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Vol. 96 No. 141


Awards Night
is Monday
Once again, Osceola Mid-
dle School (OMS) congratu-
lates the fastest milers from
this week's PE classes. 6th
grade: Adrian Tagle and
Maria Alvarez; 7th grade:
Lionel Jones and Gladys Cas-
taneda; 8th. grade: Steven
Washbish and Randi Barnes.
Congratulations to all, the
repeat winners and the new
OMS looks forward to its
most important event of the
year, Awards Night, which
will be held Monday, May 23
at 7 p.m. Over 250 students
will be receiving awards, and
the evening will culminate in
the naming of the two eighth
grade students selected as
the 2005 OMS HERO. We
hope to see everyone there.
The final social of the year
will be held Tuesday, May 24,
after school until 5:30. Tick-
ets are $3, and students will
want to bring extra money
for snacks and for a souvenir
yearbook signing pen. Year-
books will be available for
Page 3

to sell jet
A federal bankruptcy
judge approved the sale of a
second Winn-Dixie corpo-
rate jet Thursday for. $16.4
U.S. District Bankruptcy
Judge Jerry Funk ordered the
sale of the Gulfstream G-200
and two jet engines to Lead-
ing Edge Aviation Solutions
of Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Leading,,Edge made the
winning bid at an auction
conducted Tuesday in New
York. Studio City Aviation of
Studio City, Calif., also com-
peted for the plane when
bidding began at $15.3 mil-
In March, shortly after fil-
ing for reorganization under
Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bank-
ruptcy Code, Winn-Dixie
sold another. Gulfstream G-
200 to Majesty Realty Co., of
City of Industry, Calif., for
$15.7 million.
Kathy Lussier, a spokes-
woman for Winn-Dixie, said
the company has no other
Page 8

Drought Index
Current: 295
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.29 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
13.44 feet
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Identity theft: Club learns of this growing risk

Staff photo/D.Hamilton
Thursday's Kiwanis Club meeting featured Detective Sergeant, Keith Stripling (right) of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office with Charles Andrews (left) and Kiwanis Club
President, Marcos Montes DeOca.

Club helps fund I.D. equipment

By D.Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Thursday's meeting of the
local chapter of Kiwanis Club
convened with a visit from
Detective Sergeant, Keith
Stripling, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, Crime
Prevention Unit, to introduce
the newest in digital finger-
printing systems which was
funded by a $2,000 contribu-
tion from the Kiwanis Club.
Detective Stripling demonstrat-
ed how the equipment works
by using information and fin-
gerprints from club member
and Canteen Manager with the
Sheriff's Department, Charles
The new equipment is used
to capture digital photos of fin-
gerprints after information
about the subject has been
entered into the database. The
pertinent information is then
downloaded and saved with
the fingerprint images. Recent-
ly, the new equipment was
used to fingerprint local chil-
dren at the Masonic Lodge's

Child I.D. program. After each,
child was fingerprinted and
photographed, information
about the child was entered
into the program and then
downloaded onto a disk for
parents to take home in the
event of a missing child. Par-
ents were instructed to com-
plete the profile on their child
with information on their
school, nearest relatives and
other pertinent information. If
a child is discovered to be
missing, parents can give the
disk with the information to
law enforcement and it will be
sent to the National Center for
'Missing and Exploited Children
and also activate the Amber
Alert System. Detective
Stripling told members,
"Encourage parents of every
age child to have this informa-
tion recorded and put away for
safekeeping in the event that a
child becomes lost or is miss-
ing." Detective Stripling also
noted to meeting attendees,
"After the age of six years, a
child's fingerprints will not

change. However, information
about the child should be
updated by having a new
photo of the child entered into
the program and saved on the
disk each year."
Another issue that the Sher-
iff's Department guest speaker
came to talk to club members
about is the growing risk of
identity theft. Detective
Stripling began by telling club
members, "As technology
increases, so does the intelli-
gence of criminals." As he con-
tinued with his presentation,
Detective Stripling told mem-
bers, "If you are not checking
your credit report at least every
12 months, you could be the
victim of identity theft." He also
discussed with Kiwanis Club
members ways they can pro-
tect themselves against finan-
cial fraud in the way of identity
theft. He gave. consumer infor-
mation in conjunction with the
American Bankers Association
guidelines to avoid becoming a
See Kiwanians Page 2

Board looks

at old school

in Basinger

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting Thursday
night the Okeechobee County
School Board acted on 1,0 rec-
ommendations for expulsion,
approved appointments for
the coming school year,
discussed options concern-
ing the old Basinger School
and heard about environmen-
tal education opportunities..
The board approved expul-
sion of three ,iinth graders at
New Endeavor High School, a
senior at Okeechobee High
School (O.H.S.), an eighth
grader at New Endeavor, a
tenth grader at Okeechobee

High School and a eleventh
grader at New Endeavor, all for
defiance of authority.
An eight grader at Osceola
Middle School was expelled
for inappropriate personal
A tenth grader at Okee-
chobee High School was
expelled for sexual harass-
ment and sexual battery.
A ninth grader at New
Endeavor was expelled for
defiance of authority and alco-
hol and drugs.
Mary Hurley was named
assistant superintendent for
instructional services to
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This week at North Elementary School students were
given the opportunity to browse books available through
the Scholastic buy 1 get 1 free Book Fair. The book fair
kicks off the school's summer reading program which
encourages students to read during the long vacation.
Lynn Greeson (left) lets Alex Guido (right) know how
much the books he selected will cost.

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replace Zella Kirk who is retiring.
Principals and assistant princi-
.- pals will remain the same for the
coming school year.
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
- Pat Cooper noted that there are
S still about 49 teacher positions
and 12 to 15 non-instructional
positions vacant.
S- pTaking the first official step
Toward preserving the old
Basinger School, the board
authorized their attorney, Tom
Conely to enter into negotiations
with the owner of the property
S surround the two acre parcel
where the building sits. Dr. Coop-
S er said she has made two visits to
S the building and said that there
are three options: leave it where
it is, move it or build a replica.
"Anyone who sees it falls in
love with it; you can hear the kids
in the yard," stated Dale Barrett,
director of operations for the
school distinct.
S l "It's a great old building with
a lot of history."
SHowever, he noted the building
has serious structural cracks which
would make it difficult to move and


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victim of credit card and debit
S- card fraud providing these tips to
club members:
e Check bank statements
S" immediately.
S* Check account balances
and print interim statements at
the ATM.
,- Contact bank immediately
S if your credit card or ATM card is
lost or stolen. If you delay in
reporting this information, it
could be costly.
-- Keep accurate records of
-u. card numbers, PIN codes, expi-
. ration dates and 800 numbers
- .* for easy access in case of a lost
-. or stolen card.

