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Vol. 96 No. 235 Tuesday, August 23, 2005 504 Plus tax
OUA considers rate increase
By Pete Gawda
At a special meeting this morn-
ing at 8:30 a.m., the board of direc-
tors of the Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) will consider pos-
sible rate increases.
There are two other action
items on the agenda discussion
of a proposed developer's agree-
ment and action on the executive
Board members will be look-
ing at proposed rate increases of
1.75 percent for water rates and 4
percent for sewer. These were the
rate increases recommended by
OUA rate consultant Henry
Under the proposed rate
schedule, the meter installation fee
for a three-quarter-inch meter on a
service line installed by OUA
would increase from $700 to $720.
If a developer installs the service
line, the installation fee for a meter
of the same size would increase
from $125 to $130. The capitol
connection charge for a three-
quarter-inch meter would go from
$1,600 to $1,650.
Currently, the base facility
charge for a residential three-quar-
ter-inch meter is $14.80. The pro-
posed 1.75 per cent increase
would raise the charge to $15.06.
The base facility charge for a
nonresidential three-quarter- inch
meter would increase from $18.20
The current master meter base
rate for mobile homes and apart-
ments is $11.84. Under the pro-
posed increase, that rate would
increase to $12.05.
The base rate for RVs is current-
ly $4.88. Under the proposed rate
schedule, it would go to $4.97.
The rate per thousand gallons
of water under block one is cur-
rently $3.11. With a 1.75 percent
increase, it would go to $3.16.
The installation fee for sewer
lines installed by OUA would
remain the same at $1,500 for a 4-
inch line. If a developer installs the
line, the installation fee would rise
from $118.45 to $120.
Under the proposed 4 percent
increase for sewer rates, the base
facility charge for residential cus-
tomers with a three-quarter-inch
meter would increase from $15 to
$15.60 The fee for nonresidential
customers with a meter of that
same size would increase from
$19.20 to $19.97.
See OUA-- Page 2
New Computers: Post #10539 makes donation
on for win
BROOKLYN, Mich. The
victory celebration was the
toughest part of Jeremy May-
After stretching his final
tank of gas over the last 52
laps of Sunday's NASCAR
Nextel Cup race at Michigan
International Speedway to
record his first victory in near-
ly a year, Mayfield blew his
rear tires with a crowd-pleas-
ing burnout, then got tackled
by his crew chief.
"I had to do a TV interview
with the breath knocked out
of me," Mayfield said, grin-
ning. "That was a hard hit."
No harm, though, as May-
field walked to Victory Circle
to continue the celebration of
his fifth career victory and
first since a win last Septem-
ber in Richmond that earned
him entry into NASCAR's first
Chase for the Championship.
It doesn't look like he'll
need any last-minute heroics
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
VFW Post #10539 presented four new computer systems to the J.O.B. class of Okee-
chobee High School Saturday evening at a dinner held in honor of the class. Some of
those in attendance were: (front row, left to right) Ashley Berry, Willie Berry, Krystal
Sims, Kelly Hill, James Kennedy, Jerrell Carpenter, Donnie Hill and James Miller; (sec-
ond row, left to right) para-professionals Olive Williams, Jeannie Romero, Billie Poff,
Stephanie Smith, Destiny Moore and Angelica Baltazar; and, (back row, left to right) Ter-
rance Marshall, president of men's auxiliary, Mike Ingram, teacher, and Jim Schaefer,
Post #10539 commander.
VFW Post helps OHS students
By Loma Jablonskid
Smiles, hugs and laughter
filled the meeting room of the
Veterans of Foreign War (VFW)
Post 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E.,
Saturday evening as members of
the men's auxiliary treated class
specially prepared dinner of i,
roast pork, baked potatoes, car-
rots, rolls and applesauce.
Parents and friends were also
, in attendance to share in the fes-
After dinner, Terrance Mar-
shall, president of the men's
auxiliary and Post Commander ..
Jim Schaefer, presented Mike .
Ingram, J.O..B. teacher, with
four new Dell computer systems
to be used by the students of
"Mr. Marshall and members
of the men's auxiliary held vari-
ous fundraisers to collect
enough money to help these
deserving students," stated Mr. Nineteen-month-old Bethany Hersey enjoys dinner with
SSchaefer. "In addition to work- her family Saturday evening at the VFW. They were there
ing to collect money for these as guests of Bethany's uncle Jerrell Carpenter, a J.O.B.
student at Okeechobee High School. She is the daughter
See Job Page 2 of Brandy Stas.
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals is scheduled
to conduct seven public hear-
ings at their 7 p.m. meeting this
evening in the old courthouse at
304 N.W Second St.
There are two requests for
special exception on the agenda
and five requests for changes in
Don Browning has requested
a special exception to allow for
the sale and service of on-road
and off-road motorized vehicles
in a commercial zoning district.
The property in question is locat-
ed on U.S. 441 N., between Eck-
erd Youth Development Center
and the Villa Margaret Mobile
In order to allow for an out-
door storage facility on his 4573
U. S. 441 S.E. property, Jason
Tomlinson has requested a zon-
ing change and a special excep-
tion. The property in question is
currently zoned agriculture.
However, it must be zoned
heavy commercial in order for
Mr. Tomlinson to receive a spe-
cial exception. His request
requires these two separate
Gary Michael Davis and Jack-
son C. Coker are scheduled to
bring two rezoning requests
before the board. One 202-acre
parcel on the west side of S.W.
See Zoning Page 2
By Eric Kopp
It was a busy night for area
law enforcement personnel at a
sobriety checkpoint on S.R. 70 E.
as they issued 67 citations and
made 22 arrests.
According to a press release
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), a total of
506 vehicles passed through the
Saturday, Aug. 20, checkpoint.
That release went on to say that
34 officers manned the check-
point that was held from 10 p.m.
until nearly 2 a.m.
Personnel from the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office,
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, Glades County Sheriff's
Office and the Florida Highway
Patrol took part in the check-
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May said he was very
pleased with the outcome of the
checkpoint and vows to do it
"Oh yes, it will be done again.
But not necessarily every
month," he said. "Our next one
See Arrests Page 2
Mentoring program needs
help in making a difference
By D. Hamilton
"I wish that I had 50 more
just like her", said Director of
Mentoring Toni Doyle about
Sharon Vinson, a mentor in the
Making a Difference Through
The program is one which
provides one-on-one mentoring
for middle school aged young
people. Many of the kids
involved in the program are
those who have been referred by
teachers or guidance counselors,
and sometimes their parents,
because they have displayed
some sort of at-risk behavior.
Some of the kids are suffering
through home-life issues, school
problems, peer pressures and
other problems and need the
guidance provided by the pro-
gram to help them to sort things
"The kids sometimes just
need encouragement and guid-
ance and need to be shown by
example that they can achieve
great things with their lives when
they chose the right path," said
As she spoke of the student
she works with in the program,
Mrs. Vinson said "We're sort of
Mrs. Vinson also stated that
sometimes the student she
works with won't have much to
say and at other times she wants
to just talk about what is going
on in her life.
"Kids just need to know that
sometimes there is an adult that
they can talk to who is willing to
listen and help," she said.
Mrs. Doyle, who works as the
director of the program, said they
currently have 16 mentors who
are mainly school board mem-
bers and retired educators.
"The program is in great
need of about 50 more from all
areas of the community, not just
teachers and school board
members," she said. "We need
anyone who is willing to share
See Mentoring Page 2
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Director of Mentoring, Toni Doyle (left) with Making a Differ-
ence Through Mentoring program presents Sharon Vinson,
facilitator of the Shared Service Network, with a plaque in
appreciation of her caring and dedication in working as a
mentor with the program.
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2 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, August 23,2005
to visit locally
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker,
aide to U.S. Representative Mark
Foley (R), 16th Congressional dis-
trict, will hold office hours on
Thursday, Aug. 25, in room 106 of
the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St., from 9
until 11 a.m.
She can also be reached by call-
ing (863) 763-6441 during those
Petitions top tonight's
agenda for city planners
By Audrey Blackwell
The Okeechobee Board of
Adjustment will consider two
petitions at their meeting Tuesday,
Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m.
David and Rene Wilson will
ask for an encroachment on an
easement and standard setbacks
to build a swimming pool and
deck at their home at 816 S.E.
Donald Scott Montagna will
ask to redevelop a 47.5-foot-wide
lot that does not meet the mini-
mum required width of 50 feet
with the heavy commercial zon-
ing district. The property is locat-
ed west of U.S. 441 on 13th Street
and is owned by Winifred James.
The Land Planning Agency will
meet at 6:45 p.m. and consider a
recommendation to change the
land use designation for lot 1,
block 3, Southwest Addition,
from single family to commercial.
