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Vol. 96 No. 110


Wednesday, April 20, 2005


504 Plus tax


Brief

Don't respond
to phone requests
It has been brought to the
attention of the Glades Electric
Cooperative, Inc. that recently
some members have received
phone calls requesting immedi-
ate payment on their past due
accounts for their electrical
service provided by Glades Elec-
tric Cooperative, Inc.
The individual identifies him-
self as an employee of Glades
Electric and asks for credit card
information over the phone to
prevent disconnection of serv-
ice. There have also been
reports of collection calls from
an automated phone calling
system asking for payment by
credit card over the phone.
Glades Electric Cooperative
does not solicit payment via a
telephone calling system, nor
do they accept credit card pay-
ments. Members are asked to
not respond to these phone
requests.
If you receive a phone call of
this nature, immediately con-
tact the Glades Electric Cooper-
ative at 1-(800) 226-4024.

Inside

Canseco denies
hitting men
MIAMI Describing him-
self as "a big teddy bear," for-
mer baseball star Jose
Canseco denied hitting anyone
in a 2001 bar fight as testimony
opened Tuesday in'a lawsuit
filed by two men involved in
the altercation.
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By Pete Gawda
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The recent action by Okee-
chobee County Commission-
ers that weaken the county's
sludge ordinance does not
eliminate the situation that
some county residents have
hotly and emotionally protest-
ed the land application of
treated sludge near their back-
doors.
At their last meeting, the
conimissioners voted to delete
from the sludge ordinance
those requirements for
inspecting and permitting of


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James Cunningham and Cheyenne Rhoden found the fish in the library fascinating dur-
ing kindergarten registration Tuesday at South Elementary School.


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trucks, permitting of applica-
tion sites and record keeping.
"I'm delighted they gutted
it (the ordinance)," was the
response of Maureen Abel.
Mrs. Abel and her husband
John operate a Department of
Environmental Protection
(DEP)-licensed residual treat-
ment facility at Tir na n'Og
Ranch at Fort Drum.
The Abels have been at the
heart of the controversy since
the beginning.
Still intact is the much-
debated requirement that land
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By Maria Chandler
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At Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting
the district governor spoke to mem-
bers and guests.
District Governor Jean Starkey of
Merritt Island encouraged members
of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee to
contribute funds to the Rotary Foun-
dation.
The foundation, a charitable
organization run by Rotarians, was
started with $26.50. Through the
foundation, a $26,000 Rotary Ambas-
sadorial Scholarship could be award-
ed to someone local.
The scholarship is used by the
recipient to study abroad for a year.
The recipient has to be at the gradu-
ate school level, and the scholarship
cannot go to a child of a Rotarian.
Ms. Starkey was a recipient of the
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
She attended the University of the
Witwatersrand in South Africa and


studied business.
- She challenged members of the
local club to each contribute $100
each year to the. Rotary Foundation.
Money that is contributed to the
organization collects interest for
threeyears.
In addition to funding scholar-
ships the Rotary Foundation will
issue matching, grants toward club
projects with a maximum of $1,000
per club, per project.
Also, Ms. Starkey suggested the
club recruit members the way it was
done when the club was first formed
in 1905 in Chicago, Ill., when 15 busi-
nessmen gathered. At that time, a
member would approach someone
who was thought to be the best of
the best at that business and asked if
they would be interested in becom-
ing a Rotarian.
While giving a brief history of the
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Kristy Crawford (left), president of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee, welcomed District
.Governor Jean Starkey (middle) and Assistant District Governor Alan Sullivan (right)
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club, Ms. Starkey said the club was
originally called the Rotation Club
because it met each week at a dif-
ferent business. Members also
called each other by their first
name. Members who forgot and
referred to others by their last
name were fined.
She encouraged club members
to find water projects, since Rotary
envisions water wars in the next
100years.
She commented that there are 2
billion people in the world who are
illiterate, and encouraged mem-
bers of the local club to find literacy
projects. In the United States, 46
percent of the population reads at a
fourth grade level or lower.
The local Rotary Club will host
the district conference in October.
For the three-day event, members
have been asked to come up with
projects Rotarians could partici-
pate in to benefit the community.
Candidates are also needed for
the group study exchange team
that will be going to India in Janu-
ary. The team captain must be a
Rotarian. However, the four team
members cannot be members of
Rotary or have a relative in a Rotary
club. Team members must also be
between the ages of 25 and 40, and
have been with their present com-
pany for at least three years. Once
in India, they will shadow some-
one that is in their field.
The club presented Ms. Starkey
with a cowboy hat that fit in the
palm of her hand, and a gift certifi-
cate to a local business so that she
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application of treated residuals
be conducted no closer than 750
- feet from the property lines.
The Abels claim this setback
-o requirement adversely affects
their ranching operations. At the
S .. _. January meeting of the Okee-
chobee County Board of Adjust-
S-_ ments and Appeals, the Abels
requested a variance of setback
S- requirements to allow them a
-- 50-foot setback.
"We could not operate on
less land," Mrs. Abel stated at
that meeting.
* She asserted that if their oper-
ation were closed, local septic
tank pumpers would have to go
to West Palm Beach, which add
expense to the citizens of Okee-
S1 chobee. She also claimed that
Ii the county could not regulate
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"There is no proof that a 750
setback would help matters,"
she asserted.
Indian Hammock resident Dr.
Raymond Jones stated that the
rational for setbacks is primarily
common sense.
After the board of adjust-
ments and appeals voted against
the Abel's request they proceed-
ed to take the matter to court,
where it is still pending.
County Attorney John Cassels
has stated that the setback
requirements could not be
grandfathered. However, he also
asserted that they could not be
enforced until an operators' cur-
rent DEP license has expired.
Mrs. Abel stated that they
could continue their operation
past the 2007 expiration date of
their current DEP license if legal
proceedings were still pending.
Mr. Cassels said that was not
necessarily so unless they get a
court order to do so.


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Mrs. Abels thinks that Tir na
n'Og should be grandfathered.
:"If anyone can get a vari-
ance, we should because we
have a 17-year perfect record,"
she added.
Officials of DEP have said that
there have been no violations
against Tir na n'Og in the last
two years and that the majority
of prior violations have dealt
with paperwork problems.
In past discussions, the
emphasis has been on residual
applications at Tir na n'Og.
However, according to the
DEP there are eight sites in the
county licensed for the land
application of treated residuals
with a total of 13,707 acres
licensed for application.
Ironically, in spite of all the
controversy Tir na n'Og is the
second smallest site with 213
acres licensed for application.
Only CAM Land Holdings, also in
Fort Drum, is smaller with 104
acres.
The Durando Ranch on the
northern border of the county
near Yee Haw Junction is the
largest with 5,672 acres.


Scott 6000 Groves in the
northeast corner of the county is
the second largest with 4,216
acres licensed for application.
South Fork Ranch has 1,700
acres licensed for land applica-
tion of treated residuals. The
Bobby Fulford Ranch is author-
ized by DEP to use 800 acres,
and the Gene Fulford Ranch can
use up to 704 of their acres for
land application.
The Okeechobee Utility
Authority, which also comes
under the ordinance, has 298
acres for application of treated
residuals. The authority has
about three more years remain-
ing on its current license before
it must deal with setback
requirements.
However, there are only two
DEP licensed residual treatment
facilities in the county Tir na
n'Og and OUA.
With the exception of OUA,
all of the above sites are zoned
agricultural. All totaled there are
between 425,000 and 450,000
acres for agriculture land in the
county.


