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Okeechobee News


Vol. 96 No. 360 Monday, December 26, 2005 50N 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 res-
idents 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 busi-
ness license, contact the
Okeechobee 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 :r,
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.
e 2933 S.E. 35th Ave.
2228 S.E. 38th Trail irn
Taylor 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.
e 5270 N.W 30th St.
(Mitchell Road)
Palm Village Ranch,
eniranrce'ls,:,n -1-lih BKd
All of S.W Second Court
4600-S.E. 27th Street
501 S.E. Eighth St.
441.1 S.W. 13th Ave. in
Palm Village
S1711-S.W.35th Drive
2531 S.E. 23rd St. in Tay-
lor 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 Tay-
lor Creek Isles
1450 S.W 28th St.
1590 S.W 28th St.
1820 S.W 28th St.
2224 S.W 28th St.

Drought Index
Current: 276
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.80 feet


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

Index

Classifieds . .8-10
Comics . . .6
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .8
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion . . .4
Speak Out . . .4
Sports . .. .5
TV . . .. .9
Weather . . .2
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State files suit over data


Personnel data
sent overseas
claims lawsuit

Lawsuit claims Fl. personnel
data was sent overseas to save
money
TALLAHASSEE Confiden-
tial information on Gov. Jeb Bush
and other top officials was
allegedly sent overseas as a cost-
saving strategy, according to a


complaint by a former employee.
A subcontractor hired by
Cincinnati-based Convergys
Corp. used overseas scanning
and indexing services to save
money without telling the Cincin-
nati-based company that oper-
ates Florida's new privately run
personnel system, attorney John
Newcomer told The Tallahassee
Democrat in Sunday's editions.
Newcomer filed the com-
plaint on behalf of Tara Gilmore
and Kristina Pagano, two former


Convergys employees.
GDXdata, the subcontractor,
allegedly hired at least three for-
eign companies from about June
2003 to November 2004 to per-
form indexing for Florida state
employee records to save a cou-
ple cents per image, the com-
plaint states.
"During this time period, hun-
dreds of workers in foreign coun-
tries had access to millions of
images containing the entire
gamut of personal indentifiable


and sensitive information on
state employees which were to
be safeguarded under the
(Department of Management
Services) contract," the com-
plaint states.
The complaint includes
copies of GDXdata e-mails dis-
cussing operations in India and
Barbados that were sent to
Gilmore. It also claimed GDXdata
gave Convergys false work docu-
ments that showed the work had
been performed domestically.


GDXdata President Nancy
Sauer declined to comment.
"After reviewing information,
the allegations put forward in the
lawsuit are without merit," Sauer
told the newspaper. "Additional-
ly, GDXdata will work with out-
side counsel to vigorously
respond to these allegations in
court."
The state announced Friday
that the security of the personnel
See Data Page 2


Because of



Shelter, kids



have Christmas


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Children and mothers who
live at the Martha's House Shel-
ter enjoyed opening Christmas
presents and a full course meal
Christmas Day, thanks to the
generous donations of several
people, said Crystal Royal,
Shelter director.
Ms. Royal conducts a spe-
cial Christmas fundraising cam-
paign throughout the year to be
able to supply gifts and food for
the holidays of Christmas and
Easter.
Martha's House conducts
separdati" "'tndraisiig' cam--
pigns tlh rouihout the year that
help with other areas of the
program that exists to help vic-


tims of domestic violence.
"Every year I seek volun-
teers to help financially for our
Christmas party for the resi-
dents. We don't know if these
residents ever had a nice Christ-
mas, and we can't be sure if
they will have one when they
leave. So here, At Martha's
House Shelter, we try to make
it a big deal," she said.
This year, she was able to
purchase 17 gifts for each child
and 10 gifts for each mom to
open Christmas morning. The
older kids got a bike and some
books, she said.
Ms. Royal thanked the fol-
lowing people, and-organiza-
tions: Vision Quest, with a spe-
See Shelter --Page 2


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By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Those who operate airboats
and fly small planes might rec-
ognize Howard Libersky, 92, as
the mechanic who helped diag-
nose and fix a problem with
their craft.
He has been maintaining
small aircraft since the late
1940s and is especially knowl-
edgeable about the magneto -
the engine component that
helps a twin engine plane con-
tinue to fly on a single engine.
"It'll get you home," he said.
And he lives right here in
Okeechobee, drawn here by
the sport of fishing in the great
Lake Okeechobee from his
native Iowa. He moved to Okee-
chobee in 1992 with his wife
Rachel and their two children,
Eldon and Sharon. Before that,
they lived in Fort Pierce for 27
years. Rachel died in October
1998, leaving a void in his life
after 57 years of marriage. His


work and family help to fill in
the gaps. He said his faith in the
Lord has carried him through
many trials.
One of those trials was a
near-death experience when he
was a weekend aerial entertain-
er and stuntman.
He brought out a news clip-
ping of a photograph that
showed a crumpled pile of
debris of the Piper Cub trainer
he rode to the ground when he
failed to recover from a long,
drawn-out spin. The accident
occurred at the Rock County
(Wisconsin) Airport in the
1950s.
"The Lord took care of me,"
he said.
He explained that there were
plus factors in play that day,
rather than negative ones.
"I scratched one [lost a
plane] and could have been
killed," he said.
He listed some plus factors
that saved his life.
"The plane didn't burn


when it crashed. The tank burst
and gasoline spilled all over me.
Also, if I had been higher when
the wing fitting broke, I would
have jumped, which could have
killed me. When I put on my
parachute, I didn't hook the leg
straps properly. I would have
come out of the harness and
probably died," he said.
It was his wife who prompt-
ed Mr. Libersky to work in the
aircraft industry. And it was a
need for extra cash that got him
involved in aerial entertain-
ment.
Mr. Libersky said he has
always had a love of airplanes.
"When I was in high school,
I had a lot of older friends who
had airplanes. I got involved in
flying with them small air-
craft," he explained.
After high school and marry-
ing Rachel, Mr. Libersky went to
work for John Deere. He
worked on tractors and became
See Stuntman Page 2


Traditions make up our Christmas


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Whole neighborhoods aglow
with bright-colored lights; Christ-
mas stockings hung in anticipa-
tion of the arrival of Santa Claus;
turkeys, ham and beef roasts sit
in refrigerators ready for a tradi-
tional family Christmas dinners
- but, where did these tradi-
tions come from? .,
And how do other nations of
the world celebrate the birth of
the Christ child?
According to Santa's Net,
many nations celebrate the birth
of Christ in different ways.
For instance, Bethlehem is the
town where Jesus is said to have
been born. On Christmas Eve,
residents and visitors line the
streets of Bethlehem to watch
annual procession to the Church
of the Nativity. The procession is
led by a large group of galloping
horsemen followed by a single
rider carrying a cross. Christians
paint crosses over their doors
and display homemade


mangers.
In China, children decorate
Christmas trees with brightly-col-
ored paper ornaments in the
shapes of flowers, chains and
lanterns. They hang cloth stock-
ings hoping Santa will fill them
with goodies. Chinese Christmas
trees are called "trees of light".
The Irish celebration of
Christmas lasts from Christmas
Eve until the feast of the
Epiphany on Jan. 6. Lit candles
shine from windows on Christ-
mas Eve. The women of the
house bake little cakes, called
seed cakes, for each member of
the family. After the Christmas
meal, bread and milk are left out
and the door is left unlocked as a
symbol of hospitality.
The day after Christmas is
called St. Stephen's Day. It is a
day of sports and camaraderie.
The children participate in the
Wren Boys Procession. This little
parade calls for boys to go from
house to house with a fake wren
(bird) on a stick, singing and
playing music. The tradition of


this parade is to ask people for
handouts of money to help feed
the starving wren.
Italians celebrate the Christ-
mas season for three weeks,
beginning eight days before
Christmas. During these eight
days, children visit the homes in
their neighborhoods singing and
reciting Christmas poems. They
are rewarded with money to buy
presents.
At noon on Christmas Day,
the Pope gives his blessing to
huge crowds gathered in Vatican
Square.
The children in Italy receive
their presents on Jan. 6. Folklore
states that the presents are deliv-
ered by a witch called Befana.
Supposedly, when Befana was
told by the three kings that the
baby Jesus had been born, she
was too busy and didn't go
immediately to see him. When
she did try to find him, she got
lost and has been flying around
ever since trying to find the baby.
See Tradition Page 2


