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Vol. 96 No. 143 Monday, May 23, 2005 504 Plus tax


Inside


Students to be
in Brain Bowl
FORT PIERCE Twenty stu-
dents representing Okee-
chobee, St. Lucie, and Indian
River counties will participate in
the Biological Control Brain
Bowl to be held at the Universi-
ty" of Florida Indian River
Research and Education Center
in Fort Pierce, on Saturday, May
28, from noon until 3 p.m.
Members of the Okeechobee
Brain Team are: Ethan Abner,
Jesse Bryant, Will Davis, Evan
King, Angela Tewksbury and
Brandy Thompson.
The public is invited to
attend the event at which the
participating students will be
..challenged about their knowl-
edge of biological 'control and
research being carried out at
the UF Biological Control
Research and Containment
Laboratory. Attendees may
obtain informational materials
about the laboratory research
and view displays featuring
invasive pests and plants. Host-
ing the event will be Dr. Ron
Cave, and Dr. Bill Overholt, the
scientists who are conducting
the laboratory research pro-
grams. The program is spon-
sored by: UF/IFAS Florida Inte-
grated Pest Management,
TruGreen ChemLawn and the
Pelican Island Audubon Society.
For more information about the
event, please call Dan Culbert,
Okeechobee County extension
agent, at (863) 763-6469.
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Drought Index
Current: 325
Source: Florida Division
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Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

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Lake .level
LasttYear:
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(SOURCE:
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Index
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Comics ......... .9
,Community Events ... .4
crossword ......... 10
opinion ........... .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports . . . .8
WVeather .... .2
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Bridging Ceremony: A Girl Scout tradition
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Staff photos/Linda Cannon
The Girls Scouts of Okeechobee held their Bridging Ceremony Sunday at the Okee-
chobee County Library. During the ceremony the Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops
crossed the bridge to the next level of Girl Scouting.


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Daisy Troop 599 bridged over and became part of the Girl Scout Brownie Troop Sunday
at the Bridging Ceremony held at the Okeechobee County Library. Marking the first 4-
year-old Daisy Troop to bridge over to the Brownie level of Girl Scouting were: (back
row, left to right) Laurie Pharr, Girl Scout leader, Felicia Chapman, Makayla Davis, Brit-
tany Hass, Megan Harper, Kay Mathis, Girl Scout leader; and, (front row, left to right)
Sierra Casian, Martha Morse, Taushia Little, Raylee Coleman, Kylee Field and Alysa
Osterman.


State unemployment


Florida's April 2005 unem-
ployment rate was the lowest
experienced by the state since
April 2001. The state's season-
ally adjusted April 2005 unem-
ployment rate was 4.2 percent,
down from the revised rate of
4.4 percent in March and down
0.6 percentage point from 4.8
percent a year ago.
Florida's seasonally adjust-
ed unemployment rate
for April 2005 was a full per-
centage point lower than the
national rate of 5.2 percent.
In April 2005, seasonally
adjusted nonagricultural empl
oyment grew by 224,700 jobs
over the year, growing at a rate
of 3.0 percent. By comparison,
the national rate of growth was
1.7 percent for the same peri-
od.
The state continued to see
growth in the total number of
jobs. Based on data
from March 2005, the latest
month for which comparable
data are available from other
states, Florida led all states in


the number of new jobs creat-
ed and had the fastest rate of
annual job growth among the
ten most populous states.
Solid growth continued in
manufacturing's durable
goods sector, which gained
3,500 jobs (+1.4 percent)
since last April. Much of the
growth in durable goods was
in transportation equipment
manufacturing (+2,200 jobs,
+5.4 percent) and computer
and electronic product manu-
facturing (+1,700 jobs, +3.5
percent).
The newly redefined Miami-
Ft. Lauderdale-Miami Beach
MSA led the state in employ-
ment growth (+55,500 jobs,
+2.4 percent), followed by the
Orlando and Tampa-St. Peters-
burg-Clearwater MSAs with
over-the-year job growth in
April 2005 of +42,000 jobs and
+34,400 jobs, respectively.
Okeechobee County, with
16,130 workers and 797 unem-
ployed, had an unemployment
rate of 4.9 percent in April. In


rate drops
March the Okeechobee County
unemployment rate was 5.2
percent.
Palm Beach County had an
unemployment rate of 4.2 per-
cent in April with a workforce
of 607239 persons and 25694
unemployed. In March the
unemployment rate was 4.3
percent.
Glades County had an
unemployment rate of 4.1 per-
cent in April with a workforce
of 5056 persons and 206
unemployed. Unemployment
in March was also 4.1 percent.
Hendry County had an
unemployment rate of 6 per-
cent with 18,597 workers and
1,114 unemployed. Unemploy-
ment in March was 5.8 per-
cent.
Walton County had the low-
est unemployment rate in the
state of Florida in April, with
2.8 percent unemployed.
Madison County, with 5.8
percent unemployed, had the
highest unemployment rate in
the state in April.


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storm season


OKEECHOBEE Project
HOPE, administered by the
Florida Department of Children
and Families (DCF) and funded
by Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA), reaches
out to hurricane survivors who
need assistance, crisis counsel-
ing and agency referrals in
order to help them return to
their pre-disaster level of func-
tioning. Since the fall of 2004,
Project HOPE has helped thou-
sands of survivors navigate the
tough roads of recovery.


In response to last year's
devastating hurricane season,
Project HOPE of Okeechobee
County is teaming up with
Okeechobee County Emer-
gency Management, R.O.A.D.,
area businesses and communi-
ty members to launch a week-
long event entitled Hurricane
Awareness Week that begins
May29.
Hurricane Awareness Week
will be proclaimed as an official
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Staff photo/Maria Chandler
Prom date
During the Skills, Techniques and Attitudes Result in
Success (S.T.A.R.S.) graduation Wednesday at Osceola
Middle School as part of a tradition at these programs
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office puts on a skit.
This year Deputy Brad Linville found out his prom date
was detective T.J. Brock. While driving to the prom
Deputy Linville was taken away by the police after he
was found to be drinking and driving. T.J. Brock found
another date to take to the prom Okeechobee County
Sheriff Paul C. May (right).







2 The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 23, 2005


News Briefs

SFWMD hosting
public workshop
OKEECHOBEE -- The South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) will host a work-
shop on Thursday, June 9, at
their Okeechobee Service Center
Auditorium, 205 N. Parrott Ave.,
Ste. 201, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.
The purpose of the workshop
is to gather public feedback and
comments for the agency's recre-
ational use program.


Homebuyer classes
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE -- The USDA,
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $141,000 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
income applicants.
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to
reserve your seat for one of our
homebuyer classes.
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.


COE makes releases
from Lake Okeechobee
JACKSONVILLE The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers began
another Level 1 pulse release
from Lake Okeechobee to the St.
Lucie Canal and a Level 3 pulse
to the Caloosahatchee River oh
Wednesday, May 18, at 7 a.m.
The Corps' South Atlantic Divi-
sion recently approved a tempo-
rary deviation known as Class
Limits Adjustment (CLA) to the
normal operations of Lake Okee-
chobee under Water
Supply/Environment (WSE).
CLA is a fine-tuning of some of
the schedule parameters to
improve the performance of the
regulation schedule. CLA pro-
vides lower volume releases
more frequently when the lake is
in Zone D. The goal is to manage
the lake releases in Zone D to
potentially avoid higher releases
required when the lake is in Zone
C. The deviation will be in effect
through March 15, 2007.
Pulse releases are designed to
mimic nature and provide dis-
charges from the lake to the estu-
aries via the St. Lucie Canal to the
east and the Caloosahatchee
River to the west. They attempt
to strike a balance between the
lake's littoral zone and the estuar-
ies. In ten days, a Level 1 pulse
release to the Caloosahatchee
River can lower the lake 0.07 ft.
(average of 1,600 cfs/day), a
Level 2 can lower it by 0.10 ft.
(average of 2,300 cfs/day), and a
Level 3 by 0.13 ft. (average of
3,000 cfs/day). In ten days, a
Level I pulse release to the St.
Lucie Canal can lower the lake
0.03 ft. (average of 730 cfs/day), a
Level 2 can lower it by 0.04 ft.
(average of 950 cfs/day), and a
Level 3 by 0.05 ft. (average of
1,170 cfs/day).
Wednesday's lake level was
14.37 feet, which is 0.05 below
the average for this time of the
year (based on the period from
1992-2000), in Zone D of the
WSE (Water Supply/Environ-
ment) regulation schedule.
. For further information,
please call the Jacksonville Dis-
trict Corporate Communication
Office at (904) 232-2236 or (cell)
(904) 614-4976.


