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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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Man arrested on
drug charges
A 29-year-old Okeechobee
man was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail on
drug charges after law enforce-
ment personnel reportedly saw
him sell illegal narcotics.
Arrested on June 9 was
Jessie James Mond, I11, of a N.E.
14th Ave. address. He was
charged with possession of
cocaine with intent to sell and
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell.
He was booked into the coun-
ty jail under a bond of $100,000.
According to jail records, he has
since bonded out
Also arrested that same
night was Boaz Francios, 43, of
Miami. He was charged with
trafficking in cocaine. He was
booked into the county jail
under a bond of $100,000, and
remains there.
According to a press release
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the
Okeechobee County Narcotics
Task Force and the Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO)
were conducting surveillance
in the Douglas Park area. The
release states the officers report-
edly saw Monds sell narcotics.
Game helped
Edwards win
Edwards is no one-hit wonder,
and that comes as a relief to
crew chief Bob Osborne.
"Winning the second race,
everybody says that a lot of
times that's the hardest one,"
he said Sunday after Edwards
took the Pocono 500. "Some
people will say you win the first
one and that's beginner's luck
or something like that Ybu win
,the second one Ihen ii', no-
holds-barred at that point. It's
time to \%in and keep winning."
They'll try again next Sun-
day in Michigan, where
Edwards \'ill jump in the car a
surprising fourth in the Nextel
Cup standings. And he's.
extremely confident, thanks to
his supporting cast.
They certainly didn't let him
down at Pocono Raceway.
"I their K the biggest help today,
though, was my crew" Edwards
explained "They dropped the
jack after that first pit stop and we
pulled out and passed three or
four people on pit road. I thought,
'Wow. if we have a day like this
on pit road the whole day, we're
going to win this race.' That's the

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Scam devastates local family

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
We live in an era of skyrocket-
ing health care costs and health
insurance premiums.
To curb excessive spending,
individuals and businesses sift
through the myriad of health
insurance plans out there for
what has become an American
pastime: seeking a low cost plan
with good benefits from a com-
pany that will pay the bills when
medical treatment is needed.
But too often, what you see

isn't necessarily what you get
when it comes to health insur-
ance. Not getting what you paid
for can wipe out your savings
and threaten your very exis-
Just ask Cindy Baker. She is
one of about 80 Okeechobee
residents who were insured by
TRG Marketing LLC, whose two
operators recently pleaded guilty
to felony charges of racketeering
in Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit
Both men also pleaded guilty

to four counts of unlawful trans-
action of insurance. As part of
their plea agreements, Carmelo
Zanfei will be sentenced to two
years in prison and William Paul
Crouse will be sentenced to four
years in prison.
Both defendants also will be
sentenced to 20 years of super-
vised probation and restitution
expected to be at least $2.5 mil-
lion and could be substantially
more. The Florida Office of
Statewide Prosecution prosecut-
ed the charges.

Bubble Gum contest: Children compete for prizes

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Beatrice Martinez (left), 11, won the local Bubble Gum contest after blowing a 12-inch
in diameter bubble with three pieces of gum in her mouth, the maximum allowed in the
contest. Her sister, Irene (center), 10, also joined the contest. Beatrice made several
attempts before the contest ended at 4 p.m. at WalMart on Saturday, The contest ran
from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dorothy White ti;:, c:oniducie tine coaies, foi ,Creative
Demonstrations-Mass Connections and measured the large sticky orbs. The president
of Creative Demos will hand out prizes to Beatrice of a certificate, a bubble meter, and
a Double Bubble book sack. The contest was held across the state. The top five state
winners will contend for a $10,000 prize in a national contest.

Assessments create confusion

The Okeechobee County
Real Estate market has been
busy in recent months. Some
land prices have doubled, or
even tripled, in the past year.
This led to some confusion
when community members
viewed the official appraised
value of property, as com-
pared to recent sales. Informa-
tion on the property sales -is
public record, and 'can be
viewed online at the, Okee-
chobee County Property
Appraiser's website
Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraiser Bill Sherman
explained that the appraised
value used by the county is
from 2004. He said legally,
they can only change the
appraised value which is
used for calculating property
taxes once a year.

The website lists appraised
values prior to Jan. 1, 2005..
Mr. Sherman said when cal-
culating appraised value, they
consider information they
have on file about the proper-
ty, as well as the market value
as determined by recent sales
of similar properties in the
same neighborhood.
The Property Appraiser's
Office also has inspectors who
go out to look at each proper-
ty, take photos and record
information about improve-
ments from a visual inspec-
tion However, due to the size
of the county and the limited
budget for personnel, each
property is usually only
reviewed this way once every
three years.
Mr. Sherman said his office
receives copies of building
permits, so they can take these

improvements into account.
Last year after the county
was hit by hurricanes Francis
and Jeanne, his office was also
asked to devalue some prop-
erties due to storm damage
that destroyed things such as
sheds, barns and other
"We welcome informa-
tion," Mr. Sherman said. "If
someone wants to call us and
give us information about
their property, we are happy to
hear from them."
If a property owner dis-
agrees with his property
assessment, he may petition
for it to be reviewed by the
Value Adjustment Board,
which meets once a year. At
the board's public hearing, the
property owner must provide
evidence that the appraised
value is incorrect.

While the company illegally
marketed their health plan in 44
states, Florida is the only one
that sought criminal charges.
According to a press release
from Tom Gallagher, chief finan-
cial officer for the State of Flori-
da, charges against Zanfei and
Crouse were based upon their
marketing of the health plan to
citizens of Florida and the 43
other states without seeking a
certificate of authority to sell the
plan in any of the states, claim-
ing that the self-insured plan was

exempt to the licensing and cer-
tification requirements of state
law. The health plan was insuffi-
ciently funded and failed to pay
millions of dollars of claims
resulting in tremendous damage
to the citizens who believed they
had valid health insurance.
During the investigation of
TRG, Mrs. Baker told detectives
that her husband killed himself
because he was so distraught
over unpaid claims and credit
See Scam Page 2

School board,

union talks

get under way

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Representatives of the Okee-
chobee County School Board
and the local teachers union
are in the midst of negotiating
contracts that will cover the
schools system's approximate-
ly 470 teachers and 438 classi-
fied or non-instructional per-
Teachers and classified
workers which includes bus
drivers, maintenance and
administrative oeronnel -are
covered under separate con-
tracts. Both contracts are being
negotiated simultaneously and
both current contracts expire
June 30.

The new contracts will be
for a three-year period.
The two sides met yesterday
and discussed some editorial
changes and non-controversial
items, as well as some of the
proposals brought forward ear-
lier. The negotiation process
began June 1, when both sides
presented written proposals for
the new contract. The first face-
to-face meeting was Thursday,
June 9, when both sides met to
consider the proposals.
The school board is repre-
sented by board attorney Tom
Conley, Assistant Superinten-
dent of Schools Lee Dixon, Ken
Kenworthy, director of
See Talks Page 2

OUA to discuss

CDBG funding

to enlarge plant

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) has received some good
news concerning their search
for funds to enlarge the capacity
of their wastewater treatment
plant, which is rapidly reaching
its present capacity.
At their board of directors
meeting thismorning, two fund-
ing possibilities will be dis-
The board will also review
the sewer backup on S.E. Sixth

Funds in the amount of
$2,613,375 have been provided
to OUA through a Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG). As a condition of the
grant, the utility was required to
advertise for requests for propos-
als from engineers for the com-
pletion of this work. A board
member will be appointed to
work with the executive director
and the chief operations officer
to review the proposals.
See Funding Page 2

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
No one was seriously injured
when the engine of a tanker
caught fire as the engine revved
Sunday around 6 p.m. at Palmdale
OilCo. Inc., 120S. ParrottAve.
Niki Salmon, chief operating
officer of the oil company, said the
gas station was shut down for a
couple of hours as a safety precau-
tion, but that the fire did not have
anything to do with the station.
"It had to do with the whole-
sale oil company," she said.
The driver of the truck,
Michael Dawdy, told Ms. Salmon
he singed the hair on his legs a lit-
tle and twisted his ankle when he
ran to press the emergency stop
button near the tanker.
"There is an emergency stop
button that stops everything,"
Mrs. Salmon said.
She said as soon as he heard

the engine blow, he got out and
ran to press that button.
"All control things that have to
do with an explosion kicked in,
and we're thankful for that," she
Mrs. Salmon said the Okee-
chobee City Fire Department
(OCFD) responded immediately
and doused the fire.
OCFD Lieutenant Jeff Baugh
said the fire call came into the sta-
tion at 6:03 p.m. and five firemen
in two fire trucks responded in
about one minute.
"A couple of trucks from the
'county's fire department also
responded," he said.
The city crew was back by
8:38 p.m.
The Okeechobee Police
Department assisted with traffic
control'at the scene.
The state Fire Marshal is inves-
tigating the fire.

