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Okeechobee News


Vol. 96 No. 347


Briefs
Holiday decorations
If your home is decorated
for the holiday season why
not let everyone in the com-
munity enjoy it?
Simply call us at (863) 763-
3134 and ask for Dee or Eric,
then give us your address and
we'll publish it so that every-
one can drive by and see your
display.
Homes decorated for the
holidays can be seen at:
313 S.W 67th Drive
1475 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf& C.C.
4 Hunter Road in Buck-
head Ridge
2350 S.E. 20th Drive in
Taylor Creek Isles ,
4055 S.E. 24th Rd. in
Vantage Oak Trailer Park
1065 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf& C.C.
312 S.E. 8th Dr.
310 S.E. 8th Dr.
2933 S.E. 35th Ave.
2228 S.E. 38th Trail in
Taylor Creek Isles
211 24th St. in Buckhead
Ridge

Inside
Siblings win
casting competition
The Okeechobee Kid's
Day Fishing Festival was held
on Dec. 4, at Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina.
Taylor Creek Bass Club, with
the support of many local
sponsors, conducted a Bass-
master Casting Kid's competi-
tion at the event. This event
was open to girls and boys in
two age groups, 7-10 and 11-
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Following instructions
given by members of Taylor
Creek Bass Club and a prac-
tice period, each participant
tested his/her flipping, pitch-
ing and casting skills.
Ryan Mellette won the 11-
14 age group competition
with a score of 120 out of a
possible 150.
Brittari Mellette finished
the first round competition
for the 7-10 age group in a
three-way tie with Coltin
Blackwell and Katie Dagne.
After a heated, sudden-death,
cast-off Brittan sailed her lure
across the 30-foot range hit-
ting the target for a 40 point
win.
Sports, Page 7

Drought Index
Current: 213
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.33 feet

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

Index
Classifieds .. ..9-11
Comics ............8
Community Events .. .4
Crossword ..........9
Obituaries . ... .. .3
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out .. ... ...4
Sports .. ............7
TV . . . .10
Weather . . .2
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Christmas celebration:Parade lights up downtown


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Clowns from Redemption Ministries enjoyed the.Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Okeechobee on Saturday,
Dec. 10. The parade followed the regular parade route, from the U-Save Supermarket, north on Parrott Avenue and then
west on State Road 70 to the end of the Flagler Park.


The streets of downtown Okeechobee were a colorful
spectacular Saturday, Dec. 10, as dozens of lighted floats
participated in the Lighted Christmas Parade.


The Peace Lutheran Preschool float in the Lighted Christ-
mas Parade in downtown Okeechobee on Dec. 10, fea-
tured a host of angels.


OUA will

consider

agreements
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As evidence of the housing
boom in Okeechobee, the board of
directors of Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) will consider, at
this morning's board meeting,
approval of two more developer's
agreements for new housing devel-
opments. They are also scheduled
to consider a study of demand for
wastewater treatment capacity and
receive an update on hurricane
damage to OUA facilities.
Jeff Larson of Kirkpatrick Pettis,
OUA's financial advisor, will be
requesting authorization to distrib-
ute requests for plant capacity
(RFPC). Upon review of the RFPC
response, Kirkpatrick Pettis will pro-
vide a summary of substantiated
wastewater treatment plant
demand. Based on this level of
See OUA-Page 2



Code board

scheduled to

meet tonight
By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Code
Enforcement Board will consider
action on four properties at
tonight's meeting at 7 p.m. at City
Hall.
Board members will discuss
property belonging to Jerry Kemp
at 800 S.W Second Ave. for gener-
al cleaning and beautification.
The. board will consider two
properties belonging to Joe L.
Lawson, one at 913 N.W. 10th St.,
for disabled vehicles and general
cleaning, and the other in the 700
block of Northeast Third Street for
general cleaning.
Betty J. Thompson's property
at 201 N.E. 11th St. will be dis-
cussed for disabled vehicles, and
.general cleaning.
Shannon Martin's request for a
reduction of a $2,125 fine for gen-
eral cleaning and beautification
will be considered, since the
property is now in compliance.


Duck hunters 'bagged'

by wildlife officers


LAKE OKEECHOBEE -
Florida Fish and Wildlife
(FWC) Conservation Commis-
sion officers cited 22 hunters
for illegally taking waterfowl
over the weekend during a spe-
cial enforcement detail on Lake
Okeechobee.
In addition to those arrests,
which were mostly for misde-
meanor waterfowl violations,
FWC officers issued 30 warn-
ings during the opening week-
end of the second phase of
waterfowl season. Other
arrests are pending.
During the two-day opera-
tion, officers checked 438
hunters and 193 vessels. Those
arrested live in West Palm
Beach, Jupiter, Fort Pierce, Fort


Lauderdale, Fort Myers and
Sarasota. Most were released
with notices to appear in court.
FWC officials are planning
similar details during the sea-
son, which closes Jan. 29.
Duck hunting regulations
are somewhat complex. The
daily bag limit on ducks is six,
but there are different daily lim-
its for each species. For
instance, within that six-bird
limit there can only be one
black duck, one mottled duck,
one fulvous whistling-duck,
one pintail and one canvasback
(but only during canvasback
season). Only two of the six
can be redheads, wood ducks
See Hunters Page 2


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Playing in the snow
Kids romped-in the truckload of snow brought to Eddie Accardi Dodge this past Saturday
as part of the dealership's holiday celebration. This was the first time many local children
had ever seen snow.


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Old holiday
photos sought
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee News is seeking photos of
local Christmas celebrations from
1980 or earlier (25 years ago or
older) for use in the Looking Back
feature of this newspaper during
the month of December.
Bring old holiday photos to the
Okeechobee News office at 107
S.W. 17th Street in Okeechobee
during regular office hours, Mon-
day through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. and we will copy the photos
while you wait. Or, e-mail photos
as jpg attachments to okee-
news@newszap.com.
Please include as much infor-
mation as you can about when and
where the photo was taken and
who is in the photo.
Photos may be of community or
family celebrations in the Okee-
chobee area.
Property taxes
now being collected
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County real and person-
al property roll has been certified
by the Okeechobee County
Property 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: 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.
Young artists
to be selected
OKEECHOBEE Local
young artists between the ages
of 10-19 are needed as appren-
tices to paint Okeechobee Main
Street's first mural project.
This competition is dedicated
to promote the involvement of
young Okeechobee artists in
visual arts, as well as learning
and participating in the process
of painting a large mural under
the direction of professional
artists.
Young artists chosen will be
taking part in a historical event.
The selection process will be
based on sample works submit-
ted through a juried process.
Competition is now open and will
end on Jan. 6, 2006. An entry and
artists' consent form is required.
For information, contact Brid-
gett Waldau, mural and. visual
arts chairperson, at (863) 467-
7300; or stop by the Okeechobee
Main Street's office at 111 N.E.
Second St. for an entry form,
consent form, rules and art sub-
mission format. Information is
also online at www.mainstreeto
keechobee.com.

Foley's aide
here on Dec. 15
OKEECHOBEE Ann Deck-
er, aide to U.S. Representative
Mark Foley (R), 16th Congres-
sional district, will hold office
hours in Okeechobee County on
Thursday, Dec. 15, in room 106
of the at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W Second
St., from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m.
Ms. Decker can also be
reached during these hours by
calling (863) 763-6441.
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 appoint-
ment only. To make an appoint-
ment 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.


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demand, recommendations will be
made as to estimates of capacity
charges to be received upfront and
projections of capacity charges to
be received in installment pay-
ments.
The board is expected to consid-
er a developer's agreement with
New Okeechobee, LLC to provide
water and sewer capacity for the
proposed 300 apartment develop-
ment on S.W. 16th Avenue.
The second developer's agree-
ment on the agenda is for a low-
income apartment complex on
U.S. 441 S.E.
The board will also be present-
ed with an itemized list of damages
done to OUA facilities by Hurricane
Wilma. The insurance company
adjuster will inspect OUA facilities
on Dec. 15 and there have also
been discussion with the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). Representatives of that
organization have stated that OUA
has to file insurance claims and
have a statement of loss before
FEMA will reimburse OUA for any
damage.
In other action, the board is
scheduled to:
review the financial report for
the period ending Nov. 30;
appoint a trustee to the Gener-
al Pension Board;
consider a proposal from the
engineering firm of Metzger &
Willard, Inc. to prepare and submit
the required annual Agricultural
Use Plan for the Cemetery Road
WastevaterTealtrent Facility; and,
consider an engineering serv-
ices agreement in connection with
the financial assistance application
submitted to Rural Utility Services
for expansion of the wastewater
treatment plant.


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Community Events


Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Voluntary
Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in Florida
and be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the 2005-06 school year. Par-
ents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflorida.org; or,
they can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy
of the registration.

County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at the
Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests,
peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and
abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. If you would like more information on this or set an
appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will
be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the internet.
For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee
County Library at (863) 763-3536.

Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced
that with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School,
which were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children were
helped. The families faced a great deal of destruction during the hurri-
canes. Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys because
the roofs of their homes were tom off by the heavy winds. The council
also received funds from an anonymous donor and Seminole Elemen-
Stary School donated a check that they received from children in Min-
nesota. The additional monies granted several families assistance after
the original funds were depleted. Thanks to all the assistance from the
children and families of Okeechobee. Other families who still request-
ed assistance were referred to the Red Cross.


School readiness programs offered
Please call (866) 273-6340 to begin the eligibility process in receiving
reduced fee childcare/preschool, including school-based and Head Start.
You may also get information at this number regarding just what early
learning programs are available in Okeechobee County. Many children
are currently being enrolled in school readiness programs.

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth
and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are current-
ly taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Free parenting classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes for parents of young children are held
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott
Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8 months infants, 8 to
18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos, 3 year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn" baby bucks to purchase
items for their baby at the Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare is not pro-
vided. However, infants in carriers are welcome. For details call (863)
763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.

Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-, 4- and 5-
year-old children are available from the Okeechobee County School
Readiness Coalition by calling (863) 462-5792. Or, you may download
them directly from the web atwww.schoolreadiness.org.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation, Brighton, Adults
basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m..;
Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon;
El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from
6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
English as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.


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or scaup, and hunters may only
~ take four scoters or mallards (of
W 9 which only two can be female).
All other species of ducks may
be taken up to the six-bird limit,
except harlequin ducks. The tak-
ing or attempting to take harle-
quins is illegal. The daily limit on
coots is 15, and there is a five-
bird limit on mergansers, only
one of which may be hooded.


