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Vol. 96 No. 136
Monday, May 16, 2005
50t Plus tax
Celebrity servers aid
The Golden Corral Restau-
rant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., will
host Celebrity Servers Night
on Monday, May 16, from 4:30
until 8 p.m.
All proceeds raised will go
to the Children's Miracle Net-
Staff from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office,
including Sheriff Paul May,
and the Okeechobee City
Police Department, including
Chief Denny Davis, will be
waiting on customers. All of
their tips will go to the Chil-
dren's Miracle Network.
Advanced tickets are $8.50
and can be purchased from
Kay Schoonmaker in adminis-
tration reception at the sher-
iff's office, 504 N.W. Fourth St.
to protect sharks
Gainesville (AP) With
his two golden retrievers rest-
ing their heads in his lap,
George Burgess seems gentler
than one might expect for a
guy who catalogs shark car-
Yet a laid-back, amiable
nature helps Burgess, perhaps
the nation's most visible shark
scientist and frequently quot-
ed expert on shark attacks,
plead a strong case for the
conservation of sharks, even
as he's explaining why one
swam off with a chunk of
And finally, 30 years after
the movie "Jaws" sent shark-
human relations into a tailspin,
his message is starting to pene-
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
Community Events. .. .4
Crossword ........ .10
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports ........ .8
TV ............. .11
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Memorial Service: Honors fallen police officers
Code Board to
hear 16 cases
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Board is
scheduled to hear 16 cases at
their monthly meeting Tuesday
There are four cases under
the heading of new business.
Robert Peter Renard was
cited by code enforcement offi-
cers -for having -weeds, trash,
debris and inoperable vehicles
on his S.E. 35th lane property.
Marta I. Sherwood is facing
charges of care of premises, unli-
censed vehicle and vehicle parts
on her 113th Drive property.
Code enforcement officers
found trash, debris and weeds
on Michael Ward and Billi Rain-
water's property on S.E. 89th Ter-
Jason C. Ferrell was cited for
having a derelict mobile home
on his S.W 16th Way property.
The board is scheduled to
hear three cases that were tabled
from the last meeting. They will
Staff photos/Pete Gawda
A color guard made up of law enforcement officers posts the colors during the 2005
Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service held Saturday at the Okeechobee County
Citizens remember fallen heroes
By Pete Gawda
There were motorcyclists, a
color guard, a bagpiper, a
bugler, speeches and scripture
readings to honor our fallen
The occasion was the 2005
Annual Law Enforcement
Memorial Service held at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office on Saturday.
Before the service began,
members of the Blue Knights
Motorcycle Club, whose mem-
bers are law enforcement offi-
cers, roared into town. Uni-
formed motorcycle officers
representing area police depart-
ments and sheriff's offices
An honor guard made up of
deputies from the Okeechobee
and Martin County Sheriff's
Office posted the colors.
The assembled crowd then
consider imposition of fines
against Patricia Ann Julian (NW
4th St.), Arnold and Shirley Lewis
(S.E. 6th Ave.), and Edward Pine-
da and Eleazer Gomez (N.W.
80th Ave.). For various reasons,
the board, at their last meeting,
decided to give the above cases
additional time to come into
There are eight additional
cases in which the board will
consider imposition of fines.
At their last meeting, the
board gave the following people
until the 15th of this month to
clear up violations or face a fine:
Virginia Taylor and Myrtle Purvis
(S.W. 22nd Ave.), Aline Norman
Ramirez' (N.E. I Ith St.) (N.E 7th
Lane), Allen Hampton N.W. 3rd
St), Sonya Corbett and Scott
Gabor (S.E. 34th Ave.), Mitchell
A. Mosely (N.E. 7th Lane), Craig
Allen and Leah Carol Wells
(N.W. 310th St.) and Dan R.
Buchanan (S.E. 60th Drive).
Samuel and Wanda Bell are
scheduled to address the board
to request a reduction in fine.
ho ieln at rtnt.r
of plan debhat'
This photograph and poster were on display at
Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service held
at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.
joined law enforcement officers
in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office Chaplain Rev. Joe
Bishop read scripture and
offered a prayer. He first read I
Samuel 20:18 that refers to the
friendship between David and
Jonathan. He noted that that
their friendship bonds were
very strong and they were both
young men of courage and
character who were engaged in
law enforcement. He explained
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Celebrity servers" ru d ) al
aid children's charity
OKEECHOBEE The Golden
Corral Corporation will be spon-
soring a Celebrity Servers Night
on Monday, May 16 at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave., from 4:30 until 8 p.m.
All proceeds raised by the
celebrity servers will go to the
Children's Miracle Network.
Staff from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office and the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment will be waiting on cus-
tomers, and all of their tips will go
to the Children's Miracle Network.
Advanced tickets are $8.50 and
can be purchased from Kay
Schoonmaker in administration
reception at the sheriff's office,
504 N.W. Fourth St.
Some of the celebrity servers
from the sheriff's office include
Sheriff Paul May, Jail Administrator
Ronnie White, Major Noel
Stephen, Captain Dale LaFlam
and Captain Bud Slay.
From the police department,
celebrity servers will include Chief
Denny Davis, Major Bob Peterson,
Lieutenant Dave Wilbur, Sergeant
William Hill and Detective Bettye
Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Highlands County Deputy Sheriff Robert Campbell played
"Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes in honor of fallen law
enforcement officers at the 2005 Annual Law Enforcement
Memorial Service held at the sheriff's office on Saturday.
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that the military personnel of that
day were also concerned with
keeping order in the local com-
Rev. Bishop compared this
friendship to the bond between
today's law enforcement officers
and said that no one filled David's
place at the table when he was no
longer there. He urged the assem-
bled law enforcement officers to
stand in the gap as he mentioned
the 154 law enforcement officers
killed nationwide last year includ-
ing 12 in Florida.
"They will be missed," he
He urged law enforcement
officers to "close rank and stand
up for the good."
"Keep our nation strong and
keep our communities safe."
In closing he read Joshua 1:9
which is an encouragement to be
strong and of good courage.
"God bless you," Rev. Bishop
said. "Close up the gap and walk
strong in the strength of the
Robert Campbell of the High-
lands County Sheriff's Office then
played "Amazing Grace" on the
bagpipes in honor of our fallen
Sheriff Paul May remarked that
there are over 16,500 names on
the national memorial for law
enforcement officers in Washing-
ton. He noted that while our mili-
tary is fighting for our freedom
overseas, local law enforcement
officers are also fighting for our
"We cannot and will not forget
them," he vowed.
The sheriff told the assembled
crowd that Florida ranked third in
the nation last year in the number
of law enforcement officers killed
in the line of duty with 12. Califor-
nia and Texas each had 14.
Sheriff May read the names of
the 12 killed last year in Florida,
and added that two of them were
his personal friends.
He also mentioned Okee-
chobee County Deputy Skip
Bryant who was killed in the line
of duty on Nov. 8, 1991.
In closing, the sheriff then
urged the crowd to remember to
pray for the families of those who
lost their lives and to remember
those who "protect and serve."
Following the sheriff's
remarks, Steve Walker played
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The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 16,2005 3
Students of the Week
Congratulations to all Students of the Week. These students display fairness and citi-
zenship in their daily activities at school. First grade students of the week are: (front row,
left to right) Jorge Luviano, Niki White, Breanna Blount, Summer Cotton; and, (back row,
left to right) Juan Tinjero, Verenise Lopez and John Murphy.
Glades County Roundup
Big Lake Airboat
to meet, May 21
The Big Lake Airboat club will
hold a May 21 meeting at the Alvin
Ward boat ramp in Moore Haven.
Anyone interested in becoming a
member should come out for a ride
or just come out. Following the
meeting, around 10:30 a.m., there
will be a poker fun for all to enjoy.,
Poker hands will be $10. per hand
and the top three hands will be win-
ners. For information, call Genia at
Smart growth in
Glades County? Yes!
Wayne Daltry, formerly director
of the SW Regional Planning Coun-
cil is currently the director of
Smart Growth. He will be present-
ing a Smart Growth workshop for
all interested residents of Glades
County. The workshop will be at
the Glades Board of Commission-
ers meeting room, second floor of
the Moore Haven Court House
Thursday May 19, at 6 p.m. Come
with lots of questions, concerns,
ideas, comments for an interactive
evening with the fellow who has
"been there" regarding the growth
that is at our doorstep.
at West Glade
West Glades School needs you.
Do you have one hour a week to
spend with a student? Some stu-
dents are struggling in math, read-
ing, or just need some extra atten-
, tion from a caring adult who will
listen. If you are able to volunteer
. one hour oi more, from 8:15 a.m.-
2:30 p.m., please call Billy Marchal
at West Glades School at (863) 675-
needed at MHES
Moore Haven Elementary
School (MHES) needs you. Do you
have one hour a week to spend
with a student? Some students are
struggling in math, reading, or just
Need some extra attention from a
caring adult who will listen. If you
are able to volunteer one hour or
more a week between 8 a.m. and 2
p.m. or during our after school pro-
gram from 3-4:30 p.m., call Kristi.