Staff photo/Dee Gaudin
No one was seriously injured when at tanker caught fire Sunday evening at Palmdale Oil Co.,
Inc., 120 S. Parrott Ave. The driver of the truck, Michael Dawda, singed his hair and twisted
his ankle as he ran to press the emergency stop button near the tanker.

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Explosion averted

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News Briefs

County Fire/Rescue
seeking volunteers
OKEECHOBEE The volunteer
division of the Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue Department is seeking
qualified applicants.
Requirements include: a high
school education or GED; clean
driving record; and, no criminal
record. Applicants must also take
the state TABE test and receive a
score of 12.9.
Testing for volunteer positions
will be held in July, and all applica-
tions must be completed by June
Applications are available at 501
N.W Sixth St. in Okeechobee.
For information, contact Margie
Johnson at (863) 763-5544.
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Local man charged with selling cocaine

A 29-year-old Okeechobee
man was booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail on drug
charges after law enforcement
personnel reportedly saw him
sell illegal narcotics.
Arrested on June 9 was Jessie
James Mond, III, of a N.E. 14th
Ave. address. He was charged
with possession of cocaine with
intent to.sell and possession of
marijuana with intent to sell.
He was booked into the
county jail under a bond of


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The other funding item has to
do with approving an application
for a loan from the state revolving
loans program in the amount of
The board will be discussing the
results of two separate sewer back-
ups to property on S.E. Sixth
Avenue on Feb 24 and again on
March 19. The estimated damage
to the property by OUA's insurance
company was $17,539.52 and for
the contents, the estimate was


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damage that resulted when TRG
refused to cover Mrs. Baker after
she had major surgery in 2001,
the press release said.
A few years ago, Cindy and her
husband Rusty Baker had suc-
cessful roof repair and property
rental businesses. They paid all of
their bills on time and had an
excellent credit rating, according
to Mrs. Baker.
"My husband never paid inter-
est on a credit card," Mrs. Baker
said, stating he paid the bills as
soon as they were received.
She said her husband could
walk into any bank and get a loan
without a problem. Once they got
two loans one for a truck and
one for a Seadoo at the same
bank on the same day.
And when it came to needing
health care, their health insur-
ance company of a few years
ago, Humana, paid their medical
claims in a timely manner. Every-
thing was going pretty smoothly
for the Bakers until their local
insurance agent offered them, a
new health plan more than four
years ago through a different
company TRG. The premium
would be about $100 less than
what they were paying.
"If you can get it for less, you
go for it," Mrs. Baker said.
At first, TRG was good to pay
the Bakers' medical claims. But
that all changed.
"I guess they thought people
would not have claims," Mrs.
Baker said. She got the new insur-
ance in 2001 and later that year
found out she needed a complete
hysterectomy. "The doctors
thought the tumors were cancer-
ous, but the lab report showed
them to be benign," she said.

Jessie James Boaz
Mond, III Francois
$100,000. According to jail
records, he has since bonded

$3,037 for a total of $20,576.52.
The property owner has
-requested an additional $5,000 for
compensation since his house has
been in disarray since the first back-
up on Feb. 24. The insurance
adjuster is only allowing $500 for
that claim.
The property owner has
requested OUA to consider addi-
tional an amount up to $5,000.
In addition, the board is expect-
ed to:
approve a developer's agree-
ment for Waterdance Villas, which
is located on U.S. 441 S.E. near the
Mobile Home Depot;
ratify a legal services agree-

The bills started coming in to
her and she called her local agent
to look into why they were not
being paid. That was in October
or November of 2001.
Meanwhile, doctors found
Mrs. Baker had skin cancer and
ordered her to start radiation
therapy. Just one area of radiation
to her skin cost $19,000.
"I felt uneasy about it, with
$45,000 being owed for the hys-
terectomy and the claims not
being paid," she said.
She said the hospital in Stuart
is suing her for the bill for the hys-
On Nov. 28, 2001, Mrs. Baker
got a letter from TRG that said
they were canceling everybody's
insurance. Mrs. Baker immediate-
ly called her local insurance agent
who wrote a new policy with
another company that also
turned out to be unlicensed in
Florida. The company sent back
Mrs. Baker's checks.
Then her agent wrote a policy
with a third insurance company,
again one that was not licensed
in Florida. Mrs. Baker had sent in
enough money to cover three
months of health insurance cov-
erage, and the company cashed
two of the checks and told her the
policy was on its way. But, with-
out warning, the company sent
back all three months of premi-
ums and canceled her policy.
By this time, Mrs. Baker was
past the 60-day window insur-
ance companies allow to cover
someone's pre-existing condi-
"If you go 60 days without
insurance; you can't be covered
at a group rate any more and they
won't pay for any pre-existing
conditions," Mrs. Baker said.
Mrs. Baker was finally able to
get insurance she is now cov-
ered by Fortress through AFLAC

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Also arrested that same night
was Boaz Francios, 43, of Miami.
He was charged with trafficking
in cocaine. He was booked into
the county jail under a bond of
$100,000, and remains there.
According to a press release
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the
Okeechobee County Narcotics
Task Force and the Glades Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (GCSO) were
conducting surveillance in the

approve an information book-
let to be given to OUA customers;
purchase six trailers for haul-
ing the six recently purchased gen-
erators for a total of $10,710;
schedule a special meeting to
determine the best method for dis-
charge of treated effluent from the
expanded wastewater treatment
appoint an insurance agent;
receive the finance report for
the period ending April 30; and,
consider 'several change
orders, and pay requests for the
surfacewater treatment plant.

- but without coverage for the
skin cancer and any pre-existing
Mrs. Baker said she was able
to send some money each month
to the hospital to pay on her bill,
until her husband became ill.
Her son Rome, 18, talked
about his father.
"Roofing is a hard job. Dad
was told he had the spine of an
80-year-old man and he became
addicted to pain pills," explained
Rome. "While he was covered by
TRG he went to detox, but that
became a pre-existing condition
with the other two insurance
companies and they said they
would not cover it. We sent him
to a place and paid for it with our
own money."
He said the insurance would
not pay for treatment of his dad's
back or the skin cancer he devel-
oped while he was still on pain
Mr. Baker took his life, Mrs.
Baker said, because "he could
not get help and did not want'to,
put us in any more debt. He was
so. upset that his credit was
ruined and so many bills were
over our heads, many turned over
to collection. You are not a bad
person, but you feel like scum."
In all, Mrs. Baker said she is fac-
ing $60,000 to $70,000 in medical
"I feel my husband would still
be alive if not for the insurance."
"I'm four years behind on pay-
ing the bills. You sign a paper that
says you will pay if the insurance
doesn't. I feel buried," she said.
Mrs. Baker said her big grief is
with the local insurance agent
because he solicited her away
from a good health insurance
company and took too long in
getting her coverage, and he kept
writing the wrong insurance. She
is taking the agent to court.
Attorney Steven Meyer of Boca
Raton said he filed a case on
behalf of Mrs. Baker and her late
husband against the Bakers'
insurance agent Charles Wadling-
ton, and the Berger Insurance
Company for payment of Bakers'
medical bills and for pain and suf-
As for the punishment meted
out to the two owners of TRG,
Mrs. Baker feels they got off a lit-
tle too easy. However, she noted
several more states may take
action against them. "They are
not going to pay. So many people
were affected. I feel that if I have
to sell things, I will not be
ruined," she said. "One woman
was left with over $200,000 in
medical bills. It affected me more
since my husband took his life. I
think my husband would still be
here if they would have paid my
The Florida Chief Financial.
Officer's office urged those shop-
ping for insurance coverage to
check with them to be sure they
are dealing with a Florida-
licensed insurance company and
a Florida-licensed insurance
To check on the license status
of a company or agent, con-
sumers should visit
www.fldfs.com and click on Veri-
fy Before You Buy, or call the
Department of Financial Services'
Helpline at 1-800-342-2762.

