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Vol. 96 No. 244
Thursday, September 1, 2005
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Miss Hudson's class wel-
comed a new person this week.
She is Mrs. Wolski and she is from
West Palm Beach. The children
are looking forward to working
Miss Saine's class has been
busy learning the letter "M" this
week. We have been decorating
the letter "M" with macaroni and
finding things around our class-
room that begin with "M".
BAGHDAD, Iraq Insurgents
attacked an annual pilgrimage by
Shiite Muslims in northern Bagh-
dad on Wednesday, killing three
people and wounding dozens in a
The town of Qaim near the
Syrian border was reported to be
deserted and quiet after a day of
clashes between rival tribes and
air strikes by U.S. jets.
advances at Open
NEW YORK Lleyton
Hewitt's victory was quick, easy
and unusually quiet.
Hewitt romped to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-
1 first-round victory over Spain's
Albert Costa at the U.S. Open on
Wednesday. It was in stark con-
trast to the stunner Tuesday night
at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where
Andy Roddick was swept 7-6 (4),
7-6 (8), 7-6 (1) by a little-known
guy from little Luxembourg.
Source: Florida Division
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Comics ....... ....... 9
Community Events ......4
Crossword . . .10
Obituaries ............. 3
Opinion ........... .4
Speak Out ............ 4
Sports ........... . .8
TV ............... .11
Weather .............. 2
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Buddy bear project: Healing gift of love
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Adan Orozco, 4, should benefit from the Spinoza teddy bear's talking tapes. He
received the $200 bear from Bonnie Horner (left) and Farrell Sharp of the Buckhead
Ridge Ladies of the Moose on Monday in his ACE classroom at New Endeavor School.
Teddy bear helps special kids
By Audrey Blackwell
More than a stuffed animal,
the Spinoza teddy bear serves as
a healing gift of love.
His tag line reads: "The bear
who speaks from the heart." He
is known as a "buddy bear proj-
ect" for special groups of people
and agencies to purchase to pro-
vide encouragement to special
needs children in the communi-
The bear emits songs and sto-
ries from an internal tape player
that can provide comfort,
encouragement and friendship.
The Spinoza bear is for children
of any age who have been diag-
nosed with a chronic illness, life-
threatening illness or major
organ failure. Other children
who have benefited from the
buddy bear are those suffering
from profound developmental
disabilities, mental retardation,
traumas (victims of domestic
abuse and violence), and chil-
dren whose parents have recent-
By Pete Gawda
With Okeechobee County
school attendance figures up
only slightly from this time last
year, the school system could
lose some anticipated state
Physical facilities at the vari-
ous schools are adequate for the
current student population, but
the school system needs to pre-
pare for future growth.
Florida schools check the
attendance on the 11 th day of
the school year and drop those
who have not shown up by that
time. On Aug. 24, which was the
11th day of class for Okee-
chobee schools, the total enroll-
ment for school district was
6,978 up 22 from the same
time last year.
"Our growth is not what we
expected," stated Assistant
Superintendent of Schools Lee
Dixon. He blamed the decrease
on what he called the "hurricane
effect." He said some students
did not return immediately after
the hurricanes and they still have
However, Mr. Dixon said that
last year was an unusual year.
He stated that in every other
year, attendance figures taken
later in the year would show an
increase. Because of the hurri-
canes, that was not the case last
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Colby Walker, 4, received a Spinoza teddy bear that costs
$200 during his pre-kindergarten class at ACE, New
Endeavor School on Monday. Bonnie Horner (left) and
Farrell Sharp of the Buckhead Ridge Ladies of the Moose
presented him with the bear.
ly passed away. one of the special teddy bears on
Two little boys who partici- Monday, Aug. 29, as gifts from
pate in ACE classes at New
Endeavor School each received See Bears Page 2
By Katrina Elsken
Hundreds of 4-H members, lead-
ers, volunteers and supporters were
honored at the 2004-2005 Okee-
chobee County 4-H Awards Banquet,
Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Okeechobee
High School cafeteria.'
The county's 4-H program offers a
wide variety of clubs, open to young
people ages 5 to 18. One hundred
eighteen 4-Hers received their first
year pins; 53 earned their second year
pins: 51, third year; 33, fourth year; 12,
fifth year; 15, sixth year; 16, seventh
year; six, eighth year; seven 4-Hers,
ninth year; four, 10th year; and, one 4-
Her, Ricky Barnes, earned his 10th
year pin. To earn a completion pin, a
4-Her must successfully complete a
project and turn in a project record
The Rudy Suchel Spirit of Volun-
teerism Award is given each year in
memory of one of the best volunteers
ever to help the Okeechobee County
Extension Office. This year's award
went to 4-Hers Rachel Rock, Jamie
Burnham, Raychel Rabon, Emily
Raulerson, Lindsey Rucks, Kelly
Buchanan and Ashley Goggans.
Special state awards went to two
adult volunteers. Denise Burnham
received the Florida 4-H Volunteer of
the Year Award. Sharon Spann
received the Walter B. Arnold Youth
Hall of Fame Award.
John Gilliland was honored with
the Okeechobee Friend of 4-H award.
4-Her members were also hon-
ored with club awards, county medals
and recognition of participation in
state and national 4-H programs and
(Editor's Note: For more on Okee-
chobee County 4-H and more photos
of the awards banquet, see upcom-
ing editions of the Okeechobee
Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at the 2004-05 Okeechobee County 4-H
Awards Banquet, Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School. Those with the top scores on
their horse project record books included: (seated, left to right) Rachel Muros (first
place, senior division) and Chelsea Higgins (first place, junior division); (back row,
left to right) Wesley Mims, (third place, junior); Christina Talley (third place, senior);
and, Megan Mullin (second place, junior.) Not pictured are Brianna French (third
place, junior) and Savannah Higgins (second place, senior.)
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Thousands are probably dead In New Orleans
Hurricane Katrina victim information
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By Loma Jablonski
With all communications cut
off to most of Louisiana, Alabama
and Mississippi, family members
living outside the affected areas
are desperate for information
regarding their loved ones. Some
are so desperate that they are seri-
ously contemplating trying to
drive to these areas to look for
their loved ones.
The Louisiana State Police
(LSP) has requested that those
seeking information on friends
and loved-ones should contact
the Red Cross at
www.redcross.org or call 1-800-
GET-INFO (1-800-438-4636), as
the Louisiana State Police is not
maintaining a data bank of res-
They continue to ask the gen-
eral public not to utilize the for-
mer LSP "roadway Closure Hot-
line" for roadway or property
damage information. That tele-
phone number has been
assigned as a "9-1-1" line for
those individuals who are cur-
rently seeking immediate, emer-
gency assistance in the Orleans
Parish area. Individuals utilizing
this number requesting informa-
tion are impeding those emer-
Residents of Orleans and sur-
rounding parishes are not
allowed to return at this time.
Checkpoints and roadblocks
have been established at all entry
points. No one, aside from
authorized emergency personnel,
will be allowed to enter those
There are websites that are
being maintained by various indi-
viduals including weather.com. If
you decided to use weather.com,
click on Katrina's aftermath, then
again on desperately seeking.
Once at this site, follow the direc-
tions to find a particular town.
Then, type in who or what you
are seeking. Once you do that,
keep checking back with that
website for an answer to your
particular inquiry or for an update
about that area.
The most important thing is to
stay out of those affected areas
and stay calm. Remember what
we went through last year. It was
nearly impossible to get mes-
sages in and out of Okeechobee
for several days.
Information will be passed on
to you as soon as we receive it.
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE The USDA,
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $141,000 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to
reserve your seat for one of our
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
GCSO, FDOT to
MOORE HAVEN The Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO),
along with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT),
,will be conducting safety check-
points throughout Glades County
on Sept. 7.
The checkpoints are being
held in response to numerous
complaints of commercial motor
vehicles speeding through Glades
County with uncovered loads and
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year. The beginning enrollment of
6,956 dropped to 6,890.
If attendance does not increase
significantly during the school year,
the school system could face a loss
of funds. An average is taken of
attendance figures in October and
in February each school year.
School officials projected the
attendance average for Okee-
chobee schools would be 7,129.
For each student short of that mark
the actual average falls, the school
system will lose $3,700 in state
The attendance rate may go up
with the return of migrant workers,
although it may not be a significant
Okeechobee High School
showed the largest increase in
enrollment, increasing 38 students
from 1,320 to 1,358 over last year's
11th day of school figures. While
the figures for other schools in the
system are expected to increase
during the school year, Mr. Dixon
said the trend is for high school
enrollment figures to decrease
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ing a traffic stop. The sheriff also
said his department will be stag- the Buckhead Ridge Ladies of the
ing these types of checkpoints on Moose. Each bear has a price tag of
a more regular basis. $200, which the Ladies of the
Moose paid as a community serv-
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Bonnie Horner and Farrell
G & Sharp presented the boys with the
bears and played one of the nine
tapes that come with the program
o S, .. bears.
.. The on/off button and volume
... control for the tape player is locat-
ed underneath a brightly colored
red vest on the bear.
.. Mrs. Sharp said this was the first
time they have given a Spinoza
"We have been waiting for a
.. local child we could help out with
S it," she said, adding, "We're real
because of dropouts.
Enrollment figures at Osceola
Middle School, Seminole Elemen-
tary School, North Elementary and
New Endeavor High School are all
lower than this time last year.
