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Vol. 96 No. 66 Monday, March 7, 2005 504 Plus tax


Inside
Death rate high
on rural roads
WASHINGTON People
are being killed on rural, non-
Interstate roads at more than
double the rate for all other
routes, a private group says,
blaming narrow roads, sharp
curves and a lack of money for
safety improvements.
More than half of traffic
deaths 52 percent in the
United States between 1999
and 2003 happened on rural,
non-Interstate roads and high-
ways, according to a study
released by The Road Informa-
tion Program. Traffic on these
roads accounted for only 28
percent of travel.
In 2003, there were 2.72
deaths per 100 million miles
traveled on non-Interstate rural
roads compared with .99
deaths per 100 million miles on
all other roads.
Page 2
South students
honor Dr. Seuss
Last week was a very excit-
ing one at South Elementary
School. We celebrated "Read
Across America" and Dr. Seuss'
birthday. Many Dr. Seuss'
books were read and enjoyed,
and on Monday the students
were invited to take a reader's
oath along with former State
Attorney Tony Young, Thursday
night, the auditorium was
standing room only in sharing
in a program honoring reading
and books.
The kindergarten students
entertained with a dance to the
song "Seuss", followed by a
recitation called "Seuss on the
Loose". Our first graders did a
recitation about books they
have enjoyed, and their cos-
tumes were wonderful. The
second grade students talked
about foods that, appear in Dr.
Seuss' books, and treated the
audience to hot dogs, green
Jell-O, and pink lemonade. The
South Singers ended the pro-
gram with a song "Read Across
America". Thanks to everyone
who participated and came to
this exciting evening program.
Page3
Fisichella wins
Australian GP
MELBOURNE Italy's
Giancarlo Fisichella won the
season-opening Australian
Grand Prix on Sunday, capping
a weekend highlighted by rule
changes and a downpour in
qualifying that ended Michael
Schumacher's hopes of
defending his title.
Sports, Page 6


Drought Index
Current: 237
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.79 feet


Lake level 4 ,
LastYear: ,'
15.42 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds . . .8-10
Comics ..............7
Community Events 4.... 4
Crbssword . . .8
Opinion ............. 4.
Speak Out............ 4
Sports .. . . . .6
TV ............... 9. 9
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Field trip: Kindergarteners visit wildlife center


Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Katelyn Bourgault got hands on experience with a young deer at Arnold's Wildlife Reha-
bilitation Facility. Katelyn was visiting Arnold's with her kindergarten class at North Ele-
mentary School.
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Court order


doesn't effect


local dairies


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A recent court order on
enforcement of dairy regula-
tions will have no affect on
Okeechobee dairy farmers and
brought heated comments from
one milk production official.
The 1st District Court of
Appeal recently upheld a lower
court's decision favor of envi-
ronmental groups that had
alleged the state allowed more
than 50 large dairies, each with
at least 700 cows, to discharge
waste into the ground, and thus
into groundwater without per-
mits.
The ruling orders the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) to more force-


fully go after dairy farms that dis-
charge water into groundwater
with a permit.
The original ruling ordered
DEP to require large dairies to
apply for National Pollutant Dis-
charge Elimination System
(NPDES) permits.
However, Art Darling, of Sun-
shine State Milk Producers, said
the suit was "much ado about
nothing."
Mr. Darling stated that all of
the dairies named in the suit are
in complete compliance with
federal regulations. He said that
when new regulations are put
into effect, a dairy would go out
of business if they were forced to
comply immediately. He said
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Bradley Layman (left) and Jovanie Bustos (right) of North Elementary School made
friends with one of the resident dogs at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility Friday
morning prior to touring the facility with their kindergarten class.


Eradication of invasive


Melaleuca tree continues


By MaryAnn Morris
Special to the keechobee News
Not everyone has always
hated the Melaleuca tree. Back in
1906, John C. Gifford liked the
interesting little tree with bottle
brush-like flowers and shaggy,
peeling bark when he visited
Australia.
He liked it so much he
brought seeds back to Florida
and-planted them at his home
on Biscayne Bay near Miami. Not
to be outdone, the Frank Stirling.
Nursery in south Broward Coun-
ty planted Melaleuca and sold
them as ornamental trees.
Another unsuspecting soul on
the west coast of Florida near
Estero also planted it and
watched it grow.
Not to be outdone, and notic-
ing the dense growth habit of the
Australian interloper, in the late


1930s Melaleuca was planted
along the base of the new dike
around Lake Okeechobee and at
Monroe Station in the Big
Cypress Preserve.
It became a very popular tree.
People used it along fence lines.
It made a good windbreak. Soon
it was just about everywhere in
the state of Florida.
Why did it
spread so fast?
In its native Australia,
Melaleuca grows well in low-
lying wet areas and is spread by
fire and wind. Fire is a natural
result of summer lightning.
Wind, of course blows the seed,
but fire? When the Melaleuca
feels threatened it disperses its
seeds. Threats, to a Melaleuca's
"mind" include droughts,
freezes, saws, blows, herbicides


and fire.
Why get rid of it?
In Florida with no natural
enemies and a favorable envi-
ronment, Melaleuca grows so
fast and so dense that it chokes
out every living thing around it
- other trees like pine and
cypress and it disrupts the natu-
ral surface water flow and pro-
vides nothing for wildlife.
Land managers, biologists
and government officials saw
that parks, marshes and open
spaces were disappearing and
were being completely taken
over by Melaleuca.
Melaleuca invasion
could be costly
In 1990, the Florida Depart-
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Photo courtesy/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of U.S.D.A.
Australian researcher Matthew Purcell (left) and ARS ento-
mologist Gary Buckingham examine growth of Melaleuca at
research lab in Gainesville.


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News Briefs Iash rate hither o rural rMed Than othkr rutlle


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

Tax rebate
deadline nears
OKEECHOBEE The Property
Appraiser's Office, located in the
Alderman Building at 307 N.W
Fifth Ave., has applications avail-
able for the 2004 sales tax rebate of
up to $1,500.
The rebate is for those Florida
residents who have replaced a
mobile home due to loss from a
named tropical system.
The deadline to file is May 1.

Gladys' Restaurant
reopens today
OKEECHOBEE Gladys'
Restaurant, 511 W.S. Park St., will
reopen Monday, March 7, at 6 a.m.
The restaurant has been closed
while repairing damage from hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne.
Their hours of operation will be
Monday through Friday, from 6
a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

Ice cream truck
kills toddler
WEST PALM BEACH An ice
cream truck driver drove off after
killing a 2-year-old boy who ran
into her path in the parking lot of
the young child's apartment com-
plex, authorities said.
Witnesses say the driver got out,
checked the child and drove off.
Palm Beach County sheriff's
deputies searching the area found
the truck about a quarter mile
away at Angela Rodriguez's hose
and cordoned it off for investiga-
tors.
Rodriguez, 27, was arrested Sat-
urday and charged with leaving the
scene of a fatality. She was jailed
Sunday on $100,000 bail on a
charge carrying a possible 15-year
prison sentence.
Emmanuelle. Richard ran to
help her only child Moses Joseph
and held him in her arms. But he
died on the grass outside the fami-
ly's suburban apartment.
"That's all she has," said family
friend John Chery, who was on his
way to pick up Moses and take him
to a park. "You just don't know
how lovable this child was."

Lotto jackpot
rolls over
TALLAHASSEE No ticket
matched all six Florida Lotto num-
bers, meaning Wednesday's jack-
pot will be worth an estimated $14
million, lottery officials said Sunday.
A total of 90 tickets matched five
numbers to win $5,079; 4,617 tick-
ets matched four numbers for $80;
and 95,391 tickets matched three
numbers for $5.50.
The winning Florida Lotto num-
bers selected Saturday were 2, 17,
18, 39, 41 and 43.
DCF removes kids
from foster home
INVERNESS Three of the five
Citrus County children allegedly
tortured by their adoptive parents
have been removed from their fos-
ter home and schools, school offi-
cials said.
Citrus High School officials
were concerned that one of John
and Linda Dollar's children was
working too hard in the foster fami-
ly's business.
"He had a problem with his leg
from what he had been through
and may have been on his feet too
much," Superintendent of Schools
Sandra Himmel said Friday.
School officials contacted the


Department of Children &
Families last week about concerns
with the child's leg problem and
other issues about the foster home
placement.
After several attempts to discuss
those concerns, Himmel said a
DCF representative removed the
children from their foster home
and from the Inverness schools
where they had been placed.
Sara Brady, spokeswoman for
the subcontractor in charge of fos-
ter home placements in the five-
county DCF district, said state law
prevented her from saying whether
the Dollar children were in its care.


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Turnpike to get barriers Dairies


along canals and ponds


WEST PALM BEACH Cable
barriers will be installed along Flori-
da's Turnpike next to canals and
ponds to help keep out-of-control
vehicles out of the water, state offi-
cials announced.
The barriers will be installed in
Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Miami-
Dade counties first, at a cost of $30
million, followed by the rest of the
Turnpike System, which includes
the Sawgrass Expressway and toll
roads in central Florida and the
Tampa Bay area.
The barriers will be put along
the Turnpike anywhere a canal or
body of water is deeper than three
feet, said Turnpike Deputy Execu-
tive Director Christopher Warren.
The barriers are made of steel
cables and posts anchored in con-
crete foundations.
In August, a church bus return-
ing from a field trip in Orlando ran
into a canal after being bumped by
a sport-utility vehicle on the Turn-


pike in Boca Raton. Three children
died in the crash.
There was no highway guard
rail in the spot where the bus,
which held 24 children, plummet-
ed into the canal. The rail ended
about 100 yards from where the
vehicle entered 20 feet of water.
"Our goal is to have the safest
roads in the world," state Rep. Irv
Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, said in a
statement.
In January, state officials
announced plans to install 160
miles of guardrails along Florida's
Turnpike by the start of the heavy
driving season in late May.
While the steel guardrails don't
necessarily prevent accidents, they
can prevent head-on crashes by
out-of-control vehicles.
In 2004,91 people were killed in
crashes on the 312-mile turnpike
system from Florida City to Wild-
wood, including a record 54
crossover-crash fatalities.


