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Okeec0hobee INews


Vol. 96 No. 238


Storm
affected events
Closings
All Okeechobee .public
schools will be closed Friday,
Aug. 26.
Okeechobee County School
Board offices are closed Friday,
Aug. 26.
Grace Christian School and
After Care will be closed Friday.
Okee-Tantie and Lock 7 will
close at 6 p.m. Thursday and
are closed Friday.
Navigation locks G-36, S-
193, S-127, S-131, S-135 and S-
310 will remain closed until all
danger from the storm is
passed.
Navigation locks and boat
ramps along the Kissimmee
River will remain operational
during normal hours including
the S-65E navigation lock that
connects the Kissimmee River
with Lake Okeechobee. These
navigation locks include: S-61,
S-65, S-65A, S-65C, S-65D and
S-65E.
Florida Community Health
Centers, Inc. will be closed Fri-
day.
Okeechobee County court
proceedings are cancelled for
Friday.
Sports Events
Friday's Brahman football
game postponed to Saturday at
7:30 p.m. pending weather
conditions.
Saturday's Big "0" Junior
Teen Anglers club tournament
cancelled.
Garbage pick-up
Waste. Management will
maintain normal garbage pick-
up service Friday.
Shelters
The Osceola Middle School
gymnasium opened as a shel-
ter at noon on Thursday. A spe-
cial needs shelter will be
opened at Osceola Middle
School on the school's auditori-
um stage.
Government Offices
All city and county offices
will remain open.

Inside

Flooding likely
in South Florida
The South Florida Water
Management District
(SFWMD) was preparing
Thursday, Aug. 25, for heavy
rains expected from Hurri-
cane Katrina by optimizing
operation of the regional
water management drainage
canal system. The district is
closely monitoring the pro-
jected storm track, along with
water levels in regional canals,
lakes and water storage areas.
Page 2

Drought Index
Current: 433
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.69 feet


Lake level
LastYear:
13.26 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District, Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index

Classifieds . .8-10
Comics ........... 7
Community Events .. .4
Crossword . . .8
Obituaries . . .3


Opinion .'.
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TV .....
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Friday, August 26, 2005


504 Plus tax


County prepares for Katrina


Okee-Tantie
closed down
by the county
By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Emergency Management
Director Gene O'Neill updated the
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners on Hurricane Katrina at
their meeting Thursday.
He said the storm is expected


to hit between north Dade County
and south Palm Beach County at
Fort Lauderdale. The storm was
traveling at 7 mph at 1 p.m. The
expected landfall time changed
from Friday morning to anywhere
between 9 p.m. Thursday to 2
a.m. Friday.
He reported from a weather
service report to the commission-
ers, which read as follows: "Sus-
tained tropical storm force winds
are expected to extend from 70 to
90 miles north of the storm. This


will bring winds of 30-40 mph
with higher gusts over Okee-
chobee County on Friday. As with
any tropical system, there is
always a degree of uncertainty on
exactly where the storm will track.
Residents of Okeechobee County
should make preparations for
strong winds associated with this
storm. An inland tropical storm
warning means winds of 39-70
mph are expected due to a land
falling hurricane or tropical storm
in less than 24 hours. Winds of this


SKatrfin, Community makes preparations
KM.
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Residents are still recovering from last year's hurricane season. Many homes are still
waiting for roofs and other repairs.
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Drivers waited in line Thursday morning to top off their gas tanks and to fill up gasoline
cans for their generators in preparation of Hurricane Katrina.




Foley's aide invited to speak


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Thursday's Kiwanis Club
meeting included a visit from
Ann Decker, aide to U.S. Repre-
sentative Mark Foley.
Mrs. De6ker spoke to club
members on topics including
the upcoming appointment of
the new Supreme Court jus-
tice, her views on the possible
elimination or capping of the
estate tax and also on the new
Social Security strategies.
Mrs. Decker stated that
many of the complaints that
she receives regarding the pos-
sibility of Social Security priva-
tization are from those persons
who are already receiving ben-
efits.
"Those individuals who are
already receiving benefits from
Social Security will not be
affected by the new changes if
it passes", she said.
She told club members that
persons who are of the age of
45 and younger will be the


ones affected by any Social
Security changes. Mrs. Decker
mentioned that she believed it
would be quite some time
before the privatization of
Social Security accounts
becomes a settled issue.
The guest speaker, also
reported that the Martin Coun-
ty Board of County Commis-
sioners have announced that
they plan to sue the U.S. Army
Corp of Engineers and the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District over the lake level
releases from Lake Okee-
chobee polluting waterways in
Martin County.
After her brief report, Mrs.
Decker took questions from
club members about local
concerns.
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office Detective Brad
Starke asked Mrs. Decker
about the possibility of some
federal dollars being secured
for the gang task force to assist
sheriff's deputies in combating
the problem of local gangs.


Mrs. Decker told Detective
Starke that she would look into
the probability of funding. She
said she was aware that there
is a serious gang problem with
88 local gangs.
In other Kiwanis Club busi-
ness:
Kiwanis Club will share
their wealth of hand-made
fleece blankets with 'My Aunt's
House Closet'. The blankets or
the supplies to make the blan-
kets were donated by Kiwanis
Club members through 'Pro-
ject Linus', which was a pet
project of club member
Danielle Lamoreux.
Kiwanis Club members
welcomed two new club
members at Thursday's meet-
ing Jenny Stewart and for-
mer club member Jerry O'Ban-
non. Both are former teachers
and now work in the commu-
nity.
Kiwanis Club meetings are
held every Thursday at noon at
the Village Square Restaurant,
301 W. South Park Street.


magnitude are likely to cause spo-
radic power outages, fallen trees,
minor property damage and dan-
gerous driving conditions for high
profile vehicles."
He said the county could
expect 60 mph winds with the
feeder bands and a storm surge of
3 feet at the lake.
"The lake will rise about 1 foot
from the rainfall. We project the
canals and lake will be able to
retain the water," he .said. "We
expect probably 4 to 8 inches of





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during i


rainfall and because of saturated
grounds we expect road closings
by Friday morning. A tornado
threat exists."
The Okeechobee County
School Board closed the schools
Friday because of winds in excess
of 40 mph.
"They do not want the buses
on the roads and all activities were
closed as of Thursday night," Mr.
O'Neill said.

See Katrina- Page 2


would hold



the storm


Big lake forecast from the National
Weather Service and said the
can handle bull's eye was in the Palm Beach
area. The storm can drop. a 3- to
stormwater 5-inch maximum of rain within
By Audrey Blackwell the first 24 hours, with up to 15
By Aureyinches in a three-day period.
Okeechobee News "As a water manager, there is
The biggest concern with an uncertainty as to how much
Hurricane Katrina is its slow- water will fall over three days of
moving character that will make the storm," she said.
it a big rain maker, according to Ms. Sylvester said there was a
Susan Sylvester, hydraulic engi- lot ofwater associated with Hur-
neer with the U.S. Army Corps of ricane Dennis in the Kissimmee
Engineers (USACE). Basin, which flows into Lake
The storm was predicted to Okeechobee, and the lake is
make landfall somewhere very high. Because of this, they
between Broward and Palm have been making pre-empted
Beach counties late Thursday releases of water to try to get the
night or early Fridaymorning. "Wehad a major break in
The storm was earlier consid- that the rain stopped at the end
ered a "junk storm" because of that the raind today the lake is
its disorganized state, and it is down to 15.69, about a half foot
now better organized with a bet- more than the 15.26 inches it
ter eye, she said during a tele- should be according to a study
phone conference call Thursday
morning.
Ms. Sylvester looked at the See Lake Page 2





City planners



approve request
By Audrey Blackwell ty and has had problems with
Okeechobee News people being on her land. She


Although Ann Suggs spoke
out against a variance request by
Donald S. Montagna at the
Board of Adjustment meeting
Tuesday night, the board voted
to grant the request.
Mr. Montagna wanted to
build a storage building on a lot
at 124 N.W 13th Street, and the
lot requirement is 50 feet in
width. The lot is only 47.5 feet
wide, thus requiring a variance
to the city's land development
code.
Mrs. Suggs told the board
that she owns adjoining proper-


said that when the property was
purchased, they should have
known that the land was not big
enough to put that building on it.
The property is owned by
Winifred James.
Mrs. Suggs was concerned
that traffic would be using her
property as turn-around space.
Mr. Montagna said there was
nowhere trucks would be able
to completely turn around near
her property, and she disagreed
with him. Mrs. Suggs spoke out
from her chair and was asked to
See Planners Page 2


t. ~'ff:


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Kiwanis Club president Marcos Montes DeOca welcomed
guest speaker Ann Decker from Congressman Mark Foley's
office. Mrs. Decker spoke on several issues and took ques-
tions from club members on topics of local concern.


I







2 The Okeechobee News, Friday, August 26, 2005


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

Fire fighters to
collect money for MDA
The City of Okeechobee Local
#2918 Fire Department is gearing
up to help "put out" neuromuscu-
'lar disease. Fire fighters will be hit-
ting the streets beginning the
weekend of August 26, to partici-
pate in the nationwide "Fill-the-
.Boot" campaign to benefit the
Muscular Dystrophy Association
(MDA).
The Local #2918 Okeechobee
fire fighters will raise money to help
Those affected by neuromuscular
diseases in Okeechobee County.
Overall in 2004, fire fighters in
:North America raised more than
$18 million for MDA more than
any other sponsoring organization.
Every year, they present their
checks from the boot drive on Jerry
Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon to
be aired this September 5-6.
MDA is a voluntary health
agency working to defeat over 40
neuromuscular diseases through
,programs of worldwide research,
.comprehensive services and far-
reaching professional and public
health education. For information,
call your local MDA office at (772)
873-9422 or visit
www.mdausa.org.

GCSO FDOT to
hold checkpoints
MOORE HAVEN The Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO),
along with the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT), will be
conducting safety checkpoints
throughout Glades County on Sept.
7.
The checkpoints are being held
in response to numerous com-
plaints of commercial motor vehi-
cles speeding through Glades
County with uncovered loads and
unsafe equipment.
Glades County Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon asks motorists to please
slow down anytime they see a law
enforcement officer conducting a
,traffic stop. The sheriff also said his
*department will be staging these
types of checkpoints on a more
,regular basis.

AARP declares
.major victory
The settlement of the Florida
Power & Light rate request is a
major victory for the 2.7 million
Florida AARP members and other
consumers in FPL's service area.
The settlement, which freezes
current base rates and abandons
the request for a $430 million
annual increase, will save FPL cus-
tomers more than $1.7 billion in
higher electricity prices over the
nextfouryears.
As Florida seniors struggle with
the rising cost of prescriptions, fuel,
food, and housing, it makes the
August weather feel a little cooler
to know that FPL base utility rates
won't be going up.
AARP Florida is grateful to Attor-
ney General Charlie Crist, whose
leadership made this significant
savings possible. In addition, AARP
wishes to recognize the diligence
of Office of Public Counsel Harold
McLean, and FPL's fair and open-
minded approach to negotiations.
Gratitude is also due the many
other parties in this case, including
the Florida Retail Federation, Flori-
da Industrial Users Group, Federal
Executive Agencies, Florida Con-
sumer Action Network, and Com-
mon Cause.
AARP Florida hopes that a simi-
lar agreement will be accom-
plished soon with Progress Energy
regarding its rate case.






