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Vol. 96 No. 358 Saturday, December 24, 2005 50 Plus tax


Briefs

Possible paving
scam is reported
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is cautioning
area citizens to be aware of a
possible paving scam that has
been reported in Okeechobee
and St. Lucie counties.
The suspects approach resi-
dents and try to sell them
asphalt millings for driveways.
The suspects do not have per-
mits, and may try to get pay-
ment in advance.
If anyone approaches you in
an attempt to sell asphalt and
they do not have a business
license, contact the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
at (863) 763-3117.

Holiday decorations
Homes decorated for the
holidays can be seen at:
*313 S.W 67th Drive
1475 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf& C.C.
4 Hunter Road in Buck-
head Ridge
2350 S.E. 20th Drive in
Taylor Creek Isles
4055 S.E. 24th Rd. in Van-
tage Oak Trailer Park
1065 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf & C.C.
312 S.E. 8th Dr.
*310 S.E. 8th Dr.
2933 S.E. 35th Ave.
2228 S.E. 38th Trail in Tay-
lor Creek Isles
211 24th St. in Buckhead
Ridge
All of Kissimmee River
Estates '
2801 S.E. 18th Court
Real Life Children's
Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.
5270 N.W 30th St.
(Mitchell Road)
e Palm Village Ranch,
entrance is on 44th Blvd,
All of S.W. Second Court
*4600-S.E. 27th Street
S501 S.E. Eighth St.
4411 S.W. 13th Ave. in
Palm Village
1711 S.W 35th Drive
e 2531 S.E. 23rd St. in Taylor
Creek Isles
116 N.E. Eighth Ave. in-
River Run Resort
S.W. 18th St. in Oak Park
*3051 S.E. 33rd Drive .
2350 S.E. 25th Drive in
Taylor Creek Isles
3112 S.E. 33rd Ct. in Taylor
Creek Isles
1450 S.W. 28th St.
1590 S.W. 28th SI.
*1820 S.W28th St.
*2224 S.W 28th S.

Drought Index
Current: 266
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

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Lake level
LastYear: 4' ,,
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(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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Christmas '05: 'Happiest holiday ever'


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
O'Neill family members, Gene with wife Bobi, daughter Tanya Christopher and other fam-
ily members and friends have faced much adversities since Christmas 2004. With Bobi
O'Neill on the road to recovery, the family looks forward to a happy holiday together.

Family planning 'quiet' holiday


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Office of Emergency Manage-
ment Director Gene O'Neill
stood up at a recent Kiwanis
Club meeting, took a 'happy dol-
lar' from his pocket and
announced, "Bobi's coming
home!"
The announcement referred
to the return of Gene's wife, Bobi
O'Neill.
"This will be the happiest hol-
iday ever," he continued.
Bobi's homecoming was as
long awaited as it was celebrat-
ed. Upon her return, she found
the support of local residents and
well wishers. She saw signs up at
local churches welcoming her
home to Okeechobee. She had
returned home just two days
before the Thanksgiving holiday
after having spent a year-and-a-
half in and out of hospitals.
In May of 2004, after perform-
ing and celebrating the marriage
of their son Larry, Bobi became
ill and was taken to Raulerson
Hospital. Doctors discovered that
she was suffering from a splenic
aneurism. She underwent a life-
saving operation having her
spleen removed.
As family members prepared
to take her home to recover after


a week in the hospital her condi-
tion worsened. After second and
third lifesaving surgeries, Bobi's
condition continued to spiral
downward. She was taken by
helicopter to Tampa General
Hospital where she endured a
total of five more surgeries, mak-
ing a total of eight in a six week
period.
During the time Bobi was
holding her own in Tampa, Gene
had to hold the family fort down,
as well as deal with the aftermath
of Hurricane Charlie. After Char-
lie devastated the west coast of
Florida, Gene was determined to
visit with his wife if only for a
little while.
"I got as far as Wauchula and
saw the devastation from the
hurricane and turned around
and signed up for deployment in
Lakeland, at the disaster distribu-
tion center," said Gene.
He didn't get to see his-wife
for several more days after that.
Daughter Tanya Christopher had
already made the decision to
leave her job as a paralegal and
was staying with her mother in
Tampa, while Bobi remained in
serious condition.
Over the next few weeks, as
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
tore through South Florida, Gene


had his hands full.
"Hurricane preparations and
tending to restoration helped me
to stay busy," he recalled.
All the while, Gene and the
rest of the family worried about
Bobi's health.
Between hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne, Gene was able to
visit with Bobi in Tampa for only
a couple of hours before return-
ing to Okeechobee to bring
"order out of chaos."
Things were looking pretty
grim for the O'Neill family.
Shortly after the eighth sur-
gery, it was found by a hematolo-
gist at Tampa General that Bobi's
worsening condition was due to
a reaction to the drug Heparin.
The family, thankful to finally
know the cause of Bobi's deteri-
orating condition, was told that
the drug had already taken its toll
on Bobi's vital organs and had
virtually destroyed them.
During the month of October
2004, Bobi's doctors found that a
team of doctors at the University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center had
been working with disorders
such as hers.
Her doctors in Okeechobee
contacted the specialists at the
See Family Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
We asked some well-known
area residents to share with us
some of their most memorable
or unusual Christmases. As
would be expected, most of
them centered on their child-
hood or on Christmases when
their children were little.
Local businessman and
Okeechobee City Councilman
Dowling Watford said his most
enjoyable Christmases were
when his children were small
and seeing the excitement in
their eyes as they opened their
Christmas presents. His most
memorable Christmas was one
that many parents can identify
with spending a long Christ-
mas Eve working into the wee
hours of Christmas morning try-
ing to put together a swing set


for his son.
Local dairyman Red Larson
has several vivid memories of
Christmases past. He was born
in South Dakota and experi-
enced as an annual occurrence
something not seen in southern
Florida- a white Christmas. He
said a team of horses and a box
sleigh were used to get to town.
Then, after moving to Flori-
da, he remembers family Christ-
mas gatherings at his grand-
mother's house.
One Christmas that sticks out
in his mind was during World
War II when he was on guard
duty on Christmas Eve. As he
trudged around in the cold,
guarding his Texas base, he
could smell the food being
cooked in the mess hall.
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Compiled by
MaryAnn Morris
Dozier Clements worked in
the A&P store in Okeechobee
when he was a boy in the 1940s
and he remembered the Jane
Parker fruit cakes and how they
were sold.
"They (the fruitcakes) were
5 pounds for $1.69. You could
buy a card around October
when they first came in, pay so
much down then pay so much
a week on your card so you had
your fruitcake paid for by Christ-
mas."
Wanda Worth Hall, now liv-
ing in Sarasota wrote: "Then,
there was Christmas tree hunt-
ing! Every year we would go out
on the Fort Pierce Road and cut
Christmas trees for all the


Thomas families. There would
be five or six cars loaded down.
Then Christrhas Eve at Grandpa
and Grandma Thomas's house
and Christmas dinner the next
day. Grandma Thomas would
always bake a huge coconut
cake. What fun we all had!"
"The Gilbert Theater had a
free Christmas show for all us
kids. Santa Claus would be
there with a bag of goodies for
each of us. It was a real treat,"
Doc Anderson of Okeechobee
recalled.
"It was the best celebration
of all," said Cossie Conrad,
"He'd have a Gene Autry movie
- everybody liked cowboys
and there would be a prize for
everyone."
Mr. Conrad's father was the
Okeechobee County sheriff and


the sheriff's family had living
quarters in the back part of the
old jail building. The same
building that the Okeechobee
Historical Society and Okee-
chobee Main Street are trying to
have restored.
"We always had a tree, most
everybody went out to what
they called Jim's Scrub for their
trees back then or over to Fort
Pierce. It was out at the St. Lucie
County line on the right," he
recalled. "Then a dairy came in
and he took out all the pines.
Christmas dinner was never
turkey maybe a ham, and my
mother would make cookies.
She was a good cook. We had a
trustee who was a good cook,
too. I remember he made real
good pies with graham cracker
crust."


Christmas


is for family


and memories


Christmases past recalled


with fond memories, smiles


Special to INI/Okeechobee Historical Society
The Gilbert Theater on Park Street hosted a Christmas party for
all the children in Okeechobee each year. Many people in town
still remember this 1939 Christmas party there.


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News Briefs

Benefit set up
for Smalls family
OKEECHOBEE An account
has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls
family.
Mrs. Smalls and her three chil-
dren were killed in a automobile
accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big
Lake National Bank and say you
would like to contribute to the
benefit for the Smalls family.
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 hol-
iday.
Property taxes
now being collected
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified
by the Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraiser and is open for
collection of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and
county can pay their property
taxes at the Okeechobee County
Tax Collector's Office in the
Alderman Building, 307 N.W.
Fifth Av., Suite B.
Discounts will be allowed as
follows: 3 percent on payments
made Dec. 1 Dec. 31; 2 percent
on payments made Jan. 1, 2006 -
Jan. 31, 2006; 1 percent on 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.
Lipizzaner Stallions
will be here Jan. 13
OKEECHOBEE The World
Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will
appear at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at
Eli's Western Wear, 907 W.N.
Park St., in Okeechobee. Tickets
can also be ordered by calling
800-882-8258 for Charge-by-
Phone; or, ordered at
www.TICKETS.com.
Adult tickets are $20.50; sen-
iors aged 60 and over are $18.50;
children aged 1-12 are $18.50;
and, children under, I will be
admitted free. Ticket prices also
include parking. Groups of 15 or
more will receive a $5 discount
on the adult price.
For information, call (863)
763-1666.


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Christmas

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After the war, when he first
started into the dairy business, Mr.
Larson always had to milk cows on
Christmas Day. Now that his opera-
tions have gotten larger, he is more
involved in management than in
the day-to-day operations of his
dairy. However, he has not forgot-
ten those who still have to work on
Christmas Day. After he celebrates
Christmas with his family, he
always goes out to the barns and
visits those who are milking his
cows.
Rev. Jim Hudson, pastor of His
House Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene, also has Christmas
memories associated with the mili-
tary.
In 1961, he completed Navy
boot camp in time to be home for
Thanksgiving. However, that
meant he had to report to his next
duty station, the USS Long Beach
homeported in Norfolk, Va., shortly
before Christmas. He reported to
Norfolk a few days before Christ-
mas and, at 20 years of age, he
spent his first Christmas away from
home. Christmas Eve found him
bundled up against the bitter cold
standing a security watch.
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner Clif Betts said that every
Christmas is exciting to him. He
especially. likes going to the First
United Methodist Church and lis-
tening to the bell choir at Christmas
time to get a "Christmassy" feeling.
"They need to do that all year,"
he added.
When he was about 8 or 9 years
old, Mr. Betts spent Christmas with
his grandparents in Omaha, Neb.,
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Family

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medical center in Pittsburgh, they
were apprised of Bobi's condition
and she was evacuated by air to
Pittsburgh where she underwent
four more surgeries to try to recon-
struct her bowels.
Unfortunately, the damage
from the medication reaction had
caused so much deterioration, and
with so many prior surgeries, the
surgery failed.
After the last of those surgeries,
Bobi suffered several setbacks
including infections, a tracheoto-
my due to the lengthy amount of
time that she was on a ventilator
and problems from the length of
time in a hospital bed.
From the time that Bobi was
first taken to the hospital in May,
she spent more than eight months
in the hospital seven, of which,
were spent in intensive care units.
Tanya stayed for the most part
with her mother in Pittsburgh while
her husband, Stephen Christopher,


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Local businessman and City Councilman Dowling Watford
remembers trying to put together a swing set for his son.


and saw snow for the first time.
Mayor Jim Kirk recalls the
Christmas he received a Daisy lever
action BB gun for Christmas. He
said he had been looking forward
for a long time to receiving the BB
gun.
"I didn't get much else, but I got
that gun," he said. "That was the
highlight of my year. That was a
special Christmas."
Okeechobee County Superin-
tendent of Schools Dr. Patricia
Cooper has a bittersweet memory
of Christmas associated with her
grandmother. She said that when
she was 10 she wanted a bride doll
for Christmas and she had no idea
she was going to get it. However,
her grandmother made a bride doll
for her.
"So, that was a very special
Christmas," she said.
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died not long afterward. Dr. Coop-
er still has that doll in her hope
chest and considers it a very treas-
ured gift.
Riding his bicycle around the
kitchen table was the highlight of
Christmas for Okeechobee County
Administrator George Long when
he was 5 years old. He had
received a bicycle that Christmas
complete with training wheels. It
was in Ohio and there was snow
on the ground, so he could not ride
his bicycle outside. He lived in a
typical farmhouse with a huge
kitchen and a coal-burning stove.
He was determined to ride that
bicycle so he turned the area
around the kitchen table into a
bicycle path.
One Christmas several years
ago, when her children were
small, stands out in the mind of
Betty Chandler Williamson, wife of


the O'Neill resi- quality time together," said Gene.
ler-in-law. There was no holiday dinner
before, the tides with family and friends, no grand-
inya. Her mother children enjoying toys with Christ-
her aid, donating mas wrappings on the floor. There
eys to her only were no holiday sounds only
problem, unre- the sounds heard in a hospital,
'as discovered to busy with doctors, nurses and
rotein in the kid- medical jargon.
rated its ability to As soon as she was strong
enough, the doctors in Pittsburgh
over the O'Neill prepared to send Bobi home to her
t that Bobi would family to wait While they awaited
ce again to save a call, Gene submitted a letter to
*d new organs the National Transplant Assistance
it five including Fund (NTAF).He detailed the time-
num, pancreas, line which led to Bobi's pending
testine. She was transplant explaining his family's
nt list to receive need for assistance with the heavy
transplant at Pitts- burden that had already been
enter. straining the family's finances.
ays left a lot to be The NTAF would help the fami-
Neill family. With lywith uncovered medical expens-
al, Gene went to es, travel, caregiver expenses and a
d time with Bobi multitude of others by controlling
o home to spend monies received through benefits
her husband and and donations in Bobi's name.
eill family. Many preparations had to be
er hospital room made before everything was in
we spent quiet, place should they receive the call
that a donor had been found.
A local resident of Okeechobee,
who wished to remain anony-
mous, even arranged and prepaid
a private jet to be ready on a
moment's notice to whisk Bobi to
Pittsburgh. The family would have
only six hours from the time of the
call in which to arrive at the med-
ical center in Pittsburgh.
The family stayed strong
through many months of being
apart and their overwhelming con-
cern for theirwife and mother.
"Bobi arrived home on Jan. 15,
2005, to await the call that a donor
SA was available. The call came on
March 17 and we had only six
B0 ^ hours to get her to Pittsburgh and
made it only with minutes to
spare," said Gene.
irs" As if a storm that came through
that same evening causing the fami-
-. J ly to have to drive to Stuart to fly out
X was not bad enough, on the way up
the steps to the plane, Bobi bumped
her arm at the doorway. By the time
they had gotten to Pittsburgh, Bobi
had developed 'compartment syn-
drome' in her right arm. She would
have to have surgery to repair the
injury before she could undergo her
"- greatest challenge, the long-awaited
^ transplantsurgery.
On March 18,2005, Bobi O'Neill
underwent a 14.5 hour surgery to
replace destroyed organs.
"It can only be described of as
nothing short of a miracle," Gene
said of the outcome of the surgery.
Doctors considered Bobi's sur-
gery successful but with a long
- recovery period to come.
From the end of March until
November of 2005, Bobi stayed at
Family House, which is a group of
houses set up in conjunction with


