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Vol. 97 No. 104 Friday, April 14, 2006 504 Plus tax


Inside
Woman charged
with doctor shopping
An Okeechobee woman
already .in jail on charges of
trafficking in hydrocodone, is
now facing additional charges
of doctor shopping.
Anne M. Sales, 30, U.S. 441
S.E., was charged with doctor
shopping Tuesday, April 11.
Her bond on that charge has
been set at $5,000.
Sales was originally arrest-
ed on Feb. 20 by Officer Justin
Bernst of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD). At
that time she was charged
with. trafficking in
hydrocodone, and two counts
of possession of a controlled
substance without a valid pre-
scription. She was then
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
$90,000.
Page 2

Hospital supports
conference center
Indian River Community
College (IRCC) has launched a
$2.5 million fund-drive to
build the Williamson Confer-
ence and Educational Center
for economic, community,
cultural and business develop-
ment at its Dixon Hendry
Campus in Okeechobee. The
Center is named after long-
time Okeechobee residents,
Frank "Sonny" Williamson,
and his wife, Betty, for their
support of the new facility.
Page 3

Police: Booster's
death an accident
MEMPHIS, Tenn. CAP) -- A
University of Alabama football
booster died when he hit his
head in an accidental fall at
home, rather than being slain
as first thought, the police
director said Thursday.
Police initially described
the death of 65-year-old
Logan Young as a bloody slay-
ing after a fierce struggle but
quit calling it a homicide a day
later.
"He fell in his house, hit his
head on a metal stair railing
and died from that injury,"
Memphis Police Director Larry
Godwin said at a news confer-
ence.
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Drought Index
Current: 484
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.20 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
15.32 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
level.)

Index
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Comics . . . . . .9
Community Events . .4
Crossword . . . . .10
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion . . . . . .4
Speak Qut . . . . .4
Sports . . . . . . .5
TV .............. 11
Weather ...........2.

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when the Easter bunny arrived at A Child's World by helicopter. Care giver Sharon Poiri-
er (left) reassured him as the helicopter took off.


Kiwanis to continue tradition


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis Club members will
continue a 35-year tradition this
coming Easter Sunday, April 16,
from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with
their all-you-can-eat pancake
breakfast.
The breakfast will take place
for the first time at the Okee-
chobee Freshman Campus cafe-
teria, 610 S.W Second Ave. In
past years, the breakfast was held
at Teen Town. However, because
of hurricane damage to the Teen
Town building the venue was
changed.
Many Kiwanis Club members
who make up the pancake com-
mittee have been hard at work
planning the event. Donations of
time, cash and supplies have
assisted the group in setting-
everything in motion for a suc-


cessful fundraiser.
Club member Red Larson, of
Larson's Dairy, donated close to
300 pounds of fresh sausage,.
while 32 gallons of fresh orange
juice was donated to the cause
by Joe Hazellief, of Hazellief
Groves.
Each year club members vol-
unteer their time selling tickets
and taking donations to raise
funds to benefit the Kiwanis Club
Scholarship Fund. According to
club treasurer Frank Irby more
than $3,000 has been taken in
through ticket.sales and dona-
tions for this year's breakfast.
Longtime Kiwanian Don Kelly
has taken in about $1,200 in tick-
et sales and donations. With the
ticket price for the breakfast set at
only $5, Mr. Kelly has the distinc-
tion of having sold the equivalent
of 600 tickets.
Another facet of the efforts


involved in preparation are the
hours of time spent in set up.
Club members have been plan-
ning this 'event for months and
will be on hand to begin set up
for the event as early as Friday
afternoon. They will be setting up
tents, tables and positioning
cooking stations.
In addition, all of the food will
be cooked and guests will be
seated and served by Kiwanis
Club members and other volun-
teers.
It was noted that in past years
the club has been host to more
than 600 guests for the event.
This year, the First Methodist
Church will work in cooperation
with Kiwanis Club in serving
pancake breakfasts to guests at
the church. Tickets purchased
through Kiwanis Club volunteers
will be honored at the church
breakfast.


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Some of the many Kiwanis Club members who have donated
their time to planning the club's annual Pancake Breakfast
were on hand to discuss last minute preparations at Thurs-
day's club meeting and included (left to right) Darrell Enfinger,
Red Larsen, Greg Thogerson, Don Kelly and club president
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Local woman is charged with doctor shopping


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman
already in jail on charges of traf-
ficking in hydrocodone, is now
facing additional charges of doc-
tor shopping. .
Anne M.
Sales, 30, U.S.
441 S.E., was
charged with
doctor shop-
ping Tuesday,
April 11. Her
bond on that
charge has
been set, at Anne
$5,000. Sales
Sales was'
originally arrested on Feb. 20 by
Officer Justin Bernst of the Okee-
chobee City Police Department
(OCPD). At that time she was


charged with trafficking in
hydrocodone, and two counts of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a valid prescrip-
tion. She was then booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $90,000.
She was still in jail when
arrested Tuesday by members of
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force.
According to Detective Captain
Dale LaFlam of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the doctor shopping charge is
filed when a person goes from
doctor to doctor to get prescrip-
tions either to sell or because they
are addicted to them.
An OCSO arrest affidavit states
that between Nov. 17, 2004, and
Feb. 10, 2006, Sales had seen nine
different doctors. The affidavit
states that many of the prescrip-


tions she received were for either
oxycodone or hydrocodone.
That affidavit goes on to state
that between Jan. 20, 2006, and
Feb. 10, 2006, she received four
prescriptions for a total of 241 pills
- 231 -oxycodone and 10
hydrocodone.
The affidavit states that both
oxycodone and hydrocodone are
opiates, making them similar in
therapeutic use.
"She was doing this for the
sole purpose of getting pain med-
ications," said Capt. LaFlam. "She
was going to different doctors
within about a 30-day period."
The arrest' affidavit states that
Sales visited different doctors dur-
ing this period to reportedly
obtain either hydrocodone or
oxycodone. Upon visiting the
doctors, she would initial a pain
assessment form, thereby agree-


ing to not attempt to get pain
medications from other doctors
without telling them that she was
already receiving the medications
from another physician, contin-
ued the affidavit.
According to Florida state
statute 893.13 (8) it is a third-
degree felony to receive "... a
controlled substance or a pre-
scription for a controlled sub-
stance of like therapeutic use
from another practitioner within
the previous 30 days."
In at least two instances during
this 30-day period, continued the
affidavit, she initialed two pain
assessment forms. And in one
instance she answered "no" on a
questionnaire that asked if she
was taking any other drugs or
medications, continued the affi-
davit.


By EricKopp
Okeechobee News
A 16-year-old Okeechobee teen
arrested last month for his alleged
connection in 28 car burglaries has
been re-arrest-
ed and charged.
as an adult.
Brock a Tyler
Sherrill, Conner
Highway, was
booked into the
Okeechobee
County Jail
Tuesday, April
11, under a Brock
bond of Sherrill
$42,000. He is
currently charged with 28 counts of
burglary of a conveyance, five
counts of grand theft and six
counts of second-degree petit theft.
When Sherrill was originally
arrested by Detective M.D. Faulkner
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCOS) on March 21 he
was charged with 28 counts of bur-
glary of a conveyance, 16 counts of
grand theft and three counts of
felony mischief. Following that
arrest, he was taken to the Juvenile
Detention Facility in Fort Pierce.
Detective Faulkner said Sherrill
is currently being held in the juve-
nile part of the jail, even though he
is charged as an adult.
The detective explained that after
Sherrill's arrest last month, he could
only be held in the Fort Pierce facility
for 21 days. During this period, the
state reviewed his case and elected
to charge the teen as an adult.
The detective also arrested
three other Okeechobee men last
month in connection with the
alleged burglaries Esteban Ben-
itez, 18, S.W. 18th Ave.; Ricky
Garza, 18, S.R. 70 W; and Eliasar
Tinajero, 19, N.W. 42nd Ave.
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veyance, 16 counts of grand theft
and three counts of felony criminal
mischief. His bond was set at
$115,000.
Garza and Tinajero were each
charged with 28 counts of burglary
of a conveyance, 16 counts of
grand theft and three counts of
felony mischief. Both were booked
into the county jail under a bond of
$117,500 each.
Detective Faulkner said a majori-
ty of the items reportedly stolen
were taken from unlocked vehicles.
He said the four men would park
their vehicle then walk through an
area"... and slowly check vehicles
to see if theywere unlocked."
He has been able to recover
$2,500 in property that had been
reported stolen. Between the items
stolen and the damage done to the
vehicles during the alleged break-
ins the total dollar amount could
top the $15,000 mark, said Detec-
tive Faulkner.
The detective estimated that 50
percent of the items allegedly
stolen were sold to a middleman.
On TIesday, March 28, Detec-
tive Faulkner arrested 19-year-old
Gerardo Garcia, N.W. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, and charged him
with one count of dealing in stolen
property.
The detective described Garcia
as "the go-to guy" and estimated
that he sold those items reportedly
taken from.,the unlocked cars for
%well over $500.
"He had the ability and connec-
tions to sell to people that wanted
that stuff," said Detective Faulkner.
"A good percentage of that went to
him and he sold it for a profit."
He went on to say that some of
the proceeds from the alleged
thefts went for drugs, while some
went."... for their own enjoyment."


