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Vol. 96 No. 77 Friday, March 18, 2005 504t Plus tax


Brief
R.O.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
Cousins reconnect
their family tree
TWINSBURG, Ohio As
an adopted child, Debbie
Adams wanted to know her
past.
She found her biological
parents 25 years ago, but
decided not to stop there, trac-
ing her heritage back to great-
great-great-great grandfather
Reuben Stephens, a South
Carolina plantation owner.
Hundreds of miles away in
Leesburg, Fla., Bettye Stevens
Coney, had taken a similar
interest in her family's history.
The former school principal
traced her lineage to a slave
named Judy, who was owned
by Stephens and gave birth to
a child with one of his sons.
Judy's son, Daniel
Stephens, later became a free
man and from there two
branches of the Stephens fam-
ily tree, one black, one white,
diverged, only to be reunited
nearly 150 years later through
the Internet.
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Coalition: Discusses Lake O' water levels


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Retiring South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Henry Dean was
.presented a plaque for his "wise management of Lake Okeechobee and its concerned
estuaries" by members of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake
Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon.
Members of the coalition standing behind Mr. Dean are: (left to right) Glades County
Commissioner Alvin Ward, Okeechobee County Commissioner Clif Betts, Osceola
County Commissioner Ken Smith, St. Lucie County Comriissioner Joe Smith, High-
lands County Commissioner Edgar Stokes, Palm Beach County Commissioner Warren
Newell, Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard and Lee County Commissioner Ray
Judah, chairman of the coalition. The presentation was made Thursday morning at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center.

Coalition commends director


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Regulation of lake levels was
one of the topics of discussion at
Thursday's meeting of the County
Coalition for Responsible Manage-
ment of Lake Okeechobee and St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuar-
ies and Lake Wobrth Lagoon. Out-
going executive director of South
Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) Henry Dean, and
Colonel Bob Carpenter of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (COE),
Jacksonville District, were featured
speakers at the meeting that was
held at the Okeechobee County
Civic Center.
The coalition is made up of
county commissioners represent-
ing Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Lee, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades,
See Director Page 2


TDC OKs



fish tourney

By Pete Gawda In this area, crappie is com-
Okeechobee News only known as speckled
perch.
Sponsorship of a crappie Mr. Johnson said that Pro
tournamentwas a major topic of Bass Shops looked at a market
discussion at the Tuesday after- "long asleep" and for the first
noon meeting of the Tourist time in a long time big money
Development Council (TDC). prizes for crappie fishing is back.
The council also discussed sev- Mr. Johnson said that $20,000
eral other activities the TDC is was the minimum paidto win-
involved in, started considering was the miournaments. He
the next year's budget, wel- added that there were often
heard some good news con- additional prizes donated by
cerning the Scott Driver project. sponsors and he predicted that
Ed Johnson, chief operating in the near future the tourna-
officer of Pro Bass Shops Crap- ments would pay $100,000 to
pieMasters Team Tournarhent..$200,000. In addition, he
Trail addressed the council, explained the arrangement that
requesting $1,500 for promo- Bass Pros Shops has with Dream
tional hosting and advertising for Makers Outdoors to film the
a crappie tournament to be held crappie tournaments. He said
Jan. 14, 2006, on Lake Okee- that each tournament would be
chobee. shown three times on different
This 'tournament would be
the season opener. See Tourney Page 2




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Sianl pholo ,Pete Gawda
Former Okeechobee County Commissioner David
Hazellief was honored Thursday for his service as chair-
man of the County Coalition for Responsible Manage-
ment of Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosa-
hatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon. Mr. Hazellief
(left) was presented a plaque by current chairman, Lee
County Commissioner Ray Judah. The presentation
took place at the Okeechobee County Civic Center.


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

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Com ics ............7
Community Events ... .4
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Realistic conditions
On Thursday morning 18 firefighters representing the
City of Okeechobee Fire Department, Okeechobee Coun-
ty Fire/Rescue and Desoto County Fire/Rescue braved
heavy rain and thunder and lighting for some hands on
training in removing passengers from wrecked automo-
biles. The training was provided by a company called
Safety Solutions which provided real life scenarios for
training purposes.






2 The Okeechobee News, Friday, March 18, 2005


News Briefs

Kiss the Pig
donations sought
The annual Kiss the Pig contest
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 Chevro-
let, Brian Dryden Okeechobee
High School FFA Instructor, Wayne
Clark, retired agriculture 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 lead-
ership workshops at the Leader-
ship 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 Utility
board of directors; code enforce-
ment board -planning board-land
planning agency-board of adjust-
ments and design review board.
Membership of the board,
when possible, should consist of
architects, general contractors,
realtors, business persons and lay
persons. Terms are for three years,
and either city or county residents
may apply.
Applications can be obtained
from the Okeechobee City Clerk's
Office, 55 S.E. Third Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3372, ext.
215.
No member of a citizen board
shall be an employee of, or hold
any elective position of office with
the government of the City of Okee-
chobee or Okeechobee County.

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

Homebuyer's classes
are offered locally
OKEECHOBEE Homebuyer'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 information,
call (863) 763-5507, ext. 503:

Lotto jackpot
rolls over
.TALLAHASSEE .- No ,ticket
matched all six Florida Lotto num-
bers, meaning Saturday's jackpot
will be worth an estimated $6 mil-
lion, lottery officials said Thursday.
A total of 43 tickets matched five
numbers to win $6,592; 2,501 tick-
ets matched four.numbers for $92;
and 55,743 tickets matched three
numbers for $5.50.
The winning Florida Lotto hum-
bers selected Wednesday: 5-30-31-
36-41-43.


