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Okeechob ee iews


Vol. 96 No. 350


Friday, December 16, 2005


504 Plus tax


Brief

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 everyone 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
e 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 Buck-
head Ridge
e All of Kissimmee River
Estates
2801 S.E. 18th Court
Real Life Children's
Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.
5270 N.W. 30th St.
(Mitchell Road)
Palm Village Ranch,
entrance is on 44th Blvd.
All of S.W. Second
Court
4600-S.E. 27th Street
501 S.E. Eighth St.
4411 S.W. 13th Ave. in
Palm Village
1711 S.W 35th Drive
- 2531 S.E. 23rd St. in Tay-
lor Creek Isles


Inside


Board member
achieves certification
Okeechobee County
School Board member Joe
Arnold went the second mile
when he achieved the dis-
tinction of Certified Board
Member from the Florida
School Boards Association.
The certification requires 96
hours of training in eleven
areas. However, Mr. Arnold
completed 153 hours of
training.
Page 3

Drought Index
Current: 226
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.16 feet

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

Index
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Community Events
Crossword ......
Obituaries ......
Opinion ........
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Sports .........
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T. -- td residents: Paintings appear in calendar
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Okeechobee News/D.Hamilton
Okeechobee Health Care Facility resident Grace Hume displays her recent painting and
the reproduction of her work in the calendar produced at Tuesday's unveiling ceremo-
ny of the residents work.


Missing girl



still sought



by authorities


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Law enforcement officials
are searching for a 3-year-old
girl who was allegedly abduct-
ed by her biological father in
November.
They are also concerned
because the girl suffers from
asthma and is on an inhaler,
and they are worried she may
not be receiving her medica-
tion.
Missing is Frankesha Ali
Berry. Frankesha is African-
American and is described as
standing 3 feet tall and weigh-
ing 32 pounds. When last seen
on Nov. 25, she was wearing


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Frankesha Ali Berry
blue jeans and a blue jeans
jacket and her hair was braided
with white beads.
According to the Okee-


See Girl-Page 2


Sexual battery


charges filed


against teen


Okeechobee Health Care Facility's most senior artist at age 94, Leona Albritton displays
one of her four completed paintings of 2005. Mrs. Albritton was touted as being the most
prolific artist at the center. Her most recent painting was featured for the month of March
in this year's calendar at the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 14-year-old Okeechobee
boy was arrested Thursday
while in a juvenile detention
center in Fort Pierce on a
charge of sexual battery on a
child under the age of 12 by a
person under the age of 18.
The boy was first arrested
on Oct. 9 for allegedly commit-
ting the same type of crime.
According to Detective T.J.
Brock of the Okeechobee


County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
the boy was charged with three
similar counts on his first
arrest.
Detective Brock said he was
arrested again after another vic-
tim came forward.
Assistant State Attorney Don
Richardson said the teen
appeared in a local court
Thursday and that he dropped
one count in exchange for a
plea agreement to two counts.
See Teen-Page 2


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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Winds of Independence
The Wings of Independence float in the Okeechobee
Lighted Christmas Parade Dec. 10 was one of the many
entries that featured a Nativity scene.


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News Briefs

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
Okeechobee area.

County offices
close for holiday
OKEECHOBEE The offices
of the Okeechobee County Tax
Collector and Property Appraiser
will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22,
and will remain closed on Friday,
Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, in
observance of the Christmas holi-
day.

Clerk's office
closes for luncheon
OKEECHOBEE The offices
of the Okeechobee County Clerk
of Circuit Court will close to the
public between noon and 1:30
p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, for
their annual employee holiday
season luncheon.
The office will reopen to the
public at 1:30 p.m.

Property taxes
now being collected
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified by
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser and is open for collec-
tion of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and coun-
ty can pay their property taxes at
the Okeechobee County Tax Col-
lector'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 pay-
ments 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 apprentices to
paint Okeechobee Main Street's
first mural project.
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 submission
format. Information is also online
at
www.mainstreetokeechobee.co
m.

Lipizzaner Stallions
will be here Jan.13
OKEECHOBEE The World
Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will.
appear at the Okeechobee Coun-


ty Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 W.N. Park St.,
in Okeechobee. Tickets can also
be ordered by calling 800-882-
8258 for Charge-by-Phone; or,
ordered at www.TICKETS.com.
Adult tickets are $20.50; sen-
iors aged 60 and over are $18.50;
children aged 1-12 are $18.50;
and, children under I will be
admitted free. Ticket prices also
include parking. Groups of 15 or
more will receive a $5 discount on
the adult price,
For information, call (863) 763-
1666.


Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
No injuries
No injuries were reported in this two-car crash that occurred Saturday, Dec. 10, at 12:43
p.m. on U.S. 441 South and Southwest 28th Street. Each car was carrying two people.
According to Sgt. William Markham of the Okeechobee Sheriff's Office, the driver of the
2002 Chevrolet was held at fault for failure to yield at an intersection. The driver was
heading north on U.S. 441 and made a left turn onto S.W. 28th St. and struck the 2000 Nis-
san in the front area of the right side, said Sgt. Markham.


Sexual Predator Notification


The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office is disclosing this infor-
mation to the public in order to
enhance public safety, aware-
ness, and protection. This infor-
mation is not intended to increase
fear: rather it is this agency's
belief that an informed public is a
safer public.
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the information
to threaten, intimidate, or harass
offenders will not be tolerated, in
any manner.
The individuals who appear in
this bulletin have served the sen-
tence imposed on them by the


Girl

Continued From Page 1
chobee County Sheriff's Office,
Frankesha was reportedly taken
by her biological father, Frank
David Berry. Berry 23, is also an
African-American. He is 5 feet 4
inches tall and weighs 120
pounds. He has a front tooth that
is capped in gold, has 'Nino' tat-
tooed on his chest and also has
the tattoo of a panther on his right
shoulder.
OCSO's Connie Curry said
authorities don't think the girl is in


Teen

Continued From Page 1
This agreement dAs not include
the boy's Dec. 15 arrest.
"This was his first run-in with
the law," said the state prosecu-
tor.
Mr. Richardson said the boy
will have a disposition hearing on
Jan. 12. It will be determined at
that hearing if he is to be released
or kept in the custody of the


Jerry Richardson
courts. They are NOT wanted by
the police at this time.
Sex offenders have always
lived in the communities. The
only change is the public is now
better informed.
Jerry Richardson
White male; DOB Nov. 20,


I -
Frank David Berry
danger and, because of that, can-
not issue an Amber Alert.


Department of Juvenile Justice
(DJJ) until the age of 21.
He also said the victims were
forced to commit sexual acts.
"If the state were to proceed to
trial we would have put on evi-
dence that the victims were
forced into engaging into sexual
conduct," said Mr. Richardson.
The prosecutor said the teen
has already gone through psycho-
logical evaluation and it will now
be up to DJJ to recommend what
is to be done with the boy. They


National forecast I
Forecast highs for Friday, Dec. 16 Sunny Pt. Cloudy Cloudy


.10s -Os los i 30s 4 -SOs 60s 70s 80s 90s -


Showers Rain T-storms Flurries Snow Ice

Wet Weather System Pushes Through Northeast
The main weather system will remain in the East as it pushes through
the Northeast. The heaviest precipitation, in the form of snow and
freezing rain will fall through southern New England and makes its
way northward. Snow showers are likely over the northern states.
Weather Underground AP

Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s. The wind will
be from the north at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s. The wind
will be from the north around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the
afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s. The wind will be from the
northeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness with a slight chance of
showers. Lows will be in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 20 per-
cent.
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of showers and
isolated thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 70s. The chance
of rain is 40 percent.
Sunday night: Considerable cloudiness in the evening, then
becoming partly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be in
the upper 50s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy with highs in the lower 70s.
Monday night and Tuesday: Mostly clear with lows around 50.
Highs will be around 70.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with lows around 50.
Wednesday: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of show-
ers. Highs will be around 70. The chance of rain is 30 percent.


