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Vol. 96 No. 209



Inside

Board offers
zoning changes
Once again, county resi-
dents protested zoning changes
in their neighborhoods that
would allow for multifamily
housing.
At their meeting Tuesday
night the Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of
Adjustments granted two
requests to install used dwelling
units and recommending three
zoning changes.
Geneva Merriam was grant-
ed permission to install a used
dwelling unit in an agriculture
zoning district on N.E. 12th
Lane.
Page 2

Busch readies for
run at NASCAR title
LONG POND, Pa. Kurt
Busch may not have acted like
a champion at times this year,
but he sure is driving like one
of late.
Leaving behind the bad
behavior that overshadowed
the start of his Nextel Cup
championship defense and
some poor results that
dropped him out of the top 10
in the points standings, Busch
has positioned himself to
make a spirited run at a sec-
ond straight NASCAR title.
Page 5

Self-employed can
get health care
TALLAHASSEE Self-
employed Floridians in need of
health insurance can obtain it
through an open enrollment
period during the month of
August, Florida's Chief Finan-
cial Officer Tom Gallagher said.
Page 9

Cadets invade
Camp Blanding
STARKE JROTC cadets
participated in a five-day high-
intensity program including
negotiating an obstacle course,
jumping off a rappelling tower,
traversing a land navigation
course, taking a hands-on
math and science class, learn-
ing water safety principles,
building teamwork on a leader-
ship reaction course and
engaging a squad challenge
cycle, which includes a rock
wall and rope bridge. 1,038
cadets from 65 Florida high
schools participated this year.
Page 10


Drought Index
Current: 308
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.42 feet


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

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Classifieds ......12-14
Comics .... ........11
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .12
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports ............5.
TV . . . .13
Weather . . .2
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Thursday, July 28, 2005


50M Plus tax


County unveils $87 million budget


Pete Gawda
Okeechobee-News
On Tuesday afternoon, the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners held their
first workshop to begin to ham-
mer out the budget for the coming
fiscal year.
Commissioners also discussed
the renovation of the old court-
house.
The total proposed budget for
fiscal year 2005-06 is $87,367,848.
This represents a 0.07 percent


increase over the current year's
amended budget of $87,302,216.
The proposed milage rate is
7.10. One mil equals $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value.
The proposed operating budg-
et for the Okeechobee County
.Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is
$14,840,861 an increase of
15.14 percent over the current fis-
cal year. Much of the increase is
due to 17 new positions in law
enforcement, corrections and
courthouse security.
Commissioner Ray Domer said


he thought the increases in the
sheriff's office budget were justi-
fied in light of the growth in the
county.
The clerk of the circuit court's
budget consists of two separate
funds the general fund that
includes the finance department
and support for the board of coun-
ty commissioners and the fines
and forfeitures fund.
The general fund decreased
17.1 percent due primarily to a
reduction in operating costs.
County Administrator George


Couple grateful for new home


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Billie Hesch and Dick Wellman of Taylor Creek Lodge stand in front of the mobile home
given to them by fellow park residents Oliver and Garnet Briney.

Christmas comes early for couple


By Loma Jablonskid
Okeechobee News
What started out as another
day of uncertainty and frustration
for Dick Wellman and Billie
Hesch turned into one of tears of
joy.
They had been facing the pos-
sibility of being left homeless by a
series of events over which they
had no control.
Mr. Wellman and Ms. Hesch
are residents of Taylor Creek
Lodge. They have lived in a
mobile home on the Taylor Creek
side of the park for the past five
years.
Over the past several months
they have watched as recreation-
al vehicle owners have pulled
their homes from the lodge,
unable or unwilling to pay the
increased lot rents that went into
effect when the new owners -
Taylor Creek Resort RV Park, LLC
- took over the park in early
June. Some of the RV rents were
raised from $160 per month to
$400 per month.
Then, on June 22, they
learned that some of their neigh-
bors living in the (13) mobile
homes on the north side of the
park were served with First
Notice of Park Rules Violation let-
ters by certified mail, regular U.S.
Mail and posted at their premises.
These notices informed the
majority of the residents that their
homes were in violation of the
Park Prospectus namely,
many of their homes were violat-
ing set back requirements
required by law and others were
encroaching into property out-
side of Taylor Creek Lodge.


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The home, owned by Billie Hesch and Dick Wellman, will
not be allowed to be moved from Taylor Creek Lodge
because it was built prior to 1976 and cannot be permit-
ted to be moved from its present location.


These people were given
seven days to rectify the situation.
Unfortunately, many of the
mobile homes in Taylor Creek
Lodge are older model trailers.
Some have been at the lodge for
20 years. Over the years residents
have added screen rooms, Flori-
da rooms, covered patios and
storage sheds. Some improve-
ments were-made with building
permits; others were built with-
out the necessary permits. It
would be nearly impossible to
move some of the structures or
even the mobile homes them-
selves.
On July 5, these same resi-
dents received 30-day Notices of
Termination of Tenancy.
Mr. Wellman, Ms. Hesch and
other residents throughout the
park not affected by these series
of events got nervous. They
began to make plans of their
own.
"We live here year-round.
This is our only home and we
have to make plans. It's only a


matter of time before the prob-
lems start for the homes on this,
side of the park," stated Ms.
Hesch.
They looked around Okee-
chobee for a piece of property
where they could relocate their
home. They quickly realized that
the recent real estate boom had
priced land out of their reach.
They then began searching for
another park in which they could
place their home.
They were ecstatic when they
found a park not even a mile
from Taylor Creek Lodge that
would accept their well-kept
1972 trailer. They also found a
professional mobile home
mover who agreed to move the
trailer once they obtained the
proper permits required by the
county.
They were stopped in their
tracks when they were told that
Okeechobee County had an ordi-

See Couple Page 2


Long told the commissioners that,
under new laws, some of the costs
of operating the court system are
now borne by the state.
However, the fines and forfei-
tures fund increased 30.4 percent
under the proposed budget due to
an increase in personnel and oper-
ating expenses.
The property appraiser's pro-
posed operating budget totals
$1,721,442. This represents- an
increase of 2.6 percent due prima-
rily to the addition of a field
appraiser.


The proposed budget includes
a total staffing increase of 25 full-
time and one part-time positions.
Under the proposed budget,
residential fire assessment would
increase from $73 to $74, while the
assessments for agriculture prop-
erty, vacant lots, hotels, motels and
RV parks would remain the same.
According to figures released
from the assistant county adminis-
trator's office, a typical tax bill
Sunder the proposed budget based

See Budget Page 2


Canker is


found.

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Citrus grove owners as well
as backyard citrus growers need
to take extra precautions since
the disease has now been found
in Okeechobee County.
According to Denise Feiber,
of the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Affairs, Division of Plant Industry,
there are four confirmed cases of
citrus canker in Okeechobee
County. They are all concentrat-
ed in the Basinger area and
involve a total of 1,200 acres of
groves.
The first case was confirmed
on June 6 and involves 300 acres
on Lamb Island Road belonging
to Peter Pulitzer and Richard
Smith. Since that time, three
other cases have been con-
firmed. Bountiful Groves owned
by Steve Tidwell was the site of
the second discovery. This site
involves only 10 acres.
The J. C. Bass Ranch has a
grove off Eagle Island Road that
has also been infected. Elda
Mass Bass said the entire 95-acre
grove will have to be destroyed.


locally
She said the infection was dis-
covered in the latter part of June
and that they have 30 days to dig
up the trees and burn them. She
said they will not be able to plant
any more citrus trees for two
years.
The fourth site, on Lofton
Road, was formerly known as C
Farr Grove and is currently
owned by George Pantuso.
Ms. Feiber said all of these
properties are involved in an
ongoing investigation that
,should be completed by the end
of August. She said the infection
could possibly have been air-
borne from Highlands County,
where infections had been
reported previously. But she
went on to say that, for the most
part, infections in commercial
groves have been the product of
the 2004 hurricanes.
At this time there is no esti-
mate of the economic impact on
Okeechobee County.
Citrus canker is a tlacterial
disease that affects only citrus
and is not harmful to human or
animals. It causes lesions on

See Canker Page 2


Silos are OK'd


by city planners


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
Board of Adjustment approved
going over the 45-foot height
restriction in the industrial dis-
trict for Entegra Roof Tile Corpo-
ration at their meeting Tuesday
night.
The action will be recom-
mended to the city council for
final approval.
Entegra was approved last
year to build a tile construction
company in the city's Com-
merce Center and has a contract
to purchase the property. The
only hitch was whether they
could exceed the height restric-
tion in the city's land develop-


ment plan and build their
.required 60-foot cement silos
that are a necessary part of the
roof tile manufacturing process.
The city's land development
regulations require a 45-foot
height limit and going beyond
that point requires a special
exception.
Jim LaRue, city planner,
reported that section 90-343(8)
of the land development code
includes "permitted uses in
excess of 45 feet in height" and
said the request is "an essential
use for the manufacturing and
distribution facility."
Board members discussed

See Silos Page 2


Teen earns Eagle Scout rank


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Matthew Chellemi started
out in Scouting as a Cub Scout
when he was in the second
grade.
He worked his way through
the ranks, earning merit badges
and learning about scouting. He
decided early on that he would
continue with the Boy Scouts
organization. Each time he
would earn another rank, he
would set his sights on the next
step.
"I started at Cub Scout, then
went to Scout, then Tenderfoot.
After that it was Second Class,,
then First Class," he said. "(1
then) moved on to Star Level,


Life Level and last it was Eagle
Scout. You have to stay at rank
for at least six months before
moving on. You have to learn
everything required to earn
enough merit badges to move
up in the ranks."
He went on to add that the
rank of Eagle must be obtained
before a Scout turns 18 years of
age, and a total of 21 merit
badges must be earned in differ-
ent areas that are chosen from
the Scouting handbook.
After having been in Scout-
ing for 10 years, Matt has earned
32 merit badges in such areas as
motor boating, sailboating,
.safety and first aid, fishing and
knot tying, shotgun shooting,
rifle shooting, bow hunting and


wilderness survival training as
the focus for earning his
required merit badges.
"I liked the wilderness sur-
vival training the best. It might
come in handy if I ever get lost
in the woods," he said,
Matt, who moved to Buck-
head Ridge six years ago from
West Palm Beach, graduated
from Okeechobee High School
this past spring. He would like
to go on to college and study
electronics.
As for scouting, Matt said
that he will probably continue
to go to Scout meetings for a
while but will move on from
Scouting into the job market
after having achieved his Eagle
Scout rank.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Matthew Chellemi of Buckhead Ridge Scout Troop 911 earned
the highest level attainable in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout
on July 21. He was honored at a small ceremony held at the
Golden Corral Restaurant.






2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 28, 2005


Planning board offers zoning changes silos


Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Once again, county residents
protested zoning changes in their
neighborhoods that would allow
for multifamily housing.
At their meeting Tuesday night
the Okeechobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments grant-
ed two requests to install used
dwelling units and recommending
three zoning changes.
Geneva Merriam was granted
permission to install a used
dwelling unit in an agriculture zon-
ing district on N.E. 12th Lane.
John and Essie Steen were also
granted permission to install a used
dwelling unit in residential mixed
zoning district on N.E. Fourth
Street.
In order to construct multifamily
family units, Betty Hurst had
requested a change in zoning from
residential mixed to residential gen-
eral for her N.W. 30th Street proper-
ty. The planning board recom-
mended that the board of county


commissioners grant the request in
spite of the objections of John
Schatz of Cape Coral.
Mr. Schatz, who owns two
housing units on N.W 30th Street,
expressed concern about traffic
and the effect it would have on
pedestrians and bicyclists. He also
stated, "more density would be a
negative, not a positive."
Horst Peter Bauling and
Stephanie Bauling, property own-
ers, and ACAS Okeechobee One,
LLC, applicant, requested a change
in zoning from residential mobile
home to residential general for
property on the east side of S.W
16th Avenue, south of Palm Village
Ranch. The reason listed on the
zoning change application was to
allow for multi-family dwellings.
Herb Wells, president of the
Palm Village Ranch Homeowners
Association said that S.W. 16th
Avenue is "beat to death" now. He
mentioned the other development
under construction on the west
side of the avenue and stated that
the proposed development would


News Briefs Couple


Governor OKs
Tax Free Days
TALLAHASSEE Governor
Bush and the Florida Legislature
have approved House Bill 101,
which provides that the 2005 Tax
Free Days for Sales Tax will begin
at 12:01 a.m., July 23, and end at
midnight, July 31,2005.
House Bill 101 provides for a
sales tax holiday on: clothing and.
related items with a sales price of
$50 or less; books with a sales
price of $50 or less; and, school
supplies with a sales price of $10
or less.

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


Foley's aide
to visit locally
OKEECHOBEE -Ann Decker,
aide to U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R),
16th Congressional district, will
be in room 106 of the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse on
Thursday, July 28, from 9 until 11
a.m.
Ms. Decker can also be
reached by calling (863) 763-
6441.