Hingson at MHES to get signed up.
The school number is (863) 946-
The Glades County School Dis-
trict will be offering a bus-driving
course for anyone interested in driv-
ing a school bus for the district for
daily routes and/or extracurricular
trips. If interested, please contact
Doug Manke at (863) 946-3662.
Classes have begun and take place
in the evenings.
The. Glades County School Dis-
trict is offering GED prep classes at
Moore Haven High School (room
26-003) for adults who wish to
obtain their GED. Classes are on
Tuesday and Thursday nights from
6-8 p.m. You may register the night
of the classes. If you have any ques-
tions you may call Scott Bass at
(863) 946-0202 ext. 13.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action in LaBelle is
expanding to Clewiston and Moore
Haven in 2005. Residents of any age
with chronic disease or illness in
those areas who have a need for
assistance with everyday tasks of
living can call Liz at 983-7088 or
675-1446 for more information.
Those with a desire to make a dif-
ference in someone's life by volun-
teering are encouraged to call the
same phone numbers for more
information on this wonderful vol-
unteer program benefiting resi-
dents in Hendry/Glades Counties.
at senior center
Upcoming events and classes
offered at the Nobles Center, 475 E.
Cowboy Way, LaBelle, exercise
class with Barb Brandenburg
meets M-W-F everyweek at 9 a.m.
Hendry County Health Depart-
ment Heart to Heart Program and
Senior Connections are offering an
eight-week Diabetes Class at 2
p.m., each Wednesday at the
Nobles Senior Center. Classes
include the diabetic diet, under-
standing carb counting, eye and
foot care, and the ABC's of diabetes
(the A1C test, Blood Pressure, and
Cholesterol.) All diabetics, long
term or newly diagnosed, are wel-
The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
. Program needs volunteers to repire-
sent the best interests of abused,
abandoned and neglected children
before the court, social service
agencies and the community. No
special educational degree is
required. Guardians need to be
someone with common sense,
good judgment and a commitment
to helping a child. Attendance at
three training sessions held in Fort
Myers is required. Please contact
Kelie Hedrick at: (239) 461-4360 or
(800) 269-6210 for more informa-
tion, and to reserve your space for
now hosts bingo
Moore Haven American Legion
Post 299 is now having bingo, Sat-
urday nights at 6 p.m. Hamburgers,
drinks and dessert will be provided
at a minimal cost.
Moore Haven High School is in
need of a volunteer who can speak
Chinese. Please contact the school
The Hendry and Glades Domes-
tic and Sexual Violence Council's
mission is to increase community
awareness about domestic and
sexual violence and victim safety by
providing services, referrals and
education relating to the affects of
domestic/sexual violence in our
community. The meetings rotate
between LaBelle, Clewiston and
Moore Haven. To get involved in the
council or for information about
meeting dates and times, please
call Abuse Council and Treatment,
Inc.'s Rural Extension (REACT):
(863) 674-1811 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
to speak with an advocate.
Post disaster help
for older adults
Project HOPE counselors will be
available on site once a week from
9-11 a.m. at Senior Connections
offices and dining sites in February.
Elders in need of help due to the
hurricanes of last summer can
speak in person with a i[pt.ull,
trained disaster crisis counselor
courtesy of Hendry Glades Mental
Health. Counselors will be in
LaBelle on Tuesdays, (675-1446)
Clewiston on Wednesdays, (983-
7088) Moore Haven on Thursdays
(946-1821) and Buckhead Ridge on
Friday (567-1253.) Call for loca-
tions and/or directions. Disaster
funds are still available to help older
adults who continue to need assis-
tance with such issues as stress
related problems, emotional loss,
roof repair, insurance deductibles,
appliance repair or replacement,
chore work, etc.
The "No Child Left Behind
School Public Accountability
Report" for Moore Haven Elemen-
tary School is now available in the
elementary school office. If you
would like a copy of the report,
please stop by the office and one
will be made available to you.
Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Leaders of the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge took time out of the child ID program on Sat-
urday to have their picture taken. They are: (left to right) Kip Gardner, chairman of the
event, Rich Sweet, worshipful master and Bucky Yoder, senior warden.
Hurricane center promotes
WASHINGTON With the
six-month Atlantic hurricane
season beginning June 1, the
U.S. Small Business Administra-
tion is urging homeowners,
renters and businesses to take
steps to protect their lives and
property before the storms hit.
The National Hurricane Cen-
ter and. the National Oceanic
have designated May 15-21 as
National Hurricane Prepared-
ness Week in an effort to make
the public aware of ways to
diminish the devastation caused
by these storms. Information
about hurricane forecasts and
tracking, as well as safety tips to
use once a hurricane is forecast
is available on the website at
Making sure your home or
business property is less vulner-
able by identifying possible haz-
ards, developing a plan which
includes establishing escape
.routes and keeping emergency
phone numbers handy, keeping
copies of important business
and personal records off-site as
well as having appropriate
insurance coverage are critical
disaster preparedness strategies
suggested by the SBA.
More preparedness tips for
businesses, homeowners and
renters are available on the
SBA's website at
The Institute for Business and
Home Safety (www.disaster-
safety.org) also has information
on protecting your home or
business. The federal govern-
ment's preparedness website
www.ready.gov is another help-
In the aftermath of last sum-
mer's hurricanes that caused
billions of dollars in losses in
Florida and 12 other states, the
SBA approved more than $2 bil-
lion in disaster loans to about
63,000 residents and businesses.
Many property owners experi-
enced damage from flooding
caused by storm surges. Those
losses were not covered by most
"While the SBA is always
ready to help homeowners and
entrepreneurs rebuild after a
disaster," said SBA administrator
Hector V. Barreto, "millions in
taxpayer dollars can be saved
when flood losses are covered
Nearly 20,000 communities
across the United States and its
territories participate in the
National Flood Insurance Pro-
gram. Managed by the Federal
Agency, the NFIP makes federal-
ly backed flood insurance avail-
able to homeowners, renters
and businesses in those com-
insurance coverage is a good
way to finance recovery from
hurricanes. It's also a good idea
to buy flood insurance as soon
as possible, since it normally
takes 30 days for the policy to go
The SBA makes low-interest
loans to homeowners, renters
and non-farm businesses of all
sizes following a disaster decla-
ration by the president. Home-
owners may borrow up to
$200,000 to repair or replace
damaged real estate. Individuals
may borrow up to $40,000 to
cover losses to personal proper-
Non-farm businesses and
non-profit organizations of any
size may apply for up to $1.5
million to repair or replace dis-
aster damaged business assets
and real property. Small busi-
nesses that suffered economic
losses as a direct result of the
declared disaster may apply for
a working capital loan of up to
$1.5 million, even if the property
was not physically damaged.
To learn more about the
SBA's disaster assistance pro-
gram and links to additional dis-
aster preparedness tips, visit the
For information about all of
the SBA's programs for small
businesses, visit the SBA's exten-
sive website at www.sba.gov.
In memory of Thomas J. iughnII 12/13/19- 5/14/03
THE BROKEN CHAIN
We little knew that morning that God was going to call
your name. In life we loved you dearly; in death we do
the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go
alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called
you home. You left us peaceful memories, you love is
still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are
always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and
nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one,
the Chain will link again.
Loving wife, Davie, Kenneth, Jimmy & Barbara, family
members and dear friends. We miss you!
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about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
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Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is
invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an appearance, con-
tact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.-
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N.
Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting. The
dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September. For informa-
tion, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The Gather-
ing, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., for a weekly 12-step recovery and support group
meeting for women overcoming chemical dependency. For information, call
(863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see your
world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information.
Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are
invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. for breakfast. For information, call.
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Patrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office, 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group
that offers support and education for people who have been diagnosed with
clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave. from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stqp by to,show a car you
may have' or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while you listen
to the great oldies music.,
Look good, feel better 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth'Beauty Salon
located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public service program
to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty techniques to diminish
appearance-related side effects of treatment. R.S.V.P to (863) 467-2096 or
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30 p.m.
They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For information, call
Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy or
Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a pot
luck supper at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic Center. For
information,call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military informa-
tion available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth.St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
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Letter to the Editor
Dear Mr. Bush:
After your comments and
those of your sidekick, FEMA
director Michael Brown, follow-
ing the annual Governor's Hurri-
cane Conference, I felt compelled
to share my thoughts on the mat-
ter of hurricane preparedness.
Referring to people who
choose not to evacuate or even
develop a hurricane plan, you
said, "It's horrific to think they are
putting other people's lives in
jeopardy by not being prepared."
Let's examine that statement
from another point of view, shall
In early September of 2004, my
family and I were scheduled to fly
to Cincinnati to celebrate a birth-
day. However, a hurricane was
fast approaching and all flights
out of West Palm Beach were
grounded so we decided to load
the kids, cats and dog into a mini-
van and drive to Cincinnati.
We left Wellington before
noon on Thursday and made our
way to Florida's Turnpike. As we
trudged slowly north traffic
became increasingly heavy as we
caught up to other evacuees who
were fleeing Port St. Lucie and
other cities to the north.