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Central students learn about careers


Kindergarten
The kindergarten classes are vis-
iting The Children's Museum of the
Highlands in Seblriug this month.
On this field trip they will be enjoy-
ing a lunch fromN McDonalds. The
children are preparing for their
Kindergarten Celebration at the
Freshman Campus the end of May.
The theme this year is tie "Four
Seasons". Parents and family men -
bers are invited. See your chlild's
agenda for dates and times. In
math, we are sLudying tmeasure-
ment, beginning addition, and skip
counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. Our
Math Superstars will be goiug to the
Wooden Jungle. Later this month
our writings are improving and we
are excited about sharing our ideas
and thoughts.
Third grade
Miss Moulzolf's third grade class
is learning about earthquakes and
volcanoes. We are doing some fun
projects and expository writings to
go with our research of these top-
ics. We enjoyed the book 'How to
'Eat Fried Wornms'. We created out
.own recipes for worms. The best
,part was eating the worms! Don't
worry! They were just gummy
worms!
Ms. Enfinger's third graders
enjoyed a special presentation
called .'. ..*... Powers" at the
Freshman Campus. It encouraged
all students to reuse, redo, atd recy-
cle. What a great start to our Earth
Day activities. Ms. Enfinger's read-
ing class celebrated excellent
behavior with a trip to Dairy Queen.
Students are also learning about
careers during our Career Day activ-
ities. Students will think about what
they would like to be when they
grow up. Congratulations to


Christopher Taylor and Matthew
Smitllh, our Studenits of the Week.
Happy Birlthday to Teodora Yanez.
Don't fort to
read!
This week in
Mrs. A[well'
class we .1. '
studying a..
poem calle .
'I'm in (Charge oul
Celebrations'. We are thinking and
writing about different things we
can celebrate. We saw a play called
S, .... Powers'. We really
enjoyed it, and learned about recy-
cling. In Social Studies we are
.I i, l, I .1I how we recycle.
Mrs. Kielbasa's class has been
working very hard this year and we
are all thankful that the last quarter
of the year is here. I am proud of all
of your accomplishments. You
need to remember, it's not over yet,
so we need to keep working hard.
This week in Mrs. Prescott's
class we are reading '-.:ij I,. 10o's
Gift'. We are starting a unit on the
fifty states. Each child will pick a
state to research and present to the
class. The students are also learn ing
about recycling. In Ms. Groendyk's
class, everyone is making a project
out of things they would normally
throw away. The students are coin-
ing up with some really neat ideas.
They are also beginning their Span-
ish Bare Books. In math, we are
working on elapsed time. Please
practice this with your child at
home. Congratulations to our Stu-
dents of tle Week: Francisco Bucio
and Oscar Pinon.
Mrs. Greseth's reading class has
been finishing up a theme test.
They are enjoying reading all differ-
ent kinds of books during small
group time. Mrs. Greseth would like
to thank all of the students for work-


ing so hard. You have made great
gains this year! I amn so proud of
you! In math, Mrs. Greseth's class
just finished up division and is start-
ing on decimals next week. Please
continue to work on multiplication
facts at home. Congratulations to
Haley Chouinard, Kenia Soto, and
Mitchell McCoin, our Students of
the Week!

Fifth grade
Mrs. Steiert's classes are already
working hard on their science fair
projects. Her students have totally
impressed her with their abilities in
math this year and now they're
doing it all over again in science.
Mrs. Steiert is proud of her science
classes for being so responsible as
well as eager to learn. Mrs. Steiert's
homeroom class has earned over
1,100 A.R. points! That's awesome
since they couldn't use the comput-
ers the first nine weeks! Way to go
class!
The students in Ms. White's
Reading class are busily preparing
for the Tropicana Speech Contest.
We are reading 'Frindle' from our
reading books, and getting ready
for the S.T.A.R.S. year end activities.
Ask your student what the acronym
stands for. Congratulations to Anna
Russell and Stevie Brantley for
being selected Student of the Week!
Congratulations also go out to
Jer'Kota McNeil for being selected
Character Counts Student of the


Month for Fairness.
Ms. Stough's class has been
learning about the earth, moon,
and stars. The reports they did for
space were "out of this world"! In
math, we are practicing division
with two and three digit divisors.
Congratulations to those who
earned the Golden Corral lunch trip
for the AR points. We had a great
time and all overate. The current
leaders in Math Superstars points
are B.J. Rhodes with 96 points, and
Juan Baza with 95. The Tropicana
speech winners for the room were
third place, Zhane Henry, second
place Jeffrey Lipfert, and first place
Maranda Serrano. Congratulations
and good luck in the school con-
test. Brittney Dailey was the Student
of the Week.
The students in Mrs. Carpenter's
class are working hard. The reading
groups are reading either 'A Single
Shard' or 'The Cricket in Time
Square'. We have been writing and
presenting our Tropicana Speech-
es. We are also learning about the
exploration of the land west of the
Mississippi. Did you know the Unit-
ed States doubled in size as a result
of the Louisiana Purchase? We are
also going to be learning more
about Lewis and Clark over the
next few weeks. We are looking
forward to our S.T.A.R.S. gradua-
tion on May 18. The top AR student
is Abigail Robledo. She has already
earned 80 points. Mayra Cortez is
the Student of the Month.


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Courtesy photo/T.O.P.S
Honoring K.O. RS.
At the K.O.P.S. (Keep off pounds sensibly) honor cere-
mony were: (in no particular order) Carol McEwan,
Norma Cason, John and Geraldine Drake, Rose Mary Hit-
tie and newly crowned K.O.P.S. Queen Mary Danley.


Staff photo/Debra'Smythe
Cooking it up
Major Noel Stephen and Detective Keith Stripling of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office were cooking up
pork roast for a benefit that was being held in the park
Friday for Martha's House. This benefit was a fundraiser
for operating expenses that Martha's House has for their
various programs. O.L. Raulers6n who is not shown also


nelpe with the cooKing.


Obituary

Jack Huff
Jack Huff, age 77, of Okee-
:chobee, died Monday, April 18,
2005, at Hospice of Martin .& St.
Lucie. Mr. Huff was born March
17, 1928, in Wolf Creek, Tenn. He
was of the Baptist faith and served
our country in the U.S. Navy dur-
ing WWlI.
Mr. Huff is survived by: his wife
of 55 years, Doris Huff; two sons,
Michael'R. (Lavada) Huff of Okee-


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Blaring Music
"I was wondering if there is a law on the books about some-
one blaring music out of their vehicle with explicit sexual over-
tones and at lights where family and kids can hear that. Wouldn't
that be considered indecent exposure? Shouldn't there be law
against that, or is there?"
(Editor's Note:- Thanks for calling. We contacted the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office with your question and following
is their answer. Yes, there is a law against blaring music, it is
statute 316.0345. That statute states it is unlawful for any person
operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street or highway to
operate or amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player or
other mechanical sound making device or instrument from
within the motor vehicle so that the sound is: a.) plainly audible
at a distance of 100 feet or more from the motor vehicle.)

Thanks FEMA
"My family and I live in a FEMA trailer and we look everyday
for a place to live. But everything we've looked at under a $1,000
a month has been a dump. It is obvious to me that the county
commissioners are dragging their feet and not making an attempt
to work with FEMA and the state officials to help families find
alternate housing. I think the commissioners are hoping that this
problem will just literally go.away. By the way, thanks FEMA for
all you have done."

Time Change
"I would like to protest the spring forward and fall back hour
that goes on all the time. I have three wall clocks that I can't reach
and have to get on something to reach them, two stove clocks, a
radio clock and one in my car. You've got to change them all the
time. Why don't they change it a half an hour and leave it alone?
What difference can 30 minutes make?"

Won't Call Back
"I have lived all over the United States and I have been in
Okeechobee for 10 years. People advertise that they will work
and you need an estimate for a job, but they never get back to
you. Why can't they be up front and say that they are too busy for
the job sb you can go elsewhere, instead of stringing people
along?"