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Members of the Indian River Pipes and Drum Corps played at
the annual Sacred Heart Catholic Church "Christmas around
the World" program Sunday, Dec. 18, evening. Members of the
group are (left to right) Jacob Brown, Zachary Brown and Kevin
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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 be closed Monday, Dec. 26,
in observance of the Christmas
holiday.

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

Loans help replace
damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okee-
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000. for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program
will help applicants who meet
the following criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
in 2004.
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household
income is at or below the follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons $27,650; three persons
- $31,100; four persons -
$34,550; five persons $37,300;
six persons $40,100; seven
persons $42,850; and, eight
persons-$45,500.
Interviews for applications for
this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment
for an interview, call Jessie
Vazquez at (863) 467-5525. The
Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing
Inc. office is open 9 a.m. until 4
p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 1 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.

Circus coming
to Okeechobee
OKEECHOBEE The Walker
Brothers Circus will be appearing
under the big top at the Okee-


chobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E., Saturday and
Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5.
Saturday shows will begin at 3
and 5:30 p.m. Sunday shows will
be at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets will go on sale
Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Eli's Western
Wear, 907 W.N. Park St., in Okee-
chobee. Groups of 15 or more
that want tickets should contact
the Agri-Civic Center office at
(863) 763-1666 to place an order.
For information, call (863)
763-1666.


Continued From Page 1
familiar with magnetos on them.
He later transferred to the aircraft
industry and attended an aircraft
trade school the National
School of Aeronautics in Kansas
City, Mo. He became an instructor
and also learned to fly. He still
holds a commercial multi-engine
pilot's license, which he doesn't
use anymore.
"I would need to pass the
physical and I can't do that.
Besides, it's too expensive to fly
now," he said.
Mr. Libersky's knowledge of
small aircraft maintenance
helped bridge a gap for him when
World War II came along and the
landscape of America began to
focus on military support. The
magneto expertise and stunt fly-
ing would go hand-in-hand for
many years for Mr. Libersky.
"I knew how manufacturing
worked and the tooling required.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed
by the Japanese in 1941, the
school shut down and reopened
as a military school," he said.
"They needed a magneto instruc-
tor because the one they had was
drafted. I took over until they
could find another man. One day,
I asked if they found a magneto
man as a replacement, and they
said 'Yes.' I asked who, and they
said 'You.'"
Mr. Libersky was part of the
technical training command for
the Air Force but was never con-
sidered part of the military, much
to his dismay.
"They said I would have the
same status as the military, but
that wasn't true. I was a civilian
contractor to the military and do
not receive any veteran's bene-
fits," he said.
After the war ended in 1945,
he left Kansas City and returned
to Iowa. He worked temporarily
for a fixed base operator at Mason
City Municipal Airport. In 1946 or


News Briefs Stuntman


Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Crystal Royal, Martha's House Shelter director, sits amid a
myriad of Christmas gifts for the children and their moms
who live there. She holds a Scooby Doo doll, who she says
has been enjoying the festivities for eight years. The gifts
were made possible by donations from community members
during the year who gave to the special Christmas fundrais-
ing campaign. The money also helps put on a yearly Christ-
mas dinner and goes toward an Easter celebration.


Shelter

Continued From Page 1
cial thanks to Barbara Bryan; 4-H
Club; Theresa Davis; Linda Utt;
Linda Rockford; Moose Lodge;
Kim Hawes and family: Shelter,
staff; Stephanie Locke; and, Ed of
Martha's House.
A Christmas party was held on
Dec. 23 where a light meal and
gift bag were given to the women
and children residents of the shel-
ter. Then, on Christmas morning,
Ms. Royal opened. the house at 6
a.m. and put on Christmas music
and woke everyone up for the
unwrapping of their gifts. Later in


the day, a huge Christmas dinner
was served.
Ms. Royal said the shelter helps
the women and children as much
as possible.
"We teach about domestic vio-
lence and why it is important for a
woman to stay safe. But we also
give them hope. We want them to
know that there is a better day
ahead and life does get better,"
she said.
Ms. Royal summed up her feel-
ings of gratitude for the volun-
teers' help with the holiday cele-
bration.
"When it comes to earth
angels, you guys are first on the
list. Thanks for making this Christ-
mas a success," she said.


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'47, at the prompting of several
customers, he went into business
for himself. Though he had a lot
of business, he had a hard time
finding qualified mechanics to
keep up with the work. He finally
found one man who could diag-
nose mechanical problems on
the small aircraft and equipment
and stayed in business until 1967.
Because the bitter cold tempera-
tures became too hard for his wife
to tolerate, they moved to Florida
in 1967.
For 13 years between 1947 and
1967, while raising his family, Mr.
Libersky found he needed some
extra money.
"I had lost some money redo-
ing the work of the unqualified
mechanics, and I had bought
equipment for the shop," Mr.
Libersky said.
A centennial celebration in
Garner, Iowa in the mid-1940s
opened a door for part-time,
weekend work for Mr. Libersky.
"The town was 100 years old
and had just dedicated a new air-
port. They were forming an air
show group and had no para-
chute jumper," he said. According
to Mr. Libersky, many people
were interested in being in the air
show because aircraft had played
such a vital role in WWII.
"I asked what they would pay
for a jumper, and they said $100,"
he said. "You've got a parachute
jumper," he said he told show
organizers.
And that was the beginning of
his career as an aerial entertainer,
or stuntman.
He performed stunts for 13
years. Sometimes he piloted his
Rose Parakeet a small plane
made in Chicago by Jack Rose
who built only 25 of them. At
other times he flew his Tri-motor
Aeronca a 37 hp single-engine
craft that he pumped up by
adding two 27 hp drone engines.
He would perform aerial acrobat-
ics rolls and loops and
sometimes added comedy by fly-


ing with a pet skunk or by dipping
near to the crowd and allowing
pigeons to fly out.
Mr. Libersky performed other
stunts, such as standing on the
bottom of a ladder while some-
one piloted a Piper J3 aircraft and
picking up a tee towel off the
ground. He would proceed up the
ladder, get inside the plane, put on
a parachute while the plane
gained altitude to 1,500 feet, and
when the plane came down he
would descend the ladder and
jump off into the field.
"The crowd would cheer," Mr.
Libersky said.
He had 164 jumps under his
belt when he quit the stuntman


