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Vol. 97 No. 80 Tuesday, March 21,2006 504 Plus tax
in weekend crash
A 33-year-old surgeon at
Raulerson Hospital was
killed in a single-vehicle acci-
dent on S.R. 714 -- better
known locally as Martin
Dr. Frank Nami, Palm City,
was killed when his 2000
Nissan left the roadway for
unknown reasons and struck
a tree around 8:45 p.m., stat-
ed a press release from the
Florida Highway Patrol.
According to an FHP
press release by Corporal
G.H. Koblitz, Dr. Nami was
pronounced dead by person-
nel from Martin County
The accident occurred
west of C.R. 714's intersec-
tion with Fox Brown Road.
There were no other vehi-
cles involved, stated the
OCSO to stage
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) will
be conducting a special
enforcement effort regarding
the unsafe practice by
motorists of following anoth-
er vehicle too closely.
The operation, named
Operation Back-Off, is being
held to try and reduce the
number of rear-end crashes
in Okeechobee County, as
well as enforcing traffic laws
dealing with following too
The operation will also
include heightened enforce-
ment against aggressive driv-
,' The operation began
- _Motnday, March 20, and \ ill
end Saturday, March 25.
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) --
Kasey Kahne showed early
signs of being a champi.
onship contender b3 \Vin-
ning at Atlanta Motor Speed-
way on Monday while Bill
Lester finished way back in.
becoming the first black driv-
er to race in NASCAR's top
series since since Willy T.
Sports, Page 5
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Local Burn Ban: None
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ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
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Spur site of hazmat transfer
By Audrey Blackwell
Over the next several days,
1,200 tons of soil containing pesti-
cide, bound for Ontario, Canada,
will be transferred from trucks to
CSX railroad cars at the North-
west Second Street and North-
west Ninth Avenue rail spur in
Clean Harbors Environmental
Services, headquartered in Brain-
tree, Mass., began hauling soil
from Orkin Pest Control Services
in St. Lucie County to Okee-
chobee during the week of March
According to Dodie Stephens,
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (FDEP) in West
Palm Beach, the process will be
ongoing daily until all of the pesti-
cide-laden soil is transported.
Departure of the rail cars once the
intermodal containers are loaded
up will be decided by CSX, Ms.
She said FDEP staff plans to be
onsite in Ft. Pierce on Tuesday to
make sure that all is going
according to plan, and an inspec-
tor may come to Okeechobee to
observe the transfer to-the rail-
On Monday, March 20, three
Clean Harbors trucks were lined
up at the railroad spur by 1 p.m.
Okeechobee City Fire Chief
and Code Enforcement Officer
Herb Smith visited with Randy
Garner of Clean Harbors on Mon-
day and checked the shipping
manifest and permits.
"I feel everything is what it is
supposed to be. If all the informa-
tion I have. received about the
transfer of the materials is correct,
I am comfortable with what I
have been told and what I have
investigated,'' Mr. Smith said.
Martha Craft, Orkin public
relations director, said the soil
was removed from the ground
and put onto lined trucks where
the material was sealed in inter-
modal containers. The trucks
were delivered to the spur in
Okeechobee. The sealed contain-
ers will be transferred to rail car
and shipped out to Canada. Only
one stop is planned for the ship-
ment, and that will be in Michi-
The soil is from ah area at
Orkin in Fort Pierce where a
sewage tank was removed and
soil testing showed pesticide that
See Hazmat Page 2
for its Derby
.By Audrey Blackwell
Two street closings one
temporary are on the agenda
for the Okeechobee City Coun-
cil's meeting tonight, March 21,
at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
The Boy Scouts of America
will ask to close Southwest Third
and Fourth avenues between
North and South Park streets on
April 22 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
for the district Pinewood Derby.
Resurrection Life \\Wrld Out-
retchIi Chin ch, 'ill ask 1t close a
po titon (A, ',,ijilhmnest I Sth Stittel
between Southwest Second and
Third avenues to expand their
playground area. The church is
opening a daycare center and
needs more room. They will
fence the area.
OUA requires a 20-foot wide
easement for their water line.
The city engineer submitted a
memo outlining objections to
the street closing, due to'flood-
ing problems in the southwest
Terry Burroughs will discuss
how to better coordinate Okee-
chobee Main Street Christmas
events with the city's celebra-
tion. One idea on Mr. Burroughs'.
list is holding the Tree Lighting
Ceremony in Flagler Park 3,
along with the Chrislmas Card
dis.pla\ in Flagler Park -1.
Council members \\ill hld
two public hearings tor ordi-
Ordinance No. 936 is a zon-
ing petition from William Jason
Tomlinson to rezone lots 6-10
See Streets -'Page 2
21 code cases
By Pete Gawda
It could be a long night for
the Okeechobee County Code
Enforcement Board When they
meet tonight to hear 21 cases.
On the agenda are 10 items
of new business and two times
of old business. They are also
scheduled to consider the levy-
ing of fines in seven cases, and
the reduction of fines in two
Admiral Dales LLC on S.E.
33rd Terrace has been cited for
prohibited uses and structures.
Code Enforcement Officer
Gina Gehring has cited Kenneth
and Therese Collins for trash
See Code Page 2
By Audrey Blackwell
The weather cooperated for
350 residents who donated
their time and money for a
good cause Saturday morning,
They volunteered to walk
for four miles for the March of
Dimes in support of its mission
to support research looking
into preventing birth defects
and premature births.
. Cindy Hernandez, walk
coordinator, said donations
totally about' $51,000 came in
before the walk, having been
committed by groups and indi-
viduals. That amount tops
their goal of $50,000.
"Local businesses and
organizations have been rais-
ing money for this since Janu-
ary," Ms. Hernandez said.
Corporate teams paid $50
to register a team, and all
walkers tried to raise at least
$25, as did individual walkers.
T-shirts were given to those
who raised $100 or more.
First place went to the
Seminole Indian Tribe for hav-
ing raised over $10,000,
Moms, dads, grandparents and children joined in the
March of Dimes walk on Saturday, March 18. The four-mile
walk was to raise funds for research into the cause and
prevention of premature births.
according to Ms. Hernandez.
Big Lake National Bank raised
$5,500; Publix Supermarkets
raised over $4,000; Okee-
chobee County Planning and
Development raised $3,600;
and, North Elementary School
The morning began at 8:15
on Saturday with welcoming
ceremonies at Flagler Park.
Walkers were invited to partic-
ipate in a couple of dances in
front of the bandstand as a
warm-up to walking. Randy
Whipple sang the National
Anthem, Dr. Patricia Cooper,
superintendent of Okee-
chobee County schools and
honorary chairwoman for the
March of Dimes, spoke.
The four-mile walk started
See March Page 2
Men arrested by drug task force
By Eric Kopp
An undercover operation by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force has resulted in the arrest
of three local men on drug and
firearms possession charges.
The three men Jeffery
Dean Davis, Troy Michael Ful-
ford and Jeffery Dennis Hewitt -
were arrested Thursday, March
16, when a search warrant was
served on a residence and a
motor home on S.R. 70 E.
The Special Response Team
(SRT) from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
secured the home at 8:30 p.m.
as well as occupants of the
home and some people who
were outside the home.
Once secured the search
warrant was executed and both
the house and motor home
During the search, investiga-
tors found firearms, a substance
believed to be marijuana, a sub-
lia items, stat-
ed an OCSO
The release Jeffery
went on to Davis
say that the
substances were all field tested
and indicated the presence of
marijuana and methampheta-
Following the search, the
aforementioned three men
were placed into custody and
booked into the Okeechobee
Davis, 30, was charged with
the felony of possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon,
and the misdemeanor charges
of possession of drug parapher-
nalia and possession of marijua-
na less than 20 grams. His bond
was set at $6,000.
Fulford, 37, was charged
with the felonies of possession
of methamphetamine with
intent to distribute and posses-
sion of cocaine. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of possession of paraphernalia.
His bond was set at $151,000.
Hewitt, 27, was charged with
the misdemeanors of posses-
sion of marijuana and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His
bond was set at $1,000.
See Arrest Page 2
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Visitor Dolores Anchors spends a little celebration time
with her friend Jack Levine on Friday at the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility's St. Patrick's Day festivities. Mr.
Levine answered a number of the Irish trivia questions at
the beginning of the party including how to kiss the Blar-
WalkAmerica: Walk raises funds for research
Oeechobee News'Audrey Blackwell
More than 350 walkers signed up to benefit the March of Dimes' fundraiser Saturday.
March 18. The four-mile walk started at Flagler Park, headed east on South Park Street,
moved toward Southwest 21st Street, and followed a route back to the park on South-
west Fifth Avenue.
350 walk for March of Dimes
The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 21,2006
Traffic stop leads to man's drug arrest
A 26-year-old Okeechobee man
that allegedly failed to yield to two
their lights flash-
ing and sirens
now in the
county jail on
Boswell, 26, Jarrod
N.W 32nd Ave., Armand
was charged r
with the Boswell
felonies of pos-
session of cocaine and possession
of marijuana with intent to sell, as
well as misdemeanor charges of
possession of drug paraphernalia
and possession of a concealed
weapon. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $20,000.
According to an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
arrest affidavit, members of the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
were in an unmarked vehicle on
S.R. 70 Friday night when they saw
a marked patrol unit approaching
from behind with its siren sounding
and its lights flashing. The investiga-
tors pulled over to allow the vehicle
to pass. The report goes on to say
they saw a silver Ford Crown Victo-
ria traveling in the same lane and
direction as the emergency vehicle,
but it did not pull over to let the
patrol unit pass.
A short time later, a second
patrol car approached with its siren
*sounding and emergency lights
flashing. Again, the Crown Victoria
failed to pull over which caused the
deputy to "slow drastically and
change lanes in order to pass the
Crown Victoria," stated the arrest
The task force officers then
stopped Boswell. When they asked
him why he didn't stop, he report-
edly told them that the emergency
vehicles went around him so he
didn't pull off the road.
The officers stated in the affidavit
they became suspicious of Boswell
as they talked to him because he
seemed to be very nervous and
refused to keep eye contact with
them. They then contacted an
OCSO K-9 officer. The K-9 walked
around the exterior of the Crown
Victoria and reportedly twice alert-
ed for the odor of illegal narcotics.
Upon searching the vehicles,
the investigators found a substance
they believed to be marijuana as
well as a prescription bottle with a
residue in it, stated the report. The
first substance was field tested and
indicated the presence of marijua-
na. The residue was also field tested
and indicated the presence of
cocaine, the report continued.
Missing girl returns home
A local 13-year-old girl that
was reported missing last week,
has returned safely to her home in
Nicole Futch was last seen
around 11 a.m. on Sunday, March
12, when she left to go.to church.
According to a report by
Deputy Eddie Baker of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), she returned home
Okeechobee News/Audrey BlacKwel
Several "Spirit Stations" dotted the landscape during the
March of Dimes four-mile walk held on March 18. Walkers
Brittany Carrier (left, front) and Shaina Ragamat (right, front)
stop at Spirit Station No. 5 at the home of Red Larson on
Southwest Fifth Street. Larson Dairy employees Elizabeth
Bautista (left, back), Kristie Mathey (center, back) and Sher-
ry Raymer (right, back) offer refreshments to walkers, as-well
as goodies such as little fans, goggles and other gadgets.
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at Southwest Park Street, went
up along U.S. 441 S. to South-
west 21st Street, and back on
Southwest Fifth Avenue.
