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Vol. 96 No. 108 Monday, April 18, 2005 504 Plus tax


Inside

Visit the
book fair
This month is just flying by!
South Elementary is busy with
activities, and we'd like to
include you in some of these.
Today our Scholastic Book Fair
will open in the Media Center.
This is a great time to shop for
new books for your child's
summer reading, and at the
same time allow our library to
add new books to its shelves.
Tomorrow evening the Book
Fair will be open from 6 until 7
p.m. and again after the 7 p.m.
PTO meeting for your shop-
ping convenience.
This brings us to our PTO
meeting tomorrow night at 7
p.m., during which our tech-
nology committee will be
bringing some important
information to you. Plan to
come, and then you'll be able
to visit the Book Fair.
Don't miss the fun! Tickets
are now on sale in the school
office for our dinner theatre
next week. You can purchase
tickets for Thursday evening,
April 28 or Friday evening,
April 29. Dinner and a show,
with a tropical flair are includ-
ed in the $5 donation price.
The South Singers have been
practicing diligently,on a pro-
gram you are sure to enjoy!
Tickets will also be on sale at
tomorrow night's PTO meet-
ing at 7 p.m. for the dinner the-
atre.
Page 3
Scorpion visits
extension office
Extension agents enjoy
office visits from local resi-
dents bearing gifts in glass jars
and plastic containers. Once
in a while the specimens can
get a bit creepy. A recent visi-
tor to our office brought in a
small brown lobster-like crea-
ture with a curled up tail. Most
folks would have no problem
identifying this as a scorpion
the subject of this week's
column.
Yes, Virginia, Florida has
scorpions. However, accord-
ing to the University of Florida
Extension Entomologists,
none of them are able to pro-
duce a fatal sting. Most folks
would view these occasional
invaders as a nuisance, and
want to know how to control
them.


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Drought Index
Current: 202
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.21 feet


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Lake level
Last Year:
14.31 feet


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

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O.H.S. Prom: Dancing the nil


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Two couples waited for their turn for pictures inside the KOA Resort Saturday evening
before attending the O.H.S. Prom. They were (left to right) Jorge Valladares, Alycia
Eddings, Kayla Kelly and Brandon Reed.


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At -their Thursday meeting,
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners were blasted by a state
emergency management officialJ
for their handling of the emer-
gency housing situation brought
about by last years' hurricanes.
Jill Igert of the state emer-
gency management office stated
the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA) was pro-
hibited by county regulations
from putting mobile homes in
the county a charge denied by
commissioners.
She said that right after the
hurricanes, there were 478 fami-
lies in Okeechobee County living
in FEMA provided travel trailers.
Currently there are 381 families
in Okeechobee County in travel
trailers, she said. Of that number,
272 trailers are on private sites


and 109 are on commercial sites.
She said that the travel trailers
were never intended as interme-
diate shelter. She said that FEMA
has been moving people into
mobile homes in other counties,
jbut because of zoning restric-
tions FEMA was prohibited from
providing mobile homes in this
county.
She said that FEMA has only
provided five mobile homes in
the county to families with dis-
abilities.
Commission Chairman John
Abney said that the county needs
to know how many of these are
one-time replacements.
County regulations allow for
a one-time replacement of a sin-
glewide mobile home.
Ms. Igert said that in Okee-
chobee County FEMA has made
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Randy Garcia (left), Dacia McCune (second from left), Susan Budovsky (third from left)
and Gilbert Garcia (right) attended the Okeechobee High School Junior/Senior Prom
together this past weekend. The prom was held at the KOA Campground and Resort.



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Juniors Emily Peterson (left) and Dannelle Lynch (right)
attended the Okeechobee High School Junior/Senior
Prom Saturday evening at the KOA. This year's prom
theme was the tropical rainforest.


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News Briefs

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

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

Foley's aide
to visit locally
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker,
aide to U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R),
16th Congressional district, will hold
office hours in Okeechobee County
on Thursday, April 21, in room 106
at'the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W Second St.
She will be available from 9 until
11 a.m. She can also be reached at
(863) 763-6441 during those hours.


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the offer to construct a group site or
set up mobile homes in parks. She
asserted that the county zoning reg-
ulations prevented that option,
even though FEMA has identified
47 vacant mobile home pads that
are available commercially.
She was informed that was not
the case.
"If it's in a mobile home park,
there is not a problem, asserted
Commissioner ClifBetts.
"We do not prohibit mobile
homes in the county," Commis-
sioner Betts added.
"I think our stance has been that
we will do what we can to help our
people," he said.
"If it's allowable to replace a sin-
glewide we can do that," he added,
"I'm surprised at what I am hear-
ing."
Mr. Betts went on to say that the
permitting process was supposed
to have been speeded up for hurri-
cane victims.
Ms. Igert claimed that there
have been several meetings on this
issue.
County Administrator George
Long stated that the previous Mon-
day was the first time he had heard
any figures from FEMA.
"I assure you, Monday wasn't
the first time that it was discussed,"
Ms. Igert contradicted.
She stated that she was not here
to mandate mobile homes. How-
ever, she added that another hurri-
cane season was approaching.
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you intend to do on behalf of your
families?" she asked commission-
ers.
She noted that 7.5 million dol-
lars is available from the state for
long-term housing. However, she
added that failure to assist families
now could have an impact on state
funding. She stated that failure to
provide intermediate housing
could negate long-term housing
money. She also asserted that no
other county in the state denies the
use of mobile homes.
Housing Official Bill Royce said
this was the first time he had heard
of the mobile home problem and
he did not feel this was the appro-
priate forum to discuss it.
Mr. Royce stated that the county
has always handled these things on
a case-by-case basis.
He stated that the county has
been waiting on the recertification
process.
Commission Chairman John
Abney said that the county has
been waiting on input.
Ms. Igert replied that the county
has preliminary numbers.
"We can't wait for final num-
bers, she added.
County Attorney John Cassels
suggested putting mobile homes in
RV parks where there is room.
Ms. Igert said it would take 60
days for a group site to be con-
structed. Trailers could be set up on
.commercial pads and private prop-
erty quite rapidly, she added.
Mr. Abney suggested that Ms.
Igert work with Mr. Royce and Mr.
Long to solve the problem.
He asserted that it was not fair to
accuse this board of not caring.


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Visit the book fair at South Elementary today!


This month is just flying by!
South Elementary is busy with
activities, and we'd like to
include you in some of these.
Today our Scholastic Book Fair
will open in the Media Center.
This is a great time to shop for
new books for your child's sum-
mer reading, and at the same
time allow our library to add
new books to its shelves. Tomor-
row evening the Book Fair will
be open from 6 until 7 p.m. and
again after the 7 p.m. PTO meet-
ing for your shopping conven-
ience.
This brings us to our PTO
meeting tomorrow night at 7
p.m., during which our technol-
ogy committee will be bringing
some important information to
you. Plan to come, and then
you'll be able to visit the Book
Fair.
Don't miss the fun! Tickets
are now on sale in the school
office for our dinner theatre next
week. You can purchase tickets


ior Thursday evening, April 28 or
Friday evening, April 29. Dinner
and a show, with a tropical flair
are included in the $5 donation
price. The South Singers have
been practicing diligently on a
program you are sure to enjoy!
Tickets will also be on sale at
tomorrow night's PTO meeting
at 7 p.m. for the dinner theatre.
Is it true that boys and girls
were seen at school in their paja-
mas? Mrs. Lewis reports that her
kindergarten students enjoyed a
pajama day on Friday as a


Slafl pholo Lorni- J.aIlonsk'
Prom date
Senior Courtney Adler attended the Okeechobee High
School junior/senior prom Saturday evening with sopho-
more Todd Holt.


reward for having read 200
books. Miss Norman's third
graders joined these kinder-
garteners for a read-in, wearing
their pajamas, of course.
Miss Schoonover's first grade
students have enjoyed studying
space and the solar system. They
know all about the sun and the
nine planets in our solar system.
During their writing lessons
these first graders studied lady-
bugs and wrote about them.
Mrs. Milrot reports that her
third graders are reading the
popular novel 'Because of Winn
Dixie'. The students have each
been issued a copy of the book
which they are responsible for
keeping up with and bringing
with them to class each day. Mrs.
Milrot's Super Spellers last week
were Naomi Cook, Kutter Craw-
ford, Harlie Elliott, Zane More-
land, McKenzie Richey, Danyelle
Sheffield, and Anali Torres. Con-
gratulations!


Petting z
TALLAHASSEE The Florida
Department of Health (DOH) is
working closely with state and
local partners to continue investi-
gating reported cases of E. coli
0157:H7 and/or Hemolytic Ure-
mic Syndrome (HUS) in Central
Florida. On April 8, DOH Secre-
tary John 0. Agwunobi, M.D.,
M.B.A., M.P.H., joined Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner
Charles Bronson to announce a
definitive link between the out-
break strain of 0157:H7 and ani-
mals that were part of a petting
zoo exhibit at each of three Cen-
tral Florida fairs.
"Working with our partners,
our epidemiological investigation
has shown that these petting zoo
animals were the source of infec-
tion for this outbreak," said
Agwunobi.
Commissioner Bronson
announced critical steps in stop-
ping the spread of E. coli 0157:H7
'from these animals to other ani-
mals or humans.
The 37 Ag Venture animals
that have been found to include 6
positive animals with a match
strain of 0157.H7 will remain
under state quarantine. These ani-
mals will be prohibited from exhi-
bition for public contact and will
not be moved from the premises


Courtesy photo/South Elementary
Terrific Kids this week are: Maricela Bucio, Haley McLaughlin, Ismael Perez, Nathan Center,
Erica Goggans, Marissa Janes, Aliyyah Murray, Breanna Leavesley, Gage Faicloth, Brandon
Wolf, Marcus Minondo, CJ Sheffield, Joshua Hernandez, Henedino Arellano, Alma Bucio,
Samantha Smalls, Anali Torres, Carlos Hernandez, Tyler Milrot, Katelynn Jolly, Matthew Lang,
Corbin Davis, Jessy Obregon, Cody Mullin, Jesse Alvarez, Bonnie Little, and Kaycee Lowry.
Great job! Mr. Frank Irby, a local Kiwanian, was on hand to present awards to these terrific kids.


;oo exhibit linked to illness


without a permit from the Depart-
ment of Agriculture. These ani-
mals will not be permitted to be
slaughtered for human consump-
tion because of concerns for pos-
sible meat contamination. Any
animals added to this herd will be
under the same quarantine
requirements.
Cleaning and disinfection of
fair site areas that were used to
hold affected animals will be con-
ducted following completion of
laboratory testing of environmen-
tal sampling. These sites are now
being closed to public access and
will remain so until cleaning and
disinfection has been completed.
Exhibits which allow for direct
contact of farm animals to the
public (such as petting zoos) will
be visited by division personnel
and reviewed or inspected for
compliance with specific guide-
lines for protecting the public
from animal borne disease
agents. Emphasis will be placed
on sanitary practices such as
hand washing and minimizing
contamination of hands and
clothing. Original guidelines will
focus on the CDC Compendium
recently published but will
include added measures for
enhancing public protection.
Numbers listed below are
updated as of 4 p.m., Wednesday,


April 6, 2005.

Confirmed cases
The following number of cases
(23 children and three adults)
have been confirmed as of April 7:
Charlotte: 1 case; Collier: 1 case;
Orange: 13 cases; Pasco: 2 cases;
Seminole: 3 cases; and, Volusia: 6
cases.

Suspect cases
The following number of cases
are considered suspect cases as of
April 7: 27 cases (children); 15
cases (adults); Brevard: 1 case;
Charlotte: 6 cases; DeSoto: 1 case;
Hardee: 3 cases; Highlands: 1
case; Hillsborough: 3 cases; Lake:
1 case; Manatee: 3 cases; Marion:
2 cases; Orange: 2 cases; Pinellas:
4 cases; Polk: 4 cases; Sarasota: 1
case; Seminole: 2 cases; Taylor: 7
cases; and, Volusia: 1 case.
Screening criteria are critical to
determining if a case needs fur-
ther investigation. Our screening
criteria fall into the following two
categories:
Suspected case: Individuals,
with diarrhea with variable severi-
ty (from mild to severe and
bloody) who have recently
attended Florida fairs or festivals.
Confirmed case: An individ-
ual with diarrhea with variable


severity (from mild to severe and
bloody) that has tested positive
for E. coli 0157:H7 and/or a diag-
nosis of HUS, and has recently
attended Florida fairs or festivals.

If you suspect
infection
If you or your children attend-
ed a recent event with animal
exhibits, and has diarrhea with
variable severity (from mild to
severe and bloody), please con-
tact your health care provider.
To avoid infection and illness,
DOH recommends the following
safety tips:
Wash hands often, and
immediately after contact with
domestic or farm animals.
Do not eat undercooked
meat.
If you suspect your child may
'have symptoms of infection, con-
tact your health care provider.
For more information and
facts on HUS, visit the DOH web-
site at www.doh.state.fl.us or
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention at www.cdc.gov. For
veterinary or animal-related
inquiries, contact the Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices at www.doacs.state.fl.us.


