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Vol. 97 No. 110 Thursday, April 20, 2006 504 Plus tax


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Kids awarded honors
for their hard work
North Elementary school
is pleased to announce the
names of students receiving
honors for the third nine
weeks of the 2005-2006
school year. The names and
grades of students receiving
the awards are as follows:
IeSecond grade awards for
Reading are: Jenna Thomas,
Devin Hillard, Billy Bob
Wehde, Laiten Varner, Karina
Roos, and Elborio Bucio. The
Math awards are Zeke
Matthews, Samuel Moore,
Whitney Najera, Michael
Rowe, Rachel Gomez, Garrett
Ferguson.
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Volleyball team
wins tournament
The Big Lake 12-1 team
traveled to Tampa on March
25-26 to compete in the
Molten Pre-Qualifier USAV
volleyball tournament and
came away with the 12 and
under Gold Division title.
It was the first USAV tour-
nament championship for
any Big Lake team in the
club's 9-year history. Big Lake
12-1 put together a 5-1 match
record to come out on top of
the 15 team 12 and under divi-
sion.
"I'm so proud of them,"
explained Coach Beverly May.
"We've been competing in
older age groups most of the
season and doing pretty good,.
but winning a big tournament
:like this is awesome.".
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Owners urged to
vaccinate horses
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson is urging
horse owners to vaccinate
their horses against Eastern
Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
and West Nile Virus as mos-
quito season gets under way.
Four cases of EEE have
already been confirmed in
Florida since January-- one as
recently as this week --even
though the-first cases are not
usually seen until May.
Bronson says the majority
'ofcases can be prevented
through proper vaccinations
and booster shots against
mosquito borne illnesses and
he is reminding horse owners!
.that now is the time to take
: -action.
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Drought Index
.Current: 515
,Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

13.96 feet

Lake level
LastYear:
15.16 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 Out . . . . .4
Sports ............ 6
TV ...............11
Weather . . . .. . .2
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Moms wait in line during Seminole Eemeiaif's-ANiiu6l Kindergarteri Rbounhd-up held ohn
Tuesday. Incoming kindergarten students turned out with their parents to register for
the new school year. Each child is tested for basic skills and also receives basic health
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By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee City Council
members kept a steady pace as
they conducted business at:
their meeting Tuesday, April 18.
Honors were handed out,
ordinances were adopted, and
board members were chosen
for two city boards.
The topic to take the great-
- .est amount of.discussion, was-
drainage problems, especially
in the southwest portion of
town. Zella Kirk thanked the
council for the. work they have
been doing on the drainage


issues and gave them a petition
containing 250 signatures to
plead for drainage improve-
ments in southwest Okee-
chobee.
She said she and neighbors
canvassed the area for the sig-
natures, and in the process dis-
covered that more homes get
flooded thnri originally thought,
especially on Southwest Sev-
enth Avenue.
- "We. want to see a- plan,
from both the city and the
county, that is year-round
where someone would go
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Fines levied


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Mom, Theresa Virto listens carefully to information given by Seminole Elementary ESOL
Aide, Pat Lopez during Tuesday's Kindergarten Round-up. New student, Carmen
Sanchez and her twin brother, Ricardo (not pictured) are both anxious to attend kinder-
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In an unusually long meeting
on Tuesday night, the Okee-
chobee County Code Enforce-
ment Board considered 14 cases
and tabled eight until next
months' meeting.
The panel also gave six cases
until next month to come into
compliance or face a fine. They
also reduced two fines at the
April 18 meeting.
The properties of William K.
Rightsell, Wade M. and Nancy L.
Lee, Matilda Cortez Juarez,


Antonio Bustos, Luis Bustos and
Roger Perez were found to be in.
compliance and their cases
were not heard.
Kulsoom and Shabana
Abdullah had been cited for
unsafe structures, work without
a permit and care of premises
on their N.W 36th Street proper-
ty. Attorney Colin Cameron
spoke in behalf of Melba Garner
Franklin, occupant of the prop-
erty. He stated that the Abdul-
lahs, owners of the property,
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Hunting eggs on horseback
Mi-Cin Ranch in Okeechobee hosted a fundraising event
on Saturday, with games, entertainment, food and hors-
es of all sizes. Two types of Easter Egg Hunts were held.
A regular hunt had youngsters searching the grass for
colored eggs. Another hunt was designed for those on
horseback with eggs hidden on fences and in trees.
Some of the horses decided the egg hunt was for them,
eating the colorful candies before the humans could
reach them The event raised money for Indian River
Community College scholarships and for the 4-H Bits
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area-to-area cleaning the ditches
and making sure all are working
properly," she said.
Mrs. Kirk said she believes
year-round cleaning is a better.
solution than cleaning up after a
rain event. She talked about a spe-
cific problem with property at
Southwest Fifth Drive and S.W
21st Street where the ditch is deep
but there is no place for the water
to drain.
Councilman Lowry Markham
said the city is-trying to work in
neighborhoods to get the water to
the Seventh Avenue ditch and
stored in a retention pond.
In March, the mayor and a
couple of council members met
with some Okeechobee county
commissioners and representa-
tives of South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) to dis-
cuss possible solutions for
drainage problems.
"We're looking at pumps to
divert the water to a holding area
to the west out of the Seventh
Avenue ditch. It will take time and
money," said Mayor Kirk. "I feel
positive it (drainage issue) will be
solved. It will just take a couple of
years."
Councilman Dowling Watford
talked about zones in the city and
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the city to just say the city can't
take any more development in
the area.
He said a mechanism is need-
ed in areas where there are prob-
lems and that City Clerk Lane
Gamiotea found an ordinance
that says a person cannot impact
an adjoining property owner.
Mayor Kirk asked if the city
needs a person with expertise to
look at the city's ditches, point out
problems and fix them.
City Administrator Brian
Whitehall said he found it inter-
esting that Mrs. Kirk found other
houses in the area that are also
flooding. He told the council the
city needs to look at more than
the amount of water to be
retained; they also need to look at
the velocity of water being
released.
Mr. Whitehall said the city
appreciates the time SFWMD has
taken looking at their drainage
problems, and. that they
explained there are no magic bul-
lets. He said that Oscar
Bermudez, city engineer, knows
someone who can do a once-
over review of the city's drainage
system who may then recom-
mend a short study to gather
more information. He plans to get
with Mr. Bermudez and bring the
details back to council members.
Early in the meeting, Mayor
Kirk presented Okeechobee City
Police Department Detective Bill
Saum a 25-year service award. Mr.
Saum thanked five people and
groups for supporting his career:


former Chief of Police Larry Mob-
ley, who gave him his first stripe;
city council members for keeping
him around; former Chief of
Police Buck Farrenkopf; current
Chief of Police Denny Davis; and,
most of all, his wife Gail "the
best cop's wife one could have."
The mayor went on to hand
out two proclamations, one to
Ernest Rhodes that named April
as Florida Civil War History
Month, and one to SFWMD's
Missie Barletto for April as Water
Conservation Month.
A public hearing was opened
andthree ordinances were adopt-
ed as follows: a petition from
Mark Brandel to rezone lots 4-6,
block 117, changing it from resi-
dential single family-one to com-
mercial professional office
(CPO); a petition from James
Fraser, III to rezone the south one-
half of lot 5and all of lot 6 from
residential single family-one to
CPO; and a petition from Susan
Sevier-Sullivan to rezone two lots
at 804 S.W Second St. from resi-
dential single family-one to CPO.
Council members voted to
reappoint current Code Enforce-
ment Board members Jamie
Gamiotea and Frank Irby, each for
a three-year term, and stated how
much they appreciate the four
other people who applied for the
board.
The council named Michael
O'Connor to fill the alternate posi-
tion on the Board of Adjustment,
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Board, to replace Carol Johns'
alternate position as she moves to
a regular seat. Mrs. Johns replaces
John Whidden on the boards
since he resigned.
The council also voted to reap-
point current board members
William Ledferd and Dawn
'Hoover for three-year terms. Their
current terms expire on April 30.
Jim Vensel, with Rebuilding
Okeechobee After Disaster
(R.O.A.D.), withdrew his propos-
al from the agenda and did not
appear.
The council approved an alley
closing application for Brad
Goodbread for the east to west
alleyway between Northeast 11th
Street and Northeast 12th Street,
and North Parrott Avenue and
Northeast Third Avenue. The area
will be used for development.
Council members approved a
ranking sheet on engineering firm
proposals to improve a road in
the northwest area of the city's
Commerce Park in the neighbor-
hood of $70,000. Two firms had
submitted a proposal Craig A.
Smith & Associates of Wellington,
which scored 91; and LBFH, Inc.
of Palm City with a satellite office
in Okeechobee, which scored
93.3. The council selected LBFH.
Mr. Whitehall said he believed
the project would be a nice tidy
project for LBFH. He said they are
local and he liked that they used
the words "cost containment" in
their proposal. Councilman Noel
Chandler vouched for the firm
from previous experience.


