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Vol. 96 No. 146



Inside

Board discusses
city land use map
The City of Okeechobee
Land Planning Agency held a
workshop Tuesday night with
,im LaRue, the city's planning
consultant.
Mr. LaRue wanted to get
input from the board on poten-
tial areas on the future land use
map that could be changed to
industrial.
By having more land zoned
industrial, explained Mr. LaRue,
high paying jobs are created
and in return attracts commer-
cial growth to the city where
people shop keeping a circula-
tion of cash flow in the town.
The city is in need of busi-
nesses to promote the down-
town area.


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Puppet show
helps kids heal
ORLANDO Adults
expect children to react in a
variety of ways after a disaster.
What they don't expect is a
whole classroom bursting into
tears at the mere sound of rain
or a group of puppets called
"Heroes of the Storm" coming
to their rescue.
The 20-minute puppet
show was developed by Pro-
ject HOPE (Helping Our Peo-
ple in Emergencies), a
statewide program that offers
post-disaster crisis counsel-
ing, community outreach,
public education, and refer-
ral services.
Page 12

Drought Index
Current* 365
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.00 feet


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

Index

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Comics ............ 9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword .........10
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion .: ......... .4
Speak Out ...... ....4
Sports ............. 8
TV .. ....... .11
Weather ... ...... .2
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Staff photos/Pete Gawda
As part of the bioterrorism exercise conducted Wednesday morning, victims who were
exposed to an unknown white powder were escorted to a gross decontamination sta-
tion set up between two fire trucks. They were then transported to Raulerson Hospital
for further decontamination.

Mok disaster critical training tool


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The people of Okee.r.h t .:
should be a little better pr'ujit-it-,J
against a bioterrorism oLi,.:k.
thanks to a training exercise i-, oI-
ing personnel from local agc-ir ie-
Taking part in the mock dulk 4,-r
were personnel from the Ok'-,-
chobee County Sheriff's Oiice
(OCSO), Okeechobee '... unt-
Fire/Rescue (OCFR), City of Ok-L-
chobee Fire Department (OTFD1
City of Okeechobee Police Diepait-
ment (OCPD) and Raulers-,'n Hos-
pital.
The exercise began Wednesday
morning in the parking lot of the
old U Save on U.S. 441 S which, for
the purpose of the exercise, was
transformed into the fictitious
Pri$eMart.
According to the scenario,
about 8 a.m. the sheriff's office
received a call of a m^sIern':.us
white substance on th<- ni7c.in
dise at Pri$eMart
Personnel from the sheriff's
office and the two ire- depa.rtmenis
responded to the scene.
The entrances to the parking lot
.were sealed off.
The area in front of the store
was cordoned off and an area was
set aside for the press. Sergeant
Billy Markham, OCSO public infor-
mation officer, briefed the press on
the situation.
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This is the decontamination tent that was set up in front
of Raulerson Hospital as part of the bioterrorism exer-
cise conducted Wednesday morning. Victims were
hosed and scrubbed in this tent in order to be decon-
taminated before being transported into the hospital.
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As part of a bioterrorism exercise conducted Wednesday
morning, a victim who was exposed to an unknown white
powder complained of breathing problems and was car-
ried to the gross decontamination station by firemen.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Residents of the area
around N.E. 40th Avenue
voiced their opposition to a
proposed housing develop-
ment to the Okeechobee
County Planning Board/Board
of Adjustments and Appeals at
the board's monthly meeting
Tuesday night.
The board also considered
two requests for installation of
used dwelling units, and dis-
cussed proposed amendments
to the county's land develop-
ment regulations.
Last month the board
entertained a request from Fra-
Mar Enterprises for a change in
zoning from agriculture to resi-
';erinual general for property on
the west side of N.E. 40th
Avenue; north of S.R. 70 E. The
developer stated his intention


was to build townhouses.
At that time area residents
voiced opposition to the zon-
ing change, citing the prob-
lems of increased traffic. The
board voted to table the peti-
tion to gather more informa-
tion.
At Tuesday night's meeting,
the developer presented a
drawing of the proposed
townhouse development.
Brandon Tucker, a local
realtor representing the
landowner, stated that the pro-
posed project lays out well on
the parcel and was aesthetical-
ly pleasing to the area. He
noted that there would be only
be two areas of ingress and
egress.
With single-family units, he
said there was a potential for
unlimited driveways.
See Zoning Page 2


County awaits



news on grants


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers will face a shorter than usual
agenda at their meeting today.
Hopefully, they will hear
some good news when they
receive an update from Debbie
Belcher, the county's grant con-
sultant, on the state of the coun-
ty's various grant requests.
Commissioners are also
scheduled to consider a county-
wide local mitigation plan. The
plan is designed to provide a
methodical, substantive
approach to mitigation plan-
ning, enhance public awareness


and understanding, create a
decision tool for management,
promote compliance with state
and federal program require-
ments, assure inter-jurisdictional
coordination of mitigation-relat-
ed programming and provide a
flexible approach to the plan-
ning process.
In other action, the board is
scheduled to:
contract with Craig A.
Smith and Associates to review
and update regulations and pro-
cedures relating to land develop-
ment.
proclaim the week of May
29 through June 4 as Hurricane
See Grants Page 2


Rotary endowed to help others


ByRD. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Tuesday's club assembly
gathering of Rotary Club mem-
bers learned from fellow Rotari-
an Mike Costopoulos about the
earliest inception and history of
the Rotary Foundation.
"In 1917 Arch C. Klumph,
who was Rotary's sixth presi-
dent, proposed the creation of
an endowment fund for
Rotary," Mr. Costopoulos told
club members. "The purpose
for the endowment fund was
for doing charitable work in the
name of community service."
With a contribution of just
$26.50 received from Rotary
Club of Kansas City, Mo., Mr.
Costopoulos told club members
that the first endowment fund
was created.
Continuing with the history
of the foundation, the guest
speaker detailed how the
endowment fund had grown to
over $5,000 by 1928. Just two
years later in 1930, Rotary made
its first grant of $500 to the Inter-


national Society for Crippled
Children (I.S.C.C.), which is
now known as the Easter Seals
organization.
The I.S.C.C. was created by
Rotarian, Edgar F. Allen.
Rotary Club members also
got a bit of history about the
founder of the Rotary Founda-
tion, Paul P. Harris.
"Harris died in 1947 and after
his death," Costopoulos
explained, "contributions
began to pour into Rotary Inter-
national. The Paul Harris fund
was created in his memory for
the purpose of building the
foundation."
The details of the beginning
of the Rotary Club foundation
were outlined by telling club.
members that since the first
contribution was made more
than 80 years ago, Rotary Club
has received more than $1 bil-
lion with more than $70 mil-
lion contributed in the 2003-04
year alone.
This enables the Rotary Club
Foundation to continue its char-


itable efforts throughout the
world.
In other Rotary Club busi-
ness:
Club president Kristy
Crawford presented an annual
contribution of $1,000 to Matt
Buxton for this year's Grad night
festivities. Grad night contribu-
tions are currently totaling
$16,000, which down from last
year's $25,000. Grad night is
also in need of volunteers to
assist during the all-night, lock-
in party at the Stardust Bowling
Lanes on June 2. Anyone inter-
ested in volunteering for the
event can call Matt Buxton at
(863) 763-1994.
The Bike Rally scheduled
for Memorial Day weekend fes-
tivities will feature volunteers
from Rotary Club at drink ven-
dor booths at both north and
south ends of the Agri-Civic
Center.
Rotary Club meetings are
held regularly at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave., at noon.


Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Rotary Club president Kristy Crawford welcomes fellow Rotar-
ian, Mike Costopoulos to address club members on the earli-
est beginnings of the Rotary Club Foundation.


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Board reviews land use map during workshop


By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee Land
Planning Agency held a workshop
Tuesday night with Jim LaRue, the
city's planning consultant.
Mr. LaRue wanted to get input
from the board on potential areas
on the future land use map that
could be changed to industrial.
By having more land zoned
industrial, explained Mr. LaRue,


high paying jobs are created and
in return attracts commercial
growth to the city where people
shop keeping a circulation of cash
flow in the town.
The city is in need of business-
es to promote the downtown
area.
Terry Burroughs, an alternate
member on the board and who is
treasurer of Okeechobee Main
Street said the downtown area is
not thriving as it should.


He said Mother's Day weekend
he was downtown and had the
street to himself.
The Main Street organization is
researching what kind of busi-
nesses would bring people back
to the downtown area.
He said because parking is a
problem in the downtown area
one possibility is parking some-
where else and having a street
trolley transport people to the
downtown shops.


He also added that a craft show
Main Street recently spoke about
putting on in Flagler Park refused
to do so because parking is so
scarce downtown.
Chairman William Ledferd
said with the appearance of our
town, businesses do not want to
locate here.
He said city and county code
enforcement is slacking. He said
driving over the overpass heading
west on S.R. 70 people see houses


in very poor condition and the
post office with mold growing on
the building with the grass two
feet high.
Vice-chairperson Dawn
Hoover said other towns like ours
that are in need of growth have
been able to turn them into a thriv-
ing area.
She said the town of Oviedo
was similar to ours but now is a
booming city and continues to
grow.


