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Vol. 96 No. 61 Wednesday, March 2, 2005 504 Plus tax


Brief

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

Inside
Court ends death
penalty for youths
TALLAHASSEE -- Three
Florida death row inmates who
killed as teenagers got a
reprieve Tuesday when the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled that it
would be unconstitutional to
execute anyone who murdered
before they turned 18.
Two of them, an inmate
who killed an auto parts clerk
and another who executed an
elderly woman after a rape and
robbery, will still spend the rest
of their lives in prison. But the
third, who murdered a couple
who were camping, may be eli-
gible for parole in a few years
because he was sentenced
under an old state law, a state
legislator said.
The nation's high court
ruled executing someone for a
murder committed as a juve-
nile would violate the constitu-
tional ban on cruel punish-
ment. The 5-4 decision
stemmed from an appeal in a
death case in Missouri, one of
19 states that allowed the exe-
cution of juveniles.
.In Florida, the state Supreme
Court ruled in 1999 that the state
constitution banned the execu-
tion of 16-year-olds. But the con-
stitutional provision was
changed in 2002, creating the
possibility that murderers that
age could be executed.
Page 2
Bucs' Smith faces
assault charges
TAMPA Tampa Bay Buc-
caneer safety Dwight Smith was
arrested early Tuesday after he
pulled a pellet gun on two fans
who approached his car as they
waited in line at a McDonald's
drive through, Hillsborough
County sheriff's officials said.
Smith who pleaded guilty
to pulling a gun on a motorist in
2003 and a friend, David
Roston, were in line inside
Smith's 2004 BMW at 4 a.m.
when a woman in the car
ahead of them recognized
Smith, officials said.
Sports, Page 10

Drought Index
Current: 285
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.82 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
15.36 feet


k%- L~w


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

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Comics ...........11
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ......... 12
Opinion ......... .4
Speak Out ........... .4
Sports ........... .10
TV .............. .13
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120-mile ride: Recreates trip of cow hunters


Staff photos/MaryAnn Morris
The riders for the Florida Cracker Trail Association's 18th Annual Trail Ride head south
on Hwy. 98.

Florida 'crackers' ride again


By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Last week over 100 riders
rode the 120-miles of the Florida
Cracker Trail across the state
from east of Bradenton to Fort
Pierce. This annual ride com-
memorates the trip of Florida
cow hunters returning home
after the sale of the cattle round-
ed up in the grassy heartland of
Florida.
For years, cow hunters
rounded up wild cattle descend-
ed from cows left by Spanish
explorers and sold them on the
west coast of Florida for sale to
Cuba. The 'term "cracker"
comes from the "crack" sound
of the long, braided whips used
to herd the cattle.
The Florida Cracker Trail
Association, a not-for-profit
organization was started nearly
20 years ago. According to their
website, www.crackertrail.org
their goal is: "To promote, main-
tain and enhance the natural
beauty of the Florida Cracker
Trail while providing a trail for
horseback riding, another for
bicyclists, along an adequate,
multi-lane highway that will
showcase Florida agriculture
and the natural beauty of our
state, all done- for the benefit of
Trail property owners, natural-
ists, historians, horseback riders,


Riders water their horses after a hard day riding in the rain.


cattlemen and cyclists, as well
as the traveling public. Our goal
is to provide a greenway run-
ning from the Atlantic to the Gulf
of Mexico,".
"The 120-mile cross-state
ride draws all kinds of people -
from as far away as Kentucky,
Iowa, Tennessee and Nevada,"
said David Reed, president of the
organization. "We have work-
ing cowboys, descendents of
the original cow hunters, and
people who care about the
Cracker history of Florida.


"We bring in people like
Doyle Rigdon. He's a third gen-
eration working cowboy and
poet who joins us to entertain at
night and share his poems
about the Florida cowboy life.
Iris Wall, who was a cow hunter
in Okeechobee herself and now
lives in Indiantown, is riding.
with us, too. All have their sto-
ries to tell.
The ride starts near Braden-
ton and ends up in Fort Pierce. It
See'Crackers Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The boil water notice put into
effect on Monday, Feb. 28, by the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) still stands as of press
time on Tuesday, March 1, and
will probably be in effect until at
least some time Wednesday.
The ban affects all OUA cus-
tomers south of S.R. 70.
L.C. Fortner, executive direc-
tor of OUA, said that water sam-
ples are being taken on Tuesday
and that the results will be
known either Tuesday night or
Wednesday morning. The
results of the test will determine
if the boil water order can be lift-
ed.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Many working parents of the
about 500 pre-kindergarten age
students in Okeechobee Coun-
ty are eligible for certain types
of assistance thanks' to the Early
Learning Coalition of Martin
and Okeechobee Counties.
Eligibility is -based upon
income and the number of fam-
ily members. In addition, par-
ents who are continuing their
education could possibly quali-
fy.
This organization came into


The normal procedure when
a boil water notice is put into
effect is for OUA employees to
hand deliver notices. Usually the
area involved encompasses only
one street or one neighborhood.
However, the present boil
water situation affects 60 or 70
percent of OUA customers. Mr.
Fortner said he 8id not have
enough employees to provide
personal notification.
"We did the best we could
under the circumstances," the
executive director said, noting
that the mass media was used to
publicize the notice.
The utility recommends that
all customers south of S.R. 70

See Water -Page 2


being in January due to a
merge of the school -readiness
coalitions in Martin and Okee-
chobee counties. In April, the
coalition will become a tri-
county group with the addition
of Indian River County as part of
a mandate to reduce the num-
ber of learning coalitions.
Olen Faulk, executive direc-
tor of the coalition, said his
organization's purpose is to
level the playing field by.prepar-
ing 4 year olds toenter kinder-
garten and put Florida on par
See Learning Page 2


Local center receives grant


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Thanks to a recently
received grant, Healthy Start of
Okeechobee will be able to
provide a wider range of serv-
ices to infants. Healthy Start is
committed to working with
high-risk pregnant woman and
infants.
In Okeechobee, Healthy
Start services are provided via
a contract with Florida Com-
munity Health Center, Inc. a
private, non-profit, federally-
qualified health center serving
the medically needy and farm
worker populations. The orga-
nization's mission is to provide


accessible, cost effective, high
quality, comprehensive pri-
mary and preventive health
care to all people regardless of
their socioeconomic circum-
stances.
Georgiana Kirk, center
manager, said this grant that
has benefited, their clients
greatly. Many of the clients
were adversely affected by last
summer's hurricanes.
In the past, caseworkers
sometimes paid for things out
of their own pockets, accord-
ing to Patricia Worrow, case
manager.
Leah Suarez, lead care
coordinator, said that typically
her organization provides edu-


cation and case management
and refers clients to other
resources. She said this grant
allowed them to expand their
services.
The $7,000 grant from the
Hurricane Relief Fund of the
Johnson & Johnson/Rosalyn
Carter Institute Caregivers Pro-
gram is being used for such
things as clothing, blankets,
heaters, food and basic baby
items.
Normally clients are
referred by a physician. How-
ever, qualified applicants can
contact the Florida Communi-
ty Health Center at 1100 N. Par-
rott Ave, by calling (863) 763-
1951.


Staff photo/Pete Gawda
These officials of Healthy Start of Okeechobee are displaying
some of the items they are now able to provide their clients
thanks to a recently received grant. Healthy Start works with
high-risk pregnant women and infants. Officials are: (left to
right kneeling) Georgiana Kirk, center manager, and Missy
Rhodes administrative assistant; (standing) Leah Suarez,
lead care coordinator, and Patricia Worrow, case manager.


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News Briefs

Bus driver
won't be charged
LOXAHATCHEE A school
bus driver will receive a traffic cita-
tion but won't face criminal
charges in a rollover crash that
killed a 15-year-old girl, authorities
said.
Maria Abrahantes didn't stop
when warned by five sets of speed
strips and drove past a stop sign
going 3 mph above the 40 mph
limit, but those circumstances
failed to add up to criminal
charges in the Nov. 11 crash, the
Palm Beach County state attor-
ney's office said Monday.
Abrahantes, 46, will be cited
and appear before a traffic court
judge, who will decide if she
should be fined up to $500, have
her license suspended, be ordered
to attend driver-improvement
school or face other penalties, offi-
cials said.
The bus was carrying nine stu-
dents from several schools when it
collided with a pickup truck in
Loxahatchee and rolled three
times down an embankment
before slamming to a stop.
Ex-USF professor
seeks trial delay
TAMPA Attorneys for a for-
mer professor who stands accused
of financing terrorists have asked
for another three-month delay in
his trial and said they probably will
request that the proceedings be
moved out of Tampa.
Sami Al-Arian's defense attor-
neys have filed court documents
saying they need time to review
hundreds of juror questionnaires
ahead of his trial, which already
has been delayed from January
until April by U.S. District Judge
James Moody.
The court motions ask Moody
to postpone the trial until July to
allow lawyers to assess the poten-
tial jurors' responses, some of
which displayed an attitude of "vir-
ulent racism" against the former
University of South Florida profes-
sor, defense attorneys wrote.
Al-Arian and three other men
face racketeering charges that
allege they were the North Ameri-
can leaders of the Palestinian
Islamic Jihad, which has been
linked to more than 100 deaths in
Israel.

Chiles won't
run for governor
TALLAHASSEE Lawton
"Bud" Chiles III is dropping out of
the governor's race, citing a provi-
sion in the state constitution that
requires a gubernatorial candidate
to live in the state for the seven
years before the election.
Chiles, the son of the late gover-
nor, announced in January he was
going to run for the seat being
vacated by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Chiles, a Democrat from Orlan-
do, moved back to Florida two
years ago after living in the North-
east for about a decade. He previ-
ously lived in Tallahassee, where
he ran a communications compa-
ny.
Bush can't seek re-election
because of term limits.
Woman convicted
in guard's death
VIERA A woman who struck
and killed a mall security guard
with her car after her friend stole a
bathing suit was convicted of
charges related to his death.
Luchreasy Reese, 22, was
found guilty by a jury Monday on
charges of vehicular homicide and
leaving the scene of a crash involv-
ing injury or death.
She had been charged with
murder in the death of Keith
Poore, 39, but Judge William
Woodson granted a request by
defense attorneys Friday to drop
murder charges for Reese, 22, and
Denise Anderson, 18.
Reese, who had faced the
death penalty, could get up to 20
years in prison at sentencing.
Anderson, who had faced life in
prison, was freed Monday after
agreeing to plead guilty to-petty
theft.
Man leads guilty
in jogger's death
TAMPA A Navy petty officer
pleaded guilty to vehicular homi-
cide for striking a jogger with his
motorcycle while speeding on a
scenic Tampa road.