1962
Ht.5'10"; Wt.160 lbs
Eyes: Blue; Hair: Brown
2232 S.E. 33 Street
Okeechobee
Richardson was convicted of
five (5) counts-Attempted Capital
Sexual Battery and one (1) count-
Lewd Fondling in Lee County on
April 4, 1996. The victims were
minors. If .you have questions
regarding this bulletin contact
Michele or Connie at the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office at
(863) 763-3117, ext. 240 or visit
the FDLE web site at
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us


Mrs. Curry said Frankesha was
in Okeechobee visiting her grand-
mother when Frank Berry appar-
ently put her in his GMC pickup
truck and left the area.
Although it's not known exact-
ly where Frank Berry lives, it is
known that he has family in Palm
Beach County.
The child and her mother live
in Monticello.
If anyone has information on
the whereabouts of Frankesha Ali
Berry, they are asked to contact
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at (863) 763-3117.


can recommend that he be
released or sent to an appropriate
placement within DJJ's system,
possibly a Level 8 facility.
"The principal focus, what the
legislature has set forth, is that the
juvenile justice system is one of
rehabilitation as opposed to the
adult system which is one of pun-
ishment," explained Mr. Richard-
son.
He went on to say that he has
not filed a petition yet on the latest
count against the boy, and that
this is one of the "most difficult
experiences" he has had to han-
dle since becoming a prosecuting
attorney.
If the boy had been 18 or older,
the charges would have been
capital felonies.


Tourism

Continued From Page 1
and heating oil prices and rising
interest rates will also impact trav-
el plans, but they shouldn't keep
people away, Pitegoff said. They
mostly will make visitors adjust
how long they stay and how
much they'll spend while here, he
said.
"The first thing that we saw
when gas prices went to close to
$3 a gallon ... was that visitors
coming here wanted to spend
less on eating out," he said.
Still, he expected tourist
spending to increase more than
the predicted 3.2 percent jump in
visitors.
Another concern is that other
states and destinations are catch-
ing up to Florida in the amount
they spend on tourism marketing,
Brill said. Oregon spends just $1
million less than Visit Florida on
advertising, he said.
The bulk of Visit Florida's
$24.7 million annual public budg-
et comes from rental car sur-
charges. The budget will probably
be the same next year, Nocera
said.

Winning Lottery
numbers
TALLAHASSEE (AP) No
ticket matched all six Florida
Lotto numbers, which resulted
in a rollover that produced an
estimated $38 million jackpot
for the next drawing, lottery offi-
cials said Thursday.
A total of 129 tickets matched
five numbers to win $5,181
each; 7,115 tickets matched four
numbers for $76 each; and
147,596 tickets matched three
numbers for $5 each.
The winning Florida Lotto
numbers selected Wednesday:
8-12-38-44-47-50.


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Community Events

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 con-
tact 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.

Red Class offers training classes
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch will be holding dis-
aster training classes each month, January through April. Each class
will cover different areas Red Cross disaster training. Interested par-
ties 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 Okeechobee. The class schedule is: Jan. 26, Feb. 23,
March 23 and April 20.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The con-
test is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who
are home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays
have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five
through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary".
Jan. 17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's
birth. "The Santa Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to
the Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject
chosen for grades nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certifi-
cates and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the con-
testants. 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.

Salvation Army needs bell ringers
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for its bell ringers pro-
gram. 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 Salva-
tion Army, contact Kip Gardner at (863) 357-0427. The bell ringer pro-
gram is the Salvation Army's basic fundraising program during the
Christmas season.

Farmer's Market resumes normal hours
The Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday from 4 until 7:30
p.m. 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 informa-
tion, call (863) 467-1066.

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from
the sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E.
For information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol
unit in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being
recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision
for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior 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 would 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.








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Students will be boarding The Polar Express


Mrs. Noonan's class at Ever-
glades Elementary School is enjoy-
ing special Christmas songs and
activities including a
play and movie day.
We are learning,
to string fre-
quency words
to make short
sentences. Every-
one is excited about the upcoming
holidays.
Mrs. Moore's class is really
enjoying learning about holiday
customs from all over the world.
Parents, please remember to keep
practicing our sight words as well
as letters and sounds.
Everglades Elementary School
is please to announce the students
of the week for the week of Dec. 5.
In Ms. Hollin's class they are
Sergio Pineda and Dakota Myers.
In Ms. Murrish's class they are Bri-
ley Sell and Daniel Ruiz. In Ms.
Laskey's class they are Quinn
Hawkins and Lisette Yanez. In Ms.
Wisecarver's class they are Nelson
Liberato and Valentin Perez. In Ms.
Osuldsen's class they are Christo-
pher Ludwig and Mariah Whaley.
In Ms. Parrish's class they are Gail
Sparkman and Rolsalio Elias and
in Ms. Bartlett's class they are
Ramon Alvarez and Richard
Spiess. Congratulations to all of
Everglades' Students of the Week.

Second grade
Second grades at Everglades
Elementary School will be board-
ing The Polar Express the week of
Dec. 12. Our journey will start


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submitted to UKeecnobee News
John Paul Jones sailor, Jennifer Cassels visited Everglades Student Council and thanked the
students for writing letters, drawing pictures and sending cards to the sailors on board.


when we have a special guest con-
ductor, Mr. Bill Ball, punch our
train tickets. We are traveling to the
North Pole in our pajamas while
sipping hot cocoa. Our Polar
Express theme unit will continue
on its track throughout the whole
week with numerous activities.
Our travels took us to the Ever-
glades Cafeteria on Tuesday to
watch a great Christmas play. We
stopped by the Arctic on Thursday,


Dec. 15 to see the movie, "March
of the Penguins." We are eagerly
awaiting our adventure and will
see you when we return. From all
of the second grade teachers and
students at Everglades Elementary,
have a safe and happy holiday sea-
son.

Third grade
Ms. Hunt's class this week has


continued working on elapsed
time in math. Starting out, it was
very difficult, but now the students
are starting to understand how to
add and subtract time. Soon we
will start using television schedules
in math. In Science, we are read-
ing about soils and all the exciting
parts of soil. It is not as exciting as
our last 'chapter on volcanoes, but
we are learning tons of things we
didn't know.


School board member achieves certification


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County School
Board member Joe Arnold went
the second mile when he
achieved the distinction of Certi-
fied Board Member from the
Florida School Boards Associa-
tion, The certification requires
96 hours of training in eleven
areas. However, Mr. Arnold
completed 153 hours of training.
Not only is he the only mem-
ber of the local school board to
achieve certification, he is one
of the elite group of only 89 Cer-


tified Board Members in the
state.
Mr. Arnold said he had been
working on certification since
December of 2002, shortly after
his election to the board.
Although courses were required
in eleven areas, the reason Mr.
Arnold amassed so many hours
is that he took extra courses in
the areas where he was weak
such as school finance.
He said that training for certi-
fication helped him to under-
stand the system, how all the
parts work and the roles of the
different players. It also helped


him to understand the jargon
associated with' education
administration.
Mr. Arnold is still taking
courses and. said he will contin-
ue to do as long as there is
something to learn.
"If you believe in education,
get educated," he added.
The Certified Board Member
Program is a voluntary training
program for individual board
members. The program pro-
vides leadership training for
school board members as they
strive to enhance student learn-
ing opportunities in their com-


. munities and to advance excel-
lence and promote equity in
public education. Training top-
ics in the program include stu-
dent learning, school finance,
legislative processes, policy-
making, strategic planning,
school law, community involve-
ment, advocacy for public edu-
cation, diversity, employee rela-
tions, and current trends and
issues.
"He is one of the select few
that have not only completed
the required hours, but has gone
far, far above," was the com-
ment of Dr. Patricia Cooper,
superintendent of schools, on
Mr. Arnold's achievements. At
the school board meting on Dec.
6 she presented him with a
plaque recognizing his achieve-
ment. She said it was a joy to
recognize a board member that
is that dedicated.


Mrs. Jasper's class has started
learning about multiplication in
math class. We are having so
much fun learning how to multi-
ply. We are also working on a writ-
ing project where each student
teaches the teacher how to do
something fun such as make a
paper boat or throw a fastball
pitch. We are excited to get our
final writing piece and share with
each other. We can't believe how
quickly third grade is passing by.

Fourth grade
Mrs. Robertson's, Mrs. Wil-
son's, Mrs. Fuller's and Mrs.
Davis's fourth grade classrooms
are busy writing. Everyday we
write a 'quick write' paper tell all
about an interesting object. We are
diagramming narrative stories to
identify the elements and remem-
ber to fill in with lots of interesting
details. We are practicing descrip-
tive phases and figurative language
to use in our narrative and exposi-
tory essays. We are learning to cut
and paste instead of re-writing
when we leave out important
details. We never knew writing
could be this much fun.

