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Vol. 96 No. 221 Tuesday, August 9, 2005 504 Plus tax
-e.. Team explains teacher pact
By Pete Gawda
In order to inform union
members of the provisions of
proposed contracts recently
agreed to by representatives of
the Okeechobee County School
Board and the Okeechobee
County Education Association, a
special team is making the
rounds of the schools.
Monday morning Assistant
Superintendent of Schools Lee
Dixon and Diane Falvo, Florida
Education Association's Trea-
sure Coast Service Unit director,
went to Yearling Middle School.
In the next few days, they will
be visiting other schools and
making a presentation to the
Ms. Falvo used an overhead
projector to explain contract
provisions. There are two con-
tracts to be ratified: one is for
teachers, and a separate con-
tract is for non-instructional or
classified employees. Both con-
tracts are for a three-year period.
Union members will vote on
the proposed contracts next
Monday, Aug. 15. They are cur-
rently working under the provi-
sions of contracts which expired
Under the proposed classi-
fied contract, workers would
receive either a 3.03 percent
increase or a step increase,
whichever is greater. There are
21 different pay schedules for
various types of classified work-
ers such as bus drivers, aides,
maintenance personnel and sec-
Since bus drivers make up a
large percentage of classified
workers, a good bit of the con-
tract language deals with bus
drivers. The proposed contract
would eliminate five-hour bus
drivers, leaving only four- and
six-hour-a-day bus drivers. Bus
drivers would also get a raise for
driving summer school routes.
In addition, they would receive
pay for out-of-town field trips.
New language in the teach-
ers' contract protects their plan-
ning periods. There are also
changes in the transfer policy.
Under the proposed contract,
teachers would receive their first
paycheck on Aug. 15.
Beginning teachers would
start out at $31,400. The highest
any teacher would make is
See Pact Page 2
Traffic bottleneck: Project has $4.9M price tag
toll on 'Canes
CORAL GABLES When
the final whistle blew Monday
morning, many Miami players
hustled off the practice, field,
quickly shed their pads and
jumped into waiting ice baths
set up near the locker room
door. Others slumped on
shady benches near another
wall, guzzling water and lap-
ping on Popsicles.
Heat is a constant in South
Florida, and a regular, source
of concern for the Hurricanes
and virtually all the other
teams that train outdoors in
the steamy temperatures.
Already this season, a handful
of Miami players have suc-
cumbed to weather-related
problems, a reminder that
prevention is especially vital.
Sports, Page 8
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Local Burn Ban: None
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ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
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Comics ............ 9
Community Events. .. .4
Crossword ........ .10
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ............. 8
TV ........ ..... 11
Weather ............ 2
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ricanes rendering it uninhabit-
The building had been pre-
viously used for an outreach
center, domestic violence shel-
ter and daycare center from
1986 when Martha's House
was first founded by Grace
Ministries. In 1999 it was made
to accommodate staff for
offices. The staff at the center
said they were ready for the old
building to come down, but
plans and funding for the new
building are still in the works.
The new structure will be
built near the site where staff
members have been operating
See Demolition Page 2
By D. Hamilton
O'Connor Trucking began
demolition of the old Martha's
House administration and out-
reach center building on U.S.
441 N. Monday morning.
The building, which was at
one time an agricultural barn,
is being torn down to make
way for the new Martha's
House counseling center build-
Stephanie Locke, a staff
member at Martha's House,
said the old building had been
renovated several years ago but
was hit hard by last year's hur-
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Drivers test their skills navigating around barricades on a road expansion and ditch
replacement project on S.R. 70 W. that began in March. The project should be done in
late winter 2006.
DOT moves along on S.R. 70 project
By Audrey Blackwell
Heading west out of Okee-
chobee on S.R. 70 is not as easy
as it once was since the Florida
Department of Transportation
(DOT) began a road expansion
and ditch replacement project in
However, when the $4.9 mil-
lion project is completed in late
winter or early spring of 2006, the
now-bottlenecked area should
provide an even smoother ride
than before. The two-lane stretch
of road will expand to four lanes.
The road widening/ditch
replacement project calls for
1,000 concrete pipes that are 8
feet long and anywhere from 15
inches to 42 inches in diameter.
According to Cindy Clem-
mons-Adente, DOT public infor-
mation officer with the 12-county
Southwest Florida District 1, the
parameters of the project run
from Eagle Bay Drive to North-
west Seventh Avenue. In addition
to expanding the lanes, the proj-
ect includes installing a new
drainage system, a new traffic
signal at U.S. 98 and S.R. 70, and
Work on the project is weath-
er-dependent, and because it
rained every day in June the
Concrete drainage pipes rest alongside the roadway of
S.R. 70 W. in Okeechobee County. The D.O.T. road widen-
ing/ditch replacement project calls for 1,000 concrete
pipes that are 8 feet long and anywhere from 15 inches to
42 inches in diameter. The project that began in March
should last a total of 326 days.
water table is high and
squelched work on the roadbed.
Another 4 inches of rain fell this
According to Mrs. Clemmons-
Adente, the foundation of a road
cannot be put down until the
road is dry. However, the con-
tractor, Russell Engineering, is
not extending their timetable for
"They are not claiming a
delay in the contract, just adjust-
ing their schedule," Mrs. Clem-
mons-Adente said. "They still
have enough time out to make
up the time," she said.
Where needed, the contrac-
tor is using a well point to dewa-
ter the soil. They placed a vacu-
um pump in the soil to vacuum
out groundwater which is carried
See DOT-Page 2
By Eric Kopp
Because of the cooperation
between law enforcement agen-
cies, as well as the media and
the public, two Indian River
County murder suspects were
apprehended in Okeechobee
The suspects were wanted
for their alleged connection with
the shooting death of a Vero
Beach man on Friday, Aug. 5.
Arrested were Travis Goble,
24, and Timothy A. Boutwell, 43.
Both men were arrested in Fort
Drum early Sunday morning
and booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail on first-
degree murder charges. They
are being held without bond.
According to Deputy Jeff
Luther, with the Indian River
County Sheriff's Office (IRCSO),
See Suspects Page 2
OUA board to
and the budget
By Pete Gawda
The board of directors of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) meeting this morning at
8:30 a.m. should prove to be.
interesting and lengthy.
Four important issues will be
on the agenda a public hear-
ing on the proposed budget, set-
tlement of Florida Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) fines, discussion of billing
for RVs and discussion of the
wastewater plant expansion.
The board will conduct the
first of two public hearings on
the proposed, $12,914,563
budget. The second hearing will
be held on Sep. 13. The pro-
posed budget includes possible
rate increases effective April
.2006. It has been suggested that
the rates be increased 1 or 2 per-
cent each year and those funds
be used to repair and/or replace
See OUA Page2
uKeecnooee News/u. namilton
Demolition began on Monday with a big bite out of the roof on the old Martha's House coun-
seling center. The old center was damaged badly by last year's hurricanes and left staff mem-
bers at the center to temporarily move into a trailer for office space. Plans for a new center
that will house the counseling center are in the beginning stages.
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to a ditch.
"They are preparing the ground
so they can dig and put the pipes
in," Mrs. Clemmons-Adente said.
Two new retention ponds will
be installed as part of the drainage
system one on the north side of
S.R. 70, east of the Hess station,
and the other at the corner of Park
Street and Southwest 10th Avenue.
