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Weather takes its toll: Pet shop is damaged

OI.eechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Thursday morning's rain caused damage to the Okeechobee Pets store forcing them to
close. The doors were left open In an attempt to help dry out the building and provide
fresh air to the damaged unit.

Rain closes local pet store

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee Newvs
Weather has again taken its
toll on a local pet shop that had
been closed for over five
months last year due to exten-
sion damage by Hurricane
Okeechobee Pets is located
in Northlake Plaza just down
the row of stores from Publix
Super Market. The wrath of
Hurricane Jeanne caused mas-
sive damage to several stores
when portions of the commu-
nity roof and rooftop air condi-
tioning units were ripped from
the building. It took months of
repairs to reopen the pet
shop's doors. The owners of
the pet shop, Victoria and Tim-
othy Mason and their two
employees, Tamara Clance and
William Hooper spent count-
less hours tearing out wet ceil-
ing tiles, lighting mold and
cleaning up the shop. It was a
long, back-breaking job but
they finally were able to finish
the repairs. Then the day

Newly instaaea ceiling ties were just a Tew ot me items
damaged when the roof of Okeechobee Pets began to
leak in numerous spots following a heavy rain shower
Thursday morning.

before the shop was scheduled
to reopen, a thunderstorm
blew through and the Masons
and their employees arrived to
find that water had run in from
around the front windows
soaking tile and carpeting.
They did not let this discourage
them and went to work to
clean up the damage in time
for the shop to reopen and

Church plans New

Year's Eve party
Wilderness of Tekoa will be board Tim Cox draw from an
the featured entertainment at a eclectic background to bring
New Year's Eve party for teens the listener into the atmos-
sponsored by The Gathering, phere and spatial side of alter-
1735 S.W. 24th Ave. The local nate rock. Front man Nic
group Handout as well as the DiPace draws a crowd into the
praise band from the Okee- moment with stirring lyrics and
chobee Church of God will imaginative vocal melodies.
also be performing. There will Backed by drummer Sean
be free food and give-aways Scott and bassist Lonnie Law-
including I-pods, digital cam- son, the band turns out invig-
eras, X-boxes, skateboards, orating rhythms and intelligent
surfboards, CDs, gift certifi- turns that enthusiastically
cates and the grand prize is a engage their audience. Wilder-
car. Registration for prizes is ness of Tekoa delivers an expe-
from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. up rience that every listen may
and coming West Palm Beach enjoy. Audiences react with
musical act, Wilderness of excitement and a fervor for
Tekoa, is a vibrant rock'alter- more. Wilderness of Tekoa's
native five piece band offering most recent sound has often
a combination of smooth to been compared to various
aggressive blends of modern bands including U2, Switch
alternative music. Guitarist Foot, Wilco, Radio head and
Ryan Antolino and snythkey- Cold Play.

County will

/examine new

land program

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Editor's note: This is the first
article in a three part series. Part
one looks at the basic steward-
ship program. Part two looks at
what is happening in Collier
County and part 3 looks at how
the program is working in St.
Lucie County.
The face of land develop-
ment in Okeechobee County
will definitely change if a land
development program present-
ed to Okeechobee County Com-
missioners at their Dec. 15
meeting is adopted. The pro-
gram would mean the end of
loday's typical subdivision bed-

room communities with com-
muters driving some distance
and even to the coast to work.
New developments would be
compact and self-contained
with stores and businesses
allowing people to live close to
where they work while preserv-
ing agricultural land and natural
Several landowners and
business leaders attended the
meeting and expressed interest
in the program. Commissioners
are planning to schedule a
workshop sometime in Febru-
ary to examine the program
more closely and allow local
landowners Io ask questions.
See Land -Page 2

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begin generating income for all
of them.
When Hurricane Wilma
arrived this past summer, water
again ran into the shop under
the front doors, but the little
shop opened for business as
soon as power and water were
restored to the community.
See Rain Page 2

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Wilderness of Tekoa will be the featured entertainment at a New Year's Eve party for teens
sponsored by The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave.

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News Briefs

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

Benefit planned
for Dorothy Kinchen
spaghetti dinner will be hosted
by Thrivent at Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, on
Jan. 14, 2006, from 5 until 7 p.m.
An auction will also be held at
that time with Brian Trimble as
Entertainment during the
event will include Bereavement
Bluegrass at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $10
with all proceeds to benefit
Dorothy Kinchen.
For information, call (863)

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

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

Loans help replace
storm-damaged homes
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program
will help applicants who, meet
the following criteria:.
*You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
in 2004.
*You have been unable to fix

your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
*Your gross household
income is at or below the follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons $27,650; three persons
- $31,100; four persons -
S34.550; five persons --$37,300;
six persons $40,100; seven
persons $42,850; and, eight
persons $45,500.
Interviews for applications for
this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment
for an interview, call Jessie.
Vazquez at (863) 467-5525. The
Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing
Inc. office is open 9 a.m. until 4
p.m., Monday through Friday.

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When contacted later, Com-

missioner Elvie Posy said the pro-
gram reminded him of the wet-
land mitigation program.
He called it "something we can
look at" and said he would give it
"serious consideration" if he
owned land.
Mr. Posey went on to say that
the program is ideal for someone
who wants to stay in agriculture
and capitalize on land values. He
said it would keep development
closer knit and keep things more
After the meeting, Commission
Chairman John Abney called the
program a "win-win" situation for
the county that would preserve
our pristine lands from develop-
ment. He said it preserves our nat-
ural resources without taking
lands off the tax rolls as govern-
ment buy-out programs do. He
said that when government buys
land, the land is not always taken
care of and nonnative exotic
plants take over. The commission-
er said the program would allow
us to be good stewards of the
Anita Jenkins of WilsonMiller, a
consulting agency that helped
establish the program in Collier
County, explained the program to
In 2001, the Florida legislature
established the Rural Land Stew-
ardship Areas Program, which
allows counties to designate all or
portions of land classified as agri-
cultural, open, or an equivalent
land use, as a rural stewardship
area. Within- these areas, open
spaces are preserved and provi-
sions are made for planned com-
According to Walker Banning,
who oversees the program for the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA), the program is the oppo-
site of urban sprawL The program
is designed to protect rural areas
by providing planned develop-
ment in designated areas.
The stewardship area must be

