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Vol. 96 No. 216
Thursday, August 4, 2005
504 Plus tax
Dr. Massey gives
It appears that the Dixon
Hendry Campus of Indian
River Community College
(IRCC) in Okeechobee may
soon be expanding.
Dr. Edwin Massey, IRCC
president, addressed the
noon luncheon meeting of
the Okeechobee County Eco-
nomic Council on Wednes-
day and gave the assembled
members an overview of
some of IRCC's programs.
"One of the things I want-
ed to share with you was the
dream that something is
going to happen in Okee-
chobee County. I can prom-
ise you that," he said.
Dr. Massey said that IRCC
is working with a lot of peo-
ple and planning to put
another building on the
Dixon Hendry Campus that
would be financed by state
and private funds. However,
he declined to predict a con-
DEP fines OUA $15,000
By Pete Gawda
As if the Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) didn't have
enough problems with deciding
on the method of disposal of treat-
ed effluent and getting funds for
sewer plant expansion, they are
now facing fines totaling $15,000
from the Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP). ,
The fines are the result of three
warning letters and an unautho-
rized sewer discharge that
occurred on Juhe 20.
The utility received two warn-
ing letters dated May 27. One letter
dealt with excessive turbidity levels
in the drinking water. Florida
Administrative Code states that the
turbidity levels must not exceed
one Nephelometric Turbidity Unit
(NTU). On Feb 28, the maximum
turbidity level reported was 31.4
However, according to DEP's J.
W. French, turbidity in itself is not a
health problem. However, it can
make the disinfectant used to treat
the water less effective.
Mr. French said the level of tur-
bidity is an indicator of how well
the sedimentation filtration system
is working. He said that most peo-
ple base their opinion of water on
taste, color and odor. None of
these factors has, any bearing on
how safe the water is to drink, he
DEP's Michele Owns said there
generally is no penalty imposed by
90th anniversary: City celebrates new seal
DEP for excessive turbidity levels
even though DEP does possess the
authority to impose a penalty.
However, a public notice is
In this particular case, Ms
Owens said a fine was imposed
because this was considered an
OUA Executive Director L. C.
Fortner attributed the excessive
turbidity to pump failures at the
plant. He said after it was noticed
there was a problem, the pump
The other May 28 warning let-
ter dealt with an April 28 incident
when OUA reported that an esti-
mated 100,000-gallon sewage spill
occurred due to multiple pump
failures at the NW-15 lift station.
That lift station is located on air-
port property across from North
Elementary School on N.W 10th
On June 20, stormwater creat-
See Fines Page 2
OHS names new
Okeechobee High School
veteran business teacher and.
tennis-coach Daryl Roehm
has been named as the new'
athletic director for the Brah-,
mans. He will take over the
reins from former athletic
director Mike Radebaugh,
who will assume the duties
as administrator of athletics
as part of his position as
"We are happy to have
him as athletic director here
at O.H.S.," stated Mr. Rade-
baugh. "He will be a great
asset to the program with his
strength, creativity and
organization skills. I look for-
ward to working with him for
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Community Events ... .4
Crossword .......... 9
Obituaries '......... 3
Opinion .......... 4. 4
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Sports ............. 7
TV .... .......... .10
Weather ............ 2
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee City Council members and city staff celebrated the new mural depicting
the city's seal prior to the council meeting Tuesday. Pictured are (from left, front row):
Councilwoman Lydia Jean Williams, Mayor James Kirk and City Clerk Lane Gamiotea;
(back row) councilmen Lowry Markham, Dowling Watford, Jr., and Noel Chandler.
City dedicates new city seal
By Audrey Blackwell
A crowd of about 30 people
gathered on the lawn at the north
side of city hall Tuesday at 5 p.m.
to watch Mayor James Kirk dedi-
.cate the rendition of the city seal
donated by the Okeechobee His-
Local artist Kathy Scott paint-
ed the mural on the side of the
"This is why I love this com-
munity," Mayor Kirk said. "How
many places go and give a gift
this nice to the city? We work
together here. We moved here in
1970 and it became my home,
and this is why I will never leave
During the ceremony, the
mayor gave a certificate of appre-.
ciation to Betty Williamson, pres-
ident of the Historical Society,
and acknowledged Mrs. Scott's
Following the ceremony, the
group enjoyed cookies and
punch in the lobby of the munici-
pal building. Pearl Godwin, wife
of the late Olen Godwin, said
something about the refresh-
ment table missing her pan-
cakes. She used to bring in pan-
cakes for the crew when her late
husband was the city's fire chief
By Audrey Blackwell
Tommy Raulerson, former
police officer with the Okee-
chobee Police Department, sat
quietly in the front row of city
hall Tuesday night while his
attorney, Jerry Bryant, addressed
the Okeechobee City Council.
Mr. Raulerson was fired last
fall on allegations of misconduct
in DeSoto County while he and
four other members of the
police department were helping
out after Hurricane Charley.
The-12-year veteran of the
police department was alleged
to have taken a blue tarp, some
toothpaste, toothbrushes and
water from a relief station.
He was terminated on Sept.
On Oct. 29, 2004, Mr. Bryant
had asked the council for a Flori-
da Statute Chapter 112 hearing
for Mr. Raulerson because his
client did not think he had an
opportunity to address the issues
of his termination. F.S. Chapter
112 relates to police officers.
The hearing panel would be
comprised of three law enforce-
ment personnel: a city police
officer chosen by the city coun-
cil, a city police officer chosen by
Mr. Raulerson, and a third law
See Hearing Page 2
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwel
A new mural depicting the city's seal decorates the north
side of city hall. It was painted by local artist Kathy Scott.
The painting was donated by the Okeechobee Historical
Society in honor of the city's 90th anniversary.
for 23 years.
The council meeting began at
6 p.m. and the first order of busi-
ness was to issue a proclamation
naming the week of Aug. 7-13 as
National Community Health
Center Week. The proclamation
was handed to Missy McNabb
with the Florida Community
Health Center in Okeechobee.
See Seal- Page 2
By Pete Gawda
At their monthly meeting
Tuesday night, the Okeechobee
County School Board recog-
nized two retirees, approved a
tentative budget, heard a report
on their insurance program and
heard school improvement
Rose Kendall, data processor
at North Elementary School,
was honored upon her retire-
ment with 34 years service to the
Migrant Pre-K teacher Karen
Evans, also of North Elementary
School, was recognized for her
retirement with 32 years service
to the school system.
At the conclusion of the first
of two scheduled public hear-
ings on the budget for the com-
ing fiscal year, the board passed
resolutions tentatively approving
a milage rate of 7.955 and a
budget of $67,886,702.48.
See School Page 2
County adds touch screen voting
ByAudrey Blackwell 2004 election. paid for by a grant from the Help
Okeechobee News "I'm excited to think what the America Vote Act.
new units permit people to do," "Federal monies paid $76,761,
Twenty-two touch screen she said. or 97 percent of the amount,
units were purchased by the Representatives from the dis- which was fantastic," Mrs. Chan-
County of Okeechobee to meet ability community will be avail- dier said.
mandates of the federal Help able to help set up the equipment The new machines feature a
America Vote Act, prompted by during an election, combination touch screen and
voting problems in the 2000 pres- Okeechobee will continue number pad that responds to fin-
idential election. using paper ballots but those ger pressure. Mrs. Chandler said
There are 18 voting precincts who are sight-impaired, unable using fingers on the key pad
in Okeechobee County. Howev- to read, or unable to vote on a instead of a stylus should be easi-
er, Supervisor of Elections Gwen paper ballot for other medical er to use.
Chandler said they ordered a cou- reasons will be able to use the "It is more user-friendly," she
pie extra ones because they want
to make sure they have backups,
if needed, and are well prepared
come election time.
Mrs. Chandler said she is very
pleased with the additionalvoting
"The new voting machines
will ensure, for the first time, that
citizens who are sight-impaired
can vote a secret ballot without
the assistance of others," she
Mrs. Chandler said she wit-
nessed those unable to see or
read to vote independently in the
new equipment. There is an
audio component to help direct
voters through the various
screens and assist with write-in
Each touch screen unit cost
$3,373 for a total bill of $79,000
for the, hardware, training and
basic services.. An additional
$5,700 went for additional hard-
ware for backup cards and com-
puter chips, according to Mrs.
The good news is, however,
that most of the money for the
federally-mandated system was
The first general election is not
planned until Sept. 5; 2006. How-
ever, the new touch screen voting
equipment will be used earlier in
the schools for such events as
voting for homecoming queen,
student council members and
class officers for high school stu-
dents. The machines can be used
in middle schools and elemen-
tary schools, too.
Michelle Beck, election spe-
cialist technician who set up the
See Voting Page 2
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Gwen Chandler (left), elections supervisor for Okeechobee
County, said she is pleased with the addition of touch screen
voting machines that were delivered to her office Tuesday.
Michelle Beck (right) is an election specialist technician and
helped to set up the Diebold equipment. She and fellow tech-
nicians worked to ensure the equipment operates properly.
2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 4, 2005
Continued From Page 1
The council held public hear-
ings and voted to approve several
items of old business, including the
Ordinance No. 902, a small
scale amendment (under 10,000
acres) application to the Future
Land Use Map, which was submit-
ted by Haynes and Susan Williams
for property at 408 N.E. Third St.
they want to sell. Councilman
Lowry Markham said they have
changed zoning before in the area
and it looks like the city is develop-
ing in the area. "1I think we'll see
more commercial businesses in
this area," he said.
Ordinance No. 903, first read-
ing of a.rezoning petition for the
property at 408 N.E. Third St. The
council set the date of Aug. 16 for
the final hearing and vote.
Ordinance No. 904, the coun-
cil held the first of two public hear-
ings on a rezoning application
from William and Catherine Fagan
of Stuart for property at Northeast
10th Street. The request is to
change the property from residen-
tial single family-one to residential
multiple-family. The council set
Aug. 16 as the final hearing date on
the proposed ordinance,
Ordinance No. 905 on an
alley closing application submitted
Z Continued From Page 1
ed by excessive amounts of rain
.5 overloaded OUAs lift station at S,E.
0 Sixth Avenue and S. E. Seventh
Street and caused the sewer to
back up in several houses, accord-
ing to Mr. Fortner. He said OUA
E hired a profession cleaning service
O to clean up. the houses and that
O tank trucks were used to haul the
excess stromwater to the treatment
O At the July 19 OUA board meet-
4- ing, the board voted to pay $22,568
a to repair the pumps at that lift sta-.
Mr. Fortner said the problem
-arose because the sewer system
couldn't handle the volume of
water. He said the recent expan-
sion of the system into Treasure
Island and Taylor Creek Isles had
Continued From Page 1
enforcement officer from an out-
side local agency, such as the Okee-
- chobee County Sheriff's Office, a
trooper from the Florida Highway
S -- Patrol, an law enforcement officer
* from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
-* Conservation Commission, and so
-- forth. The committee was to hold a
hearing and render a decision
either upholding the termination or
overturning it. The panel would
then report back to the city council
by Hubert and Rachel Phillips for
Dairy Queen. During discussion,
Councilman Markham said they
are trying to get away from alley
closing and are getting more in
front of them. The council set the
final public hearing date as Sept. 7.