River panel
meets Aug. 6
OKEECHOBEE The Kissim-
mee River Valley Advisory Com-
mittee will meet Saturday, Aug. 6,
from 10 a.m. until noon at the
Basinger Community Center
located on the,corner of U.S. 98
and Micco Bluff Road just east of
the Kissimmee River bridge.
.... The purpose of meeting is to
provide an" opportunity for South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) staff to meet com-
munity members that are interest-
ed in using the restored
Kissimmee River Valley region for
public use and recreation.
For information, call Kelli
Stickrath at (863) 447-1998.


Continued From Page 1
nance against moving mobile
homes and relocating them within
the county that were built prior to
1976.
Not willing to give up, they
asked for an application to apply
for a one-time exception or vari-
ance so they could move their
home. They were again told that
they would not even be granted the
right to apply for the exception or
variance. They were refused the
opportunity to even bring their
request before county officials.
In essence, this means that a
park owner can legally evict a resi-
dent from the park and the county
can refuse to grant a permit to
move the home, leaving the resi-
dent out in the street.
This is where the seemingly
winless story takes a turn. Many of
the residents of this older mobile
home and RV park are elderly.
Some use the park as winter or
vacation homes having their pri-
mary residences up north. Without


Canker

Continued From Page 1
fruit, stems and leaves; causes pre-
mature fruit; and weakens trees,
making them susceptible to other
diseases. '
, i.C s canker is Wfly conta-
gious and can be spread by wind-
borne rain, lawnmowers and other
landscaping equipment, as well as
animals and birds. People can also
carry the infection on their hands,
clothing or equipment and by mov-
ing infected or exposed plants or
plant parts..
To prevent the spread of the dis-
ease, citrus clipping and/or fruit
remains must be double-bagged in


be a "bad mistake" that would
cause too much traffic.
"We can live with residential
single family but not multi-family,"
he said.
Attorney Tom Conely, speaking
for the applicant, stated that this
quadrant of the county is one of the
most desirable in the county. He
gave the board a conceptual draw-
ing of the proposed project but said
the size of the lots has not yet been
determined.
He stated that the applicant did
not want the entire object to be
multifamily, but the zoning had to
be changed in order to allow for
some multifamily housing. He said
that much of the property would be
developed as residential single fam-
ily.
"All we are seeking is to have
flexibility," he said.
He added that the proposed
development would be a mix of
single and multi-family with an
organized plan.
John Smalley, a member of the
board of directors of Seminole


enough time to make arrange-
ments to bring their homes into
compliance with park rules, some
opted to remove the homes while
others made arrangements to pick
up their personal belongings and
basically walk away from their
homes.
Such was the case of Oliver and
Garnet Briney. The Briney's live pri-
marily in Illinois. They are.now in
their 80s and are unable to make
the trip to Okeechobee to oversee
the removal of their 1980 mobile
home. Their two daughters who
live in other areas of Florida came
to town to take care of business for
them.
"We just couldn't make it back
down to Okeechobee to take care
of things. Our daughters offered to
help. When they arrived in town
they heard of the plight of Mr. Well-
man and Ms. Hesch. We talked it
over and decided that this would
be a good solution for both our
families," stated Mrs. Briney.
"I'm so happy that things have
turned out this way for us," said Ms.
Hesch. "We were so discouraged
and scared about where we would
end up. As soon as we were offered


plastic for disposal with regular
household garbage, not yard trash.
Contact the Citrus Canker
Helpline at (800) 282-5153 if you
think you might have infected trees.
So far, citrus canker has been
detected in at least 23 Florida coun-
ties. The state's $8.5 billon citrus
industry is critical to the well being
of Florida.
The citrus eradication program
requires the state to remove all cit-
rus trees within 1,900 feet of a tree
infected with citrus canker. If the
tree is in the middle of a grove, this
could result in the destruction of up
to 200 acres of trees. State and fed-
eral inspectors will conduct canker
inspections of properties outside
the 1,900-foot exposure zone, up to


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Cove, also complained of the traf-
fic. In addition, he mentioned that
the Okeechobee Utility Authority
sewer treatment plant is nearing
capacity.
In spite of the objections, the
board recommended the zoning
change.
The last item on the agenda
passed with no comment. The
board recommended that Water-
dance Farm, LLC be granted a
change in zoning from agriculture
to residential general for property
on the 900 bock of U.S. 441 S.E.
The owner proposed to build a 100
to 125 multi-family project com-
plete with recreation facilities and
screened boat and RV storage.
The planning board does not
have the authority to grant zoning
changes. They can only make rec-
ommendations to the county com-
missioners. Before making a deci-
sion, county commissioners will
hold public hearings on these pro-,
posed zoning changes at their Aug.
11 meeting.


the home, we went over to look at
it. I can't believe it has worked out
so well for both our families.
"The Brineys do not have to
worry about removing the mobile
home and we have a new home
that, because of its age, can be
moved to our new lot. Others from
Taylor Creek are also moving there
and we have already been invited
to a weekend cook-out. I have
prayed and prayed for guidance
and for a solution to all of this. Now
we have a new home without
going well over our heads in debt.
Because it was built in 1980, it can
be moved out of Taylor Creek
Lodge. We have already been to
the Building Department to apply
for a permit. We were told that it
would take about 30 days to obtain
the required permits and cost
approximately $700. But, at least
we know that we will have a place
to live," continued Ms. Hesch.
The ordeal will soon be over for
Mrs. Wellman and Ms. Hesch. But,
there are still others wondering
what to do with mobile homes that
are no longer wanted in a park but
cannot be legally moved because
of their age.


two miles.
In recent months, the commer-
cial citrus industry has been hit
hard with the disease the spread
of which can be partially tied to the
unprecedented 2004 hurricanes
and legal constraints in South Flori-
da that held up the eradication pro-
gram for over two years.
Local rancher and citrus grower
Sonny Williamson, whose groves
are located just north of Okee-
chobee off U. S. 441 N., said that
because of the local outbreaks his
operation is tightening up even
more.
He said they are not allowing
outside trucks to come into the
orchards. Previously citrus buyers
would come into the groves in their
own trucks. This practice is no
longer allowed. They have also
constructed another spray. gate for
spraying citrus trucks and tractors.
He said the biggest problem is
fruit pickers who go from one
grove to another wearing the same
clothes. Mr. Williamson said they
were thinking about furnishing the
pickers with coveralls.


Continued From Page 1
on an assessed property value of
$75,000 less $25,000 homestead
exemption would be $842. This
includes county, South Florida
Water Management District, Chil-
dren's Council and school board
taxes.
Mr. Long stated that the fair
committee might be requesting
funds, but added that it could be
budgeted now or come out of
reserves later.
Commission Chairman John
Abney said it would take eight
months for the committee to get a
"" fair charter. He said they would
dim have to be chartered before they
can make a request for funds from
the county.
For the benefit of the two new
commissioners, Mr. Long
explained the budget approval
process.
He said Sheriff Paul May could
Side rs appeal the commissioners' deci-
sion on the sheriff's office budget
to the governor's cabinet.
He said that the property
appraiser's and tax collector's
budgets are approved by the Flori-
da Department of Revenue.
However, continued the county
administrator, the commissioners
had complete control over the
budget for the supervisor of elec-
tions.
-. In an unrelated matter, Mr. Long
said he recently met with architect
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Continued From Page 1
maintaining wellfield protection
when the tile plant is constructed.
In Mr. LaRue's report, he stated that
the manufacture and distribution of
roof tiles is not contrary to the city's
comprehensive plan.
"The subject property could be
within a 1,000-feet radius of a well-
field," he said,.citing policy 7.52a of
the city's future land use element
that prohibits the storage, use or
transportation of restricted sub-
stances within 1,000 feet of a well-
field.
Mr. LaRue's staff contacted the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP) and were
advised that DEP is "unaware of
any constituents in concrete that
would threaten or damage water
quality in the wells." He said his
staff was not aware of any reason
to prohibit silos containing con-
crete in a wellfield protection area.
The Board of Adjustment
approved an application for a zon-
ing variance submitted by Robert
and Joyce Quann. A lot in the
Woodland Park area, upon which
they desire to build a single family
home, does not meet the 10,000
square foot minimum required by
the city's land development code.
Two residents in the area, Moni-
ca and James Clark, 1Il, sent a letter
opposing the variance stating, "The
existing requirement of 10,000 sq.
ft. is very reasonable in the residen-
tial single family zoning classifica-
tion."
The requested variance of
898.84 sq. ft. reduces the minimum
lot area to 9101.16 sq. ft. Mr. LaRue
recommended approving the vari-
ance.
"Under normal circumstances,
a variance is not granted to accom-
modate a non-specific sale, but a
determination must be made as to
the viability of these lots to be devel-
oped," he said.
When meeting as the Land
Planning Agency, the planning
board approved amending Section
82-61 of the land development
code related to well head protec-
tion, as related to the wellfield pro-
tection discussed above.
The agency approved changing
a land use zoning designation from
single family to commercial for
property located at 408 N.E. Third
St., requested by Haynes and Susan
Williams. The property is a two
story home that is temporarily
being used as a real estate office on
the first floor and an apartment on
the second floor. The property
owners wish to sell the property to
Goolsby Realty for commercial
purposes. The property is sur-
rounded by some businesses and
also by some residences.
Agency members discussed the
request at great length, being faced
with a dilemma: if the request were
denied, would a mixed use contin-
ue with commercial activity on the
first floor in a residential section? If
the request were approved, as a
commercial designation the prop-
erty owner would have to provide
parking and landscaping. In the
end, the agency approved the zon-
ing change, much to the apprecia-
tion of Mr. and Mrs. Williams. The
action will go to the city council for
a final determination.
Mr. Williams told the city plan-
ners, when they were later meeting
as the Planning Board, that he
appreciated what they did for him


Tom Hammer and they talked
about the renovation of the old
courthouse .He said the supervisor
of elections would get the clerk's
space on the north side of the hall-
way on the first floor.
Mr. Long went on to say that
the board needs to discuss how
the rest of the building will be
used. He noted that there are eight
areas that are staffed by two or
three people. One option would
be to house those offices in the old


in approving the zoning change.
However, he offered these words:
"People will be coming to Okee-
chobee and wanting to build office
buildings, but not everybody can
build on 441 (U.S. 441). The cost is
too high...$250,000 and more.... If
you're going to expand Okee-
chobee, you're going to have to
rezone. If Okeechobee is going to
grow, it needs business. It shouldn't
just be a bedroom community to
Palm Beach County. If you ride a
white horse for one man, let's ride
it for the next man."
Board member Douglas McCoy
spoke in defense of Mr. LaRue,
especially along U.S. 441.
"We have a line drawn and he
has to decide to recommend or not
recommend while considering
encroachment on residents. Some
neighbors come in and are pretty
upset at times. So.. .some areas are
spot zoned," he said.
Mr. Williams said he agreed that
some areas need protection for the
residents.
The Planning Board also
approved the rezoning request for
Mr. and Mrs. Williams. Again, Mr.
Williams thanked the board mem-
bers for their action. The zoning
will be recommended for change
to the city council.
In considering a rezoning
request for property on Northeast
10th Street, just east of Parrott
Avenue, the Okeechobee Planning
Board discussed the possible instal-
lation of a private lift station that
would be maintained by the prop-
erty owner. The request was from
William and Catherine Fagan to
change the zoning from heavy
commercial to residential multi-
family so they can build a multi-
family structure. The board
approved the request and will rec-
ommend the zoning change to the
city council.
According to John Hayford,
Okeechobee Utility Authority chief
of operations, the request for a pri-
vate sewage lift is not that unusual.
"We have several private lift sta-
tions in the community about 30
of them," he said.
One independent lift station is
located at the movie theater.
"They have a little pump station
that pumps and hooks up to ours
across the street," Mr. Hayford said.
Not too many homes opt for a
private lift station, and the ones that
do exist are usually businesses that
choose not to install a septic sys-
tem, according to Mr. Hayford.
"Anything on the property is
owned by the property owner.
Once the sewage leaves the prop-
erty and enters the public right-of-
way, like road, ownership has
to be signed over to OUA for us to
operate forever. We are responsible
to protect the interests of the city
and county," he said.
DEP regulations prevent sharing
a private lift station with other prop-
erty owners.
"The owner is typically not per-
mitted to share the cost; however,
situations are reviewed on a case-
by-case basis," Mr. Hayford said.
Jennifer Morgan, planner with
LaRue Planning, said water for a
fire hydrant would be provided in
the area.
"The OUA has an 18-inch water
main within the alleyway of Block
31. Any extensions to the east must
be large enough to provide fire pro-
tection through a fire hydrant," the
planning report said.


courthouse.
Commissioner Clif Betts sug-
gested having an office that com-
missioners could use to meet with
their constituents.
It was suggested that the exten-
sion office and the soil conserva-
tion office be moved to the agri-
civic center.
Another budget workshop will
be held Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. in the com-
mission chambers at the old court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.


