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Vol. 95No.90 Friday, March 31,2006 50 Plus tax
of Americans will lose an
hour's sleep Saturday night as
clocks are turned ahead to day-
Other people will forget and
be an hour late for church or
Officially clocks should be
moved ahead one hour at 2
a.m. Sunday. Most folks will do
the job before hitting the sack.
The lost hour will return Oct.
29 when clocks go back to stan-
Congress has passed a law
changing the dates of daylight-
saving time, but it doesn't take
effect until 2007. Then daylight
time will start three weeks earli-
er, March 11, and will end one
week later, Nov. 4.
Residents of some parts of
the country can ignore all this
since daylight-saving time isn't
observed in Arizona, Hawaii,
Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands,
American Samoa, Guam and
the Northern Marianas. ,
Melody Themm, a kinder-
garten teacher at Seminole Ele-
mentary is being recognized for
her creativity and success in the
classroom as a Disney Teacher
Award Nominee. Ms. Themm
joins an elite group of teachers
from across the country who
have been recognized by their
comnrunities As the next step
in the awards process, Ms.
Themm is now submitting an
application to be considered for
the 20h0 Disney Teacher of the
take top honors
Ashley Marshall and Garrett
Farmer took top honors in their
age divisions of the monthly Big
"0" Junior Teen Anglers bass
tournament last Saturday at the
Marshall, who competed in
the 11-14 division, brought 5.9
lbs. to lt' scale for the win.
Fifteen-year old Garrett
Farmer hooked first place in the
15-18 year-old division of the
tournament with 8.9 lbs. He
also took big fish honors in his
division with a 2.7 lb. bass.
Sam Baggett received big
fish honors in the 11-14-year-
old division for his 3.15 lb.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
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Ed iecation: Teachers receive math grants
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
On Wednesday, March 29, three Okeechobee teachers received Marge Blair Math Mini
Grants. The grants are awarded through the Kiwanis Club by Dick Blair in memory of
his wife of 69 years, Marge Blair. Attending the presentation are: (left to right, first row),
Okeechobee County Assistant Superintendent of Schools and member of the board of
the Okeechobee Education Foundation, Mary Hurley, Mr. Blair, and recipients, Deanna
Kielbasa, VE teacher at Central Elementary School, Sarah Nell Griffis, fourth grade
teacher at Seminole Elementary School and Alisha Pierce, second grade teacher at
South Elementary School; back row, Okeechobee Education Foundation Board Member
Paul Mitchell, Sharon Vinson and Kelly Owens.
High-speed pursuit ends with arrest
By Eric Kopp
A 13-mile high-speed pur-
suit ended in Highlands ,Coun-
ty Tuesday morning after the
vehicle being pursued ran out
of gas and lost a front tire.
Stephen Leenoris Ford, 38,
N.W. Seventh Court, in Okee-
chobee, was charged with
driving while license suspend-
ed habitual offender and flee-
ing and attempting to elude a
law enforcement officer. He
was booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail under a
bond of $15,000.
According to an Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) report by Deputy
Randy Thomas, Ford was first
seen traveling at a high rate of
speed in the 3600 block of U.S.
98 N. The deputy's report
states that the posted speed
limit there is 45 mph.
As he attempted to catch up
to the 2004 Chevrolet automo-
bile, the deputy stated he had
to travel at a speed in excess of
I 1Omph. Deputy Thomas indi-
cated that he caught up to the
car in the 8200 block of U.S. 98
He then tried to stop the.
vehicle by using his siren and
The deputy's report states
that as the Chevrolet crossed
the Kissimmee River bridge
into Highlands County, the car
spun out of control and slid
sideways into the curve at U.S.
98 N. and C.R. 721. As Deputy
Thomas got out of his patrol
unit, he ordered the driver to
get out of the car. Instead, the
driver put the car in gear and
During the ensuing pursuit,
Deputy Thomas said he
noticedthat left-side front tire
was flat on the Chevrolet.
Then, as the car accelerated to
over 90 mph, the tire separated
and came off the rim.
,Deputy Thomas stated in
his report that the chase con-
tinued at speeds topping 90
mph for a distance of three
miles into Highlands County.
The driver's side tire was com-
pletely gone and the car was
being driven with the rim on
The pursuit ended.when the
driver of the vehicle later
determined to be Ford stuck
his hand out the window and
pulled the car over. The car,
stated the deputy's report, was
out of gasoline.
Deputy Thomas also issued
Ford traffic citations for unlaw-
ful speed and driving while
license revoked habitual
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FORT PIERCE Discharges
from Lake Okeechobee should
continue for at least the next sev-
eral months in an effort to lower
water levels that remain murky
and polluted from past years of
.pounding hurricane seasons, a
state advisory board said.
that the releases into the St. Lucie
and Caloosahatchee estuaries
will harm the waterways, but
most agree the small releases
will help the lake in the long run,
and' in turn, restore cleaner
water to the rivers.
"Pulse-style" discharges to
the St. Lucie Estuary were halted
on March 21.
The idea is to shrink the
swollen lake to allow more sun-
light to reach the floor in order to
I go on
nourish the lake's fish and plant
population, and to protect the
estuaries from large future del-
"We don't have many years
ahead of us to make decisions.
Push has come to shove," Susan
Gray of the South Florida Water
Management District said
Wednesday during a Water
Resources Advisory Commis-
Water managers want the
lake at 12 feet above sea level
starting in November. The lake
was at 14.64 feel on Wednesday.
"It's all we can do. The lake
can't start to recover until we get
a drawdown," said Paul Gray, a
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Guest speaker, Marilyn Pritchard was welcomed to
Thursday's Kiwanis Club meeting by club member, Jay
Zeller. Mrs. Pritchard brought with her some articles
including a mahogany elephant, hand-carved Ivory lamp,
woven fabrics and other items acquired during her visits
to Ghana in West Africa.
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Area man is charged with aggravated battery
A party in the Four Seasons
turned into a law enforcement
investigation when one man
reportedly hit another man in the
head with a metal tool.
A little over two weeks after
that incident Ignacio Ortega, 30,
N.E. First St., was arrested and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail. Ortega is charged
with aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. His bond has
been set at $50,000.
According to .a press release
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Detec-
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on March 12
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arrest without violence. His
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The press release states that
Ortega allegedly struck the vic-
tim with a metal tool, and when
the victim fell to the ground Orte-
ga stood over the victim and
dropped a piece of broken con-
crete on the victim's head.
The release does not identify
the victim, but states that the vic-
tim was taken to Raulerson Hos-
pital then air lifted to Lee Memo-
rial Hospital and placed in the
intensive care unit in critical con-
dition. The victim was released
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press release states that
Ortega was stopped by the
force he tried to give a false
tity by producing a fictitious
dent alien card.
Livestock committee accepting add-ons
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show
Committee will accept add-ons to exhibitors through Friday,
Add-ons with the name, address, exhibitor's name and
amount may be faxed to (863) 763-5878.
For information call Doug Burnham at (863) 763-5087, or Rick
Barnes at (863) 357-2047.
when Annual Water Fest is this weekend
iden- OKEECHOBEE The second annual Water Fest will be held
s resi- Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, at the Okee-Tantie Marina
and Campground on S.R. 78 W.
Water Fest will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday,
and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The event is jointly sponsored by the South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD), Okee-Tantie Marina and Campground
and the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council (TDC).
Planned activities will include .a two-day bass tournament,
Earthman and The Planet Earth Project H2o Concert Tour, histori-
S cal demonstrations, barbecue, arts, food booths, a bounce house
-. and a water slide.
- For information, call the SFWMD service center in Okeechobee
at (863) 462-5260.
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City has openings on boards
OKEECHOBEE The City of Okeechobee currently has open-
ings on their Code Enforcement Board, as well as their Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment/Land Planning Agency/Design
Membership of the boards, where possible, shall consist of any
of the following: architect, general contractor, realtor, business
person and lay person.
Board terms are three years, and city and county residents may
No member of a citizen board shall be an employee of, or hold
any elective position of office with the City of or County of Okee-
Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, 55
S.E. Third Ave.
For information, call the City Clerk's Office at (863) 763-3372,
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 automo-
bile accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big Lake National Bank and say you
would like to contribute to the benefit for the Smalls family.