it has suffered termite damage.
To complicate things, the site
is completely landlocked and
there is no good road to use to
move the building.
He suggested taking parts
from the building and including
them in a replica of the building.
Dr. Cooper noted that the
county commissioners have
offered a site north of the
Basinger Community Center.
She stated that the county com-
missioners, the historical society
and the people of Basinger have
all expressed interest in helping
the preservation effort.
Losie Kerwin of Florida
Atlantic University Center for
Environmental Studies discussed
the educational opportunities
available at Riverwoods Field
Laboratory on the Kissimmee
In other action the board:
honored Mary Sue Driver,
language arts teacher at Okee-
chobee High School, upon her
retirement after 17 years' service
to the school district;
honored Jim Kershaw,
guidance councilor at New
Endeavor High School upon his
retirement after 24 year's service
to the school district;
honored Vicki Kershaw,

Keep receipts and reconcile
them with your monthly state-
ments, then shred your state-
ments with a cross-cutting paper
Mark through any blank
spaces on debit slips, including
the tip line so that amounts can-
not be changed.
Know the limits of your
credit cards. Many issuers of
credit cards limit daily purchases
and withdrawals for your protec-
Be very careful when using
ATMs. If the machine looks like it
has been altered or tampered with,
go to another machine and report
it to the banking institution imme-
diately. A device called a "skim-
mer" may have been installed to
collect information from a credit

bilingual teacher at Okeechobee
High School, upon her retire-
ment after 24 years with the
school system;
changed the date of next
meeting from June 14 to June
approved an executive ses-
sion for May 31 to prepare for
contract negotiations with the
teacher union;
set meal prices for the com-
ing school year;
approved a contract with
Securicor New Century LLC for
educational services at Level 10
for the coming school year;
approved participation in
the Voluntary PreKindergarten
Program for the 300 hour sum-
mer program beginning in the
summer of 2006;
approved job descriptions
for teacher and supervisor of
food service;
advertised for job descrip-
tions for coordinator of staff
development, coordinator of
network system, director of stu-
dent services and director of K-
12 accountability & assessment;
approved advertisement of
an amendment of board policy
concerning terminal leave; and
revised personnel alloca-
tions for the coming year.

card or debit card when you swipe
your card at the machine.
Be wary when an ATM
"eats your card" especially if
someone was trying to "help
you" at a malfunctioning
machine. They may be trying to
steal your card or PIN informa-
Never give you PIN infor-
mation to anyone over the
phone. Sometimes identity
thieves will actually steal some-
one's card and then call them on
the phone for their PIN code,
claiming to be law enforcement
or the issuing bank.
In Kiwanis Club business
notables were:
Kiwanis Club will conduct
the election of its board mem-
bers and officers at next week's

Prior to the meeting, the
board held a workshop in which
administrators explained Dr.
Cooper's comprehensive plan-
ning process for the 2005-06
school year.
Mary Hurley, director of ele-
mentary education, said the
process was as important as the
As part of the process, the
administrators came up with a
vision statement: achieving
excellence. They also derived a
mission statement: It is the mis-
sion of the Okeechobee County
School District to prepare every
student to enter college or tech-
nical training without need of
remedial instruction and/or
enter the job market at a level
significantly above the minimum
wage. All students will also be
instilled with knowledge of the
democratic process and posses
the attitudes and values neces-
sary to function as productive
member of society.
Gary Kirsch, O.H.S. principal,
said the administrators took per-
ceived needs and filtered them
based on core values and the
mission statement.
Mr. Barrett said the process
allowed him to step outside of his
tunnel vision and look at the entire

meeting to be held on Thursday,
May 26 at the Village Square
Restaurant, located at 301 W.
South Park St. at noon.
The Kiwanis Club presenta-
.tion at Scholarship Night at
Okeechobee High School. Schol-
arship recipient, Sara Hedges
will be graduating with a 3.98
G.P.A Miss Hedges plans to
study law possibly at Florida
State University and has aspira-
tions to perhaps become a Flori-
da State Senator.
Club member, Matt Buxton
received the annual Kiwanis Club
contribution for this year's Grad
Night festivities to be held on June
2 at the Stardust Lanes Bowling
Alley. This year's contribution is
the 17th year that the Kiwanis
Club has contributed financial
support to the all-night, lock-in

school system based on it goals.
Randy Paulson, principal at
Central Elementary School called
the process very enlightening
and allowed administrator to see
the big pictures.
North Elementary School
Principal Pat McCoy stated that
the process helped them to get to
know each other better.
Dr. Cooper stated that com-
munication and understanding
were the outcome of the
process. She said it allowed
administrators to understand
more than their piece of the puz-
zle. In addition, she said it
emphasized team building and
Next monthJir. Cooper told
board members, they would
receive the finished product.
The strategic plan will list spe-
cific goals broken down into
objectives and strategies, the per-
son responsible for those objec-
tives and strategies, time line,
budget estimate and evaluation
criteria for measuring progress
and level of completion.
If approved, the strategic plan
would be put into place in July
and next year would be evaluat-
ed and updated for the 2006-
2007 school year.

party for local graduating seniors.
Approximately 600 kids are
expected to attend including grad-

uating seniors and their guests.
Detective Sargeant, Keith
Stripling of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's was on hand to
receive a reimbursement check
for $2,000 to pay for the new dig-
ital fingerprinting equipment for
the Sheriff's Department's Digi-
tal I.D. program.
Approximately $1.3 million
was given in scholarship funding
this year to local graduating sen-
iors by private, community and
- civic programs, including Kiwa-
nis Club.
Also announced, Treasure
Coast Crime Stoppers will have
their golf tournament at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club on June 11 at 8 a.m.

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Courtesy photo/OMS
Congratulations, Students of the Week. Pictured, front row:
Lauren Conway, Jose Escamilla, Jaiden Barnhart, Paige
Arnold. Back Row: Tamara Collins, Raquel Benitez, Craig Nor-
ris, Mrs. Siler-Dobbs, and Walnard Fortner. We're proud of you.

OMS looks forward to

2005 Awards Night

Once again, Osceola Middle
School (OMS) congratulates the
fastest milers from this week's PE
classes. 6th grade: Adrian Tagle and
Maria Alvarez; 7th grade: Lionel
Jones and Gladys Castaneda; 8th
grade: Steven Washbish and Randi
Barnes. Congratulations to all, the
repeat winners and the new
OMS looks forward to its most
important event of the year, Awards
Night, which will be held Monday,
May 23 at 7 p.m. Over 250 students
will be receiving awards, and the
evening will culminate in the nam-
ing of the two eighth grade stu-
dents selected as the 2005 OMS

HERO. We hope to see everyone
The final social of the year will
be held Tuesday, May 24, after
school until 5:30. Tickets are $3,
and students will want to bring
extra money for snacks and for a
souvenir yearbook signing pen.
Yearbooks will be available for $20.
Upcoming Events:
May 23: OMS Awards Night, 7
p.m.; May 24: Yearbook Social,
3:45-5:30; May 25: Literacy Fair;
May 30: No School- Memorial Day
Holiday; June 1: Last day of
school; June 3: 8th grade trip to
Islands of Adventure.