Tradition

Continued From Page 1
Befana leaves presents at the
homes where children live in case
the baby Jesus is there.
Since there are no evergreens in
India, the children of India deco-
rate fruit trees. They use small oil
lamps as Christmas decorations.
The Christian churches are filled
with red poinsettias.
The main Christmas celebra-
tion in Mexico is called La Posada,
which is a religious procession re-
enacting the trip of Mary and
Joseph to Bethlehem.
Mexican children celebrate on
Christmas Day by breaking a
candy-filled pifiata that is swung


routine. While various factors led
to his getting out of aerial enter-
taining, such as hurting feet and
legs, one incident triggered his giv-
ing it all up quickly in 1952.
"A man came to the airport,
kind of a braggart, and he wanted
to take my place," Mr. Libersky
said. "He had to check it out with
the Civil Aeronautics Agency. They
said there were no regulations, so
it was OK. But they told him to do
a practice jump first. I took him up
about 1,500 feet on a beautiful Sat-
urday morning. My wife and kids
waited for us on the ground. He
jumped but never pulled the rip
cord."
As pilot, Mr. Libersky knew
something was wrong, but he


from the end of a rope. Once the
pifiata is broken open, the children
dive for the goodies it contained.
English people decorate Christ-
mas trees and hang evergreen
branches throughout their homes.
Santa Claus is known as Father
Christmas. Children hang their
stockings on the end of their beds
or by the fireplace so that Father
Christmas can leave them gifts.
Christmas dinners of roast turkey,
vegetables and puddings are usual-
ly eaten early in the afternoon.
The Christmas celebration in
the Philippines starts nine days
before Christmas with a mass
known as Misa de Gallo. The story
of the birth of Christ is told at this
mass. Mass is held every hour on
Christmas Day so that all can


couldn't grasp it. He said he
thought it was a bad dream or
something and started getting oubt
of the plane while midair.
"The Lord took hold of me and
said to stay with it, and I did," he
explained.
. He said he landed the plane to 1
a screaming, crying wife and kids.
He had more contracts for the
next weekend, but his wife told
him that if he did one more jump,
she wouldn't be there when he
got done. So he found a jumper
from Minnesota who took over for
him and he jumped no more.
Now, Mr. Libersky reflects on
the bygone days. He said he kept
flying then, and now he hangs out
at local small airports and helps
maintain small planes and air-
boats.
He offered his opinion on the
recent small plane crash in Miami
when a Chalks aircraft went down
and all 20 people aboard were
killed.
"My opinion is that a lot of
pilots today are not trained prop-
erly. They eliminated some steps
and there are a lot of pilot errors.
And some mechanics are not
qualified," he offered. "I feel with
the Chalks deal in Miami, they said
they discovered a crack in the
wing. It's possible it was a new
crack, but if it is responsible for the
wing separation, then, in my opin-
ion, it was not inspected proper-
ly."
Mr. Libersky said private air-
craft should be inspected once a
year by a certified mechanic.
"I was certified," he said, and
added that the mechanic should
make a statement about the
plane.
"It is the owner's responsibility
to fix it," he said.
Mr. Libersky said it is his opin-
ion that today, there is a lot of poor
inspection and pilot errors caus-
ing the small plane crashes.
"Seldom is it the airplane's
fault. It pretty much depends on if
the plane is maintained right," he
said.


attend.
Polish families celebrate the
four Sundays before Christmas
known as Advent. Special honey
cakes called piernik are baked and
Christmas decorations are made.
Christmas trees are on display in all
public areas, outside churches and
in homes. Traditionally, the trees
are covered with apples, walnuts,
wrapped chocolate and many
homemade decorations.
As you can see, many of the
Christmas traditions we observe in
the United States come from our
individual ethnic backgrounds. So,
whether you say Feliz Navidad
(Mexico), Sheng Tan Kuai Loh
(China), Joyeux Noel (France), or
Buon Natale (Italy), it all means the
same Merry Christmas.


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system is being strengthened. The
former Convergys workers' com-
plaint alleged that employees had
for no legitimate reason repeated-
ly accessed confidential informa-
tion on Bush, Attorney General
Charlie Crist, Chief Financial Offi-
cer Tom Gallagher and others.
Investigators were unable to
confirm any misuse of the data,
according to a DMS report.
The report also showed that
home addresses, Social Security
numbers, direct deposit informa-
tion and other confidential mate-
rial could be accessed, printed
and e-mailed, and that the system
lacked any way to track who had
viewed it.
What the investigation found
were "not necessarily weakness-
es," said Lee Ann Korst, deputy
secretary for work force at the
Department of Management Ser-
vices. "I would say that we took
the opportunity to search for con-
tinual improvement."
Chris Emerick, who oversees
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or Jacksonville.
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the indexing was performed.
Bush had pushed for privatiz-
ing personnel services over objec-
tions from a union representing
state workers.


The improvements the state
announced Friday include an
automated tracking system of
who accesses what information
and random computer audits to
make sure sensitive data has not
been downloaded. Access to con-
fidential information will be limit-
ed to those who must have it to
do their jobs.


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GCSO arrests three on drug-related charges


MOORE HAVEN A press
release from the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO) states
that three area residents were
recently arrested on drug
charges.
According to the release, on
Dec. 20 GCSO deputies and
detectives served a search war-
rant on a home on Meadow-
brook Avenue. Once the warrant
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Obituary

Mary, Samantha,
Anthony and
Jonathan Smalls
Mar, age 34, Samantha, age 11,
.Anhony, age 9, and Jonathan, age
3, Smalls of Okeechobee died
WXednesday, Dec. 21, 2005,, in
Okeechobee.
The Smalls came to Okee-
chobee form Indianapolis., Ind., in
1999. The family enjoyed playing
soccer together and they were
proud that their team was unde-
feated.
The Smalls were together for 14
years.
The Smalls are survived by: hus-
band, Laverne Smalls; two sisters,
Tina Riebel and Darlene Powell;
brother, Lonnie Powell; mother,
Elizabeth Rice; and stepfather, Ron
Rice of Indianapolis, Ind.
Visitation will be from 9 until 11
a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29,2005, at the
First Baptist Church. Funeral servic-
es will follow at 11 a.m. with Broth-
er Joe Bishop officiating. Interment
will be in Indianapolis, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests memorials be made to
the Real Life Children's Ranch,
7777 U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee,
Fl., 34974.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
torx.


cocaine with intent to sell, deliv-
ery of cocaine, possession of
cocaine and possession of mari-
juana.
Two other Moore Haven resi-
dents were later arrested by
GCSO personnel.
Cleveland Bennett Williams,
33, Avenue A, was charged with
the sale of cocaine within 1,000
feet of a church, possession of
cocaine with intent to sell within
1,000 feet of a church and pos-
session of a firearm by a convict-


ed felon.
Also arrested was Dennis T.
Brown, 44, Orchard Ave., on
charges of sale of cocaine within
1,000 feet of a church and pos-
session of cocaine with intent to
sell within 1,000 feet of a church.
The press release goes on to
state that the investigation is
continuing.
Bond amounts on those indi-
viduals arrested was not known
as of newspaper deadline.


Community Events

Gospel pianist to be in concert
Gospel pianist Anthony Berger will be in concert at the First
Baptist Church, 410 S.W Fourth St., on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are
$10, and can be purchased in advance at the church office until Jan
12. Tickets will also be on sale at the door. For information, call
(863) 763-2171.
DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006
intangible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 179 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.



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S.R. 710: I am calling about 710. Something needs to be done
about this road. Someone is going to get killed. Something needs to
be done about this road and the railroad tracks at the end of it.

