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Vol. 96 No.keec76 Thursdobeay, March ew s


Vol. 96 No. 76 Thursday, March 17, 2005 50 Plus tax


Brief

R.0.A.D. is taking
phone calls
At this time R.O.A.D.
(Recovering Okeechobee
After Disaster) is only able to
take information over the tele-
phone. They do not have the
office space to interview
clients in person. In the near
future, they hope to have
office space in which to inter-
view clients. The number is
(863) 357-4177.


Inside

Scott Peterson
sentenced to death
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -
A judge formally sentenced
Scott Peterson to death
Wednesday after family mem-
bers got 1
into a:6
shouting
match and
Laci Peter-
son's moth- 1
er sobbed
as she
called her
son-in-law
"an evil Scott Peterson
murderer."
Judge Alfred A. Delucchi
allowed only Laci's family
members to speak at the hear-
ing after, indicating he
believed the death penalty
was warranted.
Peterson's father yelled
from the audience as Laci's
brother, Brent Rocha, spoke
to the court, saying "Laci and
Conner are the true victims
here."
Page 2
Board adopts
pre-k standards
MIAMI With a heavy
emphasis on reading and lan-
guage skills, the state Board of
Education adopted key learn-
ing standards Tuesday for the
voluntary prekindergarten
program being offered to all
Florida 4-year-olds beginning
this August.
The board's unanimous
approval meets an April 1
deadline set by the state Legis-
lature for the standards and
keeps the program on sched-
ule, board Chairman Phil
Handy said.,
Page 3


Drought Index
Current: 518
Source: Florida Division
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Local Burn Ban: None

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Happy St. Patrick's Day: Leprechauns visit library


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Staff photo/Maria Chandler
Children who attended preschool story hour Wednesday are (left to right) Brad Shaw 4,
Kimmy Shaw, 2, Emily Welborn, 5, and Mackenzie Millner, 3. They made hats for St.
Patrick's Day after being read several stories. Preschool story hour takes place at the
Okeechobee County Public Library from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and is free.


Sol Albright, 2, is all smiles while Jillian, 19 months, gets some reassurance from her
mother Anna Johnston. The children and their parents attended preschool story hour
Wednesday at the Okeechobee County Public Library.


Code Board



hears 11 cases


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Board acted
on 11 items of business at their
monthly meeting Tuesday
night. An additional six cases
were found to be in compli-
ance, so no action was taken
on them.
Code enforcement officers
stated that the properties of
.Teresa Lynn Hadler, Rafael
Nieves, Betty Montain and Elvis
and Beryl Underwood, Fred.
and.Alicia Espada and Victor
Martin were found to be in
compliance.
At last month's meeting
Robert and Selena Treadway
told the board that the property
they recently bought had a lien
from an accrued code enforce-
ment fine of $73,100. They
requested a reduction of the
fine. The board decreed the


fine would be reduced to
$10,000 if the $10,000 was paid
by March 13 and the property
was brought into compliance
and a building permit obtained
by March 13. Those three con-
ditions were met. So the case
was not heard.
Ralph Lewis had a 10 by 20
foot screened porch added to
the rear of his house in Palm
Creek Estates. He said he asked
the same builder to extend the
porch 20 feet. He assumed the
builder would get the neces-
sary permit for the other 20
feet, but the builder did not. Mr.
Lewis was charged with con-
struction without a building
permit and unauthorized use of
land and an impervious surface
violation. He was ordered to
bring the property into compli-
ance by removing 20 feet of the
structure, by April 17 or he
See Cases -Page 2


County may


receive grant


for storm relief


By Maria Chandler -
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil Tuesday entered into an
agreement with the county to
receive grant funds for disaster
recovery activities that will ben-
efit low income residents.
Debbie Belcher, county
grant consultant said the coun-
ty has several projects that
could benefit from funds of the
Community Development
Block Grant Disaster Recovery
Initiative Grant.
The number 1 project of the


county's is expansion of the
wastewater treatment plant.
Number 2 on the list is
stormwater drainage improve-
ments in Douglas Park.
Other projects the county
has in mind to use the grant
funds toward are a road in El
Mira Sol a development on
State Road 70 West or the
county's code enforcement
board could use the grant
funds to demolish dilapidated
buildings.
See Relief-- Page 2


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

Index
Classifieds ...... 10-12
Comics ............ 9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ........ .10
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion ............ .4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports ............. 8
TV ............. 11
Weather ............ 2
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Cowgirl escapes


serious injuries


when horse falls


The opening ceremony of the
Speckled Perch Rodeo provided
more excitement than planned,
when a horse fell on one of the
flag bearers.
Rosa Pearce was proudly cir-
cling the arena with the Stars
and Stripes flying at her side,
when her 'horse slipped in the
soft dirt.
Spectators were horrified to
see the horse fall, landing on top
of his young rider. The horse
rolled completely over the cow-
girl, crushing her between the
saddle and the earth. Then he
appeared. to step right on the
fallen rider as the frightened ani-
mal struggled to regain his foot-
ing.


A hush fell over the crowded
arena as rodeo officials and
emergency workers ran to help
the fallen cowgirl. Applause
broke out when she stood and
slowly walked out of the arena.
"I would like to let everyone
know I am doing great," Rosa
Pearce stated Wednesday. "My
horse is too."
"I am so glad that so many
people were praying for me
because from what I have been
told I could have been very
badly injured," she said.
"Some people have told me
how very lucky I am, or because
of my age I was able to bounce
See Cowgirl Page 2


Courtesy photo
Rosa Pearce was proudly circling the rodeo arena with the Stars and Stripes flying at her
side, when her horse slipped in the soft dirt and fell on her. Applause broke out when she
stood and slowly walked out of the arena.








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Kiss the Pig
donations sought
The annual Kiss the Pig con-
test sponsored by Okeechobee
FFA will take place March 19 at
the new ag center on State Road
70 East.
This year's contestants are:
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
C. May; Eddie Cruz of Gilbert
Chevrolet; Brian Dryden, Okee-
chobee High School FFA Instruc-
tor; Wayne Clark, retired agricul-
ture teacher; and, Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office detective
T.J. Brock.
The public may donate funds
toward one of the contestants.
The contestant with the highest
funds will have an opportunity to
kiss a pig.
All donations will be given to
the Leadership Training Center in
Haines City, Fla.
Local FFA students attend
leadership workshops at the
Leadership Training Center
throughout the year.
To make a donation toward
one of these contestants please
call 462-5223.

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

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

Homebuyer's classes
are offered locally
OKEECHOBEE -- Homebuy-
er's classes are being held every
Wednesday from 9 until 10 a.m.
at the USDA Service Center, 454
U.S. 98 N., in Okeechobee.
For reservations or informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5507, ext.
503.


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would face a fine of $25 dollars a.
day.
Board Member Gail Powers
apologized to Mr. Lewis on behalf
of the honest business owners of
the area.
Craig and Leah Wells' Viking
property was found to be in non-
compliance. Board members
gave them until May 15 to remove
a singlewide mobile home, get a
permit for a shed and have the
RVs licensed. Otherwise, they
would face a $25 a day fine.
Even though it was noted that
Kenneth Fuller had made a lot of
progress in cleaning up his 57th
Drive property, there was still
some work to be done. Code
Enforcement Officer Gina
Gehring noted that Mr. Fuller
needed a storage shed. Board
Chairman Tommy Hoover cau-
tioned Mr. Fuller to get a permit
for the shed. His property was
found to be in noncompliance
and subject to a $25 a day fine if it
is cleaned up by April 17.
Code Enforcement -Officer
Blanca Saucedo said that Edwar-
do Pineda and Eleazar Gomez
feel there is nothing wrong with
their Dixie Ranch Acres property
even though they were cited for


several code violations including
care of premises, inoperable vehi-
cles, construction without a per-
mit and having farm animals. She
noted that there had been previ-
ous complaints against the prop-
erty.
The board found the property
to be in compliance and assessed
a fine of $50 a day if not in compli-
ance by April 17.
Code Enforcement Officer
Beth Albert noted that there was
no change in the condition of
Larry and Alma Wright's property
since their case was tabled at last
month's meeting. The board
decreed that the Wrights should
pay a fine of $25 a day if the prop-
erty is not cleaned up by April 17.
At their last meeting, the board
had given Marie Pittman until
March 13 to clean up her property
or face a fine of $25 a day.
Ms. Gehring noted that the
cleanup was almost done. Ms.
Pittman said a person was sup-
posed to pick up the remainder of
the debris that day but he did not
show up and promised to be
there the next day. The board
voted to impose a fine of $25 a
day starting the next day. Chair-
man Tommy Hoover told her that
there would be no fine if the prop-
erty were cleaned up the next day.
Ms. Saucedo noted that Patri-
cia Julian has made progress in


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cleaning up her Northwest Fourth
Street property and had asked for
another 30 days. The board found
her property to be in noncompli-
ance and gave her until April 17 to
clean it up or face a fine of $25 a
day.
It was noted that Vera Suggs
was having trouble getting a
dumpster to take care of the
mobile home parts on her proper-
ty. She was given an additional 30
days before facing a fine of $25 a
day. Mr. Hoover suggested that it
might be quicker to hire a dump
truck to clear the property.
Ms.Albert said that John and
Linda Ogilive had made great
progress in cleaning up their
Northwest 74th Terrace property.
After looking at recent pictures
of the property, Mr. Hoover noted
that 90 to 95 percent of the work
had been done. Therefore, the
board gave her another 30 days
before imposing a fine of $25 a
day.
It was noted that at their Febru-
ary meeting the board had given
Lonnie Craft and Karen Wine 30
days to remove a singlewide
mobile home from their property
on Northwest 160th Street. As of
Tuesday night's meeting, the
mobile home was still there and
they were not present at the meet-
ing. Therefore, the board
imposed a $50 a day fine.


Relief
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Ms. Belcher said the deadline
to apply for the grant was extend-
ed from March 28 to April 4.
The council members would
have liked more notice regarding
this grant so they could come up
with some projects in the city that
could benefit from the grant
funds.
Ms. Belcher said at first when
she learned of the grant it was not
going to benefit Okeechobee
County. Then with not much time
left before the deadline it was
learned Okeechobee County was
included as one of the counties
that could benefit from the funds.
However, it is still unclear how
much Okeechobee County will
receive or if any.
The Okeechobee County
Board of Commissioners will fur-
ther discuss the grant next Thurs-
day. Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford will attend this meeting as a
representative of the city.
In other business, the council
approved the February 2005
warrant registers in the amount
general fund $365,058.92, capital
projects vehicle $17,250.00 and
public facility improvement fund -
$422.91.
withdrew Ordinance No.
881. The applicant, Rob Wilson
said single family homes would
be built on the property at the cor-
ner of Northwest Third Avenue
and 12th Street instead of a
duplex. The block currently only
has single family homes on it and
the council expressed concerns at
the March 1 meeting since the
duplex that was proposed would
be the only multi family building
on the block.
adopted Ordinance No. 883
changing the future land use at
the corner of Northeast Third
Avenue and Seventh Street from
residential single family 1, to
commercial professional office.


