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Vol. 96 No. 132


Thursday, May 12, 2005


504 Plus tax


County to meet with ARC


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
This week Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners met on Tuesday,
instead of their usual meeting
day of Thursday and considered
a variety of topics.
They set a date for a work-
shop with the board of directors
of the Association of Retarded
Citizens (ARC) of Okeechobee,
agreed to form a fair associa-
tion, heard comments from
George Guydosh, president of
the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club, and purchased
additional voting equipment.


At their last meeting the
commissioners tabled a motion
to declare ARC to be in default
on their lease. The rehabilita-
tion organization has a 99-year
lease on county-owned proper-
ty located on the block immedi-
ately to the northeast of the
new courthouse.
Because of hurricane dam-
age, ARC has not occupied the
building since the storms, but
they claim they are trying to
secure funds to repair the build-
ing. The county has considered
using the property for a parking
lot for the new courthouse.
ARC attorney Colin Cameron
appeared before the commis-


sioners to request a workshop
between the commissioners
and the ARC board. Commis-
sioners agreed to meet with
ARC officials at 9 am. on May 24
to try to resolve the issue.
Mr. Cameron said he would
like to present information at
that time on what other coun-
ties are doing to support reha-
bilitation facilities, and how
ARC impacts Okeechobee
County.
Turning to a matter that they
had rejected previously, com-
missioners again considered
the issue of forming a county
fair association an idea they
had previously rejected.


The matter resurfaced when
the newly-formed Agri-Civic
Center Advisory Committee
met on and determined that the
formation of a fair association
would help in the development
of a county fair.
Commission Chairman John
Abney noted that almost all
fairs operate under a chartered
county fair association. He sug-
gested that the commissioners
look at approving the concept.
Earlier discussion had cen-
tered around having a fair in
connection with the spring
youth livestock show. Commis-
sioner Clif Betts said some peo-
ple think attendance would be


higher if a fair were held earlier
in the season, such as October
or November.
Mr. Abney suggested a fall
festival instead of a county fair
in the fall.
County attorney John Cas-
sels noted that a fair association
is a private organization that
has to be approved by the com-
missioners. However, he
added, once it is approved the
commissioners would have no
control over it. The commis-
sioners would have to reach
some sort of an agreement with
the fair association over the use
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series to return
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers on April 28 unanimously
approved the request by the
Okeechobee County, Tourist
Development Council to host
the 2006 EverStart Series Bass
Tournament.
The EverStart Series will be
back in Okeechobee County
Jan. 4-7 to kick off the 2006
Southeast Division Season
with 400 pros and co-anglers
expected to compete in the
tournament.
FLW outdoors will focus
national attention on Okee-
chobee, creating positive
impressions for the region.
Businesses and residents will
benefit from millions of dol-
lars in sponsor and competi-
tor expenditures in the com-
munity.
Sports, Page 8


Drought Index
Current: 177
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Bum Ban: None

Lake levels

14.60 feet


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

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Comics ............ 9
Community Events... .4
Crossword ..... ... .10
Obituaries ...... ... .3
Opinion .. . . .4
Speak Out. ........ 4
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Crime Watch students from the Freshman Campus and Okeechobee High School
repainted the entrance to Basswood Wednesday after gang members had spray paint-
ed the walls.

Local students clean up graffiti


By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
Students in the Crime Watch
program at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus and Okee-
chobee High School painted
over the graffiti on the walls of
the entrance to Basswood off of
U.S. 98 Wednesday, and also
several locations on N.W 32nd
St.
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May was proud to see 25
young people volunteer to
repaint the entrance to the sub-
division.
There have been two arrests
in connection with the 'tagging'
of the Basswood area.
One juvenile was arrested
and charged in connection with
an April 4 'tagging' incident. He
was charged with misdemeanor
criminal mischief, resisting
arrest without violence along
with loitering and prowling. He
was booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail, then
released into the custody of his
mother, said detective Brad Stark
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office.
Jesus Torres, 18, of N.W 35th
Ave., remains in the Okee-
chobee County Jail in lieu of
$50,000 bond. Torres was first
arrested in connection with a
Feb. 10 incident. He was arrested
again, said Detective Stark, for
his alleged connection with an
April 25 incident that caused a
total of $5,890 in damage.
Torres has been charged with
two counts of misdemeanor
criminal mischief, and two
counts of felony criminal mis-


Students from the Freshman Campus and Okeechobee
High School (left to right) Autumn DeCarlo, Angelica Bal-
tazar, Suzanna Aguilar and Ana Yanez paint over the graf-
fiti on the walls of the entrance signs to Basswood.


chief.
Tagging is the placing of graf-
fiti on walls or roads, explained
detective Stark.
The walls of the entrance to
Basswood were not the only
area to be targeted. Stop signs,
the road and even four homes
were covered in graffiti in the
Basswood subdivision.
The paint, brushes and other
supplies needed to cover up the
graffiti were provided by W&W
Lumber, Burgess Supply Co and
Ledferd's.
Sheriff May said any addition-
al graffiti may lead to additional
arrests, as this area may be
under constant watch by video
or stakeout.
As to why the two suspects
were not removing the graffiti
themselves, Detective Stark said
it could take up to year before a
case is tried in court. Rather than


the public having to look at the
graffiti that long or even longer;
he said citizens are taking it upon
themselves to remove it.
Currently, the sheriff's office
is seeking stricter penalties for
gang graffiti, said Detective Stark.
He added that instead of a juve-
nile being turned over to their
parents, the law enforcement
agency is seeking incarceration
for juvenile suspects in a juvenile
facility.
The sheriff's office thanks
those businesses for their dona-
tions and the crime watch stu-
dents.
Anyone with information
related to gangs or other crimes
may contact Detective Brad
Stark at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office at (863)763-3117.
Or, they can remain anonymous
by calling the gang hotline at
(863)763-5742.


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Guest speaker:


common values


unite Rotarians


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
"A walking example of a
Rotarian", is how Rotary club
member Jim McInnes intro-
duced guest speaker and
Palm Beach Rotary Club
member, Bill Pearl at Tues-
day's rotary club meeting.
Mr. Pearl, a member of
Rotary Club for many years,
spoke on the topic of what it
means to be a Rotarian.
"What makes a Rotarian
and what makes us differ-
ent?" asked Mr. Pearl "Fellow-
ship is a special quality and is


the glue that holds us together
as a club."
Mr. Pearl went on to tell fel-
low Rotarians, "common val-
ues such as commitment to
community and the choices
that we make challenge us as
Rotarians."
He told the local club
members that Rotarians
make their choices by apply-
ing the four-way test. The
Four Way test is that which
Rotarians consider their com-
mon values are: truth, fair-

See Rotary- Page 2


Wildlife center needs help


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Most people will never have
the privilege of being close to
wild birds of prey. They will
never see a screech owl or barn
owl except on a wildlife chan-
nel. Most never know what a
crested Caracara is, let alone be
up close to one. Many of these
beautiful birds are being driven
away or killed due to the expan-
sion of civilization into their ter-
ritories.
Fortunately, there is a haven
in Okeechobee that will care for
and rehabilitate these birds
back into safer areas in the wild.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-


tion Center is known through-
out the state for its dedication to
wildlife such as Florida Pan-
thers, bobcats, deer, skunks,
and other furry creatures. But,
Arnold's doesn't stop there.
They take in injured and
orphaned baby birds. Those
who are injured are nursed
back to health. The babies are
cared for until they are old
enough to release back into the
wild.
Caring for and releasing
birds back into the wild is not as
easy as it sounds. It is simple
enough to keep a cage clean
and feed a bird. But, as the
young grow without the guid-
ance of their mothers, they do


not know how to fly or even
land without injuring them-
selves. They are predators with
no idea how to hunt. By just
releasing them without this
knowledge is basically signing
their death warrants. Because
of this, the USDA has mandated
that anyone caring for these
birds must be able to teach
them what they would have
learned from their mothers. In
order to accomplish this, each
wildlife rehabilitation organiza-
tion dealing with these types of
wild birds must erect a "flight
cage."
Flight cages teach the young
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Hispanic financial
seminar is planned
OKEECHOBEE There will be
Hispanic financial seminar at the
Bank of America, 205 N. Parrott
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 purchase a home
and sending money safely and effi-
ciently to Mexico. For information,
call the Bank of America at (863)
357-4200.

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


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ground and in trees, and hunt.
The cages are large enough to
help injured birds stretch their
wings and regain their strength
under the watchful eyes of rehabili-
tation personnel before being
released back into the wild.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center is currently raising money to
build one of these flight cages.
When completed, it will be 100 feet
long, 12 feet high and 20 feet wide.
It will be constructed on heavy duty
wood slats and will have observa-
tion sites along the entire structure.
"We rehabilitate over 300 birds
a year," stated Sue Arnold of
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center. "This is not something we
merely want to do, but it is federally
mandated that we must have this
cage in order to continue to rehabil-
itate birds. The cost of the cage is
$20,000. We are holding fundrais-
SQers, hosting a summer camp and
doing what we can to raise the
money needed to build this cage.
We survive on donations from the
community.This $20,000 is in addi-
tion to what We normally need to
keep open. We are holding four
separate summer camp sessions
this year. Each is one week long,
Monday through Friday, from 8
a.m. until 5 p.m. during the month
- of June. The dates of the camp ses-
S sions are June 6-10, June 13-17,
June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. Chil-


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This young crested Caracara is being cared for at Arnold's
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center until it is old enough and
trained to be set loose in the wild.


dren must be 8 to 12 years old. The
cost of the camp is $100 per child
for each session.
Ms. Arnold went on to describe
the camp. "The camper will not
only have a great time, but will also
learn. Each day the kids will learn
about different Florida wildlife and
the environment whether it is
mammals, birds, reptiles, insects,
or plants. Thursday is our field trip
to the Riverwoods Field Lab in
Lorida where we will take a pon-
toon boat ride down the Kissim-
mee River and explore the native
flora and fauna. And, all new this
year, we have two Fish and Wildlife
officers helping with our "survival
in the wild day." The campers will


learn to build their own lean-to and
different techniques to use when
out in the field. The most important
part of our camp, however, is hav-
ing fun. The kids will have daily
games and recess as well as an ani-
mal related craft that they can take
home. At the end of the week, we
ill have an ice cream party and their
week long craft will be ready to
take home. There are limited slots
available (15-20 kids per session),
so it is advisable to sign up early,"
she said.
For information on the summer
camp, any other fundraisers or to
help support the building of the
flight cage, contact Sue Arnold at
(863) 763-4630.


