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Vol. 97 No. 77 Saturday, March 18, 2006 50 Plus tax


Search for
teen continues
Area investigators are cur-
rently looking for a 13-year-old
Okeechobee girl that \vent
missing Sunday, March 12,
from Okee-
Futch was
last seen
around 11
a.m. Sun-
day when
she lell to
go to
church. Nicole
"She Futch
was last
seen riding a gray Mongoose
bicycle and wearing a black
backpack," said Detective
Rosemary Farless, of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office.
Detective Farless said Nicole
stands 5-fool-I, weighs 115
pounds and has brown eyes
and black hair. When last seen
she wias wearing a pink and
brown dress with a while
sweater, and her hair was
pulled back into a ponylail or
The child apparently left a
note saving that she "needed to
clear her mind."
Deiecti\e Farless said the
note indicated that she would
be back. But as of Tuesday
afternoon, no one has seen or
heard from Nicole.
If anyone has any informa-
lion on the whereabouts of
Nicole Futch, they are asked to
contact Detective Rosemary
Farless at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 1863)

OCSO to stage
traffic operation
The Okeechobee County
i Sheriffs Office (OCSO.i will be
conducting a special enforce-
ment effort regarding the
unsafe practice by motorists of
following another vehicle too
The operation, named
Operation Back-Off, is being
held to try and reduce the num-
ber of rear-end crashes in Okee-
chobee County. as well as
enforcing traffic laws dealing
with Ifollowing too closely
The operation will also
include heightened enforce-
ment against aggressive driv-
,. : ing
The operation will begin
S Monday, March 20, and end
Saturday, March 25

SDrought Index
Current: 371
Source: Florida Division
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Lake levels

14.90 feet

Lake level
Last Year:,
14.94 feet

Jury: death for Salazar

By MaiyAnn Morris
and Katrina Elsken
' The 12-members of an Okee-
chobee County jury Friday unani-
mously recommended that Neil
Kurt Salazar be put to death for the
2000 murder of Evelyn Jean Nutter.
"I probably will be able to
sleep better," said Ronze Cum-
mings, who referred to Ms. Nutter
as his wife. Mr. Cummings
brought the couple's two sons to
court with him on Friday to hear

the jury's rec-
"I wanted
them to hear
the outcome,"
he said. I"
think they'll
feel better
knowing that
what hap-
pened to their Neil Kurt
mom is finally Salazar
over and we
can try to go on now.'."
Evelyn's mother, Patsy Nutter.,

exchanged hugs with the prosecu-
tors and detectives in the case
"I'll never have closure," she
said, her voice shaking.
"This w as as brutal a homicide
as I've ever seen. The man is as
deserving of the ultimate sentence
as anybody I've ever seen who's
committed murder," said Assistant
State Attorney Rick Seymour.
Mr. Seymour commended his
co-counsel Ashley Albright and the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office personnel.
He said the 12-0 recommenda-

tion is unusual and added that of
the first-degree murder cases he
has tried in his career, this is the
first time he has seen a 12-0 sen-
tencing recommendation.
"12-0 is a solid, unified feeling
about the case," he said.
Judge Sherwood Bauer will
make the sentencing decision after
the sentencing hearing, set for May
5at 1 p.m.
Salazar was convicted of first-
degree premeditated murder,
attempted first-degree murder, bur-
glary with a firearm and grand theft

auto in connection with the mur-
der of Ms. Nutter and her partner of
16 years, Mr. Cummings on June
26,2000, at their Fort Drum home.
Both Ms. Nutter and Mr. Cum-
mings were bound with Duct tape,
with plastic bags over their heads,
before being shot. Mr. Cummings,
who wvas shot twice in the head,
survived and was able to identify
his attackers.
In court Friday, Salazar request-
See Salazar Page 2


offer coalition

lake solutions

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Recent discussions about
the condition of Lake Okee-
chobee and the Caloosahatch-
ee and St. Lucie estuaries have
evoked emotional outbursts
and threats of lawsuits. Fortu-
nately, cooler heads prevailed
Thursday, March 16, when
Moore Haven High.School sen-
iors Kayla Davila and Whitney
Ball. addressed the County
Coalition for Responsible Man-
agement of Lake Okeechobee,
St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee
Estuaries and the Lake Worth
The teenagers urged all

"'We are all part of the
problem, we must all
agree to be part of the
Kayla Davila and
Whitney Ball,
MHHS seniors

sides to work together for a
common solution.
Opposing opinions were
voiced as coalition members
also heard reports from the
member counties, an update
See Lake Page 2

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Area youth are gearing up for
the livestock sale at the Agri-CMic
Center on Saturday, March 18.
The sale is the main event for
the Okeechobee Youth Livestock
Show that started with check-in
on March 14 and ends with the
sale on March 18. Most partici-
pants are kids of local farmers
and ranchers, and many are
members of 4-H and Future
Farmers of America.
Cody Smith, 14, is a member
of 4-H and this is his fifth year at
the livestock show. He is show-
ing "Sweel Pea," a young Bran-
gus beef heifer. She weighs 1,080
pounds. His family raises Bran-
gus cattle at their ranch, Perry
Smith and Sons, Inc.
See Sale-Page 2

Jared Pearce, 6, turns circles with a rake at the Agri-Civic
Center on Thursday, March 16 during the Okeechobee
Youth Livestock Show. "He's writing his name in the dirt,"
says his mother Callie (background in chair). An older
sister of Jared's is showing a heifer and a pig in the show.

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man that was a minis-
ter at an Okeechobee half-way
house for alcohol and drug
abusers was arrested earlier this
week in Hobe Sound.
Michael Lewandowski, 58,
was arrested on a felony charge
of burglary and misdemeanor
charges of simple battery and
domestic battery. He is currently

being held in the Martin County
Jail under a bond of $42,750.
Prior to his arrest,
Lewandowski was the pastor,
chairman of the board and presi-
dent of the Lamb of God Min-
istries which operates the Lamb
of God Recovery Center on S.
Parrott Avenue in Okeechobee.
Jonathan Dean, secretary of
See Charges -Page 2

South Florida Water-Manage-
ment District Depth given In
feet above sea level .


Classifieds ...... .15-17
Comics ...........14
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ......... 15
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ..... . . . .4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ...... .. . .7
TV .... . . . . . .16
Weather ........... .2
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Fatality crash
These three vehicles were involved in an accident at the
intersection of South Parrott Avenue and S.W. Third
Street around 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Sergeant Tom
Tamer, from the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD), stated that Patricia Eaton was killed and her hus-
band, Craig Eaton, was injured. They are from Okee-
chobee. Sgt. Tamer said the 2004 Mustang driven by Mr.
Eaton was northbound on South Parrott Avenue, when he
attempted to turn left onto S.W. Third Street. Sgt. Tamer
said the Mustang and a southbound 2004 Chevrolet pick-
up driven by Melanie Flaherty of Okeechobee then col-
lided. Both vehicles ended up in the parking lot of the U-
Save Supermarket where the pickup struck a 2004 Dodge
Caravan that was parked in the corner of the parking lot.
The unattended van is owned by Ryan Peterson, a winter
resident of Okeechobee from Fulton, N.Y. The investiga-
tion is continuing and no charges had been filed as of
newspaper press time. The outside lane of southbound
S. Parrott Avenue and the 100 block of S.W. Third Street
were closed for over an hour after the accident.

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Livestock Show: 4-H and FFA projects judged

'Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Kaley Dees, a member of 4H and FFA, rakes in straw that has made its way outside of
the stall where she boards 18-month-old "Hattie,"-an approximate 950 pound heifer at
the Agri-Civic Center. Hattie is scheduled to go on sale March 18 during the Okee-
chobee Youth Livestock Show. Kaley says hopes to bring home at least $1,800 or
$2,000 on the sale. She keeps cleaning the stall, encouraged because show organizers
give an award for best maintained stall.

Youth prepare for livestock show

Minister facing

burglary and

battery charges


2 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 18,2006

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Members of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon met Thursday, March 16, at the
Okeechobee County Courthouse to discuss items of mutual concern. Coalition members
are: (left to right) Hendry County Commissioner Kevin McCarthy, Glades County Commis-
sioner Alvin Ward, St. Lucie County Commissioner Joe Smith, Martin County Commissioner
Sarah Heard, Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, Okeechobee County Commissioners
Clif Betts and Osceola County Commissioners Ken Smith.


Continued From Page 1
on Lake Okeechobee and Ever-
glades projects from the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) and a presentation
from Lee County Commissioner
The coalition, which meets
quarterly at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, is made up
of one commissioner from Okee-
chobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Lee,
Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades,
Highlands and Osceola counties.
The high school students,
who had obviously done their
homework, started their presen-
tation with a history of the area
from the time of the Indians to
the time Hamilton Diston bought
thousands of acres of Florida land
in the late 1800s for 25 cents an
acre to be drained. They went on
to explain the economic ramifica-
tions of draining the land. They
stated that it would be impossible
to return Florida to its original
condition, noting that Florida
receives 1,000 new residents a
They urged all citizens, urban
and rural, to work together to cre-
ate a solution. The perfect solu-
tion would be for everyone to
leave, but the students acknowl-
edged that is not feasible.
The students stated that South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) tries to balance
the needs all Floridians.
Three alternatives were pre-
sented that would not work:
flood certain areas, 'sue people
involved or cast blame.
They stated that experiments
were ongoing to create a variety
of sugar cane that could with-
stand flooding.
The problem, the students
said, is what to do with excess
water. They said the original flow
was mostly to the south.
They asserted that a large per-
centage of fresh water in the
Caloosahatchee River comes
from urban runoff and they urged
working together and realizing
that one community's needs are
not superior to another commu-
nity's needs.
One solution they offered was
to clean up the bottom of the lake
when the lake is drawn down.
They also called for better tech-
nology to filter and redirect urban
runoff. Other options offered
included using water to produce
power and tax incentives to
reduce runoff. They also suggest-
ed manual harvesting of exotic
plants rather than using herbi-
cides and using grant money to
install sewage systems.
"We are all part of the prob-
lem, we must all agree to be part
of the solution," they said.
"I applaud them on their
effort" was the response of coali-
tion chairman Lee County Com-
missioner Ray Judah.
He called the presentation a
"settling influence" that called for
meaningful discussion.
St. Lucie County Commisioner
Joe Smith said the presentation
was very informative and he said
he was encouraged by seeing
young people doing in-depth
research. In addition, he said that
some of the options they offered
did not require immediate fund-
Commissioner Alvin Ward
noted that the coalition members
would not be here in 20 or:30
years but the students would be.
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner Clif Betts passed out
copies of a report from the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC).on trends in
fish population and what the
health of the lake is doing to the
fish population.
"If fish can't live, then I don't
know how safe it is for humans,"
he said.
Coalition members followed
the lead of Commissioner Smith
and adopted a resolution sup-
porting legislation limiting off-
shore drilling.
Martin County Commissioner
Sarah Heard said there have been
excessive algal blooms on the St.
Lucie Canal and asserted that this
is not supposed to be happening
on March 15. She said that fore-
told of a very disruptive spring
and summer because of pollu-
tion from Lake Okeechobee.

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard addresses mem-
bers of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee, St Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries
and Lake Worth Lagoon which met March 16 in Okeechobee.