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Douglas Park area. The release
states the officers reportedly saw
Monds sell narcotics.
As the officers approached
him, Monds allegedly threw
some drugs to the ground.
As for Francois, he was arrest-
ed after the same two agencies
- along with personnel from
the Drug Enforcement Agency
- served a search warrant on a
home in the 600 block of N.E.
13th Avenue. The release states
the search warrant was

obtained after an alleged pur-
chase of narcotics was made at
the home.
Once inside the home, law
enforcement personnel report-
edly found approximately 74.9
grams (2.64 ounces) of crack
cocaine. The cocaine has an
estimated street value of $7,500,
said law enforcement officials.
Because of the amount of
cocaine found, the DEA has put
a hold on Francois and will be
picking up the charges.

Community Events

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 next meeting will be Thursday, June
23, to discuss "Before Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you
have questions or would like more information, call Jan Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980.

Hospice plans yard sale
Rain or shine Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on
Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The sale will be held at the air conditioned Hospice of Okee-
chobee Volunteer House located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street
and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okee-

Special community meeting planned
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is having a community meeting
on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. All Spanish speaking people are
invited. The sheriff, the Mexican consul and the Florida Immi-
grants Coalition will be present.

Red Cross offers babysitting course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch is offering a
babysitter's training course on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until
3 p.m. This is a great course for any young person wanting to baby
sit during the summer. Infant/child CPR and FA basics are covered
in this course. The cost is $25. If your child is interested in taking
the course, call the office at (863) 763-2488.

Church offering Bible camp
The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 412 N.W. Sixth St., will
hold a Space Mission Bible Camp June 26-30, from 6 until 8 p.m.
For information, call Carolyn Douglas at (863) 357-3680.

Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Union president Candy Walker (center) makes a point during
Monday's union negotiations with the Okeechobee County
School Board. With Walker is Cammie Hudson (right), chief
union negotiator, and Genia Arbogast (left), secretary to the
school board. The teachers' union and the school board are
negotiating contracts to cover the school system's approxi-
mately 900 employees.


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-career/technical education, and
chief negotiator Sam Lee.
Mr. Lee is a retried educator
from Volusia County, whose
sense of humor kept things lively.
He replaced Herb Sang, who had
represented the school board for
30 years.
The labor side of the table con-
sists of union president Candy

Walker, Sue Kemp, vice president
of the union, Magi Cable, union
official, and Cammie Hudson,
chief negotiator for the union.
Absent yesterday but present
for last week's meeting was union
official Diane Falvo.
They have not begun to dis-
cuss salary issues yet. Additional
sessions are scheduled for the
June 29 and 30.
Mr. Dixon said that they hope
to have new contracts by that

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C':'uLrecy priolo
Bright Futures
Bill Black (second row center) presented Florida Bright Futures Scholarships to (front
row) Jillian Warren; (second row, left) Ryan Butler and (second row, right) Brett Fuller;
and (third row, left to right) J.T. Benbow, Julie Sergel and Alicia Kibler.

Courtesy photo

Scholarship recipients
Students received Bank of America Scholarships at the Okeechobee High School schol-
arship night presentation. Bruce Ferrell (center) presented scholarships to Peritz
Samuels (left) and Janet Pineda (right).

Former Okeechobee

High grad named to

university dean's list
.Uni er* -a s

Rebecca Eatmon of Okee-
chobee was named to the Dean's
List at Liberty University for the
spring 2005 semester. Eatmon was
one of .1,633 students at Liberty
who earned Dean's List recogni-
tion for the spring. Rebecca is a
2004 graduate of Okeechobee High
School (O.H.S.). She was a fresh-
man at Liberty University during the
2004-05 term and hopes to enter
the school's nursing program. Ms.
Eatmon is the daughter of Rev.
Duane Eatmon, Pastor of Treasure
Island Baptist Church.
Students named to the Dean's
List earn a grade point average of
3.5 or better o a 4.0 scale and carry
an academic load of at least 12
credit hours.
Liberty University is a private,
Christian liberal arts university in
Lynchburg, Va.

Rebecca Eatmon

Everglades Scholar
Students received Everglades Gator Scholarships at the Okeechobee High School
scholarship night presentation. Joni Ard (second from left) presented the scholarships
to (left to right) Brett Fuller, Ashley Ronnko, and Pertiz Samuels.

Courtesy photo
Santa Fe Scholarships
Sister Elinor Sevigny (middle, row right) presented the El Centro Santa Fe Scholarships
to (front row, left to right) Maria Vargas, Jose Nunez, Janet Pineda; (middle row, left to
right) Marbella Santibanez, Peria Espinoza, Mayreli Garcia; (back row, left to right) Regla
SantaCruz, Monica Rodriguez and Jesus Ayala at the Okeechobee High School Schol-
arship Night presentations.

Local UE student

received degree
University of Evansville (UE) that is a member of the'Associated
student Sharon Sirum of Beech NewAmerican Colleges.

Grove was among those who com-
pleted their degree program from
the University on May 7.
She is the daughter of Jeffrey
Sirum of Okeechobee.
The University of Evansville is a
private, United Methodist Church-
related comprehensive university

Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Historical quilt square
The Okeechobee Historical Society is commemorated in
this quilt square that was created by the Tantie Quilters.
On Thursday mornings, sometimes as many as 26 ladies
gather at the Historical Society Museum to work on
quilts. Some of them are just learning to quilt and some
have been quilting for many years.

KidCare year round enrollment begins immediately

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News

There is good news for low-
income families with children eli-
gible for healthcare coverage
under the Florida KidCare pro-
gram. A conference which met in
Tallahassee to estimate enroll-
ments in KidCare, has agreed that
enrollment in the children's
healthcare program can begin

immediately. Parents who applied
in January but missed the dead-
line will soon be notified that they
can call and activate their applica-
tions. However, families do not
need to wait to receive notifica-
tion before calling the Healthy
Kids office.
Parents can call the
KidCare/Healthy Kids contact for
Okeechobee County, Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000 ext.257 or

parents can go online to the
Healthykids .yeb site at:
www.healthyklls.org .where an
application can be downloaded.
The web site for the healthcare
program includes information on
eligibility requirements, costs to;
parents, plan administrators and
managed care information.
According to Ms. Vinson,
"There are currently 786 eligible
children on the healthykids pro-

gram in Okeechobee County.
Children ages 5-18 years, within
the county school district will be
receiving information on the
availability of the year round open
enrollment when they attend the
county school district's open
house events just before the start
of the new school year. The open
house events district-wide are
scheduled to take place on Aug.


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trust, providing life transforming
educational experiences that pre-
pare students to engage the world
as informed, ethical and produc-
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George T. Major
George T. Major, age 67, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, June
9, 2005 at Raulerson Hospital. He
was born Dec. 25, 1937 in Chica-
go, Ill. Mr. Major had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for 4 years.
He was a member of the Church
of God and was a Hospice Volun-
teer and Volunteer Grandparent.
His hobbies included the Civil
War and Building Models.
Survivors include: his sons,
Larry Major of Manitowoc, Wis.,,
Dan and Scott (Linda)' Major, both
of Okeechobee; and five grand-
children, Elizabeth, Amanda,
Samantha, Carolyn and Scott
A private memorial service will
be conducted by the family.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Carl Thomas Cross
Carl Thomas Cross, age 92, of
Okeechobee died Sunday, June
12, 2005, at Raulerson Hospital.

He was born June 19, 1912 in
Belle Fountain, Ohio. He came to
Okeechobee from Marion, Ohio
in 1972. He was of the Methodist
He was preceded in death by
his son, Larry Cross.
Survivors include: his wife, Vir-
ginia Cross; daughter, Sandy Mur-
phy of Marion, Ohio; two sons,
Mike and Pat Murphy of Ohio; and
three grandchildren.
No visitation or services will be
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
William 'Bill'
Clifford Scott
William 'Bill' Clifford Scott, age
75, of Okeechobee, died Friday,
June 10, 2005 at Hospice of Mar-
tin and St. Lucie, Inc. in Stuart. He
was born April 1, 1930 in Perth
Amboy, N.J. Mr. Scott, formerly of
New York, had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1967. He

served for 20 years, in the U.S..
Navy and had been employed by
Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives,
Inc. until his retirement a few
years ago. He was active in the
local Ham Radio Club, Coast
Guard Auxiliary and had been a
member, of the Moose Lodge. An
avid fisherman, Bill also had a
Fishing Guide Service.
He was preceded in death by
his wife of 27 years, Virgie Lee
Survivors include: one daugh-
ter, one stepdaughter, one step-
son, 12 grandchildren and 14
A memorial service is sched-
uled for Wednesday, June 15, at
11 a.m. at Buxton Funeral Home.
Rev. Duane Eatmon, Pastor of
Treasure Island Baptist Church
will officiate.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Harry E. Lynn
Harry E. Lynn, age 70, of Okee-

chobee, died Friday, June 10, 2005
at his residence. He was born
Nov. 12, 1934 in Meadville, Pa. Mr.
Lynn had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for 21 years. He served in
the United States Marine Corps
from Jan. 1952 until Jan. 1955. He
was the owner of Buy Right Furni-
ture and a former bartender at the
Speckled Perch.
Survivors include: his beloved
wife of 21 years, Mary Lynn of
Okeechobee; daughters, Debbie
(Philip) Morris of Myrtle Beach,
S.C., Debbie (Rob) Hunick of
Cincinnati, Ohio, Vonnie (Rick)
Dixon of Sterling, Va. and Jeannie
(Larry) Ledford of Sebring; eight
grandchildren; several great-
grandchildren; and brother,
Duane Lynn of Okeechobee.
There will be no visitation or
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

