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OHS Rodeo Team
takes to the road
The Okeechobee High
School Rodeo Team has 15
cowboy and cowgirls on the
team this year that have been
traveling up and down the
road to compete all over the
State of Florida. As many may
not know the Okeechobee
High School Rodeo Team is
not sponsored by the High
School or the Athletic Depart-
ment. These young students
and their parents are the ones
that have the financial burden
for them to compete in the
sport they love so much.
Some have horses that have to
be hauled all over others have
rough stock riggings and their
entry fees and of course their
dress code. That is not count-
ing the fuel and lodging. So as
you can see.they have quite an
expense to be able to do, this
sport. And yes, Rodeo is a
sport that is loved by many.
Mourning glad that
injury wasn't worse
MIAMI (AP) Alonzo
Mourning initially thought
he'd suffered a cramp. His
team's medical staff feared it
was a ruptured Achilles' ten-
.With those options,
Mourning was relieved to
learn the truth about his injury
was somewhere in tre mid-
"It is discouraging,"
Mourning said. "But at the
time same, I know it could
ha% e been worse."
Mourning tore a muscle in
his right calf on Wednesday in
the Miami Heat's loss to the
Detroit Pistons. He began
rehabilitation n Satuida and
estimates he'll be sidelined
three to four weeks, but hasn't
ruled out the idea of returning
before Mliami's regular season
ends in Boston on April .19.
life for family
VWAVELAND, Miss. (AP)-
Gus McKay slides out of.bed at'
dawn, tiptoes across his fami-
ly's government-issued trailer
and slips into the bathroom,
slowly turning the doorknob
so he doesn't wake his two
teenage daughters in the
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry ,
Local Burn Ban: None
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)
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The three Ds: Dredging, ditching and diking
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Florida Archives
The Steamship Roseada travels the Kissimmee River in this photo from the 1890s. The
steamship is loaded with passengers and supplies headed for Okeechobee.
Water woes have troubled past
By Katrina Elsken
Special to the Okeechobee
South Florida suffers from
water woes. Some areas have
too little -- and face water
restrictions. Other areas have
too much freshwater threaten-
ing to flood homes or damage
Linderstanding and solving
these issues requires under-
standing how the state got in
this position. Florida's history
is filled with "the three Ds" -
,ditching, dredging and diking
- all well-intentioned
changes to the natural sys-
tems, which often had unin-
In 1880, the fledgling State
of Florida was bankrupt. The
state was obligated to the
bondholders of the railroad
and canal companies, who
had. been ruined by the deval-
uation of the Confederate cur-
rency after the Civil War.
But Florida had assets.
When Florida was given
statehood in 1845, Congress
deeded the state 500,000
The paddle steamer Thomas A. Edison docked near Alva
acres. Five years later, the fed-
eral government gave the state
of Florida 20 million acres of
swampy land deemed "unfit
for cultivation due to its
swamp and overflowed condi-
The State of Florida had
swampland for sale -- and
found a buyer.
In 1881, Florida sold 4 mil-
lion acres of South Florida
land at 25 cents an acre to
Hamilton Disston of Pennsyl-
vania. Mr. Disston agreed to
dig canals and drain the land
for development and farming.
See Water Page 7
Edited by MaryAnn Morris
This material was sent to
Independent Newspapers of
Florida by Nellie Ruth Woodruff
of Belle Glade. When we spoke
to Ms. Woodruff, she told us that
when the Belle Glade Library
was remodeled, many of the
boxes of historical materials
found were stored by Ruth Irv-
ing, also of Belle Glade. Accord-
ing to Ms. Woodruff, at this time
the author is unknown,
although a page from the Belle
Glade Herald, now defunct,
dated December 9, 1965, show-
ing photos of some of the peo-
ple who worked day in and day
out to care for the children of
migrant farm workers, was also
found. The story of the Belle
Glade Community Center and
the good done by so many citi-
zens is told here. If anyone
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history
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knows who the writer is, please
let us know.
"The material from which
these stories were taken was
found preserved in the Belle
Glade City Library. The scrap-
books are titled, "Report of the
Belle Glade Community Center,
Inc." Information from the
scrapbooks has been confirmed
by interviews with people who
initiated and worked in this pio-
neer project. This is a tribute to
the citizens of Belle Glade who
cared enough about deprived
children to become personally
"The year 1939 in the small
agricultural community of Belle
Glade marked an important
event in the history of child care
for the young children of agri-
cultural workers in this area. In
that year the first nursery, estab-
lished and sponsored by the
Belle Glade Community Center,
Inc. first opened its doors in the
American Legion Hall for twen-
ty-four hour care of the infants
and children whose parents
worked in the packing houses.
See History Page 2
Submitted to Independent Newspapers of Florida/Library of Congress/
Marian Post Wollcott
A migrant worker woman sits in the doorway of her house with
her baby at Belle Glade in 1939.
Belle Glade nursery cared
for children of ag workers
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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 automo-
bile 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
You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household income is at or below the following
levels: one person in the household $24,000; two persons -
$27,650; three persons $31,100; four 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 appoint-
ment 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-
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 Okee-
chobee due to Hurricane Katrina can contact Project HOPE
(Helping Our People in Emergencies), 1600 S.W. Second Ave., at
(863)634-1410, for crisis counseling and referral to various agen-
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"Mrs. Edith E. Lowery, execu-
tive secretary of the Council of
Women for Home Missions visit-
ed Belle Glade to find a space for a
nursery center for children of
migrant workers like those which
already operating in 14 other
states. This non-profit organiza-
tion was formed for the sole pur-
pose of establishing and main-
taining the child care center. Its
membership was made up from
all civic clubs, all churches, all
packing houses, business houses
and many individuals in Belle
"By the year 1939 the Glades
area was rapidly becoming one of
the most important winter veg-
etable producing centers in our
country. Increasing numbers of
agricultural migrants were flock-
ing in to work in the packing
houses during the season.
Thoughtful people in Belle Glade
were becoming concerned and
alarmed over the indifferent care
that the babies and young chil-
dren of the agricultural migrant
families received. Many of the
children and babies were left in
locked cars while parents were at
work. Young children were often
left to care for themselves while
their parents struggled to make a
living in the packinghouses or
"So, the Belle Glade communi-
ty Center, Inc. was formed. The
late Arthur Wells, mayor of Belle
Glade, Marie Bregger'and Luther
: Jones.were the officers. This non-
profit .organization was formed
for no purpose other than starting
and maintaining the child care
center. All civic clubs, all church-
es, all packing houses, all busi-
nesses and many individuals were
members. The center operated 24
hours a day, seven days a week
from March 15 to May 20, 1939.
Fifty children were enrolled with
an average attendance of thirty.
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A woman washing laundry at a migrant worker camp outside
a packing house in 1939.
Most of the children stayed all,
night and received care 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.
"Ralph Freeman, another Belle
Glade citizen was project manag-
er. Miss Alicia Fisher, a kinder-
garten primary teacher, was sent
by the Home Missions to be head
of the project. Miss Fisher was
assisted by a staff: Barbara Blake-
ly, a registered nurse, Mabel Rash-
ley and Doris Read, nursery assis-
tants, Maude Royals, cook and
Mary Luther, cleaning girl. These
staff member worked seven days
a week with only one day off
every two weeks.
"It was a heavy schedule but
they did it. Volunteer service to
the nursery by the people of Belle
.Glade was monumental. Dr.
William Buck, the late benefactor
of Belle Glade, examined the chil-
dren on admittance and visited
them every day. County health
officials also assisted.
The late Mrs. Mary J. White,
volunteer assistant who was 76
years old then, appeared on
opening day and offered her serv-
ices. She helped prepare and
serve noon day and evening
meals and would not leave at
night until the dishes were done.
She gave of her services because
she firmly believed in the nursery
and she had a sincere desire to
"It would have been impossi-
ble to open the nursery without
the services and equipment
donated by local organizations
"The packing houses sent
fresh vegetables as well as a
monthly check. Civic organiza-
tions and businesses helped with
money, supplies and equipment
as did many caring individuals.
Various Women's' Missionary
Societies in Florida and elsewhere
soon began to make contribu-
"The children were given three
good meals a day and fruits and
more vegetables from individuals.
Vegetables came from the pack-
ing houses, milk from local
dairies and the Agricultural Exper-
iment Station, meat from local
markets and fruits and vegetables
by individuals, food surplus from
the Works Progress Administra-
tion (WPA, a federal program
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of President Franklin D. Roo-
"The nursery staff took great
prided in improving the health of
the children. With the help of
their nurse and local doctors,
good food and tender loving care,
the children were soon glowing
with health and well-being.
"The story is related of baby
Carl. When he was brought to the
nursery he had the cry of a six
week-old baby, no facial expres-
sion and no strength to kick and
react as a baby his age should. His
mother had been feeding him a
formula of one ounce of mild to
seven ounces of water. After a few
weeks of a good baby diet at the
center he was reacting, kicking
vigorously and trying to sit up.
"There was a kindergarten
program for the older children
during each day while the
younger children had their own
program of supervised activities
and play. The children's parents,
who worked so long and hard,
were very grateful for the care lav-
ished on their babies and chil-
dren. Word of the good works for
migrant worker's children in Belle
"Soon, a steady stream of visi-
tors, both local and out of town,
came tor visit the nursery. Then
they left greatly impressed, they
knew without a doubt that the
people of Belle Glade were effec-
tively meeting a great need. Every
business proudly displayed
orange posters which-
announced, "We support the
Belle Glade Community Center."
