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Vol. 96 No. 68


Wednesday, March 9, 2005


504 Plus tax


Inside

Trial opens in
retirement case
TALLAHASSEE An
investment company didn't tell
Florida employee retirement
fund officials about its growing
fears that Enron Corp. was
going broke and continued to
put state pension dollars into
the energy company, the fund's
lawyers told a jury Tuesday.
The state Board of Adminis-
tration, which invests the
state's public employee retire-
ment fund, is suing Alliance
Capital Management, one of
several firms it contracted to
pick its stocks. The state's pub-
lic retirement fund is the
nation's fourth largest.
The lawsuit \was filed three
years ago after pension trustees
learned that Alliance had
invested the retirement fund in
Enron, even after Wall "Street
became concerned about the
company's accounting.
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Central gears
up for the FCAT
Central first graders had a
wonderful, hard-working
month of February. We have
been studying teeth, presi-
dents, and celebrating Valen-
tine's Day. We were very fortu-
nate to have a few dental
students from the college visit
our classroom to teach us
about teeth. We learned how
to brush properly, what foods
are healthy for our teeth, and
how often we should brush
and floss. We have also been
studying about a few of our
past Presidents of the United
States, such as, George Wash-
ington and Abraham Lincoln.
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Drought Index
Current: 251
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.79 feet


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

Index

Classifieds ...... 14-16
Comics ...........13
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ........ .14
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion ....... .4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports ............. 5
TV ............... 15
Weather ............ 2
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OUA adopts rate schedule


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After a lengthy discussion Tues-
day morning, the Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA) board of
directors unanimously agreed to
institute a new rate schedule start-
ing April 1.
The new rate schedule is rev-
enue neutral. That means it will
not bring in any additional rev-
enue. It is an effort by OUA to
equalize the rates paid by the vari-
ous classes of customers.


OUA rate consultant Henry
Thomas said under the proposal
the average rates for master meter
customers such as KOA, mobile
home parks and RV parks will
increase. However, rates for single-
family customers will decrease
and the bill for commercial cus-
tomers should stay the same.
The cost per 1,000 gallons of
water used by each class is basical-
ly the same. The difference comes
in the base facility charge.
According to Mr. Thomas, the


base facility charge for each unit of
a master metered customer would
be proportional to the average
amount of water used by that unit
compared to the average amount
of water used by a single-family
unit.
Under the, present rate struc-
ture, master meter customers have
seen a decrease in rates while sin-
gle-family customers have seen a
rate increase. Currently,. th1 base
facility charge for master meter
customers is based on the size of


the meter and not the number of
units using the meter.
Clyde Durrance, owner of
Town and Country Mobile Home
Park, spoke against the proposed
rate change. He said he was not
there to hurt private homeowners,
but he was there to protect himself
and other master meter cus-
tomers. He said the rate increase
would-be "hitting them in the
pocketbook."
He asserted that OUA was put-
ting part of the burden on tourists


and questioned the increased base
facility charge. He said he would
have to pay about $50,000 a year.
Mr. Durrance asked what addi-
tional services he would get for
that money.
Board Chairman Carl Leonard
replied that he would be getting
sewer and water.
"Please go back to the drawing
board," urged Mr. Durrance.
"We've been to the drawing
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The often-discussed topic of
maintenance and renovation
of the King's Bay's sewer sys-
tem came up again at Tues-
day's meeting of the board of
directors of the Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA).
The board also discussed
changing or modifying OUA
policies and procedures and
adopting a specific policy for
handling boil.water notices.
The King's Bay Homeown-
er's Association and the OUA
exchanged letters last month


concerning their sewer opera-
tion agreement.
The association was not sat-
isfied with OUAs reply.
Therefore, Mary Jurs of the
homeowner's association
addressed the board with the
homeowner's concerns.
In a letter dated Feb. 7 to
OUA, Ms. Jurs noted that the
homeowners had paid $60,664
or roughly half of the amount
required by the agreement
signed last summer. However,
the letter stated that OUA had-
used only $7,557.15 to replace
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By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
The Real Life Children's
Ranch, like most of Okee-
chobee County, has needed
costly repairs following hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne.
The storms caused over
$125,000 in damages to the
complex on U.S. 441 S.E., but
insurance only covered $58,000
of the damages.
Damages were not just iso-
lated to buildings. The winds
toppled over 35 palm trees and
six oak trees like dominoes.
Also, since they were without
electricity for several days 11
freezers full of meat and food
were lost.
Despite the damage Scott
Fraser, executive director of
Real Life Children's Ranch, said
that when he, his staff, the chil-
dren and their pets returned
they still had a roof over their
heads even if it leaked.
To answer the facility's
needs, a group from Outer
Banks Worship Center in Kitty
Hawk, N.C., spent a week in
January putting new roofs on
two of the houses. The group
received the assistance of win-
ter visitors who stay in the RV
park that is also located at the
Real Life Ranch.


Members of the Outer Banks Worship Center in Kitty
Hawk, N.C., helped the Real Life Children's Ranch com-
plete some repairs caused by the hurricanes.


Normally, the church group
goes on foreign missions but
saw the need to fulfill a home
mission.
Never having met these indi-
viduals before, Mr. Fraser drove
to the Orlando airport to wel-
come 11 of the 36 group mem-
bers to Florida. The remaining
group drove their personal vehi-
cles from North Carolina to
Okeechobee.
The total group is made up
of 20 members from the English
speaking church, and 16 from
the Spanish speaking church.


Not only did the group
accomplish their mission they -
also got to know each -other
since their church holds sepa-
rate services for their English
and Spanish speaking mem-
bers.
The Okeechobee Building
Department was extremely
helpful in issuing permits in a
timely fashion so the group
could accomplish what it had
set out to do, said Mr. Fraser.
He also thanked the local

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Judge Hendry speaks to Rotary


By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
Judge William Hendry was
invited to speak Tuesday at the
meeting of the Rotary Club of
Okeechobee
at the Gold-
en Corral.
Judge
Hendry
spoke about
the history
of the Okee-
chobee
County
Courthouse. William
A two- Hendry
story build-
ing served as the courthouse
from 1917 until 1927. The
building, rented for $50 a
month, was located where the
Village Square Restaurant is
today at 301 W.S. Park St.
When the courthouse was


being built, plans called for a
dome. However, the county
ran short of funds and elimi-
nated and the dome was elimi-
nated.
The courthouse that was
completed in 1927 cost
$215,000 to build.
Since its completion, there
have been at least to additions
to today's courthouse located
at 304 N.W. Second Ave.
Judge Hendry said the
Okeechobee County School
Board, Supervisor of .Elec-
tions, Okeechobee Abstract
Company and even his. first
law office was in the court-
house.
He said businesses started
moving out in the 1960s and
1970s when more room was
needed in the courthouse.
It was at the courthouse
that the 75th anniversary of
the county took place and, on


a sadder note, the funeral for
former Okeechobee County
Commissioner and local busi-
nessman Charles Harvey.
Two years ago a contract
was awarded for a new court-
house, which is located direct-
ly behind to current court-
house. It is expected that the
new courthouse will be ready
for occupancy in April.
In other business,
the Rotary Club of Okee-
chobee presented Dr. Miquel
Espiritu with a check for $500.
Dr. Espiritu will use the funds
toward supplies. He volun-
teers his time to do cataract
surgeries locally and interna-
tionally, as well as provides
glasses.
local Rotarians will be in
Flagler Park #3 Saturday and
Sunday selling hamburgers for
$3 and hot dogs for $2 during
the Speckled Perch Festival.


Dr. Seuss' birthday
Kindergartners at South Elementary School (left to right)
Hannah Goosetree, Josie Lopez, Joshua Wall and
Caitlin Sheffield celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. The chil-
dren at the school were treated to cupcakes at lunch.
Throughout the week activities were planned to cele-
brate Read Across America. Guest readers also visited
classrooms to share their love of reading by bringing
one of their favorite books to read to the students.


C jI Helps Real Life Children's Ranch


Courtesy photos
The Real Life Children's Ranch was recently visited by a church group from Kitty Hawk,
N.C. The group worked hard during their stay putting new roofs on two of the houses
at the ranch.

Ranch receives help with repairs


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Live grenade
found in cafeteria
MIAMI (AP) Instead of an
early bird customer, a cafeteria
worker discovered a live grenade
Tuesday morning on a counter
where people typically order cof-
fee and doughnuts.
The Opportunity Cafeteria had
just opened about 6:30 a.m. when
the unidentified worker found the
grenade on one corner of the
counter. Officers from the Miami
Police Department were sum-
moned and determined that the
grenade was active, with its pin still
in place.
Detective Delrish Moss said
there were two customers in the
cafeteria, located in a busy strip
mall. Had the device exploded, he
said, "it would have caused a sig-
nificant amount of damage" and
possibly killed or wounded the
people.
The department's bomb squad
took the grenade to a secure loca-
tion and detonated it, according to
a statement from the police
department. No one was injured
and there was no damage to any
structures.

Kids found sick,
living in garbage
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) -
Seven children who were found
without proper food and living
among bags of garbage were
removed from a home while their
parents were arrested, police said.
The children were placed in the
care of a Broward County child
welfare agency after they were
removed Monday from their par-
ents, who were charged with child
neglect, the Broward Sheriff's
Office said.
Three small children, between
the ages of 4 months and 4 years,
were taken to an emergency room
Monday for treatment of possible
malnourishment, and four others
of unknown ages later were taken
to Plantation General Hospital for a
medical evaluation, the sheriff's
office said.
All seven children were in good
condition at the hospital and were
expected to be released. Officials
were considering keeping the
infant overnight for observation,
sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Cole-
man-Wright said.
The mother Tonya Brown, 27,
and her boyfriend Miguel
Shimabuco, 26, were also charged
with contributing to delinquency,
stated reports.

Red tide suspected
in death of manatees
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) A lin-
gering red tide is to blame for a
wave of manatee deaths over the
weekend in southwest Florida,
marine officials said.
Ten manatee carcasses recov-
ered since Friday in Charlotte, Lee,
Manatee and Sarasota counties
have tested positive for exposure
to red tide toxin in preliminary lab
tests, according to the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission. Boaters reported the
manatees along the coast from
Anna Maria Island south to Pine
Island.
Red tide is formed when a
microscopic algae reproduces at
an explosive rate, forming a
bloom. The algae emits a neuro-
toxin that can paralyze or make
breathing difficult for fish, mana-
tees, or even humans that inhale
or ingest it.
A red tide formed in the Gulf of
Mexico about 30 miles off Tampa
Bay in early January. Satellite
imagery shows the algae bloom
still present alongshore from Pinel-
las County to northern Lee County.
In 2003, 98 manatees died due
to a red tide event in southwest
Florida. In 1996, 149 manatees
died from red tide exposure.

Man dies after
hit with Taser
DELAND (AP) A burglary
suspect died after struggling with
police and being hit three times
with Taser stun guns, authorities
said.
Willie Michael Towns, 30,
stopped breathing en route to a
hospital Sunday night, Chief
Edward J. Overman said Monday.
Towns became the seventh
person in central Florida to die
after being shot with a Taser gun
since 2002. The devices shoot
50,000 volts of electricity into a tar-
get.
Police said the man told them


he had been using cocaine earlier
Sunday.
Police first used pepper spray
on the suspect, then used stun
guns after he struggled with Offi-
cers Austin Raimundo and Joel
Hancock, Overman said.
"He fought pretty hard," Over-
man said.
Both officers have been placed
on paid leave pending the out-
come of an internal investigation.
About 100 people have died
nationally since 1999 after being
shocked with a Taser, including
recent deaths in Pensacola, Holly-
wood, Naples, and Delray Beach.
Many of those who died were drug
users.