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By Stephanie Overton
Whether it's after-school
activities, soccer practice, music
lessons, karate lessons, a part-
time job, chances are you- kids
are running to keep up with
loads of activities. But how
much is too much?
Even summer, a time once
sacred for lazy days and
unstructured activity, has
become just another three
months on the calendar for
those super kids and their par-
ents who would be remiss with-
out a day planner or PDA in their
reach. We're left wondering,
"Whatever happened to free
time?"
There are many advantages
to keeping your kids involved in
activities, particularly those that
provide regular physical exer-
cise. The childhood obesity rate
in the U.S. is of serious concern,
so getting your son or daughter
off the couch and in motion has
many health related advan-
tages. Then there are the devel-
opmental aspects of participat-
ing in organized activities, such
as sports, dance, or music-
social skills are developed as
well as physical coordination.
Research indicates that kids
who are involved in sports or
other activities are more likely to
stay in school; males are less
likely to get in trouble with the
law; and females are less likely
to have teen pregnancy. These
are all positives and great moti-
vation to keep your kids moving
from one activity to another.
What's too much or not
enough is unique to each child;
the key is finding balance and
setting realistic expectations. Dr.
Steve Lerch, a professor of soci-
ology with expertise in sports
sociology at Radford University,
says a good way to evaluate
whether your kids are involved
in too much or in the wrong


If kids have many diverse
interests and enjoy what they
do, then as long as they're not
overwhelmed, staying busy can
be good.
The results of an annual
study performed by the Cooper-
ative Institutional Research Pro-
ject reports that more than 25
percent of entering college
freshmen said they felt over-
whelmed as seniors in high
school. Lerch says we should
think about where this begins.
For some, it may begin as early
as that first little league season
that was coupled with piano les-
sons and Tai Kwan Do twice a
week. Add to that a regular
school day with homework, and
you have a child who's on the
clock and trying to keep up with
a schedule that would be con-
sidered hectic even for an adult.
"The real danger is if the
child's relationship with the par-
ents becomes dependant on her
performance in whatever activi-
ty she is involved," adds Lerch,
"Parents' expectations can be so
high that anything other than
performance at the highest level
is considered a failure to them.
What's the motivation? Is it the
child's happiness or the idea that
whatever activity the child does
will pay off later on?"
Lerch says playing a sport or
spending a lot of time in any one
activity with the purpose of get-
ting a college scholarship or pro-
fessional contract can be very
disappointing. If the child does-
n't receive the rewards that he or
his parents were expecting,
there could be a negative effect
on him and his self-worth.
So, what's the key to finding
the right balance? These three
things can help:
Make sure your kids are
involved in activities that they


Library hosts computer classes with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School, which activities is to listen to what they like and enjoy.
were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children were helped, talk about.
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and The families faced a great deal of destruction during the hurricanes. Many He asks, "Do your kids ever Listen to what they say and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. of the children lost all of their clothing and toys because the roofs of their talk to you about things outside what they don't say. You can
16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will be homes were tom off by the heavy winds. The council also received funds the activities they are involved learn a lot by "reading between
demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the internet. For the from an anonymous donor and Seminole Elementary School donated a in?" If not, it's possible their the lines" and body language.
dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee County Library check that they received from children in Minnesota. The additional interests are limited and aren't Schedule "free time." They
at (863) 763-3536. monies granted several families assistance after the original funds were providing the interactions they need time for play, to be cre-
Children's Services Council aids families depleted. Thanks to all the assistance from the children and families of need for proper balance in their active, hang out with friends and
Okeechobee. Other families who still requested assistance were referred lives., family or just do nothing.
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced that to the Red Cross.

FHSAA offers registration fee reimbursement for background checks


GAINESVILLE The FHSAA
Office announced today that the
Association will reimburse the
initial $34 registration fee to
each individual who registers as
a contest official for the 2005-06
school year and undergoes the
new .background screening
required by the recently enacted'
"Jessica Lunsford Act."
The act, which becomes law
on Sept. 1, requires all vendors
and individuals who contract
with district school boards and
as a result are given access'to
school grounds when students
are present to-be fingerprinted
and undergo a criminal back-
ground screening. Those individ-
uals who are found to have com-
mitted crimes of '"moral


turpitude" must be denied
access to school grounds. Con-
test officials are not exempt from
the law's provisions.
This one-time reimburse-
ment program will assist contest
officials with the cost of the
background screening, which
varies from $61 to more than $80
depending on the county.
"We hope that all contest offi-
cials accept this assistance in the
good faith that it's offered and
renew their registrations for the
upcoming school year," said
Commissioner John A. Stewart.
"There already is a shortage of
contest officials in this state.
Their ranks are stretched thin.
We cannot afford to lose those
who may be either disenchanted


Law Enforcement Activity Log


Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office

July 25
* Missing juvenile recovered -
N.W. 36th St.
* Suicide threats N.E. 207th
* Burglary (delayed) S.W. 21st
Court
* Burglary (delayed) S.W. Third
Terrace
* Burglary (delayed) S.W. 22nd
Circle
* Bomb threat U.S. 441 N.
* Trespass complaint- S.R. 70 W.
* Burglary (delayed) S.E. 42nd
Place


* Child molestation N.W. Fifth St.
* Deceased person N.E. 65th
Terrace
* Assault- U.S. 441 N.
* Assault- U.S. 441 N.
* Disabled vehicle S.E. 40th Ave.

July 26
* Burglary (delayed) U.S. 441 S.
* Theft- U.S. 441 S.E.
* Attempt to locate U.S. 98 N.
* Narcotics investigation N.W.
Second St.
* Traffic stop S.R. 70 E.
* Warrant arrest N.W. 36th St.
* K-9 utilization N.W. Fourth St.
* Trespass U.S. 441 S.
* Burglary (delayed) U.S. 441 S.E.


by or unable to afford the back-
ground screening. If we do,
many contests will have to be
rescheduled to a time when
there are officials available to
officiate it. Some, unfortunately,
may have to be cancelled out-
right."
In a letter sent by e-mail to
more than 100 officials associa-
tion presidents, Stewart outlined
how the reimbursement pro-
gram will work. Each contest
official will register online or by
mail and pay their registration
fees as they normally would.
They then will undergo the back-
ground screening through their
local district school board office
and provide proof of payment
for the screening to the local offi-


The following individuals were
arrested on felony of Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, the Okeechobee City Police
Department, the Florida Highway
Patrol or the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion.
Colleen Marie Keefe, 40, of
Fort Pierce was arrested July 25 by
Deputy M. Stripling on warrants
charging her with grand theft-
motor vehicle and third-degree
grand theft. Her total bond was set
at $6,000.
Sarah Mae Bacon, 28, of an
Orange Avenue address, was
arrested July 26 by Deputy Jack
Nash on a felony charge of posses-


cials association of which they
are a member. The local associa-
tion will submit to the FHSAA
Office a list of its members who
have registered and undergone
the background screening. The
FHSAA Office, in turn, will mail
to the local association the reim-
bursement for its members.
Only the $34 fee for the first
sport registration will be reim-
bursed. Contest officials will
receive no reimbursement of
registration fees for additional
sports they officiate.
"This reimbursement pro-
gram will severely impact our
operating budget for the new fis-
cal year," Stewart said. "Our first
duty, however, is to the student-
athletes. This will be a small


sion of a controlled substance. She
was also charged with possession
of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Her
bondwas set at $1,750.
Jennifer H. Fuller, 32, N.E.
301st Blvd., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 26 by Deputy J. Grade
on a felony charge of resisting arrest
with violence. She was also
charged with possession of drug
paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Her bond was set at $3,000.
This column lists arrests and not-
convictions, unless otherwise! stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped is
welcome to inform this newspaper.
The information will be confirmed
and printed.


Obituaries


Vivian S.Davis
Vivian S. Davis 88, of Okee-
chobee, passed away peacefully
in July 25, 2005. She was a native
Floridian and moved to West
Palm Beach in 1944. During her
career she was affiliated with
A&P Grocery, Thompson &
McKinnon, and later, with ITT.
She had a love of people. She
never met a stranger she didn't
consider a friend. She touched
many lives. She enjoyed fishing
and reading. Following her hus-
band's death in 1972, she relo-
cated to Okeechobee at Buck-
head Ridge, where she was a
member of the Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her
memory, her daughter Patricia
Taylor and her husband Wayne;


grandchildren, Katrina and her
husband Joe, Pamela and her
husband.Dave; Patrick and his
wife Christy; great grandchildren
Joey, Shane, Tara, and Taylor
Agnello, Jake and Summer
McCarty and Logan Taylor; and a
host of other relatives and
friends.
Visitation will be held Friday,
July 29, from 10 am until 12
noon and again from 6 pm until
8 pm in the chapel at E. Earl
Smith & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held Sat-
urday at 10:30 am at Hillcrest
Memorial Park. Interment will
follow the service. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church, 8 Cypress Street
NE, Okeechobee, FL 34974.


Arrangements by: E. Earl
Smith & Son Funeral Home, 1032
N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth
(561)582-3341.


Daniel Malcolm
Hughes
Daniel Malcolm Hughes, age
56, of Okeeehobee, died Mon-
day, July 25, 2005 at Hospice of
Martin & St. Lucie, Inc. in Stuart.
Born October 22, 1948 in
Atlanta, Ga., Mr. Hughes had
been a resident of Okeehobee
for 17 years. He served in the
U.S. Army in Vietnam.
He was a master electrician
for 3S years and was owner of
Hughes Electric for 15 years.
Survivors include his beloved


wife of 15 years, Dell Hughes of
Okeechobee; son, Darin Hughes
of Winston Salem, N.C.; step-
sons, Skip Kolb of West Palm
Beach and Shorty Kolb of Pen-
sacola; grandson, Gabriel Hugh-
es of Winston Salem, N.C.; five
step grandchildren;. six step
great grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews; brothers,
Robert Hughes, Jr., of Tampa
and John Hughes of Lakeland;
sisters, Kathy Jo Hipps of N.J.,
Robin King of Althea, Fla. and
Sandra Adams of N.C.
Private graveside services will
be conducted on Thursday, July
28, 2005 in Basinger Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


price to pay to ensure that they
continue to have the opportunity
to compete."
The Florida High School Ath-
letic Association is the governing
body for interscholastic athletic
competition in Florida. It has a
membership of more than 700


middle and senior high schools.
The FHSAA annually registers
more than 6,000 individuals as
contest officials in the sports of
baseball, basketball, flag foot-
ball, football, soccer, softball,
track & field, volleyball, water
polo and wrestling.