The American Legion had to
forego most of their usual activi-
ties and the rental of their building
to other groups which would nor-
mally have met there. The Legion
had originally intended to make
the building available as a nursery
for only this one year."
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OHS Rodeo Team takes to the road .YowDersaPCli
The Okeechobee High 5m
School Rodeo Team has 15 cow_-_______________
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boy and cowirs n II IIe team
this year that have been travel-
ing up and down the road to
compete all over the State of
Florida. As many may not know
the Okeechobee High School
Rodeo Team is not sponsored by
the High School or the Athletic
Department. These young stu-
dents and their parents are the
ones that have the financial bur-
den for them to compete in the
sport they love so much. Some
have horses that have to be
hauled all over others have
rough stock riggings and their
entry fees and of course their
dress code. That is not counting
the fuel and lodging. So as you
can see they have quite an
expense to be able to do this
sport. And yes, Rodeo is a sport
that is loved by many.
The Okeechobee High
School Rodeo Team hosted a
fundraiser on Friday, March 24,
2006 at the Okeechobee High
From 03/24/06 through
S.R. 70: From W. of U.S. 98 to
W. of 7th Ave. Northwest (0.9
Miles): Construction project -
Work continues to widen and
reconstruct the existing two-lane
roadway to four lanes with a
center dual left turn lane. The
Work .includes drainage
improvements, signals, and
street lighting. 'Work currently
includes storm drainage and
roadway construction at various
locations throughout the project.
Expect the next traffic switch
soon. The contractor is Russell
Ruth Aileen "Mama" Green, age
80, died March. 23, 2006 in Stuart,
Fla. She was born on May 13, 1925
in Charleston, West Virginia. She
was a resident of Okeechobee for
the past 23years. Ruth \.vs a mem-
ber of the Treasure Island- Baplist
Church, trie VFW\ Ladies Auxiliary,
and the Ladies ol ihe Moose She
was an avid Bingo player, enjoyed
ceramics, reading, crafts, and
She is preceded in death by her
parents, Helen and William Whit-
taker and her brothers Jack and
She is survived by her loving
husband of 60 years, George "Red"
Green ol Okeechobee. She is also
survived by her son David Green of
Jacksonville, Fla.; her daughter
Patti Butler of Houston, Texas; and
her three grandsons, Michael, Bill,
and Todd. In addition, she is sur-
vived by her brother Bob Whittaker
of Orange, Calif.; and her sister Gail
Albin of Charleston, W. Va.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.
until 1 p.m. on Mondal, March 27,
2006 at the Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 44-11 Southeast.
Okeechobee, Fla. Services %xill fol-
low at 1 p.m. Pastor Duane Eat-
mon will officiate. Interment %will
be at Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Submitted to the Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team has been traveling up and down the road to com-
pete all over the State of Florida.
School Auditorium. The Florida
Bluegrass Express a well known
bluegrass band from the Okee-
chobee area performed at the
event with all the proceeds rodeo team competed at the
going to the Okeechobee High Florida High School Rodeo in
School Rodeo Team. Okeechobee at the Cattlemen's
On' Saturday, March 25 the Arena.
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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 ate accepted 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 consist
of cabbage, green beans, roll and choice of one-fourth chicken or
three ribs. Call Jeff Robinson Electric at(863) 763-2525 for dinner
Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, will host a
fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. All
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help start
a K-9 unit. The cost will be $6.
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, by calling (863) 763-9800 or (863) 697-
New St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, 1001 N.E. 16th Ave. is hosting
a Good Friday program April 14,, at 7 p.m. For information call
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.
Activities will include a barbecue, Easter egg hunt, Chinese auc-.
tion and a horseshoe tournament. There will also be live enter-
tainment. For information, call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.
Free tax counseling service offered
AARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday
beginning through April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Ameri-
can Legion Post #62, 501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, vol-
unteer 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, bro-
ker 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 information,. call Neile Foreman, district coordinator,
-at (863) 357-1694.
UF/IFAS plans career fair
The University of Florida IFAS Environmental Management
Career Fairwill be held Tuesda, April 18, from 9 a.m. until I p.m.
at the University of Florida IFAS Indian River Research and Educa-
tion Center .(IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in Fort Pierce. The
event is being held because IRREC has launched a new bache-
lor's degree program in environmental management and enroll-
ment is increasing greatly. For information, contact Kim Wilson by
calling (772) 468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail :at
Driver safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, April 22,
and Saturday, April 29,-al the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., from 8:30 a.m. until 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. Consult your auto insurance agent for yoNur
three-year discount upon class completion. For information, con-
tact the instructor, Mrs. Bryan, at (863) 763-0351. The cost of the
class is $10: and must be paid by check only.
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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.
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)
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Chil-
dren's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m.
The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okee-
chobee County. 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 information, call the Foster Care Program at
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
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)
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 interest-
ed 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.
Widows 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 interest-
ed are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl 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.
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
Saviour, 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)
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who,
are either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other,
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department
auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at
(863) 763-0202. The other support group is held on each Thursday at 6
-p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For
information, call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
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)
Tantie Quilters meels every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183;
Family History Center meets from 6 until 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
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship 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
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-
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,
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 rela-
tionships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean
Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Social 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
opportunity for caregivers te 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.
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-
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.
Church plans dedication service
Fountain of Life Church has moved from its former address,
116 E. S. Park St., to 1302 S.W 32nd St. The church will have a
dedication service Sunday, March 26, from 2 until 4 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-8945.
Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128, Order of the Eastern Star will
hold their final all-you-can-eat breakfast of the season on Sun-
day, March 26, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. The menu includes scrambled eggs,
sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown casserole and fruit for a
donation of $5 per person. For information, call (863) 634-8087.
Night of Music planned
The Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. will host their
second annual Night of Music on Sunday, March 26, at 5 p.m.
For information, call the church at (863) 763-4843.
School board plan grant hearing
The Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a public
hearing on participation in the Indian Education Formula Grant
Monday, 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 to
explain the goals of the 2006-07 grant and activities associated
with the Title VII program. For information, contact Ken Ken-
worthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.
Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis
and designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center, 916 W. North Park St., on Monday, March 27,
at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.
Dining with the Doctor
Dr. Leland Heller will be the speaker, Tuesday, March 28, at 5
p.m. at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441. For more informa-
tion call (863) 763-2151.
Early learning group to meet
The audit grievance committee of the Early Learning Coali-
tion of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet
Tuesday, March 28, at 3 p.m. at the One Stop Career Center,
2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.
SES advisory council to meet
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet
Tuesday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the school media center,2690
N.\V. 42nd Ave.
La escuela Seminole Elemntary van a tener su junta del Con-
sejo Consultivo para la escuela, martes, el 28 de marzo, a las 4
p.m., van a juntar en el biblioteca. Todo el public etan envita-
dos de asistir.
Martha's House hosts training sessions
Martha's House will offer a two day training session on
domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual abuse, cyber sexual
abuse and human trafficking on March 28 and March 29. The
training will be held at the South Florida Water Management
Auditorium, which is on the second floor of the Bank of Ameri-
ca/Building, 205 North Parrott Ave. Training sessions will be
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The cost will be $35 for both
sessions. Certificates will be given. For information, contact*
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-28.93 or Irene Luck at' (863) 763-
Red Cross holding infant CPR class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave., will hold an infant/child CPR class on Thursday, March
30, from 6 until 9 p.m. For information or to register, call (863)
Help with electric bills available,
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the
EHEAP Program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and
over. Call Kim Senna at (863) 462-5180 for documentation and
qualifications you must have to process the bill. Funding will
end March 31.
Church hosting Tommy 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, at 6 p.m. The church is located behind the
Recreational Outreach Center (ROC).
14th annual Fort Drum Day planned
The Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
host the 14th annual Fort Drum Day Celebration on Saturday
and Sunday, April 1 and 2. Saturday's events will be held from
11 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 Cele-
bration Singers. Following the services there will be dinner on
the grounds as well as more gospel music and messages from
local ministers. Everyone is welcome. Attendees should bring a
lawn chair and a covered dish. For information, call Sandy at
(863) 357-2164 or Judy at (863) 357-1581.
O.R.E. holding fundraiser
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) group is hold-
ing a fundraiser for their scholarship award by giving away a
qtuilt and afghan. Tickets can.be obtained with a $5 donation.
The drawing will be held April 3. For information, contact Gay
Carlton at (863) 763-5755, Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829, Mari-
on 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 will be
held Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at The
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrot Ave. For information, call (863) 763-
Annual speech contest is planned
The annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation Dis-
trict Speaking Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at
the Okeechobee USDA Service Center on U.S. 98 North. The
contest is open to any student enrolled in grades six through 12
in Okeechobee County. The topic is "Wise Use of Florida's
Water Resources." Speeches are to be six to eight minutes in
duration. Time under or over these limits will cost the contest-
ant two points for each 15 seconds or part thereof. Three inde-
pendent judges will score contestants on content, composition
and delivery. Contestants may use notes while speaking, but
visual aides may not be used. Prizes for the contest are $500 for
first, $400 for second and $300 for third. There will also be a
participation prize of $50 to all contestants. Any student inter-
ested in participating may contact Joanna Sherman at the
Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District at (863) 763-
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April 4 at Lake Placid (boes plex is locdled at 58 N.\W. 27th
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Fast pitch softball
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Age groups will include: IS &
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& under and 8 & under.