Kickoff of the March of Dimes'
2006 WalkAmerica :fundraising
campaign was held on Nov. 9,
'2005, When speakers talked
about the fear, concern and reali-
ty of dealing with prematurity.
A premature birth is the birth
of a baby of less than 37 weeks
in utero, according to the
Nemours Foundation website.
Such an early birth puts the
infant at risk for many health
conditions, and according to
the March of Dimes, 12 babies
die every day in the U.S.- as a
result of prematurity/low birth
Continued From Page 1
According to OCSO Lieutenant
William Markham, there were
three other individuals outside the
home when the officers arrived
but they were not arrested. Lt.
Markham said it was determined
they had nothing to do with the
Continued From Page 1
and lots 16-20 of block 66 from
holding to residential multiple fam-
Ordinance No. 937 is a rezoning
petition submitted by Ben and
Laura Sims to rezone lots 5 and 6 of
block 205 from residential multiple
family to commercial professional
around 5:10 p.m. on Friday,
She told the deputy she had
been West Palm Beach with a
friend, but did not say how she
got there or how she was
returned to Okeechobee.
She reportedly told the deputy
she needed some time alone -
away from her family.
alleged drugs found in the house
and motor home.
were allegedly found in the motor
home, Lt. Markham said the
investigators could find no evi-
dertce of a ,rieth lab where the
drug could be made.
He also said the lhree firearms
confiscated by law enforcement
personnel were all rifles, and,
were found in the house.
In other business, the council
%\ill consider the following:
approving the \\anant regis-
ter for $360,1113.06;
appointing Jess Manson as
OUA board appointee to the city
general ernploiees' OUA Pension
Fund Board of Tiuslees, term
March I 6, 2006., until Dec. 31, 2007;
whether to begin foreclosure
proceedings on Geraldine
Bertram's property at 902 N.W.
I (Ith Stteet.
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
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
*You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was your pri-
mary residence during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004.
You have been unable to fix your home due to a lack of insurance
or other assistance.
Your gross household income is'at or below the following levels:
one person in the household $24,000; two persons $27,650; three
persons $31,100; four persons $34,550; five persons $37,300;
six persons $40,100; seven persons $42,850; and, eight persons
Interviews for applications for this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for an interview, call Jessie Vazquez at
(863) 467-5525. The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing Inc. office is open
9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Homebuyer classes held each week
OKEECHOBEE The USDA, rural housing service, can now loan
up to $172,632 for housing mortgages for very low and low-income
For prequalification for this loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuyer classes.
Classes are held on Wednesdays, starting at 9 a.m.
Several ei rors appeared in an article on the front page of the March
16, 2006 issue of the "Okeechobee News" under the headline "Meet-
ing deals with the lake spray program."
The absent representative from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Com-
mission was scheduled to discuss his agency's aerial treatment for
cattails, not bulrush, as was erroneously reported. The name of Mike
Bodle of South Florida Water Management District was misspelled as
"Bodel." It was reported that applicators spraying for aquatic vegeta-
tion are required to stop spraying when sustained winds reach 15
miles per hour. The applicators are required to stop using 24D at 10
miles per hour and there is a limit of 15 miles per hour when using
diq uat. We apologize for any incon\ enience caused by these errors.
Continued From Page 1
was once permitted but is now
considered a hazardous material,
Ms. Cralt explained. She said the
rail cars are specially treated Ito
h-andle this type of material.
Orkin has an agreement %\ith
Clean Harbors and FDEP, and has
completed all the necessary docu-
mentation with the Environmen-
tal Protection Agency i.EPAi, she
This is not the first time Orkin
has had to transport hazardous
materials, but it is the first time
they have transferred such ajarge
amount of it, according to Ms.
She said that the transport of it
came to people's attention
because there is no regulation on
communication and the material
originated in one county and is
going out from another county.
No one from the state notified
Okeechobee that the transfer
would take place in Okeechobee.
She said that the communication
is not Orkin's responsibility.
Chief Smith said he asked Ms.
Craft why he didn't get word on
the hazmat transfer here, and he
will look into the communication
end of it further.
Ms. Stephens said DEP does
not have a requirement for notifi-
cation. They are required to
ensure that materials are pack-
aged and sealed properly) She
went on to say that when a materi-
al is in route then a permit from
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation (DOT) is required.
The reason Clean Harbors is
using Okeechobee rather Fort
Pierce is because they have an
agreement with CSX for loading.
Clean Harbors was chosen for
transport by Orkin, which has 24
environmental carriers they can
choose from. Dick Environmental
Services is removing the contami-
nated soil from the Fort Pierce site.
Continued From Page 1
and debris, fire hazard and con-
demned structure on their Ousley
Benjamin and Jane Ferguson
have been charged with having
trash and debris, a fire hazard, and
a derelict mobile home on their
Taylor Creek Isles property.
BHH Pines, LLC received a
Notice of Violation for having an
unsafe structure on N.W. 10th
According to Code Enforce-
ment Officer Blanca Saucedo, the
Matilda Cortez Life Estate on N.W.
First Street contains a mobile home
that violates minimum housing
Roger Perez has been charged
with having an unsafe and dilapi-
dated mobile home on his N.W
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Herb Smith, Okeechobee City fire chief, visits with workers of Clean Harbors Environmental
Services on Monday, March 20, to make sure the company has the proper paperwork for
shipping hazardous materials out of Okeechobee. He said the manifest and Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) permits are in order. Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue also
checks out the scene.
Three Clean Harbors intermodal containers loaded with pesticide-laden soil await transfer to
railroad cars at the CSX rail spur in downtown Okeechobee Monday, March 20. The contain-
ers are sealed and will make their way to Ontario, Canada, for final dumping. The soil is from
Orkin in Ft. Pierce and CSX is used for rail transport because Clean Harbors Environmental
Services has an agreement with them.
11 th Drive property. k
Luis Bustos was cited for having
an abandoned vehicle, trash and
debris and a dangerous structure
on his N.W. Fifth Street property.
Ms. Saucedo charged Antonio
Bustos for having a dilapidated and
unsafe mobile home on N.W. Fifth
The N.W. 11th Drive property
owned by Virginia McClendon was
cited for a burned mobile home,
care of premises and storage of
commercial vehicles in a residen-
tial mixed zoning district.
"Care of premises including
trash and debris, overgrowth, and
storage of commercial vehicles,"
states the Statement of Violation
issued by Code Enforcement Offi-
cer Beth Albert against N.VW 47th
Terrace property owned by Stacy L.
Tyson and Janice Tyson.
Isidoro Alvarado has been cited
for trash and debris, fire hazard and
condemned structure on his S.E.
30th Street property.
Eddie James Neal has been
cited for violation of minimum
Billy Ray Seals and Carmen
Seals were cited for having an
unsafe building on N.W. 36th
If the U.S. 441 N. property of
Patrick and Carmen Williams is not
in compliance, they could face a
fine of $100 a day.
Blanca Ochoa could be fined
$25 a day if debris has not been
removed from the N.W. 39th Circle
property that the board previously
found to be in noncompliance.
At the their last- meeting the
board decreed that Dewey and
Ruth Lightsey must remove an
abandoned water treatment facili-
ty, fill holes and remove construc-
tion debris from their S.W. 28th
Street property or face a fine of
$100 a day if that is not done by
If Joel Simmons has not
removed' unlicensed vehicles,
unpermiteed structures and
removed debris from his N.E. 55th
Avenue property, he could face a
fine of $40 a day.
Lee W and Ethel P. Ashe could
be fined $50 a day if they have not
boarded up and secured their S.W.
Ninth street property, and applied
for a demolition permit.
Rolland and Tana Ammons
could be fined $50 a day of they
have not removed or secured a per-
mit for a carport and ceased opera-
tion of business at their S.W 25th
Ethel Mahoney and Dan
Buchanan have both applied for a
reduction of fines.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
and will be held in the county com-
mission chambers at the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 304
/N.W. Second Street.
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 21,2006 3
Seminole students enjoy pre-break activities
Students around the county are
out and about This week is Spring
Break and we encourage
students to play safe
and parents to d'
with their children.
No homework thisL
Round-up is scheduled for Tues-
day, April 18. Parents can call the
school office, (863) 462-5116, for
more information if they have a
child that will be ready for kinder-
garten next year.
Kindergarten students enjoyed
the field trip to the Children's Muse-
um in Sebring. The students pre-
tended to be cashiers, fireman,
doctors, pilots, mail characters,
and bankers. The students also
enjoyed putting on a puppet show,
dressing up in costumes, painting
their faces, and making a huge
bubble. The maze was enjoyed by
parents and children alike.
Congratulations to Mrs. Daven-
port's class for showing school
spirit. They received the school
banner for three weeks because
they have the most students wear-
ing school tee-shirts. Way to go
Ms. Themm's class has been
working on adding details to their
writings and illustrations. They are
learning the letters, sounds,. and
words so that everyone will be
ready for first grade. In Mrs. Peter-
son's class the students made avol-
cano for the letter V They learned
that baking soda and vinegar
makes the volcano erupt. They
also made jets and jello for the let-
terJ. The cherry jello was delicious.
The students will learn about Yy
next. Dustin Hunt was chosen for
the representative for the Character
Counts Pillar for Responsibility. He
enjoyed the pizza party with Mrs.
Dixon. The Student of the Week
was Alvaro Sanchez. The class wel-
comes Julande Petion to the class
and they have another helper, Mrs.
Mrs. Jordan's class has been
discussing different career oppor-
tunities. The students dressed as
their favorite career. They were
future doctors, teachers, police-
men, and authors. Congratulations
to Chassidy Martinez the Star for
the Week. Chassidy brought pic-
tures to share as well as magazine.
pictures to show her favorite
things. Parents, we are beginning
our Five Star Club. Begin practicing,
your child's personal information
so he/she can become a member
of the Five Star Club. Congratula-
tions to our first two members,
Mitchell Gaucin and Denise Lopez.
Mrs. Jordan will visit you at home
to help you celebrate.
Mrs. Dismukes' class is begin-
ning their Flat Stanley Project Each
student will send a drawing of
themselves to friends and relatives
out of state with a journal to be
filled out. We are very excited
about the different places they will;
see and we hope to get many pic-
tures back. We have also started
our unit on money in math. Please
work with your children at home
on-this and please continue to read
with them every night. Thanks.
Students in Mrs. O'Bannon's
class have been doing experiments
to help them learn about matter,,
energy and forces. They especially
enjoyed their work with magnets.,
They are also studying volcanoes
while reading the Magic Tree
House book, Vacation Under the
Volcano. Many thanks to Kevin
Delapaz who brought in his vol-
cano structure from home to help
us in making our own volcano.,
Congratulations to the class for
their reading in the 100 Book Chal-
lenge. Most of the students are now
past 100 steps!
Students in Ms. Masters' third
grade reading class invited their
family members to come support
them as they took part in the Class-
room Olympics Friday, Feb. 24.
Each of the students represented a
different country and in order to
qualify and take part in the
Olympics they needed to master a
certain FCAT skill. On the day of the
Olympics, the students, marched in
a Parade of Nations with their
country flag and Olympic torch,
only to come together as a class to
recite the Olympic Creed which
then began the Olympic events.
The ten events correlated with the
Florida Sunshine State Standards
and. the Winter Olympic .events
which included Homophone'
Hockey where each time they
matched two homophones togeth-
er,. they were allowed to shoot a.
hockey puck into a goal. Family,
members supported and guided
the children at each Olympic event.
