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Okeechobee News


Vol. 96 No. 321


Briefs
Area Blue Roof
stations closed
Even though Operation
Blue Roof has closed its loca-
tion at the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center, the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), the Small
Business Administration
(SBA) and Project HOPE will
be open at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
seven days a week.
People who have had hur-
ricane damage are urged to
either register in person with
FEMA, or call 1-800-621-3362.
Okeechobee residents
who need to enter the Blue
Roof Program can report to:
Harlem Civic Center, 2000
Seventh St. Clewiston; the
Fairgrounds, 2616 Dixie High-
way in Stuart; 15518 S.W.
Osceola St. in Indiantown; the
Village Green Shopping Cen-
ter at the corner of Walton
Road and U.S. 1 in Port St.
Lucie; and the St. Lucie Civic
Center at 2300 Virginia Ave. in
Ft. Pierce.
The above locations are
open daily from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m.

Housing operation
center has opened
A temporary housing oper-
ation center will open in the
Rebuilding Okeechobee After
Disaster (R.O.A.D.) office,
1600 S.W Second Ave..
Applications will be taken
Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday,
Nov. 18, from 1 until 4 p.m. to
help identify those county and
city residents with immediate
housing needs and assist with
the established federal and
state housing process.
All residents must bring
their FEMA registration num-
bers.
For information, call (863)
357-4177.

Road closure
begins Nov. 28
Beginning Nov. 28, Wolff
Road west of S.W. Seventh
Avenue will be closed for
about five weeks.
Parents taking students to
South Elementary School or
New Endeavor High School
can use either S.W. 28th Street
or S.W. Seventh Avenue.
Parents taking students to
Osceola Middle School will
have to use S.W. 24th Avenue
or Eagle Bay Road to reach
S.W 28th Street.

Drought Index
Current: 206
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.97 feet

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

Index
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Comics ...........8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword .... ... .9
Obituaries ........ ..3
Opinion ........... .4
*Speak Out ..........4
Sports . . .7
TV .............. .10
Weather ..... ... ..2
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Planners OK



new housing



site in city


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
Planning Board approved rec-
ommending to the Okeechobee
City Council a zoning change
from holding to residential single
family-one for a 15.5-acre parcel
of land between Southwest Sev-
enth Avenue and Southwest
10th Avenue, and Southwest


uKeecnooee rews/Lorna JabuonsuK
A holiday carousel, complete with prancing horses and candy canes, is ready to shine
as Okeechobee prepares for the holiday season.


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
A one-horse open sleigh just needs some snow to complete a line from a famous holi-
day song. This lighted decoration Is only one of many that will adorn Flagler Park dur-
ing this holiday season.


13th Street and Southwest 15th
-Street.
The property is owned by
15th Street Homes, L.L.C., a
client of attorney Devin Maxwell,
who is a member of the plan-
ning board. Mr. Maxwell
abstained from the agency's dis-
cyssion and vote on the zoning
change Tuesday evening
See Housing Page 2


County board



levies fines



for violations


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Code 'Enforcement Board
levied three fines and reduced
two previously imposed fines
at their meeting Tuesday
evening.
The cases of Charles and
Delores Gils, Brent Braasch


and John and Marie Powell
were found to be in compli-
ance, sb..they were not heard.
The case of Patrick and Car-
men Williams was not heard
because of lack of proper noti-
fication.
Code Enforcement Officer
Blanca Saucedo stated'that all
See Fines Page 2


USACE seeks input


into level of lake


By MaryAnn Morris
Special to the Okeechobee News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers (USACE) is seeking public
input for their proposed changes
to the Water Supply and Environ-
ment (WSE) schedule for Lake
Okeechobee.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew
Goetz, deputy commander for the
USACE's Jacksonville District, was
at the Okeechobee County Civic
Center along with USACE biologist
Nelson Colon Tuesday evening to
explain the proposed changes.
This schedule determines how
decisions are made to lower, raise
or maintain water levels in Lake
Okeechobee.
The WSE was implemented in
2002 after a dry cycle in Florida's
weather. With advanced technolo-
gy, it is now understood that Flori-
da's wet/dry cycles are not only
seasonal each year, but will vary
over many years. Meteorologists
now know that Florida's weather
has come out of a dry period and is
entering a wet period. Increased


hurricane activity with increased
rainfall is one aspect of this cycle.
"We have problems with the
water system," said Lt. Col. Goetz,
"The water system is the result of
70 years of development, mainly
aimed at flood control. The Com-
prehensive Everglades Recovery
Plan (CERP), at an estimated cost
of $10.5 billion, will ultimately
resolve many of the problems but
not soon enough.
"Governor (Jeb) Bush, in an
unprecedented action, has prom-
ised to speed up the process with
the Acceller8 plan to complete
many of the most critical improve-
ments by September 2009," he
added.
In the meantime, he said, the
WSE is keeping the lake too high.
He said the area has had an
extraordinary amount of rain, and
that water is being held to the
north in the Kissimmee Basin. Dis-
charges are causing major prob-
lems with the Caloosahatchee and
See Lake Page 2


UKeecnooee News/rete uawaa
Canal spraying
The airboat of James Basford appears to be on dry land. Actually it is surrounded
by the floating vegetation he is spraying. Mr. Basford is an employee of Applied
Aquatics. The company is under contract to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to
spray the Treasure Island canals as needed for floating vegetation. On Tuesday
morning, Nov. 15, Mr. Basford was spraying the canal adjacent to S.E. 43rd Ave.


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Agri-Civic Center
committee to meet
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center
Advisory committee will meet
Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in
the county administration annex
meeting roon, 456 U.S. 98 N.
Any person deciding to appeal
any decision made by the com-
mittee with respect to any matter
considered at such meeting will
need a record of the proceed-
ings, and that for such purpose
he/she may need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceed-
ings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which appeal is to
be based.

Property taxes
due as of Nov. 1
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified
by the Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraiser and is open for
collection of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and
county can pay their property
taxes at the Okeechobee County
Tax Collector's Office in the
Alderman Building, 307 N.W.
Fifth Av., Suite B.
Discounts will be allowed as
follows: 4 percent on payments
made Nov. 1 Nov. 30; 3 percent
on payments made Dec. 1 Dec.
31; 2 percent on payments made
Jan. 1, 2006 -Jan. 31, 2006; 1
percent on payments made Feb.
1, 2006 Feb. 28, 2006; and, net if
paid in March.
For information on fire,
garbage and Country Hills road
assessments, call (863) 763-
9312.
Office hours are Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30
p.m.
For information, call (863)
763-3421.

Loans help replace
storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okee-
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 following criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
in 2004.
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 follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons $27,650; three persons
- $31,100; four persons -
$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 Non-Profit Housing
Inc. office is open 9 a.m. until 4
p.m., Monday through Friday.

Book on area
currently on sale
OKEECHOBEE The book
"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.
Parrott Ave.
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 ques-
tions to: Okeechobee Historical
Society, P.O. Box 248, Okee-
chobee, Fl., 34973; or, call Betty
Williamson at (863) 763-3850 or
(863) 763-6226.

Legislative body
will meet Nov. 21
OKEECHOBEE State Repre-
sentative Frank Attkisson, chair-
man of the Okeechobee County
Legislative Delegation, said the
delegation's next meeting has
been changed to Monday, Nov.
21.
The group was originally slat-
ed to meet Nov. 2.


The panel will meet from 1:30
until 4 p.m. in the chambers of
Sthe Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners, 304
N.W Second St.
The delegation will hear con-
cerns and ideas for potential leg-
islation. Members of the commu-
nity, as well as local and county
governments, 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.


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Man charged with DUI,


and leaving accident scene


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 26-year-old man remains in
the Okeechobee County Jail fol-
lowing his arrest for allegedly
running into carport then leaving
the scene.
Tereso Valdez was charged
with driving under the influence,
no valid driver's license, leaving
the scene of an accident with
property damage and willful and
wanton reckless driving. His
total bond has been set at
$4,000.
According to an incident
report by Corporal Paul Ferrell of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO),Valdez was
operating a white 1997 Ford van
when he ran into the carport of a
home on S.W 20th Terrace dur-
ing the early morning hours of
Monday, Nov. 14.
Cpl. Ferrell's report states that
he saw two "large portions of
concrete lying on the trunk" of
the homeowner's car, a 2002
Toyota Avalon. He stated that
damage to the vehicle was esti-
mated at $2,500.
The deputy went on to say in
his report that there was a large
hole in the middle portion of the


Housing

Continued From Page 1
because of his affiliation. He went
to the podium and spoke on behalf
of the property owners.
The zoning request represented
the first step of development for the
property owners, who plan to
develop a single family residential
community similar to those at
Oak Lake Estates, Mr. Maxwell
said. A subsequent step would be
platting the area as a single family
community.
The timeline for the actual con-
struction is not set at this time and
will depend on the construction of
a new wastewater treatment plant
to increase service capacity.
"My understanding is that OUA
(Okeechobee Utility Authority) is in
the process of obtaining funding to
build a new plant," Mr. Maxwell
said. "Currently, there is no addi-
tional wastewater capacity, and
that could hinder any new develop-
ment."
He said that any development
would take at least a year before
tying into the OUA water/waste-
water system, which should be
enough time to increase capacity.


overhead structure of the car-
port, and a large portion of con-
crete was missing from the car-
port's support beam.
The homeowner told Cpl. Fer-
rell she was awakened by the
sound of something hitting her
home around 2:55 a.m.
While Cpl. Ferrell was at the
scene he received word that
Deputy Kristin Gray had seen a
van. matching the description of
the one that had allegedly hit the
home. She said the van was
westbound on S.R. 70 without its
headlights.
After Deputy Gray had
stopped the vehicle, Cpl. Ferrell
went to the site of the traffic stop
and noted damage to the front
bumper and driver's side door of
the van. He stated he found con-
crete dust in the crease of the
dent.
A driver's license check then
revealed that Valdez did not have
a valid driver's license, said Cpl.
Ferrell.
The corporal's report goes on
to state that Vadez was given an
intoxylzer breath test and the
results indicated his blood-alco-
hol level was .088 and .092,
which is in excess of the legal
limit of .08 percent.