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ROADWORK: This is in response to the question about the contrac-
tors doing the work on State Road 70 at U.S. Highway 98. My husband
worked for them. They just recently replaced the foreman that left his
truck sitting due to a really nice inheritance. They usually work if that is
what you want to call it at night when traffic is "lighter". They will tell
you that they cannot start the road work until the pipes are put in which is
being done by another contractor, which you never see them around and
they will tell you they are waiting on the surveyors to come and do their
work. Believe me, my husband barely worked 15 or 20 hours a week
because there was always an excuse not to work. The road work isn't
going to be done for a while so you might as well get used to it. It is too
wet right now for the machines. All they will do is make a bigger mess
than what is already started. I can tell you one thing: they need to fix the
pot holes in the side roads because if I tear my car up someone is going to
be in trouble. If had time I would complain to the city, which someone
should do to hurry them up!
TRAFFIC: The traffic at the intersection of State Road 70 and Highway
98 is a bad situation. Ever since they closed the turn lanes, cars back up
there continually. It is especially bad early in the morning and around 5
p.m. This could be a very dangerous situation as it would be hard for an
emergency vehicle to get through. The county needs to do something to
get this road work completed faster. School will start in a few weeks and
there is an elementary school just off Highway 98, which mean even
more traffic trying to get through that intersection.
LIGHTNING: I saw on the news that two boys on the coast were
struck by lightning. They had walked to a park and when a storm started,
they could not get to shelter in time. Just recently, a man was killed by
lightning in Okeechobee County. People need to be aware of the danger.
These storms can and do kill.
BOAT RAMP: I don't understand how the state could sell the Taylor
Creek Lodge and then put up with not being paid for more than five
years. Who lets a contract go on that long without any payment? Some-
thing is very fishy here and it's not the fishermen who want to use the
boat ramp. The county should sue the state and the new owner for public
access to that boat ramp. The county has maintained the boat ramp and
the road to it for more than 20 years. I think that should make it public
and you can't close it to the public now. If the new owner is worried
about liability, deed the ramp to the county so it becomes a public ramp
then no one could sue him if anything happened. If there is an emer-
gency and the rescue workers can't get there in time because that boat
ramp access has been closed or even if they .are delayed because they
have to stop and unlock a gate, then the property owner should be sued
for everything he has got. It is just wrong to close that boat ramp to the
public. It might be legal, but it is wrong.
UTILITY AUTHORITY: I agree with the person who is concerned
about OUA. It does not seem like anything was done or changed to make
the system safer. They sent employees into a potentially dangerous spill
and did not bother to tell them what had been put in that lift station. The
person who allowed outside agencies to dump there was told not to do
this and went against his orders. He lied about someone else giving per-
mission and was caught at a public meeting in this lie. But nothing
changed. Nothing ever will change until we elect some county and city
officials with backbone who actually care about this community. And
what is the chance of that ever happening? It's just sad.
THE TRIDENT: I am responding to the comment about the Sea
Cadets. Yes, Sea Cadets is a wonderful program! My child has been in it
and it has made such a difference, especially in attitude and physical fit-
ness. These kids are active and fit. The cadets I have met are also very well
mannered. They represent Okeechobee well where ever they go.,
IN THE NEWS: I just found an article online about the White House
urging Congress to reject a one-year ban on testing pesticides on babies.
In a recent letter from the federal budget office, the administration urged
House and Senate leaders to drop a ban on human testing contained in
both chamber's versions of spending bills for the federal Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). The letter said the administration cannot "sup-
port a funding moratorium" that would prevent EPA from accepting or
relying on human testing involving pesticides and "urges that this provi-
sion be dropped." The moratorium was proposed by Sen. Bill Nelson, of
Florida, and Barbara Boxer, of California, and was approved by the Sen-
ate on June 29 during debate on a broader spending bill that funded EPA
and other government agencies. The moratorium would prevent the
agency from spending any money during the next year to test pesticides
on humans. The proposed EPA study included testing pesticides on
babies in Jacksonville and would give parents small cash payments, a T-
shirt and a calendar in exchange for allowing their young children to be
exposed to certain household pesticides. I am horrified that the govern-
ment would even consider testing chemicals on babies. That they pay the
parents indicates they are doing this to poor people who are so desperate
they will let someone experiment on their children in exchange for
money. I hope everyone will write to their Congressmen and support the
ban on use of human children as test subjects. If an adult wants to be a
human test subject, then that is his or her choice. But testing chemicals
on children is just so wrong. It makes me sick that our government
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Family needs
our assistance
I am writing on behalf of a
young mother and father who
recently lost the life of their 22-
month-old little boy, Devin Tyler
Tindall.
This tragic accident occurred
Sunday, July 17.
While celebrating a birthday
party for the couple's 3-year-old
daughter, the 22-month-old little
boy climbed the stairs to the 3-
foot high above-ground swim-
ming pool. The family stated it
couldn't have been more than
two or three minutes before the
mother missed the child and ran
to the pool. At the bottom of the
pool she saw her little boy lying
there. The child was wearing a
diaper, which held him to the bot-
tom.
Once out of the pool, the
mother and father frantically
attempted CPR until the para-
medics arrived.
Little Devin held on for three
days, but it was not meant to be.
He was pronounced brain dead
on July 20.
The little boy's organs were


Special to the Okeechobee News/Okeechobee Historical Society

Looking Back ...

Noel Raulerson, brother to Peter Raulerson, arrived in
Basinger in 1876. He was born in Plant City in 1848 and
died in 1952. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them
by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we
can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the
photo and information about the photo to
okeenews@okeechobee.com.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-
0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923,
for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863)
467-9360.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. The support groups are at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-
2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)
763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893
(days) or (863) 467-2480 (evenings). If you know of someone that
might need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion,
501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For information, con-
tact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GrouipHospice 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. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.

Friday
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 (863) 382-
6978 or Juana at (863) 471-9795.
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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Sobriety in the Swamp Club is a public service group that offers a
place for people in recovery to meet. There are AA and NA meetings
seven days a week, and at different times. The club also offers a safe
place to come and hang out, have coffee and fellowship with others.
The hours of operation are: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through
Thursday; 9 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and, from
11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays. For information on meeting times,
call (863) 763-5385.

Saturday
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, 1925
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. For
information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.


donated and were immediately
given to three needy persons so
that they might live better, healthi-
er lives.
This story alone is a tragedy
that could happen to any of us
with young children. But to make
matters worse, this same young
couple lost another baby boy
seven years to the day in an auto-
mobile accident when a drunk
driver crossed the line and struck
the Tindall family vehicle head-
on. Nine-month-old Deloan L.
Tindall, IV, was killed.
This very strong young couple
has been through a lot and has
not asked for any help from any-
one in the community. I am mere-
ly a close family friend and would
appreciate any assistance anyone
within the community could offer
them.
I just found out the other day
that they could not afford a tomb-
stone for the infant's grave site.
Please make any contributions
to Colin M. Cameron, attorney at
law, 200 N.E. Fourth Ave., Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34972 (Attn: Tindall
trust fund). Mr. Cameron's phone
number is (863) 763-8600.
David Feltenberger


Community Events

Vacation Bible school under way
The Corner Baptist Church, 81387 U.S. 441 N., will be hosting
Rambling Road Trip Vacation Bible School on July 28-29 from 6
until 8:30 p.m. for ages kindergarten through adults. For informa-
tion, call Pastor Perry Moore at (863) 634-7922.


Free hearing loss screenings
American Hearing Center will host free hearing loss screenings
at the American Vision and Hearing Center, 3545 U.S. 441 S., next
to Publix on July 28-29. Screenings are available for adults over the
age of 18. Appointments are required. For information, call Betty at
(863) 467-5333.


Free memory loss screenings
The Alzheimer's Association will host free memory loss
screenings at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., on
July 29, Sept. 16 and Nov. 4. Since appointments are required,
call Donna (800) 861-7826 to make your appointment. Screen-
ings are for' anyone (any age) concerned about memory loss.
The screening is done by a nurse or social worker from St.
Mary's Memory Disorder Center.


Habitat for Humanity plans work day
Habitat for Humanity will hold a work day at the house it is
building at 3817 N.W. 34th Ave. in Basswood on Saturday, July
30. The work will include putting on siding ,and roof shingles.
The siding was donated by Treasure Islarid Baptist'Church, and
the shingles were donated by Big Lake Roofing. For information
or to volunteer your help, call (863) 357-1371. Help is still need-
ed in the form of volunteer workers, fundraisers and land dona-
tions.


Policing changes is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
July 30, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Port St. Lucie
Chief of Police John Skinner. The topic will be policing changes
in a rapidly growing city. For information, call Robert Vege (772)
871-5032.


DOH hosting breastfeeding fair
In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, the Okeechobee
County Health Department Women, Infants and Children's nutri-
tion program (WIC) and other community agencies will host a
breastfeeding fair on Aug. 2. The event will be held in the Health
Department auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 9 a.m. until
4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Goodie bags and information will
be provided. For information, contact Shonda Flores at (863)
462-5814.


Habitat for Humanity plans meeting
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County will be holding
a public organizational meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The
meeting is to update everyone on our progress and to prepare
for the future. We need volunteers to help in the organization
and construction of new homes. Volunteers are needed for the
board of directors to provide leadership and direction to the
committees. The committees need people to help in fund rais-
ing, site selection, family selection, public relations, volunteer
coordination and construction. This is not an orientation meet-
ing for potential applicants. Those who wish to apply for a Habi-
tat house are welcome to volunteer to work on any of the com-
mittees other than family selection. Contact the Habitat office at
(863) 357-1371 for information.


Rodeo Flag Team tryouts slated
Girls in grades nine-12 that are interested in being a member of
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Rodeo Flag Drill Team can tryout
beginning Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena U.S. 441
N., starting at 7 p.m. Riders must be experienced. For information,
call (863) 634-1888.


Red Cross offers CPR course
The American Red Cross is offering an adult CPR/AED,
infant/child CPR and first aid course at the Okeechobee Branch
on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The cost of this
course is $35. For information on how to sign up for this course
stop by the office at 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.


Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Health Center, 916 W.N.
Park St., on Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-4320.

LOAA meeting is slated
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Square Restaurant,
301 W. South Park St. Agenda items include more discussion on
the jamboree, additional charitable giving and plans for Labor
Day in the park. Visitors are welcome. For information, call (863)
763-6069.


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Selig rejects appeal
NEW YORK Kenny Rogers' responsibility that each of us has in
appeal of his 20-game suspension Major League Baseball given its
for shoving two cameramen was proper place in American history
rejected Wednesday by commis- and culture as a social institution.
sioner Bud Selig. The media is entitled to perform its
The commissioner, who heard important role without fear of
the appeal by the Texas Rangers physical intimidation or contact
pitcher last Friday, said the suspen- from our players or other partici-
sion would begin with Wednesday pants. While I listened carefully to
night's game at Baltimore. Under Kenny Rogers' sincere explanation
baseball's rules, Selig decided the last week, I heard nothing that
original penalty and also ruled on would warrant either eliminating
the appeal. or reducing the discipline
"Kenny Rogers' behavior imposed."
towards the two cameramen who Selig imposed the suspension
were present at the ballpark and and a $50,000 fine for a June 29
doing their job on June 29th, was videotaped tirade in which Rogers,
wholly unacceptable," Selig said in a three-time All-Star, shoved two
a statement. "I have always placed cameramen when he came onto
a special emphasis on the social the field for pregame stretching.

Sports Briefs


Touchdown Club
to meet tonight
There will be a meeting of the
Touchdown Club in the Okee-
chobee High School lecture hall
at 7 p.m. on July 28.
This club is for members of the
community who are interested in
supporting the Brahman football
program.
Varsity and junior varsity prac-
tice begins on Aug. 1. Freshman
practice begins Aug. 10.
All football players must have a
current physical in order to be
able to start practice on Aug. 1.
Pop Warner grid
sign-ups extended
Sign-ups for the Pop Warner
football league and cheerleading
program will take place at Teen
Town, 305 N.W. Second St., on July
30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each
day.
Parents must provide copies of
the child's birti certificate, their
most recent report card and a cur-
rent physical at registration. The
cost of registration will be $75.
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Washington at (863) 634-3482 or
(863) 697-2576.
Pop Warner football is not asso-
ciated with the OCRA football pro-
gram.
O.H.S. volleyball
tryouts scheduled
Volleyball tryouts for Okee-
chobee High School (O.H.S.) are
scheduled for Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 in
the O.H.S. gym.
There will be two sessions each
day. The first session will be from 8
until 10 a.m. The second session
will be from 3 until 5 p.m.
Players must turn in a physical
and a parent consent form in order
to participate. These forms are
available in the school office week-
days between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The tryouts are for varsity and
junior varsity, though all incoming
freshmen are encouraged to
attend. In the event any freshman is
not selected to one of these teams,
they will be asked to report back on -
Monday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. until
11 a.m. for the first official fresh-
man team practice.
For information, contact coach
May at (863) 634-5836.


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PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF POSSIBLE IMPACT
TO IMPORTANT LAND RESOURCE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering an application for finan-
cial assistance by Oaks at Shannon's Crossing Limited Partnership through
Rural Development which administers the Multifamily Housing loan and
grant programs locally. The specific elements of this proposed action are:

Development of Oaks at Shannon's Crossing Apartments situated on a
7.155-acre parcel and consisting of 100 rental apartments, leasing office and
clubhouse and site infrastructure improvements. This site is situated in unin-
corporated Okeechobee County, FL and is identified as Parcel # 1-34-37-35-
0A00-00011-0000. In constructing the project, the developer proposes to uti-
lize land situated within a 100-year flood zone according the FEMA.

If implemented, this proposed action may impact both directly and indirect-
ly impact 100-year floodplains. The purposes of this notice is to inform the
public of this possible result and to request comments concerning the
impacts of the proposed location on floodplains, alternative sites or actions
that would avoid these impacts, and methods that could be used to reduce
these impacts.

The proposed action is available for review at the West Palm Beach USDA
Rural Development Office. Any person interested in commenting on the pro-
posed action may do so by sending such comments within 30 days follow-
ing the date of this publication to:

Mr. Gregory Caruthers, Area Director
USDA Rural Development
750 S. Military Trail, Suite J
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

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NOTICE OF TAX

FOR SCHOOL

CAPITAL OUTLAY

The Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a
measure to continue to impose a 2.000 mill property tax for
capital outlay projects listed herein.

This tax is in addition to the school board's proposed tax of
5.955 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the
discretion of the school board.


THE PROPOSED
INCREASE FOR
CAPITAL OUTLAY


COMBINED SCHOOL BOARD TAX
BOTH OPERATING EXPENSES AND
IS SHOWN IN THE ADJACENT NOTICE.


The capital outlay tax will generate approximately
$3,510,651.00 to be used for the following projects:

CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING
Elementary School Classroom Addition
Elementary School Bus/Parent Loop

MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR
District-Wide Drainage Improvements
School Telephone/ITV Upgrades
School Site A/C Replacement/Upgrade
District-Wide Roof Repairs
School Site Roof Replacement
Metal Building Structural Repair
District-Wide Safety-To-Life Repairs / Renovations

MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES
Purchase of (6) School Buses
Purchase of Vehicles

PAYMENTS FOR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND SITES
DUE UNDER A LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT
Land Purchase for Future School Sites

PAYMENT OF COSTS OF COMPLIANCE WITH
ENVIRONMENTAL STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
District-Wide Environmental Compliance

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held
August 2, 2005 at 6:00 p.m., at the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.

