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Seminole school
survives FACT
The students in Mrs. McDon-
nough's reading and math class-
es were all present to take the
FCAT tests. One surprising com-
ment from most of the students
was that they actually enjoyed
taking the tests. To reward them
for their great effort, the fourth
grade classes had a read-in and
indoor games on Friday. We like
to thank Mrs.- Dixon and the
whole school for boosting our
confidence. Special thanks also
*goes to Ms. Guthrie for the spe-
cial treats which she sent to our
classrooms.
Page3

Spartans, BulldocFs
advance to semis
MINNEAPOLIS Rene
Haynes saved top-seeded Michi-
gan State from an embarrassing-
ly early exit from the NCAA tour-
nament,
Haynes came out of a wild
scramble with the ball and made
a layup with 2.9 seconds left, giv-
ing Michigan State a 61-59 victo-
ry over eighth-seeded Southern
California in a second-round
game Monday night.
The Spartans, 30-3 after their
14th straight victory, will face
Vanderbilt on Sunday 'in the
semifinals of the Kansas City
Regional.
Lindsay Bowen led Michigan
State with 19'points,'including
four 3-pointers in the second
half. Her final 3 gave the Spartans
a 59-56 lead with 37.3 seconds to
play, but Southern California (20-
11) tied it on Brynn Cameron's 3
with 21.7 seconds left.
Sports, Page 7
am el
proor ited
for inno vition
TALLAHASSEE One of the
programs of the Florida Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
has been named a semi-finalist
by Harvard University for being
one of the most creative, for-
ward thinking, results-driven
government programs in the
country, announced Secretary
AnthonyJ. Schembri.
Harvard's program is the
prestigious Innovations in Amer-
ican Government Awards-
often referred to as the "Oscars"
of government prizes. DJJ's pro-
gram is now in the top five per-
cent of 'all the programs nomi-
nated and is one of 50 eligible to
win one of six $1 00,000'grants.
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Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee raised over $1,000 as participants of a rhath-
a4hon with the money to benefit St. Jude's Hospital. Participating in the math-a-thon is:
(front row) Nathaniel Bean and James Bell; (second row) David Womble, Brianna Spier
and Maddle Bean; and, (back row) coordinator, Cathy Womble.



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Index
Classified ........ 15-17
Comics ............... 14
Community Events ..... 4
Crossword .......... 15
Obituaries ........... 3
Opinion ............. 4
Speak Out ............ 4
Sports .............. 7
TV ................ 16 *
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Previous discussions only
served to cloud the issue. The
county's land development reg-
ulations, adopted in the early
1990s, prohibit issuance of a
building permit for a lot that is
not on an improved private or
public road. However, at the last
commissioner's meeting Coun-
ty Attorney John Cassels noted
that there are thousands of lots
on unpaved roads.
Also at that meeting, housing
official Bill Royce admitted that
the road situation is a "hodge-
podge". He noted that the coun-
See Issues Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
From the looks of their
agenda, the morning session of
Thursday's bimonthly meeting
of the Okeechobee County,
Board of County Commission-
ers will be taken up with rou-
tine matters, unlike their after-
noon session.
Thursday afternoon commis-
sioners will once again take up a
thorny issue they have wrestled
with at their last two meetings
- the isuance of building per-
mits on parcels without
improved road access.


- Sam Smith, pr&ost of the Indi-
an River Community College
(IRCC) Dixon Hendry Campus,
has been presented with the 2005
Indian kier Community College
Ambassador Award for his out-
standing service to IRCC and the
community
For the past 14 years, the IRCC
Ambassador Award-has been pre-
sented to a member of the faculty
staff or administration who active-
ly and effectively represents IRCC
in the community and serving as a
goodwill ambassador for the col-
lege.
Mr. Smith launched his career
as an elementary school teacher
and vas named Okeechobee


Teacher of the Year in 1977-78. He
was recognized for his caring atti-
tude and personal commitment-to
studentsuccess.
In 1979, he was promoted-to
assistant principal of Okeechobee
Elementary School and for the
next 18 years served as principal in
the Okeechobee School District.
Russ Brown, current principal -
of Osceola Middle School, was the
assistant principal to Mr. Smith
when Osceola Middle School first
opened.
"Sam was an outstanding
mentor and role model to me per-
sonally. As an zdministrator.he
was caring of all the students no
matter who they were or where


they came from and demanding
of his teachers to be their best,"
said Mr. Brown. "He created a pos-
itive, safe atmosphere for students
and teachers alike in any school
that he was affiliated with."
. Mr. Smith Was promoted to
assistant superintend6nt for
Instruction and Human
Resources for the Okeechobee
School District in 1998.
But, he never lost touch with
his students or their families. It was
not unusual to find him at, the
Back to School Open House at
Okeechobee High School shaking

See Award Page 2


organization would conduct
training sessions at that church.
Mr. Frost -also spoke of the
need for legislative funding to
support children's programs.
He stated that a 37.5 percent
increase in state funding is nec-
essary to bring Okeechobee
County and District 15 to equity
with other districts in the state.
. Anyone interested in the
Hibiscus Foster Parent Training
Program should call 1 (800) 403-
9311
Dr. Garma, who said that she
was a clinical sexologist who
works in the areas of sexual dys-
function and sexual disorders,
followed Mr. Frost. She said Mr.
Frost would not have as many
problems in placing children if-..-.
there were more sex education.
She noted that the amount of
money and time spent to moni-
tor adult sex offenders is much
See Homes Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Jack Frost, 'of the Hibiscus
Children's Center delivered
some chilling statistics to mem-
bers of the Community Collabo-
rative Council Riesday about the
need for more local foster homes
nd foster parents. .
Mr.. Frost, along with Physio-
therapist Dr. Brenda Garma,
addressed the group at Aheir
March 22 meeting.
Mr. Frost spoke of the dire
need for foster parents in Okee-
chobee County He said that in
2004, almost 6 million children
in the U.S.. were referred 'for
alleged child abuse. In addition,
in Florida,. he said over 16,000
abused children need foster
homes.
In Okeechobee County; there
are over 800 verified child mal-
treatment cases, he said. Of that
number, 248 are under the care


of the Florida
Department
of Children
and Families
(DCF). Anoth-
er 21 of these
abused chil-
dren are in
foster homes
in the county.
Mr. Frost Jack Frost
said there are
13 active foster homes in the
county. However, 40 of Okee-
chobee County's at-risk children
are in foster homes outside the
county away from their
friends and churches because
there are not enough active fos-
ter homes.
"We need at least 20 new fos-
ter families," he asserted.
Mr. Frost urged council mem-
bers to get the word out about
the need for foster. families.
He said if six families in a
church wanted to volunteer, his


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Cake decorating class
The- Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee cake
decoratingr class show off their final examsl The stu-
dents are: (front row) Stephanie Perera, Karen Cortez,
Brianna Spier and Rebekah Nettles; (second row) Sarah
Hall, Katlynn Lawrence, Anna Grace Hall, Amber Walker
and Rebekah Hall; and, (back row) Instructors, Kimber--
ley and Cathy Womble.


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News Briefs

Tax rebate .
deadline nears
OKEECHOBEE --The Property
Appraiser's Office, 19cated in the
Alderman Building at 307 N.W Fifth
Ave., has applications available foi
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.

Homebuyers 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) 768-5507, ext. 503.
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larger than the amount of money
and time spent to monitor juve-
. nile offenders.
In spite of the recent head-
lines, Dr. Garma stated that only a
small percentage of sexual
offenders actually kill children.
She also works with sexual
offenders to recommend place-
ment.
She called sexology an emerg-


ing science.
She noted that medial doctors
only have 10 hours of sex educa-
tion and that is an elective. There-
fore, she said most doctors are
not trained to handle sexual disor-
ders.
Another area in which Dr.
Garma works is clinical manage-
ment of sexual trauma. She men-
tioned the necessity of courses in
sexually transmitted diseases for
parents and educators.
Dr. Garma said we have failed
in stressing the importance of sex


education to children. For more
information, Dr. Garma suggested
the website of the Sexual Infor-
mation and Education Council of
the United States at
www.siecus.org.
In another matter, Sharon Vin-
son spoke of the need for public
transportation for the elderly for
shopping and medical visits. She
noted that public transportation is
very expensive.
One suggested remedy was for
various organizations to fund
transportation to their activities.


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ty right-of-way near the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club on
U. S. 441 N, which serves several
o home sites, is not even a shell road.
In addition, two other topics
from previous meetings are sched-
uled to be brought up at tomorrow
afternoon's session alternate
- roadways and the policy for reser-
vation of county recreation facili-
ties.
At their last meeting, commis-
S sioners held a lengthy discussion
on possible routes to bypass the
City of Okeechobee. Mr. Royce was
asked to bring maps that are more
detailed to the March 24 meeting.
Also at the last meeting, County
Administrator George Long pre-
S- sented commissioners with a draft
policy for reservation of county
q ^facilities. Commissioners were
____ asked to study it and bring their


comments to this meeting.
In addition, afternoon discus-
sions are scheduled to discuss re-
allocation of space in the old court-
house and a draft indigent burial
policy.
At 3 p.m., commissioners have
.scheduled a public hearing to
receive comments on funding
sources for 2004 hurricane recov-
ery programs and potential proj-
ects.
Among the morning's business
is consideration of bids on the Scott
Driver Lake Okeechobee Scenic
Trailhead Project.
In other business, the commis-
sion is expected to:
consider final plat approval
for the Bridalwood Ranches subdi-
vision located on the east side of
Berman Road, north of Quail
Woods;
amend the budget to allow
for $60,940 remaining from a
Homeland Security grant last fiscal
year to be carried over to this fiscal


year;
consider a proposal from
General Physics Corporation to
provide certain emergency man-
agement planning, exercise and
training services at a cost of
$50,876.93;
purchase right-of-way main-
tenance equipment and mowing
equipment for the road mainte-
nance department;.
replace a copier for senior
services;
approve a charge for non-resi-
dents to use the library's comput-
er;
recognize the Harmony in the
Streets Wellness in Nutrition Day
Camp sponsored by the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office as a
county-government activity;
appoint one member to the
Heartland Library Cooperative
Governing Board; and,
review proposed drainage
improvements on S.W. Third Ave.


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S -.. hands and encouraging his former
students, or at any number of athlet-
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Lee Dixon, assistant superinten-
dent of schools. "Whether the stu-
dent is 4 or 40, he is there to help
them."
In 2000, Mr.. Srr)ith joined IRCC
as the provost of the Dixon Hendry
Campus. Mr. Smith is an active
speaker on behalf of IRCC's Speak-
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Active in many community
activities, Mr. Smith is a member of
the Early Learning Coalition for
Okeechobee and Martin counties;
serves a8 vice chair for both the
Okeechobee Executive Round-
table and Shared Services Net-
work; and, serves on the Okee-
chobee United Way board of
directors.