For information, contact Kimn
Hargraves at 18631634-6.3-'i22
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The Florida Aeri-i\'men hate
announced that their inaugural
skeet shoot etent will take place
Mal 13 at Ouail Creek Plantation,
19i. N.E. 224th St.
Station sponrsorships and sin-
gle shooter tickets are available.
For information, call Dianne
Spann ciat S.13.i 6.4-3.327.
Children's and men's wear infant, educational
materials, toys, pre-teen, maternity, home goods and
furniture Consignment Boutique "expands and
relocates to 116 East South Park Street.
(Located in the adjacent retail building to Chamber of
Commerce and City Police Department).
Now accepting gently worn (season appropriate)
clothing, infant items, and a new line of home goods
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Saturday and shop (or) call (863.467.1705) Lance's
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Map showing the
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SOUTH FLORIDA WATERSHED TIMELINE
1845 Florida becomes a state. Congress later grants 500.000 acres of land to the state for "internal
1850 The federal government conveys the tides to 20 million acres of sovereign lands and wetlands to
the state of Florida through an act that transferred all "land unfit for cultiation due to its swampy and
1881 To save the state from bankruptcy, the Board of Trustees of the State Internal Improvement Trust
Fund sells 4 million acres in central and south Florida to Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia for $1 million.
The conditions of the sale require that Mr. Disston drain land to attract agricultural development.
1881 A channel is dredged from the head waters of the Caloosaharchee to Lake Okeechobee. This
process connects three lakes to Lake Okeechobee bv a 22 foot wide five foot deep canal. Prior to this the
lakes had been separated by marshy grasslands. The canal provides a navigable channel for steam boats
from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. This opens up the region to economic development.
1882 The Okeechobee Land Company and the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Canal Companies attempt to
drain the Everglades. They dig 11 miles'of canal south of Lake Okeechobee in the direction of Miami.
1902 The Kissimmee River Navigation Project is authorized by Congress. (The pi oject, which was com-
pleted in 1909. created a channel 3 feet deep by 30 feet wide following the winding Kissimmee River for
109 miles i
1906 Golernor Napolean Bonaparte Broward pushes through a $250,000 tax-supported plan to cre-
ate the Everglades Drainage District and to dig a 200 foot wide canal between Lake Okeechobee and the
Saint Lucie Ri.er. The first project begins in 1906 with the construction of the New Ri\er canal rhat reach-
es from Lake Okeechobee to Fort Lauderdale. Between 1907 and 1929. the state spends $18 million and
built 440 miles of canals and levees.
1917 Four canals are dug. dissecting the Everglades. These canals run southeast end of Lake
Okeechobee towards Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
1924 Drainage, drying, and oxidation of the peat soils south of Lake Okeechobee mean the expos-.ed
soil is rapidly wearing away. causing flooding of the surrounding croplands.
1926 A hurricane floods South Florida, killing approximately 300 people.
1928 A hurricane causes a storm surge in Lake Okeechobee, drowning nearly\ 2,0u0 people in the area
south of Lake Okeechobee.
1932 The Hooter Dike is constructed around Lake Okeechobee to contain further floods, and the
Okeechobee Waterway ta 155-mile-long waterway from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean b1 wa\
of the Caloosahatchee River. Lake Okeechobee aind the St. Lucie Canal) is authorized
1935 The Moore Haven Lock is built on dithe Caloosahatchee Riler.
1936 The Armynv Corps of Engineers dredgs the Caloosahatchee to a depth of six feet. P
1943-44 Severe drought and decades of drainage take their toll on the river of grass. Wildfires Ipread
through the Everglades, consuming the organic soils.
1 1947 1.3 million acres are dedicated to the Exerglades National Park, b\ President Truman. making it
the first national park established because of its biological wonders.
1947 Record rainfall 100 inches between March and November combined with two hurricanes and
a tropical storm result in the "Great Florida Flood" which covers 5 million acres with water, and leaves
residents of South Florida pleading with state and federal officials for help with flood control.
1948 Congress passes the Flood Control Act and creates the Central and Southern Flood 1
L-V Control Project (CSF). This system extends from Orlando in the north to the Exerglades in
L the south and includes most inflows and outflows to and from Lake Okeedchobee as well as
parts of the upper St. Johns Riser. The system is to be designed and constructed by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and operated and maintained by the state. A Citizen's Committee
on Water Control is appointed b\ Gov. Millard F. Caldwell to deternune the most appropri-
ate state organization to meet the conditions of the Central and Southern Project.
1949 The Legislature creates the Central and Southern Florida Flood Conirol District to
ILssunie responsibility for the CSF. The group takes over the duties of the Okeeclhobee Flood L
Control District and, by 1955, thev also take over assets and liabilities of the Everglades
1950 In response to flooding along the Caloosahatchee River, work begins on plans to
Straighten and deepen the river to 8 feet.
.. ., ~1961 The COE again dredges the Caloosahatchee River, to control flooding in rhe river
area. The dredging leaves the river a 65 mile long, 425 foot wide, 25 foot deep channel. The
Caloosahatchee Ri'er is now known as C-43 canal.
1 1962 In response to the demand for flood control in the developed areas around the
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and in the Kissimmee Ri.er basin, the Kissimmee River is chan-
nelized. Between 1962 and 1971. the Unuted States Army Corps of Engineers (LUSACE) chan-
nelized the Kissimmee River and created a 30 foot deep, 300 foot wide, 56 mile long drainage
canal (C-38i. This project converts 44 percent of the floodplain to pasture, draining approx-
imately 31,000 acres ol wetlands. .rrlo-
1963 The Everglades is divided into three Water Conserxation Areas iuporrtFi .onupletiont
of a system of canals and levees. .
1963 The Franklin Lock is completed on the Caloashatchee Rixer.
1966-67 -.A drop in the water table results in 15 new sinkholes in central Florida.
1970 The Friends of the Everglades is established by Marjort Stoneman Douglas.
1971 The-COE completes the channelizationof the Kissimmee Riyer. Before the work is .
even completed, environmentalists and residents of the Kissirmmee River basin see the envi-
1 ronmental damage and call for the river's restoration..
1976 The Kissimmee River Restoration Act is signed by the Florida State Legislature.
-- .. "1980s-r-Algae blooms in Lake Okeecldiobee areblamueT on high levels of nutrients entering the
*- "" lake. Tavylr Creek,'Nubbin Slbugh is identified oRne th timain sources of excess phospho-.
S-.1987-The Depaftmeint of Environmental ReE lati -fiinitiatesthe Dairy Rule. accompanied
with a Dairy Buyont program. They require dairy operators to either build the capactry to
treat cow waste on site or take the cows out the watershed area. This results in a downstzing
of the industry with many dairies in the watershed, leaving the' area. The "buvoutc"costsi
Okeecbobee County hundreds of jobs.
1988 Alawsuit is filed against South Florida Maawgement .District, by the federal govern-
ent. The charges are for polluting the Everglades with large amounts of phosphorus.
"1988&- Construction for. the Everglades Nutrient Removal Project begins. making-it the first
manmade wetland for phosphorus removal.
a2I / '. 1992 Hurricane Andrew damages southern Dade County causing .extreme damage to the
,/ fly Everglades region and to National Park Service strtcitures.
k' 1992 Congress authorizes the US Army Corps of Enagineers to-implement the Kissimmee
River Restoration Project. Part of the old'river wilf'lte restored bt'die removal of two water
control strictures and the filling in of 22 miles of canal.
r, | 1994 The Everglades Forever Act is enacted by the Florida Legislature. In order to improve
i water quality in the Eyerglades, it is mandated by the act that Stormnrater Treatment Water
Areas i.STAs) were to be constructed. Over 20 years the sugar industry agrees to pay $320
million, while the taxpayers are to pay the rest. '
2000-2001 Drought forces South Florida to restrict water use. For 194 consecutive days,
Lake Okeechobee's water level drops below 11 feeL On May 24, the lake is recorded at 8.97
feet NGVD the lowest level ever recorded for Lake Okeechiobee. The drought creates prob-
Slems for water managers who deal with demands for drinking water and irrigation as well as
the threat of salt water intrusion into waterways normally fed by dthe big lake. but the drought
Helps the lake's ecos stems. As the littoral zones around the lake dry out. invasive vegetation
i s burned off or cleared, and native vegetation replanted. Volunteers help state workers
replant the islands and lakeshore with native vegetation. When the rains finally come and the
Water returns, the replenished littoral zones provide spawning areas for fish and habitat for
S2002 President George WV. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush sign ao agreement provid-
Sing .$7.8 billion for the Everglades restoration project, The federal and state governments will
share the cost.
A i"S2004 Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne dump record rainfall on the state of
Florida. leaving widespread flooding in their wake and raising the level of Lake Okeechobee.
*: Vt.: 'y. The high winds from the hurricane churn the lake water, ripping out vegetation.
2005 Hurricane Wuima furthers the damage left by the 2004 hurricanes and dumps more
';* '', "" water into a system that had not yet recovered from the flooding of the previous year. The
flooded lake is left a muddy mess. Discharges of the muddy water to the Caloosahatchee and
O St. Lucte Canal threaten estuaries on both coasts.
