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Vol. 96 No. 251
St. Lucie builder
Members of the Okee-
chobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board were
called upon at their monthly
meeting Tuesday afternoon to
hear an appeal to a decision
made by Building Official
St. Lucie County builder, Art
Allen of A & G Concrete Pools
put in a swimming pool in
Okeechobee County. The pool
itself passed inspection. How-
ever, the 4-foot deck surround-
ing the pool did not pass
inspection. Mr. Verwey had
ruled that the deck must be
torn out and redone.
v ..: W .0.
t o salute ROTC
,Navy Captain Christopher
P. Arendl, .deputy director,
accession policy in the Office
of the Secretary of Defense at
the Pentagon; will be the guest
speaker for the Sept. 17, lunch-
eon meeting of the south Cen-
tral Florida Military Officers
Association of America
keglers win 3-1
The Brahman bowling
team played host to the
keglers from Ft. Pierce West-
wood Tuesday afternoon at
the Stardust Lanes in Okee-
chobee and came away with a
3-1 win for the Lady Brahmans
and a close 3-1 loss for the
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
Classifieds .. .10-11
Comics .. ........ .9
Community Events .... .4
Crossword ......... 10
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion ........... .4
Speak Out ........ .4
Sports .......... .8
TV .............. 11
Weather . . .2
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how to contact the newspaper.
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Thursday, September 8, 2005
50N Plus tax
School board adopts budget
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee County
School Board Tuesday adopted a
budget for the 2005/06 fiscal year
that totals $67,890,080.38, which
is slightly larger than the
$67,886,702.48 figure that was
The increase was due to
adjustment of debt service and
funds from the state.
The millage rate is 7.955,
which down from this year's rate
One mil equals $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value.
For the last three consecutive
years, the millage rate has gone
down. However, tax bills will go
up because of an increase in
The 7.955 millage rate is
expected to generate an estimat-
ed $13,963,613 in tax receipts.
The difference between the
budget total and the estimated
tax receipts will come from state
and federal funds.
The budget includes
$7,113,843.24 for capital
improvements. Of that amount,
the largest single appropriation,
$1,196,368.66 is for classroom
additions at South Elementary
The food service budget
appropriation is $3,527,503. 35.
In another financial matter,
school board attorney Tom
Conely passed out copies of a
new proposed contract for
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Patricia Cooper. Currently, the
superintendent earns $90,000.
Mr. Conely stated that all other
school employees recently
Not forgotten in relief efforts
Special to the Okeechobee News/ Beverly Shirley
Jamie Gamiotea, Judd Shirley and Reverend Shannon Cunningham, youth minister at
First Baptist Church, stand behind a trailer load of donated supplies that was taken to
hurricane-victimsin Sezna'ry;,Zs. on Monday.-
Church sends supplies to Miss.
By Pete Gawda
Judd Shirley and his friends
Corey Kirton and Jay Maynard
wanted to help hurricane vic-
tims who were not getting a lot
of publicity. Mr. Shirley said they
wanted to help people in areas
not seen on television and bring
supplies where they were most
needed. They knew of a person
living in Okeechobee whose
parents live in the small Missis-
sippi town of Seminary that is
about 100 miles inland from the
Gulf of Mexico. Even though the
little town received no publicity,
Mr. Shirley said that Seminary
was a poor town and the hurri-
cane was definitely felt there.
This past Monday morning
Mr. Judd and his friends took
two trailers to. Seminary. One
was loaded with eight pallets
containing bottled water, fruit
juices, diapers, wet wipes' bat-
teries and other items that were
purchased with cash donations
totaling $40,000. The other trail-
er was filled with items donated
by individuals. He said most of
the support came from First
Baptist Church, More to Life and
The supplies were taken to
the fire station in Seminary for
On the Saturday before he
said that Rick Aspen took eight
pallets of water to Hattiesburg,
Special to the Okeechobee News/Beverly Shirley
Corey Kirton secures pallets of supplies that were taken
to hurricane victims in Seminary, Miss. on Monday.
Miss. where the Florida Baptist
Convention has set up a feeding
When asked why he decided
to undertake the project Mr.
Shirley said it was "one of those
He said that when Sunday
morning came they did not
have many donations. Howev-
er, all Sunday afternoon the
donations poured in.
Mr. Shirley is planning to
make another trip in two weeks.
The destination for the supplies
has not yet been determined,
but it will be another place that
has received no publicity. He
said that Oak View Baptist
Church and The Gathering
would be helping in that effort.
For those wishing to donate
such things as diapers, baby for-
mula, clothes, canned goods
bottled water, and toiletries a
trailer will be in the parking lot
in front of Pogey's Restaurant
this coming Saturday and
Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. Donations can also be
dropped off at the First Baptist
Church Mission House., 309
S.W. Fourth Avenue. The mis-
sion house is open from 11 a.m.
to 2'p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday. On
Wednesday evenings the mis-
sion house closes at 6:30 p.m.
Cash donations can be given to
the First Baptist Church.
received a 3 percent raise. He
also noted that the superintend-
ent recently received state certifi-
cation that entitles her to a $2,000
increase. In light of those two
facts, Mr. Conely recommend a
salary increase for the superin-
tendent to $94,700.
He also recommended a
rolling contract. That means that
if an annual evaluation is satisfac-
tory, the contract wpuld auto-
matically be renewed for two
years while two successive
unsatisfactory annual evalua-
tions would be grounds for ter-
The board decided to wait
until the next meeting to take
action on the proposed contract.
Dr. Cooper announced that
the school system has enrolled
three students that are refugees
form Hurricane Katrina.
She also announced that
there were still a few teacher
\ She said that the current
school enrollment is 6,992,
which is up 22 from this time last
See Budget Page 2
By Audrey Blackwell
In the wake of hurricane
Katrina, several families have
come to Okeechobee to stay
with friends. As a result, three
children have entered the
Okeechobee system, and the
local Red Cross has become
inundated with signing people
up for help.
Debbie Riddle, manager of
branch operations at the Okee-
chobee Red Cross office, said
seven people came into her
office on Tuesday, and two
families comprising 25 people
came in Wednesday. "All of
them are staying with friends
here in town," she said.
One woman who came in
Wednesday is staying with her
brother. However, the lady
wants to go to California to stay
with a friend. "She had lived in
New Orleans and gotten out
after the storm hit and the lev-
ees broke, but before the flood-
ing occurred. She made a
phone call to her brother here
at the only payphone that was
working in New Orleans, and
he went to pick her up after she
arrived in Alabama," Ms. Riddle
said. She added that the lady
said she was very thankful to
See Relocate Page 2
planned to help
By Audrey Blackwell
Several local groups and
individuals are spearheading
efforts to help victims of the
Katrina hurricane disaster that
hit New Orleans, La., and parts
of Mississippi and Alabama
The Okeechobee High
School swim team will hold a
swim-a-thon fundraiser Satur-
day, Sept. 10 from 8:30 until
10:30 a.m. to raise money for
hurricane survivors. Swim-
mers will swim 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
Also on Saturday, local law
enforcement and firemen will
join Mark Waldrop, general
sales manager at Eddie Accar-
di auto sales, at 4224 U.S. 441
S. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a
fundraiser that will include
many events. The Red Cross
will set up big tents and have
their truck available. Rauler-
son Hospital will perform free
blood pressure screens, Mr.
Waldrop said. Fingerprint IDs
of kids will be done and the K-
See Assistance Page 2
Okeechobee "adopts" Franklinton
By Eric Kopp
Do you remember Sept. 4,
2004? How about Sept. 25, 2004?
Do you remember drinking
warm water, when you could
find drinking water? Do you
remember wiping the sweat
from your brow as you stood in
line for a couple bags of ice and
some Meals Ready to Eat
If you said yes, then you
remember hurricanes Frances
You will also remember not
being able to call your loved ones
who lived out of state toilet them
you know you were alive. And,
for those who did not have gen-
erators, you remember trying to
sleep at night as the sweat from
your body soaked the bedding.
We needed help, and we
needed it desperately.
Even though we had all that to
deal with, it pales in comparison
to the Gulf Coast. What Hurri-
cane Katrina did to areas of
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alaba-
ma is far worse than anything we
endured in Okeechobee.
But as relief comes to areas
like New Orleans, Biloxi and
Gulfport what about the small
inland rural towns towns simi-
lar to Okeechobee? Who's help-
Well, we're asking you now to
help us help a small inland town
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce and the staff of the
Okeechobee News are partner-
ing to help the small agricultural
town of Franklinton, La. This
town of about 4,000 people is
located about 75 miles north of
New Orleans and suffered hurri-
cane-force winds that topped
Franklinton is much like
Okeechobee in that their econo-
my is largely based on the dairy
industry. Unfortunately, many of
their dairy cows were killed. And
like Okeechobee after Frances
and Jeanne, the majority of the
businesses in this small Washing-
ton Parish town were damaged
On behalf of the Okeechobee
See Adopt Page 2
Okeechobee News/Linda Cannon
Lunch with grandma
Students at Central Elementary invited their grandpar-
ents to lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 7 in observance of
Grandparent's Day, Sunday, Sept. 11. Having lunch with
her grandson Joel Davis, a first grader in Mrs. Kennedy's
class, is Linda Padgett.