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Administrator George Long has fond
Christmas memories of riding his first bicycle around the
kitchen table when he was 5 years old.


rancher and citrus grower Sonny
Williamson. That Christmas her
two oldest children, Kim, who was
5at the time, and Wes, who was 4,
wanted their own tree.
The family Christmas tree had
fragile ornaments and they could
only watch as it was decorated.
Therefore, Mrs. Williamson placed
a small Christmas tree on a coffee
table and began to make red and
green construction paper chains.
There was a party like atmosphere
with Christmas music playing as
the homemade garlands were
glued together and hung on the
tree with a few plastic bells and
snowflakes. A cardboard star was
cut out and covered with alu-
minum foil to be placed on top of
the tree. When one of the children
reached up to place the star on top
of the tree, the whole tree fell over.
"We were able to laugh as noth-


the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center for long-term recovery
patients and their families.
"I believe that the highlights of
my stay there came in the form of all
of the wonderful cards, letters and
well-wishes from friends, family
and co-workers here in Okee-
chobee," said Bobi. "I looked for-
ward to receiving and enjoying each
one. In mid-September I had a sur-
prise visit from our son Jesse and
grandson Alex. I hadn't seen either
one in more than six months."
Bobi went on to describe how
Gene, with the help of family and
friends, arranged the visit. They
never told her who it would be and
she never suspected that it would
be Jesse and Alex.
The visit lasted long enough to
boost her spirits and give her even
more motivation to get well and
return home to her family.
This year, the holidays will be
much brighter for the O'Neill family.
Bobi is recovering at home with
her family. She has been able to
enjoy some holiday shopping,
movies, visiting friends and church.
A happy holiday dinner is
planned thisyear with time to enjoy
the season and reflect with family
and friends the exact opposite of
the previous Christmas.


ing was breakable as we had the
fun of redecorating the tree," said
Mr. Williamson.
The youngest child, Karen,
watched from her stroller and
laughed when everyone else
laughed.
"I felt special as we stepped
back in time to truly decorate an
old fashioned tree with mostly
home made ornaments," she
added.
Mrs. Williamson still has one
treasured plastic Christmas tree
ornament from World War II. She
is one of the few people who loves
fruitcake and could eat it all year
long.
"Memories and tradition are
important and I give thanks to God
for my memories of Christmases
long past, but with the real mean-
ing of 'Jesus is the reason for the
season' still kept alive," she said.


"Nothing special, after church,
just looking forward to a quiet holi-
day at home," said Bobi of her holi-
day plans.
As happy as the holidays will be
for the O'Neill family, the battle for
Bobi's health is notyetwon. She will
soon return to the University of Pitts-
burgh Medical Center in early 2006.
"It seems that after all that she
has been through, the use of pow-
erful drugs has deteriorated her
only kidney and it will require that it
be replaced in the near future,"
said Gene. "This will make a total
of six organ transplants for Bobi.
She is in good spirits. She looks
upon her next feat as one more
hurdle to being healthy again a
piece of cake."
Her family around her over the
next several weeks will very likely
be the best medicine since her ill-
ness began more than year ago.
The O'Neill family wishes to
send special thanks for all of the
well-wishes, prayer chains and get
well letters that kept her going.
Gene, Bobi and family also give
thanks for the efforts of those who
worked together in a benefit on
Bobi's behalf through Kiwanis
Club with a dinner and auction.
"They were an inspiration,"
Bobi said.


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The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 24, 2005


Students return to school January 3 Letters to Santa


The Osceola Middle School
(OMS) PE students are still working
to continue to post great times in
their weekly mile run. From the
eighth grade, Martin Godinez and
Paige Arnold are
the fastest. Adri-
an Tagle and
Nickey Ingram
lead the seventh
grade, and sixth graders Dean
Radebaugh, Mariah Watford, and
Yahara Cordova top the list. Con-
gratulations, students.
OMS students got a jump on
their holiday shopping in the OMS
Holiday Bazaar by using their
Spears, the rewards they receive for
exhibiting positive behaviors
around campus. OMS staff mem-
bers donated a room full of gifts
ranging from handmade baby
blankets to music and videos to
home decor items. Students were
able to purchase one item for
someone on their gift list. They
were encouraged to resist the
temptation to shop for themselves,
although there were many nice
.items that they might have wanted.
Students were grateful for the
opportunity to use their Spears for
such a wonderful cause, and OMS
is grateful for the many generous
staff members and community
businesses who donated to the
bazaar. Thank you, all, for helping
to make our students' holidays
brighter.


Submitted to Okeechobee News
Congratulations to Osceola Middle School Students of the Week. They are (seated, left to
right) Araceli Sanchez, Samantha Gonzales, (back) Juan Lugo, Lionel Jones, Jose Guerrero,
Mike Cornell. Not pictured is Lacosta Jolly.


The OMS Bands performed to a
large crowd in their annual Christ-
mas Band Concert. The students
demonstrated just how far their
musical skills have come since the.
beginning of the school year, play-
ing many of our holiday favorites.
We look forward to the next con-
cert.


Upcoming Events:
Jan. 3 Return to school after the
holidays
Jan. 5 Home basketball game v.
Indiantown Middle, 4:30 p.m., 6
p.m.
Jan. 9 Basketball at Gifford Mid-
dle School, 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Jan. 10 District Science


Jan. 11 Basketball at
Oslo Middle School, 4:30 p.m., 6
p.m.
Jan. 12 Home basket-
ball game v. Murray Middle School,
4:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Jan. 12 OMS School
Spelling Bee, 9 a.m.


North Elementary
Dear Santa,
I think you are the best
Santa in the hold inter world and
this is what I want for Chistmas.
Clothes shoes aBrats head 11.00
e=Z back oven gold fish cards
ice crem macker x-dox 2 game-
doy a tie party set with hot coco
shapon bvets and head bands
and a peano bar by doll a candy
maker and a calinder and a alam
clock ana spugbod sale phon
and a toy chrackter.
Signed,
Jaforia Mayes
Dear Santa,
Santa, you are cute
Santa I will live ciookes and milk
at the tebl. Now I want a
Gameoole.
Signed,
Ozman Robles
Dear Santa,
You are the best. I have
been a good girl to. I whant a
real horse that is an paint make
sue it can fly to. And I whant a
new puppy that never grows.
That is what I whant for chimes.
Signed,
Morgan Brandel
Dear Santa,
Haw are you. Is rudoff
ok. I will be my best will you
bring me a bick samwan stole
my bick can I haf one more bles


and can I haf a baseball and a
skbord and last and a srfbor
xbox 360.
Signed,
Dylan Jones
Dear Santa,
I have tried to be my
best all year. Can you try you
best to bring all 7 things for me. I
will leave you some milk and
cookies. I belive in you and that
you will try to bring every thing I
want. Santa, have I been noty
ornice? I had leved a present on
my chistmas tree. You the best
man.
Signed,
Julissa Pelayo
Dear Santa,
I've tried to be very
good this year. I'm going to leave
you milk and cookies. Here is my
Christmas list this year Niedon
dogs, cheova and friend; care
bears babys, Qick pick house of
style, and a niedon thank you
santo your the best.
Signed,
Madison Mayer
Dear Santa,
I've been good. and
made good gras. I woth a xbox
360. and a sellphne. And a drt-
bick
Signed,
Cody Waldron
For more Santa letters see
Page 5.


Community Events


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

DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006 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 helps non-profit clubs
The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, along with Walker
Brothers Circus, has crated a fundraising program designed to assist
local non-profit clubs and organizations in the fundraising goals. The
Walker Brothers Circus will be appearing at the Agri-Civic Center, 4200
S.R. 70 E., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5. Local non-profit
organizations seeking fundraising project opportunities should con-
tact John Mazzola, Agri-Civic Center director, at (863) 763-1666 for
details and information.


Doris Elizabeth Huff
Doris Elizabeth Huff, age 75, of
Okeechobee,. died Wednesday,
Dec. 21, 2005 at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Mrs. Huff was born on Aug. 30,
1930 in Brevard, N.C., to William
Oliver and Edna Leonard. She was
a secretary and bookkeeper for
Badcock in Pahokee before mov-
ing to Okeechobee in 1984. She
was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Huff was preceded in death
by her beloved husband, Jack Huff
and her son, Ronald L. Huff.
She is survived by two sons,
Michael R. Huff of Okeechobee
and Terry L. Huff of Manchester,
Tenn., and three grandchildren,
Amanda, Jason and Lee Huff.
Graveside funeral services will
be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec.
27 at Port Mayaca Cemetery with
Pastor Bob Claycomb officiating.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.

Lourena Mae
Webber Martens
Lourena Mae Webber Martens,
age 81, fell asleep in death while at
home surrounded by her loving
family after a very brief illness.
She was born in Dec. 9, 1924 in
Albion, Maine to Ralph P. Sr. and
Forestina (Barton) Webber. She
was a lifelong member of Jeho-
vah's Witnesses, having attended
the local congregation in Perry
since 2005. Previously, she was a
member in Maine, LaBelle, and
Okeechobee.
She is preceded in death by her


parents, two sisters, Phyllis and
Celia, and one brother, Ralph P.
Webber, Jr.
Mrs. Martens is survived by two
brothers, Fred (Marge) of Bell and
Donald (Dru) Webber of Lehigh
Acres; one sister, Orrilla Danforth
of Bunnlevel, N.C.
She was the loving mother of
six children, Barbara (Ed) Evensen
of Unity, Maine, Marvin Jr. (Deb-
bie) Martens of Altoona, Ala.,
Ralph (Penny) Martens of LaBelle,
Harold Martens of Perry, Bruce
(Bobbi) Martens of Live Oak and
Donna (Bill) Estey of Perry. Also,
Mrs. Martens is survived by 20
grandchildren; 26 great-grandchil-
dren, and a multitude of relatives
and friends.
She will be dearly missed by all,
but we will be reunited in a peace-
ful new earth when she is resurrect-
ed without the pain and sadness.
Memorial Services will be held
on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness-
es, 1820 Sunset Lane, Perry. Also, a
memorial service will be held at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness-
es at 1238 Thigpen Road in Labelle
on Jan. 7,2006 at 1 p.m.
All arrangements are under the
direction of Beggs Funeral Home,
201 West Main Street, Perry, Florida
32347 (850) 838-2929.

Phyllis Mae Keller
Phyllis Mae Keller, age 75, died
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at her
residence in Okeechobee. She was
born on Aug. 21, 1930 in
Noblesville, Ind., and had been a
resident of Okeechobee since
1981. She enjoyed reading and


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

Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okee-
chobee High School Class of 1997 reunion should e-mail Josh Har-
vey or Elizabeth Pearce at JJBAR78@hotmail .com, or
Busy78@Yahoo.com.

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

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

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry working


doing puzzles. She was a member
of the Oakview Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her
parents, Fred and Flossie Mae
Coverdale and three sisters.
She is survived by her loving
husband of 56 years, James 0.
Keller of Okeechobee; her daugh-
ter, Karen (Ken) Keller Schatz of
Piedmont, Okla.; three grandchil-
dren, Jennifer and Shane' Flen-
niken of Yukon, Okla., Melanie and
Brian Smyth of Edmond, Okla.,
and Kelley Schatz of Piedmont,
Okla. In addition, she is survived by
two great-grandchildren, Matthew
Keegan and Carson Renea Smyth


of Edmond, Okla.
The family will be receiving
friends on Monday, Dec. 26 from 4
until 7 p.m. at the Buxton Funeral
Home, 110 N.E. Fifth Street, Okee-
chobee. The services will be held on
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at 11 a.m. at
the Buxton Funeral Home. Associate
Pastor Charlie Rice of the Oakview
Baptist Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested that donation be made
to the Oakview Baptist Church
Building Fund.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory.


in partnership with the community and local families in need, is
looking for volunteers to help complete construction on their first
house. Construction experience is appreciated but not required.
Work days are Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Vol-
unteers are also needed to work on the following committees: pub-
lic relations, fundraising, legal advice, family support and volunteer
coordination. An experienced bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863)
357-1371 for information.

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

Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced due
to Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may con-
tact the County Veterans Service officer for benefits assistance at
(863) 763-8124. The County Veterans Service Office is located at 462
U.S. 98 N. in the County Administration Annex. The office is open
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m.
until 3 p.m.

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







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In Loving Memory of0 1

Our Mother & Father


Derita Watford
Dec. 25, 1924 ~ July 12, 2004

Salter Watford
Dec. 24, 1923 ~ Aug. 24, 1997



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Forever in our hearts,

Your Family

Steve & Anneliz Watford;
Sharon & Ian Nairnsey;
Grandchildren: Greg, Missy, Dana, Randy & Ashley;
Great Grandchildren: Amanda, AJ, Tyler, Allie,
Jessica, Cassidy, Hope & Aubrey


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WINTER VISITORS: I am aware of State Road 70 I live on it -
U.S. 441 and State Road 78. 1 also have found many beautiful sights
using many of your back and side roads. I have visited many of your
stores to enhance my travel trailer during my stay in Okeechobee. It's
not a permanent home here but it costs plenty to keep it up. Yes, we
fish but we eat what we catch. I wear my cut-offs while in Florida and,
yes, I do change them often just check on how much money your
Laundromats have made. We would not come back to Okeechobee if
we felt the need to change the way you do things here. I love learning
new things. The joy of being a retiree is eating dinner when we want. I
think most of us snowbirds know enough to get off the road when we
see something in your beautiful town we want to look at. And we are
not really illiterate. We also have locks and dams in our states. So if you
think the aggravations are not worth putting up with us snowbirds
then you might be a redneck. I'm sure you would miss us in more way
than one. So let's all enjoy our time together and we can both be richer
for it. We have worked very hard to be able to visit you for six months.
So, please let us enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you all.

