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Okeechobee Nr ews
Vol. 96 No. 272 Thursday, September 29, 2005 504 Plus tax
People who have been dis-
placed to Okeechobee due to
Hurricane Katrina can contact
Project HOPE (Helping Our
People in Emergencies), 1600
S.W Second Ave., at (863)634-
1410, for crisis counseling and
referral to various agencies.
relief center early
HOUSTON Saying they
were caught off-guard by the
number of people in need,
FEMA officials closed a relief
center early on Wednesday
after some of the hundreds of
hurricane victims in line began
fainting in triple-digit heat.
The midday closing of the
Houston disaster relief center
came as officials in areas hit
hardest by Hurricane Rita criti-
cized FEMA's response to the
storm, with one calling for a
commission to examine the
Hospice inpatient facility OK'd
By Audrey Blackwell gle family future land use desig- request under its current multi- The decision of whether park- will carry the same distinction,
Okeechobee News nation. The single family zoning family zoning designation with ing at the facility should be off- according, to William Ledferd,
Following a great deal of dis-
cussion abodt how many beds to
allow for a new Hospice of Okee-
chobee residential facility, the
Okeechobee Board of Adjust-
ment approved the request for an
assisted-living facility within the
residential multiple family zoning
district on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The matter went before the
city's planning board because the
property is currently zoned resi-
dential multi-family but has a sin-
would allow for a maximum six-
bed facility and the agency
requested 12 beds. However, 7-14
beds are allowed for a communi-
ty residential home, according to
state statutes for the Department
of Children and Family Services.
The board's approval was
made in line with state statutes.
Jennifer Morgan presented
recommendations about the
request for LaRue Planning
Agency. The planning agency
approved the special exception
three conditions out oft ive that
were recommended by LaRue
The conditions are:
approval is for the existing
building and future buildings;
administration services for
hospice are authorized in con-
junction within the residential
the residential facility shall
utilize city sewer and water facili-
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Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Field staff member for the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) program,
Connie Ribakoff was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the school board meeting room.
TATS spotlighted at meeting
By D. Hamilton tance of family support when ing peers. This program works in
Okeechobee News deciding objectives for a child the children that we have seen
with disabilities. She said that the and we at the TATS program
The Community Collabora- TATS program becomes involved would like to share it with chil-
tive Council (CCC) meeting spot- with the development of partner- dren with special needs."
light was on guest speaker, Con- ships and support for families Mrs. Ribakoff gave CCC mem-
nie Ribakoff, field staff member and are critical components for bers information about the TATS
for the Technical Assistance and programs serving those children program web site telling them
Training System or TATS pro- affected. Inclusion is considered that the site offers a. calendar of
gram. Mrs. Ribakoff explained to a priority of the program in that it statewide activities, a resource
council members that the TATS provides expanded opportunities bank for teachers, an interactive
program responds to district for including children with dis- portion helping professionals
needs serving Pre-K children abilities in settings with typically keep up with the newest in train-
with disabilities by providing developing peers. The program's ing and technical assistance
training and technical assistance quality and effectiveness are also plans. She encouraged the group
to both children and families looked at using data from project to take advantage of the informa-
with special needs. She said that activities and their results on the tion loaded website at
the project is based at the Univer- children who participated. The www.tats.ucf.edu or contact the
sity of Central Florida (UCF), with results found provide necessary TATS program office at 1-772-
herself and other field staff mem- information for making improve- 429-4569.
bers working to carry out the ments to disabled children's pro- Dr. Mark Moll of Okeechobee
TATS mission throughout the grams. Vision Care also spoke to Comn-
state of Florida. The guest speak- Lastly, the transition stage of munity Collaborative Council
er detailed the priorities of the the TATS project is to assist chil- members about screenings for
project which included: Curricu- dren exiting programs for infants children. Dr Moll explained the
lum and instruction with a focus and toddlers with disabilities and importance of vision screenings
on language and early literacy help them to successfully move at a young age for all children
skills, evaluation and assessment into a pre-kindergarten setting especially for children who show
having evaluations based on and then into kindergarten, signs of developmental delays.
sound principles of practice for Mrs. Ribakoff told CCC mem- Dr. Moll also asked the group
young children. bers, "As a teacher for many who gather to discuss the issues
Another one of the project's years, if something worked in the of children, to assist him in pro-
priorities is family involvement, classroom and the children loved
Mrs. Ribakoff stressed the impor- it, I would share it with my teach- See TATS Page,2
By D. Hamilton
Two guests wern
speakers at Tuesda
Club meeting. Both
were from Raulerso
William Casian, direc
keting and public rel
hospital spoke to clul
about the improve
made at the 101-bed
hospital. "With the st
made to bring more d
a wider range ofhosp
to Raulerson, resident
quality health care opi
arms reach" said Mr. C
Mr. Casian report
company, has pro
means by way of tr
care facility to prov
technology, cutting ed
and safer patient care
that because of the,
speak on hospital
training provided, a small group Kai
of medical staff from the hospital refi
was able to be sent to areas hard- 'ba
e spotlight est hit by recent hurricanes to aid of(
y's Rotary in relief efforts. ne3
h speakers Raulerson Hospital safety mil
n Hospital. director, Rick Nasperto told
:tor of mar- members of Rotary Club that the
itions at the hospital is 'ready for emergen- up,
b members cies' pertaining to natural disas- enc
ients being ters, chemical disasters, and acci- me
community dents. He informed the group iste
rides being that the hospital emergency fer,
italservices response team of over 45 doc- Lob
ts will have tors, nurses and administrators, tioi
tions within is equipped with satellite phones
:asian. which will enable them to com- the
d that HCA, municate when conventional clu
l's parent means are not available, firs
)vided the Mr. Nasperto stated that HCA ear
aining and used $21 million of company ine
the health funding for airlift operations to nei
'ide newer rescue patients and staff from
dge doctors Tulane University Hospital in Tuh
e. He stated Louisiana out of harms way dur- Coi
specialized ing the aftermath of Hurricane S. F
trina. The safety director also
erred to Raulerson Hospital as
se' for local residents in case
emergency situations since the
xt closest hospital facility is 43
In other Rotary Club news:
* The deadline date for the
coming District 6930 confer-
ce in October is Sept. 29. Club
embers are encouraged to reg-
er for this very important con-
ence. Contact club president
nnie Kirsch if you have ques-
ns regarding registration.
* Mike Costopoulos delivered
weekly Rotary minute telling
b members that all 100 of the
t Rotary Clubs formed in the
rliest days of Rotary, are still
existence on over five conti-
* Rotary Club meets every
esday at noon at the Golden
rral Restaurant located at 700
street only and what the number
of spaces should be will be made
during a review of the site plan.
Tommy Hoover attended the
meeting to determine if his prop-
erty would remain in the multi-
family zoning district because he
had an offer from a prospective
buyer who may want to change
the use of his apartment complex
to a convalescent home.
Since the hospice property
was approved for 7-14 beds, it is
likely that Mr. Hoover's property
Hospice board member San-
dra Pearce told the planning
board she appreciated their
"We have got to get this
going," she said, pointing to the
need for a live-in hospice facility
in the community.
In other action, the board
approved a request from David
See Hospice Page 2
By Pete Gawda
It was standing room only in
the chambers of the Okee-
chobee County Board of County
Commissioners Tuesday night as
residents of two neighborhoods
turned out in force for the
monthly meeting of the Okee-
chobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments and
Appeals to protest proposed
developments that they feared
would alter the quality of life in
James and Barbara Fowler,
property owners, and Royal Con-
crete Concepts, Inc., applicant,
requested a change in zoning
from agriculture to heavy indus-
trial and a special exception to
allow for manufacturing and
storage of modular buildings.in a
heavy industrial zoning district.
The property in question is locat-
ed on U.S. 98 across from the
Ken Treadwell, general coun-
sel and member of the board of
directors of Royal Concrete, told
the board that manufacturing
was important to the local econ-
omy. He said manufacturing
brings higher wages and a rising
standard of living and that indus-
try is responsible for much
research and development. He
also stated that manufacturing
stimulates employment in other
Mr. Treadwell paid tribute to
the "community attitude" that
has welcomed Royal Concrete
and thanked several community
leaders who had been helpful.
He said he sells the finished
products outside the communi-
ty, thus bringing outside money
into the community.
See Developments -
By Pete Gawda
It was a marathon session for
the Okeechobee County Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals Tuesday
night as they considered a num-
ber of zoning changes and
requests to install used dwelling
The board took up petitions
on three adjoining properties
between N.E. 39th Boulevard
and U.S. 441 N. The properties
are owned by Brother-in-Law
Enterprises, .Inc. The lot facing
N.E 39th Boulevard is currently
zoned residential mobile home
and the owners requested a zon-
ing change to residential general
to allow for multifamily housing.
The central section of proper-
ty is currently zoned residential
mobile home and the owners
are requesting a change to resi-
dential single family.
The third plot of land fronts
U.S. 441 N. and is currently
zoned commercial, and residen-
tial mobile home. The owners
requested a zoning change to
See Zoning Page 2
uIeeuoue INews/U. nummilUon
Rotary Club member and Raulerson Hospital staff doctor,
Manny Garcia (right) welcomed guest speakers from Rauler-
son Hospital to Tuesday's club meeting. Raulerson Hospital
safety director, Rick Nasperto (left) and Bill Casian (middle),
director of marketing and public relations both gave brief pre-
sentations of hospital programs and progress.
2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 29, 2005
News Briefs f t. rr d make M % r i rtirf water arh
show coming here
OKEECHOBEE The Miniature
Horse Club of South Florida will
hold their Florida Miniature Horse
Show Oct. 22 and 23 at the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. both
days, shows will start at 10 a.m.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for sen-
iors and $1.50 for students.
The American Miniature Horse
Registry classes will be shown Sat-
urday, and the American Miniature
Horse Association classes will be
shown Sunday. Halter classes will
be held both mornings, while per-
formance classes will be held in
For information, call: (561) 798-
6129; (772) 341-7610; or, (863)
will meet Nov. 2
OKEECHOBEE State Repre-
sentative Frank Attkisson, chair-
man of the Okeechobee County
Legislative Delegation, has
announced that the next meeting
of that group will be Wednesday,
Nov. 2, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners chambers,
304 N.W. Second St.
The delegation will hear con-
cerns and ideas for potential legis-
lation. Members of the community,
as well as local and county govern-
ments, may present their concerns
to the delegation at this time.
If you are want to address the
delegation, contact the Rep.
Attkisson's district office at (407)
943-3078 by Oct. 3.
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE The USDA,
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
Continued From Page 1
"We want to be a good neigh-
bor, we want to provide jobs," said
Vaughn Treadwell, chief financial
officer for Royal Concrete.
Since its founding in 1997, Mr.
Stalling said that Royal Concrete
Concepts has built over 1,700 mod-
ular buildings. The plant will even-
tually employ 1,000 employees.
The company builds residential
and commercial buildings, as well
as school buildings and military
Area resident Chris Velazquez
said she represented 60 area resi-
dents who think the project is "a
"It is not something we will
enjoy at all," she added.
She mentioned health con-
cerns, traffic, dust and noise. She
stated the concrete dust would be a
hazard to livestock.
