|UFDC Home||myUFDC Home | Help ||
ALL ISSUES CITATION SEARCH THUMBNAILS MAP IT! PAGE IMAGE ZOOMABLE
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
|Table of Contents|
A HelherLf. ae7
:1 .~ ,~..
.1 1; I...
Vol. 96 No. 361 Tuesday, December 27,2005 504 Plus tax
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.
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-
2350 S.E. 20th Drive in
Taylor Creek Isles
4055 S.E. 24th Rd. in Van-
tage Oak Trailer Park
1065 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf & C.C.
312 S.E. 8th Dr.
310 S.E. 8th Dr.
2933 S.E. 35th Ave.
2228 S.E. 38th Trail in
Taylor Creek Isles
211 24th St. in Buckhead
All of Kissimmee River
*2801 S.E. 18th Court
Real Life Children's
Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.
5270 N.W. 30th St.
Palm Village Ranch,
entrance is on 44th Blvd.
*All of S.W Second Court
4600-S.E. 27th Street
501 S.E. Eighth St.
4411 S.W. 13th Ave. in
711 S.W. 35th Drive
2531 S.E. 23rd St. in Tay-
lor Creek Isles
o 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
o 1450 S.W. 28th St.
1590 S.W 28th St.
o 1820 S.W 28th St.
2224 S.W. 28th St.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Lake level >'
South Florida Water Manage-,
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
Crossword ..... .
Opinion ....... .
Speak Out ..... .
Sports ........ .
TV .......... .
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Online news & information
I 16 1I 0111 111i
S 16510 00024 5
Entitlements growing in cost
0 -0 ..
Zero G flight: Teachers perform experiments
submitted to Ukeechnoee News/Jim CampDell, Aero News NetworK
A group of Okeechobee teachers were selected to take part in a zero gravity flight and
got to meet Space Shuttle Pilot Rick Searfoss who has flown the Columbia and Atlantis
space shuttles. They are: (left to right), Ron Altice, eighth grade science teacher at Year-
ling Middle School; Vicki Goggans, eighth grade math teacher at Osceola Middle
School; Melissa King, fifth grade teacher at South Elementary School; Valerie White,
fifth grade teacher at Central Elementary School; Cathie Carpenter, fifth grade teacher
at Central Elementary School; Mr. Searfoss, Kathleen Wilson, fourth grade teacher at
Everglades Elementary School; and Jay Adler, math teacher at Osceola Middle School.
Educators experience weightlessness
By Pete Gawda t
Through the years, Okee- 0 P
chobee teachers have accom-
plished many unusual feats. Per-
haps the most unusual feat was .. ,-
accomplished recently by seven
Okeechobee teachers who were ;
privileged to experience the out-
enced only by astronauts.
The teachers Ron Altice,
eighth grade science teacher at
Yearling Middle School, Vicki '" I
Goggans, eighth grade math .. L. _
teacher at Osceola Middle School, '
Melissa King, fifth grade teacher at .'
South Elementary School, Valerie
White, fifth grade teacher at Cen-
tral Elementary School, Cathie
Carpenter, fifth grade teacher at Submitted photo/Vicki Goggans
Central Elementary School, Kath- Two of Vicki Goggans' students at Osceola Middle
leen Wilson, fourth grade teacher School Jacob Macias (left), and Tim McLaughlin
at Everglades Elementary School (right) duplicate the experiment their teacher per-
and Jay Adler, math teacher at formed on the Zero G flight. They discovered that the
Osceola Middle School--attend- force of gravity causes objects of unequal weight,
ed a two week math and science dropped from the same height, to hit the floor at the
same time. In the absence of gravity, as Ms. Goggans
See Zero G Page 2 learned, that is not true.
Shoppers take advantage
of local after-holiday sales
By Audrey Blackwell
The figures from the after
Christmas sales won't be tallied
up for a few days, and we may
never know the exact number of
people who comprised the
throng of day-after-holiday shop-
pers. But one thing is for certain
for Ollie Birts, assistant manager
at Wal-Mart, the same amount of
people shopped on Monday, the
day after Christmas, as did the day
before the holiday.
"It feels the same to me," she
said, speaking rather distinctly,
but hurriedly knowing the store
was filled to the max with shop-
pers and she might be needed at
She added that she was very
surprised that at 9 a.m. there
weren't more people at the
, By early afternoon on Mon-
day, Ms. Birts was still surprised
that people were not making a
record number of returns.
What were people shopping
"They're buying new things,
even electronics," said Ms. Birts.
"And those items aren't being
sold at a clearance rate. Video
games and other electronics are
just going quickly out the door."
Most of the shopping activity
was for new sales because the
store marked down gift sets and
Christmas items as much as 50
percent off, she explained.
Add to the great sale prices the
factors of nice weather once
the early morning chill wore off
- kids out of school, and the
large number of people celebrat-
ing Christmas on' Monday
because the actual day was on a
Sunday, and the total of those
available to shop throughout a
weekday grows exponentially.
Charley Rucks brought a
friend to Wal-Mart to exchange a
jacket that he had received as a
gift from his wife.
"It was the wrong size," Mr.
Rucks, said peering out from the
open window of his car.
"It's a madhouse, isn't it," he
asked rhetorically, while looking
at a line of vehicles entering the
main drive in front of the store
and cruising up and down aisles
searching for an empty parking
Martin Gonzalez was out
shopping at the Lakeshore shop-
ping plaza in the late morning of
Dec. 26 with his wife and four
See Shopping Page 2
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Bianca Urvena (second right) shops at Wal-Mart on Dec. 26 to
take advantage of clearance sales, she said. She is accompa-
nied by her brother Jamie Uryna (right), her mother (left) and
her two children.
2 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005
News Briefs Debate expected over bid to deny birthright citizenship
Benefit set up
for Smalls family
OKEECHOBEE An account
has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls
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.
for Dorothy Iinchen
OKEECHOBEE A benefit
spaghetti dinner will be hosted by
Thrivent at Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.S. 23rd Lane, on
Jan. 14,2006, from 5 until 7 p.m.
An auction will also be held at
that time with Brian Trimble as
Entertainment during the event
will include Bereavement Blue-
grass at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $10
with all proceeds to benefit
For information, call (863) 763-
now being collected
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified by
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser and is open for collec-
tion of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and coun-
ty can pay their property taxes at
the Okeechobee County Tax Col-
lector's Office in the Alderman
Building, 307 N.W. Fifth Av., Suite
Discounts will be allowed as
follows: 3 percent on payments
made Dec. 1 Dec. 31; 2 percent
on payments made Jan. 1, 2006 -
Jan. 31, 2006; 1 percent on pay-
ments made Feb. 1, 2006 Feb.
28,2006; and, net if paid in March.
For information on fire,
garbage and Country Hills road
assessments, call (863) 763-9312.
Office hours are Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30
For information, call (863) 763-
By David Craiy
AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) A propos-
al to change long-standing federal
policy and deny citizenship to
babies born to illegal immigrants
on U.S. soil ran aground this
month in Congress, but it is sure
to resurface kindling bitter
debate even if it fails to become
At issue is "birthright citizen-
ship" provided for since the
Constitution's 14th Amendment
was ratified in 1868.
Section 1 of that amendment,
drafted with freed slaves in mind,
says: "All persons born or natural-
ized in the United States, and sub-
ject to the jurisdiction thereof, are
citizens of the United States."
Continued From Page 1
workshop last summer at Lake
Placid along with teachers from
the other four counties in the
On the first day they learned
that of the 150 to 200 teachers
attending the workshop, 50
teachers would be selected to
take part in a zero gravity flight
"We're going to do it," Ms.
White said to her fellow teacher
from Central, Ms. Carpenter.
She said many teachers did not
want to do the extra work
required to write a letter of appli-
cation telling how they would use
the information gained from the
"It sounded like fun," Mr. Altice
said when asked why he applied.
As it turned out, only 28 teach-
ers applied and seven of those
were from Okeechobee.
The teachers had to perform
simple experiments on the flight
that could be duplicated in their
To prepare for the flight, they
had two training sessions at Lake
Placid and one at Kennedy Space
Center, where the zero gravity
Some conservatives in Con-
gress, as well as advocacy groups
seeking to crack down on illegal
immigration, say the amendment
has been misapplied over the
years, that it was never intended
to grant citizenship automatically
to babies of illegal immigrants.
Thus they contend that federal
legislation, rather than a difficult-
to-achieve constitutional amend-
ment, would be sufficient to end
With more than 70 co-spon-
sors, Georgia Republican Rep.
Nathan Deal tried to include a rev-
ocation of birthright citizenship in
an immigration bill passed by the
House in mid-December. GOP
House leaders did not let the pro-
posal come to a vote.
As each member of the group,
dressed in impressive blue flight
suits, entered the aircraft, a modi-
fied Boeing 727 cargo plane
named G-Force One, their name
tags were turned upside down as
sort of an initiation. After they
completed the zero gravity flight,
their nametags were turned
around in a small ceremony simi-
lar to turning the tassel on a mor-
tarboard at graduation.
To achieve weightlessness, the
aircraft did what is called a para-
bolic flight. The plane climbed to
24,000 feet. Then the nose was
elevated to 45 degrees. After
climbing for a time, the aircraft
arced over into a 30-degree dive.
At the top of the arc, passengers
experienced about 25 seconds of
weightlessness, similar to being at
the top of a roller coaster. The
experience has also been
described as similar to a free fall
Each parabolic flight maneu-
ver takes 10 miles of airspace and
lasts about one minute from start
The teachers experienced 15
parabolic maneuvers. The first
five were not as steep and
designed to get the teachers ready
for total weightlessness. The first
parabolic flight was at one-third
gravity, simulating the moon's.
"Most Americans feel it doesn't
make any sense for people to
come into the country illegally,
give birth and have a new U.S. citi-
zen," said Ira Mehlman of the Fed-
eration of American Immigration
Reform, which backs Deal's pro-
posal. "But the advocates for ille-
gal immigrants will make a fuss;
they'll claim you're punishing the
children, and I suspect the leader-
ship doesn't want to deal with
Deal has said he will continue
pushing the issue, describing
birthright citizenship as "a huge
magnet" attracting illegal immi-
grants. He cited estimates chal-
lenged by immigrant advocates
- that roughly 10 percent of
births in the United States, or
gravity. The next four were at one-
sixth of the earth's gravity simulat-
ing the gravity of Mars. Then there
were 10 parabolic maneuvers at
Even though they all carried
airsickness bags in their chest
pockets, none of the Okeechobee
astronauts got sick.
Photographs taken in-flight
show the teachers floating
around the aircraft and bouncing
off the walls and each other. They
seemed to be having a great deal
of fun as they conducted their
experiments or filmed their
coworkers. They had trouble
keeping their feet down. There
was a cord running along the wall
of the aircraft that they could hold
on to in order to stabilize them-
selves. As they were coming out
of a parabolic arc and beginning
to experience gravity, they were
told to put their feet down.
While floating around weight-
less, Mr. Altice lost his car keys.
Fortunately, the keys were found
when the aircraft was cleaned
after the flight.
"It was a great experience,"
said Mr. Adler.
He said he had to hold the
cord while trying to shoot a video
and his feet kept coming up. He
said they were told not to try to
swim, as you cannot control your
close to 400,000 a year, are babies
born to illegal immigrants.