In new business, the council
considered two other alley closing
applications one for Believer's
Fellowship Church and one for
Ronnie and Ellain Lawrence. Ordi-
nances on each will be drafted for
a first reading at the Aug. 16 council
During a discussion of putting a
moratorium on alley closings,
Councilman Dowling Watford said
at one time alleys had a purpose -
usually for access to utilities. How-
ever, now those are in the street.
"We had some rules, then we
bent them for some good reason,"
He added that the council needs
to come up with a good policy and
if people can't meet it, they should
not bring the matter to them.
"If OUA or Sprint says they need
it [alley], don't bring it to us. The
best thing is to have a policy in
place," he said.
He suggested that the council
first identify what purpose alleys
serve now and then come up with
"If we want a moratorium [on
closing alleys], there should be a
reasonable time and we should say
placed a larger load on the system
and left less room for stormwater.
Tommy Hoover, who owns
eight duplex units on S.E. Fourth
and S. E. Fifth Streets, said that
sewage backed up in all his duplex-
es causing about $3,000 worth of
A letter dated July 21 from DEP
to OUA referred to these two May
27 letters and the unauthorized dis-
charge of June 20.
The letter went on to state that
DEP found OUA to be in violation
of the rules and statutes cited in the
warning letters and stated "you are
assessed civil penalties in the
In addition the utility is required
to pay $500 to .reimburse DEP
As an option to paying cash
penalties, the letter gave OUA the
option of completing "an in-kind
Continued From Page 1
units on Tuesday, said she knows of
an elementary school that allowed
the students to vote for their
favorite Dr. Seuss book just so they
could learn about the election
*The federal Help America Vote
Act of 2002 mandates that every
state in the nation have accessible
voting equipment in place by Jan.
1, 2006. However, some states are
asking for a special exception, stat-
ing they will not be able to make
the deadline, Mrs. Chandler said.
She said in 2001 Florida changed
their laws to accommodate acces-
sible voting for all, but these
machines were not available.
~ -- -o
there is a policy and stick to it," he
The council asked City Adminis-
trator Brian Whitehall to study the
issue with Jim LaRue, city planner,
and Lane Gamiotea, city clerk, and
bring their findings, back to the
The council held a public hear-
ing on amending Section 82-61 of
the land development code related
to wellhead protection and set
Aug. 16 as the final public hearing
date for proposed Ordinance No.
906. The council approved the
ordinance on first reading.
In other business, the council
adopted proposed Resolution No.
05-09 on the Fire Fighters Union
and discussed the 2004-05 Fiscal
Year Roadway Improvements Pro-
ject, which will cost the same as
this year's budgeted amount.
Mr. Whitehall asked the council
to review the priority list for street
and road projects for next year and
make sure they want to continue
with it. He said that if any additions
were made to the list, to think of
what items to take off the list to
keep the budget the same.
Councilman Noel Chandler dis-
cussed a code complaint located at
1002 S.E. Eighth Dr. He said people
are moving in and there is a lot of
"We need to keep an eye on it,"
restoration or information project."
The value of the project has to be
one-and-one-half times the
amount of the penalty.
That is the option Mr. Fortner
proposes. He is suggesting that
$21,000 be spent to install teleme-
try equipment at the lift stations. He
said that would give quicker notice
that something was happening at a
lift station. He said the equipment
would send a radio signal to the
main plant if something went
wrong at a lift station.
"It's something we need to do
anyway," he added.
In addition, OUA received a
third warning letter dated July 8 in
which DEP cited OUA for applying
more than the maximum phos-
phorous allowed at the Cemetery
That violation resulted in an
additional $1,000 fine to OUA.
council selected an officer Much discussion ensued about
Raulerson was unable to the case, sometimes heated, and
willing to sit on the com- the council ended up instructing
according to Mr. Bryant. the city clerk to investigate other
3ryant reminded the couh- city police department systems for
lay that the hearing did not how they investigate complaints
ce and asked if there was against police officers according to
way for Mr. Raulerson to Florida Statutes Chapter 112, or
hearing, what other means they may use
icilman Dowling Watford, rather than following the statutes,
e believed the city missed a and bring the information back to
hat a hearing had not taken the council for further considera-
et and suggested the city tion.
h other municipalities to The council will review the
v they handle such situa- research and decide if they will go
with a system used in another city.
_ If so, they will offer it to Mr. Bryant
and his client and they will decide if
they will accept it..
During the discussion, an argu-
ment broke out between Council-
woman Lydia Jean Williams and
Police Chief Denny Davis.
Mrs. Williams said that Chief
Davis told her Mr. Raulerson had
been fired for reasons other than
the tarp incident, and Chief Davis
said he did not say that. Their voic-
es grew louder as the two argued
back and forth a few times.
Finally, Mayor James Kirk
slammed the gavel and said for
them to cease.
U) "This is not a trial," he said, and
the discussion continued until
__ about 8:45 p.m. when the meeting
An internal investigation into
O the alleged incident was conducted
C. by Captain Dale LaFlam, of the
UOkeechobee County Sheriff's
In that report, Mr. Raulerson
admitted to taking the tarp and
Z toothpaste, along with some mos-
quito spray and two, 5-gallon bot-
- ties of water. But, he said he was
S, given permission to do so by a vol-
- _.. unteer co-director of the 761 gro-
E cery relief station.
-m A notarized affidavit by Yassert
E Gonzalez, the co-director of the dis-
0 tribution center, stated: 'I told him
L -(Mr. Raulerson) that he was wel-
come to have any items he needed
E for himself and his officers form the
0 supplies maintained at the distribu-
-* "He was told to take what he
needed. This was standard proce-
dure for those assisting with the
relief station," Mr. Gonzalez contin-
The tarp, stated Capt. LaFlam's
report, was brought back to Okee-
chobee by Mr. Raulerson and was
.. used to cover the chimney area of
retired-Judge William L. Hendry's
house. Judge Hendry is Mr. Rauler-
The chimney, indicated Mr.
Bryant, had been damaged by
winds from the outer bands of Hur-
Since Judge Hendry's house is
a in the same district as DeSoto
County, Mr. Gonzalez reportedly
.- -, told Mr. Raulerson he could take
- the tarp because it was "within the
intended purpose of the tarpau-
IRCC head explains
By Pete Gawda
It appears that the Dixon
Hendry Campus of Indian River
in Okeechobee ,,
may soon be
meeting of the Dr. Edwin
nomic Council on Wednesday and
gave the assembled members an
overview of some of IRCC's pro-
"One of the things I wanted to
share with you was the dream that
something is going to happen in
Okeechobee County. I can promise
you that," he said.
Dr. Massey said that IRCC is
working with a lot of people and
planning to put another building
on the Dixon Hendry Campus that
would be financed by state and pri-
vate funds. However, he declined
to predict a construction schedule.
"We are dong everything we
can to get another building out
here as quickly as possible," he
He predicted the building
would be at least 21,000 square
feet, and maybe as large as 30,000
square feet. The building would
have a central meeting area and
associated classrooms and training
areas for different types of special-
ized training to meet the economic
and job training needs of Okee-
Dr. Massey commended
Provost Sam Smith of the Dixon
Hendry Campus and stated, "We
have a culture at the college that
really tries to put students first."
The president explained that the
college is governed by a board of
trustees including one trustee from
He stated that the college has
seven sites beside Okeechobee.
The entire enrollment of all the
campuses last year was 42,000 stu-
dents. That figure includes 2,700
students at the Dixon Hendry Cam-
Dr. Massey said that almost any-
thing available on the main cam-
pus in Fort Pierce is also available in
Okeechobee through distant learn-
Continued From Page 1
One mil equals $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed propertyvalue.
The tentative budget includes
$7,113,843.24 for capital improve-
ments. Of that amount, the largest
$1,196,368.66, is for classroom
additions at South Elementary
Debt service comprises
$355,983.03 of the proposed budg-
et. The food service budget antici-
pates appropriations of
$3,527,503.35, and $6,617,298.83
of the proposed budget will come
from federal program funds.
There was good news concern-
ing the school board's group health
insurance. Steve Barden of Group
Insurance Solutions told the board
that overall, their premiums were
down 3.5 percent and that there
was no change in cost to the board.
Sharon Suits presented the
school improvement plans for the
elementary schools, the freshman
campus and the high school.
Board Attorney Tom Conely told
the board that he had been talking
Dr. Massey said that last year
IRCC was recognized as the num-
ber one college in the nation in
He spoke of the brand new
Kight Center for Emerging Technol-
ogy on the main campus that will
open to students this fall. He called
it the "star wars of technology",
adding that it was the very first
manufacturing training center on
the Treasure Coast
"What a student can do in this
lab is remarkable," he said.
The facility will offer an
advanced training program in
Dr. Massey added that IRCC is
going into nuclear medicine. He
said the college would be putting in
a biotechnology program this fall.
He also mentioned the electron-
ics and communications, civil engi-
neering, building construction,
drafting and design programs avail-
able at the college.
Last year he said IRCC got $1.8
million to plan a new public safe-
ty/homeland security complex.
Next year they will receive $18 mil-
lion to build it, and the following
year they will receive some equip-
"The finished product will be a
one-of-a-kind public safety home-
land security complex in the coun-
try," he said.
The facilities will be available at
the new complex to stage all types
of disaster scenarios for training
purposes, such as a crashed aircraft
and railroad accidents. There will
be a major intersection to stage
automobile accidents, as well as
facilities to stage different types of
He called it "a real life training
Dr. Massey stated the facility
would be built either at the main
campus in Fort Pierce, or possibly
at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds.
"Every community is going to
win from this," he asserted.
Turning to athletics, Dr. Massey
praised the IRCC swimming team
that has won 31 consecutive
national championships. The presi-
dent said that about 93 percent of
the swim team graduated on time
and about 85 percent earned schol-
arships to four-year schools.
He also said that baseball and
softball are solid sports at IRCC.
This year's softball team came in
second in the nation.
with the owner of the property sur-
rounding the old Basinger School.
He said the owner was interested in
buying the property but wished the
building to be knocked down and
hauled away. The two acres that
the Basinger School sits on is com-
pletely landlocked with no public
access. The building itself is in too
bad a shape to rebuild or move. It
has been suggested that all the sal-
vageable material from the build-
ing be used on another site to build
a replica of the school that would
be used as a museum.
The board authorized Mr. Cone-
ly to secure an appraisal of the
property as the first step toward
possibly selling it.
Dr. Patricia Copper, superin-
tendent of schools, told the board
that 59 new teachers attended ori-
entation. However, she noted there
are still 11 teaching vacancies.
In other action, the board:
accepted the auditor gener-
al's report on the school district;
scheduled a workshop for 5
p.m. on Sept. 6 for the purpose of
discussing growth projections;
revised personnel allocations
for the coming school year.