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The Okeechobee News, Friday, March 31, 2006 "
Melody Themm, a kindergarten
teacher at Seminole Elementary is
being recognized for her creativity
and success in the classroom as a
Disney Teacher Award Nominee.
Ms. Themm joins an elite group of
teachers from across the country
who have been recognized by their
communities. As the next step in
the awards process, Ms. Themm is
now submitting .an application to
be considered for the 2006 Disney
Teacher of the Year award.
Ms. Themm states, "It is a pleas-
ure and already an honor to be
considered for the Disney Teacher
Award. I love teaching and this
wonderful honor is like the icing on
the cake. Thank you to whoever
Since 1989, Disney Teacher
Awards have been presented to
teachers who construct learning
environments where students and
teachers alike explore, imagine
and engage in a variety of stimulat-
ing ideas and experiences. Specifi-
cally, the program honors teachers
who approaches exemplify creativ-
ity in teaching and who inspire a
joy of learning in their students.
"Sixteen years ago, we started
celebrating local heroes by estab-
lishing the annual Disney Teacher
Awards to celebrate and honor
America's finest educators," said
Terry Wick, vice president, Disney
Worldwide Outreach. "This nomi-
nation process shows thousands of
teachers across the country how
much their work means to their
students, colleagues and commu-
In addition to letters of recom-
mendation, Ms. Themm will sub-
mit an application that includes
several professional reflection
recognized for her creativity
Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Melody Themm with her kindergarten class at Seminole Elementary School.
essays describing her classroom
and approach to .teaching, the
impact of high states testing, how
she approaches collaboration in
her school and career and an event
that shaped her as a teacher. A
committee comprised of educa-
tion experts from around the coun-
try will then review the nominee
applications and select the 2006
Disney Teacher Award Honorees.
The Honorees will be
announced in the'late spring and
celebrated at a red-carpet Awards
Gala in July. During the Gala, four
Honorees will be selected as an
Outstanding Teachers and one will
be named the 2006 Disney Teacher,
of the Year. In addition, the Hon-
orees will receive $10,000, a $5,000
grant for their schools and a six-day
professional development institute
with their principals at the Walt Dis-
ney World Resort. At the institute,
teachers share ideas to refine their
innovative, teaching approaches
and learn how to engage other
teachers to build effective collabo-
rative teaching culture at their
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Kathleen Watson with the Crime Scene Unit of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office puts on a demonstration
for students at the STARS (Skills, Training, Attitude,
Results, Success) graduation held Wednesday, March 29
at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. The sheriff's
office sponsors STARS in the fifth grade classrooms.
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The following individuals were chobee warrant charging him Thomas Ford Meara, 42, S.W. $50,000.
arrested on tflor.-\ r >'in, I% irg under with violation of probation pos- Third Ave., Okeechobee, was Heather Renee Keyser; 24,
the infliuren:e Di11i haiL es by the session of cocaine with intent to arrested March 28 by the OCPD on Lawman Ave., Bridgeport, W.Va.,
Okeechobee County Sheriff's sell (two counts). He is being held a felony charge of possession of was arrested March 29 by Deputy
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee without bond. cocaine, and misdemeanor Anthony Kibler on a felony charge
C'it Puolic'- Department (OCPD), Christopher Hill, 34, S.E. charges of possession of drug of possession of a controlled sub-
the Florida l-Hich' ay Patrol (FHP), Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was paraphernalia and obstruction stance, and misdemeanor charges
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con- arrested March 27 by Deputy Cor- without violence. His bond on of possession of marijuana under
servation Commission (FWC) or poral J. Royal on an Okeechobee these charges was set at $6,000. 20 grams and possession of drug
the Department of Corrections County warrant charging him with He was also arrested on an Okee- paraphernalia. Her bond was set
(DOC). uttering a forged bill, check or chobee County warrant charging paraphernalia. Her bond was set
Sean S. Craven, 41, S.R. 70 draft. His bond was set at.1i.IOi) him with violation of probation '' $'- -
W., Okeechobee, was arrested Todd Lewis Sto' e, 2S, S E. possession of marijuana. He is This column lists arrests and
March 27 by Deputv R. Gilchrist on 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrest- being held without bond on that not con\victionis, unless otherwise
acialge.: o pos--,,in of cocaine. ed March 28 by the OCPD on a charge. slated Anyone listed here who is
His bond was set at $20,000. felony charge of illegal possession :* Karen Orlee Gondzi, 46, S.W. later found innocent or has had
Rodrigo Gonzalez, 50, S.W. of a prescription and a misde- 83rd Ave., Okeechobee, was the charges against them dropped
lth Ave., Okeechobee, was meanor charge of driving while arrested March 28 by Deputy. S. is welcome to inform this newspa-
arrested March 27 by Deputy license suspended with knowl- Morrison on a charge-of aggravat- per. The information will be con-
Anthony Kibler on an Okee- edge. His bond was set at $6,000.. ed assault. Her bond was set at firmed and printed.
Rennie Berry, age 92, died
March 30, 2006, at Raulerson Hos-
pital in Okeechobee.
He was born April 8, 1913, in
Pawtucket, R.I., and was a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for the past
Mr. Berry was a member of the
Methodist Church, the Rotary
Club and the- Kiwanis Club. His
goal was to help his community
and people no matter their race,
creed or religion. Like Will
Rogers, "He never met a man he
He is survived by his loving
wife of 68 years, Girlie Berry of
Okeechobee; his daughter Bever-
ly (Jack) Fix of' Palm City; four
grandchildren; and, seven great-
Memorial services will be held
at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April. 1,
2006, at the First UIrited Metho'dJis
Church at 200 N 'A. -S,'.on.id St..
Reverend Bruce Simpson will offi-
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Willie Ray Robinson
Willie Ray Robinson, age 49,
died March 16, 2006, at his resi-
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born Aug. 9,1956, in Bryon, Ga.,
and was a lifelong resident of
Okeechobee. Mr. Robinson
served in the Marines during
Vietnam and enjoyed repairing
He is preceded in death by:
parents, Eugene Ray Robinson
and Ethel Louise Lockett.
Mr. Robinson is survived by:
his children, Tammy 'Exley of
Jacksonville, Alana, Elaina and
Eugene Woods of Miami; grand-
children, Tyrese, Keonte. and
Valerie Woods, also of Miami;
and, his. lifelong companion,
Omie Lean Jenkins.
Visitation will be from 10 until
11 a.m., Saturday, April 1, at the
Big Lake Church of God, 1002
N.W. Ninth Ave. Funeral services
will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor
Vernon Reason officiating. Inter-
ment will be at Evergreen Ceme-
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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
IMMIGRANTS: I understand that there are 11 million illegal immi-
grants here in the United States. Could it be that some good ol' boy has
been hiring them?
SPEED LIMITS: I just drove from Wildwood to St Cloud on the turn-
pike at the exact posted speed limit, 99 percent of the traffic passed me
up and only one-fourth of those that I could see used their turn signals
to change lanes. I saw on TV that four college students drove their cars
side by side on the interstate at the posted speed limit and following
them the cars were bumper to bumper. Some were even passing on
the shoulder of the highway. Maybe we should post the speed limit
signs electronically and then we could raise the speed limit 5 or 10
mph to decrease congestion of traffic. Just think, we could go through
Atlanta during rush hour at 110 mph!
AIRBOAT NOISE: To the lady writing about the airboat noise, she
needs to get her facts straight before talking this nonsense. She is so
wrong in everything she talked about. Her facts are so far out; I don't
know where she isgetting them.
RR CROSSING: If you're sick and tired of the rough railroad cross-
ings on 15A and 15B, call CSX railroad at 1-800-232-0144. The 15-A
crossing number is 628070B.
LETIER: In reference to the letter to the editor about airboat noise, I
think somebody needs to check her credentials. I don't think there is
anything inr this world that does 700 decibels. And as far as a 1,000
horsepower engine, I'd sure like to get me one of those things.
Heart Gallery presentation planned
The Heart Gallery, a presentation of pictures of children that
are available for adoption, will be held Friday, April 7, from 5 until
7 p.m. at the Indian River Community College(IRCC) Dixon
Hendry Camps ,2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. Children's Home Society
will provide a short program with co-chairs Dr. Fred Brown and
Zella Kirk. Snacks will be served.
