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Vol. 97 No. 84 Saturday, March 25, 2006 504 Plus tax


Brief

OCSO to stage
traffic operation
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) will be
conducting a special enforce-
ment effort regarding the
unsafe practice by motorists
of following another 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 deal-
ing with following too closely.
The operation will also
include heightened enforce-
ment against aggressive driv-
ing.
The operation began Mon-
day, March 20, and will end
Saturday, March 25 -

Inside

Entegra to
open new plant
Entegra has announced a
new plant opening in Okee-
chobee in the spring of 2006.
The new plant comes after
two years of intense tile short-
ages due to hurricanes and a
prolonged housing boom.
The Okeechobee plant will be
the most centrally located roof
tile plant in the state of Florida
and will be able to provide
consistent supply. : Okee-
chobee was selected specifi-
cally for its quality labor force
and optimal location for
securing raw\ materials.
Page 2

Shauglhnessy
wins match
KEY BISCAYNE (API -
The first seeded player to take
the stadium court at the Nas-
daq-100 Open became the'
first to lose.
No. 3-seeded Justine
Henin-Hardenne \\as upset b
Meghann Shaughnessv 7-5, 6-
4 in the second round Friday.
Shaughnessy never faced a
break point and took advan-
tage ol 27 unforced errors by
Henin-Hardenne.
"She played really well,
and I wasn't at rmy best," said
Henin-Hardenne, who had a
first-round bye. "I missed a lit-
tle bit of confidence, so you
play more neutral, more in the
middle than going for the win-
ners."
Page5

Drought Index
Current: 397
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.72 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
15.43 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds .....11-13
Comics ...........10
S Community Events... .4
Crossword .. ... ....11
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports ............. 5
TV .............12
Weather ............ 2
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Drainage tops workshop talks


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Drainage has certainly become
a hot topic. The Okeechobee
County Board of County Commis-
sioners spent a considerable
amount of time at their Thursday,
March 23, meeting considering the
issue.
Drainage was also the major
topic of discussion at the work-
shop held that evening between
the county commissioners and the
Okeechobee City Council. They
also discussed the county's new
emergency operations center
(EOC), impact fees and theOkee-
chobee UtilityAuthority (OUA).
County commission chairman
John Abney stated the county's,
commitment to improving
drainage especially in the south-
western part of the county. He dis-


cussed getting stormwater west to
Whidden Ditch in order to prevent
flooding to the south.
Mr. Abney asked Mayor Jim
Kirk whether or not the city had a
stormwater retention plan. The
mayor replied that the city did not.
Later in the meeting, the mayor
said he knew the county had a
plan and he assumed that it includ-
ed the city.
Mr. Abney suggested that the
city might need to look at
stormwater retention in light of the
fact that South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) can't
take all the water that is sent to
Tiem.
Mr. Abney noted that the coun-
ty recognizes that the water has to
go somewhere once it leaves a
developed piece of propeuth He
cited the recent incident \ heie the


county held up a developer's plans
until the downstream impact of
stormwater leaving the project
could be determined.
"I think it is important that city
and county' work together for
drainage," stressed Commissioner.
Elvie Posey.
Deputy County Administrator
Jim Threewits said the county has
contracted for a drainage survey
that would be finished by Sept. 30.
City Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford asked if this plan would pro-
vide answers to the drainage, prob-
lem.
Mr. Threewits said the survey
would identify target areas and
suggest possible solutions and
costs without listing specific
details.
County Administrator George
Long said the solutions presented


Spring break: Students learn about wildlife


Okeechobee News'D. Hamilton
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center hosted a camp for children for the week of
spring break. Campers, (left to right) Shelby Muller 10, Veronica Garcia 10, Teagan
Mullins 10 and Justin Murphy 8 are four of the 14 who spent the entire week doing craft
projects, learning about wildlife and conservation, going on scavenger hunts, hiking,
and enjoying the animals at the center.


would be conceptual and would
not be detailed enough for con-
struction or to advertise for bids.,
"The city needs to be on board
with the plan," said the mayor.
"We want to be there."
Commissioner Clif Betts sug-
gested an interlocal agreement
with the city to assess city residents
for their part of the overall
drainage system.
The county is also doing a study
to determine the feasibility of cre-
ating a special district to. assess
taxes for drainage. That district
would include the city.
"I think we all realize its going
to cost money," Mr. Abney said.
"I still can't understand how
the Rim Canal going up 3or 4 feet
won't back up water," questioned
the mayor. "I do not understand
why the Rim Canal can't be


pumped down more before a
storm."
He asserted that SFWMD
couldn't pull water down with
their pumps.
"I am at 22 feet, why am I flood-
ing when the Rim Canal is at 16
feet?" asked Mayor Kirk.
Commissioner Gene Woods
replied that the water backed up at
Durrance and\ Wolff Roads.
Mr. Abney remarked that wlen
Hurricane Wilma slowed down in
her path toward Florida, SFWMD
did not pull the Rim Canal down
out of concern for sea walls.
CityAdministrator Brian White-
hall voiced, an opinion thai any
request to lower the Rim Canal
would be met with resistance.
It all goes back to the lake level,
See Drainage-Page 2


DOT plans



to widen part



of S.R. 70 East


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Plans are, under way for
making 6.75 miles of S.R. 70
E. in Okeechobee County into-
four lanes from Northeast
34th Avenue to Northeast
128th Avenue (Berman
Road".
In addition to though
lanes, a grassed median with
left-turn lanes will be included
in the plans and various inter-
sections will be upgraded,
according to a Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
(FDOT) news release.
A workshop on the pro-


posed improvements is
planned for April 6, from 5:30
until 7:30 p.m., at the Okee-
chobee County Ci% ic Center,
1750 U.S. 98 N. (across from
the Okeechobee Airport).
Keith Slater of FDOT will con-
duct the workshop and will
answer questions about the *
project. timeline and other
related issues. .
According to the FDOT
release, the purpose of the
workshop is to receive com-
ments from the general public
and to inform people about
See Plans Page 2


Visioners meet



to streamline,


prioritize goals


This little guy makes his temporary home at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. He
is a rescued deer who will eventually make his way back into the wild.


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News,
A group of 60 people inter-
ested in planning for the future
of Okeechobee met March 13
at the KOA Convention Center
to prioritize goals set down at
their first meeting in February.
They will continue to work
on the Okeechobee County
Vision Process at their third
meeting on April 10 at the KOA


center, 3276 U.S. 441 S.
Lee Dixon, one of six mem-
bers of the Okeechobee Steer-
ing Committee, said the com-
mittee summarized the ideas
brought forth as draft goal state-
ments- and objectives, which
will be scrutinized more closely
at the next meeting.
Goal statements were rated
in various categories, including
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To the trees
This colorful rooster took to the trees to crow about the
beautiful day on Friday at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center.







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Entegra to open new plant in Okeechobee


Entegra has announced a
new plant opening in Okee-
chobee in the spring of 2006.
The new plant comes after two
years of intense tile shortages
due to hurricanes and a pro-
longed housing boom. The
Okeechobee plant will be the
most centrally located roof tile
plant in the state of Florida and
will be able to provide consistent
supply. Okeechobee was select-
ed specifically for its quality
labor force and optimal location
for securing raw materials.
The City of Okeechobee is
welcoming the new company
with open arms. Mayor Jim Kirk,
"This endeavor is exactly why
the City took the initiative to cre-


Drainage

Continued From Page 1
said Mr. Long.
Commissioner Woods stated
SFWMD was afraid to raise the lake
level. '
Mr. Watford favored exerting
pressure to lower the Rim Canal
during hurricanes.
"Most of us feel that if they do
bring it down, we won't have as
bad a problem," said Mr. Watford.
He urged the county's assistance in
this matter.
Mr. Betts stated, that SFMWD
has to follow U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (COE) guidelines
Mr. Long added that when lake
level goes above or below certain
levels, COE has jurisdiction.
"I think it is important we are all
on the same page;" Mr. Abney stat-
ed.
He noted that the governing
board of SFWMD would be meet-
ing in Okeechobee on the April 12.
He suggested the city council
address them.
Commissioner Ray Domer
pointed out that in the county a
developer has to consider where
water goes when it leaves the proj-
ect. He asked if a developer has to
meet the same criteria in the city.
Mr. Whitehall replied that the
site is engineered for water reten-
tion.
Mr. Watford said that the devel-
oper of the large project north of
S.W. 15th Avenue was told to retain
stormwater.
Commissioner Betts said a
stormwater plan should prevent
water from coming into people's
houses. He stated that they would
not mind water in their yards, as
long as it did not get into their hous-
es.
City Councilman Noel Chandler
noted that water backs up the
Whidden Ditch, and suggested a
structure to hold back the water.
Commissioner Elvie Posey
pointed out that road swales, cul-
vert sizes and elevation are all a
problem. And at some point, he
added, this problem would have to
be corrected.
Mayor Kirk said he thinks that
city and county ditches are flowing
well, but that the backup was in the
RimCanal.
Commissioner Betts noted that
the last few years have been wetter
than normal, and that the lake level
schedule should be designed with
more up-to-date information.
"The most encouraging thing
I've heard is the county is trying to
move water west," said the mayor.
Commissioner Domer asked if
the city was going to use curb and
gutter, or ditches.