LACK OF PLANNING: If you know that you need to get to work by a
particular time and you expect to encounter traffic on your way,
wouldn't it be prudent to leave early enough to get there without
speeding and endangering lives by your lack of planning? I haven't
seen any snowbirds or anyone else for that matter cruising at 10 miles
per hour in town. I have seen people sticking to the speed limits and
practically being run down by those of you who must meet their
schedules. There is wanton disregard for the speed limits in Okee-
chobee County. Just drive 441 daily and see how self important these
people are. They need to get somewhere. Doesn't anyone know who
they are? Well, five people were killed yesterday on 441 because as one
officer said; "There was a lot of speed involved by both vehicles." From
what I've seen passing on double yellow lines, going 70 to 80 mph
in a 60 mph zone, passing when cars are stopped for the resurfacing
project on 441, etc. I'm surprised we don't have road deaths every
day of the week.

PARKING LOT: The green market should be moved to Agri-Civic
Center. Get rid of Flagler Park and turn it into a parking lot. Many park-
ing spots now are being used by oversized redneck-mobiles and/or
SUVs. Any oversized vehicle should.be taxed by way of parking permit.
It makes cents, doesn't it?

YOU MIGHT BE FROM OKEECHOBEE IF: When you come to a stop
sign everyone else becomes a moving target:
You have figured out you don't need a gun to get snowbird money
- just a pen:
You think the schools, courthouse and Agri-Civic Center was built
with native money:
It is too much trouble to warn the people that the city water is
undrinkable: and,
You plan a family reunion on the Jerry Springer Show.

OKEECHOBEE VS. SNOWBIRDS: You get back what you give. So,
come on people, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try to
love one another.


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Community Events

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

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

Entries wanted for MLK parade
On Jan. 16, 2006, the Okeechobee Community Improvement Asso-
ciation (OCIA) will be sponsoring the Martin Luther King Parade. We
would like for this parade to become a community-wide event, like the
Speckled Perch and Labor Day parades. Therefore, we are asking
members of the Okeechobee community to place an entry in the
parade. Entries can be in the form of floats, vehicles, horses or a group
on foot. If anyone is interested in placing an entry in the parade, con-
tact George Roberson at (863) 610-0973.




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Reflections from the Pulpit


The greatest

By Rev. Jim Hudson,
pastor ofHis House Fellowship
Dhurch of the Nazarene

Tonight or tomorrow morning,
we will gather with our family and
friends to exchange, and open
gifts. Some will be wrapped with
fine paper, some will be wrapped
simply or plain and some will not
be wrapped at all.
Some of the gifts will be just
what you and I wanted, while oth-
ers will be a gift that we just do
not know what we will do with it.
Do we place the gift on a table, in
the closet or hide it where no one
will ever see it?
Last week I was going through
a drawer looking for an item
when I came across an old Christ-
mas gift given to me by one of my
sons. Some 20 years ago, Scott
gave me a straight razor. It had a
beautiful pearl or bone handle
and at the time that I received it, a
very sharp blade.
When I opened the plastic
case, I found that the once sharp
blade was very dull. Then I
remembered what had hap-
pened. Scott gave me the gift,
which I opened immediately.
Then he asked me if he could bor-
row it to open one of his presents.
Taking the straight razor, he cut
the tape and wrapping paper only
to cut into Styrofoam surrounding
the enclosed item. As you have
already guessed, the sharp razor
immediately became very dull
and useless.
In one of my church assign-
ments, in a different state, I
received a gift from one of my
people. By the shape and the size
of the box, I knew that inside was
a necktie. Oh, boy! I love neckties
and I could hardly wait to open it
and put on the new tie. But, to my
dismay, it was a seasonal tie with
a Christmas tree with lights that
would light up. I knew that I could
only wear it at certain times and to
certain places, and for the most
part, it, too, was useless.
This year my wife asked me:
"What is the one thing that you
would like to receive as a Christ-
mas gift?"
I quickly ran over several items
in my mind to realize that I have


;t gift of all


watches, neckties, writing instru-
ments, cameras, Bibles, comput-
ers and even the good smelling
stuff for my body. That was a
tough question, and I don't want
a gift that will be useless again so I
asked, "Can I think about that for
awhile?"
Then she asked another hard
question: "What do you want to
get the kids this year?" I thought
that if we buy clothes or items for
the home, we might give them
something that was useless to
them as well.
All of the giving and receiving
is wonderful and yet it seems that
in a matter of a few days or years,
the gifts lose their luster, their use-
fulness or they just wear out and
we throw them away. In fact, we
could say that they become use-
less. What is the one gift that
keeps giving, keeps being useful,
keeps it value or in fact increases
in value?
That one gift is the gift from
our Heavenly Father. That gift is
the reason for the Christmas sea-
son. His name is Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal
Father, Prince of Peace and
Immanuel, which is literally,
Strong God with us. (Isaiah 9:6
and 7: 14)
"For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only
Son, that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal
life." (John 3: 16)
Now, as an earthly father and
grandfather, I have experienced
many wonderful Christmas sea-
sons with the giving and receiving
of gifts. Yet, the greatest gift that I
have ever received is Jesus Christ.
Today I have a heart-to-heart
relationship, a close and growing
friendship with Him. Not only has
He prepared an eternal home for
me for all of eternity, but He is the
one gift that keeps giving and giv-
ing. He walks daily with me. He
truly gives me counsel when I ask.
And when I seem to be all alone,
this wonderful gift is always there.
I would love to give you all this
wonderful gift but I realize that I
cannot do so. It is up to you to
personally receive Him. And this
wonderful gift is only given by our
Heavenly Father.


Upcoming Events

Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles hold a ride every Saturday, weather permitting.
Beginning Dec. 3, the group will meet at 7 a.m. at the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W.
28th St. The ride will leave at 7:30 a.m. Anyone interested in riding is invited. For
information, contact Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-
6527; or, Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other
intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric illness.
It's an open discussion group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
Monday
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Center on
the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orientation is for those
interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires
no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee'
Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at
1-(800) 403-9311.
Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8
p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice
Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321. ,
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. 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 avail-
able. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock Restau-
rant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are invited. For infor-
mation, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to partici-
pate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact Douglas Chi-
ropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship
hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For information, call Earl at
(863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m.
Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life. Everyone is
invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 1 it a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-
help group that offers support and education for people who have been diag-
nosed with clinical depression,-bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder
or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to Douglas
Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time gospel music
is invited to participate, For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-
4320.
Wednesday
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
St. II will be a closed discussion.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are either
directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's issues are
also addressed. One support group is held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Health Department auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For
information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other support group is held
each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th
Ave. For information, call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Thursday
Tantle 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 welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogi-
cal Index), Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at
412 NW. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village Square
Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For
information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask questions. Call
Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave. For infor-
mation, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.


Letter to the Editor


Act of kindness
helped ease pain
At 68 years of age one never
thinks their children will go
before them. But on Dec. 16 of
this year, my oldest son called
from Ft. Lauderdale to tell me that
my youngest son, at 38 years, was
killed in a vehicular accident in
Greenville, S.C. Both drivers were
driving tractor trailers and collided
on the icy roads. Both died
instantly, so the coroner said.
I could not to South Carolina
for the arrangements or the funer-
al for my health is not that good,
and also because of the bad
weather. When one has a termi-
nal disease, it is easier to let go.
When an unexpected call to leave
this world comes, it is a real
shock.
Last night I can honestly say,
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa
Claus."
A white 1929 white glistening
Roadster pulls up in my driveway
with Santa driving. He brought in


a basket filled with all type of
goodies. Unfortunately, some
things I could not keep because of
my health issues.
As a child I remember riding in
the rumble seat of a car like his.
This act helped to ease the
pain of Lew's death and I want
whoever sent it to know I appreci-
ate their thoughtfulness and to
say thank you.
Please people, don't ever let a
day go by without telling those
you love that "I love you" or thank
them for anything that they do.
That's one thing I will always have
to remember Lew with, either in
person or on the phone there was
always and "I love you mom."
In a world of chaos love of
God and Jesus, country, family
and friends and kindness of
strangers is so important. Thank
you to my thoughtful person.

Margaret Shriver


Community Events

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

Human rights will be talk show topic
Family Stations, Inc., will broadcast a talk show at 7:30 a.m. on Sat-
urday, Dec. 24. The show will be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Dr. Carol Ann Breyer,
state coordinator of Pax Christi Florida and vice chair of the S.W. Coali-
tion for Peace and Justice. The topic will be human rights, peace and
justice and the 16th annual World Day of Peace at the Epiphany Cathe-
dral in Venice on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. For
information, contact Dr. Breyer at (941) 721-3486 or www.pcf.org.

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

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

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

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

Church hosting Christian singer
Rodeo cowboy and Christian country artist Scott Brown will be
singing and ministering at the Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209
U.S. 441 S.E., on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, at the 10:30 a.m. worship
service. Mr. Brown's Brand of the Cross Ministries is based in Ringgold,
Ga., and has a children's Rodeo Bible Ranch where he trains children
in horsemanship and all rodeo events. His daughter Katie, the Georgia
state high school barrel racing champion, will be with him. The public
is invited. For information, contact Reverend Duane Eatmon at (863)
763-0550.

Church hosting weight loss classes
Registrations for a six-week devotional weight loss journey will be
Jan. 3-6, 2006. Classes'will begin Jan. 16 at His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. Seating is limited. Call (863)
763-3519 information.

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

Hospice schedules yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Jan. 6, and
Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Hospice of Okee-
chobee's blue volunteer building located at the corner of S.E. Fourth
Street and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okee-
chobee.

New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community College
Dixon-Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., for coaches, anyone with
physical education on their certification or other interested parties. The
class is entitled Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries IRCC refer-
ence number 86771. The class will run for three consecutive week-
ends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006. This will be a three-credit class that will
cover what to look concerning sports injuries, tht prevention of sports
injuries and how to protect you from potential lawsuits. For informa-
tion, 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, bar-
gains 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. Interested 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 con-
sult their Florida auto insurance agent about their three-year discount
upon completion of the class. For information, contact instructor D.J.
Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
Church will host gospel quartet
The Florida Boys Quartet will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2:30
p.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St. For information, call either (863) 763-3519 or (863) 763-7113.


The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 24, 2005


OPINION






The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 24, 2005


Letters to Santa


South Elementary
Dear Santa,
I have never seen you before.
I hope you will be able to give
evry one in the world presents
this year. I want a remote con-
trol monster truck. And if you
could pleae get me a snake
stick. I like animals so can you
get me a discovery kit. This is
the things I want for Christmas.
Brandon Mahley
Dear Santa,
I have never seen you before.
I wood lick a Xbox and games. I
wood like red bickeyia because
my outhouser one is broken.
Blaine Fulwider
Dear Santa,
I have never seen you before.
How old are you Santa? How
many elfs do you have Santa? I
have been thinking of what I
want for Chrisma. I do want
shadow the Heghog. I want
shadow the Heghog because I
want to see what he forgot in
sonic heros. A gameboy to have
gameboy games. I would like a
pokimon book so I can know
about pokimon's. I will also like
a Zoo Ticoon3D.
April Hogenkamp
Dear Santa,
My name is Cavin Platt. I will
be 8 on February 9th. I would
like a bug habitat, bugcope and
bugvac. Next I want the book
One Litle Snowman and the
Nutcracr. Then I want flurt. Last
I would like a cell phone.
Love,
Cavin Platt
Dear Santa,
I want a roboraptor ... and a
Xbox ... and boat.
Love,
Nathan N.
Dear Santa,
I want lots of things for
Christmas. I have been very
good this year. First I want a
new braz's doll and I want a tv
screen and a DVD and angle and
I want a puppy. And I will put
cookies on the table and a glass
of milk and boy game and
Xbox2 and I want a pare shoes
and I want a game and I want
15teen puppys. And I will go to
sleep. Lat I want a new .bed-
room.
Gisel Alarcon
Dear Santa,
I want many things for
Christmas. First, I want a star-
wards ultirnaie olight'sader and
a gamebox advanced SP Next, I
want a yu-gi-oh dueling disk
and ATV off rode fury 3. Then, I
want a tacklebox and a bb gun.


Last, I want Poke-Mon cards
and Yu-gi-oh cards.
Matthew McKeehan
Dear Santa,
I want a fake kitty ... with I
like cats because they're the
best and fun to play with ... I
want a neod dolls because its
fun. I want a lot of fokepabpies.
Alexis R.
Dear Santa,
I want many things for
Christmas. I have been very
good this year. First, I would like
it if you could bring me a new
bed and a dog. Next, I want a
new bike and a new bedset.
Then, I want a phon and new
books. I also want new shirt ad
pants. I want new shoes. Last I
want a new purse, a computer
and a new necklace, new
stereo, new paper and pencils.
Love,
Lizzie Buck
Dear Santa,
I want a dift bike and an
Xbox 360. First, I will like a hot
jucuzzi. Next, I want a full
blooded pitbull and a new
Game. Then, $100,000 dollars
and a piece of gold. Last, what I
really want is for you to come to
town.
By Edrick Neal
Dear Santa,
I want to tell you what I wont
for Christmas. First, I wont a
green machine be cose I love
the things. Next, wont a new
bike, a big bike without training
wheels. Then, I wont a game
cube with a game. Last, but not
least I would love to have a
video now.
Love
Lawnna Toole
Dear Santa,
I want many things this year.
I have tried my best this year.
Frist, I want a 2203. Next, I want
a blue ight saver. Then, I want
Srek superslam. Last, want a
star wars ultimate light saver
and a lot of stuff.
Love,
Wesley Davis
Dear Santa,
I want many things for
Christmas. Frist, I want to get a
new gameboy. Next, I want a
new football game for Christ-
mas. Then, I want a new three
ring binder. Last I want a new
Pokemon game for my game-
box.
Brendan Barcia
Dear Santa,
I ,want,. many ,things ,for
Christmas. I have been a very,
very good this year. First, I want
a car that has a control and a


