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Okeechobee News


Vol. 96 No. 124


Wednesday, May 4, 2005


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Brief

State won't
charge students
No charges will be filed
against seven third grade stu-
dents at Everglades Elementary
School in connection with the
sale or possession of counter-
feit marijuana.
According to a press release
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Tuesday, the
state attorney's office has
decided not to file charges due
to the action taken by the
school, the parents and the
school system.
All seven students were sus-
pended for their reported par-
ticipation in the April 28 inci-
dent.
A field test on the substance
found at the school indicated
that it was not marijuana, but a
mixture of household herbs.

Inside

Kindergarten
to have program
The Kindergarten students at
Central Elementary School
enjoyed two field trips recently.
We had a blast at the Children's
Museum in Sebring. We recom-
mend anyone with young chil-
dren go and explore that won-
derful hands-on museum. It
was a fun learning experience.
We also enjoyed our trip to the
Dairy last week. Thank you to
Mr. and Mrs. Rocks for showing
us around and letting us give the
calves their morning bottles.
The children will remember it
always. We have had a wonder-
ful year. We are looking forward
to our end of the year celebra-
tion on May 19 and 20th at the
Freshman Campus Auditorium.
It will be a special evening of
Kindergarten Memories..
Page 3

Mavericks
leading, 3-2
DALLAS Now that Dallas
has won three straight games
to go ahead in its playoff series,
Michael Finley hopes the Mav-
ericks remember the feeling
they had a week ago after
losing the first two at home.
"It. was a solemn attitude,"
Finley said. "It brought out
some of our best ball. Hopeful-
ly, we can have that same
mind-set we had last time leav-
ing here to go to Houston."
Sports, Page 6


Drought Index
Current: 195
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.75 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
13.92 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet aboye sea level.)

Index

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Comics ......... .13
Community Events ... .4
Crossword .. .... .14
Obituaries . .. .3
Opinion . .. . .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports . . . .6
TV ...... ....... .15
Weather .... . ... .2
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Children's Group: 'Every age child is adoptable'


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Karen Gray (left), director of development for the Children's Home Society, and Judith
Warren (right), executive director of Children's Home Society Treasure Coast Division,
were guest speakers at the May 3 Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting.

,Rotarians told of children's program


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
"Every age child is adopt-
able," said Executive Director of
Children's Home Society, Trea-
sure Coast Division, Judith War-
ren at Tuesday's weekly Rotary
Club meeting.
Ms. Warren and Karen Gray,
director of development in
fundraising and community out-
reach programs, were guest
speakers at the meeting. In their
presentations, they detailed serv-
ices and programs provided by
the not-for-profit organization.
Ms. Warren also told Rotary
members that there are currently
170 children who are all within
the services network of the Chil-
dren's Home Society and that in
2004, that there were 25 adop-
tions within Okeechobee Coun-
ty.
"The most exciting thing
about the Children's Home Soci-
ety is that they provide communi-
ty-based care for those within the
system," said Ms. Gray.
Ms. Gray also discussed the
services and programs available
through the Children's Home
Society including:
Adoptions that encompass-
es post- and pre-adoptive coun-
seling and education, foster care
and also assistance with local
and international adoptions.
The child protection team
services for Okeechobee County,
which are based in Stuart, pro-


vides assessments of abused and
neglected children and their fam-
ilies.
The Children In Need of Ser-
vices (CINS) and Families in
Need of Services (FINS) pro-
grams, stress intervention in
dealing with teens before they
become a problem. The
CINS/FINS programs provide
counseling services to runaway,
truant and uncontrollable chil-
dren, teens and to their families.
Targeted Case Management
coordinates essential services,
including medical and mental
health care for children with high
and multiple risk factors for
abuse and neglect.
Independent Living Pro-
grams aimed at assisting transi-
tioning youth from the foster care
system and assisting them in
basic living, social, interpersonal
and job readiness skills so that
they are better prepared to func-
tion as responsible citizens.
Girls Group Home which
provides counseling, case man-
agement and education services
to abused and neglected
females.
Dependency Case Manage-
ment provides services to chil-
dren and families providing them
with advocacy, assessment and
assistance within the child wel-
fare system.
"Good things can come from
bad situations" was a point
stressed by Ms. Warren. "We
work with families in crisis with


intervention techniques to help
support and reunite families We
bring providers together to sup-
port children."
For information regarding
services provided by the Chil-.
dren's Home Society, please call
(772) 4889-5601.
In other Rotary Club busi-
ness:
A donation of $500.00 was
approved for Rotary Camp Flori-
da, a fun camping experience for
children with life-threatening ill-
nesses.
Habitat for Humanity proj-
ect house is recruiting volunteers
for this Saturday, May 7, to begin
work at 7:30 a.m.
Rotary Club member Matt
Buxton announced that contri-
butions are now being collected
for this year's Grad Night to be
held at Stardust Lanes on June 2.
Last year over $25,000 was raised
and over half of the funds raised
were used to purchase prizes
given away at the Grad Night all
night lock-in.
Rotary Club meetings are
held weekly at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.,
beginning at noon. The guest
speaker for the May 10 Rotary
Club meeting will be Bill Pearl.
He will be speaking on what it
means to be a Rotarian.
For information regarding
Rotary announcements, contact
Kristy Crawford at (863) 824-
0400.


FCAT scores



results mixed


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is good news and
bad news concerning FCAT
scores for Okeechobee Coun-
ty schools specifically,
fourth-, eighth- and 10th-grade
writing test scores and 12th-
grade math and reading
scores.
The bad news is that dis-
trict wide the percentage of
fourth grade students scoring
3.5 or better is 64 percent -
10 points below the state aver-
age of 74 percent. For fourth
grade students, the minimum
satisfactory score was raised
this year from 3 to 3.5, the
same as the minimum satis-
factory score for the other.
grades.
Actually, a score of below
3.5 does not mean that-a stu-


dent fails the grade or the
course. School grades are
based, in part, on the number
of students scoring 3.5 or bet-
ter in writing.
The good news is that
eighth graders don't look so
bad lagging only 3 percent-
age points behind the state
average. Statewide, 75 percent
of fourth graders scored 3.5 or
better. In the district, 72 per-
cent fell into that category.
Even better news is that
Osceola Middle School scored
78 percent three points
above the state average.
However, Yearling Middle
School scored at a 63 percent
average 12 percentage
points below the state aver-
a g e .I
Assistant Superintendent of
See Scores Page 2


Groups prepare



for '05 storms


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
To help Okeechobee resi-
dents prepare for the next hur-
ricane season which begins
June 1, two local organizations
are sponsoring Hurricane
Awareness Week.'
Project HOPE (Helping Our
People in Emergencies) and
R.O.A.D. (Recovering Okee-
chobee After Disaster) are
sponsoring the May 29-June 4
event.
Project HOPE is a federally
funded, non-profit organization
whose goal is to assist storm
survivors in the recovery
process. R.O.A.D. is made up
of representatives of local non-
profit and faith-based organiza-
tions. Its goals are to provide
coordinated management of
long-term recovery efforts,
assist individuals who do not


have adequate personal
resources and advocate for
ongoing preparedness for
future disasters.
Definite plans for the week
are still being formulated and
exact details will be announced
as the time approaches.
John Glenn, community liai-
son with Project HOPE, is hop-
ing local pastors will participate
that Sunday by offering ser-
mons on the subject of "hope"
and dealing with biblical based
stress management.
Letters have been sent out
to local business leaders asking
them to cooperate by donating
prizes for drawings.
. One of the goals of the week
will be to collect nonperishable
food items to be donated to
hurricane relief organizations.
Mr. Glenn said this would be a
See Storms Page 2


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
"The two most valuable tools
given to pregnant and parenting
teens are advocacy and assis-
tance," said Tim Hussey, a
licensed clinical social worker
with Innovative Treatmrtent Ser-
vices
Mr. Hussey was a guest speak-
er the Friday, April 29, provider
forum meeting. The forum -
hosted and organized by Carol
Staley, program coordinator of
the Okeechobee County Family
Health/Healthy Start Coalition -
was held at the Visiting Nurses
Association.
Invited representatives gath-
ered to discuss topics relevant to
services provided to pregnant


women, and focused on a grow-
ing number of pregnant and par-
enting teens locally.
Mr. Hussey, who is involved in
a weekly counseling program
with pregnant teens at Okee-
chobee High School, went on to
say that, "teens seek genuine,
authentic, one-on-one attention
to their needs."
More specifically, he spoke of
the importance of personal
attention given by case manage-
ment workers, and educational
materials the girls receive at
counseling sessions.
Other topics for discussion at
the forum included:
Assessment of Healthy Start
Programs and services, including
which services are lacking and


which are working.
Community report on per-
formance measures for Okee-
chobee County Healthy Start pro-
grams.
Healthy Start Prenatal
Screening Results for 2004.
National Day to Prevent
Teen Pregnancy uiz/Website
information. The quiz will be
posted on May 4 at www.teen-
pregnancy.org. A hard copy ver-
sion of the quiz will be available
so that teens without interred.
access can still participate.
For more information on
Okeechobee County Healthy
Start programs or National Day
to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, con-
tact Carol Staley at (863) 462-
5877.


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Working with pregnant anch-parenting teens was topic
discussed at Friday's Provider forum by guest speakers
Tim Hussey (left), a licensed clinical social worker, with
Carol Staley (right) of the Okeechobee County Family
Health/Healthy Start Coalition.


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News Briefs

Agri-Civic Center
to host horse show
OKEECHOBEE The Miniature
Horse Club of South Florida will
hold shows on Saturday, May, 14,
and Sunday, May 15, at the Okee-
chobee Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R.
70 E.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. and
the show will start at 10 a.m. both
days. Ticket prices are $3 for adults,
$2 for seniors and $1.50 for stu-
dents.
The American Miniature Horse
Registry classes will be on Satur-
day, and the American Miniature
Horse Association classes will be
held Sunday. Halter classes will be
held in the mornings, and perform-
ance classes will be held in the
afternoons.
For information, call (863) 763-
7724; (561) 798-6129; or, (772)
341-7610.


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Parasitic illness has spread over 20 counties


TALLAHASSEE More than
70 cases of a parasitic illness that
spreads through contaminated
food or water have been con-
firmed across the state, state offi-


regions of the state, said Lindsay
Hodges, a spokeswoman for the
state Health Department. She did
not identify which counties were
affected.


cials said Tuesday. Health workers were trying to
The cyclospora illnesses are determine the source of the out-
spread across 20 counties in all break, she said.


"Epidemiologists are working
around the clock on this,"
Hodges said. "It's obviously our
top priority in this case."
Cyclospora are microscopic,
one-celled organisms that can
contaminate fresh produce and
burrow in the small intestine.


Symptoms include rapid weight
loss, severe diarrhea, loss of
appetite, bloating, stomach
cramps, muscle aches and low-
grade fever.
State health officials usually
see only a few cyclospora illness-
es each year. None of the more


than 70 cases this year required
hospitalization, Hodges said.
Hodges urged anyone suffer-
ing from diarrhea for more than
a week to see a doctor. The ill-
ness can be treated with antibi-
otics. Without them, it could
take a month to pass naturally.