$5 billion flows to Floridians Community Events


for hurricane recovery effort


ORLANDO As Florida pre-
pares for the June 1 start of a
new hurricane season, there are
measurable signs of recovery
from last year's disasters.
Families are moving out of
temporary housing. Communi-
ties are in the process of making
permanent repairs to damaged
public facilities. Vital recreation-
al facilities are reopening for res-
idents and visitors to the Sun-
shine State.
More than $4 billion in federal
disaster assistance has gone
directly to Floridians as grants
and loans since the first of four
hurricanes hit the state of Florida
nine months ago, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity's Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA) report-
ed today. The federal response to
the disasters included an addi-
tional $1.2 billion for contracted
goods and services needed at
the time of the hurricanes.
While 27,000 displaced
Floridians still occupy 10,800
FEMA-supplied mobile homes
and travel homes placed on pri-
vate property or in temporary


housing sites, the number of
temporary homes continues to
decline from a peak of more
than 16,000.
FEMA's Individuals and
Households Program has paid
more than $1.177 billion to
Floridians who were eligible for
Housing and Other Needs Assis-
tance. More than 1.247 million
people applied through FEMA's
registration lines for federal and
state assistance after hurricanes
Charley, Frances, Ivan and
Jeanne devastated the state in
August and September.
The U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA). has
approved more than $1.755 bil-
lion in low-interest disaster loans
for homeowners, renters and
business owners in Florida who
suffered uninsured or underin-
sured losses as a result of the dis-
asters.
FEMA's Public Assistance Pro-
gram which provides grants to
state and local governments and
certain eligible nonprofit organi-
zations for emergency work and
permanent repairs to infrastruc-
ture so far has approved more


than $1.111 billion.
Under the presidential disas-
ter declarations for Florida's
2004 hurricanes, FEMA will pay
90 percent of the eligible cost for
emergency measures and per-
manent restoration, while the
state and local entities pay the
remaining 10 percent.
Federal and state Public Assis-
tance officers continue to work
to ensure that all eligible costs
for debris removal, emergency
protective measures and the
repair and replacement of dam-
aged facilities are paid to eligible
applicants.
Individuals with questions
about their application status or
general disaster inquiries may
call the FEMA Helpline at 1 (800)
621-FEMA (3362). Hearing- and
speech-impaired., applicants can
use the TIY number-I (800) 462-
7585. Both lines remain open
Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. until 6 p.m. Eastern Day-
light Time.
Floridians with questions
about SBA loans can call
1(800)359-2227.


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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-
7667.

Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual
Lincoln 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 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 con-
tests, 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.


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county event at the next County
Commissioners meeting on
Thursday, May 26.
Events scheduled during the
week include a "Hope to Cope"
Sunday service at participating
area churches, a hurricane supply
drive to replenish area agencies
whose supplies were depleted
during last year's hurricane sea-
son. The supply drive will be set
up at Wal-Mart, Winn Dixie and
Publix where referrals and sup-
port information will also be


available.
The weeklong activities will
culminate at the Grand Finale
Event on Saturday, June 4. A full
schedule and description of
events is attached.
"As we look towards another
hurricane season, it is imperative
that we, the community, bond
together to properly inform, pro-
vide for and support our fellow
neighbors and community mem-
bers during the recovery
process", stated Donna James,
MSW and Project HOPE Manager.
For information on Hurricane
Awareness Week or to speak with
a Project Hope Counselor, please
call (863) 763-5540.


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Community Events

Public invited to Lunchbox Lecture
The parents, providers and the public are invited to attend a Lunch-
box Lecture, featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma, Ph.D.,
- 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 pred-
ators. The lecture will begin at noon. Bring your lunch beverages
will be provided. Lunchbox Lectures are presented by the Teen Preg-
nancy Prevention Task Force and sponsored by the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition. Future lectures will focus on sex education for
teens/parents, adolescence and sexual boundaries, and techniques to
use for children that are self mutilating. For information,' call the
Healthy Start Coalition office at (863) 462-5877.

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

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 inder way for the 17th annual Non-Alcoholic Graduation
Party to be held June 2 at Stardust Lanes from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The
commrrunit\ is rged 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,
Scall (863) 462-5863.

SHospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Friday, June
S3, 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.


SFree 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.

Hospital looking for volunteers
Attention students between the ages of 14-17: would you like to
make a difference in 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 vol-


unteer application. The deadline for submitting an application is
June 7.

Wildlife center hosts summer camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual sum-
mer 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.rrt. 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
possible. For information contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.


South looks forward to last day of school


As we approach the end of this
school year, we are enjoying some
very special activities.
The Multi-Cultural .
Event last Tuesday
evening was fabu-
lous. Various grade
levels and classes
presented wonder-
ful displays featuring a country
they had studied.
Coach Price took a group of his
best athletes to the Hershey Tack
and Field meet last Friday. A tired
but happy group returned to enjoy
a sub lunch at school.
The South Singers enjoyed a
pizza party last week as their sea-
son of singing came to a close.
Mrs. Yeilding thanked these stu-
dents for their dedication and hard
work all year..
The Accelerated Reader high
scorers enjoyed a special lunch at'
RJ Gators.
Our fifth grade students cele-
brated successfully completing


their STARS course with a ceremo-
ny at OMS. We are proud of Lau-
ren Fusco, who placed first in the
speech category.
As a reward for reaching read-
ing goals this year, each grade
level enjoyed a karaoke party last
Friday in the cafetorium, and
some special students also earned
a trip to Barnes and Nobles for
reaching a milestone in reading.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, our
kindergarten students will have a
special program in the cafeteria to
celebrate the end of their first year
in school. Each student will
receive a certificate, and the chil-
dren will entertain their guests
with some special songs.
Award programs for kinder-
garten, first, and second grade stu-
dents will be held on Thursday,
and awards for third, fourth, and
fifth grade students will be pre-
sented on Tuesday, May 31. The
last day of school for students is
June 1.


Courtesy photo/South Elementary
Terrific Kids received their certificates this week from Mr.
Frank Irby. Again, many thanks to the Kiwanis Club for spon-
soring this program, which promotes good citizenship in our
students. Terrific Kids this week are: Brianna Ingram, Maribel
Garcia, Nathan Parker, Bryton Dickinson, Josie Lopez, Wes-
ley Davis, Brooklyn Smith, RJ Tedders, Billie Sue Levitt, Mike
Russell, Alyssa Sinclair, Derek Schwartz, Mitchell Rucks,
Lauren Halliday, Jannier Lafuente, Dayana Cordova, and
Brandon Denning.


Local students to participate in Brain Bowl


FORT PIERCE Twenty stu-
dents representing Okeechobee,
St. Lucie, and Indian River coun-
ties will participate in the Biologi-
cal Control Brain Bowl to be held
at the University of Florida Indian
River Research and Education
Center in Fort Pierce, on Saturday,
May 28, from noon until 3 p.m.
Members of the Okeechobee
Brain Team are: Ethan Abner,
Jesse Bryant, Will Davis, Evan
King, Angela Tewksbury and
Brandy Thompson.
The public is invited to attend
the event at which the participat-
ing students will be challenged
about their knowledge of biologi-
cal control and research being
carried out at the UF Biological
Control Research and Contain-
ment Laboratory. Attendees may
obtain informational materials
about the laboratory research and
view displays featuring invasive
pests and plants. Hosting the
event will be Dr. Ron Cave, and
Dr. Bill Overholt, the scientists
who are conducting the laborato-
ry research programs. The pro-
gram is sponsored by: UF/IFAS
Florida Integrated Pest Manage-
ment, TruGreen ChemLawn and
the Pelican Island Audubon Soci-
ety. For more information about
the event, please call Dan Culbert,
Okeechobee County extension
agent, at (863) 763-6469.
"We selected the brightest
minds in high school science&
from a three-county region to par-
ticipate in the program, the Bio-
logical ,Control Brain Bowl,
intended to share with residents


in the region what is taking place
in the Biological Control Research
and Containment Laboratory,"
said Robin Koestoyo, media coor-
dinator at the UF Indian River
Research and Education Center,
or IRREC, which is part of the uni-
versity's statewide Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Koestoyo said the students
were recruited to participate in the
program because they are knowl-
edgeable about science and so
they will share what they learned
about biological control with oth-
ers.. The students have participat-
ed in two visits 'that took place at
the UF/IFAS Biological Control
Research and .Containment Labo-
ratory earlier this spring where
they met Ron Cave and Bill Over-
holt. Those visits included exclu-
sive tours of the laboratory, its
quarantine sections, and other
activities that provided informa-
tion about biological, control of
invasive plants, insects and ani-
mals. Additional activities includ-
ed an experiment with an invasive
plant, tropical soda apple, and a
beetle that controls this invasive
plant-eliminating the need for
pesticides. The students viewed a
fly that decapitates its prey-the
infamous fire ant-and participat-
ed in a "Thoroughbred Cockroach
Race" featuring brute cockroach-
es raised specifically for the race
by an entomologist based in
Gainesville. Okeechobee Brain
Team member Ethan Abner, won
the race with his white-striped
cockroach.


Courtesy photo
Lab technician Diane Cordeau, and Okeechobee Brain Team
members Brandy Thompson, Erin Tewksbury and Angela
McCall, have just finished collecting data from their team bio-
logical control experiment with tropical soda apple and the
invasive plant's natural enemy. Dr. Bill Overholt, a scientist
who leads research in the University of Florida/IFAS Biologi-
cal Control Research and Containment Laboratory, is on the
right.


The Biological Control Brain
Bowl competition event will be
conducted like a traditional brain
bowl competition but will include
a power point presentation similar
to a Jeopardy game format so that
members of the audience may
view questions and answers.
Koestoyo said the public is
"enthusiastically invited" to attend
the event and to learn about bio-
.logical control' and what it means
to them and their environment.
"Biological control is often the


most effective method to control
invasive plants and pests," said
Koestoyo. "Each year the state
must spend more than $90 mil-
lion controlling invasive species
with pesticides, herbicides and
heavy mechanical removal, .and
-of that $90 million, only one per-
cent is used for research. It is
expected that the research at the
lab will reduce that amount so
that taxpayers' money may be
used for education oi other
needs."


Arrest Log


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), or the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
John Flynn, 28, of N.W. Fourth
St. was arrested on May 17 and
charged with violation of probation
- grand theft, violation of probation
- dealing in stolen property, viola-
tion of probation forgery two
counts and violation of probation -
uttering forged instruments two
counts. No bond was set.
Ellis Howard, 64, of Alabama
was arrested on May 17 and
charged with failure of sex offender
to give notification of intent to
change residence. Bond was set at
$20,000.
Sherry Lightsey Harvey, 48, of


N.W. 27th St. was arrested on May,
17 and charged with possession of
methamphetamine, possession of
a controlled substance two counts
and possession of drug parapher-
nalia. Bond was set at $2,500.
Christina Marie Carter, 19, of
S.E. 27th St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 17 and charged
with. grand theft and obtaining
property by worthless check. Bond
was set at $3,500.
Bryan Earls, 19, of N.E. 160th
St. in Okeechobee was arrested
May 17 and charged with battery
on a detention staff. Bond was set
at $5,000.
Joseph Ray Macdonald, 37, of
N.E. 120th St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 18 and charged
with battery on a law enforcement
officer, resisting arrest with vio-
lence and battery (domestic).