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Training

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The Red Cross was there to pro-
vide water, snacks and mental
health counseling if necessary.
After Raulerson Hospital was
notified, it was locked down and
went to Code White, which indi-
cates a biological or chemical
threat and OCPD were called in for
extra security. The standard inci-
dent command structure was also
instituted and the decontamination
team set up a tent for decontami-
nating victims.
Some time after later, another
caller to the sheriff's office claimed
a terrorist group had put an
unknown substance into the
Pri$eMart air conditioning system.
About a dozen volunteer vic-
tims who were shopping in
Pric$emart were escorted to a
gross decontamination area set up
between two fire trucks in the
parking lot. A blue tarp shielded the
area from view. The victims were
undressed. For the purpose of the


Grants

Continued From Page 1
Awareness Week in Okeechobee
County.
consider providing a meet-
ing place for the civil air patrol.
schedule public hearings for
proposed amendments to the
county's land development regu-
lations.
consider final plat approval
for Otter Creek Ranches subdivi-
sion.


exercise, they wore bathing suits
under their clothes. They were
washed with fire hoses, draped in
hospital gowns then transported to
the hospital for further decontami-
nation.
Emergency Operations Director
Gene O'Neill said that pains had to
be taken not to contaminate the
emergency service workers.
The exercise then moved to the
hospital where the decontamina-
tion team was standing by in spe-
cial suits to assist the victims.?
The decontamination team
consists of about 20 people 12
of which wore protective clothing.
Victims were moved down a
conveyer belt in the decontamina-
tion tent where they were hosed
and scrubbed to remove any con-
taminants. Once the victims were
decontaminated, they were taken
into the hospital and the deconta-
mination team was scrubbed
down.
"Practice makes perfect," said
Sheriff Paul Man when asked about
the drill.
He said his personnel are better


execute an agreement to
provide funding for certain airport
projects from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
enter contract negotiations
for consulting services for the
Okeechobee County Airport
Landfill.
purchase a replacement
hood and fire suppression system
for the Douglas Brown facility.
approve expenditure of an
amount not to exceed $49,291 to
expedite the repair of streetlights
on S.R. 70 E. and U.S. 441 S./S.E..


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prepared than before to deal with
such a threat.
"This was good training for our
guys," said Fire/Rescue Chief Nick
Hopkins.
He said they had planned for
the initial part of the exercise in the
parking lot to take two hours.
However, he said it was completed
in 1:35 even though setting up the
equipment took some time.
As part of the scenario, the St.
Lucie Haz-Mat team was contact-
ed. Chief Hopkins said that he
hopes to have his own Haz Mat
team some day.
He said that his personnel could
handle a situation like this but they
would like to have their own full-
blown Haz Mat team..
Bill Casian, hospital public
information officer, said the exer-
cise was a valuable tool to prepare
for any,event that could possibly
happen in Okeechobee.
Mr. O'Neill said that overall
things went very well. He said the
emergency service personnel
learns something every time one of
these exercises is held.


purchase a rubber tire exca-
vator for the road maintenance
department.
award a contract for the
Scott Driver Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trailhead Project.
appoint up to two members
to the Affordable Housing Adviso-
ry Committee.
appoint one member of the
planning board.
appoint two commissioners
and one staff liaison to the small
county coalition.


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Mr. Tucker added that the pro-
posed development provided
maximum use of the site.
"Overall, it does fit in the
neighborhood." Mr. Tucker said.
In addition, he said, it is compati-
ble with proposed development
to the west. He said the size and
shape of the parcel lends itself to
this type of project.
Several area residents dis-
agreed with him.
Michelle Harper brought up
the issue of drainage. She stated
that an increased amount of
pavement would intensify flood-
ing in the area. As for traffic, she
stated that there was an average
of six accidents a year involving
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) vehicles
entering and leaving their facility
on N.E. 40th.
Fritz Brewer brought up the
question of school bus traffic.
Kaye McCool said there was a
bad traffic problem already.
Frank Bradley said that cur-
rently there is a line of cars in
front of his house waiting to get
on S.R. 70.
"Consider all of us when you
consider zoning," he pleaded.
The developer, James K.
Schaub, said he was not aware of
the level of concern and vowed
to work with county staff and res-
idents on traffic and drainage. He
said that a lot of the issues raised
were extremely valid and he
wanted to do the project right.
"We want to be community
builders," he said.
Board member Jeff Sumner
noted that even if a development
is not on a state road, the devel-
oper needs Florida Department
of Transportation (DOT)
approval.
Regardless of how things go
tonight, he said, there is a good
chance that DOT would prohibit
the development. He noted that
the bridge over the canal would


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limit the traffic control options,
and added that because of the
bridge there is not enough room
for an east bound turn lane.
"This is tough one," he said.
He didn't think the land
should remain zoned agriculture,
but he was not sure what the
appropriate zoning should be.
It was noted that the rezoning
still needs to be approved by the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, and the
developer must go through a site
review process that would
address many of the specific con-
cerns that residents had voiced.
Board member Joey Hoover
said it was "with some reserva-
tion" that he made the motion to
recommend approval of the zon-
ing change.
The vote was 6-1 with board
member Pam Newcomer voting
against the measure. She said it
was a beautiful development but
she was not sure if it was right for
that neighborhood.
There will be another public
hearing on the matter before the
county commissioners on June
9.
Linda Marie Kent was granted
permission to install a used
dwelling unit in a residential
mixed zoning district on N.E.
70th Avenue.
Antonio and Eduardo Arel-
lano were allowed to install a
used dwelling unit in a residen-
tial mixed zoning district on N.W.
43rd Avenue.
Turning to another matter, the
board discussed proposed
changes to the county's land
development regulations.
The proposed amendments
encompass a variety of topics
including adding new future land
use classifications, adding a new
zoning district of planned devel-
opment and amending the list of
permitted principal uses of sever-
al districts.
The proposed amendments
will be presented to the county
commissioners.


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Double grads
Sisters, Layne and Laramee Martin are just two of the 32
pre-k program grads at Wednesday's graduation cere-
mony at New Endeavor. Proud mom, Shannon Martin
and big sister, Rylee were on hand for the celebration.



Education Briefs

Local graduate is Phi Theta Kappa honoree
I Marlena Mae Sheets was inducted into the Nu Iota Chapter of Phi
Theta Kappa at Indian River Community College on February 14. Ms.
Sheets, who is majoring in Computer Sciences, is the daughter of
Robert and Maureen Sheets of Okeechobee.
Established, in 1918 by two-year college presi-
dents, Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and most
prestigious honor society serving two-year col-
leges around the world. The Society serves to
recognize and encourage the academic achieve- H
ment of two-year college students and provide i
opportunities for individual growth and develop-
ment through honors, leadership and service
progiamminq Students must rank in the,top 20
pet cent of the class to be invited to membership Marlena Mae
in Phi Theta Kappa and mu-i rraintain hith aca- Sheets
demic standing during their eri,:llrnent in the
two-year college. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in
American higher education with more than 1.5 million members
and I I')i chapl-i s located in 50 United States, United States territo-
ries, Canada, Germany and Japan. In 1929, the American Associa-
tion of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the offi-
cial honor society for two-year colleges. The Society holds
membership in the pr.,igi.,u. Association of College Honor Soci-
eties as the general scnolaship hronor society representing two-year-
colleges.

Sign up for senior pictures
Soon uniors .LillL be signing up : ai an appointimenrt to take their
senior pictures Sign ups %%ill take place during Engilish classes. After
all English classes have had an opportuniih to sign up for an appoint-
ment uime.-, the sign up sheets will be in the Journalsm room (14-10)
for an\ student \\ ho rnmay ha e been absent on sign up day. Students
Will have a 15 oi 20 rninute appointment, StudenLs should rerrern-
ber to choose an appontmerant time that lhe\ w'ill be able to10 attend.
Encourage our child 1to reoid t ihe tine he she chooses and share it
-ilh \'ou. This will help ensure your child keeps the appointment,
and \\ill appear in the senior earbook!
Senior pictures \Ill be taken on the following dates June 14, 15,
16 and Jul\ 2c, 27 and July 2. in the Lecture Hall at Okeechobee
High School. There will Lbe an ovetiilov picture date in August, but
since the Br\Ir,-Alan picture sessions a e iour child's \earbook photo
you should use the first available dates. There is a $20 siltung fee
Please make checks payable to Bryn-Alan Studio. Cash is also
accepted
)our child's pioofls \\ill be distiibuted to them \ hc-n school
resumes in August. Onlr students who take their photographs in
June will hake their prools mailed to them. These proofs need to be
mailed back to the photographe, I.after students choose %\ which pose
they prefer to be their seatbook photo) in order tlo aioid a fee. If you
have any questions please call the yearbook stalfat li-'631 462-503-14
\\'hen school is out foi the summer and juniors hake finished
signing up for their appointments; the \earbook staffll ill post Ihe
schedule on the lollo. ing website to remind students 01 their times
heep \\'\'..flirn.edu schools Okeechobee okee hs seniolpics.htm
During summer it students haven't scheduled an appointment,
the\ may call Bryn-Alan Studio at2.33919 i9-0966.