Okeechobee Freshman Campus,
Yearling Middle School, Everglades
Elementary School, Central Ele-
mentary School and South Ele-
mentary School all showed an
increase over last year's I1 th day of
State officials projected a begin-
ning an enrollment of 6,880 for
Okeechobee schools. Mr. Dixon
said that the state figures are based
on the last three years. Recently,
Okeechobee has been growing
faster than the historical rate so the
state figures are not accurate. Pro-
jected state figures show an enroll-
ment of 7,274 for the 2009-10
Mr. Dixon feels these figures are
"We are not looking at the his-
torical type of growth,' he said.
"Our figures point to more of a
problem that the state's figures."
Okeechobee is expecting a
building boom. Mr. Dixon said the
large builders who are planning
excited about it."
According to Mrs. Hornet, the
tapes are available in English and
Spanish and the bears can be life-
long friends for the children. There
is a place for earplugs, so the child
can listen to the buddy bear with-
out disrupting other activity in the
"Parents can make their own
tapes by using the built-in micro-
phone," Mrs. Horner said.
The library of cassette tapes that
came with the Spinoza bear
include the following:
*"I'm your friend and my name
is Spinoza" Spinoza tells he is a
friend and shares his favorite place
in "pretendland." The tape is to
open communication, build trust
and help form a bond between the
bear and the listener.
*"Do you wonder?" Spinoza
talks about the questions many
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developments could finish 100
homes in three months. However,
it can take more than two years to
build a school. An addition to an
existing school can be completed
in 18 months.
Mr. Dixon said school officials
have tried to get the state to revise
their figures with no success. He
said schools in Martin County and
St. Lucie counties have also tried
and failed, even though have they
have experience faster growth.
However, Mr. Dixon stated that
the school facilities are sufficient
for this year.
South and Seminole Elemen-
tary schools are teaching music
even though they have no music
rooms. Other spaces at the schools
are currently being used as class-
rooms. Mr. Dixon said they were
"very adequate", although not
originally designed for classrooms.
He described the classroom sit-
uation as "livable" and not a crisis.
The assistant superintendent
said the school system wants to
avoid a crisis by trying to stay ahead
of the population curve. Possible
temporary solutions include free
standing concrete classrooms and
curious children would have, such
as how goldfish breathe. The tape
is to foster creativity, curiosity and
*"Dream on the water" This
tape is a soft lullaby for naptime or
to calm children down.
*"Everybody needs a little ten-
derness" This tape is a mental
bear review that has Spinoza talk-
ing about steps for easing tension,
for both children and parents.
$"Good friends" The bear
talks about sharing feelings to help
with conflict resolution and build-
*"You are all you need to be" -
Spinoza shares his dream of paint-
ing rainbows and, because he
believes in himself, begins painting
them. The tape is to foster self-
*"Hold on to me" This tape
is to help children deal with grief
*"Breathing healthy, breathing
free Spinoza shares a breathing
exercise for energy.
*"New beginnings" The
tape talks about relaxation and
healthy food choices.
The Spinoza "buddy bear proj-
ect" was created by a special edu-
cation teacher and a communica-
tion specialist. Their vision was of a
soft, huggable bear that spoke and
sang from the heart, according to
the Spinoza web site.
The Spinoza Company was
founded in St. Paul, Minn. The
"buddy bear project" was created
in 1994 to provide children who are
in a challenging situation or crisis
with a constant, inspirational com-
According to Mrs. Hornier and
Mrs. Sharp, the Spinoza bear has
also found his way into nursing
homes to help fill some of those
residents' lives with hope- and
The Spinoza Company also pro-
vides videos, puppets and books,
and there is a special Spinoza bear
for children who are blind.
For information about the Spin-
oza "buddy bear project," call 1-
800-282-2327, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
CST, or visit them on the web at
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Glades Electric urges
As a result.of Hurricane Katrina
coming ashore near the Mobile
Bay Area, much of the gas supply
into our state has been curtailed.
Due to the level of catastrophic
damages, natural gas production
facilities in the Gulf of Mexico have
been suspended. The impact of
the disruption of natural gas pro-
duction could affect our ability to
supply electricity to our members.
The Florida Reliability Coordi-
nating Council is determining if it
will be necessary to ask ALL Elec-
tric providers to conduct short
rolling black outs to conserve
what fuel supply our state has.
Consumers are also asked to
begin utilizing conservation meas-
ures until further notice, especially
reduced use of all air conditioning
in the late afternoon and early
evening. If conservation efforts
fail, rolling black outs may be nec-
essary until normal supply chan-
nels are re-established. Glades
Electric Cooperative will make
every effort to keep you informed
of the status of this serious situa-
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Members of the Barnyard Buddies 4-H Club were among the 4-Hers honored at the 2004-
2005 Awards Banquet on Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School.
Barnyard Buddies 4-Hers recognized
By Katrina Elsken
The Barnyard Buddies 4-H
Club is one of the Okeechobee 4-
H Livestock Clubs honored at the
4-H Awards Banquet on Aug. 27
at Okeechobee High School.
This 4-H group is open to all
Okeechobee youth between the
ages of five and 18.
They learn to select and care
for small animals, including rab-
bits, poultry, dogs, cats, fish,
snakes, gerbils and hamsters.
They show their animals at coun-
ty events, but are not required to
sell their animals.
These youth also learn how
to keep record books for their
For the 2004-2005 project
year, officers were: President
Caitlyn Gaucin, Vice President
Damon Heater, Secretary Carma
Rowlett and Recorder Victoria
Jackson. Awards for 100 percent
attendance went to Caitlyn
Albess, Jacob McGehee, Carma
Rowlett, John McGehee, Cady
McGehee, Brianna Spier, Tiffany
Rowlett and Sara Wherrell.
: Damon Heater received proj-
ect awards for both poultry and
Record Book Troph Awards
went to: Caitlyn Albers, Damon
Heater, Clayton McClure, Bobby
Neese, Tiffany .Rowlett, Lane
Whitehead, Colton Butts,
Matthew Lanning, Cady McGe-
hee, Taylor Pearce, Brianna
Spier, Gabrielle Willbarger,
Nolan Carpenter, Todd Lanning,
Jacob McGehee, Alex Pluskot,
Natalee Trimble, Caitlyn Gaucin,
Ross Laskey, John McGehee,
Carma Rowlett and Sara Wher-
Janet McKenna is the club
leader. Meetings are usually held
on the second Saturday of each
month from 10 a.m. to noon. The
first meeting for the 2005-2006
year will be on Saturday, Sept. 10,
at 10 a.m. at the County Exten-
sion Office, 458 Highway 98 N.
For any other information,
please contact the Extension
Office at (863) 763-6469.
Miss Hudson's class welcomed
a new person this week. She is Mrs.
Wolski and she is from West Palm
Beach. The children
are looking forward
to working with
class has been
busy learning the
letter "M" this week. We have been
decorating the letter "M" with mac-
aroni and finding things around
our classroom that begin with "M".
Mrs. Pope's class met Mr. M and
Ms. S as we began our alphabet
adventure in kindergarten. We
made macaroni Mm's and stringy
snakes. We also searched for let-
ters Mm and Ss around the class-
Mrs. Quann's class has been
busy learning to write the letters,
Mm and Ss. We enjoyed making a
book about I Read Signs.
Mrs. Gable's class made some
marvelous mice and is learning
poems about them in honor of our
Mrs. Gubler's class is learning
the letter "M" this week. We had a
fun time making Mr. M puppets
and macaroni "M's".
Miss Johnson's class has been
busy learning about the letter's
"Mm" and "Ss" this week. We
made macaroni "M's" and snake
Ms. Harvey's class introduced
the letter "Rr". We are making
Rainbow Rice "Rr's" on red paper.
We are learning how to sort by
groups in math. We are enjoying
our new friends.
Mr. Smith's homeroom class
has been working on different
forms of transportation. This week
we made rockets for air trans-
portation. We will continue with
transportation for the remainder of
the week using boats, trains, sub-
ways, and streetcars.
Mrs. Posey's reading group
made hats to go with their first
story "The Hat". After doing a
beautiful job decorating them
they wrote a sentence describing
the hat. In math we are working
chapter on two, exploring adding.
We would like to welcome.
back Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Wilcox,
Ms. Flood and Mrs. Richardson to
a new NES fourth-grade school
year! We also get to welcome two
new members to the team, Mrs.
May and Mrs. Colgan. Mrs. May
comes to us from Orlando. Mrs.
Colgan you may remember from
two years ago; she's decided to
come back to stay. These two new
teachers are also hometown girls;
they were both born and raised in
Okeechobee! So welcome back,
4th grade team, and welcome
home Mrs. May and Mrs. Colgan!
The 5th grade students at NES
are enjoying changing classes for
Language Arts, Math, Science,
Social Studies and Science Lab.'
Everyone is doing a great job with
the new schedule. .In Mrs.
McCoin's Science Lab, students
have made oblique to study the
states of matter and have made
density meters. Mrs. Watford's
and Mrs. Hacketts's Social Studies
classes have been reviewing
Geography skills. Mrs. Vickers'
and Mrs. Taylor's Science classes
have finished Unit E: The Building
Blocks of Mater and are ready to
start Unit C: Processes That Shape
the Earth. The math focus has
been on place value of whole
numbers and decimals.
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Members of the Chobee Cattle Kids 4-H Club were among those receiving awards at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet on Aug. 27, at Okeechobee High School:
Chobee Cattle Kids ready for new year
By Katrina Elsken
The Chobee Cattle Kids were
among those taking honors at
the 2004-2005 Okeechobee
County 4-H Awards Banquet on
Aug. 27 at. Okeechobee High
Club officers recognized
were: President Nathan Candler,
Vice President Kaley Dees, Sec-
retary Cody Smith, Treasurer
Blake Shapiro, Reporter Tyler
Mills, Parlimentarian Jess Wolff,
Chaplain Maci Culligan,. Histori-
an Willie Wallace and Sergeant
at Arms Justin Wolff.