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Tourney
Continued From Page 1
TV outlets within 30 days of a tour-
nament.
Mr. Johnson said that there are
children's events at each tourna-
ment. These events are also filmed.
He said the fishing techniques
used could be spider rig, cast or
straight line.
The top 20 winners in this tour-
nament would be eligible to com-
pete in the national championship.
Mr. Johnson said that crappie
tournaments were a great way for
retired married couples to fish
together.
He was very excited about the
prospects for this tournament.
"We feel like we will have to put
a 300 boat limit on the tourna-
ment," he said.
Mr. Johnson spoke of the eco-
nomic impact on the community
such as the number of motel
rooms that will be booked. He said
the requested $1,500 goes back
into the community. In fact, he stat-
ed that these tournaments bring
$352,000 each into a community.
He said this money changes hands
three times in the community.
As an added benefit, Mr. John-


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Highlands, and Osceola Counties.
Colonel Carpenter gave an
overview of COE's operations, he
said his organization has three
objectives: supporting the econo-
my, helping fight the war on terror
and environmental involvement.
He said COE also provides engi-
neering support to other govern-
ment agencies.
During last years' hurricanes,
the colonel said COE provided
water, power to hospitals, tempo-
rary roofing and temporary hous-
ing.
The colonel said that COE is
dedicated to south Florida ecosys-
tem restoration. He said that seven
miles of the Kissimmee River
restoration have been done and
that the entire project would be
completed by 2011.
He discussed other COE proj-
ects such as aquifer storage and
Recovery, surface water storage and
storm water treatment areas.
The colonel said COE work is
done in sequence of five-year plans
and that the Indian River Lagoon
was one of their priority projects.
He discussed the Lake Okee-
chobee lake level regulation sched-
ule. The colonel said that in the
spring of 2004 there was temporary
deviation of the lake level regula-
tion schedule to allow for more
flexibility. By May 1, the lake was
down to 14 feet.
As it turned out, he said that was
good since the state was hit, with
four hurricanes.
By this May 1 of this year, he
pledged to have the lake level as
close to 14 feet "as God will allow
us."


son said that Okeechobee would
be featured in their 2006 catalog
that would be distributed in the 15
states that have crappie tourna-
ments. In addition, the next 12 TV
shows would talk about Okee-
chobee and there would also be a
commercial for Okeechobee on
the organization's web site.
Bait shop owner Gail Powers
called the event a "working man's
tournament", stating that nowhere
else could a fisherman get such a
great return for $75.
Ms. Powers talked about getting
elected state officials to come to the
event.
The council voted to approve
the requested $1,500.
The council also voted to pro-
vide $2,500 for promotion of the
ESPN/BASS 2005 Bass Federation
Southern Divisional State Team
Fishing Tournament scheduled for
June 11-18, 2005. Kathy Scott,
executive director of the Okee-
chobee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council noted that this
money would be spent for advertis-
ing in the state of Florida.
Ms. Scott discussed Waterfest
that is scheduled for April 2 and 3 of
this ,year. The event will feature
music and other entertainment.
She said 100,000 color brochures
will be printed to insert in newspa-


One of COE's priorities is main-
taining the'integrity of the Hebert
Hoover Dike.
He said the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Plan com-
ponents are the real drivers to help
us manage water.
Revising the lake level regula-
tion schedule to make it more flexi-
ble and more responsive to weath-
er conditions will require' public
review, expense and it will be a
long haul, the colonel predicted.
Mr. Dean, who is retiring after 30
years of government service, noted
there has been limited success in
the last five years on water quality
because of the condition of the
lake. However, he said progress
was being made with stormwater
treatment areas (STAs).
"We need to redouble our
efforts to put more funding toward
Lake Okeechobee restoration," he
asserted.
The executive director said the
SFWMD needed to do better on
' removing pollutants from water on
site before it reaches the lake.
SHe said SFWMD is dedicated to
design and construction of reser-
voirs to store water to keep it from
having to flow into the estuaries
and upset their salinity.
"There is no good solution
immediately. We need to move for-
ward with water treatment and
storage," he said
He noted that Wednesday's lake
level was lower than the level on
that date a year ago.
"I am committed to staying on
a temporary deviation schedule
and making pulse releases," he
added."
He said that on Wednesday
SFWMD instituted a 10-day pulse
release.
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pers and radio advertisement will
be used. She added that South
Florida Water Management District
is also sponsoring the event.
Ms. Scott said she is looking for
venders and crafters for the event
and that there is the possibility of
free airboat rides.
Ms. Scott noted that the county
commissioners had approved a
revenue account for TDC. Water-
fest funds could be kept in this
account as well as revenues from
other future TDC events. She noted
that the account could be used for
things where TDC funds could not
be used.
In another budget matter, Coun-
cil Chairman Clif Betts suggested
that all members study the present
budget and be prepared to offer
recommendation for the 2005-06
budgets at the next meeting.
He noted that four bids had
been received for the Scott Driver
project and that Sheltra and Sons
was the low bidder. He expected
approval of the bid at the next
meeting of the county commis-
sioners.
There was some discussion of
local motels raising rates for partici-
pants in TDC sponsored event
Lydia Jean Williams was intro-
duced as a new member to the
council.


