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Okeec/hobee News

Vol. 96 No. 365 Saturday, December 31,2005 504 Plus tax

New community
topic of meeting
NAPLES -- The Barron Col-
lier Companies and Evans
Properties, Inc., will hold a
Town Hall meeting on
Wednesday, Jan. 4, to intro-
duce a proposed new com-
munity in northeastern Okee-
chobee County.
The meeting will be held at
the Indian River Community
College's Dixon-Hendry Cen-
ter, 2229 N.W. 'Ninth Ave.,
beginning at 4:30 p.m. in
room B-111.
The public is invited

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Winston's career
at 'The U' ending
ATLANTA Eric. Winston
wanted to leave Miami as a
national champion, someone
Jsl[ii--. L'o b chosen in the
first rounjr Ifth- IiFL draft
Thie liraso prt of that plan
von't happen
He hopes the second part
becomes reality.
Rising a few spots on draft
boards around the NFL over
the coming weeks could deliv-
er Winston many additional
millions in guaranteed money
from his first pro contract. He
knows the scouts would be
watching on Friday night,
when ninth-ranked Miami
closes its season against No.
10 LSU in the Peach Bowl.
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Drought Index
Current: 301
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

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Okeecnobee News/Audrey Blackwell
The Rivera family of Miami visited the KOA campground in Okeechobee over the New
Year's weekend. The cluster of three on the left comprises Fabian Rivera and his
daughter Priscilla, 9 and Steven, 14. The cluster of three on the right include Mr.
Rivera's cousin Christina (front), 14; cousin JC. 28; and niece Jamie, 15 (back). Mr.
Rivera said it was a good get away for him and the kids. They always stay at KOA
camps and stay in tents. Recently, they stayed in West Palm Beach and Key West. "We
wanted to see Lake Okeechobee, the lake that is so big you can't see the other end of
it," Mr. Rivera said.

Editor's note: This the sec-
ond in a series. Part one gave
general details about the
Rural Land Stewardship Pro-
gram that the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners is considering.
This article describes the pro-
gram in Collier County.
Tomorrow, we will look at
what St. Lucie County is
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Collier County has taken
the lead in the fight to pre-
serve the environment against

urban sprawl.
Plans are well under way
for the development of a
planned, compact, self-con-
tained university community
while protecting thousands of
acres of Florida panther habi-
tat. The Collier County pro-
gram is not exactly the same
as. the state administered
Rural Land Stewardship Pro-
gram being contemplated by
Okeechobee County. Howev-
er, it is similar and will proba-
bly be used as a pattern as
other counties develop ithti.
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Sarah Simpson from Royal Palm Beach was not catching anything Friday afternoon.
She was fishing at Jaycees' Park fishing pier and she said she was begging the fish to
bite. It was her first time to fish there.

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appearance canceled
OKEECHOBEE The appear-
ance of rodeo cowboy and Christ-
ian country artist Scott Brown has
been canceled.
Mr. Brown was scheduled to
appear at the Treasure Island Bap-
tist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., on
Sunday, Jan. 1, at the 10:30 a.m.
worship service.
For information, contact Rev-
erend Duane Eatmon at (863) 763-

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 ben-
efit for the Smalls family.

Program helps
low income families
BARTOW Polk County
Opportunity Council, Inc., LIHEAP
Department, is accepting applica-
tions for eligible households on
Jan. 11-13,2006, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. at the Okeechobee One Stop
Career Center, 207/209 S.W. Park
Place, in meeting the cost of home
energy and crisis energy assistance.
This program will provide assis-
tance to low income families with
their electric bill during this heating
season. Priority must be given to
the elderly, disabled and house-
holds with children under 5 years
of age.
Documentation needed for this
program includes: picture ID (per-
son signing application driver's
license); proof of all income
(check stubs, Social Security award
Letter 2005, child support, etc.);
Social Security cards for everyone
in the household; and, an electric
For information, call 800-523-

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 Blue-
grass at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $10
with all proceeds to benefit
Dorothy Kinchen.
For information, call (863) 763-

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 relatingto the
creation and establishment of dis-
trict in Okeechobee County. This
legislation creates and establishes
an independent special district to
be known as the Grove Communi-
ty District; provides a charter and all
applicable requirements; describes
district boundaries; provides for a
governing board, board member
qualifications, terms of office, elec-
tion procedures and compensa-
tion; provides district powers and
revenue-raising capabilities; pro-
vrides for all appropriate referenda
in the charter; and, provides an
effective date. ,
Audience comments are wel-
comed at this hearing.

Circus coming
to Okeechobee
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.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday,
Jan. 3, at Eli's Western Wear, 907
WN. Park St., in Okeechobee.
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. *

Homebuyer classes
held each Wednesday
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
income applicants.
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuy-
er classes.
Classes-are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.

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According to Kris Van
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Collier County Comprehensive
Planning VEepartmnent, Collier
County's program was brought
about by a lawsuit from private
parties who contended that the
county needed to do a better job
of preserving its natural
resources. The state required
Collier County to create a pro-
gram to prevent urban sprawl.
He said the Collier County pro-
gram is almost identical to the
state's Rural Land Stewardship
Program. Mr. Van Lengen said
the state looked at what Collier
County was doing and devel-
oped their plan from the Collier
County program.,
Mr. Van Lengen said the
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S Book Discussion Group to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at
206 S.W. 16th St. The book for discussion is "The Master Butcher's
Singing Club" by Louise Erdich. Anyone who likes to read books
.- and discuss them is invited. For information, call Jan Fehrman at
(863) 357-9980.

-- Gospel pianist to be in concert
Gospel pianist Anthony Berger will be in concert at the First Bap-
.- tist 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)

VFW Post #9528 plans garage sale
.- The VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead Ridge will have their annual
-- garage sale on Jan. 20-21. Donations of items that can be sold are
- welcome. Call (863) 467-2882 or (863) 467-0840 to have items
.o -- picked up. Or, items can be taken to the Post on S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge.

- -- Auction helps Habitat for Humanity
* -. The third annual Habitat for Humanity charity auction will be
sponsored by and held at Rodney's Okeechobee Auction Barn,
4093 U.S. 441 S.E., on Saturday, Jan. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. All pro-
So ceeds will stay in Okeechobee. For information or to donate items,
-- call (863) 634-5236 or (863) 634-5234.

DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006
removes certain land intangible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
The county keeps track ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., on Jan 24 and Feb. 14. Classes will be
credit system and how held at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The classes
credits are transferred by are free and open to the public. For information, call the Fort Pierce
ners. Service Center at (772) 429-2173.
)llier County, there was a
ship between the send- Barbecue and blood drive event slated
receiving areas, so no
changed hands with the The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce is planning a barbecue
ge of credits. 'However, and blood drive in recognition of National Blood Donor Month. The
n Lengen said credits event will be held in Flagler Park on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2
e sold to a developer. p.m. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.
June 15, 2005, edition,
ples Daily News reported Program helpS non-profit clubs
Barron Collier Compa- The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, along with Walker
and Domino's Pizza Brothers Circus, has crated a fundraising program designed to assist
r Tom Monaghan are local non-profit clubs and organizations in the fundraising goals.
the development of the The Walker Brothers Circus will be appearing at the Agri-Civic Cen-
>f Ave Maria and Ave ter, 4200 S.R. 70 E., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5. Local
University in a receiving non-profit organizations seeking fundraising project opportunities
the eastern part of Collier should contact John Mazzola, Agri-Civic Center director, at (863)
near Immokalee. The 763-1666 for details and information.
will create a pedestrian

ores, medical services,ro- Scouts to honor Phoebe Raulerson
es and restaurants as The Boy"Scouts of America will honor Mrs. Phoebe Raulerson at
the first new Roman a luncheon on Jan. 19, 2006, at the First Baptist Church R.O.C., 310
University in the United S.W. Fifth Ave. Friends, FAU President Frank Brogan, Gay Carlton
140 years. and Lee Dixon will be on hand to share insights into Mrs. Rauler-
newspaper went on to son's commitment to this community and state. For information or
at Ave Maria officials to make reservations, call Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639. Proceeds
the town and university from the luncheon will support the scouting program in Okee-
h are scheduled to open chobee County.
- to employ up to
people and have a popu- Red Class offers training classes
)f 30,000, including stu-
y 2016. i nThe American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch will be holding
project preserves 17,000 disaster training classes each month, January through April. Each
f land. Of that acreage, class will cover different areas Red Cross disaster training. Interest-
0,000 acres border the ed parties can call the office to register at (863)-763-2488. All classes
Panther National are on Thursday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. and will be held at 323
Preserve. North Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee. The class schedule is: Jan. 26,
Feb. 23, March 23 and April 20.