Anyone hunting on a wildlife
management area (WMA) must
also have a WMA permit. Duck
hunters also must have a Florida
waterfowl permit and a federal
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Tropical Anthuriums: an alternative for holiday color


A common complaint given
for folks not wanting to buy tradi-
tional holiday plants like poinset-
tia is that they look good for the
holidays, but they go bad soon
afterwards. Over the past few
years, UF horticultural
researchers and the nursery
industry have been developing a
new colorful plant suitable for
holiday giving and seasonal col-
ors.
Anthurium. have the additional
good points that they will last well
into the new year, and they are an
affordable way to add a new trop-
ical Florida look to traditional holi-
day greenery. Today's column
will tempt you with news about
this "Flamingo Flower", and sug-
gest how to select and care for
this up and coming Holiday gift.
There are between 800 and
1000 known species of Anthuri-
ums, which are native to the tropi-
cal Americas, from Mexico, Costa
Rica, and Cuba to Brazil and
Argentina. Different species have


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different growth habits; some
climb up trees, others are firmly
planted in soil, and there are still
more that are airplants.
The common names of Tail-
flower, Cockscomb, Flamingo
Flower, Hawaiian Love Plant, and
Tongue of Fire all attest to the
beauty of most Anthurium
species.
Anthuriums have shiny dark
green, oblong, heart-shaped
leaves. However, it is their colorful
and long-lasting flowers consist-
ing of brightly colored "leaves" or
spathes, and contrasting or com-
plementary bumpy flower-stalks,
know as spadices. These showy
plastic-looking flowers come in
many shades, including red, rose,
pink, and white. The protruding


tail-like flower can be white, yel-
low and sometimes pink.
Not only are the blooms cut
and included in floral arrange-
ments, they are now commonly
available as flowering house-
plants that will rival many other
holiday plants for color, texture
and ease of care. Anthurium can
flower year round; poinsettia
flowers are only a seasonal visitor.
Lots of breeding research with
this plant has resulted in many
new anthurium cultivars, bringing
consumers a whole new world of
colors, sizes, shapes textures.
Other research has improved the
methods to grow these plants in
Florida and Hawaii tissue culture
labs and greenhouses. UF/IFAS
research and nursery innovation
now make our state the number-
one producer of this potted plant
in the world today.
Among new cultivars are
plants adapted to growing in
small containers. Repotting may
actually discourage the produc-


tion of flowers, as that these
plants will do well in a root bound
confined condition. I recently pur-
chased a "Volcano Plant, grown
in Hawaii, that is growing on a
piece of volcanic rock; the root
ball is no bigger than 2 inches in
diameter. (For those interested, I
have placed a webpage on-line
that shows the diversity of colors,
sizes and textures of these tropi-
cal beauties.)
According to former UF Exten-
sion Specialist Dr. Rick Schoell-
horn, three myths have discour-
aged consumers from choosing
Anthuriums as houseplants:
These are (NOT) low-light
plants. Research has shown that
one reason why these plants stop
blooming is a lack of light. Bright,
indirect. light (80 to 90 percent
shade) is the right amount of light
in Florida. It is necessary to keep
them away from direct sunlight,
which will burn the leaves.
Anthuriums (DON'T) need lots
of water. In fact, it is best to let


Anthuriums dry out between
waterings. This will cut down on
root-rot disease and gives the
roots a chance to breathe. Once
dry, don't forget to water these
tropical beauties, as they are not
drought tolerant, and the leaf tips
will scorch if left dry. Misting with
water is also recommended to
dislodge dust and temporarily
increase relative humidity.
Anthuriums (DON'T) need lots
of fertilizer. Actually, a lot of prob-
lems can occur when too much
fertilizer given to these plants.
Over-fertilization, especially with
nitrogen, leads to leaf burn and
may discourage flowering. Use a
soluble fertilizer with a 1-2-1 ratio,
and occasionally ,flush the root
ball with water to remove fertiliz-
er salt buildup.
Finally, since they are tropicals,
keep them in pots so they can be
moved inside when temperatures
soar above 90 degrees F or drop
below 70 degrees F. Avoid placing
them near drafts and excessive'


heat or cold, especially from tele-
visions, refrigerators, and similar
appliances. Follow these care
instructions and few pest issues
will occur.
Some small words of caution:
there is the potential for irritation
of the mouth and digestive symp-
toms if large quantities of the
plants are eaten. Sensitive per-
sons may receive minor, short
term irritation of the skin and eyes
if they come in contact with the
sap. Place Anthuriums in the
home out of reach of kids and
pets to avoid these issues.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on Anthuriums, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at 863-763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop' by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee County
Master -Gardeners on Tuesday
afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m.


Community Events


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 mem-
ber, 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
Defibrillation; 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 wouwould like to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Can-
dace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling
(863) 763-2488.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church.
The 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.

County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at the
Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.


My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to
three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through
Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking for a vol-.
unteer to become the director and a board member of The Clothes Clos-
et. The volunteer should communicate well with the public and should
be able to seek support from city and county officials, business execu-
tives and other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible. Call
(863) 634-2306 for information.

Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-', 4- and 5-
year-old children are available from the Okeechobee County School
Readiness Coalition by calling (863) 462-5792. Or, you may download
them directly from theweb atwww.schoolreadiness.org.

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of historical Okee-
chobee 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 Okeechobee" which sells for $4.


Literacy Guild sponsors poem contest


Okeechobee The Talent Lit-
erary Guild is sponsoring an ama-
teur poetry contest, free to every-
one. There are 50 prizes in all,
including a $1,000 grand prize.
"We are delighted to sponsor
this contest," says Thomas Grey,
Poetry-Director. "Poets deserve
opportunities to share.their,work


and get recognition. We hope
our contest will encourage
new poets to share their artistry."
To enter send one entry of 20
lines or less to: Free Poetry Con-
test, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd., PMB 4,
Ashland, OR 97520,or go to
www.freecontest.com via the
internet,


Poems may be written on any
subject, using any style. The dead-
line for entering is Jan 22, 2006.

The Editors reserve the right to
publish the winning poems in a
pamphlet and send it free to all
entrants, along with a winner's
list.


Obituaries


Paul Dalton Bryant
Paul Dalton Bryant, age 68, of
Ocala, died Saturday, Dec. 10,
2005, in Volusia County. Mr.
Bryant was born in Zephyrhills
and was of the Baptist faith. He
was a member of the Marion
Dunn Masonic Lodge, York Rite,
Scottish Rite, Ocala Shrine Club
and Ocala Elks Club. Mr. Bryant
enjoyed hunting, was a horse-
man, outdoorsman and a family
mar\. He also served in the Unit-
ed States Army.
Mr. Bryant is survived by: his
wife of 45 years, Tobie W Bryant
of Ocala; daughter, Tobitha B.
(Tony) Yeomans of .Ocala; son,
Paul Dalton (Jacqueline) Bryant,
Jr., DVM of Okeechobee; two sis-
ters, Audrey Hooker of Ocala
and Marjorie Garner of Daytona;
one brother, Ray Bryant of
Umatilla; and, one grandson,
James Bryant Yeomans of Okee-
cliobee.
Visitation will be on Wednes-


day, Dec. 14, from 5 until 7 p.m.,
at Hiers Funeral.Home at 910
S.E. Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala
with graveside services to be
held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 11
a.m., at Highland Memorial Park,
1515 N.E. Third Street. Rev.
-Phillip Hanes will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family
of Mr. Bryant request that dona-
tions be made in his memory to
the Shriner's Children's Hospital,
c/o Ocala Shrine Club.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Hiers
Funeral Home, 910 S.E. Silver
Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 629-
7171.

Wilson Gregory
"Wally" Cox
Wilson Gregory "Wally" Cox,
age 81, died Saturday, Dec. 10,
2005, at his residence in Okee-
chobee. Mr. Cox was born May
18, 1924, in Bellefountaine, Ohio


and was a resident of Okee-
chobee for 15 years. He was a
lifetime member of the VFW and
the American Legion Post 64. He
also served in the U.S. Army. Mr.
Cox retired from Dinner Bell
Food of Troy, Ohio after 30 years
of service.
He is survived by: two sons,
David (Jeanette) Cox of Satellite
Beach, John Cox of Piqua, Ohio;
one daughter, Nancy Cox Turner
of Black Mountain, N.C.; seven
grandchildren; and, nineteen
great-grandchildren. In addition,
he is survived by his companion,
Ruth Charest of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be froif noon
until 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 13,
at Buxton Funeral Home,. 110
N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.
Services will follow at 2 p.m..
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


Author brings book to life
Author Melissa Forney (seated) made a personal visit to Seminole Elementary School on
Thursday, Dec. 8, and brought to life the book she wrote titled "Oonawassee Summer."
Throughout the day, she met with students in each elementary grade and discussed the
book, which was published in 2000 by Barker Creek Publications. Pictured are third
graders. The book is a fictional tale about two kids visiting their grandmother who lives
in a Florida swamp. The students had already read the book and did projects for several
weeks around the theme, including story writing, making paper alligator hats, and eating
such delicacies as swamp cabbage to give them a flavor of the territory.


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Blue Roof Christmas
North Elementary School wishes everyone a Merry Christ-
mas in spite of all the blue roofs. That was the message of
their Christmas card in Flagler Park.




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GREAT PARADE: I just want to say that the Christmas Parade was fan-
tastic! It was a great showing, with the exception of the cars and bikes that
were hopping and jumping, burning out and flying the Mexican flag. They
were playing boom music, but not a single Christmas song with not a sin-
gle Christmas light! You tell me how that is a Christmas parade? I don't
understand it. It had nothing to do with celebrating Christmas. Next year,
if you want to be in the Christmas parade, you need to have lights, play
Christmas music and have a Christmas theme. That's should be a require-
ment. Let's celebrate our reason for the season.

ANGELS: I was so happy to see the Christmas parade on Saturday, espe-
cially all the little angels on so many of the floats. The children were just
beautiful. Children show us the real meaning of the Christmas season.

PARADE LIGHTS: Okeechobee's lighted Christmas parade was for the
most part wonderful. There was only one entry- a long group of cars and
bikes that apparently didn't get the message that it was a lighted parade
so you were supposed to have holiday lights on your entry: The horses
even had holiday lights. Overall it was a great parade and I enjoyed it very
much. Maybe the Chamber could send a letter to explain to that one
group that to be in the parade next year, they need some holiday lights
and decorations on their vehicles.

