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Ok eechobee News
Vol. 96 No. 326 Tuesday, November 22, 2005 50N Plus tax
Area Blue Roof
Even though Operation
Blue Roof has closed its loca-
tion at the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center, the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency
(FEMA), the Small Business
Administration (SBA) and Pro-
ject HOPE will be open at the
Agri-Civic Center from 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m. seven days a
People who have had hur-
ricane damage are urged to
either register in person with
FEMA, or call 1-800-621-3362.
who need to enter the Blue
Roof Program can report to:
Harlem Civic Center, 2000 Sev-
enth St. Clewiston; the Fair-
grounds, 2616 Dixie Highway
in Stuart; 15518 S.W Osceola
St. in Indiantown; the Village
Green Shopping Center 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
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
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.
team win tourney
The father/son team of
Larry and Cody Wright came
from behind to take the Okee-
Tantie Team Trail Classic tour-
nament Sunday at the Okee-
Tantie Marina with a two-day
total of 42 lbs. of fish.
The Okeechobee team
caught 27.23 lbs. on Saturday
and 14.77 lb. on Sunday,
which earned them the $5,000
first-place check as well as
Sports, Page 5
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
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Legislators get wish list
on OUA list
By Pete Gawda
Christmas came early to
Okeechobee Monday afternoon
as various entities and private citi-
zens gathered to make their
wishes known to the Okee-
chobee County legislative dele-
The meeting was held in the
chambers of the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners in the Okeechobee
State Senator J.D. Alexander,
State Senator Ken Pruitt, State Rep-
resentative Frank Attkisson and
State Representative Richard
Machek made their annual trek to
Okeechobee to hear requests for
appropriations from their con-
County Commission Chairman
John Abney welcomed the legisla-
tors, thanked them for their leader-
ship in the house and senate and
recognized their staffs.
Lobbyist Dale Milita spoke first
representing the county and the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
"This year our number one pri-
ority continues to be wastewater
expansion," he said.
He requested $1.8 million for
'Bud' Adams honored: Newest book unveiled
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Edwin Massey (left), president of Indian River Community College (IRCC), announced
the naming of the Williamson Conference & Educational Center at a $2.5 million fund-
raising campaign reception at IRCC Saturday, Nov. 19. The new 20,000-square-foot cen-
ter will honor Frank "Sonny" and Betty Williamson (right) as lead contributors to the
IRCC Foundation's campaign for the facility. The facility will be the first high-tech con-
ference center in Okeechobee. The center will be built on the north side of the Dixon-
Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., for a total cost of $5 million, with matching funds
of $2.5 million anticipated from the state.
Rancher namesake of IRCC center
By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News ,
With a deep commitment to S'- C
higher education and the com- L
munity of Okeechobee, long- I ffl an"
.time residents and ranchers -
Frank "Sonny" and Betty
Williamson made a lead contri-
bution to further the develop-
ment of Indian River Community
Their contribution led the
IRCC Foundation to name the
development of a new, $5 mil-
lion, 20,000-square-foot confer-
ence center as the Williamson
Educational & Conference Cen-
The honor was announced
Saturday, Nov. 19, during a fund-
raising campaign reception at
IRCC, where IRCC President Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Edwin Massey unveiled plans for Okeechobee City Mayor James Kirk (left) visited with
the high tech conference center Sam Smith (right), provost of Indian River Community
College's (IRCC) Dixon-Hendry Center, during a fund-
See IRCC Page 2 raising campaign reception at the college on Nov. 19.
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the project, predicting it would
take over $30 million to fund the
entire project. Mr, Milita stated that
expansion of the sewer system
would bring in new customers and
eliminate over 1,600 private septic
The next project he mentioned
was stormwater conveyance for
which he requested $850,000 for a
project that the county, the city and
South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) are working on
Another water project is
potable water. He mentioned that
three times in the last 13 months,
the OUA system shut down
because of sediments in the lake
water. He said a bank filtration sys-
tem would eliminate that problem
and prefilter water. For this project,
he requested $1.5 million, predict-
ing that the entire project would
cost $2 million.
In bank filtration, a pipe with
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Two individuals were sent to the hospital following a col-
lision around noon Monday, Nov. 21. A vehicle was
heading north on U.S. 441 when, according to Deputy
Adrian Rogers of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, it allegedly ran into the back of a vehicle that was
stopped for a red light at the intersection of U.S. 441 and
Northwest 23rd Lane. One person was taken to Rauler-
son Hospital; the other was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospi-
tal in West Palm Beach. The accident is still under inves-
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2 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 22,2005
News Briefs Man wast a n? m ate prir t maill bes leg
due as of Nov. 1
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified by
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser and is open for collec-
tion of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and county
can pay their property taxes at the
Okeechobee County Tax Collec-
tor's Office in the Alderman Build-
ing, 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 per-
cent 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
For information, call (863) 763-
Loans help replace
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 fol-
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household
income is at or below the 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 per-
sons $40,100; seven persons -
$42,850; and, eight persons -
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
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. Par-
The price of the book is $35 per
copy through Dec. 31. After that
date, the per copy price will be
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
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE -- The USDA,
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuy-
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
Two will share
Fantasy 5 prize
TALLAHASSEE (AP) Two
winners of the Fantasy 5 game will
collect $87,509.28 each, the Flori-
da Lottery said Monday.
The winning tickets were
bought in the city of Miami, lottery
The 349 tickets matching 4-of-5
numbers will collect $80.50 each.
The 10,199 tickets matching 3-
of-5 won $7.50 each, and 88,545
tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for
The numbers drawn Sunday
night were 4-5-7-23-24.
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holes in it is laid on the bottom of
the lake and covered with sand.
The water is filtered through the
sand, saving treatment chemicals
and sediments can't clog the water
He also requested $500,000 for
restoration and renovation of the
Okeechobee County Courthouse
on N.W. Second St.
"Last but not least," he men-
tioned a direct access boat ramp at
Nubbin Slough at a cost of
Representative Machek suggest-
ed a boat ramp project with mini-
mal cost and waiting time. He pred-
icated a ramp could be constructed
within 60 days.
"We're working on some things
right now that may get us a ramp in
60 days," offered Rep. Machek.
Turning to the sewer expansion
issue, Senator Pruitt asked County
Administrator George Long if devel-
opers were paying their fair share of
the cost, since he predicted a boom
"We have pushed extremely
hard," for that to happen, offered
Speaking on behalf of the City of
Okeechobee was City Councilman
He opened by saying the city
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- a first such center for Okee-
The reception had a two-fold
purpose. It kicked off a founda-
tion campaign to raise half of the
required funding for the project
- $2.5 million and it celebrat-
ed Alto "Bud" Adams' newest
book, "Beautiful and Rare Birds
of Florida" with a book signing.
Proceeds from the reception
and sale of. Mr. Adams' book
went to support theOkeechobee
"Special thanks goes to Bud
and Dot Adams ... for sharing
the book signing with the
announcement of the new build-
ing," said Mr. Massey. "We want-
ed to couple these two events
together so that one does not
overshadow the other."
The balance of funds for the
center is expected to come from
State Facilities Matching Funds as
a dollar-for-dollar match of local
contributions. In order for the
foundation to receive the state
matching funds, they must col-
lect their $2.5 million by Feb. 1,
Local contributions which
collected in the last two months
already total $2 million are
credited to several benefactors.
In addition to the Williamsons'
contribution, the Alex and Rox-
anna Booth Foundation con-
tributed toward the center's
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Members of Okeechobee's state legislative delegation met
with their constituents Monday afternoon at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse. Seated left to right are Senator J.D.
Alexander, Representative Richard Machek, Representative
Frank Attkisson and Senator Ken Pruitt.
supports the goals of the county
The city's number one priority
he said was stormwater con-
veyance for which he requested
He referred to recent flooding
caused by hurricanes. He said
Councilman Lowry Markham
urged that SFWMD draw down the
canals as much as possible during
"We really need those canals
down as much as possible," contin-
ued Councilman Watford.
The city requested $150,000 for
Councilman Watford said the
city was installing several baffle
boxes to keep sediment from going
into Taylor Creek.
