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Vol. 96 No. 116 Tuesday, April 26, 2005 50 Plus tax
Homes sales climb
by one percent
of existing homes and con-
dominiums rose by 1 per-
cent in March to the third-
highest sales pace on record
while the nationwide medi-
an price jumped by the
largest amount in more than
14 years, a real estate trade
group reported Monday.
The National Association
of Realtors reported that
existing home sales rose to a
seasonally adjusted annual
rate of 6.89 million units last
month, up from a February
shies pace of 6.82 million
The increase was far
above the tiny 0.1 percent
gain that economists had
been expecting, indicating
that the modest increase in
mortgage rates so far this
year has not put a damper
on home sales.
Area youths win
The Okeechobee Sports
Complex baseball fields
were the sites for this \ c :i,'s
Pepsi Major League Baseball
Pitch, Hit & Run competition
in which. 105 area young-
sters took part.
The Saturday, April 23,
event was sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Parks &
Pitch, Hit & Run is a base-
ball skills competition that
allows youngsters to show-
case their talents in these
three different areas of base-
ball with scores determined
by individual performances
in each skills event.
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Comics ... .........9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . .10
Obituaries .......... :3
Speak Out ...... .4
Sports ............ .8
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Weather ............ 2
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Joint effort:Fire departments train together
Members of the Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue recently joined Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue for joint training exercises utilizing Okeechobee's modular fire training trailer.
This fire training trailer simulates different fire and smoke scenarios that fire fighters
must overcome when working an actual fire. This fire fighter prepares to enter a smoke-
filled corridor of a simulated burning building.
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Members of the Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue and Okeechobee County Fire Rescue
worked together in joint training exercises recently using Okeechobee' modular fire
training trailer. The training sessions were very successful and more such exercises
are now being planned for the future.
Local artist chosen to exhibit her work
By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee resident Ellen
King will be a returning partici-
pant in the upcoming Harding
Show presented by the Harding
Academy in Belle Meade, Tenn.
This year's event will run
May 5 through May 7. Each year
the art show and sale has hope-
ful participants from all over the
country who wish to display
The Harding Show is cele-
brating its 30th anniversary this
year. It has grown from a small
group of select artists to one of
the largest fine art exhibits in the
southeast, including more than
60 artists in this year's exhibit
Ms. King was selected from
hundreds of applicants and con-
tinues to be a returning
exhibitor since 2001.
Born in Pensacola, Ellen
King started to draw at a very
early age. Her family moved to
Macon, Ga., in 1970. There she
developed affection for horses
in riding, training and drawing.
She attended Wesleyan College
in Macon and Oglethorpe Uni-
versity in Atlanta, where she
studied art and psychology.
As her art talent developed,
she attended the Art Institute of
Atlanta and the Atlanta College
of Art, where her focus was
computer art and animation. As
her training progressed, Ms.
King developed a passion to
exhibit her art talents in char-
coal drawing and then in paint.
In 1997, Ms. King had devel-
oped a style which she intro-
duced to the art market. Her
paintings were exhibited in the
Art Expo in New York in 1998.
She has won several awards for
her work in mixed media and
also a nomination for an Acade-
my Award of Fine Arts in 2002 in
Ms. King moved to Okee-
chobee two years ago where
she enjoys the quiet country set-
ting to raise horses and concen-
trate on her artwork.
Ms. King has several galleries
See Artist Page 2
Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Ellen King will be displaying her art work in the upcoming Ten-
nessee Art Show.
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displaying her artwork includ-
ing galleries in Miami, Atlanta and
Nashville and aspires to nar-
row the focus of her work which
will enable her work to be includ-
ed in many more galleries across
The art media of choice for Ms.
King's work is oil paint, although
she also works with mixed media.
Her works of art include still
life paintings of wine related sub-
jects including wine bottle por-
traits, floral designs and also
murals. She also paints portraits
of horses, which are her favorite
subjects, as well as Florida
In her spare time, Ms. King
enjoys water sports, working with
decorator wall finishing, taking
care of her horses and spending
time with her husband, Solomon.
She has commercially pro-
duced her artwork on magazine
covers, restaurant menus and
also is commissioned by a num-
ber of department stores that
include T.J. Maxx, J.C. Penney,
Macy's, Kirkland's and Bed Bath
A broad display of Ms. King's
impressive artwork is exhibited
on her web site at Ellensart.com.
She can be contacted at Ellen-
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 26, 2005 1
Courtesy photos/Seminole Elementary
Seminole Elementary speech contest participants are: (in no particular order) Kyla Jennings,
Elise Scott, Jaryaca Baker, Maria Ruiz, Brandon Rubens, Veronica Garcia, Suzanna Gonza-
lez, Kayla Nelson, Rosa Urbina, Jordan Bolan, Shelby Padgett, Bettsy Lucero, Franklin
Brown, Cheyenne Deignan, Dulce Valencia, Kayla Aleman, Kiesha Cleckley, Samantha
Flecha, Cody Cummings, Chelsea Pittman, Johneen Fetrow, Chase Cunningham, Nathan
Goper, Yurel Romero.
Seminole Elementary Tropicana Speech Contest Winners (L to R) 5th Grade First Place,
Cody Cummings, 5th Grade Second Place, Johneen Fetrow, 5th Grade Third Place, Kiesha
Cleckley, Fourth Grade First Place, Shelby Padgett, 4th Grade Second Place, Jordan Bolan,
Fourth Grade Third Place, Betsy Lucero.
Family fun night was a success at Seminole Elementary
Seminole held its annual Tropi-
cana Speech Contest Thursday,
April 21. Fourth and fifth grade stu-
dents delivered speeches with
pride and confidence. The contest
participants were: Kyla_
Gonzalez, Kayla Nelson,
Rosa Urbina, Jordan Bolan, Shelby
Padgett, Bettsy Lucero, Franklin
Brown, Cheyenne Deignan, Dulce
Valencia, Kayla Aleman, Kiesha
Cleckley, Samantha Flecha, Cody
Cummings, Chelsea Pittman,
Johneen Fetrow, Chase Cunning-
ham, Nathan Goper, and Yurel
SFourth grade speech winners
were first place, Shelby Padgett,
second place, Jordan Bolan, and
third place Betsy Lucero. The first
place award for Fifth grade at Semi-
nole was given to, Cody Cum-
mings, second place to, Johneen
Fetrow, and third place was taken
by, Kiesh Cleckley. Congratulations
to all participants and winners!
The Family Fun Night held on
April 15, was a huge success!
Thanks to all who donated goods
and materials to ensure a fun time
for all of the children.
Students in Mrs. O'Bannon's
class have been practicing count-
ing money and have enjoyed play-
ing several money games that were
purchased through the Okee-
chobee Educational Foundation
Marge Blair math mini-grant. The
various materials purchased have
greatly enhanced student learning.