Utility relocation was phase one
of the project and is already com-
plete, which included electricity
"That was a big job," Mrs.
District 1 of DOT is located in
Bartow, Polk County, just north of
U.S. 98. A team of engineers with
the DOT's rural residency program
lives in Sebring and oversees the
Okeechobee project. There is also
a DOT operations center in
Sebring. Mrs. Clemmons-Adente
said Okeechobee is the district's
most eastern county.
Continued From Page 1
the existing system.
SRate consultant Henry Thomas
of PRMG suggested an increase of
1.75 percent to the water rates and
a 4 percent increase to sewer rates.
He suggested that OUA would
need a larger increase to help fund
expansion to the wastewater treat-
ment plant. The board will consid-
er whether to have smaller incre-
mental increases to sewer rates, or
a minimum increase for one or
two years and then a larger one
time increase in the future.
The board is also scheduled to
discuss possible settlements of
DEP violations for which they have
been cited. In lieu of a cash settle-
ment, staff is proposing in-kind set-
tlements. One proposal is to pur-
chase additional telemetry
equipment for lift stations. Another
suggestion is the restoration of lift
stations and/or manholes. The
approved project must have a
value of least $23,250.
Turning to another touchy sub-
ject, the board is scheduled to dis-
cus definitions of RVs and mobile
homes in connection with billing.
A proposed definition of a mobile
home to be considered by the
board contains the phrase "not
originally sold as a recreational
Laura Keller of Dew Drop Inn is
scheduled to address the board on
The board will once again dis-
cuss the matter of disposal of treat-
ed effluent from an expanded sur-
facewater treatment plant and
financing of the proposed expan-
Realtor Brandon Tucker is
scheduled to offer a developers
agreement from a group of devel-
opers he represents that will help
finance the effluent disposal and
In other action, the board is
approve an insurance agent;
begin negations with Metzger
& Willard for the wastewater treat-
ment plant expansion project; and,
receive a final report for the
period ending July 31.
Okeechobee News/Pete uawaa
Florida Education Association's Treasure Coast Service Unit Director Diane Falvo uses
an overhead projector to display pay schedules as she explains provisions of proposed
contracts for teachers and non-instructional personnel. The presentation took place
Monday morning at Yearling Middle School.
Continued From Page 1
$51,500. There is also a $2,000
supplement for teachers with
master's degrees, and an extra
$3,000 for those with specialist
degrees. A teacher with a doc-
torate would earn an additional
The contract negotiators
agreed to a memorandum of
understanding that forms a
four-person task force consist-
ing of two school board repre-
sentatives and two union repre-
sentatives to work on making
the differences between steps
in the pay schedules more
Through the years, different
amounts of money have been
added to different steps, mak-
ing some "balloon steps".
Some of those inequalities
have been addressed in the pro-
posed teacher pay schedule,
but Ms. Falvo said more work
would be necessary.
She said it would take mas-
saging the numbers over the
ri6fx t''cile of years to work
this out. his is the only way to
fix the problem she said, short
of putting a large amount of
money into the pay schedule at
The classified pay schedules
will take longer because of the
21 different pay schedules.
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detectives from that agency had
received numerous leads regard-
ing the case. And between that
agency, the Osceola County Sher-
iff's Office and the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, numerous
areas were checked.
Around 7:45 a.m. on Aug. 7, the
men were taken into custody by
swat teams from the IRCSO and
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
SOffice at a N.E. Ninth Ave. resi-
The owner of the home where
the men were arrested was an
acquaintance of theirs, said Deputy
Luther. As of now, he added, no
- charges have been filed against
"The Okeechobee County Sher- -
P iff's Office, I can't say enough
about the effort they put in to help
s" our department and get these men
off the streets," said Deputy Luther.
"This is also a prime example of
how the media came to the front to
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out of a modular trailer since
October 2004 and will house all
of the staff offices and counsel-
Funding for the new Martha's
S House offices will come from a
"We will be asking for com-
S munity support by launching a
capital fundraising campaign in
the near future to assist with the
- -" payments for the new center,"
said Mrs. Locke.
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help us by getting the information
The men were arrested follow-
ing a tip from a private citizen who
had learned via the media that the
men were wanted by law enforce-
The men were being sought in
connection with the alleged homi-
cide of Livingston Williams, of S.W.
18th Ave. in Vero Beach.
"We think it is drug and money
related," said Deputy Luther. "The
victim opened the door for Mr.
Gobel and everything started going
downhill from there." :
Mr. Williams, said Deputy
Luther, was shot in the head.
Deputy Luther explained that
the men knocked on the door to
Mr. Williams' home and when the
victim saw Boutwell he apparently
tried to close the door.
"Evidently, he didn't care for Mr.
Boutwell," said Deputy Luther.
"They forced their way in and told
him they wanted the money, they
wanted the drugs, and that's when
a gun went off.
"We don't know who the
shooter is, but to the best of my
knowledge both men were
armed," he added.
Deputy Luther, the public infor-
mation officer (PIO) at IRCSO, said
in the past drugs have been known
to be sold in the area where Mr.
He went on to say that the inves-
tigation is continuing.
"We're still working on the case
hot and heavy, but we're not sure
where it's going to end up," he
As of Monday afternoon, he
was not sure when Boutwell and
Gobel would be returned to Indian
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man Campus Auditorium welcomes students to the cam-
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Welcome to Yearling
Students starting back to school are welcomed by this
banner at Yearling Middle School. Wednesday, Aug. 10 is
the first day of school.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony of Driving
Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the Okee-
chobee City Police Department,
the Florida Highway Patrol or the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
Anthony Todd Summers, 23,
S.W. 11th Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 4 by Deputy Lt. (.
^Murrish on a warrant charging
-him \\ith amended violation of
'probation. possessio6 ( a, con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription. He was being held with-
Justin Cole Simmons, 23,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 4
by Deputy Lt. K. Murrish on a war-
rant charging him with petit theft -
second degree. He was released
on his own recognizance.
Katherine E. Thomas, 46, St.
Augustine, was arrested Aug. 4 by
Deputy.Sam Thomas on warrants
charging her with violation of pro-
bation driving under the influ-
ence, and driving while license
permanently revoked. She was
being held without bond.
Barry Ian Howle, 21, N.W.
80th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 4 by Deputy Lt. K.
Murrish on a warrant charging
him with burglary of a dwelling.
His bond was set at $5,000.
Sherry A. Hilsheimer, 39, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Aug. 5 by Deputy Sam Thomas
.on a warrant charging her with
grand theft auto. No bond had
Alphonso Nixon, 46, Okee-
.chobee, was'arrested Aug. 5 by
SDetective M,D. Faulkner on a
charge of sexual battery. His bond
'was set at $100,000. ,
'I* Kurt Keplinger, 26, U.S. 441
S.E., was arrested Aug. 5 on war-
rants charging him with violation
of probation possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams (felony)
and violation of possession of
drug paraphernalia (misde-
meanor). He was being held with-
Harold Stanley Hair, 61, N.E.
Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested by Deputy Richard Durfee
on a felony charge of possession
of a short barreled shotgun. His
bond was set at $10,000.
