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Vol. 97 No. 103 Thursday, April 13, 2006 504 Plus tax
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NES kids make
Easter crafts
Kindergarten students
really enjoyed their trip to the
YMS Ag Show. Thanks go out
to Mr. Greseth, Mr. Mills and
all the students who helped
and gave fabulous informa-
Miss Hudson's and Mrs.
Raulerson's class enjoyed
their spring break. They are
now getting ready for Easter-
making big bunnies and bas-
kets for egg hunting.
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Lady Brahmans
down Lady Indians
SThe Lady Brahman soft-
ball team's last home game
Sof the season Tuesday
evening against the Lady I ndi-
ans of Vero Beach began w ith
tears and ended with cheers
as they paid tribute to its two
graduating seniors, Sylvia
Robinson and Lynsey Wright,
* before running over the Lady
Indians 14-2.
In the bottom of the first
inning an Indian error
brought home Kelley Smiley.
S With one run already on the
board and one in scoring
position, Alisha Cladxton
stepped up to the plate and
blasted one over the right
field wall. The inning ended
with.the Lady Brahmans up
Sports, Page 6

Heartsof Palm:
is a delicacy
There are some advan-
tages to li ing in Florida. On.e_
is that we can get fresh Hearts
of Palm. Hearts of Palm is the
center portion of the top of a
Sabal Palm, often called the
Swamp Cabbage tree.
-.. Hearts of Palm are low in
calories, low in fat ahd a good
source of protein, ribollauin,
potassium, vitamin C, iron,
magnesium, zinc, copper and
S A 100 gram serving of
hearts of palm has only about,
28 calories with 2 grams
dietary fiber and 3 grams pro-
tein. It also contains 13 per-
cent of the recommended
daily allowance (RDA) of Vit-
S amin C; 17 percent of the
RDA of iron; and 5 percent of
the RDA of calcium.
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Drought Index
Current: 479
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.23 feet

Lake level
15.34 feet
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea

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OUA OKs financing plan

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There'is good news for those
current Okeechobee Utility
Authority .(OUA) customers who
fear having to pay increased rates
in order to finance the much-
needed expansion of the utility's

wastewater treatment plant.
At their meeting on Tuesday
morning, April 11, the OUA board
of directors spent a considerable
amount of time discussing the
financing of plant expansion.
Throughout the lengthy discus-
sion, it was mentioned several
times that the cost of: the pro-

posed plant expansion would not
be borne by the present ratepay-
.ers, but by the future develop-
ments that would benefit from the.
expanded system.
The finance plan, presented by
Jeff Larson and Bill Spivey of D. A.
Davidson & Co., does not include
the approximately 1,600 potential

Land purchase: SFWMD gives deed to COE

sewer customers in Treasure
Island. It is hoped that grants
might be available for that area
since a Treasure Island sewer
expansiori would eliminate septic
tanks that are leaching into the
Mr. Spivey told the board that
based on responses from devel-

opers there is a demand for sewer
capacity that is the equivalent of
5,300 residential connections. The
developers desiring these connec-
tions would have to sign a devel-
oper's agreement and pay capital
connections charges, as well as a

See OUA -Page 2

Code board

debates cases

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
What started out as a rather
short agenda took more time
than anticipated when several
cases were debated by mem-
bers of the Okeechobee Code
Enforcement board at their
meeting Tuesday night.
The first issues discussed at
length were properties at 901
N.W. 12th St., property owners
Raymond and Etal Brown, and
at 1109 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
owned by Robert Saffold, of
Sebring. The properties are
right next to each other and
Mr. Salffold is taking responsi-
bility for his and the first prop-
erty that belongs to his
deceased aunt. The 12th Street
property needs mowed and
trash removed; the Ninth
Avenue property needs gener-
al clean up and an old building
repaired or removed.
Mr: Saffold had several
times been given extensions
for taking care of the proper-
ties, but had never been fined.

OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
To celebrate the purchase of the last parcel of land necessary to complete the Kissim-
mee River restoration projection, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
held a ceremony complete with cake cutting on April 12 at the Okeechobee Shrine Club.
Taking part in the cake cutting are, left to right, SFWMD executive director Carol Wehle,
Representative Richard Machek, Senator Ken Pruitt and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Last parcel acquired for river project

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Yesterday was a red-letter day
for environmentalists and friends
of the Kissimmee River.
Wednesday, the board of direc-
tors of the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
met in Okeechobee -and voted to
purchase 12,000 acres of land in
Highlands County for $3.5 million.
That was the last parcel of land
needed for the Kissimmee River
restoration project.
Following the vote of the board,
SFWMD Executive Director Carol
Wehle presented Lieutenant
Colonel Andrew Geotz of the Jack-
sonville District of the U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers (COE) with the.
deed to the property.

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He went to the Code Enforce-
ment office: on Tuesday, April
'11, and explained he had a
problem getting a contractor
to tear down the building, but
now has one hired. He said
Waste Management will sup-
ply a commercial dumpster
and the properties would be
'cleaned up.
- The board voted to grant
Mr. Saffold a 30-day extension
to complete the cleanup of
both properties and tear down
the building. If it isn't done by
that time they will assess a
$250-per-day fine beginning
on the 31st day.
Also cited previously but
not fined was Robert Joiner for
property in the 300 block of
S.E. 13th Avenue for general
cleaning and beautification,
which includes mowing and
cleanup The case w\as post-
poned until the board's next
The case of Harrison
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These appropriately decorated cakes were cut as part of
the ceremony held Wednesday April 12 at the Okee-
chobee Shrine Club to commemorate the purchase of the
last parcel of land necessary to complete the Kissimmee
River restoration project. South Florida Water Manage-
ment District and U. S. Army Crops Engineers officials as
well as various elected officials took part in the ceremony.

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Chamber learns of gang activity |

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Some local business owners
and other members of the Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce
learned two important things
about gangs at their luncheon
meeting Wednesday there are
several gangs and a lot of gang
activity in Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
May is bent on doing something
about it.
Sheriff May said he wanted to
keep owners of local businesses
aware of the gang problem
because some day they may
have to address it.
Sheriff May said he doesn't
want people to leave the meeting
and be fearful about the gang
activity. However, he did say he

wants people to be aware and do
what they can to help them track
gang signs.
Another thing Sheriff May
wanted to do was a bit of rumor
control. He said that in the case of
the two young people who were
murdered in January by a 17-
year-old, a rumor spread that it
was gang related.
"We have nothing to substan-
tiate that it was gang related, but
the young man is a gang mem-
ber," Sheriff May said.
The sheriff explained that it is
not illegal to belong to a gang,
but it is against the law to be
involved in illegal gang activities.
He then introduced Detective
Sergeant Brad Stark, of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office,
who has been following the gang
activity in the county for the past

11 years.
According to Detective Stark,
-in the past three to four months
about six to eight arrests were
made of known gang members.
There were five gang-related
homicides in 2005. He said the
gang activity is scaling up where
a lot of gang members have gone
beyond theft to drugs, prostitu-
tion, homicide and racketeering
involving RICO acts (Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organi-
zations Act).
While gang activity can hap-
pen anywhere within the county,
the sheriff's office has three main
target areas Four Seasons,
Basswood and Dewberry Gar-
What groups of people

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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark (left) and Sheriff Paul May, with
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, tell Chamber of Com-
merce members about the gangs in the county at the Cham-
ber's luncheon meeting on Wed., April 12 at the Golden Corral.


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belong to gangs? Sheriff May pref-
aced his next comments with the
fact that he isn't a politically correct
person. Then he said we don't
have a white gang problem in
Okeechobee, adding that approxi-
mately 70 percent of gang mem-
bers are Hispanic.
Detective Stark said that 80 per-
cent of gang members are adults
and that the ages range from 8 to
24. Yet he knows of some gang
members as old as 67. He said he
used to teach stages, like "hard
core" gang members but no
more. Now, they are all called gang
"I'd rather someone come up to
me and tell me they are a hard core
gang member. That I can deal with.
The ones that are hard to deal with
are the ones who are in secret,"
Sheriff May said.
"They say you can't leave a
gang that you die out of it," Sher-
iff May said, adding that in coun-
tries like Mexico, being in a gang is
away of life.,
"Not in our country; not here,"
he said emphatically.
While it used to be easier for the
general public to recognize gang
members, it is harder to do so
today because not all gang mem-_
bers have tattoos and not all people


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monthly guaranteed'revenue. Thi
guaranteed revenue is based on
the capacity desired and is paid b
the developer until the connection:
is made to the sewer system.
Rate consultant Henry Thoma
informed the board that one of th
objectives of the financial proposal
'is that growth pays its own way
Increased sewer connection
would mean more revenue fo
Application has already been
made for a Rural Utilities Systen
(RUS) loan for long-term finance
The financial plan is based on
collection of upfront connection
fees for the requested, 5,300 unit
as well as loans a short-tern
bridge loan of $18.6 million at
percent and permanent financing
of $7. 9 million based on an RU

with tattoos are gang members.
There are some athletes and musi-
cians in gangs, others may be ston-
er groups, and some may work in
restaurants and local businesses.
Some are part of traditional gangs
such as Crypts and Bloods, and
others are part of groups such as
Criminal Enterprises and the
Jamaican Posse.
Some gang members may be
brothers or sisters of gang mem-
bers, or they may be the children of
older gang members and were
born into it. There are car clubs
and biker gangs, but. not all car
clubs and biker groups are gang
Detective Stark said hewill con-
tinue to track the gang activity in
the community and work to keep it
down. He said it is just like the drug
problem in that he can't say they
will rid the area of all drugs; they
can only keep the activity down.
He had a large amount of statis-
tics and compared Okeechobee to
the nation stating that there are
about 1,000 gang members in
Okeechobee County. Nationally, in
1980 there were 100,000 docu-
mented gang members in the U.S.
and by 1998 that number had
grown to 846,000.
"But no one called us to find out,
how many gang members we
have," he said.
Sheriff May said that some cities
and counties boast that they do hot

40-year-loan at 4.5. percent inter-
The financing plan also calls for
reimbursement of about $900,000
s that OUA has already spent on
n engineering fees.
y Mr. Thomas stated that the pro-
n posed financing program would
have no impact on existing
s ratepayers. :.. .
e He said there were two things
al that result in making his proposal
y. work; One is the upfront captial
s connection fees that developers
ir would pay. The other is guaran-
teed revenues.
n "It's the only way you can
n ensure growth pays for itself," Mr.
- Thomas said of the proposal.
The amount of the bridge loan
n will be based on the amount of
n capital connection fees obligated
s to by developers.
n The timetable calls for approv-
5 ing developers agreements at the
g May 9 OUA board meeting. Clos-
S ing for the bridge loan is estimated

have a gang problem, but they are
not really addressing the issue.
"Gangs are here, and we aren't
sticking our head in the sand," he
In 1993, Okeechobee saw its
first hard core gang called the Latin
Kings, a nationally known gang. It
recently merged with the Folk
Nation gang to become a "super-
gang" in Okeechobee.
"In summary, the number one
problem now for kids joining
gangs is families," Detective Stark
He said many of the kids come
from broken homes or are latchkey
kids whose parents both work long
hours. Or, one or more parent
could be at home yet the kids are
out on the street because the par-
ents are afraid to discipline them.
"If parents would talk to their
kids and ask them how their day is
going, get involved, it would help.
Kids go out on the street and gang
together. They have a family on the
street, and this leads to drugs and
gang activity," he said.
While highlighting the concern
about gangs, Sheriff May said the
population of gang members in jail
is relatively small, about .3 percent.
And he accentuated the large num-
ber of outstanding kids in the area
involved in programs like 4-H and
Sea Cadets.
But he wants gang members to
know he is "peeved" and not going

to be May 26. The expansion proj-
ect is predicted to be completed by
June 30, 2008, and the bridge loan
due be paid off by permanent
financing by Jily2008.
The financial plan suggests that
in 2007 or 2008 excess revenues or
impact fee balances could be used'
to pay down permanent financing
'or prepay existing debt.
"This board's goal has been to
see this expansion through with-
out impacting existing cus-
tomers," said board chairman
George Long.
He was pleased with how the
board dealt with the situation.
"Getting developers to pay is
thinking outside the box," he said.
"I think we are taking a giant step
In response to action taken last
month, the board was told that on
March 27, liens were recorded and
letters mailed to 48 Taylor Creek
Isles and two Ousley Estates sewer
customers that are behind in their

to put up with gang activity. Wher-
ever gang members have painted
and left a mark, the county road
crew and sheriff's office counters
the marks by cleaning up and
painting over them.
And if signs need replaced and
the perpetrator goes to court, they
will have to pay for it. The county is
working on an ordinance that
could make the property owner
responsible for removing graffiti in
so many days or the county will do
it and put a lien on the property,
according to the sheriff.
"We don't want those gang
signs in our county. ... So people
will want to move here. It is my
hope that gang members will
come to us and say 'enough' and
will back off," Sheriff May said.
, Detective Stark said people
should call the sheriff's office
whenever they see graffiti pop up
in places where it has not been
before or other signs of "tagging"
- the painting of gang logos and
insignias on homes, walls, streets,
sidewalks, signs, etc. A pair of
shoes slung over overhead wires
may also indicate gang activity or a
spot for a drug transaction.
People can call the gang hotline
at (863) 763-5742 or the sheriff's
office at (863) 763-3117 to report
suspected gang activity.
"We are not afraid of them. We
will not be intimidated," said Sher-
iff May.

payments. Those customers
behind in their sewer connection
charges have had a lien recorded
against their property and they will
now have to pay the current con-
nections fees to clear their title. As
of March 31, four releases were
sent for recording.
Delinquent payments range
from $2,306.98 to $107,827.64.
However, most are for $4,102.64.
In other action, the board:
heard from Carolyn Holerger
concerning her Taylor Creek Isles
sewer payment;
after some discussion, tabled
until next month approval of a
developer's agreement;
tabled action on awarding a
contract for a radio transmission
were presented results of an
inspection of OUA building roofs
conducted by an engineering firm;
approved a resolution estab-
Jishing rules and regulations.

