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Okeechobee News

Vol. 97 No. 87 Tuesday, March 28, 2006 504 Plus tax


Shireman named
Officer of 2005
Recently assigned as detec-
tive, Mark Shireman was named
Police Officer of the Year for
He received accolades at the
Law Enforcement Awards cere-
mony in December.
Born in Pahokee and raised
in Belle Glade, being back in the
area puts him in his comfort
He is married with one child
and returned to South-Central
Florida about four years ago
after having lived and worked in
law enforcement in the Miami
area. He moved here to be close
to his family, he said, and at first
did not think he wanted to get
back into law enforcement. But
the pull was too strong.

UCF, FIU gets
OK for schools
da would get two new medical.
schools, one in Miami and one
in Orlando, under a proposal
approved Thursday. The plan
was touted as a way to make
sure the state has enough doc-
tors to meet expected continued
growth in the state's aging popu-
Florida International Univer-
sity in Miami and the University
of Central Florida in Orlando
won approval in a 15-1 vote from
the Board of Governors, which
oversees the state's universities
The schools will still need to ask
state lawmakers for the estimat-
ed nearly $500 million cost for
the project.
Several board members said
they had concerns that without
new doctors coming out of Flon-r
,--da medical schools, the-.state
won't be able to meet its health
care needs in the future.
Crash may never
be understood
i. never be clear why Paul Dana
kept his foot on the gas, why he
didn't notice the danger.signs in
time, why he died the day his
dream of driving for-an elite IRL
team was finally coming true.
With yellow lights flashing
and other, drivers slowing
around him, the up-and-coming
rookie slammed into a stopped
car at close to 200 mph during a
warm-up session Sunday, send-
ing his shattered car flying.
Sports, Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 406'
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.72 feet

Lake level ,A
LastYear: 5. .
15.46 feet '
South Florida Water Manage-
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feet above sea level.)

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faces county


By Pete Gawda Blessings Assembly of God
Okeechobee News Church,.owner and Beachouse,

Fun in the sun: Visitors enjoy Big '0'


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Okeechobee resident, Glenn Ugland enjoyed some time in the sand with twin daugh-
ters, Rebecca and Erika, both 4. Both girls are visiting the area with their mom, Kathy
from the Cape Coral area.

Winter resident, Bob Po waits while his wife launches their pontoon boat at Okee-
Tantie Park on Monday. Somewhat windy conditions caused the boat to lurch to the left
making the launch a difficult task..

When the Okeechobee
County Planning Board/Board of
Adjustments and Appeals meets
this evening at 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee. Counh Court-,
house, 304 N.W. Second St., they
* willface a variety of issues.
The agenda consists of 6ne
request for a special exception,
three public hearings for zoning
changes. one request for
approval of development plans
-.--and four requests for prelimi-
nary plat approvals.
In a matter that was tabled at
the board's the last meeting for
more information, Abundant

LLC applicant, are requesting a
special exception to allow for
single family attached or multi-
ple family dwellings at a density
of 12 units per acre in a residen-
tial general zoning district. The
property 'is adjacent to the
church on U.S. 441 N.
H.S. and Shirley Conrad, and
Brian and Ronda Conrad, have
requested a change in zoning
from agriculture to residential
general. If approved, this zoning
change will allow the owners to -
combine this property with their
nearby property zoned residen-
See Planners Page 2

City dispatcher

awarded 2005

employee award

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Jeanna Lanier, of the Okee-
chobee City Police Department,
was recognized as Employee of
the Year at the Law and Order
Awards ceremony held at the
Elks Lodge in December. The
honor recognized the hard and
often challenging work Jeanna
performs as dispatcher. It came
as a surprise to her.
"I did not know about the
award until the night it was pre-

sented," she said.
Her job requires the ability to
function with a cool head under
pressure when commufiicating
with police officers out on the
road. This cool, calm, deliberate
manner is especially taxed when
responding to 9-1-1 calls the
ones that bring all of her senses
to full alert.
So far, she has found the
experience of dispatching very
See Dispatcher-- Page 2

SRT honored for capture

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Spe-
cial Response Team (SRT)
recently received a special
award for their participation in
the apprehension of two indi-
viduals who were wanted for
questioning in a homicide
investigation in Indian River
County on Friday, Aug. 5,
Acting on information that
the two suspects were hiding
in Fort Drum, the Indian River
County Sheriff's Office
(IRCSO) requested the assis-
tance of the OCSO team in
apprehending the suspects.
Okeechobee SRT officers
determined that the two sus-
pects were hiding in a resi-
dence in Fort Drum. Two
members of the team -
Sergeant Lester Yeates and
Corporal Jack Nash con-
ducted a reconnaissance of

the area and found the exact
location of where the two
were hiding and provided the
IRCSO and other members of
the Okeechobee SRT with
valuable information as to the
layout of the area, the pres-
ence of weapons, who was
present (neighbors and chil-
dren in the area) and if any
weapons were present.
Efforts were' coordinated
and members of the Okee-
chobee SRT entered the prop-
erty, quietly removed small
children from the residence
where one suspect was hiding
and apprehended both sus-
pects without incident. They
did all this even though there
were weapons and hundred of
rounds of ammunition pres-
The SRT members involved
in the operation were Lieu-
tenant William Markham,
team commander; Sergeant
Gary Bell; Sergeant Robert
Coleman; Detective Sergeant

Jimmy Mills; Corporal Paul
Ferrell; Detective Shayne Sny-
der; and, Detective Chris
Hans. Members of the sniper
team who also took part in the
operation were Corporal Brian
Hagan, Sgt. Yeates; and, Cpl.
Nash. Detective Marty Faulkn-
er of the detective division and
.Sergeant William Garrison of
the road patrol were also part
of the team.
"The SRT members, other
deputies and detectives there
on that Sunday morning con-
ducted a smooth, precise and
methodical apprehension of
the two suspects. This opera-
tion had all the ingredients of
disaster. However, due to their
training and professionalism,
a disaster was avoided," said
OCSO Captain Dale R. LaFlam,
situation commander. "I
would proudly like to com-
mend the SRT members, the
detective, sniper and road
See Award -Page 2


Submitted to the Okeechobee News/L.W. Smith, II

Two people were taken to. area hospitals Sunday, March
26, afternoon following a two-vehicle accident in the 8300
block of U.S. 441 'S.E. According to a report by Deputy
Augustin Saucedb, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Robert Lee
Simpson, Jr., 21, was eastbound on the two-lane highway
when he pulled onto the shoulder and made a U-turn. He
was then traveling west on U.S. 441.The driver of the sec-
ond vehicle, Stephen Fish, 59, was eastbound on U.S.
441 S.E. when he saw the car make the U-turn. The
deputy's report states that after making the U-turn, Simp-
son apparently lost control of his-vehicle and struck the
vehicle driven by Mr. Fish head on. Mr. Fish was trans-
ported to Raulerson Hospital for treatment, while an
unidentified passenger in his vehicle was air-lifted to an
unspecified hospital. Simpson was issued a citation for
reckless driving, stated Deputy Saucedo's report.



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2 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 28,2006

Shireman named top Police Officer

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee. News'
Recently assigned as detective,
Mark Shireman was named Police
Officer of the Year for 2005.
He received accolades at the
Law Enforcement Awards cere-
mony in December.
.Born in Pahokee and raised in
Belle Glade, being back in the area
puts him in his comfort zone.
He is married with one child
and returned to South-Central
Florida about four years ago after
having lived and worked in law
enforcement in the Miami area.
He moved here to be close to his
family, he said, and at first did not
think he wanted to get back into
law enforcement. But the pull was
too strong.
"I enjoy working in public serv-
ice and helping people," he said.
, He has a degree in law enforce-'
ment from Florida International
University in Miami and had
worked in dispatch right out of
high school and on campus while
in college.
He served as a police officer in
Largo for about seven years and
was involved in community polic-
ing. In that role, the police part-
nered with companies and other

agencies to help the people take
back their communities, so it
ended up that the police were
more of a resource to the people
as facilitators.
As an example of how com-
munity policing worked and part-
nerships were forged, if street
lights were out, it was deemed a
neighborhood issue. Contact
would be made with the neigh-
borhood association or business
association and the utility would
be notified to resolve the issue.
"It was back to the days when
everyone knew the police officers.
In my career, that was a time
when I had my best results. We
worked with the people to make it
a better place," he said.
He said community policing is
a philosophy and is a budgetary
concern because it takes more
Prior to moving to Okee-
chobee, Detective Shireman spent
three years as a sergeant in Pinel-
las County.
Once here, Detective Shireman
has forged a bond with his fellow
police officers.
"Everyone is a team. There is
no way I could have done any-
thing without everybody here, and
that includes the sheriff's office


too," he said.
Police Chief Dennis Davis said
he is proud to have a man like
Detective Shireman on the force.
"Mark's work ethic is outstand-
ing. He is 100 percent a team play-
er, and when I call on him, he
gives 110 percent," Chief Davis
He continued his compliments
of Mark as a good employee and
"He is very caring about the
. people he works with and the
community. When he does a case,
it is pretty well nailed down. We
can't just turn anyone loose in the
position he is in, but I have confi-
dence in him that he won't get
himself or the city in trouble," he
Detective Shireman and Chief
Davis both agreed that in order to
do the job, one has to have a good
sense of humor and enjoy what
they are doing.
"They aren't going to get rich.
They. do it because they enjoy
serving the people," Chief Davis
Detective Shireman talked
about some ways he cares about
the community.. He noted that
there is no homeless shelter in
Okeechobee, and said it's a tough