TALLAHASSEE There are
still 57,830 unsettled insurance
claims from last year's hurri-
canes two weeks after the Cabi-
net's deadline to have compa-
nies resolve them..
Most are unresolved because
policyholders haven't shown
documentation that repairs have
been completed, .a problem
which may have to do with con-
tractors having more work than
they can handle, state Insurance
Commissioner Kevin McCarty
told the Cabinet on Tuesday.
Others are being held up
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* Schools Lee Dixon said it was
too early to determine why there
was such a wide range between.
the two schools. He said there
could be several contributing
factors that'vill be investigated.
With 71 percent scoring 3.5
or better, area 10th graders were
_ 8 percentage points behind the
_, statewide FCAT writing average
of 79.
Looking at the scores from
another angle, the district wide
average score for fourth grade
writing is 3.5, while the state
average is 3.7. However, the
good news is the district wide
score was an improvement over
last year's 3.4.
Some elementary schools
scored lower in writing than last


damage was caused by flooding
or wind, among other reasons,
McCarty said.
His office is still reviewing the
explanations given by insurance
companies before deciding
whether it needs to take action
against any of them, he said. The
deadline was April 18.
Details of which companies
still have claims to settle and
why should be ready by the next
Cabinet meeting May 17.
Chief Financial Officer Tom
Gallagher said there are 3,337
mediation cases scheduled to
resolve insurance disputes.


year, while some scored higher.
Seminole Elementary
showed the most gain, rising
from 3.2 last year to 3.6 this year.
Central Elementary's average
score in fourth grade writing
rose from 3.4 last year to 3.5 this
year.
Everglades and North both
dropped. Everglades went from
3.3 to 3.2, while South fell from
3.7o 3.6.
The statewide average score
in fourth-grade writing remained
3.7 from last year to this year.
More good news is that dis-
trict wide, fourth graders gained
on that score with an average
score rising from 3.'4 last year to
3.5 this year.
Eighth graders are right at the
state average of 3.8 in writing,
while 10th graders are at 3.6 -
with the state average for this
grade class being 3.8.
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More than 140,000 people
were still waiting for insurance
money when Gov. Jeb Bush and
the Cabinet voted in March to
require insurers to settle all
claims from Hurricanes Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Nearly
1.7 million claims were filed
after the storms bashed Florida
last year.
"It appears things are moving
in the right direction. However, I
am reserving judgment until the
Office of Insurance Regulation
has time to develop more con-
crete data," said Gallagher, who
oversees the office.


seniors. Passing the 10th grade
FCAT test is a requirement for
graduation students who fail
the FCAT reading and math tests
have to keep taking it until they
pass in order to graduate.
Those seniors who failed the
test this time will not be able to
graduate with their class. If all
other qualifications are met, they
can be awarded a certificate of
completion at graduation time.
After summer school, they will
be given another chance to take
the FCAT.
Of the 37 seniors who took
the reading test, 33 failed. Eleven
students took the math test and
nine failed.
Of the 36 who did not meet
the FCAT requirements, 20 of
those would not have graduated
anyway because they either did
not have the required grade
point average or they did not
have enough credits.
Mr. Dixon said high school
officials will be trying to find out
how to better prepare these stu-
dents to take the test in the sum-
mer, and better prepare next
year's seniors to take the test.
School scores will not be
available until some time in
June.


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chance for residents to give back
to some of the local agencies that
helped them during the 2004 hur-
ricane season. People donating
items would receive tickets for
drawings for the prizes offered by
local businesses.
HLocal businesses are also
being asked to provide display
space for Project HOPE to set up
manned display booths and hurri-
cane supply collection boxes.
Another facet of the week will
be Good Neighbor Day, which
S will emphasize people-helping-
people. Residents will have a
chance to nominate a neighbor
that has gone beyond the call of
S duty.
S- The week will also recognize
youth art activities.
Special recognition for first
responders will be part of the
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Community Events

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) 763-2488.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Par-
rott 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'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 execu-
tives and other organizations. Work days'and hours are flexi-
ble. 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, 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 Hibiscus Fos-
ter Parent Training Program at (800) 403-9311. Supplies may be
taken to the Community Collaborative Council meetings dur-
ing April, May and July. The meetings will be held in room 303
of the Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W. Sec-
ond Ave. For information on the school supply drive or the
council's meetings, call Sharon Vinson 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. 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.








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Kindergarten end of the year celebration is May 19-20


Kindergarten
The Kindergarten students at
Central Elementary School
enjoyed two field trips recently.
We had a blast at the Children's
Museum in
Sebring. We
recommend
anyone with
young children
go and explore
that wonderful
hands-on
museum. It
was a fun learning experience.
We also enjoyed our trip to the
Dairy last week. Thank you to
Mr. and Mrs. Rocks for showing
us around and letting us give the
calves their morning bottles. The
children will remember it
always. We have had a wonder-
ful year. We are looking forward
to our end of the year celebra-
tion on May 19 and 20th at the
Freshman Campus Auditorium.
It will be a special evening of
Kindergarten Memories.
Third Grade
Ms. Enfinger's class and third
graders enjoyed a fabulous play
at the Palm Beach Community
College. The field trip was paid
for and sponsored by the theater
group. Thanks! Students enjoyed
a picnic lunch and then was
entertained for several hours
with tales about Amelia Bedelia
and her hilarious stories. Ms.
Enfinger's class has enjoyed
doing a science experiment turn-
. ing salt water into fresh water by
means of evaporation. The stu-
dents loved it. Students at Central
Elementary enjoyed the great
news of fantastic FCAT scores,


which came out this week. Con-
gratulations to the students and
parents, who helped with dedi-
cation to their child's education.
Our Students of the Week are
Alejandro Campus, Allen Perry,
and Happy Birthday to Matthew
Smith! Don't forget to read!
In Mrs. Atwell's class for the
next few weeks we will be learn-
ing to write book reports. The
first will be about the state of our
choice. The second will be about
a creature from the sea. I am so
very proud of my entire class.
You worked hard all year and it
paid off! The FCAT scores look
great!
Miss Moulzolf's class recently
enjoyed a field trip to a play fea-
turing several different stories
and life lessons. We are celebrat-
ing May Day by making I Spy jars
for our families. We will be work-
ing on ocean life in science.
Along with this, we will be learn-
ing about pirates and treasure
hunting. We will create our own
treasure maps!
Mrs. Kielbasa's class is really
getting good at recognizing and
reading words with prefixes and
suffixes. I'm very proud of them!
We're learning about our bodies
and how to take care of them.
We've just started doing aerobics
and boy is that hard work!
A big thank you to all of the
people in the community that
came to Central on Career Day.
We appreciate you taking time
from your busy day to be with us!
We enjoyed the play at Dolly
Hand. We came back are read
the book, "Amelia Bedelia Goes
Camping". It was very funny.
Please keep reading with your
children.


Mrs. Greseth's Reading class
has been hard at work on their
Solar System unit. They learned
about the solar system and
worked in groups to create
research projects. The projects
turned out great and everyone
learned a lot. Great job students!
Mrs. Greseth's math students are
just finishing up decimals and we
will start working on multiplica-
tion again soon. Thank you, par-
ents, for helping with the multi-
plication facts. Congratulations
to Miguel Reyes and Collin Hen-
derson, our Students of the
Week!
Mrs. Prescott and Miss
Groendyk's B.A.S.E. third graders
continue to work hard, even
though the school year is quickly
coming to an end. In social stud-
ies, the students are researching
the fifty states and will soon be
studying the Latin American holi-
day called Cinco de Mayo. In
math, these third grade students
are doing an excellent job multi-
plying 2-digit and 1-digit num-
bers. In science, these students
have been busy studying and dis-
cussing the many ways that we
can help to conserve Earth's
resources. They even made
some incredibly creative and
awesome projects out of materi-
als they would have otherwise
thrown away. Finally, these third
graders continue to work hard as
they practice reading and writing
in Spanish.
Fifth Grade
Mrs..Steiert is so proud of her
three students who represented
her class at Central's Tropicana
Speech Contest. Allyson
Matthew's speech was about her


adventures raising and showing
her hog named Snout. Brittney
Ball's speech was about an excit-
ing trip she took with her family
that inspired her to want to
become a marine biologist. Jessi-
ca Jimenez's speech was about
her desire to become a nurse and
how taking care of her grandma
when she visits created an interest
in the medical field for her. All of
their speeches were outstanding
in all aspects. Allyson Matthews
took first place in fifth grade for
Central and Jessica Jimenez took
third place in fifth grade. Way to
go, girls!
Ms. Stough's class is busy
working on their science fair proj-
ects. We are also finishing up the
Space unit and even found our
own constellations to name and
write about. In Math we are learn-
ing that there are numbers less
than zero, negative numbers. We
are looking forward to the
upcoming STARS activities. They
are excited about entering many
contests for. STARS. The current
AR point leader is Ralph Jacobs
with almost 100 points. Way to
go! The current Math Superstars
leaders are Andrea Yanez and
Juan Baza. Both have over 100
points.
The students in Ms. White's
Reading class are embarking on
"An American Adventure". In this
theme, students read about
adventurous and inventive Ameri-
cans, both real and fictional,
famous and not famous. We will
be learning about diverse people
who contributed to the growth
and development of our country.
This unit of study will give stu-
dents a greater appreciation of
our nation and its history. Destiny


Obituaries


Betty Faye
Mann Conrad
Betty Faye Mann Conrad, age
70, of Okeechobee died Thursday,
April 21, 2005, at Florida Hospital
South in Orlando. Mrs. Conrad
was born March 21, 1935, in
Tampa, to Bradford W. and Gladys
Thomas. She was a housewife
having come to Okeechobee in
the late 1930's. She was of the
Baptist faith.
Mrs. Conrad is survived by her
husband, Robert Conrad of Okee-
chobee; two daughters, Sand\
(Chuck) Thompson of Okee-
chobee -and ,.. Rhonda.,, (.Paul)
Lunsford of Waynesville, Mo.;
son, Brad (Stacy) Mann of Arca-
dia; sister. Freda SeLzer of Clair-
mont, N.C.; two stepsons, Robert
(Sherry) Conrad of Okeechobee
and Randy Conrad of Lakeland;
one stepdaughter, Kelly Conrad of
Okeechobee; 11 grandchildren;
and, one great-grandchild.
Visitation was held April 23 at
'Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held April
24 at First Baptist Church of
Basinger with Bill Sherman and
Arlund Woodham officiating.
Interment was at Basinger Ceme-
tery.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


Albert George
Lamb, Sr.
SAlbert George Lamb, Sr., age
65, of Okeechobee died Saturday,
April 30,2005, at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Mr. Lamb was the son of Earl
Jenks and Gladys Mae Lamb. He
proudly served Our country in the
U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Lamb was a retired farmer.
He is survived by his wife of 4S
years, Janice Lamb; sons, James
E. Lamb of Daytona Beach, Harry
H. Lamb of Utica, N.Y. and Albert
Lamb, Jr. of Lewiston, Maine;
daughter, Dawn Cooper of Okee-
chobee; 17 grandchildren; 'sister,
Lula Lund of New Berlin, N.Y.; and
brother, John Lamb of West Palm
Beach.
A memorial service was held
Tuesday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the
Ft. Drum Community Church with
Pastor Fred Hodges officiating.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


Debra Ruth Leizear
Debra Ruth Leizear, age 50, of
Lakeport, died Saturday, April 30,
2005, at her residence. She was
born Feb. 22, 1955, in Flint, Mich.,
Mrs. Leizear
had been a res-
ident of Lake-
port for two
years. She
worked as a
cashier for the
Seminole
Bingo Hall and
was of' the
Baptist Faith. Debra Ruth
..Survivors Leizear
include: her
beloved husband of 18 years,
James Leizear of Lakeport; sons,
Brandon Stidham, James (Gus)
Stidham of Tampa and Christo-
pher Hasman of Lakeport;
daughter, Taylor Hasman of
Lakeport; stepson, Robert
Leizear; stepdaughter, Carol
Mason; father, James Minor, Sr.
of Devalls Bluff, Ark.; mother,
Gloria Minor-Wells of Devalls
Bluff, Ark.; sister, Holly Crosbie of
Dumas, Ark.; brothers, James
Minor, Jr., Todd Minor and Barry
Minor, all of Devalls Bluff, Ark.;
grandchildren, Lynse Stidham of
Tampa, Wayne Mason, Trisha
Mason, Jake Leizear, Matthew
and Sarah Leizear, all of Mary-
land; niece, Donna Hasman;
nephew, Jeremy Clark; brother-
in-law, Richard Leizear; sister-in-
law, Barbara Shupe; mother-in-
law, Eleanor Leizear; friends,
Dean Lantz and Calvin Whidden
all of Lakeport.
A memorial service will be
conducted at the Buxton's West
Lake Chapel, 805 Hwy 27 N,
Suite 1I in Moore Haven on Satur-
day, May 7, at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers,, memorial
contributions would be wel-
comed by the family to offset
funeral expenses.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton's West, Lake Funeral Home
and Crematory.