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 4, 2005
Final fun day
Cristian Santos, Veronica Cardona and friend Reno,wtake a break during the last day of
summer day camp at the Okeechobee Sports Complex Wooden Jungle on Friday.
Welcome to new teachers
Teachers for the Okeechobee School District attended new teacher orientation held at the
Freshman Campus on Tuesday to help assist new teachers in preparation for the school year
beginning on August 10. The district welcomed new teachers from Osceola and Yearling Mid-
dle Schools including: (not in any particular order) Regan Van Ness-Yearling, Lauren Myers,
Kimberly Jackson, and Kevin Jackson all new teachers at Osceola Middle School.
Great careers start with an I.R.C.C. degree
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Louise Buckner is proud that her grandson's picture is part
of the wall decor at the entryway of Beef O'Brady's Family
Sports Pub. Brice Buckner plays for the Okeechobee All Star
Dixie Boys Thirteen's baseball league. Pictures of other local
sports figures are found throughout the restaurant, compli-
ments of Lisa (Scott) Kay, local photographer who donated
With classes starting at Indian
River Community College on
August 24, now is the time to con-
sider your career and a college
degree by registering for. classes
today at one of IRCC's five campus-
es in Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Port St.
Lucie, Stuart and Okeechobee.
open house Aug. 10
If you have recently graduated
from high school and are interested
in taking a look at a great career as
a police officer or sheriff's deputy
plan now to attend the Wednesday,
August 10 Open House for the Law
Enforcement Academy at Indian
River Community College. The
Open House will be held on August
10 at either 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the
newly renovated Indian River Acad-
emy on Tedder Road in Fort Pierce.
The faculty will give an overview of
the program, talk about careers,
and answer questions, as well as
meet with individuals one on one.
For directions to the Aug. 10 Open
House phone: (772)462-7676.
The new Academy Track pro-
vides two years of training and
preparation for an entry level pub-
lic service position and is designed
so you can earn you associate
degree while training for your
career. Twenty-two young men and
women have successfully grad-
uated in the first Academy Track
program with a significant number
of those graduates already gainfully
New this fall, the Fire Science
Academy Track at IRCC will pro-
vide the education necessary to
prepare you for a career as a com-
bat firefighter and earn an Associ-
ate Degree in Fire Science, distin-
guishing your training for job
placement and career advance-
ment. Three new online courses in
Fire Science are offered this fall
with the goal to provide students
the opportunity to complete the
Fire Science classroom portion of
the program entirely online. Apply
now and be a part of the new Fire
Science Academy Track beginning
A.A. to B.S. info
session Aug. 18
Whether you are a recent high
school graduate or looking to
advance your career, Indian River
Community College is providing
affordable, accessible degree pro-
grams here on the Treasure Coast.
IRCC offers more than 100 pro-
grams to choose from and now
you can earn your Bachelors
degree in Business in a well-
designed 2+2 program with Flori-
da Atlantic University at IRCC's St.
Lucie West Campus.
Plan to attend a "Night on Your
Future" on Thursday, August 18,
6 p.m. in IRCC's St. Lucie West
On hand will be advisors and facul-
ty from both IRCC and FAU to guide
interested students in the four year
program plan, explore career
tracks, as well as job placement
options after graduation. Students
in the program will have the oppor-
tunity to participate in the "Trea-
sure Coast Campus Business Soci-
North Elementary school supply list
No. 2 Pencils
1 Box of 8 crayons
1 Glue Stick
1 Box of tissues
1 Bottle of antibacterial soap .
,1 Bpttle of.waterless hand ,sanitizer
Backpack-No Wheels Riease;, :
For other supplies please see the
Backpack-No Wheels Please
12 No. 2 pencils-plain
1 Pack of cap erasers
2 glue sticks
2 Boxes of crayons (16)
Zipper pouch for supplies
1 Box of tissues
1 Bottle waterless hand sanitizer
1 Bottle of antibacterial soap
No markers or colored Pencils
No Trapper Keepers
No pencil boxes
2 Boxes crayons (16 or 24)
2 Packs No. 2 pencils
Zipper Pouch (NO Pencil Boxes!)
1 Box tissues
glue sticks (2 large or 4 small)
2 Packs wide ruled notebook paper
1 Bottle waterless hand sanitizer
One 1 inch 3 ring binder
1 Composition tablet (sewn 100
2 Pocket folders/without braces
1, Backpack ..
No Trapper Keepers
No large notebooks
No. 2 pencils
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Box of 24 crayons
1 Bottle of waterless hand sanitizer
No pencil boxes
No spiral notebooks
No Trapper Keepers
No large notebooks
Nlo. 2 Pencils
Box of 24 crayons
1 Box of tissues
Wide ruled paper
1 Yellow, Red, & Green Pocket
Folder (With brads)
No spiral notebooks
No pencil boxes
No Trapper Keepers
No. 2 pencils
White lined notebook paper
6 pocket folders (with brads)
1 Box of tissues
1 Bottle of waterless hand sanitizer
No Trapper Keepers
No pencil boxes
Pastor Doyce L. Morton
Doyce L. Morton, age 53, died
July 29, 2005. He was born in Hol-
lywood, on June 24, 1953. He
grew up in Okeechobee, and
worked on a -... -.
dairy farm as a
was called into ,
Aug. 16, 1989
and was an
ister for the
Church of God.
He and his wife Pastor Doyce L.
Jackie, his chil- Morton
and Christy moved to Winter
.Beach, Dec. 5, 1993, where he
was the Pastor of the Good Shep-
herd Church of God for 12 years.
He was a man of God who led his
church by example. "When thou
passeth through the waters, I will
be with thee; and through the
rivers, they shall not overflow
thee; when thou walketh through
the fire, thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle
upon thee" Isaiah 43:2. He loved
and appreciated his church family.
He loved to hunt and was a
prankster. He especially enjoyed
scaring his family and friends. A
man of few words, yet a heart full
of love and compassion.
He left behind: his bride of 35
years, Jackie; son, Marshall and
daughter, Christy; all from Winter
Beach; mother, Hazel Morton;
brother, Wayne Morton; and sis-
,ters, Carolyn Raulerson and Sher-
ry Stevens all of Okeechobee, and
Regina Walker of Jacksonville.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Good Shepherd
Church of God, 4365 65th St., Vero
Beach, Fla. 32967.
A service was held on Aug. 3, at
the Twentieth Avenue Church of
God, Vero Beach. Rev. Joe Brooks,
Rev. Noah Taylor and Rev. John
Walker officiated. Burial was held
at the Bassinger Cemetery on Aug
Arrangements are by Strunk
Funeral Home, Vero-Beach.
Walter E Smith
Walter F. Smith, age 89, of
Okeechobee, died July 30, 2005
in Okeechobee. He retired in
1971 frort the Frankford Arsenal
after 36 years of work. He and
his wife Grace moved to Largo
until her death in 1990. He was a
volunteer at Raulerson Hospital
and Largo Medical Center,
acquiring over 10,000 hours of
volunteer service. He was retired
from the Naval Reserve (AO-1)
after serving two years of WWII
active duty through his long life.
Survivors include: son, Walter
(Rosemary) Smith; daughters,
Nancy (Jack) Faver and Grace
Smith; 10 -grandchildren; 23
great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren and a
brothers, Franklin and Robert
In lieu of flowers, please con-
sider a donation to the Rauler-
son Hospital Gift Shop Scholar-
ship Fund, P.O. Box 1307,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
A memorial will be held
Thursday, Aug. 4, .in the after-
He will be buried with his
wife at Bay Pines Veterans
Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
ety", a planned business network-
ing series of events and educational
"IRCC is bringing eight 2+2 Pro-
grams to the St. Lucie West Cam-
pus in the.Fall in a continued effort
to build the educated workforce
necessary to meet the tremendous
growth in our area," according to
Dr. Harvey Arnold, IRCC Provost,
St. Lucie West.
For classes, college offerings,
career advancement, personal
enrichment or university transfer
programs, please visit the IRCC
campus nearest you for more infor-
mation. The Main Campus is locat-
ed at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce; St. Lucie West Campus, 500
N.W California Blvd., Port St. Lucie;
Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Saler-
no Road, Stuart; Mueller Campus,
6155 College Lane, Vero Beach; or
Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W
9th Avenue, Okeechobee. Phone
the Information Call Center at
1(866)-866-4722 (IRCC) or visit
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Advisory Council sets meeting date
There will be an Okeechobee County provider meeting on
Friday, Aug. 12, at the Okeechobee County Health Department,
1728. N.W. Ninth Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Then at noon, there will be a
meeting of the Okeechobee County Advisory Council. This
meeting will also be held at the Health Departmait.
Back to school collections under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their
annual school supplies drive for the needy children in our coun-
ty. They will be collecting items until Aug. 12. Let's work togeth-
er on this project and make sure every child of school age has
what they need to start school this year. Also, if your child needs
supplies, they can help. Proof of eligibility is required to qualify.
For information or to make a donation, call the Mission at (863)
AC S hosting breast cancer walk
The American Cancer Society "Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer" will be hosting a 5K walk on Saturday, Aug. 13. The
walk will begin at Flagler Park on Park Street. Registration will
begin at 8 a.m. The MSABC is currently seeking participants to
walk in this event. There is not charge, and free T-shirts will be
given to those participants that raise $1,000 or more. We will be
having our next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the
Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St. Please visit our
Okeechobee website at http://www.acesevents.org for infor-
mation. For team recruitment, or if you are a cancer survivor,
contact Pattie Mullins/co chair at (863) 634-4054.
Annual health fair planned
On Aug. 13 the fifth annual health fair will be held from 8
a.m. until noon at the American Legion Hall, 501 S.E. Second St.
It is sponsored by the Florida Community Health Centers. For
information, call (863) 763-1951.
Church hosts clothes give-away *
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. 44th Ave., will
host its annual clothes give-away on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9
a.m. until noon. The event will be held in the church's fellow-
ship hall. For information, call (863) 763-4127.
Church hosts Family Fun Day
The Okeechobee community is invited to a Family Fun Day
on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the
First United Methodist Church fellowship hall at 200 N.W. Sec-
ond 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 illu-
sionist, will be performing.
GPS training course offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will be holding GPS training
Saturday Sept. 17, and will be starting a boating safety and sea-
manship program on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn to get more out
of your GPS equipment and enhance your boating experience.
The course is also a must for anyone considering buying new
GPS equipment for their boat. The boating safety and seaman-
ship program will teach you to outfit your boat safely and be in
compliance with the rules. You will learn the boating rules of
the road. Pickup tips on trailering and using your boat safely
and efficiently. The last program was packed with people from
12 to over 60 years in age. Seating is limited. Times for both pro-
grams will be announced soon, but seating is limited. Call (863)
467-3085 for information or to pre-register.
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At Your Service On Page 2
Letter to the Editor
I've always had a goal: to be a
famous drummer. It was only
when I started using Florida's
free online academic advising
resource, FACTS.org, that I actu-
ally began planning and tracking
my progress toward making that
dream a reality.