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2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 8, 2005
Continued From Page 1
In other action, the board:
authorized the superintend-
ent and the attorney to enter
negotiations to purchase land for
future school sites;
approved the annual finan-
cial report for the period ending
expelled an eighth grader at
New Endeavor High School for
defiance of authority and disrup-
expelled a ninth grader at
New Endeavor High School for
defiance of authority and posses-
sion of firearms;
approved employee health
insurance rates that show a
decrease from the current policy;
approved the facilities five-
year work program for fiscal years
designated Oct. 18 as a
make-up day for Hurricane Katri-
revised personnel allocation;
approved a property dispos-
approved a change order for
the roof air conditioning replace-
ment at Yearling Middle School
resulting in a decrease of $83,948;
approved participrticipation in the
Management Training Institute in
the amount of $4,003.59;
entered into an agreement
with Treasure Coast schools for
the purpose of sharing informa-
tion obtained as a requirement of
the Jessica Lunsford Act;
purchased two three-quarter
ton pick up trucks for the mainte-
nance department from Okee-
chobee Motor Company for
$25,547 each; and,
purchased two passenger
cars from Eddie Arcardi Dodge,
Chrysler, Jeep, for the transporta-
tion department and the Teen Par-
enting Program for a total of
Prior to the meeting, the board
held a workshop to hear county
planning official Bill Royce give a
presentation on projected growth
patterns in the county. He used a
map to show possible housing
developments in the county. This
information can be used to plan
for future schools.
Farm Credit of Souith Flori-
da is collecting emergency relief
items and supplies at their
branch office in Okeechobee at
403 N.W. Sixth St. The office is
open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Their phone number is (863)
Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Par-.
rott Ave., will hold a fundraiser
Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m.
until 11 p.m.
The Florida Baptist Conven-
tion is accepting financial contri-
butions. Checks should be made
out to the Florida Baptist Con-
vention and designated for Hur-
ricane Relief and sent to: Florida
Baptist Convention, Business
Services, Box 5579, Jacksonville,
Fla., 32247. Donations can also
be made by VISA, M'asterCard or
Discover by calling 800-226-
8584, ext. 3049.
The OHS swim team will
hold a swim-a-thon fundraiser
Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8:30
until 10:30 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee County Sports Complex
swimming pool, 580 N.W 27th
Lane. Call assistant coach Lind-
say at (863) 467-7667 from 3:30
until 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, local law
enforcement and firemen will
join Mark Waldrop at Eddie
4224 U.S. 441 S., from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. to raise funds for vic-
tims. There will also be free
food, fingerprint ID of kids, a K-9
unit, and a prize giveaway.
Monday, Sept. 12, from 4
until 10 p.m. donations will be
accepted at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. A
percentage of all meals will go to
help Katrina victims. Workers
are donating their time, and peo-
ple don't have to eat to donate.
Donations can be made on
behalf of the City of Okeechobee
at the SunTrust Bank, 815 S. Par-
rott Ave. For information, con-
tact SunTrust Bank at (863) 763-
Association to coordinate relief
efforts for churches. Contact
your church for information.
The Okeechobee Church of
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
take a truckload of donations to
the Mobile, Ala., every Thursday.
starting Sept. 8. For information,
call (863) 763-4127.
Riverside Bank, 1506 S. Par-
rott Ave., is collecting nonperish-
able items canned food, pack-
aged dry goods, diapers and
bottled water in their lobby.
For information, call (863) 824-
St. Lucie County builder challenges official
By Pete Gawda
Members of the Okeechobee
County Construction Industry
Licensing Board were called upon
at their monthly meeting Tuesday
afternoon to hear an appeal to a
decision made by Building Offi-
cial Arnold Verwey.
St. Lucie County builder, Art
Allen ofA & G Concrete Pools put
in a swimming pool in Okee-
chobee County. The pool itself
passed inspection. However, the
4-foot deck surrounding the pool
did not pass inspection. Mr. Ver-
wey had ruled that the deck must
be torn out and redone.
Mr. Allen appeared before the
board with his attorney Leif J.
Grazi and engineer Ray Reinhard
Continued From Page 1
Chamber of Commerce, we ask
you to help us help Franklinton.
It's quite possible they will be
without power for up to six more
weeks. And, as one blogger from
the area put it: "We are starving to
Although sporadic, we have
been in contact with Franklinton
officials about their needs.
They need non-perishable
foods, ice chests, bottled water,
bread, cookies, candy, cereal bars,
portable camp stoves or grills, dis-
posable eating utensils, toilet
paper, soap, pillows and sleeping
bags, disposable diapers, baby for-
mula, food, Pedialyte, trash bags,
bug spray, hand-held can openers
Continued From Page 1
9 unit and radio stations will be
there. Free food will be given out.
A raffle will be held. "We want to
raise as much money in four
hours as we can. I'think Chrysler
Corp. will match whatever we
raise," Mr. Waldrop said.
The Golden Corral Restau-
rant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., will hold
a fundraiser for victims of Hurri-
cane Katrina on Monday, Sept. 12
from 4 until 10 p.m.
Charlie Hukried, general man-
ager of the Golden Corral Restau-
rant, said the disaster was so dev-
astating that they want to do
something to help. "A percentage
of all meals will go to help Katri-
na victims. The girls [workers]
are going to donate their time for
the fundraiser," he said.
The corporate office is work-
ing out the details of donation
percentage; however, Mr.
Hukried said 100 percent of the
donated money will be given to
the Red Cross, earmarked for the
In addition, collection buckets
will be located in the restaurant
for those who want to donate but
to appeal the decision.
Board attorney John Cassels
informed the board that it was up
to them to decide if Mr. Verwey's
decision should be upheld,
reversed or modified.
Mr. Allen said he finished the
deck and called for a final inspec-
tion. He stated he was not trying
to get away with anything. He
claimed there was no life safety
"We had no idea it was not
approved." Mr. Allen said of the
He claimed that concrete was
poured inadvertently because his
crew misunderstood the inspec-
tion card. He claimed his concrete
crew was Spanish speaking and
was not familiar with the forms
and outdoor extension cords.
Drop-off points are being estab-
lished throughout Okeechobee,
just watch upcoming issues for
The Chamber is also establish-
ing an account at the First Bank of
Indiantown. If you choose to
donate money instead of goods,
please make your checks out to the
Franklinton Relief Fund and take
your checks to the First Bank of
Indiantown at 205 N.E. Park St.
Money donated will be used to buy
supplies to take to Franklinton.
Both the Chamber of Com-
merce and VFW Post # 10539 have
agreed to store items until they are
ready for delivery. Ed Walpole at
Walpole Inc. said his company will
donate a truck and driver to haul
the items to Franklinton.
We will be announcing soon
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people to know th
to eat here if the
come in and
chobee, has set up
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donate money foi
will ask Okeec
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tion check to the
Orleans, Ray Nagil
ested in donating
SunTrust Bank at (
In a letter, Mr.
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would like the p
Orleans to know I
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We love them and
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They have nothing
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that all of Okeecho
On Tuesday, a
met with the Okee
used by Okeechobee County
"We are not trying to get away
with anything," Mr. Allen asserted.
"It's just something that hap-
Mr. Verwey stated that instead
of relying on a non-English speak-
ing crew, all Mr. Allen had to do
was call the building office.
Mr. Grazi stated that an engi-
neer could certify that the project
was done according to county
Mr. Reinhard, who said that he
had done work for Mr. Allan for
eight years, sent a letter to the
building department certifying
that the concrete was poured
according to standards. However,
upon questioning by Mr. Cassels,
when we will be cutting off the
donations, so please watch our
These people need our help
and they need it now. Anything you
can do will be appreciated.
And if you're unsure about
pitching in, just remember what
we were going through at this time
last year and how grateful you
were when a stranger reached out
On behalf of the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, VFW Post
#10539, Walpole Inc. and all of us
here at the.Okeechobee News, we
We would also like to remind
everyone that this is but one effort
under way to help victims of Hurri-
cane Katrina. For more, please see
a listing of other events and
fundraisers on page 2.
at. "I just want trial Association to coordinate
iey do not have relief efforts for those affected by
y just want to hurricane Katrina. Rev. Jim Hud-
donate," Mr. son said they put all ideas on the
table to ensure making the best
erd, of Okee- .use of their energies and
p a fund at Sun- resources. According to most of
orida for hurri- the information received, the
ty authorized a greatest need is for prayer. The
t to open the next greatest need is for money.
king people to As one notice said: Pray, Give.
r the fund and Pray and give some more.
hobee Mayor Each denomination's
sent the dona- statewide and/or national
mayor of New response efforts were discussed,
ma. People inter- and it was agreed that members
863) 763-1903. of our churches would likely
Ledferd said: wish to contribute to what their
he worst disas- own denomination is doing.
united States. I Each denomination appears-to
people of New have national web sites through
hat other peo- which donations may be made
and cities care. online or information should be
1 feel great sor- available from one's local pastor.
3es. They have Alternatively, checks may be sent
-life, home, to a local church with a designa-
ectricity, water. tion on the memo line that the
g. I pray to God contribution is for Hurricane Kat-
souls of the rina relief. All such donations will
to God for the go directly to victim relief, as
now someone church workers are unpaid vol-
w in my heart unteers.
)bee does." For those not affiliated with
area ministers any faith community, the Ministe-
echobee Minis- rial Association agreed that local
contributions should stay within
S our community. We believe local
funding should go to meet needs
of those brought here.
Rev. Larry Kilgore, of the
Okeechobee Church of God, will
take a truckload of donations out
to the Mobile, Ala. area every
Thursday starting on Sept. 8.