The city requested $200,000 for
Weiss nursing wing. Other major
contributors included Pete and
Susanne Clemons, Frances
Syfrett, Linda and Chuck-Syfrett,
Wally Sanger/Royal Concrete
Concepts, Cheryl and Dudley
Kirton, John and Jane Abney,
Frank Altobello, Paul Marinelli,
and the Evans and Collier fami-
The new conference center
will be built on the north side of
the IRCC Dixon-Hendry Center,
2229 N.W Ninth Ave., and will
provide a technologically sophis-
ticated environment for large-
scale conferences, banquets,
courses, seminars, strategic
planning sessions and commu-
According to an IRCC Foun-
dation press release, the center
will contain the following fea-
a 175-seat central multi-
purpose auditorium, fully
equipped with the latest in pres-
an adjacent professional
catering kitchen that will also
serve as a commercial teaching
laboratory for students in the
culinary arts apprentice pro-
a covered veranda adjacent
to the auditorium for receptions,
breaks and networking sessions;
a strategic planning room
with movable, writable, erasable
wall panels and smart boards to
encourage creativity and collab-
orative problem solving;
two smaller meeting rooms
expansion of the Okeechobee
Commerce Center. They also
requested $450,00 for law enforce-
ment radios, as well as considera-
tion for mosquito control, park
development and four laning of
In addition, Councilman. Wat-
ford requested support for the
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Patricia Cooper gave the legislators
a copy of the school system's par-
ent guide, which is prepared annu-
ally, and which she said contains
"volumes of information."
"You have done an admirable
job," noted Representative
Attkisson of the booklet.
Her agenda was divided into
four categories. The first is account-
ably issues and successful student
off the planning room for break-
a specially designed health
science classroom to serve addi-
tional students preparing for
careers in nursing and other
a new Weiss nursing wing
for students to prepare for clini-
cal internships at area hospitals;
a new biology lab that will
serve as the first fully equipped
scientific laboratory at the Dixon
a new computer laboratory
that will serve the technology
training needs of area business-
es, and will be the site for IRCC's
office systems technology pro-
A wall of honor will contain
the names of all contributors,
according to Mr. Massey.
"We want to give everybody
in Okeechobee County an
opportunity to be a part of this
building," he said,
Those interested in contribut-
ing to the campaign' may contact
the IRCC Foundation at 1-866-
866-4722, ext. 4786.
The Williamson Conference
& Educational Center continues
IRCC's expansion of the Okee-
chobee campus, which began in
2000 with the opening of a sec-
ond classroom building.
IRCC has been in Okee-
chobee since 1980 and provided
its first permanent college class-
es in 1986. The college serves
nearly 4,000 a year with various
programs and services.
performance. Under that topic, she
called for utilizing student learning
gains for grading of alternative
The second priority was funding
and she urged the state to fully fund
both capitol and operations needs
for implementation of the Class
Size Reduction Action. She also
urged legislators to measure class-
room size on district level, rather
than on classroom level. She
requested funding for recruitment
and training of personnel.
The superintendent's third prior-
ity called for replacing the Level 2
screening requirements of the Jes-
sica Lunsford Act and replace it
with a sexual offender/predator
check from the Florida Department
of Law enforcement website. She
noted the increased fingerprinting
currently required has added quite
a workload on school staff.
The fourth priority called for
adequate dollars for profession
development of educators.
Sergeant William Markham of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office appeared before the delega-
tion promoting Sheriff Paul May's
career service plan to provide job
security for sheriff's office employ-
ees. The delegation voted to
endorse the program in concept.
"It is a pretty good document,"
Rep. Machek said of the plan.
Dr. Edwin Massey, president of
Indian River Community College
(IRCC), requested adequate fund-
ing for the state community college
system to provide for increased
enrollment, create equity in funding
and to provide for operation of new
He mentioned the matching
fund drive currently going on at the
Dixon-Hendry campus in Okee-
chobee. He said buildings in Okee-
chobee have been built with
matching funds meaning they were
built at half the cost to the state. He
also requested funding for the pub-
lic safety training facility being
planned at the main campus.
Dr. Lou Benson, president and
chief executive officer of Treasure
Coast Hospice, requested funding
to expand coverage to the elderly
and terminally ill.
Several representatives of Flori-
da Atlantic University spoke on
behalf of that institution.
Elisa Ackerly, who was the
alleged victim of a modular home
dealer, addressed the delegation
urging them to adopt legislation
regulating modular home dealers.
Joey Hoover of the economic
council endorsed city, county and
"Help us make it on our own,"
he urged the delegation.
Lydia Williams gave a report on
the activities of Okeechobee Main
Street, such s applying for a grant
for jail renovation and trying to
secure the old train station.
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Seminole wishes everyone a nice Thanksgiving
Seminole is very excited about
having a published author visit on
Dec. 8th. Melissa Forney is the
author of a book titled, "Oon-
swasee Summer". Every class at
Seminole is enjoying the
book as the class-
reads it aloud.
spelling bee will
be Dec. 1, at 9 a.m.
All first and second place
classroom winners will compete.
Alternates should be studying as
well, in case they should have to
There will be no school Nov.
23 through Nov. 25. Have a great
long weekend and a nice Thanks-
The third grade would like to
congratulate classroom spelling
bee winners. In Mrs. McCranie's
reading class: 1. Lewis Gopher 2.
Alyssia Boldin with Cristian Torres
as an alternate; Ms. Masters' class:
1. Bubba Wingo 2. Deion Perez
with Layton Thomas as the alter-
nate; Mrs. Padgett's class: 1.
Joseph Brown 2. Colton Brown
with Carlos Rivera as the alter-
nate; Mrs. Lowe's class: 1. Lexi
Parker and 2. Jose Santibanez;
and, Ms. Vibber's class: 1. Eliza-
beth Diaz 2. Ricardo Perez with
Kimberly Harris as the alternate.
For the week of Nov. 7, the fol-
lowing students were Student of
the Week. In Mrs. Padgett's class-
Patricia Sanchez; Ms. -Masters'
class-Jarion Williams; Ms. Vib-
ber's class-Bubba Wingo; Mrs.
Gomez; and, Mrs. Lowe's class-
For the week of Nov. 14, the
following students were Student
of the Week. In Mrs. Padgett's
class-Randy Dumont; Ms. Mas-
ters' class-Emily McKenna;
Ms.Vibber's class-Elizabeth Diaz;
Mrs. McCranie's class-Fidel Serra-
no; and, in Mrs. Lowe's class-
The students did a great job
bringing in donations for the Food
Dorothy M. Swope
Dorothy l .M ?. :ope, age.71; of-
Okeechobee; died Saturdayj. Nov.
19, 2005, at Raulerson Hospital in
Okeechobee. Mrs. Swope was
born on July 24, 1934, in Haper-
ferry, WVa., to Wilbur and Mable
Harding. She owned Okeechobee
Florist after coming to Okee-
chobee from Miami in 1959. She
was a member of the Moose
Lodge, American Legion, and
Mrs. Swope is survived by her
daughter, Dora (Doug Reed) Lee
of Okeechobee; two sons, Paul
(Sandy) Swope of Okeechobee
and Carl (Pat) Swope of LaBelle;
sister, Needy Hodges of
Charleston, W.Va.; brother, Frank
Harding of Charleston, W.Va.;
eight grandchildren; and, seven
A memorial service will be
held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov.