Chad Rucks, of the engineering
firm of LBFH, said a traffic study
would be done of the area. He said
there would be such improve-
ments as a traffic signal at the
entrance to the plant, and left turn
lanes going into airport, the indus-
trial park and the proposed plant.
Mr. Rucks said that the plant
would tie into the Okeechobee Util-
ity Authority (OUA) water main on
U.S. 98 and use the OUA sewer
through the lift station on airport
For prequalification for this Continued From Page 1
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve viding screenings for children
your seat for one of our homebuy- showing signs of vision difficulties.
er classes. In other CCC news, Sharon Vin-
Classes are held on Wednes- son, Facilitator of Shared Services
days, starting at 9 a.m. announced plans to involve CCC
members in providing Christmas
M Gifts for foster families collecting
toys and clothing. The donations
will be sent through Reba Folsom
of My Aunt's House Closet for
., "- -- packaging and distribution to
= ,. some 400 plus foster and needy
-.- s, families. .Anyone interested in
2-. a donating gifts of toys and clothing
S W for the holiday project, please con-
S- 2 tact Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-
U ) ** Healthy Start Coalition Direc-
(0 tor, Kay Begin brought a sample
S 'Crisis Bag' with infant quilts made
S-Q 0.) h by First Baptist Church volunteers
-0 *m -o m to show committee members
*E what is given to moms with chil-
cc E dren in case of crisis. She said that
o- o the bag includes the quilt, diapers,
: 0 -* formula, changes of clothes, and
S 0.- :>, E other necessary items should there
S 0 C 2 be the incidence of emergency
S- w- *- need. Mrs. Begin also announced
S- "z 'plans for a baby shower to local
mothers to be at the Okeechobee
-* Civic Center on Dec. 5. For more
information on Healthy Start pro-
< grams, contact Kay Begin at (863)
** 'W N Mrs. Vinson also spoke to
-l ** o committee members about the
findings from the 2005 Legislative
Summit in August. She told the
group that the two topics of interest
and need are the lack of affordable
State considers housing and the lack of public
transportation. There were many
quieting airboats other areas of need and interest,
GAINESVILLE The Florida however, housing and transporta-
and Wildlife Constion were the two o the priority list
Fisji and Wildlife Conservation for Okeechobee County residents.
Commrni~cisin isnsnfilAJ ri f r, ,;rir-
ing mufflers on airboats.
The commission voted last
week to come up with a new poli-
cy on airboat noise, and will hold a
public hearing on the issue at its
Nov. 30 meeting in Key Largo.
Airboat owners say their com-
munity generally supports the use
of mufflers, said Jerry Wethering-
ton, president of the United Sports-
men and Airboaters Alliance.
"Everybody seemed to agree
that the airboat organizations are
going to work toward putting muf-
flers on our boats and work with the
manufacturers to develop quieter
props," Wetherington said. "We
want to try to be better citizens. We
are going to recommend that all of
the dubs follow the code of ethics."
Airboat owners around the state
have faced the prospect of certain
bodies of water being dosed to air-
boats, at least part of the time,
because of noise complaints from
people living along lakes and rivers.
Many say they'd rather put mufflers ,
- the cheapest of which can cost
about $100 on a boat than lose
access to a certain waterway.
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE The USDA,
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuy-
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
N.W 22nd Lane between N.W.
Third Avenue and N.W Fifth
Mr. Royce noted that 12 units
per acre is a reasonable density of
Board attorney John Cassels
noted that this is the first time a
developer has come to the board
setting conditions on density and
providing pictures, elevations and a
Mark Goodbread, the developer,
thought it would be a good site
near schools and the hospital. He
said the proposed townhouse units
would be marketed to teachers and
medical people. In addition, he stat-
ed the units would be for sale and
Area resident Pat Kenney, who
presented a petition signed by area
residents opposing the develop-
ment, said the proposed townhouse
units would not fit into a single-fami-
ly neighborhood. She feared this
would lower propertyvalues.
In addition, she complained of
the noise and lighting from town-
houses. She said the traffic is
already backed up on N.W 23rd
Lane. She mentioned the safety of
the students walking to and from
school and recommended a traffic
Ms. Kenney noted that the OUA
sewer plant is near capacity. She
elaborated on drainage problems
in the area and said that the pro-
posed development would com-
Roland and Linda Durrance were
given approval on a variance
request to allow for reduced set-
backs in the heavy commercial
zoning district. (They asked for the
variance because with the widen-
ing of S.R. 70 they have lost park-
ing area and wish to increase the
present parking and storage areas.
LaRue Planning Agency pro-
posed two conditions with their
recommended approval of the
the proposed expansion
must be determined by the city
engineer to not cause an impedi-
ment to S.R. 70 traffic, and,
parking and loading shall not
be decreased below the current
A special exception was
approved by the board for Skip's
Bar-B-Que to allow for a drive-
through to be located within a
heavy commercial zoning district.
Alternate board member John
Whidden asked if there would be
any changes to what is currently
there and the property owner,
Dennis Bryan, said no.
ty commissioners grant prelimi-
nary plat approval to Ian Ridgway
and Thomas Close for the pro-
posed 27-lot Ridgway Acres subdi-
vision that is located northwest of
the intersection of S.W 67th Drive
and S.W. 21st Drive;
recommended that the coun-
ty commissioners grant a change
in zoning from agriculture to neigh-
borhood commercial for the Fort
Drum Diner a change that
would bring the diner into compli-
ance with current land develop-
recommended that the coun-
ty commissioners grant Daniel and
Catherine Reardon a change in
zoning from agriculture to heavy
commercial on their U.S. 441 S.E.
property a change that would
allow for construction of a ware-
pound an already bad drainage
problem. She recommended a
detailed drainage plan.
"This problem is not going to be
solved until the drainage system is
fixed. It will cause additional flood-
ing," she added.
Steve Astles expressed fear that
even though the townhouses are
supposed to be sold, they might
later become rental property.
Don Johnson said that for the
past 16 years he has been cleaning
out ditches and unclogging cul-
verts. He believes the drainage
problem would worsen with the
Board member Jeff Sumner said
it was not the board's place to look
at drainage. He said that was the
responsibility of South Florida
Water Management District. He
said that with the detention areas
required that he did not think that
there would be that large an area
left for development.
Mr. Sumnerwent on to say that he
was not dear on how propertyvalues
could go down and taxes go up.
In the end, the board voted
unanimously to recommend that
county commissioners approve the
requested zoning change. They also
approved the special exception
contingent upon zoning approval.
The county commissioners will
hold public hearings on both these
issues at 9 a.m. on Oct. 13 in the
commission chambers at 304 N.W
Haynes and Susan Williams
received approval from the board
for a special exception within a
light commercial zoning district
for their property at 408 N.E. Third
St. The approval allows for a two-
bedroom apartment located on
the top floor of the house where
the bottom floor is used as an
The Land Planning Agency met
briefly and approved amending
the land development regulations
regarding signs to include Main
Street's Murals and Visual Arts
The Planning Board approved
a zoning change from residential
single family to heavy commercial
for the rear lots of the Dairy Queen
property at 1212 S. Parrott Ave.
The lots will be used for parking.
. Dairy Queen is planning an
extensive remodeling project that
includes a new facade, a change
in the parking lot location to near
the building and a change in
name to DQ Grill and Chill.
recommended that the coun-
ty commissioners grant Carole
Anderson and Carl and Donna
Gaiser's request for a change in
zoning from residential single fami-
ly to heavy commercial to allow for
a retail business on the S.R. 70 E.
recommended that the county
commissioners approve a change
in zoning from agriculture to resi-
dential single family for U.S. 441 S.E.
property owned by The Building
Company, trustee, and Gary Ben-
tham and Durwood C. Johnson;
A second public hearing on all
the above requests for zoning
changes will be held before the
county commissioners at 9 a.m. on
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property. He added that all runoff
would be treated and sent to a
Tonya Spells expressed fears for
her asthmatic children because of
concrete dust in the air.
Wally Sanger, president of the
company, sad that his present Palm
Beach County plant is washed down
every day to prevent dust He said the
casting plant would be 1,500 feet
away from residences, and that the
operation would not be any noisier
than any other manufacturer.
"I feel there won't be any notice-
able noise at all," he said.
In response to residents' con-
cerns about plant lights annoying
them at night, Mr. Sanger said the
lights would be directional and
would not effect nearby residents.
He said his current plant is next to
the turnpike and turnpike officials
are satisfied that the light does not
get into driver's eyes.
Board member Joey Hoover
said this is not the first time the
board will look at growing pains.
He said growth would always be
adverse to some people. He said
this proposed industry would pro-
mote economic growth, not just
homes. Mr. Hoover said it would
bring improvement to roads and
bring money into the economy.
"We can't survive on residential
growth," he said.
Mr. Hoover added that residen-
tial growth does not fund the servic-
es demanded by residents.
Communities In Schools
(CIS) made the announcement
that cards offering discounts to
area retailers will be on sale at the
end of October.
The Teen Pregnancy Preven-
tion Taskforce will meet quarterly
to combat the county-wide prob-
lem of teen pregnancies. It was
noted by Pat O'Connor that Okee-
chobee County is second only to
Polk County in the alarming num-
ber of teen pregnancies in Florida
Reba Folsom, director of My
Aunt's House Closet announced
plans for an open house event at
the 'closet' which is scheduled for
Nov. 17, from 4:30 until 7 p.m. at
111 N.E. Second Street. She also
told committee members that a
fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 3,
featuring a 'Texas Hold 'Em' tour-
nament to raise money to pay rent
and utilities for the non-profit 'My
Aunt's House' center. Anyone
interested in obtaining more infor-
mation on upcoming events or
programs should contact, Mrs.
Reba Folsom at (863) 634-2306.
Cathleen Blair with the United
Way of Okeechobee announced a
Golf Tournament to take place to
benefit the United Way scheduled
for Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club. Registration fees come with
coffee and donuts in the morning,
a luncheon buffet and a t-shirt to
commemorate the event. For more
information on the tournament,
contact Sharon Vinson, Shared Ser-
vices Network at (863) 462-5000
The next scheduled meeting
of the Community Collaborative
Council will be held on Tuesday,
,Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. in the meeting
room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office at 700 S.W. Second
Board chairman Mike Long said
he liked the idea that Royal Con-
crete Concepts will be partnering
with Indian River Community Col-
lege (IRCC) to train workers for the
plant. He said he has lived in Okee-
chobee for 50 years and that his
children had to leave home to find
good paying jobs.
Okeechobee County Planning
Director Bill Royce said the local
economy couldn't survive on "bait
and burgers." He noted that the site
for the proposed plant is an indus-
Mr. Hoover asked how the
adjoining feed mill, which operates
24 hours, would compare to the
noise from the batch plant.
Mr. Long said from his experience
of working in a batch plant, it would
make less noise than a feed mill.
In spite of the objections of area
residents, the board voted unani-
mously to recommend that the
county commissioners grant the
requested zoning. They also
approved the special exception
pending zoning approval by the
Turning to the other controversial
issue; the board considered the
request of Joanna Nichols' for a
change in zoning from residential
single family to residential general
and a special exception to allow for
single family attached or multifamily
dwellings at a density of 12 units per
acre in a residential zoning district.