As is the custom when a mas-
sive storm is approaching, the
tolls on the turnpike had been
suspended, to keep traffic moving
and to keep toll-takers out of
This was a two-edged sword,
however. On the one hand, we
were happy that the tolls had
been suspended. However, the
lack of planning, something our
governor is chastising others for,
led to massive traffic jams, the
likes of which I hope to never
You see, the turnpike for the
most part is a two-lane road.
However, "lanes" become non-
existent as one approaches the
toll booth and the road widens
to allow vehicles to choose from
as many as a dozen booths. You
guessed it: after spreading out 12-
wide, all of those cars and trucks
were forced to squeeze back into
two lanes. Not a pretty picture.
After making fairly good time
on the first part of our journey, we
found ourselves approaching the
toll booths south of Orlando. At
that point we, and the many thou-
sands of other vehicles, now were
joined by people evacuating from
western cities, along 1-75, who
were also trying to merge onto
the turnpike. Did I say not a pretty
picture? It gets worse.
At one point, as we literally
inched our way to the toll booths,
we traveled a whopping 20 miles
in the span of four and one-half
hours. Do the math, and you'll see
that we were traveling at an aver-
age speed of just over 4 mph -
when we were moving at all.
FEMA director Brown, who
has been known to employ'con-
victed felons as FEMA inspectors,
went further in his comments
than you did, Mr. Governor, by
saying the people who do not pre-
pare for hurricanes are "stupid."
Read on for a true definition of
As we inched our way north-
ward on the turnpike, we couldn't
help but notice that the south-
bound lanes were mostly devoid
of traffic save for the occasion-
al car traveling south at the rate of
one-every-10 -minutes or so and
for what purpose I cannot possi-
"Gee, wouldn't it be nice if
those lanes had been reserved for
people evacuating, like us?" our
10 ypar old asked. Age 10, and
thinking clearer than our gover-
nor. Imagine that.
Can you answer that one, Mr.
Governor, and tell us how you
plan to better prepare for this hur-
ricane season? You aren't stupid,
We decided after that 4.5 hour
stretch to try our luck with the
Beeline highway, and headed east
Guess what we found when
we headed north on 1-95? You
guessed it: northbound lanes
clogged with traffic while those
pointing south went virtually
unused. More stupidity, or just
Oh, I forgot, according to you
and Mr. Brown, those two are syn-
Adding to the danger on the
highways were the construction
zones which had been left in
place, often reducing the inter-
state to one lane for miles on end.
Stupid, or poor planning?
After leaving Wellington at
noon on Thursday, we arrived at a
hotel in Jacksonville at 3:30 a.m.
on Friday. That adds up to more
than 15 hours on the road to trav-
el less than 300 miles (including
our detour). In all, the trip to
Cincinnati took nearly 40 hours.
Road rage was a common
occurrence, with vigilante truck-
ers trying to run cars off the shoul-
der of the road. However, when
we place a call to FHP to report
this dangerous behavior, we were
told, in effect, that we were on our
"Sorry," they said, "we can't
get anyone there because the traf-
fic is too heavy."
The opposite of "stupid" is
"intelligent," and that's what we
found later in our journey. When
we headed west through South
Carolina we were pleased to find
just what our little girl had sug-
gested: the eastbound lanes were
reserved for evacuees. The
entrance ramps for eastbound
traffic were equipped with the
sort of "arms" one finds at rail-
You see, when evacuation
orders are issued in that state, traf-
fic is not allowed to flow toward
the oncoming hurricane. Imagine
that a two-land road becomes
a four-lane road, with all vehicles
headed for safety.
I guess they aren't as "stupid"
in South Carolina as they are in
Tallahassee, or so it would seem.
In your own words, Mr. Gover-
nor: "It's horrific to think they
[people who do not properly pre-
pare for hurricanes] are putting
other people's lives in jeopardy by
not being prepared."
What exactly have you done,
sir, to prepare Florida's roads for a
possible mass exodus, like the
ones we experienced last year?
Remember, in the words of your
good friend and FEMA director
Michael D. Brown, people who
don't prepare are "stupid."
I, and the rest of the people in
Florida, await your reply.
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 Tues-
day of each month. For information about the coalition or join-
ing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force, contact execu-
tive director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.
Wal-Mart hosts bubble blowing contest
The Double Bubble Gum national bubble blowing contest
will be held at the Okeechobee Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2101 S.
Parrott Ave., on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The contest is open to children ages 12 and under. From these
preliminary contests, five finalists from across the country will
compete in the national finals in August. These five kids will
compete for a grand prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a
$1,000 donation in the winner's honor to Children's Miracle
Network. For information, contact Erin LaBarge of the Salmon
Borre Group Communications at (847) 295-4235.
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 adventure is filled with a pow-
erful Bible story and fun crafts, games and music. 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) 763-4021 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
Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking Back ...
Piaropus crassipes grew open and free in 1925, as illus-
trated by this picture taken in Okeechobee by John
Kunkel Small. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them
by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and
we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the
photo and information about the photo to
Cattlewomen's group hosting dinner
The Okeechobee Cattlewomen's Association is having a free
membership dinner on Tuesday, May 17, at The Brahma Bull
Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., starting at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Angela Boney at (863) 763-3909.
Interfaith dialogue session planned
The Okeechobee Muslim community and the members and
friends of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church invite all who are
interested to an interfaith dialogue and pot-luck dinner on Tuesday,
May 17, at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and discussion will be held at the
Okeechobee Community Civic Center located across from the air-
port entrance on U.S. 98. Dr. Suraiya Hussain, a local physician and
member of Okeechobee's Muslim community, and Rev. Sally Bull,
pastor of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, will be moderat-
ing the discussion. Women of Islam and Christianity will be the
focused discussion topic for the evening. Coffee, tea, and table
service will be provided. Please bring a covered dish labeled with
the food type. For those not eating dinner, the discussion will begin
at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Church hosts gospel sing
There will be a gospel sing Wednesday, May 18, at the Christian
Seventh Day Baptist, which is next to Douglas Chiropractic. begin-
ning at 7 p.m.
Children's council will meet
The Children's Services Council will hold a special meeting
Wednesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. to discuss the 2005-2006 budget,
grant allocations and a request for funding from the executive
roundtable of the Community Collaborative The meeting will be
held in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.
Social Security rep to answer questions
Social Security representatives willbe;.at the Okeechobee
Senior Services office, 1019 W. South Park St., on Thursday, May
19, at 1 p.m. They will answer questions and explain the new
Medicare laws. For information, contact Sheila Savage at (863)
Cultural arts committee to meet
Are you interested in bringing more cultural arts events to Okee-
chobee? If you are, come join the Main Street's cultural arts com-
mittee 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 Okeechobee
County Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okee-
chobee County. The public is invited. For information, 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, flyers, 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 21-28.
USCG Flotilla 57 will kick off safe boating week with Vessel Safety
Checks (VSCs) and a membership drive at Okee-Tantie camp-
ground and Marina May 21-22. Vessel examiners and other auxil-
iary volunteers will be on site from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone is
invited to bring their boat by for aVSC, and to visit the station. Boat
owners passing a VSC during this time will receive a coupon for a
free T-shirt from West Marine. The auxiliary is made up of volun-
teers interested in boating and promoting boating safety. If you
can't make it on the weekend, give us a call at (863) 467-3085.
We'll be glad to make "arrangements to check your boat or speak
with you about the auxiliary at a more convenient time.
Prayer week focuses on military personnel
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, along with other churches
worldwide, are participating in weekly focused prayer during 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
firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail it to 13333 N.E. Seventh Ter-
race, 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 purpose 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 Okeechobee children in foster care will be collect-
ed. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 16, 2005 BUSINESS 5
New business owner
:By Pete Gawda
: Steve Smith was able to combine
:both his experience in computer
;repair and his experience playing in a
'band when he recently bought an
:existing music business and formed
:CCR Computers, Music and Elec-
t He plans to cater to the beginner
'and intermediate musician as well
-as having something for the dedi-
"We want to carry what people
:want," Mr. Smith said of his philoso-
phy in stocking an inventory.
, For high school and middle
-school band students, he plans to
:rent musical instruments.
It is his desire to have just about
everything in the area of musical
instruments and accessories, such
as strings for all types of stringed
instruments, guitar cases and guitar
straps and sheet music.
In addition, the store provides
sales and service for computers
and computer accessories and Mr.
Smith will do onsite repairs.
Mr. Smith intends to have
karaoke equipment, electronic
novelty items and tapes to teach
people to play musical instruments.
The store is located at 106 S.E.
Park St. The hours are from 9 a.m.
until 6 pm, Monday through Friday
and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on
to benefit pediatric
Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Steve and Shannon Smith recently opened CCR Computers,
Music and Electronics. Daughter Kaylie is a future salesperson.
4-H Leader to head Cattlewomen's Association
:By Tom Nordie
SARASOTA As a 4-H leader,
*Marlene Strickland helped build a
,program so popular there's a
'waiting list to join now she
,hopes to bring similar results to
:the nation's largest beef industry
organization for women.