Law Enforcement Report


City Police

May 17
Disabled vehicle, main inter-
section
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Suspicious incident, S.W. 11th
Ave.
Larceny/theft, U.S. 441 N.
Police service call, U.S. 441 S.
Traffic accident, main intersec-
tion
Traffic accident, S.W. 11th Ave.
Hit and run/prisoner in cus-
tody, U.S. 441 S.
Shoplifting/prisoner in cus-
tody, S. Parrott Ave.
Shoplifting/trespassing, S. Par-
rott Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. Fifth St.
Criminal mischief, S.W. 17th
St.
Alarm, N.E. Park St.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
Industrial Park
Traffic stop/send ambulance,
S.R. 15N.

Sheriff's Office

May 17
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W. 18th St. -
Fraud, N.W. Second St.
Assault, N.E. 72nd Circle.
Recovered Stolen/John Deere,
N.E. 65th Terr.


Recovered stolen vehicle, U.S.
441 S.E.
Stolen vehicle, U.S. 41 S.E.
Suicide/threats, Okeechobee
Redirectional
Attempt to locate, N.W. 160th
St. I
Burglary, N.W 31stAv.
Assault/prisoner in custody,
Securicor

May 18
Domestic, N.W. 37th Ave.
Domestic, U.S. 441 N.
Domestic/verbal, S.E. 29th
Way
Theft, S.E. Fifth St.
Suspicious incident, U.S. 441
S.E.
Domestic/prisoner. in custody,
N.E. 120th St.

May 19
Assault, S.W Second Ave.
Vandalism, N.W. 39th Circle
Warrant/prisoner in custody,.
U.S. 441 N.
Burglary, S.E. 96th Circle
Theft, S.W. 28th St.
Suicide/threats, S.W Ninth St.
Vehicle, S.R. 70 W.
Juvenile, N.W 268th St.
Disturbance, N.E. 15th Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W 36th St.
Disturbance/verbal/prisoner in
custody, S.E. 25th St.
Disturbance/verbal, U.S. 441.N


Bond was set at $22,500.
Elizabeth Lauren Murdorf, 38,
of Linda Road in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 17 and charged
with three counts of forgery and
three counts of uttering forged
instruments. Bond -was set at
$30,000.
Lewis Vestal, 32, of N.W
Fourth St. in- Okeechobee was
arrested on May 18 and charged
with violation of probation bur-
glary of a structure, violation of-
probation grand theft, violation of
probation (lesser) burglary of a
structure and violation of proba-
tion grand theft. No bond was
set.
Ivan Delgado, 26, of N.W. 80th


Dr. in Okeechobee was arrested on
May 18 and charged with obtaining
property by fraud over $300. Bond
was set at $5,000.
Timateo Gararaa, 33, of Okee-
chobee at large was arrested on
May 18 and charged with battery
on a law enforcement officer. Bond
was set at $7,500.
Winston Collins, 52, of Ocala
was arrested on May 18 and
charged with violation of probation
- aggravated assault without a
firearm. No bond was set.
James Sellers, 27, of N.W 87th
Ct. in Okeechobee was arrested on
May 18 and charged with violation
of probation battery. Bond was
set at $2,000.


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Community Events

Back to School supply drive starts
The Shared Services Network's Community Collaborative Coun-
cil is sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for Okee-
chobee's children in foster care.
These supplies will be given to the children in Okeechobee dur-
ing their annual foster care picnic just before school starts. The chil-
dren are in need of: pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils,
crayons, highlighters, notebook paper, construction paper, folders,
binders, pencil boxes, lunch boxes, backpacks, glue, scissors,
rulers, erasers, index cards and calculators. For information on
becoming a foster parent, call the Hibiscus Foster Parent Training
Program at (800) 403-9311. Supplies may be taken to the Commu-
nity Collaborative Council meetings during April, May and July. The
meetings will be held in room 303 of the Okeechobee County
School Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. For information on the
school supply drive or the council's meetings, call Sharon Vinson at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 257.


Chamber sponsoring concerts
Brerida O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, has announced that the Chamber, in
conjunction with Morgan Renee Entertainment, are finalizing
plans for a concert series. Information on the bands and artists
will be announced at a later date. To volunteer your help at any
of these events, call the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-
6464.


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 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. Reg-
istration 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 vaca-
tion Bible school June 20-24, from 6 until 9 p.m. The school will
be titled "Ramblin' Road Trip" a 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.


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
June 2, 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.,
34972.


In announcing this annual
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
free.
For information, contact Paul
or Matthew Buxton at (863) 763-
1994.
Paul M. Buxton


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Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Historical Society

Looking Back ...
These Okeechobee High School lettermen, with "0" on their sweaters, pose proudly for a photograph in 1942. They are:
Gene Elledge, Johnnie Jenkins, Jess 'Tiny' Watford, Gerald Leatherman, Frank Reeves, Albert Berka, Bobby Paige, Wel-
don Draughn, Damon Walder, Gene Fulford, J.O. 'Joe' Wolff and Jack Coker. This photo appeared in the book "Strolling
Down Country Roads" by Twila Valentine and Betty Chandler Williamson in 1993. 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
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Upcoming Events


Monday
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Cen-
ter 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 question/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.


Tuesday
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) 467-2321.
Woman at the Well meets 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 mili-
tary 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 Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested
are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fel-
lowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, 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.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. atWelcome House, which is located 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 diag-
nosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective dis-
order or dual diagnosis.

Wednesday
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 lis-
ten to the great oldies music.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to Dou-
glas 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.
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 wel-
come 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 Assisted Living/Day Care at 407
N.W. Second Ave. For information call (863) 467-2321.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Histor-
ical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are
welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
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-
tion.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for blood
donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-9360.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-
2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-
0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Par-
rott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863)
467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group,
please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 501
S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For information, contact Merv
Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.


Community Events

Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications 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 frdm
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 equip-
ment 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 play-
ground that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more infor-
mation, 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 com-
munity with lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automat-
ed External Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the
Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488
to fihd 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 Free-
dom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20 ser-
vicemen 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 coun-
cil. Governor Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with terms
of two or four years. The council meets monthly to discuss pro-
grams and needs of the children 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.


Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group
of trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as struc-
ture fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and tal-
ents to help local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy
or Candace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by
calling (863) 763-2488.


Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the
church. The temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation
are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.


My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days,
Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
We are also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a
board member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should
communicate well with the public and should be able to seek
support from city and county officials, business executives and
other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863)
634-2306 for information.


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The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 23, 2005


Gloriosa lily, a climbing beauty for Florida yards


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Last week I was brought a
.'-plant to identify by an Okee-
chobee resident. To me, it's an old
time friend. Over the years I
enjoyed watching it grow up
fences and trellises in South Flori-
da. Then I found out that it was
poisonous, so I backed off my
enthusiastic green thumb.
Our local visitor renewed my
interest in the Gloriosa Lily. I've
also discovered there are a small
but growing number of enthusi-
astic plant lovers who are looking
for this unusual tropical lily, and
limited number of nurseries that
are'making it available for garden-
ers and commercial florists. This
week's column will highlight
what we know about growing
and using this exotic climbing
beauty.
Gloriosa Lilies may have sever-
al different common names in the
nursery trade, including Flame
Lily, Glory Lily or Climbing Lily.
Those found in the landscape are
usually a cultivated variety of Glo-
riosa superba. The named species
and varieties of this plant differ in.


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the plant size, waviness of the
petals, and the different amounts
of red and yellow flower colors.
For example, there is a variety
called Lutea has pure yellow flow-
ers with slender petals.
Gloriosa Lilies grow from a
fleshy underground tuber. As the
plant grows through warm sea-
son, this storage structure pro-
duces two forks that are shaped
like miniature sweet potatoes.
This shape may account for some
of the cases of poisoning.
In some area its native range of
Africa and Asia, this plant has
been over-collected. The wide
spread use of its tubers for medic-
inal purposes has led to its disap-
pearance from some areas. The
Gloriosa Lily has been named the
National Flower of Zimbabwe.
This flower, know as "Karthi-
gaipoo" to the Tamil Tiger rebels
of Sri Lanka, is also their "nation-


al" symbol because of its danger-
ous qualities and brilliant color-
ing.
All parts of the plant contain a
chemical called colchicine. Plant
scientists may recognize this
chemical as the one which will
double up the chromosomes in a
plant's DNA, and. it is used in
hybridizing plants. This poison is
a problem if any part of the plant
is swallowed, especially the
tubers. Initial poisoning symp-
toms of colchicine develop in 2-6
hours. Contact our office or our
webpage if you need to know
more about symptoms or first aid
for poisoning.
The plants are well adapted to
growing on trellises, and can be
placed in containers indoors as
houseplants. They do well in
most of Florida in the landscape.
Their thin stems are covered with
pairs of 3-4 inch long glossy
leaves, tipped at the ends with
curly tendrils that help them
climb fences or walls. Glory lily
plants can stretch up to heights
from 3 to 8 feet tall.
As with many knock-your-
socks-off tropical plants, brilliant
flower colors are the reason for