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) com-
bined forces with the St. Lucie
County Sheriff's Office (SLCSO)
for humanitarian aid. According
to Juanita White, OCSO execu-
tive assistant, SLCSO adopted a
: sheriff's office in Marion County,
Miss. "They wanted to provide
aid to the sheriff's office person-
nel there that have been working
hard and may have lost their
homes, too," Ms. White said.
SLCSO donated water and food,
and the OCSO helped with toi-
.-letries, such as toothpaste and
bathroom items. "They really
wanted a lot of bug spray and
sunscreen, so we sent a lot of
that," Ms. White said. The call
went out for donations on last
Thursday and people from the
OCSO and the public donated
the items. The truck went out on
Friday to St. Lucie, and the items
were moved to another truck
and went out Saturday morning.
"We got it all together in just. a
day," said Ms. White.
Riverside Bank on South Par-
rott Avenue is collecting nonper-
-- ishable items, canned food,
* packaged dry goods, diapers and
bottled water in a box in their
lobby for storm victims.
he admitted that he had not actu-
ally inspected the work. He took
someone else's word that the job
was done properly.
Mr. Cassels advised against
accepting Mr. Reinhard's certifica-
Mr. Allen said that 17 munici-
palities accepted certification let-
ters from an engineer in place of a
building official's inspection. He
stated that in such a case the lia-
bility goes to the engineer, not the
Mr. Verwey disagreed.
After over an hour of discus-
sion, it was agreed that an inde-
pendent engineer, acceptable to
Mr. Verwey, would inspect the
concrete and take core samples.
In other action, the board
Continued From Page 1
At press time, Ms. Riddle did
not know how long the new
arrivals would stay in Okee-
chobee, but, as mentioned above,
some of the children have been
registered to attend school here.
She did not know of anyone seek-
ing work, but that may be a possi-
bility in the future if the people
Lee Dixon, assistant superin-
tendent of Okeechobee District
Schools, said that there are still 13
teacher positions open, and any
displaced teacher can apply. They
are also in need of bus drivers.
Interested persons may call Mr.
Dixon's office at 462-5000, ext.
Most people who seek help
from the Red Cross do so because
they already have an understand-
ing that the agency is there to help
them in case of a disaster. The first
thing the staff does is check to see
if the person has been to another
Red Cross for assistance. The Red
Cross is connected to other agen-
cies across the nation via comput-
er. "We can only allot so much
per family," Ms. Riddle said, with-
out identifying how much that
allotment is. "We give money for
food, lodging and clothing," she
Financial assistance is given
via a Customer Assistance Card,
which operates like a debit card.
Once accepted, the client is
..issued a.,card. "This is a brand
new procedure for the Red Cross
and is so much easier for the
agreed to sponsor William Ward
to take professional exams for
master electrician, Preston Bass
to take professional exams for
fencing and Rick Chartier to take
professional exams for telephone,
television and security.
Mr. Cassels presented the
board with a definition of "hurri-
cane shutter installer". This defini-
tion will be presented to the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners to be
incorporated into licensing
requirements for hurricane shut-
It was noted that even though
a license is not currently required
for a contractor to install hurri-
cane shutters, a building permit is
still required to do the work.
client and for us," Ms. Riddle said.
The Red Cross used to issue finan-
cial help by a Distribution Order
that went to vendors and it was a
much more complicated proce-
dure for the client, the vendors
and the Red Cross. The new card
operates similar to a debit card.
Because of the onslaught of
work, the Red Cross had to post-
pone the Firemen's Appreciation
banquet planned for Friday.
"We're inundated with case
work," Ms. Riddle said.
Three volunteers work at the
Red Cross and came in Tuesday to
help answer phones. But more
volunteers are needed. A Red
Cross volunteer training will take
place on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the
branch office, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
While the local Red Cross
understands people's desire to
help Katrina victims, Ms. Riddle
said that locally, they always need
help. "We want to take care of
our people, too. I can honestly say
we can use more funds at the
local level," she said. When peo-
ple donate to the Red Cross, they
can designate funds for Katrina
relief and those funds go to a cen-
tral location and are dispersed
from there. People can also desig-
nate the funds go to the local Red
Cross. "We don't want people to
forget about donations for us. We
have case files from local fires and
emergencies," Ms. Riddle said.
Donations of money are basi-
cally all the Red Cross can accept.
They do not accept donated
items. If anyone wants to help the
families who are being helped by
their friends in town, they may
call the Red Cross and the staff
will contact the families for them.
Sexual Predator Notification
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office is disclosing this infor-
mation to the public in order to
enhance public safety, awareness,
and protection. This information is
not intended to increase fear:
rather it is this agency's belief that
an informed public is a safer pub-
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only for information purposes. Citi-
zen abuse of the information to
threaten, intimidate, or harass
offenders will not be tolerated, in
The individuals who appear in
this bulletin have served the sen-
tence imposed on them by the
courts. They are NOT wanted by
the police at this time.
Sex offenders have always lived
in the communities. The only
change is the public is now better
Richardson was convicted of
five (5) counts-attempted capital
sexual battery and one (1) count-
lewd fondling in Lee County, Flori-
da on April 4, 1996. The victims
were minors. If you have any ques-
tions regarding this bulletin contact
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Blacksmith Matty Spinelle, right, shows off some of his
hand made items to Central Elementary School staff
member Peggy Friend. Mr. Spinelle demonstrated his
craft as part of Rodeo Day held Friday, Sept. 2 at Central.
Learning about horses
Since Friday, Sept. 2 was Rodeo Day at Central Elementary School, students dressed as
cowboys and cowgirls. They got to take part in a petting zoo. The children saw demon-
strations of saddling a horse, blacksmithing and whip cracking. They also listened to
cowboy stories and watched cowboy movies.
Saddling a horse
As part of Rodeo Day, held Friday, Sept 2 at Central Elementary School, students saw a
horse saddled by FFA members. The also saw a petting zoo, a blacksmith at work and a
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Students at Central Elementary invited their grandparents to lunch on Wednesday, Sept. Lined up
7 in observance of Grandparent's Day, Sunday, Sept. 11. Jim Wiggins (left) and Colleen
Wiggins (right) came all the way from Palm Beach County to have lunch with their grand- Local residents lined up down Park St. early on Monday for the best spots to view the
son, Nicholas Wiggins who is a first grader in Ms. Vaughn's class. Labor Day parade. Parade participants lined up on the parade route beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Dictionaries for kids
Rotary Club president, Lonnie Kirsch shows club mem-
bers one of the dictionaries which were purchased by the
club funds to benefit local third grade students. More
than 450 dictionaries will be purchased and distributed
to local students in the coming weeks.
John Albert Thomas Booth,
age 56, of Okeechobee died Mon-
day, Sept. 5 2005 at Hospice of
Stuart. He was born.Dec. 2, 1949
in New Zealand to Gordon and
Joyce Booth. He was a truck driv-
er having come to Okeechobee
from Australia six years ago. He
loved his motorcycles and trucks.
He and his companion enjoyed
going to motorcycle shows often.
His pet, Bugsy, the rabbit was
dearly loved by him.
Survivors include: his compan-
ion, Linda Ryals of Okeechobee;
daughter Sasha (Chris) Bell of
Australia; two sons, Shane of New
Zealand and Carlos Booth of Aus-
tralia; two brothers, Gordon of
Australia and Ian Booth; sister,
Joan and his father, Gordon
Booth all of New Zealand.
No visitation or services will be
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving
Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the Okee-
chobee City Police Department,
the .Florida Highway Patrol, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Thomas Vincent Farrell, 46,
N.E. 103rd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Sept. 2 by Deputy
Richard Durfee on a charge of
driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $500.
Glenda Faye Britelli, 43, Nel-
son Park., Clermont, was arrested
Sept. 2 by Deputy Sam Thomas
on Okeechobee County felony
warrants charging her with viola-
tion of probation driving while
license suspended (habitual
offender) and violation of. proba-
tion possession of a controlled
substance. She is being held with-
out bond on these charges. Britelli
was also arrested on Okeechobee
County misdemeanor warrants
charging her with failure to
appear .petit theft (second
degree) and worthless checks.
Her total bond on these charges
was set at $5,500.
Anthony Todd Summers, 23,
S.W 11th Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 2 by Deputy Timo-
thy Higgins on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation/com-
munity control. He is being held
James Clyde Jasper, 24, S.
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 3 by Deputy Corpo-
ral J. Royal on Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrants charging him with vio-
lation of probation possession
of marijuana over 20 grams and
viqlation of probation posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to
sell. He is being held without
Francisco Pedro Andres, 24,
Montgomery Avenue, Fort Myers,
was arrested Sept 3 by Deputy
Sergeant Robert Coleman on mis-
demeanor charges of driving
under the influence and no valid
driver's license. His bond was set
Pasqual Andres, 39, Fort
Myers, was arrested Sept. 3 by
Deputy Sergeant Robert Staton on
misdemeanor charges of driving
under the influence and no dri-
ver's license. His bond was set at
Jonathan Trent Bell, 25, Red
Barn Road, Lakeport, was arrest-
ed Sept. 3 by Deputy Anthony
Kibler on charges of possession of
methamphetamine and introduc-
tion of contraband. His bond on
those charges was set at $10,000.
Bell was also arrested on a misde-
meanor Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with driv-
ing while license suspended. His
bond on that charge was set at
Anthony Ruiz, Jr., 21, E. Main
St., Pahokee, was arrested Sept. 3
by Detective Shane Snyder on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $500.
Paolina Ramoz, 36, 40th Ter-
race, North Palm Beach, was
arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy RauJ
Marrero on misdemeanor
charges of driving under the influ-
ence and no valid driver's license.