Obituary


Vaughn Jensen
Vaughn Jensen, age 80, of
Okeechobee died Ma\ 22, 2005 at
Hope Hospice in Cape Coral. Mr.
Jensen \\as born Sept 22, 1:2-4 in
Columbus, Ohio to Nelson and
Bertha Jensen He was a truck
driver having come to Okee-
chobee from Miami in 19473 Mr.
Jensen proudly served out coun-
try in the U.S. Army during \\\\Vli
as a paratrooper. He was a rnem-r
ber of the V\Fl\, Moose Lodge and
Am Vets as well being an a\ id fish-
erman. Mr. Jensen was \\ell
known in Buckhead Ridge as he


had a la\\ n business and repaired
bicycles, lak n n-owers, and uag-
ons.
He \\as preceded in death by
his \\ite of 20 years, Norma Jean
Jensen.
Mr. Jensen is surn\ied by: his
daughter, Marti (Joet' Clark)
Githens ol Dellona; tw\o grand-
sons, Ste\en and Ke in Githens
and si\ great-grandchildren.
No visitation or services \will be
held
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
rnatorN.


Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Pre-K program
Diego Salcedo, a student at North Elementary School
pre-k program participated in Mother Goose Land, a pro-
gram to celebrate the end of the school year.


] Arrest Report


Law Enforcement Activity Log


Sheriff's Office
May 20
Vandalism, N.E 103rd St.
Domestic/verbal, N.E. 120th St.
Lardeny/prisoner in custody, U.S.
441 S.E.
Theft/prisoner in custody, N.E. 17th
Terr.
Burglary, N.W. 50th Ave.
Domestic/prisoner in custody, U.S.
441 S.E.
Assist another depanmeni U.S. 441
S.E..
Missing juvenile, N.W. Third St.
Tnreais/assauli N.W 38th Ave.
Figit. US -441 S.E
Trespassiprisoner in custody N E.
Fourin Trail.
Traffic arrest, S.E. 29th St.
Traffic accident. S R 70 W.
May 21
Alhempi to locale. S.R. 70W.
Vandalism'iruck. U.S. 441 S.
Domeslic/verbal, U S. 78 W.
Larceny'equipment. N.E. 120th St.
Domesiic N W Third Lane.


Trespass, S.R. 70 E.
Disturbanceiverbal. N.W. 32nd Ave.
Theh/lawnmower, S.E. 14th Ave.
HiI anc runprsoner in custody, S.W.
Second Way.
Disturbance, U.S. .441 S.E.
Traffic slop.prisoner in custody, S.W.
Second Way
Domesticiverbal S.E. 27th SI.
Domestic, N.W. Fourth St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, S.R.
70 E.
Disturbance'verbal, N.E. 120th St.
Assault, N.W. Fourth St.
Trespass, N.E Fourth Trail.
Trespass, N.E. Fourth Trail.
Vandalism'prisoner in custody, N.W.
Founh St.
May 22
Abandoned vehicle, N.E. 48th Ave.
Stolen vehicle, Jerry's fish hole.
Harassment, N.E. 23rd Lane.
Juvenile playing at consiruciion
sight, S.E. 40ih Ave.
Recovered stolen plate, S.R. 70 E.
Suicide/attempt, S.E. 44th St.
Burglary, N.W. 50th Ave.


Stolen vehicle/recovery, S.E. 48th
Ave.
Domestic, N.W. 160th St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, U.S.
78 W.
Domestic, N.W. Sixth Ave.
May 23
Stolen vehicle, N.W. 46th Ave.
Suspicious male, N.W. 35th Ave.
Suicide/threats, N.E. First St.
Runaway/recovered, N.W. 164th
Court.
Assault. N E. 72nd Circle.
Domestic, N.W. 268th St.
Assault,N.E. 39th Blvd.
Disturbance/verbal, N.W.,Fourth St.
Disiurbance'verbal N.W. 44th Ave..
Stolen .-enicle. S.R. 70 E.
Neighbor problems, N.E. 104th
Court.
Domestic, U.S. 441 S.E.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody, S.R.
70 E.
Fraud/prisoner in custody, N.W. 36th
St.
Suicide/attempt, U.S. 441 S.E..


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving Under the
Influence (DUI) charges by the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), or the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP).
Marie Jean Buchanan, 26, of
Center St. in Okeechobee was arrested
qn May 21 and charged with two
counts of violation of probation utter-
ing forged instrument, violation of pro-
bation possession of cocaine, viola-
tion of probation possession of drug
paraphernalia, violation of probation -
forgery and violation of probation -
uttering a forged instrument. No bond
was set.
Luis Flores-Escamilla, 18, of S.W.
Third St. was arrested on May 20 and
charged with no driver license and pos-
session of cocaine. Bond was set at
$2,000.
Alejo Mendoza-Ruiz, 20, of Okee-
chobee at large was arrested on May
20 and charged with grand theft auto-
mobile. Bond was set at $7,500.
Kristin Nicole Clendenin, 23, of
N.W. 363rd Ct. was arrested on May 15
and charged with forgery, uttering a
forged instrument and theft petty. Bond
was set at $5,500.
Jason Aumont Martin, 21, of St.
Petersburg was arrested on May 19
and charged with possession of
cocaine, possession of cocaine with
intent to sell and possession of mari-
juana. Bond was set at $60,000.
Steven Randall Watford Jr., 34, of
N.W. 26th Ave. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 24 and charged with
DUI. Watford was released on his own
recognizance.
Scott Marklin, 57, ofS.E. 29th Ct.
in Okeechobee was arrested on May
24 and charged with violation of proba-
tion- possession of cocaine.
Willie Smith, 34, of Florida at
large was arrested and charged with
sale of cocaine and possession with
intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stated.
Anyone listed here who is later found
innocent or has had the charges
dropped against them is welcome to
inform the newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question
about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
okeenews@newszap.com. You can also mail submissions to
Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Bad Drivers
"I don't know where some of the drivers get their driver's
licenses. They might as well not put the solid yellow line on the
highways indicating a no passing zone. Drivers just ignore
them and pass anyway they are in a hurry to go nowhere.
Also, I don't know why they bother to put up stop signs too
many either don't stop or do what is called a rolling stop.
Another problem has to do with turn signals. Some wait until
they are right at the corner to put them on. Also, the drivers that
tow trailers and boats don't hook up their trailer's lights. They
turn on their car or truck signals, but you can't see those lights
as the trailer is in the way. If all drivers would have considera-
tion for their fellow drivers, and just obey the rules and speed
limits, there would be fewer accidents and less frustration."

More Spills
"There have been at least two spills from the lift station at
the end of S.W. Seventh Street. One in February and one in
March, these spills went into private homes and in Grace Chris-
tian School and covered the ground for blocks around the sta-
tion and in to the ditches and the canal leading to Taylor Creek
- and probably into Taylor Creek. This was never reported and
the public was never warned of the possible dangers of these
spills. When is OUA going to be held responsible for not alert-
ing the public? Who governs OUA? Surely they must answer to
someone? Where are our elected officials in this matter?"

Tax Rebate
"I am calling in reference to tax rebate checks. They are
basically a slap in the face. We received ours yesterday which
was $113.43, which doesn't even cover half the taxes we paid
this past year. It is basically a joke."

No Delivery
"I could not find the Okeechobee post office phone number
in the phone book. You have almost every other post office in
every other town but not Okeechobee. Our mail is always get-
ting lost. Our bills delinquent because we don't receive them,
or they get lost. And we would like to check into this problem.
Can you do it please."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. The phone number for
the post office in Okeechobee is (863) 763-3616. It is listed in
the pink pages of your telephone book under the United States
government heading.)

Front Page
"I agree with the article 'propaganda'. This is a local paper.
We need to have local headlines, like the baseball team -
things of local and mean ingful interest. We don't need to see
the war headlines on the front page."

Social Security
"This is not propaganda this is fact: it was the Democrats
that raided Social Security first. But Lyndon Baines Johnson
changed it from the Social Security fund to the general fund
and then they spent it on everything."

No Coverage
"This is concerning Allstate that is dropping thousands and
thousands of customers.Where are we supposed to find some-
one to cover us now? We haven't even gotten our homes fixed
from last year, and here it is hurricane season again."

Need a Tow
"I have a question. Why does it cost a homeowner to have a
car towed off his carport when the car doesn't even belong to
him? The owner parked it there while we were up north and I
have no idea where he is. I would like it towed but don't have
the money to do that."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We called a local towing
company and were told they will tow the vehicle without any
cost to you. However, there are some things you must do
before they can tow the vehicle. First, call the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office at (863) 763-3117 and tell them about
your situation and give them the vehicle's vehicle identifica-
tion number (VIN) and the license tag number. The sheriff's
office will contact a company to tow the vehicle. Before the
company will tow the vehicle, you must sign the paperwork.
When that is done, the company will tow the vehicle to their
impound 'yard where it will be kept. If the vehicle is not
claimed and the charges paid, the vehicle will be sold at auc-
tion in 37 days.)

Battle Monument
"The clutter around the monument on U.S. 441 S.E. is a dis-
grace. It represents the battle for Okeechobee, and is a part of
our history. Doesn't any one care?"