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board many times, Mr. Durrance,"
replied Mr. Leonard.
Mr. Durrance then asked what
OUA will do with the $50,000 and
asked if it is a fair assessment.
OUA attorney Tom Conley said
homeowners, as a group, have
been paying proportionally high
fees.
"OUA is not doing one thing for
the money," Mr. Durrance asserted.
Board member Elder Sumner
said that the beneficiary of the rate
change would be 5,000 or 6,000
individual homeowners. He said
the money would be spread
among the homeowners.
Mr. Durrance replied that busi-
nesses would be hit hard.
OUA Executive Director L. C.
Fortner noted that there are 178
mobile homes in Mr. Durrance's
park. He said the average rate
would be only 7.5 percent higher
than it was before Oct. 1, 2003. He
added that the base facility charge
covers fixed costs.
Mr. Durrance claimed that after
the water left his meter, the rate
increased 3,000 percent.
He claimed he would have to
pay $50,943 year even if he did not
use a drop of water.
Wendy Woodman, general
manager of KOA, addressed the
board and pointed out to them the
number of people her facility brings
into the community and their affect
on the local economy.
"This will definitely hurt our
interests," she said.
She stated that the tourist com-


munity would have to absorb the
increase.
Ms. Woodman went on to say
that when she came into the OUA
building that morning, the front
desk could not tell her the number
of units in her facility. She said the
bills she receives do not show the
number of units in her facility.
Board member George Long
noted that that in October of 2003,
the rates for KOAwent down signif-
icantly. He then asked if KOA low-
ered their rates accordingly.
Ms. Woodman replied that she
did not because she thought the
rate decrease would be temporary.
Mr. Long then asked why an
increase in KOA rates would now
be necessary since they had main-
tained the same costs.
She replied that KOA had many
other costs, such as hurricane
recovery.
Mr. Long noted that the rate
reduction and cost saving experi-
enced by KOA were at the expense
of the single-family customer.
"Is this fair?" he asked.
He stated that the rate. change
would not bring in any more rev-
enue, but was an effort to achieve a
greater degree of fairness.
Ms. Woodman suggested reduc-
ing rates in the off season.
Mr. Long replied that all cus-
tomers pay a base facility charge,
whether they use any water or not.
Mr. Thomas noted that 75 to 80
percent of OUA's cost is a fixed cost
for plant operations and mainte-
nance even if no water is used.
Frank Irby, alternate board
member, noted that the ability to
produce water has to be there.
"What you are paying for," he
said, "is the fixed cost for the plant


and lines."
He said that that cost remains
the same even if no water is used.
Mr. Irby said what the proposed
rate change would do is to adjust
the rates back to where they had
been prior to Oct. 1,2003.
Mr. Thomas then pointed out
that fixed costs had to be recovered.
"You have to build for peaks,"
he said, "you have to have the facili-
ty in place."
He noted that churches in the
area have to build larger facilities
than the year-round congregation
needs in order to accommodate
winter visitors.
Mr. Thomas said the base facility
charge for RVs under the proposed
rate structure was $4.88, compared
to $14.88 for single-family cus-
tomers. The charge is in proportion
to the average use by a single-family
customer. The average cost per gal-
lon is about the same.
Board member Elder Sumner
pointed out that the utility could not
survive on a rate system that is
based only on the amount of water
used.
Mr. Leonard added that if the
OUA charged only for use, they
would not be able to provide the
capacity that KOA requires.
Mr. Thomas stated that the base
faculty charge for a mobile home
was 80 percent of the base facility
charge for a single-family resi-
dence. According to his usage fig-
ures, the average mobile home
uses 80 percent of the water of a
traditional home.
"We are trying to equalize the
load," said Mr. Conely.
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18 pumps, 16 floats and one iso-
lation valve. The homeowners
wanted to know when work
would begin to install the 22-inch
pump out hatches and lids, pump
vaults and alarms required by the
agreement. They also asked why,
when OUA received a call regard-
ing a problem at Kings' Bay, they
didn't go ahead and upgrade the
entire property at one time.
In a Feb 14 reply, OUA Execu-
tive Director L. C. Fortner said
OUA has new pumps and floats
in stock to replace them as need-
ed. The letter went on to say that
the tank hatches and lids will be
ordered.
Mr. Fortner stated that OUA
does not have the work force to
install the new pumps and hatch-
es and lids. However, he said that
OUA would make every effort to
start and complete the work as
soon as possible.
As for retrofitting a property,
when OUA personnel respond to
a call from King's Bay, Mr. Fortner
said that only emergency work is
done.
Ms. Jurs said that the home-
owners association took the
$60,664 out of an interest bearing
account and they were reluctant
to pay out any more money until
they saw some results. She also
asserted that OUA had hired two
workers and bought a truck
specifically to handle King's Bay.
However, at Tuesday's meet-
ing, Ms. Jurs was more reserved.
She asked when the retrofit
would begin.
Mr. Fortner replied that that
bids had been let for the larger
items.
"As we have time and man-
power available we will change
out the items," he said.
Ms. Jurs asked for some indi-
cation of when the job would be
done. She said that homeowners
haven't seen anything yet.
Mr. Fortner replied that when
the bids are in he could give her a
better answer.
Operations Manager John
Hayford stated that the bids
received would be brought to the
next board meeting. Mr. Fortner
said that at the next meeting,
OUA might have some sort of
timetable as to the accomplish-
ment of the work specified in the
agreement.
Ms. Jurs asked about the
employees that were hired to
take care of King's Bay.
Mr. Fortner replied that they
respond to emergency calls at
King's Bay but they were also
involved in other OUA projects.
Mr. Fortner agreed to provide
regular updates on the work
done at the subdivision on U.S.
441 S.E.
In an unrelated matter, OUA
board members were given a


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Wal-Mart store. He said store
5. managers were very generous to
donate all of the supplies the
,.- group needed to complete their
._. mission, as well as food during
- their stay.
Another business, Travel Easy
R.V., donated two motor homes
to help the ranch house their
guests, said Mr. Fraser.
DC Ranch also pitched in their
services by loaning a four-wheel
drive truck and dump trailer.
Mr. Fraser said this is another
example of how well the commu-
nity works together in supporting
the facility.
Mr. Fraser said a need was put
out following the storms and Pas-
oviders- tor Ed White, men's director of
the Florida Assemblies of God,


paid a visit to him, the staff and
children that call the 100-acre
ranch home.
The Assemblies of God recog-
nizes the facility as a home mis-
sion project, explained Mr. Fraser.
Mr. White then put Mr. Fraser
in contact with Millie Byrum, a
member of the Outer Banks Wor-
ship Center.
Mr. Fraser and Ms. Byrum
coordinated the visit to Okee-
chobee.
In April, another group from
Pennsylvania will be in Okee-
chobee to put roofs on four other
structures at Real Life Ranch.
The Real Life Children's
Ranch, located in the southeast
part of the county on U.S. 441
S.E., provides a Christian family
style home setting to 24 school-
aged boys and girls who need a
home through no fault of their
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copy of OUA's current rules and
regulations and the draft of an
information packet to be given to
new customers. The board was
asked to review the information
and offer suggestions for
improvement.
Board member George Long
suggested a written policy that
would provide for handling boil
water notices in a more timely
manner.
He asked when notices were
sent out for the last boil water
notice. Mr. Fortner replied that
they went out Monday morning,
Feb.28.
Mr. Long suggested having a
generic notice available that
could be sent out by fax to get the
word out as soon as possible. He
also suggested that a written poli-
cy could be used as a checklist.
Board member Eddie Trent
suggested using signs at major
intersection to help get the word
out, while board member Steve
Nelson suggested using deputies
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office to spread the
word.
Mr. Sumner noted that there
should be priorities in the notifi-
cation system.
Normal OUA policy states that
when only a street or neighbor-
hood is involved, notices will be
hand delivered to each resident.
However, in the most recent situ-
ation the area involved was sim-
ply too large for that method to
be practical.
Staff was directed to develop a
policy on boil water notices to be
presented at the next board meet-
ing.
In other business, Mr. Fortner
said so far the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) has
reimbursed OUA $15,249.66 of
the $322,604.40 requested to
cover hurricane-related expens-
es.
The board was told that there
are 877 customers in the area
covered by the Taylor Creek Isles
sewer line project. .Of that total:
two are exempt from payment;
142 customers have already con-
nected; 279 are making pay-
ments; 410 are paid in full; and,
44 have done nothing.
In other action, the board:
approved a pay request
from Cardinal Construction Co.
for work done on the water treat-
ment plant in the amount of
$135,974.44;
approved a change order by
Cardinal Construction for
$23,181.68:
approved changes of scope
as submitted by LBFH for a total
of $13,250;
rescinded previous approval
for an impact fee study after
determination that the study was
not necessary at this time; and,
authorized the expenditure
of $7,500 for cleaning and minor
repair on a 2 million gallon con-
crete tank.


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Central Elementary gets ready for the FCAT exam


First Grade
Central first graders had a
wonderful, hard-working month
of February. We have been study-
ing teeth, presidents, and cele-
brating Valentine's Day. We were
very fortunate to have a few den-
tal students from -
the college visit our ( ,
classroom to
teach us about; '
teeth. We '
learned how to
brush property, "
what foods are healthy for our
teeth, and how often we should
brush and floss. We have also
been studying about a few of our
past Presidents of the United
States, such as, George Washing-
ton and Abraham Lincoln. Last
but not least, we would like to
thank everybody who donated
items for the Valentine's Day
party. We all had a wonderful
time. Please keep up all the hard
work that happens outside of the
classroom; the kids have been
showing great growth! Students
of the Month are: Disan Hernan-
dez, Ashley Boland, Brittany
Lloyd, Aaron Rodriguez, Rebecca
Snyder, Autumn Perry, Zachary
Mericle, Elaine Jacobs, Wyatt
Bessenbcher, and Adamary Bus-
tos. Happy Birthday to Juan Mar-
tinez, Blake Campbell, Christian
Epps, Fred Bradley, T'ari Karratti,
Alexis Muller, Gerardo Garcia,
Elizabeth Johnson and D'Anna
Wilson.
Second Grade
Second grade is having an
awesome February! We have
learned about great Americans,
studied Black History, and learned
to care for our teeth during Chil-
dren's Dental Health Month. We
celebrated Presidents' Day with
presidential history research,
read-alouds, graphing, and writ-
ings to share on Writing Display
Day. Each day, we practice our
reading fluency. And, we are look-
ing forward to R.J. Gators as a
reward for those students who


reach their AR goals this nine
weeks. Congratulations to our
outstanding Students of the
Week: Katie Muldoon, Charles
Petry, Juan Bucio, Chelsy Merritt,
Marc Boscico, Kyle Bryner, Daron
Jones, Devin Rucks, Aalia Murphy
and Destany Aragon.
Fourth Grade
Parents the fourth grade
teachers and parents have been
working hard and getting ready
for FCAT in just a few short
weeks. We appreciate all of your
support in getting your child to
school each day. Vie thank the
school board for helping to pro-
vide breakfast each morning of
testing and we thank the parents
in advance who have donated
snacks to make our testing week
'sweet.' Parents don't forget we
want your child too do his or her
personal best. That is all! We
know the students of Central will
work their best and try their best.
We know our students will read
and reread their math problems
over and over to understand what
is being asked and they will use
their test taking strategies when
choosing the best answer. We
also know our students will read
carefully and always look back
into the story or passage to find
the correct answers. This year the
students will be writing short and
extended responses in the read-
ing portion of FCAT. The students
have prepared and practiced. We
are confident they will do their
best.
Mrs. Tedders' class has been
continuing to work hard to pre-
pare for the math and reading
portions of the FCAT that we will
be taking the week of March
14-17. One way we are doing this
is through what we are calling
'"Math Extravaganza", where stu-
dents will rotate on a weekly basis
to each of the four fourth grade
teachers and learn a new skill. In
the fractions skills class we have
discussed common fractions,
equivalent fractions, adding and
subtracting like fractions, reduc-


Obituaries


Mary Imogean Carrier
Mary Imogean Carrier, age 82,
of Okeechobee, died Monday,
March 7, 2005, at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center in Fort
Pierce. She W
was born June
17,, 19,22, in 4
Akron, Ohio.
Mrs. Carrier .
had been a
seasonal resi-
dent of Okee-
chobee since ,
1981 and a per-
manent resi- Mary Imogean
dent since Carrier
1996.
Survivors include: her beloved
husband of 43 years, Walter Carri-
er of Okeechobee; two stepsons,
Luther E. Carrier of St. Petersburg,
and Allen R. Carrier of Goshen,
Ohio; three daughters, Sandra
Creech of Okeechobee, Song
Parmelee of Ocala and Jacquelyn
Hoye of Akron, Ohio; 12 grand-
children; numerous great-grand-
children; and, two great-great
grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Thursday,
March 10, from noon until 3 p.m.
Visitation will also be held on
Monday, March 14, at the Tufts-
Schildmeyer Funeral Home, 1668
State Route 28, Goshen, Ohio
from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral servic-
es will be on Tuesday, March 15,
at Tufts-Schildmeyer Funeral
Home at 11 a.m. Interment will
follow in Graceland Memorial
Gardens, Milford, Ohio.
The family has requested that
any floral arrangements be sent to
Tufts -Schildmeyer Funeral Home
in Goshen, Ohio..,
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of
the Buxton Funeral Home and
Crematory.