Bobbie Michelle Hart, S.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 5 by Detective John
Zeigler on a charge of obtaining or
attempting to obtain a prescrip-
tion. Her bond was set at $5,000.
Harold Leighton, 46, N.W.
40th Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Lt. K.
Murrish on felony warrants charg-
ing him with failure' to secure
worker's comp coverage and con-
tracting without a license during a
state of emergency. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Alma Louvenia Wright, 21,
N.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee,
was arrested Aug. 5 by Detective
M.D. Faulkner on a charge of false
report of planting a bomb. Her
bond was set at $15,000.
June Alice Lee, 43, N.W. 34th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 5 by Deputy Donald Ellis on a
felony charge of possession of
marijuana over 20 grams, and a
misdemeanor charge of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Her
bond was set at $3,000.
Johnny Davis, 42, Linda
Road, Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 5 by Melissa Spencer from
the Department of Corrections on
a charge of violation of probation
possession of cocaine and viola-
tion of probation possession of a
controlled substance. His bond
was set at $5,000.
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Glades County Roundup
The Lakeport Community
Association will meet Tuesday,
Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., at the community
center. On Aug, 20, at noon, there
will be a back-to-school picnic and
games. All Lakeport residents are
invited to participate.
Installation of officers
The American Legion Post 299
of Moore Haven will have its annu-
al installation of officers Friday,
Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. The evening
meal will be catered arid there is
no charge. This will be open to the
public and you do not have to be a
member for this one occasion.
to Dr. Valiant
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ing as Director of the
Hendry/Glades Health Depart-
ment at the end of August. The offi-
cial retirement party will be Aug.-
20, however, a special reception is
planned to give her clients and
well wishers a chance to give her a
nice send off. All those wishing to
offer Dr. Valiant their appreciation
are invited to the Hendry-Glades
Health Department in Clewiston
on Olympia Ave., Thursday, Aug.
11, from 2 until 4 p.m.
GCSO is accepting
The Glades County Sheriff's
Office is now accepting applica-
tions for a part-time position (food
service) Friday, Saturday and Sun-
day. Three times each day, break-
fast 5:45 a.m., lunch 10:45 a.m.
and dinner 5 p.m. Applicants must
have a valid Florida Driver's
License. Hourly rate $7.25. Appli-
cations may be picked up at the
Glades County Sheriff's Office, 599
Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida or
call (863) 946-1600.
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FORT PIERCE Courses in
genetics, pest management,
human resource management and
entomology will be offered for the
fall 2005 semester at the University
of Florida Indian River Research
and Education Center, or IRREC, in
Fort Pierce. Nineteen undergradu-
ate and 14 graduate courses will be
offered to both non-degree and
degree-seeking students. The
semester will begin Aug. 25 and
each course will be held in the
early evening. Additional courses
will cover horticultural physiology,
economics, finance and organic
Registration for UF courses at
IRREC is open now and will contin-
ue untilAug. 25.
"Our students benefit from a
great deal of contact with their
instructors and from interaction
with the local industry," said P.J.
van Blokland, the center's program
director and a professor of finance.
The University of Florida at
IRREC has offered degree programs
for six years. Bachelor's degree pro-
grams in agri-business manage-
ment and in environmental man-
agement are available to students
with an associate in arts degree.
Master's degree programs include
agricultural education and commu-
nication, entomology, environmen-
tal horticulture, and environmental
science. Certificate programs
include agri-business management,
agricultural education and commu-
nication, and entomology.
For information about IRREC
course offerings, scholarships and
degree programs contact Kim Wil-
son, coordinator, student support
services, at (772)468-3922 ext. 126,
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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 Second St.
Signups and activities for children will begin at 10:30 a.m. The
show will begin promptly at 11 a.m. After the show there will be a
lunch for everyone and a few door prizes for the children who
sign up. All children will receive a helium balloon or small gift.
Reverend Mabrey, a Methodist minister and illusionist, will be per-
'His Story' meeting is planned
An important planning meeting concerning "His Story" will be
held Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Members and interested persons are
encouraged to attend. If your church would like to be involved
please send a representative.
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 mem-
bers and guests are invited. Refreshments will be served. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-5535.
Business women's luncheon planned
Okeechobee business women will hold a networking lunch-
eon Aug. 19 at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. Net-
working will start at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be at noon. Bring
your friends and let them feel the power of networking. Bring fly-
ers brochures and a give-away. Come see our web site in progress
thanks to Cindy Burnett. For information, contact Robin Delgado
Juvenile Justice Council will meet
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting on Friday, Aug. 19, at noon at the Okeechobee
County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okee-
chobee County. The public is invited to attend. For information,
call Pat O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.
Church planning trip
The Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church is sponsoring a
trip to Orlando to see the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes on Sat-
urday, Dec. 10. The bus will leave the church at 200 N.W. Third
Street at 8 a.m. The performance is at 11 a.m. The cost is $65 per
person. For reservations, call Fran at (863) 357-1713. Payment is
due before Aug. 21.,
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 stu-
dents. The American Miniature Horse Registry classes will be
showcased on Saturday and the American Miniature Horse Asso-
ciation classes will be highlighted on Sunday. Halter (conforma-
tion) Classes will be held in the mornings and Performance
(jumping, obstacle and driving) Classes will be held in the after-
noon. For Miniature Horse Show event information, call (561)
798-6129, (863) 763-7724 or (772) 341-7610.
Legion group plans steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will host a steak dinner Sun-
day, 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 infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2950.
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Looking Back ...
The Tantie schoolhouse is shown here at its original site on what is present day South Parrott Avenue. The small build-
ing had an addition built on it when the number of students outgrew the one room. The building was used from about
1912 to 1916, when the two-story brick elementary school was constructed. It is presently located at the Okeechobee
County Historical Society's museum and property on U.S. 98 N. 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 needs 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 Okee-
chobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you
wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and information about the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and the public are invit-
ed. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship, hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study-at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meet at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education for peo-
ple who have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar,
schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1026.'
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
AA meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-1191.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson
Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., in the north dining room. The meetings
are sponsored by the American Cancer Society and are facilitated by
their medical advisor Dr. Heller. For information, call 1-800-224-6844.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who
are either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held on
Wednesday's 5 p.m. at the Health Department Auditorium, 1728
N.W Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202.
The other support group is held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive
Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information on
this group, call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Rauler-
son Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Hass
at (863) 824-2780.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen- ,
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Sheriff to speak at Chamber lunch
The general membership luncheon for the Chamber of
Commerce will be held Aug. 10 at the Golden Corral, 700 S.
Parrott Ave., starting at noon. There will be a special presenta-
tion 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) 763-6069.
Advisory County 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 Department.
Back to school collections under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their
annual school supplies drive for the needy children in our
county. They will be collecting items until Aug. 12. Let's work
together 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) 763-5725.
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 partici-
pants to walk in this event. There is no charge, and free T-shirts
will be given to those participants that raise $100 or more.
Please visit our Okeechobee website at http://www.acesev-
ents.org for information. For team recruitment, or if you are a
cancer survivor, contact Pattie Mullins/co chair at (863) 634-
Medicare benefits topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc., is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
Aug. 13, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM on the treasure coast and in West
Palm Beach on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Paul Cotton, AARP
Senior Legislative Representative, a specialist in low income
health care issues. The topic will be the new Medicare drug
benefit. For information, call 1 (800) Medicare or
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.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, August 9, 2005
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, August 9, 2005 5
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Too much of a (good thing can
The recent controversy over
exposure to sunlight is a good
example of this.