Albert Dale Wright
'Albert Dale Wright, age 78, of
Okeechobee, died Friday, April
29, 2005, at Raulerson Hospital.
He was born April 24, 1927, in
Mullen, Neb. Mr. Wright had
been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1983. He served in the U.S.
Army.
He is survived by: his sisters,
Janet Crouse of Mesa, Ariz. and


Yvonne Fish of Yuma, Ariz.
There will be no visitation or
services.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of. the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


Belle L. Yates
Belle L. Yates, age 93, of
Okeechobee, died Tuesday, May
3, 2005, at Okeechobee Health
Care Facility. She was born Dec.
19, 1911, in Kissimmee. She was
a homemaker having come to
Okeechobee from Kissimmee


10-years ago. She was a member
of the Primitive Baptist Church in
Kissimmee.
She was preceded iri death by
her husband, Clayton R. Yates.
Survivors include: her son,
Murray Yates of Okeechobee;
daughter, Barbara Yates of
Lawrenceville, Ga. and five
grandchildren.
No visitation or services will
be held.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory.


Shreves, Stevie Brantley, and
Shaundrell Franklin, won first,
second, and third place in our
classroom Tropicana Speech
Contest. Congratulations to Stevie
Brantley for winning second place
in the school wide Tropicana
Speech contest. Stevie will be one
of the students to represent Cen-
tral in the District competition.
Congratulations to Lois Billie, Ste-'
vie Brantley, and Anna Russell for
being selected Students of the
Week!
The students in Mrs. Carpen-
ter's reading class have been
working hard to wrap up our final
reading theme. This week, we
read a story about "Lewis and
Clark" in our basal books. This
story tied in with what we have
been learning in social studies. Do
you know why they called the
growth westward "Manifest Des-


tiny"? Several of my reading stu-
dents are "right on track" with
their reading goal. We have
reached the half way point in the
grading period and they are half
way or more to their goal. These
students are: Mayra Cortez,
Ty'keshe Files, Andrea Ford, Erica
Frederick, Edith Garcia, Samantha
Harrell, Jessica Luna Abigail Rob-
ledo, Dwayne Sheffield, Tracy
Slusser, Roxanne Tingle,
Jonathan Torres, Erik Velez, Brit-
tney Ball, Mason Cone, Maranda
Fletcher, Elizabeth Hans, Ben-
jamin Kielbasa, Nikki Marsocci,
Allyson Mathews, Stanausha
McNeil-, Chad Whidden, and
Kallie Yates. The winners of our
speech contest were: Erica Fred-
erick, first place, "Cheerleading";
Samantha Harrell, second place,
"Softball"; and Edith Garcia, third
place, "My Home in Mexico".


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Gas Prices
"Am I the only one that feels that if we get out of all these for-
eign countries and mind our own business, that our gas prices
would come back down. They do not like us being over there."

ARC
"In regard to the Okeechobee ARC rehab: shame, shame on
the county commissioners and whoever else is involved. These
people have lived in Okeechobee all their lives and there is no
reason to have to remove them. There are plenty of empty build-
ings in this town. There is no reason why you guys can't donate a
building to them. It would probably be a write-off. You need to
look around."

Impact Fees
"Does the city and county of Okeechobee have an impact fee
on new homes and trailers? If not, we will be in the same condi-
tion of the east coast of Florida."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. At this point, there are no
impact fees on new construction. However, Okeechobee Coun-
ty, the City of Okeechobee and the Okeechobee County School
Board have all joined together and commissioned a study on
impact fees.)



Community Events

Okeechobee Street Ministry to meet
The Okeechobee Street Ministry will be having their monthly
Meeting on Saturday, May 7, from 6 until 8 p.m. in City Park #4.
There will be music, food and drinks. For information, contact
David Eng at (863) 634-3360.

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

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

Genealogical Society will meet
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The public is invited, For information,
call Eve at (863) 467-2674.

Genealogy Society will meet
Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet Tuesday, May 10, at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in tracing his/her family history is encouraged
to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome. For
information, call (863) 467-2036.

Children's Services Council to meet
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, May 12, at
5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office at 700 S.W. Second Ave.

Fish fry benefits Habitat for Humanity
The United Methodist Men's Fellowship will sponsor a fish fry
to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Friday, May 13, from 4 until 7
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
The church is located behind the Bank of America building. Tick-
ets are $5 and are available at the church office. For information,
call (863) 763-4021.

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 dinners can be delivered or picked up at the City Fire Depart-
ment, 55 S.E. Third Ave.





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Looking Back ...
In the book "Strolling Down County Roads" by Twila Valentine and Betty Chandler Williamson, Alvin Sweatt is shown at
the Okeechobee Ice Plant in the 1920s. The plant was a vital necessity for the fishermen and the fish houses as it pro-
vided ice for their industry. Mr. Sweatt was a supervisor at the plant. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee
area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our readers? Bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th
St., and we can copy them while you wait.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Okeechobee Jaycees would
like to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and
39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of our commu-
nity. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
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.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave. from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. (behind the Brahman The-
atre). For information, call (863) 763-1191.
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.
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.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in
the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441. For
information, call (863) 763-5385.
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.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at the V.F.W.
Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited.
For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
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. The public is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers support
and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical depres-
sion, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone 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, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in 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 Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
9360.
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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
6257.
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 has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
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 meets
pt 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is welcome to
join. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportuni-
ty for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The
meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your
loved ones is available at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W.
Second Ave. For information, call (863) 467-2321.

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming
a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.


Community Events

Economic summit is planned
Community leaders and residents of Okeechobee County
are invited 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 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. Partici-
pants 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-registration and a fee of $10 are required. Contact
Dawn Hoover at djjkhoover@aol.com; or, by calling (863) 467-
0200.

National Day of Prayer event planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association invites the citizens
of Okeechobee to the National Day of Prayer to be held on the
lawn at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second
St., at noon on Thursday, May 5, to pray for our country, as well
as our national, state and local leaders. Bring your lawn chairs
and join us for the great event. In case of rain, the event will be
held at First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.

Martha's House will hold yard sale
Martha's House will be having a yard sale Thursday, Friday
and Saturday May 5-7. Everything in the building and shed
must go. Come help us clean house.

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.

Annual Ride-a-Thon is planned
Heartland Horses and Handicapped, Inc. will be holding
their third annual spring Ride-a-Thon May 6, 7 and 8. It will be
hosted by the Putnam Family and the Florida Cracker Trail
Association. The ride is being held at the Putnam Family Ranch
(old El Claire Ranch), 8290 Martin Lane in Zolfo Springs. The
ride starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with registration starting at
noon on Friday. Overnight camping with horses is available to
all participants. The sponsorship fee this year is $45, and
includes all weekend activities. Participating riders will dine Fri-
day night compliments of the Putnam family. Saturday, after
the ride, there will be a prize giveaway, dinner and a dancing
with music by the Green River Band from Okeechobee. Riding
is permitted in the headquarters pasture without a guide. For
information contact Sandy Kuhn at (863) 655-0533, Sam Harp-
er at (863) 634-6397, or Julie Hinote at (863) 655-1244. Ride
packets are available feed stores in Highlands, Polk, Hardee
and Okeechobee counties.

VNA hosts memory loss screenings
The Alzheimer's Association will be sponsoring a free mem-
ory loss screening at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E.
Park St., from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on May 6. This is a free
screening but appointments are required. This screening is for
anyone concerned about memory loss. Screenings are done by
the Memory Disorder Center from St. Mary's Hospital. For an
appointment call (800) 861-7826, or (772) 344-6047.

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

Hurricane recovery is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
May 7, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM: The guest will be Donna
James, project manager, and Alex Marquez, team leader, for
Okeechobee County project HOPE, District 15. The topic will
be HOPE and help for residents still struggling to recover from
last year's hurricanes season, and trying to prepare for the 2005
hurricane season. Hurricane Awareness Week is May 29 June
5. For information, call the helpline at (866) 518-1825; Donna
James at (772) 467-3088 to help or participate with Hurricane
Awareness Week; or, Alex Marquez at (863) 763-5540.


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Hospice receives hurricane relief grant


made available through a grant
financed by Home Depot," said
Theresa Davis, volunteer coordi-
nator for the local hospice. "Our
new building will be located on
the corner of Fourth Street and
Third Avenue. Our hard working
volunteers are thrilled about get-
ting this new building as it will
make it much easier to organize
for our yard sales. The damage
from the hurricanes had restrict-
ed us previously in this regard."
Hospice of Okeechobee will
hold a yard sale this weekend to
help raise money to benefit
patient care in Okeechobee.
Partnering with local business-
es leaders and citizens, Hospice
of Okeechobee is busy working
to improve the setting of their
yard sales as they continue to


Courtesy photo/Hospice of Okeechobee
Hospice volunteers (left to right) Ruth Chapman, K.P. Souder, Florence Oake, Nila
McCormick, Paul Jones, Martha Scarce and Pat Gelatka celebrate the news of the new


building.
Hospice of Okeechobee is
very pleased to announce the
availability of funds from the
Florida Hurricane Relief Fund,
established by Governor Jeb
Bush and managed by Volunteer
Florida Foundation, to repair the
hurricane damage to a building
owned by the local Hospice.
The Florida Hurricane Relief


Fund is designed to assist com-
munities in rebuilding and to
make relief dollars stretch. This
fund will be used for needs
unmet by other disaster relief
organizations also working to
help rebuild lives and communi-
ties. Communities are deciding
how their allocations from this
fund will be spent, and the most


Births


Kaylie Joy Cross
Kaylie Joy Cross
Shawn and Tracy (Windham)
Cross of Clermont are proud to
announce the birth of their
daughter Kaylie Joy.
She was born on Feb. 8, 2005,
at Arnold Palmer in Orlando.
She weighed 7 pounds, 3
ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.


Courtesy photo
Miss
Sweetheart
Hayle Padgett was
crowned Miss Sweetheart
overall winner and Miss
Sweet Pea Vero Beach
sponsor Queen at the May
1 2005 Sweet Pea pageant
in Vero Beach. She was
also awarded prettiest
eyes and won her sports-
wear age division. She is
2 years old and the
daughter of Christopher
and Shannon Padgett.
She will travel to Coco
Beach on June 24-26 to
compete in the 2005
Sweet Pea National pag-
eant. Hayle is sponsored
by her Grandma and
Grandpa McAlhany.


Kaylie was welcomed home
by her big sister Autumn.
Her maternal grandparents are
Doug and Carolyn Windham of
Okeechobee, and Ann and Gary
Stephenson of Lakeland.
Paternal grandparents are Ed
and Joyce Cross of Kissimmee.
Great-grandparents are Clau-
dine Pilgrim of Okeechobee.



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Sydney Allison Lawrence
Sydney Allison
Lawrence
Heath 'and Misty Lawrence of
Okeechobee are proud to
announce the birth of their daugh-
ter Sydney Allison.
She was born on March 3,
2005, at Martin Memorial Hospital
in Stuart.
She weighed 7 pounds, 6
ounces, and was 19 inches long.


Sydney was welcomed home
by Katlynn, Zackary and Joshua.
Her maternal grandparents are
Leon and Carolyn Myers.
Paternal grandparents are Ron-
nie and Ellain Lawrence.
Great-grandparents are Eliza-
beth Underhill and Cliffton and
Aliene Godwin, all of Okeechobee


Conner Reese Rucks
Conner Reese Rucks
Chad and Traci Rucks of Okee-
chobee are proud to announce the
birth of their son Conner Reese
Rucks.
He was born on April 12, 2005,
in Vero Beach. He weighed 7
pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20
inches long.
His maternal grandparents are
Steve Johnson and Debbie Rogers.
Paternal grandparents are Cliff
and Margaret Rucks.


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heavily impacted communities
are receiving the greatest per-
centage of these funds.
"The Florida Hurricane Relief
Fund is providing monies we
need to rebuild a building that we
use for yard sales. The funds were


recover from the hurricanes.
"The loyal and dedicated vol-
unteers at Hospice of Okee-
chobee have labored through the
last months in their efforts to
maintain their own goals in sup-
port of the patients that we
serve," said Leslie Schmidt, Hos-
pice of Okeechobee director of
nursing.
The mission of the Florida
Hurricane Relief Fund is to help
Floridians with relief and recov-
ery through strengthening fami-
lies and rebuilding communities.
The goals of the Florida Hurri-
cane Relief Fund are to fill gaps in
funding for services that stabilize
and strengthen families; rebuild
communities; and, link neigh-
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of competing against 30
other contestants for her
age group of 13 to 18 year
olds, she won a check for
$250 and is guaranteed a
30-minute spot for next
year's Sunfest perform-
ances. She will be per-
forming in the Okee-
chobee Senior High
School play on May 6 and
7, and at the May 28
Memorial Day Bike Rally
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Hours announced
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex swimming pool hours of
operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m.; Sunday from I until 5
p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday -
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday
through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.,
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.
The pool is not open during
school hours.
For information, contact the
pool office at (863) 467-7667.
Senior softball
players are needed
Softball players 70 years old
and older are wanted to play on a
tournament team one weekend a


month.
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 week-
end.
Register now
for swim team
Registration for the Okee-
chobee Shockwaves swim team
will take place until May 6 at the
Sports Complex swimming pool
from 5 until p.m.
Swimmers must be 5 years old
when registered. Swimmers must
be registered to participate in any
practice session.
Fees are $60 for the first swim-
mer and $55 for the second or
more swimmers from the same
family. Insurance fees are $12 per
child. The fees will cover the
swimmer's team T-shirt and at
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announce the engagement of
-their daughter Amanda to Brian
,Ralph Dodson of Okeechobee.
The bride-to-be is a 2002
.graduate of Okeechobee High
(School. She currently works at
?Dr. Aragon's office and attends
(Florida Atlantic University.


The prospective groom is the
son of Michael and Sharon Dod-
son of Okeechobee. He is a 2002
graduate of Okeechobee High
School, and is employed with
Winn-Dixie Supermarkets, Inc.
as a meat cutter.
The wedding will take place
on June 1, 2005, at the K.O.A.
Lake Okeechobee Resort Kamp-
ground, 4276 U.S. 441 S.
After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.


Donation
Don Knovax and Bob Groth are witnesses as Maureen
Burroughs, Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. president, pre-
sented Commander Charles Hart of American Legion
Post #64-a donatiorLto their organization for the use of
their facilities for Main Street's third annual Top of The
Lake Barbecue Affair. This was the first year at this loca-
tion and the event was very successful thanks to the new
location and the public's participation.


Courtesy photo/Maureen Burroughs
New Main Street board
Okeechobee Main Street held its annual elections for
the group's board of directors. The new directors are:
(left to right) Steve Riordan, promotions director;
Lydia Jean Williams, executive director; Allison Mur-
phy, secretary; Keith Stripling, public relations direc-
tor; Paul Mitchell, vice president; Terry Burroughs,
treasurer; Kathleen Shatto, economic restructuring
director; and Maureen Burroughs, president; Not pic-
tured are Dawn Hoover, design director, and Bridgette
Waldau, community relations director. Also discussed
at the meeting was the need for people to become
actively involved in the various committees. There is a
lot of activity to ensure our projects get moving in the
right direction. It takes time, diverse backgrounds and
new ideas to make the projects successful. The cur-
rent committees are: arts and culture, beautification,
promotions, economic restructuring and design.


Lauraine Everett: EYDC

Employee of the Year


Lauraine Everett has been
named Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center's (EYDC) Employee
of the Year.
Genuineness, respect, empa-
thy, sensitivity, understanding,
accepting and a belief that any
one of our youth can change
given the right opportunity -
these are a few of the character-
istics of a model counselor.
Honoring the uniqueness,
dignity and inherent worth of
every individual; a proactive
team member both contributing
and honoring the contributions
of others; embracing innovation;
flexibility; reflection; continuous
improvement; seeking and
enjoying learning; personal
development; and, professional
growth -- these are the,charac-
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These words can all be used
to describe Ms. Everett. But these
words or any words fail to ade-


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The main event was a wine tasting at Off the Vine. Dave the owner had prepared cheese
and seven wines for tasting, along with sparkling cider for those who did not want wine.
The day came to a close after we visited a coffee and ice cream shop in the same shop-
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afternoon May 3, in Cape Canaveral. Some of the
buildings' tiles were ripped off by hurricanes that rav-
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2 Pancakes, $ 59
2 Bacon, Anrytinme.
2 Sausage
Every Saturday $949
Night
Includes Soup or Salad, Choice of Potato.
Choice Vegelable
Breakfast $ 39
Buffet with
Juice Until 11 a.m on Weekdays
& 2 p m on Weekends


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Josiah's Restaurant and Lounge gives guests a new flavor on clas-
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serves up' a spectacular mixture of traditional Florida and
American dishes, exceptionally prepared by Chef Bill.
Mouthwatering items like Catfish and Mo Jo Pork Chops are on
the regular menu. New to the lineup are a Surf and Turf Plate and
a Fresh Catch of the Day. Don't forget to check out the nightly spe-
cials and save some room for the delectable desserts.
The overall atmosphere is casual, friendly and most of all fun!
Covering an entire wall of the Josiah Restaurant is a hand painted
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sounds of casino excitement! The thrill of winning along with
casino promotions and seasonal events place good food and good
times, hand in hand. In the Josiah Lounge there are four (4) Big
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8pm and midnight.
Behind it all you will catch the sounds of casino excitement! At
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Early Birds save 10% Tuesday Friday between 3pm and 5pm.
Senior Citizens 55+ save 15% on Sunday. (Dine in only, does not
apply to carryout orders).
The Josiah Restaurant and Seminole Casino can also host your
private party or, group. Reservations suggested.
JOSIAH RESTAURANT
Tuesday Sunday 11:00 am 11:00 pm
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Tuesday Saturday 2:00 pm 2:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am till closing
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Tuesday Sunday 10:00 am
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1 Mile South of Midway Road on U.S. 1
Ft. Pierce 461-6000
Stuart 283-6806
Vero Beach 567-8480
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www.abneyandabney.com
805 SW 15th Street
Phone: (863) 763-6541
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Hwy. 98 N. PO Box 1723
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202 N.E. 2nd Street
(behind Eckerds)
76 3-70 73 CAC013262


Reich &
Mancini
1-888-784-6724
Workers' Compensation Personal Injury
Social Security Disability Wrongful Death
Palm City Fort Piercc
Port St. Lucic
West Palm Beach Boca Raton


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* Financing With EZ Terms!
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Daniel B. Creech Owner
Lic. & Iris. St. Lic. #CBC057343
406 S.W. 2nd St.
Phone: (863) 763-9225
Fax: (863) 763-2033





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OKEECHOBEE
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DIAMOND FENCE, INC.
^ "Quality is Priceless"
Preston Bass
Owner
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863-467-1180 (Office)
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FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
110 N.E. 5th St.
(863) 763-1994
Time & Temperature
763-0123



Publix.
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Northlake Village


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Okeechobee
763-3500
www.publix.com


CACO 23499
7 Days A Week
24 Hr. Emergency Service
We Service All Brands
Free Estimates
on Replacement Units and New Installations
100% Financing Available
312 S.W. 2nd St.
863-763-8391
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GLENN J.
SNEIDER, LLC
Criminal Law
Bankruptcy Law
Immigration Law
200 S.W. 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 467-6570





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HYUNDAI
3725 S.E. Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL
TOLL FREE
1-866-206-1776



LUTHERAN
CHURCH
750 NW 23rd Lane
(863) 763-5042
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9:15am Sunday School
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2800 SW 3rd Terr.
S (8631
i 1467-1545
St. Lie.
1 CAC029420


Anthony T. Young
Attorney
215 SW Park Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-824-OLAW
General Practice
Real Estate Probate
Family Wills
37 Years Experience
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First United
MAethodist Church
200 NW Second Street
(863) 763-4021
www.fumcokee.com
Bruce Simpson, Senior Pastor
fumco@earthlink.net
James R. Dawson, Youth/Assistant Pastor
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(863) 357-2700
State Licensed & Insured
Lic. # CRC057387


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Mobile Fiberglass
Repair
"All Types Of "Glass" Repairs"
FREE ESTIMATES
.-* Boats Trucks ;
Farm Equip. Tubs & Spas
MARTIN & OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES
LICENSED & INSURED
#1999-275-477
Mark Hallam
386-837-3295


MIKE EDWARDS
GARAGE DOORS
Sales
Service
Installation
(863) 763-5582
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18 Holes Par 72
Championship Course
www.okeechobeegolf.com
405 NE 131st Lane
863-763-6228


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Don's
Appliance, nc.
"Showroom Full
Of Major Brands"
REPAIR ALL BRANDS
763-2220
317 WS Park Street
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0 OPEN SUNDAY
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CHUCK'S
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Open Tues. Sat. ea.m. to 5p.m.
467-6592
3651 S.E. 441 # 6
Treasure Island Plaza



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Church
677 SW 32"" St.
Okeechobee
763-1699



LA E VIEW T
BUI ERS,INC.
CBC 008329
Certified Building Contractors
200 N.W. 5th St.
863-763-3100




I AGRIC1VIC CENTER I
HIRING EVENT
STAFF
Applications Available at
County Courthouse, Room 109
Call 863-763-9312
for information.


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Handyman Service
SLicensed and Insured
Lic. #MSRL2202-01


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deck repair, Realtor check list...
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SEARS
Good life. Great price.
OKEECHOBEE
3290 Hwy. 441 South
467-1200
Hours: Sun. 11AM 4PM
Mon. Sat. 9AM 6PM
Owned & Operated by:
Joe Rieth (#3045)
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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
"Dirt & Stains Disappear"
Edward R. Jones, Owner Est. 1991
467-1809
Cell: 610-0756
Lic. #2178"


Living Word
of Faith
1902 S. Parrott Ave.
863-763-6869
Phone & Fax
A First Century Full
Gospel Church
www.livingwordoffaith-okeechobee.com


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FLIGHT
SCHOOL
Private Career
Introductory Flight $50
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772-460-7766
www.tradewinds-flight.com




215 SW Park Street
863-357-2368
0 Gifts
( Bath & Body Products ,
Candles & Accessories
\ Gift Baskets for All Occasions /
Exclusively Offering Village Candles
Custom Gourmet Baskets
FREE Delivery on all baskets.


Maguire's Hauling,
INC.
Demolition I
Trash Hauling -
Land Clearing 1||1r- r ,
SiteWork .-W
Grading W
Sand Fill Shell Rock
LICENSED & INSURED
Darrell Maguire
863-634-2944 (celln)
or 863-763-3891







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Staff photo/Katrina Elsken
Obstacle course
The Trail Ride Obstacle Course was the first event at
the Bits and Spurs 4-H Fun Day, Saturday at the Okee-
chobee Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena. Sabrina Thomas,
who volunteered her time to help organize and time the
events, helps talk Jessie Cofield through the part of the
course in which the horse must step into the square
and then make a 360 degree turn before continuing on
the course. Logan Perry took first place in the event.