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The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) was
preparing Thursday, Aug. 25, for
heavy rains expected from Hurri-
cane Katrina by optimizing opera-
tion of the regional water manage-
ment drainage canal system. The
district is closely monitoring the
projected storm track, along with
water levels in regional canals,
lakes and water storage areas.
Hurricane Katrina is forecast by
the National Weather
Service/National Hurricane Center
to make landfall on Florida's south-
eastern coast (Broward County)
sometime Thursday night or early
Friday morning. Predictions call for
rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches
through southern and southwest
Florida, with local maximums as
high as 16 to 20 inches.
The area north of Lake Okee-
chobee might receive lesser


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The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD)
reports that navigation locks into
Lake Okeechobee were closed to
navigation beginning on Thurs-
day, Aug. 25, in preparation for
Hurricane Katrina.
Locktenders at Lake Okee-
chobee navigation locks stopped
allowing boat traffic onto the lake
Thursday morning and remained
onsite to operate the navigation
locks until all boat traffic that
went onto the lake before the clo-
sure had returned.
The navigation locks will
remain closed to boat traffic until
all danger from the storm has
passed. This includes the follow-
ing locks: G-36, S-193, S-127, S-
131, S-135 and S-310 on Lake
Okeechobee.
Navigation locks along the


Planners

Continued From Page 1
come up to the podium to address
the board.
Board Chairman William Led-
ferd said he couldn't have the two
discussing it from their chairs.
After a lengthy discussion, the
board approved the variance.
Jim LaRue, city planner, report-
ed on the request. He said that the
smaller lot width is peculiar to the
land and does not seem to be the
result of a recent lot split. He said
the variance requests the mini-
mum variance necessary to make
reasonable use of the land and that
granting the variance would be
compatible with the land develop-
ment code.
Mr. LaRue recommended
approval of the request and said
the property would also have to
receive a special exception to erect
a storage facility in the CHV (heavy
commercial) zoning district.
In other business, the board
tabled a variance request from
David and Rene Wilson. The
Wilsons want to install a pool at
their home at 816 S.E. 11th St. and
need a variance to allow for an
encroachment on an easement
and standard setbacks from the
required distances to the rear and
the side for the development of an
enclosed pool and spa.
After some discussion, the
Wilsons said they could forego
enclosing the pool area and may
reduce the pool size.
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and will re-evaluate conditions
regularly during this period and
reopen the area to navigation as
soon as the situation warrants.
- For information, contact the
SFWMD Headquarters in West
Palm Beach at (800) 432-2045.


and the board tabled the item i
their next meeting to give
Wilsons time to gather the n
information and the city planni
review it. There will not be a fee
the revised request.
The city Land Planning Age
met next and passed two land
designation requests.
They passed a request fr
Wallace Norton for a small s
amendment to the future land
map to allow commercial on
single family zoned property at
S.W. 11 th Ave. There is an ap
ment on the property and he
also use the property to
antiques and collectibles.
The agency passed a small s
amendment to the city's fu
land use map changing zoi
from single-family to multi-fa
for lots 23 through 26, block
near Taylor Creek, for Mark Go
bread. He plans to build a m
family development on the site
Goodbread's request also wen
the Okeechobee Planning Bo
The board passed the request.
The planning board also pa
a rezoning request from Roi
and Ellain Lawrence to rez
property at 1180 S. ParrottA
from residential single family-
to heavy commercial. The ap
cants intend to develop an o
building and storage buildings
the property. Mr. LaRue said
found the request is consis
with the future land use map.
"It is a low-intensity area an
thought to be compatible with
adjacent uses in the area," he sa
He recommended approve
the rezoning request.


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that looked at a 10-year period
from 1991-2000," she said.
The 1991-2000 regulation
schedule that was in place was
similar to today's schedule, she
said.
Weather forecasters called for a
very active hurricane season this
year, and Ms. Sylvester said that the
fact that we have not had a signifi-
cant storm since Dennis coupled
with a relatively dry period since
the end of July gives a good prog-
nosis.
She said on Aug. 24 last year the
lake level was 13.26, 2 feet lower
than the same time this year. How-
ever, the lake rose 4.76 feet
between Aug. 24 and Oct. 12,2004.
"People's concerns last month
called for high releases from the
lake, and we proactively began
making the releases. We brought


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ulti-
. Mr. The Osceola Middle School
nt to gym was opened as a shelter, pri-
)ard. marily for FEMA RVs that are not
tied down.
ssed "It is a voluntary evacuation at
nnie this time. On Thursday, the sheriff's
;one office began patrolling mobile
Ave. home parks and suggested the.
-one occupants of RVs find a shelter -
ppli- either at the middle school or per-
ffice haps a home."
s on The Okeechobee County
I he Health Department did not open
;tent the special needs shelter but are
using the stage area of Osceola
nd is Middle School. Health department
I the and Red Cross personnel are avail-
aid. able. Senior Services is available to
al of help in-house, and through meals
on wheels.
Mr. O'Neill told the commis-
sioners he did not believe there
was a need for a disaster declara-
tion but other counties and the
state have made one.
"It's your choice," he said.
He also requested that the
library, Okee-Tantie and Lock 7
close at 6 p.m. Thursday. The
library will be reopened Friday.
However, Okee-Tantie and Lock 7
will be closed until the storm pass-
es. The sheriff's office advised that
people should not be on the water
Thursday night. But if they do, they
do so at their own risk.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) shut
down outgoing locks, and anyone
who was out on Thursday needed
to be in by 6 p.m.
I Sheriff Paul May said he met
with Mr.- O'Neill and discussed the
main concern with the shelter was
what to do with sexual offenders.
S He said the sheriff's office has a
facility for sexual offenders, who
will be asked to register at the sher-
iff's office.
Sheriff May discussed people
who may be out on the lake. He
said catfishermen are OK because


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flooding likely
ts of rainfall, but still in the mally receives.
if 4 to 8 inches with higher The canals throughout the
maximums. The greatest region are being lowered to
s from rainfall will be Palm accommodate large amounts of
Broward, Miami-Dade, stormwater runoff. Canal levels are
Hendry, Lee and Collier presently at low, pre-storm levels.
s. Water control structures in the
e South Florida Water Man- Homestead area and the South
nt District is continuing to Miami-Dade conveyance system
thing possible to enhance were opened Wednesday night to
ity of local drainage facilities prepare for heavy rainfall. Flood-
ble to route excess runoff control enhancement projects
district's primary canal sys- added to the C-4 (Tamiami Canal)
said Bob Howard, the Basin system in the last 18 months
's director of operations. are being utilized to reduce the
ver, with conditions already potential for flooding in areas such
ed from a wetter than nor- as Sweetwater, West Miami and
mmer and expected storm Flagami that historically have seen
ons, the potential for local- flooding events for similar storms.
reet flooding is very likely Most southeastern coast water
hout South Florida." control structures are open to
e recorded more than 14 allow for the canal levels to be low-
of rain district-wide, about ered.
the amount the region nor- Lake Okeechobee was at 15.7


lake Georgia man
A 49-year-old Georgia man was
arrested early Thursday morning
c on a variety of charges, including
rrin ane possession of marijuana.
Kent Orman Martin of Coolidge,
iobee Waterway from the Ga., was arrested by Okeechobee
to the Gulf of Mexico are County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
d by the U.S. Army Corps Deputy Kristin Gray on charges of
neers (USACE). Naviga- driving while license suspended,
formation for these locks fleeing and attempting to elude a
obtained by phoning-the law enforcement officer, resisting
Clewiston Field Opera- arrest without violence, possession
Cnterat (863) 983-8101. of marijuana and possession of
IMD began implementing drug paraphernalia.
*m activities and protocols Martin's total bond was set at
lnesday, Aug. 24. The dis- $15,000.
closely monitoring the pro- According to the deputy's
storm track, along with report, while on patrol around 1:45
evels in regional canals, a.m. Thursday she saw a pickup
nd water storage areas truck stopped on the Taylor Creek


feet Thursday down 1 foot since
the end of June. Rainfall amounts
of 6-12 inches north of the lake or
directly over the lake could push
the level up by a 1.5 to 2 feet. With
the current forecast, a 1.5- to 2-foot
rise in the level of Lake Okee-
chobee is expected, which would
result in large flood-control water
releases from the lake into the St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
"Our water control facilities
such as pumping stations, flood
control gates and field station com-
munications are 100 percent oper-
ational," Howard said. "Field crews
are receiving assignments for oper-
ations throughout the next 24
hours are following standard oper-
ating procedures of filling fuel
tanks for extended operations and
preparing for round-the-clock
recovery efforts."
Secondary systems such as city


arrested on drug charges
bridge. Deputy Gray states in her Due to the man's suspicious
report she saw the driver slumped activities inside the truck, Deputy
in the driver's seat with his head Gray called for backup.
down. After shutting off his truck, Mar-
Shortly after turning on the red tin reportedly opened the driver's
and blue emergency lights on her side door, but continued to sit in his
patrol unit, she heard Martin push- truck and smoke a cigarette.
ing on the gas pedal of his truck.
But, she said, the truck did not Deputy Gray's report states the
move. man told her at least twice that he
He then pressed the gas pedal wasn't afraid of her, and had to be
of his 2002 Ford F-250 pick up and forcibly restrained by deputies Raul
hoean to drive south n I S 441 Marrero and Anthony Kibler.


S.E. Although he never exceeded
35 mph, Deputy Gray said Martin
ignored both her emergency lights
and siren. The deputy said as he
was driving, Martin continued to
reach toward the passenger seat as
well as under the driver's seat.


the lake down three-quarters of a
foot and feel like we are in a good
position now," she said.
She said there is no concern for
the people. The lock operators
have been monitoring the condi-
tions and have been making releas-
es of water from the lake.
Andrew Geller, engineer for
Lake Okeechobee, said recently
adjusted pulse releases from the
lake intq the St. Lucie Lock over a
10-day period ended because the
2,500-cubic-feet-per-second quota
was reached early and no more
water from the lake is going into
the lock. However, the pulse
'release would continue from the
lake until Saturday at the Moore
Haven Lock on the Caloosahatch-
ee River. Then, releases will be cut
off from the lake until after the
storm and the corps will decide
when to begin releases again.
Ms. Sylvester said an inspector
from the Lake Okeechobee field
office in Clewiston did not have a
concern about the lake. The Her-


they are familiar with the condi-
tions and know when to come in,
but anyone else will be asked not
to go out on the lake.
"If they do and get into trouble,
we will not respond," he said.
SFWMD's Gary Ritter said he
believed the canals and creeks
were in good shape.
"We're still pumping water out
of the lake," he said, even though
there is a possibility of the lake ris-
ing about 1 foot from the storm.
"The best case scenario is that the
storm stays south of the lake."
Commissioner Elvie Posey
asked what would happen if 8-12
inches of rain fell.
Mr. Ritter said if 12 inches of rain
fell, he does not know what the sit-
uation would be.
All indications are that the lake
is in pretty good condition now, but
a greater concern is what this
storm might leave the lake and
area in for a future storm. Mr.
O'Neill said there could be a prob-
lem after the storm passes through
the area depending on what route
it takes on the Gulf side.
"If it heads back in north, we


The deputy went on to state in
her report that scissors, rolling
papers, matches and a prescription
bottle of Oxycodone were found in
the truck. She indicated in her
report that Martin had a prescrip-
tion for the Oxycodone.


bert Hoover Dike is an earthen dike
and can leak and they are making
monthly inspections. As the situa-
tion warrants, the inspections
would increase.
Mr. Geller said even at 15 feet for
the lake there could be some con-
cerns warranting daily inspections.
"There are no concerns now,"
he said.
Mr. Geller said that they will be
available on Friday and will contin-
ue to look at the situation and
whether they need to cut into pulse
releases from the lake. "The Her-
bert Hoover Dike was designed for
these kinds of events ... to hold
that water," he said.
He cautioned that, of course,
any time there is a large amount of
rainfall there can be local flooding.
Mr. Geller had a concern that after
Katrina, they not become compla-
cent.
"We have to prepare for other
storms and cannot sit on our
heels," he said.


could be hit again with some wind
and rain," he said.
Behind this. system is another
tropical system that may produce
more rain by early Friday, accord-
ing to Mr. O'Neill.
County Administrator George
Long asked Mr. O'Neill if he knew
the expected duration of the storm.
"It should be over by Friday
morning, at about 9 a.m., and then
there could be lesser storms and
feeder bands from the south," Mr.
O'Neill replied.
Mr. Long recommended that
the commissioners make the disas-
ter declaration, saying that if they
wait too long they may not be able
to seek reimbursement. He said he
didn't want want to cause anyone to
believe this is developing into a
more serious situation, but at the
same time he saw a need to protect
the finances of the county.
The commissioners unani-
mously approved to close the
county library, Okee-Tantie and
Lock 7 at 6 p.m. Thursday, and to
proclaim a state of emergency for
the storm.