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News Briefs

FHP seeks help with fatality crash
INDIANTOWN The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is looking for
witnesses to a fatal crash that occurred March 18 at 8:45 p.m. on S.R.
714 at Fox Brown Road.
Anyone who has information about this crash should contact
Corporal Mike Lanam at 800-356-8921, ext. 225.

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, from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
The symposium will provide information to local construction
contractors, specialty contractors, vendors, workforce development
and people seeking jobs with construction contractors.
For information, contact Alvin B. Jackson at 800-432-2045, ext.
4041.

City has openings on boards
OKEECHOBEE The City of Okeechobee currently has open-
ings on their Code Enforcement Board, as well as their Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment/Land Planning Agency/Design Review
Board.
Membership of the boards, where possible, shall consist of any
of the following: architect, general contractor, realtor, business per-
son and lay person.
Board terms are three years, and city and county residents may
apply.
No member of a citizen board shall be an employee of, or hold
any elective position of office with the City of or County of Okee-
chobee.
Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.
For information, call the City Clerk's Office at (863) 763-3372, ext..
215.

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

Homebuyer classes held each week
OKEECHOBEE The USDA, rural housing service, can now loan
up to $172,632 for housing mortgages for very low and low-income
applicants.
For prequalification for this loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuyer classes.
Classes are held on Wednesdays, starting at 9 a.m.


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Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Students of the week
Congratulations to our many outstanding students selected for students of the week at Ever-
glades Elementary. Kindergarten students are Homer Bowers, Kayla Aguilar, and Brianna
Thomas. Representing first grade are Dakota Myers, Margarita Elias, Anna Torres, Leon
Chambers, Alex Ortiz, Daniel Romero, and Leonel Alvarado. Second grade students are
Summer Cotton, Kristen Dryden, Valerie Alvarez, Wesley Harrell, and Annallell Hernandez.
Third grade students are Tabitha Kelly, Patricia Duque, Daniel Starnes, Kasl Rowland, Alex
Pluskot, Cham Latch, Daniel Hernandez, and Matthew Gabor. Fourth grade students were
Terry Boatwright, and Chayse Harrell. Fifth grade were Jose,JImenez, and Kyle Burkhardt.


Arrest Log


The following individuals were OCPD on a charge of driving under
arrested on felony or driving under the influence. His bond was set at
the influence (DUI) charges by the $750.
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Thomasife J. Jumper, 27,
(OCSO), the Okeechobee City Brighton, was arrested April 7 by
Police Department (OCPD), the 'Deputy Corporal Brian Hagan on a
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the felony traffic charge of driving
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva- while license suspended with
tion Commission (FWC) or the knowledge habitual offender
Department of Corrections (DOC). Her bond was set at $500.
Levern Chandler, 47, LarrySt., Cody Wayne Clanton, 20, S.E.
Starke, \was arrested April 6 by 35th A\e., Okeechobee, wasarrest-
DOC's Michael White on a charge ed April 8 by Deputy Roy Gilchrist
of violation of probation pur- on a charge of possession of
chase of marijuana. He is being cocaine with intent to sell and pos-
held without bond. session of cocaine. His bond \vas
Robert Foster. 46, N.E. 15th set at$35,000.
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Rodolfo Martinez-Esqui.el,
.April 6 by Deput Ro\ Gilchrist on a 40, N.E. 78th Way, Okeechobee,
charge of aggravated assault. His was arrested April 8 by the OCPD
bond w\as set alt 15,000 on a charge of battery on a law
John \\a) ne Jones, 51, N.W enforcement officer. His bond was
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was set at $5,000.
arrested April 6 by Deputy M. Flow- Phillip Wayne Purvis, Jr., 37,
ers on an Okeechobee Count war- S.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was
rant charging him \with fleeing to arrested April 8 by Deputy Kenneth
elude a law enforcement officer Sarros on a charge of driving under
and refusal to submit to ,a the influence. His bond was set at
breath/urine test. He was released $500. .
on his ownrecognizance. William Edward Lewis,. 27,
Jean Marie Gamble, 4 1, N.E. SW. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was
78th \\a,, Okeechobee, was arrest- arrested April 9 by Deputy Corporal
ed April 6 by Deputy Raul Marrero Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee
on a charge of aggravated assault C6unty warrant charging him with
\itrh a deadly weapon. Her bond violation of probation driving
was set at $1,500. while license suspended. His bond
William K. Girard, 44, Vero wassetat$20,000. :.- .
Beach,. was arrested April 7 by the e Bryan Lee Kennedy, Jr., 21,


Golden girl
Aalia Murphy, a gold honor roll student at Central Ele-
mentary School, played one of the many arcade games at
Ali's Arcade Tuesday morning. All gold honor roll stu-
dents earned a ride to the Arcade in a stretch limousine,
free game tokens and a pizza party for their accomplish-
ments. Thirty-six students earned the trip from the "B"
rated elementary school.






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S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 10 by Detective Ted
Van Deman on charges of grand
theft firearm (two counts), dealing
in stolen property (two counts) .
and defrauding a pawnbroker. His
bond was set at $27,500.
Rebecca Marie Smith, 20, S.E,'
38th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 10 by deputy Anthon
Kibler on an Okeechobee Count\
warrant charging her with lailure to
,appear high speed/wanton flee-
ing and violation of probation -
high speed.\vanton fleeing. She is
being held w without bond
Iva Jean Maya, 28, S.W Sec-
ond Way, Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 10 by. Detective .M.D.
Faulkner on charge of grand theft.,
Her bond %\as set at $5,000 "
l* Patricia Price Dansa, 39, SR.
70 W, Okeechobee, was arrested
April 12 by Deputy Kenneth Sarros
on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with possession of
cocaine, possession of drug para-
phernalia (two counts) and driving
while license suspended (felony).
Her bond was set at $40,000.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped. is.
Welcorrie to inform this' newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Robert Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Raulerson Hospital (right) presents Dr. Edwin Massey,
IRCC President, with a check for $120,000 to help launch the fund-drive to build the
Williamson Conference and Educational Center at IRCC in Okeechobee.

Hospital supports new IRCC center


Indian River Community Col-
lege (IRCC) has launched a $2.5
million fund-drive to build the
Williamson Conference and Edu-
cational Center for economic,
community, cultural and business
development at its Dixon Hendry
Campus in Okeechobee. The Cen-
ter is named after long-time Okee-
chobee residents, Frank "Sonny"
Williamson, and his wife, Betty, for
their support of the new facility.
Raulerson Hospital is pleased to
be a part of this great project and to
support this acti' itv, and donated
$120,000 to help launch the IRCC
fund drive
The 20,000C square-foot
Williamson Conference and Edu-
cational Center will be the only
facility of its kind in Okeechobee
County, providing a technologically,
sophisticated environment for
large-scale conferences, courses,
seminars, strategic planning ses-
sions, cornrnunity activities and
many other events. Contributions
toward the Cenrtei \ill be matched
dollar-for-dollar with State
Facilities Matching Funds, dou-
bling the contributions of donors.
"We are proud to partner w-ith
IRCC in the launching of the new\
multirnillion dollar Williamson
Conference and Educational Cen
ter at its Dixon Hendry Campus in
Okeechobee," said Robert Lee,
Raulerson Hospital CEO. For more
than 20 years, Raulerson Hospital
has been providing scholarships to
students pursuing medical certifi-
cates and degrees at IRCC. St. Lucie
'Medical Center and Lawnwood
Medical Center and Heart Institute,
our sister hospitals on the Treasure


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STAPH INFECTION: A local doctor has put out a medical alert for
the schools in Okeechobee, and I feel it should also be put out in the
community of Okeechobee. There is a staph infection called methi-
cillin in our community. Use a one-to-three or one-to-four ratio bleach
and water to spray. Wipe the tops and bottoms of toilet seats and
bowls. This will weaken and easily control the staph infection. It is very
important that our community knows this and takes proper steps.
(Editor's Note: We contacted school officials and were told that they
have been alerted that there is a student within the system with this
staph infection. But, as of this writing this was the only known case in
the school system. We were told the bathrooms are cleaned daily
with a bleach solution. According to the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) occurs
most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities
who.have weakened immune systems. Those with an increased risk
of developing this skin infection include athletes, military recruits,
children, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and prisoners. The
infection is usually spread by close skin-to-skin contact, cuts or abra-
sions in the skin, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living
conditions and poor hygiene. To prevent the spread of MRSA, the CDC
suggests: keep hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and
water; keep cuts and scrapes covered with a bandage until healed;
avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages; and, avoid
sharing personal items such as towels or razors. MRSA can cause
skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red,
swollen, painful or have pus drainage. More serious infections may
cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections or surgical wound infec-
tions.)

ARC: It's amazing that since the ARC has received funding from
FEMA, the county commissioners want to re-open the possibilities of
moving the facility to airport property. This location would be out of
the way and would require much higher transportation costs to bus
the clients. It's a well known fact that the motive behind condemning
the damaged ARC facility is so a parking lot can bp built on the current
ARC site. It is a shame that some of the commissioners think that little
of their handicapped citizens. Granted, the facility was damaged. This
was not done by the negligence of ARC, but by a devastating hurri-
cane. With the funding from FEMA, there will be ample money avail-
able to bring the facility back to acceptable conditions as mandated by
the terms of the 99-year lease that ARC had signed with the county.