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Lawrence W
'Larry' Broome,
Lawrence W. 'Larry' Broome,
48, died suddenly at JFK Medical
Center in Lake Worth, on Dec. 27,
2005, after a brief illness.
Larry nicknamed Higgy -
was employed most of his adult
life as an appliance repairman,
initially with his father as Broome
Appliance Service. His ability to
repair appliances -andIsrahinery
of all kinds was notable.
-t-le Was -known for iis ,selfless
giving to others; from strangers
broken down on the highway, to
any of his many friends espe-
cially those in need of the repair of
something. He was a lifelong
member of United Methodist
Church of the Palm Beaches,
where he often assisted in a Sun-
day school class of kindergarten
and first graders and had sung in
the choir. His service in the
teenage Christian revival move-
ment known as Chrysalis was a
special joy to him and to many
who served with him. Larry was
also known for his amusing story-
telling and easy laughter.
He is survived by: his mother
Lucille W. Broome, sisters Cherrill
Hurst (Dan) of Brandon, Carol
Broome of Aurora, N.C., and Eliz-
abeth (Liz) Wagner (Robert);
brother William Broome (Linda)
of West Palm Beach. His is also
survived by nieces and nephews:
Jennifer Richmond, Lee Hurst, Jr.,
Mary Gianfrancesco, Jared Hurst,
Regina Ware, Benjamin Broome,
Claire Broome and many grand-
nieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by
his father Henry B. Broome in
The family will receive visitors
at the church beginning at 10 a.m.
prior to the funeral services.
Funeral services will be held at 11
a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at the
United Methodist Church of the
Palm Beaches, 900 Brandywine
Road, West Palm Beach. Rev-
erend Jen Harner will be officiat-
Interment and graveside serv-
ices will be held at Evergreen
Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Southeast Florida Chrysalis, c/o
Mark Perry, 1870 Forest Hill Blvd.,
Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Fla.,

All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
William David
William David 'Bill' Chappele
died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005. A
memorial service will be held at
Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 604
43rd St. West, Bradenton, at 11
at. MAlonda\, Jan. 2.2006.'" "'
Mr. Chappele, was born in
Hayes, Middlesex, England,' on
April 21, 1937. He came to the
United States in 1959 and later
became a U.S. citizen.
Mr. Chappele worked and
lived in Bradenton for many years.
Before retiring to Okeechobee he
worked as an engineer with
American Beryllium, a subsidiary
of Loral Corporation.
Mr. Chappele will always be
remembered as being a generous
man, honest in his dealings with
all he knew. He was loved by. his
family and will be deeply missed.
Mr. Chappele was preceded in
death by his parents Gladys M.
Chappele and Robert G. Chap-
pele, and brother Robert H. Chap-
He is survived by: his wife
Karen Pfister Chappele of Braden-

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Most Unique Card
Eli's Western Wear took first place honors in the Most
Unique Card category of the annual Christmas card com-
petition sponsored by the Okeechobee High School
Blazing Brahman band.

ton; sisters Jose M. Smith of Wok-
ingham, Birkshire, England, and
Irene M. Gross of Swainsboro,
Ga.; sons David and Wade Chap-
pele; grandchildren David, Jr.,
Brian and Autumn of Florida; sev-
eral nieces and nephews; and, his
beloved pets Brandy, Abby and
Mr. Chappele was a member
of The Episcopal Church in
.an honoor :dor, nations, to. be
made in Mr. _happele's me.pory
to The Humane Society,. or the
charity of your choice.
Sylvia Laree Coberly
Sylvia Laree Coberly, 53, died
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, in Okee-
chobee. She was born in Spring-
field, Ohio, and grew up in Tampa
before moving to Okeechobee.
She is preceded in death by her
grandmother Martha H. Post;
grandfather Benjamin C. Strayer;
and uncle Robert Strayer.
She is survived by: her father
Edward Coberly of Braloria,
Texas; mother Esther Coberly of
Okeechobee; sons Michael
Coberly and Richard Choquette of
Okeechobee and Joseph Moore
of Miami; daughter Mary Kinzy of
She is also survived by: broth-

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First United Methodist Church
Traditional Sunday Worship:
8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Regeneration Contemporary Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
200 N.W. 2nd Street (863) 763-4021
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ers Robert (Donna) Coberly of
Waldorf, Md., and William (Mar-
garet) Coberly of Hughsville, Md.;
grandchildren Amber Choquette
of Tampa, and Thomas Coberly
and Jessica Harmond of Okee-
Visitation will be Monday, Jan.
2, 2006, from 10 until 11 a.m. at
Buxton Funeral Home, 110 N.E.
Fifth St., Okeechobee. Services
will follow directly after visitation.
Ihterment-will 'be at Evergreen
Cemetery in Okeechobee:
'All arrangements aie under the
direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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ments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
EQUESTRIANS: I think equestrian communities would be a good fit
for Okeechobee. These people may be a little different from us, but if
they love horses they should fit in here. I can see the feed stores doing a
booming business. And there will be work for people who build hous-
es and barns and fences. I just love seeing all these beautiful horses.
And one thing for sure, the horse fanciers are not going to complain
about the smell of manure!

RUMOR: I hope this rumor about Oprah is true. It would be great to
have someone like Oprah around Okeechobee once in a while. She
could shake things up.

HORSES: Equestrian communities could be good for Okeechobee.
Those people spare no expense when it comes to their horses. They
may not spend money on themselves, but they don't think twice about
writing a big check for something they think their horse needs. I can
see these communities doing a lot of business with the feed stores,
tack shops, veterinarians and farriers. And there could well be some
after school jobs for teenagers who aren't afraid of hard work.

ON LINE: Someone told me that you can post on Speak Out online.
How do you do that? (Editor's note: Just go to http://www.newszapfo-
rums.com/forum58/and follow the instructions.)

FROM OKEECHOBEE: I have been reading the comments about
'you might be from Okeechobee' and saw myself in many of them.
Yes, I have given directions using landmarks that no longer exist. Yes, I
have turned the air conditioner on one day and the heater on the next.
Yes I have ridden a horse through a drive-through. I never climbed on
Bubba, but I know several people who did. I think you might be from
Okeechobee if you can laugh at yourself and if you love your commu-
nity even though you know it has its faults. I am proud to be, from
Okeechobee. Call me a redneck if you want to. I wouldn't be offended.
The original term "redneck" was given to hardworking farmers and
ranchers who had a particular sunburn because in spite of their wide-
brimmed hats and long sleeved shirts, their necks were burned by the
sun and the wind as they labored outdoors. I would be proud to be
considered in their company. Have a great day and be proud to be
from Okeechobee.

RAILROAD CROSSING: Is there some way or somebody who can
do something to fix the railroad crossing on County Road 15A? You
must have to creep over the tracks and it's like falling in a great big
lake. Someone is going to have serious damage. (Editor's Note: As we
have mentioned here before, it's our understanding the county has
asked CSX Railroad to fix these problems. However, the company has
yet to do the work.)

COPYING GOOD IDEAS: Why does one local business copy anoth-
er business' ads instead of coming up with their own ideas? I guess
they recognized good ideas but they don't come up with original ways
to promote themselves.

DANGEROUS CROSSINGS: When will they be fixing the road cross-
ings at County Road 15A and County Road 15B at the railroad tracks?
The roads there are in pretty bad shape. These roads need to be fixed.
(Editor's Note: Please see the answer to your questions in a similar call

COMMUNICATING: There is a sign on a highway stating "Caution:
Buzzards on Bridge" going toward the north and then "Caution: Vul-
tures on Bridge" for the people coming south.

LOVES HORSES: I love horses so bring them on! I would much
rather see homes amid big pastures with lots of horses instead of
another trailer park or houses crammed together so close you can
hear when the neighbor snores.

DOGS LOOSE: The problem with dogs running loose is an ongoing
one in the Lazy Seven and Sunset Airstrip area. Some people just don't
pay attention to their animals. They don't want to be bothered to fence
their yards or even walk them on a lease. They just open the door and
let them go out. It is sad because these dogs may be hit by a car. They
are running right out in the street. My property is fenced, and my dog is
in the fence, so the stray dogs don't come in my yard. But I know other
neighbors who are constantly bothered by the dogs that run around

CHRISTMAS STORY: The comments about dogs running loose
remind of the movie, "A Christmas Story," where the neighbor's dogs
run into the house and steal the turkey the mom had cooked for their
Christmas dinner. If a stray dog ever actually comes into my house, I
would certainly shoot it rather than let it steal my dinner. So lock your
dogs up.

SCAVENGERS: The other day on the Old Dixie highway, there must
have been something dead in the pasture because there were dozens
of scavengers swarming. The vultures were on the ground and the
Caracaras were circling overhead, looking for a chance. Recalling the
animal lover who called in to Speak Out so concerned that the ranch-
ers don't bury cows if they drop dead in the pasture, I wish that caller
could have/seen it. All those birds are animals too and they were hav-
ing a great feast on whatever died in that pasture. There were so many
birds eating, or waiting for a chance to eat that I don't think there could
have been anything left but the bones.