Staff photo/Katrina Elsken
Little cowgirl
Robbie Talley was sitting tall in the saddle at the 4-H Bits
and Spurs Club Fun Day at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Rodeo Arena on Saturday. The little girl was eager to pet
the horses and was thrilled for a chance to sit in the saddle.


Staff photo/Katrina Elsken
4-H Fun Day
Sarah Davis guides her horse through the cones portion
of the Trail Ride Obstacle Course during the 4-H Bits and
Spurs Fun Day on Saturday at the Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Rodeo Arena.


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


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CHAMPION
Plastering & Stucco, Inc.
Since 1993
Residential New Construction
Commercial Additions
Interior, Exterior, Soffits,
Ceilings, TRAILER SKIRTS!
Licensed Gary Champion
& Insured 863-763-2992


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Brahman
Theatres III

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763-7202


CRYSTAL
^K CLEAR
Water Conditioning
467-4955
1104 NW Park St Okeechobee
24 Hour Service
Softeners, Reverse Osmosis, Pressure
Tanks, Pumps Aerators, Carbon Filters,
Green Sand Filter, Sulfur Guard, Pool
Treatment & Pool Supplies, Service Pools
Licensed & Insured


Like a good neighbor,
State Farm is there.
204 N.E. 3rd Avenue
OKEECHOBEE
(863) 763-5561
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204 S.E. 10th Ave.
Okeechobee

763-3417

PRINTING RUBBER STAMPS* MACHINES
FURNITURE COMPUTER SUPPLIES
LEGAL FORMS LAMINATING
OKEECHOBEE
OFFICE SUPPLY &
FURNITURE, INC.
114 S.W. 5TH Avenue
(863) 763-0297
800-741-3360
SHIPPING FREE FAX SERVICE
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863-467-2224


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Serving the Lake
Okeechobee Area Since 1981
FREE ESTIMATES
763-7631
Lic. RC #0044193


Absolute lawn Caire
* Tractor Service Lawn Maintenance
" Land Clearing Landscaping
SBat Wing & Bush HogMowing
Rodney Stratton, Owner
863-634-5063
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Irrig.ition & Landscaping
Tombo Riley
Irrigation & Landscape Specialist
Sprinkler Systems Landscape Sod
Grade Work All Pump and Well Work
Cell: 863-697-2729
Office & Fax: 863-763-3237

GALLEY MAID MARINE PRODUCTS, INC.


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


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GUnfl PHUIH SHOP
100 SE 8O1 Avenue
OKEECHOBEE
357-4140
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"PRESSURE KLEEN"
SPRING CLEANING?
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House Drives Decks
Fences
FREE ESTIMATES
Safe for shingled roofs.
357-2281
Lic. OR 634-3170 Ins.




\1'oole~'s Sheds
FULL INSULATED SHEDS
"We Custom Build To Meet Your Needs"
We Sell Doors & Windows
2570 NW 16th Blvd.
(863) 763-7008
Email: wooleyssheds@earthlink.net


Karns Tractor
Service
Bushog Style Mowing
Overgrown Lots Mowed
Fields & Subdivision Lots
Fill Dirt & Shell Grading
Tree Trimming & Removal
Absentee Owner Mowing
152 SE 60th Ave. Okeechobee
(863) 763-8306
Jerry Karns (cell: 634-1223)




1kholesale
Delivery Available
Public Welcome
1650 Hwy. 70 E.
357-0303
OPEN ON SAT. 8:30A.M. 12:00r.M
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OKEECHOBEE
(863) 357-2707
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(863) 357-1754
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Crabs, Tilapia and
Soft Shell Turtle
GREATPRICE!!
Call:
954-868-8901
or 561-718-5900


By the Sleeve or By
the Case
Supplies:
Industrial & Agricultural
Janitorial Cleaning Shop
Hardware Paper Products
TRI-CO SUPPLY, INC.
(863) 467-0333
2900 S.W. 3rd Terrace


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863-357-1990
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'Garden Shop
At The Junction
Of70E&710
2768 Hwy. 710
, 863-467-7347
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Mexican Food
Big A
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467-6655
151 N.W. 36" St.

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;7 10a.m.- 10 p.m.
.s www.floridatattoo.com
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12 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, May 4, 2005


If you have rodents, get some owls!


Staff photo/Pete Gawda

Kindergarten registration

Erica Ericson tools her 5-year-old daughter Abigayle to
North Elementary School to register for kindergarten.


Do you know any places that
have too many rats? University of
Florida (UF) Professor Richard Raid
has been concerned that agricul-
tural areas have relied on chemical
rat poisons to manage these furry
fiends. He's discovered at the Ever-
glades Research and Education
Center a non-chemical way to help
reduce these pests by encouraging
barn owls the focus of this
week's feature column.
Over the past few weeks several
Okeechobee High School students
are learning about pest manage-
ment practices like using barn owls
and nest boxes. They will be using
this idea and many more in a new
late-May event: the Biological Con-
trol Brain Bowl. They will be show-
ing residents-north of the lake that
we can also get rid of excess
rodents with these fine feathered
friends.
Rodents, primarily in the form
of rats and mice, cause millions of
dollars in damages annually to
crops grown in the Everglades Agri-
cultural Area south of Lake Okee-
chobee. Not only do rodents
destroy and contaminate crops,
they frequently damage equipment
and structures with their gnawing.
Rats also can spread human dis-
eases such as plague and han-
tavirus.
In 1994, the University of Florida
initiated a nesting box program in
the EAA in an attempt to enhance
native barn owl populations. One
of nature's most efficient rodent
predators, a nesting pair of barn
owls may easily destroy more than
1,500 rodents per year serving as
a sustainable form of rodent con-
trol.
Five different species of owls are
found in Florida. Barn owls are a
species that inhabits areas much
like Okeechobee partially open
country, farmlands, meadows and
towns. They fly during the night
over 2 miles from their roosting
areas, searching for small rodents.
These are big birds, standing 14


UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA
IFAS EXTENSION
Okeechobee County
Extension Service
By Dan Culbert, Extension
Horticulture Agent
inches tall, with a heart-shaped
"monkey" face. Barn owls range in
color from white to buff to a cinna-
mon-brown. They get their name
from their common nesting places:
abandoned farm buildings like
barns and pump houses.
Sometimes they are called
"ghost" owls because of their white
face and underbelly feathers. They
are not "hoot" owls; rather, they
make a sound described much like
a screaming person.
Bird atlas data suggests that the
barn owl is common and wide-
spread in the southern Florida
peninsula. But, it also shows that
Okeechobee has fewer document-
ed cases of barn owl nesting than
areas nearby around our county.
That's kind of surprising, consider-
ing we have the right kind of habitat
for these predators.
In Florida, nesting usually takes
place from March through July. A
pair of owls often produces two
broods per year. The natural nest
sites are secluded places like tree
cavities with a depth of 4 feet, aban-
doned machinery or old buildings.
Although the owls are excellent
rodent controls, their nesting habits
may harm buildings, barns and
pump houses on farms when nest-
ing. By building and placing nesting
boxes along ditches and canals sur-
rounding farmlands, Dr. Raid has
watched barn owl populations in
the Glades rise to a point where
they had a significant impact on
rodent pest populations. And when


Environmental groups file lawsuit over deaths of birds


PENSACOLA Two conser-
vation groups have refiled a law-
suit accusing the Federal Com-
munications Commission of
contributing to millions of bird
deaths by failing to comply with
environmental laws when licens-
ing cellular telephone, radio, tel-


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vision and other towers. .
Tower lighting that confuses
birds at night is a particular haz-
ard along migration routes, on
the Gulf Coast from Port Isabel,

Texas, to Tampa Bay, the organi-
zations said in a news release
Monday.


The Forest Conservation
Council of Santa Fe, N.M., and
the American Bird Conservancy
of Washington, D.C., first sued in
2003, but the U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals for the District of
Columbia ruled they had given
the FCC insufficient time to reply


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plex advertising the Masonic Lodge's sixth annual Child ID Program on May 14. The
event will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave., from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30
p.m. Children will be videotaped and members of law enforcement will fingerprint the.
children. Parents are asked to collect fingernail and hair samples for DNA identifica-
tion purposes. The program gives law enforcement agencies another tool to aid in'the
recovery of missing children. The five-minute video contains the date recorded, the
child's name, date of birth and height. The maximum age for the program is general-
ly 21 but the program is also open to Alzheimer's patients who are over 21. A parent
or guardian must accompany the child.


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to an administrative petition.
More than two years have
gone by and the FCC still has not
replied to the petition, so the
suit has been refiled, said Ameri-
can Bird Conservancy
spokesman Gavin Shire.
The suit accuses the FCC of
violating the National Environ-
mental Policy Act,. Migratory
Bird Treaty Act and Endangered
Species Act and refusing to fol-
low U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice guidelines.
Those guidelines include
keeping towers lower than 200
feet to avoid the need for aircraft
warning lights, eliminating guy
wires and using only strobe
lights for towers that must be
higher than 200 feet.


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the barn owls moved in to nest
boxes, the owl's destructive behav-
ior to structures was also reduced.
Barn owls have quickly adapted
to the nesting box design promot-
ed by EREC researchers. More than
90 percent of boxes showed signs
they were being used within a year
of placement. In addition, due to
their safe, protective nature, the
nesting boxes appear to support an
extremely high rate of young owlet
survival.
Although research on the ulti-
mate impact on rodent popula-
tions is currently in progress, some
Everglades growers already attest
to the effectiveness of the owls by
their reduced use of rodenticides.
Besides learning how to build
and place owl nest boxes, Biologi-
cal Control Brain Bowl participants
have dissected sterilized barn owl
pellets the undigested regurgitat-
ed remains of the barn owl's prey.
They will follow in the footsteps of
thousands of other students south
of the lake that have learned first-
hand what the barn owls have


been eating a lesson they never
forget.
UF Barn Owl Project leaders
have involved hundreds of student
volunteers in the construction of
nesting boxes. Now the Brain Bowl
participants will help extend this
effort to our area and throughout
the Treasure Coast. This direct par-
ticipation in assisting a desirable
wildlife species provides our youth
with a sense of accomplishment
and contribution.
All in all, this is a win-win propo-
sition unless you're a rodent!
I've placed more information,
including instructions on how to
build your own barn owl nest box
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu.
If you need additional informa-
tion on barn owls, please e-mail us
at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu; or,
call us at (863) 763-6469.
Local residents can stop by our
office at 458 U.S. 98 N. in Okee-
chobee, and visit our Okeechobee
County Master Gardeners on Tues-
day afternoons from 1 until 5 p.m.


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Tim loannides, M.D. and Rick Romagosa, M.D.
are pleased to welcome

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
IllI.
Movie times for Friday, April
29, through Thursday, May 5, are
as follows:
Theatre I "XXX: State of the
Union" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "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 p.m.
Theatre III "Hitchhikers Guide
To the Galaxy" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day 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
Okeechobee 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 situ-
ation and unable to pay their elec-
tric 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 and 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? Vol-
unteer 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 Pre-
vention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American 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 Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Janet
at (863) 467-0183.

Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Program
is4 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. Applica-
tions 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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CAT- Gray w/white paws. Has
a Thomas collar Vic N La-
Belle around Shadow Lane
Rd 863-675-2241 Reward
JACK RUSSELL Male, Brown
White. Needs Med's. Near
Quail Woods & Berhman Rd.
Please call (772)519-2256.
LOST Tabby cat yel-
low/brown color. Vic. of old
Kmart in Clewiston. Please
call (863)983-6911
SMALL SCHNAUZER- "Abby"
female, last seen 4/25, vic of
Crooked Creek Plantation,
Call (863)357-6259.
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified
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KITTENS- 8wks old, to good
homes, very cute,-
(863)635-3439.
KITTENS, Free to good home!
10 wks. old. Litter box
trained. (863)467-6905
OFFICE TRAILER, 12X50, 600
sq. ft. Inside in good cond.,
C, Blinds & Carpet. Free,
you haul. (239)728-3614
POODLE/JACK RUSSELL
MIX- 6mo need good
home. Good with kids.
(863)763-6195 Leave Msg.