He said SFWMD wants to pro-
vide the most reasonable lake level
regulation schedules while at the
same time working on STA and
water storage.
"We are fully committed to con-
tinuing land acquisition to the max-
imum," he said. However, he noted
that skyrocketing land prices were
a factor.
Mr. Dean discussed various
SFWMD projects..
He said that the best news of last
year's Lake Tohopekaliga draw-
down was that SFWMD was able
to work with landowners to store
water. He said the lake was down
to 12.2 feet in August after the
drawdown because of water stor-
age..
Mr. Dean suggested possibly
storing more water on private lands
in order to bring the lake level
down Without discharging water
into the estuaries.
Ken Lindahl, a member of
SFWMD's governing board,
pledged to keep up the momen-
tum started by Mr. Dean, after Mr.
Dean's retirement. He commend-
ed Mr. Dean for his leadership of
SFWMD, saying Mr. Dean was the
kind of man who said: "lead follow
or get out of the way."
Former Okeechobee County
Commissioner David Hazellief was
presented a plaque in recognition
of ,his service as chairman of the
coalition during his tenure as com-
missioner.
Dr. Raymond Jones, retired
botanist, urged lower lake levels.
He said that lowered and fluxuating
lake levels are best for the environ-
ment and for the economy.
Dr. Paul Gray of the Audubon
Society spoke in favor of legislative
appropriations for lake projections.


He said many submerged plants
were lost recently because of the
turbidity of the water. He urged
continued releases to bring the lake
down to 13.5. He said greater
releases might be necessary in May.
The coalition also passed a reso-
lution in support of adding a water
quality component to the C43 proj-
ect in Hendry County.
A planned field trip to the Taylor
Creek STA on Grassy Island Ranch
and the McArthur Dairy was can-
celled because of the weather. The
purpose of the Taylor Creek STA is
to treat 10 percent of the water
from Taylor creek by diverting it
into a 1.6 mile STA that parallels the
creek before returning the water
back to the creek. The objective is
to remove phosphorous.
The treatment system at the
Macarthur Dairy is one of 13 state-
- funded projects under the Phos-
phorous Source Control Grant Pro-
gram. The system diverts
wastewater from the barn through
a grit screen and a sand separator
to remove solids and then a chemi-
cal process provides water treat-
ment. The treated water is recycled
back to the dairy operation, while
the sludge generated in the process
is collected for future off-site use.


Winning Lottery
numbers
MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Wednes-
day in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3
4-2-5
Play 4
3-4-2-3
Lotto $3 million jackpot
43-30-31-5-41-36
Fantasy 5
33-1-26-2-6


Local man dies in


single vehicle crash
A 55-year-old Okeechobee Okeechobee were passengers in
man died in a single vehicle crash the vehicle.
in the 5,000 block of U.S. 441 N on The press release said the trail-
March 14. er's right side wheels left the road-
Maritin Cortes was flown to St. way causing the unsecured load
Mary's Hospital in West Palm to shift. When the load shifted it
Beach and died later that after- caused the trailer to continue
noon due to his injuries, down the shoulder, and begin to
According to an Okeechobee rollover. The weight of the trailer
County Sheriff's Office press lifted the rear of the truck causing
release by Corporal Paul Ferrell, it to rollover onto its side, said the
the vehicle, a 1990 Ford utility press release. Cortes was riding in
truck was traveling northbound the rear of the truck and was
on U.S. 441 pulling a trailer. The ejected onto the roadway. The
vehicle was driven by Dionicio other three occupants who were
Rodriguez, 25, of Okeechobee. riding in the truck were treated at
Cortes, Tommy Lewis, age 53, the scene, said Corporal Ferrell's
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Lake is topic of Rotary meeting


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Guest speaker
The Okeechobee Historical Society heard County Judge
Shirley Brennan speak at their regular monthly meeting
on Jan. 17. She took office in 1995 becoming the first
elected female Judge in Okeechobee County's history.
She has two other "firsts", the first woman trial attorney
and the first female in the Public Defenders Office. Since
she has been in office she has been especially interest-
ed in the problems associated with domestic violence,
child truancy and juvenile delinquency, working many
hours with elementary, middle and high school students.
This work, including establishing the Truancy Court Pro-
gram, has brought her statewide recognition.


By Bennett Yeilding
On March 15, Rotary had as its
guest, Missie Barletto, lead inter-
governmental/outreach special-
ist, for South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD). Miss
Barletto spoke about Lake Okee-
chobee and various projects con-
nected with conservation efforts
affecting the Lake. She asked the
Rotarians if they knew how many
football fields it would take to
cover the lake. No one came
close. The answer is 500,000! The
lake is shallow at only about 10
feet average depth. The lake
serves many purposes; it is a
water source, recreation center
for fishing and boating, and a nav-
igational route, provides flood
protection and habitation for
wildlife. It is a main water basin
for the Kissimmee River and chain
of lakes north of Okeechobee.
Prior to 1926 the lake was
unencumbered. That is to say it
was not. restricted in any way
from where its surface might
wander. Then the devastating
hurricanes between 1926 and
1928 killed 2,500 people living
close to the lake. After inspection
by then president Herbert Hoover,
it was decided to build a partial
dike to retain the water. Construc-
tion began in 1930 and was com-.
pleted in 1937. As a result of
another major hurricane in 1947
work was begun to complete the
dike. No major damage has
resulted from the lake waters


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Courtesy photo/Bennett Yeilding
Missie Barletto, lead intergovernmental/outreach specialist, for
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) was the
guest speaker at the Rotary meeting that was held March 15.


