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Vol. 96 No. 277 Tuesday, October 4, 2005 504 Plus tax
The 1200 block of S.R. 70
W will be closed to all traffic
during the hours of 6 p.m. and
6 a.m. on Oct. 8 and 9.
Detours will be posted and
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office deputies and officers
from the Okeechobee City
Police Department will be
manning the intersections.
Westbound traffic will be
detoured to N.W. Ninth
Avenue, to N.W. Ninth Street
and then to U.S. 98.
Eastbound traffic will be
detoured from U.S. 98 to N.W
Ninth Street and then to N.W
The detours were designed
to attempt to move traffic
through non-residential areas.
"Friday night's game against
the Sharks will be a dog fight,"
stated Brahman head coach
Chris Branham early last week.
And it was.
The Sebastian River Sharks
(2-2), complete with their
cheerleaders and 213-member
band, arrived at Brahman Stadi-
um early Friday evening to take
on the Okeechobee Brahmans
(3-2) in the first conference
game of the season for either
As Sebastian left the
unfriendly confines of Brah-
mans Stadium with a hard
fought 28-21 win, they were
seen shaking their heads and
saying: "What a game!"
The game opened with the
Brahmans winning the toss.
They deferred and the Sharks
received the ball. The-Sharks
,took little time in cashing in on
the Brahmans' decision. With
10:44 on the clock, they flew
down the field 41 yards for the
first touchdown of the night and
an early 6-0 lead.
Okeechobee scored on their
opening possession when
Kenny Spencer charged into the
- endzone with 9:20 left in the
first quarter. Place kicker Sean
Petry booted the ball through
the uprights for the point after,
giving the Brahmans a 7-6 lead.
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Comics . . .8
Community Events .. .4
Crossword ......... 9
Obituaries .... . ..3
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports . . . .6
Weather .......... 2.
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Brahman supporters: Prepare for football game
UKeecnobee News/Lorna JablonsKI
The Brahman majorettes were on hand for Friday night's game against the Sebastian
River Sharks. Several warmed up together prior to the start of the game. They are: (left
to right) Allese Eatmon, captain; Cassie Coker, co-captain and Rachel Herndon.
Bubba, the official Brahman mascot (left) and handler Brian Delahanty (right) watched
the game from the sidelines.
Water managers plan for future
By MaryAnn Morris
Special to Okeechobee News
As state and federal officials
plan for future water and envi-
ronmental needs of South Flori-
da, the public is invited to com-
ment on the proposals. The draft
of the 2006 South Florida Envi-
ronmental Report (SFER) is avail-
able on-line at
directly from South Florida Water
Management District at the local
office in Okeechobee on the sec-
ond floor of the Nations Bank
Building on U.S. 441. Their tele-
phone number is (863)462-5260
but it is not necessary to call
The environment in South
Florida is unique, since with few
exceptions is has been so altered
by man from its natural state, as
to require management by man.
Citizens of South Florida have a
say in what happens. The reports
and plans are public information.
Before humans entered the
ecosystem, Lake Okeechobee
was isolated from the rest of the
world. Once discovered by man,
it became an asset.
It was connected to the
Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexi-
co to drain the rich land in the
area for farming and to provide
travel ways for commerce; to sell
the fruit, vegetables and fish and
to bring supplies to those who,
increasingly were choosing to
The hurricanes, natural to the
area, brought killing floods. A
dike and flood gates were built
around the lake. The sediment
which the flood waters once
deposited onto the lahd south of
the big lake sank to the bottom of
the lake. The land that is left,
erodes, becoming thinner and
lower each year.
, The Kissimmee River which
once spread out for miles with
the rains, depositing its sediment
onto the open prairie, was dug
out and straightened out for flood
control and its sediments are also
carried into the lake. But here
tells a different tale. Here, some,
at least, is being restored. Parts of
the river have been filled in to
force water back into the old
oxbows and spreading out into
wetlands. Marshes of native
plants are coming back, provid-
ing habitat for waterfowl. Con-
servation areas and Stormwater
treatment areas are being built to
allow the water to sit so the
plants can grow and feed on the
nutrients, duplicating to a degree
what once was to provide for the
See Water -Page 2
By Audrey Blackwell
Several employees and citi-
zen volunteers will be recog-
nized at the Okeechobee City
Council's 6 p.m. meeting
tonight at City Hall.
City employees Floyd Selph
and William Hill will receive
service awards Mr. Selph for
15 years; Mr. Hill for five years.
Dr. Christopher Mavroides and
Thomas Keller will receive a cer-
tificate of appreciation for Citi-
zen Board service. Ricky Holt
will receive.the same award for
Pension Board service.
An open public hearing will
be heard on proposed Ordi-
nance No. 915 for Christopher
and Gail Newman, who are
requesting a zoning change.
The item was tabled at the last
council meeting until Mayor
James Kirk could be present.
The Newmans are requesting to
rezone their property at 207 N.E.
Park St. from heavy commercial
to commercial business.
The council will hold a pub-
lic hearing and set the final hear-
ing date of Oct. 18 on proposed
Ordinance No. 916 for Hubert
and Rachel Phillips for rezoning
two of the four lots of the Dairy
Queen property at 1212 S. Par-
rott Ave. They are asking to
rezone the two lots as heavy
commercial from their current
single family-one designation.
Two of the lots are already
zoned as heavy commercial.
Oct. 18 will be set as the final
public hearing date for pro-
'posed Ordinance No. 917
amending a section of the land
regarding the proposal to
include Main Street's Murals and
Visual Arts program guidelines.
Council members will con-
sider moving John Whidden
from alternate member to regu-
lar member for the Board of
- Agency/Planning Board/Design
Review Board and to fill the
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The operating schedule for releases of water from Lake Okee-
chobee takes into consideration: (1) Flood control in Zones A-
C, (2) Conditional flood control releases depending on condi-
tions in the watershed, the long and short term weather fore-
casts and ecological conditions in Zone D, (3) No regulatory
releases in Zone E, where flood control releases are not called
for under any circumstances and (4) Zone E, when water in the
lake is so low that water use restrictions are imposed.
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News Briefs Water
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 the
For information, call: (561) 798-
6129; (772) 341-7610; or, (863) 763-
will meet Nov. 2
OKEECHOBEE State Repre-
sentative Frank Attkisson, chairman
of the Okeechobee County Legisla-
tive 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 Commis-
sioners chambers, 304 N.W Sec-
The delegation will hear con-
cerns and ideas for potential legisla-
tion. 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 mort-
gages for very low and low-income
For prequalification for this loan,
call (863) 763-3345 to reserve your
seat for one of our homebuyer
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
People who have been dis-
placed to Okeechobee due to Hur-
ricane 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
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birds, the ducks, the deer and the
The St. Lucie and Caloosahatch-
ee estuaries, which years ago were
fed only by the seas, are now con-
nected to the lake. The fresh water
from the lake is allowed to flow out
into the estuaries, carrying the sedi-
ment to the marine environment
and altering the salinity of the
breeding grounds for fish and crus-
taceans. Drainage continues south-
ward, dumping water, drying the
land. Water managers are now try-
ing to preserve the Everglades that
are left. As Marjorie Stoneman
Douglas said, in "River of Grass" in
1947, "There are no other Ever-
glades in the world."