Willis Oliver
Willis Oliver, age 65, of Okee-
chobee, died Monday, March 7,
2005, at Raulerson Hospital. Mr.
Oliver was born Sept. 16, 1939, in
Sandy Hook, Ky., to Arnold and
Florence Oliver. He was a retired
industrial painter having come to
Okeechobee from Indiana in


1990. Mr. Oliver was a NASCAR
fan and he loved fishing on the
lake.
Mr. Oliver is survived by: his
wife of 34 years, Birdie L. Oliver;
two sons, George (Angie) Oliver
of Elkhart, Ind., and Willis Oliver,
Jr. of Nappanec, Ind.; daughter,
Karen Fannin of Lake Station,
Ind.; eight grandchildren,
Heather, Amy, Ashley, John,
Ricky, Cody, Kaitlyn and Curt; four
sisters, Phyllis (Steve) Lewis,
Helen (Bob) Loftus, Juanita
(Gene) Cantrell and Kay (Allen)
Hayes; and, his brother, Greg
(Evette) Oliver.
Funeral services will be held in
Minford, Ohio directed by Erwin-
Dodson-Allen Funeral Home
(740) 820-2331.
All local arrangements are
entrusted to the loving care of
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
and Crematory.

Edwin 'Joey' Pringle
Edwin 'Joey' Pringle, age 23, of
Okeechobee, died Monday,
March 7, 2005, in Okeechobee.
Mr. Pringle was born Nov. 2, 1981,
in Okeechobee to Edwin and
Carla Pringle. He was a contractor
and a lifelong resident of Okee-
chobee.
Mr. Pringle is survived by: his
father, Edwin 'Rooster' Pringle of
Okeechobee; mother, Carla
(Samuel) Baggett of Raleigh,
N.C.; sister, Felicia Pringle of Port
Charlotte; two brothers, Samuel
Baggett of Raleigh N.C. and
Zachary Baggett of Raleigh, N.C;
grandmother, Phyllis King of
Williamston, N.C.; and, grandfa-
ther, Edwin Pringle of Okee-
chobee.
Visitation will be' from 4 until 7
p.m., on Thursday, March 10, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 11
a.m., on Friday, March 11, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with Pastor
Jim Hudson of the Church of the
Nazarene officiating. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


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ing fractions and mixed numbers.
We have done this in a variety of
ways, including foldables, frac-
tion quilts, and fraction flags.
Look for some of these things to
come home. In our reading class
we have just finished up our
"Famous American Woman"
research report, and they are cur-
rently on display in the library. To
complete this report each child
had to read a book on a famous
American woman, report on top-
ics of her life, make a figure
resembling the famous woman
using supplies from class, as well
as draw a portrait, and design a
postage stamp. This week we will
be starting another research
assignment on one of the fifty U.S.
states. The students have been
working very hard to make sure
they succeed on the FCAT exams.
I am proud of how hard they have
worked, and look forward to see-
ing their success.
Mr. Bodenmiller's class is cur-
rently in their final preparation for
the FCAT Tests, reviewing prob-
lem areas in reading and mathe-
matics as well as taking practice
tests to better familiarize students
with the actual tests. Our class
also recently revisited the Beren-
stain Bear Scouts novel, covering
such subjects as setting, charac-
ters, conflict, plot, and conclusion
in an open discussion format
complete with enlarged illustra-
tions from the novel. Class
response was positive for the
most part and students were very
knowledgeable about the sub-
jects being discussed.
Mr. Goff's class is gearing up
for the upcoming FCAT tests. We
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extravaganza! We have been
learning fractions with Mrs. Ted-
ders, decimals with Mrs. Davis,
geometry with Mrs. Pritchard, and
measurement with Mr. Goff. We
really are enjoying the different
hands on activities that each
teacher gives us to do. The
change of pace and scenery is
also very welcome. In social stud-
ies we are finishing up making
our inventions and writing about
them. In science we finished
learning about fossils and have
moved on to learn about the dif-
ferent states of matter. We have
learned how to find volume,
mass, and density. In reading we
are continuing to read stories out
of our textbook. We are working
on Theme for right now. We have
also started the book "James and
the Giant Peach". We-are really
enjoying reading this book by
Roald Dahl. It is about a little boy
named James who goes on an
exciting trip inside a giant peach.
He makes friends with several
large insects who accompany
him on his trip. Our recent Stu-
dents of the Week have been: Luis
Martinez, Isaac Robledo, and
Sarai Gomez. Congratulations to
those students for showing great
behavior and responsibility.
Mr. Schlabach is proud of his
students for trying so hard this
marking period. With FCAT right
around the corner, we have been
going over many different things.
We have only had one day off
since January. We have been.
working very hard for two
months straight. We will continue
working on fractions this week.
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Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question
about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
okeenews@okeechobee.com. You can also mail submissions
to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Speckled Perch Festival
"Why haven't we had some coverage of the Speckled Perch
Festival in the newspaper? That seems to be one of the big things
in Okeechobee, but yet I haven't seen anything in the paper. Can
you at least put something in the paper telling us when it is and
where it is?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. According to a
brief in our Community Events Briefs, the Speckled Perch Festi-
val will be held this coming weekend, March 12 and 13, in Flagler
Park. There is also a rodeo to be held at the Cattlemens' Associa-
tion Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. The rodeo will begin at 2:30
p.m. each day.)

Wonderful Meal
"I would like to thank Central Elementary for the wonderful
breakfast thatthey prepare for when the parents come to have
lunch or breakfast with their children. It is wonderful and every-
one should try it."

Stolen Tools
"I would like to address this to the person or persons who
stole stuff out of the back of my pickup on Friday night between 7
and midnight. That was not just tools you took, it was our liveli-
hood. If you have a conscience you can return some of the stuff,
or if anyone knows who did it you can call us. Since we don't
have insurance, this is going to put us in the hole.' (Editor's Note:
Thanks for calling. This caller left their phone number with us. If
you have any information concerning the stolen tools, please call
our office at (863) 763-3134 and we'll put you in touch with this
caller.)

Snow Cracker
"For all you people that moved to Florida permanently and
want to be Florida crackers: I spend six months in Florida and six
months up north and I don't want to be called an ignorant snow-
bird anymore. I want you to start calling me a snow cracker. I am
a snow cracker. Six months up north and six months here makes
me a snow cracker and don't forget it. I pay taxes the same as
you."

Gas Prices
"It looks like the oil company has kicked the snowbirds feath-
ers once again. It seems to happen every year just as everyone is
starting to make their treks back north the gas prices seem to go
up for one reason or another, and more so than the national
average. We will see what happens when everyone gets home
if it's a surprise attack on the snowbirds, or if it is meant for
everybody."

Hospice
"I say no to the two Hospices joining together. We need com-
petition because the service for each is completely different.
Would like only one doctor, grocery store, beauty shop, gas sta-
tion? The employees make a different with each Hospice."

Junkyard Debate
"Ah, the junkyard debate: not that any of our opinions are
worth the paper they're written on, since the board has spoken.
But me, I'd much rather look at that place than at the conglomer-
ate next door one man's honest living, or one corporation's
attempt to capture all the business away from the small retail-
ers."




Community Events

Youth Livestock Show workday canceled
The Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show Committee has
canceled the first workday at the Agri -'Civic Center that was
scheduled for March 5. Each exhibitor is required to work one
of the other workdays Saturday, March 12, or Sunday,
March 20. Please have show boxes and record books com-
pleted 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
Association invite you to join in the family fun during their
54th rodeo season at the Okeechobee Rodeo to be held Satur-
day, 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 Roping, 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.





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Letter to the Editor


Get your
heads together
The recent boil water alert and
the lackadaisical attitude of local
public servants and elected offi-
cials is very troubling. It would
seem that after dealing with the
hurricane disasters the communi-
ty would be a little better organ-
ized to manage a water crisis, but
apparently not so.
Isn't there a disaster prepara-
tion planning group here locally?
Such an agency is surely needed
to coordinate various services and
volunteers for the good and
health of the county.
When I phoned the Health
Department regarding the water
problem I was told it was not their
problem. The OUA told me their
policy is to notify the radio, TV
and newspaper and they could
not print up and distribute 70,000
fliers. The radio station said they
have regular schedules to follow
and cannot make hourly public
service announcements on the
water situation.
Folks, in my humble opinion
all those who are'so complacent
about the recent water emer-
gency should be relieved of their
responsibilities and replaced with
people who will be concerned
and take action in getting notifica-
tion to the community.
The large retiree population of
the county is a vast, apparently
untapped resource. There is
much experience and talent here
for the asking. We also have the
Citizen Patrol which could be uti-


lized to distribute fliers to the
managers of outlying parks they
are driving through anyway.
Why not find some central
locations where notices could be
picked up by representatives of
various parks and posted by them
at their home parks. I would sug-
gest the Okeechobee Library as a
central point, for one. Perhaps
there is a radio station within
broadcasting range that would be
willing to do our public service
announcements on a regular
schedule so citizens would know
when they could tune in to pick
up such messages and updates.
As a property owner and tax-
payer, who is not fishing or,taking
freezers full North, and resident of
an Okeechobee RV park I'm giv-
ing the management here the
benefit of the doubt that they had
not been informed because we
had no notification posted. The
large transient population in this
area is another group that is not
likely to be tuned in to local media
sources.
Please, community leaders get
your heads together and do some
brainstorming on how to get peo-
ple notified who don't listen to
this radio station or TV stations 70
miles away.
The newspaper does a fine job
but that can take 24 hours to get
distributed..There needs to be a
plan ready to put into immediate
action when a crisis comes up
and, from what we're told, safe
water will continue to be a critical
concern in the future.

MaryLouAult


Upcoming Events

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 lis-
ten to the great oldies music.
The American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson Hospi-
tal in the north dining room. The meetings are sponsored by the American
Cancer Society and facilitated by their medical advisor Dr. Heller. For infor-
mation, 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 support
and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical depres-
sion, 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 ball 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 Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation 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 Fellow-
ship 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 interested 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 Thursdays.
Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 orJeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the next camp-
ing 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 information,
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 ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
tion.
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'sHouse Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.,
in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. are also available at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will meet
starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is welcome
to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an oppor-
tunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your
loved ones is available at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W.
Second Ave. For information call (863) 467-2321.
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association meeting will be held at the
home of Diane and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St. at 7 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-7954.
Friday
Tops Take off Pounds-Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a
part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all about.
For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center located
at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members
and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-
9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's an
open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m..at the Church of Our Saviour. It will be
an open speaker meeting.



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File photo
Looking Back ...
In April of 1996, then-Superintendent of Schools Danny
Mullins (right) hands a canister filled with memorabilia
to then-Assistant Superintendent of Schools Johnny
Mack Kinsaul (left) to be placed in the corner of what is
now known as the administration building for the Okee-
chobee County School System at 700 S.W. Second Ave.
The building was being renovated at the time. Items
contained in the canister included a copy of the renova-
tion plans, business cards, lottery scratch-off tickets,
currency of the time and a copy of the Okeechobee
News. According to Dale Barrett, the current director of
operations for the school system, the canister contained
"... a historical snapshot of that time." Do you have any
old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee
citizens to share with our readers? Bring them by the
Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can
copy them while you wait.



Community Events

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 9-13. Nightly services
will begin at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-1503.
Ministerial group to elect officers
Okeechobee County Ministerial Association will meet Wednes-
day, March 9, at noon at the Clock Family Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott
Ave. We need everyone in attendance as we will be voting on offi-
cers for the next year.
Chamber members will meet
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will hold their general
membership luncheon at noon at the Golden Corral on Wednes-
day, March 9. The meeting will include announcements of upcom-
ing events. For information, call (863)763-6464.
Golden Age Group to meet
The Golden Age Group will meet March 10 at the American
Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. The meeting will begin at
noon, and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish for the lunch-
eon. Then will also be a Chinese auction. If you have any thing you
would like to put in the auction bring it with you. Members and
quest are invited, or maybe you would like to join. For information,
call Lillian at (863) 763-9639.
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 Reming-
toh 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 reservations, 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 information,
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 Coun-
ty Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. All interested parties
are encouraged to attend. For information, call (863) 462-5792.
Country music concert slated
Country music recording star Joe Nichols will be in concert at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St., on March 12. The
doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, After the concert there will
be a gathering at the Alibi's for hors d'oeuvres, music and fun.
There is no cover charge for VIP ticket holders, otherwise the cover
charge is $5. Concert tickets are available at the Chamber of Com-
merce, Eli's Western Wear and One Stop Express. For information,
call (863) 763-6464.
Festival features food and fun
The Speckled Perch Festival will be held March 12 and 13 from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. in Flagler park. There will be music, arts, crafts and
food. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
Everglades is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 12, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Jerry
Lorenz, Ph.D., who is the director of research for Audubon of Flori-
da. The topic will be the roseate spoonbill as an indicator species
and how water management practices are adversely impacting the
Everglades. For information, call (305) 852-5092.
Chamber sponsoring concerts
Brenda O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce, has announced that the Chamber, in conjunc-
tion with Morgan Renee Entertainment, are finalizing plans for a
three-concert series beginning March 12 with the Joe Nichols con-
cert during the Speckled Perch Festival. Other concerts 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.