Many thanks goes to all those who
have made these opportunities
possible. The class has also been
learning about careers with materi-
als purchased from a reading grant
also sponsored by the Okeechobee
Educational Foundation. These
materials will help us in our
upcoming Literacy Day on careers.
The students are using puppets
which represent different careers
to help them write and present
what they want to be when they
Congratulations to Lewis
Gopher and Rachel Peterson for
being Mrs. McClanahan's Students
of the Week. Lewis wants to be an
artist and likes writing. Rachel
wants to be a vet and loves math.
Congratulations to Ailyn Garcia for
being our Character Counts winner
for Fairness last month. She was
treated to pizza party with the other
winners. Our class is having fun
working with patterns in math. In
reading we are starting to work on
our bare books. The students are
excited trying to decide which
story to use from their writing port-
folios. Please remember to check
in the agendas for homework each
night and to keep them reading at
least twenty minutes every day.
Third grade would like to con-
Enjoying Family Fun Night on April 15, at Seminole Elementary.
gratulate students of'the week for
the weeks of April 11 and April 18.
They are: Jamie Bruner and Brent
Smith from Mrs. Padgett's class,
Destiny Hughes and J.T. Smith
from Ms. Martin's class, Travis
Driscoll and Brian Guerrero from
Mrs. Coldiron's class, Ivetee Vega
and Jorge Gallegos from Mrs.
McCranie's class, Acealyn Young-
blood and Shannoah Perez from
Mrs. Smith's class, and Eliceo Gar-
cia and Ana Sanchez from Mrs.
Lowe's class. They are doing a
great job of staying focused on the
school year ahead and continue to
do their best work at all times.
Third grade will be visiting the
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in
Belle Glade to see a performance
of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are
looking forward to seeing this
unique version of an old favorite.
Thank you everyone for your sup-
port at Family Fun Night. Third
grade is happy to report that we
once again sold every available ear
of corn. Thanks to Holly Branch
and Hugh Branch Inc. for the dona-
tion of the corn. You make a differ-
Fourth grade classes are visiting
the community this week. The
classes are taking their puppet
shows to the Public Library and
Building Blocks Daycare. Students
have enjoyed becoming the vari-
ous characters and demonstrating
their acting abilities. This activity
was made possible by a reading
grant the Okeechobee Educational
Foundation awarded fourth grade.
Mrs. Tomlinson's classes are
working in math on their "Hands-
On Algebraic Equations." The stu-
dents have learned to do multiple-
step algebra equations. While
using individual kits, students have
a balance sheet and use pawns to
make sure their equations "bal-
ance." We are becoming algebra
experts! The class would like to
thank Chad Rucks for coming to
our class and speaking to us. Mr.
Rucks explained that in his engi-
neering job he uses various forms
of math every day. His visit rein-
forced what Mrs. Tomlinson says
every day-"You will use math for
the rest of your life." This class is
also busy beginning work on the
Bare Book of Poetry. We are work-
ing on an acrostic poem, a visual
poem and trying our hand at alliter-
Our fourth graders successfully
participated in both the speech
contest and puppet shows! In Ms.
McDonnough's class, the students
proudly delivered their speeches in
front of two invited guests Mrs.
Fusco (and her second graders)
and Mrs. Frish. Kyla Jennings, Elise
Scott, and Jaryaca Baker were the
top speech participants. After this
big event, we hopped right into
another project- a puppet play. Our
class presented an adorable story
called "Wake-Up the Sun." A
roomful of 4-year olds clapped,
smiled and cackled in glee as they
enjoyed the antics of Dog, Pig,
Cow, and Chicken and wondered
what happened to the sun. The
year is not over yet as there are
more learning activities planned..
Local sinesses contribute to Academy of Finance
On Wednesday, April 27, Okee-
chobee High School Academy of
Finance students will embark on a
four day trip to Atlanta, Ga. The trip
will increase cultural understanding,
reinforce classroom teachings, and
provide first-hand experiences of
technology in use in the workplace.
Some of the places of interest
the students will visit are: the Feder-
al Reserve building, Price Water-
house Coopers, Georgia State
Capitol, CNN Studios, FiServ, Geor-
gia Tech University, and the Jimmy
Carter Presidential Library.
The overall cost of the trip to the
student has been greatly reduced
through grants and donations from
various sources. Big Lake National
Bank and Big Lake Roofing, Inc.
have made generous donations to
the Academy of Finance to help
defer the cost of the trip. Students
have also been raising funds year
round to lower the per student cost.
The Academy of Finance is a
-program created by the help of the
National Academy Foundation
(NAF). One of the main goals of
the program is to partner private
industry and the public sector with
education in order to provide quali-
.ty industry-specific education for
high school students nationwide as
preparation for careers and/or col-
lege. Academy students will benefit
from numerous guest speakers, a
career shadowing, field trips to
financial institutions, managing
and operating the Little Lake Bank,
and a paid internship during the
summer between their junior/sen-
ior year. For information abbut the
program, call the high school at
Ralph I. Perrotto and a loving husband and great
Ralph. Perrotto, age 72, of Fort friend to all who knew him. He
Ralph I. Perrotto, age 72, o Fortwas an excellent marksman and
Pierce, died Saturday, April 23, his hobbies included shooting pool
2005, at Hospice of Martin and St. and watching his favorite movies.
Lucie in Stuart. He was born in He is survived by: his loving wife,
Gadsden, Ala., to Marion Perrotto Cari Faith Arnold; their children,
and Kathleen (Foreman) Perrotto. Daryl Joy Arnold and Royce Reagan
Previously from Okeechobee, Mr. Arnold, Jr.; his father, T.J. Arnold;
Perrotto was a resident of Fort mother, Norma Arnold, all of Okee-
Pierce for the past three years. He chobee; his sister, Cindy Arnold
served in the U.S. Army. (John) .Lilly, of Alaska; brothers,
Survivors include: his wife, Eva Wayne (Theresa) Arnold of Obrien
M. (Tornell) Perrotto; two sons, and Timmy Arnold of Okeechobee;
Steven of Blueridge, Ga. and Ralph his best friend, Jr. (Cyndi) Martinez;
Jr. of Hollywood, Fla; and, four mother-in-law, Joy (Bob) Tuscani;
grandchildren, father-in-law, Gary (Suzanne)
A memorial service for family Rucks; numerous aunts, uncles,
and friends will be at the Perrotto nieces, nephews and cousins; and,
residence from 3 until 6 p.m. on the Arnold family of Loxahatchee.
Wednesday, April 27. The family will receive friends at
Funeral arrangements are being Dorsey-E. Earl Smith, Memory Gar-
handled by All County Funeral dens Funeral Home at 3041 Kirk Rd.
Home and Crematory, 1010 N.S. Lake Worth, Fla. from 2 p.m. until 4
Federal Highway, Stuart. p.m. and from 6 until 8 p.m. on
Tuesday, April 26. Services will be
Royce Amold on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m.