* In February, Strickland took
:office as president of American
'National CattleWomen Inc.
:(ANCW), a national, nonprofit
:group of about 2,000 women
'involved in ranching and related
:agribusiness. She will guide the
:organization for one year, and
.plans to boost membership using
,what she's learned during three
;decades leading a Sarasota 4-H
'club with her husband, Don. The
,two are business owners and
"My 4-H experiences have
;given me ideas, hopes, goals and
:training, which assisted me in
'reaching this level in the beef
industry," she said.
The Stricklands lead the Ridin'
,Rednecks, a Sarasota 4-H club that
boasts about 55 members, so
:many that newcomers are admit-
,ted only when previous members
'depart, she said. Like all clubs in
,the Florida 4-H Youth Development
-Program, it's administered by the
'University of Florida's Institute of
,Food and Agricultural Sciences.
'The Stricldands became 4-H lead-
'ers in 1975, because their daugh-
'ters were involved in the club.
Though their children have
long since grown up -1-H mem-
ibership is open to youth, ages 8 to
18 the Stricklands enjoy the
,work so much that they've stayed
'on. For Marlene, running the club
was an invaluable preparation for
:her new role..
."Planning meetings, agendas,
,trips, assigning committees, rais-
ing funds, recognizing achieve-
'ment, these are all goals which
:should be common to any organi-
:zation," she said. "And through 4-
H, I was able to meet many peo-
,ple in livestock, agriculture and
'the legislative arena."
One of the most important les-
,sons Strickland took from 4-H
,was that organizations stay strong
,by reaching out to members, she
:said. This spring, she's putting the
,concept into practice by criss-
Courtesy photo/IFAS/Josh Wickham
Marlene Strickland, president of American National Cattle-
Women Inc., poses with two of her family's angus beef cattle
at her home in Sarasota May 4. The nation's largest beef
industry organization for women, ANCW encourages women
in agribusiness. Strickland said she gained experience for
the position from her 30 years as a volunteer with the Florida
4-H Youth Development Program, which is administered
statewide by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and
crossing the nation to visit ANCW
members in Washington state,
Washington, D.C., Oklahoma, Ari-
zona, Alabama, Colorado and
"I have been revitalized by vis-
iting all these states and seeing
where our members live, getting
a glimpse of their lifestyles and
problems, and getting their feed-
back," she said.
Part of the reason for Strick-
land's hectic travel schedule is
that her presidency coincides
with an effort by ANCW to deter-
mine how the organization can
best help its members keep pace
with the industry, she said.
Founded in 1952, ANCW has
witnessed, and encouraged,
expansion of the opportunities
available to women in agribusi-
ness. Consumer education and
beef promotion are the backbone
of ANCW's public outreach
efforts, Strickland said. The
group's best-known projects are
the National Beef Cook-Off recipe
contest and the National Beef
Ambassador Program, a public
speaking competition for
ANCW boasts 26 affiliate
organizations, including Florida
CattleWomen, a statewide group
Strickland joined in 1987. Though
she grew up on large commercial
cattle ranches in Florida and Ari-
zona, as an adult Strickland has
raised cattle largely as a hobby.
Marlene and Don Strickland oper-
ate an electrical contracting busi-
ness, but began keeping a few
head of angus beef cattle at their
family farm in 1970 because they
wanted their children to enjoy the
educational opportunities ranch-
"My family background and
membership in Florida Cattle-
Women taught me about the cat-
tle business in Florida," Marlene
Strickland said. "We have contin-
ued raising cattle because it helps
us stay abreast of everything hap-
pening in the industry, like inocu-
lation and marketing, and we can
teach our 4-H kids what we
Strickland's involvement in the
beef industry at a national level
began via Florida CattleWomen
and the ANCW National Beef
Ambassador Program, she said.
In 1991, Florida CattleWomen
asked her to help a Florida youth
compete in the ambassador pro-
gram's national finals and Strick-
land found the program to be an
ideal way to help teens develop
self- confidence and leadership.
skills. In the mid-1990s she was
twice elected president of Florida
CattleWomen, which enabled her
to attend national ANCW meet-
ings, where she learned more
about the program and began
promoting it more in Florida.
In 1999, Strickland began serv-
ing on a national committee for
the ambassador program, and
also became a regional director
for ANCW. In 2003, she was elect-
ed ANCW vice president and the
following year was selected presi-
dent-elect at the ANCW national
convention in Phoenix.
Despite her responsibilities
with ANCW, Strickland spends as
much time as ever with the Ridin'
Rednecks, said Marcia Morris, a
UF extension agent working for
the Sarasota County 4-H program.
The two have been acquainted
for five years.
"Marlene hasn't slowed down
one bit," Morris said. "She's also
very involved with her family, her
business and her church. She
does so much, it's almost like she
has a twin."
Strickland says her leadership
philosophy can be summed up in
a phrase she uses as the theme for
her ANCW presidency, "spread a
little sunshine, each one reach
one." She believes communica-
tion and cooperation are crucial
to any organization's success, and
sees 4-H promoting those values
"4-H provides entertainment,
education and something where
a. family can work together and
see progress," she said. "In 4-H,
winning is nice but it isn't every-
thing. Participation is more
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Cake decorating class
First Indian Baptist Academy visited Photography by Bobbi and Bakery on Friday, May
6. Each child was supplied with a heart shaped cake, frosting and box. They decorated
their cakes to present to their moms for Mother's Day. Lunch, music and dessert was
provided to the students. Invitations have been sent out to other area schools to also
participate in cake decorating classes. The adults were: Pastor Wonder Johns, Bobbi
Poole and Keith Blackwell. The children were (in no particular order): Coltin Blackwell,
Nos Osozco, LeAnna Billie, Jaron Johns, Joel Puente, Melody Urbina Kaley Riley and
hot and thirsty sporting clay
shooters stop by Alex's
Lemonade Stand at Quail
Creek Plantation for a cool
refreshment this coming June
they can be assured that their
donations will be fighting
childhood cancer one cup
at a time.
Quail Creek Plantation,
one of Florida's premier sport-
ing clays and guided hunt
facilities, will be joining with
hundreds of businesses
across the country to help
Alex's Lemonade Stand
reach its goal of raising $5 mil-
lion for pediatric cancer in
2005. Quail Creek Plantation
patrons can donate to the pro-
gram by stopping by the
lemonade stand to be
manned by local volunteers -
Saturday, June 4 (Quail Creek
Plantation Member Apprecia-
tion Day) and the weekend of
June 11 and 12th, which is the
national fundraiser weekend.
In memory of Alex
Alexandra 'Alex' Scott was
the eight-year-old founder of
Alex's Lemonade Stand for
Pediatric Cancer Research.
Two days before her first birth-
day she was diagnosed with
neuroblastoma, an aggressive
childhood cancer. At the age
of four, Alex decided to do
something to make that cure
more likely. She first opened
her lemonade stand in July of
2000 with the idea of donating
the proceeds to "her hospi-
tal". Each year since, Alex
held an annual lemonade
stand in her front yard. As
word has spread, donations
have poured in from around
the world and she has raised
over $1.6 million for pediatric
Quail Creek Plantation,
opened to the public in 2002,
offers shooters the challenge
of sporting clays, expertly
designed and competitively
staged to cover some 40
shooting positions at various
levels of difficulty, including a
mix of ground stations and
towers. Featured are two 14-
station courses with each sta-
tion offering two shooting
positions. Also featured is a
For additional information
please contact Fred or Maria
Fanizzi at the clubhouse at
(863) 763-CLAY (2529).
Bank appoints Ezell
senior vice president
FORT PIERCE Harbor a mid-size
Federal Bank President and business
CEO Mike Brown announced bank.
the addition of Randall A. Ezell A resi-
as senior vice president with dent of St.
primary responsibilities for Lucie Coun-
deposit products, bank secre- ty for 26
cy, training and fixed annuity years,
sales. Mr. Ezell, 53, is a sea- Randy has
soned banker with extensive accumulat-
expertise in managing lend- ed 19 years Randall
ing, credit, compliance, as a banker A. Ezell
accounting and finance within St.
departments within financial Lucie in addition to years
institutions located not only in donating time and energy to-
St. Lucie County but also in community service. Although
southern Florida. Most recent- a graduate of University of
ly, Mr.. Ezell served as presi- West Florida, Mr. Ezell spent
dent and CEO of Enterprise two years at University of Flori-
National Bank of Palm Beach, da and is an avid Gator fan.
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Fifth graders at Everglades Elementary School participated in Earth Day by competing in
a coloring contest sponsored by Bank of America, South Florida Water Management Dis- 'if
trict and Riverside National Bank. The winners were: (left to right) Synthia Watford, Maria .. .