Cowgirl
Continued From Page 1
back so quickly, and some have
just said I must be tough" she
continued. "But I know that it was
God who protected me as He
does every day of my life.
"I've walked away with only a
couple of bruises. Even the doc-
tors seemed to be amazed," she
said. "I am sorry that I have wor-


adopted Ordinance No. 885
allowing residential nonconform-
ing uses to be continued after the
sale of the property.
adopted Ordinance No. 887
on first reading amending the city
general employees' and Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Employ-
ees' Retirement System. The
council also adopted Ordinance
No. 888 on first reading amending
the Police Officers' Retirement
System. Ordinance No. 889 was
adopted on first reading amend-
ing the firefighters' retirement sys-
tem. A Deferred Retirement
Option. Plan (DROP) will be
added to all three retirement sys-
tems if approved on second read-
ing. April 5 will be the final public
hearing date for these three ordi-
nances.
approved temporary street
closings for the Labor Day Festi-
val. Southwest Second, South-
west Third, Southwest Fourth and
Southwest Fifth Avenues between
North and South Park Streets will
be closed from 7 a.m. until 4:30
p.m. beginning on Sept. 3. The
streets will remain closed for the
entire festival.
approved temporary street
closing for the Freshwater Festi-
val. Southwest Second, South-
west Third and Southwest Fourth
Avenues between North and
South Park Streets will be closed
beginning at 6 a.m. on Nov. 19.
The streets will not reoperi until
the festival ends on Nov. 20.
approved a temporary street
closing on Southwest Sixth
Avenue between North and South
Park Streets for His Story. The
streets will close at 3 p.m. until 11
p.m. Dec. 5 through Dec. 9.
approved a temporary street
closing for the Christmas parade.
Southwest Second, Southwest
Third and Southwest Fourth
Avenues between North and
South Park Streets will be closed
from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Dec.
10.


tried so many people but I am
thankful for this opportunity to
give God the praise."
Miss Pearce had a message for
her well wishers.
"Thank you for your concern
and for all the prayers," Miss
Pearce said. "I hope to see you all
at the Labor Day Rodeo in Sep-
tember hopefully I'll stay on
top of my horse and leave it to the
bull riders and bronc riders to eat
the dirt!"


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March of Dimes WalkAmerica is March 19


Imagine (or remember) the
excitement of a family expecting
a new baby. Preparations are
underway. Prenatal doctor
appointments are being kept to
assure everything is being done
just right in order to assure a
healthy baby. The nursery is
being readied. The family is
being showered with baby
equipment and toys they never
even knew existed, The 40-week
due date seems an eternity away.
Then, unexpectedly, labor
begins. Even with the best med-
ical care, the new little one
arrives, weighing only a pound
or two, struggling to breathe and
survive. The once anticipated
moment of happiness, turns into
a nightmare of fear and anguish
as the family enters the world of
the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
with sights, sounds and informa-
tion that, until now, happened
only to "someone else.". This is
the saga of premature birth, and
it will happen today, tomorrow,
and the next day, until research
can find the answers to prevent
it. This is why the Okeechobee
community is working so hard
for the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes' mission
is to improve the health of babies
by preventing birth defects and
infant mortality through commu-
nity services, research, and edu-
cation. Because of those who
participate in March of Dimes
fundraisers like WalkAmerica
2005, babies will be born healthi-
er! County sponsor of the event is


LI ir ch
of 'Dimes
WalkAmcriK.


Wal-Mart; Platinum Spo;nsors are
McAlhany Construction and
Seminole Tribe of Florida; Gold
Sponsor is Raulerson Hospital;
remaining sponsors are Bank of
America, Cassels & McCall, Har-
bor Federal, Larson Dairy, McAl-
hany Construction Company,
Okeechobee KOA, Pat's Lakeside
Cafe, the Tucker Group, Wem-
mer Family Orthodontics, and
Women's Health Specialists.
Final preparations are being
made for the Walk, being held on
Saturday, March 19. Co-chairs
Sharon Johnson and. Jennifer
Busbin have the following sched-
ule and information for those
involved in WalkAmerica.
Schedule for WalkAmerica
2005 will be Friday, March 18:
Bank Day at Bank of America.
Team Captains and individual
walkers should turn in their col-
lection envelopes from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. at Bank of America.
On Bank Day, the Team Captains
will be given any incentives (t-
shirts, visors, tote bags, umbrel-
las) which have been earned by
team members.
Saturday, March 19: Walk Day
in Flagler Park #4
7:30 until 8:30 a.m.: a light
breakfast, will be available, late
registration and late money turn


in; 7:30 until 8:15 a.m.: team pic-
tures to be taken by Sandra
Pearce Photography; 8:15 until
8:30 a.m.: warm-up exercises;
8:30 a.m.: walk begins; 10 a.m.
until? awards ceremony, brunch
and other refreshments and
entertainment for the kids.
Awards to be given out
include the following: Top
Fundraising Individual, Favorite
Team T-shirts, Favorite Spirit Sta-
tions, First To Finish, Second to
Finish, Most Clever Wrap-around
fundraiser, Outstanding New
Team, Chairman's Award, which
goes to all teams raising over
$1,000, and Top Five (5)
Fundraising Teams.
The walk is just over 4 miles
this year, so even novice walkers
will be able to participate, As
usual, it will begin and end in Fla-
gler Park. There will be seven
"Spirit Stations" along the way, at
which walkers can get refresh-
ments, such as water, juice, and
,candy. Spirit Station Sponsors are
Bank of America, Cassels &
McCall, Larson Dairy, McAlhany
Construction Company, Pat's
Lakeside Cafe, The Tucker
Group, and Wemmer Family
Orthodontics.
The first 300 persons to finish
the walk will receive "goodie
bags" containing prizes and
coupons, which have been
donated by local merchants.
Registered teams for 2005
include: Bank of America, Big
Lake National Bank, Cassels &
McCall, Eckerd Intensive Halfway


House, Everglades Elementary
School, Gilbert Chevrolet, Harbor
Federal, and Okeechobee Coun-
ty. Peace Lutheran Preschool,
Raulerson Hospital, Seminole
Tribe of Florida, South Elemen-
tary School, Publix, and Wem-
mer Family Orthodontics,
Healthy Start, Regions Bank, Lar-
son Dairy, McAlhaney Construc-
tion Company, Okeechobee
County Health Department,
Okeechobee KOA, Pats Lakeside
Cafe, Riverside National Bank,
Stepping Stones Academy II,
TOPS FL 669, and The Tucker
Group.
Come out on Saturday to
walk, or to cheer on a favorite
team, to hear Osceola Middle
School student Melissa Ritter and
local banker Kathleen Shatto
sing, to congratulate award win-
ners, or to just join in the fun.
What better gift is there to give
than that of a healthy, full-term
birth? You can make it happen by
participating in WalkAmerica
2005. It's not too late to decide to
walk. Individuals, as well as
teams, can still sign up and par-
ticipate. Each participant is asked
to raise a minimum of $25. For
information about joining
WalkAmerica 2005, call Kelly at
(772)562-0115, or any of the fol-
lowing members of the WalkA-
merica 2005 committee: Sharon
Johnson, Jennifer Busbin, Betty
Arthur, Karen Cassels, Sophia
Graves, Laura McCall, Patricia
McWhorter, Susan Pilgrim, and
Sally Wibbles.


Courtesy photo/Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derek Brooks will be
awarding Project Friendship Scholarships to ten eligible
high school seniors. The scholarships, ranging in
amount from $1,500 to $5,000, will be awarded to those
students who show the best community spirit.


NFL linebacker to


present scholarship


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At least one Okeechobee
High School (OHS) senior could
be the recipient of a new schol-
arship offered by Friendship Cot-
tage Cheese. The company will
present ten Project Friendship
Scholarships to high school sen-
iors across Florida who have
been accepted by an accredited
college or university for the fall
2005 semester.
High School Guidance Coun-
selor Bill Black said he had just
received information on the
scholarship so there are no OHS
applicants yet. However, he said,
some students would definitely
qualify. One of the requirements
is to submit a detailed list of
school and community volun-
teer work. Mr. Black said one
senior has close to 1,000 of com-
munity service.


The scholarship serves as a
thank you to the residents of
Florida for their support of
Friendship Cottage Cheese.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer line-
backer Derrick Brooks will pres-
ent between $1,500 to $5,000 to
recipients who embody a spirit
of friendship and community.
Applicants must be graduat-
ing high school seniors residing
in Florida with a 3.0 or higher
grade point average who
demonstrate leadership in
school and/or community activ-
ities that promote a safe and
friendly environment.
In addition to listing their vol-
unteer work, applicants must
submit an essay of 1,000 words
or less explaining how they
have made their high school a
friendlier place and/or how they
plan to use their education to
make the world a friendlier
place.


Arrest Reports


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or Dri-
ving Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
, ment (OCPD) or the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP).
Teresa Hite, 37, of S.E. J14th
Terr. in Okeechobee was arrest-
ed on March 14 and charged with
violation of probation posses-
sion of cocaine. Hite was arrest-
ed on an Okeechobee County
warrant. No bond was set.
Joshua Arnold, 22, of S.E.
37th Way in Okeechobee was
arrested on March 14 and
charged with three counts of
felony battery prior conviction.
Arnold was .arrested on an Okee-
chobee County warrant. Bond
was set at $15,000.
Clifford Scott Woodard, 23,
of S.E. 57th Dr. in Okeechobee
was arrested on March 14 and
charged with violation of drug
offender probation count 1 pos-
session of a controlled substance
without a valid prescription


count 2 possession of drug para-
phernalia and violation of drug
offender probation count 1
obtaining a controlled substance
by fraud. No bond was set.
Joseph Carmona, 50, of
N.W. 80th Drive was arrested on
March 14 and charged with viola-
tion probation, sexual battery on
a child and violation of probation
- lascivious act on a child. No
bond was set.
William Edward Euard, 35,
of N.E.-10th Lane was arrested
on March 13 and charged with
violation of temporary injunction
and aggravated stalking. Bond
was set at $15,000.
9* Amanda Lee Robertson, 25,
of N.W. 18th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on March 15 and
charged with third degree grand
theft. Robertson was arrested on
an Okeechobee County warrant.
Bond was set at $5,000.
Ebony Monique Robinson,
20, of N.E. 16th Ave. in Okee-
chobee was arrested on March
15 and charged with violation of
probation forgery. No bond


was set.
Dave Hemal, 24, of N.E.
12th St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on March 15 and
charged with violation of proba-
tion burglary of a structure. No
bond was set.
Varne Lerve Dubois, 21, of
U.S. 441 S.E. in Okeechobee was
arrested on March 15 and
charged with violation of proba-
tion possession of cocaine.
Dubois was released on his own
recognizance.
The charge of DUI impair-
ment against Gregory Joseph
Scott was dropped on March 2.
Law enforcement agreed with
the state attorney's office that the
case of Gregory Joseph Scott
should be dropped.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges dropped
against them is welcome to
inform the newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and
printed.