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Community Events

Airboat group will meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St., on Thurs-
day, 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 wel-
come. For information, contact Dennis Anderson at (863) 763-

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 Adminis-
tration 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 Improve-
ment Association (OCIA) will be sponsoring the Martin Luther
King Parade. We would like for this parade to become a com-
munity-wide event, like the Speckled Perch and Labor Day
parades. Therefore, we are asking members of the Okeechobee
community to place an entry in the parade. Entries can be in the
form of floats, vehicles, horses or a group on foot. 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, contact George Roberson at (863) 610-0973.

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-

Upcoming Events

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 discus-
sion 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 pub-
lic are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one intereterested 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 welcome.
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, bipo-
lar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For
information, call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For
information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like
to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21
and 39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of
our community. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863)
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information,

call (863) 763-1191.
A.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety
in the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S.
441. For information, call (863) 763-5385.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at VF.W
Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are
invited. For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
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 infor-
mation, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other support
group is held on each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary
Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean
Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Community Events

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.

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

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

New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community Col-
lege Dixon-Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., for coaches,
anyone with physical education on their certification or other
interested parties. The class is entitled Care and Prevention of
Athletic Injuries'- IRCC reference number 86771. The class will
run for three consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006.
This will be a three-credit class 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 Storeio 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 hosting dinner theater
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will be
hosting a dinner theater with drama professionals Mark and
Sandy Remington on Sunday, Jan. 8. The Remingtons bring
humor to the real life situations of characters George, Gladys and
Grandpa. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There
is no admission charge. For information, call (863) 763-0550.

Gospel concert scheduled
There will be a gospel concert at the Parrott Avenue Christian
Church, 8082 S.R. 70 West, on Jan. 8, 2006, beginning at 6 p.m.
Thomas Sheldon will be the soloist.

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.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross Grater Palm Beach Area Chapter will
conduct a basic HIV/AIDS Instructor Course Jan. 9, 11 and 13 at
chapter headquarters, 825 fern St., in West Palm Beach. The class
will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The registration fee
is $125. The purpose of the course is to present education in the
community and work place that will help people build the skills
necessary to prevent HIV infection. For information, call (561)


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 High-
lands County Extension Service.

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.


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DonRenfranz,Inc.'s70rCr e Re l PeP Request .... Don Renfranz A-
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1881 U.S. Highway 441 S.E. REALTOR Taylor Creek Real Estate
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Vicki and Perr) Green 41-,

WATERFRONT! Existing 1970 trailer is an "As Is"
throw-in! Use it, then lose it when you install a new
home on this rare type of site! Buckhead location on
dead-end! SELLING IT FOR THE LOT AT $135,000!

BLEWIDE! On your own lot in Lar-Kee Lake in
southeast part of County! Kitchen "island" dining
counter w/sink, "sandstone" comer wood-burning
FOR $129,0001

7,o Okeechobee, FL 34974

o)r -.I2 Phone: (863) 763-7312
051, or 61l.1-01 2 Fax (863) 763-7317..

vlorreti'strato.net or okeedon,.'hotmail.corn

"Park" model I bdrm/1 bath is nice for the price! Enjoy the
community heated pool, boat ramp, clubhouse, yard main-
tenance, and so much more for low quarterly fee! YOU'D

agriculture zoning! No country-club rules here! Nice
blend of oaks, open areas, pond! Has electric, well, &
septic! I can fax you info! $160,000!

beam cedar Great Room style, tiled floors, white mar-
ble rock gas fireplace, RV-type garage! Lots of "knotty
pine" throughout! Upstairs loft, covered dockage,
huge 500+ sq. ft. scrn. patio! CALL DONE FOR
TERMS! $298,000!

YARD! Lake-access waterfront 1979 dbl wide
w/addition! Fam. rm, 2 porches, 2 baths, dining area,
carport, extra room at back! There is hurricane dam-
age (roof, ceilings, etc.)! PRICED LOW TO SELL
"AS IS" AT $175,000!

; i .'- OII' L'N iLt L \ lt AL .t'- ',A l-TII.
FRONT TRAILER! With addition a full 3 bdrm/1
and a half baths, plus a non-conforming detached
"Mother-In-Law" apt.! Very livable! High seawall
plus boatslip on wider Buckhead canal! NICE

Finishing touches being com- pleted right
now on this full 3 bdrm / 2 bath block home
with garage in area with lots of new, fresh
homes near Everglades Elementary! Superb
wall tile in baths! ASKING JUST $214,000!

z-,i2'i' TtNLOR CREEk I[L ES-' sE .
HOUSE! $227,000! Not in perfect condition -
but it's a great 3 bedroom bargain!
Seawalled, covered pontoon boat dockage
w/hoist on wide canal! SEE TODAY! GONE

LOCATION FOR UNDER $200,000! Just off
Taylor Creek on 30th Street one of our very
best spots! Sold for lot value, but includes
cust 2/2 trailer with Florida room, dock, car-
oort, utility rm., water & sewer! $184,900!

Freedom-loving agriculture zoning! No
country-club rules here! Nice blend of oaks,
open areas, pond! Has electric, well, & sep-
tic! I can fax you info! $160,000!

THE ISLES FOR UNDER $200,0001 Cute 1974
trailer with additions and all kinds of up-
grades! Ceramic tile, screened patio, seawall,
dock, storage shed, laundry area, fancy new
cabinets! ASKING LOW $180,0001

High-beam cedar Great Room style, tiled
floors, white marble rock gas fireplace, RV-
type garage! Lots of "knotty pine" through-
out! Upstairs loft, covered dockage, huge
500+ sq. ft. screen patio! CALL DONE FOR
TERMS! $298,000!

DOUBLEWIDE! On your own lot in Lar-
Kee Lake in southeast part of County!
Kitchen "island" dining counter w/sink,
"sandstone" comer wood-buring fireplaces
FOR $129,000!

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WATERFRONT ,LOTI Very interesting... and rare... FRONT TRAILER! With addition a full 3 bdrm/l1and
find! Trailer #1 has 2 bdrms/1 bath; #2 has 2 a half baths, plus a non-conforming detached
bdrms/1.5 baths! Not currently rented, but subject to "Mother-In-Law" apt.! Very livable! High seawall plus
change with such high demand! Located #5 Lissie Ln. boatslip on wider Buckhead canal! NICE PRICE
Call Jerry for appt! ASKING $149,5001 $135,000! MAKE OFFER!

* #92097-98-89201 ALMOST NEW 5 ACRES FRONTING ON HWY. 78! Okeechobee County 3 adjacent parcels
approx. nile NE of River! Commercial potential galore! Total $555,000.
* #89897-98-90029 VIKINGS 1.25 ACRE PARCELS! All located on NW 286th Street. Phone Jerry for details.
Priced $40,000 to $65,000 ea.!
* #89022: VACANT WATERFRONT LOTI Cleared, nice, seawall @ 96 Linda Rd. in Buckhead! Conforming
house/dbl. wide OK! Reduced to just $130,000!
* #8986110 PRETTY ACRES BUT YOU CAN'T BUILD ON IT! Buy it to enjoy, picnic on it, put animals on it -
buy it for investment! County says road not good enough for permitting sorry! $120,000 TOTAL OR 5 ACRES
FOR $60,000! --. :
* #89955 5 ACRES OF FREEDOM! Zoned Agriculture! No fancy rules and regulations, no homeowners' associa-
tion! Nice blend of open areas, trees, pond! Located 1496 NW 338th Street in Deer Park Acres! $160,000!
wants a nice, simple deal with no contingencies! HUNDREDS OF FEET OF WATERFRONT FOR $575,000! LIM-

"These offering are subject to prior sale, errors, omission or

"A Full Service Real Estate Firm!"
B.H. Tucker, PA., Lic. Real Estate Broker
Brandon D. Tucker, PA., LUc. Real Estate Broker
William S. "Bill" Keene, Sr., Broker/Assoc.
Lori Mixon 634-1457 John Pell, G.R.I., Broker/Assoc.
Sharon Johnson 634-6241 Jeri WIIson 634-6076
Mark Goodbread 634-6999 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221
104 N.W. 7th Ave..(863) 763-4010
Toll Free 888-874-2945
Corner Of SR 70 West & N.W. 7th Ave.
Email: realestate@tucker-group.com Website: www.tucker-group.com

flicely upOaead 3Q2 SWMH wiadditions Open ,,..,.
living, dinig, dng & kitchen, master bath has walk- LAKEPORT WATERFRONT TREASURE
in shower. New flooring In '97, carpet, vinyl & 3/2/2, CBS, 2668 TLA, spectacular view
ceramic. French doors open to an artistic land- from screen room, metal roof, covered
scape & your 50' dock on your waterway to the boathouse, lift, fish house, just off the Tim.
lake. $187,900. $315,900. #205A. Call Jeri 634-6056
.. .... -...... 11 ll I 11M ON IM