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and county canals, are gaining
capacity through movement of
water into the district's primary
canal system prior to the storm.
Generally, the district's system is
prepared to handle the projected 6-
12 inches of rainfall. However, the
system is saturated and some areas
normally available for storage of
stormwater runoff are unusable.
"Like us, residents should be
preparing," Howard said. "Check
your neighborhood or local
drainage system and report
clogged or damaged facilities to the
appropriate neighborhood home-
owners association, city or county
authorities. Flood control is a
shared responsibility."
District officials encourage resi-
dents to look to their local and
county officials for specific direc-
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Everglades
Kindergarten
Mrs. Noonan's class chose
Andrew Van Howe as "Student of
the Week." He likes horses and
dogs. He has a big
brother 4 ls a
named
Reming-
ton. We
are
learning
about
"Mm" and
position
words like above, below, left, right.
Miss Snyder's boys and girls are
slowly adjusting to their new envi-
ronment and schedule. The stu-
dents enjoy learning many new
songs that welcome them into
their day and teach them the days
of the week, weather, counting,
and the letter of-the week: "Mr. Mm
with his wild munching mouth!"
We welcome Sebastian Hull to our
class and give 3 cheers to Alexan-
dra Jacobo for being "Student of
theWeek."
Mrs. Moore would like to wel-
come all of our children to our
class this year! I am so excited
about all of the wonderful things
we will learn this year. Let's give a
round of applause to Skelynn
Berry! She is our "Star Student."
We are learning many great things
about her. Mrs. Moore would like
to remind our parents that we will
meet for Kindergarten Orientation
on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in
the school cafeteria.


Elementary
Miss Raulerson's All-Star Rook-
ies are excited about Kindergarten.
We are busy reviewing our basic
skills. We are singing lots of songs
to practice our alphabet and our
numbers.
We invite our grandparents to
come to eat lunch with us on Sept.
13.
Mrs. Willis' class has been busy
practicing their alphabet and their
numbers. We would like to invite
our Grandparents to come eat with
us or Sept. 13, and help us cele-
brate Grandparent's Day.
Mrs. Hawk's class has been
learning new rules and how to get
along with one another. The stu-
dents are looking forward to start-
ing letter related activities next
week. Our class is also excited
about inviting our grandparents to
eat lunch with us on Sept. 13!
Mrs. Smith's class has been
learning our basic school skills. We
have been singing, dancing, paint-
ing and practicing our alphabet.
We will be celebrating Grandpar-
ents Day, so come eat lunch with
us on September 13.
Learning our names is very
important to Kindergarten Stu-
dents. The students in Mrs. Cassels'
Kindergarten have been writing,
coloring, decorating and reading
our names. We've been playing
games and getting acquainted.
Tymber Keaton celebrated her
birthday! Happy Birthday Tymber!
First grade
'Everglades 1st grade had a


y celebrates
wonderful beginning of school and
will be learning a lot of exciting
things this year. The 1st grade stu-
dents are learning color and num-
ber words along with their reading
and spelling words. It is very
important your child learn their
reading and spelling word lists.
Remember to wear a school t-shirt
or our school colors on Fridays to
show school spirit and pride.
Students of the Week:
Hollin: Brittany Kicklighter and
Cassie Reardon; Murrish: Dominic
Campbell and Maria Benitez;
Laskey: Destynie Hollis; Wisecarv-
er: Ricardo Sanchez; Osuldsen:
Joel Contreras: Parrish: Kaylie Yin-
gling; Bartlett: Kasey Durand.
Third grade
Mrs. Duncan's class is off to a
fabulous start! In math we have
been reviewing addition and sub-
traction facts. We are preparing for
place value in Chapter 2. In science
we have been studying plants and
how they grow. We made radish
seed necklaces, gardens in gloves,
and dirt heads that grew grass hair.
Happy Birthdlay to Alejandra
Sanchez!
Mts. Tilton's class is continuing
a theme unit on rainforests. We are
studying plants and have recreated
startlingly beautiful orchids and
bromeliads. We are writing both
narrative and expository pieces on
the, rare and endangered animals
of the rainforest. We will be mak-,
ing rain sticks later this month. We
are refreshing our addition and
subtraction skills in math, and we'll
begin Place Value in Chapter 2.
Happy August Birthday to Emily
Clay.
"Is. Jan \\atlford's class is very
excited.about helping in Miss Deb-
bie's Kindergarten class with A.R.
We have been busy with all kinds
of seed projects from ideas; thanks
to "Ag' in the classroom. We have
been busy learning our two multi-
plication facts with a game called
multiplication SWAT.
Fifth Grade
Miss Kosinski welcomes our
new 5th graders to our fabulous
team. The students seem ready
and killing g to seek new challenges
in the upcoming year. We hate
already begun our FCAT Friday cel-
ebiations and we're learning a lot.
In reading, the class is taking a ride
with "James and the Giant Peach".'
Mrs Washington's fifth grade
class has gotten off to a great start.
We jumped right into Math thevery
first day of school and my students
were very recepix e of it. Our class
mrhotto this year is, "Let's color our
sear with success."
Mr. Gilfis' class is off to a faster
start! We are already finishing up
our first chapter of math. In sci-
ence, we are learning about forces
that change the earth's surface.
Thanks to all of the students for
doing such a wonderful job their


a new year
first week back at school!
Mr. LaPenna's class is off and
running with math, reading and
science, We're looking forward to
tackling FCAT and hope to move
our school grade from a B to A this
year. Wouldn't that be something
to cheer about!
VE classes
The Everglades ESE team
recently received a new flat screen
stand alone computer for each
VE/Resource classroom. VE teach-
ers attended a workshop over the
summer, and received training in a
new software program (SOLO)
designed to help students improve
reading, writing, and spelling skills.
Mrs. Enrico's class is enjoying
their new classroom setting and
getting familiar with their text-
books. Mr. Bonasera and Mrs. Enri-
co are team teaching again this
year, and look forward to another
successful year.
Ms. Wainer's class is continuing
the "Wilson Reading Program",
and already looking ahead to FCAT.
Welcome back to Mrs. May and
congratulations on the newest edi-
tion to her family. Mrs. Campbell is
still anxiously awaiting the arrival
of her new son.
Administration
Everglades Elementary is very
excited to open our new Extended
Daycare Program for students in
grades K- 0. It is open each school
day until 5:45 p.m. and provides an
after school snack time for comple-
tion of homework and playtime.
The cost is $20 per week with dis-
counts for additional children.
Proof of insurance is required for
participation in the program. For
more information call (863) 462-
5108.
Everglades School T-shirts are
now on sale! They are machine
washable with' the Everglades
Gator Mascot design on the front.
\Wear your new blue Everglades T-
shirt on Friday's to promote school
Spirit and Pride. Order now! Price
$8.:
Media Center
Mr. Wibbels will have a R.I.F.
distribution on the week of Aug.'
22. Students uvill be able to choose
their favorite book to keep and
read. R.I.F. stands for Reading Is
Fundamental and, Okeechobee
County Schools have been partici-
pating in the program for the last 3:3
years.
Also the Media Center will host
a Scholastic Book Fair on Sept. 9,
and it will last until Sept 23. Parent
%olunte.ers are needed to help out
the school and the students. Please
volunteer! Flyers will be sent home
with the students about the Sep-
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William H. Bilf
Jackson, 81
William H 'Bill' Jackson, age
81, died on Aug. 23, 2005 after a
long and dis-
tinguished lire.
He was born
in Orlando, on
Sept. II, 1923.
Bill spent his
early \ears
attending.
schools in Pe
Vero Beach
and Tampa William H.
before 'Bill' Jackson
answering the
nation's call to arms. He served
his country fur 32 'ears in the
U.S. Air Force. and Ias a combat
veteran of \World \\ r II, Korea
and Vietnam. He retired as a
Chief Master Sergeant in 1975
Bill was an active participant
in Masonic organizations all dur-
ing his military career and con-
tinued that endeavor after set-
tling in Okeechobee. His
achievements included: Poten-
tate, Amara Shrine Temple
(1988): President, Okeechobee
Shrine Club: President, Treasure
Coast Billikin's Club; President,
Ambassador LUnit of Amara:
Honorary Past Master and Trea-
surer, Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237 for 21 years: Patron,
Riverview #80 Order of there East-
ern Star. Hinsdale, Montana;
Emeritus Member, Enclow-
ments, Wills and Gifts Commit-
tee of the Imperial Council,
A.A.O.N.M.S.: Member, York
Rite, Scottish Rite (Valley of
Taipei, 32 degree KC.C.H.i, ROJ
Court #179. Cabiri; and the
Grand Marshal, Black-Gold
Parade, Pahokee (1988). He
served on the board of the Trea-
sure Coast Food Bank for mrnany
years.
He was preceded in death by
his son Robert L. Jackson in
2003.
Survivors include: his %%ife Jo
Raye of 57 years; his. daughter
Patricia (Victor) Hiatt of Tampa;
sister Margaret Wilherbee of
Mercer Island, Wash.: grandchil-
dren, Michael (Kelly) Hiattl of
Langley AFB, Va., and Bryan


Hiatt of Brandon: daughter-in-
law Shirlev Jackson of New
Orleans, La. and granddaughter
Deana Billingslev of Belle Chas-
se. La He will be great missed
b\ all who knew hirn.
A Masonic service will be
held at 6 p.m on Satuiday, Aug.
27, at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.\\. Fifth A\e. A
memrnorialservice will be held at
3 p.rm.
Visitation from 2 until 3 p.m.,
Sunday, Aug 28, at the First Bap-
tist Church. 310 S.\. Fifth Ave.,


where Bill \as a member fur
many years.
In lieu of flowers the family
requests that donations be made
to Hospice of Okeechobee
(P.O Box-1548, (Okeechobee, Fla.
34973) oi the Shriners Hospital
For Children Transportation
Fund IAmara Shrine Temple,
P.O.Box 30335 Palm Beach Gar-
dens, Fla. 33420-30335)
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
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DIGGING A HOLE No, the war in Iraq was no accident, it was deliber-
ate. George W. Bush needs to be stopped. He is digging this country into
a hole that we will never get out of. We need to impeach him now!
THANK GOD As Americans our most prize possession is our freedom.
Terrorists all over the world are always trying to take it away. That is why
we should all be thankful for presidents like George W. Bush who cares
about our freedom and knows it is worth fighting for. Just remember we
wouldn't be fighting Iraq if President Clinton had done something when
the Trade Center and U.S.S. Cole were attacked on his watch. He did
nothing, thank god for G.W Bush.

NO PROPER ROOM This is about the music teacher at South that quit
after the second day. I can't believe they built that.new school and did not
build a music room. I would quit too if I had a place partitioned off in the
cafeteria where you can hear all the noise from the kids who are eating
lunch. That's ridiculous. Find a room or you won't be able to keep a
music teacher.

