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Vol. 97 No. 16 Monday, January 16,2006 504 Plus tax


Inside
Mine victims
are remembered
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP)
-A miner's helmet sat atop
the wooden cross outside the
West Virginia Wesleyan College
chapel Sunday as a community
shaken by the deaths of 12 min-
ers gathered for prayers and
healing.
Some stopped beside a
series of photographs of the
; Sago Mine victims, where they
were encouraged to leave per-
sonal messages.
"God definitely has 12 more
Angels. God bless you all," read
one note, left beside the photo
of Jesse L. Jones. 44.
Another urged 56-year-old
Jerry Groves to "enjoy heaven
until we get there."
Page 2
Time to embrace
' the value of trees
Some folks will have a day
off from school or work this
week to celebrate the birthday
of Martin Luther King Jr. He was
well known for advocating lol-
t erance, nonviolence and the
improvement of our human
environment. Here in Florida,
another day worth noting this
week occurs on Friday, the third
Friday in January.
This day has been set by the
Florida Legislature as Florida's
Arbor Day, a chance to cele-
brate and embrace the value of
S trees as part of our natural envi-
ronment. This week's column
will offer a little bit aboul how
the words A-R-B-O-R D-A-Y can
spell out a few things that peo-
pie can do to encourage and
preserve these valuable parts of
our Florida Yards.
Page 5
Sexton ends
eomebak bid
TALLA.-iASSEE (AP) -
After sitting out the 2005 season
because of illness, Florida State
quarterback Wyatt Sexton has
decided to forgo his final year of
eligibility.
Sexton, who was commit-
t ed to a psychiatric facility in
June after being oui id lying on d
city street calling himself God,
said he is giving up his dream of
returning to the field to concen-
trate on his health and academ-
ics.
"This has been the most dii-
ficult decision I have ever had to
make in my entire life." Sexton
said in a terse release from the
university. ''1 will focus on
regaining my health and my
academic pursuit of getting an
S MBA."
Sports, Page 7

Drought Index
Current: 386
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.36 feet


SLake level
Last Year:
15.47 feet
SOURCE.
Soith Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level )

Index

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Comics .... .... .8
Community Events ....4
Crossword ... ...9
Obituaries ..... .. .3
Opinion ...... .... .4
Speak Out ........ .4
Sports ... . . : .... .7
TV ...... . . .10
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Budget deficits worry analysts


By Jeannine Aversa
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) Like a
person packing on pounds, the
United States keeps adding to its
flabby budget deficits, endanger-
ing the nation's economic health
and the pocketbooks of ordinary
Americans.
Here's the worry: Persistent
deficits will lead to higher bor-
rowing costs for consumers and
companies, slowing economic
activity,
As Uncle Sam seeks to bor-


row ever more to finance those
deficits, rates on Treasury securi-
ties would rise to entice
investors. That would push up
other interest rates, such as
home mortgages, many auto,
loans, some home equity lines of
credit and some credit cards.
"That's the pocketbook risk to
the American consumer," said
Greg McBride, a senior financial
analyst at Bankrate.com, an
online financial service.
For businesses, rates on cor-
porate bonds would climb It
would become more expensive


to borrow to pay for new plants
and equipment and other capital
investments.
With a succession of budget
deficits. "\ou do expect to see
higher interest rates. Where wve
fight about this is over how big
the effects are. But they are defi-
nitely there." said James Feyrer,
assistant economics professor at
Dartmouth College.
The government's budget
deficit last year was $319 billion.
While smaller than the record
$-113 billion in 2004, it still was
the third-highest ever.


Visiting the firehouse: Children play while learning


Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
The 17 preschool children from Tender Care Day Care take a turn at holding a fire hose
with water pumping out at Treasure Island Fire Department. Doug Wood, firefighter,
guides the children with the hose while firefighter David Kinchen looks on.


OkeechoDee News/Audrey Blackwell
One little boy from Tender Care Day Care has a hard time choosing which little gift to
choose a red fire truck or hat. Firefighter David Kinchen patiently waits for the deci-
sion, while day care worker Kelli Raulerson holds the little tyke.


A While -louse budget official
now predicts that the deficit in
the current budget year will top
$400 billion, pushed up by the
costs of the Gulf Coast hurri-
canes. The red ink is expected to
keep flowing for years.
The nonpartisan Congression-
al Budget Office forecasts deficits
every year through 2015; that is
as far o.ut as the office projects.
The White .House forecast,
which runs to 2010, also expects
annual shortfalls.
"The budget deficit is like
gaining weight. You are not really


aware of it until at some point, all
of a sudden you can't do what
you \want to do because you are
heavier. Interest rates go up and
slo\\ things down," said Brian
Bethune, economist at Global
Insight. "Then you go to your
check up and the doctor tells you
you got to lose 25 pounds."
America's economic doctor is
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan.
Greenspan, who retires Jan.
See Deficits --Page 2


Commission



to consider



tax incentive


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their Thursday meeting,
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners dis-
cussed helping a business plan-
ning to relocate from Palm
Beach County, discussed the
drainage situation in Lazy
Seven Ranch Acres and heard
comments from Lyn Topel of
Florida's Heartland Rural Eco-
nomic Development Imitative
-CF1REDT).
One of the recommenda-
tions to come out of an eco-
nomic study of the count' done
by economic advisor Bill Fruth
is that the count give tax
incentives to prospective indus-
tries that are bringing higher
paying jobs into the county.


Acting upon that advice.
commissioners debated giving
a tax incentive to Royal Con-
crete Concepts, the company
that is planning to build prefab-
ricated concrete houses across
from the airport industrial park.
The company pledged to pro-
vide 800 new jobs during that
ten-year period and that the
average wage for those jobs
would be -10 percent above the
average Okeechobee wage.
Commissioners discussed a
Lax exemption based on the
number of jobs created each
year and the wage level of
those jobs. However, commis-
sioners tabled linal action until
Jan. 24.
See Tax Page 2


Police identify


two suspects in


homeless beatings


FORT LAUDERDALE (AP)
- Two South Florida teenagers
suspected ot being involved in
the beatings of three homeless
men turned themselves in to
police on Sunday, officials said.
Family attorneys negotiated
the surrender of Brian Hooks,
18, and Thomas S Daugherty,
17. who will face murder
charges in the death of one
homeless man and aggravated
battery charges in the beating
another.
They are also suspects in the
beating of a third man, said
Capt. Michael Gregory, in.


charge of criminal investiga-
tions at the Fort Lauderdale
police.
The teens turned them-
selves in and invoked the right
to remain silent. They were in
custody at the Fort-Lauderdale
police department, said Grego-
ry.
Gregory said police were
investigating whether the two
teens may have been involved
in other beatings and if they
had accomplices.
Daugherty and Hooks are

See Police -Page 2


Stardust capsule lands safely


NASA probe
carries cornet
dust to earth


By Alicia Chang
AP Science Writer
DUGWAY PROVING
GROUND, Utah (AP) After a
seven-year journey, a NASA
space capsule returned safely to
Earth on Sunday with the first
dust ever fetched from a comet,
a cosmic bounty that scientists
hope will yield clues to how the
solar system formed.
The capsule's blazing plunge
through the atmosphere lit up
parts of the western sky as it
capped a mission in which the
Stardust spacecraft swooped
past a comet known as Wild 2.
"This is not the finish line.
This is just the intermediate pit


stop," said project manager
Tom Duxbury of the Jet Propul-
sion Laboratory in- Pasadena,
Calif., which managed the $212
million mission.
About a million comet and
interstellar dust particles -
most smaller than the width of a
human hair are believed to
be inside a sealed canister.
The particles are thought to
be pristine leftovers from the
birth of the solar system about
4.5 billion years ago. Some sam-
ples could be even older than
the sun.
The next stop for the capsule
is the Johnson Space Center in
Houston, where scientists will
unlock its canister later this
week. After a preliminary
examination, they will ship the
particles to laboratories all over
the world for further study to
analyze their composition.
"Inside this thing is our treas-


ure," said principal mission sci-
entist Don Brownlee of the Uni-
versity of WVshington.
Stardust's successful return
was welcome news to the
space agency, which suffered a
setback in 2004 when its Gene-
sis space probe carrying solar
wind atoms crashed into the
same Utah salt flats and cracked
open after its parachutes failed
to deploy.
After the Genesis mishap,
engineers rechecked Stardust's
systems. Duxbury said its return
home went "like clockwork."
Early Sunday, the Stardust
mothership released the shut-
tlecock-shaped capsule, which
plunged through the atmos-
phere at 29,000 mph.
The first parachute unfurled
at 100,000 feet, followed by a
larger chute, which guided the
See Capsule -Page 2


AP photo/Douglas C. Plzac
Ron Ceeders, a Lockheed Martin technician, unbolts a can-
ister containing comet dust from the Stardust capsule in a
clean room Sunday, Jan. 15, at Dugway Proving Ground,
Utah. Mud cakes the exterior of the capsule from it's landing
in the desert. The seven-year project collected particles from
a comet.


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Benefit planned
for Devin Hoyle
OKEECHOBEE A benefit bar
becue, car and bike wash for Devir
Hoyle will be held Saturday, Jan
21, from 11 am. until 5 p.m., at the
Style Studio Custom Bike Shop
1600 S.R. 70E.
Devin, 11, was badly burned
and is currently at the Shriner's
Bum Unit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pro
ceeds from the benefit will gc
directly to the family to help witt
such things as air fare and prescrip
tions.
A special account for donations
has also been set up in Devin',
name at Big Lake National Bank.

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

Property taxes
now being collected
OKEEHOBEE The Okee-
S chobee County real and personal
S property roll has been certified by
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser and is open for collec-
tion of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and county
can pay their property taxes at the
Okeechobee County Tax Collec-
tor's Office in the Alderman Build-
ing, 307 N.W FifthAv., Suite B.
Discounts will be allowed as fol-
lows: 2 percent on payments made
Jan. 1, 2006 Jan. 31, 2006; 1 per-
cent on payments made Feb. 1,
2006 Feb. 28, 2006; and, net if
paid in March.
For information on fire, garbage
and Country Hills road assess-
ments, call (863) 763-9312.
Office hours are Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30
p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-
3421.

Loans help replace
storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okee-
chobee Non4Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
SThe HOME Again Program will
help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your.primary residence during hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne in
:/.: ; 2004.
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household income
is at or below the following levels:
one person in the household -
$24,000; two persons $27,650;
three persons- $31,100; four per-
sons $34,550; five persons -
$37,300; six persons $40,100;
i: seven persons $42,850; and,
eightpersons-$45,500.
Interviews for applications for
this program are by appointment
/ only. To make an appointment for
: an interview, call Jessie Vazquez at
(863) 467-5525..The Okeechobee
SNon-Profit Housing Inc. office is
open 9 a.m..until 4 p.m., Monday
S through Friday.
Mark Foley's aide
to hold local hours
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker,
aide to U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R),
16th Congressional District, will
hold office hours in room 106 of
the Okeechobee Courthouse on
Thursday, Jan. 19,
Ms. Decker will in Okeechobee
from 9 until 11 a.m. She can also be
reached on that date by calling
(863) 763-6441.
Legislative group
plans public hearing
OKEECHOBEE There will be
Sa meeting of the Okeechobee
SCounty Legislative Delegation on
Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 3
p.m. in the chambers of the Okee-
. chobee County Board of County
Commissioners, 304 N.W. Second
St.'
The purpose of the meeting is
to discuss legislation relating to the
creation and establishment of 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-
vides for all appropriate referenda
in the charter; and, provides an
effective date.
Audience comments are wel-
comed at this hearing.


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In a related action, the board
authorized staff to proceed with a
grant request that would make
transportation improvements that
would improve access to Royal
Concrete's proposed site. Com-
missioners also agreed to abide
by any state and federal environ-
mental laws that would apply to
the building site.
Turning to drainage problems,
the board entertained a request
from Craig A. Smith to provide an
evaluation study for drainage
improvements in Lazy Seven
Ranch Acres. The engineering
study would cost a total of
$31,900. It was noted that if they
decided to go ahead with the.
completed study's recommenda-
tions, Lazy Seven -iesidents could
be assessed for the cost of the
work. plus the cost of the evalua-
tion. However, if.they decided not
to proceed with the recommend-
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the $31,900. However, they would
not know the cost until after the
survey was completed. After con-
siderable debate, commissioners
decided not to pursue the matter.
Upon the request to Lyn Topel:
of FHREDI, commissioners
appointed a.county plan steering
committee to aid in economic
development of the county. The
City. of Okeechobee and the
Okeechobee County School
Board will each be asked to
appoint one person to the com-
mittee and each commissioner
will appoint one member.
In other action the board:
settled a misunderstanding
over a lease arrangement in the
industrial park by determining
that Dennis Bryan is responsible
for rent in the amount of
$5,066.67;
entered two cooperative
agreements between the county
and the South Florida Water Man-
agement District for the Compre-
hensive Stormwater Master Plan
update and the Stormwater Utility
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granted final plat approval to
Sundance Ranch Subdivsion
which is located on the north side
of N.E. 120 Street and east of N. W
56th Avenue, with the under-.
standing that the county is not
accepting the streets for mainte-
nance;
approved the proposal from
Peacock + Lewis Architects and'
Plahner, Inc. to design a county
administration building for
$35,000;
approved a change order for
the Scott Driver project in .the:
amount of $156,251.90 and
authorized 35 additional contract
days for the project;
purchased two tractors from
Everglades Farm Equipment Co.
for the amount of $79,698.48;
amended current proce-
dures to require the payment of
all building permit fees b) general
contractors and owner builders;
and,
discussed an ordinance on
the discharge of firearms in the
county.