Balancing the hard work and
time needed for two, sometimes
competing, interests being a
high school student and a musi-
cian is not easy. On Facts.org,
I can determine what classes to
take in high school, find the right
college programs, and apply to
Florida schools and scholarships
Getting started was simple. I
logged on and created an ID and
password. That's all students
need to access academic records
and start planning their future.
Online, I can access my tran-
scripts at any- time to plan and
track my educational progress. I
use simple charts to compare
class requirements for gradua-
tion, college admissions, and
scholarships like Bright Futures.
Using online resources saves
my family (and me) a lot of
heartache in the long run. For
example, it wasn't until I used
FACTS.org that I realized I need-
ed to take physics (instead of
another class in steel drums or
jazz) to be a truly competitive
applicant at the best state univer-
I'm about to be a senior, and
I'm thrilled off-campus privi-
leges, great parking and respect
from underclassmen but
there's another side of being a
senior that's not so glamorous.
Senior year can be a stressful
and confusing time, filled with
tough decisions. I saw first hand
how difficult and overwhelming
this time could be when my
older sister was a senior last
year. Unfortunately, she didn't
know about online resources
I've already used FACTS.org
career planning section to assess
my interests and skills, down-
load information on ideal
careers (including how much
the professions pay) and
research college majors that can
prepare me for a successful
career in the music industry.
I would like to be a rock star,
of course, but now I know about
other industry careers just in
FACTS.org also gave me infor-
mation on which colleges offer
the best programs for a budding
rock star. I found that Florida
State University has one of the
best music departments in the
country. I compared FSU's
admissions statistics and
requirements with my high
school transcripts, and I think I
have a good chance of getting in
especially since I took that
physics class last semester.
My next step is to apply to
FSU, as well as a few other
schools, online at FACTS.org.
Once you fill out a college appli-
cation, the information can be
automatically entered into other
applications -that's my favorite
I also plan to apply for a
Bright Futures scholarship
The best thing about
FACTS.org is that it will stick with
me through college. After I grad-
uate from high school, it will still
make all my grades available. It
will also provide me with degree
audits at any time that tell me
what classes I need in order to
graduate in a particular major.
FACTS.org will also release a
planner this school year, so stu-
dents can organize and apply all
the valuable information found
on the site in one place.
Mapping out my future has
made me more motivated and
confident, both as a student and
as a musician. Online, I've
explored my options, made
plans for using my talent in other
ways just in case the rock star
thing doesn't work out and
applied what've I've learned (fin-
ished off that physics class,
It's a great start for the new
(Editor's note: Alex Rivas
will be a senior at Leon High
School, which is located in Tal-.
Tantie Quilters meet 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-
Family History Center meets from.6 until 8 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social
Security Death Index and military information available. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley
at (863) 467-0985.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, is
open for blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information,
call (863) 467-9360.
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.
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.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thurs-
day 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.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at.Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will
meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will
meet at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone
interested may attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family care-
givers and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin, M.S.W. of Hospice of
Okeechobee, and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on
Aging. The meeting is from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information or to reserve your place in the group, call (863) 467-
2321. Free respite care is available for your loved one while you
are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou at (863)
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family
member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie
Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call
Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
Submitted photo/Phyliss Vickers
'Junior' Mills is seen here at the Diamond Jubilee demon-
strating the art of plaiting a Florida cow whip. This method
of making a whip is lost except for a few old timers. Exper-
tise of some early cowmen with these whips earned them
the name of 'Crackers'. This photo also appears in the
book "Strolling Down Country Roads" by Twila Valentine
and Betty Chandler Williamson. Plans are currently under
way by the Okeechobee Historical Society to reprint the
book "Strolling Down Country Roads". Recent interest in
buying a copy of the book has been increasing, and the
Historical Society heeds an estimate of the number of
books to order. The expected cost is $35 to $40 per copy,
and the society hopes to have the books available by
Christmas. If you are interested in buying a copy of the
book send your name, address and telephone number to:
Betty C. Williamson, P.O. Box 249, Okeechobee, Fla.,
34973. This will not obligate you to buy the book, but you
will be notified when the books are available. You are
asked to send your information to Mrs. Williamson soon.
Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of
Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okee-
chobee 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@okee-
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.
Church hosts back-to-school day
The Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will host a
back-to-school fun day on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 until 11 a.m.
There will be free school supplies, as well as a bounce house,
obstacle course, food and games. For information, call (863) 763-
Hospice exec is talk show guest
Family Stations, Inc., 88.5 FM, will host an Aug. 6 radio talk
show featuring James H. Laseter, executive vice president for
Treasure Coast Hospice. He will be discussing caring for the ter-
minally ill and their families. The show will be rebroadcast at 1
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. For information,
contact James Laseter at (772) 403-4567 or 800-299-4677; or, your
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.
Wine fest and concert planned
Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid, 980 Henscratch Road, hill
host Vino in the Vineyard wine fest and lawn concert on Saturday,
Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is $8, and includes a
Henscratch Farms logo wine glass. There will be 10 different mini-
educational wine courses conducted by various Florida wine and
viticulture professionals. The Scattered Grass bluegrass band will
be performing throughout the day. This is a 21 and older event.
For information, call (863) 699-2060.
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.
Sheriff to speak at Chamber lunch
The general membership luncheon for the Chamber of Com-
merce will be held Aug. 10 at the Golden Corral, 700 S. Parrott
Ave., starting at noon. There will be a special presentation by
Sheriff Paul May on the role of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office in tracking sexual predators and offenders in our county.
Please plan to attend this informative luncheon.
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)
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 4,2005
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OTHER AREA NEWS
in court ruling
By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee
Regional Medical Center was
cleared of any wrongdoing at an
evidentiary hearing by Judge
Frederick Hardt of the 20th Cir-
cuit Court in LaBelle on Tuesday,
After hearing presentations of
evidence from the counsel for
the hospital and U.S. Sugar,
Judge Hardt ruled that the hospi-
tal was in full compliance with
the 'Open Meetings Act and
denied U.S. Sugar's request for a
Writ of Mandamus.
The hospital had claimed for
several months to have been in
compliance with the regulation.
Concerned ab6ut the future
of the local hospital, U.S. Sugar
filed the public information suit
in February. The suit was filed
against the hospital and its part-
ner, Physical Therapy Dynamics
Inc. to obtain specific informa-
tion that had been requested on
According to U.S. Sugar, the
company had to file suit after the
requests were "stonewalled" by
the medical staff.
After a significant delay from
the date of the original hearing
on April 1, which was actually
held June 27, the court deferred
judgment for further considera-
tion until a hearing was held in
LaBelle on July 26.
At that hearing, hospital rep-
resentatives testified as to what
the hospital could and could not.
provide in terms of departmental
accounting. The arguments
specified that net revenue could
not be reported for a specific
department,' which was a major
point of contention between the
HRMC Chief Financial Officer
Nick Braccino attended the hear-
ing, and presented additional
evidence compiled from finan-
cial reports, as well as factual evi-
dence to give the judge a com-
plete profile of the hospital's
"Once we specified what
information we were responsi-
ble for reporting, and after care-
fully considering the entire body
of evidence, the judge declared
.that no wrongdoing had
occurred," Braccino said. "It was
a concrete, definitive ruling,
which went quickly to summa-
tion," he said.
The hospital will still, face
mounting financial issues after
the smoke has cleared. Braccino
stated that it would be a relief to
be able to dedicate more of its
staff to to those issues after the
Despite the relief, Braccino
said, the ruling was anti-climac-
tic, since the ruling was based on
a state of affairs the hospital
believed to exist throughout the
"We'd like to continue dedi-
cating our maximum effort for
good patient care, as well as
improved financial stewardship,
and keeping things running on
the right track," said Braccino.
Rodney Larson, director of
Marketing and Human
Resources, said that there will
have to be some time to adjust
from having spent $11,000 on
legal fees, as well as having dedi-
cated a dozen staff members
towards researching and
defending against the lawsuit.
The financial department will
begin formulating budgets in
August and September, and pre-
pare the budgets for presenta-
tion to the Hendry County Hos-
pital Authority Board following
the administrative approval.
Man arrested for
Private firm to tackle code violations
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
PAHOKEE The city of Paho-
kee is considering making use of a
private company to tackle code
enforcement violations that cur-
rently go un-addressed through-
out the community.
The company will be called in
with their crews to clean up prop-
erties throughout the city that,
though their owners have been
warned to complywith code regu-
lations, the properties remain eye-
sores for the community.
The city commission seems
interested in hiring the company
to do the work, but last week the
commissioners expressed con-
cerns at how the bill for such serv-
ices would, be paid for and han-
According to City Manager Lil-
lie Latimore, property owners
with overgrown lots will be given
10 days from the date of their ini-
tial warning from the city to clean
up their property. If after 10 days
The city commission postponed a resolution
awarding the bid to Mullings for a chance to dis-
cuss the issue. It will come up again at a future
city meeting for final approval.
the issue remains unresolved, city
officials will then contact the com-
pany, Mullings Engineering Ser-
vices, Inc. for property mainte-
Mullings will have the authority
to mow and trim properties in vio-
lation of code, and will also han-
dle lot clearing, trash disposal and
After the services, the city will
be responsible for making pay-
ment to the company for the serv-
ices, though the city in turn will bill
the individual property owners for
the work. According to Ms. Lati-
more, aside from the cost of the
work, the city will charge an extra
amount to cover administrative
expenses. She expects that the
final amount charged to home-
owners will be at least double the
cost of the work itself.
It is the latest effort of the city to
crack down on code enforcement
violators. With lots throughout dif-
ferent neighborhoods plagued by
a number of issues, and some of
them remaining unresolved even
at the threat of fines being
imposed on its owners, getting a
private company to do the work
and then charging the owner, the
city officials hope, will serve as a
more pressing deterrent for bad
Of course, talk of how the serv-
ices provided by the company
would be paid for quickly took
over the conversation. What are
the city's options if a homeowner
is unwilling to pay for the services,
Vice Mayor Keith Babb asked, and
the city finds itself in a position of
growing debt with the company?
Placing liens on properties, City
Attorney Lynn Whitfield
explained, just draws the process
out and additional costs are
incurred, including legal fees and
court costs. The city attorney sug-
gested the city discuss the issue
prior to making any final decision
and briefly discussed the possibili-
ty of adding the cost of the service
to each customer's water bill as
The city commission post-
poned a resolution awarding the
bid to Mullings for a chance to dis-
cuss the issue. It will come up
again at a future city meeting for
"I'd be a little more comfort-
able adopting a game plan before
we adopt this," said Mayor J.P.
Sasser. "I don't want us to get
stuck with the bill, and in the past,
we've gotten stuck with the bill."
Glades schools expand to match growth
By Barbara Oehlbeck
Special to the Okeechobee News
.GLADES COUNTY It's a
known fact that growth in
Glades County has been and is
exceptional, therefore growth of
our public schools is a matter of
It's also a known fact that
rumors are flying high and wide
as to how much property has
been sold in Glades County
especially in the Muse area.