: CHURCH CLOTHING This is for all the people complaining about the
clothes they wear to church. Why not do what Adam and Eve did and
make clothing in church optional. That way if someone wants to wear
clothes ok, and if they don't they don't have to. The only problem with
that is that the police may be a little judgmental on the way out, you just
might get a set of bracelets.
DYING IN IRAQ I am calling about our family members dying in Iraq.
My cousin, father of four, a wonderful son, brother, cousin and family
member was murdered in Iraq. This is all because of George W. Bush.
When daddy Bushwas in office I didn't see little Georgie over there fight-
ing with a gun on his back. If that was the case, this would be a different
story. Now that George is in office, I don't see either of his daughters over
there. The person that called in about his daughters being over there, I
agree. He has nothing to loose so why bother, he doesn't care. His chil-
dren aren't on the front line and aren't being killed. Maybe it would be dif-
ferent if his family was on the front line being killed.

ENERGY CRISIS I would like to address the President's view on the
energy crisis. The high gas prices will be passed down to us in the form of
higher prices on food, etc. Trucks have to use fuel to get stuff here. The
President's remarks were, "I can't wave a magic wand" isn't good
enough. People wake up. We need to get our own natural resources out-
ofour own country. And we need to start right now, because this is ridicu-
lous:as it is only going to get worse. We are going to have only rich people
iin this country because the poor people won't be ableto survive.

NEED PERMITS I think the people in Okeechobee should knowwhat
the zoning board is doing. They are fining people for not cleaning up their
. property, but they are also fining them for tearing down their buildings
and stuff. If you lear down your own building and stuff you have to get a
'permit to tear it down or you will be fined. I think this should be looked
into. I think the commissioners need to look into this and see what the
Szoning board is doing.
Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. It is the code enforcement board
you are referring to and not the zoning board. Code enforcement offi-
cers can cite property owners for code violations and fine them based
on the county's land development regulations, which were approved by
the county commissioners, and Florida Statutes. As for demolition,
Building Official Arnold IVru.ev stated that permits for construction and
for demolition are required by the state building code and by Florida
Statutes. He said one reason for the permit is that there are safety issues
involved with utilities and septic tanks. Also, the building department
has a record of a building being removed. He added that the building
department tries to make the issuance of permits as painless as possi-
ble. As for the commissioners, Commissioner Clif Betts is well aware of
the situation. Two of the other commissioners are builders so thev
should also know the permit requirements. After last year's hurricanes,
the commissioners relaxed requirements for demolition contractors to
make it easier for them to get licensed.

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Community Events

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 al 9 a.m.

Airboat group to meet Sept. 8
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Village Square Restaurant, 301 W
South Park S.. Agenda items include selection of an audit committee,
an update on the 2006 jamboree, additional charitable giving and
report on Labor Day. Visitors are welcome. Call the Andersons at
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Letter to the Editor


Looking ,down the
road after CAFTA
Last month, Congress passed
the DR-CAFTA, the free trade
agreement between the United
States and the Dominican Repub-
lic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Hon-
duras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
It's a treaty that has been in the
works for well over year and, for a
great many Florida businesses, rep-
resents increased trade with our
neighbors to the south.
Yet, this agreement was by far
the most difficult one I've faced in
recent years because it pitted our
state's sugar industry which is a
vital part of our farming communi-
ty and our economy against
every other Florida'interest, includ-
ing other state agricultural produc-
ers.
I have been an ardent supporter
of Florida agriculture stemming
even before my days as chairman
of the Florida Senate's agriculture
committee. And in every trade
agreement that has come before
Congress since I have been here, I
have fought to ensure that Florida
farmers will not be harmed. That
was the reason I initially voted
against trade promotion authority
for the president, and the reason I
worked with colleagues to ensure
that the Free Trade Agreement with
Australia one of the world's
largest sugar producers did not
include any sugar provisions.
DR-CAFTA created an extreme-
ly difficult situation because so
many other agricultural interests,
including Florida Citrus. Mutual,
came out in support of it. Our sugar
farmers were -essentially isolated,
and the leadership in both the Sen-
ate and the House made it painfully
clear that if DR-CAFTA were to fail
because of sugar votes, the whole
U.S. sugar program would pay a
-horrible price in future agreements
and, more importantly, in the
upcoming Farm Bill.
DR-CAFTA did not set a prece-
dent for importing sugar: that
precedent, unhappily, was set by
NAFTA more than a decade ago.
And the problems our farmers
now face are not those that DR-
CAFTA will impose but those lin-
gering from unfettered Mexican


sugar imports as a result of NAFTA.
We also face some imposing trade
agreements on the horizon with
major sugar producers such as
Thailand and Brazil, which -
together with the upcoming Farm
Bill are where the real battles
will have to be fought.
It was extremely clear to me
that bringing the DR-CAFTA down
(whose sugar imports ultimately
are not the problem) would make.
it- all but impossible for our sugar
interests to be taken into account
when trade treaties with Thailand,
Panama, Brazil and others are on
the table. It is also critical that sugar
be represented in the upcoming
Farm Bill, which will set the law of
the land in terms of quotas on
imported sugar.
For many years, there has been
a push in Congress to get rid of the
entire U.S. sugar program -
something that would be absolute-
ly devastating to the industry in
light of continued international
trade. Until now, we have always
been able to garner help from
other agricultural sectors in retain-
ing the sugar program in farm bills.
But the animosity that was being
created against sugar farmers by
other. American farmers who
wanted DR-CAFTA passed was
threatening to undermine that his-
torical support for us.
In the end, I was not willing to
support DR-CAFTA until we were
able to get assurances protecting
Florida's farmers. Part of those
assurances will mean that sugar
will have a definite place at the
negotiating table when the 2008
Farm Bill is negotiated. Otherassur-
ances have provided sugar farmers
with a safe-harbor against further
sugar imports during the life of the
current farm bill. And new provi-
sions have been included in the
recently passed Energy Bill that will
Open up the alternative-energy
market to ethanol production from
sugar.
I know that many concerns still
remain about the effects of DR-
CAFTA. But I also know that, for
sugar farmers the real fights lie
ahead, not with this treaty. And we,
need to make sure we are pre-
pared and ready for them.
Congressman Mark
Foley (Lr16).


Upcoming Events

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets a't 9 a.m. at-the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and se,.
,what %\e are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at
(863) 467-9766. .
. A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.rr. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are
$5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-
6978 or Juana at 471-9795.

Saturday
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
1925 U.S. 441 S.E., which is next to the driver's license office: It is a
self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and
other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or
psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For information,
call (863) 467-1026.

Sunday
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.

Monday
There are no events scheduled for this day.

Tuesday
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at,
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone inter-
ested 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 (8631 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m; at the
Clock Restaurant, 11 11 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interest-
ed 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.. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at I I a.m. at Welcome House, which is locat-
ed next to next to the driver's license office 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, schizophre-
nia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call
(863) 467-1026.

Wednesday
AA. meeting meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. This 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. (behind the Brah-
man Theatre). For information, call (863) 763-1191.
Lakeside Cruisin' Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, contact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.


Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Historical Society
Looking Back...
T.A. Sizemore installed the first telephone system in
Okeechobee and was responsible for the installation of,
the first electric plant in 1918. He is related to Anna Jane
(Evans) O'Stine. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them
by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we
can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the
photo and information about the photo to
okeenews@okeechobee.com.



Community Events

Sorority to host Beginning Day Tea
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be holding a Beginning Day Tea cel-
ebration on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St., from 10 a.m. until noon. All mem-
bers are invited. For information, call (863) 467-1070.
MADD is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
Aug. 27, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Andy Hind-
man, executive director of MADD Florida. The topic will be alcohol
related crashes, at-risk drivers, underage drinking and the celebra-
tion of MADD's 25th anniversary. For information, contact MADD
victims' services line at 1 (800) 772-6233 (MADD).
Church hosting special speaker
Dr. Richard Freeman, representative of Chosen People Min-
istries, will be speaking at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209
U.S. 441 S.E., on Sunday, Aug. 28, during the 10:30 a.m. worship
service. Chosen People Ministries is on the forefront of Jewish
evangelism. The ministry began in 18914 \hen Rabbi Leopold
Cohn came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel.
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. Parrolt Ave., will hold a gun safety class on Sept. 1, starting at. 7
p.m. Openings are still available. For information, call (863) 763-
6464.
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or
'before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at
Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments call
Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677, or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-
2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may
stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
Labor Day Festival scheduled
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-5 in Flagler
Park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Among the festivities
planned is the Chamber of Commerce hometown barbecue, arts
and crafts booths and food specialties. Please joinr Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce for an exciting weekend. Applica-
tions are available at the Chamber. For information, call (863) 763-
6464.

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 draw-
ings, 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 communi-
ty projects and charities. For information, call (863) 763-6069.

VFW presents 'Womenless Wedding'
TheVFW 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, brides-
maid; and, imagine Al Crank as Lulu Jasper, the flower girl. Food
will be prepared 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. Foodwill 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, register 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, Friday, August 26, 2005


OPINION






The Okeechobee News, Friday, August 26, 2005 5i


Gallagher calls for creation of Meth Strike Force


TALLAHASSEE Florida's tor agencies addressing meth. also pursuing penalties for proper- Cleaning up a site used as a
State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher According to the Florida ty owners who knowingly fail to meth lab is expensive. Not only
announced an expanded, com- Department of Law Enforcement, disclose that a meth lab was previ- must the site be cleaned but fre-
prehensive strategy to combat there were 28 meth labs seized in ously found on the premises. quently the areas around the site
methamphetamine or "meth," Florida in 2001. Last year, the In June, Gallagher pledged to must be decontaminated as well.
including a call for increased coor- number rose to 332. Since 2004, pursue legislation to heighten According to a report by the
dination. between state agencies, the State Fire Marshal's Office has penalties for all first responders National Advisory Council on
the creation of a Meth Strike Force, responded to more than 30 fires or injured while responding to a Drug Abuse, for every pound of
increased criminal penalties for explosions at meth labs. In June, meth lab. Legislation, sponsored meth produced, 5 to 7 pounds of
meth producers, and the estab- Gallagher launched a series of by Rep. Greg Evers, passed earlier toxic materials remain. Gallagher
lishment of trust funds to clean up training programs to provide this year enhanced penalties for is recommending the creation of a
meth lab sites and help meth vic- those on the front lines with tools meth producers who injure a law "Victims of Meth Labs" Trust
tims, including children. Joining to deal with the new risk they face. enforcement officer, but it did not Fund. Anyone convicted of manu-
Gallagher in support of expanded Among the proposals Gal- extend to firefighters and other facturing or distributing meth
efforts was Director James McDo- lagher is advocating: first responders who are also often would be required to forfeit assets
enough, Florida Office of Drug Con- Creation ofa MethStrike Force: called to respond to a meth lab. to the fund.
trol. To assist local law enforcement Gallagher will work with Rep. Creation of a "Restoring Lives"
"Meth is a high-level threat to agencies in communities identi- Evers and other legislative leaders TrustFund:
our communities and has the fied as meth hot spots, Gallagher to correct this omission. To get direct assistance to vic-
potential to destroy our communi- is urging the creation of a Meth Protecting Children Exposed to tims, including children, Gallagher
ties one by one," Gallagher said. Strike Force that will enhance Meth: is seeking to create a "Restoring
"Jails are overflowing with meth local efforts to crack down on According to the Drug Enforce- Lives' trust fund using the forfeited
producers and users, and almost meth; assist in response, cleanup ment Agency, meth lab accidents funds. This fund would provide
half of all children found living in and disposal of clandestine meth burned 48 children and killed one matching funds for private chari-
meth labs need urgent medical labs; and provide assistance to child in 2003. After hearing stories ties and ministries that collect
care and intervention. Strong families destroyed by meth. of children crawling in spilled funds to assist meth users and
steps have already been taken, but Tougher penalties for meth- chemicals and playing near toxic their children.
we need to rapidly expand our related Crimes: burn piles, Gallagher is proposing In Holmes County, counseling
response to combat this evil Upon posting bond, meth that children of meth manufactur- and treatment for meth addicts is
drug." manufacturers often return to ers be immediately removed from available, through a faith-based
"Meth is the number one drug their labs and start producing the home to get them out of treatment program called County-
threat facing Florida," said McDo- again. To stop the revolving door, harm's way and provide them wide Anti-Substance Abuse Effort
enough, whose office is leading a Gallagher is proposing that bond with urgent medical attention. (C.A.S.E).
statewide meth working group be denied for meth producers. Creation of a "Victims of Meth Gina Prescott, a former meth
made up of private and public sec- State Fire Marshal Gallagher is Labs" Trust Fund: addict, is a C.A.S.E. counselor.