A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will
be made at this hearing.


NOTICE OF



PROPOSED



TAX INCREASE



The Okeechobee County School Board will soon con-
sider a measure to increase its property tax levy.


Last year's property tax levy


A. Initially proposed tax levy $12,067,771
B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment
Board and other assessment changes $ (208,860)


C. Actual property tax levy


This year's proposed tax levy


$ 12,276,631


$ 14,698,540


A portion of the tax levy is required under state law in
order for the school board to receive $26,360,330 in state
education grants. The required portion has increased by
14.97 percent, and represents approximately seven-
tenths of the total proposed taxes.

The remainder of the taxes is proposed solely at the dis-
cretion of the school board.

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing on
the tax increase to be held on August 2, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.

A DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budg-
et will be made at this hearing.


Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the summer,
and they are no longer accepting donations. For information, call
Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
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 1 until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at the
Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.
Gospel Lighthouse will meet
A newly-formed congregation, The Gospel Lighthouse, will meet every
" Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Christian 7th Day Baptist Church, 914 N.W Park
St. There will be old camp meeting style of preaching, praying and singing.
For information, contact Reverend ElmaJ. Hampton at (863) 357-0455.
S Legion sponsoring fundraiser
The American Legion Memorial Post 64, the Ladies Auxiliary and the
Sons of the Legion in conjunction with Environmental Control are spon-
soring a fundraiser. We ask that you donate your used or empty laser
printer cartridges and ink jets to the Post. The Post will receive a donation
from ECC. All monies received from this project will be used to purchase
supplies for the needy school children in the Okeechobee County School
system. Boxes will be made available at the following locations: Ameri-
can Legion, 501 S.E. Second Ave.; Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott
Ave.; and Smith's Computer Service, S.W. Park Street. Additional collec-
tion points will be made available at a later date. For information, call
John R. Rooney at (863) 763-2950 or (863) 763-8971.
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests,
peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and
abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7. p.m. on
Tuesday. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. If you would like more information on this or set an
appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation, Brighton, Adults
basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.;
Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, .123 S.W Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon;
El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from
6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.,
English as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.


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PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY BUDGET SUMMARY
OPERATING FUND: OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
LOCAL EFFORT 5.195
DISCRETIONARY 0.510 THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
ADDITIONAL DISCRETIONARY 0.250 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ARE 8.5 PERCENT MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S
DEBT SERVICE FUND: 0.000 TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES
CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND: 2.000 Fiscal Year 2005-06
TOTAL 7.955
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OPERATING DEBT CAPITAL SPECIAL ALL FUNDS
GENERAL SERVICE IMPROVEMENT REVENUE
ESTIMATED REVENUES: FUND FUND FUND FUNDS

FEDERAL SOURCES 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 33,768.00 83,768.00
FEDERAL THROUGH STATE 777,883.09 0.00 0.00 8,457,395.09 9,235,278.18
STATE SOURCES 34,165,058.00 225,302.26 908,103.00 63,000.00 35,361.463.26
LOCAL SOURCES 11,290,554,66 0.00 3,532,512.22 995,652.15 15,818,719.03
OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 16,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 16,000.00

TOTAL REVENUES 46,299,495.75 225,302.26 4,440,615.22 9,549,815.24 60,515,228.47

TRANSFERS IN 0.00 76,241.40 0.00 0.00 76,241.40
Fund Balance 07101/05 3,972,.68.28 54,439.37 2,673,228.02 594,896.94 7,295,232.61

TOTAL REVENUES & BALANCES 50.272.14.03 315983.03 7,11843.24 104!2.18 J708887 02.48

EXPENDITURES
INSTRUCTION 29.429,352.21 3,282,871.21 32,712,223.42
PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 1,730,802.32 1,247,346.36 2,978,148.68
INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 662,726.07 4,000.00 666,726.07
INST. & CURR. DEVELOPMENT SERV 761,738.50 937,083.80 1,698,822.30
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING SERV. 257,158.11 704,803.28 961,961.39
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY 202,252.00 0.00 202,252.00
SCHOOL BOARD 509,061.00 0.00 509,061.00
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 2,423,394.96 174,361.68 2,597,756.64
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 3,051,742.76 0.00 3,051,742.76
FACILITIES ACQUISITION/CONSTRUCTION 41,421.,00 7,074,620,89 0.00 7,116,041.89
FISCAL SERVICES 378,241.00 0.00 378,241.00
FOOD SERVICES 0.00 3,226,799.98 3,226,799.98
CENTRAL SERVICES 274,377.00 0.00 274,377.00 -
PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 2,443,715.56 259,742.50 2,703,458.06
OPERATION OF PLANT 3,828,346.44 7,000.00 3,835,346.44
MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 1,227,657.87 0.00 1,227,657.87
ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SRVS 714,152.00 0.00 714,152.00
COMMUNITY SERVICES 257,458.60 0.00 257.458.60
DEBT SERVICE 0.00 304,452.71 0.00 304,452.71

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 48,193,597.40 304,452.71 7,074,8620.89 9,844,008.81 65,416,679.81

TRANSFERS OUT 76,241.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 76,241.40
FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 2006 2,002,325.23 51,530.32 39,222.35 300,703.37 2,393,781.27
TOTAL EXPENDITURES.
TRANSFERS AND BALANCES 0 6272.164.03 365.93.03 7,113,843.24, 10,144,712.18 .886702.48

THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD


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Other Area News



Fate of the Brown Sugar Festival is discussed


By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee News
HARLEM The consequences
of the shooting death of Stanley
Hughley during the Brown Sugar
Festival have resounded within the
community of Harlem, which has
been moved to seriously consider
the possibility of making major
changes to the annual festival.
Some have even suggested that the
festival should be canceled.
A public hearing was held at the
Harlem Civic Center on Monday,
July 25 to provide a forum for dis-
cussion among Harlem residents
about how the traditional Brown
Sugar Festival should be handled in
the future.
Approximately 60 community


residents and county employees
were present. Although there was a
general agreement among most
participants that something needed
to be changed to eliminate the
apparent dangerous conditions of
the festival, there were varying
degrees as to how much change
was needed, and who was respon-
sible for effecting the transition.
The meeting was coordinated
by Hendry County -Commissioner
Janet Taylor, who welcomed all
present to participate in the open
microphone discussion. Also in
attendance were County Commis-
sioner Bill Maddox, Hendry County
Clerk of Courts Barbara Butler, and
Hendry County Sheriff's Office
Press Secretary Nick Smith. Sheriff


Ronnie Lee was not present.
Commissioner Taylor opened
the discussion concerning the
Brown Sugar Festival, stating
"Some are against, and some are
not against." She also extended her
condolences to members of the
White family for the loss of Stanley
Hughley.
Hughley's uncle, Keith White,
was the first to participate in the dis-
cussion. "I'm not totally against
holding the Brown Sugar Festival,
as long as it can be held in a safer
way," he said. "I remember days
when it wasn't so dangerous, and I
just wish it could get back to the
way it was," he continued.
April White, Hughley's aunt,
presented a "community


South Bay official is arrested


By Mark Young
Special to the Okeechobee News
SOUTH BAY Allegations of
domestic violence are ringing
through the corridors of the South
Bay City Hall building following the
July 4 arrest of South Bay's Parks
and Recreation Manager Charles
Inman.
Inman, aged 29, was arrested at
his Belle Glade residence by Officer
Ginsberg, of the Belle Glade Police
Department for aggravated bat-
tery/domestic violence, following
recorded testimony provided by
Inman's wife Ronesheia Inman,
with collaborating testimony pro-
vided by Mrs. Inman's mother,
Annette Parchman.
Mrs. Inman and Ms. Parchman
are also employees for the city of
South Bay and Mrs. Inman has
implicated South Bay Police Chief
Mike Morris, City Manager Tony
Smith, and Belle Glade Police Chief
Albert Dowdell as having knowl-
edge of the ongoing physical abuse
and accused the three high-level
. officials in taking no steps to stop
the abuse, which have allegedly
occurred within the city .hall com-
plex itself.
Calls into Chief Dowdell, Chief
Morris, and South Bay City Hall
went unreturned as of press time.
Mrs. Inman claims that the
three officials knew of the abuse
because incidents of abuse had
taken place within the walls of city
hall at times. She alleges that Chief
Morris and Mr. Smith knew of the
abuse, as did Chief Dowdell who
was the former chief of police in
South Bay before assuming office
in Belle Glade.


Submitted to Independent
Newspapers/PBCSO
Charles Inman
Within her sworn statement,
Mrs. Inman also states that the
abuse has escalated over the last
few months, but has been ongoing
throughout their marriage.
According to the report, Mr. and
Mrs. Inman, "became involved in a
verbal altercation in reference to
Charles seeing other women and
fathering children with these
women."
The report further states that
this has been the source of their
marital troubles for several months
and, "that he has repeatedly bat-
tered her over the course of their
marriage."
Mrs. Inman attempted to leave
the residence to attend a family
function and to escape the escalat-
ing argument, at which time Mr.
Inman told her she was not going
anywhere, "with that little skirt on.",
The sworn staternent continues by
stating that Mr. Inman grabbed his
wife by the leg and began punch-
ing her in the leg while saying,


"This will teach you."
The report alleges that Mr.
Inman then told her, "You're not
going anywhere," while reaching
for a belt from a nearby dresser. Mr.
Inman allegedly wrapped the belt
around his right hand and began to
strike his wife with the leather por-
tion and the buckle portion of the
belt about her upper body, arms,
and legs.
Officer Ginsberg noted in his
report that he did identify clear, red,
bruised marks on Mrs. Inman's
upper left arm, "which -clearly
resembled a belt/strap." Officer
Ginsberg noted similar marks on
Mrs. Inman's back and a red mark
near her right shoulder.
Mrs. Inman's sworn statement,
Ms. Parchman's collaborating testi-
mony, as well as the visual evi-
dence of an assault, led to the deci-
sion to locate and arrest Charles
Inman, who was subsequently
taken into custody for the charge of
aggravated domestic battery.
Inman subsequently admitted
that he struck his wife with a belt,
"out of frustration about her accu-
sations of his infidelity." Inman was
taken into custody and subse-
quently turned over to the Palm
Beach County Sheriff's Office for
incarceration, but was allowed to
go free on supervised release. He
was not required to post a bond to
secure his release, but the condi-
tions of the release state that he is
required to "check in" by tele-
phone.
The State Attorney's Office has
filed an Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon charge against
Inman, who will face arraignment
July 29.


response" poll of Harlem residents
taken before the meeting, asking
whether they are in support of can-
celing the Brown Sugar Festival.
The results, which were basically in
the form of a public petition,
included 53 signatures from com-
munity members who agreed that
the festival should be stopped,
including 36 who were Harlem res-
idents. Residents not in favor of
canceling the festival numbered 28,
of which 20 were Harlem residents.
The issue of canceling the festi-
val was clearly raised by the poll, as
well as by the White family, but
there was little more discussion
either for or against the idea during
the remainder of the meeting.
Instead, some raised the idea of
changing the festival's venue.
Pastor Fred Gamble was among
those to suggest moving the festi-
val.
"The area where the event is
being held is too small, there are
too many people in the area the
event has reached the point that
people are relieving themselves in
sight of children, in people's front
yards," he said.


"The music at the festival is get-
ting worse and worse, with
absolutely despicable lyrics that
depict a destructive culture that is
being acted out by the youth of this
community," said Pastor Gamble.
"The atmosphere is destructive;
it causes men to act abusively to
females. We must do something to
fix the festival, or I agree that we
will have to eventually shut it down.
For now, I agree that the festival
should be held in a different, bigger
area," he said.
Reverend Gwen Patrick agreed
with the change of venue. "In the
last 20 years or so, (the festival) has
worked. It's just not working any-
more and it is not worth the life
of one person to keep going on like
this this situation has to change.
Maybe moving the festival would
be a good idea," she said.
Commissioner Maddox
expressed the need for security at
any event as something that "has
to, and should be paid for." He
added that it is too difficult for an
outside entity to move in on a cer-
tain area and be able to completely
control every individual, equating


the situation to that experienced by
U.S. troops in Iraq.
Commissioner Taylor informed
those present that the Hendry
BOCC would appoint an advisory
panel of community members
who would deliberate upon future
plans for the Brown Sugar Festival,
and asked for volunteers who
wished to serve on the committee
to come forward.
Among those present Monday,
Reverend Patrick and Daniel Paige
volunteered to join the committee.
"I want to be 70-something and
come back here and see the festival
going on like it always has, with the
same people I've always seen
here," said Paige.
After a committee is formed, the
county will seek a recommenda-
tion in order to decide how to go
about handling the future plans for
the Brown Sugar Festival. Accord-
ing to Commissioner Taylor, the
committee will be steered by
County Attorney Kate English.
The committee will be
approved and put into action at an
upcoming meeting of the Hendry
County BOCC.