Scholarship program topic of Rotary meeting


By Bennett Yeilding
After Rotary business con-
ducted by the president; includ-
ing, reminders about the L.O.S.T.
Bike Ride on April 23, the
Regional Governors visit next
week, our donation to Grad
Night and Friends of Scouting,
she turned the program over to
Rotarian Pat Cooper.
Ms. Cooper introduced
Audrey Delaune, IRCC Scholar-
ship coordinator for Take Stock
in Children program. This pro-
gram, started in 1996, is support-
ed locally by Williamson Cattle


Company, Okeechobee Educa-
tional Foundation, Okeechobee
Livestock Market, Publix Mar-
kets, and various individuals. It
provides scholarship support to
students who would otherwise
not have funds to complete their
college education. It also pro-
vides mentoring for the students.
Okeechobee has a student who
will graduate from Okeechobee
High in May and from Indian
River Community College in
June, entering FAU in August as
a junior. The student is Eduarda
Arellano who will receive a Take
Stock scholarship for her college


expenses.
This program has provided
assistance to over 400 students
in the four county regions of
Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie,
and Indian River. The program
was started by the state adminis-
tered thru IRCC.-Each communi-
ty helps through donations and
mentoring the students. All the
student has to do is have the
desire to attend college. The pro-
gram works with the Florida pre-
pay college expenses program in
.that a plan can be purchased at
half price.
The program needs mentors.


As a mentor you meet with the
student once a week and advise
the student in a cross section of
subjects, from just someone to
talk with to guiding them in their
,future plans. Mentors receive
training after completing several
forms and going through a back-
ground check.
The program has been very
successful with 121 students
having graduated with a 4-year
degree and 15 have graduated
from IRCC.
Come join us at Rotary each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant.


Courtesy photo/Bennett Yeilding
Pat Cooper (middle), program chair for the April 12th Rotary
Club meeting introduced her guest (left) Audrey Delaune,
IRCC Scholarship coordinator for Take Stock in Children pro-
gram from Indian River Community College, and also attend-
ing the meeting was Rotarian president, Kristy Crawford.


Legion Post #64 to


host military coffee
Military retirees and surviving military hospital benefits, various
spouses are invited to an "Out- services still available at military
reach Coffee" Saturday morning, bases for retirees, TRICARE med-
April 23, at the American Legion ical and prescription benefits,
Home in Okeechobee. Space A travel, obtaining military
Sponsored by the South Central .identification credentials, as well as
Florida Chapter of The Military Offi- status on pending legislative pro-
cers Association, the session is posals affecting the retiree.
open to all military retirees regard- Colonel Lawrence C. Saucier,
less of rank explained retired Army local Army JROTC Battalion Senior
-Brigadier General Peter B. Injasou- Instructor, has been invited to be
lian, chapter president. on hand to answer questions con-
'"As part of our community, rela- cerning the local program and their
tions program, we hope to keep plans for next year.
the military retirees and their fami- "One of our local chapter's
lies aware of pending legislation as main programs is the support of
well as benefits presently due the Junior ROTC units in our area
them" explained General Injasou- and we will be making a prqsenta-
lian. tion to the Okeechobee High
The program is scheduled to School Army Junior ROTC Battal-
start at 10 a.m., and is scheduled to ion," said General Injasoulian.
last an hour, coffee will be fur- Anyone who wishes further
nished by the MOAA chapter at the information, may call local MOAA
Legion Home. member retired Marine Major Dan
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Community Events

Hospice will host yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Thursday,
April 28, from noon until 3 p.m. The sale will continue on Fri-
day, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The sale will be held at the Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer
House, located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third
Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Career Center hosting job fair
Okeechobee One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., is
holding their annual job fair on Friday, April 29, from 3 until 7
p.m. For information, call (863) 462-5350.

Guardian ad Litem classes slated
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian
ad Litem program will be training volunteers from Okee-
chobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties to represent
the best interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children
in court. These classes will take place at the Vero Beach
Women's Club, 1534 21st St., in Vero Beach on May 2-6 from 9
a.m. until 4 p.m. For information and an application, call (772)
785-5804.

Flotilla offers boating program
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will be starting a boating
safety and seamanship program on May 5. Participants will
learn: to outfit their boat safely; the boating Rules of the Road;
tips on trailering; and, how to use a boat safely and efficiently.
The last program was packed with people from 12 to over 60
years in age, .and all had good things to say about the experi-
ence. Seating is limited so call (863) 467-3085, for information
or to pre-register.

OMS hosting career fair
Osceola Middle School will host a career fair Friday, May 6,
from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The school is looking for volunteers to
come and participate by setting up a career booth. Please call
Tracy Downing' or Jerry Golliher at (863) 462-5070. While the
students are visiting booths they will be learning about: the
challenges, rewards, advantages and disadvantages of the job;
typical job duties and responsibilities; average wages; where
and how to receive the necessary education and training; and,
employment outlook. A homemade lunch will be prepared for
the volunteers.

Driver's safety course slated
The Church of the Nazarene will be sponsoring an AARP dri-
ver's safety course on May 7 and 14 at 425 S.W. 28th St from 8
a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration is at 8 a.m. on May 7. Tuition
for the class is $10 and must be paid by check; You do not need
to be a member of AARP to attend. This class is for seniors, 50
and over. For information, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-
0351.

County hosts Cinco de Mayo event
Okeechobee County will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration
at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., on
Saturday, May 7. Events planned include live music, dancing
and family-themed vendors.

Red Cross swimming lessons offered
Swim lessons will be available at the Okeechobee Sports
complex pool through the Red Cross. Registration for lessons
will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., June 7 through June 10. Flyers
will be sent out to the elementary schools in early May. For
information, contact D. Sheffield at (863) 467-7667 (pool); or,
(863) 462-5296 (classroom).

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-prof-
it organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing
to girls and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential
pregnancy tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultra-
sound, parenting classes and abstinence education. Operating
hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are locat-
ed at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. If you
would like more information on this or set an appointment for
a free pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.





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Courtesy photo/Seminole Tribe of Florida

Looking Back ...
Cattle owners at Brighton Seminole Reservation in the 1950s included (left to right) Willie Gopher Sr., Joe Henry Tiger,
Jack Smith Sr., Frank Huff Sr., Andrew J. Bowers, John Josh, Naha Tiger, Toby Johns, John Henry Gopher, Lonnie Buck,
Charlie Micco and Harjo Osceola. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens to share
with our readers? Bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.


Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The Gath-
ering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., for a weekly 12-step recovery and support
group meeting for women overcoming chemical dependency. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see your
world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information.
Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are
invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
The Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., is having Bible
studies at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life: Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers support
and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical depres-
sion, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis.

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open.meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave. from 5 until 6:30 p.m. (behind the Brahman Theatre). For
information, call (863) 763-1191.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car you
may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while you lis-
ten tothe great oldies music.
Look good, feel better 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beauty Salon
located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public service program
to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty techniques to diminish
appearance-related side effects of treatment. R.S.V.R to (863) 467-2096 or
(863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30 p.m.
* They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For information, call
Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
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.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a pot
luck supper at 6 p.m. and'services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic Center. For
information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Brah-
ma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
tion.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for blood
donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-9360.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It's a closed book study.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women whoi
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. 'Park St., in
Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers, and is
facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee, and Laura
Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is from 2 until 3
p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve your place in the
group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is available for your loved one
while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will meet
starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is welcome
to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an oppor-
tunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The
meetings are held at Hospibe at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your loved
ones is available at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second
Ave. For information call (863) 467-2321.


Community Events

History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be closed from May
2 until Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30
a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from
11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Fri-
day. Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you
may need. For information during working hours call (863) 763-6510.
During hours the center is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-
7711.

Community pool is open
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool is currently
open Tuesday-Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m.; and, Sundays from 1 until 5 p.m. Since school is still in ses-
sion, this schedule accommodates physical education and water
safety classes for county students.

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

Red Cross needs instructors -
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to- find out
more.

Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee would like to
invite the community to participate in a project for Operation Free-
dom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20 service-
men in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serving our country
have requested items not only for themselves, but they also give
items to the Iraqi children while on patrol and visiting. We would like
to invite the community to help us with this project. For more infor-
mation, contact Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.

Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of a few
fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners to be a part of the council. Governor
Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with terms of two or four
years. The council meets monthly to discuss programs and needs of
the children in the community. Once a year, agencies request funds
through a grant process. Each council member "adopts" an agency
or two as their own and monitors the programs' services that they
provide to our children. Those interested in completing an applica-
tion should contact Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-
4000, ext. 255

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

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

My Aunt' House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
'the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

Back to School supply drive starts
The Shared Services Network's Community Collaborative Coun-
cil is sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for Okee-
chobee's children in foster care.
These supplies will be given to the children in Okeechobee during
their annual foster care picnic just before school starts. The children
are in need of: pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, high-
lighters, notebook paper, construction paper, folders, binders, pencil
boxes, lunch boxes, backpacks, glue, scissors, rulers, erasers, index
cards and calculators. For information on becoming a foster parent,
call the Hibiscus Foster Parent Training Program at (800) 403-9311.
Supplies may be taken to the Community Collaborative Council
meetings during April, May and July. The meetings will be held in
room 303 of the Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W
Second Ave. For information on the school supply drive or the coun-
cil's meetings, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Chamber sponsors concerts
Brenda O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce, has announced that the Chamber, in conjunction
with Morgan Renee Entertainment, are finalizing plans for a concert
series to be staged at the Chamber's Cinco de Mayo celebration and
during Labor Day weekend festivities. Information on the bands and
artists will be announced at a later date. To volunteer your help at any
of these events, call the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.


OPINION







BUSINESS 5


'. .. Rotary Club discusses Mainstreet


Courtesy photo/Jim Mclnnes
Rotarian Terry Burroughs invited his wife Maureen Bur-
roughs to present the Rotary Club program on Tuesday, April
5, (left to right) Terry Burroughs, Lydia Jean Williams, Mau-
reen Burroughs and Rotary President Kristy Crawford.


By Bennett Yeilding
At the Rotary meeting on April
5, Mrs. Burroughs spoke on her
favorite subject, Okeechobee
Mainstreet. She is the current
president of Mainstreet.
In 2004 Mainstreet was accred-
ited which gave the group addi-
tional advantage to get grant dol-
lars. They use the grants for
various projects promoted by
Mainstreet, such as restoration of


the old jail, beautification of Park
streets, revitalizing old buildings
before they are destroyed and
others. One of the requirements
for accreditation was a full-time
executive director. That had been
accomplished when the applica-
tion went in and now the execu-
tive director is Lydia Jean
Williams.
The Okeechobee Mainstreet
organization is part of a national
organization that has been in exis-


tence for over 20 years. Member-
ship in the local organization is
growing every day.
Businesses and individuals are
joining to be a part of the positive
changes to Okeechobee. Should-
n't you be a member also?
Mainstreet meets for lunch the
fourth Wednesday of each month
at Brahma Bull Restaurant. All
meetings are open to the public.
In other Rotary business the
president reminded members of


the LOST Bike Ride/Run coming
up April 23. The chairman of our
gazebo project said the fundrais-
ing is going forward but lots of
work still needs to be done. Sever-
al fund raising projects are being
planned in order to help finance
the project.

Rotary meets each Tuesday at
noon at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant. Come join us.


SFWMD names Wehle executive director


With the governor's full
endorsement, the South Florida
Water Management District Gov-
erning Board today unanimously
selected Carol Wehle, a civil engi-
neer, as the agency's next execu-
tive director. This appointment
makes her the first female to head
a regional water management
district in Florida. She will replace
Henry Dean who is retiring June 1
after 30 years of public service to
the state.
Wehle has been with the
South Florida Water Management
District since.2001 and currently
serves as the agency's second-in-
command assistant executive
director. Based on similar models
employed by major corporations,
she established the District Lead-
ership Team to address the over-
arching management issues and
strategies of the organization.
Also under her direction, she


helped guide and shape the Dis-
trict's first comprehensive strate-
gic plan a 10-year roadmap
that clearly articulates agency pri-
orities and focus and re-ener-
gized staff commitment to project
management and implementa-
tion.
"Carol Wehle is a stellar exam-
ple of the top-notch quality of
employees working at the District
and she is ideally qualified to fill
this critical leadership position,"
said governing board chair Kevin
McCarty. "The Board has the
utmost confidence in her ability to
continue the agency's' positive
momentum in meeting, and
exceeding, our resource manage-
ment mandates and responsibili-
ties."
Beyond her South Florida Dis-
trict service, she has extensive
water resource knowledge, leg-'
islative expertise and executive-


level management experience.
For nine years, she was with the
St. Johns River Water Manage-
ment District where she held sev-
eral positions, including deputy
executive director. Her public
service experience also includes a
four-year term as a Brevard Coun-
ty Commissioner and five years
on the Sebastian Inlet Tax District
Commission. She has also
worked as a civil engineer for pri-
vate-sector firms and was a state-
certified building contractor.
She received her engineering
degree from Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology. She also
attended Harvard University and
Northeastern University.
By law, the Governing Board's
recommendation for executive
director must be formally submit-
ted and approved by the gover-
nor, and also confirmed by the
Florida Senate.


