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Vol. 96 No. 355 Wednesday, December 21, 2005 50M 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 display.
Homes decorated for the hol-
idays can be seen at:
313 S.W 67th Drive
1475 S.E. 21st St. in Blue Heron
Golf & C.C.
*4 Hunter Road in Buckhead
Ridge
*2350 S.E. 20th Drive in Taylor
Creek Isles
*4055 S.E. 24th Rd. in Vantage
Oak Trailer Park
1065 S.E. 21st St. in Blue Heron
Golf & C.C.
*312 S.E. 8th Dr.
*310 S.E. 8th Dr.
*2933 S.E. 35th Ave.
*2228 S.E. 38th Trail in Taylor
Creek Isles
e211 24th St. in Buckhead Ridge
*All of Kissimmee River Estates
*2801 S.E. 18th Court
eReal 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.
e4411 S.W. 13th Ave. in Palm Vil-
lage
1711 S.W. 35th Drive
*2531 S.E. 23rd St. in Taylor
Creek Isles
e 16 N.E. Eighth Ave. in River
Run Resort
*S.W 18th St. in Oak Park
*3051 I S.E 33rd Drive
*2350 S:E. 25th Drive in Taylor
Creek Isles
*3112 S.E. 33rd Ct. in Ti\ l:,r
Creek Isles


Inside
Mesi wants
to fight again
Joe Mesi sure seems like a
smart guy. He's articulate,
answers questions quickly, and
can back up his arguments. '
Not the kind of fellow you
would think would risk scram-
bling his brains.
Unfortunately, that's precisely
what Mesi plans to do.
The once promising heavy-
weight wants to get back in the
ring and resume a boxing career
that seemed ended for good 21
months ago.
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Drought Index
Current: 257
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.02 feet

Lake level
LastYear: f'r
15.59feet : \
(SOURCE: South
Florida Water '-- '
Management Dis-
trict. Depth given
in feet above sea level.)

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Once again, the suggestion
has been offered that the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center
be rented at reduced rates to cer-
tain groups. The suggestion
comes after criticism that the
rates are too high for local
groups and the facility sits.vacant
too often.
At their Dec. 15 meeting, the
Okeechobee County Board. of
County Commissioners received
without comment a list of rec-


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The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW 9528 Buckhead Ridge, gave a Christmas party for the
residents of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility on Saturday, Dec. 10. Among those in
attendance are (left to right) Ursula Mickleborough with Santa, Bill Quantrell, Mary,
Renee Leonard and Mrs. Claus.


Glenn Allen played the guitar as part of the entertainment during the Christmas party
given for health care facility residents. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus helped to keep the
holiday tempo going, along with elf, Donna Lindley, Vivian Stanger, Connie L. Heureux,
Bootsie Deatherage, Mae Edwards, Phyllis Fish and Sherrie Abby.



Okeechobee Historical Society


treated to pictorial history


By MaiyAnn Morris
Special to Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Historical
Society was treated to a viewing
of Tommy Markham's new
DVD, "A pictorial history of
Okeechobee" at their meeting
Monday, Dec. 19, at the Histori-
cal Society's building on U.S, 98
North. Many history buffs with
Internet access know Mr.
Markham's website www.tom-
mymarkham.com .as a rich
resource for pictures of old, his-
toric Okeechobee County from
the 1890s on into the 1960s.
Mr. Markham, realizing that
not everyone interested in local
history has a computer, has
produced a one-hour long DVD
of historical photos and local
sights to go with them.
"My family comes from a
county in Virginia that is now
250 years old. We've always
been interested in history. I
came to Okeechobee County in
1937, when I was just 2 years
old. I love computers and build


commendations from the ag-cen-
ter advisory committee as to the
use of the agri-civic center and
suggestions for capitol improve-
ments. If some of the sugges-
tions were adopted, they would
be a reversal of policy previously
approved by the board.
Since the board had faced an
all day session and the time was
late, Commission Chairman
John Abney said the recommen-
dations would be on the agenda
for the next commission meet-
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"We had hoped to be able to repair the roof to
prevent further deterioration of the building.
Ideally, of course, the whole building would be
rehabilitated, but unless the roof is repaired,
the interior is going to get worse.".
Betty Williamson,
president of the Historical Society


my own, so the website was
just a natural thing to do. That
way I can share the history with
other people," said Mr.
Markham.
The Historical Society has
been working since 2003 to
have the old jail restored. The
county commission had
approved the funds to repair
the roof in 2003 and the repair
was funded in the 2004 budget.
It was hoped to obtain a grant
to restore the entire building;
however, Okeechobee Main
Street supported by the Histori-
cal Society applied but was


turned down.
"We had hoped to be able to
repair the roof to prevent fur-
ther deterioration of the build-
ing," said Betty Williamson,
president of the Historical Soci-
ety. "Ideally, of course, the
whole building would be reha-
bilitated, but unless the roof is
repaired, the interior is going to
get worse."
The Historical Society will
continue to give two $500
scholarships each year to Okee-
chobee High School students
who are going on to college.


Okeechobee News/MaryAnn Morris
Tommy Markham, originator of the website www.tommy-
markham.com gave a talk accompanying a showing of the DVD
he produced "A pictorial history of Okeechobee" at the meet-
ing of the Okeechobee Historical Society Monday, Dec. 19.


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News Briefs

Old holiday
photos sought
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee News is seeking photos
of local Christmas celebrations
from 1980 or earlier (25 years ago
or older) for use in the Looking
Back feature of this newspaper
during the month of December.
Bring old holiday photos to
the Okeechobee News office at
107 S.W. 17th Street inr Okee-
chobee during regular office
hours, Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. until 5 p.m. and we will copy
the photos while you wait. Or, e-
mail photos as jpg attachments to
okeenews@newszap.com.
Please include as much infor-
mation as you can about when
and where the photo was taken
and who is in the photo.
Photos may be of community
or family celebrations. in the
Okeechobee area.


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


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


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


Young artists
to be selected
OKEECHOBEE Local
young artists between the ages of
10-19 are needed as apprentices
to paint Okeechobee Main
Street's first mural project.
This competition is dedicated
to promote the involvement of
young Okeechobee artists in visu-
al arts, as well as learning and
participating in the process of
painting a large mural under the
direction of professional artists.
Young artists chosen will be
taking part in a historical event.
The selection'process will be
based on sample works submit-
ted through a juried process.
Competition is now open and
will end on Jan. 6,2006. An entry
and artists' consent form is
'required.
For information, contact Brid-
gett Waldau, mural and visual
arts chairperson, at (863) 467-
7300; or stop by the Okeechobee
Main Street's office at 111 N.E.
Second St. for an entry form, con-
sent form, rules and art submis-
sion format. Information is also
online at www.mainstreetokee-
chobee.com.


Lipizzaner Stallions
will be here Jan.13
OKEECHOBEE The World


Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will
appear at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:3.0 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 W.N. Park St.,
in Okeechobee. Tickets can also
be ordered by calling 800-882-
8258 for Charge-by-Phone; or,
ordered at www.TICKETS.com.
Adult tickets are $20.50; sen-
iors aged 60 and over are $18.50;
children aged 1-12 are $18.50;
and, children under I will be
admitted free. Ticket prices also
include parking. Groups of 15 or'
more will receive a $5 discount
on the adult price. ,
For information, call (863)
763-1666.


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committee, said the changes were
Center suggested in order to allow for
more local use of the facility and to
Continued From Page 1 keep it from sitting idle so much of
ing, Jan. 12. the time.
In the past, the board had Another suggestion designed to
decreed that everyone would pay allow for more widespread use of
the same price and that there the facility, but not on the list,
would be noreduction in rate for according to Mr. Abney, is the sug-
nonprofit organizations. gestion that once week the facility
Aongthe newzproposalsowasbe opened for horseback riders.
Among the new proposals was The other suggestions dealt
a recommendation that Okee- with capitalimprovements that are
chobee area residents be allowed nopital improvements that arebudgeted.
to rent the facility at 75 percent of On e of those suggestions calls
the standard rate, while Okee- One of those suggestions calls
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chobee nonprofit organizations ing for 1,500, to 2,100 vehicles
would be charged at 50 percent of before the county fair of 2007.
the standard rate. Another recommendation calls
Currently the 4-H spring live- for cleaning up the frontage of
stock show is the only event in the underbrush and trees, removing
main arena that does not pay rent. barbed-wire construction fence
One of the recommendations is and replacing it with chain link
for free use of the facility by the 4-H fence.
Club for other events if reservations The committee also recom-
are made not more that 30 days in mended purchase of a sign and a
advance of the event. If reserva- public address system.
.tions were made more than 30 In addition, the committee rec-
days in advance, the rate would be ommended the purchase and
50 percent of the usual rate. installation of a public address sys-
It was also recommended that tem, installation of a well and
Future Farmers of America (FFA) sprinkler system to keep down
be allowed, he sae conditions dust in the arena and purchase of a
and terms as 4-H. trailer to provide office space to
Commissioner Abney, who is event sponsors.
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given, except for parking.
Attached to the committee's
recommendations was documen-
tation from John Mazzola, director
of the facility.
Mr. Mazzola offered three
options for parking areas. The first
option was to build a parking area
for 2,226 cars. The estimated cost
including trucking in fill dirt, paving
and drainage is $785,000.
A second option he offered was
to scale down the parking lot to
1,587 cars and use on site fill dirt.
The cost for that option including
pavement and drainage is estimat-
ed to be $529,000.
The third option offered was to
omit paving and construct a grass
parking lot with swale drainage for
1,587 cars. The estimated cost is
$230,000.
Mr. Mazzolla also submitted
drawings of a proposed entry sign.
In addition, he submitted a
budget outline for 2005-06 that
allowed $64,600 for new equip-
ment,.$10,834 in reserve, $178,527
cash balance to be carried for-
ward, $275,000 for wetland mitiga-
tion, $30,000 for building construc-
tion and a total of $245,000 in
improvements for the arena/barn
compound and equine event
amenities.