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exposure to sunlight may reduce
the risk of colon, breast, lung and
prostate cancers. However, too
much exposure to sunlight has
been linked to skin cancer.
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might be detrimental. If those tak-
ing supplements take too little
vitamin D, they won't get the can-
cer-fighting benefits. Too much
vitamin D, taken in supplement
form, can be toxic.
Getting vitamin D the natural
way is safer, researchers explain,
because the body will not make
more vitamin D than it can use.
Complicating the debate is the
fact that using sunscreen inhibits
the body's ability to convert sun-
light to Vitamin D. So going out in
the sun slathered with sunscreen
won't help produce Vitamin D.
How much sunlight does your
body need to keep your Vitamin D
at the optimal level? It depends on
how dark your skin is. The darker
your skin, the more sun exposure
it takes for the body to produce
For a fair-skinned person in
Florida, researchers say about 15
minutes every other day of sun
exposure a day is probably
enough. That's long enough to
get the vitamin D benefit but not
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Darker skinned persons need
longer sun exposure to get the
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The best time to sunbathe is
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Crist warns of phony car buyer scam
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The bear facts
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office recently
received 200 handmade stuffed bears to be given to chil-
dren victims. The bears are completely child friendly and
made of nontoxic materials with no buttons or other
materials that could cause problems for small children.
Sheriff Paul May is familiar with the use of stuffed bears
and he said that they do work. The bears were made by
Margaret Harding who used donated materials. She said
the project took her about a year. She had two volunteers
to help her stuff them. Displaying the bears are: (front
row, left to right) Juanita White, the sheriff's secretary,
Ms. Harding, and Debbie Schwendenmann, coordinator
of Okeechobee County Senior Services; and, (back row)
Sheriff May and Captain Bud Slay of the sheriff's office.
The sheriff said he would share some of the bears with
the city police .department.
Consumers to get
$5.6 million from
General Charlie Crist issued a
consumer alert, warning Floridi-
ans of an emerging scam in
which con artists target individu-
als trying to sell their vehicles and
The Attorney General's Office
has received numerous com-
plaints from consumers across
the state reporting the overpay-
ment scam. In this scheme, a
thief selects the victim after
browsing through classified ads
for a car or other large-ticket item
offered for sale. The thief pre-
tends to be an interested buyer
from out of town and sends pay-
ment in the form of a cashier's
check, money order or personal
check. The payment typically
arrives in an amount greater than
the purchase price.
The con artist then asks the
seller to wire the overpaid
amount to another party or back
to the "purchasers," sometimes
explaining that the purchaser
lives in another country and the
third party will use the money to
ship the vehicle overseas. After
the money is wired, the original
check bounces or turns out to be
a high-quality counterfeit, and the
innocent consumer loses the
"This is yet another example
of crooks taking advantage of
people's trusting nature," said
Crist. "Unfortunately, Floridians
must constantly be on the alert
for people who might be looking
for a quick way to make an easy
buck. If consumers are aware of
these scams, they can better pro-
tect themselves from becoming
the next victims."
Angie Denton in North Florida
was suspicious when she
received an offer for $4,000 more
than the price of a truck she was
selling online. The buyer wanted
Denton to wire the difference
back to them, but she felt uneasy
about the request and did not
accept the $8,000 cashier's
check. Another South Florida
couple fell victim to the scam in
January after they posted an
online ad for a Miami apartment
to rent. They were contacted by a
"student" from London stating he
or she was interested in the apart-
ment and would send a cashier's
check for the rent. The check was
for $2,500 more than the $1,000
the renters asked for. The "stu-
dent" asked the couple to wire
the difference back, saying the
overpayment was a mistake.
After wiring the money back, the
couple realized the original check
was fraudulent and they had lost
The Attorney General's Office
offers the following tips to avoid
falling prey to this scam:
Know who you are dealing
with. Independently confirm the
buyer's name, address and tele-
phone number. Keep in mind
that most legitimate buyers
would want to see a car before
Never accept payment for
more than the purchase price of
the item, no matter how tempt-
ing. Never wire money to the
buyer or a third party at the
buyer's request. If the buyer
insists that you wire back funds,
end the transaction immediately
- legitimate buyers won't pres-
sure you to send money.
If possible, accept only cash.
If you do accept a check for pay-
ment, do not turn over the car
until you verify that the check has
cleared the issuing bank.
Request a check drawn on a
local bank or a bank with a local
branch, which allows you to
make a personal visit to make
sure the check is valid. If you can-
not get a check from a local bank,
call the bank where the check
originated and ask if it is valid. Get
the bank's phone number from
directory assistance or an inter-
net site you know and trust, not
from the person who gave you
Resist any pressure to "act
now" If the buyer's offer is good
now, it should still be good after
the check clears the issuing bank.
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General Charlie Crist today
announced that Florida con-
sumers will receive $5.6 million
from a settlement with Fast Payday
Loans, formerly known as Florida
Auto Loans, relating to allegations
that the company forced borrow-
ers to buy travel club member-
ships in order to obtain title loans.
The company agreed to pay up
that amount in restitution and
debt forgiveness, stemming from
activities that claimed 37,000 vic-
tims in Florida.
With 43 retail outlets across the
state, Florida Auto Loans sold trav-
el club memberships offered by
Nation Safe Drivers, Inc., to more
than 37,000 consumers between
January 2001 and May 2004. In
many cases, Florida Auto Loans
forced customers to add $200 to
$900 travel club memberships to
the price of a title loan. Victims are
receiving a mailer from Direct Mail
Express, a company hired to con-
tact the 37,000 victims in this case.
"Companies must deal fairly
with our citizens, especially when
those citizens come to them in
need," said Crist. "For a company
to tack on unwanted travel club
memberships adds insult to
injury. Florida Auto Loans duped
Florida consumers, and now the
company must pay for it."
Florida Auto Loans has agreed
to, pay up to $3.5 million in restitu-
tion and to forgive more than $2.1
million of outstanding consumer
debt. Consumers may be able to
receive up to 100 percent of their
money back, depending on the
number of consumers who seek
restitution from the settlement
fund. Under the settlement, the
company will not sell any prod-
ucts or services in--conjunction
with payday loans without per-
mission from state regulators. The
Attorney General's investigation
into the company's consumer
lending practices was opened in
November 2003 at the request of
the State Office of Financial Regu-
Floridians who obtained a title
loan from Florida Auto Loans
between January 2001 and May
2004 may be eligible for restitution
for sums paid for a Nation Safe
Drivers travel club membership.
Consumers with additional ques-
tions should call the company toll-
free at 1 (800) 922-8803.
Okeechobee" News/Pete Gawda
This truck is being used in the lighting project at the Okee-
chobee County Airport. When the project is completed in
about eight weeks, the area around the terminal, the air-
craft parking area and the fueling area will be illuminated.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are
also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business executives and other organizations.
Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-
Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Volun-
tary Prekindergarten .(VPK) program. Eligible children must live in
Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the 2005-06 school
year. Parents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflori-
da.drg; or, they can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for
a paper copy of the registration.
