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Vol. 96 No. 167
Thursday, June 16, 2005
504 Plus tax
On page 3 of the June 10
edition of the Okeechobee
News, it was stated in the
arrest report that 23-year-old
Justin J. Gopher had been
arrested on charges of posses-
sion of cocaine 'and obstruc-
tion by disguise.
According to the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's
Office, the person arrested
was not Justin J. Gopher.
Sheriff Paul May said the per-
son that was arrested used Mr.
Gopher's name instead of his
The sheriff said they have
learned the individual's true
identity and are searching for
Glades County man
charged in shooting
MOORE HAVEN A 33-
year-old Glades County man
has been arrested in connec-
tion with the shooting death. of
a Palmdale man.
Toby Reed Coppler was
charged with manslaughter in
connection with the shooting
death of Kevin 'Fatman' Osce-
ola during the morning hours
of June 13.
Coppler was booked into
the Glades County Jail under a
$50,000 bond. As of Wednes-
day afternoon, he was still in
Fire is a significant force in
the forest environment.
Depending upon specific land
management objectives, plus
a host of environmental vari-
ables, fire will sometimes be
an enemy, at times a friend
and frequently its effects will
be mixed between the two
A tough test
PINEHURST, N.C. Balls
that land in the rough can't be
seen 5 feet away. Shots that
land on the domed greens at
Pinehurst No. 2 don't stay
there very long. The U.S. Open
is supposed to be the toughest
test in golf, and Vijay Singh
found it to be every bit of that.
But it was only Wednesday,
and that's what troubled him.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
Comics . . .9
Community Events ... .4
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion .......... 4.
Speak Out . . .4
Sports . . . .8
TV . . . .11
Weather . . .. .. .2
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Anglers defy warning signs
By Loma Jablonski
Editor' Note: Second in a
Anglers continue to disre-
gard No Trespassing and Tow
Away Zone signs to use the boat
ramp at Taylor Creek.
The ramp was part of a par-
cel of property that includes the
Taylor Creek Lodge that was
owned by the Board of Trustees
of the Internal Improvement
Trust Fund, a state agency. The
parcel was sold to Dr. I. H.
Crouch on April 26 of this year.
Dr. Crouch then sold the proper-
ty to the current owners Taylor
Creek Resort RV Park, LLC on
"We have strong ties to the
community and had no idea
that there would be issues
regarding the boat ramp," stat-
ed Dr. Crouch in a telephone
interview. "We ran the property
while it was in receivership. It
was badly run down when we
took it over. We put a great deal
of work into it to upgrade the
park. I had hoped that the coun-
ty would purchase it, but they
opted not to buy it.
"I'm sorry to hear about the
problems that have come up
regarding the ramp. Hopefully,
the issues can be worked out.
Perhaps the county could either
purchase that portion of land or
possibly come to some kind of
lease agreement with the new
owners," he added.
Due to liability issues, the
new owners have closed the dirt
road and boat ramp on the east-
ern side of Taylor Creek that has
been used by the public since
the early 1950s.
This boat ramp has also been
used by the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office Search and
Rescue units for quick access to
the Rim Canal, and the lake.
A gate was installed across
the boat ramp and No Trespass-
ing and Tow Away Zone signs
were posted all along the dirt
road leading to the boat ramp
and the lock station at Taylor
Creek. Late last week, the gate
had disappeared and the signs
had been spray painted.
Carlos A. Rodriguez, a Fort
See Anglers Page 2
Lruni tTie: Youth Ranch puts on free camp
Staff photos/Audrey Blackwell
Jermaine McCray (right), site director for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and the
Wellness in Nutrition Program, led the children in prayer before lunch. The kids sang a
..prayer to-the tune of "The Adams Family" while clicking their fingers. Wednesday was
the third day of the free camp for Okeechobee kids at the Agricultural Center. Forty-
three kids attended Wednesday and up to 60 kids were enrolled in the week-long pro-
gram that meets from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Anglers continue to use the Taylor Creek boat ramp, and are
defying No Trespassing and Tow Away Zone signs. The ramp
and surrounding property is now owned by Taylor Creek
Resort RV Park, LLC and was closed to the public because of
liability issues. The iron pole shown in the picture is what
remains of a gate that had been installed last week. The ramp
is located directly in front of the Taylor Creek Lock and pro-
vides quick access to the Rim Canal and Lake Okeechobee.
By Pete Gawda
Residents of King's Bay. are
upset with Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) because of the
new pump-out hatches being
installed in the subdivision.
Mary Jurs, of the King's Bay
addressed the Tuesday morn-
ing meeting of the OUA board
of directors and expressed the
concern of King's Bay resi-
dents. She presented pictures
of the pump-out hatches being
installed and said they were not
in accordance with King's Bay
contract with OUA.
"This is not what you said
you were going to do," she told
She stated that residents
we're "livid" about the hatches
that were about 12 inches
above ground level. Ms. Jurs
said that with the ground built
up around them, the yard
would resemble a cone. She
noted that one person had put
flowerpots around the hatch to
keep from tripping over it.
"The job is not complete,"
said OUA Director of Opera-
tions John Hayford.
He said the specific tanks
See Contract Page 2
City code board
issues fines to
Hungry kids line up for free pizza at a Youth Ranch free camp at the Agricultural Cen-
ter Wednesday. Camp activities include a challenge course, a team sport, arts and
crafts, and learning about wellness and nutrition. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
are headquartered in Barberville, Fla. and the staff put on a free camp in different coun-
ties each week.
By Audrey Blackwell
The City of Okeechobee
Code Enforcement Board
approved issuing a $25 fine to
Geraldine Bertram and Zollie
Aldridge of Northwest 15th
Street because they have not
moved their storm-damaged
Code Enforcement Office
Sammy Hancock said at the
board's meeting Tuesday that
notices were delivered to Ms.
Bertram in January, March
and, most recently, on June 7.
He said he did not talk with her
"At one time, she had made
some repairs to it," he said.
Mr. Hancock confirmed
that she, or someone living at
the residence, had signed that
the notifications were
The board tabled action on
the case of disabled vehicles
on the property of Estaban
Moreno and Yolanda Frias at
Southeast llth Avenue. The
board wanted to make sure
See Fines Page 2
T.D.C. approves funding requests
By Loma Jablonski
The Okeechobee County
Tourist Development Council
(T.D.C.) board of directors
held their monthly meeting on
Those in attendance were
T.D.C. coordinator Kathy Scott;
County Commissioner Clif
Betts, Jr.- chairman; Francee
Malone vice chair; City Coun-
cil member Noel Chandler;
City Council member Lydia
Jean Williams; Ray Jones; J.R.
Coburn; and, Mac Simpson.
Special guest Tammy Harrison,
manager of the new Holiday
Inn Express & Suites, was also
present to discuss the new
motel. She stated that the new
facility would have 62 guest
rooms and several meeting
Ms. Harrison also stated
that the existing Holiday Inn
Express would continue to
operate under the Holiday Inn
Express name but would pos-
sibly be privately owned. She
concluded by stating that the
tentative opening date for the
new motel would be July 29.