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fI "It's never boring. Something
different is going on every time the
phone rings," she said.
I As she puts it, the role of dis-
patcher is critical to the guys and
e b gals out on the road.
"We (dispatchers) send the,
guys out, and we need to know
- what is going on so they do not get
hurt," she explained. "We are the
first line of communication and
... want it to be complete so they walk
-.. .. into a situation prepared."
n, She said that multitasking is a
S must for dispatchers who work 12-
hour shifts. They can be on a 9-1-1
call and get calls from officers out,
... on the road at the same time. She
said the road officers are her num-
ber one priority, but if she lets them
know she is on a 9-1-1, they will
S, usually stand by.
She also answers emergency
. calls for the Okeechobee City Fire
Department and helps out with
county emergency responses. It's a
24/7 operation.
*. Iftwo9-1-1 calls come in at the
same lime, after four rings,, a, all
.- transfers to the county. On the
S" other hand, if the county lines are
S busy, the city gets their 9-1-1 calls
" after so many rings. According to
Ms. Lanier, duplicate calls are usu-
ally for the same incident. For
- example, many people often call in,
----- to report an accident.
Although she appears to be a
S - very strong person, she admits the.
- 9-1-1 calls can be nerve-wracking.
_ -* There is a lot at slake.
"You never know when you
o answer the phone what is on the
Other end of the line. When that

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"We're all two to three pay-
checks away from being home-
less," he said.
He added that with the growth
of the city, more homeless people
will be arriving here. He is a pro-
ponent of homeless shelters, stat-
ing that at least that way, through
evaluations, you know who the
homeless people are.
"Right now, you don't know
who or where they are," he said.
Detective Shireman talked
briefly about the low pay scale
here and' of how the city needs
more applicants for law enforce-
ment personnel.
"I am here for my family; but it
is hard to get officers to move
here," he said.
He related a story about having
applied for a job in Tampa at the
same time he applied here, and he
took the position here. He said
later they offered him a job, which
would have paid him almost dou-
ble what he earns here, but he
didn't want to pack up the family
and move there.
, Would he relocate to Okee-
chobee and work for the police
force again?
"I Wouldn't be happy doing
anything else," he said.

line rings, I always catch my breath
and sharpen up to handle the call,"
she said.
While she has had some tough
calls, she said she has been lucky.
"I've had some scary calls, like
when someone was in a caller's
home. I just tell them to stay on the
line with me and that help is on the
way," she said.
She has to .work at maintaining
her calm demeanor with people
who are in a rough situation.
"People are pretty patient, but,.
every situation is different and each
problem is the most important
thing to them, and you have to treat
it thatway," she said.
Ms. Lanier has been with the
police department for nearly three
years. She said she took the job
because she wanted something
different than the office positions
she had held in banking and as an
office manager for a feed store. Her
resolve, she said, comes from her
mother, who she describes as a
very strong person.
"And you learn a lot when you
raise kids by yourself as a single
parent," she added.
Her two children are now
grown .
Fellow worker 'Averi O'GCain,
records clerk, didn't seem sur-
prised that Ms. Lanier won the
"Jeanna is hard-working, dedi-
cated, and you can count on her to
be here on time," she said.
Will she stay with the demands
of dispatching?
"I'll stick with this for a while.
This is the only job I ever had that
when you're not busy, it is a good
thing. But everybody up here is
great. I get along with everyone.
This is a great place to work," she

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patrol members for their com-
bined effort in the apprehension
of these two armed and danger-
ous suspects.
"Our department is very
thankful for two things: that the
two suspects went to jail and
that all of our officers went
home to their families," he

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tial general for a single planned
development. The property in
question is located on S.E. 59th
Bruce and Rebecca Homer
have requested a change in zoning
from agriculture to residential gen-
eral. They also desire to combine
this property with an adjacent par-
cel zoned residential general to
form a single planned develop-
ment. The property involved is near
S.E. 44th Avenue.
FRA-MAR Enterprises, Inc., and
KJB Properties LLC, have request-
ed changes in zoning from agricul-
ture, residential mobile home and
residential rural to residential single'
family estate. If approved, this
change would allow the owners to
plat an equestrian community
northwest of the intersection of
State Road 70 E. and N.W 128th
A second public hearing on the
above requested changes will be
held at 9a.m. on April 13 before the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners at the



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The OCSO SRT is similar to a
SWAT unit.
The Okeechobee County SRT
was established by the sheriff's
office in 2000. Members of this
elite unit undergo approximately
120 hours of intensive firearms
training, tactical training, chemi-
cal agent training, diversionary
training and hostage and barri-
cade situation training in addi-
tion to normal police training.

Mark Goodbread, applicant and
KJ Land, Inc. owner, have request-
ed approval of a development plan
for a multifamily development with
a density greater than 10 units per
They have also requested pre-
liminary plat approval for the pro-
posed 49-unit Towns of Okee-
chobee townhouse development.
that would be located on either'
side of N.W. 22nd Lane between
N.W. Third Avenue and N.W Fifth
Mile High"'Funding Group, LLC,
has requested preliminary plat
approval for the proposed 230-lot
Laruartin Acres subdivision that:
would be located on the north side'
,of S.W. Eighth Street, west of Osce-
ola Middle School.
Dry Lake Dairy has requested
preliminary plat approval of r the
proposed 97-lot Hudson Lake
Ranches subdivision. The property
is located on the east side of U.S. 98
N., southeast of Dixie Ranch Acres.
Brother-in-Law Enterprises, Inc,
and ARS Powersports have
requested preliminary plat
approval for the proposed six-lot
Amber Acres subdivision that is to
be located on N.E. 39th Boulevard.

News Briefs

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

Loans help replace storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. has
received $500,000 for the HOME Again Loan Program, which helps
homeowners with replacement of their hurricane damaged or
destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
o You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was your
primary residence during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004.
You have been unable to fix your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household income is at or below the following lev-
els: one person' in the household $24,000; two persons -
$27,650; three persons- $31,100; four persons $34,550; five per-
sons $37,300; six persons $40,100; seven persons $42,850;
and, eight persons-- $45,500.
Interviews for applications for this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for an interview, call Jessie Vazquez
at (863) 467-5525. The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing Inc. office is
open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Homebuyer classes held each week
OKEECHOBEE The USDA, rural housing service, can now loan
up to $172,632 for housing mortgages for very low arid low-income
applicants. ,
For prequalification for this loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuyer classes.
Classes are held on Wednesdays, starting at 9 a.m.
Project HOPE offers counseling
OKEECHOBEE People who have been displaced to Okee-
chobee due to Hurricane Katrirqa can contact Project HOPE (Help-
ing Our People in Emergencies), 1600 S.W. Second Ave., at
(863)634-1410, for crisis counseling and referral to various agencies.

Two Fantasy 5 players share top prize
TALLAHASSEE (AP) Two winners of the Fantasy 5 game will
collect $127,417.28 each, the Florida Lottery said Monday.
The winning tickets were bought in the cities of Gainesville and
Miami, lottery officials reported.
The 373 tickets matching 4-of-5 numbers will collect $110 each.
The 11,683 tickets matching 3-of-5 won $9.50 each, and 114,110
tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for picking 2-of-5.
The numbers drawn Sunday night were,8-9-19-22-31.

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On page 3 of the Monday, March 27, issue of the Okeechobee
News the name of a student listed in a cutline under a Students of
the Week photo was incorrect. The cutline named the student as
Zane Morehead. However, the student's correct name is Zane
Moreland. We apologize for4he error and any inconvenience it
may have caused.


