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Vol. 96 No.
Thursday, May 5, 2005
504 Plus tax
Summit deals with local economy
By Pete Gawda
Hopefully, the economic cli-
mate of the county will improve as
a result of an all day meeting held
Civic leaders, political officials,
business and professional people
and educators gathered at the
KOA Lake Okeechobee Resort
Kampgrounds, 4276 U.S. 441 S.E.,
for an economic planning summit
sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commis-
sioners and the Okeechobee
Development Authority. The
meeting was put on by William H.
Fruth of POLICOM Corporation.
Mr. Fruth has extensive experi-
ence in economic planning. Since
creating POLICOM in 1995, Mr.
Fruth has evaluated more than 600
local economies and created
more than 150 community stud-
ies. Prior to that, he served as vice
president of a major land develop-
ment company. He also served as
mayor of Tiffin, Ohio. In addition,
Mr. Fruth is the author of the book
"WHERE THE MONEY IS Ameri-
ca's Strongest Local Economies".
He had certainly done his
homework. In addition to a 21-
page workbook; Mr. Fruth had
produced two other documents
for the summit. There was a 39-
page economic goal setting study
that sets reasonable goals for
Okeechobee County. He also had
a 183-page, four-section historical,
comparative economic analysis of
After listening to Mr. Fruth, par-
ticipants gathered in small groups
and filled out, the workbook.
While in these groups, partici-
pants listed the forms of economic
organizations that would be most
successful; rated economic incen-
tives'; and, listed the strengths and
weaknesses of Okeechobee
County as an economic develop-
Mr. Fruth will take their
answers and compile an econom-
ic development plan tailored to
With humor, energy and fervor
Mr. Fruth gave the assembled
community leaders the benefit of
his extensive experience.
"Economic development is
complicated stuff," he told them.
However, he proceeded to try
to make it less complicated.
See Summit Page 2
Severe weather: Storm spawns twister, hail
Staff photo/MaryAnn Morris
This large oak tree at Basinger Civic Center split, testifying to the strength of the winds
from the storm that hit Okeechobee County Tuesday, May 3.
Storms leave trail of damage
City OKs sale
of land to
By Maria Chandler
The Okeechobee City County
Tuesday approved to sell a lot for
$35,000 an acre in its industrial
park to a recycling business by a
Councilman Noel Chandler
and Council member Lydia Jean
Williams voted in.favor of selling
the lot to the business. Council-
men Dowling Watford and
Lowry Markham voted against
the sale. Mayor James Kirk vote
broke the tie by voting for the
As of newspaper deadline,
the exact total amount of the
sale was not known. It is esti-
mated, however, that the total
sale price will be in excess of
The owner of the business,
James Slattery agreed to work
with the city with applying for a
Community Development Block
Grant to extend the road and
water and sewer to the lot Mr.
Slattery's company processes
used aluminum and then ships it
to another area.
Mr. Slattery cannot start con-
struction on his new Treasure
Coast Recycling building until
the grant is received.
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By MaryAnn Morris
BASINGER- Severe weather
with damaging winds didn't wait
until hurricane season to hit
Okeechobee County this year.
On Tuesday, May 3, around 6
p.m. heavy winds and hail
caused power outages and
downed trees, and blocked a
portion of U.S. 98.
"We were watching Lthe
clouds moving fast to the north.
Then we heard the wind and rain
coming. My cattle were under a
shelter in the pasture when hail
the size of golf balls scared them
so bad they started running," said
Frank Foshee, owner of the 700-A
Country Store, located between
S.R 98 and C.R 724 on C.R. 700-A
north of Basinger.'.
"It tore the door off my
house," said Dellen Tyner of
Basinger. "Now, I've got to meet
with the insurance man again. A
tree limb fell on the house and
really smashed things."
"The wind pushed my out-
side ice storage containers away
from the wall, wrecked a brand
new diesel pump and a tree land-
ed on our parking lot fence," said
Connie Spivey, manager of the
Cracker Trail Country Store on
S.R. 98, just north of the 700-A
Courtesy photo/Gene O'Neill
This window was one of many broken by wind-driven hail
brought on by severe weather Tuesday, May 3, in northern
intersection. "The storm started
around 6 p.m. last night. People
were pulling off the road and
coming in to the store to get out
of the weather, it was so bad.
"We all lost power and some
people don't have their power
back on yet," continued Ms.
Spivey around 8 a.m. Wednesday
After the storm, all was dark
in Basinger and points north as
Glades Electric crews worked to
"A big oak tree on the west
side of Highway 98 just broke all
apart and blocked the south-
bound lane," said Sergeant Billy
Markham of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, who was
on the scene. "Two pickup trucks
stopped and helped pull debris
off the road, but some was too
See Storms Page 2
By Maria Chandler
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil Tuesday night hired a city
administrator after interviewing
Brian Whitehall of Aledo, Ill.,
was hired to replace former
administrator Bill Veach. Mr.
Veach resigned to take a similar
post with Flagler Beach.
Mr. Whitehall has 25 years of
city government experience,
and currently serves as the
administrator for the City of
Aledo. His other city govern-
ment experience includes serv-
ing as the city clerk/deputy/office
manager of the City of Aledo for
Mr. Whitehall was the city
council's first choice, and
Joseph Miranti of St. Cloud was
The city council received 14
qualified candidates when it
advertised for the position. That
list was narrowed to five at the
council's April 19 meeting.
The other candidates inter-
viewed were Eva M. Lunder,
Diana J. Murack and Eric A.
City Mayor James Kirk asked
each candidate the same eight
questions and gave them the
opportunity to ask questions of
The questions each candi-
See Council Page 2
Spill caused by lift station
The failure of two pumps and
three check valves at a lift station
apparently contributed to the
spilling of approximately 100,000
gallons of household sewage last
According to L.C. Fortner,
executive director of the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA),
the area is a "couple of acres" in
size and is located on N.W. 10th
Terrace near North Elementary
He went on to say the
Wednesday, April 27, spill was
near an area normally used by
youngsters to play soccer.
"We treated the area that is
open to the public and are put-
ting up plastic fencing around the
area," said Mr. Fortner.
Michael Hill, the Okeechobee
County Health Department
administrator, said his depart-
ment was just wanting to let
"people know something was
there" when he issued a press
release Wednesday, May 4, about
"We're trying to be a little over
cautious," he said. "It shouldn't
be a problem."
The press release states that
everyone should avoid the area
due to possible contaminants.
But, if anyone has walked into
the cordoned off area they "may
want to consider contacting his
or her healthcare provider for fol-
Originally, said Mr. Fortner,
ribbon was put around the area.
But that ribbon will be replaced
with plastic fencing.
The area has been treated
twice with lime, and will be treat-
ed a third time, said Mr. Fortner.
"People will have to stay out
of the temporarily fenced area
around the lift station for another
week," said Mr. Fortner.
Mr. Fortner said the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion (DEP), the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation
Department and the health
department were notified of the
spill and the area was fenced off
The spill had no effect on the
day-to-day operations at North
Elementary School, said Lee
Dixon, assistant superintendent
"It was across the street, and
had no impact on the school," he
Mr. Hill said if anyone has any
questions about possible health
issues they should contact Carrie
Selover, RN, at the health depart-
ment. She can be reached by call-
ing (863) 462-5777.
Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Buckets of hail!
Golf ball sized hail left Fort Drum residents running for
cover on Tuesday. The unexpected severe hall storm
caught local residents off guard causing damage to
homes, vehicles, plants and trees.
its new city
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seminar is planned
OKEECHOBEE There will
be Hispanic financial seminar at
the Bank of America, 205 N. Par-
rott Ave., on Thursday, May 12,
from 6 until 8 p.m. The seminar
will be conducted in Spanish.
Topics to be discussed include
establishing credit, how to pur-
chase a home and sending
money safely and efficiently to
Mexico. For information, call the
Bank of America at (863) 357-
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Meanwhile, Mr. Slattery and his
business partner are dividing the
business and are hoping to relo-
cate to Okeechobee soon. Mr. Slat-
tery is hoping he can build his
building before he has to relocate.
The building where the alu-
minum will be delivered by the
public will be in the city's industrial
park, while the office part of the
business will be outside the indus-
Several council members
toured Mr. Slattery's business in
Councilmen Watford and
Markham were not in favor of hav-
ing Mr. Slattery's business in the
industrial park, based on what they
Mr. Slattery told the council that
he has outgrown his business and
that the volume of aluminum he
received has increased since the
* 4 Mr. Slattery assured the council
he would build a 10-foot fence
around his building and that 95
percent of his company's opera-
tion would be done inside the
Mr. Slattery told the council that
his current business is in compli-
ance with the City of Stuart and he
can be in compliance with the City
of Okeechobee's restrictions.
Mayor Kirk said the planning
board will make sure Mr. Slattery
obeys the restrictions.