Student Council
News
The students, faculty and staff
at Everglades Elementary School
are beginning an exciting Pen Pal
project with the sailors aboard the


USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53).
This ship is a Guided Missile
Destroyer, currently deployed with
the Seventh Fleet of the United
States Navy and home based in
San Diego, Calif. Over the summer,
this ship has been deployed in the
Pacific, joining the Seventh Fleet in
war games with other countries.
Many of the sailors receive little or
no mail from the U.S.
The students and faculty will be
writing letters and sending cards
addressed to 'Any John Paul Jones
Sailor' to be distributed to the
sailors. The soldiers aboard the
John Paul Jones will be writing
back t6 our students. All of the let-
ters will be boxed and mailed from
Everglades Elementary and all
return correspondence will come
to the school. The students will
sign their letter with only their first
names and no student information
will be given out. Each class can
participate from the kindergarten
students drawing pictures and
writing simple stories to our more
experiences letter writers in the
upper grades. Writing letters is a
practical way to reinforce the writ-
ing skills that we have learned.
We are very excited about this
year-long project. The students
can show their support for our
troops in a small way.
The John Paul Jones has a web
site that can be visited to see pic-
tures of the ship and her crew at
www.john-paul-jones.navy.mil


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for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.


IRCC offers


sign classes
Indian River Community Col-
lege will offer sign languages
classes for students who need
to fulfill the foreign language
requirement for their degree
and for anyone interested in
learning sign language. Stu-
dents enrolled in American Sign
Language I (SPA1612) will learn
conversational sign language
and the basic grammatical and
expressive skills through vari-
ous activities. This class will
meet on Mondays from Jan. 9
through May 1 from 5 until 8:30
p.m. at the IRCC St. Lucie West
Campus in Port St. Lucie. Stu-
dents completing American
Sign Language I may increase
their skills by enrolling in Ameri-
can Sign Language II
(SPA1613). This course will
teach the intermediate level of
grammatical and conversation-
al skills with an expanded
vocabulary. The class will meet
on Wednesday from Jan. 11
through May 3 from 5 until 8:30
p.m. at the IRCC St. Lucie West
Campus.
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For more information, call
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CHRISTMAS: In response to the person who says Christmas is
not in the Bible, the Bible is not the only holy book that Christians
have. There are many books that help us learn about the message
of Jesus Christ. The Bible is the original account of the life of Jesus,
but the Christian religions evolved over 2,000 years through prayer
and study and divine inspiration. Also, the Bible has been translat-
ed into many languages so there is some interpretation. As for
Santa, that started with St. Nicholas who lived in the third century
in what is now Turkey. He was a bishop. He had inherited money
and he gave it to poor children, sometimes anonymously. One.
story is that he threw the money in a window and it landed in their
shoes or stockings, which were set by the fire to dry. It is a Euro-
pean tradition to put out stockings or shoes for small presents
from "St. Nick". The American Santa is based on the stories about
St. Nicholas, who was a real person and is a canonized saint,
which means Christians believe he is in heaven. But Americans
commercialized the story to sell more toys, and added in the part
about the North Pole and the reindeer.

RESPECT: This war on Christmas needs to stop. I have seen it
on TV also people complaining that the nativity scene insults
them or intrudes on their religion. It is ridiculous. If it irfsults you
then I am sorry for you, but have you ever taken into thought that
your religious decorations may insult others? It is like. anything
else, if it offends you then do not look at it or go where it is present
-- pretty simple right? Everyone should be able to celebrate how
ever they would like, even if it is frowned upon by others You
should respect someone's belief or if they do not believe then it
should also be respected but to tell someone or a city that they
cannot decorate it with certain decorations isn't right. As far as the
meaning, I celebrate it because Christ was born on that day. We
exchange presents and have a tree but I am not really sure why. I
do not question the beliefs or ways of others and neither should
anyone else. In the Webster dictionary Christmas is defined as: "A
Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ". If you really want
to get technical break it down: Christ was a prophet of the first cen-
tury and to Christians he was both God and man; the Messiah was
sent to save the human race from the sin it inherited through the
fall of man; and Mas is possibly derived from mass the cele-
bration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic church and some
Protestant churches. There you have it, a celebration of Christ!

STAMPS: I went to buy stamps the other day at a local store and
the girl who was at the counter told me she was relieving the per-
son who usually works there. I asked her to ask someone where
the stamps were and when she came-back, she said that there
were no stamps in the store and that I would have to go to the post
office. On my way out of the store, I saw the assistant manager of
the store and I asked again about stamps. He opened the drawer
and it was full of stamps. It didn't seem to bother the girl from the
other counter that she sent me off to the post office to buy stamps.
I guess everybody who works in the stores here is rude.

DCF: I am calling about DCF. I just wanted to make a point to
the community that when you are dealing with DCF and you are
doing good for yourself, DCF just wants to shoot you down. I am a
single mother of two, and I have done lots of things for my chil-
dren. You call to tell DCF about it and they ask, "How can you do
it?" I thought that the caseworkers at DCF were supposed to be on
your side?

SPENDING: This is for the snowbird who thinks that Okee-
chobee will not survive without your few dollars wrong. You are
probably from'places where you most likely don't spend anything
anyway. If you don't like the way you are treated here, you should
know the way home.

STORM DEBRIS: I was wondering about those of us who had to
wait on our insurance companies to come and assess hurricane
damage. We still have stuff that needs to be thrown out. We were
wondering if the regular garbage truck would pick it all up if we
put it at the edge of the road, or do we have to call someone since
we missed the last hurricane debris pickup? (Editor's Note: If you-
missed the debris removal done by the Florida Department of
Transportation, then you should call Waste Management at (863)
763-4818 to see about arranging to have your debris removed.)


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Community Events


Program helps non-profit clubs
The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, along with Walker
Brothers Circus, has crated a fundraising program designed to assist
local non-profit clubs and organizations in the fundraising goals. The
Walker Brothers Circus will be appearing at the Agri-Civic Center, 4200
S.R. 70 E., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5. Local non-profit
organizations seeking fundraising project opportunities should con-
tact John Mazzola, Agri-Civic Center director, at (863) 763-1666 for

details and information.

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

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

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

Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sun-
days from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 763-2171.


Upcoming Events

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

Saturday
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, which
is located next to the driver's license office at 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a
self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other
intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychi-
atric illness. It's an open discussion group. For information, call (863)
467-1026.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles hold a ride every Saturday, weather
permitting. Beginning Dec. 3, the group will meet at 7 a.m. at the
Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St. The ride will leave at 7:30 a.m.
Anyone interested in riding is invited. For information, contact Holly
Stewart at (863) 610-1251; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6527; or, Gene
Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841.

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.

Monday
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group.-For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N.
Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting.
The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September. For
information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten-
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
SLake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interest-
ed are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
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) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a mem-
ber is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-


6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at
7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Every-
one is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people
who have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizo-
phrenia, 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 information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.


Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American
Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted
at any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N.
Park St. Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurri-
cane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a
Red Cross receipt.


Community Events


Santa to be in Park #4
Santa Claus will be in Flagler Park #4 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.

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

Church hosting 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 Friday, Dec. 16, at 7
p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-1699.

IFAS agent on radio talk show
Family Stations, Inc., will host a radio talk show Saturday,
Dec. 17, at 7:30 a.m. The special guest will be Cesar Asuate,
regional specialized extension faculty agent agriculture farm
labor education and safety from the IFAS program at the Uni-
versity of Florida. The topic of the show will be training sessions
and programs in Spanish, including restricted-use pesticide
license certification training and farm safety programs. The
show will be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and
on 100.3 FM. For information, contact Cesar Asuate at (561)
233-1727,

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 spon-
sored by Maximum Tanning. There will be trophies and prizes
for the different age groups. Contestants can register at Maxi-
mum 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
outdoor 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 Yolan-
da 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 Rauler-
son at (863) 467-4828.