rocket. Next, I want some
games and to put in my game
boy. Then, I want a motorcycle
and a dirtbice. Last, I want
some yu-gi-oh cards and some
cartoons.
Love,
Jesus Gomez
Dear Santa,"
I want many things for
Christmas. I have been very
good this year. First, I would like
it if you could bring me a new
brat doll. And some close. Next,
I would like a new four wheeler
and a house puppy. Then, I
would like a cat at my mom's
house. I also need a litter box
and cat food. Last, I would like a
new computer.
Erica Goggans
Dear Santa,
I want a lot of toys for Chrit-
mas. First, I want shell socker
Next, I want a monster truck.
Then I want keys for the mon-
ster truck. In the mial. I want a
robo rapter. Last, I want a lisens
for my monster truck.
James Bell
Dear Santa,
I want many things for
Christmas. I have been very
good this year. First, I would like
a hamster. Next, I would like a
pink cap that says cowgirl on it.
Then, I would like a skateboard.
Last, I would like a brat doll.
Love,
Jessica Sara Bylsma
Dear Santa,
I want many things for
Christmas. I have been very,
very good this year. First, I want
a Vugo a game day. And a X-
box. I also want a rado for
Christmas. Next, I want a new
pair of E-nes shirts, flip flops,
boots, and a new pair of jeans.
Then, I want a real live puppy
and a real live cat. I also want a
stuffed animal. Last, I want to
get flom and my family.
Jennifer Treece
Dear Santa,
First I want a Vugo for Chris-
mas. Want a radow pet for
Chrismas. Next I want a main
sheets. I want laptop for my
room. Then I want another
hamster. I want to go to build a
bear work shop. I want to see
my sister. I want to go to the
candy store again Last I want
another friend to play with..
Taylor V. Beal
Dear Santa,
I want many things for
Christmas. I have been very
good year. First I would like it if
you could bring me a new
motorcycle. Next, I want a car


because I want to drive a real
car that's tidy. Then, I want a pet
for Christmas. Last, I want bells
like it's a necklace with bells for
Christmas. Now that's all I want
for Christmas.
Love,
Rafael Arellano
Dear Santa,
I have ben very good. I want
many thing for Christmas. First,
I want a remote control jeep. I
want a remote control hummer.
Next I want a bichicle and I
want a remote control boat that
is big. Then, I want a new fresh-
water lure and a salt water lure
too. Last, I want another bichi-
cle and a lure for gators and
some power bit. I also want a
hat and shirt. I want a Spitfire
haatthat is bigger and a zero
skateborde and shoes that are
es and I want a Yu-gi-oh toys
that is magic and spotted and
blue eyes shiny dragon.
Kyle Clay
Dear Santa,
Hellow my name is Ryan. I
am a good person. I go to South
Elementary. I have a lot of
friends. I have a brother and I
live on S.W. 13th St. in a white
house. Now since I told you
about me I will tell you my
Chrismus list. First, I want a
couple of games. First I want
the gameboy Top Gun game. I
want the Xbox game Call of
Duty 2 Red line and Xbox game
Medal of honnor encouraging
asult. I want a PSP and a Xbox
360 and a Play Station 2. And a
Razor scooter with black, green
and white wheels. I want the
Lego Star Wars Darth Vaders
ship and the Malinuam Falcon.
The Dino Atack Lego. I want the
Jeep Crane helicopter. I want
Tony Hawk Ameracan Waste-
land Start Warts Battlefront 2.
Sencerlly,
Ryan Daniel
Dear Santa,
I'm a second grade student at
South Elementary in Mrs.
Pearce's class. I am a good boy
this year. I keep my room every
day. I like helping my mom
keep the house clean too. I let
my dog out when he doesn't
like it in the dog house. I want
another Gameboy Advance
because I gave my other Game-
boy Advance to my friend. Can I
have one of your boots to go to
school with. Let me tell you
what I want for my Chritmas
list. First, I would want a Xbox
360, a play station 2. I did want
Winnie the Pooh when I was
small but now I grew up. Now I
don't want it anymore because


I'm 8 years old.
From, Regino Garcia
Dear Santa,
Hello. My name is Chandler. I
am a 7 year old girl in Mrs.
Pearce's 2nd grade class. I am a
very nice, pretty, smart, and an
A+ student. I am very friendly
and funny. I have been a very
good girl this year. Now I have
told you all about myself let me
give you my very big Christmas
list. First, I would love a Sky
Dancer. You can pick whatever
one you want and make sure it


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Letters to Santa


South Elementary
Dear Santa,
I wish for a x box game. It is
called need for speed under-
gournd two and a deart kike on
the cumeshulealittleone it is
called Yuhama and a control for
my x bot. I want a buceuners
hat, and a buceuners poster
and I want the Harry Potter and
:a the goblet of fire, I wanta
Chrapeleyney those are 11 the
, things I want for chrismas.
Love,
-c Rusty Trammell.
Dear Santa,
I've been good this year. Can
I have my presents now! I want
a begger trampelen. A comput-
r er, santa to be my friends and a
*.. little morocicle a cool school
and more teddy bears, a
i!, playstation 2 game, a swim-
:" ming pole and fly. Those are the
> thing I want for Christmas.
Wyatt Bessenbacher.
Dear Santa Claus.
I wish that I had a new bike.
I wish that my mom had two
babys. The thing that I want is a
water phone. I wish I had a
brown and white horse.
Love,
Cheyenne
Plecse make my wish come
tune.
Dear Santa,
I wihis I was good in math, I
had cuiut clase for zemaff my
aaaaother little sister worne
close, for my self a chores, met
you sants. It will snow in Flori-
da, I woulc have a jeep. Those
are some of the things I wall to
get for Chrismase.
Love,
Faith
Dear Santa,
.1 want a 4-wheeler. Skate-
borde and a amcard.
Love,
Dustin
Dear Santa,
I wthish Chrismas I want
Amelia Begelio Books, the Bai-
ley School kids boos, A toZ
^ mysteries, magic tree house
books, the little horrible Harry,
a American flag, photo book,
underwater camera, fly pin,
Doodle bear glow in the dark,
Clock, bratz plane wild wild
: west doll and horse.
Sincerely,
Kelsey .
Dear Santa,
One thing I want for Christ-
mas is a baby brator. Another
thing is a doodlebar. Finally, I
want a ponny that I could put
make up on. Those are some of
the things I want for Christaa-
mas.
Love,
Rumor
Dear Santa,
I want Santa to give presents
to my classmates and espeshal
Mr. Jons.and SRA Solis. I want
Santa to give a tipineze to me
and Wyatt. And a rednose ran
derrer. And finally I want a
science book. That's what I want
for Christ mast.
Love,
Dale
Dere Santa!
I wish you will give me some
mony so that I can be in "the
^ news" and I wish if you will
give me a play stasion and lots
Y of games for it. I wish for a
xbox and som ting for Mrs. oils
; and Mrs. jones.
Love,
Adam
Dear Santa,,
i7" You chud get me a lot of staf
.' this year because I bin supr
Good! One thin I wod like is a
> know biecsicul because my
Other won ws brock. I wold
Solso want the poly pocket
Motel for Christmas because I
Sallwas wanted that for a long
time. Those are thing I rily want
',, cor Christmas.
; Love,
SJordan
S Dear Santa,
I want for Chritsmss is a
, slinky I bive waiting for
SChrilsmrss and that's all I want
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for Chritsmrss.
Love,
Gabriela
Dear Santa,
You or the best! I love thes
holodes for Cresmes and wont
a littil dinisoras and go fish.
Love,
Drelin
Dear Santa,
I want a big car it gots a con-
trol and and win you push the
buins it movs arand and I have
bin so god pleas biet for Christ-
mas and you are the best Santa
Clos I have ever mit.
Love,
Marisol Jaimes
Have a good day santa close.
Dear Santa,
I really love Christmas it's my
favorite holiday of the year. I
rally want an x box and a game
for it. I also want a play station
2, a telescope. Also, a lab-top
and spd power ranger toy.
Love,
Manuel
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a lamp
with glitter in it like a lava lamp.
I want Jewelery and Clothes
and a kid coke machine ana
money set to count money.
Then I want a makeup set and a
baby doll. Merry Christmas
Santa!
Love,
Bridget Jimenez
Dear Santa,
I wan a bick and a a x box. I
will like lots of toys and a
rimakkstrol, car and a fast car
and it so big an it hop that I am
going to get a cyookbord.
No Name
Dear Santa,
I would like the movie Beat-
lejuice. The next thing I want
for Christmas is a puppy. Final-
ly, I want a playstation too.
Sincrely,
Jadelyn
Dear Santa,
I haved a very ski sinsyes.ter
days so maby you mingt get me
a pesint Chssmess Frirst I want
a riga tirtle a tkion tigur. Newx I
want something as fishing
shards. Finaly I want a video
game to buy.
By,
Justin
Dear Santa,
This is wha I woulb wan for
Chrismis a x-dob two games
incloubeb I woulblalso like a
lap top compruoter I woulb
also like a real golb nickelies. A
toy set of armey. That was all I
want for Chrismose.
Love,
Marcos
Dear Santa,
I have ben bad 'but I riley
won't toys a lot and these are
the toys I riley won't to give me
plese. Pleses give me these,
toys. These are the toys I won't I
won't a bick and a doodle bear
and a car that is dig its at wal-
mart and class.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Aranjo
Dear Santa,
This Christmas I want a
stuffed monkey. I hope there
will be clothes too. And some
presents. I love Christmas!
Love, Karina Campos
Dear Santa,
I want a toy for Christmas on
December! Santa I want a doll
for Christmas; I love Christmas!
My little sistr wants a toy too on
December for Christmas.
Love,
Stephanie Vega
Dear Santa,
I hope you don't miss my
house. I hope you give me and
my sister Lasi. Santa, pleasa
bring me smackdown vs raw
2006. I don't know what my sis-
ter Lasi wants. I'll give you
cookies and milk. It will be deli-
cious. Santa can you give me a
picture of your reindeer.
Cody
Dear Santa,
I want a Hummer H2. I want
a motorcycle. I want a dirt bike.
Thankyou for mywishes.
Signed,
Fred


Dear Santa,
I want heels and a skate-
board. I also want skates for
Christmas ok. I have a letter to
thak you for it and I have more
stuff on my Christmas list. I
have a lot of presents from my
mom too.
Signed,
Kristen
Dear Santa,
I hope you come to our
house and bring presents.
What I want for Christmas is a
game box, color pixter, smack-
down vs. raw 2006 and a tram-
poline net. I'll get milk and
cookies.
Signed,
Tyler Selph
Dear Santa,
I am amazed how they say
your reindeer can fly. It is cool
how they say you can hand out
so many presents in one night!
Anyway, some people want to
say thank you for being so nice
to all the elfs and girls and boys.
Signed,
Rebecca Snyder
Dear Santa,
I hope I get a lot of presents.
I have tried my best to be good.
But I don't think I've done so
well. I still hope I get
present's. Thank you for last
year. I loved them. They were
great. I played with them a lot.
But this is what I want this year.
I would like a brat doll. A guitar
that really plays music and a
pixil chix game. A little toy
sleigh with a reindeer pulling it.
With an elf for a friend. And
most of all a ride on your sllegh.
Signed,
Breanna
Dear Santa,
I know you are real. Can you
please give me a lava lamp?
And a picture of you and Mrs.
Claus? I wold like also a bell
from a reindeer please.
Signed,
Adrian
Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is a
slushy machine. Next I want a
real meal oven. I will make you
cookie. Then I want a soccer
ball and a goal.
Signed,
Heaven F.
Dear Santa,
I want something for Christ-
mas and these are the thing I
want. I want a bike. And' a
transformer I also want remote
control car and a big pack of
Yo-Gi-Oh-cards because I want
to duel my friends. And that's
what I want for Christmas.
Signed,
Brett Herbst
Dear Santa,
I need chains or a new bike.
I would really like a new bike. I
would also like one bell from
your sleigh and a tv that you
can turn and off and wheelies.
Signed,
Bailey
Dear Santa,
I want a flipout phone that
works. And an air boat for my
dad, and a 747 for my mon, and
floum for my brother. And a
chest plate for my friend Kelsie
and you a Merry Christmas.
Signed,
Caitlyn
Dear Santa,
What I want for Christmas is
power ranger S.p.D. megizo-
i -1 1 __ -


ords. I want mistifors stuff. I
want play stashon 2 games. I
want all the power Rangers in
Swoot mode. I want a game
box.
Signed,
Dylan
Dear Santa,
Can I have a dirt bike for
Christmas and a remote control
robot with it and could you
bring one of the care bear you
brought me last year. I also
want a remote control batman
begins.
Signed,
Tyler M.
Dear Santa,
Please send me presents. I
want a gane boy. I want a pen. I
want a DVD movie. I want a
D.S. I want a Play station Two.
Signed,
Madison
Dear Santa,
I only want one this this yea.
It is a godtcart I have been very
good this year and I have only
two good holidays and the
other one is Easter. And Santa I
gave up all of my other pres-
ents. So Santa, will you pleas
give me my present?
Signed,
Logan
Dear Santa,
I want a gameboy for Christ-
mas.Eve. I want to see your
reindeer. It is nice of you giving
toys to the children. I think you
are a nice man. I wish I knew
you what you look like. I wish
you'll never diex. I want to
know if you are real.
Signed,
Guillermo
Dear Santa,
I wont a xbox or Christmas.
But I whont one I have to be
good. If I don't I will not get any
presents. But I have to be very
very good but to do that teacher
and my parents too. And it I be
good to my parents and then I
will be aaareal lucky kid that is
all.
Signed,
Angel
Dear Santa,
I want for Christmas a Scoo-
by-Doo video game. I want a
them laser that win the person
gits caught the laser paints at
their forehead. I want a Jimmy
Neutron video game. I. want a
gun machine.
Signed, :
Matthew C.
Dear Santa,
What I want for Christmas is
a gameboy sd. And a gameboy
advance and a fly pen. I love
you Santa.
Signed,
Zachary


Dear Santa,
When you come to my
house can you wake me up and
show me Rudolph? Would you
give me a ride and bring me
back home? Also will you give
me tree things for me and my
Little baby sister and my big
brother?
Signed,
Caitlin P.
Dear Santa,
I want a gift I will like. I think
you are a good Santa Clause
because you give presents to us
every year and you halp the
kids who don't have toys. Tell
Rudolph and the other reindeer
I said hi. Make sure you tell
them they are good reindees.
And tell Rudoulph don't worry
about his red nose because I
think it's cute so tell him not to
worry because he can light up
your way in the darkness of the
sky. Tell you elves I said thank
you and they work hard to
make our lives fun with lots of
toys. Tell the elves I appreciate
them working hard for us.
Signed,
Ashley Boland
Dear Santa,
Hello my name is Bayd I am
a second grade student at South
Elemintry School. I am in Mrs.
Pearces class Shes nice to me
and evry body in the class. I
have ben a good boy this year
heres a few things I want on my
list. First I want a spykit so I can
spy on my sisters and here what
they say. Next I want a new bb
gun so I can shoot the target
and get some points and beat
my sister. Then I want a blue
dirtbike that comes with a free
helmate that has a lightning
stripe two of them its very cool
to me. Last I want an x-box so I
can get the game Pirates of the
Careabian game you can pick
iny ship you want. to sale on the
water with and you get to pick
your own person you want
there a choice of Jack Spareow
or will ternulofelezabeth Swan
who marines Will ternurathe end
of the game. I hope you get to
me in time for your wife and get
home in time for bed.
Your friend,
Boyd
Dear Santa,
Hello My name is Imar. I am
a snd grade student in Mrs.,
Pearce's class and I'Trh being
very good to all the week go by.
How is the elves. Rudolph, and
don't forgit about Mrs. Claus
doing. I'm exsold for Decem-
ber. December is fun becaaus I
love to gifing my list I wont a