William Napier, 36, changed
his plea from not guilty Monday,
just before his trial was to begin.
Circuit Judge William Fuente will
sentence Napier on June 24 to five
years in prison and 10 years proba-
tion in the Feb. 3, 2004, death of
Melissa McKenzie, 39.
Napier was going 80 mph in a
40 mph zone when he hit McKen-
zie, who had been crossing
Bayshore Boulevard at around
6:15 a.m. He lost control following
the collision and crashed into a
chain-link fence.
Fuente agreed to delay formal
sentencing until June so that Napi-
er can finish seeking an honorable
discharge and receive his full pen-
sion benefits.


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Staff photo/Pete Gawda
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties provides a variety of serv-
ices to eligible parents of pre-kindergarten age children. Officials of the organization include:
(left to right) Jodi Tucker, associate director; Olan Faulk, executive director; Sandy Perry,
chairperson of the Okeechobee Advisory Council; and Pat Hickman, coordinator of services
for Okeechobee County.


Learning

Continued From Page 2
with other states educationally.
Mr. Faulk said in the past the
emphasis was more on "ware-
housing" children in day care cen-
ters, whereas the concept now is
to prepare children to enter
kindergarten.
Pat Hickman, coordinator of
services for Okeechobee County,
said the first grade curriculum is
trickling down to kindergarten,
and is requiring more preparation
before children are ready to enter
kindergarten.
Mr. Faulk said his organization
has a budget of $1.9 million. Of
that amount, $1.4 million will. be
spent on children.


The coalition has a contract
with the Okeechobee County
Health Department to provide
health screening to make sure
children are developing properly.
The organization also main-
tains a database of all centers,
family care homes and faith-based
programs. They provide subsi-
dized childcare for the children of
eligible working families.
Other services provided
include family needs assessment,
educational support and training,
a lending library and social servic-
es.
In addition, the coalition pro-
vides enhancement grants to
childcare providers. They collabo-
rate with the Head Start Program
and work with the school system
in teacher training.
Assessment screening is avail-


able to see if children are where
they need to be, or if they require
special services.
Parents who want more infor-
mation can call (866) 273-6340, or
visit the Okeechobee One-Stop
Career Center at 209 S.W. Park St.
Okeechobee members of the
coalition are: Gay Carlton, faith-
based provider; David Higgins,
private sector; Mike Hill, Okee-
chobee County Health Depart-
ment; Mary Hurley, member at
large; Donna Kersey, Okeechobee
County School Board appointee;
Tom Peer, Florida Department of
Children and Families licensing
supervisor; Sandy Perry, private
sector; Teri Sauter, private sector;
Sam Smith, Okeechobee County
Commission appointee; and Tim-
othy Wellborn, private sector.


Community Events

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 sponsored by Thrivent Financial
for Lutherans and proceeds will go to benefit the Non-Alcohol Grad Nite
Party, My Aunt's Closet, Okeechobee Rehab and Hospice. Tickets are
available at Peace Lutheran Church. For information, call (863) 763-5042.
DAR meeting is planned
The Okeechobee chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolu-
tion (DAR) will meet at 11 a.m. on March 5 at the Clock Restaurant. The
chapter meets from October to May. For information, call Ruth Lawson at
(863) 763-2492.
Street ministry will meet
Okeechobee Street Ministry will be held on March 5 from 6 until 8
p.m. They will meet in the City Park for an evening of worship and gospel
music. Food and drinks will be provided. For information, call David Eng
at (863) 634-3360.


Crackers
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takes five days, riding about eight
hours each day," he added.
"People bring their children to
ride, hear the stories of the older
riders and keep the Cracker her-
itage alive," said Rick Minton,
founding member and former
state representative. "My daugh-
ters ride with me to learn history
first hand."
Each county sheriff's office


escorts the. daily ride along road-,
ways, handing off to the next
county as they go. At night riders
camp along the trail at pre-
arranged sites, sleeping in horse
trailers or sometimes RVs. Meals
are provided by the association as
part of the ride fee. Water and
snack trailers accompany them on
the trail for much-needed breaks.
"We'll come for the next one,"
said Bonnie Williamson and her
friend Mitzi, who came up with
their horses from Miami. "This is
the best group of people you can
imagine."


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Water


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boil water for one minute before
using it for drinking, food prepara-
tion, cooking, washing dishes or
brushing teeth.
The problem is turbidity in the
Water caused by windy conditions
on the lake. The utility also experi-
enced a problem with a chemical
* feed pump at the plant. Corrective
actions were initiated by correcting
the problem with the pump and by
adding additional chemicals that
will reduce turbidity and color.
Chlorine levels were also adjust-
ed to compensate for filtration
problems. During this time, filters
have been inspected and washed
more frequently.
The Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection (FDEP) has
been notified.


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Central invites parents, grandparents to lunch


Hungry
Panther Cafe
Central Elementary is inviting
all parents, grandparents and any-
one in the community who would
like to join us for breakfast and/or
lunch during the week of March 7
-llth.
Show our stu-
dents your sup p
port and you,', i k5'
willingness '1 --
participate.
There will t.,:-
many items on dis-
play, special guest during the
week,' activities for students and
parents, contest, prizes and more.
Cone on and join Central during
this week and have fun. Following
this week's event will be our FCAT
Testing. During this week food
service will continue to'support
great performance in our students
by feeding them all breakfast
before testing. Healthy food
makes great performances for
your mind and your body.
Adult meal prices: Breakfast -
$1.35, Lunch-$2.
Kindergarten
Morning work is now a daily
routine. As we transition toward
first grade our daily schedule is
beginning to more closely resem-
ble their more work-driven rou-
tine. One thing that we've begun is
posting weekly sight words at the
beginning of the week. This list is
reviewed each morning as a
whole group activity, where each
child is encouraged to identify the
sight word pattern from the list
and then find the same word on
the classroom word wall. The final
part of this routine includes a dic-
tated word by word writing


prompt (usually given in a sound
by sound format beginning, mid-
dle, and ending letter sounds) are
emphasized so that each student
will experience Phonetic Aware-
ness and Grammatical Context in
sentences. This extra work is prov-
ing very beneficial, as our writing is
looking better and better each day.
This is a great time of year to
step up the writing at home. Can
your child independently com-
pose sentences that you can read
(using phonetic spellings)?
Encourage this at home as a part
of your daily activities. This can be
done when counting or sorting
favorite items or toys at home.
Central Elementary kinder-
garten teachers are seeing the fine
efforts that parents are making at
home to assist each of our future
authors of tomorrow.
Third Grade
Mrs. Greseth's Reading class
has been listening to and having
fun trying to solve several A to Z
mysteries. They have turned into
real detectives! They have also
enjoyed reading about sea turtles
and Balto the dog. Mrs. Greseth is
so proud of how far the students
have come this year! Keep up the
super work! In math Mrs. Gre-
seth's class is finishing up geome-
try and will start probability next
week. Parents, please continue
working on multiplication facts.
Congratulations to Brandon Hick-
ox and Hernan Baltazar, our Stu-
dents of the Week!
Miss Moulzolf's third grade
class is enjoying some hands-on
experiments in math as we learn
about measurement and geome-
try. Our Minnesota Pen Pals have
received our letters. We anxiously
wait for their responses. High fives


go out to our Student of the
Month, Miss Chelsea Wharin!
This month, the third grade
B.A.S.E. students are working
extremely hard! In math, these
bright third graders are tackling
fractions, probability and meas-
urement. They are also working
hard as they practice reading and
writing in both Spanish and Eng-
lish. These third grade students
are definitely going to be well pre-
pared for the FCAT next month!
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
room enjoyed a field trip to Dairy
Queen this week for excellent
behavior in the hallways. Ms.
Enfinger's class received 10 com-
pliments from administrators and
teachers on how nicely they were
walking down the hallway. Way to
go Room 23! Ms. Enfinger's class
is also learning area, volume and
perimeter. They are reading a lot
of Accelerated Reader books, also.
We would like to congratulate
Alexandria Pethybridge, and Maria
Jaimes our Students of the Week!'
Don't forget to read.
In the next few weeks Mrs.
Atwell's class will be learning
about animals on a ranch or farm.
We will be making a farm scene
with a shoebox and animal cut-
outs. We are having a lot of fun
learning about animals.
Fifth Grade
The students in Ms. White's
reading classes are continuing a
journey of inspiration and black
history. Our journey began with
the significance of slavery, inden-
tured servants, the slave African
trade, and the dangerous journey
from Africa to America. We are
now studying the revolt aboard
the "Amistad", the selling of slaves
in markets to the highest bidder,


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and Nat Turner's Revolt. We will
conclude our journey of black his-
tory investigating, Frederick Dou-
glas, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tub-
man, and the Civil Rights
Movement. This journey is not all
inclusive, as there is much more
to learn and could not be explored
in a month, but intended to give
students a bird's eye view of the
struggles of a race of enslaved
people. It is an interdisciplinary
unit of study encompassing read-
ing, writing and social studies.
Congratulations to Lois Billie,
Brenda Baltazar, and Michael Coy
Merritt for being selected Students
of the Week!
Mrs. Steiert is so proud of all her
math students. They are just too
smart at adding, subtracting and
multiplying fractions and mixed
numbers! They are also into their
new range, mean and median and
mode games as well as their new
geometric solids game-sweep.
They're just outstanding mathe-
maticians! Mrs. Steiert's Student of
the Week is Steven McKuhen. Way
to go, Steven!
The students in Mrs. Carpen-
ter's reading class have been
busy reading one of three nov-
els: "Brian's Winter", "Shiloh",
or "James and the Giant Peach".
We are busy readying ourselves
for the upcoming FCAT test in
March. We are currently learning
about our government's founda-
tion. Did you know they even
covered up the windows at the
convention where they com-
posed the Constitution of the
United States so no one could
see? Only ten students achieved
50 percent of their goal with 80
percent an average on compre-
hension. Those students are:
Brittney Ball,,Edith Garcia, Eliza-
beth Hans, Steven McKuhen,
Stanausha McNeil, Mariah Par-


riott, Abigail Robledo, and Rox-
anne Tingle. The top AR point
earner in my homeroom is still
Abigail Robledo with 56 points.
As a class, we have earned 499.6
points. Wow, what an awesome
group of readers.
Ms. Stough's class is working
hard on the last few things before
FCAT. It is coming up fast. We
have been studying motion in
Science and did an experiment
showing the importance of seat
belts when riding in a car. We


will explore space next week. In
math, we have been doing many
geometric pictures, drawing and
measuring angles, and we drew
pictures for symmetry. Next we
will be doing many probability
activities. The Students of the
Week were Kevin Holt and Justin
Prevatt. The current math super-
star point leader is Anais Ponce.
Congratulations to those stu-
dents earning the Golden Corral
trip for their 80 percent accuracy
in AR points.