In Loving Memory of

1ermnnan h MTomas

April 26, 1926 ~ June 14, 1996

If tears could build a stairway and memories
a lane, we'd walk right up to Heaven and
bring you home again.
\\'e miss you so much and think of you each
and every day!
Your Loving Family,
Kat, Kids, Grandkids & Great Grandkids


...,- T David Huddleston





The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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Lake Level
The South Florida Water Management Department and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers are determined to kill Lake Okeechobee.
It is 3 feet above normal and we are having a tropical storm and
they are letting the lake continue to rise. Let the water out of Lake
Okeechobee. Water management needs to practice good flood
I can see where we are fighting the same thing with Okee-
chobee County officials. FEMA owes them rent for helping Okee-
chobee County residents. The building department will not issue
permits right away to help homeowners and the county commis-
sioners will not put their foot down to the building department.
Come on let's override this stuff and get the ball rolling.
I was just reading about the guard in Palm Beach that was beat-
en up by the teen. Thank God it didn't happen in Okeechobee
County, 'cause it takes an act of God for the juvenile to receive the
result of hurting a guard here.
Music Classes
I am calling about the article about the music teacher. These
kids need to be able to learn music some of them may even
become musicians, so they need to learn. What is wrong here at
South Elementary, and what is the principal doing about it? They
cannot teach music in a closet. This needs to be taken care of
before school starts, what is being done about it?
What's Water Management want to do, keep the water real high
for their agriculture buddies down at the south end of the lake? Lis-
ten, you can't continue to use the lake as a catch basin for the agri-
culture at the north end of the lake and then a water source for the
south end of the lake as well. You have to get the water down in this
lake for the lake to survive, and during the hurricane season it
should even be lower. You guys are just trying to kill the lake.
Well, so much for all this rain. If I could, I would send it all to
Howard Dean. He is certifiably all wet with his version of politics.
Who else offers their opinions, mistaking them for facts?

Speak Out Blog
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Community Events

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

Members sought for fair committee
As the first step toward forming a county fair, the Okeechobee
County ,Agri-Civic Center Advisory Committee is seeking applicants
for a 25-member committee that will write the charter for the fair. A
broad cross section of the community is needed. Applications can be
picked up through June 21 at the county administrator's office in the
Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Member of
the advisory committee will select the committee members.

Free Lunchbox Lecture scheduled
A free Lunchbox Lecture, featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda
Garma, Ph.D., LMHC, will be held June 21 at the Visiting Nurses
Association, 208 S.E. Park St., and will address techniques for chil-
dren that are self-mutilating. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the
lecture will begin at noon. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be pro-
vided. Lunchbox Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnancy Pre-
vention Task Force and sponsored by the Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition to inform and heighten the community's awareness of top-
ics that surround the increasing problem of teen pregnancy in Okee-
chobee. This is the last lecture in the series. For information, call
Carol Staley at (863) 462-5877.
Early Learning Coalition to meet
The monthly business meeting of the Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Marlin and Okeechobee counties will be held on
Wednesday, June 22, at I p.m. in the conference room of the Ft.
Pierce One Stop. An executive committee meeting will immediately
follow. The One Stop is located just east of IRCC. For information, call
(863) 462-5792.

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Looking Back...
Modern day Seminoles joined the re-enactors for the 1987 re-creation of the Battle of Okeechobee. Seated in front of
the group is James Billie, the chief of the Seminole Tribe for the State of Florida. This photo was also published in the
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Upcoming Events

Alanon meeting will be held at trie Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m. I
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Laner Day Saints. 310 S.W Sixth St Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are ,s welcome to ahend.Tnere is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Indexi Social Securitly Death Index and mili-
tary information available For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and the public are invited.
For information, contact Bill Bartleti at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets alr 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrort Ave for breakfast For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's.only meeting. For
information, call Earl at t863) 763-0139
Bible study at the Living Word :oI Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.. at 7
p.m. Informal and inlormative discussions ring many Bible truths to tife.
everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meet at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located next
to the driver's license office located at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help
group that offers support and education for people who have been diag-
nosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective
disorder or dual diagnosis

A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at Ire Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W.Third St It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. al the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in Ihe New Horizon Ouilding, 1600 S.W.
Second Ave.. from 6:30 until 7:30 p m. For information, call (863) 763-
S1191. .
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car
you may have, or check out the cars and visit wiih ite car owners while
you listen to the great oldies music.
Look good, feel better 6:30 p m. at Ihe Fountain of Youth Beauty Salon
located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public service pro-
gram to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty techniques to
diminish appearance-relaled side effects of treatment. R.S.V.P to (863)
467-2096 or (8631763-8833
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64. 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For inlorma-
tion, call Margaret Bowers at 8631 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Community Country Gospel will meel at 7 p.m at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate.

Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday trom 9 am until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information caEj,Margarel Smith
at (863) 467-8020, orJanet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a pot
luck supper at Q p.m. with services at 7 p m. at the Basinger Civic Center.
For information, call Doyle McDuflie at (8631 763-2285
Family History Center meels from 6 until 8 p.m al 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 (Inter-
national Genealogical Index). Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
Prayer Group meets at 10 a m. at the Community Center at 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (8631 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9.30 a m. at the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 8'31 763-5996
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are
welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at 1863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 unlil 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N..W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris al (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at 1863) 763-4923, for
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Finh St., is open for blood
donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m For information, call 1863) 467-9360.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It's a closed book study.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for worfien who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. The support groups are held every Thursday al 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-2893. or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863)
763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Slop Center 123 S.W. Park St.,
in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers, and is
facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee, and Laura
Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is from 2 until 3
p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve your place in the
group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is available for your loved
one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care. 407
N.W. Second Ave. For information aboul respite care, call Lou at (863)
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Any one who is caring for and ill family member is welcome to
join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportu-
nity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information,
call (863) 467-2321.

Community Events

Methodist church hosts Bible school
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W
Second St., will hold vacation Bible school June 13-17 from 5
until 8:10 p.m. daily. The theme this year is the Circle G Ranch:
Ask, Seek, Knock. Each adventure is filled with a powerful Bible
story and fun crafts, games and music. There is also an adult
Bible study, which will be-led by Reverend Bruce Simpson and
Reverend Jim Dawson. A light meal will be served each day.
Registration fee is $5 per child, with a $10 maximum per family.
Call the First United Methodist Church office at (863) 763-4021
for information.

Wildlife center hosts summer camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual
summer camp during the month of June: This wildlife education
camp is open to campers ages 8-12. The sessions will be: June
13-17; June 20-24; and, June 27-July 1. The camp will be open
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost is $100 per camper. Campers
will learn about wildlife and the environment. There x\ill be a
day devoted to survival in the wild. FloridaWildlife Conservation
officers Kevin Losee and Sean Smith will teach the young
campers how to survive in the wilderness. There will also be
daily crafts, one large take-home craft, ice cream parties, and a
field trip to River Woods which includes a pontoon boat ride.
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as
possible. For information contact Sue Arnold at (863) 76374630.
Legion Post #64 to hold elections
The Auxiliary Unit will meet at 7 p.m. on June 14 for the
Legion's election of officers for the 2005-06 term. Any member
in good standing may vote for the Legion's officers beginning at
noon. A member must have his current card to vote.

Children's council meeting changed
The Children's Services Council meeting has been changed
to Tuesday, June 14. The meeting \\ill begin at 5 p.m. in the con-
ference room at the Okeechobee County School Board office at
700 S.W. Second Ave.