The property in question fronts
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and Rene Wilson to allow them to
encroach on an easement and
standard side setback from the
required 10 feet to 3 feet for the
development of a pool and spa at
their home at Southeast 11th
Street. The request was previously
considered at the Aug. 23 meeting
and tabled to give the applicants
time to gather more information
The board approved a request
from the City of Okeechobee
Police Department to allow an
encroachment on an easement
and standard side setback from
the required 10 feet to 2 feet for
the development of an aluminum
awning. The previous awning that
covered a two-parking space area
was destroyed during last year's
hurricanes. The new area will
comprise three parking spaces
and be used for washing police
vehicles, as before.
Eli's Western Wear owners
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heavy commercial to allow for
With no discussion, the board
recommended that the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commis-
sioners grant all three requests.
In a matter that had been tabled
from last month, the board recom-
mended approval of a request
from VisionQuest National, LTD, a
juvenile detention facility, and Lois
Jean Sharr, Georgeanne Pacheco
and Patrick Sneesby for a change in
zoning from agriculture to public
service. Concerns of area residents
about security and road access last
.month caused the matter to be
tabled. Those concerns have been
answered and Tom Conely, attor-
ney for VisionQuest, said he would
recommend that VisionQuest
grant an easement on the road
bisecting their property.
This proposed change would
allow VisionQuest to conform to
current land development regula-
tions and expand its property.
In other action, the board:
granted Maria Guerrero per-
mission to install a used dwelling
unit in a residential mixed zoning
district on N.E. 80th Avenue;
granted the same request for
Asquith and Sherri Bodden in a res-
idential mixed zoning district on
N.E. Second Street;
recommended that the coun-
ty commissioners grant prelimi-
nary plat approval to Dudley Kir-
ton, Scott Kirton and Spencer
Kirton for the proposed 95-lot Hid-
den Oak Acres subdivision located
on N.E. 80th Avenue;
recommended that the coun-
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NES kids are famously fabulous in learning
Miss Hudson's and Mrs. Wol-
ski's class at North Elementary
School (NES) have been cook-
ing for the letters. For S they
made breadstick snakes paint-
ed with green butter. For R they
made raisin cookies and this
week for T the
class is making
cuits for the
They are using
raisins for eyes and pretzel
sticks for the toes. Thanks to all
the parents that came in for
Mrs. Pope's class is working
on patterns in Math. We painted
rainbows for Mr. R. We will be
making pointy patch pants for
Mrs. P and cotton/corn C's for
Mr. C. Thank you for supporting
your child's education by com-
ing in for your conference.
Working together makes the
difference for your child.
Mrs. Gubler's class is hard at
work practicing our new math
words, equal to and the same
as. The class eagerly learned to
make "equal" portions of a
snack for themselves today.
Later this week we will be mak-
ing we will be making caterpil-
lars for the letter C.
Ms. Harvey's class has been
working on Alligators for letter
A and also apple patterns. We
created our own version of
pizza in honor of the book Hold
the Anchovies! and letter "P". I
am very proud of all my stu-
dents for working hard on let-
ters and sounds and completing
their homework every night.
Keep up the good work!!
Miss Johnson's class is work-
ing hard learning the letter "A'.
We made Alligators and Apple
prints this week. In math we are
learning the concepts of
"equal," "more," and "less."
Please keep working on all the
letters and sounds we have.
Mrs. Quann's and Ms.
Addie's class made snakes for
the letter S,s, and trees for the
letter T,t. Please continue doing
your homework every night.
Mrs. Gable's first child of the
week is Jarret Emmick. The
children enjoyed painting his
body picture and drawing pic-
tures for his classmate book.
The class enjoyed making a
book about the 5 senses and
reading it with their parents.
Everyone is working very hard
on sounds and letters.
Miss Saine's class has been
working on the letter "P" this
week. We read the story
"Peanut Butter and Jelly" and
made peanut butter and jelly
sandwiches. Thanks to all the
parents who came in for their
Mrs. Phillips's second
graders are fabulous! We are
still watching our Dutchman's
. Pipe seedlings grow! These but-
terfly-attracting plants will pro-
duce unusual flowers in the
future. In math, we are creating
tables and graphs to organize
data. In science we are just
beginning Unit B "Habitats for
Plants and Animals." Please
encourage your child to read
aloud to you nightly!
Mrs. Whitaker's class started
the year off with a bang using
technology in the classroom.
Students used the portable lap-
top lab to write about their
summer vacations. They did a
beautiful job depicting their
experiences. Stop by room 158
to view these beauties.
Mrs. Saucier's second
graders are awesome. In math
we are starting Chapter 5 and
learning about Explore Doubles
and Doubles Plus One Fact.
Also, please have your kids read
to you each night.
Mrs. Hall's second graders
are enjoying the school-wide
read "I'm Going to be Famous."
In math, we are busy compar-
ing numbers and ordering
them. Parents, you can help us
at home by practicing addition
facts with flash cards. The stu-
dents are enjoying Science,
classifying animals into the dif-
ferent categories. Continue
reading with your child nightly.
Germinating is an excellent
description of our second
graders as it relates to their
study of seeds and plants.
Already we have learned that
seeds have coats that protect
them. We studied their growth
from initial germination to
becoming seedlings and on into
adult plants that will produce
Our little minds are growing
just as avidly. The leap from first
to second has been huge but
smooth. As we grow we are
more able to understand our
study of the state, its location on
the map and the huge amount
of water surrounding us. This
information has been provided
through our use of a 'Studies
Weekly Magazine' social studies
Miss Raulerson's class is
working on place value and
rounding. Students are learning
how to read large numbers and
how to round to the nearest 10,
100, and 1,000.
Mrs. Suarez' class just fin-
ished a Science Chapter on
plants. The students learned the
parts of a plant and germinated
Mrs. Dennison's class is
working on writing a paper with
a beginning, middle, and an
end. We are practicing adding
supporting details and "zinger"
Mrs. VanDeman's class are
"Reading Tigers!" We are sharp-
ening our reading skills with a
new fluency program. We are
getting very good at Partner
Reading. We welcome a new
student, Anthony Abbatecola!
We would like to thank all of
the parents who came to our
Parent Night on Tuesday, Sept.
13. It is so wonderful to see par-
ents take such an active role in
their child's education. Parents
met with their child's Reading
teacher after an introduction by
our principal, Mrs. McCoy.
Parents, please continue to
encourage your child to read!
Our Accelerated Reader Pro-
gram should be up and running
very soon. Also, students need
to study their multiplication
facts. Practice them every day!
Fourth grade teachers have
enjoyed meeting the parents of
their reading students this past
week. Thank you for your sup-
port as we stress the impor-
tance of reading every day! Our
writers are showing their
incredible creativity in Lan-
guage Arts. Encourage your
child to write in a journal or
diary. It will help their writing
and help them organize their
Mrs. Williams and Mrs.
Adler's classes have been work-
ing on food groups. Last week
we made "ants on a log" with
celery, peanut butter, and
raisins. We also did favorite
food graphs with pizza winning.
We will be enjoying pizza this
week and making menus.
The 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade
Music classes have been
reviewing rhythms and learning.
to count and clap them. We
have been doing many fun
activities to reinforce our
rhythm skills. The K, 1st, & 2nd
graders are busy learning activi-
ties using rhythm sticks. We
have used some favorite songs
to make up rhythms with our
sticks. We've also made letters
& shapes with our sticks.
In P.E. Classes last week the
3rd-5th graders finished up their
volleyball unit by playing a tour-
nament against other classes in
the same grade. In 5th grade,
Mrs. Hackett's girls were
champs and Mrs. Watford's
boys took the boys' division.
Mrs. Wilcox' boys and girls both
won the 4th grade champi-
onship. In 3rd grade Mrs. Whit-
lock's girls won and Miss Alon-
so's boys won. The final activity
was the 5th grade All-Stars play-
ing against the faculty team
with the faculty coming out on
This week we began our
Brahma Ball unit, which will
end again with the 5th grade
All-Stars playing the faculty.
The following individuals Third St., Okeechobee, was civious molestation (three arrest without violence. Her total
were arrested on felony or Dri- arrested Sept. 26 by Deputy Cari counts) and one count of lewd bond was set at $12,500.
ving Under the Influence (DUI) Arnold on Okeechobee County and lascivious exhibition. His Johnny Ray Johnson, 42,
charges by the Okeechobee warrants charging him with vio- total bond was set at $85,000. S.E. 33rd St., Okeechobee, was
County Sheriff's Office, the lation of probation possession Laurie McCloskey, 43, S.E.
Okeechobee City Police Depart- of cocaine (two counts). He is 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 27 by Deputy Cpl.
ment, the Florida Highway being held without bond. arrested Sept. 27 by Deputy Cari Jack Nash on a charge of posses-
Patrol, the Florida Fish and Emilio Aranda, 20, N.W. Arnold on an Okeechobee sion of a firearm by a convicted
Wildlife Conservation Commis- 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was County warrant charging her felon. His bond had not been set
sion or the Department of Cor- arrested Sept. 27 by DOC's with violation of probation as of newspaper deadline.
reactions (DOC). Michael W. White on a charge of driving under the influence. She This column lists arrests and
Robert Newton Wedin, 41, violation of probation lewd is being held without bond. not convictions, unless other-
U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was and lascivious battery. He is Julie Lynn Waldron, 45, S.E. wise stated. Anyone listed here
arrested Sept. 26 by the OCPD on being held without bond. 33rd St., Okeechobee, was who is later found innocent or
a felony charge of possession of Robert Dale Shanks, 45, arrested Sept. 27 by Deputy Cor- has had the charges against
a controlled substance, and a N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was poral Jack Nash on a felony as d e against
misdemeanor charge of posses- arrested Sept 27 by Detective Ted charge .of possession of them dropped is welcome to
sion of drug paraphernalia. His Van Deman on a misdemeanor methamphetamine and misde- inform this newspaper. The
total bond was set at $5,500. charge of domestic battery and meanor charges of possession of information will be confirmed
Jackie Graziano, 23, N.W. felony charges of lewd'and las- drug paraphernalia and resisting and printed.
Marie Weston DeSalvo, age
95, of Okeechobee passed on
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005. Mrs.
DeSalvo was born in Ill. to a mili-
tarlyfamily and traveled around
the country in her youth. She
lived in New York City and Long
Island,- N.Y. and.was employed
as a cosmetic buyer for the AMC
Corporation until her retirement
in 1975. Marie lived in Ft. Laud-
erdale and then became a resi-
dent of Okeechobee in 1976.
Marie was a past president of the
Elks Ladies Auxiliary and for sev-
eral years had been in involved
in the Okeechobee Community
Theater. She was cherished by
Mrs. DeSalvo was preceded in
death by her husband, Ronald
DeSalvo. She is survived by a sis-
ter, several nieces, devoted
friends, Helen Belsky, Dr. Stanley
and Renna'e Sweda, and. several
other devoted friends.
