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Okeechobee News


Vol. 96 No. 362


Wednesday, December 28, 2005


50t Plus tax


Briefs
Possible paving
scam is reported
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is cautioning
area citizens to be aware of a
possible paving scam that has
been reported in Okeechobee
and St. Lucie counties.
The suspects approach res-
idents and try to sell them
asphalt millings for driveways.
The suspects do not have per-
mits, and may try to get pay-
ment in advance.
If anyone approaches you
in an attempt to sell asphalt
and they do not have a busi-
ness license, contact the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at (863) 763-3117.,
Holiday decorations
Homes decorated for the
holidays can be seen at:
313 S.W. 67th Drive
1475 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf & C.C.
4 Hunter Road in Buck-
head Ridge
2350 S.E. 20th Drive in
Taylor Creek Isles
S-4055 S.E. 24th Rd. in Van-
tage Oak Trailer Park
1065 S.E. 21st St. in Blue
Heron Golf &C.C.
e312 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
Ridge
All of Kissimmee River
Estates
*2801 S.E. 1Sth Court
Real Life Children's
Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.
5270 N.W. 30th St.
(Mitchell Road)
Palm Village Ranch,
entrance is on 4-4th Blvd.
All of S.W Second Court
-600-S.E. 27th Street
501 S.E. Eighth St.
4411 S.W. 13th Ave. in
Palm Village
o 1711 S.W. 35th Drive
2531 S.E. 23rd St in Tay-
lor Creek Isles
116 N.E. Eighth Ave. in
River Run Resort
*S.W. 18th St. in Oak Park
3051 S.E. 33rd Drive
2350 S.E. 25th Drive in
Taylor Creek Isles
3112 S.E. 33rd Ct. in Tay-
lor Creek Isles
1450 S.W. 28th St.
1590 S.W. 28th St.
1820 S.W. 28th St.
2224 S.W. 28th St.

Drought Index
Current: 287
Source: Florida Division
of Forest,
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.77 feet

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

Index
Classifieds ......14-16
Comics ...........13
Community Events .. .4
Crossword . . .14
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion ........... 4
Speak Out ......... 4
Sports ............ 6
TV ...............15
Weather . . .2
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Iraqis find mass grave


Gravesite
believed dated to
Saddam's rule
By Qassim Abdul-Zahra
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The
Shiite religious bloc leading
Iraq's parliamentary elections
held talks Tuesday with Kurdish
leaders about who should get the


top 12 government jobs, as thou-
sands of Sunni Arabs and secular
Shiites protested what they say
was a tainted vote.
Meanwhile, workers in the
Shiite holy city of Karbala uncov-
ered remains believed to be part
of a mass grave dating to a 1991
uprising against Saddam Hus-
sein.
The talks between the majori-
ty Shiites and the Kurds were
seen as part of an effort to force
the main Sunni Arab organiza-


tions to come to the bargaining
table. All groups have begun
jockeying, and the protests are
widely considered to be part of
an attempt by Sunni Arabs to
maximize their negotiating posi-
tion.
The discussions come at a
critical time for Iraq, with the
United States placing high hopes
on forming a broad-based coali-
tion government that will provide
the fledgling democracy with the
stability and security it needs to


allow American troops to begin
returning home.
Sunni Arabs formed the back-
bone of Saddam's government,
and the Bush administration
hopes to pull them away from
the insurgency that has ravaged
the country with daily blood-
shed.
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of
the Shiite religious coalition
dominating the current govern-
.ment, traveled to the northern
Kurdish city of Irbil for the meet-


ing with Massoud Barzani, presi-
dent of the Kurdish region.
"Today, we held preliminary
consultations," al-Hakim said at a
joint news conference with
Barzani. "All the details need to
be studied and we need to evalu-
ate the previous alliance and
study its weaknesses and
strengths. Then we will try to
include the others."
A Kurdish coalition that
See Grave Page 2


Haber deal


falls through

By Pete Gawda ty in New England," Albert B.
Okeechobee News Conti, Haber's president and
COO was quoted in the press
A few months ago, it was release as saying. "Our attor-
announced that a new industry, neys are currently evaluating the
Haber, Inc, would be coming to matter and will shortly make
the Okeechobee industrial park. recommendations to us as to
The company, which would our legal options. After review-
have employed 45 people in ing those options, we will take
two shifts, uses an environmen- appropriate action as warrant-
tally friendly process to extract ed."
gold ore and electronic waste Haber had been negotiating
material. for the building in the airport
However, that has all industrial park that is currently
changed. A recent press release owned by Advanced. Stone
from the company stated,. Technologies. As with all airport
"...the company had been industrial property, the property
unable to close on the purchase occupied by the building is
of the property in Okeechobee, owned by the county and
Florida, that it had earmarked Advanced Stone Technologies
for electronic waste process- has ,a lo.ng-term lease, pnr the.
ing." property.
"While we are disappointed The Okeechobee County
at the turn these events have Board of County Commission-
taken, \ve will continue our ers would have to approve any
small-scale pilot-lot testing and transfer of the lease.
recovery of gold from electronic Neither Haber nor Advanced
waste at our labs at Fort Pierce, Stone Technologies officials
Florida, and intensify our ongo- v\ould comment any further on
ing search for a large-scale facili- the matter.


Tip leads to


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tion (FAA) will pay 90 percent
of the cost with the state and
the county each paying 5 per-
cent.
Mr. Gray said the lights are
bright enough that one could
use the lights to read a maga-
zine, and that they are yellow
so they will not affect the
pilot's night vision. I


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Airport recently took another
step toward modernizing and
updating with the installation
of four apron lights.
The lights will provide more
safety and security, according
to airport manager Vernon
GraN. The lights, which will
allow pilots to land and refuel
any time of the night, were
activated on Dec. 16. With
three clicks of the microphone
button, incoming pilots can
activate the apron lights, run-
way and taxiway lights for 20
minutes. The newly-installed
lights, which illuminate the
area around the terminal
building and the fueling area,
are mounted on poles varying
in height from 65 to 95 feet.
The 95-foot pole illuminates
the fueling area, while the 65-
foot pole illuminates the
hangar area.
If more time is needed to
refuel, pilots can manually
activate the lights for an addi-
tional 30 minutes. Each pole
supports four 1,000-volt bulbs.
The light fixtures are designed
so that they can be lowered to


the ground to change the
bulbs and to protect them
from high winds.
The project was budgeted
for $196,408. So far, the project
has cost about $171,000 but
Mr. Gray said that not all the
bills have come in yet. The air-
port manager stated that the
Federal Aviation Administra-


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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Balancing act
This sandhill crane was seen balancing on one leg in a
vacant lot in the southeastern part of the city.


Let thPre t Lights will help pilots


Ukeecnobee News/Pete uawaa
Safety and security was recently improved at the Okeechobee County Airport with the
installation of four lights to illuminate the area around the terminal and the fueling area.
Previously, the only light was provided by the shorter light pole in the center of the picture.

Apron lights make airport safer


ach one of the new airport apron light fixtures contains
four, 1000-watt bulbs mounted upon a tall pole. They are
designed so that they can be lowered to change the bulbs
or protect the light fixture form high winds.








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News Briefs DEP encourages Christmas tree recycling


Benefit set up
for Smalls family
OKEECHOBEE An account
has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls
family.
Mrs. Smalls and her three chil-
dren were killed in a automobile
accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big
Lake National Bank and say you
would like to contribute to the
benefit for the Smalls family.

Benefit planned
for Dorothy Kinchen
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.
Tickets for the event are $10
with all proceeds to benefit
Dorothy Kinchen.
For information, call (863) 763-
5755.

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

Lipizzaner Stallions
will be here Jan. 13
OKEECHOBEE The World
Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will
appear at the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.,
on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 \W.N. Park St.,
in Okeechobee. Tickets can also
be ordered by calling 800-882-
8258 for Charge-by-Phone; or,
ordered atwww.TICKETS.com.
Adult tickets are $20.50; sen-
iors aged 60 and over are $18.50;
children aged 1-12 are $18.50;
and, children under 1 will be
admitted free. Ticket prices also
include parking. Groups of 15 or
more will receive a $5 discount on
the adult price.
For information, call (863) 763-
1666.

Legislative group
plans public hearing
OKEECHOBEE There will be
a meeting of .the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation on
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, beginning
at 3 p.m. in the chambers of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, 304 N.W.
Second St.
The purpose of the meeting is
to discuss legislation relating to
the creation and establishment of
district in Okeechobee County.
This legislation creates and estab-
lishes an independent special dis-
trict to be known as the Grove
Community District; provides a
charter and all applicable require-
ments; describes district bound-
aries; provides for a governing
board, board member qualifica-
tions, terms of office, election pro-
cedures and compensation; pro-
vides district powers and
revenue-raising capabilities; pro-
vides for all appropriate referenda
in the charter; and, provides an
effective date.
Audience comments are wel-
comed at this hearing.