Goals
Continued From Page 1
development, transportation,
economy and economic develop-
ment, natural environment, edu-
cation, health, culture and recre-
ation, and governance.
Top priorities in each category
were broken down into subcate-
gories of objectives to reach stated
goals. For example, the goal state-
ment for development was for
development in Okeechobee
County to be "thoughtful, attrac-
tive and compatible with the rural
character and natural beauty of
the county."
Objectives to reach the goal
involved planning, standards and
regulation, utilities and other infra-
structure and residential develop-
ment. Objectives were written as
statements under each subcatego-
ry and prioritized by a rating scale
of 1 to 3 to show "not acceptable,"
"I can live with it," and "I support
it."
Items that had the most sup-
port were placed at the top of the
list such as the most votes went
for promoting neighborhood
development that includes side-
walks, recreation centers, and a
school under the planning objec-
tive.
In listing summary insights, a
report from the meeting listed the
following comments from partici-
pants.
We need a drainage system.
We need to improve the
roads and the road system.
Growth will affect the quality
of life. If we limit growth, we may
be able to maintain our quality of
life. If we grow, our quality of life
will change, which may be nega-
tive or positive.


ate a Commerce Park in the first
place...bringing much needed
employment. We have always
been aware of Okeechobee's
centralized strategic location
and now Entergra's investment
only proves that point.
The infrastructure improve-
ments for the Park.. .have been a
joint funding effort with Federal,
State and local participation,
which were all instrumental in
making the Park a reality.
There are three other compa-
ny projects that the City is cur-
rently working on for the Park.
One of which has paved the way
for a $6000,000 CDBG(Commu-
nity Development Block Grant)
from the Department of Com-


The mayor replied that most of
the city's growth is infill, and that
new developments would use curb
and gutter.
The board then turned to a con-
sideration of impact fees.
Mr. Long said he was told
recently by the consultant who is
preparing the impact fee study that
to complete the study he needs
some information from the city that
he had not yet requested. The study
is supposed to be completed this
month, added the county adminis-
trator.
Mr. Whitehall stated that the
consultant had not contacted the
city lately, and suggested that the
city contact the consultant to find
out what information he needs.
The workshop topic then
switched to the county's new
Emergency Operations Center
(EOC).
Commissioner Abney said the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office would be dispatching year
round from the new center, and
asked if the city would want space
for dispatching. If so, he said, space
would have to be to be allotted.
Councilman Watford noted that
Chief of Police Dennis Davis is not
in favor of the move. He said it
would be necessary to know the
cost.
"My gut feeling is that we don't
want to move our dispatch," he
said.
Commissioner Abney then
asked what the city police would
do if a storm required vacating their
building.
Mr. Long noted that the number
one problem with storms is com-
munications. He said that was why
they put dispatch in the EOC, and
noted the major problems that
would be caused if city communi-.
cations were-Rhocked out.
County Attorney John Cassels
suggested that the city come up
with space needs and the county
come up with costs.
Mr. Long stated the county
would need an answer in four
weeks.
"In an emergency, it's not you
and me it's us" said Commis-
sioner Abney.
Councilman Watford then
asked about Okeechobee Utility
Authority's (OUA) progress in
expanding its sewer treatment
plant.
Mr. Long, who is also on the
OUA'board, said funding has been
acquired for the expansion project.
Commissioner Betts suggested
a workshop with the city and OUA
when utility authority's plans are
finalized.

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Impact fees should pay for
growth.
Lake Okeechobee is a priori-
ty because it affects so many
things.
We need growth that
includes high-paying jobs.
Growth is coming. We need
to plan for it.
As we grow, we need to pro-
tect our natural resources and
agriculture.
One highly rated objective
under the governance category
suggested the combination of city
and county governments into one
entity for all local political offices
and subdivisions including
police and fire.
The visioning process is spon-
sored by Florida's Heartland Rural
Economic Development Initiative,
Inc. (FHREDI) in conjunction with
the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs.
FHREDI provides regional eco-
nomic development coordination
to businesses interested in
expanding or relocating to the six-
county area that includes Okee-
chobee, Highlands, Hendry,
Glades, Hardy and DeSoto coun-
ties.
In addition to Mr. Dixon, the six
members of the steering commit-
tee also include Rick Amiet, Mark
Brandel, Terry Burroughs, Joe
Pearce and Sonny Williamson.
The third meeting will be a
process of further streamlining
goals and objectives and making
sure the goals are reality based,
Mr. Dixon said.
"You don't want to set a goal
for a new park if creating one
would cost $5 million," he said.
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merce for additional road and
infrastructure improvements.
"We are excited about the
new plant and its capability to
support the market demand,"
said Craig Dallas, General Man-
ager of Sales and Marketing of
Entegra Sales, Inc. Dallas went
on to say that "providing addi-
tional product will reduce the
current backlog in the industry
and allow us to keep our busi-
ness moving forward.
The Okeechobee location is
slated to add 70 million pieces of
additional capacity to the Florida
roof tile market on an annual
basis, bringing Entegra's total
capacity to over 110 million tiles.
The plant will create 65 employ-


ees and will product tile on two
manufacturing lines.
Bill Tamayo, President of Sun-
coast Distributors added, "With
concrete tile in such tight supply,
Entegra has distinguished itself
as an ethical and reliable suppli-
er. The Okeechobee site is the
best plant location of any roof
tile manufacturer for shipments
throughout Florida. With the
new Okeechobee plant, Entegra,
which is a distributor friendly
supplier, will double its capacity.
"We can't wait!"
Entegra is a manufacturer of
concrete roof tile in Florida, with
separate locations in
Indiantown, Pompano, Miami
and Okeechobee.


Baby Serval
A 5-week-old baby African Serval is just one of the many
animals recently born at Arnold's Wildlife Center. Sue
Arnold, who runs the more than 40 acre rehabilitation
center said that the baby cats bred at the center, can go
to zoos and other animal centers after they have reached
eight weeks.



Community Events

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 4134 U.S. 441 N.
Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be offered at the Okeechobee
CountyPublic Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays
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 pre-
scription medications and dosages, along with their Medicare card.
Anyone who feels that may be eligible for government assistance in
paying premiums must bring proof of income.
Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will hold
classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for parents
and pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's word
through activity centers. There will also be a special class for par-
ents. For information or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-4021.
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, information
and to register for the class call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-
5877.
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 har-
monies. The cantata will be presented during Palm Sunday week-
end April 7, 8 and 9 and will feature the newly-refurbished
Reuter pipe organ. Singers should be able to match pitch and read
music somewhat. Rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of fun. Win-
ter 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 Disciple-
ship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and Craig Ken-
net Miller. The study will take place each Tuesday from 6:45 until
7:45 p.m. at the church. The study is open to everyone, and will be
led by Rev. Bruce Simpson and Rev. Jim Dawson. For information or
to register, call (863) 763-4021.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 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
(863) 763-4242.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are
also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business executives and other organizations.
Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-
tion.


Plans

Continued From Page 1
the project's progress. Aerial
maps will be on display.
In addition, people may sub-
mit written statements and
exhibits at the workshop, or they
may send them to Dick Combs
at FDOT District One, P. 0. Box
1249, Bartow, FL 33831.
Jim Threewits, assistant
administrator for Okeechobee
County, said the county has


been pushing for this road
widening project for many years
and he is happy it is on the
state's front burner.
"The accessibility to and from
the East Coast will be improved.
It can be a great benefit to us
economically," he said.
He said he is also happy that
the state listened to the county's
request to take the widening
project through the intersection,
instead of stopping it at the inter-
section as the state originally
planned.


News Briefs

Benefit set up for Smalls family
OKEECHOBEE An account has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls family.
Mrs. Smalls and her three children were killed in an automobile
accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big Lake National Bank and say you would
like to contribute to the benefit for the Smalls family.
Loans help replace storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. has
received $500,000 for the HOME Again Loan Program, which helps
homeowners with replacement of their hurricane damaged or
destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was your
primary residence during hurricanes Frances and 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- $45,500.
Interviews for applications for this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for an interview, call Jessie Vazquez at
(863) 467-5525. The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing Inc. office is
open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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
applicants.
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.

Project HOPE offers counseling
OKEECHOBEE People who have been displaced to Okeechobee
due to Hurricane Katrina can contact Project HOPE (Helping Our Peo-
ple in Emergencies), 1600 S.W. Second Ave., at (863)634-1410, for crisis
counseling and referral to various agencies.
Two winners split Fantasy 5 prize
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -I Two winners of the Fantasy 5 game will col-
lect $162,252.60 each, the Florida Lottery said Friday.
The winning tickets were bought in the cities of Sanford and
Brooksville, lottery officials reported.
The 396 tickets matching 4-of-5 numbers will collect $132 each.
The 13,022 tickets matching 3-of-5 won $11 each, and 134,151 tick-
ets won a Quick Pick ticket for picking 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Thursday nightwere 8-14-15-27-30.


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SAThe following individuals were
I 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 Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
William Patrick Lary, 35, N.W.
34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrest-
Sed March 20 by Deputy Donna Lee
on a St. Lucie County warrant
charging him with violation of pro-
bation possession of cocaine. He
is being held without bond.
Odan Garcia Gomez, 32, NE.
64th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrest-
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S* Katherine Robbins Hudson,
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Deputy Paul Jackson on a warrant
charging her with the felony of traf-
ficking in oxycodone and the mis-
demeanor of possession of 20
grams or less of cannabis. Her
bond was set at $50,000,
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Nebraska Ave., Tampa, was arrest-

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SSergeant Tom Tarner on a felony
charge of burglary of an occupied
dwelling and a misdemeanor
charge of battery. His bond was set
at $15,000.
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ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
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clock for his "timedhondored' service to the club and the community. Assistant District
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iem up. Does anyone have any information about when it will be done?
i Editor's Note: According to the story we ran Friday, the county has
Hired an engineering firm to come up with specifications and a scope of
work for the project. Once this has been completed, the county will
advertise for bids to do the project. However, an exact date as to when
he project will start has not been set.
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NO LOANS: I would like a little information about being able to obtain
:.bank loan if you want to buy a singlewide mobile home. I would like to
.low why singlewide mobile home owners are being discriminated
"ainst by the loaning institutions. After all, we have to pay taxes and
.ave to pay for insurance ifwe are lucky enough to have a mortgage. I
.bn't understand why we can't get a loan like anyone else can if they buy
Hdoublewide, frame home or CBS home. I think it's pure out right dis-
rimination and I'd like to knowwhy.
Editor's Note: We spoke with a loan officer at a local lending institu-,
tion and were told there are loans for singlewide mobile homes. But this
type of loan is a higher loan, as are loans for many doublewide mobile
homes. And while every institution has its own rules and regulations,
there are loans available but don't expect to get a fixed-rate loan. The
6iest thing you can do is go to a lending institution, talk to a loan officer
and have them answer your questions in more detail than we can here.
The bottom line is that there are loans available to you, but these loans
are going to be different than those fora site-built home.

DISCRIMINATION: One of my great-grandfathers came from'Ger-
thany and the other one was American Indian, so they both had to adapt
to the English language. The foreigners today know that this is, or shall I
say was, an English-speaking country that was based upon a Christian
foundation. I received a disturbing phone call from a person who was
speaking Spanish. When I said that I don't speak Spanish, his reply was
why not. Also, has anyone been looking for a job lately, I have and they
say bilingual is preferred. It is upsetting that I could have better experi-
ence than someone else but they would be hired because they speak
another language. I feel that I am being discriminated against because I
am a white English-speaking woman and it is just getting worse. The
government has to put an end to this discrimination.