After the Olympic events were fin-
ished, the students. were awarded,
Olympic medals, book marks, and
certificates in the Closing. Cere-
monies. A thank you goes out to all
of the people who helped make
this day special for the students as
they prepared for the FCAT includ-
ing parents and other family mem-
bers, fellow teachers, students, the
school's'principal and the assistant
principal. This day was a memo-
rable day and was enjoyed by all.
In more news, all of the stu-
dents in third grade have success-
fully completed the 100th step in
the 100 Book Challenge including
students in Mrs. Lowe's and Mrs.
Padgett's class. Great job on all of
your reading and earning steps for -
each 15 minutes of reading in
school and at home!
Ms. Kenney, Media Specialist,
has been introducing Dr. Seuss and
his books to the students. This
week kindergarten through second
grade students enjoyed, "The But-
ter Battle Book" and was treated to .
bread and butter. They all' became
Yooks, having their butter-side up!
Seminole fourth graders are
extremely happy to have FCAT
Testing behind us. We are working
on some fun and exciting activities.
We are having our speech contests
in the classrooms and looking for
the next great speaker. Each stu-
dent is preparing a 2-3 minute
speech on a topic of their choice.
First, second, and third place win-
ners will be chosen in each class.
These winners \\ill compete itn the
school contest. Another actIm',
%%e' e begun is the study oi the sci-
entific method. We are preparing
for the Science Fair that will occur
in May with some interesting prac-
tice experiments. .The students
really seem to :enjoy having the
hands-on activities. Mrs. Tomlin-
son's class has done an experi-
ment on the affects different colas
have on our teeth. Their results
were that Pepsi did the most dam-
age due to the acid in the soda,
then Diet Coke caused some dam-
age, Sprite did a small amount of
damage, and then good old Water
\\as the best for keeping bur teeth
strong.' Don't worry parent We
didn't use any of your children's
teeth. We used chicken bones to
do the experiment. The bones con-
tain calcium like our teeth do.
Mr. Paige and his class would
like to congratulate Jennifer Arel-
lano on xlinning the Okeechobee
Spelling Bee championship. The
Okeechobee County School Bo'ard
presented her with a beautiful tro-
phy and lapel pin. Everyone at
Seminole is very proud of Jen-
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Seminole Elementary student, Emily McKenna sits in front of
her mom, Mrs. McKenna who came to Seminolb Elementary
School to lend a hand to Emily's class with 'Classroom
Olympics' in Mrs. Master's third class. The 'Olympics' were
held on Friday, Feb. 24 in preparation for upcoming FCATs.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
* April D. Derry, 28, S.E. 132nd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 16 by Deputy Patricia Mas-
sung on a Glades County warrant
charging her with violation of proba-
tion possession of a controlled
substance. She is being held with-
S*Michael Andrew Brown, 52, N.E.
Sixth St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed March 16 by Deputy Paul Jack-
son on a Glades County warrant
charging him with vehicular homi-
cide., He is being held without bond.
* Otis Carlisle Avant, 64, N.E. Ninth,
Ave., Wilton Manors, was arrested
March 16 by Deputy Rusty Harts-
field on a Broward County warrant
charging'him with grand theft. His
bond was set at $5,000.
* Enrique Urbina, 23, N.W. First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March
16 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on an
Okeechobee County warrant charg-
ing him with the violation of proba-
tion possession of cocaine and
violation of probation resisting
arrest without violence. He was later
charged with amended violation of
probation possession of cocaine
and amended violation of probation;
- resisting arrest without violence.
He is being held without bond.
* Terry Marvin Ellerbee, 21, S.W.
18th St., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 16 by Deputy Paul Jackson
on an Osceola County warrant
charging him with violation of pro-
bation grand theft firearm, viola-
tion of probation grand theft
firearm and a charge of dealing in
stolen property. His bond was set at
* Jason Edward Gillis, 25, N.W.
Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was'
arrested March 17 by Deputy
Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a
felony charge of 'possession of
methamphetamines and driving-
while license suspended with
knowledge. His, bond was set at
* Marvin Morales-Mejias, 30, Okee-
chobee, was arrested March 17 by
Deputy Willy Post on a charge of
aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon. He is being held without
* Watson Mathis, 32, N.E. 13th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested-
March 17 by Deputy Bryan Lowe on,
felony charges of possession :of.
cocaine ' and tampering
with/destroying evidence, and a
misdemeanor charge of resisting
arrest without violence. His bond
was set at $11,000.
* Jeremy Lamont Jones, 19, N.W.
20th Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 17 by, Deputy J.
Ashby on an Okeechobee County.
warrant charging him with felony
battery. His bond was set at $2,500.
* Sherrie Lightsey Harvey, 49, N.W.
27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 17 by Deputy Corporal S.
Green on an Okeechobee County:
warrant charging her with amended
violation of probation possession
of a controlled substance (three
counts). She is being held without
* Stephen Vandermolen, 35, N.W.
93rd Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 17: by Deputy,
Anthony Kibler on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with'
violation of probation possession
of a controlled substance. He is
being held without bond. ,
* Samuel Todd Conover, 47, S.R.
70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested,
March 17 By Deputy Mark
Margerum on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
violation of probation possession.
of cocaine and violation of proba-
tion driving while license sus-
pended (habitual oifender). His
total bond was set at $40,000.
* Charles Clark, 78, Canal Point,
was arrested March 17 by Deputy
John Ashby on a charge of driving
under the influence. His bono was
set at $500.
* Jonathon Troy Rogers. 21, N.E.
Third St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed March 18 by Depuly Donald Ellis
,on a felony charge of possession of
'cocaine' and' a misdemeanor
charge of possession of marijuana
under 20 grams. His bond was set
* Michelle Christina Russell, 38.
N.W. 90th Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 19 by Deputy Bryan
Lowe on a charge of driving under
the influence. Her bond was set at
* Jose M. Saizo, 58, Okeechobee.
was arrested March 19 by Deputy
Bryan Lowe on charges of driving
under the influence and no valid dri-
ver's license. His bond was set at
* Bradley Justin. Sheltera. 21. S.E.
21st :Court, : Okeechobee, was
arrested March 19 by Deputy Eddie
Baker on a charge of strong armed
robbery. 'His bond was set at
* Nicole Marie Moorehead, 30. 21st
Street, Buckhead Ridge. was
arrested March 19 by Deputy Raul
Marrero on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging'her with failure to
appear purchase of a controlled
substance and failure to appear -
possession of cannabis less than
20 grams. She is being held without
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless ,otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who'is later
found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped-is
welcome to inform this newspaper.
The information will be confirmed
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Fourth grade students from Ms. Guzman's class proudly displayed their second place rib-
bons won during relay race event's on Thursday at Central Elementary School. Students
enjoyed beautiful weather for race events and received ribbons for participation, first,
second and third place winners. The winners of the relay included: Kayla Orr (bottom
right), Gloria Suarez (top center), Ryan Reister (top left), Salvador Gonzalez (bottom left),
Selina Sanchez (top right) and Oscar Pinion (bottom center).
Library hosts computer classes Center offers service to children
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills youth and children by giving free.classes-in martial arts. The classes
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the are currently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and
internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okee- Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a:m. until 12:30
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536. p.m.
Dr. Frank Nami
Dr. Frank Nami, 33 of Palm
City, passed away unexpectedly,
March 18. He was born August
28, 1972. He has been a resident
of Palm City for nine months,
moving from New Jersey. He
received his BA in Biology from
Boston University in 1994, and
received his medical degree in
1999 from St. George's Universi-
ty School of Medicine in Grana-
da. He completed his surgical
\ residency at St. Barnabas Med-
ical Center, in Livingston, N.J.,
completed his fellowship, at
Westchester Medical Center,
New York Medical College in Val-
halla, N.Y. He received an Out-
standing Resident Award from
the Society of Laproendoscopic
Surgeons, Diener Award for
Most Inspirational House Offi-
cer, Francis C. Nance Excellence
in Surgery Award and Outstand-
ing Intern of the year 2000. He
currently was part of the staff of
Raulerson Hospital in Okee-
chobee as an attending surgeon.
He is survived by his wife,
Jamie of Palm City, daughter
Olivia Mae of Palm City, his par-
ents, two brothers and one sister
all of New York.
A visitation will be held
Wednesday, March 22, from 2
until 4 p.m. and from 6 until 8
p.m. with a chapel service at 7
p.m. at Forest Hills Funeral
Home, in Palm City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to ;
St. Barnabus Medical Center
Foundation, c/o Neo Natal Inten-
sive Care Unit, 95 Old Short Hills
Road, W. Orange NH, 07052, in
Dr. Frank Nami's memory.
Rachal Busscher, 16 of Talk-
ing Rock, Ga. died Sunday,
March 19, as the result of an
auto accident in Pickens County.
She is survived by her par-
ents, Kim and Charlotte, of
Georgia; her grandparents, Glo-
ria Melven, Gloria, Busscher,
and Jerry and Joyce Wilson, all
of Florida. She is also survived
by her brothers, Jeff and Paul
Busscher, of Georgia; a sister,
SElizabeth Moats of Jasper, Ga.;
an aunt, Kim Kuchta of Port St.
Lucie; and many aunts, uncles,
cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at
the Chapel of Cagle Funeral
Home. Reverand Sam Rother-
mel will be officiating. Inter-
ment will follow in Sunrise
Visitation will be Monday,
March 20, from 4 until 10 p.m.
and Tuesday and Wednesday,
March 21 and 22 from 8 a.m.
until 10 p.m. and Thursday,
March 23, at 8 a.m. prior to the
Cagle Funeral Home in
Jasper, Ga. is handling all
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ELECTIONS: This will be election year again for different ones.
For every mother and father, I wish now that they would all get their
voter's card. That is the only way that they will get rid of some of the
source. That's-the only way. Now is the time to get your voter's card
and vote in September.
JUDGES: This is about the county judges. As it is, May is the dead-
line for anybody to sign up for county judge.. I sure hope that there
are some lawyers or anybody that will see this will come forward
and sign up to be county judge.
TURN SIGNALS: I watched a news story on TV the other night
and I couldn't believe what I saw and heard: 7 percent of the people
that choose not to use their turn signals do so because they believe!
not using them makes driving more exciting. To me that means we
have a lot of idiots on the road. What upsets me even more is that on
my way home today I was behind a sheriff's office vehicle and not
once did the driver use the turn signals to indicate they were going,
to turn. I encourage everyone who drives to use their turn signals..
When you do, it lets other drivers know what you intend to do and
makes driving our roads a lot safer. Let's keep our roads safe, use
your turn signals.
HERITAGE DAYS: Kudos to the school system for getting rid of
Cracker Day at the Freshman Campus, and turning it into Heritage
Day. Our students don't really need to have a day devoted to the his-
tory of Okeechobee, cracker cowboys, roping cows, milking cows,
swamp cabbage and the Seminole Indians. Now that they've added
the African American and Mexican cultures to Heritage Day, then we
can assume they'll somehow incorporate the crackers and Semi-
noles.into February's Black History Month, MLK Day and Cinco de
Mayo. Or better yet, we can consider those events celebrated on
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Pop Warner fundraiser slated
A fundraiser for the Pop Warner Chobee Little Brahmans youth
football 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 dinner. For information, call Shelly Niehaus at (863) 467-
3613.or (863) 634-2212.. .
DOF hosting annual Fire Fest
The Florida Division of Forestry (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, fire safety demonstrations and Smokey Bear.
For information, call (772) 398-2779.