According to Mr. Maxwell, the
15.5-acre parcel is part of 48 acres
owned by the company and the
plans are in the hands of an archi-
tect for a preliminary rendering.
Some members of the public
either appeared at the meeting or
wrote letters to the planning board
asking for clarification of the site's
location, and bringing to the
board's attention some environ-
mental concerns.
Herman and Tressie Zobel and
Brenda O'Connor addressed
eagles nesting in the area in sepa-
rate letters, as well as turkeys, quail
and gopher turtles living at the site.
Mr. Maxwell said he was not aware
of the environmental concerns, but
they would be addressed.
He said the property owner
intends to build a nice develop-
ment, improve the area and retain
oak trees and a vegetative buffer
around the property.
"He wants to build a very desir-
able development," Mr. Maxwell
said.
In other business, the planning
board approved recommending
two additional zoning changes to
the city council..
The board approved Jamie
Gamiotea's request for property
owners Raul and Kathey Gamiotea


Lake

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St. Lucie estuaries and areas to the
south are flooded and can't take
any more water, he continued.
At the same time many com-
munities depend on the water
from the lake for their public water
supply, and the USACE must
ensure that there is enough water
for public use.
Lt. Col. Goetz said the USACE is
seeking input from the public as a
key part of this process and as
required by the National Environ-
mental Policy Act.
"We will have a draft Environ-
mental Impact Study completed by
the summer of 2006 in preparation
for a change to the WSE in Decem-
ber of 2006 to be implemented in
January, 2007," said Mr. Colon.
"When the water levels are in
Zone D, the water sits too long,"
said Paul Gray, Ph.D., science coor-
dinator for the Lake Okeechobee
Watershed Program of the Florida
Audubon Society, "If releases were
mandatory, not optional, until the
lake reaches the bottom of Zone D
it would allow for better mainte-
nance of desirable marshes. Fur-
ther, the lowest level of zone D
should be changed from 13.5 feet
.to 13.0 feet with adjustments for
drought predictions."
Mr. Gray went on to say that
under the current model, releases
to the Caloosahatchee are cut off 2
feet higher than anywhere else,


to rezone property at 1109 S.E.
Ninth Drive from holding to resi-
dential single family-one (RSF-1).
Mr. and Mrs. Gamiotea want to
build two single family homes on
the property.
Jim LaRue, the city's planning
consultant, explained that the hold-
ing category is not often seen. He
said it was used in the 1960s and
'70s because planners did not
know what specific zoning the
properties would have. It turns out
that the land use regulations would
govern anyway and RSF-1 zoning
fits the property at Ninth Drive.
The board also approved the
rezoning application for Gerald
Lefebvre for lots 10, 11 and 12,
block 40 from residential single
family-one to commercial profes-
sional office. He plans to build a
5,400 square foot office building.
The city's Land Planning
Agency met prior to the planning
board and approved two recom-
mendations to go to the city coun-
cil.
They also approved a zoning
change for property at 402 N.W
Fourth St. that is owned by Barry
and Valerie Lewis. The owners
want to change lots 11 and 12,
block 105 from single family to
commercial to allow the use of an
accounting office in the existing
structure.
Mr. LaRue said the application
qualifies in state statutes as a small
scale amendment to the compre-
hensive plan, and he recommend-
ed approval.


which "cuts off their water too
soon, compared to others."
"There have been problems
with algae in the estuaries before.
There have been many studies,
many models," said Herb Zebuth,
speaking for Friends of the Ever-
glades. "The lake needs to be man-
aged as a lake, not as a reservoir or
a drainage pond. It may function as
a backup water supply for the
coastal communities, but what are
the coastal communities doing to
learn to conserve water? We're
told it is a question of economic
impacts. Someone should do an
analysis of the economic impact of
high water levels on the lake."
This point of view was echoed
by Wayne Nelson, executive direc-
tor of Fisherman Against Destruc-
tion of the Environment.
"I've been working on Lake
Okeechobee issues for over 25
years," said Mr. Nelson, "During
the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s the lake
levels were much lower and the
lake was much healthier. The first
public hearing on lake water levels
was in 1988. The water levels keep
going up. It's bad for the lake."
If you would like to make a
comment on the way the water
level in the lake is managed, for-
ward your comments to Nelson
Colon, ATTN: Planning Division,
701 San Marco Boulevard, Jack-
sonville, Fla., 32207; or, e-mail your
comments to publicmail.cesaj-
cc@saj02.usace.army.mil.
All comments will be consid-
ered in the final recommendations.


The agency approved amend-
ing Section 90 of the city's land
development regulations regarding
commercial and industrial sign reg-
ulations.
Two aspects of the amended
regulations relate to Main Street's
murals program, and Mr. LaRue
explained them. He said that if
murals are approved as part of the
Main Street program, they would
not be considered commercial and
would be subject to Main Street
guidelines.
"However, a mural would not
be considered a mural if it had a
commercial message. Then it
would be a sign and would follow
the city's regulations. It would not
be under Main Street rules," he
said.
Agency members discussed
various aspects of the sign regula-
tions including that the content
must have a legitimate and moral
message; be no larger than 100
square feet; would not be in a road-
way right-of-way; and, not be dis-
tracting to drivers.
Agency Chairman William Led-
ferd suggested a commercial sign
might be 101.2 sq. ft. Mr. LaRue
replied that if that were the case, an
application for a variance would be
needed.
With no business pending, the
Board of Adjustment did not meet.


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the derelict sheds and all but one
of the unsafe mobile homes had
been removed from the S.W.
40th Drive property of Ruth and
Dewey Lightsey. She further stat-
ed that there was still some
debris remaining. Since the
board is not meeting in Decem-
ber, they gave the Lightseys until
Jan. 15 to bring the property into
compliance or face a fine of $50
a day.
Code Enforcement Officer
Saucedo stated that the N.W.
80th Drive property belonging to
Javier Ordonez still contained a
boat, vehicles, trash and debris.
Mr. Ordonez was given until Jan.
15 to clean up his property or
face a fine of $100 a day.
There is still some clean up to
be done on the N.E. Seventh
Street property belonging to the
estate of Charles Mattox,
although it is almost in compli-
ance, according to Code
Enforcement Officer Beth Albert.
The board found the property to
be in noncompliance and if it is
not in compliance by Jan. 15, a
$50-a-day fine could be
imposed.
According to Code Enforce-
ment Officer Gina Gehring, there
is still an accumulation of debris
and the building has not been
secured on the U.S. 441 S.E.
property belonging to James and
Helen Boree. The board found
the property to be in noncompli-
ance and imposed a fine of $100
a day for every day of noncom-
pliance beginning Nov. 16.
Ms. Albert told the board that
no building permit had been
secured for Frank and Leone
Maheu's N.W 113th Drive prop-
erty. At the last meeting, the
board had requested the owners
secure a building permit. There-
fore, the board imposed a fine of
$25 a day beginning Nov. 16.
Florence Bell's N.E. 104th
Court property is partially in
compliance according to Ms.
Albert. Therefore, the board
imposed a fine of $20 a day
beginning Nov. 16.
Property belonging to Lillie
Mae Scott had accrued a fine of
$16,600. Her grandson David
Scott said he could not pay the
fine and requested a reduction.
He said he was making progress
toward cleaning up the property
and intended to sell it. The board
reduced the fine to $4,500.
Ann Girard had accrued a fine
of $2,550 and she requested a
reduction. She said the violation
had been corrected. The board
reduced the fine to $1,500.


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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Seminole Elementary
Book Fair
Seminole' Book Fair has a royal kick-off with the Queen of Books and her Court.


Hospice volunteer



building ready to open


Hospice of Okeechobee is
pleased to announce that their
volunteer building is ready to
accept trees for the Festival of
Trees. 1000 square feet of space
is now available for donors to
display their amazing works of
art. By Nov. 25 your Hometown
Hospice's volunteer building will
be transformed into a virtual
Christmas Wonderland! Two
rooms of the Hamrick House are
currently being converted into


their Country Store where a wide
variety of Christmas gifts will be
available for everyone at very
reasonable prices.
Due to the cancellation of the
Raulerson Hospital Tour of
Homes, the Festival of Trees will
have extended public viewing
hours. The event will open on
Monday, Nov. 28 to Thursday,
Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.;
Friday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. until
9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from


noon until 9 p.m. and Sunday,
Dec. 4 from noon until 5 p.m.
Hospice of Okeechobee
would like to send out a big
thank you to Ed Chapman of
Chapman Drywall, Creech Con-
struction, Curren Electric, JK
Lawn Services, Park Construc-
tion and Quality A/C and Heating
of Okeechobee for their hard
work in getting the building
ready in time for the Festival of
Trees.


Arrest Log


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Freddie J. Jarvis, 40, N.E.
Seventh St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 15 by -Deputy Lieu-
tenant K. Murrish on Okee-
chobee County warrants charg-
ing him with possession of
cocaine with intent to sell, pos-
session of cocaine with intent to
sell, sale of cocaine and posses-
sion of cocaine with intent to sell.
His total bond was set at
$200,000.
Charles Michael Kelley, 28,
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 15 by Lt. K. Murrish
on a warrant charging him with
failure of a sex offender to report


to the Department of Motor Vehi-
cles. He is being held without
bond.
Clifton Edward Walbridge,
60, was arrested Nov. 15 by
Deputy .Sam Thomas on war-
rants charging him with burglary
of a structure and third-degree
grand theft. His total bond was
set at $10,000.
Eduardo Romero, 19, N.E.
Eighth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 15 by Deputy Paul
Jackson on a warrant charging
him with amended violation of
probation possession of
cocaine. He is being held without
bond.
Elias Delacruz, 43, was
arrested Nov. 15 by Deputy Paul
Jackson on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
possession of cocaine, and viola-
tion of probation possession of
drug paraphernalia. He is being
held without bond.
Christopher Hill, 33, S.E.
Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 15 by Deputy Paul


Jackson on a warrant charging
him with second amended viola-
tion of probation perjury. He is
being held without bond.
Catavis J. Jackson, 20, N.E.
16th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 16 by Deputy
Justin Akins on charges of bat-
tery on a law enforcement offi-
cer, escaping arrest and resisting
arrest with violence. His total
bond on these charges was set at
$30,000. Jackson was also
arrested on warrants charging
him with violation of probation -
possession of cocaine with
intent to sell and violation of pro-
bation sale of cocaine. He is
being held without bond on
these charges.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise. stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the-charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


Traffic Kids
Fifth grade Terrific Kids are honored
assembly.


at Seminole Elementary's first nine-weeks awards


North learns about the


first Thanksgiving


Kindergarten
Miss Hudson's
Raulerson's class
doughnuts to celebrate
"D" week. This week
making paper plate fist
puppets while they le
"F".
Miss Saine's class
working on the letter
"F". The students will I
frogs and fish for the
They will also be wi
Thanksgiving crafts lat
week.
Mrs. Gubler's class
Srecdy for a great Thanks
ebration. We are learn
the first Thanksgiving a
what we are thankful f
also learning all about lI
"F", &"I".
Mrs. Pope's reading


reading minedial
/a/ words in
and Mrs. preparation
decorated for our first
e the letter reading story!
k they are We're very
h and frog motivated! Mrs.
arn about Pope's homeroom
class is learning how to be thank-
has been ful. We're making a book to help
s "G" and us remember how the pilgrims
be making met the Native Americans at the
letter "F". New World and became friends.
working on Miss Johnson's reading class is
ter on this making doctor dogs and ducks as
we learn about the letter "D." Miss
is getting Johnson's homeroom made Indi-
sgiving cel- an corn and we have been read-
ling about ing manyThanksgiving books.
nd sharing Ms. Harvey's homeroom class
or. We are has been reading books about
letters, "G", Thanksgiving. We have discussed
the many things we have to be
g group is thankful for. We also decorated


Obituary


Ernest Melvin Hicks


Also surviving is his sister, Lula.
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.Ernest Melvin Hicks, age 78, addition, he is survived by his two
died Oct. 21, 2005, at Raulerson step-sons, William (Pat) Alfred of
Hospital in Okeechobee. He was Tuscumbia, Ala., Robert (Sharon)
born N.ov. 8, 1926, in Wayland, Allred of Canal Point; his five step-
Ky., and was a resident of Okee- daughters, Tina (Floyd) Honey-
chobee for the past twenty years. cutt of Holly Spring, Miss., Jeannie
He served in the Army in WWII, (Victor) Alfar of Clewiston, Belin-
Swas a member of the Masonic da (Mike) Thompson of Corinth,
Lodge of Toledo, Ohio, the Ohio Miss., Trudy Allred of Empire,
Operating Engineers Local #18, Ala., and Rebecca (Abel) Leal of
anid the Buckhea Ridge VFW Empire, Ala., along with 21 step-
Post 9528. He enjoyed fishing and grandchildren and six step great-
going to flea markets and yard grandchildren
sales. 'Interment was at Toledo
He was preceded in death by: Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio
his wife of 43 years, Vernonua on Fridy,Oct, 28.
Hicks. on Friday, Oct, 28.
He is survived by: his wife of The tamlly requests that contri-
eight years, Barbara Hicks; his butions be made to the Disabled
two sons, Wayne (Darla) Hicks of American Veterans, P.O. Box
Columbia,. S.C., Gene (Vicki) 14301, Cininnnati, Ohio 45250,
Hicks of Kent, Wash.; his daugh- Attn: gift processing department.
.ter, Donna (Richard) Hundfrucker All arrangements were under
; of Easile, S.C.; six grandchildren; the direction and care of the Bux-
Sand, four great-grandchildren. ton Funeral Home and Crematory.