Awards for 100 percent atten-
dance went to Nathan Candler,
Maci Culligan, Kaley Dees and
Beef Breeding Project Medals
went to Luke Baily, Nathan Can-
dler, Kaley Dees, Jessica
Humphrey, Tyler Mills, Cody
Smith, Allyson Trimble and Jess
Steer Project Medals went to
Maci Culligan, Tyler Mills and
Swine Project Medals went to
Nathan Candler, Jessica
Humphrey, Willie Wallace,
Jenna.Wolff and Jess Wolff.
Natalee Trimble received a
Rabit Project Medal.
Livestock Judging partici-
pants were Nathan Candler,
Maci Culligan, Jessica
Humphrey, Tyler Mills, Allyson
Trimble, Caron Williams, Jenria
.Wolff and Jess Wolff.
The club will have their first
meeting of the 2005-2006 year
on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Office on U.S. High-
way 98. Steer weigh-in is Sept.
10. Enrollment forms must be
turned in before steer weigh-in.
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Jordan Smith, age 72, of Belle
Glade died Aug. 30, 2005 at
Glades General Hospital. He was
born Oct. 2,1932 in Georgia.
There will be no service.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
Cierra Kathryn Naile
Cierra Kathryn Naile, age 6, of
Palmdale, died Sunday, Aug. 28,
2005. She was born Nov. 1, 1998
in Fort Myers. She had been a life-
time resident of Palmdale. She
attended first grade at Moore
Haven Elementary School.
Survivors include: her mother,
Jennifer Naile of Palmdale; father,
Ronald T. Naile of Fort Myers;
brother, Austin Naile; sister,
Cheyenne Naile both of Palmdale;
maternal grandparents, Katherine
Konarzewski of Palmdale and
James Konarzewski; paternal
grandmother, Carol Fletcher of
Naples; maternal great-grandfa-
ther, Frank Konarzewski; several
aunts and uncles, including
Richard and Jolene Vinson of
Nancy Ky.; cousins, James,
Tabitha and Tiffany; godparents,
Mary and Lou Kish of Palmdale.
Visitation and funeral services
will be conducted on Tuesday,
Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at Palmdale
Baptist Church, 8010 Seminole
Ave. in Palmdale. Reverend Earl
D. Cline will officiate and inter-
ment will, follow in Venus
Methodist Church Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Leona Cecilia Shepard
Leona Cecilia Shepard, age 77,
of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
Aug. 30, 2005 at Hospice of Martin
and St. Lucie, Inc. in Stuart. She
was born May 16, 1928 in LaBelle.
She had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for 5 years. She was a
member of the Seventh Day
Christian Baptist Church. Addi-
tionally, she was a member of the
American Legion, VFW and
She was preceded in death by:
her husband, A.J. Shepard and
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Survivors include: son, James
J. Shepard of Quitman, Ga.;
daughters, Joanne Gage of Floral
City, Julia (Bobby) O'Bannon and
Martha Ann Shepard, both of
Okeechobee; seven grandchil-
dren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be
conducted at the Seventh Day
Christian Baptist Church, 914 W.
North Park St. on Saturday, Sept.
3, at 10 a.m. Dr. Edward Douglas
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
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IT COULD HAPPEN HERE: While watching the news this morn-
ing about the flooding in and around New Orleans, I am hoping that
the Corps of Engineers and our government pay-special attention
because that is what could happen here if they don't keep the water
low in Lake Okeechobee during hurricane season. It could be that
GREAT GAME: I would like to congratulate the Brahman football
team for winning their first home game of the season on Saturday
HAVE THEY HELPED: I was just wondering how many Muslim
countries we have helped over there are helping us now with this
hurricane. Do you have any information on Saudi Arabia or any sim-
ilar place that is contributing, or any of the tsunami areas? (Editor's
Note: At this current time, no.)
THANKS BUSH: I am sorry for all those that got hit by the storms
and it is a shame that when you're down and out you get kicked
with all of these high prices and everything. I just want to say thank
you Bush for everything. You can send people to fight and die for
this country but you can't do anything about trying to help people.
Thank you for kicking us while we are down and thank you for kick-'
ing us in the back.
LEVEE DAMAGE: I hope everyone here in Okeechobee is watch-
ing the Corps of Engineers' response to the break in the levee. All
they say is we knew that would happen. When the dike breaks
around Lake Okeechobee and you are standing in 6 feet of water
they will have the same response. We need to demand more from
GAS PRICES: Gas prices will be going up more with the impact
Hurricane Katrina will have on Louisiana a state that produces 25
percent of our domestic output and takes into port 50 percent of our
imported oil. But despite things that can happen outside of our con-
trol, it is interesting to note what little President Bush has done. Yes,
they did pass a new energy bill in Washington, but oil companies
were guaranteed tax breaks. Oil companies are making record prof-
its according to experts and our president gives them tax breaks?
* Essentially, we are giving them our money twice over. It is important
to remember Bush's close relationship with all involved domestic
oil producers and the Saudi royal family. The next time those of you
who voted for Bush go to the gas pumps I hope you remember just
what your president did for you.
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Governor's Job Fair is Sept. 8
The Governor's Job Fair will be held Sept. 8 from noon until
4 p.m. at the Central Florida argrounds in Orlando. The job
fair is being presented by the central Florida Employment
Council and Workforce Central Florida. Admission and parking
are free. The Governor's Job Fair is expectedJo draw over 140
employers offering job openings in all types of Central Florida
industries. To pre-register, go online to DFEC.org' For more
information, call (407) 834-4022.'
Shared Services Network meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will meet Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Okee-
chobee County School Administration boardroom, 700 S.W.
Second Ave. This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue
and problem solving in the community through the collabora-
tive efforts of local decision makers. The public is invited. For
information, call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard sale Sept. 9 and 10
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the air condi-
tioned Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House at the corner
of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient
care in Okeechobee.
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Looking back ...
This 1916 photo from the Florida Archives shows a group drawing lots for land in Lake Worth and acreage in the Ever-
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to 5 p.m., Monday Friday.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social
Security Death Index and military information available. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863)
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley
at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200,N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thurs-
day at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean
Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will
meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will
meet at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone
interested may attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family care-
givers, and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin, M.S.W. of Hospice of
Okeechobee, and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on
Aging..The meeting is from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
For information or to reserve your place in the group, call (863)
467-2321. Free respite care is available for your loved one while
you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407
N.W. Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou at
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support
group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill
family member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by
social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give
one another support, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center; located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information,
call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A;A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
History Center reopens Sept. 7
,The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will reopen
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
Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet
Thursday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the hospital's cafeteria, 1796 U.S.
441 N. This program is offered free to the community. For infor-
mation, call Wanda Haas, RN, CDE at (863) 763-5093.
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 Restau-
rant, 301 W. South Park S.. Agenda items include selection of
an audit committee, an update on the 2006 jamboree, addi-
tional charitable giving and report on Labor Day. Visitors are
welcome. Call the Andersons at (863) 763-6069 for informa-
Labor Day rodeo tickets on sale
Tickets for the Cattlemen's Association Labor Day weekend
rodeo are now on sale at Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North Park
Street. The price of a rodeo ticket is $14. The rodeo will be held at
the Cattlemen's Arena on U.S. 441 N. on Saturday, Sept. 3; Sun-
day, Sept. 4; and Monday, Sept. 5. A parade will be held Monday,
Sept 5, at 10 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The Chamber of
Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., is now accepting float registra-
tions. For information, call Perri L. Giafaglione at (863) 697-3113.
Openings available for gun class
Joe Hazellief and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55
S. Parrott Ave., will hold a gun safety class on Sept. 1, starting at 7
p.m. Openings are still available. For information, call (863) 763-
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.
Identity theft is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on, Saturday,
Sept. 3, 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 Jessica
Cecere, president of the Consumer Counseling.Service (CCCS) of
Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. The topic will be identity
theft. For information, call 1 (800) 330-2227 for the National
Foundation for Credit Counseling..
Habitat for Humanity will be in park
Habitat for Humanity Okeecholee'iiounty will be in Park 2,
booth #218, during Labor Day festivities. They will be there Sat-
urday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-5. In addition to telling what
they are doing and their plans for the future they will have items
for sale as well as a drawing for a NASCAR Tony Stewart/Home
Depot/Habitat for Humanity car bank. The sticker on the box
reads: Tony Stewart,. #20 Home Depot, 1999 Pontiac, Limited
Edition Adult Collectible 1:24-scale stock car, 1 of 8,000,
Labor Day Festival scheduled
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-5 in Flagler
Park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Among the festivities
planned is the Chamber of Commerce hometown barbecue, arts
and crafts booths and food specialties. Please join Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce for an exciting weekend. Appli-
cations are available at the Chamber. For information, call (863)
LOAA raising funds for scholarships
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will be participat-
ing 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 Sav-
age rifle with hard case will be given away. There will also be
daily drawings, and new camouflage T-shirts will be for sale. Pro-
ceeds from the sales will be used to provide scholarships for
Okeechobee High School students, to support Grad Nite and to
fund other community projects and charities. For information,
call (863) 763-6069.