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S813)872-0722 or send
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Full-Time 205
Employment -
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Employment -
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Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A COOL TRAVEL Job. Now
hiring (18-24 positions).
Guys/Gals to work and travel
entire USA. Paid training,
transportation, lodging fur-
nished. Call today, Start to-
day. (877)646-5050.
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ALL ABOUT YOU
CAREGIVERS INC.
Is accepting applications
for home health aides and
home makers for the
Okeechobee area.
Please call (863)824-8733
NR # 30211037

CITRUS HARVESTING
CREWS/CONTRACTORS
NEEDED: Good picking rate.
Interested call-
239-369-9617.
DRIVERS & HELPERS
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL. Exc.
Benefits! Apply at:
Wastes Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972. No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP


DAIRY FOREMAN:
Billingual Helpful. Call
863-634-1756 or
863-634-1758


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ATTENTION PLUMBERS
Local company with more than 20 years
track record in Okeechobee wahts
EXPERIENCED PLUMBER.
Master's License a real plus.
Top pay, salary commensurate with experience.
Complete benefits package.
Send resume to #6689
P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, FL 34973
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HELP WANTED

Plus various other duties.Two days per week,
7 a.m. to ? Flexible hours a must!
Asia looking for

Proficiency at POS and knowledge of golfing
procedures. Punctual person with strong work
ethics & lots of energy need only apply.
Call Len After 9 a.m. 863-763-6228


$26,000.00/YR. TO START

*NOW HIRING*


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

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

FAX RESUME TO 467-2402


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





Positions Cuirentiv Available Include:
l .b ih.I, H- j *i l' P ,.:,r.. i1 n ..,ll '.:,.-i h
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


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


for a fast growing construction company.
Previous construction experience preferred.
Please fax resume to: 863-763-4455,
or bring resume to: 200 N.W. 5th St.
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Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information


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


IMMEDIATE OPENING
Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


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Professional Cook
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Good Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

Lightsey's Restaurant
in now hiring
ASSISTANT KITCHEN MANAGER
Contact Joe or Ray (863) 763-4276
Apply In Person 10435 Hwy. 78 West.

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

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


DIESEL MECH.- exp. only,
Good hrly rate @ Ford
DIrship. Okeechobee Ford
Co. 3175 Hwy 441 S.


Experienced Duct Installer
Apply in person:
Newman AC
202 NE 2nd St.


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Benefits for Experienced
Drivers, 0/0, Solos, Teams
& Graduate Students. Bo-
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Opportunity Employer.
(888)MORE PAY
888-667-3729).
DRIVERS
Small Company with Well
Maintained Equipment is
looking for: Experienced,
Qualified, Hardworking
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
of loads.
Call (863)763-6606
DRIVERS NEEDED
Must be experienced & have
a class A CDL Apply
@ Syfrett Feed co. 3079
NW 8th Street
Okeechobee
FOREMEN. Hiring working
Foremen for utility contract
field crews. Physical outdoor
work, paid training. $14/hr.
plus bonuses after promo-
tion, company truck and
benefits. Must have strong
leadership skills, good driv-
ing record, and be able to
travel in Florida and SE
States. Call toll-free
(877)676-6731 (phone ap-
plication system). EOE
M/F/D/V www.osmose.com.
FT DRUM CITGO
Is seeking qualified people to
train for cashier and tow op-
erator positions. Good pay,
benefits and mileage reim-
bursement. Learn new skills
and earn more $. Come join
our team. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo, mml 84, Fl Turnpike
(863)763-9383 DFWR
HHA'S & CNA'S
Wanted, good pay.
Shirleys Personal Care
Services (863)467-6399.
IMMEDIATE OPENING For ex-
perienced Waitress. Ranch-
ers Restaurant.
(863)763-8115
Now hiring qualified drivers
for OTR positions. Food
grade tanker, No hazmat. No
pumps. Great Benefits,
Competitive Pay and new
equipment. Need 2 years
OTR experience. Call Bynum
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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.

OKEECHOBEE REDIRECTION
CENTER
1117 NE 39th Blvd.
(863)357-5905
RESIDENCE ADVISORS
NEEDED
Direct care staff to supervise
court committed youth.
Must clear background
screenings, have GED or
high school diploma, and
have a valid Florida Drivers
License.

Owner Operators Needed! We
Provide Equipment, Plenty of
Work for Experienced Owner
Operators. Good MVR &
Home Weekends. Fuel Price
Held @ 1.25 Gal. New Line
Transports (888)714-0056.
Salesman Wanted
For fast growing
Aluminum Company.
Please call (863)467-2341
S/E & 3-State Run: T/T Driv-
ers. HOME WEEKENDS.
Mileage Pay, Benefits, 401K.
Trainees Welcome/ Miami
area- exp. req. 23 min
age/Class-A CDL' Cypress
Truck Lines (800)545-1351.
SERVICE DRIVER NEEDED
w/Class B CDL required.
40+ hrs. perweek.
Good Pay. Reliable.
Call: Mid Florida Portable
Toilets @ (863)655-2940.
SURVEY CREW- All positions.,
New Okeechobee Surveying
Co. Pay negotiable:
(954)224-9612.
TRANSOLUTIONS, INC. Medi-
cal Transcriptionists: FT and
PT positions
available. Excellent benefits
and compensation. Soft-
ware, dictation
equipment provided. Phone
costs paid. 2 years acute
care hospital transcription
experience required. Apply
online www.transolu-
tions.net. Or fax
(847)234-3471, EOE.
W & W Lumber
of Okeechobee
Has Full Time Warehouse
Position Available.
See Roy. (863)763-3173
D/F/W/P



SECRETARY, PT: 20 hr wk.
3 yrs. office exp. minimum
required. $10,800 annual
salary, benefits.
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(954)540-9659
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Shoes= $70
Trim = $25



TOP BRANCH
TREE SERVICE &
LANDSCAPING
Demolition/trash removal
Complete Residential/Comm
Licensed, Insured, Bonded
Call Bob NOW!!
863-357-3141



DIVORCE & INCORP
$99-$199 Plus paternity &
other family law forms. Fast,
reliable & accurate. Call
888)Speed-44 or
888-773-3344). Legal Ex-
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DIVORCE$275-$350*COV-
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Repairs, & Carports
Call BOB Now!!
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Licensed, Insured, Bonded


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets..'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins,'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer. Video 560
Crafts.'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 5''5
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment '
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps. Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies '
Equipment 665
Pets. Supplies,
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR COND.(2)- 20K BTU Re-
verse Cycle, and 5500 BTU,
both window units, $375.
(863)674-0467.
CENTRAL AIR UNIT w/Com-
pressor & Air handler built in
1 unit. 2 ton Coleman. $500/
best offer. (561)622-2548


CHEST FREEZER- Small floor
model. $50. (863)946-1481

DRYER- Kenmore, Great
shape. Only $75. Guaran-
teed & free delivery.
863-675-8937.
MICRO RANGE COMBO Frigi-
dair, Full size, Excellent con-
dition. $350.
(863)763-3693.
REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER-
GE, white, 18.2 cu. ft. Frost
free with ice maker. Like
new. $175. (863)857-8788.


VINYL SIDING D5- 1200 sq.
ft. $600. or best offer.
(863)610-2190.
VINYL SIDING D5- Gray, ap-
prox. 400 sq. ft. $300. or
est offer. (863)610-2190.
WINDOWS (2) Gorrel, Vinyl,
Thermopane, 5/8th low E,
Argon gas filled. 36x36.
$200 both. (863)467-5956



TYPEWRITER, Portable, Elec-
tric, Intelliwriter Plus by
Sharp. Asking. $200.
(863)357-4831
WINDOWS 3, Double paned,
3'x6' Single hung. $150.
Will separate.
(863)763-3693.



CRIB- Kindercare, w/mattress
& sheet set, beautiful, big,
white, used twice, $100
firm. (863)763-0981.
CRIB, Oak with mattress, sin-
gle bed frame with boxspring
only, $80 will sell separately.
(863)763-4257
WALKER, Playpen, crib, small
rocking horse, bouncer, pic-
nic tbl, car seats, $185 will
sell sep. (863)801-6031



PFALTZGRAFF Brown Drip
Glaze Dishes. 107 pieces.
$100. (863)635-2983 Leave
Message.


WEDDING DRESS, sz. 4, Glo-
ria Vanderbilt, Satin/Pearls.
Long train. Gently worn lx
$150 863-983-2224 aft. 6p



COMPUTER- Compaq Desk
Pro, w/monitor, keyboard,
mouse, over 30 games.
$75. (863)843-0158
DELL COMPUTER- Windows
XP, Monitor, Keyboard,
printer, & Games $150.
(863)843-0158.


BEDROOM SET Complete, all
wood, King size, Lighted
Head board. $500.
(863)675-3699.
CHEST- good for storing lin-
ens and blankets, dark
wood, $50. (863)763-0428.
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300./all. (863)674-0467. *
COMPUTER DESK, light wood
finish, $50. (863)763-4257
COUCH, England, Large.
w/matching chair & otto-
man. Beige w/blug & mauve
floral. $350 863-357-1560
DINING SET w/4 chairs. Pe-
can. $100 (863)357-4532
DRESSER, 4 drawer, brown,
$30. (863)635-1794
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
fits 32" TV, excellent condi-
tion, light wood, $120.
(863)634-9826.
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE -
Recliner, Good cond. $800,.
Will separate.
(863)675-3804..
OAK HUTCH- 2 drawers at
bottom & 2 cabinets. Open
at top. $200.
(863)763-0215.
SOFA all leather by View-
point Leather Works, 7 feet
ong, great condition
(863)763-4371
SOFA, Sleeper w/2 glass top
end tables, good condition
$250. (863)357-1560
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. $100.
(863)763-6909.


GOLF CART- body, '67 Club
Car, no frame, $175 or best
offer (863)675-1472.
GOLF CART- Club Car, gas,
reconditioned, $1495.
(863)675-1472.
GOLF CART- Easy Go. 3
wheeler, Brand new batteries
with a charger, Very clean.
$1300. (863)467-7428
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1100.
(863)763-5316


GUN, FEG 9mm mak. with 2
numbers matching maga-
zines, nice, small, $200
firm. (863)946-0296
RUGER MINI 14-, Early Pre
Ban very low serial #, Extra
mags, $599.
(863)763-5110.



EXERCISE BIKE- Schwin, sta-
tionary, asking $55.
(863)357-0371.
TREADMILL, Weslo, Electric.
Includes floor mate. Still un-
der warrantee. $300
(863)634-7577
WEIGHT SET: 150 Ibs of wts.
w/bench that inclines & de-
clines. Squat rack & Lat.
tower. $175 (863)357-2829



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


ELEC WHEELCHAIR- Jazzy
1004, used 3 mo. Oxygen
holder, Was $7900. sell
$1500. neg. (863)467-8316


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home. *Business, *Parale-
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KEYBOARD- Brand new, light
up keys, 100's of songs,
never used, $125 neg.
(863)357-6825.
ORGAN, Lowrey (Festival),
Model #NL-20, like new,
lots of rhythms. Must sell.
$2000. (863)763-5045


AMER PITT BULL TERRIER-
CKC, 7 weeks old, $300.
863)467-7778 or
863)697-6420.
BOSTON TERRIER- male, 10
mos. old, all shots, micro-
chip, great w/kids. $300,
(863)697-0845.
CHICUAHUA- Male, Born Mar.
13th '05. CKC Reg., Black &
white. Long haired. $400.
(863)467-1516.
DACHSHUND, (2), AKC,
Males, 1 red, 1 chocolate,
$350 with papers,
(863)763-2049 after 7pm


Financial I



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
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Bank Account Req.
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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 4120
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



ERNEST LANCASTER
ROPPY SANDERS
Sanders Concrete LLC
License #CBC055264+
Screen Room, Carport
Room Additions
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044



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


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GUINEA PIG / RABBIT CAGE,
Like new w/all accessories.
$30. (863)467-5756
JACK RUSSELL PUPPY- 9mo.
$300. or best offer.
(863)447-5296.
PEACH & WHITE DOVES- old
enough to eat on their own,
$20 each. (863)675-6214
aft 6.
TOY CHIHUAHUA PUP male,
black, no papers, $350.
(863)763-2749
YORKI P00 PUP- 8 weeks
old. Perfect "Mothers Day"
gift. $450. (863)357-0037.