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Central Elementary looks forward to Spring Break

First Grade da Tinsley, Maggie Escamilla, shapes, solid figures and patterns. Marc Boscico, Nikki Kieffer, and much. Come to Field Day, it wrill the music of Tchaikovsky which
Frederick Bradley, Kyle Jones, We are graphing "Who Believes in Mackenzie Fountain, be a lot of fun. has many fast and exciting
We would like to congratulate Disan Hernandea Sofia Medra- Le
hcerp auns" and learning multi- sounds.


all the first graders on their hard
work and all their gains in learn-
ing! In math,
we have been
studying frac-
tions, addi-
tion and sub-
traction up to
20, and start-
ing to learn
about money.
Our reading classes have been
practicing many new skills and of
course we are reading, reading,
reading! We were very crafty
with our shamrocks and our lep-
rechauns for St. Patrick's Day!
Students of the Week are: Bran-
don Hunt, Emilea Hullett, Aman-


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no, Ashley Boland, Karina Cam-
pos, Matthew Lanning, Ashlee
Hagan, Juan Martinez, Albrianna
Baker, Rachel Williams, Sabino
Martinez, Elizabeth Johnson,
Kara Adams, and Makayla
Underwood. Happy Birthday to:
Amer Elhindi, Jonathon
Boromei, T'ari Karratti, Alexis
Muller, Aaron Rodriguez, Gerar-
do Garcia, D'Anna Wilson.

Second Grade
For March, second grade
learned about St. Patrick's Day,
creating shamrock and lep-
rechaun writings, and haiku's.
In math, we know our plane


plication and division readiness.
In science, we are describing
objects by using all our senses to
see, hear, taste, touch, and smell.
We are also learning how rain-
bows are formed. Do you know
what ROYGBIV means? ROYGBIV
stands for the seven colors in a
rainbow: red, orange, yellow,
green, blue, indigo, and violet in
order. The colors are created
when sunlight shines through
drops of rain.
We are practicing for Field Day,
and looking forward to Spring
Break! Congratulations to our Stu-
dents of the Week: Leslie San-
tibanez, Tristan Hernandez-Walls,


RE.
We at Central ,are getting
ready for "Field Day". Field Day
will be April 1st. We want to
invite all the parents to come.
You can participate with your
child in the three-legged race. I
want to thank a number of busi-
nesses that have contributed
their time or product to field day
so we can have some events.
Gator Feed has given us sacks
throughout the years. Tires Plus
gave us some used tires for the
"Soil Away" event. Bill's. Shoe
Repair sewed some socks
together for a "Double Sock
Race". We appreciate it very


Music
The fourth graders at Central
are doing a great job on their
recorders. They have learned the
notes B A G E and they can play
several songs. Parents: don't let
your child fool you they can play
more than just: "Hot Cross
Buns"!
The first graders are excited to
be learning rhythmic notation.
They have been exploring long
and short sounds and playing the
drums to reinforce the concept.
The second and third graders
have been learning about
accents, fermata and other musi-
cal symbols. They are enjoying


Media
Central's readers have done it
again! They've reached the
10,000 point mark in AR, which
earns them a Teacher Switch
Day. Some of the teachers will be
trading classes to teach a lesson
(how do you think the 5th grade
teachers will do with Kinder-
garten?). Several students have
already "Read Their Way Across
the USA"! Congratulations to
Steven Russo, Nicholas Kielbasa
and Elizabeth Hans. Those stu-
dents that earned a Pizza Party
with a friend will be enjoying
their pizza after Spring Break.


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Obituaries


Edith 'Gar' Sampson
Edith 'Gar' Sampson, died
Sunday,. March 13, 2005, at her
home in Basinger. At her side
was Harvey 'Big Daddy' her lov-
ing husband of 37 years.
She was born on Jan. 27,
:1918, one of
hine children
born to
William T.
'and Ona E.
(Harrison)
Patton of
Adger, Ala.
PShe is sur- ... ,
yived by: sis- Edith
ter, Mae Sampson
:(Alvin)
Adkisson of Lake Placid; broth-
er, Horrace Patton of Culver
City, Calif.; son, Jan Doyle of
Guam; daughter, Patsy McKen-
zie of Virginia Beach, Va.; two
Stepdaughters, Martha Faye
,(David) McGregor of Long-
wood and Patricia Sampson of
Gainesville; a foster son, Cal
(Wanda) Minkler of Pottstown,
'Pa.; 15 grandchildren; step-
grandchildren; several great-
grandchildren; and, many
nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by:
'sisters, Dorothy (Leo) Hyyti,
Ruby Jo (Carol) Chancey, Nettie
(Woodrow) Allison;' brothers,
Robert (Faye) Patton, Roy
.(Isabell) Patton, Grady (Lila
Dell) Patton; and, one stepson,
HarveyW. Sampson, Jr.',
Mrs. Sam'psobT's faMtily had
many that served as teachers
including five of her siblings
and her parents who taught at
the college level. She received
her master's degree in educa-
tion from Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity in 1969 and was retired
from the Alabama and Florida
school systems. Mr. and Mrs.
Sampson also home-schooled
many students from the
Basinger area from 1974
through 1984.
Mr. and Mrs. Sampson were
married on Sept. 3, 1968, by
Rev. Ernest Sikes at the Gate-
way Baptist Church in Miami,
where she was a charter mem-
ber. Mr. and Mrs. Sampson
served faithfully at whatever
church the Lord sent them. Mrs.
Sampson taught Sunday
school, .sang in the choir and
played the church organ. She
'enjoyed visiting the shut-ins, lis-
tening to gospel music, caring
for her faithful Chihuahua dog,
'Louie' and bird watching. Mr.
and Mrs. Sampson lovingly
cared for 32 foster children
from 1974 through 1984, many
of whom still visit when they
sare in the area.
The family would like to
'express their sincere thanks
,and appreciation .to the Okee-
chobee community, including
friends, neighbors, and doctors
{who have helped and support-'
Sed us through the years. The
, 'family is asking that flowers not
tbe sent to them, but be given to
someone else who needs
,encouragement and a blessing.
SNo services will be held and
:care has been given to Bass
'Funeral Home of Okeechobee.


Charles R. Gleason
Charles R. Gleason, age 84,
of Okeechobee, died Friday,
March 18, 2005, at Okeechobee
Health Care Facility. He was
born March 10, 1921, in Thur-
man, W.Va. Mr. Gleason had
been a resident of Buckhead
Ridge. He served in the U.S.
Navy during WWII aboard the
destroyer USS Kline. He retired
from National Airlines as a lead
mechanic, and enjoyed fishing
and traveling. Mr. Gleason was a
member of VFW, Masonic
Lodge and Shrine Club.
Survivors include: two
nephews, Sherman Eugene
Gleason of Delaware and
William R. Gleason, Jr. arolyn)
of Shrewsbury, Pa.; and, niece,
Roxanne Gleason of Baltimore,
Md.
There will be no visitation or
services. Interment will be in
Sunset Memorial Park in Beckly,
W. Va. All arrangements are
under the direction and care of


the Buxton Funeral Home and
Crematory.

Shirley C.
Higgenbotham
Shirley C. Higgenbotham,
age 68, of Belle Glade, died
Monday, March 21, 2005, at
Hospice of Palm Beach County,
in West Palm Beach. She was
born Dec. 2, 1936, in Ellijay, Ga.-
She is survived by: her hus-
band of 49 years, Robert B.
Higgenbotham; son, Robert L.
Higgenbotham, both of Belle
Glade; daughter, Sharon Wood-
ham of Pensacola; brothers,
James C. and Howard Cantrell
of Okeechobee; and, sister,
Betty Jo Cantrell of Nioda,
Tenn.
Then will be no visitation or
services.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


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June 9, 1980 March 23, 2003
1 m Free
Don't grieve for me for now I m free.
I'm following the path God ha; laid iou see.
I took Hik hand when I heard Him call.
I turned m\ back and lett it all.
I could not staN another da\,
To laugh, to lo\e. to work, or pla\.
Tasks left undone mut sta% that i a\.
I found that peace at the close of the da\.
If m\ parting ha.; left a %oid,
Then fill it ,.ith remembered io\s.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh yes, these things I too i ill miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorro%%.
I wish \ou the sunshine of tomorrow.
NI\ life's been full. I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loied one's touch.
Perhaps m\ time seemed all to briet.
Don't lengthen it no% with undo grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.
God wanted me now; He set me free!
s5adlliIu II.d bii
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.V.ew-6e lose someone we love, It seems that time stands still.
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IgIQ$AgfQ ,04imore day... One more word... One more touch...
* {rWemay'not understand whyyou left this world so soon.
S Or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye.
But little by little, we begin to remember
S Not just that you died, but that you lived.
: And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
We will see you again someday,
In a heavenly place where there is no parting.
A place where there are no words that mean good-bye.
Happy 2nd year in Heaven.
We love and miss you very much.
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Taxi Service
"I think it's nice of our new sheriff to provide free taxi service
for his paid employees. The only thing wrong with that is it's
being paid fro by the taxpayers of Okeechobee. This is not the
first time that this employee has been taken to and from work in
patrol vehicles that should be used for other purposes like pro-
tecting the citizens of Okeechobee."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted Sheriff Paul
May about your concern and were told he is not aware of the
issue to which you refer. He asks that you contact his secretary
at (863) 763-3117, ext 231, and make an appointment to meet
with him and he will investigate the issue. ")


Skate Park
"My husband and I are sitting at the skate park. There are
about 25 kids down here and only one helmet. Why doesn't the
county have someone down here monitoring this park? Is it going
to take one of these kids getting their heads bashed in to have
someone monitoring these kids? When we asked about it, we
were told to mind our own business." Editor's Note: Thanks for
calling. We made some phone calls with your concerns, and
Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Director Darrell Enfin-
ger issued.the following written response. "The Okeechobee
Skate Park was made possible by efforts and contributions from
the Okeechobee Contractor's Association, Communities In
Schools (CIS) and Okeechobee County. The contractor's associa-
tion and CIS solicited donations from the community tb build the
park and the county provided the land for its construction. From
the onset, CIS committed to provide supervision for the park on
weekday afternoons and weekends. Since opening, in addition to
the time that CIS manned the facility, we have offered unsuper-
vised hours from 8 a.m. until CIS' arrival (or dusk), in order to
increase the hours available to skaters. During unmanned hours,
participants were expected to comply with the rules including
the mandatory helmet rule on an honor system. Despite spot
checks'and repeated warnings from city police, county deputies,
Citizens on Patrol, CIS and county staff the majority of skaters
simply refuse to wear their helmets in the absence of supervision.
It is unfortunate that the privilege of extended park hours has not
been worth adherence to the rules by so many of the patrons,
resulting in us now limiting the hours of operation available to all.
Therefore, effective immediately, the park will be closed and
locked unless CIS staff is present on the premises. CIS has provid-
ed their revised schedule for manning the Skate Park/Concession.
New park hours will be: Monday Closed; Tuesday-Friday, 2:30
until 6 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and, Sunday -
noon until 5:30 p.m. The Skate Park will be closed on holidays,
and park hours may change with the Okeechobee County school
schedule. If you have any questions, call the Okeechobee County
Parks and Recreation at (863) 763-6950.


