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Vol. 96 No. 305 Tuesday, November 1, 2005 50N Plus tax


Tax break is given
to some taxpayers
The President issued a
major disaster declaration
covering impacted areas of
Florida, effective Oct. 23, 2005.
Taxpayers affected by the
hurricane are eligible for
relief. Deadlines for affected
taxpayers to file returns, pay
taxes and perform other time-
sensitive acts have been post-
poned to Feb. 28, 2006, the
same date granted to taxpay-
ers affected by Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita.
Twenty Florida counties
have been included in the Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) disaster area:
Brevard, Broward, Charlotte,
Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hard-
ee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian
River, Lee, Martin, Miami-
Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee,
Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, St.
Lucie and Sarasota.
Did you know that people
affected by disaster can tap
into their 401(k) accounts for
immediate cash instead of
using their credit cards?
Page 5

FPL: power 'essentially restored'

If you don't
have power call
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Just about all of the 15,900
Florida Power and Light (FP&L)
customers in Okeechobee Coun-
ty that lost power due to Hurri-
cane Wilma now have electricity.
On Monday, Oct. 31, the sev-
enth full day of power restora-

tion, Geisha Williams, vice presi-
dent of FP&L and the executive in
charge of restoration, announced
in a 2 p.m. telephone press con-
ference that power was "essen-
tially restored" to Okeechobee
County except for possibly a few
isolated customers.
At this time, if Okeechobee
residents are still in the dark they
should call the FP&L hotline 1-
800 40UTAGE (468-8243).
The utility will keep crews in
Okeechobee County as long as
necessary to restore power to

isolated customers.
Power restoration came much
sooner than Ms. Williams' predi-
cation last Wednesday, when she
said power would be restored in
Okeechobee County in no more
than two weeks.
The Sweatt substation in the
northern part of the county has
been energized. Restoration of
the substation had been a hin-
drance to restoring power in the
northern part of the county. A
number of poles on the transmis-
sion line serving the substation

Fundraiser: Sponge Bob welcomes family

were down. Some of the poles
were down in a swampy area,
requiring special equipment to
Ms. Williams noted that in this
hurricane there was more dam-
age to weatherheads than in pre-
vious hurricanes. The weather-
head is the pipe above the
roofline where the FP&L line
enters to connect to the electric
meter. The utility will not restore
power to a damaged weather-
head. It is the owner's responsi-
bility to hire a licensed electrician

to repair the weatherhead, if nec-
Ms. Williams said that Hurri-
cane Wilma brought the expect-
ed downed trees, broken poles,
fallen wires, lightning damage
and transformer damage as well
as a higher rate of damage to
In the same telephone press
conference, FP&L President
Armando Olivera thanked cus-
tomers for their patience. In addi-

See Power Page 2

OUA will

visit plant

funding offer

Wrestling returns
Are you glued to your tele-
vision every Monday and Fri-
day evening? Can you name a
wrestler after just three notes
of his musical introduction?
Do you remember old school
professional wrestling before
it became a weekly soap
opera and multi-million dollar
media extravaganza?
If so, then you should mark
your calendar for Nov. 5 at
7:30 p.m.
Maximum Xtreme Pro
Wrestling (MXPW) will be
returning to Okeechobee,
bringing with it a host of up-
and-coming professional
wrestlers as well as former
WWE greats.
Sports, Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 105
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.57 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
17.25 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)


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Community Events .....4
Crossword ......... .9
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion .......... 4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports .............6
TV ............... 10
Weather ........... 2
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Sponge Bob Square Pants (Dustin Cash, left) carried out the Sponge Bob theme to wel-
co:mLirnda Matute (second left) and her son Josh (seated), who has Down syndrome,
to Okeechobee. They will be Okeechobee residents on Nov. 8. Linda's sister Niki
Salmon (right) planned the event, which was a celebration in City Park on Saturday, Oct.
29. The celebration marked the near-culmination of six months of fundraising activities
into the Josh Matute Transportation Fund that so far has netted about $14,000. The
donations went toward the purchase of the used handicap van pictured to transport
Josh back and forth to West Palm Beach for medical care. Fundraising will continue for
a few weeks.

Sister brings sister closer

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Sisters often share a com-
mon bond of love that goes
beyond friendship.
That apparently is the case
for Niki Salmon of Okeechobee
who has put a lot of time and
effort into helping her sister,
Linda Matute, and Linda's son
Josh, relocate here from West
Palm Beach.
Ms. Salmon held a celebra-
tion in City Park on Saturday,
Oct. 29, to welcome her sister
and Josh to the community. The
event carried a Sponge Bob
Square Pants theme and Dustin
Cash wore a Sponge Bob cos-
tume and the Matutes and Ms.
Salmon and other family mem-
bers wore attire sporting the tel-
evision character.
Several family members and
friends helped out and others
attended the event, as well as
members of the community
who wanted to share in the fun
and contribute to the benefit
fundraiser. Uncle "Sponge"
Scott prepared and sold hot
dogs, chips and sodas. Kids
could enjoy face painting, a

By'Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There may be some light at
the end of the tunnel for belea-
guered members of the board
of directors of the Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA) who
have been struggling to find
some ways to finance a much
needed sewer treatment plant
In a special meeting
Wednesday night, the board
will consider proposals that
were made.to staff members
two weeks ago by developers
who have expressed an inter-

est in helping to finance the
plant expansion.
At their Oct. 11 meeting, the
board spent time considering a
proposed amendment to the
standard developer's agree-
ment t that would allow devel-
opers to sign an agreement for
the capacity needed and pro-
duce a letter of credit for the
capital connection charges.
Then, OUA would use those
letters of credit to obtain neces-
sary financing for the plant

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Manal Yamin (second left) asked to have a picture taken
with Bosco the Clown (Wesley Feeney) at the Matute
Transportation Fund benefit at City Park on Saturday, Oct.
29. She holds her youngest daughter Samia in one arm
while holding the hand of son Abdallah (left). A niece,
Hadeel Abed, stands near Bosco.

bounce castle, hoola-hoop con-
test, visits with Bosco the Clown
and his wife, and more.
A highlight of the Saturday

benefit celebration was the
presentation of a used handicap
See Sister Page 2

Hurricane Recovery Updates

* FEMA has declared Okeechobee
County a disaster area. To apply for
FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-
FEMA (3362).
* A boil water notice has been can-
celed for most of Okeechobee
County but remains in effect for
D'Berry Gardens, Treasure Island
and King's Bay.
* The Brahman/Clewiston varsity
football game scheduled for Nov. 4
in Clewiston has been cancelled. In
its place, the Brahmans will travel to
Martin County High School on Nov.
4 to take on the Tigers. The game is
scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
This will be a make-up game that
was originally scheduled to take
place on Oct. 28 at Martin County.
* A boil water notice is still in effect
for Buckhead Ridge.
* The Red Cross Shelter and feed-
ing station are no longer open at
the Okeechobee County Civic Cen-