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SFWMD hosting business outreach event
OKEECHOBEE The South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) will host an Acceler8 construction and business outreach
symposium at the Okeechobee High School auditorium, 2800 U.S. 441
N, on Thursday, April 20,6 until 7:30 p.m.
The symposium will provide information to local construction con-
tractors, specialty contractors, vendors, workforce development and
people seeking jobs with construction contractors.
For information, contact Alvin B. Jackson at 800-432-2045, ext. 4041.


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O'Connor, 1300 block of South-
west 10th Drive, brought about
an extended debate among code
board members. Two motions
died for lack of a second and one
motion did not pass on voting
before a fourth motion finally
Mr. O'Connor was cited and
given extensions for allowing
commercial vehicles to be
parked in a residential neighbor-
hood. According to Code
Enforcement Officer Fred Ster-
ling, neighbors have called and
complained about trucks coming
and going early in the morning
and late at night.
Mr. O'Connor asked the board
for an extension until May 28 to
give him time to get a fence
installed on three acres of prop-
erty in another location for the
trucks. Board member Marsha
Montesi asked him to confirm
that he has known about this
since October and that he could
not get an estimate on fencing
the property in all this time.
"I couldn't get one," Mr.
O'Connor said.
Board chairman Mack Worley
said Mr. O'Connor could help the
board by limiting the commer-
cial vehicles in the area during
the interim. He asked what could
be done to stop the complaints.


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"Use it wisely and build it quick-
ly," she told him.
It was the responsibility of
SFWMD to acquire the land, and
the responsibility of COE to do the
actual restoration.
The 103-mile Kissimmee River
once meandered across 1- to 2-
mile-wide flood plain while travers-
ing the 50 miles from its source to
Lake Okeechobee. In the name of
flood control, beginning in the
1960s, the river was reduced to a
53-mile long, 30-foot deep canal.
This was good for flood control
but bad for the environment result-
ing in a 92 percent decrease in
migratory waterfowl.
. The project was completed in
Then in 1992, the restoration
project began. The restoration
began in phases with the recon-
necting of old river segments and
the backfilling of canals. The dis-
solved oxygen levels improved and
the number of wading birds
"As the headwaters of Ameri-
ca's Everglades, the Kissimmee
watershed is a critical component
of South Florida's interconnected
ecosystem," said Governor Jeb

Board member Frank Irby
made the first motion, which
was to find him in violation of the
code and give him-until June 12
to remedy the situation or be
fined $25.a day. Mrs. Montesi said
she had a problem with the low
fine when another person had
been in violation for a similar sit-
uation and the fine was set at
$250 a day. There was no second
on the motion.
Alternate board member
Heather Hancock made a motion
to table the case until. the next
meeting and impose a fine at that
time if the situation remains the:
same. There was no second on
the motion.
Board member Renee Sweda
made a motion to table the case
until the June 12 meeting and see
if he is in compliance. There was
a second to the motion, but the
vote did not pass.
Mrs. Hancock made a fourth
motion to find him in violation
and give him until June 7 to'
come into compliance or face a
$75 per day fine, which was
In discussion, Mr. Worley said
the case was largely complaint-
driven and there are extenuating
circumstances and that the
board should work with Mr.
O'Connor. He.said Mr. O'Connor
has been trying to mitigate the
situation and will move his busi-
ness. Mr. Irby agreed and said the
violation is important, not that it

Bush in a press release, "The state
. is eager to move forward and finish
this first of its kind river restora-
tion." .:
Department of Environmental
Protection Secretary Colleen
Castille appeared at the ceremony
by video. She said the Kissimmee
River restoration project is essential
to restoring the entire South Florida
Even though he said the project
would be a challenge, Lt.. Col.
Goetz was optimistic that answers
could be found.
Senator Ken Pruitt thanked
SFWMD for their work in the
restoration project. Referring to Ms.
Wehle, Dr. Susan Gray and other
women connected with the
restoration project.
"When women work, we win,"
he said. "In 20 years the results will
be there and it will be worth it."
He referred to Representative
Richard Machek, who was also
present for the occasion, 'as his'
"older brother."
"What a great day it is for the
whole state of Florida," stated Rep.
The representative recalled a
boat trip up the Kissimmee River
he took with his father in 1949. He
said they only took a frying pan and
lard to fry the fish and grits. He said
they took no water because they
were able to drink the river water.

is complaint-driven.
Okeechobee City Fire Chief
Herb :Smith.-agreed :that Mr.
O'Connor has been,,working
with them to resolve the issue,
but he disagreed that
plaint-driven made it less impor-
tant. He said they spend a lot of
time answering complaints and
going out to follow up on them,
and their code enforcement offi-
cer is only part-time. He said they
have to act on complaints and
one way find the time to do so
might be to ask the city council to
make the position full time.
The board moved on to dis-
cuss the case of Rebecca Marsh
who has an old bus in the back-
yard of her property at 705 S.E.
11th Ave. Mr. Sterling said she
has been cited in the past for a
motor home, and this is the sec-
ond time she has been cited for a
disabled vehicle. He said he has
inspected the property several
times, sent notices and has never
been contacted. Nor has the
property owner made any,
attempt to remedy the situation.
Recent mailed notices of vio-
lation have been returned
unsigned, he said.
Mr. Sterling said he went by
the property before the meeting
on April 11 and noticed a real
estate sign in the yard. The board
voted to find Ms. Marsh in viola-'
tion and to begin a fine of $50 a
day to start 14 days from the time
a notice of the action is sent out.

Then, he said, the restoration proj-
ect was the "beginning of the end"
for the environment and that it took
44 years to destroy the river. He
went on to say that today it is taking
$300 million to restore it to its origi-
nal condition.
He said that maybe with the
help of Sen. Pruitt he could get
more appropriations for the lake.
"No matter how somber the
news about the lake is, we know
we are making progress," said for-
mer SFWMD board member and
local rancher Frank 'Sonny'
He recalled his time on the
board during the initial phase of
land acquisition and said he had
some misgivings about undoing
something that had so recently
been done.
He recalled his memories of the
way the Kissimmee used to be and
said, 'We shall see it again."
"This is a day of celebration,",
said David Anderson, from
Audubon of Florida.
He noted that the Kissimmee
River basin has the highest density
of bald eagle nests of anywhere in
the world.
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner John Abney and City of
Okeechobee Councilman Noel
Chandler thanked SFWMD for their
Glades County Commissioner

The board agreed to continue
a fine of $25 a day for Joe Louis
Lawson, who lives in Titusville,
for property at'913 N.W. 10th St.
The property is in violation of dis-
abled vehicles and general clean-
ing and beautification, and the
fine has accrued past 90 days.
The board decided to postpone
Some old cases may finally be
resolved, according to a grand-
son who came before the board
near the end of the meeting.
Jonathan Brown said he is
aware of the condition of proper-
ty at 803 N.W. 12th St. in the
name of Joe and Johnny Brown,
and property in the 800 block of
Northwest 12th Street in the
name of Gloria and Mary Brown
and is willing to clean them up.
Both properties have been carry-
ing fines of $10 a day the 803
address since April 1, 2005; the
800-block address since Dec. 15,
2004. The properties have been
under a recommendation for'
Mr. Brown told the board he
and a sister are stepping up to
take care of the situation and a
company will clean up the prop-
erties in the next week. He gave
Mr. Sterling the phone number of
the company for verification.
Mr. Worley said that was good
news to the board and reminded
Mr. Johnson that the fines would
continue until the properties are
found in compliance.

Butch' Jones was not so compli-
mentary. Noting that his county
was impoverished, he urged the
board to "please reconsider" plans
to convert 14,400 acres in Glades
County into stormwater control
areas (STA), which would take the
land off tax rolls.
The board also presented cer-
tificates to Moore Haven High
School students for their recent
presentation to the board on Lake
Okeechobee issues.
"We appreciate what you kids
did, it's a great presentation," com-
mented board chairman Kevin
Benita Whalen, director of the
Okeechobee field office, gave an
overview of operation in the tri
county area of Highlands, Glades
and Okeechobee. She noted that
the Taylor Creek and Nubbin
Slough STAs would be dedicated
April 27.
Dr. Gray gave an overview of the
Lake Okeechobee Protection Plan
and noted that phosphorus levels
have increased in the last two years
due to hurricanes.
Local rancher Wes Williamson
gave a presentation of water stor-
age and treatment on private lands.
Those are in addition to Best Man-
agement Practices (BMPs) now in
place. He said this program would
supplement groundwater supply
and provide wildlife habitat.

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CES trophy winners
Central Elementary STARS graduation trophy winners were: (front row, left right) Diego
Rodriguez and Amber Tomb; and, (back row, left to right) Thania Liberato, Samantha Nor-
ris, and Emily Close.

Submitted to Okeechobee news
CES students
Central Elementary School gathered for a group picture after attending the S.T.A.R. pro-

Walker to graduate from FSU
Paul and Candice Walker are Eta Sigman Phi from FSU and has taught Latin I,
pleased to announce the upcom- (a Classic's II, and III this past year for the
ing graduation of their daughter, Honors Frater- Classic's Department while
Evelyn from Florida State Univer- nity). She working on her master's degree.
sity. Evelyn will be graduating graduated Because of her passionate love
with her master's degree in Latin magna cum of the Latin language and cul-
April 28, in Tallahassee. During laude from the Latin language and cul-
her six years at FSU she has FSUwith a BA ture she is pursuing teaching
attained many accolades As an in Latin in May position for next year in hopes
undergraduate she made the 2004. that she may instill this passion
dean's list every semester and She Evelyn in young people. Evelyn is an
was a member of Florida State received an Walker Okeechobee High School gradu-
University's Honors Council, and assistantship ate of the Class of 2000.

NES students are making Easter crafts

Kindergarten students really
enjoyed their trip to the YMSAg
Show. Thanks go out to Mr. Gre-
seth, Mr. Mills and all the students
who helped and gave fabulous
Miss Hudson's and Mrs.
Raulerson\'s class enjoyed their
spring break. They are now get-,
ting ready for Easter-making big
bunnies and baskets for egg hunt-
Miss Saine's class has been

busy making Easter cra
students are making Eas
kets for the upcoming .e
which they are very
Mrs. Gubler's class

refreshed from spring break and
ready to work hard. This week we
will begin making Easter crafts.
Also in math the class is having a
great time graphing and sorting
all kinds of classroom items.
Mrs. Gable's class is finishing
A their "Child of the Week" activities
with a celebration for our intern
fts. The Ms. Charity. She has been our
ter bas- wonderful afternoon assistant
gg hunt, from the'high school. The chil-
excited dren love her and Mrs. Gable
appreciates her help very much.
is all Mrs. Quann's class is busy

making Easter baskets and look-
ing forward to our fun Easter Egg
hunt. Our class is also finishing
making a little book about 'Tops
and Bottoms.'
Ms. Harvey's class enjoyed
having Tyra's uncle, Mr. Mosley,
from Paynes Creek Historic State
Park coming to visit on Monday.
We enjoyed learning about the
insect collection and seeking the
huge wasp nest, hummingbird
nest, and deer skin. It was a real
treat. Thank you. We are also
making Easter crafts.