since that time. The dike held
tight even with the hit last Sep-,
tember of four major hurricanes.
Ms. Barletto. shared several
issues about the lake. The high
water issue gets hot with the issue
of when and where the water can
be released. The next concern is
the exotic species of plants that
present problems of maintaining


good ecological balances in the
lake. The third, and perhaps the
most major of problems is one of
nutrients, specifically phospho-
rus.
Back in 1967 scientists became
concerned about the dramatic
rise of phosphorus in the lake.
Depending upon whom you talk
to there is a variety of opinions


about why the phosphorus is so
high. Barletto explained that this
question is a very difficult one and
she said that the basic problem is
the shallowness of the lake.
Winds and other actions of nature
move the water stirring the sedi-
ments on the bottom, especially
in the lake center. This sediment
prevents light reaching the bot-
tom of the lake preventing quality
vegetation from growing. With-
out the vegetation there is nothing
to hold the sediments down, so
the cycle starts over. This contin-
ued action allows the phosphorus
to accumulate instead of being
processed thru a natural cycle.
She added, there were other rea-
sons for increased phosphorus
levels in the lake.
The SFWMD plans 50 years
out regarding the lake and sur-
rounding area. The primary con-
cern is that we in South Florida
have enough drinking water in
years to come. As we currently
release, on an average, 1.7 billion
gallons of lake water into the
ocean each day,. storage and
future use become very impor-
tant.
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had to cut short an outstanding
presentation. We thank her for
being our guest. How about you,
isn't it time you joined Rotary?
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noon at Golden Corral. See you
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Obituaries


Carrie Bell McDowell
Carrie Bell McDowell, age 78,
of Okeechobee, died March 10,
2005, at the Okeechobee Health
Care Facility. She was born on-
March 30, 1926, to Tom and
Luvina McDowell, in Americus,
Ga. The family moved to Okee-
chobee in the early years of her
life, where she received her basic
;education though the Okee-
chobee school system.
She was preceded in death by:
:her parents; three brothers, Bel-
'ton McDowell, Alfred Nelson, and
Shepard -Johnson; and, sister,
Susie Mae Johnson.
She leaves to cherish her
memories: two brothers, Tommie
Lee, and J.R. McDowell; two sis-
ters-in-law, Emma and Jewell-
;McDowell; two nieces, Alta Faye
$Blair (Ernest), Peggy Ann John-
son; 27 great nieces and
nephews; and, a host of loving
,cousins and friends.
SFuneral services will be held
;on Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m.,
4t The Bethel Baptist Church with
,the Reverend L. F. Camel officiat-
ing.
, Funeral services are entrusted
,o The Camel Funeral Home of
Belle Glade. Interment will follow
'at Evergreen Cemetery.
Jessie Irene Pless -
: Jessie Irene Pless, age 79, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
,March 16, 2005, at JFK Medical
'Center in Atlanti. -She was born
March 10, 1926, in Thorburn,
Canada. Mrs. Pless had been a
resident of Okeechobee for 13
years. She enjoyed playing Bingo.
I She was preceded in death by:
her husband, John Theodore
Pless; and, sister, Margaret Haley.
Survivors include: her daugh-
ter, Debra (Ted) Osowski of Okee-


chobee; sister, Alice (Lloyd) Bre-
denbeck of Springfield, Mass.;
brother, John Fraser of Stellarton,
Canada; and, granddaughter,
Amy Irene Borne of Jacksonville..


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What about Halliburton?
"This is Tuesday, regarding Give it to the Democrats. The
Republicans should be the ones giving up. They should put half of
them in jail. You got your Vice President who use to be the head
honcho of Halliburton who is now and they have cheated us out
of millions and millions and now they are talking about us paying
them back. I think they should pay it back and shut the whole
thing up."

No comparison
"To the guy who was pounding on the Democrats. Sure Bill
lied, it was his personal business. George is accused of lying about
the nation's business. Look at the national debt, then compare it
with Bill's."

Relation of Dr. Kevorkian
"The judge that wants to pull the plug on Schiavo must be
related to Dr. Kevorkian. What he went to jail for is just about the
same thing. I am not a Bush fan, but I applaud Jeb for trying to
save her. At least one Bush has character."

Privatization'
"Suppose you had 20 years of your Social Security money pri-
vatized in a corporation such as Enron? W. hasn't said a word
about that."

Why not at the Ag Center
"Why in the world was the Ag Center not used for the Joe
Nichols concert? Guess we are just going to leave that area empty
and never utilize it huh? How many different functions have we
had out there since it was built, three or four, not many I can tell
you. And why wasn't there more advertising for the concert? I
heard about it two days before."

Paint balls and gas theives
"I am just reading about the gas thieves and the paint ball min-
istry. I think the gas thieves should be should by the paint ball min-
istry Christians and they would have to listen to their sermons.
Anyways, to get down to it, make everyone prepay for gas. It is so
easy, everyone is starting to do it and they should all do it."

Ban the FCAT
"My daughter is in the 10th grade and she is taking the FCAT.
This FCAT is so stressful on these kids. They time these kids on this
test. You don't get timed in life; you shouldn't be timing these kids.
Give them enough time to finish the test. We never had FCAT and
this country got to be great without it, we are the greatest country
in the world and it was without this test. We should get rid of this
test and maybe even Governor Bush and maybe then we would
be under a lot less stress and can pull this off the market."