Community Events

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.


Red Cross offers first aid class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee branch will hold a
first aid class on April 28, from 6 until,10 p.m. The cost for the
class is $5. If you are-interested in signing up please stop by the
office at 323 N. Parrott Ave.; or, call (863) 763-2488.

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.





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Letter to the Editor


Our children
must be protected
There is a change in Florida.
While we have made great strides
in our fight against crime in the
last 10years, the tragic events of
recent months raise new con-
cerns about our safety and securi-
ty.
It began in Sarasota last year
with the kidnapping and murder
of 1 l-year-old Carlie Brucia. A few
months later, six young people in
Deltona were bludgeoned to
death with baseball bats. In
March, we learned of the kidnap-
ping, rape and murder of 9-year
old Jessica Lunsford in Homosas-
sa. Now we have learned of the
tragic details surrounding the
death of 13-year old Sarah Lunde
in Ruskin, near Tampa.
These nine young people had
their entire lives before them, only
to have themrobbed by criminals
with prior records of violence.
The common thread linking these
murders: the abuse of probation.
Those accused of being responsi-
ble for each of these heinous acts
were probation violators with
prior convictions for violent
crimes. Put simply, these crimi-
nals were out of jail enjoying the
privilege of probation but are
accused of turning around and
again committing violent acts.
Those of us who serve you as
your elected representatives are
obligated to do everything possi-
ble to prevent such senseless out-
rages. We have a chance to do
that with an important piece of
legislation before the Florida Leg-
islature that would give judges the
authority lock up these violent
criminals.
. Senate Bill 608/House Bill 451,
known as the Anti-Murder Act of
2005, would require an immedi-
ate "danger to the community"
hearing before a judge when
these prior felons violate proba-
tion. The judge will have the
opportunity to review the felon's
entire record, and if he or she
%finds the probation violator to be
a danger to the community, the


criminal goes back to prison.
In order to release the violator
the judge must document in writ-
ing that the offender is not, in fact,
a danger to the community.
This important public safety
legislation enjoys the endorse-
ments of the Florida Sheriffs Asso-
ciation, the Florida Police Chiefs
Association, the Florida Prosecut-
ing Attorneys Association, the
Florida Police Benevolent Associ-
ation, the Florida Coalition
Against Domestic Violence, the
National Rifle Association and the
Unified Sportsmen of Florida.
While these bills have unani-
mously passed every House' and
Senate committee that has heard
them, inexplicably they have not
yet been placed on the agenda of
some other committees. Time is
running out, for the 2005 session
ends soon.
The Anti-Murder legislation
was proposed within the context
of a $61.6 billion budget, but now
we know that Florida will have
$2.2 billion more in the budget
than originally thought.
Our experts project the cost of
the Anti-Murder Act at $56 million
for the coming fiscal year. Our
proposal would account for just
2.5 percent of the budget windfall
- out of an entire budget of $63.8
billion; this would be less than
9/1 00ths of 1 percent!
Ultimately, the question is not
whether we can afford to pass this
legislation; it is whether we can
afford not to. Our commitment to
the safety of our citizens, our chil-
dren, is beipg tested. Already nine
young Floridians have lost their
lives.
Our proposal is more than a
budget line item, it is a lifeline. I
urge the Legislature to take up
and pass the Anti-Murder Act
sponsored by Senator Rudy Gar-
cia and Representative Bruce
Kyle, and co-sponsored by more
than 100 of Florida's 160 legisla-
tors.
Our children's lives depend
upon it.

Charlie Crist,
attorney general


Upcoming Events


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


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Courtesy photo/The Okeechobee Historical Society
Looking Back ...
Eugenia Hollinsworth Simmons was the first female
sheriff in the state of Florida. She was appointed in 1938
when her husband, Claude Simmons died in office. Do
you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of
Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring
them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St.,
and we can copy them while you wait.



Community Events

Church of God hosting revival
The Okeechobee Church of God, 3011 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
host a revival on April 20 with Evangelist Tim Finlayson from
Rockledge. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-4127.,


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-Mal-
lowan; 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 infor-
mation, 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.


Saddle cleaning benefits 4-H club
The Bits & Spurs 4-H Horse Club will hold a saddle cleaning
fundraiser on April 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Eli's Western
Wear, 907 W. North Park'St, They will be cleaning saddles, sell-
ing hamburgers and hotdogs and holding other fundraising
events. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be sold from 10:45 a.m.
until 2 p.m. Proceeds of this fundraiser will help send members
to summer horsemanship school.


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. Riders, runners
and walkers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a
parent of guardian. Send registrations to Jim McInnes, Farm
Bureau Insurance 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 chil-
dren 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 in the
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
predators, 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.


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Birth


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Paul Stark remembered
Friends and family of the late Paul Stark (left to right) Brad Stark, Tony Stark, David
Trent, Neil Richmond and Marjorie Stark met at the Okeechobee County Public
Library to celebrate books donated to the library in memorial of Paul Eugene Allen Stark
that were donated by his colleagues. Library director Margo Taylor helped choose the
books that reflected Mr. Stark's interests based around agriculture, fishing and Florida.
Paul Stark was with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer for 27 years
regulating pesticide, fertilizer, feed and seed.


Local reps attend American Realtor Day


A record number of Realtors
went to Tallahassee for Great
American Realtor Day on
Wednesday, April 13, with initial
estimates registering more than
1,000 members in attendance.
Representing the Okeechobee
County Board of Realtors in Talla-
hassee were Lori Mixon, presi-
dent-elect of the local Board of
Realtors, and Sharon Johnson, a
director of the local board.
There was no mistaking the
Realtor presence: red, white and
blue light-pole banners lined the
street leading to the state capital


with FAR's legislative slogan
"Realtors Connect Communities
to Tallahassee". Banners draped
the capitol building's rotunda and
courtyard, a full-page morning
newspaper ad announced Real-
tors' arrival, and a series of radio
ads affirmed Realtors' commit-
ment to homeownership.
But the number of Realtors
made the biggest impact, with
FAR members everywhere in
the offices of lawmakers, the hall-
ways of the capitol, and in the
House and Senate. Members
talked with legislators about the


issues on the minds of homeown-
ers in their communities, such as
finding available and affordable
property insurance, and the need
for workforce housing afford-
able housing for not only low-
income families but also for fire-
fighters, police officers, teachers
and working families.
The highlight of the day came
when House Speaker Alan Bense
(R-Panama City) addressed FAR
members along with Florida's
Chief Financial Officer Tom Gal-
lagher and Rep. Chris Smith (D-
Fort Lauderdale).


Kaylee Michelle Stevens
Kaylee
Michelle Stevens
Kaylee Michelle Justin and
Angel Stevens of Okeechobee
are proud to announce the birth
of their daughter Kaylee Michlelle
Stevens.
She was born on Feb. 25,
2005, at St. Lucie Medical Centler
in Port St. Lucie.
She weighed 6 pounds, 9
ounces, and was 19 inches long.
Kaylee was welcomed home
by many family members.
Her maternal grandparents
are Elida and Mario Villalpando
of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandparents are
Perry Stevens of Okeechobee
and Nachelle Frisby of Laurens,
S.C.
Her great-grandmrother is
Julia Urbina of Okeechobee.