Harbor Federal promotes Carol Hughes
FORT PIERCE Harbor Fed- experience with 11 years in mort- continues to offer excellent finan-
eral Savings Bank announced gage lending. She has her mas- cial security with $2.8 billion in
today that Carol Hughes has been ter's degree in business from assets bank-wide. One of the
promoted to director of residen- Florida Insti- largest independent banks in
tial lending. A new position creat- tute of Tech- Florida, Harbor Federal continues
ed due to the bank's growth and nology and her its time-honored tradition of corn-
high level of lending activity, undergraduate munity-oriented banking for
Hughes will oversee the residen- degree from building relationships with com-
tial loan officers in all37 branches University of munity leaders and community
throughout the seven-county area North Carolina residents.
in central and the eastern coast of at Chapel Hill. Carol Hughes Harbor Federal is "A" rated by
Florida. A 19 year veteran of Har- Hughes can be an independent rating firm, a dis-
bor Federal, Hughes has held the reached at Harbor Federal Opera- tinctive achievement in today's
following positions: commercial tions Center, (772) 461-2414. climate, providing financial secu-
loan officer, vice president of con- A wholly owned subsidiary of rity to all its customers. There are
summer lending and director of Harbor Florida Bancshares, Inc. presently 37 branches located
underwriting/secondary market- (NASDAQ:HARB), Harbor Feder- from Stuart to Daytona within
ino Huohes has 23 years banking al opened its doors in 1934 and eastern central Florida.


Riverside Bank promotes Edgar to AVP


FORT PIERCE Riverside
Bank has promoted John Edgar
to the position of assistant vice
president/cash management
officer. David Smith', SVP busi-
ness financial services
announced the promotion.
"John has proven himself as
an asset through his experience
with the many aspects of cash,
management, and his commit-
ment to the local community,"
said Smith.
Edgar, who started with River-
side as a teller has continued his
education and worked his way
up to his current position. His
responsibilities include supervi-
sion of sales, and implementa-
tion of cash management servic-


es for Indian River, St. Lucie,
Martin, Palm
Beach and
Okeechobee
counties.
Edgar, who a
moved to
Florida in 1995 r ,
from Philadel- .,
phia, currently
resides in Port John Edgar
St. Lucie. He is
a graduate of IRCC and has also
obtained his bachelors degree in
finance from Florida Atlantic
University. He is involved in sev-
eral local charitable organiza-
tions including Big Brothers/Big
Sisters and the United Way.


Founded in 1982, Riverside
Bank is one of Florida's largest
and fastest growing community
banks. The independent, locally
owned institution has grown to
over $2.4 billion in assets, offer-
ing hometown service and cus-
tomer-friendly products like Life-
time Free Checking and Free
Business Checking at 49 offices
in nine Florida counties. In addi-
tion to serving its customers'
unique banking needs with a
wide variety of personal and
business accounts, Riverside
Bank offers residential, con-
sumer and commercial loans,
cash management and financial
services.


Rodeo chaps
Members of Big Lake National Bank, (left to right) senior vice president, Paul Welsh;
Theresa Chandler and Dudly Kirton, of the Cattleman's Association; Melody Hodges;
and, bank president, Joe Mullins proudly display the chaps that were especially created
for rodeo announcer Jerry Todd. Mr. Todd has a three year contract with Big Lake Nation-
al Bank to announce the Okeechobee rodeos. The chaps were handcrafted by Ben Lee
of Warner Robins, Ga., and designed with the Big Lake National Bank logo on the front
of each leg.


Bank begins
FT. PIERCE Riverside Bank
announced its new School Part-
ners Program designed to benefit
area schools. Riverside executive
vice president and director of
retail banking, Jeff Merwin made
the announcement at the bank's
annual meeting.
"Riverside staff members are
visiting schools throughout the
bank's service area," said Mer-
win, "encouraging them to join
as School Partners by opening
the school's primary business
account with the bank". Once


program for area schools


the account is open, school
employees and parents of stu-
dents are invited to receive spe-
cial incentives when they open
accounts linking them to their
school's Partners Program. Then
on a quarterly basis the bank
donates a bonus to the school
based on the combined totals of
its School Partner accounts. That
money is then used at the
schools discretion,,,for, such
things as books, equipment, edu-
cational software teacher's
aides and field'trips.'


"As a community business
leader, Riverside realizes that it is
essential to help our schools and
students, however possible,"
continued Merwin. "We are
extremely excited to launch this
great new program."
Schools located throughout
the bank's service areas can
request information by calling
their local Riverside office. A
Riverside representative will
work with them to answer any
questions, or to set up the School
Partners Program.


Hospice board appoints Benson as CEO


STUART Health and Palliative
Services of the Treasure Coast, also
known as Treasure Coast Hospices,
the parent organization of Hospice of
the Treasure Coast, Hospice of Mar-
tin and St. Lucie and Big Lake Hos-
pice announced that its Board of
Directors has appointed Dr. Louis P.
Benson as chief executive officer.
Dr. Benson, who has served as
president and interim CEO since
December, helped facilitate the cre-
ation of Health and Palliative Services


when Hospice of the Treasure Coast
and Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie
merged.
Dr. Benson has been a resident of
the Treasure Coast for more than 10
years and has been active in the
community. Prior to joining Treasure
Coast Hospices, he consulted with
healthcare organizations throughout
the country and has been a featured
speaker at international association
conferences including the National
Hospice Association and the Ameri-
can Hospital Association.


Board chairman Kathy Hodge
stated, "We are extremely pleased
with Dr. Benson's positive and effec-
tive leadership. In the short time he
has been here he has reenergized
our staff with a renewed commit-
ment to Hospice," she said.
Louis Benson stated, "Treasure
Coast Hospices make a.difference in
people's lives and in our communi-
ties. Our staff and volunteers are its
heart. It is a privilege and an honor to
be a part of this organization."


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Community Events

Red Cross offering classes
The American Red Cross Okeechobee branch will hold an
infant/child CPR class on April 19 from 6 until 10 p.m. A first aid
class has been scheduled for April 28, and will be held from 6
until 10 p.m. Each class is $25 for the first class, and $5 per class
thereafter. If you are interested in signing up please stop by the
office, 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.
Church of God hosting revival
The Okeechobee Church of God, 3011 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
host a revival Sunday, April 17, through Wednesday, April 20,
with Evangelist Tim Finlayson from Rockledge. Sunday's service
will begin at 6 pm. Monday through Wednesday services will
begin at 7:30 each evening. For information, call (863) 763-4127.
Learning Coalition to meet in Fort Pierce
The first meeting of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be Monday, April 18,
at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the St. Lucie School
District offices in the Orange Blossom Business Center, 4204
Okeechobee Road, in Fort Pierce. Please enter the main school
district entrance (south west side) and the receptionist will
direct you to the community room. For information, call the
local Early Learning office at (863) 462-5792.
School advisory council to meet
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet
Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in the media center. The public is
invited.
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Con-
sejo Consultivo para la escuela, martes, el 19 de abril, 2005 alas
4 p.m., van a juntar en el biblioteca. Todo el public estan envi-
tados de asistir.
Chamber Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be hosted by
Heritage Financial Services, 309 S.W Park St., on April 21 start-
ing at 8 a.m. For information, call (863) 467-8899. All Chamber
members and their guests are invited. Refreshments will be
served.
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, April 21,
"Come Tell Me How You Live", Agatha Christie-Mallowan;
Thursday, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" Michael Dorris;
and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had Wings" Connie
Fowler. If you have questions or would like more information,
call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Gospel sing celebration planned
Cowboys for Christ will be having a gospel sing on April 21
with Mery Lanier as Celebration, at the Basinger Civic Center on
U.S. 98 N. The evening will start with a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m.
Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. The gospel sing will
start at 7 p.m. For information call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-
2285, or Kim Davis at (863) 467-2855.
Inaugural LOST Ride and Run planned
The Rotary will be hosting its inaugural LOST Ride and Run
on April 23, starting at 8 a.m. It will begin and end at Nubbin
Slough. Refreshments and bathroom facilities will be provided
along the route. Certified bicycle helmets are required. Orienta-
tion and sign-ins will begin at 7 a.m. Registration fees will be $15
for adults and $10 for children under 10. ftiers, ftinners and
walkers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent of
guardian. Send registrations to Jim McInnes, Farm Bureau Insur-
ance Co., 401 N.W Fourth St., Okeechobee, Fla., 34974. Make
checks payable to Rotary's LOST Ride and Run. All proceeds of
this event will be donated to Martha's House.
Collaborative Council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday,
April 26, in room 303 of the Okeechobee County School Board
building, 700 S.W. Second Ave., starting at 10 a.m. We will be
collecting back-to-school supplies for the Okeechobee children
in foster care. We will continue to collect supplies through the
July meeting. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-
5000, ext. 257.
Free Lunchbox Lecture is planned
The public is invited to a free Lunchbox Lecture featuring
psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma, PhD, LMHC, on April 26
from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The topic of the lecture will be sex
education for teens/parents. The lecture will be held inthe
upstairs meeting room of the Visiting Nurses Association, 208
S.E. Park Street. Bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.
Lunchbox Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnancy Pre-
vention Task Force and are sponsored by the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition. Future lectures will focus on sexual pred-
ators, adolescence and sexual boundaries, and techniques to
use for children that are self mutilating. For information, call the
* Healthy Start Coalition office at (863) 462-5877.
Main Street Inc. to elect directors
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold its monthly general
membership meeting at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S:
441 S.E., on Wednesday, April 27, at noon. Elections for the
board of directors will be held at this meeting. This meeting is
open to the public. For information, contact Lydia Jean
Williams, executive director, at (863) 357-MAIN.


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Florida scorpions do not produce a fatal sting


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Extension agents enjoy office
visits from local residents bear-
ing gifts in glass jars and plastic
containers. Once in a while the
specimens can get a bit creepy.
A recent visitor to our office
brought in a small brown lob-
ster-like creature with a curled
up tail. Most folks would have
no problem identifying this as a
scorpion the subject of this
week's column.
Yes, Virginia, Florida has scor-
pions. However, according to
the University of Florida Exten-
sion Entomologists, none of
them are able to produce a fatal
sting. Most folks would view
these occasional invaders as a
nuisance, and want to know
how to control them.
In Florida, encounters with
life-threatening non-native scor-
pions are possible only in the
movies or as a result of stow-
aways or released exotic pets. Of
90 U.S. scorpion species, only
four occur east of the Mississippi
River. And, only one of the 90
domestic scorpions, which usu-
ally live in the southwest, can kill
people. There are about 1,300
species of scorpions worldwide.
Scorpions vary in size from
one to four inches long. These
crab-like animals are dark
brown, have a broad flattened
body, and are complete with ten
legs. The front pair of legs is
modified into claw-like pincers
which are used to hold their
prey.
Their most noticeable feature
is their curled fleshy tail. It is
usually held over their body. It
ends in an enlarged upturned tip
that ends in a stinger. The sting is
used for defense as well as for
capturing prey.
Scorpion venom is a nerve
poison, but the dose injected
usually is not enough to kill
adults. While no Florida scorpi-
ons are capable of inflicting a
lethal sting, those that have had
scorpion stings report that it is
very painful, probably more so
than a wasp sting. Scorpions
rarely sting humans except
when pinned against the skin,
such as under clothes or when
trapped in bed sheets. The site
of the sting may be sore and
swollen for some time. An
antivenin is available for severe
reactions to scorpion stings, so
medical attention is a good idea,
According to UF Entomolo-
gist Lyle Buss, our office visitor
was a Florida bark scorpion,
sometimes called the slender
brown scorpion (Centruroides
gracilis). It is the largest of Flori-
da's three scorpion species. The
smallest and most common
Florida scorpion is the Hentz
striped scorpion (C. hentzi),
which is found statewide except
the southernmost Keys. The
third Florida species is not found
in south central Florida: the
Guiana. striped scorpion (C.
guianensis) is intermediate in
size between the other Florida
Scorpions and crawls only
around Collier, Miami-Dade, and
Monroe counties.
Scorpions like to hide outside
under boards, rubbish, or other
areas that provide shelter and
protection. They are a nuisance
especially in recently built
homes. These predators are
active at night, and do their
share to reduce pests in and
around the home. Another inter-
esting feature about scorpions is
that they glow under ultraviolet
lights so get out the black
lights to help track them down.
In the home, scorpions are most
likely to be found where they
find their food sources: insects,
spiders, or similar small animal
life. Termites are suggested as


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the best food source for captive
Florida Bark Scorpions. Be cau-
tious when crawling under a
house or up in the attic. And tak-
ing care of these other pests will
often eliminate scorpions as
well.
Scorpions have a long life
cycle, lasting three to five years.
Males and females go through a
courtship ritual prior to mating.
Scorpions do not lay eggs and
the young are born alive. After
birth the young scorpions climb
on the back of the mother and
remain there until after their first
molt. Scorpions will readily eat
their own species and females
will often eat their own young.
Here are a few other ideas to
make your Florida home less
attractive to scorpions and their
prey:
Prune branches so they do
not overhang the home, and
keep shrubs from touching the
outside walls.
Place trash piles and trash
cans on blocks or logs to keep
them off the ground.
Keep firewood outside until
it is ready to be used, and use
gloves when moving it.
Maintain screens, and use
caulk to seal cracks, and seal
door openings with weather-
stripping.
In case of a heavy infesta-
tion, perimeter residual pesti-
cide sprays can be used as a last
resort.
If you encounter a scorpion,
the natural reaction is to kill it.
Physical force will do the trick,
but be prepared with a quick
carefully aimed stomp with a
heavy boot. Glue boards may
also be helpful in capturing both
scorpions and their food sources
without pesticides.
However, pesticides may
sometimes be needed for Scor-
pion control. Pesticides must
come in contact with the animal
to work. After applications are
made, keep track of how effec-
tive the application was in solv-
ing the problem. If necessary,
reapply according to label direc-
tions.
Some products effective
against scorpions can only be
used outside, while others are
labeled for indoor use. Many of
these materials may only be


Courtesy photo/Dan Culbert, UF/IFAS
This is the top view of a Florida bark scorpion.


used by professionals. Be sure to
use a pesticide only as instructed
on the label. For a list of pesti-
cides currently recommended
for Scorpion control by the Uni-
versity of Florida, please request
a copy of the bulletin, 'Stinging
or Venomous Insects and Relat-
ed Pests.'
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu.