Ashley Gang to appear
The Ashley Gang will be appearing at the Okeechobee County
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. This free con-
cert is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council
and is open to the public.
Library hosts Storytelling Festival
The Okeechobee County Library will be holding its fifth annu-
al Storytelling Festival Saturday, April 8, from 2 until 4 pm. The
program will start with stories by local storytellers Alisha Pearce,
Pat O'Connor and Margo Taylor. After a break for refreshments,
the award-winning musical comedy team The Battersby Duo will
perform a variety of music, poetry and interactive theatrics that
demonstrate the power of the written word.
Masons host garbage can chicken dinner
The Okeechobee; Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will
.host their annual garbage can chicken dinner on Saturday, April
8, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Lodge. The suggested donation will
be. $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. For tickets or infor-
mation, contact Jose Verano at (863) 634-2071, Bucky Yoder at
(863) 467-7342 or any Lodge member.
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 location.
Barbecue proceeds help Smalls family
( A barbecue to help the Smalls family will be held in Flagler
Park Saturday, April 8, from 11:30 until 4 p.m. Dinners will consist
of cabbage, green beans, roll and choice of one-fourth chicken or
three ribs. Call Jeff Robinson Electric at(863) 763-2525 for dinner
Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528,2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a
fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. All
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help,
start a K-9 unit. The cost will be $6.
Class of '77 planning reunion
The class of 1977 is planning their 30-year reunion. All mem-
bers of the class of 1977 will meet on April 11 at 6:30 pm at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant,608 S. Parrott Ave. For information call
Karen Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101, Cindy Bennett Hort-
man at (863) 697-9817 or Toni Bennett Doyle at(863) 634-9491.
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to Florida every year, and spend Oddly enough
more than $50 billion dollars or, Department has cl
over 20 percent of our state's sales coastal city of Tall
tax during their visit. What hearing and, to
brings these people to Florida? injury, has schedu
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beaches to boat, fish and play most people are
on our 1,200 miles of exquisite the reason be that
coastline. n,,iblic hearing or-
Next week, at the request of
Florida Senators Mel Martinez and
Bill Nelson, the Interior Depart-
ment's Office of Minerals Manage-
ment Service (MMS) has finally
agreed to hold one hearing in
Florida on its proposed five-year
drilling plan. The administration's
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Narcotics Anonymous meets for an open discussion meeting at 7
p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, 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, locat-
ed 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 invited. 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) 932-8677.
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 Thursday; 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.
Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is an
organization of descendants of those who won our freedom in the Ameri-
can Revolution and promote pride in America. They will hold their monthly
meeting on the first Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be Sat-
urday, Jan. 7,2006, at 10 a.m. at Oakview Baptist Church, Building B, 677
S.W. 32nd St. If you are interested, we welcome your visit. For information,
contact Kenna Noon at (863) 763-2815 or (863) 634-5669.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave.
It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the Oakview
Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., October through May. An invitation to
attend is extended to anyone eligible for membership in NSDAR. For
information call secretary Kenna Noonan al (863) 763-2815. or registrar
Donna Webster at (863) 763-7056.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., at
the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m.,
weather permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any ques-
tions contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at (863)
610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets every Monday at 7 p.m. for an open
discussion meeting at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863)
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at (863)
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 Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For
information, contact Bill Bartlett'at (863) 467-4663.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive.
Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for
information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 11.11 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at
7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For informa-
tion, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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tunity to voice
citizens of th
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have their sa
sure his distr
It is easy
e their concerns. Outer Continental Shelf and in
nsacola to Key West, doing so, with no public com-
is great state deserve ment, moved a lot of federal
nity to be heard. The waters off Florida's coast into
I from the Interior Louisiana and Alabama's adminis-
seems to be they trative jurisdictions. Sixteen mem-
care what we think bers of the Florida Congressional
planss and would just as delegation sent a letter of com-
ir from us. plaint to the Department of the
d by the original deci- Interior, to no avail.
schedule a hearing in Governor Jeb Bush and every
pa Bay Congressman elected official in Florida should
iade plans to hold his demand that the MMS hold proper
- where businesses hearings throughout Florida, in
ers affected by the appropriate places and at times
ng proposed could that will allow most working peo-
ay. We appreciate the ple to attend.
n's efforts to make To do any less is an outrage and
ict is heard. sends a clear message to Floridi-
to see where this is all ans that the White House is pre-
White House and the pared to take away our voice on
already redrawn sea- the issue of drilling off Florida's
diaries for the entire coastline.
Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the
EHEAP Program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and
over. Call Kim Senna at (863) 462-5180 for documentation and
qualifications you must have to process the bill. Funding will
end March 31.
Water Fest planned for April 1 & 2
The second annual Water Fest will be held Saturday, April 1,
and Sunday, April 2, at the Okee-Tantie Marina and Camp-
ground on S.R. 78 W. The event is jointly sponsored by the
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Okee-
Tantie Marina and Campground and the Okeechobee County
Tourist Development Council (TDC). Planned activities will
include a two-day bass tournament, Earthman and The Planet
Earth Project H2o Concert Tour, historical demonstrations, bar-
becue, arts, food booths, a bounce house and a water slide.
Water Fest will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday,
and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call
the SFWMD service center in Okeechobee at (863) 462-5260.
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 Out reach 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 toast and a baking contest. There will also be several
musical groups and gospel singers providing the entertainment.
Sunday events will begin with a church service at 10-30 a.m.
with Reverend Fred Hodges. Also featured will be Reverend Joe
Bishop and gospel groups The Gulf State Quartet and the Cele-
bration Singers. Following the services there will be dinner on
the grounds as well as more gospel music and messages from
local ministers. Everyone'is welcome. Attendees should bring a
lawn chair and a covered dish. For information, call Sandy at
(863) 357-2164 or Judy at (863) 357-1581.
Library hosts special history exhibit
The Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W 16th St., will host
a public forum to accompany the exhibit "Catfish, Moonshine
and Cattle on the Peavine: Surviving on Florida's Last Frontier"
Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will include William
Hendry talking about the history of the catfishing industry;
Sonny Williamson discussing the cattle industry; Betty
Williamson speaking on domestic life on Florida's last frontier;
and two representatives from the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve,
Evan Hall and Paul Miller discussing the history and ecology of
the Preserve. This program is sponsored by the Florida Humani-
ties Council. The exhibit will run through April 15,
O.R.E. holding fundraiser
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) group is hold-
ing a fundraiser for their scholarship award by giving away a
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, Mari-
on Davis at (863) 763-3991, Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487
or Regina Hamrick at (863) 763-8865.
Sorority meeting is planned
The Beta Sigma Phi Theta Omicron Sorority meeting will be
held Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at The
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrot Ave. For information, call (863) 763-
Annual speech contest is planned
The annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation Dis-
trict Speaking Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at
the Okeechobee USDA Service Center on U.S. 98 North. The
contest is open to any student enrolled in grades six through 12
in Okeechobee County. The topic is "Wise Use of Florida's
Water Resources." Speeches are to be six to eight minutes in
duration. Time under or over these limits will cost the contest-
ant two points for each 15 seconds or part thereof. Three inde-
pendent judges will score contestants on content, composition
and delivery. Contestants may use notes while speaking, but
visual aides may not be used. Prizes for the contest are $500 for
first, $400 for second and $300 for third. There will also be a
participation prize of $50 to all contestants. Any student inter-
ested in participating may contact Joanna Sherman at the
Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District at (863) 763-
Herbie Hargis to perform in BHR
Herbie Hargis will perform at VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead
Ridge, S.R. 78, on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $5. For
information, call John Patent at (863) 467-0600.
Poker tourney aids My Aunt's House
American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host a
fundraising Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament on Thursday,
April 6. Proceeds from the charity event will go to My Aunt's
House. Check-in time for players will be from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. The tournament will begin at 7 p.m. The buy-in for players
is $75. The winner will receive $1,000. There will also be draw-
ings for prizes throughout the evening. Participants are also
asked to bring a new pack of children's socks, underwear or a
pair of boys or girls jeans for the annual Back-to-School drive
for area children put on by My Aunt's House. Seating is limited.
Entry checks should be made payable to My Aunt's House -
Texas Hold 'Em Tournament; and sent to P.O. Box 2066, Okee-
chobee, Fl., 34973. For information contact Cindy at (863) 634-
0024, or The Closet at (863) 634-2306.