Her bond was set at $4,000.
Jessica Lynn Smith, 23, N.W.
38th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 5 by Deputy M.
Stripling on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
child neglect. Her bond was set at
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stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
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OPEN CONTAINER LAW: If you have an open container in the car
it is against the law. Is there such a law for boaters?
Editor's Note: There is no state law prohibiting the operator of a
boat or its passengers from having an open container.
TAX DOLLARS: Don't let political correctness drive our politicians.
It's our tax dollars. No part of New Orleans should be rebuilt below
sea or river level. You cannot make it hurricane proof. Can you make
the levees car bomb and boat bomb safe? Think about it you can
be sure the terrorists have. Blow a hole in a levee and take out a
major city. Don't let your tax dollars buy out the poor. Big business
will buy it from the government for pennies on the dollar.
ENERGY-SAVING TRANSPORTATION: I know this should have
been started a long time ago, but now with the price of gas nearing
$3 per gallon something should be done to enhance our alternate
means of getting around. Due to the fact that my son owns a bicycle
store on the coast, I am aware of the latest transportation bill passed
by our government in Washington. The bill is dubbed SAFETEALU. It
contains more than $3 billion for bicycle and pedestrian projects for
local governments. I happen to live on U.S. 441 S.E. and would use
my bike or walk to local establishments, if I did not feel that it was life
threatening to walk or bike on this road. There are thousands of peo-
ple who live on U.S. 441 S.E., in Treasure Island and other develop-
ments that could get to downtown if they could reach S.E. 18th St. or
Parrott Avenue safely along U.S. 441 S.E. There is money available
and our government should look into it.
THE BUCK STOPS WHERE?: No one is blaming Bush for Hurri-
cane Katrina but I, for one, am certainly blaming him for not even
breaking off his vacation. The rest of us watched it strengthen, set its
path and aim for the city below the sea. It was a Category 5 on Sun-
day, for heaven's sake. And he hadn't even stepped behind his desk!
Why wasn't he on the phone conferring with the experts and ready
to make the decisions to take care of Americans who needed some
help? I blame him for his early remarks that local and state agencies
should have done a better job. As thin as he'd left Louisiana's Nation-
al Guard with most of them in Iraq along with half its amphibious
equipment the buck stops where? I blame Bush for his pressure
on Congress' financial priorities in recent years pushing funding
cut after funding cut and thwarting local and state attempts to fortify
themselves for this oft-predicted catastrophe. Mostly, I blame Bush
for the state of oblivion that he seems to inhabit. You know, I really
don't think he was coming from a place of racism or bigotry. I don't
think he truly knew that these Americans exist, so very far from his
LOUD MUSIC: This is in regard to the loud music during the festi-
val this last weekend. My husband and I have been a participant in
this festival for about the past 10 years. The music was so loud in
Third Park for the first four or five participants that we couldn't even
talk to our customers. I was thankful for the rain on Monday because
of the loudness of the music. The venders are there for the festival,
the music is just for entertainment but it can't be entertainment
when everyone including kids was covering their ears as they walked
by. I sure hope this is taken care of before the March festivals.
SAY SOMETHING GOOD: I just want tosay that they should stop
blaming Bush for everything he does not do everything. He did
not cause the hurricane. Everything I read anymore is from people
who are blaming Bush, or saying bad thingsabout other people.
Can't anyone say anything good about anyone any more?
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Congratulations to the Fire Department for
collecting. $10,800 for Muscular Dystrophy. You all did a really good
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Kottler, Jr., executive director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ser-
vices of the Treasure Coast. The topic will be challenges confront-
ed daily by the deaf and hard of hearing. For information, call
Richard Kottler, Jr. at (772) 335-5546 or TFD (772) 335-9966; or, by
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Alberta Stratton
Looking Back ...
In 1943, first graders (left to right) Earl Raulerson, Elton Lowe, Johnny Stratton and Ray Douglas stand in front of the
old school, which now houses the Okeechobee County School Board offices. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we
can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and information about the photo to okeenews@okee-
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Raulerson
Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Hass at (863)
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith
at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.,
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Inter-
national Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.20 plus tip
for lunch. Anyone interested in attending .is welcome. For information, call
Bonnie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams meet
on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thursdays. Call
Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the nextcamp-
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
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Second
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863)
763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park
St., in Okeechobee. .
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
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. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings
are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home of Diane
and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For information, call
TopsTake off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. Anyone
interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a part of
a caring group is 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 -
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 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.
Barnyard Buddies plan meeting
The Barnyard Buddies is a small animal noncompetitive 4-H club
for children 5 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.
Info session on Alzheimer's planned
Donna True, LCSW, from the Alzheimer's Association will be the
guest speaker at Hospice of Okeechobee's Caregiver Support Group
on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. Participants will learn about what
they can do to help themselves and their loved ones cope during this
difficult time. For information, call Enid Boutrin, MSW, at (863) 467-
2321. Hospice of Okeechobee is located at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
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 pro-
gram is offered free to the community. For information, 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 Restaurant, 301 W.
South Park S.. Agenda items include selection of an audit commit-
tee, an update on the 2006 jamboree, additional charitable giving
and report on Labor Day. Visitors are welcome. Call the Andersons
at (863) 763-6069 for information.
Governor's Job Fair is Sept. 8
The Governor's Job Fair will be held Sept. 8 from noon until 4
p.m. at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. The job fair is
being presented by the Central Florida Employment Council and
Workforce Central Florida. Admission and parking are free. The
Governor's Job Fair is expected to draw over 140 employers offering
job openings in all types of Central Florida industries. To pre-register,
go online to DFEC.org. For more information, call (407) 834-4022.
4-H and FFA Club enrollment under way
All youth planning to participate in the 2006 Okeechobee Youth
Livestock Show with a steer project must be enrolled in the youth
organization of their choice (4-H or FFA) no later than Friday, Sept. 9.
All other youth may enroll now, but must be enrolled by Oct. 31, and
be in good club standings by attending monthly club meetings to be
eligible to participate in the livestock show.
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 collaborative 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 conditioned Hos-
pice of Okeechobee Volunteer House at the corner of S.E. Fourth St.
and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.
History Center reopens
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St., will 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 spe-
cific equipment you may need. For information during working
hours call (863) 763-6510. During hours the center is closed call
(863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-7711.
CCC hosting barbecue lunch
Chobee Christian Cycles will host a free barbecue lunch on Satur-
day, Sept 10, for anyone interested in joining as a member or coming
out to meet the new president, Gene Roddenberry. The club is all
new with rides every Saturday morning (weather permitting). There
will also be elections for new board members. The barbecue will
begin at 11 a.m. at Style Studios Custom Motorcycle Shop, 1600 S.R.
70 E. For information, contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841
or (863) 634-1723; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Moose Lodge plans unofficial meeting
Fred Coleman will host a forum on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. to discuss
the past and future of the Okeechobee Moose Lodge. The forum will
be held' at the local Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St. Input is needed
from Lodge members. For information, contact Barbara Coleman at
(863) 357-4914 or (863) 484-4148.
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 8, 2005 o
Other Area News
U.S. Sugar, hospital management dispute continues
By Mark Young
Special to the Okeechobee News
Editor's note: This is the fifth in
a series looking into the dispute
between U.S. Sugar and Hendry
Regional Medical Center.
It's not over until it's over. That
seems to be the general under-
standing of all parties involved in
the dispute over the viability of
Hendry Regional Medical Center
(HRMC) and U.S. Sugar who is
saying the current management
of the hospital is wasting tax dol-
lars and must go.
A classic case of, 'he said, she
said' has permeated this dispute,
leaving Hendry County residents
alarmed at the accusations pre-
sented and concerned as to the
fate of their only hospital, and
generally upset over the dispute
between the county's two most
U.S. Sugar continues to insist
they are acting on the behalf of
the community despite counter
accusations that they are only
involved because of the recent tax
increase initiated and
approved by the voters to help
keep the hospital in operation.
Counter accusations as to an
internal power struggle and per-
sonality conflicts with board
members and U.S. Sugar execu-
tives have also been tossed to the
winds for community considera-
But U.S. Sugar says it isn't
about their money, it's about the
community's tax dollars and the
way in which the hospital mis-
manages those funds through an
ineffective board and a manage-
ment company who should not
be in charge of Hendry County tax
dollars. U.S. Sugar has main-
tained all along that it is not a per-
sonal issue between U.S. Sugar
"Many, many people from our
company have served on the hos-
pital board," said U.S. Sugar Vice
President Robert Coker. "We have
donated tens of thousands, if not
millions of dollars to that hospital.
Our company helped to pass the
legislation that allowed them to
do an elected board to raise taxes.
We have been an vital part of that
hospital since that hospital has
been part of our community."
Mr. Coker said the issue is not
to shut down the hospital, as
some are claiming, but to
improve the effectiveness of the
hospital to its community through
a better management system.
"Our issue is the management
of the hospital and the decisions
they have made, in our opinion,
are not going to be the decisions
that allow this hospital to survive
into the future," said Mr. Coker
who again reiterated his compa-
ny's stance that this issue is about
the survivability of the hospital
and not shutting it down.
"The problem with HRMC is
that they have become stuck in a
rut of continuing to do things they
have been doing with a manage=
ment company that provides no
leadership," he said. "When the
leaders of the hospital
approached us a couple of years
ago and said, "We want to sell
some land in front of the hospital
for a pharmaceutical and take the
money and put it into a trust fund
and use that money as the seed
money to build a new hospital,'
we said, 'We will not oppose that.