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The Martha's House staff and
the board of directors would like
to thank each of you that bought
one of our barbecued pork lunch-
es.
We would like to apologize to
those that got their lunches later
than expected. We tried very hard
to get you the lunches when
requested, but we had some
unforeseen delays. We hope you
enjoyed the food.
All of us at Martha's House
would like to thank the following
individuals that helped with this
event, without these people we
could not have provided this good
food: Terri Burroughs, treasurer
of Okeechobee Main Street for
ordering pork from Sysco Foods,
Inc.; Brahma Bull Restaurant and
Cathy for holding the pork in her
freezer; Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, especially our
cooks, Major Noel Stephen, O.L
Raulerson and Mickey Vause;
Keith Stripling, president of the
board of directors of Martha's
House; and Tom Jones, vice presi-
dent, and his boys from Okee-
chobee Redirection Center,, who

worked so hard serving and basi-
cally doing the labor. They were


such gentleman and a joy to be
around. This is good for. them to
give back to the community.
Thankyou to ORC'for the donated
items. You are all great!
We would also like to thank
the Eckerd Youth Development
Center for cooking part of the
baked beans and coleslaw, it was
delicious; and the C.O.P.s Citi-
zens Observation Patrol who
delivered all the meals. These are
extra special individuals, and
everything they do for the com-
munity of Okeechobee is all vol-
unteer work. Each one of the
C.O.P.s is so nice and really dedi-
cated to their service.
We also could not have done it
without the help of the staff and
residents of Martha's House for
calling, faxing, and-preparing the
deserts and barbecue sauce.
These are committed employees
that help our commuiThity in ways
that people never know. They are
wonderful and always willing to
do what needs to be done.
And thanks to all you who
bought a lunch from us your
dedication and support to
Martha's House is greatly appreci-
ated:


Christina Pinkston
and Bennett Yeilding
Mr. and Mrs. Glen M. Pinkston
of Albany, Ga., are proud to
announce the wedding of their
daughter Christina Lynnr Pinkston
to Bennett Scott Yeilding of Phenix
City, Ala.
The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Bennett Yeilding and the late
Mrs. Betty Ann Yeilding of Okee-
chobee.
The wedding took place at St.
Luke United Methodist Church in
Columbus, Ga.,, on Saturday,
March 12, 2005, and was officiated
by Mr. Ben Barrow, Jr. and Rev.
Peter Parris, minister of Life Gate
Church, Albany, Ga.
The bride's wedding dress was
a two-piece satin dress in mocca
ivory.
The bride's flowers were a bou-
quet of fresh cream and pale pink
peonies and roses.
She was given in marriage by
her father, Glen M. Pinkston.
The maid of honor was Mrs. Eli-
cia F. Roskam, a friend of the bride
from Birmingham, Ala.; and Mrs:
LaurieBeth, Pinkston Bishop, sister
of the bride from Albany, Ga.


The bridesmaid was Alicia Ann
Walker, the sister of the groom,
from Albany, Ga.
The ring bearer was Mr. John
Russell Pinkston, the nephew of
the bride.
Flower girls were Miss Florence
Pinkston, Miss Quincy Pinkston,
both nieces of the bride and Miss
Chelsea Walker, niece of the
groom.
A reception was held at
Epworth United '.I- r i,,ib Church
in Phenix City, Ala.
The bride is employed as a busi-
ness analyst with Total System Ser-
vices, Inc.
The groom is employed as a
programming manager with Total
System Services, Inc.
After the ceremony the couple
went on a two-week tour that
includes Rome and Florence, Italy,
as well as Vienna, Salzburg and
Austria.
After the honeymoon the cou-
ple will reside in Columbus, Ga.


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IRCC hosts wind

ensemble, concert choir


FORT PIERCE Indian River
-Community College On Stage at
the McAlpin Fine Arts Center will
e n present IRCC's talented music
St students performing a unique
Swi l. collection of instrumental and
choral ensembles in Wind
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arrangements.
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Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski April 23, at 2 p.m.
Look dad' Tickets are $12 and may be
purchased at the IRCC box office
Brice Prowant, 18-month-old son of Brian Prowant of at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center
Moore Haven, admired two of the bass his dad Brian located at 3209 Virginia Avenue
Prowant caught at the BFL tournament this past Satur- in Fort Pierce on Monday
day at the Okee-Tantie Marina. Prowant finished in sixth through Friday between 11 a.m.
place with a total of 18.11 Ibs. of bass. and 3 p.m.; or by telephone with
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IRCC number one for use of technology


FORT PIERCE Indian River
Community College has earned
first place national recognition for
innovative use of technology in
education from the American
Association of Community Col-
leges (AACC) and the Center for
Digital Education. The number
one ranking, placing IRCC at the
top of the ten most digitally-savvy
mid-sized community colleges in
the country, was recently present-
ed to IRCC in Boston at the annual.
convention of the American Asso-
ciation of Community Colleges.
(AACC), which represents the
nation's 1,151 accredited com-
munity and technical colleges.
"We are proud to be selected
as the number one community
college in the country in use of
technology, said Dr. Edwin R.
Massey,. IRCC President. "Our
objective is to utilize new and
emerging technologies to expand
access to educational opportuni-
ties, enhance teaching to help stu-
dents learn in a deeper and more
enduring way and to stay ahead of
the curve with cutting-edge train-
ing for technology-based careers.
This award validates our vision for
creative use of technology in edu-
cation, which will be brought to
the next. leveltwith the-opening of- -
the Kight Center for Emerging
Technologies later this year."
Community leaders com-
mended the College on attain-
ment of the Number One desig-
nation and the resulting benefits
for the Treasure Coast.
"Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institution congratulates
IRCC on this distinction that is so
important to this area's smart
growth and sustainable develop-
ment. This accomplishment,
along with IRCC's future invest-,
ment in teaching cutting edge
technologies, such as the soon-to-
be-open Kight Center, will trans-
form this area into the place stu-
dents will seek out to get the very
specialized, high-skills training
required to work in our emerging
innovation economy," said Dr.
Shirley A. Pomponi, President and
CEO of Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institution.
With the award recognizing
IRCC's leadership in technology,
the College is. already looking
ahead to further, technological
advances with the opening of the
state-of-the-art Kight Center for
Emerging Technologies at the


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IRCC Main Campus, in August.
New and expanded programs in
robotics, photonics, biomedical
research and nuclear medicine
will provide training for growing
industries. Designed to attract
high-tech firms to the region, the
futuristic $12.8 million Center is
expected to be one of the most
technologically sophisticated
instructional facilities in the coun-
try.
One of the College's partners
in higher education, Dr. Calvin
Arnold applauded the College's
attainment of the award.
"This is remarkable! The USDA
is pleased to be a collaborator
with IRCC in providing science
education that positions our
region as a research center," said
Dr. Arnold, Laboratory Director.
for the US Horticultural Research
Lab.
Expanding access to higher
education, IRCC offers over 120
online courses and a wide range
of electronic learning options.
These include online nursing pro-
grams that significantly expand
the opportunity for students with
work and family obligations to
prepare for a nursing career. The
many diverse online student serv-
ices include 'registration, counsel-
ing, tutoring and job search.
IRCC advanced technology
programs focus on the latest tech-
nologies in fields such as Digital
Media and Geographic Informa-
tion Systems, preparing area resi-
dents for high-skill, high-wage
careers.
"The award to IRCC for use of
technology as a teaching instru-.
ment is particularly important to
us as a county and region as we
market ourselves for the develop-
ment of quality jobs with a highly-
skilled workforce. We applaud
IRCC and appreciate its forward
thinking as a great partner to the
business community," said Penny
Chandler, Executive Director of
the Indian River County Chamber
of Commerce. -
IRCC's Living Science program
has brought leading scientists into
Treasure Coast classrooms from
middle school to college through
the Living Science Web Site and
live webcasts linking scientific
research laboratories with stu-
dents in their classrooms.
"We are very proud to have
IRCC as a significant contributor
to the success of our community.'