An error appeared in an article on the front page of the Saturday,
March 25, edition of the Okeechobee News under the headline
"Drainage tops workshop talks." County Administrator George
Long was quoted as saying that funding has been acquired for
Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) sewer plant expansion. That
statement needs clarification. Funding has been acquired for an
intermediate expansion from 1 million to 1.33 million gallons per
day. While that expansion will give OUA some breathing room, it
will not be sufficient for anticipated future needs. It is uncertain at
this time what funds are available for a larger planned expansion to
4 million gallons a day. This larger expansion should take care of all
planned construction projects now on the drawing boards and
take care of sewer needs for some time into the future. The utility
authority has been contacting developers to commit to how much
capacity they need and to paying the capitol connection charges
associated with that capacity. Until their next meeting, the OUA
board will not know if the committed capital connections fees will
be enough to completely fund the desired expansion to four mil-
lion gallon a day. If not, other funding sources will have to be
sought. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error.


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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 28, 2006

State launches third project

for Everglades restoration

UKeecnooDee News/u. Hamilton
Spring break
Skipping rocks was the name of thl game for these three Spring breakers from the West
Palm Beach area on Monday. Kiely Mahoney, Courtney and Connor Klotz came to enjoy
some time with their grandmother, Mrs. Mahoney at Lake Okeechobee Lock 7.

MARTIN COUNTY-- In another
milestone for Florida's Everglades
Acceler8 initiative, State Senator
Ken Pruitt, Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
Secretary Colleen M. Castille and
South Florida Water Management
District officials marked construc-
tibn on the $330 million C-44 St
Lucie Canal Reservoir and'
Stormwater Treatment Area. Part
of the State's plan to fast track the
restoration of America's Ever-
glades, the massive reservoir and
treatment wetland will capture,
store and treat water from the
116,516-acre C-44 .basin to
improve water quality, revitalize
wildlife habitat and improve the
health of the St. Lucie Estuary and
Indian River Lagoon.
"Cleaning and restoring a more
natural flow of water to the River of
Grass is a massive undertaking. No
other government in the world has
attempted an environmental task
so large and important to its. citi-
zens," said DEP Secretary Castille.
"Under the leadership of Governor
Bush, Florida has committed more
than, $3 billion to clean up and
restore the Everglades, which
today is putting projects in the
ground ahead of schedule to real-
ize the environmental benefits
sooner than anticipated."
Water managers are construct-
ing two temporary' four-acre reser-
voirs, known as test cells, that will
provide storage for more than 39.1
million gallons of water. The test

results will ultimately be used to
enhance the timing and delivery of
water flow to the St. Lucie Estuary.
The SFWMD is also building two
test areas of treatment wetlands to
determine the best grading tech-
niques and vegetation growth con-
ditions for the construction of larg-
er stormwater treatment areas that
will use plants to naturally cleanse
excess nutrients from water. Slated
.for completion in three.months,
the pilot projects will provide engi-
neers with critical water quality
and seepage information to design
and build the entire C-44 reservoir
and stormwater treatment area on
former agricultural land.
Located halfway between Lake
Okeechobee and the ocean in Mar-
tin County, the completed C-44
reservoir will 'span 3,400 acres
holding water up to 15 feet deep.
The above-ground reservoir will
provide 50,600 acre-feet of water
storage the same capacity, as
25,000 Olympic-sized swimming
pools. The massive water storage
area will work together with 6,200
acres of stormwater treatment
area to capture and treat water
before it is released to the C-44
Canal and flows to the Indian River
Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary. The
first phase of full project construc-
tion will begin in the fall.
"This project not only advances
the critical restoration of the Indian
River Lagoon, but the stormwater
treatment areas associated "with
this project will go a long way to

address the serious water quality
problems experienced in the St
Lucie River," said SFWMD Execu-'
tive Director Carol Ann Wehle.
"Improving water quality is essen-
tial for the ecosystem, businesses
and citizens of the area."
Announced by Governor Bush
in October 2004, Acceler8 is step-
ping up the pace of funding, design
and construction to complete eight
critical Everglades restoration proj-
ects over seven years. At substan-
tial savings to taxpayers, the proj-
ects will restore 100,000 acres of
wetlands; expand water treatment
areas by close to 29,000 acres and
provide 418,000 acre-feet of addi-
tional water storage for Everglades
restoration a decade ahead of
schedule. The C-44 Project is the
fifth Acceler8 project now under-
way and the third Acceler8 project
launched this year. The State
began expanding three treatment
wetlands in February and
launched similar test cells for the
Everglades Agricultural Area reser-
voir last year and the C-43 Caloosa-
hatchee West Storage Reservoir
just last month.
Under the leadership of Gover-
nor Bush, Florida forged a 50-50
State-federal partnership to imple-
ment the $8 billion Comprehen-
sive Everglades Restoration Plan.
and has invested $1.3 billion and
committed an additional $3.2 bil-
lion through the end of the decade
to clean up and restore the famed
River of Grass.

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came to visit onFriday at Arnold's Wildlife and Rehabili-
tation Center. The two are permanent fixtures at the cen-
ter. Sue Arnold, who runs the center, said that they help
to raise other deer brought to the center after being
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were arrested on felony or driv- being held without bond. information (three counts) and
S-. ing under the influence (DUI) Loren Hill, 31, N.W. 18th fraudulent use of a credit card
a charges by the Okeechobee St., Okeechobee, was arrested (three counts). His bond on
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), March 23 by Deputy Raul Mar- these charges has been set at
-* the Okeechobee Cilv .Police rero on a charge of possession of $15,000.
-- Department (OCPD), the Florida methamphetamine. His bond Jacki A Dassow, 45, S.E.
S Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flori- %was set at $5,000. ; 12th Ave., Okeechobee, was
.- da Fish and Wildlife Conserva- Lance Brandon McWhorter, arrested March 24 by the OCPD
a- tion Commission (FWCt or, the 19, S.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee on a charge of driving under the
Department of. Corrections was arrested March 23 by influence. Her bond was to be
o (DOC). Deputy Richard Voss on felony set.
..- Jesse %\iles. 19, N/W. 11th charges of possession of mari- Daniel Loyd White, .51, S.E.
-- St., Okeechbbee, was arrested juana with intent to sell and pos- 57th Drive, Okeechobee, was
"-- March 23 by Deputy Harold Hart- session of cocaine, and a misde- arrested March 24 by Deputy
cock on an Okeechobee County meanor charge of possession of Timothy A. Higgins on a charge
warrant charging him with the drug paraphernalia. His bond on of driving under the influence.
felony of violation of probation these charges was set at $40,500. .His bond was set at $5,000.
burglary of a structure and a mis- McWhorter was later arrested on Jose Guadelupe Lara, 26,
demeanor charge of violation of warrants charging him with Wyoming Ave., Fort Pierce, was
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arrested' March 25 by the OCPD
on a charge of driving while
license suspended habitual
offender. His bond was to be set.
..* Michael Christopher
Tobias, 21, Huggins Ave., Moore
Haven, was arrested March 25
by Deputy Roy Gilchrist on a
charge of threat to throw a
destructive device. His bond was
to be set.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


Witha J. Rowe

SWitha J. Rowe, age 85, of
Okeechobee died Monday, March
27, at Hospice of the Treasure.
Coast in Stuart. Mrs. Rowe was
S- born July 16, 1920 in Washburn,;
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0- (Stoddard) Jardine. She was mar-
nried to Erwin Rowe on Sept. 18,
1950 and moved to Okeechobee
from West Palm Beach recently.
S Mrs. Rowe was a member of the
S New Life Alliance and Church in
S- West Palm Beach.
S Mrs. Rowe is- survived by her
.. husband, Erwin Rowe of Okee-
now chobee,' daughters, Rebecca

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Piskura; her grandchildren, Sarah
and Steven Campbell all of West
Palm Beach; and brother Jerry
.'(Lois) Jardine of Okeechobee.
Graveside funeral services will
be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 28-
at Evergreen Cemetery with Pas-
tor Harris Campbell officiating. A
memorial service will be held at
11 a.m., Saturday, April 8, at New
Life Alliance and Church, 1815
Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
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Community Events

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

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


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Self-Employed OK No Credit OK
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* 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 4x4
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* 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4
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* 1995 GMC 2500 SLT 4x4 Ex $7,995
* 1992 GMC 1500 Long Bed $3,995

* 2001 Chevy Box Van $13,995
or $450/mo.
* 1987 Chevy Blazer 4x4 $1,100
* 1988 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 $1,495
* 1994 Ford F150 XLT Ext. $6,995
* 1992 Ford F350 Dually $7,995
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TRUCKS: We want to encourage people to shop downtown, but
the big trucks speeding through are enough to scare anyone. It's just a
matter of time before anyone gets killed.