Circus coming
to Okeechobee
OKEECHOBEE The Walker
Brothers Circus will be appearing


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


For many, selecting and deco-
rating the Christmas tree is one
of the highlights of the Christmas
season. Floridians buy several
hundred thousand Christmas
trees each holiday season. After
the holidays, instead of tossing
the tree to the curb or burning it,
recycle it to prolong its useful-
ness.


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The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
(FDEP) is encouraging Floridi-
ans to recycle their Christmas
tree after the holiday. The follow-
ing are suggestions on what do
to with your tree.
Before recycling a Christmas
tree, remove all tinsel and orna-
ments.


Place the tree in the yard or
garden for use by birds and other
wildlife. The branches provide
shelter from strong winds and
cold. Additionally, food can be
supplied by hanging fruit slices,
seed cakes or suet bags on its
branches or smearing peanut
butter and seeds in pine cones
and hang them in the tree.


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Prune off the branches and
place the boughs over perenni-
als as winter mulch.
Chip the tree and use as
mulch around trees, shrubs or in
flower beds.
If you can't use the tree your-
self, contact local government
offices or your sanitation service.
Most communities have some


type of Christmas tree disposal
program. Some have central col-
lection areas, while others col-
lect the trees at curbside.

Conservation groups may
provide other options. Some
hunting and fishing groups col-
lect trees and use them to pro-
vide habitat for fish and wildlife.


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Natural gas futures plunge


NEW YORK (AP) -- Natural gas
futures plunged 10 percent Tues-
day, settling at their lowest level in
three and a half months amid
forecasts calling for mild U.S.
weather over the next week. It
was the third straight decline for
natural gas prices, which have
fallen 23 percent since Wednes-
day, and the selloff triggered a
decline in other energy futures.
The drop in energy prices
knocked down the shares of inte-
grated oil and gas companies and
independent petroleum produc-
ers.
January natural gas futures fell
$1.261 to settle at $11.022 per
1,000 cubic feet en;the New York
Mercantile Exchange. It was the
lowest closing plce since the
Sept. 13 settlement of $10.763,
which was slightly above the level
on the day Hurricane Katrina
struck and knocked out signifi-
cant Gulf of Mexico output.
Front-month natural gas
futures reached an all-time intra-
day high of $15.78 in mid-Decem-
ber as cold weather and predic-
tions of snow storms raised fears
about supplies.
Now, with weather forecasters
calling for higher than normal
temperatures over the next week,
the market sentiment has shifted.
"Speculators are tripping over
themselves to get out," said Ed Sil-
liere, a Nymex floor trader at New
York-based Energy Merchant
Intermarket Futures.
Silliere said that if natural gas
futures failed to stabilize in the







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next day or two, prices could easi- Last week, the U.S. petroleum
ly fall below $10. "So much for snapshot showed the supply of
$15," he said. crude oil rose by 1.3 million bar-
Light sweet crude for February rels to 322.5 million barrels -- 12
delivery briefly fell by more than percent above year ago levels.
$1 a barrel, then settled 27 cents But U.S. inventories of distillate
lower at $58.16 a barrel, on fuel, which include heating oil
Nymex, where heating oil futures and diesel, fell by 2.8 million bar-
lost 6.83 cents to settle at $1.637 a rels to 127.7 million barrels. Gaso-
gallon and gasoline declined 3.71 line inventories declined by
cents to settle at $1.5143 a gallon. 300,000 barrels to 204.1 million
"It's all weather-related," said barrels.
analyst Phil Flynn of Alaron Trad- Crude futures have in recent
ing Corp. in Chicago. "Unseason- weeks been reacting to fluctua-
ably warm temperatures here in tions in Northern Hemisphere
the Midwest and elsewhere have temperatures, especially in the
taken the fear out of this market, U.S. Northeast, the world's
at least for the near term." biggest heating oil market.
Flynn said any cold snap this The price of crude is 19 per-
winter hasthpotential to drive cent below its all-time high of
prices higher.$H
Energy equities also fell Tues- $70.85 on Aug. 30 after Hurricane
day. Katrina made landfall.
Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. Traders were also awaiting the
declined by 99 cents to $56.11 on midweek release of a U.S. govern-
the New York Stock Exchange, ment supply report.
where shares of BP dropped by In news that could affect
$1.35 to $63.45. The stock price of longer term prices, OPEC, which
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. fell by over the past year has tried to
$1.45 to $93.20 on the NYSE and reduce market volatility by raising
Pioneer Natural Resources Co.'s or lowering production,
slipped by $1.19 to $50.83. announced that it and Russia, the
According to largest non-OPEC oil exporter,
Accuweather.com, temperatures would meet annually on the min-
in most of the United States apart .
from the Northwest will be higher isterial level to coordinate poli-
than normal in the next six to 10 cies.
days. The announcement followed a
Milder weather in the world's meeting in Moscow between
largest energy consuming nation OPEC's outgoing president, Sheik
means less heating-fuel con- Ahmad Fahad Al Ahmed al-Sabah
sumption, which tends to put a and Russia's minister of industry
downward pressure on oil prices, and energy, Viktor Khristenko.


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Arrest Log


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The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Donald S. Million, 26, Rt.
#1, Bronaugh, Mo., was arrest-
ed Dec. 21 by OCPD Detective
John Zeigler on a charge of
felony battery. His bond was set
at $10,000.
Curtis G. Harrell, 25, Rt. #2,
Sheldon, Mo., was arrested Dec.
21 by OCPD Detective John Zei-
gler on a charge of felony bat-
tery. His bond was set at
$10,000.
Joseph Eli Halcomb, 27,
East Pine St., Avon Park, was
arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy John
Ashby on a charge of driving
under the influence. His bond
was set at $750.
Jeffrey Dean Davis, Jr., 30,
S.R. 70 E., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy S.
Green on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty felony arrest warrant charging
him with failure to appear driv-
ing while license suspended
(habitual offender). He was
released on his own recogni-
zance.
John Edwin McBride, 24,
N.E. Ilth Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on a warrant
charging him with uttering


forged bills. He was released on
his own recognizance.
Steven J. Maniscalco, 41,
S.W. 118th Terrace, Davie, was
arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy Paul
Jackson on a warrant charging
him with sexual battery on a
person under the age of 12 by
threats (three counts). He is
being held without bond.
Evelyn Cabrera, 45, U.S. 98
N., Okeechobee, was arrested


Dec. 24 by the OCPD on a charge
of driving under the influence.
Her bond was set at $500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Vicki Goggans
Experiment
These Osceola Middle School students (left to right) Tim
McLaughlin, Colton Stockdale, Jessica Torres, Tiffany
Foley and Hailey Whiting, are dropping different sized
objects from the same height to see how fast they fall.
Under normal gravity, they discovered that all the objects
hit the floor at the same time. Their teacher, Vicki Gog-
gans, discovered that was not the case when the force of
gravity is removed.


Obituaries


Mary Ann,
Samantha, Anthony
and Jonathan Smalls
Mary Ann, 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-
feated.
The Smalls were together for
14 years.
The Smalls are survived by:
husband, Laverne'Smalls.i Wo sis-
ters; Tina Riebel and Darlene
Powell;-brother, Lorinii 'Powell;
mother, Elizabeth Rice; and step-
father, Ron Rice of Indianapolis,
Ind.
Visitation will be from 9 until
11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005,
at the First Baptist Church. Funer-
al services will follow at 11 a.m.
with Brother Joe Bishop officiat-
ing. Interment will be in Indi-
anapolis, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests memorials be made to
the Real Life Children's Ranch,
7777 U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee,
Fl.,'34974.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.
Nellie G. Warrington
Nellie G. Warrington, age 92,
of Pompano Beach, died Dec. 23,
2005, at the Palms of Sebring. She
was born in Chrisfield, Md., and


has been a resident of Pompano
Beach since 1957. She came to
Sebring in October to stay with
family due to hurricane Wilma.
She was a member of Friend-
ship Chapter #551, OES, Aston,
Pa.; the Methodist Church in Pom-
pano Beach; and, Pompano Isles
Homeowners Assoc.
She is preceded in death by:
her grandchildren, David Warring-
ton of Ocean City, N.J. and Kim
Warrington of Sebring.
She is survived by: her sons,
Alfred C. (Judy) Warrington IV of
Galveston, Texas, William T.
(Nancy) Warrington of Okee-
chobee, John E. (Janet) Warring-
ton of Ocean City, N.J., and
Robert A. (Cecilia) Warrington of
Sebring; nine grandchildren;
twelve great grandchildren; and,
four great-great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends
from 1 until 3 p.m., Friday, at Mor-
ris Funeral Chapel with Order of
Eastern Star service at 2:30 p.m.
and funeral service to begin at 3
p.m. with Rev. Reinhold
Buxbaum officiating.
Interment will follow at Oak
Hill Cemetery in Lake Placid.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Morris
Funeral Chapel in Sebring.
Mellie Rose Raulerson
Mellie Rose Raulerson, age 92,
died Dec. 25, 2005, in Okee-
chobee. Our mother and grand-
ma received a special invitation
delivered by angels requesting her
presence on the Lord's birthday.
At 7:24 a.m., she left us to meet
him at those pearly gates.
She was born Sept. 12, 1913, in
Francitas, Texas, to Will and Alice