There are those in the court-
house who keep up with such
property sales and it's said that
considerable acreage has been
sold; however, as one real estate
agent said, "It's one thing to
hang out a sign that a property is
for sale, but quite another to
write a contract and collect the
Regardless of the properties
that have changed hands, the
fact remains that the education
of our children is of foremost
concern and educational facili-
ties must continue to meet the
demand. The estimation for a
student count the first year at
West Glades was between 150
and 200 students. Yet, the actual
The estimation for a student count the first year
at West Glades was between 150 and 200 stu-
dents. Yet, the actual student count the first year
was some 300, and that count for this current
term is expected to be between 350 and 400.
student count the first year was
some 300, and that count for this
current term is expected to be
between 350 and 400.
The one-year-old West Glades
Elementary School in western
Glades County is an extraordi-
nary example of going forward.
During its first year, West Glades
housed kindergarten through
sixth grade. As of this fall term,
the school will go through the
seventh grade, and next year,
2006, through the eighth.
According to Principal Larry
Russell Luckey, II, there are 24
teachers, six paraprofessionals
plus various aides and volun-
teers. "We have a staff that's pre-
pared for both growth and
change. And we are particularly
proud of the community support
in our PTO (Parent-Teacher
Organization). This is most
exceptional for a new school.
Surprisingly," Luckey adds,
"Many of those who have joined
in the support. of the PTO have
no children in the school, nor do
they have grandchildren. This is
outstanding. And we are expect-
ing even more this year. It's a
known fact now that West
Glades Elementary came into
being just in the nick of time
before the land-value explosion!"
The Glades County School
system is made up of the Moore
Haven Elementary School,
Moore Haven Junior/Senior High
School and the new West Glades
Glades County Superinten-
dent Wayne Aldrich said, "In
order to meet projected needs,
on Aug. 17, we will present an
application to the Department of
Education Special Facilities for 12
more classrooms at West Glades
Elementary. Tentatively we
expect this expansion program
to commence in October. West
Glades', construction was totally
funded in the amount of $9.9 mil-
lion. For this new expansion, we
are asking for 3.5 million. Thus
these educational facilities are
serving Glades County citizens
without county dollars."
Superintendent Aldrich also
says, "As more development and
needs arise, we can make use of
our 200 acres adjacent to the
school which can be used for at
least three more schools only
time will tell."
The West Glades facility has
what they call a cafetorium,
which accommodates the school
cafeteria and at the same time is
used for an auditorium when
needed. Also, there is a small
complex that houses a little com-
munity for pre-school education,
which is supervised by the RCMA
(Redland Christian Migrant Asso-
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
PAHOKEE The Pahokee
Police Department arrested a
Pahokee man, who faces the
charge of attempted felony iur-
der after allegedly shooting into
the home of a man.
Officials with the police depart-
ment say the families of the two
individuals involved in the matter
have been feuding for some time
and that the arguments' have now
escalated to a dangerous level.
The shooting, officials said, is
simply the latest incident in that
It happened July 19, when offi-
cers were dispatched to Cypress
Avenue in reference to a shooting.
Officers arrived at approximately
10 a.m. and met with the victim,
Lee told officers that Willie
Wimberly, a.k.a. Big Willie, had
approached Lee as he exited .his
home and brandished a small
handgun. Lee said Willie then
pointed the gun at him.
When Lee asked him what the
gun was for, Willie reportedly
responded by saying, "You,"
before firing at Lee. Lee managed
to back up just before Willie began
to shoot. A shot in Lee's direction
missed him, before penetrating a
bedroom window at the rear of
Lee told officers that after firing
his gun at Lee, Willie fled the area
and had run to his own residence
on 4th Street, which is just across
the street from the victim's home.
Officers searched the home on
4th street, and noticed that the rear
door to the home had been left
flung open. A closer inspection of
the premises revealed that the sus-
pect had indeed fled from the area
and was nowhere to be found.
During the investigation, offi-
cers also inspected the home of
.Lee, where they took notes. They
focused their investigation on the
bedroom located on the west side
of the home. There, they noted
how the bullet had pierced the
window, traveled through a cur-.
tain and ended up lodged in a
The victim's two nieces, a 14-
year-old and an eight-year-old,
were reportedly sleeping in their
bunk beds, approximately one. to
two feet below the final resting
place of the bullet. Photographs of
the bullet holes were taken. The
bulletwas removed and secured.
Interim Police Chief Calipto
Gonzalez'spoke to the family of the
suspect, convincing them that the
best route for action was in hand-
ing Wimberly to the police depart-
ment before matters grew worse.
"I told them the other family
was looking for him and if they
found him he would be in trou-
ble," said Chief Gonzalez.I
Police say that after the shoot-
ing, members of the other family
chased down several of Lee's
cousins and shot at them too,
though no one was injured in that
Wimberly's family agreed and
took him to the police station.
Wimberly was arrested, facing
the charges of attempted felony
murder, shooting into an occupied
dwelling, possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon and discharg-
ing a firearm in public.
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High temps especially dangerous to seniors Health Briefs
To many, summer means fun
in the sun. To seniors, however,
the heat can bring serious health
risks- even death.
As the body ages, it is less able
to adjust to temperature
extremes. Because they may not
feel the heat, older people may
not take the proper precautions
and may become dehydrated or
suffer from heat-related illnesses.
To help ensure the safety and
well-being of your elderly rela-
tives or neighbors, who often
find it harder to get out and
around during the warm, hot
months, the experts at Home
Instead Senior Care, the world's
largest provider of non-medical
home care services for aging
adults, suggest that you periodi-
cally check in on them in person
- not just by telephone to
verify their physical well-being
To make sure they are faring
OK, look for the following signs:
Heat Fatigue: A feeling of
,weakness brought ofn'by high
outdoor temperatures. Symp-
toms include cool, moist skin, a
weakened pulse and feelings of
Heat Exhaustion: Serves as
a warning that the body is getting
too hot. The person may appear
giddy, thirsty, weak or uncoordi-
nated. Heat exhaustion is usually
caused by the body's loss of
water and salt.
Heat Stroke: Can be life-
threatening. Immediate medical
attention is necessary. A person
with heat stroke has a body tem-
perature near or over 104-
degerees Fahrenheit. Other
symptoms may include dizzi-
ness, combativeness, strange
behavior, staggering, lack of
sweating or confusion.
When visiting a senior, check:
Food Surplus Make sure
that senior relatives or neighbors
have enough food and beverages
stocked in the refrigerator and
the pantry, in case a significant
heat wave prevents them from
getting to the grocery store. Offer
to pick up some groceries for
them or prepare a few days of
meals and place them in their
freezer so they'll have emer-
agency food on hand. Be sure that
non-perishable canned and
boxed goods are well stocked.
Medications If it's not
possible for the senior to keep
extra medications in the house,
help them to arrange for a phar-
macy who will deliver medica-
tion refills to their door,.even dur-
ing inclement weather.
Keep Air Cool Make sure
that' the temperature in the
senior's home is adequate to
keep them comfortable. Have
them keep emergency numbers
handy'in the event their air condi-
tioning or fans break. A spike in
the temperature can be devastat-
ing for a senior who lives alone.
Companionship Fresh air
is good for every one. But if you
don't have someone to enjoy it
with a senior may become less
interested in going outside. Con-
sider inviting an elderly neighbor
to your family gathering if you
know their family is on vacation
or if they live long distance and
don't visit too often.
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Family members who live too
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or who need additional help pro-
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For more information or to
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may need for his/herself, includ-
ing advice, tips and resources to
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first aid instructor
-The American Red Cross is
offering an instructor's course at
the Okeechobee Branch in the
month of August. If you are inter-
ested in becoming an instructor
for CPR and first aid please stop
by the office at 323 N. Parrott Ave.,
or call (863) 763-2488.
Red Cross offers
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
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
AC S hosting breast
The American Cancer Society
"Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer" will be hosting a 5K walk
on Saturday, Aug. 13. The walk
will begin at Flagler Park on Park
Street. Registration will begin at 8
a.m. The MSABC is currently seek-
ing participants to walk in this
event. There is not charge, and
free T-shirts will be given to those
participants that raise $1,000 or
more. We will be having our next
meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6
p.m. at the Visiting Nurses Associ-
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our Okeechobee website at
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FWC offers bargain
military license refunds
The new Military Gold Sports-
man's License is now Available
to active-duty and retired mili-
tary Florida residents for $20.
The license covers hunting,
freshwater and saltwater fishing
and a variety of associated per-
There's more good news..
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
(FWC) will offer refunds to eligi-
ble persons who purchased
recreational licenses at the regu-
lar price between May 24 and
June 30 (the time between the
governor's signing the license
into law and the time it took to
get computers and license ven-
dors ready to make it available).
A bill sponsored by Rep. Will
Kendrick (D-Carrabelle) and
Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-Palm Beach
County) created the license that
covers $83.50 worth of license
and permit fees.
"We hope this new license, in
some small way, sends a thank-
you message to the brave men
and women who risk their lives
to protect America and preserve
our freedom," Kendrick said.
The Military Gold Sports-
man's License is available at tax
collectors' offices only. Appli-
cants must present a current
military ID card plus a Florida
driver's license or orders show-
taking late sign-ups
The Pop Warner football
league will have late 'sign-ups
from Monday, Aug. 8 through Fri-
day, Aug. 12 at the soccer field
across from North Elementary
School from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Parents must provide copies of
the child's birth certificate, their
most recent report card and a cur-
rent physical at registration. The
cost of registration will be $75.
For information contact James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482,
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576.
ing they are stationed in Florida
as proof of eligibility.
To receive refunds for licens-
es purchased between May 24
and June 30, eligible persons
ePurchase a Military Gold
Sportsman's License at any tax
*Return the original license
and a written request for a
refund to: FWC Office of
Licensing and Permitting, 2590
Executive Center Circle, Suite
200, Tallahassee, Fla. 32301, and
include a daytime phone num-
Requestors should save a
copy of their original license
Within three weeks, eligible
requestors should receive a
check covering the full price of
the original purchase.
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Okeechobee High School vet-
eran business teacher and tennis
coach Daryl Roehm has been
named as the new athletic direc-
tor for the Brahmans. He will
take over the reins from former
athletic director Mike Rade-
baugh, who will assume the ..
duties as administrator of athlet- j' *,o
ics as part of his position as
assistant principal. i ...
"We are happy to have him as 4 l eC
athletic director here at O.H.S.," "
stated Mr. Radebaugh. "He will ,I E O I .
be a great asset to the program i "B .
with his strength, creativity and 4
organization skills. I look for-
ward to working with him for J,
many years." .
Mr. Roehm has been a busi-
ness teacher ,at Okeechobee it sw-.
High School for seven years. He P4.
was the head tennis coach until
accepting this position. .."