Rodriguez and Mariah Watford. Presenting the awards were: (back row, left to right) Gra- Second graders at Everglades Elementary School competed in a coloring contest spon-
cie Fischer, Bank of America; Tabitha Trent, Riverside National Bank; and, Laura Gardner, scored by South Florida Water Management District, Riverside National Bank and Bank of
South Florida Water Management District. America. Winners were: (left to right) Sabrina Mestre, first place; Keith Chamberland, sec-
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These first graders at Everglades Elementary School were winners in a coloring and Third graders at Everglades Elementary School celebrated Earth Day by competing in a
poster contest sponsored by South.Florida Water Management District, Bank of America coloring contest sponsored by South Florida Water Management District, Bank of America
and Riverside National Bank. They are: (Iqft tqftht) Analleli Hernandez, first place; Tiffany and Riverside National Bank. The winners were: (left to right) Oscar Ruiz, first place; Marki-
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resenting the sponsors are: (left to right) Gracie Fischer, Bank of America; Tabitha Trent, were: (left to right) Gracie Fischer, Bank of America; Tabitha Trent, Riverside National
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White footed ants marching our way
By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
As temperatures start to rise,
homeowners may start to see
increased numbers of critters
starting to invade indoors spaces.
One of the most difficult to con-
trol household pests is the White
Footed Ant, a relatively new invad-
er that is now suspected to be a
problem in our area.
The bad news is that this
Indonesian import has recently
been found in nearly half of Flori-
da's counties. The good news is
that recent UF research has devel-
oped a new liquid bait that will
soon be available, just in time to
battle an expected increase in
activity of this challenging insect
This small black ant received
much attention a couple of years
ago. A native of Southeast Asia,
the White-Footed Ant (WFA) was
found in a Homestead plant nurs-
ery in 1986. Local pest control
companies in our area have seen
them in Okeechobee. This year,
there are now reports of Florida
infestations in the Jacksonville
area. These pests have also
spread from Florida to Columbia,
S.C., Baton Rouge, La., Savannah,
Ga., and Paradise Island,
White footed ants do not bite,
sting or cause any structural dam-
age to properties. They are very
small, less than 1/8 inch long, and
have light colored legs. They do
not move around like crazy ants,
and are smaller than Argentine
ants, both of which have dark
They seem to appear from
nowhere in large numbers in
kitchens and bathrooms causing
alarm to homeowners. They are
strongly attracted to sugary food
sources, and will often protect
sap-sucking insects like aphids
and scales that secrete honeydew.
University of Florida student
John Warner has conducted
research on the bait preferences
of these insects. Warner also
operates a pest control business
in Boca Raton, and reports he has
received more calls from new
customers about WFA problems
this year than in the past few
Homeowners who see trails of
small black >ants often coming
from trees and shrubs and trailing
up and down the sides of their
homes should not wait to take
action. Warner warns WFA prob-
lems get worse as the weather
warms, increasing the high popu-
lations of this amazing ant.,
Nests tend to be found outside
more tan inside. Indoors they
nest in spaces between walls and
in attics. Outdoor nests may be
in tree holes or on the under-
side of leaves;
under palm fronds and old
in loose mulch:
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under debris such as news-
paper, fallen coconuts, scrap
wood, etc.; and,
in leaf-litter on the ground
and in rain gutters.
Actions that homeowners can
take include cutting trees and
shrubs away from their homes,
and using lots of liquid ant bait
(always maintain a sufficient,
Warner determined their
favorite foods sources and
matched them with various insec-
ticides. His work has resulted in a
new liquid bait for WFA called
NecDew, which has. been patent-
ed by the University of Florida,
and will soon be released.
Insecticidal sprays directed
against other sap sucking insects
that produce the honeydew can
also help. In cases of active ant
trails in living areas, some tempo-
rary relief can result from using
other contact sprays, but this kind
of approach will rarely kill the
colony. A more comprehensive
approach will be needed.
Before using any ant killers
inside, be sure it is labeled for
indoor use. Always be sure to fol-
low the label directions when
.Homeowners might not wish
to tackle the difficult task of deal-
ing with WFA. Instead, consider
contacting local pest control com-
panies. Consumers with WFA
White footed ants do not bite,
sting or cause any structural
damage to properties. They
are very small, less than 1/8
inch long, and have light col-
ored legs. They do not move
around like crazy ants, and are
smaller than Argentine ants,
both of which have dark legs.
problems should ask around for a
pest control company with a
proven track record in controlling
Warner reports that many of
his new customers had used
other companies that were not
able to control the WFA infesta-
tion. He suggests that homeown-
ers become more informed about
this ant before calling a pest con-
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FFA horse judging team
The Yearling Middle School FFA Horse Evaluation Team
recently finished second in the state in competition
against 40 other middle school teams. Team members are
required to identify characteristics of different breeds and
also are tested on their ability to identify or recognize dif-
ferent types of tack and feed used. This highly successful
FFA team expresses their thanks to Roger McWaters for
donating his time to coach and prepare them for this con-
test. The advisor for the FFA program is agriculture
teacher Buddy Mills. Members of the YMS Horse Evalua-
tion Team are: (left to right) Austin Harvey, Jennifer Mad-
dox, Rebekka Hair and (not pictured) Brandi Stone who
was awarded Third High Individual in the state.
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The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 16, 2005
Byron's streak at 60 in his own words
By Daniel Shube
The legendary Byron Nelson,
now 93 years old, is still going
strong, This weekend he hosted
his PGA Tour event, the EDS
Byron Nelson Championship and
spent time reminiscing on what
was the greatest year in golf, sixty
years ago. My fellow members of
the Golf Writers Association,
Melanie Hauser and Doug Fergu-
son presented Byron with a spe-
cial award. Below are some of
"Golf is the greatest game in
the world because you run into
the nicest people. I've been asso-
ciated for all my life, since I was
20 years old, with it, a longtime,
with people. They're good peo-
ple around golf, and I've had
people, ladies, sometimes say to
me when I was at a Florida club,
I asked a woman about her son
John. "Well, he's at the golf
course. Whenever the children
are at a golf course, they're at a
"It's a great game, and the
people that are connected with it
are great. I won't say every one
of them [laughter], but percent-
age-wise it's very high. I think it's
higher than any other sport by
"I'm so pleased to have been
a good player, and when I started
playing golf, there wasn't any
money in golf or' anything. I
never thought about even being
a professional or player but I just.
wanted to play golf and be a pro
and teach people and whatever.
See what happened to me?"
"I was ambitious, I guess,
must have been, because it was-
n't easy. It wasn't easy. You had
to work hard to do the things I
did. In '44 I played extra well.
They talk about '45 because
there was so much, but I won I
think eight tournaments in 1944,
and my game just seemed to gel,
and I played very comfortable. I
was pleased with the game and
didn't feel like I needed to make
any changes in the manner with
which I was swinging the club.'
Maybe a little bit of thought pat-
"One of the things I had. to
learn to do to win tournaments
and play well was to not walk too
fast. What caused that is in those
by Daniel Shube
days the galleries would walk
with you. They weren't roped off.
You'd hit a shot, and all of a sud-
den people would rush to where
they could see the next shot. The
next thing you know you'd be
rushing with them and you'd be
out of breath or tired. Any time
your breath got fast, you swung
faster and your rhythm changed.
I finally learned to walk fast
enough, but just keep that same
rhythm. If you speed that rhythm
up, the swings will speed up, too,
and that's bad."
"Pretty soon after I started
playing and I realized I wasn't
playing well when I played with
the gallery, and I knew they
weren't bothering me, so I fig-
ured out that's what was doing it,
and it worked."
"I never thought about the
fact that I'd ever live to be 93
years old. You want to think
about tomorrow, you don't think
about 93. I1 felt that all I wanted to
do was to do something I want-
ed to be a good person, number
one. That's always been my
number one thing, and to do the
right thing, be a churchgoer and
a Christian man and whatever."
"But I also wanted to improve
the ease with which I played, and
I'll say this, that I did, and by just
kind of by the little things I did,
didn't have to make any great
changes, because I learned to
grip the club together with a grip
when I was 18-years-old, and I
never changed that one time in
the rest of my career. When I
found something that worked for
me, it worked right, well, I never
changed it. Because I found a
putter called a Harry Cooper
made by Spalding Company in
1938, and all the tournaments I
won, I still used that putter. That
putter when I finished playing, I
still was using that putter."
"So that is so unusual. You see
a new putter every day out there
now. Well, of course, they
weren't making that many put-
ters then, but I loved the putter
and it had a good soft feel to it, it
was a blade putter, and it was
working, so I didn't I let it
"That putter got broken by my
friend 'Jugs' McSpaden, who was
my best friend on the Tour, and I
always have been proud of the
fact that he considered me his
best friend because he was a fine
player, and when I was on those
streaks, well, he finished 2nd to
me 13 times. But we were still
friends. As a matter of fact, he
named his first son after me. So
that was an honor."