adding this plant to your Florida
Yard. Flower buds appear
between the leaf and the stem,
and when the greenish capsules
open, a 4- to 5-inch lily explodes
way back on itself with six wavy-
edged yellow, orange or red
petals.
Choose sunny locations for the
Gloriosa Lily for good growth,
although partially shady spots
may be enough. Well drained rich
soils will support better growth,
but avoid planting this flowering
tropical perennial in areas with
high salts.
If you find nursery grown
plants, they can be planted in
your Florida Yard like any other
container plant. Often this plant is
only available as a tuber. If this is
your source of planting stock,
place the L- or V-shaped "root" in
a 2 inch deep hole. Better results
have been seen when this tuber is
laid flat in the planting hole.
Once growing, provide suffi-
cient water to prevent wilting, and
add fertilizers as needed to pro-
mote maximum plant height,
ensuring a maximum number of
blooms. Because they have weak
stems, carefully tying up the


stems on supporting fences or
trellises may help extend the
blooming period.
Blooms from this plant can be
used as cut flowers. Flowers cut
just before the petals bend back
may last up to eight days in an
arrangement; splitting the stem
end before placing it in the vase
will improve water uptake. Some
florists are growing the Gloriosa
as a floral crop to make bloom
available for floral bouquets.
Unless the seed are desired to
grow more plants, remove the
capsules to promote continued
growth of this plant. On the other
hand, manually self pollinating
the plant will increase the num-
ber of seed produced. The pods
will contain round reddish seeds,
which can be replanted into con-
tainers to produce new plants.
Seeds sprout slowly and make
take at much as 4 months to get
started. Seedlings will form tubers
within a year, but should be given
three growing seasons before
placing them in the landscape.
There are few pests that bother
this plant. Aphids may be con-
trolled with soap sprays if needed,
and large chewing insects can be


picked off by hand. Other insect
pest should be identified before
an insecticide is applied.
After blooming, gradually
reduce watering and protect the
ground from cool, damp condi-
tions. Gloriosa should survive our
Florida winter temperatures in the
ground. If desired, the tubers can
be carefully dug and divided in
two after the vine dies back. Be
sure to include a growing point
on each division. In colder areas,
dormant tubers can be _. ,. i,.11
dug, placed in rnoist peat moss
and brought inside to protect
them from temperatures below
20 degrees.
I've placed links to photos and
more information on our Okee-
chobee Extension web
page,http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.e
du. If you need additional infor-
mation on the Gloriosa Lily,
please email us. at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at (863)763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners on Tuesday
afternoons from 1 until 5 p.m.


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Project Linus
Kiwanis Club president, Marcos Montes DeOca and club
member, Danielle Lamoureux. display handmade fleece
blankets to promote 'Project Linus,' a program which
donates blankets to children in foster care.


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Love bugs are back
Once again it's love bug season in South Florida. The
insects, which mate in flight and seem to be attracted to
area highways, are a nuisance to motorists. The bugs are
native to Central America and slowly migrated to Florida
over the past 50 years. They have a six-month lifecycle
and are often seen in May and September. An adult love
bug only lives about 72 hours.


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School district recognition


Staff photos/Pete Gawda
Carol Walker (center) reading teacher at Osceola Middle School retired after 25 years serv-
ice to the school district. Honoring her at Thursday night's Okeechobee County School
Board were: Russ Brown (left) principal at Osceola Middle School and Dr. Pat Cooper (right)
superintendent of schools.


Hazel Parnis (center) job development counselor with exceptional student education, retired
after 24 years of service to the school district. At Thursday night's Okeechobee County
School Board meeting she was honored by Dr. Pat Cooper (left) superintendent of schools
and Kathleen Blair (right) director of exceptional student education.


Phyllis Koff (center) second grade teacher at Seminole elementary School, was honored by
Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pat Cooper (right) upon her retirement
after 30 years with the school district. Looking on is Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Zella Kirk (left). The recognition took place at Thursday night's school board meeting.


Susanne Morris (center) migrant advocate at North Elementary School, was honored by
Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pat Cooper (right) upon her retirement
after 32 years with the school district. Looking on is Mary Hurley (left) director of elemen-
tary education. The recognition took place at Thursday night's school board meeting.


Karen Cotton (center) a fifth grade teacher at North Elementary School, was the third place
winner of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Traditions Projects in grades three through
five. Taking part in recognizing her at Thursday night's meeting of the Okeechobee County
School Board were Pat McCoy (left) principal at North, and Dr. Pat Cooper (right) superin-
tendent of schools. The contest was sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Educa-
tion. Mrs. Cotton's class project was Personality Pals. Her students used their personality to
create personality pals to sell at school. Mrs. Cotton received an invitation to the 26th annu-
al Governor's Awards held at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Lake Buena Vista, $250 in
cash and a $100 shopping spree from the Home Shopping Network.




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467-1545
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ANTIQUES
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441 S.E. and 15A
763-2712
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APPLIANCE SERVICE
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128 S.E. Park St. 467-6037
10% Discount on Service & Sales
ART GALLERY
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115 S.W. Park St.
357-1199
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AUTO
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3585 Hwy. 441 N.
763-2666
5% OFF on selected maintenance services
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BARRELS
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6420 Hwy. 98 N.
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BEAUTY SALONS
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2303 S. Parrott Ave.
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BEAUTY SUPPLIES
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The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 23, 2005


Community Events

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

Guardian ad Litem training offered
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad
Litem program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee,
Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties to represent the best
interest of abused, 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.

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-prof-
it organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing
to girls and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential
pregnancy tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound,
parenting classes and abstinence education. Operating hours
are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Par-
enting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at
1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. If you
would like more information on this or set an appointment for a
free pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.

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

Library hosts computer classes,
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library,
206 S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word process-
ing sills will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and nav-
igate the internet. For the dates and times of these classes, con-
tact the Okeechobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.


Parker joins Edward Jones team


Becky Parker recently joined
the local office of the financial-
services firm Edward Jones as a
branch office administrator
(BOA). Parker has lived in Okee-
chobee for five years.
The title of branch office
administrator was adopted for
this position at Edward Jones
because of the wide range of
responsibilities associated with
the job.


"A BOA is not only responsi-
ble for the daily operation of the
branch, but also must provide
top-level client service and mar-
keting support for my activities,"
said Sharon Ming, local invest-
ment representative for the firm.
"On a given day, Becky's
activities could include process-
ing client trade transactions, pro-
viding clients with receipts for
money and securities, and assist-


ing in the planning of seminars
and special promotions," Ming
explained.
Parker must successfully
complete the firm's in-depth
training program within six
months in order to graduate
from the trainee designation into
the position of BOA. The pro-
gram consists of online modules
that are grouped into study
weeks. Each study week ends


with a test; there are also mid-
term and final exams.

Ming said she was impressed
not only with Parker's office
skills and efficiency, but also
with her knowledge of the com-
munity. "I know she will be a ter-
rific asset to our team as we
strive to provide our clients
unparalleled personal service,"
she added.


Southern Rock Allstars to perform


Rolling Thunder Productions, in
cooperation with Sammy V. Pro-
motions, is proud to announce that
The Southern Rock Allstars will be
appearing as the featured act for
the Okeechobee Memorial Day
Bike Rally, on Saturday, May 28, at 8
p.m. It will be held at the Agri-Cen-
ter, S.R. 70 E. and is free with bike
rally admission. This is a benefit
concert in tribute to the memory of
Jakson Spires.
SRA has been touring and per-
forming extensively throughout the
U.S. and Europe over the past six
years, and they have been thrilling
audiences worldwide with their
blazing guitars, tight vocals, and
unique style. SRA has been com-
prised of founders or former mem-
bers of such legendary groups as
Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, The Ross-
ington Band, Government Mule,
and Radio Tokyo. This special per-
formance is in honor of former
Blackfoot founder, and SRA drum-
mer- Jakson Spires, and in support
of the release of their new double
CD, "Trouble's Comin' Live".
Jakson died suddenly in mid
March, the day after he returned
home from completing a new
album with his former band mem-
bers of Blackfoot. Jak's home is in


Fort Pierce, and Jak and his lovely
wife Sherry have many friends in,
Florida that would like to pay their
respects. What better way to pay
tribute to "Thunderfoot" than an


SRA show! T-shirts and memorabil-
ia will be sold to benefit "The Thun-
derfoot Foundation", and an auto-
graphed Fender electric guitar will
be raffled off to help raise funds for


the Okeechobee Light House Mis-
sion (supporting abused women).
For information, call (352) 669-
7330, or visit the website at
www.rolithunderpro.com


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BLNB field trip
Branch manager, Debra Kane and Marketing director, Teresa Chandler of Big Lake
National Bank hosted a field trip With the 4-5 year olds from the Okeechobee Head Start
Program. Big Lake National Bank gave the children a tour of the vault and the teller line.
The children also took home a $5 coupon for mom and dad to open a new account!


Remodeled convenience store opens


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Customers are in for a treat
when they enter the newly reno-
vated Circle K on U. S. 441 N. at
Cemetery Road.
The store had been severely
damaged by the hurricanes and
was closed for about six
months. It recently reopened
after being completely remod-
eled.
According to Tom Eaton, Cir-
cle K district manager, all the Cir-


cle Ks will eventually be renovat-
ed. Right now, he said his com-
pany is focusing on the storm
damaged ones. He said that 38
Circle Ks in Florida were closed
due to the hurricanes.
Part of the new look includes
a walk-in beverage cooler, a
much larger selection of sand-
wiches and a larger, more easily
assessable coffee bar. The check
out counter has been redesigned
to be more customer friendly.-
The Circle K is open 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.