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Youth Ministry:
* Word Of Life
* Main Event
* Mission Trips & Local Mission
Recreation Ministry:
* Gym Basketball, Volleyball
* Fitness Room
* Game Room
* Indoor Raquetball Court
Missions Outreach:
* Mission House
* Level 10 Prison Ministry
* Churchwide Visitation
Levite Ministry:
"But you shall appoint the Levities
over the tabernacle of the Testimony,
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Rev. Richard E. Whipple, Pastor (1966-1996)
(Group picture in front of church
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in the Recreation Outreach Center
(located west of church)
Meat and dessert provided.
Please bring large covered dish.

Come be a part of the Anniversary Choir,
directed by Mike Zierden
(Former Minister of Music)

Historical artifacts on display

Children's Ministry:
* Graded Sunday School
* Children's Workshop (k-2nd Grade)
* Nursery Provided (Birth to age 3)
* AWANA Program
* Upward Basketball/Cheerleading
* Family Fall Festival
Senior Adult Ministry:
* Arts & Crafts
* Informational Speakers
* Trips
* Monthly Covered Dish Dinners
* Celebration Singers Choir
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Rude Neighbors
To people that live in Four Seasons: would you please be consid-
erate of your neighbors about starting up your four wheelers at 11:30
at night with the kids and everyone hollering all night. Then, starting
at 8 a.m., your dog starts barking and barks all day."

No Insurance
"Before anyone buys a house in Okeechobee, be sure to check
on the insurance. It is a shame you can buy a home in Okeechobee
but you can't get any insurance from the insurance companies in
Booming Prices
"I am calling about the booming prices in Okeechobee and the
way they have gone up in the past couple of months, to the last year.
It's a shame that you are paying $200,000 to $300,000 for a home and
it's so hard to find insurance in this town. Should we contact the
insurance commissioner or who to try and solve this problem?"
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. Because of the last summer's hur-
ricanes, many of the larger insurance companies are not writing
any new policies in Florida. It would probably serve you best to
either contact your former insurance company or the insurance
commissioner's office to see what companies will be writing new
policies in this area.)
"This call is in regard to the Speak Out call 'Bankruptcy'. This per-
son that claims that 82 percent of Democrats file bankruptcy is an
absolutely wrong. For one, people that claim bankruptcy do not
have to claim their political affiliation and since President Bush and
his Republican party have been in office you can consider the United
States bankrupt because of the trillions of dollars we are in our
deficit. I would really like to know where he got his information.
Besides, when the Democrats were running this country we didn't
have a deficit, we had a better economy and my stock didn't go in the
toilet like they are now."

Deeply Disturbed
"I am deeply disturbed and troubled that our Brahman baseball
won the regional baseball championship and it didn't even warrant
being put on the front page of the Okeechobee News."
Enjoyed Section
"A couple of days ago you had in the paper a section on 1949 and
I would like to say that was the most interesting thing you have had in
your paper in a long time. We really, really, really enjoyed it."

Code Enforcement
"I have been paying attention to code violation and such, and I'm
beginning to believe that code enforcement is being a little more
than selective in who gets caught, fined or told to remove something
from their property. Just a little food for thought."

"One of our nice grocery chains has deplorable restrooms, and
they are not very assessable. Does the health department check
these things?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted the
Okeechobee County Health Department and were told they do not
have the authority to inspect the restroom facilities in such stores.
That authority has been given to the Department ofAgriculture.)
Hard Work
"This comment is in regard to the Speak Out 'Nepotism', about
local businesses hiring family members to do easy work. As a resi-
dent and an employee of a local business in which a family member
is my boss, did this individual stop and think that maybe the person
who they feel does not engage in hard Work may not be involved
with physical hard work, but endures mental hard work behind the
scenes? I read the article this morning and knew immediately what
business and to whom the caller was referring. I take that as a per-
sonal attack. I know the individual who called is merely jealous per-
son If you are not cut out for the hard work, then why apply at the
type of business to which you are refer? All I carl say is good luck in
your future endeavors, and God be withyou."

Health Hazards
"I am concerned that OUA employees were exposed to health
hazards and the OUA directors don't seem to be particularly con-
cerned. They sent these -men to clean up the spill and didn't give
them the proper protective gear. I wish these employees would go
on the record and give testimony under the Whistle Blower Act."

"If I was an employee of OUA, I would get with the rest of my
workers and do a class action lawsuit. Some tests were done but it
takes longer for arsenic to show up."

OUA Meeting
"I would say that the next OUA board meeting should be very
interesting, to say the least. If we were lied to in any way regarding
that spill, everyone involved with misinformation should be termi-
nated at once and new leadership installed. I smell trouble brewing if
you were not presenting the board with the facts. Guess we'llsee."

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Letter to the Editor

Grad party plans
are being finalized
Plans for the 17th annual
Non-Alcoholic Graduation party
are well under way. It will be
held following graduation on
May 31, at Stardust Lanes. The
party will begin at 11 p.m. and
will end at 5 a.m.
Contributions from the busi-
ness community and private citi-
zens have made this annual
event a tremendous success in
previous years. During the past

16 years, we have not experi-
enced an alcohol- or drug-relat-
ed accident on graduation night.
The event is also tobacco free.
The community is urged to
strongly support this event with
cash and gift donations. Those
who would like to continue their
annual support of this wonderful
event are asked to make checks
payable to "Grad-Nite and mail
in care of Paul M. Buxton, 110
N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, Fla.,
In announcing this annual

Upcoming Events

Habitat for Humanity.of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet at the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at Habitat work site
in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes suitable for working.
Call (863) 357-1371 for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymou s meetsat noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office at 1857 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group for people with.a desire to stop using alco-
hol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emo-
tional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church,312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
.200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.

Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Chil-
dren's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m.
The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a ques-
tion/answer forum; It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-
(800) 403-9311.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St. at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
Woman at the Well meets at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The
Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. for a weekly 12-step recovery and
support'group meeting for women overcoming chemical dependen-
cy. For information, call (863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone inter-
ested 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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else inter-
ested are invited. For information-, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
SBipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is locat-
ed next to next to the driver's license office at 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 diagnosis.

A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-1191.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the.
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, con-
tact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will
meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill-family member
is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, ;
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is available at Dunklin Assist-
ed Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information call (863)

event, a plea is made to all par-
ents of graduating seniors not to
plan any other graduation party
for that particular night. The suc-
cess of the Non-Alcoholic Gradu-
ation Party is dependent upon
total participation and the intent
is to provide a safe, alcohol- and
cigarette-free environment.
Full cooperation is needed.
Unlimited bowling, dancing,
games and much, much more
has been planned and a multi-
tude of cash and gift prizes will
be available. Also during the

party, two Indian River Commu-
nity College (IRCC) scholarships
will be awarded.
We thank all who have con-
tributed to the success of this
event in the past and we know
that the community will contin-
ue to keep graduation night in
Okeechobee safe and alcohol
For information, contact Paul
or Matthew Buxton at (863) 763-

Paul M. Buxton

Community Events

Pop Warner grid clinic is planned
A Pop Warner youth league football clinic will be held at the
,Okeechobee Civic Center on May 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. until 3
p.m. The cost is $25 per day. The cost includes a barbecue
lunch for the kids as well as coaches and players from OHS, a
guest college player and a guest player from the NFL. They will
also be selling barbecue dinners for $6 to help raise money to
defray the cost of uniforms and equipment. Anyone who
would like to help or make any donations, are asked to call
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576, or James Shockley at (863)

Bike Rodeo planned for May 21
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, under the direc-
tion of Sergeant Keith Stripling, will hold their third annual Bike
Rodeo on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Wal-Mart Store, 2101 S. Parrott Ave. The bike
rodeo is to help educate kids of all ages on bicycle safety. There
will be hourly giveaways courtesy of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee Wal-Mart and the Okeechobee
County Health Department.