FI Mr. Collins stated that the build-
Fines ing department had lost his paper-
workwhen he applied for permit.
Continued From Page 1 II was noted thatjince this was
were no longer in the country. He rental property, a contractor must
said they had fled to Pakistan do the work.
because a federal warrant is out- Mr. Collins said he had talked to
standing against them. The attor- an engineer whq said the building
ney added that the derelict mobile could be repaired.
homes on the property belong to After a lengthy discussion, the
Mrs. Franklin and the permission of matter was tabled/until May 16 by a
the property owner must be 3-2 vote. Board members Jude Fis-
obtained to get a demolition per- cher and E6i Juarez voted against
mit. the action.
Mr. Cameron said title action Because of unlicensed vehicles,
was pending on the property and trash, debris and overgrowth on
that Mrs. Franklin had equitable the S.E. 34th Avenue property of
ownership but not legal ownership Vera J. Griggs, the board found the
of the property. property to be in noncompliance.
He stated that the mobile If it is not in compliance by May 14,
homes could be demolished with- she could face a fine of $100 a day.
in 10 days after a permit is secured. Adron G. Chambers had been
The case was tabled until next cited for operation ofacommercial
month's meeting to allow Mr. trucking business in a residential
Cameron time to obtain a permit. zoning district and illegal use of a
The board found the N.W dumpster. Several notarized letters
160th Street property of Juana de from neighbors of the S.W. 72nd
Uncein to be in noncompliance Terrace property were presented to
due to an unpermitted mobile the board. These neighbors com-
home. If it is not in compliance by plained that Mr. Chambers was
June 18, the owner could face a operating his business from his res-
fine of $100 a day for every day of idence.
noncompliance. / Code Enforcement Officer
Code Enforcement Officer Bla- Gehring stated that since 2004 Mr.
ca Saucedo charged that Rod)fo Chambers has been operating a
Uncein had installed hardi-plank business out of his residence and
on a doublewide mobile home on numerous complaints have been
N.W 12th Terrace without securing made against him.
a permit. She stated that county He was given until May 14 to
building codes do not permit cease all business activity at his res-
installation of hardi-plank on a ident or face a fine of $250 a day.
mobile home. Fred Parker told the board the
However, Mr. Uncein produced cleanup of his N.W. 20th Street
a letter from an engineer saying property was 85 percent complete
hardi-plank can safely be used on and he asked for two more weeks.
mobile homes. The board found the property to
The board ordered him to be in noncompliance and if it is not
obtain a permit by June 18 or face a in compliance by next month, he
fine of $25 a day. could face a fine of $25 a day.
Code Enforcement Officer Gina The Four Season property of
Gehring asserted that Kenneth and Billy P. and Jacqueline Goggans
Theresa Collins had done roof was found to be in noncompli-
work without securing a permit on ance. If it is not in compliance by
a hurricane-damaged mobile May 14, they could face a fine of
home in Ousley Estates. The prop- $50 a day.
erty had been condemned The case of Eddie James Neal
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from last month. They had been.
required to bring their N.E. 13th
Street rooming house, up to code
and apply for necessary permits.
Since they .have obtained a con-
tractor and work is progressing, the
case was tabled until June 20.
Dewey Lightsey told the board
that he had hauled some debris off
his S.W 40th Drive property and he
would soon be finished cleaning it
up. The board voted to table the
case until next month.
Code Enforcement Officer Beth
Albert stated that Joel Simmons
has come a long way in cleaning
up his N.E. 55th Avenue property
and that he was almost in compli-
ance. Mr. Simmons asked for
another two weeks. The board
voted to table the case until next
month.
Code Enforcement Officer
Albert stated that Stacy Tyson had
done a lot of work on his Playland
Park property and if given more
time, he would come into compli-
ance. She stated that the job was 90
percent complete. Therefore, the
board voted to table the issue until
next month.
Upon the testimony of Code
enforcement Officer Albert that Vir-
ginia McClendon had come a long
way in cleaning up her Playland
Park property, the board voted to
table the case until next month.
The board did not discuss Lin-
nie Stuckey's request for fine
reduction since Mr. Stuckey was
not there, and there was no one
present to represent him.
The S.E. 60th Drive property of
Dan Buchanan had accrued a fine
of $100 a day for 284 days totaling
$28,400. He contended that his
work took him out of state and as
soon as he returned, he completed
the job. He said he was out of state
between May of 2005 and March of
2006.
When asked how much of a
fine reduction he wanted, Mr.
Buchanan replied, "As much as I
could and still keep a smile on
everyone's face."
On May 17, 2005, the board


ordered the property to be in com-
pliance by June 19, 2005, or be
subject to a fine of $10,0,a day..
Mr. Hoover was impressed by
the fact that Mr. Buchanan applied
for a demolition permit on May 23
and that as soon as he was back in
town he completed the job. He
said he had never seen anyone
clean up their property so quickly.
The board voted to reduce the
fine to $3,000 if paid within 14 days.
The next fine reduction request
came for Aline Norman. Penney
Revels was there to represent Mrs.
Norman. A singlewide rental
mobile home on S.E. 66th avenue
owned by Mrs. Norman had
accrued fines totaling $14,200. The
propehtywas out of compliance for
568 days and a fine of $25 a day had
been levied.
Ms. Revels claimed that tenants
were responsible for the condition
of the property.
Board Chairman Tommy
Hoover noted that the property in
question is income-generating
property arid that Mrs. Norman
was receiving rent while the fine
was increasing.
It was suggested that the fine be
reduced to .10 percent of the origi-
nal amount or $1,420. Mr. Hoover
feared such a large reduction
would set a precedent and would
be a reward for not realizing the
consequence of noncompliance.
The board finally agreed to
reduce the fine to $5,500, if paid by
May 12.
This action led to a discussion of
the basis for fine reductions.
Board attorney Laura McCall
offered the opinion that the board
needs to verbalize reasons for
reductions and take into considera-
tion such things as the gravity of the
situation, the corrective actions
taken and previous violations.
The agenda contained an addi-
tional three requests for fine reduc-
tions on three other properties
owned by Mrs. Norman. However,
these cases were not discussed
because of errors in calculating
fines.


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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 Cor-
poral 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 Alvinr B. Jackson at 800-432-2045, ext.
4041.

Rep. Harris keynote speaker at dinner
OKEECHOBEE The Republican Party of Okeechobee will hold
its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, May 6, at the Shrine Club
on S.R. 78.
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris will be the featured speaker.
Social time will be from 6 until 7 p.m., with dinner being served at
7 p.m. Dinner will include a sirloin steak, baked potato, green beans
and a salad.
Tickets are $30 per person. To sponsor a table, contact Dick Ahrens
at (863) 467-5910.
Tickets will only be sold at the door if they are not pre-sold.

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


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Elementary kids awarded


North Elementary school is
pleased to announce the names of
students receiving honors for the
third nine weeks of the 2005-2006
school year. The names and grades
of students receiving the awards are
as follows:
Second grade awards for Read-
ing are: Jenna Thomas, Devin
Hillard, Billy Bob
Wehde, Laiten
Varner, Karina
Roos, and "' "
Elborio Bucio.
The Math
awards are
Zeke Matthews, .
Samuel Moore,
Whitney Najera, Michael Rowe,
Rachel Gomez, Garrett Ferguson.
Third grade students receiving
Special Recognition Awards are:
Robert Alejandro; Juan Bucio, Jes-
sica Burkhalter, Daymian Castro,
Cali Kirksey, Nancy Mandujano,
Juan Nunez,' Jaycee Palomino,
Jackie Raya, Sarah Rodgers, Carlos
Rojas, and Kimberly Sisson.
Scholarship students working
hard and earning a GPA of 3.0-3.4
are: Asma Ali, Joseph Cabrera,
Chad Clance, Rebeka Ford, Leah
Furse, Fabiola Guzman, Tonya
Hager, Alexis Hair, General Hair,
Meredith Hilliard, Angelena
Jerningan, Lia Keith, Courtney
Kesner, Abigail O'Hara, Samantha
Plummer, Otto Ramirez, Saul Rios,
Terrance Robertson, Cassidy Wat-
ford, Jordan Wilkerson, Ronesia
'Wingfield, Travis Register, Jessica
Turgeon, Katie. Waldron, and
AndrewWheeler:
Merit Roll was awarded to stu-
dents who earned a GPA of 3.5 -3.9
were: Hunter Bosworth, Kelsie
Chartier, Briana Corrales, Adrian
Fisher, Savannah Frady, Hailey
Greeson, Sarah Hurst, Lexi Ward,
and Cameron White.


Honor roll students who earned
a GPA of 4.0 are: Hannah Rauler-
son, Audra Torres, and Macy Watt.
Fourth grade award winners for
the Honor Roll earning a GPA of 4.0
are: Irfan Chaudray, James
Cochran, Rachel Roehm, Jaisalyn
Santiago, and Cody Walker.
Merit students with a GPA of 3.5-
3.9 are: Mikael Beloff, Selena Bow-
man, Jefferson Davis, Tristan
Dubois, Marcus Garcia, Khrysta
Herndon, Brandon McKee, Rhian-
non Robshaw, Cory Vickers, and
Destinee Villarreal.
Scholarship Award students
with a 3.0-3.4 GPA are: Fredi Albar-
ran, Tekelsha Andrews, Maggie.
Buccino, Emily Bunting, Kyla Con-
rad, Briana Cross, Kaylen Fulford,
Oscar Gallegos, Natalie Garcia, Tris-
tan Mavroides, Prissy McDonald,
Kimberly Mullin, Christian O'Con-
nor, Monica Reyes, Raela Ridley,
Hannah Sadler, Saiti Sawka, Julian
Silvas, Justin Thorpe, Justin Travieso,
Karyna Villalpando, Brooke Vinson,
and JessicaWisener.
Special Recognition students
were honored including: Josh
Amadon, Brent Baughman, Ariana
Bustos,- Marshall Fralix, Amber
Freeman, Frank Huff, Colby.
McDugald, Trenton Moutschka,
Maria Elena Ramirez, Stephanie
Sellers, Diego Vega, and Destinee
Villarreal..
Terrific Kids are: Maggie Bucci-
no, Deborah Cline, James Cochran,
Briana Cross, Adilene Hernandez,
Lane Register, Liz Romero, Chelsey
Sadler, Hannah Sadler, Dallas San
Miguel, Tyler Smith, George Till-
man, Jose Valles, and Diego Vega.
Fifth Grade Honor Roll students
achieving a GPA of 4.0 are: Jordan
Canevari, Tyler Chartier, Sarah
Davis, Nichols Flood, Jacob Gre-
seth, Alexander Guido,. Matthew
Hapenr, Kyla Hargraves, Brendon