If you would like to see some
additional references on scorpi-
ons, please email us at okee-
chobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call us
at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at
458 Hwy 98 North in Okee-
chobee, and visit our Okee-
chobee County Master Garden-
ers on Tuesday afternoons from
I until 5 p.m.


Enjoying the outdoors
Elder Sumner and his granddaughter were among the
guests at the Friends of Scouting event Thursday at
Williamson Cattle Company.


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Community Events

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language classes, Monday and Wednesday
from 10 a.m. until noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8. p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation, Brighton, Adults basic educa-
tion/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.;
Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a second lan-
guage, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thurs-
day, 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.

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

Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has
announced that with the donation of funds from Everglades Ele-
mentary School, which were matched by the council, 14 families
with 48 children were helped. The families faced a great deal of
destruction during the hurricanes. Many of the children lost all of
their clothing and toys because the roofs of their homes were
tom off by the heavy winds. The council also received funds from
an anonymous donor and Seminole Elementary School donated
a check that they received from children in Minnesota. The'addi-
tional monies granted several families assistance after the origi-
nal funds were depleted. Thanks to all the assistance from the
children and families of Okeechobee. Other families who still
requested assistance were referred to the Red Cross.

School readiness programs offered
Please call (866) 273-6340 to begin the eligibility process in
receiving reduced fee childcare/preschool, including school-
based and Head Start. You may also get information at this num-
ber regarding just what early learning programs are available in
Okeechobee County. Many children are currently being enrolled
in school readiness programs.

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The
classes are currently taught four days a week on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Free parenting classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth
to 8 months infants, 8 to 1.8 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months
terrific twos, 3 year olds, and.uncommon sense. Each week par-
ents "earn" baby bucks to purchase items forAtheir baby at the.
Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare is not provided. However,
infants in carriers are welcome. For details call (863) 763-8859 or
(863) 697-6320.

Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-, 4-
and 5-year-old children are available from the Okeechobee
County School Readiness Coalition by calling (863) 462-5792. Or,
you may download them directly from the web at www.school-
readiness.org.

Migrant program accepting applications
Okeechobee I Centerlocated, 726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently
accepting applications for migrant children and children with dis-
abilities in our Head Start Program. We serve children between
the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years. To qualify the family must have
migrated in the past 24 months, worked in agriculture and the
primary income must come from agriculture. We encourage
families of children with disabilities to apply. For more informa-
tion, call (863) 467-0702 and ask for Sylvia, Ella or Page.

El Centro de Okeechobee I locaizado en 726 N.E. 16th Ave.
esta aceptando aplicacions para ninos de families migrants y
ninos incapacidados, En nustro program nostros creemos que
los ninos se benefician en cuando reciven services de education,
salud y services socials que nustro program ofrece. Servimos
ninos de 6 semans a 5 anos. Para cualificar la familiar deve de ver
salido del condado o estado en los ulitimo 24 mess y trabajado
en agriculura. Con el ingreso de la familiar de trabajo de agricul-
tura. Animamos que las families con ninos incapacidados apli-
can. Para mas information por favor de llamar al (863) 467-0702
Y abler con Sylvia o Zila.

School collecting cell phones
Central Elementary Student Council is collecting old/unused
cell phones to be turned into a recycling company. Proceeds will
be used to purchase new stage curtains. Cell phones may be
dropped off at Central Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave.


IRCC announces 2005 summer camps


Academies for Emerging Tech-
nologies Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
This free camp will provide high
school juniors, seniors, and gradu-
ates from the Class of 2005 an
opportunity to explore the emerging
technologies that will shape the
careers of the future! New this sum-
mer, the Academy of Emerging
Technologies has been created to
provide a week-long encounter
exploring digital media, video pro-
duction, 2D & 3D animation, pho-
tonics, automation, and more.
Dates and times of camp:
Session 1 July 11 through
July 14, 8 a.m. until noon
Session 2 July 18 through
July 21, 8 a.m. until noon
Ages: For upcoming high school
juniors, seniors, and graduates of
2005
Cost: Free, space limited to 24
students each session. Interested
students need to request a Summer
Academy application.
Contact: Eileen Storck, IRCC
Program Coordinator, at (772) 462-
7549.
Camp Operation 2005 For
future health professionals
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
This free camp will provide high
school juniors and seniors an
-opportunity to explore careers in
the health sciences through field
trips, hands-on activities, and inter-
active exercises.
Dates and times of camp:
July 11 through July 22
Ages: For high school juniors
and seniors
Cost: Free, space limited to 24
campers .
Contact: Eileen Storck, IRCC
Health Science Division, at (772)
462-7549.
Step Ahead to Success Sum-
mer Youth Leadership Institute
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Description: This is a summer
program for youth which will pro-
vide college credit courses, work
experience, and recreational activi-
ties. Based on performance criteria
established for the program, stu-
dents may be eligible to receive
stipends and the President's Chal-
lenge Scholarship to attend IRCC.
Dates and times of camp:
June 22 through July 29, M-F,
'8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., registration
deadline is May 10, 2005.
Ages: Students 16 and up resid-
ing in the four-county area with a 3.0
GPA or above.
Cost: TBA Cost will include
tuition and lab fees, camp shirts,
student bus transportation (pick up
and return) in all four counties,
lunch, materials and supplies, field
trips, student accident insurance,
and stipends (where appropriate).
Contact: Andre Hawkins, IRCC
dean of special programs, (772)
462-7655 or Frank Harber, program
director, (772)-462-7659.
Expanding Horizons Summer
Youth Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
This six-week summer camp will
provide students between the ages
of 14 to 16, who reside in the four-
county area, a comprehensive
career exploration and academic
preparation program. Students may
earn stipends/incentives based
upon their behavior and classroom
performance, U.S. Savings Bonds,
and the possibility of receiving a
President's Challenge Scholarship
to attend IRCC for two years.
Dates and times:
June 22 through July 29, M-F,
8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., registration
deadline is May 10, 2005.
Ages: Students 14 to 16 years of
age residing in the four-county area
Cost: TBA Cost will include
tuition and lab fees, camp shirts,
student bus transportation (pick up
and return) in all four counties,
lunch, materials and supplies, field
trips, student accident insurance,
and stipends (where appropriate).
Contact: Andre Hawkins, IRCC
dean of special programs, (772)
462-7655 or Frank Harber, program
director,. (772) 462-7659.
Band Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Students must have successfully
completed the 6th, 7th or 8th grade
and have been involved in a
school's band program to be eligi-
ble. The camp will develop perform-
ance techniques, individual funda-
mentals, and music appreciation.
Dates and times: June 13
through June 17, 9 a.m. until 2:30
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Ages: For middle school stu-
dents
Cost: $70 for five days
Registration deadline: Those
who register before June will
receive a $5 discount.
Contact: Dr. John K. Southall,
IRCC director of instrumental music
and camp coordinator, at (772) 462-
7695.
Choral Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Campers will focus on music
rehearsal and will also participate in
group instruction in music reading,
fundamentals of theory, choreogra-
phy, and vocal production culminat-
ing in a public performance.
Dates and times: June 13
through June 16, 9 a:m. until 3 p.m.,
with a public performance on June
16 at6 p.m.
Ages: For students who have
successfully completed the 6th, 7th,
8th, or 9th grade.
Cost: $65 per student
Registration: A five-minute audi-
tion is mandatory on Saturday, June
11, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the
chorus room at the McAlpin Fine
Arts Complex.
Contact: Call Rebecca Staley,
IRCC Production Manager, at (772)
462-7695 to schedule an appoint-
ment for the audition.
Fine Arts Summer Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
The camp will include dance,
drama, art and music. It will meet
daily in the Wynne Black Box The-
atre, IRCC Main Campus. Each stu-
dent will need to bring a lunch.
Snack will be provided.
Dates and times: June 6 through
June 10 and June 13 through June
17, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Ages: For middle school stu-
dents
Cost: $125 per week
Registration deadline: Registra-
tion begins on April 4, 2005.
Contact: Becky Staley, IRCC
Production Manager, at (772) 462-
7695.
Aqua Sports Camp
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Swimming, diving, trampoline,
and aquatic games this summer.
Dates and times:
Session 1: June 6 through June
10, 8:45 a.m. until noon ,
Session 2: June 27 through July
1, 8:45 a.m. until noon
Session 3: July 11 through July
15, 8:45 a.m. until noon
Ages: 6 through 12
Cost: $80 per week
Contact: Donnie Torres, IRCC
Swimming Coach, at (772) 462-
7765
Basketball Camps
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Campers will improve their
.shooting, passing, dribbling,
defense, footwork, rebounding,
jumping, screening, and teamwork.
They will also study game situation
on film. One hour of each day will be
set aside for campers to take part in
swimming pool or informal basket-
ball activities.
Dates and times:


Boys Camp No.1 will meet June
20 through June 25, 8:30 a.m. until
1 p.m. for ages 6-12 and from 1 to
5:30 p.m. for ages 12-18.
Boys Camp No. 2 will meet July
25 through July 30, 8:30 a.m. until 1
p.m. for ages 6-12 and from 1 until
5:30 p.m. for ages 12-18.
Girls Camp No. 1 will meet June
13 through June 18, 8:30 a.m. until
1 p.m.
Girls Camp No. 2 will meet July
18 through July 23, 8:30 a.m. until 1
p.m.
Ages: Morning camps are
designed for boys ages 6 to 12, and
afternoon camps are for boys ages
12 through 18. Girl campers should
be between the ages of 6 and 18.
Cost: $75 per person
Contact: Mike Leatherwood,
IRCC men's basketball coach, (772)
462-7766 or
Glenda Montgomery, IRCC
women's basketball coach, (772)
462-7762
Swimming Camps
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
.Description: Campers will
receive daily instruction in basic
swimming skills. Great care is taken
to assure that each camper learns
the fundamentals of basic strokes,
and the coaches will spend time on
each aspect of the sport according
to the skill level of the participants. ,
Dates and times: Session times
are:,9:10 a.m. until 9:40 a.m., 9:50
until 10:20 a.m., 10:30 until 11 a.m.,
11:10 until 11:40 a.m., 5:30 until 6
p.m., and 6:10 until 6:40 p.m.
Session I Swim Camp will meet
May 9 through May 19.
Session II Swim Camp will meet
May 23 through June 2.
Session III Swim Camp will meet
June 6 through June 16.
Session IV Swim Camp will meet


June 20 through June 30.
Session V Swim Camp will meet
July 5 through July 14.
Session VI Swim Camp will meet
July 18 through July 28.
Ages: 3 through 10
Cost: $45 per session, Monday
through Thursday for 2 weeks.
Parent/Tot Swim classes will also
be offered for ages 6 months to 3
years. A parent must be in the water
with the child during the session.
The Parent/Tot Swim classes will
meet from 10:30 until 11 a.m. during
Sessions I-VII and from 5:30 until 6
p.m. during Sessions IV, V, and VI.
Registration: Application is
required no later than 10 a.m. the
Friday prior to the session's start
date.
Contact: Scott Kimmelman,
IRCC swim camp director, (772)
462-7618.
Volleyball Camps
Address: 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Summer volleyball camps.
Date and time:
Volleyball Skills Camp I: Will
meet on June 6 through June 9,
ages 8-14 from 9 a.m. until noon
and ages 15-18 from 1 until 4 p.m.
Cost is $65.
Volleyball Skills Camp II: Will
meet on June 27 through June 30,
ages 8-14 from 9 a.m. until noon
and ages 15-18 from 1 until 4 p.m.
Cost is $65.
Volleyball Skills Camp III: Will
meet on August 1 through August 4,
ages 12-18 from 6 until 9 p.m.
Cost is $65.
Ages: For students of various
ages and skill level.
Contact: Ron Jacobs, IRCC
head volleyball coach, (772) 462-
7763.