Obituary


Deborah Foster
Harwell
Deborah Foster Harwell, age
49, of Okeechobee, died Tues-
day, March 15, 2005, at Rauler-
son Hospital. She was born April
9, 1955, in

Ohio. Mrs.
Harwell had
been a resi-
dent of Okee-
chobee since
1975. .
Survivors
include: her Deborah
beloved hus- Foster Harwell
band of 18
years, Ralph W. Harwell of
Okeechobee; son, Michael
(Cara) Reinhold of Lakeland;
four daughters, Shawn (Mike)
Baker of Okeechobee, Cindy
Reinhold of Lakeland, Courtney
(Rodney) Johnston of Okee-
chobee, Aime Harper of Clair-
mont; four grandchildren, Wes-
ley, Cartee, Ravynn and Brook;
one brother, Philip Foster of


Sebastian; and, six sisters, Linda
Crosby of Basinger, Patricia Fos-
ter of Vero Beach, Rebecca Bur-
rows of St. Cloud, Donna Bur-
rows of Macon, Ga., Teresa
Johnston of Fort Drum and Eve-
lyn Worley of Arcadia.
Friends may call at the Bux-
ton Funeral Home on Friday,


March 18, from 2 p.m. until
funeral service time at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
the Tsunami Relief Fund.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


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What are the details
"At their last meeting the commissioners authorized a $1,050
settlement to the EPA. Can we find out what the details of that
were?"

Why wasn't he handcuffed?
"What I can't understand about in Georgia where the judge
and them people got shot is why they didn't have him in hand-
cuffs. I thought they brought all prisoners into the courtroom in
handcuffs."

Wake up call
"March 9, was a wake up call to the judges and courts of
Florida and law enforcement. Give back people's car licenses
so they can take care of their families, if they need to go to
work, doctors, or what ever. It doesn't matter how many times
they loose their license, they need help. When someone needs
to drive for an emergency or to work they should be allowed
to."

Drunk drivers
"If a drunk driver refuses to stop driving, then the courts
need to put that person in prison. Drunk drivers endanger
everyone else on the road. It simply cannot be tolerated."

Migrants
"I think the United States could solve the illegal alien prob-
lem by setting up a better program for guest workers from other
countries. If these people that are needed to work on the farms
could get work permits, come in, do the work and then leave,
there would be no reason for them to attempt to sneak in. They
could come for the work season and then go back home when
it was over. Other countries do this. Most European countries
use a lot of guest workers. The workers are needed. It's not like
Americans want these jobs. It is very hard labor. So give the
workers the green cards to come in, work and then go home. It
would make homeland security easier, because anyone who is
not here legally would be arrested. I think the agriculture indus-
tries would support a guest worker program because they need
the labor. And if the workers could come in legally, it would put
the smugglers out of business. And it would be better for the
workers because they would not have to be afraid all the time."

Wear red on Fridays
"You will soon see a lot of people wearing red on Fridays.
The Americans who support our troops are the silent majority.
We are not organized to reflect who we are, or to reflect what
our opinions are. Many Americans would like to start a grass-
roots movement to support our troops. To show solidarity with
our troops,- we are asking everyone to wear something red on
every Friday for the rest of the year. Let's see if we can make the
United States, on any given Friday, a sea of red to let our troops
know there are many people thinking about them and praying
for them. Support our troops. We live in the land of the free
because of the brave. For us, their blood runs red. God bless
America."

FCAT
"When I was in school a very long time ago, we had annual
assessment tests. I think assessment tests have been around for
50 years or more. The idea of an annual test is certainly not new.
The FCAT test itself, if very much like those tests I took every
year as a child. The problem that I have with the FCAT tests is all
of the emphasis they put on this test. The teachers get the stu-
dents so stressed out about the test that the kids can't think
about anything else. The teachers spend so much time focused
on teaching what will be on this test that the kids don't learn
anything else. I think the focus on the FCAT is destroying our
schools. The teachers and the students are so stressed out
about this test that they can't enjoy teaching or learning. I think
we do need annual assessment tests. But all of this emphasis on
the results is just wrong. The annual tests should be just one
tool used in assessing the students' progress."

Breakfast
"I want co compliment the schools for providing free break-
fast for all students at the middle school on the days of the FCAT
tests. Kids need breakfast and too many of them don't eat it at
home. I always insist that my kids eat a good breakfast every
day. But I know that many of their friends regularly skip break-
fast, and seem amazed if they are visiting our house and see me
cooking eggs in the morning. If you want your kids to do well in
school, make sure they eat a good breakfast. It really does make
a difference."




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Letter to the Editor


Hospice serves
local residents
I have received phone calls
from local residents who became
concerned after reading their copy
of the Okeechobee News. The
confusion centers around the hos-
pice that has recently chosen to
come to Okeechobee. I am writing
this letter to share information that
can clear up this matter.
Hospice of Okeechobee is
located in Okeechobee. Hospice
of the Treasure Coast is located in
Ft. Pierce. Hospice of Martin & St.
Lucie is located in Stuart. Even
though each of these three hos-
pices has been licensed by the
state of Florida to provide hospice
services in Okeechobee for the
past two decades, only one has
been actively doing so. One hos-
pice has demonstrated a commit-
ment to this community by its
years of service here. Hospice of
Okeechobee is "Your Hometown
Hospice" and the only hospice that
has proudly chosen to serve Okee-
chobee residents on an ongoing
basis for over the past 20 years.
Hospice of Okeechobee was
started in 1983. Our sole focus and
only priority is Okeechobee resi-
dents and those individuals that
live in the surrounding rural com-
munities.
Recently, Hospice of Martin &
St. Lucie decided to come to Okee-

chobee. When Hospice of Martin
& St Lucie staff see patients in
Okeechobee, they call themselves
Big Lake Hospice. Thus Big Lake
Hospice and Hospice of Martin &
St. Lucie are one and the same.
In the past few months, there
was a merger of hospices on the
coast. Hospice of the Treasure
Coast merged with Hospice of
Martin & St. Lucie. This new hos-
pice is very large, serving several
hundred patients each day on the
heavily populated coast. They still
serve a handful of patients in
Okeechobee and continue to use
the name Big Lake Hospice when
they do this.
Hospice of Okeechobee is a
"free-standing" hospice. What this
means is that Your Hometown
Hospice has never chosen to
merge with any other hospice.
Your local hospice feels that local
residents receive the highest quali-
ty of care and service when the
hospice staff members have Okee-
chobee, and Okeechobee only as
their sole focus. We remain very


proud of the important work that
we do in Okeechobee for those
with a life-limiting illness. And we
promise you that we will continue
to work hard to meet the needs of
Okeechobee residents as times
change. One thing that we will
never do is let your needs "take a
backseat" to the needs of the larg-
er population on the coast. We are
devoted to caring for our local resi-
dents and our residents only.
Every member of the Hospice
of Okeechobee Board of Directors
lives in Okeechobee. This means
that when decisions are made at
your Hometown Hospice, they are
made by individuals who have per-
sonal knowledge of the special
needs of this unique community.
Growing up in Okeechobee you
learn the values taught in a tight
knit community that we care for
our own. If you moved to Okee-
chobee, you did so because you
believe in these values. I could
continue to point out the many dif-
ferences between Hospice of
Okeechobee and other hospices,
but I think that you have some
understanding of this.
It is for this reason that we find
that we are the preferred hospice
for those who live in Okeechobee.
They enjoy being served by com-
passionate, skillful staff that live
here and are committed to meet-
ing the needs of this rural commu-
nity. Should you, or someone that
you love, be in need of hospice
services you do have the right to
chose which hospice comes to
your home to help you. We also
serve patients that are staying in
Raulerson Hospital and have been
more than glad to help you!
I guarantee you that when we
submit news items to the Okee-
chobee News, we always do so in
a professional manner. We identify
ourselves by name, which assures
you the information is not simply a
rumor and allows you to judge our
reasons for reporting the informa-
tion that we share. If you have any
further questions about the matter,
please do not hesitate to contact
me directly. I can be reached at
(863) 467-2321. As it has been for
the past 20 years, our office is
located here in Okeechobee.
Please feel free to drop by our
office on 411 S.E. Fourth St.
Sincerely,
Lisa Blackman
Chief Executive Officer Hospice
of Okeechobee


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a
pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
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 (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center 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.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions: Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
information.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
9360.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's a
closed book study.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence aid abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. 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 lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee, and
Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is from 2
until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve your place
in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is available for your
loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day
Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou
at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will
meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is
welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, informa-
tion 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.

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing 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, locat-
ed 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.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held on
the third Friday of every month at the Clock Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. for
networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women should bring business
cards and information promoting their business. The meeting provides
networking opportunities for women in business and is open to the pub-
lic. No membership is required. For information, call Robin Delgado at
(800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.


Submitted Photo
1996 OHS Golf Team
These golfers were on the 1996 OHS Golf team (left to
right) Coach Danny 'Bubba' Mullins, Jason Tucker, Jere-
my Farrell, Coach-Blair Kohlewind, Mike Hearton and
Steven Kotula.



Community Events

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, call (800) 861-7826.

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

GC SO reorganizing rescue auxiliary
Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddoh is in the process of reor-
ganizing the Glades County Sheriff's Office Lake Search and Rescue
Auxiliary. There will be a meeting at the Glades County Courthouse
County Commission Chambers on Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m. Any-
one wishing to become a member should be present. All appli-
cants must pass a full background check in order to be considered.
For information, contact Captain Daryl Lewis at (863) 946-0100.

Fun Bunch to meet for dinner and dancing
The Chobee Fun Bunch is planning another good time starting
with dinner at The Landing Strip restaurant (located at the Okee-
chobee airport) on Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m. We will then go to the
Buckhead Moose Lodge #2417, 2 Linda Lane (go West on Rte. 78)
for an evening of good music and dancing. Our group welcomes
anyone who would like to make new friends to join us. For infor-
mation, please call Altie at (863) 467-6252 or Shirley at (863) 763-
8820.

Church hosting Easter egg hunt
Everglades Baptist Church will be having an Easter egg hunt
from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Everglades Elementary School
playground at 3725 S.E. Eighth St. on March 19. Please call ahead if
you want to attend so we can accurately plan. There will be free
games and activities, and the egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. For
information, call Mary or Shawn Bergen at (863) 467-5479.

WalkAmerica planned for March 19
The March of Dimes' WalkAmerica will be held March 19, start-
ing 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, pro-
vides the necessary tools to share the message that an estimated
250,000,000 Christians are persecuted for their faith-and an esti-
mated 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
annual 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.