Thompson.
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. She taught school at the
Basinger School and was clerk of
the Basinger Baptist Church for
over 40 years.
Waiting to greet her in her new
heavenly home was her husband
of 56 years, Maurice V. Raulerson;
her mother, Alice; her father, Will;
sons, Jack and Little'Burt; daugh-
ters, Hilda and Zolda; grandson,
Joe; granddaughters, Gloria and
Ginger; and, great-grandson D.L.
What a glorious reunion in the
sky.
Left to cherish wonderful
memories,; daughter, Zelda V.
Raulerson; sons, Lytle "Cowboy"
(Elizabeth) Raulerson and
Michael (Carolyn) Raulerson;
and, her sister, Joyce Luna, 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,
D'ec. 29, 2005, from 10 a.m. until
noon at the Basinger Baptist
Church.
Burial will be at Basinger
Cemetery in Basinger.
Pallbearers will be Johnny
Raulerson, Shane Raulerson, Jeff
Johnson, Justin Domer, Mark
Goodpasture and Billy Markham.
Honorary pallbearers will be
* Gene Johnson, Ray Domer, Don-
ald Brantley, Jeff Hemingway,
Jerry Albritton and Jack Sutton.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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YOU MIGHT BE FROM OKEECHOBEE ...: If you run your air condi-
tioning one day and your heater the next and don't find this at all
unusual;
If your statement to the press is "This lottery winner being from
Okeechobee is the most exciting thing to happen here in 30 years,";
If you think the most exciting thing to happen in the last 30 years
was when FPL finally turned your power back on;
If you think there are at least 5,000 people in front of you at Wal-
Mart, you might be from Okeechobee;
If you refer to the only U-Save supermarket in town as the "old" U-
Save;
If you put up Christmas lights last year on top of the plywood cover-
ing hurricane damage;
If you know the names of all your neighbors' horses, but don't
know the first names of the neighbors;
If you take advantage of heavy rain storms by driving your airboat
around your backyard;
If you can identify a dead animal going 60 mph down the highway
or if you slow down just to see how big it is;
If your good horse and dog have named after an animal gopher,
turkey, possum, squirrel;
If you know what lighter knot is and willing to "fight" your family for
it;
If you go to the local animal sales "just to see what they are bring-
ing" on a Friday or Saturday night;
If you ever climbed on Bubba's back in Ag class at OHS just to see if
he was really that gentle;
If you think SFWMD means Silly Fools Wasting Millions of Dollars,
and not South Florida Water Management District, you are from Okee-
chobee.

DRIVERS: The people who drive the big pickup trucks generally are
very good drivers who can park safely they are used to pulling live-
stock trailers and driving big equipment. Call them rednecks if you like,
but they are good drivers. The problem with parking usually has to do
with the SUVs driven by people who don't know how to park properly.
If you can't park it safely in a standard parking space, you are not a
good enough driver to handle a vehicle that large.

AVISIT FROM DEP: If your property is five acres or more and you fill
in a wetland, believe me you may find DEP knocking on your door and
threatening some heavy fines. Don't order that fill without checking
with water management if your property is less than five acres, or DEP
for parcels more than five acres.

FLOODING: A few years ago, DEP flew over my neighborhood and
took photographs. They then contacted the landowners who had dug
ditches, filled in wetlands or put in berms to stop the flow of water.
Those people were threatened with some big fines. What was worse is
that instead of taking responsibility for the fact they had not followed
the law, the neighbors started blaming each other and accused one
another of turning the other one in to DEP. Two lessons to learn: one is
that no one has to call DEP. Eventually they will fly over and take pho-
tos and compare them to the last set of photos and to the permits on
file. Second, before you put in fill, dig a ditch or berm anything, contact
water management or DEP and find out if there are any regulations
that apply.

DOGS LOOSE: In the area around Lazy 7 there are quite a few dogs
running loose and they are making a mess>.They overturn garbage
cans and spread trash all over the place. One of Ihem looks like it is a
Rottweiler. One is a large white short-haired dog. There is also a
spaniel and a little dachshund. I don't know who these dogs belong to,
but I often see them wandering around loose during the day and
sometimes around sunset. I don't know if their owners even know
they wander around. Years ago I had a dog that I thought was safe at
home during the day. Then a neighbor told me that as soon as I left
every morning, the dog went under the fence and ran around the
neighborhood all day. So the next day, I left as usual, drove down the
road, and turned around to come back just in time to see the dog leav-
ing my property. So if you have a dog that matches the description of
any of these animals, you might double check to make sure it is not
leaving your property when you are not home.

BASSWOOD: I'd like to know how many people including kids
- need to be killed, hit or run over on N.W. 36th Street before we can
get a few street lights, sidewalks or something out here so we can see
the people walking on the side of the road. The kids getting on and off
the bus have to walk in waist high grass or on the edge of the road.
Basswood is growing enormously and the people just keep driving
faster and faster. I was just wondering if we can do something about it.


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Upcoming Events
Wednesday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are
either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's
issues are also addressed. One support group is held every Wednesday
at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department auditorium, 1728
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The
other support group is held each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean Gra-
ham at (863) 763-2893.
Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
467-5261.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. For 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 relation-
ships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham 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 Lan-
guage 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 member is welcome. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers 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.
Friday
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, locat-
ed at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets 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 meetings
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 meeting times, call (863) 763-5385.
Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles hold a ride every Saturday, weather
permitting. Beginning Dec. 3, the group will meet at 7 a.m. at the
Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St. The ride will leave at 7:30 a.m. Any-
one 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 wiih a desire to slop using
alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emo-
tional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For informa-
tion, 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.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St.'It will be an open step meeting.



Community Events

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

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

DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006
intangible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 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 oppor-
tunities 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. Interest-
ed parties can call the office to register at (863)-763-2488. All class-
es are on Thursday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. and will be held at
323 North Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee. The class schedule is: Jan.
26, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 20.

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

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


Community Events

Hospice Country Store has sale
The Country Store will remain open until Thursday, Dec. 29. Gift
items can be purchased from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday to
Wednesday. All proceeds from 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 hur-
ricanes. Items such as diapers, unopened formula, baby bottles,
baby wipes, baby food, etc. are needed. There are collection boxes
at local elementary schools and at the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., where people are asked to see Pat
O'Connor. Items will be collected through Dec. 30, and will be
given to the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition for distribution.

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

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

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

Session on Medicare drug plan offered
Tony Fransetta, president of the Florida Alliance for Retired
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
Committee.

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

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

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

AARP offering driver safety course
An AARP driver safety course will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at
the First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. Classes will be held
both days from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be
paid by check. Participants do not have to be a member of AARP or
have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Par-
ticipants should consult their Florida auto insurance agent about
their three-year discount upon completion of the class. For infor-
mation, contact instructor D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

Church will host gospel quartet
The.Florida Boys Quartet will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 8, at
2:30 p.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St. For information, call either (863) 763-3519 or (863)
763-7113.

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

Airboat group will meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St., on Thursday, Jan.
12, 2006, at 6 p.m. The primary agenda item for the January meet-
ing is LOAA officer elections for 2006. Members are strongly
encouraged to attend, and guests are always welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Dennis Anderson at (863) 763-6069.

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

Entries wanted for MLK parade
On Jan. 16, 2006, the Okeechobee Community Improvement


Association (OCIA) will be sponsoring the Martin Luther King
Parade. We would like for this parade to become a community-
wide event, like the Speckled Perch and Labor Day parades. There-
fore, we are asking members of the Okeechobee community to
place an entry in the parade. Entries can be in the form of floats,
vehicles, horses or a group on foot. If anyone is interested in plac-
ing an entry in the parade, contact George Roberson at (863) 610-
P973.