NOT A PLEASANT SIGHT: I am from Buckhead Ridge and as an ani-
mal lover, it bothers me to know end that on 78E, a dead cow has been
lying in the pasture for a week. Is there anything that can be done? Bury
the poor thing. It just makes me sick to death that this can happen!

SNOW BIRDS: It's time that someone stood up for us snowbirds. It's
clear that some people don't want us here. We own our homes here just
like you do. Some of us pay high rent for a place for our motor homes.
Someone said that the prices are higher when we are here. We pay the
same prices. Ninety five percent of the businesses here in town treat us
very rudely and they act like they don't need our money. The fact
remains that many of the stores here could not survive without our
money and there would not be the big 'discount store' here without our
money. The nail salons, doctors, hardware stores, grocery stores, banks,
jewelry stores, here need our money. Where would you work if we did
not patronize these businesses? We bring a lot of money into Okee-
chobee. I have a new car and enough money to shop anywhere I wish
to shop. I could go to Jensen Beach, Stuart or anywhere else for that
matter but I like Okeechobee. I just want to be treated fairly here when I
go into a store or business.

RABBITS: Does anybody know if anyone has any domestic rabbits for
sale in Okeechobee?

REUNION: I am calling in response to the person who was asking
about the '97 reunion. They can call Josh. Harvey. He was the class presi-
dent for that year. I don't have his number but he is local and you can con-
tact him for information on the reunion.

TAX MONEY: This is another taxpayer who is upset about the count
paying $11,000 for a pedestal. That's crazy! Also, something needs to be
done about the building department..That area needs some attention.

SICK KIDS: I agree that if your kids are sick, they should stay home
from school and you shouldn't take them to work. But it's not realistic to
think you can just keep them home away from everyone until they are no
longer contagious. My husband works 72 hour&a week-and we have no
family in the area, so when I need to do the grocery shopping or go out for
any other necessities, the kids, sick or not, have to go with me.


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Community Events


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 pm. There will be a live nativity pag-
eant, live animals, booths and gifts for children. Santa will also be
there. For information, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.

Church to host Christmas cantata
The Peace. Lutheran Church, 720 N.W. 23rd Lane, will hold
their Christmas cahtata on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The
choir, under the direction of Dorcas Hirst, will present "A Great
and Mighty Wonder". This celebration of the Messiah's birth was
written by Tom Fettke. For information, call (863) 763-5042.





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Looking back ...
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Upcoming Events


Tuesday
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Per-
era (863) 467-6808.
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, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Every-
one is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
2321. '
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and the public 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 infor-'
mation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m.
-at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall at 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,
schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For
information, call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-1191.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who
are either directly or indirectly affected by'domestic violence, other
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department
auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at
(863) 763-0202. The other support group is held on each Thursday at
6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For
information, call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N.: For information call Mar-
garet 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. atthe 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 inter-
ested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There
is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information 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 fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
,at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at
(863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
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 Gra-
ham 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 care-
givers, and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okee-
chobee, 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 mem-
ber is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411
S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For infor-
mation, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at
(863) 467-9461.


Hospice Country Store still open
The Country Store will remain open until Thursday Dec. 29. Gift
items can be purchased from 8 a.m. until noon, Monday to Friday.
Eastern Star plans breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128 of the Order of the Eastern Star will
host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 8 until 11
a.m. for a donation of $5. The menu will include scrambled eggs,
bacon, sausage, ham, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, grits,
potato casserole, fruit, coffee and orange juice For information,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087.
Church hosting Christmas cantata
The Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, choir will pres-
ent their Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m. The
program, "He's Still the King of Kings", was written by Mosie Lister
and is a musical worshipping the Christ of Christmas. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-6626.


Community Events


OHS teams selling discount cards
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are selling
their annual discount cards for $10 each. The card offers continu-
ous discounts to 18 various businesses throughout the year. If you
would like to purchase your discount card, contact coach Enrico or
coach Pung at (863) 462-5043.
Habitat 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. Construction experience is appreciated but not required.
Work days are Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Vol-
unteers are also needed to work on the following committees: pub-
lic relations, fundraising, legal advice, family support and volunteer
coordination. An experienced bookkeeper is also needed. Call
(863) 357-1371 for information.
Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American
Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at
any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park
St. Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane
Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a Red
Cross receipt.
Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced
due to Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may
contact the County Veterans Service officer for benefits assistance
at (863) 763-8124. The County Veterans Service Office is located at
462 U.S. 98 N. in the County Administration Annex. The office is
open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from
.8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday
from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.;
and, Sundays from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 763-2171.
DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest.
The contest is open to public, private and parochial schools and
those who are home schooled and will start on the first day of
school. The essays have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's sub-
ject for grades five through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a,
Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Ben-
jamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to the New World and the
Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astro-
nauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine through 12. American
Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History Medals will be
presented to the contestants. The winner from each school will
receive a monetary award. For information, call (863) 763-2492.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for
participants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call
(863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at
4134 U.S. 441 N.
Farmer's Market resumes normal hours
The Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday, in Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN;. (863) 763-2225; or,,
(863) 697-3110.

Church holding youth services
The North of Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W 30th Ter-
race, will hold youth services every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.
There will be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1066.
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
presenting the play "A Holiday Carol" on Thursday, Dec. 15. The first
performance 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 Christian School Chapel. The cast will be made up of stu-
dents from the third through 12th grades.
CIS/PAL hosting skate contest

Communities In Schools (CIS) and the Police Athletic league of
Okeechobee will host a skate contest at the Okeechobee Skate
Park on Dec. 17 beginning at noon. This event is sponsored by
Maximum Tanning. There will be trophies and prizes for the dif-
ferent age groups. .Contestants can register at Maximum Tanning
or at the skate park for $15 prior to event, or $20 on the day of
event. Entries will be accepted until 11 a.m. For information, call
CIS/PAL at (863) 462-5863.

Live nativity presented by church
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will present an out-
door drive through live nativity on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 7 until
8:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-1699.

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 soccer 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 memorial scholarship fund and the OHS girls soccer
team. Please RSVP by Dec. 1 to Kristen Raulerson at (863) 467-4828.

Elks will host Law and Order awards
The Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2558, S.R. 70 E., will hold it annu-
al Law and Order Awards Night on Dec. 17. Social hour will start at
6 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per per-
son and are available at the Elk's Lodge, the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, the Okeechobee City Police Department and the
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Department. For information, call
Tom Elmore at (863) 763-7370 or (863) 801-3142.


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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Okeechobee Community Enjoys Annual Lighted Christmas Parade


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Here comes Santa Claus
Santa Claus arrived on the Boy Scout float in the Okeechobee Lighted Christmas Parade,
Dec. 10 in downtown.Okeechobee. Boy Scout Pack, 64's float honored the United States
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Lady Brahman


S.b. hooters battle to tie


The Lady Brahman soccer
team played host to the girls of
Forest Hill High School Friday
evening at Brahman.Stadium. In a
game that got more physical as
time went on, it ended in a nil to
nil (0/0) game.
Okeechobee out shot Forest
Hill 21 to 11, with four saves
apiece for Lady Brahman keep-
ers, Kayla Jeffers and Jessaka Cot-
ton.
Forest Hill's keeper Suyai Perez


had four saves.

The Lady Brahmans began a
four game road trip at Suncoast
High School on Dec. 12; will then
move on to Sebring on Dec. 16;
followed by a trip to Fort Pierce
Central on Jan. 4, 2006, before
making their way to Sebastian
River on Jan. 5, 2006. They will
return to Brahman Stadium to
meet Sebring on Jan. 9, 2006. The
match will begin at 7 p.m.


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Special to Okeechobee News/Chan Garrett
Paul Hunt won first place in the 4-6 age group at the recent
Okeechobee Kid's Day Fishing Festival held at Okee-Tantie'
Campground and Marina.


Gina Hewitt (left) finished in first place in the 7-10 age group
at Taylor Creek Bass Club's 20th annual Okeechobee Kid's
Day Fishing Festival. Kayla Smith (center) took second place
honors. Brennan Duffy (right) captured third place. Each took
home a trophy and a rod and reel combination.


Hunt, Hewitt and Morriston win fishing contest


The Okeechobee Kid's Day
Fishing Festival was held on Dec.
4, at the back ramp pond of
Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina. Taylor Creek Bass Club,
with the support of many local
sponsors, conducted the fishing
contest. This event was open tro
girls and boys in three ag-
groups; 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14.
Each of the nearly 100 con-
testants was given a fully rigged
cane pole and a containeI of
worms. They then selected a
spot around the pond to try their
luck at catching the biggest and
the most fish in their age group
Paul Hunt ran away with ntie
4-6 age group competition. He
won first place and had the big
fish in his division.
Gina Hewitt won first place
and the big fish award in the 7-10
age group with a total catch
weighing 3.8 lbs. Kayla Smith
and Brennan Duffy were close
behind and took second and
third places respectively.
Andrew Morriston won first
place and the big fish award in
the .11-14 age group. Desiri Vil-
larreal and Ashley Marshall fin-
ished a close second and third
respectively.
These anglers each took
home trophies and a rod. and
reel combination for their
efforts. '
The weather was beautiful for
the anglers, but the previous two
cold nights chilled the water and
made post-front weather fishing
tough. However, skill and a bit of
luck caused some nice fish to be
caught. Everyone had a great
time fishing and devouring free
hot dogs and cold drinks.


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The winners of the 11-14 age group at the Kid's Day Fishing Festival held recently at Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina were Andrew Morriston (left), Ashley Marshall (center) and
Desiri Villarreal (right).


Taylor Creek Bass club has 20 years. It is usually held the last
organized this event as part of Sunday in October, but due to
their civic activities for the past hurricane Wilma the event had


to be re-scheduled. Plans are
alreadyunder way for a bigger
and better event in 2006.


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Watching the tourney
Four year-old Prescilla Hunt (right) and four month-old
Brad Harris enjoy the weather at the Taylor Creek Bass
Club's Kids' Day fishing tournament held at the back pond
of Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. Prescilla is the
daughter of Tusha Jacobson and Paul Hunt; Brad is the
son of Brad Harris, Sr. and Rina Harris.


OG & CC weekly results


PI.G.S. League
Dec. 6: First place-Ida Curtis.
Second place-Joe Albrechta. Last
place-Kenny Curran. Closest to
pin-(2) Ida Curtis, (8) Karen
Syjud, (11) Kenny Curran and
(17) Ben Burdeshaw. '
Eighty-three year old Don
Heath shot a 77, which is six shots
under his age.
Dec. 7: First place-Russ
Adams, Sr. Second place-Terry


Mastaler. Last place-Don Gray.
Closest to pin-(2) Terry Mastaler,
(8) Terry Mastaler, (11) Jack Forde
and (17) Kenny Curran.
Dec. 9: First place-Kenny Cur-
ran. Second place-Sunni Adams.
Last place-Vinnie Malone. Closest
to pin-(2) Ken Burnett, (8) Terry
Millette, (11) Ken Burnette and
(17) Earnie Whaley.
Ken Burnett had a hole-in-one
with an eight iron.