She told the coalition that the
Rivers Coalition in Martin County
is pursuing a legal remedy to pre-
serve the estuary. She said they
had collected $200,000 in a legal
The organization has been dis-
cussing a lawsuit against water
managers because of the condi-
tion of the St. Lucie Estuary.
The Martin County commis-
sioner told the coalition that her
county had instituted a tax to pre-
serve environmentally sensitive
I Hendry County Commissioner
Kevin Mc-arthy-expressed his
hopes that. a drought would
cause a drawdown of the lake.
Glades County Commissioner
Alvin Ward noted that businesses
in his county would suffer during
a drawdown and they would like
to see a definite plan for lake
restoration during the draw-
down. He advocated scraping the
lake bottom once the water has
receded and doing away with
unwanted exotic plants.
The coalition passed a motion
Mr. Ward made calling for
SFWMD to present a plan for lake
restoration after the drawdown.
The plan was to be submitted
within six months, include a
timeline and permit allowances.
Osceola County Commission-
er Ken Smith said he would like
to see land bought in his county
to stop developments, and urged
that drawdowns be regulated.
Commissioners Betts echoed.
Mr. Ward's view about cleaning
the lake bottom during a draw-
Agnes Ramsey, assistant to the
Acceler8 program director, gave
the coalition an update on that
plan, as well as other lake proj-
ects. The Acceller8 program
seeks to expedite eight critical
Everglades restoration projects
by a decade.
She stated that the Taylor
Creek Stormwater Treatment
Area (STA) in Okeechobee Coun-
ty is complete and construction is
nearing completion on the Nub-
bin Slough STA.
She said that more than half of
the land needed to implement
the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Program is in public
ownership, while 92 percent of
the land needed for Acceler8 is
publicly owned.
Commissioner Ward suggest-
ed thai SFWMD does not have to
buy land for STAs. He said some
farmers would be willing to store
water on their private lands. This
would keep the land on the tax
Commissioner Ken Smith
noted that population is the prob-
lem and that city stormwater is
not treated. He also suggested
storing water on private land.
Commissioner Judah used a
PowerPoint presentation to advo-
cate once again his idea of send-
ing excess water through the
Everglades Agriculture Area
He displayed figures to show
that there are not enough STAs or
reservoirs to store excess water
during periods of heavy rain. The
commissioner said that water has
to be dumped quickly at the
expense of the estuaries, while a
'minimum amount of water goes
He claimed that the historical
information SFWMD used to jus-

tify lake regulation levels is.
flawed and does not take into
account wet years in the past.
He said that without sufficient
storage, a choice has to be made
between sea grass or sugar cane
- between sending water east
and west through the estuaries or
south through the EAA.
Commissioner Judah stated
that seagrass was more impor-
tant to the economy than sugar
cane and that the gro%%ing of
sugar cane is subsidized. He said
that tourists cancel reservation
because of degradation of water
quality, and that Lee County's
tourism, real estate and quality of
life are all dependent on sea
The commissioner said he
was not advocating flooding
towns on the south end of the
lake but creating a storage flow
way through the EAA to the Ever-
glades by utilizing lands that were
not productive for agriculture.
He noted that the historic flow
of the water was through the area
now encompassing the EAA.
Commissioner Ward stated
that the estuaries only get the
water that comes into the lake
from the north and that as a safe-
ty issue water has to be released
to protect the dike.
He said 1 inch of rain in the
Kissimmee River basin results in
a 3-inch increase in Lake Okee-
chobee. He said that originally
with the marsh aid the meander-
ing Kissimmee River it took three
months for the water to reach the
lake. But now, due to the canal-
ization of the Kissimmee River, it
takes a week.
He said that if the water com-
ing into the lake could be regulat-
ed, the water going to the estuar-
ies could be regulated. He noted
that the Caloosahatchee needs
some fresh water to offset the salt
"The big issue we have to
worry about is population," stat-
ed Commissioner Joe Smith. He
said St. Lucie County had also
instituted a tax for environmen-
tally sensitive land and was
involved in the Rural Land Stew-
ardship Program.
"I believe there is enough
intelligence in the state'of Florida
to solve the problem," stated
Commissioner Ward. "It's an
issue of money."
He noted that SFWMD has not
had a tax increase in 30 years.
"The coast has a responsibili-
ty; the farmer has a responsibili-
ty; Disney has a responsibility -
let's everybody pay, the com-
missioner asserted.
Noting the special assessment
districts that counties create to
fund capital projects, he suggest-
ed an additional tax for all coun-
ties south of 1-4 that would be
used only for lake restoration and
not new projects.
"I think it's a very responsible
and appropriate approach to
take," responded Commissioner
Lee County support staff
member Roland Ottilini told the
coalition of pending legislation
that Lee County is supporting.
The proposed legislation would
create a 17-member appointed
committee to address high-level
discharges to the estuaries. The
committee would be staffed the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (FDEP).


Continued From Page 1
ed a second psychological evalua-
tion. Salazar had been previously
evaluated and was found compe-
tent to stand trial. His attorneys, Jeff
Smith and Russell Akins, said they
had discussed the report with
Salazar, his mother and sister. The
attorneys said they do not feel a
second evaluation is necessary.
Judge Sherwood Bauer denied
the motion.
Mr. Seymour read letters written
by family members of the slain Ms.
Nutter's family.
"It's hard to talk about what we
went through. It's hard to raise two
boys alone. I miss Jeannie every
day. She had the most wonderful
smile," Mr. Cummings wrote.
"We have been robbed of our
daughter's love. It's a void that
can never be filled. Often, I wake
up at night and think I hear her
call my name," stated Patsy Nut-
ter's statement.
The most compelling was the
statement of Ronze Cummings, Jr.,
who was 6 years old at the time of
the shootings. Ronze, Jr. was out in
the groves with a family friend
when his parents were shot.
"I remember so much about
my mom. She was beautiful. She
had beautiful brown eyes and
when I go to bed, I remember her
eyes looking down at me when
she'd put me to bed. Mom and I did
so many fun things. She'd take us
to the orange grove with a picnic
lunch so we could eat lunch with
our dad when he was working,"
her eldest son recalled.


Continued From Page 1
In taking care of Sweet Pea,
Cody feeds her 20 pounds of Show
Chow a day and has been walking
her daily out in the pasture for the
last few months leading up to the
show, to help her stay in good
physical condition.
She is not for sale, but judging in
the shout consists of making sure
she can hold milk and has strong
legs. Water is always available in
her pen,.even though heifers only
need water every 12 hours. A salt
block is also always on hand to
help provide protein and nutrients,
Cody said.
In preparing her for the show,
Cody spent a lot of time brushing
her. Right before the show on
Thursday, March 16, he applied
show sheen to her coat. She won
First in Class Thursday, but he waits
to see if she will win Grand Cham-
pion on Saturday.
"Usually a bred heifer wins
Grand Champion," he said.
Showmanship includes more
than the way the animal looks.
Cody must also show the judges
that he can handle her well, and if
she gets locked up, he has to pull
on her lead and get her moving in
just the right way.
Cody was calm on Thursday
and said the only time he was nerv-
ous was his first year of showing.
The first two years he showed hogs
and steers. The last three years he
has been showing heifers.
Rebekah Bishop, 15, showed
two Holstein dairy heifers at the
show on Thursday one 6 months
old, the other 1.5 years. The older
heifer weighs about 1,000 pounds
and will go on sale Saturday, March
18, hopefully bringing in as much
as $3,000. Both heifers took First in
Class on Thursday.
Rebekah and her sister Hannah,
16, continually clean out the stall
and groom the animals. They clip,
wash the heifers, and clean out
their ears, feed them with a dairy
heifer ration and make sure plenty
of water is available.

Continued From Page 1
the corporation, said in a telephone
interview late Friday that
Lewandowski is no longer associ-
ated with the Lamb of God. Mr.
Dean said he resigned that position
on March 14.
Lewandowski was also the
director of the recovery program,
said Mr. Dean.
The new executive director is
John Glen. The president and chair-
man of the board is Thomas Ben-
According to an arrest report by
Deputy Tom Cuty, of the Martin
County Sheriff's Office (MCSO),
Lewandowski was arrested at
10:08 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, after
he had allegedly broken into a
home and attacked a man.
The arrest report states that after
Lewandowski entered the home
he physically attacked Jeffrey Sat-
terwhite while he was apparently
asleep in a bedroom. The deputy
wrote that Lewandowski "started
punching the victim in the face,
leaving scratches and red marks
about his face."
At one point, wrote Deputy
Cuty, Lewandowski pushed his
wife Gail Lewandowski down. She
was reportedly trying to stop her
husband from entering the house.
"We are continuing to go ahead
with the ministry and are looking
forward to a very positive impact
on the community," said Mr. Dean.

Salazar's sister, Michelle Lam-
bert, who was unable to be in
court, testified by videotape that her
older brother, the accused, Neil
Kurt Salazar was the oldest of the
five children in the family. She said
when their staunch Catholic par-
ents divorced after 25 years of mar-
riage, her brother was devastated
and changed his name from Lam-
bert to Salazar, his mother's maid-
en name as an insult to his father.
She said he worked and
helped support her through col-
lege. She will continue to support
him and visit him if he goes to
prison, she said.
On the tape, Mr. Seymour asked
whether she knew Salazar's
whereabouts during the time peri-
od from November 1999 through
"No, I do not," Ms. Lambert

Another of Salazar's three sis-
ters was in court. Tall, slender, 34-
yer-old Arlene Lambert was called
to testify to Salazar's character. Her
family was middle-class in Trinidad
where the family lived, she said, but
here they would be considered
poor. Their house was small and
not air conditioned. She, too will
continue to visit and support her
brother, should he go to prison for
his crimes.
The attorneys' final arguments
centered around credibility of wit-
nesses, and whether there could
have been collusion between
Salazar and Julius Hatcher. Hatcher
is accused of actually pulling the
trigger in both shootings.
Both Hatcher, who has yet to
stand trial, and Mr. Cummings,
who was shot and left for dead,
have told the same story about the
night of the crime.

News Briefs

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 children were killed in an automobile
accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big Lake National Bank and say you would
like to contribute to the benefit for the Smalls family.

Loans help replace storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. has
received $500,000 for the HOME Again Loan Program, which helps
homeowners with replacement of their hurricane damaged or
destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was your
primary residence during hurricanes Frances and Jeannd in 2004.
You have been unable to fix your home. due to a lack of insurance
or other assistance. i
Your gross household income is at or below the following levels:
one person in the household $24,000; two persons 4-- $27,650;.,
three persons $31,100; four persons $34,550; .five `ersons -
$37,300; six persons $40,100; seven persons $42,850; and, eight
persons-$45,500. .

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Submitted to the Okeechobee News
OMS Students of the Week really use their heads! In the front row from left to right are Kenny
Murphy, Kyle Triplett, Eric Aguirre, and Marie Renfranz. In the back row are Taylor Kinman,
Jenna Durham, Katie Walker, and Kristi Reed.

OMS kids get a 'heads up'

with state reading program

Submitted.tlo the Okeechobee News
Kiwanis kids'
Jim Vensel of the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee was on hand with Andy Brewer to pres-
ent a certificate and a T-shirt to the New Endeavor Students of the Week for the week of
Jan. 23-27, 2006. From left to right are: Mr. Brewer, Brandon Chandler, Ashley Hare, Ash-
ley Casselton, Jeremy Barnhart, and Mr. Vensel. Congratulations students!
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Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School is pleased to name the following students as Students of the
Week for the week of March 8. Thanks to all of our outstanding students including: Jenna
Durham, Timothy Melvin, Carmen Schaefer, Chris Martin, Keven Lockhead, Josie Wal-
lace, and Brittney Freeman for giving their best.

Congratulations to the top
milers from the OMS PE depart-
ment for March 7. From the
eighth grade are Roger Duque
and Jazmine Harper. From the
seventh grade are Adrian Valdez
and Kaitlin Lee; and sixth
graders were Mariano Alvarez
and Lindsey Williams. To moti-
vate his students to do their best,
eighth grade teacher Mr. Botello
ran the mile as well, coming in
fourth place! Way to run, every-
Over the past few weeks, stu-
dents have worked hard to par-
ticipate in the 2005-2006 Florida
Sunshine State Reader Program.
The current participants who
have read at least five titles are as
follows: five completed titles
earning 10 OMS Spears, OMS
Pride Pencil, Foam Designer
Bookmark, Gel Pen, and an Ice-
Cream Party included: Melissa
Floyd' and Libby Barker.
Six completed titles earning
all of the above PLUS an OMS
Spirit Cup included: Michelle
Spears, Taylor Parker and
Heather Abner.
Eight titles earned all the
above PLUS level seven (Mini-
Dog tag pull) PLUS a hanging
Mini Monkey for Isvan Gomez
and Brenda Aguirre.
Ten titles earned all of the
above PLUS $ 10 in free Book Fair
Merchandise as well as the nine
titles earning an OMS Wall Pen-
nant for Maria Ruiz.
Eleven titles earned all of the

above PLUS an OMS Pop-Up
Flyer (Frisbee) for Ximena
Sanchez Twelve titles earns all
the above PLUS a custom OMS
Metal Cuff
Bracelet for Jaisa
Sinclair, Jesse Oliv-
er and
Cham- L
Thirteen titles earns all the
above PLUS an official OMS Key-
chain, 14 earns a FREE OMS
Yearbook and 15 titles earned an
official, custom-monogrammed
OMS 'Warrior' Jacket for
Christopher Martin.
The program continues until
the end of the school year. Look
for additional updates in the
near future!

In the mile run this week, the
following students earned top
honors. Congratulations to the
eighth grade runners, Miguel
Garduno and Jazmine Harper;
seventh grade runners Adrian
Valdez and Gloria Santibanez;
and sixth grade runners, Judson
Harris and Destiny Shreeves.
Upcoming Events for March
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March 30, Eighth Grade
Career Day
March 30, Family Movie
Night, 7 p.m.

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
TRASH CANS: The lack of planning by the Speckled Perch Festi-
val organizers has certainly made a lasting impression to many visi-
tors and residents of Okeechobee. All the trash cans were overflow-
ing with trash and it appeared no attempt was made by the
organizers to clean up the-mess throughout the late morning and
early afternoon.
Editor's Note: We spoke with the Chamber of Commerce and
were told they did have someone designated to do that,, but that
person also had other duties and was working at it as fast as he
could. Also, there was an overwhelming crowd and the trash cans
being used were not large enough and filled very quickly.