Church plans dedication service
Fountain of Life Church has moved from its former address, 116
E. S. Park St., to 1302 S.W. 32hd St. The church will have a dedica-
tion service Sunday, March 26, from 2 until 4 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-8945.
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 information, call (863) 763-3519 from 9 until noon.
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.
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.
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ation of public issues
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
public. 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 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of,
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510
or (863) 467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every 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. Reg-
istration 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
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested
are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
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, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl 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:mem-
ber is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-
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. Every-
one is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
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 facilita-
tor. Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There Is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For Information, call (863)
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 Baptist 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-
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9. a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863)467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in find-
ing who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the pub-
lic are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. 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
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee PresbyterianChurch, 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 9 a.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.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging'sponsor a caregiver support group every Thurs-
day 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.caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The
meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call
Gunowriers of Okeechobee will meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. All interested parties are invited. For infor-
mation, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863)
Homecoming and revival planned
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 N. U.S. 441,
has planned a homecoming and revival for March 21-24, at 7:30
p.m. Evangelist Danny Bradley, pastor of the First Missionary
Baptist Church of Indian River City in Titusville, will be speak-
ing. A nursery will be provided. For information, call (863) 763-
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 finance/operations committee of the Early Learning
Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will
meet Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at 2415 S. 29th St. in Fort
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 Pierce.
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 Center, 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 training class offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Par-
rotll Ave., will hold a disaster training class on Thursday, March
23, from 6 until 9 p.m. For information or to register, call (863)
ABWA enrollment event planned
The Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association will hold its annual spring enrollment
event Thursday, March 23, from noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The luncheon is $6.63 per
person plus tip. The program will be a surprise speaker. Okee-
'hobee'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 Bonnie Kinchen
at (863) 467-7100.
Links tourney benefits Smalls family
1 four-person scramble golf tournament will be held at the
Okeechobee 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 din-
ner 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 informa-
tion, call Darlene Bass at (863) 763-1143 or (863) 634-5815.
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
Driver boat ramp on S.R. 78 W. Sign-ins will start at 7 a.m. on the
'day of the walk. Certified bicycle helmets 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 reg-
istration fee for adults will be $15 and $10 for children 10 and
under. Participants 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 Okeechobee Rotary
Club and Martha's House. For information, call Jim Mclnnes at
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 Sunday, 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-
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Free nutrition clinic offered.
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center, 916 W North Park St., on Monday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-4320.
Martha's House hosts training sessions
Martha's House will offer a two day training session on domestic
violence, elder abuse, sexual abuse, cyber sexual abuse and human
trafficking on March 28 and March 29. The training will be held at
the South Florida 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 informa-
tion, contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893 or Irene Luck at
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 qualifica-
tions you must have to process the bill. Funding will end March 31.
Church hosting Tommy Brandt
Tommy Brandt, CGCs' 2005 Male Vocalist of the Year, will be
appearing at Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave., on Sat-
urday, April 1, at 6 p.m. The church is located behind the Recreational
Outreach Center (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 am. until 4 p.m. and
will include games and prizes for youth, a pig roast and a baking con-
test There will also be several musical groups and gospel singers pro-
viding the entertainment. Sunday events will begin with a church serv-
ice 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
Judyat (863) 357-1581.
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.
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Fast pitch softball
There will be a meeting for
anyone interested in playing fast
pitch softball at a very competi-
tive level at the high school soft-
ball field on March 27 at 6:30
p.m. Age groups will include: 18
& under, 16 & under, 14 &
under, 12 & under and 8 &
under. If you have any questions
contact Kim Hargraves at (863)
aids V Foundation
The third annual Russ Bring-
ger Memorial Fishing Tourna-
ment will be held April 1-2 at the
The entry fee is $200 per
A portion of the proceeds will
go to the VFoundation for can-
There will be fun, food and
For information, contact
Herb or Kim Bringger at (863)
763-1035 or (863) 634-4525.
Monster truck event
combines bull riding
Southern. Monster Truck
Showdown, Inc. will combine
bull riding and monster trucking
into one large event when they
come to the Cattlemen's Arena
on Friday, April 7 and Saturday,
April 8. Gates will open at 6 p.m.
for a one hour "meet and greet"
party. All of the cowboys and
monster truck drivers will be on
hand for autographs and pic-
tures prior to the actual event at
8 p.m. General admission is $14.
Junior (ages 6-12) admission is
$10 and children 5 years old and
under are free. For information
skeet shoot is planned
The Florida Agri-women
have announced that their inau-
gural skeet shoot event will take
place May 13 at Quail Creek
Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th St.
Station sponsorships and sin-
gle shooter tickets are available.
For information, call Dianne
Spann at (863) 634-3327.
There are two Lady Brahman junior
varsity softball teams; one is known
as the purple team and the other is
known as the gold team. The 2006
Lady Brahman junior varsity softball
schedules for both teams are as fol-
Mar. 29: OHS vs. Moore Haven-
Apr. 03: OHS vs. Martin County-
Apr. 04: OHS at Jensen Beach-away-
Apr. 05: OHSatMoore Haven-away-6
Mar. 28: OHS at Jensen Beach-away-
Apr. 03: OHS vs. Martin County-
Apr. 04: OHS at Jensen Beach-away-
Apr. 05: OHS vs. Southfork-home-5
Apr. 13: OHS vs. St. Lucie Centennial-
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Mar. 28: OHS at Jensen Beach-Away-7
Mar. 30-Apr. 2: Kissimmee Klassic-
Apr. 04: OHS at Glades Central-Away-
Apr. 05: OHS vs. Southfork-Home-7
Apr. 07: OHS vs. Martin County-Home-
Apr. 11: Treasure Lake Conference
Apr. 13: OHS vs. St. Lucie Centennial-7
Apr. 18: District Tournament-Away at
Jensen Beach-3:30/5:30/7:30 p.m.
Apr. 19: District Semi-finals-Away at
Apr. 25, 28-Regionals-TBA-Time TBA.
May 8-10: State tourney-Away at Plant
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Food Guide Pyramid
A Guide to D.ily Food Choice!.
don't hide the real ones
I love eggs. Eggs are one of
nature's wonder foods. They are
high in protein. They contain
Omega 3 fatty acids and choline -
substances necessary for proper
A whole egg only has about 75
calories and those calories are
Eggs store well they can be
safely refrigerated for up to a
month. They are an inexpensive
form of protein.
According to the USDA, eggs
provide protein, vitamin A,
riboflavin and other vitamins and
minerals. The yolk contains all the
fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in
an egg. In I large egg, the yolk con-
tains 5 grams total fat, 2 grams satu-
rated fatty acids, 213 milligrams
cholesterol and 60 calories. The egg
white contains 15 calories.
A few years ago, when the dan-
gers of high cholesterol levels first
made the news, eggs got a bad rep-
utation, since they are high in cho-
lesterol. However, since
researchers first start studying the
connection between cholesterol
levels and heart disease, they found
that lifestyle factors affect choles-
terol levels more than diet. The
human body produces cholesterol,
as part of natural body function.
You need some cholesterol to live,
but too much can be bad for your
Exercise helps reduce choles-
terol level. Smoking cigarettes has
been linked to increases in choles-
terol levels. So a cigarette smoked
after breakfast may do more to
raise your "bad" cholesterol than
the eggs you ate did.
with Katrina Elsken
For the healthiest choice of eggs
look for eggs that come from chick-
ens that are given no hormones or
antibiotics. These eggs cost a few
cents more per egg, but if you are
concerned about your family's
health, it may be worth the
expense. If you're interested in ani-
mal rights, you can also choose
eggs that come from "cage free"
Hard boiled eggs can make a
nutritious snack and they are easily
portable. According to the USDA
guidelines, hard boiled eggs may
be safely stored in the refrigerator
However, when you boil and
egg, you reduce the egg shell's nat-
ural ability to keep. out bacteria.
Boiling the egg creates tiny holes in
the shell. Bacteria can enter the egg
through those tiny holes.
If you plan to hide Easter Eggs
outside, it's much safer to use the
plastic kind. Hardboiled eggs do
not fare well outdoors, especially in
the Florida heat.
If your children bring home
hardboiled eggs from an Easter Egg
hunt, it's best to throw them away.
You have no way to know how long
those eggs were left out in the heat.
An added bonus to using plastic
eggs for egg hunts is that plastic
eggs do not start to smell if you
don't happen to find all the Easter
eggs thatwere hidden.
The USDA offers the following
tips for the safe handling of eggs:
Only buy refrigerated eggs
with dean, unbroken shells.
It is best not to wash eggs
before storing or using them. Wash-
ing is a routine part of commercial
egg processing and the eggs do not
need to be rewashed.
At home, keep raw eggs in
their original carton on an inside
shelf in the refrigerator (40 degrees
Fahrenheit). For best quality, use
within five weeks after bringing
Keep hard-cooked eggs (in
the shell or peeled) in the refrigera-
tor (40 OF). Use within one week
Most eggs sold today are infer-
tile; roosters are not housed with
the laying hens. Shell color depends
on the breed of the hen. Yolk color
depends on the feed the hen con-
sumes. There is no nutritional dif-
ference between fertile and infertile
eggs, brown- and white-shelled
eggs, or pale or dark egg yolks.
Wash hands, utensils, equip-,
ment, and work areas with hot,
soapy water before and after they
come in contact with eggs and egg-
Remove only the number of
eggs needed from .the carton and
return the carton to the refrigerator.
.* Cook eggs until the white is
completely firm and the yolkbegins
to thicken but is not hard. Scram-
bled eggs should be cooked until
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Special io ihe OKeechobee News/USDA
Use the Food Guide Pyramid to help you eat better every day the Dietary Guidelines way.
Start with plenty of breads, cereals, rice and pasta; vegetables; and, fruits. Add two to three
servings from the milk group and two to three servings from the meat group. Each of these
food groups provides some, but not all, of the nutrients you need. No one food group is more
important than another for good health you need them all. Go easy on the fats, oils and
sweets the foods in the small tip of the Pyramid.
no visible liquid remains. Fried eggs
should be cooked on both sides or
in a covered pan.
Take care when preparing
egg-containing foods that are not
cooked or are only lightly cooked
before serving, such as ice cream,
eggnog, mayonnaise, caesar salad,
hollandaise sauce or b6arnaise
sauce. Only use.recipes that start
with a stirred egg custard base that
is first cooked to 160 degrees
e If a recipe calls for adding raw
eggs to a previously cooked dish,
the dish must be cooked further
until it reaches 160 degrees Fahren-
When preparing' any recipe
that contains eggs, resist tMe temp-
tation to taste4est the mixture dur-
ing preparation. Egg-containing
foods should be thoroughi. cooked
When preparing and serving
eggs and egg-rich foods, keep them
out of the refrigerator no more than
two hours total, not including cook-
If hot egg-rich foods are not
going to be served immediately
after cooking, put the hot foods into
shallow containers and refrigerate
at once so theywill cool quickly.
0, For information about egg
safety, call USDA's Meat and Poultry
Hotline The national toll-free num-
ber is S00-535-4555..In the Wash-
ington, D.C., area, call (202) 720-
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise plan, consult
your doctor. This is especially
important iff ou are on any pre-
scription drugs. Some drugs inter-
act badly with foods that would
otherwise be considered
Check your home during Kf w
Poison Prevention Week w
WASHINGTON, D.C. For the
past 45 years, National Poison Pre-
vention Week has worked to edu-
cate and inform consumers of the
dangers of accidental poisonings.
These efforts have led to a signifi-
cant decline in injuries and deaths.