The property is at 100 S.W. 11th
Avenue and is owned by Wallace
The agency will also consider a
recommendation to the city coun-
cil to change the land use desig-
nation for lots 23 through 26 of
block 31 from single family to
multi-family. The property is at the
northwest corner of Northeast
10th Street and Northeast Third
Avenue and is owned by KMJ
Land, Inc. The applicant is Mark
Following the agency's meet-
ing, the Okeechobee Planning
Board will consider Mr. Good-
bread's petition at 7 p.m.
The Planning Board will also
consider recommending to the
city council to rezone lots 10
through 12, block 16, from resi-
dential single family-one to heavy
commercial. The property is at
1120 South Parrott Avenue and is
owned by Ronnie and Ellain
Faith Farms blaze
By Audrey Blackwell
Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) extin-
guished a fire that broke out on
the west side of Faith Farms
where used appliances are kept
on Saturday at 9:29 p.m.,
according to OCF/R Lieutenant
No injuries were reported.
The fire started in one appli-
ance and five others were dam-
responded with seven men.
The City Fire Department also
responded. Units were on the
scene for about an hour.
The cause of the fire is under
investigation by the state fire
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*- 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
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well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business executives and other organizations.
Work days and hdurs are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-
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New historical mugs on sale
SThe Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histor-
S* ical Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture
O of the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Com-
merce. They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
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will not be in the same place
Figures released by his
state that three individual
arrested for driving under th
ence (DUI) and five were a
for possession of marijuana
of 12 people were arrested
having a valid driver's licen:
person was arrested on a ch
possession of alcohol by a
and one other individual
arrested on an Okeechobee
The largest number of c
issued was for seatbelt vio
(16). Other violations issued
12 for no driver's license; six
child restraint; three for drivi
suspended license without
edge; five for having an opi
trainer; and, 25 miscellaneo
tions that included such vif
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nations and loud mu
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just one hour a week."
Mrs. Doyle explained that each
mentor is paired with one child.
Mentors need to be able to devote
1 one hour each week to meet with
" office Mrs. Doyle also stated that men-
Is were tors who wish to participate will
he influ- undergo a background screening,
arrested attend a mentor training session
i.A total and are paired with kids with
for not somewhat similar interests.
se. One The mentoring program,
charge of which is funded by the Depart-
minor, ment of Juvenile Justice (DJJ),
al was also holds a twice monthly 'family
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worker inviting family members
stationss of kids involved. The social worker
nationss helps students and their families
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s Providers" f as agriculture. They desire to have it
f i i v i dI e I rezoned residential single family in
order to build single-family
D p dwelling units.
STheir second petition involves a
\- 77-acre tract that is also zoned agri-
culture and is adjacent to the above
tract. The petition requests a
change in zoning to residential gen-
S eral to allow for construction of
multi-family residential units.
George and Patricia Brown are
S_ requesting a change in zoning from
agriculture to neighborhood com-
.. mercial in order to allow for some
type of retail business on their 2912
S.R. 710 property.
Vision Quest, a female juvenile
_- -, detentions facility on U. S. 441 N.,
just south of the Osceola County
line, is requesting a change in zon-
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The current sewer master meter
base rate for mobile homes and
apartments is $12.01. Under the,
proposed rate schedule, it would
go to $12.49. The base rate for RVs
would go from $4.96 to $5.16.
Residential sewer, rates under
block one would go from $4.67 per
thousand gallons to $4.86 per thou-
In addition to the above figures,
board members will consider addi-
tional increases of 1, 2 or 3 percent
to be used solely for routine main-
tenance of the system.
The OUA board will also have to
deal with the letter of resignation
submitted by OUA Executive Direc-
tor L.C. Fortner at their Aug. 9 meet-
At that time, the board took no
action on the matter. Board attor-
ney Tom Conely expressed the
"We give mentors in
the program as much
support as we can to
help them to make a
positive difference in
helping kids to make
Director of Mentoring
conflict resolution, anger manage-
ment and social skills.
"We give mentors in the pro-
gram- as much.support as we can
to help them to make a positive dif-
ference irn helping .kids to make
good choices", stated Mrs. Doyle.
If anyone is interested in
becoming a mentor in the pro-
gram, they are asked to call Mrs.
Toni Doyle at (863) 462-5863.
opinion that the board needs to act
on the resignation and determine
how they wish to proceed to select
The board will also be consider-
ing proposed changes to the OUA
Such an agreement would
allow a developer to reserve water
and sewer capacity for 24 months.
The biggest proposed change
states that the capitol connection
charge paid upon execution of the
agreement shall not be refundable.
If no progress is made on con-
struction within 24 months, the
agreement shall be null and void
and OUA shall not be required to
refund any money. However, with-
in 60 days of the expiration of the
agreement the developer may
request an extension of up to one
The meeting will take place at
the OUA office building at 100 S.W.
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, August 23, 2005 a
Panhandle teachers to access new web-based environment
PANAMA CITY- Governor Jeb
* Bush and Education Commis-
sioner John L. Winn joined state
officials, local leaders and Bay
County teachers to launch the
first phase of "Sunshine Connec-
tions," a cutting-edge collection
of online tools for Florida's teach-
ers. Developed by the Florida
Department of Education (DOE)
in collaboration with Microsoft
U.S. Partners in Learning and
Florida teachers, the web-based
environment provides teachers
with quick and easy access to
linking them to student data, cur-
ricular materials, and other edu-
cators around the state. Bay
County teachers will be among
the first in the state to access the
breakthrough system as part of a
"Teachers are the bedrock of
our state's education system,
sculpting the minds and futures
of our children. In Florida, we
are deeply committed to
addressing the needs of our edu-
cation community by providing
teachers with tools to help them
succeed," said Governor Bush.'
"This pioneering approach will
free teachers of burdensome
paperwork, allowing them to
focus on teaching."
Developed for teachers, by
teachers, "Sunshine Connec-
tions" provides educators with an
online avenue to share lesson
plans and best practices, as well
as access instant student per-
formance data right from their
desktop computers with just a
few clicks of a mouse. Teachers
will be able to view and analyze
their students' Florida Compre-
hensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
identify each student's strengths
and weaknesses in particular
skills and content areas. Sunshine
Connections will help teachers
find, modify or design curricular
materials around the unique
needs of each student as early as
the first day of school.
"We are very. encouraged by
the enthusiasm we are hearing
from our teachers, and their ideas
will continue to fuel the project's
development over the next five
years," said Commissioner Winn.
"As teachers begin using these
tools, we will continue to work
together to identify ways in which
we can enhance the software,
offering greater functionality that
will bring all teachers and admin-
istrators statewide closer to the
ultimate goal of improving stu-
dent learning and achievement."
A demonstration of "Sun-
shine Connections" was present-
ed by Michelle Gainer, a high
school math teacher at A. Craw-
ford Mosley High School in Bay
"The 'Sunshine Connections'
web-site is a one-stop site for
some of the most dynamic
teacher-assistance tools avail-
able on the web," said Gainer.
"As a teacher, this site provides
me with a way to find the infor-
mation I need on planning and
student assistance in a timely
manner. The secure log-in
allows me to analyze my stu-
dents' areas of weakness based
on the previous year's FCAT
results. Much like a doctor ana-
lyzing patients before treating
them, I can analyze my students'
needs before teaching them."
Within the next few months,
the program will expand beyond
Bay County to 35,000 users in
Duval County, Miami-Dade Coun-
ty and some districts in the North
East Florida Educational Consor-
tium.. By 2009, "Sunshine Con-
nections" will be available to
more than 200,000 teachers and
2.9 million students across 67 dis-
"Securing Florida's economic
future starts with investing in our
children's education," said Sen-
ate President Tom Lee. "We
appreciate Microsoft's generosity
- and believe this innovative part-
nership will not only benefit our
teachers and students today, but
will also result in higher student
achievement for years to come."
Building on technologies that
have proven to be cost effective
in education, government, and
commercial sectors, "Sunshine
Connections" is also designed to
be economically sustainable in
the long term. Because it is web-
based, administrators and teach-
ers will be able to easily access
student performance data, col-
laboration management and
communication tools, and cur-
ricular materials on the comput-
ers they already have regardless
of their location or computing
"With the most up-to-date
information available at their fin-
gertips, Florida teachers will have
a powerful tool with which to
help their students improve," said
Florida House Speaker Allan
Bense. "I am proud that Bay
County is able to serve as the
launching pad for this partner-
ship between the leading compa-
ny in technology innovation and
the leading state in education."