Local student named as All- Star' student

Jeb Bush and Lt. Governor.Toni
Jennings honored the recipients
of the 2005-2006 Governor's High
School All-Star awards during a
luncheon at the Governor's Man-
sion on Friday, April 7. The Gover-
nor and Lt. Governor were also:
joined today by Education Com-
mission John Winn and Superin-
tendent of Leon County Schools
Bill Montford. Okeechobee High
School, Junior, Kavisha Zaveri
was a recipient of this award.
"Each year, I am proud to rec-
ognize outstanding students for
their excellence in education and
commitment to community serv-
ice," said Governor Bush. "The

recipients of 'this year's High
School All-Star awards exemplify
qualities that
will serve them
well as they
continue to
great things."
The sAll-
Stars program,
now in its sev-
enth year, hon- Kavisha
ors one high Zaveri
school junior
from each of
the 67 school districts in Florida.
To select the award winners who
best met the state criteria, school

Community Events

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:

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 selling a limited edi-
tion 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 scholarship. To purchase 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.

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

districts convened a panel com-
prised of at least one teacher, one
administrator, one parent, one
community member and two
high school seniors. The panel
used the following criteria to,
select the winners:
Academic., Performance ,,: -
Earns at least a 3.0 grade point
.average on a 4.0 scale. "',.
Behavior Maintains good
conduct both inside and outside
the classroom.
Leadership Participates in
extra-curricular activities such as
athletics, enrichment programs
and school clubs.
Community Service Partici-
pates in volunteer, mentoring or

civic activities.
"I congratulate these hard-
working students for their dedica-
tion to academic achievement
and community involvement,"
said Lt. Governor Jennings. "Dur-
ing the last seven years this pro-
gram has recognized students for
.going above and beyondthe call
of duty, and the students selected
this year are wonderful examples
of the tremendous potential that
lies in Florida's youth." In addition
to the luncheon, All-Stars visited
the Capitol, participated in a,
mock senate session and received
an award certificate and a signed
photo of the Governor.


Gloria Jean Conover
Gloria Jean Conover, age 78,
of Okeechobee, died April 9,
2006, at her home. Mrs. Conover
was born Sept. 23, 1927, in
Savannah, Ga., to Charles and
Irene Thrailkill. She was a
homemaker having come to
Okeechobee from West Palm
Mrs. Conover was preceded
in death by her son, Herman W.
Felker, Jr. in 1999. She is sur-
vived by: her husband of 27
years, Douglas Conover; chil-
dren, Sheary Caporali of Okee-
chobee, Teresa (Jeffrey)
Armintrout of Las Vegas, Nev.,
Bruce Felker of Okeechobee,
Sam Conover of Okeechobee;
seven grandchildren; and, ten
great grandchildren.
The family will have a memo-
rial service at Treasure Island
Baptist Church on Thursday,
April 13, 2006, at 1 p.m., with
Pastor Duane Eatmon officiat-
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Treasure Island
Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, Fla. 34974.
All arrangements are entrust-

ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and

Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson, age 46,
of Okeechobee, died Sunday,
April 9, 2006, at Treasure Coast
Hospices of Stuart. He was a
member of Miracle Faith Church
of God in Christ in Okeechobee.
Mr. Johnson is survived by:
his mother, Christine McBride;
brother, Mark Johnson, both 'of
Okeechobee; sister, Denise
Johnson of Jacksonville; grand-
father, Elder Charlie Henderson,
Jr. of Okeechobee; a host of
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
cousins, other relatives; and,
Visitation will be from 11
a.m. until service time at the
Home going services will be
held Saturday, April '15, at 1
p.m., at the Church of Nazarene,
425 S.W 28th St., with Pastor
Hudson officiating.
Funeral arrangements are
under the capable directions of
Stevens Brothers Funeral Home
of West Palm Beach.

NashW receives award

Elaine Nash, a 13-year employee of the Central Elemen-
tary School cafeteria, received the Smart Start Award
from the Florida School Nutrition Association at a
national food service conference in Orlando last Satur-

Raulerson is elected

VP of Kappa Delta Pi

Jennifer Raulerson, a 2002
Okeechobee High School gradu-
ate, was recently elected vice
president of Kappa Delta Pi
Upsilon Chapter 20 at the Univer-
sity of Florida. Kappa Delta Pi, an
international honor society in
education, elects those to .mem-
bership, who exhibit the ideals of

scholarship, high personal stan-
dards, and promise in teaching
and allied professions. Selection
as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is
based on high academic achieve-
ment, a commitment to educa-
tion as a career, and a profession-
al attitude that assures steady
growth in the profession.

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
BE HAPPY: This is in response to two of the Speak Wednes-
days' paper. First of all, you say that all these people come to the Unit-
ed States to get free food, free medical, and free everything -well, you
are wrong. Not everybody. Most of these people come to work. I was
born in Mexico, and my parents came to the U.S. 19 years ago. We
never received a single penny from the government not for food,
medical or anything. Second, Mexico is located in North America. You
know what, that makes us American not U.S. citizens, but Ameri-
cans, and there is nothing you can do about that. We might even be
more American than yourself, or your parents. Third, U.S. citizens will
never do the jobs that we do.. Last year my husband's boss took his
nephew to work with him in construction and you know what hap-
perined, the 23-year-old guy ended up in the hospital because he got
dehydrated. My point is: I think we deserve to be here us much as you.
Fourth, we all did our taxes and some got money back some had to
pay. My dad is a truck driver and this year he had to pay $10,000. So
don't say that we just take from the government. So just be happy,
enjoy life and leave everyone else alone.

INTERNET: Why is it thaL residents in the outer parts of the county
can't get high speed Internet access? Residents within or close to the
city limits have had it for quite a while now. I live out S.R. 70 W, near
Platt's Bluff and the phone company told me that we would have high
speed access within three to four years. Well, that was about six years
ago. I know the phone company has a lot of work to be done to
achieve this, but that is their job. Maybe they feel there is not enough
money in the outer parts of the county to justify doing this?

TERRORIST: This concerns the execution of the 9/11 terrorist
Moussaoui, who has just been convicted and sentenced to death. I
don't think we should execute him. If we execute him then we have
thrown him in the briar patch. We have done exactly what he wants us
to do. We have made him a martyr, a hero for every terrorist through-
out the world. On the other hand, if we just lock him in prison and let
him rot they will eventually forget all about him.

BASSWOOD: This is about the Spanish people living here. Let them
pick up their own trash or send them back to Mexico. I live in Bass-
wood and you go out 36th Street and on both sides of the road to 441
and 98 and there is nothing but trash. I have seen them throw it out.
They don't give care. They're going to have to learn to live our way or
get out.

Community Events

Bake sale is planned
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Buckhead Ridge Fire Department
will be having a bake sale on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m.
until 1 la.m. at the station located on S.R. 78 W.

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,.
at6p.m. at 1010 N.W Sixth St. You must bring: a test session fee
of $14, payable in cash or by check; existing amateur license;
photo I.D.; and, FRN number. For' information contact Harry
Robbins at (863) 467-7457; or, by e-mail-at redbirds@'

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 10 a.m.
The children of Okeechobee 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 spe-
cial account that has been set up at Big Lake National Bank. For
information, 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, an Easter egg hunt on
horseback, a regular Easter egg hunt for small children, relay
races both on and off horseback, pony rides, a Chinese auction.
and a horseshoe tournament. There will also be live entertain-
ment. 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 accom-
modate the number of horses participating. For information,
call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.

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Guest Commentary

Carnival benefits school and students

By Janice Floyd,
President Central Elementary
The annual Halloween Carni-
val at Central Elementary School
has become as much a part of
Okeechobee as. the Speckled
Perch Festival and the Labor Day
Central Elementary staff, and
the PTO, has managed to put the
fun back in fundraising and the
results have been enormous.
The success of the carnival
over the -past few years has been
overwhelming. Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne:didn't put a
damper on the town spirit in
2004, and Wilma only postponed
the festivities in 2005.
Funds raised from events such
as these are used for various pur-
poses. You will have to check with
your child's school to find out
details about specific fundraisers
you may have contributed to, but
the purpose of my letter is to
update you on our accomplish-
ments and thank those who have
supported us over the. past several
years,. :
; Although small purchases
have -been made from upgrades
for computers to microwave
ovens, our success lies in three
main purchases audio visual
equipment, cafeteria tables and
musical equipment. The bulk of
the funds have allowed the PTO
to consider individual requests.
Then after carefully researching
our options, a vote is taken to
approve requests beneficial to
most, if not all, of the children in
attendance at Central Elementary.
The audiovisual equipment
was the first challenge we dealt

with, and it has brought the class-
rooms more up to date. This is an
earlier achievement, but one
worth acknowledging.
The purchase of the cafeteria
tables was our goal last year, and
I'm glad to report they were deliv-
ered and in use the first part of
Our final purchase was recent-
ly reported on the front page of
the Okeechobee News. It's called
"Music in Education." Each child
now has the opportunity to learn
to play the keyboard. The pro-
gram is a hands-on class in which
each child wears a headset and is
given individual instructions to
perform on an actual Yamaha
keyboard. The equipment can
accommodate up to 30 students
at one time, and provides individ-
ual data to track each student's
progress. The overall impact data
outside of music, such as math
and reading, showed, substantial
increase among students who
have participated in this program.
As proud as we are of our
accomplishments, none of this
would have been possible with-
out the support of our sponsors
and volunteers. I want to
acknowledge each one of you for
contributing to our carnival dur-
ing some very stressful times: All
American Rentals, American
Asphalt Paving Services, Ameri-
can Drilling Services, Arby's,
Architectural Services of Okee-
chobee, Big Lake National Bank,
Brahman Theatre, Brighton
Dairies, Inc., CJ.'s Wholesale,
Close Construction, Coco Sod
Farms, Conley & Conley, P.A.
Attorneys, Creech Construction,
Croslyn Electric, Inc., Countryside
Florist, D.W. Sod Co, Inc., Dan's

Upcoming Events

Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler-
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863) 697-
Diabetes Support Group meets at 2-p.m. in the cafeteria at Rauler-
son Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Haas at
(863) 763-5093.
Tantle Oullters 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 Sainis, 310.S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located at ,
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.20
plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For infor-
mation, call Bonnie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Traviin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams
meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thursdays.
Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the next
camping site. ,
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.'Please join us or ask,
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Duriklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Second
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday 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 .
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will'be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park
St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thurs-
day at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome.
The group is facilitated by social Workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home of
Diane and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-7954.
The Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa Arnold at (863) 610-

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 informa-
tion, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops aTke off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
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 382-6978 or
Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a more
normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has stopped
using. We meet every Friday at 7p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

Framing, DeHays Design,
Domer's Inc, Don's Appliance,
Inc., Echols, Eddie Accardi Jeep
Chrysler Dodge, Edward Jones,
Elite Title, Gator Pools, Gilbert
Chevrolet, Harbor Federal, Hazel-
lief Ranch & Grove, Jeff M. Robin-
son, Inc., L & W Roofing, Inc.,
Lakeshore Marine, Inc., Law
Office of Cassels & McCall, Led-
ferd Paint & Supply, Lehman Auto
Body, Inc., Los.Cocos Mexican
Restaurant, Bills Mini Mart,
O'Connor Trucking & Excavation,
Okee- Tantie Title, Okeechobee
Abstract & Title, Parks Construc-
tion, Inc., Perfect Pools, Pilgrim's
Construction, Plans Services of
Okeechobee, Plant City Nursery
& Landscape, Pritchard & Associ-
ates, Publix, Quality Air, Rita's Fur-
niture, Robertson Appraising, S &
S Sod Farm, Inc., Santa Rosa
.Ranch, Inc., Seminole Casino,
Seminole Motorcross, Seminole
Tribe Brighton, Brighton Council,
Seminole Tribe president, Semi-
nole veterans, Stark Masonry,
Inc., State Farm Insurance,,
Stephens Chiropractic, Stepping
Stones Academy I & II, Superior
Water, Sweat Trucking & Paving
Inc., T & K Nails, Ted Stark Con-
struction, Inc., V-Save, Walpole,
Inc.,, Waste Management,
Williams Masonry, Inc., Williams
Pawn & Gun, Inc., Winn Dixie,
David Cypress, Roger Smith,
Danny & Theresa Boromei, Paul
May, Sharon & John Ming, Herb
Nix, Okeechobee News, WOKC
1570, Okeechobee Times, Law
Office of Gerald Lefebvre, Apple
Crate, Big '0' Teen Anglers, Inc.,
Kellaroke, Impact Action Golf,
Preferred Properties, Quality Turf
of Okeechobee, Novedades San
Miquel, Amussen Engineering,

Okeechobee Tire, Debra Rucks,
Wings of Independence, Mosqui-
to Creek Grocery, Billie Swamp
Safari, Zippy's Zesty Wings, John-
ny Jones, Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Citizens On Patrol,
Okeechobee City Police and the
Okeechobee County School
Also, thank you to Mrs. Wendy
Reister, and the Okeechobee High
School National Honor Society,
and Mrs. Tracy Sills and the Fresh-
men Class. To the students who
volunteered their time to help set
up, run, and take down the
booths we could not have
done it without you. These excep-
tional students received commu-
nity service hours toward scholar-
ships for all their hard work.
To Anita and David Nunez: the
greatest life lived is indeed
through the eyes of a child. Thank
-you for what you do each year to
enrich the lives of all the children
at Central Elementary School.
In closing, I want to thank' all
the families who attend our event
each year. Those smiling faces
and joyful screams that radiate
throughout the campus ensure
that Central Elementary Hal-
loween Carnival will be around
for many years to come.
One final note: Central Ele-
mentary School is located at 610
S.W. Fifth Ave., one blpck west of
Golden Corral. If anyone has a
small child's keyboard they'd like
to donate to our music lab, we
will be accepting them at the front
office indefinitely. These key-
boards will be made available to
students who do not have access
to a piano or keyboard at home
and would like to practice outside
of school.