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that all the dairies in question had
been operating under administra-
tive agreements that allowed a sys-
tematic and gradual compliance.
As of Dec. 31, 2004, he said all
the diaries in question were in
compliance. Mr. Darling said all the
dairies in question did what they
were supposed to do and they did it
ahead of schedule.
He added that neither the
judges nor the environmentalist
understood the situation.
"This is a huge victory for Flori-
da waters, which have been receiv-
ing hundreds of thousands of
pounds of untreated raw dairy
waste every day for many years,"
said Linda Young, a clean water
activist who was one of the plain-
tiffs in the lawsuit.


"That's a lie and you can quote
me on that," was Mr. Darling's
response to Ms. Young's statement.
The DEP issued a statement that
read in part: "All of Florida's large
dairies have already submitted
applications for NPDES permits
ahead of the federal deadline and
prior to the appellate court's ruling.
Florida's approach demonstrates
common-sense environmental
management that goes beyond tra-
ditional command and control
mechanism to regulate animal
feeding operations ahead of federal
requirements. We remain commit-
ted to safeguarding Florida's natu-
ral resources and ensuring that
diary facilities manage their opera-
tions in accordance with environ-
mental regulations."
At any rate, the ruling will not
affect Okeechobee dairies since Mr.
Darling said that all dairies in the
Okeechobee basin have been per-


mitted since the early 1990s.
Local DEP representative Greg
Kennedy echoed that statement.
"I don't think we have any issue
in it (the court ruling)," Mr.
Kennedy stated.
As part of the Dairy Rule that
went into effect in the 1980s, dairy
farmers in the Lake Okeechobee
basin voluntarily put into practice
Best Management Practices
(BMPs), which include a wide vari-
ety of activities.
The BMPs could be as simple as
moving feed troughs to prevent
erosion or as complicated as the
project at Butler Oaks Dairy where,
through a chemical process, phos-
phorous in the runoff water forms
bonds with other elements making
a solid which then settles out of the
water.
Editor's note: Some of the mate-
rial in this story came from the
Associated Press.


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ment of Environmental Protec-
tion (DEP) estimated that if the
spread continued, and Melaleuca
took over, tourists would have
almost no marshes or forests to
visit where they could see birds
and other wildlife. Sportsmen
would have nowhere to hunt or
fish, and it went on from there.
The DEP estimated the loss in rev-
enue to be $161 million a year if
nothing was done to check the
invasion.
However, in recent years dead
.Melaleuca trunks on the horizon
have become an increasingly
common (and welcome) sight.
This is thanks to a group of scien-
tists and government officials
who have dedicated themselves
and their lives to the eradication
of the Melaleuca trees in Florida.
"We use a strategy that has
taken many years to develop,"
said Francois LaRoche, a Senior
Biologist with South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD). "First we remove the
big, seed-bearing trees on the
outer edges of a Melaleuca head,
gradually working inward. We cut
a ring through the bark of each
tree, all the way around, and then
treat the opening with a herbi-
cide. We use only licensed appli-
cators and do not use any herbi-
cide that is not approved for
home use. We pull saplings by
hand."
Mr. LaRoche has served on the
Melaleuca Management Task
Force, a committee of the Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council and is
the editor of the definitive
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with updates, beginning in 1990.
"In the beginning, there were
some 30 people involved and the
original plan took a year to write.
Now we update as needed," said
Mr. LaRoche. "The MMP has been
very successful. Even with the
remaining Melaleucas seeding
themselves and continuing to
spread, overall one-third of all
Melaleuca is gone."
The area around Lake Okee-
chobee was a prime target from
the beginning.
"We are continuing. By look-
ing back to Australia, we found
that Melaleuca had many insect
enemies. So we found several
which would feed on any remain-
ing trees and' check the spread,"
explained Mr. LaRoche.
If you see Melaleuca on your
property, destroy it. Pull saplings
and destroy them. For larger trees,
girdle the tree, then treat the cut
area with the herbicide Rodeo,


which you can buy in most gar-
den supply stores.
"Right now, the Corps of Engi-
neers is removing the dead
Melaleuca trunks around Lake
Okeechobee," said SFWMD's
Missy Bartletto. "If they're left
standing, eventually they'll topple
over and block the water control
structures, preventing drainage in
a storm. They will pile the trunks
at the base of the dike and burn
them to be sure they don't cause
another problem."
So the work goes on, all
because of a very stubborn Aus-
tralian tree.
(Editor's Note: Some informa-
tion contained in this article
came from the Melaleuca Man-
agement Plan, Florida Exotic
Pest Plant Council andAgricultur-
alResearch Services, and the U.S.
Department ofAgriculture.)


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South Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday


Last week was a very exciting
one at South Elementary School.
We celebrated "Read Across
America" and Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Many Dr. Seuss' books were read
and enjoyed, and on Monday the
students were invited to take a
reader's oath along L/
with former State' < /
Attorney Tony Young.
Thursday night,
the auditorium
was standing
room only in
sharing in a program honoring
reading and books.
The kindergarten students
entertained with a dance to the
song "Seuss", followed by a
recitation called "Seuss on the
Loose". Our first graders did a
recitation about books they have
enjoyed, and their costumes were'
wonderful. The second grade stu-
dents talked about foods that
appear in Dr. Seuss' books, and
treated the audience to hot dogs,
green Jell-O, and pink lemonade.
The South Singers ended the pro-
gram with a song "Read Across
America". Thanks to everyone
who participated and came to this
exciting evening program.
On Friday, the students were
treated to a guest reader who
entertained us with wonderful
stories. Storyteller Kaye Byrnes
told stories she had learned from
reading books; the students were
spellbound.
A special thanks to Natalie


Courtesy photo/South Elementary Staff photo/Debra Smythe
The Terrific Kids this week are: Shalynn Luck, Brianna Ingram, Marshall Rucks, Lataya Rho- At South Elementary, on Friday, March 4, Kaye Byrnes, a sto-
den, Ann Cabrera, Anthony Harper, Daniel Estrada, Brandon Mahley, Alyssa Coleman, Min- ryteller, told stories to the students. She told a story about a
hthu Nguyen, Dylan Abdelquader, Garrett Strickland, Sean Russell, Lindsey Tomaszewski, rooster in which the children were allowed to participate,
Connor Clements, Angela Garcia, Hanna Bostwick, Nicole IhIe, Lance Hamblen, Jessica Suit, they really enjoyed that. Ms. Kaye Byrnes is a professional
Katelynn Keefe, Hannah White, Heather Abner, Jose Guerrero, Andrea Young, Montavious story teller and is the current president of the Florida Story-
Mills, and Johnny Sanchez. Congratulations, and thank you to Mr. Frank Irby for presenting tellers Association. She travels all over Florida doing work-
the certificates from the Kiwanis Club. shops and telling stories to children. For more information
Hubbard, Vicki Lawrence, and all the pizzas! Our cafeteria personnel work about storytelling and Ms. Byrnes you can visit her website
Chervl Gawda for serving nizza to The Student Council is seeking very hard each day to feed break- at www.kayebyrnes.com


our students who raised the most
money in each grade for the
Tsunami Relief Fund. Thank you
again, Steve Milrot and the Eddie
Accardi dealership for providing


to raise money for the March of
Dimes by selling passes to stu-
dents to wear their cap (50 cents)
and/or their sunglasses (50 cents)
on Friday.


fast and lunch to our students.
One of our cafeteria workers, Mrs.
Pearl White, always works cheer-
fully to get this job done. Since
she is retiring at the end of this


month, we will greatly miss her
smile and positive attitude. Thank
you for your many years of service
with a smile, Mrs. White!


Upcoming Dates: March 14-17
FCAT and NRT testing; March 17-
End of Third Nine Weeks; April 1
- Report Cards go home.


Glades County Roundup


Hurricane relief
Glades County Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey
announced that county residents
whose homes were damaged in
the 2004 hurricane season could
be eligible for hurricane relief in
certain circumstances.
Applications for' relief for
Glades County residents who
bought replacement mobile
homes are due to Mr. Luckey's
office by May 1. The relief is cal-
culated based on sales tax paid
on the replacement mobile
home. Applications are eligible
for either relief for residents with
homestead exemptions or relief
related to mobile home replace-
ment, but not both.
Copies of the application
form may be obtained by visiting
Luckey's office or by calling
(863) 946-6026 or toll free (877)
445-2337. For more information
about the hurricane relief pro-
gram, residents may visit the
Florida Department of Revenue
Web site http://www.
myflorida.com/dor.

Bus driver class
to begin tonight
The Glades County School
District will be offering a bus
driving course for anyone inter-
ested in driving a school bus for
the district for daily routes
and/or extracurricular trips. If
interested, please contact Doug
Manke at (863) 946-3662. Class-
es will be in the evenings begin-
ning March 7.

Republicans to
meet, March 8
All residents of Glades County
are welcome at the regular
meeting, which will take place at
the Glades County Library in
Moore Haven, Tuesday, March 8,
at 7 p.m. For more information,
call Ruby Yock at 946-1265.

Bike safety course
slated for March 12
The Muse Volunteer Fire
Department will be assisting the
Glades County Sheriff's Office
March 12, in conducting a Bicy-
cle Safety Course. This course
will educate the young bicycle
rider on the proper operation
and safety on the roadway with
traffic while riding a bicycle.
Safety issues and concerns will
be discussed, as well as a safety
video and demonstration. Bicy-
cle helmets will be made avail-
able by size while supplies last.
The safety class will take place
from 9 a.m. to noon. Refresh-
ments provided by the Muse Vol-


unteer Firefighters. For addition-
al information or questions,
please contact: Deputy Bert
Davis at (863) 675-1144 or Cap-
tain Paul Lezzi at (863) 673-1580.

Historical Society
to host fundraiser
The Glades County Historical
Society is restoring the lovely
Westergaard home and your
help is needed to raise state-
matching funds. Every little bit
helps from a penny to a four-fig-
ure check.
The Society is promoting the
old downtown Historic District
as a tourist attraction to bring
much needed purchasing power
to Glades County. There will be a
country ribs and chicken bar-
beque, Saturday, March 12, from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 207 Ave.
L, Moore Haven. Dine-in or take
out for $7. The menu will
include baked beans, potato
salad, cole slaw, homemade
desserts, and beverages.
Inspect the historic Wester-
gaard home. Re-wiring has been
completed. The interior is being
sanded and readied for painting.
The next project will be com-
plete plumbing installation. A
contribution is appreciated. Con-
tact Anne-Tiques Shoppe, 100
1st Street, Moore Haven for fur-
ther details, (863) 946-9100.