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Looking Back ...
Classmates in the early 1900s in Okeechobee were: (first row) Jeno Bromi, Preice Hightower, Kenith Turner, Rod Chan-
dler, Marion Goff, Larue Lowe and Frankie Chandler; (second row) Heziki Harden, Ralph Albritton, Pauline Mixon, Larue
Upthegrove, Netlie Widener, Lois Jerell, Wilford Sloan and Colley White; (third row) teacher Ellie Ruth Nelson, Clyde
Davis, Hazel King, Alam Waldron, Elvis Mixson, Edward Watford, Kattie King, Valarie Tomilson and Virginia Morgan. Do
you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee News
office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and information about the
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Letter to the Editor


Listen to
your teachers
The reason that I am here today,.
is to tell you about the conse-
quences involved in disrespecting
teachers.
I know that sometimes teachers
can give you slips, when you're not
even doing anything. But some-
times, they actually have a reason
for it.
You know when you see your
friend chewing a piece of gum, and
you say can I have a piece and they
give it to you; instead of sticking it
in your mouth and getting in trou-


ble, put it in your pocket.
What about the time when your
friend calls your name in the mid-
dle of class, "Taylor, Taylor" and
you're just about to turn around
and tell them to shut up. Instead of
doing that and risk getting in trou-
ble do this; I know it is hard to do
just as teachers tell you to ignore
them, but your finger up then
they'll know they just have to wait
to talk to you. Then, they will.
Ya know, if you don't follow my
ideas you could end up in trouble.
If you choose to stick the gum in
your mouth detention. Or if you
talk, (you get a) slip and if you


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage 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
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship 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 rela-
tionships. 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. Parrott 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 lan-
guage 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 informa-
tion, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863)
467-9461.

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or
Juana at 471-9795.

Saturday
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,

which is located next to the driver's license office at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. It
is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and
other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psy-
chiatric illness. It's an open discussion group.
The Okeechobee Marshals are a cowboy action shooting club that
will be holding shoots in Okeechobee. Everyone is invited. Just follow
the signs for the sporting days at the Thunder Cross Race Track.

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


get enough slips, well, we all know
what will happen. So just don't do
it. Think about it.
If you have ever been in deten-
tion then you know how boring it
is. All you do is sit there and work
for a straight hour. Instead of being
in that boring room for an hour,
you could be at home playing
around or even on the phone. So
would you rather be sitting in a
comfy chair with total control of
the TV, or at school in those hard
chairs.
You decide.
OK, now if you don't believe
any word that just came out of my


mouth that's not my problem,
'cause at least I know I'm not
gonna be the one in trouble at
home or at school.
So pay attention, listen and
respect teachers. If you show them
respect they will show you respect.
We all know we would like
some of that.

Taylor Gail Hewitt

(Editor's Note: Taylor Gail
Hewitt is a seventh grader and this
letter was submitted to the Okee-
chobee News with the knowledge
and consent ofher mother.)


Community Events

Children's Ranch yard sales closing
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closing for the sum-
mer. 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, "Yel-
low Raft, Blue Water" Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23,
"Before Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have ques-
tions or would like more information, call Jan Fehrman at (863)
357-9980.

Cemetery group plans cleanup day
Fort Kissimmee Cemetery Association will be holding there
annual cleanup and barbecue on May 28. Family and friends are
invited. Please bring a covered dish. For information, call Jimmie
Howell at (863) 467-0981.

Yard sale benefits church youth group
Grace Christian Church will hold a yard sale on Saturday, May
28, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit youth conference
fund. If you would like to make a donation or have any questions,
call (863) 763-3218.

Memorial Day bike rally planned
Okeechobee's first Memorial Day Bike Rally and Corvette
Show will be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on
S.R. 70 E. on May 28, 29 and 30. Everyone is welcome. The cost is
$5 a day or $10 for the weekend, and children under the age of 12
are free. There will be live music, games and food. Come see out-
rageous 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 Help-
ing Our People In Emergencies (H.O.P.E.) are jointly sponsoring
Hurricane Awareness Week, May 29 through June 4. Collection
boxes will be set up at different businesses during the week to col-
lect 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. Collec-
tion boxes can be found at: Publix Plaza, Monday through Friday;
Winn Dixie Plaza, Monday and Tuesday; and at Wal-Mart, Wednes-
day through Friday. The grand finale will take place at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, June 4, at Flagler Park and will feature live music, a guest
speaker, a puppet show and youth art awards.

Legion hosts Memorial Day service
Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m.
in Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70.
This service is to honor all veterans of the United States, both liv-
ing and deceased, and all of their families. The public is invited.
The Okeechobee Memorial Post #64 of the American Legion has
sponsored this program for over 50 years. On Memorial Day after-
noon, dinner will be served from 12:30 until 3 p.m. for a donation
of $6. Music will be provided starting at 2 p.m. at the Post home,
501 S.E. Second St.

Hospital hosts dinner and lecture
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will host a dinner/lecture
on May 31. Dinner will start at 5 p.m., and the lecture will start at
5:30 p.m. The lecture will be on cancer and radiation, and will be
presented by Dr. Ramesh Kumar, radiation oncology. For reserva-
tions, call Raulerson Hospital at (863) 763-2151, ext. 2702.







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In the Military


WWII monument dedication June 6


Hollingsworth
completes training
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st
Class Janet L. Hollingsworth has
graduated
from basic mil-
itary training at
Lackland Air
Force Base in
San Antonio, .O .
Texas. 4
During the
six weeks of
training, the
airman studied Airman 1st
the Air Force Airman st
mission, Class Janet L.
organization, Hollingsworth
and military
customs and courtesies; per-
formed drill and ceremony
marches; received physical train-
ing, rifle marksmanship and field
training exercises; and, received
special training in human rela-
tions.
In addition, airmen who com-


plete basic training earn credits
toward an associate degree
through the Community College
of the Air Force.
Hollingsworth is the daughter
of Micheal Carroll of N.E. Third
Circle, Okeechobee, and sister of
Roxane Hdffer of Kaitlin Circle in
Lakeland.
She received an associate
degree in the year 2000 from
Baker College, Jackson, Mich.
Kinkelaar
attends NTC
Army National Guard Spec.
Samuel R. Kinkelaar is a member
of the 48th Brigade Combat
Team, who recently participated
in one of the most realistic scenar-
ios offered by the U.S. Army at the
National Training Center (NTC),
Fort Irwin, Calif.
The Illinois National Guard sol-
dier is a member of the 2nd Bat-
talion, 130th Infantry Regiment
with units based in Urbana, Effin-


gham and Litchfield.
The NTC, located in southern
California in the Mojave Desert, is
the premier combat training cen-
ter for desert warfare. Its rugged
terrain and environment provide
a realistic and grueling test for
troops of the 48th Brigade Com-
bat Team in preparation for
deployments to Iraq.
Soldiers honed their war fight-
ing skills through force-on-force
simulated combat scenarios in
the tactical environment.
The 48th Brigade Combat
Team headquartered in
Macon, Ga. is comprised of 31
units in Georgia and six units from
other states, with a combined
total strength of more than 4,000
soldiers.
Kinkelaar, an infantryman with
two years of military service, is
the son of Glen A. and Teresa N.
Kinkelaar of State Road 78 W in
Okeechobee. He is,a 2002 gradu-
ate of Newton Community High
School in Illinois.


TALLAHASSEE Governor
Jeb Bush has announced the
planned dedication of Florida's
World War II Monument on
Monday, June 6 the 61st
Anniversary of the Allied Inva-
sion of Normandy, D-Day.
"America has long relied
upon the men and women in
our armed forces to ensure the
principles of freedom and
democracy are properly pre-
served for future generations to
enjoy," said Gov. Bush. "I'm
proud to announce this tribute
to Florida's veterans of World
War II, which is long overdue."
The monument is the final
element in the multifaceted
memorial which is comprised of
a permanent museum exhibit in
the Florida Museum of History
titled: "Florida Remembers
World War II" a World War II
curriculum supplement for high
school history -teachers, a her-
itage trail booklet titled "Florida


"I'm proud to
announce this tribute
to Florida's veterans
of World War II, which
is long overdue."

Jeb Bush, governor

World War II Heritage Trail", a
web site reference for World
War II information and the cen-
terpiece, the Florida World War
II monument.
The central pillar is an exact
replica of the Florida pillar at the
World War II Memorial on the
mall in Washington, D.C. It has
appropriate plaque identifica-
tion cast in bronze and lies at the
end of the walk of Florida's 67
counties.
State Veterans' Affairs Direc-


tor Col. Rocky McPherson,
USMC (Ret.), praised the culmi-
nation of the effort begun in the
1999 Florida Legislature that
spanned the tenure of three
State Veterans' Affairs Directors.
"The monument is a fitting
tribute to those who fought so
valiantly in theaters of operation
throughout the world and to
those who sacrificed so willingly
at home in their support. Our
department honors them and
their strong contribution to this
nation," he said.
The dedication ceremony
will be at 10 a.m. at the R.A.
Gray Building, home of the
Museum of Florida History.
Parking will be available at the
Civic Center and bus transporta-
tion provided from 9:30 a.m.
until 1:30 p.m.
. A "Celebration on the Plaza"
will follow the ceremony includ-
ing a USO-type show and patri-
otic lunch.