ARC: Let's look at the difference here, new commissioners Elvie Posey
and Ray Domer are ready to get rid of the less fortunate at the Okee-
chobee Rehab School, now known as the ARC. Senior commissioner
John Abney is showing compassion and concern for the less fortunate.
This story doesn't need a picture, now does it?
: Editor's Note: We spoke with the commissioners and Commissioner
Posey emphatically stated that he is "... not antiARC. "He said he had a
lot of compassion for their clients, but said he was opposed to spending
taxpayers'money when he doesn't know where it is-going. The organi.
nationn was requested to give the county a copy of their audit, but they
have not been doing that for some time. Commissioner Domer said he
is not unsympathetic to the clients of ARC, but he has questions about
the management of the organization. He said he askedARC to produce
some sort of business plan and they have not responded. He is con-
cerned that county money would not be spent efficiently.


Community Events

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 Saturday, April 1, at6 p.m. The church is located behind the
Recreational Outreach Center (ROC).

Yard sale aids Hospice patient care
Hospice of Okeechobee will be host a yard sale on Friday,
April 7, and Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale
will be held at the Hospice of Okeechobee big blue volunteer
house located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third
Avenue, next to the Hospice residence. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale donations are accept-
ed at this location.
Barbecue proceeds help Smalls family,
A barbecue to help the Smalls family will be held in Flagler
Park Saturday, April 8, from 11:30 until 4 p.m. Dinners will con-
sist of cabbage, green beans, roll and choice of one-fourth
chicken or three ribs. Call Jeff Robinson Electric at(863) 763-
2525 for dinner tickets.


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Upcoming Events


Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., at
the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m.,
weather permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any ques-
tions contact Gehe Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at
(863) 610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
Monday
Narcotics Anonymous meets every Monday at 7 p.m. for an open
discussion meeting at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863)
467-5474.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orienta-
tion is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee Coun-
ty. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will
be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For informa-
tion, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Tuesday
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., at8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
2321.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
SWidows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting 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.
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 (63)7.-4320. .* :.-
The Gathering Church OverioiheiT 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.
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.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas'Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the
facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
A.A. meeting meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Say-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. This will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-1191.
Martha's House offers weekly suppon groups for individuals who
are either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department
auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863)
. 763-0202. The other support group is held on each Thursday at 6 p.m. at
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information,
call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Thursday
Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN: (863) 763-2225; or, (863) 697-
3110.
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 Janei Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
467-5261.
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.
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 public
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
information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
SSocial Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m. until
noon at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Second Lan-
guage classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is wel-
come. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an oppor-
tunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information,
call (863) 467-2321.


Community Events


Boot camp is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 25, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Martin County
Sheriff Robert Crowder. The topic will be juvenile crime and the clo-
sure of the Martin County Juvenile Training Center, known as the
boot camp. For information contact Lieutenant Jenel tias, at the
Martin County Sheriff's Office, (772) 220-7014. -
Annual Ride-Run-Walk day planned
The Rotary Club's third annual Lake Okeechobe enic Trail
(LOST) Ride-Run-Walk Saturday will be held March 25-eginning at
8 a.m. The course will begin and end at the Scott Drivr boat ramp
on S.R. 78 W Sign-ins will start at 7 a.m. on the day of the walk. Certi-
fied 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 registration fee for adults w e $15 and
$10 for children 10 and under. Participants under the agof 18 must
be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registratioshould be
sent to: Jim Mclnnes, c/o Farm Bureau Insurance ( 401 N.W.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, Fl., 34974. Make checks payable: Rotary's
LOST Ride-Run-Walk. All proceeds will go to the Okeedbee Rotary
Club and Martha's House. For information, call Jim McIhies at (863)
763-3101.
Heartland Boys to be in concert
The Heartland Boys will be in concert, Saturday, Mch 25, at 7
p.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene,' S.W 28th
St. For information, call (863) 763-3519 from 9 until no,
Lakeport church hosting revival
A revival will be held at the Lakeport Christian Ch, 1650 E.
S.R. 78 N.W, on Saturday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. Service also be
held Sunday, March 26, at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p Raymond .
Bennett is the scheduled speaker and his wife Gyneth accompa-
ny him. For information, call (863) 946-1747.
Pop Warner fundraiser slated
A fundraiser for the Pop Warner Chobee Little Bra ans youth
football program will be held March 25, from noon untip.m. at the
ROC, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. The cost is $5 for a chicken di and $7 for
a rib dinner. For information, call Shelly Niehaus at (8 7-3613 or
(863) 634-2212. Am,
DOF hosting annual Fire Fest
The Florida Division of Forestry (DOF) will host its bl Fire Fest
on Saturday, Marcht25, at Savannas Preserve state Par,',l Walton
Road, Port St. Lucie. The free family event will feature live fire demon-
strations, fire safety demonstrations and Smokey Bea4 informa-
tion, call (772) 398-2779.
Church plans dedication service
Fountain of Life Church has mo\ ed from its for ress, 116
E. S. Park St., to 1302 S.W 32nd St. The church %will ha dedication
service Sunday, March 26, from 2 until -4 p.m. For inf Liaton, call
(863) 763-8945.


Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128, Order of the Eastern i
their final all-you-can-eat breakfast of the season on S
26, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lo
Fifth Ave. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage
cuits;hash brown casserole and fruit for a donation of
For information, call (863)634-8087. r
Night of Music planned w :
The Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. will It
ond annual Night of Music on Sunday, March 26, at 5
nation, call the church at (863) 763-4843.


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School board plan grant hearing
The Okeechobee County School Board will conq t a public
hearing on participation in the Indian Education Formul rant Mon-
day, March 27, at 9 a.m. in room 210 of the school board offices at
700 S.W Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is t explainn the
goals of the 2006-07 grant and activities associated wi, e Title VII
program. For information, contact Ken Kenworthy 863) 462-
5000, ext. 273.

Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex alysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropract d Fitness
Center, 916 W North Park St., on Monday, March 27, at 0 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-4320.


Early learning group to meet
The audit grievance committee of the Early Learnin coalition of
Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will Tuesday,
March 28, at 3 p.m. at the One Stop Career Center, 2 29th St,
North Portable, in Fort Pierce.
SES advisory council to meet I
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Cou will meet
Tuesday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the school media cent f,2690 N.W
42ndAve.
La escuela Seminole Elemntary van a tener su juntadel Consejo
Consultivo para la escuela, martes, el 28 de marzo, a lasA .m., van a
juntar en el biblioteca. Todo el public etan envitados istir.
Martha's House hosts training sessi
Martha's House will offer a two day training session domestic
violence, elder abuse, sexual abuse, cyber sexual abu d human
trafficking on March 28 and March 29. The training will eld at the
South Florida Water Management Auditorium, which n the sec-
ond floor of the Bank of America Building, 205 Nort arrott Ave.
Training sessions will be from 9 am. until 5 p.m. each d. 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
(863) 763-0202.


Community Events


Red Cross holding Infant CPR class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Parrott
Ave., will hold an infant/child CPR class on Thursday, March 30,
from 6 until 9 p.m. For information or to register, call (863) 763-
2488.

Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the
EHEAP Program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over.
Call Kim Senna at (863) 462-5180 for documentation and qualifica-
tions you must have to process the bill. Funding will end March 31.
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 Sun-
day, April 1 and 2. Saturday's events will be held from 11 a.m. until 4
p.m; and will include games and prizes for youth, a pig roast and a
baking contest. There will also be several musical groups and
gospel singers providing the entertainment. Sunday events will
begin with a church service at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Fred
Hodges. Also featured will be Reverend Joe Bishop and gospel
groups The Gulf State Quartet and the Celebration Singers. Follow-
ing the services there will be dinner on the grounds as well as more
gospel music and messages from local ministers. Everyone is wel-
come. Attendees should bring a lawn chair and a covered dish. For
information, call Sandy at (863) 357-2164 or Judy at (863) 357-1581.


O.R.E. holding fundraiser V
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) grou&'s holding a
fundraiser for their scholarship award by giving away a q and afghan.
Tickets can be obtained with a $5 donation. The drawifwill be held
April 3. For information, contact Gay Carlton 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 at (863) 763-8865.
Sorority meeting is planned
The Beta Sigma Phi Theta Omicron Sorority meeting wjpe held Tues-
day, April 4, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at The Stitl Post, 620 S.
ParrotAve. For information, call (863) 763-1811.
Annual speech contest is planned
The annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District Speak-
ing Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Okeechobee
USDA Service Center on U.S. 98 North. The contest is open to any student
enrolled in grades six through 12 in Okeechobee County. The topic is
"Wise Use of Florida's Water Resources." Speeches are to be six to eight
minutes in duration. Time under or over these limits will cost the contest-
ant two points for each 15 seconds or part thereof. T dependent
judges will score contestants on content, composition livery. Con-
testants may use notes while speaking, but visual aides not be used.
Prizes for the contest are $500 for first, $400 for second a 00 for third.
There will also be a participation prize of $50 to all con nts. Any stu-
dent interested in participating may contact Joanna She at the Okee-
chobee Soil and Water Conservation District at (863) 763-3619.


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Infants -'115/wk. 1's 100lwk. 2's '90/wk,
3's '85/wk. 4's '80/wk. Afterschoolers '50/wk. or '15/day
Vacations '75/wk. (Lunch will be provided for an additional '5)
After Hours Babysitting Available: $51hr. or S50/day max.
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Fast pitch softball
meeting is scheduled
There will be a meeting for
anyone interested in playing fast
pitch softball at a very competitive
level at the high school softball
field on March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
,,Age groups %\ill include: 18 &
under,l.6,& under, 14 &,.u~i 12
& under and 8 & under.
For information, contact Kim
Hargraves at (863) 634-6322.
Bass tournament
aids V Foundation
The third annual Russ Bringger
Memorial Fishing Tournament
will be held April 1-2 at the Okee-
Tantie Marina.
The entry fee is $200 per boat.
A portion of the proceeds will
go to the V Foundation for cancer
research.
There will be fun, food and
prize giveaways.
For information, contact Herb
or Kim Bringger at (863) 763-1035
or (863) 634-4525.
Monster truck event
combines bull riding
Southern Monster Truck Show-
down, Inc. will combine bull rid-
ing 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 pictures 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 visit
w\w.southernmonstertruck-
showdown com.
Agri-women's group
skeet shoot is planned
The Florida Agri-women have
announced that their inaugural
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.
Basketball camp
taking applications
Final applications are now
being evaluated for the Ten Star
All-Star Summer Basketball Camp
for boys and girls between the
ages of 10 and 19.
The camp is by invitation only.
Players from 50 states and 189
foreign countries attended the
2005 camp.
Camp locations include, but
are not limited to:. Babson Park;
Gainesville, Ga.; Hickory, N.C.;.
and, Lebanon, Tenn.
For a free brochure, call (704)
373-0873 anytime.