For the past two years,
Microsoft has been working with
the DOE and a statewide advisory
council made up of teachers,
administrators and principals to
build custom-designed tools tai-
lored to educators' specific
needs, which can serve as a
model for programs in other
states. Microsoft, through its U.S.
Partners in Learning program,
also will contribute $1.5 million
to the project annually over the
next five years.
"Governor Bush, the Florida
DOE and Florida's teachers are
setting a new ideal for how pub-
lic-private partnerships can
address major education con-
cerns," said Gerri Elliott,
Microsoft's senior vice president
of World Wide Public Sector.
"We commend Florida on its for-
ward- thinking approach to dis-
tributing resources, driving
statewide collaboration and
inspiring changes at the class-
room level to increase student
For information on "Sunshine
Connections" please visit
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Clara L. Birdwell
Clara L. Birdwell, age 79, of
LaPorte, Texas, died Friday, Aug.
19, 2005 at her residence.
She was preceded in death
by: her parents, Robert Wesley
Harden and Lily Cowart Harden
and her husband, Leon Birdwell.
Survivors include: daughter,
Donna Faye Birdwell of LaPorte,
Texas, sons, Milton Birdwell of
Houston, Texas, and Robert
Leonard, Sr. of Jacksonville; sis-I
ters, Latrell Barber of Waycross,
Ga. and Voncile Arthur of
LaPorte, Texas; brother, Larry
Harden of Clewiston; grandchil-
dren, Robert Leonard Birdwell,
Jr. and Frances Juline Sherves;
great-grandchildren, Jason Bird-
well, Justina Shreves, Jacquelyn
and Jasey Shreves; great-great-
granddaughter, Kaylee Shreves
and a host of nieces and
Services were held Monday,
Aug. 22 at Kidd-Robbins Funeral
Home with Reverend Ben Wood
Burial was at Riverside Ceme-
tery Demopolis, Ala.
Pallbearers were Kevan
Carter, Andy Dailey, Bucky Dai-
ley, Keith Sealy, Gifford Young
and Tom Hollingsworth.
Honorary pallbearers were
Suttles Transport management,
dispatchers, drivers and other
Gwendolyn 'Jeaanie' Ellerbee,
age 48; of Jupiter, died Friday,
Aug. 19, 2005 at her residence.
She was born in Sarasota to Earl
Eugene and Margarete Arlen
Ellerbee. She worked as a book-
keeper and was of the Christian
Survivors include: daughter,
Keri Jo Brown;-granddaughter,
Gwendolyn Faith Brown; parents,
Earl Eugene and Margarete Arlen
Ellerbee; sisters, Evelyn Creel
(Charlie) Patty Prillwitz (Mark)
and Margaret Morris; brothers,
Earl Eugene, Jr. (Klyna) and Don-
ald (Kathy); 11 nieces and
nephews; five great nieces and
Visitation and services will be
held at the Ministry Center, 770 CR
29, Lake Placid with Reverend
Melinda Brown officiating.
The family suggest donations
to the American Breast Cancer
Foundation, 1220 B. East Joppa
Road, Suite 328, Baltimore, Md.
21286 or to Keri Jo Brown in care
of the Community Bank, 3525
U.S. 27 N., Sebring, Fla. 33872.
Please call the Scott Funeral
Home (863)465-4131 for arrange-
ments dates and times.
Arrangements entrusted to the
Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid.
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IS THE WARA MISTAKE?: I agree with the lady in Texas. If I had a son
die over there I would want him to come out and give me some answers
too. I think the war was a mistake. How about it Okeechobee, do you feel
the war was a mistake too?
MID MORNING SNACK I was calling to ask about South. Why do
fourth graders have to go to lunch from 12:30 until 1 p.m.? That is five and
a half hours without food and I was wondering if they could possibly
have a mid-morning snack. (Editor's Note: You're right, they do not have
a snack time. These fourth graders have a physical education class that
finishes 45 minutes before lunch time, so they really don't want the chil-
dren to eat a snack then. They also prefer the children not eat prior to the
PE class. We were told by administrators that teachers decide if a snack
time will be made available to the children. However, we were also told
that if kids feel like they aren't feeling well and parents think their child
needs a snack, the parents should speak to the teacher or school princi-
MUSIC ROOM: This is a question for South Elementary. Are they going
to have a music teacher this year and a place to have the music? I under-
stand that last year's music teacher is now a teacher in another school. So
I was wondering if we are ever going to be able to have a music teacher.
(An administrator with the school district said music students have a
place, even though it is not music room. They have a place in the cafete-
ria that has been partitioned off, yet they still have easy access to the
stage. As for a music teacher, they had one hired but she quit the second
day of school. They are currently looking for another teacher.)
A DECENT MAN: I was calling about "No'Supplies". Evidently they
have never met the OUA executive director. He is very professional. Yes,
he had to impose fees just like any other business does, but this man has
integrity. He does not apply to the Okeechobee good old boy system -
he is a Christian. I have met this man and I highly respect him. He treated,
Okeechobee with everything in his heart and in fairness. He didn't treat
anyone any different: your mother, my mother nobody was treated
any different than anybody else in this town.
WHAT'S THE SONG: I have been trying to find the name of a song or
who sings it, but no one knows what I'm talking about. Here are some of
the lyrics I don't know it all. "Rock a bye baby don't you cry, grandpa
will rock you by and by." It's about a grandpa's granddaughter who is
dying and he is trying to get to the hospital so he can rock her in the rock-
ing chair before she dies. If anyone knows the name of this song or who
sings it, please respond.
TEACHERS' CONTRACT: I see the teachers union approved the con-
tract. I know some teachers don't like it, but I think the school board was
right to approve it. The union and the school board negotiated the con-
tract. The majority of the teachers approved it, so I don't see how the
school board could have done anything else. This is what 80 percent of
the teachers voted yes to. The teachers who are unhappy have their co-
workers to blame. That's what happens when you are in a union and the
group negotiates for everyone.
SINGLE MOM: If the single mom who wrote in thinks that teachers
have it so easy, why doesn't she go back to school and get her degree so
she can be a teacher with all those days off too? Personally, I have every
respect for teachers. It isn't easy maintaining order in a classroom of chil-
dren. Kids are not as well behaved as they once were. Their parents let
them run wild and then expect the school to teach them how to behave.
PROPER DRESS: Church is not the place for teenage girls to wear low
rider pants and midriff tops with their stomachs showing. Also, it's not
proper for women to weardresses with spaghetti straps.
RAW DEAL: L.C. Fortner is a Christian and one of the hardest working
men I have seen. He got a raw deal with a certain person. People, stand
up and keep Mr. Fortner.
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Labor Day Festival scheduled
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-5 in Fla-
gler Park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Among the. festivi-
ties planned is the Chamber of Commerce hometown barbe-
cue, arts and crafts booths and food specialties. Please join
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce for an exciting
weekend. Applications are available at the Chamber. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6464.
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Looking Back ...
The photograph of these three Florida cowmen was taken sometime around 1947. They are (left to right) 'Squeeks' Carl-
ton, Tom Kirby and Robert Lantz. This photo also appears in a 1993 book by Twila Valentine and Betty Chandler
Williamson titled "Strolling Down Country Roads". 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 infor-
mation to Mrs. Williamson soon. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so,
bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail
the photo and information about the photo to email@example.com.
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 located at411 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 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 information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863)
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parron Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are
invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, 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 meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to next to the driver's license office that is located at 1925 U.S. 441 S.E.
It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people who have
been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic 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-
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 lis-
ten to the great oldies music.
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 information, 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 infor-
mation, please call, Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other support group
is held on Thursdays, 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057
N.E. 14th Ave. For information, on this group, please call Shirlean Graham
at (863) 763-2893.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at the Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the.
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for blood
donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-9360.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups are at 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2893, or
call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863)
467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group,
please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion,
501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For information, contact
Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Any one who is caring for and ill family member is welcome to join
us. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity
for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The
meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
Collaborative Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday, Aug.
23, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and share infor-
mation regarding services for children and their families. The guest
speakers will be Rebecca and Olga from the Social Security office.
For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Main Street group to meet
Main Street of Okeechobee will hold a general membership
meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24, at noon at Beef O'Brady's Restaurant,
608 S. Parrott Ave. Members and the general public are welcome.
For information, contact Lydia Jean Williams at (863 357-MAIN.
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties
will meet Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at
the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort
Pierce. Also, the executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition
of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be meeting at
this same location immediately following the coalition meeting.
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) 357-7711.
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 riot 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.
LOAA raising funds for scholarships
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will be participating
in the 2005 Labor Day Festival, Sept. 3-5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Prizes such as a guided fishing trip and a .22 magnum Savage rifle
with hard case will be given away. There will also be daily drawings,
and new camouflage T-shirts will be for sale. Proceeds from the
sales will be used to provide scholarships for Okeechobee High
School students, to support Grad Nite and to fund other community
projects and charities. For information, call (863) 763-6069.