IMMIGRATION: I just read the article on immigration and the flags. I
don't know who wrote it, but he ought to run for president. That's the
best news I have ever heard in my life. There ought to be more of it and
more of us that think that way. I'm a Florida cracker, born and bred.

SIGNS: If the code board were doing their jobs, there would not be
yard sale signs plastered on telephone poles or street signs.

WE WORK: I don't think he is right about the immigration. I want
you to know that people that are here do not get free stuff like the per-
son called in about. We are here to better ourselves. Not to ask for free
stuff- such as free medical care, or free food and we work hard for
it. In our country it is hard to get jobs. We work hard to have a better
life. Not like the people who get cash assistance and stuff like that. If
you don't have a green card or Social Security card, you can't ask for
government assistance. Americans can because there are a lot of
American people on assistance because they don't want to work at the
jobs \ve do. Illegal people will work; you won't see Americans work
for food. \\'e have to pay forffood here. You won't see Americans work
in the fields picking oranges, tomatoes or lettuce and whatever grows
in the field.


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Community Events


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.




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OHS students were polite at career day


By Bobbi Poole
Career Day was held at Okee-
chobee High School on Tuesday,
April 11.
This event is held every year,
but I must compliment the stu-
dent body for being so mannerly
and kind. Each student comes in
the gymnasium at their appoint-
ed time to observe all the poten-
tial careers we have to offer. Flo-
ral designers, I.R.C.C., a culinary


school, a trucking firm, banking,
restaurants, funeral directors,
photographers and more were
all there for career opportunities.
The purpose is to help stu-
dents realize the different
"doors" that are available right
here in our community for
employment or school..
To keep students interested
small gifts are given, such as slap
bands, Frisbees, candy, pens and
pencils, chips with cheese and


Upcoming Events

Friday
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 Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. Anyone
interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming 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.

Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott.Ave.
It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday'at 7:30 a.m., at
the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m.,
weather permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any ques-
tions contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at (863)
610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.

Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing
is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an appearance,
contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98
N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting.
The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due irn September. For
information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
The Republican Executive Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa Arnold
(863) 610-2280.

Tuesday -.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held, at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3.p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
467-5261.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to
see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive.
Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for
information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake, Mission's
Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. In the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at
7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeephobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group
meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is
another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator.
For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.




Community Events

Church hosting gospel sing
There will be a gospel sing at the Seventh Day Baptist Church,
S.R. 70 West beside the Douglas Health Center, on Tuesday, April
18, at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be Mary Lanier, George Rho-
den, Melissa Harden and Mabelle Singletary. Greg Douglas will
be featured on the keyboard.

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 University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Edu-
cation Center (IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in Fort Pierce.
The event is being held because IRREC has launched a new
bachelor's degree program in environmental management and
enrollment is increasing greatly. For information, contact Kim
Wilson by calling (772) 468-3922, ext. 126; or, by e-mail at kswil-
son@ifas.ufl.edu.


combs. When they come to
receive the gifts, we begin talk-
ing to each one and asking ques-
tions like, "What are your future
plans?" or "What 'career inter-
ests you?"
Some have an idea of what
they intend to do. .Some do not.
My personal observation was
how comfortable the students
are with each other. They all
spoke softly and kindness, for
the most part, was extended to


everyone there.
In conclusion, compliments
to our students and high school.
It is a place to make friends, a
place to learn and a place of
safety.
It was a pleasure to be with
them, and I value each one. We,
as parents and as a community,
can only support them, guide
them and love them.


Community Events

Revival services end tonight
. The final night of a revival being held at New Life Holiness
Church in Basinger, 17025 N.W 190th Road, is Friday, April 14.
The services will get under way at 7:30 p.m. Rufus Caraway from
Arcadia will be the guest speaker. For information call '(863) 763-
6989, or (863) 357-1171.

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 14 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 host-
ing 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 I
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 www.mymedicarematters.org.

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 Lnit #64501. 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
information, call Bea at (863) 763-4953.

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
11a.m. at the station located on S.R. 78W.

Amateur Radio Club sponsors test session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing
session for all classes of amateur licenses on Saturday, April 15, at
6 p.m. at 1010 N.W. Sixth St. You must bring: a test session fee of
$14, 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@7.'strato.net.

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 special.
account that has been set up at Big Lake National Bank. For infor-
mation, call Steve Cates at (863) 634-2061.

Ranch hosting fundraiser
Mi-CIN Ranch. 1000 N.W. 50th Drive, will host a fundraiser for
the Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Indian River Community College
(IRCC) Scholarship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m.
Activities will include a barbecue, an Easter egg hunt on horse-
back, 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 entertainment. The
events are open to the public. Those bringing horses must show
negative coggins. Those who plan to bring horses are asked to.
call in advance, so plans can be made to accommodate the num-,
ber of horses participating. For information, call (863) 467-2483
or (561) 236-8990.

Kiwanis plan Easter breakfast
The Kiwanis Club will host its 35th annual Easter pancake
breakfast from 7 until 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, at the Fresh-
man 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 vehicles.

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






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Members of the Russ Adams Taekwondo America dojo successfully tested for belt advance-
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Taekwondo students earn belts


Russ Adams Taekwondo held
their belt advancement testing on
April 4 and 5. Results were as fol-
lows:
Those advancing to yellow
belt: .Joseph Milana, Logan
Arnold, Serika Chauhan, Bryce
Clark, Jeremy Clark, Zac Clark,
Ashley Hart, Alex Hernandez,
Anthony Hernandez, Disan Her-
nandez,' Jr., Taylor. Kerby, Tyler


Kerby, Mia Lazaro, Kimberly
Marker and Travis McKenna.
Those advancing to orange
belt were Fernando Lopez, Ricky
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Lazaro and Maliah Wright.
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blue belt were Byron Byrd and
Payton Byrd.
Trey Howard advanced to
brown belt.
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Earl Lookavill was 'honored by the Lady Brahman softball
team Tuesday evening for his dedication and hard work
throughout the season as the team's official cook. Mr.
Lookavill manned the barbecue grille behind the conces-
sion stand during all home games. Mr. Lookavill (right) was
presented with a plaque by team coach Kim Hargraves
(left) prior to the team's last home game of the season.



Brahman tennis team


competes i
The Brahman tennis team
competed in the Treasure Lake
Conference playoffs on Tuesday,
April 11. The boys' team was
defeated by South Fork 6-1. The
individual results were:
d Singles: Corey White (Okee.)
def. Dimiri Skjorshammner (SF)
6-2, 6-3; Rvan Hoffa iSF) def.
Bobby Spells .Okee.) 6-0, 6-0;
Sam Gay (SF) def. Logan Perry
(Okee.) 6-4, 6-0; Ryugi Ku%\aji-
ma iSF) def. Elj Cabansay
(Okee.) def. 6-1, 6-2; David
Greenberg (SF) def. Bhavesh
Patel (Okee.) 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles: Hoffa and Kuwaji-
ma (SF) def. White and
Cabansay (Okee.) 6-3, 6-1; Gay
and D. Greenberg (SF) def.
Spelts and Perry (Okee.) 6-2, 6-0.


playoffs
The girls' team downed the
girls of Martin County 4-3. The
individual results were:
SSingles: Catherine Spangler
(Okee.) def. Jackie Vander
Brezen (MC) 6-4, 6-1;, Kelly
Duquette (MC) def. ShainaRaga-
mat (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0; Allison
McDearmid (MC) def. Jamie
Fadle\ (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0; Kari
Berger (Okee.) def. Britme\ Ell
(MC) 6-3, 6-0; Rina Boswell
(Okee.) def. Maria Ullman (MC)
6-2, 6-2.
Doubles: Spangler and
Boswell (Okee.) def. Vander
Brezen and Tara Kleeman 7-5, 6-
1; Duquette and McDearmid
(MC) def. Fadley and Berger
(Okee.) 6-4,6-2.


Sports Briefs


Pop Warner football
sign-ups to take place
Pop Warner football and
cheerleading sign-ups will take
place at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex on April 15, May 6,
May 20, June 10, June 24, July 1
and Jul\ 15, from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. The registration fee is $75.
In order" to register you must
bring the child's last report card,
a current year "physical from
your doctor and a copy of the
child's birth certificate. For more
information call co-presidents
James Shockley at (863) 634-
3482 or Albion Crowell at (863)
697-2576.

Summer play camp
registrations slated'
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation
Department's 2006 summer play
camps will begin Monday, May
1, at 8 a.m. at the department's,
new office at the Okeechobee
County' Sports Complex, 640
N.W. 27th Lane.
Enrollment is limited and
slots will be filled on a first-
come, first-served basis.
Campers must be 6 to 12
years of age.