That's a good idea.'"
Mr. Coker said that is one of
the main issues in this dispute, is
that the hospital misled the com-
munity and U.S. Sugar as to their
intentions and that the money
was instead funneled into resolv-
ing an increasing bad debt.
"I got 10 sites that I could have
sold for that pharmacy," he said.
"I didn't want to do that and get in
the way of it. (HRMC) sold it, they
didn't bid it, they didn't appraise
it, and the money disappeared."
The Blue Ribbon Committee's
assessment of the situation was
dire, and the hospital acted on
some of the recommendations
that will save the hospital as much
as $1 million a year, but refuted
other recommendations that
were said to be counter produc-
tive to providing Hendry County
residents with quality health care
and stated that other recommen-
dations were simply misstated
based on wrong information.
The Blue Ribbon Committee,
appointed by U.S. Sugar, blasted
the hospital for their lack of
detailed record keeping and U.S.
Sugar subsequently took the hos-
pital to court in an attempt to
retrieve the documents that the
hospital, "should have had," but
did not, according to the presid-
ing judge in the court transcripts.
But the hospital insists that
what U.S. Sugar was asking for
was simply impossible to provide
and those kinds of detailed finan-
cial records would require mil-
lion-dollar software and that very
few hospitals keep financial
breakdowns of every single
department associated with a
The hospital was subsequently
cleared in a recent audit of any
wrongdoing and in a released
statement in response to U.S.
Sugar's recent ad campaign, said,
"The hospital keeps detailed
records in accordance with all
federal and state regulations and
in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principals,
the same as all other hospitals.
We are audited every year and
surveyed by several state regula-
tory agencies on a regular basis.
No irregularities in our account-
ing practices have been found."
HRMC said that U.S. Sugar is
just displeased that they don't
keep records the way U.S. Sugar
thinks that they should, but do
keep records that satisfies the
people that support the hospital.
"We do account for taxpayer
support every month when we go
over our financial statements in a
public forum where anyone can
ask questions," the statement
reads. "Can the same be said for
U.S. Sugar? In very clear and sim-
ple terms, the tax funds go to
make up for our charity care and
Ultimately, the Blue Ribbon
Committee and U.S. Sugar have
targeted Quorum, a Tennessee-
based management company
with operations in over 250 rural
hospitals across the country as a
prime target for blame. HRMC
said it is crucial to have a manage-
ment company, which offers
more buying power through its
operation, but even HRMC Direc-
tor of Public Affairs and Human
Resources, Rodney Larson,
admits that Quorum may not be
the best thing for the hospital.
"Is Quorum the best thing for
this hospital? I don't know the
answer to that," said Mr. Larson.
"But if anyone knows a better
management company that can
manage this hospital for the price
Quorum can, then let us know."
In researching Quorum's abili-
ties, the management company
has had its fair share of problems.
At Hale Hospital, in North Boston,
Quorum drove the health care
facility to near bankruptcy and
upon firing Quorum, rebounded
Questions have been raised
whether it may be Quorum's MO
to keep a hospital teetering on the
edge of financial disaster in order
to prove that they are needed.
In this series finale, Quorum
has agreed to sit down and
answer the direct accusations and
have also broken down a point by
point answer in response to the
bulk of the Blue Ribbon Commit-
Leaders plan economic summit
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
GLADES The leaders of the
cities of Belle Glade, South Bay
and Pahokee are working closely
in organizing an economic sum-
mit later this month that they
hope will give all cities a chance
to work together in approaching
the county on matters that are
crucial to the area.
With so many projects on the
board, the city leaders are pre-
pared to gauge the state of the
Glades, as well as make recom-
mendations regarding the future
Sof the three cities.
The county has planned an
economic summit of their own at
which the local cities plan on
making a presentation based on
the results of the summit in the
Though planning on making
the summit a reality has been
ongoing, it has only been recently
that the plans have been con-
firmed. Leaders say it is time to
finally start the necessary dia-
"We need to get together as
one region, the Glades region, to
determine our vision and future,"
said South Bay Mayor Clarence
Anthony. "This economic summit
is that opportunity."
Belle Glade City Manager
Houston Tate is actively involved
in coordinating the summit, help-
ing in planning the event and
guiding the cities through the sub-
jects that will be touched on the
day of the summit. According to
him, the subjects for discussion at
the summit will include matters
special .to the Glades.
At the session, which is being
planned to carry over to the next
day, leaders will be discussing
subjects ranging from agriculture,
to educational issues and water
issues. The session will feature a
dedicated discussion relating to
economic development in the
"The whole purpose is to find
solutions to determine the steps
that the county should be
addressing in their economic
summit in November," said Mr.
Tate. "In that summit, the Glades
has about 45 minutes. We're sim-
ply saying that those stakeholders
who are part of this region should
have a stake in articulating con-
The idea for the summit has
been widely adopted .by commis-
sioners in all three cities who
agree that a dialogue should
occur in the Glades before it is
presented to the county.
"To me, it is not only important
to say what we want and our chal-
lenges, but to toot our horn and
say what we have done with what
we do have, but it's still, not
enough," said Commissioner
Gwen Asia Williams of Belle
Glade. "We need to make sure to
bring those issues forward as a
The summit presents a chance
for the cities to also talk about the
projects that each of the cities
have been anticipating,, and
whether or not they have been
effective a chance to revisit
One example is the Acceler8
project that seeks to give residents
a chance, through a partnership
between the South Florida Water
Management District and Palm
Beach Community College, to
find work in the many construc-
tion projects related to the Com-
prehensive Everglades Restora-
tion Project in the immediate
"We keep talking about it,"
said Mayor Anthony. "We have
the educational framework, but
people aren't, going to it. What's
the issue?" ,,
At a tri-cities meeting held last
month, the Glades cities agreed
that the summit will occur Sept.
16 in the evening and will include
a full-day session the next day. A
location has not yet been identi-
fied by the three city managers
working in concert on the event.
"We don't want to get swal-
lowed up in all the considerations
of the eastern county municipali-
ties," said South Bay City Manager
Tony Smith regarding the coun-
ty's .summit in November. "We
.have to push the issues that we, in
Glades County arrest report
MOORE HAVEN The fol-
lowing 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 Conser-
vation Commission or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Armand Gonzales, 34,
LaBelle, was arrested by Deputy
Sergeant Mike Pepitone on the
charge of driving while license
suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,000.
Melissa Ogletree, 27, Moore
Haven, was arrested by Deputy
Bryan Enderle on the charges of
possession of cocaine, posses-
sion of a controlled substance
without a prescription. Her bond
was set at $10,000. '
Donnie Thomas, 51,. Moore
Haven, was arrested Aug. 31 by
Deputy Sergeant Ronnie Baker on
the charge of possession of
cocaine (felony) and possession
of drug paraphernalia (misde-
meanor). His bond was set at
Lee Breeding, 37, Moore
Haven, was arrested Sept. 1 by
Deputy Tito Nieves on charges of
aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon, sexual battery, burglary,
robbery, possession of cocaine
and possession of drug parapher-
nalia (misdemeanor). His bond
was set at $510,000.
Gary Ireland, 20, Palmdale,
was arrested Sept. 1 by Sgt. Mike
Pepitone on warrants charging
him with violation of probation.
He is being held without bond.
Devnish Seales, 20, Clewis-
ton, was arrested Sept. 2 by
Deputy Dewayne McQuaid on
charges of possession of cocaine
and possession of marijuana
under 20 grams (misdemeanor).
His bond was set at $5,000.
Clyde Butts, 26, South Bay,
was arrested by Deputy Dewayne
McQuaid on charges of posses-
sion of cocaine; possession of
marijuana under 20 grams (mis-
demeanor) and an active Hendry
County arrest warrant. His bond
was set at $8,500.
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 news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.
AARP driver safety course planned
An AARP driver's safety course will be held Sept. 10 and 17 at
307 N.W. Fifth St. from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration is at
8 a.m. on Sept. 10. Tuition for the class is $10 and must be paid
by check. These classes are fodr 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 informa-
tion, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
Fundraiser for Katrina victims planned
The Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., will hold a
fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Monday, Sept. 12,
from 4 until 10 p.m. Charlie Hukried, general manager, said 100
percent of the donated money will be given to the Red Cross,
earmarked for the Katrina disaster. In addition, collection buck-
ets will be located in the restaurant for those who want to
donate but do not want to eat.
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Commission discusses seal
By Bill Fabian
Special to the
MOORE HAVEN At the
Aug. 22 regular meeting of the
Glades Board of County Com-
missioners, plans were dis-
cussed for the possibility of
installing a county seal, which
could be used to add visual
character to the county's vari-
ous facilities and vehicles, and
perhaps one day become a
Echols stated he has noticed
other counties are easily iden-
tified by their county seal, and
Glades County does not have
an official seal, as the road
department has one and the
EMS has one and he has seen
a logo with duck and fish that
says Glades County Board of
He suggested a contest
using promotional funds to
gather input and suggestions
from students, citizens, and
County Manager Taylor said a
seal would be suitable for let-
terhead as the current letter-
head is quite unusual; he sug-
gested the seal should be in,
color and sized to fit on an 8-
1/2 by 11 sheet of paper.
Motion carried to fund $250
award for a county seal con-
test, with Echols in charge.
Commissioner Paul Beck
reported on three proposals
received for the ball field back-
stop in Palmdale, The plans
call for 60' with 20', side wings,
16' high, all galvanized, weld-
ed, and set in concrete, with 2"
chain link fence. A motion was
carried to purchase the back-
stop from the lowest bidder
using 1 percent surtax money.