Easter concert planned
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perry, will present its sixth annual Easter Concert, "Written
in Red" and "Handel's Hallelujah!" Chorus from "The Messiah" on
Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 19, and Sunday March
20, at 3 p.m. All performances will be held at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The 55-voice Choir is com-
prised of singers from 14 local churches. Scott Dixon, accompanist
and Nicole Wood, narrator, will be joined by soloists Betsy Cheney,
Paula Daniel, Pat McCoy, Rev. Emil and. Ruth Moldrik, Leah Suarez,
John and Chris Sufficool, and Kathryn Wilkinson. Come and enjoy
a wonderful concert of glorious music featuring beautiful arrange-
ments of traditional and contemporary Easter selection. Admis-
sion is free and a nurserywill be provided.

Church hosts homecoming revival
There will be a homecoming revival at the Okeechobee Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., with evangelist Rick Scar-
lett, 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 din-
ner starting at noon. A nursery will be provided each night. For
information, call Netty Joyner at (863) 763-5845.

Clyde Annandale returns to Okeechobee
Clyde Annandale, word renowned dramatist, is returning to
Okeechobee for a one-day performance on March 20. He will be
performing "Jesus the Story Teller" during the 8:30 a.m. and the
10:30 a.m. services at Peace Lutheran Church. This will be Okee-
chobee's last opportunity to see Mr. Annandale portray Jesus. Mr.
Annandale's depiction of Jesus will come to a close after Easter.
His 7 p.m. performance will be a moving dramatization of a


Roman centurion during the crucifixion of Christ. The community
is cordially invited to all performances. There is no admission
charge, but a free will offering will be received. Peace Lutheran
Church is located at 750 NW 23rd Lane.


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OPINION







The Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 17, 2005 5


In the Military


Courtesy photo
Air Force Airman Ryan P.
Kerns graduates from basic
training at Lackland Air Force
l Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Kearns graduates
from basic training
Air Force Airman Ryan P.
Kearns has graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of train-
ing, the airman studied the Air
Force mission, organization, and
military customs and courtesies;
performed drill and ceremony
marches, and received physical
training,, rifle marksmanship,
field training exercises, and spe-
i cial training in human relations.


In addition, airmen who com-
plete basic training earn credits
toward an associate degree
through the Community College
of the Air Force.
Kearns' mother is Kathleen
Kearns of Oak Leaf Drive,
Jupiter. His sister, Nicole Owens,
resides in Okeechobee.
The airman is a 2004 graduate
of Jupiter High School.
Officer Fleck
returns to Germany
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3
Timothy B. Fleck has returned to
Wuerzburg, Germany, after a
deployment to Iraq in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. The
soldier is regularly assigned to
the 67th Combat Support Hospi-
tal in Wuerzburg.
While deployed in Iraq, the
unit's soldiers provided com-
mand, staff and technical sup-
port to soldiers and other mili-
tary members wounded or
injured on the battlefield. Doc-
tors, nurses, and specialists from
all fields of the Army's medical
activity provided and performed
emergency and routine medical
treatment and healthcare assis-
tance to troops serving in Iraq.


Staff and technical members
included surgeons, dentists,
therapists, pharmacists, nutri-
tionists, patient and personnel
administrators, and logistical,
transport and management sup-
port specialists.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is
the official name given to mili-
tary operations involving mem-
bers of the U.S. armed forces
and coalition forces participat-
ing in efforts to free and secure
Iraq. Mission objectives focus
on force protection, peacekeep-
ing, stabilization, security and
counter-insurgency operations
as the Iraqi transitional govern-
ing bodies assume full sovereign
powers to govern the peoples of
Iraq.
Members from all branches
of the U.S. military and multina-
tional forces are also assisting in
rebuilding Iraq's economic and
governmental infrastructure,
and training and preparing Iraqi
military and security forces to
assume full authority and
responsibility in defending and
preserving Iraq's sovereignty
and independence as a democ-
racy.
Fleck, a maintenance officer,
has 20 years of military service.
He is the son of Sam E. Fleck of
Okeechobee. His wife, Annette,
is the daughter of Robert Quick


of Danville. Ill., and Charlotte
Quick of North Road, Bismarck,
ll1.
The chief warrant officer
graduated in 1980 from Danville
High School, and received an
associate degree in 1991 from
Northern Virginia Community
College, Fort Belvoir.
Bosworth graduates
from basic training
Air Force Airman Ralph
Bosworth has graduated from
basic military training at Lack-
land Air Force Base, San Anto-
nio, Texas.
During the six weeks of train-
ing, the airman studied the Air
Force mission, organization, and
military customs and courtesies;
performed drill and ceremony
marches, and received physical
training, rifle marksmanship,
field training exercises, and spe-
cial training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who com-
plete basic training earn credits
toward an associate degree
through the Community College
of the Air Force.
Bosworth's parents are
Sharon Beville of Angel Ridge
Road, Lakeside, Mont., and R.T.
Bosworth in Okeechobee.
The airman is a 2004 graduate
of Avon Park High School, Fla.


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Service Club Briefs

American Legion available.
Friday
Post #64 starting at.
Son's of American Legion tion. Musi
will be havingla fish fry on March Harper.
20, from 1 until 4 p.m. for a dona- Saturd
tion of $6. They will be serving Harper.
catfish, corn on the cob, baked e First
beans and cole slaw. For informa- Auxiliary a
tion, call (863) 763-5309. p.m.
March 26: There will be an 0 First
Easter Egg hunt for the children of breakfast fr
Okeechobee at the Post Home, $4 donation
501 S.E. Second St., starting at 10 Secon
a.m.. There will be four age 16 ounce r
groups: 1 through 3; 4 through 6; order from
7 through 9 and 10 through 12 donation.
years of age. Prizes will be given Call
away in each age group. events, 763
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe- Am-Vel
cials. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Am-V(
and Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 regular infc
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos served the first Sat
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Satur- the Buckh
day from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.; #9528,200
Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m. Application
Bar bingo will be held on are availab
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on 357-2138,
Thursday evenings beginning at 7 8954.
p.m., for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each Elks L(
month is our birthday party start- The Elk
ing at 4 p.m.; bring a covered S.R. 70 Eas
dish. S.R. 70 Eas
Third Sunday of each month (863) 763-6
we have a ribeye steak dinner p Tuesd
with Sons of the American Legion p.m. First a
from 3 until 6 p.m. lar meeting
The Legion lounge opens Wedn
Monday through Saturday at 10 7 p.m. The l
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m. open at 4::
Bingo is held every Saturday will be avai
and Sunday night starting at 6:30 e Friday
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. ment startii
Wednesday: tacos and mar- and guests
garitas from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Satur(
Entertainment in our lounge noon until:
every Saturday night starting at 4 2 p.m. until
p.m.
Friday night dinner is served Oke
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6 Masoni
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will
be from 7 p.m. until? Annual
Happy Hour in the lounge is barbecue
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday April 2, froth
through Thursday. donation o
Our monthly birthday party for children
on the second Wednesday starts You may e
at 4 p.m. Entertainment will be by available. F
Janet Certain bring a covered call Rich S,
dish. Buckey Yo
e Euchre will be on Monday Matt Buxto
and Wednesday from 6 p.m. any lodge o
Everyone is welcome. The
The American Legion Post 64 Lodge is loc
is located at 501 S.E. Second St. Ave. For in
For information, call (863) 763- club and e'
2950. at (863) 82'
at (863) 357
Eagles The
Aeries #4137 I -


e Saturday, March .19: Kid's
Easter party at 2 p.m. Must call the
AERIES 763- 2552 and sign up
children for the party. Food and
face painting by Susan.
Saturday, March 26: Florida
Eagles state picric, food, music,
fun and games.
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.;
food will be available for a dona-
tion.
Wednesday: bar birigo
from 4 p.m. until ?; food will be


ys: steak night (16-oz.)
5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
c will be by Jimmy

lays: Karoke by Jimmy

and third Thursday:
it 4 p.m.; Aeries at 7
and third Sunday:
rom 9 until 11 a.m. for
in.
nd and fourth Saturday:
riveye steak cooked to
5 p.m. until ? for a $10

the AERIE for other
-2552.
ts #2001
ets No. 2001 will hold a
)rmational meeting on
turday of the month at
ead Ridge VFW Post
02 U.S. 78W., at 10 a.m.
ns for new members
ble. Call Ray Disney at
or Don South at 763-

odge #2558
s Lodge is located on
t. For information, call
6580.
ays: trustees meet at 7
.nd third, 8 p.m., regu-

esday: bingo will be at
public is. invited. Doors
30 p.m. Refreshments
lable at 6 p.m.
: dinner and entertain-
ng at 6 p.m. Members
are invited.
lay: hamburgers from
2 p.m.; bar bingo from
?

nobee
c Lodge #237
il hog roast, traditional
menu on Saturday,
m$ 4 until 7 p.m. For a
f $6 for adults and $3
n under the age of 10.
at. in or, take outs. are
'or ticket information,
weet, (863) 824-0262,
der, (863) 467-7642,
in, (863) 634-3706 or
officer.
Okeechobee Masonic
cated at 107 N.W. Fifth
formation about the
vents, call Rich Sweet
1-0262, or Kip Gardner
'-0427.
Masonic Lodge holds


their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Is held at the Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W. Fifth Ave.
For information, contact
Georgia Gerren Worthy at (863)
467-4349 or Clyde Calloway at
(863) 467-9892. Everyone is wel-
come.
B.H.R.
Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge.
Bingo: Tuesdays starting at
12:30 p.m. Lunch is available.
March 17, 24 and 31:
Karaoke nights starting at 7 p.m.
March 15: membership
meeting starting at 8 p.m.
March 17: W.O.T.M. St.
Patty's day dinnre of corn beef
and cabbage.
March 20: starting at 1 p.m.,
hurricane relief party with a hog
roast. Donated items for the raffle
and auction will be accepted.
There will be music for dancing.
March 22: Moose Lodge
enrollments starting at 7 p.m.
March 26: Children Easter
Egg Hunt, from 11 a.m. until 1
p.m., sponsored by the BHR
Moose Lodge, Community-Center
and Fire Department, and it will
be held at the Community Center.
Children from BHR 12 years and
under may attend. There will be
prizes, hot dogs chips and drinks.
Wednesday, Friday and Sat-
urday nights, meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call to see
what they are serving.
Friday and Saturday night:
there will be music for dancing
starting at 7:30 p.m. until ? Call the
lodge to see who is playing.
Sunday morning: breakfast
is served from 8 until 10:15 a.m.
Moose Family
Center #1753
Located at 159 N.W. 36th St. in
Okeechobee. For information,
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Saturday, March 12: huge
yard sale, was canceled due to the
funeral of Jack Steward. It will be
held at a later date.
eSunday, March 13: fish fry
and music on the Patio bar.
Thursday, March 17: St.
Patricks's Day party, moose races
and ham and cabbage dinner.
Entertainment by Lisa.


