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Vol. 96 No. 263 Tuesday, September 20, 2005 50 Plus tax


Inside
Brahmans rout
Golden Rams, 51-0
The Okeechobee Brah-
mans (3-1) stormed into ft.
Pierce Friday evening to take
on the Golden Rams of John
Carroll High School (0-3) and
'totally dominated the winless
Rams before returning home
with a 51-0 win.
In the first quarter Brahman
senior Kenny Spencer tore
down the field for a 58-yard
touchdown putting the Brah-
mans up 6-0, followed by
another Brahmans touchdown
by way of a pass from Travis
Conrad to Rashad Kelly. Sean
Petry's point-after attempt was
good giving the Brahmans a
13-0 lead at the end of the
quarter.
The Golden Rams fared no
better in the second quarter
and the Brahmans continued
to stampede over the Rams.
With Petry's 34-yard. field
goal attempt good, the Brah-
mans now led 16-0. But that
was just. the beginning.
Spencer ran 25-yards for
another Brahman touchdown
with Petry kicking another
point after.
Sports, Page 6


Local jobless rate at 5.8%


Local jobless
rate is third
highest in state
By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
When the August unemploy-
ment rates were released, Okee-
chobee and Hendry counties
were named among the top
three highest jobless rates in the
state.


Okeechobee County had the
third highest jobless rate of 5.8
percent, while Hendry County
was number one in the state at
10.4 percent. Hardee County
was at 6.5 percent, placing it at
the number two spot.
The overall state unemploy-
ment dropped to 3.6 percent in
August, down from 3.9 percent
in July and the lowest it has
been since 2000, according to
the Florida Agency for Work-
force Innovation.


Walton County had the
state's lowest unemployment
rate at 2.4 percent; neighboring
Okaloosa County was the sec-
ond lowest at 2.7 percent.
The report said that Florida's
August seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate was the
lowest among the 10 most pop-
ulous states and more than a
percentage point lower than the
national rate of 4.9 percent.
"Led by a continuing boom
in construction and growth in


Aerial Mapping: Aides restoration project


manufacturing and professional
and business services, Florida
led the nation in new jobs creat-
ed in August," the report said.
It further revealed that out of
a civilian labor force of 8.7 mil-
lion people, 310,000 Floridians
were unemployed in August,
"the lowest that number has
been since December of 2000."
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area
led the state in job growth in
August, adding 80,000 jobs.
George Long, Okeechobee


County administrator, said the
statistic isn't new. "Okeechobee
has found itself for quite some
time in that position," he said,
reacting to the high unemploy-
ment rate for the county. He list-
ed a variety of reasons for the
county's high jobless rate,
including not enough jobs avail-
able.
"In Okeechobee County we
See Jobs Page 2


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is set tonight


Myers wins
bass tourney
Thirty-five boats left Okee-
Tantie Marina at safe light to
compete in the Okeechobee
stop of the
Headturners3.com one-day,
one-angler bass tournament
trail.
It looked as though he had
first place locked up until
Dick Myers stepped to the
scale. His bag weighed-in at
21.22 lbs., pushing him
ahead of Gibson and into first
place. He credited his use of
Brush Hogs for his success.
With the first two places
sewed up, Neil Nix brought
18.90 lbs. to. the scale to cap-
ture third place.
Sports, Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 521
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels


15.63 feet


Lake level
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(O(URCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds .... .8-10
Comics ............ 7
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ......... .8
Obituaries ......... ,3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports .............6
TV ................ 9
Weather ............ 2
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T. J. Robbins, an employee of MD Atlantic Technologies, uses the optical device in front of
his seat to adjust the aerial camera to the right of the seat. Mr, Robbins' aerial photogra-
phy is used by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Everglades Restoration Project.

COE gets info via aerial mapping


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Last week T. J. Robbins and
Mickey Thorne were flying in a
Cessna 208B out of Okee-
chobee County Airport on an
aerial mapping project for the
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
(COE).
They were flying over areas
adjacent to Lake Okeechobee
and gathering topographical
information to be used in the
Everglades Restoration Project.
From the data they gathered,
topographic maps will be con-
structed to help with future
restoration projects.
The two men are employees
of MD Atlantic Technologies of
Huntsville, Ala. a nationally
recognized geographic informa-
tion technology firm with over
40 years service to government
and private industry. The com-
pany has become a leading
provider of geospatial informa-
tion, digital aerial mapping data,
airborne laser survey informa-
tion, geospatial data and pho-
togrammetrically engineered
map products.
The firm has been subcon-
tracting to COE for several years


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Mickey Thorne of MD Atlantic Technologies fuels up his
Cessna 208 B in preparation for an aerial photography
flight over Lake Okeechobee.


on a number of jobs. They have
also done mapping projects for
several state and county govern-
ments.
The two men use aerial pho-
tography and airborne laser sur-
vey information to gather topo-
graphic information.
One of the tools they rely on
is Light Detection and Ranging
(LiDar) or airborne laser map-
ping that can penetrate different
types of vegetation, distinguish


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City
Council will hold its second
and final public hearing on the
city's 2005/06 proposed $7.1
million budget Tuesday at 7
p.m. at city hall.
The total budget includes
$4.8 million earmarked for the
general fund. If the budget is
approved, it will take effect
Oct. 1.
Budget ordinance No. 913
calls for a mill rate of 7.1899
on all real and personal prop-
erty within the corporate lim-
its of Okeechobee, excluding
property within the city


allowed as homestead proper-
ty. This is the same as last
year's rate.
One mill equals $1 for each
$1,000 of assessed value. The
tax bill for a $10,000 piece of
property would be $10 for the
city's portion of a person's
total tax bill. The proposed
millage rate will be 13.11 per-
cent over the roll-back rate.
The roll back rate is the mill-
age that would have to be
levied to raise the money
needed for last year's services
if it was based on this year's
tax roll.
See Budget Page2


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vegetation cover from terrain,
-allow for flights up to 6,500 feet
and is accurate to better than 6
inches. One of the advantages
of LiDar is that it can operate
under less than ideal weather
conditions.
They simultaneously acquire
aerial photographs and LiDar
data.

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Bound for Franklinton, La.
Jim Schaefer, post commander of VFW Post #10539 in
Okeechobee (left), presents Walpole driver Rick
Canevari (right) with $100 that was donated by the band
"Side-By-Side" from tips they earned Friday evening
playing at the VFW lounge. The money collected, along
with donations from VFW members, was given to Mr.
Canevari to "get a few good meals on the road" per Post
Commander Schaefer.


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News Briefs (

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donations sought
The Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a bene-
fit Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at
noon. There will be live music
throughout the day, as well as food
for $6.99 per plate. The menu
includes barbecue beef, hot dogs,
hamburgers and all the fixings, as
well as deserts. Donations of food
and money are being accepted. For
information, contact Cathye or
Yvonne at (863) 467-0050.
All Regions Banks are now
accepting donations to the Ameri-
can Red Cross disaster relief efforts.
Checks should be made out to:
American Red Cross Hurricane
Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. Cus-
tomers will be given a Red Cross
receipt. The local Regions Bank is
located at 305 E.N. Park St. For
information, call (863) 763-5535.
Items for Hurricane Katrina
victims can be donated to the First
Baptist Church Mission House, 309
S.W. Fourth Ave., from 11 a.m. until
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. The mis-
sion house will close at 6:30 p.m.
on Wednesday. Cash .donations
can be made to the First Baptist
Church.
The Florida Baptist Conven-
tion is accepting financial contribu-
tions. Checks should be made out
to the Florida Baptist Convention
and designated for Hurricane Relief
and sent to: Florida Baptist Con-
vention, Business Services, Box
5579, Jacksonville, Fla., 32247.
Donations can also be made by
VISA, MasterCard or Discover by
calling 800-226-8584, ext. 3049.
Donations can be made on
behalf of the City of Okeechobee at
the SunTrust Bank, 815 S. Parrott
Ave. For information, contact Sun-
Trust Bank at (863) 763-1903.
Okeechobee Ministerial Asso-
ciation 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 Thqrsday start-
ing 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) 824-0400.

Storm victims
Use the Internet as much as
possible when trying to locate a
storm victim. The phone lines are
either down or, if operating, are
jammed.
Here are some Internet sites
that are posting messages with
information on those found or still
missing.
www.nola.com/forums/search-
ing/
www.nola.com/forums/lostan
found/
neworleans.craigslist.org/laf/
http://findkatrina.com/
www.wwltv.com/forums/
www.katrinacheckin.org/okay/
www.katrinacheckin.org/searc
hing/
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do not have a huge number of
large employers, and with the
large ones we do have, we have
not had wholesale lay-offs. Also,
more people have relocated to
Okeechobee than jobs were cre-
ated. Jobs are not growing as fast
as the population," Mr. Long
said.
Okeechobee and Hendry
county officials are working to
shrink their respective employ-
ment gaps. Farm labor is the
largest employment sector in
both counties, and August is in
the unemployment season for
farming of citrus crops June
through September.
Mr. Long said Okeechobee
County has seen some significant
residential development and
more is on the way, which
should help create more con-
struction jobs.
"But there are little jobs in the
industrial and commercial devel-
opment sector," he said. "This is
one reason why the county earli-
er this year began developing an
economic development plan, to
increase development of jobs in
those areas."
In May, Okeechobee city and
county civic and business lead-
ers, political officials and educa-
tors gathered for an all-day eco-
nomic planning summit. The
result was a draft county eco-
nomic development plan and a
commitment for funding and
support. Final action is pending
by political leaders.
The largest employee sector
in Okeechobee is farm labor.
Okeechobee school district is a
large employer with 951
employed teachers, administra-
tion and support personnel.
"That number fluctuates,"
said Lee Dixon, assistant superin-
tendent for administration.
According to the 2000 census,
the largest private sector employ-
ers in the city of Okeechobee in