SFWC issues warning about
purchasing mallard ducklings
Submitted to Okeechobee News
Ashley Marshall finished in
first place with 5.9 Ibs. in the
11-14 year-old division of the
Big "0" Junior Teen Anglers
monthly club bass tourna-
ment. It was held last Satur-
day at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
Garrett Farmer took top hon-
ors in the 15-18 year-old divi-
sion of the Big "0" Junior
Teen Anglers club tourna-
ment held last Saturday at
the Okee-Tantie Marina.
Farmer brought 8.9 Ibs. to the
scale for the win. He also had
the big fish in his division. It
weighed in at 2.7 Ibs.
Sam Baggett took big fish
honors in the 11-14 year-
old division of the monthly
Big "0" Junior Teen
Anglers bass tournament
,at Okee-Tantie last Satur-
day. He brought a 3.15 lb.
bass to the weigh-in scale
for the win.
Farmer and Marshall take
top honors in bass tourney
By Loma Jablonski
Ashley Marshall and Garrett
Farmer took top honors, in their
age divisions of the monthly Big.
"0" Junior Teen .Anglers bass
tournament last Saturday at the
Marshall, who competed in
the 11-14 division, brought 5.9
lbs. to the scale for the win.
Fifteen-year old Garrett
Farmer hooked first place in the
15-18 year-old division of the
tournament with 8.9 lbs. He also
took big fish honors in his divi-
sion with a 2.7 lb. bass.
Sam Baggett received big fish
honors in the 11-14-year-old
division for his 3.15 lb. catch.
The 18 young anglers caught
a total, of 30 fish in the half-day
tournament, returning 27 of'
them to the lake.
This club has been in exis-
tence for a little over a.year and
has already sent several of its
members to state and national
Their next tournament is
scheduled for April 29 at the
Okee-Tantie Marina with weigh-
ins scheduled to begin at noon.
Submitted to Okeechobee News/Maureen Halliday
The Chobee Starz continued their winning ways with two more great performances. On
Feb. 18 they came in fourth at the Tampa State Fair. On Feb. 25 they took first place hon-
ors at the Gasparilla Open in St. Petersburg. This competition was held at Tropicana Field
with teams from as far away as Ontario, Canada. The Chobee Starz pictured with their first
place trophy and their Gasparilla Open T-shirts are (front row left to right) Erica Frederick,
Kimberly Hernandez, Tiffany Frederick, Jordan Wilkerson, Taylor Poiter, Billie Levitt, Aalia
Murphy and Kylie Shirley; (back row left to right) Nikki Delcamp, Ivana Shelby, Ashleigh
Ezard, Destiney Mullin, Marlina Dunn, Taylor Mills, Lauren Halliday and Brittany Box.
aids V Foundation
The third annual Russ Bring-
ger Memorial Fishing Tourna-
ment will be held April 1-2 at the
The entry fee is $200 per
A portion of the proceeds will
go to the V Foundation for can-
There will be fun, food and
For information, contact
Herb or Kim Bringger at (863)
763-1035 or (863) 634-4525.
Monster truck event
combines bull riding
Southern Monster Truck Sho\-
down, 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 S.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. for a
one hour "meet and greet" party.
All of the cowboys and monster
truck drivers will be On hand for
autographs and pictures prior to
the actual event at 8 p.m.
General admission is $14.
Junior (ages 6-12) admission is $10
and children 5 years old and under
For information visit www.south
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 single
shooter tickets are available.
For information, call Dianne
Spann at (863) 634-3327.
As Easter approaches, many
parents buy mallard ducklings for
their children. We've done that for
generations, but consequences
have caught up with us.
These ducks can live 10 years.
They might make nice pets while
they are still small enough to fit in
your hand, but when they
become full-grown arid the novel-
ty wears off, people often grow
tired of caring for them and
decide to turn them loose. Most
don't realize that is against the
law, and these mallards pose a
serious threat to Florida's native
Besides making it illegal to
release mallards, Florida law also
requires anyone possessing, buy-
ing or selling mallards to have a
permit from the FWC, and the
birds must be kept in a cage as
long as they live.
One reason for this rule is that
domesticated ducks can transmit
diseases and compete with native
wildlife for food and habitat. It's
actually illegal to release any ani-
mal, into the wild if it poses a dis-
ease hazard. But the most impor-
tant reason is releasing
domesticated mallards into the
wild threatens the existence of the
Florida mottled duck.
The FlrdaLi mi-ittled duck; also
called the Florida duck, is a unique
subspecies found only in peninsu-
lar Florida. It keeps to a small
home range in inland and coastal
Tu hunters, ite mottled duck'is
a highly prized game bird found in
manr ponds, lakes, rivers, marsh-
es and canals in central and south
Florida. They are large ducks,
brownish in colri,\ ilth both i '-.es
being darker thar a inallard but,
slightly\ Ihtrer than a black duck
This species is one of only a few
non-migratory ducks in North
Ameri(, The lrimolild duIlJI: -pends
its entire lille vtllhinI Florida.
In the spring, wild mallards fly
north to breed and are not present
when the mottled duck mating
season begins. On the other hand,
store-bought i, lIlardis don't
migrate and instead become'
established, year-round residents
of Florida. These, domesticated
mallards crossbreed ,itrh rie'ttled
ducks and produce hybrid off-
spring. The o''ffspji rng are fertile,
which compounds the situation.
Each year, there are fewer pure-
bred mottled ducks left, and the
trend is driving the Floridia nmottle'
duck toward extinction.
Communities around the globe
have seen sirnila.I problerns. In
New Zealand, domesticated mal-
lards, released to provide hunting
stock, have devastated the local
grey duck populations. Now, 95
percent of the grey ducks in New
Zealand are hybrids.
The Hawaiian duck is another
example. This endangered bird
has been all but completely
hybridized and may be genetically
intact only on the island of Kauai.
Meller's duck in Madagascar is
yet another example.
The fate of the Florida mottled,
duck could be similar as its popu-
lation is relatively small, estimated
at only 30,000-40,000 breeding
birds. FWC biologists say between
7 and 12 percent of the state's mot-
tled ducks are showing genetic evi-
dence of hybridization.
Floridians purchase more than
12,000 mallards a year, and many
of them make their way into near-
by waters. Given these alarming
figures, plus the fact the popula-
tion of mottled ducks is small, it
wouldn't take long for the Florida
mottled duck to disappear.
The solution stArts with not
buying your child a mallard duck
To go a step further, don't feed
.or shelter domesticated mal-
lards; help spread the word; and
consider requesting permits to
remove any that may live on your
For more information on pro-
tecting Florida's mottled duck or to
obtain permits for removing
domesticated mallards, contact one
of the FWC's waterfowl offices at
(850) 488-5878 or (321) 726-2862,
or visit the mottled duck Web site at
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FEMA releases 'Getting Ready for Disaster' DVD
WASHINGTON, D.C. With
The Department of Homeland
Security's Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) fac-
ing the upcoming 2006 hurricane
season being touted as just as
active as last years'- and watching
killer tornados, floods and wild-
fires from Illinois to California
wreak death and destruction, a
new citizen preparedness DVD
titled, "Getting Ready For Disas-
ter- One Family's Experience" is
ready for distribution to help peo-
ple get ready for those natural
and man-made disasters that
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The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
31, through Thursday, April 6, are
Theatre I -"Ice Age 2" (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
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Theatre II "Failure To Launch"
(PG-13} Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Hills Have Eyes"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
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elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
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to serve as advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted liv-
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others with a sincere interest in the
elderly are urged to apply. Call
Linda Slattery at (772) 595-1385.
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters .now have
baby and regular size quilts for sale.
For information, call Margaret at
S(863) 467-8020, or Janet at (863)
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
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10-111, Vaccination against rabies
required and Okeechobee City
Ordinance 4-26, vaccinations. All
dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months
and older must be vaccinated
once a year by a licensed veteri-
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ed States Government approved
vaccine. Animal licenses are pur-
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vaccination. For information, call
Animal Control at (863) 357-3225.
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to volun-
teer time at Raulerson Art and Cul-
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ceramics for days or evenings.
Raulerson Art and Cultural Center
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proceeds will go towards local art
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Kelly Raulerson at (863) 357-1199.