Sports Briefs


Basketball sign-ups
- are now under way
Sign ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
Youth Basketball League will be
held Monday through Friday,
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., begin-
ning Monday, Dec. 12 through
Friday, Jan. 6, 2006. Registration
is $25 per child and is being con-
ducted at 304 N.W. Second St.,
Room 102.


Parents will need to present a
copy of the participant's Birth
Certificate at the time of registra-
tion. Participant's age as of
March 15, 2006 determines age
group. The league will consist of
three age groups: 14 and under,
12 and under and 10 and under.
Games are played locally and
are tentatively scheduled to


begin, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006.
Sponsors, coaches and volun-
teers are needed. Please call
(863) 763-6950 for additional
information if necessary.

Men's softball
games scheduled
Okeechobee Parks and
Recreation has announced that
their men's adult softball league
games will be played at the adult
softball field across from Year-
ling 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 divi-
sion teams will play on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.
There have been no games
scheduled for a ladies' softball
league due to lack of teams.


Siblings win casting competition


The Okeechobee Kid's Day
Fishing Festival was held on Dec.
4, at Okee-Tantie. Campground
and Marina. Taylor Creek Bass
Club, with the support of many
local sponsors, conducted a
Bassmaster Casting Kid's com-
petition at the event. This event
was open to girls and boys in
two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14.
Following instructions given
by members of Taylor Creek
Bass Club and a practice period,
each participant tested his/her
flipping, pitching and casting.
skills.
Ryan Mellette won the 11-14
age group competition with a
score of 120 out. of a possible
150.
Brittani Mellette finished the
first round competition for the 7-
10 age group in a three-way tie
With Coltin Blackwell and Katie
Dagne. After a heated, sudden-
death, cast-off Brittan sailed her
lurd across the 30-foot range hit-
ting the target for a 40 point win.
For their efforts, Ryan and
Brittani received first place
medals, a Bassmaster rod, reel
and a practice target.
Both will advance to the Flori-
da state competition in October,
2006 at the Orlando Bass Pro
SShop. State winners advance to
the semi-finals and potentially
the National Bassmaster Casting
Kid's Championship for a share
of over $20,000 in scholarships.
Taylor Creek Bass Club has
organized this event as part of
our civic activities for the past 20
years. It is usually held the last
Sunday in October, but due to


Special to Okeechobee News/Chan Garrett
Brittani Mellette (left) and her brother Ryan Mellette (right)
recently walked away with first place honors in the Bass-
master Casting Kid's Competition held at Okee-Tantie Camp-
ground and Marina. Brittani took first place in the 7-10 age
group. Ryan grabbed first place in the 11-14 age group. Both
will now advance to the Florida State competition in October,
.2006 at the Orlando Bass Pro Shop.
hurricane Wilma, the event had information contact Dave Stout,
to be re-scheduled. -vice president of Taylor Creek
Plans are under way for a big-
ger and better event in 2006. For Bass Club at (863) 467-2255.


'THE

OKEECHOBEE COMMUNITY CHOIR
Under the direction of Sandy Perry

Will present its 7th Annual

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

7hrill oo 3..ope, with 7-antdel's _, acluldjahi!

Chorus & Other Seasonal Javorites

at the First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2d" Street

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16TH AT 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH AT 7:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18TH AT 3:00 PM

Prelude features a Marimba Ensemble, Piano-Organ Duet & a Pipe-Organ Solo.

THE BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF 58 VOICES COMPRISING THE CHOIR
REPRESENTS SINGERS FROM THE FOLLOWING 13 CHURCHES:
Church of Our Saviour, First Baptist, Fountain of Life, First United Methodist, Northside
Baptist, Oakview Baptist, Okeechobee Presbyterian, Parrott Avenue Christian, Peace
Lutheran, Sacred Heart, Seventh Day Adventist, St. Theresa of the Child and The Gathering

MEN'S QUARTET FEATURING:
Tommy Markham, Doug McCoy, Pastor Emil Moldrik and John Sufficool
SOLOISTS INCLUDE:
Betsy Cheney, Paula Daniel, Debbi Johnson, Linda Mazzola, Doug & Pat McCoy, Ruth
Moldrik, John & Chris Sufficool, Steve Walker, Kathryn Wilkinson and Victoria Williams

Michael Hayes, Accompanist Nicole Wood, Narrator Sheila Brown, Sound

ADMISSIONS FREE
For additional information call 634-7714.






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At. the Movies
The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 9,
through Thursday, Dec. 15, are
as follows:
Theatre I "Chronicles of
Narnia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7, and 9:25 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:25, 7 and 9:25
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2,4:25, 7 and 9:25 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 "Yours, Mine and
Ours" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
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)
763-7202.

News in brief

Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library Coop-
erative is a six library coopera-
tive serving Highlands, Hardee,
DeSoto and Okeechobee coun-
ties. The Heartland Library
Cooperative will be holding
basic and advanced computer
classes throughout the six
libraries in the four-county area.
A technology information trainer
will take a mobile computer lab
to each location four times per
month to teach computer class-
es. The classes will teach basic
computer skills such as.how to
start up and use a computer,
how to log-on to the Internet
and how to communicate via e-
mail with friends and relatives.
The more advanced computer
class will teach how to keep the
computer clean and how to send
pictures. You may also contact
your local libraries for these
same classes. In Okeechobee,
call (863) 763-3536 or contact
Gabriell Turner, information tech
trainer, at gabi@myhlc.org.
Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child
Find helps find and identify chil-
dren up to 21 years of age who
may need special education serv-
ices. The primary focus is on 3-
and 4-year-old children not yet in
a school setting. Child Find pro-
vides free screenings on speech
and language, development,
vision, and hearing. For informa-
tion, contact Debbie Wagner at
(800) 358-8525.
Volunteers are
needed at Hospice
Hospice of .Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents.
Permanent and part-time volun-
teers provide direct patient sup-
port services such as companion-
ship, telephone contacts, letter
reading, main caregiver relief and
other non-medical assistance.
They also assist Hospice in fund
raising, clerical and office support.
Age is not a barrier. For informa-
tion, visit Hospice of Okeechobee
at 411 S.E. Fourth St., Okee-
chobee, or call (863) 467-2321.
Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
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
requirements. Call (863) 467-3085
to arrange a boat check.
Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned and injured fer-
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


Black Lab Mix, last seen in
Taylor Creek behind Burger
King, answers to Angelina.
(863)357-3325
CAR KEY on orange expansion
wrist band. Vic. of Flagler
Park. Please call with info
(863)467-2614
KITTEN: Yellow w/bob tail.
"Pumpkin"; Needs medicine.
NW 30th St. 863-467-1897
or 863-467-1147
PET FERRET- VIc. of Horse-
shoe Acres Glades County.
Please call (863)983-7024
RED CURR DOGS (2) Lost in
Ft. Drum Area. RewardI Please
call (863)763-0466
RED NOSE TIC- Female,
Short, Vic of Country Village,
If found Please call
(863)673-0678 Reward
REWARD small white dog part
shihtzu, lost 11/26, 441 N past
Potter road. Named Carley,
(863)763-0881 or 261-1914


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FREE FORD GRANADA- '84,
Was working 1 yr ago. No
tires/battery. You haul!
863-677-0750
PIT BULL PUPS 8 mos old.
2 males, 1 female. Free to
good homes. All shots up to
date. (863)763-7446
RABBIT MANURE- FREE,
(863)635-4690.


Tall Guy, Secure, 60, To meet
Attractive Gal or Friend for
Dining, Fishing, Traveling,
etc. Call (863)946-3123




Employment -
Ful-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job T"aining 227
Sales 230


A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY GOOD PAY,
(863)467-9800
DO NOT CALL
AFT. 3:30pm
CARPENTERS/LEADSMAN
Top Pay & Truck. Local
Work. Call 863-357-6018
or 772-215-2728
Experienced Heavy Equip-
ment Operators for Track-
hoes, Dozer & Off Road
Dumps. (863)763-2838



EXPERIENCED SERVERS,
COOKS & DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
Apply Within
1111 Parrot Ave.
GROVE HELP WANTED
Salary depending on exp.
Benefits & 401 K. Drug free
workplace. (863)528-1015
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742,$750 wk +tips
Need Delivery Man apply at
804 East North Park Street
Royal's Ashley Home Store


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


LICENSED
INSURANCE AGENTS
You owe it to yourself to check
out our new contracts. WE
PAY PRODUCERS + we offer
2 retirement funds, Health Ins.,
Paid vacation, Convention trips
& more. Requirements: Hon-
esty, Hard work, Dependable
transportation, Confidential in-
terviews. EOE
561-966-1819
Fax 561-966-2435

PIZZA HUT
GRAND RE-OPENING
Now hiring all Staff & Drivers.
Apply at Okeechobee
restaurant location from
9am-5pm, Monday-Friday


Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
self-motivated,
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
PRIDE ENTERPRISES
Looking for Field Supervisor
,for sugar cane operation. Exp.
w/farm equipment req'd.
$30K+, Exc. benefit pkg. Fax
resume to: 561-996-8559.
RECEPTIONIST, exc. commu-
nication skills, bilingual a
plus, Benefits avail. Adron
Fence (863)763-6255


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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


OKEECHOBEE
CORRECTIONAL
INSTITUTION
NOW HIRING
Certified/Non-Certified
Correctional Officers
Excellent Benefits
& Salary
Trainee: $28,657.98
Certified: $31,403.84
Contact:
Sergeant 0. Salgado or
Officer N. Whidden @
(863)462-5424


PRE-SCHOOL
TEACHER NEEDED
For a Busy Child Care Center
(863)467-5588 orfax
resume to 863-467-7560



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AND INTERESTING
PERSON.

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IMMEDIATE OPENING
FOR:
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
EOE/DFWP
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

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WANTED
Newspaper Carriers
Contractor Information
Sheets Available At:
Okeechobee News
107 S.W. 17th Street, Ste. D,
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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


NOW HIRING!
*Tow truck driver
*Fuel attendant/stock
person
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
mmi184 FL. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
DFWP

TRUCK DRIVER, CDL Class B
w/Air Brake. Competitive
Salary, Company
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401 K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indiantown.
Drug Free Work Place.