"It's an issue that we are very
concerned about," said Michele
Waslin, director of immigration
policy research for the National
Council of La Raza, a Hispanic
advocacy organization that
opposes any effort to revoke
"This was always seen in the
past as some extreme, wacko
proposal that never goes any-
where," she said. "But these so-
called wacko proposals are
becoming more and more main-
stream it's becoming more
acceptable to have a discussion
Alvaro Huerta of the Coalition
for Humane Immigrant Rights of
body in a weightless situation. Mr.
Adler said he was tall enough to
wedge his feet on the floor and
press the ceiling.
Ms. White worked with her fel-
low teacher from Central, Ms.
Carpenter. In their classrooms,
before the flight, they prepared an
oobleck a mixture of corn-
starch and water. At normal gravi-
ty, the students learned that the
mixture separates back into the
two ingredients. Her students
supplied her with questions to be
answered after the flight.
At zero gravity, she learned
that her oobleck did not separate
into the two ingredients.
Ms. White said that in the
beginning it was scary to be
weightless. It was unlike floating
in water where you can feel the
water pressure, she said. She
bumped her head on the ceiling.
While the floor was padded the
walls and ceiling, unfortunately,
"It was pretty wild in there,"
said Ms. Wilson.
For her experiment, she mixed
water, oil and a heavy fluid. Under
the influence of gravity, they
would naturally separate. In zero
gravity, she learned there was no
clear separation of the liquids.
"It was a really good experi-
ence for me," said Ms. Goggans,
Los Angeles said his organization
opposes Deal's proposal and is
girding for a battle for public opin-
"This is red meat for conserva-
tives," he said. "They throw out
these issues they know aren't
winning issues, and they create
an environment of anti-immigrant
sentiment. We need to do better
job of educating people why it's
According to a survey last
month by Rasmussen Reports, a
nonpartisan public opinion
research firm, 49 percent of
Americans favor ending birthright
citizenship, and 41 percent favor
keeping it. The margin of error
was plus or minus 4 percentage
"to share with students to get then
excited about math and science."
Ms. Goggans dropped different
sized balls to test the effects of
gravity on falling objects. Under
normal gravity, as her students
later discovered, different sized
balls dropped from the same
height fall at the same rate. At
zero gravity, they floated and fell
at different rates. She said it was
like slow motion.
Unlike Ms. White, Ms. Goggins
kept the flight a secret from her
students. Then she came to
school one day in her flight suit
and got the students to conduct
the same experiment she had per-
formed in space. In addition, the
students got to see the video
taken on the flight.
"They loved it," she said.
One of the questions most fre-
quently asked by her students
was if there was an age require-
ment for the zero gravity flights.
Ms. Goggans said that, before
learning the details of her flight,
her students thought there was a
room at the space center where
gravity could be cut off.
Mr. Adler probably spoke for
all the teachers when he said,
"We'd love to do it again."
to be selected
OKEECHOBEE Local young
artists between the ages of 10-19
are needed as apprentices to paint
Okeechobee Main Street's first
This competition is dedicated
to promote the involvement of
young Okeechobee artists in visu-
al arts, as well as learning and par-
ticipating in the process of paint-
ing a large mural under the
direction of professional artists.
Competition is now open and
will end on Jan. 6, 2006. An entry
and artists' consent form is
For information, contact Brid-
gett Waldau, mural and visual arts
chairperson, at (863) 467-7300; or
stop by the Okeechobee Main
Street's office at .111 N.E. Second
St. for an entry form, consent
form, rules and art submission for-
mat.- Information is also online at
14 -- .0
dW- 410- w l.
Loans help replace
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 fol-
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household
income is at or below the follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000: two per-
sons $27,650; -three persons -
$31,100; four persons $34,550;
five persons $37,300; six per-
sons $40,100; seven persons -
$42,850; and, eight persons -
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
held each Wednesday
OKEECHOBEE The USDA,
rural housing service, can now.
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to
reserve your seat for one of our
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
- C 'qo. -
d. .- ft -
Continued From Page 1
children. He said he had the day off
of work and it was a good way to
spend time with the family.
Phyllis Clair, manager of Dollar
Tree, said that business had been
steady throughout the day, but not
"It's not as busy as it was before
Christmas," she said.
Perhaps that was because she
sold out most of her Christmas
merchandise before the holiday.
"Christmas wrapping and deco-
rations are being sold at 50 percent
off, but there isn't a lot of it left," she
said. "We had a good sell-through
of inventory before the holiday."
Ms. Clair said she expects her
sales will be a little slow the rest of
the week and pick up again by the
start of the new year.
-.,& W 0
To Reach Us
Address: P ) B.:.x 639
107 S vv 17n Street Sule D
OKeechotee. FL 34.97-4
Webhsle: 'vww Newszap corn
To Submit News
The Oveechooee News elc)rrim.ss sue.
mission I'romm is reader.-. Opnr,,ons
calendar iemrri sToris .deas and ,pr,-
lograpns are welcome call (6i 7e:-
31'4 to reach our n ewro.m Items.
maf be mailed fa.ed or e-mailed
E-Mail: keeres;'newszarp cOm
Speakout: 156631 4i7-2033
To Place A Display Ad
Phone: 863- 763-3134
E-Mail: okecompoi,,sir.al.o net
To Place A Classified Ad
Call 877-353-2424 to place a classified
adtenisement from home
E-Mail: ca.,Sad@neBwszap corn
E-Mail: DlIIIeam,'rneewszap corn
Online News & Information
wwi ir-e latest loca! rie s at
To Start or Stop A Paper
E-Mial: readseer.,cesa.new.szap corn
The OKeecnobee rJews is available
daily via home delivery and is on sale
ai rack and store locations throuanout
Okeechobee County Call the office to
Find outl if your .ome s within our
pre nt home-distnbution boundar,es
Call 877-353-2424 to repon a missed
newspaper cr poor deiiery'
Additional cc.pis oi ire newsIpaper
are available lor 50 cenrILs daily
Irouian Saturday and 75 ,-ents for
Sunday at ihe ."office Home deliver,
subcnplions are available at $29 43
for three months
The Okeecrobee News is published
every day of it e year b., the
OReechobee New 107 S W. 171h
Street Suiie D Okeechobee. FL
34974 Periodicals postage paid at
Okeechobee FL Postmasler Send
Address changed to Ok:eecnobee
New.vs. PO B.:. 639 Ok.ec:noee FL.
34973 uSPS 406-16.:i
Prined at Sunshirne Priing a
subsiary 01 inrdependernt
- "Copyrighted Material
'.--- Available from Commercial News Providers"
Published by Independent Newspapers. Inc.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 3
COE makes releases from Lake '0'
.1 A ,9, & 0 1 .4,
JACKSONVILLE The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers began a
Level 2 pulse release from Lake
Okeechobee to the Caloosahatch-
ee River and the St. Lucie Canal at 7
a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, as
part of a transition approach to
maintain a downward trend on the
Pulse releases are designed to
mimic nature and provide dis-
charges from the lake to the estuar-
ies via the St. Lucie Canal to the east
and the Caloosahatchee River to
the west. The goal is to strike a bal-
ance between the lake's littoral
zone and the estuaries.
In ten days, a Level 1 pulse
release to the Caloosahatchee River
can lower the lake 0.07 ft. (average
of 1,600 cfs/day); a Level 2 can
lower it by 0.10 ft. (average of 2,300
cfs/day); and a Level 3 by 0.13 ft.
(average of 3,000 cfs/day).
In ten days, a Level 1 pulse
release to the St. Lucie Canal can
lower the lake 0.03 ft. (average of
730 cfs/day); a Level 2 can lower it
by 0.04 ft. (average of 950 cfs/day);
and a Level 3 by 0.05 ft. (average of
In the future, the ongoing Ever-
glades restoration, under the Com-
prehensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP), will provide storage
for much of this water and mini-
mize these types of releases.
Today's lake level is 15.93 feet,
which is 0.43 feet higher then the
average for this time of the year
based on the years from 1992
through 2000. The level is now in
Zone D of the WSE (Water Sup-
ply/Environment) regulation sched-
ule, the set of federal guidelines
used to manage the lake.
Water level data for Lake Okee-
chobee and the Central and South-
ern Florida Project can be found on
the water management page on our
web site at
For further information, please
call the Jacksonville District Corpo-
rate Communications Office at 904-
232-2236 or (cell) 904-614-4976.
*4 to.m a
Available from Commercial News Providers"
Frank J. Brady, Jr.
Frank J. Brady, Jr., age 48, died
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, in
Okeechobee. He was born Nov.
24, 1957, in Pahokee and raised
there. He was a lifetime resident of
the lake area, primarily in Okee-
chobee. He was an avid hunter and
enjoyed all out-
He loved danc-
ing, music, and '
was always .
"the life of the
party." He loved ..y .
his family and
was a father, '
friend to many. FrankJ.
He is pre- Brady, Jr.
ceded in death
by his grand-
mother "Grannie" Cassie Chaney:
Mr. Brady Jr. is survived by: his
loving wife of 26 years, Peggy Brady
of Okeechobee. He is also survived
by: his son, Blake Brady; his daugh-
ters, Yvonne Brady and Tiffany
(Jeff) Whitlock; his grandchildren,
Kaiya Brady-Long, Trevor Brady,
Abigail Whitlock and Brandon
Reed Whitlock, all of Okeechobee.
In addition, he is survived by his
father, Frank (Marilyn) Brady, Sr.
and his mother, Carolyn Schneider,
all of Okeechobee; his sisters, Pam
(Bobby) Tucker of Palm City, Rhon-
da Turner of Okeechobee and
Cindy Mills of Loxahatchee.
The family will receive friends;
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, from 11
a.m.. until 2 p.m. at the Gathering,
1735 S.W 24th Ave., Okeechobee.
Services will follow at 2 p.m. Inter-
ment will be at Evergreen Ceme-
tery in Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested that donations be made
to D.C. Ranch, P.O. Box 1791,
(.,keechobee, Fla., 34973. "
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory.
Yvonne Marie Boyle
Yvonne Marie Boyle, age 68,
died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at
Raulerson Hospital in Okee-
chobee. She was born May 2, 1937,
in Collinsville, Ill., and was a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for 20 years.
She was a member of the
American Legion and the VFW
Women's Auxiliary. She enjoyed
fishing and doing crossword puz-
She is preceded in death by her
sons Mark and Timothy Clark, her
brother Robert Weckman and her
sister Lois Graham.
She is survived by: her friend,
Kenny Thornton of Goreville, Ill.;
her sons, Robert (Nancy) Clark of
Collinsville, Ill., Jeffrey (Debra)
Clark of Caesyville, Ill., Donald
(Mary Kay) Clark of Collinsville, Ill.,
and Anthony (Joanne), Clark, also
of Collinsville, Ill. In addition, she is
survived by: her daughters,
Jacqueline (Greg) Carpenter and
Jeanette (James) Tongay, all of
Maxwell, Iowa. Also surviving her
is: her brother, Don (Kay) Weck-
man of Colorado Springs, Colo.;
her sister, Janice (Garnett) Martin
of Collinsville, Ill.; and, 19 grand-
children and 13 great-grandchil-
Memorial services will be held
in Collinsville, Ill.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Mellie Rose Raulerson
Mellie Rose Raulerson, age 92,
died Dec. 25,2005, in Okeechobee.
She was born Sept. 12, 1913, in
Francitas, Texas, to Will and Alice
At the age of 5, they first came to
Florida where they settled at Dad's
Island. They later moved to
Basinger, making it their final
home. Mellie taught school at the
Basinger School and was clerk of
the Basinger Baptist Church for
over 40 years.