LEGISLATION: I'm asking all of you who read Speak Out to call,
write or e-mail your representatives U.S. Representative Mark
- Foley and Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez. Ask them to sup-
port HB-1146. It will get the United States out of the U.N. This bill is
costing us billion of dollars. Our sons, daughters, husbands and
wives are over there. Also, with the U.N in here, they can't be prose-
cuted but our service personnel can be tried in the U.N. court. U.N.
officials can be protected from prosecution for any crime they com-
mit in America.

NEWS: I see you have articles on The Associated Press, why
can't we get some news on the Enron trial?
Editor's Note: While we do subscribe to The Associated Press,
in the majority of instances local news takes precedence over
national or world news. Since we are a community newspaper,
we want to tell our readers what is going on locally first. If we are
short on local news, we will then useAP stories.

CHICKENS: This is to the people who have responded to the
problem of the crowing roosters and chickens in Four Seasons.
Folks you should have read a little farther in the Speak Out column
it said you should call code enforcement. Perhaps you should do
the same. You may not have a legal right to have roosters and chick-
ens all over the place. I am happy where I am, not just with crowing
roosters, chickens and such. .

NOT ACCEPTABLE: I'm the one who called in about Larkee
Lakes. Animal control is doing their duty and I filled out a report
about the dirty yards, but nothing else has been done yet. I'm hop-
ing the code enforcement will get on the ball and do something. I
realize that people have hurricane damage that is still not fixed. But
when they have four, five, six, eight cars piled up and junk every-
where, that's not acceptable. And they're turning their dogs loose,
and that's not acceptable.

SPENDING: We spend a trillion worthless dollars here at home;
on schools, Social Security, and roads when it could be spent on our
young going into battle with substandard equipment. Right on

OUTSOURCING' This administration is trying to cQyer its failure
and its bankruptcy by talking about globalization. Do they plan to
outsource or sell out our bankrupt airlines, railroads and sagging
auto industry too? Why has all the industry in this country failed?
They tell us the job market is great, instead of making plans to save
the U.S.A.

NATIONAL DEBT: When it comes time to Vote, remember that
they cut taxes so there is no money to work with in the budget. And
afterwards, they raised the ceiling on the national debt to pay for
everything. Does that make sense?

ABUSE: I really believe that the Department of Children and Fam-
ilies of Okeechobee needs looking at. I recently informed them of a
case of child abuse and was told to call the Abuse Hotline. A big
mistake for when I did, I was told to contact the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office and when I did, I was told to contact the local DCF
office. A big runaround and the abuse still goes on. Now what do I
do? :' I
Editor's Note: We contacted the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office and spoke with Major Noel Stephen. Briefly, he explained
that an abuse report goes to DCF and they do a 24-hour response.
They then duplicate that report and it goes to a sheriff's office
detective. Both agencies work the case. The OCSO will handle ii if
the case is found to be criminal in nature. If the OCSO responds to
a battery complaint, child abuse or child neglect complaint they
are obligated to contact the abuse registry, who will then conduct
their own investigation. Maj. Stephen then suggested that you call
him at (863) 763-3117 and he will help you,

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Letter to the Editor

Share the road
The streets and roads for
Okeechobee are a bit busier this
time of the year, with the influx of
seasonal residents. That influx
also means more bicycles on the
road. I see a lot of them, because
I'm one of the few people in this
town that chooses to commute to
work on a bike almost every day.
If you saw me, you would
remember, as I'm that big guy on
the little yellow recumbent bike. I
wear a silver helmet and the bike
has a low, bucket style seat with
the pedals way out in the front.
The problem is seeing me!

I wear bright colors, fly an
American Flag on the end of a
fiberglass pole, try hard to stay.
out of folks' way, but still I get cut
off, and turned into like I'm invis-
Last night on the way home
from work was the worst with a
fellow on S.R. 78 so intent on
looking at Ferrell's Market that he
turned right into me as I crossed
the driveway as I was riding
along the shoulder. I was scream-
ing at the top of my lungs, and
finally had to head onto the grass
and out into Ferrell's field to get
stopped and not get run over by
an F-250 and a blind driver.

Upcoming Events

A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.iParrott Ave. It
will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., at the
Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m., weather
permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any questions contact
Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251, or
Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets every Monday at 7 p.m. for an open dis-
cussion meeting at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Unda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474;
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 schedule an appearance; con-
tact 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 meeting. The
dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September. For informa-
tion, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8p.m.
SFamily History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church ol
Jesus Christ ol Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(Intemational Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
The Camera Club meets every other 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 Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant, 700 S. Parrott Avej 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, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. Forinformatibn, 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 Chirppractic 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 infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.. at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
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.
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.

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group meets
in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from
5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meet-
ing from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For Informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2893.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are
either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's
issues are also addressed. One support group is held every Wednesday at
5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department auditorium, 1728
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other
support group is held each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean Graham at
(863) 763-2893.
Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler Park.
For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863) 697-3110.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military informa-
tion available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet'from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2893, or
call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott
Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-
2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group, please
pass the word,.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
from 9a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings are
held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Gunowners of Okeechobee will meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion,
501 S.E. Second St. All interested parties are invited. For information, con-
tact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.

He stopped in the parking lot
and to this moment I have no
clue if he ever did see me. Look
around you people!
One final rant: What is it with
young men in jacked up trucks
that makes them need to scream
at me as they go by? There is no
way a guy on a bicycle wouldn't
see or hear that thing coming up
with 40" tires and wide open
exhaust, so why bother to race
the engine, lay on the horn or
scream out the window at the
fellow on the little bike?
And, why yell at me to "get
that thing off the road" when I
have as much right to the road as

you do? Read the traffic codes
If you can't find one, I'll be
happy to provide a link to the
important parts for you to read. If
there isn't 3 feet of paved shoul-
der on a road, the 3 feet closest to
the right side belongs to me! If
you can't get by, wait your turn
for traffic to clear and then go,
but don't scream threats at me
about it.
I really only take about a foot
of the road as I ride along and I
don't mind sharing the road with
guys in cars but do try to give
me a break.

Community Events

Youth Livestock Show ends today
The show calendar for the 2006 Okeechobee Youth Livestock
Show has been announced. Show dates are: Saturday, March 18
- small animals show 9 a.m.; and Saturday, March 18 sale -
hogs at 4 p.m. steers, beef breeding and dairy starting at 7 p.m.

Barbecue aids scholarship fund
Okeechobee Lodge #237, F&AM will host their annual bar-
becue hog roast at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W.
Fifth Ave., Saturday, March 18, from 4 until 7 p.m. Eat in or take
out is available. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Pro-
ceeds from the event will benefit the Lodge's
Each year the Lodge awards a minimum of $2,000 in scholar-
ships to local graduating students. For information, call Buckey
Yoder at (863) 467-7342, Matt Buxton at (863) 634-3706, Jose
Verano at (863) 634-2071 or any lodge officer.

Talk show will deal with adoption
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 18, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be
Michelle and Donald Dorrington. adoptive parents. The topic
will be The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast. For information, call the Children's Home Society at (772)
189-5601. ,
Dinner helps restore historic house
The Glades County Historical Society will host a barbecue
dinner at the historic Pieter Westergaard House, 207 Avenue L,
In Moore Haven. The dinner will be held Saturday, March 18,
from 11 until 3 p.m. The rnenu will consist of ribs or chicken,
potato salad, slaw, breads, dessert and a drink. Dinners will be
$7 each. There will also be baked goods to purchase, as well as
prize giveaways. Proceeds will be used to restore the Wester-
gaard House that was built in 1920 by Pieter Westergaard, the
first pharmacist in Glades County. For information call Anne
Deuschle at (863) 9-46-0974, June Morningstar at (863) 946-0579
or Al Schauseill at (863) 946-0292.

BHR Fire Department open house slated
Buckhead Ridge Fire Department, S.R. 78 West, will host an
open house on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There will be demonstrations, a bake sale, along with hot dogs
and hamburgers. Everyone is xwelcomd. rhnM ,
Farm Bureau plans annual barbecue -
The Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring
their 24th Young Farmers and Ranchers Scholarship Barbecue
Saturday, March 18, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Cen-
ter, 4200 S.R. 70 E. The 4-H and FFA Swine Sale will be starting at
4 p.m. with the Livestock Sale starting at 7 p.m. The barbecue
will begin at 4:30 and end at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person
and can be purchased at the Farm Bureau office, 401 N.W.
Fourth St., or on the day of the barbecue. For information call
(863)763-3101. All proceeds go toward the Young Farmers and
Ranchers Scholarship Fund.

Basic first aid class offered
-The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave., a basic first aid class on Saturday, March 18, from. 9
a.m. until noon. For information or to register, call (863) 763-

Kiss the Pig contest under way
The annual FFA Kiss the Pig contest -- a fundraiser for the FFA
program at Okeechobee High School is currently under way.
The nominee who raises the most money will have to Kiss the
Pig at this year's Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show on Satur-
day, March 18, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200.S.R. 70 E. This year's nominees are: Rick Barnes, president
of the show committee; Benita Whalen, director of the South
Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Cen-
ter; Major Noel Stephens, from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office; Gay Carlton, member of the Okeechobee County School
Board; and, Gina Davis, dean of Okeechobee High School. Send
donations to Brandon Weaver at the OHS Agriculture Depart-
ment, or bring them to the livestock show on March 18. If donat-
ing by check, please make checks payable to the Okeechobee
FFA and include the name of who you want to see kiss the pig.
Genealogical seminar is planned
A genealogical seminar will be held March 18 from 9 a.m.,
until noon at the Seminole Elementary School, 2690 N.W. 42nd
Ave. The featured speaker will be Pamela J. Cooper, noted
genealogist and lecturer. Topics will be The Four Cs -census,
court, church, cemetery, and under used, unheard of and not so
new resources. This seminar is free and open to the public.
Snacks and beverages will be furnished. Reservations are not
required, but would be appreciated. Call Eve Olson at (863) 467-
2674 or e-mail The seminar is spon-
sored by the Genealogical Society of Okeechobee.
Homecoming and revival planned
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 N. U.S. 441,
has planned a homecoming and revival for Sunday, March 19,
through Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Evangelist Danny Bradley,
pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Indian River City
in Titusville, will be speaking. A nursery will be provided. For
information, call (863) 763-7743.
Wildlife Center hosting camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host a spring
break fun camp during the week of March 20 from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. each day. Campers age 7 through 12 are eligible. Each
camper should bring their own bag lunch. Campers will learn
about wildlife and the environment. There will also be daily
crafts, one large take-home craft and an ice cream party oh the
last day of camp. Since enrollment is limited, it is important to
sign up as soon as possible. For information and charges, con-
tact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.
Early Learning committee to meet
The audit/grievance committee of the Early Learning Coali-
tion of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet
Tuesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at 2415 S. 29th St. Fort Pierce.
Coalition's finance group to meet
The fipance/operations committee of the Early Learning Coali-
tion of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet
Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at 2415 S. 29th St. in Fort Pierce.