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turkeys with ofit' families."'M)
reading group has been learning
about the letter "D." We painted
dot D's and we will be making
doughnuts on Friday.
Special Area News:
This past week in RE. we have
begun.a unit on hockey. The lowei
grades are learning how to strike
using an extension of their hand
while running down the field using
a ball on grass for field hockey and
a puck on concrete for-street hock-
ey. The older students are learning
some offense and defense moves
on both the grass and concrete.
Don't forget to come to oui
"Famous Fall Festival" this Friday
night, Nov. 18th, from 5 until 8
p.m. There will be games, prizes.
horse rides, silent auction, face
painting, book fair, sand. art.
pifiatas, and a cake walk. There
will'be subs, hamburgers; hot-
dogs, BBQ sandwiches, and more!
Come join in the fun as we extend
our school-wide read of "I amr
Going to be Famous", 'by Torn
Birdseye!!


May this holy time of year renew your spirits and deliver
an abundance of pence, joyi and prosperity to 'iou and I!iiourS.
For your friendship and support, we fPeel truly blessed.


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presents...
The 17th Animal il!

Evening of 'Remembrance

Saturday, November 26, 2005 7:00 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd Street
For more information call 763-1994
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with everyone. They were funny, yelling and screaming for the next
person and tossing flags and making it easier for everyone to wait in
line. I went in there hot, tired and hungry but when I left I was just as
happy as I could be.
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ipated in and the laughter that you brought to many people who had
to wait in the long lines."

NEW STOP SIGN: I would like to congratulate the people who put
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Community Events


Food drive is under way
The 21st annual Food for Families food drive is now under
way in Okeechobee County and will continue through Satur-
day, Nov. 19. Raulerson Hospital is the main collection site for
food. Residents should bring their donation to the hospital's
main entrance. Those interested in participating should call
(863) 467-7551; or, Bill Casian at Raulerson Hospital at (863)
824-2771.

Church plans white elephant sale
St. Theresa Catholic Church will hold a white elephant sale
Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at S.R. 78 W and
Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863)
357-0670.

Golf tourney benefits United Way
Raulerson Hospital will sponsor the United Way/Raulerson
Hospital Greater Open Golf Tournament on Nov. 19 at the Okee-
chobee Golf & Country Club on U.S. 441 N. Registration will be
from 7 until 8 a.m. Green and tee sponsorships are available for
$100 each. Golfing fees are $50 per person which includes 18
holes of golf, cart, coffee and doughnuts. A lunch will be held
after the tournament. All proceeds will go to the United Way of
Okeechobee. For information, contact Bill Casian at Raulerson
Hospital, (863) 824-2702.

IRCC to expand Okeechobee campus
The program on the expansion of Indian River Community
College's (IRCC) Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave.,
has been rescheduled for Nov. 19 from 5 until 7 p.m.

GPS training program offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will host a newly revised
GPS training program Saturday Nov. 19. Boaters will be taught
the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and how it can
get you out of trouble. Anyone considering buying new elec-
tronics for their boat should attend this program and learn how
the GPS unit, marine radio, and how the Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon are linked together. Seating is limited.
Call (863) 467-3085 for information or to pre-register.

Learning Coalition committee to meet
The finance/operations committee of the Early Learning
Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will
meet Monday, Nov. 21, at 12:30 p.m. at the One Stop Career
Center, 2415 S. 29th St., in Fort Pierce.





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Looking Back...
When the railroad was completed to Okeechobee in 1915, the railroad planned to make Okeechobee County a midpoint
stop between Jacksonville and Miami, including a roundhouse and repair yards in the northern part of the county. The
roundhouse was constructed on the savannas in the northwest section at the terminus of what is commonly referred to
today as the Peavine Trail, but nothing ever came of the rest of the plans. This is the crew that was helping construct
the Peavine grade. Joe Stratton was one of those who worked on the project. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we
can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and information about the photo to okeenews@okee-
chobee.com.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a pot
luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic Center.
For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
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 at 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 Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
tion.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It's a closed book study.
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) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in
Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers, and is
facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee, and Laura
Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is from 2 until 3
p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve your place in the
group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is available for your loved one
while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings
are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
2321.

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a
part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all about.
For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center, located
at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members
and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-
9795.
S A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held on
the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S.
441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women
should bring business cards and information to promote their business.
The meeting provides networking opportunities for women in business and
is open to the public. No membership is required. For information, contact
Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.

Saturday
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, which
is located next to the driver's license office at 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-
help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxi-
cating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric illness.
It's an open discussion group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weather
permitting. The group meets at7 a.m. atthe Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E. fdr
the weekly meeting and leaves promptly at 7:30 a.m. Anyone interested in
riding is invited. For information contact Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251,
Debbie Izzo at 634-6257, or Gene Roddenberry at 610-1841.



Community Events

Wildlife center sponsors yard sale
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will sponsor a yard and
plant sale on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2704 S.E.
34th Lane in Taylor Creek Isles from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All clothing
and shoes will be priced at $1. Plant prices will start at .25 cents.
Donations can be dropped off at Wooley's Sheds in the Airport
Industrial Park, or by calling any of the Arnold's volunteers for
pick-up. Call Ray for northern Okeechobee County at (863) 467-
1309. Call Regina at (863) 634-1207 or Joan at (863) 467-0290 for
local pick-ups. If you are interested in becoming,a volunteer for
Arnold's Wildlife, call Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.

Sacred Heart planning white elephant sale
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold a white elephant sale
on Nov. 19 and 20. The sales will be held at the pavilion located at
901 S.W Sixth St. in Okeechobee beginning at 8 a.m. each day. For
information, call (863) 763-3727.


Community Events

Drive through flu shot clinic offered
The Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W.
Ninth Ave., will hold a drive through flu immunization clinic in
the department's north parking lot on Thursday, Nov. 17, and
Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost of the vacci-
nation is $25 and Medicare will be accepted. Any adult over the
age of 18 is eligible. Patients will receive a consent form and
information sheet when they pull up. After signing, they will roll
down their car window and receive the vaccination. For in foi nma
tion, call the health department at (863) 462-5819.

Guardian ad Litem to honor volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem program will host a breakfast buffet
on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Club Med, 4500 Pine Valley St., in Port St.
Lucie to honor volunteers in the program.

Cancer society to host Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee
Klatch will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 8 a.m. The event
will be hosted by the American Cancer Society at the First Baptist
Church, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. All Chamber members and guests are
invited. Refreshments will be served.

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.

NES to host fall festival
North Elementary will host their famous fall festival Friday,
Nov. 18, from 5 until 8 p.m. There will be games, prizes, horse
rides, a silent auction, face painting, book fair, sand art, and a
cake walk. There will be sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, bar-
beque sandwiches and more.

Antiquity photo shoot rescheduled
Martha's House has rescheduled its antiquity photo sessions
for children to Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19. There will
be a $10 sitting fee per family. Families will receive a free 8x10
photograph. For information or to schedule a sitting, call
Martha's House at (863) 763-2893.

Church hosts gospel group Allegiance
The Southern gospel trio Allegiance will be in concert at His
House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St., on
Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-3519.

My Aunt's House starts toy drive
My Aunt's House, Inc. The Closet, a non-profit organization,
needs the community's help. Please bring an unwrapped toy to
the open house at Cottage One-Eleven, 111 N.E. Second St., on
Friday, Nov. 18, from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. The open house is being
sponsored by: Bridgette Waldau Graphic Design; Destiny Reef
Enterprises; Okeechobee Main Street, Inc.; and My Aunt's House,
Inc. Toys donated will be distributed by My Aunt's House, Inc.
The Closet to the under privileged children of Okeechobee dur-
ing their Christmas 2005 campaign. For information, call (863)
634-2306 or (863) 763-3437.

Main Street plans open house
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will be holding its open house
on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.
The office at 111 N.E. Second St. has just recently been renovat-
ed.

Chamber to host chicken dinner
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold a
barbeque chicken dinner on Friday, Nov. 18, in Flagler Park from
11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Curb side pick up will be available for ticket
holders, and deliveries will also be available. Tickets are available
at: Rustic Ranch Furniture, 123 S.W. Park St.; the Chamber of
Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; or, any Chamber of Commerce
board member. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-
6464.

VNA hosts training session
A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training session will be
held Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse's Build-
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the Healthy Start Coalition. The training is free but you must reg-
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Buckhead Ridge Fireman's Auxiliary will hold a bake sale on
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78 W. All proceed will benefit the Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire
Department. Donations of baked goods can be picked up by call-
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Sign up for temporary housing ends November 19


By Patty Brant
Special to the Okeechobee News
Hendry County and its resi-
dents will be dealing with the
effects of Hurricane Wilma for
along time to come. As of Nov. 8,
636 local families were consid-
ered homeless either their
homes had been utterly
destroyed by the storm or were
deemed uninhabitable. In addi-
tion, businesses and county
structures suffered tremendous
damage, particularly on the east-
ern side. The assessment process
in ongoing, but it is clear that the
destruction will have a severe
economic impact on the entire
county for some time to come.
Current damage estimates
stand at $260 million to structures
and $300 million in lost/damaged
crops. County Administrator
Lester Baird called it a "substan-
tial blow to the economy."
The county and hard-hit
Clewiston are setting up Tempo-
rary Emergency Housing Opera-
tions Centers at the Dallas
Townsend Ag Center in LaBelle
and the Clewiston Road and