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of the agri-civic center for a fair,
the attorney added.
Mr. Cassels pointed out that a
fair organized by a fair associa-
tion has some advantages such
as certain tax benefits, premi-
ums donated by the state for
prizes and coordination of fair
dates with surrounding coun-
ties. He also said that certain
exhibitors only work with fair
associations.
"This is something we really
need to get moving on" stated
veterinarian Randall Mims, a
member of the advisory com-
mittee. He noted that the com-
missioners would still own the
agri-civic center and that the fair
association would only use it
once a year.
He suggested that maybe a
county fair would help pay for
the new agri-civic center.
The consensus of commis-
sioners was to approve, in con-
cept, a fair board.
"Get it done," Mr. Abney said
to committee members.
Mr. Abney told advisory com-
mittee members that they would
have to come back to the com-
missioners with a firm proposal
and a request for the financing
that would be required.
At the request of Supervisor
of Elections Gwen Chandler,
commissioners agreed to the
purchase of additional voting
equipment for $110,220.
Mrs. Chandler stated that fed-
eral and state laws mandate the
use of handicap accessible vot-
ing equipment. She added that
$76,761 of the $88,120 required
to purchase handicap accessible
equipment would be covered by
a grant.
She also requested the pur-
chase of four optical scanner
units to be used for early voting
and backup units on election
day
George Guydosh, president
of Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club, appeared before the
board to request that golf carts
be allowed to travel on N.E.
131st Lane, NE. Fourth Terrace
and N. E. 138th Street. All are
streets around the golf course.


Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Rotary Club member Jim Mclnnes (left) and Rotary Club
president Kristy Crawford (right) welcome Palm Beach
Rotary Club member Bill Pearl to Tuesday's weekly meeting
.of the Okeechobee Rotary Club.


Rotary

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ness, goodwill and being benefi-
cial to others.
"Our choice as Rotarians is to
think of others and we will ben-
efit from what we give," he said.
In other Rotary Club busi-
ness:
May 17 is Scholarship Night
at Okeechobee High School,
and will include two Rotary
Club scholarships to be
bestowed upon graduating sen-
iors.
on May 18 Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Department
Skills, Techniques and Attitudes


Result in Success (S.T.A.R.S)
program, which is sponsored by
the Rotary Club, will have its
graduation ceremony at Osceola
Middle School at 9 a.m.
the Memorial Day Bike
Rally on May 28-30 at the coun-
ty's Agri-Civic Center will
include volunteers from the
local Rotary Club to be drink
vendors during the three-day
event.
Miguel Espiritu, of the
American Cancer Society, will
be the guest speaker at the May
17 Rotary Club meeting.
Rotary Club meetings are
held every Tuesday at the Gold-
en Corral Restaurant at noon.


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Mr. Betts noted that there
should be no problem with
131St but that 138th would be
more of a problem since it
serves other areas besides the
golf course.
It was noted that currently
there are no designated cart
crossings on those streets.
Mr. Guydosh was asked to
come back to the board with a
professional evaluation and spe-
cific designation recommenda-
tions.
In other action, the board:
granted Adrian and Rose
Rogers' request for a change in
zoning from agriculture to resi-
dential single family for property
at 327 S.W 12thAve.;
granted Ralph and Cathy
Pelham's request to change the
zoning on their 4333 U. S. 441
S.E. property from heavy com-
mercial to residential general;
granted a request from
Jesse and Denise Jagoda to
change the zoning on their 6258
U. S. 441 S.E. property from resi-
dential mobile home to residen-
tial general;
granted preliminary plat
approval to Palm Acre Estates
subdivision, which is located
just west of U. S. 98 on N. W.
30th Street;
granted preliminary plat
approval to Otter Creek Ranches
subdivision, which is located at
the intersection of N.W. 32nd
Avenue and N.W. 160th Street;
granted preliminary plat
approval to Sherman Wood
Ranches subdivision on S.R.
710;
scheduled a public hearing
for 9 am. on June 9 to consider
abandonment of a platted right
of way in the River Acres subdi-
vision;
increased the county's
donation to the Jaycees for their
Fourth of July fireworks show
from $5,000 to $10,000;
purchased two pavilions
for Basinger and Fort Drum
cemeteries for $12,270;
nominated Katherine
Hogenkamp for appointment to
the Children's Service Council;
and,
consented to Jim Con-
falone's subleasing of the air-
port property he has leased from
the county.


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Fire calls


Okeechobee City
Police Department
April 28
Fire alarm, U.S. 441 N.
Firefighters checked the smoke detec-
tor and reset the alarm.
Vehicle versus pedestrian, U.S. 441 N.
The patient was taken to the hospital.
Medical, S.E. Fourth St.
The call was canceled.
April 29
Automobile accident, N.E. Ninth St.
Firefighters helped with transport.
April 30
Medical call, N.W. Second St.
The patient was taken to the hospital.
Two vehicle accident, U.S. 441 S.


No hazards were found.
Single family dwelling structure, S.W.
Fourth St.
The fire was extinguished. Three ani-
mals died in the fire and one survived.
May 1
Medical call, U.S. 441 S.
The patient was taken to the hospital.
May 2
False alarm, U.S. 441 N.
Firefighters received a call of a struc-
ture fire. There were no problems.
May 3
Two vehicle accident
There were no hazards.
May 5
Automobile accident, S.E. Eighth Ave.


The patient was taken to the hospital.

Fire/Rescue
April 28
Fire alarm, U.S. 441 N.
The call was canceled.
Burn complaint, S.E. 25th St.
The occupant was burning a bush. The
occupant was advised of the burn laws
and extinguished the fire.
Brush fire, Lock 7
The fire was extinguished.
April 30
Assist medical crew with a patient, U.S.
441 S.E.
The call was canceled.
April 30
Medical assist, N.W. Sixth St.


Fire/Rescue's assistance was not
needed.
Structure fire, S.W. Fourth St.
The city fire department was at the
scene and had extinguished it.
Fire/Rescue helped with mopping up.
Automobile accident, Charles Harvey
Blvd.
There were no hazards. EMS did not
need assistance.
Automobile accident, Florida Turnpike
The call was canceled.
Burn complaint, N.E. 30th Terr.
Fire/Rescue found a cook stove. They
told the owner that when he was done
cooking to put out the fire.
May 1
Automobile accident, N.W. 36th St.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew.
Airboat accident, S.W. 16th Ave. S.R.
78 W.


Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew
and assisted landing the helicopter.
Rubbish fire, N.W. 338th St.
Fire/Rescue assisted the Division of
Forestry.
May 2
Automobile accident, S.R. 70 W.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew
with securing and loading a patient.
May 3
Automobile accident, 17th Ave and
S.R. 70 E.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew
with packaging patients.
Vehicle fire, U.S. 441 N.
The fire was extinguished with a fire
extinguisher by the sheriff's office.
Fire/Rescue applied extinguish agent
all over the engine compartment. The
state fire marshal was contacted.


Automobile accident, S.R. 710
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew
with patient care.
Power line down and on fire, N.W. 18th
St.
No fire was found. FPL was at the
scene.
May 4
Assisted medical crew with patient who
had jumped out of a moving vehicle,
N.W. 30th St.
Fire/Rescue helped the medical crew
package a patient.
Helicopter standby, U.S. 441 N.
While waiting for the helicopter
Fire/Rescue was told the helicopter
had to abort its mission.
May 5
Smoke complaint, S.W. 16th St.
The owner had a burn permit.


Arrest Reports


Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Young artists
These Everglades Elementary School students, kindergarten through third grade, were win-
ners in a coloring and poster contest sponsored by South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, Riverside National Bank and Bank of America. The winners were: (left to right) Kourtney
Souder, first place, Gladina Estime, second place, and Amanda Collins, third place. Sponsors
on the second row are: (left to right) Gracie Fischer, Bank of America Tabitha Trent, Riverside
National Bank and Laura Gardner, South Florida Water Management District.



Obituaries


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 Department (OCPD) or the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
Darvos Pride, 19, of North
16th Street in Ft. Pierce was arrest-
ed on May 9 and charged with fail-
ure to appear battery on a deten-
tion or commitment member staff.
No bond was set.
Andre Randall Wigfall, 20, of
N.W Third St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 9 and charged with
violation of probation community
control. No bond was set.
Carl Curtis Jones, 30, of N.W
32nd Ave. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 8 and charged with
DUI. Bond was set at $500.
Eugene Lyndall, 31, of S.E.
50th Dr. in Okeechobee was arrest-
ed on May 9 and charged with prin-
cipal in the first degree defrauding
a pawnbroker, principal in the first


degree burglary, principal in the
first degree theft and principal in
the first degree fraud obtain
property over $300.
Cristobal Sanchez, 36, of N.E.
128th Ave. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 9 and charged with
defrauding a pawnbroker, burglary
and theft. Bond was set at $12,500.
Randall Fugate, 30, of N.W
160th St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 8 and charged with
disorderly intoxication, three
counts battery on a law enforce-
ment officer and resisting arrest
without violence. Bond was set at
$7,000.
Michael Dewayne Weaver, 25,
of N.E. 224th St. in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 8 and charged
with flee and elude. Bond was set at
$5,000.
Pomceano Dominguez, 29, of
N.E. 48th Ave. was arrested on May
7 and charged with DUI with seri-
ous injury, leaving scene crash with
injury and no driver's license. Bond


was set at $15,000.
Karen Kimberly Green, 28, of
N.W. 102nd St. Okeechobee was
arrested on May 8 and charged with
driving while license suspended
with knowledge, fleeing arid elud-
ing and tampering with evidence.
Bond was set at $11,000.
Scott Saip, 36, of U.S. 441 S.E.
in Okeechobee was arrested on
May 9 and charged with fraud -
obtain property with credit card
over $300.
Michael Weaver, 25, of N.W
224th St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 10 and charged
with violation of probation viola-
tion of protection injunction against
repeat violence. No bond was set.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges dropped against them is
welcome to inform the newspaper.
The information will be confirmed
and printed.