The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 18,2006 o

Community Events

Mainstreet membership meeting planned
A general membership meeting for Okeechobee Mainstreet will be
held Wednesday, March 22, at noon at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E.
Early Learning Coalition to meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties,
Inc., will have a full coalition meeting Wednesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at
the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort
Coalition committee will meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet Wednesday, March 22,
immediately following the coalition meeting at the One Stop Career Cen-
ter, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.
Cowboys for Christ host gospel music
Cowboys for Christ will host a get together on Thursday, March 23, at
6 p.m. for food, fellowship and gospel music. The event will be held at
731 and Clubhouse Road in Venus.
Disaster traiinig class offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Parrott Ave.,
will hold a disaster training class on Thursday, March 23, from 6 until 9
p.m. For information or to register, call (863) 763-2488.
Links tourney benefits Smalls family
A four-person scramble golf tournament will be held at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,405 N.E. 131st Lane, on April 8 with an 8
a.m. shotgun start. The field will be limited to the first 36 teams paid by
March 24. First, second, fifth and last places will be awarded prizes. For
entry information, call Ricky' White at (863) 634-3305. Entry fee includes
one barbecue dinner ticket per player.
Fundralser for OHS rodeo team planned
Florida BlueGrass Express will be performing Friday, March 24, at 7
p.m. at the Okeechobee High School Auditorium, 2800 U.S. 441 N. All
proceeds will go to the Okeechobee High School rodeo team. Tickets are
$5 per person at the door. For information, call Darlene Bass at (863) 763-
1143 or (863) 634-5815.
ABWA enrollment event planned
The Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association will hold its annual spring enrollment event Thurs-
day, March 25, from noon until I p.m at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The luncheon is $6.63 per person plus tip. The pro-
gram will be a surprise speaker. Okeechobee's Women of Tomorrow
Chapter meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month-in the
meeting room of the Golden Corral Restaurant. For information, call Bon-
nie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Annual Ride-Run-Walk day planned
The Rotary Club's third annual Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)
Ride-Run-Walk Saturday will be held March 25 beginning at 8 a.m. The
course will begin and end at the Scott Dri er boat ramp on S.R. 78 W.
Sign-ins will start at 7 a.m. on the day of the walk. Certified bicycle hel-
mets are required. Fees are: registration package (goodie bag and T-shirt)
$20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under; registration only- $10
for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. After March 17, the registra-
tion fee for adults will be $15 and $10 for children 10 and under. Partici-
pants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Registrations should be sent to: Jim Mclnnes, c/o Farm Bureau Insurance
Co., 401 N.W Fourth St., Okeechobee, Fl., 34974. Make checks payable
to: Rotary's LOST Ride-Run-Walk. All proceeds will go to the Okee-
chobee Rotary Club and Martha's House. For information, call Jim
Mclnnes at (863) 763-? 101, .
Heartland Boys to be in concert
The Heartland Boys will be in concert, Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3519 from 9 until noon.
Lakeport church hosting revival
A revival will be held at the Lakeport Christian Church, 1650 E. S.R. 78
N.W, on Saturday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. Services will also be held Sun-
day, March 26, at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Raymond Bennett is
the scheduled speaker and his wife Gyneth will accompany him. For
information, call (863) 946-1747.
Pop Warner fundraiser slated
A fundraiser for the Pop Warner Chobee Little Brahmans youth foot-
ball program will be held March 25, from noon until 5 p.m. at the ROC,
310 S.W. Fifth Ave. The cost is $5 for a chicken dinner and $7 for a rib din-
ner. For information, call Shelly Niehaus at (863) 467-3613 or (863) 634-
DOF hosting annual Fire Fest
The Florida Division ofForestry (DOF) will host its annual Fire Fest on
Saturday, March 25, at Savannas Preserve state Park, 2541 Walton Road,
Port St. Lucie. The free family event will feature live fire demonstrations, demonstrations and Smokey Bear. For information, call (772)
Church plans dedication service
Fountain of Life Church has moved from its former address, 116 E. S.
Park St., to 1302 S.W 32nd St. The church will have a dedication service
Sunday, March 26, from 2 until 4 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Bubba steals a kiss
Mrs. Toni Wiersma (left), the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus principal, planted a kiss on Bubba, the Okee-
chobee High School,mascot, Friday afternoon as part
of the Heritage Day activities at the school as Rebekka
Hair looked on.

Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128, Order of the Eastern Star will hold their
final all-you-can-eat breakfast'of the season on Sunday, March 26, from 8
until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. The
menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown
casserole and fruit for a donation of $5 per person. For information, call
(863) 634-8087.
Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Cen-
ter, 916 W. North Park St., on Monday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-4320.
Martha's House hosts training sessions
Martha's House will offer a two day training session on domestic vio-
lence, elder abuse, sexual abuse, cyber sexual abuse and human traffick-
ing on March 28 and March 29. The training will be held at the South Flori-
da Water Management Auditorium, which is on the second floor of the
Bank of America Building, 205 North Parrott Ave. Training sessions will be
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The cost will be $35 for both sessions.
Certificates will be given. For information, contact Shirlean Graham at
(863) 763-2893 or Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202.
Red Cross holding infant CPR class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Parrott Ave.,
will hold an infant/child CPR class on Thursday, March 30, from 6 until 9
p.m. For information or to register, call (863) 763-2488.
Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the EHEAP
Program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over. Call Kim Senna
at (863) 462-5180 for documentation and qualifications you must have to
process the bill. Funding will end March 31.
Church hosting Tommy Braudt1
Tomnmy Brandt, CitLs' 2On5 Male ,,calist of the Year, will be appear-
ing at Believers Fellowship Churcn, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., on Saturday, April
1, at 6 p.m. The church is located behind the Recreational Outreach Cen-
ter (ROC).
14th annual Fort Drum Day planned
The Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will host the
14th annual Fort Drum Day Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 1
and 2. Saturday's events will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will
include games and prizes for youth, a pig roast and a baking contest.
There will also be several musical groups and gospel singers providing
the entertainment. Sunday events will begin with a church service at
10:30 a.m. with Reverend Fred Hodges. Also featured will be Reverend
Joe Bishop and gospel groups The Gulf State Quartet and the Celebration
Singers. Following the services there will be dinner on the grounds as well
as more gospel music and messages from local ministers. Everyone is
welcome. Attendees should bring a lawn chair and a covered dish. For
information, call Sandy at (863) 357-2164 or Judy at (863) 357-1581.
Annual speech contest is planned
The annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District Speak-
ing Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Okeechobee
USDA Service Center on U.S. 98 North. The contest is open to any student
enrolled in grades six through 12 in Okeechobee County. The topic is
"Wise Use of Florida's Water Resources." Speeches are to be six to eight
minutes in duration. Time under or over these limits will cost the contest-
ant two points for each 15 seconds or part thereof. Three independent
judges will score contestants on content, composition and delivery. Con-
testants may use notes while speaking, but visual aides may not be used.
Prizes for the contest are $500 for first, $400 for second and $300 for third.
There will also be a participation prize of $50 to all contestants. Any stu-
dent interested in participating may contact Joanna Sherman at the Okee-
chobee Soil and Water Conservation District at (863) 763-3619.,

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Night of Music planned
The Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St. will host their second
annual Night of Music on Sunday, March 26, at 5 p.m. For information, call
the church at (863) 763-4843.
Yard sale aids Hospice patient care
Hospice of Okeechobee will be host a yard sale on Friday, April 7, and
Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Hos-
pice of Okeechobee big blue volunteer house located at the corner of S.E.
Fourth Street and Third Avenue, next to the Hospice residence. All pro-
ceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale donations are
accepted at this location.
Barbecue proceeds help Smalls family
A barbecue to help the Smalls family will be held in Flagler Park Satur-
day, April 8, from 11:30 until 4 p.m. Dinners will consist of cabbage, green
beans, roll and choice of one-fourth chicken or three ribs. Call Jeff Robin-
son Electric at(863) 763-2525 for dinner tickets.
Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a fish fry
Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. All proceeds will
go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help start a K-9 unit. The cost
will be $6.
Free tax counseling service offered
AARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday beginning
through April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the American Legion Post
#62,501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volunteer run, tax counsel-
ing preparation service that can answer most of the tax issues faced by
middle to low income taxpayers, with special attention to taxpayers 60
years old or older. Please bring last year's tax return, all W-2s, 1099s, inter-
est, dividend, broker and Social Security statements for 2005. Picture ID,
Social Security card and birth dates are required for everyone that is to be
listed on the return. A blank check for direct deposit of refund is also
required. AARP-Taxaide does not do state income tax returns. For infor-
mation, call Neile Foreman, district coordinator, at (863) 357-1694.
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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Darlene Bass
The Florida Bluegrass Express, a well known bluegrass
band will perform at the Okeechobee High School auditori-
um on Friday, March 24. All proceeds will go to the OHS
rodeo team.

High School rodeo

team hosts fundraiser

'Submitted to Okeechobee News,
Karen Syjud took first place in the Red Tees (women's) flight
of the Club championship tournament on March 4 and 5 at
the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club.

OG&CC holds


The Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club held its club cham-
pionships on March 4 and 5.
The .winners were: White
Tees flight: first place gross-
Bubba Mullins; Second place
gross-Adams White. Third place
gross-Wally Dierig. Fourth place
gross-Jerry Marshall. First place
low net-Ron White. Second
place low net-Rick White. Third
place low net-Sam Smith. Fourth
place low net-Don Waller.
Gold Tees flight: first place-

Bill Whitaker. Second place
gross-Howard Shelkie. First
place low net-Maurice
Desaulnier. Second place low
net-Lou Cox.
Red Tees (women): first
place-Karen Syjud. Second place
gross-Dot Marshall. First place
low net-Sunni Adams. Second
place low net-Juanita White.
Following the tournament on
Sunday, participants were treat-
ed to a lunch buffet and awards'

Brahman tennis team

results for March 14, 16

The Brahmans took on the
Sebastian River Sharks on Tues-
day, March 14. The boys' team
lost 5-2. The Lady Brahmans won
4-3. The individual results were:
Boys' singles: Scott Mathis
ISR) del. Corey White I.Okee.i 6-
2, 6-2. David Carter (SR) def.
Bobby Spelts (Okee.j 6-2, 6-2.
Daniel Carter (SR) def. Eli
Cabansayv IOkee. 16-0, 6-0. Jimmy
Cilli (SR) def. Logan Perry (Okee.)
6-1, 6-0. Brandon Oakes (SR) def.
Bhavesh Patel (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0.
Boys' doubles: White and
Cabansay (Okee.) def. Nate Rob-
bins and Nikki Gersinger (SR). 8-6.
Spelts and Perry (Okee.) def. Abel
Thomas and Hosea Mazl (SR) 9-8
Girls' singles: Katrina Eromin
(SR) def. Catherine Spangler
(Okee.) 6-0, 6-0.. Alyssa Wright
(Okee.) def. Paulina Blecker (SR)
6-3, 1-6 (10-8). Jamie Fadley
(Okee.) def. Taylor Miller (SR) 6-3,
4-6, (10-8). Kari Berger (Okee.)
def. Angela Tseng (SR) 6-2, 6-0.
Emily Johnson (SR) def. Brooke
Ragamat (Okee.) 5-7, 7-6 (7-4),
Girls' doubles: Eromin and
Miller (SR) def. Spangler and
Wright (Okee.) 8-3. Fadley and

Berger (Okee.) def. Blecker and,
Tseng (SR) 8-1.
On Thursday, March 16 both
the Brahman boys' and girls'
team met defeat at the hands of
Jensen Beach. The score of the
boys' team was 4-3. The girls'
team lost 5-2. The individual
results were.
.Boys' singles- Stefan Hbgle
(JB) def. Corey White (Okee.) 9-8
(8-6). Dalton Hicks (JB) def.
Bobby Spelts (Okee.) 8-1. Andrew
Carlson (JB) def. Logan Perry
(Okee.) 8-3. Elj Cabansay (Okee.)
def. Mike Maloch (JB) 8-5.
Mitchell White (JB) def., Bhavesh
Patel (Okee.) 8-1.
Boys' doubles: White & Perry
(Okee.) def. Hogle and Hicks 8-3.
Spelts & Cabansay (Okee.) def.
Maloch and White (JB) 9-7.
Girls' singles: Abby Dwyer (JB)
def. Catherine Spangler (Okee.) 8-
0. Hannah Wickstrom (JB) def.
Jamie Fadley (Okee.) 8-1. Kari
Berger (Okee.) def. Chloe Kelly
(JB) 9-7. Jessica Ross (JB) def.
Rina Boswell (Okee.) 8-3.
Girls' doubles: Dwyer arid
Wickstrom (JB) def. Spangler and
Wright (Okee.) 8-1. Fadley and"
Berger (Okee.) def. Lia Lary and
Lauren Howard (JB) 8-0.

Bill Whitaker was club champion in the Gold Tees flight of the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club championship tourney.

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Bubba Mullins took the
championship in the White
Tees flight at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club's
championship tournament.


Fishin' Line

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Well, last weekend's Wave
Worms HT3 Pro Tour bass tour-
,nament proved that there are
still some nice bass in the lake.
The:big fish of the day on Satur-
day was a beautiful 9.16 lb. lunk-
er brought to the scale by Harlan
Griggs. Sunday's big fish
weighed in at 8.26 lbs. It was
hooked by Robert Duval. Of the
71 anglers who fished this tour-
nament, only two finished with
no catch.
Congratulations to Tom
Hamilton for his first place finish
with 35.22 lbs. in the Wave
Worms HT3 tourney.
Congratulations also go to
second place finisher Charlie
Orme with 33.68 lbs., third place
finisher Sander Entus with 25.75
lbs. and fourth place finisher
John Supley with 24.62 lbs.
The two-day total weights
may seem low, but these num-
bers were based on three-fish
limits each day instead of the
five-fish per day limits of past

Kodi Stephens won the junior
division club championship
at the OG&CC club champi-
onship tournament.

A special congratulations
goes out to all the anglers and to
HT3 for the 98.64 percent fish
release rate. Of the 220 fish
weighed, 217 were successfully
released back into t h lake
With the BFL tournament.
scheduled to take place on Sat-
urday, March 18, most of the'
anglers were keeping theii tish-
ing spots to themselves. But,
several did claim that they
caught bass along the banks of
the river, out in Moonshine Bay
and around the Buckhead Ridge
They were a little more open
as to what lures they used to
hook their fish. Many used Tiki.
Sticks, flukes, lipless rattling
crankbaits, crawdads, Gambler
Ugly Otters and spinnerbaits.
If you plan to be on the lake
this Saturday, keep in mind that
the BFL will be on the water
beginning at safe light. The first
flight of .their weigh-ins will
return to Okee-Tantie at 3 p.m.
So, traffic on the river and at the
ramps will be busy at that time.
Have a great weekend and
stay safe.