outside municipal and urban
growth boundaries and can cross
county lines.
To get involved in the program,
a county must modify its land
development regulations to create
a stewardship area. The steward-
ship area must be at least 10,000
contiguous acres in size and can
be made up of one or several
landowners. Landowners in the
stewardship area have the option
of participating or not participating
in the program. The area is divided
into credit sending, and credit
receiving areas. Credits are given in
the sending area for resource fea-
tures. Credits are then sold or oth-
erwise transferred to developers to
be used in the receiving areas.
The credit sending areas
remain in their natural condition
while development occurs in the
credit receiving areas. There is no
minimum size for a credit receiv-
ing area. However, the receiving
area would have to be large
enough to accommodate 25 years
of projected growth. Therefore, a
population projection is necessary.
Projected population data would
determine the infrastructure and
commercial development that
would be necessary. The density
of receiving areas is set by the
The planned developments are
mixed use and compact; however,
they must be large enough to
accommodate necessary develop-
ment. The county has to adopt an
ordinance to assign, convey and
use credits within the stewardship
areas and adopt an ordinance to
designate receiving areas. Then
DCA must review and .approve
proposed receiving areas.
In addition, the county must
adopt a process for recording
stewardship easements.
Development, can occur
according to current land develop-
ment regulations or as a steward-
ship area. The receiving area
would be in a location in the stew-
ardship area that would be less
important to preserve.
The planned developments
would have infrastructure such as
a swimming pool, community
center, fire station and utilities.



These can be built either by private
developers or by the county gov-
ernment. The program does not
Mr. Banning said a consulting
firm is not necessary to implement
the stewardship program. Howev-
er, it could be desirable since a
good deal of research is necessary
for the program. He also recom-
mended working with state agen-
cies such as South Florida Water
Management 'District, Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
missiorin and the Florida Depait-
ment of Environmental Protection
to utilize the information they may
have on land,:in the particular
Credits assigned to the sending
areas reflect different physical
attributes and public values.
The highest number of credits
is assigned to areas of highest pub-
lic value and fewer credits are
assigned to areas of lower public
Possible land uses and natural
resources are taken into consider-
ation when determining the num-
ber of credits for a sending area.
Each county decides what is
important and establishes their
own point system, assigning high-
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But, there continued to be
ussi es with the roof. Following

Hurricane Jeanne, the landlord,
SSouthern Management and
Development had a roofer patch
up the roof.
Then, a little over a week ago a
new roofer, Tampa Roofing,
came out and began working on
the roof. The smell of tar perme-
ated the pet shop driving many
potential customers away. But, at
least the roof was finally being
repaired properly.
Yesterday, workers ripped off
the old roof in preparation for the
installation of a new roof. This
morning a heavy rain storm came
through Okeechobee and the
roof began to leak.
S"They ripped off the old roof
A yesterday so that they could work
S on it today, but they, should have
secured the roof when they left
last night," stated Mr. Mason. "It
- was their responsibility to make it
water tight."
Water soaked through ceiling
tiles and dripped down onto the
front counter and into some of
the aquariums. Water worked its

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way down through light fixtures
and around electrical wiring. The
ceiling tiles around the main elec-
trical panel at the rear of the shop
were wet and stained.
Shock and frustration showed
on the faces of the four people
who had worked so diligently to
repair and reopen the shop.
"I've made two phone calls to
the landlord already this morn-
ing," stated Mrs. Mason. "I have
yet to receive a return call. We've

got thousands of dollars wrapped
up in inventory and animals. We
also have a great deal of animals
here that have been boarded with
us for the holidays. We have their
welfare to think about too."
Repeated 'attempts to contact
Southern Management and
Development were unsuccessful.
Employees of Tampa Roofing
were on the site Thursday after-
noon working to secure the

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Quail decline linked to development

Top honors
Grace Christian School took top honors in the best
school or civic organization category of the annual
Christmas card competition sponsored by the Okee-
chobee High School Band.

hunting season, but where are the
Loss of habitat for the northern
bobwhite quail the nation's
most popular game bird is
blamed for its sharp decline in the
Southeast, according to a Universi-
ty of Florida wildlife conservation-
ist, who says improved land man-
agement practices will help
restore the species.
More intensive forestry and
agricultural practices, urban
sprawl, and other types of devel-
opment are important factors in
their decline, causing bobwhite
quail populations to drop by two-
thirds since 1980, said Bill Giu-
liano, an assistant professor with
UF's Institute of Food and Agricul-
tural Sciences. Florida hunters
once harvested more than 2 mil-
lion quail each year, but they now
take fewer than 250,000.
Several nongame birds such
as burrowing owls, crested
caracaras, eastern meadowlarks
and sparrows that share habitats
with bobwhites are also experi-
encing long- term and large-scale
In much of the Southeast, bob-
white numbers are only a small
fraction of what they were only 25
years ago, he said. Continued loss
and alteration of habitat through
changing land management prac-
tices and development threaten
the future of quail in Florida and
the region. Similar problems are
affecting quail populations in
other areas of the nation where the
birds live in a wide variety of habi-

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Loss of habitat in Florida and
the Southeast has caused
bobwhite quail populations
to drop by two-thirds since
1980. Northern bobwhite
quail (Colinus virginianus) is
a small, chunky, short-tailed,
round-winged, ground-
dwelling bird that is about
eight inches tall.
Mr. Giuliano said the length of
the hunting season November
through March does not appear
to be a major factor in their
decline. However, considering
these habitat problems, there may
be a need for some new scientifi-
cally based regulations to manage
the harvest.
"To bring the bird's population
back to 1980 levels in the South-

east, some 81 million acres of
habitat need to be restored, and
we are working with several public
and private agencies to encourage
that, primarily on private lands,"
Mr. Giuliano said.
Plans for restoring habitat are
being developed by UF
researchers in cooperation with
scientists at the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, the U.S. Geological Survey
and the Tall Timbers Research Sta-
tion in Tallahassee.
To educate landowners, man-
agers, hunters and quail enthusi-
asts on the ecology and manage-
ment of bobwhite, the UF
extension service and the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Service recently held a quail man-
agement short course in Arcadia,
Fla. Mr. Giuliano, who coordinated
the course, said similar programs
* will be presented annually.
Carlos Alfonso, a UF trustee
and outdoorsman from Tampa
who attended the short course in
Arcadia, said quail hunting is a
valuable tradition that deserves to
be protected. "There has been a
dramatic decline in quail popula-
tions, and we welcome efforts by
UF and other public and private
agencies to restore this ecosystem
in Florida and the Southeast," he
Mr. Giuliano said quail biolo-
gists generally agree that nesting
and ground- plant covers needed
for brood-rearing are important
factors across most of the species
range in Florida and the Southeast.
"While the birds still thrive on
large, intensively managed quail