Search and Rescue
to reorganize
Glades County Sheriff Stuart
Whidden is in the process of
reorganizing the Glades County
Sheriff's Office Lake Search and
Rescue Auxiliary. There will be a
meeting at the Glades County
Courthouse, county commission
chambers, Friday, March 18 at 6
p.m. Anyone wishing to become
a member should be present. All
applicants must pass a full back-
ground check in order to be con-
sidered. If anyone has any ques-
tions, call Captain Daryl Lewis at
(863) 946-0100.

Professional
biker rodeo set
L-Cross X-treme Events and
the Iron Eagle Bar present South
Florida's first Professional Biker
Rodeo and Swap Meet, Friday,
March 18 through Sunday,
March 20. Gates open at 3 p.m.,
Friday until dark on Sunday. Gate
fee is $25 per person. Rodeo
events are to be announced.
Entry fee is $5. Live entertain-
ment Friday night to be
announced.
David Allen Coe will perform
live on the L-Cross Stage, Satur-
day, March 19 at 8 p.m. No cool-


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ers, glass containers, firearms,
pets, three-wheelers or attitudes
allowed in rodeo area.
Vendors are welcome. The
weekend fee is $125. For more
information call Betty at (863)
467-1360 or Mark Pearce at (863)
634-1102 or visit the Web site at
www.l-cross.com.

GED classes
are available
The Glades County School
District is offering GED prep
classes at Moore Haven High
School (room 26-003) for adults
who wish to obtain their GED.
Classes are on Tuesday and
Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m.
You may register the night of the
classes. If you have any ques-
tions you may call Scott Bass at
(863) 946-0202 ext. 13.

Faith in Action
is expanding
Faith in Action in LaBelle is
expanding to Clewiston and
Moore Haven in 2005. Residents
of any age with chronic disease
or illness in those areas who
have a need for assistance with
everyday tasks of living can call
Liz at 983-7088 or 675-1446 for
more information. Those with a
desire to make a difference in
someone's life by volunteering
are encouraged to call the same
phone numbers for more infor-
mation on this wonderful volun-
teer program benefiting resi-
dents in Hendry/Glades
Counties..


Children's Services Council seeks proposals


The Children's Services Coun-
cil announces they are seeking
proposals from public agencies
and legally incorporated not-for-
profit and for profit agencies. The
purpose of these proposals is to
improve and expand services to
the children of Okeechobee
County by providing new,
expanded or continued services
for priority need areas. This year
there will be approximately
$250,000 available to fund these
proposals.
The schedule for the propos-
als is as follows:
Feb. 21: Application forms
available to be picked up at the
Okeechobee County School
Board, Room 304. Call (863) 462-
5000, ext. 255.
April 5: at 3 p.m. submit pro-
posals to Okeechobee County
School Board, Room 304.
April (TBA): Interview with
RFP Selection Sub-Committee.
June 9: Public Hearing
regarding RFP's.
August: Council final deci-
sion on funded proposals.
Funding priorities include:
substance abuse prevention,
delinquency prevention,
abuse/neglect prevention, trans-
portation cultural diversity train-
ing and positive alternative activi-
ties.
During the 2004-2005 grant-
year, the Council funded 17 differ-
ent grants with funds that ranged
from $1,000 to $40,000. These
grants addressed several of the
priorities that had been identified
by the community including
summer programs, after-school
programs, respite care and truan-
cy. All grants will be reviewed by


a sub-committee of volunteers,
graded and ranked. The sub-
committee will then interview
the grant writers to form final rec-
ommendations to the full Coun-
cil.
Agencies are encouraged to
collaborate with each other to"
make best use of the resource
available to our area. Grant recip-


ients that have received CSC
funds for five years or more must
indicate that they receive at least
51 percent or greater from other
sources.
Any questions should be
directed to Cathleen Blair, execu-
tive director of Children's Ser-
vices Council at (863) 462-5000
ext. 255.


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Cheering for brother
Ten-month-old Jessica Harmon enjoys the day at North
Elementary School's Survivor Challenge. Her brother
Johnathan Harmon, a kindergarten student, competed as
Jessica cheered him on.








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The Okeechobee News, Monday, March 7, 2005


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Community Events

The Gathering hosts dinner theater
A dinner theater will be held at The Gathering, 1735 S.W 24th
Ave., on Friday, March 11, and will feature Mark and Sandy Rem-
ington as the "Jenkins Family" in a hilarious rendition of the
family. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for
adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. For reserva-
tions, call (863) 357-0534.

Shared Services Network to meet
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting on Friday,
March 11, in the Superintendent of Schools office in the Okee-
chobee County School Administration Building, 700 S.W Second
Ave. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem
solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of our
local decision makers. The public is invited. For information, call
(863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Meeting planned for preschool providers
There will be a meeting for the childcare and preschool
providers of School Readiness/Early Learning Services on Friday,
March 11, at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5792.

Early learning coalition to meet
The Okeechobee advisory committee of the Early Learning
Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties formerly known
as the School Readiness Coalition will be meeting at noon on
Friday, March 11, in the conference room of the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave. All interested
parties are encouraged to attend. For information, call (863) 462-
5792.

Chamber sponsoring concerts
Brenda O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, has announced that the Chamber, in
conjunction with Morgan Renee Entertainment, are finalizing
plans for a three-concert series beginning March 12 with the Joe
Nichols concert during the Speckled Perch Festival. Other con-
certs will be staged at the Chamber's Cinco de Mayo celebration,
and during Labor Day weekend festivities. Information on the
bands and artists will be announced at a later date. To volunteer
your help at any of these events, call the Chamber of Commerce
at (863) 763-6464.

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

Rodeo tickets now on sale
The 165 families of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation invite you to join in the family fun during their 54th rodeo
season at the Okeechobee Rodeo to be held Saturday, March 12,
and Sunday, March 13, at the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on U.S.
441 N. This PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association) sanctioned
rodeo will include Harbor Federal Saddle Bronc Riding, Domer's
Inc. Steer Wrestling, :08 Bull Riding, Publix Barrel Race, Calf Rop-
ing, Everglades Farm Equipment Bareback Riding, RJ Gator's
Mutton Bustin', The Tucker Group'Wild Horse Race and Big Lake
Eye Care Calf Scramble. Rodeo tickets are on sale now at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 W. North Park Street in Okeechobee, for $14.

Casino Night aids March of Dimes
The March 0' Dimes Casino Night will be held March 17 from
7 until 11 p.m., and will be hosted by :08 Seconds, 3751 N.E.
Fourth Trail. There will be snacks, a cash bar and live entertain-
ment. To take part, you must be 21 years of age. There will be no
monetary winnings, but there will be prize giveaways. Event
sponsorship is $250 and table sponsorships are $150. A donation
of $25 is requested. All proceeds go to the March of Dimes. For
information, contact Sharon Johnson at (863) 634-6241 or Jen-
nifer Busbin at (863) 697-1701.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale March 17-
19 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will be held at the Hospice
of Okeechobee Volunteer House located at the conrer of S.E. '
Fourth St. and Third Ave. All proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee.





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Looking Back ...
Plans to hold a firearms safety course were announced in the early 1990s. On hand for the announcement were: (back,
left to right) then-Chief of Police Larry Mobley and then-City Councilman Mike O'Connor; (front, left to right) Jim Baugh-
man, then-president of the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, Nita Turbeville, then-public relations director at the Blue
Heron Golf and Country Club, Kay Mullins, then-proVost of the IRCC Dixon Hendry Center, and course instructors from
the Okeechobee City Police Department K.J. Ammons and Denny Davis. Mr. Ammons is currently a detective with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, and Mr. Davis is currently the chief of police. Do you have any old photos of the
Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107
S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.


Upcoming Events

Monday
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church. For information, contact David Fox at (863) 763-3296.

Tuesday
Alanon meetingwill be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at The Gathering in the 6onfer-
ence room for a weekly 12-step recovery and support group meeting
for women overcoming chemical dependency. For information, call
(863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-
6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For information,
contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For more information, call (863) 357-
0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For information, call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's
an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show 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 American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson
Hospital in the north dining room. The meetings are sponsored by the
American Cancer Society and facilitated by their medical advisor Dr.
Heller. For information, call 1-800-224-6844.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers sup-
port and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical
depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual
diagnosis.

Thursday
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital
cafeteria. For information, contact Wanda Hass at (863) 824-2780.
(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 interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510
or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, located at
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.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m.
at the Golden Corral. The cost is $6.20 plus tip for lunch. Anyone inter-
ested in attending is welcome. For information, call Bonnie Kinchen at
(863) 467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams
meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thurs-
days. Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the
next camping site.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
information.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
9360.
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 rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.




Crime Prevention Tip

, Mark your property with your driver's license number, and
photograph or video tape smaller items like jewelry.


Community Events

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

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

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library,
206 S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word process-
ing sills will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navi-
gate the internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact
the Okeechobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.

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

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

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

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

Friendship Singers to be in concert
'Oh Sunday, March 6, the Friendship Singers from Friendship
International Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be per-
forming at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St. Group members are from across the U.S. However, there will
be special guests from the organization's missions in Chile, Hun-
gary and Romania dressed in traditional folk costume. Perfor-
mances will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is no
admission charge. For more information, call (863) 763-4021.

Trust Quartet in concert
The Trust Quartet will be in concert at the Treasure Island
Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., on March 6 at 10:30 a.m. For
information, call Pat Daunt at (863) 357-1958.

Basinger church hosts revival
There will be a revival at the Basinger Church of God, 16050
U.S. 98 N., with Duane Pooler and Family March 6-13. Sunday
services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On the other nights, services
will begin at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-1503.

Church plans special services
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will be hav-
ing special services on Sunday, March 6, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Fred Buckner from Marion, Ohio. For
information, call Linda at (863) 763-2938.

Grace Christian holding fundraiser
The Grace Christian Schools' fourth grade class will be selling
Easter Lilies for $9, blue or pink Hydrangea's for $16 and $22
each with pot covers. All proceeds go to defray the cost for a
Florida history tour to St. Augustine. Orders must be placed no
later than March 7. To place an order, call (863) 697-0345 or
(863) 763-3072.
Big Lake Genealogy Society to Meet
Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
March 8, at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th
St. Anyone interested in tracing his or her family history is
encouraged to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are
welcome. Come and share your genealogy research. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2036.