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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: okee-
news@okeechobee.com. You can also mail submissions to
Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Propane Gas
"I would like to know why some people pay $2.60 a gallon for
propane gas and others pay $3 a gallon from the same company?
Is thie price different 'cause you own your own tank, or is this price
gouging?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. It's not likely that it is
price gouging. In Florida, as in at least 20 other states with similar
laws on the books, pricing curbs kick in during declared emergen-
cies such as many areas were last summer during the hurricane
seasons. The standards vary from state to state, but the rule of
thumb is that gouging occurs when a good or service especially
those deemed essential, such as fuel or food -costs at least 10
percent to 25 percent more than the norm prior to the emergency.
Since we are no longer under an emergency declaration, it's
doubtful that the difference in price would be declared price goug-
ing. However, if you feel compelled to do so you can call the state's
price gouging hotline at 1-800-646-0444.)

What's the Difference?
"I see where that school bus driver that ran that stop sign over in
Fort Pierce there, did nothing wrong. But down in Palm Beach
County a guy ran a stop sign and they are charging him with mur-
der. What is the difference? The school bus driver should be
charged with murder too."
Boil Water Alert
"Why didn't they have employees going through the area alert-
ing people not to use their water? You would think that they would
consider everyone's health over their expense." (Editor's Note:
Thanks for calling. We contacted the Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) and were told that they normally do notify an area when
there is a boil water notice. However, this situation affected such a
large area that they simply didn't have the manpower to do so.)

No Sign
"Those that are unhappy with the sign at Basswood should be
happy they have a sign. We that live at Pirates Cove on U.S. 78 W
don't have a sign."

Trash
"Why don't they clean up the trash around the pier, trash at the
lake, the dumpsters and the general condition by the pier. It is
important that someone do something about the trash around the
lake. The parking area was really trashed on Monday."

Dumping raw sewage
"Friday night a man in a R.V. chose the cover of a rain storm as
an opportunity to dump his raw sewage in the parking lot of a local
store. He was reported but left the scene. I am wondering if this is
an on going problem and if it is what is being done about it. How
disgusting." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We spoke with
Eddie Trent of the environmental protection section of the Okee-
chobee County Health Department, since his office would investi-
gate such charges. We don't know who was given a report of this
incident, but Mr. Trent said his office did not receive the report. He
said he could not recall ever receiving such a complaint in the past
Mr. Trent said that in this particular case the storeowner would be
responsible for the cleanup. He said the property owner is always
responsible for the cleanup in such instances.)



Community Events

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.

Lake information session planned
An information session on what the State Legislature will be
doing in regard to Lake Okeechobee will be held at Okee-Tantie on
Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. until noon. The featured speaker
will be State Senator Ken Pruitt, Legislative sponsor of the Lake
Okeechobee Protection Plan (LOPP). For information, contact Paul
Gray, science coordinator for the Audubon Lake Okeechobee Water-
shed Program, at (863) 655-1831; or, e-mail audubon@okee-
chobee.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.

Discussion on tax laws
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 5, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM on the treasure coast and in West Palm Beach on
'100.3 FM. The guest will Michael Dobsinski, media relations special-
ist, Internal Revenue Service. The topic will be the changes in tax
laws, filing options and tax breaks for hurricane victims. For informa-
tion, call IRS (800) 829-1040 or for forms and publications call (800)
829-3676.





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Plundering pain care in Florida


Thousands of people in Florida
depend on OxyContin and other
prescription pain killers drugs
that are also popular on the black
market. The trouble is, the govern-
ment's actions to keep OxyContin
out of illegal channels are making it
more and more difficult for 48 mil-
lion Americans who suffer from
chronic pain to get relief.
From a doctor's viewpoint, Dr.
Joel Hochman, director of the
National Foundation for the Treat-
ment of Pain, said Washington is
engaged "... in a fruitless and
bizarre effort to curtail the abuse of
drugs, and has begun to eat its citi-
zens and its physicians."

Easy Targets
Of the 4,383 pain management
doctors listed on the DoctorsFor-
Pain.com registry, 272 are located
in Florida. That averages out to
about four chronic pain doctors
per county, meaning the loss of a
single physician can cut off hun-
dreds of Floridians from access to
pain care. To the Drug Enforce-
ment Agency (DEA), this fragile
network of care givers is a tempt-
ing law enforcement target.
In the 1990s DEA began target-
ing doctors who treat patients with
high doses of OxyContin. To DEA,
these doctors look like potential
drug traffickers and a pipeline to
the black market.
Since OxyContin is seldom
addictive, pain doctors prescribe
increasingly high doses until the
patient's pain abates, or side effects
set in. Because this treatment is still
controversial among some physi-
cians, pain practitioners are vulner-


"When doctors are investigated by the DEA, their
usual response is to cease treating pain patients."
Dr. Joel Hochman


able at trial.

Easy Money
In 1993, to bankroll DEAs war
on doctors, Congress set up a diver-
sion control fund. Each year 1 mil-
lion doctors buy a license to pre-
scribe FDA approved drugs. In 2003
this fee was doubled. DEA now
rakes in about $130 million per year
from these fees money that is
used to hire investigators to target
physicians.
The agency also gets funding
each year $54 million in 2002 -
from an asset forfeiture fund, includ-
ing assets that once belonged to
physicians prosecuted by the DEA.
These two pots of money afford
DEA both the financial incentives
and the freedom from congression-
al oversight to vigorously prosecute
pain doctors.

Easy Convictions
The DEA monitors the prescrip-
tion writing habits of all doctors and
those prescribing high doses of
OxyContin raise a red flag. Investiga-
tors go to work. Plea bargains win
testimony from former patients.
Indictments are filed. Trial juries
hear from DEA-hired doctors who
say the use of high levels of OxyCon-
tin are outside the normal practice
of medicine. Doctors for the defense


Upcoming Events

Wednesday
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion. The Okeechobee Jaycees would like to welcome all ener-
getic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are inter-
ested 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 informa-
tion, 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 Cruise'n Car Show will.meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the.
car owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The 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 invited. 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 support and education for people who have been diagnosed
with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective dis-
order 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.
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 inter-
ested in finding who your 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.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For
information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, is open
for blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call
(863) 467-9360.
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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial Everyone is
invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.
For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet
at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town. Anyone interested may attend. For infor-
mation, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers
and is facilitated by Paula Baxley, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okee-
chobee, and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agencyon Aging. The
meeting is from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information
or to reserve your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free
respite care is available for your loved one while you are in group at
Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For
information about respite.care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing 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. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is avail-
able at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave.
For information, call (863) 467-2321.



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give contrary testimony.
Faced with conflicting expert
testimony, lay juries tend to convict.
In the past three years, according to
Hochman, DEA investigated about
1,800 doctors nationwide, 1,200 of
whom lost their prescription
license. He said: "When doctors
are investigated by the DEA, their
usual response is to cease treating
pain patients."
Assuming each doctor serves
300 patients, Hochman estimates
as many as 180,000 pain patients
lose their care providers each year.
Each publicized DEA investiga-
tion and conviction spreads fear.
Other doctors voluntarily get out of,
or decide not to go into, the prac-
tice of pain management. To catch
the few bad doctors, DEA is driving
many more good ones out of busi-
ness. Some patients who lose their
support systems turn to the black
market or even suicide for relief.
Dr. Jane Orient of the Associa-
tion of American Physicians and
Surgeons, said DEA uses dirty tricks'
to convict doctors.
"Throughout the U.S.," she
said, "physicians are being threat-
ened, impoverished, delicensed
and imprisoned for prescribing in
good faith with the intention of
relieving pain. Law enforcement
agents are using deceitful tactics to


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snare doctors, and prosecutors
manipulate the legal system to
frighten *doctors who might be
willing to testify on behalf of the
wrongly accused doctors."
In March 2004 DEA Adminis-
trator Karen Tandy told Congress
that her drug warriors have "been
successful in addressing OxyCon-
tin diversion as evidenced by a
reduction in the rate of increase of
OxyContin prescriptions being
written and a leveling off of Oxy-
Contin sales."'
For DEA, the fewer pain relief
prescriptions written, the better.
This cockeyed measure of success
makes no sense since respected
experts estimate the pain experi-
enced by 40 percent of cancer,
AIDS and terminally ill patients
already goes under treated.
Thanks to DEA, Orient predicts:
"If you have an operation or an
acute injury, chances are your doc-
tor will order adequate pain med-
ication. But if you are one of the
millions with chronic, intractable,
so-called benign pain, you may be
told to learn to live with it."
Bottom line: The loss of one
Florida pain physician will not cre-
ate a ripple in the black market. But
300 honest citizens in pain may
curse the DEAs tactics when they
are told, "Learn to live with it."
By Ronald Fraser, Ph.D.
(Editor's Note): Ronald Fras-
er writes on public policy issues
for the DKT Liberty Project, a
Washington-based civil liberties
organization. Write him at:
fraserr@erols.com.)


