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Vol. 96 No. 352 Sunday, December 18, 2005 75t Plus tax


Brief

Holiday decorations
If your home is decorated for
the holiday season why not let
everyone in the community
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 dis-
play.
Homes decorated for the
holidays can be seen at:
313 S.W 67th Drive
1475 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf& C.C.
4 Hunter Road in Buck-
head Ridge
2350 S.E. 20th Drive in Tay-
lor Creek Isles
4055 S.E. 24th Rd. in Van-
tage 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 Tay-
lor Creek Isles
211 24th St. in Buckhead
Ridge
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.W35th Drive
*2531 S.E. 23rd St. in Taylor
Creek Isles
116 N.E. Eighth Ave. in
River Run Resort
S.W. 18th St. in Oak Park

Inside

Katrina survivors
await Christmas
CHICAGO (AP) The first
time Mary McCray's grand-
daughters saw snow, it was
Christmas in New "'Orleans last
year. Few of the flakes stuck
but, to them, it was a miracle.
The four girls, ages 8 to 12,
remember the chicken, stuffed
peppers and baked macaroni
their grandmother made for a
special dinner and the presents
Santa brought. And now,
despite all they've been
through, they're just as excited
this year.
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Drought Index
Current: 239
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.08 feet


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

Index
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Comics . . .12
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .11
Obituaries . .. .3
Opinion .......... 4.
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Paul Beck (second right), Glades County Commissioner, picked up donations at the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Dec. 16. Chamber Executive Director
Brenda O'Connor (front left), Pat Tipton (far right), and Catalino Yanez helped load the
items onto a truck.

Okeechobee helps Glades County


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
What started out as donation
gathering for Hurricane Katrina-
stricken Franklinton, La. turned
out to also benefit a nearby com-
munity.
The Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce donated goods left
over from the Katrina relief effort
to Glades County on Friday, Dec.
16 to help those still in dire
straights after Hurricane Wilma
roared through the area on Oct.
24. '
Following Hurricane Katrina,
which hit the Gulf states on Aug.
29, the Chamber partnered with
the staff of the Okeechobee News
to help the small agricultural
town of Franklinton, La. The rural
town of about 4,000 people,
located 75 miles north of New
Orleans, suffered hurricane-force
winds that topped 100 mph dur-
ing Katrina. Many of their dairy
cows were killed one of their
main economic industries and
people were left for weeks with-
out food, clothing, and overall


help with their infrastructure. The
Okeechobee community rallied
for the cause and donated a semi-
truckload of clothing, food, water,
and infant and school supplies.
Walpole Inc. donated the semi
and driver and the first shipment
made its way to a grateful people
in Franklinton, according to the
hamlet's Mayor Earl Brown on
Sept. 22.
When it was all said and done,
the people of Okeechobee had
more to give and continued to
drop off goods to the Chamber.
Executive Director Brenda
O'Connor said she would contin-
ue to receive the goods for
Franklinton. However, when she
called Mayor Brown and let him
know people were still giving, he
kindly declined saying they were
pretty well on their way to recov-
ery. He suggested they give the
donations to another town that
might still be in need.
Then Hurricane Wilma bil-
lowed through the Lake Okee-
chobee area destroying homes
and infrastructure, mainly south
of the lake.


Because the need was so
great in the Clewiston and Moore
Haven area of Glades County, the
decision was made to donate the
goods to them.
Paul Beck, Glades County
Commissioner, also sits on. the
board of the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce, and said he
knows first hand of the needs in
Glades County that still exist after
Hurricane Wilma.
He cited the case of a woman
who has an invalid husband.
Their house was destroyed by the
hurricane with damages estimat-
ed at $30,000.
"She had insurance, but they
dropped her. Then someone
talked with a person in Tallahas-
see and got the insurance back,
but she still hasn't received a
check," Mr. Beck said. He credit-
ed Senior Connections in Glades
County for helping with a lot of
situations like the one men-
tioned.
Mr. Beck noted with apprecia-
tion those in Okeechobee who

See Glades -Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The long awaited master
plan for the development of the
Okeechobee County Airport
was presented to Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners at their Thursday
meeting.
Commissioners also consid-
ered several issues dealing with
low-income housing.
AVCON, Inc began prepara-
tion of the plan, which is sup-


posed to take the airport to the
year 2025, in June of 2004. Its
completion was delayed by
changes in airport manage-
ment.
In July 2005 current airport
manager Vernon Gray reviewed
the draft and suggested certain
changes. The report was pre-
pared in accordance with guide-
lines' established by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA)
and the Florida Department of
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Pioneers had holiday traditions


Compiled by
MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Holiday traditions come with
families who settle new lands,
new countries. In pioneer days,
customs and ingredients had to
be adapted to what was available
and edible and sometimes that
was very different from the food
of the pioneers' homelands.
On the other hand, where
people could gather, they had
Christmas.
Mrs. M.F. George in 1917,
wrote of Christmas in Moore
Haven one year after its founding,
"... at the Christmas celebration
given that Christmas night in
1916, 500 people attended the
Christmas tree entertainment
given by our Sunday school chil-
dren."
Ten years later, the hurricane
of 1926 wiped most of Moore
Haven off the map, killing 200
people there. Clewiston suffered
damage, but no deaths. That
December, Papa and Madame


Recollections
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history


Watanabe opened the doors of
the Watanabe Hotel in Clewiston
to all the people on the lake for a
community Christmas celebra-
tion with dinner and an orchestra
bought in from Fort Myers for
dancing, according to an article
written by Beryl Bowden that
appeared in the Clewiston News
September 26, 1983.
'lila Valentine wrote for the
Okeechobee News on and off
from 1977 until her death in 2003.
She interviewed the people who
had settled in the Okeechobee
area around the turn of the centu-


ry. Here is an excerpt from some
of her interviews:
In 1988, the late Wade Walker
recalled that the Christmas cele-
brations he best remembered
were the parties.
"We had a big frolic pretty
near every night around Christ-
mas time. There was a frolic
somewhere or another. I've
played (music) as late as three at
night and would work all day. I
would play at night for dances,"
he said. Mr. Walker, who was
born in 1905, said he didn't
remember anyone decorating at
the holidays until after he was an
adult.
Also in a 1988 interview, Lola
Upthegrove Williams said that
when she was a child her family
lived in Fort Myers. There the fam-
ily celebrated Christmas with
some decorating and there were
presents for the children. Then
when John Upthegrove moved
his family to the shores of Lake
See Pioneers Page 2


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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Future golf pro?
Children enjoyed games of skill and chance at South
Elementary School's Winter Carnival on Dec. 15.