Commissioner Bob Giesler
stated an insurance check for
$5,900 had been received
when brush truck #93
burned, and received approval
for the money to be ear-
marked to be saved for a new
fire truck when they need it.
announced that after three
years and a purported mana-
tee sighting, a permit had
been obtained for a boat ramp
at Buckhead Ridge. He asked
Road Superintendent Avant
Brown to get with him con-
cerning the site plan; they will
be pouring the concrete on the
bank and pushing it into the
water. The cost is $3,500, com-
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Captain Arendt to salute Junior ROTC at MOAA meeting
Navy Captain Christopher P.
Arendt, deputy director, accession
policy in the Office of the Secre-
tary of Defense at the Pentagon;
will be the guest speaker for the
Sept. 17, luncheon meeting of the
south Central Florida Military Offi-
cers Association of America
The MOAA chapter, composed
of commissioned and warrant
officers or the seven uniformed
services of the Nation, will be
hosting the leaders of the six
Junior ROTC units from Desoto,
Hardee, Highlands and Okee-
chobee counties at the noon
luncheon being held at the Sun 'n
Lake Golf 'N Country club's Can-
dlelight Restaurant in Sebring.
"We will be recognizing the
leaders of the Air Force units at
Avon Park, Sebring and the
recently activated unit at Hardee
Senior High School in Wauchula
as well as the Army battalions at
Okeechobee and Arcadia and
the new battalion at Lake Placid
High School," explained retired
Air Force Colonel Roy P. Whitton,
chapter first vice-president.
Captain Arendt entered the
Navy in 1981 following gradua-
tion from Villanova University.
He received his commission
through Navy ROTC and desig-
nated a Naval Aviator in 1982.
Following pilot training, he
has served aboard the USS
SAIPAN (LHA 2) in 1983
deployed for Operation Urgent
Fury in Grenada.
In the years that followed, he
served throughout the Navy as a
pilot and as commanding officer
of various units. During Desert
Storm, Captain Arendt served as
the detachment commander
aboard the USS Mclnerney (FFG-
8) conducting Multinational Mar-
itime Interceptions in the Red
Sea as well as serving in NATO's
Standing Naval Force Mediter-
ranean for operations Maritime
Guard, Albanian Guard and Pro-
Prior to being assigned to the
pentagon in 2000, he was the
operations officer on the USS
Inchon homeported out of Ingle-
side, Texas, his Pentagon assign-
ments have included several
.positions in the Office of the
Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval
Operations for manpower and
Captain Arendt is married to
the former Cynthia Segal of
Roslyn Heights, N.Y. They have
two sons, Ben and Andrew.
Each Junior ROTC unit will be
recognized with presentations
from the MOAA chapter as part
of its continuing support of the
Junior ROTC programs in the
"We will welcome parents,
teachers and other citizens who
are supporting these young men
and women enrolled in the local
area Junior ROTC leadership and-
citizenship program," invited
Reservations are a must and
may be made by calling anyone of
the following MOAA members:
Lieutenant Roger Bumgarner in
Desoto county at (863) 991-0129:
LT. Jane Christman in Avon Park
at (863) 452-5862; Mrs. Mary
Hartin in Lake Placid at (863) 699-
1939; Mrs. June Felt in Polk coun-
ty at (863) 638-1225; Capt. Lou
Brough in Sebring at (863) 655-
2344. All reservations must be
made by Wednesday, Sept 14.
Service Club Briefs
Sunday, Sept. 18: The Sons
of the American Legion will be
hosting a steak dinner from 3
until 6 p.m. The dinner will con-
sist of steak, baked potato, salad,
roll, dessert, coffee and tea for a
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. "Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo for members and
guests will be held on Monday
starting at 1 p.m., and on Thurs-
day evenings beginning at 6 p.m.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak
dinner with the Sons of the Amer-
ican Legion from 3 until 6 p.m. ,
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Starting in September,
euchre will be on Monday and
Wednesday from 6 p.m. Every-
one is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-
0 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 mem-
bers are available. Call Ray Dis-
ney at (863) 357-2138, or Don
South at (863) 763-8954.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until? Food will be
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast from 9 until 11 a.m. for
Call the AERIE at (863) 763-
.2552 for other events.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For.information, call
Tuesday: trustees, meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refresh-
ments will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet
at (863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact W.M. Margaret at
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 are serving.
Saturday night: karaoke
from 7 p.m. until ?
Wednesday, Friday and Sat-
urday nights meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. .Call for the
Thursday: at 7 p.m. there
will be member appreciation,
Dave Padgitt will host an open
mike night. Drinks will be 25
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until ? Call the Lodge to see who
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Sept. 10: Pat Bond will have
a Sheperd's pie dinner from 5
until 7:15 p.m.
Sept. 24: Karen Charest will
have a beffe tips over noodles
dinner from 5 until 7:25 p.m.
Sept.. 17: Moose enrollment
meeting will begin at 3 p.m.
Sept. 20: Moose member-
ship meeting will begin at 8 p.m.
Sept. 29: WO.T.M. college of
regents ceremony in honor of
Becky Bennett will begin at 7
p.m. Please bring a covered dish.
Reservations for the New
Years Eve Party go on sale Oct. 14.
Seating is limited so get your tick-
ets early. They are $40 per couple
or $20 per person. No tickets will
be sold at the door.
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.
Sept. 10: at 1 p.m. Fred Cole-
man will host a forum for the pur-
pose of any and all general mem-
bership to, participate in
discussions about the past and
future of our Moose Lodge. Your
input is needed. We may come
up with some worthwhile
thoughts to pass on to the board
of officers. I am hoping to see a
lot of you good folks at this unof-
ficial get together.
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Friday evenings: food, fun
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for
menu and cook.
Sept. 11: Fish fry and district
meeting at Okeechobee.
Sept. 14: LOOM meeting.
Sept. 27: Business meeting.
VFW Post #4423
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 Okee-
chobee, FL., 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, men auxiliary or AMVETS
there will be music.-
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The main meeting is on the
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
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.
Monday through Saturday and at'
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
Military" Brief In the Military
WWII vets plan trip
DELRAY BEACH The Associ-
ation of Sons and Daughters of
WWII Veterans will lead a group to
England and France during April
2006 to commemorate the 62nd
anniversary of the D-Day landings,
the Battle for Normandy and the
drive through France to the Rhine.
The itinerary will include Lon-
don, Portsmouth, Cherbourg,
Omaha and Utah beaches, Caen,
St. Mere Eglise, Caretan, Argentan,
Falaise and Paris.
A memorial service will be held
at the American Military Cemetery
at Colleville Sur Mer in France.
For information, call Sy Canton
at (561) 865-8495; or, send
inquires to 5121 B Nesting Way,
Delray Beach, Fl., 33484.
as second lieutenant
Dawn N. Sverak has been
commissioned as a second lieu-
tenant in the U.S. Army after suc-
cessfully completing the Army
ROTC (Reserve Officer Training
Corps) program and graduating
with a bachelor's degree from
Florida State University, Tallahas-
The new officer will be
branched to a specific corps in
the Army to serve on active duty
or in the National Guard or
Reserve. The lieutenant also will
attend the officer basic course
relating to his or her particular
The ROTC curriculum pre-
pares students with the tools,
training and experiences to help
them succeed as effective lead-
ers in any competitive environ-
ment. Army officers serve as
leaders, counselors, strategists,
and motivators, who lead other
soldiers in all situations occur-
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Sverak will be branched to
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daughter of Joseph J. Sverak of
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lieutenant graduated in 2001
from Plantation High School.
VFW Buckhead Ridge puts on play
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Buckhead Ridge V.F.W. celebrated Labor A pensive moment shared by bride Fanny
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The stalwart cast of the "Womanless Wedding" put on by the Buckhead Ridge V.F.W.,
Labor Day September 5, 2005. Not necessarily in order: Jim Haggard, Paul Auker,
Michael Jukonski, Roger Wentz, Ray Edwards, Billy Graham, Johnnie Patent, Robert
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Lady Brahman keglers win 3-1 1.1, .t t..t t. jt,,\ t..ii
The Brahman bowling team
played host to the keglers from
Ft. Pierce Westwood Tuesday
afternoon at the Stardust Lanes
in Okeechobee and came away
with a 3-1 win for the Lady Brah-
mans and a close 3-1 loss for the
The Brahman boys were led
by Joe Osteen's 676 series with
227, 225 and 224 high games.
Robert Rodriguez had a high 222
along with Josh Stanley's match
high game of 267.
Christy Perry's 203 high and
Glenda Shank's 131 high con-
tributed to the Lady Brahman
Both teams will be back in
action today when they travel to
the Vero Bowl to take on Jensen
Beach High School.
The remainder of the Brah-
man bowling schedule is:
Sept. 13-Centennial at the
Port St. Lucie Lanes.
Sept. 15-South Fork at the
Stardust Lanes in Okeechobee.
Sept. 20-Lincoln Park at the
Port St. Lucie Lanes
Sept. 22-Sebastian. River at the
Jensen Beach Lanes.
Sept. 27-Ft. Pierce Central at
the Stuart Lanes.
Sept. 29-John Carroll at the
Oct. 04-Jensen Beach at the
Oct. 11-Ft. Pierce Westwood
at the Port St. Lucie Lanes.
Oct. 13-Sebastian River at the
Oct. 18-Port St. Lucie at the
Oct. 20-John Carroll at the
Port St. Lucie Lanes.