31 years of service
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School, retired with 31 years of service to the school dis-
trict. She.was, honored by Okeechobee County Superin-
tendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper at Tuesday night's
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The Okeechobee News, IVonday, April 18, 2005


FWC cites best bets to bag different types of fish


Panfish/sunfish
Here in the Deep South, we
call them bream. They are those
deep-bodied fish that occupy
pretty much every body of water
in Florida, according to the Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC). Bream can be
scrappy enough to put up a
decent fight for anglers who use
light tackle, or a small child can
land them with a cane pole.
Bluegill, redear sunfish (shell-
crackers), redbreast sunfish, spot-
ted sunfish (stumpknockers) and
warmouth, deep-fried with hush
puppies and cheese grits on the
side make up a traditional south-
ern feast that's hard to match any-
where else in the world.
The most popular bream in
these parts is the bluegill, basical-
ly because it is the most abundant
and one of the tastiest. People
catch them on earthworms, crick-
ets and grass shrimp. They'll also
hit little spinner baits, popping
bugs and sinking flies. The state
record for bluegill is 2.95 pounds.
Shellcrackers taste just as good
as their bluegill cousins, but
they're bigger. In fact, the state-
record sh.ellcracker is a 4.86-
pound monster. Shellcrackers go
for worms, grass shrimp, crickets,
snails and clams. Fly-fishermen
bag a few here and there, but
shellcrackers don't seem to care
much for artificial baits.
For other types of bream,
earthworms are the bait to use.
Fish around woody structures or
vegetation.
FWC fisheries biologists, who
spend their time sizing up fishing
opportunities here in the Fishing
Capital of the World, have
announced their picks for Flori-
da's best bream-fishing holes for
2005. They. are (in no particular


Courtesy art/FWC
Bluegill
order):
Lake Monroe, near Sanford.
This lake is a good one for bluegill
anglers, particularly if water levels
remain high. Also, anglers who
work bulrush areas might bag
some nice shellcrackers.
Lake Kissimmee, in Osceola
County. For bluegill and shell-
cracker anglers, this lake is a baby
doll for boaters and waders. Use
weighted crickets to lure bluegill
off their beds, and get ready for a
big fish fry. June through August
is prime time.
West Lake Tohopekaliga,
(Lake Toho, for short), near
Kissimmee. Besides being a leg-
end among bass anglers all over
the world, Lake Toho's bluegill
and shellcrackers this year are big
and hungry and looking for a
fight. Anglers who want to
accommodate them should ren-
dezvous along the grass-line or
open-water areas at Brown's
Point, the mouth of Goblit's Cove
and South Steer Beach. Fish with
earthworms, crickets, beetle
dpins, minnows or dough balls.
Lake Okeechobee The Big 0 is
always on list of best fishing holes
for just about any kind anglers.
The bluegill are in the rim canal.
They are also hanging out with
the shellcrackers at Indian Prairie,
Fisheating Bay, West Wall, Bay
Bottom and Pelican Bay. Bream
here like sandy-bottom areas 2-5


Black crappie
feet deep. The best bait for them
is grass shrimp, but shellcrackers
will also take earthworms, and
bluegill will go for crickets. Fly-
fishers can do well with popping
bugs and sinking flies. Jigs and
spinners on ultralight tackle can
make fishing in Lake Okeechobee
a memorable experience.
Lake Panasoffkee, in Sumter
County. FWC biologists have
beer nurturing this lake with ten-
der loving care in recent years,
and they've got it to where shell-
crackers, bluegill and warmouth
are practically jumping into boats.
Bream fishing is best during full-
moon periods at Shell Point,
Grassy Point and Tracy's Point.
Bream also await anglers at the
shell beds at the mouth of the
Outlet River and in the middle of
the lake. Little Jones Creek is the
place for warmouth action if the
water stays high.
Lake Talquin, near Tallahas-
see, Starting in May and lasting
throughout the summer, shell-
crackers and bluegill will lurk
around the upper end of the reser-
voir and in the backs of various
creeks. They'll be waiting in 3-7
feet of water to pounce on artifi-
cial flies, earthworms, crickets or
whatever else anglers offer them
on fly rods, bream busters or light
spinning tackle. When you fish
for bream in this lake, it's a good
idea to invite some neighbors


Redear sunfish
over for supper beforehand,
because you'll probably need
some help eating all the fish you'll
catch.
Tenoroc, on the outskirts of
Lakeland. This 13-lake complex is
paradise for bream anglers, not to
mention bass fishermen. Tenoroc
consistently has the highest catch
ratio of all the water bodies in
Florida. FWC fisheries biologists
get to try pretty much anything
they want to do on Tenoroc, and
the result is a fishing opportunity,
unmatched anywhere. Call the
Tenoroc office at (863) 499-2421
to make reservations. Tenoroc is
open four days a week.
Lake Harris Chain, near Lees-
burg. This is where bream anglers
get to square off with the real
shellcracker and bluegill heavy-
weights. Bream grow big in these
waters and demonstrate some
real fighting spirit on their end of a
fishing line. Anglers find them in
4-6 feet of water near Astatula and
the Howey Bridge spanning Little
Lake Harris, plus the lily pads and
spatterdock patches near the
Ninth Street Canal out from Lees-
burg. Bluegill also take to the shal-
lows, tight to the saw grass shore-
lines. Just downstream from Lake
Harris, Lake Eustis offers its own
opportunities, complete with.
gravel fish attractors along the
Eustis Lake Walk pier and shell
beds near the sailboat marina and
along the east shore. The lily pads


Spotted bream
in Dead River offer good fishing.
Lake Griffin offers good shell-
cracker fishing in the mouth of
Haines Creek, Yale Canal and
along the wooded banks of the
northern end of Pine Island. Live
worms and grass shrimp are the
baits to use throughout the whole
chain.
Lake Marian, in Osceola Coun-
ty. This little sweetheart is a well-
kept secret among bream anglers.
Shellcracker fishing heats up in
March or April, bluegill fishing
kicks in a little later, and bream
fishermen wear themselves out
all the way through the summer
months. Fish in this lake bite best
during full moon and new moon
periods. Use worms, crickets or
grass shrimp for bait or try casting
tiny spinner baits on ultralight
tackle.
Lake Istokpoga, near Sebring.
This large, but relatively shallow,
lake is a bluegill honeyhole, and
it's a fun lake to fish because of
the way anglers do best when
they study and follow fish's move-
ments and habits. From April
through June, panfish hang
around cattails and bulrush.
Other times of year, the best spots
are around Big Island, Grassy
Island; Bumble Bee Island,
around sand sandbars and along
the edges of eelgrass. Use crickets
for bluegill and live worms for


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Flier
shellcrackers. Popping bugs work
well for fly-fishermen.
Choctawhatchee River, in the
Panhandle. This is the place to go
for shellcrackers. They like to bed
in its quiet waters during April,
and they stay hungry until early
fall. Also, in late spring and early
summer, redbreast sunfish,
stumpknockers and warmouth
wait for worms, crickets and grass
shrimp in the smaller creeks off
the main channel. Panfish from
the river are at their best swim-
ming in a deep fryer amid some
hush puppies.
Suwannee River, from the gulf
to the Georgia line. If you think all
the world is sad and dreary every-
where you roam, maybe a mess
of stumpknockers and redbreast
sunfish from the Suwannee River
is your ticket to bjiss. Anglers find
plenty of action in the middle
stretch of the river, but as they
move closer to the mouth, fishing
goes from good to magnificent.
This river has plenty of bluegill
and shellcrackers too. Try near
tree banks on deep shores, .the
creek mouths and along water
lilies. Use crickets, mealworms,
beetle spins or fly-fishing tackle
with small popping bugs. If you
can find some catalpa worms, get
some of them for bait too, and tell
the old folks at home.you'll be
bringing back enough bream to
feed everybody.


Sports Briefs


Youth cheerleading
clinic is scheduled
A cheerleading clinic will be
held from Monday, April 18, to
Thursday, April 21, at Yearling
Middle School beginning at 5:30
p.m. Try-outs will be Friday, April
22, in the Yearling gymnasium
beginning at 5:30 p.m. sharp.
For information contact Bar-
bara Stokes at (863) 634-9174.

Links tourney aids
Arnold's Wildlife
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center will host its annual
golf tournament at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club
on April 23.
The scramble will begin at 8
a.m. and will be followed by a
luncheon and the presentation of
trophies and prizes.
The cost is only $45 per golfer
and includes the round of golf,
cart, lunch and prizes.
For information, contact Bon-
nie Matteo at 634-6805.

Headturners3.com
plans new bass trail
Headturners3.com has
announced its new one-man,
one-boat, one-day bass tourna-
ment trail beginning on April 24.
The kick off event for this new
trail will take plae place on Sunday,
April 24, at Roland and Mary Ann
Martin's Marina and Resort in
Clewiston.
Inriformation is available on
their website at www.headturn-
ers3.com.

Kiwanis Club hosts
annual golf tourney
The Kiwanis Club will host its
10th annual golf scramble on
Saturday, April 30, at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,
beginning at 8 a.m. with a shot-
gun start.
The $50 entry fee includes a
continental breakfast, cart, prizes
and lunch.
Team prizes are: first place -
$100 gift certificate each player;
second place -$75 gift certificate
each player; eighth place $50
gift certificate each player; next-
to-last place $25 gift certificate
each player. The first hole-in-one
wins a $25,000 Dodge Ram Quad
Cab Truck donated by Eddie
Accardi Dodge. Hole sponsor-
ships are $150 for a tee or Green.
Corporate sponsorships are $300
for a foursome and one tee spon-
sorship.
All proceeds will benefit the
youth of Okeechobee County.
For information, contact Ben
Sims at/(863) 467-8118.

Shockwaves swim
team registrations
Registration for the Okee-
chobee Shockwaves county
swim team will take place until
May 6 at the Sports Complex
swimming pool, from 5 until 7
p.m.
Swimmers must be 5 years.
old when registered. Swimmers
must be registered to participate
in any practice session.
Practice will begin on April 19
from 5 until 6:30 p.m., and will


continue every Tuesday and
Thursday.
Fees are $60 for the first swim-
mer and $55 for the second or
more swimmers from the same
family. Insurance fees are $12 per
child. The fees will cover the
swimmer's team T-shirt and a
swim cap. .
Liz Walker will be coaching
again this season.
For information, call (863)
467-7667 and leave a message.

Junior-tennis..
tourneyilated'
The second annual Okee-
chobee Junior Tennis Tourna-
ment will be held Saturday, May
21, at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex tennis courts.
Check in time is 8:45 a.m.
'Tournament play will start at 9
a.m.
There will be separate boys
and girls divisions. The divisions
will be broken down into age
groups. They are: boys-10; boys-
12" boys-14; boys-16; and, boys-
18. The girls' division will have.
the same age groups as the boys.
The cost will be $10 per player
which includes a T-shirt, lunch,
balls and awards.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or 532-
9316.

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

YMS girls host
golf tournament
The Lady Yearlings' volleyball
team will host a golf tournament
on Saturday, June 4, at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,
with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The fee is $50 per person
($200 team of four), which
includes a rib dinner after play is
completed. Buddy Mills and the
FFA will be grilling the food.
There will be plenty of prizes,
including prizes for the best
score, longest drive, closest .to
the pin and the worst score.
Contact Bruce Conrad to
make reservations for your four-
some at (863) 697-0952 or (863)
467-0130; or call Yearling Middle
School (YMS) at (863) 462-5056
for information.

Hours announced
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports Com-


plex swimming pool is currently
open Tuesday-Friday from 4 until
7, p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m.; and, Sundays from 1
until 5 p.m. Since school is still in
session, this schedule accommo-
dates physical education and
water safety classes for county
students.

OCRA meets
each month
The regular monthly meeting
of the Okeechobee Citizens
Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) for April and May will
be held at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex on the first
Thursday of each month at 7:30
p.m.
Everyone over the age of 18 is
welcome to attend.
Information is available on
their website at
www.chobee.com.

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

Red Cross swimming
lessons offered
Swim lessons will be available
at, the Okeechobee Sports com-
plex pool through the Red Cross.
Registration for lessons will be
from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., June 7
,through June 10. Flyers will be
sent out to the elementary
schools in early May. For infor-
mation, contact D. Sheffield at
(863) 467-7667 (pool); or, (863)
462-5296 (classroom).

Golf tournament
will benefit CIS
Communities In School (CIS)
and the Police Athletic League
(PAL) are hosting their sixth
annual golf tournament on Satur-
day, June 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf & Country Club.
There will be an 8 a.m. shot-
gun start.
Entry fees. are $45 per person,
of $180 per team. Sponsorships
are available. The cost of a hole
sponsorship is $150; a tee spon-
sorship is $75; and, a team spon-
sorship is $180.
There will also be chicken and
rib barbecue dinners.
Prizes will be given to the first,
ninth and next-to-last place
teams.
All proceeds will help fund
CIS projects: Mentoring Charac-
ter Counts and Youth Center.
For information, call CIS at
(863) 462-5327.


Senior softball tournament team one weekend
a month.
players are needed They will play two games on
Saturday and two games on Sun-
Softball players 70 years old day in different cities in the state.
and older are wanted to play on a The team is in need of outfielders


and infielders.
For information call Harry Bell
at (863) 382-0542. .
The cost will be $15 per week-
end.