Varsity Baseball
March 28 vs. Ft. Pierce West-
wood -home 6:30 p.m.
March 30 at John Carroll
(Lawnwood) 6 p.m. ,
March 31 at Forest Hill 6:30
p.m.
April 4 Suncoast -home -
.6:30 p.m.
April 7 at Sebastian River 6
p.m.
April 11 at Jensen Beach 6
p.m.
April 13 at Glades Central -6
p.m.
April 14 vs. Port St. Lucie -
home 6:30 p.m.
April 18 TLC Championship
Series TBA
April 20 at Centennial away
-4p.m. .
April 24 District Tournament
at Jensen Beach
April 25 District Tournament
at Jensen Beach
April 27 District Tournament


at Jensen Beach
April 28 District Champi-
onship at Jensen Beach 7 p.m.
May 2 Regional Quarterfinal -
TBA
May 5 Regional Semifinal -
TBA
May 9 Regional Champi-
onship TBA
May 19 State Series Semifinal
at Sarasota,- TBA
May 20 State Title game at
Sarasota- TBA
Junior Varsity
March 28 at Ft. Pierce Central
- 3:30 p.m.
March 30 vs. John Carroll -
home 5 p.m.
March 31 vs. Martin County-
home- 6 p.m.
April 8 Port St. Lucie (double-
header) home 11 a.m.
April 11- at Vero Beach 6 p.m.
April 13 vs. Vero Beach -
home -6 p.m.


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FORT DRUM $330,000 P .- Pat 863-634-5588.
Motivated seller He says bring offers' Ready to TREASURE ISLAND $189,000 modem CB
sell! 10 acres 2 parcels. Property very, very pri- Lake Access WATERFRONT, 3BR/2BA/carport o 24 +/- acres with large modern CBS
vate. Fenced, several structures on property. (2), screen F1 room w/water view, covered boat home & new DWMH plus various out-
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Don RenfraAz-86047-2930 or 8 634-5096 1881 U.S. Highway 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 34974
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elevated patio, office, front porch! Nicely water! Vaulted living room ceilings, 2-car
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ON 112 ACRE
5002-M: Ni,' mobile h.omn, on 1, .,acrE.
Could even be a 5Bd, due to the size of
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office for more info on this unique property.
$160,000.


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Brandon D. TucKer, PA.. Lie. Real Estate Broker
William S. "Bill" Keene, Sr., Broker/Assoc.
Lori Mixon 634-1457
John Pell, G.R.I, BrokerlAssoc.
haron Johnson 634-6241 Jern Wilson 634-6076
Mark Goodbread 634-6999
Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
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Roughly speaking, Hymer says you can afford to buy a home equal in price to
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More precisely, the price you can afford to pay for a home will' depend on six
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SLenders also analyze your income in relation to your projected cost of home
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Hymer says your housing expense-to-income ratio is determined by calculating
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1 $55,000.

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The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 25,2006


Reflections from the Pulpit


By Rev. Calvin Fryar
Pastor of Brighton Baptist Church
Titus 2:13-"Looking for that
Blessed Hope and appearing of the
glory of the great God and our Sav-
ior Jesus Christ.."
Revelation 1:7- "Behold, he
cometh with clouds; and every eye
shall see him..."
The Rev. Earl Kelly, pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Holly
Springs, MS, was preaching on the
second coming of Christ. He had
just quoted Matthew 24:27, "For as
the lightning cometh out of the
east, and shineth even unto the
west; so shall also the coming of
the Son of Man be." At this point, a
large light bulb fell from its socket
in the ceiling and shattered on the
floor in front of the pulpit.
As reported by Baptist Press,
Kellywas equal to the occasion. He
told the startled worshippers, "His
coming will be just as sudden, and
unexpected, and devastating to the
dreams that are not Christ-cen-
tered."-Christianity Today .
Is there any real reason for
believing in the return of Christ in
our day? "Yes!" The answer is
"yes!"
First, prophecy demands that


our Lord return to earth. Isaiah
reminds us that He was to be born
and grow up as any other child.
However, Isaiah indicates that this
Child is different because He must
rule the entire earth one day:
"For unto us a Child is born,
unto us a Son is given; and the gov-
ernment shall, be upon His shoul-
der: and His name shall be called.
Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty
God, the Everlasting Father, the
Prince of Peace. Of the increase of
His government and peace there
shall be no end, upon the throne of
David, and upon his kingdom, to
order it, and to establish it with
judgment and with justice from
henceforth even for ever."(Isa.
9:6,7).
That means He must return to
.earth because He is the promised
ruler of all the earth.
Jesus confirmed His return:
"When the Son of Man shall come
in His glory, and all the holy angels
with Him, then shall He sit upon
the throne of His glory..." (Matthew
25:31).
Secondly, as never before, our,
world needs the return of Jesus
Christ. Everywhere we look, men
are seeking someone or something
to wvorship-false Chrisis are everv-


where.
David Bowie, who has been
described as "the hottest freak rock
superstar," was in Toronto for a
show some years ago. Here is part
of a reporter's description of what
went on:
"With his face bathed in green
light and his clothes in purple, he
climbed into a throne-like seat that
rose up behind him. In his hand he
held a white telephone which
amplified his voice like a cannon
shot over the crowd.
"And suddenly, still sitting there,
the throne began to move-out.
high above the audience. Carried
by a massive boom, it. dipped
low-and the arms of his fans
reached up for him. But Bowie only,
sat there singing, his face impas-
sive, his eyeballs white in the light.
Then slowly he stretched out his
arms as the boom carried him up.
and. back,. into blackness, like
Christ ascending.
"The screams; the pulsing,_
pounding music; the wafting cloud
of pot: the flashing, spinning lights;
'the crowd exploding David felt
right at home. It was perfect, preci-
sion-timed showmanship."-
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations
Today's world is in a state of


utter confusion and chaos. Terror-
ism and murder are protected by
unjust laws. Evil is being called
good while good is called evil. No.
one knows what to do or where to
go. The world is longing for a com-
petent ruler as never before.
Isaiah writes, "Say to them that
are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear
not: behold, your God will come
with vengeance, even God with a
recompense; he will come and
saveyou." (Isa.35:4).
Even the world itself seems to
groan for His return: "For we know
that the whole creation groaneth
and travaileth in pain together until
now. And not only they, but our-
selves also, which have the first-
fruits of the Spirit, even we our-
selves groan within .ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to %wit, the
redemption of our body." Romans
8:22,23).
There is no pagan "god of
hope"-The Assyrians, Babyloni-
ans, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Per-
sians, Greeks, and Romans had-
their many gods-gods ofwar, gods
of industry, gods of agriculture, gods
of cities, gods of towns, and various
others. But in paganism's entire
galaxy of gods, there never was one
called "god of hope."
That is scarcely surprising. For in
that ancient world, hope had
become a despised delusion, long
before our Lord was born in Beth-
lehem. The fact is, there is no hope
for this sin-cursed world apart frpomn
the true God, the God of Christians.
"Now the God of hope...."
(Romans 15:13) -Encyclopedia of
15,000 Illustrations
Yes, our Lord will return! The
love of God has secured it.
In John 14 Jesus promises to.
return for us. This is called the
blessed hope: "Looking for, that
Blessed Hope and appearing of the
glory of the great God and our Sav-
ior Jesus Christ..." (Titus 2:13)
Wherever Alexander the Great
encamped with his army before a

Church Brief

OCMA seeks help
from area churches
The Okeechobee County Min-
isterial Association (OCMA. has
agreed to help Big Lake Missions
to purchase a vehicle to replace
the one currently being used to
help feed the homeless. Some
funds have already been raised.
but approximately $10,000 is still
needed. The OCMA is asking
area churches to help by pledg-
ing toNward .the purchase ot
another vehicle. To pledge, call
OCMA treasurer Duane Eatrnon
at (863) 763-0550.


fortified city and laid siege to it, he
caused to be set up a great lantern,
which was kept lighted by day and
night. This was a signal to the
besieged, meaning that as long as
the lamp burned they had time to
save themselves by surrender, but
that once the light was extin-


guished, the city and all that was in
it, would be irrevocably given over
to destruction. And the conqueror
kept his word with terrible consis-
tency.-WJ. Hart
We must come to Christ while
the light of the Glorious Gospel
shines forth!


Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church
Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday.Meal 5:45 p.m. Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
3 Linda Rd. (BHR) (863) 357-6500
Pastor David Robertson
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We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook-, Pastor
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Regeneration Contemporary Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
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Regina Jones (left) of Wooley's Sheds was on hand at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center on Friday-to show the 12 by 12 foot shed donated to the center. Ms. Jones said
that Wooley's donated the shed because Arnold's Wildlife Center gives to the commuhi-
ty through education and conservation. The shed will be used in the new Butterfly Con-
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At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, March
24, through Thursday, March 30,
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 "Failure To
Launch" (PG-13} Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Hills Have Eyes"
(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 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for.adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)
763-7202.


Briefs

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For information, call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Janet
at (863) 467-0183.
Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County Ordinance Sec.
10-111, Vaccination against
rabies required and Okee-
chobee City Ordinance 4-26,
vaccinations. All dogs, cats and
ferrets 4 months and older must
be vaccinated once a year by a
licensed veterinarian against
rabies with a United States Gov-
ernment approved vaccine. Ani-
mal licenses are purchased at
the Animal Control facility with
proof of current rabies vaccina-
tion. For information, call Ani-
mal Control at (863) 357-3225.
Volunteers needed
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to vol-
unteer time at Raulerson Art and
Cultural Center,. Inc., to help
with ceramics for days or
evenings. Raulerson Art and Cul-
tural Center is a non-profit
organization and proceeds will
go towards local art scholar-
ships. For information, call Kelly
Raulerson at (863) 357-1199.
Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or aban-
doned. If you have as little as
two hours per week, then you
can help. Guardian Ad Litem vol-
unteers are needed to speak up
for these children. Training for
new volunteers will be held in
your area soon. Volunteers are
needed in St. Lucie, Indian River,
Martin and Okeechobee coun-
ties. Call the Guardian Ad Litem
program at (772) 785-5804 for
information and an application.
Just two hours of your time each
week will make a difference in
the lives of these children.
Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to pro-
vide foster children a normal
family life with nutritious meals,
good daily care and a stimulat-
ing environment. Foster parents
may be married, divorced or sin-
gle. Their most important char-
acteristic is that they are caring
individuals who understand the
problems and needs of foster
children. Please contact Karissa
Richards at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard


Auxiliary has served as the civil-
ian, non-military component of
the Coast Guard. Today, the
33,000 volunteer men and
women of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary are active on the water-
ways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists
(folks just like you) save almost
500 lives, assist some 15,000
boaters in distress, conduct
more the 150,000 courtesy safety
examinations of recreation ves-
sels and teach over 500,000 stu-
dents in boating and water safe-
ty courses. The results of these
efforts save taxpayers hundreds
of millions of dollars every year.
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Mechanical Winch, found cor-
ner of 710 & 714. Call to
identify. (863)763-2692
PRESCRIPTION GLASSES-
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tival. Okee. Please call for
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Charlais Heifer Calf, lost
3/7/06, vic. of Eagle Island
Rd. (724). (863)763-1494
or (954)465-6614
DOG, White w/tan patches.
Small dog. Female. Lost in vie.
of SE 36th Ave. Answers to
"Patches". (863)763-6608-
GOLD BRACELET, lost in Winn
Dixie on 3/4/06. REWAP.I,
772-215-1875.
RED BALLOON w/Orange
Plastic Tiger Ring tied to it.
Vic. of Down Town Okeecho-
bee. 863)467-6864


Bichon Male, Wht, neutered,
5y/o, & blk/wht Dalmation/lab
mix female spayed, to good
home (561)261-8391
CATS (2) Wonderful cats, de-
clawed & neutered, up to
date on shots, 2 1/2 yrsold,
need to go together, sisters
together since birth
(863)634-9630
CUR MIX, 8 males, 1 female,,
free to good home.
(863)763-4826
Free to good home only, one
female Rottweiler, 2--3 yrs.
old, loves kids,
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yrs. old, good with kids.
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SOFA & RECLINER- free, call
(561)202-7702
STOCKADE FENCE- free, 50
feet +, (561)202-7702
Buckhead Ridge




HUGE YARD SALE
SAT 3/25 & SUN 3/26
8am -4pm
7235 NE 4th St in
Four Seasons
Tons of stuff! Must see!
Conmc & GCet It
OKEE. Sal. March 25th,
8am-2pm,1010 SW 7th
Ave., Home Decor, 2
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Men's & Women's plus
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Terrace, 2X Men's Clothes,
Lawn Mower, Men's Stuff,
Lamps, Dishes & Printer,
Lots of Everything!


OKEECHOBEE
Sat., March 25th, 8am-?
13849 SW 144th Parkway.
Tools, Riding Mower,
Furniture, Yard Equipment,
Misc. H/H Items & More!!!
YARD SALE
3/25 & 3/26
8am-12pm
2047 NW 32nd Dr.
Contractors come out ply-
wood jack stand, powermatic
table saw, insulation extractor,
some hand tools, glassware,
clothes, pictures, what-
nots,costume jewelry etc.
Something for Everyone!
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
classifieds.


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




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



A/C SERVICE
TECH/INSTALLER
w/Min.3 yrs. exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
(863)763-8391,
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classifieds


Advanced Paving Systems
Okeechobee/ Sebring Area.
Has immediate openings avail.
LABORERS & EXPERIENCED
ASPHALT CREW.
Contact Eric @954-931-0125
BADCOCK & MORE
Opening for:
Full Time Sales Person
Apply in person @
512 WN Park St.
No phone calls please.




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$9.50 per hour.
DISHWASHERS
HOSTESS
SERVERS AM & PM
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1111 S. Parrot Ave.
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CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES
Large Cattle Operation near
Yeehaw Junction seeks:
Mechanic
with A/C experience
Heavy Duty Equipment/
Tractor Operator
Accounts Payable Clerk
Staff Accountant
Positions available
immediately.
Competitive Salary,
Insurance & Benefits.
Housing available for
most positions.
Drug Free Workplace
Call Sandy at Rollins Ranch
(772)567-9001
Send resume: email
swatson@rollinsranches.net
or Fax 772-567-7808
CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
Also Management
Opportunities Available
all 772-370-1779
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The classified ads


DRIVER/THROWER
Full-Time, Clean CDL
Class B License
Call 772-597-3755
or 772-220-9939
Indiantown Sanitation
Experienced Rubber
Tire Backhoe Operator
(863)902-7070
Ask for John
Full Time Concrete Leader,
Driver License Required,
$75,000 + income per year.
Call (863)763-6376
HELP NEEDED: Full Time
Apply at: Royal's/Achley
804 E.N. Park St.
or call (863)763-6293
JOURNEYMEN or
ELECTRICAL HELPERS
w/experience.
Apply at: Bass Electric,
2801 SW 3rd Terrace. DFWP
(863)467-8705
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
MEDICAL OFFICE
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to: 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee FL 34972


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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.

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NOW HIRING
QUALIFIED DRIVERS
For Florida Local positions.
Flatbed, Live Bottom and
Lowboy Equipment.
Truck mounted forklift
exp. a plus. Need 2 years
experience. Call Earth-
wise Mulch Inc.
(863)763-0075 or E-mail
anny(earthwisemul-
chinc.com
Office Position, Self Starter,
Full Time, Computer Skills,
Willing to Learn.
(863)763-6376


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FISCAL ASSISTANT I
(Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks L-1)
(#64085152)

Third party billing & patient accounts
receivable; detail oriented & computer
experience helpful. Background
screening/fingerprinting required.
EEO/AA. Apply on line:
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com or
Call Lynn @ 863-674-4041x115
for more details


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RN, LPN or

Medical Assistant

Water's Edge Dermatology
Fax Resume to (863) 467-1919


IMMEDIATE OPENING
AT LEAST ONE (1) UTILITY SERVICE MECHANIC
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority Maintenance
or Construction work. Applicant must be able to
perform light to heavy physical labor, must be able
to work in harmony with other employees and be
courteous to the general public. Applicant must
possess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (on-
ly those with a clean driving record for the last
three years need apply), have high school diploma
or equivalent, have neat, legible handwriting and
average mathematical skills.

Apply to the Okeechobee Utility Authority Office,
100 S.W. 5th. Avenue, Okee, FL 34974.
Applications will be accepted until position is
filled. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
(M/F/V/D) DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing a a C Etifid Nuriing A.ssi.tant Complete the
Hospitilab A-ssslant course/ training at Okeechobee
Healthceare Fa cJitr and become a CNA in 4 neeks. 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


Superior Water Works, Inc. is looking for a
SERVICEMAN AND AN INVENTORY PERSON
Full Time, Excellent Benefits and
Compensation Package.
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.



Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)

Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

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

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


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KINDERGARTEN
TEACHER
.. (Brighton Reservation)

BA in Early Childhood Education. FL
Teachers Cert. for Kindergarten. Min.
5 years Kindergarten teaching
experience in public school setting. *
Knowledge of Kindergarten curriculum.
Valid FL Driver's License. Fax resume
& salary to: (954)967-3477


LUMBER
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
driving record.
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
PIPE-FUSION
WELDING TECHNICIAN
Experienced with HDPE. Es-
tablished company offering
excellent pay and benefits
Reply to Box 1540,c/o Okee-
chobee News RO. Box 639,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
POSTAL JOBS
$16.46 $22.97/hr, Now Hir-
ing. For application & free
government job info., call
American Assoc. of Labor
1-913-599-8226, 24hr.
emp. serv.


TAMPA FARMS NOW HIRING
Class A CDL Drivers
19200 S.W. Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown
(772)597-2000
Tow Truck Driver needed at
John's Towing Service w/'CDL
license call 763-7976 or Apply
in person at 705 NE 2nd Ave.
WELDER/FABRICATOR
NEEDED
Apply in Person
Monday thru Friday
9am to 3pm
Adron Fence Co.
2726 N.W. 4th SL
Okeechobee, FL
Benefits Available




WOOLEY'S SHEDS
is expanding new line of
buildings & need people
w/carpenter experience.
electrical & general laborers.
Apply in person only.
No phone calls please.
2570 NW 16th Blvd.,
Okeechobee Industrial Park.
Drug free work place. EDE.

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classilleds.


RECEPTIONIST/
MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Needed in a busy Cardiology
office. Some medical knowl-
edge and experience pre-
ferred, but will train on job.
Excellent benefit plan of-
fered. Fax resume to
(863)467-8708 or call
863)467-9400.


OFFICE HELP NEEDED
Saturday's & Sunday's.
Computer experience a must.
Call Barbara 863-763-4114

Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints. ,.........-....
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




ALUMINUM DIVISION OF
O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044

M & D CONTRACTING
*Siding
*Soffit
SFascia
*Seamless Aluminum
Gutters
1-800-893-8933
Uc. # 0CSL2732-01



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt available.
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 650
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & FabrIcs 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
ToysL & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,:
new in box
$1250 (954)309-8659


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 #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $1000 (863)763-5881
CLOCKS, Antique (3) $750 for
all, will sep. (863)763-5870
Wood Burning Cook Stove,
antique, exc. cond., $300.
(863)675-4858


REFRIGERATORiFiigidaire, -
like new, 25 cu ft., ice, wa-
ter & filter, $350.
(863)467-6009
WASHER & DRYER, $125.
(863)357-7075
WASHER & DRYER Maytag,
Stackable, heavy duty, good
working cond. $200
(863)634-1492
WASHER Frigidaire, Super
Capacity.16 cycles, Heavy
duty $50 (863)697-2173


BICYCLE, Fold Up. $30
(863)763-5870


CABINET DOORS, Oak w/han-
dies & hinges. 1 pair 24"x20"
& 5 pair 32"x20". $60 for all,
will sep. (863)763-1997
DOOR- Outside, Aluminum,
Glass. 32"x74", Fits Mobil
Homes $30. (863)357-6660
Leave message
MH STEPS (2) 35" Fiber
glass steps, w/3x3' platform,
metal handrails $600 or will-
sep. (863)357-0615
SCREEN ROOM MATERIALS:
Walls, 4x10 Roof Panels &
one Door $950.
(772)201-8932 OKEECHOBEE
SHELVES 5/4 solid oak, Rout-
ed edges. Finished. Steel
arms Worth $2000. Now
$500 (863)674-0429

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.