Community Events

Holiness church plans revival
New Life Holiness Church in Basinger, 17025 N.W 190th Road,
will host a revival April 13-14 starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
Rufus Caraway from Arcadia will be the guest speaker. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-6989, or (863) 357-1171.

Grace Christian staging Easter drama
The Grace Christian School Drama Ministry will be presenting
performances of their Easter production "Hiding Eggs" at different
churches in the community. The next presentation of the drama
will be Thursday, April 13, at the Grace Christian Chapel, 701 S.
- Parrott Ave. There will be a matinee at 8 a.m. and an eveningper- -
formance at 7 p.m. For information, contact the Grace'hristian
School at (863) 763-0841.

CSC meeting slated
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, April 13, at
5 p.m. in the conference room at the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second St. Gene Woods of the Okee-
chobee County Board of County Commissioners is a member of
the council and will be participating in the meeting.

Church hosting special presentation
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. will be
presenting "The Living Lord's Supper" on Maundy Thursday, April
13, at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Everyone is invited. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-4021.
Hand and Hand Ministries to meet
Hand and Hand Ministries Palmdale (formerly Cowboys with
Christ) will meet Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Palmdale
Community Center at the corner of Fifth and Main in Palmdale at 7
p.m. There will be food, fellowship and gospel. For information,
call Denna at (863) 612-0640.
Diabetes support group to meet
The Raulerson Hospital diabetes support group will meet
Thursday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria at 1796 U.S.
441 N. This is a'free community service. For information, call
Wanda Haas RN, CDE, CPT at (863) 763-5093.

Democrat party to meet
The Okeechobee Democratic Party will meet Thursday, April
13, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott

Pentecostal church hosting revival
Haven of Rest Pentecostal Church, 180 N.W. Third Avenue, is
hosting a revival with Jerry Cottrell from West Virginia. Services
will begin at 7 p.m. April 13 through 15. On Sunday, April 16, he
will speak at the 10 a.m. service.-For information call Tammy Gib-
son at (863) 634-5757, or Pastor Tom Velie at (863) 357-3053.
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.

Medicare issues topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 15, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be
Lisa Nora, MAPS coordinator with Area Agency on Aging. The
topic will be educating the public with Medicare, Medicare Plan D,
and Prescription Drug Insurance. For information, contact the
Area Agency on Aging toll free at 1-888-688-1211; or, visit their
website at
Scholarship applications available
Beta Sigma Phi Executive Coordinating Committee (ECC)
scholarship applications are now available at the Okeechobee
Library, 206 S.W 16th St., Indian River Community College Dixon
Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee, and all
Okeechobee County schools. This scholarship was established to
help women of the community who wish to enhance their career
opportunities through further education and training, and need
financial assistance to reach this goal. Applicants must already
have their high school diploma or GED and may not be a Beta
Sigma Phi member. Deadline for applying is April 15. For informa-
tion, call ECC President Linda Tewksbury at (863) 467-1070.
Legion auxiliary plans Easter egg hunt
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #64, 501 S.E. Second St.,
will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. There
will be 3 different age groups for children ages 1 to 12. For infor-
mation, call Bea at (863) 763-4953.

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Lady Brahmans win their

last home game of the season

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
OHS seniors honored
Sylvia Robinson (center) was one of two graduating players honored Tuesday night by
the Lady Brahman softball team. She was joined on the field by her father Tracy Robin-
son (left) and her mother Dina Robinson (right).

By Lomrna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Lady Brahman softball
team's last home game of the sea-
son Tuesday evening against the
Lady Indians of Vero Beach began
with tears and ended with cheers
as they paid tribute to its two grad-
uating seniors, Sylvia Robinson
and Lynsey Wright, before running
over the Lady Indians 14-2.
In the bottom of the first inning
an Indian error brought home Kel-
ley Smiley. With one run already on
the board and one in scoring posi-
tion, Alisha Claxton stepped up to
the plate and blasted one over the
right field wall. The inning ended
with the Lady Brahmans up 3-0.
In the bottom of the second
inning, Lady Brahman pitcher
Mary Huff made it to first on a walk
and then stole her way to third,
bringing Robinson to the plate.
Robinson's attempted hit allowed
Huff to streak home for another
run and earned an RBI for Robin-
son. The inning ended with the
Lady Brahmans out in front 4-0,
The Lady Brahmans continued
to pound their way around the dia-
mond in the bottom of the third.
Smiley made it to first by way of a
walk, and then stole second.
Rachel Lowe's base hit put two on
base. Claxton received a walk to
first, bringing up Kristin McCul-
lotigh. Her base hit to third brought
one runner home and pushed the
score to 5-0. Kelci Breaux's double

Okeechobee News/Loma Jablonski
Mary Huff was on the mound for the Lady Brahmans Tuesday
evening at Lady Brahman Field when they pounded the Lady
Indians of Vero Beach 14-2.

brought home two more runs, fol-
lowed by another RBI by Huff. The
inning ended with the score Lady
Brahmans up 8-0.
The Lady Indians finally put two
runs on the scoreboard in the top of
the fourth. The score was now 8-2.
The Lady Brahmans were quick
to pay back the Lady Indians for
their two runs in the bottom of the
fourth. Wright once again received
a free trip to first. A base hit by Smi-
ley gave Wright just enough time to
fly around the bases to put another
run on the scoreboard. Jordan
Marcum's base hit put two runners
on base. A fly by Lowe enabled

Smiley to steal home. The score
was now 10-2. McCullough's base
hit earned her 2 RBI and added two
more to the scored but the inning
was still not over. The Lady Brah-
mans brought another runner
home on a catcher's error before
Huff's sacrifice fly enabled yet
another Lady Brahman to streak
across home plate. The game was
called at the end of the fourth
inning with a final score of 14-2.
The Lady Brahmans will begin
district play on Tuesday, April 18 in
Jensen Beach. Games are sched-
uled at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and
7:30 p.m.

Showing appreciation
Lady Brahman softball field concession manager Lori Lowe (left) was honored by the
Lady Brahman softball team Tuesday evening for her dedication and hard work in man-
aging the team's concession stand. She was presented with a plaque by Lady Brahman
softball coach Kim Hargraves,,(right). ...

Showing gratitude
Johnny Jones (left) of the Seminole Tribe of Florida accepted a plaque from Lady Brah-
man softball coach Kim Hargraves (right) in gratitude for the support and new score-
board presented to the team by the Tribe.

Sports Briefs

Pop Warner football County Parks and Recreation activities. Special rates have
Department's 2006 summer play been set at $25 per week for a
sign-ups to take place camps will begin Monday, May child on the reduced school
Pop Warner football and 1, at 8 a.m. at the department's lunch program, and $10 per
cheerleading sign-ups will take new office at the Okeechobee week for a child on the fred
place at the Okeechobee Sports County Sports Complex, 640 school lunch program within
Complex on April 15, May 6, N.W. 27th Lane. the Okeechobee County school
May 20, June 10, June 24, July 1 Enrollment is limited and system for the 2005-06 school
and July 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 slots will be filled on a first- year.
p.m. The'registration fee is $75. come, first-served basis. A letter of participation from
In order to register you must Campers must be 6 to 12 Okeechobee County school
bring the child's last report card, years of age. food service must be presented
a current year physical from Camps will operate Monday at the time of registration in
your doctor and a copy of the through Friday, June 12 through order to qualify for these special
child's birth certificate. For more July 28, except for Tuesday, July rates.
information call co-presidents 4. Camp hours will be from 8:30 Camp fees include lunch and
James Shockley at (863) 634- a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Camp loca- an afternoon snack for each
3482 or Albion Crowell at (863) tions are: the Douglas Brown camper.
697-2576. Community Center, the Okee- Extended hours of 7:30-8:30
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Sign-ups for the Okeechobee fees for field trips and special week, per student.

Softball player honored
The Lady Brahman softball team honored its graduating senior players Tuesday evening
prior to their game with the Lady Indians of Vero Beach. Vicki Wright (left) and her hus-
band Larry Wright (right) escorted their daughter Lynsey Wright (center) to the pitchers'
mound for the presentation.

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Service Club Briefs

Leglon Post #64
Sunday, April 16: Sons of the
American Legion will host a steak
dinner with entertainment from 3
until 6 p.m. for a donation of $10.
The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, desert, cof-
feeand tea.
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m, until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
e The second Wednesday of
. each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner
with the., Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $9
donation. There will be entertain-
ment from 3 until 7 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday .through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
(863) 357-2138, orlon South at
(863) 763-8954.
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Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday and Thurs-
day: bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be
available for a donation.
Every second Tuesday:
spaghetti dinner with salad and
garlic bread from 5 until 7p.m. for
a $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until? Food will be
Every Thursday: washer loss
at I p.m. '
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $12 donation. Music will be
by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other'
events at (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-
lar meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will beat
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Bucky Yoder
at (863) 467-7342 or Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
9 The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.'

Order of the Eastern
Star Okeechobee
Chapter #128
The Order of the Easter Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact W.M. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
lodge's phone number is (863)
Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (863)
763-2250 for the menu.
Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7'p.m.,
Friday night and Saturday
night starting at 7 p.m. there will
be music for dancing. Call to see
who is playing. 4,
Tuesday, April 18, Moose
Elections of Officers, from 9 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Membership meeting
to follow, at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.
Moose enrollment meeting. All
prospective members should
attend this meeting.
Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m.
Installation of new officers. Bring a
covered dish, Roast beef will be
provided, Karaoke by Sandy at 8
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 6 p.m. Call for
the menu.
Each Sunday of April break-
fast will be served from 9 until 11, with many items being

Moose Family
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W 36th
St, in Okeechobee. F'orinforma-
tion and meal fmenus, 'call 'the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
Saturday, April 15, an Easter
egg party will be held at 1 p.m.
Breakfast will be served from
9 until 11 a.m. at the Moose Patio
on the second Sunday of every
0 0 Meals will be served on
Wednesday and Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until?
on Saturday.
There will be music for danc-
ing each Friday and Saturday night
starting at 7p.m.
Each Thursday will be
karaoke night.

VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W. 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137, Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during the
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at
1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 5
p.m. until?
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke at 5
Every third Sunday there will

be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday through
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, Men's Auxiliary or AmVets
- there will be music.;
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W., members will
meet the first arid third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. For
information, call the club at
(863) 763-3378, Kip at (863) 610-
6659, or Keith at (863) 634-2682.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from'6 until
8 p.m. along with live music
and dancing.
e Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled
or steamed at noon. Live music
and dancingwill start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m.
with the big-scren TV.
Call:(863) 763-23u00 I-the
schedule of events.
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Submitted to Okeechobee News/John Clark, 1 LT, CAP
Cadet Airman Jared Pfennig was awarded the "Squadron Cadet of the Year" by The Air Force
Association representative, David Frolseth and LTC. Gary Owen, Commander, Group IV of
the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol. Left to right: LTC. Gary Owen, Commander Group IV, Cadet
Airman Jared Pfennig, and Mr. David Froiseth, Air Force Association representative.