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







The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Auditions slated for OCT spring production


The Okeechobee Community
Theatre (OCT) will hold audi-
tions next week for its spring
production, the Fred Carmichael
comedy-drama, "Luxury
Cruise."
The sessions will be held on
Tuesday and Thursday nights,
Jan. 3 and Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the
theatre on the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus, immediately
behind the Golden Corral
Restaurant.
There are excellent acting
roles for six women and three
men of various ages. No prior
acting experience is necessary,
and no prepared material is
required for the auditions.
"We are always looking for
new talent," said OCT Coordina-
tor/Director Ron Hayes. "Two of
the three people in leading roles
in our fall production were new
to the organization, so everyone
has a good chance at a part in a
show."
This represents the first time


in the OCT's 27- year history that
they have repeated a show
which was produced in a previ-
ous season. Luxury Cruise was a
hit for the group back in 1980,
and Hayes says he is certain that
it will be a favorite with audi-
ences and performers alike in its
presentation.
The show has something for
everyone, he said. In the tradi-
tion of TV's "The Love Boat," it is
made up of three separate sto-
ries about a group of people
who meet while on an around
the world cruise. One story is a
light comedy, another is a heart-
wrenching tear jerker, and the
other is a slapstick comedy.
The lead characters from one
story become supporting char-
acters in the others, so everyone
has their chance to be in the
spotlight.
The first story involves two
elderly sisters who have never
ventured far from their home in
Button Falls, Iowa. When they


set out on the cruise, one sister
decides to "let her hair down"
and try everything the cruise has
to offer. The other the more
conservative of the pair is
appalled by her sister's wild
ways.
A second episode revolves
around a middle-aged man with
a terminal illness who treats his
wife to the cruise so that they
can enjoy their remaining time
together. To keep from casting a
pall on the vacation, he decides
not to tell her that he will die
soon.
The final story concern's a
younger couple who win the
cruise in a contest. Since they are


not of the income level to afford
such a trip, the young lady tries
to demonstrate a degree of
refinement that will allow them
to fit in with the others on the
ship. The husband, on the other
hand, wants to "take these rich
people to the cleaners" by get-
ting them involved in some
crooked card games.
The show is scheduled for
four performances on March 3,
4, 10 and 11, at 8 p.m., each
evening, in the Okeechobee
Auditorium, on Southwest Sec-
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Reserved seat tickets will go
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Jeff Reno received an award
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very competitive Formula 2
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season, racing against 34 drivers
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Reno, a veteran of 16 years of
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assistance to competing teams,
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Carole Reno .finished fifth in
the Formula 3 class where 19
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Carole and Jeff are the only
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have been regulars on the tour
since 1992.
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its 116th racing event.
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Men's softball
games scheduled
Okeechobee Parks and Recre-
ation has announced that their
men's adult softball league games
will be played at the adult softball
field across from Yearling Middle
School.
The lower division teams will
play on Mondays and Wednes-
days. Game times are 7 and 8
p.m. each night. The upper divi-
sion teams will play on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.


There have been no games
scheduled for a ladies' softball
league due to lack of teams.
OHS softball
try outs slated
Try outs for the Okeechobee
High School Lady Brahman soft-
ball team will begin Jan. 9 and 10
at 4 p.m. at the OHS softball field.
All interested players must
have a current physical to try out.
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Spotlight on Okeechobee


The family of LaVerne Smalls
- including family members Ron
and Elizabeth Rice, Tina Riebel
and Darlene Powell- would like
to express their gratitude to the
people of Okeechobee for their
overwhelming kindness during
this extremely difficult time.
You should all be proud to be
members of such a wonderful
community.
Services will be held at the First
Baptist Church of Okeechobee on
Thursday morning. The family
will receive friends from 9 until 11
a.m. A memorial service will fol-
low at 11 a.m.
The family of
LaVeme Smalls
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On Dec. 9, Okeechobee
Healthy Start presented a baby
shower for our Mom Care and
Healthy Start clients. This endeav-
or would not have been possible
without the generosity and sup-
port of several organizations and
individuals from our community.
I would like to extend a heart
felt thank you from the clients and
staff of Healthy Start to these
sponsors: Hasbro Toys, Florida
Community Health Center, Okee-
chobee County Fire/Rescue, Tuck-
er Group LLC, BTC Builders,
Linda Orman, Harbor Federal Sav-
ings Bank, Tender Care, Sod Ser-


vices Inc., Okeechobee Homes
and Land, ICS Computers, CJ's
Wholesale, Berger Insurance, Big
Lake National Bank, Wal-Mart,
Sally Wibbels, Kelly Chapman,
First Baptist Church, Heritage
Financial, Los Cocos Subway,
Dominos Pizza, RJ Gators, Pizza
Heaven, Beef O'Brady's, Skip's
Bar-B-Q, Winn Dixie, U-Save, Bar-
bara Bachelor, Julie Tinsley, Mary
Hurley, Sharon Vinson, Okee-
chobee Office Supplies, Nature's
Pantry, La Placita Grocery store,
Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies.
I would also like to extend
thanks to our volunteers, who
assisted Healthy Start staff in set-
up, monitoring booths and teach-
ing at these booths.
Ms. Avant brought HOSA stu-
dents from the high school; Ten-
der Care sent Ms. Elidad San-
tibanez to assist with the children;
and, Bonnie Miles and Toni
Nunez assisted with set-up and
other miscellaneous things.
As you see there was a great
deal of community support uti-
lized to organize and execute this
educational opportunity for
mothers in our community.
To all of you, thank you and
God bless.
Pamela Schnell
administrative, finance assistant
Healthy Start Coalition


Community Events

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. Construc-
tion experience is appreciated but not required. Work days are Saturdays
and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to work
on the following committees: public relations, fundraising, legal advice,
family support and volunteer coordination. An experienced bookkeeper
is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.

Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina
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He was born Monday, Dec. 12,
2005, at Wuerzburg Army Hospital
in Wuerzburg, Germany. He
weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and
was 20.25 inches long at birth.
R.J. was welcomed home by
his whole family even though we
couldn't be there!
Maternal grandparents are
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Ron Bartol and the Florida Music Makers will put on a bene-
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munity College (IRCC) in Fort Pierce.

IRCC hosting concert

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of friends and your dancing shoes.
There will be Dancin' in the Aisles
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Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. as Ron Bar-
tol and the Florida Music Makers
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Beach Resort and will be joined by
eight other talented musicians for


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D'Amico; Warren-Hanrahan on
drums; vocalist Bunny Carfagno;
Paul Hubbell on saxophone; Scott
Whitney on bass; vocalist Lisanne
Lyons; and, Steve Cox on trom-
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on your feet.
Tickets are $12 each and may be
purchased by calling or visiting the
IRCC box office at 1-866-400-7529.
Sponsored by the Florida Asso-
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Paternal grandparents are
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R.J.'s great-grandparents are
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Ft. Pierce 461-6000
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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 28, 2005 I 1


Floridians urged to take advantage of special tax relief


TALLAHASSEE With the end
of the 2005 tax season fast
approaching, Tom Gallagher, Flori-
da's chief financial officer, encour-
aged Floridians impacted by this
year's hurricanes to take advantage
of tax and time relief measures
available.
"Many hurricane victims are still
struggling to repair their homes
and rebuild their lives," said Gal-
lagher. "We want to get the word
out that Floridians who were
impacted by, or helped victims of,
the 2005 storms may qualify for tax
savings or obtain extensions for
reporting and payment deadlines."
The Katrina Emergency Relief
Act, effective Sept 23, 2005, post-
pones deadlines for storm victims
to perform many time-sensitive
acts until Feb. 28, 2006. These
include filing quarterly federal
employment and excise tax
returns; corporate estimated tax
payments and individual estimated
tax payments due to the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS).
Both individuals and businesses
can also qualify for certain tax
deductions if they've suffered loss-
es resulting from Hurricanes Katri-
na, Rita or Wilma. Floridians who
helped or housed evacuees from
hurricanes may also qualify for tax
relief.
Gallagher said that Floridians
may be able to lower their federal


taxes by claiming hurricane prop-
erty losses not covered by insur-
ance. This is allowed for damage
caused by sudden, unexpected or
unusual events such as hurricanes.
Victims living in the federally-
declared disaster areas can claim
these losses on last year's taxes by
filing an amendment to their 2004
return.
Taxpayers in Florida will be eli-
gible for relief if they identify them-
selves as affected by Hurricane Kat-
rina and live in the following 11


Florida counties: Monroe,
Broward, Miami-Dade, Bay, Collier,
Escambia, Franklin, Gulf,
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton.
Taxpayers who identify them-
selves as victims of Hurricane
Wilma will be eligible for relief if
they live in the following 20 coun-
ties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte,
Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands, Indian River,
Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe,
Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm
Beach, Polk, St. Lucie and Sarasota.


The IRS has requested that any
envelopes or correspondence that
are subject to these extended dead-
lines should have either Hurricane
Wilma or Hurricane Katrina print-
ed in red on the top of the envelope
or tax form to identify them as
coming from a hurricane victim.
The IRS has set up a special help
line for hurricane victims at (866)
562-5227.
Gallagher said that tax breaks
are also available for good Samari-
tans who took in homeless Katrina


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work with filers and companies in
areas designated as federally


declared disaster areas to extend
filing and payment deadlines on a
case-by-case basis. DOR can be
contacted at 800-352-3671
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12 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 28, 2005


FWS seeks proposals for endangered species grants


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is now seeking propos-
als from states and U.S. territo-
ries interested in acquiring land
or planning for endangered
species conservation. Through
the fiscal year 2006 appropria-
tion from Congress, more than
$70 million is available in the
Cooperative Endangered
Species Conservation Fund for
conservation planning activities
and habitat acquisition for feder-
ally protected species.
Proposals must be submitted
to Service Regional Offices by
March 20, 2006.
"Our ability to successfully
conserve threatened and endan-
gered species ultimately
depends on working coopera-
tively with our -partners," said
Interior Secretary Gale A. Nor-
ton. "These grants will provide
the means for States to work
with private landowners, com-
munities and tribes to protect
vital endangered species habi-
tat."
The Cooperative Endangered
Species Conservation Fund is
authorized under Section 6 of
the Endangered Species Act, and


provides grants to states and ter-
ritories to support their participa-
tion in a wide array of voluntary
conservation projects for listed
species, as well as for species
that are either proposed or can-
didates for listing.
"Providing grants to our state
partners is one of the most
important tools we have to con-
serve imperiled species," said
Service Director Dale Hall. "We
are proud to support state efforts
to build long-term conservation
partnerships and foster volun-
tary stewardship efforts nation-
wide."
The Service is seeking pro-
posals for the following three
Cooperative -Endangered
Species Conservation Fund cate-
gories:
Recovery Land Acquisition
Grants-These grants provide
funds to states and territories for
acquisition of threatened and
endangered species habitat in
support of approved recovery
plans. Acquiring habitat to
secure long term protection is
often an essential element of a
comprehensive recovery effort
for a listed species.