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Community Events

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

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 Tuesday and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. If you wouldd like more information on this.or set an
appointment for a free preenanct test please call (863) 763-8859.


Free adult GED classes offered -
Indian River Community College \rill be offering free adult basic
education GED and English as a second language classes at these loca-
tions: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as second
language classes, Monday and Wednesday Irom 10 a.m. until noon,
adult basic education GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic education GED, Tuesday and Thursday from
4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-
Stop, 123 S.W Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday through
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 Mid-
dle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, adult basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes, Monday through Thursday, from 6 until
9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as.a sec-
ond language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.

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

Center offers service to-children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
vouth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are
currently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,
from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m.until 12:30 p.m.








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First Baptist sponsors piano concert this Thursday


Pianist Anthony Burger will be
in concert Thursday evening Jan. 19
at 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church.
The church is located at 410 S.W
Fourth St. Admission is $10 and tick-
ets will be available atthe door.
They say a picture is worth a
thousand words. So is the music of
Mr. Burger. His non-vocal approach
to music may seem different in a
genre that depends so heavily on
lyrics to express the message of
Christ, but once you see Mr. Burger
in concert or sit back and enjoy one
of his projects, you'll never view the
piano in the same light. While lis-
tening to his magical piano playing,
close your eyes. A majestic picture
will appear, reach in and touch
your soul.
One of gospel music's premier
musicians, Mr. Burger delivers
more than Christian entertainment
to listeners. He also communicates
an inspirational story through his
testimony of God's healing. As Mr.
Burger shares with his audience,
"When I was 8 months old I was
learning to walk in a walker. Like
many homes of our era, we had an
old floor furnace in our house. As I
was going through the hallway, one
of the wheels got caught on the fur-
nace grate and the walker turned
over, throwing me down on the
heater and burning my legs, my
face, and both my hands." The
burns Mr. Burger describes were
not light they were third degree. "I
was carried on a pillow for a year,


Submitted to UOeecnoDee News
Anthony Burger will be in concert Thursday evening Jan. 19
at 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church.


during which time I received three
medicated baths a day for my
burns. The doctors said I'd never be
able to move my hands after that.
But gradually, the Lord healed my
hands because He had a job forme
to do. I thank God every day that the


doctors were wrong, and that I
stayed with it and play for Him."
Another source of inspiration
Mr. Burger credits is his mother. It
was God's healing grace, com-
bined with her encouragement that
carried him through those painful


years. She supported his natural tal-
ent for the piano at a time when the
doctors could only give a negative
view of the future "I remember
Mom taking me to the conservato-
ry of music when I was young."
The word young is quite an under-
statement. In fact, Mr. Burger was
the youngest student ever accepted
at Chattanooga's Cadek Conserva-
tory...at the ripe old age of 5. How-
ever, even with his natural ability, it
took a little practice to polish this
young prodigy. "I had my first piano
recital when I was six years of age,
and it was the worst night of my
life." he laughs "After four or five
years at the conservatory they final-
ly came to me and said it was time
to learn the' classics including
Beethoven, Bach and Mozart."
Despite the teachings at the conser-
vatory, Gospel music was his
favorite. He dedicated his life to
Christ at 9 years old. Therefore, you
could say Gospel and inspirational
music have been his favorite for the
majority of his life.
Today, Mr. Burger channels all
the knowledge and skill he learned
from classical piano into a wide
range of other styles. He has record-
ed and performed with a nuriber
of leading artists in both gospel and
contemporary Christian music. He
is currently appearing as guest artist
and pianist for the Gaither Vocal
Band and for Gaither's Homecom-
ing concerts. "It is a blessing to trav-
el with a man like Bill Gaither. It's


great to be part of that organization.
I do about 80 dates a year with the
Gaither Vocal Band, plus we've
done around 75 different Gaither
Homecoming videos." In addition
to the Gaither tour, he averages
about 100 solo concerts and travels
over 120,000 miles per year.
God has granted Mr. Burger
many wonderful opportunities.
One such honor was his involve-
ment with the Billy Graham Cru-
sade. He performed live on TNN's
"Primetime Country" hosted by
Dick Clark. Mr. Burger has traveled
internationally to such places as
Australia, Canada, England, Ire-
land, Scotland, Israel, and the
Caribbean Islands. All of this is in
addition to performing not only the
Gaither dates, many solo dates and
special performances (for a total of
over 200 concerts.) leaves the
impression of a very busy man.
However, Mr. Burger is not com-
plaining. He is rejoicing. In 1979, he
had the opportunity of performing
at the White House for President.
Jimmy Carter. The privilege was
well worth the pressure. "It's great
to meet new people and share the
message. I'm working places
where people have never heard of
me, and that's wonderful. I believe
that is where Christ has called us."
Some of the more recent high-
lights of Mr. Burger's career include
playing to sold-out crowds all over
the world such as on' Broadway
with Mark Lowery ;iri 2000,


Carnegie Hall with the Gaithers in
April of 2002, and then in Novem-
ber, 2002 in Australia at the Sydney
Opera House.
In 2001, Mr. Burger was working
towards the long-time dream of a
patriotic project, when the Septem-
ber 11th tragedy occurred. He went
into the studio and completed "Let
Freedom Ring" in October. The fol-
lowing summer, Delta Airlines used
this recording for the in-flight music
to be heard by millions. His Master-
piece project was chosen in 2003
by Delta Airlines to be heard by mil-
lions in the holiday season.
Faith and family are of utmost
importance to Mr. Burger. He
resides near Nashville, Tenn. and
enjoys spending time with his wife
LuAnn and their children, Lori, A.J.
and Austin. In addition to music, his
hobbies include water sports and
yard work.
In today's fast pace world, peo-
ple long to be swept to settings of
worship, praise, and simple relax-
ation While there, we want to for-
get our daily trials and focus on the
One who can guide us through
them. Mr. Burger understands this
need we all have to escape into
God's security. His goal is to have
people leave his concert feeling
refreshed and refocused on the love
of Chrsl. He says it best: "I am a
simple man with a majestic instru-
,ment and the power of God behind
me."


New graduates
On Jan. 6, New Endeavor School graduated eight students. These students are schooled in
night-time classes to ;complete the requirements for graduation. After the students had
received their diplomas, a reception was held with cake and beverages served for families
and friends to enjoy. Those graduating at the ceremony were: (left to right, bottom row),
Cassey Fender, Katie Keplinger, JoAnn Miller and Patricia Neal, (left to right, center row) Ash-
ley Clay, Diane Gatliff; and, (left to right, top row), Nick Badger and Ricky Garza.


Obituaries

Nicholas J. Carran
Nicholas J. Carran, age 54, died,
Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, in Glades Coun-
ty. He was born Sept. 13, 1951, in
New Castle, Pa. He was a resident
of West Palm Beach-for 36 years
before. moving to Moore Haven
three years ago. He enjoyed hunt-
ing and he was a local musician
and loved to play the guitar.
Mr. Carran was preceded in
death by: his paternal grandfather,
Nicholas R. Carran, Sr.; his' mater-
nal grandparents, Joseph and Rose
Marchionda; his aunt, Gloria Shan-
er; and, his uncle, Richard Carran.
He is survived by: his parents,
Nicholas (Trudy) Carran of Lorida;
his brothers, Joseph (Tammy) Car-
ran of Inverness, Frank (Cecelia)
Carran of Okeechobee; John.
(Robin) Carran of New Castle, Pa.,
and Russell (Esther) Carran of West
Palm Beach. He is also survived by
his son, Jessie Carran; his daugh-
teFs, Nichole and Taylor.Carran, all
of West Palm Beach. In addition, he
is survived by his grandmother,
Lauretta Sciaretta of Okeechobee;
and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held
on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Buxton
Funeral Home, 110 N.E. Fifth Street
at 1 p.m.
All arrangements-are under the
'direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Helen D. Graddy
Helen D. Graddy, age 82, died
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 in Okee-
chobee. She was born Aug. 23,
1923, in Clinton, Ind., and had been
a winter resident of Okeechobee
for the past 11 years: She was a
member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by
her son, Donald Bryant.
She is survived by: her husband
of 28 years, Wendell Graddy; her
granddaughters, Jennifer Antisdel,
Amy Bryant, and Elizabeth Bryant,
all of St. Louis, Mo. In addition, she
is survived by her sisters, Mildred
Moore of Indianapolis, Ind., and
Dorothy Jessup of Washington, D.C.
Local arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home. Arrangements in
Indiana are being handled by the
Hickey Funeral Home, South Bend,
Ind. For additional information,
please call (574) 234-4155.


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Teacher and pupil
Central Elementary School fourth grader Ryan Reister
sang in Tampa on Friday, Jan. 6 as part of the Florida All
State Chorus. Standing beside Ryan is his music
teacher, Karen VanBeek. Ryan was one of 200 students
chosen for the chorus out of 1,000 students throughout
the state who sent in audition tapes.




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Dale Crider, Florida's "Environ-
mental Troubadour" w\ill- be
appearing in concert at the Okee-
chobee County Library, 206 S.W
16th St., on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.
Mr. Crider or, Spider Crider
as his friends call him is a song-
writer, performer and biologist.
He has written, recorded and per-'
formed numerous songs about
Florida, its unique wilderness and
its wildlife. He has performed on
several national broadcast and
cable networks and his muck can
be heard on various documen-
taries about the wetlands and


rivers of Florida:
Li ing 42 years in a cypress
swamp, Mr. Crider writes the
songs from his won life experi-
ences.
He retired after spending 32
years with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) where he worded d as a
waterfowl biologist, environmen-
tal protector and educational spe-
cialist. His songs bring attention to
the plight of Florida's wildlife and
to the natural ecosystems that
support all life in Florida.
Mr. Crider appears at fold


music events throughout the state
and has recorded several CDs of
his music including "Wild Wood
Swamp," "Watersongs and Water-
ways," and 'Big Cypress Ever-
glades."
His music has been described s
folkk country eco" and "eco-blue-
grass."
This program is funded by a
partnership grant from the Florida
Humanities Council and is free
and open to the public.
For information, contact the
Okeechobee County Library at
(863) 763-3536.


Educational Brief


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school. Okeechobee High School dent (FAFSA) form. This includes
Guidance Department will hold a the Pell Grant and aid from other


government resources. Pick up a
FAFSA form from Mr. Bill Black,
Career Specialist at the high
School, before the'Fneeting. .._
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will be handed out at this time,
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
and other scholarship information
will be presented. Parents should
attend with their senior student.


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Community Events

Entries wanted for MLK parade
The Okeechobee Community Improvement Association (OCIA)
will be sponsoring the Martin Luther King Parade. 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 Robertson at (863) 610-0973.

Library host series on Broadway
lan Nairnsey, an expert on the music and lore of the Broadway
musical theater, will present a series on the hits and misses of the
Broadway stage at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W 16th
St. These programs will begin at 7 p.m. Programs scheduled
include: Jan 17 The Lives and Musicals of Lerrer and Lowe
("Brigadoon," "My Fair Lady," "Paint, your Wagon," and
"Camelot"); Jan. 24- British Musicals on Broadway ("Oliver," "Roar
of the Grease Paint," "Stop the World," and "Me and My Girl"); Jan
31 Gilbert and Sullivan ("Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado");
and, Feb. 7 The Flops of Rodgers and Hammerstein. For informa-
tion, call the library at (863) 763-3536.

Children's services group to meet
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at 5
p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W Second Ave.

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

Scouts to honor Phoebe Raulerson
The Boy Scouts of America will honor Mrs. Phoebe Raulerson at
a luncheon on Jan. 19 at the First Baptist Church R.O.C., 310 S.W.
Fifth Ave. Friends, FAU President Frank Brogan, Gay Carlton and Lee
SDixon will be on hand to share insights into Mrs. Raulerson's com-'
mitment to. iis community and state. For information or to make
reservations, cal Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639. Proceeds from the
lunihlon will support the scouting program in Okeechobee Coun-
ty.

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)
763-2171.

Library hosting concert
Songwriter, performer and biologist Dale Crider Florida's
Environmental Troubadour will be appearing in concert at the
Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W 16th St., on Friday, Jan. 20, at
7 p.m. Through his music, "Spider Crider" focuses attention on
Florida's endangered ecosystems and wildlife. This program is free
and open to the public.

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
picked up. Or, items can be taken to the Post on S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge.