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withdrawal will be charged until maturity. This account automatically converts
into a Statement Savings account upon maturity, it does not rollover. Some
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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-
Library group to discuss summer reads
The Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will meet
Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room, 206 S.W 16th St.
The group will discuss favorite summer reads and also choose the
books to be read for fall. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863)
History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be closed until
Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m.
until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from 11:30
a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Friday.
Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you
may need. For information during working hours call (863) 763-
6510. During hours the center is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863)
Openings available for gun class
Joe Hazellief and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S.
Parrott Ave., will 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 Chamber of Commerce for an exciting weekend. Applica-
tions are available at the Chamber. For information, call (863) 763-
Cattlemen sponsoring parade
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association, Inc., is sponsoring a Labor
Day parade on Sept. 5. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The line up
will start at 9 a.m.
GPS training course offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will be holding GPS training Sat-
urday Sept. 17, and will be starting a boating safety and seamanship
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 seamanship 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 limit-
ed. Times for both programs will be announced soon, but seating is,,
limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for information or to pre-register.
Bake sale funds youthlfacility .
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St.,
will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide par-
ticipation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Proceeds from the
sale will help finance the beginning of a new youth facility. Order
forms have been placed at different businesses so that the church
can fill the orders. For information, call (863) 763-7227 or (863) 763-
4654. Orders will be taken until the end of September.
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored
by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is sched-
uled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds
from this fundraiser are used throughout the year for community
projects. Past proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods
and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center,
scholarships and donations to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor
applications are now being accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608
Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or
Festival applications available
Applications for Labor Day Festival are available at Chamber of
Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
Back-to-school drive planned
Douglas Chiropractic, 916 W. North Park St., will be having a
back-to-school drive to help the needy children of Okeechobee
County. School physical will be given for grades K through eight.
The cost will be $5, plus a donation of school supplies. The school
supplies will be donated to Big Lake Mission Outreach. For an
appointment, call (863) 763-4320.
First aid instructor class offered
The American Red Cross is offering an instructor's course at the
Okeechobee Branch in the month of August. If you are interested in
becoming an instructor for CPR and first aid please stop by the office
at 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.
Labor Day rodeo tickets on sale
Tickets for the Cattlemen's Association Labor Day weekend
rodeo are now on sale at Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North Park
Street. The price of a rodeo ticket is $14. The rodeo will be held at
the Cattlemen's Arena on U.S. 441 N. on Saturday, Sept. 3; Sunday,
Sept. 4; and Monday, Sept. 5. A parade will be held Monday, Sept 5,
at 10 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The Chamber of Commerce,
55 S. Parrott Ave., is now accepting float registrations. For informa-
tion, call Perri L. Giafaglione at (863) 697-3113.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol
unit in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being
recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision
for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior mem-
ber, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations
Center, (863) 763-3212.
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and are
seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their playground
that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more information, call
Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out
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Some of the teens who volunteered to' help paint the newly redone youth room at the
First United Methodist Church decided to add a little color to them as well. From (left to
right) are: Carlyn Schaeffer, Brittny Henry, Tara Threewits and Carmen Schaeffer.
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seeks new members
The Okeechobee High
School Touchdown Club is seek-
ing new members. The purpose
of this club is to promote pride,
respect, spirit and unity among
the O.H.S. players and student
body, staff, 'coaches, families
and the business community.
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited
to join. Bronze membership is
$300; silver membership is
$600; gold membership is $900;
and, platinum membership is
A portion of each member-
ship goes to the general athletic
fund, and another portion goes
into a scholarship trust.
For information call Brahman
head football cbach Chris Bran-
ham at (863) 462-5050.
OHS swim team
Practice sessions for the Brah-
man swim team will begin Aug. 9
at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex pool, 580 N.W. 27th Lane, at
From that point on, practices
will be Monday-Friday from 3:45
until 6 p.m.
In order to participate, all
potential swimmers must turn in
a physical and parent consent
form. These forms can be picked
up at the Okeechobee High
School office weekdays between
8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For information contact Daryl
Roehm, OHS athletic director, at
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Aug. 5,
through Thursday, Aug. 11, are as
Theatre I "Dukes of Hazard"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre 11 "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 "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.
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-
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in
martial arts. The classes are cur-
rently taught four days a week on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,.
from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Satur-
day from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required
safety equipment needed on
your boat. This service is free.
You will receive a cordial, inform-
ative and confidential boat
inspection. A vessel safety check
decal will be placed on boats that
meet all the requirements. Call
(863) 467-3085 to arrange a boat
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned and injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)
for the handicapped.
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and
pick out what they need. There is
no charge .and anyone is wel-
come. This is not restricted to
veterans. Call the Post at (863)
looking to expand
ThieJust. for Kicks barbershop
quartetgroup is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, bari-
tones, leads and basses are all
invited to join our group. We
practice on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Health Care
Center, 1646 U.S. 441 N. Join us
in singing some old time songs
and community entertainment.
We are looking to expand our
group. Good clean fun and a
great sound are our objectives.
For information, call (863)- 763-
0175 or (863) 467-6347.
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts 'are
available. Many opportunities
currently exist and new pro-
grams to begin soon. Please con-
tact the lobby desk at Raulerson
Hospital for a Volunteer Applica-
tion. For information, call (863)
763-2151, ext. 3312. The hospi-
tal's Volunteen Program (ages
14-17) begins in June.
Iy wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, a push lawnmower, garden-
ing utensils and laundry deter-
gent. Anyone wishing to donate
any of the above items is asked to
call (863) 763-4630.
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Share a ride 115
Card of Tanks 120
Il Metmoriam 125
Give Away '140
Garge/ard Sale 145.
Spinal NitIces 155
900 .Numbers 160
BURIAL SITE, In Original sec.
of Evergreen Cemetery. S 1/2
of SW 1/4 ot Lot 14 Block 77.
COCKER SPANIEL- Young,
Found near 98 on Milchell
Rd Call to identify
FOUND- SMALL BREED DOG
Vic of Lazy Seven
Please call to identity
FOUND SHEPHERD Vic of
Post Office. Please call to
BRACELET- 14 Caret gold
w/gem stones. Lost 7/,21/05
between Raulerson & Wal-
Mart 772-631-3090 Reward
Bronco was LOST Nov. '04.
. LI brown, 301Ds. fixed.
fnendly. Last seen Pahokee
Found in Japan in 97-his
adopting family doesn't want
him bu I do. Rwd offered lor
his rmn. Pis call(561)924-5656
DALMATION "Lucky". Male.
11 yr. old family pet. Friendly
Missed dearly. July 51h 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.
ALUMINUM TRUCK TOPPER
Good for scrap aluminum &
Very strong wood picnic table
You haul (863)763-5543
BLACK MIX CHOW- female, 6
mos old, great disposition,
very friendly, to good home
CUR & RED NOSED PIT- 8,
All males puppies, going on
Free to good nome, 4 mo old
male kitten, w*nie s gray
PITBULL PUPPY.- 2 me
old. Wnite. olue eyes Male.
Sat Aug. i3In, 8arr-3pm
9135 SE 571ih Dr
Odds & Enas Stufli!