VFW presents 'Womenless Wedding'
The VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, will present the theatre
of performing arts "Womenless Wedding" on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
The wedding will start at 3 p.m. All females in the wedding will be
played by men. See your commander as Nellie Clampett, 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 avail-
able on this'day. Food will beserved 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 Con-
struction; Nature's Pantry; Okeechobee Land Company; Okee-
chobee Mortgage; 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 certifi-
cate 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
Cattlemen sponsoring parade
SOkeechobee Cattlemen's Association, Inc., is sponsoring a
Labor Day parade on Sept. 5. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.
The line up will start at 9 a.m.
Healthy Start group to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at
575 S.W 28th St. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of
a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and
implementing services for pregnant women and infants. For infor-
mation, contact Executive Director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 1, 2005
Other Area News
County to revitalize campground
By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN Glades
County Commissioners were pre-
sented an opportunity to revitalize
the Indian Prairie Canal Camp-
ground, which had been in years
past a very popular site for camp-
ing, fishing and hunting in Glades
County. The presentation of the
opportunity was made at a meeting
of the BOCC on Aug. 22, in Moore
Mark Glisson, of Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
Division of State Lands (DEP/DSL),
offered Glades County the opportu-
nity to assume management of
Indian Prairie Canal Campground,
which until recently had been oper-
ated by the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACOE). He suggest-
ed an interim one-year manage-
ment agreement "memo of under-
standing", rather than a long-term
lease contract, giving the county
authority and choice of collection
of fees for use of the boat ramp and
campground. He stated the boat
ramp needed some improvement.
He also stated that $50,000
"start up kit" funds are available for
picnic tables, picnic pavilion, and
10-space parking lot. FRDAP (Flori-
da Recreation Development Assis-
tance Program) has $250,000-
$300,000 grant available to provide
for a great deal of additional
improvements, depending on
what the county wants to do in that
He mentioned Clivus Multrum
self-contained composting toilets,
"iron rangers" fee collection boxes,
and as well as grant writing assis-
tance provided, and the matching
funds requirement will be waived
for Glades County, and DEP engi-
neers are available to design park
or campground as long as it's for
public recreation. He emphasized
itwas up to the county to decide
what they wanted there and
whether or not to charge usage
fees for the campground and/or
Presently FRDAP offers no
recurring management funding.
Indian Prairie Canal runs along a
narrow strip from SR 78 to the boat
ramp and a gate, but the land runs
back to the lake and campers have
accessed the point from the lake.
Commissioner Echols noted the
concrete ramp can accommodate
a 22' bass boat, and that-campers
come from the lake and an RV
motor home could not come
down the roadway.
Commissioner Ward ques-
tioned the option of charging fees
after it is fixed up, or leave open to
the public and just clean and main-
Missy Barletto of South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) explained the Corps
used to clean it.
Mr. Glisson stated the Corps
locked the gate so there is no more
camping, and he has received calls
from former campers who still
wanted access he explained that
an "iron ranger" is a fortified per-
manently mounted metal slotted
collection box with envelopes for
depositing usage fees on the honor
system, as many people were glad
to pay for the availability of recre-
Ward suggested the Board take
this under advisement, find out
more about it and its usefulness to
Glades people, whether hunters,
fishermen, or duck hunters, and
have Mr. Glisson return for a pres-
entation. He also.mentioned the
possibility of getting enhancements
from DU (Ducks Unlimited) and
other sources for planting rice to
attract ducks; and make it available
for public use.
Mr. Glisson suggested getting
SFWMD and Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FFWCC) together with the
DEP/DSL and work up a pilot proj-
Ms. Barletto added that SFWMD
does have $20,000 for the first inter-
im year's operation and manage-
Mr. Glisson, in response to
Ward's question about getting the
Moore Haven Canal widened,
explained that the USACOE and
SFWMD are responsible for the
canal bank and maintenance, and
his involvement would only come
if the bottom of the canal was to be
Ward expressed concern that if
the lake is drawn down too low,
access to the lake through Moore
Haven canal will be gone, and he
had spoken to someone who said
$50 million was to be spent on
managing the water level of Lake
Okeechobee,'and Ward wanted to
know if any of that money could be
spent on the Moore Haven access
,Ms. Barletto ,explained that the
majority of the money was desig-
nated for fast track projects to store
water north of Okeechobee and
not much would be left for boat
trails and none to open Moore
Haven canal. She stated she knows
the access problems with tussocks,
and USACOE is working to open
boat ways for lake access from
Lakeport to Moore Haven.
Ward questioned the $50 mil-
lion for pumps to push water when
the lake level is not flowing out,
quoting Chip Merriam, deputy
executive director of SFWMD as
saying they would clean it.
Ms. Barletto said if the lake
dropped to eight or nine feet, there
would be access issues as in the
past. She cited the previous
drought, considered a one in 200-
year drought. She said with such
low levels the navigation locks
would be separated by dry land.
Ward asked if there is another
controlled drop, weren't they to
bring pumps in to fix the lake and
provide water for farmers?
Ms. Barletto explained the previ-
ous state legislative request to pro-
vide $50 million for "forward"
pumps that would provide water
supply to municipalities and farm-
ers south of Lake Okeechobee if
the lake level should drop below 10
feet elevation, "what this does for
the district is to allow us to lay the
foundation of our water supply
planning one foot lower than cur-
rently and thereby granting addi-
tional flexibility as we continue to
review the WSE regulation sched-
ule for Lake Okeechobee with an
eye to looking at lower lake levels."
(The legislature did not. award the
initially requested $50 million, but
the project is not off the table yet).
This is different from the Gov-
erning Board's desire to get the lake
to 12 feet by April and keep it there
for 12 weeks in order to improve
the health of the lake, so sediments
could clear out, sunlight could
reach seedbeds; however the
excessive rain raised the levels -
14 feet went to 16 feet.
Ward asked if money was avail-
able for dredging.
Ms. Barletto said no, but it is
conceivable that should the county
partner with DEP, FWC and
SFWMD to design and implement
a restoration plan for portions of
Lake Okeechobee that would
enhance both the ecology of the
lake, as well as the economy of the
area, state appropriation for an
effort such as that could happen.
Echols stated the pi'-blem
involves economics, and when the
USACOE put up cables blocking
the Sportsman's Village ramp and
when boaters cannot use the
Moore Haven canal and have to put
in at Alvin Ward Ramp and go up to
Myakka Cut to access the lake. He
stated an artery' was needed into
the lake from Moore Haven as it
affected fishing related businesses.
Ms. Barletto stated the USACOE
is responsible for aquatic weed
management, and that Glades
County can clean and maintain the
canal, but if they get below the
canal design, then a dredging per-
mit would be required. When
questioned about who designed
the canal and when, she assured
the Board that USACOE has con-
tour maps of the canal.
Dr. John Capece, member of
Caloosahatchee River Citizens
hatchee.org), which has advocated
projects dredging oxbows, and the
county got a permit for mainte-
nance dredging for the ecological,
recreational and historical value
and SFWMD funded $400k for this
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
4-H Awards Banquet
Denise Burnham (left) was honored with the Florida 4-H
Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2004-2005 Okeechobee
County 4-H Awards Banquet, Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High
School. Florida 4-H chooses only three volunteers each
year for this honor. In the past ten years, seven Okee-
chobee County volunteers have received this honor. The
award was presented by Debbie Clements (right).
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
4-H Leadership Medals
Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at the 2004-3005 Okeechobee County 4-H
Awards Banquet, Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School. Those earning the County Lead-
ership Medal included: Anastasia Letcher, Kaley Dees, Kelly Buchanan, Carma Rowlett,
Deidre Dorriety, Wesley Mims, Damon Heater, Kayla Davis, Anna Gilliland, Ashley Gog-
gans, Jordan Verano, Brianna French, Vanessa Watt, Austin Pluskot, Brett Bridges,
Jared Prescott, Jennifer Cletzer, Maci Culligan, Samantha McKenna, Caitlyn Caucin,
Rebecca Barnes and Nikki Francioni.
Tri-cities urge county
to revisit court issue
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza simply the latest in a long line of
Special to the Okeechobee News injustices in the Glades. The criti-
cism ranges from small considera-
PAHOKEE "One more time, tions to some on a larger scale,
we're being treated like the red- explained the mayor.
headed stepchild," Pahokee Mayor Another issue the mayor
J.P. Sasser said recently at the tri- brought up at the meeting is the
cities meeting held in his city. The fact that now permits for work inri\
comment received an immediate the Glades are issued in Royal Palm
reaction in the visiting leaders from Beach, rather than in the past,
Belle Glade and South Bay. when a citizen could apply, for a
Mayor Sassser's comments permit in Belle Glade.
were directed at the county's court The Pahokee mayor challenged
system, and the possibility, he said, a few visitors from the coast at the
of the county re-arranging the meeting to compare the landscap-
working conditions of theclerk of ing of the schools and the county
court to accommodate a new parks in the Glades to those on the
judge. Rather than entertaining the coast, in Royal Palm Beach or
notion of building a new court- Wellington for instance. "It's, oh
house, 'or at least the thought of that's the Glades, they can't even
constructing a new addition to the spell tree,' why are we going to
existing facility, he said, the county spend any money on landscap-
will be content with any recom- ing?"
mendation they receive. The tri cities as a whole agreed
"Apparently, they don't feel to send a letter to the group in
we're important enough to build us charge of court projects in the
a new courthouse," Mayor Sasser county, as well as the county itself,
said, while urging his sister cities to explaining its stance on the issue.
action. Mayor Sasser said he and The goal is to have the responsible.
Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson authority to visit the area to re-eval-
had discussed the issue prior to uate the possibility for the construc-
bringing it up at the meeting, arid tion-of a new courthouse or the
said each hoped to receive the full remodeling of the existing facility.
support of the tri cities delegation in'- Mayor Sasser was designated as
addressing the .matter with the the official spokesperson on the
county, issue, though South Bay Mayor
Mayor Sasser said he under- Clarence Anthony asked him to
stood the need for an additional keep the tri cities updated as news
judge to help the current staff in on the issue arrived. Mayor Antho-
balancing the heavy workload now ny especially asked to be informed
being carried out, but said that the once the cities are able to secure a
plan calls for relocating the office of meeting before the county com-
the clerk of court to .an adjacent mission so as many Glades repre-
office building, inside of an audito- sentatives as possible can show up
rium a blunt solution that won't to show solidarity.
cost much. "My question is... Mayor Sasser said he will con-
would they do that anyplace else?" tinue to work on the issue. He said
Sasser said the move represents he will,not sit by without action.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony- or Driving
Under the Influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's
Office, the Florida Highway Patrol,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission or the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
Timothy Jackson, 37, Fort
Myers, was arrested Aug. 22 by
FWC Officer Brown on a Lee
County warrant. He is being held
Lauren Jason Hill; 26, Okee-
chobee, was arrested by Deputy
Jason Griner on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of proba-
tion. He is being held without
Terrell Lewis, 41, Moore
Haven, was arrested Aug. 28 by
Deputy Holly Ramsey on a Putnam
County warrant. He is being held
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed, here who is
later found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped is
welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.
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*Our kitchen is open daily, serv-
ing regular menu and specials.
Monday, Thursday and Friday from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Wednesday,
tacos served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Saturday from noon until 8
p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
*Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
*The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
L* eThe third Sunday of each
____ month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
eThe Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
*eBingo is held every Saturday
. and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
*There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
*Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until ?
*Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
*Starting in September, euchre
will be on.Monday and Wednesday
from 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
*Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Dor South at (863)
Eagles Aeries #4137
*Tuesdays: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
*Wednesdays: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be available.
*First and third Thursday: Auxil-
iary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
*Fridays: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
*Saturdays and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.
*First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $5
*Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552. .
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
*Tuesdays: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
*Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
*Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
*Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
*The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
eThe Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
*Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
*Meals served Wednesdays
and Fridays from 5 until 7:15 p.m.,
and on Saturdays from 6:30 until 8
p.m. Call the lodge to see what they
*Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until?
*Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
*Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m. until
? Call the lodge to see who is play-
*Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
eSunday: Sept. 4 is family day.
*Mondays: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
eFriday evenings: food, fun and
*Saturdays: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
eSept. 11: Fish fry and district
meeting at Okeechobee.
*Sept. 14: LOOM meeting.
*Sept. 27: Business meeting.-
*Sept. 7: WOTM social and din-
ner at Michaels
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W. 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137 Okeechobee-
*Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
*Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
*Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
eSaturday: .25-cent bingo at 1I
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
*Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
*Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until p.m., Monday through
presents "Womenless Wed-
ding" 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 com-
mander as Nellie Clampett, brides-
maid. Imagine Al Crank as Lulu
Jasper, flower girl. Food will be pre-
pared by chefs Morgan and Ritchie.
The menu will be hot dogs, chili
dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers
and baked beans. All you want for
a donation. No take outs available
on this day. Food will be served
from 12:30 until 3 p.m.
*Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, men auxiliary or Am-Vets
there will be music.
*Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
*Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
*Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)
VFW Post #10539
*The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
*Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and at 1 p.m.
*Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
*Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
*Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing at 7
*Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
*Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
DELRAY BEACH The
Association of Sons and Daugh-
ters of WWII Veterans will lead
a group to England and France
during April 2006 to commem-
orate the 62nd anniversary of
the D-Day landings, the Battle
for Normandy and the drive
through France to the Rhine.
The itinerary will include
London, Portsmouth, Cher-
bourg, Omaha and Utah beach-
es, Caep, St. Mere Eglise, Care-
tan, Argentan, Falaise and Paris.
A memorial service will be
held at the American Military
Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer
For information, call Sy Can-
ton at (561) 865-8495; or, send
inquires to 5121 B Nesting Way,
Delray Beach, Fl., 33484.
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100 percent Record Book Score
Twelve Okeechobee County 4-Hers were recognized for perfect scores on their project
record books at the 2004-2005 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet, Aug. 27 at
Okeechobee High School. Those with 100 percent record book scores included: (front)
William Curren (dairy project), Shiloh Anuez (swine project), (back row, left to right) Fal-
lon Curren (dairy), Emilie Lege (dairy), Lindsey Rucks (dairy), Joy Burnham (dairy),
Jamie Burnham (dairy), Austin Pluskot (dairy), Kelsey Burnham (dairy) and Kaley Dees
(beef). Not pictured are Katie Walker and Matt Walker.
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee County 4-H Graduating Seniors were recognized at the 2004-2005 Okee-
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The team waived McClain
on Saturday, but brought him
back after a series of other
cuts this week.
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game with the Jaguars last
season before being waived in
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Brahmans is tonight at home
against Sebring. The junior varsi-
ty will take to the court at 5:30
p.m. The varsity match will fol-
low at 6:30 p.m.
'The Osceola Middle
School/Yearling Middle School
game scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
tonight has been.canceled. The
two teams will meet, later in the
year in regular season competi-
seeks new members
The Okeechobee High School
Touchdown Club is seeking new
members. The purpose of this club
is to promote pride, respect, spirit
and unity among the O.H.S. players
and student body, staff, coaches,
families and the business commu-
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited to
join. Bronze membership is $300;
silver membership is $600; gold
membership is $900; and, plat-
inum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each membership
goes to the general athletic fund,
and another portion goes into a
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (863)462-5050.
Soccer sign ups
will end Friday
The minimum number of par-
ticipants in each age division is 30
Games will be played locally,,
and will start Oct. 1 and end before
For information, call the recre-
ation department at (863)763-6950.
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale fdr O.H.S. sports.
The cost of a gold seat is $100
and entitles the holder to admis-
sion to all home Brahman games
with the exception of state-spon-
sored activities such as bowl
games, jamborees or playoffs.
Reserved seats entitle the holder
to admission to all home Brahman
football games. The .cost of the
reserved seats is $40 per seat.
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike Rade-
baugh at (863)462-5025.
Registration for the Okee-
chobee County Parks & Recreation Rodeo tickets
Department's Youth Soccer League
will be held Monday-Friday, from 8 are on sale nOW
a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at Eli's
Sign-ups will end Friday, Sept. 2. Western Wear, 907 W. North Park
All sign-ups will be held at the St., for the Cattlemen's Association
recreation department office, 309 Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association
N.W Second St. (PRCA) rodeo that will be held at
The registration fee is $25 per the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on
child. Parents will need to present a' U.S. 441 N.
copy of their child's birth certificate Rodeo performances will be
at the time of registration. The 'Saturday, Sept. 3; Sunday, Sept. 4;
child's age as of Dec. 31, 2005, will and Monday, Sept. 5.
determine their age division. The price of tickets for this
Age divisions will be: 14 and Labor Day weekend rodeo is $14
under; 12 and under; 10 and per ticket. There will also be a
under; 8 and under; and, 6 and parade on Monday, Sept. 5, at 10
under, a.m. in downtown Okeechobee.
The Chamber of Commerce is
accepting registrations for parade
For information, contact Perri L.
Giafaglione at (863)697-3113.
The Okeechobee High School
swim team will hold a swim-a-thon
fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 10, .from
8:30 until 10.30 a.m. to help raise
enough money to cover the costs
of swim flags, stretch cords, fins
and hotel accommodations for
championships and state competi-
Swimmers will be in the water
swimming laps at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex swimming
pool, 580 N.W. 27th Lane, for two
hours or 5,000 yards (50 football
fields) whichever comes first. A
donation or sponsorship of any
amount will greatly help the team.
For information call (863) 467-
7667 from 3:30 until 6 p.m. and ask
for assistant coach Lindsay.
The remaining tournament
dates for the Okee-Tantie Team
Trail bass tournaments are Sept. 11
and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be held
at Okee-Tantie Marina and Camp-
ground. Regist. itions 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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defeat Lady Panthers
The Lady Brahman volleyball
team won a big road match
Tuesday evening when, they
rolled over Fort Pierce West-
wood 25-4, 25-4 and 25-17.
'The Brahmans were led by
Kelley Smiley with' nine kills.
Katie Bryan added five and Erica
Zinsky had a big night with
seven aces, 20 service points and
The next match for the Lady
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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
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
ahd Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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
Theatre III "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
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-
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will be presenting
childbirth education classes at
the Okeechobee County Health
Department. All pregnant
women are encouraged to
attend the classes. For informa-
tion or to register for this inform-
ative class, call the Healthy Start
office at (863) 462-5877. Every
baby deserves a healthy start.
You can be a
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become
a volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship
program. It's a proven life-chang-
ing program that provides four-
year college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth graders
in local communities. The men-
tor meets with the student one
hour:per week at his/her school.
Volunteer opportunities are avail-
able in Indian River, Martin, St.
Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
Please call the Indian River Com-
munity College Foundation at
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you
would like to share, call Ed
Wimes at (863) 357-0047.