Bridge, 121 Central Ave. Resi-
dents only have through Satur-
day, Nov. 19 to sign up. The cen-
ters are open from 11 a.m. till 7
p.m.
The county, FEMA and Corps
of Engineers are working hard to
expedite temporary housing,
which will be in the form or RVs
or singlewide mobile homes.
Sites are being scouted out now.
Thus far, three sites have been
identified: 'vin Lakes, Aztec and
Fairgrounds Mobile Home Parks
in Clewiston. NOTE: Residents
must be registered with FEMA
before they can be considered for
temporary housing.
Clewiston residents left with-
out homes are still being housed
at the John Boy Auditorium. The
county is working to make
improvements to Harlem gym so
the Red Cross will allow it to be
used as an overflow shelter.
Hendry County Emergency
Management Director Tom
Kochheiser told county commis-
sioners Nov. 8 that his "inexperi-
enced" team performed tremen-
dously, before, during and after
the storm, overcoming a daunt-


ing challenge.
"Three weeks ago we were hit
with a Cat 2 storm," he told them,
"with the eye going just south of
Clewiston ... we knew from the
outset that Hendry County would
be impacted and so called
liaisons including SERT (State
Emergency Response Team) just
back from Mississippi and
Louisiana."
He went on to say that Wilma
hit Oct. 24 and in 20 hours water
and ice were being distributed to
residents; in 30 hours they were
receiving food. "People had been
warned to be self sufficient for 72
hours," he said, "we cut that time
in half."
Stats
749.75 Ice pallets (170,398
pounds)
717 Water pallets (136,556 gal-
lons)
573.5 Food pallets (566,827
meals)
79 Tarp pallets
Red Cross/Southern Baptist
kitchens: as of Nov. 5 472,802
meals/snacks on Hendry County
Other meals distributed:


Methodist group in LaBelle area:
1,000; Harvest Community
Church in LaBelle area, 700; Wal-
Mart in Clewiston area; 1,500
Power outages:
FPL reported 8,500 customers
out
Glades Electric: 1,985
Clewiston; 10,000
Blue roof
769 rights-of entry executed
and 415 blue roofs installed as of
Nov. 7
EOC and hotline: over 2,400
man-hours at EOC and 800 man-
hours on the hotline, plus United
Way time.
Harlem Civic Center opened as
a FEMA center, provided $6,200 in
emergency food stamps
Livestock lost: 7,193 poultry;
24 cattle; 34 hogs; 5 goats; no
horses.
The commissioners heaped
Praise on all those who took part
in the initial phases of hurricane
preparation and response. Com-
missioner Kevin McCarthy, also
Clewiston's Utility Director, said
his department had a lot prepared


before the storm. Clewiston never
lost water pressure throughout
the entire storm
County buildings
Both county airports sustained
considerable damage to T-
hangars and the new terminal at
Airglades, as did many county
buildings, particularly in Clewis-
ton. LaBelle Airport closed one
week, Airglades opened the next
day.
At this time, the Sheriff's sub-
office, which took on over a foot
of water during the storm, is
being housed in the Clewiston
Chamber of Commerce. The tax
collector's office also took on 6-8
inches of water and is unusable.
Clerk's office, property
appraiser's office and tag satellite
offices unusable.
The old K-Mart building on US
27 has 8,500 sq. ft. of space the
county is considering leasing for
its offices.
Debris
Riverbend Estates residents
complained to the commission
that debris from huge trees was


not being collected in their area.
Because it is private property, the
contractor will only pick up storm
related debris on public rights-of-
way.
Residents' representatives
Claude Williams, Kevin Nelson
and Richard Yoraschek pointed
out that this is a safety hazard and
that some private roads had
already been cleared of debris -
apparently accidentally.
Commissioner McCarthy was
sympathetic, but concerned
about the total cost for the county
to clean up all areas. Charlotte
County's total bill for 2004 hurri-
cane clean up topped $18 million.
Fearing such a cost would cripple
the county, he wants to establish
the cost before committing to a
total clean up. Mr. Baird added
that FEMA has not yet reimbursed
the county for 2004 clean up. A
motion by Commissioner Darrell
Harris to approve the clean up
failed, 1-4, with Harris the only
yea vote. However, the commis-
sioners unanimously approved a
motion to press FEMA to change
its policy on not removing storm
debris from private property.


Belle Glade receives rural designation


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to Okeechobee News
BELLE GLADE The city of
Belle Glade has now positioned
itself to qualify for federal monies
that promise to drastically reduce
the amount of debt the city stands
to incur with the opening of the
newwater treatment plant.
A designation approved by
Washington, D.C. hopes to make
that happen.
As the project moved along, and
stands to open officially within two
years, city officials in Belle Glade
have had to resort to asking for help
from outside sources to help pay
for the costly plant. Without that
help, Belle Glade would have ulti-
mately considered passing the


costs onto consumers, customers
who already pay the highest water
rates in the county.
While Palm Beach County, the
South Florida Water Management
District, and other organizations
have stepped up to provide aide,
there remains a gaping multi-mil-
lion dollar shortfall. The overall cost
of the plant is pegged at $44 mil-
lion,. of which over half has been
secured by participating agencies
through grant funding.
South Bay and Pahokee, who
together split 30 percent of the
remaining cost of the plant, com-
pared to Belle Glade's majority 70
percent, have found relief in a
grant/loan program offered by the
U.S.DA. Under that program, the
two cities may opt to accept a 75-


percent grant/25-percent low-inter-
est loan that dramatically reduces
the overall debt of the two cities in
the construction of the plant.
The city of Belle Glade had pre-
viously been ineligible for the
grant/loan, until recently when its
leaders traveled to Washington,
D.C. to lobby for the rural designa-
tion that would enable it to apply.
As a city with approximately 15,000
people, the rural designation did
not apply to Belle Glade. After find-
ing a precedent set by a larger city
elsewhere in Florida, City Manager
Houston Tate and other leaders
directly lobbied for the city's re-des-
ignation.
The argument on the city's
behalf has already produced the
results the city had been looking


Schools act to protect children


By MaryAnn Morris
Special to the Okeechobee News
The shocking details of the kid-
napping of nine-year-old Jessica
Lunsford from her own bed galva-
nized lawmakers across the coun-
try into action. Jessica was taken
from her bed the night of Feb. 23,
2005 by Robert Couey, a convict-
ed sex offender who had moved
to a new location, about two
miles from the Lunsford home
without notifying police of his
address change, as required by
law.
Robert Couey's half-sister lived
across the street from the
Lunsford's home-and was a fre-
quent visitor there. After a fruitless
three-day search for Jessica, Mr.
Couey was picked up and ques-
tioned in the disappearance.
Police found Jessica, still clutch-
ing her favorite toy, buried in a
shallow grave under the back
porch of Robert Couey's sister's
mobile home across the street
from the Lunsford home.
The nature of the crime, so'
close to a child's home spurred
lawmakers to tighten restrictions
on those convicted of sexual
crimes against children and
increase penalties for those sex
offenders who violate the laws
intended to control them.
The Jessica Lunsford Act,
signed into law May 2, 2005,
requires sexual predators and
offenders to report in person
twice a year to the sheriff's office
in the county in which he or she
lives. Failure to do so is a third
degree felony.
Thanks to the act, it is now a
criminal offense for anyone
attempting to hide sexual offend-
ers from the police. This includes
not notifying law enforcement of
the whereabouts of an offender's
non-compliance. Had the act
been law when Jessica Lunsford
was abducted, she might be alive
today.
All school districts in Florida
are required to screen their
employees, thoroughly, instruc-


tional and non-instructional. Veri-
fication of an employee's identity
and screening through the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) is required
before anyone may work for a
Florida school. This includes fin-
gerprinting. All teachers, substi-
tute teachers, librarians, custodi-
ans, office workers; anyone who
may come in contact with the
children.
The Lunsford Act now requires
the screening of any vendors
working on school property. Any-
one entering the school property
under a contract with the school
board must be fingerprinted and
cleared by FDLE and FBI.
Volunteers are generally treat-
ed differently. Volunteers, general-
ly are never alone with children.
They work in classrooms with
teachers, in the school library or
in the school office in the pres-
ence of school board employees.
"We screen everyone who
comes into the school. Everyone
who comes onto the school
grounds, whether a parent, the
wife of a teacher or volunteer
comes through the school office
and hands his or her driver's.
license to the school secretary,
who scans it and checks it against
the state list of sexual
offenders/predators. Once an
individual is cleared, that person
is issued a badge," said Scott
Bass, of Glades County School
Board Administration.
"There have been a few com-
plaints, but the office has gotten
pretty quick, it takes them less
than five minutes. This day in age,
we just can't be naive and assume
everybody's out for good things,"
he continued. "All vendors are
supervised while they are on cam-
pus. Someone goes with them
wherever they go. We have to be
careful. For instance, our high
school is right on U.S. 27, we have
seven gates. Everyone has to have
a badge on campus, otherwise,
school security will accompany
them to the school office to get


one.
"The changes in the law have
helped. Now, if a sexual predator
is released, his or her probation
officer will call the schools as to
where the school bus stops are to
be sure the offender's home is at
least 1,000 feet away," he said.
"We know it may be inconven-
ient to show your driver's license
every time you come in, but we're
trying to keep the kids safe," said
Mr. Bass.
Steve Stinnett, Director of
Human Resources for Hendry
County had a similar story.
"We know our volunteers,
most of them have lived here all
their lives and volunteers are
never alone with children. There
is always someone else present.
At the same time, a volunteer, for
instance who might chaperone
an overnight trip, would be finger-
printed and run against the sexual
predator database," he said.
"Finger printing costs $61 per
person. All our employees are fin-
gerprinted and have a back-
ground check done as required by
law. The State Legislature plans to
refine the Lunsford Act in a
November special session. It
seems every school board's attor-
ney has a different interpretation
of some parts of it."


for. Just recently, the Agriculture
Appropriation Committee's report
came out officially designating the
city of Belle Glade as a rural com-
munity, according to Congressman
Mark Foley, who worked directly
with the city in the effort.
At the city meeting last week in
Belle Glade, Mr. Tate relayed the
message to his commissioners. Mr.
Tate said the new designation will
open the doors for the city to apply
for low-interest loans, including the
grant/loan to pay for the construc-
tion of the water plant.
"This is definitely great news,"
Mr. Tate said after the meeting;


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Glades County Arrest Log


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO), the Semi-
nole Police Department (SPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Chase Pearce, 21, Buckhead
Ridge, was arrested Nov. 6 by
Deputy Sergeant Ronnie Baker on
charges of driving under the influ-
ence, fleeing or attempting to
elude a law enforcement officer


and refusal to submit to a driving
under the influence test. His bond
was set at $500.
Walter Harris, 35, Holly-
wood, was arrested Nov. 12 by
Deputy Dwayne McQuaid on the
charge of aggravated battery with
a deadly weapon. His bond was
setat$100,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
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Brahmans crush Pirates


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Brahman basketball season
tipped off Tuesday evening when
the Brahmans hosted the Tip-Off
Classic at the Okeechobee High
School gymnasium. The two-day
Classic drew teams from Sebast-
ian River, South Fork, St.
Edwards, Vero Beach and Bere-
an Christian.
The Brahman team showed
talent, depth and speed as they
dominated the Pirates of St.
Edwards.
The Pirates broke the ice by
scoring at 6:23 in the first period
putting them up 2-0. They quick-
ly scored again jumping further
ahead 4-0.
The tide turned at 4:04 when
6 ft. 2 in. sophomore Leshawn
Henderson launched one
through the net to put the Brah-
mans on the scoreboard. With
2:51 remaining in the period, the
Brahmans led 9-4 and never
looked back. The period came to
an end with the Brahmans up
13-10. The first period saw scor-
ing by Brahmans' Rashad Kelly
(3), Leshawn Henderson (2),
James Shanks (5) and Jordan
Jones (3).
The Brahmans pulled away
from the Pirates in the second
period. At the end of the period
they were ahead 36-22 with scor-
ing for the Brahmans by Kelly
(3), Stephen Hirst (2), Hender-
son (2), Shanks (2), Jones (5),
David June (4) and Timmy
Williams (5).
The Pirates were held to three
points in the third period as the
Brahmans aggressively took
turns at the net. Kelly led the
Brahman charge with four, fol-
lowed by Henderson with three,
June with two and Williams with
two putting them ahead 47-25.
The Brahmans did not slow
down in the fourth period. They
were fast, aggressive and accu-
rate. Their defensive play held
the Pirates to a mere seven
points as they chalked up anoth-
er 21 points for a final score of
68-33.