"I enjoyed coaching tennis .
and loved working with the play- I.
ers. But, things change and I .
must do what is right for my fam- *Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
ily and me. This position will Assistant principal Mike Radebaugh (left) congratulates Okee-
require a great deal of time, so I
will be unable to continue chobee High School's new athletic director Daryl Roehm.
coaching tennis. One of my first Roehm. "This is a great opportu- ferent coaches. I will be easily
priorities will be to find a new nity for me. I'm pretty excited to accessible to coaches, players
tennis coach," stated Mr. be able to work with all the dif- and parents alike."
FWC offers free classes on alligator hunting
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
(FWC) is offering alligator
hunters no-cost, three-hour
classes to help prepare them for
the coming statewide alligator
harvest, which runs Sept. 1
through Oct. 8.
This is an opportunity for
hunters who have never partici-
pated in the state's alligator hunts
to learn what hunting alligators is
all about. The class topics
include: preparing for the hunt;
hunting techniques and safety;
harvesting and processing; car-
ing for your alligator skin; and alli-
gator rules and regulations.
Classes will be offered at the
Saturday, Aug. 6, 1 until 4
p.m., Holiday Inn International
Drive Resort, 6515 International
Dr., Orlando. For directions call
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 until
9 p.m., Bryant Building, 2nd
Floor Auditorium, 620 South
Meridian St., Tallahassee. For
directions call (850) 488-3831.
Saturday, Aug. 13, 1 until 4
p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 1700
East Ninth Ave., Tampa. For
directions call (813) 769-9267.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 1 until 4
p.m., South Florida Water Man-
agement District, 3301 Gun Club
Rd., West Palm Beach. For direc-
tions call (561) 686-8800 or
Since 1988, the FWC has
offered alligator hunts, which
provide a thrilling, hands-on,
face-to-face hunting adventure
that is unlike any other hunting
Sale of alligator permits
began June 6, but more than
2,000 Alligator Harvest Permits
are still available on a first-come,
first-served basis through Sept.
20. Permit holders are author-
ized to take two alligators from
designated areas during specific
harvest periods. Alligator harvest
areas are listed at
"Alligator Harvest Permit Avail-
Applicants have their prefer-
ence of applying at any county
tax collector's office, license
agent (retail outlet that sells hunt-
ing and fishing licenses), online
at MyFWC.com/license or by call-
ing toll-free 1 (888) HUNT-FLORI-
DA (486-8356) from anywhere in
the United States or Canada.
To reserve a permit, appli-
cants must submit payment for
an Alligator Trapping License
and two alligator-hide validation
tags, or provide proof of a valid
Alligator Trapping License (must
be valid through Oct. 8) plus pay
the fee for two hide validation
tags. No other hunting licenses
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home i- on prn, aE, la.trronrit ,ot
course lot. Master has large bath
w/Jacuzzi tub. Kitchen with gor-
geous cabinets. $339,000.
The cost for a Resident Alliga-
tor Trapping License and hide
validation tags is $272, and non-
residents pay $1,022. Any hunter
who takes an alligator must
complete and send in an Alliga-
tor Harvest Report Form. The
information gathered from these
forms enables FWC biologists to
monitor population trends and
impacts of the annual harvest.
An Alligator Trapping Agent
License is also available for $52,
which allows the license holder
to assist a trapper in taking alliga-
tors, but only in the presence of
the permitted trapper. All persons
seeking a harvest permit must be
at least 18 years old by Sept. 1,
and only one harvest permit per
person will be issued.
For information on how to get
involved in these exciting alliga-
tor hunts, visit MyFWC.com/alli-
gator and click on "Statewide
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garage ; -creened Fp:rch Man',
extras! Open floor plan. 1952 sq. ft.
under air, 3012 total sq. ft. total.
Custom built 1995. $330,000. Shows
new. Apt. thru Liz.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 29,
through Thursday, Aug. 4, are as
Theatre I "Bad News Bears"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "Sky High" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre 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-
You can be a
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become avol-
unteer mentor for the President's
Challenge to SOAR/Take Stock in
Children Scholarship program. It's
a proven life-changing program
that provides four-year college
scholarships to deserving sixth and
ninth graders in local communi-
ties. The mentor meets with the
student one hour per week at
his/her school. Volunteer opportu-
nities are available in Indian River,
Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee
counties. Please call the Indian
River Community College Founda-
tion at (772) 462-4786.
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work with
our adolescent boys. If you have
any free time or talents you would
like to share, call Ed Wimes at
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call
(561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-2227.
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of north-
west Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Christ-
ian romances and 575 videos. Pre-
pare a paper on comparative reli-
gion, a book report, programs for
men, women or children, a craft
project or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we can
and do preview our media. Cur-
rently, the library is staffed Sunday
from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.,
and Wednesday evening from 6
until 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adults basic edu-
cation/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tuesday
and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.:
One-Stop, 123 S.W Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 4.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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Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
BURIAL SITE, In Original sec.
of Evergreen Cemetery. S 1/2
of SW 1/4 of Lot 14, Block 77.
COCKER SPANIEL- Young,
Found near 98 on Mitchell
Rd. Call to identify.
FOUND SMALL BREED DOG
Vic. of Lazy Seven
Please call to identify
Found: long haired black cat
wearing black harness.
FOUND SHEPHERD Vic. of
Post Office. Please call to
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
BRACELET- 14 Caret gold
w/gem stones. Lost 7/21/05
between Raulerson & Wal-
Mart 772-631-3090 Reward,
Bronco was LOST Nov.'04.
Lt brown, 30lbs, fixed,
friendly. Last seen Pahokee.
Found in Japan in '97-his
adopting family doesn't want
him but I do. Rwd offered for
hip 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
GOLD & DIAMOND BRACE-
LET- Reward offered, Senti-
mental value, vic of WalMart
or movie theater.
GLASSES- tinted, rose
orange, vic of Okeechobee,
PUPPY, Male, 2V1 mo. old,
black & tan w/bob tail. Lost In
vic. of SW section of Okee-
Free to good home, 4 mo. old
male kitten, white-& gray.
Em loyment ,
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
DO NOT CALL
A/C SERV. TECH/INSTALLER
w/Min. 3 yrs. exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefiis, 401K.
ED: Drug free work place.
. Lic. a Must (863)634-7528,
ALL AROUND CONCRETE
MAN WANTED: Plenty of
work. Top wages. Experience
a Must. (772)201-1455
$28,600 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume to
BLOCK MASONS &
Must have experience.
Carpenters & Carpenter's
Helpers, Local Work.
Service Electrician for
I Local work. Must have
Good driving record, DFWP I
I Benefits, 401k, Pd hol & vac I
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1Journeymen or experienced
Mechanic's. Only serious
.self motivated need apply..
'Must have good driving
I record. Weekly travel I
required in FL. Paid travel
time, overtime Per diem,,
DFWP Benefits, 401k, Pd"
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I Wilson's Petroleum 1
Experienced Duct Installer,
Apply in person Newman
A/C, 202 NE2nd St.
For residential and
light commercial work.
Clean DL and DFWR
Aooly in person.
2801 SW 3rd. Terrace.
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T
positions avail., Great pay,
working environment &
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repairs & installations.
Call Don (863)634-5244
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to: 304 NE 19th Or,
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Has the following positions
available in our Okeechobee
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plete list of opportunities in
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visit www.nhtcinc.oro for
moreinformation. Fax re-
sume to (772)467-4135.
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days & weekend evenings.
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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
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN-training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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OKEECHOBEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE
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Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
SUPERVISOR FOREMAN &
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Good Pay & Good Benefits.
,: Must Be Reliable & Experienced
with own tools and transportation.
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Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
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these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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we may not be aware of the
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glasswmre, Etc. 560
Drape, Unens & Fabris 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
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Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/heat
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150.
$2100. For All or will separ-
ate 863-675-6657 Leave
BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy,
CAST IRON SINK & DRAIN
BOARD- Gorgeous, White
Extremely heavy. $500.
HEAD & FOOT BOARD- Twin
size, Antique, Metal w/rails.
SEWING MACHINE, Singer,
Treadle. Include original ac-
cessories. Excellent condi-
tion. $225. (863)467-8050
SINGER '1900- Commercial &
Furrier Machine $500.
FREEZER- Whirlpool, 20 cu ft,
front loading, $75.
REFRIG- Sears, 22 cu. ft, side
by side, frostless, $100.
(863)612-9233. La Belle
Refrigerator, Sears Model,
white, works great, in La-
Belle, $75. (954)364-8256
STOVE- Magic Chef, Works
Good. $40. (863)673-1877-
BIKE Unisex, Murray, green,
$50. Call (863)467-9854.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classifieds and make
your clean up a breeze
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $1000.
FRENCH DOORS very new,
wooden w/ all hardware.
Beautiful for indoor use. $75
ROOF PANELS (8), Alumi-
num, used, 8 ft. long. $30
takes all. (863)763-3951
TIE BEAM CLAMPS- (50)
used, asking $175 for all
.Girls Clothes, exc. cond., siz-
es 5-8, $50 for all, will sell
HO TRAIN SET, 7, comp.
5x10, elaborate layout, Nas-
car theme, w/100+Nas
cars, $500 (863)675-3394
DELL-kyboard, mouse, moni-
tor, great for school/home,
games, fast, Si abla Espeni-
ol0. $150. (863)843-0323.
7PC DINETTE SET- glass top
table, 6 chairs, 36x60, Rat-
tan, $200. (863)357-1364.
ADJUSTABLE BED Twin w/
wireless remote. Only used
a couple months. $800
BED & MATTRESS, Twin size
w/lighted headboard. $50.
BUNK BED, 3 mo. old, black,
metal w/complete desk and
chair on bottom. $5.0.
BUNK BED- Single. on top, dbl
on bottom, good condition,
CERAMIC FLOOR TILE
1'sq ft. Brand new. 90 pcs
$22.50 for all or will sep.
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.
Coffee Table & End Tables,
light oak wood, $30.
Coffee Table & End Tables,
light oak wood, $30.
COMPUTER DESK, beautiful,
oak, traditional style, good
COUCH, Broyhill, Sleeper,
Floral pastel. $150 or best
COUCH w/pull out bed. Black
w/light pastels. $60.
863)610-9192 day or
DAY BED- white metal, makes
into full size bed, $100
DESK- large, double pedestal,
asking $60. (863)675-7350.
DINETTE SET- Chrome 50's
style with 2 chairs aqua &
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
DR table tinted mirror glass
w/ center leaf. No chairs
Solid Wood. Lg., on rollers
w/2 glass cabinets on ea side,
etc. $300. (863)634-2582
FUTON, $25. (863)227-4233
GRANDFATHER CLOCK- like
brand new, cherry, $100.
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
King Size, Mountain style,
solid pine, .$200.
LIVING ROOM SET, 3 pc. $40
Queen Sofa Bed, Rocker,
Drum end table, Glass end
table w/lamp, 2 end tables.
$185 will sep 863-946-3860
SOFA BED & 2) Swivel Reclin-
ers. Matching. Exc. cond.