VFW presents 'Womenless Wedding'
The VFW Post #9528,2002 U.S. 78 W, will present the theatre of
performing arts "Womenless Wedding" on Labor Day, Sept. 5. The
wedding will start at 3 p.m. All females in the wedding will be played
by men. See your commander as Nellie Clampett, bridesmaid; and,
imagine Al Crank as Lulu Jasper, the flower girl. Food will be pre-
pared by chefs Morgan and Ritchie. The menu will be hot dogs, chili
dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and baked beans. Eat all you
want for a donation. No take outs will be available on this day. Food
will be served from 12:30 until 3 p.m.
Food donations help Children's Ranch
Radio station Reach FM will hold a Labor Day food collection to
benefit Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E. Until Sept. 5,
non-perishable food items can be left at: Badcock & More;
Costopoulos and Helton, CPA; Morton Agricultural Construction;
Nature's Pantry; Okeechobee Land Company; Okeechobee Mort-
gage; Pritchard and Associates and GMAC Real Estate; Rustic Ranch
Furniture; Sun Realty; and, Travel Easy RV While you're there, regis-
ter to win one of Reach FM's Labor Day give-away prizes. The grand
prize is a trip to Orlando and includes theme park tickets. Many other
prizes including a gift certificate to a local store, dinner for two,
and more will also be given away. Check out www.reachfm.org
for a full list of details; or, call (863) 467-8080.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, August 23, 2005
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Food additives linked to diabetes and obesity Kr.eL r,-*te i* i-...t
Concerns about foods con-
taining high fructose corn syrup
(HFCS) are back in the news as
researchers link the food addi-
tive to obesity, diabetes and
Fruit is generally .a healthy
food. Five-to-nine servings of
fruits and vegetables per day are
recommended on the USDA
food pyramid. And HFCS is
found in a vegetable.
So why isn't HFCS a
"healthy" choice? The answer
goes back to the issue of
processed foods: the human
body is just not designed to con-
sume fructose in this processed
When you eat an ear of corn,
you don't just consume the corn
syrup. You also consume the
fiber and vitamins irn the corn.
When you consume products
with HFCS, you ingest refined
sugars, without any of the corn's
vitamins or fiber, and you con-
sume it in a form not found nat-
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According to the HFCS "white
paper" published by the Corn
Industry, "the corn wet milling
industry makes HFCS from corn
starch using a series of unit
processes that include .steeping
corn to soften the hard kernel;
physical separation of the kernel
into its separate components -
starch, corn hull, protein and oil;
breakdown of the starch to glu-
cose; use of enzymes to invert
glucose to fructose; removal of
impurities; and, blending of glu-
cose and fructose to make
HFCS-42 and HFCS-55."
Naturally occurring sugars,
like sucrose, contain fructose
bound to other sugars. But high
fructose corn syrup has been
chemically altered and contains
"free" fructose. This free fruc-
tose is metabolized only in the
liver and as a result can put a
strain on the liver and the heart.
According to a report by the
Weston A. Price Foundation,
research indicates this free fruc-
tose interferes with the heart's
use of key minerals and has
been linked to elevated choles-
Recent university studies indi-
cate there may be a link
between consumption of HFCS
and Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is
the form of diabetes that used to
be called "adult onset". The
alarming rise in the number of
children suffering from Type 2
Diabetes may be linked to poor
diet and consumption of too
many processed foods.
One study found that drinking
one soft drink or fruit beverage
containing HFCS per day can
more than double the risk of
developing Type 2 diabetes.
HFCS consumption has also
been linked to obesity because it
appears to promote fat storage
in the body. It's not enough to
count calories. The body
processes some calories differ-
ently from others.
Food manufacturers put
HFCS in foods because it is
cheaper than other sweeteners
and because it has a longer shelf
How can parents fight back?
*Read labels and avoid prod-
ucts containing HFCS. You may
not be able to control everything
your child eats outside your
home, but you can control the
food and drinks in your home.
*Encourage your children to
drink milk with meals and water
*If they are old enough to be
concerned about their weight,
start teaching your children
about nutrition and how to
make healthier food choices.
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Tickets are now on sale for the
Okeechobee High School volley-
ball team's "Cow Pie Bingo"
The cost is $10 per ticket and
will be available until Aug. 25. Tick-
ets can be purchased from all vol-
leyball team members.
All proceeds will benefit the vol-
leyball program at O.H.S.
For information, contact coach
George May at (863) 634-5836.
seeks new members
The Okeechobee High School
Touchdown Club is seeking 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 commu-
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, plat-
inum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each membership
goes to the general athletic fund,
and another portion goes into a
For information, call Brahman
head football cQach Chris Bran-
ham at (863) 462-5050.
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale for O.H.S. sports.
The cost of a gold seat is $100
and entitles the holder to admis-
sion to all home Brahman games
with the exception of state-spon-
sored activities such as bowl
games, jamborees or playoffs.
Reserved seats entitle the holder
to admission to all home Brahman
football games. The cost of the
reserved seats is $40 per seat.
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike Rade-
baugh at (863) 462-5025.
Soccer sign ups
are now under way
Registration for the Okee-
chobee County Parks & Recreation
Department's Youth Soccer League
will be held Monday-Friday, from 8
a.m. until 5 p.m.
Sign-ups started Aug. .22 and
end Friday, Sept. 2. All sign-ups will
be held at the recreation depart-
ment office, 309 N.W. Second St.
The registration fee is $25 per
child. Parents will need to present a
copy of their child's birth certificate
at the time of registration. The
child's age as of Dec. 31, 2005, will
O.G. & C.C.
Aug. 17: Played at Springlake.
1. Vickie Owings, 2. Jack Forde,
Last place Vern Hollingsworth,
Closest-to-the-pin Harry Sim-
mons, Vickie Owings, Don Gray,
Jack Forde and Terry Marstaler.
Aug. 19: Scramble: 1. team of
Phil King and Terry Millette, 2.
team of Mike Bakich and George
Guydosh, Closest-to the-pin (2)
Terry Millette, (8) Bob Knapp, (11)
Phil King and (17) Max Sherry.
determine their age division.
Age divisions will be: 14 and,
under; 12 and under; 10 and
under; 8 and under; and, 6 and
The minimum number of par-
ticipants in each age division is 30
Games will be played locally,
and will start Oct. 1 and end before
For information, call the recre-
ation department at (863) 763-
are now on sale
Tickets are now on sale at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 W North Park
St., for the Cattlemen's Association
'Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association
(PRCA) rodeo that will be held at
the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on
Rodeo performances will be
Saturday, Sept. 3; Sunday, Sept. 4;
and Monday, Sept. 5.
The price of tickets for this
Labor Day weekend rodeo is $14
per ticket. There will also be a
parade on Monday, Sept. 5, at 10
a.m. in downtown Okeechobee.
The Chamber of Commerce is
accepting registrations for parade
For information, contact Perri L.
Giafaglione at (863) 697-3113.
The Brahman and Lady Brah-
man golf teams will host their
annual golf tournament fundraiser
on Aug. 27 at the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club.
The entry fees are $50 per player
for a four-player team. Hole spon-
sorships are $100 each.
There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun
Lunch will be provided to all
There will be various prizes
awarded at the end of the tourney.
For information, contact coach
Mark Ward at (863) 634-1722.
The remaining tournament
dates for the Okee-Tantie Team
Trail bass tournaments are Sept. 11
and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations can be
made at the Wanta-Linga Motel or
at the dock on the day of the tour-
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863) 763-1020.
Of the 20 students testing for belt advancement on
Thursday, Aug. 4, 19 advanced to the next color belt dur-
ing testing at Russ Adams Taekwondo America. They
were: .(first row left, to right) Caleb Weaver, Trey Howard
and McKayla Skinner; (second row, left to right) Ricardo
Sanchez, Sean Chauhan, Dalton Hodges, Isaac Weaver,
Christopher Gonzalas and Kayla Simpson; (back row, left
to right) Alex Smith, Andres Sanchez, Johnathan Guitron,
Christian O'Connor, Brooke Krall and Brooklyn Smith.
Not pictured are Geremiah Rinehart, Jorge Hernandez,
Neresa McLaren, Lindsey Williams and Aaron Porter.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Aug. 19,
through Thursday, Aug. 25, are as
Theatre I "Wedding Crashers"
(R) 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 II "Dukes of Hazzard" -
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and o .
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 "Must Love Dogs"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all mrfovies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
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service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m..