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Brahman assistant coach John Hirst worked with the team
during their game against the St. Edwards Pirates Tuesday
evening at Brahman Tip-Off Classic held at the Okeechobee
High School gym. The Brahmans won 68-33.


The start of the basketball season also brought out the new
basketball cheerleaders. Two new members to the cheerlead-
ing team are junior Cory York (left) and senior Jermael Dennis
(right). York was a two-year football player, a two-year wrestler
and a two-year track team member prior to joining the cheer-
leading team. Jermael Dennis was also a member of the track
team prior to joining the cheerleading team.


"The team played well even
with four members benched
due to team rules violations,"


stated head coach Jon Enrico.
"They all contributed to this
win."


Sports Briefs


O.H.S. grapplers
match rescheduled
The Sourth Fi:ri : dualmeet origi-
nally scheduled to take place on
Wednesday, Nov. 16, has been
rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 17,
beginning at 7 p.m., in the Okee-
chobee High School gym.
IRCC annoimces
volleyball academy
The Indian River Community
College volleyball program has cre-
ated the Indian River Volleyball
Academy, a joint AAU/USA V
Juniors volleyball club. The Acade-
my will offer two levels of play; a
local developmental league for
ages 8-16, and a travel league that
will be more competitive for ages
10-18. The travel league will partici-
pate in four overnight tournaments
around the state of Florida. Come
find out more information at two
information sessions to be held on
Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in room
H106 of the Health Sciences build-
ing and on Thursday, Nov. 17, in
room N 135 of the Science building.
Both sessions will be held at the
IRCC Main Campus located at 3209
Virginia Ave. Try-outs for the Acad-
emy will be held on Nov. 19 and 20
at John Carroll High School; times
to be discussed at information ses-
sions. For more information, con-
tact IRCC Volleyball Coach Ron
Jacobs at 772-462-7763 or via email
at rjacobs@ircc.edu.
Men's softball
games scheduled
Okeechobee Parks and Recre-
ation has announced that their
men's adult softball league began
on Wednesday. All games will be
played at the adult softball field
across from Yearling Middle
School. The lower division teams
will play on Mondays and Wednes-
days. Game times are 7 and 8 p.m.
each night. The upper division
teams will play on Tuesdays and
Thursday.
There have been no games
scheduled for a ladies' softball
league due to lackof teams.
OHS discount cards
are now being sold
The OHS Brahman boys and
girls basketball teams are selling
their annual discount cards for $10
each.
The card offers continuous dis-
counts 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.
Links tourney
helps junior golf
The Waldau 14th annual golf
tournament and party to benefit
junior golf will be held Saturday,


Nov. 19, at the Fairways Golf
Course at the KOA Campground
and Resort, 4276 US.A41 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. Tourna-
ment fees are $40 per person and
includes golf, prizes and entry to
Waldau's Dinner and Dance Party
in the KOA Convention Center
starting at 6 p.m. Space is limited so
sign up early. Pre-payment is
required. Participation in the golf
tournament is not necessary 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.
For more about Waldau's
Junior Golf, Inc., visit their web site
at www.floridajuniorgolf.org.
Volleyball Club
to meet Nov. 21
The Big Lake Juniors Volleyball
Club will hold a prospective play-
er/parent meeting for the upcom-
ing 2006 season on Monday, Nov.
21 at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee
High School Lecture Hall. The club
is open to all girls between 8 and 18
years of age. The purpose of the
meeting is to outline all of the
details of the 2006 season that runs
from January to April. You may
also obtain detailed information on
the club's website www.biglakeju-
niors.com.
Touchdown Club
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-
nity.
SAnyone.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
scholarship trust.
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (863)462-5050.
OHS sports
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale for O.H.S. sports.
The cost of a gold seat is $100
and entitles the 'holder to admis-
sion to all home Brahman games
with the exception of state-spon-
sored activities such as bowl
games, jamborees or playoffs.
Reserved seats entitle the hold-
er to admission to all home Brah-
man football games. The cost of
the reserved seats is $40 per seat.
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike Rade-
baugh at (863)462-5025.
Kid's fishing
tourney rescheduled
The 2005 Okeechobee, Kid's
Day Fishing Festival has been
rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, at
the back boat ramp at Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina from 10
a.m. until.4 p.m. A Bassmaster
Casting Kid's Competition will be
held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., with
the fishing competition starting at 1
p.m. If you have pre-registered you
do not have to do so again. If not,
all others must register on site by
10 a.m. Each child participating
will receive tickets for two soft
drinks and two hot dogs. A parent
or guardian must accompany each
child.


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Golf tourney winners
The Allen Brewer team made up of (left to right) Bubba Mullins, Donald Waller, Gary
Lee and Rick White won last weekend's Skip Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament hosted
by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club.


Suarez places in state meet


Brahman cross-country star
Bryan Suarez continued to make
Okeechobee High School histo-
ry when he finished in 13th
place with a time of 16:59 at the
State cross-country finals race
held at Little Everglades Ranch
in Dade City last Saturday.
This was a tremendous feat
for a young (sophomore) run-
ner who went from not making
it into regional competition last
year to entering the race seated
in 29th place in the boys 3-A
division.
The race was restarted after a
false start by a Plant City High
School runner's fall within the
first 100 meters. Suarez ran the
first part of the race within the
top 25 runners. Once he got to
the two-mile mark he started to
pick up the pace and began to
move up through the pack. He
finished the race with a strong
kick to the finish line to take
13th place in the state meet.
Seven of the runners who fin-
ished ahead of him were sen-
iors.
"Bryan has done a tremen-
dous job this season," stated
.cross-country coach .. Lacey.
Osuldsen. "He set goals at the
beginning of the season and did-
n't stop until he reached and
even surpassed them. Bryan has
really grown over the last year as
a runner. He went from not


Special to Okeechobee News
Brahman cross-country coach Lacey Osuldsen (left) con-
gratu!ates Bryan Suarez following his 13-place finish at the
FHSAA Division 3-A state final cross-country race last Satur-
day at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City.
making it to Regionals last year will be exciting to see him grow
to taking 13th at state this year. and get stronger in this sport
He is only a sophomore and it over the next two years."


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At the Movies
The following movie is now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 11,
through Thursday, Nov. 17. are as
follows:
Theatre 1 I. Litie" (G)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at :i and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adt.lts; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4: senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Childbirth education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting child-
birth education classes at the
Okeechobee County Health
Department. All pregnant
women are encouraged to attend
the classes. For information or to
register for this informative class,
call the Healthy Start office at
(863) 462-5877. Every baby
deserves a healthy start.

Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is accepting
entries for their monthly property
beautification awards program.
The property does not have to be
for sale and is open to residential
and commercial property
throughout the county. For infor-
mation or to obtain entry forms,
contact Dale Ann Watford, secre-
tary of the board at (863) 634-
7311 or (863) 763-8222.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle main-
tenance facility is open from 8
a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. It is closed on weekends and
holidays. Only recyclable materi-
als such .as newspaper, alu-
minum and metal cans, corrugat-
ed cardboard, glass jars and
bottles and plastics #1 through
#7 are accepted at the public
facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household haz-
ardous waste; and, batteries. For
more information: contact Rus-
sell Rowland, county solid waste
manager, at (863) 763-1811, or
Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
(863) 763-4818.

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

Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volun-
teers to serve as advocates for
residents of nursing homes and
assisted living facilities. Volun-
teers are specially trained and
certified to investigate and
resolve resident complaints and
to carry out inspections of facili-
ties. Licensed social workers,
pharmacists, elder law attorneys,
physicians, nurses and others
with a sincere interest in the eld-
erly are urged to apply. Call Linda
Slattery at (772) 595-,1 385.

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for


sale. For information, call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Janet
at (863) 467-0183.

Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Program
is available for Okeechobee resi-
dents. The rates to spay/neuter
cats and dogs are: female cat -
$15; male cat $10; female dog -
$25; and male dog $25. Applica-
tions may be picked up at the
PennySaver, St. Vincent's, Salva-
tion Army or Animal Control. For
information, call (772) 283-4137
or (772) 336-0339.


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I;LITTLE BROWN DOG Vic of
'Basswood. Male. Please call
to identify. (863)467-8041
PIGEON-Off white & rusty red.
* Banded (Blue), Found in Ft
Drum area Cemetery Road
( 863)763-0966
PIT MIX DOG. young l'mnae,
light tan. Very gentle. Found
',vic. of Indian River & New
Market. Call to identify.
(239)657-2605
SMALL DOG Okeechobee


REDISH HUNTING OOG- fe-
nmji rnilih in i'jr Orange.
collar. Vic. SW 5th Ave & Old
Dixie 863-763-9490 Reward
YELLOW LAB, Female w/red
collar? Lost in the vic, of Tay-
lor Rental area. Dear pet. $100
Reward. (863)763-0503


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18th, 19th&20th, 3176
Hwy 710, Women's, Baby &
Household items.
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
(863)467-9800
DO NOT GALL
AFT. 3:30pm
A/C Company
looking for motivated
Installers/Helpers.
Good pay, benefits.
DFW. (863)763-8391
AGRICULTURAL MECHANIC
Experience & references
required. Palm City, FL.
(772)260-1577
'All County Ambulance
has FT and PT
openings for
EMTs & Paramedics.
Exc. wages, benefits.
Call (772)465-111


ASSISTANT MANAGER
$31,200 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume
to 863-467-2402 or
apply within.
EXPERIENCED SERVERS,
COOKS & DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

CLASS A CDL DRIVERS
Apply Tampa Farms
19200 SW Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown
772-597-2000 Ext.19
CONTROL DESK
P/T or F/T position.
(863)610-0852
DIESEL MECHANIC
Apply at Tampa Farms
19200 SW. Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown,
772-597-2000 Ext. 19

ELECTRICIAN:
Journeymen or exp.
Mechanics. Only seri-
ous self motivated
need apply. Must
have good driving
record. Weekly travel
required in FL. Paid
travel time, overtime
per diem. DFWP.
benefits, 401k, paid
holiday & vac.
Wilson's Petroleum
(772)468-3689


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full time pay take CA$H home daily.
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Assist the Management Team in performing Customer
service and production tasks. If you are people oriented and
energetic, we'd like to hear from you!
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Equipment Operators
Needed Loader & Dozer for
construction in Port St Lucle.
Call: 954-818-2521
F/T PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Experienced necessary.
Bring your resume to
The Medicine Shop
105 NW 5thSt.
HARDWARE PERSONNEL
Full Time & Part-Time
Work weekdays & E/O Satur-
day. Drug Free Work Place.
SApplin person, See Jim,
W & W Lumber
of Okeechobee


FULL CHARGE BOOKKEEPER
for Construction Company
located in Okeechobee County.
Must have a working
knowledge of computerized
job costing, reconciliations
and AIA billing. A working
knowledge of Percentage of
Completion accounting
would be a plus. Salary
commensurate w/experience.
Fax resume to 954-969-4937
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FOR:
A/C & REFRIGERATION TECH
ONLY QUALIFIED AND
EXPERIENCED NEED APPLY.
Apply in person at
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208 S.W. 5th Ave. Okeechobee
TOP PAY 401K PAID VAC. MEDICAL
EOE/DFWP


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


HELP WANTED
Full/Time
Drivers Needed for Mid-Size truck, to make food and
supplies deliveries. Excellent hours and wages. Guaranteed 40
hours, Mon. thru Fri. Must have clean drivers record.
Must be dependable.
References required.
Call Dennis 800-419-1842 for more information.




Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
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Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
self-motivated,
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
MILL WORKERS NEEDED
2nd and 3rd Shift,
Benefits Available.
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee
(8631763-5586


MECHANIC NEEDED
@ Feed Mill
Experienced Diesel Mechanic
Experience on Semi Tractor-
Trailers a plus; Benefits avail.
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee
(863)763-5586
NOW HIRING: Foreman and
Labors for Construction Com-
pany. Must have experience
in Steel building and Ag
Buildings. Pay based on expe-
rience. Benefits available Bilin-
gual a-plus. Applications
accepted @ Morton Ag. Cont.
2900 Hwv 710. Okeechohee.


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search of individuals
interested in selling RV's.
Experience with RV's
or in sales helpful, but
not necessary. Will Train
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work week, Mon thru Sat.
9-5, Sun. 12-4 with
week day off. Excellent
pay with Benefits.
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Located beside
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(863)655-2940
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Child Care Offered415
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Insurance 430
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863-763-1418
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O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044,


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WATER DISPENSER Alpine
w/ one 5 gallon bottle. In good
condition. $50 (863)946-019



SHED- Wolly, 14'x28', 8K
new, Extras. Asking $6000.
(863)634-5753


BICYCLES (2) Schwin, 1
mans, 1 ladies, balloon tires,
5 spd, $75 for both.
(863)763-7613.




SCHWINN, 1955- Original
condition, $900.
(863)467-5756.




PAN ROOFING- 30 pieces,
13ft long $130
(863)675-8760.
Windows, (7), vinyl clad, vari-
ous sizes, all new, $280 will
sell separately.
(863)467-1965
Windows, Aluminum, 50x52
in. w/3 louvers, (2) alum.
doors w/windows, $230.
(813)892-7867



VENDOR DISPLAY TABLES
(4) wooden, 24" x 48" w/ cov-
ers. $80 (863)763-0266


WINTER OUTFITS- Boys 3
piece, Great for pictures,
Size 0-3 mo, (6-121bs) $5.
(863)763-6131


ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1500 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
RECORD COLLECTION Vinyl.
Eclectic selection. 100+
Something for everyone! $100
for all (863)763-5792
TARA- Scarletts First Love,
part of Scarletts World col-
lection, w/ Cert of Auth. $20
(863)261-1153.



COMPUTER- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Office, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
$175. (863)843-0158
GATEWAY includes desk &
printer. Runs Windows XP.
$300 or best offer
(863)673-1877
PHOTO PRINTER 785EPX
Epson, w/2 new ink cartridg-
es color & black $150
(863)763-3679


BEDROOM SET- 5 piece,
dresser w/hutch, bureau,
nightstand, head/foot board
$500 neg (863)824-8703
Cabinet, oak finish, for DVD &
VHS tapes, 19"wx39"hx31"d,-
locking dbl. doors, $50.
(863)763-2458
CHINA CABINET- Large, Very
nice, Lighted, Light wood,
$300. (239)645-3620
DESK Wood, 5 drawer, beau-
tiful dark pine finish $1.50
(772)597-2470
DINING TABLE glass top,
Italian marble base, 4 chairs.
$300 or best offer
(863)824-3319
DR TABLE & 6 LADDER BACK
CHAIRS- large, great condi-
tion, $100 (863)675-7306.
DR TABLE W/4CHAIRS &
MAUVE RECLINER- asking
$120 for all (863)675-0246.
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
END TABLES- 2, Formica Step
Down, Good condition $20
(863)763-2458
GLIDER ROCKERS & OTTO-
MANS (2)- wing back, exc
condition, $90 for both
(863)467-6060.
Little Tykes Fire .Engine Tod-
dler Bed, w/mattress, exc.
cond., $150. (863)634-9373:
OAK DESK excellent condi-
tion $300 (410)883-3612
RECLINER- Dark blue, Good
condition. $30.
(863)357-0125
SOFA Large, in good condi-
tion. $150 or best offer
(863)824-3319
SOFA- Craftwork Guild, floral
print, camelback, $80
(863)983-7775,
STEREO CABINET light
wood, glass door, 20" wide,
48" tall. $15 (863)467-8681
TABLE, Small, Drop Leaf w/2
chairs. Oak. Great condition.
Like new. $50 (863)467-7017


ANTIQUE WINCHESTER
12GA.- pump, model 1897,
made in 1910, $500
(863)763-3551
CAP & BALL 36 cal. Repro-
duction w/ all accessories.
Shoots well. $150
(863)763-0072
M44 '52 7.62x5 cal. Nice
shooting gun, excellent shape.
W/ ammo & accessories.
$250 (863)763-0072
SHOT GUN- Remington, 1187
semi auto. New deer gun
$435. (863)467-7838
THOMPSON 1927-A1 Carbine,
like new w/case and (2) 30
round magazines, flawless,
$1000 (863)697-1443
WINCHESTER- Model 12 12
Gauge, Scoped, Excellent
condition $400.
(863)467-4328



NORDIC TRACK ski exercis-
er, folds and stores, full body
work out $50
(863)763-0691
WEIGHT SET- 4681bs., In-
clined, flat & declined bench
w/squat rack & lat tower
$350. (863)357-2829



FIREPLACE,'Outdoor, Wood
Burning. $50 or best offer.
(863)467-7017


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


LAMPS (4) $20 for all will sell
separate (863)357-4831.
LAMPSHADES (3)- nice. $12
for all or will separate.
(863)467-8681


LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. $425. (863)467-4328
SCOOTER "Action". New.
Bought as demo. Retail
$1695. Now $995.
(863)675-2596/234-9691
SCOOTER, Motorized, Inside
/Out w/handle bars & Toshiba
Modem. Like new. Pd. $850
Now $450 neg 863-634-9620


Awning, new, white, 52x48,
$40. (863)467-1965
EGG INCUBATOR Good
shape, just don't use any-
more. $60 (239)657-4348
Iv. message
FOUNTAIN Mediterranean.
large, round; 3 tier, grape vine
motif. $575 or best offer
(863)357-7406
GENERATOR 6k watt, Briggs
& Stratton, needs work
$400/neg. (863)467-5889
Power Pole, w/150 amp ser-
vice, $100. (863)634-9373
VEGETABLE SINK- green, cast
iron, self rimming, 32x21,
and STAINLESS STEEL
SINK- self rimming, 32x21
$15 for both (863)763-7613



DRUM SET- 5pc, excellent
condition, $200
(863)674-0539.



PORTABLE ELECTRONIC IN-
TELLI WRITER- Plus,
Sharpe, asking $50 good
shape (863)357-4831.


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets,'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
Chin3, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
CoinsStamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts,'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
LampsLights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies'
Equipment 665
Pets,'Supplies -'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing 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- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
801-1245 cell.
AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/heat
$1075 (954)309-8659


COOK STOVE, Antique, Wood
Burning, Excellent condition.
$300. (863)675-4858
ICE BOX, Early 1900's, 3 Door.
Good condition. $250.
(863)675-4858
MERSMAN TABLE- Numbered
in fine condition. $125.
(863)763-7989


DRYER- GE, white, runs good,
$75 (863)675-0104. La
Belle
RYER, Kenmore, Extra Large
Capacity. $75 (772)215-9168
MAGIC CHEF Compact Re-
frigerator, model 18EYW.2,
white, excellent cond. $50
(863)763-0691
MAYTAG DRYER Neptune in-
tellidry, white. $250
(863)801-1836
MICROWAVE Works good.
$10 (863)763-5120 aft. 3
p.m.
RANGE Electric, GE, almond
color, new condition. $100
firm (863)228-6141
REFRIGERATOR & STOVE -
stove is self cleaning & elec-
tric. $150 both or will separ-
ate. (863)673-3620
REFRIGERATOR Whirlpool,
white, side by side, water &
ice dispenser. Excellent condi-
tion $375 (863)763-5792
REFRIGERATOR, 2 Door w/ice
maker. STOVE, 30", Electric
w/black glass door. $325 for
all, will sep. (772)215-9168
WASHER/DRYER white,
large capacity, upright. Both
work well. $300 for both
(850)519-2160 LaBelle
WASHING MACHINE Ken-
more. New, super capacity. A
Must See! $175
(863)357-2891 after 4pm


AQUARIUM 20 gallon, wood-
en stand, complete set up. $65
or best offer (863)357-3639
AUSTRALIAN HEELER PUP-
PIES, mother is red, father is
blue, both on premises.
(863)223-2180
BEAGLE PUPS 3 males.
13wks old. Two sets of shots
& worming's. $250 each.
(863)228-6141
BUCK GOAT for pet. 9 mos
old, $65 LaBelle area.
(863)675-4981
CHIHUAHUA, Female, 1 year
old on Christmas. Neutered,
Have all vet papers. $200.
(863)763-9410
CHOCOLATE LAB 32 yrs
old, neutered. Needs room to
run & someone to play with.
$275 neg. (863)824-0703
GREAT DANE, neutered male,
11 mos. old, loving, inside
dog, good home only. $300.
(863)983-6406
PARAKEETS & CAGE- asking
$35 (863)357-3639
YELLOW LAB Female, good
hunting pedigree, 3yrs old,
needs good home w/ room to
run $100 (863)467-0631
ZEBRA FINCHES, male & fe-
male with cage, $25.
(863)673-5038 LaBelle



HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1499.
(863)983-7751


BOW- High Country Com-
pound/case/extra string draw
29-30, pull 60-751bs 65%
let/off $100 863-763-7609



CAR CD PLAYER- Pioneer, Su-
per Tuner ill, multi color dis-
play, retails $300, sell $200
(863)357-0448. Iv. message.
COUNTRY CASSETTES 100 -
w/ Sony Cassette play/record-
er $35 (863)697-2033



TV SONY FD WEGA 36' flat
screen w/ton of-features and
wireless head phones $1000
(772)461-8822


BUSCH TICKETS-(4) Home-
stead, 11/19/05, Sect 212
Row 17, $160 for all will
separate (863)467-8182.


ATV RAMPS- Only used 2
times. $200 or best of-
fer.(410)482-2369
FRAME BAR NAILER- Hitachi
NR83A, asking $150
(863)675-0104. La Belle
GENERATOR Portable, 1280
watt. New in box. $250
(863)357-5754
GENERATOR, Craftsman,
5600 watts, Model
#58032 5600. $500.
(863)357-3059



GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200
(863)467-5756


TABLE SAW Rigid, heavy du-
ty, 10". New, only used once.
$400 (772)216-5092 or
(863)467-4852


AIR HOCKEY TABLE- asking
$75 (863)674-0539.