Jonassaint, Jackie O'Connor, Krista
Pope, Jarred Radford, Jenna Rath,
Samantha Rivero, Aubrey Robert-
son, Jami Sanchez, Alexis Smith,
Maci Thomas, Korey Walters, Krista
Ward, and Jessica Wheeler.
Merit Roll students earning a
GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 are: Alma Garcia,
Paige McElroy, Nikki St. Pierre,
James Steiert, and Damien
Womble.
Scholarship Award students
with a GPA of 3.0 -3.4 are: Olga Car-
rasco, Jake Close, Brianne Crane,
Jacob Domer, Ami Edwards, Diego
Gamez, Giselle Herrera, Dalton
Hodges, Alexis Lopez, Chelsey
McDaniel, Maria Salgado,
Cheyenne Thibodeau, and Joanna
Torres.
Special Recognition.was award-
ed to the following students for
their hard work including: Erena
Billie, Michael Crews, Alex
Estremera, Marcus Hathaway,
Narda Morales, Shelby Muller, Des-
tini Perry, Jose Reinozo, Donnekkia
Robertson, Justin Seals,. and Analil-
ia Serrano.
Terrific Kids are: Linden Bucci-
no, Lea Cole, Veronica Ellerbee,
Cade Hans, Andrea Hatfield, Allen
Leitner, Salena Perez, Nikki St.
Pierre, Maci Thomas, and Korey
Walters.
Science Award students were:
Jami Sanchez and Cade Hans.
Reading and Writing awards
went to Julio Chavez, Maria Salga-
do, Jackie O'Connor, Olga Carras-
co, and Matthew Hapner.
Science Lab Awards were
received by Aubrey Robertson and
Jami Sanchez..
Math Award students were Bri-
anne Crane, Brendon Jonassaint,
Ja'Juanza Ford, Samantha Rivero
and Andrea Hatfield.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
New surroundings
Seminole Elementary School hosted its' Kindergarten Round-up on Tuesday with young
children and their parents attending the registrations to prepare for the new school year.
School employees, Becky Bowers and Letta Jordan help parents with necessary forms
while children take in new surroundings.


Okeechobee News/ D. Hamilton
Two to go
Twins, Ricardo and Carmen Sanchez anxiously wait for mom, Theresa Virto to gather
necessary forms for their kindergarten registration at Seminole Elementary on Tuesday.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Peace Lutheran Pre-school students, (right to left) Alexandria Fulford, Derek Hortman, Austin
Scruggs and Chase Trent will have the opportunity to remain classmates for another year.
Peace Lutheran Church will open their kindergarten program for children in time for the new
school year.

Church to expand pre-school program


t ill i


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Peace Lutheran Pre-school
director,-Karen Smith has a lot to
be excited about in the coming
months. The pre-school program
which has been in operation for
the past 23 years, will soon expand
with a kindergarten program.
The accredited kindergarten
program with a curriculum meet-
ing the Florida Sunshine Standards,
will be integrated with Christian


principles.
"Just 15 slots are available for
kindergarten age children," stated
Mrs. Smith. She went on to say that
the small class size will allow for
more "one-on-one" time between
teacher and students.
The program director said that
children will be provided with a
variety of learning experiences at
the.'Kinder Cottage'. Kindergarten
students will enjoy a program
including hands-on activities in
music, art, and computers in addi-


tion to classroom subjects, physi-
cal education, Spanish and religion
addressing both spiritual and edu-
cational needs
Mrs. Smith mentioned that
there are still spaces open for new
students. Since numbers of student
spaces are limited, she suggested
that parents interested in register-
ing their child for the new program,
please contact her at the church at
(863) 763-7566 for more informa-
tion.


Arrest Log


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Kristen Clendenin, 24, N.W.
363rd Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 18 on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging
her with the felonies of violation of
probation forgery and violation of
probation uttering a forged
instrument. She was also charged
with the misdemeanor of resisting
arrest without violence. She is
being held without bond on the
felony charges. Bond on the misde-
meanor charge has been set at
$1,000.
Samuel Todd Conover, 47,
S.R. 78, Buckhead Ridge, was


arrested April 18 by Deputy Lieu-
tenant K. Murrish on a charge of
escape. He is being held without
bond.
Joseph Foley,' 28, Okee-
chobee, was arrested April 18 by
Deputy Roy Gilchrist on a felony
charge of aggravated stalking. He
was also arrested on misdemeanor
charges of battery, criminal mis-
chief and resisting arrest without
violence. His bond has been set at
$35,000.
Candice Janene Johnson, 36,
N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 18 by Deputy Roy
Gilchrist on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging her with the
felony of possession of a firearm by
a convicted felon, and the misde-
meanor charge of battery. Her
bond has been set at $10,250.
Celso Garcia, 21, S.W. Sev-
enth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 18 by Deputy P. Jack-
son on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with amend-


ed violation of probation driving
under the influence, amended vio-
lation of probation no valid dri-
ver's license, amended violation of
probation no valid driver's
license and amended violation of
probation attaching an unas-
signed tag. He is being held with-
out bond.
Jose Guadalupe Palomar, Jr.,
25, N.W 98th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 19 by Deputy
Arlene Durbin on a felony charge
of possession of cocaine, and a
misdemeanor charge of. posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His
bond was set at $11,000.

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
welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


Talented students


These seventh graders, from left to right, Dalton Snow, Yearling Middle School, Wesley
Mims, Osceola Middle School and Kelsey Burnham, Yearling Middle School, were hon-
ored at the April 13 meeting of the Okeechobee County School board for being named
to state level recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.



OHS Drama Club to present musical


The Okeechobee High School
(OHS) Drama Club will be pre-
senting the musical production of
"Hollywood Hillbillies" this Friday,
April 21, and Saturday, April 22.
Performances will be held in
the OHS 'auditorium, 2800 U.S.
441 N., beginning at 8 p.m. each
evening. Tickets are $8 for adults
and $7 for students.
In the play, Gram Hawley (Brit-
tany Phillips) and granddaughter,
Cindy Lou (Almalinda Ortega) run
the general store and post office in


Obituary


Gregorio Trevino
Gregorio Trevino, age 58, of
Okeechobee died April 18, 2006 at
Palm West Hospital in Loxahatch-
ee. Mr. Trevino
was born Oct.
28, 1947 in
Alice, Texas to
Gregorio and
Amalia Trevino.
He was a crew
leader in the
farming indus-
try come to
Okeechobee G
from Baytown, Gregorlo
Texas in 1986. Trevino
Mr. Trevino was
a member of the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church. He is one to be
remembered by his family and
friends.
Mr. Trevino is survived by his


wife of 34 years, Amparo Trevino,
daughters, San Juanita(Harless
Ray) Hunt, and Veronica (Orlando)
Arana; son Alejandro (Marilyn)
Trevino all of Okeechobee; six
grandchildren, Jr., Jesse, Layla,
Nico, Sulema, and Landito; broth-
ers, Noe, Ray, David, and Leo Trevi-
no of Texas and sister, Adela Zarate
ofTexas.
Visitation will be 4 until 7 p.m.,
Thursday, April 20, 2006 at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Prayer service
will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,
April 20, at Bass Okeechobee
Chapel. Funeral Mass will be noon,
Friday, April 21, at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church with Father Hugh
Duffy officiating. Interment will fol-
low at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton

Measuring up
Seminole Elementary School health care worker Tish
Spiers, checks the height of incoming kindergarten stu-
dent, Marselino Olvero. Seminole Elementary hosted its
annual kindergarten round-up on Tuesday. Each area ele-
mentary will host a kindergarten registration


Happy Hollow, until some big city'
folks descend making' for a real
"Hollywood Hoedown."
Among the visitors are: distant
relatives Josephine (Amanda
Schrock) and Charlotte (Madelain
Chapman) from Hollywood, who
are terrible snobs; a big time
move producer (Bryce Emley),
who is going to make a flick about
life in the hills; and a pair of crooks
(Justin Engler and Megan Mark-
er), who discover that Granny has
a fortune that she doesn't even
know about.
On top of it all, Cousin Bubba
(Seth Garner) soon takes quite a
shine to one of Charlotte's snooty
sorority sisters (Tina Bruner).


I With the new highway coming'
through, the little town is gonna
be blown off the map!
This culture-clashin', kick-yer-
shoes-off musical will be sure to
make you want to stomp your
feet.
Others involved with the play
directed by Miss Borel are Chuck
Davis, Sarah Johnson, Renae Rus-
sell, Todd Holt, Daylet Leyva, Juan
Tagle, Adam Hood, Joanna
Lorado, Tahni Sheffield, Nichole
Bianchini, Amber Wagoner, Dusty
Sexton, Colton Norsworthy,
Aleshia Wiggins and Joshua
Hamby.
"Hollywood Hillbillies" was
written by Tim Kelly.


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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.

ARC: I would be willing to bet that the sources of the five critical
opinions stated in the April 16 Speak Out regarding the ARC and the
board of county commissioners were either members of ARC's board
and/or clients of the ARC. In other words, these five opinions were
probably motivated by subjective self-interests, not objective opinions
based on the facts of the situation. I know something of these facts and.
the ARC is not without fault in this matter. For example, as a non-profit
organization that accepts government money, why has the ARC
refused to provide the county with an up-to-date financial audit report?
What is the ARC hiding?

TRASH: I see a lot of property owners are being fined for having
trash. What is this, do as I say and not as I do? On N.E. 70 going into
town where they just cleared the land, it looks like a garbage heap with
air conditioners covers, bottles and trash. I believe it would be safe to
get the easement cleaned up because it is a terrible sight.

BASSWOOD: I have been observing the Speak Outs about a week
now. I want the records to be straight. I too am an American, and live
in Basswood. I too see all types of races that pollute our roads, includ-
ing us whites. Are you sure you live in Basswood?

ARRESTS: I would like to know why you are now putting people's
pictures in the paper. The way you are writing them up, it sounds like
they are guilty before they even go to court. That has never happened
before. We have a new sheriff, I wonder if that has anything to do with
it? (Editor's Note: Our policy has been to use photos of those arrested
with the articles about the arrests whenever photos are available. In
the past, that wasn't always possible. Sometimes the photos were of
poor quality or, they weren't available. But changes have been made
at the county jail and within the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
and, along with improved technology, the photos are now more
readily available to the media. Another reason for using photos is that
there are people in the area with the same or similar names. So, the
use of photos avoids confusion. We do not state in our articles that
someone is guilty of committing a crime until they are found guilty in a
court of law. The stories simply state that someone has been arrested
and is facing charges.)