Hospice volunteer
Plans are well on the way for The Hospice of Okeech
the construction of a new volun- volunteers and staff are ex
teer building at Hospice of Okee- about the project. Yard sale
chobee. The new blue building dinator Nila McCormick stat
with ivory trim will sit between just can't wait for us to mov
your Hometown Hospice office sales into the new bui.
building and the two white hous- Because of the generous
es on the Hamrick property tions of the people in our c
where yard sales are being held and the grant from the Volu
temporarily. The property is locat- Florida Foundation we w
ed on the corner of S.E. Fourth able to have better organized
Street and 3rd Avenue. sales that will make it easi


Cournesy pholo,'Raulerson Hospita
Champagne Breakfast
Robert Lee, CEO Raulerson Hospital (center), with Chef
Ron Corrado, nutritional services operations manager
(left), and Rick Naspretto, environmental services direc-
tor (right), kick off the Champagne Breakfast for Rauler-
'son Hospital employees on Thursday, May 12. Each year
during Hospital Week, department directors prepare and
serve breakfast to all physicians and their office staff,
employees and volunteers of Raulerson Hospital. The
management staff is proud to be a part of the team of
dedicated employees that have been providing quality
health care services to the Okeechobee area.



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Brahmans advance to state semi-finals


The Okeechobee Brahman
baseball team will travel to Sara-
sota to compete in state semi-
final competition on Friday, May
27. The game will take place at
Ed Smith Stadium and is sched-
uled to begin at 1 p.m. when the
(20-10) Brahmans will meet Tate
of Cantonment (26-2).


If the Brahmans win on Fri-
day, they will compete in the
state finals on Saturday, May 28
at 4 p.m. in the same location
against the winner of the Nease
of Ponte Verdra Beach (23-5)
Winter Haven (26-3) game.
Directions to Ed Smith Stadi-
um are:


Go South on Parrott
Avenue/US 441 to FL 70. Take FL
70 West 92.5 miles.
Turn left onto Verna Road
3.6 miles.
Turn right onto Fruitville
Road/CR-780W. Continue to fol-
low Fruitville Road 15.0 miles.
Turn right onto N Tuttle


Ave. 0.7 miles.
Turn left onto 12th Street
0.1 miles
End at Ed Smith Stadium
(2700 12th Street, Sarasota, Fl.)
e The total estimated travel
time is 2 hours, 43 minutes. The
total estimated distance is 113.99
miles.


Sports Briefs


Purple and white
game rescheduled
Due to the Brahman baseball
team advancing to state compe-
tition, the annual Spring Purple
and White football game has
been rescheduled to May 26.
The Liftathon will take place at 6
p.m. The game will follow at 7
p.m.
The cost of admission is $8
and includes a chicken dinner.
Tickets will be available at the
gate.


VFW sponsors
golf tourney
VFW South Post #10539 will
sponsor its second annual golf
outing at the Okeechobee Golf
& Country Club on Saturday,
May 28.
Teams will be determined by
a blind draw on Friday, May 27,
at 7 p.m. with a four-person
scramble. The Calcutta will take
place at the same time.
The shotgun start will be at 8
a.m. The cost is $45 per person.
Participants may sign up at
the South Post VFW, or the
Okeechobee Golf & Country
Club. :


Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail'
has announced its 2005 tourna-
ment schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates
for the rest of the trail are June
26, July 10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and
Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take
place oh Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the.
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on
the day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-
1020.


YMS girls host
golf tournament
The Lady Yearlings' volleyball
team will host a golf tournament


on Saturday, June 4, at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,
with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The fee is $50 per person
($200 team of four), which
includes a rib dinner after play is
completed. Buddy Mills and the
FFA will be grilling thle food.
There will be plenty of prizes,
including prizes for the best
score, longest drive, closest to
the pin and the worst score.
Contact Bruce Conrad to
make reservations for your four-
some at (863) 697-0952 or (863)
467-0130; or call Yearling Middle
School (YMS) at (863) 462-5056
for information.


Slate for tennis
lessons announced
Dave Ellis, a USPTR certified
tennis pro and high school
coach, is offering five weeks of
recreational tennis lessons at
the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex.
Classes will meet Monday
through Friday starting on Mon-
day, June 6, and ending on Fri-
day, July 8. Classes are deter-
mined by the grade in which the
student will be enrolled in the
fall.
Each student will have three
lessons a week for five weeks.
The cost will be $40. Private les-
sons are available during the
summer for $90 for six, one-
hour sessions.'
For information, contact
Dave Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or
(863) 532-9316.


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


Golf tournament
will benefit CIS
Communities In School (CIS)
and the Police Athletic League
(PAL) are hosting their sixth
annual golf tournament on Sat-
urday, June 18, at the Okee-
chobee Golf & Country Club.
There will be an 8 a.m. shot-


gun start.
Entry fees are $45 per person,
or $180 per team. Sponsorships
are available. The cost of a hole
sponsorship is $150; a tee spon-
sorship is $75; and, a team spon-
sorship is $180.
There will also be chicken
and rib barbecue dinners.
Prizes will be given to the
first, ninth and next-to-last place
teams.
All proceeds will help fund
CIS projects: Mentoring Charac-
ter Counts and Youth Center.
For information, call CIS at
(863) 462-5327.


Volleyball team
hosts summer camp
The Okeechobee High
School volleyball team will host
a summer volleyball camp for
girls in grades four through
eight.
The camp runs from 9 a.m.
until noon, June 20, 21, 23 and
24 at Osceola Middle School.
The cost is $45, and includes a
free T-shirt and Water bottle.
The camp is for experienced
and beginning level players. Par-
ticipants will be divided by skill
level and will work in groups
with players of similar ability.
Experienced players will be
challenged by a quicker, more
aggressive style of play. Both
groups will be led by experi-
enced coaches and assisted by
varsity level players.
You may pick up an applica-
tion in the main office of Okee-
chobee High School, or call
head coach George May at (863)
634-5836 for information.


Youth football
sign ups planned
Sign-ups for the new Pop
Warner football league and
cheerleading program will take
place on June 25, July 2, 9 and
16 at Teen Town from noon until
4p.m.
Parents must provide copies
of the child's birth certificate,
their most recent report card
and a current physical at regis-
tration. The cost of registration
will be $75.
For 'information contact
James Shockley at (863) 634-
3482, Albion Crowell at (863)
697-2576 or Kristen Barker at
(863) 697-6073.


Hours announced
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports
Complex swimming pool hours
of operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 until
5 p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
evenings from 7 until 9 p.m.
(family night swim); Aug. 8 -
Oct. 30: Tuesday through Friday
from 4 until 7 p.m., Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sun-
day from 1 until 5 p.m. The pool
is not open during school hours.
When school.is in session the
pool is used for physical educa-
tion and other school-related
activities. For information, con-
tact the pool office at (863) 467-
7667.


Senior softball
players are needed
Softball players 70 years old
and older are wanted to play on
a tournament team one week-
end a month.
They will play two games on
Saturday and two games on
Sunday in different cities in the
state. The team is in need of out-
fielders and infielders.
For information call Harry
Bell at (863) 382-0542.
The cost will be $15 per
weekend.


Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission will revise the
method in which hunters may
apply for regular and special
quota hunt permits.
.The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least
25 years. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt
permits through their Total
Licensing System (TLS) at
license vendors statewide or
from their website MyFWC.com.
For information, contact
Eddie White of the FWC at 850-
488-8573, ext. 17336.


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Pop Warner camp
Okeechobee High School head football coach Tod Dress-
er works with Pop Warner football camp attendees Satur-
day afternoon. Coach Dresser, assistant coach Chris
Branham, assistant coach Tyrone.Smith and members of
the Brahman football team volunteered their time to work
with the youngsters at the Pop Warner camp.


Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
100 meter run
Athletes from county elementary and middle schools
competed in Hershey's Track and Field Day competition
Friday. This group takes off in preliminary competition of
the 100 meter run.
















Staff pnoto/Lorna Jablonski
Alicia Kibler was named as the Okeechobee News/Publix
Supermarket Female Athlete of the Month for April recently
for her accomplishments in Track.

Kibler chosen as female,

athlete of the month


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Alicia Kibler was recently cho-
sen as the Okeechobee News/Pub-
lix Supermarket Female Athlete of
the Month for April for her accom-
plishments in Track. Kibler's out-
standing performances in girls' shot
put and girls' discus throw earned
her a spot on the All-Treasure Lake
Conference first team in girls' shot
put and second team in girls' discus


throw.
Kibler was also a member of the-
Lady Brahman basketball and vol
leyball teams.
In addition to her successful ath-'-
letic career, Ms. Kibler is an honor
roll student with a 3.1 grade. point
average.
She has recently accepted a
scholarship from Indian River Com-
munity College lo play volleyball.
She is the daughter of Lori and
Anthony Kibler.


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At the Movies
, The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
11I.
, Movie times for Friday, May 20,
through Thursday, May 26, are as
follows:
, Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
Il" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
' Theatre 11 "Kicking and
Screaming" (PG) Showtimes: Fri-
Cday 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
4 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,
o~atinees are $3.50.
I For information, call (863) 763-
1202.