ParrottAve. Total of 8 contiguous city lots, COTTAGEYTHELAKEwaterfrontlving, gated com-
1.3 acres. Currently 3 rentals and 1 busl- unity on Rim Canal. 24 charming old Florida/Key West
ness. Zoned light commercial. Will not style cottages with lofts. TLA 11223-1800SF. Covered
separate. $1,290,000. #360. Call Lori parking, clubhouse. Preconstruction $198,750-
634-1457. $299,500 until 615/05. #202. Call John.
* BEAUTIFUL LOT in Taylor Creek Isles with Lake Access. Electric, OUA
water and sewer already there. $160,000. Call Ron Staley at 863-697-

Kathy Godwin
Lic. R.E. Broker

bdrm/2 bath with family & living rooms! Dock and
seawall on "comer" lot in Buckhead Ridge! IF ONLY

ONLY! Please call Don Renfranz / Realtor
Financing Terms: With 20% Cash down payment ($50,600), Sellers will
hold.a First Mortgage of balance payable in monthly payments of princi-
pal & Interest @ 8.00%APR based on 15yr. amortization, to come to term
(balloon payment) at the end of 3rd year from date of note.
Acres on NE 80th Ave. $253,000!
A 10 ACRES CLOSE TO TOWN! Lot,#7 @ .QK Acres on
NE 80th Ave. $220,000! '
Lots #13, #15, #17 @ OK Acres directly fronting on paved
NE 80th Ave. $253,000 EACH!
on NE 80th Ave.! $300,000!
ved accurate, but not warranted."

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a.. rima~~~CoM 484-148 Pam Mobley 467-8769 Jem Hill 634-6796 Waltlr Atakcin 634-9783 Richard DantU 634-3175.
S" w arri lMclan,63-549 Robert "Bob' Brakkr 467-536 Sheryl Byrd 634-J57?2 a -T aver 610-44.-
S -...' : A61J-8152 ^ Krn Foster 34-3803 Sandra Watsti. 484-0229 Marcia Bar&er 634-12:9

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Healthy & Happy Th a olIH oI the cr.-ljin
,, T ., *T lotrCreek iM1 ." 3.2 *. 'heaLed in grom-id o t'. ill h .r nt mi.t e 11-1 l-j .-had.: ;..Iih
N e M I '-w Y-'ear pool. screen-d lanai. sk,,iht .and Rroman thi- n lt, r modekd mobile Thi- ~
.N ew Year showerr in mmi.tr bath kihhEn no,.k i..Lh h cEta.,rnic tile ,ndcl:,rp.-It thr,ugh,:.ui
island and so much more! Attached garage chair rail, screened room, all on a beauti-
for you and your fam ily! with 2.5 bays and private dock and boat ful 1/2 acre lot. Dot let this one get
ramp! Call for ALL the details!(90318) away! $140,000. (#90386)


Lo el 3Bd'2Ba DIVMH with addihtions
and outdoor storage bud ding, all on I3 Tak a look t thi-. 3B.1 Ba D3aDIV iHiith
acre lot. Could be a great rental investment This 3/2 SWMH with addition would make eat-in kitchen and a separate dining room Clean Clean! Must see mobile on great
or perfectly located for the coastal com- a great starter home for the new family or on a 1/2 acre lot. Great location for coastal canal to Lake 3/2 w/ addition, seawall,
muterd Check out this one for $140,000. the perfect rental investment. A terrific bar- commuters! Priced to sell at only $140,000. dock & boat lift. Carpet only 1 yr old.
(#90387) gain at only $122,000. (#90399) Call for more details. (#90383) Nice for the Price! $185,000. (#90262)

m; r-s1 riLL 3 2 WITH PrCIT.. ON 2
LOIS FOR UNDER $120,000u L.illk Lake,
1982 doublewide with living room, family
room, and Florida room/patio addition!
Oak-shaded, 2 carports, 2 sheds! Compare!
11 Rn500!

Loaded with features: Living rm, family rm.,
Fla. rm., scm. patio, master suite w/garden
tub & shower, dual-zoned a/c, lots of Fla.
cedar, vaulted ceilings! MORE!

* 11+ ACRES! Lot #1 @ OK Acres is back on market, NE 80th Ave. $300,000! Seller Financed!
* 10 ACRES WITH POLE BARN! Lot #16 @ OK ACRES on NE 80th Ave. $253,000! Seller
* 10 ACRES CLOSE TO TOWN! Lot #7 @ OK ACREs on NE 80th Ave! $220,000! Seller Financed!
directly on NE 80th Ave. $253,000 EACH! Seller Financed!
for investing or picknicking in Coach Haven. Can't permit for building or residency due to poor
* 4.5+ ACRES ON BUCKHEAD RIM CANAL! Ask Don for details! Residential! $575,000!
* #92097-98 & 89201 OVER 4.5 ACRES FRONTING ON HWY. 78 WEST! 3 parcels total!
Cleared! May be partially divided! $555,000.

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Pages Contact Kay Sheedy at 763-3134

28N A *. (863)763-22*


Lovely 312 T*o S!ory Home on Two 80x105
Completely Remodeled, 3/2 CBS Home in Lots, Located Just Three Miles From Town!
Blue Heron Golf Club. Custom Crown Molding Large Family/Game Room, Open Concept
Throughout, Open Concept, Vaulted Ceilings, Living & Dining Room. Island and Breakfast
Ceramic Tile Floors Throughout. Screened In Area in Kitchen w/Pass Through Window.
Patio on Back Overlooking the Private Lake Bedrooms located upstairs. Beautiful Oaks and
and Golf Course. Much, Much More. Asking Scattered Pines. Some Renovations Needed.
$319,000 (#89829) Asking $250,000, Bring Offers. (#89708)

145 +/- acres of remote yet pristine land b._,ng ,tloftered n ~urrent i urare mulhple
uses. Located in Highland Co. just 15+/- rnin. from Sebring or Lake Placid. The pos-
sibility of dividing this property into 5, 10 or 20 acre Ranchettes is favorable as it bor-
ders a paved Rd. The property is currently being used as a profitable tree farm with a
recently renovated 3/2 owners home, an office and large workshop for equipment
repair. Property has irrigation wells & systems including drainage & a central man
made lake. Motivated sellers, all reasonable offers will be considered. MLS #89988
Mose B. Joiner Licensed Real Estate Broker



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

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

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

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

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

Your total debt-to-income ratio should be in the 34 to 38 percent range. /

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be in this Real Estate Book

contact Kay Sheedy at

Okeechobee News

(863) 763-3134

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Specialists On Groves, Ranches & Acreage

David Hazellief 863-763-6281
Betty Hazellief 863-610-0144
Hallie Davis 863-532-9345
Sharon Prevatt 863-634-7069
Dee Reeder 863-763-5334

Hazellief & Prevatt

Realty Inc.

1200 S. Parrott 763-2104

,.., Lake Access Lot
Seminole Cove 3000-M: Take a look! DWMH on a Treasure Island
1003-M: Nice MH in Seminole Cove. New beautiful lake access lot. 3Bd/2Ba 3001-H: Treasure Island 3Bd/2Ba brick
metal roof, ceiling fans throughout, tile & home, includes living, dining, family home, split floor plan, plus Florida
carpet floors, furnished, covered carport & room, screened room, utility/work- room, waterfront, lake access lot, sea-
open carport, Fla. room has vinyl windows shop, 3 carports, dock, shed and much wall, boathouse, wood deck, fruit trees
& overlooks the lake. (#90169) more. $150,000. (#89860) and more. (#90111)

1013-M: Don't overlook this one, neat Close to Downtown Kissimmee River
& clean, this 2Bd/2Ba MH has a formal 1014-H: Nice home close to downtown 5003-M: Kissimmee River 2Bd/2Ba
living room, family room, island city. Newly painted, new roof, new doublewide mobile home on 3 lots,
kitchen, open porch, screened porch, carpet, chain link fenced back yard. has front porch, garage, 26 fruit trees,
workshop/storage, inside laundry. Home is in move into condition. CBS shed and extra full bath. $98,000.
Back yard is fenced. (#89644) (#89967) (#89704)

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Acreage f l
5033-M: 48+/- acres with home, split MH Park On The Water Green All The Way!
bedroom plan, tile floors throughout, 7000-1:24 sites 3 apartments fully fur- 8000-A: Build your dream house on
screened in pool w/large deck, large nished, 2 park model MHs fully fur- these 40+/- acres. What ever you
32x72 horse barn with concrete alley nished, 1 DWMH used as an office, 13 decide to do with it. It's a great loca-
way, tack & feed room, pads for wash- RV sites (6 have MHs on them). Very tion for a building site! Dimension -
ing horses, fenced and cross-fenced, neat & clean park on the water. 1600x1089. Call us for more informa-
and 2Bd/lBa guest house. (#89325) (#89487) tion on this property.
* (2) 50x142.5 lots in Southern Pines. Each 40+/- acres off of NW 124th Street.
$15,000. (#89569) 25+/- acres, Dark Hammock.
* Basswood ifT85x125. $40,000. (#89953)

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311 N.E. 2nd St.
(behind Regions Bank next to State Farm Ins.)