*< Sources: South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps
, of Engineers, Audubon Society, "History of Okeechobee County" by Kyle Vanlandingham,
"Lake Okeechobee, Lady of Mystery." by Twila Valentine
Photos courtesy Florida Photographic Archives and www.tommymarkham.com Web site.
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Continued From Page 1
was impractical and in some
places impossible so Mr. Dis-
ston opened up waterways for
steam boat traffic. His plan
included a steamboat highway
from Lake Tohopekaliga to Fort
Mr. Disston's companies
dredged connections between
Lake Kissimmee and the smaller
lakes to its north. They also
dredged a connection between
Lake Okeechobee and the
Before the dredging project,
the Caloosahatchee River was
not directly connected to Lake
Okeechobee. The river started at
Lake Flirt, about two miles east
of LaBelle. The area between
Lake Flirt and Lake Hipochee
was made up of marshy wet-
lands and small lakes.
To make a path for steam-
boat traffic from Fort Myers to
Lake Okeechobee and then
north on the Kissimmee River,
dredges started at the ocean and
worked their way inland -
deepening the channel as neces-
sary and blasting a waterfall out
of the way near Fort Thompson.
The dredge continued
through Lake Lettuce, Lake
Bonnet and Lake'Hipochee. At
the western end of Lake
Hipochee the dredge followed a
small existing canal, which was
believed to have been originally
dug by the Paleo or Mayaimi
Indians, and finally connected
the waterway to Lake Okee-
The smaller lakes that had
been connected by the dredging
would eventually be lost in the
'By 1883 steamboats were
.making regular runs between
Fort Myers and Kissimmee.
While boat traffic opened up
the Caloosahatchee River area
to settlements, connecting the
river to the lake had unexpected
consequences. Heavy rainfall
during the hurricane seasons in
the 1920s brought flooding all
along the river. In response, the
state approved projects to
dredge the channel deeper and
straighter. A system of locks was
added to control the flow of
Before the end of the 20th
century, the Caloosahatchee
would be dredged five times -
turning a slow-moving, shallow,
winding river into a fast-moving,
Hamilton Disston's compa-
nies, the Okeechobee Land
Company and Atlantic and the
Gulf Coast Canal Company, also
undertook the first attempt to
drain the Everglades. They exca-
vated 11 miles of canals south of
Lake Okeechobee in the direc-
tion of Miami. But dredging was'
costly and he couldn't drain and
sell land fast enough to keep up,
with his expenses.
Freezes in 1894 and 1895 dev-
astated the citrus farms in the
Kissimmee area. Elsewhere,
unsound bank debt and specu-
lation left the. country in .a
Ruined financially, Mr. Dis-
ston returned to Philadelphia. '
In 1906 Governor Napoleon
Bonaparte Broward promoted a
$250,000 tax-supported plan to
- create the Everglades Drainage
District. In his 1905 campaign,
the governor had promised to
create an "Empire of the Ever-
glades," by draining that "pesti-
lence-ridden swamp." The first
project began in 1906 with the
construction of the New River
Canal from Lake Okeechobee to
By 1917, four canals dissect-
ed the Everglades. These canals
ran from the southeast end of
Lake Okeechobee towards Boca
Special to the Okeechobee News/Florida Archives
This photo taken in 1914 shows the connection between
Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River.
Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and
Not to be left out, the citizens
of Stuart led a campaign to
improve waterways for boat
traffic to their area. Between
1916 and 1924, the St. Lucie
Canal was dug and connected
the St. Lucie River to Lake Okee-
Between 1907 and 1929, the
state spent $18 million and built
440 miles of canals and levees.
This work 'included a small
earthen levee on the south side
of Lake Okeechobee.
The "reclaimed" land was
rich farmland, but new prob-
lems arose. When exposed to
air, the peat soils south of Lake
Okeechobee oxidized, turned to
dust and blew away.
In the late 1920s, lake area
residents found that their system
of canals and small levees was
no match for Mother Nature. In
1926, a hurricane flooded South
Florida and killed approximately
300 people. The town of Moore
Haven was especially hard hit
When it was flooded by a storm
surge in Lake Okeechobee.
In 1928, an even deadlier hur-
ricane drowned thousands of
farm workers when a -storm
surge breached the lake's south-
Residents of South Florida
begged their elected officials for
help. They found a champion in
Herbert Hoover, who had been
an engineer before his career in
Mr; Hoover, as secretary of
commerce, visited the hurri-
cane-stricken area in 1926. After
the hurricane of 1928, Mr.
Hoover, then a presidential
nominee, returned to Florida to
see the hurricane damage first
His concern for the people of
Florida helped Mr. Hoover win
votes in the 1928 election. As
president, he convinced Con-
gress to approve millions of dol- -
lars for flood control in Florida.
The River and Harbor Act of
1930 authorized the construc-
tion of 67.8 miles of levee along
the south shore of the lake and
15.7 miles of levee along the
Prior to 1940, few people
lived in the Kissimmee basin
Land use in the basin was pri-
marily farming and cattle ranch-
ing. Rapid growth and develop-
ment after World War II
changed the Kissimmee Basin,
and left it more vulnerable to
damage from flooding.
Between 1943, and 1946,
Floridians faced a severe
drought. Decades of drainage
left the natural systems unable
to function. Wildfires, fed by the.
organic soil, spread through the
In 1947, the drought ended as
rain began to fall -- but Floridi-
ans' relief turned to despair
when it continued to fall without
end in sight. In what would
become known as the Great
Florida Flood, 100 inches of
rainfall flooded the state.
North of Lake Okeechobee,
the Kissimmee River Valley was
under water. South of the big
lake, the system of levees and
canals had landowners threat-
ening violence. Some tried to
dynamite dikes to relieve flood-
ing, and others, whose property
the dikes were protecting, tried
to stop them.
Livestock and wildlife strug-
gled to find any high ground. An
estimated 25,000 cattle were
"Ninety percent of eastern
Florida, from Orlando to Flamin-
go, was under water," wrote
Stuart B. McIver in "The South
Florida Sea," published on the
"In Davie, with its vast
acreage in citrus groves and cat-
tle lands, the water was waist
deep," Mr. Stuart wrote. "Weary
horses and cattle stood forlornly
on levees in western Broward
and Palm Beach counties, shar-
ing what little high ground
remained with deer, wildcats,
raccoons and rattlesnakes. Peo-
ple whose property was threat-
ened by water backed up by
dams and locks attempted to
dynamite them but were faced
down by people packing guns to
guard the dams that were hold-
ing back the waters from their
homes and farms. In a primitive
struggle for survival, neighbor
Adding to Floridians' misery
that fall, the state was hit by
tropical storms. In September
1947, 17 people' were killed
when a hurricane made landfall
near Fort Lauderdale with sus-
tained winds of 121 mph.
South Florida residents peti-
tioned elected officials for flood
According to Kyle.VanLand-
ipgham's ."History of Okee-
chobee," area ian,chers took the
lead in lobbying for flood con-
"On Oct. 6, 1947, about 300'
persons assembled at the
(Okeechobee) county court-
house and authorized Irlo Bron-
son, president of the Florida Cat-
tlemen's Association, who
presided over the meeting, to
name a committee that would
.help push a flood control pro-
gram through Congress," Mr.
Congress passed the Flood
Control Act and created the Cen-
tral and Southern Flood Control
Project' (CSF). This system
extended from Orlando to the
Everglades and included expan-
sion of the dike around Lake
Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee
was completely encircled by 143
miles of levee, with an average
height of about 35 feet.
In 1961, Hurricane Donna
inspired new calls for flood con-
Between 1962 and 1971, the
United States Army Corps of
Engineers (COE) dredged the
Kissimmee River and created a
30-foot deep, 300-foot-wide, 56-
mile long drainage canal (C-38).
This project converted 44 per-
cent of the Kissimmee River's
floodplain to pasture, and
drained approximately 31,000
acres of wetlands.
Special to the Okeechobee News/Florida Archives
The Everglades drainage project dredge Culebra is at work in
the St. Lucie Canal in this photo from 1921. The St. Lucie
Canal was originally dug for navigation, connecting Lake
Okeechobee to the St. Lucie River.
The channelization ,of the
river created controversy in the
river basin, with protests from
environmentalists and local resi-
dents who opposed changing
the winding, slow-moving river
.into a fast-running canal.
The channelizatibn work was
barely completed when plans
were under way to restore the
river. In 1971, the COE complet-
ed the channelization of the
Kissimmee River. Five years later
the Kissimmee River Restoration
Act was signed by the Florida
Diking. Lake Okeechobee
meant the lake could no longer
flood to the south. Before the
lake was diked, periodic flood-
ing took with it floating vegeta-
tion that was left to decay in the
marshy areas south of the lake,
building up the "muck" soil
there. In the diked lake, decay-
ing vegetation fell to the lake
In the 1980s, Lake Okee-
chobee showed signs of degra-
dation. Algae blooms covered
square miles of the big lake.
When the blooms died, the
resulting fish kills had anglers
and environmentalists asking
government officials for help.
The blooms were blamed on
high levels of nutrients entering
the lake. Taylor Creek/Nubbin
Slough was identified as one of
the main sources of excess-
phosphorus, with runoff from
area dJailes contributing to the
The Department of Environ-
/ COMPUTERS \
mental Regulation (DER) initiat-
ed the Dairy Rule, accompanied
with a Dairy Buyout program.