GAS PRICES: I would like to know why Okeechobee is paying .10
cents more for our gas. I am from Palm Beach County and they have a
.10-cent sales tax. It has always been .10 cents cheaper in Okee-
chobee. But now all of Okeechobee gas is the same price. It means
that they are making an extra .10 cents for every citizen that fills up in
Okeechobee. I talked to Bronson's office and they told me it is whatev-
er they want to charge. Isn't that a shame that we are being taken
advantage of. (Editor's Note: Retail outlets are allowed to charge a
specified percentage over what they pay for gas, just the same as any
other retail outlet. The only difference is that they cannot charge
above that designated maximum markup, whereas other types of
businesses can charge whatever the market will pay. The price of
gasoline is high everywhere, notjust in Okeechobee. At some outlets
in Pbrt St. Lucie, for example, the price of gas is as much as. 11 cents
higher than what people are paying at the pump in Okeechobee.)



Community Events

Driver safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, April 22, and
Saturday, April 29, at the Church of Our Savior, 200 .W. Third St.,
from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You do not have to be AARP mem-
ber or have AARP auto insurance to attend. All seniors 55 and over
are invited. Consult your auto insurance agent for your three-year
discount upon class completion. For information, contact the
instructor, Mrs. Bryan, at (863) 763-0351. The cost of the class is
$10, and must be paid by check only.

Church starting new series
The Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will
begin a new series called "Heaven" on Sunday, April 23, from 6
until 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 610-5497 or (863) 763-0550.

Martha's House honors Victim's Rights Week
Martha's House will host a dinner in honor of National Crime
Victim'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 informa-
tion, contact Martha's House at (863) 763-2893, or (863) 763-0202.

Collaborative council willmeet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meet-
ing Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okee-
chobee County School Board at 700 S.W. Second Avenue. For
information call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.





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

Main Street board nominations sought
Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board posi-
tions on the Okeechobee Main Street until April26. For information,
contact Ms. Huffman at (863) 697-2054.

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
information, call (863) 763-2488.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the month
to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at 323 N. Par-
rott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet Topp at
(863) 824-2899.
Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863)
697-3110.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldoat (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a
pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W.'Sixth St. For Information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until I p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call, Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.,
in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
*S.W. Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee, and
Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is from 2.
until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve your
place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is available for
your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult
Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about respite care, call
Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is wel-
come. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an oppor-
tunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information,
call (863) 467-2321.
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 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 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. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held on
the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S.
441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women
should bring business cards and information to promote their business.
The meeting provides networking opportunities for women in business
and is open to the public. No membership is required. For information,
contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjury-
lawyer.com.
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
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) 61.0-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257..
Sunday
A.A. meets 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.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orien-
tation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum.
It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For
information, call the Foster Care Program at 1 -(800) 403-9311.



Community Events

Gospel group to worship
The gospel group River will worship at Peace Lutheran Church,
750 N.W 23rd Lane, on Sunday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5042.


Community Events

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 contri-
butions to Grad Night. All members are encouraged to attend.
Snacks will be provided.

IRCC hosting job fair
The Indian River Community College (IRCC) will host their
10th annual job fair on Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. at their main campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce.
For information, contact 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 Eck-
erd Family Youth Alternatives, Inc., facility at 7200 U.S. 441 N.
This morning social will begin at 8 a.m. For information, con-
tact the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

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

OHS Drama Club staging musical
The Okeechobee High School Drama Club will present the
musical "Hollywood Hillbillies" in the OHS auditorium, 2800
U.S. 441 N., Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22. Performances
will start at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $8 for adults and
$7 for students.

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

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 Friday, April 21, from 3 until 9 p.m.

Yard sale aids church's mission trip
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
have a yard sale Saturday, April 22, at 8 a.m. The proceeds of
this yard sale will go to support a mission trip to Mexico. For
information, call (863) 763-4127 or (863) 467-1750. ,

Victims' rights topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 22, starting at 7:30 a.m. It will be re-broadcast at I and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Cheryl
Kirby, president of the 19th Judicial Circuit Victims' Rights
Coalition and victim advocate. The topic of the discussion is
Strength in Unity. National Crime Victims' Rights week is April
23-29. There will be a motorcycle Run for Right on Sunday,
April 23. For information, contact Cheryl Kirby at (772) 462-
1369; or, call your local library for a schedule of events and
speakers in your area.

Church hosting youth service, concert
The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., will have a special
youth service and concert on Saturday, April 22. The doors will
open at 6:30. The youth service will start at 7 p.m., with the
concert to follow at 8:30. There will be preaching, testimonies
and a live band. The event is sponsored by The ARK Youth Min-
istries and Real Life Children's Ranch.

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) 447-1189.

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

DuPuis hosting Earth Day celebration
Celebrate Earth Day this year at DuPuis Management Area
on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Rick Householder, senior geographer from the


South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). He will
give a simple lesson on how to use your GPS. A treasure hunt
will follow his presentation, so bring your own GPS to play.
Enjoy live native wildlife presentations by the Treasure Coast
Wildlife Center. You'll also be able to learn all about the bald
eagles at DuPuis through presentation and video with Dr. Dale
Hipson of the Audubon's Eagle Watch Program. Food, snacks
and drinks will be available to purchase through the Boy
Scouts, or you can pack your own picnic lunch. For more infor-
mation, 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.


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Bidhlman baseball schedule


Varsity Raseball
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at Jensen Beach
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taking first place in the Molten Pre-Qualifier USAV volleyball tournament in Tampa. Team
members are (kneeling) Maci Thomas (5); (middle row left to right) Jordan Maynard (8), Caris-
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ball."
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son. The 15 and under are
ranked 15th in the USAV regional
rankings and the 17's are ranked
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"It's been a great season for
Big Lake Juniors," said George
May. "The level of play at all lev-
els is getting better and better.
It's a tribute to our coaches and
players. They've made Big Lake
a name to be respected through-
out the club volleyball commu-
nity."


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great deal of practice. High-flying Jordan Maynard worked
on spiking the ball as Big Lake club director George May
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Bronson urges vaccinations as EEE cases start early


TALLAHASSEE Florida Agri-
culture Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is urging horse owners to
vaccinate their horses against East-
ern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and
West Nile Virus as mosquito sea-
son gets under way. Four cases of
EEE have already been confirmed
in Florida since January one as
recently as this week even
though the first cases are not usual-
ly seen until May.
Bronson says the majority of
cases can be prevented through

Minorities
WASHINGTON, DC Statistics
and a predisposition for eye dis-
ease are two big reasons minorities
must take an active role in their eye
health, according to the 'Am Eye
Healthy?' campaign. April is Minor-
ity Health Month, and the 'Am Eye
Healthy?' campaign is focusing its
attention on Latino and African
American eye health. These minor-
ity groups have among the highest
rates of visual impairment and eye
disease such as glaucoma and dia-
betic retinopathy. In fact, glaucoma
is four to five times more prevalent
in African Americans than Cau-
casians and 75 percent of Latinos
currently living with glaucoma and
ocular hypertension are unaware
of their disease.
At a recent 'Am Eye Healthy?'
eye screening event in Houston,


proper vaccinations and booster
shots against mosquito borne ill-
nesses and he is reminding horse
owners that now is the time to take
action.
"Last year there were 150
reported cases of EEE across 43
counties, triple the number from
the year before when 48 cases of
the disease reported impacting 27
counties," Bronson said. "Now
that mosquito season is upon us, it
is critical that horse owners take
steps to protect their animals. We


have already seen some EEE cases
due to the relatively warm winter
and we need to ensure that these
cases are kept to a minimum."
EEE is a viral disease that affects
the central nervous system and is
transmitted to horses by infected
mosquitoes. Signs of the virus
include fever, listlessness, stum-
bling, circling, coma and usually
death. The disease is fatal in horses
in 90 percent of the cases.
Bronson says he is pleased that
no cases of West Nile Virus have


been reported so far this year, and
WNV cases have continued to
drop over the years since a vaccina-
tion against the disease became
available in 2001.
"There was a lot of attention
paid to West Nile Virus when it was
first discovered in Florida in 2000.
Horse owners did a very good job
in protecting their animals from
this disease. We want to be sure
they are just as aggressive in pro-
tecting horses against EEE," Bron-
son said.


The Department and the state's
numerous mosquito control dis-
tricts have strengthened their sur-
veillance, control and prevention
measures in order to be better pre-
pared for mosquito-borne illness-
es. There are ongoing efforts to
keep the mosquito populations


down but because there is no fool
proof method to prevent the dis-
eases, vaccinations are critical.
So far this year EEE has been
confirmed in horses' in Columbia,
Duval, Marion and Levy counties,
all of which were fatal.


should take eye health seriously


Texas over 500 Latino residents
showed up to have their vision test-
ed. Nearly 80 percent of the individ-
uals screened failed the test and
were referred for follow-up care.
Similar results for minority partici-
pants were seen in cities across the
country. While these numbers are
distressing, they are not surprising.
Blindness affects African Ameri-
cans more frequently than Latinos
and Caucasians; and Latinos, due
to poor eye health education and a
genetic predisposition for eye dis-
ease, have higher rates of visual
impairment than any race or eth-
nicity.
"The results of the 'Am Eye
Healthy?' campaign launch and
corresponding screenings were
very concerning," stated Yanira
Cruz, President and CEO of the


National Hispanic Council on
Aging (NHCOA), a member of the
'Am Eye Healthy?' campaign. "The
huge minority turnout demon-
strates the need for increased
access to these types of services,
while the disproportionately high
number of individuals referred for
additional care highlights the
awareness that is needed in the
Latino community to take eye
health seriously."
Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation (CBCF) Associate
Director of Research Kenya Cov-
ington added, "While it is well doc-
umented that there are dramatic
disparities in health status and
health outcomes among minority
populations related to chronic ill-
nesses such as heart disease, dia-
betes and HIV/AIDS, there also are


growing disparities in eye disease
prevention and treatment. CBCF is
pleased to work with the 'Am Eye
Healthy?' campaign to help raise
eye health awareness which may
ultimately decrease vision impair-
ment in minority communities."
Many eye diseases are preventa-
ble and often times if caught in
time vision loss can be reversed or
minimized. The later an eye prob-
lem is diagnosed, the harder it
becomes to treat. This( is why all
Americans, particularly minorities,
need to take control of their eye
health. This April, in honor of
Minority Health Month, we urge all
minorities to not only ask them-
selves, "Am Eye Healthy?" but to
make sure they are.