* Competitive Rates
* Residential
" Commercial
* Title Insurance
* Closings
* Title Searches
License No. E052261

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FULL SERVICE REALTOR Patricia Louise Goolsby /
4251 HwY. 441 S. Lic. R.E. Broker / .
O4251 Hwy. 441 S.763-6068 Cell 634-5588
863-634-5588 Kathy Lancaster
Fax: 763-6068 Office 763-5588 kathlynlancaster@netscape.net
Open Saturdays patgoolsby@earthlink.net 467-6760 Cell 634-8676 ONLY 3
=Wa "7l Am*-L.,-. HOMES LEFT

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S,: Wat-rrc. r.i I.1. ,c. Ihi. ig.i 01 BHR EAST SIDE OF OKEECHOBEE E [;T IDE OF TOWN
Iaf [ lB 1 Corner lor toIrhoue ,tth ethnic lin R-modledJ CBSon ,Ei .,de or OkE-ic:.hot~E r .,3 :.1 r.:, n rv. '-iH r.-.:,l: iL: L,.:
OSCEOIA COUNTY den for fish tales, wall A/C, tool room, 2 screen on 1g. corner lot, workroom & shed w/elec., covy- screen porch overlooks captured water. Has grand-
Two 1 acre lots in Osceola County. Suitable for porches, carport 2005, sprinkler system, new ered breezeway, chain link fence, fruit trees, father oaks and palms, concrete walkway & drive,
home or MH- Call Pal 863-6-4-5'88 (58804') metal roof 200" Cll KCiA A -I:-56-6 (a1a6Q01a RELrhEDn Cll P.il Ah -,-.14-',s', ; sn--,. :h.h ,i,J .3.i.:.r CJ i ',i ?,".?.'.':

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TAILOR CREEKISLES -.99.000 BUCKHEAD RIDGE s225,000 a .,.,-
20ul DW.i-H 3B1d. 3 airr.:. Fla r oom c.rr. tc.ri.Mr L.e I .. %'.F Cfl. h me -Bd' Ir3. l 'i" FI TREASURE ISLAND REDUCED $199,00i
room, furnished. Storage area, sprinkler system, RV rm, chain link, security-satellite systems, genera- Lake access waterfront DWMH, 3Bd/2Ba, family LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT LOT $120,000
hook up on property. Sprinkler system w/pump tor wired in. Hurricane shutters, appliances, 2 room, screened porch, separate dining room, sepa- Lake access waterfront lot, mobile home has been
from lake. Home like new. Easy to show. Call Kathy sheds, new metal roof, new paint, berber carpet. rate living room, carport (2 car), 2 sheds, pontoon removed. Ready to build or install mobile home.
634-8676. (#903201 Must see. Call Kathv 634-8676. (#90217) boat eawall back chain link fence (Atoo2A. Utilities on property. (#900641
S., 20 +/- cleared high and dry L.irge lot in city. zoned multi-

'r-- U L -~FORT DRUM S350.tlOO
TREASURE ISLAND $232,000 2/5 acre parcels for a total of 10 acres (pkg. only).
Lake access waterfront home in Treasure Island, Property very private, fenced, several structures on
2Bd / 1Ba, 1 car garage w / drive thru doors (ramp to property. Great for the horse lover. Minutes from
canal). Home has been updated with ceramic tile, Yeehaw Junction/Rt. 60 & Fl. Turnpike. Call Kathy
new carpet, painted, new kitchen cabinets. (#902201 634-8676. (#902191

acres on Hwy. 700A. Beautiful
home site. Call Pat at S64-634-
* 10 acres less -raod right of
way near town. Call Pat 863-

family, ,'residential. Great loca-
tion. Call Pat S'3-(34--55,S..
* 24 +. acres with large mod-
ern CBS home & new DWMH
plus various outbuildings. Call
Pat 863-634-5588

NOTE: These offerings are subject to errors, omissions or withdrawal without notice. Information believed accurate but not guaranteed.

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

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

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Pritchards GMAC

1804 S. Parrott Ave.
(863) 357-4622 p (
Barbara Willson, Lic. R.E. Broker Peggy Brady, Lic. R.E. Broker 1 M lS

HOME 3 Bd, 2 Ba DWMH home with an open
This home has poured concrete floor plan. New appliances with stain-
walls and roof. Home is like new less steel refrigerator. Home is built
ready to move in! Nice size kitchen well, no damage during any of the
with a Island. Located in Palm Hurricanes. Great location and an
Village a Active Retirement easy commute. Community Access to
Community. $189,900. Lake Okeechobee. $114,900
*- I 1I Ba 5th wheel is fully furnished,
,rr ,-1..d Florida room doubles living space.
.,:..:arport, garden storage, screened
r'_ l55,900
SBI I Ba Park model home, fully fur-
-,h.. 1 attached florida room, large car-
RESTAURANT port, shed for storage $61,500
Located in Clewiston on Hwy 27 Bassinger (5 Acres) $189,900
Easily seats110 in Restaurant and seats Basswood Lot on 33rd Ave $40k
30+ at bar, over 5000 SQ FT. 2 walking Palm Village Lot on 11th Way $40k
coolers,walkin freezer, large kitchen Fort Drum ( 10 Acres): Beautiful lot on
Sr l Cul-de-sac, this lot remained dry during
with all accessories, dance area, pool hurricane. $320K
tables and games. $625,000. Many Viking Lots to choose from.

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8 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 31, 2005

At the Movies MD4

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres

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


Redirection Center
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to a
civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
spread the word? If you answered
yes to any of these questions,
please contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We are
looking for volunteers to work a
few hours a month with commit-
Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is seek-
ing donations for their next yard
sale. Hospice welcomes all clean
useable items and is currently seek-
ing such items as baby clothes, fur-
niture, small appliances, tools, as
well as golf and fishing equipment.
Call Hospice at (863) 467-2321 for
pick-up, or deliver items to 411 S.E.
Fourth St.
Childbirth education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting child-
birth education classes at the Okee-
chobee County Health Depart-
ment. All pregnant women are
encouraged to attend the classes.
For information or to register for
this informative class, call the,
Healthy Start office at (863) 462-
5877. Every baby deserves a
healthy start.
Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors is accepting entries for
their monthly property beautifica-
tion awards program. The property
does not have to be for sale and is
open to residential and commer-
cial property throughout the coun-
ty. For information or to obtain
entry forms, contact Dale Ann Wat-
ford, secretary of the board at (863)
634-7311 or (863) 763-8222.
Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
jars and bottles and plastics #1
through #7 are accepted at the
public facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices; yard
trash; household trash; oil, gas,
paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid waste manager,
at (863) 763-1811, or Waste Man-
agement of Okeechobee at (863)
357-0111, or (863) 763-4818.
Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Vol-
.unteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the
skills they need to save lives. You
can help the American Red Cross
reach people in your community
with lifesaving training, including
CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Pre-
vention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross
at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.


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DOG- Shih-tzu call to describe

CAT 2yo Calico Female Cat,
has ID tags, last seen near
Oak Lake Estates $100 re-
ward (863)634-7402
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back leg, & 1 female,
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441, Okeechobee
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w/Air Brake. Competitive
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will receive a $200 sign-
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mm 184 FL. Turnpike

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P/T Data Entry Person.
Please apply in person at
407 S. Parrot Ave. No exp.
necessary. Bilingual is +.


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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:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

Apply in person at
Emory Walker Co., Inc.
208 S.W. 5th Ave. Okeechobee
Opening for Store Manager
Qualifications should include:
Experience in sales/collections/customer service
Manage day to day operations
Excellent organization skills, detail oriented
Atiiiiry ii, ff, i iiiiij Work well in small team
Apply at: 512 WN Park Street
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Delivery Truck Driver Needed
Immediate position available with excellent pay,
40 hours, M-F Looking for energetic person to
deliver wholesale food products, lifting is required.
Clean driving record a must.
Call Dennis for more information 800-419-1842.

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

male, Tan w/black saddle &
white mask. Vicinity of Taylor
Creek Isles. (863)357-4576
LOST PIT BULL Country Hills
Estate Area, his name is Max

CANNING JARS- Lids, rings,
20 qt pot to give away.
DOG- mixed breed 8 months
old loving family
Collie fern., would make a
good cow dog.
Hybrid, male, 10 mos. old,
very loveable.
KITTENS (4) Very adorable.
Males & Females. Free to
good home. Ready now!
be large dogs. Browns/
blacks/golds/whites. To Good
Homes Only! (239)841-0792

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

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

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 8 Magazines535
Building Materials5-40
Business Equipment 5.5
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer,/Video 580
Crafts. Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools 9 Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television.'Radio 715
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Toys 8 Games 730
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Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Wheelbarrow Planter
This versatile wooden wheelbarrow planter is a do-
it-yourself version of a garden classic. Filled with
plants or flowers, it's perfect for the porch or patio,
or even indoors. And although it's not designed to
carry loads, the wheel actually turns so it's easy to
To build, simply trace the full-size patterns onto
redwood (other woods may be substituted), cut the
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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 (863)763-4149
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,
$3c00. 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 metallc/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.
Canopy style. Wood grain.
$200 or best offer. Call & I
will email pics. (863)447-0566
$100. (863)763-8943 ask

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
GOLF CART Club Car, 2001,
Gas, Reconditioned w/alumi-
num bed, top & windshield.
$2795. neg. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc, sets,
Odyssey 990, Wilson 8813,
Cook M1-X, Lynx. Callaway,
Adams. $800 (863)946-3123.