Habitat Conservation Plan-
ning Assistance Grants-These
grants provide funds to states
and territories to support the
development of Habitat Conser-
vation Plans (HCPs), through the
support of baseline surveys and
inventories, document prepara-
tion, outreach, and similar plan-
ning activities.
HCP Land Acquisition Grants-
These grants provide funds to
states and territories to acquire
land associated with approved
HCPs. Grants do not fund the
mitigation required of an HCP
permitted; instead, they support
acquisitions by the State or local
governments that complement
actions associated with the HCP.
By law, the state or territory
must have a current cooperative
agreement with the Service and
contribute 25 percent of the esti-
mated program costs of
approved projects, or 10 percent
when two or more states or terri-
tories undertake a joint project.
The grants are expected to be
awarded in summer 2006.
For more information about
these grants and grant applica-
tion requirements contact the


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Division of Consultation, Habitat
Conservation Planning, Recov-
ery and State Grants, 4401 N.
Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arling-
ton, VA 22203, (703) 358-2106.
Information also can be
accessed at
http://www.fws.gov/endan-
gered/grants/.
The Cooperative Endangered
Species Conservation Fund is
identified in the Catalog of Feder-
al Domestic Assistance as num-
ber 15.615.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is the principal Federal
agency responsible for conserv-
ing, protecting and enhancing
fish, wildlife and plants and their
habitats for the continuing bene-
fit of the American people. The
Service manages the 95-million-
acre National Wildlife Refuge
System, which encompasses 545
national wildlife refuges, thou-
sands of small wetlands and
other special management
areas. It also operates 69 nation-
al fish hatcheries, 64 fishery
resources offices, and 81 ecolog-
ical services field stations. The
agency enforces Federal wildlife
laws, administers the Endan-


gered Species Act, manages
migratory bird populations,
restores nationally significant
fisheries, conserves and restores
wildlife habitat such as wet-
lands, and helps foreign and
Native American Tribal govern-


ments with their conservation
efforts. It also oversees the Fed-
eral Assistance program, which
distributes hundreds of millions
of dollars in excise taxes on fish-
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Briefs

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

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

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

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

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lending
Library, on the corner of northwest
Second Street and Second Avenue.
Entertain or educate yourself, using
486 audiocassettes, including audio
books, plus Christian romances and
575 videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report, pro-
-grams for men, women or children,
a craft project or a Sunday school
lesson. We use the Dewey Decimal
System, the same as school and
public libraries. As a private library
we can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed Sun-
day from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.,
and Wednesdayevening from 6
until 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
(863) 763-4021.

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

Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library Coopera-
tive is a six library cooperative serv-
ing Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto and
Okeechobee counties. The Heart-


land Library Cooperative will be
holding basic and advanced com-
puter 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 communicate
via e-mail with friends and relatives.
The more advanced computer class
will teach how to keep the comput-
er clean and how to send pictures.
You may also contact your local
libraries for these same classes. In
Okeechobee, call (863) 763-3536 or
contact Gabriell Turner, information
tech trainer, at gabi@myhlc.org.


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Wife props up husband


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DEAR ABBY: I have been
married to my soul mate and best
friend, "Herbert," for a year and a
half. There's only one downside to
our marriage. Herbert speaks hor-
ribly about himself several times a
day. It began after our wedding
and used to be limited to bill-pay-
ing time. But over the last few
months, he has been doing it sev-
eral times a day.
He says he's a bad provider.
(He's not! We're no worse off than
millions of other newlywed cou-
ples.) He says he's ugly. (Again, he
isn't. I find him very attractive.) He
says he is lazy and that I married
someone who, "if it weren't for
bad luck, would have no luck at
all." The list goes on and on.
At first, I'd disagree, but recent-
ly I have gone from arguing with
him to suggesting counseling. Of
course, Herbert will have none of
that. He says we can't afford coun-
seling, which brings on another
round of his opinion that he's
worthless.
Abby, it's exhausting to defend
someone who constantly attacks
himself. What are my options
here? I adore Herbert, but it would
be nice to be able to talk about
something other than, "No, you're
not worthless. No, you're not a
bad provider."
Please don't reveal my name
or location. If he knows I've writ-
ten to you, he'll start it again. Help!
- GOING MAD IN THE SOUTH-
EAST
DEAR GOING MAD: You have
married a man with low self-
esteem a bottomless pit. It
would be interesting to know
how he was treated as a child,
because your husband appears so
accustomed to verbal abuse that if
he doesn't get it from someone
else, he must do it to himself.
Thus, you are forced into the posi-
tion of having to constantly inflate
his sagging ego which I'm sure
is exhausting and frustrating.
The next time he starts in, try
this: Say, "I would never tolerate
anyone else talking this way about
the man I love, and I refuse to tol-
erate it from you, either. Are you
trying to make me respect you


less? If you don't stop, you'll
destroy our marriage." Then insist
on some sessions with a licensed
professional to sort this out. It's
NOT too expensive; it's some-
thing you can't afford to do with-
out. Almost any luxury sacrificed
will be worth it. And if he still
refuses, go without him. I promise
if you do, you'll gain much-need-
ed insight.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 35-year-
old man who recently reunited
with his birth mother. I had a very
close relationship with my adop-
tive family and was not desperate
to meet my birth family, but I have
enjoyed making the connection
and like them very much.
I am being married next year,
and because my adoptive parents
are deceased, and because my
adoptive sisters (both in their early
50s) mean so much to me, I plan
to have them escorted down the
aisle in place of my mother.
My fiancee believes I should
also have my birth mother escort-
ed down the aisle. I am afraid this
would hurt the feelings of my sis-
ters, who, while being supportive
of my new connection, are still a bit
sensitive about "Laing" me to this
new family. What do you think? -
MUDDLED IN MISSISSIPPI
DEAR MUDDLED: I agree with
your fiancee. Talk to your sisters
about this now, and impress upon
them that they are not "losing" you
to your birth mother. She is joining
THEM in your life, and this is a time
of celebration that should be
enjoyed by all not a turf battle.


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ARIES (March 21-April'19):
The good cheer you take with you
will be well received and put you in
everyone's good graces for the
upcoming year. Your thoughtful-
ness will be remembered and the
troubleshooting done along the
way appreciated.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Make any last-minute adjustments
to your investments. A contract you
have been mulling over should
probably be taken care of before
the end of the year. Get everything
in writing. Be careful minor
mishaps will set you back.
* GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
,ou'll.be on the go from morning to
night. Take in all you can and listen
tdo the options :being offered. An
older relative Will do something
special for you. Money can be
made.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
You'll be inclined to try to fit too
much into your day. An older rela-
tive may need your help at Ihe last


minute. Prepare to have someone
else take care of the things you can't,
get to yourself.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Turn this
into a fun-filled day. A little extra
pampering or shopping will make
you feel better about yourself. Mix
business with pleasure.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept 22): Not
everyone will agree with you today.
Focus on yourself and lifting your
own spirits. The people you are clos-
est to will not. understand your
needs. Partnerships may be difficult.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct. 22): You
can get everything taken care of and
be well on your way to new deals,
new concepts and new ways of
doing things. Consider a short trip if it
will help you accomplish even more.
You may want to include someone
you really like in your plans.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You are going to have to give others
the benefit of the doubt. Not every-
one will want to do things your way.
If you are difficult to get along with,
someone close to you may not want
to tell you the whole truth.


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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Love, emotions and socializing
will all be at the top of your list today.
Tell it like it is and you will avoid any
problems later on. It will be a perfect
day to share with someone you really
adore.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Don't let your changing mood get
you into trouble. Stick towhat you
promised and give everything you've
got to doing things right. As long as
you are consistent, you will remain in
control.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
You can have pretty much whatever
you want as long as you go about it
the right way. Force or being stub-
born will not be the answer. Use
your head and outsmart those
around you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You
will be emotional and tend to change
your mind a lot about personal mat-
ters. Don't let anyone confuse you
, about what you can and can't do.
Follow your heart. An infatuation will
getyou into trouble.
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24 LOG HOME PACKAGES to
be Offered at Public Auction.
Saturday, January 14, 11:00
AM, Orlando, FL (Port of
Sanford), Rogers Realty &
Auction, License # AU2922.
Free brochure, Buffalo Log
Homes, (888)562-2246 or
www.auctionloghomes.com.