ranking order were: Raulerson
Hospital; Walpole, Inc.; Larson
Dairy, Inc.; Wal-Mart; McArthur
Farms, Inc.; Publix Supermarket;
Winn-Dixie Supermarket; Okee-.
chobee Health Care Facility; U-
Save Supermarket; and, McDon-
ald's.
"We always seem to have the
highest unemployment rate ,in
the state. It is probably due to a
number of things," said Hendry
County Administrator Lester
Baird. "The seasonal workforce
has some impact on the statis-
tics. For one thing, the folks who
harvest oranges are off in the
summer and farming is the
biggest area of employment in
Hendry County. In addition, we
have some continual unemploy-
ment seasonal jobs being the
biggest area."
Mr. Baird said the largest
employer in Hendry County is
U.S. Sugar Corp.
"They do processing and have
a refinery," he said.
Their second.biggest employ-
er is the school board because of
the number of teachers and staff
for the communities of La Belle
and Clewiston.
"We have close to 1,000
employed in the schools," he
said.
Judy Sanchez, director of cor-
porate communications for U.S.
Sugar Corp., painted a bright pic-
ture for Clewiston employees.
She said they are in the process
of enlarging and modernizing the
Clewiston facilities. By 2007, the
Bryant operation will close and
all processing will take place in
Clewiston.
"This will help us reduce costs
and operate more efficiently,"
she said.
While she did not break down
the exact number of employees
in each community, she said that
the company employs about
1,800 to 1,900 people overall.
The majority are in Clewiston,
the company's headquarters.
"There is a larger mill there
and all administrative and gener-


al office functions and a half of
our farming operations are in
Clewiston," she said.
Mrs. Sanchez said it is impor-
tant for people to understand
that the reason for the recent
high unemployment numbers
for the area is the statistics are
taken in July when citrus and
sugar seasonal jobs are reduced,
moreso for citrus employment.
"To counter that, we are mod-
ernizing and enlarging our facili-
ties in Clewiston," she said.
Hendry County officials are
also striving to improve their
unemployment numbers
through business incentives.
"Probably in the past six to
seven years, we have engaged in
efforts to bring unemployment
down. Obviously, the efforts have
not been significant enough," he
said.
One example of a successful
effort was bringing in Ocean Boy
Farms a freshwater shrimp
operation.
"They have numbers of ponds
where they grow, harvest and
process shrimp and sell it local-
ly," Mr. Baird said. He said the
county helped foster several
other businesses. Ocean Boy
Farms is located at the Air Glades
Airport Industrial Park.
Also in the park is Tailored
Foam, a service center.
"They inject foam into walls at
construction sites for insulation,"
said Mr. Baird.
He said there is also a truck
sanitizing operation for orange
trucks carriers and a tanker
truck.
"We keep trying to plug away
and are making a little progress
in reducing the unemployment,"
Mr. Baird said.
The draft economic study per-
formed for Okeechobee by
William Fruth of POLICOM Corp.
reported that the most important
primary industries in Okee-
chobee County's economy are
farming and retirement.
"Approximately 40 percent of
all imported money enters the
county's economy as a result of
the farm industry," the report
said.


The statement was based on
sales of livestock and crops for
2002. The study pointed out,
however, that the wage of typical
farm labor jobs is relatively low.
The retirement industry was
seen as a major and growing pri-
mary industry in the draft report.
"Money flows into the area
through private retirement pro-
grams, Social Security payments
and Medicare reimbursements,"
the report stated.
While the retirement industry
a I promulgates formation of jobs in
services and retail sectors, these
are two of the three lowest pay-
ing sectors in an economy, with
Sfarm labor as third, the report
..-. concluded. (The Okeechobee
S ---- County Goal Study is available
S online at
www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/.)
In related studies, the state of
Florida was found to rank near
the middle in terms of personal
income in the level of the poverty
levels for the nation. The 2005
edition of "50 State Compar-
isons", published by The Taxpay-
rc" ers Network, revealed that per
ers" capital personal income for 2003
for the state of Florida ranked 25
in the nation at $29,972.
The percent of population
below the poverty level in 2003
showed Florida as ranking 21st at
13.1 percent; Louisiana was
number one at 20.3 percent and
- New Hampshire was number 51
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Budget

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Following the public hearing,
the Okeechobee City Council
will hold their regular meeting.
Officer Victoria Williams, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, will receive a five-year
service award.
The council will be asked to
approve the August 2005 war-
rant register in the amount of
$367,122.77.
The city council will take
comments during the final pub-
lic hearing and vote on Ordi-
nance No. 907 regarding an alley
closing application for Believers
Fellowship Church. The property
owner will be required to obtain
a certificate of occupancy for
their future development within
24 months, or the provisions of
the ordinance will be declared
null and void.
Council members will consid-
er Ordinance No. 908, an alley
closing application submitted by
Ronnie and Ellaine Lawrence
within block 16 of the city.
The council will hold a sec-
ond reading on a rezoning appli-
cation from the Lawrences to
change zoning from residential
single family to commercial at
1120 S. Parrott Ave. They wish to
build an office complex consis-
tent with the style of the current
structure on the front three com-
mercial lots. Tonight will be the
final public hearing date for this
item, Ordinance No. 911.
The council will hold a final
public hearing for proposed
Ordinance No. 912 regarding a
rezoning application from Mark
Goodbread. He has asked to


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change zoning from heavy com-
mercial to residential multi-fami-
ly at the Northwest corner of
Northeast 10th Street and North-
east Third Ave. Mr. Goodbread
applied on behalf of KMJ Land,
Inc. so that an apartment com-
plex can be built on the property.
The second and final reading
of Christopher and Gail New-
man's rezoning application will
be considered as Ordinance No.
915. They wish to have their
property at 207 N.E. ParkSt.
rezoned from heavy commercial
to commercial business.
Deborah Bradley, audit direc-
tor, will present the 2004-2005
fiscal year audit report for the
council to approve.
The council will consider
appointments and reappoint-
ments to the Police Officers' Pen-
sion Board of Trustees. Reap-
pointments are on tap for Louise
Chandler and Steve Padgett.
Robert Peterson will be consid-
ered for appointment.
The council will make
motions to reappoint John
Koepke to the Firefighters' Pen-
sion Board of Trustees; to reap-
point Brian O'Cain; and to ratify
the appointment of William
Douglas and Glen Hodges to the
board.
The council will make
motions to fill vacancies on the
Board of Adjustments/Land
Planning Agency/Planning
Board/Design Review Board.
In other new business, the
council will approve a tempo-
rary street closing for Central
Elementary School on Oct. 28
for their annual fall festival and
discuss developing a policy for
conveying property in the indus-
trial park.


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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, September 20, 2005 3


Meal program sign-up to end soon


Notice to all parents of stu-
dents attending Okeechobee
County Schools.
Okeechobee County School
Board participates in the National
School breakfast and lunch pro-
grams and accepts family applica-
tions for free/reduced price
school meals. The United States
Department of Agriculture allows


for a grace period for all students
that were approved for
free/reduced price meals for
-School year 2004/05. Every stu-
dent received an application for
free/reduced price meals to take
home at the beginning of school
year 2005/2006. Students that
have not returned a completed
application for the current school


year and using the status from
2004/2005 will be required to pay
full price for their meals after
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.
The 2005/2006 prices for
meals are as follows:
All schools: student break-
fast, .75
Elementary schools: student
lunch, $1.50 and adult, $2
Secondary schools (middle


and senior high): student lunch,
$1.75 and adult, $2.
If you have not already done
so, please return a completed
application before the deadline of
Sept. 22. Parents may can
(863)462-5148 and speak to Ms.
Michelle Perkins at the Food Ser-
vice Office if additional informa-
tion is needed or ify9ou have any
questions.


Everyone join in -


at the family table


Did you know that eating
dinner frequently with your
children reduces their risk of
substance abuse? Research by
The National Center on Addic-
tion and Substance Abuse
(CASA) at Columbia University
consistently finds that the more
often children eat dinner with
their families, the less likely
they are to smoke, drink or use
drugs. Family Day A Day to Eat
Dinner with Your Children is a
national effort to promote fam-
ily dinners as an effective way
to reduce substance abuse
among-children and teens and
is celebrated nationwide on
the fourth Monday in Septem-
ber, the 26th in 2005. Since its
inception, President Bush, the
governors of 42 states, more


than 400 cities and counties,
and numerous corporate, gov-
ernment and non-profit organi-
zations have supported Family
Day.
For more information on
Family Day, please visit
www.CASAFamilyDay.org
g/or feel free to contact:
Richard D. Mulieri, Director of
Communications at the The
National Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse at
Columbia University, 633 Third
Ave., 19th Floor, New York, NY
10017,(212)-841-5260 or by
email at:rmulieri@casacolum-
bia.org
As difficult as it sometimes
may be, making time for family
dinners is well worth the effort!


Arrest Log


Ronald's rings
Marcos, 9 acts as Ronald McDonald's 'most trusted
assistant' during the magic act portion of the Ronald
McDonald show held at the Okeechobee Public Library
on Thursday, Sept. 15. The entire show was geared
towards children's reading with prizes given to the chil-
dren when they check out library books.


'Big' step to fun
Ronald McDonald took his first 'big' steps towards the
Okeechobee County Public Library just before his show
was about to begin. The show was held on Thursday,
Sept. 15 at the library where dozens of children listened
to jokes, watched a magic show and were entertained by
the world famous clown.


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or Dri-
ving Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, the Florida Highway
Patrol, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion or the Department of Cor-
rections (DOC).
Barbara Lynn Cook, 46,
S.W. 15th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 16 by Deputy
Javier Gonzalez on a charge of
aggravated battery. Her bond
was set at $2,500.
Santiago Hilario Callejas,
29, S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee,
was Sept 17 by Deputy 'Chris
Hans on misdemeanor, charges
of driving under the influence
and no valid driver's license. His
bond was set at $1,000.
Pete McGee Collins, 33, S.R.
70 W., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Sept. 18 by FWC Officer Jason
Godwin on a misdemeanor
charge of boating under the


influence. His bond was set at
$250.
Juan Meras, 20, S.E. 34th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Sept. 18 by Deputy Sergeant
Lester Yeates, Jr., on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell. His bond on
that charge was set at $2,000. He
was also charged with violation
of probation trespass (misde-
meanor). His bond on that
charge was set at $500.
Suzy Sedatol, 27, SW. 72nd
Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept 18 by Deputy Chris
Hans on a charge of aggravated
battery. Her bond was set at
$10,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Reading is magic
Ronald McDonald delighted children in the audience at
the Ronald McDonald show held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at
the Okeechobee County Public Library. The world-
famous clown performed magic acts, told jokes and
entertained the children encouraging them to 'read more
books'.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Readers are leaders
Ronald McDonald had assistance from seven year old
Isaah in delivering his 'readers are leaders' message
during a recent visit to the Okeechobee County Public
Library on Thursday, Sept. 15. Several dozen children
were entertained by magic, jokes, stories, games and fun
all centered around the importance of reading and chil-
dren's reading programs.