During the meeting the fol-
lowing businesses were
approved for advertising/pro-
motional funding: Main Street
Barbecue $3,000; Cattlemen's
Association $10,000; Quail
Creek Plantation $2,000;
Seminole Cup $6,000; Water-
Fest $10,000; Okee-Tantie
Blast $3,500; Okee-Tantie
Team Trail $2,500; Florida
Bass Federation $4,500; and,
the Ranger Boat Tournament -
In new promotions and
advertising, Ms. Scott present-
ed two new cooperative pro-
motion and advertising oppor-
tunities for 2006 to the council
for their consideration.
The first one discussed was
an airboat jamboree at the
Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina. That item was tabled
since it would not take place
for another year.
The second was the possi-
bility of an Okeechobee Coun-
ty Calendar with other county
departments or sponsors. That
item was also tabled until
more information could be
In other business, the coun-
cil voted to cancel their July
meeting. The next meeting will
take place on Aug. 9 at 6:30
Staff photo/Loma Jablonski
The Tourist Development Council met on Tuesday evening to
discuss Items on their regular agenda. T.D.C. coordinator Kathy
Scott (left) explained fund requests to (left to right) Okde-
chobee County Commissioner Clif Betts, Jr., City Council mem-
ber Noel Chandler.
2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 16, 2005
BHR juveniles arrested in connection with thefts
The arrests of two Buckhead
Ridge youths have cleared up a
number of burglaries and thefts in
that Glades County community.
According to a press release
from the Glades County Sheriff's
Office (GCSO) the two juveniles
were charged with two counts of
burglary of an unoccupied
dwelling, one count of burglary of
a conveyance, four counts of
grand theft, one count of petit theft
and one count of criminal mis-
Glades County Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon stated in a press release
that in the month of April, his
department received five burglary
and theft complaints in Buckhead
noticed a go-cart sitting in a yard
property that had been reported as
Ridge. He stated that approximate- that she recognized. The press stolen.
ly $4,066.95 in property was stolen release states the go-cart had pre- The GCSO press release states
from five victims. viously been reported as stolen. the two officers recovered various
On June 3, continued the press Dep. McGrory and Sergeant other items that had been reported
release, GCSO Deputy Shannon Mike Pepitone began an investiga- stolen. These items, stated Sheriff
McGrory was in Buckhead Ridge tion that culminated with the Whiddon, have yet to be claimed
dealing with a go-cart complaint, arrests of the two juveniles, and and are being held for positive
While speaking with juveniles, she the recovery of about $1,705 in identification.
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have 2 inches of soil over them
and that the hatches were
designed for 12 inches of soil cov-
ering the tanks. He, said OUA
would look at other means of cor-
recting the problem when the job
is completed. He suggested bring-
ing in sod as a temporary fix.
OUA board member Carl
Leonard asked what OUA was
going to do.
Mr. Hayford said they had
gone back to see if the manufac-
turer makes another type of
Board chair Melanie Anderson
asked what makes the hatches so
Mr. Hayford replied that it was
the depth of the tank.
OUA Executive Director L. C.
Fortner suggested that they inves-
tigate the depth and if the tank'is
too shallow, move on to a deeper
tank until the problem is correct-
ed. He said that the depth of the
tank was not considered in the
original engineering studies.
Board member Harry Molden-
hauer asked if a riser is needed at
Mr. Hayford replied that that
the lid has to be fastened to
something, and that the lid is
bolted to the riser.
Ms. Anderson asked if there
was a change from the original
Mr. Hayford replied that the
hatch used is not specifically the
same, but generally it is the same.
He said the difference is that one
Glades County man
charged in shooting
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Staff photo/Pete Gawda
This is one of the recently installed sewer hatch covers in
King's Bay. King's Bay homeowners are upset over the
hatches that stick up about 12 inches above the ground in
their front yards.
larger hatch is used instead of the
original two hatches listed in the
contract. He said the company
they are dealing with is trying to
find 2- and 4-inch risers.
"I don't know if I am more
aggravated by the staff or the
board member Elder Sumner
He added that he felt this sort
of thing should be settled
between staff and the homeown-
Board member George Long
replied that rightly or wrongly it is
the perception of people that
they must come before the board
to get anything done.
When contacted after the
meeting, Ms. Jurs was not happy
with OUA's action. She said they
never told anyone about the
change and that what the home-
owners received is not what was
in their contract.
She also fears a safety issue.
She said that if the hatch covers
would not support a lawn
mower, she wondered what
would happen if someone acci-
dently stepped on one.
MOORE HAVEN A 33-
year-old Glades County man
has been arrested in connection
with the shooting death of a
Toby Reed Coppler was
charged with manslaughter in
connection with the shooting
death of Kevin 'Fatman' Osceola
during the morning hours of
Coppler was booked into the
Glades County Jail under a
$50,000 bond. As of Wednesday
afternoon, he was still in jail.
Also arrested was Billie Sue
Hurst. She was charged with
possession of cocaine with
Continued From Page 1
Lauderdale attorney ,is the regis-
tered agent for the owners of the
"We don't want to cause
undue problems for the commu-
nity. But now that the land is pri-
vately owned, we are concerned
about liability issues," he said. "If
someone is hurt out there or a
child drowns we can be sued.
Also, if a vehicle is vandalized
while parked out there we can
also be sued. The boat ramp has
intent to sell. She was booked
into the Glades County Jail
under a bond of $20,000.
According to Captain Daryl
Lewis of the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO), she has
since bonded out.
When GCSO deputies
arrived at Mr. Osceola's home
they reportedly found him with
a gunshot wound to the torso.
Personnel from Glades County
Emergency Medical Services
arrived and administered first
aid, but Mr. Osceola died a short
time later. .
The. injstigationjs continu-
been posted with No Trespass-
ing signs and Tow Away Zone
signs to let everyone know that
the ramp is closed to the public.
"The situation may change in
the future. But, until it does, the
ramp is officially closed," he
Mr. Rodriguez further stated
that he would contact Okee-
chobee County Sheriff Paul May
directly about the search and
rescue unit using the boat ramp.
"I read in the paper that he
was going to contact me direct-
ly," stated Sheriff May Wednes-
day. "I'm here and waiting."
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that the couple understands Eng-
lish and what the notices mean.
The notice given to the couple on
March 30 was signed.
Mr. Hancock said an attempt
will be made to discuss the situa-
tion with the pair. There have not
been any tags on the vehicles for
When discussing what action
to take in the case of the general
cleaning and beautification of an
abandoned home site that was
used for burn training by the fire
department, board members
approved that a $25 fine be
issued after 30 days.
Suzette Quarles of Northwest
Eighth Avenue allowed the burn
and took responsibility to
remove the debris, said Chair-
man Mack Worley.
Mr. Hancock said it has been
90 days since the burn on April
Mr. Hancock said she was
having trouble getting a dump-
ster delivered in which to put the
debris, but one was delivered to
her on Monday.
Allowing a training burn of
someone's property is a complex
process that can take about a
year to complete, explained Bea
Castorina. A person goes
through the fire department and
has to meet EPA guidelines and
qualifications on such things as
hazardous materials and so
"It is not common for people
to qualify for the burn training,"
The burn helped Ms. Quarles
with her disposal fees of an aban-
doned house that needed to be
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 1,6, 2005 ;
The two faces of fire
Fire is a significant force in the
forest environment. Depending
upon specific land management
objectives, plus a host of environ-
mental variables, fire will some-
times be an enemy, at times a
friend and frequently its effects
will be mixed between the two
A wildfire raging through a for-
est can have disastrous effects.