Royce Reagan 'Slim' Arnold, Please contact Dorsey Smith Memo-
died April 22, 2005. He was a dot- ry Gardens Funeral Home for ques-
ing father of two beautiful children tions or concerns at (561) 964-3772.
FRNALLY... NOW OPEN!
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Courtesy photo/Big Lake National Bank
Debra Kane, Big Lake National Bank branch manager, pres-
ents a check to Academy of Finance president Jake Streel-
man and vice president Greg Bennett to help cover costs for
the Academy of Finance trip to Atlanta, Ga.
Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Friday was kindergarten registration day at Central Ele-
mentary School. While her mother, Rosa Tijerina seemed
to be happy filling out paperwork, five-year-old Sally
seemed bored by the entire process.
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IRCC to hold
commencement May 7
Indian River Community Col-
lege will hold the 2005 Com-
mencement ceremony at Tradi-
tion field (formerly Mets Stadium)
at St. Lucie West on Saturday, May
7 at 9:30 a.m. The College will
award Associate in Arts, Associate
in Science and Associate in
Applied Science degrees at the
During the ceremony, 103 out-
standing students will receive
IRCC Foundation scholarships
totaling over $220,000 to continue
their education in upper-division
universities. Several scholarships
established by state universities to
reward highly qualified commu-
nity college graduates will be
awarded to students on the basis
of academic merit and communi-
ty college involvement.
Florida State Representative Joe
Negron will give the graduation
address. First elected to the Florida
House of Representatives in 2000,
he was re-elected in 2002 and
2004. Negron is Chairman of the
House Appropriations Committee,
which'oversees the state budget.
The Stuart resident has concentrat-
ed his legislative efforts on insur-
ance issues, education reform and
appropriations. The Florida Cham-
ber of Commerce recently placed
him on its list of top ten of House
members. During the 2004 ses-
sion, Associated Industries of Flori-
da named him a "Champion for
Business," for his work as chair-
man of the House sub-committee
overseeing court funding.
Negron holds a Bachelor's
degree from Stetson University
and a law degree from Emory
Courtesy photo/Michelle Bell
During the Okeechobee
High School prom that
was held at the KOA on
April 16, Ryan Bailey was
crowned king and Megan
Bell was crowned queen
for the 2004/2005 school
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Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
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about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
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"This is about the monument in the park. I don't think it is
right that all these people paid good money to have their loved
ones' names on those stones and since the hurricanes the
stones have been knocked over they should be stood up."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We've been told that
Matthew Buxton is going to replace the broken monuments.
He is in the process of getting the material from his supplier,
and plans to replace the broken monuments during the Veter-
an's Day ceremony in the park.)
"Recently someone in my neighborhood that works for the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office had the county inmates
come to his home and clean up a big mess in his backyard.
Not only did the inmates come in a county-owned bus, but
they brought a county-owned dump truck that was filled and
emptied two times. Is this service available to all Okeechobee
County residence, and is there a fee involved?" (Editor's Note:
Thanks for calling. We contacted the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office with your question and were told that a thor-
ough review was conducted. After the review, it was deter-
mined that there was a misunderstanding by the supervising
officer of the work crews. Their official response goes on to
say that since the hurricanes, they have been extremely busy
assisting in the cleanup of the county. And, as we all know,
there are still areas within the county where debris still
remains. This matter has been resolved with all supervisors
of the work crews and the county is being reimbursed for the
"We have heard nothing but complaints about the lack of
use of the new Ag Center. Well, what I see is not so much as a
lack of use, but as a lack of advertising the events that have
been booked there already. There was a registered horse sale
being held there this Saturday, April 23. However, there was
been no mention of it in the Okeechobee News. Perhaps that
is the Ag Center's fault, for not making everyone aware of the
events that are being held. I would like to see all events held at
the Ag Center mentioned in the Community Events section of
the paper. How else is anyone supposed to know what goes
on in this county? Last Saturday afternoon, April 16, there was
a large horse event going on at the Cattleman's Arena on U.S.
441? Was it a rodeo or horse show? Was it a private event or
something that was open to the public? Again, nothing adver-
tised. Everything in this town is a big secret, on a need-to-
know basis, especially where horse activities are concerned.
Okeechobee and the people/event planners need to get busy
With PR and advertising. Word of mouth doesn't work as well
in this day and age." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. The
Community Events briefs that you mention are for non-profit
or charitable events only. Since the horse sale you mentioned
is a commercial and for-profit event, it would not be placed in
the Community Events. As for the event at the Cattlemen's
Arena, we have no knowledge of what was being held there.
Sometimes local groups use the arena for practice and if that
was the case, it might not have been open to the public.)
"This is in regard to the Speak out "Loud Music". I would
like this person to know that the police have a lot more serious
things to do, with the serious crimes that have been occurring,
than to worry about someone driving around with loud music
in their mobile home park."
"In looking back you show pictures of the cannery in Okee-
chobee, what did they can? I like the looking back pictures.
Keep up the good work." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling.
The Markham Cannery to which you refer canned different
types of vegetables including tomatoes, potatoes and green
beans. They even canned swamp cabbage.)
"Now you know what kind of a president we have ener-
gy companies are making profits year after year, and he wants
to give them a tax break."
"Once again during a nomination speech President Bush
reiterated and reinforced his propaganda concerning his
expensive, failing, grandiose policy in the Middle East. Might
makes right and repetition makes truth -yeah, right-on."
"I noticed where there is a shortage of people joining the
Army and the other branches of the military. I wish all the Bush
kids would join up and be sent to Iraq, and then we would see
how long they would stay over there. I bet daddy would try to
get them home as soon as possible."
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Looking Back ..
Looking down the streets of Moore Haven in 1942 you could see the town was already starting to grow.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okee-
chobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin
at (863) 467-2321.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The
Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. for a weekly 12-step recovery and
support group meeting for women overcoming chemical dependen-
cy. For information, call (863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Jndex and military information available. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. Fbr information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else
interested are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863)
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 information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is
located next to next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group
that offers support and education for people who have been diag-
nosed with clinical depression, bipolar. scnizophrena,. schizo-affec- ,;
tive disorder or dual diagnosis.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at 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
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the. cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the.great oldies music.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that
will meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family
member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social work-
ers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another
support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at
411 S.E. Fourth. St. Free care for your loved ones is available at Dun-
kiln Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W: Second Ave. For informa-
tion call (863) 467-2321.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9'a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Janet at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask.questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
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)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-
2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost.a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone
that might need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives
will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For infor-
. mation, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at
Church of God hosting revival
The Church of God of Prophecy, 109 N.W. 10th St., is current-
ly hosting a revival through April 29. Services with James Nolen,
evangelist, will start at 7:30 p.m. each night.
Hospital hosting free lecture
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will host Dine with the
Doctor on Tuesday, April 26. The lecture on fatigue will be held
in the hospital's dining room, and will be facilitated by Dr.