Fate Nettles
Fate Nettles, age 91, of Okee-
chobee died May 8, 2005 in Okee-
chobee. He was born May 23, 1913
in Kenansville to Billy and Ferliliar
Nettles. He was retired from the city
of Ft. Pierce as a drag line operator
coming to Okeechobee from Ft.
Pierce in 1976. Mr. Nettles was a
member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints. He
proudly served our country in the
U.S. Army during WWII.
Survivors include: three sons,
Hubert H. Hurst of Hernando
Beach, Daniel L. Hurst of Brandon,
and Freddie W Hurst of Palm
Springs; 13 grandchildren; 17 great
grandchildren; and a host of nieces
and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4
until 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 2
p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home. Inter-
ment will follow at Evergreen
Cemetery with President Massey of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints officiating.
Memorials may be made to Big
Lake Hospice, 309 NW Fifth St.,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34972.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.

Wilbur Gene Gibson
Wilbur Gene Gibson, age 68 of
Okeechobee, died, Monday, May 9,
2005 at his home. He was born
June 18, 1936 in Magazine, Ark. to
Willie and Clara Gibson. He
worked for JCPenney in retail sales
and was a member of the Magazine
Methodist Church in Arkansas. Mr.
Gibson had been a winter resident
of Okeechobee since 2000.
Survivors include: he wife, Mari-
on Gibson of Okeechobee; two
sons, Roger D. Gibson and Jeffrey
G. Gibson of Everett, Wash.; two
grandchildren; sister, Willa
Townsend of Okeechobee; two
brothers, Willie Adron Gibson, Jr.
and Jimmie Dale Gibson both of
Magazine, Ark.
No local services or visitation
will be held. A memorial service
will take place in Magazine, Ark. at
a later date.
All arrangements are entrusted


to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.

Lois J. Smith
Lois J. Smith, age 53, of Brighton
Seminole Indian Reservation in
Okeechobee, died Tuesday, May
10, 2005 at Tampa General Hospital
in Tampa. She was born August 28,
1951 in Fort Myers. She was the
daughter of Barfield and Lena
Cypress Johns. She was a member
of the First Indian Baptist Church.
Survivors include her beloved
husband of over 30 years, Jack
Smith, Jr. of Brighton; children,
Jackie and Jahna Smith, both of


Tampa, Jamie and Jeremy Smith,
both of Brighton; fourteen grand-
children; brothers, Tony Osceola
and Billy Johns of Big Cypress.
Archie Johns of Brighton; sisters,
Maude J. Franlo and Leoda Poole
both of Hollywood, Fla., Agnes J.
Bert, Alice J. Sweat and Jenny
Johns, all of Brighton.
Graveside funeral services and
interment will be in Ortona Ceme-
tery in Ortona, Fla. on Thursday,
May 12 at 10 a.m. Pastor Howard
Micco and Pastor Salaw Humming-
bird, will officiate.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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In celebration of both Nurses Week and Hospital Week we d like
to take this moment to honor the contributions of our dedicated
healthcare teams. In a year of extraordinary demands. you were
always there and ready to go above and beyond, even when 'it
meant placing your own needs second to those of others You have
once again proven how extraordinary you truly are.

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While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
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Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Birds
"In the paper you have two little birds enjoying themselves
but you didn't say what kind of birds they were. Could you please
tell us what kind of birds?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. The
birds you are referring to are wood storks.)

Mess
"The new road system on U.S. 441, where was the medical
advisory, county commissioner or somebody to make some
sense out of the inlets and outlets to the doctor's offices and the
hospital. You can't get there from here and you can't get here
from there. I have never seen such a mess in my life."

That Smell
"I saw an article in the paper about perfume being an irritant
to people who have allergies. It is so true and so are floor clean-
ers, bleach and potpourri. So parents if you have children with
any kind of allergies, please don't use these products, you can
use natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. Keep them
away from chemicals, perfume and anything that smells."

Are You Ready?
"Twenty two days until hurricane season I hope everybody
is ready."

Speeders
"First, I want to thank the sheriff for sending the traffic patrol
to stop the speeders in the school zone on Southwest 28th Street,
near New Endeavor and Osceola Middle School. The patrols in
that area have really helped with the speeding problem in that
school zone. I wish the deputies or the city police would also
enforce the speed limits on Southwest Third Avenue. The drivers
get out of the school zone on Southwest 28th Street, turn north
on Third Avenue and drive like maniacs. The speed limit on that
road is 20 or 25 mph, depending on-where you are, but if you
drive the posted speed limit they will pass you like you are sitting
still. If drivers want to go faster than 25 mph, they need to go all
the way down to Parrott Avenue before heading north. Those
side streets are residential areas and we don't need people
speeding through them."

School Calendar
"I went online and checked the school calendar for next year.
The kids start school on Aug. 10. I think this is crazy. If they didn't
have these teacher workdays and extra days off all the time, they
wouldn't have to start school in the middle of the summer. The
migrant students don't get back until October. Starting in August
means they are two months behind when they get here. I just
don't see the advantage is starting school so early."

Deterrent
"This is to the person that said castration doesn't stop or alle-
viate sexual desire. I am not talking about castration for birth
control. It would be a real deterrent and the man wouldn't want
to do anything any more., It would be a lot more of a deterrent
than a wrist band or putting them in jail for life where we have to
pay for them."



Community Events

Lodge hosting Child ID program
The sixth annual Masonic Child Identification program will be
held Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. This is a free service,
and is open to the public. You may have your child video taped for
identification purposes and fingerprinting will also be done.
Alzheimer's patients welcomed. A parent or guardian must be
resent for the video taping. There will be entertainment and activi-
ties, as well as hotdogs and soda. For information, contact Kip Gard-
ner at (363) 357-0427 or (863) 763-1610.
Program Annual Masonico Infantil De Identificacion Sabado 14
De Mayo, De: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. En La Logia Masonica. Este es un
servicio gratuito. Y esta abierto a todo el public. Se tomatan videos
de los ninos can el proposito de que. Estos sirvan papa identificar-
los. Tambien tomaran. Las huellas digitales. Los paciented con
Alzheimer son Bienvenitos tambien. '
La apariencia de los ninos cambia muy rapidamente, Si used
tiene un video que se la haya tamado recientemente, por favor con-
sidere hacer otro mas actualizado, Habra actividades para
entreterner a los ninos, Habra sodas y hot dogs. Para mas infora-
don, par favor contactese con, Kip Gardner al (863) 357-0427 or
(863) 763-1610.

Memorial service is planned
May 15-21 is National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Week, and Sheriff Paul C. May and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office will honor fallen officers. A memorial will be held Saturday,
May 14, at noon in front of the sheriff's office, at 504. N.W. Fifth St.,
by the flagpole.



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Letter to the Editor


Hospice bills
threaten services
There are currently two bills
pending in the House and Senate
that would allow for-profit Hos-
pices to operate more widely in
the state of Florida. Current legis-
lation states that Hospices must
be non-profit. The bills would
eliminate "not-for-profit" in their
description of a Hospice. This
would greatly compromise the
quality of care that residents of
Florida receive under the current
regulations.
Hospice of Okeechobee is a
not-for-profit organization that
prides itself in serving Okee-
chobee and surrounding rural
communities that are not easily
served by the larger hospices. Our
primary focus is on patient care.
For over 20 years and with
great community support, we
have delivered excellent service
to our communities. Your Home-
town Hospice provides services
that go above and beyond what
we are required to do. We also
choose to offer these services at
no cost to any member of the
community who may need them.
For profit hospices would not
make such a choice. For example,
in times of tragedy we offer coun-
seling services to school-age chil-
dren requiring help in the area of
grief counseling. Individual coun-
seling sessions, a Grief and Loss
Support Group and a Children's
Grief Program are also available
to the community regardless as to
whether or not they have had
Hospice services for their loved
one. The same is true for our
weekly Caregiver Support Group.
Your Hometown Hospice has
a great track record of working
with other non-profit agencies in
our county. We believe it is vitally
important that our community
work together to provide the best
quality of service to our residents.
Our agency actively fosters rela-
tionships and works together with
the other non-profit agencies in
our community. This approach
leads to a better understanding of
our community's needs and
makes us more skillful in serving
those needs. We count on each
other for support as any family
would.
Recently many non-profit
agencies joined us in honoring
the volunteers in our community
at a gathering held at our Hospice
office. This was the second time
we organized a volunteer week


celebration and we've been asked
about next year's event! That's
exciting.
Hospice of Okeechobee has
held information sessions for our
community. We have had speak-
ers come in to speak to the public
on topics such as Social Security,
crime prevention, long term care
and advanced directives, to name
a few. We are also available to
come out and speak to you or
arrange for speakers to come to
your organization or neighbor-
hood groups. Our goal is to give
back to the community that has
always been so supportive of us.
Hospice of Okeechobee is cur-
rently applying to the state to be
given permission to serve Kissim-
mee River Estates, and other com-
munities in Highlands County that
are part of our community. No
other hospice has attempted to
educate the state that areas of
Highlands County view them-
selves as part of Okeechobee and
should be allowed to receive serv-
ices from their Hometown Hos-
pice. For-profit hospices will not
even bother to fight for such a dis-
tinction and offer the full array of
community services that we do.
Hospice of Okeechobee is cur-
rently collecting letters of support
for their efforts to serve the areas
of Okeechobee in Highlands
County. I would like to encourage
those that would be willing to
write such a letter to contact me
directly.
If you have any questions
about the services offered by your
Hometown Hospice please call
Theresa Davis or myself at (863)
467-2321. You may also stop by
our offices at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Your
Hometown Hospice is there for
you.
I would like to conclude by
asking that you not allow state
legislators to dictate the level of
care you receive. The intent of
Hospice care is to improve the
quality'of life of patients and their
families as well provide commu-
nity support.
For-profit Hospice organiza-
tions change the meaning and
take away from the true essence
of Hospice care. Please call or
write your state senators and rep-
resentatives and tell them to vote
"No" on SB1622 and HB1633.