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local Christmas celebrations from .
1980 or earlier (25 years ago or q
older) for use in the Looking Back -
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the month of December.
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County offices w. of
close for holiday Constr
OKEECHOBEE The offices struct I
of the Okeechobee County Tax way tc
Collector and Property Appraiser dual le
will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, include
and will remain closed on Friday, signals
Dec: 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, in
observance of the Christmas holi-
day.

Clerk's office SP
closes for luncheon Conti
OKEECHOBEE The offices dent Il
of the Okeechobee County Clerk who b
of Circuit Court will close to the renewal
public between noon and 1:30 sponsil
p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, for He
their annual employee holiday no inte
season luncheon, zations
The office will reopen to the activities
public at 1:30 p.m. closure

Property taxes endang
now being collected approve
OKEECHOBEE The Okee- tool in
chobee County real and personal powrca
property roll has been certified by He sai
the Okeechobee County Property signed
Appraiser and is open for collec- dsond
tion of taxes for 2005. more th
Residents of the city and coun- 11 attack
ty can pay their property taxes at "Th
the Okeechobee County Tax Col- me to (
lector's Office in the Alderman under o
Building, 307 N.W. Fifth Av., Suite protect
B. ties," Bu
Discounts will be allowed as what I
follows: 3 percent on payments as I'mt
made Dec. 1 Dec. 31; 2 percent States."
on payments made Jan. 1, 2006 Jame
Jan. 31, 2006; 1 percent on pay- books
ments made Feb. 1, 2006 Feb. Agency,
28,2006; and, net if paid in March. problem
For information on fire, special
garbage and Country Hills road Foreign
assessments, call (863) 763-9312. Act to a
Office hours are Monday suspect
through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 "I di
p.m. legal rig
For information, call (863) 763- dent, w
3421. ri't mak

Young artists Bu said in
to be selected .law,wh
OKEECHOBEE- Local young Susa
artists between the ages of 10-19 of cons
are needed as apprentices to town Ur
paint Okeechobee Main Street's the pre
first mural project. the pre
This competition is dedicated 'It
to promote the involvement of .,
young Okeechobee artists in visu- ..
al arts, as well as learning and par- interpre
ticipating in the process of paint-., n Ie
ing a large mural under the the Con,
direction of professional artists.
Young artists chosen will be
taking part in a historical event.
The selection process will be
based on sample works submit-
ted through a juried process.
Competition is now open and will
end on Jan. 6, 2006. An entry and
artists' consent form is required.
For information, contact Brid-
gett Waldau, mural and visual arts
chairperson, at (863) 467-7300; or
stop by the Okeechobee Main
Street's office at 111 N.E. Second m
St. for an entry form, consent
form, rules and art submission
format. Information is also online

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Loans help replace .
storm-damaged homes m
OKEECHOBEE The Okee- ^|
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program, AV
which helps homeowners with ^
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will
help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria: *
You owned your home in -


Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during -
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in
2004.
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack,of insur-
ance or other assistance. :
Your gross household *
income is at or below the follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons $27,650; three persons- -
$31,100; four persons $34,550; *
five persons $37,300; six per-
sons $40,100; seven persons
-$42,850; and, eight persons L- _
$45,500.


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untywide: Construction
t Crews will be perform-
oulder repair work at vari-
ocations throughout the
y. Motorists should watch
e closures as necessary to
equipment in and out of the
zones. The contractor is
y Asphalt Paving, Inc.

70: From W. of U.S. 98 to
7th Ave. NW (0.9 Miles):
auction project Work
ues to widen and recon-
the existing two-lane road-
o four lanes with a center
eft turn lane. The work
es drainage improvements,
, and street lighting. Work


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shed out at the senators
blocked the Patriot Act's
al, branding them as irre-
ble.
also made clear that he has
nation of halting his authori-
of the NSA's monitoring
is and said the public dis-
e of the spy operation
gered Americans.
h said his authority to
e what he called a "vital
our war against the terror-
me from his constitutional
s as commander in chief.
d that he has personally
off on reauthorizations
ian 30 times since the Sept.
ks.
e American people expect
do everything in my power
our laws and Constitution to
them and their civil liber-
ish said. "And that is exactly
will continue to do, so long
he president of the United

es B&fbord, author of two
on thg Natiopal Security
said the program could be
natic because it bypasses a
court set up by the 1978
Intelligence Surveillance
authorize eavesdropping on
ed terrorists.
don't hear him specify any
ht, except his right as presi-
hich in a democracy does-
ke much sense," Bamford
an interview. "Today, what
aid is he went around the
ich is a violation of the law,
s illegal.'
n Low Bloch, a professor
stitutiorial law at George-
niversity Law Center, said
sident needs authorization
ingress for this kind of activ-

s taking a hugely expansive
station of the Constitution
president's powers under
stitution," she said.


currently includes storm pipe
installation and roadway con-
struction at various locations
throughout the project. The con-
tractor is Russell Engineering.

U.S. 441: From North of Ceme-
tery Road to N.E. 131st St. in Okee-
chobee County: Construction
project Work to begin milling
and repaving. ARMI layer starting
north end of the project moving
south. This project includes
widening shoulders, ARMI layer,
milling, resurfacing, guardrail and
minor drainage improvements.
The contractor is Elmo Greer and
Sons, LLC. The estimated comple-
tion date: Winter 2005/2006.


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the White House ha
since 9/11. And every
of these measures ha
lenged in the Suprer
Supreme Court has
the administration. TI
tion just doesn't seem
that."
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gressional Democrats
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George Bush, not
Bush. This is not the
eminent we have
fought for," Sen. Rus
D-Wis., told The Asso
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believe it is above the
Republican Sen..
of Pennsylvania, cha
Senate Judiciary Co
Friday said the NSA
inappropriate and
hearings soon.
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program as narrowly
used "consistent with
the Constitution." I
employed only to
international comm
people inside the U
been determined to
link" to al-Qaida or re
organizations.
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refused to provide d
ing defining the stand
establish such a link a
many people are being
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45 days, using fresh
ments, legal reviews,
tion from previous ac
the program, the pr
Intelligence officials
the monitoring rece
training to make sure
are not violated, he sa
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congressional lead
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times on the activities
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are helping their people by giving
such items as baby food, mosquito
repellant, school supplies, and
clothing all packaged neatly and
labeled.
"There has been just a tremen-
dous outpouring. I'm trying to get
these things to needy families. It
means a lot, especially at this time


Pioneers

Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee, the holiday was cele-
brated in a different manner.
"On the lake, what we done was
have a big dinner, no decorating or,
trees. Just everybody came in and
we had a big crowd and a big din-
ner. Then, we'd have a dance; not a
square dance. That was our enter-
tainment then," she recalled.
A tale of the frolics on the lake is
also found in the Lawrence Will
book, "Okeechobee Catfishing": I
"Now John had some girls, and
naturally, these girls loved to dance.