Bul there are still about 30 chil-
dren younger than 5 years old
dying from accidental poisonings
each year. Most of these poison-
ings are from products commonly
found in the home. About 85,000
young children visited U.S. hospi-
tal emergency rooms due to acci-
dental poisonings in 2004.
The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), the
National Poison Prevention Week
Council, and the American Assn.
of Poison Control Centers
(AAPCC) have reported these
deaths and injuries at a news con-
ference to kick off National Poison
Prevention Week- March 19-25.
"Back in the 1960s, the number
of deaths each year from uninten-
tional poisoning was 15 times
greater than it is today," said CPSC
Chairman Hal Stratton., "Now,
there are literally thousands of
young people alive today who
would have died without child-
resistant packaging and other
measures that protect children
from poisoning hazards."
To further reduce the number
of unintentional poisoning deaths
and injuries, CPSC recommends
that the entire family do its part.
Parents should.keep items in their
original containers and leave the
original labels on the products
and read labels before use.
Grandparents should use child-
resistant packaging and keep all
household products and medi-
cines locked up, out of sight and
out of reach of young children.
Older children should be
aware of the dangers associated
with poisonings and help their
parents keep younger siblings in
sight this means taking them
along when answering the phone
In addition to the poison pre-
vention 'tips above, parents and
caregivers should follow these
safety tips to reduce the risk of
Use child-resistant packaging
properly by closing the container
securely after each use or, if avail-
able, choose child-resistant unit
packaging, which does not need
to be re-secured.
Call (800) 222-1222 immedi-
ately in case of poisoning.
Do not put decorative lamps
and candles that contain lamp oil
where children can reach them.
Lamp oil can be very toxic if
Always turn the light on
when giving or taking medicine so
you can see what you are taking.
Check the dosage every time.
Avoid taking medicine in
front of children. ;
"Proper and safe storage, use
and supervision of all household
products can substantially reduce.
accidents in the home," said
Nancy Bock, vice president of
Education at The Soap and Deter-
gent Association, and chair of the
Poison Prevention Week Council.
"Take away the opportunities for
accidents to happen and you can
literally save lives."
According to AAPCC, poison
control centers nationwide
received about 1.2 million calls
about poison exposures involving
children five years and younger in
2004. Among the potentially toxic
household products referenced in
calls to the poison control centers
personal care products -
including baby oil and mouth-
wash containing ethanol;
e. cleaning substances -
including drain openers and oven
over-the-counter pain reliev-
ers including ibuprofen, aceta-
minophen, aspirin and cough and
hydrocarbons such as
lamp oil and furniture polish; and,
adult-strength vitamins and
supplements containing iron.
"While we recognize the sig-
nificant strides that have been
made in poison prevention, every
day there are new parents, grand-
parents and child care providers
who may not be aware of the
potential for poisonings," said
KathyWruk, president of AAPCC.
To get a free packet of poison
prevention publications, write to:
Poison Prevention Packet, P.O.
Box 1543, Washington, D.C.,
20013 ; or, visit
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a
free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center, 916 W North Park St., on
Monday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-4320.
Red Cross holding,
infant CPR class
The American Red Cross -
Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Par-
rott 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.
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit.
organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer
free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for
a free ultrasound, parenting classes
and abstinence education. Operat-
ing hours are from 10 am. until 4
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m.
on Tuesday. We are located at
1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from
the movie theatre. If you would like
more information on this or set .an
appointment for a free pregnancy
test please call (863) 763-8859.
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TALALHASSEE -- Depart-
ment of Children and Families
Secretary Lucy D. Hadi has
named a knowledgeable and
strong, proponent of self-directed
recovery to spearhead the trans-
formation of Florida's public
mental health system to one that
gives individuals and their fami-
lies more control over their treat-
ment and focuses on recovery
from mental illness.
Secretary Hadi appointed
Cynthia Holland as deputy chief
of staff for Mental Health Trans-
formation. Holland, working in
partnership with individuals and
their families, stakeholders,
DCF's community providers and
other state agencies will shep-
herd the change from a tradition-
al mental health system to a self-
directed, recovery-oriented sys-
tem. She will serve as a member
of the DCF senior leadership
"This transformation is long
overdue and will mean more
choices and better treatment
outcomes for individuals with
mental health needs," Secretary
Hadi said. "Such an important
undertaking requires a leader
who has a strong commitment
to improving the lives of more
than 200,000 Floridians With
mental health needs who are
served by the public mental
health system. Cindy's vision
and more than 20 years of expe-
rience will help make this transi-
tion a reality."
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8 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 21,2006
Do you have the correct information on tree care?
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Should
you prune your trees in the
spring? How deep must fertilizer
be applied to reach the roots of
your trees? Which species of
trees should be topped to keep
them from falling on your house?
Most homeowners treasure,
the trees on their property but
know little about how to care for
them. Much of what you may
have heard about tree care is
actually incorrect, based on
myths and misconceptions.
Here are the top 10 myths of
MYTH #1: When a tree is
planted it should be securely
staked to ensure the develop-
ment of a stable root system and'
a strong trunk.
Although it is sometimes nec-
essary to stake trees to keep them
upright and allow establishment,
there are some adverse effects of
staking. Compared to staked
trees, unstaked trees tend to
develop a more extensive root
system and better trunk taper.,
Allowing- a small amount of
movement can help root and
trunk development. Of course,
the worst effect of staking is the
possibility of trunk damage from
the,staking wires or ties. Staking
materials usually should be
removed after. one year to avoid
"girdling" the tree.
MYTH #2: Newly planted
trees should have their trunks
wrapped with tree wrap to pre-
vent sunscald and insect entry.
Studies using most common
tree wraps have shown that they
do not prevent extreme fluctua-
tions in temperature on the bark.
In some cases, the temperature
extremes are worse. Also, tree
wraps have proven quite ineffec-
tive in preventing insect entry. In
fact, some insects like to burrow
MYTH #3: Trees should be
pruned back heavily when they
are planted to compensate for the
loss of roots.
Tree establishment is best on
unpruned trees. Although prun-
ing the 'top can reduce the
amount of water that evaporates
from the leaves, the tree needs a
full crown to produce the much-
.needed food and the plant hor-
mones that induce root growth.
The tree will develop stronger,
more extensive root system if it
has a fuller crown Limit pruning
at the time of planting to struclur-
al training and the removal of
MYTH #4: When removing a
branch from a tree, the final cut
should be flush with the stem to
First of all, trees don't "heal" in
the sense that wounds on people
heal. Our bodies regenerate tis-
sues in much the same form of
the tissues that were removed ito
a limited extent). Trees compart-
mentalize wounds, generating
Ivoundwvood over the o cundedc
area. Flush cutting removes the
-"branch collar," creating a larger
%vound than if the branch \evie
removed outside the collar. Also,
it is likely that some of the parent
branch tissue will be removed.
The spread of decay inside the
tree is greater with flush cuts.
MYTH #5: Pruning wounds
greater than 3 inches in diameter
should be painted with a wound
Research has shown that the
common wound dressings do
not inhibit decay, do not prevent
insect entry and do not bring
about faster wound closure. In
fact, many of the commonly used
dressings slow wound closure.
MYTH #6: Certain fast-grow:
ing, weak-wooded trees such as
silver maple and Siberian elm
should be "topped" to make
them less hazardous in the land-
While topping these trees may
reduce the potential hazard at
first, thev will likel\ be more dan-
gerous in the future. Topping
stimulates growth of twigs below
the cuts. Growth of many, vigor-
ous shoots leads to branches
with weak attachments. Also
decay spreads inside the stubs
and branches that were topped.
Within t, o lo five years after top-
ping, the tree %\ill have regained
its height, but \vill be more haz-
ardous than before the topping.
Besides, topping makes trees
ugly Alternatives to topping
include thinning, cabling, or
removal and replacement %%ith a
mc e suitable species.
MYTH #7: If certain species of
trees are pruned early in the
spring, they will "bleed," stress-
ing the tree and causing health
True, some trees such as
maples and birches will "bleed"
or lose sap from pruning cuts
made early in the spring. This
bleeding does not hurt the tree,
and the loss of sap inconsequen-
tial. With a few exceptions, most
routine pruning can be done any-
time of year. The worst time is
just as the- tree has leafed out in
the spring. The best time is when
the tree is dormant. To maximize
flowering for the following year,
prune just after bloom this year.
MYTH #8: The root system of
a tree is a mirror image of the top.
Many people envision a large,
branching taproot growing deep
into the soil. Actually, taproots are
very uncommon in mature trees.
If taproots do develop, they usu-.
ally will be forced into horizontal
growth when they encounter
hard subsoils beneath the sur-
face. The entire root systems of
most trees can be found within 3
feet of soil. The spread of the root
system however, can be very
extensive, ofteri extending two to
three times the spread of the
MYTH #9: Trees require
"deep root fertilization" to reach
their root system.
In most U.S. soils, the vast
majority of trees' fibrous, absorb-
ing roots are in the top 8 inches of
soil. Roots grow where condi-
tions are best for root growth,
where water and oxygen are
available. When we place fertiliz-
er 12" 18" deep in the soil, we
are putting it too deep.
MYTH #10: When a tree has
lost a significant portion of its
root system such as in construc-
tion damage, the crown should
be cut back to compensate for
While this is a common rec-
ommendation, research has not
supported it. Following root loss,
unpruned trees seem to respond
better than pruned trees. Obvi-
ously, any removal of branches
will reduce the capacity of the
tree to produce food in the
leaves. Although the tree will
probably lose some branches as
a result of the root damage if
the tree-survives the trauma it
is best to let the tree decide which
ones. Thus, pruning should be
limited to hazard reduction at
first. Later, after the tree has
responded to the damage, further
pruning would be in order.
A qualified arborist can give
you sound advice and can pro-
vide the services your trees may
need. Good arborists will per-
form only accepted practices.
When choosing an arborist, look
for ISA Certification, membership
in professional associations, and
ask for proof of insurance. Be
weary of individuals who go
door-to-door offering bargains
for doing tree work. Don't be
afraid to check references.
The International Society of
Arboriculture (ISA), headquar-
tered in Champaign, Ill., is a non-
profit organization supporting
tree care research around the
world. As part of ISA's dedication
to the care and preservation of
shade and ornamental trees, it
offers the only internationally-rec-
ognized certification program in
For information, contact a
local ISA Certified .Arborist or
These four Okeechobee High School senior ag mechanics won the FFA District Career
Development Event. Being congratulated by ag teacher Brandon Weaver (left) are: (left to
right). John Duke, Brent Hill. Jake Johnson, and A. J. Summerford. The recognition took
place during the March 14 meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board.
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Gathered together for one last Central Elementary School field day before moving onto
middle school, fifth grade students Summer Douglas (second from left), Kossy Lartigue
(left), Katherynne Valle (third from left) and Ashley Rowell (right) have fun shopping off
their second- and third-place ribbons they earned for their participation in a rlay race.
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Fairness is extremely important to us.
We admit our errors promptly and we don't "bury" the correc-
tions. (If error appears on the front page, that's where we print
Sometimes people don't like what has been written about them.