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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 9, 2005


Speckled Perch rodeo



slated for this weekend


Courtesy photo
MBF Bulls
The following athletes are members of the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation's 12
and under basketball team, the MBF Screens Bulls. They are: (in no particular order)
Dustin Hamner, Erika Klingler, Ronda Cline, Marcos Fonseca, Justin Conrad, Colby
Frank, Colby Garcia and Damon Heater. Team members not pictured are Tyler Finney and
Erika Klingler. They are coached by Flint Frank, Tom Finney and Kenny Frank.


Matt Pearce of the Cattlemen's
Spring Rodeo (Speckled Perch)
committee has announced Eddie
Accardi Dodge has agreed to be a
major sponsor of this year's
Okeechobee rodeo.
The Cattlemen's Spring Rodeo
(Speckled Perch) will feature per-
formances on March 12-and 13.
The Okeechobee rodeo is sanc-
tioned by the PRCA and is consid-
ered one of the premier rodeo
events in the area.
Performances will begin at
2:30 p.m. each day.
Dodge has a long association
with professional rodeo dating
back to 1980. Dodge sponsors
more rodeos than any other
national rodeo sponsor. In fact,
Dodge participates in over 600
rodeo events each year. The
Dodge rodeo program is grass-
roots and supported by local


Dodge dealers like Eddie Accardi
Dodge, who believe in supporting
local community activities.
"It's a great committee. They
take a lot of pride in their rodeo,
and contribute greatly to our
community," said Steve Milrot, of
Eddie Accardi. "We're proud to
do our part in keeping the strong
traditions of this rodeo alive."
Rodeo fans at this rodeo can
register in the Dodge Rodeo
Sweepstakes to win a new spe-
cially equipped 2005 Dodge Ram
3500 Cummins 610 Turbo Diesel.
One local winner will receive a
custom designed belt buckle by
Montana Silversmiths. The truck
will be awarded during the Las
Vegas hosted Wrangler National
Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Decem-
ber.
Dodge Rodeo is in its 25th year
as a national sponsor of the PRCA


and its marquee event, the
WNFR. Dodge Rodeo is also a
major sponsor of the Little Britch-
es Rodeo, High School Rodeo,
Intercollegiate Rodeo Associa-
tions, 12 Circuit Finals and the
Dodge National Circuit Finals.
Weekly network telecasts of these
events air on ESPN, CBS, ESPN 2
and OLN.
The PRCA rodeo athletes will
be competing at this rodeo for a
berth at the circuit finals and a
chance to compete at the Dodge
National Circuit Finals next March
for $425,000 and new Dodge
trucks.
One of the unique aspects of
this rodeo is its emphasis on fami-
ly entertainment. There is a lot of
community pride and hard work
to assure a quality rodeo with
great athletic competition and fan
entertaining features.


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The Chobee Wrestling Club
will begin their spring season in
March.
The club is open to both boys
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The final sign-up date for the
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Engagement


Brittany Hilyer and Justin Miller


Brittany Hilyer
and Justin Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hilyer of
Okeechobee are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter Brittany Ann Hilyer
to Justin David Miller.
She is the granddaughter of
Joan Baughman of Belle Glade.
The prospective groom is the
son of Sheila Miller Savage of
Okeechobee. He is the grandson
of Margaret Garno, also of Okee-
chobee.
The bride-to-be is a 2000 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School.
She graduated in May 2004 from


the University of Florida with a
bachelor's degree in health sci-
ence, and is currently working
towards a master's degree in
occupational therapy at UF.
The prospective groom is a
1998 graduate of Okeechobee
High School. He attended the
Associated Builders and Contrac-
tors Apprenticeship School at
Seminole Community College in
Orlando and is currently
employed as the new construc-
tion manager at Echols Plumbing
in Okeechobee.
The couple is planning a Dec.
10, 2005, wedding in Okee-
chobee.


Spotlight on Okeechobee


We 'would like to take this
opportunity to share with your
readers the kind of services that
we have here in Okeechobee.
Over the past five months we
have been taking care of our
mother due to the terrible
effects of cancer. Dr. Berger, Dee
and his staff were wonderful
and very supportive. There were
many times that we were just
not sure if we could bare to see
our mother in this pain.
At this point Dr. Berger
advised us that we needed to
call in Hospice. They would be
able to help her feel more com-
fortable during her stay with us.
We were totally unaware of
what help this choice would
soon make.
Big Lake Hospice was called
and immediately they were on
the phone and ready to meet
with us to help. Linda and Penny
were absolute lifesavers. They
were on call 24-hours a day,
seven days a week. They would
stop by and check on us, as well
as our mother. They brought her
such comfort during this difficult
time and they were always there
no matter what time of day or
night we needed them. They
were continuously on the phone
with us to. make sure Minnie Lea
was as comfortable as possible.
We are so thankful for the


tremendous love, concern and
compassion that we were able
to receive from Big Lake Hos-
pice. We are forever grateful for
Linda and Penny and would like
Okeechobee to know just how
lucky we are to have such com-
passionate and caring people
here to help us and our loved
ones in time of need.
Their support has continued
over the past two months since
our mother passed away, they
call and check on us and want to
know how we are doing.
Big lake Hospice is a true
blessing and we would like to
say thank-you and bless you for
the awesome job that you do.
May God continue to bless
you and the ones who need you.
Sincerely,
Kenny and Wendy Padgett


Foxy Divas
Princess Cruises won't ever be the same. Fourteen Foxy
Divas dressed in their purple and red finery boarded the
Princess for a day of fun and frivolity. Their picture was
taken as they boarded the ship. The big winner of the day
was Wilma Goudy with a full bingo card. It must have
been Wilma's day she won the horse race too, along with
a few other Foxy Divas. It was a very full day for every-
one. Those attending were: (in no particular order) Mol-
lie Durbin, Gloria Caldwell, Mary Arthur. Marilyn Hadley,
Mari Walther, Betty Head, Wilma Goudy, Catherine Nix,
Judine Cole, Mary Skjordal, Satyra Asheland, Jean Zei-
her, Fran McMillan and Joan Barlow.


Grace Christian to

present Easter musical


Grace Christian School will
be producing the original Easter
musical, "Amazing Love: Not
Your Mother's Easter Pageant.".
The musical will feature an
all-star cast of students, faculty
and staff from Grace Christian
School.
The story revolves around a
10-year-old girl named Abby,
played by Alexandra Heatley.
Abby runs away from home
after being yelled at by her
drunken father, Jeff, played by
Steven A. Guglich.
On the streets, she encoun-
ters a kind stranger named Car-
dus, played by Morgan Mayes.
Cardus reveals himself to be an
angel after he supernaturally
transports Abby and himself
back into Biblical times.
On their journey, Cardus
introduces Abby to the apostle
Peter, played by Michael
Peeples. Cardus urges Abby to
learn from Peter's mistakes as
they watch him and the other
Apostles during the days before
and after Jesus' death. In the
end, Abby and her father learn a
valuable truth about an amazing
love.
Other cast members include:
Donald Mohr as Jesus; Paige
McCrary as Bezak the demon;
Brittany Nemitz as Mary Magda-
lene; Tyler Chartier as John the
Apostle; Cody Herrin as Andrew
the Apostle; Tommie Jackson as


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Judas Escariot; Stan Guglich as
Acim the Pharisee; and, David
Ogden as Eddie.
The chorus rounds out the
cast with Michael Mayer, Tanner
Underwood, Alley Lopez,
Wesley Nemitz, Chris Nemitz,
Kayla Bass, Heather Lanning,
Macy Gamiotea, Megan Stiller,
Kayla Hewitt, Katie Clay, Brooke
McCrary, Dustin Herrin and
Jacob Nelson.
"Amazing Love: Not Your
Mother's Easter Pageant" will be
performed on the following
dates in the following locations:
Church of God of Prophecy
- Sunday, March 20, at 11 a.m.
' Treasure Island Baptist
Church Sunday, March 20, at
6p.m.
Grace Christian Church -
Wednesday, March 23, at 7 pm.
The musical was written by
Steven A. Guglich and Alex Mar-
quez. It is under the direction of
Steven A Guglich with the assis-
tance of Angel Rose Conlon. It is
choreographed by Donald Mohr.
If your church or, organiza-
tion is interested in having the
cast perform at your facility,
please contact Steven A Guglich
at (863) 763-3072.


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Community Events

GC SO reorganizing rescue auxiliary
Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon is in the process of reorgan-
izing the Glades County Sheriff's Office Lake Search and Rescue Aux-
iliary. There will be a meeting at the Glades County Courthouse Coun-
ty Commission Chambers on'Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m. Anyone
wishing to become a member should be present. All applicants must
pass a full background check in order to be considered. For informa-
tion, contact Captain Daryl Lewis at (863) 946-0100.
WalkAmerica planned for March 19
The March of Dimes' WalkAmerica will be held March 19, starting
at 7:30 a.m. in Flagler Park. For information, call (800) 627-2410.
Baptist church hosting seminar
The Voice of the Martyrs, a three-hour equipping seminar, provides
the necessary tools to share the message that an estimated
250,000,000 Christians are persecuted for their faith and an estimated
160,000 Christians are martyred every year for their faith. The seminar
will be held March 19 at the First Baptist Church ROC, 310 S.W. Fifth
Ave., from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. There is no charge.
Fort Drum Day planned
The Fort Drum Community Church will be having their 13th annu-
al Fort Drum Day on March 19 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be
a barbecue, live music and games. For information, call Judy (863)
357-1581.
Church hosts homecoming revival
There will be a homecoming revival at the Okeechobee Missionary
Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., with evangelist Rick Scarlett, pastor
of the Calvary Baptist Church in Deltona/Osteen on March 20-25 at
7:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 20, there will be a dinner starting at
noon. A nursery will be provided each night. For information, call
Netty Joyner at (863) 763-5845.
Collaborative council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610
S.W Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the commu-
nity to identify issues, collaborate and share information regarding
services for children and their families. Guest speakers will be Jack
Frost, from the Hibiscus Children's Center, and Dr. Brenda Garma,
psychotherapist. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon
Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Lunchbox Lecture series continues
The parents, providers and the public are cordially invited to attend
a Lunchbox Lecture featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma,
Ph.D., LMHC, on March 22. The lecture will be on adolescence and
sexual boundaries. The free lecture will be presented at the Red Cross
office, 323 North Parrott Ave., from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. You are
asked to bring your lunch, but beverages will be provided. Lunchbox
Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
and sponsored by the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition. Upcoming
lectures will focus on sex education for teens/parents, sexual preda-
tors, adolescence and sexual boundaries, and techniques to use for
children that are self mutilating. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and
the lectures will begin promptly at noon. For information, call the
Healthy Start Coalition Office at (863) 462-5877.
Radio Club sponsors testing session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing ses-
sion for all classes of amateur license at Eckerd Youth Development
Center, 7200 U.S. 441 N., on March 23. Testing will start at 7 p.m., and
will be held in the conference room. The fee is $14 per test session
and $14 for a retake. You must bring: any existing amateur license; a
photo I.D.; $14 cash, or check made out to "ARRL VEC"; and, if you
have a license your FP.N nurnter. For information, contact Joan Rob-
bins (KG-lYEJ). at (863) 4671-3037 or godfirst@strato.net.
Church hosts play on the Last Supper
The Okeechobee Christian Church will present The Living Last
Supper on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. You will see the characters
come to life in this portrayal of the Last Supper of Christ. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-0070.
Fundraiser for planned Bobi O'Neil
A fundraising barbecue for Bobi O'Neil will be held March 26
beginning at 11 a.m. at the ROC, 310 S.W Fifth Ave. For information,
call Sharon Robertson at (863) 763-2131 or Dowling Watford at (863)
763-2121.
AARP driver safety course offered
An AARP driver's safety course will be held March 26 and April 2
from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day in the fellowship hall at the
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St.-The tuition for the class is
$10. Registration will be on March 26 at 8 a.m. Please call ahead to
sign up for the class. You do not have to be an AARP member or have
AARP auto insurance. All seniors 50 and over are invited. For informa-
tion, contact course instructor Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
Church hosting Easter Egg Hunt
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
having an Egg Hunt and lunch for the children of Okeechobee on Sat-
urday, March 26, from 10 a.m. until noon. Children are asked to be at
the church by 10 a.m. to sign up for a hot dog and soda for lunch. The
Easter Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m: The children will be
separated by age divisions: 5 'and under, 6-8 and 9-11. Parents are
asked to stay. There will be prizes and other activities for the entire
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Are you a woman considering
pregnancy? Did you take your folic
acid today?
Research funded by the March
of Dimes has shown that if all
women get 400 micrograms of folic
acid every day, starting before preg-
nancy, neural tube defects can be
reduced up to 70 percent.
The best way to get enough folic
acid is to take a multivitamin with
400 micrograms of folic acid in it
and eat a healthy diet. Most multivit-
amins have this amount, but check
the label to be sure. You also can
get folic acid in your diet, but it's
hard to get enough every day
through food alone. That's why the
March of Dimes encourages all
women of childbearing age 10 take
a multivitamin containing folic acid
every day as part of a healthy diet.
Folic acid works, but it only
works if taken before and during
the first few weeks of pregnancy,
when the neural tube is developing
into the brain and spinal cord.
When the neural tube does not
close properly, a baby is born with a
very serious birth defect called a
neural tube defect. About 2,500
children are born each year in the
United States with a neural tube
defect.
Naturally, women considering
pregnancy should check with their
health care professional. What fol-
lows are some questions common-
ly asked by patients and their
answers.
What is folic acid?
It is a B vitamin that women
should take every day if they might
become pregnant.
Why should I take folic acid?
Folic acid may decrease the risk
of your unborn baby developing
serious birth defects called neural
tube defects or NTDs.
NTDs are defects that occur very
early in a baby's development,
within four to five weeks after con-
ception. During this period of preg-
nancy, the neural tube forms and
closes to become the spinal cord,
brain and bone surrounding these
organs. When the neural tube does
not close properly, an NTD occurs.
Spina bifida and anencephaly
are two common forms of NTD.
Spina bifida is a defect of the spinal
cord that is sometimes called
"open spine." Anencephaly is a
birth defect that results in babies
being born with underdeveloped
brains and incomplete skulls.
Research has shown that if all
women, get 400 micrograms of syn-
thetic folic acid every day before
pregnancy, neural tube defects can
be reduced by 50 to 70 percent.
Are there other reasons to make
sure I get the recommended daily
amount of folic acid?
Some research has shown that
folic acid may also prevent birth
defects of the heart, limbs and face.
Some studies show that folic acid
may help protect women and men
from heart disease, cervical and
colon cancer and possibly breast
cancer.
When should I start taking folic
acid?
You never know right away
when you may be pregnant. Some-
times weeks can go by before you
know. But you need folic acid the
most during the period that starts
one month before you become
pregnant, and that, continues
through the early weeks of preg-
nancy.
If you take a multivitamin with
400 micrograms of folic acid every
day now (even if you aren't preg-