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Letter to the Editor


Contact your
legislators now
Supreme Court .nominee
Samuel Alito's Senate Confirma-
tion Hearings began this week. It
is crucial that the seat be filled by
an individual who will not legis-
late from the bench, but honor
our Constitution and our laws as
they are written. It is imperative
that an up or down vote be taken
on this candidate in order to fill
this position in a timely fashion.
Religious freedom must be
preserved as stated in our Consti-
tution. Christianity is the reason
our Constitution has endured
until now. It was based upon
many Biblical scriptures. Docu-
mentation of this has been pre-
served in our National Archives
as it appears in many writings of
our founding fathers. To deviate
from this would be to the demise
of our nation.
Our founders knew our nation
could not trust humanity to make
moral decisions with integrity.
The character of man's very
nature is questionable at times.
Therefore, they looked to a
source higher than themselves to
base our foundation upon. We,
as citizens, can thank God that
they did.
Our very currency is evidence
of this foundation with the
words, "In God We Trust" printed
upon it.
Another reason for Christians


to know they are on solid founda-
tion for the faith was presented
this past Saturday by Dr. Paul L.
Maier. His visit could not have
been more well-timed, than to be
here days before these hearings
were to begin. Distinguished
author, Dr. Maier, presented his
seminar entitled "Christ or Cari-
cature?" at Peace Lutheran
Church. Nothing could have
.been more inspiring to Chris-
tians, than to hear the validations
presented for our faith in the
Christ of the Bible.
Reverend John Hirst intro-
duced himself as The Russell H.
Seibert Professor of Ancient His-
tory at Western Michigan Univer-
sity and a published author of
both scholarly and popular
books.
Dr. Maier began his lecture on
the topic of "Distorted Images of
Christ" by listing many authors of
books that offered controversy
about Christ. He stated that many
publishers had been negligent on
their research before bringing
these books, into publication.
Among those he mentioned
was, "The Da Vinci Code." This
was a clear example of a publica-
tion's attempt to distort the Christ
of the Bible. His critique included
numerous errors, misinterpreta-
tions, deceptions, distortions and
outright falsehoods based upon
his own extensive research of the.
book.
He went on to say that contro-
versy in the media can be a useful


Upcoming Events

Monday
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedulean
appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98
N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meet-
Ing. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September.
For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.

Tuesday
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at8 p.m.
Family HistoryCenter meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510
or (863) 467-5261." ,, ,
The Camera Club meets every otner Tuesday from 5:30 until 6.30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; 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 Mis-
sion's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested
are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 111.1 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
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) 4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl al (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 mem-
ber 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. Everyone is invited
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people
*who have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophre-
nia, 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.

Wednesday
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
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.
Look good, feel better 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beauty
Salon located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public serv-
ice program to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty tech-
niques to diminish appearance-related side effects of treatment. R.S.V.P
to (863) 467-2096 or (863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For infor-
mation, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who
are either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department
auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call irene Luck at
(863) 763-0202. The other support group is held 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 Event

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
proceeds will stay in Okeechobee. For information or to donate
items, call (863) 634-5236 or (863) 634-5234.


endeavor. He referred to the con-
troversy preceding the Mel Gib-
son film, "The Passion of Christ."
Dr. Maier's topic, "Christ or
Caricature?", offered a paradox.
Many books and movies may try
to sensationalize and distort
Christ's true image, but geogra-
phy, archaeology and history and
history has documented evi-
dence that supports the words
recorded in the Bible. He present-
ed many of those findings, that he
personally challenged to be sure
were authentic.
It seemed appropriate to hear
such inspiring words, in view of
the timing of the hearings begin-
ning in Washington, D.C.
Christians today have a firm
foundation in the one to whom
their faith is placed. The evidence
documented by Dr. Maier was
overwhelming. Today we can see
in our nation's capitol numerous
documents that validate our
Christian heritage visibleat our
nation's origin. One of our found-
ing fathers, Patrick Henry stated,
"It cannot be emphasized too
strongly or too often that this
great nation was not founded by
religionists, but by Christians, not
on religions, but on the Gospel of
Jesus Christ."
Abraham Lincoln stated, "The
philosophy of the school room in
one generation will be the philos-
ophy of government in the next!"
Carl Marx said, "Take away
the heritage of a people and they
are easily persuaded."


The last sentence of the Decla-
ration of Independence gives us
some insight into the high cost
these founders paid to secure our
liberties. They pledge to each
other their lives, their fortune and
their sacred honor. Five signers
were captured by the British and
tortured to death. None signers
died either from hardships of. the
war or the more merciful bullets.
"The only thing necessary for'
evil to prosper, is for good men to
do nothing," Edmund Burke stat-
ed.
It may be Christianity today
who may suffer the loss of their
religious freedoms, but tomor-
row it may be Judaism, and on,
and on until there are no religious
freedoms.
Christians today have but to
pick up the phone, write a letter,
or e-mail their Senators to let
them know how important their
vote is concerning this nominee.
You can take time to contact your
Senators to make sure an up or
down vote is made. You can find
their office address and phone
numbers listed in the phone
book.
Please take time to care, not
only for yourselves, but for future
generations.
May God continue to bless
America.

Linda Knisely,
chairperson
Christian Coalition
of Okeechobee, County


Community Events

Free nutrition class offered


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

Collaborative Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 10 am. in
the boardroom of the Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700
S.W. Second Ave. The meeting will feature guest speakers Lawrence
Brooks, of the Children's Home Society, and Lonnie Kirsch, the liai-
son for the homeless in Okeechobee County. The public is invited.
For information, contact Sharon Vinson at (863) 463-5000, ext. 257.

DOR offering free taxclasses
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006
intangible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment,. 179&N.N8 Ninth Ave., on Jan 24 and Feb. 1-1. Classes %ill De
held at 9:30 a.m.. 11:30 a.nrdi:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The classes are
free and open to the public. For information, call the Fort Pierce Ser-
vice Center at (772) 429-2173.

Early Learning Coalition to meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee coun-
ties, Inc., will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. The full coalition
will meet at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North
Portable, in Fort Pierce. For information, contact Maureen Zackey at
(772) 463-3212.

Learning coalition committee will meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indi-
an River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet Wednesday,
Jan. 25, immediately following the coalition meeting. This meeting
will also be at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North
Portable, in Fort Pierce. For information, contact Maureen Zackey at
(772) 463-3212.

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

Church plans Oak-Fest celebration
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., will host a communi-
ty wide celebration of family life on Friday, Jan. 27, from 6 until 9
p.m. Oak-Fest will provide free food, crafts and games for the whole
family including hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, balloons, face
painting, rock-climbing wall, giant slide, air-bounce rides, clowns
and music. For information, call (863) 763-1699.

Teen block party is planned
Communities in Schools' next teen block party has been sched-
uled for Jan. 27 at the Okeechobee Skate Park, 300 N.W Sixth Ave.,
from 7 until 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per student. The party is for
grades six through nine only. There will be great music, karaoke and
inflatables. For information, call (863) 462-5863.

Annual birding festival slated
The annual birding festival in Okeechobee and Glades counties
will be held Jan. 27-29. For information, contact the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

Seniors vs. Crime hosting seminar
Seniors vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney Gener-
al and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, is offering a special
education program called F$AIF Florida Seniors Against Invest-
ment Fraud. The seminar will be held at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 9 am. A
continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 am. Those planning on
attending should call either the Seniors vs. Crime office at (863) 763-
7924; or the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention
Unit at (863) 763-6064. If there is no answer, leave your name and
the number of attendees.

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

Legion fair begins Feb. 2
The American Legion, Okeechobee Memorial Post #64, will be
hosting its annual fair Feb. 2-12. Space for exhibits is available by
calling John Rooney at (863) 763-2950 or (863) 763-5309.


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Perfect weather
The weather is perfect for fishing and boating on the Kissimmee River as temperatures
push into the 70's this week.


Arbor Day group giving away trees


Five free Crape Myrtle Trees home landscape," John
will be given to each person who Rosenow, the Foundation's presi-
joins the National Arbor Day dent said.
Foundation during January 2006. The trees %\ill be shipped post-
The free trees are part of the paid in time for planting between
non-profit Foundation's Trees for Feb. I and May 31 with enclosed
America campaign. planting instructions. The 6- to 12-
"Crape Myrtles were selected inch trees are guaranteed to grow,
for this campaign because of their or they will be replaced free.
elegant color and form, making Members will also receive a
them an attractive addition to the subscription to the Foundation's


bi-monthly publication "Arbor
Day" and "The Tree Book" with
information about tree planting
and care.
To get the free trees, send a $ 10
membership contribution to FIVE
CRAPEMYRTLES, National Arbor
Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave.,
Nebraska City, Neb 68410, by
Jan. 31.


Partnership preserves air quality


TALLAHASSEE The Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) is partnering
With EcoSMART Technologies,
Inc. to help Florida's lodging
industry create a healthier, safer
environment and preserve indoor
air quality. The partnership is the
latest in DEP's Green Lodging ini-
liative, which encourages hotels
and motels to adopt cost-saving.
'green' practices that conserve
energy, reduce water consump-
t ion, protect air quality and
reduce waste.
"Florida's Green Lodges and
technical partners lead the com-
munity as' role models' 'i-l-the'
industry "ai 'DEP' ecretar \
Colleen M. Castille. "Their en\i-
ronmental commitment serves
as an example and challenge to
other hotels and suppliers to
adopt innovative green practices,


conserve resources and save
money."
Through the public-private
partnership, EcoSMART will pro-
vide Florida's lodging industry
with technical assistance on
products and services to reduce
the use of toxic chemicals and
improve indoor air quality. The
company will provide Florida
Green Lodging Program Candi-
dates and Certified Lodges \ith a
discount on certain products,
promote the Florida Green Lodg-
ing Certification Program to
hotels and motels throughout the
state and encourage its manage-
ment and staff to utilize Certifiecl
FM6ritda Green Lodges for confer-
ences, meetings and travel.
EcoSMART Technologies, Inc.
develops and markets environ-,
mentally-safe pest management
products derived from botanical


oils. The technology provides nat-
ural pest control and agricultural
solutions as well as safety to peo-
ple, pels and the en\ ironment.
The Florida Green Lodging
Certification Program is a volun-
tary program that establishes
environmental guidelines for
hotels and motels to conserve
natural resources and prevent
pollution. Hotels and motels
reduce costs and earn designa-
tion by investing in simple and
innovative 'green' practices that
conserve water, save energy,
improve air quality and reduce
waste. Florida is home to 12
'green' certified hotels, with 13
others enrolled and working
toward designation.
For more information about
the Florida -Green Lodging Certifi-
cation program, visit
~wvw .floridagreenlodging.org.


Arbor Day: Time to plant trees


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Some folks will have a day off
from school or work this week to
celebrate the birthday of Martin
Luther King Jr. He was well
known for advocating tolerance,
nonviolence- and the improve-
ment of our human environment.
Here in Florida, another dayworth
noting this week occurs on Friday,
the third Friday in January.
This. day has been set by the
Florida Legislature as Florida's
Arbor Day, a chance to celebrate:
and embrace the value of trees as
part of our natural environment.
This week's column will offer a lit-
tle bit about how the words A-R-B-
O-R .D-A-Y can spell out a few
things that people can do to
encourage and.preserve these
valuable parts of our Florida Yards.
.. A is for Adaptation or in
other \words, choose the right
plants for the right places. Take a
look around town and notice the
different kinds of trees growing in
our area. We have many Laurel
Oaks (short-term trees), 'maiy
Live Oaks (a long-term resident),
'several Red Maples and Cypress
(good for moist .soils) and Cab-
bage Palms (our tropical state
tree).
Beyond that, the different kinds
of trees found in our landscapes
are quite limited. Diversity among
the trees in the landscape is
important for urban forest health.
For example, if a new pest comes
along that takes out all our oak
trees, we will not have much left.
It's time to take a look at alternate
kinds of trees, so we don't have all
of our "eggs in one basket." Ask
your nursery grower, the local
Division of Forestry, or our office
forsuggestions.
R is for Replace Unless you
just moved in from the Northland,
you %will recognize that much of
our urban canopy has been ham-
mered by two summers lull of
hurricanes and a long extended
wet period in between. All of this
has taken its toll on our urban
landscape. Many of our trees are
not in good shape, and some may
present a danger to people or
buildings if another windy year
comes our way.
During winter, many trees will
naturally lose their leaves. So at
this time of year, the structure of
the canopy can be easily seen. Are
there rmaor broken branches' Do
the remaiininig brianciths sho\\w na i
row\ crotches, which are w\eak'
Are there rotten branch wounds
where limbs used to be' Is there a