Man charged with threatening Florida governor
TALLAHASSEE (AP) A man Brian Gaynor. but those changes have not been hospital after the calls and was
apparently upset that the Florida Stewart said he was a mental put in place. arrested after his release Wednes-
Department of patient who was off his psychi- DCF spokeswoman Zoraya day, she said.
Children & atric medication, according to the Suarez said privacy rules didn't .
Families affidavit. allow her to discuss details of FDLE wouldn't comment fur-
wouldn't help The office reported Stewart to Stewart's case, but said he did their on the incident.
him obtain the FDLE, who interviewed him contact the agency on Thursday
psychiatric the same day. Stewart acknowl- and his needs were resolved the Bush said he wasn't con-
medications ,. edged he told the operator he "felt same day. She acknowledged, cerned about his safety. He said
was charged like strapping a bomb to himself though, that he may have called similar threats happen a lot and
Wednesday and attending the next governor's the governor's office before solv- that FDLE does a "spectacular
with threaten-' meeting." irig his problem. job" handling them.
ing Gov. Jeb Nathan When asked about the corm- Stewart's sister, Colleen
Bush. Wayne ment again the next day, he told Matthews, said her brother is not "When a guy wants to blow
Nathan Stewart an agent, "I may not be able to a threat to the governor, your head off it's not related to
Wayne Stew- afford C-4, but I can get a hold of "He wouldn't hurt anybody. politics, it's related to issues going
art, 46, of Tallahassee, called the some black powder and some He was just so frustrated and he on inside his head," Bush said.
Governor's Citizens Services nails." He also told agentshe was doesn't know how to deal with "There are a lot of people that
Office several times last Thursday mad at Bush because the gover- his anger and expressing him- have mental illnesses and they fix-
and complained about DCF. Dur- nor privatized Medicaid and he self," she said, adding that he had ate on elected officials and they
ing one call, he said, "If I don't get wasn't able to get his medication. ongoing problems with state pro- play out their problems on them. I
my meds soon, I will have to kill Bush is seeking federal waivers grams while trying to stay on his have a lot of empathy for people
someone," according to an affi- to make Medicaid more like pri- medication. who have those kind of sad issues
davit signed by Special Agent vate managed health care plans, He was treated at a psychiatric going on in their lives."


Community Events


New historical mugs on sale
The Ot:ee.:h,:ee Historical Society has a new shipment of histor-
ical Oleechrbee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture
of the '-'d ,19gh SchoL'l for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Com-
merce They also ha% e a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
Okee h,,bee" which h sells for $4.

Enroll m ent starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Volun-
tary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in
Floiida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the 2005-06 school
year. Parents can tind the registration form online at \ ,vvw.vpkflori-
da.org; or, theN can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for
a paper copy of the registration.

Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the summer,
and the\' are no longer accepting donations. For information, call
Rosie at 1.8631 i76.3-4242.

Church offers summer activities
., Ainn ties are no\ available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S \V Sx\th St These activities include: a food bank that is open Mon-
day and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tues-
day through Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon
!orn J_ until 4 p.m., Bo\ Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8
p rn., Immigration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of
Seixy month from I until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and
Thursday\ evenings

County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at
the Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For
information, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.


Gospel Lighthouse will meet
" A newly-formed congregation, The Gospel Lighthouse, will meet
every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Christian 7th Day Baptist Church, 91-1
N.W. Park St. There will be old camp meeting style of preaching, praying
and singing. For information, contact Reverend Elma J. Hampton at
(8.63) 357-0455.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland- Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W
16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will be
demonstrated, as well as ho\v to access and navigate the internet. For the
dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee County Library
at (863) 763-3536.


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"More than 90 percent of the peo-
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Prescott said. "Funds for interven-
tion and treatment are critical to
turning a meth user's life around."
Establish a State Meth Tip Line:
Community self-policing is one
of the most important weapons in
the war on drugs. Gallagher is pro-
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Cyclist Lance Armstrong goes on the counterattack


ByJimLUtke
Associated Press
Lance Armstrong climbed
down off his bike a month ago. His
counterattacking skills, though,
remain as sharp as ever.
A day after the director of the
Tour de France said the seven-time
champion "fooled" race officials
and the sporting world by doping,
Armstrong responded to the grow-
ing controversy with harsh words
for everyone connected to a report
in L'Equipe, the French sports daily
that made the original accusation.
"Where to start?" Armstrong
mused during a conference call
Wednesday from, Washington.
"This has been a long, love-hate
relationship between myself and
the French."
He went on to lambaste L'E-
quipe and question the science
and ethics of the. suburban Paris
laboratory that stored frozen sam-
ples from the 1999 tour, tested
them only last year and leaked the
results used in the newspaper's
report. He even suggested officials
of the Tour and sports ministries
who were involved in putting the
story together could wind up fac-
ing him in court.
"Right now," Armstrong said,
"we're considering all our
options."
But a moment later, he added,
"In the meantime, it would cost a
million and a half dollars and year
of my life. I have a lot better things
to do with the million and a half ... a
lot better things I can do with my
time. Ultimately, I have to ask
myself that question."
What convinced Armstrong to
go on the offensive were remarks
earlier Wednesday by tour director
Jean-Marie Leblanc. He said L'E-
quipe's report that six urine sam-
ples Armstrong provided during his
first tour win in 1999 tested positive
for the red blood cell-booster EPO
had convinced him the cyclist had
cheated.
"The ball is now in his court,"
Leblanc told the newspaper.
"Why, how, by whom? He owes
explanations to us and to everyone
who follows the Tour. Today, what
L'Equipe revealed shows me that I
was fooled. We were all fooled."
But in one sense, Armstrong felt
the same way, saying he talked to
Leblanc on the telephone after the
tour director spoke to LEquipe, but
before those remarks were pub-
lished.
"I actually spoke to him for,
about 30 minutes and he didn't say
an\ _I tial stuff to me personally,"
Armstrong said "But to say[ that
I've 'fooled' the fans is preposter-
ous. I've been doing this a long
time. We have not just one year of
only 'B' samples; \ve have seven
years of 'A' and 'B' samples.


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AP photo/Peter Dejong
Cyclist Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, leaves the doping
control bus after the 8th stage of the Tour de France cycling
race, in this July 13, 2003 photo, between Sallanches and
L'Alpe d'Huez, French Alps. A day after the director of the
Tour de France said the seven-time champion "fooled" race
officials and the sporting world by doping, Armstrong
responded to the growing controversy with harsh words for
everyone connected to a report in L'Equipe, the French
sports daily that made the original accusation.


They've all been negative."
Armstrong has insisted
throughout his career that he has
never taken drugs to enhance his
performance. In his autobiogra-
phy, "It's Not About the Bike," he
said he was administered EPO dur-
ing his chemotherapy treatment to


battle cancer.
"It was the only thing that kept
me alive," he wrote.
'Armstrong questioned the
validity of testing samples frozen
six years ago, how those samples
were handled since, and how he
could be expected to defend him-


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Little League World Series
Volunteer Sports Field Manager Darin Budak from Sunrise, Ariz., cuts the grass in the out-
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Wllliamsport, Pa., Thursday Aug. 25, at the Little League World Series.


(synthetic) EPO is detected, it is
because it's in the sample. Time
will decrease the amount of EPO,
not increase or form it."
EPO, formally known as ery-
thropoietin, was on the list of
banned substances when Arm-
strong won his first Tour, but there
was no effective test to detect the
drug. But Armstrong's assurances
he never took performance-
enhancing drugs has been good
enough for his sponsors. A previ-
ously scheduled meeting with sev-
eral brought him to Washington,
and he said afterward, "We
haven't seen any damage."


But Armstrong acknowl-
edged the same was likely true al
L'Equipe.
"Obviously, this is great busi-
ness for them," he said. "Unfor
tunately, I'm caught in the cross-
hairs.
"And at the end of day," he
added, "I think that's what it's all
about ... selling newspapers.
And it sells."
Editor's Note: AP Sports Writ-
ers Chris Lehourites in London
and Rob Gloster in New York
contributed to this report.


self when the only confirming evi-
dence the 'A' sample used for
the 1999 tests no longer existed.
He also charged officials at the sub-
urban Paris lab with violating
World Anti-Doping Agency code
for failing to safeguard the
anonymity of any'remaining 'B'
samples it had.
"It doesn't surprise me at all that
they have samples. Clearly they've
tested all of my samples since then
to the highest degree. But when I
gave those samples," he said, refer-
ring to 1999, "there was not EPO in
those samples. I guarantee that."
Two anti-doping authorities said
urine samples from 1999, if stored
properly, still could produce legiti-
mate EPO test results.
"I believe they may well, if they
have been properly stored with-
out access to outside people so
they cannot be tampered with.
Also in a refrigerator or deep
frozen," Arne Ljungqvist, chairman
of the International Olympic Com-
mittee's medical commission, said
Wednesday ina phone interview
with The Associated Press.
Christiane Ayotte, director of
Montreal's anti-doping laboratory,
said EPO can disappear from sam-
ples within a few months. But it
cannot be formed in the sample
over time if it was not originally
there.
"I have no doubt that if the lab
in Paris found EPO, it was there," -
she said in an e-mail interview with
The Associated Press. "Let's put it
differently, when recombinant


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Volleyball team
hosts fundraiser
Tickets are now on sale for the
Okeechobee High School volley-
ball team's "Co Pie Bingo"
fundraiser.
The cost is $10 per ticket and
%\ill,be available until Aug. 25.
Tickets can be purchased from all
volleyball team members.
All proceeds will benefit the
volley ball program at O.H.S.-
For information, contact coach
George May at (8631 634-5836.

Touchdown Club
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.
pla \es and student body, stalf,
coaches, families and the busi-
ness community.
.Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited to
loin. Bronze membership is $300;
silver membership is $1600; 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
scholarship trust.
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (8633.1-462-5050.

OHS sports
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.
Resered seats entitle the hold-
er to admission to all home Biah-
man football games. The cost ofi
the reserved seats is $40 per seat.
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike Rade-
baugh at (863 1462-5025.

Soccer sign ups
are now under way
Registration for the Okee-
chobee County Parks & Recre-
ation Department's Youth Soccer
League will be held Mlonday-Fri-
day, from 8a.m. until 5 p.m.
Sign-ups started Aug. 22 and
end Friday, Sept. 2. All sign-ups
will be held at the recreation
department olficc, 309 N.\\' Sec-
ond St.
The registration fee is $25 per
child. Parents will need to present
a copy of their child's birth certifi-,
cate at.the time of registration.
The child's age as of Dec. 31,
2005, will determine their age
division.
. Age divisions Will be: 14 and
under; 12 and under; 10 and
under: 8,and under; and, 6 and
under.
The minimum number ol par-
ticipants in each age division is 30&
players.
Games will be played locally,
and will start Oct. 1 and end
before Christmas
For information, call the recre-


action department at (863) 763-
6950.