In other business, the city coun-
adopted Ordinance No. 894
changing the future land use at 306
S.W. Third Ave. from multi-family
to commercial. The reason for the
change is that the property has
been zoned heavy commercial and
the property owner would like the
city maps to be consistent.
adopted Ordinance No. 895
changing the land use at North-
west 11th Street and Third Avenue
from single family to- multi-family.
The proposed use of the property is
to build a triplex.
adopted Ordinance No. 896
changing the land use within the
100 and 200 block of Southeast
Eighth Avenue from single family
to multi-family. The project being
proposed is to build 12 townhous-
es that are to be sold as residential
homes. A neighbor was concerned
about traffic and the effect the
townhouses may have on property
values. Liz Weisser, who served on
the city's code enforcement board,
said the townhouses should enrich
the area. Jim LaRue, the city's plan-
ning consultant, said single family
homes generate more traffic than
e approved the preliminary plat
of Airi Acres, which is located east-
southeast of Southeast Ninth
Avenue. The proposed use of the
project is development of 24 single
adopted Resolution No. 05-03
adopting the Local Mitigation Strat-
Danny Creech, who was not
present at the meeting, was on the
agenda to be recognized for serv-
ing on the Planning Board, Land
Planning Agency as well as the
Board of Adjustment and Design
Public asked to help
solve man's murder
An investigator with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) is asking the
help in solving
a March homi-
The body of
54, was found
in the yard of a -
S.W. 19th Ave. Pedro Denova
and the sher-
iff's office was called to the
scene at 9:40 a.m.
Mr. Denova was last seen by
family members at his home
between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on
March 24, said Detective T.J.
The detective chose not to
comment on any specific details,
including a possible motive.
"We have leads we are pursu-
ing," he said. "However, we
would like to encourage anyone
with information in the death of
Mr. Denova to contact me at the
The detective said he has
talked with family, friends and
people who may have had con-
tact with Mr. Denova on the
night prior to the discovery of his
The body, said Detective
Brock, was fully clothed when it
was found by the property
While Mr. Denova's death
was originally referred to as sus-
picious, it has since been ruled a
If anyone has any information
pertaining to this case, contact
Detective T.J. Brock at (863) 763-
Council 2Xm ifu
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date was asked were:
1. Why do you feel you are the
candidate we should hire?
2. Describe your leadership
3. An item is coming before the
city council and you have knowl-
edge that could affect the council's
decision a council member has
asked you to remain silent at the
city council meeting when the
issue comes up how would you
handle the situation?
4. Two employees are angry at
each other and are talking to other
employees about each other and
the department head was not able
to handle the situation and it is has
come before you, how would you
handle the situation?
5. What do you like most about
your current job, or last job?
6. What did you like least about
7. Have you ever worked on a
project funded by state or federal
8. What are your career goals?
Mr. Whitehall said he comes
-" from a similar sized community,
" and described his leadership style
by saying he leads by example. He
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big. Members of the Bass family
came out with their front-end
loader and finished clearing the
Staff photo/Maria Chandler
The Okeechobee City Council Tuesday night selected Brian
Whitehall of Illinois to serve as its city administrator. Mr.
Whitehall (right) had the support of his wife Diana (left) dur-
ing the interview process.
went on to say he likes to be the
first to work, and is usually the last
to go home.
Mr. Whitehall told the council
his favorite part of the job is the
diversity associated with city gov-
ernment. He added that the reason
he is leaving his current job is that
the City of Aledo offers early retire-
ment so he is contemplating taking
advantage of that offer.
Mr. Whitehall, like all the other
candidates, has worked on many
projects funded by state or federal
State workers were continuing
to clear debris from several miles of
U.S. 98 yesterday morning.
According to the National
Weather Service Melbourne office,
severe thunderstorms hit the
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When asked about his career
goals, Mr. Whitehall said this is the
perfect opportunity to come to
Mr. Whitehall then asked the
council what it perceived to be the
biggest problem in Okeechobee.
Mayor Kirk replied that Okee-
chobee is growing and it does not
have the infrastructure it needs.
Also, the council members agreed
that traffic is a problem.
Basinger area around 6 p.m. Tues-
day. High winds and dime- to quar-
ter-sized hail was reported. Trees
10 inches or more in diameter
were downed. The Weather Ser-
vice does not have equipment in
that area to record actual wind
speeds, but listed estimated wind
speeds in excess of 45 mph.
Around the same time, in Fort
Drum, golf ball-sized hail perforat-
ed the roof of a shed, broke win-
dows and damaged automobiles.
"We saw many broken win-
dows, damaged mobile homes
and aluminum and vinyl siding and
roofs dented, even punctured, up
in the area of North U.S. 441
toward and in the Fort Drum area,"
said Gene O'Neill, director of Okee-
chobee County Emergency Man-
agement. "It appeared the wind
that caused so much damage
around Basinger turned the hail
heavier as it moved north though
"We did have reports of golf
ball-size hail around Basinger and
north, as well," he added. "The
Melbourne Weather Station has
confirmed that a small tornado hit
the Basinger area with this storm.
Virtually every vehicle parked out-
doors sustained some damage in
the form of dents from the hail that
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City Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford called Mr. Fruth's lecture "eco-
nomics for dummies" and said it
was easy to understand.
Even though Mr. Watford
expected the city to benefit from
economic development, he pre-
dicted that the county and the
Authority would take the lead in
developing the economy.
One of Mr. Fruth's tips was to
reduce the cost to primary employ-
ers as much as is reasonably possi-
He encouraged recruitment of
industry even though he admitted
that recruiting is expensive, time
consuming and frustrating.
Mr. Fruth also advocated target-
ing industries. He said a question
that should be asked is if industries
are growing nationally or in Flori-
da. He admitted that Florida does
not have a favorable business cli-
mate and does not see the projects
that many states do.
"Will they pay a wage that will
improve the area?" is another
question Mr. Fruth suggested ask-
ing about potential industries.
. Mr. Fruth noted that presently
there is no organized economic
program in the county, and is the
only county he has gone to that did
not have such a program.
He also discussed structures for
economic development such as
government, chambers of com-
merce, private nonprofit corpora-
tions and any combination thereof.
He said the best system is the
one that works.
In the area of funding sources,
Mr. Fruth said in sometimes
schools contribute to economic
development because they stimu-
late the tax base and provide more
money for the schools.
Another source of revenue is a
dedicated revenue stream. As an
example, he alluded to the sales
tax program in Texas which is used
to fund economic development. As
a result, he said Texas has one of
the finest economic development
programs in the country.
Site selection is another issue he
"Land is the most important
thing for your economic develop-
ments." Mr. Fruth said. "Industrial
land .is the. driving force for eco-
nomic development. This county
has tremendous opportunity -
you can build your economy
because you have the land."
Economic development is ulti-
mately a real estate transaction, he
said, involving "improved" and
Mr. Fruth defined improved
property as having water, sewer
and roads. Approved property he
defined as property that has been
Mr. Fruth suggested a long-term
commitment to acquiring property
for economic development.
The quality of the company is
determined by the quality of the
Over time, he advocated train-
ing the workforce to increasingly
higher levels of skill.
He went on to list five business
incentives: tax abatement, low
interest loans, grants or cash gifts,
discounts on land or building and
Deputy County Administrator
Jim Threewits said that Okee-
chobee is going to boom.
"The question is, how we are
going to boom?" he said.
The boom, he added, must be
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, May 5,2005
Central Elementary News
What a beautiful way to start
the month! First graders are busy,
busy this month. We will be
wrapping up the
year with fun math
and reading. We
have also been
exploring science _-
through experi- i
ments. We will be
very busy watching the talent
show and the play Stone Soup.
We will also be taking an adven-
ture to the library and Dairy
Queen! Whew! What a fun
month! Happy Birthday to Sum-
mer Freday, Marisa Tijerina,
Logan Laskey, Dominic Garcia,
Robert Watson, Autum Perry,
Kristen Shorter, Maria Olivares,
Kelsey Orr, Makayle Underwood
and Maria Montoya. Congratula-
tions to our Students of the Week:
Dylan McClanahan, Kelsie Shel-
ton, Jose Hernandez, Gerardo
Garcia, Matthew Coleman, Darian
Kessler, Mason Underhill, Brett
Herbst, Caitlyn Albers, Damian'
Deck, Dale Denisuk, Marcos
Jimenez, Dustin Lowe, Aubrie
Reister, Manuel Ramirez, Disan
Hernandez and Caitlin Prevatt.
Our second graders are staying
busy with end of the year activi-
ties. Each class is putting the fin-
ishing touches on their Bare
Books. The B.A.S.E. Program stu-
dents are creating unique alpha-
bet books. Mrs. Whiteside's stu-
dents are writing a story titled the
12 Days of Second Grade. Each
class will be studying ocean life
during the month of May. The stu-
dents will learn about many sea
creatures such as fish, whales,
and the favorite sharks. The class-
es are each conducting a science
experiment. The experiments will
be on display during our last Writ-
ing Display Day on May 25.