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

CAT 2yo Calico Female Cat,
has ID tags, last seen near
Oak Lake Estates $100 re-
ward (863)634-7402
CHIHUAHUA: LOST/MISSING
Chocolate & White, Female,
Vicinity of Oak Park. Reward
Please call (863)467-8038
COCKER SPANIELS (older)1
male w/blue collar & Injured
back leg, & 1-female,
w/red collar. Vic of Betther
Acres behind Post Office
(863)763-7813 Reward


LOST PIT BULL Country Hills
Estate Area, his name is Max
(863)634-6446


CANNING JARS- Lids, rings,
20 qt pot to give away.
(863)675-0199
Curr/Boxer Mix Puppies-
FREE 8 weeks. old,
(863)763-4052 or
(863) 634-8691
DOG- mixed breed 8 months
old loving family
(863)675-6652
FREE TO GOOD HOME, Wolf
Hybrid, male, 10 mos. old,
very loveable.
(863)634-0471
JACK RUSS/BLUE HEALER
Energetic, needs lots of rooms
to run. Housebroken. lyr old.
Friendly dog. (863)697-6309
KITTENS (4) Very adorable.
Males & Females. Free to
good home. Ready now!
(863)697-9806


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


Is Stress Ruining Your Life?
Read DIANETICS by Ron L.
Hubbard Call (813)872-0722
or send $7.99 to Dianetics,
3102 N. Habana Ave., Tam-
pa FL 33607.


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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Carpenter Wanted
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work. 1-800-345-0060
COOKS: Apply in person,
after 2pm @ Pizza Heaven
208 South Parrot Ave.
863-763-9299
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Florida Local & National OTR
positions. Food grade tanker,
no hazmat, no pumps, great
benefits, competitive pay &
new equipment. Need 2
years experience. Call By-
num Transport for your op-
portunity today.
(800)741-7950
EDUCATIONAL SALES REP.
Sell books to schools in your
local area. To apply visit
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EXPERIENCED
SERVERS, COOKS,
DISHWASHERS &
BUFFET ATTENDANTS
for busy restaurant
$9.00 per hr to start
Apply Within
1111 S.Parrot Ave.
Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
863-467-5000
FINANCIAL TRAINEE
College Grad! $30Kto start!
$40K + bonus after
training. Call Sue Rush
@1-800-678-0126
FUN JOB!
Now hiring 10 sharp people to
work and travel with unique
business group.
Two weeks training.
Transportation and
lodging furnished.
Return trip guaranteed.
Daily and weekly bonuses
For more info call Mike.
866-298-0163
HELP WANTED
Experienced Bartender &
Kitchen help
Call 863-634-3245
Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
self-motivated,
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
NIGHT AUDITOR
PITor F/T,
Immediate Opening
Apply in person @
Pier 112200 S.E. Hwy
441, Okeechobee
Ask for Chris
TRUCK DRIVER, CDL Class B
w/Air Brake. Competitive
Salary, Company
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401 K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indiantown.
Drug Free Work Place.


FORKLIFT OPERATORS
A local citrus processing facility is in immediate need for
forklift operators. The position requires off-loading and
delivery of drums, pallets, and other raw materials to pro-
cessing area. Also palletizing, banding, and/or stretch
wrapping of product and other warehouse duties. Must be
able to work in a cold environment and have previous lift
truck experience in similar capacity. Must be willing to
work any shift and weekends.
We offer competitive pay with a full benefits package that
includes medical, dental, life, vision and many others.
If you possess the above qualifications please apply as
soon as possible at:
Southern Gardens Citrus
1820 County Rd. #833
Clewiston, FL 33440
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


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The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide


excellent service to our readers.
SMANAGEMENT Opportunties Now Open in these Areas:


Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
We offer:
-Excellent Salaries
-Medical a4 Life Insurance
-Dental Insurance
-401K Savings Plan
-Paid Vacations
-Advancement Opportunities
-Training Program

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


Immediate 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


NOW HIRING!
*Tow truck driver
*Fuel attendant/stock
person
Training will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay, re-
warding work, benefits
and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified ap-
plicants who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
up bonus. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
DFWP
PRIDE ENTERPRISES
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
w/farm equipment req'd.
$30K+, Exc. benefit pkg. Fax
resume to: 561-996-8559.
SALES REPRESENTATIVES
WE ARE SO CONFIDENT IN
OUR LEADS WE PAY YOU
TO RUN THEM EVEN IF YOU
DON'T SELL. Are you a self-
motivated positive person?
Are you presently earning
$1000.- $1500 per week?
Qualified guaranteed income
during training period. Quali-
fied $2000 SIGN-ON BONUS.
We offer... a solid training
program with 2-3 Pre-set
qualified confirmed leads
dally. With our "NEW" credit
process means All leads are
pre-approved before you run
the appointments. Manage-
ment opportunities. Unlimit-
ed income potential. Call:
ERIC (888)563-3188
Small dealership looking for
parts person and outside
sales for new territory up-
coming for new year. Call for
Application (800)556-757.7.
How do you find a job
In today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified


THERAPIST-FT
Competitive Salary, Excellent
Benefits, B.S. Psychology or
related field, 2 yrs. experience
with adolescents preferred.
Fax resume to 863-357-5913
or Call 863-634-5760.


READING A
NEWSPAPER...
makes you a more informed
and Interesting person. No
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1 PART TIME
MERCHANDISER
OKEECHOBEE
AREA

Weekends &
Holidays ONLY
Supermarket
exp. A plus
Car Allowance
Must reside in
Okeechobee area

Call:
1-800-432-0626
Ext. 212

LOOKING FOR RETIRED
WOMEN To sit with elderly
lady Tues. & Thurs. 9am to
8pm 863-675-7410 La Belle


information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-31 Ext. 233


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE Do
you earn $800/day? 30 Ma-
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LOG HOME DEALERS WANT-
ED Great Earning Potential,
Excellent Profits, Protected
Territory, Lifetime Warranty.
American Made Honest
Value. Call Daniel Boone Log
Homes (888)443-4140.

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that it is. If you have ques-
tions or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we advise
that before responding or
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time, you check with the BetA
ter Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
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numbers may require an ex-
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distance toll costs. We will do
our best to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads, but
occasionally we may not be
aware of the charges. There-
fore, if you call a number out
of your area, use caution.

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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435


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All Criminal Defense. *Felo-
nies *Misdemeanors *Do-
mestic Violence *DUI
*Wrongful Death "Protect
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ieferrai Service
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7 DAYS A WEEK.
DIVORCE$275-$350*COVERS
children, etc. Only one signa-
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govt. fees! Call weekdays
800)462-2000, ext.600.
(8am-7pm) Alta Divorce,
LLC. Established 1977.
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classified.


PHOTO ID CARDS
Elliott'sQuik Foto
419 W.S. Park
Call (863)763-5553


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


ACCIDENT VICTIMS ALL Acci-
dent & Injury Claims *AUTO-
MOBILE *BIKE/BOAT/BUS
*ANIMAL BITES *WORKERS
COMPENSATION *WRONG-
FUL DEATH *NURSING
HOME INJURIES A-A-A At-
torney Referral Service
(888)733-5342.


The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


*a iotic


WINDOW UNIT 7000 BTU,
works good $30
(863)635-7987


ART PIECE- Solid copper with
an Indian in front & a Buffalo
in the back. Dated '1842
$500 cash 863-763-2965
FIRE PLACE MANTLE & sur-
round oak-unique, beautiful
$400 (863)763-4982
RESTORATION & REPAIRS
of Antique furniture.
CUSTOM CABINETRY
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337


ELECTRIC RANGE Hotpoint,
glass top, self cleaning oven.
Good condition. $100
(863)675-4858
RANGE- Maytag, electric,
white, excellent condition,
$175 (863)824-8749.
WASHER & DRYER- good
condition, $175 for set
(863)673-3620



BUILDING SALE! "Extended 3
Weeks!" 20x26 Now $3340.
25x30, $4790. 30x40,
$7340. 40x60, $11,490 Fac-
tory Direct, 25 Years. Many
Others. Ends/accessories
optional. Pioneer
(800)668-5422.-



24 LOG HOME PACKAGES to
be Offered at Public Auction.
Saturday, January 14, 11:00
AM, Orlando, FL (Port of
Sanford), Rogers Realty &
Auction, License # AU2922.
Free brochure, Buffalo Log
Homes, (888)562-2246 or
www.auctionloghomes.com.
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.
(863)763-3451
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
(863)763-3451
SAWMILLS from only
$2,795.00 Convert your
LOGS TO VALUABLE LUM-
BER with your Norwood
portable band sawmill. Log
skidders also available.
www.norwoodindus-
tries.com -Free information:
(800)578-1363 ext 300N.
WELL SYSTEM fairly new,
$800 for total system
(863)467-7612


STROLLER & BOUNCER, (bat-
tery compartment broken),
for boy, $10 will sell separ-
ately. (863)697-1925


AVON, old, 2 big boxes,
figurines, cars, etc., $50 for
both boxes or best offer.
(863)357-6113
FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
CARDS Racing & Comic.
late 80s early 90s Exc. cond.
$500neg. 863)763-8943