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 Bo-ating 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
campground and Marina May 21-22. Vessel examiners and
other auxiliary volunteers will be on site from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their boat by for a VSC, 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 volunteers interested in boating and
promoting boating safety. If you can't make it on the weekend,
give usa call at (863) 467-3085. We'll be glad to make arrange-
ments 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 penteofo-
kee@yahoo.com; or mail it to 13333 N.E. Seventh Terrace,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34972. For information, call (863) 467-1611
or (863) 634-4554.

Collaborative Council meets May 24
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday,
May 24, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County
School Board Office at 700 S.W Second Ave..The purpose of
the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, col-
laborate, 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 collected. For information, call Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Teen Pregnancy Task Force to meet
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of the Okee-
chobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Tuesday, May 24, at
1:30 p.m. at the Okeephobee County Library, 2061, 16th St.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force meets rpst 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.



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Staff Photo/Lorna Jablonski
Athletic director Mike Radebaugh (left) presented Brahman
senior wrestler Cory Wright (right) with his Athlete of the
Month Award for the month of December 2004. Due to
unforeseen circumstances, Wright received his award earlier
this year. Wright was a star wrestler for the Brahman
wrestling team.

Cory Wright is December

Athlete of the Month

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Senior Cory Wright was chosen
as the Okeechobee News/Publix
Supermarket Athlete of the month
for December 2004. The presenta-
tion of his award was held up due
to unforeseen circumstances.
Wright was a highly successful
Brahman wrestler for the past
four years. In addition to
wrestling for the high school
team, Cory has been an outstand-
ing amateur wrestler for the past

eight years with the Okeechobee
Wrestling Club. This interest in
wrestling is no surprise since his
father Dr. Neal Wright also wres-
tled for the Brahmans.
Cory has a 3.82 grade point
average and has been accepted
at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University in Daytona. He would
like to be a commercial pilot. He
does have an alternate plan how-
ever. He is'considering a career in
the Navy as a fighter pilot.
He is the son of Dr. Neal
Wright and Linda Wright.


Fishin' Line

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Congratulations to Mike Frost
for his first place finish in the two-
day Headturners3.com bass tour-
nament last weekend. Mike
brought 32.80 lbs. of largemouths
to the scale for the win.
Congratulations also go to Jim
Hurlock for his second place finish
with 32.72 lbs., Tim Arnold for his
third place finish with 31.48 lbs., Al
Green for his fourth place finish
with 28.64 lbs. and Mel Stone for
his fifth place finish with 27.86 lbs.
According to area bait shops,
speck fishing has dropped off con-
siderably. A few are still being
caught in the river, but nothing to
really speak of. If you are fishing
along the river bank, be careful.
This is the time of year that snakes
are hatching and there have been
many sighted near the river.
Many anglers in last weekend's
Headturners tourney ran south to
Belle Glade to find fish.
But, there are a great deal of
.bass being caught around Horse
Island, the Monkey Box and King's
Bar. Anglers are stating that these
are some of the only places to find
clean water.

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Bubba Helton, of Garrard's
Tackle suggests using horny toads
and top water bait in the early
morning, then switching to plastic
worms or white or chartreuse spin-
nerbait later in the day.
Don't forget that the Russ Bring-
ger Memorial bass tourney will
take place next Saturday, May 28 at
Okee-Tantie Marina.
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail will
kick-off next Sunday, May 29 at
Okee-Tantie Marina.
The heat of summer has finally
arrived along with the normal Flori-
da afternoon thunderstorms. So,
be careful and good luck in hook-
ing the big ones.

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1994 Chevrolet Cavalier
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1995 Mercury Cougar
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1994 Ford Tempo GL
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1997 Ford Escort LX
4 dr, 2.0L, automatic, air, 86k mi. 3 ......... $3,995
1998 Mazda Protege LX
4 dr, 5 spd, power w/l, great on gas. ...... $3,995
1999 Ford Taurus SE
4 dr, V6, auto, pwr w/l,'cass, cruise, tilt. $3,995
1996 Ford Thunderbird LX
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1995 Honda Civic LX
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1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE
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2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS
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1999 Chevrolet Lumina
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2000 Dodge Intrepid
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1998 Chrysler Concorde LXi
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1999 Chrysler Concorde
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1998Aeura Integra LS 9 9
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1999 Mercury Cougar
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
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1998 Honda Civic DX
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS
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2000 Mercury Grand Marquis
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2001 Chrysler Sebring LX
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2002 Nissan Sentra GXE
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2002 Mercury Sable LS
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2003 Toyota Corolla CE
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2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
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2003 Hyundai Sonata GL
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2002 Mazda Protege PR5
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2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8S
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2002 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
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2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS
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1999 Ford Explorer
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2001 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4
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2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS
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2002 Dodge Durango
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2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L
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2004 Chevrolet Silverado LS XCab
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2005 Buick Terraza
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2002 Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab
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1999 Mazda Miata Convertible
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2002 Ford Mustang LX
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2001 Mazda Miata Convertible
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
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2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT
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Reflections from the Pulpit

By Pete Gawda
John 20:24-29
Through the ages one of
Jesus' disciples has, I believe,
been given a bad rap. He has
been referred to as "Doubting
Thomas." The dictionary even
refers to a doubting Thomas as:
"A person who habitually
doubts; chronic skeptic." But I
prefer to call him "Unbelieving
Thomas." There are several pos-
itive lessons we can learn from
The week before the inci-
dents related in John 20 the dis-
ciples were gathered in the
upper room and Jesus appeared
to them. This-was the evening of
Jesus' resurrection.
For some unknown reason,
Thomas was not there. He had
missed assembling on the Sab-
bath with other Christians as we
are commanded to do in
Hebrews 10:25
By being absent, he missed
the presence of Jesus and the
fellowship of other Christians.
Missing church has been
compared with raking one coal
of fire from a fireplace out unto
the hearth. By itself, that coal
will grow cold. However, left
with the other coals, it will stay
hot and glow brightly.
Thomas had missed the pres-
ence of Jesus but he wanted to
Unbelief can be caused by
lack of sufficient evidence.
Thomas demanded evidence.
He wanted to go to the source.
On such'an important matter, he
wanted to see for himself. He
would probably have made a
good newspaper reporter. It was
Thomas' questions to Jesus in
John 14:5 that lead to Jesus'
famous statement in the follow-
ing verse:" I am the way, the
truth, and the life; no 'man
cometh unto the Father, but by
Thomas set his own condi-
tions for belief in verse.