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HURRICANE KATRINA
RELIEF BENEFIT
Sunday, Sept. 25,2005 Starting at Noon
Music Provided By: Hard Livin' Band,
Brad Brock & the Renegades and Millie & Friends
Cost: $6.99 per person*
*Includes Chicken, BBQ Beef, Hot Dogs,
Hamburgers and All the Fixins', as well as Dessert.
The Brahma Bull Employees will be donating their time and wages
for the day to the benefit. It is hoped that the rest of the community
will join us for a day of fun and entertainment and fundraising for
those people who were helping us last year during our Hurricane
problems (which were much smaller in comparison).
Everyone Welcome! Bring your lawn chairs!
Donations of food and money accepted at the Brahma Bull
if you can't attend. Call 467-0050 and ask for Cathye or
Yvonne for more information.

245 wy 41A .. O eeho e

863-47-005


Fuzzy reader
Devin Scruggs excitedly petted a furry friend during the
Ronald McDonald show held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the
Okeechobee County Public Library. Several dozen chil-
dren enjoyed games, magic, stories and jokes. The focus
of the program was to encourage the children to 'check
out the fun' by reading books from the local library.


Obituary


Cherry Irene Torak
Cherry Irene Torak, age. 71,
died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 at
Raulerson Hospital. She was born
July 23, 1934 in Penny, New York.
Mrs. Torak had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1994. She was
a member of Beta Sigma Phi.
She was preceded in death by
her son Douglas Torak.


Survivors include her loving
husband of 30 years, John Torak,
'daughter, Lisa R. Torak of Read-
ing, Pa.; one son, Mark Nicholas
of Tenn. and two grandchildren.
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services.
All arrangements are under the.
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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KENNEDY: Do you know what would make me most happy? I wish
Ted Kennedy would take his rhetoric and go back to where he belongs
and get off the television with the arrogant, mean-spirited things that he
carries on about on television. And he might also think about Chap-
paquiddick and what happened there. He was a person with a lot of
money and he didn't get prosecuted for it. I would like to see Mr.
Kennedy go back where he came from and never come back on my tel-
evision again.

STORM RESPONSE: All these people who are saying the response to
the storm was racist, they are racist because that is just ridiculous.

WHERE WAS THE MAYOR?: If you want to know what really hap-
pened with the disaster in New Orleans, read the recent edition of Time
Magazine. They discovered that for the first two days after the storm, the
mayor of New Orleans could not get out of his hotel because he and his
staff were trapped there by the gangs.

DEADBEAT: I had an uncle who was mostly a deadbeat dad. One
time when my aunt was sick, he left for 10 days with the kids and they
didn't have any food or supplies. Then he showed up and said he was
sorry and that he was fully responsible. I never knew what my real aunt
thought about that, but he always talked about the blame game.

BRANTLEY: When are they going to get off Mr. Brantley's back?
Because he won't sell his property, now they are going to steal his land
by making four access lanes to his property. How are they going to get to
them? Are they going to jump the curb? When are they going to give up?

PAPERS: Please stop littering the prairie with your unwanted news-
papers thrown at people's mailboxes. If people wanted the papers, they
would subscribe. (Editor's note: There are many publications thrown in
this area. The Okeechobee News strives to ensure that we respect the
wishes of individuals who do not wish to have our samples or our free
advertiser thrown on their property. Individuals who do not wish to have
the advertiser or the Wednesday paper thrown in their yard are asked to
contact our circulation department at (863) 763-3134, during regular
office hours, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.)

STATE DISCRIMINATION: I was looking at some of the articles in the
paper and it looks to me like discrimination against Floridians. The peo-
ple in Florida who were hit by the 2004 hurricanes are allowed to use
their FEMA trailers for 18 months but the people in Louisiana will be
allowed to stay in FEMA trailers for up to five years. Also, I never heard of
anyone in Florida being given a credit card for $2,000 to spend on
clothes, food and what have you.

NO HANDS: The other day I was approaching the red light at the
Chamber building and there was an elderly lady driving a car, which was
next to mine in the next lane. She was holding a big cup in one hand and
was talking on the phone with her other hand and I guess she was driv-
ing with her elbows, or maybe with her knees. This really irritated me. I
want to let other drivers to know to look out for the driver who is driving
with her elbows or her knees. She had no hands available.

MAKE THEM RIDE MOPEDS: I am not a general of any war or any-
thing. It seems to me these car bombs that are going on, I don't see why
they don't take the cars away and make them all ride bicycles or mope-
ds. Take the cars away. Make them trade the cars in for mopeds. It would
help the environment and no more car bombs.

LIGHT NEEDED: There needs to be a traffic light at. the intersection of
U.S. 441 N. and Cemetery Road. It is getting real bad. I don't know why
they didn't put a light in when they finished the road. I guess they need a
few people to die before they will put in a traffic light. Also, there are
signs obstructing your vision of oncoming traffic right on the roadside.
The signs should be taken down. You can't see oncoming cars trying to
pull out. These are business signs and they are making the intersection
even more dangerous.

GOVERNMENT: Most of you people can't even run your own house
and you are trying to tell everyone how to run the government? Grow
up.

ROBERTS FOR PRESIDENT: I have been watching the hearings for
this Judge Roberts who is nominated to be a Supreme Court judge. I
don't think he should be a judge I think he should run for president.
Anyone else out there feel the same way?

WHO TO BLAME? This is about the blackout in California. They have
determined Bush didn't do that. He was at the disaster zone in the Gulf
Coast. But it was probably a Republican's fault. Probably someone not
paying attention like most of them.

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Looking Back...
This family home was constructed in Basinger in 1915 and was the home of Will (1893-1967) and Effie Gore (b. 1898)
Thomas, who were married on Sept. 27, 1914. It was the oldest home in Basinger and is still standing on the original
property in Basinger. Plans are currently under way by the Okeechobee Historical Society to reprint the book "Strolling
Down Country Roads". Recent interest in buying a copy of the book has been increasing, and the Historical Society
needs an estimate of the number of books to order. The expected cost is $35 to $40 per copy, and the society hopes to
have the books available by Christmas. If you are interested in buying a copy of the book send your name, address and
telephone number to: Betty C. Williamson, P.O. Box 249, Okeechobee, Fla., 34973. This will not obligate you to buy the
book, but you will be notified when the books are available. You are asked to send your information to Mrs. Williamson
soon. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okee-
chobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and infor-
mation about the photo to okeenews@okeechobee.com.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see your
world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information.
Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invit-
ed. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fel-
lowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For informa-
tion, call Earl at (863) 763-0139. \
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is
a self-help group that offers support and education for people who have
been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
.Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600 S.W.
Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-1191.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in theWal-Mart
parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car you may
have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while you listen to
the great oldies music.
Look good, feel better 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beauty Salon
located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public service program
to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty techniques to diminish
appearance-related side effects of treatment. R.S.V.P. to (863) 467-2096 or
(863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each month
at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30 p.m. They
are always looking for new people and new ideas. For information, call Mar-
garet Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to Dou-
glas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy or
Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are
either directly ,or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's
issues are also addressed. One support group is held every Wednesday at
5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department auditorium, 1728
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The
other support group is held on each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean Gra-
ham at (863) 763-2893.

Thursday \
Tantie Quilters meets everyThursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Histori-
cal Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863)763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at 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 ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
tion.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who are,
or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.The
support groups are at 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2893, or call
Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Par-
rott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863)
467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group,
please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be avail-
able from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 501
S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For information, contact Merv
Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the Area
Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday at 2
p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is welcome to join us.
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
2321.


Community Events

OCEA sponsors seminar
The Okeechobee County Education Association will sponsor a
seminar on the No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect
education in Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5 until p.m. in the
Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. The featured speaker will
be Michael Monroe, Education Issues Policy analyst for the Florida
Education Association in Tallahassee. The seminar is open to the
public.

Seminole Elementary council to meet
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet
Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the media center. The public is invit-
ed.
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tenur su junta del Con-
sejo Consultivo para la escuela, martes, el 20 de septierfibre, 2005
a las 4 p.m., van a juntar en el biblioteca. Todo el public estan
envitados de asistir.
Benefit auction is planned
A special auction to benefit the Joshua Matute Transportation
Fund will be held Sept. 22 at Rodney's Auction House on U.S. 441
S.E. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. All of the proceeds will go to
the benefit. To donate items for auction, call Niki at (561) 722-
0401, or Hazel at (863) 763-3617 and they will make arrange-
ments to pick up the items.

Mobile medical unit accepting donations
Over-the-counter medical donations are being taken for Hurri-
cane Katrina victims in Mississippi. His Great Commission, a
mobile medical unit, will be receiving donations until Sept. 23.
Clothing will not be accepted, only medical and first aid supplies.
To donate, contact Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.

Interaction Bible study planned
The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 417 N.W. Sixth St., will be
hosting an interaction Bible study presented by the Bible-based
television show "It is Written". The study will be held Sept. 23-27
from 7 until 8:30 p.m. each evening. For information, call (863)
763-5996 or (863) 763-0763.

Benefit luncheon is planned
The Okeechobee County Tax Collector's Office will hold a ben-
efit luncheon on Sept. 23 for Chrissie Williams, an employee of
that office. The benefit is to raise funds to help her fight lung can-
cer. The lunch will consist of sliced pork, baked beans, coleslaw,
dinner roll and a desert for $6. Lunches will be available immedi-
ately behind the Tax Collector's Office, 307 N.W. Fifth Ave., from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunches can also be delivered upon request.
For information, call (863) 763-3421, ext. 150.

Democratic Party dinner is planned
The Okeechobee County Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson
dinner is planned for Friday, Sept. 23, at 6:15 p.m. It will be held at
the Shrine Club on State Road 78. The guest speaker will be State
Representative Richard Machek. The dinner will be prime rib for a
$30 donation to the Okeechobee County Democratic Party. Tick-
ets may be purchased at 710 S. Parrott Ave. from 8:30 a.m. until
5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; or, call (863) 763-0540 or (863)
447-0737.

Church plans dedication ceremony
The Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will host a
church dedication ceremony Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Cornerstone Bap-
tist Church was formerly known as the 441 Baptist Church. For
information, call (863) 763-3338 or (863) 634-7922.

Evening of prayer planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association is sponsoring an
evening of prayer Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at His House Fellow-
ship (formerly the Church of the Nazarene) 425 S.W. 28th St. This
will be a time of prayer for our local community, for those less for-
tunate and for our leaders on all levels.