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Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking Back...
This was photographed at sand ridge along the eastern
shore of Lake Okeechobee some time in early 1910 by
photographer John Kunkel Small. Do you have any old
photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citi-
zens to share with our readers? Bring them by the Okee-
chobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy
them while you wait.



Community Events

OCRA meeting scheduled
Te Okeechobee Citizens Recreational Association (OCRA) will
hold their monthly meeting Thursday, March 3, beginning at 7:30
p.m. The meeting will be held in Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St.
OCRA meets on 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
information, call (863) 763-2488.

Library presents folk music program
Steve Blackwell and Friends, Florida folk recording artists, will
be appearing at the Okeechobee County Public Library on Friday,
March 4, at 7 p.m. They will present a program highlighting many
interesting events and characters from Florida's past. The five-
piece group offers original Florida folk music that could best be
described as high-energy acoustic folk. This program is funded by
a mini-grant from the Florida Humanities Council and is free and
open to the public.

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.

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, Wednesday, March 2,2005


OPINION






LIFESTYLES 5


The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 2, 2005


Birth


Virginia Quarles


has 90th birthday


Dusty Allen Jernigan
Dusty Allen Jernigan
Donny and Ashley Jernigan of
Okeechobee are proud to
announce the birth of their son
Dusty Allen Jernigan.
He was born Jan. 19, 2005, at
Florida Heartland Hospital in
Sebring.
He weighed 6 pounds, 12
ounces, and was 19.5-inches long.
Dusty was-welcomed home by
his big brother Logan.
His maternal grandparents are
Tammy Spangler of Okeechobee
and Bobby and Michelle Vaughn of
Fort Myers.
His paternal grandparents are
Donald and Mary Ann Jernigan of
Okeechobee.


The Bassinger Community
Center came alive Saturday,
Feb. 19, with a surprise birth-
day bash for Mrs. Virginia
Wonmack Quarles to celebrate
her 90th birthday.
Virginia has lived in Okee-
chobee since 1960 and has
raised three children and two
stepsons. She opened one of
the first plant nurseries in
Okeechobee in 1962 on S.E.
13th Ave., at that time it was
the unpaved Miami St.
She moved here as the wife
of Riley Tomlinson, a flood
control worker for 12 years
before he passed away.
Visitors included: Virginia's
son from Georgia, Roland
Womack a retired 20-year
veteran, his wife and son and
daughter; Patricia White of
Sebring, also her son Ricky
Tablespoon and wife, 'two
sons and daughter; Bradley,
the older son, came from Talla-
hassee where he attends the
university; Becky June Lanier
and her son Skippe of West


Palm and also her son Reggie
and wife Nikki, their four chil-
dren from West Palm; Holly
Everette, husband Clinton and
son Curtis of Okeechobee;
granddaughter Paula and hus-
band Jeff Younger and children
Cole and Virginia, who is
Granny Quarles' namesake,
Holly Virginia. They have
moved to Okeechobee from
Tallahassee and are building a
home to be near family.
Paula's mother and father and
grandmother's family and
.friends came from Lake Placid,
Sebring, Lorida, Avon Park and
Fort Mead.
Everyone enjoyed a barbe-
cue lunch and a very beautiful
birthday cake. A dear friend
Mr. Walter Harahman gave a
beautiful prayer.
After that they pulled out
their musical instruments and
played and some sang.
We were all thankful for
such a beautiful day and look
forward to being together
again.


IRCC Planetarium presents Spotlight on

onitor-h f the oh' Okeechobee


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Audiences will enjoy a
retelling of the many beautiful
Native American Indian stories
about the sky and its stars in
Daughter of the Stars at the Indi-
an River Community College
Hallstrom Planetarium. History
and folklore combine for a
unique and entertaining story-
telling event. According to Indi-
an legend, Shenandoah, which
means Daughter of the Stars,
came from the sky country, a
special place that could be visit-
ed by the strong, the brave, or
the fortunate. Hear her story and
more about the mystical sky
country of the Native Americans.
Daughter of the Stars will be
presented on March 11 and 12.
Planetarium show times are Fri-
day evenings at 7 and 8 p.m. and
Saturday afternoons at 2 and 3
p.m. Tickets are $3 each and
may be purchased in advance or
30 minutes prior to show 'times
at the IRCC Box Office depend-
ing on availability. Planetarium
shows are recommended for
adults and for children over the
age of four. The Hallstrom Plane-
tarium's temperature is main-
tained at 72 degrees for the ben-
efit of the system's optics and


Engagements


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Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Library
Steve Blackwell and Friends, Florida folksingers and recording
artists, will present a concert at the library on Friday, March 4.
Members include: (in no particular order), Dan Leach on man-
dolin, guitar, and vocals; Andy Leach on standup bass; Japhy
Blackwell on soprano saxophone; Carol Blackwell Hussey on
vocals; and Steve Blackwell on guitar, harmonica, and vocals.

Florida Folksingers to

present concert at library


Steve Blackwell and Friends,
Florida folksingers and recording
artists, will present a concert at the
Okeechobee County Library on
Friday, March 4. Steve Blackwell
and Friends are a well-known
group throughout the state of
Florida. The 5-piece group offers
original Florida folk music with
unique instrumentation that could
best be described as high-energy
acoustic folk. Members include
Dan Leach on mandolin, guitar,
and vocals; Andy Leach on
standup bass; Japhy Blackwell on
soprano saxophone; Carol Black-
well Hussey on vocals; and Steve
Blackwell on guitar, harmonica,
and vocals. They will be singing
about such notable characters as
civil rights activist, Harry T. 'Moore,
the voice of the Everglades, Marjo-
ry Stoneman Douglas, Audubon


warden, Guy Bradley, folklorist
and human rights champion, Stet-
son Kennedy, as well as many oth-
ers including Totch Brown, Bloody
Ed Watson, Gram Parsons, and
Frank Thomas. The group will be
performing songs from all three of
their popular CDs. They will also
be singing one of their newest
songs, "The Day We Looked Char-
lie in the Eye." A resident of Punta
Gorda, Steve Blackwell said, "It's a
tough way to get material." Treat
yourself to a tour of the Florida
backwaters and back roads with
Steve Blackwell and Friends on Fri-
day, March 4 at the Okeechobee
County Library. This program is
funded by a mini-grant from the
Florida Humanities Council and
the Friends of the Okeechobee
County Library. As always, it is free
and open to the public.


Community Event

Youth Livestock Show workday canceled
The Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show Committee has canceled
the first workday at the Agri --Civic Center that was scheduled for
March 5. Each exhibitor is required to work one of the other work-
days 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 during show time. For
information, call Rick Barnes (863) 357-2047 or Larry Davis (863)
763-2755.


b A


Margie Majeski and Milton Shelfer
Margie Majeski
and Milton Shelfer U


The children of Margie Majeski
- Rick Majeski of Rochester, N.Y,
and Ann McIntyre of Indians, N.Y
- are proud to announce the,
engagement of their mother
Margie to Milton Shelfer of Okee-
chobee.
The prospective groom is the
son of Floy Shelfer of Arcadia.
The wedding is planned for
May 21, with a private ceremony
at their home.
A reception will follow starting
at 3 p.m. at the Eagles Club.
After the wedding the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.
Stephanie Shaw
and Jason Moore
The Rev. Canon and Mrs. Tim-
othy J. Shaw of Winter Haven are
proud to announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Stephanie
Marie Shaw to Jason Richard
Moore,
The prospective groom is the
son of Richard Douglas Moore of
Corning, N.Y, and Terri Lynne
Johnson of Painter Post, N.Y
The bride-to-be graduated
from Winter Haven Higher
School and attended Polk Com-
munity College. She is currently
employed by Sprint.
The groom graduated from
Horsehead High School, Horse-
head, N.Y. He attends the Florida


Stephanie Shaw
and Jason Moore
Institute of Technology majoring
in aviation management.
The wedding is planned for
May 21 at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church in Winter Haven.


electronics. Visitors may want to
bring a sweater.
Tickets for all shows may be
purchased at the IRCC Box
Office at the McAlpin Fine Arts
Center on Monday. through Fri-
day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
or by telephone with VISA, Mas-
terCard, or American Express.
The IRCC McAlpin Fine Arts Cen-
ter is located on the Main Cam-
pus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort
Pierce. For more information,
call the IRCC Box Office toll-free
at 1-866-400-7529 (PLAY).