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required safe-
ty equipment needed on your
boat. This service is free. You will
receive a cordial, informative and
confidential boat inspection. Aves-
sel safety check decal will be
placed on boats that meet all the
requirements. Call (863) 467-3085
to arrange a boat check.
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwanted,
abandoned and injured ferrets. For
information, call (863) 763-4333
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 welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is
not restricted to veterans. Call the
Post at (863) 763-2950.
looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, baritones,
leads and basses are all invited to
join our group. We practice on
Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee 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 objec-
tives. For information, call (863)
763-0175 or (863) 467-6347.
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son 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 programs to begin soon.
Please contact the lobby desk at
Raulerson Hospital for a Volunteer
Application. For information, call
(863) 763-2151, ext. 3312. The hos-
pital's Volunteen Program (ages
14-17) begins in June.
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, a
push lawnmower, gardening uten-
sils and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the above
items is asked to call (863) 763-
Horse Heaven Rescue in St.
Lucie County takes in all unwanted
horses. If you can't keep them,
donate them by calling (772) 467-
0400. For information, ask for
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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
EARRING, Found in purse pur-
chased at local consignment
BLACK SCHNAUZER, Little
"Buddy" & PIT MIX, Brown
"Roxy". Dearly mixed. Please
BULLS (2) one black, one dark
brown. Approx lyr old. Last
seen vic. of Otter Creek.' Soq
misses dearly (863)467-1578
BABY GIRL CLOTHES, 0-6mo,
shoes & etc. Call for details.
BLACK MIX- Female, 6 mo.
old, Great disposition, Very
friendly, To Good Home
FIRE WOOD, You load & haul.
Cut in small pcs.
FREE TO GOOD HOME- Mama
Cat and 1 kitten.-
Yar Saes I14
FREE TO GOOD HOME ONLY!
Male Yellow Lab, approx 2
yrs old, kids & fenced yard
KITTEN Neutered, shots, lit-
ter trained, very cute, to
good loving home.
KITTENS 2 Males & 2 Fe-
males, Litter Trained. Grey
and White. Free to good
SLIDING GLASS DOORS, 2,
Free, you haul.
MONTH OF AUGUST'05
Furniture, Household, Etc.
Taylor Creek Lodge 441 SE
Follow the Signs
CORKY & MARY RISLEY are
looking for David Mendez if
anyone knows how to con-
tact call (863)675-0885
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
$28,600 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume to
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
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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
ustaveCDL ss 2 years verifiable driving
experience. Class A preferred but will train the
right candidate. Competitive starting wages w/
great benefits package.
Apply in person at:
710 NE 5th Ave.
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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Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
homemaking and cooking skills.
Benefits include health insurance and
vacation. Call 863-357-2442.
SiLT I I Alfqi 11 -1 al i I If
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
'Full ime 00
Southern Gardens has immediate need
for an experienced electrician.
Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent plus Trade
School or 4 years of related work experience. Familiar with
principles of motor controls, process control circuits, electri-
cal schematic reading and NEC. Troubleshooting high volt-
age, three phase wiring, process control circuits and PLC's
with minimal supervision.
Bonus, 401 K, Benefits, Health and Dental
insurance, and Overtime.
Contact: HR Dept. @ 863-902-4133, fax 863-902-4315, or
Riverside National Bank is looking for an
extraordinary addition to our Okeechobee branch
Team! Do you enjoy achieving amazing goals?
Are you a role model for community service? do
you enjoy communication skills & customer
service are your #1 qualities! Competitive salary,
incredible incentives & complete benefits
packages are only one reason to join our family.
Interested? Fax your resume to 863-824-0370 or
call Heather @ 863-824-6700. Member
Needed For Local Company
$4,800 Guarantee While In Training
$20,000 Year Salary Plus Commission
Earn $50,000 to $70,000 Per Year
Special Bi-Lingual Position Also Available
Health Ins. & 401 K
HIM/Team Assistant Clewiston
Full time computer experience required, background in
Medical records desired. Experience in payroll processing
helpful. Must have strong interpersonal, organizational, and
communication skills with proven accuracy. Hope Hospice
provides excellent 100% Company Paid Benefits including
health, Dental, Life, and Disability Income Insurance and an
excellent Retirement Plan! You can also accrue up to 26 Paid
Days Off per year and qualify for $2500 in
Educational Assistance too!
Complete an application at:
100 W.C. Owen Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440
or Fax resume and cover letter indicating job preference to:
ED: Drug free work place.
Lic. a Must (863)634-7528
ALL ABOUT YOU
Is accepting applications
for home health aides,
home makers & Part Time
Registered Nurse for the
Please call (863)824-8733
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
or apply at Town Star,
2398 W SR 70, Eagle Bay
COOK & DELIVERY PEOPLE
Apply in person after 3:30 pm.
@ Antoinette's Restaurant,
3651 Hwy. 441 South,
Treasure Island Plaza
Clean CDL Class B License
Call 772-597-3755 or
At Feed Mill
Experience on Semi
Tractor Trailers a
Syfrett Feed Company,
3079 NW 8th Street,
For a Busy Child Care Center
resume to 863-467-7560
Must be 21 yrs of age.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
for aspiring musician. Please
call Debbie (863)517-0889
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
A CLASSIC CUT
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T
positions avail., Great pay,
working environment &
Must be 25 + w/ valid drivers
license. Exp. required. Call
for interview (863)763-2225
GARAGE DOOR INSTALLER
Exp. Preferred but will
train. MUST be dependable
for Local RV Park.
Full time 401 K, Insurance
Class B COL w/hazmat '
Basic computer skills
Apply South East milk
l05wn Park St. Okee
For Hair Stylists and
Exp. pref but not necessary
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Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
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Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating -& cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat
pump, 12 seer, brand new,
never been used. $1200
DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,
Good condition. $45.
ENGRAVED GOLD LOCKET-
1940 With chain, holds 2
BUILT IN OVEN- GE Profile,
CROSLEY STOVE- Apartment
Size, Electric, New Paid
$325 asking $275
DRYER- Kenmore, Excellent
shape, free delivery, only
. $75. Call 863-675-8937.
MAGIC BULLET As seen on
TV, Brand new, still in box,
side by side, ice on door,
7yrs old, $300 neg.
runs great, $150.
WASHER & DRYER- White
Westinghouse, 7 yrs old,
$200 or best offer.
WASHER (1) DRYER (2)-
$200 takes all.
WASHING MACHINE Maytag
Neptune, needs some re-
pairs. Pd $1500 asking
WATER HEATER 50 gallon,
top of the line GE, 2yrs old,
like new condition. Pd $250
asking $175 (863)763-6041
TANNER- Soliel, 28 Sport.
S$2250. New never used, Call
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $1000.
STORAGE BUILDING 4x8-
wood w/ alum siding. #88
@ Taylor Creek Resort $375
RAILROAD TRUSSES- (5)
asking $100 will sell separ-
SLIDING GLASS DOOR- $150
or best offer.
STEPS, Aluminum w/railing, 3
steps high. $60. neg.
BOY'S CLOTHES- 18mo-2T,
Large assortment, Exc cond.
$100. takes all or will separ-
CRIB 3 n 1, light beige $70
CRIB SHEETS- Bumper guard,
Diaper holder, Musical Mo-
bile & Lamp, Exc cond. $40.
PLAY SETS (2) 1 compete
kitchen, 1 beauty shop sta-
tion. $20 for .both
Swing, Bouncer, Walker &
White Bassinet, Winnie the
Pooh, all like new, $100 will
sell sep. (863)228-0566
MASON SHOES- 2 pair, Fe--
male, Brand new, size 8 1/2
B. $50. (863)357-0125
SCHOOL CLOTHES- Wran-
glers Boys-27& 28,
Girls-3,5,7,8 9 & 10, $300.
Will Sep. (863)467-2132
READING A NEWSPAPER...
leads you to the best
products and seices.
FED DUCK STAMPS'34-72
100 + stamps valued at over
-$6000. Selling for $2500
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 or best offer
DELL COMPUTER- 2yrs old,
w/printer, monitor, web
cam, Windows XP, etc,
DELL LATITUDE CP LAPTOP-
PC WEB CAM- Can be used
with Window XP & perfect
for AOL $10 (863)763-3963
PRINTER HP Disk Jet 612 C
& HP ScanJet 3300C $100
for both, will separate
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BED FRAME Wooden, twin
good : u dili : $20
BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy, $500
BRASS BED (KING) with like
new Sterns & Foster mat-
tress set. Cost $5K, asking
BUNK BEDS with matching
desks, 2 solid wood, $300.
Call (863)673-0920 or
CHEST OF DRAWERS- small,
3 drawers, $30.