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severe infestation of pests like
Mistletoe, which are nearly impos-.
sible to eliminate? Is this a short-
term tree that is bound to die soon
anyway? Have vehicles been driv-
en over the root zone, damaging
them beyond repair?
If you've answered yes to sev-
eral of these questions, consider
cutting down this tree or having
an Arborist or other competent
professional to remove it for you.
Then plan to plant a new tree to
replace this missing rLxture in your
Florida Yard
B is for Bugs keep on the
lookout for insects, diseases and
other disorders that car be man-
aged. Our office can help home-
owners to identify pests and prob-
lems and offer management steps
that can reduce or eliminate these
stresses. If \ou see something
unusual, call our office; bring in a
generous sample of.the insect or
diseased branch for us to exam-
inre Ve may suggest that a soil pH
test would be appropriate they
are free to local homeow ners. It's
important that the pest be identi--
fied first before control is attempt-'
ed in some case, no control is
needed.
O is for the Other Arbor Da\ -
In addition to Florida's Arbor Day,
there is a National Arbor Day, this
year on April 28 So there is a sec-
ond chance to do a special tree
planting celebration. The down
side of the April date is that by that
time of year, our temperatures
have warmed up, the daily rains
%\ill generally not yet be falling,
and w e may be in the midst of our
seasonal dr\ period,.
If you can plant in Januar\, do
so, as trees are general\ dormant.
This \\ill give then a chance to
grow new roots without needing
large amounts of water. And, in
April, failure to water will mean
your ne\\ly plated tree will proba-
bly die or be severely retarded if
water is not applied.
R is for Repair-- As you evalu-
ate a tree, and determine that it is
a keeper, consider \what you can
do to improve its health. A healthy
tree resists man\ pests and dis-
eases, and \will be better able to
stand up to severe weather. k\.hile
established tree's iarel\ require a
lot of care, thlre are a lew\ things
\ou can do tot, insure good health
growCl\


The University of Florida has
just revised the bulletin Pruning
Landscape Trees and Shrubs. The
suggestions it contains are based
on research by UF Tree Specialist
Dr. Ed Gilman. Please stop by and
ask for a copy. Likewise, another
UF fact sheet says that applying
the.right amount of water is one of
the most important practices that
helps newly planted trees.
D is for Donate a tree if you
are able, why not provide the
:financial resources needed to pur-
chase a tree for a neighbor or pub-
lic space, Trees can be a great way
to say thank you or to remember a
special person or event. How
much will a tree cost? It depends
on the size of the tree, how fast
that kind of tree grows (slow
growing trees cost more), and the
quality of the specimen. Our office
gets monthly lists of the wholesale
prices ol trees that are being sold
throughout Florida; we can look
up a tree and give you an idea of
what is a good retail price for a
quality tree.
A is for Answers our Exten-
sion Service has research-based
answers to, your tree questions,
but if we can't come up with the
answer, we can send your ques-
lion on to an appropriate special-
ist at the University of Florida that
can come up with a good answer..
Y is lor Youth the kids of our
community are willing and able
partners to help our residents get
invoked in our community's
lulure urban forest This Arbor
Da\. Okeechobee Master Garden-
ers will partner with some 4-H
Club members to plant a couple
of trees here at our office. You are
invited to come out and join us
this Friday at 4 p.m. They will not
only be 'showing' ho\vw.a tree
should be planted, but be intro-
ducing a novel \way that trees can
be watered with a minimum of
effort. As they evaluate this new
process, which I have named the
Tree-Mate system, we \\ill let you
know\ about this low-cost, low
effort w\da to get trees successfully
started in our Florida Yards. Feel
free to come out and watch.
I've placed more information
on our Ckeechobee web page,
http: okeechobee.ifas.ul.edu. II
\ou need additional information
on Florida's Arbor Day.,. please
email us at
okeechobeeaifas.ufl.edu or call
us at 1.863.1-763-6469. Local resi-:
dents can stop by our office at 458
SHw\y 9 North ir itOkechobee,
and visitt ouii Okeechobee Co:unt
Master Gardeners from I to 5 PM
on Tuesday after noons.


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BUSINESS


Holiday Inn Express opens


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The new Holiday Inn Express
Hotel at 3101 U.S. 441 S. opened
for business on Monday, Jan. 9.
It features a smokeless facility
and offers the latest in hotel
amenities, including a "Stay
Smart" showerhead that features
most used spray settings and a
continental breakfast bar off the
main lobby that doubles as a
lounge where families can gather
to watch television or play games.
A swimming pool and hot tub
are part of the fanfare. In addition,
high speed internet for a laptop
computer and dial up access are
available in guest rooms, and a
business center offers telephone
and computer access.
The hotel provides a fitness
room with two treadmills and a
stationary bicycle. A meeting
room can hold up to 40 people.
Access to the 62 guest rooms is
totally via interior hallways. Secu-
rity cameras and high powered
halogen lights surround the prop-
erty.
The hotel's newest attempts at
-cleanliness include a duvet inset
to a third sheet, which replaces
the bedspread, said Tammy Harri-
son, manager. A story brochure
titled "The case of the missing
bedspread" is placed in each
room to explain why it appears
the bed is missing a bedspread.
Mrs. Harrison explained.
"Bedding has become a big
issue at hotels, and the comforter
covered by a sheet keeps the'cov-'
ers away from touching people.
With the old bedspreads, people
would sit on them. This way, the
third sheet on top doesn't have to
be used and there are still two
clean sheets underneath," she
said.
The interior of the hotel and
guest rooms are decorated in
hues of soft sea-green and teal.
"The owner spent a lot of
money on quality rooms and the
interior. He added details like dia-
mond cuts on the flooring. He
wanted a quality product that
guests would be happy with,"
Mrs. Harrison said.
Room rates vary, according to
Mrs. Harrison, and depend on the
size of the room and the season.
Suites are available that include a
kitchen with a microwave oven.
Jay Patel owns the Holiday Inn
Express, as wAll s the Budget Inn
and the Best Western, which was
formerly the Holiday Inn. '
"The opening of the new Holi-
day Inn Express has been a long
time in coming," said Mrs. Harri-
son. She added her appreciation
for everyone's patience while the
owner was working out details.
One detail that took some
work was getting out of the fran-
chise of the old Holiday Inn so Mr.


Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
The old Holiday Inn on U.S. 441 S. went through a conversion
process by owner Jay Patel this year. The name was changed
to Lake Inn to free up the franchise name for the new Holiday
Inn Express at 3101 U.S. 441 S., and finally to Best Western
under a new franchise agreement.


.1.


Okeechobee Nevws,Audrey Blackwell
Tammy Harrison, manager of the newly opened Holiday Inn
Express on U.S. 441 S., says the opening has been a long


time in coming.
Patel could open the hew one. He
had to change the name of the old
hotel to the Lake Inn because
Holiday Inn Corporation could
not allow two hotels with the
same name in such close proxim-
ity. Mr. Patel later entered a fran-
chise agreement with Best West-
ern for the old site. Best Western
has undergone a complete refur-
bishing of the lobby and all 43
-exterior access rooms
Among the many pieces of
Marketing collateral for the new
hotel is an information sheet that
includes area attractions that
focus solely on the Okeechobee
area.
"People need to know what is
in our own backyard. This is a
nice subdued area that has
charm. The lake is a draw, with
boating, fishing and hiking. Bird-


watchers are also interested in the
area," Mrs. Harrison said.
Mrs. Harrison has lived in the
Okeechobee area for 25 years.
She was born in Australia and
maintains an Aussie accent. How-
ever, her husband's family has
been in cattle and citrus for
decades as owners of the Adams
Ranch. Her husband's grandfa-
ther was Judge Alt' Adams, a
Supreme Court judge in Fort
Pierce.
In the past, Mrs. Harrison
worked for Florida Ranch Tours at
the Adams Ranch and sat on the
Tourism Development Council'of
St. Lucie County, She has worked
for the Radisson Hotel Corpora-
tion in Ft. Pierce and Boca Raton
and helped with the conversion of
the Holiday Inn to the Holiday Inn
Express in St. Lucie County.


FMO unveils new strategy


Largo The Federation of
Manufactured Home Owners of
Florida are entering the new
year with a multi-point plan in
its quest to represent and pro-
tect the thousands of manufac-
tured home owners in Florida.
"There are a multitude of
issues facing our members,"
said Charles Gallagher, presi-
dent of the organization.
"Insurance rates, unavailabil-
ity of insurance, change of land
uses these are just some of
the issues we are facing this
year."
Gallagher said that the organ-
ization, took steps as 2005
wound down to address the
major issues and will continue
to address them throughout
2006.
"We delivered 35,000 signed
petitions to the legislature and
the governor at the end of last
year," he said.
"We are following that up
with a plan that will recognize
the variables from one home to
another, create incentives for
the private insurance market
and reduce property loss and
damage.
We're actively offering storm
preparedness seminars to man-
ufactured home communities to
assist them in being prepared
and reduce loss."
The FMO has introduced leg-
islation to help displaced home
owners as a result of new devel-
opment.
"The problem of new devel-
opment isn't just manufactured
home parks and it isn't just Flori-
da," said Gallagher.
"For us, however, members
who have lived in communities
for many, many years are losing
not just their homes, they're los-
ing their investment, their neigh-
bors, and their way of life. We've
introduced a bill in the Florida
legislature that will require local
governments to give more con-
sideration to alternative housing
before land use changes are
granted for new development
and will financially assist those
who are affected by these
changes."
Gallagher said they are also


counseling their members in
rental parks to make purchase
offers.
"We're telling our members
that one of the best protections
they can have is to purchase the
Sparks they live in," he said.
"We've met with a fair
amount of success in some of
the parks we've preached this to
and they now control their own
destinies. It's their decision as a
whole whether to sell the park
or keep it when a developer
comes knocking on the door.
And, if they decide, to sell the
park, it's the homeowners who
profit from the sale rather than
losing their home."
The FMO is a consumer
membership organization that
represents its members in Talla-
hassee with a full time lobbyist
and offers numerous benefits.
Membership includes a travel
club, access to a prescription


benefit plan, legal assistance in
those matters that are far-reach-
ing enough to affect all mem-
bers, and offers workshops:in
negotiating, creating and man-
aging homeowners associa-
tions, mediation and other
areas.
"If there's an .issue that'
affects manufactured home
owners," said Gallagher, "then
it's an issue we address. In 2006
we will be addressing, insur-
ance, change of land use, storm
preparedness, legislation and
any other issues that affect our
members. We're the only organ-
ization in the State of Florida
that represents home owners on
all of these issues."
The FMO has been represent-
ing owners of manufactured
homes since 1962 when it'first
formed in St. Petersburg, to
address issues of mutual con-
cern to homeowners.


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UKeecnoDee News/Auarey aBackwell
H&R Block
Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk cuts the ribbon on Jan. 12, at the second season grand
opening of H&R Block at their 2105 S. Parrott Ave. location. Dorothy White (left), team
leader, said they are also celebrating National Tax Advice Day. Amy Hamilton, office serv-
ice coordinator, holds up the other end of the ribbon.
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NFL playoff
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) dives over the goal line on a 50-yard touch-
down reception in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game against
the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Jan. 15, in Indianapolis. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu
(right) missed the last chance at stopping Clark.


Sports Briefs


Tournament
is relocated
The Citgo B.A.S.S. Open
scheduled to take place on Jan.
26-28 at Scott Driver has been
relocated to the Okee-Tantie
main ramp. Their weigh-in will
take place beginning at 3 p.m.

Bass tourney
aids OHS seniors
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association, in partnership with
the Okeechobee' High School
senior class, will sponsor a fish-
ing tournament on Saturday,
Jan. 21, at Okee-Tantie Marina.
All proceeds of the tourney
will go to the O.H.S. senior class.
Firstplace has a guaranteed
payback of $1,500. There will be
five places paid, as well as a Big
Fish award.
The registration fee is $120
per two-angler.boat.
For information, call John
O'C hell at (863) 634-7446 or
Duane'Bowman at (863) 697-
0179.


and officials for the winter adult'
softball leagues will be held
Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in
room 102 of the Okeeitbee
County Courthouse, 304 N.W.
Second St.
Team fees will be: men's
league $375; women's league -
$300; and co-ed $300. Fees
must be paid by 5 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 27.
Games are slated to start the
week of Feb. 6
For information, call the
Okeechobee County Parks and
Recreation Department at (863)
763-6950.

Tennis tournament
benefits OHS teams
Costopouilos and Helton, P.A.
will host their forth annual adult
tennis tournament to raise funds
for the Okeechobee High School
tennis teams.
The event .- open to any adult
and consists of A and B levels in.
doubles men-and women and
mixed doubles.
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dufnt softball ,ou _., -re,-ce.i, .ii -s, n Frhiit,-along.
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M- .ie. en, baked beans, coleslaw and
An organizational meeting for drink on the first day of the
all interested managers, players event. Dinner tickets can also be


purchased from members of the
O.H.S. tennis team.
The event will be held Satur-
day, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29,
at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex tennis courts,
580 N.W. 27th Lane.
For an entry form or informa-
tion stop by or call: Costopoulos
& Helton P.A., 195 S.W. 28th St.,
at (863) 763-1120; Dave Ellis at
(863) 763-4518; or, Daryl Roehm
at (863) 467-6011 or (863) 462-
5235. If there is no answer, leave
a message and your call will be
returned.

BLNB bass
tourney slated
Big Lake National Bank will
sponsor its fourth annual bass
tournament to benefit the March
of Dimes on Saturday, Jan. 28, at
Okee-Tantie Marina.
Boats will take to the water at
safe light and return to Okee-
Tantie at 3 p.m. for weigh-ins.
The cost of this tournament is
$110 per each two-man boat.
Prizes based on a 100-boat field
will be: (1) $3,000; (2) $1,500;
(3) $750; (4) $500 and (5) $250.
The B'g fish award will be
-$ 1,- 5. . . . . .. .
For inforrc-'t"hn or entry
forms, contact Kathleein "'atto
of BLNB at (863) 467-4663, ext.
1820.