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



GAS FIRE PLACE 48"wx43"t,
brick style, $1000
(863)763-3451


BEDROOM SET -7pc. Full sz
bed, light wd w/ painted bows
& pink flowers. Brand new.
$700 neg. (863)227-0199


series. Good cond. Holds up to
300 Ibs. $725 (863)763-7697
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
ComputerVideo 580
Crafts.'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.,'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/,
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies.'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


CEDAR CHEST- 2, Solid cedar
$250 or will separate
(863)467-4328
CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar $125
(863)467-4328
CHINA CABINET- Large, Very
nice, Lighted, medium wood,
$300. or best offer Moving
Must Sell (239)645-3620
CHINA CABINET, old, 2 pc.,
yellow, hand painted, Ig.
glass shelves, nice, $450.
(772)429-0317
COUCH & LOVE SEAT Indian
print, green burgundy & gold
$250 (863)467-5032
CRIB & CHANGING TABLE,
exc. cond., Jenny Lind, hon-
ey color, $120 for both.
(863)763-8331
DINING TABLE- Oval, all wood
w/big pedestal blonde/white,
end tables fruitwood & glass
$100. (863)357-0037
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
END TABLES, (2), curvy legs,
between light & medium ma-
ple, very nice, $50.
(863)635-0474
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
white oak color, excellent
condition, $50.
(863)824-0801
SOFA'S- 2, Sleeper sofa,
Brown & white & 1 black
$50 or will separate
863-447-1141
TABLE & 4 ROLL AWAY
CHAIRS- Leather, Nice,
$225. (863)674-5770
TRIPLE DRESSER, ivory color,
w/2 nitestands & Ig. mirror,
Must Sell! asking $50.
(863)824-0801
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$100. (863)763-8943 ask
forTracy



CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
GOLF CART Club Car, 2001,
Gas, Reconditioned w/alumi-
num bed, top & windshield.
$2795. neg. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc, sets,
2 bags incl/Odyssey 990, Wil-
son 8813, Cook M1-X, Lynx.
$700will sep. (863)946-3123.


PISTOL, 9mm, w/case & 2
magazines, less than 50
rounds shot, exc. cond.,
$400. (863)227-0396
SHOT GUN- Winchester, 12
age, Deer Gun w/scope.
335.(863)467-7838



DUMB BELL;.SET15 215
w/rack. $100.
(863)467-5299
HEALTH FOOD
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243
WEIGHT BENCH- Sears, Good
condition $125
(863)467-0109



CERAMIC heater $10
(863)635-7987


DIAMOND BAGGETT BAND-
Like new condition. $600
(863)697-0845
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $500
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
LADIES GOLD ANTIQUE
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $300 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:,
the classifleds.


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


ELEC SCOOTER- Victory, 3
wheel, new batt., light & bas-
ket, swivel cloth seat, runs
good $600 (863)634-5095
HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $150
(863)467-5032
HOSPITAL BED- electric,
works good no mattress
$145 or best offer
(772)597-2155
MEDICARE "D" DRUG PLAN
CONSULTANTS INDEPEN-
DENT PHYSICIAN MANAGED
WE WILL SAVE YOU MON-
EY! WE WORK FOR YOU,
NOT INSURANCE COMPA-
NIES CALL (888)325-PILL
WWW.MEDICAREDRU-
GHELRNET.
SCOOTER, Alanti 2002, Elec-
tric w/basket on back & 2 bat-


ELEC PIANO- Korg P60, LIKE
NEW, a steal at $800
(863)763-3229.
ELECTRIC ORGAN DISCOV-
ERY- '98, by Estey $500.
(863)674-0314
GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS-
asking $700,
(863)763-3229.
PA SYSTEM Small, Fender
basement amp. Microphones,
drum machine $500 or best
offer (863)357-0406
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab,
25th Anniv. model, maple
back & sides, spruce top,
$2,000. (863)467-9859


BOSTON TERRIER PUP- 8
wks, $500 (863)946-1279
PARROT CAGE- White w/
24x24x27, playpen on top
shelf under cage detachable
seed $100. (863)357-0037
PITBULL Pups Full blooded
everything up to date, 1 male 1
female, also avail, huge dog
kennel $250 (863)227-0396
PUG, ACA, Rare, Black, 1F/2M
Ready 12/22-8wks. Shots, pa-
pers/health cert. $700-$800.
(863)673-4200/228-2140
REX BUNNY, baby, $10.
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
YORKIES, ACA Reg. Small/
Adorable, Born 11/25th, Avail.
Feb. 1st. Parents on premises.
$500. (863)763-6778
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.
(863)357-3639



WATER SOFTENER, Kenmore,
asking $250.
(863)467-8504


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


HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25. (863)946-3123
POOL CUE w/case in excellent
condition $40
(863)675-3944



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


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


ADULT VIDEOS, (20), $75 or
best offer. (863)634-3783


PAYING BEST PRICES
SCRAP GOLD, SILVER &
UNWANTED JEWELRY
ELLIOTT'S PAWN
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553

Agriculture



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



APPALOOSA GELDING 3yrs
old. Beautiful. Calm. Quiet.
Green brbke. 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,
$700. (863)227-0367.
QUARTER HORSE GELDING-
quiet, exc beginner horse,
$2500 or best offer
(717)548-4291.
QUARTER/Thoroughbred 1yr
old stud, halter broke $600
(772)467-0979
WESTERN SHOW SADDLE


wheels, like new, 6hp B/Sd -"L -ale 105
engine, $175 or trade
(863)697-9704 LAKE PORT- .5 ac. lot, '87
WHEEL BARROW: Antique, Fleetwood S/Wide, 2br, 2ba,
Great for a flower bed. $5. 2 carport's, 2 bldg's, Paved
(863)675-3944 drive Call 863-763-6572


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


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


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos'
Townhqjses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate c'50
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)467-0128.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE: 3BR, 2 BA
1 Car garage. C/Air & Heat. On
water w/boat house & lift. W &
D. D/W. Screen porch. In-
cludes lawn service & trash.
No pets. $1300 mo. + 1st,
last & $500. sec. dep. 863-
357-2240 or 561-324-8509
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1.5ba,
waterfront, 804 SE 6th
Court, $875/mo, 1st, Lst,
$500 Sec, (863)467-5965.


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



Office Space for Rent
West side of new
courthouse, Available Now!
(863)467-0831
RENT-A-SPACE
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
(863)467-0831


Empoyen
Ful -im I'l


"Billy Cook". w/Breast strap
& tie down. $450.
(863)673-9200



BUSH HOG: TSC, 5 Ft., 2
years old. $500.
863-610-1219 after 9pm or
weekends.
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 ood.....


Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 10415
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bidg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
Okee, remodeled, 2BR/1BA, 2
story apt., building 40, Oak
Lake Apts., $88,900.
(863)763-8391/634-3313


EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All appl., Washer & Dryer, TV.
815-342-1477
INDIANTOWN- 1400 sqft
1990 manf: Home of Merit,
in 45+ park, 2BR 2BA, en-
closed patio, storage shed,
furnished, appliances.
$65,000 (772)597-2801
Kohn
LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
BHR, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
$279,500 (863)467-1077
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/2/2BA,
in ground pool, 1/2 acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728
New 4 Bed/2' Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
(863)763-6376
Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
available. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376



GAINSVILLE, FLORIDA
+/- 254 Acres open
land, abundant deer,
hogs & turkey. +/- 90
acre platted subdivi-
sion. 344 acres total.
Asking 15,000 per
acre. 20 minutes from
Ben Hill Griffing
Stadium & Campus.
10 minutes from
Downtown. Located
on Hwy. 301. Call Paul
Prescott at 561-718-
8031 or 561-718-8040.
KINGS ESTATE, 2.5 acre,
000. or best offer. Financ-
*"h iihp (nn05 4n-9n47


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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, December 28, 2005


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

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

SUNDANCE TRAILS
Lot 47, +/- 6.33 acre
lake front lot. Asking
$425,000. Call Paul
Prescott at 561-718-
8031.
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.



ASHEVILLE, NC AREA
ACREAGE 1 to 8 acre moun-
tain view and riverfront
homesites from the $60s.
Gated community, custom
lodge. Near natural hot
springs. Dont miss out! Call
(866)292-5762
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLI-
NA. MUST SEE BEAUTIFUL
& COLORFUL FALL FOLI-
AGE! WESTERN NC MOUN-
TAINS Homes, Cabins,
Acreage & Investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty
GMAC Real Estate, Murphy
www.cherokeemountainreal-
ty.com Call for Free Bro-
.chure (800)841-5868.
Coastal Southeast Georgia
Large wooded water access,
marsh view, lake front, and
golf oriented homesites from
the mid $70's Live oaks,
pool, tennis, golf.
(877)266-7376. www.coop-
erspoint.com
EARN DEGREE online from
home. *Medical, *Business,
*Paralegal, *Computers. Job
Placement Assistance. Com-
puter & Financial aid if quali-
fy. (866)858-2121
www.o nline'tidewater-
tech.com.