Okeechobee News/Logka Jablonski
Most unique card
Winners of the eighth annual Holiday Stroll in the Park Christmas card display were
recently announced. One of North Elementary School's entries finished in second place
of the most unique card category of the annual card competition in the park.

plantations in North Florida, their
numbers have declined in South
Florida where changing land- use
patterns have altered their pre-
ferred habitat," Giuliano said. "In
fact, the landscape has changed so
much that extensive tracts of land
have become completely unpro-
ductive for quail."
He said vast acreages have
been cleared for citrus groves and
improved pastures. Concerns
from urban residents about smoke
often prevent land managers from
using controlled burns to control
excessive plant growth that may
be undesirable for quail. For exam-
ple, palmetto is beneficial for quail
when it covers small areas of pas-
tureland, but it becomes detrimen-
tal when the coverage is extensive.
Jim Selph, UF DeSoto County
Extension Director in Arcadia, said
many agricultural practices, includ-
ing livestock grazing, are often
blamed for the loss and degrada-
tion of habitat for quail and other
wildlife. However, in many range-
land systems, grazing can actually
be an effective management tool
to create and maintain a good
habitat for quail, he said.
The ideal quail habitat often
referred to as a "crazy quilt" of
plants scattered about the land-
scape includes small patches of
bunchgrasses for nesting cover,
weeds for foraging and other
shrubs such as palmetto for
escape cover, he said.
Mr. Selph, a livestock expert,
said moderate grazing, which usu-
ally results in more open and
diverse rangeland, produces the
best habitat for quail.
Heavy grazing, particularly
when shrubs and other non-for-
age plants are being controlled,
may lead to a "golf-course effect,"
providing little forage for cattle and
no food or cover for quail.
"Unfortunately, there is no
magic stocking rate or number of
animals that will always provide
moderate grazing intensity and
maintain the crazy-quilt that quail
need," Mr. Selph said. Mr. Giuliano
said habitat restoration and possi-
bly predator management prac-
tices can boost quail populations.
Predators, which kill many quail
each year in Florida, include
armadillos, bobcats, hawks, owls,
raccoons and snakes.
Supplemental feeding, another
form of predator management,
can help protect the birds by reduc-
ing the time they spend away from
their nests searching for food.
"Controlling imported fire ants,
which are one of the leading caus-
es of low quail numbers through-
out the Southeast, will also help
quail populations rebound," Mr.
Giuliano said. "In fact, controlling
fire ants in heavily infested areas
could double quail populations."

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Charles N. Tucker
Charles N. Tucker, age 84, died
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, in Okee-
chobee. He was born April 3,
1921, in Waltonville, 11. He for-
merly resided in Centralia, Ill., and
had been a resident of Okee-
chobee since 1966.
Mr. Tucker served in the U.S.
Army during WWII in Germany;
and, was active in the VFW,
Moose Lodge, Shrine Club, Amer-
ican Legion and Masonic Blue
He is survived by: his loving
wife of 65 years, Goldie Tucker of
Okeechobee; his son, Charles R.
(Cindy) Tucker of Beardstown,
Ill.; his sister, Vivaulee Kleeber of
Nashville, Ill.; and, his brother,
Fred Tucker of Centralia, Ill. He is

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I... Supply would like to wish you and your'
familyi, a Meril, Clristmas!
4. We will be closed on Dec. 31" for
Inventory. We will re-open at our'
regular time on Jan. 2"n. d
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also survived by: his granddaugh-
ters, Charlene (Patrick) Dewey of
Okeechobee, Sherri Tucker of
Centralia, Ill.; his grandsons,
Charles R. Tucker Jr., and Cody
Ray Tucker, both of Beardstown,
Ill., and Louis N. Tucker from Indi-
ana. In addition, he is survived by:
his great-grandchildren, Patricia,
Patrick, Mallory, Cherryl, Chrys,
Jerrod and Michael.
Visitation will be held Friday,
Dec. 30, 2005, from 2 until 4 p.m.
at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 N.E.
Fifth St., in Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory. For
information about services in
Centralia, Ill., contact Irvin Funer-
al Home in Centralia, Ill., at (618)

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CHRISTMAS: Christmas is a faith-based holiday celebrating the
birth of Christ. No one objects to any of the faithful practices cele-
brating. But they should be joyously kept in the place of worship,
the home and the heart not in our schools and government.

DANGEROUS ROAD: I am calling about the article in the paper
about how dangerous State Road 710 is. It is supposed to say Coun-
ty Road 15-A. It is so treacherous that someone is going to get killed
on it.

THRIFT STORE CLOSING: It is pathetic that in a blessed town like
Okeechobee that the Salvation Army must close its thrift store due to
a lack of volunteers. It is appalling that people in a position to be
able to offer them free rent and write it off on their taxes or services
of a few hours a week or such, do so, but do not realize they are in
that position by the grace of God. They could easily be in the posi-
tion of needing the help that the Salvation Army offers. You con-
stantly hear complaints about money going out of the country. Here
is an organization that does wonders in the U.S. God help us all.

HEALING: I promised the Lord if he healed my body, I would put
it in the Okeechobee News. I have had two hip surgeries and I am
now able to do my housework. I just thank the Lord for it.

SOCIAL SECURITY: It is so simple and they think we are so stu-
pid. First there are big tax breaks, reducing the money for the feds to
spend. Then they spend Social Security money as fast as it comes in,
and cry about how Social Security costs the budget. Why of course,
reduce benefits.

SHOPPERS: I hope every Christian who reads the newspaper is
boycotting the stores who have taken the 'Merry Christmas' off their
advertisements. I am.

PARADE: The Okeechobee Christmas parade was absolutely
wonderful. It gets better every year due to the hard work that people
have done. I thought the cars were a scream even though they didn't
have Christmas decorations on them. I loved them and would sure
like to have one.

CLEAN IT UP: Basswood is a sure a mess. Those people in Bass-
wood need to clean it up. I have done it twice and I am not doing it
again. God bless Okeechobee. I love Okeechobee.

TRUCKS AND PLANES: I live in the city and wonder why all the
big trucks use residential streets as shortcuts. Also, why do the
planes use the city to practice their maneuvers when they could be
practicing over empty pasture land?