The SFER details the current
management practices and regula-
tory practice for Lake Okeechobee
in Chapter 10. Page 71 of Chapter
10 deals with the Lake Regulation
Schedule. Lake Okeechobee is the
second-largest freshwater lake in
the United States. Lake Michigan is
"The water levels in Lake Okee-
chobee are controlled in part by a
U'.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) regulation schedule
adopted in 2000. The schedule,
known as the Water Supply and
Environment (WSE) is designed to
provide necessary flood protection
in the regional system, but in a
manner that balances the needs of
water supply, navigation and pro-
tection of natural habitat in the
lake(e.g. the littoral zone) and
downstream ecosystems (east and
west coast estuaries and the Ever-
glades Protection Area). There are
distinct zones where different dis-
charge rates are specified," the
report states," the report states.
"During operation of Lake Okee.
chobee under the WSE schedule,
the SFWMD and USACE Have iden-
tified areas where performance
can be improved."
An example is given of the
adoption of new standards for
long-range climate forecasting.
Computer models are constantly
The report continues: "Notably,
there is also a tendency for the
schedule to be more conservative
than anticipated when the lake is in
Zone D; releases are called for
when stage is rising, but then
stopped when stage reaches a
plateau. In 2002-2003, this allowed
a stepwise rise in water levels in the
lake, prolonged deep-water condi-
tions in the lake's nearshore zone,
and resulted in. a loss of nearly 40
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alternate member vacancy.
Holiday plans will be discussed
by the council, including meeting
-. times and a temporary street clos-
m -- ing for a holiday celebration on
S.W. Park Street from 5 until 9
* p.m., on Nov. 29.
The council will consider an
.-. agreement with Environmental
-W Compliance Services, Inc. for
them to enter Auto Clinic's proper-
ty and install two monitoring wells
in the right-of-way on Southeast
S Third Street.
City Administrator Brian White-
hall will lead discussions on proce-
dures for closing alleyways and
Commerce Center proposals. He
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The Kissimmee River spread out over the land during the
rains and flooded the fields. This was taken after the hurri-
cane in 1947 and shows the Kissimmee River where State
Road 70 crosses the river.
Local man charged
with burglary, theft
A 19-year-old Okeechobee
man is in the Okeechobee County
Jail following his arrest for his
alleged connection with the bur-
glary of a N.W 252nd home.
Harvey Lee Ford III, N.W.
320th St., was arrested during the
early morning hours on Oct. 2
and charged with burglary, grand
theft, felony criminal mischief and
interference with child custody.
He remains in the county jail,
where he is being held under a
bond of $8,500.
According to a report by Okee-
'chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) Deputy Timothy A. Hig-
gins, was dispatched to the N.W
252nd home after the homeown-
er returned to his domicile and
found someone there. The home-
owner told the OCSO dispatcher
that a green Ford Explorer was
backed up to the rear door of his
As the SUV left the home, the
42-year-old homeowner recog-
nized the driver and identified him
Ford was later found at anoth-
er residence, where his vehicle
was identified by the first home-
owner. The report goes on to say
that the homeowner also identi-
fied some items in the rear of the
Explorer as those items reportedly
taken from his home. Those
items included paint ball guns, an
amplifier and some U.S. currency.
With Ford at the time of his
arrest were two juveniles, who
were arrested then released to
their parents. Due to the nature of
their involvement in the alleged
crime, the juveniles were not
In 1964, after the channel was dug and locks installed, the
Kissimmee River no longer spread out over the land, flood-
ing the pastures as before.
percent of the submerged plant
community that had recovered in
2000-2002. In addition to impact-
ing the lake, sitch a progressive rise
in stage can threaten the estuaries
as the stage approaches Zone C,
where continuous discharges for
flood protection purposes are
The report states that after see-
ing what has happened and hear-
ing from people, SFWMD and
USACE are doing things differently
and "are working with "stakehold-
ers to identify further adjustments
to the WSE schedule."
As yet, additional locations for
water storage, while planned, are
not yet constructed. Construction
is ongoing under the Comprehen-
sive Everglades Restoration Pro-
Old agricultural berms were
removed by backfilling old ditches,
4.84 miles, around Ritta Island in
the south part of the lake. Exotic
(nop-native) vegetation was also
will also ask the council to consid-
er approving a bid for building offi-
The possibility of bringing in a
Green Market to Flagler Park once
a week will be presented by Mau-
reen Burroughs with Main Street.
The proposal reads that such a
market could be held on Thurs-
days between the hours of 4 and 7
p.m., which would "not conflict
with our local vendors that supply
fresh produce., on the weekends at
the flea markets."
The council will consider a pre-
liminary plat approval for Brent-.
wood Estates, owner Mark Troen-
die. Loris Asmussen, project
engineer, submitted the pre-appli-
cation to the city's Technical
Review Committee on Sept. 28 to
modify a previously approved plat,
removed, and replaced with native
plants. This "will increase the use of
the interior marsh for wading birds
and other wildlife and reestablish
adult fish spawning grounds and
larval and juvenile fish nursery
grounds." Replanting of pond
apple and cypress by Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission and
SFWMD is ongoing. A 100-acre sec-
tion of degraded wetland on Torrey
Island has been replanted in native
pond apple as part of this restora-
tion effort. The City of Belle Glade is
removing exotic plants adjacent to
and along the walkways to provide
both access and a clear view of the
wetlands of Torrey Island."
Last week, water managers
conducted public hearings on the
report. The hearings have conclud-
ed, but public comment may still
be made online.
When the Peer Review by a
panel of scientists not part of the-
regulatory agencies is finished, a
final report will be issued.
and it was approved. The pro-
posed plat is in the 900, 1000, 1100
and 1200 blocks of S.W. 10th
The property owner is propos-
ing to develop a subdivision with
water and septic tanks rather than
a sewer system as previously
David Conlon will present a
request to reduce parking space
requirements by 20 percent for a
previously approved construction
project at 501 N.E. Park St. The
item was approved by the city's
technical review committee Sept.
The council will discuss the
purchase of property in the Com-
merce Center by Ross and Travis
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If you love music, you won't
want to miss this concert! The
performing vocal and instrumen-
tal artists at Indian River Commu-
nity College guarantee your ears
will rejoice, your toes will tap and
your head with sway when
IRCC'S presents Onstage at the
McAlpin Fine Arts Center the
.annual Variety Concert Oct. 13-18.
IRCC's "Company" vocalists
and Jazz Band will deliver a blend
of jazz, popular standards, Top
40's contemporary selections and
some of Broadway's best tunes.
The instrumental Music Director,
Dr. John Southall will take over
the baton this season to show-
case the talented Jazz Band stu-
dents and Dr. Dale Reith, Vocal
Music Director, will continue to
lead the Company Singers in yet
another stellar season.
Tickets to the Variety Concert
are $12 and may be purchased by
calling the IRCC Box Office Mon-
day-Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at
1(866)-400-7529 (PLAY) or visit-
ing the Box Office on the Maih
Campus located at 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Ft. Pierce. Variety Con-
cert performances will be held on
Thursday, Oct. 13, Friday, Oct. 14
and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
and a matinee performance on
Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Season
subscriptions are still available for
a limited time, inquire about a full
season of Fine Arts offerings by
calling the Box Office today! Sup-
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IRCC to hold health
fair for Hispanics
Indian River Community
College in conjunction with
Florida Community Health Cen-
ters, La Coalicion Latino Ameri-
cana, Harbor Federal Bank, La
Gigante 1330 Radio, and the
Diabetic Coalition, will hold a
Feria De Salud (Health Fair) for
Hispanics open to the public on
Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m., in the Health Sci-
ence Building at the Main Cam-
pus, 3209 Virginia Ave., in Ft.
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disease, and other health issues.