Bratz cow girls doll, pixe clk,
plin and Phash the sale phone
for his pupy surries ipod, a little
DVD, play with my forvit DVD
and some toys for my brother is
th andhas
Love,
IMabbel
Dear Santa,
Hello my name is Zachery I
am a second grade boy at south
elementary. I was extremale
good snece you have ben gone
and I have made state a's. And
I have helped my mom inside
and have helped my dad out-
side. I picked up stick's and
have picked up gardidge and
dog poop. And I have taken
showers and brushed my teeth
at the same time every day. It is
so fun to play fun games with
every one that I now and I
haven't talked to strangers and I
had a wonderful summer last
year. But I mostly have fun all
the time but I always make
friends wear ever I go. And that
how good iv been and I have
ben pashent till Christmas and
that my favorite holiday of the
year. I like it because it is Jesus
birthday and that's the point of
Christmas that's my favorite
holiday of the year. I like it
because it is Jesus birthday and
that's the point of Christmas
that's wy I like is and sellabrat
Christmas. Now let me tell you
my Cristmas list. First I wood
like spy gogits and a spy suite to
put them on so I can spy on my
family mostly but I wood
mostly spy on my meen sister
but I hope she does not find
out. Next I wood like a xbox
360 so I can play lots of games
like Ed and Edn Ey because I
can throw stinck boms and
make them throw me up in the
air so I can rech stuff. Then I
wood like a bb gun that doe's
not heart peaeple and I think
that is cool to me so I can prac-
tis my aming so I can get better
at it. Last I wood like a bwwen
arrow so I can shoot the tree
and see if I can hit it every
time. I hope but I think it is so
so so so so fun to do that and I
think that I have ben good. But I
hope you get your job dun in
time so every one gets some
thing and drive safe santa and I
hope you do not crash ok santa.
Ah .ts how: good. iv been
and this i the last sentin.ok
santa. I love you santa. By
sants.
Love,
Zach Hudson
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Letters to Santa


Dear Santa,
Hello my name is Dylan I am
a second grad student I was the
traffic kid and I am a good boy
at Chrismas my cousin comes
to my house I want to sit in your
lap we want to see Mrs. Clus. I
want a go-cart a new gameboy
Dasher and Daser I'm getting
my work.
Love,
Dylan
Dear Santa,
I been a good boy this yer. I
wants x-box 360, I want a tv, I
want a brebol DVD play. I want
saet full teat. I want a x box.
And I want ball 2 for x box and
x-box 360 the game. And I want
a tv for my mom. And I want
haloll for x-box 360 the game.
And I wanta Playstatlion. And I
want a DVD player for my mom.
And I want a talk o for x-box the
game.
Love,
Levi Boney
Dear Santa,
Hello my name is Samuel.
How is Mrs. Claws and all of the
other rane deer doing. Let me
give you my gift list. First, can I
havh a car that gose up the wall
and a foot ball lego Set. Next I
want a remokeintroll boat
jedskeey and a x-box360 and a
pS3 and a bull frog for a pet and
a game for my game boy and a
hokee set then I want a new
bukbed and a crown box and a
computer in my room and a
peace of cristol and a new baby
brother and a new bedroom
and a new tv last can I have a
new Lego Box with pink red
orange Blue gray yell brown
black wheels.
Your friend,
Samuel Henkel
Dear Santa,
I have ben a very good boy
this yaer. Let me tell you about
what I want for Crismas. First I
want a pps2. I saw it at Wal-
mart. Nexst I wont a game
boy. You can get it at Walmart.
Last I want mad rodeo.
From,
Marcus Minando
Dear Santa,
Hello! My name is Jacqueline
Phares and I am in Mrs. Pearce's
class. I have been good this
year. I have tried a lot harder on
my school work. Now Ithat I
have told you how good I've
been let me tell you my Christ-
mas list. First, I wold like a new
Christmas ,Book.. Se'cont, I
would like a battery. powered
rescruw set. Third, I would like
a spycet. Fouth, I would like
some candles.
Your Friend,
Jacqueline Phares
Dear Santa Claus,
Hello, My name is Madysun
Causier. I'm in second grade.
I'm in Mrs. Pearce's class. I have
been a very, very good girl this
year. I've been doing all my
hours like ceeping my room
clean, feeding the cats and dog,
cleaning the litterbox, letting
the dog out, that's about it. Now
let me tell youwhat I would like
for Christmas. First, I would like
some sking clothes because my
family and I is going sking in
Jan. Second, I would like a little
Cinderella jeep so my sister and
I can ride around the road.
Third, I would like some new
games for my computer and my
sister because when I don't
have anything to do I can play
on it. Fourtth, I would like some
Magic Tree House books and
Judy Moody books. Fifth, I
would like the easy bake oven.
So when I'm hungry, I can bake


something. Sixth, I would like a
robe so when I get my night-
gown I can put on my robe. Sev-
enth, I would like a two weeled
scooter. Now you know what I
would like for Christmas.
Your friend,
Madysun Causier
Dear Santa,
Hello my name is Gabriel. I
am a second grade from Mrs.
Pearces class of South Elemen-
tary. I love Christmas Santa
Claus. Give prests to keds. Last
week I densnt got not thing but
my dad buy me a truck of
cunchn in buy me. Play stonin-
ode. Let me tell you about my
list frsit. I want a play stoninon2
of buy city game you cande
rode a car or you con rode a
motor snco and a xbox. I don't
know what game you put on
but you can bring it next I want
a hot wheels cars of go fast like
2004 or 2003 then. I want a ball
for soccer last I want power ran-
ers.
From,
Gabriel Sanchez
Dear Santa,
For Christmas this year I
would like a Spy Gear Laser Trip
Wire because my brother will
not stop getting into my
things!!! I also want an electric
scooter and finally the thing I
want most ... a Bells Dancerella
Pop Star Studio. I hope you have
a very merry Christmas. HO HO
HO
Emily
Dear Santa,
I would like a game boy with
a Scooby Doo and a Sponge
Bob game cude. And a big girl
bike. And some Scout clothes.
Lahna
Dear Santa,
I would like a Barbi comput-
er and a gameboy and a saxo-
phone.
Karina
Dear Santa,
I would love a remoat con-
trowled airboat frum toys r us
and a fowler and .Miney chop-
per. Santa I have ben goed so
Santa pleas let me have a goed
Cresmes and Santa marey
Cresmes.
Brandon
Dear Santa,
I will like psp. And a DvD
player A game boy micro I will x
box. I will like a bike.
Tyra

North Elementary
Dear Santa,
Have you been busy this
year? A few things I want for
Christmas are Video camra
Nindind D.S. with a game called
nin tindo days. Rinstone boots
and belt. I will leave you some
milk and cookies.
Signed,
Jacie Harvey
Dear Santa,
For chrismas I want a little bit
of stuff for chrismas. I want a
furby. And a dodlebear. And the
last thing I want for chrismas is
a puppy. One more thing I want
for chrismas is a year book. I am
going to save some cookies for
you and carots for the reindeer.
Signed,
Melissa DiPace
Dear Santa,
These are. a couple things I
what. First backyard football the
vido game. A baseball gluv. So
how are you doing? I am going
to leav some shuger cokies.
That's my list for you santa.
Signed,
Zeke Matthews


Dear Santa,
These are a couple things I
wood like. Astuffed dog and
some books. And a labtop to.
And a soccer set. That is what I
want for Christmas.
Signed,
Jenna Thomas
Dear Santa,
Is what I want is a book
plese, I want a pupy. I want a
sper-man for my little btroer. I
love you santa.
Signed,
Josey Pearce
Dear Santa,
These are a few thing's that I
would like for Chistmas. I
would like a Goosbump's video
coled scaryhous. And a hoo
game for my play stashen.
Three football books and a
semenol poster.
Signed,
J.T. Van Deman
Dear Santa,
These are some things I
would like for Christmas. The
first thing I want is a computer
then a little doll with a crib.
Then a little spongebobg that
ripes his pants. And a DVD for a
car and a clock for my mom and
for my Dad I want a new neck-
lise. And have you been making
toys for the children and par-
ents save my brother and sisters
some presents. Have a wonder-
ful Christmas.
Signed,
Dinora Landaverde
Dear Santa,
I don't whonte that much for
Chrismas but I whonte some
copie of things I whont a
chapder book and a little chris-
mat tree for my room and med
car to oh and me and my mom
is going to make some cookies
and some milk for you
Signed,
Amber Kelly
Dear Santa,
Have you been making toys
for the boys and girls? The first
thig I wount four chrismous is a
Barbe laptop. Next thing I wont
is a stouff anamul dog. Then I
wunt a dall house. Next I wount
some cat toys four my cat. And
some toys for me. Have a good
Christmas santa.
Signed,
Chelsea Walker
Dear Santa,
I wasn't a 2k5 video game.
Next I want a losshop. I also
want a psp. That is all I wont.
Signed,
ElieFinney
Dear Santa,
I hope you have a good trip
come her. May you bring me
Madagascar game. I also place
bring shek super slam. The
thing that I want the most is
splash down ride gone wild 2.
Signed,
Christian Doyle
Dear Santa,
Have you ben besey this
month. Thease are some
thang's I want for crismas. I
want a foliler with a flamed bive
key to go with it. I want my own
x-box in my room. I want a lock
for my room. I am leaving milk
and cookies and careits for ron-
dolph and all the other rander.
Signed,
Taylor Clance
Dear Santa,
Hear is a fuyu theags I wat
for Christmas a pap and a wwfs-
makdown ring.
Signed,
Tucker Wise
Dear Santa,
These are a cupl of things for
chrismis I want a game boy
games and a lot of brat boll
posers even two front. Now I


told you what I want for chris-
mis.
Signed,
Chelsea B.
Dear Santa,
This is a fue things I want for
Christmas. I want a speiale
Book for chirstmas. And a small
ball and a puzzle to.
Signed,
Ashley Hart
Dear Santa,
These is some capl thaning I
want. I want a real bulldog.
And a lo books to take a.r. test.
One more thaning. I want a ren-
deer. I love you santa. Ow love
you forever. And I put cookies
and a malk. For you can eat.
Signed,
Luis Valles
Dear Santa,
Can you please give me a
game boy please and a goos-
bums book of d werwoof of a
full moon.
Signed,
Javier Luviano
Dear Santa,
Sumthang I wot for me .1 wot
a east into and a catr book,
anddrbak and mockchdr back.
Signed,
Kade Smith
Dear Santa,
You are a very good man. I
love you is much as Jesus and
god. Some oeaple thing you are
not real and I say you are. I
asked one of the people then I
asked who Iputs the presents
under the tree and the person
said your mom and dad. And
now I am going to tell you what
I want for cristmas I want a
scooter, tv, ice princess movie,
ded, Elmers glue in a bodle,
crayons, pencils, succors, pen-
cil sharpener very good one,
erasers, pecil box, markers, col-
ored pencils, binder. That is allI
want for Cristmas. That is all I
wanted to tell Santa clause.
Signed,
Tyffani Zeller
Dear Santa,
I will like a 4 weeler and
some bratz dolls and a brat toy
car and a pappy and a biger
house.
Signed,
Whitney Najera
Dear Santa,
I will like a 4 weelr 80 rapter
and a mother scooter and a
mother scatbord and a cold
house pupy and a chrimas hat
for my rather and my one elf
hat that is what I want for Chri-
mas.
Signed,
Jacob Emmick


Dear Santa,
I will love a fishing ploef,
chistmas can I pies get it for
chstmas. A car ana plan.
Signed, ,
Mason Rose
Dear Santa,
I would like to get all the stuff
put on my chrismas list. I would
like a chubby baby, all brat stuff
and all baby stuff, mp3 player,
new quilt, mother scooter. We
wll leave you some cookie and
lots of milk. I love you so much
you're the best santa ever. I
want some roller blads. That's
all I want by santa.
- Signed,
Ashlynn Thorpe
Dear Santa,
I would like a new four weel-
er, a new fishing pole, I would
like one of those sees that you
can plug your dvd our you play
stayshan. I would like a dvd
player. I would also like a mother
skooter. And all so a car carrier.
That is all I what for chichmas.
Signed,
Andrew Curne
Dear Santa,
I have been good this year so
for chistmas I want a protr trol-
eranamp3 player and a
spleemaker and a easy meal
oven and a patlab dvd player
and a mysance and mysance
bottle and a sance Imon. You
are the best santa.
Signed,
Kaylee McCrary


"Where the Diffel


Dear Santa,
I have been a very good boy
this year. Let me tell lyou my
Christmas list. I want a ipod
shuffle. I also want new clothes
for school. I also a gift card from
Walmart. 0 heaeh your getting
really good cookies this year.
Signed,
Billy Bob Wehde
Dear Santa,
I no that you are I ben thing
about it all the and I hope we get
present because I ben good
every day. The parent is x box
that is what I want Merry Chris-
mas to everybody.
Signed,
Luiz Navarro
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a My
sense go Hallowoody limouzing
Baribe Hotel. Barilbe doll, braz
dolls, cabbech patch doll
clothes for my dolles, and shoes
and clothes. You are foth of the
best of all Santa. Thank you for
giving the whoil word peaints.
Bey-Bey Santa. Meery Christmas
Santa. HoHoHo. I love you
Santa.
Signed,
Rashiannan Humphries
Dear Santa,
I want Zath toys on Crismas. I
want a rain set and a mokurtrol
airplane and books, a big screen
tv for my dady and a cat for me
and a cresmas and Jlery for my
dady and a water gun.
Signed,
Justin Cummings


rence is Worth the Distance"


We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible' ,,k.