The Okeechobee High School
rodeo team has 15 cowboys and
cowgirls on the team this year
who have been competing all
over the state of Florida. The
Okeechobee High School rodeo
team is not sponsored by the high
school or the athletic department.
These young athletes and their
parents have the full financial bur-
den for them to compete in the,
sport they love so much. Some
have horses that have to be
hauled to each competition. Oth-
ers have rough stock riggings and
their individual entry fees, as well
as the responsibility of proper
attire. Then, there is the cost of
fuel, food and lodging.

To help offset some of these
costs, the Okeechobee High
School rodeo team will host a
fundraiser on March 24 at the high
school auditorium..The .Florida
Bluegrass Express, a well-known
bluegrass band from the Okee-
chobee area, will perform from 7
p.m. until 9 p.m., with all the pro-
ceeds going to the rodeo team.
There.will be prize giveaways and
a 50/50 drawing.
If you enjoyed the Cattlemen's
spring rodeo, you should be on
hand Saturday, March 25 at the
Cattlemen's Arena beginning at
10 a.m. when the team will com-
pete in the Florida High School

Sports Brief

Church sponsoring able. Registration forms are avail-
able at the church office, 677 S.W
youth soccer clinic '32nd St., Monday through Friday
Oakview Baptist Church is from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Or
ac rch nline at www.oakviewbaptist.
sponsoring a soccer clinic March org/recreation.htm, where they
20-24 from 9 a.m. until noon for can be printed out and returned.
children from 4 years old through Registration forms should be
sixth grade. returned by Sunday, March 19.
The cost is $25 per participant For information, call Oakview
with limited scholarships avail- Baptist Church at (863) 763-1699.


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Community Events

ukeecnobee News/Pete uawaa
Third place speller
Charlene Laughlin, left, an eighth grader at Osceola Mid-
dle School, came in third place in the county spelling
bee. She successfully competed against the winners of
spelling bees in the county's elementary and middle
schools and Grace Christian School. Okeechobee Coun-
ty Superintendent of Schools'Dr. Patricia Cooper, right,
congratulated her at the Tuesday night, March 14 meet-
ing of the school board.

Ranch hosting fundraiser
Mi-CIN Ranch. 1000 N.W 50th Drive, will host a fundraiser for
the Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Indian River Community College
(IRCC) Scholarship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m. Activi-
ties will include a barbecue, Easter egg hunt, Chinese auction and a
horseshoe tournament. There will also be live entertainment. For
information, call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.
UF/IFAS plans career fair
The University of Florida/IFAS Environmental Management
Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education
Center (IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in Fort Pierce. The event is
being held because IRREC has launched a new bachelor's degree
program in environmental management and enrollment is increas-
ing greatly. For information, contact Kim Wilson by calling (772)
468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail at
Mainstreet board nominations sought
Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board posi-
tions on the Okeechobee Mainstreet until April 26. For information,
contact Ms. Huffman at (863) 697-2054.
Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276
U.S. 441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. If you are a mem-
ber of a class from 1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.
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 Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
Center looks to expand activities
Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Rauler-
son Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and crafts for
seniors at.the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and blue-
grass and gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The center ,
would like to expand its activities to groups that would like to play
board games, card games and bingo. If anyone is interested or has
any ideas, contact Sheila at (863) 462-5180 or Debbie at (863) 462-
5183, or just come down and talk to us. Activities are held from
11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a free service to seniors age 60 and
Ornament sales benefits scholarships:
The Okeechobee Retired Educators iORE) are now taking pre-
paid orders for a limited edition 2006 Christmas ornament. The
ornament is 24 karat gold on brass and includes a numbered certifi-
cate and historical information. Each ornament is $15..All proceeds,
from the sale of the ornaments will go to the ORE scholarship To
place an order, call: Kay McCool, i863) 763-2829; Ga\ Carlton, 1.8631
763-5755: Paulette Whipple, 1863) 467-2487; Marion Davis, (.8631
763-3991; or Regina Hamrick, (8631 763-8865. "
Martha's House office has moved
Martha's House Administrative and Outreach Office have moved
to their new location at 103 N.W. Fifth St., Suites 4 and 5, next door-
to the Medicine Shoppe. .
Summer Activity Guide offered
The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee (Community Col-
laborative Council) is sponsoring a Summer Activity Guide for chil-
dren. The intent of this guide is to inform parents and children
about local services and activities to keep all children safe, super-
vised and active this summer. Some organizations have volunteered
to sponsor this booklet-so you can promote-your programfor free--
To include your summer program in the guide, call Sharon Vinson,
Shared Services Network facilitator, at (863) 462-5000, ext.257. A
copy of this activity guide will go home with every child in the
school district in early May.

CAP looking for senior members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxil-
iary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air
Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet pro-
grams. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish
these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior mem-
ber contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations
Center, (863) 763-3212.
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
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.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 4134 U.S. 441 N.
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)
Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be offered at ihe Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers \\ill be available to assist Medicare recipi-
ents in selecting and enrollingin Medicare Part D programs. Those tak-
ing part will need to bring their complete list of all prescription medica-
tions and dosages, along \\ith their Medicare card. Anyone who feels
that may be eligible for government assistance in paying premiums
must bring proof of income.
Church offers program for families
The First Linited Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will hold
classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for parents and
pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's word through
actixit, centers. There \\ill also be a special class for parents. For infor-
mation or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-4021.
Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting parenting
education classes starting in March. All pregnant %women and parents
are encouraged to attend. For specific dates, information and to register
for the class call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-587 7.
Cantata rehearsals continuing
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy
Perry, %will hold rehearsals each Sunday from 3 until 5 p.m. for their sev-
enth annual Easter Cantata. The rehearsals %will be held at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Street. This x'ear's cantata will be
'Three Days," created by Camp Kirkland and Debra Craig-Claar. The
cantata contains interesting rhythms and lovely harmonies. The cantata
'will be presenteddutring Palm-Sundayweekend April 7, 8 and 9 -
and will feature the newly-refurbished Reuter pipe organ Singers should
be able to match pitch and read music somewhat. Rehearsals are fast-
paced and loads of fun. Winter residents are always welcome. For infor-
mation, call Sandy Perry at (8631 634-7714.


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Contest winner
Ashley Childers. a senior at Okeechobee High School,
right, was the winner in the Workforce Development Cal-
endar Design Contest. She was honored by Dr. Patricia
Cooper, superintendent of schools, left, at the March 14
school board meeting.

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Specialists On Groves, Ranches & Acreage


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1006-M: This is rare to find. 3Bd/2Ba
home on 5 acres near the lake. Carport
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David Hazellief 863-763-6281
Betty Hazellief 863-610-0144
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1007-M: Doublewide 2Bd/2Ba on a
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with a new riding lawnmower. What a
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5010-H: Two story home or can be duplex. CBS
downstairs and frame upstairs. Completely
furnished. Balcony which overlooks the Rim
Canal. Attached garage, fenced yard, metal
roofing, and much more. (#90750)

Turnkey furnished 2Bd/2Ba water-
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covered dock with boat lift, 20'
Suncruise Pontoon. To much more to
list. Call Barbara Willson at 863-447-
0162. Asking $195,000.

1903 SE 30th St. Taylor Creek
3018 SE 34th Ave. Treasure Island
3040 SE 38th St. Treasure Island
7895 NW 84th Ct. Dixie Ranch
Call 863-447-0162
fox Details & Directions
2005 2bd, 2ba DWMH, fully furnished
with new furniture. Open floor plan. This
is a must see, located in Buckhead Ridge.
Ready to move in all you need to bring is
your toothbrush! Asking: $135,000.
?Bd 2B. Dit.tH i.iith a.n oprEn floc'r plan.
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1015-H: CBS home on 3 fenced lots. ON 1/2 ACRE VIKING
Screened pool w/new liner, new A/C unit 5002-M: Nice mobile home on 1/2 5011-H: Very secluded, end of road,
with a UV light which filters the -air and acre. Could even be a 5Bd. due to the lots of privacy. 3Bd/2Ba nice split bed-
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shed, family room. complete RV hook, tele- living room and family room with fire- deck, kitchen has lots of cabinets, din-
phone, TV, new roof, sauna on the back place. This one is worth a look! ing area, property has been left mostly
porch and it's, school district. (990471) ( I 0381 Snatural. (#q0414)

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with extra mobile home. Fenced yard, with several potentials: screened room, garage/storage room, concrete drive, new
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* 20+/- ACRES: Okeechobee Osceola County line. (#90886)
* 10+/- ACRES: Sherman Wood Ranches. (#90859)
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GREAT 3/2,2 large screened in palio &
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OHN R. ARD ~ Licensed Real Estate Broker

Bill Marcum, Associate

863-763-0011 Fax 863-467-7264

Three bedroom, two bath doublewide
(2000 Homes of Merit) 1296ft. living area.
One acre homesite. Front screened porch,
back open porch, appliances.
SW 11th Way, Ousley Estates.
Immediate occupancy.

Three bedroom, two bath CBS home with
split floor plan. Stainless steel appliances,
dining room, two car garage.
SE 37th Terrace.
Near Everilades Elem.

Request....Don Renfranz
REALTOR Taylor Creek Real Estate
Cell: 863-634-4596 Home: 863-467-2930

S"909o8I LIKE NEW 2004 HOLiSE ON
block construction with 2 screened patios
and a Florida Room overlooking the water!
Vaulted living room ceilings, 2-car garage,
metal roof, Nu-Air insulated windows, sec-
urity system, Isles neighborhood! $279,000!

off Taylor Creek on 30th Street one of our
very best spots! Sold for lot value, but
includes cust 2/2 trailer with Florida
room, dock, carport, utility rm., water &
sewer! $149,900!

* 11+ ACRES! Lot #1 @ OK Acres on NE 80th Ave. $300,000! Seller Financed!
* 10 ACRES WITH POLE BARN! Lot #16 @ OK ACRES on NE 80th Ave.
$253,000! Seller Financed!
* 10 ACRES CLOSE TO TOWN! Lot #7 @ OK ACREs on NE 80th Ave!
$220,000! Seller Financed!
#17 @ OK ACRES directly on NE 80th Ave. $253,000 EACH! Seller Financed!
* #90444 "Sun and Country" Delightful 5+ acre vacant parcel for conform-
ing doublewide or house! Nice blend of land types and trees! Ft. Drum area
easy to get to from Hwy. 441 N. $105,000!
* #89201 4+ ACRES WITH HWY..78 WEST FRONTAGE! Zoned AC, most-
ly cleared! POTENTIAL AT $450,000.
gone no clearing expenses! Brand new seawall! Dock with existing hoist!
Conforming new doublewide or house OK! Existing water account included!

Advertise The Okeechobee News Real Estate
Pages Contact Kay Sheedy at 763-3134

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

Three bedroom, two bath frame home on 5.4 acres, Lazy 7 Ranch Acres.
SW 77th Terrace. Screened pool-patio with spa.
Landscaped for privacy. Fenced and cross fenced for animals.

3.6 ACRE homesite SW 77th Terrace, Lazy 7 Ranch Acres. Fenced.
* NORTH COUNTRY ACREAGE: 5 acres, 20 acres, 21 acres, 26 acres. All
remote. Mostly wooded. Good investment property.

4251 HwY. 441 S.
Fax: 763-6068 Office 763-5588
pa tgoolsby@ea

Patricia. Louise Goolsby
Lic. R.E. Broker
763-6068 *.Cell 634-5588
'Kathy Lancaster
AR7.R1Rft. Call R4-BRR7'R

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screen Proom w/water view, covered boat slip, dock, w/bath & 220 elect/laundry, 1988 Bomber Bass boat, 1990 tern. RV hook-up on property. Sprinkler syst. with 24 +/- acres with large modem CBS home & new DWMH plus
seawall. Screen porch on side & rear of home. Stone Dodge Van.-Property grounds cleared foot paths. Palms, pump from lake. Home like new. Easy to show. various outbuildings. Call Pat 863-634-5588.
fireplace in living room. (#90633) oaks, pines. Kiss. River boat ramp within sight. (#90594) Call Kathy 634-8676. 50 acres cleared. Call Pat 634-5588.
: NOTE: These offerings are subject to errors, omissions or withdrawal without notice. Information believed accurate but not guaranteed.