$600 or best offer. Located
SOFA, LS, END TABLES,
COFFEE TBL- good condi-
tion, $125 for all.
TALL BOY, beautiful, oak, co-
lonial style, great cond.,
TV, 32" w/Entertainment Cen-
ter. Asking $400 neg.
VANITY w/Mirror. Brand new.
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & chargar._.$799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART: 2001 Club Car,
Mint condition w/lights &
mirrors. Can deliver locally.
VOLK GOLF 1989, Lots of
new parts, new tires. Needs
body work. $1000 neg.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
RIFLE- Ugoslav SKS 7.62x39
BODY BY JAKE, $200 or best
HOME GYM Welder Pro
9940. Good shape, all
attachments $200 or best
NORDIC TRACK, Walk Fit
treadmill, Westlow Cardio
Glide, & Exercise Bike $200 all
or will sep. (863)531-0093
Proform Treadmill, off & on
switch, variable speed, 46
in. walk area, $100.
SMITH MACHINE Welder
Pro 545 Gym w/ Olympic
weights & bart bench $200
.or best offer (863)467-6434
Deluxe Quickie G424 Motor-
ized Scooter, black & bur-
gundy, pd. $4000+, asking
HOSPITAL BED- Invacare,
electric, new mat, plus air
mat with pump included
$450. neg. (863)655-3436.
LIFT CHAIR, Motorized, new,
cost $1200, sell for $900.
SCOOTER, PRIDE, motorized,
sonic, used one time, cost
$1100, sell for $700.
WALKER, Aluminum w/2
large front wheels. $25.
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, 4
wheel. Like new. Used only
1 month. $1500 neg.
CB BASE STATION Realistic,
Navaho TRC-434, like new
in box, $50. Call
Ceramic Kiln, large, 6 ft. slat-
ted table & mud mixer,
$500. 2735 NE 3rd Ave.
SPRAYERS- 2, $200. Will
from household goods,
stereo equip, treadmill, CD's
& more all for $2000
CONN TROMBONE- W/case,
excellent condition, $350
PA SYSTEM: 4 Chan. Peavey,
Rhythm Machine, Basement
Amp (Fender), Microphones...
$500 neg. (863)357-0406
PIANO KIMBALL w/ bench
Like new, beautiful sound
TENOR SAX- Conn, with case,
AMAZONS 2, 2 yr old, Orange
Winged. Need TLC $600. for
the pair or will sep.
863-634-2842 or 634-1987
AQUARIUMS (2) Already
est. w/ fish, decor & all acc.,
different sizes. $175 for all
or will sep. (863)228-7230
AQUARIUMS, (2), 10 & 30
gallon, lights, filters, breed-
ers, heaters, thermometers,
BABY MINI POT BELLY PIG
PIT BULL PUPPIES, 3 Female,
1 Male, 2 Brindle 2 Fawn, 7
wks. old. w/shots. $300.
Looking to buy small breed
puppies, will purchase
whole litter. Please call
MALE CHIHUAHUA- 8wks
old, very small, 1st shots,
1st $300 takes it.
PUPPIES, Bloodhound / Curr
Mix. $50. (863)610-0046
SHIH TZU AKC reg.
Champion bloodline, 9 mos
old, great w/ kids. Sacrifice
for $600 (863)467-8896
YORKI POO PUP- tiny choco-
late male, adorable, shots,
$600 cash. (863)357-0037
YORKIE- Teacup, Female, 4
Ibs, 9 mo. old, Spayed. With
$1700. 863-634-9620 Okee
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HUNTING BOW, Buckmaster
Camo, split limb design, ar-
rows & case, ready to hunt,
Turntables, (2), great shape,
$20 will sell separately.
Bandsaw, 14 inch central ma-
chinery woodcutting with at-
CAR DOLLY- Good condition
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost
$2000 sell for $1200
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
PARK SIZE SLIDE & 2 SETS
MONKEY BARS, stainless,
Home, (239)910-7853 cell
SHOP VAC- 10 gallon, com-
mercial, stainless steel, ask-
ing $55. (863)675-7350.
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
FOR LEASE, Free Standing,
1700+ sq. ft. Office Building.
Great location. Very visible.
Call for details. 863-634-7728
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. willing to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
hospital. For information
Hillsboro all alum. Gooseneck
4 horse slant/trailer, '87,
weekender living quarters,
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
QUARTER HORSE GELDING,
12 yrs. old. Needs experi-
enced rider. $1000.
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
Used but in good condition
SPOTTED WALKER FILLIE
2 /2 yrs old, green broke, very
SUPERB QUALITY registered
broke horses, all prices,
GARDEN TILLER- Yardman
MTD, rear tine, like new,
$450 or best offer.
GARDEN TRLR & 2600 WATT
GENERATOR- and misc
tools, $650 for all
LAWN MOWER PARTS, Snap-
per, Murray, MTD, Briggs &
Stratton. All new. $300.
RAILROAD CROSS TIES- 100,
$700. Will separate.
RIDING MOWER -Snapper
42" cut, 15h/p Kohler eng.,
zero turn w/ attachments
RIDING MOWERS Snapper,
30" cut, 1) 18 h/p & 1) 8 h/p
$550 both or will sep.
ROTO TILLERS (2) 1 goes in
r-.,ei:e I nearly new, good
,-, u ,ili- kept inside, $350
for both (239)369-2564
BLACK ANGUS BULL
2yrs old. Gentle $1750
LIVESTOCK TRAILER- 15',
Ideal for horses & livestock.
$500 or best offer. Call
(561) 236-8708 anytime
MALE GOAT- 9 mos old, tri
SADDLE, Barrel Style & Tack,
reins, bits, blankets, etc. $350
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
of the classified
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rim Canal $975 me with
water & sewer incl.
OFFICE SPACE -900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please call (863)763-4740
CLEWISTON, Brand New 3/2
& 4/2 Single Family Homes.
2 Car gar. Great neighbor-
hood. S/Steal apple. Between
$1400-$1800. For more info
call Wendy 305-804-8499
Eagle Bay, 3/2; quiet street,
no pets, fenced yard, 1st,
last, sec. $1600 mo.
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, Gar., Pool
Kings Bay $935. mo +
$1300 Sec. Dep., Ameri-Prty
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 3/2
On canal w/ pvt. dock. Encl.
patio. Nice area. No pets.
$1200 mo. (772)287-2722
Here's a classic way for do-it-yourselfers to bring the
refreshments to the guests and eliminate all those
trips to the kitchen. This tea cart project is built from
standard pine lumber, and all of the curved cuts are
traced from full-size patterns. It measures 30 inches
long by 16 inches wide by 28 inches high.
Tea Cart plan (No. 708).. $7.95
Hutches Package (No. C26)
Four other projects $22.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) ... $2.00
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CATTLE TRAILER- Goose-
neck, 24', swing gates, like
new tires, dual axle, $1700
TRACTORS (2) 8N, Ford, ask-
ing $1500 (863)763-1370.
BAY MARE: 14 years old
E-Z ENTRY DRIVING CART
Forrest green w/26" wheels,.
72" shafts & extras $375
HORSES, 12 yr. old, Appaloo-
sa Mare. Good w/kids. May
be in foal. Good 4-H project.
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030)
Property Sale 1:35
Land Sale 1040)
Lots Sale 10-15
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080l
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
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- Cleared
1 acre, with oak trees. For
PRIVATE REAL ESTATE IN-
VESTOR- Looking for prop-
erties to buy. If interested
call Brent (863)634-5129.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts "010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEE- Waterfront 3BR, 2BA,
Double lot, 2-Living rooms, 2-
Carport's, 3-Storage sheds.
PACE PARK MODEL'79
14x40, completely remodeled
furnished, a/c $12,000 or best
PALM HARBOR MObile Home
'2001,3BR, 2BA, 28'x60'
Like new. (863)763-7909
THIS WILL NOT LAST LONG!!
Fully furnished, 3 br, 11/2 ba,
FL Rm. Fii ] ,:, R ,T i,'."
C/Air.& -i.-jr l, ,, A 4 n j:I
see home! Located 0 ,i
Mobile Home Park, T, r'
#17, $22,000. Possible terms
or best offer. (772)879-2879
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035
AIRBOAT, FIBERGLASS- With
Polymer, 13' 500 Cadillac
mtr with trailer $4000..
BOAT, MOTOR & TRLR- 14'
Run About, 2 seater, wind-
shield, 40HP Force, needs
work, $300 (863)675-1945.
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
BOATS FOR SALE (2) 14 Ft.
Bass Boat & 23' Cuddy cabin.
w/trlrs. $2500 for all. Call
(863)697-6203 after 6pm.
FIBERGLASS BOAT, 14',
w/45hp Chrysler motor, gal-
vanized trailer, $600.
GALAXY- 18', Stripped down.
$50. or best offer
GLASS STREAM- '86, 16',
In/Out board. Motor needs
work. $1500 or best offer
Jon Boat, 12' Custom made
heavy gauge alum., w/9.9
Go Devil, low hrs., $2500.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP, electric
start, 0/8 Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
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
Dodge Motorhome, '74, 20',
totally reconditioned, runs
great, sleeps 4, a/c, $2000.
JAYCO 5TH WHEEL- 30; With
slide out. Great shape.
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
BOAT TRAILER 15ft
Brand new brake lights, single
axle, $200 or best offer
CENTER CONSOLE- small, fi-
seat for small boat, $30.
HONDA CBR HURRICANE,
'90- approx 43K miles, runs
but needs work, $850 or
best offer (863)467-1189
HONOA CBR HURRICANE-
'90, Approx. 43K, Runs but
needs work. $1000. or best
Honda Goldwing Aspencade,
'86, 1200, tons of chrome &
lights, runs great, $4200 or
best offer. (772)336-9589
nites & weekends or
HONDA REBEL, '03- like new
$2200 FIRM (863)675-4882
MINI CHOPPER New, only
rode twice. $475
MINI CHOPPER- 2 stroke, 25
mph, Black. $350.
SCOOTER- 04, .50cc, 4 cycle,
[i .'..; : ',., Jiiijn $950
SUZUKI GS 550- '79, Runs
good. 17K, Needs a little
TLC. $1000. or best offer.
YAMAHA PW50, '00- new
YAMAHA SCOOTER- runs
good, $300 or best offer.
YAMAHA YZ 125 2001, Dirt
Bike. A very reliable bike.
YAMAHA YZ80, '01- looks
and runs great, $1300 or
best offer. (863)357-1577.
HONDA 185S, '83 & SUZUKI
LT50, '87- run good, need
HONDA 250 1989 4 Wheeler,
Shaft Drive, Needs rear end.
Might run. $100
HONDA 4 WHEELER 200 in
excellent condition. $2100
YAMAHA 350, '86, blue, new
tires, good condition, $1000
or best offer (863)673-8741
(keenhnhaee News. Thursday. Auaust 4. 2005
Automobile s 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Equl ment 4025
Fore Cars 4030
Four eel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Tlailers 4065
Catfish Boat, 21' long, 70hp
Tohatsu, new trlr, good
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.