A memorial will be held at a
In lieu of flowers, donation
may be made to Big Lake Hos-
pice, 3543 U.S.. Hwy. 441 S.,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34974 or the
Parrott Avenue Christian Church,
8082 U.S. Hwy 70 W, Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34974
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Joel Hanson Neal
Joel Hanson Neal, better
known as Jewel, age 75, died
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 at his resi-
dence in Okeechobee. He was
born April 22, 1930 in Webster
and spent at least 53 years as a
resident of Okeechobee. Jewel
enjoyed hanging out in Douglas
Park with his friends, everyday
playing cards, dominos or
Mr. Neal is preceded in death
by his significant other of 44
years, Bessie Blackman.
Survivors include his daugh-
ters Patricia Grant of Okee-
chobee, Mary Ann O'Neil of Ft.
Pierce, and Juanita Smith of
Tampa; his sons Ben Smith and
Joseph Smith of Okeechobee;
his brothers Jeffrey Neal of-
Miami, Samuel (Doris) Neal of
Lake City, and Richard Buster
Neal of Webster, his sisters Addie
Mae Williams of Orlando,
Lorene (John L.)Ford and Lillie
B. Williams of Webster, and
Bessie Mae Donald of Dorchater,
:Mass. He is also survived by his
favorite nephew Louis Neal Sr. of
SOkeechobee; and a host of other
nieces and nephews; sixteen
grandchildren and seven great-
grandchildren; and many loving
and devoted friends of Okee-
Visitation will be on Saturday,
Oct. 1 from 10 until a.m. at the
First Missionary Baptist Church,
811 N.W. Ninth Ave., with the
service to follow at 11 a.m. Inter-
ment will be at Evergreen Ceme-
Lunch will be served in the
Social Hall at First Missionary
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
Veronica Vandiver, age 79, of
Okeechobee died Wednesday,
Sept. 28, 2005 at Raulerson Hos-
pital. Mrs. Vandiver was born
January 15, 1926 in Okeechobee
to Dozier Smith and Nell Walker
Smith. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Vandiver was preceded
in death by her husbands, John
Bass and Walker Vandiver,
daughter June Bass Litteral,
grandson, Robert Litteral Ill;
stepsons Tommy and Jack Bass,
and her brothers, John and
She is survived by her son,
Ronald Bass of Okeechobee;
stepchildren, Annie Seagro, Judy
(Bob) West, Elva (Rick) Cante-
bury, and Oscar (Pat) Bass;
brothers and sisters, Sadie Stein,
Alevene ((Robert) Lantz, Patty
(Nathaniel) Hazellief, Julia (JC)
Fewell, Clarence (Sue) Arnold,
Cecil (Gloria) Arnold; three
grandchildren, Jason Bass, Jen-
nifer Petis Host, and Veronica
"Prissy" Wilkinson; and a host of
Visitation will be from 4 until
7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at
10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005 at
Abundant Blessings Assembly of
God, 4550 U.S. Hwy 441 N.,
Okeechobee. Pastor Don Leon
of North Okeechobee Church of
God and Pastor Robert Lantz will
be officiating. Interment will fol-
low at Basinger Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of the Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Tina Kelchner, a graduate of
Okeechobee High School, recent-
ly received a full tuition scholar-
ship and a fellowship award from
the University of Florida. She is
currently attending the University
of Florida, pursuing her Doctorate
degree in Criminology, while
working as a teaching assistant
and an assistant undergrad advi-
She received her bachelor's
degree from the University of
Florida and her graduate degree
from the University of Central
Florida. Tina co-authored "The
Use of Electro-Muscular Disrup-
tion Devices (EMDs) in Education
Law Enforcement", which was
published in the Campus law
enforcement journal during the
spring 2005. Before leaving the
University of Central Florida, Tina
lead authored her second article,
"Campus law Enforcement and
Taser Utilization: An exploratory
study", which is currently under
peer review in "The Journal of
Tina is a member of the South-
ern Criminal Justice Academy,
Submitted to the Okeechobee
previously secretary of Alpha Phi
Sigma, The National Criminal Jus-
tice Honor Society, and a member
of Phi Kappa Phi, The National
Tina Kelchner is the daughter
of Ted and Denise Kelchner, and
the granddaughter of Mary Kelch-
ner, all of Okeechobee.
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, Thursday, 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, 701 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 internet. 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 Seminole Elementary School donated a
check that they received from children 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 families 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.
Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-, 4- and 5-
year-old children are available from the Okeechobee County School
Readiness Coalition by calling (863) 462-5792. Or, you may download
them directly from the web at www.schoolreadiness.org.
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whom our own people or outsiders?
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JUNKYARD: I would like to know what the big deal is with the
junkyard. I've driven past it almost everyday since I was 16 I'm
now 24 and it has never offended or bothered me, or anyone else
I know. There is so much that is wrong with this world, why dwell
on something so inconsequential? If you don't like the way it looks
- don't look. You know, there might come a time with the hurri-
canes and God only knows what else that we might need some-
thing from the junkyard such as parts, motors, etc. I'm teaching my
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Blessing of the animals planned
The annual blessing of animals on the feast of St. Francis
will take place at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church parish pavil-
ion, 701 S.W. Sixth St., on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. until
12:35 p.m. People are asked to bring their pets big or small.
Those with pets who attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass should go to
the hall. Communion will be served to in the hall at this Mass.
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 informa-
Free nutrition class offered
Dr. Edward W. Douglas will host a Contact Reflex Analysis
and Designed Clinical Nutrition Class on Monday, Oct. 3, and
Monday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The clinic is free to the public and
will be held at his office at 916 W.N. Park St. For information,
contact Dr. Douglas' office at (863) 763-4320.
Friends of library to meet .
The Friends of the OJkeechobee Library will meet.LMonday,
Oct 3, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting-room at 20,6 S.: 16th St.,
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss future library pro-
grams and services, as well as where funds have been spent.
Officers will also be elected.
Prayer walk is planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association is sponsoring a
prayer walk on Tuesday, Oct. 4. It will be time of praying for our
schools, government and leaders. If you are unable to walk,
come and pray on the property. Participants will meet at His
House Fellowship (formerly the Church of the Nazarene), 425
S.W. 28th St., at 6:30 p.m. Prayer events will be held each Tues-
day throughout the month of October. Locations for each walk
will be announced.
Transportation board to meet
The Okeechobee County Transportation Disadvantaged
Coordinating Board will meet Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the confer-
ence room at the Okeechobee County 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.
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Letter to the Editor
In its efforts to represent cattle-
men, the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association (NCBA) has always
made protecting private property
rights a top priority. So NCBA is very
concerned about the U.S. Supreme
Court's potential bomb on the
rights of private property owners,
from its recent session.
Kelo vs. City of New London
trampled the rights of private prop-
erty owners by upholding the use
of eminent domain by the New
London (Conn.) Development Cor-
poration to condemn and remove
homes that the owners were
unwilling to sell. The Supreme
Court found that the disposition of
this property for economic devel-
opment purposes qualifies as
"public use" under the Takings
Clause of Fifth Amendment of the
Most people understand that
eminent domain is a necessary last
resort for acquiring property for
roads, bridges, sewer systems and
other elements of the public infra-
structure. We also have come to
expect that property that is blight-
ed, neglected or misused may be
condemned for the betterment of
But the troubling thing about
the New London case is that none
of these conditions apply. The city
freely acknowledged that these
homes were neither blighted nor
neglected. One of the residents was
born in her home in 1918, and has
lived there her entire life. Others
moved into the area recently, and
made significant improvements to
Their property is being acquired
to accommodate a private develop-
ment that the New London Devel-
opment Corporation feels will bring
more commerce and oh, by the
way generate more tax revenue.
In a very articulate dissent, retir-
ing Justice Sandra Day O'Conner
writes: "... nearly any lawful use of
real private property can be said to
generate some incidental benefit to
the public. Thus, if predicted posi-
tive side effects are enough to ren-
der transfer from one private party
to another constitutional, then the
words 'for public use' do not realis-
tically exclude any takings, and
thus do not exert any constraint on
the eminent domain power."
Cattlemen, and anyone
involved in production agriculture,
should take Justice O'Connor's
warning very seriously. Agriculture
already fights a land-use war on.
two fronts with environmental
activists that want ag land to pro-
duce nothing, and with local gov-
ernments that want ag land to pro-
duce more tax revenue.
As farmers and ranchers, we
need to understand that t4he yalue
our society has placed on maintain-
ing agricultural land is not a
"given." As time goes on, fewer
community leaders have family
connections to farms and ranches,
and may not view agriculture as a
priority. As city and county govern-
ments compete fiercely for devel-
opments that will create com-
merce, jobs and tax revenue,
agriculture could quickly find itself
without a seat at the table.
If these governing bodies see
Kelo vs. New London as a green
light for acquiring property that it
feels is "underutilized," agriculture
could be in real trouble.
The late justice Robert Jackson
once said that the Supreme Court
does have the last word because it
is infallible, it is infallible because it
has the last word! Fortunately, Kelo
vs. New London likely will not be
the last word. The decision does
not appear to give an inherent right
to exercise eminent domain.
Rather, the opinion gives very
broad deference to state and feder-
al laws governing the use of emi-
nent domain. So while I would pre-
fer that the Constitution protect my
ranch rather than just a statute, at
least there is a chance for this situa-
tion to be effectively addressed
Congress appears to be taking
this issue very seriously. Republi-
can or Democrat, liberal or conser-
vative, it has many members of
Congress up in arms.
On Sept. 7, the House Agricul-
ture Committee held a hearing to
examine this issue from an agricul-
tural perspective. Both the witness
testimony and comments from
committee members indicate
strong support for moving forward
with legislation to protect property
owners from the misuse of emi-
nent domain. Hearings are also
being held by the Senate Judiciary
Committee and a subcommittee of
the House Energy and Commerce
Committee. NCBA must review all
proposed legislation to determine
the best solution, but applauds all
sponsors and co-sponsors of these
bills for taking decisive action in
support of private property rights.
Ultimately, legislation at the state
level may be needed to address this
situation, because states play a large
role in determining the authority of
Many state legislatures begin their
next session in January 2006. But the,
next few months are critical for
researching and preparing legisla-
tion, and lining up bill sponsors and
support. So now is the time to lay the
groundwork necessary for protect-
ing private property rights at the state
level. Local government associations
put tremendous resources into state-
house lobbying, so we must not take
this battle lightly.
NCBA will do its part on the fed-
eral level to support a legislative
solution that protects cattlemen's
property rights, and stands ready to
assist any state cattlemen's associa-
tion or agricultural organization in
preparing or researching state leg-
islation to address the issue.
America was built on the princi-
ples of free enterprise and individ-
ual rights. Fighting for these princi-
ples requires much time and
energy, but it is critically important.
If you are concerned about the.
erosion of private property rights,
we need your help. Join NCBA and
work with other cattle producers to
protect property for agricultural
use. And, make.it a point to speak
with your members of Congress
and state representatives to let your
voice be heard.,
(Editor's Note: Paul Hitch is a
cattleman from Guymon, Okla.,
and chairman of the Policy Divi-
sion of the National Cattlemen's
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Historical
Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at (863)
467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863)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 welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Internation-
al Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military information
available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
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.
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 wel-
come. 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 Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask questions.
Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave. For
information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women who are, or
have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships 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.
Social Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m. until noon at
the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Second Language
classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the Area
Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group everyThursday at 2p.m.