She is preceded in death by: her
husband of 56 years, Maurice V
Raulerson; her mother, Alice; her
father, Will; sons, Jack and Little
Burt; daughters, Hilda and Zolda;
grandson, Joe; granddaughters,
Gloria and Ginger; and, great-
Mellie is survived by: her daugh-
ter, Zelda V Raulerson; sons, Lytle
'Cowboy' (Elizabeth) Raulerson
and Michael (Carolyn) Raulerson;
and, her sister, Joyce Wunda, all of
Okeechobee. In addition, she is
survived by 16 grandchildren, 40
great-grandchildren, 50 great-
great-grandchildren and a host of
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec.
29, 2005, from 10 a.m. until noon at
the Basinger Baptist Church. Ser-
vices will be at the church following
visitation. Interment will be at
Basinger Cemetery in Basinger.
Pallbearers will be Johnny
Raulerson, Shane Raulerson, Jeff
Johnson, Justin Domer, Mark Good-
pastuee and Billy Markham. Hon-
orary pallbearers will be Gene John-
son, Ray Domer, Donald Brantley,
Jeff Hemingway and Jerry Albritton.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Maryann, age 34, Samantha,
age 11, Anthony, age 9, and
Jonathan, age 3, Smalls of Okee-
chobee died Wednesday, Dec. 21,
2005, in Okeechobee.
The Smalls came to Okee-
chobee from Indianapolis, Ind., in
1999. The family enjoyed playing
soccer together and they were
proud that their team was unde-
The Smalls were together for 14
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,
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
Clarence "David" Watson, age
53, died Wednesday, Dec. 21,2005,.
at his residence in Okeechobee. He
was born March 11, 1952, in Indi-
ana. He was a surveyor by trade.
He is sur-
vived by: his
loving wife of
30 years, Teresa
F. Watson; his
son, David Wat-
son; his daugh-
Mariyah Men- David'Watson
Mendoza; and his grandsons,
CaelebSmith and Adrien Smith, all
of Okeechobee. He is also survived
by his mother, June Watson of Stu-
art; his brothers, Rick Watson of
Stuart, Richard Watson of Hobe
Sound, Jeff Watson of Punta
Gorda, and Darrold Watson of
Clearwater; and, his sister Debbie
Wd-tsr.on, of Clearwater.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under tlhe
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are
currently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,
from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will
be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the internet.
For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee
County Library at (863) 763-3536.
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.
Remember a loved one
who has departed with a special
Memorial Tribute in this newspaper.
Your tribute can be published following the memorial services, or to
commemorate an anniversary of your loved one's birth or passing. You
can add a photograph of your loved one, lines from a poem or
scripture, and special art or borders -- and we'll make sure it all comes
Visit www2.neWszap.conVmemorials for sample ads
and an online order form, or call 1-866-379-6397 toll free.
UOrrf OF tiffrJ
.. .... :.
~ ~ ; ..... -- 1, "-.<;'*. ", E ,;" L'. ."' : ,",* *' ."^...
) '.,."" '' f.-. /.'.". .... ;<-". "*.1^f'** .. -'"',, "'.i?''3' .'. "' ?"' '.'... "1 "..Jf ..; ,,
^i, ^ "^ .rr|" -
Make up to $2,500
by filling in the space above!
Sell your personal valuables if
they're $2,500 or less
for absolutely free!
No fee, no catch, no problems!
4 lines for 2 weeks
Price must be
Included in ad
a' tein per house-
:Ji < r i issue
" .7. : ."
* 1 used item or ;
grouping per ad
priced at $2,500
reserves the right to
disqualify any ad.
Toll Free 877-353-2424
but YOU decide.
CC. q 1 frr 14 f S ec o n d te rm
r i ., l.a
Many newspapers aggressively push the opinions of their
publishers or corporate owners.
But we don't think it's our place to tell people what to think,
or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on pur-
poseful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facili-
tate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues.
We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And we're
proud to understand the difference.
Let us know by mailing email@example.com or calling
Community Service Through Journalism
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Have an opinion or a question about a public issue? Post it anytime
at the Okeechobee issues blog at http://newsblog.info/0904. It is a
hometown forum so visit the page as often as you would like and
share your comments (but no personal attacks or profanities, please).
You can also make a comment by calling our Speak Out 24-hour
opinion line at (863) 467-2033, fax (863) 763-5901 or sending e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail submissions to
Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973. Com-
ments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
DIVORCE: Divorce is an extremely stressful time for everyone
involved, but if parents would continue to put their children first -
especially before themselves they would see that these petty games
are not to be tolerated. I just had Christmas dinner with my daughter,
her husband and children, her ex-husband and father of her children,
his wife and his parents. I thank God every day that my daughter and
her ex-husband are so cognizant of their children before themselves.
FLOODING: Flooding due to someone berming a property or filling
in a wetland is a serious problem and should be reported to DEP if the
property is five acres or more. Less than five acres is under water man-
agement authority. That is separate from code enforcement which
would be the people to contact about problems such as things that
need to be cleaned up. Just because many areas in the county flood
does not make it all right to do something that causes the water to
back up on someone else's property. It is against state law and should
be reported so that it can be taken care of.
DANGEROUS DRIVE: I was calling about the comment in the paper
under the heading "lack of planning." I have to be at work at 7:30 a.m.
and I drive 60 miles. I get up at 4:45 a.m. so that I can have a pleasant
drive to work that is not dangerous. I use Berman Road to get to the
Beeline. The problem is that even at 5:30 or 6 a.m. the roads are
already dangerous with all of the trucks. The speed limit on that road
has been reduced but the trucks are still speeding through. I have been
nearly killed on that road twice. It is a dark road and there are no lights
- the center line is faded and gone. What's worse is that you never
see a deputy on that road. It is a very dangerous road anytime. It is
poor planning on the state, and the county for not patrolling the road
with deputies or even troopers. Something needs to be done before
there is a horrible accident on that road and.someone is killed.
REALTORS: I just want to let people know that the realtors who
advertise property for sale out of the state don't allow you to rent a
vehicle on your own, which keeps you under their control during your
visit. If you want out of state property, it might be a good idea to investi-
gate it yourself.
WINNER: The biggest thing to happen to Okeechobee in years,
someone wins $46 million and it is not even in the paper. I am glad that
it seems like they are a family that really needed it.
RR CROSSINGS: When are they ever going to fix the railroad cross-
ings on 15-A and 15-B you get shook to pieces whenever you cross
them. They have been this way for some time. (Editor's Note: Okee-
chobee County has been trying for quite some time to get CSX Rail-
road to fix the crossings to which you refer.)
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 informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2171.
DOR offering free tax classes ,
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006
intangible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health
Department, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., on Jan 24 and Feb. 14. Classes
will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The
classes are free and open to the public. 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 contact 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
disaster training classes each month, January through April. Each
class will cover different areas Red Cross disaster training. Inter-
ested 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 Okee-
chobee High School Class of 1997 reunion should e-mail Josh
Harvey or Elizabeth Pearce at JJBAR78@hotmail .com, or
The Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida
Independent rs owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pur-
sJe a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no
dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below
industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents
mission of ournalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First
Amendment of Ihe U.S. Constitution, and support of the community's deliber-
action of public issues
We Pledge ...
* To operate this newspaper as a
* To help our community become a
better place to live and work
through our dedication to consci-
* To provide the information citizens
need to make their own intelligent
decisions about public issues
* To report the news with honesty,
accuracy. purposeful neutrality.
fairness. objectivity, fearlessness
* To use our opinion pages to facili-
tate community debate, not to
dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of
interest or potential conflicts to our
* To correct our errors and to give
each correction to the prominence
* To provide a right to reply to those
we write about
* To treat people with courtesy,
respect and compassion.
Advertising Director: Judy Kasten
News Editor: Eric Kopp
National Advertising: Joy Parrish
Office Manager: Karmen Brown
Circulation Manager: Janet Madray
Independent Newspapers, Inc.
* Joe Smyth, Chairman
* Ed Dulin. President
* Tom Byrd. Vice President of
Katrina Elsken, Executive
-* Okeechobee News 2005
For More Information See
At Your Service On Page 2
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 Okee-
chobee. 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. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else
interested are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863)
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For infor-
mation, 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 meet-
ing. 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,
schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For infor-
mation, 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 informa-
tion, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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-
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-
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 interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are 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.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
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)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call
Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Social Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m.
until noon at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a Second
Language classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family mem-
ber is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tick-
ets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran
at (863) 382-6978 or Juana at (863) 471-9795.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come
and see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Sobriety in the Swamp Club is a public service group that offers
a place for people in recovery to meet. There are AA and NA meet-
ings seven days a week, and at different times. The club also offers a
safe place to come and hang out, have coffee and fellowship with
others. The hours of operation are: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday
through Thursday; 9 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday;
and, from 11 a.m. until-10 p.m. on Sundays. For information on meet-
ing times, call (863) 763-5385.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles hold a ride every Saturday,
weather permitting. Beginning Dec. 3, the group will meet at 7 a.m. at
the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St. The ride will leave at 7:30
a.m. Anyone interested in riding is invited. For information, contact
Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6527; or,
Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to
stop using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to man-
age their emotional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion
group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Hospice Country Store has sale
The Country Store will remain open until Thursday, Dec. 29.
Gift items can be purchased from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday to
Wednesday. All proceeds from the Country Store will benefit Hos-
pice 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 County
Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., where people are asked to see
Pat O'Connor. Items will be collected through Dec. 30, and will
be given to the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition for distribu-
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) 763-0550.
Church hosting weight loss classes
Registrations for a six-week devotional weight loss journey
will be Jan. 3-6, 2006. Classes will begin Jan. 16 at His House 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. Parrott
Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. He will be there to give infor-
mation on the Medicare Part D prescription plans available. The
event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Democratic Executive
Hospice schedules yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Jan. 6,
and Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Hospice of
Okeechobee's blue volunteer building located at the corner of
S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient
care in Okeechobee.
New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community Col-
lege Dixon-Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., for coaches,
anyone with physical education on their certification or other
interested parties. The class is entitled Care and Prevention of
Athletic Injuries IRCC reference number 86771. The class will
run for three consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006.
This will be a three-credit class thai t\ill cover \%hat to look corr-
cerning sports injuries, the prevention goJ.p.Qts injuries and how ;
to protect you from potential lawvsuils. For information, contact
Candi Walker at (863) 467-6778.
Salvation Army Thrift Store to close
Due to the lack of volunteers, the Salvation Army Thrift Store,
at 420 N.E. Park St., will be going out of business on Jan. 7. Until
then, bargains can be found at the store Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The store is looking for a charitable
organization to take over their inventory after they close. Interest-
ed organizations should call the store at (863) 763-6020 during
AARP offering driver safety course
An AARP driver safety course will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at
the First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. Classes will be held
both days from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be
paid by check. Participants do not have to be a member of AARP
or have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited.
Participants should consult their Florida auto insurance agent
about their three-year discount upon completion of the class. For
information, contact instructor D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
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)
Free nutrition Class offered
There will be a contact reflex analysis and designed clinical
nutrition class by Dr. Edward W. Douglas at the Douglas Health
Center, 912-916 W. North Park St., on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 2006,
beginning at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.
Shared Services meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Jan. 13, in the Okeechobee County School Administra-
tion 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, like the Speckled Perch and Labor Day parades.