Camps will operate Morfday
through Friday, June 12 through
July 28, except for Tuesday, July
4. Camp hours will be from 8:30
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Camp loca-
tions are: the Douglas Brown
Community Center, the Okee-
chobee Civic Center and Central
Elementary School.
The regular camp fee is $50
per week, per participant, plus
fees for field trips and special
activities. Special rates have
been set at $25 per week for a
child on the reduced school
lunch program, and $10 per
week for a child on the free
school' lunch program within
-the Okeechobee County school
system for the 2005-06 school
year.
: A letter of participation from
Okeechobee County school
food service must be presented
at the time of registration in
order to qualify for these special
rates.
Camp fees include lunch and
an afternoon snack for each
camper.
Extended hours of 7:30-8:30
a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be
available at both the Civic Cen-
ter and Central Elementary for
an additional fee of $10 per
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Gallagher announces legislation to combat meth


TALLAHASSEE -State Fire
Marshal Tom Gallagher has joined
legislative leaders, law enforce-
ment and firefighters in calling for
the passage of legislation aimed
at combating methamphetamine
or "meth" labs in Florida and
enhancing protections of chil-
dren, law enforcement and other
emergency responders exposed
to meth manufacturers.
"The spread of meth in our
communities is a serious threat to
our families and our first respon-
ders, and it is a challenge which
requires a comprehensive
approach," said Gallagher, who
first proposed the reforms last
June. "The legislation I am pro-
posing will increase penalties for
meth makers, increase protec-
tions for firefighters and first
responders, and rescue innocent
children from toxic living condi-
tions. Attacking meth in our state
is my number one legislative pri-
ority as Fire Marshal."
Gallagher was joined by Sena-
tor Carey Baker (R-Eustis) and
Representative Faye Culp (R-
Tampa), who are sponsoring leg-
islation, Senate Bill 2356 and
House Bill 1325, reflecting the rec-
ommendations of the State Fire
Marshal's Office.
"Senator Baker and Represen-
tative Culp know the dangers
meth poses to their communities,
and their sponsorship of this legis-
lation is a testament to their lead-
ership," added Gallagher.
"If we don't do more than slap
meth makers on the wrists, they
will continue to produce this
insidious drug and further endan-
ger our communities," said Sen.


Carey Baker, who is sponsoring
the legislation. "Moreover, remov-
ing children immediately from
homes used as meth labs is their
best, and maybe only, chance to
get the medical care they need."
Nearly half of all children res-
cued from homes or living areas
used as meth labs test positive for
meth and need urgent medical
care and intervention. More than
130 children have been injured in
meth labs in the last two years.
Rep. Faye Culp, the House
sponsor, concurred and stressed
that law enforcement and emer-
gency responders are also at risk.
"Fumes, fires and explosions
from meth labs pose a serious
threat to our law enforcement,
firefighters and other emergency
responders," Culp said. "The chil-
dren forced to live in these labs
also urgently need our help and
attention."
The chemicals used to create
meth are highly toxic and flam-
mable. Many labs are also booby-
trapped. As a result, more than
1,000 responders have been
injured in meth labs found in 16
states, including Florida, since
2001.
. Gallagher said that the State
Fire Marshal's Office has respond-
ed to more than 50 meth lab fires
and explosions around the state,
including Jacksonville, Daytona,
Lakeland and the Panhandle. Gal-
lagher said meth labs are crop-
ping up in suburban and rural
neighborhoods, state parks,
hotels and motels and in vehicles
traveling on state highways. In
2005, evidence of meth manufac-
turing was reported in 90 Florida


communities.
Senate Bill 2356 and House Bill
1325 would:
Authorize the Department of
Children and Families to begin
dependency proceedings for the
immediate removal of children
found at meth labs.
Allow the courts to hold'
meth producers without bail
while awaiting trial. This provi-
sion was included at the request
of law enforcement because
meth producers, once released
on bail, immediately begin pro-
ducing the drug again.
Extend criminal penalties to
include firefighters and other
emergency response personnel
injured or killed while responding
to meth labs third-degree
felony if injured; second-degree
felony if killed or severely injured.
Prevent first responders from
having life or health insurance
canceled because they have test-
ed positive for meth as a result of
performing their jobs.
Gallagher has spoken to
responders who have attended
intensive training programs pro-
vided free-of-charge by the State
Fire Marshal's Office. Gallagher
called for the training in early
2005 to teach officers and respon-
ders how to identify a meth lab
after noting an increase in fires
and explosions at these labs.
Nearly 500 responders from more
than 70 agencies have participat-
ed in the training. Two programs
are planned next month, in Volu-
sia and Manatee counties, respec-
tively.
Starting this June, the State Fire
Marshal's Office and Florida


Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) will hold courses to certify
50 additional officers who can
respond to and dismantle meth
labs. These officers would come
from various law enforcement
agencies throughout Florida and
would provide assistance to the
six-state task forces organized
under the Governor's Office of
Drug Control.
"Meth poses a major threat to
communities across Florida," said
William Janes, the new director
of the Governor's Office of Drug
Control. "At the governor's direc-
tion, our office has taken aggres-
sive action to combat the produc-
tion and distribution of meth in
our state. Our office supports any
additional reforms that build on
the foundation we've set."
Lieutenant Kevin Fiedor, who
is a fire and arson detective with
the State Fire Marshal's Office,
relayed details from a recent
investigation of a meth lab explo-
sion at a Destin motel that
destroyed the room and displaced
several motel guests. One of the
suspects in the Destin motel
explosion was subsequently
arrested weeks later in a motel
parking .lot in Niceville, fully
equipped with the chemicals and
equipment for making meth.
"We need to be able to keep
these individuals behind bars,"
Fiedor said. "As a 17-year law
enforcement officer,* enhanced
penalties and additional protec-
tions are critical to helping me
and my colleagues fight the
spread of this drug."


Rape hotline connects victim with an advocate


April is National Sexual Assault
Awareness Month and the Trea-
sure Cost Sexual Assault Assistance
Program been serving victims of
sexual violence on the Treasure
Coast since 1981, and joins.with
other sexual violence programs
across the state in honoring sexual
assault survivors and their loved
ones in our community.
One way to strengthen the com-
munity is through the establish-
ment of a new 24-hour sexual vio-
lence hotline 1 (866)-828-RAPE.
This rape hotline is available 24
hours, seven days a week. A
trained sexual violence advocate is
now available immediately rather
than through voice mail or an
answering service. The trained
advocate will be, able to' assist
callers in evaluating what is need-
ed, or to provide information about
available services and resources.
Advocates will offer general
information about medical and


legal issues surrounding sexual vio-
lence and, most importantly, these
advocates are skilled listeners who
are knowledgeable about the
effects of sexual violence and pos-
sible reactions.
One goal of the sexual assault
assistance program is to provide
immediate contact to trained and
compassionate advocates for any-
one who is victimized by sexual
violence. This service is available to
anyone whether they choose to
report the assault to law enforce-
ment or not. Information is
empowering and the hotline staff is
trained to give accurate informa-
tion so that victims can make deci-
sions regarding their own life. It is
important to let victims know that
they are not-alone.. .
The sexual assault assistance
program invites anyone who wish-
es to help victims of sexual vio-
lence in their recovery to volunteer
to answer the 24 hour line. Anyone


who answers the hotline must
complete 30-plus hours of initial
training, which includes crisis inter-
vention principles and practices.
After this initial training, there will
be several hours of "on the job"
work with a trained professional
advocate and ongoing sexual vio-
lence training annually. Volunteers
can work from their homes and are
asked to volunteer for at least four
hours a month
This work is vital for the com-
munity. Rape does not just affect
the victim, but their brothers and
sisters, parents, classmates, signifi-
cant others and friends every-
one they know.
Anyone can. call the Hotline for
help. When a volunteer is available
to respond to a request for assis-
tance from anyone affected by sex-
ual violence, many times both the
caller and the volunteer are blessed
by the contact.
Anyone interested in assisting


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Doti Fowler, volunteer coordinator,
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Police confront criminal targeting of immigrants Glades County
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By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
BELLE GLADE More and
more undocumented workers liv-
ing in the Glades area are becom-
ing nameless victims of crime,
faced with a group of criminals
who are escalating the violence
with which they attack them and
refusing help from the local law
enforcement agencies to stop it.
With an increasingly active
national debate on immigration
reform, including a march held
here Monday, it seems that the
crimes are once again on the rise
and police are urging the victims
to step forward without fear of
their illegal status.
"The Haitian and Hispanic
communities are being attacked,
and the primary reason is because
they are illegal aliens," said Sgt.
Detective Calipto Gonzalez with
the Belle Glade Police Depart-
ment.
Working closely with city hall,
officials with the police depart-
ment will be organizing meetings
with the Hispanic and Haitian
community in the near future, two
groups that are feeling the brunt of
the crimes.
For many of the undocument-
ed workers living in the Glades
area, calling police after experi-
encing crime, means facing the
possibility of being deported by
the same law enforcement agen-
cies that should help them.
So they don't.
The single-biggest factor in the
resurgence of the crimes is the
attackers'- awareness of how few
of their victims will ever report the
crime to police. They are targeted
by armed robbers who stalk their.