Leland Heller. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and the lecture will
start at 5:30 p.m. There is a $3 charge for the dinner. Since seat-
ing is limited, RSVP to the hospitals public relations office at
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. They will be
collecting back-to-school supplies for the Okeechobee children
in foster care, and 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. Futuire 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.
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 Friday,
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.
Church hosting chicken dinner
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
host a chicken dinner on Friday, April 29, starting at 11 a.m. The
menu will consist of barbecue chicken, cheese potatoes, green
beans, roll and sour cream pound cake. All plates are $5. Call
(863) 763-4127 to have dinners delivered, or dinners may be
picked up at the church. You may call the day before to place
your orders for early delivery.
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 Okeechobee,
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.
Economic summit is planned
Community leaders and residents of Okeechobee County are
invited to an economic summit to be held May 4 at the Okee-
chobee 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 development 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
means to implement a program to enhance the area's economy.
From the information gathered at the summit, Mr. Fruth will
write an initial draft of an economic development plan. Pre-reg-
istration and a fee of $10 are required. Contact Dawn Hoover at
firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 experi-
ence. Seating is limited so call (863) 467-3085, for information
or to pre-register.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 26, 2005
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the American consumer
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me to send money for a revolu-
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Over the years, some of
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else to push on the consumers.
Diet pills can help you shed
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of that after last year's hurri-
canes. But it is nice to think that
losing my car keys on a regular
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the house in a panic looking for
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30 FEMA inspectors have criminal records
FORT LAUDERDALE At
least 30 inspectors who visited
disaster victims' homes or verified
damage claims for federal aid had
criminal records for offenses such
as embezzlement, drug posses-
sion, robbery and drunken driv-
ing, a newspaper reported Sun-
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
could not determine the total
number of people with criminal
records out of the thousands of
contract workers who do or
supervise inspections. The Feder-
al Emergency Management
Agency does not have the names
of contract workers, an agency
FEMA requires the companies
that hire the workers to "conduct
a complete background check"
that includes local, state and
national criminal searches for
"both felony and misdemeanor
charges," the agency said in a
The Sun-Sentinel has sued
FEMA and its parent agency, the
Department of Homeland Securi-
ty, seeking the identities of inspec-
tors and aid recipients.
The newspaper found 30
inspectors or managers with
criminal records out of 133 it was
able to identify. The count
includes those with at least one
misdemeanor offense, such as
drunken driving, but excludes
Of the 30, 17 had criminal his-
tories when they were hired, the
newspaper reported. At least four
lost their jobs for arrests after they
were hired, including one sched-
uled for sentencing May 6 in Cali-
fornia for child molestation, and
two convicted of federal Bribery
charges for promising higher
FEMA payments in exchange for
money. Seven inspectors had
records for marijuana or cocaine
Almost all the inspectors
worked for a subsidiary of Par-
sons Brinckerhoff of Virginia,
which has a $150 million, five-
year contract with FEMA. Another
Virginia company, PaRR Inspec-
tions, also has a FEMA contract.
Parsons Brinckerhoff released
\a statement saying its subsidiary
uses a company to do FEMA-
approved background screening
and criminal checks on every
inspector "to the extent we are
able to obtain such information."
The subsidiary "carefully consid-
ers the background information
we receive in deciding whether
an individual inspector is suitable
The statement added that 12
states have laws that do not allow
records over seven years old to be
"So if they have a record
before seven years ... that infor-
mation is not released and it is to
protect them and in essence give
them another chance," Parsons
Brinckerhoff spokeswoman Judy
Cooper told The Associated Press
FEMA and Parsons Brincker-
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preclude an applicant from serv-
ing as an inspector or supervisor.
A lawyer for PaRR referred ques-
tions to FEMA.
Inspectors are paid about $45
per inspection and can make
more than $100,000 a year. Sever-
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is demanding. Inspectors must
leave their families for weeks at a
time and work long hours at dis-
asters nationwide. Some have
been threatened and robbed on
"We're not all bad because we
have criminal histories," said
inspector Keith Zaengle, who has
a record of drug crimes. "We're
just the only ones they can get
who will do this.
"In my five or six years of doing
this, I've done a lot of applicants a
lot of good," the Hernando Coun-
ty resident said. "I'm very proud
of what I've done."
FEMA's hurricane payments
last year are under investigation
by a U.S. Senate committee,
prompted by legislators' concerns
over $31 million given after Hurri-
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Miami-Dade County, even though
the storm brought no hurricane
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Area youths win honors
in baseball competitions
By Lorna Jablonski
The Okeechobee Sports
Complex baseball fields were
the sites for this year's Pepsi
Major League Baseball Pitch,
Hit & Run competition in which
105 area youngsters took part.
The Saturday, April 23, event
was sponsored by the Okee-
chobee County Parks & Recre-
Pitch, Hit & Run is a baseball
skills competition that allows
.youngsters to showcase their
talents in these three different
areas of baseball with scores
determined by individual per-
formances in each skills event.
The following participants
won first place honors in their
respective age groups and will
now compete in the sectional
competition to be held on May
21 in Port St. Lucie. Sectional
All-Around Champions become
eligible to qualify for the Team
Championship to be held at
Dolphins Stadium, the current
home of the Florida Marlins.
The individual results were:
Age 7-8: Overall champion -
Paul Jackson III, Pitch champi-
on Paul Jackson III tied with
Elijah Finney, Hit champion -
Brendan Barcia, Run champion
Age 9-10: Overall champion -
Tyler Barber, Pitch champion -
Tyler Barber, Hit champion -.
Tyler Barber, Run champion -
Age 11-12: Overall champion
Colby Frank, Pitch champion -
Mason Cone, Hit champion -
Brandon Farless, Run champion
Age 13-14: Overall champion
Brice Buckner, Pitch champi-
on Dustin Stokes, Hit champi-
on: Brice Buckner, Run cham-
pion, Brice Buckner.
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Area youngsters competed in the Pepsi Major League Baseball
Pitch, Hit & Run competition this past weekend in Okeechobee.
Some of those participating included (left to right) Mason
Cone, Colby Frank and Michael McCoin, who are all members
of the O.C.R.A. Quality Air Conditioning baseball team. Mason
was the pitch champion in the 11- and 12 -year-old division.