Airport


sell Feingold, Continued From Page 1
ciated Press. Transportation (FDOT). Once it i
k Leahy, D-Vt.: approved by those organizations,
nation seems to will serve as the basis for federal
law." and state funding of airport
Arlen Specter improvement programs.
airman of the Mr. Gray told commissioner
)mmittee, on that not all the improvements sug
p a gested in the plan actually have ti
program was be implemented, but an improve
he promised ment must be in the master plan ii
order to receive funding.
te monitoring The plan identified 30 short-
designed and mid- and long-term projects con
i U.S. law and cerned with such things as length
He said it is ening and improving both run
intercept the ways, creating additional taxiway
unications of' for land development, construction
.S. who have of additional county-owne<
have "a clear hangars and establishment of a fir
latedd terrorist station and training facility on air
port property.
ficials have Gloria Loungeway. of AVCOI
details, includ- presented the plan to commission
dards used to ers. She said the objectives of thE
or saying how plan were to identify economic,
1 saying h opportunities and identify improve
ig monitored. ments. She said the report high
viewed every lighted the need for a larger term
threat assess- nal and the fact that the airport lack
and informa- an instrument approach system
activities under The plan suggested an upgrade ii
resident said. lighting and signage, updating
S involved in stormwater facilities and industrial
ive.extensive park expansion.
civil liberties "Without an airport you don'
aid. develop economically," was the
embers of the opinion of Commissioner Elvie
ership have Posey.
han a dozen Mr. Gray said that AVCON had
3. done an outstanding job in prepare
'ss writers ing the report. He also reported tha
d Will Lester the apron lighting project had been
port. completed.
Turning to housing matters, the
commission considered and
approved two grants from Hurri
cane, Housing Recovery Prograr
^ (HHRP) funds to BeacHouse LL(
for affordable rental housing. One
grant, for $540,000, went for the
development of nine or more o
affordable rental housing. The
other grant, for $100,000 was foi
the development of affordable sen-
ior rental housing units.
A third grant application foi
$360,000 for.the development of
) 100 units of affordable rental hous-
ings known as The Oaks at Shan-
non's Crossing was denied upor
Sthe recommendation of grani
administrator Deborah Belcher.
City Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford is the City of Okeechobee's liai-
son to the grant administrator.
When asked after the meeting why
Sthe recommendation for The Oaks
was withdrawn, he replied that thai
housing project was going to be
built with funding from several
ders" sources. He said the HHRP grani
would be used merely to add
amenities to the project, and the
project could be built with or with-
out the grant. Therefore, he said, it
was felt that funding another proj-
ect would be better use of grant
funds.
The remaining funds in the


of year the holidays. The timing
can't be better," he said.
Those who donated include
local churches, the Masonic
Lodge, and individuals who just
dropped things off at the Cham-
ber's door. Some signed a dona-
tion list, and others gave anony-
mously.
"It restores my faith in the
human race. The people came
pouring forth to help out," said Mr.
Beck.


They sure hated to see that big
clean floor cluttered up with fishing
gear. But, John was a strict type
with his girls and he didn't approve
of too much frolicking. So the girls
went to work on their mother and
she went to work on John, and,
well, you know who it is yourself.
Anyway, John decided to have a big
square dance. He never did things
halfway. The whole lake boats
from Utopia, Tantie, Ritta and even
Moore Haven came frolicking
there. That dance lasted for two
days and two nights without a stop
for breath. The women fried fish,
Mart Manning butchered ayearling.
Four fiddlers, with boys to beat time


HHRP program earmarked for
extra low-income families,
$868,420, was awarded to Okee-
chobee Senior Housing Associates,
is Ltd, for the development of 60 units
it of affordable senior rental housing
l units.
rt The board also discussed sever-
al proposed changes in the Local
s Housing Assistance Plan. The maxi-
mum purchase price of a SHIP
o home is currently $131,500. In
today's housing market some fami-
n lies cannot find homes under that
limit. SHIP Cbordinator Linda
Rucks suggested raising the maxi-
mum purchase price to $189,682.
Currently, down paymefit assis-
tance is offered up to $25,000,
s depending on the income of the
n family. The proposed maximum
d down payment assistance is
e $40,000. Another proposal involved
r- using a tiered forgiveness program
based on the amount of time the
N applicant lives in the house.
I- At the present time, homebuy-
e ers are required to come up with a
c. minim of 1 percent of the purchase
- price at closing. It was suggested
- that amount be changed to a sliding
- scale based on the applicant's
s income.
. It was also suggested that the
n rehabilitation limit be raised from
g $10,000 to $20,000.
1 Commissioners were agreeable
with these proposed changes and
t asked staff to incorporate the
e changes into the plan and bring it
e back to the commission at a later
meeting.
d Turning to another low income
- housing issue, Paul Ritter of Habitat
t for Humanity appeared before the
1 board to request purchase of coun-
ty-owned lots that have been
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lots so they could be used for low-
income housing. However, Com-
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on strings, fiddled in shirts around
the clock. Callers called til they
plumb gave out. 'Shine jugs never
stayed empty. Naturally, some
scrimmages had to start, but with
John Upthegrove and Sheriff Pogy
Bill on hand, things would get
smoothed out before anybody got
hurt too much. And, of all the
stomping, shouting and do-se-do-
ing you ever seed in your borned
life. I reckon that there was the
most. John had to nail up more
braces under his floor, but the frolic
was a grand success, and I reckon
the lake will never see another party
like John Upthegrove's holiday
square dance!"