Event raises funds for OHS seniors


The Okeechobee High School
senior class will sponsor a Fun
Shoot on Saturday, Feb 11, at the
Quail Creek Plantaion, 12399
N.E. 24th St., beginning at 8 a.m..
Proceeds from the. event will
go to ,the senior class for various
pre-graduation activities.
There are various participation
levels.
The purple sponsorship is
$800. It is for six shooters and six


lunches, one golf cart, one table
sign, one stand sign and recogni-
tion atthe luncheon.
The gold sponsorship is $600.
It is for four shooters and four
lunches, one golf cart, one stand
sign, one table sign and recogni-
tion at the luncheon ,
The silver sponsorship is $300
and covers two shooters, two
lunches, 'one stand sign and
recognition at the luncheon.


The bronze sponsorship is
$100 and covers the stand sign,
lunch for tvwo and recognition at
the luncheon. It does not include
the shooter fee.
The shooter fee and lunch is
$65. Lunchalone is $12.
For information and entry
forms contact Kati McWaters at
(863) 697-3452; Jake Johnson at
(863) 634-1206, or, Sharon John-
son at (863) 634-6241.


Sexton ends comeback bid


By Brent Kallestad
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) After
sitting out the 2005 season
because of illness, Florida State
quarterback Wyatt Sexton has
decided to forgo his final year of
eligibility.
Sexton, who was committed
to a psychiatric facility in June
after being found lying on a city
street calling himself God, said he-
is giving up his dream of returning
to the field to concentrate on his
health and academics.
"This has been the most diffi-
cult decision I have ever had to
make in my entire life," Sexton
said in a terse release, from the
university; "I will focus on regain-
ing my health and my academic
pursuit of getting an MBA."
The school released its state-
ment at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with-
out comment from the adminis-
tration or coaching staff, which
includes Sexton's father. BillySex-


ton is the longtime running backs
coach at Florida State.
Sexton's family denied ram-
pant rumors of drug use and in
July the .quarterback was diag-
nosed with Lyme disease by a
Pennsylvania specialist, Dr. S.
Chandra Swami, who said it had
infected the player's organs.
Swami recommended intensive
antibiotic therapy over a period of
months.
Lyme disease is curable, but
the estimated recovery time for
Sexton's' advanced stage of infec-
tion was several months. If
untreated, the disease can cause
joint swelling and brain inflam-
mation. Lyme disease bacteria are
transmitted to humans by ticks
that are carried by deer.
Sexton had been suspended at
the time of the bizarre June
episode for failing to take a drug
test, coach Bobby Bowden said in
July:
Sexton was 5-2 as Florida
State's starting, quarterback in


2004,,playing in a total of 10
games that season. In his two sea-
sons, Sexton completed 142-of-
257 passes for 1,717 yards with
eight touchdowns and eight inter-
ceptions.
One of the team's best stu-
dents, Sexton had practiced with
the team some during the fall and
during its recent Orange Bowl
preparations.
Sexton would have likely
entered spring practice compet-
ing for third team on the depth
chart with highly recruited incom-
ing freshman Christian Ponder.
Rising sophomores Drew Weath-
erford and Xavier Lee were 1-2 in
2005 when Weatherford set an
Atlantic Coast Conference fresh-
man record with 3,208 passing
yards.
Two other underclassmen,
linebacker Ernie Sims and corner-
back Antonio Cromartie, are giv-
ing up their elibility to enter the
NFL draft.


Rodeo to be held Feb, 17-19


SKISSIMMEE .Non-stop,
high-kickin', heart-stoppin'
action Feb. 17-19, at the high-
tech, climate-controlled Silver
Spurs Arena located at Osceola
Heritage Park in Kissimmee as
hundreds of top rodeo profes-
sionals will vie for .more than
$100,000 in prize money atop
the country's top-and most
unpredictable-livestock at the
117th Silver Spurs Rodeo of
Champions and Xtreme Bulls
Series.
Traditional rodeo action gets
underway on Friday at 8 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
rodeo fans will enjoy pulse-ele-
vating events such as bull riding,'
steer wrestling, saddle bronc rid-
ing, bareback riding, and barrel
racing, along with crowd-pleas-
ing cowboy clowns. The world
famous Silver Spurs Quadrille
teams will also showcase their
award-winning talents as they
intricately execute challenging
square dances on horseback.
If bull riding is your favorite,
than you won't want to miss the
excitement when the chutes
open at 8 p.m. Saturday night as
the Silver Spurs Riding Club wel-
comes back the baddest bulls
and ti:Jghest cowboys compet-
ing for the big bucks with the
return of the Xtreme Bulls event
at the Silver Spurs Arena.
Seats are sLill available for all
four rodeo events, ticket prices'
range from $10 to $30, children
10 and under are free when
accompanied by a paying adult.
Lasso your tickets in advance for
a special rate by calling (321)
697-3495 or log onto www.sil-
verspursrodeo.com.
Rodeo fans can enjoy some
exciting rides for themselves
after the rodeo, the Kissimmee
Valley Livestock and Fair, located
right next door to the Silver
Spurs Rodeo. The fair features
ENciling amusement rides and
games for all ages. Adults and


kids will ieceiye a free admission
to. the Osceola County Fair with
the purchase of a Silver Spurs
Rodeo ticket.
Rodeo weekend is along
time tradition in Osceola County,
some may consider it a national
holiday, as Friday Feb. 17th is
"Rodeo Day" for' the public
schools, and students enjoy the
day off to celebrate the return of
the area's largest professional.
rodeo.
Fans and cowboys alike con-.
tinue to enjio the ciimale con-
trolled, multimillion dollar facili-
ty, which boasts 8,300.
extra-wide seats, the latest in
state-of-the-art, high-tech light-
ing, audio and electronics, and
the ultimate in rodeo watching.
comfort: 12 luxury suites, featur-
ing bar and restaurant service.
Founded by the Silver Spurs
Riding Club in 1944 to promote
good horsemanship and good
fellowship in Osceola County,
the Silver Spurs Rodeo today is
one of: the most successful


rodeos in the country. Rich in
history and an icon of the area's
well-to-do cattle ranching lega-
cy, the Silver Spurs Rodeo has
been a. signature event in the
Kissimmee-St. Cloud area for
more than half a century.
SThe 120-acre Osceola Her-
.itage Park, which includes the
Osceola County Stadium, the
Exhibition Building, Outdoor
Pavilion, KVLS Pavilion and Uni-
versity of Florida Extension Sei-
vices has been developed as a
showplace of facilities ihat hon-
ors and celebrates the Kissim-
mee/St. Cloud community and
its agricultural and cattle ranch-
ing heritage.-
For additional information on
the 117th Silver Spurs Rodeo of
Champions, call 407-67-RODEO
,or go to
www;silverspursrodeo.com. For
information on the
Kissimmee/St. Cloud area, go to
Kissimmee Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau at
www.floridakiss.com.


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8 The Okeechobee News, Monday, January 16,2006


At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Jan. 13,
through Thursday, Jan. 19, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Rumor Has It"
(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 Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II "Cheaper by the
Dozen 2" (PG} Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7and9 p.m.
Theatre III "King Kong" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m.
only. Saturday and Sunday at 2
and 7 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2 and 7 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-
7202.

Briefs

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
afewhours a rnonth\ith commit-
tedyouth.
Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
SHospice of Okeechobee is'
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items and is current-
ly seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small appli-
ances, tools, as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice at
1863) 467-2321 for' pick-up, or
delive-rirems to 111 S.E. Fourth St.
Childbirth education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting child-
birth education classes at the
Okeechobee County: Health
Department. All pregnant women
are encouraged to attend the class-
es. For information or to register
for this informative class, call the
Healthy Start office at (8631 462-
5877. Everv baby deserves a
healthy start.
Entries wanted
'for Realtors program
TheOkeechobeeCountN Board
of Realtors is accepting entries for
their monthly property beautifica-
tion awards program. The proper-
ty does not have to be for saleand
is open to residential and commer-
cial property throughout the coun-
ty. For information or to obtain
entry forms, contact Dale Ann
Watford, 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 accept-
ed 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?
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 com-
munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Automat-
ed External Defibrillation, and
HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the
Okeechobee Branch of the Ameri-
can Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to
find out more.


Blondie


WITH ALL THIS BAD NEWS ON TV, C'MON, HONEY, DON'T WATCH THE
'M HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING NEWS LET'S
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Wizard of Id


Garfield


Cathy


Peanuts


Pickles


The Last Word in Astrology


By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
You'll be in a bit of a push-pull situ-
ation and, the more you try to sort
things out, the worse they will
become. T
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
You can expect to have some
problems with loved ones or
something that needs fixing at
home. Where work, money and
getting ahead are concerned, you
should have clear sailing.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Today is all about talk and getting
to the bottom of things. The more
you do to learn about a situation
or a project you want to get
involved ir, the better.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Finalize a contract or settlement.
Take care of financial concerns
and whatever you can to make
your money grow. A medical con-
dition should be taken care of
properly. A partnership may be
based on false pretense.
*LEO (Jily23-Aug. 22): Home
repairs may be necessary. Get
I


more than one opinion or esti-
mate before you proceed. Spend a
little on yourself and update your
wardrobe. Problems with some-
one you live with are likely.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Love and romance are looking
good today. Make time for that
special someone and, if you are
single, make a move on someone
who interests you.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): You
may feel like helping others butyou
will probably face some discontent
with loved ones who feel that chari-
ty starts at home. Don't venture too
far if you haven't lived up to your
personal responsibilities.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Someone you live with or are
close to will have a problem. Do
not overindulge or take a chance
today. An unusual approach to
something you do well will turn
out to be in demand. Getting
something you want to pursue off
the ground looks positive.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Talk a little about what you


Visitor must learn rules

before worshipping


want to do but don't be undecid-
ed. Someone will take interest in
what you have to say and help you
get what you want. Professional
changes will bring in additional
funds.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Get your home in order.
Working from home will allow
you to make extra cash. An invest-
ment that interests you may not be
sound. An opportunity to put one
of your talents to better use will
result in additional profits.
eAQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
There will be plenty going with
personal relationships. Someone
you thought you could trust may
let you down. Exaggeration will
lead to trouble. Don't make a rash
decision. Bide your time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Someone may be withholding
information. Be very direct with
your questions to discover exactly
what's going on. A chance to trav-
el or visit someone will result in
helpful information.
2005 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


DEAR ABBY: In a recent col-
umn, you wrote that only practic-
ing Catholics may receive Com-
munion in a Catholic service. That
is not entirely correct, Abby.
SCanon law allows members of
the Orthodox churches, the Assyri-
an Church of the East and the Pol-
ish National Catholic Church to
receive Communion during a
Catholic service if they choose to
take it. Catholic Reader In
Boston
DEAR READER: Thank you for
pointing it out. I suppose it's time
to drag out the old wet noodle,
because mail poured in from read-
ers pointing out that Communion
is a sacrament practiced by many
Christian denominations, not just
Catholics.
The person whose letter I was
answering had written that she
was a non-Catholic who, at her
Catholic grandfather's funeral in a
Catholic church, had been urged
by a family friend to approach the
,altar and take Communion. It was
my understanding that only some-
one who Has been to confession
and is in a "state of grace"
may partake of Communion in a
Catholic church without its being
sacrilegious. However, I did not
communicate my thought clearly.
Meaculpa!
When visiting a house of wor-
ship, whether it is Christian, Jew-
ish, Muslim, Bahai, etc., if you
want to be absolutely "correct" in
your deportment, the wise thing to
do is check beforehand with the
clergyperson. For questions
regarding the rites and sacraments
of the Catholic Church, consult the
chancery of the local Catholic dio-.
cese or archdiocese and someone,
can provide the correct irnforrna.
tion.

DEAR ABBY: A couple of
months ago, I got a call from an,
ex-boyfriend's attorney informing
me that he had passed avwa. He
said that I'd been left something in
"Luke's" will, and told me the
date, time and place of the read-
ing. A close friend and I attended.
I was flabbergasted to learn,,
.that Luke had left me a ring that


had been in his family for years. At
the reading, I also found out that
he had married and had two sons
and a daughter.
My problem: Luke and I dated
back when I was 18 and very
immature. (I am now 32.) I knew
at the time that Luke was head
over heels about me, but iwas not
at all serious about him and I let
him know it from the beginning
Our relationship ended badly.
I don't believe I deserve this
ring. I talked it oler with a couple
of friends. One saNs I should keep
it because Luke wanted; me to
have it. Another thinks it would be
a good idea to give-it to his wife.
But she was extremely offended
that he left me the ring in the first
place; What do you think about
this, Abby? And if I do decide to.
give her the ring, what is the most
considerate way to do it? Unde-
serving InArkansas
DEAR UNDESERVING: It
would be interesting to know
what was going on 'ii your ex-
boyfriend's mind when he decid-
ed that the ring should go toyou. It
appears that you always had a
piece of his heart that he was
never able to reclaim.
Because the item inspires guilt
in you instead ol pleasure, it might
be better if it remains in Luke's fam-
ily. Feeling as she does about the sit-
uation, his W\ife may not want the
ring for herself. However, it would
be gracious to offer it back, explain-
ing that because it's a family heir-
loom, his daughter might like to
have itwhen she's grown.