Sunday, March 27: Easter
party for all the kids of the Okee-
chobee Moose.
Every Thursday: Bar bingo at
1 p.m. .25 using paper sheets,
bring your dauber. (members
only)
eMondays: Bar Bingo at 7 p.m.
food will be served (members
only)
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for
menu and cook.
Wednesday, March 16:
Moose legion meeting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22: WOTM
business meeting at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6: WOTM
social and dinner at Goodys.
March 18 and 19: Moose
legion celebration in Jupiter.
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
begun.
VFW Post #4423
e Every Wednesday: karaoke
will be by Sandoone from 5 until 9
p.m.
washer .toss every Tuesday
starting at 12:30. Everyone is wel-
come.
Every Friday bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests.


Saturday breakfast is from 8
until 11 a.m., and will be followed
by .25-cent bingo at 1 p.m.
Every Saturday night the
Triple H Band will play from 5
until 9 p.m. Every Sunday, dinner
will be served from 2 until 5 p.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Annie and the Lip Sync
group will entertain you on Sun-
day, March 13, beginning at 2
p.m. For information, call (863)
467-2552.
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m.; lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7.
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on


the second and fourth Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
Commander Don South is avail-
able at (863) 467-2882.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday, at 10 a.m.
and Sunday, 1 p.m.
e Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Monday: hot soup day
beginning at noon. A bowl for a
buck.
e Tuesday: volunteer Chef's
dinner special. serving begins at 5
p.m. Call for menu, 763-2308.
Wednesday:Bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs at
noon. Live music and dancing at 7
p.m.
Sunday: every third Sunday
is a pot luck birthday dinner. All
other Sundays are variable. Call to
find out what we are having 763-
2308. Darts begin at 7 p.m.


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Bush proposes lawsuit rules change


By David Royse
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE Gov. Jeb
Bush proposed a series of changes
to the rules governing lawsuits,
saying protecting companies from
abusive use of the courts would
give the state a better business cli-
mate.
Bush said one of his top priori-
ties this year is legislation that
would give businesses protection
from some types of lawsuit liability
- a major push for his Republican
Party nationwide.
"This is a threat to the growth of
our state," Bush said. "There are
many things about Florida that
draw many businesses here, this is
a deterrent."
Opponents of the measures say
they would simply help businesses
get away with wrongdoing by
escaping multimillion-dollar judg-
ments and the idea that the state is
rife with runaway verdicts for frivo-
lous cases is a big exaggeration.
One of Bush's proposals would
insulate retailers from liability for
defective products they sell and
another would immunize the own-
ers of cars from liability when
someone.else is driving them and
gets in an accident.
Bush also is backing legislation
(SB 2564) dealing with class-action
lawsuits filed in Florida, limiting
plaintiffs in most cases to only Flori-
da residents.
And he wants to end the ability
of plaintiffs to collect damages
from defendants who are only part-
ly at fault. Proponents of the
changes say victims of wrongdoing
sometimes sue defendants who
had little to do with the wrongdo-
ing, but have lots of money.
Another proposal would immu-
nize property owners from liability
for criminal acts on their property
when the property owner has
nothing to do with it.
"Punishing property owners for
someone else's misconduct would
be like grounding your daughter
because your son made a mess of
her room," Bush said.
Bush said Florida's economy
has created jobs in recent years,
but the outlook would be even bet-
ter if it were more difficult to win
damages that often aren't warrant-
ed.
"We do lead the nation in job
growth and I want to keep it that
way," Bush said.
Opponents led by consumer
groups and lawyers who represent
plaintiffs in lawsuits say Bush is
playing to a myth in the public
mind, perpetuated by a few rare


cases in which people seemed to
have received ridiculous awards.
Those aren't the norm, opponents
say and often frivolous cases are
thrown out.
"We hear the anecdotes, we'd
like to see the facts," said Scott Car-
ruthers, executive-director of the
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
"They want to put all the onus
on the injured victim," added
Alexander Clem, a lawyer who rep-
resents injured victims in Orlando.
Nationally, Bush's brother, Pres-
ident Bush, has championed simi-
lar efforts aimed at making it hard-
er for plaintiffs to win big lawsuits.
He signed federal legislation last
month intended to discourage
multimillion-dollar class-action
lawsuits, and made clear he want-
ed broader restraints, including
curbs on asbestos litigation and
medical malpractice awards.
In Florida, the governor's desire
to see lawsuit restraints will meet
with a compliant, GOP-dominated
Legislature. The governor was
joined by House Speaker Allan
Bense, R-Panama City, and Senate
President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, at a
rally announcing the proposals.
Lee said he saw the issue first
hand as a small businessman -
having to waste time and resources


fighting what he considered nui-
sance lawsuits.
."I think the stage is set for this to
be a front-burner issue," Lee said.
Bush was joined at the rally on
the Capitol steps by members of
business groups and other sup-
porters of changing the lawsuit
rules. One of those who spoke was
Eddie Hopkins, a car dealer in Mari-
anna, in the Panhandle.
Hopkins said he was an exam-
ple of the problem with the legal
principle known as "vicarious lia-
bility," in which the owner of a car,
for example, can be held liable for
damage caused by anyone operat-
ing it with the owner's consent.
Hopkins' dealership sold a car
to a customer who put a down
payment on it and drove it away.
Before the customer could deliver
a check for the balance due on the
car he was in a car accident in
which the other driver died. Later,
. the family of the victim sued the
dealership as owner of the car, and
Hopkins said he settled the case.
Bush pointed to that case as a
good reason to change the law.
"You think that those are the
exceptions to the rule and in fact in
our state that's not the case," Bush
said.


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selections announced


The Treasure Lake Conference
Winter all-conference teams have
been selected and the Okee-
chobee Brahmans are well-repre-
sented.
In boys' basketball honorable
mention was given to senior
Devon Fasion.
Sophomore Lady Brahman
Tierra Allen received honorable


mention in girls' basketball.
Brahman wrestling team
members senior Tommy Land-
gren and senior Cory Wright were
selected for the All-Conference
first team. Junior Chuckie Suarez
and senior Jonathan Suarez were
selected for the All-Conference
second team. Honorable mention
went to sophomore Tyler Lamb.


Sports Briefs


Brahman Ryan Bailey reaches for the ball during his match
with John Lucero of Lincoln Park. Lucero defeated Bailey
6-0,6-1.


Staff photos/Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee's Kyle Walker serves to Lincoln Park's Kori
Benton at Tuesday afternoon's matches at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex tennis courts. Walker was the only
Brahman to win against the powerful Lincoln Park team. He
won his match 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.


Lincoln Park Netters


overpower
The Brahman tennis team
played host to Lincoln Park Tues-
day afternoon at the Okee-
chobee County Sports Complex
tennis courts and went down in
defeat against a powerful Lin-
coln Park team.
The results of the individual
matches are as follows:
Boys' Singles competition:
John Lucero (LP) def. Ryan
Bailey (Okee.) 6-0, 6-1.
William Dixon (LP) def. Ryan
Fulford (Okee.) 6-1,6-0.
Ryne Stone (LP) def. Bobby
Spelts (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0.
Om Pandya (LP) def. Elj
Cabansay (Okee.) 6-1,6-1.
Kyle Walker (Okee.) def. Kori
Benton (LP) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.
Boys' Doubles competition:
Lucero and Dixon (LP) def.


Brahmans
Bailey and Cabansay (Okee.) 8-
0.
Stone and Pandya (LP) def.
Fulfbrd and Spelts (Okee.) 8-2.
Girls' Singles competition:
Nicole David (LP) def. Alyssa
Wright (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0.
Dana Wuchte (LP) def.
Rachel Vickers (Okee.) 6-1, 6-0.
Stephanie Dunseth (LP) Rina
Boswell (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0.
Brittany Walker (LP) Jami
Fadley (Okee.) 6-0,2-6,6-3.
Ekaternia Jastrjenbskaia (LP)
def. Brooke ragamat 6-2, 6-0.
Girls' Doubles competition:
Wuchte and Dunseth (LP)
def. Spangler and Wright 8-5. ,
Reeni Pandya and Jastrjenb-
skaia (LP) def. Vickers and Randi
Rowland 8-1.


Lady Brahman Jami Fadley takes aim at the ball during her
match with Brittany Walker of Lincoln Park. Walker defeat-
ed Fadley 6-0, 2-6, 6-3.


Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail has
announced its 2005 tournament
schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates for
the rest of the trail are June 26, July
10,Aug.7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at 'Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for the
memorial tourney and the trail can
be rhade at the Wanta-Linga Motel
or at the dock on the day of the
tournament.
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863) 763-1020.

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

Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold their fourth annual Kid's Day
benefit bass tournament on March
20 at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
Boats will take to the water at
safe light and return for weigh-ins
at2 p.m.
The entry fee into the team
tournament will be $110 per team.
This fee includes entry into the big


bass pot. The entry fee can be paid
at the ramp on the morning of the
tournament. Entries can also be
paid by check in advance. To do
so, make the check payable to the
Taylor Creek Bass Club and mail it
to: Bill Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St.,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34974. Entry
forms are available at several local
bait and tackle shops, as well as
businesses and restaurants; or, by
contact Bill at (863) 763-2926.
The total payout will be for the
top six places, and first- and sec-
ond-place big fish winners. The
tournament will have a 70 percent
payout based on a 50 boat field. If
there is a full field, first place will
receive $1,200; second place will
receive $800; third place will
receive $500; fourth place will
receive $300; fifth place will
receive $200 and sixth place will
receive $150. The big fish award
will be $350. Second big fish will
receive $150.
The remaining 30 percent will
be used to help fund the club's
20th annual Okeechobee Kid's
Day Fishing Festival to be held later
this year.

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


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UPCOMING FAMILY FES'tIVALS
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, March
11, through Thursday, March 17,
are as follows:
Theatre I "Robots" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "The Pacifier" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 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
9t05 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Wildlife Center hosts
birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center. You can
invite up to 20 friends to join you
for a wildlife adventure tour,
hands on animal encounter,
games and a special craft for
everyone to make. For more infor-
mation on cost and reservations,
call 763-4630.
VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124, several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four
of social security number, date
and time of appointment and
whether a wheelchair/scooter lift
is needed. All appointments must
be before noon. If thereareany
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslacde,, the county,yeterans'
service officer.
Free pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of
all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S.
Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. For more informa-
tion or appointments call 763-
8859.
Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics
include discipline a family affair,
birth to eight months infants,
eight to eighteen months the tod-
dler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos,
three year olds, and uncommon
sense. Each week parents "earn"
baby bucks to purchase items for
their baby at the Center's Baby
Boutique. Childcare is not provid-
ed, however infants in carriers are
welcome. For details call 763-
8859 or 697-6320.
American Red Cross
needs volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would like
to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-


ter, please call Andy or Candace at
the American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee branch at (863) 763-2488.
Preschool
enrollment underway
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The
program is currently serving chil-
dren age birth to kindergarten
age. Both parents must be work-
ing or attending some type of
school or training. There is an
income limit based on family size.
Please call 1-(866) 273-6340 to be
placed on the waiting list.