The James Leach family would
like to extend their most sincere
thanks to the VFW for the medal
award ceremony, the beautiful
luncheon supplied by its members,
the owner of Superior Water Works
for his continued support and all
those who took time from their
busy schedules to attend the medal
ceremony for Mr. Leach.
The outpouring of love from the citi-
zens of Okeechobee shows why Mr.
Leach went to war and returned to
Okeechobee to live and raise his family.
The Leach family


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Beware of promises of fast cash this tax season


TALLAHASSEE As W-2
forms hit the mailboxes of mil-
lions of Floridians, state Chief
Financial Officer Tom Gallagher
is warning consumers to be
wary of refund anticipation
loans loans that offer cash up
front by borrowing against your
anticipated tax refund from the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
"Money today may sound
attractive but signing up for
quick refund services can be
very costly to consumers," said
Gallagher. "I'm urging Floridians
to beware of the fees and inter-
est rate associated with a refund
anticipation loan."
Consumers may fall prey to
refund anticipation loans with
promises of "instant refunds" or
"quick cash," Loan fees range
from $30 to $105, with adminis-
trative fees between $25 and $60


often tacked on to the loan. The
effective Annual Percentage
Rates (APR) for these loans may
start at 60 percent and be as high
as 700 percent.
Refund anticipation loans are
offered by tax preparers who are
often located within the offices
of check cashers, payday
lenders, used car dealers, title
loan lenders and other retail ven-
dors. The tax preparers serve as
a conduit for state and national
banks or federal thrifts that pro-
vide the loans.
The Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency (OCC) and the
Office of Thrift Supervision
(OTS) are the regulatory agen-
cies that govern the activities of
national banks and federal sav-
ings associations. National
banks and federal thrifts are able
to assign interest rates and fees


from any state they are author-
ized to do business in, including
those states that do not have
caps on the amount of interest
and fees charged.
Refund anticipation loans are
especially appealing to con-
sumers who need money quick-
ly and don't want to wait the six
weeks it can take to get a mailed
refund from the IRS. A pitfall,
however, is that if the IRS turns
down any of their claimed
deductions or credits, the con-
sumer is still obligated to pay
back the loan.
According to Gallagher, there
are alternatives to high-cost
refund anticipation loans. The
IRS E-File, found at www.irs.gov,
is one alternative. Taxpayers can
use this free, online tax prepara-
tion service to file their income
tax returns and can anticipate


receiving their refunds more
quickly than if they filed through
the mail.
Another way to save money
at tax time is to go to a Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
site, which is sponsored by the
IRS. VITA sites .provide free tax
preparation to low- and moder-
ate income taxpayers. They can
be found in libraries, community
centers and other convenient
locations. To find a VITA site, call
the IRS helpline .at (800) TAX-
1040 or visit www.tax-
coalition.org. AARP also spon-
sors Tax Counseling for the
Elderly sites in many communi-
ties.
"Most consumers don't need
refund anticipation loans and
can get their hard-earned money
back, in its entirety, by waiting a
few extra days," said Gallagher.


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Smells good
This pup looks longingly toward the food tents Saturday
afternoon after sniffing the air around downtown Okee-
chobee. He was in a car from Clayton, Ga. and his
expression seemed to say "Bring some back for me."


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Okeechobee Sheepdog Trial results announced


Submitted By Quinn Tindall
Grass as brown as an old hat,
evidence of a late frost, greeted
handlers from as far away as
Canada, Pennsylvania, Mississippi
to the eighth, and possibly the best
Okeechobee Sheepdog Trials
ever. The loss of green was made
up by balmy 78 degrees weather.
The judging honors went to Roger
Deshambeault of New Hamp-
shire, with a fair and even-handed
approach to sorting out the win-
ners. The sheep were a mix of Fla.
natives, hair sheep, and Jambs,
expertly sorted to insure an even
(as possible) mix for each han-
dler. A 280-yard outrun, and 400-
yard drive with a broken chute
and split of four sheep was a good
challenge for handlers.
Sheep were put out by Future
Farmers of America students for
which this was a benefit. FFA stu-
dents and the chapter adviser
(teachers) manned the conces-
sion which in addition to burgers,
and hotdogs had a potluck type
menu ranging from BBQ to ribs,
and pork shoulder. They did a


good business. Dun iig the noon
break the faint sound of bagpipes
(ii ii. .1 across the moor. The mys-
terious sound discovered, be that
of Rob Shoauy and his pipes. The
Friday night handlers' dinner of
chicken and ribs were treated to
the music of the John Christopher
Knight family, known to handlers
as Chris Knight. A beautiful mix of
instrumental, vocals, and Irish
dance to fiddle music. Thanks to
Ed Balan for spotting open class
all day Saturday and half-a-day
Sunday. and to Cathy Balan for
judging the Novice class. Thanks
go out to the Murphy's for time-
less efforts; to Barry and Lisa Zim-
merman, the Williams' for the
before trial preparations; and, to
every one that helped out again
this year!
Results were as follows:
Open Saturday Feb. 19, with the
Roger Deshambeault as judge of
42 dogs. The owners of the dogs,
dogs' names and their scores are
as follows: Angie McCrann-Tac-
105; Craig Rogers-Jake-103;
Cheryl Williams-Andy-100.5;
Quinn Tindall-Hemp-100; Mar-


ianna Schreeder-Rock-99.5; David
Saunders-Jill-98.5; Steve Skara-
Craig-98; Mary Brighoff-Val-
97; and, Penny Tose-Jordan-95.
On Sunday Feb. 20
Henry Kuykendall-Jim-103;
Cheryl Williams-101; Craig
Rogers-Jake-100; Mary
Brighoff-Val-99; Steve Skara-
Craig-97; Craig Rogers-Celt.-
96; Judith Kelly-Reese-95;
Penny Tose-Jordan-94; and,
Dick Williams-Scott-93. Open
overall Craig Rogers-Jake.
Pro Novice Feb. 18
fudged by Roger Desham-
beault
Dick Williams-Lass-85;
Dick Williams-Scott-78; Cheryl
Williams-Shep-73; Joanne
Murphy-Maude-74; and, Debra
Mickey-Jill-71.
Nursery
Anita Young-Branch-82;
Steve Skara-Blair-64; and, Tom
Sorrell-Toby-61.


Saturday Novice
Judged by Cathy Balai
Lisa Zimmermai--Min-75;
Rob Shaouy--Lilly---74; Joanne
Korn-Ty-67; and, Debra Mick-
ey-Annie-65.
Novice Sunday
Jamie. Martin--Casey-88;
Jamie Martin-Skye-83; Lisa
Zimmerman-Min-80; and, Rob
Shaouy-Lillie-79.
Nursery--14 dogs
1. Anita, Young-Branch 82 2.
Steve Skara-Blair 64 3. Tom Sorrel-
Toby 61
Novice Saturday
Judge Cathy Balan
1. Lisa Zimmnerman Min 75 2.
Rob Shaouy Lillie 74 3. Joanne
Kom Ty 67 4. Debra Mickey-Annie
65
Novice Sunday
1. Jamie Martin Casey 88 2.
Jamie Martin Skye 83 3. Lisa Zim-
merman Min 80 4. Rob Shaouy Lil-
lie 79


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Nick is totally overwhelmed by the attention of his grandpar-
ents as they attempt to give him reasons not to take a new
job that would require him to move far away from them. Per-
formers in the OCT production of "Over the River arid
Through the Woods" are (left to right) Shirley Bush, Mike
Zierden, Kevin Lute, Joanie Moffatt and Rahl Wilkinson.


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years ago, it pointed out the
need for a change.
"One thing called for anoth-
er," said Mr. Hayes. "The air con-
ditioning and heating certainly
made the audiences more com-
fortable, but they also made it
harder to hear all of the plays'
dialogue.
With the new system, each
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which will travel with them
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Audience members who are
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well as those in the front row,"
h.e added.
The investment in the new
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according to Mr. Hayes, because
of the consistent patronage by
the OCT audiences.
"We hope our audiences will
consider the new sound system
to be a way of showing our
appreciation for their support
over these last twenty-six years,"
said Mr. Hayes.
The spring show, "Over the
River and Through the Woods,"
by Joseph DiPietro opens Friday
for a four-night run.
"My grandparents firmly
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family, faith and food," said
young New York executive, Nick
Cristano. "So every Sunday for
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(at their home) for dinner."
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leaving that family three thou-
sand miles away? Which is most
important staying with family
or trying your wings?
That's the question posed by
the hit comedy "Over the River
and Through the Woods," by


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ances by the OCT.
"This is one of those rare
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but, at the same time, presents
the-audience with some serious
substance to consider," accord-
ing to Mr. Hayes. "The funny part
involves just what actions the
older folks will take to keep their
grandson from leaving."
The OCT production will be
presented four times, Friday and
Saturday nights, March 4, 5, 11,
and 12 at the Okeechobee Audi-
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just prior to curtain on perform-
ance nights.
The ensemble cast includes
several veteran performers as
well as some relative newcom-
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stars as the young marketing
executive around whom the plot
revolves.
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ance with the OCT, following his
debut as a song and dance man
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Ms. Bush and Ms. Moffatt
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of the theatre group for some
time, although they have not
been seen on stage all that fre-
quently before.
Both appeared in the comedy
"Dearly Departed" in 2000, and
additionally, Ms. Moffatt was
seen in this season's musical
revue, "Blame It On the Movies".
Ms. Bush has been responsi-
ble for costuming for most of the
OCT productions since 1990.
Ms. Moffatt has served as stage
manager for numerous perform-
ances.
Completing the cast is Tina
Welborn, who plays the charm-
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use as bait to keep Nick from
wanting to move away. This is
Ms. Welborn's first stage appear-
ance with the OCT, after having
worked backstage for the
group's fall production.
The OCT is now in its 26th
year of producing Broadway-
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neer safety Dwight Smith was
arrested early Tuesday after he
pulled a pellet gun on two fans,
who approached his car as they
waited in line at a McDonald's
drive through, Hillsborough
County sheriff's officials said.
Smith who pleaded guilty to
pulling a gun on a motorist in
2003 and a friend, David Ros-
ton, were in line inside Smith's
2004 BMW at 4 a.m. when a
woman the car ahead of them
recognized Smith, officials said.
Two men in the car, Trevor
Boyce Jr., 19, and Javier Joseph
Jr., 22, got out and walked back to
Smith's car and tried to talk to
him, officials said.
Smith, annoyed, pulled a pellet
gun, but did not shoot it, officials
said. Roston, 26, got out of the car
and punched Boyce, officials said.
Boyce and Joseph got back in
their car and called 9-1-1.
Deputies arrived and arrested
Smith, 26, for aggravated assault
.with a weapon. Roston was
charged with battery. Bail and
attorney information was not
immediately available.
Smith, a four-year veteran out


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Sports Briefs

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 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.
OCRAmeets
each month
The regular monthly meetings
of the Okeechobee Citizens Recre-
ational Association (O.C.R.A.) are
held at Teen -Town on the first
Thursday 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.
OHS booster


three interceptions and club to meet


83 tackles last season,
playing all 16 games.
of Akron, had three interceptions
and 83 tackles last season, playing
all 16 games. He returned two
interceptions for touchdowns in
the Bucs' 2003 Super Bowl win
over Oakland.
He was arrested in April 2002
after he pulled a handgun during
a road rage incident. He claimed
the other motorist was driving
aggressively and denied pointing
it at the man. He pleaded guilty a
year later to a misdemeanor
charge of improperly displaying a
firearm and was fined $225. He
was also put on a year's proba-
tion, ordered to take anger man-
agement classes and complete 25
hours of community service.
The Buccaneers and Smith's
agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not
immediately return calls Tuesday
seeking comment.