Therefore, we are asking members of the Okeechobee commu-
nity to place an entry in the parade. Entries can be in the form of
floats, vehicles, horses or a group on foot. If anyone is interested
in placing an entry in the parade, contact George Roberson at
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 Carl-
ton and Lee Dixon will be on hand to share insights into Mrs.
Raulerson's commitment to this community and state. For infor-
mation or to make reservations, call Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Proceeds from the luncheon will support the scouting program in
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 meet-
ing 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.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 D
Complete Adult Healthcare
Injections for Back Pain *
Complete Pain Management Program *
Bone Density Testing for Osteoporosis *
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!
1105 N. Parrott Ave. 467-1117
CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
Office Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 8 AM TO 6 PM & Wed. 8 AM TO 4:30 PM
Ted Schiff, M.D. and the professional staff
at Water's Edge Dermatology will treat you with all
the care and expertise you expect.
I New patients are welcome.
Medicare and most insurance accepted.
* Adult and Pediatric Dermatology
* Diseases of the Skin.
Hair and Nails
* Surgery of the Skin,
Skin Cancer Treatment
* MOHS Skin Cancer Surgery
4 6 67767
Oncology Services in
Okeechobee Since 1997
Board Certified in Radiation Oncology
* Radiation Therapy Close to Home
with State-of-the-Art Equipment
* IMRT Technology Combined with
Ultrasound Based Image Guided
Radiation Therapy to Shield More
Tissues, Resulting in Less
Specializing in the Treatment of:
* Prostate Cancer Lung Cancer
* Breast Cancer Skin Cancer
* Brain Cancer
BOARD CERTIFIED IN UROLOGY
* ADULT & PEDIATRIC UROLOGY
* BLADDER & KIDNEY INFECTIONS ,
* NO SCALPEL VASECTOMY
215 N.E. 19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217
&-+4 Gles Heaith Care Center
Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility
Healthcare Services Include:
*Specialized Wound Care -Resident & Family Council Groups
-Full Time Medical Director -Specialized HIV Care
*Dialysis Support *Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
*Alzheimer's Support Groups *24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing
* Intravenous Therapy *Therapeutic Activities
230 South Barfield Highway
Pahokee, Florida 33476-1834
Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Visit our website at www.floridacare.net
Tim loannides, M.D. and
Cynthia J. Rogers, M.D.
are pleased to welcome
S Jonathan S. Sanders, M.D., J.D.
Treasure Coast Dermatology
c,: : r- :.'tr 1 he Treatment of Skin Cancer
Diseases of Skin, Hair & Nails
Board Ce died by the
America Board of Oerooo y
9?3 We 31 Still Herefor You!
The Best is Right Here!
C A .TRA.NED/BOARD CERTIFIED
(863) 763 -3134
To Find Out How You
Can Get Your Ad On
James E. Bradfield, MD FACOG
is pleased to announce the opening of his office
"for the pi ..dctice of Gynecology
1300 N. Pnirol A-,e. Ol-eecht:i., ;
Clinical interests include management of menopausal disorders,
endometriosis, infertility and menstrual abnormalities.
Dr. Bradfield is also experienced in evaluation and treatment of
pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
When it comes to fighting cancer,
Mid-Florida Radiation Oncology has been
leading the way on the Treasure Coast.
Our compassionate staff and caring physicians use the latest advances in
treatment techniques and equipment. giving our patients the best chance to
beat cancer. Our state of the art treatments include:
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) Mammosite Breast CancerTherapy
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) 3-D Ultrasound Image Guided Therapy
CT/MRI Fusion Technology
At Mid-Florida Radiation Oncology, you are treated with the care and respect you
deserve. We also offer courtesy van transportation for your convenience.
Mid-Florida Radiation Oncology Associates
Board Certified Radiation Oncologists
David J. Harter, M.D. Alan S. Krimsley, M.D.
Ronald H.Woody, M.D.
604 W. Midway Road
,. White City, FL
301 N.E. 19th Drive
,- :,:"" B auty
S-.. amzie, FAGS
Board Certified DERMATOLOGY &
A RESTYLAN ,- Accepting Patients At Our 3 Locations:
306 NE 19th Dr. Okeechobee
Ft. Pierce Port St. Lucia
Port St. Lucie
1780 S.E. Hillmoor Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL
To Find Out How You
Can Get Your Ad On
111HIMIA m -
0 L a' W MIA I'm
6 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27,2005
2005 DODGE RAM 1500 REGULAR CAB ST
Year-End Bonus Cash
(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash (in select counties)1
Year-End Bonus Cash
(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash (in select counties)O
2005 DODGE DURANGOSXT
after cash allowances
2005 DODGE DAKOTA CLUB CAB ST
Year-End Bonus Cash
(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash (in select counties)
after cash allowances
2006 DODGE CARAVAN SE
Year-End Bonus Cash
(When financed through Chrysler Financial)
Bonus Cash On select counties)
after cash allowances
Get the Miles of Freedom Plan on these Dodge
vehicles only at your Dodge dealer:
* Oil changes & Filter Replacement
Full mechanical coverage
including engine and transmission Personal Debit Card
*MSRP excludes tax. Take delivery from dealer stock. "Financing for qualified buyers. Not all buyers will qualify. 'Not available on Charger, Magnum, Viper, Sprinter, and SRT8 models. *6,000 miles scheduled
maintenance intervals for 2 years or 24,000 miles. See dealer for details of scheduled maintenance and a copy of the 5-year or 60,000-mile mechanical limited warranty. Maximum amount, $2,367 gas. See dealer for
details of this bonus cash allowance offer. Not all buyers will qualify. See dealer for details. Actual terms vary by participating dealer. Dodge is a registered trademark of DaimlerChryster Corporation.
5 YEAR/60,000 MILE MECHANCIAL
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 7
hdip flegt it hmcniti
-. -~ ~ -
- w -
-dfw low -
Chicken soup -- still good for what ails you
Many Floridians are fighting
the flu this winter. One of the best
I home remedies for cold and flu is
one of the oldest good old
In addition to the "comfort
food" reasons to eat chicken
soup, modern science offers
some reasons that chicken soup
helps make you feel better.
A study conducted at the Uni-
versity of Nebraska found that
- homemade chicken soup (with
lots of chicken, onions, garlic, cel-
ery and parsley) counters the
effects of immune-system cells
called neutrophils, which cause
inflammation in the nose, throat
and lungs. Cold symptoms such
as a runny nose are caused by this
immune response, rather than
the virus itself.
Many of the ingredients in
chicken soup contain natural
medicines that ease cold and flu
Thyme contains a natural
Garlic is an anti-oxidant and
helps boost the body's immune
system. Garlic also contains a nat-
ural antibiotic. Onions also con-
tain a natural antibiotic and boost
the immune system.
Parsley helps promote good
Sage contains a natural antibi-
otic and helps control coughs.
Celery helps ease aches, helps
stabilize blood sugar and pro-
with Katrina Elsken
motes restful sleep.
Chicken is a good source of
protein, which your body needs
to stay strong and fight infection.
It also contains tryptophan also
found in turkey -- which might
make it easier to sleep.
Vegetables such as parsnips
and carrots contain vitamins, anti-
oxidants your body needs to fight
The broth in chicken soup aids
in hydration. You need lots of flu-
ids to help your body fight the flu.
The warm vapors from the
soup helps to shrink sinus pas-
sageways, thus reducing pres-
sure, congestion and pain.
Chicken soup contains impor-
tant vitamins and minerals that
help your body gain strength and
aid in the healing process.
The trick to making good
chicken soup is using enough
chicken. Depending on your own
preferences and dietary concerns,
you can use a whole chicken or
just the white meat.
- -. .5 0. Raw
in4~d ~~ hi u
w--% .w -
-"Covri hted Material
' Syndicated Content
- -_ Available from Commercial News Providers"
41- .5 5
- a -
- 5.-. .5.
.5 5. -
a a .5
No Monthly Plan Premium!
Includes Rx Coverage (Part D benefits)!
We are pleased to announce that our network continues to grouw and some of our contracted providers* currently include:
Primary Care Physicians*
Craddock, Richard, MD
Crouch, John, DO'
Doshi-Sanghrajka, Neha, MD
Dube, Richard, MD'
Eliot, Hope, MD'
Fernandez, Felix, DO
Gaeta, Paul, MDt
Gallupe, Dean, DO
Gilels, Michael, MD'
Glaspey, Ben, DO'
Gray, James, MD'
Kantor, Lawrence, MDT
Kardos, Linda, MDT
Keller, Christopher, DO
Lyons, Glynnis, DO
Mehan, Ravi, DO
Mendell, Philip, MD'
Mordes, David, MD'
Nayyar, Manjula, MD
Nayyar, Ramesh, MD
Pinzler, David, DO
Price, Julie, MD'
Ritter, William, MD'
Robbins, Howard, MI
Sawczak, Toni, MD
Sherman, Michael, MD'
Speicher, Matthew, MD'
Szentpaly, Gabriel, MD'
VanVliet, Robert, DO'
Weisberg, Richard, DO
Alla, Sreenivasa, MD
Bromberg, Jordan, MD'
Casariego, Isabel, MD
Chua, Robert, MD'
Cohen, Dean, DO'
Coquelet, John G., DO
Fakhry, Mona, MD
Falkenberg, Richard, MD'
Fernandez, Felix, DO
Kriseman, James, DO'
Kurtin, Jennifer, MD
Le, Vien, MD
Mehan, Ravi, DO
Nayyar, Manjula, MD
Nayyar, Ramesh, MD
Pinto, Jose, MD
Punger, Denise, MD
Quirit, Larry, MD
Roberts, James, MD
Shaikh, Liaquddin, MD
Shareef, Humayun, MD DO
Shipman, Julia, MD
Snedeker, Scott, MD'
Torres, Maria, MD
Urban, Kenneth, MD'
Young, Eric, MD'
Zeblisky, Peter, DO'
Aragon, Candido, MD
Aragon, Gloria, MD
Berger, Jay, MD
Chaudhary, Muhammad, MD
Ladia, Felipe, MD
Ladia, Lilia, MD
Mavroides, Christopher, MD
,, qfutinge..Pattial.list only, call us or visit AdvantageCare.com for a complete list.
" Qffi. d b CA eatt Plans, Inc. A:Medicare Advantage Organization with a Medicare contract. All Medicare beneficiaries may apply.
,' .ly ,cept:ig cAeit patients whohave been seen within the past 36 months.
Here's my own recipe for
homemade chicken soup.
4 medium onions
4 cloves garlic, crushed
4 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped parsnips
/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh sage
/4 cup chopped fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh Rosemary, leaves
5 pounds chicken
6-8 cups water or chicken
broth (just enough to cover the
chicken in the pot)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, saute onions,
garlic, celery, parsley, sage, thyme
and Rosemary until translucent.
Add parsnips and chicken. Add
enough liquid water or chicken
broth to cover chicken com-
pletely. Bring liquid to a boil, and
then reduce heat to simmer. Sim-
mer for four hours or until chick-
en is falling off the bone. Using a
colander to catch the vegetables
and chicken, strain the stock into
another pan. Allow the stock to
cool. When it is cool, skim off the
fat that rises to the top.
Remove the chicken from the
strained mixture. Discard the
cooked vegetables. Most of the
good nutrition has cooked out of
Attention People with Med'icare.,
AdvaantageCare is now available in Martin, St.-Lucie and Okeec.hobee-counties!
them and is in the stock. What
you are discarding is just fiber.