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Math Extr
Second Grade
The holiday season was in full
swing in second grade at Central
Elementary School (CES). Students
enjoyed the many fun activities that
involved Christmas, Hanukkah,
and Kwanzaa. Students learned
everything from math to social
studies to geography through holi-
day related activities.
In Mrs. Johns' class, they were
busy making ornaments to hang on
their trees. We made a travel
brochure to advertise the interest-
ing ways the countries we visited
celebrates Christmas. We learned
about area and perimeter after
reading The Gingerbread Man. We
used marshmallows and red hots
to find the area and perimeter of
our gingerbread men. The most fun
was graphing the results of what
part we ate first. We found out that
more people ate the legs than ate
the arms or the heads. The Student
of the Weekwas Francisco Olvera.
Students in Mrs. Rodriguez's
class were making poinsettias and
Christmas cards in Spanish. Our
Student of the Week was Jennifer
Aranjo. In Spanish class students
also found out what the weather is
like during Christmas time in vari-
ous parts of the world. In addition,
students learned how people in
Mexico and other Latin American
countries celebrate Christmas.
Mrs. Whiteside's and Miss Pre-
vatt's class enjoyed making ginger-
bread men and writing the instruc-
tions for making a gingerbread
man. Mrs. Whiteside's Student of
the Week was Jon Crisino. Miss Pre-
vatt's Student of the Week was
Kelsie Shelton.
Mr. Stanley's class was very busy
learning many things about the hol-
iday season around the world. We
visited German, Israel, Great
Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Mexi-
co, and, of course, the United States
of America. They also had been
learning about the holiday season
in the Scandinavian countries
through two books by our Author


ravaganza
of the Month, Jan Brett. The Wild
Christmas Reindeer and The Mitten
are stories that have been adapted
from Scandinavian folktales. After
reading The Wild Christmas Rein-
deer, students made their own rein-
deer ornaments and reindeer art.
Continuing our trip around the
world, we next visited Germany,
where we read Jan Brett's Ginger-
bread Baby. After we read about
the many people who were trying
to catch the gingerbread baby, we
"caught", and then ate, our own
gingerbread men. Still in Germany,
we next read Hansel and Gretel.
After this story, we created our own
gingerbread house. Before heading
to another part of the world, we
made stained glass Christmas Trees
in celebration of German's famous
contribution to the celebration of
Christmas all over the world.
We learned about the eight days
of Hanukkah in Israel, before head-
ing to the North Pole by reading The
Polar Express. While there, we
made candy trains and each of us
received the first bell of Christmas
to wear around our wrists. We also
took the time to write letters to
Santa Claus. In Great Britain, we
read Nick Butterworth's One
Snowy Night, about Percy the Park
Officer, and the many animals he
makes room for in his small house
on a cold winter night. We then
made stick-puppets of the animals
Percy sheltered, and reenacted the
book in our readers' theatre. Stu-
dents learned about the history of
Kwanzaa before our trip around
the world concluded. We discov-
ered the meaning behind the
Kwanza candles and the traditional
clothing that is seen when reading
about Kwanzaa celebrations. We
concluded our Christmas Around
the world celebration by perform-
ing the play "Christmas Around the
World". This play gave each student
the opportunity to take on the role
of a child from another country,
and to explain the holiday tradition
in his or her country.


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The students in Mr. Stanley's
class would like to thank Mrs. Doris
Entry for all of her help during these
activities. The students are grateful
for her donating her time to make
the many holiday activities they
were able to enjoy possible. The
Student of the Week in Mr. Stanley's
class is Dylan McClananhan:

Fourth Grade
The fourth grade team would
like to extend a very happy holiday
to all of our students. We look for-
ward to the New Year. As a grade
level, we have worked hard these
past few months and have almost
obtained our 'meter goal' for writ-
ing. Don't let winter break sneak
past you write a thank you letter
to Santa or a relative to keep your
writing skills fresh. Or, write a letter
to your teacher and explain what
you have accomplished on your
vacation. In January, Math Extrava-
ganza begins. All fourth graders will
be getting an extra shot of math -
so we are FCAT ready. Math Extrav-
aganza is a part of our day where
the students will rotate to every
teacher to review geometry, meas-
urement, decimals, fractions, and
area and perimeter. The teachers
have been planning and are ready
to start once the break is over.
Mrs. Pritchard's students
enjoyed their final week of 2005
working 6ft some Christmas stuff,
learning about Van Gogh and
becoming medical experts on the
digestive, respiratory, and nervous
systems. A big thank you to all of
the parents who donated their time
and money to purchase our craft
items and our party goods. A big
Happy Birthday to Kenia Soto and
the recent Student of the Weeks
have been: Samuel Rogers,
Jonathan Hickman, and Karla
Jimenez.
Mr. Goff's class was excited
about winter break. Many of our
classmates will be traveling over
break and we wish them a safe


Obituaries


Jennifer Larson
Jennifer Larson, age 33, of
Okeechobee died on Friday, Dec.
16, 2005 at Raulerson Hospital.
Miss Larson was born Dec. 1,
1972 in Baltimore, Md., to Arnold
Larson and Donna Reed. She was
a homemaker having come to
Okeechobee from Miami in 1998.
Miss Larson is survived by her
mother, Donna Reed of Okee-
chobee; father, Arnold Larson of
Nantucket Island; and two daugh-
ters, Kristian Weston aid' Cassan-
dra Brown Weston.
No visitation or services will be
held.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.
William James McLeer
William James McLeer, age 88,
died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005 at his
residence in Okeechobee. He was
born on Oct. 25, 1917 in Stillwa-
ter, Minn., and is formerly of
O'Fallon, Ill.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Evelyn McLeer; his parents,
Emmett and Clara McLeer, and a
son-in-law, Paul Hamilton.
He is survived by his daughter,
Christine A. Hamilton of
Belleville, Ill; his grandsons, Keith
(Susie) Hamilton and Craig (Car-
men) Hamilton; great-grandchil-
dren, Lyndsey, Connor, Alexis and




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Nathan, all of Belleville, Ill. In
addition, he is survived by his
dear friends, Martin and Evelyn
Crawford of Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations be made
to the Belleville Humane Society.
Visitation will be held from 10
until 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22
at Wolfersberger Funeral Home in
O'Fallon, Ill. Funeral services will
be held after the visitation. Inter-
ment will follow at O'Fallon City
Cemetery, O'Fallon, Ill.
Local funeral arrangements
were handled under the direction
and care of the Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory.

Albert Patrick
Danny Williams
Albert Patrick Danny Williams,
age 70, died on Thursday, Dec. 15,
2005 at his residence in Okee-
chobee. He was born July 25,
1935 in Birmingham, Ala. He was
a resident of Okeechobee for 35
years and loved to play checkers
and ride his bicycle.
He is survived by his two sons,
Patrick Williams and Fredrick
Williams, both of Okeechobee;
his three daughters, Melody Pep-
pers of Okeechobee, Darnisha
Haggans of Tampa, and a third
daughter from Virginia. He is also
survived by is brother, Calvin
Williams of Birmingham, Ala.;
and seven grandchildren.


There will be no visitation or
services.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Gabe M. MeGaw
Gabe M. McGaw, age 79, of
Okeechobee died on Monday,
Dec. 19, 2005 at Okeechobee
Health Care Facility. Mr. McGaw
was born Aug. 6, 1926 in -Noank,
.Conn. ,e, came.:to: Okeechobee
'from Old ,Mysticj Conn, 15 years
ago. Mr. McGaw proudlyserved
our country.in the U.S. Army dur-
ing World War II. He was a mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church,
Widows and Widowers Support
Group of Okeechobee, the Okee-
chobee Swingers, and he loved to
fish and bowl.
Mr. McGaw was preceded in
death by his wife, Genevieve
McGaw.
He is survived by two daugh-
ters, Jo Ann Wilson of Old Mystic,
Conn., and Nora Kelly of Westerly,
R.I; two grandchildren; two great-
grandchildren; brother, William
McGaw, Sr. of Pawcatuck, Conn.;
sister, Dolly Decousta of Calif.;
and long time friend, Joan Fread-
ling of Okeechobee.
Burial will take place in Con-
necticut.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