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1.0% Discount On All Servcie Repair Calls
FLIGHT TRAINING
Tradewinds Flight School, Inc.
2982 Aviation Way
Fort Pierce
561-460-7766
10% Flight Instruction, Air Craft Rental or Sight
Seeing Tours
Introductory flight $35.00. (Reg. $50)
GROCERY
Crazy Mary's Bent-n-Dent
927 W.S. Park Street
763-5515
5% Off Purchase
Trading Post Indoor Shops
Dent & Bent
3100 Hwy 441 S.
5% Discount
GUTTER SYSTEMS
JT's Guttering Systems
1677 S.W. 8TH ST.
763-7704
FURNITURE
Paula's Furniture
413 S.W. Park St.
357-6700
10% Discount
HEALTH FOOD
Nature's Pantry
417 W.S. Park St.
467-1243
10% OFF all purchase
MASSAGE THERAPY
Marilyn's Massage Center
2303 S. Parrott Ave.
357-1116
Lic #NA0014122
10% OFF 1/2 hour
MIRRORS & VERTICALS
Unique Mirrors & Verticals
302 S.W. 2nd Ave.
467-7372
10% OFF
NURSERY & LANDSCAPING
Pelham Nursery
4333 Hwy. 441 S.E.
467-7415
10% OFF plants

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


PHOTO DEVELOPING
Elliotts Quik Foto
& 1 Hour Film Developing
419 W.S. Park St.
763-5553
10% OFF film processing
PLUMBING
Lonnie Price Plumbing
4523 S.E. 30th St.
763-5959
10% Discount on Hourly Labor
PRESSURE CLEANING
Big Lake Pressure Cleaning
4459 S.E. 21st Ct.
357-2773
10% OFF on all pressure cleaning and painting
REPAIRS
Ray's Repair Service
4341 S.W. 99th Drive
(863) 467-4561
Discount: $5.00 off a $30.00 service call.
SANDBLASTING
Dayton's Sandblasting
6420 Hwy. 98 N.
763-8727
10% OFF all services
STAINED GLASS
Tropical Stained Glass
2900 S.W. 3rd Terr.
467-6263
5% OFF any merchandise
TAX SERVICE
Rapid Tax & Accounting Serv.
3391 Hwy. 441 South
467-1040
10% OFF tax preparation or 3rd month bookkeeping free
TAXI SERVICE
Bardon Taxi
467-0488
10% OFF Fares
VA i R TREATMENT
Water Treatment Co.
315 S.W. Park St.
/63-1313 .
50% OFF ih i Ar fill up of your
containers

Superior Water Works
301 W S, Park St.
763-2636

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Tri-County Water Treatment
110 S.W. 5th Ave.
357-8668
10% Off Any City Water Treament Packaoe


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At the Movies -
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.


Movie times for Friday, April 15,
through Thursday, April 21, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Sahara" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:05
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:05 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:05
p.m.
Theatre II "Fever Pitch" (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.
Theatre III 'Amityville Horror"
(R) 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

Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their
most important characteristic is
that they are caring individuals
who understand the problems
and needs of foster children.
Please contact Karissa Richards at
1 (800) 403-9311.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary has served as the civilian,
non-military component of the
Coast Guard. Today, the 33,000
volunteer men and women of the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are
active on the waterways and
classrooms in over 2,000 cities
and towns across the nation. Each
year, Auxiliarists (folks just like
you) save almost 500 lives, assist
some 15,000 boaters in distress,
conduct more the 150,000 cour-
tesy safety examinations of recre-
ation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results
of these efforts save taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars
every year. For information, call
(863) 467-3085.
EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, .as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center, (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation
aides and assistance in developing
a youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
ext. 234.
Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W 16th St., has
announced a new service for
those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chap-
ter-A-Day Online Book Club spon-
sored by the Friends of the Okee-
chobee County Library. All you
need to do is visit the library's web
page at
www.heartlineweb.org/oke and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiv-
ing chapters from popular books
in your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading
Subsidized childcare
enrollment under way


The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The pro-
gram is currently serving children
age birth to kindergarten age.
Both parents must be working or
attending some type of school or
training. There is an income limit
based on family size. Call 1-(866)
273-6340 to be placed on the wait-
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FOUND DOG Dalmatian. Call
Animal Control. (863)357-
3225.


BIRD, MACAU (Parrot),
Multi-Colors. Vic, of Lake-
shore Middle School.
(561)996-0060. Reward.

CAT, White Calico, Female,
Vic. of Wolf Rd. & Eagle
Bay Drive. Lost on Easter
Sunday. (863)763-1457

JACK RUSSEL, M, Brown &
White w/leather collar, 4/
5, R/BAR Estates vic. Re-
ward. (863)634-3223

SIBERIAN HUSKY Solid
white,Blue eyes, Name is
Heidi. Very friendly.
(863)763-3721.


CAT, Large, Neutered, Male,
6 yrs. old. (561)924-5812
Free to good home only.


CATS, 2, Female, All under
1 yr. old. They love kids. In-
doors pets. To good home
only. (863)763-3753
DOG, Approx. 2 months old.
Male. Free to good home.
(863)763-4512

FREE KITTENS: 6 weeks
old, 2 females, 3 males.
(863)675-3904

FREE OAK FIREWOOD, As
much as you need. Just
bring a saw to cut the
wood. (863)467-4304
GUN SAFE- tall, needs lock.
(863)946-1481.

OAK FIRE WOOD You haul.
(863)467-8856.



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Employment


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


APPRENTICES &
COMMERCIAL
ELECTRICIANS
Loading S. FLA Electrical
Contractor has immediate
opening for large Commer-
cial job in Palm Beach
Gardens area. Min. 3 yrs
Commercial experience
preferred. Top pay with
benefits, paid vac/holidays.
DFWP/EOE,
Call 800-330-9531.
BARBER OR BEAUTICIANS
FT/PT $30 Chair rent or
30% Commission Rocky
(863)763-7396
DELIVER HELP NEEDED
Apply @ Royals Ashley
Home Store, 804 E. North
Park St. (863)763-6293
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Good hrly rate @ Ford
Dlrshlp. Okeechobee Ford
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seeks an individual with
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Minimum high school or GED required.
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GOOD PAY, BENEFITS & 401K.
Contact HR Dept. @:
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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


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DISPATCHER
FOR A/C COMPANY
Motivated, dependable,
computer skills.
Benefits, DFW
(863)763-8391
DRYWALL FINISHERS
NEEDED
Experienced, Please
call 863-655-2939.
DUMP/ROLL OFF
TRUCK DRIVERS:
Experience a must. Good
pay to the right person:
Possible benefits.
Call (772)336-9636
ELECTRICIAN: Journeyman
& apprentice. Only serious
self motivated need apply.
Clean driving record.
Weekly travel required. in
the state of FL. DFWP,
410k, paid holiday/
vacation. Wilsons Petrole-
um equipment. (772)468-
3689

EXPERIENCED
TRACK HOE OPERATOR
WANTED. (863)634-1136

FOOD SERVICE
PERSONNEL
For Juvenile Cor-
rectional Feeding
Program. Food
Production Expe-
rience. Must
have a clean
background & be
able to pass Drug
Screening for se-
curity clearance.
Benefits with ad-
vancement op-
portunity.
863-357-9922
x2280
FULL TIME
LEGAL ASSISTANT
SECRETARY
East Coast law firm, serving
the Treasure Coast for 29
years, is expanding its firm
to Okeechobee. Applicant
must be experienced in
Real Estate or Civil Litiga-
tion. preferably both. Sala-
ry commensurate with ex-
perience. Send resume to
es Harvin, c/o Harvin,
Harvin & Pinnock, LLP,
Suite 210-B, Stuart, Fl.
34994
LABORER, HEAVY
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
& EXPERIENCED
LOWBOY DRIVER
Valid driver's license. Must
have own transportation
to & from work. Home
telephone a MUST. Must
be hard working & be
able to do heavy lifting.
Apply in person:
3157 Hwy 441 N.
No phone calls please.


NEEDED

LAUNDRY

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

Local
Construction Company
Looking for person
EXPERIENCED
in framing, roofing,
carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
863-357-1804.
Looking for Someone
experienced in concrete
block and flatwork.
Must have driver's
license.
863-357-0852

MA, LPN or
RECEPTIONIST
Needed for busy
doctors office. Experience
required. Excellent Benefits.
Call: 863-763-4011.

NIGHT OWLS
Second job or prefer
night work? Night
shift positions are
now hiring. Martin Pe-
troleum's Turnpike
operations are ex-
panding and we need
good people. Com-
petitive pay, benefits
and mileage reim-
bursement. Will train
responsible people.
Cashiers are needed
to help develop our
mini-mart concept.
Night time driver posi-
tion is currently avail-
able. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo, mm
184, FL. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
PWP

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PROJECTIONIST Need Will
train. Apply in person at
Brahman Theater III 1605
S Parrot Ave.
SURVEY CREW All posi-
tions. New Okeechobee
Surveying Co. Pay nego-
tiable. (954)224-9612.


P/T Vehicle Immobilization
Officer Okeechobee
County Law Enforcement
background preferred. Po-
sition requires valid Florida
DL and own transporta-
tion. Job requires place-
ment/removal of appara-
tus to DUI offender vehi-
cles in accordance with
Florida State Statutes.
Please fax resume to 772-
465-8488.
SERVICE DRIVER NEEDED
w/Class B CDL required.
40+ hrs. per week.
Good pay. Reliable.
Call: Mid Florida Portable
Toilets @ (863)655-2940

SURVEYOR PARTY
CHIEF & SURVEYOR
Exp. with highway
construction layout.
Professional license a
plus.' Good pay, car/
truck rental & benefits.
M/F/V/D. EOE
Drug Test Req'd.
Call 772-287-6820,
Ext. 420
CASHIER NEEDED
For Country Store
(863)763-0473.

WANTED: EXPERIENCED
TRACTOR, BOBCAT &
LOADER OPERATORS.
Good pay w/experience.
Possible benefits.
(772)336-9636

Wanted: Staff for Pickup &
Delivery, must be pre-
sentable & reliable.
(863)467-6377
WAREHOUSE HELP
NEEDED
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Benefits avail. Apply at:
2595 NW 8th Street

We are growing!
With our new mini-mart Ft.
Drum Citgo has new op-
portunities for. career em-
ployment or part-time po-
sition s. Competitive pay,
benefits and mileage reim-
bursement. Will train re-
sponsible people. Shift po-
sitions available for cash-
iers, drivers and fuel ser-
vice attendants.
Apply at Ft. Drum Citgo,
mm184, Fl., Turnpike
(863)763-9383 DFWP.



LPN NEEDED
For Juvenile Justice
Program in Okeechobee.
Four 10 hour days. Compet-
itive salary and good ben-
efits. Consult Care, a
Medical and Mental Health
Company. Fax resume to
813-623-3322
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BARTENDER &
COOK
Part time, Call for interview
(863)763-2250

Part Time
Licensed .or CF
Pediatric Speech &
Language Pathologist
To treat children, 1-5
years of age in the Belle
Glade Preschool. Medicaid
& Part C enrolled is
preferred. Please call
Dr. Jonas at
561-361-0307
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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' ligh 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.

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Services




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


ALL PURPOSE
HANDYMAN
Home repairs, Daily labor
for Hire, 20 years experi-
ence in carpentry. Call
Fred (772)708-3546



MAURO
HORSE SHOEING
954-540-9659
Oklahoma
Graduate .,a




[JASON'S LAWN CARE
Reasonable Rate
FREE ESTIMATES
863-634-0060
Licensed & Insured.






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


JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat work
Call
(863)467-4734






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
Appliance 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 S 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



DUCT, 25 Ft. links, used for
Air Conditioning. $100 for
all. Call (863)467-7953
for more info.


Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
772-562-5567
Your new car could be In
today's paper. Have you
looked for it?


Employment
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CHEST FREEZER Good con-
dition. $50. (863)763-
7358.

CHEST FREEZER, 5 cubic
foot, like new, $75.
(260)519-1249

FREEZER, Upright, 11 cu. ft.
$50. (863)763-5422


MICROWAVE- Samsung,
with microwave cart, ex-
cellent condition, $50.
(863)763-3451.
REFRIGERATOR W/ICE
MAKER- good condition,
$75. (863)357-3105.

Refrigerator, Commercial,
8x79x32, 3 dr, see thru,

$500 neg. You Haul. 863-
763-6257/763-0818.
REFRIGERATOR, GE, Side
By Side, Good condition.
Clean. $150. (561)629-
3781
REFRIGERATOR Kenmore,
side by side,.White, 22 cu.
ft2 Works good. $100
(863)674-0898
UPRIGHT FREEZER White,
14.1 cu. ft. $50. Can deliv-
er within LaBelle. Call Rob-
ert (863)675-2199.
WASHER & DRYER, Both
work. $200 for both, will
sep. (561)629-3781




BOOKS Assortment from
Romance to Encyclopedia.
10-20 boxes. $100.
(863)635-3439.



ALUMINUM AWNINGS 3,
40"W x 60"L, 45"W x
42"H, 75"W x 49"H. $350.
Will Sep. 863-467-6102
DOORS, Folding, Vinyl,
White, 30x80 & 36x80.
Good condition.$20 both,
will sep. (863)763-1997
LUMBER, Pressure Treated,
4x4x10. Approx. 150.
$1500 value. $900 for all,
will sep. (863)843-0058
METAL ROOFING Used,
4500 sq. ft. $1,250.
(863)467-5377,

VERTICAL BLINDS, 1 yr.
old, 2 way pull, 116"x68"
& 168x68". $50 will sep.
(863)763-9371
WINDOWS, tinted, 2 30x55,
1 48x55. Mirrored sliding
doors, 3 sets 48x72".$150
for all. 863-763-9371



HANDMADE CRIB- perfect
for little girls room, excel-
lent condition, wooden,
$100. (863)697-3945.


LADIES BOOTS Brand new,
Tony Lama, Black cherry
w/lizard. 7V/, $100. or
best offer (863)634-0387


COMPUTER MACHINE -
366c Tower complete all
books & disks, 17" moni-
tor, $200. (772)461-8822
PAINTING of Loxahatchee
River by I. Fletcher of Jupi-
ter '50's. $200. (772)461-
8822



COMPUTER, ancient Tandy,
works, printer, no hard
drive, $35. (863)675-
0550
COMPUTER MONITOR,
'Dell, 17 in, E773. New,
never used. Still in box.
$100 (863)763-1527
COMPUTER SET COM-
PLETE E-Machine. $175.
(863)467-8797.