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bath has whirlpor garden tub' and separate shower, large converted backll tur.
poruieh. Fur.; tnishings are less than 2 y .s. old, full list is on file. (#90 ,'-192)
Ln ht airMose B. JoineitL' "-i r !- Licensed Real Estate Broker,'ald ba r.:;tror
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'3/2 DWMH overlooking captive lake located in Taylor Creek Isles. Master
bath has whirlpool garden tub and separate shower, large converted back
porch. Furnishings are less than 2 yrs. old, full list is. on file. (#90192)
Mose B. Joiner Licensed Real Estate Broker

Don Renfranz, Inc.'s
Taylor Creek Real Estate
Don Renfranz 863467-2930 or 863-6344596 1881 U.S. Highway 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 34974
Jerry Patent 863-763-1616 or 863-610-7006 1"
". .. ,,-, .:,. ... ".......... ... : PhLrni (863? .'7% 312 Fa, (S63,63..3 ?

location with water and sewer service! LOT OF YARD? Little palms and plant-
Large screened patio, carport, neat ings make this 1997 special edition 1/1
interiors! Looking for something Park model in Ancient Oaks a delight to
under $100,000? It's hard to find-we the eye-but someone else mows the
know! Full 2 bedroom / 2 bath! IT'S yard! Large screened porch plus back
A "GONER" AT JUST $79,9001 patio! Furnished! READY AT $89,5001
a.*,d -MOM 61 lnnk.

FRONT TRAILER! People are buy-
ing-up older trailers like this 1981 sin-
glewide on 65x100' seawalled
Buckhead lot! Existing trailer is prob-
ably repairable to use (good!), but
being sold mainly as a lot for your
new Glades-conforming home or trail-
er! $129,900 I

installed new oven/range, frige, dish-
washer! Superb dock on one of our
very best canals! Garage with laun-
dry! Sturdy block construction of
course! $252,5001

12 RELIGION The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 18,2006

Reflections from the Pulpit

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Formula for improvement
This formula improvement was offered by the Okee-
chobee Church of Christ.

By Rev. Bruce Simpson
pastor, First United
Methodist church
Jesus said, "Anyone who
intends to come with me has to
let me lead. You're not in the dri-
ver's seat; I am." Mark 8:34 (The
Recently, I heard a pastor on
television speak of the need of
fellowship in the Christian walk.
He admitted that fellowship was
not actually a word, but it depict-
ed an important aspect of the
Christian walk.
Earlier in chapter 8 in Mark,
Jesus explained about his suffer-
ing, death and resurrection.
Upon hearing these words, Peter
decided that he had a better
way. How often as we hear or
read God's blueprint for living
called the Holy Bible- do we
think we have a better way. Why
is it so hard for us humans to fol-
low the way that leads to eternal
life? Throughout the Old Testa-
ment, God's people wavered
from following to leading. In the

New Testament, Jesus confront-
ed a group of people who
claimed to be his followers who
would not follow His teachings.
Once upon a time, the farm
animals were discussing how
they could show their apprecia-
tion to the farmer. They decided
to fix a breakfast for the farmer.
The cow said, "I will supply the
milk." The chicken said, "I will
supply the eggs." The cow and
the chicken then turned toward
the pig. The pig said, "Now, wait
a minute! This is going to take
total commitment!" God wants
His followers to be totally com-
mitted to his ways.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God
said: "If my people who are
called by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and seek
my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear
from heaven and will forgive
their sin and will heal their
land." (NIV) I am wondering
church folk how close is our
walk with the Living God. Have
we surrendered our whole self

to God? Do we really believe that
God loves us and wants the very
best for our lives?
During the remainder of this
Lenten season, can we ask our-
selves am I leading or am I fol-
lowing? Who is in the driver's

Buy, Sell

or Trade

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ence is Worth the Distance"

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Changeless message
Peace Lutheran Church offers this lesson on the chang-
ing power of:the Old, Old Story.

We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
51 NW 98th St. Okeechobee, 34972 (P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)
Church: (863) 763-3584 Home: (863) 763-7165

First United Methodist Church
Traditional Sunday Worship:
8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Regeneration Contemporary Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
200 N.W. 2nd Street (863) 763-4021
(Next to Bank of America)

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

This illustration of God's grading scale was offered by
First Baptist Church.

Okeecrobee NewsPete Gawda
Love will find a way
The Gathering reminds us to forgive.

Submitted to Okeechobee News
The Heartland Boys will be in concert, Saturday, March 25, at
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, located at 425
SW 28 Street- Wolff Road, behind Pizza Hut. A love offering
will be taken. For further information please call the church
office at (863) 763-3519, 9 a.m. until noon.

Gospel group to grace

Okeechbbee with concert

The Heartland Boys Quartet
began under the leadership of
George Webster, formerly of the-
Cathedral Quartet, in 1991. The
Heartland Boys graced the main
stage of the National Quartet
Convention for more than 9
years after being. nominated
"Horizon" group of the year in
Heartland's first single "He's
Making Gold" hit the gospel's
music charts in the top 40's.
Their last single before George's
devastating stroke in November

2002 was entitled "That's No Hill
For A Climber" and also ranked
high in the national charts.
George's stroke in 2002 kept
the group off the road until Janu-
ary of 2004 when the group
resumed singing on a limited
basis at first. Today the group is
back to full-time status and has
traveled from Kansas to Michi-
gan and from Canada to Florida
In 2004 the group was honored
to be an addition to the
approved list of evangelists for
the Salvation Army.

# Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church
Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship.10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Meal 5:45 p.m. Bible Study.6:30 p.m.
3 Linda Rd. (BHR) (863) 357-6500
Pastor David Robertson

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Come & Join Us In New Beginnings for 2006
Sun. Morning, 10:30AM.
Sun. Night, 6PM Wed. Night, 7PM
Pastor Mike Bevis
Every Third Sunday, Miracle Sunday

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
17 through Thursday, March 23,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Shaggy Dog" (PG)
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 "Eight Below" (PG}
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
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Theatre III "Firewall" (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
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124 several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four of
social security number, date and
time of appointment and whether
a wheelchair.'scooter lift is needed.
All appointments must be before
noon. If there are any questions,
please contact Betsy Grinslade, the
county veterans' service officer.
Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
i ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnancy
testing to girls and women of all
ages. We offer free and confiden-
S ial pregnancy tests, peer counsel-
ing, referrals for a free ultrasound,
parenting classes, and abstinence
education. Operating hours are
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. We are locat-
ed at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across
from the movie theatre. For infor-
mation or appointments call (863)
Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes
for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the
Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505
S. Parrott Ave. Topics include disci-
pline a family affair, birth to
eight months infants, eight to
eighteen months the toddler, 18
to 36 months terrific twos, three
year olds, and uncommon sense.
Each week parents "earn" baby
bucks to purchase items for their
baby at the center's Baby Bou-
tique. Childcare is not provided;
however, infants in carriers are
welcome. For details, call (863)
763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross, is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of our
Disaster Action Team (DAT). DAT
is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local
disasters. If you would like to give
of your time and talents to help
local citizens in time of disaster,
please call Debbie Riddle or Can-
dace at the American Red Cross-
Okeechobee branch at (863)-763-
Child care help
is now available
The Early Learning Coalition
has funding for child care for eligi-
ble children from birth through
age 12 on a first-come, first-served
basis while funding is available.
There is no waiting list. Parents
must: be a resident of Okeechobee
County; meet income guidelines;
and be working, going to school or
a combination of both for at least
20 hours per week. For informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5350.

Redirection Center
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to
a civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
spread the word? If you answered
yes to any of these questions,
please contact Tom Jones or Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We
are looking for volunteers to work
a few hours a month with commit-
ted youth.

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Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
00 Numbers 160

CAT, Male, Approx. 2 yrs. old.
Neutered. Grey & White Tabby
w/hazel eyes. (863)447-5965
leave message, will call back.
CAT, Neutered. Tabby.
JEWELRY, at the Frost proof
Sports Complex, on 2/28,
Call to identify
Found Speckled Church Fes-
tival. Okee. Piea4r cjll for
more Info. (863)467-2545
RED HEELER. (863)357-3225

Charlais Heifer Calf, lost
3/7/06, vic. of Eagle Island
Rd. (724). (863)763-1494
or (954)45-6614
CHIHUAHUA, Male, Please re-
turn "TJ". Black & White/tan on
face. Pioneer 17th St/Tampa
Ave. Reward. 863-983-7702
DACHSHUND brown & red,
miniature, friendly, Bass-
wood entrance/Sunoco store
on 98N. (863)467-6996.
DOG, White w/tan patches.
Small dog..Female. Lost in vic.
of SE 36th Ave. Answers to
"Patches". (863)763-Q608
GOLD BRACELET, lost in Winn
Dixie on 3/4/06. REWARD!
One Karat Marquee diamond,
from wedding band on 2/28
please call (863)528-0633
or 528-2802

Bichon Male, Wht, neutered,
5y/o, & blk/wht Dalmation/lab
mix female spayed, to good
home (561)261-8391
CATS (2) Wonderful cats, de-
clawed & neutered, up to
date on shots, 21/2 yrs old,
need to go together, sisters
together since birth
CUR MIX, 8 males, 1 female,
free to good home.
RABBITS (2), adult, Free to
good home. (863)357-2274.
feet +, (561)202-7702
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Sat., March 18th, 8am-3pm,
30150 NE 17th Terrace.
Signs posted. See you there! '

Saturday, March 18th, 8am-?
17211 Brinkerhoff Lane.
Something for everyone!!!
See you there.

Blue Heron, 1320 SE 21st
8 am 5 pm
Household decorative items
cabinets *grill *computer
plywood shop items

Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc.
Lets meet! (863)946-3123

Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

w/Min. 3 yrs. exp.
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Good pay, Benefits, 401 K..
Driver Cashier -
Customer Service Person
We need enthusiastic people
with a clean background to
work at the service plaza on
Florida's Turnpike. Tow truck
driver does not require a
special license and we will
train someone with truck
driving or equipment operat-
ing experience. We offer
good pay, Insurance, 401 K
and gas money. Become a
part of the Turnpike Team.
Apply at Ft. Drum Citgo mm
184 Fl. Turnpike
863-763-9383 DFWP

Full-Time, Clean CDL
Class B License
Call 772-597-3755
or 772-220-9939
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$9.50 per hour.
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.'
Experienced Rubber
Tire Backhoe Operator
Ask for John
Experienced preferred.
Bring your resume to
The Medicine Shoppe
105 NW 5th St.
Inventory & Retail
experience a Plus. DFWR
Apply in person
at 1601 Hwy. 70 East
Needed with transportation
Call anytime (863)763-5251
or (863) 634-0614
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to: 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee FL 34972
For Florida Local positions.
Flatbed, Live Bottom and
Lowboy Equipment.
Truck mounted forklift
exp. a plus. Need 2 years
experience. Call Earth-
wise Mulch Inc.
(863)763-0075 or E-mail
anny0earthwisemul- .
Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
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Good computer skills. Proficient w/computers
& surveillance cameras. HS Diploma or GED.
Knowledge of criminal offenses & tribal gaming
regulations. Monitor trans. of all chips, cash
& funds. Excellent salary &,benefits.
Fax resume to: (954)967-3459

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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm,
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Glades Electric Cooperative is.seeking applicants forthe
position of System Operator. This is a position requiring the
constant exercise of discretion and independent judgment with
respect to load management, outage management, switching
orders, clearances, and power quality including the
assignment and direction of employees in safe and efficient
operating procedures in their responsibility. The applicant
must be able to work shifts and extended outages. We offer
an excellent salary commensurate with experience and an
outstanding benefit package:
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Resumes may be e-mailed to
or faxed to (863)946-3028.
GEC is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.

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Full Time, Excellent Benefits and
SCompensation Package.
This'is a great opportunity to begin
or continue your professional career.
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Superior Water Works, Inc.,
917 S.W. Park St., Okeechobee FL.