nant), you may reduce the risk of
having a baby with an NTD if you
become pregnant soon.
Where do I get folic acid?
The March of Dimes recom-
mends that you take a multivitamin
every day and eat a healthy diet,
including foods high in folic acid.
This is the only sure way to get all
the folic acid and other vitamins
and minerals you need.
Foods that contain-natural folic
acid include beans, leafy green veg-
etables and orange juice. Enriched
grain products such as fortified
breakfast cereals, and vitamins con-
tain a synthetic form of folic acid. It
is more easily used by your body
than the natural form.
Promoting awareness of folic
acid is just one of the ways that the
March of Dimes works for healthier
babies. The March of Dimes' major
fundraiser is its annual WalkAmeri-
ca, which is the country's oldest,
largest and most fun walking event.
In Okeechobee, WalkAmerica
2005 will be held on Saturday,
March 19.
The March of Dimes expects
approximately 350 to 400 walkers
and volunteers to participate in
WalkAmerica 2005, which made
up primarily of teams. However,
individuals maywalk also.
Walkers can expect to see six
Spirit Stations along the approxi-
mately 4-mile walk, which begins
and ends in Flagler Park. Spirit Sta-
tion sponsors will be Bank of Amer-
ica, Cassels & McCall, Larson Dairy,
Pat's Lakeside Cafe, The Tucker
Group and Wemmer Family Ortho-
dontics.
There is a friendly rivalry brew-
ing between three of the sponsors,
who will be flying the colors of
Florida football teams at their Spirit
Stations Wemmer Family Ortho-
dontics will have a University of
Florida Gators theme, the Tucker
Group will have a Florida State Uni-
versity Seminoles theme, and Cas-
sels & McCall will have a University
of Miami Hurricanes theme.
At the conclusion of WalkAmeri-
ca, walkers will vote for their
favorite Spirit Station.
There will also be awards given
out in categories including: favorite
T-shirt; first two persons to finish
the walk; most clever wraparound
fundraiser; top individual fundrais-
er; Chairman's Club for all teams
raising $1,000 or more; Top five
fundraising teams; and, test new
team.
For more information about the
March of Dimes, call Kelly at (772)
562-0115.


Community Event

Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library meeting
room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to
attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday, March 31, "The Other
Bolelyn" Phillipa Gregory; Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell Me
How You Live", Agatha Christie-Mallowan; Thursday, May 26, "Yel-
low Raft, Blue Water" Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23,
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Memory
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A free memory loss screening
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until 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse
Association, 208 S.E. Park St. This is
for anyone concerned about mem-
ory loss. Screenings-will be done
by the Memory Disorder Center of
St. Mary's Hospital. For appoint-
ment, call (800) 861-7826.
Lunchbox
Lectures
The parents, providers and the
public are cordially invited to
attend a Lunchbox Lecture featur-
ing psychotherapist Dr. Brenda
Garma, Ph.D., LMHC, on March 22.
The lecture will be on adolescence
and sexual boundaries. The free
lecture will be presented at the Red
Cross office, 323 North Parrott Ave.,
from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. You
are asked to bring your lunch, but
beverages will be provided. Lunch-
box Lectures are presented by the
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task
Force and sponsored by the Okee-
chobee Healthy Start Coalition.
Upcoming lectures will focus on
sex education for teens/parents,
sexual predators, adolescence and
sexual boundaries, and techniques
to use for children that are self
mutilating. The doors will open at
11:30 a.m. and the lectures will
begin promptly at noon. For infor-
mation, call the Healthy Start Coali-
tion Office at (863) 462-5877.
Pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer
free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for
a free ultrasound, parenting classes
and abstinence education. Operat-
ing hours are from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays,
and from 1 until 5 p.m. on Tues-
days. We are located at 1505 S. Par-
rott Ave., across from the movie
theatre. We are going to start par-
enting classes in January so if you
would like more information on
this or set an appointment for a free
pregnancy test please call 763-
8859.
Hospice
yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be
holding ayard sale Saturday, March
17, 18 and 19th, from 7:30 a.m.
until 3 p.m. The sale will be held at
the Hospice of Okeechobee Volun-
teer House located at the corner of
S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave. All
proceeds benefit patient care in
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Don't buy your child a duck for Easter


Staff photo/Debra Smythe
OCT production
Nick Cristano (left, played by Kevin Lute) has a discus-
sion with this grandmother Aida Gianelli (right, played by
Shirley Bush) in this scene from the Okeechobee Com-
munity Theatre (OCT) production of "Over the River and
Through the Woods" presented Friday, March 4. In this
scene, Nick is trying to talk to his grandmother, while
she's trying to convince him that he is hungry. The play
will be presented again this Friday and Saturday
evenings, March 11 and 12, beginning at 8 p.m. The play
is being put on in the Okeechobee Auditorium, S.W. Sec-
ond Avenue at Seventh Street, located on the Okee-
chobee Freshman Campus.


Brief
Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okeechobee
County Ordinance Sec. 10-111,
Vaccination against rabies required
and Okeechobee City Ordinance 4-
26, vaccinations. All dogs, cats and
ferrets 4 months and older must be
vaccinated once a year by a
licensed veterinarian against
rabies. Animal licenses are pur-
chased at the Animal Control facili-
ty with proof of current rabies vac-
cination. For more information,
call Animal Control, at 357-3225.


As the Easter holiday quickly
approaches, many parents con-
template the idea of purchasing
cute little ducklings as gifts for
their children.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) suggests buying your child
the stuffed-animal variety instead.
"Although these mallard ducks
might make nice pets while they
are young, they can live for 10 years
or more and quickly outgrow the
'cute and fuzzy stage', leaving full-
size droppings on your patio and
outdoor furniture," said .Diane
Eggeman, FWC waterfowl biolo-
gist. "When this happens, parents
and children often grow tired of
caring for these pets and decide to
release them into the wild."
What you may not realize is that
this is illegal and is putting Florida's
native wildlife in jeopardy.
Last July, the FWC passed a
rule clarifying that it is unlawful to
release captive-reared mallard
ducks into the wild. This rule also
requires a permit to buy or sell
mallards in Florida.
One reason for this rule is that


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domesticated ducks, once released,
are capable of r -,- ii ', diseases
and compete with native wildlife for
food and habitat. The more impor-
tant reason is that releasing these
mallards iin to the wild threatens the
existence of the Florida mottled
duck, a unique subspecies found
only in peninsular Florida.
"These domesticated or feral
mallards are crossbreeding with
the mottled duck, producing
hybrid offspring," Eggeman said.
"This is a serious concern and if
not stopped, this hybridization
could result in the Florida mottled
duck becoming extinct."


Wild mallards are migratory
birds, inhabiting Florida only during
the winter months. In the spring they
fly north to breed and are not pres-
ent by the time the mottled duck
mating season begins in Florida.
On the other hand pet mallards,
once released, do not migrate and
will become established, year-
round residents of our state and
when they mate with wild mottled
ducks it nudges Florida's mottled
duck toward extinction.
The Florida mottled duck pop-
ulation is relatively small, with the
breeding population estimated at
only 30,000-40,000 and already


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Today, the future of Florida's
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fate of the subspecies is in human
hands. The solution begins with
not buying children ducks for
Easter and in educating others
about the issues and conse-
quences of the situation.
For more information on pro-
tecting Florida's mottled duck, con-
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Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Pygmy goat
This pygmy goat is one' of the residents at Arnold's
Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. It was brought to Okee-
chobee from a rehabilitation facility up north along with
Jeffrey, the llama. Jeffrey and his goat pal have become
a favorite attraction at Arnold's.


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Cockatoo
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animals that can be seen on a visit to Arnold's.


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12 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 9, 2005


Book teaches planting for storm survival


Courtesy photo/Mina Coleman
Beary Happy
Beary Happy is happy for any holiday occasion. This
bear is a mailbox in River Oaks and likes to put a smile
on the community and make them wonder what he's
going to be next.


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Last week's cold front and rain
will probably be the last of the
winter, and we can expect rising
spring temperatures and length-
ening days to bring on new
growth. What greens up and what
stays brown mnay be a result of
delayed damage from last year's
hurricanes. Horticulturalists all
over Florida are waiting to really
see what happens as a result of
last year's unprecedented hurri-
cane season.
If you are tired of the bombed-
out, blown-away look, and need
some suggestions on what to
plant that will make it through the
next one, consider searching out
one of the hottest home gardening
books in the Sunshine state. Pam
Crawford, a landscape designer
from Lake Worth, has recently
produced a new book entitled
StormScaping, and she, is making
the rounds talking about what
landscapers have found out about
planting for hurricane survival.
Ms. Crawford is trying to make
two key points to consumers with
. this book:
Remove any dangerous trees
that might threaten your home
during a hurricane.
Plant strong trees in clumps
so that they can protect your
home and garden in high winds.
In the rush to replace damaged
plants, mistakes are being made
which may again result in proper-
ty damage when the next tropical
cyclone blasts through our penin-
sula. In researching her book, Ms.
Crawford reports "I am hearing
about tons of mistakes made by
homeowners and communities in
replacing trees that fell in the hur-
ricanes. Many south Floridians are
replacing Ficus with laurel oaks,
which are just about as bad. One
lady I know replaced her
Tabebuias with queen palms,


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SFLORIDA

IFAS EXTENSION

which fall just about as easily."
Her book is based largely on
anecdotal reports of what land-
scape plants were damaged by
the storms. Her new book is a first
effort in Florida to put together a
colorful, readable summary of
what didn't work. In some cases,
there is not a lot of information on
certain kinds of plants, and the
effects of the storms on these
plants may not be as clear. And if a
plant tended to survive Charley,
Ivan, Frances or Jeanne, this book
offers a tentative suggestion of
what may work in future storms.
Here are some of the conclu-
sions highlighted in this new
book:.
On the whole, palms tolerat-
ed winds better than shade trees.
However, not all were wind toler-
ant. Queen palms fell easily. (I per-
sonally found Washingtonia
palms to be just as bad.)
No blanket statements can
be made about survivability of
native plants. Some natives gener-
ally did well (Bald Cypress, Live
Oak), others did poorly (Laurel
Oaks). Likewise some exotics like
Crepe Myrtle and date palms were
survivors, while other like Ficus
were generally damaged.
The three worst trees were
Australian Pines, Weeping Figs,
and Laurel Oaks. If they were left
standing in your landscape, care-
fully evaluate if they will be a haz-
ard in future storms.
StormScaping is full of colorful
photos showing the good and the
bad, and has capsule summaries
on how suitable landscape plants
are for our Florida Yards. Sixteen
UF Extension Agents contributed
their observations and knowledge