Healthy trees are reduced to
blackened snags; shrubs that pro-
vided food and cover for wildlife
become ashes; under the intense
heat some soil nutrients are
vaporized and become airborne
in clouds of choking smoke. Ash
falls on rooftops, window sills,
and darkens clothes drying out-
doors in nearby towns. Where
people once enjoyed a green sce-
nic landscape, they see a stark
gray landscape. A forest has been
grossly changed; the web of life it
encompassed and nurtured has
Here, fire has shown its mas-
tery over the, land- and has
behaved a a monster.
Think about fire for a moment.
If you have warmed your hands in
its welcomed heat and enjoyed its
friendly light, you know that all
fire is not the raging holocaust.
Fire, along with air, water and
earth is a basic environmental fac-
tor. We do not judge air as 'bad'
because it sometimes produces
destructive hurricanes. We are
drawn to water rather then avoid-
ing it despite its potential to cause
devastating floods. Fire, no less
than air and water has been a nat-
ural directing force in human evo-
lution and the ecosystems we
History of fire in the forest
seems basically contrary to what
we have been taught since child-
hood. Perhaps we feel we have
progressed beyond the need for
direct dependence on this natural
force. Or maybe we simply do not
know and understand it any
Only in the last century has fire
in the forest been viewed as a
monster. We are now beginning
to realize that fire is a natural
agent essential for maintaining
the natural ecosystems of Florida.
Fire is neither all good nor all bad.
It is natural. It is powerful. In
the proper places, in the right
hands, at the right times, fire can
be an asset and an all. To employ
fire as a useful friend is much
more logical than confronting if
as an enemy.
Anyone needing additional
information may contact the local
Division of Forestry at (772) 219-
1248 (St. Lucie, Indian River, Mar-
tin, Okeechobee counties)
(863)655-6407 (Highlands and
Glades counties) or go. to the
FIREWISE website at www.fire-
wise.org or www.fl-dof.com
Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross representative, Candace Pope (center) received a check on behalf of the
organization from United Way President, Frank Irby (center left) at the Riverside Bank on Wednesday. The funding which
was shared by four other local charity organizations to provide relief after last year's hurricanes, totaled $116,000 and
was made available through Publix Charities and the United Way. Other United Way board members in attendance at the
presentation included Cathleen Blair, Sam Smith (left), United Way secretary, Cheryl Sutton (right) and United Way treas-
urer, Jennifer Lafferty (far right).
Edward L. Cessna, Sr.
Edward L. Cessna, Sr., age 70,
of Okeechobee, died Monday,
June 13, 2005 at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. He was born Nov. 30, 1934 in
Altoona, Pa., He had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for three
years and was of the Catholic
faith. He enjoyed boating, fishing
He was preceded in death by
his son, Edward Cessna, Jr.
Survivors include: his beloved
wife of 21 years, Shirley Cessna of
Okeechobee (formerly of Glen
Burnie, Md.); daughter, Sharon
(Bill) Hankins; stepsons, Bruce
(Barbara) Miner and Darrell
Miner, all of Glen Burnie, Md.; six
grandchildren; four great-grand-
-children; brothers, Donald and
George Cessna of-California; sis-
ters, Ruth Westley, Candice and
Alicia Burk, allofAltoonai Pa.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Edward Charles Engel
Edward Charles Engel, age 81,
of Okeechobee, died Monday,
June 13, 2005 at his residence. He
was born July 15, 1923 in Hart-
ford, Ohio, Mr. Engel had been a
resident of Okeechobee for 19
years. He served in the U.S. Army
and was of the Catholic faith. He
He was preceded in death by
his wife, Doris Engel.
Survivors include: his son,
Charles (Connie) Engel of Day-
tona Beach; daughter, Donna
Jean Popejoy of Okeechobee;
grandson, Lawrence (Linda)
Popejoy of Concord, N.C.; grand-
daughters, Lisa (Scott) Popejoy
Morgan of Okeechobee, Christina
(Asad) Hussain of St. Petersburg,
and Cathy Engel of Gainesville;
five great-grandchildren, Lauren,
Lindsey, Hannah, Emily and Sami;
and sisters,.Estelle Murphy of Peo-
ria, Ill., Betty Shingledecker and
Rose Jackson, of Dell Valle, Texas.
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Thursday, June
16, from 10 a.m. until funeral
service time at 11. Interment will
be in Volusia Memorial Park in
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.
Agnes Catherine Fawcett, age
81, of Okeechobee died Saturday,
June 11,2005 at Lawnwood Med-
ical Center in Ft. Pierce. She was
born June 25, 1923 in Esmond
N.D. She was an Okeechobee res-
ident for 25 years. Mrs. Fawcett
was an active bowler on the
Women's Thursday Morning,
Mrs. Fawcett is survived by: her
husband of 48 years, James B.
Fawcett; daughter, Gail (Carl)
Blount; two granddaughters, Lois
(Jason) Cole and Whitney
Vansant; one great-grandson,
Justin Cole; and other family
. members, Jan Olson (James and
Cher) and Diana (Dick) Glanville
(Dixie and Dennis).
No visitation or services will be
All arrangements are entrusted
to All County Funeral Home.
Yolba Lou Hulick
Yolba Lou Hulick, 78, of Ft.
Pierce, died Wednes, June 15, at
a local nursing home. Yolba was
born on March 22, 1927, in Telli-
co Plains, Tenn. She was the
daughter of Samuel Boring and
Lou Ella Hunt Boring. She
moved to Ft. Pierce from Alaba-
Yolba was a retired school
nurse and dental assistant. She
was a member of Ruth Chapter
#7, Order of the Eastern Star and
St. Andrew's Church of Ft.
Survivors include: her hus-
band, Ray L. Hulick; daughter,
Cheryl Worley (John) Brogan, of
Crystal River; two sons, Gordan
Mack "Hoot" (Joy) Worley of
'Okeechobee and Benton Bartly
"Bart" Worley of San Francisco,
Ca.; two grandchildren, Lisa S.
Jarriel and Christy King; six great
grandchildren, Jessica Jarriel,
Justin Jarriel, Courtney Holmes,
Raylee Holmes, Aubrie Holmes,'
and Joshua King; sister, Kath-
leen McLaughlin; and brother
John E. Boring.
Mrs. Hulick was preceded in
death by her brothers, Rand Bor-
ing, "CUB" Boring, William Bor-
ing, and Norman Boring, and sis-
ter, Creoldean Dyer.