GOLF CLUBS- Ladies, Ping,
with bag Great condition
$150. or best offer
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

w/rack. $100.
WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift,
160lbs of weights, additional
weight lift bar $80

CERAMIC heater $10

Like new condition. $600
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $500
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old,, $300 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee

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

ELEC SCOOTER- Victory, 3
wheel, new batt., light & bas-
ket, swivel cloth seat, runs
good $600 (863)634-5095
HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $15'0
HOSPITAL BED- electric,
works good no mattress
$145 or best offer
SCOOTER, Alanti 2002, Elec-
tric w/basket on back & 2 bat-
teries. Good cond. Holds up to
300 Ibs. $500 (863)763-7697

DIESEL TANK- 260 gallon,
3'Tx2.5'Wx5'L Brand new
Aluminum. $1000/neg. Call
Keith (239)872-3714
GENERATOR, Harley, used,
2500 watts, starts first try,
$250. (863)634-7098
40x48, $200.

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NEW, a steal at $800
ERY- '98, by Estey $500.
asking $700,
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab,
25th Anniv. model, maple
back & sides, spruce top,
$2,000. (863)467-9859

wks, $500 (863)946-1279

males, UKC & CKC regis-
tered, all shots, vet. cert.
$400 each. (863)763-3073
male, 1 female. $150.
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
REX BUNNY, baby, $10.
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.

YORKIE 2 yrs old. Needs
loving family with time to ap-
preciate. In/Out. $100
(863)697-3805/ 697-3804
YORKIES, ACA Reg. Small/
Adorable, Born 11/25th, Avail.
Feb. 1st. Parents on premises.
$500. (863)763-6778

$50.00 or best offer

er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25. (863)946-3123

POOL CUE w/case in excellent
condition $40

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.

GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500

continuous watt, new never
used, $2000 (863)467-5756
3000psi, whose, wand & tips,
on wheels, 11hp B/S engine,
$350 863-697-9704
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.

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

Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 31, 2005 11


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

32" tall, child broke, inlcid,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
$700. (863)227-0367.
quiet, exc beginner horse,
$2500 or best offer

BUSH HOG: TSC, 5 Ft., 2
years old. $500.
863-610-1219 after 9pm or
weekends. .
w/ilt & Balloon Tires. $250.
14.5 HP 38" cut, runs good,
$700 (863)673-3620
SWING- 2 person, Good con-
dition. $35. (863)357-6703
wheels, like new, 6hp B/S
engine, $175 or trade
Great for a flower bed. $5.

SADDLE- asking $100

Rentals '

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

N. of OKEE 2br, 1ba. 12 ml.
north of Okeechobee. $500
mo. 1st & sec. No Pets!
(863)467-1717 8:30-3:30

Condo/TI Iouse

BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)467-0128.
Brand new 3/2/2, quiet neigh-
borhood, great location, min-
utes from ramp & close
commute to coast, $1300
mo. incl. lawn & water sof-
tener service, avail in Jan.,
1st, last & $1,000 sec. dep.
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
House for Lease, 3BR/2BA,
$1000 mo., 1st, last & se-
curity. References required,
No Pets. (863)763-6541
OKEECHOBEE, 3 Bedroom 2
Bath, 2 car3ga rage, Avail.
Jan. 1.863-634-9330
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified,

OFF BERMAN RD. 1 acre +/-
Perfect for goats, horses,
cows, etc. You must fence.
$50/mo. (863)763-6075

Office Space for Rent
West side of new
courthouse, Available Now!
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy

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


Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property .
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

FOR SALE (863)983-4436

Laundry Mat
Est. 25 yrs., 32 washers/
33 dryers, Located next
to Publix $300,000.
or (863)634-3312.

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

2 bedroom house
in a great area.
Perfect for
starters or
retirees. Close to
everything. Call


42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All appl., Washer & Dryer, TV.
Hurricane Wind Zone 3
Manufactured &
Modular Homes
Land/Home Packages.
Complete Double Section,
Setup & A/C.
From $45,000

C o/ hi

2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
BHR, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
$279,500 (863)467-1077
in ground pool, /2 acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728
New 4 Bed/2 6 Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEEI
Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
available. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376

Basswood Lot for sale 50% in-
terest in lot co owned w/Na-
thaniel Hazellief $14,000
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
$30,000. or best offer. Financ-
ing possible. (305)240-2847

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

$$ I Will Buy YourJ ose
orLaMndfor Cash$$
Call Blue Fin Solution.

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.


Mobile Homes i

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

Blue Cypress RV &
Golf Resort, 1BR/iBA, 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
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified

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.
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
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 Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035

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 lbs.
used very little, $80.
w/trailer, 150hp Mercury,
Engine just serviced $3500

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

Endura. 12 volt, tiller type,
501b thrust, 42" shaft. Brand
new. $185 (863)467-6696

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 420
Equipment 40?5
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs J-45
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utiiity 40.55
Tractor Trailers 41L0)
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) v 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

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
treat 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

TRAILER- G:A.W.B. 2980,
asking $1675

Community Events

FAU offering naturalist course
Florida Atlantic University's center for Environmental Studies is
offering the Florida Master Naturalist Program Uplands Habitats
course at DuPuis Management Area, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway,
on Feb. 8 and March 8, 2006. The course will feature presentations
on pineland, scrub and hardwood forest ecosystems. To register for
the course, go to http://confernce.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/#uh6-04. For
information, contact Kim Kanter at 800-432-2045, ext. 3339.

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

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.

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

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 Fridayfrom 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, Sundays 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 Ameri-
can Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest.
The contest is open to public, private and parochial schools and
those who are home schooled and will start on the first day of
school. The essays have to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's sub-
ject for grades five through eight is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a
Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks the 300th anniversary of Ben-
jamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to the New World and the
Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Columbus and the Astro-
nauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine through 12. American
Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History Medals will be
presented to the contestants. The winner from each school will
receive a monetary award. For information, call (863) 763-2492.

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 Ter-
race, will hold youth services every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.'
There will be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion. For infor-
mation, 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 Insur-
ance 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 Hos-
pice residence.

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

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

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

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 call-
ing (863) 763-2488.

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, 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 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 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. 1 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.

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.

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 educa-
tion/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.

UTILITY TRLR- '05, 5x10,
drop loading ramp, Diamond
plate toolbox, 5mos old, like
new, $850 (863)357-6530

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 Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5510

Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sell at Public Auction
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713,78, to the 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
Request for Plant Capacity
Okeechobee Utility Authority
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
Snl- i ; i,,., ,;,, ihe design and
.... ,, ,, MGD waste-
water treatment plant expansion.
This plant expansion will provide
additional capacity to serve approxi-
rmately 12,000 equivalent residential
connections. The OUA has issued
a Request for -i ,, -, ,, ;i1
("RFPC" from .,,.. i
qualified builder developers. The
RFPC's are due on February 17,
If you would like to receive a RFPC
packet, please contact either:
Jeff Larson, Senior Vice President,
Regional Manager
Bill Spivey, Investment Banker
Tel: 407-482-2326
105498 ON 12/2605 1/1/06

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Published: Saturday. December 31. 2005