Gas prices expected to rise this summer


By H. Josef Hebert
Associated Press
WASHINGTON Gasoline
prices probably will jump an addi-
tional 1-5 cents this spring and
remain well above $2 a gallon
through the heavy driving season,
forecasters say.
There's also little relief in sight
for crude oil prices, which are
pushing gasoline.costs higher.
Crude prices probably will remain
"near the high to mid-$40" a bar-
rel range well into 2006, the Ener-
gy Department's Energy Informa-
tion Administration said Tuesday.
Regular gasoline averaged $2 a
gallon last week, 26 cents higher
than a year ago, and crude prices
have been above $50 a barrel,
briefly surpassing $55 a barrel last
week.
-While the EIA expects prices to
ease off from the currently high
levels, it noted that oil prices are
highly sensitive to market pres-
sures and "imbalances, real or
perceived, ... could cause light
crude oil prices to increase well


above $50 per barrel as has
recently occurred."
Some analysts have suggested
crude could surpass $60 a barrel
in the coming weeks and stay
high for some time because of
growing global demand and the
limited ability of producers to eas-
ily expand production.
The report said motorists are
likely to rsee.:r, .n-.'irsinrig pumpp
prices in -111 15, itt,iii ii gul gaso.-.
line expected to average about
$2.10 a gallon nationwide during
the heavy driving season from
April through September. That's
one-fifth higher than last year. ,
Prices are likely to average
about $2.15 a gallon by spring
and early summer, despite ade-
quate fuel inventories.
Many consumers will face the
higher gasoline costs even as they
may still be trying to pay off win-
ter heating bills. A relatively mild
winter has tempered the demand
for heating oil, natural gas and
propane.
The EIA said the high cost of
fuel has forced average heating


bills 10 percent (for natural gas)
to 29 percent (for heating oil)
higher than last winter. Propane
users have seen a 17 percent
jump in heating costs.
The EIA report said tight sup-
ply of oil worldwide is putting
upward pressure on energy
prices, although members of the
Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries increased
production by 630,000 barrels a
day in February.
OPEC representatives are
scheduled to meet March 16 to
discuss future production levels.
The EIA said its report "assumes
OPEC will not cut production ...
given high oil prices and tight sup-
ply."
Crude oil from non-OPEC
countries is expected to increase
by an average of 1.2 million bar-
rels a day over the next 15
months, the EIA said. Global oil
production is more than 80 mil-
lion barrels a day, about 35 per-
cent coming from OPEC mem-
bers. Demand is expected to'
approach 84 million barrels a day'


South Dakota bill targets prairie dogs


By Joe Kafka
Associated Press
PIERRE, S.D. Gov. Mike
Rounds has signed a bill giving
South Dakota ranchers some
extra ammunition in dealing with
prairie dogs that invade from
neighboring private property.
The measure will conditionally
reinstate prairie dogs on a state
list of pests and allow for local
control methods in certain cir-
cumstances. If that is done, coun-
ty weed and pest boards could
poison prairie dogs in one-mile
buffer zones.
The rodents could only be poi-
soned if sylvatic plague is found in
prairie dogs east of the Rocky
Mountains, if state officials deter-


mine that more than 145,000
acres are infested with the ani-
mals, and if adjacent landowners
have not maintained a one-mile
buffer -zone or other mutually
agreed border area where control
measures are taken.
The new law is intended to
work in conjunction with a com-
prehensive state prairie-dog
management plan that was
approved by the Legislature. The
plan seeks to protect the rights of
landowners while balancing the
prairie dog population to prevent
black-tailed prairie dogs from
being listed as an endangered
species.
. By some estimates, the black-
tailed prairie dog occupied 100
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Fish and Wildlife officials ulti-
mately concluded that the prairie
dog is hardier and more numer-
ous than they previously thought,
covering 1.8 million acres in 10
states.
Last fall, after Fish and Wildlife
decided not to protect prairie
dogs, the state started poisoning
them on private land for the bene-
fit of ranchers. And federal offi-
cials and environmental groups
eventually reached a deal allow-
ing poisoning on some public
land in a half-mile buffer zone
next to private land.


in 2005, according to some ana-
lysts.
OPEC countries are limited in
how much more oil they can
pump. With February's produc-
tion increases, OPEC's spare.
capacity was reduced to 1.1 mil-
lion barrels a day, all of it believed
to be in Saudi Arabia and the Unit-
ed Arab Emirates. Iraq continued
to produce 1.9 million barrels a
day in February, despite sporadic
sabotage of oil pipelines, accord-
ing to the EIA.


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about the storms of 2004, and
nearly 50 other botanical gardens,
horticultural groups, and emer-
gency managers contributed their
knowledge and experiences to
this book, including yours truly.
While in some cases there is
insufficient information to make a
definite recommendation con-
cerning particular plants, pro or
con, this book is a wonderful first
attempt at putting this all together
for Florida landscapers and prop-
erty owners. In talking with Ms.
Crawford, her plan is to revise and
update this book as plants are
evaluated more fully for hurricane
survivability.
If you want to catch Ms. Craw-
ford at a local presentation onf
StormScaping, consider traveling
down to the North Palm Beach
Library on Tuesday March 8, or


head over to McKee Botanical
Garden in Vero Beach on Saturday
March 12. Contact our office if you
would like more information
about these two seminars. Like-
wise, I can guide you to the ways
to obtain a copy of this book if you
are concerned about Stormscap-
ing for Florida Yards.
I've placed more information
on Stormscaping on our Okee-
chobee web page, http://okee-
chobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If you need
additional information on land-
scaping with hurricanes in mind,
please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at 863-763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy. 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners from I until 5
p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.


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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 9, 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 Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 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: Fri-
day' at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sun-
day at 4:15 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 4:15 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "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

Volunteers needed
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to vol-
unteer time at Raulerson Art and
Cultural Center, Inc., to help with
ceramics, for days or evenings.
Raulerson Art and Cultural Cen-
ter is a non-profit organization
and proceeds will go towards
local art scholarships. For infor-
mation, call Kelly Raulerson at
357-1199.

Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or aban-
doned. If you have as little as two
hours per week, then you can
help. Guardian Ad Litem volun-
teers are needed to speak up for
these children. Training for new
volunteers will be held in your
area soon. Volunteers are needed
in St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin
and Okeechobee counties. Call
the Guaidian'-Ad Litem program
at ,772, 785-5s04, for more infor-
mation and an application. Just
two hours of your time each
week will make a difference in
the lives of these children. -

Foster parents


desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family
life with nutritious meals, good *
daily care and a stimulating envi-
ronment. Foster parents may be
married, divorced or single. Their l -
most important characteristic is ? *
that they are caring individuals
who understand the problems
and needs of foster children.
Please contact Karissa Richards
at 1-800-403-9311.

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the Coast Guard. Today, the
33,000 volunteer men and
women of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary are active on the water-
ways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists
(folks just like you) save almost
500 lives, assist some 15,000
boaters in distress, conduct more
the 150,000 courtesy safety
examinations of recreation ves-
sels and teach over 500,000 stu-
dents in boating and water safety
courses. The results of these
efforts save taxpayers hundreds
of millions of dollars every year.
For more -information call (863)
467-3085.

EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily-by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
tors, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth
choir. Wouldn't you like to make
a difference? If so, please contact
Rick Hargraves at EYDC, 7200
U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee,
Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174, ext.
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GOVERNMENT AUCTION-
520 acres in Columbia, SC
area- Horse training facility
and other acreage. Date:
March 24, 2005. Visit:
www.ustreas.gov/
auctions/irs for further de-
tails.

LAND & GROVE AUCTION!
Lake Placid, FL 11AM, Sat
Mar 26 443.9+/- Total
Acres 3 Tracts Offered in
16 Parcels. Preview: 1-
5PM, Sat. March 19 Call
for details: (800)257-
4161 Higgenbotham Auc-
tioneers ,
www.higgenbotham.com
ME Higgenbotham, CAI FL
Lic #AU305/AB158.


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


BLUE BAIT BAG
Between Hamey 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.

CAT M, Black, Gold eyes,
white marking Vic of Rt 80
& Ford Thompson Please
call 863-675-1634

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CHOCOLATE LAB
Male, 7 yrs. old. Goes
by the name "Duke".
Last seen in Bassinger
on, 1/4. Beloved Pet.
$2000 Reward.
561-832-4865

LLEWELLIN SETTER- (F),
white w/blk spots, last
seen in Civic Ctr/Alrport
area. (863)634-8822.


LOST DOGS- both /2 bull-
dog, /2 Cane Corso, broth-
er & sister, she is light
brindle, he is dark brindle,
any info please call
(863)467-6763 or 634-
MALE CAT blk. 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
(863)467-4367
MOBILE HOME
single wide, good condition,
you must haul.
(863) 673-2697
RIDING MOWER, Crafts-
man. Free, you haul.
(863)467-6857

SEMI TRAILER- for storage,
you must move. Located
in Canal Point. (863)467-
1761.




BASINGER- Fi-Sat, Mar
NW 203rd St., Some furni-
ture, soap material for
quilting, canning jars, and
much more.



Multiple Family Yard Sale,
great bargains, Sat. & Sun,
3/12, 3/13, at 300 SW 4th
ST (863)763-1550.

RUMMAGE SALE
3/12 11am-2pm. BBQ. 270
Ave. L, M.H. Glades Co.
Historical Soc. Steel filing
cabinets horiz. vert. draw-
ers $5, 10, 20 two com-
puter tables $40 or will
sep. Irg. standup desk,
$20 44 glass lighted
copy table $20

VENDERS Hugh supply Yard
Sale items left over Great
for Flea Market $250 863-
675-6214/674-1065


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BEST FRIEND WANTED
For 67yr old male. Female,
Non smoker. Likes Dancing.
(863)801-1558.

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


DIVORCE$175-
$275*COVERS children,
etc. Only one signature re-
quired! *Excludes govt.
fees! Call weekdays
(800)462-2000, ext.600.
I8am-7pm) Divorce Tech.
Established 1977.

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RESTED? Criminal De-
fense *State *Federal
*Felonies *Misdemeanors
*DUI *License Suspen-
sion *Parole *Probation
*Domestic Violence
*Drugs "Protect Your
Rights" A-A-A Attorney
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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment .
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


A/C Company looking for
Service Tech./Installer
w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.
863-763-8391
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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
The Daily Okechabce News Is A,, Equal Opportuaity Employer




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


Tired Of Driving To The Coast For Employment?
One of Okeechobee's oldest businesses is looking for qualified
employees to join our staff.





Positions Currently Available Include:
Welding .' Fabricator Wter Well Driller
job Shop Helper Pump, -\'aler Treatmrentt Tdi
401-K. Earn Up To $36,000 Plus Benefits. We Are A
Drug Free Workplace And Are Asking That Only
Experienced Applicants Apply. A CDL Class B Minimum
Is Required For The Water Well Drilling Position.
Apply In Person At:
One-Stop Career Center 207 S.W. Park
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
No Phone Call Please

Local Construction Company now accepting
applications for the following positions:
CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATOR
PROJECT MANAGER
Fax Resume to 7634455 or in person at 200 NW 5" St


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time, General Assigned Reporter.
The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle different duties
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train)
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
.* A unique work environment
where employees are trusted
and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News
Is An Equal Opportunity Employer









We have opportunities at our Okeechobee store for:

RECEIVER
Previous experience is preferred. Must have
the ability to work a flexible schedule including
nights & weekends. We offer competitive wages
& benefits. TSC is the largest operator of retail
farm & ranch stores in the U.S., supplying
the lifestyle needs of farmers/ranchers,
tradesmen & small businesses.
As an EOE, TSC values diversity.
Apply in person at the store:
Tractor Supply Company 3371 Hwy. 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-467-7844




Action Business
Corporation
A FRANCHISEE OF

CHICKEN & BISCUITS
Is now hiring
Management positions
for our
Okeechobee location
Benefits include:
Life, Health,
Dental & 401k
Fax resumes to:
561-992-4165

Customer Greeter Needed
$18 per hour Entry Level Position
Positions in Okeechobee
and surrounding areas.
Must be Friendly and Outgoing,
Responsible and have a
Strong Work Ethic.
Call (772) 528-0450


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Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233


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.
Pick up applications at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, 504 North West 4th Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972-2502 or call Keli Trimnal, Human Resource
Department, at 863-763-3117 ext. 222 to have an appli-
cation mailed.