Brennan Cone shows off the
baseball cards he won at Sat-
urday's Pepsi Major League
Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run
competition held at the Okee-
chobee Sports Complex
baseball fields. Brennan is a
6-year-old student at Central
Local cheerleading squad
wins national championship
Thomas Bearden, a 7-year-
old student at Grace Christ-
ian School, sprints for third
base during the running por-
tion of the Pepsi Major
League Baseball Pitch, Hit
and Run competition last Sat-
urday at the Okeechobee
The Chobee Starz cheerlead-
ing squad defied the odds by win-
ning the national championship
in their first season of competi-
This time they ran over the
competition in Bradenton for the
championship. Not only did they
win their division, but they
smashed all the competition with
their best performance yet scor-
ing an 82.3, which placed them as
one of the top scoring teams in
"I knew that they were good,
but they really out did themselves
on this one," stated coach Carla
Hearld. "These kids have
woChrked so hard to make all of
The Chobee Starz cheerlead-
ers are in their first year of compe-
tition and have achieved goals
that 4- and 5-year teams have yet
The future looks bright for the
Chobee Starz. They will have try-
outs for next year's squad on April
29 at 6 p.m. and April 30 at 3 p.m.
at the ball fields behind the skate
The continued success of this
Cinderella team depends, in part,
on the continuing support from
the community. With the help of
sponsors, they hope to continue
to compete and to host their own
competition next season.
For information on the team,
its tryout schedule or to become a
sponsor, visit their website at
O.G. & C.C. Results
April 15 1. Vinnie Malone, 2.
George Guydosh, Last Place Ida
Curtis, Closest to the Pin (2)
George Guydosh, (8) George Guy-
dosh, (11) Vinnie Malone and
(17) Joe Albrechta.
April '19 1. Randy Ketcher-
side, 2. Don Heath, Last Place -
Russ Adams. Closest to the Pin -
(2) Ida Curtis, (8) Kenny Curran,
(11) Russ Adams and (17) Joe
April 20 -1. John Nickelson, 2.
Kenny Curran, Last Place Don
Gray, Closest to the Pin (2) Don
Gray, (8) Don Gray, (11) no one
and (17) Kenny Curran. -
Don Heath shot 80 that's
three under his age.
April 26 -1. Harry Simmons, 2.
John Nickelson, Last Place Con-
nie Lanier, Closest to the Pin (2)
Bob Knapp, (8) George Guydosh,
(11) Vicki Onings and (17) Bob
Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
OHS flag grid team
Team members for this season's Okeechobee High School flag football team are: (front
row, left to right) Dawn Fox, Renee Klingler, Amelia Moros and Kayla Jeffers; (back row,
left to right) coach Tyrone Smith, Autumn DeCarlo, Megan Bell, Jessica Klingler, Michelle
Cooley, Desiree Kidd and coach Chris Branham. Members not pictured are Tierra Allen
and Davisha Moore.
for community pool,
The Okeechobee Sports
Complex swimming pool is cur-
rently 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
accommodates physical educa-
tion and water safety classes for
players are needed
Softball players 70 years old
and older are wanted to play on
a tournament team one week-
end a month.
They will play two games on
Saturday and two games on Sun-
day in different cities in the state.
The team is in need of outfield-
ers and infielders.
For information call Harry
Bell at (863) 382-0542.
The cost will be $15 per
The regular monthly meeting
of the Okeechobee Citizens
(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
Everyone over the age of 18 is
welcome to attend.
Information is available on
their website at
are holding tryouts
The Chobee Starz competi-
tion cheerleading group will
hold tryouts Friday, April 29, at 6
p.m. and Saturday, April 30, at 3
The tryouts will be held at the
ball fields behind the skate park.
The squad is looking for boys
ahd girls entering grades three
The competitive season will
run August 2005 through April
For information, contact
coach Carla Hearld at 447-3557;
or, by e-mail at
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-
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 spon-
sorships are $150 for a tee or
Green. Corporate sponsorships
are $300 for a foursome and one
All proceeds will benefit the
youth of Okeechobee County.
For information, contact Ben
Sims at (863) 467-8118.
plan bass tourney
Members of a local youth
bass fishing club will compete in
a bass tournament on Saturday,
The young anglers will take to
the water at safe light and return
to Okee-Tantie Marina at noon
for the weigh in.
Thee young anglers are com-
peting to earn the right to take
part in a stale championship
later this summer.
For information, contact club
director Charlie Hays at (863)
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 26, 2005
At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April 22,
through Thursday, April 28, are as
Theatre I "Interpreter" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:15
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15
Theatre II "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
Theatre Ill "Arnityville 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-
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 under-
stand the problems ahd needs of
foster children. Please contact
Karissa Richards at 1- (800) 403-
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary 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 dis-
tress, conduct more the 150,000
courtesy salt carminaolcios ,f
recreation iesels arid teach over
500,000 studeflit in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For information, call (863)
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,
The Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., has
announced a new service for those
patrons with e-mail accounts. You
can join the Chapter-A-Day Online
Book Club sponsored by the
Friends of the Okeechobee County
Library. All you need to do is visit
the library's web page at
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
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
enrollment under way'
The Okeechobee County
School Rfadiness 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 attend-
ing 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 waiting list. '
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Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
Found: Dog, Dalmation. Call
Okeechobee Animal Control
CAT- Gray w/white paws. Has
a Thomas collar Vic N La-
Belle around Shadow Lane
Rd 863-675-2241 Reward
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White. Needs Med's. Near
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This do-it-yourself glider set-
tee seats 2-3 adults and fea-
tures an adjustable sunshade.
Step-by-step directions and
basic construction techniques
make it simple. The project
measures 51 in. long by 28
in. deep by 65 in. tall.
Glider Settee plan
(No. 369) .... $9.95
Outdoor Furniture Pack
4 plans incl. 369
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CAMPER, free for the taking,'
30', good axles, poor body.
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.
FREE KITTENS- 6 weeks old,
2 females, 3 males.
FREE KITTENS: To good
FREE OAK FIREWOOD, As
much as you need. Just
bring a saw to cut the wood.
GUN SAFE- tall, needs lock.
KITTENS- 8wks old, to good
homes, very cute,
MIXED PUPPIES approx 4wks
old Free Puppies To Good
Home Onlyl (239)657-2504
OAK FIRE WOOD You haul.
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PUPPIES Golden Retriever, Pit
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Good Home. (863)357-7539
Call after 7pmr,
Fu. -Time 205
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
BARBER OR BEAUTICIANS
FT/PT $30 Chair rent or 30%
Busy Medical Practice looking
for Receptionist with billing
experience. Fax resume
d gwmo 4ma0.
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate 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
Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Ful Tie. 20I
OFFICE PERSON NEEDED
Immediate Full Time Position
Office & Computer (Word & Excel)
Accounting (Quick Books) knowledge helpful.
Must be dependable and willing to learn.
Fax resume to 863-357-6737
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information
Local company with more than 20 years track record
in Okeechobee wants experienced plumber, Master's
License a real plus. Top pay, salary commensurate
experience. Complete benefits package.
Send resume to #6689
P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, FL 34973
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
for more information
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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,
For Country Store
Cashiers, Fla. Turnpike, Yee-
haw through Stuart, need 25
people to work to replace 25
who didn't. 772-429-1454
Billingual Helpful. Call
Wanted. Salary neg. based on
experience & tools. Call
EXPERIENCED Child Care
Must be 18 &
have High School
Diploma or GED.