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age 65 have high blood pressure,
but many don't know they have it
because they feel just fine. Even
though high blood pressure does-
n't cause symptoms, it is a major
health risk, and if it isn't treated, it
can lead to stroke, heart disease,
kidney failure, and other serious
health problems. The good news is
ihat there are ways to prevent high
blood pressure and the trouble it
can cause. If you already have high
blood pressure, there are ways to'
prevent or treat its complications.
High blood pressure is not a
normal part of aging. You can pre-


vent high blood pressure by main-
taining a healthy weight; exercising
every day; eating more fruits, veg-
etables, whole grains, and low-fat
dairy foods; cutting down on salt
and sodium; and drinking less
alcohol. You can lower your blood
pressure by making these lifestyle
changes and, if needed, by taking
medicine.
The National Institute on Aging
(NIA) is offering a free fact sheet in
Spanish with tips on how to con-
trol high blood pressure. To order a
copy of "Presi6n Arterial Alta: Con-
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Health Briefs


First Aid class
will be offered

First Aid Basics class will-'be
'- given' at MtnAmeritan Red Cross,
323 North Parrott Ave., on Thurs-
day, April 27, from 6 until 9 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-2488.


Parenting
classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition wilrbe presenting parent-
ing education classes. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. For specific dates,
information and to register for the


between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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screening will be completed by the
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and immediate results will be
given. For information, call Donna
True at (800) 861-7826 ext. I or
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American
Legion Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner
with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $9
donation. There will be entertain-
ment from 3 until 7 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1
p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be.
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.,
Everyone is welcome .
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-
2950.
Am-Vets #200.1
SArnm-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10
a.m. Applications for new mem-
bers are available. Call Ray Dis-
ney at (863) 357-2138, or Don
South at (863) 763-8954.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday and Thurs-
day: bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be
available for a donation.
Every second Tuesday:
spaghetti dinner with salad and
garlic bread from 5 until 7 p.m.
for a $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until? Food will be
available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.mn.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $12 donation. Music will be
by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
' The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-


lar meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refresh-
ments will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Bucky Yoder
at (863) 467-7342 or Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Okeechobee
Chapter #128
The Order of the Easter Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact W.M. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge. The
lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until'
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (863).
763-2250 for the mernf.
Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7 p.m.
Friday night and Saturday
night starting at 7 p.m. there will.
be music for dancing. Call to see
who is playing.
Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.
Moose enrollment meeting. All
prospective members should
attend this meeting.
Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m.
Installation of new officers. Bring
a covered dish, Roast beef will be
provided, Karaoke by Sandy at 8
p.m.
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 6 p.m. Call for
the menu.
Each Sunday of April break-
fast will be served from 9 until 11
a.m., with many items being
offered.
Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion and meal menus, call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
Breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Moose
Patio on the second Sunday of
every month.
Meals will be served on.
Wednesday and Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until?
on Saturday.
There will be music for
dancing each Friday and Saturday
night starting at 7 p.m.
Each Thursday will be
karaoke night.
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
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you should call (863) 763-0818
for information or visit the lodge
300 N.W. 34th St. You may write
the post at P.O. Box 1137, Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
come.
Every Wednesday during
the season karaoke will be held
from 5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5
p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at
1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 5
p.m. until?
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke at 5
p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner, Men's Auxiliary or-
AmVets there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10


a.m. The main meeting is on the
fourth Saturday.
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
(863) 467-2882.
All games and special events
are shown. on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m..
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through'Saturday and at
1 p.m. in Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
iary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
Okeechobee
Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. For infor-
mation, call the club at (863) 763-
3378, Kip at (863) 61076659, or
Keith at (863) 634-2682.


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VA services in Sebring


WASHINGTON Congress-
man Mark Foley (FL-16) has
applauded the expansion of serv-
ices offered by the VA Medical
Center in Sebring to include men-
tal health therapy for individuals
and organized groups.
"The more services we provide
in more convenient locations to
our veterans, the more likely they
will be able to receive the medical
help they need," said Foley. "The
Sebring VA Center has become a
great resource since it was
opened a little more than four
years ago."
Margaret Croney has been
hired by the VA to provide full-


time mental health work at the
Sebring VA CBOC. Veterans seek-
ing mental health services are
now able to have her arrange an
appointment via teleconferencing
with a doctor so the veteran does
not need to travel to either St.
Petersburg or West Palm Beach,
saving the veteran a 4 or 5 hour
trip to a VA Medical Center. Veter-
ans can call 1-863-314-0325 for an
appointment.
Congressman Foley has been
working to have the VA system
expand their medical services vet-
erans to provide mental health
care since the Sebring Clinic
opened four and a half years ago.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
IllI.
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) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at2, 4:15,7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, 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

Entries wanted,
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors is accepting entries for
their monthly property beautifica-
tion awards program. The property
does not have to be for sale and is
open to residential and commer-
cial property throughout the coun-
ty. For information or to obtain
entry forms, contact Dale Ann Wat-
ford, secretary of the board at (863)
634-7311 or (863) 763-8222.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E:
, 128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
jars af%,.bOttles and plastics # i1
through ;-,are accepted, at, the
public facilities. Items not accepted
4 include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid waste manager,
at (863) 763-1811, or Waste Man-
agement of Okeechobee at (863)
357-0111, or (863) 763-4818.

Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Vol-
unteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the
skills they need to save lives. You
can help the American Red Cross
reach people in your community
with lifesaving training, including
CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Pre-
vention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross
at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.



The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volunteers
to serve as advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted liv-
ing facilities. Volunteers are special-
ly trained and certified to investi-
gate and resolve resident
complaints and to carry out inspec-
tions of facilities. Licensed social
workers, pharmacists, elder law
attorneys, physicians, nurses and
others with a sincere interest in the
elderly are urged to apply. Call
LindaSlatteryat (772) 595-1385.

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For information, call Margaret
at (863) 467-8020, or Janet at (863)
467-0183.

Vaccine for


rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okeechobee
County Ordinance Sec. 10-111,
Vaccination against rabies required
and Okeechobee City Ordinance 4-
26, vaccinations. All dogs, cats and
ferrets 4 months and older must be
vaccinated once a year by a
licensed veterinarian against rabies
with a United States Government
approved vaccine. Animal licenses
are purchased at the Animal Con-
trol facility with proof of current
rabies vaccination. For informa-
tion, call Animal Control at (863)
357-3225.


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ski's). Missed. (863)634-8674 Good pay, Benefits, 401K.*
(863)763-8391
,Givawa 01 ALL AROUND CARPENTER
wanted for Construction
BEAGLES (2) to good home, Company. Call 863-634-3581
must have fenced yard,
spayed, good w/kids & other SS _
animals (863)634-2191
DOG- small female, mixed
breed, spayed, hsebrk, good
w/kids & other animals. ASSISTANT
(772)215-5810 ASSISTANT
MOBILE HOME FRAME 12x50 MANAGER
Ft. w/Deck, on 3 axles w/6 &
tires. Free you haul. SERVERS
(863)763-3451 AM & PM
PIT BULL PUPS- to good
homes only, (863)675-4697 Aply ithin
or (239)494-2647 Apply Within
PUPPIES- Cur pups, to good 1111 arrot Ave
loving homes
(863)675-4697 or CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK
239)494-2647 All shifts. $7/hr and up.
Also Management
WATER FILTER includes large Opportunities Available
outside pump. Free, you Also Taking applications
haul. (863)467-9228 for Subway at
2398 Hwy 70 West
WINDOWS, (5), for Florida Call772-370-1779
Room, (863)467-8830 DAIRY FOREMAN:
'Grg/Exp./Bilingual Preferred
d S e 04i House, Phone, Lights
Provided. Call .
EARLY BIRDS WELCOMEII! 634-1758 or 634-1756
SPOT IN THE SUN: DUMP TRUCK DRIVER
Thurs., Fri., & Sat., April 20th, w/CDL License
21st & 22nd, 6am-1pm, Work in Hendry and
10127 NE 23rd Lane. LaBelle Counties.
Everything Must Gol Must pass drug test and have
Goats, Chickens, Pot Belly transportation to job site.
Pigs, Clothing,, Antiques... Pay based on experience.
You name it, its there Call Dacks: 321-452-3190
or
D oi't M1 iiss E-mail: scci@
santacruzconstruction.com
'This O e' EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
Dickerson needs experienced
Okeechobee, Fri., 4/21 & Loader/Trackhoe Operator.
Sat., 4/22, 8am til 1 pm, M/FN/D. EOE
5955 SE 80th Trail, Lots of DRUG TEST REQ'D
Everything! Call 772-429-4465


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Shop skills required
.(863)634-4968
FARM RANCH MECHANIC
General repairs for farm equip.
including heavy equip. Exp
with tools, Valid drivers li-
cense. Drug Free Work
Place. (863)634-9446
FINAL PUNCHLIST &
WARRANTY TECHNICIAN
Palm Harbor Homes is ac-
cepting applications for in-
dividuals to perform punch
out and warranty service
on our new homes. Earn
$40K annually. Excel-
lent benefits. Truck&
tools provided. Bldg trade
exp a plus, butnot re-
quired. On-the-lob training
positions are also
available. Fax resume to:
813-759-2065 or call
1-800-729-4363, ext 611.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
NEEDED IMMEDIATELY
Experienced only a ply
PipeLayers, Tailmen, Loader
Operator, For underground
pipe company.
(863)610-0889
NOW HIRING:
Asst. Kitchen Manager &
Experienced Cooks for local
restaurant. Apply in person @
Lightsey's Restaurant
on Friday from 10am-12pm
OFFICE DUTIES
Must have experience in
Quickbooks and Microsoft
office. Fax resume
863-357-0006 or call
863-357-0798
PACKING, SHIPPING &
RECEIVING (Okee.)
Computer Based. Up to 50lbs
lifting required. 863-357-0798
PRE-SCHOOL
TEACHER NEEDED
. For a Busy Child Care Center
863-467-5588 orfax
resume to 863-467-7560
SUMMER JODS
Attention college students:
Looking for a summer job? In-
ternships are available available at the
Clewiston News, Glades
County Democrat and The Sun
newspapers. Learn about the
journalism business while
gaining work experience. Writ-
Ing and photography skills re-
quired. Computer skills a plus.
Mail resume and references
to lntpayroll@newszap.com.