Collaborative council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday,
Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County
School Board Office, 700 S.W Second Ave. The purpose of the
meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate,
and share information regarding services for children and their
families. The guest speaker will be Connie Ribakoff, for the TATS
Program, and Dr. Moll. The public is invited. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th
St., will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-
wide participation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Pro-
ceeds from the sale will help finance the beginning of a new youth
facility. Order forms have been placed at different businesses so
that the church can fill the orders. For information, call (863) 763-
7227 or (863) 763-4654. Orders will be taken until the end of Sep-
tember.


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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, September 20, 2005 5


Managii
As the area around the big lake
changes with more development,
some areas are also seeing an
increase in the horse population.
Folks fleeing the cities for rural
communities often want to buy a
horse or two as part of their new
lifestyle. The South Florida Water
Management District recently pub-
lished a guide to help horse owners
control the runoff from manure to
help ensure it will not adversely
affect water quality. Water quality is
important not only for healthy
ecosystems but to ensure a safe
water supply for humans. Most
communities around the lake use
the lake as a source for drinking
water.
Horse manure is rich in nutri-
ents. That's why it is prized as a fer-
tilizer for roses. But those nutrients
can damage other ecosystems if
they get into the runoff from rain-
fall.
Equine BMPs (best manage-
ment practices) have been devel-
oped to limit or eliminate excess
phosphorus and other nutrients in
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include tips on fencing, preventing
erosion, pasture management,
weed control and stormwater
management.

Appropriate
fencing
To reduce erosion and avoid
water quality degradation, strategic
location of your fences needs to be
considered before installation.


Install fencing to allow rota-
tion and resting of pastures.
Fence off areas that receive
periodic standing water where
possible.
Fence to prevent access of
horses to canals or bodies of water
connected to canals. Provide alter-
nate water sources such as a water
trough.
Fence along a canal so that a
buffer strip of vegetation will be
created naturally to filter runoff and
prevent soil erosion.
Preventing
soil erosion
Exposed soil areas without
vegetative cover is susceptible to
soil erosion. Besides being detri-
mental to property values, soil ero-
sion allows soil sediments to drain
into nearby canals. Eroded sedi-
ment can have high levels of phos-
phorus. Erosion and sediment con-
trol practices will prevent surface
water quality problems and retain
the property's topsoil.


Maintain a vegetative buffer
strip between paddocks or pas-
tures and canals and roadways.
*Construct berms where
appropriate.
Pasture
management
Consider sub-dividing large
pastures into smaller ones and
develop a rotational grazing sys-
tem. Maintain grass on pastures by
rotating grazing areas and make
sure there is a drinking water
source for each pasture.
Overgrazing occurs when 50
percent or more of the plant has
been removed all at once. This
causes a stoppage of root growth
and reduces grass production.
Confine animals for a portion
of the day to prevent overgrazing.
Allow rest periods and use a
high-intensity, short duration graz-
ing technique to rejuvenate poor
pasture.
Mow regularly to encourage
grass and reduce weeds.


Allow pasture grass to reach
six inches in height before grazing
and remove animals when three
inches in height remains.
Mow pastures to a uniform
height after grazing to stimulate
equal growth of all plants.
Fertilize pastures. If you are
not an experienced landscape pro-
fessional, use a "slow release"
form of fertilizer.
Before using a fertilizer, do a
soil test to see if it is needed. (If you
don't know how to do a soil test,
contact your local extension office
and ask how to contact a master
gardener.)
Read fertilizer labels com-
pletely and carefully. Do not over-
apply.
*Watch weather reports before
using fertilizer. Postpone fertilizing
if more than one inch of rain is
expected. Heavy rainfall can wash
the fertilizer into canals or other
waterways.
Weed management
Search for individual weeds


and promptly remove, especially
near water bodies or wetlands.
Avoid moving livestock from
a weedy area to a weed-free area
for at least 24 hours.
Mow weeds regularly before
they go to seed.
Manure
management
Remove manure from stalls
daily. Do not allow excess manure
to accumulate in paddocks, corrals
or pens.
Drag pastures as needed to
break up manure and to aerate the
manure with soil to encourage pas-
ture growth.
Maintain a good deworming
program to prevent parasites and
worm eggs in manure.
Compost manure to create
topsoil fertilizer.
For more information on BMPs
and other water quality issues, see
the South Florida Water Manage-
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Myers wins bass tourney


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Thirty-five boats left Okee-
Tantie Marina at safe light to com-
pete in the Okeechobee stop of
the Headturners3.com one-day,
one-angler bass tournament trail.
One of the first anglers to
weigh in was Larry Gibson with
19.48 lbs. When asked if he had
any fish he wanted to weigh for
big fish honors, he reached into
his bag and pulled out a 9.56 lb.
lunker. Gibson caught his big fish
on a Gambler Ugly Otter.
It looked as though he had first
place locked up until Dick Myers
stepped to the scale. His bag
weighed-in at 21.22 lbs., pushing
him ahead of Gibson and into first
place. He credited his use of
Brush Hogs for his success.
With the first two places
sewed up, Neil Nix brought 18.90
lbs. to the scale to capture third
place.
The final results of the tourna-
ment were (1) Dick Myers 21.22
lbs. $1,450; (2) Larry Gibson -
19.48 lbs. $675 and big fish
award of $350; (3) Neil Nix 18.90
lbs. $500; (4) Wayne Yohn -
17.24 lbs. $300; and, (5) Steve
Yeatts 16.32 lbs.- $125.
There were 138 fish brought to
the scale, with 132 (95.65 per-
cent) being released back into
Lake Okeechobee.
Headturners3.com.will be on
the road for the next few weeks


Brahman cross country


teams place in top five


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School
sent its girls' and boys' cross
country teams to South Fork
High School to compete in the
Bulldog Invitational on Sept. 17.
The boys' team finished in
fourth place with 116 points
against 10 other schools. Bryan
Suarez led the Brahmans with a
fifth-place finish against 60
opponents. Omar Guerrero fin-
ished in 13th position, followed
by Uriel Garcia in' 30th, Juan
Macias in 35th, Eliseo Fonseca in
42nd and Esteban Anselmo in
,53rd.


'] Sports Briefs
Soccer team
meeting planned
(eechobee News/Lorna Jablonski The Lady Brahman soccer tea


Dick Myers overtook an early lead by Larry Gibson to win the
Headturners3.com bass tourney with a total weight of 21.22 lbs.
He received a check for $1,450 for his efforts.
with stops at Istokpoga and Okeechobee on Oct. 29 for anoth-
Clewiston before returning to er one-day, one-angler tourney.


Lm


will have an informational meeting
at the Okeechobee High School
cafeteria on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
Parents and all interested stu-
dents are invited.
For information contact coach
Brian King at (863) 462-5056.


Brahmans rout Rams, 51-0 TamTr-ail


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Brahmans
(3-1) stormed into Ft. Pierce Fri-
day evening to take on the Gold-
en Rams of John Carroll High,
School (0-3) and totally domi-
nated the winless Rams before
returning home with a 51-0 win.
In the first quarter Brahman
senior Kenny Spencer tore down
the field for a 58-yard touch-
down putting the Brahmans up
-6-0, followed by another Brah-
mans touchdown by way of a
pass from Travis Conrad to
Rashad Kelly. Sean Petry's point-
after attempt was good giving
the Brahmans a 13-0 lead at the
end of the quarter.
The Golden Rams fared no
better in the second quarter and
the Biahiarins continued to,
stampede over the Rams.
\Vith Petry's 34-yard field goal
attempt good, .the Brahmans
now led 16-0. Bu t hat was just


the beginning. Spencer ran 25-
yards for *another Brahman
touchdown with Petry kicking
another point after.
The Brahmans were up 23-0
when Brahman defenseman
La'Ike McNeil's hit caused a
Rams fumble. Mark Macias was
quick to lock onto the ball and
streaked 18 yards into the Rams
end zone. With Petry's point-
after attempt good, the Brah-
mans led 30-0 at the half.
The third quarter saw the
Brahmans scoring again on a 29-
yard pass play from Conrad to
Kelly. Petry.was on target with
the'point after, putting the Brah-
mans out in front 37-0.
The Brahmans did not let up
in the fourth quarter. Sopho-
more LeShawn Henderson went
29 yards to score. Petry zeroed in
on the goals posts for another
point after. The Brahmans now
led 44-0.
The final touchdown of the
night came from a fumble return


by McNeil and a successful
point-after kick by Petry.
Conrad completed nine-of-14
passing attempts for 130 yards.
He also had one touchdown to
his credit. "
"As a first-year coach., I could-
n't ask more from a great group
of kids. It's a blessing that we've
done so well so far this season,"
stated Brahman head coach
Chris Branham.
The Brahmans will be on the
road again this Friday when they
take on a tough LaBelle Cow-
boys team in LaBelle. The game
is scheduled to begin at 7:30
p.m.
They will return to Brahman'
Stadium on Sept. 30 to meet the
Sebastian River Sharks. That
game time will also start at 7:30
p.m.
- The Brahman junior varsity
will take on the junki arsil, of
LaBelle at Brahmrran Stadium on
Thursday, Sept. 22., Their game
will begin at 7p.m.


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The remaining tournament date
for the Okee-Tantie Team Trail bass
tournament is Oct. 9.


The girls' team finished in
fifth place with 205 points. The
top competi-
tor for the
Lady Brah-
mans was
Andrea Due-
nas. She fin-
ished 17th ,
out of 83 run-
ners, with a --
time of 27.56 -.)
minutes. Andrea
.Clotious Duenas
Harris fin-
ished in 34th place with a time of
29.43, followed by Rachel
Fairchild in 40th place with a
time of 30.21. Jordan Marcum


The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be held
at Okee-Tantie Marina and Camp-
ground. Registrations can be made
at the Wanta-Linga Motel or at the
dock on the day of the tournament.
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863)763-1020
Tourney to help
Kids in Distress
The Big Reel Bassmasters of
Margate will hold their 22nd
annual Ghost & Goblins open
bass tournament to benefit Kids
in Distress on Sunday, Oct. 23 in,


had a good showing finishing in
54th place with a time of 31.19.
Teammate
Heather Tins-
ley ended the
day in 60th
place with a
Time of 31.53.
--- Jordan Asp-
den finished
66th in 32.54
-.. minutes,
Bryan while Anna
Suarez Lugo finished
in 70th with
34.11 minutes.
The team competes today in
the Joyce Terazaki Meet at Lawn-
wood Stadium.