East Alabama Mountain Prop-
erty For Sale One hour west
of Atlanta in Piedmont, AL
Beautiful View 48 acres
$144,000 14,400 down
1,087 per month owner fi-
nanced. Call Glenn
(850)545-4928.
MURPHY NORTH CAROLINA
COOL SUMMERS MILD WIN-
TERS Affordable Homes &
Mountain Cabins CALL FOR
FREE BROCHURE
(877)837-2288 EXIT REAL-
TYMOUNTAIN VIEW PROP-
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www.exitmurphy.com.
TENNESSEE ACREAGE FOR
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Beautiful new lakeside com-
munity. 1 to 5 acre home-
sites from the $40s. Limited
number of private boat slips.
Call for appt.
(866)292-5769.
Tennessee Waterfront Land
Sale! Direct Waterfront par-
cels from only $9,900! Cabin
Package from $64,900! 4.5
acres suitable for 4 homes
and docks only $99,900! All
properties are new to the
market! Call toll-free
(866)770-5263 ext. 8.
WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
North Carolina Where there
is: Cool Mountain Air, Views
& Streams, Homes, Cabins
& Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUNTAIN
PROPERTY SALES
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.com. ,
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& Streams, Homes, Cabins
& Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
BROCHURE OF MOUNTAIN
PROPERTY SALES
(800)642-5333. Realty Of
Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.com.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


Mobile Homes



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



RV FOR RENT, 1 or 2 adults in
Western St. Lucie $750 mo.
includes utilities.
(772)370-0402
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES- 3/2
Mobile home w/ boat dock,
furnished, $1000/mon Nice
1st last and $500 No pets
Adults only (954)587-2644 or
(954)260-1933



Avion Trailer, 35', w/45' Fla.
room, 2BR/2BA, w/walk in
shower, incl. free lot & cable
rental from Jan. to May, golf
cart, tricycle & bike, fur-
nished, located in KOA Adult
Park, $24,000.
(863)763-4813'
FACTORY AUTHORIZED
JACOBSEN DEALER;
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
baybuilthomes.com
Mas de 40 trails sen-
clas in envertario. Listas
para ser santadas. En su
propidad. Bajo encunche
y bajo paga de mensu-
aladad. Llamme para
mas information.
863-673-2575.
MOBILE HOME, 2005, 16x80,
w/shed. 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba. Lot in-
cluded. (863)357-9662
Over 40 new Mobile
Homes in stock for im-
mediate delivery. Low
down payments, low
monthly payments.
FEMA and insurance
settlements accepted.
Call (863)675-8888


Palm Harbor
Modular & Mobile
Home Specialists.
Call our Factory for
Free Color Brochures.
800-622-2832.
Palm Harbor Factory
Liquidation Sale
2005 Models must
go. Call for Free
Color Brochures.
800-622-2832.

Recreation

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



Bass Boat, 20' Storm Boot
Legger, 200hp motor, 24v
trolling motor, Eagle fishfind-
er 3D, w/trailer, asking
$4500. (863)467-0837
BASS BOAT 20ft, 200hp Merc.
05 trailer, excel, running
condition. $4400/neg.
(941)587-0806
BAYLINER CAPRI 1988, 16',
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder. $1500 or best offer.
(863)632-9166
HURRICANE DECK BOAT' 05-
19ft, w/05 115HP Yamaha, 4
stroke engine, galv trir., Must
sell due to health, Paid
$26,500 asking $18,000 or
best offer. (863)467-4493.
KAYAK- Hobie Lanai, used,
roomy .cockpit, drink holder,
storage, good size for
kids,$185 (863)467-1790
KAYAK- Perception Swifty,
9.5, used highback seat,
good cond, yellow, $150
neg. (863)467-1790 Iv msg
PONTOON BOAT 21 Ft. w/2
25hp motors, canopy & trail-
er. $2500. (863)675-2575


Pontoon Boat, '94, Starcraft,
1995 40hp Mercury, low hrs.,
no trailer, fish ready, $4000.
(765)610-4494
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 Ibs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft., Alu-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801


MOTOR HOME 30 Ft., 1989
w/454, $4000. Firm.
(863)610-1219. after 9pm &
weekends.
RV with FL room, Very
nice/clean Many extras! Quick
poss. Washer, A/C. 9100 78
W $6900. 317-243-3313 Okee
SUNLINE RV TRAILER 17 ft.
good condition, can be seen
at 1495 Garden St.
$1500/neg (772)224-1132
WINNEBEGO REALDO '.96 -
excel cond., low miles,
$22,500 Or trade for late
model truck (863)467-8798


Fifth-Wheel Hitch 15k. GM
rails included, like new, $780
new yours for $375
(863)946-3269 or
19-553-7120



BOAT MOTOR 1996 Long
Shaft, 30 hp Evinrude, 0/B.
Excellent condition. $800.
(863)763-3568/447-4024



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


BOAT SEAT- Springfield Ma-
rine #3 with rod gimbel &
pedestal $100.
.(863)610-0440 (Okee.)


GOLD WING 2003, 10K, ABS
Brakes, Candy Apple Red,
Like new. $14,500. Call
(863)763-5500 Evenings.



GO KART, Yerf, only used 15
hrs or less, Cash Only $900
or best offer. (863)675-2093
ask for Ashley
SUZUKI 80- '2000, Good con-
dition. $2200.
(863)467-0109
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2400. Firm.
(863)634-5129


Automobiles



Automobiles 1005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



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


GEO PRISM, '90, Christmas
Car! runs good, good gas
mileage, parts reasonable,
$1499. (863)467-1535
HONDA ACCORD '87- $1200
or make offer
(863)467-5401 or
772)359-2923
HONDA ACCORD LX '98: Tint-
ed. 128K mis. Raisin Pearl col-
or, rear Euro lights. $4500 or
best offer. 863-675-3470 Mel
HONDA ACCORD LXI- '88,
Runs exc. Needs trans. &
brake work $300 or good
parts car. (863)801-3310
OLDS CUTLASS '96- needs
transmission work, $500
(863)634-2191.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SU-
PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $2500 (863)447-0651
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1988,
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
roof, runs great, 32-35 mpg,
am/fm/cd, very dependable,
$1500. (561)924-2208
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


CADILLAC 1957 2 doors
needs work $1000/neg
(863)357-3633
CHEVEROLET PICK UP
TRUCK 1955 500 cu. in.
motor. $2500 or best offer.
(863)763-4826
CHEVY FLEETLINE DELUXE
'48- 4dr asking $2500
(863)763-3551
CHEVY TRUCK 1955 auto
and tilt steering, needs work
$2500 (863)357-3633
DODGE ASPEN '74 Slant 6,
runs great. Needs minor res-
toration. $500 (863)697-6731
MGB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car
423-502-2214
VOLKSWAGON SUPER BEE-
TLE 1971, Brand new motor.
Needs restoration. $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-4826


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



CHEVY SILVERADO, '94, 4
wheel drive, 3/4 ton, runs
good, $3800.
(863)381-0432
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified


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


RIM 16" Dodge Truck Rim
$100 or best offer
(772)597-2155
TONNEAU COVER by ARE
fits Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed
truck Excellent condition $300.
Firm (863)697-6731
TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645
TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (8631467-8856


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


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


Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church 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,
Sunday 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
S 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
S 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
information, call (863) 763-2492.

Martha's House collecting cl 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 Ter-
race, will hold.youth services every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.
There will be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-1066.

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

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
S- 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
S. 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
p The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol
S. 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.
S 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 Cen-
ter, (863) 763-3212.

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


Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers'to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires, floods,
etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help local citizens
in a time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Candace at the American
Red Cross- Okeechobee Branch- by calling (863) 763-2488.

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

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

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

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

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

Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced that
with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School, which
were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children were helped.
The families faced a great deal of destruction during the hurricanes.
Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys because the roofs
of their homes were tom off by the heavy winds. The council also
received funds from an anonymous donor and Seminole Elementary
School donated a check that they received from children in Minnesota.
The additional monies granted several families assistance after the origi-
nal funds were depleted. Thanks to all the assistance from the children
and families of Okeechobee. Other families who still requested assis-
tance were referred to the Red Cross.

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


CHEVY SUBURBAN LT- '97,
White, 4x4, All power, Very
clean $8500. or best offer
(863)697-6540


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


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


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



Request for Plant Capacity
Okeechobee Utility Authority
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
("OUA") is pursuing the design and
construction of a 3.0 MGD waste-
water treatment plant expansion.
This plant expansion will provide
additional capacity to serve approxi-
mately 12,000 equivalent residential
connections. The OUA has issued
a Request for Plant Capacity
("RFPC") from businesses and
qualified builder developers. The
RFPC's are due on February 17,
2006.
If you would like to receive a RFPC
packet, please contact either:
Jeff Larson, Senior Vice President,
Regional Manager
(ilarsonlkoso.coml
or
Bill Spivey, Investment Banker
(bsoivev(koso.comt
Tel: 407-482-2326
105498 ON 12/2605 -1/1/06


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