When it is cool enough to handle,
bone the chicken, cut into small
pieces and add to the stock.
In a small saucepan, heat just
enough of the stock with meat for
the number of desired servings.
Eat as is, or add noodles or veg-
etables as desired.
Season with salt, pepper,
thyme, garlic powder and other
herbs to taste.
I prefer to add chopped car-
rots, parsnips, onions, celery and
parsley. I don't like the vegetables
to be mushy, so I saut6 the vegeta-
bles in olive oil, just until tender,
and add to the reheated stock,
then warm for about five minutes.
If you add noodles, simmer until
noodles are tender, usually about
five to 10 minutes.
Some people also like to add
potatoes or sweet potatoes to
their soup. Just add to the pot and
simmer until all the vegetables are
Before making any changes to
your diet or exercise routine, con-
sult your doctor. This is especially
important if you are on any pre-
scription drugs. Some drugs inter-
act badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005
O.G. & C.C. Results
R.I.G.S. League BenBurdeshaw.
Dec. 23: 1. Randy Ke
Dec. 22: 1. Larry Bond, 2. Ed side, 2. John Nickelson
Pullen, Last place Bill McCoy, place Don Gray, Closest
Closest to the pin (2) Bob pin (2) Bruce Syjud, (8
Rogers, (8) Harry White, (11) Sherry, (11) Kenny Curra
Randy Ketcherside and (17) (17) Russ Adams, Sr.
N* '",* ai l I Fi n s
Dancing part of cheerleaders' routine
By Loma Jablonski ., .
Okeechobee News .
to the The Brahman junior varsity
) Max cheerleaders are bringing dance
m and routines and skilled gymnastic
moves to the sidelines of the
Brahman junior varsity basketball
Courtney Beamer, their resi-
dent tumbler, awes spectators
with her court-length flips. The
team's routines are so perfectly
"t synchronized that it is hard to
believe they have only been prac-
ticing a few weeks.
Team members for the 2005-
06 season are Meghan Conroy,
Ciara Delegall, Katelyn Stuart,
Courtney Beamer, Jamie Tindall,
Miranda DuBois, Jessica Joles and
Cherie Huddleston. The team co-
captains are Cassie Murray and
Billie Jo Freeman.
They are led by junior varsity
cheerleading coach Jean Sher-
Mrs. Sherlock is no stranger to
working with young people. She
is a 12-year veteran teacher of the
Okeechobee County school sys-
tem. She spent 10 years at Osceo-
la Middle School before transfer-
ring to Okeechobee High School
to teach sophomore English.
Mrs. Sherlock is a graduate of
Stetson University in DeLand. She
began baton twirling competitive-
ly at the ripe old age of 5 in the
Drum Majorettes of America
She attended high school at
Mainland High School in Daytona
Beach where she was the fea-
tured twirler her senior year. Her
high school team also won a
national championship her senior
year. She is proficient in fancy
strutting, two and three baton
routine and dance routines.
Members of the 2005-06 junior varsity basketball cheerleaders are: (front row, left to right)
Meghan Conroy, Ciara Delegall, Cassie Murray (co-captain), Billie Jo Freeman (co-captain)
and Katelyn Stuart; (back row, left to right) Jean Sherlock (coach), Courtney Beamer, Jamie
Tindall, Miranda DuBois, Jessica Joles and Cherie Huddleston.
"I did scream team at Osceola
Middle School for five years,"
explained Mrs. Sherlock. "The last
year I was there I helped establish
'Synchronicity' a twirl-cheer
Mrs. Sherlock has also been a
private coach for baton twirling.
This is her first year as the Okee-
chobee High School junior varsity
cheerleading coach. Her squad
performed at the Maverick fresh-
man football games and now per-
forms at all home junior varsity
basketball games. In addition to
her teaching and coaching duties,
Mrs. Sherlock and her husband
Tony Sherlock, a teacher at Osce-
ola Middle School, have an active
3-year old son Anthony Michael
Mrs. Sherlock explained that
the junior varsity squad is being
assisted by a number of people
specializing in different areas of
cheerleading. Mrs. Jacquelynn
Dyer is the varsity cheerleading
coach. She has been assisting
Mrs. Sherlock with the cheer and
gymnastics portion of the girls'
routines. Her husband John Dyer
is a professional gymnastics
coach and has been assisting the
girls with their gymnastic rou-
When asked about future
plans for the squad, Mrs. Sherlock
stated, "The squad is young. All
are freshmen. Nine of the 10
cheered during football season.
The only newcomer to the squad
is Meghan Conroy. We should
start competition next year."
With the natural talent of these
young athletes and the experi-
ence of their coaches, the sky is
the limit for the junior varsity
cheerleaders of Okeechobee
Items the pros wanted under the Christmas tree
I don't know if Santa left you
everything you wanted for Christ-
mas. I did fine, thank-you. How-
ever, I wondered if some of your
and my favorite golfers. found
what they needed under their
Here are a few suggested
items that would have been
John Daly A 12-pack on ice
- he doesn't need the ice for the
beer, that's for his broken hand.
Michele Wie A win against
the men, women or even chil-
Fred Couples A year of Skins
Games even though he didn't
win a skin in 2005.
by Daniel Shube
-ja' Singh A bottle of hand
lotion for the blisters he must
have spending so much time on
the practice tee.
Tiger Woods More time to
win more events,, to spend with
his lovely new wife, for his Nike
One to fall into the cup.
Jack Nicklaus A slower
clock. What a shame we will not
see him play in the Majors or on
the PGA TOUR any longer.
Jean Van de Velde A new
skirt for when he plays in the
Carolyn Bivens As new LPGA
Commissioner, she has every-
thing she needs.
Natalie Gulbis She has the
calendar, now she needs to be
able to circle the date she wins a
Annika Sorenstam Some
competition. There seems to be
plenty, yet she keeps on winning
- practically at will!
Jason Gore Half the sponsors
Colin Montgomerie A win on
Dana Quigley A week off (the
iron man could use it!)
David Toms and Meg Mallon -
Plenty of heart (both these players
have plenty of heart on the
course, yet each had problems
with their tickers).
JesperiParnevik His clubs -
he forgot to bring them on the pri-
vate jetie4eok to thisyear's Mas-
a.%Twb 0" U 4I if'. Inm 0Sa-PON
q- m ft -
Available from Commercial News Providers"
OHS athletes receive
all conference honors
The Treasure Lake Conference
swimming and diving champi-
onships were held on Oct. 14.
The Brahmans finished in the.
following order: Boys 200-yard
freestyle (6) David Edwards -
2:08.17; Boys 100-yard breast-
stroke David Edwards 1:14.10;
Girls 100-yard freestyle e- (5)
Chanley Barnhart 1:01.74; Girls
100-yard backstroke (5) Chan-
ley Barnhart 1:08.12.
The Treasure Lake Confer-
ence All-Conference teams for
fall sports were also announced.
In volleyball, Lady Brahman Kel-
ley Smiley was name to the All-
Conference first team; Tierra
Allen was named to the All-Con-
ference second team; and, Shau-
naye Brown was given honor-
In bowling, Lady Brahman
Christy Perry received honorable
mention in girls bowling and Joe
Osteen received honorable men-
tion in boys bowling.
In boys' cross-country, Bryan
Suarez was named to the All-
Conference first team. Honor-
able mention honors were given
to James Gainer.
In girls' cross-counti y, Rachel
Fairchild received honorable
To save time and money by having the news-
paper delivered to your home, call Reader
Services at 1-877-353-2424 or e-mail |
If you're already a subscriber and have
questions or requests about your home
delivery, call Reader Services at
1-877-353-2424 or email
readerservices @ ne\\szap.com. V
Okeechobee New d,
Your LOCAL gateway
to the Internet
ADVERTISING COMPUTERS & INTERNET GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Place your classified Go to www.newszap.com, select your Go to www.newszap.com,
ad online, town and then click on Classified select your town and
24 hours a day at Advertising. Then click on "Merchandise" then click on Index under
www2.newszap.com/classde.html. for listings of local computers for services Community Contacts.
ADVERTISING COMPUTERS & INTERNET HOME SERVICES
Advertise your business on the Your LOCAL gateway to the Go no www.newszap.com, select
Internet Internet with local information, your town and then click on
24 hours a day at news and advertising is found at: Classified Advertising.
www2.newszap.com/onlineadvertising. www.newszap.com. Then click on Services.
AUTOS & AUTO CARE COMPUTERS & INTERNET MOVIE LISTINGS
Go to www.newszap.com, Advertise your business on the Go to iwww.newszap.com,
select your town and Internet select your town and
then click on 24 hours a day at then click on
Autos Guide. www2.newszap.com/onlineadvertising. Movie Listings.
CHURCHES & RELIGION EDUCATION NEWS
Go to www.newszap.com, Go to www.newszap.com, Go to www.newszap.com and select
select your town and select your town and then click on your town for local stories. Then
then click on Index under Index under click on National News for the rest
Community Contacts. Community Contacts. of the day's latest news.
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING EMPLOYMENT NEWSPAPERS
Go to www.newszap.com, Go to www.newszap.com, select your Go to www.newszap.com,
select your town and town and then click on Classified select your town
then click on your state under Advertising. Then click on Employment. and then click on
Today's Classified Ads. (Includes ads in today's newspaper & more.) Independent Newspapers.
COMMUNIfY ORGANIZATIONS FINANCIAL OBITUARIES
Go to www.newszap.com, Go to www.newszap.com. Go to www.newszap.com,
i select your town and select your town and select your town
then click on Index under then click on and then click on
Community Contacts. Financial Services Guide. Obituaries.
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 9
The Heartland Library Cooper-
ative is a six library cooperative
serving Highlands, Hardee, DeSo-
to and Okeechobee counties. The
Heartland Library Cooperative
will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes
throughout the six libraries in the
four-county area. A technology
information trainer will take a
mobile computer lab to each
location four times per month to
teach computer classes. The
classes will teach basic computer
skills such as how to start up and
use a computer, how to log-on to
the Internet and how to commu-
nicate via e-mail with friends and
relatives. The more advanced
computer class will teach how to
keep the computer clean and
how to send pictures. You may
also contact your local libraries
for these same classes. In Okee-
chobee, call (863) 763-3536 or
contact Gabriell Turner, informa-
tion tech trainer, at
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child
Find helps find and identify chil-
dren up to 21 years of age who
may need special education serv-
ices. The primary focus is on 3-
and 4-year-old children not yet in
a school setting. Child Find pro-
vides free screenings on speech
and language, development,
vision, and hearing. For informa-
tion, contact Debbie Wagner at
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents.
Permanent and part-time volun-
teers provide direct patient sup-
port services such as companion-
ship, telephone contacts, letter
reading, main caregiver relief and
other non-medical assistance.
They also assist Hospice in fund
raising, clerical and office sup-
port. Age is not a barrier: Forinfor-
matio'n, visit Hospice df' Okee-
cho'ee' at 4 I1 S.E. F6itith St.,
Okeechobee, or call (863) 467-
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required
safety equipment needed on your
boat. This service is free. You will
receive a cordial, informative and
confidential boat inspection. A
vessel safety check decal will be
placed on boats that meet all the
requirements. Call (863) 467-3085
to arrange a boat check.
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned arid injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and pick
out what they need. There is no
charge and anyone is welcome.