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Degree in Nursing students and
TEAM grant members will per-
form free blood pressure read-
ings and capillary blood glu-
cose level tests for Diabetes.
Fasting is recommended prior
to taking this test. Beverages
and door prizes will also be
For information, contact Ann
Hubbard toll-free at 1 (866)-
866-IRCC (4722), ext. 7570.
Dorothy A. Scott
, Dorothy A. Scott, age 77, died
Friday, Sept. 20, 2005, at Rauler-
son Hospital in Okeechobee. She
was born July 26, 1928 in
Philadelphia, Pa. and spent many
years as a resident of Okee-
chobee. She enjoyed playing
piano, crocheting, knitting, cards
game shows, and she also loved
the Red Sox.
Mrs. Scott is preceded in death
by her husband of 52 years,
Charles F. Scott, Sr.
Survivors include her children
Carol A. Clarke of Henniker, N.H.,
Elaine Lundberg of Canaan, N.H.,
Nancy Larson of Eads, Tenn.,
Chuck Scott and Stephen Scott,
both of Worcester, Mass., thirteen
grandchildren Heather, Bill and
Erin Clarke, Erik, Fred, Kari, and
Kristen Lundberg; Travis, Catie,
and Emily Larson, Ryan and
Justin Scott and Samantha Scott.
A memorial service will be
held at a later date. Mrs. Scott will
be buried along with her hus-
band, Charles F. Scott, Sr., at the
New Hampshire State Veterans
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For infor-
mation, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(Intemational Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and how to see
your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registra-
tion is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for informa-
tion. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life. The
public Is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For information,
contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It
is a self-help group that offers support and education for people who have
been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion
Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to welcome all ener-
getic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interested in
working towards the betterment four community. For information, call Mar-
garet Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, calL(863) 763-
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy or
Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. atthe Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in the
Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the comer of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car you
may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while you listen
to the great oldies music.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at V.FW. Post
#4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited. For
information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are
either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's
issues are also addressed. One support group is held every Wednesday at 5
p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department auditorium, 1728 N.W.
Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other sup-
port group is held on each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist
Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean Graham at (863)
Tantle Quiters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183. /
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military.informa-
tion available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
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Submitted photo/Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Williamson, Jr.
The land for the Ft. Drum Cemetery was donated by the Rev. Joel W. Swain (1836-1900), one of the three original set-
tlers of the community. Reverend Swain gave the land in memory of his wife, Martha Smith Swain (1830-1895). He arrived
in the area in 1877. This is the site of many old graves. In the early 1980s, several of the graves of the Civil War veter-
ans buried there were honored in a special ceremony. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okee-
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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 Fellow-
ship (formerly the Church of the Nazarene), 425 S.W. 28th St., at
6:30 p.m. Prayer events will be held each Tuesday throughout the
month of October. Locations for each walk will be announced.
Transportation board to meet
The Okeechobee County Transportation Disadvantaged Coor-
dinating Board will meet Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the conference room
at the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth
Ave. The meeting is open to the public.
Car wash to benefit storm victims
A car wash will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. until 4
p.m. in the VFW Post 9528 parking lot to benefit victims of Hurri-
canes Katrina and Rita. The car wash is sponsored by VFW Post
9528, 2002 U.S. Hwy 78 W, BHR in conjunction with: The VFW
Ladies Auxiliary, Amvets Post 2001, the VFW Men's Auxiliary and
Leonard's Pressure Cleaning.
Donations of $5 and up will be accepted. Hot dogs and sodas
will be available for a small donation.
Anyone wishing to mail donations please make checks out to:
VFW 9528 Katrina Hurricane Relief Fund. For questions concern-
ing the event please contact the VFW Post 9525 at (863) 467-2882.
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.
Restaurant helps hurricane victims
A Dine for America benefit for the American Red Cross Disaster
Relief Fund will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant. Golden Corral will donate $250,000 from restau-
rant proceeds on Oct. 5.
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, diabetes screenings, eye exams, HIV screen-
ings 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 chil-
dren. 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.
Ministerial association to meet Oct. 12
The next meeting of the Okeechobee County Ministerial Asso-
ciation will be noon on Oct. 12. The meeting will be held at Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. 4th St. Lunch will be provided. Hope
to see you all there.
Healthy Start board meeting planned
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m., in their office at
575 S.W. 28th St., which is in the New Endeavors School building.
This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy
families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For
information about the coalition, contact executive director Kay
Begin at (863) 462-5877.
Seminar to deal with Medicare issues
A complimentary luncheon seminar on the recent changes in
Medicare will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. Some of the topics to be
explained are the changes made in Medicare, the new prescrip-
tion drug benefit and long-term care. For information or to make a
reservation, call (863) 385-0707.
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 information, contact Karla at 800-299-
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
Okeechobee 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 Satur-
day, Oct. 15, starting at 1 p.m. for a $7 donation per person. Ger-
man food will include schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, rotkraut,
kartoffelsalat and more. Music will be provided by Alex and John-
ny 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. Participants do not have to be
members of AARP, or have AARP auto insurance. 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, from 8 a.m. until noon at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Sec-
ond 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.
Church plans Oktoberfest celebration
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, will host their
15th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 29. Lunch will be
served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will include bratwurst,
sauerkraut, baked beans, German potato salad, apple streusel
and a beverage. Tickets are $5 each. There will also be a white
elephant sale, cake walk, 50/50 drawing, prize giveaways, kids
games and a country store. For information, call (863) 763-5042.
Vendors needed for benefit
The Joshua Matute Family Transportation Benefit needs ven-
dors 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 baking 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
operation are: Aug. 8 Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4
until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from
1 until 5 p.m. The pool is not open during school hours. For infor-
mation, 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 Livestock Show may enroll now but must be enrolled by
Oct. 31, and be in good club standings by attending monthly club
meetings to be eligible to participate in the livestock show.
Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th
Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m. There will be an antique car show, arts and craft ven-
dors, live music, kids activities, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni
Reunion, a cracker cowboy poet, pony rides, living history re-
enactments and more! Park admission is $4 per carload (up to
eight people). Arts and crafts vendors are needed. The participa-
tion fee is $10.70 for the entire day. Contact Dorothy L. Harris at
(863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail at email@example.com
for information or to request a vendor packet. Interested food
vendors should contact Nancy Davis of the Hammock Inn direct-
ly at (863) 385-7025.
Girl Scouts to host Reunion Tea
The Okeechobee Girl Scouts Pegasus Service Unit is hosting a
special Adult Tea Party for current and former Girl Scouts and Girl
Guides. All adults who have been involved in Girl Scouting or Girl
Guides over the years and those who were Girl Scouts in their
youth are invited. 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.
The Scouts are also looking for old uniforms and books for a dis-
play. For information, contact Laurie Pharr at (863) 634-0465.
Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American
Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accept-
ed at any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E.
N. Park St. Checks must be written to the American Red Cross
Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be
given a Red Cross receipt.
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walking, skating or riding a bicycle.
Walking is one of the most basic
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exercise more difficult is simple to
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Lady Brahmans host Suncoast
The Lady Brahmans volleyball
team will host an important dis-
trict match Wednesday, Oct. 5,
against Suncoast High School.
The match-up features the
Chargers, who come into the con-
test with a 19-2 record and a num-
ber-one state ranking, against the
14-7 Brahmans, who are ranked
sixth in the state.
Both teams have identical 5-0
The winner of Wednesday's
match will become the number
one district seed and receive an
automatic bye in the first round of
district play. Okeechobee will
host the District 14, 4-A tourna-
ment on Oct. 18 and 20.