Service Club Briefs


American Legion
Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos are served from
11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
11 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo for members and
guests will be held on Mondays
starting at 1 p.m., and on Thursday
evenings beginning at 7 p.m.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party starting
at4 p.m.; bring a covered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas are served from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
e There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 pm.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday.
Our monthly birthday party
on the second Wednesday starts at
4 p.m. Entertainment will be by
Janet Certain bring a covered
dish.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday starting at 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
763-8954.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
tion.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be available.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 4 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
er.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
donation.
May 28,29 and 30: Memorial
Day bike, rally at the new Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center,
S.R. 70 E. Rib eye steak and potato
cooked by Jimmy Mincey will be
available for a donation. Call the
AERIE for cook times.
May 30: drawing for Bill Hus-
ton bike trailer.
June 26: Father's Day break-


Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?
Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the club
and events call Rich Sweet at (863)
824-0262, or Kip Gardner at (863)
357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact WM. Margaret at (863)
467-8020.
Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For information
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954, or
Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Sunday: Live entertainment
featuring: Lisa, Dawn and Donnie
- sometimes together, sometimes
not, but always good music and
fun.
Thursday: bar bingo has been
cancelled.
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
served.
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.


Check the bulletin board for menu
and cook.
Wednesday, June 8: LOOM
meeting at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14: Chapter
night
Wednesday, June 1: WOTM
social and dinner.
e Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
begun.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge.
Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until?
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights: meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
menu.
Friday and Saturday nights
there will be music for dancing
starting at 7:30 p.m. Call the lodge
to see who is playing.
Sunday morning breakfast
will be served from 9 until 10:45
a.m.
VFWPost #4423
The post is open from noon
until 9 p.m., Monday through Sun-
day. Events at this post are season-
able and you should call (863) 763-
0818 for information or visit the
lodge 300 N.W 34th St. You may
write the post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl., 34972.
e washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
come.
Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m. -
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
e Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
until?
Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday through


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Sunday.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
e Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
e Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
(863) 467-2882.


VFW Post #10539
Second annual South Post
VFW golf outing at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club on May 28,
for $45. There will be a blind draw,
four-person scramble, shotgun
start at 8 a.m. Drawings for teams
will be held at 7 p.m. on May 26.
The Calcutta will be held on May 27
at 7 p.m. You can sign up at the
South Post VFW or the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club.
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday, at 10 a.m.,
and on Sunday at 1 p.m.-
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Monday: hot soup day begin-
ning at noon a bowl for a buck.


Tuesday: volunteer chef's din-
ner special. Serving begins at 5
p.m. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
menu.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs at noon.
Live music and dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: every third Sunday
we will host a pot-luck birthday din-
ner. All other Sundays are variable.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the sched-
ule of events. Darts begin at 7 p.m.


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Brahman athletic director Mike Radebaugh (left) presents
Davisha Linda Robles (right) with the Lady Brahman four-
year letter winner award at Wednesday evening's athletic
banquet.


Track coach Lacey Osuldsen (left) presents Davisha Moore
(right) with, her four-year letter winner award in track. The
awards presentation took place during the Brahman Athletic
Banquet Wednesday evening at the school.


Brahman varsity baseball coach Dylan Tedders presented
Blake Marsocci with the four-year letter winner award at
Wednesday evening's athletic banquet. Marsocci was also
chosen as the Male Athlete of the Year and received a $500
scholarship from Publix Supermarket.


Okeechobee High School athletic director Mike Radebaugh
(left) presented Jose Nunez (right) with the Brahman four-
year letter winner award for his participation in track at the
annual Brahman Athletic Banquet.


Thomas Landgren (right) received a four-year letter winner
award from wrestling coach Bruce Jahner at the 2004-2005
Brahman Athletic Banquet Wednesday night.


Brahman soccer coach Lonnie Sears (left) presented senior
Manual Sanchez with the Brahman four-year letter winner
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Maria Guerrero at the Brahman Athletic Banquet.


Lady Brahman swimming coach Liz Walker (left) presents
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for swimming at the Brahman Athletic Banquet held Wednes-
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, May 26, 2005


8 SPORTS


Courtesy photo
AAA champs
Eddie Accardi Dodge won the O.C.R.A. AAA National League Championship by winning
both the first and second halves of the season. Team members are: (front row, left to
right) Colton Stokes, Randy Shore, T.J. Lanning, Mose Bailey and Dustin Herrin; (middle
row, left to right) Coy Weikel, Tyler Milrot, Jacob Greseth, Al Morris, James Stafford and
Bryce Whidden. Coaches are: (back row, left to right) Tom Bailey, John Whidden and
(not pictured) Brian Greseth.


Courtesy photo
Softball champs
The Big O0 Drive-Thru team won the O.C.R.A.'s Darlings Division softball champs for
2005. Team members were: (bottom row, left to right) Hannah Raulerson, Aubrey Reis-
ter, Ashley Boland, Maria Pena and Savannah Frady; (middle row, left to right) Cameron
White, Raina Robinson, Cassidy Watford, Abigail Lozano and (not pictured) Julia Her-
rera. Coaches for the team were (left to right) head coach Mike White and assistant
coach Randy Fulford.


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A pre July 4 shotgunning
fireworks display is planned
when an anticipated 100 plus
shooters contend for titles, tro-
phies and a chance to move up
in class at the National Sporting
Clays Association (NSCA)
"Covey Rise Classic tourna-
ment on Saturday, June 25.
The one-day tournament, to
be held at the Quail Creek Plan-
tation shotgunning complex
near Okeechobee, will give
competitors a chance at 100
registered targets and a five-
stand warm-up. The sanc-
tioned competition, covering
14 course stations,-will provide
for seven shooting classes from
Masters to Class E (beginner).
Non NSCA members can also
compete in the Hunter Class, as


well as Junior and Sub Junior
classes.
Quail Creek Plantation, the
site of the recent 2005 Florida
Sporting Clays Association
(FSCA) State Tournament as
well as the 2005 Seminole Cup,
will ensure all NSCA guidelines
will be followed, providing a
proper mix of 110 mm, 90 mm,
60 mm, rabbits and battues.
Facility manager Fred Fanizzi
said competitors can pre-regis-
ter.up to two days prior to the
shoot. Registration fees cover
all targets, NSCA fees, .axes and
a great lunch.
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creekplantation@hotmail.com
; or; call (863) 763-2529. For
direchionsfl go to www.quail-
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N.C. State slips by UM, 2-1


JACKSONVILLE North Car-
olina State right handers Andrew
Brackman and Joey Devine com-
bined on a six-hitter and the Wolf-
pack handed Miami star Cesar Car-
nil: his second straight loss
Wednesday with a 2-1 win in the
opening round of the Atlantic
Coast Conference Tournament.
SL\tIh-eeded N.C. State (40-15)
advances to meet the winner of the
Clekmon- Virginia game Thursday.
No. 3 seed Miami (38-16-1) will
,meet the loser in an elimination
game that morning.
Carrillo (12-2) had won all 24 of


his Hurricane decisions before los-
ing to Clemson last week, buthe
was outdueled by Brackman, a 6-
foot-10 freshman. Brackman went
seven innings, allowing just six hits
and one run while striking but five.
Brackman (4-0) didn't join the
baseball squad until late March
after starting 14 basketball games
and had pitched just 32 innings in
,five previous starts.
Brackman allowed Miami's
lone run on two fifth-inning hits,
but he escaped further damage in
the sixth by getting Danny Valencia
to line out with runners on second


and third.
Devine struck out two and did-
n't allow a ball out of the infield in
two perfect innings to earn his 12th
save.
The Wolfpack jumped on Car-
rillo for their only runs in the first
inning. Aaron Bates and Aaron
Cone drew successive two-out
walks and Brian Aragon drove
both runners home with a double
into the gap that barely eluded
Danny Figueroa's diving attempt.
Carrillo and three relievers held
the Wolfpack to five hits over the
final eight innings.


Sports Briefs


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 Thursday, May
26, at 7 p.m. with a four-person
scramble.. The Calcutta will take
place on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m.
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 Okee-
chobee 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 on Nov. 19 and'20.


The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on the
day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-
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
FFAwill be grilling the food.
There will be plenty of prizes,
including prizes for the best
score, longest drive, closest to
the pin and the worst score.
Contact Bruce Conrad to
make reservations for your four-
some at (863) 697-0952 or (863)
467-0130; or call Yearling Middle
School (YMS) at (863) 462-5056
for information.


Slate for tennis
lessons announced
Dave Ellis, a USPTR certified
tennis pro and high school coach,
is offering five weeks of recre-
ational tennis lessons at the Okee-
chobee Sports Complex.
Classes will meet Monday
through Friday starting on Mon-
day, June 6, and ending on Friday,
July 8. Classes are determined 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 sum-
mer for $90 for six, one-hour ses-
sions.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863)
532-9316.

Swim lessons
being offered
Registration for swimming les-
sons 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 Complex
(863) 467-7667.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, May 20,
through Thursday, May 26, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
11l" (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 II "Kicking, and
Screaming" (PG) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and 9p.m.
Theatre III "Monster-In-Law"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.


Briefs

Child Find
helpskids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age, who may need
special education services. The pri-
mary focus is on 3- and 4-year-old
children not yet in a school setting.
Child Find provides free screenings
on speech and language, develop-
ment, vision, and hearing. For infor-
mation, contact Debbie Wagner at
(800) 358-8525.

Volunteers are
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents. Per-
manent and part-time volunteers
provide direct patient support serv-
ices such as companionship, tele-
phone contacts, letter reading,
main caregiver relief and other
non-medical assistance. The, also
assist Hospice in fund raising, cleri-
cal and office support. Age is not a
barrier. For information, visit Hos-
pice of Okeechobee at 411 S.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, or call
(863) 467-2321.

Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W. Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four oays a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house calls?
They will come to your home to
discuss the required safety equip-
ment needed on your boat. This
service is free. You will receive a
cordial, informative and confiden-
tial boat inspection. A vessel safety
check decal will be placed on boats
that meet all the requirements. Call
(863) 467-3085 to arrange a boat
check.

Clubwill
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwanted,
abandoned and injured ferrets. For
information, call (863) 763-4333.

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is not
restricted to veterans. Call the Post
at (863) 763-2950.

-Barbershoppers
looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, baritones.
leads and basses are all invited to
join our group. We practice on
Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center, 1646
U.S. 441 N. Join us in singing some
old time songs and community
entertainment. We are looking to
expand our group. Good clean fun
and a great sound are our objec-
tives. For information, call (863)
763-0175 or (863) 467-6347.


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BASSET HOUND- Frostproof
area on 05/13/05 Call to
identity. (863)635-5833.
BED IN A BAG- brand new
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Hwy 78. Call Io identify.
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named Tibs (863)6,75-2491


CHIHUAHUA MIX, Female,
Missing since Fri. May 20in,
black w/tan. 5200 Reward fJo
Questions. 863)467-7953
DACHSHUND- Brown & gray
spots, Green eyes. Vic R-
Bar. Evergreen Cemeiery
area. (8631634-1909
GERMAN SHEPHERD,
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in vicinity of Whispering Pines
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GERMAN SHEPHERD-
Black/white. Missing since
May 14trh, vic of Hwy 98 &
Civic Cir. Family Pel. Please
call it tound REWARD
(863)634-7290
LOST PEACOCKS 03). Drown
females, Mosquito Creelk
area t863)467-1558 or
(772)532-9421
Lost: wallet, vie. of Wal-
mar uDairy Oueen REWARD'
(863)763-6721
PIT & LAB MIX- Male, Black
little while on cnesi Appro,.
251bs Vic near SW 101h St
(863)763-7553 Reward

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(863)612.0186.
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Come in and fill out a contractors


No information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL#
Immediate Openings CNAs Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233


Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


UV Sales dba iZone group
Has 4 seasonal (6/1/05-11/01/05) positions.
40 hp/w, 8-5. Okeechobee, Florida.
$11 p/h. High School & 1 yr. related experience.
Ability to lift 351bs, stand for several hrs continually.
Operate kiosk selling UV3 brand eye ware.
Sales to customers display & restock inventory.
Open/closes kiosks, deposits cash in bank.
Responsible for all phases of store operations.
Send resume to:
Agency for Workforce Innovation,
P.O. Box 10869,
Tallahassee, FL 32202.
Job order #FL-2654720


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





is looking for a FIT loader/
operator. Excellent benefits.
Apply in person @
710 NE 5th Ave.
Diamond R is a drug-free workplace.






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Local Construction Company
Looking for person
EXPERIENCED in framing,
roofing, carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
863-357-1804

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


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


MILL WORKERS
2 nd. Shift, Benefits Available.
Apply @ Syfrett Feed Co.
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee
(863)763-5586


SALES PERSON NEEDED
For Badcock Furniture
Will train. No phone calls.
Apply in person @
512 WN Park St.
Sign-Up Bonus
We are now accepting
applications for Cashier, Fuel
Attendant and Wrecker Driver
positions., i jing ill b1L
provided for responsible
people. We offer good pay,
rewarding work, benefits
and mileage reimbursement.
For a limited time, qualified
applicants who are hired will
receive a $200 sign-up
bonus. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184 Fl. Turnpike.
863-763-9383. DFWP

WAREHOUSE HELP
NEEDED
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Benefits avail. Apply at:
2595 NW 8th Street




KITCHEN HELP/Part Time
Must be able to work week
days & weekend evenings.
Apply at the Amedrican Leoion
501 SE 2nd St. (after 10 am).
P/T Night Auditor & P/T
Bookkeeper, Apply in per-
son at Pier II, 2200 SE Hwy
441,0Okeechobee.



COLLEGE STUDENT
Looking to baby sit Weekdays
or Weekend. Reasonable rates
& references. (863)634-5377
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another man's treas-
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to treasure with an ad
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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
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

Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.



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


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


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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
All Types of Roofs
5 Year Warrantee
S hingles Available
SFree 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 & Magazines535
Building Materiais540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets.'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.. Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health S 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.


COKE VENDING MACHINE-
20 yrs old, runs, makes
Noise, $200 neg.
(863)763-8833 days,
863)763-4169 eve.
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
FREEZER- 15 cu. ft. $100. or
best offer. (863)763-3679.
REFRIGERATOR- Frigidare,
Almond, 16 1/2 cu ft Clean,
Runs Good. $125.
(863)763-4920.
REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER
Frigidaire, Upright, 2 door,
white, runs great $125.
(863)763-6342
STOVE, Gas, White. $150 Or
best offer. (863)357-3639
UPRIGHT FREEZER
Good condition. $150 or best
offer. (863)467-7180
WASHER/DRYER, Kenmore,
heavy duty, super capacity,
2 yrs. old, work great, $425.
(863)763-9660


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



STEEL BUILDING 30x40,
$5000, you move.
(863)634-9583



HOUSE WINDOWS (8)
Nice. $250 or best offer
(863) 634-1715
PEG BOARD
10 Sheets 46"x46"x46"
$50 for all or will separate
(863)763-6342
STEEL BUILDING- 30'x40'
Heritage Bought it, Now ifs
not needed $6000
763-4149/561-758-4337



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


Area Rug, 5x7, Safari Palm,
exc. cond:, $50.
(863)634-5038



AQUARIUM PORTABLE IN-
FANT SWING- Great condi-
tion. $30. 863-763-2413


iSpecial Notic-e 0155


Call after 5pm
(863)467-8094
POWER CHAIR 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
TOWBAR, Reese 6000 lb.,
with 2 inch ball, $45.
(863)357-6660
WILL PAY SOMEONE TO
Pull Small Utility Trailer To:
126 SC. orto 177 NC. orto 177
& 181 VA. Leaving Around
Memorial Day, or After.
(863)763-1527


Ispecial Notice


Of ferer
Farrr, .n 'li .-
Ser-uicez. 1"i? .!Et'.i 3"'
Ferfili .r ,_'.' .'
Horses JO
Landscaping
Supplies -15
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry. Supplies 860r
Seeds. Plants.
Flowers E35


COMMERCIAL MOWER
84" Toro Turfmaster Diesel w/
hyd mower lift and hydrostatic
drive.$S4000 (863)675-2392


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 S40
(863)675-7306
Toddler Bed, kids & infants
furniture & toys, newborn
clothes & up, $150. will sell
sep. (863)801-6031


RARE STAMPS-Legends of
the West error & corrected
sheets, in original collectors
cover $199 (863)532-9013
RECORDS (150)
78's & 33's $100 for all or will
separate (863)763-6291



COMPAQ- '2000, HP 825
printer, access. $200. Great
Deal! (863)467-1704.



CERAMIC KILN Model P
Econo Kiln 22"x25", Double
layer, runs great, easy to
move $450 (561)662-3335
CERAMIC MOLDS (50)
Assorted styles in good
shape, $50 for all or will
separate. (863)763-6291
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 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.
CUTTING BLOCK- roll around,
Good condition. $25.
(772)528-7001
DESK, Roll Top. Fair condi-
tion. $50 (863)467-4192
DINING ROOM SET: 42x60
Black Lacquer Table w/4 grey
upholstered chairs. Good
cond. $250 (863)467-6550
Dining Room Sot, 7 pc., like
new, $2500 or best offer.
863-801-1719
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 SUITE- glasstop table, 6
chairs, lighted China cabinet,
Loveseat, 6mos old, $250
will sep. (863)357-0916. i
DR Table- w/ leaf and 4 chairs
$100 or will trade for 2 cap-
tains chairs & 2 side chair.
(863)357-2588
HIGH BACK WICKER CHAIRS-
Good condition. $36. Will
separate (863)467-5477.
MATTRESS AND BOX-
SPRING- King size, $275.
(863)227-6210.
MOVING SALE- Apartment
Full of furniture Everything
Must Go! Cheap! Sale as a
lot. (863)763-1527.
SLEEPER SOFA- Overstuffed
blue w/ floral print, Gently
used, Clean & comfortable,
$150 (863)357-0060.
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'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
TV Stand, oak, cornered, $10.
(863)634-5038
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. No headboard
$100. (863)763-6909.