COMPUTER DESK wooden,
medium 'size, $50
COMPUTER DESK- real wood,
very. good shape, $75.
COUCH, Broyhill, Sleeper,
Floral pastel. $150 or best
DIN. Rm. Set, Glass (1 1/8"
Thick) 2 stone pillar pedestals,
6 cushion chairs w/cherry.
$1000 neg. 863-634-0387
DINING ROOM TABLE- 6 pad-
ded chairs, excellent condi-
tion $600. (863)357-1175
Dining Table, 42" round,
glass, 4 cushioned chrs. on
DR SUITE- Ashley, Oak, round
table, no leaf, 4 chairs, $200
or best offer.
DR SUITE- cherry wood, 2
capts chairs, 2 side chairs,
padded seats, $300
END TABLES (2) solid wood,
w/ pull out drink/plate hold-
ers $180 or best offer
FURNITURE Living room set,
Dining room set & Bedroom
set $1000 for all or will sep.
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
King Size, Mountain style,
solid pine, $200.
WATERBED- California King,
Mirror headboard, with 6
drawers, $300. or best offer
Wine Rack, 31x78, 4 shelves,
black metal & oak counter,
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CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
PARTY CART seats 4 peo-
ple, 1 dog & plenty of cool-
ers, 36v charger, $900
BROWNING BAR- Automatic
rifle 308, Wim w/2x7, wide
field scoop. $500.
FIREARMS LIBRARY 32
leather bound vol. (history,
gun smithing, ballistics) like
new $450 863-697-2033
REMINGTON 1100- Automatic
shot gun w/ 26" Remchoke
barrel & synthetic stock.
pump .22 cal Model 121,
RUGER MINI 14 .223 cal.,
like new, with extras,
RUGER REDLABLE- 12 gauge,
Over/under, sporting clay
30" ported barrels, Extra
choke $1200 863-763-8169.
PILATES EXERCISE BOARD
great i,, :iirr ,irri iw ining.
$100. 8.i','';. 090
SPORTSCRAFT TX 350 -
WEIGHT BENCH Weider, in-
cludes 185 lbs of cement
weights & bar. In gd shape.
WESLO Treadmill folds for
HAMMOCK SWING- Brand
new, Never used. $55.
ADULT SCOOTER, 3 Wheel,
Space Saver, Runs great.
Good condition. $500.
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
RECLINER, LIFT CHAIR, Elec-
tric. Asking $150 or best
WALKER, Aluminum w/2
large front wheels, very
good condition. $25.
CHRISTMAS TREE- 6 1/2',
Blue mini lights, balls & tree
skirt. $35. for all
COKE MACHINE, $200.
863)228-0127 for more in-
FOOT BATH Clairol, electric,
good condition, clean. In-
structions included $20
HAIR CLIPPERS Oster, elec-
tric, safety covers, 4 guards
& instructions. Good condi-
tion $15 (863)675-3614
Kiln & approx. 50 Southwest-
ern molds, $600 or best of-
PLASTIC BUCKETS W/LIDS-
5 gallon, $25 for all, will sell
WATER COOLER- holds 2.5
or 5 gallons bottled water,
cold dispenser & cup holder.
GUITAR, Stella Harmony,
Made in the 50's. Excellent
condition. Asking $275. or
best offer. (863)467-0627
ORGAN- Freedom II, Excellent
PIANO, Baldwin, upright,
PIANO, WURLITZER 1966,
serial #931174, $375. Call
AFFENPINSCER- AKC, Fe-
male, Older, To a Seniors
Home $225. (863)983-6537
Australian Blue & Red Heeler
Pups, 8 weeks, working par-
ents on premises, $300.
BOXER- Female, Spayed, 8
mo. House dog. Needs
fenced area. Loves people.
BULLDOG Female, 16 mos
old, brindle. Red & black w/
white on nose. Beautiful &
sweet. $400 239-494-7042
DOG KENNEL- chain link,
6x6x10, with door, new dog
house, orig $325 asking
JACK RUSSEL, Female, Lost
of in vic. of Potter Rd. on Aug.
10th. Tri Colored. Reward!
POMERANIANS- 1-male lyr
old, 1-Female 2 yrs old,
Breeding pair. AKC, F-$600,
POODLE- mini female, lyr
old, to a good loving home,
$125 cash only
PUG- 5 mi: ,1d, mi ll :r,.
RED NOSE PITBULL Female,
7 mos old, very friendly,
* good with kids. $250
TANKS 55 gal. on aluminum
stand, 10 gal. on wrought
iron stand & 20 gal. $125 for
all will sep. (863)675-0247
YORKIE- Teacup, Female, 4
Ibs, 9 mo. old, Spayed. With
papers, Housebroken. $1500.
neg. 863-634-9620 Okee
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $20 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
WATER IRON FILTER (2) Pd.
$450 ea. new. Now $250 for
both, will sep.
HOT TUB- 4 person, fantastic
cond., located in Milbourne,.
$400/neg. can have deliv-
ered. (863) 926-0296.
GOLF CART charger, Lestron-
ic II, like new, $200.
GOLF CART Club Car, needs
repair, $150. Call
POOL TABLE- 7', Slate, New
felt, Valley coin-op, Ball return
O missing coin mechanism)
500 firm 989-621-7589
ULTRA LIGHT KIT- fixed wing,
3/4 finished, $1600 or best
offer. (239)394-5888 or
HITACHI TV 50", big screen.
4yrs old, looks god, must
pick up. Moving, must sell!
HITACHI TV- 50", Big screen,
About 4yrs old. Looks good.
Must pick up. Moving Must
Sell. $550 863-467-9756
AIR COMPRESSOR- commer-
cial, $250 (239)694-5611.
DOG BOX, w/diamond plate
top & tool box, $350.
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost
$2000 sell for $1200
TOW BAR- $25.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.
Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:
P ALN .PR
Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
service to our customers
,Come in and fill out a contractors-
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233
ADULT VIDEOS (VHS) 10,
Random titles. All for $75.. or
best offer. Call
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
MARE & GELDING 10 & 14,
both broke. Nice horses.
$1800 for both
MINIATURE BLUE ROAN
STALLION, 28" High. Show
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
Stud. $500. (863)697-6713
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver
(863)357-6202 / 261-4999
RAILROAD CROSS TIES- 100,
$700. Will separate.
RIDING MOWER 28" cut,
Snapper, electric start. $450
RIDING MOWER, Poulan,
14.5 HP Briggs & Stratton,
42" cut, $550. Call
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
'05, Used once. 33" cut,
15hp engine. $1300. Call
ROTO TILLER, 4 Ft. Wide, Pull
Behind 40 hp riding mower &
4 Ft. Rake. $600 for both, will
Large & Small.
Call Alston Raulerson @
(863)763-2207 for more info.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
ON TAYLOR CREEK: Avail.
Now. Large 2 BR, 2 BA.
$1000 mo. + 1st & last mo.
sec. No pets. (863)634-6586
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
of the classified
238 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeecho-
bee. $975 mo. water & sewer
included. 863-467-9413 or
Call Collectto: 618-993-3505
Eagle Bay, 3/2, quiet street,
no pets, fenced yard, 1st,
last, sec. $1500 mo.
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, w/
screened room, elec. boat lift,
on water, completely furn.,
$1100 mo. + sec. dep.
1400 sq' A/C + carpeting
101 NW 5th St. next to The
Medicine Shop Call
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 call (863)763-4740
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 10.55
Property Inspection 1060)
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
OKEECHOBEE 3br, ,1/2ba,
CBS house w/ carport, new
roof, c/ac & heat, appl.
Mobile Homes i
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEECHOBEE, 1 Bdm, 1 Ba
on the water, Furnished. Nice
Area. Great views. $500 mo.
Call toll free 866-966-7174.
OKEECHOBEE- Treasure Is-
land '05, 2BA, 2BA, no pets,
$850 mo. 1st, last & Sec
ADULT PARK, Seminole Vil-
lage Lot 27, 2Br/2Ba, Move in
cond. Furnished. Boat dock.
CLEWISTON AREA -2 mobile
homes, (1) 1993 &(1) 1987
Please call (305)796-3449
for more information.
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA 1/2 acre
Garage, fenced yard.
Furnished Mobile in Mobile
Home Park, 3BR, 1 1/2BA,
Fla. rm., storage room, new
a/c, very clean, asking
$15,500. Call (772)879-2879
OKEE- Waterfront 3BR, 2BA,
Double lot, 2-Living rooms, 2-
Carport's, 3-Storage sheds.
PALM HARBOR Limited Edi-
tion, 3BR, 2BA, 1600 Sq Ft.