Suncoast is paced by a trio of
seniors who are attempting to
advance to the state tournament
for a third consecutive year. Setter
Rachel Olds, outside hitter Lydee
Benoit and middle Lecia Brown
all rank among the area's best at
The Brahmans are paced by
outside hitters Kelley Smiley and
Tierra Allen who lead the team in
kills with 185 and 164, respective-
ly. Setters Shaunaye Brown and
Amanda May, the only senior for
Okeechobee, have done a good
job of distributing the ball. Junior
middle Katie Bryan leads the
team in service points and blocks.
The Brahmans are coming off
a weekend tournament in West
Palm Beach. Okeechobee won
matches against Pope John Paul
(25-22, 24-26, 15-12) and Jensen
(26-24, 25-19) and dropped close
matches to Royal Palm, ranked
seventh in the state in class 6-A,
(11-25, 25-13, 12-15) and South
Fork (25-23, 24-26, 13-15).
"We're playing OK," explained
Brahman head coach George
Man, "but we haven't figured out
how to win these close matches.
We don't have a killer instinct. If
we can learn to put these teams
away when we have them down,
our record would be 18-2 right
"With one senior, some peo-
ple would say that we're a young
team and we just lack experience,
but five of our starters are third-
year varsity players and. 1 don't
think we can blame experience.
We just need some people to step
up and lead by example," he
The Okeechobee head mentor
went on to say that most of his
team's mistakes are in the mental
part of the game. Despite their
miscues, May said his squad still
has a good chance of advancing
in post-season play.
"I feel confident that we can
get things turned around these
last few weeks," he said. "The
girls are playing hard, that's not
the problem. We just have to
close out games when we get the
momentum going our way."
The freshmen will begin play
Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. The
junior varsity takes to the floor at 6
p.m., and the varsity match will
get under way at 7 p.m.
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The Brahmans played old-time Chobee football Friday night when they took on the Sebast-
ian River Sharks in the first conference game of the season for both teams.
Brahmans lose 28-21 heartbreaker
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"Friday night's game against the
SSharks will be a dog fight," stated
Brahman head coach Chris Bran-
ham early last week. And it was.
The Sebastian River Sharks (2-
2), complete with their cheerlead-
ers and 213-member band, arrived
at Brahman Stadium early Friday
evening to take on the Okeechobee
Brahmans (3-2) in the first confer-
ence game of the season for either
As Sebastian left the unfriendly
confines of Brahmans Stadium
with a hard fought 28-21 win, they
were seen shaking their heads and
saying: "What a game!"
The game opened with the
Brahmans winning the toss. They
deferred and the Sharks received
the ball. The Sharks took little time
in cashing in on the Brahmans'
decision. With 10:44 on the clock,
they flew down the field 41 yards
for the first touchdown of the night
and an early 6-0 lead.
Okeechobee scored on their
opening possession when Kenny
Spencer charged into the endzone
with 9:20 left in the first quarter.
Place kicker Sean Petry booted the
ball through the uprights for the
point after, giving the Brahmans a
The Sharks scored their second
touchdown of the bruising battle at
the 4:42 mark of the opening stan-
za. Their two-point conversion
attempt was good and the visitors
now held a 12-7 lead.
The two teams fought back and
forth through the remainder of the
quarter. Then, with :31 remaining
in the quarter, Brahman LeShawn
Bubba, the OHS mascot, watched over the Brahman endzone
at Friday evening's game at Brahman Stadium. The balloon
- compliments of Eddie Accardi Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler -
was the first indicator of the Brahman spirit that was evident
throughout the stadium.
Henderson crossed the goal line for
six. Petry nailed the point after to
knot the score at 14-14.
Defense was the name of the
game for both teams through the
The fourth quarter began with
the teams still tied at 14-14. The
Brahmans marched down the field
to the Shark 28-yard line only to
turn the ball over on downs. The
Sharks then marched to the Okee-
chobee 34, where they too lost the
ball on downs: -
The two squads continued to
battle back and forth until the
Sharks reached pay dirt with 7:06
left in the game. Sebastian failed to
convert the PAT, but now led Okee-
, Following the kickoff with 6:50
left to go, Henderson took the
handoff from quarterback Virgil
Barrett and raced 80 yards for the
Brahman TD. Petry's .kick split the
uprights and gave Okeechobee a
Three minutes later a stunned
Brahman crowd watched as the
Sharks scored the go-ahead touch-
down and made good on their two-
point conversion try. Sebastian
now led Okeechobee 28-21.
But, the game was still not over.
As the home crowd screamed,
' Henderson again took the handoff
from Barrett at the Sebastian 43-
yard line and hauled the pigskin to
the Sharks' 30 yard line.
Barrett then completed a pass to
Henderson and gave the Brahmans
a first-and-goal with 1:49 left on the
clock. But, the Sebastian defense
stiffened and kept the Brahmans
from reaching the end stripe.
The Brahmans' next outing will
be their homecoming game on
Oct. 7 when they play host to the
Sebring Blue Streaks. Kick off is slat-
ed for 7:30 p.m.
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to fish Oct. 9
,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
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863)763-1020.
hosting golf tourney
Russ Adams Taekwondo will
host a golf tournament on Oct. 15
to raise money to send their stu-
dents to the national tournament:
The tourney will begin with an
8 a.m. shotgun start, and will be a
four-person scramble. The fee is
$45 per person and includes 18
holes of golf and lunch. There will.
be trophies for first, second and
last place, as well as door prizes.
Hole sponsorships are $100.
Donations are also welcome.
For information or to register,
contact the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club at (863) 763-6228;
or, Sunni Adams at (863) 697-
Tourney to help
Kids in Distress
The Big Reel Bassmasters of
Margate will hold their 22nd
annual Ghost & Goblins open
bass tournament to benefit Kids
in Distress on Sunday, Oct. 23, in
The entry fee is $120 per two-
person team. There will be pay-
outs for first through fifth places.
The big bass award is $7,850
(based on a 125-boat field) plus
an additional $3,520 guaranteed
donated by various sponsors.
Contact Jim Pollock at (954)
695-6035 or e-mail him at
firstname.lastname@example.org for informa-
tion. Or, entry forms can be
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 airboat 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.,
followed by a live fishing competi-
tion from 1 until 4 p.m.
.All children between the ages
of 7-14 are encouraged to com-
pete in the Bassmaster Casting
Kids competition. Children
between 4-14 are invited to com-
pete in the live fishing competi-
tion. Both events will be broken
down into different age groups.
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)
Sign-ups under way
for sports program
Registration is currently under
'way for the Upward Basketball and
Cheerleading program at the First
Baptist Recreation Outreach Cen-
ter, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave., and will
continue until Nov. 15.
The program 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 of -practice each week and
one game on Saturday. There are
uniforms, plus post game and post
season awards for every player.
The cost of the program is $55
For information, call (863) 467-
seeks new members
The Okeechobee High School
Touchdown Club is seeking new
members. The purpose of this club
is to promote pride, respect, spirit
and unity among the O.H.S. players
and student body, staff, coaches,
families and the business commu-
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited to
'join. Bronze membership is $300;
silver membership is $600; gold
membership is $900; and, plat-
inum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each membership
goes to the general athletic fund,
and another portion goes into a
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (863)462-5050.
Put a spin on your holiday baking!!
Okeechobee Holiday Traditions,
an Okeechobee News Special Section,
will be featuring cherished recipes, craft ideas
and holiday traditions of your friends and
neighbors and we want yours, too!