Licensed & Insured
863.763 5650
863.634.7145
107 SW 2" Street
Okeechobee
License #765


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SHUTTERS- 1-pr. 12"x24",
2-pr 12"x48", &2-pr 14"x39"
All need to be painted. $25.
Will sep. (863)763-1997


CARPET & PAD- brand new,
blue approx 12x13, $100
(772)201-8932 Okeechobee


BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress. $40.
(863)675-7105
TODDLER BED- Race Car,
with mattress & bedding,
$50 (863)675-6829


GOWNS' (3) Formal, From Da-
Svid's Bridal. New, never
worn. All size 20. $300 for
all, will sep. (863)697-2813
Natl. Pageant Dress 5/6 Beauti-
ful custom-made by Nancy
Landers $450
(863)467-2952


CAIRN FIGURINES- 44, All re-
bred, W/certificate. Includes
S the Judge & Sarinta's.
$100-15000,863-763-4576
4 PRECIOUS MOMENTS- 10) 1
S Signed. Asking $150 lor all
or will sell separate
(863)357-1560



ALL IN ONE PRINTER- Print
Tno/Photo, Lexmark P3150,
S 4 photo card slots, new car-
tnidges $75 (863)357-1082
COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs
S& games. $175.
(863)843-0158
LAPTOP Windows XR lots of
software, Internet ready, 1.5
gig, 2 months old, $950 firm
(863)261-4633
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257


Bureau- Dresser Double, very
good cond. $80 or best offer
S (863)467-9877
CHEST OF DRAWERS, Very
good shape. $100
:. (863)357-4831
COFFEE TABLES (3) 1
round, black. 1 glass top. 1
w/ 2 end tables. $150 tor all,
will separate (863)467-1325
CORNER CABINETS (2) beau-
tiful. cherry wood. must see,
$2500 or best oft-
l. :; er(863)763-0072
COUCH, blue & mauve, pillow-
S top ends, $300.
(8631763-3982 iv. msg
COUCH- Earth, Multi color, 7',
Primarily blue, Over stuffed,
3 cushion Less than 2yrs
old $125 neg 863-634-.866b
DAY BED-.lIight;pprie 150
(863)357-1517
DINETTE SET, wood, within or-
mica top & 4 captain's
chairs, green, $125
(863)467-2557
DINING TABLE- Oval, 2-leal's,
6-chairs w/cushions All hard
Swood. Tiadiional style $300.
.. (863)467-6543
DINING TABLE W/6CHAIRS-
blond ranttan glass lop $275
(863)763-94-10
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown 3 sm drawers & 4
1 Ig. drawers, w/nighistand,
$150.(8631763-8562
DRESSERS- 2, Sm Enterlain-
ment cir. Cofee table. Arm
chair. $150 neg.
(863)634-3866
LIVING ROOM RECLINER- ex-
cel. cond. only $80 or nest
offer (863)467-9877
OUEEN BED- tight wood, Sea-
ly Post matt. dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nile stands
$1500 (863)763-9410
RECLINER- olive green, like
new, asking $125 or best oi-
fer (863)824-0739


RECLINER LOVESEAT- Like
new, Leather, Pastel green,
Pd $1500 Asking $500.
(863)357-2233 Okee.
SOFA & CHAISE LOUNGE-
Lge, modem, full back cush-
ions, pale green/beige, 2yrs
old $500 (863)467-2435
Sofa & Loveseat, rattan, w/
matching end & coffee tils.,
beige chintz w/dk. blue ac-
cent, $500.772-597-2003
SOFA SLEEPER, Flex Steel,
queen size, multi color fab-
nc, $100. (863)467-0487
TABLE & 4 CHAIRS- maple,
good condition, $50
(863)763-8146
TABLE- Round, Solid wood,
whleaf. 4 Matching Captains
chairs on wheels. Cream,
$100. (863)634-3866
TABLE, w/butcher block top, 2
stools, w/white legs on table
& stools, $75 or best offer.
(863)983-6319
Twin Craftmatic Beds, (2), or
put togeMer to make 1 queen
size, body massage. $500.
(863)467-8580



GOLF CLUBS- complete,
matched set. metal woods.
Irons, nag,puller, $135
(863)946-3123


HAWKINS- .50 Caliber. Cap
block muzzle loader. Beautiful
wood stock & recoil pad Exc
cond $185 863-467-8578
ROTTWELL MODEL 650 TRAP
made in Belgium, never im-
ported. Drought over. 12ga,
30" i/m, $1500
(937)215-0307
SHOTGUN, 12 gauge pump,
w/slug barrel, Westernfield,
$250 or Irade lor pistol
(772)461-8822
SHOTGUN, New England lire-
arms, 20 gauge, breakopen.
exposed hammer, $100.
1772)461-8822



EXERCISE BIKE- Schwin Air
Dyme, like brand new, $150
(863)983-2255



WATER HEATER- 40 gal, 1 yr
old. $75. or Oesl oiler.
(863)467-1958.


FLOOR LAMP- With matching
glass lop coffee table $125.
(863)357-6315



PATIO,.SET- in good cono.
lue ano- wnite .$50-
(863)763-8146


ACTION SCOOTER, 3 Wheeler
Heavy Duty. Excetllent condi-
tion $650. or besi ottiler
(863)675-2596
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
non Also reclines $425. or
best offer 1863)467-4328.
WHEEL CHAIR, Motonzed w/2
heavy duty batteries. Good
cond. 550. 1863)675-0104


AIR BRUSH VAC- Taasche
Good condition. $15.
-(863)675-2596
DISPLAY CASES, (5)
1863)763-5553
Fixed Wing Ultra Light Air-
Plane, partly finished. $1800
or best offer. (906)281-2127
WELDER TRAILER, single ax-
le, capable of holding gas
powered welder. $150 or
best onler. (954)520-6707


FENDER ULTRA CHORUS
AMP & Drum & Bass ma-
chine, $525 will sell separate
(863)763-0072 6


ADBA REG RED NOSE PIT
BULL PUPS- $350 each,
Please call (863)634-0119
BABY COCKATIELS, hand
raised, $100 will sell separ-
ately. (863)763-2738-
BIRDS- Aviary for small birds,
8x10, movable, 50 or more
birds, $1000 cash
(863)675-3032
BLACK LAB PUPPIES, bom on
2/6/06, 4 males, 3 females,
$125. (863)467-1574
JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES.
$400 each. (863)634-4076
LOP EARED BUCK RABBIT-
$5 (863)675-4981 LaBelle
area
POT BELLY PIG BABY- pure-
bred, $25 (863)675-4981
LaBelle area
YEARLING BEEFMASTER
BULL- $800
(863)675-0218 La Belle
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $10
(863)357-3639



POOL CLEANER: Great While
Shark. $100 (863)983-7205


HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25.(863)946-3123



FISHER STEREO SYSTEM-
With 2-4' speakers. $200.
(863)357-6315



CABINET STYLE- 52', Color
does not work. $200
(8631675-7105
PROJECTION TV 4-18 great
condo. $500 or besi offer
1863)763-3327
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
Bofth are like brand new $65
Ior bon, will sep
18631357-4831


AIR COMPRESSOR- 11 hp
Horida, 250 gal. Good condi-
tion..$500. (772)342-7304
AIR COMPRESSOR- 3 phase
power, 10 hp Westingnouse
175 psi $1000
(863)528-3332
EXTENSION LADDER, 18' hi-
Dergiass, new, $90 cash
(863)675-4970 leave mes-
sage
GENERATOR- '05. 15KW. 100
amp transfer switch 4 yr e,-
tended warr.Never used
$3600 (8631634-2342
GENERATOR- 25 KW seir con-
lamed/Propane. Excellent
condition. $2500.
1772)342-7304
LATHE 36" w/Duplicaior. $200
18631467-6797
MECHANICS CREEPER- pias-
D(, exc cond., hall price, $17
casn (863)675-4970 leave
message
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175.
with cart, evc corad 1.400
1863)357-5754


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


ADULT DVD'S- 112) new ior
$100 lirm. No call after 8pm
please (863)634-3783


Trailer for 18 to 20 Pontoon
Boat (863)763-8872


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,
(863)763-2936

Agriculture



,isT s r 745

Farm iqwffi 5
Fai Produi e 820

.F mn mur p e :.': ;:
SeirviceiWanted 830
Festilirer! 835'
Horses 840
Labddsiaping ,
i .M :' ,111"8445.
narn &iGarden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 80
.Seed/Plants/' :
Flowe s 0 865



CHEROKEE, 13 yr. leg Spot-
led Saddle norse. Nicely gait-
ed. Exp. rider. Needs good
home $1500. (863)467-4049
HORSE TRAILER Good condi-
tion. $1500 Firm
1239)694-5611



CHARBROIL TRADITIONAL
GAS GRILL, like new. $80.
i863)634-3202
Murry 2 Tiller. Briggs & Siral-
Ion 3hp, $60 or best otter.
(863)634-3202
PICNIC TABLE w/Canopy.
$175 1863)697-8731
RIDING MOWER for parts,
42", or parts only, motor,
ires, bakery good. deck snot
$20 (9311337-1053 or
(863)3571236
RIDING MOWER, Jonn Deere
w/42" deck 3an bagger. Only
used 1 summer $1200
Firm. t863)467-b953


CALVES all kinds, heailny,
snoti, wormed, will deliver
$200 & up Cows avail.
$350 & up 1863)235-0829.
HENS (9) While, Laying &.(11
Rooster PIGMY GOATS also
available (863)763-3923 Call
ahfer 5pm.
LIVESTOCK TANK, Poly,
Round, Blue 8'Y2'. Good
condition $175
(863)467-2982


SADDLE, 15" Western rougn-
pul, semi-H. 8 moa Old wi
new 34' Weaver Smart Crncn/
stirrups $200 772-263-1178


Rentals



Apartments. 965
Business Places 910
Commercial
Poperty .,, 9.15
Condos/ .
Townhopses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent '925
House Rent 930
Land Rent. 935
Resort'Prloprty. -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
.ooms to Rent 955.
Storage Space -
Rent 960



BASSINGER- lbr apt
$375/mo, + Sec Dep
(7721216-7123


Lake Okeechobee Rim, totally
redone, modern, 3/2.5,
screened porch, $1050 mo.
(772)359-1640
Remodeled, 2BR/1.5BA, 2
story, Oak Lake Apts., $800,
1st, last, $600 sec. dep., no
Spets. (863)634-3313


Office Building, approx. 1200
sq.'ft, avail, now, Call Judy
(863)467-0831


New 3/2. 1600s I,
no garage, large yard
$1400 moa.st 1istt&sec
(561)723-2226
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2Da, dbi
wide Isi. lasi sec dep. No
smoking, No Pels,
(863)357-1517
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, No
pets. $1200 + sec dep, refs.
(863)634-1554
Seminole Cove, 2br. 2ba,
55+ Community. For Rent
$800 mo or For Sale $87,000.
neg. (863)357-2602
SINGLE FAMILY HOME
2BR/2BA, laundry rm, screen
porch, in lown, lawn service,
Non-smokiig environ., no
dogs. $1000/iTr 1 t, last and
$1000 sec. (9411355-8155 or
(941)504-3954



RENT-A-SPACE
Available Early Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
(863)467-0831


OKEECHOBEE. Male preferred.
Private Room & Bair, Full privi-
leges, W/D. A/C, Cable, $75
wk* $100 dep 863-467-0407


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property.4 Sale 1010
Condos/ "
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property,- Sale 1035.
Land-Sale r 1040
Lots Sa 045
Ope li.aoi 1050
Out of State .-
Property- Sale 1055
Prpertylnspctionlof10i0
Real.Estaoe Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale . ,.- 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Laundry Mat ,
Est. 25 yrs., 32 washers/
33 dryers, Located next
t, Public $250.000
(863)634-2158.
or (863)634-3312..


CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too' many
extra's to list Must see inside.
$182,000 (863i697-8654
J & S ESTATES- 2BR/2BA
Irame house w/pool com-
pletely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready hfow! Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
17721597-6158 or
('9541801-6158
LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w'ot-
lice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
uie Price reduced $265,000
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
Nice OW, E. o01 Okee, 3 BR, 2
Ba.. a311 3ppl's, shed, Fenced
yard New well. Lg. carport.
$139,900. 772-201-8932


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
for Dwight.
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $270k.
561-236-0293.
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 &
16ac. dry. (772)215-4630

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean unO a breezel


Large Corner Lot, improved.
Trees: orange, grape fruit.
palm, rosewood, Dottle
brush, 5001t. to Caloosa-
haicnee River. Just west ol
Lake Okeechobee Boat &
river view, trailer and sned
will be moved by owner.
$49 000(262)994-1677
Mobile Homes




Mobile Homa Lots 2005
Mobile Ho e Parts 2010
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Mobil Homes-Sale 2020




Larkee Lake, 2BR,2BA. $700
mo, lst & sec.. no pels, rel-
erences. 1863)467-6688
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, lba.
$600/Tmo, Is[, last, .ec dep.,
No Pets, 186363763-6232.
WATERFRONT M/H: 3/2,
$1100 mo + 15t. last &
$600 sec. dep. 2547 SE
32nd S 863)634-3312
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper in
the classfflleds.



BEAUTIFUL 50X12 MH-
30.i10 Fia Rm fully lurn, deck
patio, beautlul gardens. Must
See' 157 Meadowlark RV
Park, Oriona. $12.000 or best
offer
FT. PIERCE, '04 26.48'. Fleet
wood 3br. 2ba 38' new style
carport Ig shed, screened
porch 772-429-0033
HENDRY COUNTY- 1995
Palm Htibor Masterpiece
28r52, 3/2, open Iloor plan.
Zone 3 wind storm.1616
deck, appliance, eac cond.
orig owner, buyer pays mov-
ing. $32,900 (863)675-1490
or (239)728-2484
MOBILE HOME, '75. 12x50.
Handyman Special in River
Bend MHRneed approved by
park 50+ $500.
1863)763-4782

HOME FOR
SALE
2/2 Split Floor
Plan
Screened Patio
Carport & Shed
Low Lot Rent
863-467-4555


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Recreation

Milili


14' BOAT- unsin-able, fiber-
glass, fish finder. tIr, used
twice, Call for information
(863)675-2941
BAYLINER- '77 Outboard, 16'
Runs good. $2500. or best
offer.(863)634-7108
CREST PONTOON BOAT- '04.
20', 70- hp 4 stroke John-
son, Trolling motor. Depth
finder.,Dual axle trailer, LOW
hrs, Invested $19,000. Ask-
ing $13,500. (561)827-6508
PONTOON BOAT, 20' LOWES,
40 np Honda, 4 stroke, like
new w/irailer, awnings & ex-
Ira's $5800 (863)467-6696
PONTOON BOAT- 26', 50HP
Evinrude, needs work, good
protect, $1400 neg
(863)467-5725 lor more into
PONTOON BOAT '89 27', Fi-
berglass, 100 hp 0/B Mariner.
Wrap around sealing w/cov-
ers $2500 863-357-6901
RANGER BASS BOAT- 16'6".
l l5hp Mariner engine. Low
hrs, very clean $,8200.
1561)662-4504
RENKIN, 19', w/85hp John-
Sson, troll. mtr., nice tIr. wa-
ter test, runs strong, $1800.
(937)336-2855
SEA CRAFT, 12 Ft.. Deep V
Bottom & big trolling motor.
w/irailer Trailer needs work.
$1250. 863-824-0899
WIND SURFER Mistral Pandira
Professional Board. German
made. Excellent condition. Sell
lor$100. 513-260-6410


CHEVY HERIT MOTORHOME-
'84. Runs great Needs some
work on the inside. $2500.
Or best offer
0863)634-7108
JAYCO 1991 21': Ft. Eagle
5tn wheel. Everyining works.
5ih wheel or Goose neck hilcn
inci. $.5500 (863)467-6696
RV SHELTER: 12 FlI 24FI .<
13Ft. H Like new Commercial
15 yr. lop. Easy to move No
permit. $1000 863-467-6696
SLIDE IN CAMPER- 8It, seir
contained, air, for 1/2 ton
truck $700 (863)357-1052



FISHING TROLLI fiMOTORS
12) w/all control, 12 & 24
volt, new never used. $450
1561)622-0736 '-,
MOTOR, 0/B, Johnson, 140
np w/irolling motor. $950.
for both. 1(863)467-6875



BOAT TRAILER: Single Axel.'
Wide body Up to a 17 Ft, 14"
tires New wench, dolly, tail
hgni. $350. (513)260-6410


HARLEY DAVIDSON FXRT '84-
collectors item, $8000
(863)763-6016 MUST SEE!
Yamaha Roadstar 2005 -
Midnight Silverado, 1700cc,
hard Dags. windshield, chrome
Iront end, wnite wall. back
rest. lull winly, snow room
cond. Must sell $9,500
(239)691-06571


FRANKLIN, '06, 33'. 2 slide-
ouls, lully loaded, sleeps 6,
wid, $19,000
(302)983-8125 cell


I Houses Sale


Community Events


Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528,-2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a
T- fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. All
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help start a
K-9 unit. The cost will be $6.
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will hold an open
general membership meeting Tuesday, April 11 at 11:30 am. at the
, Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 425 S.W. 28 St. RSVP for
lunch by Friday, April 7, bycalling (863) 763-9800 or (863) 697-4903.
NewSt. Sttephen A.M.E Church, 1001 N.E. 16th Ave. is hosting a
Good Friday program April 14, at 7 p.m. For information call (863.1
447-2563.

Ranch hosting fundraiser
Mi-CIN Ranch. 1000 N.W. 50th Drive, will host a fundraiser for
the Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Indian River Community College
(IRCC) Scholarship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m. Activi-
ties will include a barbecue, Easter egg hunt, Chinese auction and a
horseshoe tournament. There will also be live entertainment. For
information, call-(863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.

Free tax counseling service offered
AARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday begin-
t ning through April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the American
Legion Post #62, 501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volunteer
run, tax counseling preparation service that can answer most of the
tax issues faced by middle to low income taxpayers, with special
attention to taxpayers 60 years old or older. Please bring last year's
tax return, all W-2s, 1099s, 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
return. A blank check for direct deposit of refund is also required.
AARP-Taxaide does not do state income tax returns. For informa-
tion, call Neile Foreman, district coordinator, at (863) 357-1694..

UF/IFAS plans career fair
The University of Florida/IFAS Environmental Management
Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education
Center (IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in Fort Pierce. The event is
being held because IRREC has launched a new bachelor's degree
program in environmental management and enrollment is increas-
ing greatly. For information, contact Kim Wilson by calling (772)
468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail at kswilson@ifas.ufl.edu.


Driver safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, April 22, and Satur-
day. April 29, at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., from 8:30
a.m. untl 12:30 p.m. You do not have to be an AARP member or have
AARP auto insurance to attend. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Con-
sult your auto insurance agent for your three-year discount upon class
completion. For information, contact the instructor, Mrs. Bryan, at (863)
763-0351. The cost of the class is $10, and must be paid by check only.

Main Street board nominations sought
Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board positions on
the Okeechobee Main Street until April 26. For information, contact Ms.
Huffman at (863) 697-2054.

Reunion planned for'60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S.
441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. If you are a member of a
class from 1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For information, call (863)
763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.

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

Center looks to expand activities
Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Raulerson
Service Center, 1019W. S6uth:Park St., has arts and crafts for seniors at the
service center each Tuesday and Thursday and bluegrass and gospel
music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The center would like to expand its
activities-to groups that would like to play board games, card games and
bingo. If anyone is interested or has any ideas, contact Sheila at (863) 462-
5180 or Debbie at (863) 462-5183, or just come down and talk to us. Activ-
ities are held from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a free service to sen-
iors age 60 and over.

Ornament sales benefits scholarships
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are now taking prepaid
orders for a limited edition 2006 Christmas ornament. The ornament is 24
karat gold on brass and includes a numbered certificate and historical
information. Each ornament is $15. All proceeds from the sale of the orna-
ments will go to the ORE scholarship. To place an order, call: Kay McCool,
S(863) 763-2829; Gay Carlton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette Whipple, (863) 467-
2487; Marion Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regina Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.


Martha's House office has moved
Martha's House Administrative and Outreach Office have moved
to their new location at 103 N.W. Fifth St., Suites 4 and 5, next door
to the Medicine Shoppe.

Summer Activity Guide offered
The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee (Community Col-
laborative Council) is sponsoring a Summer Activity Guide for chil-
dren. The intent of this guide is to inform parents and children about
local services and activities to keep all children safe, supervised and
active this summer. Some organizations have volunteered to spon-
sor this booklet so you can promote your program for free. To
include your summer program in the guide, call Sharon Vinson,
Shared Services Network facilitator, at (863) 462-5000, ext.257. A
copy of this activity guide will go home with every child in the -
school district in early May.