Consultant to study impact fees
By Bill Fabian which must be in agreement with Safety, which encompasses Emer-
Special to the Okeechobee News state legislative directives for infra- agency Management, law enforce-
structure concurrency and Florida ment, emergency medical, and fire
In a significant step forward Department of Community Affairs protection.
towards bringing a profitable regulations. Dr. Nicholas noted that because
change to county policy, the Glades An Associate Director of UF's new growth affects other aspects of
County Board of County Commis- Environmental and Land Use Law county-provided infrastructure,
sioners moved to actively investi- Program, Dr. Nicholas has also impact fees could also be imposed
gate and authorize a strategic plan been broadly versed in practicing for Parks and Recreation, library,
for implementing impact fees. and studying Florida growth man- public buildings, water and waste-
The move should prove to be a agement legislation, urban land water treatment facilities.
noteworthy decision, if the eventual economics, urban and regional The State Legislature has
use of impact fees is successful. planning, and environmental and already mandated that local gov-
At the Glades BOCC meeting on urban problems. ernments will fund education costs,
Monday, July 25, the board began Dr. Nicholas emphasized the and should a county fail to provide
with a presentation by Dr. Jim need to document the rationale for the necessary funding of providing
Nicholas, an affiliate professor of enacting the user fees to define the school concurrency with growth,
Law at the Levin College of Law at necessity of the impact fee struc- the state will step in and take over,
the University of Florida. The pres- ture, since a direct link between the not to fund, but to impose addition-
entation was scheduled on the initial impact fee payment from a al tax burdens on county property
agenda of the regular meeting, taxpayer, and the service it funds, owners.
which was recessed and continued must be established. Impact fees for schools are usu-
on Tuesday morning. .Of the 32 of Florida's 67 coun- ally the highest part of the total fee
Dr. Jim Nicholas was hired and ties,- which have adopted impact charged. The cost of preparing the
asked to prepare a study and survey fee ordinances, Osceola County study of the public schools element
that would advise the Board of collects the highest at $14,000 per is expected to be undertaken by
County Commissioners as to how building permit issued for a single- Glades County School District.
to properly adopt impact fees. Dr. family home, with $1,250 being the Dr. Nicholas expects.to have the
Nicholas, who has extensive expe- lowest for Wakulla County, study completed in 90 days, and
rience as an international expert in Dr. Nicholas will be paid noted that the gathering of num-
natural resource and land use man- $12,500, which will cover studying, bers and information takes time,
agement, will formulate the proper compiling and reporting on the ele- but crunching the information will
implementation of the impact fees, ments of Transportation and Public go rapidly.


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Self-employed qualify for health coverage during August


TALLAHASSEE Self-
employed Floridians in need of
health insurance can obtain it
through an open enrollment
period during the month of
August, Florida's Chief Finan-
cial Officer Tom Gallagher said.
The open enrollment period
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"We need to get the word
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for the self-employed seeking


guaranteed-issue health cover-
age," Gallagher said. "We want
to help ensure that Floridians
gain access to health care cov-
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comes only once a year for.the
self-employed seeking .guaran-
teed-issue health coverage, so
now is the time to get insur-
ance or review your current
policy."
Small employers are eligible
if they have just one employee
who qualifies for coverage, and
if they did not go into business
primarily for the purpose of
buying health insurance. A sole
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employer only if all of the con-
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insurers and HMOs must offer
coverage without regard to
health status. Companies that
write coverage for individuals
are required to offer only
"basic" or "standard" plans.
With the passage of the
Affordable Healthcare for
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"These accounts will help
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High school cadets invade Camp Blanding
STARKE JROTC cadets par- .
ticipated in a five-day high-inten-
sity program including negotiat-.
ing an obstacle course, jumping
off a rappelling tower, traversing .
a land navigation course, taking '
a hands-on math and science "
class, learning water safety prin-
ciples, building teamwork on a
leadership reaction course and '-'-' '
engaging a squad challenge Kathleen Courson, a student at /
cycle, which includes a rock wall Kathleen Courson, a student at
and rope bridge. 1,038 cadets Okeechobee High School,
from 65 Florida high schools par-. hooks her rope and traverses
ticipated this year. the rope bridge on the squad -
challenge course at the 2005 '


The goal of the JKUOTC Cadet
Leadership Challenge is to moti-
vate young people to be better
citizens through physically and
mentally challenging hands-on
training designed to develop
leadership, discipline, team-
work and self-confidence.
JROTC high school instructors,


American Legion
Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Thursday and Friday from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Wednesday,
tacos served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Saturday from noon until 8
p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
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.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Starting in September, Euchre
will be on Monday and Wednesday
from 6 p.m. E\ e% one is % elcorne.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located'at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
763-8954.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
tion.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be available.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
er.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
donation. '
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Thesdays: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.


Junior Reserve Officer Train-
ing Corps Leadership Chal-
lenge July 16-23 at Camp
Blanding Joint Training Center.
civilian chaperones, Florida
National Guard staff and Guard
retirees provide the camp's
instruction.


Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
#237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
(863) 357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun'activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact WM. Margaret at (863)
467-8020.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
July 30: Moose Legion picnic
from noon until 4 p.m. Come bring
the family and help support the
legion activities.
Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until?
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights, meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
menu.
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until? Call the lodI'" to see.who is
playing,...
Sunday mornii' breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
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.
Aug. 6: Rock and roll dinner
and dance. Ham dinner by Mary
Ann. Music by DJ Michael Lee Scott
from WOKC costume and jitterbug
contests, prizes.
Sunday: Live entertainment
featuring: Lisa, Dawn and Donnie
- sometimes together, sometimes
not, but always good music and
fun.
Aug. 7: Dawg days, family
water party from 2 until 4 p.m.
Everybody gets wet, hot dogs,
hamburgers, and ice cream for
sale. Music all day.
Thursday: bar bingo has been
cancelled
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
served.
Friday evenings: Food, fun
and music.
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
and cook.
Aug. 14: District meeting at
Buckhead Ridge.
*Aug. 10: LOOM meeting
e Aug. 9: WOTM chapter night.
*Aug. 23: Business meeting.
*Aug. 3: WOTM social and din-
ner.
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
begun.


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Cory Ball, a student at Okee-
chobee High School, negoti-
ates the A-frame maneuver on
the squad challenge course at
the 2005 Junior Reserve Offi-
cer Training Corps Leadership
Challenge July 16-23 at Camp
Blanding Joint Training Center.


VFWPost #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
Fla. 34972.
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
come.
Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
until?
Sunday: A dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

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


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immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
(863) 467-2882.

VFW Post #10539
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 menu.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs at noon.
Live music and dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: every third Sunday
we will host a pot-luck birthday din-
ner. All other Sundays are variable.
Calt (863) 763-2308 for the sched-
ule of events. Darts begin at 7 p.m.


Community Events

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 Fri-
day 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. For infor-
mation, contact the pool office at (863) 467-7667.

Back-to-school drive planned
Douglas Chiropractic, 916 W North Park St., will be having a back-to-
school drive to help the needy children of Okeechobee County. School
physical will be given for grades K through eight. The cost will be $5,
plus a donation of school supplies. The school supplies will be donated
to Big Lake Mission Outreach. For an appointment, call (863) 763-4320.

First aid instructor class offered
The American Red Cross is offering an instructor's course at the
Okeechobee Branch in the month of August. If you are interested in
becoming an instructor for CPR and first aid please stop by the office at
323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.

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. 1 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 registration.


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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 28, 2005 11


At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.


Movie times for Friday, July 22,
through Thursday, July 28, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Bad News Bears"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day 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 p.m.
Theatre II "Fantastic Four"
(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 "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W. Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required
safety equipment needed on your
boat. This service is free. You will
receive a cordial, informative and
confidential boat inspection. A
vessel safety check decal will be
placed on boats that meet all the
requirements. Call (863) 467-3085
to arrange a boat check.
Cl)ub will 4
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned and injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)
763-4333.
Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and pick
out what they need. There is no
charge and anyone is welcome.
This is not restricted to veterans.
Call the Post at (863) 763-2950.
Barbershoppers
looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, bari-
tones, leads and basses are all
invited to join our group. We
practice on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Health Care
Center, 1646 U.S. 441 N. Join us
in singing some old time songs
and community entertainment.
We are looking to expand our
group. Good clean fun and a
great sound are our objectives.
For information, call (863) 763-
0175 or (863) 467-6347.
Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities cur-
rently exist and new programs to
begin soon. Please contact the
lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital
for a Volunteer Application. For
information, call (863) 763-2151,
ext. 3312. The hospital's Volun-
teen Program (ages 14-17) begins
in June.
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Found: Corgi, brown & white,
not neutered, very friendly,
Call to identify
863-634-4369.
Found: long haired black cat
wearing black harness.
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Bronco was LOST Nov. '04.
Lt brown, 301lbs, fixed,
friendly. Last seen Pahokee.
Found in Japan in '97-his
adopting family doesn't want
him but I do. Rwd offered for
his rtn. PIs call(561)924-5656
DALMATION "Lucky". Male,
11 yr. old family pet. Friendly.
Missed dearly. July 5th near
Hi Low Acres. (863)763-2603
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GLASSES- tinted, rose
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Reward. (863)357-2044.


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LET- Reward offered, Senti-
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or movie theater.
(863)467-1767.
PUPPY, Male, 2V1 mo. old,
black & tan w/bob tail. Lost in
vic. of SW section of Okee-
chobee. (863)467-8165
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Benefits include group health insurance,
profit sharing, and 401(k).
Drug Free Workplace. E.O.E.



Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
dass begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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needed for busy law firm. Must have a
minimum of 2 years legal experience.
Competitive salary & benefits.
Please fax resume to:
863-467-1968, Attn. M. Wade


Cashiers, Fla. Turnpike, Yee-
haw through Stuart, need 25
people to work to replace 25
who didn't. 772-429-1454
Delivery/Warehouse
Person
Apply at Badcock
Furniture
512 WN Park St.
Must be able to load,
unload & assemble
furniture.
No Phone Calls Please.
DRIVER NEEDED
Class A CDL Required.
Benefits Available. Apply @
Walpole Feed & Supply
2595 NW 8th Street
DRIVERS
Be your own boss in the Okee-
chobee, Belle Glade and Cle-
wiston areas. Flexible week
day hours, must have 1995
or newer 4 door Sedan, Cell
Phone or Nextel a plus. Call
(800)685-4789 Ext 1197
*FITTER/WELDER
COMBO ONLY
WELDER HELPER
Work in Clewiston area.
Call 863-763-6423, Iv. msg.
Form Carpenters, Equipment
Operators & Labors Needed
for construction in Port St.
Lucie. Call: 954-818-2521
Experienced Duct Installer,
Apply in person Newman
A/C, 202 NE 2nd St.


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MAINTENANCE PERSON
All around maintenance
person to do lawns,
wash trucks etc.
863-467-1717
Do not call after 3:30 PM.
MECHANIC NEEDED
For Busy Tire Store in Palm
City. Salary & Benefits.
Call David @ (772)287-1213
Office Manager, exp'd in con-
struction industry, Mail re-
sume to 3157 Hwy 441 N,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. No
Phone Calls, No Walk Ins.
PALMDALE OIL COMPANY
DRIVERS NEEDED: Class B,
Hazemat & Tanker. Medical
Benifets, Retirement, Vaca-
tion & Bonus Programs.
Call (863)763-3617
WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL
WANTED, Full Time.
Bi-Lingual Preferred.
DFWP Apply in person,
see Roy @ W&W Lumber
of Okeechobee.