Do your kids cook?
We are welcoming recipes for our
"Kids, Cook" portion of this section,
if your kids enjoy cooking and have a favorite
recipe they would like to share
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 4, 2005
-Owners of Dairy Queen to remodel store
Special to Okeechobee News
Susan Naugle, president FPRA Treasure Coast Chapter (left)
presents Robin Delgado (right) with the 2004-05 FPRA Mem-
ber of the Year Award.
Delgado receives award
STUART Florida Public
Relations (FPRA) Treasure Coast
chapter honored Robin Delgado
of the Accident Law Offices of
Philip DeBerard, with the 2005
Member of the Year Award. This
award honors an individual for,
their contribution to the chapter
and a contribution to the profes-
Florida Public Relations Asso-
ciation (FPRA) is the nation's old-
est Association of public relations
By Audrey Blackwe
The ink is dry on a rezoning
request that will allow the owners
of the Okeechobee Dairy Queen
Brazier to remodel their store and
change the name to DQ Grill and
The rezoning to heavy commer-
cial of a portion of the property that
was zoned residential single family
was approved by the city's plan-
ning board Tuesday, Sept. 27. The
city planning board had already
approved the site plan and alley
abandonment for the project. What
remains is a building permit that
will give the green light on the proj-
ect. The permit can be secured as
soon as the architect submits the
final plans, according to Steve
Dobbs, civil engineer.
The Dairy Queen restaurant and
parking lot take up four lots at 1212
S. Parrott Ave., and two of those lots
were zoned heavy commercial and
two were zoned single family resi-
dential. In order to change the park-
ing area, which is part of the
remodeling plan, the other two lots
needed to be rezoned as heavy
The present DQ was built in
Mr. Dobbs said the plan is to
move the parking lot closer to the
building and place the drive
through area outside of the parking
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The Dairy Queen Brazier will change to a DQ Grill and Chill
in the near future. The Okeechobee Planning Board
approved a zoning change Tuesday for a portion of the prop-
erty that was zoned residential single family to heavy com-
mercial. The national DQ has been recommending that fran-
chise owners convert to the new store for about three years.
lot, which should be safer for those
walking from the parking lot to the
building for inside services. He said
the building will be the same size,
but the environment will change.
Plans call for building onto the back
of the building and taking away the
courtyard in front.
"The interior will get bigger but
the outside courtyard will be
demolished," he said. He added
that the back of the building will be
moved back 15 feet. "The square
footage will stay the same," he said.
* Rachel Phillips, DQ owner with
her husband Hubert, said they are
very excited for the upgrade and
modernization of the restaurant. In
addition to a new facade, the
restaurant will have all new equip-
ment and expanded seating.
"We have been pushing for
months and are finally getting to the
starting point," she said.
The Huberts have been saving
for nearly three years to get the
money together for the remodel.
They own the building and the
parking lot and use the DQ fran-
chise to set the menu and to use the
Dairy Queen name. "Dairy Queen
gets a percentage of our gross sales
for use of their name in advertising.
We use their menu," she said.
The only menu changes that
will occur will be getting rid of hard
ice cream and adding quesadillas.
The rest of the menu will stay the
same, including hamburgers, sal-
ads, soft serve ice cream, Blizzards,
and so forth. The hours and prices
will also remain the same, Mrs.
The restaurant will remain open
during the remodel, but there will
be times when menu choices will
be limited. Mrs. Phillips said that
when the dining room is being
worked on, the kitchen will be
open and people can use the drive
through. When the kitchen is being
worked on, ice cream will be sold
in the front of the store and at the
drive through. She said the drive
through area will be worked on
first, and the outside of the structure
and the restaurant will be fully oper-
ational on the inside.
Sprint extends its lifeline assistance program
(NYSE:S) is taking steps to make
the Lifeline Assistance program,
which offers discounts on tele-
phone service to low-income cus-
tomers, available to more Floridi-
ans. Additionally, citizens who had
to evacuate their homes in the Gulf
Coast and are currently residing in
the Sunshine State in Sprint's local
service territory are now eligible to
sign up for this service.
To qualify for the Lifeline Assis-
tance program, the annual house-
hold income of a customer in
Sprint's local service territory can-
not be more than 135 percent of
the federal poverty guidelines,
which are up to $11,962.50 for an
individual and up to $24,187.50 for
a family of four. A credit of up to
$13.45 per month is applied to
Sprint local telephone service bills
for Lifeline Assistance recipients
who verify program enrollment to
Sprint. Additionally, Sprint is now
offering eligibility for Lifeline assis-
tance to customers who are
enrolled in the free lunch compo-
nent of the National School Lunch
Program. Sprint customers who
are receiving benefits through
Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF), Food Stamps,
Low Income Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Fed-
eral Public Housing Assistance
(Section 8), National School Lunch
Program and Supplemental Securi-
ty Income (SSI) are eligible for Life-
Victims of Hurricane Katrina
who come from any Louisiana
Parish, any Mississippi County, or
Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene,
Hale, Jefferson, Marengo, Mobile,
Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa or
Washington counties in Alabama,
and who sign up for Sprint local
telephone service in Florida, may
receive Lifeline assistance for up to
six months upon self-certification.
"Hurricane Katrina affected our
nation like no other natural disaster
by dispersing hundreds of thou-
sands of evacuees all across the
country for extended periods of
time. Many Florida communities
have taken in some of these victims
and are offering safe haven," said
Charles Rehwinkel, state executive
for Florida. "The Lifeline program
could serve as a critical solution for
those who have lost so much and
need to communicate in order to
rebuild their lives."
Customers who are not evac-
uees may contact the Office of Pub-
lic Counsel, toll-free, at 1-800-540-
7039, to determine eligibility for
Lifeline assistance through Sprint
under the income program. Sprint
customers who are eligible under
one of the programs should con-
tact the Sprint business office for
Lifeline applications. Customers
who are Hurricane Katrina evac-
uees should contact Sprint and
leave a voicemail message at 1-
Bank has added Jude Fischer as
a vice president, branch manag-
er, to its Central Florida staff.
A veteran banker with over
five years experience in the
financial industry, Jude Fischer
will manage the Okeechobee
Office. Prior to joining Regions
Bank, -Jude Fischer was with Big
Lake National Bank in Okee-
serves on the
board of direc-
tors and is a MI
of the Habitat
for Humanity wii
of Okee- m"
chobee Coun- Jude
L.0.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 Okee-
chobee off U.S. 98. For information, contact the Andersons at (863)
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 look-
ing for a church home or who is interested in knowing more about the
United Methodist Church is invited to attend worship services. Ser-
vices are at8 a.m. on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. for. praise and 11 a.m. for tradi-
tional services. Fellowship time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and
Cut-a-Thon aides breast cancer foundation
' Stafford's Salon, 3268 U.S. 441 S. in the Winn-Dixie Plaza, will hold
a Cut for the CuyeCut-a,-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. The events being held to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation. Stafford's will donate 20 percent of the funds
raised on this day to-the Komen foundation. For information or to
make an appointment, call (863) 763-3933. While appointments are
recommended, they are not required.
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8 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 4, 2005
At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Sept. 30,
through Thursday, Oct. 6, are as fol-
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
at2,4:15,7 and9 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
at2,4:15, 7and9 p.m.
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-
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center
of Okeechobee, a non-profit organ-
ization, offers free pregnancy test-
ing to girls and women of all ages.
We offer free and confidential preg-
nancy tests, peer counseling, refer-
rals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes, and abstinence education.
Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S. Par-
rott Ave., across from the movie
theatre. For information or appoint-
ments call (863) 763-8859.
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 disci-
pline a family affair, birth to eight
months infants, eight to eighteen
months the toddler, 18 to 36
months terrific twos, three 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 provided; however, infants in
carriers are welcome. For details,
call (863) 763-8859 or (863) 697-
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is look-
ing for nurses and Action Team Vol-
unteers to be a part of our Disaster
Action Team (DAT). DAT is made
up of a group of trained volunteers
who respond to local disasters. If
you would like to give of your time
and talents to help local citizens in
time of disaster, please call Debbie
Riddle or Candace at the American
Red Cross-Okeechobee branch at
Child care help
is now available
The Early Learning Coalition has
funding for child care for eligible
children from birth through age 12
on a first-come, first-served basis
while funding is available. There is
no waiting list. Parents must: be a
resident of Okeechobee County;
meet' income guidelines; and be
working, going to school or a com-
bination of both for at least 20
hours per week. For information,
call (866) 273-6340.
Head Start Project
Okeechobee I Center, located at
726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. We
believe all children can benefit from
receiving educational, health and
social services offered by the pro-
gram. We serve children .6 weeks to
5 years. To qualify the family must
have migrated in the past 24
months, worked in agriculture and
their primary income must come
from agriculture. We encourage
families of children with disabilities
to apply. For information, call (863)
467-0702 and ask for Sylvia, Ella or
El Centro de Okeechobee I
locaizado en 726 NE 16th Ave. esta
aceptando aplicacions para ninos
de families migrants y ninos inca-
pacidados. En nustro program
nostros creemos que los ninos se
benefician en cuando reciven serv-
ices de education, salud y services
socials que nustro program
ofrece. Servimos ninos de 6
semans a 5 anos. Para cualificar la
familiar deve de ver salido del con-
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Con el ingreso de la familiar de tra-
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las families con ninos incapacida-
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Registered Nurse for the
Please call (863)824-8733
Experienced with tools
Bus maintenance a plus.
Call Robert (863)634-3332
& TRANSPORT COMPANIES
Drug free work place. Apply in
person at: Wooley's Sheds
2570 NW 16th Blvd
Cooks fully exp'd only
Full Time. Apply in
person after 11 a.m.
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy. 441 Southeast
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/.training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Housekeeping ~ Full Time
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life insurance and 401 K
Apply in person at
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Needed Loader & Dozer for
construction in Port St Lucie.
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T
positions avail., Great pay,
working environment &
2nd and 3rd shift,
Computer Experience a
Plus, Benefits Available
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street
Call Mr. Lonny Griggs,
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
with farm equipment req'd.
Exc. benefit package. Fax re-
sume to 561-996-8559.
Seeking the following positions
for work at water treatment
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and a substantial mileage
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will receive a $200 sign-
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mm 184 FL. Turnpike
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Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
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Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat Work.
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplier 55
Books & Ma1gas1In 535.
Bus ness E tmet 54
Chi rent's Items
China, Glaswa .Etl. 580
Drapes, LImens FAbri 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Item 630
Luggagt e 045
Med Items 650
Musical Instnruments 660
Plumbing Supplie s80
Pooks & Supplies 68
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toy & Game s 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/heat
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
31/2 Ton w/10KW Electric Heat,
50' of 14" Flex duct. Used 3
mo's. $999 (863)357-0240
MAYTAG ac/heat, window or
through wall, 12K BTU cool,
10200 heat, 220V. Like new.
PRINTERS DRAWER with
over 100 collectibles inside.
Mostly knives. Asking $250
CHEST FREEZER- Small,
Works good. $75.
DRYER/WASHER like new,
$250 for both
REFRIGERATOR GE Profile,
4yrs. 23cu ft, ice/water dis-
REFRIGERATOR- GIbson Frost
Clear, Almond, Works great,
Very cold! $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.
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TANNING BED under 1 yr
old, maybe used 6 times. Pd
$2000 asking $1400
SCHWINN, 1955- Original
CLOSET DOOR SETS (2) 6ft,
$40 for both or will separate.
GARAGE DOOR 7x9, insulat-
ed w/ stain glass windows &
remote opener. $300 or best
INSULATION PANELS- 2.5 x
12x 9' & 2.5 x 12 xl10' & 2.5
x12x12', all for $25
BOYS WINTER CLOTHES, size
6-9 mos., Excellent condi-
tion. $20 takes all.
INFANT CAR SEAT- With at-
tached base. Very good con-
dition. $20. 863-447-1141
PLACE SETTING FOR 8, Ro-
senthal China, w/all addition-
al pieces, wheat pattern,
$450 neg (863)357-2233
ADULT/KIDS CLOTHES -16
banana boxes & 2 garbage
bags full. Will separate or
$400 for all (772)597-0146
WEDDING GOWN- Formal,,
Ivory, size 6, .battenburg lace
& pearls, $250
(863)763-0252 leave mes-
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1500 all or.
best offer.. 863-824-3358
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection $500 or best offer
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 XP,
MS Office, 100's of games,
& more $200 866-855-0902
HEWLETT PACKARD- Win-
dows 98+, printer & all at-
tachments. $75. For more
details call (863)467-1445
HP Pavilion, windows 98,
mouse, monitor, speakers,
printer, keyboard, $375.
IBM COMPUTER- DVD, CD
burner, 17" monitor, wireless
keybrd/mouse, $450 neg
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, Nightstand, Desk &
Chair $500. (863)675-3834
BR Set, King size, all wood,
$500 o-r best offer.
Coatrack, (dark), LazyBoy re-
cliner, hutch (maple color),
tv trays (maple), $270 will
sell sep. (863763-0215
COMFORTER SETS twn (2)
camouflage, w/ blanket,
sheets, pil. cases, curtains &
shelves $100 863-447-0965
DESK- With bookshelf, Key
board drawer, Light oak
w/metal accent. $40.
KING MATTRESS SET- with
frame, 1 yr old, $75
KITCHEN TABLE, $50.
LA-Z-BOY SLEEPER BED.
brown plaid, $300
LIVING RM & BEDROOM Furn
20 different pcs, Located 20
ml 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
LOVESEAT, double, reclining,
teal corduroy, $35.
(863)675-1634 Iv. msg.
MOVING, MUST SELL!!
7 pc. Qu. Bdrm. Set, wood &
brass $600., Oak Dinette w/4
chairs $150., Dinette Set,
wood Antique White w/6
chairs & matching hutch
$1000 Firm. & Many Misc.
Items For into. 863-467-8660
QUEEN SLEEP SOFA, never
used, Rd DR Table, w/4
chair, 4 bar stools, tall lamp,
$650 for all (239)707-4404.
RED MINIATURE PINCHER-
Male, with papers. $600
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: Club Car, Lifted,
Gas Powered. Lights, Wind-
shield, $1850. (772)462-2211
MATCH BARREL Stainless
Steel, custom made, for AR
15. '$200 (863)357-5754
REMINGTON 870- 12 gauge
Shotgun, Good cond. $150.
STAR SA 9 mm- Semi-auto
pistol, 2 magazines, ammo.
CARDIO HEALTH EXERCISER-
Nordic Track Sequoia Model,
digital readout, $150.
POWER CHAIR- Golden Alant'e
New, still have manual/war-
ranty Pd $6000 asking
$1000 neg 863-634-9620
TOTAL GYM- Chuck Norris,
Excellent condition, w/extras.