Briefs

dead Start Project
accepting applications
I Okeechobee I Center located at
126 N.E. 16th Ave. is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. Our
belief is that all children can benefit
from receiving educational, Health
4nd Social Services which our pro-
gram offers. We serve children 6
weeks to 5 years. To qualify the
family must have migrated in the
Oast 24 months worked in agricul-
ture and primary income must
come from agriculture. We
encourage families of children with
disabilities to apply. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-0702 and ask
for Sylvia, Ella, or Page.
El Centro de Okeechobee I
locaizado en 726 NE 16th Ave. esta
aceptando aplicacions para ninos
qe families migrants y ninos inca-
pacidados. En nustro program
riostros creemos que los ninos se
beneficial en cuando reciven serv-
ices de education, salud y services
socials que nustro program
ofrece. Servimos ninos de .6
sernans a 5 ant:',. P ,ar.j cualificar la
fatmilla dte icl ter salido del con-
dado 0 estado en los ulitimo 24
mess y trabajado en agriculture.
Con el ingreso de la familiar de tra-
bajo de agriculture. Animamos
que las families con ninos inca-
pacidados aplican. Para mas infor-
macion por favor de Ilamar al
(863)467-0702 Y ablar con Sylvia 0
Zila.
Redirection Center
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 and 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.
fewv hours a month with commit-
ted youth.
Need help paying for quality
child care?
Volunteers sought
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
fcr volunteers that would like to
become a mediator for the courts:
All mediators are court appoint-
e d, trained and certified by the
Supreme Court of Florida. If you
would be interested in volunteer-
inrg and want more information
on the program, call Andrea
Bgmenderfer at (561) 871-5305.
Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
SHospice 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-
airces, tools as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice
at; (863) 467-2321 for pick-up, or
ddliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth St.
Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County Board
of, Realtors is accepting entries for
theiefmonthly property beautifica-
ti6n a.vards program. The property
dQes not have to be for sale and is
open to residential and commer-
ci$l property throughout the coun-
ty.! For information or to obtain
entry forms, contact Dale Ann Wat-
fodd, secretary of the Board at
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COUNTY CEMETERY- 2 lots,
Nice area. $1250.' Will sep-
a r a t e
(863)382-8097/381-9677.


BASSET HOUND- Frostproof
area on 05/13/05. Call to
identity. (863)635-5833.
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the
classifieds."


BED IN A BAG- brand new,
found 5/7, near Lakeport on
Hwy 78. Call to identify.
(803)983-9898.
DACHSHUND MIX- Brown
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
GERM SHEPHERD.& YORKIE
TERRIER- both wearing col-
lars, probably together, vic
of Commerce Dr,, LaBelle,
owners miss, possible RE-
WARD. (863)673-2854.
GERMAN SHEPHERD,
Black & Brown, Lost Fri. 5/13
in vicinity of Whispering Pines.
S(863)357-7298
Llewellin Setter, white w/blk
spots, vic. of Civic Ctr/Air-
port. REWARD! Call David
863-634-0751 or Kay
863-634-8822
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
(863)357-1023
BASSETT HOUND- (M);
housebroke, loves kids &
other animals, to good lov-
ing home only.
(863)612-0186.
FILING CABINET- metal, 2
drawer, good condition
(863)763-4827.
FREE KITTENS (4)
All black & white, very good
temperament. To good
homes (863)674-0780


KITTENS- 3, approx 8wk,
Black & white
(863)763-3631.
MOBILE HOME- must move,
needs very little TLC,
863)946-0670 or
954)410-5850.

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



A/C SERVE. TECH/INSTALLER
w/min. 3 yrs exp. De-
pendable, clean DL, Good
Pay, Comp. Truck, Bene-
fits, 401K, DFW
Okeechobee A/C 763-8391
All around maintenance per-
son to do lawns, wash
trucks, etc. 863-467-1.717.
!! ALL TRADES NEEDED!!
Daily work Daily pay
Report to Labor Finders 6am
105 SW 3rd Ave.

Busy Medical Office looking
for Front Office Professional
Fax resume 772-335-2119.
CAREGIVER, LIVE-IN
Earn Salary + Room & Board.
Weekends Off. Call for
information. 863-697-6047
DRIVERS
Dickerson needs Dump Truck
& Service Truck Drivers.
Must have clean driving record
& CDL A/B. EDE, M/F/V/D.
Drug Test Required.
Call 772-429-4440


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EXPERIENCED MECHANIC
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

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


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


ELECTRICIAN &
WORKING FOREMAN
At least 3 yrs experience.
Top pay for experience.
D.L. & good driving record
req. (863)634-5898
IMMEDIATE OPENING
For experienced Waitress.
Ranchers Restaurant.
(863)763-8115
MILL WORKERS
2 nd. Shift, Benefits Available.
Apply @ Syfrett Feed Co.
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee
(863)763-5586


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
Cook Full Time
Dishwasher- Part time
Apply in person after 11:00am
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE
Okeechobee,FL


Diamond R Fertilizer Co., Inc.
is looking for a F/T loader/
operator. Excellent benefits.
Apply in person @
710 NE 5th Ave.
Diamond R is a drug-free workplace.

Local Construction Company
Looking for person
EXPERIENCED in framing,
roofing, carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
863-357-1804
PODIATRY OFFICE
Full time receptionist position,
Will train. (863)467-6577
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energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
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Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant couise/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


Looking for Someone
Exp'd For Concrete
Block & Flatwork.
Must have drivers license.
Annual starting salary: $30K
for qualified applicants.
863-357-0852

MECHANIC
Exp. Heavy Diesel Mechanic
for asphalt equipment.
M/F/V/D, EOE
Drug Test Required.
Call Dickerson
772-429-4440


Our historic inn is seeking a
chef to add to our growing
team. Housing and competi-
tive salary. Some staff in
place. Call 772-597-3777.

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GROVE IRRIGATION/
DRAINAGE OPERATOR
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:
LYKES RANCH
106 S.W. C.R. 721
Okeechobee, FL
(863)763-3041
Affirmative Action Employer
Equal Employment
Opportunity Employer
Drug Free Workplace
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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:

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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


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

ATTENTION PLUMBERS
Local company with more than 20 years
track record in Okeechobee wants
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Journeyman's License (minimum)
. Top pay, salary commensurate with experience.
-Complete benefits package.

Send resume to #6689
P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, FL 34973

IMMEDIATE OPENING
Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call:
(863) 357-2442
for more information


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The Okeechobee News
is seeking a full time
Outside Sales Consultant.
The right applicant will:
Be enthusiastic
Be inquisitive
Be service oriented
Be highly motivated
Be a self-managed individual
Be whll organized
Preferably have previous sales experience
Be a good team player
Be able to handle pressure
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
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SALES CONSULTANT
Area's Fastest Growing RV Dealership
Great American RV's is in search of Individuals interested
in a career selling RV's. Experience in sales helpful, but not
necessary. Will train the right candidate.
6 day work week, Mon thru Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-4.
Excellent pay with Benefits.
Apply in person
4300 Hwy 441
So. Okeechobee
Located beside
S KOA Campgrounds

TRUCK DRIVERS
ClassACDL
Benefits Available.
Apply @ Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St. Okeechobee
863-763-5586 ..
WAREHOUSE HELP .
NEEDED
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Benefits avail. Apply at:
2595 NW 8th Street




P/T Night Auditor & P/T [.| ,
Bookkeeper, Apply in per-
son at Pier II, 2200 SE Hwy '.-.
441,Okee'hobee. inr

'The most important
COLLEGE STUDENT 20 minutes of your day is
Looking to baby sit Weekdays thetimespeM reading
& references. (863)634-5377 with your child from
Fhind it faster Sell it sooner birth to age nine.
in the classiflieds


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everyday.


Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
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Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233


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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



COASTAL CLEANING
We Clean
Homes, Offices,
Carpets, Windows.
Call (863)357-6005
Licensed & Bonded



O'CONNELL CONSTRUCTION
SERVICES, INC.
License.# CBC055264
ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044



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(954)540-9659
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helps you understand
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No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!



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




TIRED OF WAITING??
Vinyl siding, skirting, Interior
Repairs, & Carports
Call BOB Now!!
(863)357-3141
Licensed, Insured, Bonded
Lic#1H0000785


ROOFING, DRYWALL
& PAINTING
30 years experience
SAll Types of Roofs
S5 Year Warrantee
Shingles Available
Free Estimates
All Phases of Repair
Call Ray, Toll Free @
(877)999-3348 Stuart, FL
Licensed & Insured
#CGC001594


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials5-I0
Business Equipment 545
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
CoinsStamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.Video 580
Crafts Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health l Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.-
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies
Equipment 665
Pets 'Supplies,
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television.'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER
20K BTU Reverse Cycle,
window unit, $300 or best
offer (863)674-0467.
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
(863)675-5929


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


23 CU FT DEEP FREEZER
$50 or best offer
(863)763-3679 after 6pm
AMANA GAS STOVE
Like new, in excellent
condition $150 Call
(863)697-6109
DRYER, Kenmore, $80.
(863)467-6145
FREEZER- 15 cu. ft. $100. or
best offer. (863)763-3679.
GAS & ELECTRIC STOVES
Elec. stove w/ glass top.
$450 for both, will sep.
(863)675-0948


REFRIGERATOR- Frigidare,
Almond, 161/2 cu ft Clean,
Runs Good. $125.
(863)763-4920.
REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER
2 door, white, runs great $75
(863)763-6342,
STOVE, Gas, White. $150
(863)357-3639
UPRIGHT FREEZER
Good condition. $150 or best
offer. (863)467-7180
WALL UNIT- KitchenAid, Self
Cleaning Imperial. Excellent
condition. $300.
(302)697-3594.
WASHER/DRYER, Kenmore,
heavy duty, super capacity,
2 yrs. old, work great, $425.
(863)763-9660


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



HOUSE WINDOWS (8)
Nice. $250 or best offer
(863) 634-1715
PEGBOARD
10 Sheets 46"x46"
$50 for all or will separate
(863)763-6342



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



AQUARIUM PORTABLE IN-
FANT SWING- Great condi-
tion. $30. 863-763-2413
BOY'S CLOTHING- 4 boxes,
Premature to 9 mo. $150.
Will separate. 863-763-2413
CRIB, beautiful, dark wood,
sleigh style w/ mattress. $80
(863)675-7306
STROLLER Limo, double
baby stroller $40
(863)675-7306
Toddler Bed, kids & infants
furniture & toys, newborn
clothes & up, $150. will sell
sep. (863)801-6031