Unsafe Boating
"First, let me say that we are locals and not northerners. My
husband and I have been fishing at the mouth of the Kissimmee
where you basically take your life in your own hands. Other
boaters do not slow down when they approach, nor do the air-
boats. They go full speed within 25 feet of other boats that are
anchored. Yesterday, the high wind and the speeding boats
caused our boat to rock and dip so badly I had to get Dramamine
- and we have a pontoon boat. Several of the men out where we
were kept hollering for them to slow down, but all they got was
the finger. We are very surprised that no one has been hurt or
capsized especially with the airboats that come by one right
after the other and cause the water to get extremely rough. I
understand they have as much right as I do to be out there, but I
believe they need to get farther away from the people trying to
fish. Could you please impress on the public to think about the
safety of others when they are boating in ANY area."


Needles
"I just saw a commercial on TV where they were shooting a
hypodermic needle into a woman's lips, and I don't understand
how they can show needles going into someone's lips, arms or
body parts. I don't think it is right."


Lighten Up
"I think it is terrible for the residents of Okeechobee to criticize
us northerners who are down here fishing. They ought to be
thankful that we bring our boats and our money down here and
spend our retirement winters speck fishing. We may catch a few
extra fish and freeze them to take home with us, but that only
spreads the word up North that this is a great place to come fish.
With all the baby-boomers retiring, Okeechobee will be full of us
snow birds and our wallets for years to come. So lighten up Okee
residents."





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Letter to the Editor


Farm subsidies
If President Bush's recent pro-
posal to cap farm subsidy pay-
ments at $250,000 had been in
effect in 2003, less than 1 percent
of Florida fanners receiving
checks from Uncle Sam would
have lost a dime.
Why? Because only 23 farmers
in Florida received federal farm
support payments larger than
$250,000 in 2003. Of the state's
10,700 farm support recipients
that year, the top 20 percent got
87 percent of the money, or about
$44,000 each. The rest averaged
just $1,700 each.
Once a helping hand for strug-
gling family farmers, Washing-
ton's $17 billion-a-year farm pro-
gram has become a gravy train for
large corporate farms. Nationally,
only 3,393 farmers in 2003 out
of 1,836,536 farm subsidy recipi-
ents received more than
$250,000.
The more acreage a farmer
has in the heavily subsidized
crops cotton, rice, peanuts,
corn, wheat and soybeans the
bigger will be the payments. Two
recipients in Florida Larry
McArthur in Bascom and Charles
Roland in Greenville hit the
jackpot for more than $500,000
each in 2003. Crops generating
the biggest subsidies in Florida
were peanuts at $28.3 million and
cotton at $16.7 million.
In 2003 the great majority of all
U.S. farm subsidy recipients -
numbering 1,470,664 got
checks averaging less than $2,000
each. But payments to big farm
operatives, the'top 5 percent or
91,916 recipients, averaged
$91,000 a whopping 45 times
more than the little guys.
For every dollar American tax-
payers gave to each small family
farmer, $45 went to the big boys.
How many Americans realize that
their tax dollars are going dispro-
portionally to big corporate farm-
ers?
To keep this tax spigot wide
open, corporate farmers are
counting on help from their
Washington guardians and a fed-
eral watchdog that sleeps a lot.
Within hours of the White
House announcing it wanted to
-limit federal farm payments, Sen.
Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chair-
man of the Senate Appropriation
Committee, and 100 farm groups


were reportedly "gearing up to
fight the White House proposal."
Mr. Cochran told the New York
Times: "Frankly, I don't think any-
one in the administration really
thought Congress would go along
with this."
Big farmers, and their allies on
Capitol Hill, apparently take their
tax supported handouts for grant-
ed.
President Bush is also propos-
ing to do away with the so called
three entity rule a loophole
used by farmers to triple their raid
on the U.S. Treasury. Under cur-
rent law, a "person" eligible for
subsidies includes an individual
as well as corporate, partnership
and trust entities. A "person" can
receive payments as an individual
and as a member of two entities,
or as a member of three entities.
The U.S. Department of Agri-
culture is the federal watchdog in
Washington charged with enforc-
ing this rule and making sure only
eligible farmers get paid. But in
2004 the U.S. General Account-
ability Office found that the
"USDA is not effectively oversee-
ing farm program payments...
and does not ensure that only eli-
gible recipients receive pay-
ments."
GAO added that large farms
form complex supplier, grower
and buyer networks that are
"structured as one or more part-
nerships, each consisting of multi-
ple corporations that increased
farm program payments in a
questionable manner."
While President Bush's pro-
posal is a step in the right direc-
tion, it does not go far enough.
Continued government interfer-
ence in the agricultural market-
place will do more harm than
good.
There is simply no reason why
American taxpayers should go on
fattening the coffers of wealthy
corporate farmers. Uncle Sam
should step aside and let the mar-
ketplace sort out the winners and
losers in Florida and elsewhere.

Ronald Fraser, Ph.D.,

(Editor's Note: Ronald Fraser
writes on public policy issues for
the DKT Liberty Project, a Wash-
ington-based civil liberties organ-
ization. Write him at:
fraserr@erols.com.)


Upcoming Events

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It
will be a closed discussion.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will
meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member
is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is available at Dunklin Assist-
ed Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information call (863)
467-2321.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census; IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For
information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
ABWA Charter Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Angus Restau-
rant. All members are urged to attend. Individuals interested in joining
may call (863) 467-2888, or attend our monthly meeting.
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.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Fel-
lowship Hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial. Everyone is
invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
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.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are 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.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at
7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church.
For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-
2480 evenings. If you know. of someone that might need this group;
please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives
will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
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.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For informa-
tion, contact Mery Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863)
467-9461.




Crime Prevention Tip

Upon change of address, you must change your driver's
license within 10 calendar days.


Courtesy photo/Susan Moreland
Looking Back ...
Left to right are Tracy Williams, Stephanie Moreland,
Dana Goolsby and Rhonda Clay who were local twirlers
in 1980. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee
area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our read-
ers? Bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107
S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.



Community Events

Main Street to meet
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold its monthly general
membership meeting at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S.
441 S.E. Okeechobee, on Wednesday, March 23, at noon. This
meeting is open to the public. For information, contact Lydia Jean-
Williams, executive director, at (863) 863-357-MAIN.

Healthy Start to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, March 23, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at
575 S.W. 28th St. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of
a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and
implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens inter-
ested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for
babies in Okeechobee. For information about the coalition, please
contact Executive Director Leslie Spurlock 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, contacftJoan Robbins (KG4YEJ) at (863) 467-3037 or
godfirst@strato.net.

Church hosting special Easter services
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, will be having
several special services during Easter week. On Thursday, March
24, there will be a supper at p n t'.ll.:.. -.j by .'seric.e at 7 p.m.
The following day, Good Fi j,-,. Ihe '-i'ill t1:,' services ait noon and:
7:30 p.m. The church will sponsor anLEafr Sunrise Service at 6
a.m. The service will be followed by a breakfast. Bible study will
be held at 9:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday, followed by a worship serv-
ice at 10:30 a.m.

Church hosting Good Friday service
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
hold a Good Friday worship service at 7 p.m. on March 25.

Church presents Easter musical/drama
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., is pre-
senting "All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises" an Easter musi-
cal/drama. This program depicts the days leading up to the cruci-
fixion 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. The church is located behind the McDonald's on S.R.70 E.
For information, call (863) 763-4127.

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 (8639 467-0070.

Baptist church sponsors car wash
The Everglades Baptist Church will sponsor a free car wash at
the Shell Station across from the Brahman Theatre on S. Parrott
Avenue on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. until noon. For infor-
mation, call the church at (863) 467-5479.

Dixie Echoes Quartet to be in concert
The Dixie Echoes Quartet will be in concert at the Parrott
Avenue Christian Church, located on S.R. 70 W 4.5-miles west
of Okeechobee, Saturday, March 26, at 6 p.m. There will be no
admission charge.

Legion hosting Easter egg hunt
American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host an
Easter egg hunt on March 26 starting at 10 a.m. There will be four
age groups: 1 through 3; 4 through 6; 7 through 9; and, 10 through
12. Prizes will be given away in each age group. For information,
call the Post at (863) 763-2950.

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.

Church hosting Easter Egg Hunt
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
host an egg hunt and lunch for the children of Okeechobee on Sat-
urday, March 26, from 10 a.m. until noon. Children are asked to be
at the church by 10 a.m. to sign up for a hot dog and soda for
lunch. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. The
children will be separated by age divisions: 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-
11. Parents are asked to stay. There will be prizes and other activi-
ties for the entire family.

Church selling peanut butter Easter Eggs
The Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St., is conduct-
ing their annual peanut butter Easter Egg sale. 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.








The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 23, 2005 LIFESTYLES 5


Engagement


Wedding


maids were April Davis, of Talla-
hassee, and Margaret Burns and
A.J. Mimbs, both of Miami. The
junior bridesmaid was Sarah
Davis, daughter of Jim and
Candy Davis and niece of the
bride.
The best man was Steven
Bandi of Okeechobee. The
groomsmen were Ben Butler,
and Jacob and Travis Larson -
all of Okeechobee.
Following the vows a reading
was given by Shanda Altman of
Okeechobee. Following the
exchange of rings, a trio played
"Amazing Grace".
Following the ceremony, a
reception was held in the River
of Grass Ballroom at the Naples
Beach Hotel.


Ella Rhodes
and Carl McNabb
Josephine Bennett Glenn and
the late Clifford W. Bennett are
proud to announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Ella Chris-
tine Missy Bennett Rhodes of Okee-
chobee to Carl Lee McNabb of
Okeechobee.
The bride to be is currently
employed as an administrative
assistant at Florida Community


Health Centers, Inc.
The future groom is the son of
Garry L. and Christine McNabb of
Okeechobee and is currently
employed with Southeast Milk, Inc.
The wedding is planned for
March 26, 2005, at the Basinger
Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. No invita-
tions are being sent out, but family
and friends are invited.
A barbecue will follow the cere-
mony.


Community Events

Hospital hosting dinner, lecture
Raulerson Hospital, 1896 U.S. 441 N., will be hosting a dinner
and lecture in their north dining room on Tuesday, March 29. Din-
ner will be at 5 p.m., and the lecture will start at 5:30 p.m. The cost
for the dinner will be $3. The topic of the lecture will be signs and
symptoms of vascular disease, and will be presented by Dr. Rene
Loyola. Dr. Loyola specializes in general and vascular surgery and
is a member of the active medical staff at Raulerson Hospital. This
program is offered free to the community, and there will be prize
drawings. Seating is limited so please call the Raulerson Hospital
public relations department at (863) 824-2702 to RSVP.

Safe boating class planned
The 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.

Local church hosts Sharron Kay King
Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present
Nashville Christian singer and songwriter Sharron Kay King in a
live performance on March 30, at 7 p.m. For information, call the
church at (863)763-6869 or Linda Eyler at (863) 4958.