This peace put Thomas
where he should be as
the peace of Jesus puts
all of us where we
should be.
25:"Except I shall see in his
hands the print of the nails, and
put my finger into the print of
the nails, and thrust my hand
into his side, I will not believe."
He wanted to have more
knowledge on which to base his
He was honest and had an
open mind and a desire to con-
firm the truth.
He was honestly seeking.
.Notice he did not stubbornly
say: "I will not believe."
Thomas said he would
believe if his conditions were
This was not stubborn unbe-
lief that would never believe. I
think he wanted to believe, he
was only asking for what the
other disciples had experienced
the previous Sabbath.
He would not be a hypocrite
and go along with the crowd. He
spoke openly stating his disbe-
So what happened?
Jesus always reveals Himself
to those who honestly and sin-
cerely seek Him.
According to the Jewish way
of reckoning days, it was the fol-
lowing Sabbath and Jesus
appeared under the same condi-
tions as the previous Sabbath.
Notice that Jesus was not
faultfinding. He was loving and
forgiving, treating Thomas with
the same consideration he has
shown to the others.
Once again Jesus said "Peace
be unto you", the same thing He
had said earlier.
He wanted to be the same
Savior and Redeemer to Thomas
as he had been to the others.

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This peace was not a repeti-
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Because Jesus' peace is an
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blessing, it is not one time thing.
The peace that Jesus brings
meets all our needs; it gives us
joy in the midst of adverse cir-
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courage to work for the Lord. In
Thomas' case, this peace was a
means of recovery to put him in
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SThis peace put Thomas
where he should be as the peace
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should be.
In verse 27, Jesus responded
to Thomas demands.
Thomas demanded evidence
and Jesus met the challenge. As
a result, Thomas becomes
aware of God's love and forgive-



Because of his experience,
Thomas was able to say in verse
28 "My Lord and my God." This
statement was made by some-
one who is often put down as a
Jesus knew that Thomas was
not the only one through the
ages who would be dealing with
doubt and disbelief.
We owe a lot to unbelieving
Thomas. He wanted only what
the other disciples had experi-
enced. He was honest. He set
conditions for his belief. When
those conditions were met, he
We have his testimony today.
Because of his experience, 'he
said to Jesus: "My Lord and my
God." Are you able to make that
same statement by faith today?

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* 10 ACRES CLOSE TO TOWN! Lot #7 @ OK ACREs on NE 80th Ave! $220,000!
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Lake View Builders, Inc. Welcomes Louis King To Our Team!
Louis comes to Lake View with many years
experience in the building material and
construction management field. Louis will fill
the position of
Manager of Construction Operations,
working with our project manager through
every phase of the construction process.

Lake View Builders, Inc.
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12 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, May 21, 2005

At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 20,
through Thursday, May 26, are as
Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
III" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and
9:30 p.m.
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.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-


Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite,
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.
VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124, several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four of
social security number, date and
time of appointment and whether
awheelchair/scooter lift is needed
All appointments must be before
noon. If there are any questions,
please contact Betsy Grinslade, the
county veterans' service officer.
Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnancy
testing to girls and women of all
ages. We offer free and confiderr-
tial pregnancy tests, peer counsel-
ing, referrals for a free ultrasound,
parenting classes, and abstinence
education. Operating hours are
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. We are locat-
ed at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across
from the movie theatre. For infor-
mation or appointments call (863)
Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes
for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the
Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505
S. Parrott Ave. Topics include disci-
pline a family affair, birth to eight
months infants, eight to eighteen
months the toddler, 18 to 36
months terrific twos, three year
olds, and uncommon sense. Each
week parents "earn" baby bucks
to purchase items for their baby at
the Center's Baby Boutique. Child-
care is not provided, however
infants in carriers are welcome.
For details call (863) 763-8859 or
(863) 697-6320.
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of our
Disaster Action Team (DAT). DAT
is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local
disasters. If you would like to give
of your time and talents to help
local citizens in time of disaster,
please call Andy or Candace at the

American Red Cross-Okeechobee
branch at (863) 763-2488.
Child care help
is now available
Th9 Early Learning Coalition
has fun ling for child care for eligi-
ble children from birth through
age 12 on a first-come, first-served
basis while funding is available.
There is no waiting list. Parents
must: be president of Okeechobee
County; meet income guidelines;
and be working, or going to school
or a combination of both for at
least 20 hours per week. For infor-
mation, call (866) 273-6340.


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Auctions 105
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Nice area. $1250. Will sep-
a r a t e

BASSET HOUND- Frostproof
area on 05/13/05. Call to
identity. (863)635-5833.
BED IN A BAG- brand new,
found 5/7, near Lakeport on
Hwy 78. Call to identify.
spotted, Found in the Vic. of
R-Bar Estates, May 8th. Call
Cell# (561)252-1371.

CAT, male, smokey gray, neu-
tered, timid, vic. of Ft. De-
naud Bridge, south side,
named Tibs. (863)675-2491
DACHSHUND- Brown & gray
spots, Green eyes. Vic. R-
Bar, Evergreen Cemetery
area. (863)634-1909
TERRIER- both wearing col-
lars, probably together, vic
of Commerce Dr, LaBelle,
owners miss, possible RE-
WARD. (863)673-2854.
Black & Brown, Lost Fri. 5/13
in vicinity of Whispering Pines.
Llewellin Setter, white w/blk
spots, vic. of Civic Ctr/Air-
port. REWARD! Call David
863-634-0751 or Kay
PIT & LAB MIX- Male, Black,
little white on chest. Approx
251bs. Vic. near SW 10th St.
(863)763-7553 Reward.

ADULT HOUSE CAT 11/2 yr old
Spayed and housebroken
Free to good home
housebroke, loves kids &
other animills, to good lov-
ing. home only.
drawer, good condition
Pittbull/Rott Puppies
(6) all males, 5wks old, to
good homes (863)447-3220

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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

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




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temperament. To good
homes (863)674-0780
KITTENS- 3, approx 8wk,
Black & white
MOBILE HOME- must move,
needs very little TLC,
863)946-0670 or
Sales 0145

OKEECHOBEE- Fri 5/20 & Sat
5/21 7a -2 504 SW 21 St
Household items, appliances,
clothes, l videos &

8a-12p 5876 SE 94th Trail
in Larkee Lakes(off of 15A)
Corner of 94th Trail & 57th
Dr. Dressers, Picnic table,
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All around maintenance per-
son to do lawns, wash
trucks, etc. 863-467-1717.
Daily work -Daily pay
Report to Labor Finders 6am
105 SW 3rd Ave.
Earn Salary + Room & Board.
Weekends Off. Call for
information. 863-697-6047
CDL Dump Truck Driver's
needed for local dirt hauling
& Ag. harvesting. Wage de-
pends upon exp./ref's/MVR.
Phone 863-467-9929.
(Must be 21)
Must have CDL. Exc.
Benefits! Apply at:
Wastes Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128.
Ave. Okeechobee, FL
34972. No phone
calls please!!