Friends may call from 2 p.m.
until 3 p.m., June 19 at Yates
Funeral Home in Ft. Pierce. A
memorial service will follow at 3
p.m., June 19 at the funeral
Friends who wish may con-
tribute to Hospice of the Trea-
sure Coast and the American
Cancer Society, 865 S.E. Mon-
terey Commons Blvd., Stuart
Sandra May Yeomans
Sandra May Yeomans, 59, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, June
13, 2005 at St. Lucie Medical Center
in Port St. Lucie. She was born in
Ala. and was a
for 20 years,
She was a Cus-
Bank of Ameri- Sandra May
ca in St. Lucie Sandra May
West. She was Yeomans
bowler and enjoyed cruises. She
loved her family, especially spend-
ing time with her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by: her
parents, James Benjamin Bowens
.and Estelle Williams Bowens; a
brother Billy Bowens; three sisters,
Jean Arnold, Ruth Bowen, and
Survivors include: her husband
Gerald R. Yeomans of Okee-
chobee,; two daughters, Patty
(Charles) Olsson of Jupiter, Melissa
Rogers and significant 'other
Christopher Snell of Loxahatchee,;
son, Jack Rogers and significant
other Theresa Harper of Port St.
Lucie; three grandchildren, Christ-
ian and Erik Olsson and Valaree
Harper; eight brothers and sisters,
Dolleen Russell of Dahlonega, Ga.,
Helen (John) McCarthey of Hous-
ton, Texas, Katie Westervelt of
Muskogee, Okla., Patricia (Dennis)
Yarborough of Jacksonville, Jim
(Dixie) Bowens of Houston, Texas,
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What about all the homes and trailers that were condemned
after the hurricanes. Some of them have painted over the marks
and are renting them even though they have been condemned.
Why doesn't code enforcement go back out to verify that these
homes have been torn down since they were condemned?
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted code enforce-
ment officials who said they are taking action against owners of
condemned homes, one at a time. They are aware of some rental
situations and have taken action. Code officials ask that if anyone
knows of a condemned home being rented to contact them at
(863) 763-5548 and they will initiate appropriate action, if they
have not already done so.)
"I would like the newspaper to find out for us just how many
culverts one piece of propertY can have over the county's road
drainage ditch. There is a house on 13th street that has culverts the
entire length of the property. How do you get permission to do
that? I thought the maximum was two culverts per property, which
allows you to have a circular drive.
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted the county and
were told that there are no county regulations limiting the number
of culverts on a piece of property.)'
Be careful what you put in your garbage. Someone is snatching
garbage looking for your identity. They want your mother's maiden
name, you're Social Security number andthey want a copy of your
bill for a credit card or bank account. Please be careful, they have
snatched mine several times.
I want to applaud some of the members of the OUA, but it was
too liirle and a little too late. The OUA exists only to serve the OUA.
I suggest that e\ eryone in Okeechobee or on the OUA water sys-
ternm, contact your local state and federal representatives. Ask them
lor an in\ estimation into the authority and its board members.
I am really surprised after last years devastating hurricane sea-
son that so many people are still acting greedy and cold with the
very high number of people that are still in FEMAtrailers or home-
I,-ss, arid the way FEMA is truing to empty out their trailers before
we get hit again. If you do find a place to rent, it is either too high or
children are not allowed. \What has happened in this town? Do we
onrl\ ant [wealthy, childless people living here? Have a heart.
I anm -onrdering how the executive director of the OUA can pos-
sibly retain his job after breaking his own policy by allowing haz-
ardous waste to be dumped into our system.
i Editor's Note Thanks for calling. \eU need to clarify a state-
ment in this call No one has reported or stated that hazardous
waste u.as ever dumped at the lift station in question True haz-
urdous waste is much mote dangerous than the material that
spilled tiom the NV 15 lift station. While we understand that
some OU4 employees that worked in the spilled material sought
medical treatment, their symptoms are likely due more to the
length of time the' actually spent in the material than the contents
or ,te material Even though the material had some elevated lev-
els ot certain ingredients, these levels weren't high enough to
cause alarm, said a local physician. Still, cautioned the doctor,
these workers should be monitored by their doctors for several
months for possible signs of toxicity.)
Martha's House plans training session
Mattha'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 gifen. For information, contact Shirlean Graham at (863)
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 tech-
niques for children 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 provided. Lunchbox Lectures are presented
by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and sponsored by
the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition to inform and heighten
the community's awareness of topics that surround the
increasing problem of teen pregnancy in Okeechobee. This is
the last lecture in the series. For information, call Carol Staley at
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Sometime about 1914, Father Gabriel Ruppert, O.S.B., a Benedictine priest from St. Joseph's Abbey, and pastor of St.
Anastasia's Catholic Church in Fort Pierce, began to make periodic trips to Okeechobee. The actual date cannot be
confirmed. His first car was a Stanley Steamer with two oil cans on one side and two gasoline cans on the other side,
a running board and isinglass curtains. This photograph must have been taken prior to 1927 for it was then-that ill health
forced him to leave St. Anastasia's. This photograph also appears in the 1993 book "Strolling Down Country Roads" by
Twila Valentine and Betty Chandler Williamson. 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 photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 coll
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863 467-
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministies will meet
for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m., with services at'7 p.m. at the
Basinger Cik ic Center. For information, call Doyle MdDuffie at (863)
Family Histor\ Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed 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.
Prayer Group meets at 1.0 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
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
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.
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
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
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
Sham or Irene Luck at 1.863) 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 Stop Center, 123
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
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 SW. Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is' facilitated b. Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okee-
chobee, 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.Adull Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For
information about respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member
is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers
and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another sup-
port, information and ideas The meetings are held at Hospice at
411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
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 becoming 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.
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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sayv
iour, 200 NW. 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.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be
at noon. Women should bring business cards and information to
promote their business. The meeting provides networking oppor-
tunities for women in business and is open to the public. No mem-
bership is required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at
(800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers
will meet at the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at
Habitat work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes
suitable for working. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.
Dual Recovery 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 psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group.
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 gospel music
-with( Ginger Fender and band at7 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 having 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 91.7FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be
Hylan Bryan, M.S. executive director of Safespace. The topic
will be helping victims of domestic violence, shelters and out-.,
reach programs and services. For information, contact Hylan
Bryan at (772) 595-0042.
Hospice plans ground breaking ceremony
Hospice of Okeechobee's board members and staff invite
everyone to join them at the ground breaking ceremony on,
Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the
site of their new building on the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and
Third Avenue. Refreshments will be served.
Church will host sports camp
The Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will be
having a Sports Camp June 20-23 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. For
information or to sign up, call Pastor Terryn' Moore at (863) 634-
Church will host revival
The Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 Parrott Ave., will host
a revival June 20-24 beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Pastors for
the revival will be Kevin McGushion, Lee Minton, Dale Shafer
and Gale Eyler. For information, call (863) 763-6869.
Baptist church plans Bible school
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., invites all
children kindergarten through sixth grades to attend their vaca-
tion Bible school June 20-24 from 5 until 8:15 p.m. The school
will create 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. A par-
ent seminar entitled Making Your Children Mind Without Los-
ing Yours will also be offered. For information, call (863) 763-
Oakview hosting Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.32nd St., will host a vaca-
tion Bible school June 20-24, from 6 until 9 p.m. The school will
be titled "Ramblin' Road Trip" -a trip across America to learn
how to make right choices. It will be for ages 3 through adult.
Registration kick-off will be Saturday, June 18, from 9 until
'11:30 a.m. and will include games, crafts, food, fun and fellow-'
ship. For information, call the church at (863) 763-1699.