Usa Blackman
chief executive officer
Hospice of Okeechobee


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Rauler-
son Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Hass at
(863) 824-2780.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
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 Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510
or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 aim. at the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.20
Plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For infor-
mation, call Bonnie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams
meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thurs-
days. Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the
next camping site.
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 welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-
0985. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
information.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
9360.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Sec-
ond Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park
St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will
meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is
welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, infor-
mation and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth
St. Free care for your loved ones is available at Dunklin Assisted Liv-
ing/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information, call (863) 467-
2321.
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home of
Diane and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-7954.

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing 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 471-9795.
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.


Courtesy photo/Tommy A. Markham,
www.http://tommymarkham.com
Looking Back ...
This is the public pier and steam boat dock on Lake
Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee, in 1908.



Community Events

Veteran's office closed for training
The Okeechobee County Veteran's Services Office will be
closed for training and recertification. The office will reopen
Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m. The VA vans will continue to run to
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, Monday through Friday.
To schedule a ride on the van, call the Veterans Service Office
at (863) 763-8124 a couple of days ahead of time and leave
your name, last four digits of your Social Security number, and
the date and time of appointment (morning appointments
only). If you need to speak to a service officer in reference to a
claim during this time period, contact the Florida Department
of Veterans Affair Benefit Office at the West Palm Beach VA
Medical Center at (866) 383-9036.

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.

School readiness services provided
The Early Learning Coalition will be holding a meeting for
all providers of school readiness services including childcare,
preschool, family homes and faith based-facilities on Friday,
May 13, at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. Join us in
learning more about voluntary pre-kindergarten. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5792.

OHS hosting hypnosis show
The Okeechobee High School will be having a hypnosis
show on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the senior
class of 2005. The community is welcomed. Admission is $5.
See the show or be part of the show. See your friends and
family hypnotized right before your eyes. For questions, call
(863) 697-0090.

Early Learning Coalition to meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and
Okeechobee counties will meet at 1 p.m. at the One Stop
Career Center, 2401 South 29th St., in Fort Pierce on Friday,
May 13. For information, call (863) 462-5792.

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 host-
ing a barbecue on May 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each meal
comes with chicken, baked beans, coleslaw and roll for a $5
donation. The dinners can be delivered or picked up at the
City Fire 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 KOA's second annual Come Camp
With Us Day event. More than 350 KOA Kampgrounds
throughout the U.S. and Canada are participating in this spe-
cial event by providing 30,000 free campsites including KOA
Kamping Kabins. Free-will donation boxes will be available in
the KOA stores for campers to make donations to.KOA Care
Camps for children with cancer. Funds raised will be used to
send children with cancer and their siblings to one of 34 spe-
cial 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.

VFW plans welcome home party
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a welcome
home party on Saturday, May 14, starting at 5 p.m. for approxi-
mately 20 veterans from the Okeechobee area that recently
returned from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Letter carriers plan food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction
with the United States Postal Service, will be collecting non-
perishable food items like canned meats, fish, soup, juice,
pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice on Saturday, May 14, to help
families in need in the Okeechobee community. You can help
by placing your food donation at your mailbox on May 14,
before your letter carrier arrives. It will be taken to the Post
Office and then delivered to a local food bank or pantry. Do
not include out-of-date items or items in glass containers.

Mental illness is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
May 14, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM on and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be
Leah Krumme, consumer outreach director for the National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Florida. The topic will be
challenges facing the mentally ill and their families, and pro-
posed Medicaid legislation that could reduce federal support
for Medicaid-financed mental health services. For informa-
tion, call the NAMI toll free help line at (877) 626-4352; or,
Leah Krumme at (772) 232-9819.

Driver's safety course slated
The Church of the Nazarene will be sponsoring an AARP
driver's safety course on May 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 sen-


iors, 50 and over. For information, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863)
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Community Events

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

Interfaith dialogue session planned
The Okeechobee Muslim community and the members
and friends of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church invite all
who are interested to an interfaith dialogue and pot-luck din-
ner on Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and discus-
sion will be held at the Okeechobee Community Civic Center
located across from the airport entrance on U.S. 98. Dr.
Suraiya Hussain, a local physician and member of Okee-
chobee's Muslim community, and Rev. Sally Bull, pastor of the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, will be moderating the dis-
cussion. Women of Islam and Christianity will be the focused
discussion topic for the evening. Coffee, tea, and table service
will be provided. Please bring a covered dish labeled with the
food type. For those not eating dinner, the discussion will
begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

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

Juvenile Justice Council meeting planned
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will hold their
monthly meeting on Friday, May 20, at noon at the Okee-
chobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The purpose of the
meeting is to enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk
youth in Okeechobee County. The public is invited. For infor-
mation, call Pat O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.

Women's business luncheon planned
A networking luncheon will be held at the Brahma Bull,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., on May 20. Networking will start at 11:30
a.m., and lunch will be at noon. Bring your business cards, fly-
ers, brochures and a give-a-way. Bring a new associate you do
business with to introduce them to our group.

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

Airboat club plans meeting
Big Lake Airboat Club Meeting May 21, at,9am Alvin Ward
Boat Ramp in Moore Haven. Anyone interested in becoming a
member or just want to come out for a ride, come on out.

Flotilla 57 kicks of Safe Boating Week
This year's National Safe Boating week is from May 21 to
28. USCG Flotilla 57 will kick off safe boating week with Ves-
sel Safety Checks (VSCs) and a membership drive at Okee-
Tantie campground and Marina on May 21 and 22. Vessel
Examiners and other auxiliary volunteers will be on site from
9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring your boat by
for a VSC and to drop in and visit the station. Boat owners
passing a VSC during safe boating will receive a coupon for a
free T-shirt from West Marine. The auxiliary is made up of vol-
unteers interested in boating and promoting boating safety. If
you're interested in boating, especially safe boating in Okee-
chobee please check us out. Most everyone agrees the free
training you receive as a member of the auxiliary is invalu-
able. If you can't make it on the weekend, give us a call (863)
467-3085. We'll be glad to make arrangements to check your
boat or speak with you about the auxiliary at a more conven-
ient time. The free t-shirt offer is good for all boaters who
pass their VSC from May 21-27.

Prayer week focuses on military personnel
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, along with other church-
es worldwide, are participating in weekly focused prayer dur-
ing the week of May 22. The focus of our prayer will be our
men and women serving in the military. If you have someone
in the military that you would like us to pray for, e-mail it to
penteofokee@yahoo.com; or mail it to 13333 N.E. Seventh
Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla., 34972. For information, call (863)
467-1611 or (863) 634-4554.

Collaborative Council meets May 24
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday,
May 24, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee
County School Board Office at 700 S.W. Second Ave. The pur-
pose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify
issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services
for children and their families. New or slightly used back to
school supplies including suitcases and back packs for Okee-
chobee children in foster care will be collected. For informa-
tion, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Teen Pregnancy Task Force to meet
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of the Okee-
chobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Tuesday, May 24, at
1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force meets the last
Tuesday of each month. For information about the coalition
or joining the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force, contact
executive director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.


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


Reward offered for info on bear's death


All that remains of M-8, a 275-
pound, 3-year old male black bear
is a radio tracking collar, a white ear
tag and his remains.
The adult bear was illegally shot
and killed by a poacher on a large
ranch near Lake Placid last fall. The
Florida Fish and Wildlife conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) wants to
know who did it and why.
Wildlife Alert, a stakeholders
group that helps combat the illegal
taking of fish and wildlife, is willing
to pay up to a $1,000 reward for
information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the perpetrator.
Anyone having any information
about the shooting of a bear in
Highlands County should contact
the Wildlife Alert hotline at 1-888-
404-FWCC (3922). Callers may
remain anonymous and be eligible
for a reward upon the conviction of
aviolator.
The bear was part of a study
conducted by the University of Ken-
tucky's Native Bear Research Pro-
ject. The local portion of the
research project focuses on black
bears in and around Highlands
County, one of the state's smallest
populations. Black bears are a
threatened species in Florida and as
far as this one is concerned, it was
an important animal with a well-
known history.
"M-8 was important because
this particular animal was one of
the bears using the west side of the
range. He had the potential to show
us how bears negotiate roads and
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officers check the remains of a 3-year old male black bear that was part of the University of
Kentucky's Native Bear research project. The bear was illegally shot and killed in Highlands
County last fall. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and


conviction of the perpetrator.
ing patches of forest in the area,"
said Dave Maehr, Bear Research
Project coordinator for the Universi-
ty of Kentucky. "This information is
highly important in developing con-
servation blueprints for the region
because bears are an ideal flagship
species for protecting sensitive
habitats and other imperiled ani-
mals."
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the bear's radio collar on Satur-
day, Nov. 20, around 5 p.m. Biol-
ogists tracked the signal to a
large ranch near Lake Placid
where the remains of the juvenile
bear were located by an FWC
law enforcement officer. There
has been an ongoing investiga-
tion since that time. Investigators
are now asking for the public's
help in catching and prosecuting
the perpetrator.