As we build ourselves as the
Research Coast and attract tech-
nologically advanced facilities to
our region, IRCC is poised to
serve our needs now and in the
future," commented Linda Cox,
Executive Director of the St. Lucie
County Chamber of Commerce.
In Martin .County, the Clark
Advanced Learning Center, a joint
project of IRCC and the Martin
County School District, infuses
technology throughout the cur-
riculum and engages high school
seniors in internships using tech-
nology in today's business envi-
ronment. Ted Astolfi, Executive
Director of the Business Develop-
ment Board of Martin County,
noted that the College's commit-
ment to technology is a benefit to
business and economic develop-
ment on the Treasure Coast.
Joe Catrambone, Chairman of
the Clark Advanced Learning Cen-
ter Management Board and Presi-
dent of the Stuart/Martin County
Chamber of Commerce com-
mended the College on receipt of
the Number One designation:
"We are fortunate to have a com-
munity college the caliber of IRCC
in our community. The IRCC
Board of Trustees, Dr. Massey, fac-
ulty arid .iaff have all -corimitted
themselves to excellence. The
number one ranking speaks vol-
umes about their dedication to
top quality education."
IRCC faculty members are
actively engaged in the integration
of technology into the curriculum
and researching and developing
methods to enhance learning.
Benefiting education at all levels,
cutting-edge training in the use of
educational technologies for IRCC
faculty members and K-12 teach-
ers will be a hallmark of a high-
tech center located on the third
floor of the Kight Center.
Another community service is
the extensive online research
services available at the College's
libraries in Fort Pierce, Vero
Beach, Port St. Lucie and Stuart.
The effective use of technology
has also enabled IRCC to stream-
line operation with strategic
online planning and budgeting.
The.College's Strategic Planning
On-Line system, a national
model, has been emulated by col-
leges across the country.


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863-763-3915


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Community Events

Economic summit is planned
Community leaders and residents of Okeechobee County are invit-
ed to an economic summit to be held May 4 at the Okeechobee KOA
Kampground, 4276 U.S. 441 S. It will begin at 7:30 a.m., and is being
held to help plan the economic future of the area. Economic develop-
ment consultant William H. Fruth of POLICOM Corporation will lead
an all day planning session which will help create a strategic plan to
increase the size and quality of the county's economy in the future.
Participants in the summit will be asked to provide their opinions on
the best mearis to implement a program to enhance the area's econo-
my. From the information gathered at the summit, Mr. Fruith will write
an initial draft of an economic development plan. Pre-registration and
a fee of $10 are required. Contact Dawn Hoover at
djjkhoover@aol.com; or, by calling (863) 467-0200.

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 experience. 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 par-
ticipate 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; aver-
age wages; where and how to receive the necessary education and
training; and, employment outlook. A homemade lunch will be pre-
pared for the volunteers.

Driver's safety course slated
The Church of the Nazarene will be sponsoring an AARP driver'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.


KOA offering free camping day
Wendy Woodman, manager of the Okeechobee KOA Kamp-
ground, will be offering free camping to the public on Friday, May
13, as part of KOA's second annual Come Camp With Us Day event.
More than 350 KOA Kampgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada
are participating in this special event by providing 30,000 free camp-
sites including KOA Kamping Kabins. Free-will donation boxes will
be available in the KOA stores for campers to make donations to
KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. Funds raised will be used
to send children with cancer and their siblings to one of 34 special
summer camps. To make reservations for this free day of camping,
go online to www.koa.com and click on the Come Camp With Us
Day button and follow the instructions.

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).

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 Friday.
Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you may
need. For information during working hours call (863) 763-6510. Dur-
ing 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 I until 5 p.m. Since school is still in
session, this schedule accommodates physical education and water
safety classes for county students.


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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 coun-
try 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
information, contact Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.


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Senior Citizens 55+ save 15% on Sunday. (Dine in only, does not
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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 at3
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

FPL program helps
with emergency funds
The American Red Cross Okee-
chobee Branch is a Care to Share
Partner Agency. The Care to Share
Program is sponsored by FPL and
is designed to provide emergency.
assistance- funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and
unable to pay their electric bill. To
find out if you qualify for Care to
Share assistance please stop by the
American Red Cross Office at 323
N. Parrott Ave. or call (863) 763-
2488. The Care to Share office
hours are Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum rrd metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
jars and bottles and plastics #1
through #7 are accepted at the
public facilities. Items not accept-
ed include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid waste manager,
at (863) 763-1811; or, Waste Man-
agement of Okeechobee at (863)
-357-0111, or (863) 763-4818.

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 com-
munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Automat-
ed External Defibrillation, and
HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the
Okeechobee Branch of the Ameri-
can Red*Cross at (863) 763-2488 to
find out more.

Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volunteers
to serve as advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted liv-
ing facilities. Volunteers are special-
ly trained and certified to investi-
gate and resolve resident
complaints and to carry out inspec-
tions of facilities. Licensed social
workers, pharmacists, elder law
attorneys, physicians, nurses and
others with a sincere interest in the
elderly are urged to apply. Call
Linda Slattery at (772) 595-1385.

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for


sale. For information, call Margaret
at (863) 467-8020, or Janet at
(863) 467-0183.

Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Program
is available for Okeechobee resi-
dents. The rates to spay/neuter
cats and dogs are: female cat $15;
male cat $10; female dog $25;
and male dog $25. Applications
may be picked up at the Pen-
nySaver, St. Vincent's, Salvation
Army or Animal Control. For infor-
mation, call (772) 283-4137 or
(772) 336-0339.


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Auctions 105
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Found 130
Lost 135
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Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



Found: Dog, Dalmation. Call
Okeechobee Animal Control
(863)357-3225


BIRD, MACAU (Parrot), Multi-
Colors. Vic of Lakeshore
Middle School.
(561)996-0060. Reward
JACK RUSSEL, M, Brown &
White w/leather collar, 4/5,
R/BAR Estates vic. Reward.
(863)634-3223
KEYS- w/remote, car keys,
house keys, tag "W", vic of
SE 32nd ST.
(863)357-1386.
SIBERIAN HUSKY Solid white,
blue eyes, Name is Heidi.
Very friendly (863)763-3721


CAMPER, free for the taking,
30', good axles, poor body.
(863)467-4389 mornings.
CAT- Large, neutered, male, 6
yrs old, (561)924-5812 Free
to good home only.
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 KITTENS: To good
home. (863)467-4864
- FREE OAK FIREWOOD, As
much as you need. Just
bring a saw to cut the wood.
(8631467-4304.
GUN SAFE- tall, needs lock.
(863)946-1481
MIXED PUPPIES approx 4wks
old Free Puppies To Good
Home Only! (239)657-2504
Leave Message. .
OAK FIRE WOOD You haul.
(863)467-8856.
PUPPIES Golden Retriever, Pit
Bull & Cur mix. Free To
Good Home. (863)357-7539
Call after 7pm.


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APPRENTICES &
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ELECTRICIANS
Loading S. FLA Electrical
Contractor has immediate
opening for large Commer-
cial job in Palm Beach Gar-
dens area. Min. 3 yrs
Commercial experience prefer-
reded. 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.


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*NOW HIRING*

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

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

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SAll Late Model Tractors
SPaid Life Insurance
OWNEROPERATORS Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Dedicated Runs Paid Vacation
* Dedicated Runs 401k
* Home Every Day Tractor Take Home Program


WALPOLEN

1-800-741-6500
online application atwww.walpoleinc.com
Mnimui y experiencenimuIeexpe imum 23 yea of age, and a Clbss A COL
** For those who qualify


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


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

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


Boom Truck Operator/Laborer, DIESEL MECH.- exp. only,
Class B CDL req. EOE CASHIER NEEDED Good hrly rate @ Ford
8 6 3 4 6 7 1 9 3 2 For Country Store DIrship. Okeechobee Ford
561-719-3677 (863)763-0473. Co. 3175 Hwy 441 S.