Civil air patrol cadet Pfennig

earns cadet of the year award

man Jared Pfennig was awarded
the "Squadron Cadet of the Year"
by The Air Force Association repre-
sentative, David Froiseth and LTC.
Gary Owen, Commander, Group IV
of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol.
The Air Force Association recog-
nizes outstanding performance of
the cadet corps. Cadet Airman
Jared Pfennig, 15, is one of the origi-

nal cadet members when the
Squadron began back in June 2005.
Cadet Pfennig a sophomore at
Okeechobee High School has
demonstrated leadership growth
and command since joining the Civil
Air Patrol.
The Civil Air Patrol is the official
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, non-profit all
volunteer organization in promoting
Cadet Program, Aerospace Educa-

tion, and Emergency Services. With
more than 58,000 members, includ-
ing27,000cadetsages 12-21.
The Okeechobee 453rd Com-
posite Squadron meets every Tues-
day evening from 6:30 p.m. until 9
p.m., at the Okeechobee Airport,
Hanger 4.
Prospective members may visit for membership and
location of a unit near them.

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Fresh Hearts of Palm is a Florida delicacy

There are some advantages to
living in. Florida. One is that we
can get fresh Hearts of Palm.
Hearts of Palm is the center por-
tion of the top of a Sabal Palm,
often called the Swamp Cabbage
Hearts of Palm are low in calo-,
ries, low in fat and a good source
of protein, riboflavin, potassium,
'vitamin C, iron, magnesium, zinc,
copper and manganese.
A 100 gram serving of hearts of
palm has only about 28 calories
with 2 grams dietary fiber and 3
grams protein. It also contains 13
percent of the recommended
daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin
C; 17 percent of the RDA of iron;
and 5 percent of the RDA of calci-
Raw, fresh heart of palm is
sweet and crunchy similar to
celery but without the stringy
fibers. Hearts of palm can be used
raw in salads or cooked as tradi-
tional Florida Swamp Cabbage.
The following recipes are from
the "South Beach Diet" Web site:
Hearts of Palm Salad
2-3 heads of romaine lettuce
14 oz Hearts of Palm


with Katrina Elsken
3 tablespoons chopped
l avocado, diced

Palm Salad
These quantities are for two
1 ripe, slightly firm avocado,
1 medium tomato, cubed (or
use equivalent amount of cherry
tomatoes, halved)
1 small jar (4.5 oz) marinated
heart of palm (cut in bite-size
salt and coarsely ground pep-
1 tablespoon Newman's Own
Light Balsamic dressing

burn and skin cancer. With the
widespread publicity about the
dangers of skin cancer, why do
some people continue to sun
bathe? Vanity may not be the only
answer. A study conducted at the
University Texas, and published in
the Archives of Dermatology
found that some frequent tanners
may be addicted to tanning. The
study interviewed beach goers and
found addictive behavior among
the more frequent sun bathers.
A study conducted at Wake For-
est,University came to a similar

1 teaspoon salt Tlss all ingredients and serve conclusion. The Wake Forest Uni.
/ tsp. pepper chilled or at room temperature. versity found that people who use
Combine bite-sized pieces of Sprinkle with fresh, shredded tanning beds may become addict-
lettuce, avocado, pimento and parmesan cheese. ed to.the mood-enhancing effects
hearts of Palm (sliced inch Note: You could substitute mar- of sunlight. They found that when
thick) in a large salad bowl and inated artichoke hearts for the the bod) is exposed to UV light,
enjoy this exotic South Beach diet hearts of palm. Or' use some of the brain releases endomorphins
palm recipe. each. that enhance the person's mood.
Dressing: L30
Dressing: Another advantage to living in re
Scup vinegar *. Florida is the abundance of.sun- Before making any change in
*3/4cupsalad orolive oil light. But remember the impor- your diet or exercise program,
salt and pepper tance of moderation. Sunlight is consult your doctor. This is espe-
Shake well. Pour dressing over necessary for the body to produce cially important if you are on any
the salad, just enough to coatthei Vitamin D, but it only takes about prescription drugs. Some drugs
lettuce well. 15minutes exposure day to meet interact badly with foods that
: this need. would otherwise be considered
Avocado, Tomato, Hearts of 'Too much sun can lead to skin "healthy.

Women's vision care is essential at all life stages

Tampa, Throughout their
lives, women will likely experience
some sort of change in their vision,
whether it be a need for glasses or
contacts, a serious infection or
even an eye disease. And because
women are more prone to eye dis-
ease than men, it is important for
them to know how to protect their
sight, even if they haven't noticed
any symptoms.
Cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic
retinopathy and age-related macu-
lar degeneration (AMD), four lead-
ing causes of blindness, are all
more prevalent in women than
men. In fact, women make up
two-thirds of the more than 3.4 mil-
lion Americans age 40 and older
who are isually impaired. Unfortu-
natel., because there is no cure for
these diseases, early detection and
treatment are the only ways to pre-
"For women, the message is,
clear," said Sarah Jordan-Holmes,
CFRE, President and CEO of Pre-
vent Blindness Florida. "See your
eye doctor for a complete eye
exam, particularly if you haven't
been for several years."
Because of these startling num-
bers, Prevent Blindness America
has designated April as Women's
Eye Health and Safety Awareness
Month. The group hopes to edu-
cate the public on the importance
of eve care and encourage women
of all ages to schedule an exam

with an eye care professional.
Even women who ade pregnant
can still have their eyes safely dilat-
ed. This is also a good time for
women who suffer from pre-exist-
ing conditions, like high blood
pressure and diabetes, to tell their
eye doctor that they are pregnant.
Because of an increase in hor-
mones, some may notice changes
in their vision including refractive
changes, dry eyes, puffy eyelids
that obscure side vision and sensi-
tivity to light due to migraine
headaches. Some vision changes
in pregnant women, such as
blurred vision and seeing spots,
may be signs of a more serious
problem and should be discussed
with a doctor immediately.
Another eye disease that affects
mostly women is chronic dry eye.
In fact, one in 12 women over the
age of 50 has the condition, which
may be caused by a decrease in
estrogen levels due to menopause
that can change the quantity and
quality of tears. Chronic dry eye
symptoms include blurred vision,
light sensitivity and sensation of
itchiness or irritation in the eyes.
Without treatment, some may ulti-
mately suffer vision loss
Women of all ages need to take
care of their vision
"There so many changes that
the body goes through over our
lifetime that it is imperative that we
monitor each of them closely,

especially our, eyes," said Jordan-
Holmes. "A young woman going
through her first pregnancy, a mid-
dle-aged woman noticing she's
having trouble with her peripheral
vision, or an elderly woman who is
having a hard time reading the
newspaper can all benefit tremen-
dously by getting a complete, pro-
fessional eye exam."
Besides early detection, Prevent
Blindness Florida offers other ways
for women to keep their eyes
Eat healthy and stay fit The
American Journal of Clinical Nutri-'
tion found that the risk of cataracts
can be lowered by eating 3.5 serv-
ings of fruits or vegetables a day.
Green leafy vegetables especially
contain loads of nutrients for the
eye. Pairing a healthy diet with
exercise will reduce the risk of dia-
Take supplements- Antioxi-
dants have been shown to actually
reduce the progression of some
eye illnesses, including AMD. Vita-
min A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vita-
min C and zinc are good sources to
help maintain eye health. ,
Quitting smoking- Besides the
typically-known side effects of
smoking including cancer, lung
disease, etc., it also increases the.
risk for eye diseases. Even second
hand smoke is dangerous.
Wear UV eye protection- When
venturing outdoors, Prevent Blind-

ness America recommends wear-
ing brimmed hats in conjunction
with UV-rated sunglasses (labeled:
absorbs 99-100 percent ol UV-A
and UV-B rays). UV rays are
extremely dangerous to the eyes.
Know your family history-
Genetics plays a key role in eye dis-
ease. Research your family's
health history and notify your eye
care professional of any eye dis-
eases that run in the family. For
more information on women's eye
health, including fact sheets on eye
.diseases,, pregnancyI and. vision,
and the safe use of cosmetics,
please call 1-800-331-2020 or visit
us at
About Prevent Blindness Ameri-
caPrevent Blindness Florida, an
affiliate of Prevent Blindness Amer-
ica, was founded in 1957. We are
Florida's leader in preserving sight.
Focused on promoting a continu-
um of vision care, we touch the
lives of hundreds of thousands of
Floridians annually through public
health & professional education,
advocacy, community programs
and .research. These services are
made possible by the generosity of
Floridians. You can help support
the sight-saving programs of Pre-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April 7,
through Thursday, April 13, are as
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 at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Bench Warmers"
(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,
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
Tickets are $5.50-for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Narconon helps
with drug addiction
Do you need help with drug
addiction? If so, call Narconon
at 1-800-556-8885.

Barbershop singers
change meeting day
The group of men who sing a
cappella harmony in the barber-
shop quartet style have changed
their meeting night to Monday
evenings at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center,
1646 U.S. 441 N. Any one who
enjoys singing harmony is invit-
.,. ed, and urged to bring a friend.
For information, contact Charlie
Bradham at (863) 467-6347.

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become
a volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship
program. lt', p prdver) life-
changing program that provides
four-year college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth
graders in local communities.
The mentor meets with the stu-
dent one hour per week at
his/her school. Volunteer oppor-
tunities are available in Indian.
River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please
call the Indian River Community
College Foundation at (772)

You can help
Kids in Distress
In Florida 200,000 children
are abused or neglected each
year. When families fail to care
for their children, the question is
whose children are these? The
answer is they belong to all of
us. You can help abused, and
neglected children by donating
your operational car, boat, truck
or other vehicle to Kids In Dis-
tress by calling (954) 390-7620.
Kids In Distress is a community-
supported agency dedicated to
the care, treatment and. preven-
tion of child abuse and neglect.
They have locations in Broward
and Palm Beach counties.

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can
invite up to 20 friends to join you
for a wildlife adventure tour,
hands on animal encounter,
games and a special craft for
everyone to make. For informa-
tion on cost and reservations,
call (863) 763-4630.

VA vans are
S running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West

Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All vet-
erans needing a ride to the VA
Medical Center should call the
County Veterans Service Officer
at (863) 763-8124 several days
ahead of time and provide
name, last four of social security
number, date and time of
appointment and whether a
wheelchair/scooter lift is need-
ed. All appointments must be
before noon. If there are any
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslade, the county veterans'
service officer.

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er In the classifleds

April 14th-15th, 8am-?,
3662 SW 16th St, Oak Park.
Come & Get IU
April 15th,
9am- 2pm,
2501 SE 24th Blvd.,
Open House & Garage Salell
Womens clothing, Kitchen
Items & mlsc things.

Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Couples
40-60 yrs. for Dining, Travel-
ing, etc. (863)946-3123

Em lo ment

E loyment
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Medical 210
Par-Time Tm .215
Job Informe~tion 225
Job Trainig 227.
Sales 230'


Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

ing for pleasant Front Recep-
tionist with computer skills,
medical billing exp. helpful.
Fax resume with references
to (863)582-9800.
Career Opportunities
Large Cattle Operation near
Yeehaw Junction seeks:
Accounts Payable Clerk
Office Manager
Positions available
Competitive salary.
Insurance & benefits,
Housing available for
most positions.
Drug Free Workplace
Call Sandy at Rollins Ranch
.Send resume: e-mail
or fax772-567-7808

Must speak English. Excellent
pay depending on drop sites.
863-467-4411 Before 4pm,

Needed Full Time or Part Time.
Call 863-467-6377
Shirley's Personal
S Care, Services.
Now taking applications for
Home Health Aides &
Certified Nursing Assistants
Please call.(863)467-6399
P/T+ Evenings
Upto 20 hrs wkly. Must be
Responsible, Reliable, have
own transportation, Leave
message @ 863-634-4089

Concrete &
Bridge Work
The Murphy
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
MAINTENANCE 5 days/week
(40 hrs). Bkgrd ck, drug Jree
workplace. (863)467-66777-
speak to Homer orVivian/
Parttime & full time.
For a Busy Child Care Center
863-467-5588 orfau
resume to 863-467-7560
The Clewiston News, Glades
County Democrat and The Sun
newspapers are looking for
writers and photographers,
part or full time, to cover local
events. If you are enjoy attend-
ing community events and
aren't shy about asking ques-
tions, this could be the job for
you. Interested applicants
should email resume, writing
samples and references to,

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Contact Ben at (863)763-7233
for appointment.
Group health, profit sharing
and 401 (k)

Drug Free Workplace E.O.E.