This is not restricted to veterans.
Call the Post at (863) 763-2950.
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities cur-
rently exist and new programs to
begin soon. Please contact the
lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital
for a Volunteer Application. For
information, call (863) 763-2151,
ext. 3312. The hospital's Volun-
teen Program (ages 14-17) begins
0 4D,- 0
~- m *
__ 1 I. oq
0 4 4 0
_____ mw 6-
-h 0 401
* .~ a
. 0 ~
op 0 O
40GEW mw 4
dm b aam
a of 00-0
GO 4 m p
go d6 e du
0 q *w *
"s. 1 I owb
4b f m 4
* ** *
411M 4a mm 4
0 qmol uo f 4
0 Mb40 -
0 1mo 40u4D
0 amp a &-
0 0 0
o U 4
10 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005
isiubaew o S perdnl ite sfra
II, ABSOLUTELY FEE' For any personal items for sale
ABSO LUTELY FREE$ under $2,500
SubmitYour REE Cassifedad -~
Announcements Merchandise Mobile Homes
Submit Your FREE Classified ad
today at www.newszap.com/class
You Can Reach
/ For Legal Ads:
/ For All Other Classified
b o m.p
24 iToll Free)
I / Monday
hrnd,'2r ] xnr mc r .- 3,la i. 'c n
/ Tuesday thru Friday \
S I a m t nt- d r i' h .h
/ Saturday I, s'A
T" ijr do, I7 r ,n 'f,,r I-v, dri picl,.icn -
S/ Sunday M
i Fl',d., 10 n r,', lor S r,, T a ,ubln-,c ti.jr, W ,-.
Ful Tie 111
l 'plym n
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
Sheets Available At:
107 S.W. 17th Street, Ste. D,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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
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
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
With Your Ad!
Employment Agriculture Recreation
\ hEi]i, sa, = iRereaio
Services RealEstate PublicNotices
SnT~ai ili~ilig~i AMlL~A
Please read your ad carefully
the first day it appears. In
case of an inadvertent error,
please notify us prior to the
deadline listed. We will not
be responsible for more than
1 incorrect insertion, or for
more than the extent of the
ad rendered valueless by
such errors. Advertiser
assumes responsibility for all
statements, names and con-
tent of an ad, and assumes
responsibility for any claims
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
reserves the right to accept
or reject any or all copy, and
to insert above the copy the
word "advertisement'. All
ads accepted are subject to
credit approval. All ads must
conform to Independent
Newspapers' style and are
restricted to their proper
classifications. Some classi-
fied categories require
advance payment. These
classifications are denoted
with an asterisk *
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
DOG- Shih-lzu call to describe
CAT 2yo Calico Female Cat,
has ID tags, last seen near
Oak Lake Estates $100 re-
" -Chocolate & White, Female,
Vicinity of Oak Park. Reward!
Please call (863)467-8038
LOST PIT BULL Country Hills
Estate Area, his name is Max
This do-it-yourself roll-top
desk project has six roomy
drawers, a large, 'shallow
drawer in the middle and two
pull-out drawing boards, as
well as 16 nooks and two
drawers under the roll-top
cover. The desk measures 50
in. long by 43 in. tall by 28
Roll-Top Desk plan
(No. 571)... $9.95
4 plans incl.571
(No. C77)... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects) ... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, P.O. Box 2383,
Van Nuys, CA 91409.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee
YlEard Sals 04
Rules for placing FREE ads!
4 lines for 2 weeks.
Price must be included in ad.
Ad must contain only 1 item.
8 2 ads per household.
Regular deadlines apply.
Must be personal items for
sale under $2,500.
I.pca Nti I
COCKER SPANIELS (older)1
male w/blue collar & injured
back leg, & 1 female,
w/red collar. Vic of Betther
Acres behind Post Office
CANNING JARS- Lids, rings,
20 qt pot to give away.
Curr/Boxer Mix Puppies-
FREE 8 weeks old,
DOG- mixed breed 8 months
old loving family
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!
LOOKING FOR Someone that
knows how to weave on a
loom Please call
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dning, Fishing, Traveling,
etc. Let meet. (863)946-3123
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
DO NOT CALL
BOOM TRUCK OPERATOR/
LABORER: Class B CDL req.
863-467-1932 evenings or
954-445-0749 day. EOE.
must have tools &
Starting @ $7.75
COOKS: Apply in person,
after 2pm @ Pizza Heaven
208 South Parrot Ave.
for busy restaurant
$9.00 per hr to start
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
Now hiring 10 sharp people to
work and travel with unique
Two weeks training.
Return trip guaranteed.
Daily and weekly bonuses
For more info call Mike.
Experienced Bartender &
Looking for experienced
Mobile home Installer, plus
people with Class A CDL
license. Top Pay must be
dependable. Please call
Salespeople. Must be
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must,
TRUCK DRIVER, CDL Class B
w/Air Brake. Competitive
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indlantown.
Drug Free Work Place.
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper In the
3.eca 3 .ic
I~eia Not ic
I.pca No'i I
too D" ~3~,C 4
** a *
Syndicated Content *
Available from Commercial News Providers" .
0 0 *: *I*
* 0 0
* 0 *
-Tow truck driver
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
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
w/farm equipment req'd.
$30K+, Exc. benefit pkg. Fax
resume to: 561-996-8559.
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
LOOKING FOR RETIRED
WOMEN To sit with elderly
lady Tues. & Thurs. 9am to
8pm 863-675-7410 La Belle
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
0,0Ileadsyouto the bet
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 11
I.pca No i
TUESDAY PRIME TIME DECEMBER 27, 2005
S 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
WPTV News (cc) NBC Extra (s) Entertain 'Fear Factor (s) (cc) 'Name The Law & Order: SVU News (cc) Tonight
( WPEC News (cc) I News Million- Holly- NCIS "Switch" (cc) The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors News (cc) Late
E WTCE Praise the Lord (cc) Dr Baugh Majesty Behind Meyer Hagee lGaither | Praise the Lord (cc)
) WPBF News ABC Fortune Jeopardy Jim Rodney Boston Legal (s) (cc) News Nightline
WFLX Drew Simp- Seinfeld Raymond Bones (s) (cc) House "Acceptance" News Raymond Seinfeld
0 WTVX King King 70s Show 70s Show Movie: ** All About tie Benjamins (2002) Will |Will Sex & Sex &
-" WXEL News-Lehrer Florida Cooking Nova (s) (cc) (DVS) Frontline "Diet Wars" Independent Lens (s) Charlie Rose (s) (cc)
AMC (5:45) Movie: ** Harlem Nights (1989) Movie: ** The In-Laws (2003) Movie: *** Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
ANIM Crocdle-Diaries The Most Extreme Chasing Nature (cc) The Most Extreme Profiles of Nature Chasing Nature (cc)
A&E American Justice Cold Case Files (cc) American Justice (s) Dog |Dog Airline |Airline Crossing Jordan (s)
BET 106 & Park: BET's To 10 Live |BETcom 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special From Los Angeles. In Color In Color
CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight The Situation Room Paula Zahn Now (cc) Larry King Live (cc) Anderson Cooper 360 (cc)
CRT NYPD Blue (s) (cc) Cops (s) |Cops (s) Cops (s) |Cops (s) Cops (s) |Cops (s) The Investigators Mastrmn- IMastrmn-
DISC Pop Pop America's Tsunami America's Tsunami Dirty Jobs (N) MythBusters (cc) America's Tsunami
DISN Sister Phil So Raven So Raven Movie: ** The Cheetah Girls (2003) (cc) Suite Life Suite Life So Raven So Raven
E! Big Bad & Best E! News E! News Who's the Boss?: True H'wood Story Gasti- Big Buzz Stern Stern
ESP2 SportsCenter (Live) College Basketball: Gonzaga at Memphis. |NBA Coast-to-Coast (_ive) (cc) Madden Madden
ESPN College Football: Champs Sports Bowl |College Football: Insight Bowl-- Arizona State vs. Rutgers. Phoenix. (Live) (cc)
EWTN Choices |Present Daily Mass Angelica Live |Religious |Rosary Threshold of Hope Christ |Ages
FAM 7th Heaven (cc) Smallville "Lineage" Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Whose? Whose? The 700 Club (cc)
HGTV Renovatn (Weekend Curb |House Designed IDesign IDecorat- IMission Design- Small Design IDesigner
HIST Caesar-Battle Modern Marvels (cc) Nostradamus: 500 Years Later (cc) Hell: The Devil's Domain (cc)
LIFE Golden Golden Movie: Circle of Dece t (1998) (cc) Movie: **1/2 Beauty ( 998) (Janine Turner) Will Will
NICK Grown Phantom Oddpar- INeutron ISponge IOddpar- Full Hse. IFather ICosby JCosby Cosby Cosby
SCI Stargate SG-1 (s) (cc) Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence UFO Invasion at Rendlesham (s) (cc) UFO Evidence
TBS Seinfeld ISeinfeld Raymond IRaymond Friends IFriends Sex & Sex & Daisy IDaisy Seinfeld ISeinfeld
TCM (5:45) Movie: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Movie: Death Takes a Holiday Movie: **** Wings of Desire (1987) (Bruno Ganz)
TLC Martha (cc) IRides (cc) Overhaulin' (cc) Overhaulin' IMiami Ink (cc) loverhaulin'
SPIKE Movie: *** Octopussy (1983) (Roger Moore, Maud Adams) (s) Movie: *** For Your Eyes Only (1981) (Roger Moore) (s)
TNT Charmed (s) (cc) Law & Order "Stiff" Law & Order (s) Law & Order (s) The Closer (s) (cc) Cold Case (s) (cc)
UNI Locura INoticiero PieldeOtoflo Contra Viento Alborada Casos-Vida Impacto INoticiero
USA (4:30) Movie: Blow Law & Order: SVU Law Order: Cl Movie: */2 Friday After Next (2002) (cc) Law Order: CI
HBO Anchorman: Legend of Ron Alexan- Rome (s) (cc) Rome (s) (cc) Real Sports (s) (cc) Boxing's Best
SHOW (5:30) Movie |Movie:*** The School of Rock (2003) (cc) ** The Comedians of Comedy ISHOMe The L Word (iTV) (s)
TMC Movie |Confessions of American Girl |Movie: *** Intermission (2003) (s) 'R' (cc) |Movie: **1/2 Dead End (2003) Beyond
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all cases
of questionable value, such
as promises of guaranteed
income from work-at-home
programs if it sounds too
good to be true, chances are
that it is. If you have ques-
tions or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we advise
that before responding or
sending money ahead of
time, you check with the Bel-
ter Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an ex-
tra charge, as well as long
distance toll costs. We will do
our best to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads, but
occasionally we may not be
aware of the charges. There-
fore, if you call a number out
of your area, use caution.
Find it faster Sell it sooner
in the classified
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
-' I I
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
* $25 ForTrimming.
* $70 For Shoes.
Call Mauro ,
7 Days A Week.
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.
Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:
SO CALL TODAY!
.,. m : -.. -', : -L=
Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
service to our customers
IN W everyday.
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
Air Conditioners, (1) 110v &
(1) 220v (w/heat), $100 for
both will sell separately.
WINDOW UNIT 7000 BTU,
works good $30
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,
FIRE PLACE MANTLE & sur-
round oak-unique, beautiful
ICE CREAM PARLOR CHAIRS
(4) Vintage. Bent wood
w/cane seats. $100.