CHEVY CORSICA, '92- good
condition, 4dr, auto, new
tires, no AC, asking $1200
d best produtfs
Chevy Corvette, '85, strong
running, good looking, nice
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron
FORD TAURUS WAGON- '92,
Can be fixed up or used for
parts. $500. (772)597-2912
KIA- '98, Cold air, 6 cyc. Auto,
New Low Profile tires. Leath-
er seats. Great mileage
MERC. GRAND MARQUIS-
'95, 95K Good Condition.
MERCURY TRACER, '91- 4dr,
selling "as is" $2500 or best
OLD'S AURORA- '02, White
4 door, Runs good
$500 neg (863)675-4602
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1992,
Full power, A/C, C/C, Pioneer
Stereo. Asking $2000.
PONTIAC FIREBIRD, '89- V6,
AC, runs great, $1500
VOLVO SW- '89, Runs good.
Body good condition. $600.
Angela (863)610-0252 or
VW BEETLE '71 Attn Collec-
tors, runs great, nds re-
stored, $1800 or best offer
(863)675-6214 after 6pm
FORD F350 FLATBED, '78-
Smake an offer.
CHEVY BLAZER 1994, 4x4,
Cold A/C. Needs some work.
Find it faster. Sell t sooner
in the classifeds
Ford Bronco,'84, 4 whl dr.,
modified motor, high jacker
lift kit, $2500.
CAMPER SHELL for short bed
CHEVY BLAZER 1988, For
parts. $400 or best offer. See
Ruben @ across for Duda
Juice Plant in blue trailer.
CHROME RIMS & TIRES -
18", like new, 6 lug, asking
$1200 or best offer.
CHRYSLER MINI VAN 1991,
Needs motor. $200
ELITE RIMS- (4), 16", No
tires. $500. or best offer.
ENGINE, 1981 Rebuilt 350C,
2 Bolts main short block in
crate, 2 Heads. Cond. un-
known. $450 (863)763-6391
FORD ENGINE- 1976, 300,
6 cyl, w/ 4 speed, can hear
run, $300 (863)763-1370.
HONDA 1987, 4 Door, needs
motor. $200 (863)467-2156
MERCURY SABLE, '94- good
motor, radiator just replaced,
good tires, bad trans, $600
RACING HOOD- After market,
Aluminum. $50. or best offer
RIMS W/TIRES- 20" wheels
were on truck, $2000 call for
TIRES & RIMS- 17", 5 LUG
Ford rims with tires. $100.
TRANSMISSION, Rebuilt, Tur-
bo 350. $300 or best offer.
TRANSMISSION, Rebuilt, Tur-
bo 700, w/GM converter,
$400 or best offer.
UTILITY BED Reading, for
1 ton truck. All doors lock w/
xtra covered bin great shape
WHEELS & NEW TIRES, 20"
Chrome, Fits any 6 lug pat-
tern 2003 & up. $1400 or
best offer. (863)227-0263
WHEELS, Alcoa's, 16.5x12.
For late model 8 lug pattern.
CHEVY 1500 PU, '86- flat bed,
auto, V8, runs great, good
CHEVY SHORT BED 1988,
Tagged. Racing motor.
Clean. Must see! $2500.
DODGE DAKOTA- '95, Club
Cab, Loaded, Mechanically
sound. Needs breaks $2500.
DODGE RAM SST, '98-
w/chip, $7500 call
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1400.
FORD F250, '95- 6 cyl, AC, 2
fuel tanks, camper top,
$2300 or best offer
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.
CHEVY S10 BLAZER- '87,
ENCLOSED TRAILER- Wells
Cargo, 20ft, barn doors each
end, $2500 (863)699-9701.
Tandem axle, ramp, pinto
hitch, 6K-8K lb capacity
$1500 (863)675-6651 after 6
FLAT BED, 6X8, Open on
sides w/roof. $150/ best offer.
HOMEMADE TRAILER- large
enough for riding mower,
UTILITY TRAILER- 10', Excel-
lent condition. Used 1 time.
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
Pursuant to Ch 713.585(6) ES. United
American Lien & Recovery as agent
with power of attorney will sell the fol-
lowing vehicles) to the highest bidder
subject to any liens; net proceeds de-
posited with the clerk of court; own-
erillenholder has right to hearing and
post bond; owner may redeem vehicle
for cash sum of lien; all auctions held
Inspect 1 week prior @ lenor facility;
cash or cash or cashier check; 15% buyer
prem; any person Interested ph
Sale date August 26, 2005 @ 10:00,am
3411 NW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
15143 1980 Chevrolet Monte Cado 2dr
Vin#: 1Z373AD406326 R/0 Ken Fluke
2947 Chestnut Gap Rd., Blu Ridge GA
cust: Monique Rennolds, 25 N. Deloen
Ave., TItusvllle, FL lienor: Mikes Gar-
age & Towing, 2855 W Hwy 60,
Okeechobee, FL 772-569-0516 lien
Licensed & bonded auctioneers Rab 422
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2005 DR 466
Division: Domestic Relations
Roger Dale QuinuIn
Tracy Lynn QuinLIn
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Tracy LynnQunUn
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 writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Roger
Dale QuinLin, 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 fall 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 Courts office.
You may review these documents
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. Future papers in this lawsuit
, will be 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-
Dated: July 5, 2005
CLERK OF THE
By: /s/ Beatrice Roddriguez
67942 ON 7/14,21,28;8/4/05
YOU A MORE INFORMED
0o wotde Mwpapa
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BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, Au-
gust 25, 2005 at the District Office, State of Florda Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Florida 33830 for the following work,
Bids received will be opened and publicly read aloud in the Planning Mult-Pur-
to bid opening to State o Florida Department of Transportation, 801 North Broad-
way Ave., Attn: District Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830. If the bid
amount is greater than $250,000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor
must be pre-qualied as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter
Proposal Forms will not be Issued after 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, August 24, 2005. Plan holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Fri-
day, August 19, 2005.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS AND/OR
BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863) 534-7172. THIS
FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWWVDOTSTATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMi-
NISTRATIONDISTRICT1 FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTA-
TION MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR
INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTATION MEETING
HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2005 AT 2:00 RM. FOR
TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFICATIONS OR PAY ITEMS, CON-
TACT THE PROJECT MANAGER LISTED.
(CONTRACT NO. E1FOO-RO) COUNTY: DISTRICT WIDE (D FUNDS): FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO 419340-1-72-01; Work consists of Void Filling and Surface
Realignment. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Roxann
Lake, (863) 519-2680 roxann lake(dot state fl us THIS CONTRACT HAS A
LIMITING BUDGETARY AMOUNT OF $100,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS
(CONTRACT NO. E1F01-RO) COUNTY POLK, (D FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
Work consists of Thermoplastic Symbols and Retro-Reflective Pavement Marker
Removal and Replacement.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: David Barthle.
(863) 519-4315 david barthe(adot state 1 us BUDGET AMOUNT $260,000.00.
NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F02-RO) COUNTY HIGHLANDS & Okeechobee: (D FUNDS): FI-
NANCIAL PROJECT NO 418563-1-72-01 & 419278-1-72-01; Work con-
sists of Mechanical Sweeping. (Aprox 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT
MANAGER: Gar Burnett (63)386-6104 gary bumettodot state fl us BUDGET
AMOUNT $21,692.00. NO CHARGEFOR PLANSAND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1FO3-RO) COUNTY LEE, COLLIER, CHARLOTTE, GLADES 8&
HENDRY: (D FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECTNO: 414949-1-72-01; Work consists
of long line stripng on the primary system. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE:
PROJECT MANAGER: Scott Teets (239) 656-7812 scott teets(@dot state fl us
Chris Hof (239) 656-7885 chris hofldot state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT
$500,000. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow,
Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the
State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be made. The right
is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Bid Solicitation Notice in accordance with Chapter 337 ES.
District Contracts Administrator
71679 ON 08/04,11/2005; OGS 08/04,11/2005
When doing those chores ts
doing you In, it's time to
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Grab a bartain from your
nelgbor's garage, aac,
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furniture is popular for its
built-in comfort, durability
and good looks. This
Adirondack chair is built
from standard pine and fir
and requires no special tools,
It measures about 38 inches
tall by 39 inches deep.
Adirondack Chair plan
(No. 55)... $9.95
4 plans incl. 55
(No. C4) ... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
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To order, circle item(s), clip
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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
Swill be highlighted on Sunday. Halter (conformation) Classes will be
held in the mornings and Performance (jumping, obstacle and driv-
ing) Classes will be held in the afternoon. For Miniature Horse Show
event information, call (561) 798-6129, (863) 763-7724 or (772) 341-
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 Coali-
tion of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be meet-
ing at this same location immediately following the coalition meet-
Regions Bank hosts Coffee Klatch
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be hosted by Regions
Bank, 305 N.E. Park St., on Aug. 18. All Chamber members and guests are
invited. Refreshments willbe served. For information, call (863) 763-5535.
Legion group plans steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will host a steak dinner Sunday, Aug.
21, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second
St., for a $9 donation. The menu will consist of steak, baked potato, salad,
roll, dessert and coffee or tea. For information, call (863) 763-2950.
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 dosed until Aug. 31. They
will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cen-
ter will alsobe open Friday, Sept. 9, from 11 30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Itwill 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.
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Openings available for gun class
Joe Hazellief and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S.
Parrott Ave., will be hold a gun safety class on Sept. 1, starting at 7
p.m. Openings are still available. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or
before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at
Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave. For appointments call
Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677, or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-
2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may
stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
Labor Day Festival scheduled
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-5 in Flagler Park
from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Among the festivities planned is
the Chamber of Commerce hometown barbecue, arts and crafts
booths and food specialties. Please join Okeechobee County Cham-
ber of Commerce for an exciting weekend. Applications are available
at the Chamber. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
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Service Club Briefs
The Sons of the American
Legion will host a steak dinner
Sunday, Aug. 21, from 3 until 6
p.m. at the American Legion Post
#64, 501 S.E. Second St., for a $9
donation. The menu will consist
of steak, baked potato, salad, roll,
dessert and coffee or tea.
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day 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.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
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
starting at 4 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. Everyone
The American Legion Post 64
* is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-
*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'
(8,63) 357-2138, or Don South at
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be avail-
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-
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third.Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
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
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 W.M. Margaret at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until ?
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights, meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until ? Call the lodge to see who is
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
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 'n roll dinner
and dance. Ham dinner by Mary
Ann. Music by DJ Michael Lee
Scott. There will be a costume and-
jitterbug contests, prizes.
Sunday: Live entertainment
featuring: Lisa, Dawn and Donnie
sometimes together, some-
times not, but always good music
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
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Friday evenings: food, fun
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served, at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
Aug. 14: district meeting at
Aug. 1Q: LOOM meeting
Aug. 9: WOTM chapter night.
Aug. 23: business meeting.
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you,should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the. lodge 300
.N.W 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137 Okeechobee
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-.
Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at 1
p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
e Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
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