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We're moving our Data Center!

To accommodate this move, the Okeechobee News'
deadlines will temporarily change for the Sunday
and Monday editions.

The Sunday, April 23rd edition will deadline as follows:
Display Advertising Wednesday at 4pm
Classified Advertising Thursday at 2pm

The Monday, April 24th edition will deadline as follows:
Display Advertising Wednesday at 5pm
Classified Advertising Thursday at 3pm


TRACTOR DRIVER
Need for local farm
(863)634-0548


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


Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!


HELP WANTED
,., Local cleaning
Company seeking
aFULLTIMI/PARTTIME
employees. GOOD PAY.
3 Shifts, 3:30pm-11pm,
4-11pm, 5-11pm. Mon. -
Fri., 1 Sat. per mo. day-
time. Must have valid FL
DL, trans. to & from
I work, no criminal record.
i For Application call
863-703-0902
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WRITERS AND
PHOTOGRAPHERS
The Clewiston News, Glades
County Democrat and The Sun
newspapers are looking for
writers and photographers,
part or full time, to cover local
events. If you are enjoy attend-
ing community events and
aren't shy about asking ques-
tons, this could be the job for'
you. Interested applicants
should e-mail resume, writing
samples and references to
inipayroll@newszap.com.


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The Okeechobee News is seeking an Ad
Services Team Member. This is a part time
position that could lead to full time
employment.
The right applicant will:
Have advanced PC computer skills
Have good people skills
Be a team player
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle deadlines
Have previous sales experience with a
proven track record
Desire to be successful
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in:.
Photoshop
Quark or Pagemaker
Adobe Acrobat
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay based on experience
Generous time off program
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energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
The Daily Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer


IMMEDIATE OPENING

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Minimum
Class "C" Certification required. Only those having
a valid Florida Class C or higher operator certifica-
tion should apply at this time. Must possess a val-
id FL Drivers License. Only those with a three year
clean driving record need apply. Shift work and
week-ends are required. Applications will be ac-
cepted until opening is filled at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority located at 100 SW 5th Avenue,
Okee, FL 34974. An Equal Opportunity Employer,
Drug Free Work Place.




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



MACHINIST
FT/PT Min. 5 yrs exp. Competent with mills, lathes
and reading blue prints. Exp. With pumps a plus.

WELDER/FABRICATOR
FT Min 5 yrs exp. Must be certified. Exp.
with pumps a plus.
Excellent Pay with experience + Benefits.
Pelican Pumps 800-329-5577.
Fax resume 561-924-8058 or
e-mail info@pelicanpumps.com



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


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


siunlmiARY
NEEDED
Must have
knowledge in
clerical/accounts
receivable,
Inventory.
APPLY IN PERSON
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Hwy. 98 North



MEDICAL SECRETARY
Urgently needed, attractive
pay and benefits offered.
Call (863)467-9400 or
fax resume to
(863)467-8708



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

HARDI-PLANK APPLICATORS
(2) Must be Highly Experi-
enced. Must have own tools &
references. Will pay $20 per
hour. Call 863-763-8449
PART-TIME MAINTENANCE
HELP NEEDED: Saturday &
Sunday a must. Contact
Barbara at (863)763-4114


STRINGERS
The Glades County Democrat,
The Sun, and the Clewiston
News newspapers have open-
ings for stringers to cover local
events. Stringers are paid per
assignment for stories and
photos. Work hours are ex-
tremely flexible. Interested ap-
plicants should email resume,
writing samples and referenc-
es to:
inipayroll@newszap.com.
WANTED: Retired Crafts Man
to take care of rental proper-
ties, in exchange for Water-
front Rental. (863)467-8683


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Currently has an opening for
*LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE*
View the job announcements and apply online
athttps://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/logon.htm
For assistance with the People First website, you may contact
the applicant customer service at 1-877-562-7287,
TTY users call 1-866-221-0268.
Job closing date is close of business April 28, 2006
EEO/AAP/VP Employer


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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.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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
Lic. # 0CSL2732-01



RON-DEES
Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 & # 5698
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
classmfleds.


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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens A Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & 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
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




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


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
ROCKER- Solid, Walnut, Fold-
ing. Seat.141/2", Back 19",
Padded seat & back $50.
(863)946-1896
WAGON WHEELS, Hungarian
(100) wooden, $75
(863)467-1322


DISHWASHER- Kenmore,
$50, (863)675-2404 after
4:30pmr
FREEZER, 51/ cu. ft., frost
free, $75. (863)763-1884
REFRIGERATOR, Apartment
Sz. "Philco". Runs very good.
Keep your beer / soda ice
cold. $60 (863)467-9877
REFRIGERATOR Kenmore 14
cf, Frost free. glass sliding
shelves, 18 mo old, $200
863)635-5826 Frostproof
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SMALL FREEZER- Kenmore, 5
cuft, $100 (863)946-3822,
WASHER & DRYER- Stacked,
Kenmore, full size, Model #
110 88 7627993, $250
(863)675-2392 LaBelle



COFFEE POT- 10 cup Farber
Ware, like new, $20
(863)467-8681'



CARPORT FRAME: 16X25,
Heavy Duty, Metal. $220.
(863)763-3153



ALUM BEAMS-
1-9X2X13.5FT, 1
9x2X15.5FT, 5 2X2X8FT Up-
rights $150 (863)467-8830
ATTIC STAIRS: Pull Down
Type. Fits opening 211% x
53%,. $50. (863)675-5929
BATHROOM VANITY TOP -
21" Marble, w/sink & faucet.
$30. (863)763-8548.
PLYWOOD- Hurricane Ready
various sizes, full and half
sheets, with 3/4 -1/4, $200
takes all (863)467-8681
SCREEN ROOM MATERIAL- W
assembled walls & 4x8x10
roof panels. $500.
(772)579-1322 Okee.
SHUTTERS, Heavy, Wooden,
4 panels. 17/2x61. $50.
(863)675-5929
TYPEWRITER, Portable,
"Smith Corona". Coronamatic
2500. Excellent condition. $65
neg. (863)467-9877



STEPS, w/rail 3 risers, $30.
(772)201-8932



DISHES: Leaf Pattern, 8 pc.
setting. $20. (863)635-0474


BASEBALL CARDS- Upper
Deck, 1992 over 3000 mint
cond., $45 (863)697-8547
M.I. HUMMEL FIGURINES -
Merry Wanderer, Apple Tree
Boy, Just Resting (handle
broke) $225 (863)801-3344
SALT- n PEPPER SHAKERS
(1041 Sets) asking $2500
(863)801-4949



COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
(863)843-0158
LAPTOP- 15", Absolute the top
of the line Durabook. Military
spec's Modem, router, Lthr
case. $1399. 863-983-7751
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257


BR SUITE- 5pc, Golden Har-
vest, Simmons bedding, bed,
2 dressers, stands, mirror,
chest, $800 (863)467-8481
CHAIR, Small, Upholstered
multi colored Swivel, Ideal
for RV. $30. (863)467-8432
CHEST OF DRAWERS, Very
good shape. $100
(863)357-4831
COMPUTER DESK- New, Tall,
$60. (863)763-0486 After
6pm
DINING ROOM SET: 4 pc.
$25. (863)467-9228
DINING ROOM SET- Pecan ta-
ble w/3 leafs, seats 4-10, 6
chairs, buffet & hutch. $600.
(239)822-5955 LaBelle
DINING TABLE Drop leaf sol-
id wood, circa 1950's. $100
(863) 467-7676
D/RM TABLE- Claw foot, leaf,
4 chairs, China cab. hutch
$175. 863-635-0843 or
803-417-7959


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HOT WATER HEATER: 40 gal-
lons. Like New, only used 6
months. $50. (863)763-8146



SAND FILTER & PUMP, dbl.
ladder, w/small deck be-
tween for 4' above ground
pool, $250. (863)634-3200


POOL TABLE- 8', Full size pool
table, great cond. Burgundy
felt, Pool sticks, Many ac-
cess. $700. 634-2094
SPORTS ORGANIZER: For
Garage / Outdoors. Holds Bas-
ket Balls, Baseballs / Bats. Etc.
$20 (863)634-5038


ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
Bush, for 32" tv. Like new.
$125. (863)697-6077
FUTON BUNK BED, w/match-
ing desk. Full sz bottom &
single sz on top. 8" mattress.
$225. (863)357-3863
HEAD & FOOT BOARD, Twin,
Solid Wood. Very nice. $55
(863)675-3944
HIDE-A-BED: Queen, Green &
White w/matching chairs.
Good condition. $125.
(863)763-0867
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.
S$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.
(863)674-0098.
SOFA & 2 CHAIRS- cream col-
or, dark oakwood trim, good
cond. Need cleaning, you
move, $125 (863)467-8112
SOFA- full length, light colors.
Used only 3 months. Like new!
Reduce to $225. Please call
863-467-0670
TODDLER SLEIGH BED -
w/mattress. White. $40 or
best offer. (863)467-8723
Okeechobee
WALL UNIT Cherry wood,
has curved glass doors, paid
$1500 sold $400
(954)448-8253



BOWFLEX ULTIMATE Like
new, has leg extension, paid
over $2000, will sell for
$800. (863) 467-7676


EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 10 0yr.old. $450
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classified.