CAP looking for senior members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members
and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer
the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main mis-
sions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace edu-
cation and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side
by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or'senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

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

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


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Premier, '04, 32', eled. super
slide, loaded, sleeps 6, w/d,
Must SellI $15,900 or best
offer. (954)557-3196






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BUICK LESABRE 1998. Nice
condition. Motor needs work
$300 (863)946-3269
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14 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 25,2006



State wildlife group honored for its leadership


NEW ORLEANS The Florida
Wildlife Federation has been hon-
ored as the recipient of the
National Wildlife Federation's
Affiliate of the Year award.
Manley Fuller, president of the
Florida Wildlife Federation, and
Bob Reid, Chairman of the Florida
Wildlife Federation Board of
Directors accepted the award for
its outstanding record of conser-
vation accomplishments during a
ceremony at the 70th annual
meeting of the National Wildlife
Federation.
"On behalf of all Floridians
who care about protecting
wildlife for our children's future,
we are honored to accept this


award," Fuller said.
The Florida Federation was
formed in 1937, a year following
the initial formation of the Nation-
al Wildlife Federation. The nation-
al organization currently has 47'
state and territorial affiliates and
more than four million members;
and supporters.
"The leadership and dedica-
tion shown by the Florida Wildlife
Federation is in the finest tradition
of the American conservation
movement today," said Larry
Schweiger, president of the
National Wildlife Federation.
Headquartered in Tallahassee,
the Florida Wildlife Federation
currently operates with a staff of


UKeechoDee News/D. Hamilton
Spring break
Yearling Middle School student Dustin Smith, friend
Brandon Raulerson, a student at Seminole Elementary,
and pre-k student Madison Fisher stopped for a moment
during playtime at the Wooden Jungle at the Sports Com-
plex. All three children were enjoying a warm sunny day
during their spring break.


eight full-time and three part-time
employees and maintains satellite
offices in St. Augustine and
Naples.
The Florida Wildlife Federation
has played a lead role in numer-
ous Florida conservation issues,
including:
advocating global warming
solutions;
playing a key role in inform-
ing freshman Sen. Mel Martinez
regarding the need to protect the


Redfish stocks in Florida are
healthy, but increasing fishing
pressure could put a damper on
continued abundance of this
important sport fish species.
That's the message Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) biologists will take to
an FWC public hearing April 6 in
Tallahassee.
FWC's Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute recently com-
pleted a stock assessment for red-
fish also called red drum, chan-
nel bass and red bass. The
assessment includes data collect-
ed through 2003 and indicates
redfish stocks are meeting the
commission's management goal
of a 30-percent escapement rate
on Florida's Gulf and Atlantic
coasts.
The escapement rate is the
proportion of spawning-sized fish
that survive through the estab-
lished harvest limits.
Redfish stocks have been
recovering in Florida since the late
1980s when officials launched
substantial management meas-
ures. However, the continuing
increase in the number of Florida
anglers fishing for redfish has
tempered recent gains by the


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
and Florida's Gulf Coast from oil
drilling, and the link between
those two issues;
mercury pollution aware-
ness and reduction; and,
joining the National Wildlife
Federation in a legal challenge to
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers' approval of a permit that
would have allowed the destruc-
tion of more than 5,000 acres of


stock. FWC biologists suggest that
if. fishing pressure continues to
rise, as expected, redfish may fall
short of management goals by the
next stock assessment, scheduled
for 2008.
Redfish stocks were overfished
and in danger of collapse in 1986.
This resulted in three temporary
closures of the fishery and subse-
quent implementation of a man-
agement plan that included a ban
on redfish sales, a three-month
closure to all redfish harvest and
strict bag and size limits.
As redfish stocks improved, a
year-round sport season
reopened in 1996, but the prohibi-
tion of sale and the one redfish
daily bag limit and 18- to 27-inch
slot limit remain in place today.
The commission will conduct
a public review of the redfish
stock assessment during the
FWC's April 6 meeting starting at
8:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn and
Conference Center, 2900 North
Monroe St., in Tallahassee.
More information about the
redfish stock assessment is avail-
able at MyFWC.com/commis-
sion/2006/April/index.html. Scroll
to item 10.A.


priority Florida panther habitat.
The Florida Wildlife Federation
has been a leader in the National
Wildlife Federation's Backyard
Wildlife Habitat & Schoolyard
Habitats Certification. With
3,167 certified Backyard Habitats
and seven certified schoolyard


habitats, Florida is second only to
South Carolina in the number of
National Wildlife Federation certi-
fied Backyard Habitats.
The National Wildlife Federa-
tion is American's conservation
organization protecting wildlife
for our children's future.


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Land deal


to advance

CERP goals
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS The
Nature Conservancy has pur-
chased 1,646 acres of land along
the old Kissimmee River, includ-
ing a prime section of Paradise
Run, to advance important goals
of the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP).
Paradise Run is prime habitat
and a top priority for protection
under the Lake Okeechobee
Watershed Project of the CERP.
The site is part of the original
Kissimmee River floodplain and
presents a unique opportunity for
habitat restoration.
The conservancy bought the
land on behalf of the South Flori-
da Water Management District
(SFWMD) for transfer at a later
date.
The property is located across
Route 78 northwest of Lake Okee-
chobee, the largest freshwater
lake in the southeastern United
States and a central component of
the vast interconnected aquatic
ecosystem in south Florida. The
Nature Conservancy will eventual-
ly sell the land to the SFWMD
when funds become available.
"This land came on the market
at an unplanned moment, but one
very timely for restoration of these
important Everglades systems. We
appreciate The Nature Conservan-
cy providing assistance in acquir-
ing this priority tract at this critical
time," said Ruth Clements, direc-
tor of the SFWMD Land Acquisi-
tion Department.
"The conservation value of this
acquisition is not only the protec-
tion of top priority habitat for the
CERP but the enormous contribu-
tion to restoration of related
aquatic sites and abating threats to
them," said Victoria Tschinkel,
Florida director of The Nature
Conservancy.
"The site supports several fed-
erally listed threatened or endan-
gered species, such as bald eagle,
snail kite, crested caracara and
wood stork, and supports 20 state
listed species including many
wading birds. This is a golden
opportunity for ecosystem restora-
tion," said Steve Schubert of the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"Paradise Run appears to have
earned its name through abun-
dant wildlife resources," said Paul
Gray, Audubon's Lake Okee-
chobee Watershed Program coor-
dinator. "A number of significant
wading birds and ducks have
been found there, as well as vigor-
ous fish populations."




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18 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 25, 2006


OKEECHOBEE MOTOR COMPANY


2006 Ford Focus
Match D/P $ 500
Cash Back $ 2,500 0
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Total Savings


2006 Ford Fusion
Match DIP $ 1,000
Cash Back $ 500
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Total Savings


2006 Ford F150


Match DIP
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$1,000
$ 2,500


2006 Ford Explorer


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Cash Back


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$ 1,000
$ 3,000


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2006 Mercury
Cash Back $ 4,000
Loyaltv $ 1,000
FMCC $ 1,000


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2005 Ford Mustang
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$11,295

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$12,695

'99 DODGE 1500
QUAD CAB
V8, 4X2, 52,700 Miles
$13,795
'04 PONTIAC
GRAND PRIX GT
Performance White, Auto.
$16,398

'03 MITSUBISHI
ECLIPSE CONV.
31,700 Miles, Automaic
$16,995

'02 ACURA
RSX
2 Dr., Automatic, Cobahlt Blue
$17,995

'05 NISSAN
ALTIMA 3.5 SBe
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$19,995

'03 TOYOTA
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$21,795

'05 3EEP
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Laredo Mooruoof. 5 "00 Miles
$22,495
'06 CHEVY
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7K Mi.. Blk., Lthr., Moonroof
$23,895


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$46,995


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20 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 25, 2006


2006 DODGE RAM MEGA CAB
Most Standard Torque In Its Class With
Available Cummins Turbo Diesel
Largest Cargo Volume Behind The Front And Rear Seats
Exclusive Reclining Rear Seats
Foot longer Cab than any Ford
I or Chevy Crew Cab


2006 DODGE RAM HEAVY DUTY.
* Best-In-Class Interior Space Fold-Flat Load Floor
All-New Bolder Front Styling
Available Legendary Cummins Turbo Diesel


OR. GTi (GREAT II LEAIVSE PAYMENTS


Fuel Efficient 3.7 Liter Magnum V6(21
Best-In-Class Overall Interior Room(3)
Five-Star Government Frontal Crash
Test Rating*)
Returning DaimlerChrysler lessees can lease for:


/MONTH(5)

FOR 36 MONTHS
W O 859 DUEAT
WITH dl SIGNING11) .
(Tax, title and license extra. No security deposit required.)


4.7 Liter MagnumTM V8 Engine
Best-in-Class Interior Room
Bold Ram Styling

Returning DaimlerChrysler lessees can lease for:


/MONTH(6)

FOR 36 MONTHS


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DUE AT
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Five-Star Government Frontal
Crash Test Rating
Fuel Efficient 3.7 Liter Magnum V6(18
Returning DaimlerChrysler lessees can lease for:


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FOR 36 MONTHS
.$1 "DUE AT
WITH 1,274 SIGNINGo)
(Tax, title and license extra. No security deposit required.)


"Financing for 60 months = $16.67 per month per $1,000 financed. Financing for qualfied buyers with 10%r down when financed through Chrysle Financial. Excludes SRT models. Offersend 3/31/06.2) $4084- $9840 estimated saVings based on RAM 1500 lightOuly modesfinanced 10/05-
12/05 flo applicable terms by CFC. Actual savings vary with loan amourn. ll 6 mpg city 22 mpg hwy based on EPA 2005 Fuel Economy Guide. ''Excludees sport utility trucks. "Tlub Cab only Reao sea nottested. "DAKOIA ClUB CAB 4X2: Amounts based on an MSRP example with a 22A package,
after application of $2500 lease cash allowance, $1000 lose loyalty, and S1000 CFC Bonu Cash It also assumes dele participation of $1150, which may effect final price. 36 monthly payments equal $7176. Total due at lease signing is $859 which includes a down payment of $660 and hirst
month's payment of $199. '"RAM 1500 QUAD CAB ST 4X2: Amounts based on an MSRP example with a 24A package, after application of $3000 lease cash allowance, $1000 lease loyally, and $1000 CF( Bonus Cash. It also assumes dealer participation of $2500, which may affect
final price. 36 monthly payments equal $8911. loal due at lease signing is $1149 which includes a down payment of 5900 and first month's payment of $249. O)Bosed on Automotive Newsdlassification. When properly equipped. Excludes perfonnance package vehicles. 16 city to
21 hwy. EPA est. mpg depending on model. "'DURANGO SXT 4X2: Amounts based on on MSRP example with a 22C package, after application of $3000 lease cash allowance, $1000lease loyalty, and $1000 CFC Bonus Cash. Italso assumes dealer participation of$1775, which may
ie final price. 36 monthly payments equal 510,771. Total due at lease signing is $1274 which includes a down payment of $975 and first month's payment of $299. Secu deposit is waived for qualified lessees. Tax, title, and license extra. Pay for excess wear and mileage B E UP
of $.20/mile for each mile over 12,000 miles per year plus a $425 lease turn-in lee, if vehicle is retured at end of term. Option to buy at lease end or pro-negotiated price plus a $1 50 purchase option fee. Each participating dealer's actual term may vary.
Offer though hryslei Financial. Residency restrictions apply. Must lake retail delivery by 3/31/06. Some coloisshown extra. Dodge ad Magnum are registered trademarks of DaninerChrysler Corporation.


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