Wildlife center hosts summer camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual
summer camp during the month of June. This wildlife educa-
tion camp is open to campers ages 8-12. The sessions will be:
June 20-24; and, June 27-July'1. The camp will be open from 8
a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost is $100 per camper. Campers will
learn about wildlife and the environment. There will be a day
devoted to survival in the wild. Florida Wildlife Conservation
officers Kevin Losee and Sean Smith will teach the young
campers how to survive in the wilderness. There will also be
daily crafts, one large take-home craft, ice cream parties, and a
field trip to 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) 763-4630.
Members sought for fair committee
As the first step toward forming, a county fair, the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center Advisory Committee is seek-
ing 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 Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St. Member of the advisory committee
,will select the committee members.
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BLNB to host tax seminar
Big Lake National Bank will host a seminar on June 23 that
will deal with tax credits and/or tax refunds that you may be eligi-
ble for but don't know it. The seminar will be held at the bank's
location at 1409 S. Parrott Ave. beginning at 5:30 p.m. If you are
interested in attending the seminar, please RSVP Debra Kane at
(863) 467-4663, ext. 1804. Refreshments will be served.
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, elder-
ly, 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-
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.
Chamber of Commerce to hold barbecue
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will be having a barbe-
cue chicken dinner on June 24 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Flagler
Park. Dinners will be pick-up only. The dinner includes baked
beans, potato salad, roll and cookie. White meat dinners will be
$6, and dark meat dinners will be $5. Tickets are available at the
Chamber, Rustic Ranch or from any Chamber director.
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
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.
Guardian ad Litem training offered
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad'
Litem program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee,
Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties to represent the best
interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children in court.
This meeting will be June 27-30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. at the South County Annex, St. Lucie West Courthouse, 250
N.W. Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, on the second floor
meeting. For information, call (772) 785-5804.
Class of '96 graduates to meet
Members from the class of 1996 will meet June 28 at 6:30 p.m.
in the banquet room of the Clock Restaurant, 111 S. Parrott Ave.,
in Okeechobee. The meeting is to seek help to organize events
for the upcoming class reunion in October. For information, call
Kim (Riley) Hargraves at (863) 634-6322.
Lake Dentpn offering summer camps
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is offering summer camps to
be held July 2-5; July 6-8 and July 9-12. We also have dates avail-
able year-round for camp rental for your church, family reunion
or group. For information, call Pam at (863) 453-3627 or (863)
634-9280. Their website is lakedentoncamp.org.
Application available for ESE scholarships
The Okeechobee County School Board Exceptional Student
Education Department has sent out letters to parents of ESE stu-
dents that may be eligible for John McKay scholarships. An eligi-
ble student is a child that has an active IEP, and was enrolled in
public school in Okeechobee during both the October and Febru-
ary child counts. The scholarship can be used to attend a private
school that accepts he students, or students may attend another
public school that has a similar program. There is an application
process that can be accessed through the internet at
www.fldoe.org. For information, call Cathleen Blair, ESE director,
at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255. The deadline for applications is July 3.
'His Story' planning meeting slated
"His Story", an enactment of the life of Jesus, is in the plan-
ning stages for 2005. The next planning meeting will be Tuesday,
July 12, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. All committee inembers
and any interested parties are asked to attend, as important deci-
sibns need to be made.
hurch of Christ hosting Bible school
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will
host vacation Bible school July 25-29. The theme will be all things
bright and beautiful, and classes will be provided for adults down
to the smallest child, The hours are 7 until 8:30 p.m. each
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale spon-
sored by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is
scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park.
Proceeds from this fundraiser are used throughout the year for
community projects. Past proceeds have been used to purchase
canned goods and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church
Service Center, scholarships and donations to the juvenile dia-
betes fund. Vendor applications are now being accepted. Contact
Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud at
(863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or
before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at
Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments, call
Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-
2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may
stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
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Our kitchen is open daily,
ser\ ing regular menu and specials.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos 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 will be held on
Monday starting at I p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 7
p.m., for members and guests
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party starting
at 4 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.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
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
Our monthly birthday party
on the second Wednesday starts at
4 p.m. Entertainment will be by
Janet Certain bring a covered
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m. Every-
one is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge \TFV Post
9528., 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesdayvs: bingo, at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
I Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until.? Food will be available.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
(except. for June 16 will be
changed to June 23)..
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
Saturday and ,Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
June 26: Father's Day break-
fast, AERIES fathers breakfast free,
ladies pay 4.
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
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
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
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
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
has many fun activities planned.on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)
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
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7:30 p.m.
until ? Call the lodge to see who is
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m..
Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, 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
Thursday: bar bingo has been
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
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
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
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.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
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 more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
July 4: Annual celebration
with food being served from 12:30
until 3 p.m. for a donation of $7.
The meal will be pork roast, baked
beans, cole slaw and potato salad.
Music will be from 1:30 until 4:30
and it will be karaoke by Deborah.
There-will also be a washer pitch,
shuffleboard, cake auction and
more. All proceeds from this event
will go to Hospice.
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
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
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and 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
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
Saturday: dollar dogs at noon.
Live music and dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: every third Sunday
we will host a pot-luck birthday
dinner. All other Sundays are vari-
able. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events. Darts begin at 7
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the first day of the Florida
Bass Federation tourna-
ment and showed this bass
that weighed a little over 2
pounds. He said he lost
one bass that would have
been close to 8 pounds at
the side of the boat. Held
said he was looking for-
ward to the rest of the tour-
nament, which continues
today' at Okee-Tantie Mari-
na. The final day of the
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Summer conditioning ses-
sions have begun at Okeechobee
High School for the Brahman
The sessions will be from 4
until 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tues-
days, Thursdays and Fridays
throughout the summer. Anyone
intending to try out for the foot-
ball team in the fall should attend
these conditioning sessions.
For information, call the Brah-
man field house at (863) 462-
5050 and leave a message and an
assistant coach will return the
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
SGolf & Country Club.
There will be an 8 a.m. shot-
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.
All proceeds will help fund CIS
projects: Mentoring Character
Counts and Youth Center.
For information, call CIS at
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.
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) 634-1482,
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576
or Kristen Barker at (863) 697-
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 12z30 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 1 until 5 p.m.
For information, contact the pool
office at (863) 467-7667.
Yearling Middle School will
host two separate summer bas-
The first camp will be June 27
- July I 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.
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At the Movies
The following movies are r -
now showing at the Brahman
Movie times for Friday, June
10, through Thursday, June 16,
are as follows:
Theatre I "Mr. and Mrs. r
Smith" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day 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 Thurs-
day at 2, 4:30,7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "Batman" (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.
Theatre III "The Longest
Yard" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day 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- -
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EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
tors, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth choir.
Wouldn't you like to make a dif-
ference? If so, please contact Rick
Hargraves at EYDC, 7200 U.S.
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. (863) 763-2174, ext. 234.