LOUD MUSIC: I am calling concerning the loud music coming
from the Agri-Center last Saturday. If the sheriff's office doesn't want
to invest in a meter to help its citizens who live in that area then
maybe we, the citizens of the areas surrounding the Ag-Center, need
to see what we can do about it. If we wanted to hear all of that loud
music, we would have bought tickets to go to the show.

POPULATION: On Thursday night a TV station was speaking
about the winner of the $46 million in Okeechobee. They were say-
ing that there were only 5,000 residents here. The mayor was on
there with them and he did not correct them about the number of
people who live here. I know that there are more than that. (Editor's
Note: In all likelihood they were referring to the number of people
who live inside the city limits. Countywide, the population is indeed
much larger than that.)


Community Events

AARP offering driver safety course
An AARP driver safety course will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at'
the First Baptist Church, 310 S.W Fifth Ave. Classes will be held
both days from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be
paid by check. Participants do not have to be a member of AARP or
have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Par-
ticipants should consult their Florida auto insurance agent about
their three-year discount upon completion of the class. For infor-
mation, 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.

Free nutrition class offered
There will be a contact reflex analysis and designed clinical
nutrition class by Dr. Edward W Douglas at the Douglas Health
Center, 912-916 W North Park St., on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 2006,
beginning at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 7634320.

Shared Services meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee 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
Association (OCIA) will be sponsoring the Martin Luther King
-Parade. We would like for this parade to become a community-
,wide-event, likethe Speckled Perch and-Labor Day parades. There- '
Sore, we are asking members of Ihe Okeeciobee community to
place an entry, in the parade. Entries carn Le in the form of floats,
Sericles, horses or a group on f6o. If anyone is interested in plac-
ing an entry in the parade, contact George Roberson at (863) 610-
0973.

Scouts to honor Phoebe Raulerson
The Boy Scouts of America will honor Mrs. Phoebe Raulerson at a
luncheon on Jan. 19,2006, at the First Baptist Church R.O.C., 310 S.W
Fifth Ave. Friends, FAU President Frank Brogan, Gay Carlton and Lee
Dixon will be on hand to share insights into Mrs. Raulerson's commit-
ment to this community and state. For information or to make reser-
vations, call Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639. Proceeds from the lunch-
eon will support the scouting program in Okeechobee County.

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.


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Upcoming Events

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 ori-
enit.tion is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okee-
chobee 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 interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interest-
ed are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people
who have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizo-
phrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information,
call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, con-
tact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

Wednesday
A.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m: at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It 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
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
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
A finding w~pour ancestors are welcome to attend. There is Cen-
S, IGI (In onal Genealogical 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 fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray-Worley at (863)
467-098V. .,-' I5 ut l
TakeOff Pounds Sensibly No. 47will mee om 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;,ififormation. ,-,,


Community Events

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

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

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 informa-
tion, contact Reverend Duane Eatmon at (863) 763:9550.

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 Fel-
lowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. Seating is lim-
ited. Call (863) 763-3519 information.

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

Hospice schedules yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale and Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in We Hospice of
Okeechobee's blue volunteer building located at-h.e corner of
S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All proceed nefit patient
care in Okeechobee.

New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community Col-
lege Dixon-Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., for coaches,
anyone with physical education on their certification or other
interested parties. The class is entitled Care and Prevention of
Athletic Injuries IRCC reference number 86771. The class will
run for three consecutive weekends beginning J.n. 6-7, 2006.
This will be a three-credit class that will cover w#Ito look con-
cerning sports injuries, the prevention of sports injuries and how
to protect you from potential lawsuits. For information, contact
Candi Walker at (863) 467-6778.

Salvation Army Thrift Store to close
Due to the lack of volunteers, the Salvation Army Thrift Store,
at 420 N.E. Park St., will be going out of business n Jan. 7. Until
then, bargains can be found at the store MondJ ugh Friday
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The store is looking charitable
organization to take over their inventory after try close. Inter-
ested organizations should call the store at (863 ^3-6020 dur-
ing business hours.






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Anglers favor lowering bass tourney limits %I ,I a


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
As Lake Okeechobee strug-
gles to recover from hurricanes,
high water, algae blooms and
other natural and manmade dis-
asters, government officials and
neighboring communities argue
over the best way to "save" the
lake.
Many members of the fishing
community feel that the govern-
ment is dragging its feet in help-
ing the big lake recover. Because
of this, those involved in the fish-
ing community are beginning to
take matters into their own
hands.
Such is the case of HT3 Out-
doors formerly known as
Headturners3.com.
Pat Malone, president of HT3
Outdoors has issued the follow-
ing press release.
"In an effort to conserve the
resource and for the purpose of
furthering competition among
anglers, HT3 Outdoors
announces the 2006 tournament
season will limit anglers to three
fish limits. We feel this is the
right thing to do with the trail
growing daily. With so many
tournament trails having tourna-
ments each and every weekend,
there are literally thousands of
bass caught each week.
"Lake Istokpoga is a good
example of what happens when
anglers are limited to three fish.
We feel the fish will have a lower
mortality rate with only three in
an angler's livewell at a time.
Furthermore, it is our belief that
one of the hardest times for a
largemouth bass is the time
spent in the plastic bag waiting
to be weighed. Having just three
fish in the bag will ensure a high-
er rate of dissolved oxygen to be
shared by each of those fish."
Malone went on to say that
even though he has spent hun-
dreds of dollars on tanks and
aerator pumps to keep the fish
healthy, it is still better for the
fish and their environment to
leave more of them in their natu-
ral surroundings.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Con-
servation Commission biologist
Steve Gornak stated that putting
less fish in a livewell would
reduce the stress on the fish.
Local pro angler and guide
Larry Wright feels that this
change will benefit thd fih' and
those out-of-town angel t com-
ing to Lake Okeechobee for a
tourney.
"I'm sure this will benefit the
fish. They won't be crowded at
all in the livewells, not that five
fish were that crowded," said
Wright. "It will change the style
of fishing. I know it will change
mine. It will be hard to over-
come a lucky big bite. I, myself,
would rather fish a five or six fish
limit. But, this definitely will be
good for the fish."
Dave Mahon, of Port Char-
lotte, is another tournament
angler in favor of the change.
Mahon has been fishing Lake
Okeechobee for the past 20
years.
"I think the three fish limit is
an excellent idea. Istokpoga and
Toho have already implemented
this limit and it's helping those
two lakes tremendously," he
said. "It will definitely be less
stressful on the fish. If we don't
take care of the fish, it will come
back to haunt us. I've been fish-
ing Lake Okeechobee for 20
years now and can definitely see
a decline in the number of fish. I
would like to see the three-fish
limit become statewide."
Jim Medlin, a long-time tour-
nament angler from West Palm
Beach, is consistently in the top
10 of tournaments in the Okee-
Tantie Team Trail, Headturn-
ers3.com, BFL and Everstart..He
said Malone is making a move in
the right direction.
"I thinkthe three-fish limit is a
very good idea. It's hard to keep
six fish alive, especially during
the summer months, even
though you have three in each
live well," said Medlin, in a tele-
phone interview. "By limiting a
catch to three fish, it will take a
great deal of stress off the fish.
With the lower limit, you don't
have to handle the fish as much.
It definitely alleviates the stress
on larger fish that are being han-
dled and constantly culled. The
mortality rate will fall. With the
=extra room in the livewell, a cou-