ter on U.S. 98.
* Water, ice and boxed meals are
no longer available at the Fort
Drum Little Man Feed Store.
* According to FP&L, power has
been restored to Okeechobee
County except for some isolated
homes/businesses. To report a
power outage call 800-4OUTAGE.
* The City of Okeechobee has
begun debris removal in the south-
west quadrant. Please separate
debris into two piles one for veg-
etation and one for
construction/demolition debris. All
debris should be placed on a pub-
lic right-of-way. For those who live
on private roads, the debris must
be moved to a public right-of-way
for pick up service. For information,
contact Donnie Robertson at (863)
763-3372, ext. 213. Vegetation
debris should be less than 8 ft. in
* The Okeechobee County Cham-

ber of Commerce has cancelled
their barbecue, originally sched-
uled for Friday, Nov. 4, in Flagler
Park. This event will be scheduled
at a later date. Anyone who pur-
chased tickets will be advised of
the new date and time. Please call
the Chamber office at (863) 763-
6464, for information.
* The next meeting of the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA) is
scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2,
at 7 p.m. at 100 SW. Fifth Ave.
* The O.C.R.A. public meeting and
board of directors meetings sched-
uled for Thursday, Nov. 3, have
been cancelled for this month.
* The Okeechobee County Plan-
ning and Zoning meeting has been
postponed until Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.
Updated information will be distrib-
uted to www.okeechobeeeoc.com
and www.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

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Debris removal
Crews were out bright and early Monday morning pick-
ing up hurricane debris in Okeechobee.

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News Briefs Car crash leads to death of teen Power

Loans help replace
storm-damaged homes
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will
help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household income
is at or below the following levels:
one person in the household -
$24,000; two persons $27,650;
three persons $31,100; four per-
sons $34,550; five persons -
$37,300; six persons $40,100;
seven persons $42,850; and,
eight persons $45,500.
Interviews for applications for
this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for
an interview, call Jessie Vazquez at
(863) 467-5525. The Okeechobee
SNon-Profit Housing Inc. office is
open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday
through Friday.

Historical Society
plans class reunion
chobee Historical Society is plan-
ning a reunion for those graduating
or attending Okeechobee High
School before 1960, which
includes classes 1921 through
1959. The reunion will be Nov. 12
at the Shrine Club on S.R. 78W.
If you know someone that has
not received an invitation and is eli-
gible to attend, make a copy of
your invitation or contact Betty
Williamson at (863) 763-6226 or
(863) 763-3850.
Reservations should be made
before Nov. 1 no tickets will be
sold at the door.
The get-together will be from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m.
There are a limited amount of
reservation spaces available. Send
your reservation form and a check
in the amount of $25 to: Okee-
chobee Historical Society, P.O. Box
248, Okeechobee, Fl., 34973.

Book on area
currently on sale
"Strolling Down Country Roads" is
currently available at the Okee-
chobee Historical Society, U.S. 98
N., or the Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Par-
The price of the book is $35 per
copy through Dec. 31. After that
date, the per copy price will be $40.
For information, send questions
to: Okeechobee Historical Society,
P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee, Fl.,
34973; or, call Betty Williamson at
(863) 763-3850 or (863) 763-6226.

Legislative body
will meet Nov. 21
sentative Frank Attkisson, chair-
man of the Okeechobee County
Legislative Delegation, said the del-
egation's next meeting has been
changed to Monday, Nov. 21.
The group was originally slated
to meet Nov. 2.
The panel will meet from 1:30
until 4 p.m. in the chambers of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, 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.

Project HOPE
offers counseling
have been displaced to Okee-
chobee 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.


Preliminary reports state
excessive speed may have been
the cause in a car accident that led
to the death of a 16-year-old
Okeechobee youth.
Pronounced dead at the scene
of the Oct. 27 crash was Nicholas
J. Fusco.
According to a press release by
Okeechobee County Sheriff's

Office Sergeant Gary Bell, the
crash occurred on N.E. 39th
Boulevard when the teen lost
control of the 1995 Chevrolet

Lumina he was driving. The
release states the young man
apparently lost control of his vehi-
cle and it struck a guardrail. The
car then overturned several times
and the teen was thrown from the

Sgt. Bell indicated in the
release that Mr. Fusco was
allegedly racing at the time of the
crash, and estimated that the teen
was operating his vehicle at a
speed in excess of 100 mph.
The accident is still under

Glades County Hurricane Announcements

Plastic sheeting for tempo-
rary roof repair is available at the
Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S.
27, in Moore Haven from 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m. Applications for the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers'
blue roof program can be made
here from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Homeowners must sign a Right
of Entry (ROE) form to allow
government employees and
contractors onto their property
to assess damage and install the
temporary covering.

Most of Glades County
remains under a boil water
notice. All water used for human
consumption should be boiled
prior to drinking or using for
food preparation. The Lakeport
Water Association has been
declared safe to resume normal
consumption. Customers of the
Lakeport Water Association no
longer need to observe the boil
water notice.

Less than 50 FP&L customers
are currently without power. Call

800-40UTAGE (800-468-8243) to
report power outages.

The landfill has resumed nor-
mal operations.

The health department has
resumed normal operations.

Debris should be separated
into three categories vegeta-
tive, construction/demolition
and metal before it is picked
up. Vegetative debris may be
burned in locations meeting
Division of Forestry and Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion regulations. Debris staged
for pick up should not be placed
close to mail boxes, utility lines
or other infrastructure that
would hinder collection efforts.
Citizens burning vegetative
debris must have a water source
and equipment available on'site
for fire control.
Construction/demolition debris

and household garbage may not
be burned. Spoiled food and
household garbage are not to be
placed with other debris for pick
up. The county has requested
dumpsters to be placed through-
out the county for spoiled food
and additional garbage. Citizens
and the media will be notified
when dumpsters are available
and in place.

Residents seeking assis-
tance should contact FEMA at
800-621-3362 to pre-register for
assistance. Declaration num-
ber 1609 should be referenced
during the pre-registration
A mobile FEMA Disaster
Recovery Center (DRC) is
located at the Doyle Conner
Building, 900 U.S. 27, in Moore
Haven. It is open from 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Hurricane relief
assistance is available through
FEMA, the Blue Roof Program
and the Small Business Admin-
istration (SBA).

The Glades County Rumor
Control number is (863) 946-

Pulled from the dike
The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue pumper truck was pulled from the dike on Monday
afternoon. This truck had been used to pump water from the Rim Canal to the OUA water
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The developer would have
capacity when the plant expan-
sion was complete and would
pay the remaining charges associ-
ated with his project at the time
the units were connected to the
At that time, the board took no
action but decided to take up the
subject at the special meeting.