EASY GO GOLF CART re-
stored, $2200.
(863)692-2229.
GOLF CART- Lincoln Town-
car, Good cond. Lights & ra-
dio $1600. Or best offer.
763-4149 or 561-758-4337


SMITH & WESON 357- Model
66, Stainless, Like new in
original box. Asking $500.
(863)467-4328T $


ELECTRIC SCOOTER- $1400.


GUITAR- Ovation Celebrity
Deluxe. 12 string Acoustic.
electric, w,.custom hardshell
case. $700 (863)610-3489.
ORGAN. Large, Loweiy, Holi-
day. Asking S200 of best of-
fer (863)610-0521


ARACANA CHICKS- (5) all foi
$10. (863)675-4981.
BEAGLE PUPPIES- 2. 1-Male
1-FemaleK C Reg. approx
16 wks. S 1 50.
(863)634-1673
BELGIAN DOG
5 mo old, shots to date. $300
(863) 467-7825
DACHSHUND PUPS- AKC,
mini, (4 M). 2 choc/tan dap-
ple, 2 bik/tan, $350-S500
ready 6/18 (863)243-1413
DOBERMAN PUPPIES
AKC, health cert., blues, rusts,
& blacks S500
(863)467-5400
DOBERMAN PUPS- Blue
males, Blue patients 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.
PIT BULL PUPS- Brindle, 8
wks. old, ready to go, $350
(863)763-7446.
PITBULL, Male, Brindle, 8
months old. Neutered w/all
shots. County license. $300
(863)261-1434


T1li% OFe
SIBERIAN HUSKY PUPPIES
CKC, 4 Males & 1 Female, all
blue eyes, $500 each
(863)763-2749 Lv. Msg.



TOILETS (2), New, never
used, $100 will sell sepa.-
ate. (863)227-6210.



COMM SEW MACHINE- Sing-
er, with attachments, $200.
(239)728-3567.
SEWING MACHINE
Table top, portable
$30 (863)467-5477



BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang. Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $1 : .
w/bag. $40 (863)357-.-
TRAMPOLINE
you disassemble & remove,
$25 (863)763-6468



SPEAKER- 10" in a box. 300
amp. $150. Or best offer.
(863)634-4238
SPEAKER- Planet Audio, 10"
in a box. 2 Air horns. $100.
Or best offer,
(863)634-4238.



COLOR TV- 19", Good condi-
tion. $30. (863)532-8158
RADIO, Old Fashioned Look
Thomas Collectors Edition,
w/cassette. (863)467-4192


BAND SAW- Wilton, Good
condition. $2C0.
(863)357-2322.
DURACRAFT DRILL PRESS
Floor model 1600, 3/4 h/p, 16
speed. $100 or best offer
(863)824-0884
TOOLBOX, very Ig. Maximizer,
top, bottom & side cabinet,
as is-including tools, $5000.
(863)763-4028



HOOVEROUND- Electric
Scooter, $500. Or best of-
fer. (863)610-1500.


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

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 'Oi
Farm reed Products E. 10
Farm Miscell'ii eous 815
Farm Produce ';20
Farm Services


EIIplomen
Ful im, 20


CHICKEN COOP, (4), 10x10,
all pressure treated wood,
S3500 value, asking $1200.
You Move. 863-634-1343


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/ yrs old, green broke, very
sweet, $1500.
(863)843-2495.



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



FLAG POLE- 20', 4 sections
Beautiful condition. $60.
firm. (863)675-6556
JOHN DEERE RIDING MOWER
9 h/p, Wizard 6 h/p push
mower, Yard Machine weed
eater $300 (561)662-3335
RIDING LAWN MOWER
Craftsman, like new, $350
(863)763-4982
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
6 spd, 12.5HP, 38" deck,
PUSHMOWER- Quatro,
$450, (863)357-0916.
RIDING MOWER- John Deere
180 & Husky mower. $600.
ea. (863)763-4149 or
561-758-4337
RIDING MOWER- MTD, 16.5
B&S motor, 46" cut, great
condition, $450.
(863)357-3065.
RIMS (2) 21-20", Off of Front
of Massey Ferguson 253 4x4.
$300 for both. (863)674-5744
ROTO TILLER- Good shape,
heavy duty, 5hp motor,
$200. (863)357-3065.
TRACTOR TIRES: 2 Titan R1
AG Tread, High traction, lug
size 14.9-28. $600 for the
pair. (863)234-1230


LIVESTOCK TRAILER
20 feet long with a new top,
$3000
(863)634-8960 after 5pm

Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places I910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos '
Townhouses Rent920
Fa. m Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 9130




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.
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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
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



South Georgia, 15,000 acres,
timber-merchantable & pre-
merchantable, owner be-
lieves it would convert to
cattle ranch, $1550 per
acre, Clark investment Prop-
erties, 850-224-1854.


Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.




TAYLOR CREEK- Nice %/ acre
lots, ready for mobile home
our house. Water.& sewer
paid for. $68000. -
Roberto's Realty
(863)357-4436
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Mobile Homes Rent 2015
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FIBERGLASS STEPS (2)
Four risers 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



OKEECHOBEE- 3br/2ba,
DWMH, '01, w/Screened
Patio in Otter Creek, Horse
stalls & 5 acres avail.,
$1250/mo, 1st, Last, & Sec
Dep, (863)610-1171.
OKEECHOBEE VACATION
RENTAL- Lg. furnished,
3br,2ba, DWMH, on Taylor
Creek, w/boathouse, near
Lock, short or long term
avail. (561)385-5979..






Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscelaneous 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. $51500
(863)675-6652
AIR BOAT- 440 engine, Runs
goo.d. $2495.
863-634-1636.
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


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BASS BOAT- 18' Fiberglass,
with custom hauler trailer.
115 HP Mercury motor. New
seat, pumps, trolling motor.
$3500 Neg. Call
(863)983-4397
BASS BOAT- '2004, 18' Triton,
30hrs, mercury 150hp. Ma-
rine Master trailer. Motor
guide trolling motor 71lbs
thrust. Digital. $17,000.
(863)983-4397

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.
MON-ARK 17 Ft. Includes
trailer & canopy to cover
boat. 1st $800 takes it.
(863)675-6738
PONTOON BOAT 24'
No motor; no trailer $800
(863)763-3451
REGAL, '80, 18', with
'94 150hp Madner outboard,
minor work needed, $2200.
(863)441-7675


FORD F350 CAMPER, '75, A
Classic, great mechanical
condition, come check it
out, $2000 (863)824-0402'
HUNTING CAMPER- 28' pull
behind. $1200. Or best offer
(863)634-4202



BOAT TRAILER- 12-14ft, ask-
ing $150 or best offer.
'(863)983-3353,
MOTOR, Motor Guide: Trol-
ling, 12 volt, 47 lb. thrust,
Like new. $150
.(863)763-1527
TRAILER For airboat 14'
ood condition, new tires
600 or best offer
(863)634-8960 after 5pm



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


HONDA BIG RED 200 1983,
$600 (863)675-3038
KAWASAKI VULCAN CLASSIC
1500 1998, Back rest, wind-
shield, floorboards, Vance &
Hines Pipes, New tires, Exc.
condition. $6145 or best offer.
(863)634-9724
YAMAHA VIRAGO, '87, runs
good, looks.good, $2500 or
aeaIotter (8631.)41 7675'


HONDA 300- 4 Wheel Drive.
Runs excellent. $2,200.-
(863)801-1666.


Iubi Notice


Iubi Notice


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
INVITATION TO BID
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County Health Department (OCHD) is
requesting sealed bids to provide the following:
Complete lawn maintenance at OCHOD1728 NW 9th Ave,
Okeechobee, FL. Job specs available at OCHD,
Service penod: one (1) year
Bids accepted thru June 24, 2005
The sealed bids shall be delivered to:
Ed Trent
Okeechobee County Health DepL
1728 NW 9th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
5272 ON 5/23,26/05


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 41045
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
'85 CAD. SEDAN DEVILLE
Good condition, approx 71k
mi, $800 (863)763-5418
'99 Vulcan Classic 1500
exhaust system free w/pur-
chase of new seat set $20
(863)357-2588
BUICK LESABRE'87
Good condition, a/c,
runs good. $450.
(772)460-6488 after 6 pm
BUICK REGAL- Presidential
Edition '88, 81K orig mi., 2.8
V6, auto, A/C, Nice car
$1250. firm 772-461-2629
CHEVY MALIBU, '98- 4cyl,
with AC, all power, great
condition & MPG, 155K,
$2000 (863)763-8969.
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
JEEP CHEROKEE- '88, Needs
work, $500. or ,make an of-
f e r
(863)763-0783/634-9783
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.
PONTIAC FIREBIRD- '95, Red,
Cold A/C, T-Tops, Runs
great! 110K, $3800.
(863)697-8947,



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.