EAVESDROPPING: In the March 27 issue of a national magazine it
stated that Bush authorized the National Security Agency to begin con-
ducting electronic eavesdropping on suspected terrorists in the U.S.,
including American citizens, without court approval. Why is this man
not being impeached? He not only broke the constitution law, but a
federally-recognized law that has checks and balances with this coun-
try's government. This man has broken the law. He is not above the
law he should be impeached? Why not?

FLOATING DEBRIS: it seems a shame that people cut cattails off in
front of Taylor Creek and not gather them so Waste Management can
pick them up. They let them float in the water, and the wind takes
them into everyone else's dock. There are 13 acres in this campground
on Taylor Creek and they don't seem to care about anyone else. We
gather our debris and put it in barrels so Waste Management can pick
it up. We care about our waterways.

Community Events

UF/IFAS plans career fair
The University of Florida/IFAS Environmental Management
Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
at the University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and 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, at 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
your three-year discount upon class completion. For information,
contact the instructor, Mrs. Bryan, at (863) 763-0351. The cost of
the class is $ 10, and must be paid by check only.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Events

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 7p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl 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 facilita-
tor. 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 from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who
are either directly or :indirectly affected by domestic violence, other
women's issues are also addressed. One support group is held every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department
auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck .at
(863) 763-0202. The other support group is held each Thursday at 6
p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For
information, call Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863)
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 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
(863) 467-5261.
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-
I Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407TN:WiThird
Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women
whc are, or have been, affected by domestieviolence and abusive relda-
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 oppor-
tunity for caregivers to give one another support; information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For informa-
tion, call (863)467-2321.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday except the first Friday of
the month for an open discussion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
-located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at (863) 382-
6978 or Juana at (863) 471-9795.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invit-
ed. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W.Third St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Sobriety in the Swamp Club is a public service group that offers a
place for people in recovery to meet. There are AA and NA meetings
seven days a week, and at different times. The'club also offers a safe
place to come and hang out, have coffee and fellowship with others.
The hours of operation are: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thurs-
day; 9 a.m. until 11 :30 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and, from 11 a.m.
until 10 p.m. on Sundays. For information on meeting times, call (863)
. 763-5385.

Community Events

Eagles Club hosting benefit
The Eagles Club on U.S. 441 N. will host a benefit for Larry
Shrader on Saturday, April 15, beginning at 2 p.m. There will be
food, fun, auction and music. Donations can be made to a special
account that has been set up at Big Lake National Bank. Forinfor-
mation, call Steve Cates at (863) 634-2061.
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,
volunteer run, tax counseling preparation service that can
answer most of the tax issues faced by middle to low income tax-
payers, with special attention to taxpayers 60 years old or older.
Please bring last year's tax return, all W-2s, 1099s, interest, divi-
dend, broker and Social Security statements for 2005. Picture ID,
Social Security card and birth dates are required for everyone that
is to be listed on the return. A blank check for direct deposit of
refund is also required. AARP-Taxaide does not do state income
tax returns. For information, call Neile Foreman, district coordina-
tor, at (863) 357-1694.

Community Events

Shared Services to host CCC meeting
The Shared Services Network of Okeechobee will be hosting
the Community Collaborative Council meeting Tuesday, March
28, at 10 a.m. in the board room at the Okeechobee School Board
offices, 700 S.W. Second Ave.

Hospital is hosting speaker
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will host another Dining
with the Doctor event on Tuesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. Dr. Leland
Heller will be the speaker. For information, call (863) 763-2151.

Early learning group to meet
The audit grievance committee of the Early Learning Coalition
of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet Tues-
day, 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.W 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 envitados
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 America Building, 205
North Parrott Ave. Training sessions will be from 9 a.m. until 5
p.m. each day. The cost will be $35 for both sessions. Certificates
will be given. For information, contact Shirlean Graham at (863)
763-2893 or Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202.

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

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

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 th entertainment. Sunday
events will begin with a church sern ice at 10:30 a.m. with Re\-
ererid Fred Hodges. Also featured will be Reverend Joe Bishop
and gospel groups The Gulf.State Q'u'ar'l"nd the Celebration
Singers. Following the services there %\ill 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, holding
a fundraiser for their scholarship award by giving away a quilt
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, Marion Davis at
(863) 763-3991, Paulette Whipple at (863). 467-2487 or Regina
Hamrick at (863) 763-8865.

Sorority meeting is planned
The Beta Sigma Phi Theta Omicron Sorority meeting 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 District
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 Okee-
chobee 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 contestant two
points for each 15 seconds or part thereof. Three independent
judges will score contestants on content, composition and deliv-
ery. 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 interested in participating
may contact Joanna Sherman at the Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation District at (863) 763-3619.
Yard sale aids Hospice patient care
Hospice of Okeechobee will be host a yard sale on Friday,
April 7, and Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will
be held at the Hospice of Okeechobee big blue volunteer house
located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue, next
to the Hospice residence. All proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee. All yard sale donations are accepted at this loca-
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 4p.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
tickets. .
Benefit fish fry is planned

VFW Post 9528,2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a
fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. All
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help start
a K-9 unit. The cost will be $6.

Substance abuse coalition to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will hold an
open general membership meeting Tuesday, April 11, at 11:30
a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 425 SW. 28th
St. Lunch reservations should be made by Friday, April 7. RSVP
for lunch by Friday, April 7. To RSVP call (863) 763-9800, or (863)

Church plans Good Friday program
New St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, 1001 N.E. 16th Ave., is host-
ing a Good Friday program on April 14 at 7 p.m. For information,
call (863) 447-2563.


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. March 14: First place-Red Murr.
Second place-Jr. Munroe. Last
place-Harry Simmons. Closest to
pin-(2) Beni Burdeshaw, (8) Kenny
Burdette, (11) Harry Simmons and
(17) Bill McCoy.
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Last place-Harry White. Closest to
pin-(2) Don Gray, (8) Harry White,
(11) Bruce Syjud and (17) Don
March 17: First place-Kenny
Curran. Second place-George
Byers. Last place-Dean Orman.
Closest to pin-(2) Ben Burdeshaw,
(8) Bob Weaver, (11) George
Goudy and (17) Harold Nelson.

March 21: First place-Ernie,
Whaley. Second place-George
Goudy. Last place-Don Heath.
Closest to pin-(2) Bob Weaver, (8)
Bill McCoy, (11) Kenny Curran and
(17) Bob Weaver.
March 22: First place-Kenny
Curran. Second place-Diana Apple-
by. Last place-Randy Ketcherside.
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Ketcherside, (11) Harry White and
(17) Bill McCoy.
March 24: First place-Terry Mil-
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son. Last place-George Guydosh.
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side, (8) Red Murr, (11) Terry Dunn
and (17) Kenny Curran.

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Sports Briefs

Bass tournament
aids V Foundation
The third annual Russ Bringger
Memorial.. Fishing Tournament
\\ill be held April I -2 at the Okee-
Tantie Marina.
The entry fee is $200 per boat.
A portion of the proceeds will
goto the V Foundation for cancer
There will be fun, food and
prize giveaways.
For information, contact Herb
or Kim Bringger at (863) 763-1035
or (863) 634-4525.

Agri-women's group
skeet shoot is planned
The Florida Agri-women have
announced that their inaugural
skeet shoot event will take place
May 13 at Quail Creek Plantation,
1907 N.E. 224th St.
Station sponsorships and sin-
gle shooter tickets are available.
For information, call Dianne
Spann at (863) 634-3327.
Monster truck event
combines bull riding
Southern Monster Truck
Showdown, Inc. will combine
bull riding and monster trucking
into one large event when they
come to the Cattlemen's Arena on
Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April
Gates will open at 6 p.m. for a
one hour "meet and greet" party.
All of the cowboys and monster

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Mighty Mites
Members of the 2005 Okeechobee Mighty Mites All-Star champion team were: (front row,
left to right) Greg Hernandez, Nickolas Thomas, Jarred Morgan, Wyatt Craig, Elijah
Finney, Mason Joyner, Joshua Borome and Jarion Williams; (middle row, left to right)
Luis Fonseca, Khalil Allen, Sheynon Hernandez, Scott VanDiver, Cody Dunn, Josh
Amadon, Zane Ford and Trey Simmons; (back row, left to right) Tom Finney-assistant
coach; Darryl Allen-assistant coach and Gene Craig-head coach. Not pictured is Nick
Craig-assistant coach.

truck drivers will be on hand for
autographs and pictures prior to
the actual event at 8 p.m.
- General admission is $14.
Junior (ages 6-12) admission is
$10 and children 5 years old and
under are free.
For information visit

Basketball camp
taking .applications
Final applications are now
being evaluated for the Ten Star
All-Star Summer Basketball
Camp for boys and girls between
the ages of 10 and 19.
The camp is by invitation

Players from 50 states and
189 foreign countries attended
the 2005 camp.
Camp locations include, but
are not limited to: Babson Park;
Gainesville, Ga.; Hickory, N.C.;
and, Lebanon, Tenn.
For a free brochure, call (704)
373-0873 anytime.