INI/Jose Zaragoza
The Budget Hotel is one of the areas in Belle Glade where robbers target undocumented,
workers for money.


victims for days: The undocu-
mented people, mostly farm
laborers cashing their checks on
weekends when they are
attacked, rarely report the crimes.
For some, it is simply another part
of their daily lives as illegal immi-
grants.
But the reality is much differ-
ent, police say. According to
police, nobody, whether they are
residents or undocumented work-
ers, should be victims of crime.
"These people are searching
for a better life," said Detective
Gonzalez. "When this happens, I
want to put a stop to it."
Police say the immigrants are
now faced with a problem that
doesn't seem to be going away
anytime soon. Their attackers
have begun to get in the habit of


robbing them, holding them at
gunpoint, or through sheer intimi-
dation, often beating them after
robbing them. The problem is
well known in the area and inci-
dents of this type have been dealt
with in the past. The crimes come
in waves and then fade away,
before coming back again. Accu-
rate numbers of the frequency
with which the crimes occur does
not exist.
It is only when something
worse occurs, a stabbing or a
shooting that officers are made
aware of the problem. The situa-
tion represents an escalating issue
that threatens to boil over before it
is controlled.
"I'm not concerned with their
illegal status," said Detective Gon-
zalez, who said that the depart-


ment does not check the status of
an immigrant unless ordered to
do so by the courts or the state.
"These people work very hard to
do good for their families. My job
is to help them if they are robbed,
hurt."
The department is midway
through an investigation that offi-
cials hope will result in the arrests
of some of these groups that are
targeting the illegal immigrants.
While early in that investigation,
officers say that the culprits are
members of organized gangs in
Belle Glade.
But it isn't the only issue that
police have to contend with.
The problem now is that the
immigrants, tired of being robbed
and attacked, are sometimes tak-
ing the law into their own hands.


In an incident recently that paral-
lels one from a few years ago, a
group of about 13 immigrants
rushed a couple of would-be rob-
bers at the Budget Hotel in Belle
Glade. The robbers, who were
holding a person at gunpoint, fired
gunshots into the air to keep the
crowd back before running off.
"When they heard the screams
of the victim, everyone came out
of the rooms for the perpetrators,"
said the detective.
Several years back, a similar
band of thieves broke into one of
the rooms of the Budget Hotel,
only to find a room of angry work-
ers, still carrying their machetes
from work, lunging at them angri-
ly and frightening them away.
Though self-defense is an
action protected under law, self-
defense in large numbers is some-
thing else entirely, police say. It
may end up costing the undocu-
mented workers more dearly than
simply picking up the phone to
dial for help. It is a concept that
the immigrants must understand,
police said.
"If they're going to take the law
into their own hands, then they
may be breaking the law," said
Detective Gonzalez. If that hap-
pens, the victims may be the ones
to end up in jail instead of their
assailants, something the detec-
tive would like to keep from hap-
pening.
Detective Gonzalez said he
feels strongly about the issue. "I
wish people really knew how hard
these people work to bring that
check home," he said. "To have
someone take it from them, that's
not going to happen in Belle
Glade. Not anymore."


Arrest nepuor

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO), the
Seminole Police Department
(SPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Shuprina Thompson, 30,
Orlando, was arrested April 1 by
Detective Richard Jones on
charges of fraud, possession of
marijuana over 20 grams and
smuggling contraband into a
prison. Her bond was set at
$45,000.
Wesley Whidden, 41,
LaBelle, was arrested April 2 by
Deputy Tito Nieves on the felony
charges of burglary (two counts)
and grand theft (two counts),
and misdemeanor charges of
resisting an officer without vio-
lence and possession of marijua-
na under 20 grams. His bond
was set at $31,000.
Romaldo Silva, 19,
Immokalee was arrested April 8
by Sgt. Ronnie Baker on the
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $750.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.


Local music featured alongside stars


By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee
News
CLEWISTON Among the
big-time country music and
oldies Motown music stars to be
featured at this year's Sugar Fes-
tival are two local bands that
have made names for them-
selves in their own right.
Flipside and The Chase will
each play a set on Saturday dur-
ing the Sugar Festival, sharing
the stage with stars such as The
Shirelles, Miranda Lambert, and
Blake Shelton..
Opening ceremonies will
begin at 11 a.m., with introduc-
tions of the featured music and
presentation of this year's win-
ner of the Miss Sugar pageant.
Flipside and The Chase, both of
which whom have played local
venues in the past, are the sched-'
uled opening acts for Saturday's.
concerts, with Flipside starting at


11:15 a.m. and The Chase get-
ting started at noon.
Each of the performances is
to be featured on the Sugar Festi-
val's main stage, where admis-
sion is free.
The Twentieth Annual Sugar
Festival is expected to begin at 9
a.m. on. Saturday, April 22 with
most of its exhibits and food ven-
dors open for business at the
Clewiston Civic City Park, where
admission is free. The festival is
scheduled to continue until 7
p.m.
Festival attractions include an
arts and crafts show, a car show,
exhibits of6'ld and new farming
equipment and pjd-fashioned
cane grinding."
Booths featuring local and
regional food will be in opera-
tion all day. There will also be a
horseshoe tournament, rodeo, a
bass tournament, and an art
show and quilt exhibition.
For the youth, a lot of activi-


ties are available. There will be a
Fun Park, which will feature a
rock-climbing wall, a giant slide
and carousel.
One of the most popular
events will be the Sweet Taste of
Sugar Country Dessert Contest
held in the historic Clewiston
Inn.
The Sugar Festival Rodeo will
be held at the Big Cypress Semi-
nole Reservation rodeo grounds
at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the
Hendry County.Rodeo and Youth
Livestock Association and the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, the
rodeo will feature some of the
area's top young talents. in this
year's rodeo circuits.
Sunday will be about fishing
as the Sugar Festival Bass Tour-
nament gets underway; boats
will be given the go-ahead at 6
a.m. from the Clewiston docks at
Lake Okeechobee. The tourna-
ment is sponsored by the Clewis-
ton Bass Anglers Club.


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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, April
14, through Thursday, April 20,
are as follows:
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 p.m.
Theatre III "Scary Movie 4"
(PG-13) Shov\times: Fridayat7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
Seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items and is cur-
rently seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small appli-
ances, tools, as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice
at (863) 467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth St.

Childbirth education
classes being offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting child-
birth education classes at the
t American Red Cross. All pregnant
% women are encouraged to attend.
the classes. For information or to
register for this informative class,
1 call the Healthy Start office at
(863) 462-5877. Every baby
deserves a healthy start.

Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is accepting
entries for their monthly property
beautification awards progrimi;
The property does not have to be
for sale and is open to residential
and commercial property
throughout the county. For infor-
mation 'or to obtain entry forms,
: contact Dale Ann Watford, secre-
tary of the board at (863) 634-
7311 or 1863) 763-8222.

,' Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
\ are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle main-
tenance facility is open from 8
a.m. until noon and from.1 p.m.
until 5 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. It is closed on weekends and
holidays. Only recyclable materi-
als such as newspaper, alu-
minum and metal cans, corrugat-
ed cardboard, glass jars and
bottles and plastics #1 through
#7 are accepted at the public
facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
S yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household haz-
ardous waste; and, batteries. For
more information: contact Rus-
sell Rowland, county solid waste
manager, at (863) 763-1811, or
S Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
(863) 763-4818.

Red Cross
' needs instructors
Have you saved a life, today?
Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach others
S the skills they need to save lives.
You can help the American Red
Cross reach people in your com-
i munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Auto-
mated External Defibrillation,
S and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Con-
tact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863)
763-2488 to find out more.


Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volun-
teers to serve as advocates for
residents of nursing homes and
assisted living facilities. Volun-
teers are specially trained and
certified to investigate and
resolve resident complaints and
to carry out inspections of facili-
ties. Licensed social workers,
pharmacists, elder law attorneys,
physicians, nurses and others
with a sincere interest in the eld-
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Slattery at (772) 595-1385.


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COMMUNITY HEALTH REP.
(BRIGHTON RESERVATION)

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:
(954)967-3477.

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

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


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IMMEDIATE OPENING

FOR CDL CLASS

OWNER/OPERATORS


*Competitive Contract

Excellent Benefits Available


CLASS ORB

COMPANY DRIVERS


Competitive Pay

Medical Insurance

401 K Savings Plan

Paid Vacations


FOR MORE INFORMATION
CALL (863)763-2158
ASK FOR CHARLES


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.
-
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
954)967-3477.




POSITION AVAILABLE

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

Drug Free Workplace E.O.E.




HOUSEKEEPING
*- Full Time

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


WANTED: Retired Crafts Man
to take care of rental proper-
ties, in exchange, for Water-
front Rental. (863)467-8683

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



CARE GIVER/ COMPANION
Available. Call (863)467-5657
References available
on request
Shop here I rstl
The classified ads

Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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


Empoyen
FullTim


"NIGHT SHIFT"

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 DFWP



Start a new career in the much needed thld of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare F3dilitv,, and become a CNA in 4 w.'eeks. Ne\t
da;; begins soon. Instructor RN/e\perienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualihed CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benehts
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


Emplymen
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Emplymen
Medical


Registered
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:
(954)967-3477


Services

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

M & D CONTRACTING
*Siding
*Soffit
*Fascia
Seamless Aluminum
Gutters
1-800-893-8933
Li.c, #0CSL2732-01

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


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



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


Merchandise

61IIW.c


Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glasware, Etcr. 560
Clothngl 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrdcs 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage. 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/ :
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant'
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
V3.s 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER Large
room, $175.
(863)763-8548.