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BUSINESS 5


The Okeechobee News, Monday, March 7, 2005


Advocates seek to stop I.D. theft


WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Prompted by last week's debacle
at one of the nation's largest infor-
mation brokers, two outspoken
privacy advocates in Congress
have filed bills requiring new regu-
lation of companies that profit
from selling peoples' personal
information.
The companion measures,
filed by U.S. Rep. Ed Markey and
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, would give
the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) power to oversee previous-
ly unfettered information brokers
the same way it governs credit
bureaus that handle private finan-
cial information. Currently, unreg-
ulated data brokers are able to sell
files containing Social Security
numbers, credit reports and other
personal data.
"If we don't act now to safe-
guard our privacy, we could all
become victims of identity theft,"
said Nelson, whose own personal
data disappeared with missing
Bank of America tiles last week.
"These companies are playing
Russian roulette with the personal
information and identities of mil-
lions of Americans," Markey


added, "We must take action to
protect consumers from more
information breaches."
Their comments came at a
Thursday-morning, March 3, con-
ference in Washington, where the
two lawmakers unveiled the first-
ever plan for regulating compa-
nies like ChoicePoint, which
recently disclosed that personal
data on about 145,000 people
may have been stolen by identity
thieves.
The two were joined by an offi-
cial from the Consumers Union -
one of the nation's leading public
advocacy groups and publisher of
Consumer Reports magazine. In a
letter presented to the two law-
makers, an organization
spokesperson said, "Consumers
Union supports your bill because
it protects consumers by provid-
ing needed oversight."
According to the FTC, fraud-
related complaints from con-
sumers jumped a whopping 17
percent last year up to 635,173
from 542,378 the year before. And
the number one problem report-
ed by 39 percent of the consumers
was identity theft.


Markey and Nelson both are
considered by colleagues to be
strong privacy advocates. Markey,
co-chair of the Congressional Pri-
vacy Caucus, recently tackled new
protections for peoples' medical
records and Nelson won passage
for his measure that requires com-
panies to properly destroy infor-
mation derived from credit reports
before it's thrown in the dump-
ster. Both representatives serve on
key commerce panels where they
will push this legislation.
The ChoicePoint identity-theft
case that spurred their proposal
came to light two weeks ago, only
because of California's breach law
that requires companies to notify
residents if their personal informa-
tion is compromised. It's the only
such law in the nation.
Last month, however, U.S. Sen.
Dianne Feinstein introduced a
national version of the California
law. And on Tuesday, U.S. Sen.
John Corzine proposed legislation
to require financial institutions to
inform customers, consumer
reporting agencies and law
enforcement authorities of securi-
ty breaches.


Courtesy photo
20 years of service
Ami Neese (left) and Bud Neese (right), owners of Quality Air Conditioning, thank James
Clements (center) for his 20 years of service to the company. In addition to a beautiful
plaque, Mr. Clements and his wife Jessina received a week's vacation to Telluride, Colo.,
courtesy of Trane air conditioners. Mr. and Mrs. Clements went to Steamboat Springs,
Colo., when Mr. Clements reached his 10 year anniversary.



Buy a Shamrock and help fight MD


Courtesy photo
Five years of service
Bud Nees, owner of Quality Air Conditioning (left) presents T. J. Anderson with a plaque
to commemorate her five years of.service with the company. Ms. Anderson also received
a gas barbecue grill.


FLORIDA- St. Patrick's Day is
approaching, which means
Shamrocks are adorning busi-
nesses in green and gold through-
out the Treasure Coast.
To benefit the Muscular Dys-
trophy Association, millions of
people across the country will
"paint the town green" by taking
part in Shamrocks against Dystro-
phy.
The popular MDA tradition, led
by internationally renowned
singer Maureen McGovern, runs
through March 17. Shamrock
mobiles are available at Albert-
son's, Arby's, Big Apple Pizza,
Blockbuster Video, Bob Evans
Restaurants, Chevron, APEC
Amoco-Citgo-BP stations, Citrus
Bank, Bennett Auto Supply, Steak
'N Shake, Conchy Joe's Seafood,
Denny's, Donnini Chevron-Mobil-
Sunoco, Firehouse Subs, First
National Banks, Harbor Federal
Banks, Gold Coast Federal Credit
Unions, Gator's Dockside, Handy
Foods, Lefty's Wings, Smokey's
Big Bib BBQ, Napa Auto Parts,
Riverside National Banks, St.
Lucie Battery & Tire locations,
Stuart Fine Foods, Lowe's, and U
Save.
When customers buy and sign


"Every year, through participation in the pro-
gram, local businesses show how much they
care about children and adults affected by neu-
romuscular diseases."
Sandra Ingram, Treasure Coast District Director


$1 and $5 Shamrock mobiles to
hang in the participating business
venues, they support the fight
against neuromuscular diseases.
Patrons of thousands of business-
es nationwide, including super-
markets, convenience stores and
restaurants, are helping "Jerry's
kids" (named for MDA National
Chairman Jerry Lewis) by taking
part.
In 2004, Shamrocks against
Dystrophy raised more, than $12
million nationally through the
efforts of volunteers, participating
businesses and sponsors. Locally,
Shamrocks against Dystrophy
raised almost $22,000.00 to sup-
port MDA programs, including
clinic at St. Mary's Medical Center,
summer camp for children with
neuromuscular diseases at Bran-
don, Florida and lifesaving


research.
"Every year, through participa-
tion in the program, local busi-
nesses show how much they care
about children and adults affected
by neuromuscular diseases," said
Sandra Ingram, Treasure Coast
District Director. "Shamrocks
against Dystrophy supports MDA
services that help improve the
lives of many people in our com-
munity."
MDA is a voluntary health
agency working to defeat more
than 40 neuromuscular diseases
through programs of worldwide
research, comprehensive servic-
es, and far-reaching professional
and public health education.
For information, about MDA,
in the Treasure Coast or the
Shamrocks program, call (772)
873-9422.


Florida's Chief Financial Officer: Beware of transfer fund scams


TALLAHASSEE Florida's
Chief Financial Officer Tom Gal-
lagher today warned consumers
to beware of unsolicited e-mails
promising an opportunity to get
rich quick, but which are noth-
ing more than an attempt to
drain unsuspecting consumers'
bank accounts.
Recipients of these e-mails
are told that the sender is either a
high-ranking government official
or the close relative of a high-


ranking government official
from a developing country. As a
result of some financial miscal-
culation, the sender has millions
of dollars languishing in a bank
account that cannot be accessed
without the recipient's assis-
tance. In return for this assis-
tance, the recipient is promised
a portion of the funds, usually 20
percent. All the recipient has to
do is demonstrate their good
faith by either depositing a sum


of money in a bank account
(which the sender can access)
or by faxing company letterhead
and information on the recipi-
ent's bank account. The sender
then drains the bank account.
While the majority of e-mails
claim to originate from Nigeria,
the source of the e-mails could
just as easily come from any-
where else in the world. The
Central Bank of Nigeria has
issued a press statement subti-


tied "Don't be fooled! Many have
lost money," which warns indi-
viduals not to be fooled by scam
artists claiming to be associated
with the Nigerian government..
Because the operators of these
scams usually reside outside of
the country in which they are
soliciting, prosecuting such
cases is difficult, if not impossi-
ble.
"Any unsolicited e-mail which
offers you an opportunity to get


rich quick should be viewed
with suspicion," said Gallagher.
"People promoting fail-safe
stock tips or easy access to
locked-in funds often have their
own get-rich-quick scheme -
they get rich by taking your
money."
Gallagher said consumers
should "verify before they buy,"
a message he has promoted to
urge consumers to determine
that the company or individual


they are dealing with is legiti-
mate.
Additional information can
be found at the U.S. Secret Ser-
vice's web site at
http://www.secretservice.gov/al
ert419.shtml. Victims should
contact the Secret Service's
Financial Crimes Division at
(202) 406-5850. Consumers may
also call the department's toll
tree helpline at (800)342-2762.


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The Bronco and Marvin Sonics
The following athletes are members of the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation's 14
and under basketball team, the Bronco and Marvin Sonics. They are (in no particular
order) Septemberlyn Davis, Jeremy Urbina, Alexis Crowell, Brian Smith, Cordey Jumper,
Matt Skipper, Austin Harvey and David Phillips. Team members not pictured are Cody
Herrin and Kyndra Crews. They are coached by Marvin Roberts.




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Big Lake Roofing Wizards
The following athletes are members of the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation's 10
and under basketball team, the Big Lake Roofing Wizards. They are (in no particular
order) Kiylier Baker, Alex Gaitan, Casey Travers, Erik Caitan, Raymond Brown, Amber
Mohney, Jackson Davis and Richard Donegan. Team members not pictured are Dustin
Herrin and Brandtley Osceola. They. are coached by Preston Baker.







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The Connemara Ponies Spurs
The following athletes are members of the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation's 10
and under basketball team, the Connemara Ponies Spurs. They are (in no particular
order) Dakota Bond, Robert Hays, Elijawon Williams, Bradley Rathbun, Savanna Whit-
lock, Jose Tagle, Faith Kahn, Wade Micco and Sylvester Butler, Jr. The team member not
pictured is Logan Smith. They are coached by Sylvester Butler and Joe Caudle.





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Sports Briefs


OHS booster
club to meet
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.

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 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.

Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold their fourth annual Kid's Day
benefit bass tournament on March
20 at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
Boats will take to the water at
safe light and return for weigh-ins
at 2 p.m.
The entry fee into the team tour-
nament will be $110Q per team. This
fee includes entry into the big bass
pot. The entry fee can be paid at
the ramp on the morning of the
tournament. Entries can also be
paid by check in advance. To do so,
make the check payable to the Tay-
lor Creek Bass Club and mail it to:
Bill Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St., Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34974. Entry forms
are available at several local bait
and tackle shops, as well as busi-
nesses and restaurants; or, by con-
tact Bill at (863) 763-2926.
The total payout will be for the
top six places, and first- and sec-


ond-place big fish winners. The
tournament will have a 70 percent
payout based on a 50 boat field. If
there is a full field, first place will
receive $1,200; second place will
receive $800; third place will
receive $500; fourth place will
receive $300; fifth place will receive
$200 and sixth place will receive
$150. The big fish award will be
$350. Second big fish will receive
$150.
The remaining 30 percent will
be used to help fund the club's
20th annual Okeechobee Kid's Day
Fishing Festival to be held later this
year.

Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail has
announced its 2005 tournament
schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates for
the rest of the trail are June 26, July
10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for the
memorial tourney and the trail can
be made at the Wanta-Linga Motel
or at the dock on the day of the
tournament.


For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863) 763-1020.

OCRA meets
each month
The regular monthly meetings
of the Okeechobee Citizens Recre-
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.

Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission will revise the method in
which hunters may apply for regu-
lar and special quota hunt permits.
The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least 25
years. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt per-
mits through their Total Licensing
System (TLS) at license vendors
statewide or from their website
MyFWC.com.
For information, contact Eddie
White of the FWC at 850-488-8573,
ext. 17336.


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

Okeechobee Air Conditioning
312 S.W. 2nd St.
763-8391
10% OFF cost to repair any Central A/C System
(Does not apply w/any other discount)
ALUMINUM GUTTERS
Barry's Seamless Aluminum
Rain Gutters
202 N.E. Greenbriar Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL
877-878-9682
10% OFF any services
ANTIQUES
Don's Down South Antiques
441 S.E. and 15A
763-2712
10% OFF any purchase
APPLIANCE SERVICE
McKenna's Appliance Repair
Mobile Service 357-1019
10% OFF first service call
Advanced Appliances
Sales & Service
128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
ART GALLERY
Absolutely Art Gallery
& Custom Framing
115 S.W. Park St.
357-1199
10% OFF storewide
AUTO
E&E Automotive Clinic Inc.
3585 Hwy. 441 N.
763-2666
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
including tune-ups, oil services, etc.
BARRELS
Darrell's Barrell's
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all barrel's
BEAUTY SALONS
Incredible Hair & Nails
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-2282
10% OFF any service
BEAUTY SUPPLIES
Trading Post Indoor Shops
AVON
3100 Hwy 441 S.
Free gift with any purchase
BOATS
Big 0 Boats
1000 N.W. 9th Street
763-8650
$500 OFF 16'6" Twister Flats Boat
CLEANING
AA Honest Cleaning Service
P.O. Box 1784
467-6729
10% Discount
COMPUTER PARTS.
T&D Computer Parts
6690 S.E. 88th Trail
467-1107
4% Discount on purchases $1,000 & under
8% Discount on purchases over $1,000


COMPUTER REPAIR
Smith's Custom Computers
405 W. S. Park Street
763-3940
10% off Sales & Service
(excluding Internet Service)
DRY CLEANING
Porter's Dry Cleaners
1700 S. Parrott Ave.
467-1799
10% Discount
ELECTRIC
Big Lake Electric, Inc.
208 S.W. 7th Ave.
357-2744
10% Discount On All Servcie Repair Calls
FLIGHT TRAINING
Tradewinds Flight School, Inc..
2982 Aviation Way
Fort Pierce
561-460-7766
10% Flight Instruction, Air Craft Rental or Sight
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Introductory flight $35.00. (Reg. $50)
GROCERY
Crazy Mary's Bent-n-Dent
927 W.S. Park Street
763-5515
5% Off Purchase
Trading Post Indoor Shops-
Dent & Bent
3100 Hwy 441 S.
5% Discount
GUTTER SYSTEMS
JT's Guttering Systems
1677 S.W. 8TH ST.
763-7704
FURNITURE
Paula's Furniture
413 S.W. Park St.
357-6700
10% Discount
HEALTH FOOD
Nature's Pantry
417 W.S. Park St.
467-1243
10% OFF all purchase
MASSAGE THERAPY
Marilyn's Massage Center
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-1116
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10% OFF 1/2 hour
MIRRORS & VERTICALS
Unique Mirrors & Verticals
302 S.W. 2nd Ave.
467-7372
10% OFF
NURSERY & LANDSCAPING
Pelham Nursery
4333 Hwy. 44f S.E.
467-7415
10% OFF plants

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


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

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601 W. S. Park St.
763-2636
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110 S.W. 5th Ave.
357-8668
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The Okeechobee News, Monday, March 7, 2005


At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, March 4,
through Thursday, March 10, are as
follows:
Theatre I "The Pacifier" (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
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Theatre II "Are We There Yet"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7
p.m. Monday at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2 and
7p.m.
Also showing in Theatre II -
"Hitch" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at
4:15 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 4:15 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Be Cool" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:05
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:05 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9:05 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.


Briefs

Redirection Center
needs volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a dif-
ference in a child's life? Do you have
a job skill that you would like to *
teach others? Do you belong to a
civic organization or religious organ-
ization and would like to spread the
word? If you answered yes to any of
these questions, please contact Tom
Jones or Karin Aldridge at Okee-
chobee Redirection Center, 357-
5905. We are looking for volunteers
to work a few hours a month with
committedyouth.
Need help paying for quality
child care?
Volunteers sought
for mediation program
If you have time on your hands
and want to work within the court
system try the mediation program.
The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
mediation program is looking for
volunteers .that would like to
become a mediator for the courts.
All mediators are.court appointed,
trained and certified by the
Supreme Court' of Fl6rida. If you
would be interested in volunteer-
ing and want more information on
the program please call Andrea
Bemenderfer at (561) 871-5305.
Children's ranch
plans yard sales
Every Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday and some Saturdays
yard sales will he held at the Real
Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S.
441 S.E., from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Items for sale include clothing, fur-
niture and baby stuff. For informa-
tion, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
IRCC offers free


adult education
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,"
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m., until 4 pm.; Seminole Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adults basic edu-
cation/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at
Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English
as a second language, Tuesday and
Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-
Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon; El
Centro SantaFe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave.,
Citizenship class, Thursday, from
6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle
School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 6 until
9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.;
and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St., English as a sec-
ond language, Tuesday and Thurs-
day from 7 until 9 p.m.
Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center offers a service
known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age, who may need
special education services. The pri-
mary focus is on 3- and 4-year-old
children not yet in a school setting.
Child Find provides free screenings
on speech and language, develop-
ment, vision, and hearing. For
more information, please contact
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ELECTRICAL TEST
EQUIPMENT
Call to identify.
(863)634-9791

BLUE BAIT BAG
Between Harney Pond &
Okeechobee, Hwy 78
(863)467-0149.
BLUE PIT PUPS (2)- Male &
Female, vicinity of NW
12th St., Childrens pets,
please return!! Reward of-
fered. (863)467-9713 or
(863)697-8685.







CHOCOLATE LAB
Male, 7 yrs. old. Goes
by the name "Duke".
Last seen in Bassinger
on, 1/4. Beloved Pet.
$2000 Reward.
S561-832-4865
LLEWELLIN SETTER- (F),
white w/blk spots, last
seen in Civic Ctr/Airport
area. (863)634-8822.
LOST DOGS- both '/2 bull-
dog, V1 Cane Corso, broth-
er & sister, she is light
brindle, he is dark brindle,
any info please call
(863)467-6763 or 634-
MALE CATAHOLUA
blk/white/grey w/blue
eyes in Viking Prairie
(863)763-3631
MALE CAT bik. w/white feet.
Missing right eye. $200
REWARD (407)443-1836


DACHSHUND
mix 9wk 2-m
(863)763-6524

HOUSE TRLR SHELL- 28 ft,
suitable for storage, you
must move, In Canal Point.
(863)467-1761.

LAB & PIT BULL MIXED
Approx 6 wks
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MOBILE HOME
single wide, good condition,
you must haul.
(863)673-2697
RIDING MOWER, Crafts-
man. Free, you haul.
(863)467-6857

ROOFING PANELS (5)
Galvanized, 2'x12'.
Some damage. Free, you
haul. (863)763-1997
SEMI TRAILER- for storage,
you must move. Located
in Canal Point. (863)467-
1761.
TOY SIZE DOGS 2, Free For
adoption to a Senior in a
Seniors Home Only! Call
(863)983-6537.

SINGLE WHITE MALE,
50 yrs old. New to area.
Seeking (F) Companion.
(863)801-3031.
Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123
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.
WM 67 ISO F Non smoker
likes dining & dancing
weekend get aways,
(863)763-2990


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Employment -
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Employment -
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Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 221
Sales 230


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


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FULL TIME POSITION
With Benefit Package
Agressive local
construction company
currently accepting
resumes for a
LICENSED
ARCHITECT AND/OR
ENGINEER.
Dept. #202
P.O. Box 639
Okeechobee, FL 34973

COOKS & SERVERS
ALL Shifts.
Apply in person
after 11 am.
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE.
DISTRIBUTOR
ROUTE SALES
WEEKEND
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License & credit checked
Flowers Baking Co.LLC
Call (561)252-5968
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772-597-3755/220-9939
Indiantown Sanitation
Electricians & Exp'd Help-
ers for Palm Beach County
Premier Electrical Contrac-
tor. Good pay, exc. bene-
fits. Fastrac Electric, 1-
888-743-8055
EXPERIENCED
Steel Erectors & Sheet Metal
workers needed for area
projects. Pay based on
experience call
(563)299-0127
Full time AP Clerk with ben-
efits. Fax resume to 772-
597-3300 or call 772-
597-3458.
Full time Truck Driver/
Loader. Must have Class B
Company benefits, health
ins., paid vacation, 401k.
Drug Free Workplace.
Apply in person at
W & W Lumber,
Hwy 710 West
Indiantown.
Full Time
RV Mechanic
Benefits. Salary based
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467-0131
Ask for Chris.
GENERAL LABOR NEEDED
Asphalt workers, Concrete
finishers, Brick paver
setters, for work in
Vermont for season until
12/01/05. (802)862-6383.


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Employment
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office is looking for a
compassionate, dedicated LPN for the jail. Must be pro-
fessional, motivated, self-directive and confident.
Competitive compensation with comprehensive benefits
package. Must be on-call on rotating weekends. Come
be part of an excellent nursing team.
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Office, 504 North West 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL
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Positions in Okeechobee
and surrounding areas.
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a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
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car and provide excellent
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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


ELECTRICIANS
BRADFORD ELECTRIC
Is looking for experienced apprentice
& license electricians for local work
long term employment benefits,
top pay. Call (561)433-4994 or
fax resume 433-5194
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Local Construction Company now accepting
applications for the following positions:
CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATOR
PROJECT MANAGER
Fax Resume to 763-4455 or in person at 200 NW 51 St.