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BORDER COLLIE- vic of
Okeechobee County West,
call (363)467-7164 leave
message.
FOUND: DOG, neutered
male, call to describe.
(863)357-3225


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 male white long hair w/
blue eyes needs his family
(863)801-3433 or
(863)801-1820
CAT M, Black, Gold eyes,
white marking Vic'of Rt 80
& Ford Thompson Please
call 863-675-1634
LLEWELLIN SETTER- (F),
white w/blk spots, last
seen in Civic Ctr/Airport
area. (863)634-8822.
LOST DOGS- both 1/2 bull-
dog, V Cane Corso, broth-
er & sister, she is light
brindle, he is dark brindle,
any info please call
(863)467-6763 or 634-


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num frame tandem axle
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23rd St South Side Golf
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Sun 20th 9am-? Riding'
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Trailer, Tools & furniture.

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SSat. 3/17, 18 & 19,
880 NW 141 St. 8a-?.
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A/C Company looking for
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w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benefits, 401k. DFW.
863-763-8391
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have computer skills
salary depending on
Experience!
(863)467-8899
Servers, Cooks & Buffet
Workers
1111 SParrottAve.
The Clock Restaurant

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2405 Hwy 441 SE.
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34972 No phone
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GENERAL LABOR NEEDED
Asphalt workers, Concrete
finishers, Brick paver
setters, for work in
Vermont for season until
12/01/05. (802)862-6383.

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Clerk/Contract Processor/
Inventory Control. Experi-
ence preferred. Must be
detail oriented and be able
to multi-task. Fax resume
to 8663763-1744 or apply
in person at the reception-
ist desk M-F, 9-5.
No phone calls
please.
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Reps for the greater Okee-
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strong people skills, clean
driving record, work on
call and complete paper-
work. Must be highly moti-
vated. To apply, please
call
(863)763-7337 ask for
Cindy.EOE, M/F/H.


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


Office Manager
needed for pre-cast
concrete manufacturing
plant in South Bay, Flori-
da'. Must have strong
Microsoft Word and
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HR experience.
Bookkeeper
Peachtree System, A/P,
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Real Estate Closer
Exp. in title exam,
bank docs, pre-closing,
Exc work environment,
salary DOE.
Law office 763-1119.
SOD FARM FOREMAN
Outside work with people,
equipment and land. Must
be willing to learn, willing
to work and have transpor-
tation. (863)634-7455

Title Insurance
Closer Needed
Must have experience
and be energetic &
friendly. Fax resume to:
863-824-0802



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OFFICE CLEANING
P/T, Mon-Fri. Evenings in
Clewiston. Good Pay. Start
Today! 800-922-1433.
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RN, LPN & CNA NEEDED
For Weekends/12 hr. shifts.
To care for profoundly
handi-capped woman in
Okeechobee. Smoke free
environment. References,
Background check & drug
testing req. 863-643-5765

STORE CLERK
(3) 10 hr days every other
weekend required
(863)763-9658


Do-It-Yourself Ideas


3-Piece Bedroom Set
The two pieces pictured here
are part of a three-piece set
that features a handsome oak
finish and clean lines that
blend well with any decor.
The dresser (not pictured)
measures' about 60 in. wide
by 32 in. tall, the chest of
drawers stands 32 in. high by
30 in. wide and the night
-stand is ai "' I in.ll wide by
22 in. tall. All three pieces
are 16 in., deep.

3-Piece Bedroom Set plan
(No. 768).., $8.95
6-Piece Pine Bedroom Set
(No. C56) ... $24.95
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of projects) ... $2.00
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(except catalog-only orders)

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Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed -110
Child Care Offered-I] ,
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 4130
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




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






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

One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
fieds.
Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a
breeze!


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


Merchandise



Air Condii;oner
Antiques I'.
Appliances 'i
Appliance P.arts
Beauty Supplies 5 .5
Bicycles 5.'j1,
Books S Magazines r'5
Building Materialls 4-10
Business Equipment 51.
Carpets Rugs 55"'
Children's Items
China., Glas-,"are, Etc.5,,"
Clothing r5
Coins Stamps h7,
Collectibles
Compu.jr Vid'jo '- '
Crafts Suppl;es
Cruises 5'".i
Drapes. Linens & Fabric 5'.-e
Fireplace Fixture
Firewood .'-
Furniture L.
Furs "15
Health & Reducing
Equipment .'l'j
Heating Equipment
Supplies ,-
Household Items L3,.1
Jewelry r:.5
Lamps Lights ,'I,
Luggage 645
Medical Items
Miscellaneous '5
Musical nstrumnenits '.,
Office Supplies
Equipment 6,E.
Pets Supplies
Services C.70
Photography I,:'5
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies r,355
Restaurant
Equipment G6')
Satellite lI:5
Sewing Machines 7':,
Sporting Goods -05
Stereo Equipment 71i'
Television Radio 7 5
Tickets 71')
Tools 72
Toys & Games 7
VCRs
Wanted to Buy 1741




AIR CONDITIONER: 05 3
Ton Package Unit w/Heat.
Never installed. $1150.
(954)309-8659
AIR CONDITIONER- 3'/2
Ton, Coleman, AC/Heat
unit, exc cond, $500.
(863)610-0575.

AIR CONDITONER- '94, 3 /2
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $300. (863)763-
4365.

AIR CONDITONER- '94, 3 /
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $400. (863)763-
4365.


CHINA SET 24pc, plates/
cups/saucers, w/ violet
flowers, some cut glass,
$150, (863)763-1386.
END TABLE, Early American
w/storage L& build in
magazine rack. $40
(863)763-6843
JUKEBOX
Wurlitzer, 1945 editionn.
$1500
(863)467-6573


RANGE, Counter Top, GE,
Electric, Smooth Cook
Top. White. Like new.
$100 (863)467-4035
RANGE
Premier, electric, almond,
20"W x 24"L, $50,
(863)763-4746.

REFRIGERATOR Sears,
Kenmore Side By Side.
25 cu'. Exc. cond. $600.
(863)675-2010.


REFRIGERATOR Side-by-
side w/ice 21 cu' Sin up-
right Freezer & Elec Stove
$500 863-763-1919.
REFRIGERATOR- Sears, al-
most new, w/ice maker,
white, 5' tall, $250,
(863)763-4746.



REFRI RATOR
AND STOVE
good condition
$150 for both
will sell separate
(863)467-6088
Refrig./Freezer, small A/C
unit, antennae & pole, cag-
es for bird & small animal.
$75. (863)302-2121
WASHER & DRYER- GE
almond, good condition
$200 firm
(863)467-7953
WASHER Kenmore, white,
heavy duty, super capaci-
ty, Good cond. $150
(863)763-3024.



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.,


BICYCLE, Mens, 24",
Schwinn, 5 speed,
$40.(863)824-7033.
BICYCLE- Schwin, 24", 5
speed, excellent condition,
$40. (863)824-7033.

BIKE, 3 Wheeler, #87 Tay-
lor Creek Lodge. Located
at 2730 Hwy. 441 SE
$100.
MEN BICYCLE
3 speed, Good
condition. $25.
(863)763-7802.


STORAGE SHED
70x80 metal 15'H
$12,000
(561)310-6611



SENCO ROOFING Coil Nailer
scv4 or %/4 box 1' V roof
nails used for 12sq. $350
neg (863)763-3679
WINDOWS (2) White,
single hung, 52YAWx49%/`H.
$70 for both, will sep.
(863)763-6216



Changing Table, Bassinet,
.Exer-saucer, boy baby
clothes & much more. $200
will sep. 863-357-7136
TODDLER BEDS
(2) racecar & firetruck
good cond. $100 or
will sep. (863)697-1706


FLOWER GIRL DRESS- Da-
vids Bridal, beautiful, like
new, size 5, $75.
(863)824-0095.


Sports Cards, 6000+,
Baseball, Football, Hockey
& Basketball, 1990-2000,
$100. (863)697-8547



COMPAQ COMPUTER-
complete, kybrd, mouse ,
spkr, great for family,
$100 (863)843-0158.
PRINTER/PHOTO COPIER-
Lexmark, Z715, new in
box, $40., (863)763-
1997.


ANTIQUE BR SET- 2 dress-
ers, 2 night stands, hdbd,
Solid wood, good cond.
$1995. (863)983-5628.


BED, King, Complete w/
brass hdbrd. w/new sponge
top & 6 drawer dresser.
$275 (863)763-9135
CHEST
Dark wood. Good
condition. $50.
(863)763-0634.
COFFEE TABLE
Oak & glass top Octagon
shape w/matching end.
$100. (863)467-1619.
COFFEE TABLE & 2 End Ta-
bles, Glass & wrought iron
6 mo old, $350. 863-697-
1702
COUCH & COMPUTER
CABINET Brand name
"This End Up" Exc. Cond.
$700. (239)353-0936.
CRAFTMATIC ELE. Adjusta-
ble twin bed w/ortho mat-
tress. Ele., $500.
(954)966-2041
DAYBED COVER
With pillow shams, dust
ruffle. Light beige. $20.
(863)634-0936.
DINING RM SET
light Oak w/tile top
& leaf $200
(863)467-4733
DINING RM SET- solid
wood, table, 6 chairs, leaf,
lighted china cabinet,
$600. (863)697-1991.
DR TABLE W/4 CHAIRS-
solid wood, 1940's, good.
cond, $250 neg.
(863)357-2233.
Entertainment Cntr. Bed
Full, Complete. Chest. 2 Lift
chairs. Recliner. $420,
will sep. (863)763-9135,.
GLASS DINING SET
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
LOVE SEAT SOFA BED
Castro Convertible.
Very good cond. $175.
(863)357-1430.
PRINCESS TOWER BED-
with slide, from Rooms to
Go, paid $599 asking
$250. (863)824-0095.
SLIP COVERS, Sure Fit, 12
fabric for sofa & love seat,
natural color, $65.
(863)467-2045



GOLF CART 4 seater w/
truck bed Good tires/
battery/charger Dependable
$1250. 863-697-2033.
GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123
GOLF CLUBS
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
YAMAHA Golf cart in exc.
cond.$1450
(863)763-2407 &
ask for Howard


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.

STEPPER- good condition,
$50 or best offer,
(863)763-4491.