Anyone wo is caring for and ill family member is welcome.The group is facii-
tated by social workers and provides an opportune for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at
411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321..
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every Fri-
day, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center, located at S.E. Lake-
view and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for
guests. For information, call Fran at (863) 382-6978 orJuana at (863) 471-9795.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All persons inter-
ested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming agart of a caring
group are welcome to come and see what we are all about. For Information,
contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St.This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third
St.This will be an open speaker meeting.
Sobriety In the Swamp Club Is a public service group that offers a place for
people in recovery to meet. There are AA and NA meetings seven days a
week, and at different times. The club also offers a safe place to come and
hang out have coffee and fellowship with others.The hours of operation are: 9
a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Friday
through Saturday; and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays. For information
on meeting times, call (863) 763-5385.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weather permit-
ting.The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E. Anyone
interested in riding is invited. For information contact Holly Stewart at (863)
610-1251, or Gene Roddenberryat (863) 610-1841.
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will meet in
the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E.Third Street and
N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at a Habitat work site in an
adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes suitable for working. Call (863)
357-1371, for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, 1925 U.S.
441 S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and
other intoxicating drugs, and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric
illness. It's an open discussion group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Special to the Okeechobee News/"Strolling Down Country
Looking Back ...
This eighth grade class at the Basinger school had a
group photo taken in the 1930s. In the front row from left
to right are Nancy Raulerson and Ruby Altman. In the
back row are Jack Prescott, Milton Chandler and Robert
Alderman. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them
by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we
can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the
photo and information about the photo to
O.H.S. to host College Day
College Day will be held in the Okeechobee High School cafe-
teria on Thursday, Sept. 29. College Day is for junior and senior
students only and their parents. Representatives from various col-
leges, universities, technical institutes and the military will be
there. The schedule for parents and their children are: seniors
with last flame A-L, 9 until 9:30 a.m.; seniors with last name M-Z,
9:30 until 10 a.m.; juniors with the last name A-L, 10:10 until 10:35
a.m.; and juniors with the last name M-Z, 10:35 until 11 a.m.
Meteorologist to speak in BHR
Glades County Emergency Management and the Buckhead
Ridge Community Center will be presenting guest speaker Jim
Reif, chief meteorologist for ABC 7, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7
p.m. Mr. Reif will be speaking at the Buckhead Ridge Community
Center, 682 S.R. 78 West, in Buckhead Ridge. For information,
contact Glades County Emergency Management at (863) 946-
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-
CCC plan ride to Sebring rally
The Okeechobee Christian Cycles Club will ride Saturday, Oct.
1 to the Sebring motorcycle rally. The rally runs Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The riders will leave at 7:30
a.m. from Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E., will stop for breakfast. All
bikers are welcome. For information call Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-
6257, or Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841.
Children's wishes topic of talk show
Family Stations, Inc., will broadcast a talk show at 7:30 a.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 1, and again at 1 and 6 p.m. on stations WWFR 91.7
FM and 100.3 FM with featured guest Richard Kelly, director of
communications with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South
Florida. The topic of the show will be granting the wishes of chil-
dren who have a left threatening medical condition and the acute
shortage of Creole speaking and bilingual Spanish speaking vol-
unteers. For information, contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation at
888-773-WISH (9474); or, at www.sfla.wish.org.
Farm Bureau plans annual dinner
The Okeechobee County Farm Bureau is hosting their annual
membership meeting/dinner on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4 until 7
p.m. at Quail Creek Plantation on Highway 68 E. The event will be
a family fun. day with music, games, bounce house for the kids,
sporting clays and entertainment for all ages. Members are being
asked to bring a covered dish, a vegetable, salad or a dessert. The
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will provide meat and drinks.
Please R.S.VP. to Charlene or Lisa by Sept. 26, by calling the Farm
Bureau office at (863) 763-3101.
Car wash to aid Katrina victims
The 4-H Beef 'n Bacon Raiser club will hold a fundraising car
wash on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Wal-Mart parking lot near the gar-
den center. It will begin at 9 a.m. All proceeds will go to benefit vic-
tims of Hurricane Katrina.
Homeowner applications available
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County can help you
become the owner of a new home. To find out how, Habitat for
Humanity representatives will be at the R.O.C., 310 S.W. Fifth St.,
on Oct. 1 and Oct. 3. On Oct. 1 they will be at the R.O.C. from 10
a.m. until 1 p.m. On Oct. 3, they will be there from 7:30 p.m. until
9 p.m. Applications to become a homeowner must be turned in
by Nov. 1, between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. For information, call
(863) 357-1371. Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County is
located at 1600 B S.W Second Ave.
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale spon-
sored by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is
scheduled for Saturday, 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 donations to the juvenile dia-
betes 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.
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Mike Eagle proudly shows off the 1-lb. bass he caught
Saturday morning. He is a member of the Big "0" Junior
Teen Anglers Bass Club and is fishing for points toward
year-end awards and the right to represent the club in
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First tournament bass
Tony DeVoss caught his first tournament bass Saturday
morning at the Big "0" Junior Teen Bass Tournament. His
fish weighed 1.20 Ibs.
Friday, September 30th
& Saturday, October 1st
Athletes in uniform
to get free admission
All team members and cheer-
leaders of the O.C.R.A. football
program, the Chobee Bulls and the
Pop Warner football program will
receive free admission to the Brah-
man football game against the
Sebastian River Sharks Friday
evening at Brahman Stadium. In
order to receive this free admission
the athletes must be wearing their
football jerseys or their cheerlead-
ing uniforms. The game is sched-
uled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tourney to help
Kids in Distress
The Big Reel Bassmasters of
Margate will hold their 22nd annu-
al Ghost & Goblins open bass tour-
nament to benefit Kids in Distress
on Sunday, Oct. 23 in Clewiston.
The entry fee is $120 per two-
person team. There will be payouts
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 vari-
Contact Jim Pollock at (954)
695-6035 or e-mail him at
email@example.com for informa-
tion. Or, entry forms can be down-
seeks new members
The Okeechobee High S'chool
Touchdown Club is seeking new
members. The purpose of this club
is to promote pride, respect, spirit
and unity among the O.H.S. players
,and student body, staff, coaches,
families and the business commu-
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited to
join. Bronze membership is $300;
silver membership is $600; gold
membership is $900; and, plat-
inum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each membership
goes to the general athletic fund,
and another portion goes into a
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (863)4d2-5050.
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale for O.H.S. sports.
The cost of a gold seat is $100
and entitles the holder to admis-.
sion to all home Brahman games
with the exception of state-spon-
sored activities such as bowl
games, jamborees or playoffs.
Reserved seats entitle the hold-
er to admission to all home Brah-
man football games. The cost of
the reserved seats is $40 per seat.
For information On where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike Rade-
baugli at (863)462-5025.
The remaining tournament
date for the Okee-Tantie Team Trail
bass tournament is Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-,Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations can be
made at the Wanta-Linga Motel or
at the dock on the day of the tour-
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863)763-1020.
Bass club sponsors
kids fishing tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
sponsor its 20th annual Kids' Day
Fishing Festival on Oct. 30 at the air-
boat ramp area of Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina.
This festival will run from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m. A Bassmaster
Casting Kids competition will take
place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., fol-
lowed by a live fishing competition
from 1 until 4 p.m.
All children between the ages of
7-14 are encouraged to compete in
the, Bassmaster Casting Kids com-
petition. Children between 4-14 are
invited to compete in the live fish-
ing competition. Both events will
be broken down into different age
There is no charge for this fun
day of fishing.
' Refreshments will be available
to competitors and spectators.
For information contact Dave
Stout, vice-president of the Taylor
Creek Bass Club, Inc. at (863) 467-
Sign-ups under way
for sports program
Registration is currently under
way for the Upward Basketball &
Cheerleading program at the First
Baptist Recreation Outreach Cen-
ter, 310 S.W. 5th Avenue and will
continue until Nov. 15. This pro-
gram is open to boys and girls in
grades one through six.
There will be equal playing time
and teams. There will be only one
hour practice each week and one
game on Saturday. There are great
uniforms plus post game and post
season awards for every player.
The cost of this program is $55 per
player. For information call (863)
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Sept. 23,
through Thursday, Sept. 29, are as
Theatre I "Flight Plan" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Four Brothers" (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
Theatre II "Just like Heaven"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7.p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior cit-
izens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
You can be a
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
gram. It's a proven life-changing
program that provides four-year
college scholarships to deserving
sixth and ninth graders in local
communities. The mentor meets
with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and'
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you
would like to share, call Ed
Wimes at (863) 357-0047.
counseling offered .
If debt threatens yoi;"talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information,
call (561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of N.W
Second St. and Second Ave. Enter-
tain or educate yourself, using 486
audiocassettes, including audio
books, plus Christian romances
and 575 videos. Prepare a paper
on comparative religion, a book
report, programs for men,
women or children, a craft project
or a Sunday school lesson. We
use the Dewey Decimal System,
the same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we
can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed
Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m., and Wednesday evening
from 6 until 8 p.m. Contact Doris
Entry at (863) 763-4021.
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
.basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, 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, Adult basic
education/GED, Tuesday and
SThursday -from 4:30 until 6:30
p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R.
70 East, English as a second lan-
guage, Tuesday and Thursday,
from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Thurs-
day, from 7 a.m. until noon; El
Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth
Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday,
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 Thurs-
day, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Ever-
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Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St., English as a
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Give Away 140
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Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
CEMETERY LOT- In First Edi-
tion to Evergreen Cemetery,
BROWN BRINDLE- Medium
size, vic of U-Save, nice'dog.
Call to identify
CHIHUAHUA Vic. of Burman
Rd. Please. call to identify
FEMALE HUNTING DOG-
Underhill-Road & CR 721, call
to identify (863)467-1521.
GREETING CARD- With Gift
Certificates. Call to identify.
BLACK LAB, Lost in Country
Hills Estates. Male. Answers to
Pepper. Very friendly. Child's
pet. (863)763-2501 REWARD!
BOXER- male, rust/white, 6yrs
old, purple collar, vic of
SR70 & 80th Ave. Little girl
CUR DOG- F, 9 months old,
red w/white blaze. Vic of U-
Save on 9/14.
JACK RUSSEL, Female, "Isis"
Black collar w/spikes, White
w/brown spots on ears. Vic of
Riviera Fiesta. (863)675-1203
LOST CAT- Blackish/Gray Tab-
by. Hair on neck shaved.
Had surgery on 21sf Needs
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
ALUMINUM ROOFING PANELS
12" wide. Free for the taking.
FREE DRYER- Working condi-
tion, Broken timer.
HUSKY DOGS- Male & Fe-
male, Free To Good Home!
KITTENS- (2) 8wks old, to
good homes, very cute, 1
male 1 female, in/out litter
KITTENS, Very cute! Free To
Good Homes Only!
Black/white & orange/white.
MIN PIN/GOLDEN RET. PUPS
1 m, 1 f, jet black, 8wks old,
good w/ kids. Odd match but
REFRIGERATOR- works, you
must haul (863)763-7613.
OAK LAKE ESTATES Fri., Sept.
30th & Sat., Oct. 1.st, 7a-3p.