SPA. Must Sell. 7 Person De-
luxe. Never Used. Includes
Cover. Will Deliver. Full War-
ranty. Can Finance W.A.C.
Payments Under $100 per
Month. In a Hurry. Call
(800)980-7727.



LYCOMING 0-290 Aircraft
1 25HP Engine Serial
#1576-21. Starter & alter-
nator removed. No logs. Ex-
cellent use for Air Boat.
$3,250. Neg. 850-871-4077



MTX 10"Sub in Box with JVL
LCA752 Amp, $75.
(863)763-4098



TELEVISION- Curtis Mathis
stereo TV, 27", wood cabi-
net, floor model, $175.
(863)357-8788.
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
adjusting, $30.
(863)467-6805


AIR COMPRESSOR, 60 gal.,
upright, works good, pumps
to 120psi, C/H brand, $125.
(863)697-9704
JOINTER 7"- with stand, ask-
ing $150. (863)612-0033.
TABLE SAW- 1 1/2 HP 10",
$125. (863)763-6342.



EUREKA ENVIRO Multi steam-
er/cleaner. New, Sacrifice.
Kills germs Easy to use
$135 (863)763-8149
VACUUM CLEANER Oreck
Buster portable With all at-
tachments. $30.
(863)467-6548


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


STEEL BUILDING CLEAR-
ANCE- MANY SIZES
AVAILABLE, ALL STEEL 1-
BEAM BOLT-TOGETHER DE-
SIGN, DELIVERY, STAMPED
DRAWINGS INCLUDED.
(888)757-8335 Ext. 102.
STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
Deals Save $$$. 40 x 60'
to 100 x 200'. Example: 50 x
100 x 12' = $3.60/sq ft.
(800)658-2885 www.rigid-
building.com.



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


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Agriculture



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




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


PAINT MARE, 8 yr. old,
needs exp'd rider, very
flashy, $2500.
,239-253-2804
SADDLE, 16" Big Horn, West-
ern, Gated. Black. Good con-
dition. $300.
(863)763-8988



BUSH HOG MOWER- With
Stump Jumper. $175.
(863)674-0212.
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Snapper, 8HRP, 30" cut, like
new. $400. (239)810-2821.


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 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



FURNISHED APT- all utilities
paid, mature adults only, No
pets, on water, call
(863)357-2044 between
9-4pro daily.
NW OKEECHOBEE:
2 BR, 2BA, on quite St..
Kids & pets welcome,
$650. mo. & $1800. Moves
your in. (561)795-1965:'




BASSWOOD, New 3br 2ba
split plan Good Rental & His-
tory required. No Pets.
$1000. x's 3 (631)875-4701


COTTAGE, on canal.
2 Bdrm. 1 Ba. Easy access to
lake, screen porch, car port,
Newly renovated. Water &
Lawn Maintenance Included.
No pets. $750 mo. + dep.
Appointment only.
772-794-2438/772-538-8183

FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 BA,
garage. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.
(305)944-2721.



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



MARCO ISLAND Beachfront
condos and waterfront
homes for rent/ sale. Enjoy
the peace and quiet of a
small island. Century 21 1st
Southern (800)255-9487
www.c21marco.com.

TIME SHARE RENTALS & RE-
SALE RENT OR OWN
DREAM VACATIONS, Great
Location & Prices, Super
Deals In Mexico. Global Re-
sort Services
(800)736-8250 www.glo-
balresortservices.com.


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




OPERATING DAIRY FARM
1089 acres mol including 2
lakes located in beautiful
North Florida. NRCS
compliant, 550 head dairy
Scows, 2 new large cooling
barns accommodating 600
head, all milking equipment,
lagoon, manure transfer
and all irrigating pipelines.
1999 Mack truck and milk
tanker. 3 tenant mobile
homes. Also includes 4000
sq. ft., brick home with 4.
bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms,
in ground swimming pool,
under ground sprinkler.
system and chain link fence.
PH #386-935-1150 or
386-935-3150' ,


CLEWISTON- 2.5 acre vacant
land, Pioneer in Clewlston,
$65,099 neg.
(954)547-8042.


GRAND OPENING May 21 &
22 Ocala/ Gainesville Area.
20 Acres from
$195,000. 100 Acres from
$450,000. New semi-private
gated community
featuring parcels w/ frontage
on the Wacassassa River.
Gorgeous woodlands teem-
ing w/ deer & turkey. SAVE
$10,000. Plus get up to
$10,000 toward closing
costs! Great financing, little
down. Call toll-free
(866)352-2249, x 436 or
www.fllandbargains.com.



5 minutes to Greenbrier Re-
sort MTN LAND BARGAINS
20 Acres & Up www.live-
inwv.com.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLI-
NA. MUST SEE THE BEAUTI-
FUL PEACEFUL MOUNTAINS
OF WESTERN NC MOUN-
TAINS. Homes, Cabins,
Acreage & Investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty
GMAC Real Estate, Murphy
www.cherokeemountainreal-
ty.com Call for Free Bro-
chure (800)841-5868.
COASTAL GEORGIA- Water
access marshfront home-
sites. Gated community, ten-
nis, golf, kayaking &
canoeing. Reconstruction
discounts, limited time.
From the mid 70's.
(877)266-7376 www.coop-
erspoint.com.
FORECLOSED GOV'T HOMES
$0 or Low down! Tax repos
and bankruptcies! No Credit
O.K. $0 to low down. For
listings (800)501-1777 ext.
1299.

GOLF VIEW BARGAIN! $198/
mo. Nicely wooded home-
site in upscale golf commu-
nity in the Carolina
mountains between Ashe-
ville, NC and Greenville, SC.
A sanctioned Golf Digest
Teaching Facility, Call toll-
free (866)334-3253 x863.
www.cherokeevalleysc.com
Price: $49,900, 10% down,
bal fin 12 mo @ 4.49%
fixed, one yr balloon, OAC.
Guadalupe Riverfront! Spec-
tacular wide riverfronts on
"Prime" Texas Hill Country
location. 10-32 acres w/ lots
of water frontage, huge
trees, panoramic views.
From $300's to $400's. Lim-
ited number available, call
now before they're gone.
(800)609-7042 xI11 0.
LAKEFRONT BARGAINS Start-
ing at $89,900. Gorgeous
lakefront parcels. Gently
sloping, pristine shoreline,
spectacular views. Across
from national forest on
35,000 acre recreational
lake in East Tenn. Paved
roads, underground utilities,
central water, sewer, Excel-
lent financing. Call now
S800)704-3145 ext 617,
unset Bay, LLC.
NC MOUNTAINS- Panoramic
views and mountain streams
in. high elevation between
Boone and Asheville. Tracts
range 1-5 acres with access
and utilities from $49,900.
(800)455-1981, x.148.


LAND WANTED Land Invest-
ment company seeks large
acreage In Florida and Geor-
gia. Interested In waterfront,
timber, and agricultural
lands. Must have road front-
age or good access. Cash
buyer with quick closings.
Call (877)426-2326 or
email: landyeti-
veg@aol.com.
LOOKING FOR MOUNTAIN
PROPERTY? Gated Commu-
nity near Hot Springs, NC.
Spectacular view & river
homesites. Clubhouse,
paved roads & More! Call
(866)411-5263 Bear River
Lodge.
REAL ESTATE AUCTION!
10AM, Sat, May 14 Lake
Placid, FL Development Po-
tential! 43+/- acres in 9
platted parcels 3 ABSO-
LUTE! 33+/- ac currently
grove Preview: 12-4PM, Sat
5/7 (800)257-4161
www.higgenbotham.com
Higgenbotham Auctioneers
M.E. Higgenbotham, CAI FL
Lic #AU305/AB158.
SO. GA. COASTAL PROPERTY
3+ AC of Deepwater Ocean
Access from $345/ mo!
Ready to build in gated com-
munity w/ many amenities.
Near St. Simon's and Jack-
sonville. Call now!
877)426-2326, ext 895
Monthly payments of
$344.57 based on $79,900
w/10% down. Interest- only
pmnt. w/5.75% fixed rate for
2 yrs. Converts to a 15- yr
variable loan. Rates subject
to change w/out notice. Void
where prohibited.
Tennessee Lake Property
Sale! Parcels from $24,900.
6 1/2 Acre lot $59,900. 27
Acre Lake Estate $124,900.
Cabins Available. Call toll-
free (866)770-5263 ext 8 for
details
VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS Hele-
na Montana 4.7 Acres
$79,990. Ride out your
backdoor to millions of
acres of national forest!
Awesome lake & mountain
views, close to Canyon Ferry
Lake, minutes to Helena.
Soils tested, utilities, ready
to build on. Call owner
(888)770-2240.
WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
North Carolina Where there
is: Cool Mountain Air, Views
& Stream, Homes, Cabins &
Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUNTAIN
PROPERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.com.
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB111 AU237

Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010)
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




Stuart, Park model 12'x40',
prep for FL/Rm. Fridge, mi-
cro-stove. furn. It oak, 3/4
plyflr$4700.772-229-2811

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers 'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 31)15
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT HULL- w/cage,
13.5ft, $800.
(863)634-9826.
ALUMINUM -'14, Mercury out
board motor 50hp W/floata-
tion seats. $200.
(863)675-7471.
BASS BOAT- Ranger, 17', with
115 Mercury engine, runs
excellent, w/trlr. $1500.
(863)801-1666.
BAYLINER, '99, 16 ft., 75hp,
galvanized trailer, good con-
dition, $2500 neg.
(863)634-9771
EVINRUDE- 25HP, Electric
start like new cond. $1295.
(863)635-3465.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP, electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
(863)697-1645.
MON-ARK 17 Ft. w/90 hp en-
gine. Includes trailer & cano-
py to cover boat. $1200 or
best offer. (863)675-6738

Seadoo Jet Boat Sport LE,
2001, 130hp., low hours,
garage kept, boat cover &
trailer. $8,700.
(863)983-3189/228-1277

TIDECRAFT BASS BOAT &
TRLR, '83- 140HP Suzuki,
fiberglass, $1800.
(863)946-1481.


.V/HULL Aluminum, 12', with
fish finder 18hp Johnson
motor. With live well. Trail-
er. $985. Neg.
(863)414-0787.
DUTCHMAN, 26', Great fixer
upper. Villa RV Park on 441
SE Screen Rm. & A/C.
$4000 863-357-2633



FIBERGLASS BOAT MOLD-
length 13ft, beam 5ft,-V-Hull,
$300. (863)467-5496.