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classitieds
Small Company with Well
Maintained Equipment is
looking for: Experienced,
Drivers. Must. have: Class
A License and be willing to
work 51/2 days.
Choice of work area from:
Orlando south or Longer
Trips to north Florida/
South Georgia. Perma-
nent work with a variety
FAMILY HOME HEALTH
Now hiring F/T Per Diem
For Okeechobee area.
Medicare experience a plus.
Fax resume to
or call (877)337-0286
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.
Lawn Service now hiring.
Must have min. 1 yr exp
w/commercial lawn service,
valid dr. lic., over 18, willing
to work long hours. Call
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.
Looking for Someone
experienced in concrete
block and flatwork.
Must have driver's
Second job or prefer
night work? Night
shift positions are
now hiring. Martin Pe-
operations are ex-
panding and we need
good people. Com-
petitive pay, benefits
and mileage reim-
bursement Will train
Cashiers are needed
to help develop our
Night time driver posi-
tion is currently avail-
able. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo, mm
184, FL. Turnpike
CHIEF & SURVEYOR
Exp. with highway
Professional license a
plus. Good pay, car/
,truck rental & benefits.
Drug Test Required.
Your next job could be in
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Needing Class A Drivers
for Sunrise and Martin County
Location. Must have clean.
MVR and min. 2 yrs. exp.
Centrifuge exp., a plus.
Call Hollis Mabe @
941-650-3205 or Jaime Fe-
Wanted: Class A or B CDL
Driver with tanker endorse-
ment for local sod and Land-
scape company Full Time,
Benefits avail. Apply at:
2595 NW 8th Street
PT/FT position offered to
experienced individualto work'
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environment at bowling alley..
Must have excellent
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workers who like to read. Perfect for beginners, the
project is assembled from just eight pieces and the
curved cuts are traced from full-size patterns. The
plan calls for pine lumber, but almost any wood may
The completed bookcase measures 35 inches tall
by 24 inches wide by 11 inches deep.
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Built primarily from fir plywood, this decorative
farm-style windmill responds to even light breezes
with 12 smooth-spinning blades and a vane. Its
blade hub turns on a ball bearing attached to a shaft,
and the shaft, blades and vane pivot on a lazy-susan
bearing. The completed windmill stands nearly 7
feet tall at the tip of the uppermost blade and mea-
sures about 20 inches wide at the base.
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Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
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Fireplace Fixture 600
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Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
CENTRAL AIR & HEAT UNIT-
$350 or best offer.
CHEST FREEZER, 5 cubic
foot, like new, $75.
CHEST FREEZER Good condi-
tion. $50. (863)763-7358
CHEST FREEZER- Small floor
model. $50. (863)946-1481
DRYER- Kenmore, Great
shape. Only $75. Guaran-
teed & free delivery.
MICRO RANGE COMBO Frigi-
dair, Full size, Excellent con-
cial, 8x79x32, 3dr, see thru,
$500 neg. You Haul.
side by side, white, 22 cu.
ft., works good. $100.
WASHER & DRYER, Both
work. $200 for both, will
WASHER, DRYER & 2
STOVES, All for $200 will
TANNING BED, Sunquest Pro
16S. Good condition. $650.
BOOKS, Assortment from Ro-
mance to Encyclopedia.
10-20 boxes. $100.
CYPRESS PRIVACY FENCE -
used, 69ft. $500 for all will
DOORS, folding, vinyl, white,
30x80 & 36x80, good condi-
tion. $20 for both, will sep-
FIBERGLASS STEPS- 5 steps
and landing ,2 railings, like
new, $200 neg.
METAL ROOFING- Used,
4500 sq ft. $1,250.
VERTICAL BLINDS, 1 yr. old,
2 way pull, 116"x68" &
168x68". $50 will sep.
VINYL SIDING D5- 1200 sq.
ft. $600. or best offer.
VINYL SIDING D5- Gray, ap-
prox. 400 sq. ft. $300. or
best offer. (863)610-2190.
WINDOWS, tinted, 2 30x55, 1
48x55, Mirrored sliding
doors, 3 sets 48x72". $150
WINDOWS 3, Double paned,
3'x6' Single hung. $150.
WALKER, Playpen, crib, small
rocking horse, bouncer, pic-
nic tbi, car seats, $185 will
sell sep. (863)801-6031
WEDDING DRESS, sz. 4, Glo-
ria Vanderbilt, Satin/Pearls.
Long train. Gently worn lx
$150 863-983-2224 aft. 6p
366c Tower complete all
books & disks, 17" monitor,
PAINTING Of Loxahatchee
River by I. Fletcher of Jupiter
'50's. $200. (772)461-8822
COMPUTER, ancient Tandy,
works, printer, no hard drive.
COMPUTER- Compaq Desk
Pro, w/monitor, keyboard,
mouse, over 30 games.
COMPUTER MONITOR- Dell,
17", E773. New, never used.
Still in box. $100.
COMPUTER SET COMPLETE
BEDROOM SET Complete, all
wood, King size, Lighted
Head board. $500.
COMPUTER DESK, like new.
$50 or best offer.
COUCH, England, Large.
w/matching chair & otto-
man. Beige w/blue & mauve
floral. $350 863-357-1560
DINETTE TABLE, 4 chairs
New, Never used. $199.
DINING ROOM TABLE Solid
carved wood. 2 leafs 4
chairs, Good cond. $150.
DINING SET w/4 chairs. Pe-
can. $100 (863)357-4532
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE -
Recliner, Good cond. $800,.
MATTRESS SET Queen, 1 Pil-
low Top. New, Never used.
SOFA & LOVESEAT, Excellent
condition. Down sizing home
SOFA, Sleeper w/2 glass top
end tables, good condition
TODDLERS BED w/mattress,
headboard and frame. $130
EASY GO GOLF CART re-
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1100.
GOLF CLUBS- Northwestern,
left handed, Premium set,
GUN, AR-15. 223 Cal w/Clips
& Scope. New! $1200. Call
GUN, FEG 9mm mak. with 2
numbers matching maga-
zines, nice, small, $200
STEPPER BIKE, & Multi Task
Upright weight bench, Must
see. $200. neg.
WATER HEATER Runs Great.
RED DEPRESSION GLASS
Set, Pitcher, 6 glasses Per-
fect condition. A rare find.
PATIO SET- 6 chairs, 2 tables
& cushions, $200.
CUSHIONS, 1 set of booth
seat/back, like new, $10.
FLIP TOP PHONES (2) Nextel,
#1710 $115 will sep.
125HP Engine Serial
#1576-21. Starter & alter-
nator removed. No logs. Ex-
cellent use for Air Boat.
$3,250. Neg. 850-871-4077
KEYBOARD- Brand new, light
up keys, 100's of songs,
never used, $125 neg.
ORGAN, Lowrey (Festival),
Model #NL-20, like new,
lots of rhythms. Must sell.
PIANO Excelleit condition.