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ALASKAN MALAMUTE- Pure-
bred, found Dec 31st on SW
16th Ave, .well behaved,
loves kids, call to identify
(863)763-8650.
Found Property, 1 Snapper
Riding Lawn Mower 1 Murray
Riding Mower. Unable to lo-
cate property owners. Please
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PIT BULL- white, female, 2yrs,
old, no collar, well trained,
vic of Hwy 98 North call to
identify (863)763-4061
STUFFED TOY, Found 1/4/06
on The Lake Okeechobee Sce-
nic Trail between Taylor Creek
& Jaycee Prk. (863)357-0448
ZIPPO LIGHTER, Engraved.
Found in Okeechobee Div. of
Forestry parking'lot. Call to ID.
(863)357-0448
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CRAINE TERRIER, F, Approx.
10 Ibs, brown w/red harness.
Name=Cat. J&S Tavern/Brim
canal area. 863-357-5985
MIXED DOG- Small white, fe-
male, Oak Park area
01/05/06 Blue collar, red vet
tag 863-697-8091 Reward



SIAMESE CAT- Spayed fe-
male, area of SW 16th
Street. Call (863)763-5669
leave msg. Reward


BALDWIN Electric organ,
needs work, looks very good
(863)763-7090
CATAHOULA LEPOARD- Male
16mo. old, Housebroken. No
Hunting. (863)467-0380
CHIHUAHUA-PIT/CURR MIX
PUPPIES (6) Approx. 2 mo.
old. Free to good homes.
863-467-4702/447-2551


SEEKING COMPANION: for 46
year old male. No Drugs, No
Alcohol. (863)261-7046 Okee-
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Employment -
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Please call (863)824-8733
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25 When DST.ends
27 Eagerly
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37 Conductor
Georg
38 Eva of Argentina
39 Go for a
rebound
41 Glove material
43 Movie "Citizen"
44 Part of USDA:
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46 Cook, as steak
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49 Takes by
surprise
52 Coltrane's
instrument
53 Marsh
54. Shout of
discovery
57 Medium's .
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61 Superhero garb
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where this
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69 "Born Free"
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CHILD PROTECTIVE
INVESTIGATOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY

The Department of Children and
Families is seeking Bachelors level
professionals preferably in the Social
Services field to assist in our mission
to protect vulnerable children by
conducting investigations of alleged
abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Rotational on-call hours required
on evenings and weekends. Please
contact Melissa at (772) 467-3022
for application instructions.

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
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NOW HIRING!
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person
gaining will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay,.re-
warding work, benefits
and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited ime, qualified ap-
plicanls who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
up bonus. Apply at
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mm 184;FL. Turnpike
(863)763-9383
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PIPE FOREMEN, LABORERS,
AND OPERATORS
Needed for project in the
Okeechobee and
Moorehaven area. Water/
Wastewater experience a,
plus. Top pay with exp.,
Long term employment,
Benefits and overtime
opportunities. Please call
561-845-1233 Ext. 106
SKP'S BBQ
is now hiring for all positions!
104 SE 6th St.
Okeechobee
No phone
calls please.
Apply between
7am-2pm
SPRAYTECHNICIAN
Large vegetation management
company looking for a tech-
nician with State Applicator
License w/pesticide en-
dorsement and ROW certifi-
cation. We offer a gpod
starting salary and benefits.
Bilingual and CDL a plus but
not required. Fax resume
(561)881-1293 or contact
us at (561)881-1291
EOE/AAP M-F-D-DV
TRUCK DRIVER, CDL Class B
w/Air Brake., FORKLIFT OP-
ERATOR & COUNTER SALES
ASSOCIATE. Competitive
Salary, Company
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
wy. 710, Indiantown.
Drug Free Work Place.


KITCHEN HELP
Part Time
Must be able to work week
days & weekend evenings.
Apply at the American Legion
501 SE 2nd St. (after 10 am).
PART-TIME MAINTENANCE
HELP NEEDED
Contact Barbara at
(863)763-4114
P/T Motel Housekeeper.
Weekends a must. Only re-
liable, honest, energetic need
apply. (863)763-1020
WANTED: P/T Office Help
Twin Oak Pet Cemetery
Must be dependable w/
professional appearance
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another man's treas-
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to treasure with an ad
in the classified.
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HOME FIX UP AND REPAIR
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housekeeping. Ref's avail.
Reasonable rates.
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Sewing Machines 700
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Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
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AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
801-1245 cell.


Air conditioner wall unit,
15,500 BTll './110 j)Wll
adapter" .2ii0
(863)610-1818 '


ELECTRIC RANGE, stov:
w/oven, 20" wide, work:
great, $40. I; :i-1 9 ...-
MAYTAG elec. Oven/Range 4
burner, Super capacity, needs
cord, w/free toaster oven $75
(863)612-9233 aft. 5pm
Microwave Oven- Sharp Over-
sized, Carousel, White, like
new $50 (239)810-3312
REFRIGERATOR- Kenmore
14cf, glass sliding shelves,
less than 18 mos old, $200
(863)635-5826 Fr6stproof
REFRIGERATORS-(4) 2 side
by side and 2 w/top freezers,
2 -20 cf, 2-18 cf, $40-$350
fordetails (863)763-2634
WASHER, Kenmoie, Hi-vj
Duty, W h i i '1 i:,,,,',
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(863)634-3931.
WASHER/DRYER, Frigidaire,
matching, heavy duty, no
rust, ext. cond., $2-00.
(863)467-6060-


COSMETOLOGY KIT- Hair
dryer scissors, curling iron,
etc, $250 or best offer
(863)801-1591
Massage Table Excellent
Condition $200
(863)634-8734


BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO-
Crestllne Tandem, Excelli-i
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30", Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634 -
FENCE PANELS (18) 6ftx8ft
$250 (863)357-6423 or
(561)239-5627
KITCHEN CABINETS, appli-
ances, stackable W/D, hot
water heater, AC unit, doors,
-windows, etc.
(863)467-0676.
METAL ROOFING, Galvalume,
,5 sheets, 3'x20' & 3 sheets,
3'x13', good cond., $100 for
all. (772)971-9474
POWER POLE: $40.
S(863)673-9200
ROOF SHINGLES, 3 SQ. New
Elk Architectural, Light grey,
M. D. approved w/12' of Ridge
Vent. $100 (863)635-9316
STEEL TUBING, 2 pcs.,
1/4"x3"x6"x10', great fork ex-
tensions, $75 for both.
(863)763-5373
WINDOW SHUTTERS- White,.
can be painted any color
$20. (863)763-1596
WINDOWS i(4) 2 are 57" W x
64"H, 1 is 40"W x 55" H, 1
is 36"W x 37.5"H, slide side-
ways $300 (863)467-5943
WINDOWS- (9) 63x53 1/4, full
panel crankout, dk tint, xtra
handles w/venetian blinds
$575 will sep
(863)763-2634


BASSINET, beautiful, natural
wicker, cost $300 new, will
sell for $150.
(863)467-9937
Stroller, OshKosh, denim &
Graco Pack & Play, $55 will
sell separately.
(863)467-9937



GOLDEN WHEAT CHINA -circa
'50's. 42 piece set. $30
(863)635-0474


DUKES OF HAZARD 80-Rain.j
I:onlroilli i a G'- Lee c.)r In
[,,:,. E I:i.''l j:,rilloI:rn 0,45

ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Appro. -1-1 v',
)lh Rj e il ,i I. 1 ")(I 11 all Or
tie-l I:,ner jj3.32?-4,:58
FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
CARDS Racing & iCmi,:
li .i1' el ily IJ; -EF- ( rcdni
S 50 flno- ji8F, .11 -8'343
HESS '87 TRUCK In box.
'!.; 1'!,6 Ie 8- .6 -
SET OF 12 PLATES: "Western
Memories". By Rosemary
Calder. $780.
(863)467-1484



COMPUTER Gjijewa/ 'im-
il~i, .ill ,3,.1 i: ; ,, or Ti de
i,, F'P;.:l 7?2)461i-8l ,22 FI
Pierce.
COMPUTER, Pentium 3 Win-
,li-:i,. 'P L I':, I, re i ; w/,
.1 6 .86 ,', .I)01'5,8
COMPUTER SUPPLIES- pili'l-
ir in .ilohr lnd print r 'i. U

COMPUTER SYSTEM, Pen-
tium 4, dvd/cd-rw, wind. xp,
games, monitor, keyboard,
,: M *i. .Oi: hB -a i B..


BEDROOM SET, 5 pc., queen
size bed w/headboard & 8
drawer dresser/mirror, $600.
(863)610-0577 .
CHEST OF DRAWERS, w/Oval
Mirror. Medium Brown.
l.11a1i) ItSI3IM.4-331i1
COFFEE TABLES (3) 1
round, black. 1 glass top. 1
-w. r, i n holes. $150 for all,
wnll ':-pjr.l (863)467-1325
COMPUTER DESK A;:'.i u

COMPUTER DESK & CHAIR
Mr; ;,n:i '.rvl A,; -g 1,1511

COUCH, LEATHER, Arnlquoi
Nrhiit '.9 dujl iili lerr.
l ,i:ill i-n | nrl iindil,:, *I.600. C :II
offer. (863)467-5889 eve's.
DAYBED w/ trundle. Good
I,::-dli: i $.t200 or best offer.
U 6:,-i, 5 .1 2 ..
Dinner Dinette set- 50 style
Red & Chrome w/3 stools,
great condition. $125
(863)697-0014
ENTERTAINMENT CTR- Pine,
All wood, Large, with 35"
JVC TV included $500.
(863)675-0378
Kitchen Utility Cart, beautiful,
marble top, on wheels, 2
shelves, drawer, 5 mos. old;
$100 neg. (863)467-2082
LOVE SEAT ROCKER- Brown,
Wood in m-Te Royal blue
Su hi1,r, $100.
Pu6 ii "'15.:'7
LOVESEAT & CHAIR made
from the "Pine Factory". Excel-
lent condition. $150 or best
offer (863)634-8734
MATTRESS BOXSPRING &
FRAME- Twin size, asking
S$40 (863)467-8268.
MURPHY BED: Full size in Oak
Cabinet. New mattress. 6 yrs.
old. Pd. $2500, Now sacrifice
@ $850 (863)357-6530
Sectional L-shaped, w/2 re-
cliners, black w/pink & blue,
pin stripe, very good cond.,
$800 neg. (863)634-2094
SECTIONAL- medium blue, 5
pc $100(863)634-3740
SOFA & DINING ROOM TA-
BLE. $400 or best offer for
both, will sep. $400.
(863)824-3319
SOFA- Khaki color, New con-
dition. Cost $800, Selling for
$400. (863)763-8534
TWIN BEDS (2) Really good
condition Complete $150
(561)248-7327
WALL UNIT, solid oak, w/36"
TV, Sony, am/fm receiver, 5
disc CD player, cassette,
$1200. (863)467-4598
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$75. (863)763-8943
ask for Tracy


CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
(863)697-1350 or
863)763-2063.
GOLF CART.w/Full Cart
Weather enclosure. Electric
w/charger. '$1800.
(863)824-2617/634-7565-
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc, sets,
Odyssey 990, Wilson 8813,
Cook M1-X, Lynx, Callaway,
Adams $800 (863)946-3123.


COLT.TARGETSMAN -. walnut
grips, 6" 22cal. Target sights.
98% + good condition. $650
or best offer (937)215-0307
RIFLE PISTOL RANGE
NOW OPEN
Fri., Sat., Sun. &Mon
Indiantown (863)484-0298
SHOT GUN, Browning A500G,
12 Gage, 4 chokes, 30 box-
es of #8, new condition.
$700. (863)467-2315
SHOTGUN, high standard
jump, 12 gauge, good
cond $300 or trade for pis-
tol, i.300 (772)461-8822
WINCHESTER MODEL12- Pi-
geon Grade Trap. 98% excel-
lent condition. $1200. or
best offer. (937)215-0307



DUMB BELL SET: 5 to 25 LB
w/rack. $50 (863)467-5299
HEXAGON DUMB BELLS -
5-50 lbs,.with rack, $300
(863)357-2829
NORDIC TRACK, Elliptical,
Asking $450. (863)763-7854
TONY LITTLE GAZELLE- Has
Herl ripuls c:alorie. Idpe &
manu3l incluudef Good I:,n-
aliorn $100 1863i90?2-94-')



OLYPTICAL TRAINER Brjri
new Luni r i '1.n i151
156112-18T327
-l

HOT WATER HEATER- 20 gal.
220amp. 6 months old. For a
mobile home. Pd $267.49
Sell 'for. $60.
(314)640-3195 .