2036 SW 22nd Circle North.
Many items...including a
Refrigerator for $150.
OKEE- Sat. Oct. 1st,
7am-12pm, 8857 SE 67th
Way, off of 15A, JUst Moved
Furn., Cars, Collectibles,
Electronics, Clothing. Every-
thing is in Excellent Condition
Job Information 225
Job T"'aining 227
$31,200 to start, for
Okee location, Fax resume to
SERVERS & HOSTESS
Must be able to load/
No Phone Calls.
Apply 512 WN Park St.
Salesperson, Will train.
Apply 512 WN Park Street
BOOM TRUCK OPERATOR/
LABORER: Class B CDL req.
863-467-1932 evenings or.
.561-719-3677 day. EOE.
MASONS & LABORERS
Top pay & great benefits. Call
(561)793-5924 or 718--1227
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
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Experience a must.
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
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Needed Loader & Dozer for
construction in Port St Lucie.
2nd and 3rd shift,
Computer Experience a
Plus, Benefits Available
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street
W&W Lumber of Okeechobee
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Wanted, good pay.
Shirley's Personal Care
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AIR CONDITIONER-'05 York
3 5 on p3C rocai iu wni(w. heai
KITCHEN. SINK w/faucet, old,
cast iron, $25.
CHEST FREEZER- Small,
Works loo)d. $75.
DRYER/WASHER like new,
1$250 for both
FREEZER, UPRIGHT: Ken-
more Like few. $200
6.36lb74 .1 1051
REFRIGERATOR GE Profile,
4yrs. 23cu ft, ice/water dis-
REFRIGERATOR- Gibson Frost
Clear, Almond, Works gret,
Very Ci,id' $50.
STOVE: 30", Electric, Like
new. $100 (772)215-9168
STOVE, MAGIC CHEF, White,
4 Burners, Oven storage
drawer. Works great $75.
WASHER & DRYER: Large ca-
pacity. Like new. $225.
WASHER- Purchased new In
'03 from Sears. $100.
TANNING BED under 1 yr
old, maybe used 6 times. Pd
$2000 asking $1400
BIKE, 3 Wheel. very good
cond. also 2 wheel Schwinn
SBike. $ 150 or bolh or will
SCHWINN, 1955- Original
condition, t $900.
CLOSET MAID: Closet System
Parts, All brand new. Left over
from new construction. $150.
INSULATION- 2.5 12. 9 &
2 5 12 10', 2.5 '1212
PATIO SLIDING GLASS DOOR
w.,ack $25 (863i675-39-44
RV PORT- Siorm damaged
20,40 pitrly 1I mriairal 0t
iTije 20- 10 $11 00
TENT FRAME PIPE 12N20
leri( $20 l861i76:3-6901
INFANT CAR SEAT. Wilh at-
,iched nase. Very good con-
di0ion $20 863-447-1141
JEEP: BOYS 4X4 w,!batery &
charger. Egceiieni conadiion.
PLACE SETTING FOR 8, Ro-
. senihal Crina, w/ail addition-
al pieces, wheat pattern,
$450 neg (863)357-2233
ADULT/KIDS CLOTHES 16
Danana boxes & 2 garbage
bags full. Will separate or
$400 for all1772)597-0146
WEDDING GOWN- Formal,
Ivory, size 6. batlenurg lace
& pearls $250
(863i763-0252 leave mes-
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lecrion $500 or best ofler
Call (863)763-894 3
ID BRACELETS- (2) not alike,
gold finish, engraved "Eliza-
beth" 1950's, $20 will sell.
COMPUTER- Win. ME, 500+
games, monitor, keyboard,
mouse. Grt for Kids. Para Es-
paniol $50 (863)673-5549
DELL DIMENSION DESKTOP
CBRW; DVD Rom, Win XRP
MS Office, 100's of games,
& more $200 866-855-0902
HP Pavilion, windows 98,
mouse, monitor, speakers,
printer, keyboard, $375.
IBM COMPUTER- DVD, CD
burner, 17" monitor, wireless
keybrd/mouse, $450 rieg
BED, Canopy: King Sz w/ Sim-
mons Beauty Rest xFirm Mat-
tress. Paid over $1600, Asking
BED, Twin w/drawers below.
BEDROOM SET- Queen size
Head/foot board, Dress
w/mirror, Nlghtstand, Desk &
Chair $500. (863)675-3834
BR Set, King size, all wood,
$500 or best offer.
COMFORTER SETS twn (2)
camouflage, w/ blanket,
sheets, p11. cases, curtains &
shelves $100 863-447-0965
DESK- With bookshelf, Key
-board drawer, Light oak
w/metal accent, $40.
Entertainment Center, So-
fa/Sleeper, Rocking Chair,
Recliner, Hutch, $150 will
sell sep. (863)675-1621aft 6
FUTON BUNK BED- New,
wood frame. $200
KING MATTRESS SET- with
frame, 1 yr old, $75
KITCHEN TABLE, $50.
LIVING RM & BEDROOM Furn
20 different pcs. Located 20
mi SE of Okee. on FL 710.
$300 will sep. (772)597-0146
LOVESEAT & COUCH, tan,
' leather, exc. cond., $1100 or
best offer. (863)467-1072
SLEEPER SOFA: Beige, Real
Nice. 7 Ft. Long.. Like new.
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
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.
GOLF CART- Club Car, '97,
Body shell, no frame. $175.
GOLF CART: Club Car, Lifted,
Gas Powered. Lights, Wind-
shield, $2200: (772)462-2211
AR 15 Stainless Steel Match
BROWNING B-80 SL, 3" bar-
rel, 1 modified, 1 full, great
REMINGTON 870- 12 gauge
Shotgun, Good cond. $150.
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.
STAR SA 9 mm- Semi-utro
pistol, 2 magazines, ammo
BATHROOM SHOWER CHAIR,
with back, adjustable height,
". $19. (863)357-8788 *
CARDIO HEALTH EXERCISER-
Nordic Track Sequoia Model,
digital readout, $150.
POWER CHAIR- Golden Alant'e
New, stillhave manual/war-
ranty Pd $6000 asking
$1000 neg 863-634-9620
TOTAL GYM- Chuck Norris,
Excellent condition, w/extras.
TREADMILL- Works great.
S75. Call Jon @
RICE MAKER, Hardly used.
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR Jet
1, red/grey. Used very little
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
WHEELCHAIR, new, light
weight, wide seat, 17x1 .5,
with seat pad, pd. $575,
now $325. (863)357-8788
WHEELCHAIR RACK electric,
for wheelchair or scooter.
DISPLAY SHOWCASE, 5 Ft.,
Glass. Good condition. $150.
DRIVE ON RAMP- You disas-
semble & move $200.
MINI BLINDS, white, vinyl,
w/hardware, (4) 47" wide,
(2) 36" wide, (1) 28" wide,
$35 neg. (863)467-2434
RUG YARN- cut packages,
100+ unopened and many
part pkgs all colors, $20
DRUM SET, BY: TAMA, Brand
new symbols & stands.
$650 or best offer.
ORGAN Hammond, double
keyboard. Pd over $4000
asking $100 (863)675-0235
AMERICAN PITBULL PUPPIES
6 males, 6 females.
Call 863-634-3508 or
BABY QUAKER & Black head-
ed Counard, $170 will sell
BEAGLE, Male, 1 yr. old, Tri-
Colored, CKC papers. Loves
kids. U to date shots. $100
BEAGLE- Male, 2yrs old, Tri-
colored. C.K.C. papers,
Loves kids, House broke,
$150 863-484-0314 Lv msg
BEAGLE PUPS- 8wk, shots,
ACA registered, Call Monica
BIRD FEEDER, including pole
& screw in support, $7.50.
BLACK SILKIE CHICKS, $5
CHIHUAHUA, Larger size.,
Male, 12 wks. old. $100 or
best offer. (863)697-1095
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES 1
male, 2 female, all black &
white. Parents on prem. $150
ea. (863)675-3915 PIs Iv msg
CHOCOLATE RED NOSED
PITS- 7, Full blooded, Mom
on premises, 5 wks old,
$150 ea (863)634-7597
DACHSHUND, Chocolate, Full
Blooded. 10 months old.
Male. Good w/kids. $150
DOG PEN Chain link, 4.pan-
els, 10x6 + door. $100
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
SExtremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $200 or
.best offer. (863)763-3765
PARROT CAGE Large. Asking
RED NOSED PITBULL 5 mo
old, allishots up to date $300
ROOSERTS (3) Rhode Island
Red. Well fed, penned. $30
for all or will separate.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
babylock, Ese, hoops, cards,
BOW- High Country Com-
pound/case/extra stnng draw
29-30, pull 60-751lbs 65%
let/off $100 863-763-7609
GOLF CART- Yamaha, '96,.
Gas, Excellent condition,
$1500 or best offer
JUGS PITCHING MACHINE,
throws softballs or base-
balls, digital speed control,
SANYO- 17" color, Panason-
ic, 17", color. $50 for both,
will separate (863)357-4831
GENERATOR- Coleman Pow-
ermate w/wheel kit installed,
10 HP 5000 watt, 120/240v
$450 FIRM (863)763-4297
GENERATOR: Generac, 22500
surge, 15000 continuous, 30
hp, elec. start. $2000.
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200
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.
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WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art. Paying
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850.
GELDING, Very Gentle. Kid
friendly. 10 yrs. old. Asking
MINIATURE STUD HORSE-
31" tall, child broke, incld,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
FARM-ALL CUB New rear
rims/tires, eng. & carb. 5' belly
mower, disc in back blade. Run
perfect $4K 863-763-2763
GAS GRILL- 3 rack, 1 yr old,
RIDING LAWN MOWER'98
Snapper, 9h/p. Runs good, like
new condition $450 or best of-
RIDING MOWER, Murray, 14.5
hp, 42" cut. Auto trans. $550.
GOATS- $100 call evenings
(863)675-4098 La Belle
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 3 Br, 2 Ba
on the water. No utilities, un-
furnished. $1000 mo.
OKEE 2br, 2ba. Small of-
fice, carport, large lot. Fur-
nished 1st, last & dep. No
utilities. $900 mo 357-0707
Okeechobee's NicestI New
1&2 BR homes-waterfront,
clean & quiet, from $600.
TREASURE ISLAND, 3 Br, 2
Ba on water. No util., unfur-
nished, cathedral ceiling, shed,
carpori. $1'000 mo.
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
BUCKHEAD RIDGE- Quiet
area, 2/2, Lake access,
$575, 1/2 util, Sec Dep, Refs
Req (561)763-4800 leave
CONDO, On Ft. Myers Beach,
Fully Furnished. Sleeps 4. Oct.
15th-Oct. 22nd. $700.
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lets Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfrnt Property 1080
BEAUTIFUL, 4 Bdrm., 2 Ba,
Remodeled house on acre lot
(great view) Convenient, In
town 2800 sq. ft. under air.
Real wood floors, wood deck,
pool. $389K by owner.
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 5.6 ac,-
3br, 2ba. Lg sc. rmn, cleared &
fenced, beautiful trees &
Idscpg. Horses OK, Ig barn &
arena. Subdiv. into 4 sep. lots.
BEAUTIFUL 40 acre ranches.