Local Civil Air Patrol group forming
The Civil Air Patrol is forming a new squadron in Okee-
chobee. The first meeting will be Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at
Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Colonel Gary (Owen of the Civil
Air Patrol is planning a town hall type meeting to answer ques-
tions from the public as to the purpose and plans of the

Big Lake Genealogy Society to meet
'Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet Tuesday, June 14, at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in tracing his/her family history is encouraged
to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome.
Come and share your genealogy research with us. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-2036.

Flag burning ceremony planned
The American Legion, Okeechobee Memorial Post #64, will
hold their annual flag disposal ceremony at 7 p.m. on June 16.
The public is invited.

Church will host potluck dinner
Cowboys for Christ will be having a potluck dinner on June
16 starting at 6 p.m. at the Basinger Civic Center. There will be
gospel singing by Escape Christian, and country music with Gin-
ger Fender and band at 7 p.m.

Business women's luncheon planned
The,Okeechobee Business Women's Networking Luncheon
will be held Friday, June 17, at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the lunch
will start at noon. Door prizes are always welcome.

Domestic violence is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is haying a radio talk show on Saturday,
June 18, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Hylan
Biyan, M.S. executive director of Safespace. The topic will be
helping victims of domestic violence, shelters and outreach pro-
grams and services. For information, contact Hylan Bryan at
(772) 595-0042.

Treasure Island church plans VBS
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 US. 441 S.E., invites all
children kindergarten through sixth grades to join us at vacation
Bible school June 20-24 from 5 until 8:15 p.m. VBS creates a fun
and exciting safari atmosphere where children will have a great
time singing, watching skits, creative crafts, playing games and
getting to know God through prayer. Along with VBS for the little
ones, we will be offering a parent seminar entitled Making Your
Children Mind Without Losing Yours. For information call (863)

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Flooded ditches mean health hazards

The first few days of summer
break brought torrential rainfall
to South Florida. While it may be
impossible to keep kids out of
the mud and puddles, there are
some health concerns to keep in
Never leave children unsu-
pervised, even when they are
playing in their own yard. Small
children can drown in a small
amount of water. An overflow-
ing drainage ditch can be tempt-
ing to a child, and may be deeper
than it looks.
Flooded pastures can make it
difficult to see exactly where a
pond starts and ends. Children
playing or riding ATVs in a flood-
ed area may find themselves
falling into a deep pond.
Flood waters may also harbor
bacteria and toxins. Rain water
draining across backyards, pas-
tures and roadways may contain
animal feces, insecticides, herbi-
cides, fertilizers and fuel residue.
It will also pick up natural bacte-
ria that is in the soil.

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Children often see any water
as a place to play or swim, but
storm drainage is not clean
water. Swallowing any of the
drainage water could make
them sick. If they have any cuts
or scrapes, it could also lead to
If despite your efforts to
keep them safe you find your
children have been playing in
the storm water, make sure they
shower well with an anti-bacteri-
al soap and check for any cuts or
scrapes that might be infected.
Another health hazard associ-
ated with flooding comes from
insects that breed in standing

water. Mosquitoes can carry dis-
eases such as West Nile vii us. If
you have standing water in your
yard, take precautions to protect
your family against mosquito
bites. Drain water from contain-
ers such as flower pots and wad-
ing pools.
If it is not possible to drain the
standing water, there are some
chemical treatments available
that will kill insect larvae. Anoth-
er option for ponds is to add
more fish. Fish eat insect larvae
and help control the mosquito
Keep children indoors at
peak mosquito-biting times,
such as the hour before and after
sunset. Outdoors wear long
-sleeves and use insect repellant.
Before making any change-in
your diet or exercise plan, con-
sult your doctor. This is especial-
ly important if you are on any
.prescription. medications. Some
:drugs interact badly with foods
that would otherwise be consid-
ered "healthy".

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Courtesy photo
Rebecca Duffield received one of the American Legion
Scholarships awarded at Scholarship Night at Okeechobee
High School.

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Scholarship recipient
Aramando Castaneda was the recipient of the El Centro
Santa Fe Scholarship at Scholarship Night at Okeechobee
High School.

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American Legion Scholarship
Elizabeth Reinhart was the recipient of the American Legion
Scholarship at the Scholarship Night presentationsat Okee-
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Farm Bureau Scholarship
Phillip Powers received the Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau Young Farm and Rancher scholarship, the Ever-
glades Farm Equipment scholarship and the Outback Steak-
house All Star scholarship at the Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Night presentations.

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Linda Robles received the Gary & Twila Valentine Scholar-
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Jeronda Dortch received the Indian River Community Col-
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High School Scholarship Night presentations.

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Chobee Bulls
sign-ups slated
Sign-ups for the Chobee Bulls
football league will be held June
14 at the Chobee Bulls Field
House at New Endeavor from
4:30 until 7 p.m.
Boys in the sixth, seventh and
eighth grade are encouraged to
join. Please bring a copy of the
child's birth certificate and insur-
ance card to sign-ups.
There will be a mandatory
meeting for all football players,
cheerleaders and their parents or
guardians at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call Marvin
Roberts at (863) 357-6675, Mary
Jane Schoonmaker at (863) 634-
0326 or Maureen Halliday at
(863) 610-0577.
Golf tournament
will benefit CIS
Communities In School (CIS)
and the Police Athletic League
(PAL) are hosting their sixth
annual golf tournament on Satur-
day, June 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf & Country Club.
There will be an 8 a.m. shot-
gun start.
Entry fees are $45 per person,
or $180 per team. Sponsorships
are available. The cost of a hole
sponsorship is $150; a tee spon-
sorship is $75; and, a team spon-
sorship is $180.
There will also be chicken and
rib barbecue dinners.
Prizes will be given to the first,
ninth and next-to-last place
All proceeds will help fund CIS
projects: Mentoring Character
Counts and Youth Center.,
For information, call CIS at
(863) 462-5327.
Volleyball team
hosts summer camp
The Okeechobee High School
volleyball team will host a sum-
mer volleyball camp for girls in
grades four through eight.
The camp runs from 9 a.m.
until noon, June 20, 21, 23 and 24
at Osceola Middle School. The
cost is $45, and includes a free T-
shirt and water bottle.
The camp is for experienced
and beginning level players. Par-
ticipants will be divided by skill
level and will work in groups with
players of similar ability. Experi-
enced players will be challenged,
by A quicker, more aggressive
style of play. Both groups will be
led by experienced coaches and
assisted by varsity level players.
You may pick up an applica-
tion in the main office of Okee-
chobee High School, or call head
coach George May at (863) 634-
5836 for information.
Youth football
sign ups planned
Sign-ups for the new Pop
Warner football league and
cheerleading program will take
place on June 25, July 2, 9 and 16
at Teen Town from noon until 4
Parents must provide copies
of the child's birth certificate,
their most recent report card and
a current physical at registration.
The cost of registration will be

For information contact James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482,
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576
or Kristen Barker at (863) 697-
Hours announced
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex swimming pool hours of
operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m, until
5 p.m.; Sunday from. 1 until 5
p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7,'Tuesday -
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
p.m., Sunday from I until 5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday
through Friday from 4 until 7
p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m., Sunday from I until 5 p.m.
The pool is not open during
school hours. When school is in
session the pool is used for physi-
cal education and other school-
related activities. For information,
contact the pool office at (863)
YMS hosting
basketball camp
Yearling Middle School will
host two separate summer bas-
ketball camps.
The first camp will be June 27
July 1 from 8 a.m. until noon for
second and third grade students,
and from 1 until 5 p.m. for fourth
and fifth grade students.
The second session will be for
sixth to eighth grade students and
will run July 11-15 from 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m.
The cost for either camp will
be $40 per camper.
For information contact YMS
at (863) 462-5056.
YMS to keep
gymnasium open
YMS will be offering open
gyms this summer.
On June 20 the gym will be
open for girls basketball from 3
until 5 p.m., and from 5 until 8
p.m. for boys basketball.
There will be another open
gym on June 22 and 24 for boys
basketball from 5 until 8 p.m.
On July 18, 20 and 22, they
gym will be open for girls volley-
ball from 3 until 5 p.m.; and, boys
basketball from 5 until 8 p.m.
There will also be an open
gym on July 18 for girls basketball
from 1 until 3 p.m.
All students who are trying out
for teams next year or who partic-
ipate during open gyms need to
turn in a new physical.
For information contact YMS
at (863) 462-5056.
Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
ment schedule.
The remaining tournament
dates 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. For information,
contact Larry Crossman at (863)

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, June 10,
through Thursday, June 16, are as
Theatre I "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9:10 p;m. Saturday and Sunday at
2,4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:10
Theatre II "Madagascar" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
'Theatre Ill "The Longest Yard"
(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-


Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
'128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from'8 a.m.
.until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.rr., Monday through Friday. It is
.closed on weekends and holidays
. Onlv recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass,'
jars and bottles and plastics #1
through #7 are accepted at the.
public facilities. Items not accept-
ed include: plastic shopping bags:
commercial' business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household liash; oil,
gas, paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid % aste manager,
at (863) 763-1811; or, \\aste Man-
agement of Okeechobee at (863)
357-0111, or It863) 7 .3- .81.