Ramp is inaccessible
"Can anyone tell us why the city marked off all the handicap
spaces in front of the United Methodist Church? They built that
beautiful ramp and now the wheelchairs have no access to get up
to the ramp, cause there is no place for them to park. There are a
lot of people that use that ramp and nowwe can't get to it."
Unlicensed contractors
"I am wondering how long OkeechoBde is going tdcallow unli-
censed irrigation contractors to continue to operate? We have
called the county commissioner and he doesn't bother to call us
back to discuss this matter. Do we need to call Tallahassee before
they do something? They don't let anyone else work without a
license, butt any Tom, Dick or Harry put in a sprinkler
system. These people need to pull permits and be licensed just
like'everyone else, even in other towns. If we are going to grow,
we need to grow in the rightway."

Parades are always downtown
"This is in response to the person that wants the parade down
town. This person must be from Canada or somewhere outside
the United States. Because every town in the United States cele-
brates with their parades downtown. So if they don't like it they
can leave."

Slow down and save a life
"The posted speed limits on these local highways is the maxi-
mum speed allowed, not the minimum. And it is the maximum
under good condition, so slow down, the life you save maybe
your own."

Parade
"I have lived in Okeechobee for 20 years and the parade has
been at the same place, at the same time, on the same Saturday,
every year. Anyone who lives here should know when the Speck-
led Perch Festival parade will be and. at what time. It never
changes. So if you don't want to be tied up in traffic, make other
arrangements. The festival is in the park and the parade brings
people to the park. It would be silly to have the parade anywhere
else."






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Letter to the Editor


Good Samaritan
Last Thursday night, around
10 p.m., my husband fainted in
Wal-Mart's. To our friends and
customers, he spent three days
in the hospital and they found
nothing wrong. Thank you for
your concern.
I want to thank the staff at
Wal-Mart, as well as the people
On the Ambulance for how con-
siderate and efficient they were.
But, mainly, with this letter I
want to thank the unknown
stranger.
With Norm lying uncon-
scious on the floor, I knew that I
would not be capable of doing
what was needed and simply
started screaming for help,
which came running.
Looking behind me, I saw a
man approaching, Cell phone in
hand. I asked him to call 911,
and he was already doing it.
Then, he came to my side and


knelt beside me with a hand on
my shoulder.
Norm was being well assisted
by others, but this man stayed by
me doing nothing but being
there. He did not know it, but
with my health condition, his
presence helped me to stay calm
and to keep my dangerous
blood pressure under control.
He stayed there until the EMT's
had taken Norm away, and then
made sure that I was alright to
drive to the hospital alone.
I truly believe that had I not
felt him there, like a guardian
angel, that I would have ended
up in a hospital bed right beside
Norm. I want him to know how
much his kindness meant to me.
Who ever you are, I hope you
read this. I cannot thank you
enough.
Mignon Coors
(Mrs. Norm Riley Norm's
Lock & Safe)


Upcoming Events


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 becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come
and see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tick-
ets 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 meet-
ing.provides networking opportunities for women in business and is
open to the public. No membership is required. For information, call
Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjury-
lawyer.com.

Saturday
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers
will meet.at the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
N.E Third Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will
beat Habitat work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable
clothes suitable for working. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office on U.S. 441 S.E. It
is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and
other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or
psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church. It will be a closed discussion.

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour. It will be an open step meeting.

Monday
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or to
schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okee-
chobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin
at (863) 467-2321.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at The Gathering in the con-
ference room for a weekly 12 step recovery and support group meet-
ing for women overcoming chemical dependency. For information,
call (863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m.at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one 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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invited.
For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For information,
call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life, located at
1902 S. Parrott Ave.. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is
located next to next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help
group that offers support and education for people who have been
diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis.
Republican Club meets at Fat Boy's Restaurant with dinner at 6
p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited. For infor-
mation contact Gail Powers at (863) 357-6525, or Joe Arnold at (863)
357-6507.



Crime Prevention Tip
Do not leave your car keys in your vehicle when stopping at a
convenience store even for a quick stop.


Community Events

Collaborative council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly
meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the Freshman Cam-
pus Auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the meet-
ing is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and
share information regarding services for children and their fami-
lies. Guest speakers will be Jack Frost, from the Hibiscus Chil-
dren's Center, and Dr. Brenda Garma, psychotherapist. The public
is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000,
ext. 257.

Lunchbox Lecture series continues
The parents, providers and the public are cordially invited to
attend a Lunchbox Lecture featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda
Garma, Ph.D., LMHC, on March 22. The lecture will be on adoles-
cence and sexual boundaries. The free lecture will be presented at
the Red Cross office, 323 North Parrott Ave., from 11:30 a.m. until
1 p.m. You are asked to bring your lunch, but beverages will be
provided. Lunchbox Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnan-
cy Prevention Task Force and sponsored by the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition. Upcoming lectures will focus on sex edu-
cation for teens/parents, sexual predators, adolescence and sexu-
al boundaries, and techniques to use for children that are self
mutilating. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the lectures will
begin promptly at noon. For information, call the Healthy Start
Coalition Office at (863) 462-5877.

Radio Club sponsors testing session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing
session for all classes of amateur license at Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center, 7200 U.S. 441 N., on March 23. Testing will start at 7
p.m., and will be held in the conference room. The fee is $14 per
test session and $14 for a retake. You must bring: any existing
amateur license; a photo I.D.; $14 cash, or check made out to
"ARRL VEC"; and, if you have a license your FRN number. For
information, contact Joan Robbins (KG4YEJ) at (863) 467-3037 or
godfirst@strato.net.