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library has announced a new
service for those patrons with e-
mail accounts. You can join the
Chapter-A-Day Online Book Club
sponsored iby the Friends of the
Okeechobee County Library. All
you need to'dd is visit the library's
web page. at www.heart-
lineweb.org/oke and choose the
link to the Online Book Club. Sim-
ply follow the directions on the
page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new
book. There is no charge for this
service. You don't even need a
library card. All you need is an e-
mail address and five minutes a
day to sample the wonderful
world of reading.
enrollment under way
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The
program is currently serving chil-
dren age birth to kindergarten
age. Both parents must be work-,
ing or attending some type of
school or training. There is .an
income limit based on family size,
Call 1-(866) 273-6340 to be placed
on the waiting list.
Church Food Pantry is open
again. We are located at 312 N.
Parrott Ave. in the back parking
lot of the church. Our temporary
gray box is stocked and ready for
anyone who needs food. All you
need is an I.D. The hours of oper-
ation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and-Thursday from 9 a.m. until
Make a difference
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence
is a time of risk and opportunity.
The youth in Okeechobee County
need you. If you have a caring
heart and one hour a week to
share in the life of a teen, you can
be a mentor. For information, call
Toni Doyle at (863) 462-5863.
One Stop Center
lists job openings
Ifyou're.looking for a job, look
at the One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W. Park St. In the past 60
days, 33 companies have listed 43
jobs and 45 people have been
hired. The center is open from 8
a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through
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tery. $1 100 for both.
BLACK LAB MIX- large, male,
vicinity of Hwy 70 West
CD CASE- black, with CD's,
found on Wolll Rd Call
(863)763-3134 to claim.
Young Female Cat Recently
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Call to Identity.
LOST: cat, gray tiger, w/while
chest & white paws, male,
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Needed for Ag. Harvesting. SCALEHOUSE OPERATOR
Pay dependant on exp. Must be computer literate,
(863)467-9929 Positive attitude
Drug Test Required
He/o d M/F/V/D. EOE
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LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Attendant and Wrecker Driver
Salary commensurate positions. Training will be
with experience, provided for responsible
Call Mr. Dick Sills, Ext. 139 people. We offer good pay,
and leave message rewarding work, benefits
800-523-1 30 and mileage reimbursement.
For a limited time, qualified
"applicants who are hired will
receive a $200 sign-up
Local Construction Company bonus. Apply at Ft. Drum
Looking for person Citgo mm 184 Fl. Turnpike.
EXPERIENCED in framing, 863-763-9383. DFWP
roofing, carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work. The classified are the
Class D license required. most successful sales-
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Looking for Someone -
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Block & Flatwork,
Must have driver's license. Part Time Secretary, 20,hrs.
Annual starting salary: $30K weekly, strong computer
forqualified applicants. exp., $10,800 annual salary,
863-357-0852 benefits. Apply'at http://peo-
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
CHINA CABINET- antique,
asking $30. (863)675-4912.
DRYER- apartment size,
works nice, $100.
ELECTRIC STOVE- GE, 3 top
burners working, $15.
MICROWAVE OVEN, excellent
RANGE ( Roper) REFRIGERA-
TOR (Frigidaire 17 cu63 ft)
white, $300 for both.,
REFRIGERATOR- 19 cu. ft.,
Frostfree, asking $75.
Ig., beige,~frost fn e, x-lg.
freezer," exo. cond., $150.
STOVE & HOOD FAN- Elec-
tric,Brand new. Never used.
STOVE, Electric, Stainless
Steel. $50. (863)697-6464
STOVE, Gas, Frigidaire. White.
$400 or best offer.
WASHER & DRYER, GE,
Heavy Duty. Excellent condi-
tion. $200 for both.
WASHER & DRYER- Ken-
more, matching set, excel-
lent condition, $220 for both
WASHER- front end loader, 4
yrs old, paid $600 sell for
$300 or best offer. works
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
ROOF PANES (4) Foam Insu-
lated. 3'6"W x 25'L. $720 for
all, will sep. (863)357-3439
SLIDING PATIO DOORS (2)
4'x7', tinted glass, $100 for
STEEL BUILDING- 30'x40'
Heritage Bought it, Now its
not needed $6000
Shop here first!
The classified ads
circa late 1800's, needs some
work $150 (772)418-0018
BOX SPRINGS & MATTRESS-
ES 2 Twin. Very good condi-
tion. $70 for both, will sep.
BOXSPRING & MATTRESS
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.
& Headboard $75 for both or
will separate (863)697-3945
CURIO CABINET, Oak, 2 Door,
2 Lights. $80.
DAYBED- Cherry Sleigh bed
style, $300 or,best offer.
DESK, Wooden. Great for
DINETTE SET: Oak w/4 chairs
& leaf. $125 863)673-3334
DINING ROOM CHAIRS (4)
Light oak, good condition $75
DINING ROOM SET
Table w/ four matching chairs.
Good cond. $225
6' long, light oak color, $85
EXECUTIVE DESK- oak, large,
$250 or best offer, located
in Ft. Drum. (863)763-8613.
HIGH BACK Wicker Chairs, (3)
Good condition, $36 will sell
LR SUITE- used, fair condi-
tion, color pattern, $100.
MATTRESS- California King
size, good condition, paid
$800 asking $100
RATTAN FURNITURE SET: 14
[cs. Too many items to list.
ike new. $1000 for all, or
best offer. (863)357-3723
SOFA, Chair, Coffee Table &
glass top table, $250.
SOFA, SLEEPER SOFA, LOVE-
SEAT, blue, good condition,
all for $275.
TABLE & 4 CHAIRS- antique
style, pecan, nice condition,
WATERBED- King Size, mo-
tion free, mattress, liner and
GOLF CART EZ GO, 2000
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
HOSPITAL BED- Invacare,
electric, new matt, plus air
matt w/pump incld. $900
WHEEL CHAIR LIFT, dual mo-
tors for vans, like new, ask-
ing $1500. (863)357-8788
needs work, Will do light
housekeeping and live in,
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
MAURO HORSE SHOEING
Trim = $25
TIRED OF WAITING??
Want to save money?
Get your own permit
Be Your Own Boss,
NO money down
& interior repairs
Call BOB Now!!
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books 8 Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television 'Radio 715
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat
20K BTU Reverse Cycle,
window unit, $275 or best
New, 21k BTU, electric $350
AIR CONDITIONERS (2) 5
Ton, For DW. Includes 6 yr.
warrantee. Like brand new.
BABY ITEMS boys clothes,
toys, too many to mention
$100 for all or will separate
BABY ITEMS crib w/ bumper
guard, highchair, 2 bags of
baby clothes $175 or will
TEDDY BEAR LARGE
Light brown w/ red heart says
"I love you" Perfect condition
ROSENTHAL- 8pl setting,
Made in Germany, wheat de-
sign, gold trim, 50 yrs old,
never used $400
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44
yrs. old. Rare items. $2500
FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL &
COLLECTION: $1500 for all.
QUILTS, 2 Beautiful, Hand
Painted & Hand Made. 1 of
Birds & 1 of Butterflies. $500
will sep. (863)467-8050
RUBY RED STEM WARE- as-
sorted sizes, asking $50.
DELL COMPUTER- Windows
XPR 256 MB Ram, Monitor,
Keyboard, Mouse & Lots of
games $150 863-843-0158.