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




Turnpike service station needs overnight
help. Great for semi retired or people who
cannot work daytime hours. Must have
clean driver's license. Good pay, benefits
and gas allowance. Advancement
opportunities exist for good people.
Become a part of the Turnpike Team.
Apply at Ft.Drum Citgo mm 184 Fl.
Turnpike (863)763-9383 DFWR

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442



The Okeechobee News i;s seeking an Ad
Services Team Member. Thu i- a part time
position that could lead to full time
he right applicant will:
Have advanced PC computer skill-
Have good people sill-
Be a team-player .
Be organized
Be able to handle pre-ssure
Be a self-managed Lrdiidual :"
Be able to handle deadline -
'e, Have pre'%.-ou. .ale-. experience -ith a
proven track record
Desire to be succes;sul
Be able to work tle'jble hours
Knowledge in:
Quark or Pagemaker
Adobe Acrobat
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive payba.-ed on e\penence
Generou-. rtime off program
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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
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The right applicant must have:
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Cash Handling Experience
e References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits.
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
The Daily Okeehabee Naws Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

The.Seminole Tribe of Florida is accepting appli-
cations for the following position. Salesperson,
Turtle Farm, Brighton Reservation.
The -position is responsible for the marketing and
selling of products from the Turtle Farm. Devel-
oping and establishing new markets. Developing
and implementing distributor/seller marketing
programs. Identify and qualify prospective cus-
tomers. Increase the number of profitable cus-
tomers and grow sales revenue. Excellent
communication & marketing skills. Min. 2-4 yrs.
exp. in bulk food product sales or related indus-
try. High School Diploma or GED. Exc. benefits
(medical, dental, 401K) Fax resume to

High School diploma/GED
Bi-Lingual (Miccosukee/Creek)
preferred. Nursing Assistant
Cert. preferred. Valid FL Dr. Lic.
Good communication skills.
Fax resume & salary req. to:


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The Seminole Tribe of Florida is accepting applica-
tions for the following position:

Salesperson, Rock Pit, Big Cypress Reservation

Responsible for the marketing and selling of con-
struction/road materials. Developing and estab-
lishing new markets. Implementing
distributor/seller marketing programs. Identify and
qualify prospective customers. Negotiate and
close sales. Increase the number of profitable cus-
tomers and grow sales revenue. Requirements for
this position includes: Excellent communication &
marketing skills, Min. 2 yrs. exp. in construction
sales pref. High School Dip. or GED. Exc. benefits
(medical, dental, 401K). Fax resume with salary
history to (954)967-3477.

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person0To.
406 N.W. 4th Street.'(863) 357-2442

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





Case Manager
(Brighton Reservation)

Current FL RN lic. & BLS
cert. Experience in primary
care (+). Valid FL Drivers
License. Good communica-
tions skills. Fax resume &
salary requirements to:

Local cleaning
company seeking
employees. GOOD PAY.
3 Shifts, 3:30pm-11pm,
4-11pm, 5-11pm. Mon. -
Fri., 1Sat. per mo. day-
time. Must have valid FL
DL, trans. to & from
work, no criminal record.
For Application call

Attention college students:
Looking for a summer job? In-
ternships are available at the
Clewlston News, Glades
County Democrat and The Sun
newspapers. Learn about the
journalism business while
gaining work experience. Writ-
ing and photography skills re-
quired. Computer skills a plus.
Email resume and references

Attention teachers: Looking for
a part-time work or a summer
job? The Glades County
Democrat, Clewlston News
and The Sun newspapers are
looking for part-time writers
and photographers. Interested
applicants please email re-
sume, writing samples and ref-
erences to:

year old & 5 year old. Call
(863)697-1007 for details.

The Glades County Democrat,
The Sun, and the Clewiston
News newspapers have open-
ings for stringers to cover local
events. Stringers are paid per
assignment for stories and
photos. Work hours are ex-
tremely flexible. Interested ap-
plicants should e-mail resume,
writing samples and referenc-
es to:,

Available. Call (863)467-5657
References available
on request


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

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O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over

*Seamless Aluminum
Lic. #0CS.2732-01

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698

Fill Dirt available.
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


A Conditioeri :505
Antiques" 510
Applianes '515
Appliance Parts 520
Beaty Supplies 525'
Bicyef- '-. 530
Books & Magazine535
Building Materials540
BusineWssquipment 545
Carpet ugs ,S50
Chidre's. Itens 555
Chiina, Glanwam, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps. 570
Collectibles 575
Crafte/SuppBeei :1585
Cruises i. 6. 0
Drapes, LrnFa IMriM 595.
Fireplipce Fixture609
Firewood :..6".
Furnftur. 610
Purs 615
Health Reducng
Eq 20
Supplies 625
Household lteni 30
Jewelry .635'
Lamps/Lights 640
Lu ae. ..645
yc Items.,""'650
Misellne6oua :: 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office. Supplies/ .
Equipment 6. ,
Servole .670
Photolraphy 675.
Plumbing supplies m80
Pools & ,upplie ,.685
Equipment 690.
Satellite 695
Sewinp Machines. 700
.Spotng Goods 705
Stereo Equipment70
Television/Radio 7.15
Ticket. 720
Tools 725
.Toys Games 730
VCRs'" 735
Wanted to Buy: 740.

3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new In box
$1250 (954)309-8659
room, $175.
13,000 BTU. Brand new
$500 (514)710-0094 be-
tween 5-pm-
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $100-.

BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $1000 (863)697-0328
antique, great for decoration
store or farm, $2500
er, Runs great, Good batts,
$800 Or best offer. Tom
863-467-7500 days ,
100) wooden, $75

$50, (863)675-2404 after
White, Good condition.
$100. (863)675-3356
RANGE- 30" Whirlpool, self
cleaning $100
Sz. "Philco". Runs very good.
Keep your beer / soda ce
cold. $60 (863)467-9877
good condition. $150.
WASHER & DRYER- Stacked,
Kenmore, full size, Model #
110 88 7627993, $250
(863)675-2392 LaBelle
WASHER- Kenmore, $75
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1-9X2X13 5FT 1
9x2X15.5FT, 5 2X2X8FT Up-
rights 5150 (863)467-8830
21" Marble, w/smk & laucet
$30 (863)763-8548.
style. 36". Wnite $50.
TRUSSES (17) POLES 16'(6)
ASKING $1000 for all
"Smith Corona" Coronamatr.
2500. Excellent condition. $65
neg. (863)467-9877
WINDOWS, Vinyl, For Screen
Porcn. All tinted (5) 49.78.
(5) 58x82 (1) Glass window
52x63. $5001863)357-0201

PETER RABBIT Baby Carriage
Cosco. Never used $50 or
best offer 1863)467-2474
SASSY SEAT: Intant/Toddler,
$20 1863)763-6131

HOMECOMING/Pageant Dress,
Black dress write trim size 3-4
$50 & Small Navy/Royal Blue
$50 (863)675-3659

Deck, 1992 over 3000 mint
cond, $451863)697-8547
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs
old Rare iemrrs $1000 all or
best ofter.. 863-824-3358
Stadium Club 92 & '06. Topps
Series I Baseball Cards card
$750 (8631467-1484

LAP TOP, Compa Armada
E500, 40gb, DVDPlayer, CD
Burner & much more, $550.
(863)227-0263 anytime
Player, CD Burner, disquene
w/rrany extras, exc. cond.
S$650. (863)227-0263
LAPTOP-15", Absolute the top
of the line Durabook. Military
spec's Modem, router, Lthr
case. $1399.863-983-7751

BED SET- Twin, 6 pieces,
Beige w/large pink flowers.

BEDROOM SUITE, white dbl,
w/1 6-drawer dresser and 1
w/3drawer night stand, $100
or best offer (863)675-3659
BR SUITE- 9 pc Broyhlll, king
size, white washed oak,
lighted hdbd & bkshivs, enter
cab $500 (863)261-1932
CHAIR, Small, Upholstered
niulti colored Swivel, Ideal
for RV. $30. (863)467-8432
good shape. $100
Large. $60. (863)763-0486
After 6pm
DINETTE TABLE w/2 chairs,
excellent condition, $20
wood. 4 chairs & 1 bench.
Seats 6, $100. or best offer.
DINING TABLE Drop leaf sol-
id wood, circa 1950's. $100
(863) 467-7676
Entertainment Center, 2 pc.
Lighted w/ secretaries desk,
shelves, etc. Must see to ap-
preciate. $250 863)763-3423
Solid Wood. Very nice. $55
KING BED SET- headboard,
dresser w/mirror, 2 n.stands,
2 black floor lamps, $250
RECLINER- Barca Lounger,
Retail $900. Like new. Wood
arms & side. Light tan.
$200. (863)763-0582

RECLINER- Lazy Boy, Mauve.
Like new. $60
RECLINER- Lazy Boy, Rose,
Like new. $60
(8631763-0486 After 6pm
SECTIONAL- 2 recliners. L
shaped, lacK wpmri strips
Greal rond, $750 or best ol-
fer (863)634-2094
1ig, cream wiblack bkgrd
5 <2', $i00 tor both
SOFA & 2CHAIRS- cream col-
3r, dark oak.wood irim ood.
.:conrd Need cleaning, you.
move, $125 (863)467-8112
Wicker Queen bed set, chest
ol drawers, 2 nigti tables
w/lempered glass on top
$550 (9371335-0877

GOLF CLUBS- complete
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter. $95

BENCH & BARBELL set, ad-
justable bench w/leg ePl's.
400# iron weights, weight
rack, 175 863-805-0272
new, has leg extension, paid
over $2000, will sell for
$800. (863) 467-7676
200# on guides, change wi.
with peg $35. Call

Treadmill, DC motor, $75
phone (863)763-7072 : ,

LIFT CHAIR, Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
WHEEL CHAIR, Motorized w/2
heavy duty batteries. Good
cond $550. (8631675-0104

COCA-COLA Comforter set,
1 dbl comforter, flat & fitted
sheets, pillow, cases, shams
& 1 dbi bed skrt $50
Steel double sink fish clean-
ng station. 5' long $125.

GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Statocaster w,'Fender 15R am-
plifier. $250. (863)673-3860
ORGAN- Galbransen Electron-
ic, $250 (863)946-3822

COPIER- Konica 7033, comm.
with 3 drawers, duplicator,
sorter, collates, little used,
$2500 neg.(863)7693-1550

AQUARIUM- 55 gal w/stand,
$175 (863)467-9298 or
BABY GEESE (4) LaBelle area
$40 will separate.
male, complete w/tank,
stand & access. $250
mo's old w/large play top
cage. $1000. (863)763-0449
COCKATOO, Ducorpse, small-
er version from umbrella,
talks, cage incl., $650 or
best offer. (863)634-4562
DACHSHUND, Male, 6 months
old. Indoor Dog. Pure Bred.
$375. For more Info. please
call (863)763-3349
DOG BOX (2) door, In good
shape. $300 or best offer
spayed, 3yrs old, To good
home only $50
ZEBRA FINCH'S: w/Cage. $20.
(863)675-3032 after 5pm.

PUPPIES, AMC, $350. eac:n
black needed, one red read-
ed. + -.lyr'old baby in Ig
cage $550 (863)813-2495
RABBIT- Rex, week. Female
$10 i8631675-4981 Labelle

COMMODE, new, while. $25
or best oHer (863)467-1032
lons. Like New only used 6
moninths $50. 1863)763-8146

JUCUZZI- Large, Sears 6, wint
maicning insolated lop
$250. (863)675-01014
ladder, w/small deck be-
tween for 4' above ground
pool, $250. 1863)634-3200l

Witn aiiacnmenis $25.
(863)763-0557 .

KARATE PADS- approx. 10,
Greai shape. $150
Garage / Ouldoors Holds Bas-
ket Balls, Baseballs / Bais Eic.
$20 (8636F.34-5038
TRAMPOLINE- asking $75

DUAL SPKRS, 2, 12, ,i plepy
glass/wood box, 4 chrome
ports & blue light hit flash-
ers. $200 (863)634-7098.,
. per tuner car stereo, $150
(863)763-7036 or
(863)697.8906 Paul or Jel
wks. Excellent condition $50.

Model R15, Excellent condi-
tion. $55. (863)675-3944
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
Both are like brand new. $65
for both, will sep.
(863)357-4831 ,
V CR, Emerson $20

GENERATOR 5-6,000 want
surge, used 1 week, $500
COMPRESSOR- Small, $25.
as is. (863)843-0079
new $50 or best offer
GENERATOR, 2 1350 watts,
gas, B/S engine, Onan 6.3 two
cylinder, propane. $500 for
both, will sep. (863)697-9704
GENERATOR: Craftsman,
3600 watt, 4 gal., 7.0hp,
5300 surge watts. Still in
box. $500. (863)763-9527
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.