One hurdle was overcome at
the Oct. 11 meeting when board
members voted to delay two
sewer line rehabilitation projects
that had already been funded in
order to pay for an engineering
SA L proposal from Metzger & Willard.
SThe engineering proposal covers
design, permitting and bid phase

a construction services for expan-
sion of the Cemetery Road waste-
water treatment plant to 4 million
gallons a day.
They also approved an appli-
S m cation for a $22,003,500 loan from
&, Rural Utility Services, a federal
.. .. agency.
At Wednesday night's meet-
,- ing, the board will form a selec-
tion committee to evaluate appli-
cations for executive director, and
consider whether or to appoint an
Interim executive director or ask
current executive director L. C.
Fortner to stay on temporarily.
Mr. Fortner tendered his resig-
nation Aug. 9 and it will be effec-
tive Nov. 18.
The meeting is scheduled to
begin at 7 p.m. at the OUA build-
ing located at 100 S.W Fifth

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tion, he stated that as of 1 p.m.
Monday power had been restored
to 2,453,000 FP&L customers
statewide. However, 788,200 or
24 percent of FP&L customers
statewide are still in the dark.
Mr. Olivera said FP&L crews
have made "excellent progress"
in the restoration efforts and
added that the restoration went
faster that was originally estimat-
"We will not stop until every-
one gets their lights back on," he
Ms. Williams stated that the


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van that is newer than Mrs.
Matute's present van. It is a 2003
van with many more safeguards
and amenities than her older
model van. The newer van has a
lockdown spot for the wheelchair
to keep it in place while the van is
moving. The wheelchair was kept
in place in the previous van by the
use of tie-downs, according to
Mrs. Matute.
Josh is 20 and lives with Down
syndrome and hydrocephaly.
When he turns 21 in mid-Novem-
ber, he will no longer be eligible
for the aftercare and day care that
are funded by the United Cerebral
Palsy (UCP) organization that has
helped him all these years.
Faced with a crisis, Mrs. Matute
did not know what she would do
without programs to help Josh
during the day when she worked
at her own cleaning service to
help the pair survive.
"I was told that UCP is under-
funded and cannot help anyone
overage 18," Mrs. Matute said.
While the agency has contin-
ued to help Josh up to this point,
they will cease providing their
aftercare programs on his birth-
"People at the agency told me
they could no longer provide
schooling or respite care. They
said I should quit work or put him
in a home," said Mrs. Matute a
mother who was not ready to put
in a home the son she has loved
and provided for all these years.
Realizing that her sister faced a
dilemma, Ms. Salmon came up
with a plan.
"Move to Okeechobee and I
will help you," Mrs. Matute said,
quoting her sister.
Mrs. Matute said she should be

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restoration process went faster
than expected because of more
resources and less damage than
originally predicted.
She said there are now 17,700
people in the state working to
restore power, including crews
from 33 states and Canada. She
added that in a few days that
number would peak at 18,228,
making it the largest restoration
workforce ever gathered by
FP&L. The utility will soon have
19 staging sites. During last year's
restoration effort, there were only
12 staging sites.
Statewide, electricity has been
restored to 93 percent of critical
customers such as schools and

able to find plenty of work in
"My sister has lots of contacts
and said she could help line me
up with housecleaning jobs or
hauling seed or something like
that," Mrs. Matute said.
Ms. Salmon began setting the
stage to help her sister and Josh
relocate about six months ago by
orchestrating various fundraisers
to, help secure funding for the van
to transport Josh to his medical
specialists in West Palm Beach.
She has held car washes, booths
in the park during other festivals
in the city and, most recently, the
benefit fundraiser on Saturday,
Oct. 29 in City Park.
"We've raised over $14,000 for
the transportation fund," Ms.
Salmon said.
.The cost of the handicap van,
which came from a dealer in Fort
Pierce, was $21,000. Ms.
Salmon's bank has issued a loan
on the balance and additional
fundraisers are planned to help
pay down the note.
Many people in the communi-
ty have donated to the Josh
Matute Transportation Fund and
helped in meaningful ways.
An Okeechobee resident went
so far as to drop the price of his
house to help the Matutes find a
home, and he is giving them extra
time to come up with the down
payment. They close on the
house Nov. 7.
"I'm totally overwhelmed. And
probably for the first time in my
life, I am speechless," Mrs. Matute
said laughing and crying at the
same time.
She said she was more than
grateful for all that her sister, fami-
ly members and the community
have done for her and Josh.
"I'm shocked and awed," she

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Star students
Mrs. Bartlett's first grade class star students standing in front of their pumpkin patch
board. These students are learning how to grow a pumpkin and will carve their pumpkin
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S Church to host annual bazaar
-. The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will hold their
annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the church
fellowship hall at 200 N.S. Second St. There will be a variety of items
including crafts, quilted items, knives, nuts, baked goods, white ele-
S- phant items and a silent auction. A lunch consisting of soup and sand-
Swiches will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds from the
S bazaar will to mission projects. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

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
Sp.m. There will be an antique car show, arts and craft vendors, live
-- music, kids activities, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a
Cracker cowboy poet, pony rides, living history re-enactments and
more! Park admission is $4 per carload (up to eight people). Arts and
Crafts vendors are needed. The participation fee is $10.70 for the
entire day. Contact Dorothy L. Harris at (863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail
at dorothy.l.harris@dep.state.fl.us for information or to request a ven-
dor packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis of.
the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.

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Girl Scouts to host Reunion Tea

The Okeechobee Girl Scouts Pegasus Service Unit is hosting a spe-
cial 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 Episco-
pal Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. The Scouts are also look-
ing for old uniforms and books for a display. For information, contact,
Laurie Pharr at (863) 634-0465.


Minnie L. Hutto
Minnie L. (Mikki) Hutto, age
59, of Port Orange, died Friday,
Oct. 28, 2005. She was born Sept.
15, 1946, in Douglas, Ga., and,
moved to the Ormond Beach area
in 2004 from Sebring.
She and her husband, Melvin,
pastored together at the Assembly
of God Church in Okeechobee
and were in ministry for over 20
years. She enjoyed being a nurse
and was very good at caring for
Mrs. Hutto was a member of
the Calvary Christian Church in
Ormond Beach.
She was predeceased by: her
brothers, Jessie Carroll Strickland
and Jerry Wayne Strickland.
She is survived by: her loving
husband of 31 years, Melvin; son,
Dwayne of Port Orange; sister,
Betty Jean Strickland of Belle
Glade; nieces, Barbara Jean Gum-
merie and Brittany Strickland;
and, nephews, Forrest Alan Strick-
land, Danny Harper and Jerry
Funeral services were held on
Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lohman
Funeral Home in Ormond Beach,
with Reverend Donnie Wilkes
officiating. All arrangements were
under the careful direction of
Lohman Funeral Home, Ormond
Any condolences may be
shared with the family online at

William Eric Zabel
William Eric Zabel, age 47,
died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at
Raulerson Hospital. He was born
April 10, 1958, in Buffalo, N.Y. and
has been a resident of Okee-
chobee for the past four years.
Mr. Zabel was a member of the
International Independent Show-
man's Association, was an opera-
tions manager in the carnival
entertainment business and was
a jack-of-all-trades.
Survivors include: his wife, Jill
Zabel; son, Chad E. Zabel; moth-
er, Rita (Ray) Sanford, all of Okee-
chobee; brother, Kurt Zabel of
South Carolina; sisters, Suzanne
(Alan) La Croix of Chicago, Ill.,
and Diane Reed of Ohio; his step-
brothers, Rodney Sanford of
Okeechobee and Ray Sanford of
Connecticut; step-sisters, Linda
Flynn of Eden, N.Y, Rose Sanford
of California, and Karen Munson
of Angola, N.Y; and, several
aunts, uncles and cousins.
The viewing will be on Thurs-
day, Nov. 3,2005, from noon until
2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church
of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. with
the service to follow. Pastor Joe
Bishop will be officiating.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-

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Cleaning up
Blake and Wade Lawrence clean up a property at S.W. Twelfth and Second Avenue on
Thursday after Hurricane Wilma knocked over a huge oak tree and several other trees on
the property.