Agriculture

-Il

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 8-10
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden F.50
Livestock 855
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds Plants.
Flowers 865



APPENDIX GELDING- Retired
jumper $850 or best offer.
(863)357-3325
HORSE 3 y/o mustang,
needs attention, very nice
pretty needs to be broken
$400/neg. (863)634-2139
HORSE- Palomino gelding
10yr old, 15.2 hands $1500.
863-763-3253
MARE AQHA, child safe.
Good for beginning barrels.
$1000 (863)675-4981
REG PASOFINO BAY MARE-
trail rides, trailers, for experi-
enced rider $1500
(863)763-1504.



GRAVELY PROMASTER 100 -
50' cut, low hours, zero turn,
$1100 (863)447-2130
LAWN MOWER PARTS, Snap-
per, Murray, MTD, Briggs &
Stratton. All new. $300.
(863)763-3951
PUSH LAWN MOWER- Very
good condition. $75.
(863)763-8943
ROTO TILLER- Troybilt, 6HP,
$499 excellent condition,
(863)763-6701.
ROTOTILLER Troy-Bilt pony,
5hp. Good condition
$150/neg. (863)763-3679


Rentals



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




OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba.
$900 mo. + 1st & last months
rent & $500 sec. dep. Pis. call
for more info. (863)634-2121


BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, newly
renovated, incl. washer/dryer,
1st, last & sec. dep, $850 mo.
(561)793-4860


Twin Sleigh Bed, solid wood,
whitewash, w/mattresses,
$350. 863-634-5943
WORK DESK, $200.
(863)763-8943 ask for Tra-
cy



BATTERY CHARGER auto-
matic, 48volts, Club car,
$100 (863)697-2033
GOLF CART- Club Car, 2000,
Gas, Reconditioned. Low
hours w/top & windshield.
$2450. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART- Club Car, '90,
Electric w/36 volt battery
charger. Reconditioned.
$1295. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- Smith with bag
$200. or best offer.
(410)482-2369


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Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 17, 2005 '
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OKEECHOBEE- male wants fe-
male roommate, $350/mo,
3br, 2ba, full house, all util
incl (863)467-7770.
ROOMMATE WANTED: $500
mo., util. incl., full house privi-
leges. 863-697-9074



OKEE- Treasure Island 2br,
2ba, Mod Home $1200. mo.
+ 1st mo. & sec dep. Avail
12/15.772-359-6584


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1 060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




OKEE.- Remodeled 1br,1ba,
1 Story Apt., Bldg. 30, Oak
Lake Apt's. $78,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,lba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 40, Oak
Lake Apt's. $88,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313


MALONE Farmhouse & barn
on 31A acres. Oak, pecan &
peach trees. On FL/AL line.
$98K Owners are realtors.
(863)634-3572 or 634-7547
New 4 Bed/2% Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
(863)763-6376
Waterfront, 3B/R, new homes
available starting at
$310,000. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376

-I-
FULL ACRE (1) fenced,
cleared, mature oaks, Dixie
Ranch, $105,000/neg.
863-763-8465 or 634-4557



HOMERVILLE, GEORGIA 3br,
2ba. 1945 sq ft. Approx. 1 ac
land. New roof, appliances, &
flooring. Above ground pool.
30x30 metal shop, 8x10 shed
both w/ electric, sunroom,
screened porch, carport.
$98,500 (912)487-0814


Mobile Homes



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




OKEECHOBEE, lbr, full ba,
34', $475 mo. + 1st & Sec.
dep. Includes City water &
electric. Adult Park. Seasonal
$700., 3 mo. min.
(561)346-4692


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OKEECHOBEE- Treasure Is-
land '05, 2BA, 2BA, no pets,
$850 mo. + 1st, last & Sec
Dep. (863)634-6114



For Sale or Rent, Oasis Village
Senior 50+ park, double
wide Mobile Home.
(863)467-4234 forappt.
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
Hurricane damaged 2br, 1ba.
Lake access. Great lot. As-is.
$150K Owner is realtor
(863)634-3572

Recreation



Boats 3005
Cam ers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport VehiolesiATVs 3035



ALUMINUM BOAT- 14', w/trlr,
20hp Electric Mere. start, fish
finder, anchors, swivel seats,
$2000 (863)635-3627.
BASSHAWK BASS BOAT 17'
85 hp Evinrude. Runs great. 2
Dept Finders, Trolling motor
& Trailer (Like New). Never in
salt water. $6000. Pis. call
863-763-7727/772-263-1803
BOAT TRAILER- for a 17' boat,
good shape $450
(863)675-6738
BOAT TRAILERS (2) -Tandem,
galvanized. $1600 for both
or will sep. (954)868-6518
CRIS CRAFT '82 25' cabin
cruiser, all orig. fiberglass, in-
board V8. Only in fresh water.
$7200 neg. (863)357-7406
DRY BOAT- 11ft, 30h/p Mari-
ner, full cover, trailer, similar
to a jet ski $2500
(954)868-6518
FIBERGLASS V HULL- 14ft,
swivel seats, 9.9 Mariner,
new trolling mtr, batt & trlr,
$2000 neg. (863)763-3551
HOUSEBOAT'02- 33'x 12'
Live-aboard/all comforts
With A/C, all appliances
$14,990 772-283-5673
LOWER UNIT- for 1979 Merc
Outboard, $250
(863)675-6738.
NORTH AMERICAN- 22', 454
Crusader inboard, Warranty,
Show room new, Kept inside
$11,500.954-868-6518


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ORLANDO CLIPPER, 16 Ft.,
Fiberglass, 50 hp Mere w/trail-
er. Will demonstrate. $850.
(863)467-4035
Proline, '86, 17', 90hp Yama-
ha 1998, center console, t-
top, trlr like new, $6500.
(954)868-6518.
RANGER BASS BOAT'02- 17',
w/115 Johnson Outboard
motor, cover included.
(863)610-1055.


GOLF STREAM MOTOR HOME
1989, 30 Ft., 454, Runs good.
New tires. $6995. Firm.
(863)467-5722 Lv. message.
SALEM 5th WHEEL 1995
w/awning, queen bed, sleeps
6, Big refrigerator & tub. Great
shape w/hitch. $6000. Pis. call
863-763-7727/772-263-1803
WILDERNESS GL 1999 5th
Wheel by Fleetwood, 34.5B,
24 Ft. Awning, 3 slide outs,
oak cabinets, no smoke or
pets. Gar.kept. 5th wheel hitch
w/ extras. $17,500.
314-640-3195



HONDA MOTOR 2001, 0/B, 4
Stroke, 50hp, long shaft. Mod-
el # DF5OA1LRTA. Good con-
dition. $3500. (828)524-2619
MARINE RADIO- ICOM, Full 5
watts $75. (863)763-7989


HARLEY DAVIDSON 1200
SPORTSTER 1992, Lots of
chrome. Must see! Garage
kept. $5000. (863)467-5489
YAMAHA ROAD KING '04-
shield, saddle bags,.
703M,like new, touring bike,
$8200(239)564-8196



GO CART- 2 seater, Camo seat
cover, dark green, good con-
dition $800 (863)635-2348
leave msg.
GO CART: Yerfdog, 2 seater
w/roll bar. $550 firm.
(863)357-3369
YAMAHA RAPTER- '04, 660R,
Excellent condition. $3300 or
best offer $24.
(863)357-1382 after 4pm


AIRSTREAM TRAILER- 34',
'1985, Self contained, Good
condition. $7000.
(863)763-4004


MALLARD 13'- '02, 13' Slide
out, Air & heat, Sleeps 7
$15,000 or best offer
(863)946-1728


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CADILLAC BROUGHAM '91 -
Runs great, cold air. $750 or
best offer (863)467-8013
CROWN VICTORIA- '95, V8,
Police Interceptor model, low
mi, Cold A/C, Super charged
$2500.239-633-4069
HONDA CIVIC 1993, 4 Door,
Loaded. Excellent condition.
Great on gas. Many new parts.
$2500 (863)763-3406
PLYMOUTH NEON '97 2
door, white, new tires, 91K mi,
5spd. Great on gas. $1200
(863)214-1286 after 5pm
TOYOTA MR 2 1988, Red w/
T-Tops. Great motor (redone).
Nice car, good on gas. $2000
best offer. (863)447-6305



FORD F350 '87 6.9 diesel,
4spd, flatbed. Runs good.
$2500 or best offer
(863)634-7318



CHEVY WORK TRUCK 1990,
V8, A/C, Dependable. $1500
firm. (863)697-1223


FIBERGLASS TOPPER White,
fits Dodge Dakota truck,
good cond. $600
(863)634-3263
FIBERGLASS TOPPER- Leer,
for'97-'03 Ford F150, Step-
side, White, Exc. cond.
$275. (863)610-1000
LEER TRUCK CAP- for full size
short bed, alum, sliding win-
dows $150 (863)467-6805


NOTICE OF INTENTTO ADOPT/AMEND RULES OF
THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
AFFECTED RULES: 40E-1.659, 40E-4.091,40E-4.101
SUMMARY: 1) To require recording of a Notice of Environmental Resource or Sur-
face Water Management Permit for standard general permits in the public records
of the county where the property is located; 2) to incorporate the form for the No-
tice in the Dlstrics rules; 3) to provide an alternative noticing mechanism to
homeowner or property owner associations and facilitate the processing of re-
quests for conversion of surface water management and environmental resource
permits to the operation phase; 4) to make minor corrections to Appendix 6 of the
Basis of Review for Environmental Resource Permits Within the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District; and 5) to add references to previously adopted financial
assurance forms.
TIME AND DATE OF HEARINGS: 9:00 am., December 14, 2005
LOCATION: Ocean Reef Club, 35 Ocean Reef Drive, Key Largo, Florida 33037. For
further Information please contact Anita Ban, 1-800-432-2045, extension 6866,
or (561) 682-6866 (internet: abaln@sfwmd.gov). Appeals of any South Florida
Water Management District Board decision require a record of the proceedings.
Affected persons are advised that it may be necessary for them to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceeding is made, including the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. Persons with disabilities or handicaps who
need assistance may contact the South Florda Water Management District Clerk's
Office at (561) 682-2087 at least two business days in advance to make appro-
priate arrangements.
97399 ON 11/17/05


TIRES- 4, 31 1050 15" LT,
50% tread. $150
(863)763-1370
TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
TRANSMISSION- Turbo, 700,
Rebuilt, $350. or best offer.
(863)467-8856
TRUCK TOOL BOX, $50.
(863)634-6708


ALUMINUM TOOL BOXES- 2,
For small truck, Good condi-
tion $120. will separate
561-881-0318 Immokalee
CAMPER TOPPER- For small
bed P/U, Red. Excellent con-
dition. Orig. $1370. Asking
$400. (863)467-2777
CHEVY DUALLY '84 Quad
cab, runs good $2200 or best
offer (863)763-8261
FORD F100 TRUCK, '80, has
title, doesn't run, $250 or
best offer. (863)634-6708
FORD F150 '87- 4x4, single
cab, long bed, straight 6 cyl,
4 spd, $2500
(239)770-6423
FORD F250 XLT '01- 4x4,
manual, lots of extras,
$19,500(561)262-1885.
FORD RANGER, '88, runs
good, $600. (863)357-2395
GMC 1500 '85, runs good,
body & interior in good
shape, $1500 neg.
(863)634-7098 aft. 5pm
GMC JIMMY'88, Black. Wilma
took out rear side window.
Runs perfect. $600 or best of-
fer. (863)697-6327
RAM 50 '82, red, 2.61tr 5
speed trans, good cond.
$950/neg. (863)447-2130


TOYOTA /2 Ton Pick Up 1995,
Xtracab, Reliable. Clean. 20
mpg. $3995. Firm.
863-467-5722 Lv. message.