22, 2005, at Bass Okeechobee
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
For Families Drive and are contin-
uing to work hard earning those
100 Book Challenge steps.
Mrs. Griffis' class has been
working hard to conquer long
division. We have struggled, but
are happy to say that our hard
work is paying off. Please contin-
ue to work on math facts, as the
more automatic the facts are, the
easier the concepts will be. Con-
gratulations to Odon Benitez, he
has passed the 100 point mark in
AR and continues to lead fourth
grade. In reading, we have
jumped into our 100 Book Chal-
lenge. We are enjoying reading
these books that are "just right"
for us. Please take the time to ask
your child to tell you about the
books he or she has read. Again,
please continue to have your child
read at least 30 minutes every
night. As you begin your Christ-
mas shopping, remember books
make fabulous gifts. Have a won-
The students in Mrs. McDon-
nough's science/social studies
class are enjoying a story by
Melissa Forney called "Oon-
awassee River" which explores
Florida's beautiful yet mysterious
waterways. The class' reaction to
the story is quite fascinating. They
too were relieved to discover with
Addie (the main character) that it
was only a cat which was making
the scratching noise at the bed-
room window. They rooted for
her as she tried to snug the large
fat crab. In reading, the students
are listening to the adventures of
Mr. Popper and his family as they
travel across America with 12
Antarctic penguins. What would
you think if you saw twelve pen-
guins marching side by side down
Seminole Elementary School
is proud to announce the follow-
ing awards for the First Nine
Weeks grading period:
Citizenship Awards: First
Grade Jose Aguirre, Julie
Arnold, Morgan Bolan, Zaid
Submitted to Okeechobee News
Fourth grade Terrific Kids are honored at Seminole Elementary's first nine-weeks awards
Calzada, Verenice Cardoso, Lluvia
Gallegos, Erik Garcia, Ethan Griff-
is, Gabriel Hernandez, Jarrett,
Horton, Dalton Hunter,
Guadalupe Mojica, Harry O'Ha-
gan, Alyssa Padgett, Ricky Perez,
Jessieca Pittman, Jahnise Pizarro,
Lizeth Reyes, Jasmine Romero,
Erik Santibanez, Lanie Sedatol,
Ezequiel Serrano, Bethany Shirey,
Destiny Shirey, Jacob Shirey,
Stephanie Sippert, Crysten Smith,
Janessa Smith, Evan Soto, James
Thomas, Leonardo Torres,
Taeyahnis Washington and Jas-
mine Watts; Second Grade -
Clayton Arnold, Osiel Brito, Sher-
ry Ann Carter, Kelli Chapman,
Emily Crews, Steven Diaz, Jas-
mine Futch, Juriria Garcia,
Michael Garcia, Allison Gopher,
Leonardo Hernandez, Marissa
Hernandez, Kayla Hood, Car-
olanne Hunt, Elizabeth Johns,
Brydgett Koontz, Isaiah Martinez,
Lisette Medrano, Maria Olvera,
Donovan Osceola, Trista Osceola,
Yopalakiyo Osceola, Jesus Plas-
cencia, Katty Runyon, Julisa
Sanchez, Aquanette Scott, Lahna
Free six-week parenting classes
for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the
Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505
S. Parrott Ave. Topics include disci-
pline a family affair, birth to 8
months infants, 8 to 18 months the
toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific
twos, 3 year olds, and uncommon'
sense. Each week parents "earn"
baby bucks to purchase items for
their baby at the Center's Baby
Boutique. Childcare is not provid-
ed. However, infants in carriers are
welcome. For details call (863)
763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.
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TRAFFIC LIGHTS: Could the traffic signals at North Park Street and
South Park Street on Southwest Fifth Avenue be synchronized so that
the traffic can flow smoothly? Almost every time I come to the intersec-
tion of Southwest Fifth Avenue and South Park Street there seems to be
a jam up and no one can move because the lights are not synchro-
FLAGLER PARK: I hope the City, Main Street and the Chamber of
Commerce will not cost the citizens of Okeechobee to lose the park -
especially the veterans. I have no idea why the City, Chamber of Com-
merce and Main Street think they have exclusive say over how the park
gets used. I can't even think of a reason why we have all these different
organizations to start with. If you want to see a bunch of angry people,
just lose us the use of this beautiful park. I bet this is something you all
never thought of listen to the owners and the trustees before telling
people who can and who cannot use the park.
JUNKYARD: I see in the paper that Brantley cleaned up his place
and that the city will send inspectors and fire department officials there
once a month to make sure it stays that way. Maybe this time it will stay
cleaned up. We can always hope.
SWIMMING DOGS: We are happy new residents to Okeechobee
County, and we have two Rottweilers and we need to know where is
there a safe place to take the dogs swimming if there is any at all.
(Editor's Note: With the wildlife in Florida, we don't know of any safe
place. So, let's open this up to our readers. If any of you know a safe
place to take dogs swimming, please call the Speak Out line at (863)
RUDE: What is up with the snowbirds that think they can be so
darn rude? They come to my place of employment and think they are
the only ones there and demand service before anyone else. Don't get
me wrong, we welcome them to Okeechobee. But with attitudes like
they have, we'd be better off without them.
HURRY: Sometimes I think people from the north just haven't been
raised the way Southerners are. They are in such a hurry all the time.
They think they don't have the time to wait their turn or use good man-
ners. We have to teach them manners by our good example. I kill them
with kindness. And when someone tries to push ahead of others at my
business, I smile and say: "Excuse me, I believe this lady was here
first." Then, I wait on the person who has been waiting the longest.
NO WATERFRONT PROPERTY: We live here at the mouth of the
Taylor Creek and we are the first canal coming from the lake. You can't
even get a canoe up here as far as a waterfront property is concerned.
We are paying high taxes for waterfront property. We would like to see
about having our taxes reduced because we do not have waterfront
BRUSH PICK UP: I am a winter resident in Taylor Creek Isles six
months of the year. I pay water, sewer and garbage collection year
'round. Our waste management is not living up to their contract. They
drive right by my place and leave brush piles which are piled to their
specifications sit, hoping to have FEMA pick it up and pay for the
removal. I think our trash collection stinks. (Editor's Note: Waste Man-
agement is not picking up hurricane debris on county-maintained
roads. Okeechobee County has contracted with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT) to pick up this debris. So in Taylor
Creek Isles FDOT is responsible for picking up debris, not Waste Man-
agement. Waste Management will, however, be picking up debris on
CHRISTMAS PAGEANTS: I was just calling to find out if any of the
churches in Okeechobee were having any Christmas dramas or pag-
eants or even a community choir concert. Could you please tell me if
there are any Christmas celebrations going on in town. (Editor's Note:
If you will watch the Community Events, you will see there are some
special Christmas celebrations already slated and we're sure there will
NO HELP: This is regarding the person who put in that FEMA will
cover generators, gas and everything up to $20 a day. That is not true. I
applied for FEMA and I have trees on my house which have ruined one
side of my house. I have receipts for generators and chainsaws, and
my house is unsafe to live in. I got a response from FEMA that I have
insufficient damage. My heat and air unit was drowned, and my
daughter's bedroom had 8 inches of water in it. I don't understand, I
have everything that I need to get help from FEMA. I was turned down
last year and again this year. I have given up on FEMA.
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Looking Back ...
This photo of the wood-burning train and hunters dates prior to November 1918. It was taken at Opal, a one-time set-
tlement located north of present day Okeechobee City. The hunters in the photo are reported to be Smith J. Drawdy, the
tall man on left with hands up, and Peter Raulerson, the original settler is on the far right side in dark clothes. The oth-
ers are thought to be some of the Hancock family who owned property at Opal. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
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Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. atthe 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 Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510
or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested
are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people
who have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophre-
nia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who
are either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department
auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at
(863) 763-0202. The other support group is held each Thursday at 6
p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For
information, call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing 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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
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 at
S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for mem-
bers and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana
Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weath-
er permitting. The group meets at 7 a.m. at the Style Studio, 1600 S.R.
70 E. for 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-
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop
using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their
emotional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orien-
tation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer
forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.
For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
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 depart-
ment's north parking lot on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. The cost of the vaccination is $25 and Medicare will be accept-
ed. Any adult over the age of 18 is eligible. Patients will receive a con-
sent form and information sheet when they pull up. After signing,
they will roll down their car window and receive the vaccination. For
information, call the health department at (863) 462-5819.
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)
Farmer's Market open each Thursday
The Farmer's Market held every Thursday in Flagler 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.
VFW to 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-
Radio club sponsoring hamfest
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a hamfest on
Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S.