Lighted Boat Parade is planned
The annual lighted boat parade sponsored by the Okee-
chobee Yacht Club will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 6
p.m.'in Taylor Creek behind Burger King. The parade will con-
tinue down Taylor Creek and turn left at Lock 7, then continue
to the VFW and Butch's Fish Camp. This year Butch's Redneck
Yacht Club will join in the parade. Anyone interested in joining
the parade should call Bette Moldenhauer at (863) 467-4782; or,
Terry Burroughs at (863) 697-6325.

Elks will host Law and Order awards
The Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2558, S.R. 70 E., will hold it
annual 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 person and are available at the Elk's Lodge, the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office, the Okeechobee City Police
Department and the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Depart-
ment. For information, call Tom Elmore at (863) 763-7370 or
(863) 801-3142.

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 scram-
bled 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
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 Christ-
mas. For information, call (863) 763-6626.

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 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
beginning 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.







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Other Area. News


FEMA, Red Cross respond to concern


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By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to Okeechobee News
Twenty-six-year-old Sabrina
Andrews thought after her home
was destroyed in Hurricane
Wilma that the federal govern-
ment would step up to help cover
her losses. At the very least they
would provide her with some-
thing to help her start a new life
along with her two children in
Georgia.
Her house in Clewiston had
been left devastated, having
ripped clear in half. The posses-
sions she had purchased in the
few years she lived there were
gone, too, even the videogames
that kept her two boys occupied.
She would not receive help
from FEMA, though. Weeks after
moving out of the ruined home
and with her parents, she received
a letter telling her she was ineligi-
ble for help.
Hers is a case that seems to
have a pronounced resonance in
the Glades. It is a situation that
hundreds of others here have
come to experience in the wake of
the storm.
Suffering with bipolar disorder,
and responsible for a child that
may have undiagnosed autism,
Sabrina looked forward to help
from FEMA with all the small hope
a person in that situation can ever
aim to muster.
Her insurance company came
forward to help, only with an
amount too low for such a big
loss.


In the end, she only hoped
FEMA would one day tell her why
they could not help.
At a town hall meeting last
week in Belle Glade, FEMA did.
The meeting, organized by the
city of Belle Glade and held at the
city hall chambers, involved the
three key agencies responsible for
post-hurricane work: The Ameri-
can Red Cross, the Small Business
Administration and FEMA.
It gave residents an opportuni-
ty to speak directly to FEMA repre-
sentatives, and representatives the
chance to properly inform storm
victims as to their collective
recourse. The agencies took the
blame for the things that went
wrong, focused on what went
right, and offered to continue
working with residents in the hur-
ricane relief effort.
In that way, one by one, mem-
bers of the audience spoke up
about their concerns, citing every-
thing from what they said were
insensitive inspectors ruling out
their eligibility before setting even
a foot in their homes, to the trou-
ble they have in now acquiring a
house in which to live.
One member of the audience,
a man, turned to the Hispanic
crowd in the chambers to inspire
them to ask the questions that
have pestered them through their
ordeal. "Let us hear and speak
with one voice," he said in Span-
ish. "We as a community want
answers. We know how much
time is lost in telephone calls."
One misconception FEMA


cleared at the meeting as in
Sabrina's case one of the most
common questions involves those
victims of the storm with home-
owner's insurance. Most of the
insured were indeed turned down
by the governmental agency fol-
lowing the storm because FEMA
does not pay the deductible
amount that repairs to those
homes require, representatives
said.
In some cases, those
deductible amounts easily enter
the tens of thousands of dollars.
With homeowners in the Glades
unable to afford paying such a
large amount at once, their next
option is to apply for a loan under
the SBA, which can provide up to
$200,000 in loans to replace a
home, or up to $40,000 to replace
personal possessions.
Several who had worked with
FEMA in addressing their damage
said the information had never
been given to them. One of those
was Maggie Jones, a Belle Glade
resident whose home suffered
considerable damage as a result
of the storm.
Last year, after two hurricanes
hit her area, she also did not quali-
fy for help from FEMA. All she has
received this year, she claimed, is a
small reimbursement check to
pay for the saw she bought to cut
down the fallen trees on her prop-
erty. The insured homeowner said
the reason why her case was
rejected was never clearly
explained to her in the weeks fol-
lowing the hurricane.


"This information is not being
given to the people," she said in
frustration. "You don't hide noth-
ing from the people."
Others agreed that the misin-
formation continues to cause
delays.
"People are in a personal cri-
sis," said Cynthia Lararmore of
Belle Glade. "People are still living
in half-trailers and apartments
without roofs."
For their part, FEMA seemed
eager to distribute the information
at the meeting, urging residents
who felt their cases had not been
properly reviewed to meet with
case workers set up outside the
meeting place. "FEMA is a door
with many keys," one of the repre-
sentatives said.
"I'm telling people they should
be attentive, and almost adamant,
in making sure that their case is
heard," said Brian Gibbons, with
FEMA's public information depart-
ment after the meeting. "Some
inspectors are very good, some
are not. You have the opportunity
to challenge that."
Mr. Gibbons said the disaster
response center set up in Belle
Glade would continue to be open
to answer questions of residents.
If for any reason anyone feels they
were not properly serviced as a
few audience members also
claimed their cases were denied
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By Mark Young
Special to Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN The reac-
tion from the Sanibel City Commis-
sion was less than what was
expected, according to some of the
Moore Haven High School Ameri-
can Government seniors who took
a class trip to present a power-point
presentation in defense of the rural
Lake Okeechobee area.
The city of Sanibel's lawsuit
against the South Water Florida
Management District, in an attempt
to halt the release of water from
Lake Okeechobee, and subsequent
comments and suggestions that
somehow rural communitierare to
blame for bad water now flowing
down the Caloosahatchee River,
caused .an immediate backlash
from rural residents and businesses
alike.
When a Lee County commis-
sioner suggested that the sugar-
cane fields be flooded with the
excess water from the lake, it drew
criticism from U.S. Sugar, State Sen-
ator Dave Aronberg (D-
Greenacres) and U.S Congressman
Mark Foley (R-Fla.). When public
comments were made regarding
the agricultural industry around
Lake Okeechobee as being respon-
sible for the majority of the "bad
water'" flowing, into the river, it
drew a different kind of fire.
Moore Haven High School stu-
dents embarked on a mission to
discover the truth and within that
quest, discovered that the primary
source of "bad water" was not so
much from Lake Okeechobee than
the ongoing development in the
Tampa and Cape Coral areas that is
sending the runoff from that devel-
opment into the river. The ongoing
releases from the lake does appear
to be harming the estuaries around
the river, however no one has a firm
control on Mother Nature.


The students wanted to present
the results of their fact-finding proj-
ect to the Sanibel City Commission
and were initially invited, then
removed from the agenda, and
then re-invited with the condition
that they had to be completed with
their presentation within the first 10
minutes of the meeting. '
The students were warmly
greeted to the city, but the reception
was far cooler at the city commis-
sion meeting where following the
presentation, the students were
informed that, "This train has
already left the station."
Some of the students were dis-
appointed in the reaction, calling
the reception narrow-minded and
that it appeared that they, "didn't
care."
"How is it going to look if adults
listen and take advice from stu-
dents," asked Crystal Drake, Ameri-
can Government teacher at Moore
Haven High School?
"Well, how is it going to look
when those adults are proven
wrong by a bunch of students," one
fired back.
Indeed, and the students don't
plan on giving'up anytime soon.
Ms. Drake informed her class that
the Army Corps of Engineers would
like to see their power point presen-
tation and the students are follow-
ing up with a letter to Florida Gover-
nor Jeb Bush to counter the letters
sent to the governor's office by
Sanibel.
In a follow up to their presenta-
tion, Ms. Drake invited John Capece
Ph.D., who represents Southern
DataStream and is a member of an
environmental group called River-*
watch.
The class asked which cities
have water running into the river
and were informed that Moore
Haven and LaBelle are joined by
Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Alva, Port
LaBelle, and Ortona as the primary