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Dickerson needs Dump Truck
& Service Truck Drivers.
Must have clean driving record
& CDL A/B. EOE, M/F/V/D.
Drug Test Required.
Call 772-429-4440

At least 3 yrs experience.
Top pay for experience.
D.L. & good driving record
req. (863)634-5898
Needed for Ag. Harvesting.
Pay dependant on exp.
For experienced Waitress.
Ranchers Restaurant.
Cook Full Time
Dishwasher- Part time
Apply in person after 11:00am
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441-SE
Okeechobee, FL

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is seeking a full time
Outside Sales Consultant.
The right applicant will:
Be enthusiastic
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Be service oriented
Be highly motivated
Be a self-managed individual
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Preferably have previous sales experience
Be a good team player
Be able to handle pressure
e Have computer skills
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
(863) 357-2442
for more information
Needed for large dairy. Contact Ben at
McArthur Farms, Inc., Maintenance Shop,
1550 N.E 208th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.
863-763-7233. Benefits include group health
insurance, profit sharing, and 401 (k).
Drug Free Workplace. E.O.E.
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

Local Construction Company
Looking forperson
EXPERIENCED in framing,
roofing, carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.

Looking for Someone
Exp'd For Concrete
Block & Flatwork.
Must have divers license.
Annual starting salary: $30K
for qualified applicants.

The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
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
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
TheT Daily Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunihl Employer

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Lykes Citrus Management has an opening for a full time Grove
Irrigation/Drainage Operator at its Brighton Grove. Duties in-
clude operating and maintaining irrigation and drainage sys-
tems. Conduct fertigation and chemigation applications in
addition to other tasks.
Lykes offers competitive wages, benefit package and paid
holidays. Interested applicants should come to the office list-
ed below between the hours of 7:30am-4:00pm to complete
an application:
106 S.W.C.R. 721
Okeechobee, FL
Affirmative Action Employer
Equal Employment
Opportunity Employer
Drug Free Workplace

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Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Activity Aid
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Start a new career in the much needed field of
mirsing 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

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

Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information

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Exp. Heavy Diesel'Mechanic
for asphalt equipment.
Drug Test Required.
Call Dickerson

2 nd. Shift, Benefits Available.
Apply @ Syfrett Feed Co.
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee

Full time receptionist position,
Will train. (863)467-6577


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials5-40
Business Equipment -15
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer 'Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps, Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,
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Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
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Wanted to Buy 710

20K BTU Reverse Cycle,
window unit, $300 or best
offer (863)674-0467.
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.

20 yrs old, runs, makes
noise, $200 neg.
(863)763-8833 days,
(863)763-4169 eve.
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

$50 or best offer
(863)763-3679 after 6pm
Like new, in excellent
condition $150 Call
DRYER, Kenmore, $80.
FREEZER- 15 cu. ft. $100. or
best offer. (863)763-3679.
Elec. stove w/ glass top.
$450 for both, will sep.

B u s i IeI

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:


441, ORTH-

OMeechobee Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
XT -. service to our customers



Almond, 16 1/2 cu ft Clean,
Runs Good. $125.
2 door, white, runs great $75
Good condition. $150 or best
offer. (863)467-7180
WALL UNIT- KitchenAid, Self
Cleaning Imperial. Excellent
condition. $300.
heavy duty, super capacity,
2 yrs. old, work great, $425.

LADIES BIKE, good condition,
.$20. (863)763-6936

Nice. $250 or best offer
(863) 634-1715
10 Sheets 46"x46"
$50 for all or will separate

TYPEWRITER, Memorywriter,
Xerox 6010 w/correction fea-
ture. Exc. cond. Works fine.
$35 (863)357-3779

CRIB, beautiful, dark wood,
i ,Iyri. ryle w/ mattress. $80
Sandbox, pic. table, & house.
Bounce walker, carseat, etc.
$200 will sep (863)801-6031
STROLLER Limo, double
baby stroller $40

Econo Kiln 22"x25", Double
layer, runs great, easy to
move $450 (561)662-3335
MENT, cutting tools, sten-
cils, how to books, patterns,
etc., $500 (863)467-8580

BAHAMA BED w/ corner table
sheets/spreads. $150 or
best offer (863)357-1577
8pc all wood, king size
Good condition $600
Dresser, Mirror, Hd/bd new
mattress Moving must sell
$130. 863-517-1316
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300./all. (863)674-0467.
Single w/ vibration mode
$100 (863)467-6512
CUTTING BLOCK- roll around,
Good condition. $25.
DESK, Roll Top. Fair condi-
tion. $50 (863)467-4192
Seating for 6, Full sz. lighted
china cabinet. $2000. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
Good condition. $50.
DR Table- w/ leaf and 4 chairs
$100 or will trade for 2 cap-
tains chairs & 2 side chair.
contemporary, light wood,
lighted, $200
(863)675-1634 evenings
(2) 1 light oak, other dark.
Both w/ glass doors. $80 for
both will sep.(863)824-8749

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

vehicle, FREE to person with
need. (863)675-4990.

DRAFTING TABLE, great con-
dition, $25. (863)763-6936
biss/Hankscraft, works
great, $10. (863)763-9410
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.
(863)675-38.81 '
GUITAR- Ovation Celebrity
Deluxe, 12 string Acoustic,
electric, w/custom hardshell
case. $700 (863)610-3489.
ORGAN, Large, Lowery, Holi-
day. Asking $200 or best of-
fer. (863)610-0521

prox 2 yr, Spayed, Good
with children. House broke.
$250. (863)801-1724
ARACANA CHICKS- (5) all for
$10. (863)675-4981.
BASSET HOUND w/papers. 9
mo. old., Female. House-
broken. All shots. Tracking
SChip. $650 (863)634-3841
5 mo old, shots to date. $300
(863) 467-7825
5 mos old., $150
DOG KENNEL- Used, Assem-
bled, $50. You pick up.
FERRET, albino, spayed, neu-
tered, descented, with cage,
$50. (863)467-2702
FERRET- comes with cage
and food, 15 wks, female,
descended and spayed, $150
neg. (863)261-3108.
BIT- asking $6.
PARROT CAGE- iron, round, 2'
diameter, 5 11/ tall on roll-
ers, $80. (863)357-1741.
PITBULL, Male, Brindle, 8
months old. Neutered w/all
shots. County license. $300
Doi't Miss

This OKne
CKC, 6 Males, all blue eyes,
$500 each (863)763-2749
Leave message.
Male approx 6 wks $75. or
best offer. (863)763-2749

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

Good condition. $36. Will
separate (863)467-5477.
LEATHER CHAIR- reclining,
swivel, w/ottoman, Ivory
color, exc cond, $120.
(863)357-6660 Ive msg.
w/sofa bed, white $500. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
desk and bookshelf, $450.
(863)357-7075 AFTER 6PM
SPRING- King size, $275.
Leather, light brown, fairly
new, great cond. $800
SOFA BED & matching chair,
w/cushions, blonde rattan,
very pretty, great cond..
$125. (863)763-9410
SOFA BED- light sea foam
green, w/full size mattress
(Flexsteel) exc cond. $70.
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700. (863)634-7359
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700. (863)634-7359
SOFA'S (2)- 6' off white, leath-
er, and a 6' off white fabric.
$400 will sell separate.
Early American, over 40 yrs
old, $100 or best offer
VANITY/DESK- brand new,
$100 neg. (863)357-2233.