adding that it wasn't fair to the citi-
zens.
After discussion, commission-
ers voted 4-1 to sell Habitat for
Humanity one lot in Playland Park
and one lot in El Mira Sol at theit
appraised value.
Commissioner Domer cast the
lone dissenting vote.
In other action, the board:
appointed Jude Fischer to the
code enforcement board with a
term to expire March 1, 2007;
approved the Library Special-
ist II position:
rejected the sole bid for an
annual contract for swimming pool
chemicals and agreed to purchase
chemicals on a best-price basis;
approved expenditure of
$13,283.90 for four sets of self con-
tained breathing apparatuses;
appt&6ed expenditure of
$37,720 to ETR, LLC in Altamonte
' Springs for the refurbishing and
remounting of an ambulance mod-
ule;
approved expenditure of
$54,113 for the purchase of a new
International 4300 chassis from
Rechtien International Trucks foi
use as an ambulance;
authorized dismantling the
batting cages at the sports complex
due to hurricane damage;
authorized expenditure of
$16,000 to AVCON, Inc, for design
and bidding services for procuring
an emergency generator for the air-
port;
adopted a resolution thai
would allow the county to coiled
non-ad-valorem assessments foi
the 2006 fiscal year;
approved payment of $7,220 a
month for an estimated two-month
period for field services in connec-
tion with the Berman Road widen-
ing project;
authorized staff to pursue con-
struction of a public boat ramp in
the Rim Canal at Nubbin Slough;
and,
authorized the county admin-
istrator to proceed with requests for
funding the Countywide Spatial
Infrastructure (CSI) System.


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BUILDING CODES: Was anybody aware that if you lost a building
due to uncontrollable disaster, that you could not build the same size
building that you lost? Well, thi s is true. Our county has a code that
states just that. Yet, if there was concrete under that building you still
pay taxes on that. But, you can only build one that equals the size of
your residential structure. What does that have to do with an outside
structure that once stood on your property? Can someone answer this
for me? This has got to be the dumbest code I have ever seen in my life.
So this means that you can lose the equity in your property, just
because a natural disaster rips up your buildings. Sounds to me like a
control issue once more. This code was passed in the 1990s. We can't
control the weather or the hurricanes that take our lives from us. Is
there no compassion for people any longer? Does any one have an
answer of how do we get this code changed?

NEW CONSTRUCTION: The new codes are there to make sure
everything built meets the codes that are necessary to ensure public
safety. All new construction must meet the stricter codes. This is not
something I would want changed. I think the new, tougher building
codes are a good thing for the county and for the state. If anything, the
codes should be stricter. Just because a structure once stood on your
property does not mean it met the building codes. Some things are
grandfathered in because they were there before codes. But if some-
thing that was grandfathered in is destroyed, whether by nature or by
the property owner, then it can't be replaced. New construction must
meet the current building codes. The size of the structure you are
allowed to build depends on the size of the lot and the building codes
for construction in your area.

ENFORCING CODES: Most of the building codes changed after Hur-
ricane Andrew hit in 1992. So anything older than that was at least 13
years old when this year's storms hit. Just because you had something
before the storm doesn't mean it was legal to have it. If you had a shed
or something that was in violation of the codes, but they let it slide in
the past, that doesn't give you a lifelong right to have a shed there. The
problem with this county is there is not enough code enforcement.
They let people slide for so long that when they try to enforce the
codes, people think it isn't fair. They need to be enforcing the codes on
the books more strictly and holding everyone accountable.

AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: If anyone thinks that the Agri-Civic Center is a
boondoggle, then I would have to surmise that they never attended the
kids' livestock showing/sales at the old facility. This new center is able
to host many different events and is wonderful compared to what we
had. Now that was a barn.


Community Events

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
Terrace, will hold youth services every Wednesday beginning at
7 p.m. There will be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion.
For information, call (863) 467-1066.

Holiday CD benefits Hospice
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 has produced a
Christmas CD in which some of the proceeds will be donated to
Hospice of Okeechobee. The CD, which features local artists, is
available at Rustic Ranch Furniture, Crown Custom Computer,
Lawrence Insurance Agency, Hospice of Okeechobee's Country
Store, VFW Post #10539, Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge and the
office of Main Street. Donations to Hospice of Okeechobee will
support their Hospice residence.

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.


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Upcoming Events

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, con-
tact 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 ar e in September. For informa-
tion, 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 Census, 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 extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information.
Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are
invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
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 infor-
mation, 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 member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Uving 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. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It
is a self-help group that offers support and education for people who have
been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
.affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
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.

Wednesday
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. atthe Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Look good, feel better 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beauty Salon
located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public service program
to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty techniques to diminish
appearance-related side effects of treatment. R.S.V.R to (863) 467-2096 or
(863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30 p.m.
They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For information, call
Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.


Letter to the Editor


Editor's Note: Following is a let-
ter sent by the junior and senior
classes at Moore Haven High
Schoolto Governor Jeb. Bush.

It is with much regret that we,
the American Government stu-
dents of Moore Haven Jr./Sr. High
School write this letter. Yet we feel
' compelled to have our voice, even
if small, heard by you and the citi-
zens of our area.
As you are aware, the City of
Sanibel and other governmental
entities along the southwestern
coast of our stat e forming an
alliance and planning a lawsuit
against South Florida Water Man-
agement District and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers regarding the
excess water releases from Lake
Okeechobee.
We believe that the problem
with increased water releases is
not entirely the fault of SFWMD or
the Corps. In fact, excessive rainfall
is actually one of the culprits and
perhaps a lawsuit against Mother
Nature would be more appropri-
ate.
We believe that the lake releas-
es only account for a portion of the
problems in the estuaries. Around
the area of the Caloosahatchee
delta, there is considerable urban
runoff, which also pollutes the
estuary. As we have found in our
research, there is apparently a lack
of data that actually measures this
urban runoff or the impact of other
activities in the estuary such as
boating activities.
However, studies done by the
environmental group River Watch
in 1996 showed that 29.5 percent
of the estuary phosphorus content
was due to urban runoff and this
study only used data as far south-
west as the .Franklin Locks. Most of
the urban development is beyond
that point. To our knowledge there
are no studies that indicate the
amount of water entering the river
from urban runoff along the sys-
tem. And we also know that 10" of
rainfall from Hurricane Wilma
entered the river that did not come
from the freshwater releases.
We further believe there are
many landowners in the Ever-
glades Agricultural Area (EAA) that
would not willingly give up their
land and it would take months or
even years before the litigation, of
appropriate compensation would
be completed with an uncertain
outcome. To our knowledge, no
property owners have come for-
ward and offered their agriculture
acreage for this planned flooding
that Sanibel and Lee County Com-
missioners are recommending.
Apparently there is interest in
the EAA area by developers and
mining industries. This alarming
fact has prompted the Audubon of