WATCH, Citizen Blue Angels &
Citizen Eco-drive watch,
$295 for both will sell sep.
WEDDING BANDS- His &
Hers, white gold, paid $800
asking $350 (863)634-8530
ELECTRIC CHAIR, HOVER-
ROUND, Never used. $1500.
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR Jet
1, red/grey. Used very little
PATHWAY RAMP, heavy duty,
made of aluminum with a
raised tread surface, $150.
WHEELCHAIR RACK electric,
for wheelchair or scooter.
DISPLAY SHOWCASE, 5 Ft.,
Glass. Good condition. $150.
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 Yamaha, excellent
shape $500 (863)675-0235
AMAZON PARROT- Male,
'Orange wing, $350.
BABY QUAKER & Black head-
ed Counard, $170 will sell
BEAGLE, Male, 1 yr. old, Tri-
Colored, CKC papers. Loves
kids. Up 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
BLACK SILKIE CHICKS, $5
CHIHUAHUA, Larger size.,
Male, 12 wks. old. $100 or
best offer. (863)697-1095
CHOCOLATE RED NOSED
PITS- 7, Full blooded, Mom
on premises, 5 wks old,
$150 ea (863)634-7597
DOG PEN Chain link, 4 pan-
els, 10x6 + door. $100
JACK RUSSELL PUPS- 7 wks,
tails off,.Females $250
PIT BULL PUPS- great around
horses & cows, 2M-1F, UTD
on all shots, $150
PITBULL Female, 8mos,
needs family without small
pets. Loves kids, very alert
RED NOSED PITBULL 5 mo
old, all shots up to date $300
ROOSTERS (3) Rhode Island
Red. Well fed, penned. $30
for all or will, separate.
SHIH TZU PUPPIES (2) 8
wks. old. Females. Brown &
White. $250. 863-675-7105
SUGAR GLIDER- Male, $65.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
babylock, Ese, hoops, cards,
SEWING MACHINE, For Eyelid
for buttons. Commercial
grade. $50. Call
BOW- High Country Com-
pound/case/extra string draw
29-30, pull 60-751bs 65%
let/off $100 863-763-7609
JUGS PITCHING MACHINE,
throws softballs or base-
balls, digital speed control,
CAR CD PLAYER- Pioneer,
DEH-P47DH, fits GM-Chrys-
lers, retails $300, sell $200
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
GENERATOR: Generac, 22500
surge, 15000 continuous, 30
hp, elec. start. $2000.
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
- new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200
VACUUM CLEANER Small
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
SHighwaymen Art. Paying
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/,Products B 10
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
APPALOOSA 1lyrs old, &
Blue Roan 3yrs old. Good
horses. $1600 for both
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.
BOAR GOATS (3) Pure Bred.
All for $250. Miniature Philly, 6
mo. old. $400.
SADDLE RACK- holds 3 sad-
dles, corner stand, asking
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. $10O00 mo.
OKEE 2br, 2r2ba. Small of-
fice, carport, large lot. Fur-
nished 1st, last & sec. dep. +
utilities. $900 mo 357-0707
Okeechobee, 2BR/1BA within
city limits, professional of-
fice, $675 mo., 1st, last &
sec. ref. req. (863)763-6513
Okeechobee's Nicest! 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,
carport, $1000, mo.
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
ROOMMATE WANTED: In Up-
scale Neighborhood. $575 mo.
+ / util. Cable/Internet incld.
Utilities included. $450. mo.
CONDO, On Ft. Myers Beach,
Fully Furnished. Sleeps 4. Oct.
15th-Oct. 22nd. $700.
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sate 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront 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.
Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba, new
screened room/carport, new
YOU A MORE INFORMED
D o wonder newspaper
readers e mMore popular
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,
GRACEVILLE Panhandle, 38
acres of rolling hills. Fenced in
cross fenced. Creek, some
asture, some hardwood.
rontage on paved rd. &
county maintained rd. $7900
per acre. Call (850)579-4899
IDEAL FOR DEVELOPMENT
193 Acres. Well, electric. 4
mi from town on Hwy 98 N.
Close to school. $20K per
-~e a Not -ic
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 250 FOURTRAX '87, 4
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
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home.- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
OKEE- D/W, 3br, 2ba, on the
water. $1100. mo. + 1st,
last $600. Sec dep., 2547
SE 32nd St. (863)634-3312
2br, 1ba, good for 1 person
or couple, No pets,
$450/mo, $450 dep.
TREASURE ISLAND 3 BR, 2
BA, Partially Furnished, Non
Smk. Env., No pets. 1st., last
& sec. dep. 863-697-1033
AQUAISLES- LotJ-10. All
appliances included, furnished,
Walking distance to river.
La Belle- Sacrifice 12'x 46'
Modular office unit or resi-
dence with A/C. You move
LaBelle- Sacrifice 24'x 64'
Modular office unit or resi-
dence, 2 A/C units You move
MOBILE HOME '91 SW 14x66,
3 Bdrm., 2 Ba, Zone II, You
must move. $4500. N. Ft.
RIVER BEND Adult M/H Park
2br, l1,ba. Florida room, roof
over, partly furn. Grt shape
in/out $19K (863)763-2005
Cam prs/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
,Sport Vehlsl /ATVs 3035,
BASS TRACKER '89, 16Ft., 35
hp Mercury Minnkota. A/T
Tournament Series, 24 volt.
535 Hummingbird. Live well.
Runs good. Must sell. $2000
(863)763-6065 Ask for Ken
JON BOAT: 12 Ft. w/Trailer.
MOHAWK CANOE 16'- with
trailer & gas 1.5HP engine,
PONTOON BOAT, 22' Crest w/
trailer, 60 hp Mercury w/stain-
less steel propeller. Low
hours. $9500 (863)357-2704
PONTOON BOAT '99 20ft,
Smoker Craft, 50hp Johnson
o/b. Trolling motor w/ trailer
REGAL- '97, 21', 4.3 Mercury
cruiser w/tandum trailer,
Fresh water use only
$12,000 (863)357-0672 .
SEA NYMPH 16FT-fully
rigged, trolling mtr, r, 40hp
Merc outboard, needs minor
work $1000 (863)467-1300.
SEA RAY 1991, 135 V6 O/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 & trlr, $1500
WILL TRADE '04 Fleetwood
Discovery, 39', 3 slides for
Real Estate. $150,000. to-
wards trade. (863)414-2346
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 Dirtbike CRF 100, '04,
used 1 mo., paid $3100, sell
for $2000 firm.
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 GOLOWING GL1200
'85-Gd cond., 61K mi, blue,
am/fm/cd, full dress. Must sell
$2400 neg. (863)634-4754
SUZUKI INTRUDER- '99, 5223
mi,Straight pipes, Garage
kept, $4000 or best offer
YAMAHA BLASTER '04 -
200ccw/ many modifications
and low hours $2500 or best
lift, 44" tires, 460 engine.
$2500 or best offer.
JEEP- '85, Selling parts or.
GOLF CART BATTERY
48volts, Club car, $175
E350 FORD VAN 85- w/6.9
diesel, exc. motor & drive
train, new tires, rusty body,
$1200 neg (561)684-9007.
F350 TRUCKS (3) all w/6.9
diesels, 2 bad motors, 1
good, $1850 or best of-
aI Pulc o ice
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 403 .
Heavy Duty Trucks 4041)
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4.155
Tractor Trailers 41060
Utility Trailers 4065
BUICK RIVIERA '92 2dr
coup, extra clean, noisy mo-
tor that needs replacing.