Grade 4 Wow each and every
4th .grade teacher wants to say -
well done students! We are all
extremely proud of each student
at Central who did their personal
best back in February and the
FCAT writing scores reflect that!
Thank you. We will schedule that
special day when those kids who
earned a 4.0 or higher will get to
egg, pie, or slime Mr. Paulson and
there are three kids who get to do
all 'three' to him! We are extreme-
ly proud of those students who
did outscore themselves and
scored higher than they routinely
did in class Wow however,
watch out we did not expect that
great writing with everything you
do! The 4th graders also enjoyed a
musical at the Dolly Hand last
week. The students experienced
singing, mime, the theatre. We
appreciate Palm Beach County -
as they provided the buses and
Mr.. Paulson for providing the
funds to attend. We always enjoy
a trip away from the class espe-
cially to experience some fine art
and culture! Parents, as the year
begins to close, we still have
many projects and units we want
to finish. Please remind your child
to follow the classroom rules and
work especially hard at listening
this last month. Thank you!
Mr. Bodenmiller's class is in
the initial stages of preparation for
our science fair experiment, crash
test cages. At the moment we are
reviewing force and motion as it
applies to the experiment using
the scientific method. The experi-
ment is meant to test student
made crash cages and their ability
to protect a passenger, an egg,
from front and side impacts. Our
class seems very motivated to
begin. In mathematics, we are
revisiting and refining basic skills
in geometry. Social Studies has us
preparing for our second round of
History Jeopardy. Students are
creating categories and writing
questions covering subjects from
early explorers to space travel. My
students and I are looking for-
ward to a very productive last few
weeks of the 2004-2005 school
year and wish the entire Central
Elementary School family a safe
and enjoyable summer.
Mr. Goff's class is working very
hard to get through the geometry
chapters in our math book. We
have learned all about line seg-
ments, rays, points, and lines. We
have learned the differences
between an isosceles, equilateral,
and scalene triangles. We can
identify and acute angle, right
angle, and an obtuse angle just by
looking at it. We are wrapping up
our civil war and reconstruction
chapter in social studies. In read-
ing, we read a story about fire. We
talked about fire prevention tips
and ways to keep safe during a
fire. We are currently reading a
book called "The BFG" by Roald
Dahl. It is about a little orphan girl
named Sophie who gets snatched
from her window one night by a
giant, a big friendly giant. We will
be finishing this book and the
activities that go along with it very
soon. Most of the class has really
enjoyed this entertaining book.
We will be moving on to read the
book "Old Yeller" next. In sci-
ence, we have wrapped up learn-
ing about energy and magnets.
We will be starting our solar sys-
tem unit soon. Each student will
be assigned to research a planet
and write a report about it. Our
recent Students of the Week have
been Matthew Macias, Dalton
Hodges, and Johnathan Guitron.
Mrs. Davis would like to con-
gratulations to Samantha Norris,
Frank Adamo, and Matilda Brock
on celebrating their birthdays
over the last few weeks! Our class
recently studied all about the Dan-
ish Resistance during World War
II and their successful efforts of
saving the Jews of Denmark. We
finished our book "Number the
Stars" and have now begun a
post-Civil War novel called
"Shades of Gray". We can't
believe there are only a few
weeks of school left. This had
been an awesome year of learn-
Mrs. Pritchard is extremely
proud of her class and how well
they did on their FCAT Writes see
"I knew you could write and I
am very proud of you all". The
class is working on some poetry
and some special projects with
writing. We will also begin our
Bare books shortly and math is
keeping us hopping. We are not
quite ready to reduce fractions on
our own but we are getting
there. In science, the study of mat-
ter and density will begin and in
reading, we are going to start
another book about a kid who
had to live in a difficult time peri-
od like Lily from "Lily's Crossing".
Happy Birthday to Darby and the
recent Student of the Weeks have
been : Marilu Rodriguez, Vanessa
Watt, and Anissa Demeizer.
In Mrs. Tedders class we have
recently complete several projects
in class, including our Poetry
Books, Literature Pockets on the
novel "Witness," and Unit Fold-
ables on the novel "Bridge to Ter-
abithia." These projects have
been displayed in our hallway.
We hope you have had the oppor-
tunity to visit and see the wonder-
ful work the students have been
doing. I know by now you have
seen the FCAT Writing report sent
home with your child's grade. All
of the children worked very hard
this year to prepare and the
results show their success. I am
extremely proud of each and
every one of them. This week we
have been completing some
Mother's Day projects. Please
look for those to come home on
Friday. We also have started
preparing and brainstorming
some neat ideas for our 'bare
books' this year. Congratulations
to Katherynne Valle who compet-
ed at the District level in the Tropi-
cana Speech Contest. Kath-
erynne did an excellent job and
greatly enjoyed the experience.
In Mr. Schlabach's room we
are finishing our book reports.
We have worked very hard on
these and they are looking good.
We are currently working on dou-
ble-digit multiplication. We are
also working on a couple of differ-
ent things in science. We are
working on and experimenting
with tired muscles. We are also
reviewing vibration and sound
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving
Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) or the Florida High-
way Patrol (FHP).
e Burnice Milton Franklin, 38,
of Lake Worth was arrested on
April 27 and charged with sexual
battery on a minor under 12 years
by a perpetrator 18 years or older,
failure to appear docket sounding
docket call and failure of sex
offender to register.
Antonio Ramirez, 20, of
Okeechobee at large was arrested
on April 28 and charged with
grand theft auto and no valid dri-
ver's license. Bond was set at
Jared Allen Hawes, 18, of
N.E. 70th Ave. in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 2 and
charged with capias fraudulent
use of credit card grand theft.
Bond was set at $5,000.
Jarred Lloyd Morris, 18, of
N.W. 22nd Lane in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 2 and
charged with capias fraudulent
use of credit card grand theft.
Bond was set at $5,000.
Kathleen Ann Brege, 42, of
Ft. Pierce was arrested on May 2
and charged with violation of pro-
bation uttering a forged instru-
ment. Brege was arrested on an
Okeechobee County warrant. No
bond was set.
*John Ashford Hair, 20, of S.R.
710 in Okeechobee was arrested
on May 2 and charged with child
abuse by intentional inflict. Hair
was arrested on an Okeechobee
County warrant. Bond was set at
William Michael Suggs, 22,
of N.E. 1st St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 2 and charged
with violation of probation DUI.
No bond was set.
John Lee Harrop, 36, of
Okeechobee was arrested on May
2 and charged with two counts
sale of cocaine and two counts
possession with intent to sell or
Carlos Salazar Manzano, 23,
of S.E. 66th Dr. in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 1 and
charged with DUI and no valid dri-
Billy Herrin, 25, of N.W.
363rd Ct. in Okeechobee was
arrested on April 30 and charged
with possession of drug parapher-
nalia and resisting arrest with vio-
Pacheco Lima Alberto, 23, of
N.W. 20th Ave. in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 1 and
charged with no driver's license
Donald Vanbuskirk, 55, of
N.W 38th Ave. in Okeechobee
was arrested on April 29 and
charged with violation of proba-
tion disorderly intoxication and
violation of probation DUI. Van-
buskirk was arrested on an Okee-
chobee County warrant. Bond
was set at $750.
Leamsi Leon Alvarado, 24, of
N.E. 39th Blvd. in Okeechobee
was arrested on April 29 and
charged with trafficking in
cocaine while armed. Alvarado
was arrested on a warrant. Bond
was set at $150,000.
Howard Clendenin Jr., 24, of
Okeechobee was arrested on May
1 and charged with violation of
probation sale of substance in
lieu of a controlled substance. No
bond was set.
Billy Herrin, 25, of N.W
363rd Ct. in Okeechobee was
arrested on April 30 and charged
with sex offender failure for sex
offender to register 48hr. Bond
was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges dropped against them
is welcome to inform the newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.
Spotlight on Okeechobee
The First United .Methodist
Church had a work day for Habi-
tat for Humanity on Saturday,
April 9. There were over 40 work-
ers present, of which more than
35 were members and friends of
The group' included adults,
teens and younger children. The
United Methbdist Mff'igreed to
frame the home, and were able
to put up all the exterior walls
and rafters in just one day work-
ing from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The teens and Pastor Jim
Dawson helped Lonnie Kirsch do
lawn work in the far back of the
property as they cleared weeds,
trimmed trees, etc. Even our,
younger children helped by'
painting the primer on the Habi-
tat supply shed.
Everyone pitched in to accom-
plish a lot and have a great day.
Refreshments were furnished
Subway (downtown) who fur-
nished 50, 6-inch sandwiches;
Taco Bell, who furnished 1,000
cups and 1,000 napkins; Winn
Dixie, furnished a $10 gift certifi-
cate; and, seven church mem-
bers who brought drinks and
Instrumental in making this
work day happen were:
Okeechobee Habitat's presi-
dent Paul Ritter, who was present
and working all day; Pastor Bruce
Simpson, who helped arrange for
John Frederick Lotz
John Frederick Lotz, age 86,
died on May 3, 2005 at Raulerson
Hospital in Okeechobee. He was
born in Mt.