Educational Briefs

Scholarship fund
A scholarship fund is being
established through the Okee-
chobee Education Foundation in
memory of Joyce Ruth Hacker,
who recently died of lung cancer.
Ms. Hacker was a physical
education teacher that taught in
the Okeechobee County school
system for 30 years.
To contribute to the fund, mail
or take contributions to the Osce-
ola Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th
St., in Okeechobee. Contributions
can also be taken to the Okee-
chobee County School Board
offices at 700 S.W. Second Ave.
Checks should be made
payable to the Okeechobee Edu-
cational Foundation, and note
that it is for the Joyce Hacker
host open house

Atlantic University and Indian
River Community College will
host an Open House on Tuesday,
Nov. 8, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.,
at the FAU/IRCC campus, 500 NW
California Blvd., St. Lucie West.
The event will be held in the J
Building, first floor.
Attend the open house and
learn more about obtaining a
bachelor's degree in selected dis-
ciplines without leaving the Trea-
sure Coast. Faculty and advisors
from both FAU and IRCC will be
on hand to answer questions. For
more information, call (772)-873-

Freshman may be
eligible for scholarship
The 'Take Stock in Children'
scholarship is a full tuition schol-
arship to Indian River Community
College followed by two-years at
a public university in the state of
Florida. Students are selected on
the basis of academic perform-
ance and recommendations from

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counselors and teachers. If your
child is in the ninth grade, has a
minimum 2.0 grade point aver-
age, meets the income require-
ments, and has the desire to con-
tinue education after high school
graduation, please contact Traci
Sills in the Guidance Department
at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus at (863) 462-5288 for
more information about require-
ments. If selected, your child must
sign a performance contract and
pledge to stay in school, maintain
good grades, behavior, remain
drug and crime free, and meet
with a mentor. Parents must com-
mit to continue to be a support
and encouragement to their child.
The deadline for application is
Dec. 9.
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John E. Entry, Jr.
Aug. 21, 1929 Oct. 29, 1997

Free nutrition class offered
Dr. Edward W Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class on Monday, Nov. 7, and Monday, Nov.
21, at 5:30 p.m. The classes will be held in his office at 916 W. North
Park St. For details and information, call (863)763-4320.

Kiwanis to host Farm-City Week lunch
The Kiwanis will host their 12th annual Farm-City Week Luncheon on
Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Okeechobee KOA, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Serving will
begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at Farm
Credit, Farm Bureau or any Kiwanis member, or at the door on the day of
the event. Farm-City Week is a nationally-sponsored program that strives
to bring farmers and other agriculturists together with the general public.

Bazaar helps aid missionary projects
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
host an old-fashioned bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 9
a.m. There will be many hand-crafted items, white elephant items
and baked goods for sale. The event is sponsored by the ladies of the
church, with the proceeds going toward their support of missionary
projects. For information, call (863) 467-2482 or (863) 824-0013.

Mason's to host turkey dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host their
annual turkey dinner on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. Proceeds
from the dinner will benefit distressed worthy brothers. Eat in or take out
will be available. The suggested donation for adults is $6, and for children
under the age of 10 it is $3. The children's plate will not be available for
take out. For ticket information call Rich Sweet at (863) 824-0262; Kip
Gardner at (863) 357-0427; Matt Buxton at (863) 357-9992; or, any mem-
ber of Okeechobee Lodge #237, F&AM.

Church to host Blackwood Legacy group
The Blackwood Legacy group will be in concert Wednesday, Nov.
16, at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., beginning
at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Blackwood Legacy features Rick Price, for-
mer lead singer of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and Perry Jones,
formerly of the group Mercy Me. For information, call (863) 763-6869.

Chamber hosting self defense class
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., will
host a class on Thursday, Nov. 17, on personal self defense which will
help participants obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The
cost is $15 and must be paid in advance at the Chamber. Class size
will be limited to the first 20 to pay their fees. Others who wish to take
the class will be placed on the list for the December class. The
November class will be from 7 until 8:15 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 19,
the class will meet at the Chamber around 8 a.m. to go to the shooting
range. If you do not have a gun or ear plugs they will be provided. For
information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.




The Everlasting Light

Those we love must someday pass,
Beyond our present sight,
Must leave us and the world we know,
Without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle,
Their lovely light will shine,

Mollie Entry
Mar. 26, 1907 ~ Oct. 30, 1997

To brighten up another place,
More perfect, more devine.
And in the realm of Heaven,
Where they shine so warm and bright,
Our loved ones live forever more
In God's Eternal Light.

We Love You Always,
by Doris, Elizabeth, John III, John IV, Joseph, Jeffrey, Justin & Eu-Det

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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 1, 2005

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PREPARATION: You have to take care of yourself. If you depend on
anyone else such as the government, a charity, etc. you will
always be disappointed. You knew week before Wilma was here to
prepare. It doesn't cost anything to make ice and store in your freezer
and start to save water in anything you can in your house. You can run
to the store and get non-perishable food items and fill your car up with
gas and not have to deal with the lines. I am sick of hearing people
complain that no one was there to help them. If you lost your house
and everything, that's different. If not, then you should have learned
something from last year.

OUT OF DATE: In the Community Events section of the Okee-
chobee News under "Legion sponsoring fundraiser" it asks for dona-
tions of used or empty laser printer cartridges and ink jets to be taken
to American Legion Post #64 as a fundraiser to purchase school sup-
plies for needy children in Okeechobee County. I sent my used printer
cartridge by a neighbor when she went to the Legion to play bingo.
When the bartender received it, she threw it in the trash and said they
don't do this anymore. Makes me wonder how many other worth-
while requests in the newspaper are out of date. (Editor's Note: Thank
you for making us aware of this. It was our oversight, and we apolo-

LOWER PRICES: In place of all these business's running ads about
donating to various charities, why don't they lower the prices of their
goods and benefit everybody?

TRASH: To the people that live out in Okeechobee Little Farms and
Orange Blossom Ranch, all you have to do is put your trash out by the
road and the trash truck will pick it up. That way, you don't have to
throw it out along one of the side roads. So pleasetry to keep it clean, if
you can take it to one of the side roads, you can put it on the road for
trash pick up. The side roads are a mess.

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Community Events

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet Thurs-
day, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. This is a free com-
munity program. For information, call Wanda Haas, RN, CDE, at

Hospice planning yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale Friday, Nov. 4, and
Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at
the Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House at S.E. Fourth Street
and Third Avenue, next to the Hospice Residence. All proceeds
benefit patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale donations will be
accepted at this location.