Peace Lutheran 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 charac-
ters come to life in this portrayal of the Last Supper of Christ. For
information, 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 activities 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 decorat-
ed 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 park-
ing 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
Monkey 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) 763-4127. '


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 Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980.






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Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
will hold their fourth annual
Kid's Day benefit bass tourna-
ment on March 20 at the Okee-
Tantie Marina.
Boats will take to the water at
safe light and return for weigh-
ins at 2 p.m.
The entry fee into the team
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 restau-
rants; or, by contact Bill at (863)
763-2926.
The total payout will be for
the top six places, and first- and
second-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. Sec-
ond big fish will receive $150.
The remaining 30 percent
will be used to help fund the
club's 20th annual Okeechobee
Kid's Day Fishing Festival to be
held later this year.
Team Trail slate
announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-.
ment 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 allbe
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on the
day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-
1020.


OCRA meets
each month
The regular monthly meet-
ings of the Okeechobee Citizens
Recreational 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.coin; or contact
Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr., media
director, at (863) 824-0899.
Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission will revise the
method in which hunters may
apply for regular ,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
Licensing System (TLS) at
license vendors statewide or
from their website MyFWC.com.
For 'information, contact
Eddie White of the FWC at 850-
488-8573, ext. 17336.
Bass tourney
slated for April 2
The Okeechobee-Contractors
Association will host a bass tour-
ney on Saturday, April 2 at the
Okee-Tantie Campgtound and
Marina. Boaters will take to the
water at safe light and return for
weigh-ins at 3 p.m. Fiist place is
guaranteed $1,500. There will be
six places paid and also a big
fish award. Registration is $120
lier boat (teams of 2) and is non-
refundable. This fee includes a
$5 per person Big Fish. Proceeds
will go toward youth-oriented
projects. For further information
call Ron Schmidt at 634-7361 or
Tony Stark at 634-7895.
Headturners3.com
hosts new bass trail
Headturners3.com .has
announced its new one-
man,one-boat,one-day bass
tournament trail beginning on
April 24. The kick off event for
this new trail will take place on
Sunday, April 24 at Roland and
Mary Ann Martin's Marina and
Resort in Clewiston. Information
is available on their website at
www.headturners3.com.


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Men's Championship
Alabama forward Kenny Winston (3) dunks Thursday,
March 17, in Cleveland during the first round of NCAA
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, March
18, through Thursday, March 24,
are as follows:
Theatre I "Robots" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7and 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, 7and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Boogeyman" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7and9 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


You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
gram. It's a proven life-changing
program that provides four-year
college scholarships to deserving
sixth and ninth graders in local
communities. The mentor meets
with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-
4786.
Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House looking for volunteers to
work with our adolescent boys. If
you have any free time or talents
you'd like to share please call
Shelly Batton at (863) 357-0047.
Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt thr.eatns you, talk \x ith
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. In Palm Beach
County 434-2544 or 1-800-330-
2227, exit. 108.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of N.W
Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate
yourself, using 486 audiocas-
settes, including audio books,
plus Christian romances and 575
videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report,
programs for men, women or
children, a craft project or a Sun-
day school lesson. Easy to use
because we use the Dewey Deci-
mal System, the same as school
and public libraries. As a private
library we can and do preview
our media. Currently the library is
staffed Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m., Wednesday evening 6 to 8
p.m. Contact Doris Entry at 763-
4021.
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday
from 10 a.m. until noon, adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole
Reservation, Brighton, Adults
basic. education/GED, Tuesday
and Thursday from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson
Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday and
Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 a.m.
until noon; El Centro Santa Fe,
115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship
class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9
p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 6
until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elemen-
tary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English
as a second language classes,
Tuesday and Thursday from 6
until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St., English as a second lan-
guage, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.


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CHEVROLET CO.
Has an immediate opening
for the position of Title
Clerk/Contract Processor/
Inventory Control. Experi-
ence preferred. Must be
detail oriented and be able
to multi-task. Fax resume
to 863-763-1744 or apply
in person at the reception-
ist desk M-F, 9-5.
No phone calls
please.
EOE/DFWP.
Homecare Medical Co.
seeks F/T Driver Service
Reps for the greater Okee-
chobee area. Must have
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 ASSISTANT
FT/ Experience a MUST.
Call Chris @
863-634-0211


Office Manager
needed for pre-cast
concrete manufacturing
plant in South Bay, Flori-
da. Must have strong
Microsoft Word and
Excel skills and
HR experience.
Bookkeeper
Peachtree System, A/P,
A/R, payroll, through
trial balance. Willing to
train prior bookkeeping
knowledge required.
Please fax resume to:
David 561-992-5052
or email to:
davidsmith@
supranos.com
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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'evrvy other
weekend required
(863)763-9658


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Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315


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



Services




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


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




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





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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials 5410
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins.'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.-Video 580
Crafts, Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment u fm20
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps.Lights 640
Luggage 6-15
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,
Equipment 665
Pets,Supplies'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television.'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER: 05 3
Ton Package Unit w/Heat.
Never installed. $1150.
(954)309-8659


AIR CONDITIONER- 31/2
Ton, Coleman, AC/Heat
unit, exc cond, $500.
(863)610-0575.