"But when I finished playing,
left the Tour, he wanted to, after
about a month or so, he said,
"Byron, I always liked that putter,
I never saw another one like it,"
and I never seen another one like
it until this day. So he said, "Could
I use it?" I said, "Sure," but I knew
he was a man always moving his
clubs around, changing the loft
or moving them around, and he
promised me he would not do
that because I knew the metal
was nice and soft because it had
a good feel. So, in about a month,
why, I called him one day and I
was talking to him, and he was.
kind of sheepish like. I said,
"What's the matter?" He said, "I
broke that putter." So of course
he broke the hosel, so that was
the only club I ever had in my life,.
in my career, I ever wanted to
keep. But it went, too."
"It lasted for about a year. It
lasted for a year because the last
one I won was at Glen Garden
two weeks before Christmas,
and that's where I had started as
"Well, it was not that hard.
The thing that was hard w as the
actual traveling and moving from
tournament to tournament to
tournament. You had to drive.
There was a DC-3 you could fly
in, and your luggage, they could
only put so much luggage, so
much weight, and they had
weighed every piece of luggage
you got on that plane with, and
you got 44 pounds, period. If you
were a little bit over that you had
to buy another ticket. So we had
to buy three tickets because your
golf clubs loaded up with your
shoes weighs 40 pounds, so
that's your ticket there, so you've
got to buy another ticket."
"I'll tell you how slow it was,
too, of course. I know one time I
played in Tulsa and I did fly to
Seattle from there and I left at
8:00 o'clock in the morning and I
got into Seattle that night at 9
"The golf wasn't easy but my
game was such that I didn't have
to well, I needed to change this,
I needed to change that because
I was playing well and was very
comfortable. I wouldn't say I was
the best player in the world or
anything, but it was comfortable
the way I was playing, and I felt
"I had what I called a rocking
chair swing. I talked to [PGA
Tour commissioner] Tim
Fincherm a little bit about it today,
in my time there was never any-
thing said about hitting the ball
hard. They talked about putting it
in the fairway because the rough'
was so bad you had to keep it in
the fairway. When they started
hitting it hard and they started
making balls go farther and they
kept going on and on, and some-
one asked me why do they do
that, and I said one thing, dollar
bill. Somebody makes a golf ball
or a golf club that goes farther
and someone makes one farther
than that, sell them, sell them,
sell them, and that's why it went
so fast and so high."
"If somebody asked me the
question if you played now with
the equipment and stuff that they
play, how many millions do you
think you'd win? And it didn't
take me long to answer it. I said,
"Well, there's one thing, I would-
n't go hungry."
Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Headturners3.com tournament director Pat Malone (left)
presents the first place check for $1800 to Mike Frost
(right). Frost was in 16th place with 8.50 Ibs. of bass after
the first day of fishing this past weekend. He came to the
scale on Sunday with 24.30 Ibs. to take first place in the two-
day tournament with a total weight of 32.80 Ibs. of bass.
Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Tim Arnold was in second place at the end of the first day
of competition in the Headturners3.com bass tourney at
Okee-Tantie Marina. Arnold held on to finish third overall
with 31.48 Ibs. of bass at the end of day two of competition.
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex swimming pool hours of
operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m.; Sunday from I until 5
p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday-.
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday.
through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.,
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.
The pool is not open during
school hours. When school is in
session the pool is used for physi-,
cal education and other school-
related activities. F 'information,
contact the pool."office at (863)
467-7667. : ,
players are needed
Softball players 70 years old
and older are wanted to play on a
tournament team one weekend a
They will play two games on
Saturday and two games on Sun-
day in different cities in the state.
The team is in need of outfielders
For information call Harry Bell
at (863) 382-0542.
The cost will be $15 per week-
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
,If you are interested in trying
out for volleyball next year, you
should plan to attend this meeting.
If it is not possible for you to
attend, contact coach George May
at (863) 634-5836.
The Oakview Baptist Church
will host a golf tournament on Sat-
urday, May 21, at the Okeechobee
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 limited
to 112 golfers, so early registration is
A barbecue luncheon will be
The cost is $40 per player with a
four-man team scramble. For infor-
mation, contact Nancy at (863)
Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
New to the Headturners3.com bass tournament trail was
Sumiyuki Takano of Japan. Takano was in seventh place
with 12.14 lbs. of Okeechobee largemouths after the first
day of fishing in the two-day tourney this past weekend
at Okee-Tantie Marina.
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At the Movies
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The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 13,
through Thursday, May 19, are as
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 "Kicking and
Screaming" (PG) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Monster-In-Law"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Special: Wednesday, May 18,
there will be a midnight showing of
"Star Wars Episode III". Admission
is $8, and door prizes will be given
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior cit-
izens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
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accepting applications for migrant
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Our belief is that all children can
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To qualify the family must have
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income must come from agricul-
ture. We encourage families of
children with disabilities to apply.
For information, call (863) 467-
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del condado 0 estado en los uliti-
mo 24 mess y trabajado en agri-
cultura. Con el ingreso de la famil-
ia de trabajo de agriculture.
Animamos que las families con
ninos incapacidados aplican. Para
mas information por favor de Ila-
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needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to
a civic organization or religious
organization arid would like to
spread the word? If you answered
yes to any of these questions,
please contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We
are looking for volunteers to work
a few hours a month with com-
Need help paying for quality
for mediation program
If you have time on your hands
and want to work within the court
system try the mediation pro-
gram. The Nineteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit mediation program is looking
for volunteers that would like to
become a mediator for the courts.
All mediators are court appointed,
trained and certified by the
Supreme Court of Florida. If you
would be interested in volunteer-
ing and want more information
on the program, call Andrea
Bemenderfer at (561) 871-5305.
plans yard sales
Every Thursday and Friday a
yard sale will he held at the Real
Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S.
-441 S.E., from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Items for sale include clothing, fur-
niture and baby stuff. For informa-
tion, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items, and is cur-
rently seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small appli-
ances, tools as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice at
(863) .467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth St.
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COUNTY CEMETERY- 2 lots,
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Grey w/orange cheeks/yel-
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Job Training 227
A/C SERV. TECH/INSTALLER
w/min. 3 yrs exp. De-
pendable, clean DL, Good
Pay, Comp. Truck, Bene-
fits, 401K, DFW
Okeechobee A/C 763-8391
Advanced Water Technolo-
gies now hiring FT service
technician, must have mini-
mal exp. Apply at 80 SE 31st
Lane (old skating rink) or fax
resume to 863-357-0531
ASPHALT FOREMAN & CREW
must be experienced. Apply in
person: 503 NW 9th St.
CDL Dump Truck Driver's
needed for local dirt hauling
& Ag. harvesting. Wage de-
pends upon exp./ref's/MVR.
Auto Salvage Yard.
Computer skills req. Salary
dependant on experience.
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Assistant Managers to train at the Okeechobee
location. We have 16 locations in Florida and we
are seeking motivated and ambitious individuals
looking for a career in restaurant management.
Management experience preferred, but not
always needed. Will train the right person.
Must have High School Diploma or equivalent.
By starting in this position, you could be making
$36,000 $40,000 within one year after only
your first promotion! The opportunity starts here.
FAX RESUME TO 467-2402
Local company with more than 20 years
track record in Okeechobee wants
Journeyman's License (minimum)
Top pay, salary commensurate with experience.
Complete benefits package.
Send resume to #6689
P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, FL 34973
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
for more information
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Must be experienced & have
a class A CDL Apply
@ Syfrett Feed co. 3079
NW 8th Street
Needed for Ag. Harvesting.
Pay dependent on exp.
Helper for body shop
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energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Generous time off program
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
'Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
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Benefits! Apply at:
: Inc. 10800 NE 128
. Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972. No phone
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benefits.and mileage reim-
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Exp'd For Concrete
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those important papers that seem to
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al as well as handsome accessory for
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Tax Preparation 315
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
Licensed & Bonded
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health a Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools 1 Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
CENTRAL AIR & HEAT UNIT-
For a mobile home, $400 or
best offer. (863)467-2675.
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
AMANA GAS STOVE
Like new, in excellent
condition $150 Call
DRYER, Kenmore, $80.
GAS & ELECTRIC STOVES
Elec. stove w/ glass top.
$450 for both, will sep.
GE, white, 18.2 cu. ft. Frost
free with ice maker. Like
new. $175. (863)357-8788.
REFRIGERATORS, GE, with
icemaker, up to $100. Call
heavy duty, super capacity,
2 yrs. old, work great, $425.
BIKE CARRIER- Yakima,
Holds up to 3 bikes. $150.
The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.
Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:
SO CALL TODAY!
Okeechobee Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
X T service to our customers
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233
HOUSE WINDOWS (8)
Nice. $250 or best offer
CARPET PAD & tackless
strips, new, $35 for all.
CRIB, Oak with mattress, sin-
gle bed frame with boxspring
only, $80 will sell separately.
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.
DELL COMPUTER- Windows
XP, Monitor, Keyboard,
printer, & Games $150.
LEATHER CRAFT EQUIP-
MENT, cutting tools, sten-
cils, how to books, patterns,
etc., $800. (863)467-8580
8pc all wood, king size
Good condition $600
BEDROOM SUIT- Oak, Chest
Dresser, Mirror, Hd/bd new
mattress Moving must sell
CHEST- good for storing lin-
ens and blankets, dark
wood, $50. (863)763-0428.