BLOOD PRESSURE MONI-
TOR- Digital, Wrist, Brand
new. Never been used.
$39.99 (863)467-1120
LIFT CHAIR, Good conditiondition.
$350. (863)801-4949
POWER CHAIR- Jet 3, Fairly
new, Works great. Excellent
condition $400.
(863)467-8094


CELL PHONE, Nokia: Hardly
used w/manual. $50.
(863)635-0474
DE-HUMIDIFIER- '99, Used
very little. Like new $100.
(863)467-1110
WORK STATION- Stainless
Steel double sink fish clean-
ing station. 5' long $125.
(937)335-0877


ENGLEHAROT BASS- stand,
ig bag and electric hook up,
1200 or best offer
(863)635-5826 .
GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Statocaster w/Fender 15R am-
plifier. $250. (863)673-3860
ORGAN- Galbransen Electron-
ic, $250 (863)946-3822
Organ, Hammond Model 134,
Composer Series, w/bench
& instruction books, $130.
(863)357-0465
PIANO: SAMICK, White, w/
Bench & music. $500. or
best offer. 863-763-0867


CHINCHILLAS 2 males, 2 fe-
males. $75 each.
(863)634-8118
CHOCOLATE LAB PUPPIES,
AKC, 8 wks. old. Ready to go
w/health certificates. 1 Female,
5 Males. $625.863-674-0474
COCKATOO, Ducorpse, small-
er version from umbrella,
talks, cage incl., $650 or
best offer. (863)634-4562
DACHSHUND, Male, 6 months
old. Indoor Dog. Pure Bred.
$375. For more info. please
call (863)763-3349
JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
PUPPIES, AKC, $350. each.
(863)634-4076
PARROT CAGE- White w/
playpen on top. Good condi-
tion $85. (863)357-0037
Okeechobee
RABBIT- Rex, week, Female
$10. (863)675-4981 Labelle
area
ZEBRA FINCH'S: w/Cage. $20.
(863)675-3032 after 5pm.


PAINT MARE- 4-5yr old, green
broke. Sweet disposition.
$1000 or best offer.
(863)763-2379
QUARTER HORSE REG PINTO
GELDING- 14yrs old, 15.2,
great disposition, gentle, kid
safe $1800 (863)763-4257
SADDLE- 13" All around, Used
4 times, out grown, Like new
$250. (863)261-1932


CHAIN LINK FENCING 265'
of 5' fencing, (2) 6' gates,
some poles. $100 Must take
all. (863)357-6315



MTD CLASSIC- 46" cut, needs
lower deck & battery, $100
(863)763-4982
PUSH MOWER- Briggs &
Stratton, 5.0 HP, Gold Se-
ries, $50 (863)675-2404 af-
ter 4:30 pm.
RIDING MOWER, TORO,
Wheel Horse, 44" cut, $650
(863)612-1018
RIDING MOWER- Yardman,
42", with 15HP Kohler mtr,
$225 (863)675-0548
TURF ROLLER- 4ft, asking
$100 (863)357-3981


CALVES all kinds, healthy,
shots, wormed, will deliver,
$200 & up. Most reasonable
priced healthy calves around
Roping orders welcome
(863)235-0829.
HOGS (3) domestic, ready to
butcher. $450 for all or will
separate. (863)467-6960.


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DUAL SPKRS, 2, 12", in plexy
glass/wood box, 4 chrome
ports & blue light hit flash-
ers. $200 (863)634-7098.
PIONEER DEH-P6700MP, su-
per tuner car stereo, $150
(863)763-7036 or
863)697-8906 Paul or Jen



DVR RECEIVER: For Direct TV,
Model R15, Excellent condi-
tion. $55. (863)675-3944
FLAT SCREEN TV 32" JVC
Model AV-32F475, 1 yr old,
perfect condition. $325 Must
Sell. (863)697-6077
TOSHIBA- 31" w/remote
$200. neg. .(863)634-9620
Okee area
TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
Both are like brand new. $65
for both, will sep.
(863)357-4831


COMBO SET Ryobi 18v, drill;
circular saw, recip. saw, 2
batts, chrgr, & more. Like
new. $100 (863)467-0668
GENERATOR Homelite LRX
4500 watt, 8.5 hp, 120/240
volt, 142 hrs. $450
(863)763-5613 .
GENERATOR: Craftsman,
3600 watt, 4 gal., 7.0hp,
5300 surge watts. Still in
box. $500. (863)763-9527,
HAMMERDRILL 1/2" Makita,
w/case. $50 FIRM.
(863)634-1479
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
(863)357-5754
WELDER, Hobart: 49 hrs. on
Hobbs Meter. $2500.
(863)357-4595


TABOO: Adult VHS's. Volumes
1, 4, 5,'7, 8, 14, 17, 18, 19.
Asking $100 for all, will sep.
(863)634-3783





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ALUMINUM CLAMSHELL
AWNINGS, will remove,
(863)824-248 ask for Kurt
SMALL GARDEN TILLER,
Used, 4 cyl. Preferred. Call
Bob (863)467-1046
WANTED- Used trailer for 20ft
Pontoon boat, in good cond.
reasonably priced
(863)697-2936
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered B25
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




IND. PARTS TRACTOR- John
Deere 440, w/shuttle, $200
(863)357-3981


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
$135,000. 772-579-1322
Okeechobee
OKEE: 3br, 1ba, New roof. Re-
modeled. 225 SE 16th Ave.
$199,000. Seller Will Pay
Closing Cost 954-410-5427
RIVERRUN RESORT: 3 Bdrm.,
2 Ba. Homes of Merit. Has
carport. Nice quiet area. Call
for more info. (719)325-9595


OKEE. 5 ac on Airpark Strip,
Paved road. In Cul-De-Sac 5
Bay gar. W/well, pump, tank.
Lg house pad & driveway.-
Fenced / X-fenced. Pond,
Beautiful neighborhood
$243,950.561-222-9204


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 HOME: Treas-
ure Island. Bring your tooth
brush / fully furnished. 3 BR.,
2 Full Ba., Large screen porch.
Florida Room overlooking Ca-
nal. Dock & Boat Lift. Quiet
cul-de-sac. Priced to sell.
$180,000. Call 863-467-7002

Mobile Homes


LaBelle, '80, 24x56, 3br, 2ba
In Great shape. New Kit.
cabinets & floor.$10,00
(863)675-3665
MOBILE HOME: '91 4/2 Wind
Zone. Fixer upper. Must be
moved. For more'info. $5500
or best offer. (863)228-6822

HOME FOR
SALE
2/2 Split Floor
Plan
Screened Patio
Carport & Shed
Low Lot Rent
863-467-4555




Recreation

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APTS. 2BR/1BA, $800 mo.,
1st, last & $400 sec. dep. to
move In. Call (863)763-9225
or stop by 406 SW 2nd St


B.H.R.- CBS, 2br, 2ba, 2 car
gar. New carpet, Tile, Kit. w/2
oat cover slip $1400. mo +
1st & sec. 863-467-7562
OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, in town,
new tile/carpet, 1st, last,
sec, $800/mo.
(863)634-3571
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES- 3br,
2ba, No pets, $1100 + sec
dep, refs, (863)781-1317 or
(863)634-1554
RENT TO OWN:
TAYLOR CRK. IS., Lg3br, 2ba
Waterfront. $9500 down,
$1800 mo. with $500/mo.
going towards down payment
Call 863-467-0128
TCI- 2br, 2.5ba, Lake access,
dock Fla rm, Irg. screen rm,
fully furn, Central air/heat,
city water & sewer W/D
Dishwasher $1250/mo +
1st, last & sec
(863)467-8005



Professional Office space for
rent, HWY 441 North, Approx
1200 sq ft. For more info
Call (863)763-6496


SINGLE MOTHER: Looking for
3/2 house or apt. in LaBelle.
Reasonable to rent. Please call
Sara @239-823-7525.


OKEE. Female preferred. Privi-
leges Kit. Internet access.
W/D, Big yard. $400. mo. +
1/2 until. 561-317-8428


OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy. Utilities in-
cluded. $150 wk. + 1st & last
mo. sec. dep. (863)467-0771



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,
Fam. Rm., Liv. Rm., Screened
porch. Covered boat slip, Car-
port. Tile. Fenced yard. Fur-
nished. Private. $1400 mo.
1st, last & sec. 863-467-8683

Real Estate

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SKYLINE, Nice, Sleeps 6,
$2500. (772)579-1322
Okeechobee


AIR BOAT, 4 cyl., Lycoming,
Runs good. $5000.
(561)248-0616 Okeechobee.
FIBERGLASS BOAT- 16', older
Challenger2 exc shape
needs motor & seats. $800.
ask for Nick 863-697-8108



PONTOON BOAT: 2005, 20 Ft.
Sweetwater, 60 hp Yamaha 4
stroke w/300 hrs. on both. Still
under factory warrantee. Ex-
tended warrantee avail. Porta
potty. $12,500 863-467-0658
PONTOON BOAT- 20ft, trir
incid, 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


CAMPER/TRAILER, Mallard,
1986, 27', exc. cond., $900.
(305)853-0298
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
Sunllne, '05 T2499, 0 trip
miles, exc. cond., $19,000
or best offer. (863)357-2891
after 3pm



OB MOTOR- 225HP, Evinrude,
long shaft, $1400
(863)467-5725

TROLLING MOTOR- Minnkota,
6511b 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,
arae kept $5500
r)634-08828/763.4132
jrssomebeach@earthllnk.net
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.
YAMAHA RAPTOR 2003,
80cc, Mint cond. $1499
(863)467-5043
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Autoewobiles