journey. We have read The Best
Christmas Pageant Ever and
watched the movie. We enjoyed
comparing the two. In science we
wrapped up our chapter on volca-
noes and earthquakes. We learned
the different parts of volcanoes as
well as what causes earthquakes.
In writing we are enjoying doing
some holiday themed writings. We
are also continuing working on our
expository and narrative writings.
FCAT Writes is just around the cor-
ner and so we will continue to
focus on expository and narrative
writings into the New Year. In math
we have wrapped up chapter ten
on multiplication. Our recent Stu-
dents of the Week have been Alexis
Castillejo, Kevin Ottiwell and Cor-
neshaJarvis.
The fourth grade BASE team
would like to wish our families a
very Happy Holiday. We look for-
ward to the New Year. In January,
new behavior cards begin, and
English and Spanish will be doing
everything as a team. Math Extrav-
aganza will take place in all fourth
grade classes and we are very excit-
ed about it. see you in the New
Year.
Mrs. DeSarro and Mrs. Guz-
man's students enjoyed their final
week of 2005 working on some
Christmas stuff, learning about
Christmas in different countries and
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Pageant Ever, as well as watching
the movie. A big thank you to all of
the parents who donated their time
and money to purchase our party
items. A big Happy Birthday to
Thaddricka Sanders and the recent
Student of the Weeks have been:
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Ephrim A. (Red) Coburn,
70, Okeechobee, FL
Ephrim A. (Red) Coburn, 70, of Okeechobee, FL
died December 7, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.
Born February 9, 1935 in Ellenburg, NY, he was the
son of the late Francis and Beulah Coburn.
He served in the Army during the Korean war, and
was stationed in Korea 1955 & 1956.
He was a member of the VFW Lodge, the Elks
Lodge and the Moose Lodge where he was very
active. He was a member of the Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church.
Known as "Red", he was an avid fisherman and
truly "never met a stranger". He was the owner of
Coburn Auto Sales which he operated for many years.
He was the husband of, Janice Mitchell Coburn
whom he married August 19, 1956.
He is survived by his brother, Bernard (Doris)
Colburn of North Hudson, NY and two sisters,
Maybell Gregory, of Port Henry, NY and Rita (Gary)
Mitchell of Elizabethtown, NY.
He was preceded in death by his brother Lloyd
Coburn (survived by wife, Lou) of Okeechobee, FL
by 3 days.
He is survived by 3 children, Connie (Tom)
Marianetti of Spencerport, NY, Kimberly (Jerry)
Nokleby of Piney Point, MD and Ephrim A. Coburn,
Jr. of Okeechobee, FL; 4 grandchildren, Ron, Stacy
(Ken); D'aVid and'"Cody; and a great granddaughter
Jesalyn. d iet
S 'Internment was..priv.te.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society and Hospice.







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YOU MIGHT BE A SNOWBIRD: You might be a snowbird if you
think Okeechobee only has three roads State Road 70, U.S. 441 and
State Road 78, and unless a business is on one of those three roads you
will never find it;
If you don't want to spend money for nice furnishings for your
home in Okeechobee because you only live here six months a year;
If you catch the limit of specks every day and put them in your freez-
er, and then wonder where all the fish are going;
If you come down here every year with a white shirt and a $20 bill
and don't change either one for three months;
If you are overcome with the urge to explain to people how they do
things up north and why their way is so much better than they way
people do things in Okeechobee;
If you eat dinner before 5 p.m. to take advantage of the early bird
specials;
If you've ever stopped traffic on the middle of the Kissimmee River
Bridge to look at the river;
If you are wondering why the Lock 7 pier is so tall, because you
have never seen the lake higher than 15 feet.

HELPFUL CUSTOMER: I am calling about an incident that occurred
at the grocery store on Saturday. I have trouble breathing and must
have oxygen with me at all times so it is difficult for me sometimes. I
got to the check out line, this wonderful, wonderful woman who was
a customer there unloaded my groceries from the cart for me. All the
while she was doing this, she was talking to me and smiling while she
worked. I just wanted to say thank you to her. I appreciate everything
that you did for me and God Bless you.

CONTRACTORS: Every article that you read in the paper says that
you should not give a contractor money for repairs until the work is
done. You try to find someone in Okeechobee who will do the work
without wanting money up front, but as soon as you sign a contract
with them they tell you that they need the money to buy material.
Then, they don't show up for months.


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Community Events

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 Prevention of
Athletic Injuries IRCC reference number 86771. The class will
run for three consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006.
This will be a three-credit class that will cover what to look con-
cerning sports injuries, the prevention of sports injuries and how
to protect you from potential lawsuits. For information, contact
Candi Walker at (863) 467-6778.

Salvation Army Thrift Store to close
Due to the lack of volunteers, the Salvation Army Thrift Store,
at 420 N.E. Park St., will be going out of business on Jan. 7. Until
then, bargains can be found at the store Monday through Friday
from .9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The store is looking for a charitable
organization to take over their inventory after they close. Interest-
ed organizations should call the store at (863) 763-6020 during
business hours.

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.





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(left to right) are: Star Daniel, Bay Buck Daniel, Little Switchy, Francette Daniel, Ozona Louie, Blackburn Buck, Scar Hug,
and Captain's Crest. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them
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and information about the photo to okeenews@okeechobee.com.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
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 nation-
al 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 (860) 763-7399 or
610-9176.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals
who are either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence,
other women's issues are also addressed. One support group is
held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County
Health Department auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For informa-
tion, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other support group is
held on each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist
Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean Gra-
ham at (863)-763-2893.


Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social
Security Death Index and military information available. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley
at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863)
763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will
meet at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyter-
ian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at
(863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of
someone that might need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support
group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill
family member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.


Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes, the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets
are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran
at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.


Community Events

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


Lasso Ministries plans special night
Al Padgett of Okeechobee will deliver the word at the Cow-
boys for Christ and Lasso Ministries of Venus on Thursday, Dec.
22, at the Venus clubhouse off Highway 731 at Clubhouse
Road. There will be food and fellowship at 6 p.m., followed by
gospel music and Mr. Padgett at 7 p.m. For information, call
(863) 612-0640.


Annual toy drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their 11th annual
toy give-a-way for needy children in Okeechobee. The collec-
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 benefit
Hospice and patient services.


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


Special New Year's Eve party planned
A safe, supervised New Year's Eve party for young people
will be held at The Gathering, at the corner of Old Dixie High-
way 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 avail-
able. The event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Democratic
Executive Committee.






LIFESTYLES


The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Engagements


Tiffany Platt and Chad Broadrick

Tiffany Platt


and Chad Broadrick


Laura Crews and Kenneth
King of Okeechobee are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter, Tiffany Platt to
Chad Broadrick of Okeechobee.


The prospective groom is the
son of Susan and Ray Broadrick of
Okeechobee.
There has been no date set for
the wedding.


Wedding


Joseph Worley and Jessica Muri

Joseph Worley


and Jessica Muri


Timothy and Lois Muri of
Naperville, Ill., are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter, Jessica Muri to
Joseph Worley of Philadelphia,
Pa.
The prospective groom is the
son of Pamela Varner of Okee-
chobee and the grandson of
(Rube) Ralph and Shirley Varner
of Okeechobee.
The bride to be is a 1998 grad-
uate of Waulbonsie Valley High
School in Aurora, Ill., and
received her bachelor's degree in


2002 from Penn State University.
She is employed in corporate
sales and marketing with the
Philadelphia Eagles.
Joseph is a 1987 graduate of
Hanover High School, Hanover,
Pa., and received his bachelor's
degree in 2002 from Penn State
University. He is employed in cor-
porate sales and analysis with
Front Row Marketing Services, a
division of Comcast Philadelphia,
Pa.
A July 22, 2006 wedding is
planned at University Park, Pa.


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Heather Williamson and Jeb Stokes


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Heather Gayle Williamson and
Clinton Marshall Rucks were
joined in marriage on July 30,2005.
The bride is the daughter of
Wes Williamson of Okeechobee
and Debbie Lawrence of Gatlin-
burg, Tenn.
The groom is the son of David
and Betty Hazellief of Okeechobee.
The wedding ceremony was held
at The Breakers in Palm Beach with
Samuel Vuleta officiating at the cer-
emony.
The bride was given away at the
ceremony by her father, Wes
Williamson.
i The ocean lawn where the
wedding was held was decorated
with a wrought iron gazebo cov-
ered in green hydrangea, fuschia
and orange rose, coral peonies and
orchids. The aisle was covered in
loose rose petals.
The bride wore an ivory dress
with beading and embroidery on
an organza overlay.
. The bride carried a bouquet of
gathered vendella roses and blush
cymbidium orchids.
The matron of honor was
Megan Williamson of Faunsdale,


Ala. The bridesmaids were Jamie
Demeter of Jupiter; Leslie Hunt of
Okeechobee, and Sarah Reno of
Okeechobee.
The best man was Justin Hazel-
lief of Okeechobee and the
groomsmen were Michael Hazel-
lief of Okeechobee; Erick Rucks of
Okeechobee and John Williamson
of Faunsdale, Ala. Ushers for the
wedding were Michael Sumner of
Okeechobee and Lance Luck of
Miami.
The flower girl was Carolanne
Hunt of Okeechobee who is the
daughter of Leslie Hunt. The ring
bearer at the ceremony was Mar-
shall Rucks who is the son of the
groom, Clint Rucks of Okee-
chobee.
Following the ceremony, a
reception was held in the circle
ballroom at The Breakers.
After a honeymoon trip to St.
Lucia, the couple is at home in
Okeechobee.
The groom is employed as
owner of Zibeco Corporation and
the bride is employed as a residen-
tial lender with Riverside Bank.