cities who discharge water into the
river, but Dr. Capece also said that
no water samples had been taken
downstream from any of these
cities and that in fact no samples
can be taken south of the Franklin
Locks.
Dr. Capece also admitted that in
all likelihood, the lawsuit is a waste
of time and money and that any suit
between government agencies
diverts money away from such
important items as education. Dr.
Capece also said that the issue with
flooding fields would be held up
further in the courts by the eminent
domain issues involving private
landowners, to which Florida Attor-
ney General Charlie Crist virtually
guaranteed that the government
would not take land from a private
Florida landowner when eminent
domain was enacted.
The first such case of a potential
eminent domain issue in Florida
has already drawn national atten-
tion as the city of Rivera Beach is
attempting to move out older
homes to make way for a billion-
dollar development plan.
The city is labeling some homes
as inhabitable even though those
same homes have been increasing
as much as 34 percent over the last
year.
A small example of what is in
store for any suggestions that sugar
cane growers be moved off their
land as one area claims it's for the
"greater good" as the laws of emi-
nent domain requires before even
gaining consideration.
. In the end, the students feel that
the money would be better spent
on further research as opposed to
legal action between two govern-
mental agencies, which will come
out of the taxpayers' pockets. The
agricultural industry has gained a
valuable ally in the Audubon Soci-
ety of Florida who states on their
Web site that they would rather


have agriculture in place as
opposed to urban development
because farmers and ranchers are
doing a good job in monitoring the
levels of phosphorus that are
drained off their land. Congress-
man Foley pointed out that the larg-
er businesses like U.S. Sugar have
reduced "dramatically" their output
and have an aggressive plan in
place to further reduce the levels of
phosphorus that drain into the lake.
The students will not yield in this
endeavor until their message has
been delivered and heard by all
those involved. And in the end, they
hope a peaceful middle ground is
found.
"Everybody has different view-
points," said one student. "But if
you do everything together rather
than against each other, you can get
more done."


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ri-day Events


fi. Ani ringers
Tlhe 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.

Cmbi~rh3y 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 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.

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.


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.

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. Second St. Per-
formances will be Friday and Satur-
day, Dec 16 and 17, at 7 pm. A Sun-
day, Dec. 18, performance will
begin at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
For information, call (863) 634-
7714.

Christmas gala
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 children. 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 tour
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
Big Lake Missions Outreach is
sponsoring their 11 th 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 Mis-
sions at (863) 763-5725. For mone-
tary donations, checks should be
made out to Big Lake Missions Out-
reach.

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


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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Christmas greeting
D C Ranch used the medium of a giant Christmas card in
Flagler Park to wish one and all a Merry Christmas.


Under construction
New Testament Baptist Church's float in the Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown
featured a construction site and the message that their lives are a.work in progress.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Okeechobee on Saturday, Dec. 10,


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.

Holiday photos
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 maybe of communi-
ty or family celebrations in the
Okeechobee area.,

Church 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.
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FACOG
is pleased to announce the
opening of his office for the
practice of Gynecology
1300 N. Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-763-8000
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Office Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 8 AM TO 6 PM
& Wed. 8 AM TO 4:30 PM


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SIGALOW, M.D.
BOARD CERTIFIED
IN UROLOGY
215 N.E. 19th Dr.
Okeechobee
(863) 763-0217


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family. His extensive 24 year career in the
automotive industry makes him a valuable
addition to the Gilbert team. Mark looks forward to
continuing his service to serve the Okeechobee
community. If you have any questions please feel free
to call him directly at (863) 763-3154 or stop by and
visit him at 3550 Hwy 441 South in Okeechobee.


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


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Barbershop singers
change meeting day
The group of men who sing a
cappella harmony in the barber-
shop quartet
style have changed their
meeting night to Monday
evenings at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center,
1646 U.S. 441 N. Any one who
enjoys singing harmony is invit-
ed, and urged to bring a friend.
For information, contact Charlie
Bradham at (863) 467-6347.

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become
a volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship
program. It's a proven life-
changing program that provides
four-year college scholarships
to deserving sixth and ninth
graders in local communities.
The mentor meets with the stu-
dent one hour per week at
his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in
Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie
and Okeechobee counties.
Please call the Indian River
Community College Foundation
at (772) 462-4786.

Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N.,
is looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time.or talents you
would like to share, call Jordan
Bernay at (863) 357-0047.

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk
with your creditors about devel-
oping a revised payment sched-
ule or call Consumer Credit
Counseling Service for a free
and confidential appointment.
For information, call (561) 434-
2544 or (800) 330-2227.

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church
Lending Library, on. the corner
of northwest Second Street and
Second Avenue. Entertain or
educate yourself, using 486
audiocassettes, including audio
books, plus Christian romances
and 575 videos. Prepare a paper
on comparative religion, a book
report, programs for men,
women or children, a craft proj-
ect or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and
public libraries. As a private
library we can and do preview
our media. Currently, the library
is staffed Sunday from 930 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m., and Wednes-
day evening from 6 until 8.p.m.
Contact Doris Entry at (863)
763-4021.

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and Eng-
lish as a second language class-
es at these locations: Dixon
Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth
Ave., English as second lan-
guage 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, Adult
basic education/GED, Tuesday
and Thursday from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson
SDairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday 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 Cen-


tro 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, Mon-
day through Thursday, from 6
until 9 p.m.; Everglades Ele-
mentary, 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 Thurs-
day from 7 until 9 p.m.


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Auctions 105
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KITTEN -6wks old. Male, tiger
strip. Vic. of Oak Park, Dec.
7th. Please call with any info.
(863)763-7564


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. Reward! Please
call (863)763-0466
RED NOSE TIC- Female,
Short, Vic of Country Village.
If found Please call
(863)673-0678 Reward


JACK RUSS/BLUE HEALER
Energetic, needs lots of rooms
to run: Housebroken. lyr old.
Friendly dog. (863)697-6309
RABBIT MANURE- FREE,
(863)635-4690.


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




Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
(863)467-9800
DO NOT CALL
AFT. 3:30pm




EXPERIENCED SERVERS,
COOKS & DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
Apply Within'
1111 S. Parrot Ave.


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Carpenters, Remodelers
Ceramic Tile, Aluminum
Enclosures, Masonary
& Helpers
Must have tools and
transportation. Bilingual a
must. Good pay and
benefits. Work in Hendry
County. Call (954)497-3591,
leave message or fax
resume to 954-497-0842.
Start Date: Jan. 2, 2006
Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
863-467-5000




HEAVY EQUIPMENT
OPERATORS
Exp. only need apply.
Scrapers, Loaders,
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
Okeechobee Counties.
DFWP, E0E
Call (800)537-3031 for
info or fax resume to
(561)799-5650
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
self-motivated,
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376

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
mm 184 FL. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
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PIZZA HUT
GRAND RE-OPENING
Now hiring all Staff & Drivers.
Apply at Okeechobee
restaurant location from
9am-5pm, Monday-Friday


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.


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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

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


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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

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

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


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

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.
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.
WAITRESSES & DELIVERY
PEOPLE NEEDED: FT/PT
Apply in person after 3:30 pm.
@ Antoinette's Restaurant,
3651 Hwy. 441 South,
Treasure Island Plaza


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



HANDYMAN P/T. Mature re-
sponsible person to perform'
lawn maintenance, light car-
pentry, basic repair & mainte-
nance at Ig pvt home. 20hrs a
week, must be dependable.
(863)467-6470


LOOKING FOR RETIRED
WOMEN To sit with elderly
lady Tues. & Thurs. 9am to
8pm 863-675-7410 La Belle
Position Available for Female
to provide companionship & to
prepare meals for elderly
woman w/ Alzheimers disease.
Every other Saturday,
11am-8pm & every Sunday
8am-5pm. $10 hr.
Call for details (863)634-4458

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens S Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.,
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies'/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools a Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





A//C, for mobile home, with
heater, 3 ton, works perfect,
$150. (863)467-6434


AIR CONDITIONER- Miller, for
mobile home, $500
(863)674-1181
Air Conditioners, (1) 11Ov &
(1) 220v (w/heat), $100 for
both will sell separately.
(772)971-9474.