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,
S"Come Tell Me How You Live", Agatha Christie-Mallowan; Thurs-
day, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" Michael Dorrs; 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.

Hospice plans yard sale
Your Hometown Hospice will be holding ayard sale on Thurs-
day, 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 Okee-.
chobee Volunteer House located at the corner of S.E. Fourth St.
and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okee-
chobee.

FFA hosting bluegrass concert
The Future Farmers of America (FFA) will host a fundraising
bluegrass concert on April 2 from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Okee-
chobee High School auditorium. Scheduled to perform is the Pot-
ter Road Bluegrass band. Tickets will be $5 each. Children 10 and
under are free. .

Church hosts "Signs for Jesus" drama
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 charge. For more information, call (863) 763-6869.
The Payne Family will be here from April 1-9 and will be available
to perform for other local churches. If you're interested in your
church hosting "Signs for Jesus", call the Living Word of Faith at'
(863) 763-6869.

Guardian ad litem training scheduled
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad
Litem program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee,
Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties to represent the best
interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children in court.
The dates of these meetings will be April 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 from 9
a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Courthouse. The
meetings will be held in the Board of County Commissioners
room at 304 N.W. Second St. Call (772) 785-5804 for information
and an application.


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were joined in marriage on Dec.
17, 2004.
The bride is the daughter of
Ed and Diane Davis. of Okee-
chobee.
The groom isthe son of Mike
and Sylvia Bandi of Okee-
chobee.
The wedding ceremony was
held at Naples Beach Hotel and
Golf Club in Naples. It was offici-
ated by Cary McKee.
The bride was given away by
her father.
The ocean lawn overlooking
Naples beach and the Gulf of
Mexico was decorated with four
white columns joined by an


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flower arrangements in shades
of purple and white to match
the bride's bouquet.
The bride wore a diamond
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was gathered at the side and had
a chapel length train. The lovely
gown featured a criss-crossed
ribbon back and sparkled with
rhinestones, crystals and pearls.
The bride wore a matching
rhinestone and crystal head-
piece and two tier pencil edge
veil.
She carried a bouquet of
'white and purple roses, deep
purple Lisianthus, deep purple
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The matron of honor was
Shelley McGlamory formerly of
Okeechobee, now residing in
Thetford, England. The brides-


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After a honeymoon trip to
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University of Florida, is
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property supervisor with the
Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser's Office.
The bride, a graduate of the
University of Miami, taught for
five years at Gulliver Academy in
Coral Gables an is currently
teaching at Yearling Middle
School.
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gift on behalf of the bride's
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6 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 23, 2005



Martha's House official attends special luncheon


Stephanie Locke, the execu-
tive director of Martha's House,
Inc. in Okeechobee, attended a
luncheon on March 10 at the
governor's mansion in Tallahas-
see.
Mrs. Locke was among 40
executive directors from other
Florida domestic violence cen-
ters that were invited. The theme
of the luncheon was "Journey of
Service"; a journey of a thou-
c dni mileq i with it A


This was a great honor to be able tc meet the
First Lady and to tour her home. Mrs. Locke
spoke personally to Mrs. Bush and thanked her
for her assistance. Governor and Mrs. Bush are
great supporters of survivors of domestic vio-
lence, and the shelters in Florida that house
these survivors and their children.


nas m e11es egIIS W111w out a
step.teerism and Community Service;
step. Darryl Rouson, attorney andl
SThe First Lady, Mrs. Columba Tampa Chapter president for the
Ma '. ...... EBush, paid tribute to those in NAACP; Kimberly Klein, domes-
service organizations. The pur- tic violence survivor; Bart Hud-
pose of the luncheon was to son, executive director of the
inspire and celebrate a renewed Florida House in Washington,
commitment to service. D.C.; and Tiffany Carr, executive
Courtesy photo/Martha's House Inc. Among the guest speakers director of the Florida Coalition
Martha's House Executive Director Stephanie Locke (left) were: Mrs. Bush; Mrs. Tonie' Against Domestic Violence.
recently attended a luncheon in Tallahassee at the governor's Bense, mistress of ceremonies; Each guest speaker had an
mansion. Also attending the luncheon were Mrs. Columba Bonnie McEwan, P.K., director of inspiring speech about service
Bush (center), First Lady of the State of Florida, and Tiffany archaeology, Mission San Luis; how it helped them, and what
Carr (right), executive director of the Florida Coalition Wendy Spencer, CEO, Gover- they are doing to give back to
Against Domestic Violence. nor's Commission on Volun- their communities. They chal-

'March Madness' at Hospice will benefit local patie ts


It's "March Madness" to raise
money for Hospice patient care.
Come place a bid on a wide
variety of items available at Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, your
Hometown Hospice for over 20
years. Bids are currently being
accepted on several items that
have been donated to Hospice of
Okeechobee including a pon-
toon boat and trailer, a Modulo
Comfort Manual Wheelchair
with adaptive prosthetics, two
organs (one is in working condi-
tion), a 4- x 6-foot rug, a photo-
copier and a lift for a wheelchair.
The items may be seen at the
Hospice Volunteer Building
Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. until 1 p.m.


Briefs

I&F IRCC will present


Foxy Divas
On Friday, March 11, 17 Foxy Divas spent an entertain-
ing evening with a dinner and a play. The evening start-
ed at Goody's Restaurant and ended at the Community
Theater to enjoy the play "Over the River and Through
the Woods". Those attending, in no particular order,
were: Shirley Brown, Lois Brown, Mary Arthur, Wilma
Goudy, Catherine Nix, Merica Hughes, Joan Barlow,
Doroth" Anderson, Gloria Caldwell, Mary Skjordal, Betty
Head, Anhamay Kelso, Rusty Lewis, Ruth Anderson,
Nancy Whorton, Lela West and Marie Stout.


Courtesy photo/LOAA
Airboaters meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) met
at the home of Julian and Diane Samborski on March
10. The most important agenda item was the considera-
tion of applications for the 2005 LOAA scholarship. This
year's recipient will be announced at the Scholarship
Awards Ceremony at Okeechobee High School on May
17. LOAA welcomed Char and Ron Kerlin, visitors from
Wisconsin, to the meeting. Attending the meeting were:
(first row, left to right) John "Buddy" Hancock, Julian
Samborski and Jim Johnson; (second row) Matty
Spinelli, Linda Hancock, Diane Samborski and Lori
Johnson; (third row) Dennis Anderson and Dorothy
Anderson. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday,
April 10, at 11 a.m. at Goody's Restaurant. A ride is
planned immediately following the April meeting. New
members and guests are always welcome. For informa-
tion, contact Dennis Anderson at (863) 763-6069.


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FORT PIERCE The Indian
River Community College Dance
Composition students will pres-
ent a student dance recital.
The performance will show-
case the students' final projects
in dance choreography, as well
as their talent to compose, teach
and perform.
The recital will be performed
at the Wynne Black Box Theatre
on the IRCC Main Campus on
Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
A free ticket is required and
may be picked up at the IRCC
box office at the McAlpin Fine
Arts Center on Monday through
Friday between 11 a.m. and 3
p.m., or by telephone.
The IRCC McAlpin Fine Arts
Center is located on the IRCC
main campus at 3209 Virginia
Avenue in Fort Pierce.
For information, call the IRCC
box office toll-free at 1-866-400-
7529 (PLAY).

Youth concert will
be hosted by IRCC
FORT PIERCE The Trea-
sure Coast Youth Symphony will
be in concert at the Indian River
Community College McAlpin
Fine Arts Center on the school's
main campus in Fort Pierce on
Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m.
These young local players
from area schools will present a
variety of orchestral selections
from Bach to Beethoven to con-
temporary pop classics, as well
as movements from Gustav
Holst's, "The Planets".


To place a bid write your
name, address, telephone num-
ber and the bid amount on a
sheet of paper. Mail the bid to
March Madness Bid Sale, Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Please specify on the outside of
the envelope the item on which
you are bidding.
Sealed bids may also be left at
the Hospice office. Please call
Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321
for information.
The deadline to submit bids is
April 9. Bids will be opened on
April 11 by Rev. Lynne Schwartz.
Proceeds of the boat sale will
benefit patient care in Okee-
chobee.


The orchestra will be under
the direction of IRCC Fine Arts
Instructor, Dr. John W. Enyart.
Tickets cost $4 and may be
purchased at the IRCC box office
at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center
on Monday through Friday
between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; or,
by telephone with VISA, Master-
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ets will be sold on a first-come,
first-served basis.
The IRCC McAlpin Fine Arts
Center is located on the IRCC
main campus at 3209 Virginia
Avenue in Fort Pierce.
. For more information, call the
IRCC box office toll-free at 1-866-
400-7529 (PLAY).


lenged each individual in atten-
dance to go back to their home-.
town and volunteer to make a
difference in the life of another.


able to meet the First Lady and to
tour her home. Mrs. Locke spoke
personally to Mrs. Bush and
thanked her for her assistance.
Governor and Mrs. Bush are
great supporters of survivors of
domestic violence, and the shel-
ters in Florida that house these
survivors and their children.
Martha's House sent the Gov-
ernor and Mrs. Bush a basket
filled with many items from
Okeechobee and some
brochures and commemorative
items from Martha's House. If
you would like to know more


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This was a great honor to be ices, call (863) 763-2893.

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FFA alumni
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The Okeechobee FFA alumni
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sporting clay fun shoot at Quail
Creek Plantation Saturday, April
2, to benefit Okeechobee mid-
dle and high school FFA chap-
ters.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
The day includes 100 sport-


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Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina.
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g gSeminole Elementary survives FCAT


Honoring the flag
The Color Guard from American Legion Post 64 present-
ed the colors'during opening ceremonies at Saturday
morning's WalkAmerica. The event, a fundraiser for the
March of Dimes, was a walk of a little over four miles
beginning and ending in Flagler Park. About 200 partici-
pants, representing 16 teams, raised money to help the
March of Dimes fight birth defects and infant mortality.


Fourth Grade
The students in Mrs. McDon-
nough's reading and math class-
es were all present to take the
FCAT tests.
One sur-
prising
comment
from most
dents was
that they
actually
enjoyed
taking the
tests. To reward them for their
great effort, the fourth grade
classes had a read-in and indoor
games on Friday. We like to
thank Mrs. Dixon and the whole
school for boosting our confi-
dence. Special thanks also goes
to Ms. Guthrie for the special
treats which she sent to our
classrooms.
Mrs. White's reading and
math classes are very happy to
have all FCAT testing behind
them. I was very proud of all my
students for working so hard
this past week and for sticking
with it! White's homeroom class
was served heaping bowls of ice
cream with -all the toppings for
scoring 800 AR points. Good
Job! Everybody is looking for-
ward to spring break week as
we are all ready for some need-
.ed R&R! We would like to send
out a great big thank you to Ms.
Guthrie for all the special treats


that she sent to our classrooms
each day during FCAT testing.
Parents please continue to
work with your child on multi-
plication and division.
Hooray! Hooray! Mrs. Tom-
linson's class came up with the
slogan: "I survived the FCAT!"
Everyone worked to the best of
their abilities. Our class had 100
percent attendance for the
week. That shows real dedica-
tion! We are enjoying using our
brains in a different way by
doing some math, science and
reading trivia games. Everyone
is surprised to learn that they
know much more than they
realized. Everyone needs to.con-
tinue working hard to complete_
the end of the year.