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1 350/763-2063.
stored, $2200.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
.Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1000.

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

TOILETS (2), New, never
used, $100 will sell separ-
ate. (863)227-6210.
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W/two filters. In good condi-
tion. Must sell. $750 or best
offer. (863)946-3888

er, with attachments, $200.

BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
Electric w/ canopy and charg-
er-excellent condition.
$1600 (863)635-4268

COLOR TV- 19", Good condi-
tion. $30. (863)532-8158
RADIO, Old Fasthioned Look
Thomas Collectors Edition,
w/cassette. (863)467-4192
120 or 12 volt. 9", all attach.
Carrying case. Great for car
or Van. $95.863-763-6757

Welder generator, used only
60hrs, kept out of weather.
$3000 (863)634-3787
BAND SAW- Wilton, Good
condition. $200.
Floor model 1600,3/4 h/p, 16
speed. $100 or bestoffer
W/allum. spool gun, 2 tanks
w/flow meters. Asking
$1200 (863)697-9704,
W/new leads & extra tips
Asking $1200

A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equtpment 805
Farm Fed/roduct 810=
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Suppies,
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

falfa, 70-80 Ib square bales.
(863)467-1383 or
734)637-9713 Ralph

CHICKEN COOP, (4), 10x10,
all pressure treated wood,
$3500 value, asking $1200.
You Move. 863-634-1343

HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook.' $2500.
1/2 yrs old, green broke, very
sweet, $1500.

Craftsman w/ Briggs & Strat-
ton 5 h/p eng. $250

GRILL- Weber, Large' Bar-B-
Que Grill. Good condition.
$30. (863)467-5477

9 h/p, Wizard 6 li/p push
mower, Yard Machine weed
eater $500 (561)662-3335
Snapper, $200.
B&S motor, 46" cut, great
condition, $450.
(863)357-3065, -
ROTO TILLER- Good shape,
heavy duty, 5hp motor,
$200. (863)357-3065.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Apartment located just 12
miles north of Okeechobee,
2BR, 1BA, $475 per mo.,
first & security, no pets.
LAKE WORTH, Intercostal
55+, 1Br, 1Ba, fully furn.
No pets. $800. mo. Yearly.

Waterview, Furnished w/
SScreened porch, slip, pool,
tennis, avail. 6/6. $1400 mo.
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified,

Okeechobee, 3BR/1BA, Ig liv-
ing rm, kit. & dining rm, 1
car garage, $825 mo. +
sec. Ref's req'd. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 7am-10am

Office Space -

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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

GAINESVILLE- College dorm
house, 4/2, good location,
fenced backyard, glass patio
room, lyr home appliance
warranty. Avail 6/15,
$168,000. (863)763-6002
On water, 2br,1 ba w/screen
room & elec. boat'lift.
Comp. furnished w/ new
roof & a/c. $185,000 or best
offer (863)763-6886 or

TAYLOR CREEK- Nice 1/4 acre
lots, ready for mobile home
our house. Water & sewer
paid for. $68000.
Roberto's Realty
Real Estate

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
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Mobile Homes


MobII Home Parts 2010
Mobile Hom Rent 2015
Mobile Homes- Sale 2020

Four drisers w/ aluminum rail
$100 for both, will sep.
glass, 5 risers, 2 aluminum
rails, $350. (863)467-0506

3br, 2ba, family room
No pets, yearly lease
$700 mo + $1000 sec. dep.
OKEE. IN TOWN 2BR, 1 1/2
BA Adults only. $600. mo.
1st, Last & Sec. Dep. re-
quired. (863)467-1967.

OKEE COUNTY, Rent to own.
2BR, 1BA, Large shed,
$2000. Down, $300. mo.


Boats 3005
CamperslRVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport VehiclesATVs 3035

Aluminum, w/trailer. $500
W/ trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1500
Evinrude 15hp, Elec. start,
trolling motor Galvanized
trailer $1450.863-763-1527
AVENGER '86- 17 Bass boat
& tir, 150 HP Johnson, runs
great, $2500 firm or trade
for ATV, etc...

1986 with 150 h/p Mercury
Opti Max, low hrs w/trailer
$6000 (863)946-0307
BOAT- 15' Walk thru Tri Hull,
w/trlr, 50HP Johnson, $500.
GOLF CART- Yamaha Gaso-
line motor, Very nice.
$2000. (863)801-1666.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
Mitchell Craft- '84,1512
Fiberglass, '2001 50hp John-
son. Ask about the trailer.
$2500 239-821-3170 Okee
No motor, no trailer $800
REGAL, '80, 18', with
'94 150hp Mariner outboard,
minor work needed, $2200.

'93- 27', excellent cond,
$5000. (863)697-2180.
FORD F350 CAMPER, '75, A
Classic, great mechanical
condition, come check it
out, $2000 (863)824-0402
MOTORHOME, Itasca, 27.5
foot, 57,000 actual miles,
fully self-contained, $5000.

BOAT TRAILER- 12-14ft, ask-
ing $150 or best offer.

Airboat Engine, Ground Pow-
er Unit, with 520 jugs, needs
modifying, $2000.
T-TOP TOWER, with storage
bin, for center console boat,
stainless steel, $750.

1500 1998, Back rest, wind-
shield, floorboards, Vance &
Hines Pipes, New tires, Exc.
condition. $6145 or best offer.
2005 Single Rail. Fen-
ders/Lights. $1500
CC, Black/Sliver. Out of stor-
age. $2500 (863)674-0898

YAMAHA VIRAGO, '87, runs
good, looks ood, $2500 or
best offer. (863)441-7675

HONDA 300- 4 Wheel Drive.
Runs excellent. $2,200.
RAIL BUGGY: New motor.
Exc. shape. Needs finish work,
Tons of spare parts. Engine
Block. $3000 (863)675-6214


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Ice cold a/c & tow hitch
$1800 (863)675-4540 or
5spd, gd. tires & brks, title,
nds head gasket, not run
$400 (863)612-0515 msg.
newer tires, gd brakes, runs
good, nds head gasket $600
neg. (863)612-0515 Iv. msg
Good condition, approx 71k
mi, $800 (863)763-5418
'85 FORD F150
4x4, 6cyl, 4spd, cold a/c, very
clean, runs good. $3500
'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 .
hauled engine, exc. cond.,
A/C, white, 4 dr, $2500. Call
CHEVY MALIBU, '98- 4cyl,
with AC, all power, great
condition & MPG, 155K,
$2000 (863)763-8963.