In those cases, we offer a "right to reply" and allow them to tell
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 21,2006
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 --- 4
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
.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 at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
The Heartland Library Cooper-
ative is a six library cooperative
serving Highlands, Hardee, DeSo-
to and Okeechobee counties. The
Heartland Library Cooperative:
will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes
throughout the six libraries in the
four-county area. A technology
information trainer will take a
mobile computer lab to each
location four times per month to
teach computer classes. The
classes will teach basic computer
skills such as how to start up and
use a computer, how to log-on to (
the Internet and how to commu-
nicate via e-mail with friends and
relatives. The more advanced
computer class will teach how to
keep the computer clean and
i how to send pictures. You may,
also contact your local libraries
for these same classes. In Okee-
chobee, call (863) 763-3536 or
contact Gabriell Turner, informa-
tion tech trainer, at
SChild Find .
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child -
Find helps find and identify chil-
dren up to 21 years of age who
may need special education serv-
ices. The primary focus is on 3-
and 4-year-old children not yet in
a school setting. Child Find pro-.,
vides free screenings on speech
and language, development,
vision, and hearing. For informa-'
tion, contact Debbie Wagner at
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents.
Permanent and part-time volun-
teers provide direct patient sup-
port services such as companion-
ship, telephone contacts, letter
reading, main caregiver relief and
other non-medical assistance.
They also assist Hospice in fund
Raising, clerical and, office sup-
Sport. Age is not a barrier. For infor-
Smation, visit Hospice of Okee-
Schobee at 411 S.E. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, or call (863) 467-
service to children
SThe Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
S tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. -
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls .
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house -
calls? They will come to your -,
home to discuss the required 0 ,
safety equipment needed on your "
boat. This service is free. You will -
receive a cordial, informative and
confidential boat inspection. A
vessel safety check decal will be
placed on boats that meet all the -
requirements. Call (863) 467-3085
to arrange a boat check.
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club -
, and Rescue will take in unwant-
^ ed, abandoned and injured fer- 4 -
rets. For information, call (863) *
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InMe'N oamri 125
Perom all..". ;- 150
1Se0al Notit s 155
"09 Nunmbers 160
CAT, Neutered. Tabby.
Mechanical Winch, found cor-
ner of 710 & 714. Call to
Found Speckled Church Fes-
tival. Okee. Please call 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
DOG, White w/tan patches
Small dog. Female. Lostin vic.
of SE 36th Ave. Answers to
GOLD BRACELET, losi in Winn
Dixie on 3.,4i06. REWARD'
One Karat Marquee diamond,
from wedding band on 2/28
please call (863)528-0633
RED BALLOON w/Orange
Plastic Tiger Ring tied to it.
Vic. of Down Town Okeecho-
Bichon Male, Wht, neutered,
5y/o, & blk/wht Dalmation/lab
mix female spayed, to good
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.
STOCKADE FENCE- free, 50
feet +, (561)202-7702
How do you fhnd a job Inh
market? hi the enploy-
ment section of the clas-
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc.
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Good pay, Benefits, 401 K.
Full-Time, Clean CDL
Class B License
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SERVERS AM & PM
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Tire Backhoe Operator
Ask for John
F/T orT PHARMACY
Bring your resume to
The Medicine Shoppe
105 NW 5th St.
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat. -
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
W&W Lumber Co. is
growing & we have several
openings avail. We are'
looking for team players for
the following positions.
*YARD HELP Unloading
trucks, forklift exp. needed,
putting up stock.
*TRUCK DRIVER DOT
Certified, Class B, clean
Sick pay, Health Ins., 401K,
Vac. Pay & Holiday Pay.
Call 772-260-5112 leave
message if no answer.
Drug Free Workplace.
Indiantown & Jensen
Beach Location -
Help needed, Please mail
Resumeto: 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee FL 34972
Assembly & shipping.
For Florida Local positions.
Flatbed, Live Bottom and
Truck mounted forklift
exp. a plus. Need 2 years
experience. Call Earth-
wise Mulch Inc.
(863)763-0075 or E-mail
$16.46 $22.97/hr, Now Hir-
ing. For application & free
government job info., call
American Assoc. of Labor
Apply in Person
Monday thru Friday
9am to 3pm
Adron Fence Co.
2726 N.W. 4th St.
Tow Truck Driver needed at
John's Towing Service w/CDL
license call 763-7976 or Apply
in person at 705 NE 2nd Ave.
Construction Office BNEYr&
Manager Needed frBNEY
Full time, self-motivated professional wanted to oversee
day-to-day construction office activities. Competitive pay
and benefits with opportunity for long-term success.
Responsibilities: General office duties, book & record
keeping, bidding process assistance,' permit application
management and contract administration. Requirements:
Basic construction knowledge and Microsoft Office Suite
experience required. Familiarity with QuickBooks account-
ing software a plus. Send resumes to PO Box 700,
Okeechobee, FL 34973, fax to 863-763-6795 or drop off
at 805 SW 15th St., Okeechobee, FL 34974. .;
CGCA03425 Equal Opportunity Employer CBC058152
Area's Fastest Growing
Great American RV's is in
search of individuals
ntprested in sellinQ RV's
E .pprenirrii wir Rv .;
or in sales helpful, but
not necessary. Will Train
the right candidate. 6 day
work week, Mon thru Sat.
9-5, Sun. 12-4 with
week day off. Commis-
sioned sales with Benefits.
Apply in person:
4300 Hwy 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974
The KOA Campground
Individual needed for
busy service department.
Experience w/fiberglass and
metal. Paint and body repair
required. Other service 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
The KOA Campground
TAMPA FARMS NOW HIRING
Class A CDL Drivers
19200 S.W.Warfield Blvd.
is expanding new line of
buildings & need people
electrical & general laborers.
Apply in person only.
No phone calls please.
2570 NW 16th Blvd.,
Okeechobee Industrial Park.
Drug free work place. EOE.
Must be people oriented; multi
task oriented, be able to
work Saturdays. Must be
computer literate. Excellent
pay, benefits and retirement.
Apply in person
(appointment preferred) at
280 SW 32nd Street,
Ask for Missy.
OFFICE HELP NEEDED
Saturday's & Sunday's.
Computer experience a must.
Call Barbara 863-763-4114
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position that could lead to full time
The right applicant will:
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Have previous sales experience with a
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The Okeechobee News offers:
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A unique work environment where
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Generous time off program
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opportunities for New Independent
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Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.
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Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking applicants for the
position of Syitem Operator. This is a position requiring the
constant exercise of discretion and independent judgment with *
respectto 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.
Employee Applications may be obtained at any GEC Office.
Resumes may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or faxed to (863)946-3028.
GEC is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Wormplace.
Must have proficient-computer skills; A variety of
administrative and-ccotinting'dlities1ntluding R;
AAR bank reconciliation, commercial property man-
agement, sales tax reporting, and purchasing. Must
have strong communication skills, needs to be well
organized, able to multi-task and detail oriented.
Submit resume to 863-763-7874
RN, LPN or
Water's Edge Dermatology
Fax Resume to (863) 467-1919
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
-Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Superior Water Works, Inc. is looking for a
SERVICEMAN AND AN INVENTORY PERSON
Full Time, Excellent Benefits and
This is a great opportunity to begin
or continue your professional career.
Apply in person at
Superior Water Works, Inc.,
917 S.W. Park St., Okeechobee FL.
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
MOTHER OF TWO: Will Baby-
sit in your home. Honest & Re-
liable. Light housekeeping also
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Teachers Cert. for Kindergarten. Min.
5 years Kindergarten teaching
experience in public school setting.
Knowledge of Kindergarten curriculum.
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& salaryto: (954)967-3477
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
ALUMINUM DIVISION OiF
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
M & D CONTRACTING
RON-DEES Pressure washing
& Mobile home maintenance.
Roof coatings and handyman
specials. No job to big or
small. Free estimates
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale ki the classi-
fieda and make your
clean ,i a breezol
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens A Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
ys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITION / HEATING
Window/Wall. 23K BTU cool-
ing/23K BTU Heat. Pd $900
Now $350 (863)467-1110
AIR CONDITIONER-'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
ANTIQUES FOR SALE: Stove-
Blue, Ice Box, Dry Sink, Tele-
phone, Hoosier Cabinet, Butter
Churn, Ice Cream Maker &
other small items. $4500. for
all, will sep. (239)872-8504
BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
cond. $1000 (863)763-5881
FIREPLACE MANTEL- Oak
w/surrbund. Painted Unique
Excellent condition. $300.
Wood Burning Cook Stove,
antique, exc. cond., $300.
CHEST FREEZER Frigidaire,
brand new, paid $350 selling
$150 must move
RANGE- GE, 30" Brand New.
Electric, w/oven White. $250
or best offer. 863-763-9447
REFRIGERATOR & STOVE- Ig
side by idae relrlg. reg sipe
. g3a srIve, Doi ti la i: 1.3000
or piir li83)65-5975 9-6
like new,' 25 cu ft., ice, wa-
ter & filter, $350.
WASHER & DRYER, $125'
WASHER Frigidaire, Super
C.p.ulv 16 Cyl1i6 Htavv
CABINET DOORS, Oak w/han-
dies & hinges. 1 pair 24"x20"
& 5 pair 32"x20". $60 for all,
will sep. (863)763-1997
LUMBER: 14 Treated 2x6x10
Ft. $70 for all, will sep.
SCREEN ROOM MATERIALS:
Walls, Roof Panels & Doors.
$1000 (7721201-8932 OKEE-
SHED WALLS. asenbErrId.
inc I sei of d'ujbe door
1.500 1I 2i201-.89'2
SHELVES 5/4 sulii oaj Powul-
eo edges Fini.;riij. Sieel
arms forin $2000. NLow
Installation of Storm
Shuttes &. SWamless
Licensed & Insured
107 SW 2nd Street
GOWNS 13) FuriTil,. From rj-
vi S Bridal. New never
Wi.rr All :F 20 1 300 i.r
all. will isep (86369-.2S13
Nail. Pagent Oress 5.16 Beauln-
lul u .irnom-mide Uv lariyl
CAIRN FIGURINES- 44 Alli e-
,red. W.certii'.ale_ Inrc iuijes
Ihr .udf & ianlal'i
PRECIOUS MOMENTS- 110) 1
signed .As rini I.lO50 lr 3ll
O'r Will siell ieparale
COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
Laptop Computer, Windows
XP, Microsoft Office, Modem
& DSL card. Complete, lust
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257
COFFEE TABLES (3) 1
round, black. 1 glass top. 1
w/ 2 end tables. $150 for all,
will separate. (863)467-1325
COUCH- Earth, Multi color, 7',
Primarily blue, Over stuffed,
3 cushion. Less than 2yrs
old $125 neg 863-634-3866
DR TABLE- with 4 chairs,
glass top, Italian marble base
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562 ,
DRESSERS- 2, Sm Entertain-
ment ctr, Coffee table, Arm
chair. $150. neg.
LARGE light wood computer
desk, w/ extra storage $50
or best offer (863)467-7359
Mahogany chine 34" with
Slass shelves, lights inside
MATTRESS, Full Size, Firm.
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233
OFFICE DESK- Modern &
Oak 2 drawer Filing Cabinet
$100. Will separate
RECLINER LOVESEAT- Lie
new, Leather, Pastel green,
Pd $1500 Asking $500.
RECLINER- olive green, like
new, asking $125 or best of-
SOFA- 76" Long, New, Firm
support. Light blue, beige,
white & grey striped. $250. or
best offer. (863)467-0670
SOFA & CHAISE LOUNGE-
Le moduin full back cush-
ions, pale green/beige, 2yrs
old $500 (863)467-2435
Sofa. & Loveseat, rattan, w/
matching end & coffee tbls.,
beige chintz w/dk. blue ac-
SOFA, nice, You Move. $100.