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


Servers, Cooks & Buffet
Workers
1111 S Parrott Ave.
The Clock Restaurant
** ******* *******


Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information


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

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


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


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


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

CLASS "A" drivers-Flatbed
& Walking Floor tri. Home
Every nite. F/T & P/T open-
ings. 6 day per wk.-sched-
ule Call (863) 763-0075 or
email
lannya@earthwisemulch.
comr

Cool Travel Job!!! One
Month Paid Training! $500
Sign on Bonus Must be
free to travel & Start Today
(800)735-7462.


DAYCARE HIRING, FT/PT
18 yrs. & older
w/diploma or GED.
(863)763-0611

DELIVERY DRIVER
CDL Class D. Clean
Driving Record. Full-time
Heavy lifting. Fluent in
English. Great Benefits.
DFWP Palm City
Millwork. 3313 SW
42nd Ave.Palm City
(800)273-5598

DISTRIBUTOR
ROUTE SALES
WEEKEND
MERCHANDISER
License & credit checked
Flowers Baking Co.LLC
Call (561)252-5968
For Appointment

Driver- COVENANT TRANS-
PORT. Excellent Pay &
Benefits for Experienced
Drivers, 0/0, Solos,
Teams & Graduate Stu-
dents. Bonuses Paid
Weekly. Equal Opportunity
Employer. (888)MORE
PAY (888-667-3729).


Drivers & Helpers
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL Exc.
benefits! Apply at:
Waste Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972 No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP.

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

Electricians & Exp'd Help-
ers for Palm Beach County
Premier Electrical Contrac-
tor. Good pay, exc. bene-
fits. Fastrac Electric, 1-
888-743-8055
Full time AP Clerk with ben-
efits. Fax resume to 772-
597-3300 or call 772-
597-3458.
Full Time
RV Mechanic
Benefits. Salary based
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV 863-467-0131
Ask'for Chris.
GENERAL LABOR NEEDED
Asphalt workers, Concrete
finishers, Brick paver
setters, for work in
Vermont for season until
12/01/05. (802)862-6383.

$ GET PAID TO SHOP $
Mystery Shoppers needed
immediately in your local
area, as seen on TV. Flexi-
ble hours, complete train-
ing. Intemet access re-
quired. Call (800)398-
5791.

GROWING OKEECHOBEE
MFG. FIRM
Seeks an Office Manager
Excellent communication
Sand organizational skills
Proficient in Microsoft
Office and Excel.
Contact Eric a
(954)931-0125 for appt.


NEEDED

LAUNDRY

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

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
Plasters, Block Layers
& Masons,
(863)634-4583
NOW ACCEPTING APPLI-
CATIONS PT/FT no exp
necessary $50 Cash hiring
bonus Guaranteed in writ-
ing (888)318-1638 ext
107 G
www.USMailingGroup.co-
m.

Now Hiring 2005 Postal
Positions Federal, State &
Local. $14.80/$48+/Hr.
No experience necessary.
Entry Levels. Full Benefits.
Paid Training. Call 7 days
(888 826-2513 Ext.
30 -

Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Companyany 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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Must have a class B
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endorsement. Benefits,
insurance, vacation,
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Call 863-763-3617 or
800-329-5253.

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Long hours! Good pay!
863)763-7053.

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and Cashier
Will train qualified
applicants. Advancement
opportunities with Martin
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apply in person @ The
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down. No Income, low
rates. All credit consid-
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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


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CRANE SERVICE
Roof Trusses, Trees,
etc. Call 24 hrs. in
advance. 863-634-7722
or 863-357-4140
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is doing you in, it's time
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DROP CEILING TILE- (45)
2'x4', contractor quality.
white, $50. (863)763-
4514.
METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
t(RAsmii-nqq
PANS (8) For roof of car
port or FL rm. Aluminum.
4"x12"x13'L. $80 for all,
will sep. (863)763-0492
SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS
2 WHT. 36wX62H. R/O
CL. $70 will sep.
(863)763-6216


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Employment
Medical


MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS
Coral Springs
AEC One Stop Group, the nation's largest
distributor of home entertainment products,
is looking for experienced Maintenance
Technicians to perform-installations, repairs
and general maintenance of warehouse
picking, packing and sorting systems and
other major power distribution systems. Re-
quirements include at least 3-5 years elec-
trical/technical experience. Must have high
school diploma or equivalent.
INTERESTED CANDIDATES,
Send resume with cover letter to:
HR, Code MA, 4250 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral
Springs, FL 33068; fax to: 954-255-4078;
or email carmaz@aent.com.
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SKIRTING & AWNINGS
for Mobile Homes. Call
Now! Bob 357-3141


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



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




Merchandise



Air Conditioners I505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 52?
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 5410
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 565
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 6100
Firewood 605o
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment
Supplies 13
Household Items 6:'0
Jewelry 625
Lamps Lights 640
Luggage 64-15
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies
Equipment 6:.5
Pets 'Supplies
Services 670
Photography o75
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television. Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy -40


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

MED CHEST FREEZER
like new
$150
(863)467-1788
REFRIGERATOR GE, 18.2
cubic ft. with ice maker.
Good cond. $90.
(863)763-3186.
REFRIGERATOR, AMANA
w/ice maker. Excellent con-
dition, Almond color. $250
(863)357-0894



REFRIERATOR
AND STOVE
good condition
$150 for both
will sell separate
(863)467-6088

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



TANNING BED- 110 Volt,
new bulbs, $500 or best
offer. (863)946-1794.



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

BIKE, 3 Wheeler, #87 Tay-
lor Creek Lodge. Located
at 2730 Hwy. 441 SE
$100.


STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals Save $$$. 40 x 60
to 100 x 200. Example: 50
x 100 x 12 = $3.60 sq ft.
(800)658-2885
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SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS-
2 WHT. 521/4wx49AH R/
O.CL/COL. $70 or will
sep. (863)763-6216
WINDOWS (2) White,
single hung, 521/Wx493/4H.
$70 for both, will sep.
(863)763-6216

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


DRESS CLOTHES- for office
work, ladies, size 11/12.
$20 for all, (863)824-
8749.


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
SCRUBS- medium and
large, shirts and pants,
$10 for all. (863)824-
8749.


ANTIQUE CHINA
CABINET
asking $300
(863)983-8973
BABY SWING Battery
powered. Swing 3
different ways. $35.
(863)447-0965.
BED, King, Complete w/
brass hdbrd. w/new sponge
top & 6 drawer dresser.
$275 (863)763-9135
BEDS (2) Twin,
* California Style w/frames.
$200 for both Will sep. 863-
447-0965/357-2816
CHEST
Dark wood. Good
condition. $50.
(863)763-0634.
COFFEE TABLE
Oak & glass top Octagon
shape w/matching end.
$100. (863)467-1619.
COUCH & COMPUTER
CABINET Brand name
"This End Up" Exc. Cond.
$700. (239)353-0936.
DAYBED COVER
With pillow shams, dust
ruffle. Light beige. $20.
(863)634-0936.
DINETTE SET
w/4 matching stools,
butcher block top, $85.
(863)763-3535.
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
ond. Ii-T250 .neg.

Entertainment Center,
49"Wx68"H, holds up to
32" TV, dark finish, $65.
(863)467-0290
Entertainment Cntr. Bed
Full, Complete. Chest. 2 Lift
chairs. Recliner. $420,
will sep. (863)763-9135
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

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



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
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo.
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123


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


EXERCISE BIKE- good con-
dition, $50 or best offer.
(863)763-4491.

HEALTH FOOD
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243
STEPPER- good condition,
$50 or best offer,
(863)763-4491.




FUEL TANK 2000 Gal.
Double wall. Wielded
saddles. Like new $2500.
(239)695-2724.
GAS CYLINDER (LP)
w/regulator. 100 Ibs. Ap-
prox. 1/2 full of gas. $100
firm. (863)467-9506








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


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home. *Business,
*Paralegal, *Computers.
Job Placement Assis-
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ELEC. TYPEWRITER- Royal
Aristocrat, in case, good
condition, $100 neg.
(863)357-2233.
FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes stan-
dard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE 50+ Pre-
mium Channels. Access to
over 225 channels! Limit-'
ed time offer. S&H. Re-
strictions Apply.
(866)500-4056.
GRAMMA'S OLD
Blk. wash pot
$50
(863)357-0872
HOOKED ON PHONICS
Good condition
$200. Firm
(863)357-7852..
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TRL. AXLE 7 w/tires,
brakes, $700 for all or will
sep. (863)467-1788 after
6pm. Iv. mess.
TRL. STEPS
$10.good shape
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BASE FIDDLE, Stand Up,
acoustic w/deluxe padded
case, deluxe stand & bow.
$950 (863)675-2596



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




PRINTER
Epson 925, With
cartridges. Works perfectly.
$75. (863)467-2614.
SCANNER
EpstioPerfection 3170
Works Perfectly. $100.
(863)467-2614.



BEAGLES, CKC reg., first
shots, vet certified, ready
to go, 8 wks. old, $375.
(863)634-2424
DONKEY- JENNY
5yrs. old
very gental Coggins Test
$300 (863)467-0613 '


EASTER BUNNIES
(10), $100. Will
separate. 863-673-1364
or 863-673-0476.
JACK RUSSEL- 6 V/2 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
MININPIN Black/tan, Male,
AKC, Avail Mar 18, '05.
$400. Lake Port
(863)946-3857.
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.
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
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.



FILTER New Hayward Vari-
Flo. Valve & top for sand
filter pool system. $35
(863)763-2692



POOL TABLE
good cond.
$700,
(863)697-9878
SALTWATER Costom leath-
er trolling rod w/shimano
6500 reel new $425
(561)628-628-7532



STEREO SPEAKERS Pair
of Fischer speakers Dark
brown. 2'x 2'. Exc Cond.
$40. (863)763-5035.
STEREO SPEAKERS
(1 pair) For home system.
170 max watt, 12", 3 way.
$50 (863)467-5500




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


I WANT TO BUY- Big Lake
National Bank Stock, will
pay top dollar, contact
(863)610-0965.
MOBILE HOME/CAMPER
WANTED Set up on a ren-
tal lot preferred with FI/
room Buckhead Ridge lo-
cation would be OK.
Please call 561-924-9339

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


Agriculture

-:- -

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,"
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry-Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



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
QUARTER HORSE, Reg. 4
yr. old Filly. Exc. blood line.
Doc O'Lena & Zan Par Bar
Nice Broodmare Prospect
$1400 863-763-2692




RIDING MOWER, Dixon,
0 Turn, 52" cut, 18 hp, runs
good. $1400. or consider
trade. 863-697-2032




RIDING MOER 42"
Craftsman, rebuilt deck,
very good condition,
$600. (863)674-1105.



Rentals REN



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


EFFICIENCY APTS
All utilities paid
except phone. Furnished.
Adult Community. No Pets.
Sec. Dep. req'd. (863)
357-20449am-Epm.


BASSWOOD, New Home
3BR, 2BA, $1,000. mo. +
1st & last. Sec. (772)873-
2784.
COUNTRY HOME- 3br, 2ba,
11 -mi west of Okeechobee
on Hwy 70, Horses wel-
come. $1200/mo.
(863)634-3262.

FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba
on 5 acres. Beautiful pond
& lake setting. Season or
Yearly. (305)944-2721
Okeechobee New 3/2/2,
$1200/mo, Near Ever-
glades Elem. No smok-
ing. (772)595-0560.



Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs .build out
dbmpleted, Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441 N.,
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., Pads, KY 40361



FEMALE 63 yrs looking for
a (M) 50-65 yrs. $250 mo
+ heCallp around the Apt.
Call Faye 863-610-0509.
Private BR/BA incl. all
util. & phone except
long distance $500
mo. (863)357-1426
SHARE HOUSE- Furnished,
full house privileges, all
amenities, single working
adult, (863)763-9146.

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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 10050
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos.'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 10?5
Hunting Property 10320
Investment
Property Sale 10J5
Land Sale 1010
Lots Sale 1,.145
Open House 10510
Out of State -
Property Sale 11055
Property Inspection 10 6O
Real Estate Wanted lr05
Resort Property
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyll'l)


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



ARGENTINA, Goose, Duck,
Dove, Perdiz, Pigeon, Big
Game, Trout Fishing, Bo-
livia, Uruguay, Dove, Pi-
geon, Fishing. Best bang
for the $ in the world. Sea-
son April-August 2005.
Weekdays (314)209-9800
Evenings (314)293-0610.