SPEAK ENGLISH: I mean no disrespect to the Spanish people
who are American citizens and I know we have to have a lot of bilin-
guals. But when I go into a business, I wish they could speak English
so they could talk to me. How can I do business with somebody
who cannot speak English?

YOU MIGHT BE FROM OKEECHOBEE: You might be from Okee-
chobee if you'd carry a three-day-old calf in the back of your car to
get it home safely.

CREDIT CARD FOUND: We found a credit car in the parking lot
of Wal-Mart on Tuesday and would like to find the person who lost
Editor's note: We suggest you turn it in to the Okeechobee City
Police so they can contact the rightful owner.

NOT FUNNY: I'm from Okeechobee and I don't think the person
calling in all these 'you might be from Okeechobee' comments is
funny. I don't think he is really from Okeechobee.
Editor's note: The comments have come from a variety of
callers, both male and female. Some comments also came from the
online version of Speak Out, the forum at

RUMOR: I heard a rumor does anyone know the details. Did
Oprah Winfrey visit the City Okeechobee? Anyone have information
on that?
Editor's Note: We've heard the same rumors and have tried to
verify the information. However, we have not been able to verify
that, in fact, she was in Okeechobee.

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Upcoming Events

Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring.
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 pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
.ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. 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.

Okeechobee Christian Cycles hold a ride every Saturday,
weather permitting. Beginning Dec. 3, the group will meet at 7
a.m. at the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St. The ride will leave
at 7:30 a.m. Anyone interested in riding is invited. For information,
contact Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-
6527; or, Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome
House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a
desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a
desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric illness. It's an
open discussion group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

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.

Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact
David Fox at (863) 763-3296.

Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the
public are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863)
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technolo-
gy and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds
will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763)
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast.
For information, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in
becoming a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder
Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S.
441 S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education
for people who have been diagnosed with clinical depression,
bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagno-
sis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For
information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

Community Events

Chamber hosting self defense class
A personal self defense class will be held at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., on Jan. 12, 2006, and
Jan. 14, 2006. The gun safety and handling class will be conduct-
ed by Joe Hazellief and Mike O'Connor. There are still openings in
the class. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.
The second portion of the class will be held at the shooting range.
Class participants will meet at the Chamber at 8:30 a.m.

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
meeting 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 Administra-
tion boardroom, 700 S.W. Second Ave. The public is invited. For
more information, call (863) 462-5000, ext.257.

Entries wanted for MLK parade
On Jan. 16, 2006, the Okeechobee Community Improvement
Association (OCIA) will be sponsoring the Martin Luther King
Parade. We would like for this parade to become a community-
wide event, like the Speckled Perch and Labor Day parades.
Therefore, we are asking members of the Okeechobee commu-
nity to place an entry in the parade. Entries can be in the form of
floats, vehicles, horses or a group on foot. The march will start at
8:30 a.m. at Douglas Brown Park. The parade will begin at 10
a.m. If anyone is interested in placing an entry in the parade, con-
tact George Roberson at (863) 610-0973.

Community Events

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

Radio talk show slated
Family Stations, Inc. will broadcast a radio talk show on Satur-
day, Dec. 31, beginning at 7:30 a.m., then rebroadcast at 1 and 6
p.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will be Elizabeth
Whittles, president of the Treasure Coast Coordination Coalition.
She will be speaking on the issues that impact the quality of life
on the Treasure Coast. For information, contact Elizabeth Whit-
tles at (772) 288-5758.

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

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

Blood donations are needed
Florida's Blood Center is the supplier of blood to Raulerson
Hospital. Their blood mobile will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot
on Jan. 2, 2006, from noon until 4 p.m. to accept blood donations
to help replenish their blood supply. The first 25 donors at the
blood mobile on that date will receive a $10 Wal-Mart card. Call
(863) 382-4499 for information.

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

Coalition board meeting set
The board of directors of the Okeechobee County Healthy
Start Coalition will meet Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office at 575 S.W. 28th Street. The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible
for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and
infants. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at
(863) 462-5877.

Session on Medicare drug pla# offeredd :
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 Execulive

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

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

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

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

Church will host gospel quartet

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

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

Members of Chamber will meet
The general membership meeting of the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce will be held Jan. 11, 2006, beginning at noon.
The meeting will be held at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrot Ave. The guest speaker will be Ed Ayen from the Highlands
County Extension Service.

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The "D" Division champions of the Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Adult Mens
Softball Fall League were the Muddawgs. Team members were (front row) Lalo
Rodriguez; (middle row left to right) Brian Morgan, Mike Davis, Kyle Lanier, Wayne Mor-
gan, Brad Gibson and Billy Childers; (back row left to right) Robert Rodriquez, Mark
Kovac, Manager Bobby Lanier, Brandon Story, Heath Whipple and Todd Hackett. Not pic-
tured are team members Eric Kendall and Allen Lanier.

Special to Okeechobee News
The second place team of the 2005 Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Adult Mens
Softball Fall League "D" Division was Barney's. Team members were (front row left to
right) Chris Hickman, Neal Crawford, Barney Durbin, Keith Hickman, Jason Hickman
and Dale Hardy; (back row left to right) Matt Crawford, David Raulerson, Harry Tewks-
bury, Bobby Hickman, Dave Benson, Robert Ridley and Al Davis.

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Brighton Indian Reservation will
host the largest youth roping com-
petition in the world beginning
Wednesday, Dec. 28 and running
through Sunday, Jan. 1,2006.
Okeechobee will be filled with
trucks, trailers, horses and ropers
from all over North America. Rop-
ers from as far away as Canada,
New Mexico and Texas, as well as
several local cowboys and cowgirls
are entered in this competition.
The Candy Shop Roping .is
being produced by Fulford Roping
Productions. This is the sixth year
that Fulford has produced this
event. This year, however, they are
holding the first ever $5,000 added
10-head all girl breakaway roping
and $3,000 added 10-head all girl
goat tying. There will be events for
all ages .from a 13 and under tie

down roping to a man's 50 and
over tie down roping.
There will be barrel racing and
pole bending for all ages on Friday
night and Saturday. Steer wrestling
will also take place on Friday morn-
There will be an all around trail-
er awarded to the girl who com-
petes in the most events and wins
the most money. The trailer is
adorned with all the .sponsors and
will be presented at the conclusion
of the Candy Shop Roping on Sun-
The Candy Shop Roping is free
to the public and spectators are
encouraged to attend. There will be
vendors with unique western
apparel and accessories. There wilr
also be a food concession with
authenticwestern home cooking.