Fifth Grade
Fifth grade is busy taking the
FCAT right now, but will soon be
ready to start back to work on
more exciting things in the near
future. Miss Walker and Miss
Tinkey are preparing reading cir-
cles for the reading classes. Stu-
dents in these classes will begin
enjoying novels that are new
and old, but more importantly
they will be reading some great
stories!
Miss Walker and Mrs. Dis-
mukes will begin a unit in social
studies having to do with World
War I and World War II. The
classes have just finished talking
about the Civil War and Recon-


VFW gathering supplies for Iraqi school children


VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead
Ridge is spearheading a local
drive to collect school supplies for
Iraqi children.
The VFW Operation Iraqi Chil-
dren School Project is aimed at
ensuring that the children of Iraq
have the best opportunity to learn
about the world around them.


The Buckhead Ridge post asks
that area residents bring school
supplies to the post, which will
then be boxed and sent to Heart
to Heart International in Kansas
City, Kan.
Supplies needed include: note-
books, notebook paper, pencils
and erasers, colored pencils,


pens, crayons, rulers, folders with
inside pockets, washable mark-
ers, soccer balls, stuffed animals
and backpacks.
The Buckhead Ridge post is
located at 2001 U.S. 78 West in
Buckhead Ridge.
For information, contact
Robert Hare at (863) 467-8166; or,


Post #9528 at (863) 467-2882.
. Lending their support to the
program are: actor Gary Sinise
("Forrest Gump" and "Apollo
13"), author Laura Hillenbrand
("Seabiscuit: An American Leg-
end), Fed-Ex, Heart to Heart Inter-
national and People to People
International'.


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her family members that took
part in the Civil War. Students
were able to examine docu-
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that Mrs. Clemons brought in.
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excited to examine the artifacts
and were able to gain another
perspective from Mrs. Clemons.
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In the coming weeks the fifth
grade will also be learning about
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be doing experiments, making
diagrams, and even doing a little
eating. The classes will study all
of the systems, and get a better
idea of what makes us "tick".
All 5th graders will have the
chance to go to the Sports Com-
plex to go swimming as an end
of the year field trip, as well as
finishing up the S.T.AR.S. pro-
gram. We are looking forward
to a great last nine weeks. It will
go fast, but help your fifth grader
keep studying and reading!


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Land Clearing lIr, li
Site Work ?
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863-634-2944 (cell)
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3290 Hwy. 441 South
467-1200
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Available for all of
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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Spirit Station
The spirit station sponsored by Wemmer Family Ortho-
dontics at Saturday's WalkAmerica was definitely Gator
Country with an inflated gator and a goalpost decorated
in University of Florida colors. WalkAmerica was a four-
mile walk around Okeechobee to raise money for the
March of Dimes to fight birth defects. The spirit stations
provided water, juice and candy to the approximately
200 walkers representing 16 teams.


Community Events
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 SW. 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.
4-H club plans car wash
The Spurs and Saddles of the 4-H club will hold a fundraising
car wash on March 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Wal-Mart
parking lot.
Coast Guard holding GPS class
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding a GPS class at the
Civic Center from 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. This popu-
lar course will help you get more out of your GPS equipment and
enhance your boating experience. The course is also a must for
anyone considering buying new GPS equipment for their boat.
Anyone planning to attend sfiould call (863) 467-3085 to pre-regis-
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2768 Hwy. 710
863-467-7347
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Company-
PROPANE APPLIANCES
Serving Okeechobee Since 1958
Residential
Fuel Delivery
119 N.W. 8th St.
863-763-3915





Woolel's Sheds
FULL INSULATED SHEDS
"We Custom Build To Meet Your Needs"
We Sell Doors & Windows
2570 NW 16th Blvd.
(863) 763-7008
Email: wooleyssheds@earthlink.net


Okeechobee Abstract
& Title Insurance Inc.
Family Owned & Operated Since 1943
Real Estate Closings
Title Insurance
Title Search
REPRESENTING
STEWART TITLE INSURANCE CO.
www.okeechobeeabstract.com
863-763-3710
207 N.W. 2nd Street


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Like a good neighbor,
State Farm is there.
204 N.E. 3rd Avenue
OKEECHOBEE
(863) 763-5561
statefarm.com

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SComplete Machine Shop
SComplete Sheet Metal Shop
All Computerized
You Design or We Design
One Piece or Hundreds of Pieces
60110th St. NE Okeechobee
(863) 467-6070
Ron Tumoszwicz P.E.
Vice President Engineering

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114 S.W. 5TH Avenue
(863) 763-0297
800-741-3360


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SERVICE DELIVERY


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CHAMPION
Plastering & Stucco, Inc.
Since 1993
Residential New Construction
Commercial Additions
Interior, Exterior, Soffits,
Ceilings, TRAILER SKIRTS!
Licensed Gary Champion
& Insured 863-763-2992
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Frl. a Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
i. 441S.of Downtown Okeechobee
(863) 763-2800



BILL'S
SHOE REPAIR
763-1187
OPEN:
Mon. Fri. 9 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
3268 Hwy. 441 South
(in new Winn Dixie Plaza)

W lffdi ms] t o] z iVA [*I :
& Karns Tractor
Service
Bushog Style Mowing
Overgrown Lots Mowed
Fields & Subdivision Lots
Fill Dirt & Shell Grading
Tree Trimming & Removal
Absentee Owner Mowing
152 SE 60th Ave. Okeechobee
(863) 763-8306
Jerry Karns (cell: 634-1223)


Sod Landscaping
Wells Fountains
Monthly Maintenance
Residential / Commerical
8863-357-6390
Ceol: 863-634-2460
P.O. Box 213 Okeechobee, FL
Doug McDonald, Owner
Lic. #2099 LLC

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Built on Trust.
2RsJW Building
----- I Dreams One
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A Time.
SHANNON FALLMAN, Loan Consultant
Cell: 863-697-6713 Fax: 863-357-1761
ANA GONZALEZ, Loan Consultant
Phone: 863-763-3253
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Okeechobee, FL
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Fax: (863) 763-3231
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Autos, Boats, RV's
RICHARD SCHWARTZ
AMSOIL DEALER
2101 SE 29th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-467-1501
Email: nascarnut34972@yahoo.com
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863-357-5944
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FREE ESTIMATES

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JS Open EVERYDAY
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W www.floridatattoo.com
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S 63-824-0828
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.,CRYSTAL
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Water Conditioning
467-4955
1104 NW Park St Okeechobee
24 Hour Service
Softeners, Reverse Osmosis, Pressure
Tanks, Pumps Aerators, Carbon Filters,
Green Sand Filter, Sulfur Guard, Pool
Treatment & Pool Supplies, Service Pools
Licensed & Insured


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Pharmacy Phone:
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C.feinda 2lawk
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422 N.W. 3rd St.
Phone # as of Jan. 17th
-- 467-1107
Now
697-2904



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763-7202



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Okeechobee

763-3417


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Large selection of Items,
From Traditional to Aboriginal. We
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Public Welcome
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357-0303
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Drowning is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 26, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be L. Puddin
Race, public education specialist for the St. Lucie County Fire Dis-
trict. The topic will be life safety issues, drowning and near drown-
ing and unprotected back yard pools. For information, contact L.
Puddin Race at (772) 462-8337. For CPR programs contact the local
American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488.
Airboat club to meet
The Big Lake Airboat Club, Inc. will have their meeting March 26
beginning at 9 a.m. at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in Moore Haven.
After the meeting members will go to Observation Island and have
lunch. Everyone is asked to bring their own lunch. After lunch the
club will take a ride towards the Monkey Box and around. Anyone
interested in joining is welcomed.
Methodist church hosting Easter services
The First United Methodist Church invites everyone to their East-
er Sunrise Service at Lock Seven on Sunday, March 27. The service
will begin at 6:15 a.m. The offering will be donated to Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch. Everyone is asked to bring a chair and a flashlight.
On Easter Sunday the church will also be having traditional wor-
ship services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the church, located at 200
N.W. Second St., behind the Bank of America. A contemporary
worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the church.






14 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 23, 2005


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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)
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.ni. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 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, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

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 threatens you, talk with
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 Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adults basic edu-
catiorn/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish 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, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9
p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.


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BORDER COLLIE- vic of
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SFOUND: American Bull-
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3225
FOUND: DOG, neutered
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(863)801-1820
CHIHUAHUA Black w/
brown face, small. Lost
near the hospital. 863-
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haul away immediately.
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PITBULL guard dog no
good with children or other
animals loves water
(863)697-9922
POT BELLY PIGS .
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Free to good homes.
(863)467-4935.
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Tract 1: "The Lake Place" 1211.4 Acres
1,600 ft frontage on State Road 70 Offered in 6 Parvels
Trat (2: "The MeJunkin Block" 93.5 Acres
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Tract 3: "The Gould Block" 2301 Acres
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Full-Time 205
Employment -
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Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


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NIGHT WATCHMAN
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19200 SW Warfield Blvd
Indiantown, Florida
(772)597-2000
xt 19

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The Okeechobee News is seeking full
time, General Assigned Reporter.
The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle different duties
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train)
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted
and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News
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Is looking for roofers with experience
in metal, shingles, built up or com-
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*Competitive Wages
*Quick Advancement
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#1 Roofing Specialist Team.


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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
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BUSY RENTAL COMPANY SEEKING ASSISTANT MANAGER
Must be positive, energetic and self-motivated.
Some computer skills preferred. Mechanical skills a plus.
People skills a must! Will train right person.
Apply In person to Taylor Rental, 4611 US wy. 217S. Sebliing, fl33870
or e-mnall resum to trental@earthllnklniL
or, apply In person to: Taylor Rental, 523 N. Hwy. 98, Okeechobeo, R 34972


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


Positions Currently Available Include:
Welding / Fabncator WVater Well Driller
j.ob Sop HElper Pump/Waier Treatment Tech
401-K. Earn Up To $36,000 Plus Benefits. We Are A
Drug Free Workplace And Are Asking That Only
Experienced Applicants Apply. A CDL Class B Minimum
Is Required For The Water Well Drilling Position.
Apply In Person At:
One-Stop Career Center 207 S.W. Park
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
No Phone Call Please
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


863-763-7663


Mental Health Therapist wanted
For a Juvenile Justice Facility.
Experience working with sexual
offenders preferred.
Must possess a Master's degree in
counseling, social services
or related field. Must be able to
pass background & drug screening.
$40,000 + Fax your resume to:
Diana Fetrow 1-863-357-6866


LYKES BROS, INC. RANCH DIVISION
Has openings for MECHANIC
@ the Brighton Corner location.
Applicants must have one (1) year prior experience
with farm and diesel equipment, have own tools and
a valid Florida Drives license.
Applications accepted Mon-Fri 8am to 3 pm
at 106 SW County Road 721 Okeechobee, FL.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Drug Free Workplace M/F/D/V

Daily Work/Daily Pay. IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
Report 6am @ 105 SW 3rd Exp'd Cook & Wait Staff
Ave @ Labor Finders. Ranchers Restaurant
863-467-9193 (863)763-8115


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Empoyen


$26,000.00/YR. TO START

*NOW HIRING*


Assistant Managers to train at the Okeechobee,
location. We have 16 locations in Florida and we
are seeking motivated and ambitious individuals
looking for a career in restaurant management.
Management experience preferred, but not
always needed. Wilttrain the right person.
Must have High School Diploma or equivalent.

