agencies or prosecu-
tors liable for civil damages in
wrongful convictions based on,
tampered evidence. The annual
two-month legislative session
begins March 8.
Abe Bonowitz, director of
Floridians for Alternatives to the
Death Penalty, said Wednesday
the legislation (HB 247/SB 1004)
is an important start toward
accountability especially in
Florida, where two dozen people
have been released from death


row after having their convictions
overturned.
Melendez; 53, lived on death
row for nearly 18 years. He was
released in January 2002 after his
murder conviction was over-
turned and prosecutors said they
would not try him again.
Melendez and Bonowitz said
prosecutors have conclusive evi-
dence before Melendez went to
trial that another man was the
killer.
"They knew I was an innocent
man a month before I went to
trial," Melendez told reporters. '
Hardy Pickard, a Bartow pros-
ecutor who 'worked .on Melen-
dez's case, said Wednesday he
would not comment.
"I've got nothing to say about
that case at all," Pickard said.


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