Florida to endorse continued farm-
ing and continued implementation
by SFWMD of increased storage,
retention and treatment of water in
theEAA.
We believe that Florida's money
would be better spent on scientific
research for cleaning the lake and
the estuaries, including ways to
divert urban runoff, instead of law-
suits. We fear the loss of education
funding, such as Florida Bright
Futures Scholarships if this lawsuit
absorbs too much of the state's
revenue.
We understand that funding for
this program is debated annually in
our state legislature already with-
out increased pressure on the
budget. We also don't want to see
county and city governments'
budgets weakened over this issue,
which could also negatively impact
educational resources.
We believe that the health of the
estuary is very important and its
improvement should be a priority.
But we also believe that the health
of Lake Okeechobee and, more
importantly, the health and safety
of the citizens who live-on the bor-
ders of Lake Okeechobee should
also be of great concern.
Our class has been looking at
this issue for several weeks now
and have heard comments from
local, state and federal legislators, a
representative from South Florida
Water Management District, a sci-
entist from River Watch, concerned
citizens from Sanibel Island, as well
as an officer with the Florida Fish
and Game Commission and have a
scheduled tour of the spillway,
locking system and Lake Okee-
chobee itself in January. We have
invited the Sanibel City Council to
take our lake tour as well. We have
concluded that this is an extremely
complicated issue and we believe
that having it play out in the judicial
branch of government would only
hinder the progress of finding a
suitable solution that would be
agreeable to all Florida residents.
We urge you to continue the
funding for the Lake Okeechobee
and Estuary Recovery program
and the Acceler8 program, and
continued scientific research on
the entire Lake Okeechobee,
Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie
watershed issues.
Thank you for considering our
point of view when reviewing this
issue.
Respectfully,
Class of 2006
Moore Haven JrSr. High
School

Editor's Note: The story deal-
ing with the students' meeting
with the Sanibel City Commission
ran in the Friday, Dec. 16, issue of
the Okeechobee News.


Community Events

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. The next performance will be Sunday, Dec.
18, 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 Sunday, Dec. 18,
at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-1699.

Eastern Star plans breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128 of the Order of the Eastern Star
will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 18, from
8 until 11 a.m. for a donation of $5. The menu will include
scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, homemade biscuits
and sausage gravy, grits, potato casserole, fruit, coffee and
orange juice For information, contact Mary Ann Holt at (863)
634-8087.

Church hosting Christmas cantata
The Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, choir will
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.

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
pageant, live animals, booths and gifts for children. Santa will
also be there. For information, call the parish office at (863)
763-3727.

Santa to be in Park #4
Santa Claus will be in Flagler Park #4 on Dec. 19, 20, 21, 22,
23 and 24 from 6 until 8 p.m. His visits are sponsored by the
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.

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.

Annual toy drive under way
" Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their 11th annual
toy give-a-way for needy children in' O'kdhobee. The'c611 '
tion 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. Christmas Eve services will feature a contemporary
service at 5 p.m. and a traditional service at 7 p.m. On Christ-
mas Day there will be a combined service at 10 a.m. For infor-
mation, 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 Wednesday. All proceeds from the Country Store will bene-
fit 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 elementary 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 -villbe 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. Par-
rott Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. He will be there to
give information on the Medicare Part D prescription plans
available. The event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Democ-
ratic Executive Committee.

Hospice schedules yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Jan.
6, and Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Hospice


of Okeechobee's blue volunteer building located at the corner
of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee.

New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community Col-
lege 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 Pre-
vention of Athletic Injuries -.IRCC reference number 86771.
The class will run for three consecutive weekends beginning
Jan. 6-7, 2006. This Will be a three-credit class that will cover
what to look concerning sports injuries, the prevention of
sports injuries and how to protect yourself from potential
lawsuits. For information, contact Candi Walker at (863)
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The Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 18, 2005


Community Events


Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit in
Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited. Youths
between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to
administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main
missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace educa-
tion and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to
accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or
senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can help
the American Red Cross reach people in your community with lifesaving
training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External 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 Dis-
aster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained volun-
teers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires, floods, etc. If
you would like to give of your time and talents to help local citizens in a
time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Candace at the American Red
Cross- Okeechobee Branch.-- by calling (863) 763-2488.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave., is
open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The tempo-
rary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food. All you
need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. until noon.

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

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of historical
Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of the old
High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce. They also
have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee" which
sells for $4.

Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Voluntary
Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in Florida and
be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the 2005-06 school year. Parents can
find the registration form online at www.vpkflorida.org; or, they can con-
tact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy of the registra-
tion.

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

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

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

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and advanced
computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.
Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will be demonstrat-
ed, as well as how to access and navigate the internet. For the dates and
times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee County Library at (863)
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Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced
that with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School,
which were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children were
helped. The families faced a great deal of destruction during the hurri-
canes. Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys because
the roofs of their homes were tom off by the heavy winds. The council
also received funds from an anonymous donor and Seminole Elemen-
tary School donated a check that they received from children in Min-
nesota. The additional monies granted several families assistance after
the original funds were depleted. Thanks to all the assistance from the
children and families of Okeechobee. Other families who still requested
assistance were referred to the Red Cross.

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

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





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Nets 115,
Nuggets 106, OT
At East Rutherford, N.J., Vince
Carter scored 34 points and
Richard Jefferson added 21,
including five in overtime, as
New Jersey snapped a three-
game losing streak.
Jason Kidd added 15 points
and 16 assists for the Nets, and
forced overtime with a 3-pointer
with 11 seconds left.
Andre Miller led the Nuggets
with 22 points and 13 assists.
Carmelo Anthony added 20
points, all after halftime.

Hawks 122,


Knicks 111
At Atlanta, Joe Johnson
scored a career-high 36 points
and Al Harrington had 35 as the
Hawks handed New York its fifth
straight loss.
The Hawks shot 63 percent
from the field, best in the NBA
this season.
Jamal Crawford scored 23
points and Stephon Marbury
added 21, but the Knicks never
led and dropped to 6-16.

Pistons 110,
Bulls 82
At Auburn Hills, Mich.,
Rasheed Wallace scored 10 of his
19 points in the third quarter, and
Detroit improved the best 20-
game start in team history to 17-
3.
Chris Duhon led Chicago with
13 points, but Luol Deng was the
only other starter in double fig-
ures with 11.