ple of 7 pounders won't be beat-
'ing on each other. It will be
tougher on anglers, but it will
help the fish."
Doug Harris, another out-of-
town angler, said he wasn't par-
ticularly enamored with the
change. However, after thinking
about it for a while, he's
changed his mind.
"I think it's easier on the fish
and easier to keep track of how
many you have in your well. It
will be harder on anglers who
will have to target big fish exclu-
sively," said Harris. "After I heard


what Pat Malone had in mind for
the 2006 trail, I told him it would
take consistent anglers out of the
running and help flippers. But
the more I thought about it, the
more I had to agree that it would
be what's best for the lake and
for the fish in that lake."
Not all anglers agree with the
premise that a three-fish limit
will help the struggling fish pop-
ulation of Lake Okeechobee.
Charlie Hays is the past youth
director of the Florida Bass Fed-
eration and founder of the Big
"0" Junior Teen Anglers bass
club and feels that it's up to the
anglers to handle the fish prop-
erly to ensure their survival.
"I don't agree that just limit-
ing a tournament to three fish
will help the fish population,"
she said. "I know that Istapogka
and Toho have.implemented the
three fish limit. But, I feel that
we, as bass anglers, have the
responsibility to take care of the
fish we catch. If you take good
care of them when they are
pulled in and properly store
them in livewells, they will be
more likely to survive.
"I am proud to state that our
club had a 100 percent return
rate this season. That was
accomplished by proper han-
dling of the fish that the kids
caught. We are very adamant
about the proper way to handle
and release a fish. We take spe-
cial care in training these young
anglers how to catch, store and
release a fish back into the lake.
We believe that if you want to
catch them tomorrow, you've
got to keep them alive today. If
we as adults don't respect the
fish, how do we expect the kids
to respect them?
"I do personally believe that
weigh-ins being held too far
from the lake do more harm
than a lower limit of fish in
stressing out the fish," she
added.
Pro fisherman and former
national champion Bill Rose is
also against the lower limit.
"I'm not in favor of reducing
the limit," said 'Rose. "The
reduced limit penalizes anglers
who can find large concentra-
tions of fish."
HT3 Outdoors had a 98 per-
cent live release rate during this
past season's trail and a 100 per-
cent live release rate at their clas-


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Fishin' Line

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Congratulations to all the
young anglers who took part in
the Taylor Creek Bass Club's
Kid's Fishing Festival recently
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground.
The winner of the 4-6 age
group was Paul Hunt; Gina
Hewitt took first place in the 7-
10 year old division; and,
Andrew Morriston finished in
first place in the 11-14 year old
division.
Congratulations also go to
the winners of the Bassmaster
Casting Kids competition held
in conjunction with the Kid's
Fishing Festival. Brittani Mellette
took, first place in the 7-10 year
old division. Her brother Ryan
Mellette also won first place in
the 11-14 year old division.
These siblings will now advance
to the Florida state competition
early next year.
Staying with the young
anglers of Okeechobee, con-


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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Harrison O'Connor was all smiles at the Dec. 17 Big "0"
Junior Teen Anglers fishing tournament weigh-in with a
weight of 5.10 lbs. Anglers and tournament directors are tak-
ing steps to ensure that young anglers like O'Connor will be
able to enjoy the fishing and natural beauty of Lake Okee-
chobee in years to come.


Sights like this will no longer be seen at the HT3 Outdoors
bass tournament weigh-ins. The .trail will have a three-fish
limit starting with the 2006 season. Pro angler Justin Schwier
had a bag full of bass that weighed 31.04 Ibs. at a Headturn-
ers3.com tourney in November. Pat Malone, president of
Headturners3.com (left) helped show the audience the lunk-
ers Schwier (right) brought to the scale.


sic due to additional larger hold-
ing tanks, advanced filtration
and aeration technology and the
use of a chemical supplement to
protect the fish.
"If we don't take care of them
now, there won't be any fish for
our children anud ::.'"-n's chil-
dren,"stated Mahon.


gratulations go to all who partic-
ipated in the Big "0" Junior
Teen Anglers monthly bass tour-
nament last weekend at Okee-
Tantie Marina.
Thirteen year old Kyle Monti
brought four fish to the scale
weighing a total of 9.50 lbs. to
capture first place in the 14 and
under division. He also took big
fish honors with a 6.26 lb. beau-
ty.
Danny Cottone took first
place in the 15 and up division
with a total weight of 8.35 lbs.
Cottone tied with Kristina Mel-
lette for big fish honors in the
senior division.
Tournaments have ended for
2005. But, the week of Jan. 4-7
will be a busy one at Okee-
Tantie Marina. The EverStart
tournament will take place that
week with weigh-ins scheduled
to begin at 3 p.m. each day.
The ProBass CrappieMasters
Tournament will take place at
Okee-Tantie Marina on Jan. 12-
14 with weigh-ins beginning at
3 p.m. each day.


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OHS softball try outs slated
Try outs for the Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman soft-
ball team will beg Jan. 9 and 10 at 4 p.m. at the high school softball
field.
All interested players must have a current physical to try out.
For information, call Kim Hargraves at (863) 634-6322.

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

OHS discount cards are now being sold
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are selling
their annual discount cards for $10 each.
The card offers continuous discounts to 18 various businesses
throughout the year.
If you would like to purchase your discount card, contact coach
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6 The Okeechobee News, Monday, December 26, 2005



'House plants' that can be used outdoors


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
With Christmas just past, and a
brand new year staring at us just
around the corner, many folks
may be considering a new year's
resolution for a landscape
makeover.
The effects of the 2004 and
2005 storms have cleaned off our
patios and opened up places in
many Florida yards that are ready
for something new.
If you are considering land-
scape changes in your 2006 reso-
lutions, the Florida Nursery Grow-
ers and Landscapers Association
has offered up eight suggestions
for Florida yards. This week's col-
umn will offer some information
on four of these under-used and
under-appreciated plants. -
Sponsored by FNGLA, the
Florida. Plants of the Year program
promotes the use of superior and
proven Florida plants. Plants are
nominated by the nursery and
landscape industry, and winners
are selected by a committee of
growers, horticulturists, retailers,
landscape professionals and Uni-
versity of Florida faculty.
Benefiting consumers, grow-
ers and garden centers alike, look
for promotional displays at many
garden centers highlighting these
selected plant varieties. The Flori-
da Plants of the Year program
makes flyers, aisle markers, ban-
ners and a plant resource list
available by request we have a
few of them available at our
office.
And now for the winners! This
first group of plants includes
those that I would describe as
"house plants" even though some
are used in containers and in the
landscape.
The Cast-Iron Plant, Aspidistra
'Milky Way' is very appropriately
named. Many have heard people
say, "I can't buy plants, I will kill
them". This is one that will make
plant-killers finally believe that the
can keep plants alive in a home
with little care.
Introduced in 1824, Aspidistra
was placed in smoky barrooms
and Victorian parlors. It remains a