Ad Litem program
This year, hundreds of kids on
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neglected or abandoned. If you
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Call the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
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foster children a normal family life
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Farics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
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Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER-'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
AIR CONDITIONER Large
AIR CONDITIONER- For RV,
13,000 BTU. Brand new
$500 (514)710-0094 be-
BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
cond. $1000 (863)763-5881
CLOCKS, Antique (3) $750 for
all, will sep. (863)763-5870
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD -
Antique, 3/4. $50.
Wood Burning 'Cook Stove,
antique, exc. cond., $300.
DISHWASHER-top of the line
Haler, portable, RV size,
18"W, used less than 10
times, $250 (502)644-2018
FREEZER, white, small, chest
type. $99. (863)467-9363
REFRIGERATOR & FREEZER -
GE, $50. (863)467-1120.
REFRIGERATOR, 18.8 cu. ft.,
Brand new, includes ice
maker, $500 or best offer
like new, 25 cu ft., ice, wa-
ter & filter, $350.
defrosting, for a camper, al-
most new, $100
WASHER & DRYER Ken-
more, white, $150 for the
WASHER & DRYER- $100 For
WASHER & DRYER, $125.
WASHER & DRYER Maytag,
Stackable, heavy duty, good
working cond. $200
BICYCLE. Fold Up. $30
THREE WHEELER, 24", EZ
Roil, brad new, $400.
BATHROOM SINK Marble,
DOOR- Outl.ide, Aluminum,
Glass 32 x74", Fits Mobil
Hoime 1.30. (863)357-6660
MH STEPS (2) 35" Fiber
g i'; s ilep. w!3'v3' platform,
rrilal radrnls $ii or will
SCREEN ROOM- permanent or
pouiabie 8<20, roof system,
28.8, 2 doiors,'exc cond.
SHELVES 5/4 solid oak, Rout-
ed edge's Finished. Steel
arms Worith $2000. Now
Licensed & Insured
107 SW 2nd Street
SHUTTERS- 1-pr. 12"x24",
2-pr i2"48", & 2-pr14"x39"
All need to be painted. $25.
DUAL BEAUTY SALON
STATIONS 2) Teakwood look.
Like new. & 10x2 Electric sign.
$2800 will sep. 561-792-3287
CARPET & PAD- brand hew,
blue approx 12x13, $75
BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
TODDLER BED- Race Car,
with mattress & bedding,
WHEAT DISHES- Service for
8, Complete set incl. plat-
ters etc. Like new. $750.
GOWNS (3) Formal, From Da-
vid's Bridal. New, never
Sworn. All size 20. $300 for
all, will sep. (863)697-2813
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
CARDS(3-400 Racing &
Comic. late 8Ds early 90s
Exc. cond. $400 neg.
Stadium Club '92 & '06, Topps
Series I Baseball Cards, card
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257
Time to clean out the
attic, basement ad/ur
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breezel
I Special N
WHEEL CHAIR, Motodzed w/2
heavy duty batteries. Good
cond. $550. (863)675-0104
1111 ITS I:
DISPLAY CASES, (5)
Fixed Wing Ultra Light Air-
Plane, partly finished, $1800
or best offer. (906)281-2127
FOOD GRADE COMPRESSED
NITROGEN, 3 Large Cylin-
ders $150 (863)467-2267
For sale Household items,
tools, sporting goods, furni-
ture & appliances Call Paul
GREEN SAND IRON FILTER-
RELAX & ENJOY, the outdoors
in this 2 seated swing $100.
ALL IN ONE PRINTER- Print
Trio/Photo, Lexmark P3150,
4 photo card slots, new car-
tridges $75 (863)357-1082
COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
'LAPTOP Windows XP, lots of
software, internet ready, 1.5
gig, 2 months old, $950 firm
ARMOIRE: Pine. New, in box.
63"x36". Drawers, shelves &
closet. Cost $575. Now $400.
Bureau-Dresser Dresser Double, very
good cond. $80 or best offer
CEDAR CHEST: New, in box.
36"x20". Cost $250, Selling for
$150. 863-467-7996 or
CHEST OF DRAWERS, Very
good shape. $100
CHINA CABINET cherry,
-lighted. B $150.
CORNER CABINETS (2) beau-
tiful, cherry wood, must see,
$2500 or- best of-
COUCH, blue & mauve, pillow-
top ends, $300.
(863)763-3982 Iv. msg.
DAY BED- light pine $150
DINETTE SET, wood, with for-
mica top & 4 captain's
chairs, green, $125.
DINING TABLE- Oval, 2-leaf's,
6-chairs w/cushions All hard
wood. Traditional style$300.
DINING TABLE W/ 6CHAIRS-
blond rattan, glass top, $275
DRESSER SET, 1 long w/mir-
ror, 1 narrow tall, 1 night
stand $60 (863)467-6984
Hutch style, white washed,
LIVING ROOM RECLINER- ex-
cel. cond. only $80 or best
offerr (M31461-98. .
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser .w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
RECLINER- olive green, like
coew 'Chrig '4. 1S Cr Ci SI :,lf-
SECTIONAL- 2 re,: inerir. L
shaped, black w/pin strips.
Great cond., $750 or best of-
SOFA- full size, Like new,
Lighl blue tbeie, white & grey
iriptl, R. Rp dui:e (o i.225
SOFA SLEEPER, Flex Steel,
queen size, multi color fab-
ric, $100. (863)467-0487
TABLE & 4 CHAIRS- maple,
good c:,r ndiln $50
TABLE wicker, glass top,
with 4 chairs. $35.
TABLE, w/butcher block top, 2
stools, w/white legs on table
& stools, $75 or best offer.
Twin Craftmatic.Beds,.(2), or
put together to make 1 queen
size, body massage, $500.
GOLF CART- E-Z-GO, 4
Wheeler, Lights, Horn, Mir-
rors,Charger, Blue. $850.
SHOTGUN, 12 gauge pump,
w/slug barrel, Westernfield,
$250 or trade for pistol.
SHOTGUN, New England fire-
arms, 20 gauge, breakopen,
exposed hammer, $100.
EXERCISE BIKE Schwin Air
Dyme, like brand new, $150
WATER HEATER- 40 gal, 1 yr
old, $75. or best offer.
FLOOR LAMP- With matching
glass top coffee table $125.
PATIO'SET- in good cond.
blue and white $50
ELEC WHEELCHAIR- 3 wheel
Sonic Pride Mobility, elec lift,
$1200 or best offer
FENDER ULTRA CHORUS
AMP & Drum & Bass ma-
chine, $525 will sell separate
ADBA REG RED NOSE PIT
BULL PUPS- $250 each,
Please call (863)634-0119
BABY COCKATIELS, hand
raised, $100 will sell separ-
BIRDS- Aviary for small birds,
8x10, movable, 50 or more
birds, $1000 cash
BLACK LAB PUPPIES, born on
2/6/06, 4 males, 3 females,
DOG BOX (2) door, in good
shape. $300 or best offer
SEVERE MACAW- 6 mo old.
Hand fed & very loving. Incis
cage & 2 perches. $800. or
best offer. (863)357-1992
Makes great Foster Parent.
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $10.
SPA HOT TUB- Vita, 6 person,
works great $1200
FISHER STEREO SYSTEM-
With 2-4' speakers. $200.
SONY CASSETTE TO CAS-
SETTE- plays, records, syn-
chronized motors, new co nd'
CABINET STYLE- 52", Color
does not work. $200..
TV, 13', Cioor & VCR Player.
BuiO are like band new. $65
for both, will sep.
GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500
CUT OFF SAW- Black & Deck-
er, 9", Extra 9" blades, Excel-
lent condition $75. Or best
3600 watt, 4 gal., 7:Ohp.
5300 surge watts. Siiil in
box. .500 (863)763-9527
LATHE 36" w/Duplicator. $200
MECHANICS CREEPER- plas-
lii: ,: i: nd half price, $17
1. ,~r I8b'1675--4" T leave.
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
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Include your name, address,
and the name of this news-
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Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
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VCR, DAEWOO like new $20
Trailer for 18' to 20' Pontoon
Small Garden Rototiller.