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


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 apot.


NEEDED

LAUNDRY

WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.

Lawn Service now hiring.
Must have min. 1 yr exp w/
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
LOOKING FOR POOL SER-
VICE TECH Exp. preferred.
Gator Pool. located at 917
SW Park St. Apply within.
NEEDED LABORS I
Plasters, Block Layers
& Masons,
(863)634-4583
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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online at
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mailto: classad@newszap.com
RETAIL SALES/ COMPUT-
ER SKILLS Applications
100 SE 8th Ave Near Pop-
eyes 863-357-4140


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,
insurance, vacation,
IRA available.
Call 863-763-3617 or
800-329-:5253.

Truck Driver Wanted
CDL Class A req'd.
Local Hauling
(863)634-7725
WANNA BE
CDL driver
Long hours! Good pay!
863)763-7053.

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

Wrecker/Driver
and Cashier
Will train qualified
applicants. Advancement
opportunities with Martin
Petroleum. Apply at Ft.
Drum Citgo mm 184, Fl.
Turnpike (863)763-9383
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BARTENDER &
COOK
Part time, Call for interview
(863)763-2250
JANITOR, Part Time
For Church Complex.
8-12 hrs. per wk. For more
information or interview call
Carl Diesslin @
863-467-5975


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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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GREAT JOB! GREAT PAY!
Needed Door Knockers
Salary + Bonus Will Train
863-467-9484.

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Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315



NOTICE
Independent Newspapers
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounils 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
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complaints.
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.



Services




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


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


COASTAL CLEANING
Homes, Offices,
Carpets, Windows
Commercial Clean Up
Licensed & Bonded
Call 863-467-0380
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something deer?
ick up some extra bucks
when you sell your used
items in the classifieds.


BICYCLE- 24" Huffy, girls
bike, like new, never used,
$45. (863)763-0151.

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



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

DROP CEILING TILE- (45)
2'x4', contractor quality.
white, $50. (863)763-
4514.
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


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



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

MATERNITY CLOTH'S
82 pcs. shirts pants, short's
dresses, sm. sz. $300
(863)763-3617
SSCRUBS- 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
BABY SWING Battery
powered. Swing 3
different ways. $35.
(863)447-0965.
BEDS (2) Twin,
California Style w/frames.
$200 for both Will sep. 863-
447-0965/357-2816
BENTWOOD ICE CREAM
PARLOR CHAIRS- (4) old,
cane seats, good cond
$175. (803)763-1997.
DINETTE SET, 7pc, cherry/
oak, paid $5200 asking
$2500. (863)801-1719.

DINETTE SET- w/4 match-
ing stools, butcher block
top, $85. (863)824-0419.

DR SUITE- solid wood, ta-
ble, 6 chairs, leaf, lighted
china cabinet, $600.
(863)697-1991.
DR TABLE W/4 CHAIRS-
solid wood, 1940's, good
cond, $250 neg.
S(863)357-2233.
Entertainment Center,
49"Wx68"H, holds up to
32" TV, dark finish, $65.
(863)467-0290
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
LOVE SEAT SOFA BED
Castro Convertible.
Very good cond. $175.
(863)357-1430.
MATTRESS & BOX
SPRING, Pillow top, King,
Nearly new. Used in spare
rm. $200 863-763-6843


GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS Lynk Predator
9 irons 2 woods Plus 2
custom woods Sand &
putter $80 (772)461-


PISTOL, Glock 27, 40 cal.,
w/lazer dot sight, ulster &
extra clip. Excellent cond.
$750 (863)467-2315



FUEL TANK 2000 Gal.
Double wall. Wielded
saddles. Like new $2500.
(239)694-2724.
GAS CYLINDER (LP)
w/regulator. 100 Ibs. Ap-
prox. 1/2 full of gas. $100
firm. (863)467-9506



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





STOVE, Gas, by Brown, Air
Conditioner, nice sz., 110
volt. $150 for both, will
sep. (863)763-4028




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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


ELEC. TYPEWRITER- Royal
Aristocrat, in case, good
condition, $100 neg.
(863)357-2233.
GRAMMA'S OLD
BIk. wash pot
$50
(863)357-0872
HOOKED ON PHONICS
Good condition
$200. Firm
(863)357-7852.
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TRL. STEPS
$10 good shape
(865)924-9228




BASE FIDDLE, Stand Up,
acoustic w/deluxe padded
case, deluxe stand & bow.
$950 (863)675-2596



GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $300 863-467-
0627.
PIANO, UPRIGHT,
Good condition. $150 or
best offer. (863)675-3306




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- 2/
ft long, with 10 gal glass
aquarium, $100.
(863)763-6090.
BEAGLES, CKC reg., first
shots, vet certified, ready
to go, 8 wks. old, $375.
(863)634-2424
Chocolate Lab Puppies
8 wks. old
$500
(863)612-4847
EASTER BUNNIES
(10), $100. Will
separate. 863-673-1364
or 863-673-0476.
JACK RUSSEL- 6 mos
old, all white, spotted
brown, very cute, $250
(863)697-1645.
MINIATURE GERMAN
SCHNAUSER 4 months
old illness forces the sale
$300 (863)634-5914


YORKIE PUPPIES- 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.
YORKIPOO MALE PUP- ap-
ricot, 10 wks old, shot, vet
cert. "great personality!!"
$375. (863)357-0037.



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



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


CHAIN FALL, YALE, V2 Ton.
$30. (863)763-6901




I WANT TO BUY- Big Lake
National Bank Stock, will
pay top dollar, contact
(863)610-0965.
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567


Agriculture



Christmas Tree' 45
Farm Equipment .O5
Farm Feed Products ?'1
Farm Miscellaneous 15
Farm Produce ?0)
Farm Services
Offered .
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted ,:3
Fertilizer .:.
Horses -140
Landscaping
Supplies 515
Lawn & Garden S50
Livestock 55
Poultry Supplies S6C
Seeds Plants
Flowers 965


GRADE QUARTERHORSE
MARE- 5 yrs old, cow
horse, exp. rider, $1000.
(772)201-7633.
MEADOWBROOK CART
used, great shape
Horse/cob size, $900 neg.
(561)261-3530

Saddlebred, (4)
Pkg. deal for $4000
or $1500 each.
863-697-6421



LAWN MOWER, Dixon,
Zero Turn, 52 in cut, 18hp,
runs good, new parts,
$1500. (863)697-2032
RIDING SNAPPER 12.5
front mounted eng. 38" cut
mulching kit & blades
$400 (863)763-6257


Rentals



Apartments '90
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos
Townhouses Rent '9-
Farm Property -
Rent 9'5
House Rent 930
Land Rent 9 35
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate c'50
Rooms to Rent 95.
Storage Space -
Rent 60


FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba
on 5 acres. Beautiful pond
& lake setting. Season or
Yearly. (305)944-2721

Okeechohee New 3/2/2,
$1200/mo, Near Ever-
glades Elem. No smok-
ing. (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.


OKEECHOBEE AREA
Mobile Home, Motor home
or house for 2 Adults &
1 Cat. Every year for
4 months beginning Dec.
2005. Call 859-987-2740 or
write: R. Kenney, 121 Tay-
lor Ave., Paris, KY 40361


CRANE SERVICE.
Roof Trusses, Trees,
etc. Call 24 hrs. in
advance. 863-634-7722
or 863-357-4140




M Ec lln o

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



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





Merchandise



Air Conditioners 5C05
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530:1
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 5-10
Business Equipment 545
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560'
Clothing 565
Coins.- Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer. Video 580
Crafts Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens S Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps Lights 640.
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies'
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies.-
Services >(70
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 185
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 7140



END TABLE, Early American
w/storage L& build in
magazine rack. $40
(863)763-6843


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




MICROWAVE, $20
(863)467-6088



REFRIGERATOR
Runs good.
$50. (863)946-6605.
REFRIGERATOR, AMANA
w/ice maker. Excellent con-
dition, Almond color. $250
(863)357-0894
REFRIGERATOR GE, 18.2
cubic ft. with ice maker.
Good cond. $90.
(863)763-3186.


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
TAN DOVES- (8), 2 barely
old enough to eat on their
own, 6 good breeding
stock, make good pets ,
$80 will sep. (863)675-
6214.
YELLOW CRESTED COCKA-
TOO f-male 8mo. old w/
Irg. cage & acc. $1500
(239)633-2654


Okeechobee News. Monday. March 7. 2005


SOFA/BED & matching chair
beige background w/
burgundy navy print
$150 (863)467-1110



Cleveland Tour Irons, 3
thru PW, Big Bertha driver
& Cleveland cart bag,
$250. (863)763-3724
EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored $2200
(863)692-2229
* *" *
GOLF CART 4 seater w/
truck bed Good tires/
battery/charger Dependable
$1250. 863-697-2033.
GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123


Okeechobee


News


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


Real Estate



Business Places
Sale 1Lou'
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 10"5
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1,u'.i
Land Sale 104
Lots Sale i,
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1'05
Property Inspection 1Ori
Real Estate Wanted 106F5
Resort Property
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl080


KING 4 HORSE TRAILER
40'L, Tach, saddle, bed,
dressing rooms & storage
area $2500 863-824-6720.


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


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



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB111 AU 237


NEEDED: Land to lease.
10 Acres, Zoned Ag.,
Long term lease.
Call 719-963-9005.


WATERFRONT PROPERTY
SWanted 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



WATERFRONT CANAL LOT
IV sale treasure island
$65,000 (772)332-5040
owner/agent


Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010)
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



OKEECHOBEE 3BR,
2BA, Adults only. Must
have ref. 1st, Last &
Sec. (863)467-1967.