Lakers 97,
Wizards 91
At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant
scored 41 points in the Lakers'
sixth win in seven games.
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No driver, no golf balls, not
even an iron set.
You dillied and dallied and
now have a test,.
To give a fine gift to those you
love, best.
Some hackers, some duffers,
some pure swingers too,
Where you'll find their gift, you
haven't a clue.
Your trusty golf writer has help
here in sight,
With an assist from Fed-Ex,
UPS and USPS overnight.
So you did it again. You waited
until the last minute. Now the
Wal-Mart is packed. The mall's a
mess. You don't even have a clue
how to complete your shopping
list for your favorite golfers
Online shopping has become
vern popular lhese days. After all,
Iou can do it from the comfort of
your home. Unique items that
you would not find locally are at
your fingertips and, best of all, no
traffic, parking hassles or check-
out lines. Here are three of my
favorite places to shop online. I'm
sure you can find something here
for everyone, on your list and get it


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in time for Christmas.
The Golf Warehouse
When it comes to variety; The
Golf Warehouse has it all. This site
features the latest clubs (sets or
individual), balls, accessories,
apparel, shoes and more. The'
new.products are sold at very
competitive prices. You can also
find closeouts at a bargain. They
even will take trade-ins (just be
careful before you make those
closet dwellers disappear!). For
the finicky golfer, they do offer gift
certificates. Men, women and
children's items are available. If
you hurry, they are currently offer-
ing free two-day air on orders


over $75. If you don't hurry, you
can spring for next-day air, place'
your order by 3PM (CST) Decem-.
ber 22 and have it on December
23. To find your last minute golf
gift, visit tgw.com or call (888)
838-5551.

Rock Bottom Golf
If you are on a tight budget,
Rock Bottom Golf is for you. This
site features a large variety of
clubs (sets or individual), balls,
accessories, apparel, shoes and
more. The .merchandise ranges
from models that are one intro-
duction away from the latest, to
items that were introduced a few
seasons ago. However, the dis-
counts are-excellent. If the golfer
you know is still hitting a persim-
mon driver from the 70's, a Taylor
Made R7 driver will get 'him into
the present age, but you'll save
$150 off the original retail price of
$349. Rock Bottom also has items.
for men, women and juniors, as
well as, gift certificates. Scratch
(Rock Bottom's mascot, is also
offering free two-day shipping
with orders totaling more than
$75. They guarantee shipping
within 24-hours of receipt of order


and can ship overnight. For all the
details, go to rockbottomgolf.com
or call (877) 540-GOLF.
Cigars International
and Cigar Bid
I know I enjoy a good cigar
while out on the course and if
your favorite golfer does too, here
are two great sources for cigars
and cigar accessories, such as
lighters and humidors. Cigars
International sends me their cata-
log regularly. They have excellent
prices on all the top labels and
some heavily discounted prices
on lesser-known brands that still
burn nice out on the course. A
great gift is their cigar of the
month club. You don't have to
sigh up for a full year, you can
select as few as two months. If
you are really in a hurry, you can
print a gift card right off their web-
site. Another fun option, while it
may be too late for the holiday, is
their sister site, Cigar Bid. This is
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some great deals here! Find these
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by.phone at (888) 244-2790 or cig-
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Holiday Events m .


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

Country Store
The Country Store will be held
in the Hamrick House, which is
adjacent to the Hospice Resi-
dence at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information 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.

Choir presentation
The Okeechobee Community
Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perry, will present its sev-
enth 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.

Christmas musical
Oakview Baptist Church
Music and Drama Ministries, 677
S.W. 32nd St., will present an out-
door 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.

Christmas cantata
The Brighton Baptist Church,
24050 S.R. 70 W, choir will pres-
ent their Christmas cantata on
Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m.
The program, "He's Still the King
of Kings", was. written by Mosie
Lister and is a musical worship-
ping the Christ of Christmas. For
information, call (863) 763-6626.

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
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.

Toy drive
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 din-
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Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.

VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VAvans are now running Mon-
day through. Friday. All veterans
needing a ride to the VA Medical
Center should call the County Vet-


erans Service Officer at (863) 763-
8124 several days ahead of time
and provide name, last four of
social security number, date and
time of appointment and whether
a wheelchair/scooter lift is needed.
All appointments must be before
noon. If there are any questions,
please contact Betsy Grinslade, the
county veterans' service officer.

Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnancy
testing to girls and women of all
ages. We offer free and confidential
pregnancy tests, peer counseling,
referrals for a free ultrasound, par-
enting classes, and abstinence edu-
cation. Operating hours are from
10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. We are located at


1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from
the movie theatre. For information
or appointments call (863) 763-
8859.

Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes
for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the
Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505
S. Parrott Ave. Topics include disci-
pline a family affair, birth to eight
months infants, eight to eight-
een months the toddler, 18 to 36
months terrific twos, three year
olds, and uncommon sense. Each
week parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at the
center's Baby Boutique. Childcare
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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
CHIHUAHUA: LOST/MISSING
Chocolate & White, Female,
Vicinity of Oak Park. Reward!
Please call (863)467-8038
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 -

Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
(863)467-9800,
DO NOT CALL
AFT. 3:30pm
CABLE TV
Will train for Full or P/T
collection/disconnect routes.
in PB, Martin, St. Lucies and
Okee. Co's. You bring good
attitude, motivation and
clean van or p/u. We
provide excellent earnings,
flexible hrs. and benefits.
Ph: 561-478-5438
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Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
863-467-5000


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


HEAVY
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OPERATOR
TRAINING FOR
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Bulldozers, Backhoes
Loaders, Dump Trucks
Graders, Scrapers
Excavators
Train in Florida
National Certification
Financial Assistance
Job Placement Assistance
800-383-7364
Associated Training Services
www,.atsn-schools.com




HEAVY EQUIPMENT
OPERATORS
Exp. only need apply.
Scrapers, Loaders,
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
Okeechobee Counties.
DFWR EOE
Call (800)537-3031 for
info orfax resume to
(561)799-5650
PIZZA HUT
GRAND RE-OPENING
Now hiring all Staff & Drivers.
Apply at Okeechobee
restaurant location from
9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
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helps you understand
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No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


a full line sporting
goods store, is hiring in
Okeechobee for the
following positions:
*Manager
*Assistant Manager
Please apply at:
2105 S. Parrott Ave.
Suite 103
Okee, FL 34972
Hibbett Sports
conducts drug testing.
cohenc(ahibbett.com

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
DFWP
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.
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 irr
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indiantown.
Drug Free Work Place.