170k miles, extra clean, CD,
all power, $2500.
5 lug $200
(239)657-46 7 call after 4pmr
DODGE COLT 1989 Station
Wagon, Very small car. Ex-
cellent on gas. $600 or best
offer. (863)467-0376
FORD TAURUS 1989, 4 Door,
Runs great $700. or best
offer. (863)447-0384
FORD TAURUS, '87 no air,
auto, new tires, low miles,
rebuilt mtr, new batt, $800
neg. (863)763-6396 -
Runs good w/air. Needs
shocks. $1000 firm.
1992, Runs great, ice cold
air. Minor body damage.
$2200 (863)467-8166
Clean, runs great, ice cold air.
$2900 (863)801-9228
asking $2500 or best offer.
863-675-4107 or
863-673-6681 for more info
SATURN '95- 4door, 5spd, a/c
Runs well, good condition &
clean. $1500
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
work, $2250.
cab, 5.9/360, auto, 109K, all
power, $9500.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo. paint job runs & looks
good $2500.

On-car, new, never used
$2500 or best offer
parts. $75. (863)675-7471
Engine stand & Cherry picker,
Good condition.$150.

ENGINE -350, Needs head
work, Edlebrock Intake,
Chrome dress up kit, New
starter $400. 863-946-0868
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
FLAT BED- for work truck,
steel, w/2 tool boxes, $350
or best offer.
FORD F150, '91- 302, auto,
good for parts, $300.
(928)202-0013 (cell)
GRILL GUARDS- for 94-01
Dodge & 99-02 F150/250
LD & Expedition $700 will
sep. (863)697-1877.
RIM- Low Profile Custom, Off
Honda Civic. 4 lugs, $250.
TIRES General, like new set
of P255/70R17 or
P205/75R15, $200.

CHEVY 1/2 ton, V8, auto Flat
bed/Utility. Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
FORD F350 CAMPER, '75, A
Classic, great mechanical
condition, come check it
out, $2000 (863)824-0402
FORD RANGER- '92, 2 Wheel
Drive, V6, A/C $1000.

$1000 (863)634-6596
'99, Full tow package. Runs
good. $2500

mark 8x20, with dovetail
ramp, pulled twice locally,
$4,000. (863)673-6566
12!x6.5' Heavy duty Bobcat
hauler. Not enclosed. $900
tool box. $150 call

SE, '90, red, nice body,
good condition, $2000
WINDSTAR- '95, Dual air, 7
passenger. $1200.

Community Events

Main Street membership meeting slated
Okeechobee Main Stree., inc. will hold its monthly membership
meeting at ihe Brahma Bull Resiaurani, 2405. U.S.,.441-S.E., on
. Wednesday, May 25, at noon. This meeting is open to the public. For
information on Main Street, call (863) 357-6246.

Children's Ranch yard sales closing
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closing for the summer.
Their final dates will be May 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The
ranch is located at 7777 U.S. 441 S.E. For information, contact Rosie at
(863) 763-4242.

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

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

Hurricane Awareness Week starts May 29
The Okeechobee County Office of Emergency Management,
Rebuilding Okeechobee After Disaster (R.O.A.D. and Project Helping
Our People In Emergencies (H.O.P.E.) are jointly sponsoring Hurri-
cane Awareness Week, May 29 through June 4. Collection boxes will
be set up at different businesses during the week to collect hurricane
supplies to be donated to charitable organizations. For each item
donated, the donor will be entered into a drawing for donated prizes.
The drawing will be held at the grand finale. Collection boxes can be
found at: Publix Plaza, Monday through Friday; Winn Dixie Plaza,
Monday and Tuesday; and at Wal-Mart, Wednesday through Friday.
The grand finale will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Fla-
gler Park and will feature live music, a guest speaker, a puppet show
and youth art awards.

Annual grad party being planned
Plans are under way for the 17th annual Non-Alcoholic Graduation
Party to be held May 31 at Stardust Lanes from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The
community is urged to support this event with cash and gift donations.
Those who would like to. continue their annual support of this event
are asked to make checks payable to Grad-Nite, and mail it in care of
Paul M, Buxton, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, Fla. 34972. It is asked
that no other graduation party be scheduled for that particular night.
The success of the Non-Alcoholic Graduation Party is dependent upon
total participation and the intent is to provide a safe, alcohol- and ciga-
rette-free environment. Full cooperation is needed. For information,
contact Paul or Matthew Buxton at (863) 763-1994.

Hurricane sales tax seminars offered
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering a free 2005 hur-
ricane preparedness sales tax holiday seminar located at several loca-
tions on the Treasure Coast. The classes for Okeechobee County will
be held at the Okeechobee Department of Health, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., on May 31, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. These classes are
for the laws and regulations concerning the 2005 hurricane prepared-
ness sales tax holiday June 1 through June 12. Classes are free and
open to the public. For information, contact the Fort Pierce Service
Center at (772) 429-2173.

Middle school block party planned
The Communities In School's next Middle School Teen Block Party
has been rescheduled for June 3, at the Okeechobee Skate Park, 300
N.W Sixth Ave., from 8 p.m. until midnight. Admission is $5 per stu-
dent. This party is for grades six through nine only. All students who
attend will have a chance to win a video game system donated by Wal-

Mart. There will also be games and other giveaways. For information,
call (863) 462-5863.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding ayard 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 pro-
ceeds 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

Hospital looking for volunteers
Attention students between the ages of 14-17: would you like to
make a differencein the lives of others? Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary
has many opportunities of service for students seeking volunteer
hours during the summer. Volunteer as little as four hours a week or as
many as 16 hours a week. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts are
available. Contact the lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital for a volunteer
application. The deadline for submitting an application is June 7.

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.
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as pos-
sible. 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-
served basis. For information, contact the pool office at (863) 467-

Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual Lin-
coln Day Dinner on Friday, June 10, at the Shrine Club on U.S. 78.
Social time will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker will be 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. If
you or your business would like to sponsor a table for this event please
call Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-1639. If available, tickets
may be purchased at the door.

Wal-Mart hosts bubble blowing contest
The Double Bubble Gum national bubble blowing contest will be
lfeld at the Okeechobee Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on
Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.mn. until 4 p.m. The contest is open to chil-
dren 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 Mira-
cle 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. Sec-
ond 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 powerful 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.

Oakview hosting Bible school
Oakview.Baptist Church, 677 S.W.32nd St., will host a vacation Bible
school June 20-24, fi6m 6 until 9 p.m. The school will be titled "R.m-
blin' Road TWip" -iil trip across America to learn how to make right
choices. It will be for ages 3 through adult. Registration kick-off will be
Saturday, June 18, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. and will include games,
crafts, food, fun and fellowship. For information, call the church at
(863) 763-1699.

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

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

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

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

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

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with life-
saving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defibrilla-
tion, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the
American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee would like to invite
the community to participate in a project for Operation Freedom Iraqi.
The church will be sending care packages to 20 servicemen in the
Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serving our country have
requested items not only for themselves, but they also give items to the
Iraqi children while on patrol and visiting. We would like to invite the
community to help us with this project. For more information, contact
Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.

Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of a few
fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners to be a part of the council. Governor Jeb
Bush makes the final appointments with terms of two or four years.
The council meets monthly to discuss programs and needs of the chil-
dren in the community. Once a year, agencies request funds through a
grant process. Each council member "adopts" an agency or two as
their own and monitors the programs' services that they provide to our
children. Those interested in completing an application should contact
Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-4000, ext. 255

16 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, May 21,2005



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