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H: Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Wanted Hay Bailer, used,
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
CHEROKEE, 13 yr. reg. Spot-
ted Saddle horse. Nicely gait-
ed. Exp. rider. Needs good
home. $1500. (863)467-4049
SADDLES (3) Western, 2 Adult
& 1 Child. $650 for all or
best offer, will sep.
FERTILIZER SPREADER -
NEW CRAFTSMAN LAWN
MOWER 42 inch cut $900 or
trade for golf cart.,
RIDING LAWN MOWER -
Craftsman LT 1000. 42" cut.
About 6mos. old. Asking
RIDING MOWER for parts,
42", for parts only! motor,
tires, battery good, deck shot
$20 (931)337-1053 or
RIDING MOWER, John Deere
w/42" deck and bagger. Only
used 1 uIummer $1200
RIDING MOWER, TORO,
Wheel Horse, 44" cut, $650
LIVESTOCK TANK, Poly,-
Round, Blue, 8'x2'. Good
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Cottage an the Kissimmee
River, 1BR/1BA, $700 mo.
1st, & last, util. & cable fur-
Lake Okeechobee Rim, totally
redone, modern, 3/2.5,
screened porch, $1050 mo.
One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
Office Building, approx. 1200
sq. ft., avail, now, Call Judy
BHR, On Canal w/Lake ac-
cess. 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba., $1100
mo. + sec. & ref's. 561-
718-1113 or 863-763-3631
CBS 2BR/2BA, on water w/
lake access, Irg. screen patios,
newly remodeled, non smok-
ing, no pets, $1250/mo, 1st &
sec. w/option to buy
Call Brandi at 863-261-2762
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, first &sec, No
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, No
pets, $1200 + sec dep, refs,
RENT TO OWN:
Basswood, New 3 BR, 2 BA
Bruised Credit Okay.
$3000 down. $1300 mo. with
$300 going toward down
payment. Call 863-467-0128
Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba,
55+ Community. For Rent
$800 mo. or For Sale $87,000.
Available Early Spring
If Interested, Call Judy
TENNESSEE i At
water Crossville TN near
Knoxville, $350 or best offer.
April 7-14. Good fishing
Okeechobee News, Friday, March 31, 2006 i
Hauge Sale 1025
Funtlng Property 1030
Lets Sale 1045
pe House 1050
of. State -
Po=perty l 1060
Wiareiouse Space 1075
Warfront Property 1080
Est 25 yrs., 32 washers/
33 dryers, Located next
to ublix $250,000.
CBS, 3 Bdrm./1 Ba. New roof,
garage, large fenced in yard.
NW area. $155,000. For ap-
CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool
Newly Remodeled. Too many
extra's to list. Must see inside.
J &S ESTATES- 2BR/2BA,
frame house w/pool, com-
pletely updated, new applianc-
es. Ready now! Lowered to
$155,000 Broker protected.
LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Price reduced $265,000.
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
4 ,405 -
saves you money by
about best buys.
No wonder newsppe
readers eanm morel
NW OKEE., Needs some re-
pairs. Additional lot at which
* another house can be built.
Great Investment! Only
$260,000. Must See to Ap-
preciate (863)675-8603 or
673-3925. Day or night ask
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const, car-
port, storage shed, $265k.
SW Section SALE OR RENT
New 3 BR, 2 Ba, on large lot.
Circular driveway. 2 car gar-
age. All appliances & new car-
40 ACRES- Near town, High
ground w/ road frontage &
Electric available. Great buy
at $575,000. Call Tom
FOR SALE: 42 acres, $12,000
per acre. 1.5 mis. from hwy.
70. Approx. 26 ac. of creek &
16 ac. dry. (772)215-4630
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 RIty (561)357-0554
OKEECHOBEE. 1.19 ac Locat-
ed 7 mi N of Okee. City. On
dead end black top road.
Many mature Oak trees.
Zoned for house or mobile.
home. Not in Viking area.
$75,000 863-467-5867 or
Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobie Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes- Sale 2020
HWY 78 WEST- 2br lba Sin-
glewide incl. City Water 8
min. from town .$675. mo.
+ Sec. (561)346-4692
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES- dbl
wide, 2br, 2.5ba, Fla rm,
screen porch, fully furn,
dock; lake access,
$1275/mo + 1st, Ist & sec
How do you find a Job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
BEAUTIFUL 50X12 MH-
30x10 Fla Rm, fully furn, deck,
patio, beautiful gardens, Must
See! 157 Meadowlark RV
Park, Ortona, $12,000 or best
HENRY COUNTY- 1995
Palm Harbor Masterpiece,
28x52, 3/2, open floor plan,
Zone 3 wind storm,16x16
deck, appliance, exc cond,
orig owner, buyer pays mov-
ing. $29,900 (863)675-1490,
MOBILE HOME 1980, 14 X
56, 2 br, screened porch,
roof over, A/C, furnished,
$14,500 or $9,500 not fur-
MOBILE HOME 64 X 14,
1987, stove & refrigerator,
$3000 or make offer.
MOBILE HOME, '75, 12x50,
Handyman Special in River
Bend MHPneed approved by
park 50+ $500.
2/2 Split Floor
Carport & Shed
Low Lot Rent
WATERFRONT W/Boat Slip.
2BR/2BA Dbl. Wide., Okeecho-
bee. Nice lot. Very clean. Own-
er financing. 863-467-1967
Jet Sklis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
14' BOAT- unsinkable, fiber-
glass, fish finder, trlr, used
twice, Call for information
AIR BOAT 1b2ft fiber glass,
everything but prop & motor.
$750 .or best offer
CANOE, 17 Ft., Fiberglass.
$50. Call (863)675-0369 af-
:ter 5:15 pm or on weekends.
CAROLINA SKIFF 17 Ft., 70
hp Suzuki 4 stroke. Lots of ex-
tra's & trailer. $6500. or best
PONTOON, 24', 90hp John-
son, bimini top, no trailer,
ready to fish or cruise, $4000
or best offer. (863)634-3107
or (863)634-5471 email:
PONTOON BOAT '89, 27', Fi-
berglass, 100 hp 0/B Mariner.
Wrap around seating w/cov-
ers. $2500. 863-357-6901
SEA KAYAK- 17' Prijon Kodiak,
red, with paddle, $535.
V-Hull 12ft, aluminum boat
w/trailer & 1948 Johnson
motor, motor needs Water
pump $600 (863)467-0436
AWNINGS- 2, 20', RV Rollout
Awnings. $350.or best offer.
TRAVEL TRAILER, 8x34 w/ 4
ft. extension. $6000 invested.
Older. Some Hurricane Dam-
age. $2500. (863)675-6105
OUTBOARD MOTOR, Sears,
15hp, very clean, low hours
$450 or best. offer
STAINLESS STEEL CHAIN,
240 Ft., 3/8 Inch. $2400
BOAT TRAILER: Single Axel,
Wide body. Up to a 17 Ft., 14"
tires. '.Jew 0encri, dolly, idI
lights. $350. (513)260-6410
HONDA 450 1982, Peanut
tank. Good starter bike Trai-
ny has overdrive. $900.
CM400, '81, needs work,
brand new light & tire to be
put on $200. (863)983-7457
RM 125, '01, FMF Shortie fac-
ing exhaust, race ready,
power band every gear,
Suzuki '06 Model C-50 Low
miles loaded w/extras $7200
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
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, Iits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
Honda Forman ATV, '00, 4x4,
wrecked, for parts or can be
repaired, 400 hrs., $1800.
(863)634-3350 Iv. msg.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030.
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utlity 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
A DONATED VEHICLE- may
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
BUICK STATION WAGON, '88,
needs transmission, $250.
CHEVY CAMARO Z-28 1982,
* runs great! Must sell $1200
or best offer 863-697-9598
FORD TAURUS '89- Runs
needs front & rear bumper
GRAND MARQUIS- '92, Runs
good, Needs brakes. $1000.
or best offer. (8676)3-2307
Honda Accord LXI '87- 2 dr.
hatch, 4 cyl., manual, $1200
HONDA CIVIC 1992, 4 Dr., 5
spd. manual. Good condi-
tion. A/C.-Runs great $2500
Mitsubishi Gallant ES, '95, 4
dr., 4 cyl., auto, cold a/c,
runs & drives new, $2500 or
best offer. (772)461-3276 ,
MUSTANG '02- V6, aulo, PW,
PL, wnite w/ian inter. 39K
mi, exc cond., $9200
OLD'S CUTLASS CIERA- '95,
Some front end.damage.