Harold and Sharon Wood of
Vero Beach and Martha Mason of
Fellsmere are proud to announce
the engagement of their daughter,
Denise Wood to Jeb Stokes of
Okeechobee.
The prospective groom is the
son of Darlene Stokes of Okee-
chobee and Robert Stokes of
Palm City.
The wedding is planned for
Feb. 18, 2006, at The Gathering.
The bride to be is a 1993 grad-
uate of Vero Beach Senior High
School. She graduated from Indi-
an River Community College and
is a 2002 graduate from Florida


Atlantic University. She is
employed as a dental hygienist
with Dr. Jim Tenniswood and is
also employed as an adjunct
instructor in the dental hygiene
program ". .
The groom is a 1997 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. He
graduated from Indian River
Community College. He is
employed by St. Lucie County
with the Environmental Resource
Department 'and also owns a
small custom-made leather shop.
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6.90 Ibs. in his weigh-in bag.


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Men's softball
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Okeechobee Parks and, Recre-
ation has announced that their
men's adult softball league games
will be played at the adult softball
field across from Yearling Middle
School.
The lower division teams will
play on Mondays and Wednes-
days. Game times are 7 and 8
p.m. each night. The upper divi-
sion teams will play on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.
There have been no games
scheduled for a ladies' softball


league due to lack of teams.

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


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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 21, 2005 (


Spotlight on Okeechobee


Brendan

Michael

Homer
Felisha Leitner and Adam
Homer of Okeechobee are
proud to announce the birth of
their son, Brendan Michael
Homer. He was born Oct. 3,
2005, at Tanner Medical Center
in Villa Rica, Ga. He weighed 7
pounds, 8.9 ounces and was 19
inches long at birth.
Brendan was welcomed
home by Eliza Marie Leitner.
Maternal grandparents are
Shawn Rockwell, Elisa Rockwell


Brendan Homer
and Kenneth Leitner of Okee-
chobee. Paternal grandparents
are Bruce and Penny Homer of
Okeechobee.
Great-grandparents are Elida
and Mario Villalpando, Mary Jo
Hoover, and Margie and Cecil
Leitner.


Kiersten

Elizabeth

Sales
John L. Sales, Jr.. and Debra
Sales of Okeechobee are proud to
announce the birth of their daugh-
ter, Kiersten Elizabeth Sales.
She was born Monday, Nov. 14,
2005, at Martin Memorial Hospital
in Stuart.
She weighed 7 pounds, 12
ounces and was 18 inches long at
birth.
Kiersten was welcomed home
by big brother, Raith.
Maternal grandparents are


Kiersten Sales
Richard and Sue Hales of Okee-
chobee and paternal grandfather is
John L. Sales, Sr. of Okeechobee.
Kiersten's great-grandparents
are Clifton and Aliene Godwin of
Okeechobee and Norma Bryant of
Orlando.


Holiday Events


Santa visit
Santa Claus will be in Flagler
Park on Dec. 21, 22, 23 and 24
from 6 until 8 p.m. His visits are


sponsored by the Kiwanis Club
of Okeechobee.
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 direc-
tion 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.


Thankyou
We would like to express our
gratitude and thanks to Eddie
Accardi Dodge, Jorge Anuez
Trucking, Wherrell Air and
Machine Engine, and the entire
Anuez family for their help in
having the Everglades Elemen-
tary School float be as successful
as it was. Without donation of
time and equipment from the
community, float building would
be an extremely difficult process
to accomplish. Again, thank you
so much. Have a great holiday
season.

A special
thank you
In appreciation for your con-
tinued support of our school,
our staff at Grace Christian
School would like to "thank you"
and wish you and your families a
blessed Merry Christmas and
continued prosperity. Again we
extend our sincere appreciation
and gratitude. God Bless, the
staff of Grace Christian School,
Affordable Art, Badcock Furnish-


ings, Carolyn's Coiffures, Cato,
Clock Restaurant, David and
Rose Conlon, Domino's Pizza,
Donna Dennison, Dunklin
Memorial Camp, Elliott's Pawn
Shop, David Ellis, Flower Petals,
Kiersten Griffith-Mary Kay Con-
sultant, Golden Corral, Hair and
Company, Clyde Harris, Jack-
sonville Jaguars, Joey's Pizza,
Katie's Pet Parlor, Dee Kobernik,
Lloyd's Pest Control, Patti Mayes,
Christie Murrow, Nature's
Pantry, David Ogden, Okee-
chobee Times, Okeechobee Vet-
erinary Hospital, Publix, Pam
Hale's Country Craft Show, Pat's
Floral Design, Sandra Pearce
Photography, Pizza Heaven,
Porter's Cleaners, Rita's Furni-
ture, R.J. Gator's, Roper's Caf',
Rustic Ranch, Skip's Barbeque,
Stafford's Hair Salon, Stanley
Steamer, Subway, Suzie's Hall-
mark, Tires Plus, W & W Lum-
ber, Wal-Mart, Jim and Elaine
Waters, Winn-Dixie, Wolfgang
Jewelers. A very special "thank
you" also to all the parents and
relatives that baked for our bake
sale and worked so hard for our
spaghetti lunch.


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Toys rebuild hope for local children


Okeechobee News
By D. Hamilton
Five hundred toys are being dis-
tributed by Rebuilding Okee-
chobee After Disaster (ROAD). Jim
Vensel, director of road stated, "To
ensure the toys are distributed to
children most in need, ROAD has
contacted various non-profit agen-
cies including Martha's House, My
Aunt's House and Big Lake Mis-
sions to assist families affected by
the 2005 hurricanes. We are also
utilizing a County Master Needs list
formulated by ROAD from infor-
mation gathered immediately after
the hurricanes listing numbers of
children per family.
ROAD would like to thank Frank
Irby, our United Way Representa-
tive and Doug Carr, Wishes for
Kids, Project Manager, United Way
of America for affording ROAD the
opportunity to distribute the toys
giving hope to many children that
there can be a Merry Christmas for
them. We would also like to thank
Project Hope members Carol and
Roger for their assistance."


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Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
ROAD members, Jim Vensel (center), Julie Wazinek (right) and Christina Santibanez (left)
work to distribute 500 toys donated by Hasbro through the 'Wishes for Kids' Program.


Graves receives Frist Humanitarian Award


OKEECHOBEE With a look
of shock and disbelief, Sophia
Graves, revenue analyst with
Raulerson Hospital, received the
news from Raulerson Hospital
CEO, Robert Lee, that she had been
selected by her peers to receive the
2005 Frist Humanitarian Award as
Employee of the Year. The
announcement was made at a
reception on Dec. 1, with friends
and family in attendance. This
honor places Sophia in nomination
for the nationwide 2005 Frist
Humanitarian Award, the highest
honor an employee can earn with-
in HCA, the parent company of
Raulerson Hospital. In addition to
being eligible for the National Frist
Award, Sophia received a cash
award, beautiful bouquet of flow-
ers, reserved parking space for a
year, and a $250 donationto tohe
charity of her choice. She has cho-
sen to split the donation between
the March of Dimes and HCA Hope
Fund.
The Frist Humanitarian .Award
was created in 1971 to honor out-
standing individuals for their
humanitarian activities. Named in
honor of Dr. Thomas F. 'Frist, Sr.
(1910-1998), this award recognizes
one emaplohee annually whose
daily\ ', '-i asi:, and care giving
epitomirze i highest standards of
quality and personal commitment.
Thirteen years ago Sophia
joined the staff of Raulerson Hos-


Submitted to Okeechobee News
Robert Lee, CEO of Raulerson Hospital presents the, 2005
Frist Award to Sophia Graves.


pital in the business office as an
insurance clerk. In 1999 she was
promoted to insurance supervisor
and in 2003 joined the pharmacy
staff as an administrative assistant.
She is currently a revenue analyst
in. the accounting department.
From her days working in insur-
ance, patients still stop her from
time to time in local stores, or call
her at home to ask for a helping
hand with a difficult claim-which
she always obliges.


Sophia, along with her hus-
band Charles, are active members.
of the Church of God where she
serves on the Praise and Worship
Team which ministers to the con-
gregation as well as community
:outreach activities. She has been
affiliated with the March of Dimes
for ten years, serving on the Okee-
chobee Committee and chairper-
son for hospital fund raising activi-
ties. Her greatest reward is to see
children that were born premature


come to the walks as healthy par-
ticipants. She has worked with the
American Cancer Society, Relay for
Life, and serves on the hospital's
Employee Advisory Committee.
She has been involved with the
HCA Hope Fund and raising funds
since its inception. The hospital
employees are delighted, that
among her many talents, she has
coordinated the Dessert Judging
Contest at the annual picnic for the
past ten years. When not at work
or volunteering, Sophia enjoys
reading, cooking and planning
social events.
When asked to comment on
receiving the award, Sophia said,
"It is a very humbling experience
that I would be picked for such a
prestigious award. Of all the
employees, it would be me."
Comments taken from the
nomination ballots describe
Sophia as constantly giving and
sharing a positive attitude; caring
about the well being of co-work-
ers; a loving spirit and true empa-
thy with the drive to make a differ-
ence for the welfare of those less
fortunate.
"We are extremely grateful and
proud of Sophia's hard work and
commitment to the hospital and
Okeechobee," said Robert Lee,
CEO. "Her concern for the welfare
of her co-workers and those in
need, make her an inspiration to
us all."


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and the Christmas decorations at Eddie Accardi
Dodge last Saturday morning. She was there with her
mother Lisa Herrera.