TABOO: Adult VHS's. Volumes
1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 17, 18, 19.
Asking $100 for all, will sep.

AWNINGS, will remove,
(863)824-2248 ask for Kurt
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
WANTED- Used trailer for 20ft
Pontoon boat, in good cond.
reasonably priced
(863)697-2936 .

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H Newton G Buckner, E
Buckner, L. Rnoeris A Hair.
R A McClendon. S Nlewion
BIG $ 72)562-5567


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Mliscelaneos.815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/ .-.
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850.
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

TACK- $1500 (863)467-1421
OR (863)269-1 16
blkl'wniie, asking $850
SADDLE- 13" All around, Used
4 times, oul grown Like new
$250. 1863)261-1932

HOUSE 28 unis wi/leescop-
ing pole $75.
PUSH MOWER- Briggs &
bSration 5.0 HP Gold Se-
ries. 150 (863)675-2404 al-
ier 4-30 pm
38" decpk, ,-lurn $1500

bred calves,-2 heffers, 1 bull,
wormed. Gentle, excel, for
small acreage $425 each
772)597-0669 before 9am
954)292-1811 anytime
HOGS (3) domestic, ready to
butcher. $450 for all or will
separate. (863)467-6960.

When doing those chores"
Is doing you In, It's tmne
to look for a helper Hi
the clssilieds.

SADDLES (2) 1 Adult & 1
child, never been used. $350
for both will sell separate


Condos/- .
Townhouses Rent926O
Farm Property '.
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent : '..935
Resort Property .
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent ',955
Storage Space ,
Rent 960

APTS. 2BR/1BA, $800 mo.,
1st, last & $400 sec. dep. to
move in. Call (863)763-9225
or stop by 406 SW 2nd St
EFFICIENCY on 441 & 15 A
Furnished w/utilities.
$125 wk. + $300 sec. dep.
Call 863-610-1027

Available Approx. 6/1/06
West Side of New Courthouse
Call Judy (863)467-0831

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780 acre ranch with home,
1.5 mi, paved road frontage,
will not subdivided, $11,500.
per acre, call John, The Tucker
Group, Cell 863-697-0413,
res. 863-357-8769,
off. 863-763-4010

OKEE. BIKING 1.5 ac Near
paved Rd/Park. Trees, power,
uplands. Photos $49,900. Pat
at Coastal RIty (561)357-0554

WATERFRONT By owner 3br,
2ba, 1900 sq ft, A/C, 12'x56'
lanai, 2 car gar., Approx.
3000 sq ft under roof. Like
new. 80' Seawall, Boat dock
w/Lift. Freshwater to dock.
Open Sunday 2pm-4pm

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*Competitive Contract

Excellent Benefits Available



Competitive Pay

Medical Insurance

401 K Savings Plan

Paid Vacations

CALL (863)763-2158

Taylor Creek Condo, 1/1
ground fir., furn./unfurn.,
750 mo. Owner/Agent.

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise you'
yard sale hi the clMassl-
-fleds and make your
clean muabraeezol

Basswood Estates,
(2) 3BR/2BA Homes, new,
$900 mo. + sec. dep. &
refs. (561)333-7490
CBS, 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. House on
Rim Canal, Large kitchen.
-$900 mo., isi last & sec.
Please call (863)763-8711
CBS 3BR1BA W/D updt'd
bath, kit. & fling. nci City wa-
ter in town. Adult park. $1100
mo. + Sec. 561-346-4692
New 3/2,'1600 s.f.,
no garage, large yard
$1400 mo., + 1st, last & sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new. tile lthroughoul,
$1295'mo, 1st & sec, Nopeis
2oa, No pes, $1100 + sec
dep, rels, (863)781-1317 or
Pioneer Estates, SW Sec. of
Okee, 2BR/2BA, 1/2 acre, all
apple's & water incl., $800
mo., 1st, last & $500 sec.
dep.. 6 ros. lease w/oplion
to exiend lease, avail
4/24/06. 863-634-2697
Richard or 863-634-0848
Michelle. "
Basswood, New 3 BR, 2 BA
W/i1 Car garage. Bruises Credit
Okay. 000 down. $1400
rrio wan $300 going toward
down payment.
Call 863-467-0128
2BR/2BA. Stove & Refrigerator
Laundry rm w/ W/D New
floors & cabneis Screen
porcn. in lown, lawn service,
Non-smoking environ., rio
dogs $1000/mo 1st. last and
$1000sec. (94t)504-3954
TCI- r 2 5ba, Lake access,
dJO:K Fla tm, Ira. screen rm,
tully turn. Central air/neat.
city water & sewer W/D
Dishwasher $1250/mo +
isl1 las3t & sec

Professional Office space lor
rent, HWY 441 Norm, Approx
1200 sq ft For more into
Call (863)763-6496

OKEE. Female preferred. Privi-
lees Kil. Internet access.
WD Big yard $400. mo. +
', : utl. 561-317 -8428

Real Estate


Business Placis ,
Sale 1005
Commercial ,..
Property Saleti t10.
Concdos/ .
Townhouse. S l1015
Farms Sale :1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030.
Investment, -
Property Sat. 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale. 1055
Property Inspection10i0
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property --
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of-
fice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic
tile. Price reduced $265,000.
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
OKEE. Across From Lake. New
3/2 CBS Home. W/gar. In
nice area. W/Comm. pool.
High ceilings, Lots of tile,
Loads of storage & much
more. Move Right In!l
$204,900. Call
$149,900. Convert SWMH
2br 2ba New roof & paint on
private lake Only minutes
from lake Okee. Brng offers
CallLevi Von Zamft
Keller Williams Realty
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $265k.
BR, 2 Ba, on large lot. Circular
driveway. 2 car garage. All. ap-
pliances & new carpet.

12 Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 13, 2006

Mobile Homes I Recreation


Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

WATERFRONT, Furn. 1 br
travel trailer screen porch
$475. mo. incl elec. $300 Sec


(o wonder neMwpper
rede ae more popular

Must sell in 1 week, Knots
Landing RV park $3000 firm
MOBILE HOME- Lake access,
2br, 2ba, on 160x80 lot,
shed, 2 screen porches, boat
ramp, dock, $155,000 neg.
Call for more info
w/12x34 addition, carport
w/storage, CH/CA, watersys-
tem, W/D, lots of extras, Rim
Canal, on rented lot, Re-
duced to Sell! $15,000.
. 6542 Hwy 441 SE.,

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


AIR BOAT 12ft fiber glass,
everything but prop & motor.
$750 or best offer
AIR BOAT, 4 cyl., Lycoming,
Runs good. $5000.
(561)248-0616 Okeechobee.
AQUASPORT- '99, Center con-
sole, 40hp Yamaha Brand
new, Only used once
$3000. 863-634-7780
BOAT TRAILER, '97, fair con-
dition, new tires, holds
19'-21' boat, $700 or best
offer. (863)634-6189
CANOE, 17 Ft., Fiberglass.
$50. Call (863)675-0369 af-
ter 5:15 pm or on weekends.
hp Suzuki 4 stroke. Lots of ex-
tra's & trailer. $6500. or best
offer. (863)634-2342
66ft, Paddle Wheel,
Repo, sacrifice $8000.
JON BOAT 17', w/motor &
trl., 70 HP Johnson trim &
tilt. $7,000. (863)467-6960
PONTOON- 28', 50hp, New
deck & carpet. Very good
condition, On water, $3500.
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $600 neg
(863)467-5725 for more info
Salvanized tandem axle,
850 (561)723-1690
PROCRAFT 17' 140HP Mer-
cury with trailer, very fast.
Asking $2500. Call Nick,
SEA KAYAK-17' Prijon Kodiak,
red, with paddle, $535.

privacy panels w/zippers,
size can be adjusted, $375.
for awning. $50. or best of-
fer. (772)201-8932

I PubicNo ice

I Boats

MOTORHOMES, (2), not run-
ning but good drive train,
You Haul. $100 will sell sep-
arately. (863)465-6248
Ft., Lg. refrig. elec. hot water,
stove A/C. Toilet w/direct
hook, $1000 (740)202-3517
AC, sips 4, $500
Sunllne, '05 T2499, 0 trip
miles, exc. cond., $19,000
or best offer. (863)357-2891
after 3pmr

EVINRUDE 28 SPL Elec start,
all controls, exc runner,
$600 or best offer
OB MOTOR- 225HP, Evinrude,
long shaft, $1400

Ft. Boat or 17 Ft. Canoe, 8"
wheels. Good condition. $160

GSXR750 '04- great shape,
garage kept $5500
Dyna-Glide lowrlder, FXDLI,
2400 ml, $15,500 or best
offer (863)697-8572
HONDA 450 1982, Peanut
tank. Good starter bike Tran-
ny has overdrive. $900.
(863)675-0556 LaBelle.
RM 125, '01, FMF Shortie fac-
ing exhaust, race ready,
power band every gear,
$2000. (863)763-2730
$2500, call for details
YAMAHA TTR125, 2001, off
road, excel. cond. $1300

new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO KART Scorpion, 2 seater,
roll bars,. great shape, $600
firm. (863)634-8828 days or
(863)763-4132 eve's.
POLARIS 300 '94- 4x4 4
wheeler, $800 needs pull
cord (863)634-5402

Honda ATC 3 Wheelers (2),
185 & 200 Both run well,
start 1st pull $1000 will sep.
Honda Forman ATV, '00, 4x4,
wrecked, for parts or can be
repaired, 400 hrs., $1800.
(863)634-3350 Iv. msg.
80cc, Mint cond. $1499

la, 1983, needs some work.
$1850 (401)625-5223 in



good tires, 120K, windshield
cracked, have new one. runs
great $2000 (863)763-2730
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $400.
runs good, needs brakes,
$1000. or best offer
(863)697-6384 after 5pm
SATURN SC2, 1995 5 spd.,
2 dr., white, nice shape, a/c
blows cold, $1400/best of-
fer. Call Rob, 863-634-7299.
'96, SW2, Good cond. Look
excellent. Great gas mi.
$1600. (863)228-2185
TOYOTA CAMRY, '95, needs
work or good for parts, body
in good cond., $300 or best
offer. (863)673-0645

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

BRONCO' II '89 perfect en-
gine, rebuilt trans, 0 miles,
needs paint but no rust, $1750
firm. (863)805-8789
CHEVY BLAZER K5-'93, Auto,
4x4, A/C, New CD player,
Runs great. $5000.
FORD F150 1986- Made for
Offroadl 300, w/30/12W/15's
& extra set of tires & rims
$1200 neg.'(863)673-5995

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

ENGINE, 3208 Caterpillar,
Like new. (Ran in truck for
only 20 min.) $2500.
863-612-0657 -
FORD F150 '79- 351 Windsor,
engine good for rebuild,
good trans, body rough,
300 (863)675-2759
Glasstek Topper, w/sliding
glass window on front and
sides fits, 8ft bed on Ford
truck $300 (863)697-8906

I Pu li Notice

GMC 1/ ton, 1974, short bed,
good cond, no engine or
'trans. Can supply $1500
neg. (772)519-3979
PULL ENGINE, good shape,
$60. (239)657-4348
RIMS & TIRES (4) Off Audi, 4
lug, 50% tread, asking $50
RIMS (4) 16 x 8Dodge, 81ug,
stock alloy rims, w/center
caps, $150 (863)675-0188
set of Urethane Bushing's.
for Mustang '86-'93. Sacri-
fice $150. (863)824-0801
TIRES, 4 wheels, new, off '06
Rincon, only 20 miles, $400
or best offer. (954)448-8253
Iv. message
TIRES, Cooper Discoverer, A-
T, 315-75-R16, 95% tread,
$350. (863)634-3251