98 N., beginning at 8 a.m. There will be free parking, a ham radio
flea market and hourly drawings for door prizes. There will be a
grand prize drawing at 2 p.m. and you must be present to win. For
information, contact Harry Robbins at (863) 467-7454.
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star, will hold
an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 8 until 11 a.m.
at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. The dona-
tion is $4 per person. The menu includes homemade biscuits and
gravy, eggs, grits, potato casserole, bacon, sausage, ham, orange
juice and hot coffee. For information, contact Mary Ann Holt (863)
Abundant Blessings to host concert
Ken Turner, who sang for 15 years as part of the Grammy award
winning Blackwood Brothers Quartet, will be in concert Sunday,
Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. at Abundant Blessing Assembly of God Church,
4550 U. S. 441 N.
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-
Window decorating contest planned
Okeechobee Main Street will hold its inaugural holiday window
decorating contest beginning Nov. 29. Judging will be held Dec. 10.
All businesses are asked to participate and have their windows deco-
rated by Nov. 29. For information, contact Okeechobee Main Street
by calling their office at (863) 357-6246; or, visiting their office at 111
N.E. Second St.
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, Nov. 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 hours will be noon until 5 p.m.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 22, 2005 SPORTS
Local father/son team win Team Trail Classic
By Lorna Jablonski
The father/son team of Larry
and Cody Wright came from
behind to take the Okee-Tantie
Team Trail Classic tournament
Sunday at the Okee-Tantie Mari-
na with a two-day total of 42 lbs.
The Okeechobee team
caught 27.23 lbs. on Saturday
and 14.77 lb. on Sunday, which
earned them the $5,000 first-
place check as well as plaques.
The team of Donnie Biggs
and Doug Browning blew away
the competition on Saturday
when they placed 32.45 Ibs. of
Okeechobee bass on the scale.
On the second day of competi-
tion, Biggs and Browning could
only weigh in 7.32 lbs. for a two
day total of 39.77 lbs., dropping
them to third place in what is
considered to be the toughest
trail on the lake.
Mike Holland and Kermit
Russell had 17.62 lbs. at the end
of the day on Saturday, but over-
took Biggs and Browning on
Sunday with 24.32 lbs., for a
two-day total of 41.94 Ibs. to fin-
ish in second place. They took
home a check for $2,450 for
Biggs and Browning received
$1,200 for their third place finish
and an additional $350 for their
big fish of the tournament an
Other top finishers in the sea-
son-ending tournament were:
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Cody Wright (left) and his father Larry Wright (right) took
home first place honors and a check for $5,000 in the Okee-
Tantie Team Trail Classic held this weekend at the Okee-
(4) Dave Turner and Doug Har-
ris 36.61 lbs. $700, two
Gizmo's Pizzas and two
Dehooker/Plier Kits; (5) Jack
Marshall and Jeff Simes 33.83
lbs. $550, two Gizmo's pizzas
and one Manual Culling System;
(6) Gregg Norling and Jerry Cal-
ifano 31.77 lbs. $400 and two
Gizmo pizzas; (7) Pat Dravo and
Terry Frisenda 31.60 lbs. $300
and two Gizmo pizzas; (8)
Brent Propst and Byron Childers
- 31.01 lbs. $250 and two
Gizmo's pizzas; (9) John Burke
and Val Osinski 30.88 lbs. two
Fish Head masks and a gallon of
oil; (10) Glen King and Kenneth
King 30.63 lbs. a bag of
worms valued at $225; (11)
Greg Scherer and Jimmy Helms
- 30.09 lbs. a bag of worms val-
ued at $150; and, (12) Justin
Schwier and Juan Ruiz 28.79
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Mike Holland with the Big
Fish Plaque that he and his
teammate Kermit Russell
earned by catching the
biggest bass during the sec-
ond day of the Okee-Tantie
Team Trail Classic tourna-
ment. Their 8.32-lb. lunker
earned the team and addition-
al $350. They had already col-
lected a $2,450 check for
their second place finish in
the annual tournament.
lbs'.- a bag of worms valued at
This was the final tourna-
ment of the year for the Okee-
Tantie Team Trail. Their new
season begins in May 2006.
Dolphins' Thomas out for at least two games
DAVIE Dolphins coach
Nick Saban expects to be with-
out defense leader Zach Thomas
for two or more games.
"It's safe to say he's going to
be out for a couple of games,. I
don't know," Saban said of the
middle linebacker, who separat-
ed his right shoulder on Sunday
Thomas' status for the rest of
the season was not known Mon-
day as doctors evaluated the
severity of the injury sustained in
the first half of the Dolphins' 22-0
drubbing at the hands of the
Saban said the seriousness of
Thomas' injury would deter-
mine options, ranging from play-
ing in a shoulder harness to hav-
ing surgery. The Dolphins play at
Oakland on Sunday.
Thomas, the club's leading
tackler and its vocal and emo-
tional sparkplug, got hurt trying
to hit Browns rookie quarter-
back Charlie Frye. Thomas
charged Frye and attempted to
wrap his arms around the QB,
who got off his throw.
There was minimal contact,
but Thomas immediately
grabbed his forearm and headed
toward the sideline while gri-
macing in pain.
Thomas has led Miami in
tackles in eight of the past nine
seasons, has made five Pro
Bowls and is the longest-tenured
Dolphin. He has 123 tackles and
two sacks this season.
Saban said the team would
likely use rookie Channing
Crowder at Thomas' middle line-
backer position, with reserve
Donnie Spragan stepping in at
O.G. & C.C. Results
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Nov. 16: 1. Max Sherry, 2. George Gaudy, Last place Don Nov. 17 Scramble: 1. Penny
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side, 2. Joe Albrechta, Last Adams, Sr. Closest to pin (2) () Hammond. The turkey shootwas
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Juan Ruiz (left) and Justin Schwier (right) were named the
Anglers of the Year at the Okee-Tantie Team Trail pre-Clas-
sic banquet Friday evening.
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The new owners of the Okee-Tantie Team Trail, Mike
Blocher (left) and Glenn Snipes (right), were introduced
to anglers and their guests by former owner and tourna-
ment director Larry Crossman (center) Friday evening at
the Okee-Tantie Team Trail pre-Classic banquet.
Schwier and Ruiz win
Anglers of the Year honor
By Loma Jablonski
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
wound up its 2005 season this
past weekend, and anglers and
their guests were present at the
pre-Classic banquet Friday
evening at the Okeechobee
American Legion hall for a
recap of the season, to receive
their launch positions for the
two-day Classic and to honor
the 2005 Anglers of the Year.
It was no surprise when
Justin Schwier and Juan Ruiz
were called to the stage to
receive their Anglers of the
Year awards. Schwier and Ruiz
have been on a roll recently
winning individual and two-
man tourneys around the lake.
They received plaques,
shirts and the right to fish all of
the Okee-Tantie tournaments
free of entry fees next season.
"I wan'f To thank all those
who put this trail together. The
is the most enjoyable trail we
fish," stated Ruiz.
During .the pre-Classic
meeting, tournament owner
and director Larry Crossman
made the announcement that
he was giving up the trail.
"This trail is the toughest on
the lake. It could be even big-
ger and better. I cannot give it
the time it requires to improve.
Therefore, I have decided to
turn it over to Mike Blocher
and Glenn Snipes of Xtreme
Bass Series," stated Crossman.
"We don't want to change
the trail. We just want to
improve it," stated Blocher.
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
tentative schedule for 2006
was announced. It is May 14
(Mother's Day) or May 28
(Memorial Day weekend);
June 11 or June 18 (Father's
Day); July 16; Aug.20; Sept. 17;
Oct. 22 and the Trail Champi-
onship on Nov. 18-19.
As a finale to the meeting,
Crossman surprised angler
John Burke with a cake for his
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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
Each child participating will
receive tickets for two soft drinks
and two hot dogs.
A parent or guardian must
accompany each child.
game is slated
An alumni soccer game and
barbeque chicken dinner in
honor of former Okeechobee
High School soccer player Yolan-
da Torres will be held Dec. 17 at
Brahmans Stadium on the OHS
All OHS soccer alumni are
invited to take on the Lady Brah-
mans in a game. Dinner tickets
will be $5, with all proceeds going
to the Yolanda Torres memorial
scholarship fund and the OHS
girls soccer team.