Chevy 6 lug 22 in. KMC Venon
rims, with Toyo 305/40R22
tires, $1800.863-634-3304
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.
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
RIMS- 22", Spinner wire
wheels. $2000. or best offer
(863)946-1007
TIRES General, like new set
of P255/70R17 or
P205/75R15, $200.
(863)763-8969.
TIRES,'2 New BFGoodwrench,
R1 AG Tread, Power Radial -
80. Size 11.2R-20. $400 for
both. (863)674-5744


DODGE DAKOTA, '95- long
bed, w/cap, exc.cond.,
$2700 or best offer.
(863)357-0916.
FORD F150- '91, 4X4, With
tool box. Good shape.
$2500. Neg. (863)697-1198
FORD F250-'90, Long bed,
V8, auto, NC, Runs great.
$1600. (863)697-6812.
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- V6, cold
AC, solid body, replaced
motor, has 67K, $1750 neg.
(863)634-9620 Okeechobee


CHEVROLET BLAZER 1991,
$1000 (863)634-6596
FORD EXPLORER, '97- 4x4,
runs great, .$4500.
(863)234-1522.
FORD EXPLORER SPORT-
'99, Full tow package. Runs
good. $2500
239-633-7460


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PROJECT NO. 20451
CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BUS LOOP AND COVERED WALKWAYS
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 up to 3:00 pm.
June 29, 2005 for all materials and labor necessary for:
Bus Loop and Covered Walkways
Central Elementary School
Okeechobee, Florida
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work in
connection with this projecL This list shall accompany the contractors bid. Fail-
ure to provide a list shall be grounds for rejection of the bid.
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Date Barrett, Director of Operations
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 110
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-462-5000 ext. 236
and
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-356-6056
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $100.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum
bid, payable to the School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good
faith and guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the
School Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
required by Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% aof the es-
calated amount of the contract guaranteeing the performance of said contract;
and a payment bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Stat-
accompanied by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a, Florida Stat-
utes, on Public Entity Crimes and the Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness in the State of Florida having a general bond holders rating of A+ -excellent
and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner,
within ten (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said
bonds to be paid by the Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance
with School Board instructions.
All Bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for
said project. A
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: June 8, 2005, 1:00 p,m., prevailing time at
the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room
110, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
The Contractor will be required to build and have the project substantially complet-
ed January 1,2006 and have the actual site work, including punch list items and
site clean up, totally completed within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will re-
sult in liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the
date of actual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substantial
completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated damag-
es for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled date of
final completion,
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any d all
bids and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30
days after the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
54833 ON/19,26;6/2/05


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


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
MERCURY VILLAGER GS-
Minvan '98, 7-pass. 681,
A/C, Auto, All Power, Exc
cond. $6200 863-467-0031




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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2005-DR-331
MarlaGuadalupe Desantiago,
Petitioner
and
Roman Martines Gil
Respondent
NOTICEOF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Roman Martlnes Gil
PO. Box 752
Beviabille, N. Cording
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten 'defenses, If any, to it on Maria
Guadalupe Desantiago whose address
is RO. Box 2557, Okeechobee, FL
34973 on or before June 19, 2005,
and file the original with the clerk of
this Court at 304 NW 2nd St., Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If
you fail to do so, a default may be en-
"d .1.. iu ir,the relief de-
Copies of all court documents in this
Sr.. 1 ii lF. ,, : 11,- 11 r: r :'
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Courts office notified of your current
address. Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record atthe clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
-.Jain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanction, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
DATED: May 11,2005
CLERKOFTHE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Arene Neslis
Deputy Clerk
56112 0N 5/19,26;6/2,9/05


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PROJECT NO. 20514
YEARLING MIDDLE SCHOOL
RTU'S REPLACEMENT
INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
., .,1 r..I ", ....... i, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
J, 29., .0 f 1 .,, nuer, Orkeechobee, Florida 34974 up to 2:00 p.m.
June 29, 2005 for all materials and labor necessary for:


Okeechobee, Florida
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work in
connection with this project. This list shall accompany the contractor's bid. Fail-
ure to provide a list shall be grounds for rejection otthe bid.
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operaaions
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 110
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-462-5000 ext. 236
and
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-356-6056
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $100.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid..
Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum
bid, payable to the School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good
faith arLd guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the
School Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
required by Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the es-
calated amount of the contract guaranteeing the performance of said contract
and a payment bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Stat-
utes, guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bid shall be
accompanied by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida Stat-
utes, on Public Entity Crimes and the Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness in the State of Florida having a general bond holders rating of A+ -excellent
and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner,
within ten (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said
bonds to be paid by the Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance
with School Board instructions.
All Bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for
said project
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: June 8, 2005, I ", ,,:,i, r... m ,: ,i
the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, "1 i .'...n. n.j .
110, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
The Contractor will be required to build and have the project substantially complet-
ed January 1,2006 and have the actual site work, including punch list items and
site clean up, totally completed within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will re-
sult in liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the
date of actual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substantial
completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day In liquidated damag-
es for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled date ou
final completion,
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves .the right to reject any and all
bids and to waive any informalites. All proposals shall remain in force for 30
days after the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
54823 ON 5/19,26;6/2/05


REQUEST FOR BIDS
The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive Sealed Bids, for the purpose of
purchasing the following:
Tandem Wheel Utility Tralters
i..i ],, ,, ,h ,, .i: : -i i. .p ,, ,,, u .i from the office of the Executive
i., r,. r, .,:,., : ij,i .i .r,,:...,n iri SW 5th Avenue, Telephone
I". I 4 .,: 'h ri i, i 1,i r. ": .13.. i, in. UA reserves the right to reject
S i I 1 i, i ,n, i,r,, ,,- i bid wherever such rejection or
waiver is determined to be in the best interest of the OUA.
Bids must be delivered to Landon C. Fortner, Jr., Executive Director, on or before
3:00 PM on June 8, 2005. Bids shall be contained within a sealed envelope with
the bidders name clearly marked on the outside of the bid package. Additionally,
the sealed bid shall also be clearly marked as a sealed bid for the above listed
product or service.
Landon C. Forther, Jr.
Executive Director
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Puppet show about hurricane heroes helps children heal


ORLANDO Adults, expect
children to react in a variety of
ways after a disaster. What they
don't expect is a whole class-
room bursting into tears at the
mere sound of rain or a group of
puppets called "Heroes of the
Storm" coming to heir rescue.
The 20-minute puppet show
was developed by Project HOPE
(Helping Our People in Emer-
gencies), a statewide program
that offers post-disaster crisis
counseling, community out-
reach, public education, and
referral services.
Project HOPE is funded by
the Department of Homeland
Security's Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
through a Crisis Counseling Pro-
gram grant administered by the
Florida Department of Children
& Families.


"There is no better way to
engage children than through a
puppet show," .said Jessica
Smallwood, Project HOPE out-
reach specialist and one of per-
formers. "We've had boys age
i 2 or so who come in with their
Side games and say they're too
old for a puppet show. Yet after-
wards, they're suddenly vocal
about their experience in the
storms."
.A teacher in an Osceola
parochial school said many of
her first grade students started
crying every time it rained. After
watching the animal puppets of
'Heroes o0 the Storm," scurry
about preparing for a hurricane,
the students opened up about
.their experiences, working
through their trauma in a playful
way. As a result, the sight and
sound of rain no longer startles


Undefeated T-balW team
The undefeated T-ball team coached by Charles
Williams, Rick Amadon and Kevin Rodgers celebrated at
R.J. Gators and during the celebration the three girls on
the team: Carrie Wharin, Alix Balankenship and Taylor,
Amadon pose for the camera.


them.,
Since February, teams of pup-
peteers, accompanied by a men-
tal health specialist, have per-
formed 66 shows before more
than 2,500 children .in daycare
centers, preschools, elementary
schools and libraries. Five pup-
pet teams (including a Spanish
language team) currently per-
form in Brevard, Volusia, Semi-
nole, Osceola, and Orange
counties.
Children were once thought
to be largely immune from the
nightmares, anxiety and despair
that many adults experience
after major disasters. However,
post-Hurricane Andrew
research conducted in 1992
found that about 30 percent of
the children studied demonstrat-
ed moderate to severe levels of
distress one year after the hurri-
cane. The most distressed had
lost their belongings or were dis-
placed as a result of the hurri-
cane.
Maria Weber, Project HOPE
team leader and narrator for
show, notes that these displaced
children are the ones who bene-
fit the most from the puppet
show. "The closer we get to the
harder hit areas like Osceola, the
stories we hear are more graph-
ic. It works because the kids
want to interact with the pup-
pets.
Following the puppet show,
performers hand out FEMA col-
oring books and lead discus-
sions and art projects designed
to help children release their
anxiety. They become particular-
ly animated when talking about.
the fun things they did during
electrical outages caused by last
year's hurricanes like flash-light
tag, board games and spending
time with their family. Such live-
ly talk serves to help prepare
them emotionally and plan what
they can do during future events.


"The emotional toll a disaster
takes on families can be over-
whelming," said Lumumba
Yancey, FEMA's Deputy Human
Services Branch Chief for Flori-
da's long-term recovery opera-
tions. "Project HOPE's programs
like the puppet show, not only
educate families on disaster pre-
paredness but help lessen the


emotional impact."
"Heroes of the Storm" is cur-
rently performed on Wednes-
days in elementary schools, and
on Tuesday and Thursdays at
after school locations such as
the YMCA. Weekend shows are
also held at community libraries.
For further information on Pro-
.ject HOPE, see its website,


www.proiecthop'e-florida.com.
For information about per-
formances, contact Project
HOPE at (407) 317-7126.
More information about how
to help children cope and pre-
pare for disasters may be found
at FEMA for Kids,
www.fema.gov/kids.


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