Excellent condition, Financ-
ing Available (863)763-7909
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES- FSBO
3/2 doublewide, family room,
2 car gar., double car port
30x13 screened porch, shed,
corner lot $159,900
2181 SE 25th Dr
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035
16ft long, 5ft wide. $100
AQUA SPORT, 20', 150hp
Johnson, runs & looks good,
BASS BOAT, 15' aluminum,
Mariner eng., 25hp, olive
well, troll. mtr., exc. cond.,
BOAT, 16Ft. w/115 hp motor.
$500 or will trade for equal
value Riding Mower.
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
DURACRAFT, 15 Ft., Alumi-
num w/2000 Johnson 25 hp.,
Eagle D/F, F/F, 2 seats, live
well. $2000 (904)370-0653
KAYAK- $40. (863)674-4715
JON BOAT 12ft, V bottom,
w/ trailer $300
Jon Boat, 12' Custom made
heavy gauge alum., w/9.9
Go Devil, low hrs., $2500.
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
OMEGA- 24' Cabin, Hull only,
Can be rigged for out board.
Tandem axle trailer, $200.
PONTOON BOAT'91, 24', 120
hp motor; full bimini w/storage
cover; new trlr., needs a little
work. $4250 772-263-2555
TRI HULL BASS BOAT- 16ft,
with 85HP Johnson, $1500
CRUISE AIR- '85, 460 with 4
barrel Holly carb. Runs
good, $6000 863-467-4890
ask for Robert
DAMAN CAMPLITE- '97, 21',
A/C, Stereo, Self con-
HYLINE TRLR, '92- 40', 2 tip-
outs, 10x30 Florida room
w/windows, $2495 must
MIDAS MINI '83- 24ft, Chev
350, dual AC, 4KW Onan
Jen, runs good $2495 cash
WILDERNESS, 32', like new,
a/c, heat, sleeps 6, storage,
$8000 or best offer.
YAMAHA 0/B ENGINE, 9.9,
Very low hours, runs excellent.
$600. 863-763-3153 Mon. -
Fri., 8am-5pm Call Pete.
Softtail '87 53K orig mi,
$12,500 or best offer
KAWASAKI VULCAN 500 '97,
9400 miles. Excellent condi-
tion. $2200 or best offer.
YAMAHA PW80- '95, Dirt Bike
runs good, $300.
EX 300 4 WHEELER- '98-
HONDA 4 WHEELER 200 in
excellent condition. Like
new! $1600 (863)801-1666
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
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ACURA INTEGRA 1995,
Sporty car, mileage 180K,
cold air, well-maintained.
BUICK ESTATE WAGON '89
Good shape, reliable $1200
Call Epi (863)697-3257
CADILLAC STS '92-fully load-
ed, AC, CD, gold STS rims,
sunroof, runs great, asking
CHEVY CAMARO Z28'94
Great for parts or project car.
CHEVY CORSICA '94 4 door
sedan. Dependable dride. 68K
mi, auto trans. Some rust
This do-it-yourself roll-top desk project is functional
as well as attractive.
It has six roomy drawers (the two bottom drawers
on each side are deep enough for file folders), a
large, shallow drawer in the middle and two pull-out
drawing boards, as well as 16 nooks and two drawers
under the pull-down, roll-top cover.
The completed desk measures 50 inches long by
43 inches tall by 28 inches deep.
Roll-Top Desk plan (No. 571)... $9.95
Desks Package (No. C77)
Four projects incl. 571 ... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
U-Bild Features address and the name o
P.O. Box 2383 this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91409 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee
10 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, August 23, 2005
EAGLE TALON- '96, 2.0L, Au-
to. CD, Sunroof, 100,850
mi. Needs engine work
$1500. Neg. (863)675-4643
NISSAN 300ZX '85 Cold a/c,
new stereo c/d, $2500 Call
These eight adorable lawn
ornaments are sure to sur-
prise and delight everyone.
Ideal for beginning do-it-
yourselfers, all that's
required is some scrap lum-
ber, a saw, sandpaper and
paint and sealer, Simply
trace the patterns onto wood,
cut out, sand, paint and seal.
The lawn ornaments range in
size from 12 to 16 inches tall.
Lawn Ornaments plan
(No. 14)... $9.95
Lawn Fun Package
3 other plans
(No. Cl 10)... $19.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, P.O. Box 2383,
Van Nuys, CA 91409.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee
FORD TAURUS 1996, 4 Door,
White, 103K mis., Good A/C.
Good shape w/brand new
tires. $2500 (863)634-5473
FORD T-BIRD- 93, 6 cyl, Au-
to, Pwr windows/seats, Tilt
wheel, Cruise, Cold A/C,
GRAND PRIX SE '95 Leather
seats, all power, cold air,
CD, runs good $2500
HONDA ACCORD '89 runs
very good, good gas mile-
age, white, nds some body
work $850 (786)234-2566
MERC GRAND MARQUIS, '92-
V8, PW/PL/PS, new trans,
cold AC, new spare, $2500
OLD'S CUTLASS- '90, low
miles, 4 door, Runs great.
PONT. BONNIVILLE, '92- full
power, AC, reliable car, call
for details, asking $1800
(863)675-2598 iv msg.
PONTIAC BONNIVILLE- '88,
Org owner, Loaded; Cruise
control, Great shape. $2000.
PONTIAC SUNFIRE, '97,
conv., 4 cyl., cold air,
SATURN SUPER COUPE '01,
Elec. Blue, Loaded, 30+ mpg.
Premium whls., Sporty & exc.
cond $7000 863-357-0060
TOYOTA TERCEL '91 needs
transmission. $250 or best
CHEVY PUMPER FIRE TRUCK
'47 w/hoses, lights & siren.
Has rust, but very restorable.
CHEVY SILVERADO 1987,
4x4, dual tanks, 8 cyl., No
bed. Needs TLC. Some new
parts. $1000 (863)467-4459
FORD BRONCO, '87- full size,
multi color, runs needs
work, good tires, removable
top, $2000 (863)763-8725.
JEEP- '85, Selling parts or
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs and
looks good $2500.
DIESEL ENGINE- 7.3 with
transmission and rear end.
TIRES (4) Mastercraft Courser
SE, A/T. P265/75R16's. $40
.for all. (863)674-1906
TIRES (4) Michelin, Good
shape. Off of Lincoln Town
Car. $40 for all,
TIRES/ALUM RIMS- 10" wide,
Cooper Cobra P265/15R15,
500 miles use, Fits Chev.
TONNEAU COVER- by ARE fits
Chevy S10 or smaller truck
Excellent condition $300.
700, $300/best offer.
TURBO 350 TRANS Rebuilt,
DODGE RAM 50 1983, P/S,
Tool box, bedliner, 5 spd.,
FIBERGLASS TOPPER- 8'
Bed, Like new, Excellent
FORD F100- '74, Ext cab,
Short bed, 460 C6 trans., 35"
tires $1500 Neg.
FORD F150 1995 w/topper.
Runs good. Cold air. $2500
FORD F150 2002 Club Cab, 1
Owner. 71K mis. Looks &
Runs great. Must see!
FORD F150 '81 2 wheel
drive, auto, whole or for
parts, $500 (863)763-5067
FORD F150 '88- w/good 302
motor, good work truck.
$400 or best offer
FORD F150 '93 manual,
needs engine $500
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1100 or best
FORD F250-'91, 4X4, 460, 5
speed, Wrecked, parts or
whole. $1000 or best offer.
will sep (863)675-4697
FORD RANGER '88 w/
camper top, auto, runs good,
cold air, new tires. $950
FORD RANGER- '88, Runs
good, New motor, $500.
MITSUBUSHI- '86, 2 W/D, 4
cyl, Standard $850. or best
Shop here first!
The classified ads
JEEP CHEROKEE '95 Good
condition, runs great. door,
auto, 4x2 $2000 or best of-
fer (863)673-0645 Ramses
OLDS BRAVADA '93 clean
vehicle, really good body,
needs motor $200
TANDEM AXLE TRLR- can
haul car or truck, 16x6, all
TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
CHEVY VAN EXPRESS- '00,
Excellent condition. $8900.
DODGE CARAVAN, '97- 6 cyl,
3.0 auto, running like new,
nice paint, $2500 firm
FORD VAN- '93, Fully custom,
A/C, 4 captain seats, TV,
$3900. or best offer
GMC VADUA, 1994 Captains
Chairs, cold a/c, C/D player,
body & motor good,
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34974 on the 9th day of September
2005 at 10:00 AM. Pursuant to Florid-
da statute 713.78 for unpaid towing
and storage. Year, Make, Model &
VIn's as follows:
1980 White Ford Truck
1994 Beige Toyota Cambry
1993 Silver Ford Taurus
1988 Blue Chrysler New Yorker
1998 Black Sebring Chrysler
1975 Trailer 931 SE
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said auto-
mobiles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
79017 ON 8/23/05
ipb i o ic
NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDERTHE
ABANDONMENT OF PLATTED EASEMENTS
, l t 1 l l hi, ...,. ... .. I .. I. :
l ,1 ...d 1 r 1I, t, d, .