SOFA SLEEPER. Fie -.leel
. queen i-e ,mull, ,:(0 ar b-
ric, $100. (863)467-0487
TABLE & 4 CHAIR.- miple.
good [orilili,:ni, 1.5i0
TABLE- Round, ,,o'l w,jO,
w/leaf. 4 Matching Captains
chairs on wheels. Cream,
Wicker glass dining table with
4 chairs $50 (561)704-3690
GOLF CLUBS- complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter, $135.
HAWKINS- .50 Caliber. Cap
block muzzle loader. Beautiful
wood stock & recoil pad Exc
ROTTWELL MODEL 650 TRAP
made in Belgium, never im-
ported, brought over. 12ga,
30" f/m, $1500
AIR CONDITION / HEATING
Window/Wall. 23K BTU cool-
ing/23K BTU Heat. Pd $900
Now $350 (863)467-1110
PATIO SET- in good cond.
blue and white $50
ACTION SCOOTER, 3 Wheeler
Heavy Duty. Excellent condi-
tion. $650. or best offer
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
ton. Also reclines $425. or
best offer (863)467-4328.
WHEEL CHAIR, Motorized w/2
heavy duty batteries. Good
cond. $550. (863)675-0104
AIR BRUSH VAC- Taasche
Good condition. $15.
Blinds, white, vinyl, rollup,
1) 64"wx72"1, (1)72"wx72"1,
15 sell sep. (863)763-1997
DISPLAY CASES, (5)
Fixed Wing Ultra Light Air-
Plane, partly finished, $1800
or best offer. (906)281-2127
Household items & Garage
Items. Includes tools, furniture
and more! (772)201-8932
RIVER SLOT MACHINE w/ 200
coins $225 or best offer
WELDER TRAILER, single ax-
le, capable of holding gas
powered welder, $150 or
est offer. (954)520-6707
MUSIC EQUIPMENT- to much
to list, Everything needed for
concert and home recording
ORGAN, "Liberty" $400.
ADBA REG RED NOSE PIT
BULL PUPS- $350 each,
'Please call (863)634-0119
BABY COCKATIELS, hand
raised $100 will sell separ-
.lely 286' 6Y; '73'.
BIRDS- Aviary for small birds,
8x10, movable, 50 or more
birds, $1000 cash
DOG BOX, decent shape, 2
kennel, $150 or best'roffer.
LOP EARED BUCK RABBIT-
$5 (863)67541981 LaBelle.
area : :
PEKINGESE PUPS- all shots,
CKC, beautiful, aloiesors/sizes,
$300-400 will deliver.
POT BELLY PIG BABY- pure-
bred, $25 (863)675-4981
- BULL-' $800
(863)675-0218 La Belle
POOL CLEANER: Great White
Shark. $100 (863)983-7205
HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
PHONOGRAPH- Sonora #3,
plays 78's records. Windup,
Desk top type. Looks & plays
good. $450. 863-697-9704
PROJECTION TV 48" great
cond. $500 or best offer
AIR COMPRESSOR- 11hp
Honda, 250 gal. Good condi-
tion. $500. (772)342-7304
AIR COMPRESSOR- 3 phase
power, 10 hp Westinghouse,
175 psi, $1000
AIR COMPRESSOR, '80 Inger-
soll-Rand, gas, w/elec. start,
.11hp, 30 gal., 14.9 Ib per sq.
ft., $550. (561)718-8580
GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500
CUT OFF SAW- Black & Deck-
er, 9", Extra 9" blades, Excel-
lent condition $75. Or best
GENERATOR- '05, 15KW, 100
amp transfer switch 4 yr ex-
tended warr. Never used
GENERATOR- 25 KW self con-
GENERATOR, Briggs & Strat-
ton. Like new. $400.
LATHE 36" w/Duplicator. $200
PRESSURE WASHER, used,
works, $75. 931-337-1053
(cell) Iv. msg.
RIGID PIPE STAND w/vise,
very strong, Rigid pipe
wrenches & cutter, $150
Air hockey, FOR 2 PLAYERS,
VCR, DAEWOO like new $25
or best offer (863)467-0670
ADULT DVD'S- (12) new for
$100 firm. No call after 8pm
Trailer for 18' to 20' Pontoon
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Wanted Hay Bailer, used,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products B10
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
Seeds, 'Plants '
HORSE TRAILER- Good condi-
tion. $1500. Firm
SADDLES (2)-2 saddle blan-
kets, 1 Ig horse blanket &
saddle stand, $600 will sell
GAS GRILL, like new, $80.
LAWN CART: 3x4, Good con-
dition. $200. (863)357-5754
Murray lawn Mower, 4.5 hp,
22", Irg whls, Black & Decker
leaf blower & Crftsmn edger
Murry 2 Tiller, Briggs & Strat-
ton 3hp, $60 or best offer.
PICNIC TABLE w/Canopy.
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
25 hp, 45" cut. Like new
$1850 or best offer.
RIDING MOWER for parts,
42", for parts only! motor,
tires, battery good, deck shot
$20 (931)337-1053 or
RIDING MOWER- Murray, 42"
cut, hydrostatic transmission
makm l a nmoW infad
and intemsfting pfon. No
wonder newM*pem r mtOdern
are moe cesifull
CALVES --all kinds, healthy,
shots, wormed, will deliver,
$200 & up. Cows avail.
$350 & up. (863)235-0829.
LIVESTOCK TANK, Poly,
Round, Blue, 8'x2'. Good
SADDLE, 15" Western rough-
out, semi-OH, 8 mo. old w/
new 34" Weaver Smart Cinch/
stirrups $200 772-263-1178
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Remodeled, 2BR/1.5BA, 2
story, Oak Lake Apts., $800,
R1st, last, $600 sec. dep., no
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
Office Building, ipprro- 1200
sq. fi .ivii rnui, ( ii Judy
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
HALF HOUSE- 3031 SE 39th,
Treasure Island, Okee:
$800/mo w/sec. + util. No
pets. Call 863-697-9974
Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba,
55+ Community. For Rent
$800 mo. or For Sale $87,000.
TAYLOR CREEK, 3 Bdrm., 2
Ba. w/lake access. Furnished
or Unfurnished. Available
again! Lori @ (561)723-3476
Platts Bluff, 3 acres for rent or
lease, for cattle or horses,
field must be mowed & re-
pair fence. $1,000 mo.
Available Early Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen priv,
cable, W/D, $150/wk, first &
last (863)467-8516 aft 5pm
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of Stale -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too many
extra's to list. Must see inside.
J & S ESTATES- 2BR/2BA,
frame house w/pool, com-
pletely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready now! Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Price reduced $265,000.
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
Nice DW, E. of Okee, 3 BR, 2
Ba., all apple's, shed, Fenced
yard New well. Lg. carport.
.NW OKEE., Needs some re-
pairs. Additional lot at which
another house can be built.
Great Investment! Only
$260,000. Must See to Ap-
preciate (863)675-8603 or
673-3925. Day or night ask
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, $99,000,
single fain, CBS, new every-
thing, city water, Shows like
model call Steve 0/AGT
OKEECHOBEE- Treasure Is-
,land, Single wide Trir, new
Fla Rm & carport, AC/Heat,
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $270k.
SW Section New 3 BR, 2 Ba,
on large lot. Circular driveway.
2 car-garage. All appliances &
new carpet. (863)467-5509
FOR SALE: 42 acres, $12,000
per acre. 1.5 mis. from hwy.
70. Approx. 26 ac. of creek &
16 ac. dry. (772)215-4630
Rim Canal, two, 100x265 +/-
lots, 1) has rentals or build
executive home, $165,000,
2) 3/2 DW MH storage build-
ing, dock, $225,000.
813-426-5152. Broker Par-
12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 21, 2006
HIDDEN ACRE ESTATES,
Fishermen's Paradise. 2br,
1ba, park model, Fully fum.
$600 mo. (863)763-1727
Waterfront, Adult Community,
2/1.5, fully fum., exc cond.,
$850/mo. Avail April 1st
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, 1ba,
$600/mo, 1st, last, sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.
On man's trash Is anol-
r Inai's treasurer. ni-
you trash to treasure
with an adl nthe ldassl-
FT. PIERCE, '04, 26'x48', Heet
wood 3br, 2ba, 38' new style
carport, Ig shed, screened
HENDRY COUNTY- 1995
Palm Harbor Masterpiece,
28x52, 3/2, open floor plan,
Zone 3 wind storm,16x16
deck, appliance, exc cond,
orig owner, buyer pays mov-
ing. $32,900 (863)675-1490
2/2, On Taylor Creek, Lake
Okee access, seawall &
dock, exc cond., $135,000
(561)202-7702 or email
PLANTATION MANOR- Ft.
Pierce, Barrington MH '79,
must be moved, 2br,2ba, as
is $15,500 (772)466-1836
Your new car could be
today's pa Have you
looiled fop r,
14' BOAT- unsinkable, fiber-
glass, fish finder, tIr, used
twice, Call for information
BAYLINER- '77, Outboard, 16',
Runs good. $2500. or best
BOAT, 20 FL, Center Console
w/T-Top, V4 115 Evinrude mo-
tor. Dbl. axle Brake Away trail-
er. $2500 (863)467-8580
JON BOAT, 12', with trailer,
$500 firm. (863)467-0436
LOW PONTOON- '96 model,
70hp Evinrude, Equip. for
night fishing. Honda genera-
tor. $8500. (863)357-414
PONTOON BOAT, 20' LOWES,
40 hp Honda, 4 stroke, like
new w/trailer, awnings & ex-
tra's. $5800. (863)467-6696
PONTOON BOAT- 26', 50HP
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $1400 neg
(863)467-5725 for more info
PONTOON BOAT '89, 27', Fi-
berglass, 100 hp 0/B Mariner.
Wrap around seating w/cov-
RANGER BASS BOAT- 16'6",
115hp Mariner engine. Low
hrs, very clean. $8200.
RENKIN, 19', w/85hp John-
son, troll, mtr., nice trlir, wa-
ter test, runs strong, $1800.
SEA CRAFT, 12 Ft., Deep V
Bottom & big trolling motor.
w/trailer. Trailer needs work.
TIDECRAFT.PRO BASS BOAT,
on trailer, runs great, $2500
or best offer. (561)281-5429
VOLVO PINTA ENGINE &
CHEVY HERIT MOTORHOME-
'84, Runs great. Needs some
work on the 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 211 Ft., Eagle
5th wheel. Everything works.
5th wheel or Goose neck hitch
incl. $5500 (863)467-6696
RV- '1991, 35', with 30'xlO'
screen porch. $5500 Call
(863)763-9135 for more in-
RV SHELTER: 12 Ft x 24Ft x
13FL 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 fip
miles, exc. cond, $19,500.
(863)357-2891 after 3pm
FISHING TROLLING MOTORS
(2) w/all controls, 12 & 24
volt, new never used, $450
KAYAKS- 2, 14', Like new,
MOTOR, 0/B, Johnson 140
hp. w/trolling motor. $950.
for both. (863)467-6875
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The classed ads
HARLEY DAVIDSON FXRT'84-
collectors item, $80000
(863)763-6016 MUST SEE"
YAMAHA 400 DIRT BIKE, '85.
good cond., shows 793 mi.,
runs good, $850.
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO CART & SUZUKI 185cc
4-wheeler, both run! $600 or
best offer, will separate
FRANKLIN, '06, 33', 2 slide-
outs, fully loaded, sleeps 6,
GULF STREAM CONQUEST-
'05, LR, Kit., Sleep 7 com-
fortably, Excellent condition.