A/C SERV. TECH/INSTALLER
w/Min 3 yrs exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits. 401K
ED Drug tree work place
Lic a Must (863)634-7528
$28,600lo start, for
0kee location. Fax resume to
At Feed Mill, Computer
exp. needed, Benefits
Available. Apply at
Syfrelt Feed Company,
3079 NW 8th St
BLOCK MASONS &
Musl nave e,.perence
Wariled Salary neg based un
ev.periencet & ii0S Call
E.penence must Good
pay to Ine nght person
iJourneymen or experienced |
Mecridnic's Only serious,
sell miiivaled need apply"
IMust have good driving
Record. Weekly travel I
required in FL Paid Iravell
Lime, overtime Per diem.,
DFWP Beneirts, 40k,. Pd.
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I Wilson's Pelroleum I
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ILocal work Musi nave I
Good dnving record, DFWP I
IBenefis, 401k. Pd nol t vac
Wilson s Petroleum
Experienced Duct Installer,
Apply in person Newmran
A/C. 202 NE 2nd St
For residential and
light commercial work.
Clean DL and DFWR
Aopl in person.
2801 SW 3rd. Terrace.
Needed Building Blocks
Academy FIT 8 PT
positions avail., Great pay,
working environment &
INSURANCE CLERK F/T- P/T
w/cuslorrier service 440
license & at least 1 years
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to- 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeecnobee FL 34974
Our Historic Inn is seeking a
Lead Cook, to add to our
growing teamrn. Compelilive
salary. Some slaf in place
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Ho-pitaltv A;. sitant couwe/training at Okeechdobee
Healthcare Faclit-y and become a CNA in 4 teeks Next
cla-. begins oon. Instructor RN/e.perienced teacher ha-
a very hugh CNA\ earr passing rate. Qualined CNA,- are
then ebgible lor LPN training. Good benetit.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4.th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
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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
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SUPERVISOR FOREMAN &
Positions Available. Tractor
Good Pay & Good Benefits.
Must Be Reliable & Experienced
with own tools and transportation.
Call Joe @
Praxair, A Worid Leade in in.
dustnal Gas"e, is now rising
for various positions in our
fill plant facility. Exc. health-
care benefits, matching
401K retirement & profit
sharing (paid quarterly),
must be able to pass. b3i-
ground check. Please apply
in person at 2534 NW 16th
Blvd., Okee. No phone calls
please. DFWR ,
Needed for busy medical
office. Applicant must.be
very pleasant & skilled in
computers & typing. Some
medical exp. is preferred.
Please send resumes to:
1713 Hwy441 N,SteB
Okeechobee, FL 34972
or lax to: (8631467-8708
positions remain for
person. Training will
De provided for
We offer good pay,
benefits and a
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified
applicants who are
hired will receive a
$200 sign-up bonus
F. It;Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Tjrnpike
Responsible for lied
assets, accounts pavable
G.L. posting and
Understanding of accruals,
prepaids and depreciation
required. Financial service
industry experience a plus.
Minimum 2 years college or
equivalent work experience.
Apply in person -
Big Lake NatI. Bank,
107 SW 17 St.,Ste.B, Okee
Top pay to the eight person
Benefits. Please call
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
For minor maintenance &
repairs on mobile home.
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days .'5 wet'i-rtd evenings.
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Business Equipment 545
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Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
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Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER-'05 York
3,5 ton package unit w/heat
$2100. For All or will separ-
ate 863-675-6657 Leave
CAST IRON SINK & DRAIN
BOARD- Gorgeous, White,
Extremely heavy. $500.
HALL TREE- Oak, with bench.
Umbrella holder & hat
PIANO Turn of the Century
Moving, Must Sell!! Only serd-
ous inq. Best offer will be
SINGER '1900- Commercial &
Furrier Machine $500.
STOVE- Magic Chef, Works
Good. $40. (863)673-1877
BIKE Unisex, Murray, green,
$50. Call (863)467-9854.
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $1000.
TIE BEAM CLAMPS- (50)
used, asking $175 for all
TRESSES for 20x40 horse
barn w/ pack room. $250
Girls Clothes, exc. cond;, siz-
es 5-8, $50.for all, will sell
COLLECTIBLE DOLLS- 5, By
Madame Alexander, Mann,
Robin Wood. $250. or will
HO TRAIN SET, 7, comp.
5x10, elaborate layout, Nas-
car theme, w/100+Nas
cars, $500 (863)675-3394
WWII METAL DETECTOR
Used to detect mines. Works,
extendable handle. $75
DELL-kyboard, mouse, moni-
tor, great for school/home,
games, fast, Si able epsafol.
$150. Llama (863)843-0323
QUILTING FRAME SET, All in
1 piece. Excellent condition.
Made in Canada. $100
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.
BEDROOM SET, queen size,
like new, with lamps, $600
BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd,.5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy, $500
BUNK BED- Single on top, dbl
on bottom, good condition,
COCKATIEL- Yellow, Male, To
Good Home Onlyl $30.
Coffee Table & End Tables,
light oak wood, $30.
Large, L shaped, med-dark
color composite wood. $75
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
DINETTE SET- Chrome 50's
style with 2 chairs aqua &
DINETTE SET, Country Style,
Heavy Duty. Includes 6
chairs. 34"x60". Good con-
Dining Room Table, w/6 pad-
ded Captain's chairs, new,
whitish color, $650 neg.
(863)357-2233 Okee area.
LIVING ROOM SET, 3 pc. $40
LIVING ROOM SET, new, paid
$1,000, asking $750.
Queen Sofa Bed, Rocker,
Drum end table, Glass end
,table w/lamp, 2 end tables.
$185 will sep 863-946-3860
SEWING MACHINE CABINET
w/ chair, nds minor repair.
Chest, desk, table & lamp
$95 all will sep 561-924-5812
TABLES, (5) 8 Ft., Folding,
Brown. Excellent condition.
$150 for all will' sep.
TALL BOY, beautiful, oak, co-
lonial style, great cond.,
TV, 32" w/Entertainment Cen-
ter. Asking $400 neg.
TWIN BED- rustic wood
frame, $50. (863)634-0779.
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $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.
WORK CART- 4 seater, bed w/
lift gate, 36V charger, work
or pleasure, Good.condition,
GLOCK Model 23, 3 high cap
mags, $550. (863)697-9519
RIFLE- Ugoslav SKS 7.62x39
SMITH & WESSON, Model
457, 45 cal., & Sig Sauer,
Model P245, 45 cal., $1210
will sep. 863-697-9519
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The classified ads
BODY BY JAKE, $200 or best
offer. (863)612-9811 '
FULL HOME GYM- Smith Ma-
chine weight set & bars,
never used, $300
HOME GYM Welder Pro
9940. Good shape, all
a cents $200or best
H T iAC alP Fili
treadmill, Westlow Cardio
Glide, & Exercise Bike $200 all
or will sep. (863)531-0093
SMITH MACHINE Welder
Pro 545 Gym w/ Olympic
weights & bart bench $200
or best offer (863)467-6434
DELUXE 3 WHEEL CART-
Heavy duty, Never used.
Paid $1800. Asking $950.
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.
Ceramic Kiln, large, 6 ft. slat-
ted table & mud mixer,
$500.2735 NE 3rd Ave.
from household goods,
stereo equip. treadmill, CD's
& more all for $2000,
SPRAYERS- 2, $200. Will
SHARES OF STOCK in Big
Lake National Bank, (200),
$50 each. (941)626-9417
TROPHY'S- 31, Marble bas-
es, $40. or will separate.