CHEVY 1/2 TON PU '83- 350
auto, 40K miles, needs some
work $1500 or best offer
CHEVY 4X4 PU '04- X Cab,
39K ml, $19, 500 or take
over payments
DODGE DAKOTA '94- needs
engine rebuilt, & trans work,
good body, tool box $500
neg (863)76302379
FORD F100, '83, auto, air,
300ci, new tires, two-tone
blue, $1700. (863)697-3306
FORD F150- '78, Slant 6, Re-
built Trans & Motor. Needs
TLC $400. or best offer.
FORD F150 PICKUP 1995,
May need sensory & alterna-
tor. $2000 or best offer.
FORD PU '90- 302 eng, needs
minor work, $700 or best of-
fer (863)673-1625 LaBelle
4.3 V6, Cold A/C. $1500 or
best offer. (863)697-8136
MITSUBISHI "88 2x4, mighty
Max, pick up, 30 mpg, need
head and battery, rest ok.
$800 (863)805-8789
TONNEAU COVER- Hinged, for
full size PU, short box, $150
.(863)675-2065 '

closed w/ramp door. Like
new. $1800 (863)763-4982
dumps, $300
. (863)843-2495

Trailer, deck over, dove tail,
92" wx20'i, $1500 or best
offer. (863)610-1797

CHEVY- 3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
passenger, good tires, rides
good on .hwy, $690
'96, Seats 7, A/C, New tires,
Runs Great. $2500.
Runs Great. Dependable.
Asking $800.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 2005-CA-412
JAMES RICH, the unknown heirs, devi-
sees or legatees of MARY L. FIETS,
deceased, and all other parties claim-
ing to have any right, title or interest in
the subject real property.
tion to quiet title to the following de-
scribed real property in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
Lots 9 and 10, Block 35, OKEECHOBEE
PARK, according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 1, pages 28 and
35, public records-of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Lot 14, Block 26, SUBDIVISION OF A
according to the plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 1 page 28, public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on TOM W.
RA. ,'whose address is Post Office
-Drawer 1367, Okeechobee, FLorida
34973, and file the original with the
Clerk of the above styled Court on or
before May 14, 2006; otherwise a
judgment may be entered against you
for the relief demand in the Com-
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on April 6,2006.
Clerk of Said Court
By: /S/ Carol White
Deputy Clerk
127794 ON 4/13,20,27;5/4/06

Community Events

Kiwanis plan Easter breakfast
The Kiwanis Club will host its 35th annual Easter pacake breakfast
from 7 until 10:30 a.m. on'Sunday, April 16, at the Freshman Campus,
610 S.W Second Ave. The cost is a $5 donation. The menu will consist
of pancakes, homemade sausage patties, fresh squeezed orange juice
and coffee. For information, call Maureen Burroughs at (863) 763-2225.

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 replace one of their

Free tax counseling service offered
AARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday begin-
ning through April 17 from 9.a.m. until 1 p.m., at the American Legion
Post #62, 501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volunteer run, tax
counseling preparation service that can answer most of the tax issues
faced by middle to low income taxpayers, with special attention to tax-
payers 60 years old or older. Please bring last year's tax return, all W-2s,
1099s, interest, dividend, broker and Social Security statements for
2005. Picture ID, Social Security card and birth dates are required for
everyone that is to be listed on the return. A blank check for direct
deposit of refund is also required. AARP-Taxaide does not do state
income tax returns. For information, call Neile Foreman, district coordi-
nator, at (863) 357-1694.

Main Street Mixer is planned
A Main Street Mixer will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 5 until 7 p.m.
at the Shoe Box, 3264 U.S. 441 S.

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 Univer-
sity 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 envi-
ronmental management and enrollment is increasing greatly. For infor-
mation, contact Kim Wilson by calling (772) 468-3922, ext. 126; or, by
e-mail at

Learning coalition plans interviews
The Early Learning Coalition executive committee, 2415 S. 29th St.,
Fort Pierce, will hold interviews for a new executive director on
Wednesday, April 19, and Friday, April 21, from 3 until 9 p.m.

Local airboat group to meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Pier II
Motel, 2200 U.S. 441 S.E. Agenda items include summer activities,
scholarship allocations and contributions to Grad Night. All members
are encouraged to attend. Snacks will be provided.

IRCC hosting job fair
The Indian River Community College (IRCC) will host their 10th
annual job fair on Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at their
main campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. For information, con-
tact Susan Bradley at (772) 462-7468; or, 1-866-866-4722, ext. 7468.

Chamber Coffee Klatch slated
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold their
monthly Coffee Klatch on Thursday, April 20, at the Eckerd Family Youth
Alternatives, Inc., facility at 7200 U.S. 441 N. This morning social will
begin at 8 a.m. For information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at
(863) 763-6464.

Disaster training class planned
A disaster training class will be held Thursday, April 20, at the Ameri-
can Red Cross, 323 North Parrott Ave., from 6 until 9 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.

Businesswomen's group will meet
The Okeechobee Businesswomen's Networking Group will meet
Friday, April 21, at 11:30 at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441
S.E. Bring a business associate, giveaway items, flyers and brochures.
For information, call Robin at 763-4878; or, visit their website at

Juvenile Justice Council will meet
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting Friday, April 21, at noon in the meeting room at
Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okee-
chobee County. For information, call Pat Connor at (863) 763-3536.

Scouts plan activity show
Local Scout troops will be on hand on Saturday, April 22, from 8
a.m. until 1 p.m. in Flagler Parks 2, 3 and 4 to promote local Boy
Scout activities. The event will include the District Pinewood Derby,
Boy Scout skills and craft booths, along with an airboat, swamp
buggy and race-car display. Everyone is invited. For information on
the event, contact Tammy Jansen at (863) 447-1189.

Fundraiser will benefit ARC
The Knights of Columbus Council- 11284 will have their annual
Tootsie Roll fundraising drive to benefit the Okeechobee ARC on
Saturday, April 22, at Wal-Mart, Publix and U-Save from 10 a.m. until

DuPuis hosting Earth Day celebration
Celebrate Earth Day this year at DuPuis Management Area on Sat-
urday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be
Rick Householder, senior geographer from the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD). He will give a simple lesson on how
to use your GPS. A treasure hunt will follow his presentation, so
bring your own GPS to play. Enjoy live native wildlife presentations
by the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. You'll also be able to learn all
about the bald eagles at DuPuis through presentation and video
with Dr. Dale Hipson of the Audubon's Eagle Watch Program. Food,
snacks and drinks will be available to purchase through the Boy
Scouts, or you can pack your own picnic lunch. For more informa-
tion, call the SFWMD at 800-432-2045, ex. 3339. DuPuis is located
about 7 miles west of the S.R. 710 on U.S. 76 (Kanner Hwy.) junc-
tion, and 3 miles east of Port Mayaca. Enter at the Visitors Center,

Adult CPR class is scheduled
An adult CPR class will be held at the American Red Cross, 323
North Parrott Ave., on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. until noon. For
information, call (863) 763-2488.

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 instruc-
tor, Mrs. Bryan, at (863) 763-0351. The cost of the class is $10, and
must be paid by check only.

Red Cross honors its volunteers
Volunteer Appreciation Week for the American Red Cross will be
held April 23-29. For information, call (863) 763-2488.

Collaborative council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday, April
25, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County School
Board at 700 S.W. Second Avenue.

Red Cross meeting slated
The annual meeting of the Red Cross will be held Wednesday,
April 26, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the local branch office, 323 North Par-
rott Avenue. For information, call (863) 763-2488.

Early Learning Coalition to meet
Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties will
meet Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the One Stop Career Center,
2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce. The executive com-
mittee will meet following the coalition meeting.

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

Sorority plans Founders Day celebration
The annual Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Founder's Day will be held April
27 at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S.W. Second
St. All members of the local Beta Sigma Phi chapters will come together
to honor the founder and some outstanding women in the community.
For information, call Linda at (863) 467-1070.

First Aid class is offered
First Aid Basics class will be given at the American Red Cross, 323
North Parrott Ave., on Thursday, April 27, from 6 until 9 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2488.

CCC to host guest speakers
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, April 28, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County
School Board office, 700 S.W. Second Avenue. The purpose of the
meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and
share information regarding services for children and their families.
The guest speaker will be Tammy Jansen with the Boy Scouts, and
Christina Kaiser from United for Families. For information, call, (8631)
462-5000, ext. 257.

Free memory loss screenings offered
-The Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free
memory loss screenings on Friday, April 28, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m-
Appointments are needed for the screenings, and the screenings are
open to any age group. The screening will be completed by the St.
Mary's memory'disorder staff and immediate results will be given. For
information, call Donna True at (800) 861-7826 ext. 1 or (772) 285-

SFWMD meeting on recreation planned
The Kissimmee River Valley Public Use and Recreation meeting will.
be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Basinger Com-
munity Center on U.S. 98. The purpose of meeting is to provide arn
opportunity for South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to
meet with community members that are interested in using the
restored Kissimmee River Valley region for public use and recreation.
Learn about the Kissimmee River Restoration Project and the recre-
ational opportunities available for you on SFWMD lands.

GPS class is offered
A U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 57 G.P.S. program will be held Saturday,
April 29, from 1 until 5 p.m. in room 232 of the Osceola Middle School,
825 S.W. 28th St. Participants must pre-register. Materials cost $25. For
information, call (863) 467-3085.

Church hosting gospel group
Believer's Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host a gospel
sing featuring New Ground on Sunday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call Mickie Slayton at (863) 467-6654.

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. There will be a spe
cial tribute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a class fromri
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.

Fundraiser aids Hospice residence
Hospice of Okeechobee is currently raising funds for their residence,
The Hamrick Home. They are selling tickets for a 2006 20-foot Shearwa-
ter boat complete with a 150hp, four-stroke EFI Suzuki outboard and an
aluminum trailer. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each at Eli's West--
ern Wear, Elite Title, Gilbert Chevrolet, Lakeshore Marine, Don's Appli-
ance, Riverside National Bank, Quail Creek Plantation and Hospice of
Okeechobee. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be held on
4uly4. For information, call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321.

The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, 2nd Floor, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm
Beach, Florida 33406, for Picayne Strand Demolition, Collier County, FL on
Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. local time, at which timely submitted bids
mil L,; ,,"e. 3 ,', Ji h.i/read. Project consists of structure demolition & re-
IT i -i -i. ,rea formally known as Southern Golden Gate Estates.
items to be removed include structures, fencing, concrete slabs, water wells,
boats, automobiles, miscellaneous trash, also abandonment & capping of 65 well
sites & septic tanks. An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Wednes-
day, April 26, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Max Hasse Park, 3390 Golden Gates Blvd.
W., Naples, FL 34120. For directions call (239) 597-1505 x7603. A sie test will
Immediately follow olan holders are stronalv encouraged to attend
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB). Interest-
ed respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by downloading it for tree
Sat ww.sfwtdnov. purchasing a set for $12.00 at the above address, by calling
(561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The
public is Invited to attend the bid opening. Information on the status of this so-
flcitation can be obtained at ourweb sll
126738 ON 4/13/06
Pursuant to Ch 713.585(6) FS. United American Lien & Recovery as agent with
power of attorney will sell the following vehicles) to the highest bidder subject to
any liens; net proceeds deposited-with the clerk of court owner/lienholder has
right to hearing and post bond; owner may redeem vehicle for cash sum of lien;
all auctions held in reserve
Inspect 1 week prior @ llenor facility; cash or cashier check; 15% buyer prem; any
person Interested ph (954) 563-1999
Sale date May 5,2006 @ 10:00 am 3411 NW 9th Ave., FL. Lauderdale, FL 33309
15935 2000 Ford Expedtion Ut Vin#: 1FMRU176XYLA67979 R/O Andrea Booker
Gay 4004 57 TernVero Bch, FLRichard Byron Gay 337 A W Simbrow Or Sebas-
tian FL I/h Sun Trust Bank POB 305053 Nashville, TN Cost: Kelly Hunt 2435
Grassmere Or W Melbourne FL Lienor: Michael Gool Garage & Towing 2855 SR
60 Okeechobee FL 772-569-0516 lien amt $2186.50.
Licensed & bonded auctioneers Flab 422 Flau 765 & 1911
127802 ON 4/13/06

Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will seA at Public Auction 0
free from all prior lens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to FloridaStatutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Pt., FL 33438.
1996 Chrysler Convertible(Whl)
Sale Date: April 24,2006 @9:00 AM
126242 ON 4/6,13/06



Sto tn e
best t..O.s
and serices. ,

'95, 2 dr, New tires Nice in-
side & out. Well maintained.
$1500. firm (863)214-1286.
Electronic Everything. Just
needs TLC. $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)467-4998
86K, Auto. A/C, Orig. owner.
Good cond. $2500.
(863)612-1648 .
AC, auto, new brakes, $2000
or best offer (810)625-4270
TRY '98, 62K mIs. Good con-
dition. 1. Owner. Book=$6850
Asking $5800.863-467-1301
5spd., Runs good. Good on
gas. Minor right side damage.
$1200. (863)467-7720
Good running car. $400.
'90 Station Wagon, $1000.

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