Located Hwy 98'N. Close to
town, lots of game. Improved
pasture & partially wooded.
21,500 per acre
Ft. Drum Ranchelte, 5 acres,
high & dry, fenced, w/single
wide mobile home, new
elec., beautiful property,
IDEAL FOR DEVELOPMENT
193 Acres. Well, electric. 4
mi from town on Hwy 98 N.
Close to school. $20K per
OKEECHOBEE 5 ACRES
Lot in town, off Eagle Bay Dr.
$475,000 or best offer.
Interested parties call:
(207)288-8597 or Cell
Mobile Home -Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes. Sale 2020
BHR, 2BR/2BA or 3BR/2BA
doublewide, c/a, no pets,
starting at $600 mo. yearly
lease, $1000 sec. 763-4031
OKEE- D/W, 3br, 2ba, on the
water. $1100. mo. + 1st,
last $600. Sec dep., 2547
SE 32nd St. (863)634-3312
TAYLOR CREEK: Waterfront,
2 BR, 11/2 Ba, shed, carport,
docks, lawn maintenance incid
$900 mo. (863)697-3898
TREASURE ISLAND 3 BR, 2
BA, Partially Furnished, Non
Sink. Env., No pets. 1st., last
& sec. dep.863-697-1033
MOBILE HOME 91 SW 14x66,
3 Bdrm., 2 Ba, Zone II, You
must move. $4500. N. Ft.
OKEE- Mobile home, Oldie but
goody Adults park, No pets,
2br, 1 ba, Screened porch,
Roof over, Great shape in-
side & out Asking $19,000.
RIVER BEND Adult M/H Park
2br, 1 /ba. Florida room, roof
over, partly turn. Grt shape
in/out $19K (863)763-2005
Jet Sklis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
BASS TRACKER 89, 16Ft., 35
hp Mercury Minnkota. A/T
Tournament Series, 24 volt.
535 Hummingbird. Live well.
Ruhdsgood. Must sell. $2000
(863)763-6065 Ask for Ken
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $175.
GAME FISHERMAN 12ft, fiber-
glass, w/ 16ft aluminum Magic
Tilt trailer. $700 or best offer
PONTOON BOAT, 22' Crest w/
trailer, 60 hp Mercury w/staln-
less steel propeller. Low
hours. $9500 (863)357-2704
REGAL- '97, 21', 4.3 Mercury
cruiser w/tandum trailer,
.Fresh water use only
SEA NYMPH 16FT-fully
rgged, trolling mtr, trir, 40hp
Merc outboard, needs minor
work $1000 (863)467-1300.
SEA RAY 1991, 135 V6 0/B,
Flat Boat, $2000 or best of-
TRI HULL BOAT-14" with trir,
and 55hp Homelite motor,
Collectors item, $400 or best
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trir, $1500
COACHMAN CATALINA 2003,
30 Ft. w/14 Ft. Slide Out. Like
new. $13,000. or best offer.
HONDA BF 90- '04, Warranty
left, $6200 (863)467-2000
H.D. ELECTRIC GLIDE CLAS-
SIC- '99, 15,746 mi., Fully
loaded, Hard bags
Honda Goldwing Aspencade
GL1200, '86, 45k mi., gar-
age maintained, exc. cond.,
cd/am/fm radio/cass., lots of
chrome, asking $4500 neg.
Call David 941-815-4783.
HONDA SHADOW 500- '85,
Good condition, Runs great
$1500 or best offer.
SUZUKI INTRUDER- '99, 5223
mi,Stralght pipes, Garage
kept, $4000 or best offer
YUMBO CRUISER, only 50
miles, 200cc, good beginner
bike, $2500. (863)801-5353
DUNEBUGGY- '2000, Street le-
gal. With trailer $2500 or
best offer. (863)697-9044
GO-CART- Silver Fox, 2 seat,
Used very little'. $800.
HONDA 350X- 3 Wheeler, '86,
$1200 or best offer.
SUZUKI 4 WHEELER- Ozark,
'03, 250cc, Nearly new,
Good tires, Must sell $2200.
LeBelle- Live in Travel Trailer,
'93, 32', New Refrigerator
unit & A/C, $8000.
MISSING- AIRSTREAM '74-
31ft, recent new roof top AC,
vic of West Palm Beach
91405, Reward if found
TRAILER MOBILE- '74, 48',
Good shape $2500 or best
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utilty 4055
Tractor Tralers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CAMARO- '80, Auto, Runs,
Needs work, $1750.
(863)697-3258 or 634-6601
CHEVY CAMARO '92- R/S
Runs & looks great. $3000 or
best offer (863)634-6927
Chevy Corsica, '94, runs
good, needs TLC, $500 or
best offer. (863)447-5540
FORD CONTOUR '96 Cold
a/c, good condition, runs
well $1300 or best-offer
FORD MUSTANG 1992,
Coupe, 4 cyl. w/5 speed &
cold air. $1500 or best offer.
FORD TAURUS 1991, Ice Cold
Air, Excellent running condi-
ton. $2000. (863)467-7581
FORD TEMPO- '92, 4 door, re-
conditioned engine, 48K,
Good around town car $700.
or best offer (863)357-0060
GRAND MARQUEE- '94, Very
good condition. $3500.
Honda Civic DX Hatchback,
'89, wrecked but did run, for
parts, $300 or best offer.
HYUNDAI SCOOP '95 a/c,
cd, runs great, great on gas.
LINCOLN TOWN CAR '92- 4dr,
runs great, $1200 or best of-
LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1988 -
Good cond., black rag top,
new tires, cold a/c, $1000.
MERCURY SABLE '93 white,
tinted windows, cruise control.
runs great & great on gas.
MERCURY TRACER, '91- NC
not working, runs good. Al-
most new tires. $1000 or
best offer (863)675-1621.
NISSAN MAXIMA 95: V6, Au-
to., 5 spd., A/C. Good on gas.
Like new. $800 down, 60 wk.
or $2499. (954)260-1933
Nissan Sentra, '94, runs good
with cold a/c, $2000 or best
o f f e r .
NISSAN STANZA 1985, good
work car, strong motor,
$1295 cash. (561)358-6307
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME 87, V8, Auto. All pow-
er, A/C. Works well. Needs
work. $500 (863)763-9592
PLYMOUTH-'95, 4cy, good
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE- '02,
Loaded, 4 new tires, Good
paint/no rust, $10,000. Neg
561-996-6017 or 996-2076
PONTIAC FIREBIRD 1988,
Metallic Blue, 305, Runs great.
Needs a computer. $500. Call
Corey @ (863)673-6081
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
VW RAIL BUGGY & PARTS -
needs work. $350 or best of-
BOOM TRUCK, w/bucket,
$2000 or best offer.
FORD BRONCO, '87, 4x4 -
runs, needs some TLC,
$1000 neg. or trade for 4x4
4 whir. (863)634-4338
FORD BRONCO II 1990, 2
Door Wagon (4WD) 96,000
miles. $2000 or best offer. Call
Cindy (863)801-1742 after 6p
FORD F150 1986, 4x4, 18" of
lift, 44" tires, 460 engine.
$2500 or best offer.
JEEP- '85, Selling parts or
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint )ob runs and
looks good $1500.
E350 FORD VAN 85- w/6.9
diesel, exc. motor & drive
train, new tires, rusty body,
$1200 neg (561)684-9007.
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 29, 2005
F350 TRUCKS (3) all w/6.9
diesels, 2 bad motors, 1
good, $1850 or best of-
Find It fester. Seo It soon-
er In the classlieds
BUCKET SEATS- 2, $50. Will
CARBURETOR Holley, &
Chevy truck. Rally Wheels (5)
$200 for all or will sep.
CHEVY PARTS Turbo 400
Trans, '69 Camaro Radiator,
like new. $200 both, will sep.
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used ntens i
DODGE OMNI '89 for parts
only. Good tires, engine has
42K orig mi. $300
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION,
3.84, 4,000 miles, $500.
ENGINE- for '89 Honda Ac-
cord, 2.2, w/tranny, 89K orig
miles $150 (863)697-6731.
MOTOR -'83 Ford, $150 takes
motor & truck
POSI TRACTION UNIT- with
gears, $300 or best offer
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
TONNEAU COVER- by ARE fits
Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed truck
Excellent condition $300.
TOOLBOX full size, like new
condition, diamond plated,
single lid, $120
TRANSMISSION- Rebuilt GM,
TRUCK TOPPER- Fiberglass,
full size, maroon, asking
$150 or best offer
CHEVY 3/4 TON PICKUP, '86,
new motor, runs good, good
body, parts only, no title,
CHEVY PICK UP 1990, A/C,
V8, Dependable. $1500 or
trade for 150 hp. or larger boat
CHEVY SILVERADO '87, 305,
Auto, All Power, CD, A/C,
CC, Bedliner, Reese hitch
CHEVY SILVERADO '92 Step
Side- AC, new tires & brakes,
350 motor, w/camper top.
$4000 neg. (863)697-6618
DODGE DAKOTA- 88 318,
Motor needs work, As is,
FORD F100 1974, 2 wd.
$1200 or Trade.
FORD F100 1983, A/C, Auto.,
New Carb., New tires, 2
Tone Blue. $2500 Firm.
FORD F150 '81 Good 6 cyl.
engine, new trans. Good tires.
Sell whole or for parts. $300
FORD F150 '91 XLT, auto,
V8, cold ac, runs great, many
new parts including new tires
$2500. neg. (863)697-2032
FORD F150 '92 Ext cab, V8,
cold a/c $1000
TOYOTA PICK UP 1988, 4
cyl., 4 spd., A/C. Gas saver!
Runs excellent. $1800 or best
CHEVY BLAZER, 1986, 6 cyl-
inder, a/c, runs well, needs
some work, $750.
KAISER JEEP '67- Military
M715, 4x4, 6 cyl, runs,
$650 neg. or will trade
TOYOTA 4RUNNER- '92, 4x4,
4 door, A/C, $2000. or best
offer. Moving, must sell.
ENCLOSED TRAILER- 12' dou-
ble axle, $1500 or best offer
HOME TRAILER, Bed 11 1/2' I
x 51/2'w $600.
TILT TRAILER 5x8, w/ re-
movable custom cap. Good
UTILITY TRAILER, 6x10, with
siderails & 4 ft. gate, exc.
cond., $650. (863)763-1703
AEROSTAR WORK VAN '97-
runs great, low mileage,
DODGE RAM- '89; New tires &
transmission, 1st $1500
Takes it! (863)357-3564
Dodge 2500 Mark III, '96,
runs good, rides great, needs
transmission work, $2500.
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF
POLK COUNTY, GEORGIA
In the Interest of
IL., SEX: Female, DOB: 8/17/1993,
A child under18yearsof age
TO: Patrick Thomas
You are hereby notified that the above-
styled action was filed in said Court on
September 15, 2005 petitioning the
Court for Non Reunification with re-
gards to the above child. You are here-
by commanded and required to file
Swith the Clerk of Court and serve upon
B. Jean Crane,. petitioner's Attorney,
216 Main Street, Cedartown, Georgia
30125, an Answer to this Petition
within sixty (60) days of the date of
this Order for Publcation.