CAMARO- '80, Auto, Runs,
Needs work, $1750.
(863)697-3258 or 634-6601
CHEVY CAMARO'92- R/S
Runs & looks great. $2500 or
best offer (863)227-2013
CHEVY CAVALIER- '96, 2
door, A/C, Tinted windows
approx 135K, $2500.
Chevy Corsica, '94, runs
good, needs TLC, $500 or
best offer. (863)447-5540
DODGE NEON- '2000, 4 dr,
72K, Tinted windows, Clean,
A/C, Runs good. $6000.
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-
tion. $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
Honda Accord DX, '89, manu-
al, 4 door, runs well, $850.
Honda Civic DX Hatchback,
'89, wrecked but did run,.for
parts, $300 or best offer.
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, '99, load-
ed, sunroof, 78k miles,
MERCURY TRACER, '91- A/C
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 NX 2000 '93 Wht,
5spd, ac/pf, t bar roof, tinted
win, cd, 140K mi, rebuilt trans.
$1250 863-677-0459 An-
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME 87, V8; Auto. All pow-
er, A/C. Works well. Needs
work. $500 (863)763-9592
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
VW RAIL BUGGY & PARTS -
* needs work. $350 or best of-
CHEVY '48 4 door, excellent
body, new motor, needs to be
restored. Serious inquiries on-
ly. $2500 (863)763-3551
OLDS DYNAMIC 88 1963,
$700 or best offer.
BOOM TRUCK, w/bucket,
$2000 or best offer,
FORD BRONCO, '87, 4x4 -
runs, needs some TLC,
$1000 neg. or trade for 4x4
4 whrlE (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
DODGE OMNI '89 for parts
only. Good (ires, engine has
42K orig mi. $300
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
TONNEAU COVER- by ARE fits
Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed truck
Excellent condition $300.
TOYOTA PICKUP- '90, ext
cab, 4x4, V6, Wrecked in
front. Parts or all $1000. or
best offer. (863)990-9256
TRANSMISSION- Rebuilt GM,
TRUCK TOPPER for small
p/u, excellent condition. $70
TRUCK TOPPER- Fiberglass,
' full size, maroon, asking
$150 or best offer
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
DODGE DAKOTA- '88, 318,
Motor needs work, As is,
FORD F100 1983, NA/C, Auto.,
New Carb., New tires, 2
Tone Blue. $2500 Firm.
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 2500. Mark III, '96,
runs good, rides great, needs
transmission work, $2500.
DODGE CARAVAN '94 runs
good, clean van. $1150
DODGE CARAVAN, '94- new
tires, runs good, needs trans
work, $300. (863)655-0030.
DODGE RAM- '89, New tires &
transmission, 1st $1500
Takes it! (863)357-3564
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Notice is hereby giventhat the 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 at 2:00 P.M.
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 oratthe
office of H.L. Bennett, PE at 241 Yeo-
mans Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935.
Glades County reserves the right to reject
any or ait bids and to award contract
to the lowest or best Bidder.
87636 CB,CGS, 10/6.13/2005
10/lst thru 12ty2005
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Floodplain Notice of Explanation, Notice of Finding of No Significant Imaot on
the Environment and Request for Release of Funds and Removal of Environ.
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners Intends to undertake pro.
jects to be funded by a Hurricane (Disaster Recovery Initiative) Community Devel-
opment Block Grant, The projects will Include an interim expansion of wastewater
treatment facilities at the existing OUA treatment plant, construction of stormwa-
ter retention/detention facilities on acquired land on NE 14rh Avenue, paving a
block of an undeveloped County street (NW 2nd Street) for new affordable hous-
ing, and demolition and clearance of vacant dilapidated residential structures In
Much of the construction will be undertaken in a 100 year floodplain and/or wetland.
The wastewater treatment plant is already located in a floodplain, but has been
constructed in a manner that mitigates flooding and/or contamination problems.
The alternative of "no project" would hamper development and prevent the con-
nection of new customers in the existing wastewater system service area, be-
cause the treatment system does not have capacity for additional flow. The
stormwater facility construction is needed to mitigate the effects of flooding on
current residents and businesses, and to treat the area stormwater before it enters
Taylor Creek. Alternatives to the project were considered, but this project is re-
quired by the water management district, The development of NW 2nd Street is
needed in order to allow the development of affordable housing. There is a short-
age of land available for development outside the 100 year floodplain, which ne-
cessitates the project be located in this site. Each of these activities will require
an environmental permit and monitoring by the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection or the South Florida Water Management District. This process
will ensure compliance with floodplain and wetland protection standards.
The other activity that will be funded by the grant, which will occur paraltbly in a
Tfloodlain, is the demotion and clearance of vacant, dilapidated residences. This
will have no adverse impact on the environment, and could possibly have a posi-
tive impact by removing existing haardous materials such as lead-based pant or
other pollutants that may be present on the sites. Asbestos testing will be con-
ducted prior to demolition, and necessary abatement procedures will befollowed.
An environmental review of the project has been conducted in accordance with
CFR 58, with various state, regional and federal agencies included in the review
process, The environmental assessment determined that the activities will have
no significant impact on the environment. Therefore, an Environment Impact
Statement (EIS), as described in the National Environmental Policy Act, will not be
prepared. Permits for the drainage and housing construction will e obtained prior
to construction. No further environmental review of the project will be conducted.
An Environmental Review Record (ERR), which documents the environmental re-
view of the project, is on file at the County SHIP Office, 456 Highway 98 North,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, and is available for public examination. All interested par-
ties are invited to submit written comments to the attention of Deborah Belcher,
5378 Carisbrooke Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309 (telephone 850-893-0694). Writ-
ten comments must be received on or before October 19, 2005. All comments
will be considered, and no administrative action will be taken until comments are
The project described above will be funded with Florida Small Cities Community De-
velopment Block Grant funds from the State of Florida and the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD), under Title I of the Housing and Commu-
nity Development Act. Okeechobee County is certifying to the State and to HUD
that it, and its chief elected official, in his or her official capacity, consent to ac-
cept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce respon-
sibilities related to environmental reviews, decision making, and action; and that
these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is
that upon approval, the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners may
expend CDBG funds and the State and HUD will have satisfied their respon-
sibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act.
The County anticipates that its Certification anc Request for Release of Funds and
Removal of Environmental Conditions will be submitted to the Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) on or about October 21,2005. DCA will then allow a 15
day comment period before taking any action on the request. Objections will only
be accepted by DCA if they meet one of the following conditions: (1 ) the cerifica-
tion was not executed by the County's environmental certifying officer or another
officer of the local government approved by OCA; or (2) the ERR indicates omis-
sion of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the environmental review
process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with 25
C.FR. 58 within 15 days following DCA's receipt of the Request for Release of
Funds. If you have comments or objections, submit them to the Flodrida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs, CDBG Program, 2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Talla-
hassee, Florida 32399-2100 immediately to ensure that they are received before
the expiration of the comment period.
George Long, Okeechobee County Administrator
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106
Okeechobee, FL 34972
88258 ON 10/04/2005
The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Tuesday, Octo-
ber 18 and Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. In County Commission
Chambers, 304 NW 2nd Street, Courthouse, Okeechobee, Florida to consider pe-
titions filed with the Value Adjustment Board.
Lists maintained by the property appraiser of successful and unsuccessful appli-
cants for exemptions are available for consideration by the public at the Office of
Property Appraiser, 307 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding'to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based.
Clif Betts, Jr, Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adjustment Board
88238 ON 10/4,11/2005