AIR CONDITONER- '94, 31 V
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
HALL TREE- orig finish, oak,
1920's, mirror, bench
seat, umbrella stand, $375
(863)467-9413.
JUKEBOX
Wurlitzer, 1945 edition)
$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)1763-4746..
REFRIGERATOR Sears,
Kenmore Side By Side.
25 cu'. Exc. cond. $600.
(863)675-2010.
REFRIGERATOR Side-by-
* side w/ice 21 cu' Sm up-
dright Freezer & Elec Stove
$500 863-763-191'9.
REFRIGERATOR- Sears, al-
most new, w/ice maker,
white, 5' tall, $250,
(863)763-4746.



REFRI*RATOR
AND STOVE
good condition'
S$150 for both
wi ll 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
Sbike, 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'-
$12,000
(561)310-6611



MOBILE HOME WINDOWS
(3) 24"x52" $36 or will
sep. (863)357-7065

SENCO ROOFING Coil Nailer
scv4 or % box 1A roof
nails used for 12sq. $350
neg (863)763-3679
WINDOWS (2) White,
single, hung, 521/4Wx493/4H.
$70 for both, will sep.
(863)763-6216



Car Seat, Jumperoo
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 & 2 End Ta-
bles, Glass & wrought iron
6 mo old, $350. 863-697-
1702
COFFEE TABLE
Oak & glass top Octagon
shape w/matching end.
$100. (863)467-1619.
COUCH & COMPUTER
CABINET Brand name ,
"This End Up" Exc. Cond.
$700.-(239)353-0936.
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.
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
YOUTH TWIN SIZE CAPT.
BED- 3 drawer, bkcase
hdbd, like new mattress,
$75. (863)763-6757.



GOLF CART 4 seater w/
truck bed Good tires/
battery/charger Dependable
$1250. 863-697-2033.
YAMAHA Golf cart in exc.
cond. $1450
(863)763-2407 &
ask for Howard



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 lbs. Ap-
prox. /2 full of gas. $100
firm. (863)467-9506



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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.
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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



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



BEAGLE, Male CKC reg.,
first shots, vet certified,
ready to go, $375.
(863)634-2424.
BEAGLE PUPS CKG
3 Male w/Health Certificate
& first shots $400 pc.
(863)763-2755 Iv. mess.
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.



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 700W
amp. $900. 863-697-2423

STEREO SPEAKERS
(1 pair) For home system.
170 max watt, 12", 3 way.
$50 (863)467-5500


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$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 441 N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.
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helps you understand the
world around you. No
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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 Fl/
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 910
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered B25
Farm Supplies'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 84I)
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850C
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 860
Seeds 'Plants.
Flowers 865


APHA PAINT GELDING
2 years old. Will be big.
Train your way. $2000.
(863)763-3631.
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
11 HP riding mower
engine $25 works good
(863)357-0872
LAWN MOWER Ronsoine,
Diesel eng 54" dut, 21 HP,
Hyd. drive, Extra blades
$1000 863-467-0613
LAWN MOWERS Mu1iay,
Craftsman, Snapper, 'Rid-
ing & push (5) $150 Inlm-
mokalee (863)674-0098
Riding Lawn Mowers, (5),
needs wbrk, $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 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos '
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960


BRAND NEW- From floor to
ceiling 2/1, w/small extra
room, in town, $850/mo
FLS, (863)634-3604.
EFFICIENCY APTS
All utilities paid
except phone. Furnished.
Adult Community.No Pets.
Sec. Dep. req'd. (863)
357-2044 9am-5pm.


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


Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Wall Units

These versatile do-it-yourself wall units are an ideal
way to make the most of valuable display space. Any
number of the two units may be combined to take
advantage of any floor plan. Both units measure 78
inches tall by 16 inches deep. The unit on the left
measures 30 inches wide, and the unit on the right
measures 36 inches wide.

Wall Units plan (No. 648)... $8.95
Bookcases Package (No. Cl 18)
Three other projects. $21.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) .. $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)


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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 Illand for
RENT. $1,000/Month.
First/Last and $600
Security. No pets
please.


Pippin Properties
Realty

863-763-3566


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Business Places -
Sale 10 IC
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 10"0
Houses Sale 1 J25
Hunting Property ':030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale !04u
Lots Sale 1015
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 106,6
Resort Property -
Sale 10T
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront PropertylO, i)



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



BACK ON THE MARKET
2BR/2BA W/in house
pool located @ J & S
fish camp on lake
Okeechobee today re-
duced to $140,000
(772)597-6158 or
954-801-6158


How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive mar-
ket? In the employment
section of the. classi-
fieds.
Time ,to clean out the attic
basement and/or garage?
Advertise your yard sale in
the classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


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



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


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 20051
Mobile Home Parts ij010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



ON WATER Primrose park
furnished $500 mo. call
Vicky 863-763-8711




PARK TRAILER 30'
Water front. Large Florida
Room. Furnished. $800
(865)924-9228


PARK TRAILER 32' With Fl
rm, C/A, Small Adult Park.
Furn. $12,000 863-467-
8830


RIVER BEN RV PARK 2br,
1ba, Front/back porch
screened. Down sizing.
Must sell! (863)357-1430.