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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
The lower division teams will
play on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Game times are 7 and 8 p.m. each
night. The upper division teams will
play on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There have been no games
scheduled for a ladies' softball
league due to lack of teams.

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At the Movies "

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres

Movie times for Friday, Dec. 30,
through Thursday, Jan. 5, are as fol-
Theatre I "Chronicles of Nar-
nia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:25 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:25, 7 and 9:25 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:25, 7 and
9:25 p.m.
Theatre II "Cheaper by the
Dozen 2" (PG} Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:05 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre 111 "Fun with Dick and
Jane" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to
make. For information on cost
and reservations, call (863) 763-

VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124 several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four
of social security number, date
and' time of appointment and
whether a wheelchair/scooter lift
is needed. All appointments must
be before noon. If there are any
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslade, the county veterans'
service officer.

Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of
all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S.
Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. For information or
appointments call (863) 763-

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

Amerlean Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would like
to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-
ter, please call Debbie Riddle or
Candace at the American Red
Cross-Okeechobee branch at

Child care help

isInow available
The Early Learning Coalition
has funding for child care for eligi-
ble children from birth through
age 12 on a first-come, first-served
basis while funding is available.
There is no waiting list. Parents
must: be a resident of Okee-
chobee County; meet income
guidelines; and be working, going
to school or a combination of
both for at least 20 hours per
week. For information, call (863)


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Employment -
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Employment -
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

AFT. 3:30pmr
COOKS: Apply in person,
after 2pm @ Pizza Heaven
208 South Parrot Ave.

for busy restaurant
$9.00 per hr to start
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1111 S. Parrot Ave.

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Apply In Person To:
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1646 Hwy. 441 North

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

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Ability to multi task & Work well in small team
Apply at: 512 WN Park Street
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excellent service to our readers.

Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:

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Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
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Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233


Antiques 510
Applances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
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
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRu 735
Wanted to Buy 740

works good $30

ART PIECE- Solid copper with
an Indian in front & a Buffalo
in the back. Dated '1842
$500 cash 863-763-2965
round oak-unique, beautiful
$400 (863)763-4982
of Antique furniture.
Quality service.
Call (863763-4149
or (561)758-4337

DISHWASHER, Hotpoint, un-
der the counter, used very
little, $65. (863)763-5081
tric range, microwave & self
cleaning oven. In excellent
cond. $100 (863)763-5081
condition, $175 for set
WASHER & DRYER, stack,
apt. unit, $350.

30", Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
WELL SYSTEM fairly new,
$800 for total system

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.

CARDS Racing & Comic.
late 80s early 90s Exc. cond.
$500neg. 863)763-8943

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

GAS FIRE PLACE 48"wx43"t,
brick style, $1000

BEDROOM SET, like new,
$350. (863)675-7105
CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar $125
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.
print, green burgundy & gold
$250 (863)467-5032
DINING TABLE- Oval, all wood
w/big pedestal blonde/white,
end tables fruitwood & glass
$100. (863)357-0037
DINING table plus 6 chairs,
metal frame glass top, $600
END TABLES, (2),'curvy legs,
between light & medium ma-
ple, very nice, $50.
FAMILY room set, incld, 3pc
sectional, matching over-
stuffed chair, 3 metalic/glass
tables $1800 (239)289-6782
CHAIRS- Leather, Nice,
$225. (863)674-5770
TRIPLE DRESSER, ivory color,
w/2 nitestands & Ig. mirror,
Must Sell! asking $50.
$100. (863)763-8943 ask
for Tracy

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^ ^ain y luna pUUi, -/2 acre,
Mus"ical- ^ completely remodeled, ce-
Instrlnts a I 0 ramic tile, $242,000.
,-M -.. (863)634-6545 or 634-2728
ELEC PIANO- Korg P60, LIKE Apartments 905 New 4 Bed/21/ Bath, 2 Story
NEW, a steal at $800 Business Places 910 Waterfront Home!
(863)763-3229. Commercial energy efficient, Great
ELECTRIC ORGAN DISCOV- Property 915 Location! Family room,
ERY- A98, by Estey $500. Condos/ eat-in kitchen, lots
ERY8, by Estey $500.63)674-0314 Townhouses Rent920 of storage, 2 car garage,
(863)674-0314 Farm Property $325,000. MUST SEE!
GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS- Rent 925 (863)763-6376
asking $700, House Rent 930 Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
(863)763-3229. Land Rent 935 available. Close to town.
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab, Resort 945Property Split plans, Owner suites,
25th Anniv. model, maple R mRent 95 large kitchens, 2 car garage.
back & sides, spruce top, Rooms to Rent 955 Wont lastl (863)763-6376
$2,000. (863)467-9859 Storage Space -9 ..ad -Sae
S -o I. I Rent 960
Basswood Lot for sale 50% in-
BOSTON TERRIER PUP- 8 ApTrtmnflt 0'9 terest in lot co owned w/Na-
wks, $500 (863)946-1279 thaniel Hazellief $14,000
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES (2) N. of OKEE 2br, 1ba. 12 mi. (561)746-5852/371-2104
males, UKC & CKC regis- north of Okeechobee. $500 VIKINGS ESTATE, 2.5 acre,
tered, all shots, vet. cert. mo. 1st & sec. No Pets! $30,000. or best offer. Financ-
$400 each. (863)763-3073 (863)467-1717 8:30-3:30 ing possible. (305)240-2847

l a I

CHINCHILLA'S- Young, 1 BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
BER 30, 2005 male, 1 female. $150. home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
(863)634-8118 $1000/mo, 1st, last & $500