CAST BATH TUB w/claw feet,
$250 (863)467-0376
ICE CREAM PARLOR CHAIRS
(4) Vintage. Bent wood
w/cane seats. $100.
(863)763-1997
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
SHERATON 8 place rose pat-
tern, w/bread plates, Made in
England by Johnson Bros.
$350/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


DRYER- Kenmore, very nice
shape, $65 guaranteed &
free delivery(863)675-8937.
ELECTRIC RANGE Hotpoint,
glass top, self cleaning oven.
Good condition. $100
(863)675-4858
RANGE- Maytag, electric,
white, excellent condition,
$175 (863)824-8749.
REFRIGERATOR- Full size, Ex-
cellent condition $100. or
best offer (863)673-56186
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
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WASHER, Kenmore, White,,
Used. Heavy duty. Excellent
condition. $200.
(863)467-1973


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


BICYCLE, boys, good condi-
tion, $15.(863)467-6984
BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO -
Crestline tandem bike, excel.
cond. $250 (863)357-7406
BICYCLE, woman's, 10 spd.,
good condition, $20.
(863)467-6984
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
lOth YS Ad in Caloosa Belle



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



STORE FRONT DISPLAY
WALL'- Moveable w/Shelves
& Outlet. 9Hx16'Lx3'D.
(863)763-1187


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. (863)763-9135


DALE EARNHARDT SR Nascar
collection, $400.
(863)467-0376
PRO-MOLD mini snap tight
collectible card holders 50
each (863)467-1484



HP DESKTOP runs Windows
XP Home Ed. Printer included.
Excellent condition. $400.
(863)983-7269 Leave Msg.


ANIMAL PAINTINGS: 6 20x
24" &.1 Small. By: Cooper.
Beautifully matted/framed. Exc.
cond. $150. 863-467-7659
BED: Twin w/mattress, box-
spring & frame. Very good
condition!.Almost brand new.
$60 (863)634-2094 Jennifer.
BEDROOM SET -7pc. Full sz
bed, light wd w/ painted bows
& pink flowers. Brand new.
$700 neg. (863)227-0199
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
CEDAR CHEST- 2, Solid cedar
$250 or will separate
(863)467-4328
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.
CORNER COMPUTER DESK -
w/shelf, good shape, large,
$50/neg (863)634-5095
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-
ons, $50 (863)467-4175.


CRIB & CHANGING TABLE,
exc. cond., Jenny Lind, hon-
ey color,.$120 for both.
(863)763-8331
Desk & China Cabinet $175
for all, will sep.
(863)675-2992
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
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 $35 or best offer
(863)467-2153
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,
$150. (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 tbie 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- 7' curved, Ethan Allen,
Slip covered in jewel tones.
$100 or. best offer.
(863)763-1861 Leave msg
SOFA'S- 2, Sleeper sofa,
Brown & white & 1 black
$50 'or will separate
863-447-1141
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



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $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.


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



HEXAGON DUMB BELLS -
5-50 Ibs, with rack, $300
(863)357-2829
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- Sears, Good
condition $125
(863)467-0109


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Ready 12/22-8wks. Shots, pa-
pers/health cert. $700-$800.
(863)673-4200/228-2140
RABBIT tame, litter box
trained $10 (863)635-4690
Frostproof
RAT TERRIER PUPPY- male,
black & white, ready for
Christmas $100
.(863)763-2081 or 634-9684
RED NOSE PUPPIES, UKC reg.
863-357-0985 or
863-261-2112
SHIH-TZU, female, 2'/2 yrs.
old, $400. (863)697-3346



GARDEN TUB: White. $100.
(863)763-8085
WATER SOFTENER, Kenmore,
asking $250.
(863)467-8504


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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
RIDING MOWER: Snapper,
42" cut, $500
863)675-4882
Scott's,Garden Lawn tractor,
16hp 42" mower, good con-
dition, $500 (863)675-7290
call for appointment


100 YOUNG CROSSBRED
COWS- some calves at side
(941)741-1509.
GOATS For sale $75
(863)697-3247


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WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift,
160lbs of weights, additional
weight lift bar $80
(863)467-5756



TRANE UNIT HEATER Elec-
tric, horizontal/vertical model
UHEC. Com/resi. Brand new.
$750 (772)260-6318


EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $575
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
LADIES GOLD ANTIQUE
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $500 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee
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CRAFT-MATIC BED -Complete
$500 (863)634-9536 or
(863)763-9527
ELEC. SCOOTER, 4 whl base
w/foot plate & legs, de-
tachable, exc. cond, $800 or
best offer. (863)810-6149
HANDICAPPED POWER LIFT-
for wheelchair, goes on back
of car, all hook ups, $1000
(863)467-9892
NEW WHEEL CHAIR light
weight, wide seat, 17x17.5
w/seat pad was $575 now
$300 (863)357-8788


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.
EXP. 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
MINI BLINDS (50) Like new,
various sizes, up to 6' wide,
$25 for all. (772)971-9474



GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Statocaster w/Fender 15R am-
plifier. $300. (863)673-3860
PA SYSTEM Small, Fender
basement amp. Microphones,
drum machine $500 or best
offer (863)357-0406
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
Shunting 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-pe'i'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
Last Minute Gift Idea, substi-
tute these ring neck doves
for turtle doves, $25
(863)675-6214 aft 6pm
LHASA APSO- AKC, Female,
spayed, Loving, Great w/kids.
Must sell do to illness. Sacri-
fice $350 863-697-8308 Okee
LOOKING FOR RAT TERRIER-
male, tan & white for breed-
ing (863)763-2081 or
(863)634-9684
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
PUG, ACA, Rare, Black, 1F/2M


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.
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



SUB WOOFER SPEAKER BOX,
15" $100. (863)824-0776
SUB WOOFERS (2) 12" Sony
Explode. 6 months old.
$110. (863)824-0776



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


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
SETTLING TORCH w/hoses,
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527


AIR CONDITIONER 4 or5 ton,
good condition
(561)202-7702
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
WANTED: Used Rugger Pistol,
Semi Automatic.
(863)675-3665
WHEEL CHAIR NEEDED For
Invalid Senior Citizen Lady.
Please call. (863)467-9892
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 84-10
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/.'Supplies 860
Seeds. 'Plants,
Flowers 865




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 BLANKET: Polar
Shield, 78", high quality, ALL
the extras. Paid $140. Used
3x. $40 neg.(772)263-1178
HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook, loves trails $2500.
(863)843-2495.
HORSES 1 beautiful Buck-
skin, 1 Grey Appaloosa Danc-
ing Show Horse. $2200 both
or will sep. (863)227-0199
WESTERN SHOW SADDLE
"Billy Cook". w/Breast strap
S& tie down. $450.
(863)672-9200



LAWN TRAILER: 5X12
w/ramp. New floors, tires &
rims. $695. (863)675-4882
LAWN TRAILER: New. 3'X4',
Balloon Tires. $275.
(863)357-5754
PUSH LAWN MOWER John
Deere w/bagger, used very lit-
tle. $100(863)675-4858
Railroad cross ties $10
(863)697-8225


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


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos,'
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent C60



FURNISHED APT- all utilities
paid, mature adults only, No
pets, on water, Call between
9-7 pm daily (863)357-2044
NW OKEECHOBEE:
2 BR, 2BA, on quite St..
Kids & pets welcome.
$850. mo. & $2200 Moves
you in. (561)795-1965 or
(863)763-6406

ON WATER 1 BR, 1 BA Apt.
w/2 porches (1 enclosed).
Furnished. No pets. Non Smk.
Env. $1000 mo., includes
utilities. 1st, last & $500 sec.
dep. $2500 to move in.
863-532-9150,
102 SE 8th Ave.


BASSWOOD, brand new,
3BR/2BA, 1 garage, $1150
mo. Call Guenter
(561)707-5135.
OKEE- 3br, lba, CBS House
with gar. W/D, Nice area. Near
Blue Heron. No pets $1100.
mo. + 1st, last, $500. sec
dep to move in
(863)610-1000
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
OKEECHOBEE 1500 sq ft. of-
fice, 1 block north of hospital
in Professional Center
$1300/mo (561)795-4240
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 Int teed, Call Judy...
(863)467-0831

Roo mae 95


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


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 104.5
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 100'




OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
TAYLOR CREEK-2br, 1ba.
Ground floor. Motivated
seller. Will not last long!
Club house, swimming
pool, tennis court & marina
w/boat ramp. Call today
for appt! (863)357-3668 or
(863)610-0755


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 I/2 acre
lot. Mature oaks. Very clean.
For Rent $1150 mo., or Sale
$179,900. 809 SE 8th St.
Please call (863)763-5575
EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All appl., Washer & Dryer, TV.
815-342-1477
Hurricane Wind Zone 3
Manufactured &
Modular Homes
Land/Home Packages
Complete Double Section,
Setup &A NC.
From $45,000
STANTON HOMES
1-800-330-6623


LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba, House 2/2 Lots
in BHR. Dock, Seawall, More!
$279,500. (863)467-1077
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/2'/2BA,
in ground pool, 1/1 acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728


New 4 Bed/2/ Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
(863)763-6376
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2, just com-
pleted, 2000 sf. Kings Bay,
$200,000 (561)248-3111 or
(863)467-1280 evenings



PERFECT PRIVATE SETTING!
4br 2ba On 5 wooded acres
w/ lake. 4 bay utility barn,
newly refurbished, concrete
drive & parking. Must See!
Call Jay 863-634-3451
Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
available. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376
Land -SaeI

Five Acres, small pond, land
cleared, Lake Okeechobee
area, pad for house in place,
$160,000. (561)346-1682
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


RUNWAY LOTS, (2), 0.8 acre,
Lots 5 & 6, River Oak Grove
subdivision, $200,000 ea.
(863)467-8889



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 202:'



Home for lease, 2BR 2BA, in
desirable Kings Bay Commu-
nity, immaculate Kitchen,
sun porch, w/d & nice back
yard, community pool. No
pets & non smoking environ.
$1200 mo. Call Scott
(772)349-2288
LAKE PLACID 3/2 on 2 acres
Lg. DW, 29 mls. from Okee-
chobee. Separate Family & Liv.
rms., porches, water system,
:W/D_$800.moe + 1st, last.&
,$500secK(863,357-4844 .
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, lba,
$550/mo, 1st, last, sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.



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HOMES of MERIT '89 -14x60
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Hurr. dam. $15,000/neg. You
move. (863)467-4808
New & Used
Manufactured Homes
Fleetwood, Jacobsen,
Scotbilt, Townhomes.
Best Deals Anywhere.
STANTON HOMES
Clewiston, LaBelle,
Okeechobee, Punta Gorda
1-800-330-8106


OKEE- 2BR, 2BA. 16x66. Set
up in 55+ park. In city limits
Covered deck, all apple. $23K
863-763-6115 Pam orJohn
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.
PARK MODEL '97 2br/2ba,
furnished w/golf cart/comput-
er. On canal, dock/golf course.
$98,500. 863-467-8079
RENT TO OWN
Buy Here- Pay Here
Marginal Credit OK
Clewiston Stanton Homes
863-983-8106 '
SOUTH FLORIDA'S LARGEST
& OLDEST DEALER
VOLUME PRICING
STANTON HOMES
800-330-6266.

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Boats 3005
Campers RVs 301']
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles 'ATVs 3035

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BASS BOAT- '2004, 18' Triton,
& trailer, 150 Merc., 21 hrs
on engine, full warr trans-
ferable, trolling mtr, hot foot,
fishfinder, Must sell paid
$21000 asking $15000 cash
(863)677-1198/805-0556
BAYLINER CAPRI 1988, 85
hp Force, Stereo & Fishfind-
er. $1500 or best offer.
(863)632-9166
BOAT 17ft td haul, excellent
motor, trailer & top, $850
(863)532-9667
CAMPER ENCLOSURE- for
20ft boat, good condition,
was $2500 asking $750
(863)763-5011
CAROLINA SKIFF, 16 Ft., 50
hp Mercury. Very good condi-
ton. Trailer included. Ready to
fish! $2500. (863)599-1239


FIBERGLASS BOAT 171/2, tri
hull, 85h/p Evinrude. trailer w/
new bearings, tires & wheels.
$750 (865)924-9228
MERCURY '69 10 horse
power. $150
(801)673-6926
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
PONTOON BOAT 21 Ft. w/2
25hp motors, canopy & trail-
er. $2500. (863)675-2575
Pontoon Boat, '94, Starcraft,
1995 40hp Mercury, low hrs.,
no trailer, fish ready, $4000.
(765)610-4494
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 lbs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829


Ranger Bass Boat, '83, 150hp
Mercury, lots of new stuff,
great condition, $2500 neg.
(863)634-4056

SEA EAGLE- '01, 12 1/2' in-
flatable. '02 15hp mercury
includes equipment. Runs
great $1750. (863)467-0187

V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft., Alu-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801


DODGE -Class C, older model,
new radials, brakes & tune up.
Sleeps 6. Great shape. $3500
(863)467-8186 / 946-1331

Lakeport, 28' fifth wheel,
w/25' screened room, lot
rent, $140, $4000.
(863)467-8186/941-1331


L-010

TOW BAR: Roadmaster 5250
Falcon w/car side quick dis-
connect kit, tow lights/cover.
$450 (863)675-2567 LaBelle
WINNEBEGO REALDO '96 -
excel cond., low miles,
$22,500 Or trade for late
model truck (863)467-8798


FLEETWOOD TERRY TAURUS
1985 25ft, sleeps 6, excel-
lent condition includes hitch,
$3500 (239)728-5602



BOAT MOTOR 1996 Long
Shaft, 30 hp Evinrude, 0/B.
Excellent condition. $800.
(863)763-3568/447-4024



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


CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX: of 7
New, Harley Davidson Items.
$200 for all. Call for details.
(863)612-0055
FISHING BOAT- '85, Gregor
18' 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. Iclds hitch mounted tilt
down RC Carrier. $1700
(863)467-0085.
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YAMAHA PW80 1993, Runs
good. Looks good. FMF
Pipe. $700. 954-275-8111
(863)357-1576


GULFSTREAM '05- 36FT, w/2
slide outs, 2br, set up in park
near Okee Tantie,
(863)610-1055
HOLIDAY RAMBLER TRAVEL
TRAILER, '93, 33', new re-
frig., a/c etc., good cond.,
Moving Must Sell. $7500
neg. (772)468-2377
Terry Travel Trailer, '94, 27',
like new, used very little, must
see, avail. Jan. 1, Okeechobee,
$7,000. (863)763-8709 or
(610)283-3416 or email
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Automobiles



Automobiles 40i05
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 40i20O
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4015
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070







ACURA INTEGRA 1997 new
paint, detailed, black, $4900
(863)634-3451

CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE,
'83, 4 door, good shape,
$1500. (863)357-1821
CHEVY CORSICA '90 New
battery, alternator, good tires.
Dependable. 1st $550 takes it.
(863)532-9700 / 467-1547
CHEVY LUMINA '95- V6 se-
dan, great condition, $2000
or best offer (863)610-4676
or (863)763-0257.
FORD ESCORT- '95, 5 spd,
$1000/neg (863)357-6775.
FORD MUSTANG '94, V6, Low
miles. Looks & Runs good.
Well maintained. $2500
863-467-7049/561-261-9274
FORD TAURUS STATION
WAGON, '87, runs good,
body good, $500.
(863)634-8019
MERCURY SABLE 1993 for
parts or repair $300
(863)763-0920 or 801-1970


FORD THUNDERBIRD, '90,
red, needs work, $250 or
best offer. (863)484-0305 of
(863)763-8318
HONDA ACCORD '90- LX, 4dr,
runs good, low miles, $1800
(863)634-1909/634-3931 or
305)797-5011
LINCOLN TOWNCAR 1988 -
low miles, good shape, a/c
cool, very good gas mileage
$1100/neg. (863)517-1753
MERC COUGAR '91- good
condition, new tires, just ser-
viced asking $2000 or best
offer (863)677-4001.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $2500 (863)447-0651
SEABRING JXI'99
Convertible. 70K mi. New
top. Excellent cond. $8500
(863)357-3830
SEBRING CONVERTIBLE- '04,
Red with beige top, Beautiful
3500 mi. Must see $15,000
neg. 863-697-6540
TOYOTA CELICA 1993 5sp,
cold air, $3500
(863)675-5001


CHEVEROLET PICK UP
TRUCK 1955 500 cu. in.
motor. $2500 or best offer.
(863)763-4826
DODGE ASPEN '74 Slant 6,
runs great. Needs minor res-
toration. $500 (863)697-6731
VOLKSWAGON SUPER BEE-
TLE 1971, Brand new motor.
Needs restoration. $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-4826



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
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
UTILITY CAP, for pick up
truck, for 8' bed, $400.
(863)673-5038


TIRES (3) Goodyear Eagles.
P275-55R20 & 3 Dodge
Mag Wheels. $300
(863)467-1901.
TIRES- 4, Mickey Thompson,
15" 35x14.50 $300.
863-763-9592 or
863-634-0399
TONNEAU COVER by ARE
fits Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed
truck Excellent condition $300.
Firm (863)697-6731
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645