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

SUBSTATION/
RELAY SCADA
TECHNICIAN
Knowledge of elec-
tronics and/or elec-
tricity from military,
trade school or col-
lege with 4 years
experience with high
voltage substation
maintenance, relay
testing & SCADA
Computer System
required. $17.75 -
$27.01/DOQ with
Excellent Benefits.
Complete application
at www.fpua.com.
FORT PIERCE
UTILITIES
AUTHORITY
500 Boston Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34948
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GROVE HELP WANTED
Salary depending on exp.
Benefits & 401K. Drug free
workplace. (863)528-1015
Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
self-motivated, '
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
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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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Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North'


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


CNA/HHA, COMPANION
Bi-lingual, Live Ins.
(772)466-9199
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MENTAL HEALTH
THERAPIST
For Okeechobee County
to work w/children &
adolescents for in-home,
school based & office. M-F.
Masters degree required.
Fax resume to 863-763-9898



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,
11 am-8pm & every Sunday
8am-5pm. $10 hr.
Call for details (863)634-4458


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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all cases
of questionable value, such
as promises of guaranteed
income from work-at-home
programs if it sounds too
good to be true, chances are
that it is. If you have ques-
tions or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we advise
that before responding or
sending money ahead of
time, you check with the Bet-
ter Business Bureau at
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numbers may require an ex-
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distance toll costs. We will do
our best to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads, but
occasionally we may not be
aware of the charges. There-
fore, if you call a number out
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Child Care Offered415
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O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044


NATURAL VITAMINS
MINERALS HERBS
HEALTH PRODUCTS
AROMATHERAPY
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243


HORSE SHOEING
* $25 For Trimming.
* $70 For Shoes.
Call Maurok
(863)532-0090
7 Days A Week.

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NEWSPAPER...
makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful!


Merchandise


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
ComputerrVideo 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens S Fabrcs 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 & 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) 110v &
(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
SHERATON 8 place rose pat-
tern, w/bread plates, Made in
England by Johnson Bros.
$350/neg (863)634-9620


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opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.

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SO CALL TODAY!


Okeechobee Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
NeT service to our customers
1ew e'veveryday.

Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233


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
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)673-5618
SMALL UPRIGHT FREEZER,
gas range, refrigerator freeze
top, must sell all $350
(863)357-1076
STOVE Glass top, white, like
new. $265. (863)675-0310
WASHER DRYER GE space
maker Stacked, like new
$450/neg. (863)357-1741
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, womanls, 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
10th YS Ad in Caloosa Belle



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



STORE FRONT DISPLAY
WALL- Moveable w/Shelves
& Outlet. 9Hxl6'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)634-20.94 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 ill wil sell sep,
good cond. (863)357-4188
-..BUNK BED,~,i.wood and metal,
p ti -i .n m lulon sized,
"ot u a er n-iu, r,. $150.
(863)634-1070
CEDAR CHEST- 2, Solid cedar
$250 or will separate
(863)467-4328
CHAIR- Rocker recliner, ask-
ing $30 (863)675-6973.
CORNER COMPUTER DESK -
w/shelf, good shape, large,
$50/neg (863)63)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-
ions, $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 sin. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562


I Business
Opportunities


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.
EXR KEYBOARD PLAYER
For Accomplished, Rockin
Blues and R&B Band.
Dedicated to the groove.
863-697-6016/484-0865


END TABLES, (2), curvy legs,
between light & medium ma-
ple, very nice, $50.
(863)635-0474
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
76x41, light wood, cost
$1200 new asking $325
(863)946-3965.
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 tble grp
$300 for all (863)824-0090.
SIDE TABLE, White, small. $5.
(863)447-0002
SLEEPER SOFA -74" long, ex-
tra slip covers, fullsize mat-
tress covrd w/plastic $100 will
sep(863)763-0691
SOFA- 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.


PISTOL, 9mm, w/case & 2
magazines, less rn 50
rounds shot; -exc. cond.,
$400. (863)227-0396
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



TRANE UNIT HEATER Elec-




EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock



POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $500 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee


LAMPS, (2), brand new, never
been used, cream & gold,
$35 for both.
(863)635-0474


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)801-6149


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


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. GCall Debbie
(863)983-7702
BLACK MOUTH CURR- 8 mos
old, spayed, all shots, lively,
$50 (863)763-2539
BLOODHOUND PUPPY: Fe-
male, 7 mo's old. Great
hunting dog. $400.
(863)763-3910
CAT. LEOP & Yellow lab mix -
11 months old, all shots, all
vac, and spade $25 to good
home only (863)610-1093
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES UKC
reg. 9 weeks old $450-500
(863)763-3073
CHINESE Shar-pei's cham-
pion blood line 2 m & 2 f
now taking deposits $800
and up (863)675-6690
DOG HOUSE for medium size
dog, teak w/two windows
and mosquito netting $60
(863)675-3944
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
MALTISE PUPPIES, AKC Reg.
$795-$995 each. 2M/1F
Shots & Wormed. Mother
on premises. (863)357-2676
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-d247
PITBULL. Pups Full blioded
everything up to Ji-, 1 ,iTir 1
female, also avail, huge dog
kennel $250 (863)227-0396
PUG, ACA, Rare, Black, 1F/2M
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, 21/2 yrs.
old, $400. (863)697-3346


HUGE PHOTOS
Family, friends, scenery
or pets from your photo.
Elliott's Quick Photo
419 W.S.Park
Call 863-763-5553



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



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


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


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


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
WE BUY SCRAP GOLD
Elliott's Pawn
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553
WHEEL CHAIR NEEDED For
Invalid Senior Citizen Lady.
Please call. (863)467-9892


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 7-45
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 920
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 8410
Landscaping
Supplies 8-15
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry. Supplies 86')
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, ddes 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
QUARTER/Thoroughbred lyr
old stud, halter broke $600
(772)467-0979
WESTERN SHOW SADDLE
- "Billy Cook". w/Breast strap
& tie down. $450.




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 .
RIDING LAWN MOWER- 9hp,
28", n3pper Liked new.
Rear -ig ;.'- .. 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

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 9-15
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



FURNISHED APT- all utilities


hunting, creek, paved
road frontage. 125 a/c
Hillsborough-Co., 255
a/c Hardee Co. Check
my website:
www.maryadsit.com
Mary L. Adsit, Realtor
(863)285-7118
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


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- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
$1100/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec (863)467-0128.



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 Interested, Call Judy
(863)467-0831

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




CLEWISTON:
ESTABLISHED GYM
FOR SALE (863)983-4436



OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bidg. 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
BUCK HEAD RIDGE, Over
2100 sq ft under air, Hottub
-Sea wall, Cement drive, Boat
lift, Carport, 2 storage sheds,
Deck above boat lift, Rock
fireplace & many.other opts.
Furniture package avail.
See To Appreciate!
Call (863)763-8174 or
(612)-390-1159
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
LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba, House 21/2 Lots
in BHR. Dock, Seawall, More!
$279,500. (863)467-1077
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/2B/2A,
in ground pool, 1/ acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic'tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728
NewE4 Bed/2/2Bath, 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


ACREAGE
Citrus Income, woods,


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


Mobile Homes



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



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. OW, 29 mis. from Okee-
chobee. Separate Family & Liv.
rms., porches, water system,
W/D $800 mo + 1st, last &
$500 sec. (863)357-4844
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, lba,
$550/mo, 1st, last, sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.