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES, 7
wks, CKC, 2-Males $350.
lea. (863)467-7424 or
GUINEA PIG / RABBIT CAGE,
Like new wall accessories.
LAB PUPPIES, Pure Bred,
Shots & wormed. No pa-
pers. $325. Each.
'RABBIT OR BIRD CAGES-
several sizes, $60 will'sell
import from Europe. $650.
TOY CHIHUAHUA PUP male,
black, nd'papers, $350.
SINGER SEW MAC- portable
w/ metal cover, 2 needles
w/slanting thread, all attach,
$50. neg. (863)467-7659
Storage Space -
FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 BA,
garage. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Ap-
prox. 2000 sq. ft. will-
ing to divide into 2
separate office spaces,
close to hospital. For
ISpecial Notice 0155 1
BILLIARD TABLE- 5x9, good
condition, you must haul,
$500 or best offer.,
SPEAKERS- (2) JL Audio 12"
subs, wbox & 700 w/amp.
Like brand new, $700.
CB/HAM 1000 watt apm.
New. $385. (863)414-0787.
MAGNAVOX TV with remote.
THEATER SYSTEM- Sony, w2
2ft speakers, 2 3-1/2 ft
spkrs, 5 CD component,
$300 neg. (863)357-6825.
TV/VCR Combo, 19" inch,
beautiful picture, VCR needs
AIR COMPRESSOR, 60 gal.,
upright, works good, pumps
to 120psi, C/H brand, $125.
JOINTER 7"- with stand, ask-
ing $150. (863)612-0033.
RADIAL SAW, Craftsman, 9",
Asking $60 or best offer.
TABLE SAW- 10", Craftsman,
good condition, $85.
XBOX GAME CONSOLE inc.
1 controller, power cord, a/v
cable no games incl., $120
EUREKA ENVIRO Multi steam-
er/cleaner. New, Sacrifice.
Kills germs Easy to use
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed, Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
ROUND BALES OF HAY
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
HORSE- 2 yrs old, unbroken,
MINIATURE STUD HORSE-
31" tall, child broke, incild,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
STALLION, American saddle-
bred, 1 year old, $500.
BUSH HOG MOWER- With
Stump Jumper. $175.
FINISH MOWER,.6 ft., like
new, used one season,
$ 1 1 0 0
PATIO TABLE, Round, Wright
iron, 4 chairs. $45.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
CAROLINA. MUST SEE THE
WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS.
Homes, Cabins, Acreage &
Mountain Realty GMAC Real
Estate, Murphy www.chero-
for Free Brochure
OKEECHOEE- Private BR, BA,
full hse privileges, util incid,
phone but no long dist.
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
OKEECHOBEE 5 ACRES
Lot in town, off Eagle Bay Dr.
Interest parties Call
OKEECHOBEE 9.61 acre NW
144th trail. $170,000. Placid
Lake WaterFront lot
$79,900. KB Realty Service
Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
SEEKING 30-200+/-acres of
wooded/pasture land. Not a "
14 x 52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$1,500 neg. (352)754-8514.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEE, 3BR, 2BA Taylor Creek
Furn., dock. No pets. Adult
Only. $850. 1st/ec Dep
RIM CANAL, 1BR Travel Trail-
ers. Very clean/nice yard
$450 & $475. mo. $300.
Sec. 824-8718 / 697-0214.
TREASURE ISLAND, 2 BR, 1
BA, on the water, furnished.
Non smk. env. $950 mo. +
sec. &ref. 772-285-5856
Lot# 96 Bucidhead Ridge
Marina. 30' Park Model,
FI/Room, storage, shed,
dock, deck & patio.
$350. Lot Lease.
Park Model, '86, 40x12,
w/40x9 Fla. room, vinyl sid-
ing, c/a & heat, 1BR/1BA,
Okeechobee @ Barlows RV
Park on Rim Canal,
SKYLINE '96, Brookstone,
3/2, 24x44, 1056 sq. ft. Ex-
cellent cond. $28,000 neg.
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
BAYLINER, '99, 16 ft., 75hp,
galvanized trailer, good con-
dition, $2500 neg.
BOATS (2) 1 12' fiberglass
w/trlr, 15 HP Evinrude, 1 15'
walkthru w/trlr, no motor,
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
MON-ARK 17 Ft. w/90 hp en-
gine. Includes trailer & cano-
py to cover boat. $1200 or
best offer. (863)675-6738
PONTOON BOAT, Not pretty,
but good. 40 hp Force.
V/HULL Aluminum, 12', with
fish finder 18hp Johnson
motor. With live well. Trail-
er. $985. Neg.
COLEMAN POP-UP 1996,
sleeps 6, A/NC, port potti, &
much morel $2300/neg,
FLEETWOOD '99, 21', Hybrid,
A/C, Bunk beds, sleeps 7,
Good Cond Asking $8500
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ivSS-sn,.i ---- *- --
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
[S I Money Back Guarantee
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Tucnmk 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utilit 4055
Tractor Traem 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
BUICK LESABRE 1987, good
condition, a/c, runs good.
HONDA ACCORD '84, Runs
good, well maintained. 105K
org. mis. 1 owner, 41000.
HYUNDAI ACCENT 1995,
Runs good. Cold A/C. Must
see! $2000. (863)634-1259
MERC SABLE LX WAGON,
'94- engine needs work,
NISSAN 300ZX 1987, Runs
fast. Needs work. $450 firm.
NISSAN MAXIMA 1995, Good
OLDS DELTA 88, '86- runs
good, $500 or best offer,
OLDSMOBILE 98 Regency
Elite 1996, Fully loaded. Ex-
tra clean. Brakes need work.
SUZUKI SAMURAI JEEP '93,
2 wheel drive, 4 cyl., 5 spd,
A lot of new parts added.
THUNDER BIRD '95,V8, All
TOYOTA PRIVIA, '93- runs
good, needs TLC, $1000 or
best offer. (863)612-0258.
TOYOTA TERCEL '89, $200.
or best offer.
Antique & Classic Cars for
sale. (863)763-6266 or
FORD MUSTANG '89, Gray, 2
door, 4 cyl, 5spd, Runs
800-966-3511 ext. 173
Ford Bronco, 1984, 4x4 lifted
w/super swampers. $600 or
best offer. (863)824-8748
FORD BRONCO, '87 4X4,
5.81t, body in good shape,
runs but needs work. $2500
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
BEDLINER- for Ford PU, 6' x
4'5", $75. (863)763-3451.
CAR DOLLY, like new, used
very little, new paint, new
$1,150, asking $925 or best
CHEVY S1O TRUCK BED- for
'94-'00, asking $300 or best
FORD F150 1998- 3 door,
parts truck, $700 for all, will
mantes you a more informed
and Interesting person. No
wonder newspaper leaders
a ore moe sKcessful
DUTCHMAN, 26', Great fixer
upper. Villa RV Park on 441
SE Screen Rm. & A/C.