Chamber hosting chicken dinner
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will host a bar-
becue chicken dinner on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Flagler
Park #2. A drive-up curbside area will be designated. The dinner will
include: barbecued chicken (white meat $6 and dark meat $5) with
baked beans, potato salad, roll and a cookie. Tickets are available at
the Chamber office, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; Rustic Ranch Furniture, 123
S.W Park St; or, from any Chamber board member. Orders can be
faxed to (863) 763-3531 and paid for when the meal is picked up. For
information, contact the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.

VFW Ladies group plan garage sale
SThe VFW Ladies Auxiliary is now accepting your donations for
their Nov. 4 and 5 garage sale to be held at the VFW Post #10539,
located 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be sausage, biscuits and gravy
served for breakfast at the sales, as well as Sloppy Joes for lunch at
the Nov. 4 sale.

Eastern Star planning yard sale
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will
hold ayard sale on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the parking lot of the former
U-Save Supermarket, 2700 U.S. 441 S., from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. If
you have items you would like to donate contact Margaret Smith,
worthy matron, at (863) 467-8020.

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Looking Back ...
This photo was taken during one of the Okeechobee High School prom nights in the 1950s. Seated at the table from left
to right are: Frazelle Rogers, Susanne Conrad, Mary Lou Thomas and Ida Mae Jones. The lady in the dark gown is
Delores Gardner Harvey, a teacher. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If
so, bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-
mail the photo and information. about the photo to okeenews@okeechobee.com.

Upcoming Events

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 informa-
tion, 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 (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation 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 par-
ticipate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact Dou-
glas 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 (863)
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fel-
lowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For informa-,
tion, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restau-.
rant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is wel-
come. 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 Hos-
pice 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.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to Dou-
glas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr. Edward
Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

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 of our community. For information, call
Margaret 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) 763-1191.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. Itwill 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 corner of U.S: 78 and U.S. 441. For infor-
mation, 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 VF.W. Post #4423,
300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited. For informa-
tion, 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
support 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) 763-2893.

Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Histori-
cal Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W. Sixth St.
For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call(863) 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
welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for informa-
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who are,
or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships. The
support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free. Adult Basic Educaton/GED and English as a second language
classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.

Community Events

OHS teams selling discount cards
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are selling
their annual discount cards for $10 each. The card offers continu-
ous discounts to 18 various businesses throughout the year. If you
would like to purchase your discount card, contact coach Enrico
or coach Pung at (863) 462-5043.

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry work-
ing in partnership with the community and local families in need,
is looking for volunteers to help complete construction on their
first house. Construction experience is appreciated but not
required. Work days are Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until
1 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to work on the following com-
mittees: public relations, fundraising, legal advice, family support
and volunteer coordination. An experienced bookkeeper is also
needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.

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 accepted
at any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N.
Park St. Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurri-
cane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given
a Red Cross receipt.

Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that haye been displaced
due to Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee
may contact the County Veterans Service officer for benefits assis-
tance 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 Fri-
day 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 information, call (863) 763-2171.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the Ameri-
can 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 sub-
ject for grades five through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than
a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of
Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to the New World
and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Columbus and
the Astronauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine through 12.
American'Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History
Medals will be presented to the contestants. The winner from
each school will receive a monetary award. For information, call
(863) 763-2492.

Training for GaL volunteers offered
Training sessions for Guardians ad Litem volunteers will be
held on three Fridays in November Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Training
sessions will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Bernadette's
Catholic Church, 350 N.W California Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. Vol-
unteers must be 21 years of age, submit an application, submit to
a criminal background check, submit to a personal reference
check and attend 30 hours of training that includes courtroom
observation and independent study.

VNA hosting free memory screenings
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), 208 S.E. Park St., will
host free memory loss screenings on Friday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Screenings will be done by appointment only. To
make an appointment, call Donna True at 800-861-7826, ext. 1, or
(772) 285-6291. The screenings will be done by a nurse or social
worker from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center. Screenings are
open to anyone concerned about memory loss.

VNA giving flu shots
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will be giving flu shots
in their offices at 208 S.E. Park St. The shots will be given from 9
until 11 a.m. and from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There is no charge for Medicare patients. For those who do not
have Medicare, the charge will be $30.

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IRS announces hurricane relief for taxpayers

The President issued a major
disaster declaration covering
impacted areas of Florida, effec-
tive Oct. 23, 2005.
Taxpayers affected by the hur-
ricane are eligible for relief. Dead-
lines for affected taxpayers to file
returns, pay taxes and perform
other time-sensitive acts have
been postponed to Feb. 28, 2006,
the same date granted to taxpay-
ers affected by Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita.
Twenty Florida counties have
been included in the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) disaster area: Brevard,
Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSo-
to, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, High-
lands, Indian River, Lee, Martin,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okee-
chobee, Osceola, Palm Beach,
Polk, St. Lucie and Sarasota.
Did you know that people
affected by disaster can tap into
their 401(k) accounts for immedi-
ate cash instead of using their
credit cards?
'Do you know that people
affected by disaster can amend
their tax return immediately and
get a tax refund so they can use
the payment to off-set expenses?
Ken Strauss, CPA/PFS and
executive committee member of
the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants
(www.aicpa.org) or local CPAs
are available to discuss what con-
sumers need to know about tax
benefits they can obtain and what

they need to do regarding insur-
ance issues if their home is dam-
aged or destroyed in a hurricane.
The AICPA and the IRS have
formed a partnership to help the
public deal with tax payer educa-
tion related to disaster recovery.
Ken Strauss, CPA/PFS or local
CPAs are available to discuss the
following four steps:
Contact your insurer, stat.
Call your insurance company
as soon as possible. Some insur-
ance policies place a time limit on
filing claims. The time limit does
vary from state to state. For exam-
ple, in New York you have two
years to file a claim, according to
the insurance department.
Let the company know about
the severity of the damage. Insur-
ance cases can be prioritized. If
your home was completely
destroyed, you will get more
attention than a home that had
minor damage.
Make sure you give the insur-
ance company all of your contact
information. Make it as easy as
possible for the company to con-
tact you.
The amount of time it takes for
the claims process varies widely,
depending on the amount of
damage and the size of the storm.
It could happen immediately or
take up to six months if it's a com-
plicated claim.
If you can't stay in your house
and you have to set up camp for a
while at a motel or you need to

bunk with some friends, you have
the right to some cash. Insurance
companies will reimburse you for
additional cost of living expenses.
This reimbursement will even
cover restaurant meals within rea-
son. In certain circumstances,
insurance companies may distrib-
ute cash or ATM cards to policy-
holders in an emergency.
Document, document, doc-
It's up to you to substantiate
your loss. Think about photo-
graphing the damage. Make an
inventory of damaged items, and
don't forget that your car is also
covered under comprehensive
insurance. Keep any records and
lists of people you speak to.
The better organized you are,
the fewer problems you'll have. If
you don't remember the value of
some items, you can call your
credit card company and ask
them to send you a list of your
It's also a good idea to take
advantage of the Insurance Insti-
tute's home inventory software.
This is a free program that lets you
scan receipts, take pictures and
take inventory of what you have
in the house. If you have the luxu-
ry of time, this is a great way to be
prepared for catastrophes. For
more information, go to their
Web site at www.iii.org.
If you're not happy with the
way the claim is settled, go back
to the agent, and document your