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Selecting gifts
Anna Deel (right), LPN and care plan coordinator at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility, was the first employ-
ee to select Christmas gifts from the facility's bounty -
a room set up as a Winter Wonderland that held 241
presents for employees. Sandy Perry (left) said she,
her mother Faye Haverlock, the facility's owner, and
Sandy's three sisters Linda Faye, Becky and Jennifer
- shopped for the gifts. Employees are allowed to
choose one gift for every five years of service. Ms.
Deel has worked at the facility since 1987 and is the
longest employee there. She selected four gifts.


Community Events


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


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


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 Fri-
day, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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


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RAULERSON HOSPITAL

Raulerson Hospital is a 101-bed acute care facility providing a full range of
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General Surgery Laparoscopic Bariatrics Vascular
Sleep Disorders Lab Orthopaedic Outpatient Varicose Vein Procedures
Gastrointestinal Podiatry Urology Emergency Care Mammography
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1 (863)
467-1545
St. Lie.
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SNEIDER, LLC
Criminal Law
Family & Civic Law
200 S.W. 9"th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 467-6570





Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
"Dirt & Stains Disappear"
Edward R. Jones, Owner Est. 1991
467-1809
Cell: 610-0756
Lic. #2178


COME AS YOU ARE!
First United
Methodist Church
200 NW Second Street
(863) 763-4021
www.fumcokee.com
Bruce Simpson, Senior Pastor
fumco@earthlink.net
James R. Dawson, YouthlAssistant Pastor
fumco2@earthlink.net



MIvIDFLoRI
2105 S. Parrott Avenue
OKEECHOBEE
Stop by today!
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^'Fence, Inc.
"Quality is Priceless"
Residential Commercial
Agricultural
Lic. #OCSL2738-01 Insured
863-467-1180



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215 SW Park Street
863-357-2368
*Gifts
Bath & Body Products
Candles & Accessories "7
S*Gift Baskets for All Occasions
* Exclusively Offering Village Candles
Custom Gourmet Baskets
FREE Delivery on all baskets.


iit Beaffyandnnan Servces
8 Licensed
and Insured


Odd jobs you can't to find time to
do, Yard Clean Up and Lawn Care.
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Pressure Cleaning and More.
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863-467-4733
Honest & Dependable Service
24 Hour Emergency Service
Repair on all makes & models
Family Owned & Operated
CAC1813894



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Introductory Flight $50
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772-460-7766
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Anthony T. Young
Attorney
215 SW Park Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-824-OLAW
General Practice
Real Estate Probate
Family Wills
37 Years Experience
Call Today for Your Consultation


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Air Conditioning &
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Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years!
7/24 SERVICE
FOR OUR CUSTOMERS
208 SW 5"' Ave. Okeechobee
863-763-6742
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Okeechobee, FL
863-467-8159
Hours: M-Sat, 10OAM-5PM
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Rating For Customer Satisfaction

4224 Hwy. 441 South
(863) 357-0500


Living Word
of Faith
1902 S. Parrott Ave.
863-763-6869
Phone & Fax
A First Century Full
Gospel Church
www.livingwordoffaith-okeechobee.com




BUI ERS INC.
CBC 008329
Certified Building Contractors
200 N.W. 5th St.
863-763-3100



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Pack 'n Ship Service Typing
Gift Fruit Shipper Laminating
Flags/Banners Trophies/Plaques




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& (1 Family Owned and Operated
763-2111
205 N.E. 2nd Street
Okeechobee
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INCORPORATED
Trash Hauling Mowing
Ponds Loader
Pads Bobcat
Clearing Tractor
Robert Stafford
(863) 357-2274
License #7720


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Newman Air
Conditioning, Inc.
FAST, RELIABLE SERVICE
"Serving the Okeechobee Area Since 1972"
* Saturday Service No Extra Charge
* Mobile Home Air Conditioning
Specialist
202 N.E. 2nd Street
(behind Eckerds)
763-7073013262


Don's
Appliance, nc.
"Showroom Full
Of Major Brands"
REPAIR ALL BRANDS
763-2220
317 WS Park Street
Don & Linda Weir

"Ovee 70 Yes Of VValue -iom Our Fondly F, 6 Y P K

5435 U.S. 1 South
Fort Pierce
1 Mile South of Midway Road on U.S. 1
Ft. Pierce 461-6000
Stuart 283-6806
Vero Beach 567-8480
www.sunrise-ford.com



"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"
We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
51 NW 981" St. Okeechobee, 34972
(P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)
Church: (863) 763-3584
Home: (863) 763-7165


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* 7 Days A Week
* 24 Hr. Emergency Service
* We Service All Brands
* Free Estimates
on Replacement Units and New Installations
100% Financing Available
312 S.W. 2nd St.
863-763-8391



SEARS
Good life. Great price.
OKEECHOBEE
3290 Hwy. 441 South
467-1200
Hours: Sun. 11AM 4PM
Mon. Sat. 9AM 6PM '
Owned & Operated by:
Carlos & Maria Bahamon (#3045)






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Stuart, FL
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FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
110 N.E. 5th St.
(863) 763-1994
Time & Temperature
763-0123

Harvest Food
:' Center
Food Pantry
Grocery Store
Mathew 9:37
Name Brand Groceries,
Paper Products, Meats
& Goya Products
5295 SE 441 Okeechobee
(863) 357-FOOD
(3 6 6 3)
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Hurricane Panels
Rollups & Accordions
mark's Satellites, Inc.
3861 Hwy. 441 N.
Okeechobee, FL
(863) 467-7555
Lic. #886


POLAR
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.
SALES SERVICE INSTALLATION
We service all makes and models.
Same Day Service
Senior Citizen Discounts
FREE ESTIMATES
Residential Commercial Mobile Home
410 SE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee
357-2717
License # RA0066862


Reich &
Mancini
1-888-784-6724
Workers' Compensation* Personal Injury
Social Security Disability Wrongful Death
Palm City Fort Pierce
Port St.Lucie
West Palm Beach BocaRaton


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Hwy. 98 N. PO Box 1723
(863) 763-6905


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WHERS SHOPPING IS5 A PLEASURE
Northlake Village
3551 Hwy. 441 S.
Okeechobee
763-3500
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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Selecting a ticket
Aalia Murphy drew the winning ticket for the remote
truck given away by the Big "0" Junior Teen Anglers
bass fishing club to raise funds for their first banquet to
be held in January 2006. Club treasurer Melissa Floyd
held the bowl full of tickets for Aalia to choose from.


Winner of truck
Kayla Smith shows off the remote controlled truck she
recently won in the Big "0" Junior Teen Anglers give-
away. The money collected from this give-away will be
used to pay for the club's inaugural banquet in Janu-
ary 2006.


Community Events


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


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

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


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1111 S. Parrott Ave.
863-467.2224


Bill's Shoe Repair
HWv. 441 S 763-1187


Building A Better Home
Starts with "State Of The
Art" Well r0illing using
Superior Water
Works, Inc.
Call Today
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INSURANCE
Like a good neighbor,
State Farm is there.
204 N.E. 3rd Avenue
OKEECHOBEE
(863) 763-5561
statefarm.com


PRINTING RUBBER STAMPS MACHINES
FURNITURE COMPUTER SUPPLIES
LEGAL FORMS LAMINATING
OKEECHOBEE
OFFICE SUPPLY &
FURNITURE, INC.
114 S.W. 5TH Avenue
(863) 763-0297
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TRACTOR
Branson. Mahindra
& Woods Tractors
w and Equipment
2 Locations to Serve You
Okeechobee: 701 N. Parrott Ave.
(863) 467-7500
Alva: 6451 W. SR 80
(863) 674-1111
www.allcoasttractor.com
License #8228
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"1Wholesale
Delivery Available
Public Welcome
1650 Hwy. 70 E.
357-0303
OPEN ON SAT. 8:30A.M. 12:00P.M.
WALK-INS ONLY


Okeechobee
Livestock Market

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100 NW PARK ST
OKEECHOBEE
(863) 357-2707
Pharmacy Phone:
(863) 357-1754
Drive Thru Pharmacy,
Open 24 Hours




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FULL INSULATED SHEDS
"We Custom Build To Meet Your Needs"
We Sell Doors & Windows
2570 NW 16th Blvd.
(863) 763-7008
Email: wooleyssheds@earthlink.net
License #1496

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Karns Tractor
arService
Bushog Style Mowing
Overgrown Lots Mowed
Fields & Subdivision Lots
Fill Dirt & Shell Grading
Tree Trimming & Removal
Absentee Owner Mowing
152 SE 60th Ave. Okeechobee
(863) 763-8306
Jerry Karns (cell: 634-1223)
License # 1472


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Plastering & Stucco, Inc.
Since 1993
Residential New Construction
Commercial Additions
Interior, Exterior, Soffits,
Ceilings, TRAILER SKIRTS!


License #8428
& Insured


Gary Champion
863-763-2992


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for all your packing, shipping,
mailing & gift needs'
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-5pm
Sat. 10am-2pm
3260 Hwy. 441 South
Okeechobee, FL
(863) 763-3158
Fax: (863) 763-3651
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Tutoing
Service
"Individual Educational Assistance"
Available to all public, private &
home school students. As well as those
seeking their GED or SAT Preparation.
Mrs. Crista-Ann Blackwell
Owner & Instructor
863-763-5030
State Certified
National Administrator & Teacher


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Supplies:
Industrial & Agricultural
Janitorial Cleaning Shop
Hardware Paper Products
TRI-CO SUPPLY, INC.
(863) 467-0333
2900 S.W. 3rd Terrace


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Crappie Fishing
Sight Seeing Tours
Back Country Eco Fishing Trips
or just go for a Boat Ride!