Information on Florida black
bears is available at http://wildflori-
da.org/bear/ or by contacting the
FWC's Lakeland office at (863) 648-
3203.
This was the second radio-col-
lared bear in the FWC's Southwest
Region that has been found shot to
death by poachers. A Pasco County
man was convicted of shooting
another University of Kentucky
radio-collared bear in 2004.


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Safe Boating Week in Okeechobee County. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (left
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Legion Post #64
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.
Our kitchen is open daily, serv-
ing regular menu and specials.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
bA until 8 p.m.
SBar 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 starting
at 4 p.m.; bring a covered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with 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.
e Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas are served from 11 a.m. until
6 p.m.
There is entertainmentin our,
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at4 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
through Thursday.
Our monthly birthday party on
the second Wednesday starts at 4
p.m. Entertainment will be by Janet
Certain bring a covered dish.
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 #2001
e 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)
763-8954.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
tion.
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 donation.
Music will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday: karaoke by Jimmy
Harper.
e First and third Thursday: Auxil-
iary at 4 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4 dona-
tion.
Second and fourth Saturday:
16 ounce ribeye steak cooked to
order from 5 p.m. until ? for a $10
donation.
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.


Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
meeting.
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.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?

Okeechobee
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 (863)
357-0427.
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 open to the public. You may
have your child video taped for
identification purposes and finger-
printing will also be done.
Alzheimer's patients are wel-
comed. A parent or guardian must
be resent for the video taping.
There will be entertainment and
activities,.aswell as...hotdogs and
soda. ,,:c ; ,: ', ;: .
The jMasonic iLodge 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) 467-
8020.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge.
. 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 passed away this year. A
carry in buffet will follow the serv-
ice which starts at 2 p.m.
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
menu.
Friday and Saturday nights
there will be music for dancing
starting at 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.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For information,
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954 or
Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Thursday: bar bingo has been
cancelled
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 7 p.m. Food will be
served.
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
and cook.
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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
Fla. 34972.
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able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed 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 more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday through
Sunday.
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
e Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
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 imme-
diately 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
(863) 467-2882.

VFW Post #10539
Welcome home party for
approximately 20 veterans, from
our area, that recently arrived back
from Afghanistan and Iraq at 5 p.m.
on Saturday, May 14.
Second annual South Post
VFW golf outing at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club on May 28,
for $45. There will be a blind draw,
4 person scramble, shotgun start at
8 a.m. Team drawing will be held at
7 p.m. on May 26, Calcutta on May
27 at 7 p.m. You can sign up at the
South Post VFW or the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club.
e The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday, at 10 a.m.
and Sunday, 1 p.m.
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 din-
ner special. Serving begins at 5 p.m.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the menu.
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
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs at noon.
Live music and dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: every third Sunday
we will host a pot-luck birthday din-
ner. All other Sundays are variable.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the sched-
ule of events. Darts begin at 7 p.m.


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will return to Okeechob:e


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Brahman baseball team
will host Bradenton Friday evening
at Brahman Field in the semifinals
of regional competition.
If the Brahmans win Friday
night, they will take on the winner
of the Boca Raton/Bradenton
Bayshore game on Tuesday, May
17, at Brahman Field. The winner
of that match up will advance to
Sarasota to take part in the state
tourney.
The Brahmans, who went 15-
10 in regular season play, came
alive in post season action with the
help of some strong pitching by
Blake Marsocci and Travis Rogers,


Lady Brahman Lynsey Wright
has been selected to represent her
school, community, state and
region at a national softball tourna-
ment in Hawaii for Tourney Sport
Team USA.
Wright will be participating in
the tournament with athletes from
48 other states by invitation only.
The criteria for selection was based
on past performances, future
potential as a softball player, posi-
tions played, statistics, academic
standing, awards received, post
season participrticipation, varsity level
play and personal recommenda-
tion by her coach.
Wright has been a shortstop on
the varsity softball team since her
freshman year. An ankle injury
sidelined her for much of the past
season, but her past performances
as well as her 3.5 grade point aver-
age and recommendation by her
coach helped in her selection by
Tourney Sport Team USA.
For nine days the athletes will
practice together for the classic
which will be held at the end of the
nine-day stretch. Tournament
Sport has also scheduled a tour of
Pearl Harbor, a chance to try surf-
ing and a lesson in hula dancing for


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Marsocci


and a three-run
home run by
Cody Storey.
Marsocci
threw a one-
hitter and
struck out four
batters to help
the Brahmans
defeat Pine
Crest Charter
of Ft. Laud-
erdale and


advance in sub-regional action.
Marsocci threw another one-hit-
ter and struck out 13 to beat Lin-
coln Park.
Storey put the icing on the
cake for Okeechobee with a
three-run homer to give the Brah-


mans the 6-0 victory against Lin-
coln Park.
Travis Rogers took the mound
to give the Brahmans the district
title at Suncoast High School when
they defeated Forest Hill 9-3 in the
championship finals on May 5.
The Friday night game against
Bradenton is scheduled to begin at
7 p.m. The cost of admission to this
game will be $6 per person due to
FHSAArules.
The Purple and White football
game originally scheduled for Fri-
day evening has been postponed
until Friday, May 27, due to this
important baseball game.
The barbecue will begin at 6
p.m. with the intrasquad football
game will start at 7 p.m.


Courtesy photo
Lady Brahman Lynsey Wright will participate in a national
softball tournament in Hawaii for Tourney Sport Team USA.
The Lady Brahman shortstop already has plans to attend
Indian River Community College (IRCC) to become a regis-
tered nurse.
the girls. to become a registered nurse.
Wright plans to attend Indian She is the daughter of Larry and
River Community College (IRCC) Vickie Wright.


The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers on April 28 unanimously
approved the request by the
Okeechobee County Tourist
Development Council to host
the 2006 EverStart Series Bass
Tournament.
The EverStart Series will be
back in Okeechobee County
Jan. 4-7 to kick off the 2006
Southeast Division Season with
400 pros and co-anglers expect-
ed to compete in the tourna-
ment.
FLW outdoors will focus
national attention on Okee-
chobee, creating positive
impressions for the region.
Businesses and residents will
benefit from millions of dollars
in sponsor and competitor
expenditures in the community.
Additionally, media exposure
will generate tourism revenue
for years to come.
As a host of the 2006 Ever-
Start Series tournament, Okee-
chobee will instantly become a
prime vacation destination for
the nation's 82 million outdoor
enthusiasts. Fishing fans across
the country will read about the
area's terrific fishing opportuni-
ties thanks to news and feature
coverage in the nation's top
daily newspapers, weekly
newspapers and outdoor maga-
zines. Broadcast coverage by
FLW Outdoors on Fox Sports
Net will further enhance the
event.
The EverStart Series features
a pro/co-angler format with
pros supplying the boats fishing
from the front deck against
other pros and controlling boat
movement. Co-anglers fish
from the back deck and com-
pete against other co-anglers.
Every angler who receives
weight credit in a tournament
earns points that determine
angler standings.
The EverStart Series is
designed as a pathway to the
Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world's
most lucrative bass-tournament


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Justin Schwier of Okeechobee won the EverStart Series
tournament held Jan. 10-11, 2004 on Lake Okeechobee.


He won $10,000 and a new
efforts.
series.
Each FLW Outdoors host has
to meet certain requirements to
ensure its status among the
nation's top fishing destinations
and collect the benefits associ-
ated with hosting premier fish-
ing events.
"The Tourist Development
Council is working very hard to
bring events and tournaments
that will enhance the local
economy and also promote
Okeechobee County national-
ly," said TDC tourism coordina-
tor Kathy Scott. "Professional
organizations like FLW Out-
doors will bring participants
and exposure to Okeechobee
County. We have had a great
working relationship with FLW


Ranger bass boat for his

Outdoors through last year's
four BFL Tournaments and look
forward to continuing with the
2006 EverStart Tournament.
"I am very proud to have
EverStart back to Okeechobee
County. The economic impact
to the Okeechobee County area
will be in excess of $3 million,"
she added.
For information on FLW Out-
doors and the EverStart Tourna-
ment visit
www.flwoutdoors.com.
For local Okeechobee Coun-
ty information contact Kathy
Scott, tourism coordinator,
Okeechobee County Tourist
Development Council, at (863)
763-3959; or, www.okee-
chobee-tdc.com.


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Sports Briefs


Hours announced
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex swimming pool hours of
operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday -
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday
through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.,
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.
For information, contact the pool
office at (863) 467-7667.

OHS volleyball
meeting is planned
A meeting for all prospective
Okeechobee High School volley-
ball players and their parents is
scheduled for Monday, May 16, at


7:30 p.m. in the OHS gym.
The purpose of the meeting is
to inform prospective players
about planned summer activities,
FHSAA required physical and
permission forms and how and
when tryouts will take place in
August.
If you are interested in trying
out for volleyball next year, you
should plan to attend this meet-
ing.
If it is not possible for you to
attend, contact coach George May
at (863) 634-5836.

Church hosting
golf tournament
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-


The cost is $40 per player with
a four-man team scramble. For
information, contact Nancy at
(863) 763-1699.


Swim lessons
being offered
Registration for swimming les-


ed to 112 golfers, so early registra-
tion is urged.
A barbecue luncheon will be
provided.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, May 6,
through Thursday, May 12, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Kingdom of Heav-
en" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 7
p.m. only. Saturday and Sunday at
2 and 7 p.m. only. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m. only.
Theatre II "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, 7and9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Hitchhikers Guide
To the Galaxy" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.