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing,
a revised payment schedule or
call Consumer Credit Counseling
Service for a free and confiden-
tial appointment. For informa-
tion, call (561) 434-2544 or (800)
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church
Lending Library, on the corner of
northwest Second Street and
Second Avenue. Entertain or
educate yourself, using 486
audiocassettes, including audio
books, plus Christian romances
and 575 videos. Prepare a paper
on comparative religion, a book
report, programs for men,
women or children, a craft proj-
ect or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and
public libraries. As a private
library we can and do preview
our media. Currently, the library
is staffed Sunday from 9:30 a.m.,
until 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday
evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Con-
tact Doris Entry at (863) 763-
You can be a
Would you like to provide
assistance to sexual assault vic-
tims? Volunteer Victim Advocate
positions are available. Volun-
teers are on-call for emergency
response from their home during
the times of their choice. Com-
plete training will be provided in
Okeechobee, as well as having
access to a supervisor 24 hours a
day. For information, call volun-
teer coordinator Dori Fowler at
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Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
NEED: Child Care for my chil-
dren (9 mo. & 3yr old) 4-ehrs
a day on Mon./Wed./Fri., Need
EARRING, Found in purse pur-
'chased at local consignment
FOUND: Earring on dyke be-
tween Lot 7 & Taylor Creek.
SIAMESE adult cat, vic. of
1695 NW 4th St., off of Hwy
98, Call to identify.
Utility Trailer, vie. of L-Cross
on 8/21, if rightful owner
please call to identify.
LOST: man that bought L
shaped, computer desk,
please call regarding miss-
ing items. (863)467-1104.,
RED NOSED PIT- F, 5mo old,
Vic. of Treaoure islandd area.
Missing since eve of Aug 30th
REWARD! Missing Tan &
White male pitbull, neutered,
cropped ears, Fri., 8/26, on
441 near Hester Aluminum,
ariwers Io Tank Beloved
Peil (863)699-1918. .
BLACK MIX- Female, 6 mo.
old, Great disposition, Very
friendly, To Good Home
CUR MIX, 5 males, 2 'mos.
. old, free to good home.
KITTEN Neutered, shots, lit-
ter trained, very cute, to
good loving home.
KITTENS 2 Males & 2 Fe-
Smales, Litter Trained. Grey
and White. Free to good
SLIDING GLASS DOORS, 2,
'Free, you haul.
SWEET POTATO VINES: White
& Orange. Free, you haul.
TV ANTENNA & TOWER- 38'
USED CARBED, Stroller, High
chair, More. (863)675-4216.
WATERBEDS- 2, King size,
Thursday, Friday & Saturday,
September 1st, 2nd 3rd.
9am-5pm, 1300 SE 8th Drive.
Household Goods, Tools,
Collectable's & Much More!
makes you more inloamed
mnd itresng person, No
wonder newspaper readers
are nore sumcefull
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A Hi-tech company needs:
computer & Internet skills.
Pick up application
@ 100 SW 5th.St. or
Fax resume to 863-467-0816
$31,200 to start, for
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Must be mechanically
inclined. Apply in person
Lehman Auto Body
265 Hwy. 98 North
NO phone calls please!
Experienced only need apply
Please call (863)763-2838
Local Work. Transportation a
MUST! Call (863)357-6018
Apply in person only. Proper
attire necessary. Immed.
openings. Okee. Discount
Drugs 203 SW Park St.
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
or apply at Town Star,
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Diamond R is a drug-free workplace &
an Equal Opportunity Employer
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
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Dietary (Kitchen Help)
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Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Class A CDL Required.
Walpole Feed &
2595 NW 8th Street
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.
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with excellent typing & phone skills.
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Please call (863)467-7785.
PALMDALE OIL COMPANY
DRIVERS NEEDED:Class A &
Class B, Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
Top pay to the right person
Benefits. Please call
Casual Cookbook Combo
Two user-friendly cookbooks make it easy to add
variety to the informal dinner menu and keep your
family coming back for more. "The Well-Filled
Tortilla" and "Finger Lickin', Rib Stickin', Great
Tastin' Barbecue" together contain almost 250 fresh
new recipes that are sure to please.
Both books feature simple, comprehensive
instructions that make it easy to get started on every-
thing from traditional care asada and a dozen vari-
eties of fajitas to Sicilian barbecued chicken and
country-style pork ribs.
Casual Cookbook Combo (No. W3) .. $12.95
Barbecue Bible cookbook (No. W2)... $16.95
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
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Pools & Supplies 685
Sawing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
To & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
TEMPSTAR- 5ton, heat
pump, 12 seer, brand new,
never been used. $1200
DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,
Good condition. $30.
DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,
Good condition. $45.
ENGRAVED GOLD LOCKET-
1940 With chain, holds 2
SCALES & WEIGHTS, Weighs
in grams. Very accurate. An-
tique. $275. (863)467-4328
DRYER, white, like new, great
condition, works good, $65.
FREEZER, Frigidaire, Upright,
Excellent condition. $200.
FREEZER, KENMORE, Upright,
Good condition. $300 or
best offer. Call Ramses at
MAGIC BULLET As seen on
TV, Brand new, still in box,
WASHER & DRYER (Pro-
pane), Kenmore, Just over 1
yr. old. Large capacity. $300
for both. 561-723-4466 Cell.
WASHER, Whirlpool, heavy
duty, 6 cycle, almond, very
good cond., $75.
WASHER/DRYER, & Micro-
' wave- Good condition. $125
Super Capacity Plus, white,
2 yrs. old,' $375.
WATER HEATER 50 gallon,
top of the line GE, 2yrs old,
like new condition. Pd $250
asking $175 (863)763-6041
STEEL BUILDING- To be
moved, 40'x60', $1255 or
best offer (863)675-0349
TANNER- Soliel, 28 Sport.
$2250. New never used, Call
MIAMI SUN- 3 Wheel bike,
Excellent shape. $150.
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $1000.
ALUMINUM PAN ROOFING
Used, (12) 20ft panels. $60
for all or will sep.
BROWN RIDGE GAP- New,
Steel, 26 gauge, 50ft. $120.
GAL HURRICAIN PANEL
Approx. 50, 60", 99" $500 for
STEPS, Aluminum w/railing, 3
steps high. $60. neg.
INSULATION REMOVER -
Professional machine to re-
move ceiling insulation.
BOY'S CLOTHES- 18mo-2T,
Large assortment, Exc cond.
$100. takes all or will separ-
COINS, US PROOF & MINT
SETS, 17 Proof '60-88, 14
Mints '62-92. Lincoln Pennies
& more. $500 561-924-8292
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 or best offer
COMPUTER, 16" monitor,
printer, lots of discs, works
great, $150. (863)467-6805
PRINTER Cannon, brand
new still in box, $40
COMPUTER- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Office, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
COMMERCIAL KILN, Pouring
table & Mixer. $300 for all,
will sep. (863)467-8177
BED FRAME Wooden, twin
good condition $20
BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy, $500
BUNK BEDS, Wooden, Built in
shelves, 5 drawers & desk.
$350 863-467-9027 or
863-634-2937 after 5pm.
COMFORTER SETS twn (2)
camouflage, w/ blanket,
sheets, pil. cases, curtains &
shelves $100 863-447-0965
COMPUTER DESK- real wood,
very good shape, $75.
DINING ROOM TABLE- 6 pad-
ded chairs, excellent condi-
tion $600. (863)357-1175
Dining Table, 42" round,
glass, 4 cushioned chrs. on
DINNING ROOM TABLES (2)
$50 for both, will sep. Nice
DR SUITE- Ashley, Oak, round
table, no leaf, 4 chairs, $200
or best offer.
END TABLES (2) solid wood,
w/ pull out drinnk/plate hold-
ers $180 or best offer
KING SIZED BED- Head-
board, Mattress, complete,
Very nice $100
SECTIONAL SOFA, 2 pc. with
end tables, coffee table & 2
foot stools & corner table.
TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
TV CABINET Cherry w/ door
& drawer. Like new. Rattan
glass top tbl & 2 chairs $250
both will sep. (863)467-2532
WATERBEDS- King (full set)
& Queen $500 Will separ-
Wine Rack, 31x78, 4 shelves,
black metal & oak counter,
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
PARTY CART seats 4 peo-
ple, 1 dog & plenty of cool-
ers, 36v charger, $900
AR-15 BUSHMASTER .223
cal. carbine, custom trigger,
accessory rail, A2 style. $800,
FIREARMS LIBRARY 32
leather bound vol. (history,
gun smithing, ballistics) like
new $450 863-697-2033
REMINGTON 1.100- Automatic
HEATING OIL & TANK- 275
gal. $500. (8563)763-4600
ADULT SCOOTER, 3 Wheel,
Space Saver, Runs great.
Good condition. $500.
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
SCOOTER- Golden Alante
motorized chair. New w/ war-
ranty papers, pd $6K asking
$1300 neg (863)357-2233
BIROFEEDER, $38 or best of-
. fer. (754)367-1761
CHRISTMAS TREE- 6 1/2',
Blue mini lights, balls & tree
skirt. $35. for all
FUEL TANK, 300 gallon; with
pump, $400 or best offer.
(863)675-6568 leave mes-
NEXTEL 1275 Camera
Phone only 3 months old
$80 or best offer
PRINTER DOCK Kodak, for
digital cam. Wrks w/ cx6OOO00,
7000,dx6000, 7000, ls600,
700. $100 (863)697-2422
WATER SOFTENER & FILTER,
Sears, programmable, 2 yrs.
old, pd $1257, sell for $600.
DRUM SET, BY: TAMA, .Brand
new symbols & stands.
$800 or best offer.