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The Brahman Athletic Associa-
tion is sponsoring their monthly
Parent Booster Club Meeting on
Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the
Okeechobee High School service
conference room.
These meetings are open to the
public and everyone is welcome
and encouraged to attend.
For information, contact Jeff
Robinson, (863) 467-2525 or Mike
Radebaugh, O.H.S. athletic direc-
tor, at (863) 462-2025.


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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 25,
through Thursday, March 3, are as
follows:
Theatre 1 "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
at2, 4:15, 7and9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Are We There Yet"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be abused,
neglected or abandoned. If you
have as little as two hours per
week, then you can help. Guardian
Ad Litem volunteers are needed to
speak up for these children. Train-
ing for new volunteers will be held
in your area soon. Volunteers are
needed in St. Lucie, Indian River,
Martin and Okeechobee counties.
Call the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
grarni at (772) 785-5804, for more
information and an application.
Just two hours of your time each
week will make a difference in the
lives of these children.
Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their most
important characteristic is that they
are caring individuals who under-
stand the problems and needs of.
foster children. Please" cfnitact
Karissa Richards at 1 -,i00-403 -9311.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary has served as the civilian, non-
military component of the Coast
Guard. Today, the 33,000 volunteer
men and women of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary are active on the
waterways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists (folks
just like you) savealmost 500 lives,
assist some 15,000 boaters in dis-
tress, conduct more the 150,000
courtesy safety examinations of
recreation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For more information call
(863) 467-3085.
EYDC is in need
of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state..The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation aides
and assistance in developing a
youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
ext. 234.
Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Public
Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-


A-Day Online Book Club sponsored
by the Friends of the Okeechobee
County Library. All you need to do is
visit the library's web page at
www.heartlineweb.org/oke and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading.


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Guaranteed financing
available with 25% down.
Furrow Auction Co.
(800)4FURROW;
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#62.

Auction: 855+/- Acres-Di-
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excellent development po-
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BP (800)323-8388
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Rowell Realty & Auction
Co., Inc. Au479, Ab296.


GIGANTIC 3-DAY Auction.
March 9, 10, 11, 2005.
Montgomery, AL. Single,
Tandem & Tri-Axle Dumps
49 of which are 2004-
005 year), Truck Trac-
tors, Lowboys, Crawler
Loaders & Tractors, Exca-
vators, Motor Graders &
Scrapers, Backhoes, Rub-
ber Tired Loaders, Fork-
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Feller Bunchers, Log
Loaders, Farm Tractors &
Cotton Pickers. J.M. Wood
Auction Co., Inc.
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BASSET HOUNDS (2) Call
(863)357-3225 for more
information.


ELECTRICAL TEST
EQUIPMENT
Call to identify.
(863)634-9791

FERRET- female, found in
vicinity of SE 33rd Ter-
race, call to identify.
(863)357-3773.


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Between Harney Pond &
Okeechobee, Hwy 78
(863)467-0149.


WANTED TO COMMUTE
Indiantown to Salerno &
US1 M-F Leave 7:15 Return
5:30 One or both ways.
Good pay Call Bruce
772-597-1121/812-3014


DIVORCE$175-
$275*COVERS children,
etc. Only one signature re-


CHOCOLATE LAB quired! *Excludes govt.
Mal7 fees! call weekdays
Male, yrs. old. (800)462-2000, ext.600.
Goes by the name (8am-7pm) Divorce Tech.
"Duke" Last seen in Established 1977.
Bassinger on, 1/4.
Beloved Pet., NEED AN ATTORNEY AR-
$2000 Reward. RESTED? Criminal De-
561-832-4865 fense *State *Federal
S 4 *Felonies *Misdemeanors
*DUI *License Suspen-
MALE CATAHOLUA sion *Parole *Probation
blk/white/grey w/blue *Domestic Violence
eyes in Viking Prairie *Drugs "Protect Your
(863)763-3631 Rights" A-A-A Attorney
Referral Service
MALE CAT blk. w/white feet. (800)733-5342 24
Missing right eye. $200 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK.
REWARD (407)443-1836

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HOUSE TRLR SHELL- 28 ft, EfInplo ent
suitablele for storage, you *' |
must move, In Canal Point.
(863)467-1761. IU

LAB & PIT BULL MIXED Employment.
Approx 6 wks Full-Time 205
(863)467-4367 Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
MOBILE HOME Damaged Part-Time 215
But fixable, Free! You haul. Employment
Call (772)464-1892 Wanted 220
or (772)332-1058. Job Information 225
Job Training 227
ROOFING PANELS (5) Sales 230
Galvanized, 2'xl 2'.
Some damage. Free, you i
haul. (863)763-1997
ROTTWEILER/LAB MIXED $1500 WEEKLY GUARAN-
F, 9 wks, Aggressive. 1st TEED NOW ACCEPTING
shot/wormed. To Good APPLICATIONS $50 CASH
Home! 863-763-8892. HIRING BONUS GUARAN-
TEED IN WRITING
SEMI TRAILER- for storage, (888)318-1638 Ext 107
you must move. Located www.USMailingGroup.co-
in Canal Point. (863)467- m.
1761.
TOY SIZE DOGS 2, Free For A/C Company looking for
adoption to a- Senior in a Service Tech./Installer
Seniors Home Only! Call w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
(863)983-6537. pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW..
r1863-763-8391
Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet ASSISTANT MANAGER
attractive gal or friends for Nights & Weekends. Pizza
dining, fishing, traveling, Experience a must. Call
etc. Cal 863-946-3123 '(863)467-2222 Richard.


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compassionate, dedicated LPN for the jail. Must be pro-
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Major Okeechobee financial firm needs per-
son full time with computer, communication
and organizational skills who can work inde-
pendently to perform marketing and custom-
er service. Offering benefit pkg. and online
training program. EOE
Send resume to: P.O. Box 940, Attn: Human
Resources, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0940.


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Exc. organizational skills.
Possess great customer
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Local established business.
Competitive Salary. Send
resume to: 863-763-6621


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Pick up application at:
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Okeechobee Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
New service to our customers
1 ew everyday.

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


TRUCK DRIVERS
WANTED

Class A & B. Sign on Bonus.
Health/Dental, 401 K, Paid
Vacation/Holidays, sick time.
Bonus Incentive. Call
1-800-226-3057. Fax: ,
863-491-0819. DFWP r_




POSITION AVAILABLE
In busy office for self motivated,
responsible individual with good
computer skills and basic understanding
of accounting. Please Respond To:
Classified Department
Dept #1390
PO Box 639
Okeechobee, FL 34973


Customer Greeter Needed
$18 per hour Entry Level Position
Positions in Okeechobee
and surrounding areas.
Must be Friendly and Outgoing,
Responsible and have a
Strong Work Ethic.

Call (772) 528-0450

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


Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Appiv "'-rson Tn:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


.dAction Business\.
Corporation
A FRANCHISEE OF
Is now hiring
Management positions
at our
Okeechobee location
Fax resumes to:
561-992-4165/

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



BUILDING BLOCKS
Seeking: Experienced
Teachers & Bus driver (CDL
req.) Great working envi-
ronment. 863-467-5000
CARPENTERS,
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
& LABORS: Needed in Port
St. Lucie. 772-201-9621
Cool Travel Job!!! One
Month Paid Training! $500
Sign on Bonus Must be
free to travel & Start Today
(800)735-7462.

DELIVER TRAVEL TRAIL-
ERS FOR PAY! Thousands
of 30 ft travel trailers origi-
nating from Florida cities.
We need pickup truck
owners to deliver.
www.horizontransport.co-
m.


DISTRIBUTOR
ROUTE SALES
WEEKEND
MERCHANDISER
License & credit checked
Flowers Baking Co.LLC
Call (561)252-5968
For Appointment
Driver- COVENANT TRANS-
PORT. Excellent Pay &
Benefits for Experienced
Drivers, 0/0, Solos,
Teams & Graduate Stu-
dents. Bonuses Paid
Weekly. Equal Opportunity
Employer. (888)MORE
PAY (888-667-3729).
Driver/Thrower
Clean CDL Cis B Lic.
772-597-3755/220-9939
Indiantown Sanitation


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Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information



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


Drivers- Owner Ops & Co.
Drivers Needed Now! Run
SE Only or SE, Mid-Atl,
MW Regional, 0/0's -No
Forced Dispatch, Good
' Pay plus Fuel (866)250-
4292.


EARN YOUR DEGREE On-
line from home. Business,
Paralegal, Computers,
Networking and more. Fi-
nancial Aid available, job
placement assistance, and
computers provided. Call
free (866)858-2121.

ELECTRICAL
Residential work in
Palm bch Pt St Lucie.
Mechanic-3 to 4 yrs.
exp. Rough piece
crews Full benefits
Contact us
561-848-9495 E.O.E.
n\AIP
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
Steel Erectors & Sheet Metal
workers needed for area
projects. Pay based on
experience call
(563)299-0127
Florida Licensed Physical
Therapist AND Physical
Therapist Assistant want-
ed in Rural Hospital in
North Florida Call
(850)973-2271 or Fax Re-
sume to (850)973-8158.


Full time AP Clerk with ben-
efits. Fax resume to 772-
597-3300 or call 772-
597-3458.

Full Time
RV Mechanic
Benefits. Salary based
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467,0131
Ask for Chris.
GROWING OKEECHOBEE
MFG. FIRM
Seeks an Office Manager
Excellent communication
and organizational skills
Proficient in Microsoft
Office and Excel.
Contact Eric
(954)931-0125 for appt.
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. 4'" St.
Lawn Service now hiring.
Must have min. 1 y,
commercial lawn service,
valid dr. lic., over 18, will-
ing to work long hours.
Call 467-8001, 9-5


Local
Construction Company
Looking for person
EXPERIENCED
in framing, roofing,
carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
863-357-1804
Now Hiring 2005 Postal
Positions Federal, State &
Local. $14.80/$48+/Hr.
No experience necessary.
Entry Levels. Full Benefits.
Paid Training. Call 7 days
8288)826-2513 Ext.
203.

Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL, with flatbed
experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
Call Janette Martin
800-432-2410

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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

RETAIL SALES/ COMPUT-
ER SKILLS Applications
100 SE 8th Ave Near Pop-
eyes 863-357-4140
Sales $5,500 Weekly Goal
Potential! If someone did
it, so can you! 2-3 con-
firmed appointments daily!
Benefits Available... Call
Catherine McFarland
(888)563-3188.


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.43ox
249 Okeechobee, Fl 34973


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

Tank Wagon Driver
Palmdale Oil Company
Must have'a class B
hazmat and tanker
endorsement. Benefits,
insura::3, vacation,
IRA available.
Call 863-763-3617 or
800-329-5253.


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charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

#1 CASH COW! 90 Vending
Machine Hd. You approve
Loc's-$10,670 (800)836-
3464 #B02428.


ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE
Do you earn $800/day? 30
Machines, Free Candy All
for $9,995. (800)814-
6323 B02000033. CALL
US: We will not be under-
qnldl
INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNI-
ooking for a few ex-
ceptional people to make
an above average income.
Call Lori at (800)489-
8930.


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


Employment:. EmpioVinent.
Full Time.
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UP TO $4,000 WEEKLY!!
Exciting Weekly. Paycheck!
Written Guarantee! 11 Year
Nationwide Company Now
Hiring! Easy Work, Send-
ing Out Our Simple One
Page Brochure! Free Post-
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Bonuses!! FREE INFOR-
MATION, CALL NOW!!
(800)242-0363 Ext.
3800.


Wanted: Bartender
Start immediately, will
train, nights & weekends.
Okeechobee Moose Lodge
863-763-4954 or
863-763-1550



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


Earn Extra Money
We are recruiting
individuals to deliver
phone books in
the following
communities:
Jupiter,
Fort Pierce,
Port St. Lucie
Jensen Beach
Okeechobee
Stuart,

Temporary Positions
Must have a valid
drivers license,
insured, dependable
auto and be 18
years of age or
older.
1-800-373-3280
Monday Friday
7:30am-5:30pm CST

Yellow
Bnnk LISA'T
Equal
Opportunity Employer


OFFICE MAN./SECRETARY
With Computer/ Reception-
ist needed. Real Estate Exp.
Preferred.
Send Resume/Salary req. to
horsefl@strato.net

PART TIME HELP NEEDED
for receptionist position.
Apply in person, 1101 N.
Parrott Ave.

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


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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315



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will ever 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-
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complaints.
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phone numbers may re-
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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,
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Babysitting 105
Child Care Needed 4110
Child Care Offered 4115
Instruction 420
Services Offered 125
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435


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


Is Stress Ruining Your
Life? Read DIANETICS by
Ron L. Hubbard Call
(813)872-0722 or send
7.99 to Dianetics, 3102
N. Habana Ave., Tampa FL
33607.


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lent tablets cure gas from
eating problem foods,
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shipping, $6.95/100,
(877)605-1745.




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SKIRTING & AWNINGS
for Mobile Homes. Call
Now! Bob 357-3141


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


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



HARDENS
PERSONALIZED
TREE SERVICES
Specializing in difficult
tree removals. Broken
limbs & power lines.
Call (863)261-5358.


IMMEDIATE OPENING
Part-Time Pharmacist


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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 53I')
Books & Magazines c%5
Building Materials 54-1
Business Equipment 54',
Cdrpets Rugs 55
Children's Items 55'
China, Glassware, Etc.5'60
Clothing
Coins Stamps 'TL
CullecLibles 5;5
Computer Video .'L
Crafts Supplies 5
Cruises 5':"
Drapes. Linens & Frbrk 5cs".
Fireplace Fixture 601,j
Firewood 610
Furniture ,.0i
Furs 1
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 62'
Heating Equipment
Supplies 62
Household Items "
Jewelry 6 5h
Lamps Light, 6.4i0
Luggage -.: 5
Medical Items <"60
Miscellaneous 655
Musical instruments .60I
Office Supplies
Equipment C65
Pets Supplies
Services 0,
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 60\.
Pools & Supplies :'.5
Restaurant
Equipment 't10b
Satellite :95
Sewing Machines 7o)
Sporting Goods 7105
Stereo Equipment 710
Television Radio 715
Tickets 2i0
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730)
VCRs 7S5
Wanted to Buy TiAO


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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
**** *******




DISHWASHER, Kenmore,
Roll Around. Works well.
$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





MICROWAVE, $213
(863)467-6088



REFRIGERATOR GE, 18.2
cubic ft. with ice maker.
Good cond. $90.
(863)763-3186.

REFRIGERATOR
Runs good.
$50. (863)946-6605.


HUFFY 26"- balloon tire
with kick stand and sta-
tionary cycle stand. New,
$35. (863)763-2935.


STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals Save $$$. 40x60'
to 100x200'. Example:
50x10Ox12' = $3.60/sq
ft. (800)658-2885
www.rigidbuilding.com.



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
DROP CEILING TILE- (45)
2'x4', contractor quality.
white, $50. (863)763-
4514.
METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.


PANS (8) For roof of car
port or FL rm. Aluminum.
4"x12"x13'L. $80 for all,
will sep. (863)763-0492

WOVEN CHICKEN WIRE
$35.
(863)946-6605.



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


DRESS CLOTHES- for office
work, ladies, size 11/12.
$60 for all.

MATERNITY CLOTH'S
82 pcs. shirts pants, short's
dresses, sm. sz. $300
(863)763-3617
SCRUBS- medium and
large, shirts and pants,
$50 for all. (863)824-
8749.



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
WEB TV
w/keyboard
$50
(863)357-6229


ANTIQUE CHINA
CABINET
asking $300
(863)983-8973
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.

Entertainment Center,
49"Wx68"H, holds up to
32" TV, dark finish, $65.
(863)467-0290
GLASS DINING SET
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702-
HEAD BOARD
Full size, good
condition. $35.
(863)946-1083.
KING SIZE Solid Wood
Cherry 4-Poster platform
bed w/6 drawer & pedestal
$100 (863)467-6805



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
SOFA/BED & matching chair
beige background w/
burgundy navy print
$150 (863)467-1110
WICKER LOVESEAT
Outdoor Furniture.
W/matching coffee table
$65. (863)610-0020.
Yankee Candles Sale!
Morgan's Furniture
707-709 SW Park St.
863-467-2072



Cleveland Tour Irons, 3
thru PW, Big Bertha driver
& Cleveland cart bag,
$250. (863)763-3724
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
GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123
GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.



HEALTH FOOD
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243



FUEL TANK 2000 Gal.
Double wall. Wielded
saddles. Like new $2500.
(239)694-2724.


HEATER, Gas, Van Guard.
Thermostatic control. $50
(863)763-4028

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.
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
Earmark Hearing, Okee,
Standard Hearing Aids
from 2 for $699.00. Call
(863)763-4334 for Appt.
FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes stan-
dard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE 50+ Pre-
mium Channels. Access to
over 225 channels! Limit-
ed time offer. S&H. Re-
strictions Apply.
(866)500-4056.
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
ORGAN MID SIZE 2 key-
boards, footpedals &
bench $150 neg.
-(863)763-7664
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PHOTO COPIER- Minolta,
like new, hardly used,,
$200 or best offer.
(863)675-1301.
PRINTER
Epson 925, With
cartridges. Works perfectly.
$75. (863)467-2614.
SCANNER
Epson Perfection 3170
Works Perfectly. $100.
(863)467-2614.



BALL PYTHON SNAKE- 21/
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
PEACH DOVES, (2), old
enough to eat on their
own, $20 each: (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm.
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.






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

SALTWATER Costom leath-
er trolling rod w/shimano
6500 reel new $425
(561)628-628-7532



SONY, 57", High Defni-
tion, 2003, Model
KP57WS510, $1500.
(863)673-0139


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


TABLE SAW
Craftsman 10"
1 $300
(863)467-9284


PAYING BEST PRICES'
SCRAP GOLD, SILVER &
UNWANTED JEWELRY
ELLIOTT'S PAWN
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567


GRADE QUARTERHORSE
MARE- 5 yrs old, cow
horse, exp. rider, $1000.
(772)201-7633.
Saddlebred, (4)
Pkg. deal for $4000
or $1500 each.
863-697-6421
MEADOWBROOK CART
used, great shape
Horse/cob size, $900 neg.
(561)261-3530



RIDING SNAPPER 12.5
front mounted eng. 38" cut
mulching kit & blades
$400 (863)763-6257
How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive market?
In the employment section
of the classified.


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



Okeechobee
Waterfront, Avail Mar.
15th. Immaculent 2BR
12 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
VILLA- 2BR, 2BA, unfur-
nished, $700 a month,
first, last $350 sec. No
SPets. (863)763-4034.
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.



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


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
$1-45,000 772-597-6158
or 954-801-6158


Moore Haven
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.
$129,000 772-979-0767




LAKE VIEW BARGAIN
$29,900. Free boat slip!
High elevation beautifully
wooded parcel. Across
from national forest on
35,000 acre recreational
lake in TN. Paved roads, u/
g utils, central water, sew-
er, more. Excellent financ-
ing. Call now (800)704-
3154, ext. 609. Sunset
Bay, LLC.