side to the head of the claims
department. If you're still not sat-
isfied, you can file a complaint
with your state insurance depart-
ment and of course, you can
always hire an attorney.
There's also the option of
using your own adjuster. A public
insurance adjuster assesses the
damage to your home and can
organize your claim. A public
adjustor then works with your
insurance company to maximize
the return on your policy. You typ-
ically pay them a percentage of
your claim.
Because public insurance
adjusters are regulated by the
states, fees will vary. For more
information on public insurance
adjusters, go to the National Asso-
ciation of Public Insurance
Adjusters Web site at
www.Napia.com or call (703)
433-9217. It's a good idea to call
your state government's insur-
ance commission for a back-
ground check on any public
adjuster you're considering.
Live with it for now.
Just make temporary repairs
before the insurance adjustor has
a chance to come in and access
the damage. Of course you
should not compromise your
safety. But if you have a leaky roof,
just put some pots and pans
around instead of having the
damage fixed by a professional.
This is a good way to make
sure that you are reimbursed for

any repair. If you are currently
underinsured or you have a siz-
able unreinbursed property loss,
you may be able to deduct this
from your taxes. Talk to your local
CPA about certain tax benefits
that are available to you espe-
cially in president-declared disas-
ter areas.
First, subtract any insurance
you anticipate receiving. Then
subtract $100. The loss must be
further reduced by 10 percent of
your adjusted gross income. The
balance remaining is what you
can deduct from your taxes.
If you think you might qualify
for this deduction, collect your
receipts, insurance statements,
and other documentation and
present it to your CPA.
Those who prepare their own
taxes, should review the "Non-
business Casualty and Theft Loss-
es" on the IRS Web site and con-
tact their state income tax bureau
to learn more about both the fed-
eral and state guidelines for this
Watch out for scammers.
If your home was destroyed by
a hurricane, be cautious. There
are dishonest service providers
that prey on disaster victims.
Don't be rushed into signing a
contract with any roofing or build-
ing company. Instead, collect
business cards and get written
estimates for the proposed job.
Beware of building contractors
that encourage you to spend a lot

of money on temporary repairs.
Investigate the track record of
any roofer, builder or contractor
that you consider hiring. Look
for professionals and get refer-
ences. You can also call the Bet-
ter Business Bureau for help.
Never give anyone a deposit
until you have done your home-
Help for the doubly-
People who are still unable to
go back home because of a pre-
vious hurricane should try to
extend their additional living
expenses. Usually you can uti-
lize your additional living
expense for a maximum of 12
months. But there may be some
flexibility with your insurance
People who have exhausted
their insurance go to the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency to get financial assis-
tance. Their Web site is
The CPA profession has cre-
ated a free Web site with tools,
articles, calculators to help the
public related to disaster recov-
ery. This Web site can be
accessed at: www.360financial-
literacy.org. In addition, CPAs
across the country are standing-
by via the Internet to answer
individual questions from con-
sumers about disaster recovery
and tax issues. This can also be
accessed on the Web site.

Gallagher issues rule capping public adjuster fees

Chief Financial Officer Tom Gal-
lagher has issued an emergency
rule to protect victims of Hurri-
cane Wilma by capping public
adjuster fees at 10 percent of claim
payment and giving consumers
up to 14 days to rescind a contract
with a public adjuster without
penalty. The emergency rule also
prohibits public adjusters from
demanding or accepting any type
of compensation prior to the set-
tlement of the claim.

"South Floridians have expe-
rienced some serious damage,
and we are going to do all we
can to further protect them dur-
ing the recovery period," Gal-
lagher said. Gallagher oversees
the Department of Financial Ser-
vices and has activated a storm
hotline, 1-800-22-STORM (1-
800-227-8676), to help storm
victims with questions or com-
plaints they may have with filing
an insurance claim.

Gallagher imposed the same
cap on fees and prohibition on
up-front payments during last
year's four storms in response
to reports that some public
adjusters were demanding, fees
of as much as 25 percent of
claim payment.
Gallagher also warned con-
sumers to make sure they are
dealing with a licensed public
adjuster. Last year, detectives
with the department's Division

of Insurance Fraud arrested
seven individuals, acting as pub-
lic adjusters without licenses.
Consumers can call the storm
hotline or visit www.fldfs.com
to verify licensure of any
Public adjusters are not affili-
ated with any insurance compa-
ny and are hired by the con-
sumer for a fee. Independent
and company adjusters work for
insurance companies and do
not charge fees to consumers.

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This smiling fellow is the centerpiece of a fall display seen
in a yard in the southwestern-part of the city.

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Sports Briefs Professional wrestling returning to Okeechobee

Lady Brahmans
hoop tryouts slated
The final day to tryout for the
Lady Brahman girls varsity and jun-
ior varsity basketball teams will be
Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 2:30 p.m.
until 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee
High School gym.
Girls in grades nine through 12
who are interested in playing bas-
ketball must have a current FHSAA
physical and liability form complet-
ed before trying out. Forms can be
picked up in the main office.
Contact coach Carey Pung at
(863) 462-5025, for information.

Links tourney
helps junior golf
The Waldau 14th annual golf
tournament and party to benefit
junior golf will be held Friday, Nov.
4, at the Fairways Golf Course at the
KOA Campground and Resort,
4276 U.S. 441 S.
Golfers will have their choice of
either an 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. shot-
gun start.
The tournament format will be
four-person scramble. Tournament
fees are $40 per person and
includes golf, prizes and entry to
the dinner and dance party in the
KOA Convention Center starting at
6 p.m. Space is limited, and pre-
payment is required. Participation
in the golf tournament is not neces-
sary to attend the dinner/dance.
Dinner/dance tickets are $20 per
person and must be purchased by
Nov. 1. To attend the dance only, a
donation of $10 per person will be
accepted at the door after 7:30 p.m.
For information or to register,
contact Bridgette at (863) 467-7300.

Night golf tourney
benefits OHS baseball
The Brahman baseball program
will sponsor its third annual On-
Campus Golf Tournament on Sat-
urday, Nov. 5.
The tournament will consist of
nine holes stretching around the
O.H.S. campus. All you really need
is a straight iron, pitching wedge
and putter. Since this is a night tour-
nament, players will use glow-in-
the-dark golf balls.
SFood will be served from 6 until
6:45 p.m. Tee off will be at 7 p.m.
There will be two golfers per team.
The cost will be $30 per golfer
(price includes meal and glow-in-
the-dark ball). There are spots avail-
able for 72 golfers, so the first 72
paid entries will be taken.
SMake checks payable to OHS.
Please riteie Baseball Night Golf on
the "for" line of the check.
For information contact Dylan
Tedders at (863) 634-7753; or Mark
Ward at .(863) 634-1722.