24x24x27, playpen on top Brand new 3/2/2, quiet neigh-
shelf under cage detachable borhood, great location, min-
News (cc) Tonight seed $100. (863)357-0037 utes from ramp & close
\) (s) News (cc) Late commute to coast, $1300
i () c PITBULL Pups Full blooded mo. incl. lawn & water sof-
(cc) everything up to date, 1 male 1 tener service, avail in Jan.,
News Nightline female, also avail, huge dog 1st, last & $1,000 sec. dep.
Raymond Seinfeld kennel $250 (863)227-0396 800-893-8933
Sex& Sex& REX BUNNY, baby, $10. BUCKHEAD RIDGE: 3BR, 2 BA
Charlie Rose (s) (cc) (863)675-4981 LaBelle area 1 Car garage. C/Air & Heat. On
water w/boat house & lift. W &
YORKIE 2 yrs old. Needs D. D/W. Screen porch. In-
ies *** Arachnophobia loving family with time to ap- cludes lawn.service & trash.
etroit Funniest Animals preciate. In/Out. $100 No pets. $1300 mo. 1st, last &
Iman) Random 1 (N) (cc) (863)697-3805/697-3804 $500. sec. dep. 863-
In Color In Color YORKIES, ACA Reg. Small/ 357-2240 or561-324-8509
per 360 (cc) Adorable, Born 11/25th, Avail. House for Lease, 3BR/2BA,
sic Power-Justice Feb. 1st. Parents on premises. $1000 mo., 1st, last & se-
nsic Sower-Justce $500. (863)763-6778 curity. References required,
Alive I Shouldn't Be Alive No Pets. (863)763-6541
e Life So Raven So Raven ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.
t of..." Stern IStern (863)357-3639 OKEECHOBEE, 3 Bedroom 2
of..." Stern Stemrn Bath, 2 car garage, Avail.
Sumo i I0*6 Jan. 1. 863-634-9330
(cc) SportsCenter (Live) m-'- _._lL_ -I
center Rome |Good-Evil SATELLITE DISH Dish brand
se? The 7OOClubv(cc)l $50.00 or best offer
se? The 700 Club (cc) (863)357-6113 OFF BERMAN RD. 1 acre+/-
se Travis' Facelift Perfect for goats, horses,
Fire Battlefield Dot. cows, etc. You ustfence.
,c) Will Clean =$50/mo. (863)763-6075
by Cosby Cosby er, Vintage, Good shape. Of ic
brey) Movie: ** Decoys $25. (863)946-3123 R
The Spy Who Shagged Me POOL CUE w/case in.excellent Office Space for Rent
ie: *** Funny Face (1957) condition $40 West side of new
ar |What Not to Wear (863)675-3944 courthouse, Available Now!
ery) (s) |I For Your Te(863)467-0831
ierboard (1987) (cc) RENT-A-SPACE
Impact NoticieroAvailable Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
VU Law & Order: SVU RCA Color VCR/TV with re- (863)467-0831
mote, new in box, $80.
Movie:Carlit (863)467-1891 Iv. msg. Shop here first!
Movie: Carlito s Way The classified ads
or The L Word (iTV) (s) TOSHIBA, color, 19", used, re-
se of the Dead ILast-Sed. mote & manual included,
$50. (863)467-1891 Iv. ii11= 1Z
Gol /msg. OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
ISingle occupancy. Utilities in-
cluded. $125 wk. + 1st & last
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond., COLEMAN POWERMATE m. se. dep (863)467-0771
good batt/charger, $1599. GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt st e
(863)697-1350/763-2063.- surge, used 1 week, $500
GOLF CART Club Car, 2001, (863)692-2229 Real Estate
Gas, Reconditioned w/alumi- HONDA GENERATOR 18hp, 8k _
num bed, top & windshield, continuous watt, new never I I
$2795. neg. (863)675-1472 used, $2000 (863)467-5756
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc, sets, PRESSURE WASHER Business Places -
Odyssey 990, Wilson 8813, 3000psi, whose, wand&tips, Sale 1005
ACook M-X, Lynx. Callaway, on wheels, 11 hp B/S engine, Commercial
Adams. $800 (863946-3123. $350863-697-97-9704 Property Sale 1010
SETTLING TORCH w/ hoses, Townhouses Sale1015
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also, Farms Sale 1020
GOLF CLUBS- Ladies, Ping, drill press & 2 grinders. $700 Houses Sale 1025
with bag Great condition for all (863)763-9527 Hunting Property 1030
$150. or best offer i Investment
(863)357-6703 Property Sale 1035
PISTOL, 9mm, w/case & 2 Land Sale 1040
magazines, less than 50 ADULT VIDEOS, (20), $75 or Lots Sale 1045
rounds shot, exc. cond., best offer. (863)634-3783 Open House 1050
$400. (863)227-0396 Out of State -
iAricultur IProperty Sale 1055
SHOT GUN- Winchester, 12 A culture Property Inspection 1060
age, Deer Gun w/scope. Real Estate Wanted 1065
$335. (863)467-7838 Resort Property -
Sale 1010
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
Christmas Trees 745
DUMB BELL SET: 5 25 LB Farm Equipment 805 -_!
w/rack. $100. Farm Feed.,Products 810
(863)467-5299 Farm Miscellaneous 815 5 S.0
Farm Produce 820
WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift, Farm Services Laundry Mat
1601bs of weights, additional Offered 825 Est.25yrs., 32washers/
weight lift bar $80 Farm Supplies/ 33dryers, Located next
(863)467-5756 Services Wanted 830 to Publix $300,000.
a Fertilizer 835 (863)634-2158
Horses 840 or (863)634-3312.
CERAMIC heater $10 Lawn&Garden 850
(863)635-7987 Livestock 855
:Poultry/Supplies 860 OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
Seeds/Plants; 2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Flowers 865 Lake Apt's. $93,900.
DIAMOND BAGGETT BAND- 863-763-8391 or 634-3313
Like new condition. $600
(863)697-0845 Il Okee, remodeled, 2BR/1BA, 2
(863)697-0845 0 story apt., building 40, Oak
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock Lake Apts., $88,900.
design. Hand made in Hong MINIATURE STUD HORSE- (863)763-8391/634-3313
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $500 32" tall, child broke, incld,
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee saddle & tack, 2yrs old, : ,
LADIES GOLD ANTIQUE $700. (863)227-0367.
yrs old, $300 neg. quiet, exc beginner horse, ABSOLUTELY
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee $2500 or best offer
S(717)548-4291. LIKE NEW
QUARTER/Thoroughbred lyr 2 bedroom house
LAMPS, (2), brand new, never old stud, halter broke $600 in a great area.
been used, cream & gold, (772)467-0979 Perfect for
$35 for both. starters or
(863)635-0474ttarters or
retireties. Close to
10^ Mi WI-I everything. Call
ELEC SCOOTER- Victory; 3 years old. $500. ATLANTIC COAST
wheel, new batt., light & bas- 863-610-1219 after 9pm or REAL ESTATE
ket, swivel cloth seat, runs weekends. RA E
good $600 (863)634-5095 LAWN TRAILER New, 3X44, 891
HOSPITAL BED electric foot w/tilt & Balloon Tires. $250.
& head board, good cond. (863)357-5754 ASKFOR LEE GERHARD
w/2 rails $150
(863)467-5032 RIDING MOWER John Deere, EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
etri 14.5 HR 38" cut, runs good, 42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
HOSPITAL BED- electric, $700 (863)673-3620 Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
works good no mattress Water Softner & RO System,
$145 or best offer SWING-2 person, Good con- All appl Washer & Dryer, TV
(772)597-2155 edition. $35. (863)357-6703 815-342-1477
SCOOTER, Alanti 2002, Elec- WEED TRIMMER on 14" Hurricane Wind Zone 3
trick w/basket on back & 2 bat- wheels, like new, 6hp B/S Manufactured &
tries. Good cond. Holds up to engine, $175 or trade ModularHomes
300 lbs. $500 (863)763-7697 (863)697-9704 Land/Home Packages
-BI a IsB WHEEL BARO Aniqu Complete Double Section,
WHEEL BARROW: Antique, Setup & A/C.
Great for a flower bed. $5. From $45,000
DIESEL TANK- 260 gallon, (863)675-3944 STANTON HOMES
3'Tx2.5.Wx5'L Brand new 1-800-330-6623
Aluminum. $1000/neg. Call
Keith (239)872-3714
GENER2500 watts, starts first try SADDLE- asking $100 LAKEACCESSWATERFRONT
2w50 s (3 i3t709r (863)675-1634 2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
$250. (83)634-7098 BHR, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
WOOD PALLETS, (50), ena I $279,500(863)467-1077
40x48, $200- iaiS LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/2%BA,
(863)97-232 ;......v,,,u u,,I U/ ...