CERAMIC KILN Model P
Econo Kiln 22"x25", Double
layer, runs great, easy to
move $450 (561)662-3335
LEATHER CRAFT EQUIP-
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
BEDROOM SET
8pc all wood; king size
Good condition $600
(863)675-3699
BEDROOM SUIT- Oak, Chest
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.
CRAFTMATIC BED
Single w/vibration mode
$100 (863)467-6512
CUTTING BLOCK- roll around,
Good condition. $25.
(772)528-7001
DESK, Roll Top. Fair condi-
ton. $50 (863)467-4192
DINING ROOM SET: 42x60
Black Lacquer Table w/4 grey
upholstered chairs. Good
cond. $250 (863)467-6550
DINING ROOM SET- Formal,
Seating for 6, Full sz. lighted
china cabinet. $2000. or
best offer. (863)674-0377


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DOG KENNEL- Used, Assem-
bled, $50. You pick up.
(863)763-6468.
FENCHES & CAGE: $20
(863)357-3639


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DINING ROOM TABLE- Large,
Good condition. $50.
(772)528-7001
DR TABLE W/4CHAIRS- leaf,
oak, asking $125 or best of-
fer. (863)357-3773.
DR Table- w/leaf and 4 chairs
$100 or will trade for 2 cap-
tains chairs & 2 side chair.
(863)357-2588
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
contemporary, light wood,
lighted, $200
(863)675-1634 evenings
ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS
(2) 1 light oak, other dark.
Both w/ glass doors. $80 for
both willsep.(863)824-8749
HIGH BACK WICKER CHAIRS-
Good condition. $36. Will
separate (863)467-5477.
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
MATTRESS AND BOX-
SPRING- King size, $275.
(863)227-6210.
SOFA & LOVESEAT
Leather, light brown, fairly
new, great cond. $800
(863)697-6618
SOFA BED- light sea foam
green, w/full size mattress
(Flexsteel) exc cond. $70.
863)763-8382.
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.
(863)675-0654
TABLE & CHAIRS
Early American, over 40 yrs
old, $100 or best offer
(863)357-1577
VANITY/DESK- brand new,
$100 neg. (863)357-2233.



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored, $2200.
(863)692-2229. .
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1000.
(863)697-2033



DIRT DEVIL MOP-VAC
New in box, will sacrifice
for only $40-firm. Cleaning
made easy! (863)763-8149
FOOD PROCESSOR
Pro. Strength w/ex. blades &
access. blend, grind & juice
$50 firm (863)763-8149


POWER CHAIR CARRIER- for
vehicle, FREE to person with
need. (863)675-4990.


DRAFTING TABLE, great con-
dition, $25. (863)763-6936
HUMIDIFIER, DeVil-
biss/Hankscraft, works
great, $10. (863)763-9410
MASSAGE TABLE
Top of the line.
Paid $560, will sell for $360
(863)763-6475
TOWBAR, Reese 6000 lb.,
with 2 inch ball, $45.
(863)357-6660



BASS GUITAR, chord, stand,
case, amp & tuner, mike &
amp, all new, $900.
(863)675-3881
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-
for. (863)610-0521


AMERICAN BULL DOG- Ap-
prox 2 yr, Spayed, Good
with children. House broke.
$250. (863)801-1724
ARACANA CHICKS- (5) all for
$10. (863)675-4981.
BELGIAN DOG
5 mo old, shots to date. $300
(863) 467-7825
BLUE PITT BULL PUP- male,
5 mos old., $150
(863)675-1865.
DOBERMAN PUPPIES
AKC, health cert., blues; rusts,
& blacks $500
(863)467-5400
DOBERMAN PUPS- Blue
males, Blue parents on site,
$500-$750. (863)763-7045
or (863)634-2502.


FERRET, albino, spayed, neu-
tered, descented, with cage,
$50. (863)467-2702
FERRET- comes with cage
and food, 15 wks, female,
descented and spayed, $150
neg. (863)261-3108.
LARGE BLUE FEMALE RAB-
BIT- asking $6.
(863)675-4981.
PARROT CAGE- iron, round, 2'
diameter, 5 2 tall on roll-
ers, $80. (863)357-1741.
PITBULL, Male, Brindle, 8
months old. Neutered w/all
shots. County license. $300
(863)261-1434
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SIBERIAN HUSKY PUPPIES
CKC, 6 Males, all blue eyes,
$500 each (863)763-2749
Leave message.
WOLF & ROTTWEILER MIX-
Male a prox 6 wks $75. or
best offer. (863)763-2749


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.



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



COMM SEW MACHINE- Sing-
er, with attachments, $200.
(239)728-3567.



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



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


'04 MILLER BOBCAT 225
Welder generator, used only
60hrs, kept out of weather.
$3000 (863)634-3787
BAND SAW- Wilton, Good
condition. $200.
(863)357-2322.
DURACRAFT DRILL PRESS
Floor model 1600, 3/4 h/p, 16
speed. $100 or best offer
(863)824-0884
SNAPON MIG WELDER
W/ allum. spool gun. 2 tanks
w/flow meters. Asking
$1200 (863)697-9704
SNAPON PLASMA CUTTER
W/new leads & extra tips
Asking $1200
(863)697-9704

M'i=


HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook. $2500.
(863)843-2495.
REGISTERED APPALOOSA
HORSE, BROKE. $1200
(863)467-1421
SPOTTED WALKER FILLIE- 2
1/2 yrs old, green broke, very
sweet, $1500.
(863)843-2495.
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in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified



CHIPPER/SHREDDER
Craftsman w/ Briggs & Strat-
ton 5 h/p eng. $250
(863)357-2573



GRILL- Weber, Large Bar-B-
Que Grill. Good condition.
$30. (863)467-5477
JOHN DEERE RIDING MOWER
9 h/p, Wizard 6 h/p push
mower, Yard Machine weed
eater $500 (561)662-3335
RIDING LAWN MOWER-
Snapper, $200.
(863)824-0523.
RIDING MOWER- MTD, 16.5
B&S motor, 46" cut, great
condition, $450.
(863)357-3065.
ROTO TILLER- Good shape,
heavy duty, 5hp motor,
$200. (863)357-3065.


Rentals



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



Apartment located just 12
miles north of Okeechobee,
2BR, 1BA, $475 per mo.,
first & security, no pets.
863-467-1717.
LAKE WORTH, Intercostal
55+, 1Br, 1Ba, fully furn.
No pets. $800. mo. Yearly.
(863)697-6542
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another man's treas-
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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
or5pm-11pm

'!fic Spac
Ret-93


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

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos.'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1C30
Investment
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
HOUSE FOR SALE
On water, 2br,1 baw/screen
room & elec. boat lift.
Comp. furnished w/ new
roof & a/c. $185,000 or best
offer (863)763-6886 or
447-1093


TAYLOR CREEK- Nice 4 acre
lots, ready for mobile home
our house. Water & sewer
paid for. $68000.
Roberto's Realty
(863)357-4436



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


AIR BOAT WANTED &
TRACTOR WITH FRONT
END MOTOR
(863)699-2971
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
(772)562-5567

Agriculture



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




MICHIGAN HAY- Timothy Al-
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


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parto 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



FIBERGLASS STEPS (2)
Four dsers w/ aluminum rail
$100 for both, will sep.
(863)467-0479
MOBILE HOME STEPS- fiber-
glass, 5 risers, 2 aluminum
rails, $350. (863)467-0506



OKEE COUNTY, Rent to own.
2BR, 1BA, Large shed,
$2000. Down, $300. mo.
(863)697-3004.

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers 'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035



14'V HULL BOAT
Aluminum, w/trailer. $500
(863)657-6652
15' FIBERGLASS BOAT
W/trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1500
(863)675-6652
ALUMINUM CRAFT- John 14',
Evinrude 15hp, Elec. start,
trolling motor Galvanized
trailer $1450.863-763-1527
AVENGER '86- 17' Bass boat
& trlr, 150 HP Johnson, runs
great, $2500 firm or trade
for ATV, etc..
(863)801-9496
BASS BOAT 390 V RANGER
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.
(863)674-1105.
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.
(863)697-1645.
PONTOON BOAT 24'
No motor, no trailer $800
(863)763-3451
REGAL, '80, 18', with
'94 150hp Mariner outboard,
minor work needed, $2200.
(863)441-7675


COACHMAN 5TH WHEEL RV,
'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.
863-697-3516



BOAT TRAILER- 12-14ft, ask-
ing $150 or best offer.
(863)983-3353.



Airboat Engine, Ground Pow-
er Unit, with 520 jugs, needs
modifying, $2000.
(863)675-1754
T-TOP TOWER, with storage
bin, for center console boat,
stainless steel, $750.
(863)467-8580


KAWASAKI VULCAN CLASSIC
1500 1998, Back rest, wind-
shield, floorboards, Vance &
Hines Pipes, New tires, Exc.
condition. $6145 or best offer.
(863)634-9724
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER,
2005 Single Rail. Fen-
ders/Lights. $1500
(863)674-0898
TRIUMPH CLASSIC '73, 750
CC, Black/Silver. Out of stor-
age. $2500 (863)674-0898
YAMAHA VIRAGO, '87, runs
good, looks good, $2500 or
best offer. (863)441-7675



HONDA 300- 4 Wheel Drive.
Runs excellent. $2,200.
(863)801-1666.
RAIL BUGGY: New motor.
Exc. shape. Needs finish work.
Tons of spare parts. Engine
Block. $3000 (863)675-6214


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
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



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








12 The Okeechobee News, Monday, May 23,2005


'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
'85 CAD. SEDAN DEVILLE
Good condition, approx 71k
mi, $800 (863)763-5418
'85 FORD F150
4x4, 6cyl, 4spd, cold a/c, very
clean, runs good. $3500
(863)634-3787
'99 Vulcan Classic 1500
exhaust system free w/pur-
chase of new seat set $20
(863)357-2588
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
(863)610-2190
CHEVY MALIBU, '98- 4cyl,
with AC, all power, great
condition & MPG, 155K,
$2000 (863)763-8963.
CHRYSLER CONCORDE, '95,
170k miles, extra clean, CD,
all power, $2500.
(863)357-1074
DODGE 16" CHROME RIMS
5 lug $200
(239)657-4687 call after 4pm
DODGE OMNI'90
Runs good, good gas mileage
$500 (863)675-6423
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
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS
1992, Runs great, ice cold
air. Minor body damage.
$2200 (863)467-8166


MERCURY VILLAGER'96
Clean, runs great, ice cold air.
$2900 (863)801-9228
OLDSMOBILE 88 LSS, '96,
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
(863)824-8749
TRANS AM-'85, Need to be
r e d o n e .
$600.(863)467-1985.