CONN TROMBONE- W/case,
excellent condition, $350
FRENCH HORN, Good condi-
tion in case. Ideal for begin-
ner. Pd $900, Asking $300.
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
BABY MINI POT BELLY PIG
BEAGLE, Female, Approx. 3
yrs. old. No papers. Will deer
hunt a little. Asking $200 neg.
Looking to buy small breed
puppies, will purchase
whole litter. Please call
MALE CHIHAHUA- 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. Sacdrifice
for $600 (863)467-8896 ,
SHOW RABBITS w/ nice
cages & accessories. $150
for all or will sep.
YORKI P00 PUP- tiny choco-
late male, adorable, shots,
$600 cash. (863)357-0037
YORKIE- Teacup, Female, 4
Ibs, 9 mo. old, Spayed. With
HUNTING BOW, Buckmaster
Camo, split limb design, ar-
rows & case, ready to hunt,
ER- Sony, With 100 country
Bandsaw, 14 Inch central ma-
chinery woodcutting with at-
CAR DOLLY- Good condition
ELECTRIC WELDER- Lincoln,
with long leads. $100.
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
CATTLE TRAILER- Goose-
neck, 24', swing gates, like
new tires, dual axle, $1700
E-Z ENTRY DRIVING CART
Forrest green w/26" wheels,
72" shafts & extras $375
15 acres, with pens and stalls.
PAINT GELDING, 2 years old.
Approx. 14 hands. Not
broke. $400 (954)520-6707
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 1/2 yrs old, green broke, very
WELSH PAINT- 9 yr. old.
Gelding. Great rider & great
YOU A MORE INFORMED
(D .< wonder rewpaper
leaders ate ore popular!
FENCING-4ft tall, 75+ feet,
12 posts-w/ cement, (2) 3ft
gates, w/ cross ties. Gd
shape $200 (863)634-0465
GARDEN TILLER- Yardman
- MTD, rear tine, like new,
$450 ofr bes.l offer...
GARDEN TRLR & 2600 WATT
GENERATOR- and misc
tools, $650 for all
RIDING MOWER -Snapper
42" cut, 15h/p Kohler eng.,
zero turn w/ attachments
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
good condition, $500.
RIDING MOWERS Snapper,
30 cut, 1) 18 h/p & 1) 8 h/p
$550 both or will sep.
ROTO TILLERS (2) 1 goes in
reverse, 1 nearly new, good
condition, kept inside, $350
for both (239)369-2564
BLACK ANGUS BULL
2yrs old. Gentle $1750
MALE GOAT- 9 mos old, tri
2 lots & building for sale,
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- Cleared
1 acre, with oak trees. For
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost
$2000 sell for $1200
2400 PSI, 51 Vh/p, Honda
Engine $300 (863)763-3599
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classifieafs -and make
your clean up a breeze
PARK SIZE SLIDE & 2 SETS
MONKEY BARS, stainless,
Home, (239)910-7853 cell
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 2/1
Waterview, Furnished w/
Screened porch, boat slip,
pool, tennis. $1000 mo.
CLEWISTON, Brand New 3/2
& 4/2 Single Family Homes.
2 Car gar. Great neighbor-
hood. S/Steal appl. Between
$1400-$1800. For more info
call Wendy 305-804-8499
Okee, 2BR/1 BA, w/screened
room, elec. boat lift, on wa-
ter, completely furn., $1100
mo. + sec. dep.
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 3/2
On canal w/ pvt. dock. Endcl.
patio. Nice area. No pets.
$1200 mo. (772)287-2722
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
OFFICE SPACE -900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please ball (863)763-4740
ROOM TO RENT
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land e Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Homer- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, 1500 sq',
DW, Newly remodeled 1/2
ac. Spot In The Sun $1100.
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba,
water lot, dock, CBS garage,
screened patio l0min from
lake Okee by water. 2brs
furnished. $900 mo, 1st
& sec. (954)937-9636
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA DB 1/2 ac
Fenced. 3 bay barn. A Spot
In The Sun $160,000.
PACE PARK MODEL '79
14x40, completely remodeled
furnished, a/c $12,000 or best
Jet Sklis 3015
Marine Aecessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles'ATVa 3035
AIRBOAT, FIBERGLASS- With
Polymer, 13' 500 Cadillac
mtr with trailer $4000.
BOAT, MOTOR & TRLR- 14'
Run About, 2 sweater, 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.
CAROLINA SKIFF -14ft
W/ '02 Merc. elec start 25Wp
motor, less than 20hrs, magic
tilt trir, trolling motor, all like
new. Ready to go $3500 firm
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 madee
heavy gauge alum., w/9.9
.Go Devil, low hrs., $2500.
JON BOAT, 12', Heavy Gage,
Custom Built w/9.9 hp.
Go Devil& trailer. Low hours.
$2500 863-467-9902 eve.
JON BOAT, 14 Ft. w/trailer.
9.9 Johnson, New seats,
Live well. Runs great. $700.
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
28', Class A, 40K mi, like
new, many extras, $24,000
COACHMAN MIRADA CLASS
A- '99,28', 12K, Clean bed,
sleeps 6, Great condition
HUNTING CAMPER- 28' pull
behind. $800. Or best offer
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JAYCO 5TH WHEEL- 30; With
slide out. Great shape.
MOBILE HOME 5TH WHEEL-
37 1/2', Located at70 Whis-
pering Creek Park Great
cond $3000 863-234-1701
RV one w/screened in porch.
For more information call
YAMAHA RAVE RAIDER-
11 00cc, 112hp with trailer &
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
HONDA REBEL, 03;. irfe newr
$2200 FIRM (363)675.4882
Honda Goldwing Aspencade,
'86, 1200, tons of chrome &
lights, runs great, $4200 or
best offer. (772)336-9589
nites & weekends or
KAWASAKI KX60- runs great,
clean bike, $800.
MINI CHOPPER New only
rode twice. $475
MINI CHOPPER- 2 stroke, 25
mph, Black. $350.
SCOOTER- '04, 50cc, 4 cycle,
New Condition, $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 oT best offer.
YAMAHA YZ80, '01- looks
and runs great, $1300 or
best offer. (863)357-1577.
HONDA 185S, '83 & SUZUKI
LT50 '87- run good, need
HONDA 4 WHEELER 200 in
excellent condition. $2100
YAMAHA 350, '86, blue, new
tires, good condition, $1000
or best offer (863)673-8741
Fleetwood Mallard, '02, 8x33
Travel Trailer, w/8 ft. slide-
out, loaded, a/c, awning,
outside room attachment,
sleeps 6-8, exc. shape, great
for hunting camp, $15,000
or best offer. 863-673-1282
Commercial Trucks 4020
6q_ .,TI 4.,025
Part Rpalw- .40245
Pickup *Trkf :4050
Tractor Traier 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CHEVY CORSICA, '92- good
condition, 4dr; auto, new
tires, no AC, asking $1200
CHRYSLER NEW YORKER
'88, new battery; cold air, new
tires, runs good. $500
FORD TAURUS WAGON- '92,
Can be fixed up or used for
parts. $500. (772)597-2912
GEO METRO '92 4 door,
runs good, auto, no a/c,
$750 or best offer
HONDA CIVIC 1995, Good
condition. Runs good &
Great on gas. $1500 or best
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
4 door, Runs good
$500 neg (863)67.5-4602
PONTIAC FIREBIRD, '89- V6,
AC, runs great, $1500
VOLVO SW- '89, Runs good.