Oct. 25-Lincoln Park at the
Oct. 27-Martin County at the
Jensen Beach Lanes.
Nov. 01-Conference Tourna-
ment at the Stuart Lanes.
Nov. 07-District Tournament
Nov. 08-Tournament location
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Labor Day rodeo
Steer wrestling pits human strength and timing against the power of a steer at the Cat-
tlemen's Association Labor Day weekend rodeo. The preliminary competition took place
Saturday afternoon and continued through Labor Day.
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Alligator hunting permits still available
Time is running out for
hunters wanting to participate in
this year's statewide alligator har-
vest. Alligator harvest permits will
remain on sale through Sept. 20,
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Alligator harvest areas and
hunt dates are listed at
"Alligator Harvest Permit Avail-
ability." Permit holders are
allowed to take. two alligators
from designated areas during
specific harvest periods running
through Oct. 8.
Permits can be purchased at
any county tax collector's office,
license agent (retail outlet that
sells hunting and fishing licens-
es), online at
MyFWC.com/license or by calling
toll-free 1 (888) HUNT-FLORIDA
(486-8356) from anywhere in the
United States or Canada.
To secure a permit, applicants
must submit payment for an alli-
gator trapping license and two
alligator-hide validation tags, or
provide proof of a valid alligator
trapping license (must be valid
through Oct. 8) plus pay the fee
for two hide validation tags. No
other hunting licenses are
The cost for a resident alligator.
trapping license and hide valida-
tion tags is $272, and nonresi-
dents pay $1,022. For each alliga-
tor taken, the hunter must
complete and send in an alligator
harvest report 'form to the FWC,
Data gathered from these forms
enable FWC biologists to monitor
population trends and impacts on
the annual harvest.
A resident or nonresident alli-
gator trapping agent license also
is available to consumers for $52.
This license allows the holder to
assist a trapper in taking alligators
but only in the presence of the
permitted trapper. All persons
seeking a harvest permit must be
at least 18 years old by Sept. 1,
and only one harvest permit per
person will be issued.
For information on how to get
involved in these exciting alligator
hunts, visit MyFWC.com/alligator
and click on "Statewide Hunts."
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The Okeechobee County
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment will host the local Pepsi
NFL Punt, Pass and Kick compe-
tition Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9
a.m. until noon.
There is no charge to partici-
pate in this one-day event.
The competition will be held
on the football field at the Okee-
chobee County Sports Complex,
580 N.W. 27th Lane.
The competition is open to
children between the ages of 8
and 15. The eligibility of partici-
pants will be based on their age
as of Dec. 31, 2005.
For information, contact the
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment at (863) 763-6950.
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 busi-
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited
to join. Bronze membership is
$300;, silver membership is $600;
gold membership is $900; and,
platinum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each member-
ship goes to the general athletic
fund, and another portion goes
into a scholarship trust.
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (863)462-5050.
begin Sept. 10
The YABA bowling league for
youngsters 6-18 will take place
on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Stardust
Lanes, 1465 U.S. 441 S.E., begin-
ning at 9 a.m. Bowling will also
start on that date. For informa-
tion contact Stardust Lanes at
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale for O.H.S. sports.
The cost of a gold seat is $100
arid 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
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike
Radebaugh at (863)462-5025.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Sept. 2,
through Thursday, Sept. 8, are as
Theatre I "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
Theatre II "Transporter 2"
(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 "Brothers Grimm"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W. Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house'
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required
safety equipment needed on your
boat. This service is free. You will
receive a cordial, informative and
confidential boat inspection. A
vessel safety check decal will be
placed on boats that meet all.the
requirements. Call (863) 467-
3085 to arrange a boat check..
care for ferrets.
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned and injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501 -
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers,- portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the -
use of such equipment is wel- *
come to stop by the post and pick
out what they need. There is no
charge and anyone is welcome. I
This is not restricted to veterans.
Call the Post at (863) 763-2950.
looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men q
who like to sing. Tenors, bari-
tones, leads and basses are all
invited to join our group. We
practice on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Health Care
Center, 1646 U.S. 441 N. Join us in
singing some old time songs and -
community entertainment. We
are looking to expand our group.
Good clean fun and a great sound
are our objectives. For informa-
lion. call (863) 763-0175 or (863)
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has 4 b 1
many opportunities of service for 4
adults seeking volunteer work. -
Volunteer as little as four hours a .
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities .
currently exist and new programs
to begin soon. Please contact the ,
lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital
for a Volunteer Application. For
information, call (863) 763-2151,
ext. 3312. The hospital's Volun-
teen Program (ages 14-17)
begins in June., 1
by wildlife center -
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Ter- -
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, a push lawnmower, garden-
ing utensils and laundry deter- 4*
gent. Anyone wishing to donate -
any of the above items is asked to -
call (863) 763-4630. -
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AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
ANTIQUE PIANO- Turn of the
Century, have appraisal,
beautiful, moving must sell,
$2000 neg. (863)983-1654.
,DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, 14x38, Good condi-
tion. $25. (863)983-1848
SCALES & WEIGHTS, Weighs
in grams. Very accurate. An-
tique. $275. (863)467-4328
CROSLEY STOVE- Apartment
Size, Electric New Paid
$325 asking $250. neg.
DRYER, white, like new, great
condition, works good, $65.
REFRIGERATOR- GE, Double
wide, Water, Ice, Light. 2 yrs
old, Excellent condition.
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 coRid., $75.
WASHER/DRYER, & Micro-
wave- Good condition. $125
Super Capacity Plus, white,
2 yrs. old, $375.
STEEL BUILDING- To be
moved, 40'x60', $2500 or
best offer (863)675-0349
TANNER- Soliel, 28 Sport.
$2250. New never used, Call
BOOKS- (150 Crystal Creek
Series included, asking $75
for all. (863)946-1494.
FLORIDA ROOM 9x22', $400
or best offer. (865)924-9228,
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
BOY'S CLOTHES- 18mo-2T,
Large assortment, Exc cond.
$120. 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- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Office, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
GATEWAY COMPUTER with
printer, $250/neg. Call
PRINTER Cannon, brand
new still in box, $40
BED FRAME -.Wooden, twin
good condition. $20
BED IN BAG Twin size, Ha-
waiian Theme, 5pcs $15
BOOK SHELF 6ft tall,. oak
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
Dining Table, 42" round,
glass, 4 cushioned chrs. on
DINNING ROOM TABLES (2)
$50 for both, will sep. Nice
Brown, Good condition. $25.
KING SIZE BED- Head board,
Couch & Love seat, Animal
print, 'Great cond. $400. Will
KING SIZED BED- Head-
board, Mattress, complete,
'Very nice $100
MATTRESS & BOX SPRING,
King size w/frame. $50.
RATTAN GLASS TOP TBL & 2
chairs $50 (863)467-2532
SECTIONAL SOFA, 2 pc. with
end tables, coffee table & 2
foot stools-& corner table.
TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
WATERBEDS- King (full set)
& Queen $500 Will separ-
CLUB CAR; '97- E.c cori
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
AR-15 BUSHMASTER .223
cal. carbine, custom trigger,
accessory rail, A2 style. $800,
REMINGTON 1100- Automatic
shot gun w/ 26" Remchoke
barrel & synthetic stock.
POWER CHAIR- Golden Alant'e
New, still have manual/war-
ranty Pd $6000 asking
$1200 neg 863-634-9620
HEATING OIL & TANK- 275
gal. $500. (863)763-4600
LOCKET, gold, heart shaped,
holds 2 pictures, engraved
from the 40's, $20.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER- used
only 1 month, battery charg-
er, basket, 4 wheel base,
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
PORTABLE COMMODE- ad-
justable height, sits over toi-
let or with pail, $55
SCOOTER- Golden Alante
motorized chair. New w/ war-
ranty papers pd $6K asking
$1300 neg (863)357-2233
FLORIDA ROOM 9x22', $400
or best offer. (865)924-9228
TANNING BED, Wolfe Ovation,
24 bulb,, $1600.
WATER SOFTENER & FILTER,
Sears, programmable, 2 yrs.
old, pd $1257, sell for $600.
BASS GUITAR- New Tradition
5 string, Pearl white, Brand
new $250. 954-275-8111 or
DRUM SET, BY: TAMA, Brand
new symbols & 'stands.
$800 or best offer.
AFFEN PINCHER, female,
great for senior home, $200.
AMERICAN PITBULL PUPPIES
6 males, 6 females.
Call 863-634-3508 or
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
MARE 14yrs old,, broke. Nice
horse. $800 (863)697-6713
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 Briggs & 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
ROYAL & QUEEN PALM
TREES- Gorgeous!! up to
18ft high, $400 for all will
sell separate (863)675-0104
BULL & HEIFER CALF-
healthy ahd de wormea
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
BASSWOOD, 3BR/2BA, $1200
mo., 1st, last & security, Call
OKEE- 3Br, 2Ba, Big porch,
yard, 905 SW 2nd Ave
$1000 mo. + 1st & last sec
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1BA, w/
screened room, elec. boat lift,
on water, completely furn.,
$1100 mo. + sec. dep.
1g. fam. rm., screen rm. on the
water w/dock, club house,
$1100 mo. (863)381-6937
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, on
cul-de-sac, $800 down,
Theresa or Travis
OKEECHOBEE CITY LIMITS-
2br, 1ba, $900. mo. 1st,
Last & Sec dep req. Call
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Roommate Wanted, 1/2
utilities, 1/2 rent, Call
Business Places .