They required dairy operators to
either build the capacity to treat
cow waste on site or take the
cows out of the watershed area.
This resulted in a downsizing of
the industry with many dairies
in. the watershed leaving the
The "buyout" cost Okee-
chobee County hundreds of
The work to reduce phos-
phorus levels had little effect on
the lake's overall health. Tropi-
cal storms continued to cause
the water levels in Lake Okee-
chobee to rise. The marshy
areas around the lake disap-
peared under high water. These
marshy areas act as "kidneys" to
help clean nutrients from the
water. They also provide spawn-
ing areas for fish, and habitat for
wading birds. As the water rose,
the lake's ecosystem was threat-
Friends of Lake Okeechobee
was formed, and lobbied the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) and the
Army Corps of Engineers to
lower the lake levels and keep
them low, to allow the lake's lit-
toral zones to recover.
The new lake level schedule
was only in place a few months
when the lake levels started
going down faster than antici-
pated. In 2000 and 2001,
drought forced South Florida to
restrict water use. For 194 con-
secutive days, the Lake Okee-
chobee's water level dropped
below 11 feet. On May 24, 2001,
the lake level was 8.97 feet-- the
lowest level ever recorded for
The drought created prob-
lems for water managers who
dealt with demands for drinking
water and irrigation, as well as
the threat of salt water intrusion
into waterways normally fed by
the big lake.
But, the drought helped the
lake's ecosystems. As the littoral
zones around the lake dried out,
invasive vegetation was burned
off or cleared and native vegeta-
tion replanted. The lake was
showing signs of recovery, but it
In 2004 hurricanes Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne
dumped record rainfall on the
state of Florida leaving wide-
spread flooding in their wake
and raising the level of Lake
Okeechobee. The high winds
from the hurricanes churned the
lake water and ripped out vege-
tation. All of the progress made
during the drought was lost to
the power of the hurricane-force
In 2005, Hurricane Wilma
furthered the damage left by the
2004 hurricanes and dumped
more water into a system that
had not yet recovered from the
previous year's flooding. High
winds pushed the lake water
south and revealed the lake's
muddy bottom. When the winds
shifted and the water rushed
back, it churned up all the sedi-
ment from the lake bottom.
The flooded lake was left a
muddy mess. Discharges of the
muddy water to the Caloosa-
hatchee and St. Lucie Canal
threatened the fragile ecosys-
tems of estuaries on both
As community leaders in
each area sought attention for
their particular concerns, state
officials sought solutions that
looked at the whole. system.
They maintain that saving the
Everglades and the coastal estu-
aries will require addressing the
health of the Kissimmee River
and of Lake Okeechobee.
(Some information for this
article came from: Broward
County Historical Commission,
the Audubon Society, the U.S.
Geographic Survey, the Arnmy\
Corps of Engineers, South Flori-
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and Fish Florida Magazine.)
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Center looks to expand activities
Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Rauler-
son Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and crafts for
seniors at the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and blue-
grass and gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The center
would like to expand its activities to groups that would like to play
board games, card games and bingo. If anyone is interested or has
any ideas, contact Sheila at (863) 462-5180 or Debbie at (863) 462-
5183, or just come down and talk to us. Activities are held from
11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a free service to seniors age 60 and
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Summer Activity Guide offered
' The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee (Community Col-
laborative Council) is sponsoring a Summer Activity Guide for chil-
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about local services and activities to keep all children safe, super-
vised and active this summer. Some organizations have volun-
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for free. To include your summer program in the guide, call Sharon
Vinson, Shared Services Network facilitator, at (863) 462-500-0,
ext.257. A copy of this activity guide will go home with every child
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interested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene
O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center. (863)
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
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 Hurri-
cane Wilma Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer \ ill be given a
Red Cross receipt.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call (863'i
763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at -113-4
U.S. 441 N.
Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be offered at the Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist
Medicare recipients in selecting and enrolling in Medicare Part D
programs. Those taking part will need to bring their complete list of
all prescription medications and dosages, along with their
Medicare card. Anyone who feels that may be eligible for govern-
ment assistance in paying premiums must bring proof of income.
Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will
hold classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for par-
ents and pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's
word through activity centers. There will also be a special class for
parents. For information or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-
Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting par-
enting education classes starting in March. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. For specific dates, informa-
tion and to register for the class call the Healthy Start office at (863)
Cantata rehearsals continuing
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perry, will hold rehearsals each Sunday from 3 until 5 p.m.
for their seventh annual Easter Cantata. The rehearsals will be held
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Street. This
year's cantata will be 'Three Days," created by Camp Kirkland and
Debra Craig-Claar. The cantata contains interesting rhythms and
lovely harmonies. The cantata will be presented during Palm Sun-
day weekend April 7, 8 and 9 and will feature the newly-refur-
bished Reuter pipe organ. Singers should be able to match pitch
and read music somewhat. Rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of
fun. Winter residents are always welcome. For information, call
Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.
Church offering study sessions
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is offer-
ing a short term study program. The Forty-Sixty is based on Disci-
pleship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and Craig
Kennet Miller. The study will take place each Tuesday from 6:45
until 7:45 p.m. at the church. The study is open to everyone, and
\, ill be led by Rev. Bruce Simpson and Rev. Jim Dawson. For infor-
mation or to register, call (863) 763-4021.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 77-77 U.S. 441 S.E., i ill 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
Sal\vavs accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E.
Pick-up service is not available. For information, contact Rosie at
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
M\ 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 ahd 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 da\ s and hours are flexible Call (86.3 634-2306 for informa-
tion. > '
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee. a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and \\omen of all ages \\e offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a Iree ultrasound, parenting
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The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
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
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
at2, 4:15,7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family
life with nutritious meals, good
daily care and a stimulating envi-
ronment. Foster parents may be
married, divorced or single. Their
most important characteristic 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 exam-
inations of recreation vessels and
teach over 500,000 students in
boating and water safety courses.
The results of these efforts save
taxpayers hundreds of millions of
dollars every year. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-3085.
EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
toirs, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth choir.
Wouldn't you like to make a dif-
ference? If so, please contact Rick
Hargraves at EYDC, 7200 U.S.
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. (863) 763-2174, ext. 234.
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Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale. 145
Special Notices 155
g00 Numbers 160
Mechanical Winch, found cor-
ner of 710 & 714. Call to
Found Speckled Church Fes-
tival. Okee. Please call for
more Info. (863)467-2545
RED HEELER. (863)357-3225
Charlais Heifer Calf, lost
3/7/06, vic. of Eagle Island
Rd. 1724). (863)763-1494
DOG, White w/tan patches.
Small dog. Female. Lost in vic.
of SE 36th Ave. Answers to
GOLD BRACELET, lost in Winn
Dixie on 3/4/06. REWARD!
RED BALLOON w/Orange
Plastic Tiger Ring tied to it.
Vic. of Down Town Okeecho-
Bichon Male, Wht, neutered,
5y/o, & blk/wht Dalmatlon/lab
mix female spayed, to good
CATS (2) Wonderful cats, de-
clawed & neutered, up to
date on shots, 2 1/2 yrs old,
need to go together, sisters
together since birth
CUR MIX, 8 males, 1 female,
free to good home.
Free to good home only, one
female Rottweiler, 2-3 yrs.
old, loves kids,
KITTENS: 5 wks. old. 3 M, 1 F,
grey w/medium long hair, litter
box trained. Free to good
PUPPIES: Pitbull/Curr, 7 wks.
old. Free to good homes.
Red Nosed Pit Bull, male, 6
yrs. old, good with kids.
SOFA & RECLINER- free, call
STOCKADE FENCE- free, 50
feet +, (561)202-7702
HUGE YARD SALE
SAT 3/25 & SUN 3/26
8am-4pm n 2
7235 NE 4tr, Si in
Tons of stuff! Must seel
3/25 & 3/26
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!
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc.
Let's meet (863)946-3123
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Dependable Clean DL DFW,
Good pay, benefits, 401 K.
Advanced Paving Systems
Okeechobee/ Sebdring Area.
Has Immediate openings avail.
LABORERS & EXPERIENCED
Contact Eric @ 954-931-0125
Full Time Sales Person
Apply In erson @
12WN Park St.
No phone calls please.
For large agricultural
Duties Include preventive
maintenance, general and
emergency repairs, diesel
Okeechobee based company,
CDL and tools a plus.
Competitive wage, reasonable
pace. Call 863-467-9929
Lire Canr iOper aiiri injr
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Heavy Dury Equipmenit,'
*. Accounts Payable Clerk
Insurance & Benefits,
Housing available for
Drug Free Workplace .
Call .andy ai Rollinri Ran:r
Send reiurme email
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CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK
Pl ihifl. 17.'ihr and up
Full-Time, Clean CDL
Class B License
$9.50 per hour,
SERVERS AM & PM
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Full Time Concrete Leader,
Driver License Required,
$75,000 + income per year.
HELP NEEDED: Full Time
Apply at: Royal's/Ashley
804 E.N. Park GL
or call (863)763-6293
When you want something
sold, advertise in the
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze
Adv'd techn'l work in the
cathodic protection, const,
maint, and repair of mains
& service of a natural gas
system. 1 yr. exp. & a FL
CDL- A" req'd. $11.53-
$16.59/DOQ. Exc. bene-
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PT & PRN, must have current
Fla. lic. in 4-5 lab areas. Prevy.