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popular choice as because of its
"hard as iron" constitution.
The plant forms a slowly
spreading clump of dark-green
leaves 2 to 3 feet high and 6 to 8
inches wide. And beyond the con-
tainer, the Cast Iron plant can also
be used in shady spots in land-
scapes. Throughout the South it is
a long-lived, tough perennial that
loves shady spots.
The FNGLA selection is known
as "Milky Way" because the
leaves are covered with many
small random spots of yellow to
white spots, and thus imitate our
starry skies. One writer compared
its looks to what would happen if
a painter left it inside the room.
This cultivar is a bit shorter that
the other kinds of Cast Iron'plants,
with leaf height only a foot-and-a-
half tall.
Botanists will call this plant
Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga', but is
sold in the U.S..as 'Milky Way'.
The true 'Milky Way' is not
grown in the U.S., and has leaves
with both stripes and spots.
Florists also grow this plant for its
cut foliage, which can be used in
arrangements for several weeks.
In the landscape, the Cast-Iron
plant can produce inconspicuous
purple flowers spikes during the
early spring at the base of the
foliage. Plant care is simple: keep
them on the dry side, and keep
them in low light conditions. After
landscape establishment, water
them only when the soil dries to
avoid root rots and insects.
Clumps of cast iron plants may be
divided, but look out for nests of
paper wasps that sometimes take
up housekeeping on the under-
side of the broad leaves.
The Badland's Kaleidoscope
'Golden Treasure', a Phalaenopsis
orchid, is another 2006 Plant of
the Year. These orchids are some-
times called the moth orchids
because their broad flowers look
a bit like colorful moths. The


flowers have red lips, reddish pur-
ple striping and a strong yellow
background that lightens to pale
yellow. It has also received the
American Orchid Society's Award
of Merit because of its colorful
prolific blooms.
Like other Phalaenopsis, Kalei-
doscope Golden Treasure grows
well in bright light but not in
direct sun. An east window is
ideal, but they also thrive in shad-
ed south- or west-facing win-
dows. Plants do best at day tem-
peratures of 70-80 F. and 60-65
at night. They also prefer a high
relative humidity, of 50-80 per-
cent.
Don't mist these orchids, as it
may cause the growing point to
rot. When the root ball is dry,
water the container in a sink and
return the plant to the window sill
after the pot has drained.
The African Blue Basil (Oci-
mum sp. Hybrid) is another varia-
tion on a houseplant that can be
moved outdoors. It has been
around since 1982.
While it can be used as a sea-
soning herb, its value is more
ornamental than culinary. The
flowers are sterile and never
make seed. They produce flower
stems up to 18 inches long. Blue
Basil can bloom year round, but
will not handle hard freezes. To
keep it looking tidy and lush, cut
off the dead flower stalks.
Blue Basil plants form clumps
up to 3 feet tall. They have a pur-
plish-blue cast, and show a strong
growth habit. Leaf veins, flower
spikes and stems are purple while
the rest is green.
A sweet camphor aroma is
noticed with this plant.
Individual flowers can be
plucked from the stem or whole
stem segments can be used for a
dramatic addition to a culinary
bouquet. If left outdoors, it will
attract bees and butterflies. And
since it doesn't produce seed, cut-
tings will need to be taken and
rooted to keep the plant over win-
tered, as it will not survive the
colder climes.
Yellow African Bulbine (Bul-
bine frutescens) is another 2006.
FNGLA plant. It is a South African


Florida Birding Trail to open Jan. 14


Snail kites will dazzle you.
Mangrove cuckoos will amuse
you, and black-whiskered vireos
will lure you in when the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) unveils the
long-awaited South Florida Sec-
tion of the Great Florida Birding
Trail.
. With completion of the 2,000-
mile trail, birdwatchers will be
able to glimpse some of Florida's
remarkable avian attractions at
446 premier sites throughout the
state. The unveiling will take
place Jan. 14 at a dedication at
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in
Naples.
The Trail is a conservation
tool, fueled by the rapidly expand-
ing popularity of bird-watching.
FWC selected the sites based on


the quality of bird-watching expe-
riences they offer and their
resilience..The agency compiled
and published trail guides repre-
senting four geographic regions.,
The south leg is the fourth arid
final section of the birding trail
and has 116 sites. It winds
through 12 counties: Broward,
Charlotte, Collier, De Soto,
Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm
Beach and Sarasota. The East
Florida portion debuted in 2000,
followed by West Florida and the
Panhandle.
The trail includes nine "gate-
way sites," including two south
loop locations '- the Arthur R.
Marshall Loxahatchee National
Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach
County and Corkscrew Swamp


Sanctuary. At these sites, both
beginning and avid birders can
borrow binoculars, pick up field
guides (written in English or-
Spanish) and gather other educa-
tional materials.
Grants from the Federal High-
way Administration, the state
Department of Transportation
and the Wildlife Foundation of
Florida have helped fund the trail.
Partners include the Florida Park
Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the National Park Service
and Audubon of Florida.
Completion of this final sec-
tion is a conservation coup, har-
nessing the might of Florida
tourism to benefit delicate wild
lands. For more information, visit
www.floridabirdingtrail.com.


native, but is well adapted as a
drought tolerant flowering
groundcover.
It is a fast growing perennial,
with branched, succulent with
fleshy, linear green leaves. The
fresh leaf produces a jelly-like juice
that is sometimes suggested as a
treatment for burns, much like
aloe is used.
Flower stalks with spikes of
star-shaped yellow with orange
flowers are seen in the summer
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stems at the base. It will grow into
a 2 foot tall spreading clump with
grayish stems and adventitious
roots. To encourage further flower-
ing, dead flower heads should be
removed.
These plants prefer full sun, but.
they will also grow in semi-shade
for part of the day. Although it will
grow in containers indoors, it
requires maximum light. And
watch the watering -they can
take it dry.
Next week I'll give you the low-
down on the other 2006 Plants of


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

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

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

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

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

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

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of north-
west Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Christ-
ian romances and 575 videos.' Pre-
pare a paper on comparative reli-
gion, a book report, programs for
men, women or children, a craft
project or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we can
and do preview our media. Cur-
rently, the library is staffed Sunday
from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.,
and Wednesday evening from 6
until 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
(863) 763-4021.

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


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


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Looking for ride to Stuart Flea
Mmrkel on weekends.
(863467.6423


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

CAR KEY on orange expansion
wrist band. Vic. of Flagler
Park. Please call with info
(863)467-26,14
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
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LOST PIT BULL Country Hills
Estate Area, his name is Max
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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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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442.

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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Employment -
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Employment -
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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
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COOKS: Apply in person,
after 2pm @ Pizza Heaven
208 South Parrot Ave.
863-763-9299




EXPERIENCED
SERVERS, COOKS &
DISHWASHERS
for busy restaurant
$9.00 perr to start
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
863-467-5000
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
PO. Box 639, Okeechobee,
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Microsoft Office or Corel. Duties will include general office
such as: answering the telephone and filing
to light record keeping. Applicant needs to be very detail
oriented, ability to work on their own and organized.


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medical insurance.
Please apply by fax 561-996-4502
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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
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
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Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
self-motivated,
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
PRIDE ENTERPRISES
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
w/farm equipment req'd.
$30K+, Exc. benefit pkg. Fax
resume to: 561-996-8559.


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TRUCK DRIVER, CDL Class B
w/Air Brake. Competitive
Salary, Company
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401 K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indiantown.
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A/C & REFRIGERATION TECH
ONLY QUALIFIED AND
EXPERIENCED NEED APPLY.
Apply in person at
Emory Walker Co., Inc.
208 S.W. 5th Ave. Okeechobee
TOP PAY 401K PAID VAC. MEDICAL
EOE/DFWP

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


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



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


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
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* $25 For Trimming.
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
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Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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Sewing Machines 700
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Wanted to Buy 740




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


Must have a, dependable
car and provide excellent
service to our customers
everyday.