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Bananas are America's favorite fruit I*w* *w t'4t .

I tend to shop for fresh fruit by
season, but bananas which are
harvested year round are
always on my shopping list.
Bananas are good sources of
potassium, fiber and vitamin C as
well as vitamin B6. Vitamin B6
helps the immune system func-
tion properly. It is also needed for
proper function of the central
nervous system.
One banana has about 15 per-
cent of the recommended daily
allowance of vitamin C, 11 per-
cent of the potassium, 20 percent
of the B6 and 16 percent of the
dietary fiber.
Bananas are easily portable
and make a great snack to take
with you. You don't even have to
bother to wrap them. Is it any sur-
prise that bananas are the most
popular fruit in the United States?
The average American eats 28
pounds of bananas a year. Since
there are about three bananas in
a pound, that means the average
American eats about 84 bananas
Here are some facts from the
International Banana Association:
Bananas are great for athlet-
ic and fitness activity because they
replenish necessary carbohy-
drates, glycogen and body fluids
burned during exercise.
There is no such thing as a
banana tree. Bananas grow on
Bananas are not grown
commercially in the continental
United States. They are grown in
Latin and South America from
countries like Costa Rica,
Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras,
Panama and Guatemala.
Research suggests that a diet
high in potassium may reduce the
risk of hypertension and stroke.
Because bananas are sodium-free
and very rich in potassium, they
can be eaten as part of a diet to
reduce the risk of high blood pres-
The origin, of bananas is

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traced back to the Malaysian jun-
gles of Southeast Asia, where so
many varieties and names for the
banana are in that area.
Some horticulturists suspect
that the banana was the earth's
first fruit. Banana plants have
been in cultivation since the time
of recorded history. One of the
first records of bananas dates
back to Alexander the Great's
conquest of India where he first
discovered bananas in 327 B.C.
In some lands bananas were
considered the principal food.
Early travelers and settlers would
carry the roots of the plant as they
migrated to the Middle East and
Africa. From there Portuguese
traders carried banana roots to
the Canary Islands, where
bananas are still grown commer-
Bananas were officially
introduced to the American pub-
lic at the 1876 Philadelphia Cen-
tennial Exhibition. Each banana
was wrapped in foil and sold for
10 cents. Before that time,
bananas came to America on the
decks of sailing ships as sailors
took a few stems home after trav-
eling in the Caribbean.
As bananas ripen, the starch
in the fruit turns to sugar. There-
fore, the riper the banana the
sweeter it will taste.
Refrigeration slows down
the ripening process. Warmer
temperatures speed up the ripen-
ing of bananas.
Ripe bananas can be
wrapped in newspaper and

stored in the refrigerator.
Although the skin may turn dark,
the fruit inside will be fresh and
Bananas can be frozen once
the banana is peeled and stored
in a freezer bag. A touch of fresh
lemon juice may help to reduce
If you want to ripen a
banana quickly, put it in a brown
paper bag with an apple or toma-
to overnight (out of direct sun-
light). The two will work together
to speed the ripening of each
Dropping or squeezing
bananas can cause bruising.
Bananas are one of the few
fruits that ripen best off the plant.
If left on the plant, the fruit splits
open and the pulp has a "cot-
tony" texture and flavor. Even in
tropical growing areas, bananas
for domestic consumption are cut
green and stored in moist shady
places to ripen slowly.
The following recipes are from
For a delightful raw banana
dessert, prepare ahead.
4 ripe, firm bananas
1/2 C. (118 ml) water
3/4 C. (177 ml) raw carob
1/4 C. (59 ml) maple syrup
2 T. canola oil
1/4 t. imitation maple extract
1/4 t. imitation rum extract
2 C. (480 ml) crushed raw nuts
of your choice or even a combina-
tion (walnuts, pecans,
Peel firm ripe bananas, cut
them in half crosswise, insert a
heavy skewer into the base of
each banana half and freeze
Prepare a carob sauce by pro-
cessing water, carob powder,
maple syrup, canola oil and flavor
extracts in the blender until the
texture resembles a thin flowing
sauce. Put this sauce into a deep,

wide-mouth glass.
Spread crushed raw nuts out
onto a large dish.
Assemble by dipping each
frozen banana into the carob
sauce, then rolling in crushed
nuts. Makes eight servings. Sauce
recipe makes about 1 cup (237
1 lb. (453 g) extra firm tofu
3 medium size, medium-ripe
2 pinches of salt
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
2 T. evaporated cane juice
1/3 C. (79 ml) whole wheat
pastry flour
3/4 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. maple extract
1 T. lemon juice
1/3 C. (79 ml) soy milk
2/3 C. (158 ml) raw pecan
Lightly oil three baking sheets.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
(Gas Mark 6).
Break up tofu into pieces and
put into the food processor. Add
bananas, salt, cinnamon, evapo-
rated cane juice, pastry flour,
vanilla and maple extracts, lemon
juice and soy milk. Process until
all ingredients are completely
blended and bananas are thor-
oughly pureed.
Drop by heaping tablespoIon
onto baking sheets, putting about
12 pancakes on each sheet. Keep
pancakes small, no larger then 2"
(5 cm) in diameter, for ease in
turning them.
Sprinkle pecans over the tops
of each pancake and lightly press
them into the batter.
Bake 12 minutes. Turn pan-
cakes with a spatula, and bake 5
to 7 minutes longer. Serve with
maple syrup. Makes about 36 to
40 small pancakes, or about four

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Health Briefs

Free pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to
girls and women of all ages. We
offer free and confidential preg-
nancy tests, peer counseling,
referrals for a free ultrasound, par-
enting classes and abstinence
education. Operating hours are
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. Parenting class-

es are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We
are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave.,
across from the movie theatre. If you
would, like more information on this
or set an appointment for a free preg-
nancytest please call (863) 763-8859.

Hospital is
hosting speaker ..
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S.
441 N., willhost ae6ther Dining
with the Doctor event on Tues-
day, March 28, at 5 p m. Dr.
Leland Heller will be the speaker.

For information, call (863) 763-

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 res-

idence. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee. All
yard sale donations are accept-
ed at this location.

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 informa-
tion or to register, call (863) 763-

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4-H Horse Club enjoys learning more about horses

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Okeechobee 4-H Bits and Spurs Horse Club members enjoyed
a daylong workshop at MiCin Ranch on Saturday. The 4-Hers
worked on a variety of horsemanship and rodeo skills. Megan
Mullin (left) got some expert advice on calf roping from former
world champion calf roper D.R. Daniel (right).

In the round pen, horses and riders worked on basic skills and on problem areas, during the
4-H workshop Saturday at MiCin Ranch.

Spirit, at the Bits and Spurs 4-H horse clinic at MiCin Ranch on Saturday

Bits and Spurs 4-H Club members enjoy riding together at

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Wild whooping cranes return to Wisconsin

Among the signs of springtime
these days in central Wisconsin is
the arrival of wild whooping
cranes on Necedah National
Wildlife Refuge and the other
public and private lands these
majestic birds call their summer
Biologists with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership
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whooping cranes to eastern
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that 15 reintroduced whooping
cranes had arrived on or near
Necedah NWR, and two others
were roosting along the Wiscon-
sin River.
Thanks to the efforts of WCEP,
an international coalition of pub-
lic and private groups, there are

now 64 endangered whooping
cranes in the wild in eastern
North America, which was part of
their historic range.
The newly arrived whooping
cranes represent the migration
"classes" of 2001 through 2004,
which were guided southward by
ultralight aircraft their fledging
grounds at Necedah NWR to their
winter habitat at Chassahowitzka

NWR on the Gulf coast of Florida.
The most recent ultralight-
reintroduced cranes, the Class of
2005, remain at their pensite at
Chassahowitzka. These birds
have begun taking short evening
flights in the immediate area of
the pen. The 19 birds of the Class
of 2005 arrived in Florida on Dec.
13, 2005, after a 64-day migration.
In addition to the 19 chicks

that migrated behind ultralights
in 2005, biologists from the Inter-
national Crane Foundation and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
also released four additional
chicks last fall into the company
of older birds at Necedah NWR,
in the hopes that the chicks
would learn the migration route
from adult whoopers or sandhill


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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
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 and9 p.m.
Theatre II "Failure To Launch"
(PG-13} Showtinies: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. -
I Theatre III "Hills Have Eyes"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. "
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Foster parents
desperately needed
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 environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their most
important characteristic is that they
are caring individuals who under-
stand the problems and needs of
foster children. Please contact
Karissa Richards at 1-(800) 403-

Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
: Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary has served as the civilian, 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
waterways and classrooms in over
2,000'cities' and towns across the
nation. Eachyear, Auxiliarists (folks
just like you).save almost 500 lives,
assist some 15,000 boaters in dis:
tress, conduct more the 150,000
courtesy safety exami[iAtions of
recreation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For information, call (863)

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 through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation aides
and assistance in developing a
youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 .N., 'Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
ext. 234.

S Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Public
Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-
A-Day Online Book Club spon-
sored by the Friends of the Okee-
chobee County Library. All you
need to do is visit the library's web
page at and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
S Monday you will start a new book.
S There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.

All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading.

Subsidized childcare
enrollment under way
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The pro-
gram is currently serving children
age birth to kindergarten age. Both
parents must be working or attend-
ing some type of school or training.
There is-an income limit based on
family size. Call 1-(866) 273-6340
to be placed on the waiting list.

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Plastic Tiger Ring tied to it. yard sale in the classi-
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mix female spayed, to good for Dining, Traveling, etc.
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cement tile manufacturing facility located on
NE 9th Avenue in Okeechobee and is taking
applications for the following positions:

Machine Operators
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Immediate Openings -All Shifts
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Babysitting 405
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 8& Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items Items 55
China, Glassware, Etc 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 580
Drapes, Linen & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 40
Luggage 646
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supples 680
Pools It Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

3.5 ton package unit wl neat,
newin bo '
11250 1954 109-86u9

BARBER CHAIR, Antique. Mig
ry Emil J Padair Co Pal #
1594408-1594409 Good
condo. $1000 t863)763-5881
CLOCKS, Antique (3) $750 Ior
all will sep. 18631763-5870
Wood Burning Cook Stove,
anhlque e.c cond., $300.
_ ,863)675-4858

DISHWASHER-top of the line'
Haier, portable, RV size,
18"W. used less than 10
times $250(5021644-2018
like new, 25 cu ft., ice, wa-
ter & filter, $350.
WASHER & DRYER- $100 For
both (863)675-3038
Stackable, heavy duty, good
working cdnd. $200
WASHER Frigidaire, Super
Capacity 16 cycles, Heavy
duty $50 (863)697-2173

BICYCLE, Fold Up. $30

dies & hinges. 1 pair 24"x20"
& 5 pair 32"x20". $60 for all,
will sep. (863)763-1997
DOOR- Outside, Aluminum,
Glass. 32"x74", Fits Mobil
Homes $30. (863)357-6660
Leave message
MH STEPS (2) 35" Fiber
glass steps, w/3'x3' platform,
metal handrails $600 or will
sep. (863)357-0615

Walls, 4x10 Roof Panels &
one Door $9.50.
(772)201-8932 OKEECHOBEE
SCREEN ROOM- permanent or
portaDle, 800,. root Syslm.
28'.8, 2 oos00 e,: coned
$1800 (5021644-2018
SHELVES 5/4 solid oak, RPoul-
el edges Finished1 1el0
arms Wor 1inr u 00Now
$500 1863)674-0429

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
"'i '' Prfssional
Installation ofStwrm
': Shuwe & Semless
Licensed & Insured
863.763 5650
107 SW 2" Street
License 1765
SHUTTERS- 1-pr 12',24.
2-pr 12'.48" &2-pr 14".39"
All need Io be painted. $25
Will sep 18631763-1997

STATIONS 2) Teak wood loot,
Like new & 10>2 Eldcric sign.
$2800 will sep. 561-792-3287

CARPET & PAD- brand new
blue approy 12v13 $,100

BABY CRIB- Brand new. rn:
mattress. $40
withh maflrecs & bedairng,
$50 863t675-6829

GOWNS (3),Formal, from Da-
vid's Bridal New never
worn. All siue 20. $300 lor
all, will sep (863697-2813
Nati. Pagent Dress 5/6 Beauti-
ful cusitmr-madle by Nancy
.Landers $450

lired W/cerhiiicale Iniludes
Ine Judge & Santa's.
$100-$5000, 863-763-4576
CARDS(3-400 Racing &
Comic, late 80s early 90s
Exc. cond. $400 neg.
Sighed. Asking $150 for all
or will sell separate
Stadium Club '92 & '06, Topps
Series, 1 CC card $2

Trio/Photo, Lexmark P3150,
4 photo card slots, new car-
tridges $75 (863)357-1082
Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
LAPTOP Windows XR lots of
software, internet ready, 1.5
gig, 2 months old, $950 firm
LAPTOP- 15", Absolute the top
of the line Durabook. Military
spec's Modem, rotor Leather
case. $1399. ,863-983-7751
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257

ARMOIRE: Pine. New, in box.
63'x36". Drawers, shelves &
closet. Cost $575. Now $400.
Bureau- Dresser Double, very
good cond. $80 or best offer
DAY BED- light pine $150

NITROGEN, 3 Large Cylin-
ders $150 (863)467-2267
For sale Household items,
tools, sporting goods, furni-
ture & appliances Call Paul
RELAX & ENJOY, the outdoors
in this 2 seated swing $100.

AMP & Drum & Bass ma-
chine, $525 will sell separate.

BULL PUPS- $250 each,
Please call (863)634-0119 -

CEDAR CHEST: New, in box.
36"x20". Cost $250, Selling for
$150. 863-467-7996 or
good shape. $100
round, black. 1 glass top. 1
w/ 2 end tables. .$150 for all,
will separate. (863)467-1325
tiful, cherry wood, must see,
$2500 or best of-
COUCH, bMie & mauve, pillow-
'top ends, $300.
(863)763-3982 Iv. msg.
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.
blond rattan, glass top, $275
DRESSER SET, 1 long w/mir-
ror, 1 narrow tall, 1, night
stand $60 (863)467-6984
DRESSER, w/I1g. mrnirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
cel. cond. only $80 or best
offer (863)467-9877.
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
$ 1500 (8763763.9410
RECLINER- olive green, like
new 3si-ing $125 or best ol-
fer (863)824-073.9 .
La:y Boy Blue Good condi-
Slin. $75 for b ,o0h
k86)76 3-4920
Lge, modern, lull bujckI, ciusn.'
ions, pale green,,beige, 2yri
*old,$500 (863)467-2435
Sofa,& Loveseal, rjrajii, w,'
iTlcriiring end. & coffee tbls.,
beige chintz w/dk.-blue ac-
cenr, $500 772-597-2003
queen size, muti color 3lab.
nr, $100 (86a,)467-'0487
TABLE & 4 CHAfRS- maple.
,Oda (O',ndiiLon 150
TABLE, w/butcher block top, 2
S'in i, w wrhie led. oi latile
StoolS $o75 ur best owner
TWIN BEDS, good Ofl cdioniiu,
$100 Nor ine sei, willi ell
separately. 18631484.0110
Twin Craffmalic Beds, 121, or
oul together to make 1 queen
siZe toidly massage $500

GOLF CLUBS -complete,
iTiiched sei. melal woods
irons bag, purlfer. 30 misc.
clubs, $130. 18631946-3123

rmaide in Belgium never im-
poried brought over 12ga,
30,- Im $1500
(937 215-0307
SHOTGUN, 12 gauge pump,
w.'slug barrel, We 'lernleid
$250 or Irade lor pisilO
(72)461-8822 .
SHOTGUN, New England [ire-
arms 20 gauge, breakopen
efr.posed hammer, $100
i 772)461-8822

Dyme, like brand new, $150

WATER HEATER- 4Q gal, 1 yr
old ,7 5 or best offer.

FLOOR LAMP- With matching
glass top coffee table $125.

PATIO SET- in good cond.
blue and white $50

SSonic Pride Mobility, elec lift,
$1200 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

Fixed Wing Ultra Light Air-
SPlane, partly finished, $1800
or best offer. (906)281-2127

RIDING. MOWER for parts,
42", for parts only! motor,
tires, battery good, deck shot
$20 (931)337-1053 or
w/42" deck and bagger. Only
used 1 summer. $1200
Firm. (863)467-7953 -
Wheel Horse, 44" cut, $650

HENS (9) White, La in & (1)
Rooster. PIGMY GOATS also;
available. (863)763-3923 Calfl
after 5pm.
Round, Blue, 8'x2'. Good
condition. $175

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


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raised, $100 will sell separ-
ately. (863)763-2738
BIRDS- Aviary for small birds,
8x10, movable, 50 or more
birds, $1000 cash
2/6/06, 4 males, 3 females,
$125. (863)467-1574
& rust and Red & tan
$250 467-1932 or
$400 each. (863)634-4076
$5 (863)675-4981' LaBelle
bred, $25 (863)675-4981
LaBelle area
BULL- $800
(863)675-0218 La Belle
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $10.