SUBURBAN '86 new tires,
rims & exhaust. Runs good.
$1500 or best offer
(863)467-7428


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ENCLOSED TRAILER- Small,
Good condition. $700
(561)881-0318 Immokalee

TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
(772)569-6285

UTILITY TRAILER, 16X6, New
wheels & tires. Good condi-
tion. $1300 or best offer.
(863)763-3406

UTILITY TRAILER, 4X8, asking.
$450. (863)675-7275

UTILITY TRAILER- 7x14, tan-
dem axle, heavy duty, $800
or best offer (863)181-0484
or (863)781-0193.


CHEVY VAN '89 Runs good
$1095 (863)673-3620


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PUBLIC NOTICE
PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION
Pursuant to Secton 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know
act of 1986 (EPCRA), the following information is available to the public upon re-
quest during normal business hours by the Florida District VII Local Emergency
Planning Committee (LEPC) for Hazardous Materials. The District VII LEPC
serves residents of DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Polk, and Okeechobee Counties:
Hazardous Material Safety Data Sheets
Facility Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms
Section 304 Chemical Release Follow-up ottfications
District VII LEPC Emergency Plan for Hazardous Materials
EPCRA requires that any business that regularly uses, handles, or stores certain
hazardous chemicals register with State and local regulatory agencies. If you have
never registered or wish to obtain additional information, contact the agency listed
below. If you have previously complied, be sure your notifications are current -
penalties for non-compliance are severe.
To obtain notification information or learn more about EPCRA, please contact:
Florida District VII LEPC
555 East Church Street
P.O. Box 2089
Bartow, Florida 33831
863-534-7130 ext. 107
or visit the webslte at http:/www.cfrpc.org.
98342 ON 11/17/05


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2005-CP-269
IN RE: ESTATE OF
HUEYJACOBS,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of HUEY
JACOBS, deceased, File Number
2005-CP-269, 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 representative's attorney are
set forth below.
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
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF 1HIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedents estate must
11- ilHim .ll, iTi. 4 lr, IrN : ijjl liHIN I
S.T N" TE: tf ~ISHi CI Liii i THCE
4 I .,1 1. IL'j I'Ul1: J ('If m l rIFI '
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice
is November 1O, 2005.
Personal Representative:
Ronnie Wayne Jacobs
390 N.W. 36th Terrace
Okeechobee, FL 34774
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Kevin H. Hendrickson, Esquire
Attorney for Per. Reo.
310 South Second Street
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
(772) 461-0558
onida Bar No. 618454
96736 ON 11/10,17/05


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Wordkforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Wororce Consortium
announces a public meeting of the Ex-
ecutive Committee to which all per-
sons are invited:
Date Time: Friday,November 18, 2005
-8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
PURPOSE: To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
tacting:
Woorkfile Development Board
o e reasre tBoa rd
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, HRoda 34952
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
view.
98460 ON 11/17/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WILL MEET TUESDAY, NOVEMBER
22, 2005 IN THE PRESIDENT'S OF-
FICE, ROOM A-251 AT 3209 VIRGIN-
IA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
34981-5596.
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER
COMMITTEE- 2:15 RM.
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE -
2:45 PM.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED
TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS
MADE.
98251 ON 11/17/05


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Free nutrition class offered
Dr. Edward W. Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class on 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.


Community Events


Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tues-
day, Nov. 22, starting at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the
boardroom at the Okeechobee County School Board office, 700
S.W. Second Ave. Guest speakers will be: Hospice of Okeechobee;
Tom Jones and Lindsey Mann from Eckerd Youth Alternatives; and
Ken Kenworthy, who will give a Safe and Drug Free School report.
The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Main Street membership meeting planned
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold their monthly general
membership meeting at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441
S.E., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at noon. Members and general public
are welcome. For information, contact Lydia Jean Williams at (863)
357-MAIN.

Farmer's Market won't open Nov. 24
The Farmer's Market held every Thursday in Flagldr Park will not
be held Thursday, Nov. 24, due to the holiday. The market will
resume operation on Thursday, Dec. 1. For information, call (863)
357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863) 697-3110.

VFWto host Thanksgiving dinner
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528, S.R. 78 W, will hold their
annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at.12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24.
There is no charge but donations will be accepted for dinners that
will include turkey and canned yams, green beans and mashed
potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls.

Free Thanksgiving dinner planned
Grace Ministries of Okeechobee will serve their 18th free com-
munity Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, at Grace
Brethren Schools, 701 S. Parrott Ave., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Donations to help buy food for the free dinner can be sent to Grace
Ministries, P.O. Box 663, Okeechobee, Fl., 34973. Volunteers are also
needed to help cook the food, serve and deliver the meals. To sched-
ule a delivery or to get more information, call Malinda at (863) 467-
5570.

Church hosting gospel sing
The North Okeechobee Church of God will be hosting a South-
ern gospel sing with the Reflection Singers of Trenton on Sunday,
Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
6066.

Hours change for Festival of Trees
Because of the cancellation of Raulerson Hospital's Holiday Tour
of Homes, Hospice of Okeechobee has changed the hours for their
festival of trees. The festival of trees will be held Monday, Noy. 29,
through Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. as originally
scheduled. On Friday, Dec. 2, the hours have been changed to 10
a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, the hours will be noon until 9 p.m.
and on Sunday, Dec. 4, the hourswill be noon until 5 p.m.


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12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 17,2005



Senate OKs upgrade in military survivor benefits


WASHINGTON, D.C. The
Senate late Tuesday passed a
long-sought upgrade in military
benefits that will help some
55,000 widows and orphans.
By a 93-5 vote, the Senate
approved the upgrade in the
form of an amendment (no.
2424) to a broader defense
spending bill (S. 1042). The


amendment, offered by Sen. Bill
Nelson of Florida, increases sur-
vivor benefits for those who also
are eligible for separate veterans
disability compensation.
It eliminates an offset
between the two different bene-
fits many survivors are due.
"This will end the painful and
unfair treatment of thousands of


our military widows and
orphans," Nelson said after Sen-
ate passage of the provision.
His amendment, which has
some two dozen cosponsors,
would boost survivor benefits
for many widows and widow-
ers. It would stop the current
practice of reducing survivor
benefits paid by the Defense


Department by the amount
received in survivor benefits
from the Department of Veter-
ans' Affairs if someone quali-
fies for both.
The Defense Department
payment comes from the Sur-
vivor Benefit Plan, which is com-
puted as a percentage of a
deceased service member's


retired pay. The VA payment is
called dependency and indem-
nity compensation; and, is paid
when a member dies on active-
duty of a service-connected
cause or if a veteran was 100-
percent disabled at the time of
death.
Nelson's provision would
help an estimated 55,000 sur-


vivors. The broader bill now
goes to House-Senate confer-
ees, where it's expected Nel-
son's provision will remain due
to the overwhelming Senate
vote. Major military associations
advocated for passage of the
measure and said elimination of
the offset is a top legislative pri-
ority this year.


Service Club Briefs


American Legion
Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78W., at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
(863) 357-2138, or Don South at
(863) 763-8954.


Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
tion.
Every Tuesday: spaghetti din-
ner with salad and garlic bread by
Lorraine and John from 5 until 7
p.m. for a $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be avail-
able.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $10 donation. Music will be
by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:,
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until
11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanks-
giving dinner starting at 2 p.m. for
a $5 donation.
Saturday, Dec. 17: children's
Christmas party at 2 p.m. Santa
Claus will be there, and. food will
be available. Children must be
signed up for the party by Dec. 8.
Call the Aeries at (863) 763-2552.
Saturday, Dec. 31: New
Year's Eve party- reservations are
required. Call the Aeries for
details.
Saturday, Jan. 14: Snowball
Charities Dinner/Dance for mem-
bers and guests only at the Vero
Beach Heritage Center in Vero
Beach. Tickets are available for a
$15 donation. Call the Aeries for
directions.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
willibe available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262; or Kip Gardner at
(863).357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds


their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact W.M. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.
The Okeechobee Order of
the Eastern Star #128 will hold
their ninth annual Holiday Fashion
Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, begin-
ning at 11:45 a.m. The show will
be held in the Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. There will be a tea cup auc-
tion, door prizes and food for a
suggested donation of $8 per per-
son. Seating is limited. For tickets
contact Mary Ann Holt (863) 763-
5210, Patsy Black (863) 467-7068
or Margaret Smith (8630 467-8020.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge. The lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Thursday, Nov. 17: dinner will
be served for members and guests
from 5 until 8 p.m. The menu will
be ham and beans, corn bread,
fried potatoes and dessert. A dona-
tion of $2.99 is suggested.
Saturday, Nov 19 & 26: will be
karaoke night starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: W.O.T.M.
dinner will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. The dinner will be open


face pork sandwich with mashed
potatoes.
Sunday, Nov. 20: W.O.T.M.
bake sale begins at 9 a.m. Mem-
bers are asked to bring a pie, cake
or cookies to the Lodge for this
sale.
Each Tuesday: bingo starts at
12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Moose
enrollment meeting starting at 7
p.m. All prospective members
should attend.
e Wednesday, Nov. 23:
spaghetti or beef stew by Karen
will be served from 5 until 7:15
p.m.
e Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (8630
763-2250 for the menu..
Saturday night meals will be
served from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Call
for the menu.
Thursday: at 7 p.m. is mem-
ber appreciation and open mike
night.
Friday and Saturday nights
there will be music for dancing
from 7 p.m. until? Call the Lodge to
see who is playing.
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m., with
many items being offered.
Reservations for the New
Years Eve Party went on sale Oct.
14. Seating is limited so get your
tickets early.. Tickets are $40 per
couple, or $20 per person. No tick-
ets will be sold at the door.


Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Every Friday night and Sun-
day afternoon: special function
just for kids and families check
the bulletin.
Every Friday evening: easy
listening and fun dancing with the
music of Michael Lee Scott.
Friday evenings: food, fun
and music.
Every Saturday: at 1 p.m.
Moose races and washer toss.
Dinner will be served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
and cook.
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W. 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137 Okeechobee
Fla. 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
come.
Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.


Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5
p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
until?
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
. Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, Men's Auxiliary or AmVets
- there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
urday.
Nov. 24: annual Thanksgiv-


ing Day dinner at 12:30 p.m. There
is no charge but donations will be
accepted for dinners that will
include turkey and canned yams,
green beans and mashed pota-
toes, cranberry sauce and rolls.
Dec. 4: annual ham dinner
on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. A
donation of $7 is suggested for
dinners that will include ham and
canned yams, green beans, cole
slaw and rolls.
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)
467-2882.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at 1
p.m. on Sunday.
e Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
iary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p:m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.


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