MENTAL HEALTH .
THERAPIST
For Okeechobee County
to work w/children &
adolescents for in-home,
school based & office. M-F.
Masters degree required.
Fax resume to 863-763-9898



LOOKING FOR RETIRED
WOMEN To sit with elderly
lady Tues. & Thurs. 9am to
8pm 863-675-7410 La Belle


OFFICE MANAGER/MEDICAL
ASSIST.- I am looking for
F/T employment. Exp. in
Medical Secretarial, Front &
back office. Need work
ASAP (561)261-6166
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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that it is. If you have ques-
tions or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we advise
that before responding or
sending money ahead of
time, you check with the Bet-
ter Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an ex-
tra charge, as well as long
distance toll costs. We will do
our best to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads, but
occasionally we may not be
aware of the charges. There-
fore, if you call a number out
of your area, use caution.

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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
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Insurance 430
Medical Services435


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* $70 For Shoes.
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
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Carpets/Rugs 550
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A//C, for mobile home, with
heater, 3 ton, works perfect,
$150. (863)467-6434


AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
801-1245 cell.
AIR CONDITIONER- Miller, for
, mobile home, $500
(863)674-1181
AIR HANDLER, 2 Ton, in good
condition. $150 or best offer.
(863)634-8407


RESTORATION & REPAIRS
of Antique furniture.
CUSTOM CABINETRY
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337
SCHOOL DESK, Antique, Ex-
cellent condition. $250:
(863)467-9447
SEWING MACHINE, Singer,
Treadle. Include original ac-
cessories. Excellent condi-
tion. $150. (863)467-8050
SHERATON 8 place rose pat-
tern, w/bread plates, Made in
England by Johnson Bros.
$35,0/neg (863)634-9620
SINGER Mod. 301-sewing
machine, w/attachments and
case $75 (863)635-0772
TREADLE sewing machine,
Mason Manufacturing Co, oak
4 drawer, irg box attach's, orig
book $125 (863)763-4982
Shop here first!
The classified ads


DRYER- Kenmore, very nice
shape, $65 guaranteed &
free delivery(863)675-8937.,
REFRIGERATOR- Full size, Ex-
cellent condition $100. or
best offer (863)673-5618
SMALL UPRIGHT FREEZER,
gas range, refrigerator freeze
top, must sell all $350
(863)357-1076
STOVE Glass top, white, like
new. $265. (863)675-0310
WASHER, Kenmore, White,
Used. Heavy duty. Excellent
condition; $200,
(863)467-1973


WASHER/DRYER- GE Hot-
point, white, heavy duty,
4yo, like new, $200 for both
(863)697-9884.
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
you looked for it?


TANNING BED, Sunquest Pro
16S. Good condition. $600.
(863)467-1788 / 634-9119


BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO -
Crestline tandem bike, excel..
cond. $250 (863)357-7406
DAHON 7 SPD FOLDING BI-
CYCLES (2) asking $250 will
sell separate.
(443)691-7128 .
TRAILMATE, 2-Adult 3 wheel-
er, Hand brakes w/baskets.
Like new. $250 See Dec
10th YS Ad in Caloosa Belle



HARDBACK BOOKS: (20)
Popular Authors. $40 for all,
will sep. (863)357-0575



CIRCUIT BREAKER PANEL -
Siemens. 150 amp Main.
Loaded w/ breakers. $80
(863)467-6548
OVERHEAD GARAGE DOOR
OPENER- Atlas Rool-Lite,
1/2hp, New, Ready to install
$300. neg. (772)260-6318


IMAGINATION DESK by 'Leap
Frog, incl. cartridges & work-
sheets, like new, $30.
(863)467-2573


NICE DRESSES- 5, Very Good
Shape. $40. Or Will Separ-
ate. (86,3)763-9135
WEDDING DRESS white
w/sllver beads Size 14 $250,
bought 7/05 new, slip available
(863)634-6601


SILVER DOLLARS $25 US
Peace Dollars in circulated
cond. from '22-'24. $300 will
sep. mpljam(myway comn


ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1500 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
PRO-MOLD mini snap tight
collectible card holders 500
each (863)467-1484



COMPUTER Gateway, com-
plete, all disks, $300 or trade
for Pistol. (772)461-8822 Ft.
Pierce'.
COMPUTER- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Works, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
$175. (863)843-0158
HP DESKTOP runs Windows
.XP Home Ed. Printer included.
Excellent condition. $400
(863)983-7269 Leave.Msg.



QUILT- Pink Ribbon Design
(Breast Cancer Awareness).
Hand made 48"x74", $200.
(239)728-8830


ANIMAL PAINTINGS: 6 20x
24" & 1 Small. By: Cooper.
Beautifully matted/framed. Exc.
cond. $500 863-467-7659
BED: Twin w/mattress, box-
spring & frame. Very good
condition! Almost brand new.
$60 (863)634-2094 Jennifer.
BLUE LTHER SOFA & DBL,
ROCKER REC. w/center sec-
tion $300 for all will sell sep,
good cond. (863)357-4188
BUNK. BED wood and metal,
top twin, bottom futon sized,
not used much. $150.
(863)634-1070
CHAIR- Claret colored, Wing-
back with matching foot-
stool. $50, (863)763-1861
Leave msg if no answer.
CHAIR- Rocker recliner, ask-
ing $30 (863)675-6973.
COUCH & LOVESEAT, with ot-
toman, red & green stripe,
like new, $300 or best offer.
(863)357-6775
COUCH- 7ft, flower design,
perfect condition, 3 cush-
-ions, $50 (863)467-4175.
Desk & China Cabinet $175
for all, will sep.
(863)675-2992
DESK Large, great for com-
puter. Solid wood. $50 or best
offer. (863)467-1777
DINING TABLE glass top,
Italian marble base, 4 chairs.
$200 or best offer
(863)824-3319
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
76x41, light wood, cost
$1200 new asking $325
(863)946-3965.
FUTON New, wooden, with
beige cushion, paid over
$200 asking $150
(863)763-9410
FUTON- Black, Good shape.
$35. 'or best offer
(863)673-5618
GLASS WROUGHT IRON TA-
BLE w/6chairs & matching
Bakers Rack, Verde green,
$450 (863)824-0090.
LR SET Chair, sofa, loveseat
w/ matching rug $500
(863)983-7269 Leave mes-
sage
MATTRESSES & BOX
'SPRINGS, (2), double, & 2
frames, almost like new,
$75. (937)418-7005
SECTIONAL beautiful, dark,
w/2 recliners, great cond.,
Must sell, asking $1000/neg.
(863)634-2094
SECTIONAL- 3PC Corner w/3
built In recliners, 3pc tble grp
$300 for all (863)824-0090.
SIDE TABLE, White, small. $5.
(863)447-0002
SLEEPER SOFA -74" long, ex-
tra slip covers, fullsize mat-
tress covrd w/plastic $100 will
sep(863)763-0691


SOFA Like new. Paid $1000
only asking $400
(863)634-4139
SOFA- 7' curved, Ethan Allen,
Slip covered in jewel tones.
,$100 or best offer.
(863)763-1861 Leave msg
SOFA BED, Log Cabin, custom
cushions, wildlife scenery,
cost $1200, asking $425.
(239)340-8503
SOFA, love seat and chair,
Brown flowers good condi-
tion $150 (863)467-7664
after 5pm
STOOLS (2) Wooden w/cush-
ions. $10. for both, will sep.
(863)447-0002
TABLE & STOOLS Diner's
50's style. Red & chrome.
Very nice. $300
(863)697-0014
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$200. (863)763-8943 ask
forTracy



CLUB CAR, 9;.7- E.cohd.,
jo' ud bilrt ir.r, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
(863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.
GOLF CART Club Car, 2001,
Gas, Reconditioned w/alumi-
num bed, top & windshield.
$2795. neg. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART Club Car, 2002,
Elec., Reconditioned. New bat-
teries/charger, top/windshield.
$2450. neg. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc, sets,
2 bags incl/Odyssey 990, Wil-
son 8813, Cook M1-X, Lynx.
$700will sep. (863)946-3123.


BROWNING CITORI, o/u 12
gauge w/choke tubes, and
aluminum carrying case
$1100(863)467-0746
RIFLE- 22 Cal. with scope Ex-'
cellent condition $125. Cell
(502)931-8101
RIFLE- Savage Model III, 300
Winchester Magnum
w/scope, $500 or best offer
(863)634-0856
SHOTGUN, high standard
pump, 12 gauge, good
cond., $300 or trade for pis-
tol, $300. (772)461-8822
SUPER CONTENDER 14" bull
barrel, 35 cal. 2.5 power
scope. $475 (863)763-4961



HEXAGON DUMB BELLS -
5-50 Ibs, with rack, $300
.(863)357-2829
STATIONARY BIKE- Pursuit,
all digital, brand new, $50
(863)634-5914
TREADCLIMBER, BOWFLEX
TC3000, like new, exc.
cond., $900. (863)634-7409
UNIV. WEIGHTLIFTING
MACH- Health Rider &
Gravity Edge, all 3 machines
$100(863)655-0030.
WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift,
160lbs of weights, additional
weight lift bar $80
(863)467-5756


EARRINGS, Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, lOyr old. $575
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
LADIES GOLD ANTIQUE
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $500 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee


TABLE LAMP- built in, shade
is taupe velour, $35
(863)946-0766.


CRAFT-MATIC BED -Complete
$500 (863)634-9536 or
(863)763-9527
ELEC. LIFT CHAIR Excellent
condition. With cover. $400
(863)634-4139


ELEC. SCOOTER, 4 whl base
w/foot plate & legs, de-
tachable, exc. cond, $800 or
best offer. (863)810-6149


BOOST MOBILE 1215 Charger
$10 and $10 for Boost Mo-
bile case (863)467-0826
BOOST MOBILE 1215 sim card
(2) needs minutes $25 for
both, $15 each
(863)467-0826
CEILING FANS (4) 52" good
condition, $80 for all will sell
separate. (863)763-5011.
EXR KEYBOARD PLAYER
For Accomplished, Rockin
Blues and R&B Band.
Dedicated to the groove. ,
863-697-6016/484-0865
1355, new in box, with boost
sim card, $125.
(863)634-2998



ORGAN Baldwin Interlude.
Works. Good condition. Full
size w/ peddles. Very pretty.
$100 (863)357-1867
UPRIGHT PIANO- Pennington,
need space, must sell asap
$300 or best offer
(863)763-7460.