SPA HOT TUB- Vita, 6 person,
works great $1200

With 2-4' speakers. $200.
SETTE- plays, records, syn-
chroni:ed motors, new cond
$80 (863)675-2596

does rnol work. ,200..
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
BoV1 are like brand new $65
lor Dolt will sep.
Shop here first
The classmlIed ads

power. 10 rip Wesiinghouse,
175 psi, $1000
CUT OFF SAW- Black & Deck-
er. 9". Extra 9" blades. Excel-
lent condition $75 Or nest
other 410-228-7137
berglass. new, $90 cash
1863)675-4970 leave mes-
LATHE 36" w/Duplicaior. $200
tic. e.Xc cona., haltpnce, $17
casn 1863)675-4970 leave
message .
MIG WELDER, Hobart 17561
Swhri cari exc. cond., $400..
1 l863l357-5754 )

Air hockey, FOR 2 PLAYERS,

Trailer for 18 to 20' Ponloon
Boat 18631763-8872
A E. Backu. J. Hutchinson
H Newion, G. Buckner. E.
Buckner. L. Robens. A. Hair.
R A McClendon. S. Newton,
BIG 5$ 1772)562-5567
Wanted Hay Bailer, used,

Agriculture i

Christmas Traees 745
Farm Equipment 65%
Farn Feed/Pr.du~ot 810
Fanr Mhscellaneous 8.1W
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 8' .
Farm Suppliea/ s "
Services Wanted eS0
Fertilizer 835.
Horses 840
Supplies .' 845
lawn & Garden 850
LivestOck 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plant / ,
Flowers .... '6

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.

Craftsman LT 1000. 42" cut.
About 6mos. old. Asking
$900. (863)697-3212

40 ACRES- Near town, High
ground w/ road frontage &
electric available. Great buy
at $575,000. Call Tom
FOR SALE: 42 acres, $12,000
9er acre. 1.5 mls. from hwy.
0. Approx. 26 ac. of creek &
16 ac. y. (772)215-4630



Models me m popular

Buildable Lot For Sale,
Vicking Estates, .38 acres,
high, dry, asking $45k
OKEE. BIKING 1.5 ac Near
paved Rd/Park. Trees, power,
uplands. Photos $49,900. Pat
at Coastal RItyJ561)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 Homes

MR bIent i 1 ent2O1S

Larkee Lake, 2BR,2BA, $700,
mo., 1st & sec., no pets, ref-
erences. (863)467-6688
wide, 2br, 2.5ba, Fla rm,
screen porch, fully furn,
dock,, lake .access,
$1275/mo +1sts, st'sec
$1100 mo + 11, last &
$600 sec. dep. 2547 SE
32nd St. i863)64-3312

30x10 Fla Rm. fully furn, deck.
patio, beauniul gardens, Must
See! 157 Meadowiark RV
Park. Ortona, $12,000 or best
'Palm .Harbor Masterpiece,
28x52, 3/2, open floor plan,
Zone 3 wind storm,16x16
deck, appliance, exc cond,
orig owner, buyer paysmov-
ing $29.900 (863)675-1490
or 1239)728-2484
1987, stove & refrigerator,
$3000 or make offtter.
MOBILE HOME, 75, 12x50,
Handyman Special in River
Bend MHRneed approved by
park 50+ $500.

2/2 Split Floor
Screened Patio
Carport & Shed'
Low.Lot Rent

2BR/2BA Dbl. Wide;, Okeecho-
bee. Nice lot. Very clean. Own-
erfinancing. 863-467-1967 ,

Do-It-Yourself rdeas

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.
pets. (863)634-3313

Office Building, approx 1200
sq. it avail. now, Call Judy

FOR RENT: 2/1.18 acre est.
w/terms. Horses okay. $650
me. Avail. 4/1 (772)201-8230
cell or (772)489-0168 home.
New 3/2,1600 s I,
no garage, large yard .
$ 1400 mo., lst. last &sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, dbi
wide, 1st, last, sec dep. No
*smoking, No Pets,
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, No
pets, $1200 + sec dep, rets,
Seminole Cove, 2Dr. 2ba,
55 + Community. For Rent
$800 mo. or For Sale $87,000.
neg (863)357-2602

Available Early Spring
If Interested, Call Judy

TENNESSEE Studio Apt on
S.water Crossvlle TN near
Knoxville, $350 or nest offer.
April 7-14. Good fishing
many amenities
Find It faster. Sel It n-
au i the elassleds

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

Real Estate

Sale.i' :.-.:tOO
Prtopefty- Salq 1"10t
Co ndos!'-

f.mi-Sale t1M

Open Nno 1050

Est. 25 yrs., 2 washes/
33 dryers, Located next#
to ublix $250,000.

'CBS, 3 BdrmJ/1 Ba. New loof,
garage, large fenced in yard.
NW area. l85,000. For ap-
pointment (863)467-6984
CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too many
e)xra's to list, Must see Inside.
$182,000. (863)697-8654
frame house w/pool, com-
pltely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready nowl Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
(7721597-6158 or

LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice, 1yr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Pr/ce reduced $265,000.
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
NW OKEE., Needs some re-
pairs. Additional lot at which
another house can be built.
Great Investmentl Only
$260,000. Must See to Ap-
preciate (863)675-8603 or
673-3925. Day or night ask
for Dwight.
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, RoyalWall constl, car-
plort, storage shed,.n270k ,
New 3 BR, 2 Ba, on large lot
Circular driveway. 2 car gar-
age. All app lances & new car-
pet (863)467-5509


ratio Wall & Planter
This do-it-yourself patio wall
and planter can be used for
hanging plants, sheltering the
barbecue area from wind or
screening off a comer where
garden tools and garbage
cans are kept. It stands about
8 feet tall by 8 feet long.
Patio Wall & Planter plan
(No. 779)... $9.95
Patio Projects Package
3 plans incl.779
(No. C99)... $22.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-BIU, 15241 Stagg St.,
Van Nuys, CA 91405.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

12 A Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 28, 2006


14' BOAT- unsinkable, fiber-
glass, fish finder, trir, used
twice, Call for information
BAYLINER- 77, Outboard, 16',
Runs good. $2500. or best
offer. (863)634-7108
40 hp Honda, 4 stroke, like
new w/traller, awnings & ex-
tra's. $5800. (863)467-6696
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $1400 neg
(863)467-5725 for more info
PONTOON BOAT '89, 27', Fi-
berglass, 100 hp O/B Mariner.
Wrap around seating w/cov-
ers. $2500. 863-357-6901
115hp Mariner engine. Low
hrs, very clean. $8200.
SEA CRAFT, 12 Ft., Deep V
Bottom & big trolling motor.
w/trailer. Trailer needs work.

'84, Runs great Needs some
work on Ihe inside. $2500.
Or best offer
FIFTH WHEEL, 20 Ft., 1988.
$2000 (863)673-3611 .
SLIDE IN CAMPER- 8ft, self
contained, air, for 1/2 ton
truck $700 (863)357-1052

ft. extension. $6000 invested.
Older. Some Hurricane Dam-
age. $2500. (863)675-6105

MOTOR, 0/B, Johnson, 140
hp. w/trolling motor. $950.
for both. (863)467-6875
240 Ft., 3/8 Inch. $2400
The IIIu S ar the
arine ton

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

collectors item, $8000
(863)763-6016 MUST SEE!
CM400, '81, needs work,
brand new light & tire to be
put on $200. (863)983-7457
Suzukid '06 Model C-50 Low
miles loaded w/extras $8000
Yamaha Roadstar 2005 -
Midnight Silverado, 1700cc,
hard bags, windshield, chrome
front end, white wall, back
rest, full wrnty; show room
cond. Must sell $9,500
(239)691-0657 ,.

FOUR WHEELER, 50cc, for
kids, $200 or best offer.