BEDROOM SET, 3 pcs., (No
Bed) $350. (239)728-
5172

BED SKIRTS, (2) Twin, light
green, $6. (863)467-
8681

CHINA CABINET, White,
Wood. $150 239)728-
5172

Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $300/
all. (863)674-0467.
COMPUTER DESK- like
new, $50 or best offer.
(863)697-3945.

COUCH & CHAIR, Floral de-
sign. Good condition. No
damage. $150. 863-467-
7953
DINING RM SET, seats 10.
w/6ch's., lighted hutch.
Sacrifice for $1,000. in
Okee. (863)467-2132.'
DINING ROOM TABLE Solid
carved wood. 2 leafs 4
chairs, Good cond $150
863-634-9620/634-9620
DINING SET w/4 chairs. Pe-
can. $100. (863)357-
4532

DRAWERS- Goes under
Capts. Bed. $50 or best
offer. (863)467-0987.

RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker
& swivel, cream with light
green stripes, $200.
(863)467-8681
SOFA & LS- Broyhill, extra
pillows, tan w/ flowers,
like new, (863)635-4690
Frostproof.
TODDLERS BED w/
mattress, headboard and
frame. $130. for all.
(863)357-4532
WATERBED King size.
$100. (863)467-4049.





EASY GO GOLF CART
restored
$2200
(863)692-2229
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc,
clubs, incld sets, $6.00
each, 2 bags $7 each.
(863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS, CallowayBig
Bertha, War Bird & Regu-
lar. $165 for all, will sep.
(863)946-3123
WORK CART- 4 seater,
truckbed, 36V, with charg-
er, good condition, $1100.
(863)697-2033.



EXERCISE BIKE, $20.
(863)467-2132


STEPPER, BIKE, & Multi
Task Upright weight
bench, must see, $200
neg. (863)467-2292.



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RED DEPRESSION GLASS
Set, Pitcher, 6-glasses.
Perfect Cond. A rare find.
$150. (863)763-8149.



GLIDER CHAIR- Seats 2,
Aluminum. Good condi-
tion. Needs cushions, $10.
(863)763-1997.-


CUSHIONS, 1 set of booth
seat/back, like new, $10.
(260)519-1249

FLIP TOP PHONES (2) Nex-
tel, 1-Dale Eamhart series
#1736, 1- #710 $115 will
sep. (863)674-9986.



PAINTINGS-r beautiful,
Known artists, large to
small, several, $200 will
sell separate. (863)467-
7659.

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PROJECTOR, Kodak Slide
Carousel, Model 750H,
works fine, exc. condition,
$30. (863)357-3779
PROJECTOR, 3M 910 Over-
head, works fine, excellent
condition, $30. (863)357-
3779



GUITAR- Alveraz, plays
good, looks good, case,
asking $185 or best offer.
(863)697-9704.


LAB PUPPIES, Pure Bred,
Shots & wormed. No pa-
pers. $325. each.
(863)674-0156.

MACAW- Blue and gold,
3yrs old, $780 or best of-
fer. (863)234-9553.


MALAMUTE WOLF/
SHEPHERD- puppies,
asking $20. (863)612-
0647.

Peach & White Doves, (2),
old enough to eat on their
own, $20 each. (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm.

RABBIT CAGE, Large. $30
(863)763-3451



RABBIT OR BIRD CAGES-
several sizes, $60 will sell
separate. (863)635-4690
Frostproof.

REDBONE HOUND MIX,
5yrs. Couch potato. Needs
loving home. Great com-
panion. (863)467-0380.

ROTTWEILER PUP-parents
import from Europe, $650.
(863)763-3910.




HOT TUB- Gatsby, exc.
cond., w/cover 2 seats +
lounge seat, $500 neg.
(863)763-4376.

HOT TUB, Leisure Bay,
Complete, Seats 2, Like
brand new. Hardly used.
$1500 863-357-6455






SINGER SEW MACH- porta-
ble w/metal cover, 2 nee-
dles w/slanting thread, all
attach, $75: neg.
(863)467-7659.




SPEAKERS- (2) JL AUDIO
12" subs, w/box & 700 W
amp. Like brand new,
$700. (863)697-2423.



MAGNAVOX TV With re-
mote.$80. (863)467-
8797.



GENERATOR, Hobart 4500,
140 amp A,: w- iIr with
leads. Gas, still in crate.
$900. (561)662-3335.

METAL LATHE Sheldon 10"
Swing x 44" Bed. 115 volt,
single phase w/acces.
$1000 (863)763-0618

RADIAL SAW, Craftsman,
9". Asking $60 or best of-
fer. Call (863)467-5579




EUREKA ENVIRO Multi
steamer/cleaner New Sac-
rifice. Kills germs Easy to
use $135 863-763-8149


Agriculture

I

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




ROUND BALES OF HAY
$20. @.
863-634-9111.


HORSE Pasafina Guilding,
Loves Attention. Does not
spook. $2500. 863-843-
2495.

REGISTERED PASO FIND
GELDING- 11 yrs, buck-
sskin color, smooth gait,
$2500 (863)447-2395.


Rentals



Apartments l".5
Business Places 10
Commercial
Property 15
Condos
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 2
House Rent ij
Land Rent 5
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 904
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent [60


COTTAGE, on canal.
2 Bdrm. 1 Ba. Unfurnished.
Easy access to lake.
Screen porch. Water &
Yard maintenance included.
Newly renovated.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. & ref.
Appointment only.
772-794-2438 or
772-538-8183

FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2
Ba, garage. Quite country
setting. Small pet okay.
Fenced yard Monthly or
seasonal. (305)944-
2721.
OTTER CREEK, 3br 2ba
Manufactured Home. 11A
acre $1000 mo + $500
Sec Dep 863-763-6646



Medical
Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, willing to divide
into 2 separate office
spaces, close to hospital
For information 467-0831.


RealEstate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010'
Condos
Townhouses Sale 1015.
Farms Sale 10:'0
Houses Sale 1025"
Hunting Property IC"' "
Investment
Property Sale lijj
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 10-1
Open House Ipc'05
Out of State
Property Sale 1051'
Property Inspection 1061
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1 '07
Warehouse Space l)07
Waterfront Property108R0



OKEECHOBEE 5 Acre
Lot in town, off Eagle
Bay Dr. Interest parties
Call (207)288-3510 or
Cell (561)301-1343.



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237
SEEKING 30-200+/- acres
of wooded/pasture land.
Not a Realtor/Developer,
(772)460-1539.



MOBILE WORKSHOP
14x52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$1,500 neg 352-754-8514


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 3005
Mobile Home Parts 30lrD
Mobile Homes Rent "15
Mobile Homes Sale 200rj



AWNING
4' wide 54" high
$65.
(863)467-4191



FLEETWOOD '93, 14'x 50',
'2br, 1 ba, Needs to be
moved. $2500. 863-675-
6651 aft 6pm
SKYLINE '96, Brookstone,
3/2, 24x44, 1056 sq. ft.
Excellent cond. $28,000
neg. 561-308-6810


Recreation


THUNDER BIRD '95, V8, All
power. $1500. (863)835-
6230.

TOYOTA CAMRY, '90- AC,
new tires, new brakes, ex-
cellent condition, $1400,
(863)877-0079.
TRANS AM 1985 needs
work does not run $600
negotiable (863)467-
1985



Ford Bronco, '84, 4x4, lifted
w/super swampers, $600
or best offer. (863)824-
8748 aft 6pm.
FORD BRONCO, '87- 4x4,
5.81t, body in good shape,
runs but needs work,
$2500 (863)634-4338.


BOLGER DEABLO '97, 16',
Bunzl Plywood, 15 hp Mari-
ner long shaft w/9.9 hp.,
trir, $1500 304-667-7855
MERCURY '01, 25 hp, elec-
tric start, 0/B Motor, 2006
warranty. Perfect cond.
$2000 (863)697-1645
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PONTOON BOAT, 20 Ft.,
1995, Sweet Water, w/trlr.
& all access. $5200 or best
offer. (863)357-4751
PONTOON BOAT, 16 Ft.
New marine plywood floor,
approx. 50hrs. on Yamaha
Motor w/power trim & trol-
ling motor. $3500 (863)
467-2609 after 2pm.
Seadoo Jet Boat
Sport LE, '01
130hp, low hrs., garage
kept, boat cover & trailer
$8700
. (863)983-3189/228-1277
TIDE CRAFT '83 16'8" Fi-
berglass 140HP Suzuki
eng. w/trl. runs well $1800
(863)946-1481.
TRI-HULL, 16 Ft., 70 hp
Evinrude. Lots of extra's.
$1300 or best offer.
(863)946-1728


FLEETWOOD '99, 21', Hy-
brid, A/C, Bunkbeds,
sleeps 7, Good Cond Ask-
ing $8500 863-467-2773



OUTBOARD MOTOR- Mer-
cury 125HP, 2002, Merc.
Warranty until 8/08,
$4000, (954)553-5140.


KAWASAKI NINJA 250 '94
$1500. (863)635-3439


YAMAHA YZ80, '86- runs
good, $1000 or best offer.
(863)634-7256.



HONDA 124M '85, 3 Wheel-
er Runs $500. (863)357-
1960.

YAMAHA PW 80 '95,
Runs good, $500.
(863)357-1960.



Fleetwood Mallard, '99,
25' Travel Trailer, c/a,
heat, refrigerator, micro-
wave, range, sleeps 6,
$7000. (863)983-3189/
228-1277


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015E.
Commercial Trucks 41j?0
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 40;i5
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4C-15
Pickup Trucks 405U
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


BUICK LESABRE '87, Good
condition. A/C, runs good.
$700. (772)618-0607.

DODGE SHADOW '93, Con-
vertible. Good cond. Runs
good. New tires. $1400
neg. (863)946-1728
FORD MUSTANG 1989,
Runs great, 4 cyl., 5 spd.
$1000. 863-634-1077 or
863-763-6138
FORD TAURUS, '87- no air,
auto, new tires, low miles,
rebuilt mtr, new batt, $800
neg.. (863)763-6396.
HONDA ACCORD '84, Runs
good, well maintained.
105K org. mls, 1 owner.
$1000 (863)467-9950
MAZDA 626, '00, V6, 50k
miles, leather, auto, alloys,
all power, $8100.

NISSAN MAXIMA 1995
Good condition. $3500.
(863)612-8404/239-7938




NISSAN STANZA 1985,
Crushed Valor Bucket Seats,
4 cyl., auto. $1500.
(561)358-6307

OLDS. DELTA 88, '86- 2dr,
90K orig miles, excellent
condition, $1000 or best
offer. (863)946-0564.
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PIANO Conn, Great cond.
Asking $600. (863)357-
0471.

PIANO Excellent condition.
$1000. (863)467-0331.





CATAHOULA, reg. 12-wks,
housebroken, doggy door,
some commands. $100.
each. (863)467-0380.
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES
7wks, CKC, 2-Males
$350. ea. 863-467-7424
or 863-610-1863.
COCKATIELS (3)- nice with
cage and stand, $100.
(863)357-3105.


STALLION, American sad-
diebred, 1 year old, $500.
863-697-6421.




PATIO TABLE Round,
Wright iron, 4 chairs. $45.
(863)763-7358.


RIDING MOWER, Dixon,
0 Tum, 52" cut, 18 hp, runs
good. $1100. or consider
trade. 863-697-2032
When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.


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Boats 3005
Campers'RVs 301 0
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 302C0
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles.ATVs 3025


BOAT, 14', Aluminum w/'01
trailer & 5.5 hp, Johnson
0/B, Seats, Trolling motor.
$1200 (863)763-6069
BOAT MOTOR '91 Mariner,
Long shaft with controls.
$1100. (863)634-2761.

BOAT, Trihull & Trailer,w/
50HP Johnson. Set up for
nite fish. Gr. cond. $2,200.
(606)271-1171









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CLUB CAR, '97- exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
863)697-1350/763-2063.

CLUB CAR, Good cond.
good batt.& chgr. $999
Neg. 863)697-1350 or
(83)763-2063.

GOLF CART, '97, Take off
Club Car Body, $175. Or
best offer. (863)675-
1472.

GOLF CART- Club Car, with
charger, looks and runs
great, $600. (863)610-
0575.

Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


BEDLINER- for Ford PU, 6'x
4'5", $75. (863)763-
3451.

CHEVY S10 TRUCK BED-
for '94-'00, asking $300
or best offer. (863)675-
8155.

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




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FORD '66, 352 Big Block.
Runs good. Does not
knock/smoke. $700. Neg.
or trade 863-441-4534
FORD F150 1998, 3 Door,
Parts Truck. $700 for all,
will sep. (863)467-9772

FORD F150,'86, 4x4 Parts,
Title, 3" body lift parts or
whole. $700. (863)441-
4534.
OLDS TORNADO '88, Blue,
Needs work. Nice body.
Doesn't run. $200 best of-
fer. (863)467-0987
TIRES & RIMS (5), brand
new Goodyear, from 2005
Jeep, P21575R15, $550.
863-763-1457
TRANSMISSION TURBO
Rebuilt Installation avail.
$300. (863)467-8856.



CHEVY S10 '2000, 2cyl.
5spd Needs head gasket.
$2500. Or best offer
(772)461-2629.
DODGE RAM ,'91- w/cover,
106K miles, 318 engine,
$2200. (863)763-8343.

FORD F100 -'82, gd. cond.,
straight 6, 3 sp., cap,
Class IIl hitch, $1500 firm.
(321)214-1790
FORD F150 FLATBED- for
parts only. $800 or best
offer. (863)763-2775.