Clewiston.
The entry fee is $120 per two-
person team. There will be pay-
outs for first through fifth places.
The big bass award is $7,850
(based on a 125-boat field) plus
an additional $3,520 guaranteed
donated by various sponsors.
Contact Jim Pollock at (954)
695-6035 or e-mail him at
bigreeljim@aol.com for infor-



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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
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Movie times for Friday, Sept.
16, through Thursday, Sept. 22,
are as follows:
Theatre I "40 Year Old Virgin"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "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, 7and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "Just like Heaven"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
anbd 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.


Briefs

American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of our
Disaster Action Team (DAT). DAT is
made up of a group of trained vol-
unteers who respond to local dis-
asters. If you would like to give of
your time and talents to help local
citizens in time of disaster, please
call Debbie Riddle or Candace at
the American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee branch at (863) 763-2488.
Child care help
is now available
The Early Learning Coalition
has funding for child care for eligi-
ble children from birth through age
12 on a first-come, first-served
basis while funding is available.
There is no waiting list. Parents
must: be a resident of Okeechobee
County; meet income guidelines;
and be working, or going to school
or a combination of both for at
least 20 hours per week. For infor-
mation, call (866) 273-6340.
Head Start Project -.
accepting applications
Okeechobee I Center, located at
726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. We
believe all children can benefit
from receiving educational, health
and social services offered by the
program. We serve children 6
weeks to 5 years. To qualify.the
family must have migrated in the
past 24 months, worked in agricul-
ture and their primary income
must come from agriculture. We
encourage families of children with
disabilities to apply. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-0702 and ask
for Sylvia, Ella or Page.
El Centro de Okeechobee I
locaizado en 726 NE 16th Ave. esta
aceptando aplicacions para ninos
de families migrants y ninos inca-
pacidados. En nustro program
nostros creemos que los ninos se
benefician en cuando reciven serv-
ices de education, salud y services
socials que nustro program
ofrece. Servimos ninos de 6
semans a 5 anos. Para cualificar la
familiar deve de ver salido del con-
dado 0 estado en los ulitimo 24
mess y trabajado en agriculture.
Con el ingreso de la familiar de tra-
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Redirection Center
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Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to a
civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
spread the word? If you answered
yes to any of these questions,
please contact Tom Jones or Karin
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looking for volunteers to work a
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Donations needed
for Hospice yardsale
Hospice of Okeechobee is seek-
ing donations for their next yard
sale. Hospice welcomes all clean
useable items, and is currently
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CEMETERY LOT- In First Edi-
tion to Evergreen Cemetery,
$500 (352)493-0440.


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call to identify 714-999-0083


BOXER- male, rust/white, 6yrs
old, purple collar, vic of
SR70 & 80th Ave. Little girl
misses (863)824-0800.

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ANY INFO- on '95 Ford Dually
blk/silver w/Util Trlr & 717 X
Trak John Deere mower
missing from Jeffersop Ave
in Immokalee on 9/6 call Ar-
mando (239)657-5719 or
(239)243-2213.
DOG- Female Beagle; Black.
white & brown approx 201bs
Last seen N W 3rd St. Child
pets. $100 Reward
863-447-1141
LOST: Beagle tri-colored
male, on 441, 9/8.
(863)484-0313
LOST COCKATIEL- Yellow with
red markings on each side.
Been missingfor4 days.
(863)805-8745

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ABANDONED KITTEN, F, 7
wks. Blonde/White. Needs
good home. Clean, Cute, Vet
checked. (863)467-0658
FREE! Rhodesian Ridgeback,
2 years, old, Purebred, no
papers. Inquire at
(863)675-6432
FREE WOOD, all shapes & siz-
Ses, plywood, 2x4's, 2x6's,
Wood shed, already apart,
You Haul. (863)697-3869
HUSKY DOGS- Male & Fe-
male, Free To Good Home!
(863)357-2494
JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS,
Male & Female. Approx. 1 yr.
old. No papers; 1 Home great!
Will separate. (863)983-5557
PITBULL/CURR MIX, Female
5 or 6 yrs old. Outside dog,
very gentle w/ kids. Free to
good home: (863)763-4512
RABBIT MANURE- FREE,
(863)635-4690.
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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230






ASSISTANT MANAGER
$31,200 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume to
863-467-2402 or
apply within.
EXPERIENCED COOKS,
SERVERS & HOSTESS
Competitive Wages.
Apply Within

BRICKLAYERS, STONE
MASONS & LABORERS
Top pay & great benefits. Call
(561)793-5924 or 718--1227
CARPENTERS
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Experience a Must
DFWR (863)467-0831
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NEEDED-Local Work. Call
863-357-6018 or
772-215-0278

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WORKERS
IExp. workers needed for
IPetroleum Industry
I Pipe Fitters
.Equipment Operators
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'Laborers & Helpers
I Only serious, self motivated
I need apply. Clean driving
record. Weekly travel req'd
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DAIRY FOREMAN:
Exp./Bilingual Preferred
House, Phone, Lights
Provided. Call
634-1758 or 634-1756
Exp. Plumbers Wanted, apply
in person. No Phone Calls
Echols Plumbing- 2232 NW
32nd Dr. Facing Shenanigans
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
Call: (863) 357-2442 for more info.



Must have CDL class B & 1 year verifiable driving
experience. Class A preferred but will train the
right candidate. Competitive starting wages w/
great benefits package.
Apply in person at:
710 NE 5th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL


EXPERIENCED WELL
DRILLERS NEEDED.
Call Rodney or Frank
(863)763-3221
American Drilling


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Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Start a new car er in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


HARVESTING COMPANY
Looking for a Harvesting
Supervisor. Experienced in
Fresh Fruit preferred.
Interested please fax resume
to 239-369-2267


HARVESTING COMPANY
Looking for a Mechanic.
Interested please fax resume
to 239-369-2267
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time News Clerk. Duties include type
setting news copy, scanning and proof-
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Have computer skills
Be organized
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Be a self-managed individual
Work Sunday & Monday Evenings
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DRIVER NEEDED


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Benefits Available.
Apply @
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Supply

2595 NW 8th Street


PERSONAL ASSISTANT WANTED
For a 3 acre Resort in Lake Port. Highly motivated and a
self starter. No physical limitations. Great communica-
tions & computer skills. Must love nature & animals. Able to
travel the U.S. (optional). Interested applicants fax resume to
Tim at Adventure Tour of South Florida 863-946-1185

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
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OKEECHOBEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE
NOW HIRING
Certified & Non- Certified Correctional Officers
Excellent Benefits & Salary
Trainee: $29,131.83
Certified: $31,920.78
Contact Sergeant Lod Kibler, Recruiter @ (863)462-5424 or
Email: Kibler.lod@mail.cd.state.fl.us
Monday-Friday 8am 5pm or apply online @
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AT LEAST ONE (1) UTILITY SERVICE MECHAIlIC
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority Maintenance
of Construction work. Applicant must be able to
perform light to heavy physical labor, must be
able to work in harmony with other employees
and be courteous to the general public. Applicant
must possess a valid FL Operator's Drivers'
License (only those with a clean driving record
for the last three years need apply), have high
school diploma or equivalent, have neat. legible
handwriting and average mathematical skills
Apply to the Okeechobee Uility Authority Oice,
100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okee, FL 34974.
Applications will be accepted until position is
filled. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
(M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE.


LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own.bass boat. Call
(863)946-1742 for more Info.

MASONS/LABORERS
AND FORM SETTERS
Needed Immediately
Call 561-845-7233
Cell 561-722-9651

PAINTERS NEEDED
Experienced only
Must have transportation
(863)634-0296

RouteSales -
Interstate Brands
Okeechobee.
Ideal applicants will have
customer service & route
sales experience. EarlyAM
starts, w/split days off: Sun
& Wed.'HS diploma or
equivalent. Great benefits.
Apply: One Stop Career Ctr,
209 SW Park St or fax
resume 407-843-4559 or
call 800-226-5110 ext 146
EOE, M/F/DV



CNA. LPNorRN
Experienced only need apply.
For nights, weekends &
some weekdays (6pm-6am).
Smoke free environment.
Must be CPR Certified & able
to pass drug & TB tests.
Background check also req'd.
Fax resume to (863)763-9302
or call (863)634-5765



BASINGER AREA, P/T Horse
Exerciser: Experienced English
pleasure rider for exercising
orses needed 3 days a week.
Mornings only. Call M-F
6am-3pm (863)763-4723
CHILDREN'S
NURSERY WORKERS
First United Methodist
Church of Okeechobee
is seeking caring and
qualified Nursery
Workers. Please /
contact the Church
Office, (863)763-4021
OFFICE ASSISTANT P/T
Must be computer literate and
able to perform general office
duties. Saturday & Sundays
Call Jodie at 763-5593 or
e-mail resume/information to
walpole(earthlink.net
P/T PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Exp. preferred. Weekday after-
noons to 6pm & Saturdays to
2pm. Contact The Medicine
Shop w/you resume at. -
105NW5thSt.
VOLUNTEER SPECIALIST
Non-profit has two part time
positions (with benefits) based
in Ft. Pierce with travel
between Okeechobee and
St. Lucie counties. For
complete details, go to
www.areaagency.org


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true. chances are that it is.
II you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



O'CONNELL
CONSTRUCTION
SERVICES, INC.
License # CBC055264
ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044



HORSE SHOEING
$25 ForTrmming.
$70 For Shoes.
Call Mauro
(863)532-0090
7 Days A Week.



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat Work.
Call 863-467-4734,

Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items In
the classified


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewlnp Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat pump,
12 seer, brand new never-
been used. 1000
(863)467-7101
WINDOW UNIT 7000 BTU,
works good $30
(863)635-7987


KITCHEN SINK w/faucet old,
cast iron, $25.
(863)763-6901
SEW MACHINES (3)- Antique,
need some work, $125
takes all (863)467-1574.
SINGER SEWING MACHINE,
antique, not in cabinet, in
carrying case, $75.
(863)467-1325






CHEST FREEZER, small, $60.
(863)467-5680
CROSLEY STOVE- Apartment
Size, Electric New Paid
$325 asking $250. neg.
Okee (863)357-2233
DEEP FREEZE 5 cu ft. Only
used about 6 months. Pd.
$159 selling for $75
(863)635-7987
FREEZER, UPRIGHT: Ken-
more. Like new. $200.
(863)674-1105
WASHER/DRYER, Maytag,
good condition, $150.
863)467-1547 or
863)532-9700.