RESTORATION & REPAIRS
of Antique furniture.
ELECTRIC RANGE Hotpoint,
glass top, self cleaning oven.
Good condition. $100
RANGE- Maytag, electric,
white, excellent condition,
WASHER & DRYER- good
condition, $175 for set
BICYCLE, boys, good condi-
BICYCLE, woman's, 10 spd.,
good condition, $20.
BIKES (2) 3 speed 26" his &
hers, $20 each or both for
BATHROOM VANITY- New
30", Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
WELL SYSTEM fairly new,
$800 for total system
DALE EARNHARDT SR Nascar
FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
CARDS Racing & Comic.
late 80s early 90s Exc. cond.
COMPUTER SYSTEM, com-
plete, lots of programs,
GAS FIRE PLACE 48"wx43"t,
brick style, $1000
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
CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar $125
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.
COUCH & LOVE SEAT Indian
print, green burgundy & gold
CRIB & CHANGING TABLE,
exc. cond:, Jenny Lind, hon-
ey color, $120 for both.
TABLE & 4 ROLL AWAY
CHAIRS- Leather, Nice,
B lui n e sI
I ~eilo ic
*~e a Notic
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
END TABLES, (2), curvy legs,
between light & medium ma-
ple, very nice, $50.
FUTON $35 or best offer
SOFA'S- 2, Sleeper sofa,
Brown & white & 1 black
$50 or will separate
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$100. (863)763-8943 ask
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
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.,
SHOT GUN- Winchester, 12
age, Deer Gun w/scope.
DUMB BELL SET: 5 25 LB
WEIGHT BENCH- Sears, Good
CERAMIC heater $10
TRANE UNIT HEATER Elec-
tric, horizontal/vertical model
UHEC. Com/resi. Brand new.
DIAMOND BAGGETT BAND-
Like new condition. $600
EARRINGS Ladles, 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, $300 neg.
LAMPS, (2), brand new, never
been used, cream & gold,
$35 for both.
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
HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $150
HOSPITAL BED- electric,
works good no mattress
$145 or best offer
NEW WHEEL CHAIR light
weight, wide seat, 17x17.5
w/seat pad was $575 now
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
ELECTRIC ORGAN DISCOV-
ERY- '98, by Estey $500.
72LXL36, w/Combee prop
plate & 6 new bolts, $600.
BOAT SEAT- Springfield Ma-
rine #3 with rod gimbel &
SEA PRO SEAT- With pedestal
GOLD WING 2003, 10K, ABS
Brakes, Candy Apple Red,
Like new. $14,500. Call
GO KART, Yerf, only used 15
hrs or less, Cash Only $900
or best offer. (863)675-2093
ask for Ashley
RIM 16" Dodge Truck Rim
$100 or best offer
TIRES- 4, Mickey Thompson,
15" 35x14.50 $300.
TONNEAU COVER by ARE
fits Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed
truck Excellent condition $300.
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
CHEVY 4x4- '72 & '85, no mo-
tors, $1000 863-6973895
GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS-
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
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab,
25th Anniv. model, maple
back & sides, spruce top,
BOSTON TERRIER PUP- 8
wks, $500 (863)946-1279
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.
RAT TERRIER PUPPY- male,
black & white, ready for
(863)763-2081 or 634-9684
REX BUNNY, baby, $10.
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.
WATER SOFTENER, Kenmore,
SATELLITE DISH Dish brand
$50.00 or best offer
HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
POOL CUE w/case in excellent
SUB WOOFER SPEAKER BOX,
15" $100. (863)824-0776
SUB WOOFERS (2) 12" Sony
Explode. 6 months old.
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.
3000psi, whose, wand &tips,
on wheels, 11hpB/S engine,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
APPALOOSA GELDING 3yrs
old. Beautiful. Calm. Quiet.
Green broke. To good home
only. $750 (863)763-7727
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,
QUARTER HORSE GELDING-
quiet, exc beginner horse,
$2500 or best offer
old stud, halter broke $600
WESTERN SHOW SADDLE
"Billy Cook". w/Breast strap
& tie down. $450.
BUSH HOG: TSC, 5 Ft., 2
years old. $500.
863-610-1219 after 9pm or
LAWN TRAILER: 5X12
CORTINA ENGLISH RIDING
SADDLE- asking $100
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
1 s, I = 1*1
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.
OKEE- 3br, lba, Furnished,
$1200 mo. for 3 mo. min. or
$850 mo. 1 yr lease. Great
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.
EAGLE ISLAND RD- 80 acres,
deep well for irrigation, ready
to plant, Call (561)951-3544
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
YOU A MORE INFORMED
Oo wmder newspaper
mde ~re popular"
OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy. Utilities in-
cluded. $125 wk. + 1st & last
mo. sec. dep. (863)467-0771
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
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
Pro erty Inspection 1060
Re Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
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.
EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All apple Washer & Dryer, TV.
LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
BHR, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/2yBA,
in ground pool, 1/ acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728
New 4 Bed/2'2 Bath, 2 Story
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
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
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
Modular & Mobile
Call our Factory for
Free Color Brochures.
Palm Harbor Factory
2005 Models must
go. Call for Free
Jet SkiMs 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Mprine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
Bass Boat, 20' Storm Boot
Legger, 200hp motor, 24v
trolling motor, Eagle fishfind-
er 3D, w/trailer, asking
BASS BOAT 20ft, 200hp Merc.
05 trailer, excel. running
BAYLINER CAPRI 1988, 16',
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder. $1500 or best offer.
HURRICANE DECK BOAT' 05-
19ft, w/05 115HP Yamaha, 4
stroke engine, galv trr., Must
sell due to health, Paid
$26,500 asking $18,000 or
best offer. (863)467-4493.
KAYAK- Hobie Lanai, used,
roomy cockpit, drink holder,
storage, good size for
KAYAK- Perception Swifty,
9.5, used highback seat,
good cond, yellow, $150
neg. (863)467-1790 Iv msg
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.
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 lbs.
used very little, $80.
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trr, $1500
V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft., Alu-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801
Lakeport, 28' fifth wheel,
w/25' screened room, lot
MOTOR HOME 30 Ft., 1989
w/454, $4000. Firm.
(863)610-1219. after 9pm &
SUNLINERV TRAILER 17 ft.
good condition, can be seen
at 1495 Garden St.
WINNEBEGO REALDO '96 -
excel cond., low miles,
$22,500 Or trade for late
model truck (863)467-8798
BOAT MOTOR 1996 Long
Shaft, 30 hp Evinrude, O/B.
Excellent condition. $800.
AIR BOAT BOTTOM COATING
Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coating, 1 gal-
lon $100 (863)467-6696
AIRBOAT PROP, wood, new,
SUZUKI 80- '2000. Good con-
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2400. Firm.
HOLIDAY RAMBLER TRAVEL
TRAILER, '93, 33', new re-
frig., a/c etc., good cond.,
Moving Must Sell. $7500
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
Autos Wanted 40u1
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 40_10
Foreign Cars 4'1301
Four Wheel Drive 4i35
Heavy Duty Trucks-1040
Parts Repairs 404j5
Pickup Trucks 41050
Sport Utility JI55(
Tractor Trailers 40r0
Utility Trailers 'jc5i
BUICK LESABRE LIMITED,
'94, rebuilt trans., V6 3.8 litre
eng., auto. a/c. cruise,
CHEVY LUMINA '95- V6 se-
dan, great condition, $2000
or best offer (863)610-4676
FORD MUSTANG '94, V6, Low
miles. Looks & Runs good.
Well maintained. $2500
GEO PRISM, '90, Christmas
Car! runs good. good gas
mileage, parts reasonable,
HONDA ACCORD '87- $1200
or make offer
HONDA ACCORD '90- LX, 4dr,
runs good, low miles, $1800
HONDA ACCORD LX '98: Tint-
ed. 128K mls. 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
OLDS CUTLASS '96- needs
transmission work, $500
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
TOYOTA CELICA 1993 5sp,
cold air, $3500
TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
roof, runs great, 32-35 mpg,
am/fm/cd, very dependable,
CADILLAC 1957 2 doors
needs work $1000/neg
CHEVEROLET PICK UP
TRUCK 1955 500 cu. in.
motor. $2500 or best offer.
CHEVY FLEETLINE DELUXE
'48- 4dr asking $2500
CHEVY TRUCK 1955 auto
and tilt steering, needs work
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
VOLKSWAGON SUPER BEE-
TLE 1971, Brand new motor.
Needs restoration. $1000 or
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
EASY GO 2 seater w/top and
windshield and charger
Rffi ,, AIQB1
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
RIDING MOWER John Deere,
14.5 HP 38" cut, runs good,
RIDING MOWER: Snapper,
42" cut, $500
WEED TRIMMER on 14"
wheels, like new, 6hp B/S
engine, $175 or trade
WHEEL BARROW: Antique,
Great for a flower bed. $5.
100 YOUNG CROSSBRED
COWS- some calves at side
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
available. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Wont 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 upul
$38,000 (877)26 -6884
12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 27, 2005
CHEVY S10, '03, 3 dr., stan-
dard shift, 4 cyl., 13k mi.,
under factory warranty,
FORD RANGER PICKUP '89, 4
cyl., 5 spd., $1200 or best
offer. (772)359-2923 or
Shop here first!
The classified ads
aI PbiNo ice
GMC-'86, 22' Dry van body,
New eng. & tires, Less than
30K, 5 spd. $4500 neg.
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
AROUND YOU. 8
Request for Plant Capacity
Okeechobee Utility Authority
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
("OUA") is pursuing the design and
construction of a 3.0 MGO waste-
water treatment plant expansion.
This plant expansion wil provide
additional capacity to serve approxi-
mately 12,000 equivalent residential
connections. The OUA has Issued
a Request for Plant Capacity
("RFPC") from businesses and
qualified builder developers. The
FPC's are due on February 17,
If you would like to receive a RFPC
packet, please contact either:
Jeff Larson, Senior Vice President,
Bill Spivey, Investment Banker
105498ON 12/2605- 1/1/06
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
FORD EXPEDITION 1997- All
power, leather, black/grey- 2
owner car- $5850
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
I Pbi o ice
NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on January 12, 2006 at 9 O'Clock
A.M., In the Okeechobee County Court House, County Commission Chambers lo-
cated at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving
comments and suggestions In consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordi-
nance. The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM AD
VALOREM TAXES PURSUANT TO SECTION 196.1995, FOR ROYAL CONCRETE
CONCEPTS, INC., PROVIDING FOR LIMITATION ON EXEMPTION AND DURATION;
PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Commission office, Room 106, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, exce t holi-
days between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 RM., beginning on December 27,
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
105758 ON 12/27/05
TRAILER- G.A.W.B. 2980,
UTILITY TRLR- '05, 5x10,
drop loading ramp, Diamond
plate toolbox, 5mos old, like
new, $850 (863)357-6530
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
of the classified
DODGE CARAVAN SPORT '02
49 K mls. Fully loaded. Must
see! Runs great. $8500
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
ood, Cold A/C. Asking
$1100. or best offer
IN THE COUNTY COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2005-CC-191
CONELY & CONELY, P.A.
a Florida corporation,
LOCK 7 BOAT RENTALS, INC.,
a Florida corporation, and
THOMAS A. OIE,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: THOMAS A. DIE, Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion for interpleader of a sum of money
that is less than $15,000.00 has been
filed against you and you are required
to serve a copy of your written defens-
es, if any, it on TOM W. CONELY, III, of
CONELY & CONELY, PA., whose ad-
dress is Post Office Drawer 1367,
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367, and
file the original with the Clerk of the
above styled court on or before Janu-
ary 15, 2006; otherwise a judgment
may be entered against you for the re-
lief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on December 6, 2005.