By starting in this position, you could be making
$36,000 $40,000 within one year after only,
your first promotion! The opportunity starts here.

The opportunities available within this company
are tremendous... and better yet so easily
accessible to people with any kind of drive. It
is such a big surprise that so many people pass
right by something like this every day and don't
realize the sense Of accomplishment,
fulfillment, and success they could obtain in
such a short period of time without any
higher level education. The Clock Restaurant
has given so many professionals and
enterpreneurs a foundation in this industry.

FAX RESUME TO 467-2402


$26,000.00/YR. TO START

*NOW HIRING.


Assistant Managers to train at the Okeechobee
location. We have 16 locations in Florida and we
are seeking motivated and ambitious individuals
looking for a career in restaurant management.
Management experience preferred, but not
always needed. Will train the right person.
Must have High School Diploma or equivalent.

By starting in this position, you could be making
$36,000 $40,000 within one year after only
your first promotion! The opportunity starts here.

FAX RESUME TO 467-2402


CASHIERS-Town Star Food
Stores FT-PT hrs avail
please apply in person
2398 SR 70,Eagle Bay
Drive. OKeechobee Or Call
863-467.4320.


CLERICAL
Must be bilingual must
have computer skills
salrya depending on
Experience'
18631467-8899


Servers, Cooks & Buffet COOKS & SERVERS
Workers DISHWASHERS
1111 S Parrott Ave Apply in person
The Clock Restaurant aner 11 am
********** Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE.


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


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Driver- COVENANT TRANS-
PORT. Excellent Pay &
Benefits for E -pi-rince
Drivers, 0/0, Solos,
Teams & Graduate Stu-
dents. Bonuses Paid
Weekly. Equal Opportunity
Employer. (888)MORE
PAY (888-667-3729).
DRIVERS- EAGLE TRANS-
PORT, the leader in petro-
leum transport, can keep
you home every day. Flori-
da drivers earn $38-$52K/
year- LEGALLY. We offer
paid holidays/ sick days,
vacation & night and
weekend incentives: Full
Med/ Dent, paid training.
Req.: 2 years verifiable TT
exp, Class A CDL-X clean
MVR, stable work history,
reliable, professional atti-
tude. Call (800)767-9757
for West Coast & Central
Florida ,positions. Call
l8007769454 lor rtn.-
east G035sl p00iirrins C311
l8007776-9768 lor Souri.
east Coa.i posiinoris
www eaglclraniporl;cofp
corn EOE

Drivers & Helpers
S (Must be 21 -
Must have CDL Exc.
benefits! Apply at:
Waste Management,
Inc. 10800.NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972 No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP.,
Drivers/OTR-Tanker looking
for. Professional drivers!
NEW 2005 Equipment,
Top Pay, BONUSES, Pre-
gpass & EZ Pass, Rider
program & Much morel
Nonn American Tank
Lines (866) 48-6285
Earn up to $1500/weekly
lo* Accepting Apphca.
liorns No E:,.p 'tjceisry
$50 Cash Hinnq Bonus
(800)318-1638 ekt 107
www USMailinaGroup co-
mrn

Experienced Tractor
Operator needed io mow on
90HP John Deere on ca-.
nais in kihe Okeecnobee &
FI Pierce Areas Good Pay
& Benehils For more inior-
malion Call Jeremiah Co-
scia 6863-559-0374
EOE,M,,F/ViD
GENERAL LABOR NEEDED
Asphalt workers, Concrete
linishers, Brick paver
setters, tor work in
Vermont for season until
12/01/05. (802)8.62-6383.

NEEDED

LAUNDRY

WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4'" St.
MILL WORKERS
Needed 2nd Shift, Benefits
Available, Apply at Syhren
Feed Company. 3079 lW
8it Street. Okeechobee
k863763-5586
Now Hiring 2005 Postal
Jobs. $17.50-$59.00
hour. Full Federal Benefits
paid training/ vacation. No
.experience necessary.
Green Card ok. Call
(866)634-1229 x 605.

Now Hiring 2005 Postal
Jobs. $17.50-$59.00
hour. Full Federal Benefits
paid training/ vacation. No
experience necessary.
'Green Card ok. Call
(866)339-5720 x 3077.

OFFICE ASSISTANT
FT/ Experience a MUST.
Call Chris @
863-634-0211


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

IMMEDIATE OPENING
Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information


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



Certified Dietary Manager
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

BUSY RENTAL COMPANY SEEKING A
DRIVER/DELIVERY PERSON
Must be positive, energetic and self-motivated. A mini-
mum of Class D License required. Clean driving record
and people skills a must!
Apply In person to Taylor Rental,
523 N. Hwy. 98, Okeechobeo, FL 34972


Professional Floor Maintenance
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street


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

1711 I 1:] 4 1] =1Uf11'dT

Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information

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


ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE
Do you eam $800/day? 30
Machines, Free Candy All
for $9,995. (800)814-
6323 B020000T33. CALL
US: We will not be under-
sold!


Ambitious? $500-$1,000/
Day Returning Calls. No
Selling, Not MLM, No
Boss. Call Only If Serious.
Toll Free (866)850-7364.


Online Job Offer eBay
Workers Needed. Come
Work with us online.
$$$$$ WEEKLY Use your
home computer or laptop.
No experience necessary.
(800)693-9398 Ext.
1856.



**$$ FREE CASH GRANTS!
$$** Never Repay! Live
Operators! Gov't Grants for
Personal- Bills, School,
Business, etc. $47 billion
left unclaimed. (800)574-
1804 ext. 369.



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
C 3r,'ape. Wina,
CorniiT rcLI C liin LIUp
Licened & Bunded
Call 863-467-fl380

Is Stress Ruining Your
Life? RFead 'i0ANETiCS by
Ron L Hubu.3r C,311
13)8j.072-.2 2 r send
$7.99 to Dianetics, 3102
N. Habana Ave., Tampa FL
33607.




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



DIVORCES 175-
$275 COVERS mnildren
c Onrily one signature re-
quirao' 'E,.iijudi- guVT
fees! Call weekdays
(800)462-2000, ext.600.
l8am-iTt.7pml .1OiVu: Tech.
1 Eslbh~is.nr, 1977


NEED AN ATTORNEY AR-
SRESTED? Crimirini De.

*DUI *License Suspen-
sion *Parole *Probation
*Domestic Violence
*Drugs "Protect Your
,Rights" A-A-A Attorney
Referral Service
(800)733-5342 24
HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK.






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


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


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




Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
SAppliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
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 620
Heating Equipment'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps 'Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,'
Equipment 665
Pets.,Supplies/
Services 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

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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, 31/2
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $300. (863)763-
4365.
AIR CONDITONER. 9,3- ,/2
lurin..b i aia;d. o oi, go,-,J
4365.
HEAT PUMP & A/C UNIT,
Trane, brand new, in box,.
4 ton. $1000 or best offer.
(863)634-5936


CHINA SET 24pc, plates/
cups/saucers, w/ violet
flowers, some cut glass,
$150, (863)763-1386.
HALL TREE- orig finish, oak,
1920's, mirror, bench
seat, umbrella stand, $375
(863)467-9413.
JUKEBOX
Wurlitzer, 1945 edit(lon)
$1500
(863)467-6573


DISHWASHER- new, used
once, $150. (863)357-
9946.

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 Side-by-
side w/ice 21 cu' Sm up-
right Freezer & Elec Stove
$500 863-763-1919.
REFRIGERATOR Sears,
Kenmore Side By Side.
25cu'. Exc. cond. $600.
(863)675-2010.
REFRIGERATOR- Sears, al-
most new, w/ice maker,
White, 5' tall, $250,
(863)763-4746.
REFRIGERATOR, Hotpoint
side by side w/ice & water
in door, $100 or best offer.
(863)467-6310
Refrig./Freezer, small A/C
unit, antennae & pole, cag-
es for bird & small animal.
$75. (863)302-2121
STOVE, Hotpoint, electric,
excellent condition, $100.
(863)467-6310


Place your help wanted ad
online at
http://www2.hewszap.com/
classfl.html or
mailtq: classad@newszap.com

POSTAL POSITIONS
AVAILABLE!! Federal,
State, Local. $14.00-
$48.00+hr.. No Experi-
ence necessary. Paid
Training and Full Benefits.
Entry Levels'. Call 7 days
for. information. (888)82.6-
2513ext. 11A.


BUYING
Records Beer Steins Old
videO games, Model KilS
"Jasi,:ar Items Playboy
2enlhouse miga:iins. Old
toys & comics. (302)659-
5166. -..

SALESPERSON
heeded ior Ba.dcor3 Furni-
ture. Will Train. No phone
calls
Sales Representatives To
sell children's books to
schools and libraries. Ex-
Splore our website for
Sprng. '. openings
www.childrensplusinc.co-
m or contact
scottw@childrensplusinc-
.com.
SSOD 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
TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED
Class A CDL
Benefits Available Apply
@ Syfrett Feed.co. 3079
NW 8th Street
Okeechobee
UP TO $4,000 WEEKLY!!
Exciting Weekly Paycheck!
Written Guarantee! 11 Year
Nationwide Company Now
Hiring! Easy Work, Send-
ing Out Our Simple One
Page Brochure! Free Post-
age, Supplies! Awesome
Bonuses!! FREE INFOR-
MATION, CALL NOW!!
( 800242-0363 Ext.
80.



Place your help wanted ad
online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com


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

Place your help wanted ad
online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com

RN, LPN & CNA NEEDED
For Weekends/12 hr. shifts.
To care for profoundly
handi-c(apped woman in
Okeechobee. Smoke free
environment. References,
Background check & drug
testing req. 863-643-5765


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online at
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classfl.html or
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315



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well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
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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.


BICYCLE, BMX type, boys,
16 inch, all chrome, like
new condition, $25.
(863)763-6757
BICYCLE- Schwin, 24", 5
speed, excellent condition,
$40. (863)824-7033.

MEN BICYCLE
3 speed, Good
condition. $25.
(863)763-7802.


STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals Save $$$. 40 x 60'
to 100 x 200'. Example: 50
x 100 x 12'= $3.60/sq ft.
(800)658-2885
www.rigidbuilding.com.
STORAGE SHED
70x80 metal 15'H
$12,000
(561)310-6611



METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in.
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.


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

SENCO ROOFING Coil Nailer
scv4 or box 11A4 roof
nails used for 12sq. $350
neg (863)763-3679



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.