COMMERCIAL KILN & Pour-
ing table. $550 for all, will
JACUZZI, 6 Person. Good
Manitowoc 800 with bin
SEW MACH TABLE- portable,
1 drawer, legs can b re-
moved for transporting,
24x8 walnuf $75
RADIO, Old Fashioned Look
Thomas Collectors Edition,
GENERATOR- 3750 watts,
brand new, used less than
2hrs. Paid $425. Asking
GENERATOR- Coleman, 5000
watt, 10 HP, new in box ,
wheel kit included. $600.
GENERATOR: Small. $500 or
best offer. (863)357-3388
PAINT SPRAYER, SPX Graco,
Hose & Gun. Used once.
PIANO, Gul Bransen, real ivory
keys, perfect tuning, $600 or
best offer (863)467-6693 or
PIANO, Pennington, Upright.
BABY CHINCHILLA- gray, 12
weeks old, $75.
BASSET HOUND w/papers. 9
mo. old., Female. House-
broken. All shots. Tracking
Chip. $400 (863)634-3841
BULLDOG PUP- Male, no pa-
pers. $200. (863)634-7108
COCKATIEL'S- for sale, $50
EXOTIC FAINTING GOAT-
$150. Call evenings,
GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS-
AKC reg., 5-males, Ready
June 9th $325. Cash only.
JACK RUSSELL (f) for breed-
, ing, Rottweiler (f) asking
$250 for both will sell sep.
JACK RUSSELL, Male, 1 yr.,
Tri-color, C.K.C. Reg. Long
legged. Good w/kits. $150
PARROLET, 1 year old female,
RED HEALER PUPPY
Full blooded, no papers $100
call anytime (863)697-3346
SIBERIAN HUSKY, Solid
White (F), 1 yr. old & Black &
White (M) 3 yrs. old. $500
both, will sep. 863)610-9812
DIGITAL CAMERA- Toshiba,
adaptor, case, instructions,
$200 (863)467-0462 leave
BATHTUB & SINK
From travel trailer $20 for both
New in box never been used
pd $80 sell for $50
(863)675-4361 after 5pm
BUSH ALL-5'Brand New
FINISH MOWER, 6 ft., like
new, used one season,
$ 9 0 0
FLY MOW LAWN MOWER,
Good condition. $75
STX38 John Deere, needs
nevw beplt pulleys, $300.
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
RIDING MOWER- John Deere
180 & Husky mower. $600.
ea. (863)763-4149 or
RIDING MOWER-MTD Garden
Tractor, 18h/p B&S engine ,
46" cut, gd tires, needs trans
axle $160 (863)697-9704
ROTO TILLER Yard Man,
rear tine, like new, $500 or
best offer (863)697-9704
SCREEN ROOM- w/insulated
roof, 12x26, $500 you must
SADDLE- McCellan Repro-
duction, almost new cond.,
w/bridle & blanket, asking
MINI CHOPPER- Excellent
condition. 6 mo. old $500.
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Christmas Trees 415
Farm Equipment .305
Farm Feed Products 1I 0
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce E'20
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
Poultry. aSupplies 860
ROUND BALES OF HAY
CHICKEN COOPS (4) 10X10,
all pressure treated, $3500
value will sell $1200 you
SPOTTED WALKER FILLIE
2 z/ yrs old, green broke, very
11 yr old, black w/ white
face, papers, $1800,
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 2/1,
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.
HOUSE FOR RENT 2 BR 1 ba,
by Kissirnmee River, $500
mo. 1st mo & sec to move
in. No Dogs (561)746-5852
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, Sin-
gle Family Home. No pets.
$800. mo. + Sec. & Refs.
Avail. now! (561)445-8281.
ROOMMATES WANTED: Male
or Female, No children, Pets
neg. $450 mo. + util.
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1060
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, CBS
Waterfront, lake access, sea
wall, desirable residential
community near golf course,
Lg backyard w./cypress
trees, appliances incid, new
roof, clean & well main-
ANCIENT OAKS RV RESORT-
Lot 3, Block 7, asking
LOOKING FOR DRY LAND
1-3 Acres. Residential. Rea-
sonably priced. In Okeechobee
County. Call (954)614-0879
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classifieds
HAND PUMP- $80, water w/o
electric, complete w/steel fit-
ting & brass valves to install.
w/ blank keys, priced rea-
sonably at $400
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Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
FIBERGLASS STAIRS- New,
for mobile home, 5 risers,
FLEETWOOD '99, 3/2 w/2 Car
Garage & fpl. & many extras.
on 3 large. lots, fenced back-
yd. Must see. 863-447-0965
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATV- 3035
14'V HULL BOAT
Aluminum, w/trailer. $350
15' FIBERGLASS BOAT
W/trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1000
AIR BOAT 125 LYCOMING '05
Brand new prop but needs.
(863)634-8023 ask for John
AIR BOAT- Aluminum, 15ft,
small block Chevy, good
prop, runs good, trailer.
AIR BOAT- small, 75HP Frank-
lin Aircraft engine, 5' prop,
needs tune-up, Must sell
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP, electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
PONTOON BOAT 24'
Floating Dock. $800 of best
SEA KAYAK, '98 Perception
Eclipse, paddle, $700.
WELLCRAFT 18'- CC, John-
son 110 SW, trlr, bimini, fish
finder, bait well, cover,
CAMPER TRAILER, 32 Ft.
Good condition. $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-8261
iubi Noi I
COACHMAN 5TH WHEEL RV,
'93- 27', excellent cond,
CROSS COUNTY RV 1988, 37
Ft. Good condition. A real buy
at $4900. & 23 Ft. RV $1500
Not Licensed for Florida. Will
deliver. Further info call Terry
(561)310-6611 Lake Worth
M/H CAR TOWING HITCH-
Honda, '2000 $100.
RV 23' not licensed for road
in FL. Located in Lake Worth
will del. to Okeechobee.
$1500 (561)310-6611 Terry
TROLLING MOTORS (2) ASK-
ING $75 for both.
BOAT & TRAILER
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.
HONDA GOLDWING '83
33K Excellent condition.
ATV 400 Polaris
Excellent shape $2500
BOMBADEER DS650 Baja,
'03, very few hrs., $4500.
GO CART, 2 Seater, 5.5 hp en-
gine. $350 or best offer.
POLARIS 300, 1994, 4x4,
runs good, $1500.
YAMAHA 350, '86, blue, new
tires, good condition, $1100
or best offer (863)673-8741
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 41200
Foreign Cars 1010
Four Wheel Drive 4u05
Heavy Duty Trucks 4140i
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 40')
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers -4060
Utility Trailers 414065
Biarritz, 350 V8, only 78K mi,
HONDA CIVIC, '04- low miles,
call for details,
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 92
Auto, Cold A/C, Good trans-
portation/gd tires $3000 863-
SATURN WAGON 1993, 4
cyl., Auto., PW, A/C, Looks
& Runs great. $1500 or best
TOYOTA TERCEL 1983,
4 cyl. Gas saver. Very clean
car. $900 or best offer.