Ford generates the 2006 Fusion

By Greg Hendriks
Critical Communications
Once upon a time, Ford ruled
the mid-size sedan world with
the original Taurus. And then
change occurred. Then the sec-
ond-generation Taurus debuted
with styling that was very differ-
ent and controversial from the
consumer's perspective and
sales plummeted.
Meanwhile the Japanese
competitors got larger, and larger
The Taurus was toppled from
the throne, but Ford didn't seem
too worried. At the same time,
SUVs took off in popularity and
profitability, with the Ford
Explorer leading the way.
Fast forward to today. SUV
sales are flat, even declining
slightly, and there is a renewed
interest in sedans. And Ford is
ready to fight back and regain
market share with its new
The 2006 Fusion may be the
most important Ford sedan since
the first Taurus 20 years ago. It
showcases Ford's global orienta-
tion and way of doing business. It
was developed digitally the orig-
inal design, engineering, and
simulated construction and test-
ing were done in computerized
and computer simulation envi-
ronments for rapid development.
Rather than start from scratch
for the Fusion's chassis, a time-
consuming and expensive
process, Ford looked to its part-
ner Mazda, and modified the uni-,
body structure and suspension of
the Mazda6. The Fusion is slightly
longer and wider, and.engineer-
ing development has made its
structure more rigid. It fits neatly
between the compact Focus and
the large Five Hundred.
As is. the norm for mid-size
sedans, the Fusion is offered with
four-cylinder and V6 engines.
Both are familiar Ford Duratec
units with dual overhead cam,

four valves per cylinder, variable
intake cam timing, and electron-
ic throttle control. The 160-horse-
power 2.3-liter four is matched to
a five-speed manual or five-
speed automatic transaxle; the
221-hp V6 is matched to a six-
speed transaxle, the first in its
class, for benefits to both per-
formance and fuel economy.
At all trim levels S, SE, and
SEL for the four, and SE and SEL
for the V6 the Fusion is well-
equipped, with power windows,
mirrors, and doorlocks with
remote keyless entry, a 60/40
folding rear seat, an AM/FM/CD
sound system that can play MP3
CDs, a rear window defroster, a
tilt and telescope-adjustable
steering wheel, and quite a num-
ber of other convenience and
safety features.
Ford's V6 has found its match
in the new six-speed automatic,
for good performance and econ-
omy, on the order of 19 mpg in
city traffic and 27 on highways.
-Success in the automobile-busi-
ness is ultimately all about the
product, not marketing, and in
the Fusion, Ford has the product.
-Well-equipped for the price of an
average new car or less, it is far
more than an average car.
In a class infamous for bland
styling, the Fusion's chiseled
lines stand out. It's different
enough to attract attention, and
in a positive way. This does not
happen with most mass-market
family sedans. The Fusion is styl-
ish but functional. The wheels
are pushed out toward the cor-
ners, with short overhangs, for
maximum interior space.
Its angular lines, highlighted
by a massive horizontal chrome
grille and vertically-stacked head-
lights, were inspired by the Ford
427 concept car of a couple of
years ago. And the 427 was itself
inspired by Ford styling from the.
mid-1960s. So the look is pure
Ford, with a nod to the past and a
strong eye toward the future.

Sne releases are in me trunK OT me I-usion, whicn is large and
has a low leftover for ease of loading and external hydraulic
struts to prevent crushed luggage.

Small on the outside, big on the
inside, and with pleasantly
upscale styling to boot, what's
not to like about the Fusion? In
SEL trim, with optional heated
(front, anyway) leather seats, it
could almost be mistaken for a
European entry-luxury car.
The controls are large, well
marked, and easy to use; back-
lighting makes them most easily
visible at night. The tilt and tele-
scope-adjustable steering wheel,
standard in all models, is a defi-
nite plus for driver comfort and
safety, and unusual in this class.
The front buckets are more
bolstered than common for a
family sedan, and offer a high
degree of comfort and support.
The rear seat is spacious and
comfortable, and convenient,
with a spring-loaded split folding
The releases are in the trunk,
which is large and has a low
leftover for ease of loading and
external hydraulic struts to pre-
vent crushed luggage. ,-
The Fusion's structure is
designed to meet or exceed all
safety standards for the foresee-
able future. Ford's "Personal
Safety System"(tm), provides

dual-deployment front airbags,
and load-limiting safety belt
retractors and pretensioners.
For those wanting more safe-
ty, front side and full-length side-
curtain airbags are available, as
are antilock brakes and traction
Ford engineers did their
homework regarding the ride
and handling. The Fusion's rigid
structure and good use of sound-
proofing materials makes for a
quiet ride experience, and it's
also a good base for the suspen-
A fully-independent design,
with unequal-length double
wishbones in front and a
multilink setup in the rear, its
tuning balances comfort and
handling requirements very
Due to it's firmer than the
norm suspension for an Ameri-
can-style family sedan with good
shock damping the handling is
very good, and the Fusion is as
pleasant a car to drive on the sce-
nic route as on the highway. The
only minor drawback is its large
turning radius.
A 3.0-liter V6 with 221 horse-
power and 205 lb-ft of torque

The 2006 Fusion may be the most important Ford sedan
since the first Taurus 20 years ago.

The tilt and telescope-adjustable steering wheel, standard in
all models, is a definite plus for driver comfort and safety,
and unusual in this class.

may not be remarkable in a mid-
dle-class, mid-size sedan today,
but a six-speed transmission cer-
tainly is.
The extra gear ratios, com-
pared to the common four- or
five-speed transmissions, allow
both lower low gears, for quicker
acceleration, and higher high
gears, for greater fuel economy,
with all ratios spaced closely
together for optimum engine
performance and economy.
The result, in the Fusion V6, is
good acceleration, with a 0-60

time of around 7.5 seconds, and
good fuel economy. Four wheel
disc brakes stop well, with
antilock and traction control
highly-recommended options.
Ford has nicely fused its state-
of-the-art engineering, global
parts and assembly sourcing,
and American design heritage
into the aptly-named Fusion. The
bottom line is a well designed
sedan that more than matches
the competition.
Base Price: $21,710
Price As Tested: $25,135

Saturn %'oe St beaded for rrord sales again

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1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS
2 dr, automatic, alloys, 96k miles. :; ........ 2,495
1992 Buick LeSabre Custom
4 dr, V6, auto, pwr windows/locks, extra clean. .~. $2,995
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
2.4L, 5 speed, power w/, cd, great on gas. I ..$3,495
2000 Hyundai Accent GL
4 dr, 1.5L, automatic, air, stereo, great on gas, ,it $4,495
2001 Kia Sephia
Automatic, air, aM ......... .......... 4,595
2000 Hyundai Accent
Automatic, 4 door. MI ..................... $4,995
1995 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
Leather, air. H ................... .. ...... $4,995
2001 Saturn SC1
Air, 4 door, 5 speed, im ;.................... 4,995
1996,Saturn SL2
4 dr, 1.9L, auto, power wA, cass, great on gas. My $4,995

2001 Nissan Sentra GXE
4 dr, 1 .8L, auto, power w/, cass, great on gas. \H $5,995
1999 Volkswagen Beetle
2 dr, 2.0L, 5 spd, pwr w/l, alloys, great on gas. .,.HM $5,995
2000 Mercury Cougar
5 speed. ........... .............. $6,995
1999 Buick Custom
V6, power windows/locks, 61k miles. M ...... 7,995
2001 Dodge Stratus SE
2 dr, V6, aulo pwr windows/locks, sunroof. .$8,995
2000 Ford Focus
4 door, clean. .. ...... ............ 8, 95
2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS
Automallc. 38k miles. M. ... ........... $8,995
2003 Ford Focus SE
4 dr; automatic, full power, 22k miles. Hd ., $9,995
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis
Blue/grey leather, extra clean, 4 dr, V8. 'S .. $9,995
1994 Chevrolet Impala SS
4 door, V8, auto, leather, extra clean A1 ...... $9,995
2002 Saturn SL2
4 coor, 22k miles ...... .. ... .. .....$9,995
2000 Mercury Sable Wagon LS
Leather, hard to lind 0rH ...... ... ... 95
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL
4 dr, automatic, 63k miles. m............ .$10,995
2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS
V6, 25k miles. Mi ................. $10,995
2002 Ford Taurus SES
Leaner, sooiler & more, 41k miles. .$10,995
2003 Ford Taurus SES
Leather, 38k miles. MN ...............$. 12,995
2004 Mercury Sable LS
Premium, 15k miles. ................... 12,,995
2001 Mercury Sable LS
4 dr, V6. tan, tan Ithr, pwr pack, only 38k ml lfv $12,995
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
save $$$ m, .......... ........... .......$13,995
2000 Audi S4 Wagon
Priced to sell. grey, charcoal leather. IM .$13,995
2003 Toyota Matric XR
Red, automatic, clean inslae & out, 59k ml. N $13,995
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis
Navy blue, giey leather, like new, 25k ml. MS .$14,995
2003 Mercury Sable LS Premium Wagon ,, O
Low miles, very clean. .Mv .... ............ 14,995
2002 Toyota Camry
4 door, 4 cyl, power package. .........1.. $14,995
2003 Mazda Protege
5 dr, automatic, wd ..................... $15,995
2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS
Moonroof, warranty. #S ................ $15,995
2004 Buick LeSabre
Nice car. rAm .................. .. $16,995
2004 Nissan Altima 2.5SS
Automatic air, cd & more, 36k ml .; .. .... $16,995
2004 Hyundai XG350L
4 dr, V6, auto, leather, sunroof, 23k mlies. s-. $17,995
2005 Scion TO
Automalic. sunroof, factory Warranty, 13k mi N $17,995
2005 Nissan Altima 2.5S
Automatic air, cd & more. 10k miles., .....17,995