Briefs

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of
northwest Second Street and Sec-
ond Avenue. Entertain or educate
yourself, using 486 audiocas-
settes, including audio books,
plus Christian romances and 575
videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report,
programs for men, women or
children, a craft project or a Sun-
day school lesson. We use the
Dewey Decimal System, the same
as school and public libraries. As
a private library we can and do
preview our media. Currently, the
library is staffed Sunday from 9:30
a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and
Wednesday evening from 6 until 8
p.m. Contact Doris Entry at (863)
763-4021.

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
and 'Friday from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic educa-
tion/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8
p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St.,
adult basic education/GED, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 7
a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa
Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship
class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9
p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925,
N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic educa-
tion/GED and English as a second
language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9
p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and.Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.;'
and, Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English
as a second language, Tuesday
and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.

Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child
Find helps find and identify chil-
dren up to 21 years of age, who
may need special education serv-
ices. The primary focus is on 3-
and 4-year-old children not yet in
a school setting. Child Find pro-
vides free screenings on speech
and language, development,
vision, and hearing. For informa-
tion, contact Debbie Wagner at
(800) 358-8525.

Volunteers are
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.


has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents.
Permanent and part-time volun-
teers provide direct patient sup-
port services such as companion-
ship, telephone contacts, letter
reading, main caregiver relief and
other non-medical assistance.
They also assist Hospice in fund
raising, clerical and office sup-
port. Age is not a barrier. For infor-
mation, visit Hospice of Okee-
chobee at 411 S.E. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, or call (863) 467-
2321.


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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
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HYDRO TESTER:
JOIN OUR TEAM
in Fort Pierce facility.
Will train for the position.
Job includes, but not limited to
bending and lifting.
Medical, Dental, 401K &
Life Insurance available.
Call 722-464-6795 or
Fax 772-462-0716.
EOE; Drug Free Workplace.


HUMAN RESOURCE ANALYST
Brighton Reservation
Responsible for all HR activities at Brighton Res-
ervation but will be required to travel to Tampa &
Ft. Pierce Reservations from time to time. Duties
include recruitment, employee relations & pre-
employment screening. Bachelors pref. but may
be substituted for experience. At least 5 years
exp. in human resources as a Generalist/Admin-
istrator/Supervisor. Exp. in Lawson HRIS Sys-
tems + willingness to travel to other
Reservations. Salary negotiable with benefits.
Fax resume with salary req. to (954)967-3477.


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant ,..... 1. '. .....1 1. at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then i i _, I. for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


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


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


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


Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.


DRIVERS & HELPERS
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL. Exc.
Benefits! Apply at:
Wastes Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972. No phone
calls please!!
EOE, DFWP


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, mm184, Fl Turnpike
(863)763-9383 DFWR
LABORERS NEEDED
To help on small ranch
in Ft. Drum. Call John
863-467-5377
863-447-0752

NEEDED
LAUNDRY

WORKER
Seeking mature,
responsible
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:
406 N.W. 4th St.
Local
Construction Company
Looking for person
EXPERIENCED
in framing, roofing,
carpentry, drywall,
-l, in,0 ,_, l ic n work.
Class D license required.
863-357-1804
Looking for Someone
Exp'd For Concrete
Block & Flatwork.
Must have drivers license.
Annual starting salary: $30K
for qualified applicants.
863-357-0852

OFFICE MANAGER
For Apartment Complex
Excellent Hours,
Benefits, Wages.
Computer skills essential.
Office experience helpful.
Ideal for semi-
retired individual.
Call (863)467-9771 or
(863)407-334-5418
EOE.
Order Processing
& Accounts Receivable
Good people skills &
accuracy a must. Quick
Books & Microsoft Office
exp. pfd., Mon-Fri, 8:30-5.
Salary + benefits.
Please fax resume to:
863-357-0006
SERVICE DRIVER NEEDED
Sw/Class B CDL required.
40+ hrs. per week.
Good Pay. Reliable.
Call: Mid Florida Portable
Toilets @ (863)655-2940.
Survey Field Positions, in-
strument and rodman in
Okee area. Top pay, signing
bonus, benefits, advance-
ment. Northstar Geomatics.
772-781-6400.
TAMPA FARMS
Now hiring
Night Watchman & Exp. Class
A CDL Drivers Apply:
19200 SW Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown, FL 34956
772-597-2000
ext. 19
WANTED: Experienced
Dump/Roll-off Drivers
Top pay to the right person.
Benefits. Please call
772-336-9636
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.


WANTED: EXPERIENCED
LOADER/BOBCAT
TRACTOR OPERATORS
Top pay to the right person
Benefits. Please call
(772)336-9636


!! ALL TRADES NEEDED!!
Daily work Daily pay
Report to Labor Finders 6am
105 SW 3rd Ave.
Part Time Kitchen help.
Must be able to work
weekends, evenings,
'; ill 1 ,j i l I :J 1 : Jp l, i'n
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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
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Farm-Style Windmill
Built primarily from fir plywood, this decorative
farm-style windmill responds to even light breezes
with 12 smooth-spinning blades and a vane. Its
blade hub turns on a ball bearing attached to a shaft,
and the shaft, blades and vane pivot on a lazy-susan
bearing. The completed windmill stands nearly 7
feet tall at the tip of the uppermost blade and mea-
sures about 20 inches wide at the base.
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Services



Babysitting 4105
Child Care Needed 41)
Child Care OIfe.*ed-I I3
Instruction .1i'0
Services Offered 4 ?
i Insurance 430,
Medical Seruices-J3i.




MAURO HORSE SHOEING
(954)540-9659
Oklahoma ,
Graduate y74
Shoes = $70
Trim = $25




TOP BRANCH
TREE SERVICE &
LANDSCAPING
Demolition/trash removal
Complete Residential/Comm
Licensed,#1H0000785
Insured, Bonded
Call Bob 863-357-3141



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




TIRED OF WAITING??
Vinyl siding, skirting, Interior
Repairs, & Carports
Call BOB Now!!
(863)357-3141
Licensed, Insured, Bonded
Lic#Il 10000785

How fast can your car
o? It can go even
aster when you sell it
in the classified.


ROOFING, DRYWALL
& PAINTING
30 years experience
All Types of Roofs
5 Year Warrantee
SShingles Available
Free Estimates
All Phases of Repair
Call Ray, Toll Free @
(877)999-3348 Stuart, FL
Licensed & Insured
#CGC001594


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 5,10
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 5'5
Bicycles 53')
Books 8 Magazines 525
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 515
Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 5E
Cli;na. Gl'1sware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins, Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
C.-afts Supplies S85
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens & Fjbrcs 595
Fireplace Fixture C00
Firewood 605
iFurniture 610
Fu.~s 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
He.t;ng Equipment -
Supplies 625
Hoiuschod Items '330
Jewelry 635
Lamps Lights 640
Luggage 6-45
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Mirsical Instruments 6'60
Office Supplies.'
Equ;kment 665
Pets Supplies'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies '300
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 1390
Satellite 95
Sewirng Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 73i)
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 7-10




AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
(863)675-5929
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


SECRETARY DESK- Early 18th
Century, mint condition,
$700 neg. (863)357-2233.
Victorian Games Compendi-
um: Cards, Chess, Backgam-
mon, Horse Racing, etc. Rules
book. $1500 (863)532-9013


DRYER, Kenmore, $80.
(863)467-6145
GAS & ELECTRIC STOVES
Elec. stove w/glass top.
$450 for both, will sep.
(863)675-0948
REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER-
GE, white, 18.2 cu. ft. Frost
free with ice maker. Like
new. $175. (863)357-8788.


BIKE CARRIER- Yakima,
Holds up to 3 bikes. $150.
(863)467-0031.
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


WINDOWS (2) Gorrel, Vinyl,
Thermopane, 5/8th low E,
Argon gas filled. 36x36.
$200 both. (863)467-5956


CARPET PAD & tackless
strips, new, $35 for all.
(863)763-6342.



CRIB, Oak with mattress, sin-
gle bed frame with boxspring
only, $80 will sell separately.
(863)763-4257 '
LITTLE TYKES DESK CHAIR
Sandbox, pic. table, & house.
Bounce walker, carseat, etc.
$200 will sep (863)801-6031


BOOTS, TIMBERLAND, Black,
Ladies, Sz. 5. Low cut. New,
Never worn. Pd. $75, will
take $50. (863)357-1517



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


BEDROOM SET
8pc all wood, king size
Good condition $600
(863)675-3699
CHEST- good for storing lin-
ens and blankets, dark
wood, $50. (863)763-0428.
COMPUTER DESK, light wood
finish, $50. (863)763-4257
CRAFTMATIC BED
Single w/vibration mode
$100 (863)467-6512
DINING RM SET, seats 10. w/
6 ch's., lighted hutch. Sacri-
fice for $850. in Okee.
(863)467-2132
DINING ROOM SET- Formal,
Seating for 6, Full sz. lighted
china cabinet. $2000. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
DINING SET w/4 chairs. Pe-
can. $100 (863)357-4532
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
contemporary, light wood,
lighted, $200
(863)675-1634 evenings
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
fits 32" TV, excellent condi-
tion, light wood, $120.
(863)634-9826.
LEATHER CHAIR- reclining,
swivel, w/ottoman, Ivory
color, exc cond, $120.
(863)357-6660 Ive msg.
LIVING ROOM SET- 2 pcs
w/sofa bed, white $500. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
LOFT STYLE BUNKBED- with
desk and bookshelf, $450.
(863)357-7075 AFTER 6PM
RECLINER- with massage,
leather, wall saver, $30.
(863)946-1481.
SOFA all leather by View-
point Leather Works, 7 feet
long, great condition $200
(863)763-4371
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700. (863)634-7359
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700. (863)634-7359
SOFA, Sleeper, Leather, 8 Ft.
Long. $350. (863)467-2930
VANITY/DESK- brand new,
$100 neg. (863)357-2233.
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. $100.
(863)763-6909.