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



Automobiles 4005
Autoa Wanted 4010
ClaSicwCaoa 4015

Equ eiasTnt 4025
Foreign Ca 4030
Fo war et Drive 4035
=Qa"y Dity Trucks 4404
Parts Repairs 4045
Nfkup Thicke 4050
Utility 4055
TMct 6Traers 400
Utity Trailers 4065,
We"u 4070,

provide vocational training
for someone in a recovery
program or transportation for
a single parent family.
Buick Skylark Limited 1997-
4dr sedan/6cyl, excel cond.
can be financed, $4100.
runs great! Must sell $1200
or best offer 863-697-9598
DODGE STRATUS '96, 5 spd.,
4 cyl., good on gas. Great
shape! Excellent transporta-
tion. $1850. (863)697-3300
needs front & rear bumper
$800 (863)612-5255
FORD TEMPO GL, '93, for
parts, car does run, $250.
.good, Needs brakes. $1000.
or best offer. (863)763-2307
Honda Accord LXI '87- 2 dr.
hatch, 4 cyl., manual, $1200
863-467-5401 or
/772-359-2923 .
HONDA CIVIC 1992, 4 Dr., 5
spd. manual. Good condi-
tion. A/C. Runs great. $2500

I Puli Notice

Mercury Marquis LS, '90, 5.0,
V8, low mi., good body &
int., cold a/c, great trans.,
$2500. (863)467-6805
Don't Miss

This One
MUSTANG '02- V6, auto, PW,
PL, white w/tan inter. 39K
mi, exc cond., $9200
- (302)245-0401 Dover
4dr, auto, PW/PL/PS, cold
AC, AM/FM stereo/cass
$1400 (863)673-4151 .
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
(863)763-2990 .

Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible/Truck. Please call

BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
owner, $2495
BRONCO II '89 perfect en-
gine, rebuilt trans, 0 miles,
needs paint but no rust, $1750
firm. (863)805-8789
CHEVY BLAZER, '84, 4x4,
runs but engine knocks,
$300. (863)357-2395 after
Chevy Blazer, '94, 4x4, 4 dr,,
w/very low miles & impec-
cably maintained, $4200.
(863)228-3087 or email
Auto., Mint condition New en-
gine & brakes. 400 mls. on en-
gine. $7800 (863)467-6696

CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
or (863)763-2063
EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- 1999 Club car,
gas, reconditioned 1995,
1995. (863)675-1472..
GOLF CART, '99 Club Car, Gas
powered. Aluminum box.
$1500. (772)332-6623
GOLF CART- Club Car, 48V.
elec, w/batt charger, also
roof, $1300 (863)763-8714
GOLF CART- Club car, green,
electric, with charger,
$1295. (863)675-1472. .

shape. Purchased in '04,
used 1 time. $500.
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
.remove and haul $175
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.
(863)634-3296 Cody ,
w/EGR Valve & Starter. Fits
Early 90's Dodge or Plymouth
2.5 eng. $100(863)467-7953
TIRES, (4), Ducilop GT Qualdi-
-r, P255.70.'R15., 100.
TIRES- (4), 250 '99 & up Ford
8-lug, 16", Alum. rims w/Ctr.
.covers Exc. cond. $150. or
best offer. (863)763-6216
TONNEAU COVER- off 8ft bed,
Ford, $450 or best offer
TONNEAU COVER, white, fi-
berglass, fits full size bed,
$450. (863)467-7428

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Pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, the State of Florida's Consultants
Competitive Negotiations Act, and the State Requirements for Educational Fa-
cities (SREF), te District Board of Trustees of Indian River Community College
will consider the contracting of a CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) for providing
professional services for the following construction project
The project wil consist of
Weddngwith the project architect In tie design chase, including value engineering
the development of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), and construction ser-
Business entities Interested in providing construction management services to Indlar
River Community College (IRCC) are hereby notified that their Statement of
Qualifications for proviIin the required services must be received by the deadline
n m I tim edM Aril 18 2006n in th IROC F cities Planninr

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Office at 309 Virginia Avenue Bulldmoina -S- Room 233 Fort Plerce Floridna
Instructions for completion and submission of the Construction Management State-
meet of Qualfications may be obtained at the IRCC Facilites Planning Office,
3209 Virginia Avenue, Building "S', Room 233, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596;
orprefermd to e-ma your request to o ;; or by calling the Facilities
Office at 772-462-7360.
IRCC reserves the right to waive any Informality In the selection process and to
reject anyor all Statements of ualifcations.
122639 ON 3/28; 4/4,11/06

Diesel. Very good condition.
$1350 (863)357-7214 after
Chevy S10 1990, runs great
good work truck $900 firm
DODGE RAM 250, '90- runs
good, new parts, fiberglass
work body w/ladder rack.
$600 (863)655-0030.
FORD F100, '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 lor swamp buggy
ISUZU PU '91- AC. runs good.
4 cyl, $1000 (772)618-0607
Oft Ranger step side. Snug
up go the cab type. $300

PICKUP 1973 GMC for parts,
rebuild able 350 engine,
good tires, mirrors etc. $200
TONNEAU COVER- Fiberglass,
For full size truck $600 or
best offer. (863)357-2111 or

TRAILER- 5'x8", With ramp.
Excellent condition. $550.
Heavy duty $200. Call Bob..

CHEVY- 3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
passenger, good tires, rides
good or, nwy, $990
CHEVY '92 BOX VAN- 6.2 die-
sel, 5spd, runs, needs some
cosmetic work, $1600.

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IaubicNo ice

Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
RFP 2006-08
Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders for the re-
habitation of two (2) single-family homes located in unincorporated Okeechobee
County as a part of te State Housing Intiative Partnership (S.HI.R) program.
Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 26,
2006 and delivered or mailed to: Mr. George Long, County Administrator, 304 NW
2nd StreeL Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility
for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time
and date will not be opened or considered.
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
Initiative Partnership (S.H.R) Program Bid #4 and Bid #5. All bids must be
accompanied by Pur-70t68 "Public Entity Crime Report,"' Proof of Insurance, uLi-
censes and the "Vendor Drug Free WorkPlace" form. Forms must be fully execut-
ed by the responder and returned with the bid package.
For specific project information contact Unda Rucks at (863) 763-6731 or by fa
at (863) 763-9203. Specifications may be obtained from the S.H.I.R Admistra-
tor located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05
p.m. on April 26, 2006 in the County Administrator's Office at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse.
A MANDATORY meeting for review of these projects will be held on Wednesday,
April 5, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. In the me ro at10:In the meetngroat the County Admintratlo
Annex, 456 Highlway 98 North, Okeechobee. Any finnrm who Is not In attendance
In this room by 10:05 a.m. will be unable to bid.
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to
reject any aod all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals
to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively
seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Okeechobee County Commission
123917 ON3/28/06

DODGE- '84, 15 Passenger, 1
ton, Nice seats, $1490
(863)673-0782 or'
or make offer
4dr, seats 8, everything runs
& looks good new tires,
$3000 (8631357-2346

One man's trash is anoth-
or man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deeper? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.

Public Notices

Pubic Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

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'I lu A M f'ui u 1,.1u )1r C"I:, .ulP
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges. Year, make, model and vin
are as follows.
1999 Ford Escort
VIN#3FAKP1139XR1 51762
2003 NIssan 'Alima
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
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Community Events

Class of '97 plans reunion

Anyone interested in helping out \\ith planning of the Okeechobee
- High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
. OHS_97

'- z CAPlooking for senior members
SThe Florida Ving of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Aux-
i Ial', lhas formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron -15.3 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages.of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and
- pro\ ide super% ision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil
^- Ait Patrol are emeigeric services, aerospace education and cadel pro-
grams. Senior members and cadets \york side by side to accomplish
do 4 these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.

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Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 4134 U.S. 441 N.

Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be offered at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist Medicare recip-
ients 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 government assistance in paying
premiums must bring proof of income.
Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will hold
classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 unt 1 1:30 a.m. for parents and
pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's word through
activity centers. There will also be a special class for parents. For infor-
mation or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-4021.
Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting parent-
ing education classes starting in March. All pregnant women and par-
ents are encouraged to attend. For specific dates, information and to
register for the class call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

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-
tions: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second
language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon,
adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation,
Brighton, Adults basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from
4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a
second language, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-
Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday through
Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth
Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Mid-
dle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, adult basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes, Monday through Thursday, from 6 until
9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a sec-
ond language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St., English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m..

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 Sunday weekend April 7, 8
and 9- .and will feature the newly-refurbished Reuter pipe organ.
-Singers should be able to match pitch and read music somewhat.
Rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of fun. Winter residents are
always welcome. For information, call Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714..

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

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
.sales every Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from the sales.
help support activities for the children. Usable donations are always
accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. Pick-up serv-
ice is not available. For information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

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

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across.
from the movie theatre. If you would like more information on this
or set an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863)
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the
internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okee-
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.

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



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