FURNACE, Electric. New.
Never used. 34000 BTU's
w/ warrantee. $300
(863)763-6420
GAS CYLINDER (LP)
w/regulator. 100 Ibs. Ap-
prox. 12 full of gas. $100
firm. (863)467-9506



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SHARE HOUSE- Furnished,
full house privileges, all
amenities, single working
adult, (863)763-9146.




FOR RENT
Waterfront 2/1.5 in
Treasure Island for
RENT. $1,000/Month.
First/Last and $600
Security. No pets
please.


Pippin Properties
Realty

863-763-3566


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ELECTRIC wheel chair lift
for mini bus or van. $400/
best offer. (863)801-6182
Paul


CHURCH PEWS- 4, very
nice, with mistle rack and
kneelers, $200 neg. Must
haul. (863)763-7613.
ELEC. TYPEWRITER- Royal
Aristocrat, in case, good
condition, $100 neg.
(863)357-2233.
HOOKED ON PHONICS
Good condition
$200. Firm
(863)357-7852.
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Screened Enclosure,
Alum., 10x20, ceiling fans
w/lights, like new cond.,
$800. (863)357-3984
TRL. AXLE 7 w/tires,
brakes, $700 for all or will
sep. (863)467-1788 after
6pm. Iv. mess.
TRL. STEPS
$10 good shape
(865)924-9228
*********



GUITAR '02 GIBSON Gothic
Les Paul w/emg pick-ups
$800 or best offer
(863)634-3856



GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $300 863-467-
0627.



EXECUTIVE DESK 3'x 6',
Cherry wood finish,
Good cond. $75.
(863)763-3024.



EASTER BUNNIES
(10), $100. Will
separate. 863-673-1364
or 863-673-0476.
MININPIN Black/tan, Male,
AKC, Avail Mar 18, '05.
$400. Lake Port
(863)946-3857.
SNOW WHITE DOVES, (2),
not barely old enough to,
eat on their own, $40 will
sell sep. (863)675-6214
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 FILTER, Purex Triton
Star DE, $75. (863)467-
6573




POOL TABLE
good cond.
$700
(863)697-9878



SPEAKERS, 2, JL AUDIO
w/Box and Alpine 70OW
amp. $900. 863-697-2423

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


LOG SPLITTER
Vertical, 25 ton
on wheels, $500
(863)612-0159
SNAP ON PLASMA CUTTER
new cable works w/air &
ele. $1450 (863)697-
9704
SNAP ON WIRE FEED
WELDER w/alum. spool
gun 300amp. 2 tanks
$1200 (863)697-9704


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
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 i65




SOD EQUIPMENT
FORSALE
2 Harvesters, tractors,
fork lift, much more.
equip. In Okee. area
call (754)581-4948



APHA PAINT GELDING
2 years old. Will be big.
Train your way. $2000.
(863)763-3631.

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


SADDLE
15", Brown. All
the tack. $300.
(863)675-5066.

WESTERN SADDLE- 14
inch seat, 4 inch cantle,
$275. Call evenings
(863)675-4098



BRIGGS & STRATON
11HP riding mower
engine $25 works good
(863)357-0872

LAWN MOWER Ronsone,
Diesel eng 54" cut, 21 HP,
Hyd. drive, Extra blades
$1000 863-467-0613

Riding Lawn Mowers, (5),
needs work, $500 will sell
sep. (863)634-5113





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

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


Rentals




Apartments 905
Business Places "l10
Commercial
Property 915
Condos
Townhouses Rent 92')
Farm Property.
Rent 5
House Rent 930
Land Rent 9,.5
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate Q50
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)
357-2044 9am-5pm.


BASSWOOD, New Home
3BR, 2BA, $1,000. mo. +
1st & last. Sec. (772)873-
2784.

OKEECHOBEE 2BR 11/2 BA
$800.mo + 1st, last & Sec
dep. No pets Non smoking
Envi. 863-763-3024

OKEECHOBEE 3BR 1 BA
$900.mo + 1st, last & Sec
dep. No pets Non smoking
Envi. 863-763-3024



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

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Storage Bench
This do-it-yourself storage bench project is sure to
be a big hit out on the patio or by the pool this spring.
Measuring 72 inches long by 24 inches deep by 31
inches tall, it features a generous cabinet underneath
its hinged, padded seat, perfect for storing barbecue,
gardening or even pool supplies. Casters make it
easy to move the bench into the shade or around the
patio as needed. The storage bench is made almost
entirely of exterior-grade plywood, and full-size
traceable patterns and detailed assembly diagrams
make construction a snap.
Storage Bench plan (No. 423) ... $8.95
Outdoor Furniture Package (No. C94)
Four other projects ... $25.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) ... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order. circle iemi(s). Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
U-Bild Features address and the name of
P.O. Box 2383 this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91409 1-2 weeks for delivery.

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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property. -Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl 080



GOOD BUSINESS
FOR SALE
Up & running, located at
MARKET PLACE
FLEA MARKET
Need to sell ASAP
due to health, Inclds.
show trailer & tents
$6500 plus inventory
FIRM
Call Larry or Suzann
(863)763-3705 or
(317)694-7595


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



SERENE MOUNTAIN GOLF
HOMESITE $208.03/MO.
Upscale Golf Community
set amid Dye designed 18
hole course in Carolina
Mountains. Breathtaking
views. Near Asheville NC.
A sanctioned Golf Digest
Teaching Facility! Call toll-
free (866)334-3253 ext
832
www.cherokeevalleysc.c-
om Price: $59,900, 10%
down, balance financed
12 months at 4.24% fixed,
one vear balloon OAC



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Wanted in Taylor Creek or
'Rim Canal & Tr. Island In
any cond. 772-370-6252


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Mobile Homes Rent i'015
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PARK TRAILER 30'
Water front. Large Florida
Room. Furnished. $800
(865)924-9228
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PARK TRAILER 32' With Fl/
rm, C/A, Small Adult Park.
Furn. $12,000 863-467-
8830
Rent To Own, Mobile
Home, 2BR/1BA, incl. Ig.
lot. Low down payment,
bad credit ok, 2 miles from
Lake Okeechobee boat
ramp. 859-494-6713.
RIVER BEN RV PARK 2br,
1 ba, Front/back porch
screened. Down sizing.
Must sell! (863)357-1430.
SINGLE WIDE 1993:
2 Bdrmrn., 1 Ba. $2000
(239)657-4614



Recreation



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


Airboat Motor, 220 Ground
Power, w/all accessories,
except for prop, $2500
neg. (863)634-6005
ANGLER, 1977
17ft., 70hp Johnson
$2400
(863)902-0316
BOAT, 14 Ft., Aluminum w/
trailer, Johnson 0/B,
Seats, Trolling motor.
$1200 (863)763-6069
BOAT, 15 Ft. Fiberglass w/
trailer, 40 hp Evinrude, and
trolling motor. $550.
(863)763-6069
BOAT DOCKAGE $200 Mo.
safe, private & affordable
located near the Ortona
Lock off of the Caloosa-
hatchee River
(863)675-7080
BOAT, V-Bottom, 12 Ft. Alu-
minum w/6 tip Suzuki eng.
& 1 yr. old trailer & more.
$850 (863)357-2405
DECK BOAT, '92
26ft, with trailer, $7000
(863)675-4691

Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108
JOHN BOAT
14' & trailer. $475.
Call (863)675-6214
after 6pm.
KAYAK, 16', blue & white, 1
seater, $500 or best offer.
(863)673-1574

Outboard Boat Motor, '01,
Merc. 25' hp, elec. start,
ext. warr. til 3/06, $2100.
(863)697-1645
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PONTOON1 20'- new
trailer, new floor and
carpet, hardtop, '86 70hp
Johnson motor, call for info.
$4000. (863)674-1105.

RANGER CHEROKEE BASS
BOAT, '95- 90hp, fully
equipped, Ranger Trailer,
excellent condition, $6500
So. Bay, Fla (561)213-
6103.
TROLLING MOTORS (2) -
new, never used, controls,
$425. (561)622-0736

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V HULL, w/trailer, com-
pletely gutted, trIr in great
shape. No titles & no mtr,
$2000 (863)697-6054


ANGLER, Fleetwood '97
15 ft. Sips. 4, w/bath, appl.,
solar charger & roof A/C.
$2000 (863)467-7081

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

DODGE MOTORHOME '78
23' good cond.
$1500
(561)310-6611

MOTORHOME '89 37', not
licensed in FL. Good cond.
only 45k mi. $6000
(561)310-6611

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



EVINRUDE MOTOR '77
6hp. Short shaft.
Exc. cond. $400.Neg
863-467-1960

EVINRUDE MOTOR '83
7.5hp. Short shaft.
Like new $425.Neg
863-467-1960

EVINRUDE MOTOR '92
70hp, 20" shaft w/pwr trim
controls. Like new $2500
Neg 863-467-1960
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JOHNSON MOTOR '85
70hp, 20" shaft w/pwr trim
controls. exc cond $1200
Neg 863-467-1960
Outboard motor
10 Horse power
Mercury $300
(801)673-6926
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.

TROLL.MOTOR- 12/24 volt,
42" shaft, works good,
needs bracket repair, $35.
(863)763-1997.


HONDA XR70 2003
Dirt Bike, Good starter bike
for kids. $1000 firm.
(863)634-9259
KAWASAKI '77 750 AM/FM
Cass, leather Saddlebag,
runs good. $1500 or best
offer (863)452-6561

YAMAHA VIRAGO, '85
looks good, been in
storage, $650
(863)902-0316


YAMAHA BADGER '01
4 wheeler 80 3spd.
$1600 or best offer
(863)697-1396


Pioneer TRL. '05 30' load-
ed, in Okeechobee mint
cond. $14,000 moving
must sell (754)581-4948


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


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

CHEVY BERETTA '95,
Red, Auto, runs Excellent,
130k, 38 MPG Hwy.
$1875. (863)763-6591.
CHEVY CAMARO,
'91, T-Tops, Runs
good. $2500.
(561)996-4473.
FORD ESCORT
'96, Good condition.
$900.
(772)359-5144.
FORD TAURUS 1989
$700 or best offer.
S(863)447-0384

GRAND AM '92
$500 or best offer
(863)467-6122

LINCOLN TOWNCAR, '94-
Signature series, 122K,
ood cond, moon roof,
3500 (570)241-4388.
MERC TOPAZ '90, For
parts only $500. or
best offer. You haul.
(863)983-4154.
NISSAN MAXIMA '92
runs good must sell
$2500 or best offer
(863)697-1600
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CHEVY PU, '68- stepside,
8ft bed, rebuilt trans, driv-
en daily, rare model,
$6000. (863)697-6433.
DATSUN 280ZX '83 Looks
& runs new. Cherry red
metallic. 2 Seater. T-Tops,
AT. $3900 863-763-6069


OLDS CONVERTIBLE
D88 '67 455 Eng.
used daily driver
$3995 (863)674-
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. Or best
offer. (863)634-0936.
CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $600. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
CHEVY TAHOE BLAZER '91
runs good will trade for
pick up $1700. or best of-
fer (863)763-0072.
CLASSIC JEEP CHEROKEE
'85 runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
(863)763-0072.
JEEP CHEROKEE, '95-
158K, Country Edition,
Looks good, runs good,
.$2000 (863)763-5760.
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 or
(863)763-2063.
Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


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

FORD 8 LUG RIMS- 2005,
factory chrome, $200 for
all (863)634-3262.