* RESPIRATORY THERAPIST
New Grads Welcomel $26/hr.
PRN, requires a CRTT, ACLS,
NRP & BLS, ability to work all
areas, Neonate thru Adult &
ventilator. RRT pref'd,
PRN, Must have FPL E. & ARRT lic.
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FT, Must have 1-2 years exp, in
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req'd: electrical, carpentry, mason-
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PRN, excellent customer
service & common, skills,
knowledge of 3rd party payers,
Prev. registration, billing, col.
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Thursday, March 29, 2006
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express
970 Scoulnest Hightway 70
Arcadia fl 34266
Call Kathy King at
JOURNEYMEN (Starting at
$17-$20 per hour) o
w/experience. Apply at: assu
&gItrl, 2801 SW 3rd Terrace.
,: LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat,
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tlps.
W&W Lumber Co. Is
growing & we have several
openings avail. We are
looking for team players for
Sthe following positions.
*YARD HELP -'Unloading
trucks, forklift exp. needed,
puring up sick.
*TRUCK DRIVER DOT
Certified, Class B, clean
Sick pay, Health Ins., 401K,
Vac. Pay & Holiday Pay.
Gall 772-260-5112 leave
message if no answer.
Drug Free Workplace.
Indiantown & Jensen
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to: 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee FL 34972
For Florida Local positions.
Flatbed, Live Bottom and
Truck mounted forklift
exp. a plus. Need 2 years'
experience. Call Earth-
S wise Mulch Inc.
863)763-0075 or E-mail
Office Position, Self-Starter,
Full Time, Computer Skills,
Willing to Learn.
Experienced with HDPE. Es-
Stablished company offering
excellent pay and benefits
Reply to Box 1540,c/o Okee-
chobee News RO. Box 639,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
$16,46- $22.97/hr, Now Hir-
ing. For application & free
government job Info., call
merican Assoc, of Labor
has a Full-Time
position open for a
Small Engine Mechanic.
Must have own tools.
Benefits: 401K &
Apply In person,
NO PHONE CALLS,
315 S. Parrott Ave.,
TAMPA FARMS NOW HIRING
Class A CDL Drivers
19200 S.W. Warfleld Blvd.
Tow Truck Driver needed at
John's Towing Service w/CDL
license call 763-7976 or Apply
in person at 705 NE 2nd Ave,
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. of Indiantown has several
)peningr in ihe Mjirrninnce Deparimenri.
All positions are year-round opportunities.
There are openings for experienced industrial mechanics.
The successful candidates for these positions will be familiar
with working in an industrial atmosphere andbe able to diag-
nose and correct equipment malfunctions.
Welding experience is strongly desired.
Also. here is an opening for an experienced Electrician who
will monmir arid mainilainr elecrincal equipment and oordinae
repairs with various departments and Ine Elecirical
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. offers a competitive compensation
program, including medical and life insurance, uniforms
and a 401K plan
Interested candidates may apply In person at
19100 SW Wartiel Blvd, indlantown, FL 34956 or may
fax resumes to tne Human Resources Department at
Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc., the third largest producer of
frozen concentrate orange juice In the world, is an.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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
Ossess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (on-
ythose 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
"Positions starting at $9.00 per hour
plus! No Experience required
We are now staffing tow truck operator and cashier
positions. Training will be provided for individuals
with a clean background and license.
We offer good pay, insurance, 401K and gas
reimbursement. Raises and advancement
opportunities exist for good people.
Become a part of the Turnpike Team.
Apply at Ft. Drum Citgo mm
184 Fl. Turnpike
Superior Water Works, Inc. is looking for a
SERVICEMAN AND AN INVENTORY PERSON
Full Time, Excellent Benefits and
This is a great opportunity to begin
or continue your professional career.
Apply in person at
Superior Water Works, Inc.,
917 S.W. Park St., Okeechobee FL.
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JUVENILE JUSTICE COUNSELORS
Don't Just Show Them The Path.
BE THE MAP.
Set the pace when you guide troubled teens toward a bright
new horizon at the Eckerd Youth Development Center in
Okeechobee. As a Juvenile Justice Counselor at this high-risk,
residential facility for at-risk males, ages 13-17, you will be
responsible for providing a safe, secure environment through
group counseling, individual relationships, mentoring and
crisis intervention. Varying Shifts available including nights
Requires professional demeanor and strong leadership
abilities. Previous work experience as a role model/mentor for
youth preferred. H.S. diploma or equivalent required.
Tnls is a great opportunity for retirees looking for a meaningful
second career -_ -
Choose the road less taken i a career palp unlike any other
Apply online now:
Or fax: 863-462-5216
Make more than a living.
Make a difference.
Sheets Available At:
107 S.W. 17th Street, Ste. D,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Immediate Openings All Shifts READING A
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's NEWSPAPER
Apply In Person To: NEWSAO
OkeechobeeHealth Care Facility DHELPS YOUND
1646 Hwy. 441 North THE WORLD
I AROUND YOU.
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
Yard Sales 0145
Yard Sales 0145
Full Time 11011
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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 Drivers License. Fax resume
& salary to: (954)967-3477
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
Has an opening for
863-763-7566 or 763-5042
between 8:00am 4:00pm,
best pe us
da r nd series.
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
Need Sales Managers to work
work with Christian Based
$2,000-$5000 part time or
more full time, work at
home. (863)763-8078 or toll
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
ALUMINUM DIVISION OF
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
M & D CONTRACTING
ULic. # OCSL2732-01
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, it's tme
to look for a helper In
Pa rt Tii~ime 01, 1
417 W.S. Park
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt available.
& Bob Cat work.
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books I Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER-'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
ANTIQUES FOR SALE: Stove-
Blue, 1:' Bi:'. Dry Sill, 1Tei-:
phone, H o .iEr Citrii, Bu1lii
Churn, Ice Cream Maker &
other small items. $4500. for
all, will sep. (239)872-8504
BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
cond. $1000 (863)763-5881
CLOCKS, Antique (3) $750 for
all, will sep. (863)763-5870
ARMOIRE: Pine. New, In box.
63"x36". Drawers, shelves &
closet. Cost $575. Now $400.
Bureau- Dresser Double, very
good cond. $80 or best offer
CEDAR CHEST: New, in box.
36"x20". Cost $250, Selling for
$150. 863-467-7996 or
CHEST OF. DRAWERS, Very
good shape. $100
COFFEE TABLES (3) 1
round, black. 1 glass top. 1
w/ 2 end tables. $150 for all,
will separate. (863)467-1325
CORNER CABINETS (2) beau-
tiful, cherry wood, must see,
$2500 or best of-
COUCH, blue & mauve, pillow-
top ends, $300.
(863)763-3982 Iv. msg.
DAY BED- light pine $150
DINETTE SET, wood, with for-
mica top & 4 captain's
chairs, green, $125.
DINING TABLE- Oval, 2-leaf's,
6-chairs w/cushions All hard
wood. Traditional style $300.
DINING TABLE W/ 6CHAIRS-
blond rattan, glass top, $275
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
Wood Burning Cook Stove,
antique, exc. cond., $300.
like new, 25 cu ft, ice, wa-
ter & filter, $350.
WASHER & DRYER- $100 For
WASHER & DRYER, $125.
WASHER & DRYER Maytag,
Stackable, heavy duty, good
working cond. $200
WASHER Frigidaire, Super
Capacity 16 cycles, Heavy
duty $50 (863)697-2173
BICYCLE, Fold Up. $30
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
MH STEPS (2) 35" Fiber
glass steps, w/3'x3' platform,
metal handrails $600 or will
SCREEN ROOM MATERIALS:
Walls, 4x10 Roof Panels &
one Door $950.
SHELVES 5/4 solid oak, Rout-
ed edges. Finished. Steel
arms Worth $2000. Now
Insallationm of Storm
'Shutters & Seamnles
Licensed & Insured
107 SW 2n Street
SHUTTERS- 1-pr. 12"x24",
2-pr 12"x48", & 2-pr14"x39"
All need to be painted. $25.
Will sep. (863)763-1997
CARPET & PAD- brand new,
blue approx 12x13, $100
BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
TODDLER BED- Race Car,'
..with mattress...& bedding,
GOWNS (3) Formal, From Da-
vid's Bridal. New, never
worn. All size 20. $300 fpr
all, will sep. (863)697-2813
Nati. Pagent Dress 5/6 Beauti-
ful custom-made' by Nancy
CAIRN FIGURINES- 44, All re-
tired, W/certificate. Includes
the Judge & Santa's.
PRECIOUS MOMENTS- (10) 1
Signed. Asking $150 for all
or will sell separate
ALL IN ONE PRINTER- Print
Trio/Photo, Lexmark P3150,
4 photo card slots, new car-
tdridges $75 (863)357-1082
COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
LAPTOP Windows XP, lots of
software, internet ready, 1.5
gig, 2 months old, $950 firm
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257
ACTION SCOOTER, 3 Wheeler
Heavy Duty. Excellent condi-
tion. $650. or best offer
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. Also reclines $425. or
best offer (863)467-4328.
WHEEL CHAIR, Motorized w/2
heavy duty batteries. Good
cond. $550. (863)675-0104 .
AIR BRUSH VAC- Taasche
Good condition. $15.