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utlity 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
BUICK LESABRE 1998, Nice
condition. Motor needs work.
BUICK SKYLARK 1987, 4 cyl.,
Runs or for parts. $300.
CHEVY CAMARO Z-28 1982,
runs great! Must sell $1200
or best offer 863-697-9598
DODGE STRATUS '96, 5 spd.,
4 cyl., good on gas. Great
shape! Excellent transporta-
tion. $1850. (863)697-3300
FORD MUSTANG 5.0 LX 1990
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.
HONDA ACCORD DX 1987,
auto, 57k actual miles,
$1200 (863)824-6799 or
LINC CONTINENTAL '95- good
cond., new tires, lowrider,
great sound system $2000
Mercury Marquis LS, '90, 5.0,
V8, low,mi., good body &
int., cold a/c,-great trans.,
MUSTANG '02- V6, auto, PW,
PL, white w/tan Inter. 39K
mi, exc cond., $9200
OLDS CUTLASS CIERA '94-
4dr, auto, PW/PL/PS, cold
AC, AM/FM stereo/cass
OLDS DELTA 88- 84, 68k
* orig. mi. New tires, 2 owner
car. Good cond. $2800.
OLDS DELTA 88 ROYALE '84-
asking $300 or best offer
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX, '92,
mechanics special, $200 or
best offer. (772)774-9901
SUZUKI SAMURAI, (3), '85,
86 &188; $2500 or best of-
fer. (863)357-2111 or
Lookinrg lo buy Anoque Car/
Converibie / Truck. Please call
CHEVY TRUCK FRAME- With
axles. Good lor a buggy.
JEEP CJ-7 1986, 6 cyl, new
seats, console, top, bikini
top, and paint. $7000 neg.
JEEP RENEGADE 1991, 4x4,
Auto., Mint condition. New en-
gine & brakes. 400 mis. on en-
gine. $7800 (863)467-6696
GOLF CART, '89 Club Car,
36v, with charger, new seat
& tires, $900 or best offer.
GOLF CART- Club Car, 48V
elec, w/batt charger, also
roof, $1300 (863)763-8714
GOLF CART- Easy Go, 36
volts, w/charger, looks &
runs good, well worth price
$600 (423)502-2214 Lorida
CARBURETED HEAD- 350,
with 202 valve $200.
CHAIN FALL- American,
3,000 lbs. lift, like new, $75
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $175
SUPERCHIP- For 6.0 Ford Die-
sel Truck, '04-'05. Asking
$350. or best offer.
TIRES on rims, from Jeep
Wrangler, brand new
30/9.50/R15 LI Goodyear
TONNEAU COVER- off 8ft bed,
Ford. $450 or nest offer
TONNEAU COVER, while, I,-
beirgass, fhis ull size bed.
TOYOTA STOCK RIMS-15",
For a pickup, asking $20 tor
all 4 (863)467-1308 -: -
Truck Bed, Lighls. Bumper Tail
Gate lor '99-'01 Ford F150.
whie in color. $350 or besi
UTILITY BOX, "Stahl" 8 Ft.
CHEVY 1 Ton Dually 1983
w/Lift Bed. $1500 or best of-
Chevy S10 1990, runs great
good work truck $900 firm
DODGE DAKOTA '94- no title,
FORD F10, '83, auto, air,
300ci, new tires, two-tone
blue, $1700. (863)697-8464
ISUZU PU '91- AC, runs good,
4 cyl, $1000 (772)618-0607
LEER FIBERGLASS TOPPER-
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
TRUCK BED- '95. F350 Ex-
cellent shape. $500. or best
CHEVY BLAZER, 4 Door. V6
motor, Runris & Drives good
TRAILER- 5'x8', With ramp.
Excellent condition. $550.
CHEVY- 3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
passenger, good tires, rides
good on hwy, $990
DODGE-'84, 15 Passenqer 1
ion, 1t:e seals., $1490
DODGE CARAVAN 94- GOOD
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEE OF THE DIS-
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HELPS YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE
O.R.E. holding fundraiser
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) group is holding
fundraiser for their scholarship award by giving away a quilt an(
afghan. Tickets can be obtained with a $5 donation. The drawing
will be held April 3. For information, contact Gay Carllon at (863
763-5755, Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829, Marion Davis at (863
763-3991, Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487 or Regina Hamrick a
Annual speech contest is planned
The annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation Distric
Speaking Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at th
Okeechobee USDA Service Center on U.S. 98 North. The contest i
open to any student enrolled in grades six through 12 in Okee
chobee County. The topic is "Wise Use of Florida's \\ate
Resources." Speeches are to be six to eight minutes in duration
Time under or over these limits will cost the contestant two point
for each 15 seconds or part thereof. Three independent judges wi
score contestants on content, composition and delivery. Contest
tants may use notes while speaking, but visual aides may not b
used. Prizes for the contest are $500 for first, $400 for second an
$300 for third. There will also be a participation prize of $50 to a
contestants. Any student interested in participating may contact
Joanna Sherman at the Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservatio
District at (863) 763-3619. '
Yard sale aids Hospice patient care
Hospice of Okeechobee will be host a yard sale on Friday, Apr
7, and Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will b
held at the Hospice of Okeechobee big blue volunteer house loca
ed at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue, next to th
Hospice residence. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okee
chobee. 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 Par
Saturday, April 8,-from 11:30 until 4 p.m. Dinners will consist c
cabbage, green beans, roll and choice of one-fourth chicken c
three ribs. Call Jeff Robinson Electric at(863) 763-2525 for dinner
Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will. host
fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. A
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help start
K-9 unit. The cost will be $6.
Ranch hosting fundraiser
Mi-CIN Ranch. 1000 N.W. 50th Drive, will host a fundraiser fc
the Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Indian River Community Colleg
(IRCC) Scholarship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m. Active
ities will include a barbecue, Easter egg hunt, Chinese auction an
a horseshoe tournament. There will also be live entertainment. Fc
information, call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.
UF/IFAS plans career fair
The University of Florida/IFAS Environmental Managemer
Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.rr.
the University of Florida/IFAS.Indian River Research and Educatio
Center (IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in Fort Pierce. The event
being held because IRREC has launched a new bachelor's degre
program in environmental management and enrollment is increa
ing greatly. For information, contact Kim Wilson by calling (772
468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail at email@example.com.
Reunion planned for'60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 427
U.S. 441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. If you are
member of a class from .1960-1969 you are invited to attend. F(
information, call (863) 763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.
Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will b
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 Raule
son Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and crafts f(
seniors at the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and bluE
grass and gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The centE
would like to expand its activities to groups that would like to pla
board games, card games and bingo. If anyone is interested or ha
any ideas, contact Sheila at (863) 462-5180 or Debbie at (863) 46:
5183, or just come down and talk to us. Activities are held froi
11:30 a.m. until 4:30-p.m. This is a free service to seniors age 60 an
Free tax counseling service offered
a AARP-Taxaidewill be available each Monday and Tuesday begin-
d ning through April 17 from 9 a.m until 1 p.m., at the American
g Legion Post #62, 501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volun-
) teer run, tax counseling preparation service that can answer most
) of the tax issues faced by middle to-low'incorne taxpayers, with
it special attention to taxpayers 60 years old or older. Please bring last
year's tax return, all W-2s, 1099s, interest, 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
-t return. A blank check for direct deposit of refund is also required.
e AARP-Taxaide does not do state income tax returns. For informa-
s tion, call NeileForeman, district coordinator, at (8631 357-1,694.
Ornament sales benefits scholarships
. The Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE.i are now taking pre-
s paid orders for a limited edition 2006 Christmas ornament. The,
II ornament is 24 karat gold on brass and includes a numbered certifi-
s- cate and historical information. Each ornament is $15. All proceeds
e. from the sale of the ornaments will go to the ORE scholarship. To.
d place an order, call: Kay McCool, (863) 763-2829; Gay Carlton,
11 (863) 763-5755; Paulette Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis,.
:t (863) 763-3991: or Regina Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.
Martha's House office has moved
SMartha's House Administrative and Outreach Office have moved
to their new location at 103 N.V. Fifth St., Suites 4 and 5, next door
il to the Medicine Shoppe.
t- Mainstreet board nominations sought
e Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board posi-
tions on the Okeechobee Mainstreet until April 26. For information,
contact Ms. Huffman at (863.1 697-2054.
Summer Activity Guide offered
.f The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee (Community Col-
ir laborative Council) is sponsoring a Summer Activity Guide for chil-
.r dren. The intent of this guide is to inform parents and children
about local services andactivities to keep all children safe, super-
vised and active this summer. Some organizations have volun-
teered to sponsor this booklet so you can promote your-program
for free. To include your summer program in the guide, call Sharon
1d Vinson, Shared Services Netwvork 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
)r The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
e Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
v- posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members
d and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the
)r ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to
administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The
three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and
nt cadets work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are.
at interested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene
n O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863)
:e Class of '97 plans reunion
2) Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okee-
chobee High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
6 Regions accepts Red Cross donations
a All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American
)r 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 Hurri-
cane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a
)e Red Cross receipt.
e-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 par-
r- ticipants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-
or 2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at 4134 U.S. 441
ay Church holding youth services
2- The North of Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Ter-
m race, will hold youth services every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.
id There will be fun, food, fellowship and a brief devotion. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1066.
Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be.offered at the Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist
Medicare recipients in selecting and enrolling in Medicare Part D
programs. Those taking part will need.to bring their complete list of
all prescription medications and dosages, along with their
Medicare card. Anyone who feels that may be eligible for govern-
ment 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 par-
ents and pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's
word through activity centers. There will also be a special class for
parents. For information or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-
Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting par-
enting education classes starting in March. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. For specific dates, informa-
tion and to register for the class call the Healthy Start office at (863)
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 seventh annual Easter Cantata. The rehearsals will be held
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N:W. Second Street. This
year'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 presented during Palm Sun-
day weekend April 7, 8 and 9 and will feature the newly-refur-
bished 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 information, call
Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.
Church offering study sessions
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is offer-
ing a short term study program. The Forty-Sixty is based on Disci-
pleship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and Craig.
Kennet 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 infor-
mation or to register, call (863) 763-4021.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from the
sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E.
Pick-up service is not available. For information, contact Rosie at
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-
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.
until noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday
from 8 a.m. until 8 p.rm and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Semi-
nole Reservation, Brighton, Adults basic education/GED, Tuesday
and Thursday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy,
S.R. 70 East, English as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday,
from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon; El
Centre Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday,
from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane,
adult basic education/GED and English as a second language class-
es, Monday through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades Ele-
mentary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes,
Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English as a second language,
Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Okeechobee County hereby requests proposals from qualified banking/leasing Insfi-
tuoionsto provide "Bank Oualified' financing for new/refurbilshed fire apparatus.
The County desires fixed rate financing for up to $500,000 for new/refurbished fire
apparatus on a level debt service basis over 5,10,15 and 20 years with no pre-
payment penalties. Closing costs shall be included In the proposed "all-in financ-
The banking/leasing institution may also submit an alternative proposal (creative fi-
REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF THE COMPLETE RFP should be directed to
(863) 763-6441. Proposals must be received by the County at the following lo-
cation not laterthan 3:00 p.m., April 6, 2006.
FIRE APPARATUS FINANCING
304 NW 2ND STREETROOM106
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or Informalities in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals
to the County. Proposals will be reviewed by the County with a financing award
by the County Commission anticipated on April 13, 2006, or as soon thereafter as
Sharon Robertson, Clerk John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners
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