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51 NW 98th St. Okeechobee, 34972 (P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)
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A FULL SERVICE REAL ESTATE FIRM!
Licensed Real Estate Brokers:


^ +Bobby Tucker 634-8677 & Brandon Tucker ~ 772-201-8722
Associates:
Lori Mixon 634-1457 W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 John Pell 357-8769
Sharon Johnson 634-6241 Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007

104 N.W. 7th Ave., Okeechobee (863) 763-4010
Note: These offerings are subject to errors, omissions or withdrawals without notice.
EMAIL: realestate@tucker-group.com Website: www.tucker-group.com


EXCEPTIONAL 2004 DWM
EXCEPTIONAL LOCATION Pr
3/2, 2280SF, many upgrades, c
molding, top of the line appliances
double oven, bkfst. nook, pool w/
private pond w/dock, 1 acre on a
de-sac. Truly a find.! $199,900. #2
Call Lori to see 634-1457.


3/2 DWMH on nice 1/2 acre homesite.
Open floor plan with great master bed
and bath. Large storage shed. Asking
$150,000. Call Sharon 634-6241.


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COTTAGE BY THE LAKE waterfront
living, gated community on Rim Canal.
24 charming old Florida/Key West
style cottages with lofts. TLA 11223-
1800SF. Covered parking, clubhouse.
Preconstruction $198,750-$299,500
until 6/5/05. #202. Call John.


CURB APPEAL PLUS PIC-
TURESQUE home in Okee Estates.
Beautifully updated and upgraded
2000+SF. 3/2. Two screen porches
w/A/C. Large guest room/den or home
office. Pristine detailing, amazing
kitchen, enchanting landscaping.
$349,000. #209. Call Lori 634-1457.


PALM VILLAGE RANCH: Beautiful and
brand NEW! 1350 SF 3/2, crown mold-
ing, charming details, in over 55 com-
munity. Clubhouse, pool, social activi-
ties. $153,500. #221B. Call Lori 634-
1457.



8 *'-

CLOSE TO SHOPPING & TAYLOR
CREEK. Nicely updated 3/2 SWMH
w/additions. Open living, dining- &
kitchen, master bath has walk-in show-
er. New flooring in '97, carpet, vinyl &
ceramic. French doors open to an artis-
tic landscape & your 50' dock on your
waterway to the lake. $187,900.


Viking
5006-M: 3Bd/2Ba mobile home on 5+/-
acres located in Viking. Fenced and lots
of trees. I


5015-H: Spacious 2Bd/1Ba home on the
old River Bluff. Seawall, open porch
overlooks the water. Goes right into the
river without going thru the locks. Boat
lift and much more. (#89965)


* 25+/- acres, Dark Hammock.
* 40+/- acres off NW 240th Street.
* 5.3+/- acres Countr
y Hills Rarich. (#89766)


Open Saturdays
pgoolsbyrealty@netscape r.,,t I.lc lI


SPECTACULAR HOME ON THE 1ST
TEE of Okee Golf & CCI A dream home
in every detail 1997 CBs 3/2/2.5.
Stained glass, ceramic tile, FM room
w/fireplace, 36x15 domed screen area
with a fantastic view. $499,000. #222.
Call Lori to experience this beautiful
home. 863-634-1457.








PRIME INVESTMENT PROPERTY on
Parrott Ave. Total of 8 contiguous city
lots, 1.3 acres. Currently 3 rentals and
1 business. Zoned light commercial.
Will not separate. $1,290,000. #360.


FISHERMANS PARADISE in BHR. 2/2
on water with dock and seawall built in
1986 and has over-1'637 SF of living
area. Asking $229,000. .#207. Call
Sharon 634-1457.


Spot In 1The Sun
50)H-M' 5p,.r ,r Ltf -.,-. IBh I' l ,I r.riH ...n '. ;.. n r -.
o001, InLula3td root, chau'l m nc ,[ rr.nrt- .' ,i'.do:- .,l.
,,',:' tu tr -,k >,;,Jl :l M ",r_',J '-lW FlEr',,:,d |.:llc
Home alarm system that can be hooked up to the police
& fire stations. Mardigras tile on the screened porch
w/new Jen-Air and water, storage shed off the porch,
fireplace. A must to see!! (#90093)


,[H Park O The i atcr
7000-1: 24 sites 3 apartments fully fur-
nished, 2 park model MHs fully fur-
nished, 1 DWMH used as an office, 13 RV
sites (6 have MHs on them). Very neat &
clean park on the water. #89487


LAKEPORT WATERFRONT TREA-
SURE 3/2/2, CBS, 2668 TLA, spectac-
ular view from screen room, metal roof,
covered boathouse, lift, fish house, just
off the Tim. $315,900. #205A. Call Jeri
634-6056


TAKtO lu ins Lt lE from your OOCK
and boatslip. 3/2 MH, freshly painted,
new metal roof, screened patio, facing
canal. Two workshops and shady oaks.
$169,500.








THIS IS THE HOME YOU'VE BEEN
LOOKING FOR. 3/2, completely
remodeled. This 1248 SF home on 10
acres overlooks pond and pasture.
$399,000. #213A. Call Sharon 634-
6241.








EXQUISITE 2/2 CBS, 2642SF on 8+/-
acres in SW section. Workshop, mist
house, caretakers qtrs. Escape from
everyday life! May be divided.
$895,000. #211A. Call Bill 634-6797.


* TAYLOR CREEK ISLES waterfront homnesite on 29th St. Oder
MH w/additions. Renovation possibilities galore! Deep canal near
creek. A honey of a buy! $135,000. #208. Call Lori 634-1457.
* TWO BUILDING LOTS near Everglades Elem. 75x107 each. Sold
separately $45,000 & $50,000. #120 and 120A. Call Lori 634-1457.
PRESTIGIOUS RIVER FRONT LIVING 285' of water in River
Acres. Remove older mobile home and build the home of your
dreams on 1.52 acres. 30' +/- deep water. Fly-in community, runway
across the street. $330,000. #122. Call Lori 634-1457.
* OKEECHOBEE PINES 11 acre estate in new development.
$400,000. #123B. Call Sharon 634-6241.
* COME HOME TO COMFORT in this 2056 SF 3/2.5 frame home
in TC Isles, built in 2003. Tow fireplaces, A/C in 14x30 workshop.
#214A. $279,000. Call Sheryl 634-1343.
* PRIVATE SECLUDED 5 ACRE mobile home with grove, sur-
rounded by beautiful oaks and native landscape. Green house,
tractor shed, storage barn. Over 200 fruit trees. #208/89285.
$197,500.
* COUNTRY HILLS 1997 3/2 DWMH on 4.73 acres. Well main-
tained, fireplace, covered deck, storage shed. Perfect country
retreat. $264,900. #209B. Call Mike.
* BASSINGER AREA beautiful 780 acre working ranch. Home and
mobile home included along with traveling irrigation system.
$11,500 per acre. Call John 863-697-0413.


lPatricia Louise Goolsby
ILic. R.E. Broker
YES 763-6068 Cell 634-5588
c z Kathy Lancaster

Residential Acreage Commercial kathlynlancaster@netscape.net
4251 Hwy. 441 S. 863-763-5588 Fax: 763-2219 467-6760 Cell 634-8676


Request....Don Renfranz
okeedon@hotmail.com <-
REALTOR Taylor Creek Real Estate ^"
Cell: 863-634-4596 Home: 863-467-2930


I t'" \Ff i "(i<' BL[ L \i[N E ->1tl-[S,- % TE[tf .
FRONT TRAILER! With addition a full 3 bdrm/1
and a half baths, plus a non-conforming detached
"Mother-In-Law" apt.! Very livable! High seawall
plus boatslip on wider Buckhead canal! NICE
PRICE $135,000! MAKE OFFER!


A--' %"I ,E;CRI ,s%%iTHN \ TR X TFL T1RA|IL.
ER OUT IN THE DEEP COUNTRYSIDE!
Freedom-loving agriculture zoning! No
country-club rules here! Nice blend of oaks,
open areas, pond! Has electric, well, & sep-
tic! I can fax you info! $160,000!


crown
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deck,
a cul-
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14',' m :r,.. inr.. ,tc te pris nn land being ottered i, :rr.:r.t urunre multFpl,
uses. Located in Highland Co. just 15+/- min. from Sebring or Lake Placid. The pos-
sibility of dividing this property into 5, 10 or 20 acre Ranchettes is favorable as it bor-
ders a paved Rd. The property is currently being used as a profitable tree farm with a
recently renovated 3/2 owners home, an office and large workshop for equipment
repair. Property has irrigation wells & systems including drainage & a central man
made lake. Motivated sellers, all reasonable offers will be considered. MLS #89988
Mose B. Joiner Licensed Real Estate Broker
www.oklc.com

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WHAT DO I NEED

TO DO BEFORE MAKING A

PURCHASE OFFER?
Even before starting to look at houses, find out what price house you can afford,
says syndicated columnist Dian Hymer.
Roughly speaking, Hymer says you. can afford to buy a home equal in price to
three times your gross annual income.
More precisely, the price you can afford to pay for a home will depend on six
factors:


TA LOR CREEK ISLES- $199.000 BLICKHEAD RIDGE $225,000 --.-. -i+, .i ,Bll .., i
Ei01 DiVMH 3Bd. Ba. carport Fla Lake access v\F CBS home .. FORT DRUM $350,000
room, breakfast room, furnished. 2Bd/lBa, 15'x36' Fl. rm, chain link, EDGEWATER ACRES $65,000 2/5 acre parcels for a total of 10 acres
Storage area, sprinkler system, RV security-satellite systems, generator New subdivision Edgewater Acres (pkg. only). Property very private,
hook-up on property. Sprinkler system wired in. Hurricane shutters, appli- (near North Lake Estates) 1/2 acre, fenced, several structures on property.
w/pump from lake. Home ILke new ances, 2 sheds, new metal roof, new homes only neighborhood. Cleared Great for the horse lover. Minutes from
Easy to show. Call Kath., i.34-.t., paint, berber carpet. Must see. (will need fill for homesite). Motivated Yeehaw Junction/Rt. 60 & Fl.
(itq9020)f (#90217) seller. Bring offers. (#90019) Tumpike.(#90219)





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REDLICED $199,000 .... ,':,;' BUCKHEAD RIDGE $175.000 TREASURE ISLAND $232,000
Lake access waterfront DWMH, LAKE ACCESS Waterfront lake access within sight of Lake access waterfront home in
3Bd/2Ba, family room, screened WATERFRONT LOT $120,000 BHR locks. Corner lot, boathouse Treasure Island, 2Bd/1Ba, 1 car
porch, separate dining room, separate Lake access waterfront lot, mobile with electric lift, den for fish tales, garage w/drive thru doors (ramp to
living room, carport (2 car), 2 sheds, home has been removed. Ready to wall A/C, tool room, 2 screen porch- canal). Home has been updated with
pontoon boat, seawall, back chain build or install mobile home. es, carport 2005, sprinkler system, ceramic tile, new carpet, painted, new
link fence. (#89925) Utilities on property. (#90064) new metal roof 2005. (#89699) kitchen cabinets. (#90220)
NOTE: These offerings are subject to errors, omissions or withdrawal without notice. Information believed accurate but not guaranteed.


S Lenders also analyze your income in relation to your projected cost of home
ownership and outstanding debts to determine the size loan you can have.

S Hymer says your housing expense-to-income ratio is determined by calculating
your projected monthly housing expense, which consists of the principal and
interest payment on your new home loan, property taxes and hazard insurance.

The sum of these costs is referred to as "PITI."Monthly homeowners'association
dues, if you're purchasing a condominium or townhouse, and private mortgage
insurance are added to the PITI.

Your housing expense-to-income ratio should fall in the 28 to 33 percent range,
although some lenders will go higher under certain circumstances.

S Your total debt-to-income ratio should be in the 34 to 38 percent range.
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Finishing touches being corn- pleted right THE ISLES FOR UNDER $200,000! Cute 1974
now on this full 3 bdrm / 2 bath block home trailer with additions and all kinds of up-
with garage in area with lots of new, fresh grades! Ceramic tile, screened patio, seawall,
homes near Everglades Elementary! Superb dock, storage shed, laundry area, fancy new
wall tile in baths! ASKING JUST $214,000! cabinets! ASKING LOW $180,000!





S'.2,ic T\\LOR CREEk iSLEt' SE N. -403fi-SPLENDORONTHE RIMCNXL'
WALLED WATERFRONT! CONCRETE High-beam cedar Great Room style, tiled
HOUSE! $227,000! Not in perfect condition floors, white marble rock gas fireplace, RV-
but it's a great 3 bedroom bargain! type garage! Lots of-"knotty pine" through-
Seawalled, covered pontoon boat dockage out! Upstairs loft, covered dockage, huge
w/hoist on wide canal! SEE TODAY! GONE 500+ sq. ft. screen patio! CALL DONE FOR
TOMORROW! TERMS! $298,000!





McW,-lI MODERN 'BEDROOM 2 BITH
#89909 ISLES WATERFRONT PRIME DOUBLEWIDE! On your own lot in Lar-
LOCATION FOR UNDER $200,000! Just off Kee Lake in southeast part of County!'
Taylor Creek on 30th Street one of our very Kitchen "island" dining counter w/sink,
best spots! Sold for lot value, but includes "sandstone" comer wood-buring fireplace!
cust 2/2 trailer with Florida room, dock, car- INCLUDES FURNITURE INVENTORY
port, utility rm., water & sewer! $184,900! FOR $129,000!





c---il' FULL V.'2 WITH SPACE ON .
LOTS OR UNDER $12u,000: Lik i L,.L 3 8""'11. 5 BEDROOMN'. 3 BATHS
1982 doublewide with living room, family INCLUDES "IN-LAW" QUARTERS!
room, and Florida room/patio addition! Loaded with features: Living rm, family rm.,
Oak-shaded, 2 carports, 2 sheds! Compare! Fla. rm., scm. patio, master suite w/garden
PRICED RIGHT TO SELL! REDUCED TO tub & shower, dual-zoned a/c, lots of Fla.
$114,500! cedar, vaulted ceilings! MORE!
* 11+ ACRES! Lot #1 @ OK Aeis back on market, NE 0th Ave. $300,0 SeUerinanced!
S10 AL*P. 00! Seller
* 10 ACRES OSE T0 TOWN! 1t #7 O A n NE t $ 0,000 Sefer Financed!
* 10 ACRE j ~ro E @ @ OK ACRES
directly on .$3,% E. eler'inance
* #89861 & 90081 00 0THE RETTIEIST ACRES YOU CAN'T DO NOTHING' WITH! Good
for investing or pick UlC. presidencyy due to poor
road. ASKING JU ALCA ERS SUBMITTED!
* 4.5+ AC BU AD RIM CANAL! A Nk pr details ie id!175,000!
8 #92097-98 pIN p pcels total!
Cleared! May artialry ivied! $555,000.