ASHEVILLE, NC AREA.
Spectacular Mountain
view & River homesites.
Paved roads, clubhouse &
more. NEW RELEASE!
Homesites from $49,900.
Bear River Community Call
Now (866)411-5263. '

Steel Arch Buildings! Gen-
uine SteelMaster Build-
ings, factory direct at
HUGE Savings! 20x24,
30x60, 35x50. Perfect
Garage/Workshop/Barn.
Call (800)341-7007.
www.SteelMasterUSA.co-
m.
NORTH CAROLINA LAKE-
FRONT ONLY $39,900.
Great All Sports lake to
fish, boat, swim or just re-
lax. Call for details, MLC
(866)920-5263.
NEW LOG HOME SHELL-
$99,900. Beautiful log
home nestled on private
wooded lot off Blue Ridge
Parkway north of Boone.
Only one!! (800)455-
1981, x125.

N.C. MOUNTAINS: 2.3
acres with new log cabin
shell in secluded setting
$89,900. Acreage availa-
ble with stunning mountain
views! Free info available.
(828)247-0081.

Lake View Bargain! 2 Acres
$19,900. New waterfront
community on one of larg-
est, cleanest, mountain
lakes in America! Hard-
woods, views, common
area w/ beach! Country
road,, water, utilities. Low
financing. Lakefront avail-
able. Call (800)564-5092
x96.
KENTUCKY 50-1000 acres.
Incredible trophy deer &
turkey hunting. Some w/
lakes, creeks, rivers,
ponds, & timber. Great re-
treat/investment. New sur-
vey, starting $795 per
acre. Owner will finance.
.(270)791-2538 ,
www.actionoutfitter.com.

IRS auction 200+ acres
Waycross, GA has large
home, steel building,
planted pines and hunting
land. March 18, 10 a.m.,
Ware County Courthouse.
www,ustreas.gov/
auctlons/irs or (850)445-
4625 for more informa-
tion.

BEAUTIFUL NORTH CARO-
LINA. WINTER SEASON IS
HERE! MUST SEE THE
BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL
MOUNTAINS OF WEST-
ERN NC MOUNTAINS.
Homes, Cabins, Acreage
& Investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy cher-
okeemountainrealty.com
Call for Free Brochure
(800)841-5868.
COASTAL GEORGIA- GAT-
ED COMMUNITY Large
wooded water access and
marshfront homesites. An-
cient Live oaks, pool, ten-
nis, 'golf. Water access.
From $64,900. Pre-con-
struction discounts.
www.cooperspoint.com
(877)266-7376.

How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classified.


FORECLOSED GOV'T
HOMES $0 or Low down!
Tax repos and bankrupt-
cies! No Credit O.K. $0 to
low down. For listings
(800)501-1777 ext.
19qq



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



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



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

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



12' Aluminum Deckover.
Motor runs good. 125 Ly-
coming w/tri. $5000 or
best offer (863)697-6054
FIBERGLASS CANOE 14'
$275 LIKE NEW
(863)467-8161

DEEP "V" Hull, unfinished
project. Trl in great-shape
No Title $2,000
(863)697-6054
BOAT COVERS
Waterproof fits up to
22' boats $75
(863)824-0455
AQUA SPORT, '72, 19',
115hp Mercury eng., with
trailer, needs TLC,$2000.
(561)449-1385
TROLLING MOTOR '97
Johnson 571b H.C. Bow
Mount 2-props/Handle
$200 (863)467-5736
TIDE CRAFT '83 16'8" Fi-
berglass 140HP suziki
eng. w/trl. Fish finder
$2000 (863)946-1481
SKEETER '77 16' 140
Evinrude motor, As is
$4000. Cell
(314)651-1951.
FOR RENT Yearly boat
dockage safe private & af-
fordable located near. the
Ortona Lock off of the Ca-
loosahatchee River
(863)675-7080 '


PONTOON BOAT, Aqua Pat-
io, 20 ft w/35 hp Johnson
0/B. No trailer. $1500
(863)610-1716
Place your ad online at
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classfl.html or mailto:,
classad@newszap.com
MOTOR, Honda 5 hp, Out-
board. Brand new, less
than 30 hrs. $1000 Firm.
Please call 863-697-1645
Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108




CATINALINA LIGHT 5TH
WHEEL '99, like new,
$7,250. (863)634-8459.



Fifth Whil. Hitch, Li'l Rock-
er, like new cond., lost
camper due to hurricane
$425. (863)467-0290




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.



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


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 401 C
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks -020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 40140
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070





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 GRANADA '82,
needs battery & tires.
reliable. Clean title.
$200. Firm (863)805-8789
FORD MUSTANG COUPE
'93, 5 speed,
$2500. (863)357-3633
After 6pm.
JEEP CHEROKEE, '91- need
work, $500 or best offer.
(863)467-6122.

MERCURY '83
302 eng. runs $75
(863)357-0872

MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, '91,
4 door, needs transmis-
sion, $350. (561)449-
1385
OLDS CUTLASS SL, '94,
runs, good body, tires, a/
c, $2400 or best offer.
(863)990-6398
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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

TOYOTA CORONA
'69, Runs, Needs some
TLC. $500. Or best offer.
(863)946-0992.
TOYOTA PREVIA, '93- as is,
$1000 or best offer.
(863)612-0258.



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
good 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


NOTICE
There will be a meeting of the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center Advi-
sory Committee on Thursday, March 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the County
Administration Annex meeting room, 456 Highway 98 North, Okeecho-
bee, Flonrida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Committee /
Task Force with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she
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 to be based.
John W Abney, Sr., Chairman
Agri-Civic Center Advisory Committee
557879 ON 3/2/05


IPckpTucs 405


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.
BLACK STEEL FLATBED-
for standard pickup, ask-
ing $300 or best offer.
(772)201-7633.

i-

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


CHEVY MOTOR, 350, 4 volt
main, 4 barrel carburetor,
runs good, $600.
(863)675-1862
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. (5&1)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 150 Pickup, '89,
new V8 motor, trans, radi-
ator, front end parts, tires,
a/c, $500 neg. (863)763-
3679 aft 6.

CHEVY CHEYENNE, '88-
V6, 4.3 liter, AC, auto,
runs good, $2500 firm.
(850)228-7773 Andy.
CHEVY PICKUP, '84,% ton,
4 wheel drive, 6.2 diesel,
runs & works $1500.
(863)675-1862
FORD EXPLORER '92 new
5spd. transmission, start-
er & exhaust system
$2500 (863)357-1078


Ford F250, '85, 6.9, Diesel,
4x4, new motor, transmis-
sion & brakes, 800 watt
stereo system, $3000
neg. (863)763-3679



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


MOTORCYCLE TRL. w/
ramp can be used as a
utility trl. $175'
(863)357-1078


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


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2005DR102
Patsy Hernandez,
Petitioner
and
Geromamob B. Hernandez,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Geromamob B. Hernandez
3042 SE 18th 6th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it
on Patsy m,.r,,,r,: whose ad-
dress is '?,: t j\ 6th Ave.,
Okee.,- FL 34972 on or before
March 23, 2005 and filethe original
with the clerk of this Court at 304
N.W. 236 St., Okee., FL 34972, be-
fore service on Petitioner or imme-
diately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered
viuin-t ".ei f.-.rthe relief demanded

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 clerks of-
fice.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
Squires certain automatic-disclosure
of documents and information.
Failure to comply can result in
sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: 2/16/2005
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Carol White
Deputy Clerk
555458 ON 2/23:3/2 910


Take steps to firewise your home


Hurricane winds caused wide-
spread destruction of vegetation in
our area. Trees were uprooted and
broken and left in large tangled
piles to dry. This dried fuel creates
an ideal environment fur danger-
ous wildfires.
Both the size of the downed
trees and the way they were entan-
gled will make fire suppression
dangerous. Fires can be expected
to be more intense increasing the
danger to homes and residents not
properly prepared.
Everyone in the area will be
affected by increasing wildfire activ-
ity.
Downed vegetation can pre-
vent firefighter access to your prop-
erty.
Available fire fighting equip-
ment can be tied up. for extended
periods slowing response time to
additional fires.
Main roadways which now
provide avenues of escape can be
blocked by wildfires burning close
to the roadside..
Smoke can aggravate health
problems and create unsafe travel

VFW gathering

supplies for

Iraqi students
VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead
Ridge is spearheading, a local
drive to collect school supplies
for Iraqi children.
The VFW Operation Iraqi
Children School Project is aimed
at ensuring that the children of
Iraq have the best opportunity to
learn about the world around
them.
The Buckhead Ridge post
asks that area residents bring
school supplies to the post,
which will then be boxed and
sent to Heart to Heart Interna-
tional in Kansas City, Kan.
The Buckhead Ridge post is
located at 2001 U.S. 78 West in
Buckhead Ridge.
For information, contact
Robert Hare at (863) 467-8166;
or, Post #9528 at (863) 467-2882.


conditions.
Roofing and siding that bas
been damaged by the wind can
allow fire to enter your home.
Increased fire intensity can
break windows that are not tem-
pered glass or double pane.

What can you do?
Make your home firewise!
When repairing storm damage to
your home, use only non-flamma-
ble' materials and firewise plants.
A firewise home has:
At least 30 ft. of defensible
space around structures. This area
should be kept free of leaves and
debris. It should be kept well
mowed and irrigated (within limits
of any existing water restrictions.) If
you do not have 30 ft., work with
what you have.
Roofs and gutters that are free
of leaves, pine needles, twigs and
branches.
Structures that are built with
fire resistant materials for roofs, sid-
ing and decks:.
Removed all combustibles


(woods, propane tanks, gas grills,
motor homes, boats, ATV cars)
under or near structures.
Trimmed all branches up to
10 ft. and removed all vines climb-
ing up trees or structures.
Gravel or chunky bark for.
mulch.
Installed spark arresters on
the chimney.
Firewise plants for landscap-
ing. Highly flammable plants such
as Palmetto or was myrtle are kept
away from structures.
A driveway at least 12 ft. wide
Report all fires, quickly to the
nearest fire department. If you see
anyone acting suspiciously before,
during or after a fire has started,
please contact the Arson Alert Hot-
line at (800) 342-5869. You may be
eligible for up to a $5,000 reward
for information leading to the arrest
of an arsonist.
Anyone needing' additional
information may contact the local
Division of Forestry, at (772) 219
1248 Or go to the firewise website
at www.firewise.org


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