.Grand Opening Land Sale!
FLORIDA 10+ ACRES
Only $294,900. Huge sav-
ings on big ranch acreage
in South Florida! Gorgeous
mix of mature oaks,
palms, & pasture. Miles of
bridle paths. Near Lake
Okeechobee. Quiet, se-
cluded, yet close to 1-95 &
coast. Also, 5 acres
$174,900. Great financ-
ing, little down. Call now.
(866)352-2249 x379.



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



ATTENTION INVESTORS:
Waterfront lots in the Foot-
hills of NC. Deep water
lake with 90 miles of
shoreline. 20% predevel-
opment discounts and
90% financing. NO PAY-
MENTS for 1 year. Call
now for best selection.
www.nclakefrontproperti-
es.com (800)709-LAKE.

BEAUTIFUL NORTH CARO-
LINA. WINTER SEASON IS
HERE! MUST SEE THE
BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL
MOUNTAINS OF WEST-
ERN NC MOUNTAINS.
Homes, Cabins, Acreage
& Investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy
www.cherokeemountainr-
ealty.com Call for Free
Brochure (800)841-5868.

COASTAL NORTH CAROLI-
NA. Phase I sold out. Now
offering new homesites in
, Phase II at Shine Landing,
a gated waterfront com-
munity. Be a proud owner
in this upscale community
with boating access to the
Neuse River, Pamlico
Sound and Atlantic Ocean,
plus clubhouse, fitness
center, tennis, swimming
pool and private marina.
Homesites as low as
$29,900. Financing availa-
ble. Coastal Marketing &
Development Company,
New Bern, NC (800)566-
5263,
www.shinelanding.com.

FORECLOSED GOV'T
.HOMES $0 or Low down!
Tax repos and bankrupt-
cies! No Credit O.K. $0 to
low down.' For listings
(800)501-1777 ext.
17QQ


FREE LAND LIST- NC
MOUNTAINS- Custom
built log homes, river
frontage and beautiful se-
cluded land off Blue Ridge
Parkway. Call now.
(800)455-1981, ext. 133.



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



LAND WANTED Land In-
vestment company seeks
large acreage in Florida
and Georgia. Interested in
waterfront, timber, and ag-
ricultural lands. Must have
road frontage or good ac-
cess. Cash buyer with
quick closings. Call
(877)426-2636 or email:
landyetiveg@aol.com.


NEW MEXICO-20 Acres
$24,900. Scenic region,
views, canyons, trees,
rolling hills, wildlife. Enjoy
hunting, hiking, horses,
great climate. Power, great
access. 100% Financing.
Call (877)822-LAND!


NORTH CAROLINA LAKE-
FRONT ONLY $39,900.
Great All Sports lake to
fish, boat, swim or just re-
lax. Call for details, MLC
(866)920-5263.


Savor Breathtaking Moun-
tain Views & Golf Living at
Cherokee Valley, a premier
mountain golf community
set amid PB Dye designed
18 hole course in Carolina
Mtns. A sanctioned Golf
Digest Teaching Facility
tool, Impeccable mtn view
homesites from $59,900.
Financing, Call (866)334-
3253 x822
www.cherokeevalleysc.c-
om.



WE DO RENTALS! Southern
Vermont's rental center.
Mount Snow, West Dover,
Vermont. By week/
-weekend/month or sea-
son! Includes recreational/
cultural activities. We offer
hillside condos, town
houses, chalets, (large/
small homes.) Mountain
Resort Rentals, P.O. BOX
1804, West Dover,' Ver-
mont 05356.
www.mountainresortrent-
als.com, email: rent-
verm@sover.net.
(888)336-1445, (802-
464-1445).


WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
North Carolina Where,
there is: Cool Mountain
Air, Views & Stream,
Homes, Cabins &
Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUN-
TAIN PROPERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy'317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.co-
m.




Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237


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


WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Wanted in Taylor Creek or
Rim Canal & Tr. Island In
any cond. 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 Homes

'II

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 20?0



DOUBLEWIDE- 3br, 2ba,
1982 Barrington, all appli-
ances, must be moved,
$8000. (772)879-9486.
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 2BR, 1BA,
Florida room, Laundry. Tay-
lor Creek Lodge 3865 SE
27th Way (863)357-6379
OKEECHOBEE, Park model
w/roof over & carport Furn
W/D, FL/Rm. Vantage
Oaks Park 863-357-1180
SINGLE WIDE 1993:
2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. $2000
(239)657-4614

SKYLINE Custom built park
model. 12', Screen room.
Furn. Lot 8 on Little Big
Land Marina, Lake Port.
Bargain $18,000.
(863)946-0975
WATERFRONT Taylor Creek
3BR 2BA Lg Garage Cov-
ered dock lift. Lg screened
back porch 2351 SE 24th
Blvd PCI. Landscaped well
863-357-6379
YELLOW STONE 30'
Mobile. Fl/room, Waterfront
$5800 (865)924-9228



Recreation



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


12' Aluminum % Deckover.
Motor runs good. 125 Ly-
coming w/trl. $5000 or
best offer (863)697-6054
BOAT COVER
Waterproof fits up to
22' boat. $75
(863)824-0455
BOAT TRAILER TIRES &
WHEELS. 5 Lug, 6 ply.
5.70x8.00. All 4 for $35.
(863)467-0613
BOAT, V-Bottom, 12 Ft. Alu-
minum w/6 hp Suzuki eng.
& 1 yr. old trailer & more.
$850 (863)357-2405
DECK BOAT, '92
'26ft, with trailer, $7000
(863)675-4691

DEEP' "V" Hull, unfinished
project. Trl in great shape
p No Title $2,000
(863)697-6054
JOHN BOAT
14' & trailer. $475.
Call .(863)675-6214
after 6pm.
MOTOR, Honda 5 hp, Out-
board. Brand new, less
than 30 hrs. $1000 Firm.
Please call 863-697-1645
Outboard Boat Motor, '01,
Merc. 25 hp, elec. start,
ext. warr. til 3/06, $2100.
(863)697-1645
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


PONTOON 20'- new
trailer, new floor and
carpet, hardtop, '86 70hp
Johnson motor, call for info.
$4000. (863)674-1105.

PONTOON Sweetwater, 20'
45hp, With trailer $5000.
863-467-7136 or
Cell 515-321-8338.
STARCRAFT DEEP V 15'
w/trlr, Evinrude 48 hp, trol-
ling, extras, cover, 2 new
batt. $2000 863-824-0048
TROLLING MOTOR '97
Johnson 571b H.C. Bow
Mount 2-props/Handle
$200 (863)467-5736


ANGLER, Fleetwood '97
15 ft. Slps. 4, w/bath, apple ,
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.
NATION'S #1 SELLING RV
BRANDS-Florida's Moto-
rHome & Towable Head-
quarters. Great Service-
Fair Prices. Giant Recrea-
tion World. *Melbourne-
(800)700-1021.
0rando- (800)654-8475
*Daytona- (800)893-
255255. -
www.grwrv.com.
SCREEN ROOM, Free
standing, 12x12. Like new
cond. Pd. $2300, Asking
$1200 (863)357-3607


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.
EVINRUDE MOTOR '77
6hp. Short shaft.
Exc. cond. $400.Neg
863-467-1960
EVINRUDE MOTOR ,92
70hp,. 20" shaft w/pwr trim
controls. Like new $2500
Neg 863-467-1960
EVINRUDE MOTOR '83
7.5hp. Short shaft.
Like new $425.Neg
863-467-1960
JOHNSON MOTOR '85
70hp, 20" shaft w/pwr trim
controls, exc cond $1200
Neg 863-467-1960
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.


HONDA XR70 2003
Dirt Bike, Good starter bike
for kids. $1000 firm.
(863)634-9259


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 -11)25
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks,404r
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4)50
Sport Utility 41055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 41I5
Vans 4070


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

CHEVY BERETTA '95,
Red, Auto, runs Excellent,
130k, 38 MPG Hwy.
$2400. (863)763-6591.
CHEVY CAVALIER '96,
White, tinted windows,
5 spd A/C. $1250.
(863)634-4217.
FORD GRANADA '82,
needs battery & tires.
reliable. Clean title.
' $200. Firm (863)805-8789
FORD TAURUS 1989
$700 or best offer.
(863)447-0384

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

MERC TOPAZ '90, For
parts only $500. or
best offer. You haul.
(863)983-4154.
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
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
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 '83, % ton, Long
bed, 350 build, 400 trans.
38.5 tires. $5000.
(863)634-0936.
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
JEEP Grand Wagoneer 84.
Camo paint job
runs & looks good
$1000. (863)673-0920
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 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 8 LUG RIMS- 2005,
factory chrome, $200 for
all (863)634-3262.

FORD TEMPO
Needs transmission
$200 neg
(863)946-0206
MOTOR & TRANSMISSION
350 GM.-Very Good
condition. $400.
(239)839-6149.
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.
SVGA MONITORS (2) 17".
$50 for both, will sep.
(863)467-5500

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, fits '97 up Ford
F150.shortbed, $350 neg.
(863)484-0207/467-2183
TONNEAU COVER- fiber-
glass, flush fit, for '04-'05.
4dr, Dodge shortbed,
$175. (863)763-8980.
TOPPER, Fiberglass, off '94
Ranger stepside, white w/
slide windows, $300 neg.
(863)763-2379


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2005DR102
Patsy Hernandez,
Petitioner
and
Geromamob B. Hernandez,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Geromamob 8. Hernandez
3042 SE 18th 6th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it
on Patsy Hernandez. whose ad-
dress is 3679 N.W. 6th Ave.,
Okee., FL 34972 on or before
March 23, 2005 and file the original
with the clerk of this Court at 304
N.W. 236 St., Okee., FL 34972, be-
fore service on Petitioner or imme-
diately thereafter. If you tail to do
so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office. You may review
these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office notified of your
current address. Future papers in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the ad-
dress on record at the clerk's of-
fice.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florinda

of documents and information.
Failure to comply can result in
sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: 2/16/2005
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Carol White
Deputy Clerk
555458 ON 2/23-3/2 9 16
LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Workforce Con-
sortium announces a public meet-
ing of the Performance & Evalua-
tion Committee to which all per-
sons are invited:
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 16,
2005 8:30 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
, PURPOSE: To discuss matters con-
cerning the Workforce Investment
Act, Workforce Employment Op-
portunities, the Welfare Transition
Program, One-Stop Career Centers
and the Workforce Development
Board. A copy of the agenda may
be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced meet-
ing, they will need to ensure a ver-
batim recording of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is based, in order
to provide a record for judicial re-
view..
558992 ON 3/9/06



Chevy 150 Pickup,. '89,
new V8 motor, trans, radi-
ator, front end parts, tires,
a/c, $2500 neg.
(863)763-3679 aft 6.


CHEVY PICKUP, '84, % ton,
4 wheel drive, 6.2 diesel,
runs & works $1500.
(863)675-1862

FORD EXPLORER '92 new
5spd. transmission, start-
er & exhaust system
$2500 (863)357-1078

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


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



ISUZU RODEO, '92
runs good, driven daily
$1800
(863)467-9288


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.


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

FORD CONVERSION VAN
'97, Runs good.
$6000.
(863)467-2531.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


Community Events


Genealogical Society will meet
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet March 13 at
1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.
Everyone is welcome. For information, call Eve Olson at (863) 467-
2674.

Blood center to be at festival
Florida's Blood Centers, sole supplier of blood to Raulerson Hos-
pital, will be at the Speckled Perch Festival Sunday, March 13, from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Remember there is no upper age limit to.donate
blood. However, you must weigh 110 pounds, had no tattoos or
body piercing in the last year, be cancer free for five years (excluding
basal cell or squamous skin cancer) and be free from colds. We are
in need of all blood types. For information, visit www.floridasblood-
centers.org.

Chamber Coffee Klatch planned
Chamber of Commerce will have their Coffee Klatch at 8 a.m. on
March 17. The event will be hosted by Badcock Furniture, 512 N.W.
Park St. All Chamber members and their guests are invited to the
business social. For information, call (863) 763-3823.


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 entertainment. To take
part, you must be 21 years of age. There will be no monetary win-
nings, 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 Jennifer 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 corner of S.E. Fourth St.
and Third Ave. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Business women's luncheon planned
American Business Women will have their monthly meeting on
March 18, with networking at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. It will
take place at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. Bring a
friend to experience the power of networking. Bring items to pro-
mote your business and we all love a gift giveaway. For information,


call Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878.

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, tall (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 hold-
ing their regular monthly business meeting at noon on Friday, March
18, at the Seminole Inn, 15885 S.W. Warfield Blvd., in Indiantown.
For information or to RSVP for the lunch buffet, call (863) 462-5792.