SIGN-UP BONUS
We are now accepting
applications for Fuel
Attendant/stock
person and night shift
Wrecker Driver
position. Training will
be provided for
responsible people..
We offer good pay,
rewarding work,
benefits and a
substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified
applicants who are
hired will receive a
$200 sign-up bonus.
Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 Fl. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
DFWP



KITCHEN HELP/Part Time
Must be able to work week
days & weekend evenings.
Apply at the American Legion
501 SE 2nd St. (after 10 am).
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.
Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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ment that is illegal or con-
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ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs- if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionpaly
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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



COX CARPENTRY
Roof & Interior Framing
All Home Repairs
863-357-6018 (Office)
772-215-2728 (Cell)
Lic. #2603




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





Call(863)763-449
or (561)758-4337




JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock & Bob
Cat Work. Call'
(863)467-4734

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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materlals540
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 S 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
Pets/Supplies '
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television,'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat
$1375 (954)309-8659


AIR CONDITIONER, window
unit, very cold air, only $50.
600 NW 17th St., behind
Rodeo Arena.
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
(863)675-5929


CAST IRON SINK & DRAIN
BOARD- Gorgeous, White,
Extremely heavy. $500.
(863)467-2614
FULL SIZE HIDE IN WALL
BED- good condition w/mat-
tress, $300.
(863)674-9073.
HEAD & FOOT BOARD- Twin
size, Antique, Metal w/rails.
$75 (863)674-0098
Large collection of old An-
tiques. $2500. will separate.
Lots of goodies, Must see.
(863)763-0072
RESTORATION & REPAIRS
of Antique furniture.
CUSTOM CABINETRY
*C:ll l t.. 9 .
5.i ;,8.4 3C.
SEWING MACHINE, Singer,
Treadle. Include original ac-
cessories. Excellent condi-
tTon.$225. (863)467-8050
SINGER '1900- Commercial &
Furrier Machine $500.
(863)357-1019
VANITY- 2 drawers & flip up
mirror with storage inside.
$40. (863)634-9626


FREEZER- Whirlpool, 20 cuft,
front loading, $75.
(863)612-9233. Labelle
REFRIG- Sears, 22 cu. ft, side
by side, frostless, $100.
(863)612-9233. La Belle
REFRIGERATOR: 2 Door w/Ice
Maker & STOVE: 30" Elec-
tric. $275. for both; will sep.
(772)215-9168
REFRIGERATOR, Amana, '96
Side by Side w/ice & water in
door. Will deliver in Okeecho-
bee. $150 (863)357-3830
STOVE- Magic Chef, Works
Good. $40. (863)673-1877
WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore,
Super Capacity, Asking
$225 for the pair.
(772)215-9168
WASHER/DRYER, & Micro-
wave- Good condition. $125
will separate.
(863)467-1547



WIND KIT- For a Sears shed.
Protects wind gust up to
140mph $45.
(863)467-1782


BIKE Unisex, Murray, green,
$50. Call (863)467-9854.
Men's (1) Women's (1) 26"
Huffy's Brand New. $100.
for both will separate
863-634-5914



ROOF PANELS (8), Alumi-
num, used, 8 ft. long. $30
takes all. (863)763-3951



BABY SWING, Boy Baby
Clothes Premmie-12mo's,
Bouncers, Etc. All for $150,
will sep. (863)763-2413
CAR SEAT- BOY BABY
CLOTHES 0-15mo., Lots of
toys, etc. $75 for all, will sep
863-357-7136 Aft 7pm
CLOTHES, infant seat,
swings, bouncer, rocker,
carseat w/carrier, porta crib
$225 will sep.
(863)467-7838.


Girls Clothes, exc. cond., siz-
es 5-8, $50 for all, will sell
separately. (863)824-8749
SCRUBS- 6-Shirts & 5-pair of
pants. Sizes small & Medi-
um. $60. (863)467-1189


WEDDING DRESS- Mary's In-
formal Collection, Ivory,
new, never worn, Euro size
18, $250 (863)675-2624.


HO TRAIN SET, 7, comp.
5x10, elaborate layout, Nas-
car theme, w/100+Nas
cars, $500 (863)675-3394
SPORTS CARDS, Large Col-
lection, 1700+ Cards. $1500
or best offer. (863)610-1082



DELL-kyboard, mouse, moni-
tor, great for school/home,
games, fast, Si abla Espeni-
ol. $150. (863)843-0323.
GATEWAY COMPUTER with
printer, $250/neg. Call
863-674-0304.


BED & MATTRESS, Twin size
.- hiQraitl nre.i,1board. $50.
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BEDRdOM" SET, Full or Queen
(Adjustable) w/Lg. chest, dbl.
dresser w/dbl. mirrors, night
stand. $1500 (863)824-8703
BUNK BED, 3 mo. old, black,
metal w/complete desk and
chair on bottom. $50.
(863)634-2098
BUNK BED- Single on top, dbl
on bottom, good condition,
asking $125.
(863)6.34-9929.
CERAMIC FLOOR TILE
1isq ft. Brand new. 90 pcs
$22.50 for all or will sep.
(863)357-1078
CHAIRS (2) Wing Back,
Matching. Beautiful. Deep rust
color. Exc. condition. $130 for
both, will sep. (863)467-8050
COCKATIEL- Yellow, Male, To
Good Home Only! $30.
(863)673-1877
Coffee Table & End Tables,
light oak wood, $30.
(863)675-3998
COUCH & LOVESEAT, Match-
ing set. Multi' Colored. $150
(863)634-0716
CRIBS, (2), like new, w/mir-
rors & plexi glass, light
wood, $100 neg. will sell
sep. (863)467-9908
DESK- large, double pedestal,
asking $60. (863)675-7350.
DINETTE SET, Country Style,
Heavy Duty. Includes 6
chairs. 34"x60". Good con-
dition. $300 (863)763-6391
DINETTE SET, Includes Bench
and 6 chairs. Really good
shape. $100 (863)675-3774
DINING ROOM TABLE- Solid
wood with 2 leafs, 6 High
back chairs. Very nice $700.
(863)634-9842 Okee area
DR table tinted mirror glass
w/ center leaf. No chairs
$50 (863)357-1078
DRESSER- Good condition.
$30. (863)634-9626 Call
anytime
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
Solid Wood. Lg., on rollers
w/2 glass cabinets on ea side,
etc. $300. (863)634-2582
FUTON, $25. (863)227-4233
FUTON W/TWIN BUNK on top,
full size, wood frame & bed-
ding, $250. (863)357-2988
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
King Size, Mountain style,
solid pine, $200.
(863)634-2582
MATTRESS & BOX SPRING,
king size, $325.
(863)357-2988
SOFA BED & 2) Swivel Reclin-
ers. Matching. Exc. cond.
$600 or best offer. Located
Okeechobee (305)304-4538
SOFA, LS, END TABLES,
COFFEE TBL- good condi-
tion, $125 for all.
(863)634-0526.
TABLE- Dark Oak, veneer top,
with 4 chair, leaf, Very stur-
dy. $75. or best offer.
(863)673-3662
VANITY w/Mirror. Brand new.
$60 (863)675-3774


EASY GO GOLF CART 1984,
Complete rebuilt engine &
clutches. Clean. Good cond.
$2200. (863)692-2229.
GOLF CLUBS, Callaway
Woods, Ladies, Right hand,
Driver, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7. $350
for, will sep. 863)467-1910
LADIES GOLF CLUBS- left
handed, woods, 1,3,5 & 7,
Irons 4 thru wedge, graphite
shaft, $125
(863)467-6162.
VOLK GOLF 1989, Lots of
new parts, new tires. Needs
body work. $1000 neg.
(863)801-6149



BOWFLEX, '05, Sports Model,
never been used, selling due
to illness, $1000 neg.
(863)763-4939/634-2017
WEIGHTS & BENCH- 410 Ibs,
w/ extras, $175 or best of-
fer. (863)983-2246.


HANDICAP TOILET, portable,
brand new, never been used,
$25. (863)467-5709
LIFT CHAIR, Motorized, new,
cost $1200, sell for $900.
(863)467-5838
SCOOTER, PRIDE, motorized,
sonic, used one time, cost
$1100, sell for $700.
(863)467-5838
WALKER, Aluminum w/2
large front wheels. $25.
(863)763-2458
WALKER, Senior Citizen,
brand new, $30.
(863)467-5709
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, 4
wheel. Like new. Used only
1 month. $1500 neg.
(863)801-6149


BR Set,, 4 pc., $75, Dog Ken-
nel, 10x6x6, $100, Trampo-
line, futon bunk bed
w/mattresses, $200, wed-
ding dress, sz. 12, never
worn, $200, go cart, seater,
$1000. (863)673-4621
CB BASE STATION Realistic,
Navaho TRC-434, like new
in box, $50. Call
863-357-3779.
Ceramic Kiln, large, 6 ft. slat-
ted table & mud mixer,
$500.2735 NE 3rd Ave.
File Cabinet, metal, 4 drawer,
like new condition, $50.
(863)763-6340
RAILROAD CROSS TIES- 100,
$700. Will separate.
(863)801-1666



DRUM SET, $80
(863)675-2627
PIANO, Upright. Must sell.
$600 or best offer.
(863)763-6369


ALBINO GOCKATIEL'S- (2)
hand fed, with cage, $75.
(863)983-6537.
AMAZONS 2, 2 yr old, Orange
Winged. Need TLC $600. for
the pair or will sep.
863-634-2842 or 634-1987
ANIMAL CAGE, Small, 2x2
squared. Shelf, Ramp. Ex-
cellent condition. $35.
(863)357-2588
AQUARIUMS, (2), 10 & 30
gallon, lights, filters, breed-
.ers, heaters, thermometers,
$175. (863)675-0162
BABY MINI POT BELLY PIG
$50 (863)983-7702
BOXER PUPPIES: $400 Each.
Mother for $500 & Regis-
tered Father for $700.
(863)675-0430
FISH TANKS (25) 21/, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
$150. (863)357-1775
Looking to buy small breed
puppies, will purchase
whole litter. Please call
954-394-2443.
MINIATURE POODLE 8 wks
old, male, silver color, thor-
oughbred but NO papers,
$400. Call 863-763-4989.
PUPPIES, Bloodhound / Curr
Mix. $50. (863)610-0046
RABBITS (2) Medium Size.
Huge cage & feed included.
Free to good home only.
(863)357-7136
SHIH TZU AKC reg.
Champion bloodline, 9 mos
old, great w/ kids. Sacrifice
for $600 (863)467-8896



HUNTING BOW, Buckmaster
Camo, split limb design, ar-
rows & case, ready to hunt,
$275.(863)763-6700



STEREO with CD/double deck
player, AM/FM, $40/neg.
Call 863-674-0304.


CB RADIO- Uniden brand,
missing microphone, $20.
(863)674-0098.
TV Floor Model, 27" Walnut
grain, $75. (863)357-8788


PRESSURE WASHER
2400 PSI, 51/2 h/p, Honda
Engine $300 (863)763-3599
WELDER, Electric, Miller, Blue
Star 2E. & Small electric air
compressor on 2 wheel trail-
er $1500 (863)675-8074


AIR HOCKEY TABLE: Large,
Arcade Style. $200 or best
offer. (863)763-6369
X BOX- With 4 games, 1 Con-
troller, 3 mo old. $175.
(863)261-2263


SHOP VAC- 10 gallon, com-
mercial, stainless steel, ask-
ing $55. (863)675-7350.

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



TRACTORS (2) 8N, Ford, ask-
ing $1500 (863)763-1370.


AQHA STALLION- 16.1 hands,
by Hint of Conclusive, Great
Sire, Very gentle. Must sell
$5000. firm (561)795-9657
BAY MARE: 14 years old
w/tack. $800.
(863)675-0430
BUCK SKIN APPALOOSA
Gelding, Great personality.
Experienced rider. $1800 or
best offer. (863)357-3325
HORSES, 12 yr. old, Appaloo-
sa Mare. Good w/kids. May
be in foal, Good 4-H project.
$1000 (863)634-7801
LIVESTOCK TRAILER 22',
metal top & siding, $1500 or
best ,offer. Call
(561) 236-8708 anytime.
PAINT GELDING, 2 years old.
Approx. 14 hands. Not
broke. $400 (954)520-6707
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
Stud. $500. (863)697-6713
QUARTER HORSE GELDING,
12 yrs. old. Needs experi-
enced rider. $1000.
(863)634-7801
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
sep. (239)694-5611



TOP SOIL, $1.25 cu. yd.
Loaded on your truck or
can range hauling
@ your expense. 3 mls. from
Okeechobee City. Call Tony
@ (561)721-5770



JOHN DEERE GATOR $1000
(863)801-1666 "1
LAWN MOWER PARTS, Snap-
per, Murray, MTD, Bdggs &
Stratton. All new. $300.
(863)763-3951
MOWER- Scott, Auto, 25HP-
Kohler. Needs transmission.
$800. or best offer.
(863)269-4161
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver
(863)357-6202/ 261-4999
RIDING MOWER- MTD, 12HR
36" cut, good condition,
runs great, $500.
(863)635-3627.
Snapper, 18hp vanguard, j-,
stick steering, 2yrs, warran-
ty, 0-radios, used 1 season,
new set of blades, New
$4,500. Asking $3,000.
(302)697-3931


LIVESTOCK TRAILER-15',
Ideal for horses & livestock.
$500 or best offer. Call
(561) 236-8708 anytime


SADDLE, Barrel Style & Tack,
reins, bits, blankets, etc. $350
(772)201-5166

Rentals



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


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FISH PROCESSING PLANT
Turn Key, License Available.
$900 mo. + sec. dep. & ref.
Okeechobee. (772)260-5838



OAK LAKE VILLAS, 2BR/2BA,
1 yr. minimum, asking $975
mo. (863)763-8001


OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, Gar., Pool
Kings Bay $935. mo +
$1300 Sec. Dep., Ameri-Prty
Mngmnt (772)370-3752

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Laundromat, a/c, exc. equip-
ment, good lease space,
very good gross, located on
441 SE, priced to sell at
$225,000. .Call
863)634-6300 or
61-827-6508