Savage, Md. in
1919, the son
of Henry and
Grace Lotz. He
had beefi a res-
ident of Okee-
1970. Prior to
Mr. Lotz had John
been the Frederick Lotz
owner of Frost:-
burg Meats. He was a member of'
the Masonic Lodgewand Shriners.
He was also a member of the First
Baptist Church of Okeechobee.
Mr. Lotz was preceded in
death by his first wife, Elsie Lotz.
Survivors include: his loving
wife of 19 years, Nova M. Lotz;
stepson Glenn Blank of Frostburg,
Md.; stepdaughter, Sharon
M(Earl) Wilson; two step grand-
children, Kristin (Max) White of
Keyser WVa. and Jason Wilson of
Ft. Ashby, WVa.; three brothers,
George M. Lotz of Fairmont,
WVa., Howard Lotz of Canaan,
Conn., and James Franklin Lotz of
Mineral Wells, Texas; one sister,
Grace Lepley of Mt. Savage, Md.;
one brother-in-law, Leonard
'Sam' (Sara-Kay) Knoche; numer-
ous nieces and nephews; and one
very special niece, Cora Carter. of
Mt. Savage, Md.
Funeral services will be con-
ducted at the Durst Funeral Home
in Frostburg, Md. Saturday, May 7,
with Mr. Lotz's nephew, Pastor
James Knoche officiating.
A memorial service will be
held at the First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee at a later date.
All local arrangements arc
entrusted to the loving care of
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
Charles Jacob Mansbarger, age
82, of Okeechobee died Tuesday,
May 3, 2005 at Raulerson Hospital.
Mr. Mansbarger was born Nov. 2,
1922 in Marion, Ind., to George and
Dora Mansbarger. He was retired
wm automotive manufacturing.
Mr. Mansbarger came to Okee-
chobee from Marion, Ind. in 1994.
He proudly served our country dur-
ing WWII in the U.S. Army. He was
a member of the VFW 6728 in Gas
City, Ind.; AmVets in Marion, Ind.;
and the American Legion Post 0095
in Jonesboro, Ind;'
Mr. Mansbarger was preceded
in death by: his wife Margaret
Mansbarger in 1985 and his daugh-
ter Jane Bosworth.
He is survived by: his daughter,
Farrell J. (Bob) Sharp of Okee-
chobee; five grandchildren, Joseph
(Donna) Sharp of Okeechobee,
Rebecca .(Mike) Racine of Okee-
chobec, Stephen (Tammy) Sharp
of Port St. Lucie, Barbara (Charles)
Jones of Farmland, Ind., and Tina
Bosworth of Alexandria, Ind.; three
brothers, Robert (Betty) Mansbarg-
er of Marion Ind., Ralph (Crystal)
Mansbarger of Montpelier, Ind.:
Donald (Comella) Mansbarger ol
Converse, Ind. and sister, Madeline
Purtee of Marion, Ind.
Funeral services will be con-
ducted in Gas City, Ind., under the'
direction of Needham-'Storey-
Warnpner Funeral Services.
All local arrangements, are,
entrusted to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
James Ira Vickers
James Ira Vickers, age 51, of
Stuart, died Thursday, April 28,
2005, at Hospice Martin and St.
Lucie in Stuart. He was born in
Alma, Ga. and was a resident of
Stuart for 8 years, previously
from Okeechobee. He was a
member of Plumber's and Pipe
Fitters Local Union #630 of West
Palm Beach. He was the son of
James and Juanita (Goolsby)
Vickers of Okeechobee.
He is survived by: his wife of 7
years Patricia. 'Patty' (Timmer-
man) Vickers; two daughters,
Amber Vickers of Williston; step-
daughter, Donna Duncan of
Rockford, Ill.; sons, James 1. and
Jason Vickers both of Williston,
John and Joseph Vickers both of
Loxahatchee; stepsons, Donald
and John Ingram both of Stuart;
sisters, Joyce Vickers of Orlando
and Diane Whidden of Lox-
ahtchee and 14 grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at
visitation from 2 until 4 p.m. Sat-
urday, May 7, with a memorial
tribute and video presentation at
All County Funeral Home & Cre-
matory. Arrangements are being
handled by All County Funeral
Home & Crematory, 1010 N.W.
Federal Highway, Stuart.
the church to take part, worked
in getting the site ready and
worked all day; Dowling Watford
and the United Methodist men
who agreed to take part; and Jake
Frazier, a recently retired contrac-
tor who was instrumental in
helping get the site ready for
work and working hard all day.
There were many others who
gave of their time before and dur-
ing the event.
The homeowner, Lisa Clifford,
was working Saturday at her job
but made time to come by during
the afternoon to thank everyone
for all their hard work. In addition
to holding down a job she is also
working on a nursing degree. The
house, when completed, will be
home to her and her family,
which includes three children her
Habitat for Humanity is seek-
ing other local groups to take part
by hosting a work day. Churches,
fraternal organizations, clubs and
individuals who are interested are
asked to call Paul Ritter at (863)
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"Why hasn't there been normal roadside yard trash pickup?
Storm season is coming and the trash plies are getting bigger and
"I am tired of the daily Bush bashing by the same old poor los-
ing Democrats. Face the facts, the people have spoken. Bush won
Okeechobee County, Florida and 31 of the 50 states so quit crying
and live with our system where the majority rules."
"There is always someone in the neighborhood that has to
make trouble for the other neighbors. You kept calling in about this
man who had a mess in his yard because of a building that had col-
lapsed and when he got it cleaned up, you got him in trouble for
. that. What more do you want. I don't want you as my neighbor."
"I just wanted to say Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in
the world especially mine. Happy Mother's Day mom."
"I am just wondering about the airboat accident down by Eagle
Bay. Alcohol was also involved in that accident and I was wonder-
ing why an alcohol test wasn't taken like they do everybody else?
Anyone else would have had to have it done."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted the law
enforcement division for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) and were told the accident is still under
investigation, so no information can be released at this time.
Once the investigation is over, then the information can be
released. And, once FWC releases that information we will pub-
lish those results. However, if you have information on the acci-
dent you should contact FWC's law enforcement office in West
Palm Beach. Their phone number is (561)625-5122.)
Leave Them Running
"This is to the person that stated 'Turn them off'. I would rather
they leave them running, than leave a dog in the car with rolled up
or half-way rolled up windows."
"If you took money like Congress and G.W. does from Social
Security, you would probably be sent to jail. What is the difference?
They are stealing and embezzling from Social Security."
"Congratulation to Governor Jeb Bush for doing absolutely
nothing about the sexual predators that can cut these bracelets off
their legs. At the expense of taxpayers, it's not going to go any-
where. We need to revise the law, so we.can castrate these people
that's the only wa\ it is going to stop. His latest signing of this
bill was nothing more than a camera opportunity. If he really want-
ed to do something it would have been for offensc.s 16 years and
younger. Al 13, that is ridiculous."
"The trouble in Basswood it seems to me is because of the
street lights. If they were to install some lights people would feel
safer and these gangs could be seen at night."
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.
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. Any-
one interested in tracing his/her family history is encouraged to
attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2036.
County hosts Cinco de Mayo event
Okeechobee County will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., on Saturday,
May 7. Events planned include live music, dancing and family-
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Looking Back ...
Cane syrup was a sweetening staple in many of the pioneer households in Okeechobee County. A type of cane called
Japanese cane was grown locally at the turn of the century. Cane grinding machinery was used by some local families.
While humans can turn the wheel, a mule or horse was often used while the large stalks of cane were fed into the grinder.
This photograph was published in the book "Strolling Down Country Roads" in 1993 by Twila Valentine and Betty Chan-
dler Williamson. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens to share with our read-
ers? Bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI' (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military informa-
tion 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 fellowship
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 Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. 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-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for informa-
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 relationships.
The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
therefrom 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
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 AreaAgency 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. Sec-
ond 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 at 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 opportunity for care-
givers 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 avail-
able at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2321.
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 per-
sons 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.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center, located
at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members
and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet in the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E. Third
Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at a Habitat
work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes suitable for
working. Call (863) 357-1371, for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, which
is located next to the driver's license office on U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help
group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxicating
drugs, and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric illness. It's an
open discussion group.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the Oakview
Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. They would like to extend an invitation to
anyone eligible for membership in NSDAR to attend, from October through
May. For information call regent Ruth Lawson at (863) 763-2492, or vice-
regent and registrar Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.
National Day of Prayer event planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association invites everyone to
the National Day of Prayer event to be held at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., at noon on Thursday,
May 5. The purpose of the event is to pray for our country as
well as our national, state and local leaders.
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.