Red Cross
needs instructors;
Hawe you s, ed 'a,lite6 tda\
Volunteer'ay an Aiherican Red
Cross instructor and teach others
the skills the, need to save lives.
You can help the American Red,
Cross reach people in your com-
murfity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First .id, Automat-
ed External Defibrillation, and
HIV AiDS Prevention. Contact the
-Okeechobee Branch of the Amnei-
can Red C oss at i,63.1 76.3-2-lS to
find out more.

Volunteers for
elderly are needed.
.: The Loniz-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volunteers
to serves advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted Ih, -
ing facilities Volunteers are spe-
cially Lrained and certified to inves-
tigate and resolve resident
complaints and to carr\ out
inspections of facilities. Licensed
social \vorlkers, pharmacists, elder
la\% attorneys, physicians, nurses
.and others %with a sincere interest
in the elderly are urged to apply.
Call Linda Slatiery at (772) 595-
Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters no\" have
Baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For information, call Margaret
at (863' 467.-8rr20, or Janet at
i$6,3f 467-018.3

Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Program
is available hor Okeechobee resi-
dents. The rates to spay neuter
cats and dogs are: female cat 15;
male cat $10; female dog $25;
and male dog $25. Applications
may be picked up at the Pen-
nrSa er, St. Vincent's, Salvation
Armv or Animal Control. For infor-
matllon, call 17721 283-4137 or
'772' 336-0339.

Vaccine for

rabies required
The Florida State Animal La\\
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County Ordinance Sec. 10-
II1, Vaccination against rabies
required and Okeechobee City
Ordinance 4-26, vaccinations. All
dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months
and older must be vaccinated
once a year by a licensed veterinar-
ian against rabies with a United
States Golernment approved vac-
cine. Animal licenses are pur-
chased at the Animal Control facili-
ty with proof of current rabies
vaccination. For information, call
Animal Control at (863) 357-3225.

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BURIAL PLOTS (2)- In old
section of Evergreen Ceme-
tery. $1100 for both.

BLACK LAB- female, recent
surgery still has stitches, no
collar, vic of Hwy 441 SE
and 15B. (863)467-0501.
BLACK LAB MIX- large, male,
vicinity of Hwy 70 West
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Young Female Cat Recently
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BILLFOLDS (2) lost out of
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driver license. Very impor-
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LOST: cat, gray tiger, w/white
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Edens Construction Co.
has immediate openings for equipment
operators, including track hoe, loader, dozer &
pipelayers. Experienced only please apply.
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Needed for Ag. Harvesting.
Pay dependant on exp.

Help Wanted
Salary commensurate
with experience.
Call Mr. Dick Sills, Ext. 139
and leave message.
Looking for Someone
Exp'd For Concrete
Block & Flatwork.
Must have drivers license.
Annual starting salary: $30K
for qualified applicants.

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that's updated regulaly:
the classifieds.

All around maintenance
person to do lawns,
wash trucks etc.
Do not call after 3:30 RM.
Experienced Diesel Mechanic
For Heavy Equipment
Drug Test Required
Salary $8.00 to $18.00
Active drivers license
and vehicle
222 S. Parrott Ave.
Must be computer literate,
Positive attitude
Drug Test Required

Dairy Knowledge preferred,
Salary and Benefits, Call
(863)34-1758 or
Has an immediate opening
for a Full Time
Hours: Tues-Sat. 7:30am-4pm
Skills in plumbing, carpentry,
and light electrical preferred.
Need a self starter Supervisory
type person. Fax Resume to:
863-467-1183 or Call

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car and provide excellent
Ne-w service to our customers
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Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233

Sign-Up Bonus
We are now accepting
applications for Cashier, Fuel
Attendant and Wrecker Driver
positions. Training will be
provided for.responsible
people. We offergood pay,
rewarding work, benefits
and mileage reimbursement.
For a limited time, qualified
applicants who are hired will
receive a $200 sign-up
bonus. Apply atFt. Drum
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863-763-9383. DFWP

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exp., $10,800 annual salary,
benefits. Apply at http://peo-

needs work, Will do light
housekeeping and live in,
references (863)675-4239.

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

License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Aluminum Roof Over

Shoes = $70
Trim = $25

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is the time spent reading
with your child from
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
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 I Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,'
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewinp Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos9 & Games 730
Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

3.5 ton package unit w/ heat
$1375 (954)309-8659
20K BTU Reverse Cycle,
window unit, $275 or best
offer (863)674-0467.
New, 21k BTU, electric $350
Ton, For DW. Includes 6 yr.
warrantee. Like brand new.
$1200 (863)697-1894
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.

asking $30. (863)675-4912.

2, Almond. $100 for all, will
sep. (863)763-8613
DRYER- apartment size,
works nice, $100.
burners working, $15.
condition, $20.
TOR (Frigidaire 17 cu63 ft)
white, $300 for both.,
REFRIGERATOR- 19 cu. ft.,
Frostfree, asking $75.
Ig., beige, frost free, x-lg.
freezer, exc. cond., $150.
STOVE, Electric, Stainless
Steel. $50. (863)697-6464
STOVE, Gas, Frigidaire. White.
$400 or best offer.
Heavy Duty. Excellent condi-
tion. $200 for both.

more, matching set, excel-
lent condition, $220 for both
Kelvinator, old but works very
well. $25 (863)467-2557

MAGAZINES- 1 box of assort-
ed titles. $50 for all.

FLOOR TILE includes tile
cutter, 50pcs, 12x12, light
grey $60 (863)467-2112
GARAGE DOOR- 16x8, good
condition, $250,.
4'x7', tinted glass, $100 for
both (239)246-3549
Heritage .Bought it,. Now it's
not 'needed $6000
VINYL SIDING- 1 full box,
covers 200 sq ft, color is
Sunny Maize, $100 or best
offer. (863)635-0433.
plete Kitchens. $500 or best
offer. (863)763-8613

2) Mortar Mixers, 1) Brick
aws, 2) Wheel Barrels,
16) 5ft. scaffold jacks, 1)16
ft. trailer, 1)1994 Chevy Pick
Up, 4x4. (859)265-1764

BABY ITEMS boys clothes,
toys, too many to mention
$100 for all or will separate
Light brown w/ red heart says
"I love you" Perfect condition
$20 (863)763-8149

ROSENTHAL- 8pl setting,
Made in Germany, wheat de-
sign, gold trim, 50 yrs old,
never used $400

COLLECTION: Approx. 44
yrs. old. Rare items. $2500
all. 863)824-3358
COLLECTION: $1500 for all.
Call (863)763-8943
QUILTS, 2 Beautiful, Hand
Painted & Hand Made. 1 of
Birds & 1 of Butterflies. $500
will sep. (863)467-8050
sorted sizes, asking $50.

XP 256 MB Ram, Monitor,
Keyboard, Mouse & Lots of
games $150 863-843-0158.

ing table. $550 for all, will
sep. (863)467-8177

circa late 1800's, needs some
work $150 (772)418-0018
Very Good Condition $50
BUNK BED, wooden, with built
in drawers & desk, $550.
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300all. (863)674-0467.