Indian Hammock, 3/2, dbl.
crpt. w/1/1 guest house, 2.7
acres, private, quiet, stables
& riding trails, airstrip, sep-
arate hunting area, other
amenities. $429,000.
(561)596-3889 Broker
KINGS BAY: 5265 S.E. 43rd
St. 2 BR, 2 BA., 1 Car garage,
FL Rm., Tile Firs. Solid Con-
struction. City Water/Sewer.
Fresh paint. Community Pool.
$134,900.772-579-8489
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


Okeechobee 5 2 Acres,
2 Buildable Lots. Cleared.
Well & Electric. $350,000.
(863)610-0219 5pm-7pm


Mobile Homes



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Mobile Home, Sale 2020



In MHP in Town: 2 BR, 1 BA,
Near shopping. New roof &
new tile. $12,000 or best of-
fer. (863)763-6456
Mobile Home, Singlewide,
'93 12x64, 3BR/1BA, must
be moved, asking $2800.
305-245-8768/345-1319
TAYLOR CREEK LODGE #33,
12'x56' Fully furn. New roof
w/or w/out 14'x32' screen
rm. Incl 16' '95 Alum Boat
40HP motor & trailer
$25,000 863-357-1784,
239-2695711 or
239-821-8787

Recreation



Boats 300
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessorie 3020
Marine Miscellaneou 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport VehiclWs/AVs 3035


ALUMINUM BOAT- 14', w/
trir, 2 motors, 2 trolling mo-
'tors, fish finder, anchors,
swivel seats, $2000
(863)635-3627.
Big 0 Airboat hull, 13' seat
stand & cage, exc. shape,
less than 1 yr. old, $2000
neg. Call Heath
863-634-6006
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
863-674-1105.
Carolina Skiff, '05, 21', DLX,
trlr, 90hp Yamaha, biminy
top, great white trolling mo-
tor, live well, misc. equip-
ment, exc. cond., $8,995.
(863)983-8417
EBBTIDE BASS BOAT 1983,
16' 6" w/115 hp. Evinrude &
Trolling Motor. $1800 or best
offer. (863)632-9166
FIBERGLASS AIR BOAT- With
Polymer, 500 Cadillac with
trailer $4000.
S(561)262-1390
GLASS STREAM- '86, 16',
In/Out board. Motor needs
work. $1500 or best offer
(863)634-7108
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
(863)697-1645.
MFG CAREFREE 14Ft. Boat
w/Johnson 35 hp., Bimini Top
CD Stereo & Trailer. Excellent
cond. $1800 (561)644-1596
SPORTSMAN BOAT- '89, 18'
10" Alum. Has '95 motor
120 force w/trailer $4000.
Call Don 863-634-5244


BOUNDER, '90, 70k mi., new
trans., good cond., $12,900.
(772)785-5771
COACHMAN 1997, 5th Wheel,
25 Ft. w/slide out. Garaged,
No pets, No smoking. Very
clean! $9500 (863)357-1714
Dodge Motorhome, '74, 20',
totally reconditioned, runs
great, sleeps 4, a/c, $2000.
(863)357-1945
JAYCO 5TH WHEEL- With
slide out. Great shape.
$7000.
MOBILE HOME 5TH WHEEL-
37 1/2', Located at 70 Whis-
pering Creek Park Great
cond $3000 863-234-1701
RV one w/ screened in porch.
For more information call
(863)763-3599


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SUNNYBROOK 5TH WHEEL
'05- Toy hauler, 3 slides, 39'
10", KS bed, $50,000
(863)697-1646.
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds"



BOAT TRAILER 15ft
Brand new brake lights, single
axle, $200 or best offer
(863)467-6423
CENTER CONSOLE- small, fi-
berglass, w/incorporated
seat for small boat, $30.
(863)763-3196.
TRAILER, Mastercraft '01, fits
boats, 190, 197 & 209, & 20-
21' Long. New cond. $2000
(561)644-72371795-9657


HONDA CBR HURRICANE-
'90, Approx. 43K, Runs but
needs work. $1000. or best
offer. (863)467-1189
MINI CHOPPER New, only
rode twice. $475
(863)763-3599
SUZUKI GS 550- '79, Runs
good. 17K, Needs a little
TLC. $1000. or best offer.
(863)634-1867
YAMAHA 535 VIRAGO, '97-
13K miles, $1500 or best
offer. (863)467-7587.
YAMAHA YZ 125 2001, Dirt
Bike. A very reliable bike.
Call (863)634-3617.


GO CART, 2 Seater, 5.5 hp en-
gine. $350 or best offer.
(863)227-2600
HONDA 250 1989 4 Wheeler,
Shaft Drive, Needs rear end.
Might run. $100
(863)357-3981


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



Catfish Boat, 21' long, 70hp
Tohatsu, new trlr, good
cond., $3000.
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.
CHEVY CORSICA, '92- good
condition, 4dr, auto, new
tires; no AC, asking $1200
(863)763-7609.
MERCURY TRACER, '91- 4dr,
selling "as is" $2500 or best
offer (863)675-1621.


Chevy Corvette, '85, strong
running, good looking, nice
interior, $8500.
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron
FORD MUSTANG 1989 Con-
vertible: Needs work. $1200
or best offer.
(863)946-0599
KIA- '98, Cold air, 6 cyc. Auto,
New Low Profile tires. Leath-
er seats. Great mileage
$2500 863-467-2614
MERCURY '89, Grand marque
Nice cond. Very dependable.
Tan w/white top. $1999
(863)675-3726 Alva
OLDSMOBILE, '97- 4dr, 54AK
miles, all power, like new,
$5000 (863)675-2392.
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1992,
Full power, A/C, C/C, Pioneer
Stereo. Asking $2000.
(863)675-2598



Ford Bronco,'84, 4 whl dr.,
modified motor, high jacker
lift kit, $2500.
(863)261-1104/467-1578
FORD EXPLORER 91, Needs
trans. $500. (863)634-0305


CHEVY BLAZER 1988, For
parts. $400 or best offer. See
Ruben @ across for Duda
Juice Plant in blue trailer.
ENGINE, 1981 Rebuilt 350C,
2 Bolts main short block in
crate, 2 Heads. Cond. un-
known. $450 (863)763-6391


ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Nev-
er ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
FORD ENGINE- 1976, 300,
6 cyl, w/ 4 speed, can hear
run, $300 (863)763-1370.
JEEP '91- parts only, was run-
ning, $500 or best offer.
(863)357-1976.
RIMS & TIRES- 4, AKUZA 20"
good condition $800 or best
offer (863)763-3349 Ask for
Patrick
TIRES (4) 235/75/R15, Fits
most SUV or P/U Trucks, Day-
ton all terrain, good cond.
$40. (302)222-2592 Jim.
WHEELS & NEW TIRES, 20"
Chrome, Fits any 6 lug pat-
tern 2003 & up. $1400 or
best offer. (863)227-0263
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 20",
chrome, w/285/50 Good-
year Eagle tires, $800 neg.
(863)528-1894.
WHEELS, Alcoa's, 16.5x12.
For late model 8 lug pattern.
$650. (863)675-3743


CHEVY 1500 PU, '86- flat bed,
auto, V8, runs great, good
tires, $1000.
(863)697-6812 cell.
CHEVY- '1955, Original en-
gine, rough but restorable.
800. or best offer
(863)675-4643
CHEVY- '89, V8, Runs excel-
lent condition. $1400.
(863)634-6654


CHEVY S-10 '94 Club Cab.
A/C, Auto, Stereo, C/C.
$3299 cash or finance
w/$1200 down. $60/wkly.
(954)587-2644/260-1933
CHEVY S10 PICK UP 1995, 2
wd., 5 spd., 4 cyl. New tires
& engine! $1995 or best of-
fer. (863)528-4372
CHEVY SHORT BED 1988,
Tagged. Racing motor.
Clean. Must see! $2500.
Firm. (302)335-3442
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1400.
(863)634-1867
FORD F250, '95- 6 cyl, AC, 2
fuel tanks, camper top,
$2300 or best offer
(863)467-0139.
FORD F350 1984, Dually flat-
bed. $1000 or best offer.
(863)675-8573
FORD RANGER, '84- 2.8 V6,
4x4, runs good, $1100 firm,
must go! (863)441-2942.
.FORD Ranger, '98 Club Cab.
Flare side. ac/auto/new
trans. $6299 or can finance
$1800 dwn. 60/wkly.
.(954)587-2644 or 260-1933
TOYOTA PU, '88- 4 speed, 4
cylinder, alot of new parts,
Needs work w/carb. $900.
(863)634-7706.


ENCLOSED TRAILER- Wells
Cargo,.20ft, barn doors each
end, $2500 (863)699-9701.


HOMEMADE TRAILER- large
enough for riding mower,
$125. (863)634-0526.
UTILITY TRAILER- 10', Excel-
lent condition. Used 1 time.
$900. (863)467-1547


FORD HI-TOP CONV VAN,
'88- full power, runs good,
AC not working, 2nd owner,
$1800 (954)584-7912.


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



NOTICE OF FORFEITURE COMPLAINT
On June 9, 2005, in Okeechobee
County, Florida the Sheriff seized and
held Two Thousand and One Dollar,
$2001.00), In United States currency.
complaint will be filed in the Circuit
Court in Okeechobee County, Florida
SgL John Rhoden
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
71424 ON 07/21,28/200563)763-3117

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attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, .
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2005 DR 466
Division: Domestic Relations
Roger Dale QuInLIn
Petitioner
and
Tracy Lynn OulnLin
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Tracy Lynn QuInLin
310 N.E. 4th St.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Roger
Dale OuinLin, whose address is 3821
S.E. 32nd Lane, Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before August 11, 2005,
and file the original with the clerk of
this Court at 304 NW 2nd St., Okee-
chobee, Florida, before service on Pe-
titioner or immediately thereafter, if
you fail to do so, a default may be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
CourFs office notified of your current
address. Future papers in this lawsuit
will he mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of plead-
ings.
Dated: July 5,2005
CLERK OF THE
CIRCUIT COURT
SHARON ROBERTSON
By:/s/Beatrice Rodriguez
Deputy Clerk
67942ON 7/14,21,28;8/4/05


INVITATION TO BID
BID #0506-012005 33-Passenger Bus
Sealed bids for purchase of the above item will be received in the Purchasing Office
of Indian River Community College, until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17,
2005, at which time the bids will be opened and tabulated in Room S-208.
Copies of specifications, instructions to bidders and forms may be obtained from
the Purchasing Department, Indian River Community College, 3209 Virginia Ave-
nue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596, Phone: (772) 462-7355.
Don Windham, CPPB, Purchasing AgenI
72568 ON 7/27,2/05


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Community Events


Church hosts Family Fun Day
The Okeechobee community is invited to a Family Fun Day on Sat-
urday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the First United
Methodist Church fellowship hall at 200 N.W. Second St. Sign ups and
activities for children will begin at 10:30 a.m. The show will begin
promptly at 11 a.m. After the show there will be a lunch for everyone
and a few door prizes for the children who sign up. All children will
receive a helium balloon or small gift. Reverend Mabrey, a Methodist
minister and illusionist, will be performing.


Agri-Civic center hosts horse show
The Miniature Horse Club of South Florida will be presenting their
Okeechobee show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Both show days
begin at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9 a.m. Tickets at the gate will be
$3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1.50 for students. The American
Miniature Horse Registry classes will be showcased on Saturday and
.the American Miniature Horse Association classes will be highlighted
on Sunday. Halter (conformation) Classes will be held in the mornings
and Performance (jumping, obstacle and driving)-Classes will be held
in the afternoon. For Miniature Horse Show event information, call
(561) 798-6129, (863) 763-7724 or (772) 341-7610.


Learning coalition will meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties
will meet Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at
the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort
Pierce. Also, the executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition
of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be meeting at
this same location immediately following the coalition meeting.


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 until Aug.
31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 3
p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until
3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Friday. Please call
ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you may need. For
information during working hours call (863) 763-6510. During hours
the center is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-7711.


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


Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St.,
will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide partici-
pation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Proceeds from the sale
will help finance the beginning of a new youth facility. Order forms
have been placed at different businesses so that the church can fill the
orders. For information, call (863) 763-7227 or (863) 763-4654. Orders
will be taken until the end of September.


Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored
by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is sched-
uled 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 diabetes 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.





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Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit
in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited.
Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets.
The three, main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.


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


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


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 Candace at the American Red
Cross- Okeechobee Branch- by calling (863) 763-2488.


Free 10 Commandments signs
The Living Word of Faith has 10 Commandment yard signs with.
stands for anyone wishing to put them in their yards. For information
call Lee Minton at (863) 357-3442, or John White at (863) 357-2975.


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.


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
more.


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


My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day 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 informa-
tion.


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


New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histor-
ical Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture
of the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Com-
merce. They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
Okeechobee" which sells for $4.


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