Clerk of Said Court
102602 ON 12/13,20,27;1/3/
YOU A MORE INFORMED
D o wonder newspaper
leaders are more popular!
NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
The Board of Supervisors for Coquina
Water Control Distnct will hold a meet-
ing on Wednesday, January 4, 2005 at
9:00 A.M. in the Administration Annex
Building, Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office, Small Conference Room,
458 Highway 98 N., Okeechobee, FL.
A copy of the proposed agenda may
be obtained upon request from the un-
dersigned. If any person decides to
appeal any decision by the Board with
respect to any matter considered at
such meeting; that person will need a
record of the proceedings and for such
purposes that person may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings, which includes the
testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based, is made.
Any person wishing to speak at the
meeting must have their name and
topic placed on the agenda one week
before the date of the meeting. All
property owners within the District are
invited to attend.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation or an inter-
preter to participate in the proceedings
should contact the District's Offices by
calling (863) 763-4601 at least two
(2) days pror to the date of the meet-
Notice: Coquina Water Control District
has an ongoing Aquatic Spraying Pro-
gram, District Wide.
Willard M. Byars
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
17429 NW 242nd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863) 763-4601 or (863) 634-3166
04129 ON 12/27/05
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
[ bic Noice
aI PbiNo ice
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF FINAL AGENCY ACTION
The South Florida Water Management District (District) gives notice of its final agen-
cy action issuing Environmental Resource (New Construction/Operation) Permit
47-00700-P to Sundance Trails LLC, 2333 Brickell Ave., Suite D-1, Miami, FL
33129. The final agency action approved construction and operation of a surface
water management system to serve a 749.38-acre residential project known as
Sundance Trails Ranch located in Okeechobee County,
S3,4,5,8,9,10/T36S/R36E. The Project includes 76 residential Ranchettes each
ranging in size from 5 to 40 acres. The water management system will consist of
two lakes, a created marsh, drainage ditches, perimeter berm and control struc-
ture. The stormwater management system will discharge into Dark Hammock.
The project site contains a total of 24.25 acres of wetlands onsite. No wetland im-
pacts are proposed.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Districts permit decision
may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) in accordance with Sac-
tion 120.57, Florida Statutes or for mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, Flori-
da Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must
be filed with (received by) the District Clerk at 3301 Gun Club Road, P.RO. Box
24680, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416-4680, within 21 days of publication of
this public notice. Petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at
the address indicated above at time of filing. Failure to tile a petition within this
time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to request
an administrative determination (hearing) under Section 120.57, Florida Statutes.
The Petition shall contain the following information; (a) The name, address and tele-
phone number of each petitioner, the applicants name and address, the District
Permit Number and the county in which the project is located; (b) A statement of
how and when each petitioner received notice of the District's action; (c) A state-
ment of how each petitioners' substantial interests are affected by the Districts
action; (d) A statement of the material facts disputed by Petitioner, if any; (e) A
statement of facts which petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of
the Districts action; (f) A statement of which rules or statutes petitioner contends
warrant reversal or modification of the Districts action; and (g) A statement of the
relief sought by petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wants the District
to take with respect to the District's action.
If thepetin is admstv.eeng rsis desired to formulate
agency action, Accorrngly,a (eisincrs llnar aceoen mayue omerent from tae
position taken by it in this Notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be af-
fected by any decision of the District with regard to the application have the right
to petition to become a party to the proceeding. The peton must conform tothe
requirements specified above and be filed (received) within 21 days of publication
of this nice with the District Clerk, at the above address of the District. Failure to
petition within the allowed time frame constitutes a waiver of any right such per-
son has to request a hearing under Section 120.57, Florioda Statutes, and to par-
ticipate as a party to this proceeding. Any subsequent intervention will only be at
the approval of the presiding officer upon motion filed pursuant to Chapte
28-1 06, EAC.
ermfit fileisavailola blforpubc insoectiec during norma business hours,
:u a.m. to 5:1 p.m., Monday through Frnday, except legai noidays, arl e
South Florioda Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, Regulatory nfor-
mation Management Division, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416-4680 or at the
SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station, 205 N. Parrot Avenue, Suite 201, Okeechobee,
105803 ON 12/27/05
Board of Realtors installs new officers Community Events
The Okeechobee Board of
Realtors held their installation of
new officers at the Pier II lounge.
The president for 2006 will be
Lori Mixon of The Tucker Group.
The president-elect will be
Sharon Johnson also of The
Tucker Group: The new secre-
tary for 2006 will be J.D. Mixon
of D.R. Willson Land Company.
The new treasurer is Nathan Pip-
pin of United Country.
Directors for 2006 will be Ron
Staley of The Tucker Group,
Christy Ichimura of United
Country, Jim Fowler of Culbreth
Realty, Barbara Willson of
GMAC, Julie Turner of Caldwell
Banker and Faith Nielson of
Affiliate directors will be
Karin Ammons of Cassels and
McCall and Karen Bowers of
The alternate director for
2006 will be Stephanie Rowley
of Preferred Properties.
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The Okeechobee Board of Realtors officers for 2006 are: (front row, left to right) Lori Mixon,
Rob Willson, and Sharon Johnson; (back row, left to right) Ron Staley, Christy Ichimura, Jim
Fowler, Barbara Willson, Julie Turner, Stephanie Rowley, J.D. Mixon, Nathan Pippin, Faith
Nielson and Karin Ammons. Not pictured is Karen Bowers.
Make a resolution to
protect your career
Submitted to Okeechobee News
Sarah Gross was named winner of the holiday golf cart
decorating contest with her cart with a Santa hat entry.
The contest was held at the Kissimmee Fishing Resort on
Hwy 70 West.
Recent economic reports pre-
dict that 2005 will be the fifth
straight year to surpass 1 million job
layoffs in the U.S. This serves as a
reminder that lifelong learning is
more important than ever, and
employees should make a New
Year's resolution to strengthen their
job. skills and boost their employa-
Community colleges and one-
stop career centers are a great place
to start. They have many skill-
improvement and career-explo-
ration tools that can be accessed
Keep these New Year's resolu-
tions in mind when making plans
Boost your job skills. Virtually
every job requires basic skills,
including reading,'math, teamwork
and writing. Building skills means
building your employability and
improving your salary. Many col-
leges use skill exams as the gate-
way for more career-intensive train-
ing. Find out where you stand by
taking a skill exam, then take cours-
es to boost your skills.
Work toward a promotion.
Boost your leadership and manage-
ment skills. Find courses on topics
such as conflict management, team
building and problem solving at
your local college. Think about pur-
suing a bachelor's, master's or doc-
Keep computer skills sharp.
Anyone, whether you're a comput-
er novice or an expert, can stand to
boost computer skills. Community
colleges have courses ranging from
using basic applications to com-
skills. Good communication skills
can make a career. They include
writing, telephone and interper-
Join a group like Toastmasters
or take courses on how to commu-
nicate more effectively.
Explore other career options.
Take an inventory of your interests
and abilities. Some websites even
detail the skills needed in specific
Find out where you are career-
wise before determining where
you want to go.
Cattlemen's Association has celebration
The Okeechobee County Cat-
tlemen's Association hosted its
annual Christmas celebration for
members and friends. As revelers
arrived at Quail Creek Plantation
anticipation was as thick as the
smoke wafting from Farm Credit'
Prior to the Christmas celebra-
tion the annual meeting was held
with the election of officers. The
2006 officers are Matt Pearce,
president; Dudley Kirton, vice-
president; Wes Williamson, treas-
urer; and, Joanna Sherman, sec-
retary. After the meeting it was a
time to enjoy a great meal, visit
with old friends and help needy
area children through a live auc-
tion of homemade desserts.
The attendees were asked to
bring a dessert to share and each
guest was asked to bring a cake
for a charity auction. With the
over 200 attendees what ensued
was a mixture of good-natured,
generous fun and a comedy
Auctioneer and Quail Creek
Plantation general manager Fred
Fanizzi got the crowd into the spir-
it with the help of bid callers
Bobby Fulford, Okeechobee
County Cattlemen's Assoc. past
president; Matt Pearce Okee-
chobee County Cattlemen's presi-
dent; and, Dudley Kirton Okee-
Submitted to the Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Association hosted its
annual Christmas celebration for members and friends. In
attendance were: Reba Folsom, co-founder of My Aunt's
Closet; Matt Pearce, Okeechobee Cattlemen's president;
Cindy Burnett; Dudley Kirton, Okeechobee Cattlemen's vice-
president; Joanna Sherman, Okeechobee Cattlemen's secre-
tary; and, Judy Watts Closet Volunteer.
chobee County Cattlemen's vice-
president. Joanna Sherman, sec-
retary recorded the transactions
and publicist, Trista Mattson and
Autumn DeCarlo exhibited the
*The first cake that opened for
bid was donated by Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Irby and sold for $500 to
Chuck Syfrett. The cake was
donated back and auctioned off
to benefit,the Okeechobee Junior
Cattlemen's Association and was
purchased by Spencer Kirton for
$750. The highest bid was $800
for Mr. Bill Thorton's pecan pies
purchased by Elwyn and Pat Bass.
The cake that generated the most
money goes to the Deloris Sher-
man. Her delicious coconut cake
was auctioned twice, first pur-
chased by John Entry for $525
then by Elwyn and Pat Bass for
$650 bringing in a total of $1175.
The money raised at this event
will go to benefit My Aunt's House
"The Closet" and children adopt-
ed from the Department of Chil-
dren and Families. On Dec. 21,
Matt Pearce, Dudley Kirton and
Joanna Sherman presented My
Aunt's House with a check for
$6037.50 for Christmas gifts and
dinners for needy Okeechobee
families. The cattlemen's associa-
tion also. purchased $6037.50
worth of gifts and food for fami-
lies they adopted. The gifts were
delivered to the families on Christ-
mas Eve from Santa.
After much embellishment of
the truth by Auctioneer Fred
Fanizzi, gentle harassment and
good natured fun over $12,000
was raised. The event was a huge
success. The cattlemen's associa-
tion would like to thank everyone
who attended, all those that made
desserts and foremost everyone
who purchased a cake from the
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
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
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
Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced due to
Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may contact
the County Veterans Service officer for benefits assistance at (863) 763-
8124. The County Veterans Service Office is located at 462 U.S. 98 N. in
the County Administration Annex. The office is open Monday-Thurs-
day, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sun-
days from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 763-2171.
DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The con-
test is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays
have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five
through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan.
17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.
"The Santa Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the
Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certificates
and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the contestants.
The winner from each school will receive a monetary award. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2492.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 4134 U.S. 441 N.
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
Holiday CD benefits Hospice
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 has produced a Christ-
mas CD in which some of the proceeds will be donated to Hospice of
Okeechobee. The CD, which features local artists, is available at Rustic
Ranch Furniture, Crown Custom Computer, Lawrence Insurance
Agency, Hospice of Okeechobee's Country Store, VFW Post #10539,
Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge and the office of Main Street. Donations
to Hospice of Okeechobee will support their Hospice residence.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from
the sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. For
information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit
in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited.
Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets.
The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.