Rodeo tickets
are now on sale
Tickets are no\\ on sale at Eli's
Western \Veai, 907 \\ North Park
St for the Cattlemen's Associa-
tion Pro Rodeo Co%\ boy Associa-
tion (PRCA,) rodeo that will be
held at.the' Cattlemen's Rodeo
Arena on U.S. 441 N.
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
Iloals.
For information, contact Perri
L. Giafaglione at (863) 697-3113.

Team Trail
slate announced
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 No%. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tanlie Marina and
Campground Registrations can
be made at the Wanta-Linga
Motel or at the dock on the day of
the tournament.
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863) 763-1020.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Aug. 26,
through Thursday, Sept. 1, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Brothers Grimm"
. (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Dukes of Hazzard"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and'
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Skeleton Key" (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 movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.


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Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle main-
tenance facility is open from 8
a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. It is closed on weekends and
holidays. Only recyclable materi-
als such as newspaper, aluminum
and metal cans,- corrugated card-
board, glass jars and bottles and
,plastics #1 through #7 are
accepted at the public facilities.
Items not accepted include: plas-
tic shopping bags; commercial
business items; tires; appliances;
electronic devices; yard trash;
household trash; oil, gas, paint or
household hazardous waste; and,
batteries. For more information:
contact Russell Rowland, county
solid -waste manager, at (863)
763-1811; or, Waste Management
of Okeechobee at (863) 357-0111,.
or (863) 763-4818.
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 com-
munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Automat-
ed External Defibrillation, and
HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the
Okeechobee Branch of the Amer-
ican Red Cross at (863) 763-2488
to find out more.
Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volun-
teers to serve as advocates for res-
idents of nursing homes and
assisted living facilities. Volun-
teers are specially trained and cer-
tified to investigate and resolve
resident complaints and to carry
out inspections of facilities.
Licensed social workers, pharma-
cists, elder law attorneys, physi-
cians, nurses and others with a
sincere interest in the elderly are
urged to apply. Call Linda Slattery
at (772) 595-1385.
Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For information, call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Janet
at (863) 467-0183.
Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Program
is available for Okeechobee resi-
dents. The rates to spay/neuter
cats and dogs are: female cat -
$15; male cat $10; female dog -
$25; and male dog $25. Applica-
tions may be picked up at the Pen-
nySaver, St. Vincent's, Salvation
Army or Animal Control. For infor-
mation, call (772) 283-4137 or
(772) 336-0339.
Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County Ordinance Sec.
10-111, Vaccination against rabies
required and Okeechobee City
Ordinance 4-26, vaccinations. All
dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months
and older must be vaccinated
once a year by a licensed veteri-
narian against rabies with a Unit-
ed States Government approved.
vaccine. Animal licenses are pur-
chased at the Animal Control
facility with proof of current
rabies vaccination. For informa-
tion, call Animal Control at (863)
357-3225.


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EARRING, Found in purse pur-
chased at local consignment
shop. (863)763-721.0
FOUND: Earring on dyke be-
tween Lot 7 & Taylor Creek.
(863)467-6250
Utility Trailer, vic. of L-Cross
on 8/21, if rightful owner
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BLACK SCHNAUZER, Little
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BULLS (2) one black, one dark
brown. Approx lyr old. Last
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LOST: man that bought L
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please call regarding miss-
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BABY GIRL CLOTHES, 0-6mo,
shoes & etc. Call for details.
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KITTENS 2 Males & 2 Fe-
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and White. Free to good
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Class B, Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
Call (863)763-3617 .
NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED
DOG GROOMER. Must have
ref. Also a Bather.(will train)
Please call (863)467-7785.


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B e'efits j'cl
chmemalking and cooking skills.
enefits, incl5de health insurance and
vacation. Call 863-357-2442.

Looking for a new Career? Great Opportunity!


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


Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Activity Aid
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Timne. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442



I Excellent bene its. pply in person @
710 NE 5th Ave..
Diamond R is a drug-free workplace &
an Equal Opportunity Employer

SALES ASSOCIATE
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. & 401K
Call 863-634-5399


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
For Hair Stylists and
Nail Technicians
Exp. pref but not necessary
'. (863)763-0404


WANTED: EXPERIENCED
LOADER/BOBCAT
TRACTOR OPERATORS
Top pay to the right person
Benefits. Please call
(772)336-9636


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Good Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street


PERSONAL ASST. part
or full time advanced
computer skills &
general office, no
physical limitations,
very personable
w/great communica-
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el US to air shows.
Benefits incl.
Adventure Tours, Tim
863-227-2166
PRE-SCHOOL
TEACHER NEEDED
For a Busy Child Care Center
(863)467-5588 orfax
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The classified are the
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WAREHOUSE HELP
Must be 21 yrs of age.
MAGNA-BON
(863)357-0400


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For fresh squeezed
juice facility.
Technical, hands-on,
QA experience a
plus. Must have
personnel mgmt. exp.
Intense environment.
Variable hours 12
am til 6 pm. Send
resume to:
Orchid Island
Juice Company
330 N. Hwy. U.S. 1
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950,
fax: 772-465-1693
or email:
mbyars@orchid
islandjuice.com



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for aspiring musician. Please
call Debbie (863)517-0889


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Estimate
(863)697-6446


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
'Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Bok & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens i Fabrics 595
fireplace Fixture 600
firewood 05
Furniture 610
furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/'
Supplies 625
.Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Susecal Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
equipment 665
'Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
.Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
.Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
&ys IL Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
- heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
,801-1245 cell.
TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat
pump, 12 seer, brand new,
never been used. $1200
(863)467-7101


DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,
-Good condition. $45.
(863)983-1848
ENGRAVED GOLD LOCKET-
S1940 With chain, holds 2
pictures. $25
(863)983-1848


CROSLEY STOVE- Apartment
SSize, Electric, New Paid
.'$325 asking $275
: (863)357-2233
DRYER- Kenmore, Excellent
shape, free delivery, only
$75. Call 863-675-8937.
FREEZER, KENMORE, Upright,
Good condition. $300 or
best offer. Call Ramses at
(863)673-0645
A AGIC BULLET As seen on
--TV, Brand new, still in box,
$75 (863)467-2112
REFRIGERATOR- Frigidaire,
side by side, Ice on door,
7yrs old, $300 neg.
, (863)674-0677.
WASHER & DRYER- White
Westinghouse, 7 yrs old,
$200 or best offer.
(863)674-0677. .
WASHER (1) DRYER (2)-
$200 takes all.
(863)261-2846
WASHING MACHINE Maytag
Neptune, needs some re-
pairs. Pd $1500 asking
$150 (863)801-1836 ..


WATER HEATER 50 gallon,
top of the line GE, 2yrs old,
like new condition. Pd $250
asking $175 (863)763-6041



SHED, 5 yrs. old,'8x10, w/6ft.
roll up door, $600.
(863)467-1860



TANNER- Soliel, 28 Sport.
$2250. New never used, Call
Cathy 863-697-1123


MIAMI SUN- 3 Wheel bike,
Excellent shape. $150.
(863)467-7659



SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $1000.
(863)467-5756.






STEPS, All aluminum w/rail-
ings, 4 steps & approx. 31/ x
3. platform top. $150
(863)357-1042
STORAGE BUILDING 4x8-
wood w/ alum siding. #88
@ Taylor Creek Resort $375
(573)547-7637/517-2577



RAILROAD TRUSSES- (5)
asking $100 will sell separ-
ate. 863-610.-0575
STEPS, Aluminum w/railing, 3
steps high. $60. n.eg.
(863)763-4952



CRIB 3 n 1, light beige $70
(772)597-0650


FLOWER POTS (5) McCoy.
$120 for all. (863)357-1042
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 orbestoffer
Call (863)763-8943



DELL LATITUDE CP LAPTOP-
w/accessories, $200.
(866)855-0902.
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
(772)597-0650



COMMERCIAL KILN, Pouring
table & Mixer. $300 for all,
will sep. (863)467-8177


BED FRAME Wooden, twin
size, headboard/footboard,
good condition $20
(863)824-8749


BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy, $500
(863)467-7659.


BRASS BED (KING) with like
new Sterns & Foster mat-
tress set. Cost $5K, asking
$1200.neg.(863)824-0884
BUNK BEDS with matching
desks, 2 solid wood, $300.
Call (863)673-0920 or
863-675-9243.
CHEST OF DRAWERS- small,
3 drawers, $30.
(863)467-9892.


COMPUTER DESK wooden,
medium size, $50
(863)634-0526
COMPUTER DESK- real wood,
very. good shape, $75.
(863)
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
casters, $100.
(863)674-0898
DINNING ROOM TABLES (2)
$50 for both, will sep. Nice
shape. (863)467-6088
DR SUITE- Ashley, Oak, round
table, no leaf, 4 chairs, $200
or best offer.
(863)763-5186.
END TABLES (2) solid wood,
Sw/ pull out drink/plate hold-
ers $180 or best offer
(863)634-0517
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
King Size, Mountain style,
solid pine, $200.
(863)634-2582
TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
(863)357-4188
WATERBEDS- King (full set)
& Queen $500 Will separ-
ate(863)673-2754
Wine Rack, 31x78, 4 shelves,
black metal & oak counter,
$25. (863)674-0898



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good bait/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg.'(863*)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.
PARTY CART seats 4 peo-
ple, 1 dog & plenty of cool-
ers, 36v charger, $900
(863)697-2033


AR-15 BUSHMASTER .223
cal. carbine, custom trigger,
accessory rail, A2 style. $800,
(863)634-9494
FIREARMS LIBRARY 32
leather bound vol. (history,
gun smithing, ballistics) like
new $450 863-697-2033
REMMINGTON FIELDMASTER
pump .22 cal Model 121,
$350/neg. 239-246-6444.
RUGER MINI 14 .223 cal.,
like new, with extras,
$350/neg.,239-246-6444.
RUGER REDLABLE- 12 gauge,
Over/under, sporting clay
30" ported barrels, Extra
choke $1200 863-763-8169



PILATES EXERCISE BOARD
great for strength training.
$100. (863)697-3090
TREADMILL, Proform EKG 2,
fairly new, $180.
(863)824-8749
WEIGHT BENCH Welder, in-
cludes 185 Ibs of cement
weights & bar. In gd shape.
$50 (863)675-7734
WESLO Treadmill folds for
storage. $100.
(863)697-3090



HAMMOCK SWING- Brand
new, Never used. $55.
(863)357-0125


ADULT SCOOTER, 3 Wheel,
Space Saver, Runs great.
Good condition. $500.
(863)357-8788
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
.condition, $350
(863)801-4949
RECLINER, LIFT CHAIR, Elec-
tric: Asking $150 or best
offer. (863)467-9892.