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8 circuit, w/2 single & 2
double circuit breakers, $50.
HAND PUMP- $80, water w/o
electric, complete w/steel fit-
ting & brass valves to install.
(863)467-4389 mornings.
w/ blank keys, priced rea-
sonably at $400

PIANO, Gul Bransen, real ivory
keys, perfect tuning, $600 or
best offer (863)467-6693 or

weeks old, $75.
(863)357-6825. d
BASSET HOUND w/papers. 9
mo. old., Female. House-
broken. All shots. Tracking
Chip. $400 (863)634-3841
COCKATIEL'S- for sale, $50
up (863)610-0843 after 5 p
$150. Call evenings,
AKC reg. 5-males, Ready
June 9th $325. Cash only.
JACK RUSSELL (f) for breed-
asking $250 for both will sell
sep. (863)357-2494.
PARROLET, 1 year old female,
Banded. $100.
White (F), 1 yr. old & Black &
White (M) 3 yrs. old. $500
both, will sep. 863)610-9812

From travel trailer $20 for both
New in box never been used
pd $80 sell for $50
(863)675-4361 after 5pm

SEW MACH TABLE- portable,
1 drawer, legs can be re-
moved for transporting,
24x8 walnut $75

BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
BOWLING BALL- Men's, Black
Columbia 300, 16lbs, Good
condition. Black bag. $30.

McCullach, new in box,
never used $110

DAYBED- Cherry Sleigh bed
style, $300 or best offer.
DESK, Wooden. Great for
computer. $40
Light oak, good condition $75
Table w/ four matching chairs,
Good cond. $225
6'long, light oak color, $85
HIGH BACK Wicker Chairs, (3)
Good condition, $36 will sell
separately. (863)467-5477.
LR SUITE- used, fair condi-
tion, color pattern, $100.
MATTRESS- California King
size, good condition, paid
$800 asking $100
SOFA, Chair, Coffee Table &
glass top table,.$250.
SEAT, blue, good condition,
all for $275.
TABLE & 4 CHAIRS- antique
style, pecan, nice condition,
$100 (863)357-4532.
WATERBED- King Size, mo-
tion free, mattress, liner and
heater. $50.
WICKER SOFA- Coffee table &
chair. Good quality furniture.
$125. (863)467-6573

$1800 (863)763-7252
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $950.

ROOF CARRIER: For Luggage.
Hard. 15 cu. ft. Good condi-
tion. $75 (863)610-0732

electric, new matt, plus air
matt w/pump incid. $900
neg. (863)655-3436.
tors for vans, like new, ask-
ing $1500. (863)357-8788
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Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Waterview, Furnished w/
Screened porch, slip, pool,
tennis, $1200 mo.

FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2 BA,
garage. Quiet country set-
ting. Small pet okay. Fenced
yard monthly or seasonal.

GENERATOR 5500 watts, 110
& 220 volts, electric start,
batt. charger, like new cond.
$1150 (863)467-4328
GENERATOR- Coleman, 5000
watt, 10 HP, new in box,
wheel kit included. $600.
GENERATOR: Small. $500 or
best offer. (863)357-3388
Hose & Gun. Used once.
Cleaned w/preservatives.
$700 (863)763-2692

condition. 6 mo. old $500.
Firm.(863) 697-1702

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


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed. Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Seruices
Offered 825
Farnr Supplies?
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 8'40
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 350
Livestock 855
Poultry./Supplies 8C0
Flowers 865

$20. @.

all pressure treated, $3500
value will sell $1200 you
move,. (863)467-5906

2 1/V2 yrs old, green broke, very
sweet, $1500.
12yrs old, 14 hds, retired from
playing polo, perfect for old-
er child $400(863)467-0247
11 yr old, black w/ white
face, papers, $1800.

BUSH ALL- 5' Brand New
$400 (863)801-1666
6ft offset, heavy duty
$1200 (863)763-4982
FINISH MOWER, 6 ft., like
new, used one season,
$ 9 0 0
Good condition. $75
STX38 John Deere, needs
new belts & pulleys, $300.
Massey Furgeson
$1500 (863)763-4982
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
180 & Husky mower. $600.
ea. (863)763-4149 or
Tractor, 18h/p B&S engine ,
46" cut, gd tires, needs trans
axle $160 (863)697-9704
rear tine, like new, $500 or
best offer (863)697-9704
SCREEN ROOM- w/insulated
roof, 12x26, $500 you must
remove. (772)486-1914.

Custom built, 16" seat, used
less than 25 times $600
SADDLE- McCellan Repro-
duction, almost new cond.,
w/bridle & blanket, asking
S$200. (863)675-4098.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930

by Kissimmee River, $500
mo. 1 st mo & sec to move
in. No Dogs (561)746-5852
House for Rent. 3BR/2BA, 13
miles west of Okeechobee
on Hwy. 70, $1300.
gle Family Home. No pets.
$800. mo. + Sec. & Refs.
Avail. now! (561)445-8281.

or Female, No children, Pets
neg. $450 mo. + util.
(863)228-3887 LaBelle

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1_'.5
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 104(J
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted )065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Beautifully landscaped new
listing, 3/2/2, in ground pool,
new roof, vinyl siding,
$249,900. (863)763-2423

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots '200
Mobile Home Parts 2j010
Mobile Homes Rent -'01
Mobile Homes Sale '?'

for mobile home, 5 risers,
$250. (863)467-0506.

FLEETWOOD '99, 3/2 w/2 Car
Garage & fpl. & many extras.
on 3 large. lots, fenced back-
yd. Must see. 863-447-0965


Boats 00t5
Campers. RVs 3010r
Jet Skiis "015
Marine Accessories ?u02
Marine Miscellaneous J0?.
Motorcycles ".;r1
Sport Vehicle. ATVs ?035

Aluminum, w/trailer. $350
W/ trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1000
Brand new prop but needs
starter. $2500
(863)634-8023 ask for John
AIR BOAT- Aluminum, 15ft,
small block Chevy, good
prop, runs good, trailer.
$2500 (863)763-4643.
AIR BOAT- small, 75HP Frank-
lin Aircraft engine, 5' prop,
needs tune-up, Must sell
$850 (863)675-0254.
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
MERCURY '01, 25 H, electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Storage Bench
This do-it-yourself storage bench project is sure to
be a big hit out on the patio or by the pool this spring.
Measuring 72 inches long by 24 inches deep by 31
inches tall, it features a generous cabinet underneath
its hinged, padded seat, perfect for storing barbecue,
gardening or even pool supplies. Casters make it
easy to mov& the bench into the shade or around the
patio as needed. The storage bench is made almost
entirely of exterior-grade plywood, and full-size
traceable patterns and detailed assembly diagrams
make construction a snap.
Storage Bench plan (No. 423). $8.95
Outdoor Furniture Package (No. C94)
Four other projects ... $25.95
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bow rider, 140 Johnson OB
motor, new bimini top, 2
bass seats, troll motor, good
trailer. $4500.
Floating Dock. $800 of best
offer. (863)763-3451
SEA KAYAK, '98 Perception
Eclipse, paddle, $700.

Good condition. $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-8261
'93- 27', excellent cond,
$5000. (863)697-2180.
Honda, '2000 $100.
sleeps 6, Fair condition
$1800. 772-287-3602 or

ING .$75 for both.

Galvanized rocket boat trailer
w/home made boat. $150
Harley Davidson 1200
Sportster, '97, new tires,
12k mi., never reg. in Fla.
Call Don bet. 5-8.
33K Excellent condition.
$2500. 863-634-7194.

ATV 400 Polaris
Excellent shape $2500
'03, very few hrs., $4500.
POLARIS 300, 1994, 4x4,
runs good, $1500.
(863)357-1576 or
YAMAHA 350, '86, blue, new
tires, good condition, $1100
or best offer (863)673-8741


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

Biarritz, 350 V8, only 78K mi,
$3,900 (863)612-0046
EL CAMINO-'83, white, Runs
good. Many new parts. New
Tires & CD player $1500.
HONDA CIVIC, '04- low miles,
call for details,
1991 Runs good, 128k mi,
asking $1000 or best offer
Auto, Cold A/C, Good trans-
portation/gd tires $3000 863-
cyl., Auto., PW, A/C, Looks
& Runs great. $1500 or best
offer. (772)461-2629
4 cyl. Gas saver. Very clean
car. $900 or best offer.
(863)675-2598 Lv. msg
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Totally rebuilt, new tires, low
miles. Runs great! $6500 or
good offer. (863)824-0884

4X4, Loaded, 2 Dr., Needs
motor work. $2500

JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
good $2500.