ELVIS RECORD Rare
Souvenir & record collect-
ing $1500 (863)824-
3358
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 SKIRTS, (2) Twin, light
green, $6. (863)467-
8681


COFFEE TABLE & 2 End Ta-
bles, Glass & wrought iron
6 mo old, $350. 863-697-
1702
CRAFTMATIC ELE. Adjusta-
ble twin bed w/ortho mat-
tress. Ele., $500.
(954)966-2041
DINETTE TABLE w/6 chairs
$175 (863)763-5792 Iv.
message

DINING RM SET
light Oak w/tile top
& leaf $200
(863)467-4733
END TABLE, Early American
Style w/built in storage.
$25 (863)763-6843

ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
fits 27" TV, Med. Wood
lass door, good shape
50 (863)447-0965
GLASS DINING SET
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702

4-


KITCHEN TABLE,
w/6 chairs. Good condition.
$100 (863)467-6088


PRINCESS TOWER BED-
with slide, from Rooms to
Go, paid $599 asking
$250. (863)824-0095.
RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker
& swivel, cream with light
green stripes, $250.
(863)467-8681

Serta Mattress Sale!
Morgan's Furniture
707-709 SW Park St.
863-467-2072
SLEEPER SOFA- blue, good
condition, $50 or best of-
fer. (863)357-9946.

SLIP COVERS, Sure Fit, 12
fabric for sofa & love seat,
natural color, $65.
(863)467-2045
TV CABINET 6'Hx
30"Wx18"D holds 19"
Wood $75 (863)763-
5792

'Golf Clubs/

EASY GO GOLF CART
restored
$2200
(863)692-22.29
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc,
clubs, incid sets, $6.00
each, 2 bags $7 each.
(863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123
NICKLAUS GOLF CLUBS-
bag like riw -$350
{561)-601 .7 05 Okeeicho-
6ee.

YAMAHA Golf cart in exc.
cond. $1450
(863)763-2407 &
ask for Howard


COLT MODEL M
380 ACP 80%
$350
(863)763-4961
RIFLE- 300 magnum
Weatherby, German made,
w/scope, $1400 neg.
863)675-6214 aft 6.

TAURUS 357 mag.
model 65 $315
(863)763-4961


Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Sun Trellis
When it's hot, a sun trellis like this one extends a
home's living area, provides a shady place for barbe-
cues and shields people and pets from the summer
sun.
Although this sun trellis project is large-either
12 feet by 16 feet or 12 feet by 24 feet-it's.really
not difficult. Its simple post-and-beam construction
uses mostly standard cuts of rough Douglas fir,
which can be painted or stained. Do-it-yourselfers
can substitute cedar, pine or another weather-resis-
tant lumber.

Sun Trellis plan (No. 608)... $9.95
Patio Projects Package (No. C99)
Three projects incl. 608... $22.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders).


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



FURNACE, Electric. New.
Never used. 34000 BTU's
w/ warrantee. $300
(863)763-6420



BEDSPREAD, King size.
Quilted, fall colors. Good
quality. Like new! $15.
(863)763-0867
JUICER, COFFEE GRINDER,
Griddle, Farberware Rotis-
sorie. All electric. $45 all,
will sep. (863)763-9647
Place your ad online at
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classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


ELECTRIC wheel chair lift
for mini bus or van. $40Q/
best offer. (863)801-6182
Paul


ALASKAN DIAMOND WIL-
LOW (2)- beautiful pattern,
$200 neg. (863)763-7584
after 5.
CHURCH PEWS- 4, very
nice, with mistle rack and
kneelers, $200 neg. Must
haul. (863)763-7613.
EARN DEGREE online from
home. *Business,
*Paralegal, *Computers.
Job Placement Assis-
tance. Computer & Finan-
cial aid if qualify.
(866)858-2121
www.tidewatertechonline-
.com.
FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes stan-
dard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE 50+ Pre-
mium Channels. Access to
over 225 channels! Limit-
ed time 'offer. S&H. Re-
strictions Apply.
(866)500-4056.
New Radar/Laser Detec-
tor/Scrambler $120.00 1
Year warranty, 1 year Tick-
et Rebate. Cordless Key-
board/Opticalmouse
$40.00 (813)943-1544
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Screened Enclosure,
Alum., 10x20, ceiling fans
w/lights, like new cond.,
$800. (863)357-3984



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 CKC
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.
Jack Russell Terrier Pup-
pies, purebred, ready 3/
19, 4 fem., 1 male, $200.
(863)528-9897

JACK RUSSEL female
shots & wormed*8
wks. old $250
(863)673-5370
PEACH DOVES, (2), old
enough to eat on their
own, $20 each. (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm.

SCHNAUZER PUPPIES 4,
CKC reg 8wks all shots
$400 (863)467-5574 or Iv
voice msg 863-697-0035.


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)
7P1-4567.
YORKIPOO pup CKC reg.
shots Vet Cert. $450
(863)357-0037




POOL FILTER, Purex Triton
Star DE, $75. (863)467-
6573

SPA/HOT TUB COVER,
76x76 & Water heater, GE,
40 gal. $125 for all, will
sep. 561-723-6753 Cell


SEWING MACHINE, Singer,
Electric. Works well. $25
(863)763-9647.




SPEAKERS, 2, JL AUDIO
w/Box and Alpine 700W
amp. $900. 863-697-2423



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


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


Agriculture



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


APHA PAINT GELDING
2 years old. Will be big.
Train your way. $2000.
(863)763-3631,
QUARTER HORSES 2)
Cutting/Team Penning Pros-
pects. Well breed and well
started. (772)979-0282
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
LAWN MOWER Murray
widebody, 12.5 HP Briggs
& Stratton. $500. For more
info. (863)634-8608.
LAWN TRACTOR- Murray
wide body, 12.5HP BS,
42" cut, dual blades, $500
neg. (863)634-8608.
Riding Lawn Mowers, (5),
needs work, $500 will sell
sep. (863)634-5113

RIDING MOWER, Snapper,
8 hp w/mulching deck.
$350. (863)467-9054

WALKING TRACTOR, Sim-
plicity, rotary, sickle bar,
plow, $100. (863)674-
0790'







Apartments 905
Business Placos 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.


Lg. Apt., 2BR/1/2BA, Rim
Canal, no pets, $795 mo.
+ 1st & last. (863)467-
4668 bet 2-6.


BASSWOOD, New Home
3BR, 2BA, $1,000. mo. +
1st & last. Sec. (772)873-
2784.
EXECUTIVE HOME:
3 Bdrm., 2 Ba., Excellent
, neighborhood. No pets.
(863)634-1554 after 5:30p

FURNISHED 'COTTAGE-
2br, lba, screen room,
boat lift, on water,
863)763-6886 or
863)447-1093.

OKEECHOBEE 2BR 2BA
$800.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.



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 year balloon, OAC.


We Do Rentals! Southern
Vermont's Rental Center.
MOUNT SNOW, WEST
DOVER, VERMONT. By
Week/Weekend/Month or
Season! INCLUDES: Rec-
reati6nal/Cultural Activi-
ties. We offer hillside con-
dos, town houses, cha-
lets, (large/small homes.)
MOUNTAIN RESORT REN-
TALS, P.O. BOX 1804,
WEST DOVER, VERMONT
05356.
www.mountainresortrent-
als.com, email: rent-
verm@sover.net.
(888)336-1445, (802-
464-1445).



Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale ein5
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos.
Townhouses Sale li)15
Farms Sale 1,20C
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 10 35
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 Property1080



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 .



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


HUNT ELK, Red Stag,
Whitetail, Buffalo Our
season starts September
1, 2005. GUARANTEED
HUNTING LICENSE,
$5.00. We have NO Game,
NO Pay Policy. Call days:
(314)209-9800, Even-
inos: (314)894-3776.


40 AC w/creek near Peace
River. 1/2 pasture; 1/2
pines. Street ends at pre-
serve. Power, well; 3400
sq. ft. house foundation
and kit house, ready to go:
$485,000 (239)340-
0501.

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 -


MOBILE HOME LOT- lake
access, in the city, all utili-
ties in, call (863)634-
1871.

ONE ACRE Home site near
Schools & Sports Com-
plex. $55,000. 239-415-
1455.



ATTENTION INVESTORS:
Waterfront lots n the Foot-
hills of NC. Deep water
lake wth 90 miles of


shoreline. 20% predevel-
opment discounts and
90% financing. NO PAY-
MENTS for 1 year. Call
now for best selection.
www.nclakefrontproperti-
es.com (800)709-LAKE.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CARO-
LINA. WINTER SEASON IS
HERE! MUST SEE THE
BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL
MOUNTAINS OF 'WEST-
ERN NC MOUNTAINS.
Homes, Cabins, Acreage
& Investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy
www.cherokeemountainr-
ealty.com Call for Free
Brochure (800)841-5868.

FORECLOSED GOV'T
HOMES $0 or Low down!
Tax repos and bankrupt-
cies! No Credit O.K. $0 to
low down. For listings
(800)501-1777 ext.
9Qq


*I b il Ii i


GATED MOUNTAIN COM-
MUNITY NEAR ASHE-
VILLE, NC Spectacular
wooded lots- great views!
Paved roads, clubhouse,
world-class trout fishing,
hiking trails & more! Bear
River Community.
(866)411-5263.
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN
$29,900. Free boat slip!
High elevation beautifully
wooded parcel. Across
from national forest on
35,000 acre recreational
lake in TN. Paved roads, u/
g utils, central water, sew-
er, more. Excellent financ-
ing. Call now (800)704-
'3154, ext. 609. Sunset
Bay, LLC.

LAND WANTED Land In-
vestment company seeks
large acreage in Florida
and Georgia. Interested in
waterfront, timber, and ag-
ricultural lands. Must have
road frontage or good ac-
cess. Cash buyer with
quick closings. Call
(877)426-2326 or email:
landyetiveg@aol.com.
NEW MEXICO-20 Acres
$24,900. Scenic region,
views, canyons, trees,
rolling hills, wildlife. Enjoy
hunting, hiking, horses,
great climate. Power, great
access. 100% Financing.
Call (877)822-LAND.