ADBA AMER PIT BULL TERRI-
ER- Female, asking $200,
good hog dog
(863)357-1867.
AFRICAN GREY PARROT
W/large cage
$1000
(863)673-2483
BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
$100 each. Call Debbie
(863)983-7702
BLACK MOUTH CURR- 8 mos
old, spayed, all shots, lively,
$50 (863)763-2539
BLOODHOUND PUPPY: Fe-
male, 7 mo's old. Great
hunting dog. $400.
(863)763-3910
CAT. LEOR & Yellow lab mix -
11 months old, all shots, all
vac, and spade $25.to good
home only (863)610-1093
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES ..-UKC
reg. 9 weeks old $450-500
(863)763-3073
CHINESE Shar-pei's cham-
pion blood line 2 m & 2 f
now taking deposits $800
and up (863)675-6690
DOG HOUSE for medium size
dog, teak w/two windows
and mosquito netting $60
(863)675-3944
DOG KENNEL, 6x10x6, like
new, $100. (863)634-2998
GERMAN SHEPHERD, 3 yr.
old male, 4 yr. old female.
$50 each (863)763-8318/
464-0305
LHASA APSO- AKC, Female,
spayed, Loving," Great w/kids.
flu i : i, i, ill-if :,y i-
,' i :i '* f v .1't .*.. 6 ..i O[ ',/
MINI STUD HORSE- brown &
white paint, asking $400
(863)673-2483..
NEED to sell all variety breeds,
fancy pigeons & also Black
Java Chickens. In good health
$8 each. (863)674-0156
PET BABY PYGMY fainting
goat-$100 (863)675-0247
RABBIT tame, litter box
trained $10 (863)635-4690
Frostproof
SHIH-TZU, female, 21/2 yrs.
old, $400. (863)697-3346
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $25 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
LaBelle area.



GARDEN TUB: White. $100.
(863)763-8085



Sew/Embroidery Machine,
babylock, Ese, hoops, cards,
software, $2500.
(863)635-0772
SEWING MACHINE, Singer,
Commercial Grade, Leather,
w/new motor & table, $300.
(863)697-0014


COMPOUND BOW- Fred Bear,
left handed, Pollinton laser.
scope, quiver,arrows, re-
lease, target & case, asking
$550 neg (863)467-9101.
COMPOUND BOW- New, in
case & accessories. Will
' trade for shot gun. $175
S(502)931-8101 cell.
HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25. (863)946-3123
POOL CUE w/case in excellent
condition $40
(863)675-3944
PUNCHING BAG, Everlast,
Stand Up Style. $25.
(863)763-8085



BIG SCREEN TV- 50" Toshiba,
$1100 or best offer
(863)763-8943.


Rentals


RCA SOUND CENTER Box of
new but old vacuum $50 will
separate (863)763-7989


AIR COMPRESSOR- Ingersol
Rand, Commercial, $500
(863)801-1666
COLEMAN POWERMATE.
GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500
(863)692-2229
FLOOR HYDRAULIC TRANS-
MISSION JACK- like new,
$200 (863)675-4409
GENERATOR- 2500 watt,
Used one time. $300. or best
offer. (863)610-1000
GENERATOR- Onan, 5000
watt, 2 cylinder, $500
(863)801-1666
SETTLING TORCH w/ hoses,
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527
TOOLS, Various w/life time
warranties, 3/8 & 1/2 drive.
$300. (863)763-3551


VCR TAPES- Approx. 152
tapes. $304 Or Will Separ-
ate. (863)763-9135


AIR CONDITIONER 4 or5 ton,
good condition
(561)202-7702




WANTED: DOOR: 36" for Flori-
da Room. Prefer brown.
(863)763-2514
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton, G.
Buckner, E. Buckner, L. Rob-
erts, A. Hair, R A. McClen-
don, S. Newton, J. Gibson
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

Agriculture



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 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry. Supplies 860
Seeds,,Plants'
Flowers 865




TRACTOR- Ford diesel, w/at-
tachments $4500
(863)675-5001.
VACUUM PUMP- Surge
SP-11, Runs, needs minor
repair. $100 or best offer.
(863)467-8844


BEAUTIFUL Palomino AQHA,
good bloodlines 6yrs., profes-
sionally trained in cutting,
$10,000 (772)285-3897
GELDING- Retired jumper
$700 or best offer.
(863)357-3325
HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook, loves trails $2500.
(863)843-2495.




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LAWN MOWER Murray 12.5
hp, 40" deck, runs good,
$350/neg. (863)634-5095
LAWN TRAILER: New. 3'X4',
Balloon Tires. $275.
(863)357-5754
Railroad cross ties $10
(863)697-8225
RIDING LAWN MOWER- 9hp,
28", Snapper, Liked new.
Rear eng. $275. See Dec
10th YS'Ad Caloosa Belle
RIDING MOWER MTD Yard
Machine, 42" cut, 15h Kohler
eng., runs & cuts great. Steal
at $325.(863)697-9884
Scott's Garden Lawn tractor,
16hp 42" mower, good con-
dition, $500 (863)675-7290
call for appointment


GOATS For sale $75
(863)697-3247


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 'j60



DUPLEX ON WATER clean,
furnished, 1 br, 1 ba, w/boat
house & sun deck.
$900/mth. (863)357-0664
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1.5ba,
waterfront, 804 SE 6th
Court, $.950/mo, 1st, Lst,
$500 Sec, (863)467-5965.



OFFICE SPACE-900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please call (863)763-4740
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
BUILDING
Newly Renovated
Hwy. 70W. Frontage
1275 S.F.+
Limited Parking
$1750/mo. + Utilities
(863)467-8889
RENT-A-SPACE
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
(863)467-0831


E. OKEE Hwy 70. Clean prof.
male seeks same to share 3br,
2ba M/H. $500 mo all util.
incl. Call 4 info(772)349-8637
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds"


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 10-5
Land Sale 10-10
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
'Out of State -
Property Sale :1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1ft5
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
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


BEAUTIFUL REMODELED, 2
BR, 1 BA. on NW 6th St. New
kitchen/bathroom. $87,500.
Must see! (863)357-0348 .
CBS, 2 BR, 1 Ba. on Vy acre
lot. Mature oaks. Very clean.
For Rent $1150 mo., or Sale
$179,900. 809 SE 8th St.
Please call (863)763-5575
CBS Home: 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba.,
Close to school & town.
$185,500. Call for appoint-
ment. 941-232-6346
EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
42ft. Park Model.w/8 ft. Florida
Rni., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All appl., Washer & Dryer, TV.
815-342-1477
LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba, House 2'/2 Lots
in BHR. Dock, Seawall, More!
.$279,500. (863)467-10.77
New4 Bed/21/ Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Homet
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.
Splitkplans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376


Five Acres, small pond, land
cleared, Lake Okeechobee
area, pad for house in place,
$160,000. (561)346-1 682
MUSE, Wild Wonderful SW
Glades County, 2-20ac par-
cels. Great area to build your
Dream Home. Weekdays
863-634-1791 or Weekends
863-674-0128


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RUNWAY LOTS, (2), 0.8 acre,
Lots 5 & 6, River Oak Grove
subdivision, $200,000 ea.
(863)467-8889
RUNWAY PROPERTY 1 acre.
2 hangers & 1 mobile home.
River access. 4K ft lighted
strip. $189K (561)7561)756-4586.



.WANTED TO BUY- 2 or 3br,
Singlewide w/separate storage
building. Price range $75,000.
Phone is fixed. Call me
Okee./Vicinity 772-465-4489

Mobile Homes



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



OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, 1ba,
$550/mo, 1st, last, sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.



CATALINA- '85, 2BR, 1BA
Very clean, No hurricane
damage. $4000. you move
(863)983-5364
FACTORY AUTHORIZED
JACOBSEN DEALER;
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
baybuilthomes.com
HOMES of MERIT '89 -14x60
2BD, 2BA, Excel. Cond., no
Hurr. dam. $15,000/neg. You
move. (863)467-4808
Palm Harbor
Modular & Mobile
Home Specialists.
Call our Factory for
Free Color Brochures.
800-622-2832.
Palm Harbor Factory
Liquidation Sale
2005 Models must
go. Call for Free
Color Brochures.
800-622-2832.
SKYLINE- 93. 4BR :.P veiv
OI r, 1- 1, ,1, !,(il) ,ij iTiui,:
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Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers RVs 310')
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
.-Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT- 2000 Cotton
Mouth, 13.5ft, Poly bottom,
470 continental, runs good,
$7800 (863)946-3857
ALUM V HULL BOAT -12FT,
with trailer and 25HP motor,
$1000 (863)655-0030.
BASS BOAT 17 ft, 150 hp,
troller motor, lots of extras w/
trailer everything you need
$2500/neg. (772)559-8558
BAYLINER CAPRI 1988, 85
hp Force, Stereo & Fishfind-
er. $1500 or best offer.
(863)632-9166
BOAT 17ft tri haul, excellent
motor, trailer & top, $850
(863)532-9667
Cajun Bass Boat, '87, 16' Fi-
berglass, w/trlr, troll, mtr.,
bimini top, 125hp Evinrude,
$3850. (863)763-6854
CAMPER ENCLOSURE- for
20ft boat, good condition,
was $2500 asking $750
(863)763-5011
CAROLINA SKIFF, 16 Ft., 50
hp Mercury. Very good condi-
tion. Trailer included. Ready to
fish! $2500. (863)599-1239
FIBERGLASS BOAT 17, tri
hull, 85h/p Evinrude. trailer w/
new bearings, tires & wheels.
$750 (865)924-9228
MERCURY -'69 10 horse
power. $150
(801)673-6926
POLAR 1998, 17 Ft., Salt Wa-
ter Series. 50 hp Johnson &
Aluminum Trailer. $5000. or
best offer. (786)395-7080
PONTOON, '93 STARCRAFT,
24', with 2005 trailer, loaded,
refurbished, exc. cond.,
$6500.(239)823-1247
PONTOON BOAT '02, 22',
60h/p Yamaha, 4 stroke, tan-
dem trailer & trolling motor
$11,500(863)467-0284
PONTOON BOAT 1996 20ft,
runs great, 60hp Yamaha
stroke, w/trailer $5500
(863)357-0274 Iv. message
PONTOON BOAT, 21 Ft., Sun
Tracker w/trailer. Rigged out
for night fishing. 90 hp motor,
GPS, depth finder, 2600 watt
Yamaha generator. $6500. Call
(863)381-9356/655-3654