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER- Ex-
cellent condition, with case.
asking $200. or best offer.
AFFEN PINCHER, female,
great for senior home, $200.
AFRICAN GREY CONGO
Hand fed $900
Hand Fed $650
Australian Blue & Red Heeler
Pups, 10 weeks, working
parents on premises, $300.
BEAGLE- Tri-colored, Female,
8 mo old, CKC reg. Loves
Kids $200. Call
863-763-2749 or 801-4193
BOA SNAKE- Red Tail & rats,
$150. Please call
863-763-8380 after 5pm
Ask for Susan
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
Extremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $300 or
FISH TANKS (20) 21/2, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
PARROT- Congo African Gray
Baby. Hand tamed, 3 mo.
old. $950. neg.
POMERANIANS- 1-male lyr
old, 1-Female 2 yrs old,
Breeding pair. AKC, F-$600,
RED NOSED PITBULL 5 mo
old, all shots up to date
SHIH TZU PUPPY AKC reg.
Champion bloodline, Great
w/kids. Sacrifice for $300 or
best offer (863)467-8896
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 HEATER: Just 1 yr.
old. 40 gallon. Pd. $270,
Asking $125 or best offer.
ABOVE GROUND POOL 24ft
diameter, all accessories,
must take down & haul.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
saves you money by
about best buys.
No wonder newspaper
readers earnm morel
AIR HOCKEY TABLE, Tourna-
ment size. Like new w/pucks
& handles, etc. Pd. $1100,
now $550. (863)357-1572
AQUATIC ITEMS 3 life vests,
3 comp. snorkeling sets, &
40" Maul surf board. $90 for
or will sep. (863)675-4792
POOL TABLE World Leisure
Championship Toumament sz.
wall accessories. Good con-
dition, $550 (863)357-1572.
JVC CD Remote, SMXJ101,
$15 or best offer.
TV 32" Sony 2003 HD, like
new, $100 (863)467-2532
TV, 32" Toshiba, 1. yr. old,
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
CHEROKEE JEEP- Brand new
battery, Good condition
HOOVER EMPOWER- Almost
new, Cost $140. Sell $70.
DVD's (85) & 20-40 VHS
$500 or best offer
VCR MOVIES- 150, $200. or
best offer (863)610-1082
WANTED: Horse Round Pen
or Panels. (954)214-8877 or
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed,'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 920
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
MARE & GELDING -10 & 14,
both broke. Nice horses.
$1800 for both
MINIATURE BLUE ROAN
STALLION, 28" High. Show
MINIATURE HORSE & CART
w/leather harness. $1200.
MUSTANG- Mare, 5 yr old,
halter broke $700.
REG. MINI, 5 mo. old stallion.
Chestnut w/white. Very pretty
w/exc. build. Big build in small
pckg. $950 (863)824-0522
REG. MINI, Tricolor paint
yearling mare, Gorgeous mare
w/blk eyeliner/hazel eyes. 30"
Gentle. $1500 863)824-0522
LAWN MOWER Poulan Pro,
17h/p Brggs & Stratton eng.
garage kept $1150 or best
RAIL ROAD TIES FOR SALE:
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver,
RIDING LAWN MOWER '98
.Snapper, Runs good, like new
condition $600 or best offer
RIDING LAWN MOWER- John
Deere Hydra, Sears gas edg-
er & Scotts lawn mower.
$700 will sep 863-357-6456
RIDING MOWER 28" cut,
Snapper, electric start. $450
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
'05, Used once. 33" cut,
15hp engine. $1300. Call
BULL & HEIFER CALF-
healthy and de wormed
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
FURNISHED APT- all utilities
paid, mature adults only, No
pets, on water, Call between
9-7 pm daily (863)357-2044
OKEECHOBEE, 1BR Apt., un-
furnished, elec. & water pro-
vided, $600 mo., 1st &sec.
BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, newly
renovated, incl. washer/dry-
er, 1st, last & sec. dep,
$800 mo. (561)793-4860
OKEE- 2br, 1ba in Ancient
Oaks No pets. Non smoking
envr. $775. mo, util. + Sec
dep & ref. 772-708-4422
OKEECHOBEE, 2 Bdrm, 1 Ba,
Located @310 N.E. 4th Ave.
$750 mo. + 1st, last & $500.
sec. dep. Call (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, w/
screened room, elec. boat lift,
on water, completely furn.,
$1100 mo. + sec. dep.
1400 sq' A/C + carpeting
101 NW 5th St. next to The
Medicine Shop Call
863-634-9331 for details.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home. -Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
POWER CORD- For a Mobile
Home. 4 wire, 22' long. $60.
BHR, 2BR, 2BA Doublewide,
c/a, no pets. $600 mo yearly
lease, $1000 sec.
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
LARKEE LAKE, 3BR, 2BA,
1800 s.f., Double lot, 2-Living
rooms, 2-Carport's, $120K
OKEE 32' Franklin, w/ Florida
Rm, very good condition.
Lot 87 Taylor Creek $2500
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA 1/2 acre
Garage, fenced yard.
1850 NE 103rd Ave.
Park Model, '96, on private lot
in Ancient Oaks, with 2 add
ons & 2 tip outs, 800 sf.,
water filter, all apple's incl.,
c/a & heat, $60,000.
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport VehiclestATVs 3035
ARROW GLASS, '84, 18', cen-
ter console, 115hp Yamaha,
clean mtr., solid boat,
BASS BOAT, Ranger 83, 18'
Ft., 150 hp Mercury, 651b trol-
ling motor, 2) fish finders, 3)
new batteries, new lower unit
& additional new items. $4000
or best offer. (863)467-6621
BASS TRACKER BOAT-16ft
w/ troller motor & trailer, no
motor, rated for 50h/p $1000
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
CATFISH BOAT, 21' long,
70hp Tohatsu, new trailer.
Good condition. $2500.
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.
GLASSSTREAM PRO BASS-
'92, 50 hp, Trailer, Trolling
motor w/pedal control Depth
finder $3500 941-426-3781
JON BOAT, 10 Ft. w/trailer,
motor & trolling motor. Extra's
included. $800. or best offer.
Call (863)763-0280 anytime.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
PONTOON BOAT '91, 24', 120
hp motor; full bimini w/storage
cover; new trir., needs a little
work. $4250 772-263-2555
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. -
Fi., 8am-5pm Call Pete.
YUMBO, starter motorcycle,
200cc, good beginner bike,
SUZUKIE 125 3 Wheeler w/re-
verse. $500. (863)634-3029
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Autoe Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts- Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Traiter 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CADILLAC BROUGHAM 1989,
4 Door, 71K mis., Good on
gas. Clean inside/out. Asking
CHEVY CORSICA '94 4 door
sedan. Dependable ride. 68K
mi, auto trans. Some rust
FORD T-BIRD- 93, 6 cyl, Au-
to, Pwr windows/seats, Tilt
wheel, Cruise, Cold A/C,
FORD TEMPO 1992, Rebuilt
engine, 48K mis..30+ mpg.
Good condition. $800.
LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1993,
Runs good. Need minor cos-
metic work. $1500. neg. 863-
634-7556 or 561-758-5295.
LINCOLN TOWN CAR- Runs
ood, Good tires, cold A/C.
1200 or best offer.
LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1988 -
Exc. cond., black rag top, new
tires, cold a/c, $1800.
863-357-2834 / 891-6033.
MERC GRAND MARQUIS, '92-
V8, PW/PL/PS, new trans,
cold AC, new spare, $2500
neg. (863)528-3749 '
OLD'S CUTLASS SUPREME-
'91, All power, low miles, 4
door, Runs great. $1500.'
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CIE-
RA WAGON, '89, runs good,
good shape, $800 neg.
Pontiac Bonneville, '92- full
power, AC, reliable car, call
for details, $1800 or best of-
fer. (863)675-2598 Iv msg.
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX- '91,
Runs great. A/C, Needs
TOYOTA TERCEL '91 needs
transmission. $250 or best
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CHEVY PUMPER FIRE TRUCK
'47 w/hoses, lights & siren.
Has rust, but very restorable.
VOLKSWAGON 1978 Con-
vertible. Needs work. $500.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs and
looks good $2000.
FORD 1 TON '86 lift gate,
PTO, 11ft utility body $1200
CAR DOLLY, fits all vehicles,
CLEAR HEADLIGHTS w/cor-
ners for '98 Expedition,
$125. Call 239-634-9339.
MISC. PARTS off of '80's
Mustang, $2500 for all will
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE, for
parts or repair, good trans,
tires, a/c blows cold, $450
RIMS, 17" Manta Ray, Uni-
versal four lug. Brand new!
Very Nice! $600. or best offer.
Call Ramses (863)673-0645
TIRES (4) Mastercraft Courser
SE, ANT. P265/75R16's. $40
for all. (863)674-1906 *
TIRES (4) Michelin, Good.
shape. Off of Lincoln Towi"
Car. $40 for all.
TOOL BOX, For.Full Size Pick
Up. Diamond plated. $75.
TIRES (4)- new, M+S
Contrac $240 (863)763-6131
after 6p M-F, anytime weekend
TOOL BOX diamond plate for
full size truck &L shape 110
gal fuel tank, (2) 12v fuel
TRAILER HITCH- Class 3, Fits
Mercury Grand Marquis,
Ford Crown, Vic. & various
Lincoln $150 863-467-8589
CHEVY 350 '94- 4dr, 1 ton,
good work truck, $2500
DODGE RAM 250, '90- runs
good, new parts, fiberglass
work body w/ladder rack.