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Elks will host Law and Order awards
'The Okecholee h lks Lodge #2558, S.R. 70 E., will hold it annual
Law and (Order Awards Night on Dec. 17. Social iour will start at 6 p.m.
and the dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person and are
available at the Elk's Lodge. the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,
the Okeechohee City Police Department and the Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue Department. For information, call Tom Elmore at (863)
763-7370 or (86:3) 801-31 2.
Special Christmas celebration planned
The annual Christmas Around the World celebration will be held
Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth
St., from 5 until 7 pum. There will be a live nativity pageant, live animals,
booths and gifts for children. Santa will also be there. For information,
call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.
Santa to tour city
Santa Claus will tour the city of Okeechobee on a fire truck begin-
ning on Dec. 21. On that date, he will tour the northwest and northeast
sections of the city. On Dec. 22 Santa will tour the southeast section of
the city. And on Dec. 23, he will tour the southwest portion of the city.
New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community College
Dixon-Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., for coaches, anyone with
physical education on their certification or other interested parties enti-
tled. The class is entitled Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries -
IRCC reference number 86771. The class will run for three consecutive
weekends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006. This will be a three-credit class
that will cover what to look concerning sports injuries, the prevention
of sports injuries and how to protect yourself from potential lawsuits.
For information, contact Candi Walker at (863) 467-6778.
OHS teams selling discount cards
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are selling their
annual discount cards for $10 each. The card offers 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
Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry working in
partnership with the community and local families in need, is looking
for volunteers to help complete construction on their first house. Con-
struction experience is appreciated but not required. Work days are
Saturday and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are also
needed to work on the following committees: public relations,
fundraising, legal advice, family support and volunteer coordination.
An experienced bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for
Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina
Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a Red Cross
Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced due to
Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may contact
the CountyVeterans Service officer for benefits assistance at (863) 763-
8124. The County Veterans Service Office is located at 462 U.S. 98 N. in
the County Administration Annex. The office is open Monday-Thurs-
day, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sun-
days from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 763-2171.
DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The con-
test is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays
have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five
through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan.
17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.
"The Santa Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the
Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certificates
and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the contestants.
The winner from each school will receive a monetary award. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2492.
Annual toy drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their llth annual toy
give-a-way for needy children in Okeechobee. The collection of toys is
currently under way and will end Dec. 22. Toys and gifts for children
between the ages of baby to teen are needed. Also needed are turkeys,
hams and all the trimmings for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Families can be adopted by calling Big Lake Missions at (863) 763-
5725. For monetary donations, checks should be made out to Big Lake
VNA giving flu shots
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will be giving flu shots in
their offices at 208 S.E. Park St. The shots will be given from 9 until 11
a.m. and from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no
charge for Medicare patients. For those who do not have Medicare, the
charge will be $30.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from
the sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. For
information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit
in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited.
Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets.
The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires,
floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help
local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Candace at
the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The
temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food.
All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also look-
ing for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county officials,
business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of
the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce.
They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okee-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 18,
through Thursday, Nov. 24, are as
Theatre I "Harry Potter and
the Goblet of Fire" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:45, &
7:30 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2,4:45 and, 7:30 p.m.
Theatre II "Walk the Line"
(PG-13} Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:20 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:20, 7 and 9:20 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:20, 7, and 9:20 p.m.
Theatre III "Chicken Little"
(G) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday at 7 and 9
Theatre III Beginning
Wednesday, Nov. 23, "Yours,
Mine, and Ours" (PG) Show-
times: Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5:50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4:50;
senior citizens are $4:50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a
service known as Child Find.
Child Find helps find and identify
children up to 21 years of age
who may need special education
services. The primary focus is on
3- and 4-year-old children not yet
in a school setting. Child Find
provides free screenings on
speech and language, develop-
ment, vision, and hearing. For
information, contact Debbie
Wagner at (800) 358-8525.
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities
available in Okeechobee assist-
ing the patient care and adminis-
trative teams to provide Hospice
services to Okeechobee area res-
idents. Permanent and part-time
volunteers provide direct patient
support services such as com-
panionship, telephone contacts,
letter reading, main caregiver
relief and other non-medical
assistance. They also assist Hos-
pice in fund raising, clerical and
office support. Age is not a barri-
er. For information, visit Hospice
of Okeechobee at 411 S.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, or call
service to children
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart, 701 S.W Sixth
St., offers a service to youth and
children by giving free classes in
martial arts. The classes are cur-
rently taught four days a week
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fri-
day, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on
Saturday from 11 a.m. until
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required
safety equipment needed on
your boat. This service is free.
You will receive a cordial,
informative and confidential
boat inspection. A vessel safety
check decal will be placed on
boats that meet all the require-
ments. Call (863) 467-3085 to
arrange a boat check.
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ed, abandoned and injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as
walkers, portable toilets, crutch-
es, canes, etc. Anyone requiring
the use of such equipment is
welcome to stop by the post and
pick out what they need. There is
no charge and anyone is wel-
come. This is not restricted to
veterans. Call the Post at (863)
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with an asterisk *.
Car Pool 110
Shae a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
LITTLE BROWN DOG Vic of
Basswood. Male. Please call
to identify. (863)467-8041
PIT MIX DOG young female,
light tan. Very gentle. Found
vic. of Indian River & New
Market. Call to identify.
SMALL DOG Okeechobee
SMALL DOG- Terrier type,
Hwy 70 & Eagle Bay Dr, call
to identify (863)763-4333
REDISH HUNTING DOG- fe-
male, w/notch in ear. Orange
collar. Vic. SW 5th Ave & Old
Dixie 863-763-9490 Reward
WEDDING RING, REWARD
solitaire 1K w/wrap,near Wal-
Mart Caribean, Sawgrass
YELLOW LAB, Female w/red
collar? Lost in the vic. of Tay-
lor Rental area. Dear pet. $100
Lots of free dogs, to good
homes only, all types.
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY GOOD PAY,
DO NOT CALL
looking for motivated
Good pay, benefits.
Experience & references
required. Palm City, FL.
All County Ambulance
has FT and PT
EMTs & Paramedics.
Exc. wages, benefits.
$31,200 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume
to 863-467-2402 or
COOKS & DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
CLASS A CDL DRIVERS
Apply Tampa Farms
19200 SW Warfield Blvd.
P/T or F/T position.
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Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Apply in Person to:
Okeechobee Motor Co. (Ford)
3175 Hwy. 441 S.
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A/C & REFRIGERATION TECH
ONLY QUALIFIED AND
EXPERIENCED NEED APPLY.
Apply in person at
Emory Walker Co., Inc.
208 S.W. 5th Ave. Okeechobee
TOP PAY 401K PAID VAC. MEDICAL
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
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Apply at Tampa Farms
19200 SW. Warfield Blvd.
772-597-2000 Ext. 19
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.
Needed.Loader & Dozer for
construction in Port St Lucie.
F/T PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Bring your resume to
The Medicine Shop
105 NW 5th St.
Lawn Service Now Hiring
Must have min. 1 yr. exp.
w/commercial lawn service,
valid dr.li r ic., over 18, .iiig
to work long hours. Call
Salespeople. Must be
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
MECHANIC Must have tools.
Apply at 712 N. Parrott Ave.
MILL WORKERS NEEDED
2nd and 3rd Shift,
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee
@ Feed Mill
Experienced Diesel Mechanic
Experience on Semi Tractor
Trailers a plus; Benefits avail.
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St., Okeechobee
*Tow truck driver
Training will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay, re-
warding work, benefits
and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified ap-
plicants who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
up bonus. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike
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.
2930 Hwy 710, Okeechobee.
PIPE FITTERS, PIPE LAYERS
& CARPENTERS: Needed for
construction in West Palm
Beach & Stuart 561-248-6332
- RESTAURANT STAFF -
Needed @ Okeechobee Golf &
Country Club. Must be mature
and flexible. Call Karen 10 am-
12 pm@ (863)763-6228
SERVICE TRUCK DRIVER
Class B CDL
Mid-Florida Portable Toilets
TRAINEES. Pan Am Tire
7i- I Ia
18 years or older.
Apply in person at
107 NW 6h Ave.
1 Part Time
1 Part Time
1 Full Time
exp. A plus
these areas a +
NEEDED- House & yard clean-
ing (some light landscape
help) before December 8.
Call Jeri (863)634-6056.
Hours & Deadlines
The Classified Center
will be open until 5pm
Wednesday, November 23rd
and will be
Closed Thursday, November 24th
The Okeechobee News'
Thursday, November 24th edition
will Deadline on Tuesday,
November 22nd at 3pm.
The Friday, November 25th edition
will Deadline on Wednesday,
November 23rd at 11am.
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs : 550
Children's Items 555
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Wanted to Buy 740
AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
AIR CONDITONNER-'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat
COOK STOVE, Antique, Wood
Burning, Excellent condition.
ICE BOX, Early 1900's, 3 Door.
Good condition. $250.
MERSMAN TABLE- Numbered
in fine condition. $125.
MAYTAG DRYER Neptune in-
tellidry, white. $250
RANGE Electric, GE, almond
color, new condition, $100
RANGE, Whirlpool, Electric,
30", self cleaning. Almond
w/black glass door. Like
new. $100. (863)824-0095
white, side by side, water &
ice dispenser. Excellent condi-
tion $375 (863)763-5792
26 cu. ft., Side by Side, Al-
mond. Like new. $200.
white, Heavy duty. $200 for
both or will separate.
WATER DISPENSER Alpine
w/ one 5 gallon bottle. In good
condition. $50 (863)946-019
BICYCLES (2) Schwin, 1
mans, 1 ladies, balloon tires,
5 spd, $75 for both.
PAN ROOFING- 30 pieces,
13ft long $130
Windows, (7), vinyl clad, vari-
ous sizes, all new, $280 will
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
COMPUTER- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Office, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
GATEWAY includes desk &
printer. Runs Windows XP.
$300 or best offer
PHOTO PRINTER 785EPX
Epson, w/2 new ink cartridg-
es color & black $150
CHINA HUTCH Dark wood,
glass top, 3 drawers. Door on
bottom. $100 (863)398-0117
COUCH Pink, bean shaped
couch, eames styled! Excel-
lent Cond. $225
DESK Wood, 5 drawer, beau-
tiful dark pine finish $150
DINING TABLE glass top,
Italian marble base, 4 chairs.
$300 or best offer
DR TABLE & 6 LADDER BACK
CHAIRS- large, great condi-
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,
GLIDER ROCKERS & OTTO-
MANS (2)- wing back, exc
condition, $90 for both
Little Tykes Fire Engine Tod-
dler Bed, w/mattress, exc.
cond., $150. (863)634-9373
LIVING ROOM GROUP sea-
foam green, sofa, lov seat,
clb chair and lounger w/2
lamps $400 (863)801-1428
MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGS,
King size, good cond.,
OAK DESK excellent condi-
tion $300 (410)883-3612
SLEEPER SOFA: Beige. Real
Nice. 7 Ft. Long. Like new.
SOFA Large, in good condi-
tion. $150 or best offer
SOFA-Craftwork Guild, floral
print, camelback, $80
SOFA SET, Couch, Loveseat &
Matching Ottoman. Barely
used. Mint cond. Red & Green.
Twin Sleigh Bed, solid wood,
WICKER FURNITURE SET -
4pc, couch, loveseat, chair &
ottoman w/ extra pillows for all
$400 neg. (863)635-1805
WORK DESK, $200.
(863)763-8943 ask for Tra-
BATTERY CHARGER auto-
matic, 48volts, Club car,
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Club Car, 2000,
Gas, Reconditioned. Low
hours w/top & windshield.
GOLF CART- Club Car, '90,
Electric w/36 volt battery
GOLF CLUBS- Smith with bag
$200. or best offer.
12GA.- pump, model 1897,
made in 1910, $500
CAP & BALL 36 cal. Repro-
duction w/ all accessories.
Shoots well. $150
M44 '52 7.62x5 cal. Nice
shooting gun, excellent shape.
W/ ammo& accessories.
POLICE SPECIAL 38 nickel
plated, collectors, 1930s
NYPD issue, excl. cond. $300
SHOT GUN- Winchester, 12
age, Deer Gun w/scope.
THOMPSON 1927-A1 Carbine,
like new w/case and (2) 30
round magazines, flawless,
WINCHESTER- Model 12 ,12
Gauge, Scoped, Excellent
Exercise Bike, Schwinn Air-
Dyne, exercise arms & legs,
new $400, sell for $95.
NORDIC TRACK ski exercis-
er, folds and stores, full body
work out .$50
TOTAL SPORT, Work Out Ma-
chine: By Sports Authority.
$150 or best offer.
WEIGHT SET- 4681bs., In-
clined, flat & declined bench
w/squat rack & lat tower
DIAMOND BAGGETT BAND-
Like new condition. $600
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. ,
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. $425. (863)467-4328
SCOOTER, Motorized, Inside
/Out w/handle bars & Toshiba
Modem. Like new. Pd. $850
Now $450 neg 863-634-9620
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, nice
cond:, barely used, 4 wheel
base basket, $800 or best
Awning, new, white, 52x48,
CHAIN HOISTS,' COME
ALONGS, several all for
$650 call for details. Will
EGG INCUBATOR Good
shape, just don't use any-
more. $60 (239)657-4348
large, round, 3 tier, grape vine
motif. $575 or best offer
GARAGE DOORS 2 Single 8ft
doors w/hardware. complete.
4 windows across top $250
will sep. (863)357-3779
GENERATOR 6k watt, Briggs
& Stratton, needs work
Power Pole, w/150 amp ser-
vice, $100. (863)634-9373 .
PROPANE GAS TANK- 100 gal
with gauge. $100.
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
PORTABLE ELECTRONIC IN-
TELLI WRITER- Plus,
Sharpe, asking $50 good
BEAGLE PUPS 3 males.
13wks old. Two sets of shots
& worming's. $250 each.
CHIHUAHUA, Female, 1 year
old on Christmas. Neutered,
SHave all vet papers. $200.
CHOCOLATE LAB 3A yrs
old, neutered. Needs rooi 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.
PARAKEETS & CAGE- asking
RED NOSE PITT- male, 8mos
old, ready to go, $200 or
best offer (863)447-0965.
-YELLOW LAB Female, good
hunting pedigree, 3yrs old,
needs good home w/ room to
run $100 (863)467-0631
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $25 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
ZEBRA FINCHES, male & fe-
male with cage, $25.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
CAR CD PLAYER- Pioneer, Su-
per Tuner III, 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
BUSCH TICKETS-(4) Home-
stead, 11/19/05, Sect 212
Row 17, $160 for all will
ATV RAMPS- Only used 2
times. $200 or best of-
5600 watts, Model
#58032 5600. $500.
GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200
SETTING TORCH w/ hoses,
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527
AIR HOCKEY TABLE- asking
PLAYSTATION II, Brand new.
Still in'box. Never used.
$150. Firm. (863)763-3920
MI.pi~l lNa Ijl
RANCH 30 acres large oaks,
improved pasture, newer Dbl
wide, stalls, pole barn. Blue
field Rd. $900,000. DuBois,
Rust & Assoc.
New 4 Bed/2% Bath, 2 Story
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE
OKEE- 2br, 1ba wood frame
in city. $85K Non Negotiable
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Pducts 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
APPENDIX GELDING- Retired
jumper $850 or best offer.
HORSE 3 y/o mustang,
needs attention, very nice
pretty needs to be broken
HORSE- Palomino gelding
10yr old, 15.2 hands $1500.
REG PASOFINO BAY MARE-
trail rides, trailers, for experi-
enced rider $1500
LAWN MOWER, Self Propelled
& LAWN EDGER, Both used
less than 1 year. $200 for
both, will sep. 863-763-3920
PUSH LAWN MOWER- Very
good condition. $75.
RIDING MOWER- 14.5HP Wiz-
ard, OHV/IC, 42" cut, lovt
hours, $375 (863)447-2130.
ROTOTILLER Troy-Bilt pony,
5hp. Good condition
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
OKEECHOBEE- lbr furn..
$700/ mo, 1st & 1st plus sec
dep. No pets, Brindaban For-
BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, newly
renovated, incl. washer/dryer,
1st, last & sec. dep, $850 mo.
BUILDING, 1275 s.f., Limit-
ed Parking, $2000 mo.
ROOMMATE WANTED: Locat-
ed in upscale neighborhood.
Full house privileges. $400
OKEE- Treasure Island 2br,
2ba, Mod Home $1200. mo.
+ 1st mo..& sec dep. Avail
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses- Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State .
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
Waterfront, 3B/R, new homes
available starting at
$310,000. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Wont last! (863)763-6376
RUNWAY LOTS, (2), 0.8 acre,
Lots 5 & 6, River Oak Grove
subdivision, $200,000 ea.
WANTED To Buy Singlewide
MH w/storage building
2000-3000 ft Have occupa-
tional license. OkeechoobeVi-
cinity; Cash Ft. Pierce.
Mobile Homes i
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
In Quiet 55+ Park. Lawn
maintenance & trash pick up
provided. No outdoor pets.
OKEECHOBEE- Treasure Is-
land '05, 2BA; 2BA, no pets,
$850 mo. + 1st, last & Sec
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
For Sale or Rent, Oasis Village
Senior 50+ park, double
wide Mobile Home.
OKEE- 2BR, 2BA. 16x66. Set
up in 55+ park. In city limits
Covered deck, all appl. $30K
(863)763-6115 Pam or John
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Veicles!ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT- 2000 Cotton
Mouth, 13.5ft, Poly bottom,
470 continental, runs good,
ALUMINUM BOAT- 14', w/trlr,
20hp Electric Merc. start, fish
finder, anchors, swivel seats,
BASSHAWK BASS BOAT 17'
85 hp Evinrude. Runs great. 2
Depth Finders, Trolling motor
& Trailer (Like New). Never in
salt water. $6000. Pis. call
BAYLINER 18 Ft., Inboard/
Outboard Motor. Motor needs
work. $400 or best offer.
BOAT TRAILER- for a 17' boat,
good shape $450
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
FIBERGLASS V HULL- 14ft,
swivel seats, 9.9 Mariner,
new trolling mtr, batt & trir,
$2000 neg. (863)763-3551
LOWER UNIT- for 1979 Mere
NORTH AMERICAN- 22', 454
Crusader inboard, Warranty,
Show room new, Kept inside
ORLANDO CLIPPER, 16 Ft.,
Fiberglass, 50 hp Mere w/trail-
er. Will demonstrate. $850.
PONTOON BOAT '92, 18ft,
Sweet Water, for fishing
30h/p Yamaha w/ trailer.
$3,450 neg. (863)467-4646
Proline, '86, 17', 90hp Yama-
ha 1998, center console, t-
top, trir like new, $6500.
RANGER BASS BOAT'02- 17',
w/115 Johnson Outboard
motor, cover included:
CITATION, '01 & lot in Blue
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$50,000 for both.
SALEM 5th WHEEL 1995
w/awning, queen bed, sleeps
6, Big refrigerator & tub. Great
shape w/hitch. $6000. Pis. call
MARINE RADIO- ICOM, Full 5
watts $75. (863)763-7989 /
OUTBOARD MOTOR- '92 8HP
Johnson, long shaft, $450
HARLEY DAVIDSON FXRT'84,
Rare. 21K mls., Asking $8,000
GO CART: Yerfdog, 2 sweater
w/roll bar. $550 firm.
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cover, dark green, good con-
dition $800 (863)635-2348
GO CART- Silver Fox 6.5HR 1
yr old, asking $1000
YAMAHA RAPTER- '04, 660R,
Excellent condition. $3300 or
best offer $24.
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AIRSTREAM TRAILER- 34',
'1985, Self contained, Good
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailemr 4066
CAMARO- '80, Auto, Runs,
Needs work, $1750.
(863)697-3258 or 634-6601
CHEVY CAVALIER- '97, 2002
Eng., Has new parts. Runs &
Looks good $1500.
CROWN VICTORIA- '89, Runs
good. Rebuilt trans. Decent
shape, $1500 or best offer.
CROWN VICTORIA- '95, V8,
Police interceptor model, low
mi, Cold A/C, Super charged
Fishing Barge Pontoon, '97,
21' Suntracker, Mere., 50hp,
very low hrs., Signature Ser.,
HONDA CIVIC 1993, 4 Door,
Loaded. Excellent condition.
Great on gas. Many new parts.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $3200 (863)447-0651
PLYMOUTH NEON '97 2
door, white, new tires, 91K mi,
5spd. Great on gas. $1200
(863)214-1286 after 5pm
CHEVY CAMARO Z28 1980,
Lots of extra's! Great restora-
tion project. $2000.
FORD F350 '87 6.9 diesel,
4spd, flatbed. Runs good.
$2500 or best offer
12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 22, 2005
FIBERGLASS TOPPER White,
fits Dodge Dakota truck,
good cond. $600
FIBERGLASS TOPPER- Leer,
for '97-'03 Ford F150, Step-
side, White, Exc. cond.
FORD THUNDERBIRD 1990,
Great for parts. $100.
TIRES- 4, 31 1050 15" LT,
50% tread. $150
MOTOR & TRANS. 350 From
Chevy Suburban 1990.
Everything runs good. $900
or will sep. (863)801-3233
TIRES(4)- 265/75R16 Truck
tires, $150 for all, in good
UTILITY BODY, For 3/4 or 1/2
Ton Truck, 8 Ft., No rust.
CHEVY 4x4- 72 & '85, no mo-
tors, $1000 863-6973895
ALUMINUM TOOL BOXES- 2,
For small truck, Good condi-
tion $120. will separate
CAMPER TOPPER- For small
bed P/U, Red. Excellent con-
dition. Orig. $1370. Asking
CHEVY 70 DUMP TRUCK, 85,
$8000 or best offer.
CHEVY DUALLY '84 Quad
cab, runs good $2200 or best
FLAT BED 9'- diamond plate,
headache bar, bumper, tow
bar, $800 or best offer
FORD F150, '85, crew cab,
351 Windsor engine, runs
FORD F150 '87- 4x4, single
cab, long bed, straight 6 cyl,
4 spd, $2500
FORD F250 XLT'01- 4x4,
diesel, manual, lots of extras,
GMC 2500 PICKUP, '94, 6.2
GMC JIMMY '88, Black. Wilma
took out rear side window.
Runs perfect. $600 or best of-
FJ40- '79, New canvas & drs,
needs finishing. New & refurb.
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$700 239-657-4348 Immok-
UTILITY TRAILER, 16X6, New
wheels & tires. Good condi-
tion. $1300 or best offer.
UTILITY TRAILER, 4X8, asking
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
The Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Workforce Develop-
ment Consortium announces a public
meeting to which all persons are invit-
Date &Time: Tuesday, November 29,
Place: One-Stop Career Center
900 Central Parkway
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-
Workforce Develonpert Board of the
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Boardwith 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-
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!
P u i I
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
FILE NO.: 2005-CP-247
IN RE: ESTATE OF
RUBY BENGE NEW A/K/A RUBY NEW
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of RUBY
BENGE NEW a/k/a RUBY NEW, de-
ceased, whose date of death was June
30, 2005, is pending in the Circuit
Court of OKEECHOBEE County, Flori-
da, Probate Division, the address of
which is Okeechobee County Court-
house, Probate Division, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth be-
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
jj;i ,' I d,., .,-,,i ,- .i ]i. 1 b horn a
T s ,,i in ,,.,I,: i i'", A' to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
-SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of first publication of this notice
is November 15th, 2005.
By: Robert J. Piegel
302 E.Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor
Delray Beach, Florida 33483
Attorney for Personal Representative:
CHESTER B. GRIFFIN, ESQ.
Attorney or ROBERT J. PIEFEL
Florida Bar No. 031836
Neill, Gr rney, Neill
& Marquis, Chartered
Post Office Box 1270
Fort Pierce, Florida 34954
Telephone: (772) 464-8200
97919 ON 11/15,22/05
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 9th day of December
2005 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make, Model
& Vn's as follows:
1997 Green Ford Contour
1982 Brown Ford F150
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
97800 ON 11/22/2005
NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF
COLLECTING NON-AD VOLOREM ASSESSMENTS
Okeechi .. i -iI i. im.- "County") hereby provides notice, pursuant to Sec-
tion .... ... .I autes, of its intent to use the uniform method of
collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the unincorpo-
rated area of the County, for the cost of providing any or all of the following ser-
vices: dramnaoe road improvements street liahtina canal cleaning and canal
maintenance enhanced or substitute solid waste collection and disposal com-
mencing for the fiscal year beginning on October 01, 2006. The County will con-
sider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting
such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public
heanng to be held on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 9:00 a.m., at the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the
boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of
resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property to the levy, are
on file at the Office of the County Clerk of Okeechobee Couty, Florida. All inter-
ested persons are invited to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect to
any matter relating to tie consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is
to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding
should contact Debbie Jenkins at (863) 763-2131 at least seven (7) days prior to
the date of the hearing.
Dated this 11th day of November, 2005.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
97789 ON 11/15,22,29;12/6/05
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Main Street to host holiday celebration
The Okeechobee Main Street will host a holiday celebration on Park
Street following the tree lighting ceremony in City Hall Park on Nov. 29.
The celebration will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. and will feature holiday
music, carolers, children's activities, arts and crafts and refreshments.
Grace Christian plans spaghetti dinner
Grace Christian School,701 S. Parrott Ave., will be having their
annual spaghetti lunch and dinner. The lunch will be served on Friday,
Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dinner orders of five or more can be
delivered. The dinner will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, along with a silent
auction and bake sale from 3 until 7 p.m. at the school. Dinners may
be picked up or eaten at the school All dinners are $5. To purchase a
ticket, call the Grace Christian School at (863) 763-3072.
Habitat for Humanity benefit planned
All Stars Restaurant, 3415 U.S. 441 S., will host a fundraiser for Habi-
tat for Humanity of Okeechobee on Friday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. until 1
p.m. The menu will be spaghetti with meat sauce and a garlic knot.
Call (863) 357-1371 before Dec. 1 to place your order or to request an
order form to be returned by fax. Orders can be delivered or picked up,
or just come by the restaurant on Dec 2 and ask for the Habitat
Church plans annual cookie sale
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will be
hosting its second annual holiday cookie sale at the church on Satur-
day, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until noon. All proceeds from the sale will be
used to rebuild church structures that were damaged by hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne. Ample parking is available in the back of the
Tree of Remembrance Service planned
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second
St., will host an open house and Tree of Remembrance Service on Sat-
urday, Dec 3, in their chapel. The open house will be from 6 until 7
p.m., with the Tree of Remembrance Service to follow at 7 p.m. Com-
plimentary angel ornaments will be placed on the tree in memory of a
loved one. Call (863) 763-2111 to RSVP by Nov. 30. There will be
refreshments and an evening of uplifting holiday music and candle-
OCC ride aids Big Lake Missions
To help Big Lake Missions Outreach in their 11th annual Christmas
drive for the underprivileged children and families in Okeechobee
County, Okeechobee Christian Cycles is having a 120-mile motorcycle
ride around Lake Okeechobee on Dec. 3. The club is asking business-
es, churches and individuals to sponsor each participating bike. For
information contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251 or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.
VFW Post hosting arts & crafts bazaar
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host an arts and crafts
bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Breakfast will be
served until 10 a.m. and will consist of sausage gravy and biscuits.
Tables are available for $10 each. For information, call Shirley Jarrell at
Eastern Star plans fashion show
The Okeechobee Order of the Eastern Star #128 will hold their
ninth annual Holiday Fashion Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning 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 auction, door prizes and
food for a suggested donation of $8 per person. Seating is limited. For
tickets contact Mary Ann Holt (863) 763-5210, Patsy Black (863) 467-
7068 or Margaret Smith (863) 467-8020.
BHR church holding early services
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will begin early Sunday morn-
ing service starting on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school will
begin at 9:45 a.m., with the regular worship service starting at 11 a.m.
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BHR church choir plans presentations
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church choir will present "The Hang-
ing of the Greens' on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. That presentation will
be followed by a Happy Birthday, Jesus part in the fellowship hall. The
event is open to the public.
Kid's fishing tourney rescheduled
The 2005 Okeechobee Kid's Day Fishing Festival has been resched-
uled for Sunday, Dec. 4, at the back boat ramp at the Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A Bassmaster Cast-
ing 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.
VFW #9528 plans ham dinner
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W, will hold their
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.
Church hosts Christmas concert
The First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., will present a Christ-
mas concert featuring the keyboard artistry of Lorne Matthews on
Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.
BHR homeowners association to meet
The November and December meeting of the Buckhead Ridge
Homeowners Association will be held Thursday, Dec. 8. A pot-luck
dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7:30
Santa to be in Park #4
Santa Claus will be in Flagler Park #4 on Dec. 10 following the
Lighted Christmas Parade. He will also be there on Dec. 16, 17, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23 and 24 from 6 until 8 p.m. His visits are sponsored by the
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.
Christmas festival is planned
The annual Christmas festival sponsored by the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Chamber of Commercewill be held Dec. 10 in Flagler Park. Vendor
applications are available at the Chamber office, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For
information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.
Christmas parade will be Dec. 10
This year's Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Lighted
Christmas parade will be held in downtown Okeechobee on Dec. 10,
beginning at dusk. Applications are available at the Chamber office, 55
S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.
Sacred Heart Church hosting festival
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will celebrate the
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11. The outdoor pro-
cession will be held in the parking lot prior to the 12:45 p.m. mass.
There will be a special festival beginning at 2 p.m. with ethnic food,
entertainment and games for children. Parking and admission are free.
The event is open to the public. For information, call the parish office
at (863) 763-3727.
Church hosting Christmas play
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will host the
musical/drama entitled "A Smokey Mountain Christmas Change of
Heart". The play will be presented Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. and on
Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Food will be served following the Sun-
day night performance for a donation of $6. For information, call the
church at (863) 763-4127.
ad Litem toy drive under way
The Guardian ad Litem Program is collecting new unwrapped gifts
for children ages birth through 18. The local drop-off box is located in
the new Okeechobee Judicial Center, 312 N.W Third St. Boxes will be
picked up Dec. 15. For information, call (772) 785-5804.
Grace Christian presenting holiday play
The Grace Christian School Drama Production Program will be pre-
senting the play "A Holiday Carol" on Thursday, Dec. 15. The first per-
formance will be at 8 a.m., and the evening performance will begin at
7 p.m. Both performances are free, and will be held in the Grace Chris-
tian School Chapel. The cast will be made up of students from the third
through 12th grades.
Alumni soccer game slated
An alumni soccer game and barbeque chicken dinner in honor of
former Okeechobee High School soccer player Yolanda Torres will be
held Dec. 17 at Brahmans Stadium on the OHS campus. All OHS soc-
cer alumni are invited to take on the Lady Brahmans in a game. Dinner
tickets will be $5, with all proceeds going to the Yolanda Torres memo-
rial scholarship fund and the OHS girls soccer team. Please RSVP by
Dec. 1 to Kristen Raulerson at (863) 467-4828.
Lighted Boat Parade is planned
The annual lighted boat parade sponsored by the Okeechobee
Yacht Club will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 6 p.m. in Taylor
Creek behind Burger King. The parade will continue down Taylor
Creek and turn left at Lock 7, then continue to the VFW and Butch's
Fish Camp. This year Butch's Redneck Yacht Club will join in the
parade. Anyone interested in joining the parade should call Bette
Moldenhauer at (863) 467-4782; or, Terry Burroughs at (863) 697-
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