(863)675-2598 Lv. msg
Totally rebuilt, new tires, low
miles. Runs great! $6500 or
good offer. (863)824-0884
FORD EXPLORER SPORT '97,
4X4, Loaded, 2 Dr., Needs
motor work. .$2500
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
CLUB CAR GOLF CART-
GOLF CAR- 3 Wheel, recondi-
tioned, smooth riding, $750.
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Camper Shell, aluminum, for
short bed, full sz. pickup,
HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel,
Easy Slide w/mounting rails.
TIRE, Brand New Michelin &
Ford Wheel. $85
TIRES (2) Michelin. LT
TIRES (4) 17" R6517. Rare
Deal! Asking $225.
TRUCK CAP, Leer, High Top,
Fits full size Chevy. Pd.
$1300, Asking $300.
TURBO HYDROMATIC TRANS
Installation avail. $250 or best
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 '98- 4x4, great
FORD F150 P/U 1989, Needs
FORD PICK UP 1976, Body
rough. Does run. 6 cyl. w/4
speed. $300 863)763-1370
FORD RANGER 1992, 150K
mls. Runs excellent. $1800.
GMC S15 PU, '88- red, runs
good, $1500. ne'g.
TOYOTA PU, '87- drk. blue, 5
spd, w/fibergalss canopy,
CHEVY S-10 1992, Good con-
dition, needs repair. $2000
Call Jewel @
FORD BRONCO '86
Full size, 4x4 $600 ask for
HUNTING PACKAGE $8500
Jeep '88, Cobra trlr, tripod, 2
htrs, 2 tree stands, climber.
Call Natalia (954)304-4915
V-6, A/C, good condition, runs
good $1000 or best offer
w/ running boards & tires
CHEVY VAN, '89- w/windows,
asking, beige w/ brown
stipe, runs good, $2500
FORD AEROSTAR VAN, '92-
runs well, good shape,
FORD HANOI CAPPED 1993,
Fully equipped. After 8pm
call (863)357-3534 $3800.
PLYM. VOYAGER 1988, Good
engine, no rust, good tires,
power steering leaks. $795
PLYM VOYAGER, '87- V6,
AC/PS/CD, new tires, hitch,
runs great, low miles, $1500
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT .
The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Job Training Con-
sortium announces the "Annual Meet-
ing" of the Workforce Development
Board to which all persons are invited:
Date & Time:
Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:0-9:00pm
Place: Indian River Community College
500 NW California Blvd.
Port St. Lucie West, FL
PURPOSE: To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. For more
information or to obtain a copy of the
Wolf(or v Develoent Board
o o treasure oas t
9350 S US Highway #1
P .gjSyFdorida 34952
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based, in order to provide a record for
63131 ON 06/16/05
REQUEST FOR ENGINEERING PROPOSALS
The Okeechobee Utility Authority (QUA) requests proposals to provide complete
professional engineering services for a 2-phase expansion of its wastewater
treatment plant and collection system. QUA 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 and disposal 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
certified minorty/woman owned 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 proposers 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 3:00 p.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 after 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 sub ject 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
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WILL MEET TUESDAY, JUNE 21,
2005 IN ROOM 410 OF THE KIGHT
CENTER AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE,
FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596.
FINANCE/AUDIT COMMITTEE-1:00 PM
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE-2:00 PM
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE- 2:30 PM
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,.
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED
TO ENSURE THAT AVERBATIM
RECORD OFTHE PROCEEDING IS
63134 ON 06/16/05
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History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St., will be closed from May
2 until Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30
a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from
11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Fri-
day. Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you
may need. For information during working hours call (863) 763-
6510. During hours the center is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863)
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and are
seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their playground
that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more information, call
Grace Christian Schoqls at (863) 763-3072.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross at (863) .-763-2488 to find out
Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee would like to
invite the community to participate in a project for Operation Free-
dom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20 service-
men in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serving our country
have requested items not only for themselves,,but they also give
items to the Iraqi children while on patrol and visiting. We would like
to invite the community to help us with this project. For more infor-
mation, contact Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.
Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of a few
fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners to be a part of the council. Gover-
nor Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with terms of two or four
years. The council meets monthly to discuss programs and needs of
the children in the community. Once a year, agencies request funds
through a grant process. Each council member "adopts" an agency
or two as their own and monitors the programs' services that they
provide to our children. Those,interested in completing an applica-
tion should contact Cathleen Blair,. executive director at (863) 462-
4000, ext. 255.
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure
fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Can-
dace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling.
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church-Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church.
The temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs
food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
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Summer Play Camp schedule announced
Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2005
Summer Play Camp began Monday, May 2, at Teen Town Center, 309
N.W. Second St. Enrollment .is limited and slots are filled on a first-
come, first-served basis. Campers must be between 6 and 12 years of
age. Play camps will operate Monday through Friday, through July 29
(except July 4), from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at three locations:
Douglas Brown Community Center, Okeechobee Civic Center and
Teen Town Center. The regular camp fee is $50 per week, per partici-
pant plus fees for field trips and special activities. Special rates
have been set at $25 per week for a child on the reduced school
lunch program, and $10 per week for a child on the free school lunch
program within the Okeechobee County School system for the
2004/2005 school year. A letter of participation from Okeechobee
County School Food Service must be presented at the time of regis-
tration in order to qualify for these special rates. Extended hours of
7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. will be available at both
the Okeechobee Civic Center and Teen Town Center for an additional
fee of $10 per week, per participant.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to threevolunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a.volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
Back to School supply drive starts
The Shared Services Network's Community Collaborative Council
is sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for Okee-
chobee's children in foster care.
These supplies will be given to the children in Okeechobee during
their annual foster care picnic just before school starts. The children
are in need of: pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, high-
lighters, notebook paper, construction paper, folders, binders, pencil
boxes, lunch boxes, backpacks, glue,- scissors, rulers, erasers, index
cards and calculators. For. information on becoming a foster parent,
call the Hibiscus Foster Parent Training Program at (800) 403-9311.
Supplies may be taken to the Community Collaborative Council
meetings during April, May and July. The meetings will be held in
room 303 of the Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W.
Second Ave. For information on the school supply drive or the coun-
cil's meetings, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Chamber sponsoring concerts
Brenda O'Connor, executive director of the Okeechobee Chamber of,
Commerce, has announced that the Chamber, in conjunction with Mor-
gan Renee Entertainment, are finalizing plans for a concert series. Infor-
mation on the bands and artists will be announced ata later date. To vol-
unteer your help at any of these events, call the Chamber of Commerce
-at (863) 763-6464.
New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of historical
Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of the-
old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce. They
also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee"
which sells for $4.
Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of opera-
tion are: June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 until
9 p.m. (family night swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday through Friday
from 4 until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday from 1
until 5 p.m. The pool is not open during school hours. When school is in
session the pool is used for physical education and other school-related
activities. For information, contact the pool office at (863)'467-7667.
Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Voluntary
Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in Florida-
and be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the 2005-06 school year. Par'
ents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflorida.org; or, they
can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy of the.
Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed 'for the summer, and;
they arel no longer accepting donations. For information, call Rosie at.
Church offers summer activities
Activities are now available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701:
S.W. Sixth St. These-activities include: a food bank that is open Monday:
and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tuesday
through Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon from 3.
until 4 p.m.; Boy Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8 p.m.; Immi-:
gration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of every month,
from I until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.: