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Vol. 96No.keecho bee tews


Vol. 96 No. 59 Monday, February 28, 2005 50M 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,

Shortages, disputes
delay storm recovery
PENSACOLA Chuck
Johnson and his golden
retriever, Molly, share a small
camper parked in front of a
concrete slab, all that remains
of his hurricane-battered
home.
The 56-year-old film techni-
cian is among thousands of
Floridians still struggling to
recover five months after the
last of four hurricanes ram-
paged across the state.
Disputes with insurers and
shortages of building materi-
als, contractors and labor have
delayed repairing or rebuilding
many of Florida's 700,000
damaged dwellings.
Page 2
Scientists wage
war on climbing fern
Happy National Invasive
Weed Awareness Week! The
Invasive Weeds Awareness
Coalition has declared Feb. 26
through March 4, as a time to
focus national attention on the
severe problems created by
invasive weeds.
Besides public workshops,
exhibits and meetings with
national leaders who can deal
with this problem, visitors to
the scheduled events in Wash-,
ington DC will hear of a recent
program to deal with one
"beauty that can hide a beast"
here in Florida Old World
Climbing Fern, the focus of this
week's article.
Two weeks ago on Valen-
tine's Day, U.S. Congressman
E. Clay Shaw helped release a
new moth in Florida. The
Lygodium moth, an Australian
insect; produces a caterpillar
that will chew only on this
fern. It is the first time that
predatory insects have been
used to control this invasive
exotic weed. The release was
held in Jonathan Dickinson
State Park in Martin County.
Page 5

Drought Index
-Current: 455
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.73 feet
1f.-


Lake level
LastYear:
15.40 feet


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Okeechobee display: wins first place at state fair


Courtesy photo
Counties throughout Florida exhibited their elaborate 3-D displays for judging on-open-
ing day of the 101st annual Florida State Fair in Tampa. There were 12 winners from
three districts. The Okeechobee County display was the first place finisher among Dis-
trict 1 competitors. In second place was Jackson County; third place went to Union
County; and, Sumter County received honorable mention. Okeechobee's Linda Syfrett
(left), a member of the Florida State Fair authority, and Billy Bowman (right), chairman
of the Florida State Fair Authority, are seen with the Okeechobee County exhibit.



Study: Fla. schools among nation's worst


TAMPA Florida schools
rank among the worst in the
nation in teacher salaries and
college funding, according to a
new report aimed at improving
the state's education.
The Constitutional Account-
ability Commission report said
state schools are above-average
only in third-grade reading and
in the number of students
returning for a second year at
community colleges.
"Florida is not competing, on
a national level. That is pretty
obvious," said Steven Shimp, a
Fort Myers contractor serving
on the panel and Florida Tax
Watch, a consumer-watchdog
group.


The amount Florida spends
per student is 45th among the
nation. Florida is also behind in
teacher salary and funding of
colleges, the panel members
concluded.
The commission was creat-
ed by the Florida School Boards
Association to study the
demands of the state constitu-
tion. In 1998, voters changed
the Florida Constitution to
describe education as a "funda-
mental value" of the state and
make it "a paramount duty of
the state" to provide for "high-
quality" public schools.
The 31-member bipartisan
commission includes educa-
tors, former lawmakers and


business leaders and is chaired
by former Attorney General Bob
Butterworth, a Democrat, and
former Comptroller Bob Milli-
gan, a Republican.
Once the panel makes the
finishing touches it discussed
Friday, the governor and Legis-
lature will give the final
approval to the document.
Bush has proposed a $1.1
billion increase in spending on
public schools. About half of
that is tied to class size reduc-
tion. That won't leave school
districts a lot to give teachers
pay raises a point that Bush
and legislators use in their argu-
ments against reducing class
size.


Commissioners


stick to policy


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Two agenda items at
Thursday's meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commis-
sion resulted in a lengthy dis-
cussion of building depart-
ment polices that could
possibly result in policy
changes.
Tammy Rucks was consid-
ering purchasing property onr-
an unpaved right-of-way in
Okeechobee Gardens subdivi-
sion. Okeechobee Gardens is
north of S.R.70 E. near the
Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic center.
Ms. Rucks asked the build-
ing department if she could
get a building permit. She was
told that a building permit
could be issued, but that there
must be paved access to the


lot before a certificate of occu-
pancy would be issued. She
proposed that the buyer, the
seller and the county equally
share the cost of building the
road. She was advised that
that was a matter to be
resolved between the buyer
and seller.
County Attorney Laura
McCall called attention to the
fact that the county would
have a liability if houses were
built on unpaved roads
because emergency vehicles
could not get through.
Commissioner Gene
Woods said he could not
make an exception because
he believed in treating every-
one the same.
County Administrator
George Long noted that policy
See Policy Page 2


Navy plans


expansion of


bombing range

AVON PARK Endangered missiles, mortar shells and
species, hunting, cattle and- other live ammunition,
timber leases could be endan- although some environmental
gered under a Navy plan to advocates are still trying to con-
move combat training opera- vince the military to adopt
tions from Puerto Rico to the some lesser-damaging alterna-
Avon Park test range, a tives.
106,073-acre military base in A series of public hearings
central Florida. on the issue is set to begin
Plans, which are scheduled Tuesday night in Frostproof,
to become finalized later this where the public is expected to
year, call for the expansion of
bomb drops, plus the firing of See Navy Page 2


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

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Classifieds ....... 8-10
Comics ............7
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ......... .8
Opinion ........... .4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports .............. 6
TV ................ 9
Weather ............ 2
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Nap time
James (Jimbo) Fountain of Okeechobee takes time out
for a nap after enjoying the food and music at the Okee-
chobee Main Street Barbecue Cook-Off Saturday after-
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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: Okeechpbee 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
Okeechobee or Okeechobee
County.
Applynow
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 dead-
line to file is March 1.
2004 property tax rebate for
those who have been displaced
from their homesteaded property
for more than 60 days because of a
named tropical system: The 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.

Watershed project
team meeting planned
OKEECHOBEE The Lake
Okeechobee Watershed Project
Team will be meeting Monday,
Feb. 28, from 10:30 a.m. until 4
p.m. at the Indian River Communi-
ty College Dixon Hendry Cam-
pus, room 111, 2229 N.W. Ninth
Ave., in Okeechobee.
A public comment period will
be held after the last presentation.
For information, call Anwar
Khan at (954) 494-2084 or Dave
Unsell at (561) 682-6888.

Four tickets
share top prize
TALLAHASSEE Four win-
ners of the Fantasy 5 game will col-
lect $69,895.46 each, the Florida
Lottery said Sunday.
The winning tickets were
bought in Miami, St. Petersburg,
Cape Coral and the Holmes Coun-
ty community of Esto, lottery offi-
cials reported.
The 410 tickets matching 4-of-5
numbers will collect $109.50 each.
Another 12,657 tickets match-
ing 3-of-5 won $9.50, and 121,064
tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for
picking 2-of-5.
The 'numbers drawn Saturday
nightwere 6,8,14,24 and 32.

-Lotto jackpot
rolls over
TALLAHASSEE No tickets
matched all six Florida Lotto num-
bers, resulting in a rollover, lottery
officials said Sunday.
Wednesday's jackpot will be $6
million, officials said.
A total of 52 tickets matched
five numbers to win $7,165.50;
3,128 tickets matched four num-
bers for $96.50, and 71,287. tickets
matched three numbers for $6
The winning Florida Lotto
numbers selected Saturday were
1,20,27,32,38 and 51.

American flight
makes emergency stop
ORLANDO An American Air-
lines flight from Fort Lauderdale to
Los Angeles made an emergency
landing at Orlando International
Airport on Sunday after the smell
of smoke filled the cockpit, offi-
cials said.
The Boeing 757 carrying 187
passengers and six crew members
was met by several fire trucks,
whose crews reportedly checked
the left engine.
No injuries were reported, said
American Airlines spokesman
SonjaWhitemon.
"They declared the emergency
as a normal precaution," White-
mon said. "Aside from the fact
there was a haze in the cabin, it


was a normal landing."
The plane left Fort Lauderdale
at 11:06 a.m., and passengers
smelled smoke about 20 minutes
into the flight. The plane landed in
Orlando at 12:15 p.m., according
to Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Avia-
tion Administration spokes-
woman in Atlanta. She said there
was no fire.
"The preliminary report was
that there was ~an indicator of
smoke in the cockpit," Bergen
said.


Navy

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weigh in on the notion that
increased military testing at the
Avon Park range could affect
wildlife and recreational usage.
Other hearings are scheduled for
Wednesday in Sebring and Thurs-
day in Avon Park.
"The Navy and the Air Force
have environmental concerns,
but they have a mission, too, to
protect the country," said Alan
Webb, a project planning supervi-
sor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's Vero Beach office.
Navy officials listed seven alter-
natives in a draft environmental
impact statement, including ones
that would cause the least


amount of damage to rare or
endangered species.
Also included in those alterna-
tives are plans on where the
bombs will be dropped, how
much land will have to be cleared
for roads and other infrastructure
and how much additional land
would be made off limits to pub-
lic recreational activities.
Winter Haven environmental-
ist Marian Ryan said she's con-
vinced it would be futile to try and
halt the bombing plan, so she's
pushing officials to try and cut
fewer acres of forests, leave more
wetlands undisturbed and limit
damage to rare-species habitat.
"The bombing range supports
a diversity of rare habitats and is
a keystone parcel that unites
conservation lands in a regional-
ly significant wildlife corridor,"


Ryan said.
Some biologists are also con-
cerned about the potential impact
on Florida grasshopper sparrows,
one of the state's rarest bird
species. The birds survive at only
three locations in Florida; the
Avon Park range is one of them.
"There's no place else for
them to go," said Paul Gray, a biol-
ogist at Audubon of Florida.
Gray said a 2001 report from
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
predicts even the current activities
could result in the loss of five
nests a year, though it also says
that any birds old enough to fly
could escape injury.
There's also concern how the
range's populations of red-cock-
aded woodpeckers and Florida
scrubjays would be affected by
increased testing activities.


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Policy

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is established and it was a ques-
tion of whether or not the com-
missioners wished to modify
policy.
"I don't see we have any
choice," Commissioner Ray
Domer said. "We should start
following policy."
County Commission Chair-
man John Abney suggested
some type of release from liabili-
ty if people built on an unpaved
road, with the expectation that
the road 'would be paved in the
near future.
Ms. McCall remarked that a
release could not be transferred
to a subsequent owner.
After some discussion, com-'
missioners voted to do a special
assessment to pave all the roads
in Okeechobee Gardens subdivi-
sion.
The other building depart-
ment related item that evoked
discussion was brought up by
Jim Davis.
Mr. Davis owns property on
the east side of S.W 26th Ave.,
which is a relatively short street
that runs north from Wolff Road
about 900 feet.
Although the road is paved, it
is not a county right-of-way and
does not meet minimum county
standards. It is about 11 feet
wide at the beginning, then
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end of the street. The avenue
currently provides access to six
parcels.
Mr. Davis wishes to split his
parcel of land, which would
mean S.W 26th Ave. would pro-
vide access to eight parcels.
County regulations require a
roadway giving access to eight
lots to have a full right-of-way
and a paved 20-foot travelway.
"Are we going to do business
by the rules, or are we going
back to the old ways and bend
rules?" asked Mr. Domer.
Mr. Davis stated that he had
been told he could divide his
property. He said that if he had
known he could not do that, he
would not have given up his agri-
culture zoning.
Mr. Abney advised the county
to stay with policy and no action
would be needed.
"We are not keeping Mr.
Davis from developing his prop-
erty," Mr. Abney added.
"This is an unfortunate situa-
tion, but I do not feel we can
lower our standards," said Com-
missioner Elvie Posey.
Mr. Long stated that accord-
ing to his research as far back as
1957, there was no record of the
county accepting the road for
maintenance. He said he did not
know when it was paved.
At their March 10 meeting,
commissioners intend to discuss
county policy on paving roads,
minimum rights-of-way and
bypass roads.


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Courtesy photos/South
These Terrific Kids are: Austin Spano, Mateo Hernandez, Destiny Pryor, Jarren Hall, Kelsi
Kula, Jesus Gomez, Jennifer Treece, Brittney Godfrey, Gabriel Sanches, Raymond Collins,
Madisyn Hubbard, Colton McCreary, Lane Everhart, Jenna Deal, Billie Sue Levitt, Harley
Toole, Sarah Piroli, Jake Close, Alex Torres, Katelyn Jolly, Andre' Hilliard, Kyle Burton,
Matthew McGhee, John Boswell, Joel Rodriquez, Mark Youmans and Maribel Hernandez.
Congratulations!


South participates in national


Knowing how important National "Read Across America"
reading is to your child's educa- program. The Literacy Commit-
tion, South Elementary School is tee is planning many exciting
participating this week in a events. We will have guest read-.


ers in the classrooms, listen to a
guest storyteller in a special pro-
gram on Friday, and celebrate
with a special Family Night on


Courtesy photo
Hospice raffling quilt
Hospice of Okeechobee is raffling this beautiful hand-made quilt donated by the Tantie
Quilters. The quilt is currently on display at the VFW post #10539 on U.S. 441 S.E. It will
also be available for viewing at the Speckled Perch Festival. Tickets are one for $1 or six
for $5. The drawing will be held on April 28th at the VFW post #10539. All proceeds from
the quilt will be used for patient care, here in our hometown. For information, call There-
sa Davis at (863) 467-2321.


These Terrific Kids are: Jacob McKee, Savannah Goggins, Zachary Stripling, Ronni Asbery,
Stephanie Torres, Taylor Hammack, Zachary Hudson, Isa Ortega, Nathon Campbell, Gavin
Beal, Meagan Wilson, Jenneta Widner, Tasha Barker, Tyler Winner, Myron McGhee, Marianne
Madrigal, Audrey Bertram, Naomi Cook, Stormy Stokes, Juana Rodriguez, Edmondo
Resendez, Brandon Parramore, Jordan Faircloth, Lauren Halliday, Ernan Martinez, Kristen
Gagliardi, Ra'Shin Williams, Natasha Bayless, Brandon Brown, Daniel Eng and De'Quan
Moore. Mr. Frank Irby from the Kiwanis Club was on hand to present the certificates to the
children.


reading program
who worked hard to get a "100" nine weeks of school. Report
day on their reading test. These third cards will come out on April 1.
Dr. graders are;, Drew Arrants, Mary Our Terrific Kids this week
inal Bushatz, Naomi Cook, Tuff Dur- last week were Jacob McKee,
rance, Harlie Elliott, Billie Sue Savannah Goggans, Zachary
Levitt, Casey Lewis, Zane More- Stripling, Ronni Asbery,
land, McKenzie Richey, Ashton Stephanie Torres, Taylor Ham-
Rogers, Danyelle Sheffield, mack, Zachary Hudson, Isa Orte-
Alyssa Sinclair, and Casey Tra- ga, Nathon Campbell, Gavin
vers. Beal, Meagan Wilson, Jenneta
We want to give a big thank Widner, Tasha Barker, Tyler Win-
will you to Mr. Steve Milrot and the ner, Myron McGhee, Marianne
the Eddie Accardi Dealership for Madrigal, Audrey. Bertram,
providing pizza parties to the Naomi Cook, Stormy Stokes,
one classes who collected the most Juana Rodriguez, Brandon Par-
oss money for the Tsunami Relief ramore, Jordan Faircloth, Lauren
v to Fund. Thank you! The school Halliday, Ernan Martinez, Kristen
collected $4,000.00. Gagliardi, Ra'Shin Williams,
last Remember, on March 14, Natasha Bayless, Brandon
first FCAT Testing begins, and March Brown, Daniel Eng, and
-tin- 17, marks the end of the third De'Quan Moore.


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attend!
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week in Miss Schoonover's
grade class the students con
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Map". This is the story of a l
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world, a map of her town, an
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Community Events

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.

Youth Livestock Show canceled workday
The Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show Committee has can-
celed the first workday at the Agri -Civic Center that was sched-
uled for March 5. Each exhibitor is required to work one of the
other workdays Saturday, March 12, or Sunday, March 20. Please
have show boxes and record books completed early and do not
miss FCAT tests March 14, 15 and 16 so there are no make-ups dur-
ing show time. For information, call Rick Barnes (863) 357-2047 or
Larry Davis (863) 763-2755.

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 chick-
en/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
sponsored 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 Luther-
an 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.

Free workshop on butterflies offered
Learn about the lifestyles of butterflies in the garden from butter-
fly expert Alana Edwards. Ms. Edwards, presidgt of the, local chap-
ter of the North American Butterfly Association, will teach you how
to attract these lovely creatures to your yard. The workshop will be
held at the DuPuis Management Area Visitor Center dri March 5.
This event is free and begins at 9 a.m. The Visitor Center is open
from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. DuPuis is eight miles west of
Indiantown on the south side of Kanner Highway (S.R. 76). Go to
the visitors' center at Gate 5. For information, call (800) 432-2045,
ext 3339.

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 11 a.m. There is no admission
charge. For more information, call (863) 763-4021.

Grace Christian holding fundraiser
The Grace Christian Schools' fourth grade class will be selling
Easter Lilies for $9, blue or pink Hydrangea's for $16 and $22 each
with pot covers. All proceeds go to defray the cost for a Florida his-
tory tour to St. Augustine. Orders must be placed no later than
March 7. To place an order, call (863) 697-0345 or (863) 763-3072.

Big Lake Genealogy Society to Meet
Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet on Tuesday, March 8, at
the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in tracing his or her family history is encouraged
to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome. Come
and share your genealogy research with us. For information, call
(863) 467-2036.





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Letter to the Editor


Contradiction
Even the word contradiction
appears to contradict its own defi-
nition, and history may teach gen-
erations to follow about the era of
redefinition.
It appears that in every aspect
of our society today extreme ideol-
ogy is literally changing and
redefining our political, economic
and social system.
For instance, a country that
was once based on the idea of
unity was proud to be the United
States, but we are actually a coun-
try of people divided literally in
half- un-united we stand?
Also,:
Christians teach about a man
called Jesus who taught us about
compassion, forgiveness and that
we should not only love our
neighbor and brothers but our
enemies too. But all I hear from a
lot of Christians today are terms
that sound unforgiving, intolerant
and plain hateful.
Rush Limbaugh put people
down on national television that
were alcoholics or addicted to
drugs, and then we find out later
he himself had an addiction.
President Bush stood on a
strong anti drug policy, but has a
history of alcohol and illegal drug
use.
Catholic priests were trusted
to be men of God but were giving
in to desires of pedophilia.
The government insists that
Americans should be responsible
for paying off their debt, but the
government itself has a multi-tril-
lion dollar debt.
CEOs, who are supposed to
be responsible and accountable
for managing money invested in
corporations by hard working
people, are cooking the books
and literally getting away with
stealing millions of dollars out of
individual retirement accounts.
The president says he is try-
ing to reduce the deficit by billions
of dollars annually by borrowing
another $2 trillion from our chil-
dren.
We are going to help reduce
pollution by reducing E.P.A. regu-
lations.


We are trying to become a
nation that will depend less on
fossil fuel by participating in pur-
chasing low mileage fuel hogs -
like bigger trucks, S.U.V.s and
Hummers.
We are opposed to gay rights
and abortion, while divorce rates
are higher than ever. Children are
starving and being thrown in
garbage cans because of morality?
We worry about a peep of
Janet Jackson's breast, but yet
allow our children to view vio-
lence on DVDs and play stations?
We worry about late night
provocative television viewing,
while Jerry Springer and cable tel-
evision sells violence to our youth
in the middle of the day.
We worry about second
hand smoke at a bar, while adults
consume alcohol around children
at some restaurants and sports
bars.
We have the capability to find
cures for many diseases but we
would rather keep people doped
up on prescription drugs so the
pharmaceutical companies can
buy out the F.D.A. for profits.
The United States says it
wants to promote democracy, but
we act like big bullies pushing
capitalism.
We say we are the land of the
free, yet we have incarcerated
more of our own people than any
other nation in the world.
We also say we are a kind,
loving, tolerant and God-fearing
nation. But to those who oppose
our views we are revengeful, hate-
ful, intolerant and fearful.
We say we are patriotic,
which means we should always
question the intentions of our gov-
ernment and always demand the
truth, but we act very un-patriotic
because we follow blindly and
demand no accountability.
Jesus was compassionate, lov-
ing and forgiving but he was also a
rebel of the establishment who
said, I have come to tell the truth
and set a brother against a brother
and the truth will set you fee -
but this only applies if it is noncon-
tradictive.
J.K. Murray III


Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Alanon meetingwill be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m.at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index)., Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510
or (863) 467-5261.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at The Gathering in the confer-
ence room for a weekly 12 step recovery and support group meeting for
women overcoming chemical dependency. For information, call (863)
467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For information,
contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meet at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For information, call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome. For
information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church; 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. The public is invited.
Grief and'Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.

Wednesday
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion. The Okeechobee Jaycees would like to welcome all energetic
young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interested in
working towards the betterment of our community. For information, call
Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's
an open meeting.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in
the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S; 441. For
information, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Crulse'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show
a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners
while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at the V.F.W.
Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invit-
ed. For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers sup-
port and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical
depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual
diagnosis.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.



Crime Prevention Tip

Parking in handicapped and fire lanes is a violation of the law:


Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking Back ..
This was taken by photographer John Kunkel Small in
April of 1924 of L.W. Nuttall's car, the first car from the
left. Large slash pines can be seen in the background. It
was taken on the Indian Prairie, west of Okeechobee. Do
you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of
Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring
them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St.,
and we can copy them while you wait.



Community Events

Free help with tax returns offered
AARP Taxaide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer run, tax
counseling preparation service. Their free service can answer most
of the tax issues faced by middle- to low-income taxpayers, with
special attention to taxpayers age 60 or older. Your tax returns can
be filed electronically. Taxaide will be working Feb. 14 through April
15, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Pqst #64, 501 S.E. Second St. You need to bring last
year's tax return and the necessary papers needed to file your 2004
tax return. Taxaide does not prepare state income tax returns. For
information contact Margaret Burns, district coordinator instructor,
at (863) 357-2247.

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and
are seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their play-
ground that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more infor-
mation, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W 16th St. Basic computer .kn: ledge and i ,:ord processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as h.ti,.\ to access and navigate the
internet. For the dates and times ol trese clacs s, contactt the Okee-
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the
church. The temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. Allyou need is an I.D. The hours of operation are
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Red Cross needs DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure
fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Can-
dace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling
(863) 763-2488.

Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that have an
image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on two sides of
the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper telling some of the
history of the beautiful old building for $6. These are available at the
Chamber of Commerce. The Historical Society has reprinted the
small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee County
Florida" that sells for $4. It, too, is available at the Chamber of Com-
merce. Both are also available at the Historical Museum, which is
open each Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. except for holidays.

Faith Farm Thrift store reopens
The Faith Farm Thrift Store, 1852 S.R. 70 W has now reopened.
Store hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call (863) 467-4342.

OCRA meeting scheduled
On March 3, at Teen Town starting at 7:30 p.m. the Okeechobee
Citizens Recreational Association (OCRA) will hold their monthly
meeting. This meeting is held the first Thursday of each month and
everyone over the age of 18 is welcome. For information, call Rev.
Paul E. Jackson (863) 824-0899 or visit www.chobee.com.

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 infor-
mation, 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 avail-
able at the church office. Call (863) 763-4021 for information.

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


The Okeechobee News, Monday, February 28,2005


OPINION







The Okeechobee News, Monday, February 28, 2005 5


Scientists wage war against Old World climbing fern


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Happy National Invasive Weed
Awareness Week! The Invasive
Weeds Awareness Coalition has
declared Feb. 26 through March 4,
as a time to focus national atten-
tion on the severe problems creat-
ed by invasive weeds.
Besides public workshops,
exhibits and meetings with nation-
al leaders who can deal with this
problem, visitors to the scheduled
events in Washington DC will hear
of a recent program to deal with
one "beauty that can hide a beast"
here in Florida Old World Climb-
ing Fern, the focus of this week's
article.
Two weeks ago on Valentine's
Day, U.S. Congressman E. Clay
Shaw helped release a new moth
in Florida. The Lygodium moth, an
Australian insect, produces a cater-
pillar that will chew only on this
fern. It is the first time that predato-
ry insects have been used to con-
trol this invasive exotic weed. The
release was held in Jonathan Dick-
inson State Park in Martin County.
Here in our extension office we
are getting more local reports
about Old World Climbing Fern.
Lygodium microphyllum, as it is
called by scientists, now covers
over 100,000 acres in Southern
Florida. It is very pretty to look at,
but if.allowed to grow would prob-
ably win a race with kudzu and air
potato. It can smother trees in
forests and along roadsides and is
especially common along canals
and rivers.
Old World Climbing Fern is
bright lime green in color, and the
"leaves" have small patches of dark
brown bumps along the edges,
places where microscopic spores
are produced. These dusty parti-
cles easily blow from one spot to
another, falling into canals, bump-
ing into trees and spreading the
problem.
Officials with the South Florida


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S"FLORIDA
IFAS EXTENSION
Water Management District and
the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection have been wag-
ing war with this wicked weed. Fla.
DEP officials estimated they spent
$3.8 million to manage (not con-
trol) Lygodium. Since 1988, they
have used herbicide sprays on
5000 acres of infested public land.
Last August they unleashed a
Lygodium Strike Force to help pub-
lic land managers keep the fern at
bay by offering to pay for the spray-
ing of infestations of 10 acres or
less.
At this time of year, Old World
Climbing Fern has already climbed
up into tree canopies. Chances are
that cold weather has killed the
foliage, leaving a "fire wick" that
can take spring wildfires from the
ground up into the tops of trees.
With Florida's spring droughts on
the way, management of this
wicked weed is imperative not only
to protect natural areas but may
also keep property and landscapes
from becoming charbroiled as
well.
Property owners visiting our
extension office can receive herbi-
cide recommendations from UF
scientists, but the materials labeled
for this use are non-selective weed-
killers. That means they will kill any
plant they touch, making it difficult
to preserve the desirable native
vegetation that is being protected
from this invasive weed.
That's why the release of this
hungry moth is of interest to local
landowners. As more of these pret-
ty little moths are raised in labora-
tories by UF and USDA scientists,
they will be released. Slowly they
will spread over Southern Florida
looking for this fern as. food. If it
doesn't have leaves, it can't grow,


Courtesy photo/Christine A. Bennett, USDA
A female moth, Cataclysta camptozonale, was released as a
biocontrol for Old World climbing fern.


so insects will put the pressure on
Old World Climbing Fern.
But that's not the only trick up
our sleeves: scientists are also
investigating a sap-sucking mite
that is specific to this fern. If con-
trolled trials prove that it will only
consume this fern, a second fern-
feeding mite might also be
released.
As you look around your Florida
Yard during National Invasive
Week Awareness Week, be on the
lookout for Old World Climbing
Fern. This plant and many other
invasive weeds create problems
and cost us lots of money to man-


age. Our office has fact sheets and
management recommendations
to help you win this battle.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on Old World Climbing Fern,
please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee, and
visit our Okeechobee County Mas-
ter Gardeners on Tuesday after-
noons from 1 until 5 p.m. on Tues-
day afternoons.


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Courtesy photo/Peggy Greb, USDA
Old World climbing fern growing on a cypress tree.


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happy that they were wearing their seat belts during their
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By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Wal-Mart Bass Fishing
League (BFL) put 272 fishermen
onto Lake Okeechobee Saturday
morning for their one-day event.
The rain began to fall half-way
through the weigh-ins, but it didn't
dampen the spirits of the anglers as
they brought the bags of fish to the
scale.
Late in the weigh-ins, Alan
Williams of Hollywood came
through the waiting line with four
fish in his bag weighing 20.11 lbs.
to take over first place in the co-
angler division. Then he reached
into the bag and pulled out a 7.03
lb. beauty to give him the big fish
award on the co-angler side as
well. Williams took home a check
for $2,437.
"I should have had a tot more
than four. They say the Lord giveth
and the Lord taketh away. Well, he
took away a lot. He gave me a lot
and took away a lot today," said
Williams. "I caught the big one
fishing top water with a green pearl
horny toad."
Greg Sorrell of South Fort Myers
finished in second place in the co-
angler division with 17.12 lbs. of
fish. He earned a check for $1,049.
Third place in the co-angler divi-
sion went to Michael D. McCoy of
Jupiter for his 16.1 lb. bag of fish.
He took home a check for $685.
On the boater side of the tour-
ney, Robert J. Beatty of Clermont
took first place with 26.8 lbs. of
bass. He earned over $7,000 in first
place money including $1,000
additional from Ranger Cup,
$ 1,000 from Garmin and $500 from
Ranger Cup Yamaha.
"You know the last tournament
I didn't catch a fish. So, I said that
I'm going for broke on this one,
either I going to catch them or I'm
not going to catch a fish. Fortunate-
ly, I got the right bites," explained
Beatty. He caught his prize-winning
fish on a four-inch Crawdad flip-
ping and on a Noble black and
neon prototype bait.
Second place went to Roger
Crafton of Boca Grande. He
brought 23.14 lbs. of fish to the
scale to earn $2,097.
Casey Gonzalez of Tampa took
third place with 22.7 lbs. of fish,
earning him $1,373. He also had
the big fish of the day on the boater


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Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Alan Williams of Hollywood, Fla. brought 20.11 Ibs. of Okee-
chobee largemouths to the scale Saturday to take first place
honors at the Wal-Mart BFL tourney at Okee-Tantie Marina. He
also had the big bass of the day in the co-angler division. It
weighed 7.03 lbs. His total earnings for the day were $ 2,437.


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
Fire Department softball team
These fire fighters of the Okeechobee County Fire Department (in no particular order),
Keith Bourgault, Elisa Prevatt (Spider), Ricky Jones, Jr. Silvas, Doug Werk, Shalina
Nemeth, Ryan Hathaway, P.J. Polan, Todd Briney, Justin Hazelief, John Wooten, Clay
Holmes, Dustin Werk and Karl Holtkamp played softball on Tuesday, Feb. 22, to partici-
pate in the Step up Florida! campaign promoting exercise and physical fitness in the
community. Even though they were defeated by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,
the game was in good fun and enjoyed by every one.


Casey Gonzalez of Tampa captured third place with 22.7 Ibs.
of bass. He also had the big bass in the boaters division. He
took home $2,053 for the day.


side with a 9.13 lb. beauty. It
earned him an additional $680. He
bagged these fish on a War Eagle
white, twin gold blade spinnerbait
down toward the south end.
There were a total of 136


boaters and 136 co-anglers entered
in this tourney. The boaters pulled
in a total of 577 fish weighing a
total of 1,241.8 lbs. The co-anglers
brought in 503 fish weighing a total
of 877.2 lbs.


Sports Briefs


Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold their fourth annual Kid's Day
benefit bass tournament on March
20 at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
Boats will take to the water at
safe light and return for weigh-ins
at 2 p.m.
The entry fee into the team tour-
nament will be $110 per team. This
fee includes entry into the big bass
pot. The entry fee can be paid at
the ramp on the morning of the
tournament. Entries can also be
paid by check in advance. To do so,
make the check payable to the Tay-
lor Creek Bass Club and mail it to:
Bill Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St., Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34974. Entry forms
are available at several local bait
and taclde shops, as well as busi-
nesses and restaurants; or, by con-
tact Bill at (863) 763-2926.
The total payout will be for the
top six places, and first- and sec-
ond-place big fish winners. The
tournament will have a 70 percent
payout based on a 50 boat field. If
there is a full field, first place will
receive $1,200; second place will
receive $800; third place will
receive $500; fourth place will
receive $300; fifth place will receive
$200 and sixth place will receive
$150. The big fish award will be
$350. Second big fish will receive
$150.
The remaining. 30 percent will
be used to help fund the club's
20th annual Okeechobee Kid's Day
Fishing Festival to be held later this
year.

Wrestling club
to start sign ups
The Chobee Wrestling Club will
begin their spring season in March.
The club is open to both boys
and girls, ages 5-18. Sign-ups for
the club will be March 1,3,8 and 10
with elementary school-age
wrestlers practicing from 6 until 7
p.m. and middle school wrestlers
practicing from 7 until 8 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursdays of each
week.
For information, contact coach
Bruce Jahner at (863) 462-5025.

Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail has
announced its 2005 tournament
schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail


will begin on May 29. The dates for
the rest of the trail are June 26, July
10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for the
memorial tourney and the trail can
be made at the Wanta-Linga Motel
or at the dock on the day of the
tournament.
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863) 763-1020.


OCRA meets
each month
The regular monthly meetings of
the Okeechobee Citizens Recre-
lational Association (O.C.R.A.) are
held at Teen Town on the first Thurs-
day of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone over the age of 18 is
welcome to attend.
Information is available on their
website at www.chobee.com; or
contact Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr.,
media director, at (863) 824-0899.


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
Batter up!
Fireman Doug Werk goes for a homerun at the Step Up
Florida! softball game between the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office and the Okeechobee County Fire Depart-
ment which was held Tuesday evening, Feb. 22 at the
Sports Complex. Okeechobee Sheriff's Office Deputy
Noel Stephens was behind the plate in this portion of the
game. The event was held to promote the Step Up Flori-
da! exercise program.


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Feb. 22, these members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (back row, left to
right) T.J. Brock, Shane Altman, Shannon Peterson, Keith Stripling, Kevin Coleman and
Sheriff Paul May (front row, left to right), Odell Lowe, Major Noel Stephens, Dale Laflam,
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
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Movie times for Friday, Feb. 25,
through Thursday, March 3, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Because of Winn-
Dixie" (PG-) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "Hitch" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre 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


Redirection Center
needs volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would
like to teach others? Do you
belong to a civic organization or
religious organization and would
like to spread the word? If you
answered yes to any of these
.questions, please contact Tom
Jones or Karin Aldridge at Okee-
chobee Redirection Center, 357-
5905. We are looking for volun-
teers' to work a few hours a
month with committed youth.
Need help paying for quality
child care?
Volunteers sought
for mediation program
If you have time on your hands
and want to work within the court
system try the mediation pro-
gram. The Nineteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit mediation program is looking
for volunteers that would like to
become a mediator for the courts.
All mediators are court appoint-
ed, trained and certified by the
Supreme Court of Florida 'f'yO6b
would be interested in volunteer-"
'ing and Warltnore'irfOf#6iation
on the program please call
Andrea Bemenderfer at (561)
871-5305.
Children's ranch
plans yard sales
Every Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday and some Saturdays
yard sales will he held at the Real
Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S.
441 S.E., from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Items for sale include clothing, fur-
niture and baby stuff. For informa-
tion, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
IRCC offers free
adult education
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic educa-
tion/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8
p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St.,
adult basic education/GED, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 7
a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa
Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship
class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9
p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925,
N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic educa-
tion/GED and English as a second
language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9
p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.;
and, Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English
as a second language, Tuesday
and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.
Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center offers a service
known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age, who may need
special education services. The
primary focus is on 3- and 4-year-
old children not yet in a school
setting. Child Find provides free
screenings on speech and lan-
guage, development, vision, and
hearing. For more information,
please contact Debbie Wagner at
1-800-358-8525.


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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
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Imployment



Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
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Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A/C Company looking for
Service Tech./Installer
w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.
863-763-8391

Administrative Assistant:
Computer exp. a MUST &
Exc. organizational skills.
Possess great customer
service skills & be flexible.
Local established business.
Competitive Salary. Send
resume to: 863-763-6621


A Hi-tech company needs:
TECH SUPPORT w/good:
Hardware, Computer &
Internet skills..
Pick up application at: .
100 SW 15th St. or
Fax Resume to:
863-467-0816.


ASSISTANT MANAGER
Nights & Weekends. Pizza
Experience a must. Call
(863)467-2222 Richard.

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

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


BUILDING BLOCKS
Seeking: Experienced
Teachers & Bus driver (CDL
req.) Great working envi-
ronment. 863-467-5000
CARPENTERS,
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
& LABORS: Needed in Port
St. Lucia. 772-201-9621

Server & Part Time
Exp'd Prep Cook
,1111 SParrottAve.
The Clock Restaurant
******"* **** -*

COOKS & SERVERS
ALL Shifts.
Apply in person
after 11 am.
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE.

DISTRIBUTOR
ROUTE SALES
WEEKEND
MERCHANDISER
License & credit checked
Flowers Baking Co.LLC
Call (561)252-5968
For Appointment
Driver/Thrower
Clean CDL CIs B Lic.
772-597-3755/220-9939
Indiantown-Sanitation
Electricians & Exp'd Help-
ers for Palm Beach County
Premier Electrical Contrac-
tor. Good pay, exc. bene-
fits. Fastrac Electric, 1-
888-743-8055

EXPERIENCED DUCT
INSTALLER
Apply in person, Newman
Air Cond., 202 NE 2nd St.
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.

Full Time
RV Mechanic
Benefits. Salary based
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467-0131
Ask for Chris.


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

IMMEIIDIATE 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
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 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, Fl 34973


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


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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BARTENDER &
COOK
Part time, Call for interview
(863)763-2250


EQUIPMENT OPERA-
TORS 5yrs. exper.
min. top pay. Call
Chris 813-323-5140
or main office
800-446-3326


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


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Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounds too
good to be true, chances
are that it is. If you have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at 772-
878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.



Services




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



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.





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


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

Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a
breeze
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand the
world around you. No
wonder newspaper read-
ers are more successful
people


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WRANGLER JEANS 1pr.
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.

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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.


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ELECTRIC CART
3 wheels. Retail $1695.
3 mo old $975.
(863)675-2596


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 wall 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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
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 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
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-q659


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





DISHWASHER, Kenmore,
Roll Around. Works well.
$75 (863)467-6088

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

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

MICROWAVE Sanyo,
Good Condition $10.
(863)675-1617
After 5pm.
RANGE
Electric, older model,
but works $25.
(863)467-2132.
REFRIGERATOR GE, 18.2
cubic ft. with ice maker.
Good cond. $90.
(863)763-3186.



19 PANS
1 x 12' long
$228 or will sep.
(863)467-4191
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 (8)63)763-6131



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


MATERNITY CLOTH'S
82 pcs. shirts pants, short's
dresses, sm. sz. $300
(863)763-3617


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.
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


4
KITCHEN TABLE,
w/6 chairs. Good condition.
$100 (863)467-6088

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.
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.



Cleveland Tour Irons, 3
thru PW, BIg Bertha driver
& Cleveland cart bag,
$250. (863)763-3724
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-
GOLF CLUBS, 100 Misc.,
Sets, Wedges, Woods.
$990 for all, will sep.
(863)946-3123



FUEL TANK 2000 Gal.




(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.


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


Earmark Hearing, Okee,
Standard Hearing Aids
from 2 for $699.00. Call
(863)763-4334 fo 'Appt.
GRAMMA'S OLD
BIk. wash pot
$50
(863)357-0872
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BASE FIDDLE, Stand Up,
acoustic w/deluxe padded
case, deluxe stand & bow.
$950 (863)675-2596



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



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- 21/2
ft long, with 10 gal glass
aquarium, $100.
(863)763-6090.
Chocolate Lab Puppies
8 wks. old
$500
(863)612-4847
GOLDEN LAB/AUST. SHEP
MIX PUPS- wormed,
shots, $25. (863)610-
1093.
MINIATURE GERMAN
SCHNAUSER 4 months
old illness forces the sale
$300 (863)634-5914
PIT BULL PUPPIES,
Red Nosed, males
$150, females, $125.
Call 863-634-0119.
PITT BULL PUPPIES
Ready to go on 03/11/05
Parents on premises. Red
/Blue $200 863-634-4483.
Red & Blue Heeler Pup-
pies, beautiful, males &
females, 11 wks. old,
(321)268-8875
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


CHAIN FALL, YALE, 1 Ton.
$30. (863)763-6901


PASLODE 30 DEGREE
cordless framing nailer 2"-
3'"Nails $250 (863)674-
0098
TABLE SAW
Craftsman 10"
$300
(863)467-9284


CAMPER Used Ultra
Light Max. 20', Good
cond. $5000. or under
(863)634-3611.
'Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567


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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 05
Farm Feed Products 310
Farm Miscellaneous i1,
Farm Produce .2)
Farm Services
Offered -25
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted S.1i-
Fertilizer 8,5
Horses 810
Landscaping
Supplies 3-45
Lawn & Garden 5
Livestock 855
Poultry. Supplies 860
Seeds Plants
Flowers 565



LAWN MOWER, Dixon,
Zero Turn, 52 in cut, 18hp,
runs good, new parts,
$1500. (863)697-2032
RIDING MOWER
ARIENS 1440, Z turn
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


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places >1Ci
Commercial
Property 5
Condos
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent C5
House Rent 930
Land Rent 5
Resort Property -
Rent
Roommate ',51,
Rooms to Rent 915
Storage Space
Rent 6)


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


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.
VILLA- 2BR, 2BA, unfur-
nished, $700 a month,
first, last $350 sec. No
Pets. (863)763-4034.



Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.


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 l1Or-,
Commercial
Property Sale 1)10
Condos
Townhouses Sale lLl5
Farms Sale 1)20
Houses Sale lIC'.
Hunting Property 10"0
Investment
Property Sale 1,:7.5
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale ifl5-
Open House 105u
Out of State
Property Sale 15':.
Property Inspection 1 Otu
Real Estate Wanted 1i0i
Resort Property
Sale 10;u
Warehouse Space 1(l?5:,
Waterfront Property l]80


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/








10 The Okeechobee News, Monday, February 28, 2005


I Automo ile


OKEE 75'x100' 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


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


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


MobileHome




Mobile Homre Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes. Rent 2015
Mou 2. Sale 2020U



90 Redman Dbi 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- with 90x120
lot, remodeled in and out,
$89,000. (863)467-7101.


Doublewide Mobile Home
for sale, 4BR/2BA on
leased lot, (863)763-
4645


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


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.


12' Aluminum I/ 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, 16 ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108
MOTOR, Honda 5 hp, Out-
board. Brand new, less
than 30 hrs. $1000 Firm.
Please call 863-697-1645
OUTBOARD MOTOR 35HP
good cond. $525
(863)634-4106

Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
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
Merclow hrs., exc. condo ,
$10,900. (863)610-1674
SKEETER '77 16' 140
Evinrude motor, As is
$4000. Cell
(314)651-1951.
TIDE CRAFT '83 16'8" Fi-
berglass 140HP suziki
eng. w/trl. Fish finder
$2000 (863)946-1481



Fifth WhI. Hitch, Li'l 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

Mai n
Acesre 32


AIRBOAT HULL- Thurman
Aluminum, 7'x11', w/trlr
and fuel cell, $1200 neg.
(863)612-9891.


BOAT TRAILER
New wheel jack, New tires,
carpet lift runners. $300.
(863)357-4604.


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


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


KEYSTONE HORNET
'03 27R Superslide
$14,800 neg
(863)357-4410


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






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

Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified.
CHEVY CAVALIER '96,
White, tinted windows,
5 spd A/C. $1250.
(863)6.34-4217.


Automobiles



Automobiles 41105

Autos Wanted l110
Classic Cars 4I15
Commercial Trucks 4102U
Construction
Equipment L409.5
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 40]'5
Heavy Duly Trucks -l44u(
Parts Repairs lu4.
Pickup Trucks 05.)
Sport Utility ,1055
Tractor Trailers -i0.i
ULility Trailers 41.165
Vans 40;(


CHEVY CORSICA LT '90
good shape 4dr. burg.
64,600 mi. $1800 neg
(863)467-8434
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
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
.classad@newszap.com
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE
$550. Or
best offer.
863-467-8856.


HYUNDAI


1998 V.W. Beetle
20 $6,995
2004 Hyundai Sonata
!2; 1 1,495
2004 Mercury Sable LS
4D.,ta.i 7K*1Mt ,1 3,795
2002 Chrysler Sebring Conv,


2002 Honda Accord EX
4tso Zn rr .ba2is.$14,795
2003 Toyota Celica GT
ji k 1,L 4,995
2004 Mazda 3 (5 Door-Hatch)

2003 Hyundai XG350
.c.t. $ 15,995


1998 Mercury Villager Van
wA.POapm $5,995
1998 Ford Windstar Van


U cv $6,995
1995 Ford E-150Cony, Van


2000 Jeep Cherokee SE
WOiOLAkys hi .. $73995
2002 Ford E-150 Cargo Van
V si i,,s ero. 11,995
2002 Isuzu Trooper SUV
WVArFPt',t.4;t *-12,995
2003 Ford Ranger XLT
Sc.SmSNruiA'2l $14,795
2004 Hyundai Sante Fe GLS
V6 M!,tPCOt2Kl 16,495





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



Looking for a place to hang
your hat? Look no further
than the classified.


Pub icNtic


I Pb ic o ice


NOTICE OF OUA MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will
meet in regular session n Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 830 A.M., at the
Okeechobee'Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida,
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will
iold a Public Hearing as soon after 8'30 A M. as possible to consider wa-
ter/sewer rates.
All interested parties for or against the proposed Rates can be heard at
said time and place The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons
shall be met by contacting the Executive Director's Office at 863-763-
9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Heanng by any person wishing
assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to
appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meet-
ings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose
may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made;
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or
tape recorder for such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
557101 ON 2/28/05


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.



CHEVY BLAZER 79'
engine needs work
$900
(863)673-2350
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.
JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT
Auto, Loaded, 94k, Exc
cond. $7,750. Firm Bill
(863)467-4663/467-0169


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.


AXLES- (2) 2 1/2 ton GMC
Military, asking $1200.
(863)612-9891.

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

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

FORD TEMPO
Needs transmission
$200 neg
(863)946-0206
GM Positive Traction Unit
8.5/373 Gears, F/
Differential, $150 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 & RIMS 4,'04-'05,
6 lugs, Michelan
255/65/R17 $700
863-357-4604.

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


lAutomobiles 407051


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2001 CA 50
BA MORTGAGE, LLC, successor by
merger to NATIONSBANC
MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
successor by merger to BARNETT ,
BANK OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE
Plaintiff
Vs.
RANDY R. SEARS, et ux. et al.,
Defendant
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order or Final J idgment
Scheduling Foreclosure Sale en-
tered on February 22 20C5 in this
case now pending in said Count,
the style of which is indicated
above.
I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash in the OKEECHO-
BEE County Coirthouse, 304 NW
2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida,
at 11:00 A.M., on the 16th day of

Order or Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 1, OKEECHOBEE
LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF
(OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH A 1994
PEACHTREE MOBILE HOME/
DOUBLEWIDE DESTINY
ID#PT37436A & PT37436B.
Ordered at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 24th day of February,
2005.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk, Circuit Court
Okeechobee, Florida
By: /s/ Landy Wherrell
As Deputy Clerk
Spear Hoflman
708 South Dixie Highway
, A-I, t F '...,. I

556999 ON 02/28;3/07/05



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.

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


DAILY DiscoUNT
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many discounted offers listed below from participating Okeechobee area
merchants. Simply present your Daily Discount Card to receive the listed
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We hope you will enjoy this added value for subscribing to the
Okeechobee News and frequent our local merchants. To subscribe to the
Okeechobee News call 1-877-353-2424.


Staff photo/Maria Chandler

Ribbon cutting ceremony
On Thursday a ribbon cutting ceremony took place for the new concept of the Badcock
furniture store now called Badcock Home Furniture & More. Cutting the ribbon are (left
to right) Ben Badcock, Mel Tillis, Ruby Meares, Mark Ballinger, Linda Ballinger, James
Kirk, Bill Pou, Don Marks and Henry Badcock.




Glades County Roundup


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

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

Library hosts

Cowboy Poet
The Moore Haven Public
Library will be hosting Matt Han-
son, commonly known as the
Cowboy Poet. This working
cracker poet is reknowned for his
unique brand of poetry. He will
be at the library March 4, at
noon.

Historical Society

to host fundraiser
The Glades County Historical
Society is restoring the lovely


Westergaard home and your
help is needed to raise state-
matching funds. Every little bit
helps from a penny to a four-fig-
ure check.
The Society is promoting the
old downtown Historic District Ls
a tourist attraction to bring much
needed purchasing power to
Glades County. There will be a
country ribs and chicken bar-
beque, Saturday, March 12, from
11 a.m.'until 2 p.m., at 207 Ave.
L, Moore Haven. Dine-in or take


out for $7. The menu will include
baked beans, potato salad, cole
slaw, homemade desserts, and
beverages.
Inspect the historic Wester-
gaard home. Re-wiring has been
completed. The interior is being'
sanded and readied for painting.
The next project will be com-
plete plumbing installation. A
contribution is appreciated. Con-
tact Anne-Tiques Shoppe, 100 1st
Street, Moore Haven for further
details, (863) 946-9100.


Staff photo/Maria Chandler

Terrific Kids donation
Anatoli Schwartz, owner of Stardust Lanes donated 3,000
free games of bowling to the Kiwanis "Terrific Kids" pro-
gram. Fourth and fifth graders who are recognized for
being an all-around good kid will receive a certificate,
free game of bowling, bumper sticker, ruler, pin, pencil
and eraser. Thanking Mr. Schwartz for his donation is
Ray Worley, (right) Kiwanis director and founder/chair-
man of the Terrific Kids Program.


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

Okeechobee Air Conditioning
312 S.W. 2nd St.
763-8391
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C System
(Does not apply w/any other discount)
ALUMINUM GUTTERS
Barry's Seamless Aluminum
Rain Gutters
202 N.E. Greenbriar Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL
877-878-9682
10% OFF any services
ANTIQUES
Don's Down South Antiques
441 S.E. and 15A
763-2712
10% OFF any purchase
APPLIANCE SERVICE
McKenna's Appliance Repair
Mobile Service 357-1019
10% OFF first service call

Advanced Appliances
Sales & Service
128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
ART GALLERY
Absolutely Art Gallery
& Custom Framing
115 S.W. Park St.
357-1199
10% OFF storewide
AUTO
E&E Automotive Clinic Inc.
3585 Hwy. 441 N.
763-2666
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
including tune-ups, oil services, etc.
BARRELS
Darrell's Barrell's
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all barrel's
BEAUTY SALONS
Incredible Hair & Nails
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-2282
10% OFF any service
BEAUTY SUPPLIES
Trading Post Indoor Shops
AVON
3100 Hwy 441 S.
Free gift with any purchase
BOATS
Big 0 Boats
1000 N.W. 9th Street
763-8650
$500 OFF 16'6" Twister Flats Boat
CLEANING
AA Honest Cleaning Service
P.O. Box 1784 .
467-6729
10% Discount
COMPUTER PARTS
T&D Computer Parts
6690 S.E. 88th Trail
467-1107
4% Discount on purchases $1,000 & under
8% Discount on purchases over $1,000


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

PAWN SHOP
Elliotts Pawn Shop
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF on all purchases


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

Superior Water Works
601 W. S. Park St.
763-2636
-FREE bottled water fill up with
discount card up to 5 gallons

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


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2004-CP-251
in Re: The Estlate of
BETTY SUE DANIELS
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Or-
ii I i ..
Number 2004-CP-251 by tie Cir-
cuit Court of Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 304 N W. 2nd
Street, room 101, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972: that the decedent's
date of death was October 26,
2004; that the totalvl value ol the es-
tate is $60,261.00; that the names
and addresses of those to whom it
I, ,,, ,i i, 3uch order
T i:ii i- i i 1i'ii 805 S.W.
1 th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34974
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and

dent other than those for whom
provision for full payment was
made in the Order of Summary Ad-
ministration must file their claims
within this court WITHIN THE TIME
PROVIDED BY LAW.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this notice is: February 21, 2005.
Attorneys for Person
Giving Notice:
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
P.0. Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763-3825
y: Tom W. Conely, Ill
Florida bar No. 096482
Person Giving Notice:
Patricia Mullins
805 S.W 10th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
554957 ON 02/21,28/05


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.


FORD AEROSTAR 1994
2 New tires, bat. & starter.
1 elderly owner. Serviced.
$1450. 561-889-7816
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