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Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 Ibs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829
Ranger Bass Boat, '83, 150hp
Mercury, lots of new stuff,
great condition, $2500 neg.
(863)634-4056
SAILBOAT- Hobie, 14', A lot of
new parts, needs TLC $400
or best offer. Call
(239)634-4040
SEA EAGLE- '01, 12 1/2' in-
flatable. '02 15hp mercury
includes equipment. Runs
great $1750. (863)467-0187
SEA KAYAK-, 17', top design,
Good condition. $600.
(863)357-7406
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified


DODGE -Class C, older model,
new radials, brakes & tune up.
Sleeps 6. Great shape. $3500
(863)467-8186 / 946-1331
TOW BAR: Roadmaster 5250
Falcon w/car side quick dis-
connect kit, tow lights/cover.
$450 (863)675-2567 LaBelle
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


FLEETWOOD TERRY TAURUS
1985 25ft, sleeps 6, excel-
lent condition includes hitch,
$3500 (239)728-5602
Lakeport, 28' fifth wheel,
w/25' screened room, lot
rent, $140, $4000.
(863)467-8186/941-1331


SEADO'S XP's 1995 & 1996
w/dual trailer. Run excellent.
$5400 for both. Port St. Lucie.
(772)342-0942



OUTBOARD MOTOR 225 -
does run, for parts
$350/neg. (863)634-4818
TROLLING MOTOR- Kota
Genesis 74 bowmount power
stow & deploy, foot control,
auto pilot $150 941-255-2195



AIRBOAT PROP, wood, new,
72LXL36, w/Combee prop
plate & 6 new bolts, $600.
(863)467-6696


CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX: of 7
New, Harey Davidson Items.
$200 for all. Call for details.
(863)612-0055
FISHING BOAT- '85, Gregor
8' V, Aluminum 50hp Yama-
ha, Exc. Cond. $2100. Buck-
head Ridge 606-584-8462


GOLDWING '84 Classic. New
tires. 2 helmet Intercom/stereo
CB. Grt cond $3500
(863)467-8186/946-1331
YAMAHA '71- street bike, sin-
gle cylinder, collectors item,
tagged & titled $600 or best
offer (863)634-7680
YAMAHA TW200 '00- on/off
road, 4 stroke, elec/kick
start. Icids hitch mounted tilt
down RC Carrier. $1700
(863)467-0085.


ATV 4 TRAX HONDA '92-
good condition, $2500
(863)674-1181.
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO CART 2005 w/Roll Bar.
Like brand new! Paid $1200,
Asking $750.
(863)634-5936
GO CART FRAME- almost
new, asking $125
(863)983-4473.
HONDA 90 SPORT TRAX, '03,
4 wheeler, exc. cond., manu-
al trans., gas powered, yel-
low, $1100. (863)810-6149
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2900 Firm.
(863)634-5129
YAMAHA BEAR TRACKER
250- 2000, 4 Wheeler, Low
hours, Runs great. $2500.
(863)467-1047


YAMAHA BEAR TRACKER
250- 4 Wheeler, '2001, Runs
great. Low hours, $2500.
(863)467-1047
YAMAHA PW80 1993, Runs
good. Looks good. FMF
Pipe. $700. 954-275-8111
(863)357-1576

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
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 after
7pm
CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE,
'83, 4 door, good shape,
$1500. (863)357-1821
FORD ESCORT- '95, 5 spd,
$1000/neg (863)357-6775.


CHEVY CORSICA '90 New
battery, alternator, good tires.
Dependable. 1st $550 takes it.
(863)532-9700 / 467-1547
CHRYSLER SEBRING JXI '96
Convertible. Black w/black top.
New A/C & Brakes. $2800 or
best offer. (863)801-1363
FORD CONTOUR '95- stereo
system, 5spd, runs good,
$1500 (561)924-9161
FORD CROWN VICTORIA '95,
Really good, reliable transpor-
tation. $2500 or best offer.
(863)357-1896
FORD TAURUS STATION
WAGON, '87, runs good,
body good, $500.
(863)634-8019
FORD THUNDERBIRD, '90,
red, needs work, $250 or
best offer. (863)484-0305 of
(863)763-8318;
HYUNDAI ELANTRA '96 au-
to, cold air, real clean, runs
good, $1800 (772)461-4044
LINCOLN CONT. '91 light
i lnk, burgundy leather interior.
eeds transmission & wind-
shield $500 (239)657-4348
LINCOLN TOWN CAR very
nice, very clean Must see to
appreciate $4500
(863)634-4076
LINCOLN TOWNCAR 1988 -
low miles, good shape, a/c
cool, very good gas mileage
$1100/neg. (863)517-1753
MERCURY SABLE 1993 for
parts or repair $300
(863)763-0920 or 801-1970


I I
MERC COUGAR '91- good
condition, new tires, just ser-
viced asking $2000 or best
offer (863)677-4001.
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1988,
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
PONTIAC GRAND AM, '95,
white, $2000 or best offer
(863)467-0987
SATURN SL -'92, 5 speed, ac,
new tires, battery & cool fan
runs great $2000/neg.
(772)532-3821
SEABRING JXI '99
Convertible. 70K mi. New
top. Excellent cond. $8500
(863)357-3830


CHEVY '48 Must sell! $2500
(863)763-3551


CHEVY BLAZER, '89, $1,000.
(863)467-4650


GOLF CART '00, Yamaha, gas,.
w/winter top, $1950.
(863)763-4545/260-450-22



BUMPER GUARD Cattle
Pusher, off a '93 Chevy P/U.
Good shape. $75
(863)467-1547


CAR DOLLY, Tow-Master,
good condition $350
(863)946-3860
ELITE RIMS- (4), 4 lugs, 16",
No tires. $500 or best offer.
(239)324-2891
HOLLY CARBURETOR- 750
Double pumper, Very clean
$75. (239)770-6423
REAREND for F350 Dually,
works perfect, $200.
(863)467-6434
RIMS & TIRES- 20", Came. off
a Dodge. $1000.
(863)612-9879
TIRES (3) Goodyear Eagles.
P275-55R20 & 3 Dodge
Mag Wheels. $300
(863)467-1901.
TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
UTILITY CAP, for pick up
truck, for 8' bed, $400.
(863)673-5038


CHEV CREW CAB '91- runs
good, asking $2500
(863)261-4999
DODGE RAM- '87, 4X4, Auto.
318, Long bed. Runs good.
$2500. (239)770-6423
ISUZU PICKUP 1993, Runs
good. Clean w/topper.
1400. (863)467-9288
TAILGATE- '02 for F250, Su-
per Duty, Like new, $500 or
best offer. (863)357-4827


FORD EXPLORER '91- asking
$1200 or best offer, runs
good (863)763-2476.



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CAR DOLLEY $450 firm
(863)763-4617
TILT TRAILER 4.5'x5' w/3ft
high side panels, wood deck,
$300/neg. (863)634-5095
TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
(772)569-6285
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
In the classifieds


CHEVY 1 Ton Van 1996, Runs
good. New tires. $900.
(863)610-1716
DODGE WORK VAN 1986 -
RAM 250, 3/4 ton, cold a/c
runs great $2500
(863)234-6040
FORD WINDSTAR VAN 1995,
Good condition. $1995.
(863)610-0412


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IN THE COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2005-CC-191
CONELY & CONELY,P.A.,
a Florida corporation,
Plaintiff,
vs
LOCK 7 BOAT RENTALS, INC.,
a Florida corporation, and
THOMASA. IE,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: THOMAS A. OIE, Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion for interpleader of a sum of money
that iss than $15,000.00 has been
filed against you and yeou.are required
to serve a copy of your written defens-
es, if any, it on TOM W. CONELY, III, of
CONELY & CONELY, PA., whose ad-
dress is Post Office Drawer 1367,
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367, and
file the original with the Clerk of the
above styled court on or before Janu-
ary 15, 2006; otherwise a judgment
may be entered against you for the re-
lief demanded in the Complaint,
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on December 6,2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By: /S/ Carol White
Deputy Clerk
102602 ON 12/13,20,27;1/3/


Holiday Events


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Toys donations needed
Cowboys for Christ Hand and
Hand Ministries is in need of toys
for Christmas to be given to chil-
dren. Call Denna Scantland at
(863)-612-0640 and we will pick
them up oryou may deliver them.

Bell ringers needed
The Salvation Army is looking
for volunteers for its bell ringers
program. Bell ringers can sit down
and ring the bell for one hour or
one day, it's your choice. If you
would like to volunteer to help the
Salvation Army, contact Kip Gard-
ner at (863) 357-0427. The bell
ringer program is the Salvation
Army's basic fundraising program
during the Christmas season.

Hospice Country Store
The Country Store will be held
in the Hamrick House, which is
adjacent to the Hospice Residence
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For informa-
tion or to donate to the event, call
Theresa at (863) 467-2321.

Santa Claus to visit
Santa Claus will be in Flagler
Park 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.
Santa to visit park
Santa Claus will be in City Hall
Park on Dec. 13, 14 and 15. He will
be in the park from 6 until 8 p.m.
Goody bags will be given to all the
children. Pictures with Santa Claus
will cost $1.

Grace Christian play
The Grace Christian School
Drama Production Program will be
presenting the play "A Holiday
Carol" on Thursday, Dec. 15. The
first performance 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 Christian School Chapel. The
cast will be made up of students


from the third through 12th grades.

Community Choir
presentation
The Okeechobee Community
Choir, under the direction of Sandy
Perry, will present its seventh annu-
al Christmas cantata, "A Thrill of
Hope", at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. Performances will be Friday
and Saturday, Dec 16 and 17, at 7
pm. A Sunday, Dec. 18, perform-
ance will begin at 3 p.m. Admission
is free. For information, call (863)
634-7714.

Christmas musical
Oakview Baptist Church Music
and Drama Ministries, 677 S.W.
32nd St., will present an outdoor
musical event entitled "Wondrous
Gift: The Treasures of Jesus" on Fri-
day, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. and again on
Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-1699.

Live nativity .
Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W. 32nd St., will present an out-
door drive through live nativity on
Saturday, Dec. 17, from 7 until 8:30
p.m. For information, call (863)
763-1699.

Lighted boat parade
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 Red-
neck Yacht Club will join in the
parade. Anyone interested in join-
ing the parade should call Bette
Moldenhauer at (863) 467-4782; or,
Terry Burroughs at (863) 697-6325.