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Are you glued to your televi-
sion every Monday and Friday
evening? Can you name a
wrestler after just three notes of
his musical introduction? Do you
remember old school profession-
al wrestling before it became a
weekly soap opera and multi-mil-
lion dollar media extravaganza?
If so, then you should mark
your calendar for Nov. 5 at 7:30
Maximum Xtreme Pro
Wrestling (MXPW) will be return-
ing to Okeechobee, bringing with'
it a host of up-and-coming profes-
sional wrestlers as well as former
WWE greats.
The main event for the evening
will pit former WWE wrestling
stars Billy Gunn against former
Head Banger, Chaz.
Billy Gunn arrived in the World
Wrestling Federation (WWF) in
the early 1990s. He eventually
teamed up with the "Road Dogg"
Jesse James to form the New Age

Outlaws. They dominated the tag
team scene of the WWF through-
out 1997 and 1998. They eventual-
ly joined the D-Generation X
group, which included headliners
such as Chyna, Triple H and X-
Pac. As a member of D-Genera-
tion X, Gunn (his real name is
Monty Sopp) shot to super star-
Gunn was injured in a match
against the Dudley Boyz and took
some time off to recuperate.
In June 1999 he won the King
of the Ring tournament against
such superstars as Ken Sham-
rock, Kane and X-Pac.
He later joined with Chuck
Palumbo to become "Billy &
Chuck". In November 2004 he
was released by the WWF (now
known as World Wrestling Enter-
Gunn has a long, impressive
list of titles, including the WWF
World Tag Team Champion (10
times with various partners); the
WWF Hardcore Champion twice;
the WWF Intercontinental Heavy-
weight Champion and the WWF

King of the Ring 1999 Champion.
Gunn's opponent for the Nov.
5 rumble willbe another ex-
WWE member known as Chaz.
This veteran of the squared circle
.is the current MXPW (Maximum
Xtreme Pro Wrestling) champion
who has seen a great deal of mat
time in the WWE, ECW (Extreme
Championship Wrestling), IWA
(Puerto Rico) and the USWA
(United States Wrestling
Other matches on the card are
The Heartbreak Express vs. Pre-
ston James and Scott Commodity
(a tag team match); the 7-ft- 2
Tower vs. The Blackheart (anoth-
er WWE veteran who appeared in
events); Desperado Joe Gomez
vs. Frankie Lancaster; Hack "The
Dog" Meyers (still another WWE
wrestler) vs. Dok Rivers; and
Aaron Epic vs. Kahagas with Blare
Rogers and Amy ringside.
Tickets will be available at the
door for $15 each ringside or $10
each for general admission.

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the KOA in Okeechobee on Saturday, Nov. 5, evening when
he takes on Chaz, another former WWE headliner.

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The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free preg-
nancy testing to girls and women
of all ages. We offer free and con-
fidential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
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Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. For information or
appointments call (863) 763-

Free parenting
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Free six-week parentihg-class-
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the Pregnancy Resource Center,
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Childcare is not provided; how-
ever, infants in carriers are wel-
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American Red Cross
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The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would
like to give of your time and tal-
ents to help local citizens in time
of disaster, please call Debbie
Riddle or Candace at the Ameri-
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branch at (863) 763-2488.

Child care help
is now available
The Early Learning Coalition
has funding for child care for eli-
gible 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 work-
ing, going to school or a combi-
nation of both for at least 20
hours per week. For information,
call (866) 273-6340.

Head Start Project
accepting applications
Okeechobee I Center, located
at 726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently
accepting applications for
migrant children and children
with disabilities in our Head Start
Program. Webelieve all children
can benefit from receiving edu-
cational, health and social servic-
es offered by the program. We
serve children 6 weeks to 5 years.
To qualify the family must have
migrated in the past 24 months,
worked in agriculture and their
primary income must come
from agriculture. We encourage
families of children with disabili-
ties to apply. For information, call
(863) 467-0702 and ask for
Sylvia, Ella or Page.

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any of these questions, please.
contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We
are looking for volunteers to
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BEAGLE- Male with collar
found in Frostproof on North
Lake Reedy approx 1 week
ago (863)635-2565
DOG: Chocolate Lab call
FOUND: Many Animals Due
To The Storm.
Around Lehman Auto Body
on Hwy. 98. around circle K.
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eyes, 1-3yrs old, huge, col-
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&128th ave. (772)370-1636
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Chid Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes Linens & Febrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Seeing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

AIR COND. PARTS- Going out
of business, WinA/C repair
shop. Motors, front covers,
etc. Sacrifice $1800 or best
offer. (561)684-9007.
15,000 btu, paid $400, sell
for $250.
BTU's Works good $60.

TION- $75 (407)436-1901
greal cOnd $500
ofAntique furniture.
Quality service.

Size, Electric, New Paid
$325 asking $200. neg.
Okee (863)357-2233
more. Like new. $200.
FREEZER, upright, small, exc.
cond., 1/2.price $150 firm,
no hurricane damage,
(863)467-8720 BHR
'4 Burners, Oven storage
drawer. Works greatly $75.
WASHER, $75.

SHED- Wolly, 14'x28', 8K
new, Extras. Asking $6000.

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sound & beautiful pc. of furni-
ture. Moving. Pd. $4800, sac-
rifice $1200 (863)763-9608
SHO-BUD Pedal steel guitar
amp. Works good $300
863)763-9592 or

male, 15 mos. old, all shots,
spayed, micro chipped,
$250 neg. (863)697-2082
NEEDED- for Affen Pincher,
$200 (863)983-6537.
with tray, asking $20..
very sweet, $160 with cage.
PET SHEEP- 3 mos, female,
$75 (863)675-0247.
RABBIT (10) $100 for all, will
sep. (863)635-4690
RABBIT CAGES (10) $100 for
all, will sep. (863)635-4690
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $25 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
LaBelle area.
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.

HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1499.

per Magnum, new with case
and access. $175
(502)931-8101 cell.
POOL TABLE w/ accesso-
ries, Slate. $625
TELESCOPE Celestron Pro.,
Barlows, target scope, on tri-
pod, serious inquiries only
$225 (863)763-3551

SCHWINN, 1955- Original
condition, $900.

DOOR, new pre hung, thermal
pane, full glass view, mini
blind in glass, fits 36" open-
ing, $100. (863)697-1627
Red Bricks, between 200-300,
$100 will sell separately.
VINYL SIDING- for a mobile
home, cream color, $100 for
all (863)467-6423

Toddler, 4-5 & 7-10 yrs. old.
Size 6 & 7. $30 for all, will
sep. (863)824-8749

Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection. Mid 80's & 90's
$500 or best offer. Call
(863)763-8943ask for Tracy

Win. XP, Word, Games,
Complete $150.