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
Okeechobee Street Ministry to meet
The Okeechobee Street Ministry will be having their month-
ly meeting on Saturday, May 7, from 6 until 8 p.m. in City Park
#4. There will be music, food and drinks. For information, con-
tact David Eng at (863) 634-3360.
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.
Driver's safety course slated
The Church of the Nazarefle 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-
Healthy Start board to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will meet Wednesday, May 11, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office at 575 S.W. 28th St. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for
planning and .implementing services for pregnant women and
infants. For more information about the coalition, contact exec-
utive director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.
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VNA hosts memory
The Alzheimer's Association
will be sponsoring a free memory
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.
board to meet
The board of directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, May
11, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at
575 S.W. 28th St. The Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition is part of a
statewide network of coalitions
responsible for planning and
implementing services for preg-
nant women and infants. For
more information about the coali-
tion, contact executive director
Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.
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Deal delays mothballing USS Kennedy
ers in Congress have reached a
deal delaying a Bush administra-
tion plan to take the Mayport-
based USS John F. Kennedy out
of service until after a review of
U.S. forces is completed.
President Bush and the Penta-
gon proposed decommissioning
the carrier this year for a savings
of $1.2 billion over six years
rather than upgrading it to keep
running until 2018. That would
have left no Atlantic-based carri-
ers outside of Virginia.
But a measure added Tuesday
to the Pentagon's $82 billion war
funding bill allows the Kennedy
to stay in service at least until the
review is completed early next
year, U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.,
told The Florida Times-Union.
"We don't want Mayport to
lose out on the competition to
keep an aircraft carrier," said
Young, chairman of a House mil-
itary appropriations subcommit-
tee. "By helping the Navy on
some of the concerns they had,
-we received a commitment that
the Navy would begin to prepare
Mayport for additional large
oppose major cutbacks at May-
port because of the resulting
Dan McCarthy, Jacksonville's
director of military affairs, said
he was surprised the JFK amend-
ment remained in the final bill
but "pleased there will be a con-
tinuous aircraft carrier presence
Young, who helped negotiate
the final version, said it may help
prepare Mayport for amphibious
vessels and a nuclear carrier. The
bill is headed for a House vote
this week and Senate review
The bill bars the Navy from
spending money to reduce its
12-carrier fleet until after the
Quadrennial Defense Review is
sent to Congress next year. It
also protects money for the
Kennedy's overhaul but doesn't
require the Navy to spend it.
Negotiators dropped provi-
sions to delay the carrier's shut-
down for six months after the
review is done and until a Pacific
basing agreement is reached.
Navy officials say the ship,
one of two oil-powered carriers,
is their costliest to operate has a
history of breakdowns.
"The men and women of the
John F. Kennedy continue to do
whatever the task is ahead," said
Lt. Walter Mathews, a
spokesman for the Kennedy.
"We are taking it one day at a
In the Military
Lance Cpl. David
East on March
24 from Camp
He is in
to the 26th MEU "911" force in
readiness in support of Opera-
tion Iraqi freedom.
His proud parents are David
Durrance and Lauraine Evers,
both of Okeechobee.
Spec. Josh L. Jenkins
Army National Guard Spec.
Josh L. Jenkins is a member of
the 48th Brigade Combat Team
who recently participated in one
of the most realistic scenarios
offered by the U.S. Army at the
National Training Center (NTC),
Fort Irwin, Calif.
The Georgia National Guard
,soldier is a member of the 1st
Battalion, 108th Armor -Regi-
ment based in Calhoun, with
units in Canton and Dalton.
The NTC, located in southern
California in the Mojave Desert,
is the premier combat training
center for desert warfare. Its
rugged terrain and environment
provide a realistic and grueling
test for troops of the 48th
Brigade Combat Team in prepa-
ration for deployments to Iraq.
Soldiers honed their war
fighting skills through force-on-
force simulated combat scenar-
ios in the tactical environment.
The 48th Brigade Combat
Team, headquartered in Macon,
Ga., is comprised of 31 units in
Georgia and six units from other
states with a combined total
strength of more than 4,000 sol-
Jenkins, a radio operator-
maintainer with three years of
military service, is the son of
Ron L. Jenkins of Winters Road,
Eaton, Ohio. His wife, Bobbie, is
the daughter of Joe and Ella
Sammons of Okeechobee.
The specialist is a 2002 gradu-
ate of Eaton High School.
Report: Info on Tillman's death slow to get to family
WASHINGTON Army offi-
cials knew within days of Pat Till-
man's death that the former NFL
player had been killed by fellow
Rangers during a patrol in
Afghanistan but did not inform
his family and the public for
weeks, The Washington Post
A new Army report shows
that Gen. John P. Abizaid, the
theater commander in
Afghanistan, and other top Army
officials were aware an investi-
gation had determined the death
was caused by an act of "gross
negligence" four days before a
nationally televised memorial
service, the Post reported after
reviewing nearly 2,000 pages of
documents it had obtained.
Tillman, 27, turned down a
multimillion-dollar contract with
the Arizona Cardinals to join the
Army after the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks. He was taking
cover behind a boulder along a
canyon road near the Pakistani
border when a firefight erupted
at twilight on April 22, 2004.
The Post reported on its
online edition Tuesday night that
troops on the scene said they
were immediately sure Tillman
was killed by a barrage of Ameri-
The documents show that
officers erroneously reported
that Tillman was killed by enemy
fire, destroyed critical evidence
and -initially concealed the truth
from his brother, also an Army
Ranger, who was near the
attack, the Post reported.
Service Club Briefs
The Sons of the American
Legion will have a steak dinner on
Sunday, May 15, from 3 until 6 p.m.
for a $9 donation. The menu will
be steak, baked potato, salad, roll
and dessert. .
e Out kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos are served from
11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday, from
11 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Sunday, from
1 until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 7
p.m., for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party start-
ing at 4p.m.; bring a covered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner withth the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas are served from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will
be from 7 p.m. until ?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday
Our monthly birthday party
on the second Wednesday starts at
4 p.m. Entertainment will be by
Janet Certain bring a covered
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be available.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m."for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
Saturday: karaoke by Jimmy
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 4 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
Secondand fourth Saturday:
16 ounce ribeye steak cooked to
order from 5 p.m. until ? for a $10
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East.' For infortmati6ri, 'all
(863) 763-6590. '
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8'l.i-n., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
e Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
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. This is a free serv-
ice and is open to the public. You
may have your child videotaped
for identification purposes and fin-
gerprinting will also be done.
Alzheimer's patients are wel-
comed. A parent or guardian must
be present for the videotaping.
There will be entertainment and
activities, as well as hotdogs and
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
May 5: at 7 p.m. Sailfish
Legion meeting. All legion mem-
ber should plan to attend.
May 8: WOTM "Academy of
Friendship" will hold a bake sale.
Members are asked to bring a
cake, pie or baked goods to the
lodge for this fundraiser.
May 17: LOOM membership
meeting at 8 p.m. All members
should plan to attend.
. May 21: Moose lodge enroll-
ment at 1 p.m. All prospective
members should attend.
May 22: Memorial service for
all the men and women members
that have died this year. A carry-in
buffet will follow the service which
starts at 2 p.m.
Bingo: Tuesdays starting at
12:30 p.m. Lunch is available.
Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until?
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights, meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
Friday and Saturday nights
there will be music for dancing
from 7:30 p.m. until ? Call the
lodge to see who is playing.
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 10:45 a.m.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Thursday: bar bingo has
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 7 p.m. Food will
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W. 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137 Okeechobee
Post Installation of Officers
and Ladies Auxiliary will be held
on May 8, starting at 1 p.m.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo for mem-
bers and guests starts at 1 p.m.,
and will be followed by karaoke
starting at 5 p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: A dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon, until 8 p.m., Monday
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth-Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday, at 10 a.m.
and Sunday, 1 p.m. t
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Monday: hot soup day begin-
ning at noon. A bowl for a buck.
Tuesday: volunteer chef's
dinner special. Serving begins at 5
p.m. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs at
noon. Live music and dancing at 7
Sunday: every third Sunday
we will host a pot-luck birthday
dinner. All other Sundays are vari-
able. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events. Darts begin at
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
AMENDING THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives Notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 9:00 a.m.,
in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of this public hearing is to consider and adopt amend-
ments and updates to the Okeechobee County Comprehensive Plan based on the
Evaluation and Appraisal Report and to authorize transmittal of the adopted amendments
to the Florida Department of Community Affairs. These revisions and updates to the
Comprehensive Plan will be incorporated in several ordinances each titled as follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BASED ON ITS EVALUATION AND
APPRAISAL REPORT INCLUDING AMENDMENTS TO ONE OR MORE OF THE FOL-
LOWING: THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, THE TEXT OF THE FUTURE LAND USE,
TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, SANITARY SEWER, SOLID WASTE, STORMWATER
MANAGEMENT, POTABLE WATER 'AND NATURAL GROUNDWATER AQUIFER
RECHARGE, CONSERVATION, RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE, INTERGOVERNMEN-
TAL COORDINATION AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ELEMENTS, FIVE-YEAR
SCHEDULE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND POPULATION PROJECTIONS; TO
REVISE AND UPDATE THE EXISTING GOALS, OBJECTIVES, POLICIES, AND DATA AND
ANALYSIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MANDATES SET FORTH IN CHAPTER 163,
FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING FOR TRANSMITTAL TO THE STATE LAND PLAN-
NING AGENCY; PROVIDING A CONFLICTS CLAUSE AND, SEVERABILITY CLAUSE,
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Furthermore, revisions have been made to the adopted map series, particularly the
Future Land Use map series in order to respond to issues and recommendations set forth
during review of the County Evaluation and Appraisal Report of the Comprehensive Plan.