Airboat Engine, Ground Pow-
er Unit, with 520 jugs, needs
modifying, $2000.
(863)675-1754


HARLEY DAVIDSON 1998
Springer Soft Tail
3500 org. mis.
Lots of Chrome. Selling for
$15,500 or possible trade
for land. (954)564-3508
HONDA 1977, Auto shift,
Runs good. Complete w/ac-
cessories. $600,
S(863)467-5819
YAMAHA 2003 R6 Street
Bike: Blue, only 4,000 miles,
great condition. $6500. Call
Paul @ (863)634-5698



FOUR WHEELER- Runs Good.
$500. (863)763-5471.
GO-CART, '04, Silver Fox,
w/seat belts & roll cage.
Brand new. $1,250.
(863)467-7657.
HONDA ATC 200 (3) Needs
work, comes with extra
parts. $400
JEEP CHEROKEE- 91', New
A/C starter, water/fuel
pumps. Needs major motor
work $900. 863-532-9355.
YAMAHA PW 80 '95, Runs
good, $500. (863)634-5402


TRAVEL TRAILER, '05, Cardi-
nal, 31', 2 electric slides,
warranty, same as new.
$25,900


Automobiles .



Automobiles 4r.'
Autos Wanted 4010)
Classic Cars 401'5
Commercial Trucks -10?0
Construction
Equipment 40125
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks40410
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CADILLAC BROUGHAM '83, 4
dr, 75% restored. 50 K, Cold
A/C. Parts less than 4 yrs.
old. $2000 863-517-0386
CHEVY CAVALIER '99, A/C,
New engine parts. Good in-
terior. $3500. or best offer.
(863)610-2190
CHEVY LUMINA- '93, Dual air,
Very Good condition. $1800.
(863)234-1009 or
(863)674-0843.
DODGE NEON '98, Runs good.
4 door. $1,800.
(863)697-2622.
FORD TAURUS 1989, 4 Door,
$1000. (863)447-0384
FORD TAURUS, '87 no air,
auto, new tires, low miles,
rebuilt mtr, new batt, $800
neg. (863)763-6396
FORD TEMPO-"'93, Good
Condition. $1500.
(863)234-1009 or
(863)674-0843.


HYUNDAI ACCENT 1995,
Runs good. Cold A/C. Must
see! $2000. (863)634-1259
or (863)697-0191
NISSAN 300ZX 1987, Runs
fast. Needs work. $450 firm.
(863)612-0900
OLDS DELTA 88, '86- runs
good, $500 or best offer,
(863)801-1724.
PONTIAC 6000- '88, All pow-
er, A/C, Low mileage. Clean
$995. Firm. (863)763-5154.
PONTIAC BONNIVILLE-'92,
A/C, Clean, $1395. Firm.
(863)763-5154.
SUZUKI SAMURAI JEEP '93,
2 wheel drive, 4 cyl., 5 spd,
A lot of new parts added.
$1000. (863)261-2063.
TOYOTA- '81, Needs carbure-
tor kit, as is $350. or best
offer. (863)697-3869.
TOYOTA AVALON, '00- 1
owner, runs great, exc cond.
loaded, $9900 Must Sell!
(561)422-3477.
TOYOTA PRIVIA, '93- runs
good, needs TLC, $1000 or
best offer. (863)612-0258.


Antique & Classic Cars for
sale. (863)763-6266 or
863-697-1319 or
striebelautosales.com
FORD MUSTANG '89, Gray, 2
door, 4 cyl, 5spd, Runs
great $1000.
S8 6 3 ) 6 3 4 1 077
00-966-3511 ext. 173
MERCURY COUGAR, '77, 2
door, low miles, $1200.
(863)357-0371



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


CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


BRUSH GUARD, & Diamond
Plate Tool box, SS Nerf Bars,
for Dodge Quadcab, $750.
(863)673-0920
CAR DOLLY, like new, used
very little, new paint, new
$1,150, asking $925 or best
offer. (863)697-9704
OLDS TORONADO 1988 En-
gine runs, trans. has prob-
lem. Great for parts. $200 or
best offer. (863)467-0987
RIMS- 17" (4), with tires,
asking $900.
(239)324-2891.
TIRES- 4, 245/70R/17. Used,
Good tread. Asking $125.
T863)697-3146 or
67-0883.
TIRES, (5), Falken Ziex
S/TZ01 265 50R20, plenty
of miles left, $150.
(863)763-4098
Tires-4, Bumper jack, tow
bar Heavy duty vice. $140.
will separate.
(863)675-7471.


TONNEAU COVER, Leer, Fi-
berglass, Silver. Fits Dodge
Ram 1500. Good condition.
$600. (863)763-8988
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds"


CHEVY 1/2 ton, V8, auto Flat
bed/Utility. Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
863-697-6812.
DODGE PU, '84- straight 6 cyl,
4 on the floor, short bed
w/topper, $600
(863)467-6805.


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NEWSPAPER...
makes you a more informed
and interesflng person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful



CARGO TRAILER, '00 Hall-
mark 8x20, with dovetail
ramp, pulled twice locally,
$4,000. 239-250-3282
TRAILER Heavy Duty, dove-
tailed w/ ramps and dual 8
lug axles. 7' 6" x 19' $1700
(239)707-8365


DODGE VAN, '90, red, nice
body, good condition,
$2000 (863)467-0987
FORD AEROSTAR- '92, Good
motor Needs Trans. & A/C
$750. or best offer.
(863)357-6378.
FORD ECONOLINE 300- 6cyl,
4 speed manual trans. A/C,
2 bench seats. Runs good.
$1150.(863)447-0613


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 550)



PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners has resched-
uled its May 12, 2005 Tegular session
to convene on Tuesday, May 10,
2005 at 9:00 a.m. in County Commis-
sion Chambers, Courthouse, 304 NW
2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any deci-
sion made by the Board of County
Commissioners'with respect to any
matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purposes, he or she will
need to ensure that a verbatim record
'. ,, r, h ll in n,, Ij i] ll.- r r T,,:,r, ii,,1
evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Clif Be ts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
52239 ON 5/4/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 1998-DP-073
IN THE INTEREST OF:
H.N. DOB: 05-05-90
Mother of the minor child:
Wanda Nash
TO: Father of N.N., Sleven Thomas
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS
RELATIVE TO N.N., A MALE CHILD,
BORN ON THE 5TH DAY OF MAY,
1990. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
COUNTY OF SAN BERNADINO, IN THE
STATE OF CALIFORNIA. YOU ARE
COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR
BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 10:00 A.M., ON THE 15TH DAY OF
JUNE, 2005, FOR HEARING AND TO
SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PETITIONED
SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY,
ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF,
THIS 2ND DAY OF MAY, 2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
BY: Kathleen Arnold
DEPUTY CLERK
52817 ON 5/4.10,17,24/05
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 1998-DP-073
IN THE INTEREST OF:
N.N. DOB: 12-15-91
Mother of the minor child:
Wanda Nash
TO: Father of N.N., Joseph Madu
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS
RELATIVE TO N.N., A FEMALE CHILD,
BORN ON THE 15TH DAY OF DECEM-
BER, 1991. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN
THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, IN
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. YOU
ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND AP-
PEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN
THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCAT-
ED AT:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
304 N.W. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 10:00 A.M., ON THE 15TH DAY OF
JUNE, 2005, FOR HEARING AND TO
SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PETITIONED
SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN A ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY,
ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS M, HOil ti : A .Fv I) :, li'
COURT .Il, i H .E AL TIi uC
THIS 2ND DAY OF MAY 2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
BY: Kathleen Arnold
DEPUTY CLERK
52816 ON 5/4,10,17,24/05

One man's trash Is anoth-
a, r man's treasure. TiPn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-
fleds.


Community Events


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 KOAs 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 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.

Lodge hosting Child ID program
The sixth annual Masonic Child Identification program will be held
Saturday, May 14,' from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. This is a free service, and is open
to the public. You may have your child video taped for identification
purposes and fingerprinting will also be done. Alzheimer's patients are
welcomed. A parent or guardian must be resent for the video taping.'
There will be entertainment and activities, as well as hotdogs and
soda. For information, contact Kip Gardner at (863) 357-0427 or (863)
763-1610.

Program Annual Masonico Infantil De. Identificacion Sabado 14 De
Mayo, De: 8:30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. En La Logia Masonica. Este es un servi-
cio gratuito. Y esta abierto a todo el public. Se tomatan videos de los
ninos can el proppsito de que. Estos sirvan papa identificarlos. Tambi-
en tomaran. Las huellas digitales. Los paciented con Alzheimer son
Bienvenitos tambien.
La apariencia de los ninos cambia muy rapidamente, Si usted tiene
un video que se la haya tamado recientemente, por favor consider
hacer otro mas actualizado, Habra actividades para entreterner a los
ninos, Habra sodas y hot dogs. Para mas inforacion, par favor con-
tactese con, Kip Gardner al (863) 357-0427 or (863) 763-1610.

Airboat group to meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet at
Neibert's Fishing Resort on Arbuckle Creek, 4971 U.S. 98 W., on Sun-
day, May 15, starting at 10 a.m. Discussion will include the proposed
jamboree, contributions to worthwhile community events and edited
bylaws. A cookout will be held immediately following the meeting,
and meat will be provided by the association. Those attending should
bring a covered dish to share, as well as table service and drinks for
their family. After lunch, a ride is planned at Arbuckle Creek and Lake
Istokpoga. There's a $2 launch fee and plenty of secure space for park-
ing trailers and vehicles. Attendance at the meeting and cookout are
strongly encouraged, even if participation in the ride isn't possible. For
information, contact Dennis Anderson at (863) 763-6069.

Interfaith dialogue session planned
The Okeechobee Muslim community and the members and friends
of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church invite all who are interested to
an interfaith dialogue and pot-luck dinner on Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30
p.m. The dinner and discussion will be held at the Okeechobee Com-
munity Civic Center located across from the airport entrance on U.S.
98. Dr. Suraiya Hussain, a local physician and member of Okee-
chobee's Muslim community, and Rev. Sally Bull, pastor of the Okee-


chobee Presbyterian Church, will be moderating the discussion.
Women of Islam and Christianity will be the focused discussion topic
for the evening. Coffee, tea, and table service will be provided. Please
bring a covered dish labeled with the food type. For those not eating
dinner, the discussion will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

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 you have questions or would like more information,
call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Cultural arts committee to meet
Are you interested in bringing more cultural arts events to Okee-
chobee? If you are, come join the Mainstreet's cultural arts committee
meeting on May 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Mainstreet office located on the
corner of N.E. Second St. and N.E. Second Ave. For information, call
Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 462-5000, ext. 259.

Habitat for Humanity plans fundraiser
A car wash will be held Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in
the Wal-Mart parking lot to raise funds for the local Habitat for Human-
ity affiliate. Habitat has one home under construction in Basswood
and plans to build more. Funding is needed so get your vehicle washed
for a cost that you decide.

School board to discuss grants
In conjunction with theCommunity Collaborative Council meeting,
the Okeechobee County School Board will be discussing several
grants for the 2005/2006 school year. The meeting will be held Tues-
day, May 24, beginning at 10 a.m. in the school board office, 700 S.W.
Second Ave. Grants include: IDEA, Part B; Preschool and Discre-
tionary, Title 1 grant, Part A-Improving the Academic Achievement of
the Disadvantaged; Title 1, Part C-Education of Migratory Children, Tile
1, Part D; RIF, Local Delinquent; Title III-No Child Left Behind
LEP/Immigrant; BASE program, Reading is Fundamental; Carl Perkins
Vocational Grant;' Safe Discipline and Drug Free, Safe Schools Grant;
Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT); Title V (Innovative
Programs; Title VI (Rural and low income School Programs); Indian
Formula Grant; and, Title II. Any person who would like information or
to provide input, please plan on attending the meeting or call Cathleen
Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255, for grant contacts.

Swimming lessons are offered
Registration for swimming lessons will be held June 7-June 10 from
8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Lessons are $25 and will be on a first-come, first-
served basis. For information, contact the pool office at (863) 467-
7667.

Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual Lin-
coln 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 may be purchased 4t the door.

Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting appli-
cations for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 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. Headstart
opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may stay as late as 5:30
p.m.

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.-

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 Defib-
rillation, 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 Freedom Iraqi.
The church will be sending care packages to 20 servicemen 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 information, 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 an application should contact
Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-4000, ext. 255