DISPLAY CASES, (5)
Fixed Wing Ultra Light Air-
Plane, partly finished, $1800
or best offer. (906)281-2127
For sale Household items,
tools, sporting goods, furni-
ture & appliances Call Paul
FENDER ULTRA CHORUS
AMP & Drum & Bass ma-
chine, $525 will sell separate
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
BLACK LAB PUPPIES, born on
2/6/06, 4 males, 3 females,
JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES,
$400 each. (863)634-4076
LIVING ROOM RECLINER- ex-
cel. cond. only $80 or best
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
RECLINER- olive green, like
new, asking $125 or best of-
SOFA & CHAISE LOUNGE-
Lge, modern, full back cush-
ions, pale green/beige, 2yrs
old $500 (863)467-2435
Sofa & Loveseat, rattan, w/
matching end & coffee tbls.,
beige chintz w/dk. blue ac-
SOFA SLEEPER, Flex Steel,
queen size, multi color fab-
nc, $100. (863)467-0487
TABLE & 4 CHAIRS- maple,
good condition, $50
TABLE, w/butcher block top, 2
stools, w/white legs on table
& stools, $75 or best offer.
TWIN BEDS, good condition,
$100 for the set, will sell
Twin Craftmatic Beds, (2), or
put together to make 1 queen
size body maes3are, $500.
GOLF CLUBS- complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter, $135.
HAWKINS- .50 Caliber. Cap
block muzzle loader. Beautiful
wood stock & recoil pad Exc
cond $185. 863-467-8578
ROTTWELL MODEL 650 TRAP
made in Belgium, never im-
ported, brought over l2Q3
30" 1.'mT, 1500
S 9 .7)21i':1.0u3i l
SHOTGUN, 12 gjuge pumpr
w'Slua ,jrreil Wep leirnliel,]
'1.25: oir iir le lor pilol
SHOTGUN, New England fire-
arms, 20 gauge, breakopen,
exposed hammer, $100.
EXERCISE BIKE- Schwin Air
Dyme, like brand new, $150
WATER HEATER- 40 gal, 1 yr
old, $75. or best offer.
FLOOR LAMP- With matching
glass top coffee table $125.
PATIO SET- in good cond.
blue and white $50
Trailer for 18' to 20' Pontoon
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Wanted Hay Bailer, used,
WE BUY SCRAP GOLD
419 W.S. Park
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
CHEROKEE, 13 yr. reg. Spot-
ted Saddle horse. Nicely gait-
ed. Exp. rider. Needs good
home. $1500. (863)467-4049
HORSE TRAILER- Good condi-
tion. $1500. Firm
SADDLES (3) Western, 2 Adult
& 1 Child. $650 for all or
best offer, will sep.
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A secluded private
vistas of pristine
natural habitat .
Offered in combinable 40-60ac Tracts for discerning
homeowners or weekend nature enthusiasts,
Only eleven of these exceptional tracts available.
,WISC .Mo 2772-468-8306
A t nN ) C 7u l aW oM u
i Real Estal
RIDING MOWER for parts,
42", for parts only! motor,
tires, battery good, deck shot
$20 (931)337-1053 or
RIDING MOWER, John Deere
w/42" deck and bagger. Only
used 1 summer. $1200
CALVES all kinds, healthy,
shots, wormed, will deliver,
$200 & up. Cows avail.
$350 & up. (863)235-0829.
HENS (9) White, Laying & (1)
Rooster PIGMY GOATS also
available. (863)763-3923 Call
LIVESTOCK TANK, Poly,
Round, Blue, 8'x2'. Good
SADDLE, 15' Western rough-
out, semi-QH, 8 mo. old w/
new 34" Weaver Smart Cinch/
stirrups $200 772-263-1178
LOP EARED BUCK RABBIT-
$5 (863)675-4981 LaBelle
POT BELLY PIG BABY- pure-
bred, $25 (863)675-4981
(863)675-0218 La Belle
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $10.
Family, friends, scenery
or pets from your photo.
Elliot's Quick Photo
419 W.S. Park
POOL CLEANER: Great White
Shark. $100 (863)983-7205
HEDDON FISHING LURE- Old-
er, Vintage, Good shape.
FISHER STEREO SYSTEM-
With 2-4' speakers. $200.
CABINET STYLE- 52", Color
does not work. $200.
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
Both are like brand new. $65
for both, will sep.
AIR COMPRESSOR- 11hp
Honda, 250 gal. Good condi-.
lon. $500. (772)342-7304
AIR COMPRESSOR- 3 phase
.power, 10 hp Westinghouse,
175 psi, $1000
EXTENSION LADDER, 18' fi-
berglass, new, $90 cash
(863)675-4970 leave mes-
GENERATOR- 25 KW self con-
LATHE 36" w/Duplicator. $200
MECHANICS CREEPER- plas-
tic, exc cond., half price, $17
cash (863)675-4970 leave
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
Air hockey, FOR 2 PLAYERS,
ADULT DVD'S- (12) new for
$100 firm. No call after 8pmr
msal you a more lfonmed
and interestig penow. No
wonder & ew read
are m scesfalt
LAKE PORT Waterfront
home,'2br,1ba, fully furn,
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wantedl1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
Est. 25 yrs., 32 washers/
33 dryers, Located next
to Publix $250,000.
CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too many
extra's to list. Must see inside.
J & S ESTATES- 2BR/2BA,
frame house w/pool, com-
pletely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready now! Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Price reduced $265,000.
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
Nice DW, E. of Okee, 3 BR, 2
Ba., all appl's, shed, Fenced
yard New well. Lg. carport.
$139,900. 772-201-8932 .
SNW 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
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $270k.
jfLan -Sae 04
40 ACRES- Near town, High
ground w/ road frontage &
electric available. Great buy
at $575,000. Call Tom
FOR SALE: 42 acres, $12,000
per acre. 1.5 mls. from hwy.
70. Approx. 26 ac. of creek &
16 ac. dry. (772)215-4630
LAKE OKEECHOBEE 320ac
w/5000sq ft +/-, SR78
Hwy frontage. Across from
ful service marina & retail
center. Residential & Com-
mercial Future Land Use
Designation. Great invest-
ment potential at $9 million
Drew Drake & Co. RE Broker
Buildable Lot For Sale,
Vicking Estates, .38 acres,
high, dry, asking $45k
Large Corner Lot, improved.
Trees: orange, grape fruit,
palm, rosewood, bottle
rush, 500ft. to Caloosa-
hatchee River. Just west of
Lake Okeechobee. Boat &
river view, trailer and shed
will be moved by owner.
OKEE. BIKING 1.5 ac Near
paved Rd/Park. Trees, power,
uplands. Photos $49,900. Pat
at Coastal RIty (561)357-0554
OKEECHOBEE. 1.19 ac Locat-
ed 7 mi N of Okee. City. On
dead end black top road.
Many mature Oak trees.
Zoned for house or mobile
home. Not in Viking area.
$75,000 863-467-5867 or
Mobile Ham -Lob 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rnt 2015
MobilHomes-a e 2020
Larkee Lake, 2BR,2BA, $700
mo., 1st & sec., no pets, ref-
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, lba,
$600/mo, 1st, last, sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES- dbl
wide, 2br, 2.5ba, Fla rm,
screen porch, fully furn,
dock, lake access,
$1275/mo + 1st, 1st & sec
WATERFRONT M/H: 3/2,
$1100 mo + 1st, last &
$600 sec. dep. 2547 SE
32nd St. (863)634-3312
BEAUTIFUL 50X12 MH-
30x10 Fla Rm, fully furn, deck,
patio, beautiful gardens, Must
See! 157 Meadowlark RV
Park, Ortona, $12,000 or best
FT. PIERCE, '04, 26'x48', Fleet
wood 3br, 2ba, 38' new style
carport, Ig shed, screened
HENDRY COUNTY- 1995
Palm Harbor Masterpiece,
28x52, 3/2, open, floor plan,
Zone 3 wind storm,16x16
deck, appliance, exc cond,
orig owner, buyer pays mov-
ing. $32,900 (863)675-1490
MOBILE HOME, '75, 12x50,
Handyman Special in River
Bend MHPneed approved by
park 50+ $500.
Rim Creek Seminole Village,
adult park, 14x46, 1BR, MH,
fully furnished, cathedral
ceilings, c/a, boat slip, lot
rent $250, asking $21,000.
863-763-6734 lv. msg.
2/2 Split Floor
Carport & Shed
Low Lot Rent
ri. s* r 11
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehides/ATVs 3035
14' BOAT- unsinkable, fiber-
glass, fish finder, trir, used
twice, Call for information
BAYLINER- '77, Outboard, 16',
Runs good. $2500. or best
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 hp Honda, 4 stroke, like
new w/trailer, awnings & ex-
tra's. $5800. (863)467-6696
PONTOON BOAT- 26', 50HP
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $1400 neg
(863)467-5725 for more info
PONTOON BOAT '89, 27', Fi-
berglass, 100hp 0/B Mariner.
Wrap around seating w/cov-
RANGER BASS BOAT- 16'6",
115hp Mariner engine. Low
hrs, very clean. $8200.
RENKIN, 19', w/85hp John-
son, troll. mtr., nice trlr, wa-
ter test, runs strong, $1800.
SEA CRAFT, 12 Ft., Deep V
Bottom & big trolling motor.
w/trailer. Trailer needs work.