COMPUTER DESK, light wood
finish, $50. (863)763-4257
COUCH & LOVESEAT, green
suede, fair condition, $100
or best offer.
Single w/vibration mode
DINING RM SET, seats 10. w/
6 ch's., lighted hutch. Sacri-
fice for $850. in Okee.
DINING ROOM SET- Formal,
Seating for 6, Full sz. lighted
china cabinet. $2000. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
DR Table- w/ leaf and 4 chairs
$100 or will trade for 2 cap-
tains chairs & 2 side chair.
contemporary, light wood,
fits 32" TV, excellent condi-
tion, light wood, $120.
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.
SOFA all leather by View-
point Leather Works, 7 feet
long, great condition $200
SOFA BED- light sea foam
green, w/full size mattress
(Flexsteel) exc cond. $85.
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
SOFA'S (2)- 6' off white, leath-
er, and a 6' off white fabric.
$400 will sell separate.
VANITY/DESK- brand new,
$100 neg. (863)357-2233.
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. $100.
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO GOLF CART re-
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)6971350 or
GOLF CART- body, '67 Club
Car, no frame, $175 or best
GOLF CART- Club Car, gas,
GOLF CART- Easy Go. 3
wheeler, Brand new batteries
with a charger, Very clean.
GOLF CART, Electdc, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1000.
WATER HEATER Used, Runs
DIRT DEVIL MOP-VAC
New in box, will sacrifice
for only $40-firm. Cleaning
made easy! (863)763-8149
ELEGANT KING COMF.
Beige-taupe beaded 2 king
shams, 2 throw pil. like new
comforter, full sz., complete
set w/ matching trash can
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
LP'S, over 100, good condi-
tion, $100 will sell separate-
Top of the line.
Paid $560, will sell for $360
TOWBAR, Reese 6000 lb.,
with 2 inch ball, $45.
BASS-GUITAR, chord, stand,
case, amp & tuner, mike &
amp, all new, $900.
Drum Set, 5 pc., 4 mos. old,
all hardware goes, $700.
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
BOSTON TERRIER- male, 10
mos. old, all shots, micro-
chip, great w/kids. $300,
BOXER PUPPIES- 6 Males
CKC Reg., 8 weeks old.
$300. ea. (863)634-4025
BOXER PUPPY- 13 wks,
Cropped & docked. $350.
CHIHUAHUA MIX 3 mo old
Very Friendly, good w/ kids
Brindle colored. Up to date on
shots. $150 (863)824-8749
PARROT CAGE- iron, round, 2'
diameter, 5 1/ 'tall on roll-
ers, $80. (863)357-1741.
WOLF & ROTTWEILER MIX-
Male approx 6 wks $75. or
best offer. (863)763-2749
YORK POO PUP- 8 weeks
old. Perfect "Mothers Day"
gift. $450. (863)357-0037.
NIKON N70 w/Nikkor 20mm
3.5 lens + 5 lenses. Nikon
flash kitVext. 2 mono pod. Kiwi
case. $500 863-532-9013
6 PERSON HOT TUB
W/two filters. In good condi-
ton. Must sell. $750 or best
POOL 18" Wal-Mart EZ set
W/filter, ladder and
cover like new condition.
$125 (863)763-6757 anytime
CLUB CAR GOLF CART
Electronic w/canopy and charg-
er, excellent condition.
MTX lO"Sub in Box with JVL
LCA752 Amp, $75.
SNAPON MIG WELDER
W/ allum. spool gun. 2 tanks
w/flow meters. Asking
SNAPON PLASMA CUTTER
W/new leads & extra tips
TABLE SAW- 1 1/2 HP, 10",
TOOL BOX, Metal, On Wheels.
AMERICAN BULL DOG- Ap-
prox 2 yr, Spayed, Good
with children. House broke.
AQUARIUMS, 1) 65 Gallon &
1) 10 Gallon. $65 for both,
5 mo old, shots to date. $300
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
RIDING LAWN MOWER-
RIDING MOWER- MTD, 16.5
B&S motor,-46" cut, great
ROTO TILLER- Good shape,
heavy duty, 5hp motor,
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
EAGLE BAY DRIVE
(SW 24th Ave.)
3/2,1900 Sq. Ft.
on 1 Acre w/Workshop.
$2000 mo. (Includes Lawn
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. willing to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
OKEECHOEE- Private BR, BA,
full hse privileges, util incid,
phone but no long dist.
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
'04 CBS HOME 4/2/2
Tile, sec. sys., jacc. tub, near
Everglades Elem. $210,000
(863)357-4844 / 610-2153
GAINESVILLE- College dorm
house, 4/2, good location,
fenced backyard, glass patio
room, lyr home appliance
warranty. Avail 6/15,
LAKEPORT, 2 BR/2BA Framed
Home on 1 Acre. Needs
work. Great little fixer upper.
The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 16,2005
CLEWISTON: 2.5 acre vacant
land, Pioneer in Clewiston,
TAYLOR CREEK- Nice %A acre
lots, ready for mobile home
our house. Water & sewer
paid for. $68000.
Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
AB111 AU237 '
wants to buy your land,
20-2000 acres. Call Joseph
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEE, East of Town 3BR, 2BA
D/W. Nearly refurbished.
C/A, $850. mo + 1st, last &
sec dep 786-299-0263
14' x 52' MOBILE HOME
Furniture included. Bring your
toothbrush. $6000 down &
assume payments. Must
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles!ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT HULL- w/cage,
ALUMINUM CRAFT- John 14',
Evinrude 15hp, Elec. start,.
trolling motor Galvanized
BASS BOAT- Ranger, 17', with
115 Mercury engine, runs
excellent, w/trlr. $1500.
BOAT & TRAILER- fiberglass
boat Mercury 7.5 w/ less
than 25 hours. Great shape.
BOAT- 15' Walk thru Tri Hull,
w/trlr, 50HP Johnson, $500.
Mercury 7.5, less than 25
hrsw/1966 trailer, $1500
or best offer (863)697-3869
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
Mitchell Craft- '84,15V/2'
Fiberglass, '2001 50hp John-
son. Ask about the trailer.
$2500 239-821-3170 Okee
PONTOON BOAT 24'
No motor, no trailer $800
REGAL, '80, 18', with
'94 150hp Mariner outboard,
minor work needed, $2200.
CHEVY AEROLITE, '86, 20',
4.3 V6, low mi., gas saver,
rare, good cond., nice, ready
to roll, Bargain! $6450.
FORD CAMPER, '75- Special,
a classic, great mechanical
condition, come check it
but, $2000 (863)824-0402
MOTORHOME, Itasca, 27.5
foot, 57,000 actual miles,
fully self-contained, $5000.
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.
T-TOP TOWER, with storage
bin, for center console boat,
stainless steel, $750.
2005 Single Rail. Fen-
TRIUMPH CLASSIC '73, 750
CC, Black/Silver. Out of stor-
age, $2500 (863)674-0898
YAMAHA VIRAGO, '87, runs
good, looks good, $2500 or
best offer. (863)441-7675
HONDA 300-,4 Wheel Drive.
Runs excellent. $2,200.
HONDA ATC 200 (3) Needs
work, comes with extra
JEEP CHEROKEE- 91', New
A/C starter, water/fuel
pumps. Needs major motor
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
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
YOU A MORE INFORMED
(D o wonder newspaper.
readers are more popular
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 40601)
Utility Trailers 4065
1991 HONDA CIVIC .
Ice cold a/c & tow hitch
$1800 (863)675-4540 or
'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
'99 Vulcan Classic 1500
exhaust system free w/ pur-
chase of new seat set $20
BUICK REGAL- Presidential
Edition '88, 81K orig mi., 2.8
V6, autO, A/C, Nice car
$1250. firm 772-461-2629
CHEVY CAVALIER '99, over-
hauled engine, exc. cond.,
A/C, white, 4 dr, $2500. Call
CHRYSLER CONCORDE, '95,
170k miles, extra clean, CD,
all power, $2500.
DODGE 16" CHROME RIMS
5 lug $200
(239)657-4687 call after 4pm
DODGE COLT 1989 Station
Wagon, Very small car. Ex-
cellent on gas. $600 or best
FORD Bronco-1990 XLT 4x4
runs good, looks good. Ask-
ing $2500 (239)707-8365
LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1991,
Runs good w/air. Needs'
shocks. $1000 firm.
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS
1992, Runs great, ice cold
air. Minor body damage.
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS,
MERCURY VILLAGER '96
Clean, runs great, ice cold air.
OLDSMOBILE 88 LSS, '96,
asking $2500 or best offer.
863-673-6681 for more info
SATURN SC1 '95, Loaded. 2
dr., 5 spd., New Tires/10
Disc CD, Racing Stripes, etc.
TOYOTA AVALON, '00- 1,
owner, runs great, exc cond.
loaded, $9900 Must Sell!