9:0 a.m. in the Okeechobee County Courtlhouse, Commission Meeting Room,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida The purpose ofI theeanng is to e-
ceive public comments in consideration of the abandonment of portions of
county rights-of-way located in Okeechobee Gardens subdivision and Ithi aei
further described as follows'
That portion of the NE 13th Lane right-of-way lying between and adjoining Blocks
28 and Block 21, that portion of the NE 14th Lane right-of-way lying between and
adjoining Block 21 and Block 12, that portion of the NE 15th Lane right-of-way
lying between and adjoining Block 12 and Block 5, and all alley rights-of-way in
Block 5 and Block 21, all in Okeechobee Gardens subdivision according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 30, public records of Okeechobee
A copy of this notice will be available for public inspection at the Planning and De-
velopment Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida each weekday
except holidays between the hours of 8:00 a m. and 430 p.m.
All interested parties and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard at this pub-
lic hearing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board ol County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this hearing will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. County Clerk
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk,
John Abney, Sr, Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Petition B-2005-0020, 0021, 0022
79049 ON 8/23/05
Okeechobee County School Board Meeting and Workshop
The September meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board will be held on
Tuesday, September at 6:00 p.m., In Room 303 of the School Board Adminis-
trative Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, for the purpose of conducting the second
public hearing and adoption of proposed millage rates and proposed budget for
2005-06. There will be no meeting on September 13 as previously scheduled.
Prior to the School Board Meeting on September 6, the School Board will meet in
workshop session at 5:00 p.m. In Room 303, same location, to hear information
regarding growth projections. Both meetings are open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
75577 ON 8/23,30/05
A public auction will- be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. LoFat 419 Southwest
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34974 on the 2nd day of September
2005 at 10:00 A.M. Pursuant to Flori-
da statute 713.78 flor unpaid towing
and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1985 Beige BulckaSummerset Regal
1988 Blue Ford Bronco II
1994 Green Pontiac Grand Am
Termsof sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said auto-
mobiles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
79062 ON 8/23/05
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ate more sstcessfult
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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Florida Departmen- of Environmental Protection (FDEP) give notice of its prep-
aration of a draft permit for Laryon Dairy Barn #5, to be issued to Larson Dairy,
Inc. The proposed permnrit authorizes operation of the waste management system
in accordance withl an approved Comprehensive Nutnent Management Plan,
which proposes an increase in herd size from 1800 to 2200 milk cows. The new
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Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the De-
partment or may submit a wntten request for a public meeting to Tim Powell,
FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm
Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Administra-
tive Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the infor-
mation set-forth below and must be received in the Office within 30 days of
publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meet-
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Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following informa-
(a) The comment s name, address, and telephone number, the applicant's name
and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the
project is proposed.
(b) A statement of how and when notice ol the Department action or proposed ac-
' tion was received;
(c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final de-
(d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the
Department action or proposed action; and
(e) II desired, a request thaa request tht a public meeting be scheduled including a statement
of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the
Department may no always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore writ-
ten comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice,
even If the public meeting Is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period Is extended until the
close of the public meeting, Ifa public meeting is held any person may submit
oral or written statements and data at-the meeting on the Department proposed
action. As a result cf significant public comment the Department final action
maybe different from the position taken by it in this draft permit
The permit application file and supporting data are available for public inspection
during normal business hours 8:0a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District Office, 400 North Congress
Avenue, Suite 200, rest Palm Beach, FL. 33401,Tel (561)681-6600.
79073 ON 08/23/2005
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Stat-
utes, notice is here3y given that the Okeechobee County School Board will con-
sider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on
Tuesday, October 11,2005, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Ad-
ministrative Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee.
Copies ol the proposed policy amendment are available in the School Board Office
located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Room 307.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 6.103 -
Appointment or Employment Requirements
This policy lists requirements for appointment or employment by the School
This policy is being revised to comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act..
The legal authority forthis policy is FS. 1001.41; 1012.22; 1012.23;
1012,465. Laws implemented are ES. 381.0056; 1001.43; 1012.22;
1012.27; 1012.32, 1012.39; 1012.465.
.This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
78609 ON 8/23/05
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
Governor's Job Fair is Sept. 8
The Governor's Job Fair will be held Sept. 8 from noon until 4 p.m. at
the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. The job fair is being presented
by the Central Florida Employment Council and Workforce Central Flori-
da. Admission and parking are free. The Governor's Job Fair is expected
to draw over 140 employers offering job openings in all types of Central
Florida industries. To pre-register, go online to DFEC.org. For more infor-
mation, call (407) 8344022.
Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host ayard sale Sept. 9 and 10 from 8 a.m.
until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the air conditioned Hospice of Okee-
chobee Volunteer House at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Avenue.
All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.
AARP driver safety course planned
An AARP driver's safety course will be held Sept. 10 and 17 at 307 N.W.
Fifth St. from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration is at 8 a.m. on Sept. 10.
Tuition for the class is $10 and must be paid by check. These classes are
four hours each day and total one eight-hour class. You do not need to be
a member of AARP to attend. This class is for seniors aged 50 and over.
For information, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351
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 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 limited. Times for both programs will be announced soon, but seating
is limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for information or to pre-register.
OFC advisory council to form
The Okeechobee Freshman Campus will hold their organizational
School Advisory Council meeting Monday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Fresh-
man Campus auditorium, 610 S.W Second Ave. During this meeting,
membership and officers will be elected for the 2005-06 school year. All
parents are invited. For information, call Toni Wiersma, principal, at (863)
Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th St., will
hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide participation
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 scheduled for Sat-
urday, Oct. 1; at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds from this
fundraiser are used throughout the year for community projects. Past pro-
ceeds have been used to purchase canned goods and blankets for the
Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center, scholarship. and donations
to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor applications are now being accept-
ed. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud
at (863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.
St. Theresa's will host Sunday school
The St Theresa Catholic Church Buckhead Ridge Sunday School
(CCD) will begin Oct 2. Please call Ann at (863) 467-1516 or Fr. Dan at the
Parish Office (863) 946-0696, for information.
Church hosting Christian speaker
The First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W Fourth St., will host
the best selling Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, who will be
delivering messages via satellite, on Oct. 7 from 7 until 9:30 p.m. and on
Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. To register for the event, call the First
Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171. Tickets for the two day event are $25.
Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th Annual
Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. There
will be an antique car show, arts and craft vendors, live music, kids activi-
ties, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a cracker cowboy poet,
pony rides, living history re-enactments and more! Park admission is just
$4 per carload (up to eight people). Arts and crafts vendors are needed
and the participation fee is just $10.70 for the entire day. Contact Dorothy
L. Harris at (863) 634-7695 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
for information or to request a vendor packet. Interested food vendors
should contact Nancy Davis of the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-
Church celebrates open house month
September is open house month for the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Any one in the community who is looking
for a church home or who is interested in knowing more about the Unit-
ed Methodist Church is invited to attend worship services. Services are at
8 a.m. on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. for praise and 11 a.m. for traditional services.
Fellowship time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American Rev-
olution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The contest is
open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are home
schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have to be
turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five through eight is
"Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks the
300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to the
New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Columbus
and the Astronauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine thought 12.
American Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History Medals will
be presented to the contestants. The winner from each school will receive
a monetary award. For information, call (863) 763-2492.
Festival applications available
Applications for Labor Day Festival are available at Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
First aid instructor class offered
The American Red Cross is offering an instructor's course at the Okee-
chobee 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 Okee-
chobee. The Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., is now accepting
float registrations. For information, call Perri L. Giafaglione at (863) 697-
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools has K-3 openings at this time. For information,
call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit in
Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited. Youths
between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible.Senior members are needed to
administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three
main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace
education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by
side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a
cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emer-
gency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can help
the American Red Cross reach people in your community with lifesaving
training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defibrillation, and
HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the American
Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.
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 coun-
cil meets monthly to discuss programs and needs of the children in the
community. Once a year, agencies request funds through a grant process.
Each council member "adopts" an agency or two as their own and moni-
tors the programs' services that they provide to our children. Those inter-
ested in completing an application should contact Cathleen Blair, execu-
tive director at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires, floods,
etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help local citizens
in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Candace at the American Red
Cross- Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave., is
open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The tempo-
rary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food. All you
need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
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