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administrative and accounting duties including A/R,
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have strong communication skills, needs to be well
organized, able to multi-task and detail oriented.
Submit resume to 863-763-7874

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ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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$16.46 $22.97/hr, Now Hir-
ing. For application & free
government job info., call
American Assoc. of Labor
1-913-599-8226, 24hr.
emp. serve.
For Title Insurance Company.
Pleasant and willing to work
with 'public. Communication
skills & organizational skills
required. Full Time position.
Fax resume to

Area's Fastest Growing
RV Dealership'
Great American RV's is in
search of individuals
interested in selling RV's.
Experience with RV's
or in sales helpful, but
not necessary Will Train
ne right candidate. 6 day
work week. Mon thru Sal.
9-5. Sun 12-4 within
week Commis-
sioned sales win Benelils
Apply In person:
4300 Hwy 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Located beside
The KOA Campground
Looking tor sell motivated ser-
vice manager to oversee
Serv Depis for HVAC, pro-
pane and appliance Co
Drugfree workplace Com-
petitive wages and benefits.
Apply in person 10
Glades Gas Co
309 E Sugarland Hwy.

individual needed (or
busy service department
Experience w/lrberglass and
metal. Paint and body repair
required. Diner ser vice and
carpentry related experience
a plus. Salary commiserate
with experience. On-Call or
full time position available
Apply in person:
Great American RV
4300 Hwy 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Located beside
The KOA Campground
Class A CDL DLivers,
19200 SW. Waneid Bivd
i, 21597-2000
HVAC & Propane all positions
Corrpetlive wages & bene-
rits Must be over 16. piss
baOckground check & drug
lest. Goud driving record
Apply in person li 309 E
Sugarland Hwy. Clewistori or
804 Parron Ave,
Tow Truck Driver needed al
John's Towing Service w/CDL
license call 763-7976 or Apply
in person at 705 NE2ri Ave
Full lime CLASS B na.:mai
driver to deliver lor propane
co. Must Deover 21. pass
background criec(k. drug
tesl. Competitive wages &
beneths. Apply in person
804 N Parrot Avenue,

Must be people orneieid: rmuli
iask oriented, be aole lt,
work Saturdays Must be
computer literate E,:cellenr
pay, benefits arnd rewiermenri
Apply in person
(appointment preferred) al
Plan Chiropractic
280 SW 32nd Streel
Okeechobee, 863-763-2400
Ask Tor Missy
Needed in a busy Cardiology
office. Some medical knowl-
edge and experience pre-
terred, but will Irain on job
Excellent benefit plan ol-
fered Fax resume to
l863j467-8708 or cill
(863) 67-9400

MOTHER OF TWO: Will Babyv-
sit in your home. HIonesI & Re-
liable Lignl nousekeeping aiso
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opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Babysitting, 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

O'C nneil Consirucion
License # CBC55264
Screen Rooms. Carpor ls
Room Addo on
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
, |863)634.-2044

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& Mobile home maintenance
Rool oalings and handyman
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Applianods 515
Appliance Parts 520
-Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rues 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health I Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Ughts 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs '- 735
11anted td Suy 749

Window/Wall, 23K BTU cool-
ing/23K BTU Heat. Pd $900
Now $350 (863)467-1110
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new In box
$1250 (954)309-8659
Earn some extra cash.,
Sell your used Items In
the classifleds

Blue ice Bo' Dry Sink. Tele.
phone HOwn r Cabinel Bunter
Chumn ice Cream Maker &
odner wmall iierns 1.4500 ior
aii. wil .eFp 2J918W 2 450
W"urrournd Faini- ULrnQue
E' elieri ondilii'i $'.300

CHEST FREEZER Friqidaifre.
brand new. paid 1.350 selling
$150 musI move
Lii, new Large ,.apjitly
$200 12391324-2386
RANGE- GE. 30 Brand flew
Ele.ilri:, woven W ile 1,250
or restiher 863.763-9447
:ide by ;idy. ,fl' ree .si T
u.i;. ;Iove. b0li, bia.ld: t8O, l'
ir pa,, 5f61:,.' -S' 91) ,
ci, Fros, Iree. glass sliding
shelve.: 18 mo Old C $200
8631635-5826 Fro:iprool
STOVE, GE, good i:0onqiinor,
almond 5175.
WASHER Frigi.ire Super
Capacily 16 cy.les Heavy
dury 150 18631697-2173

CABINET DOORS, Oal. wi/an-
dies 8& inges 1 p'ir 2",'.20"
& 5 pair 32"-20- $60 lor all,
will eP. 18631763-1997
LUMBER: 14 Tredledl 2.6..10
Ft. $71) Icf all. will sep
(772)201-8932 OKEECHOBEE
NEW SINK- base Iducei. ask-
ing $90 (863)675-1634 alier
Walls, Rool Panels & Doors
1.1000 17721201-89?2 OKEE-

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Pmrofts m
Shutters &Seamkless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured
863.763 5650
107 SW 2"nd Street
License f765
2' ', 3/4" & 50 pCc 3'2'.
3'4 $300 For all.

BABY CRIB, goorjd condiliorn.
no mattress, $30.

Nail. Pagent Dress 5/6 Beauri-
lful usom-made bv Nancy
Landers $450
lormal, Alyce, Joh, Size
small $1i 25 will sep.

tired, W/cerillicale. Includes
the Judge & Santa's.
CLOCK Schlitz Beer, neon
lite, self standing, electric,
40+ yrs, running & exc.
$100/neg. (863)465-9470.
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare Items. $1000' all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
CARDS(3-400 Racing &
Comic. late 80s early 90s
Exc. cond. $400 neg.
863)763-8943 ,

Signed Asking $150 for all
or will sell separate

COMPUTER- Dell, Win Xp, lots
1I games & software.

round, black. 1 glass lop 1
w,' 2 end laries $150 tor all.
Wll separate 1863)467.1325
Good condition $i5
COUCH- Earth, Mulli color, 7,
Primarily blue. Over sluhed.
3 cushion Leis inra 2yrs
i hldj 125 ne. SF).634-3866
AiR TABLE- win 4 chaIrs.
glij tOp, Italian irijrOile base
$60 1863)824-3319
DRESSER, wl IQ mirror.-ligni
brown 3 sm drawers & 4
ig] drawers, w.Inighistand.
$150 (863).63-8562
DRESSERS- 2, Sm Entertain-
menrt cr, Conee table, Arm
chair $1 50. neg.
metal, With marmesses. Al-
most new. $200
FUTON, like new, wood and
wrought iron base w/6 inch
maltress $200 neg.
$50. (949)244-3786
bayarearrisomrne corrsale ritmil
LARGE light wood computer
desk, w/ e.xra storage $50
or best otier 1863)467-7359
Mahogany chine 34" with
glass shelves lights inside
$300 (561)704-3690
MATTRESS, Full Size, Firm
Oak 2 drawei Filing Cabinet
$100. Will separate
new Leaiher. Pastel green.
Pd $1500 Ashing $500.
(8631357-2233 OKee.
SOFA- 76" Long. New, Firm
support. Lignht blue. beige.
while & grey stmped $250. or
best orier 1863)467-0670
Lge, modern, lull oack cush-
ions, pale green/beige, 2yrs
Old $500 i863|467-2435
Sofa & Loveseal, ranlan, w/
marchina end & colhee this.,
beige chintz w/dk., blue ac-
ceni, $500. (863)763-5593.
SOFA, nice, You Move. Sr100
lent condition. $80; Will sep-
araie 863-532-9667
TABLE- Round, Solid wood,
w!leaf. 4 Matching Captains
cnais on wheels. Cream,
$100 1(863)634-3866
Wicker glass dining table with
4 chairs $50 (561)704-3690
WRITING DESK, 17x43" -
$75. (863)763-8943
ask orTracy,'_

GOLF CLUBS- complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter, $135.

HAWKINS- .50 Caliber. Cap
block muzzle loader, Beautiful
wood stock & recoil pad Exc
cond $185,863-467-8578
made in Belgium, never Im-
ported, brought over. 12ga,
303 f/m, $15h0

The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.

Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:



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w/leg press & vertical pull
down bar, $800 or best offer
(863)467-8814 Jackle

Window/Wall. 23K BTU cool-
Ing/23K BTU Heat. Pd $900
Now $350 (863)467-1110

Heavy Duty. Excellent condi-
tion. $650. or best offer
LIFT. CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. Also reclines $425. or
best offer (863)467-4328.
Like new, used 1 month.
S $400. (239)324-2386

Good condition. $15
Household Items & Garage
Items. Includes tools, furniture
and motel (772)201-8932
coins $225 or Dest oiler
863)824-6799 or
WELDER TRAILER, single ax-
le. capable of holding gas
powered welder, $150 or
est offer. (954 520-6707

to llsI. Everything needed for
concert and home recording
Call (863)697-3345
ORGAN, "Liberty" $400.

$50 each. Call Debbie
& rusl and Red & tan
$250 467-1932 or
DOG BOX, decenI shape, 2
Skennel, $150 or best offer.
$5 1863)675-4981 LaBelle
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable $10.

PEKINGESE PUPS- all shots,
CKC, beautiful, all colors/sizes,
$300-400 will deliver.
bred, $25 (863)675-4981
LaBelle area
BULL- $800
(863)675-0218 La Belle

Shark. $100 (863)983-7205

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

PHONOGRAPH- Sonora #3,
plays 78's records Windup,
esk top type. Looks & plays
good. $450.863-697-9704

'BIG SCREEN TV 54", Sony,
like new, asking $650.
cond. $500 or best offer
TV- '03 Sanyo, 32", asking
$200 (863)357-2233 Okee

Honda 250 gal. Good condi-
non. $500 1772)342-7304
power, 10 np Westinghouse,
175 ps3, $1000
(863)528-3332 1
soll-Rand, gas. w/elec. start,
1 hp, 30 gal., 14.9 lb per sq.
ft., $550. (561)718-8580
GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500.
pc.. $100 or best offer.
CUT OFF SAW- Black & Deck-
er, 9", Efrra 9" blades, Excel-
lent condition $75 Or besT
otter. 410-228-7137
berglass new, $90 cash
1863)675-4970 leave mes-
GENERATOR- 25 KW sell con-
tained/Propane. Excllent
condition. $2500.
(772)342-7304 ,
GENERATOR, Briggs & Slrat-
ton. -Like' new. $400
tic. exc cond.. half pnce, $17
cash (8631675-4970 leave
works, $75. 931-337-1053
Icell) Iv msg.
very strong. Rigid pipe
wrenches & cutter, $150

Air hockey. FOR 2 PLAYERS,
$10. (863)467-0171

VCR, DAEWOO like new $25
or besi offer (863)467-0670

ADULT DVID'S- (12) new for
$100 firm. No call after 8pm
please (863)634-3783

Trailer for 18' to 20' Pontoon
Boat. (863)763-8872
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
Hi. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567


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Fa"m Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Liestock 855
Poiltry/Supplies 869
Flower 865

HORSE TRAILER- Good condi-
tion. $1500. Firm
(239)694-5611 .
SADDLE Handcrafted leather,
e':c cond., dark walnul fin-
isn, $I.300,,lrm.
SADDLES (2)-2 saddle blan-
kels, 1 Ig horse blanket &
saddle stand, $600 will sell
Sep. (5021931-8101
Your new home could, be
In today's paper. Have
vou looked for It?

GAS GRILL live new, $80
8631634 -3202
LAWN CART: 3x4. Good con-
dillon. $200. 18631357-5754
Murray lawn Mower, 4 5 no
22". Irg whis, Black & Decker
leal blower & Criismn edger
$200 neg 18631763-7613
Murry 2 Tiller, Briggs & Strat-
ton 3np. $60 or Oest orier.
Craftsman, 52" cut, Less
than a year old. $1600.
Deere, 17np. 42" cut. under
250 rirs.. $1100 or Cesi 0t-
fer. 8631697-8831
RIDING MOWER- Murrjy, 12
cut htiyaroaltic rransmiission
$600 (863)763-8548

tall in 7 gallon p01. Expen-
sive, but asking $50.

SADDLE, 15" Western rough-
out, semi-QH, 8 mo. old w,'
new 34" Weaver Smart Cinch/
stirrups $200 772-263-1178


Apartm ntB..O9..
Comnmerncil ...
Property .915
Townhouses ., Rent920
Farm Property --
Rent "925
House Rent 930.
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent. 945
Roommate 950.
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

BASSWOOD: 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba.,
on 1/3 acre fenced. Storage
shed, AC, nice street, Newly
remodeled. $960/mo
(863)467-4731 Call before 8
pm. -
$1200/mo furnished
HALF HOUSE- 3031 SE 39th,
Treasure Island, Okee.
$800/mo w/sec. + util. No
pets. Call 863-697-9974
2BR/2BA, laundry rm, screen
orch, in town, lawn service,
on-smoking environ., no
dogs. $1000/mo 1st, last and
$1000 sec. (941)355-8155 or
(941)504-3954 .
TAYLOR CREEK, 3 Bdrm., 2
Ba. w/lake access. Furnished
or Unlurnlshed Available
again Lon @ (561 1723-3476

Platts Bluff, 3 acres for rent or
lease, for cattle or horses,
field mustbe mowed & re-
pair fence. $1.000 mo.

OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen priv,
cable. W/D. $150iw:*, hsi &
last (863)467-8516 ati 5pm
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses 1la 1015
Farms Sale' 1020
Houses- Sal.. 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment -
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-
Property Sale -1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale .1070
Warehouse Space.1075
Waterfront Property 108.1

OKEE.- Remodeled 2br, 1/2
ba, 2 Story. Roofed patio. Oak
Lake Apartments. $93,900.

OKEE.- Remodeled 2br, lba,
2 Story. Screened porch. Oak
Lake Apts. Bldg. 40. $85,000.

CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too many
extra's to list. Must see Inside.
$186,000. (863)697-8654
frame house w/pool, com-
pletely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready now! Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
(772)597-6158 or
JACOBSEN 2005,3 BR, 2 Ba.,
Stove, Fridge, DW, W&D.
Shed. Fenced lot 75x100. New'
well. Large. carport w/covered
steps. Very Nice neighbors.
$142,000. 772-201-8932

LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice` lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Price reduce $265,000
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, $99,000,
single fam, CBS, new every-
thing, city water, Shows like
model call Steve O/AGT
OKEECHOBEE- Treasure Is-
land, Single wide Trir, new
Fla Rm & carport AC/Heat,
Furnished, $74,900
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, RoyalWall const., car-
port, storage shed, $270k.