Runs gre.il. $500.
SATURN SC2, 1995 5 spd.,
2 dr., white, nice snape, a/c
blows cold, $1i400Dest 01-
fer. Ci1ll Rb. 863-634-7299
Lookingto buy Antique Car/
Convertible/ Truck. Please call
BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
BRONCO II '89 perfect en-
gine, rebuilt trans, 0 miles,
needs paint but no rust, $1750
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
CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- 1987 Gas Yama-
ha G1, 2 cycle, needs minor
elec work. Asking $400
GOLF CART- 1999 Club car,
as, reconditioned 1995,
1995. (863)675-1472. ,
GOLF CART, '99.Club Car, Gas
powered. Aluminum box.
GOLF CART- Club car, green,
electric, with charger,
CAR TOW DOLLY: Great
shape. Purchased in '04,
used 1 time. $500.
Glasstek Topper, w/sliding
glass window on front and
sides-fits, 8ft bed on Ford
truck $300 (863)697-8906
GMC Sonoma, lots of parts
$400 or best offer
MUSTANG WHEELS, for '93,
w/center caps, fair cond., 4
P205/65R15 Regent Sigma
tires, $200. (561)718-8580
POSI DIFF 8.5" GM, $150 or
best offer. Call
SUPERCHIP- For 6.0 Ford Die-
sel Truck, '04-'05. Asking
$350. or best offer.
THROTTLE BODY: Complete
w/EGR Valve & Siarier. Fits
Early 90's Dodge or Plymouth
2.5 eng. $100(863)467-7953 "
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Qualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100.
*I Pb ic o ice
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Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating
potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users
may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after April 3,2006.
These conditions will last until the end of the month of April 2006.
These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are
on idney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions con-
cerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should con-
tact you local tropical sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure
that you have properlytreated the water before adding itto your aquarium.
The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and
discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few
We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please
keep in mind that thiIs necessary to provide safe water for the customers of
Okeechobee Utility Authority.
If additional Information Is needed, contact Roy Reno at 763-3239. We ret any
inconvenience thatthis may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATON.
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
124981 ON 3/31;4/1,2/06
ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES
Okeechobee County School Board is seeking professional architectural services to
provide design services for:
REUSE OF EXISTING K-8 SCHOOL DESIGN
Those firms that have a prototype K-8 school and would desire to make a submis-
sion for reuse of those plans should submit statements of qualifications and per-
formance data together with a request to be certified as qualified for providing
professional architectural services on the above mentioned project.
Statements of qualifications performance data, along with USGSA Forms 254 and
255 shall be submitted along with a one or two sheet set of architectural plans of
the proposed K-8 school. These anyd another supplemental information deemed
necessary by the Architect shall be submitted to:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
700 SW 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attention: Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Qualification documents must he received by April 19,2006.
Selected architects may be Invited to make their presentations to the Okeechobee
County School Board Selection Committee.
125021 ON 3/31; 4/7,14/06
TIRES- (4), 250 '99 & up Ford
8 lug, 16", Alum. rims w/Ctr.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO.: 2005-CA-379
GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC,
BETTY L. CASANOVA, ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF BETTY L. CASANOVA, TE-
RESA HOOPER aka TRESA HOOPER,
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TERESA
HOOPER aka TRESA HOOPER, AND
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
the Order or Final Judgment entered In
this cause In the Circuit Court of Okee-
chobee County, Florida. I will sell the
property situated In Okeechobee
County, orida, described as:
All of the property located at NE 104TH
COURT, in the City/Town/Village of
OKEECHOBEE, County of Okeechobee,
State of FL, in which the Borrower has
an ownership, leasehold or other legal
interest. This property is more particu-
lady described on the schedule titled
Additional Property Description"
which Is attached hereto as Exhibit A.
Together with a security interest in that
certain 2000 76 x 28 Ann mobile
home, serial numbers
and commonly known as:
1001 NE 104TH COURT, OKEECHOBEE,
LEGAL DESCRIPTION (LOT 88)
Being a parcel of land-lying in Section 15,
Township 37 South, Range 36 East,
Okeechohee County, Florida, being de-
scribed as Lot 88. A-spot-in-the-sun,
Unit 11, an unrecorded Subdivision, as
shown of a survey by Leon H. Wills,
RLS Florida certificate no. 1358, dated
March 22, 1972 and being more par-
itcularey described as follows:
Commence at the Northwest corner of
said Section 15; thence bear S 89 dg.
59'32" E, along the North line of said
Section 15, for a distance of 2204.81
feet to the intersection with the West
boundary line, of said a-spot-in-the-
sun Subdivision, Unit No. 11; thence
bear S 00o dog. 32' 15" E, along said
West boundary line, for a distance of
2090.35 feet to a point; thence bear S
76 deg. 0252" E for a distance of
183.85 feet to the Northwest comer of
the North right-of-way, marking the
end of the right-of-way of N.E. 104th
Court thence bear N 89 dog. 27'45" E,
along said North right-of-way line of
N.E. 104th Court, for a distance of
75.00 feet to the point-of-beglnning,
thence continue N 89 deg. 27'45" E,
along said right-of-way line,for a dis-
tance of 75.00 feet to the Northeast
corner of said North right-of-way;
thence bear in 28 deg. 33' 58" E for a
distance of 186.95 feet to the Intersec-
tion with the Westerly right-of-way line
of N.E. 103rd Avenue; thence bear N.
03 deg. 49' 24" W, along said Westerldy
right-of-way line, for a distance of
8.00 feet to a point thence bear S 86
deg. 1036' W for a distance of 294.16
feet to a polnt thence bear S 40 deg.
13'41" E for a distance of 200.75 feet
to the point-of-beginning.
Containing 0.70 acres, more or less, and
being subject to any and all ease-
ments, restrictions, reservations
and/or ridghts-of-way of record, If any.
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, in the Jur Assembly
Room located on the 2nd oor of the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flori-
da, at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2006.
AS CLERK OF THE COURT
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons with
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Substance abuse coalition to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will hold an open gener-
al membership meeting Tuesday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of
the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 425 S.W. 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) 697-4903.
Healthy Start board to meet
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors %\ill meet
Wednesday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the New Endeav ors School building,
575 S.W 28th St. For information, contact Kay Begin at (8631 467-58v77.
Church plans Good Friday program
New St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, 1001 N.E. 16th Ave., is hosting a Good
Friday program on April 14 at 7 p.m. For information, call .863) 447-2563
Amateur Radio Club sponsors test session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club %will sponsor a testing session
for all classes of amateur licenses on Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at 1010
N.W. Sixth St. You must bring: a test session fee of $14, pa. able in cash or
by check; existing amateur license: photo I.D.; and, FRN number. For
information contact Harry Robbinsal 18631 467-7457; or. b\ e-mail at red-
Church hosting Easter egg hunt
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will hold their
annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 15, at 10a.m. The children of Okee-
chobee and their parents are invited to take part in the activities and have
lunch. Everyone should bring their own baskets.
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. For information, call Steve Cates at (863)
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) Scholar-
ship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m. Activities will include a
barbecue, an Easter egg hunt on horseback, a regular Easter egg hunt for
small children, relay races both on and off horseback, pony rides, a Chi-
nese auction and a horseshoe tournament. There will also be live enter-
tainment. The events are open to the public. Those bringing horses must
show negative Coggins. Those who plan to bring horses are asked to call
in advance, so plans can be made to accommodate the number of hors-
es participating. For information, call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.
Church plans Easter sunrise service
The First United Methodist Church will hold Easter sunrise services at
6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, on the banks of Lake Okeechobee. Seating
will be limited, so please bring a chair. The offering will be given to Big
Lake Missions to help them raise funds to replaceone of.theirvehicles.
Free tax counseling service offered
SAARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday beginning
through April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the American Legion Post
#62,501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volunteer run, tax counsel-
ing preparation service that can answer most of the tax issues faced by
middle to low income taxpayers, with special attention to taxpayers 60
years old or older. Please bring last year's tax return, all W-2s, 1099s, inter-
est, dividend, broker and Social Security statements for 2005. Picture ID,
Social Security card and birth dates are required for everyone that is to be
listed on the return. A blank check for direct deposit of refund is also
required. AARP-Taxaide does not do state income tax returns. For infor-
mation, call Neile Foreman, district coordinator, at (863) 357-1694.