BIKE, 3 Wheel, very good
cond. also 2 wheel Schwinn
Bike. $150 for both or will
separate. (573)517-2577



CLOSET MAID: Closet System-
Parts, All brand new. Left over
from new construction. $150.
(863)675-3944 LaBelle.


PATIO SLIDING GLASS DOOR
w/track. $25. (863)675-3944
in LaBelle.
RV PORT- Storm damaged,
20x40 plenty of material to
make 20x10 $1100
(863)467-4328
TENT FRAME PIPE, 12x20
tent, $20. (863)763-6901


BABY CRADLE, white, like
new, $50. (863)467-1325
BOY'S CLOTHES- new-
born-2T, Lg. assortment, Exc
cond. $155. takes all or will
separate. (863)763-6131


BABY PAGEANT DRESS-
brand new, never worn, size
12mos., asking $30.
(863)763-3963. '
WEDDING DRESS open
back, sequin detailed, 6ft train,
perfect cond, Pd $900 asking
200 (863)673-4942


ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44
yrs. old. Rare items. $2500
all. 863)824-3358
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 or best offer
Call (863)763-8943



COMPAQ LAPTOP 477- All ac-
cess, Window XP, Leather
carrying bag. Exc cond.
$350 neg. 863-467-5616
COMPUTER, complete, every-
thing you need to get started,
whole unit, works great,
$150. (863)467-68051


ADJUSTABLE BED Twin w/
wireless remote. Only used
a couple months. $600
(863)675-0483
BARSTOOLS, (4), all wood,
with backs, $100.
(863)763-8146
COFFEE TABLE & 2 END TA-
BLES, off white, w/cherry-
wood tops & glass inserts,
$150. (863)763-8146
COUCH & LOVESEAT, Match-
ing set. Multi Colored. $150
(863)634-0716
DINETTE SET & sleeper sofa,
2 gis end thibls & coffee tbi,
stereo sys. w/ spkrs. $200 all
will sep. (863)675-0483
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,.
Brown, Good condition. $25.
(863)697-9979
Entertainment Center, So-
fa/Sleeper, Rocking Chair,
Recliner, Hutch, $150 will
sell sep. (863)675-1621 aft 6
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
Solid oak, w/hideaway
doors, $150.
(863)634-0716
FUTON BUNK BED- New;
wood frame, $200
(863)675-0244
FUTON SOFA BED, Full sized
w/decorative cover, Wooden
frame. Very nice. $40.
(863)447-0002
KING SIZE BED- Head board,
Couch & Love seat, Animal
print, Great cond. $400. Will
sep. (863)674-9063
KING SIZED BED- California,
Headboard, Mattress, com-
plete, Very nice $100
(863)986-4743
MATTRESS & BOX SPRING,
King size w/frame. $50.
(863)697-9979
MATTRESS, BOXSPRING &
FRAME, King Size, $300.
(863)801-3412
RECLINER, Mauve, Wood din-
ing room table & 4 chairs &
5 drawer dresser. All $130,
will sep. 863-675-0256
SOFA, Hide A Bed, good con-
dition, $150. (863)983-4743
SOFA, LS,CHAIR- Clean, ask-
ing $350. (863)763-5741
SOFA, Sectional, 5 pc., Ends
recline. Blue multi color.
Good shape, $125.
863-675-0256


TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
(863)357-4188



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.
GOLF CART EZ Go electric,
'04 Freedom SE series. Like
new, only driven twice. Many
xtras $3,795 (561)818-1482
GOLF CART- Club Car, '91,
Electric, Great condition.
$1250. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART- Club Car, '97,
Body shell, no frame. $175.
(863)675-1472


AR 15 Stainless Steel Match
Barrel, 7 $200.
(863)357-5754
BROWNING B-80 SL, 3" bar-
-rel, 1 modified, 1 full, great,
shape, $400.
(863)673-4927
DEER RIFLE Husqvarna,
6.5x55MM, 4X Bushnell
. Scope, synth. stk, ammo $275
(863)697-2033
RIFLE: Antique-Stevens Old
Action, 22 cal. Tube feed 12
shot, org. finish. Exc. cond.
$275 863-675-8465 LaBelle.
SHOT GUN: 8 Shot, "Parker-
ized" Mossberg, 12 ga pump -
1000 rounds-most 00 Buck.
$450. (863)675-8465 LaBelle.
Helt & eucn
A I Ien 020


BATHROOM SHOWER CHAIR,
with back, adjustable height,
$19. (863)357-8788
CONVERSION II ELIPTI-
CAL/STEPPER- used very lit-
tle.-$100 (8963)674-0098.
POWER CHAIR- Golden Alant'e.
New, sill have mirnuj1..'wjr-
ranty Pd $6000 asking
$1200 neg 863-634-9620
TREADMILL- Works great.
$75. Call Jon @
(863)697-8332
WEIGHT SET, Universal: In-
cludes Bench Press & Lower
Body Work Out. Asking $325
neg. (863)675-4912



RICE MAKER, Hardly used.
$8. (863)447-0002 .


LOCKET, gold, heart shaped,
holds 2 pictures, engraved
from the 40's, $20.
(863)983-1848 ,


ELECTRIC SCOOTER-used
only 1 month, battery charg-
er, basket, 4 wheel base,
$1200 (863)801-6149
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
condition, $350
(863)801-5353
PORTABLE COMMODE- ad-
justable height, sits over toi-
let or with pail, $55
(863)357-8788.


DRIVE ON RAMP- You disas-
.semble & move $20'0.
(863)467-4328
GARDEN TUB- Large, Perfect
for a corner spot. Fiberglass,
excellent condition. Call
(863)697-6507 Leave msg
SHUTTLE BUS, Ford Econo-
line, '91, 25 passenger, a/c,
$5000 or best offer.
(863)675-5947
TANNING BED, Wolfe Ovation,
24 bulb, $1600.
(863)983-0030
WATER COOLER- Zephyr Hills,
holds 5 gal bottle, like new,
white, $75. (863)447-2130.
WebTV Internate Terminal,
Battery operated keyboard &
Electric keyboard $50.
(863)467-2639


ORGAN Hammond, double
keyboard. Pd over $4000
asking $100 (863)675-0235


AQUARIUM- 55 Gal & acces-
sories $50. (863)763-0280 '
BABY PIGS, Muse area. 1
Pair. $20. (863)675-4981
BIRD CAGE, large, with
wheels, gray, good cond.,
$100 or best offer.
(863)467-4049
BIRD FEEDER, Including pole
& screw in support, $7.50.
(863)763-2935
BOSTON TERRIER- 1 1/2
years old. $200.
(863)697-3346
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES 1
male, 2 female, all black &
white. Parents on prem. $150
ea. (863)675-3915 Pis Iv msg
CHIHUAHUA'S (2) beautiful
males, 10 wks, first shots &
health cert. $300 ea.
(772)517-6712.
DACHSHUND, Chocolate, Full
Blooded. 10 months old.
Male. Good w/kids. $150
(863)763-5883
DACHSHUND PUP- mini, (F),
tan, 8 weeks, 1st shots,
$250 (863)467-4728.
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
Extremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $200 or
best offer. (863)763-3765
FINCH BREEDING CAGE -
large, 41/2x3x2, pd $80 will
sell for $55 or best offer
(863)675-3032 LaBelle
MINI REX BUNNIES, 1 pair.
$20. Muse area.
(863)675-4981.
PARROT CAGE Large. Asking
$300 (863)674-0205
PIT BULL PUPS- 5 mos. old,
2M-1F, UTD on all shots,
$200 (863)763-7446
PITBULL Female, 8mos,
needs family without small
pets. Loves kids, very alert
$100(863)484-0313
RABBITS (2) house trained,
$10.00 each
(863)635-4690.
RED HEALER- 2 years old
Full blooded, no papers $100
call anytime (863)697-3346
YORKIPOO PUPS- tiny, abso-
lutely adorable, 8 wks,
shots, $600 cash only
(863)357-0037.



HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1999.
(863)983-7751
POOL 31/2 x 161/2 In good
condition w/ all accessories.
Practically new. $100
(863)763-4 12


GOLF CART- Yamaha, '96,
S Gas, Excellent condition.
$1500 or best offer
(863)357-1577
PAINTBALL GUNS. (2) TItp-
man, 3 air tanks, 2 helmets,
all for $400 (863)467-0668.
after 4pm,
PING PONG TABLE- $40,
(410)228-1849'



CASSETTE PLAYER/RECORD-
ER- Sony, With 100 country
Cassettes $40
(863)697-2033


SANYO 17" color, Panason-
ic, 17", color. $50 for both,
will separate (863)357-4831


GENERATOR- Coleman Pow-
errnate w/wheel kit installed,
10 HP 5000 watt, 120/240v
$450 FIRM (863)763-4297
LADDER- 40', aluminum, Wer-
ner, good' working cond.
$150 neg. (863)467-6434.
SAWS (4) 2 Radial & 2 Table.
$200 or best offer for all.
863-675-1816 or
239-340-4758

Agriculture



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



DIXON- Zero turn, 38" cut,
Great shape, new tires, $700
or best offer. (863)467-5616
LAWN MOWER Poulan Pro,
17h/p Briggs & Stratton eng.
garage kept $1150 or best
offer (863)467-0987
RIDING MOWER, Snapper, In-
dustrial Model. 11 hp. 32" cut.
$300 (863)763-0967
ROTOTILLER, Craftsman,
$200. (863)763-7358
ROYAL & QUEEN PALM
TREES- Gorgeous!! up to
18ft high, $400 for all will
sell separate (863)675-0104


TENNESSEE FAINTING
GOATS- $100 call evenings
(863)675-4098 La Belle
area.