WITNESS the Honorable Judge Robert
Monroe of said Court, this 20th day of
Debbie Bright, Clerk
Juvenile Court of Polk County
86334 ON 9/22,29;10/6,13/05
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Notice is hereby given thatthe Glades
County Board of County Commission-
ers will be accepting sealed bids from
qualified general contractors until 3:00
PM on October 31, 2005 for the pro-
ject known as the American Legion
There will be a mandatory pre-bid confer-
ence atthe job site located at 600 Riv-
er Rd SW Moore Haven at2:00 PM.
on October 20, 2005.
Bids are to be delivered by mail to Glades
County Emergency Management, Post
Office Box 68 Moore Haven, Florida
33471 or in person to 500 Avenue J,
Moore Haven 33471. Plans may be
obtained at the above address or at the
office of .L. Bennett, PE at241 Yeo-
mans Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935.
Glades County reserves the rightto reject
any or all bids and to award contract
to the lowest or best Bidder.
87636 CB,CGS, 10/6,13/2005
ON 9/09 innono -
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO.: 1995-DP-526
IN THE INTEREST OF:
C.B. DOB: 09-23-89
Mother of the minor child:
TO: Father of C.B., Robert Martin
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL-
DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
TIVE TO C.B., A FEMALE CHILD,
BORN ON THE 23RD DAY OF SEP-
TEMBER, 1989. THE CHILD WAS
BORN IN THE COUNTY OF PALM
BEACH, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE
CIRCUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION
IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LO-
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
304 NW. 2ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 9:00 A.M. ON THE 9TH DAY OF NO-
VEMBER, 2005, FOR HEARING AND
TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PETI-
TION SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
Church to host health fair
A community health fair will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church complex, 901 S.W. Sixth St., on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. until
noon. Free health services will include blood pressure screenings, dia-
betes screenings, eye exams, HIV screenings and skin cancer. Health
education topics will include breast cancer, HIV, obesity education and
pregnancy to birth. The fair is open to the public, and there will be free
inflatable games for children. Deputies from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office will be on hand to check the installation of your child's
car seat. Booth space and sponsorships are available. For information,
contact Alvaro Ortega at (863) 763-3727.
Grief and loss support group to meet
Big Lake Hospice will hold daytime grief and loss support group
-meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning,
.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 infor-
mation, contact Karla at 800-299-4677.
Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Oct. 14, and
Saturday, Oct.. 15, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hospice of Okee-
chobee volunteer house at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave.
All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.
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 information,
call (863) 467-2882.
AARP drivers safety course planned
The Crime Prevention Unit of Okeechobee will sponsor -an AARP,
driver safety course on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
both days. Tuition is $10.and must be paid by check. The event will be
held behind the office of the Okeechobee County Tag Agency, 307 N.W.
Fifth Ave. Registration for these classes should be done in advance. Par-
ticipants do not have to be members of AARP, or have AARP auto insur-
ance. All seniors 50. and over are invited. For information, contact
instructor D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
Martha's House to hold Health Fair
Martha's House will be hosting a Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15,
Irom 8 a.m. until,noon at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St.
(behind the City Fire Department). There will be booths'from various
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 theAndersons at (863) 768-6069.
Vendors needed for benefit
The Joshua Matute Family Transportation Benefit needs vendors to
set up in the Okeechobee City Park on Oct. 29. Vendors needed include
arts and crafts, food, drink and entertainment. There will also be a bak-
ing contest and prize giveaways. For information, contact Niki Salmon
at (561) 722-0401, or Hazel Wetherington at (863) 763-3617.
Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of opera-
tion are: Aug. 8- Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m.,
Saturday from 10 a.m. until.5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 .until 5 p.m. The
pool is not open during school hours. For information, contact the pool
office at (863) 467-7667.
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 Annu-
al Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
There will be an antique car show, arts and craft vendors,, live music,
kids activities, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a cracker cow-
boy poet, pony rides,'living history re-enactments and more! Park
admission is $4 per carload (up to eight people). Arts and crafts ven-
dors are needed. The participation fee is $10.70 for the entire day. Con-
tact Dorothy L. Harris at (863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail at dorothy.l.har-
firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to request a vendor packet.
Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis of the Hammock
Inn directlyat (863) 385-7025.
Girl Scouts to host tea party
The Okeechobee Girl Scouts Pegasus Service Unit is hosting a special
Adult Tea Party for all adults who are involved in Girl Scouting and this
who were girl scouts in their youth. The .tea will be held Sunday, Nov. 6,
from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St. For information, contact Laurie Pharr at (863) 634-0465.
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 infoi-
mation, 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 "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks
the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to
the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher 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-
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from the
sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. For
information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
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.
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave., is
open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The 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 histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture
of the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Com-
merce. They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
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 Volun-
tary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in
Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the 2005-06 school
year. Parents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflori-
da.org; or, they can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for
a paper copy of the registration.
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 Mon-
day and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tues-
day through Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon
from 3 until 4 p.m.; Boy Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8
p.m.; Immigration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of
every month from I until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and
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 infor-
mation, 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 sponsoring a fundraiser. We ask that you donate your used or
empty laser printer cartridges and ink jets to the Post. The Post will
receive a donation from ECC. All monies received from this project
will 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.
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BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
September 20, 2005
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CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, Octo-
ber 20, 2005 at the District Office, State of Florida Department of Transportation,
801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Flonda 33830 for the following work. Bids re-
ceived will be opened and publicly read aloud in the 3rd Floor Planning Multi-Pur-
pose Conference Room. Sealed bids may be mailed and must be received pnor
to bid opening to State of Florida Department of Transportation, 801 North Broad-
way Ave., Attn: District Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830, If the bid
amount is greater than ^75 rino n ,: ... .. ,,. 1... ..,, r the Contractor
must be pre-qualified as .. i' i I., i i i 1lili nd Rule Chapter
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 PM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, October 19, 2005. Plan holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Fn-
day, October 14, 2005.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS AND/OR
BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863) 534-7172. THIS
FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWW.WDOTSTATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMI-
NISTRATIONDISTRICT1 FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE PRO-
JECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR IN-
TENT TO ATTEND THIS OCTOBER 11, 2005 AT 2:00 PM. FOR TECHNICAL
QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFICATIONS OR PAY ITEMS, CONTACT THE PRO-
JECT MANAGER LISTED.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F16-RO) HIGHLANDS AND OKEECHOBEE, FINANCIAL PROJECT
NO. 419597-1-72-01 & 419598-1-72-01 Work consists of storm pond mowing
and litter removal., (Approx 365 calendar days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Gary
Burnett (803) 386 6104 garVburnett(dot state flus. BUDGET AMOUNT:
$14,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS
(CONTRACT NO. E1F17-RO) DESOTO & HARDEE, FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
419802-1-72-01 & 419803-1-72-01 Work consists of mechanical sweeping of
curb, gutter, and bridge structures on the primary system. (Approx 365 Calendar
Days). NOTE PROJECT MANAGER: Bobby Carroll (863) 993-4634 bobby car
rol dot.state.fl.us. BUDGET AMOUNT: $20,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS
(CONTRACT NO. E1F18-RO) DISTRICT WIDE, FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
419340-1-72-01 Work consists of Void filling and Surface realignment. (Approx
365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER Roxann Lake (863) 519-2680
roxann lake(@dot state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT: $100,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR
PLANS AND SPECS. NOTE: THIS CONTRACT HAS A BUDGETARY CEILING LIM-
IT OF $100,000,00
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow,
Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the
State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be made. The righl
is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Bid Solicitation Notice in accordance with Chapter 337 FS.
85374 ON 9/29;10/6/05.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF,
THIS 9TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2005.
CLERK OF COURT
By: Heather Simmons
85175 ON 9/17,22,29;10/6/05
NOTICE OF INTENT
The Governing Board of the South
Florida Water Management District
intends to designate the position of
002196, Assistant Deputy Execu-
tive Director as senior management
for the purpose of participation in
the Florida Retirement System's
Senior Management Service Class.
This designation will take effect on
October 27, 2005,as allowed for
by section 121.055, F.S. and with
the approval by the District's Gov-
eming Board at the meeting of Oc-
tober 12, 2005.
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Service Club Briefs
Special to UKeechnoee News
Ragion deployed to Iraq
Corporal Derek D. Ragion, U.S. Marine Corp., age 22, from
Lake Worth graduated from Santaluces Community High
School, Boynton Beach, joined the U.S. Marines in
December 2002. Trained as a helicopter mechanic/crew
chief in the Third Marine Air Wing, light helicopter
squadron HMLA 369, deployed Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, to
Iraq for seven months. Derek leaves, his wife, Jill Ragion
of one year at Camp Pendleton, Calif. to await his 'return.
Derek's mother, Carolyn Smith of Lake Worth, and grand-
mother, Joan Wilcox of Okeechobee, traveled to Califor-
nia to see him off.
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Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Thursday and Friday from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Wednesday,
tacos served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Saturday from noon until 8
p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at .10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Starting in September, euchre
will be on Monday and Wednesday
from 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
Eagles Aeries #4137
Saturday, Oct. 29: Halloween
party and lava lamp drawing pro-
ceeds go to Snowball Queen Chari-
ties. Our Queen and King will be
Diane and Bill Huston.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5
and 6: Yard sale at AERIES, Rain or
shine, 8 a.m. until? Donated items
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be available.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $10 donation. Music will be by
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other
events, (863) 763-2552..
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R.-70 East. For information, call
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
Meals served Wednesdays,
and Fridays from 5 until 7:15 p.m.
and on Saturdays from 6:30 until 8
p.m. Call the Lodge to see what
they are serving.
Saturday night: karaoke from
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights meals will be served.
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
Thursday: at 7 p.m. there will
be member appreciation, Dave
Padgitt will host an open mike
night. Drinks will be 25 cents off.
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until? Call the Lodge to see who is
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Sept. 29: W.O.T.M. college of
regents ceremony in honor of
Becky Bennett will begin at 7 p.m.
Please bring a covered dish.
Reservations for the New
Years Eve Party go on sale Oct. 14.
Seating is limited so get your tickets
early. They are $40 per couple or
$20 per person. No tickets will be
sold at the door.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
Friday evenings: food, fun and
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137 Okeechobee
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during sea-'
son karaoke will be held from 5
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
'able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday through
Saturday, Oct. 15: Oktoberfest
2005 will start at 1 p.m. for a $7
donation. There will be German
food: schnitzel, bratwurst, sauer-
kraut, rotkraut, kartoffelsalat and
more. There will be music by Alex
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, men auxiliary or AMVETS
there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at I
p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
*. Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing.at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
WWII vets plan trip
DELRAY BEACH The
Association of Sons and
Daughters of WWII Veterans
will lead a group to England
and France during April 2006
to commemorate the 62nd
anniversary of the D-Day land-
ings, the Battle for Normandy
and the drive through France
to the Rhine.
The itinerary will include
London, Portsmouth, Cher-
bourg, Omaha and Utah
beaches, Caen, St. Mere
Eglise, Caretan, Argentan,
Falaise and Paris.
A memorial service will be
held at the American Military
Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer
For information, call Sy
Canton at (561) 865-8495; or,
send inquires to 5121 B Nest-
ing Way, Delray Beach, Fla.,
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