DODGE RAM- '87, 4X4, Auto.
318, Long bed. Runs good.
$2500. (239)770-6423
TAILGATE- '02 for F250, Su-
per Duty, Like new, $500 or
best offer. (863)357-4827
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645


CHEVY SUBURBAN LT- '97,
White, 4x4, All power, Very
clean $8500. or best offer
(863)697-6540
FORD EXPEDITION 1997- All
power, leather, black/grey- 2
owner car- $5850
(863)467-2267
GMC SUBURBAN 1500 SLT-
'99, Gray, All power,
$10,500 or best offer.
863-697-6540


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


DODGE WORK VAN 1986 -
RAM 250, 3/4 ton, cold a/c
runs great $2500
(863)234-6040
FORD AEROSTAR- 6 cyl, Runs
nood, Cold A/C. Asking
$1100. or best offer
(863)467-2131


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Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500


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NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
LICENSING BOARD
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a pueic
meeting on Tuesday, January 3,2006 @ 3:30. The punic meeting wil be held at
the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more tMorma-
tion, contact Vickie Trexler at the Planning and Development Department, 499
N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Forida 34972, (863) 763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the tesmoy and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Developmnt tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Department.
Vickie Trexler, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
103731 ON 12/16,25/05


NOTICE OF ACTION
BEFORE THE BOARD OF NURSING
IN RE: The license to practice nursing of
Michelle Wade-Pena, L.RN.
2064 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
CASE NO. 2005-00198
LICENSE NO.: PN117161
The Department of Health has filed an
Administrative Complaint against you,
a copy of which may be obtained by
contacting, Philip Monte, Assistant
General Counsel, Prosecution Services
Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin
#C65, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3265. (850) 414-8126
If no contact has been made by you con-
cerning the above by January 4,2005,
the matter of the Administrative Com-
plaint will be presented at an ensuing
meeting of the Board of Nursing in an
informal proceeding.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact the
individual or agency sending this no-
tice not later than seven days prior to
the proceeding at the address given on
this notice. Telephone:
(850) 414-8126, 1-800-955-8771
(TDD) or 1-800-955-8770(V), via
Florida Relay Service.
102909 ON 12/9,16,23,30/2005
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on DECEMBER 30,
2005, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida
Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
storage charges. Year, make, model
and vin are as follows.
1890 Chew Lamina
VIN# 2G1WN14T2L9222600
1983 Chevy Pickup
VIN#2GCEK14H4D1145560
1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass
VIN#1G3AR47A7DM374197
2004 Kla Rio
VIN#KNADC125346311025
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE!
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is'
condition with no guarantee's.
104395 ON 12/16/05


IN THE COUNTY COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDI CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBE ECOIWTM
FLORIDA
CASENO.-20056--235
JUDGE: SHIRLEYN.BRENNAN
GENARD ESPINOZA,
Plaintiff
vs.
VIRGINIA ENDICOTT, if liing, the Esate
of Virginia Endicott and the heirs of
Virginia Endicott, if deceased; ROBERT
ENDICOTT and AMERICAN GENERAL
FINANCE,
Defendants.
NOTICEOF ACTION
TO: VIRGINIA ENDICOTT whose last
known address was 900 Northeast
64th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34973 and all parties coming interest
b, through, under or against VIRGINIA
ENDICOTT and all parties having or
claiming to have any right, title or in-
terest in the property herein described.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Com-
plaint to quiet titleon the following de-
scribed real property, to-wit
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN
THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24'08"
EAST ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE
FOR A DISTANCE OF 180.00 FEET;
THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREE
04'22" EAST PARALLEL WITH THE
WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR
A DISTANCE OF 282.00 FEET, FOR
THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE
CONTINUE NORTH 0 DEGREE 04'22"
EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00
FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DE-
GREES 24'08" EAST PARALLEL WITH
THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, FOR A
DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET; THENCE
RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREE 0422" WEST
FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET;
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES
24'08" WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF
100.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BE-
GINNING, LYING IN AND COMPRISING
A PART OF THE NORTH 1/2 SECTION
17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA AND ALSO BEING DESCRIBED AS
LOT 1310, OF AN UNRECORDED
PLAT OF FOUR SEASONS ESTATES.
has been filed against you, and you are
required to serve a copy our writ-
ten defenses, if any, to JOHN D. CAS-
SELS, JR., Attorney for Paiiff, whose
address Is Post Office Box 968, 400
Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Floridda 34973, on or before the 23rd
day of December, 2005, and file the
odginal with the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on Plaintiffs Attor-
ney or immediately thereafter,
otherwise a Default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint. This Notice shall be
published once each week for four (4)
consecutive weeks in the "Okeechobee
News.
DATED this 17th day of November,
2005.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Cik of the Circuit Court
By:/S/Carol White
Deputy Clerk
99106 ON 11/25;12/2,9,16/05


Community Events


Annual 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 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 has sale
The Country Store will remain open until Thursday Dec. 29. Gift
items can be purchased from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday to Wednes-
day. All proceeds from the Country Store will benefit Hospice and
patient services.

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.

Special New Year's Eve party planned
A safe, supervised New Year's Eve party for young 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.

Session on Medicare drug plan offered
Tony Fransetta, president of the Florida Alliance for Retired
Americans, will be at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. He will be there to give infor-
mation on the Medicare Part D prescription plans available. The
event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Democratic Executive Com-
mittee.






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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. The
class is entitled Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries IRCC refer-
ence number 86771. The class will run for three consecutive week-
ends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006. This will be a three-credit class that will
cover what to look concerning sports injuries, the prevention of sports
injuries and how to protect yourself from potential lawsuits. For infor-
mation, contact Candi Walker at (863) 467-6778.

AARP offering driver safety course
An AARP driver safety course will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at the
First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. Classes will be held both days
from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be paid by check.
Participants do not have to be a member of AARP or have AARP auto
insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Participants should con-
sult their Florida auto insurance agent about their three-year discount
upon completion of the class. For information, contact instructor D.J.
Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

Free nutrition class offered
There will be a contact reflex analysis and designed clinical nutri-
tion class by Dr. Edward W. Douglas at the Douglas Health Center, 912-
916 W North Park St., on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 2006, beginning at 5:30
p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.


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.

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.

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.

DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006 intangible
tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W
Ninth Ave., on Jan 24 and Feb. 14. Classes will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11:30
a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public.
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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.
HONDA 90 SPORT TRAX, '03,
4 wheeler, exc.-cond., manu-
al trans., gas powered, yel-
low, $1100. (863)810-6149
SUZUKI 80- '2000, Good con-
dition. $2200.
(863)467-0109
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.
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applicable. All F-Series, Rangers and Econoline' Vans after commercial account rebate. Must have proof of business liability insurance. Vehicles shown approximate likeness to in stock iventery. All vehicles subject to prior sate and
quantities are limited. Interest rates as shown with approved credit beacon score of 720 or higher, 72 months 6.99%.
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'02 JEEP
WRANGLER 4X4
V6, 5 Spd., cust. Wheeta TI.-F
$17,990
'03 FORD
MUSTANG GT
Ltb., Auto., 14,700 Miles
$19,995

'06 FORD
ESCAPE
Red, 4 Cyl., 2,700 Miles
$19,995

0'4 MAZDA
RX8
Auto W/ Shift Gate, Blue
$21,669
'05 VOLKSWAGEN
JE 1-A GL
Red, Tur.bo, Moonroof
$22,595
'05 FORD
MUSTANG CONX.
V6, Auto., 1.thr., 1,700 Miles
$25,995

'05 FORD EXPLORER
EDDIE BAULER
s28,295
'04 FORD F-250
CREW CAB XLT
4X2, Diesel, 25K Miles
$28,995
'06 FORD
EXPLORER XLT
D'. Dl< S'trn.'-. I'h,. 900 Muli zi
$29,495
'04 INFINITI
FX.35
.I, I' o..It r, lU I DVLI )2K MJ
$31,495

05 CHRYSLER
300C
iLthr., M f., EMIL 3,400 Miles
$34,995
'04 CHEVY
CORVETTE CONV.
Yettow/Btlk. Lttu, Auto., 14K Mi.
0 $40,795



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