HOMES of MERIT '89 -14x60
2BD, 2BA, Excel. Cond. no
Hurr. dam. $15,000/neg. You
move. (863)467-4808
OKEE 2BR, 2BA. 16x66. Set
up in 55+ park. In city limits
Covered deck, all appl. $23K
863-763-6115 PamorJohn
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

Recreation



Boats 30105
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles,ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT- 2000 Cotton
Mouth, 13.5ft, Poly bottom,
470 continental, runs good,
$7800 (863)946-3857
ALUM V HULL BOAT -12FT,
with trailer and 25HP motor,
$1000 (863)655-0030.
BASS BOAT- '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
CAMPER ENCLOSURE- for
2Oft boat, good condition,
was $2500 asking $750
(863)763-5011
CAROLINA SKIFF, 16 Ft., 50
hp Mercury. Very good condi-
tion. Trailer included. Ready to
fish! $2500. (863)599-1239
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 Ibs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829
SEA EAGLE- '01, 12 1/2' in-
flatable. '02 15hp mercury
includes equipment. Runs
great$1750. (863)467-0187
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & tdr, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft., Alu-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801


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READING TOGET"E'R


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
TOW BAR: Roadmaster 5250
Falcon w/car side quick dis-
connect kit, tow lights/cover.
$450 (863)675-2567 LaBelle
WATERFRONT RV PARK
Clean & Safe Rentals
$800-$1000/mo +
tax and deposit
Full Hook up RV Lots
$400/mo + elec & $35 for
cable. All rentals incl. boat slip
WINNEBEGO REALDO '96 -
excel cond., low miles,
$22,500 Or trade for late
model truck (863)467-8798



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.



ATV 4 TRAX HONDA '92-
good condition, $2500
(863)674-1181.
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
HONDA 90 SPORT TRAX, '03,
4 wheeler, exc. cond., manu-
al trans., gas powered, yel-
low, $1100. (863)801-6149
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.
(863)467-1047
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
ldabaker12(taol.com

Automobiles



Automobiles 1005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 40W5
Heavy Duty Trucks -040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

mSo B II




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







Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 18, 2005 1o


CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE,
'83, 4 door, good shape,
$1500. (863)357-1821
CHEVY LUMINA '95- V6 se-
dan, great condition, $2000
or best offer (863)610-4676
or (863)763-0257.
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
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
MERCURY SABLE 1993 for
parts or repair $300
(863)763-0920 or 801-1970


MERC COUGAR '91- good
condition, new tires, just ser-
viced asking $2000 or best
offer (863)677-4001.
NISSAN SENTRA NX 2000'93
Rebuilt trans. New tires.
130K ml. Runs good. 27 mi
per gal. $1000 (863)677-0459
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $2500 (863)447-0651
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, $1 950.
(863)763-4545/260-450-22


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


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


DODGE RAM- '87, 4X4, Auto.
318, Long bed. Runs good.
$2500. (239)770-6423
GMC-'86, 22' Drive van body,
New eng. & tires, Less than
30K, 5spd. $4500 or best
offer. (941)416-5571


TAILGATE- '02 for F250, Su-
per Duty, Like new, $500 or
est 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


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49 K mls. Fully loaded. Must
see! Runs great. $8500
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DODGE WORK VAN 1986 -
RAM 250, 3/4 ton, cold a/c
runs great $2500
(863)234-6040
FORD AEROSTAR- 6 cyl, Runs
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Public Notices


Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


NOTICE OF OUA MEETINGS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority will meet In
regular session on Tuesday, January
10, 2006 at 8:30 AM., at the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 S.
W.5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flrida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida
Statutes, if a person decides to appeal
any decision made by the Authority
with respect-to such meetings, he or
she will need a record of proceedings,
and for such purpose, may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings Is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court recorder,
stenographer, or a tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F. Hayford
Interim Executive Director, OUA
104589 ON 12/18/05


.I Pb ic Notice50


I Pbic Notice


NOTICE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Flonda Heartland Rural HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Consortium
for DeSato, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee Counties
WILL POSTTHE PROPOSED
Citizen Participation Plan and Anti-Displacement Policy
for a Six County Consolidated Plan
These documents may be viewed at the Okechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106, Okeechobee, Floda from
December 19,2005 until January 19,2006
ANY PERSON WHO MIGHT WISH TO PROVIDE WRITTEN COMMENT ON THESE
DOCUMENTS, WHICH ARE POSTED FOR CITIZEN NOTIFICATION AS NOTICED
ABOVE, IS HEREBY ADVISED THAT HE/SHE MAY O0 SO BY DELIVERING OR
MAILING SUCH COMMENT WITHIN 30 DAYS TO GEORGE A. LONG, COUNTY AD-
MINISTRATOR, 304 NW 2ND STREET, ROOM 106, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972.
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, does not dis-
criminate upon the basis of any individual's disability status. This non-discrimi-
natory policy involves every aspect of the Board's functions, including one's
access to, participation, employment or treatment in tis programs or actvities.
Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans
With Dlsabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact Kim
Long, ADA Coordinator, at (863) 763-9312.
103838 ON 12Z18/05


READING A NEWSPAPER...


Community Events


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 consult
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 nutrition
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, vehicles, marchers
and horseback riders. Those interested should call (863) 610 0973. Partici-
pants should line up the Douglas Brown Community 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 6ofRevenue %\ill be offering free 2006 intangi-
ble tax serninars at the pkeechobee 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. For information, call the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772) 429-
2173.


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.

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

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.

0HS 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.

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


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.
Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina
Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a Red Cross
receipt.
Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced due to
Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may contact the
County Veterans Service officer for benefits assistance at (863) 763-
8124. The County Veterans Service Office is located at 462 U.S. 98 N. in
the County Administration Annex. The office is open Monday-Thurs-
day, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sun-
days from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 763-2171.
DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The con-
test is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have
to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five through
eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006,
marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa
Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christo-
pher Columbus and 4he Astronauts" is the subject chosen for grades
nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in
History Medals will be presented to the contestants. The winner from
each school will receive a monetary award. For information, call (863)
763-2492.


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