DISPATCHER
FOR A/C COMPANY
Motivated, dependable
computer skills
Benefits, DFW
(863)763-8391


DUMP/ROLL OFF
TRUCK DRIVERS:
Experience a must. Good
pay to the right person.
Possible benefits.
call (772)336-9636


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





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401-K. Earn Up To $36,000 Plus Benefits. We Are A
Drug Free Workplace And Are Asking That Only
Experienced Applicants Apply. A CDL Class B Minimum
Is Required For The Water Well Drilling Position.
Apply In Person At:
One-Stop Career Center 207 S.W. Park
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
No Phone Call Please


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

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


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 IRN/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 sJ.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


SURVEY CREW- All positions.
New Okeechobee Surveying
Co. Pay negotiable.
(954)224-9612.
EXPERIENCED Child Care
Worker Needed.
Must be 18 &
have High School
Diploma or GED.
(863)467-5588.


Wanted: Staff for Pick up &
Delivery, must be pre-
sentable & reliable.
(863)467-6377

Looking for Someone
experienced in concrete
block and flatwork.
Must have driver's
license.
863-357-0852


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Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South-
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
We offer:
-Excellent Salaries
-Medical and Life Insurance
-Dental Insurance
-401K Savings Plan
-Paid Vacations
-Advancement Opportunities
-Training Program

For an interview please call:
863-983-4224
or mail your resume in-confidence to:
Pauline Alvarez
Southern Management Corporation
1014 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440


FOOD SERVICE
PERSONNEL
For Juvenile Cor-.
rectional Feeding
Program. Food
Production Expe-
rfince, Must
have a clean
background & be
able to pass Drug
Screening for se-
curity clearance.
Benefits with ad-
vancement Op-
portunty
863-357-9922
X2280

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 worldng & be
able to do heavy lifting,
Apply in person:
3157 fRwy441 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.

NIGHT OWLS
Second job or prefer
night work? Night
shift positions are
now hiring, Martin Pe-
troleum's Turnpike
operations are ex-
pandng 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.-
ton Is currently avail-
able. Apply at
Ft. Drum Citgo, mm
184, FL Turnpike
(863)763-9383

PROJECTIONIST NEEDED
Will train. Apply in person @
Brahman Theater III
1605 S. Parrot Ave.


P/T Vehicle Immobilization
Officer Okeechobee
County Law Enforcement
back ground preferred. Posi-
tion requires valid Florida DL
and own transportation. Job
requires placement/removal
of apparatus to DUI offender
vehicles 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 Required. *
Call 772-287-6820
Ext. 420
Wanted: Class A or B CDL
Driver with tanker endorse-
ment for local sod and Land-
scape company Full Time.
EOE/DFWP. Call
(772)467-1230.
WANTED: EXPERIENCED
TRACTOR, BOBCAT &
LOADER OPERATORS.
Good pay w/experience.
Possible benefits.
(772)336-9636
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 oppor-
tunities for career employ-
ment or part time positions.
Competitive pay, benefits
and mileage reimbursement.
Will train responsible people.
Shift positions available for
cashiers, drivers and fuel
service attendants.
Apply at Ft. Drafm Citgo, mm
184, FL., Turnpike
(863)763-9383



LPN NEEDED
For Juvenile Justice
Program inrOkeechobee.
Four 10 hour days.
Competitive salary and good
benefits. Consult Care, a
Medical and Mental Health
Company. Fax resume to
813-623-3322



BARTENDER & COOK
Part time, Call for Interview
(863)763-2250


Middle age woman looking
for someone to teach how to
drive. 863-801-3163.

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



NEW IN TOWN All phases of
carpentry, concrete and fin-
ish work, no job too small.
Reasonable pay accepted.
(765)730-0227

Services I



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




ALL PURPOSE
HANDYMAN
Home repairs, daily labor for
hire, 20 years experience in
carpentry. Call Fred
(772)708-3546


MAURO
HORSE SHOEING
(954)540-9659
Oklahoma
Graduate



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




NEED AN ATTORNEY
ARRESTED?
Criminal Defense,
*State, *Federal, *Feionies,
*Misdemeanors, *DUI,
*License Suspension,
*Parol, *Probation,
*Domestic Violence,,
*Drugs "Protect Your Rights"
A-A-A Attorney
Referral Service
800-733-5342
24HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK.





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



PHOTO ID CARDS
Elliott's QuikFoto
419 W.S. Park
Call (863)763-5553


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 Materials540
Business Equipment 5-45
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 6-10
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
TjiFkets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




CENTRAL AIR & HEAT UNIT-
$350 or best offer,
863)467-4982 or
863)763-2632.


CHEST FREEZER, 5 cubic
foot, like new, $75.
(260)519-1249.
CHEST FREEZER Good condi-
tion. $50. (863)763-7358
MICROWAVE Samsung, with
microwave cart, excellent
condition, $50.
(863)763-3451.
REFRIGERATOR, Commer-
cial, 8x79x32, 3dr, see thru,
$500 neg. You Haul.
(863)763-6257/763-0818
REFRIGERATOR, Kenmore,
side by side, white, 22 cu.
ft., works good. $100.
(863)674-0898
REFRIGERATOR W/ICE MAK-
ER- good condition, $75.
(863)357-3105
UPRIGHT FREEZER White,
14.1 cu. ft. $50. Can deliver
within LaBelle. Call Robert
(863)675-2199.
WASHER & DRYER, Both
work. $200 for both, will
.sep. (561)629-3781
WASHER, DRYER & 2
STOVES, All for $200 will
sep. (863)675-0810



TANNING BED, Sunquest Pro
16S. Good condition. $650.
(863)467-1788



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



ALUMINUM AWNINGS 3,
40"w x 60"1, 45"W x 42"H,
75"W x 49"H. Will Sep.
(863)467-6102


CYPRESS PRIVACY FENCE -
used, 69ft. $500 for all will
sell separate.
(863)357-3863
DOORS, folding, vinyl, white,
30x80 & 36x80, good condi-
tion. $20 for both, will sep-
arate. (863)763-1997
FIBERGLASS STEPS- 5 steps
and landing, 2 railings, like
new, $200 neg.
(863)467-0877.
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


BOOTS, Ladies, Brand new,
Tony Lama, Black cherry
w/lizard. 7 1/2, $100. or
best offer. (863)357-8225


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



COMPUTER, ancient Tandy,
works, printer, no hard drive.
$35. (863)675-0550
COMPUTER- Compaq Desk
Pro, w/monitor, keyboard,
mouse, over 30 games.
$100. (863)843-0158
COMPUTER MONITOR- Dell,
17", E773. New, never used.
Still in box. $100.
(863)763-1527.
COMPUTER SET COMPLETE
E-Machine' $175.
(863)467-8797


BEDROOM SET, 3 pcs., (No
Bed) $350. (239)728-5172
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
DINETTE TABLE, 4 chairs
New, Never used. $199.
(561)516-0666.
DINING RM SET, seats 10. w/
6 ch's., lighted hutch. Sacri-
fice for $1000. in Okee.
(863)467-2132
DINING ROOM TABLE Solid
carved wood. 2 leafs 4
chairs, Good cond. $150.
(863)357-2233/634-9620
DINING SET w/4 chairs. Pe-
can. $100 (863)357-4532
DRAWERS- Goes under
Capts. Bed. $50 or best of-
fer.(863)467-0987.
MATTRESS SET Queen, 1 Pil-
low Top. New, Never used.
S$199. (561)516-0666.
RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker &
swivel, cream with light
green stripes. $200.
(863)467-8681.
SOFA & LOVESEAT, Excellent
condition. Down sizing home
furniture. $500.
(863)357-0126
TODDLERS BED w/mattress,
headboard and frame. $130
for all(863)357-4532
WATERBED, King size. $100.
(863)467-4049



EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored, $2200.
(863)692-2229.
GOLF CLUBS, Calloway, Big
Bertha, War Bird & Regular.
$165 for all, will sep.
(863)946-3123
GOLF CLUBS- Northwestern,
left handed, Premium set,
$300. (863)467-5756.