Christmas cantata
The Brighton Baptist Church,
24050 S.R. 70 W, choir will present
their Christmas cantata on Sunday,


Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m. The program,
"He's Still the King of Kings", was
written by Mosie Lister and is a
musical worshipping the Christ of
Christmas. For information, call
'(863) 763-6626.

Christmas Around
the World
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 pm. There
will be a live nativity pageant, live
animals, booths and gifts for chil-
dren. Santa will also be there. For
information, call the parish office at
(863) 763-3727.

Christmas cantata
The Peace Lutheran Church,
720 N.W. 23rd Lane, will hold their
Christmas cantata on Wednesday,
Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The choir,
under the direction of Dorcas Hirst,
will present "A Great and Mighty
Wonder". This celebration of the
Messiah's birth was written by Tom
Fettke. For information, call (863)
763-5042.

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 north-
east sections of the city. On Dec. 22
Santa will tour the southeast sec-
tion of the city. And on Dec. 23, he
will tour the southwest portion of
the city.

Toy drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is
sponsoring their 11th 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 trim-
mings for Christmas dinners. Fami-
lies can be adopted by calling Big
Lake Missions at (863) 763-5725.


For monetary donations, checks
should be made out to Big Lake
Missions Outreach.

Christmas services
The First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.,
invites everyone to attend Christ-
mas worship services at the
church. Christmas Eve services will
feature a contemporary service at 5
p.m. and a traditional service at 7
p.m. On Christmas Day there will
be a combined service at 10 a.m.
For information, call the church
office at (863) 763-4021; or, go to
http://www.fumcokee.com.

Oldholiday
photos sought
The Okeechobee News is seek-
ing photos of local Christmas cele-
brations from 1980 or earlier (25
years ago or older) for use in the
Looking Back feature of this news-
paper during the month of Decem-
ber. Bring old holiday photos to the
Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W
17th Street, Okeechobee," during
regular office hours, Monday-Fri-
day, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and we will
copy the photos while you wait. Or,
e-mail photos as jpg attachments to
okeenews@newszap.com. Please
include as much information as
you can about when and where
the photo was taken and who is in
the photo. Photos may be of com-
munity or family celebrations in the
Okeechobee area.

Church plans
Christmas services
The First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,
invites everyone to attend Christ-
mas worship services at the
church. Christmas Eve services will
feature a contemporary service at 5
p.m. and a traditional service at 7
p.m. On Christmas Day there will
be a combined service at 10 a.m.
For information, call the church
office at (863) 763-4021; or, go to
http://www.fumcokee.com.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

A horse named 'Spike'
William Lucas and his miniature horse Spike were in cos-
tume for the Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown
Okeechobee on Dec. 10.


Community Events


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.

Annual toy drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their lth 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 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 Missions Outreach.

Church plans Christmas services
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., invites
everyone to attend Christmas worship services at the church. Christ-
mas Eve services will feature a contemporary service at 5 p.m. and a
traditional service at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day there will be a com-
bined service at 10 a.m. For information, call the church office at (863)
763-4021; or, go to http://www.fumcokee.com.

Hospice Country Store still open
The Country Store will remain open until Thursday Dec. 29. Gift
items can be purchased from 8 a.m. until noon, Monday to Friday.

Girl Scouts collecting toys
The Girl Scouts of Okeechobee, Pegasus Service Unit are collecting
baby items to aid local families impacted by the recent hurricanes.
Items such as diapers, unopened formula, baby bottles, baby wipes,
baby food, etc. are needed. There are collection boxes at local elemen-
tary schools and at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W.
16th St., where people are asked to see Pat O'Connor. Items will be
collected through Dec. 30, and will be given to the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition for distribution.

Participants needed for MLK parade
The organizers of the Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day
Parade on Jan. 16 are seeking participants in the form of floats, vehi-
cles, marchers and horseback riders. Those interested should call
(863) 610 0973. Participants should line up the Douglas Brown Com-
munity Center at 9:30 a.m.


Special New Year's Eve party planned
A safe, supervised New Year's Eve party designed to keep young peo-
ple out of trouble will be held at The Gathering, at the corner of Old Dixie
Highway and Eagle Bay Road, from 6 p.m. until midnight. There will be
free food, games, music and a car will be given away.

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 entitled. The
class is entitled Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries IRCC reference
number 86771. The class will run for three consecutive weekends begin-
ning 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.

Shared Services meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okee-
chobee County will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan.
13, in the Okeechobee County School Administration boardroom, 700
S.W. Second Ave. The public is invited. For more information, call (863)
462-5000, ext.257.

Gospel pianist to be in concert
Gospel pianist Anthony Berger will be in concert at the First Baptist
Church, 410 S.W. Fourth St., on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, and can
be purchased in advance at the church office until Jan 12. Tickets will
also be on sale at the door. For information, call (863) 763-2171.

Red Class offers training classes
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch will be holding disaster
training classes each month, January through April. Each class will cover
different areas Red Cross disaster training. Interested parties can call the
office to register at (863)-763-2488. All classes are on Thursday evenings
from 6 until 9 p.m. and will be held at 323 North Parrott Ave. in Okee-
chobee. The class schedule is: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 20.

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 informa-
tion, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Greetings from City Hall

The City of Okeechobee's float in the Lighted Christmas
Parade had gingerbread house and lots of candy canes.






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Prescription costs have patients splitting pills


An advertisement in this news-
paper recently caught my eye. The
ad promoted a device to split pre-
scription pills.
Pill splitting has become popu-
lar with penny-conscious senior cit-
izens. The practice has its advan-
tages and disadvantages.
Why split pills? The most popu-
lar reason is money. Many prescrip-
tion medications cost the same
amount per pill no matter what the
dosage. So 100 mg of a medication
may cost the same as 50 mg of the
same medication. Buying the high-
er dose and cutting it in half cuts the
patient's prescription bill in half.
Some people try to save by pur-
chasing prescription drugs from
Canada. The companies that sell
these drugs sometimes don't offer
many choices of dosage. So the


A
Healthier
Life


with Katrina Elsken


purchaser must cut the pills to get
the right dosage.
Finally, there are patients like my
own mother, who is such a tiny
person that some of her prescrip-
tions just aren't available in the
right dosage for her weight. She has
to cut the pills in half to get the right
dosage.
The disadvantages to splitting


pills are well documented. If you
don't cut the pill exactly even, the
dosage may be slightly higher or
lower than it should be. Some pills
may crumble when they are cut,
causing you to lose part of the med-
ication. Some medications have a
coating that protects the stomach,
or allows the medication to be
time-released; cutting the pill takes
away the protection of this coating.
For those who take several pills a
day, cutting the pills up also
increases the chance that medica-
tions might get mixed up. A patient
might become confused and take
too high a dosage of a medication.
If you are using the same knife or
scissors to cut several types of pre-
scriptions, you might contaminate
one drug with another.
Before you consider pill split-


ting, discuss it with your doctor.
Find out if any of the prescriptions
you take can be safely split and if he
or she would be willing to pre-
scribe a larger dose. It is not an
option for some medications. Dis-
cuss what you would use to cut the
pills in half, how you would keep
such equipment clean, and how
you would store the broken pills.
The makers of the DemiDose
pill splitter sent me a pill splitter to
try. The little device has a lower half
that holds the pill in place and a top
with a blade that cuts like a guillo-
tine after the two pieces are put
together and you push on the top.
You can get different "beds" to hold
the pills in place these pill beds
are made in the right shape and
size for the most commonly split
pharmaceuticals. You can order the


beds to fit the name brand drugs.
There is also a generic pill bed that
can be used for any other pills.
Since you can order these "beds"
for specific medications, they fit the
pills exactly and do a good job of
holding the pill exactly centered. I
found the pill splitter was easy to
use and cut the pills cleanly to a
uniform size.
So I put it to test by a frail octo-
genarian woman who has been
splitting pills for three different
medications. The pill 'beds"
worked fine and despite her arthri-
tis, she could easily work the Demi-
Dose when it came to doing the
actual splitting. She reported the
device did a much cleaner and
more even job of splitting the med-
ications than she had done with a
knife or scissors, and she didn't lose


any of the pills in the DemiDose.
(She admitted that sometimes
when she tries to cut a pill with a
scissors, half would fly across the
room!) The problem however was
that due to arthritis in her hands,
she could not get the "beds" in and
out of the device easily. She con-
cluded that because she had three
pills to split, she would need some-
one to help her switch the pill
"beds" back and forth, or else get
one pill splitter for each prescrip-
tion.
Before making any change in
your diet, exercise or medication
program, consult your doctor. This
is especially important if you are on
prescription medications. Some
drugs interact badly with foods that
might otherwise be considered
"healthy."


Corps to charge new administrative fee


, JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Begin-
ning Jan. 1,'2006, the U.S. Army
Corp of Engineers, South
Atlantic Division, will begin col-
lecting an administrative fee to
issue permits for shoreline facili-
ties/activities at its lakes along
certain federal waterways in the
Southeastern United States.
Such activities are generally in


O eecihobee News,'Katrina Elsken
Color Guard
The Okeechobee High School ROTC program provided
the Color Guard for the Lighted Christmas Parade in
downtown Okeechobee on Saturday, Deb. 10.


connection with private use of
public lands by landowners
adjacent to the lakes. They
include private boat docks and
land-based support facilities for
those docks such as utility lines,
steps and walkways.
The administrative fee will
cover labor, equipment, material
and supply costs the Corps


incurs with the issuance, re-
issuance or modification of
these permits. For a new permit
(new activity or new owner of-
existing activity), the administra-
tive fee will be $400 for a five
year term, and to re-issue an
existing permit to the same
owner, the fee will be $175 for
the five year term. To modify an


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Chobee Christian Cycles,
Okeechobee community members participated in the annual Lighted Christmas Parade
in downtown Okeechobee on Dec. 10.


existing permit to the same
owner, the fee will be $90 for the
remainder of the five-year term.
In Florida, the new fee will
apply on Okeechobee Waterway
and Lake Seminole on the Geor-
gia-Florida border.
Brigadier General Michael J.
Walsh, Regional Commander of
the Corp' South Atlantic Division
said, "These modest additional
fees will allow the Corps to
recover its costs for these activi-
ties on our lakes and waterways.
.The money will directly benefit
the local project and relieve the
taxpayer of this part of our cost
of doing.business."
Other regions in the Corps
already charge this fee. Other
fees associated with the Shore-
line Management Program are
not changing at this time.
For more information, con-
tact the Jacksonville District at 1
(800) 291-9405 or visit the South
Atlantic Division's web site at
http://www.sad.usace.army.mil/
adminfees/default.htm



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