FORD F150 '93 manual,
needs .engine $500
FORD F150, '95, extended
cab, V8, aluminum topper;
runs good, $2500.
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1100 or best
FORD F350, '86, 6.9L Diesel,
dually, flatbed, $2500 or
best offer. (772)215-8202
FORD PICK UP 1977, Runs.
FORD RANGER '88 w/
camper top, auto, runs good,
cold air, new tires. $950
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2005-CA-53
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC,
AS NOMINEE FOR EMC MORTGAGE CORPORATION
DENNIS J. RUNNING; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DENNIS J. RUNNING; UNKNOWN
TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses, claiming by,
through and under any of the above-named Defendants,
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, will on the 19th day of September, 2005, at 11:00 o'clock
A.M. at the Fronts steps of the Courthouse in Okeechobee, Florida, offer for sale
and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following-de-
scribed property situate in Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 232, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT 8, according to the plat thereof, recorded In
Plat Book 3, Page 91, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida
pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of
which is indicated above.
WITNESS my hand and official seal of said Court this 22nd day of August, 2005.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities
needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administrative Office, ADA Coordinator (407-468-1472), not later than
(7) days prior to proceeding. 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 101, Okeechobee,
lorida 33472. If hearing impaired, (TDO)1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770m, via Florida Relay Service
CLERK OFTHE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Christie Chapman
80261 ON 08/29/2005 & 09/01/2005
FORD RANGER XLT, '87, with
extra cab, runs good, 5 spd.,
GMC 1500 PICKUP TRUCK,
'85, runs good, body & in-
terior in good shape, $2500
MITSUBUSHI- '86, 2 W/D, 4:
cyl, Standard $850. or best
NISSAN PICKUP 1997, 2 wd.,
5 spd., Ice Cold Air, 4 cyl.
Excellent condition. $2500
Toyota Pickup, '85, ext. cab, 4
whl dr., lifted on 35x12.5,
system, custom paint,
$1800 neg. (863)801-9441
JEEP CHEROKEE '95 Good
condition, runs great. door,
auto, 4x2 $2000 or best of-
fer (863)673-0645 Ramses
DODGE 250 CONVERSION
'91 97K mi, V8, auto, fully
equipped. AM/FM cass. $2K
DODGE CARAVAN, '94- new
tires, runs good, needs trans
FORD AEROSTAR, '91, 4x4,
good motor & trans., for
parts only, $350 or best of-
BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
August 23, 2005
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received untl 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, Sep-
tember 22, 2005 at the District Office, State of Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Florida 33830 for the following work.
Bids received will be opened and publicly read aloud in the Planning Multi-Pur-
pose Conference Room. Sealed bids may be mailed and must be received prior
to bid opening to State of Florida Department of Transportation, 801 North Broad-
way Ave., Attn: District Contracts MS 1-18, Barrow, orida 33830. If the bid
amount is greater than $250,000 00 on construction projects, the Contractor
must be pre-qualified as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 RM. Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, September 21, 2005. Plan hlders list wil not be issued after 5:00 pm on
Friday, September 16, 2005.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS AND/OR
BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863) 534-7172. THIS
FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWWDOTSTATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMI-
NISTRATIONDISTRICT1 FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTA-
TION MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR
INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTATION MEETING
HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2005 AT 2:00 RM,
FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFICATIONS OR PAY ITEMS,
CONTACT THE PROJECT MANAGER LISTED.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F05) Charlotte County: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
419153-1-72-01 Work Consists of construction of storm water outfall, restora-
tion of berm, canal maintenance desilting, vegetative planting and other associat-
ed construction activities. (Approx 60 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT
MANAGER: Rob Dwyer, (863 519-2762 rob.dwyer@doLt.state.fl.us. BUDGET
AMOUNT $105,000.00. *NOTE: THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY PRE-BID
MEETING BEGINNING AT 10:00 a.m. ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2005.
THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON LOCATION. BID DOCUMENTS WILL BE IS-
SUED ONLY TO CONTRACTORS WHO ATTEND THE PRE-BID MEETING. CON-
TRACTORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ORDER SPECIFICATIONS PRIOR TO
ATTENDING THE SCHEDULED PRE-BID MEETING.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F06-RO) Sarasota & Manatee Counties: FINANCIAL PROJECT
NO 419415-1-72-01 & 419416-1-72-01. Work consists of Mechanical Sweep-
ing on the Primary System (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT
MANAGER: Angelo Boyas, (941) 359-7310. anoelo boyas(dot state Ifus
BUDGET AMOUNT $111,000.00.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F07-RO) Polk County: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
418545-1-72-01. Improvements consist of Asphalt Repair at various locatons.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: David Barthle.
(863) 519-7924 david barthle(dot state.fl us BUDGET AMOUNT $100,000.
(CONTRACT NO. E1FOB-RO) Highlands & Okeechobee Counties: FINANCIAL PRO-
JECT NO. 419393-1-72-01 & 419394-1-72-01. Work consists of surface
realignment, void filling and soil densification with high density polyurethane.
Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Gary Burnett
631386-6104 gary burnettrdot state l us BUDGET AMOUNT $110,000.00.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow,
Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the
State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be made. The right
is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Bid Solicitation Notice in accordance with Chapter 337 ES.
78844 ON 9/1,8/05
Barnyard Buddies plan meeting
The Barnyard Buddies is a small animal noncompetitive 4-H club
for children 'five to 18 years old. Members learn how to select and
care for small animals, including rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats, fish,
snakes, gerbils and hamsters. The club members are not required to
sell their animals, but do show them at county events. The members
also take field trips, do community service and take part in most 4-H
functions. Meetings are usually held the second Saturday of each
month from 10a.m. until noon. The first meeting of this year will be
Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. at the County 4-H Extension office, 458
U.S. 98 N. At this meeting the Buddies will be electing officers, plan-
ning their year and discussing small animals. Everyone who would
like to be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited. New members can
join at the meeting or by signing up at the Okeechobee County 4-H
Extension office Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For information, call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
AARP driver safety course planned
An AARP driver's safety course will be held Sept. 10 and 17 at 307
N.W. FifthSt. from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. REgisttraion 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
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will begin their
weekly yard sales on Sept. 15 and 16. The yard sales help support
the children. The yard sales will-be held from" 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Usable donations are always accepted. Donated items should be
taken to the ranch since pick-up service is not available. For infor-
mation, call Rbsie (863) 763-4242.
4-H plans fundraiser
The Okeechobee County 4-H annual fundraiser barbecue
lunch dinner will be held on Sept. 16 from 1,1 a.m. until 7 p.m. There
will be delivery from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. from the Freshman Cam-
pus. The lunch/dinner will include sliced barbecue pork, coleslaw,
baked beans, roll, cookie and a cold drink for a $6 donation. You can
eat in, take out or call for delivery.. Call (863) 763-6469 in advance; or
on Sept. 16 call (863) 634-3326, or (863) 634-3327.
GPS training course offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will be holding GPS training Sat-
urday, Sept. 17, and will be starting a boating safety and seamanship
program on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn to get more out of your GPS
equipment and enhance your boating experience. The course is
also a must for anyone considering buying new GPS equipment for
their boat. The boating safety and seamanship program will teach
you to outfit your boat safely and be in compliance with the rules.
You will learn the boating rules of the road. Pickup tips on trailering
and using your boat safely and efficiently. The last program was
packed with people from 12 to over 60 years in age. Seating is limit-
ed. Times for both programs will be announced soon, but seating is
limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for information or to pre-register.
OFC advisory council to form
The Okeechobee-FreshmanCampus will hold their organization-
al School Advisory Council meeting Monday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. in
the Freshman Campus auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. During
this meeting, membership and officers will be elected for the 2005-
06 school year. All parents are invited. For information, call Toni
Wiersma,'principal, at (863) 462-5288.
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Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St.,
will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide par-
ticipation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Proceeds from the
sale will help finance the beginning of a new youth facility. Order
forms have been placed at different businesses so that the church
can fill the orders. For information, call.(863) 763-7227 or (863) 763-
4654. Orders will be taken until the end of September.
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored
by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is sched-
uled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds
froml.this fundraiser are used throughout the year for community
projects. Past proceeds -have been used to purchase canned goods
and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center,
scholarships and donations to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor
applications are now being accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608
Booth Drive, in Sebring;' or, call Lynn Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or
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 OReechobee, 401 S.W. Fourth St., will
host the best selling Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, who
will be delivering messages via satellite, on Oct. 7 from 7 until 9:30
p.m. and on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. To register for the
event, call the.First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171. Tickets for the
two day event are $25:
Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th
Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festiv al 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 cowboy poet, pony rides, living history re-enactments and
more! Park admission is $4 per carload (up to.eight people). Arts and
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 email@example.com for information or to request a
vendor packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis-
of the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.
Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of opera-
tion 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 1 until 5 p.m. The
pool is not open during school hours. For information, contact the
pool office at (863) 467-7667.
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 10:30 a.m.
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 con-
test is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who
are home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays
have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five
through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan.
17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.
"The Santa Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the
.Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine thought 12. American Essay Contest Certificates
and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the contestants.
The winner from each school will receive a monetary award. For
information, call (863) 763-2492.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol
unit in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being
recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision
for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member,
contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Cen-
ter, (863) 763-3212.
First aid instructor class offered
The American Red Cross is offering an instructor's course at the
Okeechobee Branch in the month of August. If you are interested in
becoming an instructor for CPR and first aid please stop by the office
at 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.
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