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CHEST OF DRAWERS, Very
good shape. $100
(863)357-4831
COMPUTER DESK- New, Tall,
$60. (863)763-0486 After
6pmr
DINETTE TABLE w/2 chairs,
excellent condition, $20
(863)357-6922
DINING ROOM TABLE- Solid
wood. 4 chairs & 1 bench.
Seats 6, $100. or best offer.
(863)467-2474
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
HEAD & FOOT BOARD, Twin,
Solid Wood. Very nice. $55
(863)675-3944


Oft 14 m
wam obdo


RABBIT- Rex, week; Female
$10. (863)675-4981 Labelle
area
ZEBRA FINCH'S: w/Cage. $20.
(863)675-3032 after 5pm.



COMMODE, new, white, $25
or best offer (863)467-1032
HOT WATER HEATER: 40 gal-
lons. Like New, only used 6
months. $50. (863)763-8146



JUCUZZI- Large, Seats 6, with
matching isolated top.
$250. (863)675-0104 .
SAND FILTER & PUMP, dbl.
ladder, w/small deck be-
tween for 4' above ground
pool, $250. (863)634-3200


A/C WALL UNITS- 2, 5000
BTU's, Works well, $130. or
will separate.
(863)612-0992
AIR CONDITIONER-'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new In box ,
$1250 (954)309-8659
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $100-.
(863)675-5929


BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $800 (863)697-0328
HUNGARIAN HAY WAGON,
antique, great for decoration
store or farm, $2500
(863)467-1322
PARGO GOLF CAR- Wc narg-
er, Runs great, Good o031n,
$800 Or best offer. Tom
863-467-7500 days
-WAGON WHEELS, Hungariar,
100) wooden, $75
(863)467-1322


DISHWASHER- Kenmore,
$50, (863)675-2404 after
4:30pm
GLASS TOP STOVE-Kenmore,
White, Good condition.
$100. (863)675-3356
RANGE- 30" Whirlpool, self
cleaning 2 $100
(863)675-2627
REFRIGERATOR, Apartment
Sz. "Philco". Runs very good
Keep your beer.' soda Ice
cold. $60 1863)46 7-9877
REFRIGERATOR- GE, Very
good condition. $150
(863)357-6266
WASHER & DRYER- Stacked.
Kenmore full size, Model #
110 88 7627993. $250
(8631675-2392 LaBelle
WASHER- Kenmore. $75
8631946-3822


ALUM BEAMS-
I-9X2X13 5FT 1
9x2X15.5FT. 5 2X2Xy8F Up-
righs $15001863H167-8830
BATHROOM VANITY TOP -
21- Marble. w/iynk & lauce .
$30. (863)763-8548
SCREEN ROOM MATERIAL- W
assembled walls & 4x8x10
roof panels $800
(772)579-1322 Okee
TRUSSES (17) POLES 16'(6)
ASKING $1000 lor all
(863)302-1059
TYPEWRITER, Portable.
"Smith Corona". Coronamatic
2500. Excellent condition. $65
neg. (863)467-9877
WINDOWS, Vinyl, For Screen
Porch. All timed (51 49l78.
(5) 58x82 (1) Glass window
52x63. $500:.(863)357-0201,


PETER RABBIT Baby Carriage,
Cosco, Never used $50 or
best offer (863)4867-2474
SASSY SEAT: Infant/Toddler,
$20. 1863)763-6l3l


HOMECOMING/Pageant Dress,
Black. dress wrie mim size 3-4
$50 & Small IJavy/Royal Blue
$50 18631675-3659


BASEBALL CARDS- Upper
Deck, 1992 over 3000 mint
cori., $4-15 (863)69;'-85417
M.I. HUMMEL FIGURINES -
Merry Wanderer Apple Tree
Boy, Jusi Restng (handle
broke $225 18631801-3344
SALT- n PEPPER SHAKERS
(1041 Seisi asking $2500
(863)801-4499 .-



LAP TOP, Coripaq Armada
E500. 40gb, DVD Player CO
Burner & much more, $550.
(863)227-0263 anytime'
LAP TOP, Sony VAIO, DVD
Player, CD Burner, disquette
w/many extras, exc. cond.,
$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.
$50. (863)763-8146 '


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 Broyhill, king
size, white washed oak,
lighted hdbd & bkshlvs, enter
cab $500 (863)261-1932
CHAIR, Small, Upholstered
multi colored Swivel, Ideal
for RV. $30. (863)467-8432


KING BED SET- headboard,
dresser w/mirror, 2 n.stands,
2 black floor lamps, $250
(863)467-9625
MEXICAN BAR Light green
wood w/ overhead stem
glass holder. $150.
(561)704-3690
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
.$1300 (863)763-9410
RECLINER- Barca Lounger,
Retail $900. Like new. Wood
arms & side. Light tan.
$200. (863)763-0582
RECLINER- Lazy Boy, Mauve.
Like new. $60.
(763)763-0486 after 6pm
SHELVING UNITS 2 match-
ing, cream w/black bkgrd.
5'x2', $100 for both.
(8631674-0098
SOFA & 2 CHAIRS- cream col-
or. dark oawood trim good
con,. [, eed cler.ni you
move. $125 (863)4678112
Wicker Queen BDd sEl. cresi
ofl drawers, 2 righl l1bleI
w/tempered glass on top
$550.{(937)335-0877



GOLF CLUBS- complete,
matched set, metal woods,
Irons, bag, putter. $95,
(863)946-3123 'I.


BENCH & BARBELL eli. ad-
' justable bencn wieg e'.s1,,
400# iron weigras, weight
ak, $1,75. 863-805-0272.
BOWFLEX ULTIMATE Like
new, has leg e.ileniion, paid
over $2000 will i:ll lor
$800 |863) 467-7676
WEIGHT MACHINE, pulley,
200# orn guides change wI
wiln peg. $35 C3ill
863-805-027?.0



Treadmill, DC molor, $75
prione (863)763-072


EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design Hand made in Hirihn
Kong 24K lOuyr old 145')
ne,. 1863)634-9620 Okee


BLOOD PRESSURE MONI-
TOR- Dignili, Wrisi Brand
new. lNever open used
$39 99 8631467-- 120
LIFT CHAIR, Good condition.
$350. l863)801-4949
WHEEL CHAIR, Motodrized w/2
neavy duly ball.ries Good
ccna $550. (8631675-0104-


COCA-COLA Comforter set,
.1 dbl comforter, l- *.fint ed
sheets, pillow, cases, srims
'& 1 d l bed sl,,t-~ 50
(863)675-3659
DE-HUMIDIFIER- '99, Used
very little. Like ieW $100C
(863)467-1110
WORK STATION- Stainless
Steel double sink fish clean-
ing station. 5' long $125.
(937)335-0877



GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Staiiocjasier w/iender 15R am-
pliiier. $250 863)673- 860
ORGAN- Galbransen Elecoron-
ic $250 i863|946-3822


COPIER- Konica 7033 comm
win 3 drawers duplicator
sorter colaiies,. inle uBsed
$2500 neg.(863)7693-1550


AQUARIUM- 55 gal w/3lanj.
$175 18631467-9298 or


(863)7-697-037 7
m$40 will epar aye


(863)675-4981 3)3- 4
male, complete w/tank,
Stand & access, $250
(863)467-9298/697-0377-
BLUE & GOLD MACAW: 6
mo's old w/large play.top
cagel $1000.(863)763-0449
COCKATOO DucoPse, small-
er version from umbrella,
talks, cage incl., $650 or
*best offer. (863)634-4562
DACHSHUNK, Male, 6 months
$375. For more info. please
call (863)763-33490
GERMAN SHEPHERD- female,
spayed, 3yrs old, To good
(8a3)357-3026.3





cage $550 (863)843-2495


ALUMINUM CLAMSHELL ,
AWJIJGS will reiTiCve Pioneer Estates, SW Sec. ot
(863)824-2248, ak lor Kurl O.ec, 28R,2BA. ;1,2 acre, all
S Nappl's & water incl., $800
,NEW COIN COLLECTOR want- ITIi 1st, last & 1.500 ')ec.
ing to add to my colleiion dep., 6 mos. lease,w/option
Please call ia sell coins & d e., d. d lease, avail
paper money 239-693-4891 '4,12'jb t63-634-2697
,WANTED- Used mailer for 20ft Richard c 863-634.0848
Poiriicinrr boad in good cond. Mivl'irillr.
reasonably priced RENTTOOWNI
(863)697-2936 Ba.w,:,.d tfew 3.BR 2 8A
W'1 ar garage Bruised CrieOi
How fast canl you car p Ok.ay $4iu0dciwri $1400
go? It can o even faster .mo. with $300 going toward
when you sell it In the down payment.
classiffeds. Call 863-467-0128
AgTCultur 2br, 2.5ba, Lake access,
A dock Fla rm, Irg. screen rm,
g fully furn, Ceniralair,'hedi,
city water sewer W/O.
FiT Tlll .. 7f Dishwasher $1250/mo +
S1st, last & sec
(8631467-8005


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



APPALOOSA MARE AND
TACK- $1500 (863)467-1421
OR (863)269-1316
MINI REG MARE PONY- Pinto,
bik/white, asking $850
(863)673-6447
SADDLE- 13" All around, Used
4 times, out grown, Like new
$250. (863)261-1932



MTD CLASSIC- 46" cut, needs
lower deck & battery, $100
(863)763-4982
PURPLE MARTIN BIRD
HOUSE 28 units w/telescop-
ing pole. $75.
(863)675-5929
PUSH MOWER- Briggs &
Stratton, 5.0 HP, Gold Se-
ries, $50 (863)675-2404 af-
ter 4:30 pm. '
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
38 deck, Z-turn, $1500
(863)467-7340


ANGUS CHAROLAIS Cross
bred calves, 2 heffers; 1 bull,
wormed. Gentle, excel. for
small acreage $425 each
(772)597-0669 before 9am
(954)292-1811 anytime
CALVES all kinds, healthy,
shots, wormed, will deliver,
$200 & up. Most reasonable
priced healthy calves aroundll
Roping orders welcome
(863)235-0829.
HOGS (3) domestic, ready to
butcher. $450 for all or will
separate. (863)467-6960.