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
FIRE PLACE MANTLE & sur-
round oak-unique, beautiful
$400 (863)763-4982
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
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.
ood 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


BICYCLE, boys, good condi-
tion, $15.(863)467-6984
BICYCLE, woman's, 1.0 spd.,
good condition, $20.
(863)467-6984
BIKES (2) 3 speed 26" his &
hers, $20 each or both for
$30 (863)467-2305


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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
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



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
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HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25. (863)946-3123
POOL CUE w/case in excellent
condition $40
(863)675-3944
PUNCHING BAG, Everlast,
Stand Up Style. $25.
(863)763-8085



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



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

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry. Supplies 860
Seeds 'Plants,
Flowers 865



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
MINIATURE STUD HORSE-
32" tall, child broke, incld,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
$700. (863)227-0367.
QUARTER HORSE GELDING-
quiet, 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)673-9200



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 HFP 38" cut, runs good,
$700 (863)673-3620


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


DALE EARNHARDT SR Nascar
collection, $400.
(863)467-0376
FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
CARDS late 80s early 90s
excellent condition $500/
neg. (863)763-8943



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
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, $12 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
forTracy



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, Cook M1-X, Lynx.
$700will sep. (863)946-3123.


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


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


CRAFT-MATIC BED -Complete
$500 (863)634-9536 or
(863)763-9527 ._
ELEC. SCOOTER, 4 whl base
w/foot plate & legs, de-
tachable, exc. cond, $800 or
best offer. (863)801-6149
ELEC SCOOTER- Victory, 3
wheel, new batt., light & bas-
ket, swivel cloth seat, runs
good $600 (863)634-5095
HANDICAPPED POWER LIFT-
for wheelchair, goes on back
of car, all hook ups, $1000
(863)467-9892
HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $150
(863)467-5032
HOSPITAL BED- electric,
works good no mattress
$145 or best offer
(772)597-2155
NEW WHEEL CHAIR light
weight, wide seat, 17x17.5
w/seat pad was $575 now
$300 (863)357-8788


EXR KEYBOARD PLAYER
For Accomplished, Rockin
Blues and R&B Band.
Dedicated to the groove.
863-697-6016/484-0865
MINI BLINDS (50) Like new,
various sizes, up to 6' wide,
$25 for all. (772)971-9474



ELEC PIANO- Korg P60, LIKE
NEW, a steal at $800
(863)763-3229.
ELECTRIC ORGAN DISCOV-
ERY- '98, by Estey $500.
(863)674-0314
GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS-
asking $700,
(863)763-3229.
GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Statocaster w/Fender 15R am-
plifier. $300. (863)673-3860
PA SYSTEM --Small, Fender
basement amp. Microphones,
drum machine $500 or best
offer (863)357-0406
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
wks, $500 (863)946-1279
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


Please be sure to
include your name,


Rentals



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



FURNISHED APT- all utilities
paid, mature adults only, No
pets, on water, Call between
9-7 pm daily (863)357-2044


BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)467-0128.

OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1.5ba,
waterfront, 804 SE 6th
Court, $875/mo, 1st, Lst,
$500 Sec, (863)467-5965.

OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, Very
Cozy, Single family, $1000.
mo. + 1st, Last & Sec. dep.
(863)697-3096


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








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

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1 .5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313


Okee, remodeled, 2BR/1BA, 2
story apt., building 40, Oak
Lake Apts., $88,900.
(863)763-8391/634-3313


EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All appl., Washer & Dryer, TV.
815-342-1477
LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
BHR, dock, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
$279,500 (863)467-1077
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/21/2BA,
in ground pool, 1/2 acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728
New 4 Bed/21/2 Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
(863)763-6376
Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
available. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376


VIKINGS ESTATE, 2.5 acre,
$30,000. or best offer. Financ-
ing possible. (305)240-2847


OKECHOBEE-1.25 acres in
the Vikings. High & dry, near
46K acre State Preserve.
Buy now, prices are going up!!
$38,000 (877)262-6884
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's lime to
look for a helper in the
classifieds,


Mobile Homes



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



Avion Trailer, 35', w/45' Fla.
room, 2BR/2BA, w/walk in
shower, incl. free lot & cable
rental from Jan. to May, golf
cart, tricycle & bike, fur-
nished, located in KOA Adult
Park, $24,000.
1863)763-4813
FACTORY AUTHORIZED
JACOBSEN DEALER;
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
C all us today. 863-494-4010,
baybuilthomes.com
OKEE 2BR, 2BA. 16x66. Set
- up in 55+ park. In city limits
Covered deck, all appl. $23K
863-763-6115 Pam or John
PACE MOBILE HOME, 14x50,
2 glass in rooms, plus car-
port, in Adult Park, $29,000
(863)467-4185
Palm Harbor
Modular & Mobile
Home Specialists.
Call our Factory for
Free Color Brochures.
800-622-2832.


Palm Harbor Factory
Liquidation Sale
2005 Models must
go. Call for Free
Color Brochures.
800-622-2832.

Recreation



Boats 3005
Ca per/ s 3010
Jet Sie 3015
Marine Accessores 3020
Marine Muscellaneous 3025
Motorcyle.s 3030
Sport Vehisles/ATVe 3035



ALUM V HULL BOAT -12FT,
with trailer and 25HP motor,
$1000 (863)655-0030.
BASS BOAT 20ft, 200hp Merc.
05 trailer, excel. running
condition. $4400/neg.
(941)587-0806
BAYLINER CAPRI 1988, 16',
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder. $1500 or best offer.
(863)632-9166
HURRICANE DECK BOAT' 05-
19ft, w/05 11,5HP Yamaha, 4
stroke engine, galv trir., Must
sell due to health, Paid
$26,500 asking $18,000 or
best offer. (863)467-4493.
KAYAK- Hobie Lanai, used,
roomy cockpit, ddrink holder,
storage, good size for
kids,$185 (863)467-1790
KAYAK- Perception Swifty,
9.5, used highback seat,
good cond, yellow, $150
neg. (863)467-1790 Iv msg
PONTOON BOAT, 21 Ft., Sun
Tracker w/traller. Rigged out
for night fishing. 90 hp motor,
GPS, depth finder, 2600 watt
Yamaha generator. $6500. Call
(863)381-9356/655-3654
PONTOON BOAT 21 Ft. w/2
25hp motors, canopy & trail-
er. $2500. (863)675-2575
Pontoon Boat, '94, Starcraft,
1995 40hp Mercury, low hrs.,
no trailer, fish ready, $4000.
(765)610-4494
Powerwinch, model 315, trr
winch for boats to 4,000 Ibs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor& trir, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft, Al u-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801


Lakeport, 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)675-2567 LaBelle
WINNEBEGO REALDO '96 -
excel cond., low miles,
$22,500 Or trade for late
model truck (863)467-8798



RIDING MOWER: Snapper,
42" cut, $500
863)675-4882
WEED TRIMMER on 14"
wheels, like new, 6hp B/S
engine, $175 or trade
(863)697-9704
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


100 YOUNG CROSSBRED
COWS- some calves at side
(941)741-1509.


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


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types of paints and brushes to use, how to cut your
own stencils plus much more.
The projects include a French flower bucket, a
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designs for stenciling on walls, a tablecloth and nap-
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Stenciling Made Easy for Beginners guidebook
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BOAT MOTOR 1996 Long
Shaft, 30 hp Evinrude 0/B.
Excellent condition. $800.
(863)763-3568/447-4024
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classifieds.