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BUICK SKYLARK 87 $750
or best offer. (863)467-1484
Ask lto Linda or leave mess.
CHEVY CELEBRITY '89- dar,
runs good. needs body work,
$1000 or best offer
(863)983-9780
CHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
TRY '98, 62K mis Good con-
dition 1 Owner. Book=$6850
S Asking $5800 863-467-1301

: : V6, aulo. good shape, needs
t r. a6m iransmlssion, $400
S: 239)657-4348
". MERCURY COUGAR, '92, cold
a/c. V6, auto, nice in & out,
good tires, $3000 neg
S (863)610-1239


PONT GRAND MARQUIS '92-
runsgood, needs brakes,
$1000 or best offer
(863)697-6384 after 5pm
PT CRUISER- '02, 5 spd, CD,
Tape, Radio, fog lamps,
cruise, AC, Silver, $8400
(863)599-2556
SATURN SCI 1995 $3500 &
CHEVY NOVA 1977 w/New
Motor & Trans. $6000. Call
(863)634-3797 for more Info.
TOYOTA CAMRY, '95. needs
work or good for parts, body
in good cond., $300 or best
otter. (863)673-0645


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



BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
owner, $2495
(863)612-1018
FORD F150 1986- Made for
Offroadl 300, w/30/12'/15's
& extra set of tires & rims
$1200 neg. (863)673-5995
JEEP CJ5 1973, 4x4, V8.
Original condition. $8000.
(863)357-4595
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CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
or (863)763-2063.
EZ.00, 97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063
GOLF CART- Club car, electriC.
reen w/ top no charger.
1095(863)675-1472


ATV TIRES, 4 wheels, new off
'06 Rincon, only 20 miles,
$300 or best offer.
(954)448-8253 Iv. message
ENGINE, 3208 Caterpillar.
Like new. (Ran in truck tar
only 20 min.) $2500.
863-673-5852 / 612-5413
FORD F150 '79- 351 Windsor,
engine good for rebuild.
good trans. body rough,.
300 (863)675-2759
MITSUBISHI EXPO '94 -
Blown trans New tires cold
a/c, new exhaust, p/w.
cruise. $500 (239)368-6771
PONTIAC SUNBIRD '92 For
parts. You tow. $300 firm
(863)467-1484 Ask for
Linda or leave mess.
POSI DIFF 8.5 GM, $150 or
best offer Call
(863)467-8856.
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) brand new
7.00-15LT. Power rings
Mud Tires, $200 lirm
(863)634-1545
TOW BAR & BASE PLATE: For
'a Geo Metro. $150 or best
offer. (8631735-1753
TOW BAR- Stowmasier, used
on a Saturn, Can Be adapted
to any vehicle $150.
(863)763-6757
TRANSMISSION Rebuill
7004R. $300 or Dest offer
Call (863) 467-8856


CAMPER TOP- For a Ford
F-150 In Great condo It Is
not the aluminum type.
$250. (863)674-0825 LaBelle
DODGE 1500, '03. auto. a/c,
low pkg.. 27k rrm., $17,500
(863)634-5524
FORD PU '90- 302 eng, needs
minor work, $700 or best of-
fer (863)673-1625 LaBelle


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GMC V% TON PICKUP 1994,
4.3 V6, Cold A/C. $1500 ,or
best offer. (863)697-8136,
GMC SONOMAPU, '92, 6 cyl.,
auto, cold a/c, economical &
well maintained, $2450.
863-484-0110.
TONNEAU COVER- Hinged, for
full size PU, short box, $150
(863)675-2065
TOYOTA-'87, 2WD, 4 cyl, Au-
to, A/C. Excellent condition
$2500. (863)632-9166


FORD EXPLORER 1994, V6,
Tilt WhlI. Cruise w/low pkg. &
Luggage rack Very dependable
$2500. 863-357-3439
JEEP CHEROKEE PIONEER '86
Runs good, cold a/c. $2000
or besl offer (863)467-8723
Okeechobee


CAR HAULER TRAILER- 16'.
w/3' aove tail, tandem axle,
electric brakes $1500.
(863)673-0920


FORD AREOSTAR 1990,
Runs Great. Dependable
Asking $800.
:1239)657-2461
FORD F150 CONVERSION
VAN 1993, Excellent transpor-
tation. Very cold A/C. Asking
$2000 neg. (863)357-6847


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Community Events


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 meet-
ing 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 mem-
ory 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.
SMar's memory disorder staff and immediate results will be given. For
information, call Donna True at (800) 861-7826 ext. I 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 (SFVWMD) to
meet with community members that are interested in using the restored
S Kissimmee River Valley region for public use and recreation. Learn
about the Kissimmee River Restoration Project and the recreational
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 I 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.

Basinger School reunion planned ,
The Basinger School reunion will be held at the Basinger Community
Center on U.S. 98. N., Sunday, April 30, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be at 1 p.m.
Please bring a covered dish. All students that attended Basinger school
and their families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the fellowship
with their friends. Call Breedie Mae Thomas at (863) 763-3579, or Altal
Lee Barber (863) 634-9735.

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.

National Day of Prayer scheduled
Okeechobee's observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held
SThursda'y, May 4, on the lawn of the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W Second St., al noon. Everyone is invited as area ministers will
lead prayers for national, state and local leaders

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, May 5, and
Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Hos-
pice of Okeechobee big blue Volunteer House, located at the corner of
S.E. Fourth Street and Third Ave. next to the Hospice Residence. All pro-
ceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale donations will be
accepted at this location.

Ministry plans ladies meeting
He Died for Me Ministries will present a special ladies meeting Satur-
day, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the St. Lucie Village Town Hall, located at the
corner of Old Dixie and St. Lucie Blvd. A revival will be held May 4
I through May 6 at 7 p.m. For information, contact Ronnie and Becky'
Trammell at (772) 519-6003.

'77 class reunion being planned
The class of 1977 is planning their to 30-year reunion. All members of
the class of 1977 will meet Tuesday, May 9, at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant, 2405 S.R. 441 S.E. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start
at 6:30 p.m For information, call Karen Williamson Larson at (863) 763-
* 5101; Cindy Bennett Hortman at (863) 697-9817; or, Toni Bennett Doyle
at (863) 634-19491.

Library hosting Medicare Part D classes
Free Medicare Part D Assistance ends May 11. Free classes are being
offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Count' Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Volunteers are available
to assist Medicare recipients in selecting and enrolling in Medicare Part D
programs. Those taking part will need to bring their complete list of all
prescription medications and dosages, along with their Medicare card.
Anyone who feels that may be eligible for government assistance in pay-
ing premiums must bring proof of income.

Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will bea '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 special
tribute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a class from
1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For information; call (863) 763-6464
or (863) 763-8865.

Church's pre-school is expanding
Peace "Lutheran Pre-School, 750 N.W. 23 Lane, has expanded their
services to include kindergarten for the next school year. Registration is
limited to 15 students who will be age 5 on or before Sept. 1,2006. You
can register by calling (863) 763-7566, or at the church. Parents must fur-
nish birth certificates, shot records and health certificate for students.


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

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

Fundraiser benefits burn center
Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m. on
Dec. 15 at the Amara Shrine Center are now available at the Okee-
chobee County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Dona-
tions for the benefit are not tax deductible. For information, contact the
Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from the fundraiser
will go to Shriner's programs. .,

Church changes its name
Parrott Avenue Christian Church is now known as the Westside
Christian Church of Okeechobee, and is located at 8082 S.R. 70 W. The
minister is Richard Barker and the Associate Minister is Willard Delaney.
Sunday services begin at 10 a.m., while Sunday Bible School starts at 9
a.m. Wednesday night prayer meetings begin at 6 p.m. A nursery is pro-
vided. For information, call (863) 467-2278.

Groups planning Halloween celebration
Okeechobee Main Street, in conjunction with the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee
Board of County Commissioners, Okeechobee City Council and the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, are organizing an alternative to
door-to-door Trick-or-Treating. If your group or organization would like
to be a part of this community-wide Halloween alternative to be held
downtown in the park areas please e-mail Toni Doyle, promotions direc-
tor for Okeechobee Main Street Inc., at promotion@mainstreetokee-
chobee.com. Please provide a contact name and phone number. If you
are interested in making a monetary or prize donation, please call (863)
634-9491.

Upthegrove family reunion planned
The Upthegrove family reunion is being planned and will be held in
Fort Pierce. If you are a member of the Upthegrove family in Okee-
chobee, please callPat Adams at (615) 893-3236.

Class of '87 plans 20th reunion
The class of 1987 is planning their 20th year high school reunion for
October 2006. Addresses are needed from all class members. Please
send information via e-mail to: ohsl987reunion@hotmail.com

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

Ornament sales benefits scholarships
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are selling a limited edi-
tion 2006 Christmas ornament. The ornament is 24 karat gold on brass
and includes a numbered certificate and historical information. Each
ornament is $15. All proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will go to
the ORE scholarship. To purchase call: Kay McCool, (863) 763-2829; Gay
Carlton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion
Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regina Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.

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

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

Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
OHS 97 reunion@yahoo.com.


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

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1- I activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St-.

Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will hold
classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for parents and
pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's word through
activity centers. There will also be a special class for parents. For infor-
mation or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-4021.

Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting parenting
education classes. All pregnant women and parents are encouraged to
attend. For specific dates, information and to register for the class call the
Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

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

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

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

Free pregnancy tests offered
: The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit organi-
zation, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls and
Women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and absti-
nence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. If
you would like more information on this or set an appointment for a free
pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.-.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic edu-
datiodi/GED and English as a second language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon;
Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elemen-
tary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W
16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will be
demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the internet. For
the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee County
Library at (863) 763-3536.

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

Free parenting classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S.
Parrott Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8 months
infants, 8 to 18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos, 3 year
olds,. and uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at the Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare is
not provided. However, infants in carriers are welcome. For details call
(863) 763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.


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