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


Chandelier, 10 LIGHT Gild
Gli's. Formal E (-lleril (0il-
dilnln j.5 i (63;6..3'069, l
CRYSTAL LAMPS (2) $50
both or will separate.
(863)467-1325


LIFT CHAIR- Blue, Excellent
condition. $275.
(309)212-4453
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. $425. (863)467-4328
LIFT CHAIR- Toupe, Large, Ex-
cellent condition $375.
(309)212-4453
Three Wheel Cart heavy duty
1.5 y/o $875
(863)675-2596 Moving
must sell!


ARCADE GAME: "Burger Time"
Large, Coin Operated, Sche-
matics Show on 'Screen.

ARTIST/LECTURE Easel, with
r. I o ar . $50.
(00) 763--,01
FLEA MARKET ITEMS New
& used. Large inventory.
Bring lots of boxes. $400 for
all. (863)357-0037
GATES, (2), 38"X46" for a 4'
high chain link fence, $40
will 'sell separately.
(863)467-1782
POKER TABLE, 8 seat, folding,
$75. (863)763-4701
RAMPS, folding, metal, 7'
long, 16 ga., rated 2000 #
open, 1000 # closed, $125.
(863)697-9704
ROCKING CHAIR- Ornate
wrought iron, iron arch, lat-
tice work, for weddings
$150 (863)675-2392
SHOWCASE GLASS 6ft. $75
(863)697-0014



GUITAR, Harmony Stella, Par-
lor style late 40s- 50s. Excel-
lent condition. Asking $200.
(863)467-0627
TENOR SAX- Conn, with case,
Asking $450. (863)675-4098
evenings

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BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
$100 each. Call Debbie
(863)983-7702
BEAGLE- male, friendly, good
w/ kids. $200
(863)763-5883
DOG PEN-Chain link. Portable.
8x6x4 w// people dr. Grt 4
backyard, camping etc. You
move. $150 (863)441-0530
GERMAN SHEPHERD- female,
spayed, 3yrs old, $100
(863)357-3026.
LOVE BIRDS- 2 beautiful,
about 5 yrs old, with cage,
$80 (863)398-9806
MINIATURE PINSCHER- AKC,
female, 1 yr old, $400 w/ pa-
pers (863)634-8118.
WALKER HOUND PUPPY-
Great hunting dog. Male.
$50. (863)763-3631


YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $15 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
LaBelle area.



WATER SOFTENER- 2 tanks,
salt bin, $350
(863)467-5601 ask for Paul



HOT TUB- 6 man $500.
(863)763-2957
SPORTTUB-'03, 2 person, 5
jets, like new, Paid $2200
asking $600 (514)710-0094
between 6pm-8pm:



,HOT DOG MACHINE Steam-
ing Demon, Brand New $500
(863)357-6423 or
1561 )939.-5627


BOXING BAG: Everlasi, ?).01
Brand lia*w r hrdjrjr-
glOivis All :i11 in iL' I. 35

HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintf3e Good shape
$25. : Wr/) '94 -31 3
JOGGING STROLLER- 3

new $25. (863)675-2199 or
239-896-8278



AKAI STEREO SYSTEM-
W;Amp, C sc.elle, rr(ord
player. AM,'FM 2 1] pIpta~ji
u1.10 863-763-2458


CHAIN SAW Husqvjmna 27?
*P Super big lia I Lul 1150
1863l6 '5-.-;5; Evening-
COLEMAN POWERMATE
GEIJERATOR 5-6.000 wjii
Surife. u iu 1 wn-i I SIJO
i863')l69-922' .
GENERATOR Coleman P,:w-
mrniale .6250'Ai Only uived
once. $-10 (8-.3t,'5.21"4
or (239)896-8278
GENERATOR: 6,000 Watt,
Briggs & Stratton engine.
Needs work. $400 or best
offer. (863)467-5889 eve's.
OXYACETYLENE SET has
Smith torch, cart & big cylin-
ders. $85 (863)675-3357
Evenings
PLASMA CUTTER. Snapon.
35-55 amps & 300r amp Mg I
welder, 2 tanks,. $2500 will
sell sep. (863)697-9704
PUNCH PRESS, 5 Ton, with
table & pedal action, without
motor, $200 firm.
(863)805-8789
TABLE SAW Sears 11r w
SIl F'i, '.-leirri)uii: i,3l guard
$75 (863)763-5373


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WANTED:FLART
A:E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG$$(772i)562 55

Agriculture



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



APHA SORREL & WHITE TO-
VERO COLT '04- Canadian
Moon & Night Train breed-
ing. $1200 (863)990-7907
APPALOOSA HORSE-
Gray/Black, 9 yrs old. Nice
horse for kids/adults. Must
See! $800 863-634-2094
BAY GELDING, 10 yrs. old,
13.3 14 hands high. Rides,
well. $500. (863)467-5726
BEAUTIFUL PALOMINO MARE'
APHA- 6y/o, great trail horse,
has won money ranch sorting
$4500 (863)697-0497
QUARTER HORSE: Thorough-
bred. 2V/ yrs. old. Very gentle.
Great for kids and adults Ask-
ing $1000. (863)357-0690
RUBBER MATS: (2) 4x6. For
horse trailer. Never used.
$40. (863)610-1716



Craftsman 2004 6.5hp, 22
inch mulcher cut, Mower,
runs perfect, $150/neg
(863)697-8535
HUSKY 6.5 CHIPPER & ELEC
SPRAYER 15gal, $300 for
both or will sell separate
(863)357-3107
Lawn Mower- 40 inch deck
Craftsman $400
(863)674-1105
MOWER Snapper '01. Joy
stick, zero turning radius. 48"
deck. 18h/p Briggs & Stratton
$800 (863)763-5044
RIDING LAWN MOWER -
28inch Snapper, 11hp Honda
elec. start w/recoil engine, re-
cond.$400 (863)763-2349
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
28" cut, 12.5HP, OHV eng.
Elec./pull start. -Looks & runs
like new $650. (863)697-9884
STEEL GATES-(2) 41/H x
71/2L
For entrance to property.
Good condition. $100 for both
(863)675-4409


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pi r na.i.i n. l ,uildlin] 55; ,
II 1, b61 j IT hrnni wih
ulliIleu': 18631:821-081:l'



OKE'E- Treasure IS 21'
$,120L mLi in ionji, f, .95
Ion] ierm + 1 mrn:, .'. ,
Ava, now i 77 :-i 4.-


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 10-10
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 10)50
Out of State -
Property Sale '1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




OKEE.- Remodeled 2br, Iba,
1 Story Apt. Oak Lake Apt's.
$91,900. 8631636N J1. or
(863)763-8391
OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt. Oak Lake Apt's.
$93,900. (863)634-3313 or
(863)763-8391
HTouses-Sal 102


BASSWOOD: 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba.,
on 1/3 acre. Newly remodeled.
$160,000. (863)467-4731
Call before 8 pm.
Brand new -3/2/1 car garage,
CBS $180,000 A must see!
(561)248-3879
Double Lot on Canal w/3 ren-
tals. Sgl wide, Dbl wide & Cot-
tage. All presently rented,
income $2000/mo. Sea Wall 2
docks, 1 with boat lift and
screen room 2 car garage, 2
car carport + car port for RV
$338k (772)794-2438 or
(772)538-8183
EAGLE BAY ROOST, 14ft. x
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All apple Washer & Dryer, TV.
815-342-1477
LAZY 7 ESTATES, 3BR/2%/BA,
in ground pool, /2 acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or634-2728
OKEE- 3br, 2ba house w/gar-
age. Brand new, 1700 sf,
Basswood Subdivision,
$170,000 (877)357-4455
toll free. Rhonda Fredricks,
Lic Real Estate Broker. Land
or House Real Estate


OKEE., Lovely 3 AC Homesite
off Eagle Bay Dr. Big Oaks.
Horses welcome No city tax-
es $320,000.863-763-4588



$$ I Will Buy Your House
or Land for Cash $$
Call Blue Fin Solution.
(863)510-4151
MATURE MALE- wants to rent
private bedroom & bath, in
LaBelle area. (239)218-5092



BLUE CYPRESS RV & GOLF
RESORT 2001- Citation
Trailer and Lot asking
$45,000 (863)357-3607



Waterfront: Okeechobee 2 Br.
1% Ba, Furnished, Car port,
Dock/Shed. Fisherman Dream.
$95,000. 561-202-7702


Mobile Homes


SWING Three person with
metal frame and canopy. Ex-
cellent condition. $50.00 or
best offer (863)467-7575
TROY-BILT TILLER- rear tines,
7hp Tecumseh Engine $200
(863)763-2349


Rentals

r..1 1 I .RENT

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



OKEECHOBEE- lbr furn..
$800/ mo, 1st & last plus
sec dep. No pets; Brindaban
Forest, (863)763-7319.


EAST SIDE OKEE., Newer 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage. 522 SE
36th Terr. $1300 mo. +
Sec: Dep. (863)467-0128
OKEECHOBEE, 3 Bedroom 2
Bai,. 2 c )r garage Ava.il, ,ie
imm iljelv t.63-6 3-'933,?


Concrete pad for Motor Home
or Travel Trailer. All util. furn.
Taylor Creek acc. $650 mo
863-763-1453/770-289-8144
Four Winds, 33', '97, exc.
cond., 16,414 mi., warranty,
beautiful, Onan, towbar,
camera, real bargain,
$29,500. 423-502-2214
Lorida
HOLIDAY RAMBLER- 40FT
Alumilite, 5th wheel, full
bath, clean room, W/D, sips
10, $6000 (239)243-6313
TRAVEL TRAILER, Springdale
'02, 19', Reese hitch w/sway
bar, elec. brakes, awning &
more! $7500 863-763-5501


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




SENIOR MOBILE HOME
PARKS: Large Mobile Home
and RV lots $220/ month paid
quarterly in advance (some
lots have Lake access). New
upscale double wide for sale
$39,000 or Seasonal Ren
$1500/mo and new upscale
Single wide for sale $30,000
or Seasonal Rent $1200/mo.
Lucky 7 MHPark 3311 S.E. 33
Terrace and Casablanca 9441
State Rd 78 West (Behind Iron
Eagle Tavern) call. George at
772-708-8804
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES-3/2
Mubtell rinrf w' ti, l d,)(' .
urun 'rii 'i.9 1)1. 1r II i r Ir ri.
lj n l n,1 ) .'' [1 ,'(J,': f p l'i Ad, ullJ
only '19 5' 7-2644 or
(954)260-1933
WATERFRONT, 3br, 2ba, Fur-
nish/unfurnish. $950. mo.+
$500. Sec. dep.
(863)824-8718



FACTORY AUTHORIZED
JACOBSEN DEALER;
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
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OKEE 2br 2t D/W. '02.
Exc. cond.' New Berber carpet
throughout. Must be moved to
your lot. $25K (863)467-6079
.VANTAGEOAKS- 2br, 1.5ba,
completely furnished, stor-
. ,]' tuinl i 'n i 30,000
2 1':, 2-1 ,.4 or


Recreation

OTCi'88l0

Boats 3005
Campers.RVs 1010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles 'ATVs 335



BASS BOAT 17ft, 150 hp,
troller motor, lots of extras w/
trailer everything you need
$2500/neg. (772)559-8558
BASS BOAT W/TRAILER
1984- 15.10ft Minn Kota 431bs
of thrust, Silver/blue
$3500/neg (863)697-3745
BASS BOAT-15' & trlr. 10,h/p
,lirr, f riling iti':.1, New
,il i ..i. n ,uni! Iui. good.
$2300 neg. (863)675-1801
Cajun Bass Boat '87, 16' Fi-
berglass, w/trlr, troll, mtr.,
bimini top, 125hp Evinrude,
$2500. (863)763-6854
DURACRAFT DUCK BOAT-
.'98, 14', w/'99 Evinrude.
40hp, All access. & duck
blind $3500. (863)634-5020
EVINRUDE OUTBOARD, '96,
30hp, with tiller steering,.ex-
cellent cond., $800.
(863)763-3568/447-0382
HURST BASS BOAT- 17.5ft,
depth finder, heat gauge, RPM
ga, Voltage, ga, 60 hp Merc
motor overhauled by Lake-
Shore Marine, SS prop, 2-6gal
gas tanks full, life jackets, new
trolling motor, $3,000.
(863)467-5601
JOHN BOAT- 14' aluminum flat
bottom, 7.5 mercury. eng.
-$1100. (863)634-6862 be-
fore 2pm daily
OUT BOARD MOTOR- 55hp
Suzuki, w/ free boat,
$500/neg. (863)635-5077 .
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 Ibs.
used very little, $80.
(863)946-1829
SAILBOAT- Hobie Cat, 14',
Older, Good condition $500.
neg. Call 239-634-4040
Boat is in LaBelle
SEA EAGLE 2001- 12.5 ft
boat, w/2002 15hp Mere mo-
tor, used very little includes
equip $1595 (863)467-0187
SEA KAYAK- 17', Top design,
Good condition. $600.
(863)357-7406
YAMAHA 8HP '04& 15'4"
Geenoee- asking $1500 for
both or will sell separate
(239)225-3282.