OKEE- 1,3 Acre cleared golf
course loi. beaulilul view,
$72 000 i863)763-0514

Rim Canal, two, 100x265 +/-
lots, 1) has retrials or build
executive home. $165,000,
2) 3/2 DW MH storage build-
ing, dock, $225,000.
813-426-5152. Broker Par-
c ipation Welcome

Mobile Homes

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

Fishermen's Paradise 2br
lba, park model, Fully lurn
$600 mo. (86316b3-1727
Walerfont., Aduli Communiry,
2,1 5. lully lurn., ec c rid .
$850,m,) Avail April 1st
15611202-770. or

FT. PIERCE, '04, 26,/48', FReel
wood 3tir 2ba. 38' new style
*carport Ig shed screened
porch 712-429-0033
2/2. Orn Taylor Creel' Lake
Okee access, seawall &
dock, exc cond $135000
5611202-7702 or email
skknoebel@yahno com

Pierce, Barrington MH '79,
must be moved, 2br,2ba, as
Is $15,500 (772)466-1836
RIM CANAL: 1992, 14x52, in
Adult Park. Fully furnished. 2
Bdrm., 1 Ba., C/Air, Storage
shed. Covered boat slip. Lot
rent $250. Asking $25,000.
(615)210-2092 Leave msg.

Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

BASS BOAT- 89 Range,
17'10" fiberglass, 150HP
Johnson $7000 or best offer
(863)824-0197 ,
BAYLINER-77, Outboard, 16',
Runs good. $2500. or best
BOAT, 20 Ft., Center Console
w/T-Top, V4 115 Evinrude mo-
tor. Dbl. axle Brake Away trail-
er. $2500 (863)467-8580
BOAT MOTOR- older model
Johnson 10hp, starts & runs
great, Bargain $295
Excellent cond. Includes
Trailer, 70hp Suuiki motor
1.6700 863-634-2342
JON BOAT, i2', wilh trailer,
$500firm. 863,)467-04-36
LOW PONTOON- '96 model,
70hp Evinrude, Equip. for
night fishing. Honda genera-
tor. $8500. (863)357-2414
40 hp Honda, 4 stroke, like
new w/trailer, awnings & ex-
tra's. $5800. (863)467-6696
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $1400 neg.
863 467-5725 for more info
11 5np Mariner Prnine LOW
hrs very clean. $8200.
1561 662-4504
RENKIN, 19', w.'85np Jonnri-
son troll. mtr., nice trir, wa-
ler lest, runs strong, $1800.
SEA CRAFT, 12 Ft., Deep V
Botom & big trolIng Motlor
w/iraiier. Trailer needs work
on trailer runs great. $2500
or best ofer. (5611281-5429
OuTDRIvE, $450

'84, Runs great. Needs some
work on ine inside $2500
Or best offer
HRC, '86 Class C, 24', Ford
350, 68k mi., generator, 7
new tires, awning, sleeps 6,
Will .Deliver. $6500.
JAYCO 1991 21': Fi., Eagle
5in wheel Everyinmrg works.
5in wheel or Goose necI nilcr
incr. $5500 (18631467-6696

RV- '1991, 35', with 30'x10'
screen porch. $5500 Call
863)763-9135 for more in-
RV SHELTER: 12 Ft. x 24Ft. x
13Ft. H. Like new. Commercial
15 yr. top. Easy to move. No
permit. $1000 863-467-6696
SLIDE IN CAMPER- 8ft, self
contained, air, for 1/2 ton
truck $700 (863)357-1052
Sunline, '05 T2499, 0 trip
miles, exc. cond., $19,500.
(863)357-2891 after 3pm

(2) w/all controls, 12 & 24
volt, new never used, $450.
KAYAKS- 2, 14', Like new,
$750. (863)763-4962
MOTOR, 0/B, Johnson 140
hp. w/trolling motor. $950.
for both. (863)467-6875
Yamaha, 30hp, Precision
Blend, full control, elec. start,
$900. (863)236-0100

GSXR750 '04- great shape,
garage kept $6500
collectdrs item, $8000
(863)763-6016 MUST SEE!
LM i400 '1i, iieij worK,
brjnd rinw rlir I, Ie 10 be
pul on 1.200. l6Jl')8a3-l7457
YAMAHA 400 iRT BIKE, '85,
good cond., shows 793 mi.,
runs igciu' $850

new, 10 hp,.fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule: Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO CART- 6ri, 2 sealer older
model $250 (8636b74-0539'
L.-Belle area

05 LR, Kit Sleo 7 cornm-
foriljtlv. E .c lleril corodiiirn
$1 ,000. 863)6 7-7612


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 405M
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

condition. Molor needs work
$300. (8631946-3269
BUICK SKYLARK 1987 4 cyl..
Runs -r orr paris 1.300.

DODGE STRATUS '96, 5 spd.,
4 cyl., good on gas. Great
shape! Excellent transporta-
tion. $1850. (863)697-3300
Convertible. 39K Fully auto-
matic. Updated A/C System. 1
Owner. $6500 (863)467-8522
FORD TEMPO GL, '93, for
parts, car does run, $250.
auto, 57k actual miles,
$1200 (863)824-6799 or
cond., new tires, lownder,
great sound system $2000
neg (863)675-6511
LS 1991, exc. condition,
white, 4 dr., mag wheels,
$2400. (863)675-1891.
Mercury Marquis LS, '90, 5.0,
V8, low mi., good body &
int., cold a/c, great trans.,
$2500. (863)467-6805
4dr, auto, PW/PL/PS, cold
AC, AM/FM stereo/cass
$1400 (863)673-4151
OLDS DELTA 88- '84, 68k
orig. mi. New tires, 2 owner
car. Good cond. $2800.
. (863)763-4576
asking $300 or best offer
mechanics special, $200 or
best offer. (772)774-9901
'86 & 88, $2500 or best of-
fer. (863)357-2111 or

Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible/Truck. Please call
j95415f l -2776

axles. Good for a buggy.
$200. (863)228-2351
JEEP CJ-7 1986, 6 cyl, new
seats, console, top. bikini
top, and pairil $7000 neg.
(863 ;)763-8072
Aulo., Mini caolndiii'i IJew en-
gine & Irake. 400 mris on en-
gone J1800 i'863i47-6696

GOLF CART, '89 Club Car
36v, with charger, new seal
& tires $900 or besI oier
GOLF CART- Club Car 48V
eiec, w/ban charger, al,
roof $1300 18631763-8714
GOLF CART- Easy Go, 36
vols wicnarger, looks &
runs good, well worm price
$600 1423)502-2214 Londa

wilh 202 valve 1200
CHAIN FALL- American
3,000 Ibs lirt, like new, $75
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $175
S4) iin new tires, $300
UTILITY BOX, "Stahl" 8 Ft.
*$200. (863)634-7706

SUPERCHIP- For 6.0 Ford Die-
sel Truck, '04-'05. Asking
$350. or best offer.
(863)634-3296 Cody
TIRES on rims, from Jeep
Wrangler, brand new
30/9.50/R15 Lt, Goodyear
$450 (863)634-3261
TONNEAU COVER- off 8ft bed,
Ford, $450 or best offer
TONNEAU COVER, white, fi-
berglass, fits full size bed,
$450. (863)467-7428
For a pickup, asking $20 for
all 4 (863)467-1308
Truck Bed, Lights, Bumper Tail
Gate for '99-'01 Ford F150,
white in color, $350 or best
offer. (863)946-1138

CHEVY 1 Ton Dually 1983
w/Lift Bed.. $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)634-7706
Chevy S10 1990, runs great
good work truck $900 firm
DODGE DAKOTA '94- no title,
$500 (863)763-3451
ISUZU PU'91- AC, runs good,
4 cyl, $1000 (772)618-0607
Off Ranger step side. Snug
up to the cab type. $300.
PICKUP 1973 GMC for parts,
rebuild able 350 engine,
good tires, mirrors etc. $200
TONNEAU COVER- Fiberglass,
For full size truck $600 or
best offer. (863)357-2111 or
6' box, Black $150.
TRUCK BED- '95, F350, Ex-
.cellent shape. $500. or best
offer. (863)261-4781

motor, Runs & Drives good.
$2500 (863)673-4470

TRAILER- 5'x8', With ramp.
. E.r.ellrni condition $550.
3 )3j)57-5754

CHEVY--3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
.passenger, good tires, rides
good. on hwy, $990
DODGE- '84, 15 Passenger. 1
ton, N ce seals. $1490
(863)673-0782 or
or make offer
'9, passenger. Wnile. Live
new cond 94k, $5000
Runs good. Some front end
damage. Selling lor $1000 or
uest olfei. 239)465- 156
Clean $2500 or will trade
lor small American P/U.
FordtE360 Conversion Van,
'84, heavy duty, '99 eng.,
dual air & heal. 4 spki cass.,
$2100 (863)635-9084

Community Events

Church offering study sessions
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is ofler-
ing a short term study program. The Forty-Sixty is based on Disciple-
ship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and Craig Ken-
net Miller. The study will take place each Tuesday from 6:45 until
7:45 p.m. at the church. The study is open to everyone, and will be
led by Rev. Bruce Simpson and Rev. Jim.Dawson. For information or
to register, call (863) 763-4021.

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 ULI.S. 441 S.E., will hold vard
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 service is not available. For information, contact Rosie at
(863) 763-4242.

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

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 Okee-
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.

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

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 ultrasound, parenting
classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held,
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across
from the movie theatre. If you would like more information on this
or set an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863)
763-8859. '

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Free parenting classes offered
Free six\-week parenting classes for parents of young children are held
at 7 p m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott
A% e. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8 months infants, 8 to
18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos, 3 year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn" baby bucks to purchase
items for their baby at the Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare is not pro-
vided. However, infants in carriers are welcome. For details call (863)
763-8859 or 1863697-6320.

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

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18 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 18,2006

Unveiling of Seminole sculpture

kicks off annual Heritage Month

TALLHASSEE Secretary of
State Sue M. Cobb unveiled
Seminole Family this week,
which is the second phase of
Indian Heritage bronze sculptur-
al groups to be displayed on the
northeast side of the R.A. Gray
The tableau symbolizes the
history of native peoples in Flori-
da. This sculpture represents a
Seminole family of the 1830s
during the Seminole War period,
and is adjacent to the sculpture
of the Miccosukee people
installed last year.
"It is a privilege to be part of
this effort to commemorate the
contributions made by the Semi-
nole people of Florida," said Sec.
Cobb. "With a critical eye and
meticulous attention to details,
the beautiful work of this talent-
ed father and son team pays
respectful tribute to the cultural
heritage of Florida's Seminole

The event kicked off the third
annual month-long celebration
of Florida's Heritage which takes
place from March 15 until April
15. Speakers at the dedication
ceremony included Secretary
Cobb, President/Vice Chairman
Moses Osceola of the Seminole
Tribe of Florida, President T.K.
Wetherell of Florida State Uni-
versity and former Secretary of
State Jim Smith, currently the
chair of the board of trustees for
Florida State University.
Seminole students currently
enrolled at FSU were in atten-
dance. The current Florida Miss
Seminole, Christine E. McCall,
an FSU student, also participated
in the dedication.,
These life-size bronze figures,
funded by the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, show clothing made
from trade materials. The Semi-
nole figures from the early 19th
century were created by Florida
artists Bradley Cooley and

Bradley Cooley, Jr.
Though self taught, Bradley
Cooley honed his skills creating
large sculptures of Florida wildlife
and figures from Native American.
legend. He has studied the writ-
ings of French and Spanish
explorers in the New World and
has incorporated much of what
he learned into his sculptures.
To ensure accuracy, his
research was done with docu-
mentation by Seminole and Mic-
cosukee leaders.
His son, Bradley Cooley, Jr.
joined him in 1986. Together,
they have created more than 31
life-size sculptures for parks,
museums and corporations.
Recent works by the Cooley's
include a statue of the late great
Ray Charles in Greenville and
Remembrance, a bronze depic-
tion of Florida's heroic firefight-
ers and forestry workers to be
dedicated in the Florida. Capitol
rotunda on April 18.

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Auto workers

training funds

are available
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has announced that
Workforce Florida, Inc., will
work with his department to
connect employers to worker
training funds for auto repair
shops one of the many busi-
nesses that the department regu-
Workforce Florida, Inc.,
(WFI) is the state workforce poli-
cy board and administers the
Incumbent Worker Training
(IWT) Program.
Workforce Florida is interest-
ed in providing employers with
IWT grants for Automotive Ser-
vice Excellence (ASE) certifica-
tion training to automotive serv-
ice technicians and mechanics.
According to Florida's Agency
for Workforce Innovation Labor
Market Statistics there were
42,530 individuals employed in
2004 as automotive service tech-
nicians and mechanics. The
average hourly wage is $16.73
with entry-level wages averaging
$10.23 and workers with experi-
ence averaging $19.99 an hour.

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