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Pritchards


GMAC
A


HOME
This home has poured concrete walls
and roof. Home is like new, ready to
move in! Nice size kitchen with a
Island. Located in Palm Village a Active
Retirement Community.
$189,900.


RIVER RUN RESTAURANT
3 bedroom, 2 bath home with an open Located in Clewiston on Hwy. 27.
floor plan. New appliances with stainless Easily seats 110 in Restaurant and seats
steel refrigerator. Home is built well, no 30+ at bar, over 5000 sq. ft. 2 walk in
damage during any of the Hurricanes. coolers, walk in freezer, large kitchen
Great location and an easy commute. with all accessories, dance area, pool
Access to Lake Okeechobee. tables and games.
$119,500 $625,000.


ANCIENT OAKS
IBd IBa 5th heel i.s ull\- tL inshed.
.attached Florida room doubles living
space T\wo catport. garden storage,
; -screened porch.
a IBd IBa Park model home tull\ fur-
Snished. attached Florida toom. large car-
4 poit. -lied tor storage .


LOTS FOR SALE.. ": .
Ba-sswood lot on 33rd Axe $40K. LAKE ACCESS
FORT DRUM Palm Village Lot on 11th Way. $40k Almost new waterfront 3 / 2/2 with
New DWMH, 3Bd/2Ba, includes walk Fort Drum (10 acres): beautiful lot on new roof, thermonepane windows,
in closet, garden tub, fireplace, every- cul-de-sac, this lot remaining dry during upgraded appliances and screened
thing is new. Beautiful wood vinyl hurricane. $320K. waterfront patio with heated Jacuzzi.
floors throughout. Looking for country Many Viking lots to choose from. Just bursting with pride. To many
living this is it. Easy access to turnpike. Okee Estates Lot for $44,900. amenities to list.
$125,000. Hwy. 98, 5 acres for $189,900. $359,000


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SELLER FINANCING '
The wise investor -will recognize the -- SHINING LIKE A NEW PENNY!
value of this waterfront commercial RANCHETTE Lake access, new 2005 DWMH in
property with tenants in place. RV 30 acre high, dry Ranch with 2001 like Treasure Island. Enjoy waterfront hard
barn, 3 extra carports and ample park- new Mobile home, pole building, fenced, roofed screened porch, upgraded appli-
ing lot, storage shed and owner effi- cattle pens. Well, septic and electric. ances, grand open floor plan for easy
ciency andfoffice. Clear and open land with pond. entertaining.
ASKING $400,000 $810,000. ONLY $179,900


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Great home; built in 2003, 3Bd / 2Ba, tile and
carpet throughout, wood cabinets with
Corian counter tops. Plenty of storage in
this place and a fenced vard! A must see!
i.i'5 i. (1 fl i' i f i I 'iti b l it'i


upgrades: newly remodeled kitchen with all new
appliances, stone fireplace in family room, large
utility, downstairs bed & bath in addition to upstairs
bedronms/bath. walk-in closets. 2 car earaee. addi-
I). |1-.31 1'. F .. ..I...: I-s j "i E :. I : 111 'I'll 1 -


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Country Club Living! 3Bd/2Ba CBS home tongue & groove ceilings, large master bed- located in the city close to shopping and Don't miss this sweet 2/2 DWMH with
with oversized 2 car garage on approx. room.Boat dock. Come enjoy the great Lake schools. Attached 20x12 screened porch, detached garage on a lake access canal.
1/2 acre lot. Come enjoy the golf course Okeechobee right from your backyard. fenced back yard. This is a must see! Asking Locks to enter lake are just minutes away!
view! $299,000. (#90247) $175,000. Make Offer! (#90226) $195,000. Call Walt Mackin. (#89828) Asking $165,000. (#90338)


S -Do you have a piece of

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WHAT DO I NEED

TO DO BEFORE MAKING A
PURCHASE OFFER?
Even before starting to look at houses, find out what price house you can afford,
says syndicated columnist Dian Hymer.
Roughly speaking, Hymer says you can afford to buy a home equal in price to
three times your gross annual income.
More precisely, the price you can afford to pay for a home will depend on six
factors:





S Lenders also analyze your income in relation to your projected cost of home
S ownership and outstanding debts to determine the size loan you can have.

S Hymersays your housing expense-to-income ratio is determined by calculating
your projected monthly housing expense, which consists of the principal and
interest payment on your new home loan, property taxes and hazard insurance.
The sum of these costs is referred to as "PITI. "Monthly homeowners'association
dues, if you're purchasing a condominium or townhouse, and private mortgage
insurance are added to the PITI.
Your housing expense-to-income ratio should fall in the 28 to 33 percent range,
although some lenders will go higher under certain circumstances.
S Your total debt-to-income ratio should be in the 34 to 38 percent range.
*---


863-357-4622
1804 S. Parrott Ave.
www.pritchardsinc.com
Barbara Willson, Lic. R.E. Broker
Peggy Brady, Lic. R.E. Broker


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Briefs -

Redirection Center .
needs more volunteers


Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do
you have a job skill that you
would like to teach others? Do
you belong to a civic organiza-
tion or religious organization
and would like to spread the
word? If you answered yes to
any of these questions, please
contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We
are looking for volunteers to
work a few hours a month with
committed youth.
Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items and is cur-
rently seeking such items as
baby clothes, furniture, small
appliances, tools, as well as golf
and fishing equipment. Call Hos-
pice at (863) 467-2321 for pick-
up, or deliver items to 411 S.E.
Fourth St.
Childbirth education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will be presenting
childbirth education classes at
the Okeechobee County Health
Department. All pregnant
women are .encouraged to
attend the classes. For informa-
tion or to register for this inform-
ative class, call the Healthy Start
office at (863) 462-5877. Every
baby deserves a healthy start.
Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is accepting
entries for their monthly proper-
ty beautification awards pro-
gram. The property does not
have to be for sale and is open to
residential and commercial
property throughout the county.
For information or to obtain
entry forms, contact Dale Ann
Watford, secretary of the board
at (863) 634-7311 or (863) 763-
8222.
Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle
maintenance facility is open
from 8 a.m. until noon and from
1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday. It is closed on
!weekends and holidays. Only
recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and
metal cans, corrugated card-
board, glass jars and bottles and
plastics #1 through #7 are
accepted at the public facilities.
Items not accepted include:
plastic shopping bags; commer-
cial business items; tires; appli-
ances; electronic devices; yard
trash; household trash; oil, gas,
paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell
Rowland, county solid waste
manager, at (863) 763-1811, or
Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
(863) 763-4818.

Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today?
Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach oth-
ers the skills they need to save
lives. You can help the American
Red Cross reach people in your
community with lifesaving train-
ing, including CPR, First Aid,
Automated External Defibrilla-
tion, and HIV/AIDS Prevention.
Contact the Okeechobee Branch
of the American Red Cross at
(863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care
SOmbudsman Council is seeking
volunteers to serve as advocates
for residents of nursing homes
and assisted living facilities. Vol-
unteers are specially trained and
certified to investigate and
resolve resident complaints and
to carry out inspections of facili-
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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
CAT 2yo Calico Female Cat,
has ID tags, last seen near
Oak Lake Estates $100 re-
ward (863)634-7402
CHIHUAHUA: LOST/MISSING
Chocolate & White, Female,
Vicinity of Oak Park. Reward!
Please call (863)467-8038
COCKER SPANIELS (older)1
male w/blue collar & injured
back leg, & 1 female,
w/red collar. Vic of Betther
Acres: behind Post Office
(863)763-7813 Reward
KITTEN: Yellow w/bob tail.
"Pumpkin". Needs medicine.
NW 30th St. 863-467-1897
or 863-467-1147
LOST PIT BULL Country Hills
Estate Area, his name is Max
(863)634-6446


CANNING JARS- Lids, rings,
20 qt pot to give away.
(863)675-0199
Curr/Boxer Mix Puppies-
FREE 8 weeks old,
(863)763-4052 or
863) 634-8691
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


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Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Fishing, Traveling,
etc. Let meet. (863)946-3123

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



A-SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
(863)467-9800
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AFT. 3:30pm
BOOM TRUCK OPERATOR/
LABORER: Class B CDL req.
863-467-1932 evenings or
954-445-0749 day. EOE.
Carpenter Wanted
must have tools &
transportation, steady
work. 1-800-345-0060
CASHIERS/
TOLL COLLECTORS
Starting @ $7.75
772-429-1454



EXPERIENCED
SERVERS, COOKS &
DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
$9.00 per hr to start
Apply Within
1111S. Parrot Ave.
Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
863-467-5000
GROVE HELP WANTED
Salary depending on exp.
Benefits & 401K. Drug free
workplace. (863)528-1015
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


HEAVY EQUIPMENT
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
HELP WANTED
Experienced Bartender &
Kitchen help
Call 863-634-3245
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
NOW HIRING!
*Tow truck driver
*Fuel attendant/stock
person
Training will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay, re-
warding work, benefits
and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified ap-
plicants who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
up bonus. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
DFWP
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. ,
TRUCK DRIVER, CDL Class B
w/Air Brake. Competitive
Salary, Company
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401 K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indlantown.
Drug Free Work Place.


LOOKING FOR RETIRED
WOMEN To sit with elderly
lady Tues. & Thurs. 9am to
8pm 863-675-7410 La Belle
When doing those chores Is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
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attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


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to purchase something
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FORKLIFT OPERATORS
A local citrus processing facility is in immediate need for
forklift operators. The position requires off-loading and
delivery of drums, pallets, and other raw materials to pro-
cessing area. Also palletizing, banding, and/or stretch
wrapping of product and other warehouse duties. Must be
able to work in a cold environment and have previous lift
truck experience in similar capacity. Must be willing to
work any shift and weekends.
We offer competitive pay with a full benefits package that
includes medical, dental, life, vision and many others.
If you possess the above qualifications please apply as
soon as possible at:
Southern Gardens Citrus
1820 County Rd. #833
Clewiston, FL 33440
863-902-4133
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No wonder newspaper
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Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class beings soon InrnjctorRNp!e'perienced ,aj,.r ha~s
avery 4i L], ,C .-. e' m inr u-,r-I J .!iu.,: ,. CN.'.: are
then eligible for LPN training. Good.benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
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Delivery Truck Driver Needed
Immediate position available with excellent pay,
40 hours, M-F. Looking for energetic person to
deliver wholesale food products, lifting is required.
Clean driving record a must.
Call Dennis for more information 800-419-1842.

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

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


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today's classified.

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ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
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(863)634-2044

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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540O
Business Equipment 5-15
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens a Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,
Equipment 665
Pets -'Supplies,'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & 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


ART PIECE- Solid copper with
an Indian in front & a Buffalo
in the back. Dated '1842
$500 cash 863-763-2965
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.
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, 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



BATHROOM VANITY- New
30", Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634
OVERHEAD GARAGE DOOR
OPENER- Atlas Rool-Lite,
1/2hp, New, Ready to install
$300. neg. (772)260-6318
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
(863)763-3451
WELL SYSTEM fairly new,
$800 for total system
-(863)467-7612


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 80s early 90s
excellent condition $500/
neg. (863)763-8943
PRO-MOLD mini snap tight
collectible card holders 500
each (863)467-1484



COMPUTER SYSTEM, com-
plete, lots of programs,
$175. (866)855-0158


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
CHAIR- Rocker recliner, ask-
ing $30 (863)675-6973.
CHINA CABINET- Large, Very
nice, Lighted, medium wood,
$300. or best offer Moving
Must Sell (239)645-3620
CHINA CABINET, old, 2 pc.,
yellow, hand painted, Ig.
glass shelves, nice, $450.
(772)429-0317
COUCH & LOVE SEAT Indian
print, green burgundy & gold
$250 (863)467-5032
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 "
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 & 4 ROLL AWAY
CHAIRS- Leather, Nice,
$225. (863)674-5770
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$100. (863)763-8943 ask
for Tracy



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.


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, CookM1-X, Lynx.
$700willsep. (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
TREADCLIMBER, BOWFLEX
TC3000, like new, exc.
cond., $900. (863)634-7409
UNIV. WEIGHTLIFTING
MACH- Health Rider &
Gravity Edge, all 3 machines
$100 (863)655-0030.
WEIGHT BENCH- Sears, Good
condition $125
(863)467-0109



TRANE UNIT HEATER Elec-
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


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Farm Play Set
Old MacDonald himself wouldn't be able to resist
this do-it-yourself farm playset. The big red barn is
filled with everyone's barnyard favorites-horses,
cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks. There's even
a tractor and wagon, complete with bales of hay.
Traced from full-size patterns, the project is per-
fect for woodworkers of all skill levels. Just trace the
pieces onto scrap quantities of plywood and dimen-
sional lumber and cut everything out. Next, assem-
ble and paint the barn, tractor, wagon and fences.
Finally, paint the animals. The barn measures 21
inches long by 15 inches wide by 14 inches tall.
Farm Play Set plan (No. 898) .. $9.95
Wooden Toys Package (No. C 125)
Three other projects ... $19.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) ... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
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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
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classified.


CRAFT-MATIC BED -Complete
$500 (863)634-9536 or
(863)763-9527
ELEC. SCOOTER, 4 whl base
w/foot plate & legs, de-
tachable, exc. cond, $800 or
best offer. (863)801-6149
ELEC SCOOTER- Victory, 3
wheel, new bat., 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
HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $150
(863)467-5032
NEW WHEEL CHAIR light
weight, wide seat, 17x17.5
w/seat pad was $575 now
$300 (863)357-8788


EXP. 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
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab,
25th Anniv. model, maple
back & sides, spruce top,
$2,000. (863)467-9859


BIRDCAGE, large, 4 wheel,
base measures 48" high x
34" x 22, $300.
(863)763-3451
BOSTON TERRIER PUP- 8
VA :, V 11) I'.Sh t) 4 .11,79
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/1FE
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 $250 (863)227-0396
PUG, ACA, Rare, Black, 1F/2M
Ready 12/22-8wks. Shots, pa-
pers/health cert. $700-$800.
(863)673-4200/228-2140
RABBIT tame, litter box
trained $10 (863)635-4690
Frostproof
RAT TERRIER PUPPY- male,
black & white, ready for
Christmas $100
(863)763-2081 or 634-9684
REX BUNNY, baby, $10.
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.
(863)357-3639


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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


HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25. (863)1946-3123
POOL CUE w/case In excellent
condition $40
(863)675-3944
PUNCHING BAG, Everlast,
Stand Up Style. $25.
(863)763-8085
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SUB WOOFER SPEAKER BOX,
15" $100. (863)824-0776
SUB WOOFERS (2) 12' Sony
Explode. 6 months old.
$110. (863)824-0776

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Kids' Book of Games
A 176-page book has some-
thing to keep every kid enter-
tained. "Picture Puzzles,"
"Word Play," "Games &
Trivia'," "Mystery, Logic &
Numbers" and "Big Bad
Toughies" include dozens of
challenging and entertaining
activities for kids in elemen-
tary and middle school,
Kids' Big Book of Games
(No. W22)... $10.95
Also available:
Rainy Days & Saturdays
(No, W8).,. $12.95
Please add $3.00 s&h
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Include your name, address,
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for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
craftbook.com
Money Back Guarantee


RCA Color VCR/TV with re-
mote new in box, $80.
(863)467-1891 Iv. msg.
TOSHIBA, color, 19" used, re-
mote & manual Included,
$50. (863)467-1891 Iv.
msg.