Doublewide MH, 2BR/2BA,
w/carport & screened
porch, all appliances,
some furniture, Kenetico
water softener, lot size
80x120, completely re-
modeled inside & out,
$89,000. (863)467-7101


OKEECHOBEE, Park model
w/roof over & carport Furn
W/D, FL/Rm. Vantage
Oaks Park 863-357-1180


OKEECHOBEE 2BR, 1BA,
Florida room, Laundry. Tay-
lor Creek Lodge 3865 SE
27th Way (863)357-6379


YELLOW STONE 30' moblie
fl/rm, Water front $8500
(865)924-9228
*"*- k* -* -*** -








10 The Okeechobee News, Monday, March 7,2005


Recreation




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


12' Aluminum */, Deckover.
Motor ILulS good. 125 Ly-'
coming wtrl. $5000 or
best offei (863)697-6054
BOAT COVER
Waterproof fits up to
22 boat. $75
(863)824-0455
DECK BOAT, '92
26ft, with trailer, $7000
(863)675-4691

DEEP "V" Hull, unfinished
project. Trl in great shape
No Title $2,000
(863)697-6054
FOR RENT Yearly boat
dockage safe private & af-
fordable located near the
Ortona Lock off of the Ca-
loosahatchee River
(863)675-7080

Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16 ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108
MOTOR, Honda 5 hp, Out-
board. Brand new, less
than 30 Irs. $1000 Firm.
Please call 863-697-1645
Outboard Boat Motor, '01,
Merc. 25 lip, elec. start,
ext. warr. til 3/06, $2100.
(863)697-1645
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PONTOON Sweetwater, 20'
45hp, With trailer $5000.
863-467-7136 or
Cell 515-321-8338.

SKEETER '77 16' 140
Evinrude motor, As is
$4000. Cell
(314)651-1951.
STARCRAFT DEEP V 15'
w/trlr, Evinrude 48 hp, trol-
ling, extras, cover, 2 new
batt. $2000 863-824-0048
TIDE CRAFT '83 16'8" Fi-
berglass 140HP suziki
eng. w/trl. Fish finder
$2000 (863)946-1481
TROLLING MOTOR '97
Johnson 571b H.C. Bow
Mount 2-props/Handle
$200 (863)467-5736


ANGLER, Fleetwood '97
15 ft. Sips. 4, w/bath, appl.,
solar charger & roof A/C.
$2000 (863)467-7081
AWNING, 20 Ft., For RV.
Including hardware. Never
used. $800. 863-357-3607


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


I Pb ic No ice


SCREEN ROOM, Free
standing, 12x12. Like new
cond. Pd. $2300, Asking
$1200 (863)357-3607





TRAVEL TRAILER: 2001
JAYCO, Eagle, Model 26-6.
Exc. cond. Loaded! C/Air.
Qu. Bed. 12 Ft. slide out
has din. table & couch that
convert to beds. Adj. hitch,
sway & load bars incl.
Price to sell @ $12,000.
Thousands below NADA
Retail. 863-467-2867
or 502-550-0688


Fifth WhI. 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.

PONTOON HARD TOP,
Standard w/hardware.
$100 or best offer.
(863)532-9224 Mike

PROPELLER, Air Boat Pad-
dle, 72-34. Good condi-
tion. $350 (863)946-3857
Lake Port.



ALUMA LITE 35' TRLR- w/
33 ft Carpeted Florida
Room, 2AC, new appli-
ances, set up in Park.
863)467-6360 or
863)763-6200.



Automobiles




Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 41025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 1035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 406)O
Utility Trailers 41065
Vans 407u



BUICK LESABRE '92
Good condition. All electric.
$1350. 863-467-5612

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


READING A NEWSPAPER...







leads you to the best
products and services.


Wallace


HYUNDAI





1997 Honda Civic EX
$5,995
1990 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
t$5,995

'93 Lincoln Continental Sign.
Qalter.MKas $5,995
1998 Volkswagon Beetle
Da,Ar,ame 6,995
2000 Hyundai Tiburon Coupe
z2XAeWLfpi.8, 995
2003 Saturn Ion
m'rMo tMre$9,995
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS
CIotpM11 SM 10)995
2004 Hyundai Sonata
4l.24lkARVAD.iK 1, 495
2004 Mercury Sable LS
i, V.Actma tre. $13,495
2004 Mazda 3 (5 Door/Hatch)
oaoxsRAnvk.Ri $15,695






2000 Jeep Cherokee SE
!$n.pme. b$6,995
1995 Ford Econoline Van
VtkWICt.In 0$6,995
1999 Honda CR-V LX
.tL.PUni0.6s!mte $7,995
2003 Ford Ranger XLT
Wta ,aik s. $14,995
2002 Ford F150 XLT
vI,A.ssesieLTateaI P17,995
2004 Toyota Tacoma SR5
aCabPm R.ViX&21,995


Wallace


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

1-866-206-1116

FORD MUSTANG COUPE
'93, 5 speed,
$2500. (863)357-3633
After 6pm.

FORD TAURUS 1989
$700 or best offer.
(863)447-0384

JEEP CHEROKEE, '91- need
work, $500 or best offer.
(863)467-6122.

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

OLDS CUTLASS SL, '94,
runs, good body, tires, a/
c, $2400 or best offer.
(863)990-6398
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PONTIAC GRAND AM '90
No engine. New tires. As Is.
$500 (863)763-2501

TOYOTA COROLLA LE '01
Under 50K mis. Exc. cond.
Loaded, All pwr. 1 Owner.
$10,000. 863-675-1376

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.



WANTED; Plymouth, GTX,
Road Runner, 70-71 Cuda.
Dodge, Coronet R/T, Chal-
lenger R/T or Super-Bee.
Day 866-223-5440 John
Eve. 215-947-1567




CHEVY BLAZER 79'
engine needs work
$900
(863)673-2350

CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $600. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.

JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT
Auto, Loaded, 94k, Exc
cond. $7,750. Firm Bill
(863)467-4663/467-0169

TOYOTA P/U '88, 4x4,
Body in great shape w/new
paint. Motor needs work.
$600 863)634-0936


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



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.

BEDLINER- for New '05
Dodge Ram, $100.
(863)467-9077. .


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

CHEVY MOTOR, 350, 4 volt
main, 4 barrel carburetor,
runs good, $600.
(863)675-1862

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

FORD TEMPO
Needs transmission
$200 neg
(863)946-0206

GM Positive Traction Unit
8.5/373 Gears, F/
Differential, $150 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

SUPER SWAMPER BOG-
GERS (39.5) & RIMS-
good condition, $800 for
all 4. (863)634-6428.

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

TIRES & RIMS 4,'04-'05,
6 lugs, Michelan
255/65/R17 $700
863-357-4604.

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

TONNEAU COVER- fiber-
glass, flush fit, for '04-'05
4dr, Dodge shortbed,
*$175. (863)763-8980.

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

TOPPER, Fiberglass, off '94
Ranger stepside, white w/
slide windows, $300 neg.
(863)763-2379


Change in Locallon for
School Board Meeting
Tile March School Board Meeting will
be held in the Okeechobee Fresh-
man Campus Auditorium located at
610 S.W 2nd Avenue (between the
Freshman Campus and School
Board Administration Building) at
6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.
The meeting is open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
556189 ON 3/1,7/05
THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2004-CA-197
BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER
TO NATIONSBANK,
Plaintiff, et.al.,
vs
PAUL BONKOSKY; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PAUL BONKOSKY;
ELSIE LEASE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF ELSIE LEASE; MILDRED
PROVENCE NK/A MILDRED S.
PROVENCE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF MILDRED PROVENCE ANK/A
MILDRED S. PROVENCE; ANCIENT
OAKS R.V. RESORT
CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION,
INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgement o Fore-
closure dated January 18, 2005,
and entered in Case No. 2004-CA-
197, of the Circuit Court of the
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein BANK OF AMERICA, NA,
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NA-
TIONSBANK, is a Plaintiff and
PAUL BONKOSKY: UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF PAUL BONKOSKY; EL-
SIE LEASE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF ELSIE LEASE; MILDRED PRO-
VENCE NK/A MILDRED S. PRO-
VENCE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
MILDRED PROVENCE NK/A MIL-
DRED S. PROVENCE; ANCIENT
OAKS R.V. RESORT CONDOMIN-
IUM ASSOCIATION, INC.; UN-
KNOWN TENANT are the Defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
St., Okeechobee, FI, at11:00 AM
on March 24, 2005, the following
described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment to wit:
CONDOMINIUM UNIT 17,
BUILDING 5, ANCIENT OAKS
RV RESORT 1, ACCORDING
TO THE DECLARATION OF
CONDOMINIUM THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN OFFICIAL
RECORDS BOOK 255, PAGE
916, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA;
TOGETHER WITH A 1984
PARK MOBILE HOME
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By: /s/ Debbie Goodrich
As Deputy Clerk
557002 ON 03/07,14/05



Chevy 150 Pickup, '89,
new V8 motor, trans, radi-
ator, front end parts, tires,
a/c, $2500 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, 3/ 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


FORD RANGER '95
5spd. good cbnd. $2500
(863)357-3413 .



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

UTILITY TRAILER
4'x 8', Good
Condition. $50.
(863)763-4491.

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It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classified.