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ELECTRIC
TOOL & VACUUM
"Your Complete Headquarters
For All Your Power Tools
& Vacuum Cleaner Repairs."
863-634-8380
License #8452


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LOCATION!

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863-357-1990
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Community Events

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

Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced
that with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School,
which were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children were
helped. The families faced a great deal of destruction during the hurri-
canes. Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys because
the roofs of their homes were tom off by the heavy winds. The council
also received funds from an anonymous donor and Seminole Elemen-
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 request-
ed assistance were referred to the Red Cross.

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




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Family Owned & Operated Since 1996
1416 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee
(863) 357-3795
Hours: Monday Friday 9:30AM 5:30PM
Saturday 9:30AM 4:30PM
Layaway Plans Available


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we a safe and Happy, New Year!
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763-6905
Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee



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AGRI-CIVIC CENTER |
2006 UPCOMING EVENTS
The "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions
Friday, January 13' at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets Available at Eli's Western Wear and www.TICKETS.com
Walker Brothers Circus Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4"' & 5'
Tickets ON SALE January 2nd at Eli's Western Wear
Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Adoption
February 17' 19'
Information: 1-866-4MUSTANGS or www.wildhorseandburrow.blm.gov
Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show and Sale
March 15th 18th
Event Information Call (863) 763-1666
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is located at 4200 East Highway 70
3 miles east of downtown Okeechobee
Be sure to visit OKEE-TANTIE CAMPGROUND & MARINA
Registration 863.763.2622 Information
For Additional Information, please visit our Okeechobee County Web Sites
www.co.okeechobee.fl.us & www.okeechobee-tdc.com


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Briefs

Food Pantry
has re-opened
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry is open again.
We are located at 312 N. Parrott
Ave. in the back parking lot of the
church. Our temporary gray box is
stocked and ready for anyone who
needs food. All you need is an I.D.
The hours of operation are Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday
from 9 a.m. until noon.

Make a difference
through mentoring
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence is
a time of risk and opportunity. The
youth in Okeechobee County need
you. If you have a caring heart and
one hour a week to share in the life
of a teen, you can be a mentor. For
information, call Toni Doyle at
(863) 462-5863.

One Stop Center
lists job openings
If you're looking for a job, look
at the One Stop Career Center, 209
S.W Park St. In the past 60 days, 33
companies have listed 43 jobs and
45 people have been hired. The
center is open from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

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

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

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

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adult basic edu-
cation/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tuesday


and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 a.m.
until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115
S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class,
Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.;
Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W.
23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9
p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.


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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage. Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


Looking for ride to Stuart Flea
Market on weekends.
(863)467-6423


DOG- Shih-tzu call to describe
(863)357-3225
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


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RED CURR DOGS (2) Lost in
Ft. Drum Area. Reward! Please
call (863)763-0466
SHIH TZU- Female, Dec. 17th
Vicinity of: Near Palm Dale &
Bellmont. (863)675-3817


CANNING JARS- Lids, rings,
20 qt pot to give away.
(863)675-0199
JACK RUSS/BLUE HEALER
Energetic, needs lots of rooms
to run. Housebroken. lyr old.
Friendly dog. (863)697-6309
KITTENS (4) Very adorable.
Males & Females. Free to
good home. Ready now!
(863)697-9806
RABBIT MANURE- FREE,
(863)635-4690.


LOOKING FOR Someone that
knows how to weave on a
loom Please call
(863)675-0199
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Fishing, Traveling,
etc. Let meet. (863)946-3123


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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


Driver- NOW HIRING QUALI-
FIED DRIVERS for Central
Florida Local & National OTR
positions. Food grade tanker,
no hazmat, no pumps, great
benefits, competitive pay &
new equipment. Need 2
years experience. Call By-
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portunity today.
(800)741-7950.
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OPERATORS & MECHANICS
With experience on CAT equip-
ment needed. Dozer,
Excavator, and off road truck
operators. Excellent pay &
benefits. Reply to Box
1540,c/o Okeechobee News
RO. Box 639, Okeechobee,
FL 34974


EXPERIENCED
SERVERS, COOKS &
DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
$9.00 per hr to start
Apply Within
1.1 US. Parrot Ave.

Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
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avail., Great pay, working envi-
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Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
We offer:
-Excellent Salaries
-Medical and Life Insurance
-Dental Insurance
-401K Savings Plan
-Paid Vacations
-Advancement Opportunities
-Training Program

For an interview please call:
863-983-4224
or mail your resume in confidence to:
Pauline Alvarez
Southern Management Corporation
1014 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440


IMMEDIATE OPENING
FOR:
A/C & REFRIGERATION TECH
ONLY QUALIFIED AND
EXPERIENCED NEED APPLY.
Apply in person at
Emory Walker Co., Inc.
208 S.W. 5th Ave. Okeechobee
TOP PAY 401K PAID VAC. MEDICAL
EOE/DFWP


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


GROVE HELP WANTED
Salary depending on exp.
Benefits & 401K. Drug free
workplace. (863)528-1015


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OPERATORS
Exp. only need apply.
Scrapers, Loaders,
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
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HELP WANTED
Experienced Bartender &
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Call 863-634-3245


HELP WANTED:
Looking for experienced
Mobile home Installer, plus
people with Class A CDL
license. Top Pay must be
dependable. Please call
(863)467-6299
MOVIE EXTRAS, ACTORS &
MODELS! Make $75-$250/ a
day. All ages and faces
wanted! No exp. Required.
FT/PT! (800)851-9046.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
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Find it faster. Sell it sooner
In the dassifieds
Time to clean out the
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garage? Advertise
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your clean up a breeze!


Hibbett Sports,
a full line sporting
goods store, is hir in
Okeechobee for the
following positions:
-Manager
*Assistant Manager
Please apply at:
2105S. Parrott Ave.
Suite 103
Okee, FL 34972
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Now Hiring for 2005 Postal
Positions $17.50-$59.00 +/
hr. Full Benefits/Paid Training
and Vacations No Experience
Necessary (800)584-1775
Reference #5600.
PIZZA HUT
GRAND RE-OPENING
Now hiring all Staff & Drivers.
Apply at Okeechobee
restaurant location from
9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
PRIDE ENTERPRISES
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
w/farm equipment req'd.
$30K+, Exc. benefit pkg. Fax
resume to: 561-996-8559.
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.
WAITRESSES & DELIVERY
PEOPLE NEEDED: FT/PT
Apply in person after 3:30 pm.
@ Antoinette's Restaurant,
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Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools I 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 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
RESTORATION & REPAIRS
of Antique furniture.
CUSTOM CABINETRY
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337
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
S(863)357-1076
WASHER & DRYER- good
condition, $175 for set
(863)673-3620


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


BICYCLE, boys, good condi-
tion, $15.(863)467-6984
BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO -
Crestline tandem bike, excel.
cond. $250 (863)357-7406
BICYCLE, woman's, 10 spd.,
good condition, $20.
(863)467-6984
BIKES (2) 3 speed 26" his &
hers, $20 each or both for
$30 (863)467-2305



ALL STEEL BLDGS! UP TO
50% OFF!! Engineered for
Hurricane Coast! Ship Facto-
ry Direct for quick delivery.
24x30 Up to 100x200! Call
Now! (800)499-6401 Eddie.
BUILDING SALE! "Extended 3
Weeks!" 20x26 Now $3340.
25x30, $4790. 30x4_0,
$7340. 40x60, $11,490 Fac-
tory Direct, 25 Years. Many
Others. Ends/accessories
optional. Pioneer
(800)668-5422.
STEEL BUILDINGS, Factory
Clearance. New, never erect-
ed 30x40, 40x60, 50x100
and 60x100. Will Sell for bal-
ance Call Frank
(800)803-7982.



BATHROOM VANITY- New
30", Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634
METAL ROOFING SAVE $$$
Buy Direct From Manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
Accessories. Quick turn
around! Delivery Available
Toll Free (888)393-0335.
OVERHEAD GARAGE DOOR
OPENER- Atlas Rool-Lite,
1/2hp, New, Ready to install
$300. neg. (772)260-6318
SAWMILLS from only
$2,795.00 Convert your
LOGS TO VALUABLE LUM-
BER with your Norwood
portable band sawmill. Log
skidders also available.
www.norwoodindus-
tries.com -Free information:
(800)578-1363 ext 300N.



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


NICE DRESSES- 5, Very Good
Shape. $40. Or Will Separ-
ate. (863)763-9135


DALE EARNHARDT SR Nascar
collection, $400.
(863)467-0376
FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
CARDS late 8Os early 90s
excellent condition $500/
neg.(863)763-8943
PRO-MOLD mini snap tight
collectible card holders 50
each (863)467-1484


COMPUTER SYSTEM, com-
plete, lots of programs,
$175. (866)855-0158
HP DESKTOP runs Windows
XP Home Ed. Printer included.
Excellent condition. $400
(863)983-7269 Leave Msg.