A1 RV- w/Fla room, Mayber-
rys Pk, Hwy 78W; Lot 22,
only $6900, quick possession,
many extras (317)243-3313
CAMPER- Coleman Carmel
'03, refrig, stove, ac, spare
Stire, and more $7000/neg
(863)946-3560
COACHMAN, 17'/z Ft., Ultra
Light, All included. Bought
new in '05. $7,500.
(863)824-6799
COACHMAN CLIPPER POP
TOP CAMPER w/Duo Therm
air, $1650. (863)610-2465









nikCaehnha? News. Monday. January 16. 2006


New Carisle tires and wheels
2) for boat trailer
75/800/13 $100
(863)763-4495
Stainless Steel Prop for John-
son Evinrude, or Suzuki,
13x19 $85 (863)763-7394
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65, 5 speed hand control,
like new, $65
(863)763-0016



SCUBA EQUIP: 6 tanks, spear
guns, wet suits, regulators, 2
BCs, Nitrox computer & more.
$700 all 863-467-5889 eve's.
TROLLING MOTOR- 30lbs
thrust, Foot control, 12 volt
Like new $100.
(863)467-4035


HONDA MOTOR SCOOTER '86
Elite 1.50. Great condition.
75mpg. Cruises at 60 mph.
(239)503-0339
MOTORCYCLE CARRIER- fits
class C hitch and tilts down
to make ramp. Cost $400
sell for $150 or trade for jon
boat (863)467-0085
RACE PISTONS- J & E'Pis-
tons, New Performance, for
Suzuki GSXR600, Cost $699"
asking $450
(561)629-6213
SUZUKI 1400 INTRUDER '04-
2K miles, saddlebags, per-
formance pipes. $6500
(8631357-2611



ATV TRAILER- 6 x 10, 2
ramps in the Dack, I on the
side, $1000 (863)673-0559.
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran $900 (863)692-2229.
GO CART- Yerf Dog, needs
.chain, $400 or best oiler
(863)990-4293 ".
HONDA 2002 FORMAN RUBI-
CON 500 4x4, eycel, cond.
adult owned $4800
(863)357-1441
HONDA 200X, '87. Ihree
wheeler, very good cond,
runs great. $1700 or best ot-
ter. (8631357-1577


HONDA 400 EX'02 well
maintained, very clean,
$3500 or best offer
(772)260-1097 Iv msg.
HONDA TRX 90 '04- well
maintained, excellent shape,
$1500 (772)260-1097 leave
message.
YAMAHA BEARTRACKER, '01,
very low hrs., like new,
$2400 or best offer.
(863)357-1577


TRAVEL TRAILER '93- 36ft,
slide out, new roof, new AC,
nicely remodeled, asking
$6000 (863)675-1835 aft 2p


Automobiles
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CADILLAC DEVILLE 89- load-
ed, really nice automobile.
$2000 863)467-8268.
CADILLAC DeVILLE'95
Sedan Excelleni condition
Low miles. Must seel $5000
(863)467-9931 Iv msg
CHEVY CAVALIER '92 4cyl
Runs good. $500 or Oesi oifer
(863)634-7632' 467-6783
CHEVY VAN '85- New painl.
runs good, good tires,
$2000 or be'si ofer
18631467-5725
FORD TAURUS Runs & looks
good$400 (863)612-5255


DODGE NEON SXT-'04, Load-
ed with Extra's. $10,000. or
best offer. Please call
(863)634-4480
FORD ESCORT LX WAGON
1996, 5 speed. Runs good.
$800 or best offer.
(863)697-1417
FORD FALCON '62 2dr, 6cyl,
auto, mag wheels, runs, extra
parts. Gd 4 parts/restore. $800
neg/tade (863)634-3055
FORD TAURUS WAGON 1991-
Needs battery & CV joint
$400 or best. offer
(863)612-5255
GEO TRACKER- '93; 92K, Hard
top, 4spd, 2WD Excellent
condition $2500.
(863)467-6609
MERCURY. GRAND MARQUIS
1996, 1 Owner. Kept out of
weather. Excellent condition.
$5000. neg. (863)946-1728
Miata MX-5, '90, removable
top, 5 spd., 17' Momo Italian
Rims, new tires, $550.
863-763-7017
OLDS 88 ROYALE '91- 4dr,
runs good, good tires, AC, all
power. $2040 or best offer
(863)946-3560.
OLDS CUTLASS SUPREME SL
1994, P/W. P/L. P/S. Tinted.
GreaL condo. $2200/Pesi offer.
18631467-0139 Lv msg
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1988,
Needs work $250 or besl
otler. (863)467-8856
SATURN SL -'92, 5 speed, ac,
new tires, battery & cool fan
runs great $2000/neg.
(772)532-3821
SEABRING JXI'99
Convert 70 mi New top
Ewcel cono. Blue Book $8300
Askig $7900 863-357-3830
Tow Dolly, Demco Kar Kaddy,
sieerable, w/sure brakes
ireat condr, wall paperwork.
1100. (863)467-4598
VOLVO 1986, Good shape. 4
cyl Good on gas $1500.
(863)634-2582
Your new car could be In
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?


CHEVY 2 NOVA 1963, All
parts. New motor and tranny.
$2400 or best offer or trade.
(863)634-3797
MGB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car
423-502-2214 Lorida


BRONCO II '89 w/ rebuilt
trans under warranty. Runs gd.
Nds paint. No rust $1750 se
habla espanol (863)805-8789


CLUB CAR, '94, green, recon-
ditioned, with top, $1595.
(863)675-1472
CLUB CAR GAS, '98, recondi-
tioned, beige, with top,
$2250. (863)675-1472
EZ-GO GOLF CART- nice 36
volt, electric, batteries in
good cond., charger, $750
neg (863)227-0162



GRUMANS UPS TRUCK '93-
solid aluminum body, diesel,
auto trans, good en-
gine,$2499 (863)634-2998


CAR STEREO, High Power CD
Pioneer, AM/FM, Super Tuner
IIl, multi color, detachable.
face. $200. (863)957-0448
DODGE SLT RAM '99 Clean,
4x4, auto. Quad cab. Grey.
'Step/push bars, cap. Lift kit.,
$9,000 neg. (863)467-7049
FIBERGLASS LID tri-wing
opens three ways) lor small
bed, truck. $300
(863)697-1491
HIGH POWER CD PLAYER
Pioneer AMFM Super Tuner Ill.
Muln-color display Relall $300
Sell $200 (863)357-0448
MOTOR, 318
Runsgreal $150
Call (8631763-1530 or
cell 561-310-1575.
TRANSMISSION. 4 spa. $400
firm. (863)697-3895


REESE HITCH, bolt on frame,
for older model Ford car or
truck, $20. (863)635-2205
TRANSMISSION- 4x4, Turbo
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
TRUCK BED COVER- White fi-
berglass, Tonneau Cover Fits
Ford F250 Super Duty Reg.
Bed $300 (239)462-3312
TRUCK CAP/Cover: "Turtle
Shell Style" for 1993 Ford, 8
Ft. bed. $500 or best offer.
(863)697-1417


CHEVY PICKUP, '67, long
wheel base, parts only, $300
firm. (863)697-3895
CHEVY S10 1997, Needs a lit-
tie work. $500. or best offer.
*(863)610-1223
CHEVY SILVERADO, '99 V6,
auto, great work truck,
$3800 or best offer. Call
863-697-8556.
FORD BRONCO '90 5.0L, V8,
4x4 $2500 or best offer
(863)674-1405
FORD F100 TRUCK, '67,
shortbed, Classic, 351C, au-
to, runs, as is $2500.
(863)467-9999
FORD F150 '98 Good condi-
tion. $11,000(863)467-8029
Ford F250, '83, 4 whi. dr.,
runs good, 8" lift kit, $2000
or trade for airboat,
863-634-5368
FORD RANGER'88- blue, runs.
good $800 1720332-6764
FORD RANGER, '94, 4.0, 5
spd., posi, $1500ior best of-
ler (863)357-1867
GMC 271- 95 4.4-1. 1-44-
Greal work Truce! Many new
parts. $5100.863-763-7017
GMC Sonoma '01 auto, p/s,
p/b, cruise, tilt, ac, fiber
glass lid 31k miles $9900
1863)674-0772
MITSUBISHI MIGHTY MAX
1/4 Ton Pickup 1989 Runs
good. No problems. $1500 or
best oer. 18631634-3797
TRUCK CAP- 8h good condi-
lon.$425 172)713-6822


TOOL BOX- full size, United
Welding Systems, Gullwing,
lockable, exc cond. $150
neg (863)697-1645


TOYOTA LANDCRUISIER
FJ40- '79, Many new parts 2
sets of wheels. Good off road
vehicle $3500. 239-278-0484


CAR DOLLEY good condi-
tion, $450 firm
(863)763-4617


FORD AEROSTAR '93- new
tires & battery. Trans. seal
leaks but van is still useable
$750 (863)990-7907
FORD ECONOLINE '89 Ieeds
minor work, omiorlable in-
lerir $1000i18631631-96J5
VAN Runs $500 Call Ior
teiils 186316.4-1239


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY LAND PLANNING AGENCY
NOTICE: The Land Planning Agency of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will meet on
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The
meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd AVenue, in the Council Cham-
bers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The items) of consideration at this meet-
ing are:
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future
Land Use Map Amendment Application No. 060 A submitted by property
owners David and Judy Hester. The application Is to change the Future LandUse
designation from Mu Family (MF) to Commercial (C) for vacant proper located
In the 300 Block of Northeast 2nd Sreet. Legal description being: Lots and 10
of Block 143, Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee,
County, Florida and Is approximately 0.344 acr(s). The proposed use of the
property is for an office building.
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small Future Land
Use Map Amendment Application No. 0flZ3ISSA submitted by Noel W. Samms
on behalf of the property owners, PM Plus Auto/ruck Repair, Inc., a Florida Cor-
orarton; Oriando Rodrquez, President. The application Is to change the Future
and Use designation from Single Family (S to Industrial () for acantprerty
located in the 400 and 500 Blocks of Northwest 7th Avenue (unimproved). Legal
descroiton being: Lts 1 to 6 Of Block 97 ad Lots to o ock 102, City of
Okeechobee, Plt ook 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Floida
and is approximately 1.033 acress. The proposed.use of the property Is for a
truck repair, parts and storage facility.
The LPA will also consider any proposed amendments submitted by City Staffor
citizens, to the Comprehensive Plan, which Include the Land Development Regu-
lations (LDRs) and render a recommendation to the City Council for consideration
and final adoption.
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Community Events


New Endeavor hosting open house
An open house will be held at the Assistive Technology Lab at South
New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th St., on Friday, Feb. 3, from 8
a.m. until 6 p.m. to celebrate Assistive Technology Awareness Day.
Assistive Technology iAT) is methods and materials that assist students
w ho have difficulty in their daily lives at school and at home. On display
at the AT Lab will be various materials used by teachers and students
throughout the school district including FCAT accommodations, soft-
ware and portable word processors. visitorss will be able to interact
with the materials and there will be several Assistive Technology Spe-
cialists on hand to answer questions. For information, call the school at
(863) 462-5125.

Hospiceplans yard sale ,
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale and grand opening of
their volunteer building on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held in Hospice of Okeechobee's blue
volunteer building at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue.
The first 50 people to arrive on Friday only, will receive 50 percent off all
shoes and clothing. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

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

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. 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.

Concert series features Stonewall Jackson
The Feb. 18 Country Legend Series Concert will feature the leg-
endary Stonewall Jackson. The concert will be held at the KOA Conven-
tion Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S., and will begin at 7 p.m. The series is spon-
sored by the. Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce. For
information, contact the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Brighton Field Days scheduled
The annual Brighton Seminole Field Days and PRCA Rodeo will be
held Feb. 17-19.

Chicken and biscuit dinner planned
c The Ladies Auxiliary of the Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment will host a chicken and biscuit dinner Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Fire Department on S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge for $6 per dinner. Eat in or take out is available. For information,
call (863) 467-0173

Chamber hosts beauty contest
The annual Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Speckled
Perch Beauty Contest will be held March 3 at the KOA Convention Cen-
ter, 4276 U.S. 441 S.E. For information, contact the Chamber at (863)
763-6464.

Moore Haven hosting Chalo Nitka
The Chalo Nitka PRCA Rodeo and Festival will be held March 3-5 in
Moore Haven.

Speckled Perch Festival planned
The annual Speckled Perch Festival Parade and Rodeo will be held
March 11-12 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

St. Patrick's parade planned
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church St. Patrick's Day Parade will be
held March 11 in Okeechobee.

Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will be held
Sept. 2-4 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
OHS_97_reunion@yahoo.com.


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

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

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

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

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


DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The contest
is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are -
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have
to be turned in b\ Dec. 1.This year's subject for grades five through eight
is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolulionary". Jan 17 marks the
300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to the
New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Columbus
and the Astronauts" is the subject 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
rece i e ,a rirunetan a\' ard. For information, call (863i. 763-2492.

Ma rtha'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.

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

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Tuesday-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. Pick-up serv-
ice is not available. For information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

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


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