NORTH CAROLINA LAKE-
FRONT ONLY $39,900.
Great All Sports lake to
fish, boat, swim or just re-
lax. Call for details, MLC
(866)920-5263.
S. Central Kentucky, 31
acres, on paved road,
County water & elec.
avail., great hunting, nice
mountain view, year round
spring, private seller
$52,000.
(863)467-5141 or
(561)248-2129
WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
North Carolina Where
there is: Cool Mountain
Air, Views & Stream,
Homes, Cabins &
Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUN-
TAIN PROPERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.co-
m.

i

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


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots ?005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



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




GLOBE 1973, 33 Ft., Lg. FL.
Rm., 1/1, 4 Acres. Adult
Park, lot 60 by Taylor Crk.
$5000 neg. 772-569-5573.
MOBILE HOME- water front,
lake access, 3br, 2ba,
screen patio, Ig dock, boat
ramp, (863)634-1871.
OKEECHOBEE, Clean, Park
model' w/roofover, carport,
furn., W/D, FL rm. Vantage
Oaks 863-357-1180
PARK TRAILER 30'
Water front. Large Florida
Room. Furnished. $4800
(865)924-9228






Boats 3005
Campers.,RVs 3010
Jet Skiis :1015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035


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
Glasstrean, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16ft.,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7108
JON BOAT, 14', Aluminum
w/18 hp Evinrude, New
battery, 2 trolling motors &
trir. $650 863-467-4328


KAYAK, 16', blue & white, 1
seater, $500 or best offer.
(863)673-1574

KAYAK-Aquaterra Prism, sit
on top, 14'1"x 26", to
many features to list,
$350, (863)612-1044.
OMEGA 24" Cabin hull pro-
ject boat w/tandem axle
boat $600 (863)697-
6812 ,
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
Pontoon, Suntracker
Bass Buggy, '05
18', 50hp Mercury 4
stroke motor & trailer,
never used, $12,000
(863)467-2305


RANGER CHEROKEE BASS
BOAT, '95- 90hp, fully
equipped, Ranger Trailer,
excellent condition, $6500
So. Bay, Fla (561)213-
6103.
Ranker, 19', 140 inboard
motor, fiberglass hull, low
hours, $2900. Inquire at
Lot 54, Riverbend Trailer
Park or call 863-467-
4997/801-9360
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
WINDSURFER, Kerma Run,
12'2" big board w/cntrbrd,
6.0 m sail & harness.
$300 (863)612-1044



CATINALINA LIGHT 5TH
WHEEL '99, like new,
$7,250. (863)634-8459.
DODGE MOTORHOME '78
23' good cond.
$1500
(561)310-6611
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
GOLF STREAM 1997, 30 Ft.
Sleeps 6, Awning, A/C,
Very good condition.
$7500 (863)467-1837
MOTORHOME '89 37', not
licensed in FL. Good cond.
only 45k mi. $6000
(561)310-6611
RV TRAILER, 32', w Florida
room attached, furnished,
$6500. (740)359-0156

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

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
*****.* -*

TRAVEL TRAILER, '22 F.
Nice shape. Must seel
$550 86:- .10.:,l.OFA C l
after 6 pm.



MOTOR Evinrude, 4 hp,
Outboard. Runs great!
$275. or best offer. 863-
635-3465.
Outboard motor
10 Horse power
Mercury $300
(801)673-6926
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
KAWASAKI '77 750 AM/FM
Cass, leather Saddlebag,
runs good. $1500 or best
offer (863)452-6561


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



AutomobHiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 41025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 41040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility TraHera 4065
Vans 4070


CHEVY CAMARO, '88,
needs transmissionwork,
$450 or best offer.
(8r33)697-8662
CHEVY CAMARO,
'91, T-Tops, Runs
good. $2500.
(561)996-4473.
ELCAMINO CHEVY '83 runs
good $1000 or best offer
(863)763-5817 after 5pm

FORD EXPLORER '92 new
5spd. transmission, start-
er & exhaust system
$2500 (863)357-1078
FORD THUNDERBIRD '95
2dr. loaded, V-6, good
tires runs good $2000
(863)261-2442 .


I Pb ic o ice


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
.CASE NO. 2005-CA-53
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR EMC
MORTGAGE CORPORATION
Plaintiff
vs.
DENNIS J. RUNNING; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
DENNIS J. RUNNING; UNKNOWN TENANT I;
UNKNOWN TENANT II, and any unknown heirs,
devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown
persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through
and under any of the above-named Defendants,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO:
DENNIS J. RUNNING
2925 SE 20TH COURT
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
UNKNOWN TENANT II
2925 SE 20TH COURT
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
UNKNOWN TENANT I
2925 SE 20TH COURT
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DENNIS J. RUNNING
2925 SE 20TH COURT
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT
RESIDENCE UNKNOWN
And any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and
other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by,
through and under the above-named Defendant(s), it deceased
or whose last known addresses are unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage
covering the following real and personal property described as follows,
to-wit:
LOT 232, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 8, according to the
plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 91, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on Elizabeth Shannon Pastras, Butler &
Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812
and file the original with the Clerk of the above-styled Court on or before
30 days from the first publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered
against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on 14th day of March,
Z005.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with dis-
abilities needing a special accommodation to participate In this proceed-
ing should contact Court Administrative Office, ADA Coordinator (407-
468-1472), not later than seven (7) days prior to proceeding. 304 N.W.
2nd Street, Room 101, Okeechobee, Florida 33472. If hearing impaired,
TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay
Service.
Sharon Robertson
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By: /s/ Landy Wherrell
Deputy Clerk
562120 ON 03/21.28/05


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LINCOLN TOWNCAR '88
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NISSAN '89, Good paint &
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225x75/15 good tread
will sell $25 Firm
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White. Fits '99 Ford 250.
$1200 (863)763-5519

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$25
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motor & trans. $600 for
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6182
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FORD RANGER. '88- not
running, many new parts,
needs injector, $500.
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$800
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firm. (863)467-6469.

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18 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 23,2005


DJJ program cited for innovation


TALLAHASSEE One of the
programs of the Florida Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
has been named a semi-finalist
by Harvard University for being
one of the most creative, for-
ward thinking, results-driven
government programs, in the
country, announced Secretary
Anthony J. Schembri.
Harvard's program is the
prestigious Innovations in Amer-
ican Government Awards-
often referred to as the "Oscars"
of government prizes. DJJ's pro-
gram is now in the top five per-
cent of all the programs nomi-
nated and is one of 50 eligible to
win one of six $100,000 grants.
The DJJ program is called
Program Accountability Mea-
sures (PAM). It is a comprehen-
sive program that meticulously
evaluates and measures how
well the residential juvenile jus-.
tice programs DJJ funds are
doing. It was developed in coor-
dination with the Justice
Research Center, a private.pro-
gram also funded by DJJ.
"This is an independent veri-
fication from Harvard University
that DJJ is on the cutting edge
nationally when it comes to
making sure we are doing every-
thing we can to keep youths
from making a second visit to
our facilities," Schenibri said. "It
is also important to note that
this program verifies the return
that taxpayers get on their
investment in the juvenile jus-
tice system."
This was not an overnight
success. PAM has been continu-
ally improved over many years
under the watchful eye of the
Office of Research and Planning,
Schembri said.
Shows true picture
PAM allows the department
to determine the cost effective-
ness of over 150 programs deal-
ing with the most troubled
youth in the juvenile justice sys-
tem. This includes both private
and state-run facilities.
"Our approach, allows us to
genuinely assess the cost effec-
tiveness to maximize both the
return on state dollars and safety
to the public," Schembri said. "It
also allows the- Legislature to
see how every program in the
state ranks and whether they are
providing effective services."
DJJ Director of Research and
Planning Ted Tollett said DJJ has
not found any other state that
uses the Department's sophisti-
cated, statistical approach.
"Some states simply com-
pare recidivism rates for pro-
,grams, not taking into account
the risk levels of the youths
served by different programs,"
Tollett said. "What this means is
programs that are serving partic-
ularly challenging youth may be
judged unfairly against pro-
grams serving less challenging
youth.
PAM. has been, previously
id notified as one of the best in
the country for determining cost
effective programs for dealing
with committed delinquent
youth. This recognition was
from the. National Center for
Juvenile Justice as a best prac-
tice.
How it works
"We use statistical analyses
to predict how well program
youth are expected to perform,
given the type of youth the pro-
gram may serve," Tollett said.
"WVe then compare the expected
recidivism to how \vell the pro-


gram youth actually performed
following release."
Tollett said it is important to
know whether a program is
reducing recidivism in a manner
that is cost-effective for the citi-
zens of Florida.
"We incorporate a cost factor
that compares all programs to
the average cost per comple-
tion," he said. "The recidivism
and cost measure are then com-
bined into a single score ranging
from 1 to 100, and which can be
likened to the standard academ-
ic grading scale. This gives pro-
grams. an easily interpretable
way to understand how they are
performing.
Nation's very best
The semi-finalists in the Har-
vard program represent the
nation's very best public sector
efforts in the areas of education
and training, criminal justice
and public safety, economic.and
community development,
health and social service, man-
agement, transportation, public
works and environment.
The programs were chosen
from a pool of more than 1,000
applicants for their novelty and
uniqueness, effectiveness in
addressing important problems,
significance, and the potential
for replication by other govern-
ment entities.
"These 50 programs-which
touch the lives of so many peo-
ple across the street and around
the world-offer a very com-
pelling snapshot of what is right,
good and uniquely innovative in
American government at every
level today,D said Stephen Gold-
smith, Director of the Innova-
tions in American Government
Awards. "Each deserves special
recognition, not just by citizens,
but also by other government
leaders and practitioners who
should be inspired by the pro-
grams' blend of creativity and
effectiveness," added Gowher
Rizvi, Director of the Ash Insti-
tute for Democratic Governance,
and Innovation, which sponsors
the Innovations in American
Government Awards Program. ,
Eighteen finalists will be cho-
sen from the 50 and announced
in April. The Innovations in
American Government National
Selection Committee, chaired by
David R. Gergen of the Center
for Public L.eadership at Harvard
and including former Maryland
Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend, former San Diego
Mayor. Susan Golding, and for-
mer member of the U.S. House


. of Representatives William
Clinger will choose six winning
programs, which will be
announced on July 27.
The Innovations in American
Government Awards program,
now in its 18th year, is a pro-
gram of the Ash Institute for
Democratic Governance and
Innovation at Harvard Universi-
ty's Kennedy School of Govern-
ment, administered in partner-
ship with the Council for
Excellence in Government.

PAM is joint effort
PAM is a collaborative
research study between the'pri-
vate Justice Research Center
and DJJ that evaluates how well
DJJ is doing in changing the
lives of the juveniles in its care.
Under contract with the Depart-
ment, the research center has
produced the report since 2001.
"To conduct such an assess-


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ment in the third largest juvenile
justice system in the country is
an enormous undertaking and
one that takes an infrastructure
dedicated to effective measure-
ment and evaluation," Schembri
said. "I have placed an emphasis
on research since my arrival and
that infrastructure is now in
place at DJJ. We expect this is
just the beginning of the types of
things this Department [tad
redundant] will be able to cre-
ate."
The mission of the Florida
Department of Juvenile Justice
is to protect the public by reduc-
ing juvenile crime and delin-
quency. The department over-
sees both private and DJJ-run
facilities that supervise juveniles
throughout the .state. The
department is located at 2737
Centerview Drive, Tallahassee.
The phone number is (850) 488-
1850. The website is at
www.djj.state.fl.us.


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ATTENTION RESIDENTS


OF FORT DRUM


The Board of County Commissioners has set a DEADLINE on

April 15, 2005 for any claims to historic family burial sites at

the Fort Drum Cemetery. If your family's claim has already

been submitted, do not re-apply. Claims together with any

supporting documentation should be presented to the

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North, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863-763-2420) before 4:00pm on
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