SADDLES (2) 1 Adult & 1
child, never been used. $350
for both will sell separate
.(863)673-6447


Professional Office 'pace Ior
reni HMW, 441 Nortrh Appro'.
1200 uQ It For more in,)
ca 186 3-6-,9E


OKEE. Female pr-ierrcd Priv,
leges Vil lnierril access.
WID Biq yad 1.400 ma +
'. ul 561 31,-8428



TAYLOR CREEK 2 BR/1 BA w/ -
Den. Immaculate! Tile, Carpet,
W&D, Fenced w/Dock. $950
1st, last & sec. 863-467-8683
TAYLOR CREEK: 3 BR, 2 BA,
Farn. Rm., Liv. Rrr., Screenred
porch. Covered boat slip, Car-
port. Tile. Fenced yard. Fur-
nished. Private. $1400 mo..
1st, last & sec. 863-467-8683

Real Estate




Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Town houses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses- Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



JACOBSEN '05, 3 BR, 2 Ba.,
Very nice DW, Well built
w/2x6's & 2x4's on 16" cen-
ters. Stove w/self cleaning
oven, Frig. D/W. Large car-
port, shed, Fenced yard
75x100 under appraisal
$139,000. 772-579-1322
Okeechobee
SW Section SALE OR RENT 3
BR, 2 Ba, on large lot. Circular
ddriveway. 2 car garage. All ap-
pliances & new carpet.
(863)467-5509


CONSOLE SEWING MACHINE-
With attachments $25.
(863)763-0557


KARATE PADS- approx. 10,
Great shape. $150.
(863)675-3356
SPORTS ORGANIZER: For
Garage / Outdoors. Holds Bas-
ket Balls, Baseballs / Bats. Etc.
$20 (863)634-5038
TRAMPOLINE- asking $75
(863)675-2627



DUAL SPKRS, 2, 12", in plexy
glass/wood box, 4 chrome
ports & blue light hit flash-
ers. $200 (863)634-7098.
PIONEER DEH-P675OMP su-
per tuner car stereo, $150
.863)763-7036 or
863)697-8906 Paul or Jen
XM SATELLITE RADIO- Used 2
wks. Excellent condition $50.
(863)697-1846



DVR RECEIVER: For Direct TV,
Model R15, Excellent condi-
tion. $55. (863)675-3944
TOSHIBA- 31" w/remote
$200. neg. (863)634-9620
Okee area
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player
Botir are lls e brand new 165
for OD Ir,. will sep
(863)357-4831
VCR, IEmerson: $20.
(863)634-5038


COMPRESSOR- Small, $25
a.. (86''843-00i79
ELECT. PRESSURE WASHER.
new i50 or resil Oiler

GENERATOR, 2 1350 wans,
Idas. B'S engme. Onar, 6.3 two
cylinder prcfparne $1,500 for
DOlh willsep 1863b697-9704
GENERATOR: Craftsman,
3600 wail i4 al T urip
5300 surge wan-l. Still in
doo. $50.:i i h68l63-9527
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
(863)357-5754


TABOO: Adult VHS's. Volumes
1.4.5 7, 6, 14,17,18;19.
Asking $100 for all, will sep.
(863I634-3783
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Emplymen
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Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 9?5
House Rent 930
Land Rent 915
Resort Property -
Rent 9
Roommate 9
Rooms to Rent 995
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


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



Taylor Creek Condo, 1/1
ground fir., furn./unfurn.,
$750 mo. Owner/Agent.
(561)601-4344.


Basswood Estates,
(2) 3BR/2BA Homes, new,
$900 mo. + se. dep. &
ref':, I6 13'.bi 7-191
B.H.R.- CBS, 2br, 2ba, 2 car
gar. New carpet, Tile, Kit. w/2
buil c(ver iip i$1400. mo +
lS.w&r 86.34'.,5622
CBS, 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. House or,
Frim C j ir i Lirqe kili,:hen
$900 m' 1;I laiI t. sIO(ec
Plas ,:all 18631763-8711
CBS 3BR 1BA Wv.D updt'd
bath, kit. & flrng. Ind City wa-
ier iniown Adult park. $1100
me + Sec 561-3-46-1692
New 3/2,1600 s.f.,
Sri garae. lar.n v sad
.11400 m ,i + 1 4I, I'i & Sec
. 11` 23. 2226
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, wie lrouirioui
$ 'y95(.miI1:. i : ",:. Nlo pelS
5 Cl.l4S-30 e.'66599-0156
.. 1 .4 ,8 .. b, 6
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES- 3br,
2ba, No pets, $1100 + sec
'lep ri-'. i,387.l, "-1 317 or
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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, April 14, 2006


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!
$204,900. Call
561-762-2233
OKEE. REDUCED PRICE
$149,900. Convert SWMH
2br 2ba New roof & paint on
private lake Only minutes
from lake Okee. Bring offers
Call Levi Von Zamft
(561)262-1302
Keller Williams Realty
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $265k.
561-236-0293.


BASINGER AREA,
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



WANTED- vacant land to lease
monthly for responsible
couple to target shoot. Have
refs (772)336-6093



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
863-357-1813

Mobile Homes



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
863-824-8718/8T3-426-5152



LaBelle, '80, 24x56, 3br, 2ba
In Great shape. New Kit.
cabinets & floor.$10,000
(863)675-3665


MOBILE HOME 64 X 12,
Must sell In 1 week, Knots
Landing RV park $3000 firm
(330)398-1120.
MOBILE HOME- Lake access,
2br, 2ba, on 160x80 lot,
shed, 2 screen porches, boat
ramp, dock, $155,000 neg.
Call for more Info
(561)793-6086

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


Cam era/RVs 3010
Jet SkNs 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



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
FIBERGLASS BOAT- 16', older
Chajlenger2 exc shape
needs motor & seats. $800.
ask for Nick 863-697-8108
HOUSE BOAT
66ft, Paddle Wheel,
Repo, sacdrifice $8000.
(406)628-2181
JON BOAT 17', w/motor &
trI., 70 HP Johnson trim &
tilt. $7,000. (863)467-6960
PONTOON- 28', 50hp, New
deck & carpet. Very good
condition, On water, $3500..
(863)467-1720
PONTOON BOAT- 20ft, trlr
incld, 60HP Yamaha, new
CD, ready to fish, $5000 neg
(863)467-7073
PONTOON BOAT- 26', 50HP
Evinrude, needs work, good
project, $600 neg
(863)467-5725 for more info
PONTOON TRAILER 20FT-
galvanized tandem axle,,
850 (561)723-1690


PROCRAFT 17' 140HP Mer-
cury with trailer, very fast.
Asking $2500.. Call Nick,
863-697-8108.


CAMPER SCREEN ROOM 25'
privacy panels w/zippers,
size can be adjusted, $375.
863-634-3107/634-5471.
MOTORHOMES, (2), not run-
ning but good drive train,
You Haul. $100 will sell sep-
arately. (863)465-6248
PARTLY FURNISHED: '75, 25
Ft, Lg. refrig. elec. hot water,
stove A/C Toilet w/direct
hook. $1000 (740)202-3517
SCOTTIE CAMPER '79- cold
AC, sips 4, $500
(863)467-2795
Sunline, '05 T2499, 0 trip
miles, exc. cond., $19,000
or best offer. (863)357-2891
after 3pm



EVINRUDE 28 SPL Elec start,
all controls, exc runner,
$600 or best offer
(863)610-1674
0B MOTOR- 225HRP Evinrude,
long shaft, $1400
(863)467-5725
TROLLING MOTOR- Minnkota,
651b thrust, w/foot controls,
never used still In box, $350
neg (561)744-9031



BOAT TILT TRAILER: For 15
Ft, Boat or 17 Ft. Canoe, 8"
wheels. Good condition. $160
(513)260-6410


GSXR750 '04- great shape,
garage kept $5500
(863)634-8828/763-4132
jrissomebeach@earthlink.net
HARLEY DAVIDSON '04-
Dyna-Glide lowrider, FXDLI,
2400 mi, $15,500 or best
offer (863)697-8572
TRIUMPH CLASSIC '1968-
$2500, call foi oeiails
(863)674-0898
YAMAHA TTR125, 2001, off
road, excel. cond. $1300
(863)763-4982



GO KART Scorpion, 2 seater,
roll bars, great shape, $600
firm. (863)634-8828 days or
(863)763-4132 eve's.
Honda ATC 3 Wheelers (2),
185 & 200 Both run well,
start 1st pull $1000 will sep.
(772)873-1363
POLARIS 300 '94- 4x4 4
wheeler, $800 needs pull
cord (863)634-5402
YAMAHA RAPTOR 2003,
80cc, Mint cond. $1499
(863)467-5043