CHEVY 1991 3/4 Ton Pickup,
4x4, 4 spd., $2500 or best
offer. (863)675-6214 after 6
pm.
CHEVY Z71, '94, 4x4, runs
great, needs transmission
work, $2250.
(863)697-9714
DODGE DAKOTA, '00- Crew
cab, 5.9/360, auto, 109K, all
power, $9500.
(863)763-2156.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
good $2500.
(863)675-9243.


BRAKE ROTOR LATHE
On-car, new, never used
$2500 or best offer
(863)763-0438
ENGINE -350, Needs head
work, Edlebrock intake.,
Chrome dress up kit, New
starter $400. 863-946-0868
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10-hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
(863)692-2229.
Engine stand & Cherry picker,
Good condition.$150.
(863)946-0868


FLAT BED- for work truck,
steel, w/2 tool boxes, $350
or best offer.
(863)983-3353.
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.
(863)532-8158
TIRES General, like new set
of P255/70R17 or
P205/75R15, $200.
(863)763-8963.


CHEVY 1/2 ton, V8, '86 auto
Flat bed/Utility. Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
863-697-6812.
FORD F150-'91, 4X4, With
tool box. Good shape.
$2500. Neg. (863)697-1198
FORD F250 DIESEL, '97- 4x4,.
ext. cab, lifted, $12,000.
(863)673-4065.
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.
(863)673-5443
FORD RANGER '92- V6, cold
AC, solid body, replaced
motor, has 67K, $1750 neg.
(863)634-9620 Okeechobee


CHEVROLET BLAZER 1991,
$1000 (863)634-6596
FORD EXPLORER SPORT-
'99, Full tow package. Runs
good. $2500
239-633-7460


MOBILE WORKSHOP
14 x 52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$2,000 neg. (352)754-8514.
UTILITY TRAILER
12'x6.5' Heavy duty Bobcat
hauler. Not enclosed. $900
(863)763-3451
UTILITY TRAILER open w/
tool box. $150 call
(863)763-7497

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Dodge Caravan, '91, for parts
only, $400 or best offer.
(863)357-3994
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
SE, '90, red, nice body,
good condition, $2000
(863)467-0987
WINDSTAR- '95, Dual air, 7
passenger. $1200.
(863)612-0573.



Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO: 2004-CA-231
H.E. HILL, AS TRUSTEE of the MONTU-
RA LAND AND CATTLE, INC., Profit
Shearing Trust,
Plaintiff,
V.
LARRY D. ANDREWS and UNKNOWN
SPOUSE, IF ANY, and GLORIIA
LANG,
Defendants
GLORIA LANG,
Cross Plaintiff,
V.
LARRY D. ANDREWS,
Cross Defendant
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
final judgment dated May 17, 2005,
entered in case number 2004 CA 231
of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth
Judicial Circuit in and for Okechobee
County, Florida, wherein GLORIA
LANG is the Cross Plaintiff and LARRY
D., ANDREWS is the Defendant/Cross
Defendant and H.E. Hill, et al., are the
Plaintiffs. I will sell to the highest bid-
der for cash, front steps of the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse,
Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on
the 20th day of June, 2005 the follow-
ing described property as set forth in
said final judgment, to-wit:
Lots 1 to 12, Block 2, First Addition to
Southern Pines, according to the Plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page
14, public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk & Comptroller
By:/S/Landy Wherrell
DEPUTY CLERK
Attorney for Cross Plaintiff
Thomas Montgomery, PA.
1 SE M.L. King, Jr. Boulevard
RO. Box 1510
Belle Glade, FL 33430
57265 ON 5/23,30/05


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.Iui Noic 5005


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2005-CP-061
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CARL M. LOHREY,
a/Ika CARL LOHREY,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of CARL
M. LOHREY, a/Va CARL LOHREY de-
ceased, whose date of death was No-
vember 26, 2004, and whose Social
Security Number is 304-20-6508, is
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-
low.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's 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 decedent 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
THIS NOTICE.
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.
Edna Cornelius
Personal Representative
2508 S.E., 38th Trail
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CONELY & CONELY, RA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
y: Tom W.Conely,III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney or
Personal Representative
55197 ON 5/16,23/05

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2004-CA-217
WACHOVIA BANK OF DELAWARE, NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION, F/K/A FIRST
UNION NATIONAL BANK OF DELA-
WARE,
Plaintiff
vs.
UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES,
DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS,
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL
OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST IN THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM
G. OSBORNE, DECEASED, et al,
Defendants
NOTICF OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 16th day of May, 2005, and en-
tered in Case No. 2004-CA-217, of
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, wherein WACHOVIA BANK OF
DELAWARE, NATIONAL ASSOCIA-
TION, F/K/A FIRST UNION NATIONAL
BANK OF DELAWARE is the Plaintiff
and UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIAR-
IES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIEN-
ORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND
ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST'IN THE ESTATE OF WIL-
LIAM G. OSBORNE, DECEASED;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY; STATE OF
FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF REVE-
NUE; LADONNA GALE HUNE A/K/A
DONNA HUNT; DOUGLAS DWIGHT
OSBORNE; JEFFREY ALLEN OS-
BORNE; PAUL WILLIAMS ALBEA;
CRYSTAL OSBORNE GARDNER HILL;
are defendants. I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at the
South Front Door of the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, in Okeechobee,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 20th day
of June, 2005, the following described
property as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:
LOT 6 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 5, IN
BLOCK 64, OF EL MIRASOL, AC-
CORDING T THE PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE
1, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Clerk Office 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 TOOD.
Dated this 16th day of May, 2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
""y:/S/Landy Wherrell
Deputy Clerk
57256 ON 5/23,30/05


P bi B o ice


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
INVITATION TO BID
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee C unty Health Department (OCHD) is
requesting sealed bids to provide the following:
Complete lawn maintenance at OCHD 1728 NW 9th Ave,
Okeechobee, FL Job specs available at OCHD
Service period one (1) year
Bids accepted thru June 24, 2005
The sealed bids shall be delivered to:
Ed Trent
Okeechobee County Health Dept
1728NW 9th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
57272 ON 5/23,26/05

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Community Events

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs for $6 each. Cups with a
picture of the old Okeechobee High School and a small booklet enti-
tled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee" are also available at the Cham-
ber of Commerce.


Summer Play Camp schedule announced
Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2005 Sum-
mer Play Camp began Monday, May 2, at Teen Town Center, 309 N.W.
Second St. Enrollment is limited and slots are filled on a first-come,
first-served basis. Campers must be between 6 and 12 years of age'.
Play camps will operate Monday through Friday, June 13 through July
29 (except July 4), from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at three locations:
Douglas Brown Community Center, Okeechobee Civic Center and
Teen Town Center. The regular camp fee is $50 per week, per partici-
pant plus fees for field trips and special activities. Special rates have
been set at $25 per week for a child on the reduced school lunch pro-
gram, and $10 per week for a child on the free school lunch program
within the Okeechobee County School system for the 2004/2005
school year. A letter of participation from Okeechobee County School
Food Service must be presented at the time of registration in order to
qualify for these special rates. Extended hours of 7:30 until 8:30 a.m.
and 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. will be available at both the Okeechobee Civic
Center and Teen Town Center for an additional fee of $10 per week,
per participant.


Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of opera-
tion are: May 3 June 1, Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7p.m.; Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.; June 2 -Aug. 7,
Tuesday Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.,
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. The
pool is not open during school hours.-When school is in session the
pool is used for physical education and other school-related activities.
For information, contact the pool office at (863) 467-7667.


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 campground and Mari-
na 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,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.


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 Okee-
chobee children in foster care will be collected. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.


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


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


Glades County

Roundup

GED classes
are available
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 reg-
ister the night of the classes. If you
have any questions you may call
Scott Bass at (863) 946-0202 ext.
13.


Faith in Action
is expanding
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 infor-
mation. Those with a desire to
make a difference in someone's
life by volunteering are encour-
aged to call the same phone num-
bers for more information on this
wonderful volunteer program
benefiting residents in
Hendry/Glades Counties.


Upcoming events
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 every week 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 dia-
betes (the A1C test, Blood Pres-
sure, and Cholesterol.) All diabet-
ics, long term or newly
diagnosed, are welcome.


GAL program
needs advocates
The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
Program needs volunteers to rep-
resent the best interests of
abused, abandoned and neglect-
ed children before the court,
social service agencies and the
community. No special educa-
tional degree is required.
Guardians need to be someone
with common sense, good judg-
ment and a commitment to help-
ing 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 infor-
mation, and to reserve your space
for training.


American Legion
now hosts bingo
Moore Haven American
Legion Post 299 is now having
bingo, Saturday nights at 6 p.m.
Hamburgers, drinks and dessert
will be provided at a minimal
cost.


Staff photo/D. Hamilton

Not so contrary
Pre-k student, Jennifer Salago performed her recitation of "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary" for
parents and guests at the Mother Goose Land program at North Elementary School on'
Wednesday.


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