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Cow to Pasture
Add a little color and fun to the yard with this easy
and inexpensive do-it-yourself cow cut-out project.
It's a perfect project for the whole family, and takes
just a few hours to finish. The completed cow mea-
sures about 32 inches tall by 20 inches wide.
Cow to Pasture plan (No. 835)... $9.95
Lawn Fun Package (No. Cl 10)
Three projects incl. 835 ... $19.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects). .. $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
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P.O. Box 2383 this newspaper. Allow
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Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
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OVER SIZED LOT- 161x125,
close to .5 acre, high and dry
in Basswood Estates, 31
Ave. in Okee. $42,500 Alexia
Realty, Martha Mareno,
(786)306-8465 or

LAKE PORT- .5 ac. lot, '87
Fleetwood S/Wide, 2br, 2ba,
2 carport's, 2 bldg's, Paved
drive Call 863-763-6572
OKECHOBEE- 1.25 acres in
the Vikings. High & dry, near
46K acre State Preserve.
Buy now, prices are going up!!
$38,000 (877)262-6884

$$ IWill BuyYourHouse
or Land for Cash $$
Call Blue Fin Solution.

Mobile Homes

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

Blue Cypress RV &
Golf Resort, 1 BR/1BA, fully
furn., pool, golf course, boat
ramp, seasonal or annual.
RV FOR RENT, 1 or 2 adults in
Western St. Lucie $750 mo.
includes utilities.
Mobile home w/ boat'dock,
furnished, $1000/mon Nice
1st last and $500 No pets
Adults only (954)587-2644 or

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.
CATALINA- '85, 2BR, 1iBA
Very clean, No hurricane
damage. $4000. you move
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
2br/2ba, 12x24 FL Room, Full
Car port. Lot 86, Town &
Country Park (863)467-8551
MOBILE HOME, 2005, 16x80,
w/shed. 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba. Lot in-
cluded. (863)357-9662

I Bus-iIeI


Terrific income from Deluxe
Tri-Plex across from beach.
Have fun in the sun and let
someone else make the
mortgage payments!!
(2) 2 Bd. apts. &
(1) 2 story loft apt. w/2
porches, fireplace, circular
staircase & ocean view.


Sa a -

New & Used
Manufactured Homes
Fleetwood, Jacobsen,
Scotbilt, Townhomes.
Best Deals Anywhere.
Clewiston, LaBelle,
Okeechobee, Punta Gorda

Palm Harbor
Modular & Mobile
Home Specialists.
Call our Factory for
Free Color Brochures.
Palm Harbor Factory
LiqUidation Sale
2005 Models must
go. Call for Free
Color Brochures.
Buy Here Pay Here
Marginal Credit OK
Clewiston Stanton Homes


Boats 3005
Campers.'RVs 3010
Jet Shiis Y015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 30 80
Sport Vehicles AiVs 30.5

BASS BOAT 17ft, 150hp Black
Max, trolling motor, boat motor
and trailer, lots of extras!
$2500/neg (772)559-8558
Bass Boat, 20' Storm Boot
Legger, 200hp motor, 24v
trolling motor, Eagle fishfind-
er 3D, w/trailer, asking
$4500. (863)467-0837
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder. $1500 or best offer.
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 1991, 55 hp
Power Trim w/trolling motor
& trailer. Ready to fish!
$3500. (863)634-5936
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 Ibs.
used very little, $80.
w/trailer, 150hp Mercury,
Engine just serviced $3500

The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 30, 2005 11

TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified

MOTOR HOME 30 Ft., 1989
w/454, $4000. Firm.
(863)610-1219. after 9pm &
RV with FL room, Very
nice/clean Many extras! Quick
poss. Washer, A/C. 9100 78
W $6900.317-243-3313 Okee
good condition, can be seen
at 1495 Garden St.
$1500/neg (772)224-1132

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

Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coating, 1 gal-
lon $100 (863)467-6696
BOAT SEAT- Springfield Ma-
rine #3 with rod gimbel &
pedestal $100.
(863)610-0440 (Okee.)
SEA PRO SEAT- With pedestal
$100. (863)610-0440

Low miles! Lots of extras!
First $19,500 takes it!
Motorcycle Transport Trailer
"Chariot" Enclosed, Fiberglass,
w/rear door ramp & interior
light. $950. (863)467-5207

new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO KART, single person with
roll bar, $200 or best offer.
GO KART, Yerf, only used 15
hrs or less, Cash Only $900
or best offer. (863)675-2093
ask for Ashley
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2400. Firm.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

'94, rebuilt trans., V6 3.8 litre
eng., auto, a/c, cruise,
$1500. (863)467-4352
daily. $700 or best offer. Call
after 5pm (863)763-2011
,FORD PROBE GT- '93, Sports
model, Great on gas & runs
good. 73K, $3500.
(219)309-5544 (Cell) Iv msg
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
ed. 128K mis. Raisin Pearl col-
or, rear Euro lights. $4500 or
best offer. 863-675-3470 Mel
Runs exc. Needs trans. &
brake work $300 or good
parts car. (863)801-3310
OLDS CUTLASS '96- needs
transmission work, $500
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
SATURN 1992 4 door, new ra-
diator fan, new battery and
tires $2000 or best offer
TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
roof, runs great, 32-35 mpg,
am/fm/cd, very dependable,
$1500. (561)924-2208

'48- 4dr asking $2500
CHEVY TRUCK 1955 auto
and tilt steering, needs work
$2500 (863)357-3633
MGB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car

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

wheel drive, 3/4 ton, runs
good, $3800.