FORD TEMPO, 90- 4dr,
good body, needs trans, &
minor work, $200 neg.
(863)946-0206.
MOTOR & TRANSMISSION
350 GM. Very Good
condition. $400.
(239)839-6149.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CARL GILBERT SCHRACK
Deceased.
PROBATE DIVISION
File No 2005 CP 022
Division Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Carl Gilbert Schrack deceased
whose date of death was december
4. 20041. and whose Social Securi-
ty Number is 274-30-3863. is
.'-i'.n'i .;! the Circuit Court for
.. County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division the address of vhich
is 304 NW 2nd Street, room 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
required to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTIE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF
ACOPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM
All other creditors of the decedent
i i ... .,-, I, ..i.;,' ,, i ... ...
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH INI
SECTION 733.702 0 F THE FLORI-
DA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOR-
EVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO 2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is February 23, 2005.
Personal Representative:
Darrell Phillip Schrack
13101 SW 200 Terrace
Miami, Florida 33177
LAW OFFICES OF
MARTIN LEVINSON
Attorneys for
Personal Representative
11533 SoLuth Dixie Hwy.
Miami, FL 33156
(305)238-0482
loida Bar No. 046964
556179 ON 2/23;3/02/05


RIMS & TIRES 13" chrome
spoke rims plain tops &
key $600 or best offer
(863)697-1396
RIMS Low profile. 4 lug.
Came off a Honda Civic.
205/45ZR16. $250.
(863)532-8158.
SUPER SWAMPER BOG-
GERS (39.5 x18x15) &
RIMS- for Ford, 8 lug $800
(863)634-4104.
SVGA MONITORS (2) 17".
. $50 for both, will sep.
(863)467-5500


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
IN THE INTEREST OF: CASE NO. 2004-DP-013
M.E.B. DOB 02-14-04
Mother of the minor child
Yvonne Brege
TO Father of M E B Fransisco Pneto
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS
RELATIVE TO M E.B. A FEMALE CHILD. BORN ON THE 14TH DAY OF
FEBRUARY, 2004. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE COUNTY OF ST LU-
CIE, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT. JUVENILE DIVI-
SION IN THE ABOVE STYLES COURT LOCATED AT
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL. 34972
AT 1 30 P M ON THE 28TH DAY OF APRIL, 2005 FOR HEARING AND TO
SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PETITION SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECI-
FIED. YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD
NAMED IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY,
ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL THERE-
OF. THIS 8TH DAY OF MARCH, 2005
KATHLEEN ARNOLD
DEPUTY CLERK
559873 ON 03/10, 17, 24, 31/2005


TIRES (2)
225x75/15 good tread
will sell $25 Firm
(863)467-7953
TRUCK TOPPER, 2 yrs. old.
White. Fits '99 Ford 250.
$1200 (863)763-5519

TRUCK TOPPER
L-88/2/ w-60/2
$25
(863)697-8547


CHEVY 1981 2WD, 350
motor & trans. $600 for
parts or whole. (863)801-
6182

FORD RANGER. '88- not
running, many new parts,
needs injector, $500.
(863)599-0996.
FORD RANGER '95
5spd. good cond. $2500
(863)357-3413

SUPERCHIP #2705-fITS
2001-2003 GMC Truck w/
6.6L' Duramax Diesel
Eng.$250 (863)484-0207


BRONCO II '88
2.9L good cond.
$800
(863)467-5621 after 7pm


CHEVY CONV VAN, '90-
123K mi, exc cond, $3000
firm. (863)467-6469.

FORD HIGH TOP VAN '89,
Runs & Looks good. A
couple of issues. $1200.
(863)467-1077.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CDBG DISASTER GRANT
and
STATE HURRICANE RECOVERY HOUSING FUNDING
and
FEMA HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a
three-part public hearing to obta n public input on upcoming funding
sources for 2004 hurricane recovery The public hearing to discuss these
programs and potential projects will be held
March 24. 2005, 3:00 p.m., in the Commission Meeting Room
(103), County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972.
Persons requing special accessibility assistance should contact tne
County Administrator s office telephone 763-6441 Persons interested
in developing affordable housing are especially encouraged to attend



meet the highest priority needs
1. Disaster (Hurricane) Community Development Block Grant
Okeechobee County can receive $4,375.000 from a special congres-
slonal CDBG appropriation, to be administered by the Florida Department
of Community Affairs (DCA) The application deadline is April 4,2005
. .1 3es of these funds ,,. .......
r '.,,,.;, housing site devel .......i i .
economic development and commercial revitalization, when the needs


plant, stormwater management, and possibly street paving for affordable
housing, and demolition of dilapidated vacant structures.
2. State Hurricane Recovery Housing Fund
Governor Bush has proposed an allocation of state funds to be used for
various housing needs that are related to hurricane recovery. The funds
been not appropriated by the Florida legislature. However, the draft pro-
gram includes a potential allocation to Okeechobee County of approxi-
mately $7,000,000 for housing activities that would be eligible under the
rules of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. Under
the current program draft, the program is likely to require an emphasis on
home ownership, and a requirement that a majority of funds benefit low
income persons (80% of area median), including very low income (50%
of area median) persons. There will likely be a set-aside allocation to
meet needs of extremely low income persons (30% of area median in-
come) and for planning. Eligible fund uses include rehabilitation and re-
placement of owner-occupied or rental homes, new home development,
and emergency/transitional housing.
3. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
This is a FEMA program that provides matching funds for projects such
as replacement/repair of public facilities that have been damaged, con-
struction of stormwater facilitiesto prevent future flooding, and buyout of
owner occupies homes that have been repetitively or severely damaged
and reconstruction n the same site would not be cost effective. Eligibili-
ty for funding includes a requirement that the cost of the project must not
exceed the cost of the benefits/savings
561505 ON 3/17/05

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
i. : I,- -, ,i ,i 1 .' ,.i r 373, Florida Statutes, the
A.,n. ,,-,j :. ,h, ,,.,u I I... .... i h ., .. 1 .. .received for projects) in
Okeechobee County:
Prime Rate Inc. (Okeechobee Estates aka Prime Rate Ranch) 401 Miracle
Mile, Ste 302, Coral Gables, FL 3134, has submitted Application
050210-1 for an Everglades Agricultural Area Works of the district Per-
mit. The water will be discharged to Fish Slough and the project is located
in Sections 29,32, Township 34 south, Range 34 East.
Prime Rate Inc. (Okeechobee Estates aka Prime Rate Ranch) 401 Miracle
Mile, Ste 302, Coral Gables, FL 33134, has submitted application
050208-3 for modification of Environmental Resource Permit 47-00464-
P for 900.58 acres of residential lands. The water will hop riisrharqPi tn
Fish Slough and the project is located in Sections ... i
South, Range 34 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a wnt-
ten request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency ac-
tion regarding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, Attn. Environmental Resource Regulation, PO Box
24680, West Palm Beach. FL 33416-4680, but such comments or re-
quests must be received by 5.00 FM within 21 days from the date of pub-
lication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A
copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of
further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request
an administrative hearing regarding the proposed agency action by sub-
mitting a written request therefore after reviewing the staff report.
561378 ON 3/17/05


Community Events

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 ses-
sion 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 FRN number. For information, con-
tact Joan Robbins (KG4YEJ) at (863) 467-3037 or
godfirst@strato.net.

Peace Lutheran Church Easter Week schedule
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 NW 23rd Lane, will be having sev-
eral special services Easter week. On Maundy Thursday, March 24,
there will be a supper at 6 p.m. followed by a service at 7 p.m. The
following day, Good Friday, there will be services at noon and 7:30
p.m. The church will sponsor an Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m.
followed by a breakfast. Bible Study will be held at .9:15 a.m. on
Easter Sunday followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m.

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 infor-
mation, call (863) 467-0070.

Fundraiser planned for Bobi O'Neill
A fundraising barbecue for Bobi O'Neill will be held March 26
beginning at 11 a.m. at the ROC, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. For informa-
tion, 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
information, 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
Saturday, 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 activi-
ties for the entire family.


Church selling peanut butter Easter Eggs
The Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th St., is beginning
their annual peanut butter Easter Egg sale. Our large eggs sell for
$3.50. They are decorated with flowers, or you can have a name
written on them. Our small eggs sell for $1 each and are decorated
with a flower. To place an order, call (863) 763-4654 or (863) 357-
0415. Place orders in advance and the order will be delivered to
your home or office. Orders will be taken through March 26.


4-H plans car wash
The Spurs and Saddles of the 4-H club will be having a car wash
on March 26, from 9 a:m. until 3 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
This car wash is a fund-raiser so please come and support your area
youth and leave with a great clean car!-


Airboat club to meet
Big Lake Airboat Club, Inc. will have their meeting March 26,
from 9 a.m. at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in Moore Haven. After the
meeting we will be going for a run to Observation Island and have
lunch, bring your own. We will then take a ride towards the Mon-
key Box and around. Anyone interested in possibly joining the club
come on out.


Easter musical/drama to be presented
The Okeechobee Church of God is presenting "All the Earth Will
Sing Your Praises", an Easter Musical/Drama. This program depicts
the days leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The
program will be performed on Good Friday March 25 at 7 p.m. and
Saturday March 26, at 7 p.m. Come and celebrate the Easter story
with us. The church is located at 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. behind the
McDonalds on S.R.70 East. For information, please call (863) 763-
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Safe boating class to take place
Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding a boating safety class on March
29 at the civic center. For information, or to pre-register call (863) 467-
3085.

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, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" -
Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had Wings" -
Connie Fowler. If you have questions or would like more information,
call Jan Fehrmatn at (863) 357-9980.

Hospice yard sale aids patient care
Your Hometown Hospice will be holding a yard sale on Thursday,
March 31, from noon until 3 p.m. on Friday April 1. The sale will continue
on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, 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 Avenue. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee.

"Signs for Jesus" to be presented
The Payne Family children proudly present "Signs for Jesus, an
expression of love for Jesus through drama that the hearing as well as the
hearing impaired will enjoy. "Signs for Jesus" takes place Sunday, April 3,
at 7 p.m. at the Living Word of Faith of Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrot Ave.
Everyone is invited. There is no admission but a love offering will be
taken. For more information, call (863) 763-6869. The Payne Family will
be here from April 1 through April 9 and will be available to perform for
other local churches as well. If you're interested in your church hosting
"Signs for Jesus" please call Living Word of Faith at (863) 763-6869.


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