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CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The Planning Board for the City of Okeechobee will meet on
Tuesday March 22, 2005 at 7 30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.
The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 SErd Avenue, in the Council
Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida Items to be considered at
this public meeting are,
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Rezoning Application No. 05-
002-R submitted by Mark Goodbread on behalf of KMJ of Okeechobee
Inc. The application is to change the zoning designation from Residential
Single Family One (RSF-1) to Residential Multiple-Family (RMF) for va-
cant property located in the 300 Block of Northeast 9th and 10th Streets.
Legal description being Lots 14 through 19 of Block 32 and Lots 7
through 19 of Block 35, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida and is approximately 5 acre(s).
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider a Rezoning Application No.
05-003-R submitted by property owner Frank Altobello, Trustee. The ap-
plication is to change zoning designation from Holding to Residential
Multiple Family (RMF) for unplatted vacant property. Legal description
being: the East 9.9 acres lying North of Southwest 6th Street and South
of Southwest Park Street in Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35
East, Okeechobee County, Florida being described as follows: Beginning
at the Southwest corner of the property described in O.R. Book 452 Page
1439, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, bear Westerly
along the North right-of-way line of Southwest 6th Street a distance of
288.9 feet more or less, thence bear Northerly along a line parallel to the
Westerly right-of-way line of the Sea Board Coast Line Railroad as locat-
ed along the East boundary of the Altobello Trust to the intersection with a
line and the extension thereof, 100.0 -feet South of and parallel to the
South boundary of the land described in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of 997.6 feet more or
less; thence bear Easterly along a line parallel to the South boundary line
of that parcel of land described in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida to the intersection with a line ly-
ing 70.0 feet East of and parallel to the East boundary line of property de-
scribed in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida a distance of 49.7 feet more or less; thence bear Norther-
ly along line and the extension thereof lying 70.0 feet East of the East
boundary of the property described in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public
Record of Okeechobee County Florida, to the intersection with a curve
concaving to the Northwest in the South right-of-way line of Southwest
2nd Street, a distance of 540.8 feet more or less; thence Northeasterly
along arc of said curve and the right-of-way of Southwest 2nd Street to
the intersection with the South right-of-way line of Southwest Park Street,
a distance of 338.4 feet more or less; thence Easterly along the South
right-of-way line of Southwest Park Street to the intersection with the
West right-of-way line of the Sea Board Coast Line Railroad right-of-way
a distance of 123.0 feet; thence bear Southerly along said West right-of-
way line of the Sea Board Coast Line Railroad, a distance of 1043.3 feet;
thence bear Westerly along the South right-of-way line of the Sea Board
Coast Line right-of-way and the South line of the property described in
O.R. Book 463 Page 1488, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, to the Northwest corner of the property described in 0.R. Book 316
Page 1439, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of
95.2 feet; thence bear Southerly along the West line of the property de-
scribed in O.R. Book 316 Page 1439, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida, to the intersection with the property described in O.R.
Book 452 Page 1439, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a
distance of 695.1 feet; thence bear Westerly to the Northwest comer of
the property described in 0.R. Book 452 Page 1439, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of 50.4 feet; thence bear South-
erly along the West line of the property described in O.R. Book 452 Page
1439, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of
76.17 feet more or less to the point of beginning.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the Gen-
eral Services Office Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at
(863) 763-3372, eaxension 218. Please be advised that this board serves
as a recommendation board. All items considered are forwarded with
their recommendation to the City Council for final PUBLIC HEARING on
Tuesday, April 19, 2005.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal will be based. General Services Department tapes are
for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department. In
accordance wit the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no later
than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-3372 x
218 for assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida Relay Ser-
vice Number 1-800-955-8771 (TOD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for
assistance.
BY: John R. Cook, Interim Zoning Administrator
558737 ON 3/7,14/05



CITY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The Board of Adjustment and Appeals for the City of Okee-
chobee, Florida, will meet on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. or
as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall. 55
SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flori-
da. Items to be considered at this public meeting are:
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider a Variance (Application No.
05-001-V) submitted by property owner John Whidden, President of
Whidden Enterprises, Inc. The purpose of the variance is to allow for
parking or loading space to open directly onto a publiestreet (Section 90-
511(e)(2)). The subject property is approximately 0.162 acres and is lo-
cated at 221 Northeast Park Street. The legal description is Lot 12 of
Block 153, City of Okeechobee, as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Pub-
lic Records, Okeechobee County, Florida. This application was tabled at
the February 22, 2005 Board of Adjustment Meeting.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the Gen-
eral Services Office, Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at
(863) 763-3372, extension 218. Be advised this is the only public hear-
ing regarding this matter. The Board of Adjustments will serve as the de-
cision making body, on behalf of the City, to approve or deny the above
Applicationss.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Board of Adjustments with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. General Services Department
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accom-
modation to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-
3372 x 218 for assistance a1 r .. ,: ,mpalred telephone the Florida
Relay Service Number 1 ?0:i '. 1 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770
(VOICE) for assistance.
BY: John R. Cook, Interim Zoning Administrator
558731 ON 3/7,14/05


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

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'97, Runs good.
$6000.
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CITY LAND PLANNING AGENCY MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The Land Planning Agency for the City of Okeechobee will
meet on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 7:15 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, in the
Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. Items to be consid-
ered at this public meeting are:
* Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-003-SSA
submitted by Mark Goodbread on behalf of KMJ of Okeechobee. Inc. The
application is to change the Future I ,i,. ,.,,, .,,,, .... .,'.
Family (SF) to Multi-Family (MF) for ii..... i. ,
Block of Northeast 9th and 10th Streets Legal description being Lots 14
through 19 of Block 32 and Lots 7 through 19 of Block 35, City of Okee-
chobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Flori-
da and is approximately 5 acre(s). The proposed use of the property is for
development of multi-family type dwellings.
* Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-004-SSA
submitted by property owner Frank Altobello, Trustee. The application is
to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to
Multi-Family (MF) for unplatted vacant property. Legal description being:
the East 9.9 acres lying North of Southwest 6th Street and South of
Southwest Park Street in Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East.
Okeechobee County, Florida being described as follows: Beginning at the
Southwest comer of the property described in O.R. Book 452 Page 1439,
Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, bear Westerly along the
North right-of-way line of Southwest 6th Street a distance of 288.9 feet
more or less; thence bear Northerly along a line parallel to the Westerly
right-of-way line of the Sea Board Coast Line Railroad as located along
the East boundary of the Altobello Trust to the intersection with a line and
the extension thereof, 100.0 feet South of and parallel to the South boun-
dary of the land described in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of 997.6 feet more or less;
thence bear Easterly along a line parallel to the South boundary line of
that parcel of land described in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public Records
of Okeechobee County, Florida to the intersection with a line lying 70.0
feet East of and parallel to the East boundary line of property described in
O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida
a distance of 49.7 feet more or less; thence bear Northerly along line and
the extension thereof lying 70.0 feet East of the East boundary of the
property described in O.R. Book 293 Page 257, Public Record of Okee-
chobee County Florida, to the intersection with a curve concaving to the
Northwest in the South right-of-way line of Southwest 2nd Street, a dis-
tance of 540.8 feet more or less; thence Northeasterly along arc of said
curve and the right-of-way of Southwest 2nd Street to the intersection
with the South right-of-way line of Southwest Park Street, a distance of
338.4 feet mo'e or less; thence Easterly along the South right-of-way line
of Southwest Park Street to the intersection with the West right-of-way
line of the Sea Board Coast Line Railroad right-of-way a distance of
123.0 feet; thence bear Southerly along said West right-of-way line of the
Sea Board Coast Line Railroad, a distance of 1043.3 feet; thence bear
Westerly along the South right-of-way line of the Sea Board Coast Line
i-,i .4f.. :i, and the South line of the property described in O.R. Book
4e.,: ', 1488, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, to the
Northwest corner of the property described in O.R. Book 316 Page 1439,
Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of 95.2 feet;
thence bear Southerly along the West line of the property described in
O.R. Book 316 Page 1439, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, to the intersection with the property described in O.R. Book 452 Page
1439, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of
695.1 feet; thence bear Westerly to the Northwest corner of the property
described in O.R. Book 452 Page 1439, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida, a distance of 50.4 feet; thence bear Southerly along the
West line of the property described in O.R. Book 452 Page 1439, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, a distance of 76.17 feet more or
less to the point of beginning. The proposed use of the property is lor de-
velopment of multi-family type dwellings.
* The LPA will also consider any proposed amendments to the Land De-
velopment Regulations (LOR's).
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the Gen-
eral Services Office, Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at
(863) 763-3372, extension 218. Please be advised that this board serves
as a recommendation board. All items considered are forwarded with
their recommendation to the City Council for final PUBLIC HEARING on
Tuesday, April 5, 2005.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Land Planning Agency with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. General Services Department
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accom-
modation to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-
3372 x 218 for assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida
Relay Service Number 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770
(VO ICE) for assistance.
BY: John R. Cook, Interim Zoning Administrator
558734 ON 3/7,14/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION
Chase Manhattan
Mortgage Corporation
PLAINTIFF,
vs. No. 03-CA-35
Alex H. Jimenez; Necole M.
Jimenez, et at.,
DEFENDANTS.
AMENDED NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to an Order Rescheduling Fore-
closure Sale dated February 15,
2005, and entered in civil case
number 03-CA-35, of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, wherein CHASE MANHATTAN
MORTGAGE CORPORATION, is
Plaintiff and Alex H. Jimenez; Ne-
cole M. Jimenez; Unknown per-
son(s) in possession of the subject
real property, is/are Defendant(s), I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the South Front
steps of the Courthouse, Okeecho-
bee, Florida, Okeechobee County,
Florida, at 11:00am on the 18th
day of March, 2005, the following
described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 16, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act you are
advised that this law firm is
deemed to be a debt collector at-
tempting to collect a debt and any
information obtained will be used
for that purpose.
Dated the 24th day February, 2005.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Circuit Court
By /s/ Debbie Goodrich
Deputy Clerk
557049 ON 02/28;03/07/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2001 CA 50
BA MORTGAGE, LLC, successor by
merger to NATIONSBANC
MORTGAGE CORPORATION,
successor by merger to BARNETT
BANK OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE
Plaintiff
vs.
RANDY R. SEARS, et ux. et al.,
Defendant
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order or Final Judgment
Scheduling Foreclosure Sale en-
tered on February 22, 2005 in this
case now pending in said Court,
the style of which is indicated
above.
I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash in the OKEECHO-
BEE County Courthouse, 304 NW
2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida,
at 11:00 A.M., on the 16th day of
March, 2005, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Order or Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 7, BLOCK 1, OKEECHOBEE
LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH A 1994
PEACHTREE MOBILE HOME/
DOUBLEWIDE DESTINY
ID#PT37436A & PT37436B.
Ordered at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 24th day of February,
2005.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk, Circuit Court
Okeechobee, Florida
By:/s/ Landy Wherrell
As Deputy Clerk
Spear Hoffman
708 South Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Telephone: (305)666-2299
556999 ON 02/28;3/07/05


Community Events


TOPS plans open house
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) #669 Okeechobee will hold an
open house on March 18 at 9 a.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St. The public is invited. For information, contact Ollie
Margret at (863) 467-9766.

Free memory loss screening offered
A free memory loss screening will be held March 18 from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St. This is
for anyone concerned about memory loss. Screenings will be done by
the Memory Disorder Center of St. Mary's Hospital. For appointment,
call (800) 861-7826.

Coalition schedules monthly meeting
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties -
formerly known as the School Readiness Coalition will be holding
their regular monthly business meeting at noon on Friday, March 18, at
.the Seminole Inn, 15885 S.W. Warfield Blvd., in Indiantown. For infor-
mation or to RSVP for the lunch buffet, call (863) 462-5792.







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