FORD F250 XLT '99, Diesel.
Supercab. 147K. Runs
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No' 2005 DR 000210
Christine M. Francis,
Petitioner
and
Richard L. Francis,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Richard L. Francis
2406 NE Senic Orive,
Apt #20
Lanesville, IN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an
action has been filed against
you ana that you are required
to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on
Christine Francis whose ad-
dress is 8001 SE 57th Dr.,-
Okeechobee, FL 34974 on or
before and lile the original
with the clerk of this Court at
304 N.W. 2nd St., Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972, before ser-
vice on ,Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to
do so, a default may be en-
tered against you for the re-
lief demand in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the
-Clerk of the Circuit Court's
office. You may review these
documents upon request,
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office no-
tified of your current ad-
dress. Future papers in this
lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of doc-
uments and information.
Failure to comply can result
in sanctions, Including dis-
missal or striking of plead-
ings.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF
THE' Am1 ii I- ieh
Deputy Clerk
Dated: March 28, 2005
564416 ON 4/4.11,18,25/05


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2005-CP-074
In Re: The Estate of
BASIL WARREN CARNEY,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Ancillary Summary
Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Or-
der of Ancillary Summary Adminis-
tration has been entered in the Es-
tate of BASIL WARREN CARNEY,
Deceased, File Number 2005-CP-
074, by the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which if
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that
the decedent's date of death was
November 26, 2004; the the total
estate consists of real property
having a value of $6,625.00; that
the names and addresses of those
to whom it has been assigned by
such order are:
EVELYN NORFLEET SHORT CAR-
NEY, 120 National Ln., Williams-
burg, BA 23185.
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent other than those for whom
provision for full payment was
made in the Order of Summary Ad-
ministration must file their claims
within this court WITHIN THE TIME
PROVIDED BY LAW.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
. DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
.this Notice is April 18, 2005.
Attorneys Ior Person Giving Notice:
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
P.O. Drawer 1367
Okeechrobee, FL 34972
BY: Tom W. Conely, III
Florida Bar No. 096482
Person Giving Notice:
Evelyn Norfleet Short Carney-
120 National Lane
Williamsburg, VA 23185
568606 ON 4/18,25/05


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2005-CP-080
In Re: The Estate of
ELSIE HARRIS RAMSEY,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Ancillary Summary
Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Or-
der of Ancillary Summary Adminis-
tration has been entered in the Es-
tate of ELSIE HARRIS RAMSEY,
Deceased, File Number 2005-CP-
080, by the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which if
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that
the decedent's date of death was
November 26, 2004; the the total
estate consists of real property
having a value of $5,000.00; that
the names and addresses of those
to whom it has been assigned by
such order are:
RICHARD RUFUS RAMSEY, JR., 319
Tuxedo Drive, Thomasville, GA
31792
LYNN RAMSEY STOWERS, 2204
Wimbleton Drive, Thomasville, GA
S31792
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent other than those for whom
provision for full payment was
made in the Order of Summary Ad-
ministration must file their claims
within this court WITHIN THE TIME
PROVIDED BY LAW.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this Notice is April 1 2005.
Attorneys for Person Giving Notice:
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
P.O. Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, FL 34972
BY: Tom W. Conely, III
Florida Bar No. 096482
Person Giving Notice:
Richard Rufus Ramsey Jr.
319 Tuxedo Drive
Thomasville, GA 31792
Lynn Ramsey Stowers
2204 Wimbleton Drive
Thomasville, GA 31792
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FY 2006 Water Savings Incentive Program
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management
District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406 announces the following:
Official public meetings regarding FY2006 Water Savings Incentive Pro-
gram
1. Selection Committee Meeting: May 4, 2005 Irom 1:00 p.m. to 3:00
p.m. atthe SFWMDO District Headquarters Bldg. B-1, 2A Bridge Confer-
ence Room
2. Selection Committee Meeting (Alternate Date): May 10, 2005 from
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SFWMD District Headquarters Bldg. B-1,
2B Bridge Conference Room
All public meetings will be held at the dates, times, locations and confer-
ence rooms referenced above. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by
writing the South Florida Water Management District, Procurement De-
partment, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33416-4680. Per-
sons with disabilities or handicaps who need assistance may contact the
District Clerk, (561) 682-6297, at least two business days in advance of
the meeting to make appropriate arrangements.
Should one or more members of the evaluation committee need to attend
any of the meetings by means of communication media technology
(CMT), the meetings will be teleconferenced at the dates, times, loca-
tions and conference rooms referenced above. For more information,
please contact the Project Manager, Bruce Adams at (561) 682-6785, or
ernadette Harrison, Contract Specialist, at (561) 682-6378.
568116 ON 4/18/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVANCED
LEARNING CENTER MANAGEMENT BOARD WILL HOLD A BOARD
MEETING MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2005, 2:00 P.M. IN THE CALC CENTER
FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING ON THE CHASTAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN
RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT 2400 SE SALERNO ROAD, STUART,
FLORIDA 34997. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT
BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF
LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT
THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE BOARD AT LEAST SEVEN
DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD. ANY PER-
SONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RE-
SPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY
NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS
IS MADE.
567803 ON 4/11/05


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CITY LAND PLANNING AGENCY MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE: The Land Planning Agency for the City of Okeechobee will
meet on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
possible. The meeting vnll be held at City Hal, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, in the
Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida, Items to be consid-
ered at this public meetng are
* Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-005-SSA
submitted by Rita Tedders on behalf of the property owners, James L.
and Rita Tedders and Leland Dyals. The application is requesting to
change the Future Land Use designation from Multi-Family (MF) to Com-
mercial (C) for property located at 304 and 306 Southwest 3rd Avenue.
Legal description being Lots 1-2, and the North halt of 11 and 12, of
Block 19 City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records,
Okeechobee, County, Florida and is approximately .48 acress. The pur-
pose of the land use change is to make it consistent with the zoning des-
ignation and existing uses.
* Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-006-SSA
submitted by the property owner, Roland Mossel. The application is re-
questing to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family
(SF) to Multi-Family (MF) for vacant property located at the comer of
Northwest 11th Street and 3rd Avenue. Legal description being Lots 17-
21 of Block 19, City of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, public records
Okeechobee County, Florida and is approximately 1.033 acress. The
purpose of the land use change is to build a triplex.
* Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small
Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 05-007-SSA
submitted by the propeny owner, A. Barton Cook. The application is re-
questing to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family
(SF) to Multi-Family (MF) for property located along the 100 and 200
Blocks of Southeast 8th Avenue. Legal description being Lots 6 through*
10 of Taylor Creek Manor, Plat Book 3, Page 4, Public Records, Okee-
chobee, County, Florida and is approximately 1.39 acress. The purpose
of the land use change is to develop townhouses on the property.
' The LPA will also consider any proposed amendments, submitted by
City Staff or citizens, to tne Comprehensive Plan, which include the Land
Development Regulations (LDR's) and render a recommendation to the
City Council for consideration and final adoption.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the Gen-
eral Services Office, Room 101 at City Hall or by calling Katrina Cook at
(863) 763-3372, extension 218. Please be advised that this board serves
as a recommendation board. All items considered are forwarded with
their recommendation to the City Council for final PUBLIC HEARING on
Tuesday, May 3, 2005.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any
decision by the Land Planning Agency with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. General Services Department
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
ment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accom-
modation to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no
later than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-
3372 x 218 for assistant ;i I, .j,,,,. .mpaired telephone the Florida
Relay Service Number '. '5 .' i (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770
(VOICE) for assistance.
BY: John R. Cook,
Interim Zoning Administrator
566390 ON 4/8,18/05


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Glades County Roundup


Lighting to

be installed
After feuding neighbors
butted heads over additional
lighting at a nearby bus stop a
few weeks ago, the safety issues
appeared to have overcome the
few loud objections.
Turkey Creek residents voiced
those objections weeks ago
when residents along Riverview
Drive and Williams Road voiced
concern over the possible dan-
gers of inadequate lighting in an
area where children gather
while waiting for their school
bus to arrive. .
Some residents in Turkey
Creek expressed concern that
the additional lighting would
shine directly into their neigh-
borhood, but a resident on
Williams Road said that would-
n't be likely, considering that
neighborhood is close to a half
mile away.
"That is what they were say-
ing," said Charlie Miller. "But.I
don't see how when they are a
half mile away. The corner of
Riverview Drive and Williams
Road is where all the kids con-
gregate in the morning. There
are about 19 of them and two of
them have needs to where they
need to be watched all the time.
This is a safety issue.

County to check

drivers' licenses
The Glades County Commis-
sion Tuesday voted to run driv-
ers' license checks on employ-
ees four times a year, after
learning there was a problem
with county vehicles being driv-
en by employees who had lost
their licenses.
"From time to time, we have
had driver's license issues at the
road department," County Man-
ager Jim Smith said. "We have
had employees driving county
-vehicles without a driver's
license."
He said the employees had.
valid licenses when they were
hired, but lost driving privileges
after being hired. He said check-
ing licenses annually is appar-
ently not often enough.


Under the new policy, county
employees who receive a traffic
ticket for anything even a bro-
ken taillight must report it to
their supervisors. Failure to do
so would be grounds for firing.
This policy applies to all county
employees who drive any coun-
ty vehicles.


Mentors needed

at West Glade
West Glades School needs
you. Do you have one hour a
week to spend with a student?
Some students are struggling in
math, reading, or just need
some extra attention from a car-
ing adult who will listen. If you
are able to volunteer one hour
or more, from 8:15 a.m.-2:30
p.m., please call Billy Marchal at
West Glades School at .(863)
675-3490.


Bus drivers

are needed
The Glades County School
District will be offering a bus-
driving course for anyone inter-
ested in driving a school bus for
the district for daily routes
and/or extracurricular trips. If
interested, please contact Doug
Manke at (863) 946-3662. Class-
es have begun and take place in
the evenings.


Hurricane
relief
Glades County Property
Appraiser Larry Luckey
announced that county residents
whose homes were damaged in
the 2004 hurricane season could
be eligible for hurricane relief in
certain circumstances.
Applications for relief for
Glades County residents who
bought replacement mobile
homes are due to Mr. Luckey's
office by May 1. The relief is cal-
culated based on sales tax paid
on the replacement mobile
home. Applications are eligible
for either relief for residents with
homestead exemptions or relief
related to mobile home rcp!Dce-
ment, but not both.


Copies of the application
form may be obtained by visiting
Luckey's office or by calling
(863) 946-6026 or toll free (877)
445-2337. For more information
about the hurricane relief pro-
gram, residents may visit the
Florida Department of Revenue
Web site http://www.myflori-
da.com/dor.


GED classes

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


Faith in Action

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


mation on this wonderful volun-
teer program benefiting resi-
dents in Hendry/Glades Coun-
ties.

Upcoming events

at senior center
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center, 475
E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, exer-
cise class with Barb Branden-
burg meets M-W-F every week
at9 a.m.
Hendry County Health
Department Heart to Heart Pro-,
gram and Senior Connections
are offering an eight-week Dia-
betes Class at 2 p.m., each
Wednesday at the Nobles Senior
Center. Classes include the dia-
betic diet, understanding carb
counting, eye and foot care, and
the ABC's of diabetes (the A1C
test, Blood Pressure, and Cho-
lesterol.) All diabetics, long term
or newly diagnosed, are wel-
come.


GAL program

needs advocates
The Guardian Ad Litem
(GAL) Program needs volun-
teers to represent the best inter-
ests of abused, abandoned and
neglected children before the
court, social service agencies
and the community. No special
educational degree is required.
Guardians need to be someone
with common sense, good judg-


ment and a commitment to
helping a child. Attendance at
three training sessions held in
Fort Myers is required. Please
contact Kelie Hedrick at: (239)
461-4360 or (800) 269-6210 for
more information, and to
reserve your space for training.

American Legion

now hosts bingo
Moore Haven American
Legion Post 299 is now having
bingo, Saturday nights at 6 p.m.
Hamburgers, drinks and dessert
will be provided at a minimal
cost.

Chinese

speaker needed
Moore Haven High School is
in need of a volunteer who can
speak Chinese. Please contact
the school at 946-0811.

Help stop.

the violence
The Hendry and Glades
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Council's mission is to increase
community awareness about
domestic and sexual violence
and victim safety by providing
services, referrals and education
relating to the affects of domes-
tic/sexual violence in our com-
munity. The meetings rotate
between LaBelle, Clewiston and
Moore Haven. To get involved in


the council or for information
about meeting dates and times,
please call Abuse Council and
Treatment, Inc.'s Rural Exten-
sion (REACT): (863) 674-1811
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to speak with
an advocate.


Post disaster help

for older adults

Project HOPE counselors will
be available on site once a week
from 9-11 a.m. at Senior Con-
nections offices and dining sites
in February. Elders in need of
help due to the hurricanes of last
summer can speak in person
with a specially trained disaster
crisis counselor courtesy of
Hendry Glades Mental Health.
Counselors will be in LaBelle on
Tuesday, (675-1446) Clewiston
on Wednesday, (983-7088)
Moore Haven on Thursdays
(946-1821) and Buckhead Ridge
on Friday (567-1253.) Call for
locations and/or directions. Dis-
aster funds are still available to
help older adults who continue
to need assistance with such
issues as stress related prob-
lems, emotional loss, roof
repair, insurance deductibles,
appliance repair or replacement,
chore work, etc.
For more information about
Glades County, see the Glades
County Democrat, published
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