The revisions may affect property values.
A copy of the proposed Amendments and the Adoption Ordinance shall be avail-
able for inspection by the public during normal business hours at the Planning and
Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
All interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the
proposed amendments. If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the Board of
County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person
will need a record of the proceedings, and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
The proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments shall apply to all property with-
in the unincorporated areas of Okeechobee County as depicted on the map.
JOHN W. ABNEY, SR., CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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Recognizing the firefighters
James Mincey (left) representing Okeechobee Aerie
4137 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, presents a check
to the City of Okeechobee Fire Department. Receiving
the check is Battalion Chief Bill Douglas.
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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. Tickets 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 bar-
becue on May 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each meal comes with chick-
olan [n pio/rie tJawUa
Why are these people smiling?,
Members of Okeechobee Aerie 4137 Fraternal Order of the Eagles are smiling because
they are helping the community by presenting a check to the City of Okeechobee Police
Department. Police officers are smiling because they are receiving a large donation. Tak-
ing part in the Monday morning presentation were (left to right) Chief Denny Davis,
Margie Boyles and Jowana Mincey, representing the Eagles, Major Bob Peterson and
James Mincey of the Eagles.
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Severe storm damage
A tree broke off and came down across the fence of the Cracker Trail Country Store
parking lot during the severe storm to hit Okeechobee County Tuesday, May 3.
en, baked beans, coleslaw and roll for a $5 donation. The dinners can be
delivered or picked up at the City Fire Department, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
KOA offering free camping day
Wendy Woodman, manager of the Okeechobee KOA Kampground,
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 participating 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. Fupds raised will be used to send children with cancer and
their siblings to one of M 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.
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Volunteers honored at Pizza party (left to right) Hospice of Okeechobee Board Member
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crime prevention unit, dedicated members of the Citizen Observer Patrol. They took time
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The Okeechobee Sports
Complex swimming pool hours
P of operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
iski p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday -
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
iful p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.,
ler- Tuesday and Thursday evenings
uel- 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. When school is in
session the pool is used for phys-
*i ical education and other school-
related activities. For informa-
tion, contact the pool office at
players are needed
Softball players 70 years old
and older are wanted to play on
a tournament team one week-
end a month.
They will play two games on
Saturday and two games on Sun-
day in different cities in the state.
The team is in need of outfield-
ers and infielders.
For information call Harry
Bell at (863) 382-0542.
The cost will be $15 per
The regular monthly meeting
of the Okeechobee Citizens
(O.C.R.A.) for April and May will
be held at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex on the first
Thursday of each mohth at 7:30
Everyone over the age of 18 is
welcome to attend.
Registration for the Okee-
chobee Shockwaves county
swim team will take place until
May 6 at the Sports Complex
swimming pool, from 5 until 7
Swimmers must be 5 years
old when registered. Swimmers
must be registered to participate
in any practice session.
Practice will begin on April 19
from 5 until 6:30 p.m., and will
continue every Tuesday and
Fees are $60 for the first
swimmer and $55 for the second
.or more swimmers from the
same family. Insurance fees are
$12 per child. The fees will cover
- the swimmer's team T-shirt and
a swim cap.
Liz Walker will be coaching
again this season.
For information, call (863)
467-7667 and leave a message.
CINCO DE MAYO OKEECHOBEE
Saturday, May Z7, 2005 Sahado Mayo 7, 2005
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Sunday, May 8, 2005 1 p.m. to Close
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Links tourney aids
Habitat for Humanity
The Okeechobee Board of
Realtors will host a golf tourna-
ment to benefit the Habitat for
Humanity on Saturday, May 7, at
the Okeechobee Golf & Country
Club starting at 8 a.m.
The cost is $50 per golfer or
$175 per team. Lunch is includ-
ed in the tournament fee.
There will also be a Hole-In-
One Challenge for a free vehicle..
Contact J.D. Mixon for infor-
mation at (863) 634-1778, or Pam
Newcomer at (863) 634-1100.
The Oakview Baptist Church
will host a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 21, at the Okee-
chobee Golf & Country Club.
Registration will be at 7 a.m.
with a demonstration by Buddy
Shelton, America's greatest golf
entertainer at 7:30 a.m. Tee off
time is scheduled for 8 a.m.
The tournament will be limit-
ed to 112 golfers, so early regis-
tration is urged.
A barbecue luncheon will be
The cost is $40 per player
with a four-man team scramble.
For information, contact Nancy
at (863) 763-1699.
The second annual Okee-
chobee Junior Tennis Tourna-
ment will be held Saturday, May
21, at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex tennis courts.
Check in time is 8:45 a.m.
Tournament play will start at 9
There will be separate boys
and girls divisions. The divisions
will be broken down into age
groups. They are: boys-10; boys-
12; boys-14; boys-16; and, boys-
18. The girls' division will have
the same age groups as the boys.
The cost will be $10 per play-
er which includes a T-shirt,
lunch, balls and awards.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or 532-
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates
for the rest of the trail are June
26, July 10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and
The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on the
day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-
YMS girls host
The'LadN "eaI liris' '.,,11, ball
team will hui s[ a'1 ll ouirinain.i [
, on Satuida%, Jun-e 4,t, the Okee-
chobet Cult and Country Club,
with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The fee is $50 per person
($200 team of four), which
includes a rib dinner after play is
completed. Buddy Mills and the
FFAwill be grilling the food.
There will be plenty of prizes,
including prizes for the best
score, longest drive, closest to
the pin and the worst score.
Contact Bruce Conrad to
make reservations for your four-
some at (863) 697-0952 or (863)
467-0130; or call Yearling Middle
School (YMS) at (863) 462-5056
Slate for tennis
Dave Ellis, a USPTR certified
tennis pro and high school
coach, is offering five weeks of
recreational tennis lessons at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Classes will meet Monday
through Friday starting on Mon-
day, June 6, and ending on Fri-
day, July 8. Classes are deter-
mined by the grade in which the
student will be enrolled in the
Each student will have three
lessons a week for five weeks.
The cost will be $40. Private les-
sons are available during the
summer for $90 for six, one-hour
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863)
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.
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* Private parties
* 2 items per house-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April
29, through Thursday, May 5, are
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
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-
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary has served as the civilian, non-
military component of the Coast
Guard. Today, the 33,000 volunteer
men and women of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary are active on the
waterways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists (folks
just like you) save almost 500 lives,.
assist some' 15,000 boaters in dis-
tress, conduct more the 150,000
courtesy safety examinations of
recreation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For information, call (863)
EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens,, who, as .volunteers,, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation aides
and assistance in developing a
youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
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Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-. *
A-Day Online Book Club spon-
sored by the Friends of the Okee-
chobee County Library. All you
need to do is visit the library's web '
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading.
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The Okeechobee ,County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The pro-
gram is currently serving children
age birth to kindergarten age. Both
parents must be working or attend-
ing some type of school or training.
There is an income limit based on
family size. Call 1-(866) 273-6340
to be placed on the waiting list.
Church food Pantry is open again.
We are located at 312 N. Parrott
Ave. in the back parking lot of the
church. Our temporary gray box is
stocked and ready for anyone who
needs food. All you need is an I.D.
The hours of operation are Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday
from 9 a.m. until noon.
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'.Car Pool 110
:Share a ride 115
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000 Numbers 160
AT- 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
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SMALL SCHNAUZER- "Abby"
female, last seen 4/25, vic of
Crooked Creek Plantation,
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you haul. (239)728-3614
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and interesting person. No
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!OKEECHOBEE, Fri. & Sat.
i May 6th & 7th, 7am-?,
.672 NW 3rd. St. off 28th ave.
o Husband Passed Away.
Tools, Fishing Gear, Mens
Western Clothes, Odds &
Ends. Womens Clothes also
available. See you therelll
Look what's in the Ring
to be Sold!!
3 Estates to be sold
in one night!
Ethan Allen maple table w/chrs. & hutch,
leather sofa & chair, computer station,
old pinwheel, flip top table, Secretary
desk, Ashley table w/chrs., french d.d.
desk, Minton china, depression glass
cookie jar collection, 53 pc. gold rim
glasses, Iladro, Gone with the Wind
lamp, old Cooper pieces, fine selection
of maple furn., tons of smalls & box
1990 Geo Tracker
1978 Carver 25 ft. Boat
1992 Sea Pro 18 ft. Boat
1976 Apac. pop up Camper
DON'T MISS THIS BLOW OUT!!