BED: Twin w/mattress, box-
spring & frame. Very good
condition! Almost brand new..
$60 (863)634-2094 Jennifer.
BEDROOM SET -7pc. Full sz
bed, light wd w/ painted bows
& pink flowers. Brand new.
$700 neg. (863)227-0199
CEDAR CHEST- 2, Solid cedar
$250 or will separate
(863)467-4328
CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar $125
(863)467-4328


GOLF CART Club Car, 2001,
Gas, Reconditioned w/alumi-
num bed, top & windshield.
$2795. 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 than 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
SHOT GUN- Winchester, 12
age, Deer Gun w/scope.
335. (863)467-7838



DUMB BELL SET: 5 25 LB
w/rack. .. -$100.
(863)467-5299: '- -
.HEALTH FOOD.
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243
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

lies I 5
TRANE UNIT HEATER Elec-
tric, horizontal/vertical model
UHEC. Com/resi. Brand new.
$750 (772)260-6318


DIAMOND BAGGETT BAND-
Like new condition. $600
(863)697-0845
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $500
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
LADIES GOLD ANTIQUE
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $500 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee
RING Ladies 1.40 European
cut diamond platinum.100
years old Appraised $9,000 17
years ago. $5,000/neg. Okee.
area (863)634-9620


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 whi base
w/foot plate & legs, de-
tachable, exc. cond, $800 or
best offer. (863)801-6149
ELEC SCOOTER- Victory, 3
wheel, new batt., light & bas-
ket, swivel cloth seat, runs
good $600 (863)634-5095
HANDICAPPED POWER LIFT-
for wheelchair, goes on back
of car, all hook ups, $1000
(863).467-9892
LOWEST PRESCRIPTION
PRICES Less.than Canada. A
better deal than Medicare.
Global Medicines, American
Physician managed.
(866)634-0720 www.global-
medicines.net.
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.


CHAIR- Rocker recliner, ask-
ing $30 (863)675-6973.
CHINA CABINET, old, 2 pc.,
yellow, hand painted, g.
glass shelves, nice, $450.
(772)429-0317
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
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
END TABLES, (2), curvy legs,
between light & medium ma-
ple, very nice, $50.
(863)635-0474
FUTON $35 or best offer
(863)467-2153
FUTON- Black, Good shape.
$35. or best offer
(863)673-5618
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
SOFA'S- 2, Sleeper sofa,
Brown & white & 1 black
$50 or will separate
863-447-1141
TABLE & STOOLS Diner's
50's style. Red & chrome.
Very nice. $300
(863)697-0014
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$100. (863)763-8943 ask
for Tracy


PRESSURE WASHER
3000psi, whose, wand & tips,
on wheels, 11hp B/S engine,
$350 863-697-9704
SETTLING TORCH w/ hoses,'
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527


PACHINKO MACHINE- Me-
chanical vertical Japanese
pinball good cond. $100 or
est offer (863)357-7406


WANTED: Used Rugger Pistol,
Semi Automatic.
(863)675-3665


EARN DEGREE online from
home. *Medical, *Business,
*Paralegal, *Computers. Job
Placement Assistance. Com-
puter & Financial aid if quali-
fy. (866)858-2121
www.onlinetidewater-
tech.com.
EXR KEYBOARD PLAYER
For Accomplished, Rockin
Blues and R&B Band.
Dedicated to the groove.
863-697-6016/484-0865
MINI BLINDS (50) Like new,
various sizes, up to 6' wide,
$25 for all. (772)971-9474



ELEC PIANO- Korg P60, LIKE
NEW, a steal at $800
(863)763-3229.
ELECTRIC ORGAN DISCOV-
'ERY- '98, by Estey $500.
(863)674-0314
GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS-
asking $700,
(863)763-3229.
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.


BOSTON TERRIER PUP- 8
wks, $500 (863)946-1279
CAT. LEOR & Yellow lab mix -
11 months old, all shots, all
vac, and spade $25 to good
home only (863)610-1093
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES UKC
reg. 9 weeks old $450-500
(863)763-3073
CHINESE Shar-pei's cham-
pion blood line 2 m & 2 f
now taking deposits $800
and up (863)675-6690
DOG HOUSE for medium size
dog, teak w/two windows
and mosquito netting $60
(863)675-3944
Last Minute Gift Idea, substi-
tute these ring neck doves
for turtle doves, $25
(863)675-6214 aft 6pm
MALTISE PUPPIES, AKC Reg.
$795-$995 each. 2M/1F.
Shots & Wormed. Mother
on premises. (863)357-2676
PITBULL Pups Full blooded
everything up to date, 1 male 1
female, also avail, huge dog
kennel S250 (863)227-0396
PUG, ACA, Rare, Black, 1 F/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
PAT 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
REX BUNNY, baby, $10.
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
SHIH-TZU, female, 21V yrs.
old, $400. (863)697-3346



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


SATELLITE DISH Dish brand
$50.00 or best offer
(863)357-6113



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



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


BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)467-0128.
BASSWOOD, brand new,
3BR/2BA, 1 garage, $1150
mo. Call Guenter
(561)707-5135
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, Very
Cozy, Single family, $1000.
mo. + 1st, Last & Sec. dep.
(863)697-3096



RENT-A-SPACE
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
(863)467-0831


miscelane


I Wantd To B


PAYING BEST PRICES
SCRAP GOLD, SILVER &
UNWANTED JEWELRY
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 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 10
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies B60
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
HORSES 1 beautiful Buck-
skin, 1 Grey Appaloosa Danc-
ing Show Horse. $2200 both
orwill 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.
(863)672-9200



LAWN TRAILER: 5X12
w/ramp. New floors, tires &
rims. $695. (863)675-4882
LAWN TRAILER: New. 3'X4',
Balloon Tires. $275.
(863)357-5754
PUSH LAWN MOWER John
Deere w/ bagger,-used very lit-
tle. $100 (863)675-4858
Railroad cross ties $10
(863)697-8225
RIDING MOWER John Deere;
14.5 HP, 38" cut, runs good,
$700 (863)673-3620
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
WEED TRIMMER on 14"
wheels, like new, 6hp B/S
engine, $175 or trade
(863)697-9704


100 YOUNG CROSSBRED
COWS- some calves at side
(941)741-150.9.


CORTINA ENGLISH RIDING
SADDLE- asking $100
(863)675-1,634


Rentals


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



FURNISHED APT- all utilities
paid, mature adults only, No
pets, on water, Call between
9-7 pm daily (863)357-2044
N. of OKEE 2br, iba. 12 mi.
north of Okeechobee. $500
mo. 1st & sec. No Pets!
(863)467-1717 8:30-3:30
NWOKEECHOBEE:
2BR, 2BA, on quite St.
Kids & pets welcome.
$850. mo. & $2200 Moves
you in. (561)795-1965 or
(863)763-6406


p o rses


Landscape
Contractors








16 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 21,2005


OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy. Utilities in-
cluded. $125 wk. + 1st & last
mo. sec. dep.'(863)467-0771

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 Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1,5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
Okee, remodeled, 2BR/1BA, 2
story apt., building 40, Oak
Lake Apts., $&18,900.
(863)763-8391/634-3313
TAYLOR CREEK -2br, 1 ba.
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


BUCK HEAD RIDGE, Over
2100 sq ft under air, Hot tub
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
2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
BHR, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
$279,500 (863)467-1077
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/21/2BA,
in ground pool, '/ acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728


OKEECHOBEE- 3/2, just com-
pleted, 2000 sf. Kings Bay,
$200,000 (561)248-3111 or
(863)467-1280 evenings
-I
Five Acres, small pond, land
cleared, Lake Okeechobee
area, pad for house in place,
$160,000. (561)346-1682
GAINSVILLE, FLORIDA
+/- 254 Acres open
land, abundant deer,
hogs & turkey. +/- 90
acre platted subdivi-
sion. 344 acres total.
Asking 15,000 per
acre. 20 minutes from
Ben Hill Griffing
Stadium & Campus.
10 minutes from
Downtown. Located
on Hwy. 301. Call Paul
Prescott at 561-718-
8031 or 561-718-8040.


OKECHOBEE- 1.25 acres in
the Vikings. High & dry, near
46K acre State Preserve.
Buy now, prices are going up!!
$38,000 (877)262-6884

SUNDANCE TRAILS
RANCH
Lot 42 +/- 6.33 acre lake
front lot in gated
equestrian community.
Asking $399,000. Call
Paul Prescott at 561-
718-8031.

SUNDANCE TRAILS
Lot 47, +/- 6.33 acre
lake front lot. Asking
$425,000. Call Paul
Prescott at 561-718-
8031.
1 1 1


ASHEVILLE, NC AREA
ACREAGE 1 to 8 acre moun-
tain view and riverfront
homesites from the $60s.
Gated community, custom
lodge. Near natural hot
springs. Don't miss out! Call
(6)292-5762.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLI-
NA. MUST SEE BEAUTIFUL
& COLORFUL FALL FOLI-
AGE! WESTERN NC MOUN-
TAINS Homes, Cabins,
Acreage & Investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty
GMAC Real Estate, Murphy
www.cherokeemountainreal-
.ty.com Call for Free Bro-
chure (800)841-5868. ,
Coastal Southeast Georgia
Large wooded water access,
marsh view, lake front, and
golf oriented homesites from
the mid $70's Live oaks,
pool, tennis, golf.
(877)266-7376. www.coop-
erspoint.com.