PRESSURE WASHER
3000psl, whose, wand & tips,
on wheels, 11hp B/S engine,
$350 863-697-9704


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

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed,/Prducts B10
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830:
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seede/Planta/
Flowers 865



VACUUM PUMP- Surge
SP-11, Runs, needs minor
repair. $100 or best offer.
(863)467-8844


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
or will sep. (863)227-0199
QUARTER HORSE GELDING-
gulet, exc beginner horse,
2500 or' best offer
(717)548-4291.
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


BUSH HOG: TSC, 5 Ft., 2
years old. $500.
863-610-1219 after 9pm or
weekends.
LAWN TRAILER: 5X12
w/ramp. New floors, tires &
rims. $695. (863)675-4882
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 HR 38" cut runs good,
$700 (863)673-3620
RIDING MOWER: Sna per
42" cut, $O
863)675-4882
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)741-1509,
Your new car could be In
today's paper. Have
you looked for It?


CORTINA ENGLISH RIDING
SADDLE- asking $100
(863)675-1634

Rentals



Apartments 90
Business Places 910
Commerolal
Property 915
Condo*/
lbwnhouses- nnt92O
Farm Property .
Rent 928:
House -Rent 9301
Land .-Rent 35
Reort Property -
Rent 948
Roommate 960:
Rooms to Rent 055'
Storage Space -
Rent 900.


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 lba, 12 ml.
north of Okeechobee. $500
mo. 1st & sec. No Petsl
(863)467-1717 8:30-3:30


BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave
$1000/mo, 1st, last & $506
sec. dep. (863)467-0128,
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1,5ba,
waterfront, 804 SE 6th
Court, $875/mo, 1st, Let,
$500 Sec, (863)467-5665.
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, Very
Cozy, Single family $1000.
mo. + 1st, Last & Sec. dep,
(863)697-3096


EAGLE ISLAND RO- 80 acres,
deep well for Irrigation, ready
to plant, Call (561)951-3544


RENT-A-SPACE
Available Late SprIdng
f Interested, CalI Judy
(863)487-0831

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


Real Estate



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d sale 100B'
Commerolal
'roperty.- Sale 1i01
;ondas/
ownhouses Sale1015
orma Sale 1020
4loused Sale 1025
ilnting Property 1030
anvstment
Property. Sale 1035
Land 8ae 1040
Lotsa ale 1045
Open House 1060'
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Preo10rty 0Ins.etion08O
toaT Itte* Wonted 1005'
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Spave 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



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


OKEE,. Remodeled 2br, 15ba,
2 Story Apt,, Bldg, 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900,
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
Okes, remodeled, 2BR/1BA 2
story apt., building 40 dak
Lake Aptse $B88 00,
(863)763-8391/634-3513


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 Appreciatel
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, V.
815-342-1477
Hurricane Wind Zone 3
Manufactured &
Modular Homes
Land/Home Packages
Complete Double Section,
Setup &A NC.
From $45,000
STANTON HOMES
1-800-330-6623


LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
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, $242,00%.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728



PERFECTPRIV SETTING
4br 2ba On 5 wooded acres
w/lake. 4 bay utility barn,
newly refurbished, concrete
drive & parking. Must Seel
Call Jay 863-634-3451


VIKINGS ESTATE 2,5 acre,
$30,000. or best offer. Financ-
Ing possible, (305)240-2847
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
aster when you sell it
In the classlfleds.


OKECHOBEE- 1.25 acres in
the Vikings, High & dry, near
46K acre State Preserve.
Buy now, prices are goingupll
38,000 (877)262-6884
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Avlon 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,
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Covered deck, all apple, $23K
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2 glass In rooms plus car-
port In Adult Park, $29,000
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Boate 3005
Campear/RVe 3010
Jet Skilo 301b
Marine Aca esorles 3020
Marihe Misollaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3010
Sport Vehieles'ATVB 3035


ALUM V HULL BOAT -12FT,
' with trailer and 25HP motor,
$1000 (863)655-0030.
BASS BOAT 20ft, 200hp More,
05 trailer, excel, running
condition, $4400/neg,
(941)587-0806
BAYLINER CAPRI 1088, 16',
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder, $1500 or best offer.
(883)632-9166
CAROLINA SKIFF, 16 Ft., 60
hp Mercury, Very good condi-
tion, Trailer included, Ready to
fish $2500, (863)599-1238
HURRICANE DECK BOAT' 06-
1Oft, w/05 115HP Yamaha, 4
stroke engine, galv trlr., Must
sell due to health, Paid
$28,500 asking $18,000 or
best offer, (863)467-4493,
KAYAK. Hoble Lanal, used,
roomy cockpit, drink holder,
storage, good size for
kids,$185 (863)467-1790
KAYAK- Percepllon Swifty,
9,5, used highback seat,
good cond, yellow, $156
neg, (863)467-1790 Iv meg
PONTOON BOAT, 21 Ft,, Sun
Tracker w/traller, RIgged out
for night fishing, 00 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
TRI HULL BOAT, 16' walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trir, $1500
firm, (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM BOAT- 12 Ft, Alu-
minum. Very ood condition,
$300,( 824-0801


Lakeporl, 28' fifth wheel,
w/25' screened room, lot
rent, $140 $4000.
(863)467-8186/941-1331
MOTOR HOME 30 Ft,, 1989
w/454, $4000. Firm,
(863)610-1219. after 9pm &
weekends,
SUNLINE RV TRAILER 17 ft
good condition, can be seen
at 1495 Garden St.
$1500/neg (772)224-1132
TOW BAR: Roadmaster 5250
Falcon w/car side quIck dis-
connect kit tow lights/cover,
$450 (863)675-2587 LaBelle
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 Evinrud, 0/B.
Excellent condition, $800.
(863)763-3568/447-4024


AIR BOAT BOTTOM COATING
- Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coatlng3 1 gal-
lon $100(863)467-6696
AIRBOAT PROP, wood, new,
72LXL36, w/Combee prop
plate & 6 new bolts, 1600
(863)467-6696


GOLD WING 2003, 10K, ABS
Brakes, Candy Apple Red,
Like new, $14,500, Call
(863)763.665500 Evenings,
HONDA GOLDOWINO '76= runs
good, $1800 (863)673-3620
YAMAHA '71. street bike, sin.
loe cylinder, collectors Item,
fagged titledd $800 or best
offer (863)634-7680


HONDA 90 SPORT TRAX, '03,
4 wheeler, exc, cond,, manu-
al trans,, gas powered, yel-
low, $1100; (863)801.6140
SUZUKI 80- '2000, Good con.
ditlon, $2200,
(863)467-0109
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike, $2400. Firm,
(863)634-5129
YAMAHA BEAR TRACKER
250- '2000, 4 Wheeler, Low
hours Runs great, $O2500
(863)467-1047
YAMAHA BEAR TRACKER
250. 4 Wheeler, '2001, Runs
great, Low hours, $2500,
6863)467=1047


HOLIDAY RAMBLER TRAVEL
TRAILER, '03, 33', new re-
frig,, a/c etc, good cond
Moving Must Sell, $7500
neg, (772)468.2377
Terry TravelTrailer,'94, 27',
like new used very little must
see aval. Jan,1 keechobee,
$7000. (86)63).83-709 or
(10)283.3416 0r email
dabaker12aoLcom





Automobles 4005
Auto fWnted 4010
Cl0ecia Cam 4016
Commeroial Trooe 4020
Constructien
equipment 490
Foreign Care 4030
'our Wheel Dtive 4039
t uavy Duty tTreks 4040
*arts Repalre 4045
aolnup tueks 4080
i lUtlity 4056
Jtilty TraNifr 4005
Van@ 4070

AuflBBmobil 00


FORD THUNDERBIRD' 90,
red, needs work, $280 or
best offer, (863)484.0306 of
(863)763-8318
GEO PRISM, '90 Christmas
Carl runs good, good gas
mileage, parts reasonable,
$14990 (863)467=1635
HONDA ACCORD '81. $1200
or make offer
863)467.6401 or
772)369.2923
HONDA ACCORD '90. LX, 4dr
runs good, low miles, $1600
1863)634:1909/6343931 or
(306)7976011
HONDA ACCORD LX '98: Tint.
ed, 128K mis, Raisin Pearl col-
or, rear Euro lights, $4500 or
best offer, 863-675.3470 Mel
HONDA ACCORD LXI. '88,
Runs exc, Needs trans, &
brake work $300 or good
parts ear, (863)801=3310
MERCURY SABLE 1993 for
parts or repair $300
(863)763-0920 or 801.1970
NTB 1073 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 ODr Tinted,
sound system, P/L, P/W, P/8,
P/B, $2600 (863)447-0051
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1088,
Needs work, $250 or best
offer, (863)467-8865
TOYOTA CELICA 1993 Sep
cold air, $30
(863)675.5001
TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
rfet runa reafat 32.-5 man


CHEVEROLET PICK UP
TRUCK 1966 500 cu, In,
motor. $2600 or beat offer.
(063)763.4826
CHEVY FLEETLINE DELUXE
'48- 4dr asking $2500
(863)763.3551
DODGE ASPEN '74 1 Slant 5,
runs great, Needs mInor re-
toratlon, $500 (863)0974731
VOLKSWAGON SUPER BEE.
TLE 1971, Brand new motor,
Needs restoration. $1000 or
beet offer (863)763-4826


OMC 7000 CAB OVER 1970,
427 co in Air Brakes Good
tires. Good shape, $4000 or
beet offer, (563)801-1620


CHEVY SILVERADO, '94, 4
wheel drive, 3/4 ton rune
good, $3800.
863)381.0432


CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE,
'63, 4 door, good shape,
$1500. (563)357-1821
CHEVY LUMINA '95- V6 soe EASY GO 2 heater w/top and
dan, great condition, $2000 windshield and chaor
or best offer (863)610-4676 $ 6260a.(,3,7 =
or (863)763-0257,
FORD MUSTANG '94, V6, Low
miles. Looks & Runs good, CAR DOLLY, Tow-Master,
Well maintained. $2500 good condition $350
863-467-7049/561-261-9274 (863)946-3660


HOLLY CARBURETOR- 750
Double umper, Very clean
$75, (239)770-.423
REAREND for F360 Dually,
works perfect, $200,
(863)467-8434
TIRES. 4 Mickey Thompson,
16" 86x145,0 $300,
83-763-.992 or
863-634.0309
TONNEAU COVER by ARE
fits Chevy $10 or 6 ft bed
truck Excellent condition $300,
Firm (863)897.6731
TOOL BOX- full size United
Welding Systems, dullwin,
lockable, exe cond, $156
neg (863)697-1645
TRANSMISSION. 4x4, Turbo
360, Rebuilt, $360 or best
offer, (803)46788156
UTILITY CAP, for piek up
truck for 8' bed, $400,
6S3 U73-6038


CHEVY 4x4 72 & '86 no mo-
tore, $1000 8636038960
CHEVY 810, '03, 3 dr, stan=
dard shift, 4 cyl,, 13k mi,,
under factor warranty,
$9900, (863)37=3413
DODGE RAM. '87, 4X4, Auto,
318iLong bed. Rune good,
$2500, (29)770-423
OMC-'86, 22' Drive van body,
New ong, & fires, Les than
30K, 5pd, $4500 or beat
offer, (941)416571
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, ullwlnA,
lockable, exo eond, $16
neag (863)607.1646
TOYOTA Plck Up T.100 'G0,
Xtracab, 20 m a, Reliable,
Good shape $3000, Firm,
663=610.1210 after fpm,


CHEVY SUBURBAN LT- '97,
White, 4x4, All power, Very
clean $8060, or beat offer
(883) 07=6540
FORD EXPEDITION 1997= All
power, leather, black/rey- 2
owner car- A$660
(63 467-2267


ENCLOSED HALLMARK
TRAILER- G.A,W,B 2080
asking $1676
(863)3 7-2424
UTILITY TRLR. '06, x10,
drop loading ramp, Diamond
plate toolbox, ime old, like
i||., 9 9e96 leaw5-iAN


DODGE CARAVAN SPORT '02
49 K mis, Fully loaded. Must
seel Runs great. $8600
(863)763-9464
DODGE RAM 2500, '05, 16
passenger van, great shape,
cold a/c, work or family ready
Asking $2600 (230)633-408g9
FORD AEROSTAR- 6 cyl, Runs
pood, Cold A/C. ,Asklong
S1100. or best offer
(863)467-2131

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Community Events


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.
Church holding youth services
The North of Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace,
will hold youth services every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. There
will be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion. For information, call
(863) 467-1066.
Holiday CD benefits Hospice
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 has produced a 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 Okeechobee will support their Hospice residence.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from
the sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. For
information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
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
nPeded to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets.


The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires,
floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help
local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Candace at
the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-
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 am. until 2 p.m. We are also look-
ing for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county officials,
business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of
the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce,
They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okee-
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.
County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at the
Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.


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

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

Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced

that with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School,
which were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children were
helped. The families faced a great deal of destruction during the hurri-
canes. Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys because
the roofs of their homes were torn 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.





14 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 24, 2005


Base MSRP
Year-End Bonus Cash
(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash (in select counties)
Cash allowance


$21,455*
- 1,000**
750
$5,500


Base MSRP
Year-End Bonus Cash
(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash (in select counties)
Cash allowance


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- $2,000**
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'5,000


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after cash


allowances


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allowances


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(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash (in select counties)
Cash allowance,


MSRP
after cash allowances


s19l310*
$1'p000**
-$750
$ 49000


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2006 DODGE CARAVAN SE
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(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
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