ISpecial Notice


TABLE SAW- 10", Craftsman,
good condition, $85.
(863)763-7584.


XBOX GAME CONSOLE Inc.
1 controller, power cord, a/v
cable no games incl., $120
firm. (863)673-5206



EUREKA ENVIRO Multi steam-
er/cleaner. New, Sacrifice.
Kills germs Easy to use
$135 (863)763-8149


WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
(772)562-5567


WORK CART- 4 seater, truck
bed, 36V, with charger,
good condition, $1100.
(863)697-2033.


GUN, AR-15. 223 Cal w/Clips
& Scope. New! $1200. Call
Cell# (863)610-0632



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



WATER HEATER Runs Great.
$50.(863)467-2132/397-83
08.



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



PATIO SET- 6 chairs, 2 tables
& cushions, $200.
(863)674-1105.


CUSHIONS, 1 set of booth
seat/back, like new, $10.
(260)519-1249.
FLIP TOP PHONES (2) Nextel,
1-Dale Earnhart series
#1710 $115 will sep.
(863)674-9986
PAINTINGS-beautiful, known
artists, large to small, sever-
al, $200 will sell separate.
(863)467-7659
Projector, 3M 910 Overhead,
works fine, excellent condi-'
tion. $30. (863)357-3779
Projector, Kodak slide carou-
sel, model 750H, works fine,
exc. condition. $30.
(863)357-3779



PIANO, Conn, Great Cond.
Asking $600.
(863)357-0471
PIANO Excellent condition.
$1000. (863)467-0331


BEAGLE MIX PUPPIES 1
male, 1 female, 10 wks.,
wormed, $50/neg.
(863)763-3753.
COCKATIEL'S (3) nice, with
cage and stand $100.
(863)357-3105
IGLOO DOGHOUSE- Dogloo,
for large dog. $ 50.
(863)467-5756.
LAB PUPPIES, Pure Bred,
Shots & wormed. No pa-
pers. $325. Each.
(863)674-0156.
MALAMUTE WOLF/SHEP-
HERD- puppies asking $20.
(863)612-0647.
Rabbit Cage, large. $30.
(863)763-3451
RABBIT OR BIRD CAGES-
several sizes, $60 will sell
separate. (863)635-4690.
Frostproof.
ROTTWEILER PUP-parents
import from Europe. $650.
(863)763-3910.







SINGER SEW MAC- portable
w/ metal cover, 2 needles
w/slanting thread, all attach,
$75. neg. (863)467-7659



BILLIARD TABLE- 5x9, good
condition, you must haul,
$500 or best offer.,'
(863)763-9796.



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



CB/HAM 1000 watt apm.
New. $385. (863)414-0787.
MAGNAVOX TV with remote.
$80. (863)467-8797


GENERATOR Hobart 4500,
140 amp AC welder w/leads.
Gas, still in crate. $900.
(561)662-3335.
METAL LATHE Sheldon 10"
Swing x 44" Bed. 115 volt,
single phase w/ access.
$1000(863)763-0618
RADIAL SAW, Craftsman, 9",
Asking $60 or best offer.
Call (863)467-5579.


OKEECHOBEE5ACRES
Lot in town, off Eagle Bay Dt
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
AB111 AU237


SEEKING 30-200 +/- acres of
wooded/pasture land. Not a
Realtor/Developer.
(772)460-1539.



MOBILE WORKSHOP
14 x 52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$1,500 neg. (352)754-8514.


PAYING BEST PRICES
SCRAP GOLD, SILVER &
UNWANTED JEWELRY
ELLIOTT'S PAWN
419W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 7-145
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 81 5
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,!
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 8-10
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants.'
Flowers 865




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


HORSE- 2 yrs old, unbroken,
$300. (863)675-3008.

HORSE Pasatina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook. $2500.
(863)675-0247.

MINIATURE STUD HORSE-
31" tall, child broke, incid,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
$1200. (863)227-0367.

STALLION, American saddle-
bred, 1 year old, $500.
863-697-6421



FINISH MOWER, 6 ft., like
new, used one season,
$ 1 1 0 0
(863)675-1914/673-1846

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


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 9-5
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



Okee. 1 BR On The Canal.
$550. mo. 1st/last mo.
Avail. 05/01/05 On The Ca-
nal.(863)467-4668.


COTTAGE, on canal.
2 Bdrm. 1 Ba. Unfurnished.
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. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.
(305)944-2721.

OTTER CREEK, 3br2ba Manu-
factured Home. 1 1/4 acre
$1000 mo + $500 Sec. Dep
(863)763-6646



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


KAWASAKI Ninia, 250 '94
$1500. (863)635-3439
YAMAHA YZ80, '86 runs
good, $1000 or best offer.
(863)634-7256.



HONDA 124M '85, 3 Wheeler
Runs $500. (863)357-1960
YAMAHA PW 80 '95, Runs
good, $500. (863)357-1960


Fleetwood Mallard, 1999, 25'
travel trailer, c/a, heat, refrig-
erator, microwave, range,
sleeps 6. $7,000.
(863)983-3189/228-1277

Recreation



Boats 3005
CampersRVs 3010
Jet Shiis0 l1.
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035



BUICK LESABRE 1987, 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 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, 41000.
(863)467-9950
MAZDA 626, '00, V6, 50K
miles, leather, auto, alloys all
power, $8100.
(863)314-0654.
MERC SABLE LX WAGON,
'94- engine needs work,
$700. (863)805-8786.
NISSAN MAXIMA 1995, Good
condition. $3500
(863)612-8404/239-7938


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2"i)0
Mobile Home Parts 2 10
Mobile Homes Rent 2115
Mobile Homes Sale 20C2



OKEE, 3BR, 2BA Taylor Creek
, Furn., dock. No pets. Adult
Only. $850. 1st/ec Dep
954-587-2644/260-1933



Doublewide, Adult park,
2BR/2BA, fully furnished, In-
dian Woods, Indiantown.
(772)597-4608
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
Fishermen's Dream.
Lot# 96 Buckhead Ridge
Marina. 30' Park Model,
FI/Room, storage, shed,
dock, deck & patio.
Furnished. $29,500.,
$350. Lot Lease.
217-429-1426.
Park Model, '86, 40x12,
w/40x9 Fla. room, vinyl sid-
ing, c/a & heat, 1BR/1BA,
Okeechobee @ Barlows RV
Park on Rim Canal,
$22,500. (863)357-3623

SKYLINE '96, Brookstone,
3/2, 24x44, 1056 sq. ft. Ex-
cellent cond. $28,000 neg.
(561)308-6810.

creation



Boats "
Campers RVs r'200
Jet Skiis '015'
Marine Accessories ;0'0
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles '.0j0
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3U05


BOAT Trihull & Trailer, w/50
HP Johnson. Set up for night
fish, great cond., $2200.
(606)271-1171.
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
BOATS (2) 1 12' fiberglass
w/trlr, 15 HP Evinrude, 1 15'
walkthru w/trlr, no motor,
$500 (863)674-1105.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP, electric
start, O/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
(863)697-1645.
Seadoo Jet Boat Sport LE,
2001, 130hp., low hours,
.garage kept, boat cover &
trailer. $8,700.
(863)983-3189/228-1277
TRI-HULL, 16 Ft., 70 hp. Evin-
rude. Lots of extra's. $1300
or best offer.
(863)946-1728
V/HULL Aluminum, 12', with
fish finder 18hp Johnson
motor. With live well. Trail-
er. $985. Neg.
(863)414-0787.