SCOOTER- Golden Alante
motorized chair. New w/ war-
ranty papers. pd $6K asking
$1300 neg (863)357-2233
WALKER, Aluminum w/2
large front wheels, very
good condition. $25.
(863) 763-2458


BIRDFEEDER, $38 or best of-
fer. (754)367-1761
CHRISTMAS TREE- 6 1/2',
Blue mini lights, balls & tree
skirt. $35. for all
(863)467-8050
FUEL TANK, 300 gallon, with
pump, $400 or best offer.
(863)675-6568 leave mes-
sage.
NEXTEL i275 Camera
Phone only 3 months old
$80 or best offer
(863)697-2422
PLASTIC BUCKETS W/LIDS-
5 gallon, $25 for all, will sell
separate (863)763-5422.
PRINTER DOCK Kodak, for
digital cam. Wrks w/ cx6000,
7000,dx6000, 7000, 1s600,
700. $100 (863)697-2422
WATER COOLER- holds 2.5
or 5 gallons bottled water,
cold dispenser & cup holder.
$25 (863)675-0104.
WATER SOFTENER & FILTER,
Sears, programmable, 2 yrs.
old, pd $1257, sell for $600.
(863)467-1860



DRUM SET, BY: TAMA, Brand
newsymbols & stands.
$800 or best offer.
(863)763-3765
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER- Ex-
cellent condition, with case.
asking $200. or best offer.
(863)467-8548
PIANO, WURLITZER 1966,
serial #931174, $375. Call
2397633-2525.


AFRICAN GREY CONGO
Hand fed $900
(863)673-2483
AMAZON PARROT
Hand Fed $650
(863)673-2483
BEAGLE- Tri-colored, Female,
8 mo old, CKC reg. Loves
Kids $200. Call
863-763-2749 or 801-8193

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
$150 (863)634-6299
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
Extremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $300, or
best offer. (863)763-3765
FISH TANKS (20) 2/, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
$150. (863)357-1775
JACK RUSSEL, Female, Lost
of in vic. of Potter Rd. on Aug.
10th. Tri Colored. Reward!
"Skitter". (863)697-6652
PARROT- Congo African Gray
Baby.'Hand tamed, 3 mo.
old. $950. neg.
(305)244-3871
POMERANIANS- 1-male lyr
old, 1-Female 2 yrs old,
Breeding pair. AKC, F-$600,
M-$600. (863)675-4216
POODLE- mini female, lyr
old, to a good loving home,
$125 cash only
(863)357-0037.
PUG- 5 mos old, male, shots,
$500, (863)675-0101
RED NOSE PITBULL Female,
7 mos old, very friendly,
good with kids. $250
(863)634-5060
TANKS 55 gal. on aluminum
stand, 10 gal. on wrought
iron stand & 20 gal. $125 for
all will sep. (863)675-0247
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $20 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6pm.


WATER IRON FILTER (2) Pd.
$450 ea. new. Now $250 for
both, will sep.
(863)447-2130



HOT TUB- 4 person, fantastic
cond., located in Milbourne,
$400/neg. can have deliv-
ered. (863) 926-0296.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $2500.
(863)983-7751


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AIR HOCKEY TABLE, Tourna-
ment size. Like new w/pucks
& handles, etc. Pd. $1100,
now $550. (863)357-1572
GOLF CART charger, Lestron-
ic I1, like new, $200.
Call239-633-2525.
GOLF CART Club Car, needs
repair, $150. Call
239-633-2525.
POOL TABLE World Leisure
Championship Tournament sz.
wall accessories. Good con-
dition, $550 (863)357-1572.
ULTRA LIGHT KIT- fixed wing,
3/4 finished, $1600 or best
offer. (239)394-5888 or
(906)281-2127



JVC CD Remote, SMXJ101,
$15 or best offer.
(863)467-0987


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HITACHI TV 50", big screen.
4yrs old, looks god, must
pick up. Moving, must sell!
$550 (863)467-9765


AIR COMPRESSOR- commer-
cial, $250 (239)694-5611.
GENERATOR 5500 watts, 110
& 220 volts, electric start,
built in battery charger, Exc
cond $995. (863)467-4328



GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost
$2000 sell for $1200
(863)467-5756


TOW BAR- $25.
(863)674-4715


CHEROKEE JEEP- Brand new
battery, Good condition
$100. (863)673-2754



HOOVER EMPOWER- Almost
new, Cost $140. Sell $70.
(863)467-2112


DVD's (85) & 20-40 VHS
$500. or best offer
(863)763-8943


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opportunities for New Independent
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Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233


Agriculture



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



HORSE TRAILER, For 2 Hors-
es, Tandem axle, Extra tall,
Covered. $1000. or best of-
fer. (863)467-4049
MARE & GELDING-10& 14,
both broke. Nice horses.
$1800 for both
(863)697-6713
MINIATURE BLUE ROAN
STALLION, 28" High. Show
quality. $1800.
(863)674-0156
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
SStud. $500. (863)697-6713
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
sep. (239)694-5611



LAWN MOWER Poulan Pro,
17h/p Briggs & Stratton eng.
garage kept $1150 or best.
offer (863)467-0987
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver
(863)357-6202 / 261-4999
RIDING MOWER 28" cut,
Snapper, electric start. $450
(863)467-1788/634-7355
RIDING MOWER, Poulan,
14.5 HP Briggs & Stratton,
42" cut, $550. Call
(239)633-2525.
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
'05, Used once. 33" cut,
15hp engine. $1300. Call
(863)357-1059


DOMESTIC HOGS
Large & Small.
Call Alston Raulerson @
(863)763-2207 for more info.


Rentals



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



BUCK HEAD RIDGE- 2br, 1mba
Nice! On canal. $1050 mo.
No pets. For more info call
(561)746-0448 or 352-5977
Eagle Bay, 3/2, quiet street,
no pets, fenced yard, 1st,
last, sec. $1500. mo.
(863)634-7296
OKEECHOBEE, 2 Bdrm, 1 Ba,
Located @310 N.E. 4th Ave.
$750 mo. + 1st, last & $500.
sec. dep. Call (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE- 2BR, 2BA, 907
SW 2nd Ave, Close to
Schools $900 mo. + 1st&
last sec dep (863)634-0512


OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, w/
screened room, elec. boat lift,
on water, completely furn.,
$1100 mo. + sec. dep.
863)763-6886/447-1093.



COMM./PROFESSIONAL
RENTAL UNIT
1400 sq' A/C + carpeting
101 NW 5th St. next to The
Medicine Shop Call
863-634-9331 for details,
Medical
Office Space
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
863-467-0831.
OFFICE SPACE 900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please call (863)76304740


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos./
Townhouses Sale10I5
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 10410
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



Hurricane Wind Zone 3
Manufactured &
Modular Homes
Land/Home Packages
Complete Double Section,
Setup& A/C.
From $45,000
STANTON HOMES
1-800-330-6623

Mobile Homes



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.



ADULT PARK, Seminole Vil-
lage Lot 27, 2Br/2Ba, Move in
cond. Furnished. Boat dock.
$29,000. (863)467-4076
CLEWISTON AREA 2 mobile
homes, (1) 1993 & (1)1987
Please call (305)796-3449
for more information.
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
MOBILE HOME FOR SALE,
1989 Single Wide, 2 BR, 2 BA,
Good cond. Must be moved.
$12,500. (863)634-7737
OKEECHOBEE 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba,
Deeded Lot, 2 Car Ports, FL
Rm., Screen Rm., Shop, New
Heat & Air, New Carpet, Water
System & Furnished. 55+
Park. $92,500. 863-763-8567


New & Used
Manufactured Homes
Fleetwood, Jacobsen,
Scotbilt, Townhomes.
Best Deals Anywhere.
STANTON HOMES
Clewiston, LaBelle,
Okeechobee, Punta Gorda
1-800-330-8106

-

PALM HARBOR Limited Edi-
tion, 3BR, 2BA, 1600 Sq Ft.
Excellent condition, Financ-
ing Available (863)763-7909
RENTTO OWN
Buy Here Pay Here
Marginal Credit OK
Clewiston Stanton Homes
863-983-8106
SOUTH FLORIDA'S LARGEST
& OLDEST DEALER
VOLUME PRICING
STANTON HOMES
800-330-6266

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers'RVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles. 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



BOAT, 16 Ft. w/115 hp motor.
$500 or will trade for equal
value Riding Mower.
(863)763-7358
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
863-674-1105.
CATFISH BOAT, 21' long,
70hp Tohatsu, new trailer.
Good condition. $2500.-
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.
DURACRAFT, 15 Ft., Alumi-
num w/2000 Johnson 25 hp.,
Eagle D/F, F/F, 2 seats, live
well. $2000 (904)370-0653
JON BOAT 12ft, V bottom,
w/ trailer $300
(863)763-8415
Jon Boat, 12' Custom made
heavy gauge alum., w/9.9
Go Devil, low hrs., $2500.
(863)467-9902
KAYAK- $40. (863)674-4715
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
(863)697-1645.
OMEGA- 24' Cabin, Hull only,
Can be rigged for out board.
Tandem axle trailer, $200.
(863)697-6812
PONTOON BOAT '91, 24', 120
hp motor; full bimini w/storage
.cover; new trir., needs a little
work. $4250 772-263-2555
TRI HULL BASS BOAT- 16ft,
with 85HP Johnson, $1500
863)357-2406 or
863)835-6680ce11.


HYLINE TRLR, '92- 40', 2 tip-
outs, 10x30 Florida room
w/windows, $2495 must
move (573)547-7637.
MIQAS MINI '83- 24ft, Chev
350, dual AC, 4KW Onan
Jen, runs good $2495 cash
(863)801-3841.
WILDERNESS, 32', like new,
a/c, heat, sleeps 6, storage,
$8000 or best offer.
786-423-7057



BOAT MOTOR, Johnson 5 hp,
Brand new-condition. Only
used 4 hrs. Pd. $1500, Ask-
ing. $800. (863)697-6109
YAMAHA 0/B ENGINE, 9.9,
Very low hours, runs excellent.
$600. 863-763-3153 Mon. -
Fri., 8am-5pm Call Pete.


YAMAHA PW0- '95, Dirt Bike
runs good, $300.
(863)357-1960 or
(863)634-5402.
Shop here first!
The classified ads



EX 300 4 WHEELER- '98-
asking $2500.
(863)357-2406 or
(863)835-6680 cell.
SUZUKIE 125 3 Wheeler w/re-
verse. $500. (863)634-3029

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utilty 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



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
$3500 (863)675-0104.
CHEVY CORSICA '94 4 door
sedan. Dependable ride. 68K
mi, auto trans. Some rust
$999 (863)763-6822
FORD T-BIRD- 93, 6 cyl, Au-
to, Pwr windows/seats, Tilt
wheel, Cruise, Cold A/C,
$1800. 863-632-9166
FORD TEMPO 1992, Rebuilt
engine, 48K mls. 30+ mpg.
Good condition. $800.
(863)357-0060
GRAND PRIX SE '95 Leather
seats, all power, cold air,
CD, runs good $2500
(863)467-6363
HONDA ACCORD '89 runs
very good, good gas mile-
age, white, nds some body
work $850 (786)234-2566
LINCOLN TOWN CAR- Runs
ood, Good tires, cold A/C.
1200 or best offer.
(863)634-4076
MERC GRAND MARQUIS, '92-
V8, PW/PL/PS, new trans,
cold AC, new spare, $2500
neg. (863)528-3749
NISSAN 300ZX '85 Cold a/c,
new stereo c/d, $2500 Call
Epi (863)697-3257
OLD'S CUTLASS- '90, low
miles, 4 door, Runs great.
$1500. (863)634-2582 .
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CIE-
RA WAGON, '89, runs good,
good shape, $800 neg.
(863)763-8261
PONT. BONNIVILLE, '92- full
power, AC, reliable car, call
for details, asking $1800
(863)675-2598 Iv msg.
PONTIAC GRAND AM 1995,
$4500. (863)763-4921 or
(863)261-1371
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX- '91,
Runs great. A/C, Needs
shocks $600.
(863)357-2340
PONTIAC SUNFIRE, '97,
conv., 4 cyl., cold air,
$2500. (863)381-0432
SATURN SUPER COUPE '01,
Elec. Blue, Loaded, 30+ mpg.
Premium whis., Sporty & exc.
cond $7000 863-357-0060
TOYOTA TERCEL '91 needs
transmission. $250 or best
offer (863)234-1757


CHEVY PUMPER FIRE TRUCK
'47 w/hoses, lights & siren.
Has rust, but very restorable.
$900 (863)467-8804
VOLKSWAGON 1978 Con-
vertible. Needs work. $500.
(863)357-2573



CHEVY SILVERADO 1987,
4x4, dual tanks, 8 cyl., No
bed. Needs TLC. Some new
parts. $1000 (863)467-4459
JEEP Grand Wagoneer-'84,
Camo paint job runs and
looks good $2500.
863-673-0920/675-9243.