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
BIRD CAGE, large, with
wheels, gray, good cond.,
$100 or best offer.
BLACK SILKIE CHICKS, $5
BOA SNAKE- Red Tail & rats,,
$150. Please call
863-357-3994 after 5pm
CHIHUAHUA'S (2) beautiful
males, 10 wks, first shots &
health cert. $300 ea.
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
Extremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $300 or
best offer. (863)763-3765
FINCH BREEDING CAGE
large, 4' .3.2z pa .80 will
sell fbo 5 ,:,r best oiltr
FISH TANK 75 gallon w/light
& accessories $100
PARROT- Congo African Gray
Baby. Hand tamed, 3 mo.
old. $950. neg.'
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
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
AQUATIC ITEMS 3 life vests,
3 comp. snorkeling sets, &
40" Maul surf board. $90 for
or will sep. (863)675-4792
CAR CD PLAYER- Pioneer,
DEH-P47DH, fits GM-Chrys-
lers, retails $290, sell $200
JVC CD Remote, SMXJI01,
$15 or best offer..
STEREO with CD/double deck
player, AM/FM, $40/neg.
TV, 32" Toshiba, 1 yr. old,
GENERATOR 5500 watts, 110
& 220 volts, electric start,
built in battery charger, Exc
cond $995. (863)467-4328
CHEROKEE JEEP- Brand new
battery, Good condition
VCR MOVIES- 150, $200. or
best offer (863)610-1082
WANTED: Horse Round Pen
or Panels. (954)214-8877 or
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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.
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba,-
$750, 1st, last & sec, Small
pets okay, (863)467;-6309
eve & wkends.
TREASURE ISLAND, 2/2, Fur-
nished. Avail, now. Very pri-
vate lot w/screen porch, etc.
$875 mo. 863-357-3639
LARKEE LAKE, 3BR, 2BA,
1800 s.f., Double lot, 2-Living
rooms, 2-Carport's, $120K
MOBILE HOME FOR SALE,
1989 Single Wide, 2 BR, 2 BA,
Good cond. Must be moved.
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA 1/2 acre
Garage, fenced yard.
1850 NE 103rd Ave.
OKEECHOBEE- 2000 Terry,
sleeps 6, new Florida Room
on concrete slab, newly fur-
nished, parked in Brothers
RV Park. For more info call
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze
Jet SkUis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
' Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
ARROW GLASS, '84, 18', cen-
ter console, 115hp Yamaha,
clean mtr., solid boat,
$2500. (561)924-8292. -
BASS BOAT, Ranger 83,1,'
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 TRAILERS (2) -Tandem,
galvanized. $1600 for both
or will sep. (954)868-6518
CATFISH BOAT, 21' long,
70hp Tohatsu, new trailer.
Good condition. $2500.
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.'
DRY BOAT 11ft, 30h/p Mari-
ner, full cover, trailer, similar
to a jet ski full cover. $2500
GLASSSTREAM PRO BASS-
'92, 50 hp, Trailer, Trolling
motor w/pedal control Depth
finder $3500 941-426-3781
GRUMMAN ALUMINUM- 14',
V Haul, Trailer, 25hp Merc,
Trolling motor. $1500
JON BOAT, 10 Ft. w/trailer,
motor & trolling motor. Extra's
included. $800. or best offer.
Call (863)763-0280 anytime.
JON BOAT, 14 Ft. w/ galv.
trailer. 9.9 Johnson, New
seats, Live well. Runs great.
MERCURY' '01, 25 HP, electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
Proline, '86, 17', 90hp Yama-
ha 1998, center console, t-
top, trir like new, $6500.
Skeeter Model TZX190, '04,
19', less than 50 hrs., Yama-
ha 175hpdi, 80lb. thrust troll.
mtr., hotfoot, Lowrance
depth finder, $21,000.
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr,
MIDAS MINI '83- 24ft, Chev
350, dual AC, 4KW Onan
Jen, runs good $2495 cash
OKEE 32' Franklin, w/ FI/Rm,
Very good cond. Taylor
Creek, Lot 87 $1500. Must
be moved. (314)293-2227
TRAVEL TRAILER, 16 Ft. Ex-
cellent condition. $1500
SUPER POCKET YAMAHA R6
replica, practically brand new,
with all stickers $700 or best
YUMBO, starter motorcycle,
200cc, good beginner bike,
HONDA 250 FOURTRAX '87, 4
Wheeler, Runs excellent.
New tires & brakes. $1500.
iu i Noic 50051
BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 PM. (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, Bartow, Florida 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 PM. Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, September 21, 2005. Plan holders 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 WWW DOT STATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMI-
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PROJECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATED FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR
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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 desiltng, vegetative planting and other associat-
ed construction activities, (Approx 60 Calendar Days),. NOTE: PROJECT
MANAGER: Rob Dwyer, (863) 519-2762 email@example.com. 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. E1FO6-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: AROgeo Boyas, (941) 359-7310. angelo bovas odel state f us
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 locations.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Daida ,l
863) 519-7924 davId barlhled(dot stale If us BUDGET AMOUNT $10,OOO.
(CONTRACT NO. E1FO8-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 densilicatbon with high density polyurethane.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Gary Burnet
1863386-6104garyburnettf dol,state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT $110,000.OO.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transpor-
taion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Flodda 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
CHEVY 350 '94- 4dr, 1 ton,
good work truck, $2500
DODGE D50 1988, Good con-
dition. New motor. New tires &
rims. Good paint. New brakes.
DODGE DAKOTA, '93- 4x4,
new engine, new rims, new
all terrain tires, AC/CD, V6
auto, $3500 (863)697-8332
DODGE RAM 250, '90- runs
good, new parts, fiberglass
work body w/ladder rack.
FORD F100- '74, Ext cab,
Short bed, 460 C6 trans., 35"
tires $1500 Neg.
FORD F150 '81 2 wheel
drive, auto, whole or for
parts, $500 (863)763-5067
FORD F150 '91 XLT, auto,
V8, cold ac, runs great, many
new parts including new tires
FORD F250, '83- 351 Wind-
sor, 8" lift, body in good
shape, $2000 or bet offer.
FORD PICK UP 1977, Runs.
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
NISSAN PICKUP 1997, 2 wd.,
5 spd., Ice Cold Air, 4 cyl.
Excellent condition. $2500
Toyota Pickup, '85, ext. cab, 4
whi dr., lifted on 35x12.5,
system, custom paint,
$1800 neg. (863)801-9441
JEEP CHEROKEE '95 Good
condition, runs great. 4door,
auto, 4x2 $2000 or best of-
fer (863)673-0645 Ramses
DODGE CARAVAN, '94- new
tires, runs good, needs trans
Dodge Cony. Van, '00, loaded
w/ captain's chairs, TV, VCR,
stereo & fold out couch.
FORD AEROSTAR, '91, 4x4,
good motor & trans., for
parts only, $350 or best of-
FORD VANS 1989 & 1990
w/Wheel Chair Lifts. $3400 &
HI TOP CONV VAN '93- great
shape, beige, tow pkg,
MAZDA MPV VAN, '90, 7 pas-
senger, V6, all power, new
tires, no rust, needs eng.
work. $500. (863)467-6805
READING A NEWSPAPER
INVOLVED IN THE
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CADILLAC BROUGHAM 1989,
4 Door, 71K mls., Good on
gas. Clean inside/out. Asking
CHEVY MALIBU 1997, Good
condition. Runs great! New
tires. $2,500 (863)467-4763
FORD F150 XLT 2001, 4 Dr.,
2wd, 91K mis.,,Power every-
thing. $15,000 or best offer.
LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1993,
Runs good. Need minor cos-
metic work. $1500. neg. 863-
634-7556 or 561-758-5295.
LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1988 -
Exc. cond., black rag top, new
tires, cold a/c, $1300.
OLD'S CUTLASS SUPREME-
'91, All power, low miles, 4
door, Runs great. $1500.
Pontiac Bonneville, '92- full
power, AC, reliable car, call
for details, $1800 or best of-
fer. (863)675-2598 Iv msg.
Pontiac Bonneville, '92- Sport
Edition, new battery, Full
power Good clean car $1600
or best offer 863-675-2598
PONTIAC SUNFIRE, '97,
conv., 4 cyl., cold air,
TOYOTA CAMRY- '93, Needs
some work, $1000. or best
VW RAIL BUGGY & PARTS -
heeds work, will run, $350
or best offer (863)675-6214
VOLKSWAGON 1978 Con-
vertible. Needs work. $500.
FORD BRONCO, '87- 4x4,
Runs needs work & paint job.
Plays hard in mud. Tough
truck $1500 (863)763-8725.
FORD RANGER 1984, 2.8 V6,
4x4, Runs great, owner pur-
chased newer vehicle.
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.
CONVERTIBLE BOWS- Fits
Jeep Wrangler '97 & up$60.
RIMS, 17" Manta Ray, Uni-
versal four lug. Brand new!
Very Nice! $600. or best offer.
Call Ramses (863)673-0645
TIRES (4)- new, M+S
Contrac $240 (863)763-6131
after 6p M-F, anytime weekend
TRAILER HITCH- Class 3, Fits
Mercury Grand Marquis,
Ford Crown, Vic. & various
Lincoln $150 863-467-8589
Property. Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots Safe 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Salte, .1055
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propety 1080
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 1ba.
New roof, new flooring, fenced
yard. .$99,900. Please call
readers havemoe fun
12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 8, 2005
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