Main Street board nominations sought
Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board positions
on the Okeechobee Main Street until April 26. For information, contact
Ms. Huffman at (863) 697-2054.
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 Universi-
ty of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) at
2199 South Rock Road in' Fort Pierce. The event is being held because
IRREC has launched a new bachelor's degree program in environmental
management and enrollment is increasing greatly. For information, con-
tact Kim Wilson by calling (772) 468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail at kswil-
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 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 dis-
count 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. -
Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276
U.S. 441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. If you are a mem-
ber of a class from 1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.
Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will be
held Sept. 2-4 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
Class of '87 plans 20th reunion
The class of 1987 is planning their 20th year high school reunion
for October 2006. Addresses are needed from all class members.
Please send information via e-mail to: ohsl987reunion@
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12 OTHER AREA NEWS The Okeechobee News, Friday, March 31,2006
City manager to leave
Brady is leaving.
By Katrina Elsken
Special to the Okeechobee News
"I gave my resignation at the
March 20 meeting," said Mr.
Brady, citing the city's lack of
decent, affordable housing as an
important factor in his decision.
City leaders want their city
manager to live in the city, but the
real estate market boom has
placed homes out of the price
range of the city manager salary.
"I hope to give the city a 60-
day period but that will depend
on how other things work out,"
Mr. Brady, who started work at
city manager on Feb. 7, said the
city is in financial trouble due to
years of trying to keep taxes and
utility bills low.
"There are so many small
things," he said, of the reasons he
decided to leave.
Mr. Brady said the city's prob-
lems are not recent, but are the
result of 45 to 50 years of city offi-
cials trying to please the voters.
"This just didn't happen
overnight," he said. "This is a situ-
ation that has been allowed to
occur for the past 50 years.
"City fathers have tried to keep
rates low taxes and utilities,"
he continued. "And everyone
who was living on Wall Street for
the last 50 years stuck out their
chest and pounded on it and said
'we've got the great quality of
life,' while all the time they were
sucking the life blood out of the
He said the city has not made
needed investments in infrastruc-
ture and equipment.
"The same people who have
enjoyed that great quality of life
for the last 50 years will probably
be the ones who have to pay for
it," he said.
For years the city did just
enough to get by, he said. They
can't do that any longer.
"The wastewater treatment
plant, sewer lines, police vehi-
cles, equipment for the office
staff, it's all deteriorated to the
point that it's useless," he said.
"Now, somebody has to come
along and fix it.
"That is what they are
attempting to do with these loans
they are obtaining but somebody.
has to pay for those loans they
don't come free," Mr. Brady con-
He said it's time the current
residents paid the price for that
great quality of life that everyone
has enjoyed for the past 50 years.
: "They've got to remember
they are the ones who caused the
problem," he said.
"You can only ride a horse for
so long before it is swayback and
broken down," he added. "That
is what happened."
Mr. Brady said in the time he
has been in Frostproof he has not
had a lot of time to go over the
general fund, but has spent time
on the utilities funds.
"What I have seen is just
heartbreaking," he said.
Mr. Brady said he has no
immediate plans and has no
other job offers.
"I made a commitment to the
council that I would be here for a
year," he said. "What I have seen
is I won't be able to do that. I
wanted to give them the opportu-
nity to search for a city manager
who will be here and honor the
commitment of living in Frost-
proof," Mr. Brady said.
"The City of Frostproof will
find someone who is well quali-
fied it may be exasperating for
them but they will find some-
one," he said. "It's just a matter of
time. That individual needs to be
a very strong-willed person who
is willing to accept criticism and
do the job that needs to be done."
He said the housing problem
is only going to get worse.
"Everything else needs to keep
up with the housing prices and in
Frostproof that can't happen
because -they don't have the
financial ability to do that," he
Mr. Brady said he has been
dipping into this own savings
because his salary is not covering
"It costs me to work for the
City of Frostproof," he said.
Official facing felony charges
LABELLE -A Hendry CountyI
Social Services case manager has'
been arrested and charged with
Using his position to allegedly
solicit drugs, primarily prescrip-'
tion pain medications.
A Florida Department of Law,
Enforcement (FDLE) press
release states that Jose Serrano,
51, of LaBelle, has been charged
with the felonies of official mis-
conduct of a public officials
bribery by a public official and,
public assistance fraud.
Serrano was booked into the
Hendry County Jail under a bond
of $13,500. According to jail offi-
cials, Serrano is free on bond.
The March 29 press release
states Serrano was arrested
March 16 by FDLE special agents
and members of FDLE's Fort
Myers Pharmaceutical Diversion
Response Team (DRT).
According to the press release,
Serrano used his authority as a.
case manager to solicit narcotic
pain medications from clients
during a seven-month period in
2004. The release alleges that Ser-
rano falsified applications for
clients to make them eligible for
the Social Services Community
Service Block Grant Program and
the county-funded Emergency
Assistance Program, in return Ior
such narcotics as Oxcotin and
Serrano allegedly tried to bribe
program recipients with addition-
al food vouchers and cash, from
various programs that he was
responsible for administering in
exchange for their prescriptions,
continued the release.
Serrano is believed to have
fraudulently issued a total of
$2,486.81 in Hendry County
Social Services benefits during
this seven-month time period.
The press release states that
many recipients did what Serra-
no allegedly asked and often
delivered their prescriptions to
Serrano at his Social Services
office in the Hendry County
One recipient reportedly told
investigators that he was afraid
that if he did not turn over his
medications to Serrano, that Ser-
rano would cut off his HUD hous-
ing and his family would be left
The DRT is a task force made
up of state and federal agencies
that have authority to investigate
criminal misuse of prescribed
Water impact fees to increase
By Bill Fabian
Special to the
CLEWISTON Little was
said in protest of raising city
impact fees for water services
to incoming developers, despite
the sentiments of some Floridi-
ans who oppose the increase of
fees in expectation of new
The increase in water impact
fees was met with virtually no
hassle as the Clewiston-City
Commissioners held the public
hearing for the ordinance to
amend the "schedule of fees"
for water and sewer services for
development in the city limits.
According to a report refer-
enced on the city agenda, the
rise in impact fees is appropri-
ate to reflect the impact of capi-
tal costs on the city's new water
plant. As a motion designed to
address the amplified cost of
water plant construction, the
rise in impact fees was intro-
duced and adopted in February,
and scheduled for public hear-
ing on March 20.
The 'water impact fee,
increase will allocate an esti-
mated $75,000 to $100,000 in
additional annual revenues a
sum, which will only partially
supplement the hefty debt to be
paid for the water plant, which
is expected to be completed by
August of 2007.
Among the new fees to be
charged by the city are $1,133
per single-family residence;
$680 per 1,000-square feet for
office space; $1,133 per 10 seats
for restaurant space; and $2,266
per 100 seats for church space.
The ordinance also deter-
mines that "the development
water and sewer fee for areas,
which service is provided by the
city located outside the corpo-
rate limits of the city shall be
125 percent of the amounts
assessed for a similar unit locat-
ed within the corporate limits of
The recommendation to
consider raising the impact fees
was based on an analysis and
report prepared by City Utilities
Director Kevin McCarthy. The
report authenticates and sup-
ports the proposed increase.
the ramifications of raising fees
at the final hearing before
adopting the ordinance in par-
ticular the cost of building a
church in the city limits after the
ordinance should be passed.
City Attorney John Yaun
informed the commission that
an organization seeking to build
a church to accommodate seats
for at least 300 members would
have to pay more than eleven
thousand in impact fees after
the increase, as the residential
equivalent unit per 100 seats for
a church will be set at $1,200 for
sewer fees and $2,266 for water
According to data provided
by representatives of incoming
builders Bonita Bay, Clewiston
and Hendry County impact fees
are far lower than neighboring
An $8,500 fee in Clewiston
would be equivalent to approxi-
mately $12,000 in Lee County;
$16,000 in Charlotte County;
$18,000 in Collier County; and
$20,000 in Osceola County.
Impact fees for water and
sewer services will not surpass
,fees imposed by neighboring
cities nor other Florida cities of
comparable size, according to
reports to the city commission.
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