Body good condition. $600.
Angela (8631610-0252 or
VW BEETLE '71 Attn Collec-
tors, runs great, nds re-
stored, $1800 or best offer
(863)675-6214 after 6pm
VOLKSWAGON BEETLE 1971,
$1200. Runs, needs minor
FORD F150, '89, 4x4, new
mtr, new 5 spd. trans., new
upholstery, new brakes &
tires, cold air, needs body
CADILLAC SEVILLE '93
For parts. $200
CAMARO '85- Z28, good for
parts only, $300
CAMPER- '98, fits Ford Rang-
er PU, low top, fiberglass,
$300. (863)763-8622 or
CAMPER SHELL for short bed
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,. 1 speed. can hear
Iun. $300 (8631763-1370
HONDA 1987, 4 Door, needs
motor. $200 (863)467-2156
MERCURY SABLE, '94- good,
motor, radiator just replaced,
good tires, bad trans, $600
neg. (863)763-6888. ..
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
WENCH, Military Style,
10,000 lb., hydraulics, pow-
er take off & more. Excellent
cond. $400. (863)634-4202
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- '5 Club
Cab, Loaded, Mechanically
sound. Needs breaks $2500.
FORD F 250 '01-4x4, cold
air, 66,620 mi, $12,000.
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1400.
FORD RANGER, '84- 2.8 V6,
4x4, runs good, $1100 firm,
must go! (863)441-2942,.
Isuzu Hombre, '97, 73k orig.
mi., 5 spd., cold arclic a'c.
exc. cond., $2395 or best
FORD BRONCO ,'89- 4-:4. 1
owner, 11- norn miles. 302
v8. loaded. laclory MlIr pi'g
e u licNI
The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene its annual or-
ganizational meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in County Com-
mission Chambers, 304 NW 2nd Street Courthouse, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need t that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based.
Cllf Betts, Jr., Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adjustment Board
73194 ON 8/2,9/05
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN
RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUES-
DAY, AUGUST 23, 2005 AT 3:30 RM. iN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L
BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER
COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
S34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, AUGUST
16, 2005 A. AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE
BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION'BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIR-
GINIA.AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING
TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CON-
CERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTI-
NENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS
OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH
MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PUR-
POSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEED-
INGS IS MADE.
74810 ON 8/9/05
JEEP CHEROKEE '90- Limited
Edition, leather interior will
run but needs parts, $500
One man's trash Is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure wilh an ad
in the classiieds.
Tandem axle, ramp, pinto
hitch, 6K-8K lb capacity r
$1500 (863)675-6651 after 6
FLAT BED, 6X8, Open on
sides w/roof. $150/ best offer.
UTILITY TRAILER- 10', Excel-
lent condition. Used 1 time.
How do you find a job
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of th.e classified
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
REQUEST FOR HOUSING
The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners requests .pro-,
posals from not-for-proth agencies for
implementation of the County's Hurri-
cane Housing Recovery Program
(HHRP) housing rehabilitation strate-
Proposal must be.received at the Okee-
chobee County Administrators Office,
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972, by 4:45 p.m. on August 23,
2005. For additional information and
instructions, call Deborah Belcher of
Roumelis Planning and Development
Services, Inc., HHRP Administrator for
Okeechobee County, at
75801 ON 8/9/05
*STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
NOTICE OF INTENTTO FIND THE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS) IN COMPLIANCE
DOCKET NO. 05-1ER-NO1-4701-(A)-(I)
The Department gives notice of its intent to find the Amendment(s) to the Compre-
hensive Plan for Okeechobee County, adopted by Ordinance No(s). 2005-03 thru
2005-10 on May 10, 2005, IN COMPLIANCE, pursuant to Sections 163.3184,
163.3187 and 163.3189, ES.
The adopted Okeechobee County Comprehensive Plan Amendment(s) and the De-
partment's Objections, Recommennation and Comments Report, (If any). are
available for public Inspection Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays,
during normal business hours, at the Planning and Development Department,
499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
Any affected person, as defined in Section 163.3184, S., has a right to petition
for an administrative hearing to challenge the proposed agency determination
that the Amendment(s) to the Okeechobee County Comprehensive Plan are In
Compliance, as defined In Subsection 163.3184(1), F.S. The petition must be
filed within twenty-one. (21) days after publication of this notice, and must In-
clude all of the information and contents described in Uniform Rule 28-106.201,
FA.C. The petition must be filed with the Agency Clerk, Department of Commu-
nity Affairs, 2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, Rodda 32399-2100,
and a copy mailed or delivered to the local government Failure to timely file a pe-
tition shalf constitute a waiver of any right to request an administration proceed-
ing as a petitioner under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. If a petition is fled,
the purpose of the administrative hearing will be to present evidence and testimo-
ny and forward a recommended order to the Department. If no petition is fled,
his Notice of Intent shall become final agency action..
If a petition is filed, other affected persons may petition for leave to intervene in the
proceeding. A petition fOr Intervention must be filed at least twenty (20) days be-
fore the final hearing and must include all aof the information and contents de-
scribed In Uniform Rulpe28-106.205, A.C A peon fr leave to intervene shall
be filed at the Division of Administrative Hearings, Department of Management
Services, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3060. Failure to
petition to intervene within the allowed time frame constitutes a waiver of any
riu ,r'h ft1.. ..., i5r, ,,. ru..i 'j .Jrd, sections 120.569 and
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Mike McDaniel, Acting Chief
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75549 ON 8/9/05
READING A NEWSPAPER ..
__ I_ leads you to the best
products and senrkes.
Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the summer,
and they are no longer accepting donations. For information, call
Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now\ available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women ol all ages. \\e offer free and confidential pregnancy tests,
peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and
abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday \Ve are located at 1505 S. Parrott ive., across frorn the
movie theatre. If \ou \ would like rmorie infornmAlion on this or set an
appointm-enr foi a ftee pregnranci test please call 863) 763-8859.
Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee'is in need of a few
fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners to be a part of the council. Governor Jeb
Bush makes the final appointments with terms of two or four years.
The council meets monthly to discuss programs and needs of the chil-
dren in the community. Once a year, agencies request funds through a
grant process. Each council member "adopts" an agency or two as
their o%\n and monitors the programs' services that the\ pro\ ide Io our
children. Those interested in completing an application should contact
Cathleen Blair, executive director at 863 1462-4000. ext. 255.
County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee Countri Plat Directory is now for sale at the
Okeechobee Soil & after r Conservation police on Ui S 9 N. For infor-
mation, call I(,631 763.3619, ext. 502.
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up ofa group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires,
floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help
local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Candace at
the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presmblerian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Payroll Ave
is open again., it is located in the back parking lot of the church. The
temporary gras box is stocked and read\ for any one who needs food
AJl \ou need is an I D The hours of operation are Tuesday. Wednesday
and Thursday fron-i 9 a.rn until noon.
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public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions
are carrying out their public mission.
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