Thursday, May 5
at 7:00 p.m.
Preview at 4:00 p.m.
Rodney's Okeechobee Auction
4093 Hwy. 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A/C SERVE. TECH/INSTALLER
w/min. 3 yrs exp. De-
pendable, clean DL, Good
Pay, Comp. Truck, Benefits,
Okeechobee A/C 763-8391
ALL ABOUT YOU
Is accepting applications
for home health aides and
home makers for the
Please call (863)824-8733
NEEDED: Good picking rate.
Experienced Duct Installer
Apply in person:
202 NE 2nd St.
Small Company with Well
Maintained Equipment is
looking for: Experienced,
Drivers. Must have: Class
A License and be willing to
work 51/2 days.
Choice of work area from:
Orlando south or Longer
Trips to north Florida/
South Georgia. Perma-
nent work with a variety
DRIVERS & HELPERS
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL. Exc.
Benefits! Apply at:
Inc. 10800 NE 128
34972. No phone
Must be experienced & have
a class A CDL Apply
@ Syfrett Feed co. 3079
NW 8th Street
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,mm 184, FI Turnpike
Looking for person
In framing, roofing,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
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Join our team with this challenging
position. Position includes but not
limited to lifting, and bending. Must be
familiar with electrical and PVC piping.
Medical, dental, 401K, life insurance
available. EOE; Drug Free Workplace
Call: 772-464-6195 or fax
Visit our web site at:
Billingual Helpful. Call
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track record in Okeechobee wants
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
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 veryhigh 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
Housekeeping Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
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
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Call (863) 357-2442 for more information
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
Call Mr. Dick Sills, Ext. 139
and leave message.
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
for more information
Join our team as a production worker
at the local facility. Position includes but
not limited to lifting, bending, and
assembly line. Medical, dental, 401 K,
life insurance available. Knowledge
of chemicals preferred, but will train.
EOE; Drug Free Workplace. Call:
772-464-6195. Visit our website at:
Looking for Someone
Exp'd For Concrete
Block & Flatwork.
Must have driver's license.
Annual starting salary: $30K
for qualified applicants.
For fast growing
Please call (863)467-2341
Apply in person
1622 NW 8th St
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.
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8:30am-5pm. Please fax
resume to 357-0006.
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.
W & W Lumber
Has Full Time Warehouse
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Sanders Concrete LLC
Screen Room, Carport
'Aluminum Roof Over
MAURO HORSE SHOEING
Trim = $25
TREE SERVICE &
Call Bob 863-357-3141
TIRED OF WAITING??
Vinyl siding, skirting, Interior
Repairs, & Carports
Call BOB Now!.
Li 'rer.'-e Ii ued E r, born
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR COND.(2)- 20K BTU Re-
verse Cycle,' and 5500 BTU,
both window units, $375.
CENTRAL AIR & HEAT UNIT-
For a mobile home, $400 or
best offer. (863)467-2675.
CENTRAL AIR UNIT w/Com-
pressor & Air handler built in
1 unit. 2 ton Coleman. $500/
best offer. (561)622-2548
DRYER- Kenmore, Great
shape. Only $75. Guaran-
teed & free delivery.
MICRO RANGE COMBO Frigi-
dair, Full size, Excellent con-
GE, white, 18.2 cu. ft. Frost
free with Ice maker. Like
new. $175. (863)857-8788.
BIKE CARRIER- Yakima,
Holds up to 3 bikes. $150.
VINYL SIDING D5- 1200-sq.
ft. $600. or best offer.
VINYL SIDING D5- Gray, ap-
prox. 400 sq. ft. $300. or
best offer. (863)610-2190.
WINDOWS (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.
WINDOWS 3, Double paned,
3'x6' Single hung. $150.
CRIB- Kindercare, w/mattress
& sheet set, beautiful, big,
white, used twice, $100
CRIB, Oak with mattress, sin-
gle bed frame with boxspring
only, $80 will sell separately.
WALKER, Playpen, crib, small
rocking horse, bouncer, pic-
nic tbl, car seats, $185 will
sell sep. (863)801-6031
WEDDING DRESS, sz. 4, Glo-
ria Vanderbilt, Satin/Pearls.
Long train. Gently worn lx
COMPUTER- Compaq Desk
Pro, w/monitor, keyboard,
mouse, over 30 games.
$75. (863)843-0158 ,
DELL COMPUTER- Windows
XP, Monitor, Keyboard,
printer, & Games $150.
BEDROOM SET Complete, all
wood, King size, Lighted
Head board. $bo500.
CHEST- good for storing lin-
ens and blankets, dark
wood, $50. (863)763-0428.
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
irass w/glass tops.
COMPUTER DESK, light wood
finish, $50. (863)763-4257.
COUCH, England, Large.
w/matching chair & otto-
man. Beige w/blue & mauve
floral. $350 863-357-1560
DINING SET w/4 chairs. Pe-
can. $100 (863)357-4532
DRESSER, 4 drawer, brown,
fits 32" TV, excellent condi-
tion, light wood, $120.
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE -
Recliner, Good cond. $800,.
OAK HUTCH- 2 drawers at
bottom & 2 cabinets. Open
at top. $200.
RECLINER- with massage,
leather, wall saver, $30.
SOFA all leather by View-
oint Leather Works, 7 feet
onggreat condition $200
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700 (1'863)364-7359
SOFA, Sleeper, Leather, 8 Ft.
Long. $350. (863)467-2930
SOFA, Sleeper w/2 glass top
end tables, good condition
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. $100.
EASY GO GOLF CART-- re-
GOLF CART- body, '67 Club
Car, no frame, $175 or best
GOLF CART- Club Car, gas,
GOLF CART- Easy Go. 3
wheeler, Brand new batteries
with a charger, Very clean.
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1100.
GUN, FEG 9mm mak. with 2
numbers matching maga-
zines, nice, small, $200
RUGER MINI 14-, Early Pre
Ban very low serial #, Extra
EXERCISE BIKE- Schwin sta-
tionary, asking $55.
TREADMILL, Weslo, Electric.
Includes floor mate. Still un-
der warrantee. $30d
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.
ELEC WHEELCHAIR- Jazzy
1004, used 3 mo. Oxygen
holder, Was $7900. sell
$1500. neg. (863)467-8316
REDWOOD STAIN Semi-
Transparent by Behr, 3 gal-
lons, $45/best offer. Call
Drum Set, 5 pc., 4 mos. old,
all hardware goes, $700.
KEYBOARD- Brand new, light
up keys, 100's of songs,
never used, $125 neg.
AMER PITT BULL TERRIER-
CKC, 7 weeks old, $300.
BOSTON TERRIER- male, 10
mos. old, all shots, micro-
chip, great w/kids. $300,
BOXER PUPPY- 13 wks,
Cropped & docked. $350.
CHICUAHUA- Male, Born Mar.
13th '05. CKC Reg., Black &
white. Long haired. $400.
DACHSHUND, (2), AKC,
Males, 1 red, 1 chocolate,
$350 with papers,
(863)763-2049 after 7pm
GUINEA PIG / RABBIT CAGE,
Like new w/all accessories.
JACK RUSSELL PUPPY- 9mo.
$300. or best offer.
TOY CHIHUAHUA PUP male,
black, no papers, $350.-
YORKI P00 PUP- 8 weeks
old. Perfect "Mothers Day"
gift. $450. (863)357-0037.
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $15 each.
(863)675-6214 after 6 pm
LYCOMING 0-290 Aircraft
125HP Engine Serial
#1576-21. Starter & alter-
'nator removed. No logs. Ex-
cellent use for Air Boat.
MTX 10"Sub in Box with JVL
LCA752 Amp, $75.
TELEVISION- Curtis Mathis
stereo TV, 27", wood cabi-
net, floor model, $175.
THEATER SYSTEM- Sony, w2
2ft speakers, 2 3-1/2 ft
spkrs, 5 CD component,
$300 neg. (863)357-6825.
JOINTER 7"- with stand, ask-
ing $150. (863)612-0033.
TABLE SAW- 1 1/2 HR 10",
EUREKA ENVIRO Multi steam-
er/cleaner. New, Sacrifice.
Kills germs Easy to use
VACUUM CLEANER Oreck
Buster portable With all at-
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
ROUND BALES OF HAY
PAINT MARE, 8 yr. old,
needs exp'd rider, very
SADDLE, 16" Big Horn, West-
ern, Gated. Black. Good con-
BUSH HOG MOWER- With
Stump Jumper. $175.
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Snapper, 8HR 30" cut, like
new. $400. (239)810-2821.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
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 & TV
Satellite Provided. No pets.
$750 mo. + dep. Appoint-
FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 BA,
garage. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.