WIND SURFER Mistral Pandira
Professional Board. German
made. Excellent. condition. Sell
CHEVY HERIT MOTORHOME-
'84, Runs great. Needs some
work on the inside. $2500.
Or best offer
FIFTH WHEEL, 20 Ft., 1988.
JAYCO 1991 21/2 Ft., Eagle
5th wheel. Everything works.
5th wheel or Goose neck hitch
incl. $5500 (863)467-6696
RV SHELTER: 12 Ft x 24Ft. x
13Ft H. Like new. Commercial
15 yr. top. Easy to move. No
permit. $1000 863-467-6696
SLIDE IN CAMPER- 8ft, self
contained, air, for 1/2 ton
truck $700 (863)357-1052
TRAVEL TRAILER, 8x34 w/ 4
ft. extension. $6000 invested.
Older. Some Hurricane Dam-
age. $2500. (863)675-6105
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
BASSINGER- 1br apt.,
$375/mo, + Sec Dep.
Lake Okeechobee Rim, totally
redone, modern, 3/2.5,
screened porch, $1050 mo.
Remodeled, 2BR/1.5BA, 2
story, Oak Lake Apts., $800,
1st, last, $600 sec. dep., no
Office Building, approx. 1200,
sq. ft., avail, now, Call Judy
FOR RENT: 2/1,18 acre est.
w/terms. Horses okay. $650
mo. Avail. 4/1 (772)201-8230
cell or (772)489-0168 home.
New 3/2,1600 s.f.,
no garage, large yard
$1400 mo., 1st, last & sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, dbl
wide, 1st, last, sec dep. No
smoking, No Pets,
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, No
pets, $1200 + sec dep, refs,
Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba,
55+ Community. For Rent
$800 mo. or For Sale $87,000.
SINGLE FAMILY HOME
2BR/2BA, laundry rm, screen
porch, in town, lawn service,
Non-smoking environ., no
dogs. $1000/mo 1st, last and
$1000 sec. (941)355-8155 or
Available Early Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
OKEECHOBEE, Male preferred.
Private Room & Bath Full pdvi-
leges, W/D, A/C, Cable, $75
wk $100 dep 863-467-0407
WE CAN OFFER INSURANCE ON ALMOST ANY OF
YOUR EXCEPTIONAL TOYS WITH GREAT RATES,
COVERAGES, DISCOUNTS & SERVICES.
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AT 2303 S PARROTT AVE., SUITE G, IN OKEECHOBEE
OR CALL US AT (863) 763-1515
(863) 983-0009 CLEWISTON
(772) 597-4321 INDIANTOWN
I Land Sale
I Land Sale
16 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 26, 2006
I Puli Noice
MOTOR, 0/B, Johnson 140
hp. w/trolling motor. $950.
for both. (863)467-6875
How do you find a Job ki
nrkef Ink the Bmploy-
ment section of the clas-
BOAT TRAILER: Single Axel,
Wide body.Up to.a 17Ft-, 14"
tires. New wench, dolly, tail
lights. $350. (513)260-6410
HARLEY DAVIDSON FXT '84-
collectors item, $8000
(863)763-6016 MUST SEE!
Suzuki '06 Model C-50 Low
miles loaded w/extras $8000
Yamaha Roadstar 2005 -
Midnight Silveradb, 1700cc,
hard bags, windshield, chrome
front end, white wall, back
rest, full wrnty, show room
cond. Must sell $9,500
FOUR WHEELER, 50cc, for
kids, $200 or best:offer..
FRANKLIN, '06, 33', 2 slide-
outs, fully loaded, sleeps 6,
Premier, '04, 32', elec. super
slide, loaded, sleeps 6, w/d,
Must Sell! $15,900 or best
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BUICKLESABRE 1998, Nice
condition. Motor needs work.
CHEVY CAMARO Z-28 1982,
runs great! Music sell $1200
or nest offer 863-697-9598
Buick Skylark Limited 1997-
.4dr sedan/6cyl, excel cond.
can be financed, $41.00
DODGE STRATUS'96, 5 spd.,
4 cyl., good on gas. Great
shape! Excellent transporta-
tion. $1850. (863)697-3300
FORD TAURUS '89- Runs
needs front & rear bumper
FORD TEMPO GL, '93, for
parts, car does run, $250.
GRAND MARQUIS- '92, Runs
good, Needs brakes. $1000.
or best offer. (863)763-2307
Honda Accord LXI '87- 2 dr.
hatch, 4 cyl., manual, $1200
HONDA CIVIC 1992, 4 Dr., 5
spd. manual. Good condi-
tion. NC. Runs great $2500
Mercury Marquis LS. '90, 5 0.
V8, low mi., good body &
int, cold a/c, great trans.,
MUSTANG '02- V6, auto, PW
PL, while w/tan inter. 39K
mi, exc cond., $9200
OLDS CUTLASS CIERA '94-
4dr, auto, PW/PL/PS, cold
AC, AM/FM stereo/cass
OLD'S CUTLASS CIERA- '95,
Some front end damage.
Runs great. $500.
OLDS DELTA 88- '84, 68k
orig. mi. New tires, 2 owner
car. Good cond. $2800.
PLYM BREEZE '99- 55k, 4dr,
runs good, $2500
Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible/Truck. Please call
BRONCO II '89 perfect en-
gine, rebuilt trans, 0 miles,
needs paint but rio rust, $1750.
Chevy Blazer, '94.4x4. 4 dr.,
wivery low miles & irmpec-
cably maintained, $4200.
(8631228-3087' or email
JEEP RENEGADE 1991, 4x4,
Auto., Mint condition New en-
gine & brakes. 400 mis. on en-
gine. $7800 (863)467-6696
SNAPPER & GOLF CARS
New Used Gas Electric
Custom Cars Service Parts
315 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee
EZ-Gi 863-763-6434 OYAMAHA
CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART, '99 Club Car, Gas
powered Aluminum box.
GOLF CART- Club Car. 48V
elec, w/batt charger also
roof. $1300 (8631763-8714
DRIVE ON RAMP- you musI
remove and haul $175
GMC Sonoma, lots of parts
$400 or Dest oiler
MUSTANG WHEELS, for '93,
w/center caps, fair cond., 4
P205/65R15 Regent Sigma
tires, $200. (561)718-8580
SUPERCHIP- For 6.0 Ford Die-
sel Truck, '04-'05. Asking
$350. or best offer.
THROTTLE BODY: Complete
w/EGR Valve & Starter. Fits
Early 90's Dodge or Plymouth
2.5 enrig. $10018631467-7953
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Oualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100
TONNEAU COVER- ol 8t bed.
Ford, $450 or besi oiler
TONNEAU COVER, wnile, ti-
berglass, his full sie bed,
I Golf Carts
UTILITY BOX, "Stahl" 8 Ft.
CHEVY 1 Ton Dually 1983
w/Lift Bed. $1500 or best of-
Chevy $10 1990, runs great
good work truck $900 firm
FORD FO10, '83, auto, air,
300ci, new tires, two-tone
blue, $1700.. (863)697-8464
GMC 2500 '83- 6.2L diesel,
runs good w/flat bed, $2000
or trade for swamp buggy
ISUZU PU '91- AC, runs good,
4 cyl, $1000 (772)618-0607,
LEER FIBERGLASS TOPPER-
OiF Ranger step side Snug
u to the cab type. $300.
(863)763-2379 t $
PICKUP 1973 GMC tor parts,
rebuild able 350 engine.
good lues mrrntrs elc $200
TONNEAU COVER- Fiberglass.
For lull size truck $600 or
besi other. 1863)357-2111 or
CHEVY BLAZER, 4 Door, V6
molor, Runs & Drives good.
DODGE CARAVAN '94- GOOD
or make offer
PLYMOUTH VOYAGER '96,
4dr, seats 8, everyming runs
& looks good new tires,
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Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College %will be offering free adult basic
education.'GED and English as a second language classes at these loca-
S ions: DLxon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as second
language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. unlil noon,
adult basic education. GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic education GED, Tuesday and Thursday from
4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-
Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult basic education. GED, Monday through
Thursday. from 7 a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth
Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Mid-
die School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic education'GED and English
as a second language classes, Monday through Thursday, from 6 until
9 p.m ; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a sec-
ond language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; arid,
-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S \V 6Itti St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will
be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the internet.
For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee
County Library at (.863) 763-3536.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are
currently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
from 6 until p.m. and on Saturday from'l la.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Free parenting classes offered
Free sLx-week parenting classes for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S.
Parrott Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8 months
infants, 8 to 18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos, 3 year
olds, and uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at the Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare
is riot provided. However, infants in carriers are welcome. For details
call (863) 763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.
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NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Lenig Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, April 4 2006 @ 3:30.The public meeting will be held at
the Oueechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee
County Coorthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FloridaFor more informa-
tion, contact Vickie Trexler at the Planning and Development Department, 499
N.W. 5th Street,keechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548.
All interested parties shell have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Plan d Development tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for officil records of the Department.
Vickide Trexler, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
121927 ON 3/17,26/06
TRAILER- 5'x8', With ramp.
Excellent condition. $550.
CHEVY- 3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
passenger, good tires, rides
good on hwy, $990
CHEVY '92 BOX VAN- 6.2 die-
sei, 5pd, runs needs some
cosmetic work. $1600
DODGE- '84. 15 Passenger, I
ton Nice seats, $1490