COLEMAN POP-UP 1996,
sleeps 6, A/C, porta potti, &
much more! $2300/neg.
(863)697-2411.
FLEETWOOD '99, 21', Hybrid,
A/C, Bunk beds, sleeps 7,
Good Cond Asking $8500
(863)467-2773
Motre 30


Tires (5) P195/70 14" 2
mounted on 6 lug Nissan
rims. $25 for all, will separ-
ate. (863)357-1079

TRANSMISSION, Turbo, Re-
built. $300 installation
available. $300.
(863)467-8856


CHEVY S10 2000, 2 cyl., 5
spd., needs head gasket,
$2500 or best offer.
(772)461-2629.

DODGE RAM '91 w/cover,
106k miles, 318 engine,
$2200. (863)763-8343.

FORD F250 XLT '99, Diesel.
Supercab. 147K. Runs per-
fect. $11,800 or best offer.
863-946-1917.

NISSAN 4X4, '91- 99K miles,
King Cab, runs great, $2500.
(863)675-3834.

NISSAN SENTRA GXE '95,
4dr, 4 cyl, auto, excellent
condition. Gas saver.
$2000. (772)461-2629.


KIA SPORTAGE, '01 low
miles, 4x4, fully loaded, runs
great, $6300.
(863)902-0506 after 5pm.






MOTORCYCLE TRAILER, Con-
teninial, Stone Shield &
Spare Tire Ramp. $850.
(561)358-6307


CHEVY VAN EXPRESS 1999
Extended Van, White, V8
Good condition. $5,900.
(863)610-1675.

Dodge 1500 Cargo Van, "95,
1/2 ton, a/c, 161k mi., theft
alarms, A-1 cond. $2000.
(863)357-6640


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

OLDSMOBILE 98 Regency
Elite 1996, Fully loaded. Ex-
tra clean. Brakes need work.
$1200 (863)675-7306

THUNDER BIRD '95,V8, All
power. $1500.
(8F3)835-6230

TOYOTA TERCEL '89, $200.
or best offer.
(863)675-1038.

TRANS AM 1985 needs work
does not run. $600. nego-
tiable. (863)467-1985


Antique & Classic Cars for
sale. (863)763-6266 or
863-697-1319 or
striebelautosales.com



Ford Bronco, 1984, 4x4 lifted
w/super swampers. $600 or
best offer. (863)824-8748
after 6pm

FORD BRONCO, '87 4X4,
5.81t, body in good shape,
runs but needs work. $2500
(863)634-4338


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

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.

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, ti-
tle, 3" body lift parts or
whole. $700.
(863)441-4534

OLDSMOBILE TORNADO '86,
Reverse, No forward. $200
or best offer.
863-467-0987

TIRE & RIMS (5), brand new
Goodyear, from 2005 Jeep,
P2457R15, $550.
(863)763-1457 Ext.O000

TIRES, 4, Michellen, P225-60
R16. Tubeless. $25 for all 4.
(863)357-0371








16 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


PUBLIC NOTICE:
TRAINING WORKSHOP
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Plan-
ning Board, Board of Adjustment, and
Land Planning Agency will conduct a
Training Workshop an Tuesday, April
26, 2005, at 6:00 p.m The workshop
will be held in the Council Chambers
Room 200 at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida. The pur-
pose of the workshop is to review
standards and guidelines when con-
sidering applications and reviewing
the Ex-Parte Communications Guide-
lines. The training session will be con-
ducted by Board Attorney Cook, and
Planning Consultant Jim LaRue. This
workshop is for training purposes on-
ly. No official action will be taken. The
public is invited and encouraged to at-
tend. For a copy of the agenda contact
General Services at (863) 763-3372
x218.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE AD-
VISED that if any person desires to ap-
peal any decision made by the
Planning Board, Board of Adjustment,
and Land Planning Agency with re-
spect to any matter considered at this
meeting, such interested person will
need a record of the proceedings, and
for such purpose may need to ensure
a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based. Tapes are
used for the sole purpose of back-up
for the Clerk's Office.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florda Stat-
ute 286,26, persons with disabilities
needing special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Katrina Cook, no later than
two (2) working days pdrior to'the pro-
ceedng at 863-763-3372 x217; if you
are hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
By: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
2376 ON 4/20/05


SECTION 00103


Sealed BIDS will be received by OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COM-
MISSIONERS (hereinafter referred to as Owner), AT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 until 3:00 PM on MAY 16 2005 at which time they will
be publicly opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud, Any BIDS re-
ceived after the time specified will not be accepted.
The BIDS shall be based on providing all materials, equipment and labor for the con-
struction of the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JAIL WATER SERVICE LINE IMPROVE-
MEHTS. The Contractor shall be responsible for providing all materials, equipment
and labor necessary for the construction of IMPROVEMENTS UNDER THIS CON-
TRACT CONSISTING OF REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF COLD AND HOT WA-
TER SERVICE PIPING AND INTERNAL CONNECTIONS as necessary to complete
the project per the plans and specifications. Drawings, specifications and other
Contract Documents may be examined and purchased at the offices of Craig A
Smith & Associates, County Engineer, 242 Royal Palm Beach Blvd, Royal Palm
Beach, Florida, 33411, (561) 791-9280 and Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 793-6441 for the non-re-
fundable amount of fifty dollars and 00/100 ($50.00). Checks shall be made pay-
able to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners.
BIDDERS shall confine their BIDS to the project in its entirety. Partial BIDS will not be
considered. Each BIDDER shall submit with this BID evidence thatthey are licensed
to perform the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
Each BID shall be accompanied by a certified check or by an acceptable BID BOND in
an amount equal to at least five (5) percent of the amount of the BID payable to
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, as a guarantee
that if the BID is accepted the BIDDER will execute the CONTRACT and file ac-
ceptable PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT SURETY BONDS equal to one hundred
percent (100%) of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the
AWARD OF CONTRACT. No bidder may withdraw his BID for a period .of ninety
(90) days after date set for opening of the BIDS.
There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference/project site tour on May 4th at 1000
AM at the County Annex Building Engineering Office, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972. *
Any questions pertaining to the project specifications, drawings or scope of work,
shall be addressed to the County Engineerin writing no later than ten (10) days
prior to bid of project, which is May 6,2005.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications
and/or drawings, it is the bidders responsibility to seek clarification from the County
Engineer.
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners reserve the right to: waive in-
formalities in any BID, delete any portion of the project: extend thie project within the
limits of the work involved. The Owner has the nght to accept or reject any or all
bids.
BIDS must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: "BID 2005-01
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY J41IL WATER SERVICE LINE IMPROVEMENTS"
John W. Abney Sr., Chairman
Board of County Ccmmissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk Court
Okeechobee County, Florida
2575 ON 4/20/05


Community Events

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 chil-
dren 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 application 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 citi-
zens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Candace at the Ameri-
can Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.

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 look-
inig for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county officials,


Do-It-Yourself Ideas














...

Wall Units
These versatile do-it-yourself wall units are an ideal
way to make the most of valuable display space. Any
number of the two units may be combined to take
advantage of any floor plan. Both units measure 78
inches tall by 16 inches deep. The unit on the left
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Back to School supply drive starts
The Shared Services Network's Community Collaborative Council is
sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for Okeechobee's chil-
dren 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, highlighters,
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 Hibis-
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taken to the Community Collaborative Council meetings during April,
May and July. The meetings will be held in room 303 of the Okeechobee
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