East Alabama Mountain Prop-
erty For Sale One hour west
of Atlanta In Piedmont, AL
Great for enjoyment or In-
vestment 33 acres
$115,500. Owner Financing
available. Call Glenn
(850)545-4928.
MURPHY, NORTH CAROLINA
COOL SUMMERS MILD WIN-
TERS Affordable Homes &
Mountain Cabins CALL FOR
FREE BROCHURE (877)
837-2288 EXIT REALTY
MOUNTAIN VIEW PROPER-
TIES www.exitmurphy.com.
NC MOUNTAINS-Log cabin
$89,900. Easy to finish cab-
in on secluded site. Million
$$$ Views Available on 1-7
acre parcels $29,900-.
$79,900. Free Info2Available!
(828)256-1004.
North Carolina Gated Lake-
front Community 1.5 acres
plus, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never before offered with
20% pre-development dis-
counts, 90% financing. Call
(800)709-5253.
TENNESSEE ACREAGE FOR
SALE Near Chattanooga.
Beautiful new lakeside com-
munity. 1 to 5 acre home-
sites from the $40s. Limited
number of private boat slips.
Call for appt.
(866)292-5769.
Tennessee Waterfront Land
Sale! Direct Waterfront par-
cels from only $9,9001 Cabin
Package from $64,9001 4.5
acres suitable for 4 homes
and docks only $99,900! All
properties are new to the
market! Call toll-free
(866)770-5263 ext. 8.
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling -them in the
classifleds,


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. DW, 29 mis. from Okee-
chobee. Separate Family & Liv.
rms., porches, water system,
W/D $800 mo + 1st, last &
$500 sec. (863)357-4844


Avion Trailer, 35', w/45' Fla.
room, 2BR/2BA, w/walk in
shower, incl. free lot & cable
rental from Jan. to May, golf
cart, tricycle & bike, fur-
nished, located in KOA Adult
Park, $24,000.
(863)763-4813
FACTORY AUTHORIZED
JACOBSEN DEALER;
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
baybuilthomes.com
HOMES of MERIT '89 -14x60
2BD, 2BA, Excel. Cond. no
Hurr. dam. $15,000/neg. You
move. (863)467-4808
Mas de 40 trails sen-
clas in envertario. Listas
para ser santadas. En su
propidad. Bajo encunche
y bajo paga de mensu-
aladad. Llamme para
mas information.
863-673-2575.
OKEE 2BR, 2BA. 16x66. Set
up in 55+ park. In city limits
Covered deck, all apple. $23K
863-763-6115 Pam or John
Over 40 new Mobile
Homes in stock-for im-
mediate delivery. Low
down payments, low
monthly payments.
FEMA and insurance
settlements accepted.
Call (863)675-8888
PACE MOBILE HOME, 14x50,
2 glass in rooms, plus car-
port, in Adult Park, $29,000
(863)467-4185
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.

Recreation


Boats 3005
Campers.,RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles,'ATVs 3035



ALUM V HULL BOAT -12FT,
. with trailer and 25HP motor,
$1000 (863)655-0030.


AIR BOAT- 2000 Cotton
Mouth, 13.5ft, Poly bottom,
470 continental, runs good,
$7800 (863)946-3857
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, 16',
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder. $1500 or best offer.
(863)632-9166
CAMPER ENCLOSURE- for
20ft boat, good condition,
was $2500 asking $750
(863)763-5011
CAROLINA SKIFF, 16 Ft., 50
hp Mercury. Very good condi-
tion. Trailer included. Ready to
fish! $2500. (863)599-1239
KAYAK- Hobie Lanai, used,
roomy cockpit, drink holder,
storage, good size for
kids,$165 (863)467-1790
KAYAK- Perception Swifty,
9.5, used highback seat,
good cond, yellow, $150
neg. (863)467-1790 Iv msg
.MERCURY '69 10 horse
power. $150
(801)673-6926
PONTOON BOAT, 21 Ft., Sun
Tracker w/trailer. Rigged out
for night fishing. 90 hp motor,
GPS, depth finder, 2600 watt
Yamaha generator. $6500. Call
(863)381-9356/655-3654
PONTOON BOAT 21 Ft. w/2
25hp motors, canopy & trail-
er, $2500. (863)675-2575
Pontoon Boat, '94, Starcraft,
1995 40hp Mercury, low hrs.,
no trailer, fish ready, $4000.
(765)610-4494
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 lbs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829
SEA. EAGLE- 01, 121/2' in-
Sflatable..'02 15hp mercury
includes equipment. Runs
great $1750. (863)467-0187.
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft., Alu-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801


DODGE -Class C, older model,
new radials, brakes & tune up..
Sleeps 6. Great shape. $3500
(863)467-8186/946-1331
Lakeport, 28' fifth wheel,
w/25' screened room, lot
rent, $140, $4000.
(863)467-8186/941-1331
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, O/B.
Excellent condition. $800.
(863)763-3568/447-4024


CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX: of 7
New, Harley Davidson Items.
$200 for all. Call for details.
(863)612-0055
GOLDWING '84 Classic. New
tires. 2 helmet intercom/stereo
CB. Grt cond $3500
(863)467-8186 / 946-1331
HONDA GOLDWING '76- runs
good, $1800 (863)673-3620
YAMAHA '71- street bike, sin-
gle cylinder, collectors item,
tagged & titled $600 or best
offer (863)634-7680



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, $1.100. (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.


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
Idabaker12(0aol.com .
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005'
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4&060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070






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

CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE,
'83, 4 door, good shape,
$1500. (863)357-1821
CHEVY 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 THUNDERBIRD, '90,
red, needs work, $250 or
best offer, (863)484-0305 of
(863)763-8318
GEO PRISM, '90, Christmas
Card, runs good, good gas
mileage, parts reasonable,
$1499. (863)467-1535
HONDA ACCORD '90- LX, 4dr,
runs good, low miles, $1800
(863)634-1909/634-3931 or
305)797-5011,
HONDA ACCORD LXI- '88,
Runs exc..Needs trans. &
brake work $300 or good
parts car. (863)801-3310,
LINCOLN TOWNCAR 1988 -
low miles, good shape, a/c
cool, very good gas mileage
$1100/neg. (863)517-1753
MERC COUGAR '91- good
condition, new tires, just ser-
viced asking $2000 or best
offer (863)677-4001.
MERCURY SABLE 1993 for
parts or repair $300
(863)763-0920 or 801-1970
NISSAN SENTRA NX 2000'93
Rebuilt trans. New tires.
130K mi. Runs good. 27 mi
per gal. $1000 (863)677-0459
NTB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car
423-502-2210
OLDS CUTLASS '96- needs
transmission work, $500
(863)634-2191.


OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $2500 (863)447-0651
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1988,
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
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
TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
roof, runs great, 32-35 mpg,
am/fm/cd, very dependable,
$1500. (561)924-2208


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
CHEVY SILVERADO, '94, 4
wheel drive, 3/4 ton, runs
good, $3800.
(863)381-0432


EASY GO 2 seater w/top and
windshield and charger
$1250/neg. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART '00, Yamaha, gas,
w/winter top, $1950.
(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
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


TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
UTILITY CAP, for pick up
truck, for 8' bed, $400.
(863)673-5038


CHEVY 4x4- '72 & '85, no mo-
tors, $1000 863-6973895
CHEVY S10, '03, 3 dr., stan-
dard shift, 4 cyl., 13k mi.,
under factory warranty,
$9900. (863)357-3413
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
best offer. (863)357-4827
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645


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


CAR DOLLEY $450 firm
(863)763-4617
ENCLOSED HALLMARK
TRAILER- G.A.W.B. 2980,
asking $1675
(863)357-2424
TILT TRAILER 4.5'x5' w/3ft
high side panels, wood deck,
$300/neg. (863)634-5095
UTILITY TRLR- '05, 5x10,
drop loading ramp, Diamond
plate toolbox, 5mos old, like
new, $850 (863)357-6530


DODGE CARAVAN SPORT '02
49 K mis. Fully loaded. Must
see! Runs great. $8500
(863)763-9464
DODGE RAM 2500, '95, 15
passenger van, great shape,
cold a/c, work or family ready
Asking $2500 (239)633-4069
FORD AEROSTAR- 6 cyl, Runs
good, Cold A/C. Asking
1100. or best 'offer
(863)467-2131
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classifeds.


Community Events


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

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

Book Discussion Group to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will
meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at 206
S.W. 16th St. The book for discussion is "The Master Butcher's Singing
Club" by Louise Erdich. Anyone who likes to read books and discuss
them is invited. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863),357-9980.

Gospel pianist tobe 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 Jari 12. Tickets
will also be on sale at the door. For information, call (863) 763-2171.

DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006 intan-
gible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Department,
1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Jan 24 and Feb. 14. Classes will be held at
9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The classes are free and
open to the public. For information, call the Fort Pierce Service Center
at (772) 429-2173.

Program Iihelps 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 \%ill be appearing at the Agri-Civic Center, 4200
S.R. 70 E., on Saturda.y 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.

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

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


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.

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: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certificates
and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the contestants.
The winner from each school will receive a monetary award. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2492.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 4134 U.S. 441 N.

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

Farmer's Market resumes normal hours
The Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday from 4 until 7:30.
p.m. in Flagler Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-
2225; or, (863) 697-3110.

Holiday CD benefits Hospice
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 has produced a Christ-
mas 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 Okeedhobee will support their Hospice residence.


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.

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

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

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch.of
the American Red Cross at (863) 7.63-24.88 to find out more.

Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires, floods,
etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help local citi-
zens 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
temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food.
All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

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

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of
the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce.
They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okee-
chobee" 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. I of the 2005-06 school year. Par-
ents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflorida.org; or,
they can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy
of the registration.