I Pbic Notice


a Pubi o i


Okeechobee County Board of County Commlsaloners
RFP 2006-09
Okeechobeo County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders for the re-
habilitatlon of one (1) single-famlly home located In unincorporated Okeechobee
County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H..R) program.
Propasals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 17,
2006 and delivered or mailed to: Mr. George Long, County Administrator, 304 NW
2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the Cout will not assume any responsibility
for mail being received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time
and date will not be opened or considered.
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.R) Program Bid #6. All bids must be accompanied
by Pur-7068 "Public Entity Crime Report,' Proof of Insurance, Licenses and the
Vendor Drug Free Work Place" form. Forms must be fully executed by the re-
sponder and returned with the bid package.
For specific project Information contact: Unda Rucks at (863) 763-6731 or by fax
at (863) 763-9203. Specifcations may be obtained from the S.H.I.R Adminstra-.
tor located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05
p.m. on May 17, 2006 In the County Administrators Office at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse.
A MANDATORY meeting for review of these projects will be held on Wednesday,
April 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. In the meeting room at there County Administratlon
Annex, 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Any firm who is not In attendance
In this room by 10:05a.m. will be unable to bid.
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalites in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals
to the County. Okeechobee County Is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively
seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Okeechobee County Commission
Sharon Robertaon, Clerk
Okeechobee County Commission
127925 ON 4/14/06


SKYLINE, Nice, Sleeps 6,
$2500. (772)579-1322
Okeechobee
TRAVEL TRAILER 33ft Impa-
la, 1983, needs some work.
$1850 (401)625-5223 in
Okeechoee

Automobiles


BUICK SKYLARK CUSTOM-
'95, 2 dr, New tires Nice in-
side & out. Well maintained.
$1500. firm (863)214-1286
CADILLAC BROUGHAM 1990,
Electronic Everything. Just
needs TLC. $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)467-4998
CHEVY CAVALIER- '96 4 dr,
86K, Auto. A/C, Orig. owner.
Good cond. $2500.
(863)612-1648
CHRYSLER INTREPID 2000,
AC, auto, new brakes, $2000
or best offer (810)625-4270
,CHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
TRY '98, 62K mis. Good con-
dition. 1 Owner. Book=$6850
Asking $5800. 863-467-1301


DODGE STRATUS 1996,
5spd., Runs good. Good on
gas. Minor right side damage.
1200. (863)467-7720
FORD TAURUS WAGON- '89,
Good running car. $400.
(863)675-1907
GRAND MARQUIS '95- AC,
good tires, 120K, windshield
cracked, have new one. runs
great $2000 (863)763-2730
LINCOLN CONTINENTAL '91 -
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $400.
(239)657-4348
MERCURY, COLONY PARK
'90 Station Wagon, $1000.
(863)357-3197
PONT GRAND MARQUIS '92-
runs good, needs brakes,
$1000 or best offer
(863)697-6384 after 5pm
SATURN STATION WAGON-
'96, SW2, Good cond. Look
excellent. Great gas ml:
$1600. (863)228-2185
TOYOTA CAMRY, '95, needs
work or good for parts, body
in good cond., $300 or best
offer. (863)673-0645


AUTO WANTED:
Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible/Truck. Please call
(954)561-2776



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.
(772)360-5068


Puli Notice


.I Pb ic No ice


3I PbiNo ice


'I PbiNo ice


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SUPPORTS FAIR HOUSING


The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners has
enacted a fair housing ordinance that supports the state and federal
fair housing laws. It is illegal to discriminate in the sale, lease,
financing or advertising of housing if the discrimination is based
upon race, color, religion, national origin, gender, family status,
disability or age. There are some exceptions to these laws, such as
housing for elderly residents in certain circumstances, or religious
organizations providing housing for members.


If you believe you may have been illegally discriminated against, or
if you wish to receive additional information, you may call the HUD
hotline. 1-800-440-8091. Information is also available at
www.hud.gov/fairhousing.


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OPPORTUNITY


NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
LICENSING BOARD'
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, May 2,2006 @ 3:30. The public meeting will be held at the
Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, con-
tact Vickle Trexler at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548. .


evdoence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
are forth sole purpose of ackup fr official records of the Department.
Vice Trexler, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County ConstructiQn
Industry Ucensing Board '
127980 ON 4/14,23/06


FORD F150 1986- Made for
Offroadl 300,.w/30/12%/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
(863)763-2063


ENGINE, 3208 Calerpillar.
Like new. (Ran ir tuck 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
GMC IV 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
(863)675-0188 -
RIMS (4) 16 x 8Dodge, 8lug,
stock alloy rims, w/center
caps, $150 (863)675-0188
SHOCK TOWER BRACES, &
set of Urethane- Bushing's.-
for Mustang '86-'93. Sacri-
fice $150. (863)824-0801
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Qualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100.
(863)357-2829
TIRES, 4 wheels, new, off '06
Rincon, only 20 miles, $400
or best offer. (954)448-8253
Iv. message
TOW BAR & BASE PLATE: For
a Geo Metro. $150 or best
offer. (863)735-1753


CHEVY 1/2 TON PU '83- 350
auto, 40K miles, needs some
work $1500 or best offer
(863)697-3804


ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES
Okeechobee County School Board is seeking professional architectural services to
provide design services for:
REUSE OF EXISTING K-8 SCHOOL DESIGN
Those firms that have a prototype K-8 school and would desire to make a submis-
sion for reuse of those plans should submit statements of qualifications and per-
formance data together with a request to be certified an qualified for providing
professional architectural services on'the above mentioned project.
Statements of qualifications performance data, along with USGSA.Forms 254 and
255 shall be submitted along with a one or two sheet set architectural plans of
the proposed K-8 school. These and any other supplemental information deemed
necessary by the Architect shall be submitted to:
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
700 SW 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee,,FL 34974
863-462-5000, e-236
Attention: Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Qualification documents must be received by April 19, 2006.
Selected architects may be invited to make their presentations to the Okeechobee
County School Board Selection Committee.
125021 ON 3/31:;4/7,14/06


CHEVY 4X4 PU '04- X Cab,
39K mi, $19, 500 or take
over payments
(863)697-8572
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 PICKUP 1995,
May need sensory & alterna-
tor. $2000 or best offer.
(863)467-0987
FORD PU '90- 302 eng, needs
minor work, $700 or best of-
fer (863)673-1625 LaBelle
GMC 1/2 TON PICKUP 1994,
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


DOUBLE AXLE Fifth Wheel
Trailer, deck over, dove tail;
92" wx20'l, $1500 or best
offer. (863)610-1797 '
UTILITY TRAILER- 6x8;
dumps, $300
(863)843-2495


DODGE GRAND CARAVAN-
'96, Seats 7, NA/C, New tires,
Runs Great. $2500.
(863)357-6501
FORD AREOSTAR 1990,
Runs Great. Dependable.
Asking p$800;
(239)657-2461

Fain It tate. Sol It soon-
er In the cassfled,


Community Events


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
www.okeebwn.com.

Juvenile Justice Council will meet
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their month-
ly 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 Okeechobee County. For
information, call Pat Connor at (863) 763-3536.

Brandon Kelly benefit planned
TRC and Boy Scout Troop 911 will hold a benefit carwash Saturday,
April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Movie Gallery, 1611 S. Parrott
Ave..Proceeds from the event will be used to help with the expenses for
Brandon Kelly, a Yearling Middle School student who was burned April
1. All proceeds will be for medical expenses, trips to the Tampa Burn
Center and supplies. For information, call Terry Cantrell at (863) 634-
4338 or (863) 763-8725..

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) 447-1.189.

Fundraiser will benefit ARC
The Knights of Columbus Council 11284 will have their annual Toot-
sie Roll fundraising drive to benefit the Okeechobee ARC on Saturday,
April 22, at Wal-Mart, Publix and U-Save from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

DuPuis hosting Earth Day celebration
Celebrate Earth Day this year at DuPuis Management Area on Satur-
day, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rick
Householder, senior geographer from the South Florida Water Manage-
ment 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 information, 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.) junction, and 3 miles east of Port Mayaca. Enter
at the Visitors Center, Gate #5.

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 Sat-
urday, April 29, at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., from 8
a.m. until 12N30 p.m. You do not have to be an AARP member or have
AARP auto insurance to attend. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Con-
sult your auto insurance agent for your three-year discount upon class
completion. For information, contact the instructor, Mrs. Bryan, at
(863) 763-0351. The cost of the class is $10, and must be paid by check
only..

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.

Martha's House honors Victim's Rights Week
Martha's House will host a dinner in honor of National Crime Vic-
tim's Rights Week at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, U.S. 98 N.,
on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Dr. Brenda Garma will be the keynote
speaker. There is no charge for the dinner. For information, contact
Martha's House at (863) 763-2893, or (863) 763-0202.

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 Parrott
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 committee
will meet following the coalition meeting.

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

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 (863)
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--
6291.

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 an
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 froni
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 Shear-
water boat complete with a 150hp, four-stroke EFI Suzuki outboard
and an aluminum trailer. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each at Eli's
Western Wear, Elite Title, Gilbert Chevrolet, Lakeshore Marine, Don's
Appliance, Riverside National Bank, Quail Creek Plantation and Hos-
pice of Okeechobee. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be
held on July 4. For information, call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321.




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