CJ7 JEEP 1984- Lift kit, 33
tires, hard top, soft top, biki-
ni top $5800 (863)697-1397

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

CHEVY 350 ENGINE, with
stand, 30 over, low miles,
tranny rebuilt w/shift kit,
$1500. (772)618-0607
RIM 16" Dodge Truck Rim
$100 or best offer
Toyota Ray 4, silver & black,
brand new, $60.
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

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

DODGE EXT. Cab 1990- Runs
great w/extras Must see!
2000 or best offer

DODGE RAM- '87, 4X4, Auto.
318, 33" tires Long bed.
Runs good. $1800. neg.
cyl., 5 spd., $1200 or best
offer. (772)359-2923 or
GMC-'86, 22' Dry van body,
New eng. & tires, Less than
30K, 5 spd. $4500 neg.
(941)416-5571 Clewiston

TOYOTA Pick Up T-100 '95,
Xtracab. 20 mpg. Reliable.
Good shape. $3000. Firm.
863-610-1219 after 9pm.

TRAILER- G.A.W.B. 2980,
asking $1675
UTILITY TRLR- '05, 5x10,
drop loading ramp, Diamond
plate toolbox, 5mos old, like
new, $850 (863)357-6530
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the

49 K mis. Fully loaded. Must
see! Runs great. $8500
DODGE RAM 2500, '95, 15
passenger van, great shape,
cold a/c, work or family ready
Asking $2500 (239)633-4069

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sell at Public Aucbon
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Flodda Statutes 713.78, t he high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Pt., FL 33438 on January 2nd,
1997 Ford 4 Door (Whi)
Vin# 2FALP71W2VX127173
2000 KIA 4 Door (Sil)
106036 ON 12/29,30,31/2005

CASE NO. 2005-CP-301

In Re:
Estate of
(ancillary administration)
The ancillary administration of the estate
THOMAS L.WATHEN, deceased, File
Number 2005-CP-301, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, ,.,i.,i' ii, ..'.,,,, the
address of whi, :,. tI w 3rd
Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The names and addresses of
the ancillary personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must tile their claims with this Court
The date of the first publication of this
notice Is December 30,2005.
Ancillary Personal Representative
Keith B.Wathen
5975 North State Road 236
North Salem, Indiana 46165
Attorney for Ancillary
Personal Representative:
Post Office Box 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
Tom W. lonely Ill
Florida Bar # 096482
105616 ON 12/30/2005 1/6/2006
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CASE NO. 2005-CP-295

In Re:
Estate of
Summarv Administration)
You are herby notified that an Order De-
termining Homestead Status of Real
Property and Order of Summary Ad-
ministration has been entered in the
Deceased, File Number 2005-CP-295,
by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida
34972; that the decedent's date of
death was June 24, 2005; that the to-
tal estate consists of exempt home-
stead real property and exempt
personal property; that the names and
address of those to whom it has been
assigned by such order are:
KAREN N. WHARTON, 3341 Saratoga
Road, Richmond, Virginia 23235.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent oth-
er than those lor whom provision for
full payment was made In the Order of
Summary Administration must file their
claims within this court WITHIN THE
The date of the first publication of this
notice is December 30, 2005.
Person Giving Notice:
Karen N. Wharton
4431 Saratoga Road
Richmond, Virginia 23235
Attorneys for Person
Giving Notice:
Post Office Box 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
Tom W. Conely, 111
Florida Bar #096482
ON 105635 12/30/2005 01/06/2006

IN RE: The license to practice nursing of
Michelle Wade-Pena, LPN.
2064 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee. Florida 34972
CASE NO. 2005-00198
LICENSE NO.: PN 117161
The Department of Health has filed an
Administrative Complaint against you,
a copy of which may be obtained by
contacting, Philip Monte, Assistant
General Counsel, Prosecution Services
Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin
#C65, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3265. (850) 414-8126
if no contact has been made by you con-
cerning the above by January 4, 2005,
the matter of the Administrative Com-
plaint will be presented at an ensuing
meeting of the Board of Nursing in an
informal proceeding.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
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tice not later than seven days prior to
the proceeding at the address given on
this notice. Telephone:
(850) 414-8126, 1-800-955-8771
TDDO or 1-800-955-08770(V), via
Florida Relay Service.
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Community Events

Chamber Coffee Klatch is planned
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
held Jan. 19, 2006, and will be hosted by R.J. Gators, 102 S.W. 14th St.
The social will begin at 8 a.m. For information, call the restaurant at
(863) 763-2800 or the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

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

Book Discussion Group to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will
meet Thursday, Jan. I9,at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at 206
S.W. 16th St. The book for discussion is "The Master Butcher's Singing
Club" by Louise Erdich. Anyone who likes to read books and discuss
them is invited. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

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

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

Barbecue and blood drive event slated
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce is planning a barbecue
and blood drive in recognition of National Blood Donor Month. The
event will be held in Flagler Park on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

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

Red Class offers training classes
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch will be holding disas-
ter training classes each month, January through April. Eah April. Each class will
cover different areas Red Cross disaster training. Interested parties can
call the office to register at (8,63)-763-2488. All classes are on Thursday
evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. and will be held at 323 North Parrott Ave.
in Okeechobee. The class schedule is: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23 and

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

Class of'97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion should e-mail Josh Harvey or Eliza-
beth Pearce at JJBAR78@hotmail .com, or Busy78@Yahoo.com.

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

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

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

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

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

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The con-
test is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays
have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades' five
through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan.
17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.
"The Santa Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the
Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certificates
and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the contestants.
The winner from each school will receive a monetary award. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2492.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day 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 ol Th. Clo:th-s Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county'official,; business executives and other organizations.
Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-

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 Volun-
tary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in
Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the 2005-06 school
year. Parents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflori-
da.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
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays 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)

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

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