AIR BOAT BOTTOM COATING
- Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coating, 1 gal-
lon $100 (863)467-6696
AIRBOAT PROP, wood, new,
72LXL36, w/Combee prop
plate & 6 new bolts, $600.
(863)467-6696
BOAT SEAT- Springfield Ma-
rine #3 with rod gimbel &
pedestal $100.
(863)610-0440 (Okee.)
SEA PRO SEAT- With pedestal
$100. (863)610-0440
(Okeechobee)


GOLD WING 2003, 10K, ABS
Brakes, Candy Apple Red,
Like new. $14,500. Call
(863)763-5500 Evenings,
HONDA GOLDWING '76- runs
good, $1800 (863)673-3620


HONDA 90 SPORT TRAX, '03,
4 wheeler, exc. cond., manu-
al trans., gas powered, yel-
low, $1100. (863)801-6149
SUZUKI 80- '2000, Good con-
dition. $2200.
(863)467-0109
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2400. Firm.
(863)634-5129
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classifieds.


HOLIDAY RAMBLER TRAVEL
TRAILER, '93, 33', new re-
frig., a/c etc., good cond.,
Moving Must Sell. $7500
neg. (772)468-2377
Terry Travel Trailer, '94,27',
like new, used very little, must
see, avail. Jan. 1, Okeechobee,
$7,000. (863)763-8709 or
(610)283-3416 or email
Idabakeri12T(aol.com
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


BUICK LESABRE LIMITED,
'94, rebuilt trans., V6 3.8 litre
eng., auto, a/c, cruise,
$1500. (863)467-4352
CHEVY LUMINA '95- V6 se-
dan, great condition, $2000
or best offer (863)610-4676
or(863)763-0257.
FORD MUSTANG '94, V6, Low
miles. Looks & Runs good.
Well maintained. $2500
863-467-7049/561-261-9274
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS-
'90, Good Condition $300.
(863)467-0561


GEO PRISM, '90, Christmas
Car! runs good, good gas
mileage, parts reasonable,
$1499. (863)467-1535
HONDA ACCORD '87- $1200
or make offer
(863)467-5401 or
(772)359-2923
HONDA ACCORD '90- LX, 4dr,
runs good, low miles, $1800
(863)634-1909/634-3931 or
305)797-5011
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 car. (863)801-3310
MERCURY SABLE 1993 for
parts or repair $300
(863)763-0920 or 801-1970
OLDS CUTLASS '96- needs
transmission work, $500
(863)634-2191.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $2500 (863)447-0651
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1988,
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
TOYOTA CELICA 1993 5sp,
cold air, $3500
(863)675-5001


TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
roof, runs great, 32-35 mpg,
am/fm/cd, very dependable,
$1500. (561)924-2208
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
classified.


CADILLAC 1957 2 doors
needs work $1000/neg
(863)357-3633
CHEVEROLET PICK UP
TRUCK 1955 500 cu. in.
motor. $2500 or best offer.
(863)763-4826
CHEVY FLEETLINE DELUXE
'48- 4dr asking $2500
(863)763-3551
CHEVY TRUCK 1955 auto
and tilt steering, needs work
$2500 (863)357-3633
DODGE ASPEN '74 Slant 6,
runs great. Needs minor res-
toration. $500 (863)697-6731
MGB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car
423-502-2210
VOLKSWAGON SUPER BEE-
TLE 1971, Brand new motor.
Needs restoration. $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-4826


GMC 7000 CAB OVER 1979,
427 cu. in., Air Brakes, Good
tires. Good shape. $4000 or
best offer. (863)801-1620



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


EASY GO 2 seater w/top and
windshield and charger
$1250/neg. (863)675-1472


CAR DOLLY, Tow-Master,
good condition $350
(863)946-3860
REAREND for F350 Dually,
works perfect, $200.
(863)467-6434
RIM 16" Dodge Truck Rim
$100 or best offer
(772)597-2155
TIRES- 4, Mickey Thompson,
15" 35x14.50 $300.
863-763-9592 or
863-634-0399
TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856


TONNEAU COVER by ARE
fits Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed
truck Excellent condition $300.
Firm (863)697-6731
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645
UTILITY CAP, for pick up
truck, for 8' bed, $400.
(863)673-5038


CHEVY 4x4- 72 & '85, no mo-
tors, $1000 863-6973895
CHEVY S10, '03, 3 dr., stan-
dard shift, 4 cyl., 13k mi.,
under factory warranty,
$9900. (863)357-3413
FORD RANGER PICKUP '89, 4
cyl., 5 spd., $1200 or best
offer. (772)359-2923 or
(863)467-5401
GMC-'86, 22' Drive van body,
New eng. & tires, Less than
30K, 5spd. $4500 or best
offer. (941)416-5571
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding-Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645
TOYOTA Pick Up T-100 '95,
Xtracab. 20 mpg. Reliable.
Good shape. $3000. Firm.
863-610-1219 after 9pm.


CHEVY SUBURBAN LT- '97,
White, 4x4, All power, Very
clean $8500. or best offer
(863)697-6540
FORD EXPEDITION 1997- All
power, leather, black/grey- 2
owner car- $5850
(863)467-2267
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


ENCLOSED HALLMARK
TRAILER- G.A.W.B. 2980,
asking $1675
(863)357-2424
UTILITY TRLR- '05, 5x10,
drop loading ramp, Diamond
plate toolbox, 5mos old, like
new, $850 (863)357-6530


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


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Legal Notice 5500



Request for Plant Capacity
Okeechobee Utility Authority
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
fri.i,'I I ". .,;,, lile design and
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water treatment plant expansion.
This plant expansion will provide
additional capacity to serve approxi-
mately 12,000 equivalent residential
connections. The OUA has issued
a Request for Phnl rpterit,
("RFPC") from ... .. .. ,,
qualified builder developers. The
RFPC's are due on February 17,
2006.
If you would like to receive a RFPC
packet, please contact either:
Jeff Larson, Senior Vice President,
Regional Manager
(ilarson@koseo com)
or
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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.

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

Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion should e-mail Josh Harvey or Eliza-
beth 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 dis-
counts to. 18 various businesses throughout the year. If you would like
to purchase your discount card, contact coach Enrico or coach Pung at
(863) 462-5043.

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

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

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

Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sun.-
days from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 763-2"171.






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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 contest
is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are home
schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have to be
turned in by Dec. 1. This year's 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 Colum-
bus and the Astronauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine through 12.
American Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History Medals
will be presented to the contestants. The winner from each school will
receive a monetary award. For information, call (863) 763-2492.

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

Church holding youth services
The North of Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace,
will hold youth services every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. There will
be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion. For information, call (863)
467-1066.

Holiday CD benefits Hospice
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 has produced a Christmas
CD in which some of the proceeds will be donated to Hospice of Okee-
chobee. The CD, which features local artists, is available at Rustic Ranch
Furniture, Crown Custom Computer, Lawrence Insurance Agency; Hos-
pice 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 informa-
tion, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

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

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

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

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.

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit. organ-
ization, 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 absti-
nence 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 Tues-
days. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie the-
atre. 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
educatiort/GED and English as a second language classes at these loca-
tions: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second
language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon,
adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from
4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop,
123 S.W Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thurs-
day, from 7 a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W Fifth Ave., Citi-
zenship class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W 23 Lane, adult basic education/GED and English as a second
language classes, Monday through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Ever-
glades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.

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.


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