TRANS AM-'85, Need to be
r e d o n e
CHEVY 1991 3/4 Ton Pickup,
4x4, 4 spd., $2500 or best
offer. (863)675-6214 after .6
CHEVY Z71, '94, 4x4, runs
great, needs transmission
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
WILLY- MILITARY JEEP- '60,
Many good parts, Complete,
Will make a good hunting
buggy. $750. 863-763-3153
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
FORD F600 UHAUL IT- exc.
running cond. 24' box, good
for const., flatbed for stor-
age, $2000 (561)844-5757.'
BRAKE ROTOR LATHE
On-car, new, never used
$2500 or best offer
CHEVY PICK UP 1979, For
parts. $75. (863)675-7471
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
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.
Tires-4, Bumper jack, tow
bar Heavy duty vice. $140.
CHEVY 1/2 ton, VB, auto Flat
bed/Utility. Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
P/U with cap. Runs good,
needs clutch. $400
FORD RANGER- '92, 2 Wheel
Drive, V6, A/C $1000.
FORD EXPLORER SPORT-
'99, Full tow package. Runs
JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT '96
2 Dr, 5 spd. manual. NEW:
motor/trans./tires. $3500 or
trade. (863)634-3797 Tim
CARGO TRAILER, '00 Hall-
mark 8x20, with dovetail
ramp, pulled twice locally,
TRAILER Heavy Duty, dove-
tailed w/ ramps and dual 8
lug axles. 7' 6" x 19' $1700
12'x6.5' Heavy duty Bobcat
hauler. Not enclosed. $900
FORD AEROSTAR- '92, Good
motor Needs Trans. & A/C
$750. or best offer.
WINDSTAR- '95, Dual air, 7
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2005-CP-061
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CARL M. LOHREY,
a/k/a CARL LOHREY,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS ,
The administration of the estate of CARL
M. LOHREY, a/k/a CARL LOHREY dt-
ceased, whose date of death was Nd-
vember 26, 2004, and whose Social
Security Number is 304-20-6508, is,
pending in the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is 304
N.W. Second Street, Room 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth be-
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OF THIRTY
DAYS OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the ddent and
persons having claims, or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER-THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
..notice is May 16,2005.
2508 S.E. 38th Trail
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
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Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
y: TomW.Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
55197 ON 5/16,23/05
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Public Notice 5301
State Public -
Legal Notice 550i)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN ANO FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2004-CA-313
BANK OF AMERICA, N A,
UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DE-
VISEES, ASSGINEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL
OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST IN THE ESTATE OF HOWARD E.
VANNERSON A/K/A II. E VANNER-
SON, DECEASED, et al,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: KAREN GRAHAM AND UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF KAREN GRAHAM
YOU ARE NOTIFIED thai an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the fol-
lowing described property:
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN
THENCE S 89 DEG. 24'08" E ALONG
THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 180.00 FEET, THENCE
RUN S 0 DEG. 05'07" W PARALLEL
WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF
THE S 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17, FOR
A DISTANCE OF 1100.00 FEET,
THENCE RUN S 89 DEG. 24'08" E
FOR A DISTANCE OF 594.00 FEET
FOR RO.B., THENCE CONTINUE S 89
DEG. 24'08" E FOR A DISTANCE OF
198.00 FEET, THENCE RUN N 0 DEG.
05'07" E FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00
FEET, THENCE RUN 89 DEG. 24'08"
W FOR A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET,
THENCE RUN S 0 DEG. 0507" W FOR
A DISTANCE OF 22C.00 FEET TO
PO.B. ALSO KNOWN AS PARCEL .
752, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, LY-
INGIN AND COMPRISING A PART OF
THIS S 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH 1984 DOUBLEWIDE
MOBILE HOME WITH VIN#'S
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C. Watson, PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDER-
DALE, FtL 33309 on or before June 8,
2005, a date which is within thirty
(30) days after the first publication of
this Notice in the Okeechobee News
and N .I .., .. i i, n, : -,k of
this :,.,,., ,- L I-,:,,- -: f ,* on
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will he
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint.
1 J1 ,, ,., ,,, i,', ,I I h -, ,, j ..in
disabled person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tions to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Clerk Ofice not lat-
er than seven (7) days prior to the
proceeding at 304 NW 2ND STREET,
ROOM 101, Okeechobee, FL 34972 or
Telephone (941) 763-3131 or
1-800-955-8771 TDD. WITNESS my
hand and the seal of this Court this
2nd say of May, 2005.
As Clerk of the Court
As Deputy Clerk
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Kindergarten students in Ms Leisa Snyder's class at Everglades Elementary School pre-
sented a play entitled "Three Nanny Goats Gruff," written by Carol Kaplan and Sandi
Becker. Narrators were: Zachary Reed, second grade; Julia Weldon, second grade; Jaca-
lyn Sutton, second grade; and, Kristen Dryden, first grade. Gail Sparkman, Gerardo
Sanchez and Mariah Mosley played the parts of the nanny goats. The trolls were played
by Dalila Escamilla-Solis and Alex Lopez. Mr. and Mrs.,Rabbit were played by Owen
Hicks and Naomi Thornton. Carlisle Heasley and Kaylie Yingling were Mr. and Mrs. But-
terfly. Sandale Avgerinas played the part of a bumblebee. Leon Chambers, Mathew
Lynch, Carols Ramirez and Rian Haaka were ladybugs. The grasshoppers' parts were
played by Cody Tarvin and Jose Juarez, while Adriana Hernandez, Stephanie Hernandez
and Vanessa Safewright were flowers.
The Yearling Middle School FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies Team recently won
the Sub District Contest, advanced and won first place at the District Level. The team will
now compete against the 11 district teams from Florida at the annual FFA Convention to
be held in Orlando on June 13. The objective of this contest was to teach student mem-
bers, and officers how to properly open and close official meetings which include the
transaction of business. Team members are: (left to right) Cole Fulford-president, Valerie
McKee-vice president, Austin Harvey-reporter, Kaley Dees-treasurer, Carson Williams-
sentinel, Nathan Candler-student advisor and (not pictured) Maci Culligan-secretary.
School board to discuss grants
In conjunction with the Community Collaborative Council meeting,
the Okeechobee County School Board will be discussing 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 1 grant,
Part A-Imnproving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Title
1, Part C-Education of Migratory Children. Tile 1, Part D; RIF, Local Delin-
quent; 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 Tech-
nology (EETT); Title V (Innovative Programs; Title VI (Rural and low
income School Programs); Indian Formula Grant; and, Title II. Any per-
son who would like information or to provide input, please plan on
attending the meeting or call Calhieen Blairat (863) 462-5000, ext. 255,
for grant contacts.
Public invited to Lunchbox Lecture
The parents, providers and the public are invited to attend a Lunch-
box Lecture, featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma, PhD, LMHC,
on May 24 at the Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St..The free
lecture, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., will address sexual predators. The
lecture will begin at noon. Bring your lunch beverages will be provid-
ed. Lufichbox Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Task Force and sponsored by the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition.
Future lectures will focus on sex education for teens/parents, adoles-
cence and sexual boundaries, and techniques to use for children that are
self mutilating. For information, call the Healthy Start Coalition office at
Main Street membership meeting slated
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold its monthly membership
meeting at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., on Wednes-
day, May 25, at noon. This meeting is open to the public. For information
on Main Street, call (863) 357-6246.
Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will
continue to meet at 7 p.m. in th6 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 urder 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: June 6-10; June 13-17; June 20-
24; and, June 27-July 1. The camp will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The cost is $100 per camper. Campers will learn about wildlife and the
environment. There will be a day devoted to survival in the wild. Florida
Wildlife Conservation officers Kevin Losee and Sean Smith will.teach the
young campers how to survive in the wilderness. There will also be daily
crafts, one large take-home craft, ice cream parties, and a field trip to and
a pontoon boat ride at River Woods. L
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as possi-
ble. For information contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.
Swimming lessons are offered
Registration for swimming lessons will be held June 7-10 from 8 a.m
until 6 p.m. Lessons are $25 and will be on a first-come, first-serve(
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. Socia
time will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. This year':
keynote speaker will be Florida State Representative Frank Attkisson
District 79. Dinner will include a sirloin steak served with a baked potato
green beans and a salad. Tickets are $30 per person. Ifyou-oryour busi
ness would like to sponsor a table for this event please call Joe Arnold a
(863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-1639. If available, tickets maybe purchase(
at the door.
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The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 16, 2005
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
MEMBERS OF THE CLARK AD-
VANCED LEARNING CENTER MAN-
AGEMENT BOARD WILL HOLD A
BOARD MEETING MONDAY, MAY 23,
2005, 2:00 PM. IN THE CALC CEN-
TER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
ON THE CHASTAIN CAMPUS OF IN-
DIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AT 2400 SE SALERNO ROAD, STU-
ART, FLORIDA 34997. ANY PERSONS
WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT
BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGU-
MENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF
LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVI-
DENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT
THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NO-
TIFY THE BOARD AT LEAST SEVEN
DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED
MEETING OF THE BOARD. ANY PER-
SONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DE-
CISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED
TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS
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