The most important

20 minutes of your day

is the time spent reading

with your child from

birth to age nine.

w/charger, $600.
GOLF CAR- 3 Wheel, recondi-
tioned, smooth riding, $750.
Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878

Camper Shell, aluminum, for
short bed, full sz. pickup,
$350. (863)634-2975
HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel,
Easy Slide w/mounting rails.
S$250. (772)285-8405
RIMS & TIRES- see at Play-
time Car Audio. Dakkar
Blades, 22x9 V2, brand new,
$2400 neg. (863)357-6000.
2 doors, w/ keys, like new
$200 (863)357-6202
TIRE, Brand New Michelin &
Ford Wheel. $85
TIRES (2) Michelin. LT
285/75R1 6's. $75
TRUCK CAP, Leer, High Top,
Fits full size Chevy. Pd.
$1300, Asking $300.
Installation avail. $250 or best
offer (863)467-8856

CHEVY Z71- '94,1/2 Ton, 4x4
Ext cab 350, auto, $2500.
DODGE 250 RAM 1981: 318
engine, 130K. Has electrical
short. $500 (863)763-5392
FORD 1986, 308, V8, 4x4,
manual shift. $1500
FORD F150 P/U 1989 Needs
motor. $1200
FORD F150 XL '03, V8, auto,
air, sunroof & many, many
extras. 36K mi Sport model
$17,000 (863)697-0222
FORD RANGER 1992, 150K
mils Runs excellent. $1800.
Firm. (863)763-3451

GMC S15 PU, '88- red, runs
good, $1500. neg.
TOYOTA PU, '87- drk. blue, 5
spd, w/fibergalss canopy,
$1000, (863)697-3004.

CHEVY S-10 1992, Good con-
dition, needs repair. $2000
Call Jewel @
Full size, 4x4 $600 ask for
Michael (863)967-6632
Jeep '88, Cobra trlr, tripod, 2
htrs, 2 tree stands, climber.
Call Natalia (954)304-4915
V-6, NC, good condition, runs
good $1000 or best offer

TRAILER- Heavy duty, tires in
good condition. Side rail
ramps. $1500.
w/ running boards & tires-
$150 (863)675-0969
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.

CHEVY VAN, '89- w/wlndows,
asking, beige w/ brown
stipe, runs good, $2500
neg.. (863)763-.1751.

runs well, good shape,
$1500. (863)467-6423.
Fully equipped. After 8pm
call (863)357-3534 $3800.
PLYM. VOYAGER 1988, Good
engine, no rust, good tires,
power steering leaks. $795
neg. (863)612-0111
AC/PS/CD, new tires,-hitch,
runs great, low miles, $1500
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Public Notice 5005
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Legal Notice 5500

ES, his wile,
v. CASE #: 2005-CA-15
Defendants. .
NAOMI NUBEN, his wife, and as to
each of the foregoing persons, if alive
or deceased, their unknown heirs, de-
visees, grantees, creditors and all oth-
er parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants, AND TO
tion for declaratory relief, reformation
of deeds and quiet title as to the fol-
lowing property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Commencing at the northwest corner of
the South 1/2 of Section 32, Township
33 South, Range 35 East, Run thence
North 89 degrees 19'08 East along
the North boundary line of said South
1/2 of Section 32, and along the cen-
ter line of road for a distance of
3725.11 feet, Thence, run South for a
distance of 35.00 feet for P.RO.B.
Thence continue South for a distance
of 330.00 feet. Thence run North 89
degrees 19'18" East for a distance'of
317.50 fe'hence run North, for a
distance 5330 feet, thence run South
89 degrees 19'08" West for a distance
of 317.50 to Point of Beginning. Ly-
ing and comprising apart of the South
1/2 of Section 32, Township 33
South, Range 35 East, Okeecobee
.County, Florida, this parcel isalso de-
scribed as Tract II which Is the West
2.4 acres, more or less, of LOT 26,
DEER PARK'ACRES, and Is Identified
by the survey by Leon Willis, regis-
tlred land surveyor #1358, State of
Florida, and said survey becomes a
part of this deed..
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copyof your writ-
ten defenses, f any, toi on Plaintiffs
attorney whose name and address
316 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee, Flori-
da 34972; and file the original with the
Clerk of the above styled Court on or
before the 28th day of June, 2005;
otherwise a judgment may be entered
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Irne C TI i ..i .
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(,ui op mr r, iatr d i My 2005
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l iubi St iIe505

v. CASE NUMBER: 2005-CA-154
each of the foregoing persons, if alive
or deceased, their unknown heirs, de-
visees, grantees, creditors and all oth-
er parties claiming by, under or
against these Defendants, AND TO
tion for quiet title of the following
property in Okeechobee County, Flori-
da: .
The East 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the
South 1/2 of the North 1/2 of TRACT
24, SECTION 34, Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 4 at
Page 3A-D of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida; subject
to an easement of the South 30 feet
thereof for road and drainage purpos-
The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the South
1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract 4, Sec-
tion 4, Section 28, Township 34
South, Range 33 East, according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book
4 at Pages 3A-D inclusive of the Okee-
chobee County Public Records.
The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the
North 1/2 of the North 1/2 of Tract 08,
Section 29, Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 4 at
Pages 3A-Dlnelusive of the Okeecho-
bee County Public Records.
Lot 71, Block 59, of BASSWOOD ES-
TATES, UNIT 5, according to the plat
thereof in Plat Book 3, Page 51, of the
Public Records of Okeechobee
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Plaintiffs
attorney whose name and address
316 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee, Rori-
da 34972; and file the original with the
Clerk of the above styled Court on or
before the 28th day of June, 2005;
otherwise a judgment may be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint.
WITNESS the hand and seal of said
- Court on the 27th day of May, 2005.
Clerk of Circuit Court
By:/S/Besatrice Rodriguez
Deputy Clerk
59219 ON 5/31;6/7,14,21/05
Your next lOD could be in
today's classifleds Did
.nY, IfnnL fr i'?

Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

57897 ON 6/10,14/05


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Community Events

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

Help with utility bill available
A LIHEAP representative will be at the Okeechobee One Stop
Career Center, 207 S.W. Park St., June 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. to discuss help paying your electric bills or help with deposits
and reconnections. This is only for first-time users, elderly, the
handicapped and for families with children under the age of 5.
You will need a picture ID, proof of income, a Social Security card
for everyone and an electric bill.

Airboat group will meet
The June meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Airboat Associa-
tion will be held Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Village
Square Restaurant. 301 W South Park St. Major agenda items
include voting on charitable contributions, planning for the 2006
jamboree and approval of revised bylaws. Prizes.will be given
away, and visitors are welcome. For information, call (863) 763-

The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) requests proposals to provide complete
professional engineering services for a 2-phase expansion of its wastewater
treatment plant and collection system. OUA anticipates that this project will re-
ceive federal funding through a Community Development Block Grant (interim
treatment plant expansion) and through Rural Utility Service, USDA and/or State
Revolving Funds for the collection treatment anddisposal system expansion.
Additional information regarding the project may be obtained from Mr. Landon
Fortner, Executive Director, telephone 863-763-9460, fax 863-763-3746.
Proposals will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: Successful experi-
ence with similar wastewater projects, 25 points, Familiarity with local condi-
tions, 25 points, Proposed approach to the project, including tasks and schedule,
and record of timely performance, 15 points, RUS/CDBG experience, 20 points,
Availability of staff, willingness to meet budget limits, 15 points. Experience and
familiarity factors will consider the firm and its staff, and may involve contacts
with references. In the event of a tied ranking, if one of the tied proposers is a
cerbfled minority/woman cwned business, that proposer will be given prefer-
Proposals should indicate the experience of the firm and staff, an outline of tasks
. and schedule, and other factors to establish the prposer's qualifications, includ-
ing a minimum of 2 references from similar projects. Applicable federal/state
clauses will be required in the resulting professional services contract, such as
equal opportunity, access and retention of records, conflict of interest, truth-in-
negotiation, nOn-contingency, etc.
Three (3) copies of the proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope bearing
the name and address of the proposer and the words "ENGINEERING PROPO-
SAL". The deadline for receipt of proposals is 3:00p.m. on July 11, 2005 at the
Okeechobee Utility Authority, Post Office Box 835, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0835
OR 100 SW 5th Avenue, 34974-4221. Proposals received alter the deadline will
not be considered. Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by a committee, and
a recommendation for negotiation will be presented to the OUA Board of Direc-
tors. The portion of the contract relating to the Interim expansion of the treatment
plant will be subject to approval by the Okeechobee Board of County Commis-
sioners and the Florida Department of Community Affairs (the funding agency).
OUA reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to negotiate for portions of
or all work described, and accepts no responsibility for preparation or delivery of
proposals to the OUA.
61185 ON 6/10-16/05

O c Okeechobee County School Board Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Okeechobee County
School Board will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at
6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative
Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, and is open to the public.
There will be no meeting on June 14 as previously sched-


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