YAMAHA YZ80, '86 runs
good, $1000 or best offer.
GO-CART, '04, Silver Fox,
w/seat belts & roll cage.
Brand new. $1,250.
YAMAHA PW 80 '95, Runs
good, $500. (863)357-1960
12 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 26,2005
RIMS- 17" (4), with tires,
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
FORD '66, 352 Big Block.
Runs good, does not
knock/smoke. $700. Neg or
FORD F150, '86, 4x4 parts, ti-
tle, 3" body lift parts or
OLDS TORONADO 1988 En-
gine runs, trans. has prob-
lem. Great for parts. $200 or
best offer. (863)467-0987
OLDSMOBILE TORNADO '86,
Reverse, No forward. $200
or best offer.
TIRES, 4, Michellen, P225-60
R16. Tubeless. $25 for all 4.
CHEVY 350 auto Flat
bed/Utility. Runs good. 1400
or best offer.
DODGE PU, '84- straight 6 cyl,
4 on the floor, short bed
FORD F150 1998, 4X4, Ext.
Cab. $8500. 863-675-3776
FORD F150 '91, 4x4, Runs
Stood 70K original miles.
NISSAN 4X4, '91- 99K miles,
King Cab, runs great, $2500.
NISSAN SENTRA GXE '95,
4dr, 4 cyl, auto, excellent
condition. Gas saver.
KIA SPORTAGE, '01 low
miles, 4x4, fully loaded, runs
(863)902-0506 after 5pm.
CHEVY VAN EXPRESS 1999
Extended Van, White, V8
Good condition. $5,900.
Dodge 1500 Cargo Van, "95,
1/2 ton, a/c, 161k mi., theft
alarms, A-1 cond. $2000.
How fast can your car
o 7? It can go even
aster when you sell it
in the classified.
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
How do you find a job In
market? hi the employ-
ment section of the clas-
ATTENTION MONTURA/CENTRAL COUNTY
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT LANDOWNERS
NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS' MEETING AND
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICTS'
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors for the Central County Water Con-
trol District will hold their annual landowners meeting at the Montura Clubhouse at
255 H. Hacienda Street, Montura Ranch Estates on April 30, 2005 at 6:00p.m. The
regular monthly meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. immediately following the annual
landowners meeting. All are invited to attend and be heard.
CENTRALCOUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
VICE CHAIRMAN BENITO ALVAREZ
ATENCION MONTURA/DUENOS DE TERRENDS DEL CONDADO
CENTRAL DEL DISTRITO DEL AGUA
Por la presents se estu dando noticia de que la Junta de Supervisorer para el Condado
Central del Distrito de Control de Agua, tendra su reunion annual para los duenos de
terrenos. (hacendados) en el Centro de Recreacion en el 255 N. Hacienda Street,
Montura Ranch Estates, Abril 30,205 alas 6:00 p.m. La junta regular mensual scra
a las 7:00 p.m. imedlatamente despues de la unta annual de los duenos de terre-
nos. Todos estan invitados aslstir y ser esuchados.
CONDADO CENTRAL DEL DISTRITO DE CONTROL DE AGUA
VICE CHAIRMAN BENITO ALVAREZ
51056 ON 4/26/05
iubi Noic II
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP CN050085
GENERAL SURVEY SERVICES
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management Distrct, 8-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, will receive sealed
proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 for General
Survey Services. This RFP is issued subject to the legal requirements established
under the Consultants' Competitive Negotiation Act, Section 287.055, FL Statutes.
An OPTIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held on Wednesday, May 11,
2005 at 10:00 a.m., at SFWMD Headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Rd, WPB, FL, B-1
Bldg, Storch Rm. for all interested respondents.
All proposals must conform to the instructions in the RFR Interested respondents may
obtain a copy of the complete RFP at the above address; by downloading the solici-
tation from our website at www sfwmdQov by calling (561)682-2715; or by calling
the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290. The public is invited to attend the pro-
posal opening. Further Information on the status of this solicitation can be ob-
tained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
-," ,r ,r,'.h,,,- Ti,. ,j i ."1.':. ".r' 2 Bldg., Kissimmee
River Conf. Rm.
Alternate Date: Friday, July 8,2005, 8-5, SFWMD Hqtrs, B-2 Bldg., Kissimmee River
All public meetings will be held at the dates, times, locations and conference rooms
referenced above. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writing the South Flor-
da Water Management District, Procurement Department, PO. Box 24680, West
Palm Beach, Florida, 33416-4680. Persons with disabiities 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, locations and conference rooms referenced
above. For more information, please contact Catherine E. Richards, Contract Spe-
cialist, at (561) 682-2813.
50911 ON 4/26 CGS 4/28/05
How fast can your car Looking for a place to
go? It can go even faster hang your hat? Look no
when you sell it in the further than the classi-
Love the earth Recycle When doing those chores
your used items by sel- is doing you in, it's time
ing them in the classi- to look for a helper in
fleds. the classifeds.
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, advan-
tages and disadvantages of the job; typical job duties and responsibili-
ties; average wages; where and how to receive the necessary educa-
tion 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 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-thlemed
OCFD volunteers planning barbecue
The Okeechobee City Fire Department volunteers are hosting a
barbecue on May 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each meal comes with
chicken, baked beans, coleslaw and roll for a $5 donation. The din-
ners can be delivered or picked up at the City Fire Department, 55 S.E.
KOA offering free camping day
Wendy Woodman, manager of theOkeechobee 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 par-
ticipating in this special event by providing 30,000 free campsites
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 sum-
mer 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.
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, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue
Water" Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had
Wings" Connie Fowler. If ,ou have questions or would like more
information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
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).
Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual
Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, June 10, at. the Shrine Club on U.S. 78.
Social time will be from 5 until 7 p m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m..
This year's keynote speaker will be Rep. Frank Attkisson, Florida
House of Representatives, District 79. Dinner will include a sirloin
steak served with a baked potato, green beans and a salad. Tickets are
$30 per person. If you or your business would like to sponsor a table
for this event please call Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-
1639. If available, tickets rnay be purchased at the door.
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting appli-
cations for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning on or before
Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at Northside
Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments, call Sheryl Heater
at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-2242. Headstarl
opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may stay as late as 5:30
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-.
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 session,
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 informa-
tion, 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 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 anapplication 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 Candace at
the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-
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, Wednes-
day and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
My Aunt's 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 Council
is sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for Okeechobee'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 meet-
ings 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 council's meet-
ings, call Sharon Vinsori at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Chamber sponsoring concerts
Brenda O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee Chamber
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.
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
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 ultrasound, parenting class-
es 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 Tuesday. We are located 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.
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 Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adults basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115
S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.;
Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 .Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701:
S.W. Sixth St., English as a second language, Tuesday-and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.
Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Austin Cross (left), 5, was registering for kindergarten at
North Elementary School last week. His little brother, Dal-
ton, 3, came along to see what the excitement was about.