Rentals



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



KINGS BAY, 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 2
Story. Community Pool/Ten-
nis. $800 mo., 1st mo's. sec.
dep. & ref. (863)467-5221
Okeechobee's Nicest! New
1&2 BR homes-waterfront,
clean & quiet, from $700.
(772)215-0010/215-2757


BUCKHEAD RIDGE- Quiet
area, 2/2, Lake access,
$575, 1/2 until, Sec Dep, Refs
Req (561)763-4800 leave
msg.
LAKEPORT Full house priv.
W/D. $100 wkly. Utilities incl.
References required. Female
preferred (863)946-0371

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



OKEECHOBEE- For sale by
owner/agent, 3br, 2ba, block
home, w/lake access,
$225,000, (863)634-5792.
Land- S le 140


OKEECHOBEE 5 ACRES
Lot In town, off Eagle'Bay Dr.
$475,000 or best offer......
Interested parties call:
(207288-859for Cell
S .(561)301-1343


Mobile Homes

HI

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




BHR, 2BR, 2BA Doublewide,
c/a, no pets. $600 mo yearly
lease, $1000 sec.
(863)763-4031
ON CANAL: 2/2 w/Easy Lake
Access. & Dock. $800 mo. +
sec. inclds lawn maintenance.
(561)746-2921/262-1390
WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Okeechobee 3br, 2ba, Lake
access, No pets. -$1100 mo
1st & sec. dep. 561-236-9003



LARKE LAKES- 2000 3br, 2ba,
dbl wide, furnished, 7274 sq
ft lot, (863)467-2414

LeBelle- '80, Vougue, 14'x60'
has roof over, Zone II Free de-
livery Set up & permits extra
$6000 (863)-675-5000
Mobile Home, 2BR, Fla. room
w/attached laundry room,
carport, storage shed, incl.
all appl's, plus microwave &
misc. furn., 9 mi. west of
Okeechobee. (863)467-9101
Mobile Home, w/attached Fla.
room, must be removed
from park, may be seen at
Taylor Creek Lodge, Lot #6,
3865 SE 27th Way, Okee-
chobee. Best Offer. Call
Kenny 863-357-7309 or
904-504-0282 ,or
618-655-0312 for appt. to
view and/or bids.
SINGLE WIDE 12x50 w/
screened room. You Must
Move. $1500 (863)675-2331
SKYLINE- '90,. 26'x40', New
roof/carpet. Free delivery to
Zone II. Set up & permit extra
$12 500. (863)675-5000

Recreation



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



AIR BOAT 12' Needs motor
$1,200. or best offer, will
trade. (863)467-7415
BASS. BOAT, 17 Ft. w/150 hp
Force Motor. Runs good, but
needs lower unit. $1800 or
trade. (863)673-0072


BASS BOAT- '97, 20ft, Stratos,
w/'98 Evin. 225, exc. cond.,
low hrs., $14,000. Steve,
(561)745-2372/339-0960.
BASS TRACKER '89, 16Ft., 35
hp Minnkota. 24 volts. 535
Hummingbird. Live well. Runs
good. $2000 (863)763-6065
BAYLINER- 17', 85 HP, with
trailer. Runs great $500.
(410)228-1849
BOAT, 16 Ft. w/115 hp motor.
$300 or will trade for equal
value Riding Mower.
(863)763-7358
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $175.
863-674-1105.
BOAT TRAILERS (2) -Tandem,
galvanized. $1600 for both
,r ll :.p. (954)868-6518
DRY BOAT 11ft, 30h/p Mari-
ner, full cover, trailer, similar
to a jet ski full cover. $2500
(954)868-6518
GAME FISHERMAN 12ft, fiber-
glass, w/16ft aluminum Magic
Tilt trailer. $700 or best offer
(863)467-9877
JOHNSON OUTBOARD,
115hp, w/throttle cable &
shifter, plus steering cable,
$1200. (772)342-7304
MONARCH ALUM BOAT, 15'-
Front platform 30HP Evin-
rude, tiller trlr, $1800 neg.
(863)697-2969..
PRO CRAFT 170 COMBO'98
Excellent condition $7900 or
best offer (561)670-4742
Proline, '86, 17', 90hp Yama-
ha 1998, center console, t-
top, trir like new, $6500.
(954)868-6518.
REINELL- 24' Cabin Cruiser,
305 Merc, I/0, Fly bridge, Bi-
mini, with trailer $1000 or
best offer (772)465-3925
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr,
$1800. (863)467-8038
WAHOO- 19', Center console,
150hp Mariner, Aluminum
trailer, GPS & depth finder.
$9800. (863)467-9298


HUNTING CAMPER, 20 foot
Star Craft, needs work, You
Move, $100. (863)697-3869


GAS SCOOTER- stand up,
good condition, $125 or best
offer (863)228-2828
HONDA SHADOW 500- '85,
Good condition, Runs great
$1500 or best offer.
(863)634-7046
YAMAHA 2002 PW50- cranks
on 1st kick, great starter
bike, $600 (863)467-6434
YUMBO CRUISER, only 50
miles, 200cc, good beginner
bike, $2500. (863)801-5353


HONDA 350X- 3 Wheeler, '86,
$1200 or best offer.
(863)357-1577
MANCO 90 cc '03 runs great
like new, lyr warranty remain-
ing. $1000 (863)357-7566


JEEP, '68, Mud Buggy, V6, 3
spd, new clutch pkg., runs
good, lifted 36 in. tires,
600: (863)634-7977
SUZUKI 4 WHEELER- Ozark,
'03, 250cc, Nearly new,
Good tires, Must sell $2200.
(863)357-2494
YAMAHA 250, '03, 4 wheeler,
less than 10 hrs., $2200.
(863)946-6639


MONTANA- '2001, 30', 12'
Slide. Excellent condition.
$13,500. 863-675-6135
TRAILER MOBILE- '74, 48',
Good shape $2500 or best
offer. (863)675-6822

Automobiles



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

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BUICK REGAL, '86, cold air,
$1200. (863)357-2623
CADILLAC BROUGHAM '91 -
Runs great, cold air. $950
(863)467-8013
CHEVY LUMINA, '93, good air,
runs good, new tires, 87k
miles, $2400 neg.
(863)467-5680
CHEVY MONTE CARLO, '96,
leather interior, cd player,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-7646
DODGE SPIRIT '92 Runs-
Needs Head Gasket, cold
AC, New tires/ exhaust. $300
neg. (863)467-7415
FORD ESCORT, '91, needs
clutch, will start & run, $200
or best offer. (863)801-3158
FORD TAURUS, '92, good for
fixing or parts, asking $175.
(863)983-4694
HYUNDAI SCOOP '95 a/c,
cd, runs great, great on gas.
$900 (863)983-559
KIA SPECTRA, '03, standard
w/warranty, $7000 or best
offer. (863)673-2677
LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1988 -
Good cond., black rag top,
new tires, cold a/c, $1300.
863-801-6033
MERCURY COUGAR 1995,
V8, Runs good. $800 or best
offer, (863)528-2486.
MERCURY SABLE '93- white,
tinted windows, cruise control.
runs great & great on gas.
$900 (863)983-5597


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Nissan Santra, '94, runs good
with cold a/c, $2000 or best
o f f e r
(863)763-8286/801-3364




NISSAN STANZA 1985, good
work car, strong motor,
$1295 cash. (561)358-6307
PLYMOUTH-'95, 4cy, good
condition, $2400
(561)992-8692.
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE- '02,
Loaded, 4 new tires, Good
paint/no rust, $10,000. Neg
561-996-6017 or 996-2076
PONTIAC GRAND AM, '95,
white, $2500
(863)467-0987
SATURN SUPER COUPE, '01,
35 mi + per gal., 3 dr., load-
ed, exc. cond., $6000 neg.
(863)357-0060
TOYOTA COROLLA 1992, 4
Door, Auto., 4 cyl., A/C.
Runs excellent. $1800 or
best offer. (772)461-4044
VOLVO, '88- 4cyl, low miles,
perfect cond., $2200
(561)992-8692.


GOLF CART, '02, EZ Go, .ow
hrs., with charger, $2000.
(863)946-6639



Chevy Dually 350, '84 nds
some bdy wrk, gd bed & 454
eng. 400 turbo trans. Xtra gas
tank $2200 (863)697-8227


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GMC, '88, w/eng. work,
18,280 gvwr, 24' waterproof
van body, w/attic, good tires,
$6000. (863)532-0079


BUCKET SEATS- 2, $50. Will
separate (863)675-0969
CAMARO '85- Z28, good for
parts only, $250
(863)763-1370.
CAR HAULER 18', Dual axle.
New 20001b elec. winch, tie
downs & hitch. $850. or
best offer (863)763-3551
CARBURETOR Holley, &
Chevy truck Rally Wheels (5)
$200 for all or will sep.
(863)634-0526
CHEVY PARTS Turbo 400
Trans, '69 Camaro Radiator,
like new. $200 both, will sep.
(863)634-0526
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION,
3.84, 4,000 miles, $500.
(956)784-0854
POSI TRACTION UNIT- with
gears, $300 or best offer
(863)467-8856.
RIMS/TIRES low profile, 4
post lock lug nuts, off of Hon-
da Civic. $250 (863)532-8158
RUBBER MATS- Heavy duty,
fits '01 F150 Truck, Good
condition. $30.
(863)763-6131
TIRES & RIMS (4) 31575R16
tires, 8 lug, fits '00 Dodge 4x4
w/ Ram center cap & Beauty
Ring $350 (863)357-7566
TIRES set of 4, 23575R17
$125 (863)675-2558
TRANSMISSION- Rebuilt GM,
$300 (863)467-8856.


TOOLBOX full size, like new
condition, diamond plated,
single lid, $120
(863)634-4672
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 20",
chrome, w/285/50 Goodyear
Eagle tires, $800 neg,
(86 )528-1894.