2005 Hyundai Sonata GL
4 cyl, moonroof, 3100 miles. ;.,. .. 17,995
2004 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
White w/tan top, super value. r. ,......... $18,995
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo Ltd
Sunroof, leather, loaded, 6k miles. N....... 19,995
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
4 dr, V8, leather, full power, save thousands. B.w *$19,995
2005 Mazda6 Station Wagon
Silver, 20k miles. ai ...... ............$21,995
2005 Chrysler 3000
Low miles, garaged. .................... 29,995

1999 Jeep Sport 4x4
Automatic start. ... .. ............ 7,995
2003 Mazda Tribute DX
5 speed, factory warranty, 25k miles, .1.' $1 ,995
2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT
2 dr, automatic., 13.................. $13,995
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
V6, auto, power windows/locks, 10k i, ... $14,995
2003 Ford Escape XLT
V6, automatic, leather, 30k miles. .......$15,995
2004 Mazda Tribute
V6, automatic, power w/I, cd, 36k miles. ...16,995
2003 Mazda MPV
Rear air, privacy glass, 34k miles. 1. ......... $16,995
2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS
4 dr, V6, auto, leather, sunroof, 23k miles, .- .$18,995

2000 Lexus RX300
Silver, grey leather, one owner. y2 ......only $18,995
2004 Chrysler Pacifica
Family fun for everyone ................ 19,995
2005 Nissan Murano SL
Power windows/locks, cd & more, 29k ml. r ...$24,995
2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE
CD, alloy wheels, 7 passenger, 27k mi ...$24,995
2003 Toyota Sequoia Limited
Low miles. .... ........... $26,995
2004 Nissan Murano SL
Power w/l, leather, cd, alloy wheels, 22k ml. .$26,995
2005 Toyota Highlander
Just like new, 2k ml ............. 6,995
2005 Nissan Armada SE
Power windows/locks, cd, 7 pass, 23k ml. N ...$27,995
2004 Nissan Armada SE
One owner, like new, 9k mi. ... 27,995
2003 Volvo XC90
Certified 6 yr/75k ml, 7 passenger i ...$29,995
2005 Cadillac Escalade
White diamond, 100k mile warranty. ....... 39,995
2004 Lexus GX470
Fully loaded luxury SUV, 20k miles, ......... $41,995

2000 Dodge Dakota SLT Crew Cab 4x4
Automatic. ........................ .
2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab l.vo,95
V6, automatic, air. ,7w .......... .. $12,995
2005 Ford F150 Ext Cab
4.2L, automatic, STX pkg, cd, 10k ml. mi .... $17,995

2004 Ford F150 Lightening
10k miles. (I ....................... $25,995
2004 Nissan Quest
Loaded, 28k miles .. .. ... .... $18,995
2004 Nissan Quest
Top shape, 37k miles. MH............... 18,995
2005 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab .19,995
2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
24k milest ......................$19,995
2005 Ford F150 SuperCrew XLT
4x2, 5.4L engine, 21k miles. M ....... .... 24,995
2004 Ford F150 SuperCrew Lanet 4x4
All optionsmust see. ........ .... 28,995

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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Black, 5 speed. R- .................. $11,995
2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT
V6, automatic, leather, loaded. : .......... $11,995
2001 Mazda Miata Convertible
1.8L, automatic, power w/ll, cd, 44k miles, .M, .$14,995
2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT
V6, automatic, leather, factory warranty. :.' .. ,14,995
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS
3 dr, V6,5 spd, sunroof, leather, 23k miles.. .$14,995
2003 Ford Mustang Convertible .
V6, automatic, leather, 33k miles. ...... $14,995
2004 Chrysler Sebring GT Convertible
Auto, power w/l, under warranty, 18k m. .. $14,995
2005 Acura RSX
Nice! 6509 miles. ... .... .......... 20,995
2005 Nissan 350Z Convertible
Automatic, 4k miles. ....... ...........$34,995

1996 Lincoln Mark VilI
2 dr, V8, red/tan leather, excellent condition. INV .$8,995
1998 Volvo S70
White, tan Ithr, one owner, excellent condition. INV $8,995
1999 Cadillac Deville -4 "'
Extra clean, garaged. ....... ...... $9,995
1998 Lincoln Mark VIll
Chrome wheels, Immaculate, only 35k mi. LY.$I $10,995
2002 Lexus ES300
Leather and loaded. ... ............ 11,995
2000 Lincoln Town Car Signature
Only 38k miles. R ............... $12,995
2001 Cadillac Deville
Palm Beach Edition, warranty. ........ $13,995
2001 Audi A6
Charcoal w/black leather, one owner. .... $17,995
2002 Cadillac Deville
Loaded, low miles. C ................. $19,995
2003 Cadillac CTS
Sport luxury package, one owner. C ......... $19,995
2002 Cadillac Deville
One owner, garage kept, C ................19,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car Cartier
Tan, tan leather, certified. .1M ......... $20,995
2002 Volvo V70
Certified 6 yrs/100k mi, silver, grey leather.Lq $21,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car
Silver/grey leather, only 28k mi, certified. .$22,995
2003 Cadillac Seville
Diamond Series, low miles. ............. 22,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series. $ ,
Certified Lincoln luxury, 24k miles. LI ...... "23,995
2003 Cadillac CTS
White diamond, loaded, low miles ......... $24,995
2004 Cadillac Deville Presidential Series
Low miles., ........... ........... $24,995
2004 Cadillac Deville Presidential $26995
Loaded. .......................... 26,995
2004 Lincoln Town Car
Beige/cream top, like new, save 1000's. .+ ..29,995
2005 Cadillac Deville
Loaded, low miles.. ..... ........ ..... $29,995
2005 Lincoln Town Car Signature
Certified 6 yrs/75k miles, like new. I ....... $29,995
2005 Lincoln Town Car
Sliver/grey Ithr, certified 6 yr/75k mi, save. I rv .$32,995

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Dirty fuel injectors are not easily cleaned

By Ian McDougall
Critical Communications
Question: My 1985 Buick Park
Avenue is getting lots of miles on
it and doesn't perform quite as
good as it used to. A friend told
me dirty injectors can make the
engine run poorly and I should
clean the injectors. I see advertise-
ments in the paper for shops
doing injector cleaning, but could
I do the same by using a can of
cleaner in the fuel tank?
Answer: There are three ways
of cleaning injectors in order of
cost: adding cleaner to the 'fuel
tank, pressure cleaning them on
the engine, and removing the
injectors for flushing. Sometimes
none of them work completely
and replacing the injector is the
only cure.
Cleaning an injector restores
the fine mist spray pattern of fuel
out the injector tip. A dirty injector
often sprays fuel in a stream so it
doesn't burn as well. In-tank
cleaners work well as preventa-
tive maintenance but usually
don't work on really dirty injec-
tors. Don't use more in-tank injec-
tor cleaner than recommended
on the can though as the chemi-
cals can damage, fuel systems
parts if they are too concentrated.
Pressure cleaning on the car
requires special equipment.
Some manufacturers do not rec-
ommended pressure cleaning as
it puts highly concentrated clean-
ing chemicals in direct contact
with the injector and could dam-
age the injector electrical wind-
ings, but if the choice is cleaning
or replacing it, I would try the
cleaning first.
Removing the injectors and
having them flushed is costly and
doesn't work for all injectors so
sometimes a new one must be
installed. The equipment used to
flush injectors off the engine cost
thousands of dollars so very few
shops have this equipment.
Finally, there are many other
conditions that can cause an
engine to operate poorly besides
dirty injectors. The ignition, com-
puter system, sensors and engine
mechanical operation should all
be checked out before condemn-
ing the injectors.
Question: My 1986 Mazda
B2000 truck has more than
200,000 KM (120,000 miles) on it

and runs well except for one
problem. A cloud of blue smoke
comes out the tailpipe when I
start the engine if the truck has
been sitting overnight. The smoke
only lasts for a minute or two and
them everything seems fine. If I
stop the engine and restart it the
smoke doesn't happen. The oil
level doesn't drop on the dipstick
so where does the blue smoke
come from?
Answer: Blue smoke from the
tailpipe of your truck can only be
caused by oil being burned in the
combustion chambers of the
engine. Even a little oil can cause
a lot of smoke without noticing a

level change.on the dipstick.
There are three ways oil can
.get in: past the rings, past a leak-
ing head gasket oil passage, or
past the valve guides. If oil was
leaking past the rings or gasket, it
would happen all the time your
engine was running, so we can
rule this out.
The valve guides could also
leak a little oil when the engine
runs but your truck's symptoms
would suggest that the oil is run-
ning down the guides when the
engine is stopped. When the
engine is started back up, the oil
that has leaked past the guides is
pulled into the engine, burned

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and blown out the tailpipe as blue
Repairing the problem may
require overhaul of the cylinder
head to repair worn valve guides
and valves. Excessive oil leaks
between the guide and valve
when the clearances are too
The other cause may be bad
valve guide seals. A push-on seal
is on the top end of each valve
guide to prevent excessive oil run-
ning down the guide. A small
amount of oil must pass through
for lubrication but too much
causes smoke. A worn or broken
seal could cause the smoke.

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