SINGLE WIDE 1993:
2 Bdrm., 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, wall accessories,
except for prop, $2500
neg. (863)634-6005
ANGLER, 1977
17 ft., 70hp Johnson
$2400
(863)902-0316
BOAT, 14 Ft., Aluminum w/
trailer, Johnson 0/B,
Seats, Trolling motor.
$1200 (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 hp Suzuki eng.
& 1 yr. old trailer & more.
$850 (863)357-2405
Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16 ft.,
$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

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PONTOON OA, 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

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


ANGLER, Fleetwood '97
15 ft. Slps. 4, w/bath,appl.,
solar charger & roof 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







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FORD VAN '82,
V-8, 3 spd on the floor.
Good tires & motor. $600.
Neg. (863)673-2327.
GMC MOTOR HOME '76,
27', 400 cu" eng. Good
tires, New starter. Dam-
aged $800 863-673-2327
MOTORHOME '89 37', not
licensed in FL. Good cond.
only 45k mi. $6000
(561)310-6611
TOYOTA SIENNA MINI VAN
'02: Moonrf., Leather, re-
mote sliding doors, dual
front/back A/C, roof rack/
carrier, tow pckg. w/elec.
brake & receiver. Warran-
tee transfer. 50 K mis.
$22K (772)461-1023

TRAIL LITE 2001, Bantam
21 Ft. Tandem, Sleeps 6,
self contained w/bath, hot
water, A/C, screen rm.
Asking $8K w/weight dis-
tribution hitch/anti swai.
$8.6K. (772)461-1023




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

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


HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA
CLASSIC '00 many extra
$18,500 or best offer 863-
634-5753 call 24/7

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


FRANKLIN,'05- 38ft, self
contained, 2 slide outs.
Washer & Dryer, Loaded,
$22,900, Will deliver. Prev
owner non smoker & w/no.
pets. 954-483-1322 Cell


Automobiles

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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 402?0
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Chrs 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4 EO
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


CHEVY BERETTA '95,
Red, Auto, runs Excellent,
130k, 38 MPG Hwy.
$1875. (863)763-6591.
CHEVY CAMARO,
'91, T-Tops, Runs
godd. $2500.
(561)996-4473.
FORD ESCORT
'96, Good condition.
$900.
(772)359-5144.
GRAND AM '92
$500 or best offer
(863)467-6122

LINCOLN TOWNCAR, '94-
Signature series, 122K,
good 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


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


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.
ISUZU PU, '92- for parts,
has engine and trans,
$150. (863)467-0561.

MOTOR & TRANSMISSION
350 GM. Very Good
condition. $400.
(239)839-6149.
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


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-8812/ w-601/2
$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.

DODGE VAN, '85- blue,
runs, AC, heat, needs gas
pedal, $150. (863)467-
0561.


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


Public Notices

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Public Notice 50)05
State Public -
Legal Notice 55.)Xl



REQUEST FOR BIDS
Vehicles
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) will receive Sealed Bids, for
the purpose of purchasing at least
one of the following vehicles.
One Ton Regular Cab truck with
utility body -140" wheel base
One Ton Regular Cab truck with
utility body 160" wheel base
One Ton Regular Cab truck
with Cranemaster body
Detailed specifications are available
upon request from the office of the
Executive Director at 100 S.W. 5th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34974-4221, telephone number
863-763-9460, fax number 863-
763-3746. The OUA reserves the
right to reject any or all proposals
and to waive formalities in any bid
wherever such rejection or waiver
is determined to be in the best in-
terest of the OUA.
The Sealed Bids must be delivered to
the Executive Director's office, lo-
cated at Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, on or be-
fore 3:00 PM on April 5, 2005.
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
561403 ON 3/18/05

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man's treasure. Turn
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NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold
a public meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 @ 3:30. The public meeting
will beheld at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at
the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2od Street, Okeechobee,
Flonrida. For more information, contact Vickie Trexler at the Planning and
Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, (863) 763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing
Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will
be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of
backup for official records of the Department.
Vickie Trexler, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
559887 ON 3/18,27/05


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Church hosting yard sale, dinner
Old Regular Baptist Church, 201 S.W. 10th Ave., will be having ayarc
and bake sale with dinner on March 17,18 and 19 from 8:30 until 4 p.m
Dinners are $4, and you can eat in or take out. Deliveries are available
within the city limits for a small charge. The delivery of five dinners oi
more is free. Thursday dinner will be pinto beans and rice, fried chick
en, mustard greens and cornbread. Friday's dinner will be steak anc
gravy or smothered chicken and two vegetables, roll or cornbread. Sat
urday's dinner will be spaghetti with meat sauce with corn, salad, rol
or garlic bread. For information, call Wanda at (863) 357-0326.

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

Casino Night aids March of Dimes
The March 0' Dimes Casino Night will be held March 17 from 7 unti
11 p.m., and will be hosted by :08 Seconds, 3751 N.E.. Fourth Trail


There will be snacks, a cash bar and live entertainment. To take part,
you must be 21 years of age. There will be no monetary winnings, but
there will be prize giveaways. Event sponsorship is $250 and table
sponsorships are $150. A donation of $25 is requested. All proceeds go
to the March of Dimes. For information, contact Sharon Johnson at
* (863) 634-6241 or Jennifer Busbin at (863) 697-1701.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale March 17-19
- from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will be held at the Hospice of Okee-
, chobee 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
t 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 promote your busi-
, ness and we all love a gift giveaway. For information, call Robin Delga-
do at (800) 299-8878.


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Agriculture in the classroom
Joanna Sherman read 'How Groundhog's Garden Grew'
by Lynne Cherry to the first grade students in Vicki
Kennedy's class at Central Elementary School. Thursday
was Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Day.


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