CHEVY 3/4 TON PICKUP, '86,
new motor, runs good, good
body, parts only, no title,
$900. (863)673-6738
CHEVY SILVERADO '92-
Sports truck, AC, new tires &
brakes, 350 motor, $4000
neg. (863)697-6618
DODGE RAM 50 1983, P/S,
Tool box, bedliner, 5 spd,
easy on gas, $1250.
(863)447-2130
FORD F100 1974, 2 wd.
$1200 or Trade.
(863)675-4697
FORD F100- '74, Ext cab,
Short'bed, 460 C6 trans., 35"
tires $1500 Neg.
863-675-4697/239-494-2647
FORD F150 '81 Good 6 cyl.
engine, new trans. Good tires.
Sell whole or for parts. $300
(863)763-5067/763-0669
FORD F150 '88 Short bed,
power win/doors, dual fuel
tank, topper & cold a/c $2000
or best offer (863)675-4557
FORD F150 '91 XLT, auto,
V8, cold ac, runs great, many
new parts including new tires
$2500 Firm. (863)697-2032
FORD F150 '92 Ext cab, V8,
cold a/c $1000
(863)634-4672
GMC- '89, 1 ton, Flatbed, King
cab, 6 wheel pull, 4x4,
$2500. (863)801-1666


Ford Pickup, '77, body good
cond., stick shift In steering In
column, come drive it away,
$500. (863)634-0433
NISSAN '90, 4 cyl, Runs
ood, $1000, or best offer
863)612-0647
TOYOTA PICK UP 1988, 4
cyl., 4 spd., A/C. Gas saveri
Runs excellent. $2000 or best
offer. (772)461-4044


TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
(772)569-6285
TRAILER, heavy duty, 6x20,
tandem axle, 3x5x1/4 frame,
w/3x3x3/16 side rails,
$2400 neg. (772)342-7304
UTILITY TRAILER- 8x10,
open, like new, used once,
$850. (863)467-1547 or
(863)532-9700.
WELLS FARGO- Closed in with
loading ramp. $2000.
(863)801-1666


Chevy Cargo Van Express,
'00, exc. cond., not previ-
ously used as work van,
$8750. Okee (863)357-0037
DODGE CARAVAN '93 Motor
runs good but needs transmis-
sion. A/C. Body in great shape.
$600 (239)693-7949
HI TOP CONV VAN '93- great
shape, beige, tow pkg,
(863)467-6857.
MAZDA MPV VAN, '90, 7 pas-
senger, V6, all power, new
tires, no rust, needs eng.
work. $500. (863)467-6805


Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




PUBLIC NOTICE
Representatives of Okeechobee
County and International Union of
Operating Engineers #487 will
meet on Tuesday, September 20,
2005 at 10:00 a.m. In the confer-
ence room of the County Adminis-
tration Annex located at 456
,ii.,i), 98 North, Okeechobee,
"1:.: i. ,,r the purpose of engaging
in collective bargaining negotiation
pursuant to Chapter 447, Florida
Statutes.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
85542 ON 9/20/05


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CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, TENNESSEE
NO. 2005-CP-210
PROBATE DIVISION
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF
VINA PIERCE akae LAVINA PIERCE,
DECEASED
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of VINA
PIERCE aka LAVINA PIERCE, de-
ceased, whose date of death was
January 11, 2005, and whose last lour
digits of her Social Security Is 7926, Is
pending In the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which Is 312
Northwest 3rd Street, Suite 135, Okee-
chobee, FL 34872.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against descendent's estate on whom
a copy of this notice Is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this Court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DESCENDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice
is September 20, 2005.
Personal Representatives:
Jackie Mooney
7VassarDrive
Rome, Georgia 30161
sJoy Radcliffe
1115 S. Seminoledrive
East Ridge, TN37412
Bill Bulfington
PO. Box 2427
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Max Pierce, Jr
274 Council Lane
Ringgold, GA 30736
Attorneys for Personal Representatives:
MitchelL Meeks .
Florida Bar No. 834505
COPELAND, WHITTENBURG &
MEEKS LAW OFFICE
3505 Brainerd Road
Suite 8
Chattanooga, TN 37411-2709
(423) 629-9000
5712 ON 9/20,27/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2005-CP197
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DOMINICKRIGANO
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Domi-
nick Rigano, deceased, whose date of
death was 2-11-2005; Is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division; File
Number 2005-CP197; the address of
which Is 73 West Flagler St., Miami, FL
33130. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons, who have claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, and who have been served a
copy of this notice, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (3O
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons who have claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contingent or un-
liquidated claims, must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED. '
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE IS SEPTEMBER 16,
2005.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
W. D. Hanford, Esq.
Florida Bar No. 033422
8603 S. Dixie Hwy Ste. 207
Miami, FL 33143
Telephone: 305-667-7271
Personal Representative:
Michael Rigano
109 Third St.
Clifton, NJ 07011
85690 ON 9/20,27/05
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your used items by
selling them in the
classified.


Notice
The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Tuesday, Octo-
ber 18, 2005 and Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in County Commis-
sion Chambers, 304 NW 2nd Street, Courthouse, Okeechobee, Florida to consider
petitions filed with the Value Adjustment Board.
Lists maintained by the property appraiser of successful and unsuccessful appli-
cants for exemptions are available for consideration by the public at the Office of
Property Appraiser, 307 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, lorida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence
Upon which the appeal is based.

Gil Betts, Jr., Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adjustment Board
84540 ON 9/20,27/2005



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Community Events


Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored by Xi
Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is scheduled for Sat-
urday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds from this
fundraiser are used throughout the year for community projects. Past
proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods and blankets for the
Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center, scholarships and dona-
tions to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor applications are now being
accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn
Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.

St. Theresa's will host Sunday school
The St Theresa Catholic Church Buckhead Ridge Sunday School
(CCD) will begin Oct 2. Please call Ann at (863) 467-1516 or Fr. Dan
at the Parish Office (863) 946-0696, for information,

Transportation board to meet
The Okeechobee County Transportation Disad\dntaged Coordi-
nating Board will meet Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the conference room at
the Okeechobee Cdunty Health Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.

Church hosting Christian speaker
The First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W. Fourth St., will
host the best selling Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, who
will be delivering messages via satellite, on Oct. 7 from 7 until 9:30
p.m. and on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. To register for the
event, call the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171. Tickets for the
two day event are $25.

Grief and losssupport group to meet
Big Lake Hospice will hold grief and loss support group meetings
on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning Thurs-
day, Oct. 13. The group will meet at the Big Lake Hospice office at
3543 U.S. 441 S. in the Northlake Village Plaza. The meetings are
free. For information, contact Karla at 800-299-4677..

Oktoberfest hosted by VFW Post #9528
VFW Post #9528 Will host an Oktoberfest. celebration Saturday,
Oct. 15, starting at 1 p.m. for a $7 donation per person. German food
will include schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, rotkraut, kartoffelsalat
and more. Music will be provided by Alex and Johnny B. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2882.

Martha's House to hold Health Fair
Martha's House will be hosting a Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15,
from 8 a.m. until noon at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St.
(behind the City Fire Department). There will be booths from vari-
ous organizations in our community. This fair is one of the events
held in October to highlight "domestic violence awareness month".
If you would like to participate, call Martha's House at (863) 763-
2893.

L.O.A.A. to host ride
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will host a
ride at Cornwell on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. Participants are to
meet at the boat ramp. All area airboaters are welcome to bring
their lunch and spend the day riding with us. Cornwell is northwest
of Okeechobee off U.S. 98, For information, contact the Andersons
at (863) 763-6069.

Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of oper-
ation are: Aug. 8 Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7
p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from I until 5
p.m. The pool is not open during school hours. For information,
contact the pool office at (863) 467-7667.

4-H and FFA Club enrollment under way
All youth planning to participate in the 2006 Okeechobee Youth Live-
stock Show 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.

Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State. Park in Sebring will hold their.20th Annual
Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. There
will be an antique car show, arts and craft vendors, live music, kids activi-
ties, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a cracker cowboy poet,
pony rides, living history re-enactments and more! Park admission is $4
per carload (up to eight people). Arts and crafts vendors are needed. The
participation fee is $10.70 for the.entire day. Contact Dorothy L. Harris at
(863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail at dorothy.l.harris@dep.state.fl.us for infor-
mation or to request a vendor packet. Interested food vendors should
contact Nancy Davis of the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.

Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced due to
Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may.contact the
County Veterans Service officer for benefits assistance at (863) 763-8124.
The County Veterans Service Office is located at 462 U.S. 98 N. in the
County Administration Annex. The office is open Monday-Thursday, 8
a.m..until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sundays
from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W Fourth St: For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2171.


Church celebrates open house month
September is open house month for the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.-Any one in the community who is looking
for a church home or who is interested in knowing more about the Unit-
ed Methodist Church is invited to attend worship services. Services are at
8 a.m. on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. for praise and 11 a.m. for traditional servic-
es. Fellowship time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The contest
is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have
to be turned in by Dec, 1. This year's subject for grades five through eight
is 'Beniamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17,2006, marks
the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, "The Santa Maria to
the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Colum-
bus and the Astronauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine through
12. American Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History
Medals will be presented to the contestants. The winner from each
school will receive a monetary award. For information, call (863) 763-
2492.

Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit
in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited.
Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets.
The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
'work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okee-
chobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

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

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with life-
saving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defibrilla-
tion, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the.
American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires, floods,
etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help local citizens
in a time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Candace at the American
Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488.

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

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

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of historical
Okeechobee, County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of the
old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce. They
also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee"
which sells for $4.

Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new.Voluntary
Prekindergarten (VPK).program. Eligible children must live in Florida and
be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the 2005-06 school year. Parents can
find the registration form online at www.vpkflorida.org; or, they can con-
tact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy of the registra-
tion.

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

Church offers summer activities
Activities are now available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St. These activities include: a food bank that is open Monday and Fri-
day from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tuesday through Fri-
day from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon from 3 until 4 p.m.;
Boy Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8 p.m.; Immigration Assis-
tance is available on the third Thursday of every month from 1 until 5
p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


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

Gospel Lighthouse will meet
A newly-formed congregation, The Gospel Lighthouse, will meet
every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Christian 7th Day Baptist Church, 914
N.W. Park St. There will be old camp meeting style of preaching, praying
and singing. For information, contact Reverend Elma J. Hampton at
(863) 357-0455.

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

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit organi-
zation, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls and
women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and absti-
nence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. If
you would like more information on this or set an appointment for a free
pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation, Brighton, Adults
basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.;
Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until
noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thurs-
day, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane,
adult basic education/GED and English as a second language classes,
Monday through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 70.1
S.W. Sixth St., English as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday from
7 until 9 p.m.

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

Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced
that with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School,
which were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children
were helped. The families faced a great deal of destruction during the
hurricanes. Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys
because the roofs of their homes were tom off by the heavy winds.
The council also received funds from an anonymous donor and Semi-
nole Elementary School donated a check that they received from chil-
dren in Minnesota. The additional monies granted several families
assistance after the original funds were depleted. Thanks to all the
assistance from the children and families of Okeechobee. Other fami-
lies who still requested assistance were referred to the Red Cross.

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

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth
and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are current-
ly taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Free parenting classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes for parents of young children are held
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott
Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8 months infants, 8 to
18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos, 3 year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn" baby bucks to purchase
items for their baby at the Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare is not pro-
vided. However, infants in carriers are welcome. For details call (863)
763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.


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