/Oxygen tanks, hoses & gaug-
es, drill presses, multi grind-
ers, $2000 (863)763-9527

COUCH, California Style, light
colors, L-shaped, w/formica
corner table, $150.
DRESSER & 2 Night stands.
Good condition. $100.

matic, 48volts, Club car,
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or

ing $400 or will trade
leather bound vol. all about
guns. Cost $950 now
350 863-697-2033'

new, used 6 mos., paid
3,850 ll l:r i.6'5 .
,239) 1 Tl0- II4I: 41 '4 -, 55,'

EARNINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made, 24K,
100yr old. Asking $575 nego-
tiable (863)634-9620 Okee

TABLE, round, white washed,
glass top, with 4 high/back
chairs, $225.

FOUNTAIN Mediterranean.
large, round, 3 tier, grape vine
motif. $650 or best offer
NEON SIGN- 3'x8', Aluminum,
Lights up, Nearly new,
$1000. (863)634-1909
good for carpenter or me-
chanic $25 (863)801-5353




with DVD. $100.

TOSHIBA 50", wide screen,
HD. Still under warranty. Pd
$1800 asking $800
TV, Magnavox, Color, Con-
sole. 27"? Works & Looks
good.$60. (863)357-1560

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GENERATOR- Coleman, 5000
watt, 10 HP, new in box,
wheel kit included. 220 plug
$515. (863)763-0944.

GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200

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Silver. Adjustable. $20 pr will
separate. (863)763-5120
XBOX w/ chip & hard, drive.
Complete system & 8 games.
$300 (863)673-5206
XBOX- With 8 games (incl Ha-
lo, Halo 2, Spiderman, Fable,
& others), 1 controller and all
cords $200. (863)673-5206


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment B05
Farm FeedProducts 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

BOX BLADE, 7' wide with 3pt.
hitch, $75. (863)357-2803

LAWN TRAILER- 3x4, 6" tires,
new, Stainless steel con-
struction, $300

LAWNMOWER, 22", Crafts-
man, self-propelled, 5hp,
good cond., runs great, $50.
Murray Riding Mower, 30"
cut, 11hp motor, excellent
condition, $300.
good condition. $75.
12.5hp, 38" cut, $250.

firm. (863)467-8038

SKYLINE '91 5th Whl, Front
Liv. Rm. Good cond. Water-
front lot w/lake access. $200
mo. $7711 neg 863-801-3841
Wheel by Fleetwood, 34.5B,
24 Ft. Awning, 3 slide outs,
oak cabinets, no smoke or
pets. Garage kept. 5th wheel
hitch. $17,500.314-640-3195

DIRT BIKE KX250, '93, new
brakes, cranks right up, Fast!
$1100 or bes.t offer.
Elec. Scooter, w/seat, head-
lights, turn signals, new 24v
charger, extra scooter for
parts, $125. (863)763-3551

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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent9?0
Farm Property
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

CBS, '03, 3/2, on 1 fenced
acre, $1250 mo., no inside
pets, non-smoking environ-
ment, 467-0756 or

OKEE, Female preferred, 3br,
1 ba Oak Park, Furn., Kit.
priv. Must like dogs. $425
incl util. (863)467-6251
mo., util. incl., full house privi-
leges. 863-697-9074

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 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
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

NEW"!! Waterfront 3B/R
homes available starting at
$310,000. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376
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$325,000. MUST SEE!

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
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Mobile Homes Rent 2015
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nished. Available now. Very
private lot w/screen porch, etc.
$1000 mo. 863-357-3639
$600 mo. 1st & last & sec.
Screened in front room & rear
carport. (561)697-1238

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

BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft, Galva-
nized. Good shape. $150.
CRIS CRAFT '82 25' cabin
cruiser, all orig. fiberglass, in-
board V8. Only in fresh water.
$8500 (863)357-7406
w/Johnson 35 hp., Bimini Top
CD Stereo & Trailer. Excellent
cond. $1550 (561)644-1590
Dual aluminum trailer, 150 hp
Evenrude. $5900. Call for
more info. 239-498-3136
PONTOON BOAT-1986- 24',
good shape, 40"HP Mere, no
trailer, ready to go
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr, $1500

GO CART- 2 sweater, Came seat
cover, dark green, good con-
dition $800 (863)635-2348
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Good shape, low hours. Runs
good. $4000 or best offer
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Automobiles 0'Li
Autos Wanted -1010
Classic Cars 015"
Commercial Trucks 4-l0 i
Equipment -l~'-.
Foreign Cars -Ju03i
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 1(i4r1
Parts Repairs -15
Pickup Trucks 40501
Sport Utility 14r.
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers -l.c5
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eng., Auto., Ice cold A/C, Runs
good. Need TLC. $5000 or
best offer. (863)801-3841
CHEVY GEO '90- 3cyl, runs
good, needs TLC $350
CHEVY LUMINA, '93, good air,
runs good, new tires, 87k
miles, $1900 neg.
Cartier, one owner, always
garaged. 102K mi, excellent
cond. $3800 (863)357-7406
to., 5 spd., A/C. Good on gas.
Like new. $1500 Firm
TOYOTA CAMRY '93- needs
work, runs, or good for
parts. $350 or best offer
(863)467-8038. -
VOLVO 740 ,'91- excellent
shape, cold AC, $2500

JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs aqd looks
good. Will trade for car hauler
trlr. 863-673-0920/675-9243.

F350 TRUCKS (3) all w/6.9
diesels, 2 bad motors, 1
good, $1850 or best of-

(3) 20", 2 on tires, $500
for '97-'03 Ford F150, Step-
side, White, Exc. cond.
$350. (863)610-1000
tor parts. Lower unit, dis-
tributor & other parts. $100 or
best offer (863)675-6738

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TIRES- 4, Mickey Thompson,
15" 35x14.50 $300.
863-763-9592 or
TIRES (6) Good Year, Wran-
gler HT 235x85R16. Load
range E. Like nev. $600 for
all, will sep. (239)898-1916
cial, aluminum, fits 8ft longbed
p/u, Asking $500 or best offer

CHEVY S10 EXT CAB'91 runs
great, cold a/c, $1500 or
best offer (863)357-2494
FORD F150 '95- good condi-
tion, with camper top,
AM/FM, 10 CD changer
$6300 neg. (863)675-8999.
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classiffids

CHEVY S10 BLAZER, '87, 2.8
litre, rebuilt eng. & trans.,
cold a/c, $1000 or best of-
fer. (863)467-6783


Public notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO.: 2005-CP-255
The administration of the estate of
File Number 2005-cP-255 is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The
name and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth be-
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this Notice
is October 25 2005.
Personal Representative:
Gladys Lee Borel
3112 S.E. 1 8th Terrace
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Kevin H. Hendrickson, Esquire
Attorney for Per. Rep.
310 South Second Street
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
(772) 461-0558
Florida Bar No. 618454
934100ON 10/25;11/1/05

1) 5x10 w/end gate,
1) 5x10 w/dump & end
gate, $1800. (863)357-5754
.Used 1 time. $850.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you.
sell your used items in
the classifeids.

Needs transmission work.
$575. (561)644-1590
A/C, Good gas mileage,
Good condition $1800.


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