Okeechobee, 3BR/1BA, Ig liv-
ing rm, kit. & dining rm, 1
car garage, $900 mo. +
sec., ref's req'd. Call Kamal
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
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 10-10
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
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
cows, 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
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
of the classifieds
CBS on Large corner city lot.
3 Bdrm., 1 1/2 Ba. New roof,
kitchen & flooring. Sprinkler
Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OTTER CREEK: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba
on 1 Acre. Large carport &
fenced in pool. $160,000
Stuart, Park model 12'x40',
prep for FL/Rm. Fridge, mi-
cro-stove. furn. It oak, 3/4
ply fir $4700. 772-229-2811
Campers RVs ('ij
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 2v)?'
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs .'0).5
AIR BOAT HULL- w/cage,
ALUMINUM '14, Mercury out
board motor 50hp W/floata-
tion seats. $200.
BASS BOAT- Ranger, 17', with
115 Mercury engine, runs
excellent, w/trlr. $1500.
BOAT & TRAILER- fiberglass
boat Mercury 7.5 w/ less
than 25 hours. Great shape.
EVINRUDE- 25HP, Electric
start like new cond. $1295.
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
Seadoo Jet Boat Sport LE,
2001, 130hp., low hours,
garage kept, boat cover &
TIDECRAFT BASS BOAT &
TRLR, '83- 140HP Suzuki ,
V/HULL Aluminum, 12', with
fish finder 18hp Johnson
motor. With live well. Trail-
er. $985. Neg.
DUTCHMAN, 26', Great fixer
upper. Villa RV Park on 441
SE Screen Rm; & A/C.
FIBERGLASS BOAT MOLD-
length 13ft, beam 5ft, V-Hull,
Airboat Engine, Ground Pow-
er Unit, with 520 jugs, needs
HONDA 1977, Auto shift,
Runs good. Complete w/ac-
YAMAHA 2003 R6 Street
Bike: Blue, only 4,000 miles,
great condition. $6500. Call
Paul @ (863)634-5698
FOUR WHEELER- Runs Good.
GO-CART, '04, Silver Fox,
w/seat belts & roll cage.
Brand new. $1,250.
HONDA ATC 200 (3) Needs
work, comes with extra
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
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 40)15
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Trucks 4140
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers ,065
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.
CHEVY LUMINA- '93, Dual air,
Very Good condition. $1800.
DODGE NEON '98, Runs good.
4 door. $1,800.
FORD Bronco-1990 XLT 4x4
runs good, looks good. Ask-
ing $2500 (239)707-8365
FORD TAURUS 1989, 4 Door,
BID SOLICIT TION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
April 19, 2005
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 PM. (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, May
19, 2005 at the District Office, State of Flonda Department of Transportation, 801
North Broadway Ave, Bartow, Florida 33830 for the following work. Bids received
will be opened and publicly read aloud in the Planning Muti-Purpose Conference
Room. Sealed bids may be mailed and must be received prior to bid opening to
State of Florida Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Attn: Dis-
trict Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830. If the bid amount is greater than
$250,000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pre-qualified as re-
quired by Florida Statute 337.1411) and Rule Chapter 14-22.
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 PM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, May 18, 2005. Plan holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Friday,
May 13, 2005.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS AND/OR BID
DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863) 534-7172. THIS FORM
MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWW DOT STATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMINISTRA-
TIONDISTRICT1. FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION MEETING
IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE PROJECTS ONLY
YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR INTENT TO ATTEND
THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTATION MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED
FOR TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005 AT 2:00 PM. FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS RE-
GARDING SPECIFICATIONS OR PAY ITEMS, CONTACT THE PROJECT MANAGER
LISTED. ALSO PLEASF VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING
MENU BUILDER TRAINING,
(CONTRACT NO. E1E85) COUNTY POLK. FINANCIAL PROJECT NO 417974-1-52-01,
Improvements consist of adding turn lanes, widening, and drainage improvement
on SR 555 (US 17). (Approx 50 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER:
DAWNANN ROBERTS, dawoanr robertsadot state fi us (863) 519-2227. BUD.
GET AMOUNT $134,931.00. THERE NO CHARGE FOR PLAN AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E1E86 COUNTY POLK: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
414911-1-72-01; Work consists of highway signing installation and replacemenL
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: DAVID BARTHLE
863)519-4315. BUDGET AMOUNT $70,000.
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR SPECIFICATIONS. PLEASE NOTE: FUNDS APPROVAL
ARE CONTINGENT UPON LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E87) COUNTY POLK, HIGHLANDS & OKEECHOBEE: FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO 414947-1-72-01; Work consists of long line roadway stiping. (Ap-
prox 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: DAVID BARTHLE
(863 519-4315. BUDGET AMOUNT $333,000.
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR SPECIFICATIONS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E88) COUNTY GLADES & HENDRY: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO.
418979-1-72-01 & 418980-1-72-01; Work consists of removal and placement of
Thermoplastic and RPM's. NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON
(863)6714-4027. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). BUDGET AMOUNT $100,000. ,
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR SPECIFICATIONS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E89) COUNTY GLADES & HENDRY: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
414882-1-72-01 & 414883--72-01; Work consists of miscellaneous concrete,
side drain pipe, mitered end section and sidewalk repairs. Aprox 365 Calendar
Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863) 674-4027. BUDGET
AMOUNT $250,000. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR SPECIFICATIONS.
Cheryl Sanchious, District Contracts Administrator
Bid Solicitation Notice in accordance with Chapter 337 FS.
51045 ON/CGS 4/28;5/5/05
FORD TAURUS, '87 no air,
auto, new tires, low miles,
rebuilt mtr, new batt, $800
neg. (863)763-6396 ,
FORD TEMPO- "93, Good
HYUNDAI ACCENT 1995,
Runs good. Cold A/C. Must
see! $2000. (863)634-1259
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS,
NISSAN 300ZX 1987, Runs
fast. Needs work. $450 firm.
OLDS DELTA 88, '86- runs
good, $500 or best offer,
PONTIAC 6000- '88, All pow-
er, A/C, Low mileage. Clean
$995. Firm. (863)763-5154.
PONTIAC BONNIVILLE- '92,
A/C, Clean, $1395. Firm.
SATURN SC1 '95, Loaded. 2
dr., 5 spd., New Tires/10
Disc CD, Racing Stripes, etc.
TOYOTA-'81, Needs carbure-
tor kit, as is $350. or best
TOYOTA AVALON, '00- 1
owner, runs great, exc cond.
loaded, $9900 Must Sell!
TOYOTA PRIVIA, '93- runs
good, needs TLC, $1000 or
best offer. (863)612-025,8.
Antique & Classic Cars for
sale. (863)763-6266 or
FORD MUSTANG '89, Gray, 2
door, 4 cyl, 5spd, Runs
86 3) 6 3 4 1077
00-966-3511 ext. 173
MERCURY COUGAR, '77, 2
door, low miles, $1200.
WILLY MILITARY JEEP- '60,
Many good parts, Complete,
Will make a good hunting
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cord.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
BRUSH GUARD, & Diamond
Plate Tool box, SS Nerf Bars,
for Dodge Quadcab, $750.
CAR DOLLY, like new, used
very little, new paint, new
$1,150, asking $925 or best
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
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,
RIMS (4) 17" AXCEL w/Wanli
Low Profile Tires. Fits most
5 lug patterns. $450 or
trade. 863-364-3797 Tim r
TIRES- 4, 245/70R/17. Used,
Good tread. Asking $125.
TIRES, (5), Falken Ziex
S/TZ01 265 50R20, plenty
of miles left, $150.
Tires-4, Bumper jack, tow
bar Heavy duty vice. $140.
TONNEAU COVER, Leer, Fi-
berglass, Silver. Fits Dodge
Ram 1500. Good condition.
$600. (863)763-8988 -
CHEVY 1/2 ton, V8, auto Flat
bed/Utility: Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
DODGE PU, '84- straight 6 cyl,
4 on the floor, short bed
FORD F150 1994, 6 cyl., 5
spd., new tires & clutch.
Runs excellent. $1800 neg.
GMC BLAZER, '98- 4 door,
sunroof, CD, AC,$40003
JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT '96
2 Dr, 5 spd. manual. NEW:
motor/trans./tires. $3500 or
trade. (863)634-3797 Tim
CARGO TRAILER, '00 Hall-
mark 8x20, with dovetail
ramp, pulled twice locally,
TRAILER Heavy Duty, dove-
tailed w/ramps and dual 8
lug axles. 7' 6" x 19' $1700
DODGE VAN, '90, red, nice
body, good condition,
$2000 (863)467-0987. .
FORD AEROSTAR-'92, Good
motor Needs Trans. & A/N'
$750. or best' offer.
FORD ECONOLINE 300- 6cyl,
4 speed manual trans.-NC,-
2 bench seats. Runs good.
READING A NEWSPAPER...
Okeechobee News, Thursday, May 05, 2005