DIESEL ENGINE- 7.3 with
transmission and rear end.
$1500 (863)634-6299.
MISC. PARTS off of '80's
Mustang, $2500 for all will
sell separately.
(863)467-4229
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE, for
parts or repair, good trans,
tires, a/c blows cold, $450
neg.(863)467-8856
TIRES (4) Mastercraft Courser
SE, Aft. P265/75R16's. $40
for all. (863)674-1906


TIRES (4) Michelin, Good
shape. Off of Lincoln Town
Car. $40 for all.
(863)763-8146
TONNEAU COVER- by ARE fits
Chevy S10 or smaller truck
Excellent condition $300.
Firm (863)697-6731
TOOL BOX diamond plate for
full size truck & L shape 110
gal fuel tank, (2) 12v fuel
pumps $500(863)763-8415
TOOL BOX, For Full Size Pick
Up. Diamond plated. $75.
(863)634-3029 "
TRANSMISSION Rebuilt,
$25.0,, or best offer.-.
. ,(863)467-8856 8


DODGE RAM 50 1983, P/S,
Tool box, bedliner, 5 spd.,
$1250. (863)447-2130






10 The Okeechobee News, Friday,'August 26,2005


FIBERGLASS TOPPER- 8'
Bed, Like new, Excellent
shape, $500.
(239)443-9824
FORD F100- '74, Ext cab,
Short bed, 460 C6 trans., 35"
tires $1500 Neg.
863-675-4697/239-494-2647
FORD F150 1995 w/topper.
Runs good. Cold air. $2500
firm. (772)216-6453
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
(863)357-3372
FORD F150 '93 manual,
needs engine $500
(863)634-1867
FORD,F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1100 or best
offer (863)634-1867
FORD F250- '91, 4X4, 460, 5
speed, Wrecked, parts or
whole: $1000 or best offer.
will sep (863)675-4697 -
FORD F350, '86, 6.9L Diesel,.
dually, flatbed, $2500 or
best offer. (772)215-8202
FORD PICK UP 1977, Runs.
$500. (863)634-0433


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Iubi Noice


NOTICE OF OUA MEETINGS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular
Session on Tuesday, September 13, 2005, at 8:30 AM, at the Okeechobee Utility
Authority Offices, 100 SW. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public
Hearing a soon after 8:30 A.M., as possible to consider water/sewer rates and
the 2005-2006 budget.
All Interested parties for or against the proposed Rates and Budget can be heard at
said ime and place. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be
met by contacting the Executive Director's Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48
hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any
- decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will
need a record of proceedings, and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceedings Is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal Is based. Such person may provide a court
recorder, stenographer, or a tape recorderfor such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHdlbEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
79218 ON 08/26/05


FORD RANGER '88 w/
camper top, auto, runs good,
cold air, new tires. $950
(863)467-1788/634-7355
FORD RANGER- '88, Runs
good, New motor, $500.
(863)467-9472
MITSUBUSHI- '86, 2 W/D, 4
cyl, Standard $850. or best
offer. (863)632-9166


JEEP CHEROKEE '95 -,Good
condition, runs great. 4door,
auto, 4x2 $2000 or best of-
fer (863)673-0645 Ramses
OLDS BRAVADA '93 clean
vehicle, really good body,
.needs motor $200
(863)357-3372
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classifieds.


S~bi Notic


P bic Noice


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the
following Ordinance into law: NO. 909: "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE
PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE FUTURE LAND
USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED
HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO COMMERCIAL; PROVIDING FOR INCLU-
SION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COM-
PREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE"
The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 immediately fol-
lowing the First Budget Public Hearing scheduled to begin at 5:01 PM., at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL.
* The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use
Application N. 05-010-SSA submitted by property owner Wallace Norton. The
request is.to change the Future Land Use designation frpm Single Family (SF) to
Commercial (C) for property located at 100 Southwest 11th Avenue. Ledal de-
scription being Lot 1 of Block 3, Southwest Addition, Plat Book 2, Page 7, Public
Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida and is approximately .162 acre(s)
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in it entirety by members of the pub-
lic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:30p m, excepttor holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based. City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records
of the Clerk. r
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.8 Oi. 0./220,, r .
79897 ON 08/26/2005


TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
(772)569-6285


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aIu i No ice


SgIui Noice


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the
following Ordinance into law: NO. 910 : "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF
OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE COMPREHEN-
SIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY REVISING THE FUTURE
LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO MULTI FAMILY; PROVIDING FOR
INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE"
The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 7,2005 immediately fol-
lowing the First Budget Public Hearing scheduled to begin at 5:01 RM., at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL.
* The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use
Application N. 05-011-SSA submitted by Mark Goodbread on behalf of property
owner KMJ Land Inc. The request is to change the Future Land Use designation
from Single Family (SF) to Multi Family (MF) for property located at the North-
Swest corner of Northeast 10th Street and 3rd Avenue. Legal description being
Lot 23 through 26, of Block 31, City. of Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public
Records, Okeechobee County,, Florida and is approximately .69 acre(s).
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in Its entirety by members of the pub-
lic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such Interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based. City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records
of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea ro later than two (2) working
days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215',if hearing or voice impaired,
call TD,1-800-222-3448 (voice)'or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
79900 ON 8/26/2005


TANDEM AXLE TRLR- can
haul car or truck, 16x6, all
metal, $800
(863)357-2346.


FORD AEROSTAR, '91, good
motor & trans:, for parts on-
ly, $350 or best offer.,
(863)763-0812


Pbic Noice


*iubi Noice


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE'
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter following
the First Budget Hearing at 5:01 RM., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee,
Fl, conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the
following Ordinance into law: NO.905: AND ORDINANCE CLOSING, VACATING
AND ABANDONING A PORTION OF THE ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY AS DESCRIBED
HEREIN, WITHIN BLOCK 17, SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 37, PUBLIC RECORDS, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AND
DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK TO RECORD THE ORDINANCE IN THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
. COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the pub-
lic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and, for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based City Clerk tapes are for tihe sole purpose of backup for official records
of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working
days prior tothe proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired,
cal TDO 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TT).
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
79163 ON 8/26/2005


GMC VADUA, 1994 Captains'
Chairs, cold a/c, C/D player,
body & motor good,
$2500/neg 863-223-1859.


Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look, in the
Sclassifieds.

When doing those choresis
doing you In, it's time to
look for a helper in the
classfieds


Community Events


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 safe-
ty 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-regis-
ter.

OFC advisory council to form
The Okeechobee Freshman Campus %%ill hold their organizational
School Advisory Council meeting Mlonday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Fresh-
man Campus auditorium, 610 S.W Second Ave. During this meeting,
membership and officers \\ill be elected for the 2005-06 school year. All
parents are invited. Forinformation, call Toni \\ iersma, principal, at (863)
462-5288.

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

Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the summer.
and they are no longer accepting donations. For information, call
Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored bvXi
Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is scheduled foi Sat-
urday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds from this
fundraiser are used throughout the year for community projects. Past
proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods and blankets lor the
Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center, scholarships and dona-
tions to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor applications are no%% being
accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call L\Tnn
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.\V 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.

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.

Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of operation
are: Aug. 8- Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m., Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from I until 5 p.m. The pool is rot
open during school hours. For information, contact the pool office at
(863) 467-7667.

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 Par-
rott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.





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Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th Annu-
al 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 activities, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a cracker cow-
boy poet, pony rides, living history re-enactments and more! Park
admission is $4 per carload (up to eight people). Arts arid crafts vendors
are needed. The participation fee is $10.70 for the entire day. Contact
Dorothy L. Harris at (863): 634-7695; or, by e-mail at
dorothy.i.harris@dep.state.fl.us for information or to request a vendor
packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis of the Ham-
mock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.

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 servic-
es. Fellowship time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and 1030 a.rn.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again, time for the National Society Daughters of the American.
Revolution 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 Benjamnin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to
the New World and theApollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Colum-
bus and the Astronauts". is the subject chosen for grades nine thought
12. American Essay Contest Certificates arid Excellence in Histor\,
Medals % ill be presented to: the contestants. The winner from each
school uvll lecene a monelai\ an\ald. For information, call 1863) 763-


Labor Day rodeo tickets on sale
Tickets for the Calttemen's Association Labor Day weekend rodeo
are now on s,'-ie at Eli's Western \\ear, 907 \\. North Park Stieet. The
priceof a rodeo ticket is $14 The rodeo \will be held at the tCattiftrn's
Aj, ena on i S 441 N. on Satuida\, Sept. .3; Sunda, Sept. 4; and Mor da\,
Sept. 5 A parade will be held Monda\, Sept 5, at 10 a.m. in dowiltown.
Okeecohibee The Chamrrber of Co:mmerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., is now
accepting float iegisuaations. F,:i infoi nation, call Pern L. Giafaglione at
rS63) 6F97-3113. .

Civil Air Patrol is forming.
The nited- States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit
in OUeechobee, and senior rnembeis and cadets aie being recruited.
youthss between the ages ol 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets
The thtee main missions of the Ci\il Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
work side by side to. accomplish these missions. If \ ou are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechoibee Emergency Operatons Center, i 63i 763-3212.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The
temporary gra\ box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food.
All you need is ain .D The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.


My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also look-
ing for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes. Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county Officials,
business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools has K-3 openings at this time. For informa-
tion, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, 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 heed of a few
fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners to be a part of the council. Governor Jeb
Bush makes the final appointments with terms of two or four years.
The council meets rn,,rithl. tio discuss programs and needs of the chil-
dren in the community. Once a year, agencies request funds through a
grant process. Each council member "adopts" an agency or two as
their own and monitors the programs' services that they provide to our
children. Those interested in completing an application should contact
Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.

Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is l:ikl:inp for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The. DAT is made up oJ 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 citiz.n;. in a time of disaster. pklase contact Andy or Candace at
the Arnei ican Red Cross Okeechobee B arinch by calling (863) 763-


Legion sponsoring fundraiser
`The American Legion Memorial Post 64, the Ladies Auxiliary
and the Sons of the Legion in conjunction with Environmental
Control are sponsoring a fundraiser. We ask-that you donate your
used of empty laser printer cartridges and ink jets to the Post. The
Post will receive a donation from ECC. All monies received from
this project x ill be used to purchase supplies for the needy school
children in the Okeechobee County School system. Boxes will be
made available at -he follo-wing locations: American Legion, 501
S.E. Second Ave.; Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; and
Smith's Computer Service, S.W. Park Street. Additional collection
points will be made available at a later date. For information, call
John R. R(ouney at (863) 763-2950 or (863) 763-8971.

School readiness programs offered
Please call (866):273-6340 to begin the eligibility process in
receiving reduced fee childcare/preschool, including school-
based and Head Start. You may also get information at this num-
ber regarding justwhat early learning programs are available in
Okeechobee County. Many children are currently being enrolled
in school readiness programs.


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