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored, $2200.
(863)692-2229.
GOLF CART- body, '67 Club
Car, no frame, $175 or best
offer (863)675-1472.


EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.
GOLF CART- Club Car, gas,
reconditioned, $1495.
(863)675-1472.
GOLF CART- Easy Go. 3
wheeler, Brand new batteries
with a charger, Very clean.
$1300. (863)467-7428
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1000.
(863)697-2033



EXERCISE BIKE- Schwin, sta-
tionary, asking $55.
(863)357-0371.



WATER HEATER Used, Runs
Great. $25..
(863)467-2132/397-8308.



DIRT DEVIL MOP-VAC
New in box, will sacrifice
for only $40-firm. Cleaning
made easy! (863)763-8149
ELEGANT KING COME
Beige-taupe beaded 2 king
shams, 2 throw pil. like new
$50 (863)634-1893
FLORAL peach/rose/sage
comforter, full sz., complete
set w/ matching trash can
$75 (863)634-1893
FOOD PROCESSOR
Pro. Strength w/ ex. blades &
access. blend, grind & juice
$50 firm (863)763-8149


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


MASSAGE TABLE
Top of the line.
Paid $560, will sell for $360
(863)763-6475



BASS GUITAR, chord, stand,
case, amp & tuner, mike &
amp, all new, $900.
(863)675-3881
Drum Sel, 5 pc., 4 mos. old,
all hardware goes, $700.
(863)634-9771


AMER PITT BULL TERRIER-
CKC, 7 weeks old, $300.
(863)467-7778 or
(863)697-6420.
AMERICAN BULL DOG- Ap-
prox 2 yr, Spayed, Good
with children. House broke.
$250. (863)801-1724
AQUARIUMS, 1) 65 Gallon &
1) 10 Gallon. $65 for both,
will sep. (863)801-4949
BASSET HOUND w/papers. 9
mo. old., Female. House-
broken. All shots. Tracking
Chip. $650 (863)634-3841
BLUE PITT BULL PUP- male,
5 mos old., $150
(863)675-1865.
BOSTON TERRIER- male, 10
mos. old, all shots, micro-
chip, great w/kids. $300,
(863)697-0845.
BOXER PUPPIES- 6 Males
CKC Reg., 8 weeks old.
$300. ea. (863)634-4025
or (863)634-5053
BOXER PUPPY- 13 wks,
Cropped & docked. $350.
(863)634-1157.
CHIHUAHUA MIX 3 mo old
Very Friendly, j,:,':,,1 i ,
Brindle colored. Up to date on
shots. $150 (863)824-8749
JACK RUSSELL PUPPY- 9mo.
$300. or best offer.
(863)447-5296.
PITT BULL PUPS- Brindle,
health cert., ready to go
soon, $350 (863)763-7446.
TOY CHIHUAHUA- adult male,
5yrs old, $75.
(863)763-2749.
YORKI PO0 PUP- 8 weeks
old. Perfect "Mothers Day"
gift. $450.(863)357-0037.
Young Rabbits for breeding,
meat or pets, $5.00 each.
(863)357-1035


NIKON N70 w/Nikkor 20mm
3.5 lens + 5 lenses. Nikon
flash kit/ext. 2 mono pod. Kiwi
case. $500 863-532-9013



6 PERSON HOT TUB
W/two filters. In good condi-
tion. Must sell. $750 or best
offer (863)946-3888



CLUB CAR GOLF CART


Electric w/ canopy and charg-
er, excellent condition.
$1600 (863)635-4268



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


SNAPON MIG WELDER
W/allum. spool gun. 2 tanks
w/ flow meters. Asking
$1200 (863)697-9704
SNAPON PLASMA CUTTER
W/ new leads & extra tips
Asking $1200
(863)697-9704
TABLE SAW- 1 1/2 HP, 10",
$125. (863)763-6342.
TOOL BOX, Metal, On Wheels.
$50. (863)801-4949


VACUUM CLEANER Oreck
Buster portable With all at-
tachments. $30.
(863)467-6548


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

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 715
Farm Equipment i1-5
Farm Feed Product 81 I L)
Farm Miscellaneous F. I'r
Farm Produce '2,1i
Farm Services
Offered :
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted 8-'1
Fertilizer 8335
Horses fJij
Landscaping
Supplies 4f.
Lawn 8 Garden 950
Livestock 8'51
Poultry. Supplies 661)6
Seeds 'Plants
Flowers i:,




ROUND BALES OF HAY
$20. @.
863-634-9111
L, ,'liii for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.


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



RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
RIDING LAWN MOWER-
Snapper, $200.
(863)824-0523.


Rentals



Apartments '?i',
Business Places 9101
Commercial
Property 915
Condos
Townhouses Rernt20u
Farm Property -
Rent 9C20
House Rent -''
Land Rent S
Resort Property -
Rent -:45
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent .00



OKEECHOBEE- Furn., rent by
week/month, on the water,
lake access, very nice, in
town, (863)634-0322


EAGLE BAY DRIVE
(SW 24th Ave.)
3/2,1900 Sq. Ft.
on 1 Acre w/Workshop.
$2000 mo. (Includes Lawn
Service). Call (863)634-7490
FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 BA,
garage. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.
(305)944-2721.
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, Sin-
gle Family Home. $800. mo.
+ Sec. dep. & Refs. Avail
May 15th. (561)445-8281.


Medical
Office Space
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. ,'hi;i, to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
:':'. For information



OKEECHOEE- Private BR, BA,
full hse privileges, util incld
phone but no long dist.
$500/mo. (863)357-1426.


OKEECHOBEE- Furn., rent by
week/month, on the water,
lake access, cery nice, in
town, (863)634-0322



BUCKHEAD RIDGE- Duplex, 1
BR, Lake access. Fully furn.,
$800. nmo. Ut I., Water &
Cable included. 1st/Last &
Sec. dep.
561-307-0900/632-0948.

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GAINESVILLE- College dorm
house. 4/2, good location,
fenced backyard, glass patio
room, 1lyr home appliance
warranty, Avail 6/15,
$168,000. (863:763-6002
LAKEPORT, 2 BR/2BA Framed
Home on 1 Acre. Needs
work. Great little fixer upper.
$69,900.863-634-7490


CLEWISTON: 2.5 acre vacant
land. Pioneer in Clewiston.
$65,099 neg.
954-547-8042



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
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wants to buy your land,
20-2000 acres. Call Joseph
(305)992-7343.






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OKEE, East of Town 3BR, 2BA
D/W. Nearly refurbished.
C/A, $850. mo + 1st, last &
sec dep 786-299-0263


OKEECHOBEE- Nice, clean,
3br, 1 5ba, No Pets,
S500/mo + $500 Sec.
(863)763-6232.



14'x 52' MOBILE HOME
Furniture included. Bring your
toothbrush. $6000 down &
assume payments. Must
Move (863)763-6475

Recreation



Goats sun'.
Campers RVs 30i1)
Jet Skiis 30ti
Marnne Accessories L'2)
lfiarin MI,.celaneous 310'"5
Motorcycle; 30130
Spor, Vehicles ATVs



'84 Mitchell Craft, 15V2ft.
fiberglass boat w/ 2001 50h/p
Johnson motor. $2500. Ask
about trailer. (239)821-3170
AIR BOAT HULL- w/cage,
13.5ft, $800.
(863)634-9826.
BASS BOAT 390V RANGER
1986 with 150 h/p Mercury
Opti Max, low hrs w/trailer
$6000 (863)946-0307
BASS BOAT- Ranger, 17', with
115 Mercury engine, runs
excellent, w/trlr. $1500.
(863)801-.1666.
BOAT & TRAILER- fiberglass
boat Mercury 7.5 w/ less
than 25 hours. Great shape.
$1500 neg.(836)697-3869
BOAT- 15' Walk thru Tri Hull,
w/trlr, 50HP Johnson, $500.
(863)674-1105.
FIBERGLASS BOAT-1961
Mercury 7.5, less than 25
hrsw/1966 trailer, $1500
or best offer (863)697-3869
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
(863)697-1645.
OUTBOARD LOWER UNIT
Johnson/Evinruth V4, Long
shaft $150 (863)697-6812
TIDECRAFT BASS BOAT &
TRLR, '83- 140HP Suzuki,
S i-. ,I $1800.
(863)946-1481.



CHEVY AEROLITE, '86, 20',
4.3 V6, low mi., gas saver,
rare, good cond., nice, ready
to roll, Bargain! $6450.
(863)763-1527



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



Airboat Engine, Ground Pow-
er Unit, with 520 jugs, needs
modifying, $2000.
(863)675-1754
JOHNSON MOTOR- 70HP,
Rebuilt 03/05, Runs great,
$1250. Trade in considered
Call Rusty (863)467-1960
SHARK ROD, new, custom &
baits, $400. (863)467-8161
SPINNING ROD, custom
leather, new & Shimano 65
Bait Runner reel, $425.
(863)467-8161


HONDA 1977, Auto shift,
Runs good. Complete w/ac-
cessories. $600.
(863)467-5819
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER,
2005 Single Rail. Fen-
ders/Lights. $1500
(863)674-0898
TRIUMPH CLASSIC '73, 750
CC, Black/Silver. Out of stor-
age. $2500 (863)674-0898


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YAMAHA 2003 R6 Street
Bike: Blue, only 4,000 miles,
great condition. $6500. Call
Paul @ (863)634-5698


FOUR WHEELER- Runs Good.
$500. (863)763-5471.
HONDA ATC 200 (3) Needs
work, comes with extra
parts. $400.
(863)674-0556.
JEEP CHEROKEE- 91', New
A/C starter, water/fuel
pumps. Needs major motor
work $900.863-532-9355.
RAIL BUGGY: New motor.
Exc. shape. Needs finish work.
Tons of spare parts. Engine
Block. $3000 (863)675-6214
YAMAHA PW 80 '95, Runs
good, $500. (863)634-5402


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4021.
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 41030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

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1991 HONDA CIVIC
Ice cold a/c & tow hitch
$1800 (863)675-4540 or
(863)677-3091


'85 BUICK SKYHAWK 2D,
5spd, gd. tires & brks, title,
nds head gasket, not run
$400 (863)612-0515 msg.
'85 CAD FLEETWOOD 4D
newer tires, gd brakes, runs
good, nds head gasket $600
neg. (863)612-0515 Iv. msg
CHEVY CAVALIER '99, over-
hauled engine, exc. cond.,
A/C, white, 4 dr, $2500. Call
(863)610-2190
CHEVY LUMINA- '93, Dual air,
Very Good condition. $1800.
(863)234-1009 or
(863)674-0843.
CHRYSLER CONCORDE, '95,
170k miles, extra clean, CD,
all power, $2500.
(863)357-1074
DODGE COLT 1989 Station
Wagon, Very small car. Ex-
cellent on gas. $600 or best
offer. (863)467-0376
FORD TAURUS 1989, 4 Door,
$1000. (863)447-0384


FORD Bronco-1990 XLT 4x4
runs good, looks good. Ask-
ing $2500 (239)707-8365
or (863)673-2342
FORD TAURUS, '87 no air,
auto, new tires, low miles,
rebuilt mtr, new batt, $800
neg. (863)763-6396
FORD TEMPO- "93, Good
Condition. $1500.
(863)234-1009 or
863)674-0843.
LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1991,
Runs good w/air. Needs
shocks. $1000 firm.
(863)763-3822
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS
1992, Runs great, ice cold
air. Minor body damage.
$2200 (863)467-8166
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS,
1993, $2500.
(863)763-8409
TRANS AM-'85, Need to be
r e d o n e
$600.(863)467-1985.


SATURN SC1 '95, Loaded. 2
dr., 5 spd., New Tires/10
Disc CD, Racing Stripes, etc.
$4000/trade. 863-634-3797
TOYOTA AVALON, '00- 1
owner, runs great, exc cond.
loaded, $9900 Must Sell!
(561)422-3477.


CHEVY PU, '68- Stepside, 8ft
bed, rebuilt trans, driven dai-
ly, rare model, $5500.
(863)697-6433
MERCURY COUGAR, '77, 2
door, low miles, $1200.
(863)357-0371


CHEVY 1991 3/4 Ton Pickup,
4x4, 4 spd., $2500 or best
offer. (863)675-6214 after 6
pm.


JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
good $2500.
(863)675-9243.
WILLY MILITARY JEEP- '60,
Many good parts, Complete,
Will make a good hunting
buggy. $750.863-763-3153


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


FORD F600 UHAUL IT- exc.
running cond. 24' box, good
for const., flatbed for stor-
age, $2000 (561)844-5757.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


BRAKE ROTOR LATHE
On-car, new, never used
$2500 or best offer
(863)763-0438
CHEVY PICK UP 1979, For
parts. $75. (863)675-7471
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
(863)692-2229.
RIMS (4) 17" ECCELL w/Wan-
li Low Profile Tires. Fits
most 5 lug patterns. $450 or
trade. 863-634-3797 Tim
TIRES, (5), Falken Ziex
S/TZ01 265 50R20, plenty
of miles left, $150.
(863)763-4098
Tires-4, Bumper jack, tow
bar Heavy duty vice. $140.
will separate.
(863)675-7471.
TONNEAU COVER, Leer, Fi-
berglass, Silver. Fits Dodge
Ram 1500. Good condition.
$600. (863)763-8988


CHEVY 1/2 ton, V8, auto Flat
-.1 .111111 Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
863-697-6812.
DODGE DAKOTA
P/U with cap. Runs good,
needs clutch. $400
(863)357-2573


4
FORD F150 1994, 6 cyl., 5
spd., new tires & clutch.
Runs excellent. $1800 neg.
(863)697-8740
FORD RANGER- '92, 2 Wheel
Drive, V6, A/C $1000.
(863)673-5443


GMC BLAZER, '98- 4 door,
sunroof, CD, AC,$4000.
(863)697-1670.


JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT'9E
2 Dr, 5 spd. manual. NEW
motor/trans./tires. $3500 (
trade. (863)634-3797 Tim


CARGO TRAILER, '00 Hal
mark 8x20, with doveta
ramp, pulled twice local'
$4,000. (863)673-6566
TRAILER Heavy Duty, dovi
tailed w/ ramps and dual
lug axles. 7' 6" x 19' $170
(239)707-8365


DODGE GRAND CARAVA
SE, '90, red, nice bod'
good condition, $200
(863)467-0987
FORD AEROSTAR- '92, Goo
motor Needs Trans. & A/
$750. or best offe
(863)357-6378.


Community Events


Public invited to Lunchbox Lecture
Please keep this lunch date open and plan to join us. The parents,
providers and the public are cordially invited to attend a Lunchbox Lec-
ture, featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma, PhD, LMHC. Her
fourth lecture scheduled for May 24, will address sexual predators. The
free lecture will be presented at the upstairs meeting room of the Visiting
Nurses Association located at 208 S.E. Park Street, from 11:30 a.m. until
1 p.m. Bring your lunch, beverages will be provided. Lunchbox Lectures
are presented by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and spon-
sored by the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition to inform and heighten
the community's awareness of topics that surround the increasing prob-
lem of teen pregnancy in Okeechobee. We invite you to join us over the
next few months for additional lectures that will focus on Sex Education
for Teens/Parents, Adolescence and Sexual Boundaries, and Techniques
to Use for Children that Are Self Mutilating. The doors will open at 11:30
a.m. and the Lecture will begin promptly at noon. For information,
please call the Healthy Start Coalition Office at (863) 462-5877.

Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will
continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library meeting room.
Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to attend. The
group's schedule is: Thursday, May 26, "Yellow Raft, Blue Water" -
Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before Women Had Wings" -
Connie Fowler. If you have questions or would like more information,
call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Memorial Day bike rally planned
Okeechobee's first Memorial Day Bike Rally and Corvette Show will
be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 E. on
May 28, 29 and 30:. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $5 a day or $10 for
the weekend, and children under the age of 12 are free. There will be live
music, games and food. Come see outrageous machines, custom paint
jobs and lots more. Vendors for T-shirts, face painting and more will be
there. This is a time to honor those who have served and are currently
serving this great nation. Gates are open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. For
information, check out www.fl-bike-rally.com; or, call (863) 634-8980.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Friday, June 3,
and Saturday, June, 4 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will be held at
the air conditioned Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House located at
the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee.


Free Hair Cut Day aids ranch
Eddie Accardi Dodge is sponsoring the second annual Free Hair Cut
Day at Chuck's Barber Shop, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., on Monday, June 6,
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Real Life Children's
Ranch.

Wildlife center hosts summer camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual summer
camp during the month of June. This wildlife education camp is open to
campers ages 8-12.
There will be four separate sessions beginning June 6 through June
10. The other sessions are June 13 through June 17, June 20 through 24
and June 27 through July 1. The camp will be open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The cost is $100 per camper.
This camp will be educational as well as fun. Campers will learn
about wildlife and the environment. There will be a day devoted to "Sur-
vival in the Wild". Florida Wildlife Conservation officers Kevin Losee and
Sean Smith will teach the young campers how to survive in the wilder-
ness. There will also be daily crafts, one large take-home craft, ice cream
parties and a field trip to and pontoon boat ride at River Woods.
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as possi-
ble. For information contact Sue Arnold at 763-4630.

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

Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual Lin-
coln Day Dinner on Friday, June 10, at the Shrine Club on U.S. 78. Social
time will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. This
year's keynote speaker will be Rep. Frank Attkisson, Florida House of
Representatives, District 79. Dinner will include a sirloin steak served
with a baked potato, green beans and a salad. Tickets are $30 per per-
son. If you or your business would like to sponsor a table for this event
please call Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-1639. If available,
tickets may be purchased at the door.

Methodist church hosts Bible school
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W Second
St., will hold vacation Bible school June 13-17 from 5 until 8:10 p.m. daily.
The theme this year is the Circle G Ranch: Ask, Seek, Knock. Each adven-
ture is filled with a powerful Bible story and fun crafts, games and music.


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There is also an adult Bible study, which will be led by Reverend Bruce
Simpson and Reverend Jim Dawson. A light meal will be served each day.
Registration fee is $5 per child, with a $10 maximum per family. Call the
First United Methodist Church office at (863) 7634021 for information.

Martha's House plans training session
Martha's House will offer eight hours of training on June 22, in the
South Florida Water Management Auditorium, located in the Bank of
America building, 205 North Parrott Ave., from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The
cost for the training is $10. Certificates will be given. For information,
contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Guardian ad Litem training offered
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad Litem
program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin counties to represent the best interest of abused, aban-
doned and neglected children in court. This meeting will be June 27-30
and July 1 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the South County Annex, St. Lucie
West Courthouse, 250 N.W. Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, on the
second floor meeting. For information, call (772) 785-5804.

Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting applica-
tions for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or before Sept. 1,
but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at Northside Headstart,
1798 N.W Ninth Ave. For appointments, call Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-
8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-2242. Headstart opens as early as 7
a.m. Qualifying children may stay as late as 5:30 p.m.

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

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


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